This; from: "History of Methodism in Alabama," by Rev. Anson E. West, D.D. (Page 499) (Timeline:1835-1838) "While the Indian, in contemplation of his final exodus from his own country, in dejected solitude, tread his native soil and listened to the plaintive dirges sung by the gentle winds amid the tree-tops of his native land, a number of Methodists, who were afterwards distinguished for zeal and piety, as if they came just in time to introduce innovations upon the long-established customs of the savage, moved into Macon County. That immigration created a demand for ministerial services in that region. That demand was met as best it could be under the disabilities of the limited supply of preachers and the rude conditions of the country."
Although this rather poetically written paragraph quite obviously proves nothing in regard to any particular person, it does (at least in my mind) speak to what I have been saying about the Methodist families that I had noticed moving down from Giles Co. TN, into Shelby Co., and later Macon Co. (The next paragraph in the book states that a Society of Methodists was organized there, in Tuskeegee, in 1835.)This book also makes reference to Rev. Jos. T. Abernathy, and to Rev. Jacob Segrest, the father of Sarah Elizabeth Mobley's mother, and therefore my 3GGF. Two other more distant Methodist relatives of mine (Reverends: Luke Mizell, Wm. Nabors) are also mentioned. I don't think that I ever told you before that Jim Nabors "Gomer Pyle" is my cousin, (same generation, but somewhat older) and also an Abernathy/Duke/ Dean descendant, like myself. My father knew him slightly, but I have never met nor contacted him.More later.. OCF