Methodist Episcopal Church book for New Orleans City and Faubourg and Lafayette Mission
Scope and Contents
This manuscript volume documents the early activities of the Methodist Episcopal Church in New
Orleans, Louisiana. It includes membership records and administrative reports. The membership
records identify 634 black members (1836-1838) and 242 white members (1825-1838). The
administrative reports consist of quarterly conference meeting minutes for Wesley Chapel Methodist
Episcopal Church (New Orleans, La.) dated 1844-1846. Located at the back of the volume is a section
labeled “colored church” quarterly conference meeting minutes. This includes records for the
following congregations: Gravier Street Methodist Episcopal Church (New Orleans, La.) from
1843-1859; Wesley Chapel Methodist Episcopal Church (New Orleans, La.) from 1844-1849, which
includes an act of incorporation; and Soule Chapel Methodist Episcopal Church (New Orleans, La.)
from 1849, which document a real estate transaction.
The following note appears in the volume: “Joseph Travis and Seymour B. Sawyer having been appointed to this station from the Alabama Conference. They arrived here on the 13th of January 1836 and after due inquiry for a church book containing the names of the members of the Methodist Episcopal Church: no such book was to be found. No, not even a class paper for the whites in the whole city. In the Faubourg and Lafayette Mission a class paper was found, but no church book. And the mission and the city station having this year been united by Bishop Soule: we have procured a book (as a church book) recording the names of such members as we can find both white and colored in both places.”
- 1825 - 1859
- Travis, Joseph, 1786-1858 (Person)
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Collection is open for research.
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Physical rights are retained by the Centenary College of Louisiana Archives and Special Collections. Copyright is retained in accordance with U.S. copyright laws.
Biographical / Historical
Rev. Joseph Travis (1786-1858) was born in Harford County, Maryland. He was the son of Robert and
Phebe L’Estrange Travis. Travis became a Methodist minister in 1806 and served North Carolina,
South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi. He published Autobiography of the
Rev. Joseph Travis, A.M., a member of the Memphis Annual Conference: embracing a succinct history
of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, particularly in part of western Virginia, the Carolinas,
Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi: with short memoirs of several local preachers, and an address to
his friends (Nashville, TN: E. Stevenson & J.E. Evans, Agents, for the Methodist Episcopal Church,South, 1856).
In 1811, Travis married Elizabeth Forster (d. 1843). In 1845, he married Mary Smith Butler.
Language of Materials
Arranged by subject, then chronologically.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
- African American Methodists -- Louisiana
- Church records and registers -- Louisiana -- Orleans Parish
- Gravier Street Methodist Episcopal Church (New Orleans, La.)
- Methodist Episcopal Church. Louisiana Conference
- Methodist Episcopal Church. Mississippi Conference
- Minutes (administrative records)
- Soule Chapel Methodist Episcopal Church (New Orleans, La.)
- Wesley Chapel Methodist Episcopal Church (New Orleans, La.)
- Travis, Joseph, 1786-1858 (Person)
- Finding Aid to the Methodist Episcopal Church book for New Orleans City and Faubourg and Lafayette Mission
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