Rev.J.D.Folsom’s letter to
[regarding the beginning of Methodism in
perhaps before the close of this Conference
year, there were baptized in Sandwich by "Elder
Dustin" the following — Gilman Smith,
Anna Smith, Fanny Glines and others....
1805. L. Bates and W. Bannister
were on Tuftonboro’ Circuit. It is quite
probable that Bates traveled into some
parts of Sandwich while he was on this Circuit.
from this time the first Class was formed,
consisting of Joseph Skinner, Elijah
Skinner, a Mrs. Beede and three
others. Joseph Skinner was the first
Miss Watson says she has
an old lady say, Lewis Bates
the first to introduce
Methodism into Sandwich,
and that "Father Skinner" was the first
to open his house to Methodist preaching.
Burnham says the first
Class Meeting was
the house of Joseph Smith’s
parents. BradburY Prescott is said to
have been one of the first members.
we shall have to decide that Methodist meetings
began in the Red Hill District and in the more
south eastern parts of the town at about the
same time,and the first meetingswere held in
Mrs. Beede’s house, which stood near E.
Hoag’s, where Glines now lives.
E. Skinner lived here afterward, and here
also lived one Presiding Elder.