Morrison, Jonas S

Morrison, Jonas S.

a minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church, was born in Plattsburg, N.Y., March 11, 1836; was converted at the age of sixteen years; licensed to preach in 1857, and in the same year joined the Southern Illinois Annual Conference; was appointed junior preacher on Collinsville Circuit; next year he was stationed at Main Street, Alton City; and thereafter successively at Chester, Gillespie, two years; Litchfield, Brighton, Highland, Carlyle, two years; Greenville, Gillespie; and, lastly, as presiding elder of Alton District. He died October 18, 1871. "The traits of his character were strongly marked. As a Christian and a minister of the Lord Jesus Christ, he exemplified the purity of the one and the fidelity of the other. He-rather lived than professed religion, and proved his ministry by the practical sympathy that carries the consolations of Christ to the abodes of poverty, of sickness, and of bereavement. His pulpit ministrations were characterized by clearness, by fidelity to the Scriptures, by an adaptation of the truth to his hearers, and by a manner which demonstrated his own interest in his theme. Love for the Church was with him an absorbing passion." See Minutes of Annual Conferences, 1872, page 137.

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