Travels Of Great Grandfather Weaver With The Preachers
by Robert Jones
Coordinator's note: This document mentions a couple of visits
to Cotton Gin Port in Monroe County.
Come loving Brothers hear my song
I’ll tell you how I’ve got along.
In old Virginia I was born
yea born again to heavenly morn
Where first I got the victory
with confusion I confess
I soon lost sight of Jesus face.
The laws of God I did transgress
I grieved the Spirit, fell from grace
And thus I lost the victory.
this dark station I did remain
Near two and twenty years the same
Except ten years, ah to my shame
Without the power had the name
O, victory, victory, victory.
first a conscience I did make
of little sins which I’d commit
But soon more liberties did take
upon the Church I turned my back
And lost the show of victory
Lord, how wondrous is Thy grace
which show’d to me my wretched case.
Restored me to thy smiling face
And gave my soul Thy love to taste
Oh victory, victory, victory.
after I was thus restored
I agonized and praised the Lord
That He would more rich grace afford
And help me to fulfill His word
And fully get the victory.
after this He did impart
complete salvation for His part.
He purged my soul. He washed my heart
I walked no longer in the dark
Then first I shouted victory.
first this blessing I obtained
Christian perfection’s what I mean
I did not know what was its name
But peaceful love is just the same
Which makes me holler victory
The way I came to find it out
Old Brother Jinkins brought about
he preached so plainly all my soul
and since that time I’ve had no doubt
But what I got, the victory.
the blessing I had got
I persevered , I tarried not
determined in Heaven to have my lot
to overcome whether or not
Lest I should lose the victory
to this end did fast and pray
for thirteen weeks ate once a day
a dozen times I’d go away
and in the snow would often stay
and wrestle for the victory
day a deist said to Bill
“What path is this or can you tell”?
“This path”, said Bill “ leads to the
Where father goes so oft to pray
and struggles for more victory”.
oft was tempted, sorely tried
But still in God I did confide
I laid all sinful thoughts aside
and took my Savior for my guide
Who gave me first the victory.
Satan plays and barks about
like Mingo’s fist whose teeth are out.
I still press on the heavenly rout,
limping along and loudly shout
for victory, victory, victory.
soon shall reach the heavenly land
and join the blood washed happy band
With palms of victory in my hand
Ever before the throne to stand
and praise the Lord of victory.
brethren you have heard my song
perhaps you think it is too long.
Long, true it is, awkward and young
and don’t inform you how I come
fully to get the victory
heaven bless you every one
Enable you to overcome
May Jesus say well done, well done
Come up to heaven it is your home
And ever have the victory Amen, Amen.
the year 1810 I traveled with Brother Lawner Blackman P.
E. of Nashville District. At first I walked entirely. I
traveled from one preaching place to another for some time
until a friend (may God bless him) gave me a horse. So great
was the kindness of Brother Blackman that he nursed me like
11, 1810, I heard him preach the funeral of Captain White.
“O death where is thy sting” was the text. It
was good to be there next day when he preached on the subject
of Baptism. It was thought in a masterly manner.
13 camp meeting on Jones creek commenced and we had good
times. At that time preachers were scarce and Brother Blackman
preached seven times. He did the same at many camp meetings.
How has times altered. How gloriously has our ministry as
well as our membership increased more than a hundred thousand.
Our next camp meeting was at pastors on Nashville circuit.
20 at this meeting I heard that great man of God Rev. Mr.
Crutchfield preach three times. He has gone to reap the
reward of his sufferings. The next camp meeting was on Duck
River Circuit from thence we went on round the district
and attended ten camp meetings in succession. Some of them
were attended by Bishop McKendree.
Guinn, Frederic Stiers, William Crutchfield, John Page,
John McGee and others. Some of them have no doubt gone to
rest from there labors, but the most of them are still standing
upon the wall of Zion.
5,1811. After various unimportant souls I heard Bro. Blackman
preach on the fruitless fig tree, Luke 13, C, 9. v. I then
traveled with several other preachers occasionally, particularly
Rev. Peter Cartwright and John Lewis. We had some good times
in places. In June I heard Rev. Mr. Davis of the Baptist
order preach “Lord Bless All Denominations”
21. I went to Edy-grove camp meeting where I heard Bro.
28. Camp meeting on Cross Creek commenced. The times were
as so usual I spent some days after this with Bro. Cragg
and others and heard them preach several times. I trust
to good effect.
12. I went to a camp meeting near Bro. McDonald’s
near to mount Pisga camp ground as it is now called. Bro.
Cragg, Nixon Jones and others attended with Bro. Blackman.
From thence we went to a camp meeting on Flint Creek Madison
Co. Alabama where Rev. David Thompson, Robert Hancock, John
Cragg and others were the principal assistants of Bro. Blackman.
26. Camp meeting came on at Esq. Norvell’s near Salem,
M. H. Here we had some more preachers than usual. Times
began to be better.
2 camp meeting came on near Carthage. Here as usual we had
profitable times. The next camp meeting was on Goose Creek.
Rev. Samuel Sellars was there with several others and the
times were some better than usual . Twenty eight professed
religion. From thence Br. Blackman and myself went on to
Stones River Circuit camp meeting. Rev. Lewis Garrett, Turner
Saunders, William B. Elgin and several others, eminent preachers,
attended and we had good times.
21,1811 Bro. Blackman preached in Nashville. I hope good
was done. The next camp meeting was at Fountain Head.
24 Yellow Creek camp meeting came on next. This was the
last I attended that fall. 250 souls professed religion
at the several camp meetings I attended in 1811. I traveled
about with several preachers the remainder of this fall
and winter but principally with Bro. Cartwright.
1, 1813. I commenced traveling with Bro. Blackman. I went
with him to the Rev. Isaac Congers near Fayetville , Tenn.
and heard him preach his child’s funeral. This child
was about 5 years old and was called to death. This child
had prayed and manifested considerate knowledge of God from
the time it was four years old. It is gone to rest.
6 we went to hear Rev. Josiah Brandons on Coffee Creek where
Bro. Blackman preached again. Next day camp meeting came
on near Winchester where we had a comfortable time. After
several small meetings we went to a camp meeting on Lebanon
Circuit at Hoges meeting house.
26. Here I heard the Rev. Thomas L. Douglas the first time
he had visited the western country. Several others eminent
preachers attended and we had good times. From thence I
went to Esq. Norvals Salem meeting house and had another
23 we went to a camp meeting within 6 miles of Columbia.
Bro. John Johnson was there with several other good preachers.
30 we went to Antioch camp meeting and from thence to Dover.
At both of which places we had tolerable times.
13 1813 camp meeting came on at Ebenezer. Again here, as
usual, souls were happily converted to God and Christians
blessed. The next camp meeting came on at Bro. Garner’s
on Hickory Creek . Here I heard Bro. Cunningham and other
good preachers. The Lord was there to bless the dear people.
The next camp meeting was at Bro. Snell’s near Shelbyville.
Blessed be the name of God. He was there to make bare his
arm of power. We still pursued our rout from one camp meeting
to another namely Sept. 9 at McDonald’s, Sept. 17
at Windrow’s, at which places we had good prospects
and refreshing seasons. After this I heard Bishop Asbury
and McKendree preach several times.
18, 1813 Bro. Blackman had a quarterly meeting in Nashville.
I hope good was done tho not much appearance. After this
I traveled about with Bro. Cartwright awhile and had some
blessed seasons. The next camp meeting I was at was at Fountain
Head July 1, 1814. I went with Bro. Crier from this meeting
to Bro. Martins where God blessed us in a glorious manner
at family prayer. Blessed be God for family religion.
29 we went to Cainy Fork Creek meeting where the preachers
and people seemed to enjoy the spirit of religion and twenty
professed religion. Next camp meeting came on at Ebenezer,
Williamson county. Here I heard Bro. Douglas, Bro Hennings,
Bro. Harper and others and the Lord favored us with His
help. The next Friday camp meeting came on at Salem meeting
house where I heard Mr. Newton, a Presbyterian preach free
grace upon the whole . This was a good meeting. Before I
proceed any further, I must inform my readers that I take
my last notice of my dearly beloved Lawner Blackman with
whom I traveled many miles. He helped me and took care of
me with as much tenderness as if I had been his child. He
went to see his friends and was drowned in the Ohio River.
He is gone, gone to his eternal home. Few greater men ever
lived than he but God will provide for His children and
church. He will supply, yea, has supplied His place and
we are toiling here below,
he’s singing hymns above.
We soon shall meet to part no more
and shout redeeming love.
this I roved about like a lost dove; I went away down in
South Carolina near Charlestown, to Augusta in Georgia,
and round about through Virginia, East Tennessee and Kentucky.
Sometimes with one and sometimes with another. Brother McGee,
Cartwright, Miles Harper and others with whom by whose kindness
I was compensated for the loss of Bro. Blackman. After this
I came to Bro. Douglas and was with him at many of his camp
meetings where God displayed His almighty power in a signal
23, 1815 I went to conference at Bethlehem where I heard
a great deal of fine preaching.
9 I attended a quarterly meeting where I heard Bishop Asbury
again, dear man. After a lifetime spent in travel and indefatigable
labor he is gone to reap his reward. After this I spent
some time in traveling with Bro.’s Johnson, McGee,
George McNelly and others. We had some blessed seasons.
12, 1816. I attended a camp meeting at Kenerly’s chapel
with Bro. Cartwright and others. We had a refreshing time.
From thence I went to Bro. Lott and traveled some time with
him. From Bro. Lott I went to Bro. Douglas and was at his
camp meeting at Ebenezer on Lebanon Circuit. This commenced
the 16th of Aug. 1816. Thirty seven professed religion.
From thence we went to the camp meeting on Wasen Circuit
where the Lord manifested His power and about the same number
was converted. Next camp meeting came on at Snells again
where about twenty eight persons professed religion.
13 we went down to Madison County to a camp meeting at Bro.
McGee’s where about eighteen professed to be converted.
23 we got to another camp meeting at Pisga, Bro. McDonald’s
Richland Circuit. Here God displayed his power in an uncommon
manner and about sixty were the happy subjects of conversion.
Blessed be the name of God for all His wondrous works. The
number of numbers had increased so fast on the different
circuits that the camp grounds were generally enlarged and
of course more people attended and under the presidency
of Bro. Douglas these camp meetings seemed to promise general
reformation. Blessed be God, the work is still going on.
next camp meeting was at Pruett’s Lick, Stone River
Circuit. Here thirty professed religion. From this camp
meeting I went to one at White Oak where Bro. Cartwright
presided. The times were dull. I attended with Bro. Cartwright
at the following camp meeting. Oct. 4 at Antioch where 10
professed conversion. Oct. 10 Christian Circuit where twenty
professed religion. We then went on to conference which
was held in Franklin County Oct. 23. From this conference
I went awhile with Bro. Overall, then with Bro. L. Farrett
nearly round their circuits. The times were in some places
23, 1817 I went to Bro. Norton on Fountain Head Circuit
and went one round with him. We had poor day times. Sunday
March 30th I heard Bro. Cartwright preach at Henshaw School
house. I went with him to his and Bro. Axley’s quarterly
meeting near Hopkinsville, KY. and the people rejoiced in
their God. From thence I went to Bro. Overall’s quarterly
meeting on White Creek where we had a great and good preaching
and some prospect of good. I went with Bro. Overall and
heard him preach on the great wonder in heaven, Rev. 12,
C 1 verse. Lord bless the young man. I reckon this text
is to big for him. Now I generally find young preacher,
that is (Some of them) fond of great thing. I returned to
Bro. Lewis Garnett again and heard him nearly thirty times.
I was at his camp meeting on Cross Creek where about twenty
1, 1817 I returned to Bro. Douglas District and went to
Bro. Hearns’s camp meeting. I heard him preach thirty
four times. The work seemed to prosper more under him than
any preacher on the district with whom I traveled. That
year at his camp meeting July 11, 1817 on Duck Circuit at
Pruitt’s Creek about sixty six professed religion.
I went to a two days meeting at Bro. Wright’s where
I heard Bro. Cragg preach. We had good times. This was August
9 and 10.
14. The camp meeting came on for Lebanon Circuit at the
old camp ground Ebenezer; here as usual we had glorious
times. Fifty four professed to be converted. Brother Lindsey
McGee and other eminent ministers attend with brother Douglas
at his meeting.
22nd. Camp meeting came on at Liberty Meeting house on Cainy
Fork Circuit. Here sixty five professed religion. Here the
cries of the distressed and rejoicing of the Christians
were so great that the preachers sometimes could not be
heard. An old lady about seventy years of age who had been
occasionally seeking religion forty years was glorisouly
converted. Another lady got converted after she left the
camp ground on her way home. Dear soul , she was almost
ready to sink into despair, but God heard her cries, and
set her soul at perfect liberty as she was going on weeping
in her carriage. So sensibly was the load removed that she
broke forth into the sublimest strains of rapturous joy
and praised God aloud even through the town of McMinnville.
5 The camp meeting came on at Bro. Snell’s near Shelbyville.
Fifty four professed religion here. The next camp meeting
cam on near Winchester, Franklin County. It was a very wet
and disagreeable time and but five professed religion.
19 camp meeting came on at Pisga Richland Circuit. This
was one of the best camp meetings that I had ever witnessed.
About one hundred and twenty professed religion. It was
truly a glorious time.
25 camp meeting came on at Reece’s Chapel where twelve
10 I was at a camp meeting at Mount Zion which was attended
by Bro. James Guinn, Hardy Crier and others. Here twenty
one professed religion.
17 camp meeting came on at Windrows, Stone River Circuit
where about thirty professed religion. From this camp meeting
I went on to conference which was held in Franklin Oct.
30. At this conference about 40 professed religion. I suppose
when the preachers go to conference they are more engaged
in the regulation of their conference than they are to convert
sinners and the people generally go to such places with
their expectations to high and while hearing such a variety
of subjects they forget to pray and trust in God only. After
this conference I took a rout through East Tenn. and traveled
a while with Bro.’s Edge and Stringfield. I then came
down to Madison County and traveled a while with Bro. Hearn
on Flint Circuit where we had some pretty good prospects.
I left him about the middle of March and went on to Kentucky
again and traveled some with Bro. Cartwright and Malone
and returned back to Bro. Cragg’s and staid awhile
at home. I then went up to Pulasky and heard Br. S. C. Brown
a burning and shining light. He has gone to shine in another
hemisphere and to enjoy the presence of his God forever.
I meandered about from place to place and returned to Kentucky
again . I traveled a week or better with John Lewis and
went to camp meeting at Kennerley’s.
19, 1818 here Bro. Axley was presiding Elder. Fourteen or
fifteen professed religion.
26 Black Creek camp meeting came on where the prospect seemed
quite dull. Several however professed religion.
14 camp meeting came on at Mr. Zion on Red River Circuit.
Here the prospect seemed some better and about 26 professed
religion. Here some of the wicked who cannot bear plain
dealings were much offended at Bro. Asley . From this camp
meeting I returned to Bro. Douglas again. The first camp
meeting I attended on his district was on Lebanon Circuit
24. forty two professed religion and 44 joined society.
We went on from this meeting to Cainey Fork where 63 professed
religion. Here we had great good times of a truth. The next
camp meeting was on Nashville Circuit at Thomas meeting
house. There 30 professed religion. From this meeting we
went to Bedford Circuit and was at a camp meeting at Salem
meeting house. The number converted here is not known. After
this I went back to East Tenn. again. and was at a camp
meeting in Sequachy Valley under the presidency of Bro.
John Kennger. We had a pretty good time . Immediately after
this meeting I went on with the preachers to conference
held in Nashville the 1st of Oct. After conference I was
with Bro. Cragg awhile and then went to Bro. Axley again
and heard him several times. I then went to Bro. Lindsey
and went with him to several quarterly meetings namely on
21, Hartford Circuit, Nov. 28th Henderson Circuit, December
5 Livingston . The 11th and 10th on Christian Circuit then
on Dove Circuit again. Some of these meetings the propsects
was truly pleasing. I then advanced toward Tenn. again and
was at a two days meeting on the middle fork of (?) Creek.
There to me good appeared to be done. I came on to Stones
River Circuit and heard Bro. Thos. Maddin several times
and then went with Brother Mc Mahon to several of his quarterly
meetings for he was presiding Elder of Nashville District
6, 1819 I was at his quarterly meeting on Stone’s
River Circuit. At Esq. Norvell’s. I heard him preach
a general sermon. Thence we went to Sinking Creek on Bedford
Circuit and then to Richland Circuit at Bee Spring meeting
house. From thence to Duck River Circuit at Goshen Meeting
house. At several of these meetings we had gracious times.
I then traveled some with Bro. Stanley on Duck River Circuit.
After this I returned to Bro. Lindsey in Kentucky again
and attended several of his quarterly meetings where God
was pleased to honor His own word and bless it to many.
I also traveled some with Bro. Peoples and attended several
small meetings where God was pleased to bless His own people.
Lord bless the little societies that are dispersed all over
the Christian world.
12, 1819 I was at a quarterly meeting of Bro. Lindsey or
Kenerly’s where six professed religion.
19, 1819 camp meeting came on at Cross Creek where we had
a good time. About thirty four professed religion.
26 Charlotte camp meeting cam on; here also we had good
times. From thence I returned to Nashville District again
and was at Center Spring camp meeting; About forty professed
3, 1819 I went to Cainy Fork camp meeting where about the
same number professed.
29 I was at a camp meeting at Snell’s near Shelbyville.
This was held by Bro. Beecher and others. I was at several
small meetings. After this time and went over to Bro. Porter’s
district and was at a camp meeting near Winchester where
about seventy professed religion. This was truly a glorious
time. From thence I went back to Kentucky and attended several
camp meetings with Brother Lindsey and others where God
was pleased to lay to His helping hand and convert sinners.
We then came on to Nashville where Conference was held that
year again. We had some intimation of the divine favor at
conference. I hope some good was done. After this I went
home and staid some time. I then went down in Limestone
Circuit and traveled awhile with Bro. Springfield. I intended
after I left him to go into east Tennessee awhile but the
spring was so bad that I gave it out. I was at a two days
meeting this spring in Pulaski held by Bro. Stillwell, Samson
Burum and others. The prospect was dull. I beat about on
the different circuits till about June. I was at a camp
meeting on Duck River Circuit where twenty five professed
15 I was at a two days meeting in Ohio County held by Bro.
Green. Here five professed religion. It was a gracious time
4 We were at another camp meeting where there was good done.
16 we went to a camp meeting on Livingston Circuit where
we had a pretty good times. We then went to Hartford Circuit
where God poured out His spirit in a glorious manner. About
one hundred professed religion and several sanctification’s.
Bless the Lord, O my soul!
camp meeting was on Christian Circuit at Bro. Sink’s
September 8, 1820. Here we had great and good times. Seventy
professed religion and sixty joined society.
15 camp meeting came on at Yellow Creek, Dover Circuit where
things went on as usual under the presidency of Bro. Lindsey.
22 ND of Sept. . we went to Red River camp meeting where
thirty two professed religion and 34 joined society.
28 we went on to camp meeting on Christian Circuit at Shilo.
This was just before conference in Hopkinsville and was
attended by Bro. Douglas and others on their way to Conference.
About sixty professed regeneration. From thence we went
on straight to Conference. Neither of the Bishops was there
but all things seemed to go on prosperously . From this
conference I went over into the Tonbeckbee Country near
the Cotton Gin Port to see my son Frederick Weaver. It so
happened that Bro. Hearrn who rode that Circuit had a camp
meeting near my son’s where I saw my old friend once
again. Perhaps it is the last time. At this meeting about
twelve professed religion I tarried with my son several
days after camp meeting and returned to Madison County and
traveled three weeks with Bro. Springfield. The Sunday after
I left him I heard Bro. McMahon preach at Landford’s
near Huntsville; just as he was going to the south to recover
his health. This was December 21, 1820.
I must apprise my readers that I have no regular journal
till about the last of July. During is interval however
I was traveling about as usual - principally in Kentucky.
The Camp meeting of this year were more abundantly blessed
than ever, both in Kentucky and Tennessee. At several camp
meetings more than two hundred professed religion. Many
of these converts, it is true, turned again to the world
but none in comparison to the happy thousands who are living
ornaments to the religion they profess. From these camp
meeting the young converts returned to their different homes
and carried the divine fire with them. The extensive spread
of Methodism is in part owing to these.
2, 1821 I attended a camp meeting at Ebenezer Lebanon Circuit
where upon the whole we had pretty good times. About fifty
professed religion. Brother Douglas was prevented from attending
this meeting constantly on account of the sickness of Brother
Sterling C. Brown, the circuit preacher, who was then on
his death bed in Lebanon and who shortly after died in the
triumphs of that gospel hope which he had so successfully
preached to others.
17 camp meeting came on at Overall’s in Rutherford
County. Here the Lord was pleased to display His power in
a gracious way t the conversion of forty eight. Forty joined
camp meeting came about at Salem meeting house Bedford Co.
This was in Bro. Porter’s District Sept. 6, 1821.
This was thought to be as great a time among Christians
as has ever been witnessed in the western country and about
80 professed religion .
thence we went to the local conference held at Pisga , Richland
Circuit Sept. 13, 1821. Business was dispatched with expedition
and correctness under the direction of Thos. D. Porter ,
P E Here also God poured out his spirit on the people gloriously
and nearly 100 professed religion. The Rev. Thos. L. Douglas,
John, C. Burrus, William McMahon and others attended. I
then went to a camp meeting at Thos. Williamson Country
where the Lord was nigh at hand to bless. The number of
converts is not known but it was a blessed time.
28 camp meeting came on at center on Lebanon Circuit where
about 52 professed religion.
5 camp meeting came on Zion Meeting house about 80 professed
here. Blessed be God for all His mighty works.
13 quarterly meeting came on at Stone river Circuit at Salem
meeting house. There appeared to be some work here, but
not like the preceding meetings.
18 camp meeting commenced at Winrows or rather the local
conference. Through the course of the meeting considerable
good appeared to be done. The number of conversions not
known. From thence we went on to Conference which was held
at Salem meeting house, ten miles above Shelbyville, nothing
very remarkable turned up here. Anyway after conference
I went over to Cotton Gin Port in Marion County to see my
son and family again. I found them all well and after a
few days returned through Madison County home again. I then
traveled while with Bro. Brown on Dixon Circuit.
I was at a camp meeting on Lick Creek Apr. 5, 1822 where
Bro. Charles Holaday presides. I started from Thence and
went to Duck River Circuit and hear Bro. Scraggs preached
on Amos 36. this was the 9th of April. I then went down
to Huntsville and from thence to Trianna and back to Huntsville
again where we had a quarterly meeting . Some good I hope
was done. After this I went on the circuit with Bro. McPhail
and here I stop.
let us pause awhile. Let us reflect on the past and anticipate
the future. Not long since the prowling of beast and yelling
of savages were heard where temples are now erected and
crowded by intelligent hearers. From the eastern shores
to the remotest settlements of the west I lift up my eyes
and behold the indefatigable heralds of the cross crying
“Behold the Lamb of God”. And among the numerous
crowds I see thousands falling at the feet of Jesus and
owning Him as their Lord and Savior. While this looking
on I take fire at the prospect that opens before me and
almost forget that I am an inhabitant of the earth. How
changed the scene. Not many years ago a few faithful embassadors
of the Lord Jesus crossed the Allegheny Mountains accompanied
by some armed men with a little biscuit and venison in their
wallets bound for the western forts and settlements. What
tongue can express the emotions of their hearts when from
the lofty mountains they looked over the western country,
their destined field of labor. Little did they think that
in less than thirty years the whole vast field would be
filled with faithful laborers surrounded by happy thousands.
What hath God wrought, Happy Happy instruments of this glorious
work. You have been commissioned by Almighty God to proclaim
His will to dying men. Your work is great, confer not with
flesh and blood. Keep your eyes single , your hands clean
and your heart holy and God will be with you. Never, never
prostitute your sacred office to the thing of this earth.
And thus faithfully laboring, you shall see the desire of
your own soul, and be satisfied in the complete triumph
crown’d with light imperial Salem rise.
Exhalt thy lowly head and lift thine eyes.
See a long race, thy spacious courts adorn.
See future sons and daughters yet unborn
In crowding ranks on every side arise
Demanding life, impatient for the skies.
The seas shall waste the skies, in smoke decay.
Rocks fall to dust and mountains melt away.
But fixed His word, His saving power remains.
Thy realms for ever last, Thy son Blessiah reigns.