Barger, James Hughes
Barger, James Hughes a Methodist Episcopal minister, was born in Kentucky, June 29, 1831. He was educated at the Illinois Wesleyan University, where he passed A.B. in 1853. In the same year he entered the itinerant ministry in the Illinois Conference, and was appointed successively to Perry, Payson, Winchester, Griggsville, and Carlinsville, in all which appointments his ministry was signally acceptable and useful, scores, and even hundreds, being added to the Church in these places during his term of service. In 1860 he was appointed presiding elder of Quincy District, where he was actively engaged until his life, which was so full of promise to the Church, was suddenly cut short. On the 31st of Oct., 1861, he was accidentally shot on a hunting excursion on an island in the Mississippi. — Minutes of Conferences, 1862, p. 223.