SALISBURY, MD—African Americans have been part of the formation of Methodism since it was established in the United States in the early 1700s.
The Rev. David W. Brown explores these ongoing connections during the talk “This Is My Story; This Is My Song: Connecting the Shared History of African Americans in United Methodism” 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 15, in the Bennett Family Auditorium in Perdue Hall.
Due to a scheduling conflict the October 15 first Rev. Frost Pollitt Memorial Endowment Lecture is being postponed until next April 2015. I will post exact details as they become available.
If you all have any questions, please post them and I will get back to you.
Occasionally, Ancestry.com will send out an email saying I have new hints to review concerning a Family Tree that I have published online. In this case, last week, it was about the Titus & Rachel Pollitt Family Tree.
One hint was for Laura A. Taylor who I recognized as the first wife of the Rev. Charles W. Pullett, Opening her Delaware Death Certificate and reviewing it once again for any additional information, I was caught by surprise. Her cause of death on April 26, 1913 in Bridgeville, Sussex County, Delaware, was listed as Pistol shot Self inflicted. The informant was Chas. W. Pullett. listed as living in Bridgeville. Her occupation was a housewife. She was listed as having been born in Washington, D.C. Her father was listed as Wm. Taylor, born Alexandria, Va and mother Mary. The undertaker was listed as being in Bridgeville but she was interred in Washington, D.C.
Last night I finally found Rev. Charles W. Pullett and his wife, Frances, son Charles Frost Pullett, his Beatrice, and their three children in Philadelphia. The census had it down as Pullit but the Ancestry transcriber wrote Pullis. I put in a correction. That is one feature I like about Ancestry in that you can correct transcription errors so that others can find things better.
I also maintain a Family Tree for Titus & Rachel Pollitt Family Tree and recently updated the original and transcriptions of Frost’s will to add Bequests to his children. Mainly he willed one or more acres of his land to his children. The questions remains as to what did his children or their heirs do with this land? I have had some success in tracing the land but in some cases draw a blank.
Any help would be appreciated.
On Wednesday, October 15, at 7:00 p.m. in the Wicomico Room, Guerrieri Center, at Salisbury University, Salisbury, Maryland, the inaugural lecture will be the first of an annual series on Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Delmarva African American History created in memory of the Rev. Frost Pollitt, an itinerant African American preacher, first within the all –White Philadelphia Conference and later as a founding member of the Delaware Conference created in 1864. The lecture is presented through the generous support of the Rev. Frost Pollitt Memorial Endowment at the Salisbury University Foundation and co-sponsored by the Fulton School and the Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture at Salisbury University.
The lecture, entitled, “’This is My Story; this is my Song’: Connecting the Shared History of African Americans in United Methodism” will be presented by Rev. David W. Brown, author of Freedom Drawn From Within: A History of the Delaware Annual Conference.
Yesterday I received my copy of the 2014 edition of the Annals of Eastern Pennsylvania, Journal of the Historical Society and the Commission on Archives and History of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church. The article is entitled, A Legacy of Service: One Family’s Century of Ministry in the Delaware Conference and its Predecessor. Much of the article stems from my research for this website. Since there is a link to the website at the end of the article, I am hopeful that new people will visit this site for a more in depth look at the Rev. Frost Pollitt and his family. Perhaps someone will be inclined to follow the link to donate to the Rev. Frost Pollitt Memorial Endowment at Salisbury University.
We are have identified Frost Pollitt’s land, Morris’ Conclusion, and have preliminary maps plotting its location. However, the map is still not yet ready for publication on the site. The effort to identify it to its present owners has proven very difficult as the original acreage was increased and decreased over many transactions from 1893 to the present. Thanks for your patience.