Methodist Church • Congregational Church • Quakers/ Friends of Society • Methodist Meeting House
Methodism In Sandwich, New Hampshire
Rev. J. D. Folsom’s letter to C. C. Fellows [regarding the
beginning of Methodism in Sandwich]
In 1805, 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.
Not far 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 Class Leader.
Watson says she has heard an old lady say, Lewis Bates was the first to
introduce Methodism into Sandwich, and that "Father Skinner" was the first
to open his house to Methodist preaching.
Mrs. Burnham says the first Class
Meeting was held at the house of Joseph Smith’s parents. Bradbury Prescott
is said to have been one of the first members.
I think 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
meetings were 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.
** From History of
the Methodist Episcopal Church of Sandwich, N.H.,
compiled by C. C. Fellows, 1884.