Page, Edward

Page, Edward a minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church, was born in Burlington County, N. J., April 19, 1787; was converted in 1807; licensed to preach in 1811; and, called of God to the ministry, joined in April, 1817, the Philadelphia Conference which then occupied the entire ground now covered by the Philadelphia, New Jersey, and Newark conferences. From the year 1817 to the year 1852, a period of thirty-five years, Mr. Page travelled as follows: Essex and Staten Island, 1817; Salem Circuit, 1818- 19; Lewiston, Del., 1820-21; Trenton Circuit, 1822; Cumberland Circuit, 1823-24; New Castle, Del., 1825; Cecil Md., 1826; Gloucester Circuit, 1827-28; Chester Circuit, Pa., 1829-30; Bristol, Pa., 1831-32; Camder Circuit, 1833; Moorestown, 1834; Freehold, 1835; New Egypt, 1836; Bargaintown, 1837-38; Freehold, 183940; Columbus, 1841-42; Flemington, 1843; Clinton, 1844; Asbury, 1845-46; Columbus, 1847; Tom's River, 1848-49; Moorestown, 1850-51; then as supernumerary or superannuated he resided at Trenton, N. J. until his death in March, 1867. He was a truly devoted Christian minister, laboring early and late for the flock under his care, and thousands revere his memory as blessed. See Minutes of the Annual Conferences, 1867. Page; Harlan, a devoted American Christian layman, noted for his philanthropic labors, was born at Coventry, Conn., July 28, 1791. He was the only son of pious parents; received a good education, and was taught by his father the trade of a house-joiner. He was converted in 1813, and united with the Church in 1834. After a further residence of five years in his native town, he removed to Boston, where he remained a short time. He then returned to Coventry, but, after spending three years, he took up his abode in Jewett City; later he engaged in the business of engraving at Andover. In 1825 he was appointed agent of the General Depository of the American Tract Society in New York, which was formed in that year and he held this position till his death in 1834. Harlan Page embraced every opportunity of doing good to his fellow-men, and made use of many instrumentalities. The means which he employed were writing letters, distributing tracts, teaching in or superintending Sabbath-schools, holding prayer-meetings, and personal conversation with those around him. The numerous letters which he wrote to unconverted persons are models of personal exhortation and appeal. Plain, but courteous; pointed, but kind and gentle, they seldom failed to produce lasting impressions and convictions. It is said that he was instrumental in the conversion of more than one hundred persons. See Memoir of arlan Page (published by the American Tract Society).

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