Purkhiser, Micah Gilbert
Purkhiser, Micah Gilbert, a minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church, was born in Washington township, Clermont County, O., Oct. 15, 1813. in his nineteenth year he was converted at a camp-meeting, and united with the Church. In 1834 he was licensed to preach, and in the following year joined the travelling connection in the Ohio Conference, and was appointed to Monroe Circuit, in Michigan Territory. During the year he rode about 2000 miles, preached nearly 200 times, obtained many seals to his ministry, and for his living received the modest sum of $47,371. His next appointment was to Spring Arbor Circuit. His next charge was as assistant on Georgetown Circuit, O. Next he preached on the West Charge, Cincinnati, and then removed to Batavia Circuit, where he labored two years. His subsequent appointments were: 1841, Fulton, Guyandotte, W. Va.; Frankfort, West Union, Highland, New Lexington, West White Oak, New Richmond, Goshen, Clarksville, Highland, Lynchburgh, New Market, Union, Miamisburgh and Germantown, New Paris, Highland, and Sinking Springs. At the conference of 1869 he took a supernumerary relation, and he died April 29,1875. See Minutes of Conferences, 1875, p. 114.