Reverend Frost Pollitt


I have searched many newspapers for an obituary of the Rev. Frost Pollitt. None have been found. I will still search as such an article may provide additional information about Frost, his children, his travels and where he was laid to rest. I may someday find something in a Baltimore, Washington, D.C., or Philadelphia newspaper. Meanwhile, we have a thorough description of Frost from a very reliable source, the Minutes of the Ninth Session of the Delaware Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, published shortly after his death in July 1872.

1872 Memoirs or Obituary
Reference: Minutes of the Ninth Session of the Delaware Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, Dover, Del, July 25 to 29, 1872, pub. by the Conference, Philadelphia, Pa., 1872, pp. 175-176

“The Committee on Memoirs.
The Committee on Memoirs beg to leave to report Rev. Frost Pollett was a son of Titus and Rachael Pollett, and was born near Princess Anne, Somerset County, Md., about the year 1788, and departed this life March 12, 1872, about the 84th year of his age. His parents were members of the M. E. Church and brought up their child in the nature and admonition of the Lord, notwithstanding they were slaves. His early training was like bread cast upon the waters. He was a subject of divine guidance from a youth, and when about eighteen years of age he embraced religion, he joined the church with his parents. He on account of his diligence and punctuality in a short while become to be a very useful member of the church and soon after felt that he was called to preach, being willing to give himself more fully to God and his work he entered the ministry. Owing to his being a slave he could not work very extensively, but as the great head of the church had called him and sent him out, his earthly master could not hold him, therefore he bought himself at about 40 years and gave himself more fully to the ministry and the Lord went with him throughout the States of Maryland, Delaware and Pennsylvania and often Virginia without being molested, with some exceptions, where others could not travel without some trouble, and if he was molested he would not stop, and as soon as the Delaware Conference was organized he (full of zeal) entered the itinerant ranks and there preached until almost spent and then gave up without consent.

About the time of the Rev. Frost Pollitt’s passing, the Delaware Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church would list not only preachers in their memoir section in each Annual Conference Minutes but increasingly the wife or child of a preacher member. So during the short time that Frost was a member of the Delaware Conference from 1864 to 1872, his wife’s death was not mentioned that I have seen nor memorialized. Many conclusions can be made as to what happened to the Mrs. Frost Pollitt but it can be rightly assumed that she sits beside Ol’ Frost in heaven singing hymns, praying, and praising the Lord.