Ravenscroft, Stephens

Ravenscroft, Stephens a minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church, was born of pious and respectable parentage in Staffordshire, England, March 6, 1803, was converted very young, and licensed to preach in his eighteenth year by the Wesleyans. In 1838 he emigrated to the United States. He was a great admirer of republican institutions, and as loyal a citizen as ever breathed the free air of America. In 1839 he was admitted into the Indiana Conference, and appointed to Booneville. His subsequent appointments were Mount Vernon, New Lebanon, Carlisle, Spencer, Bloomfield, and Bowling Green. While on the last-named charge his health failed, and he was located at his own request. He moved with his family to Point Commerce, and supplied Linton and New Albany circuits. He afterwards travelled as a Bible agent in Clark and Floyd counties until his health became so poor that he had to give up the work entirely. He then moved to Rockport, Ind., where, as a supply, he ended his nine years' service as a local preacher. In 1859 he was readmitted into conlference and placed on the superannuated list, which relation he sustained until his death In 1869 he moved to Worthington, Ind., and in 1870 to Petersburgh, Ind., where he was appointed postmaster, and where he died, Oct. 20, 1871. See Minutes of Conf. 1872, p. 79.

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