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Budget Containing the Status of Methodism at the Second Ecumenical Conference of Methodism
			
            STATUS OF METHODISM AND CHRISTIANITY.                19

      South America............  4,439,182 ..............  28,918,118
      Central America..........    633,245 ..............   3,166,227
      Hiawaii Islands..........      4,500 ..............      80,578
      Canada...................     21,393 ..............   4,387,970
      United States............  7,796,951 ..............  62,680,000
    Total, .................... 19,054,374 .............. 114,029,517


         THE FIRST SUNDAY SCHOOL CONVERT.

                         JOHN CHARLSTON.
    Asbury, the Wesley of the New World was the first to open a
Sunday school in Hanover County, Virginia, 1786. This school was
taught in the house of Thomas Crenshaw, one of the first members of
our Church in that section of the State.
  The pious labors of the pioneer teachers in this school were crown-
ed of God in the conversion of a number of the scholars, among whom
was a colored boy, John Charlston, who afterwards became a local
preacher, and labored with zeal and success for more than forty
years. Other schools were probably established in different sections
of the work, but of this no positive information so far as we know re-
mains on record--Memorials of Methodism in Virginia, page 297,
Rev. Dr. W. W. Bennett, Editor.
  This boy removed to the State of Ohio, lived in Chillicothe, was a
member and a local preacher in the M. E. Church. When the mis-
sionaries in 1821 came to establish the African M. E. Church he was
one of the first to join, and was commissioned and sent out to estab-
ish churches. He was a co-laborer of Noah Cannon, William Miller
and John Boggs.
    We find the following record in the minutes of the Ohio Annual
Conference:
    1836. John Charlston was a member of the General Conference
of the A. M. E. Church at Philadelphia, May 2.
    In 1836 he was stationed at Chillicothe, Ohio. In 1837 he was
stationed at Zanesville, Ohio.  In 1838 he was stationed at Chillicothe,
Ohio. Sept. 7, 1839, the Ohio Conference meet in Pittsburg, Pa.,




			
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Budget Containing the Status of Methodism at the Second Ecumenical Conference of Methodism


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