Printed in 1856 at the Methodist Book Concern for the Author, Cincinnati. 7.5 x 5 cloth hardcover.
Exterior has wear as shown. Owners' signatures and inscriptions at front, detailing provenance of the book. No torn, loose or missing pages. Nice example of this rare antique Native American title.
This book gives a unique insiders view of Indian life and traditions in the wilderness once known as the Old North-West that is, from the Ohio River to the banks of the Mississippi, from Kentucky and Tennessee north to Michigan. It also chronicles the daily challenges of an Indian missionary. PIONEER LIFE OF THE WEST was written by a man who lived in the territory among Indians for most of his life, who for decades observed and partook of their daily existence. Finley was a Methodist missionary. He first started preaching to frontier settlements and outposts in 1809, and continued for the rest of his life.Finley was always a strong advocate for Indian rights and was harshly critical of the federal governments Indian Removal policy that ultimately forced the Wyandot nation to relocate in Kansas in 1843. No living man, probably, has seen and known more of the Indians in the north-west than myself. During almost seventy years I have been among them, as it were have been acquainted with their principal men, studied their history, character, and manner of life. With me it has not been, as with most who have written about them, a mere matter of theory; for I have been among them, hunted and fished with them, ate and lodged in their wigwams, and been subjected to all the labors, excitements, perils, and privations of life among them. In this long experience and observation, I have gathered up many things which I thought worthy of record.
Some of them occurred in my experience as a missionary among them. Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, and Michigan, were the great battle-fields between barbarism and civilization in the west. My acquaintance extended over all these states; and there is scarcely a spot celebrated in Indian warfare which I have not visited again and again.
Tales of Indian life and warfare were the entertainments of my childhood; the realities of these things were among the experiences of my manhood. Now, when the scene is nearly over with me on earth, I have gathered up these reminiscences of the past, to amuse and instruct the generations of a later age. In order to give you the most accurate description of this important record of American Indian life during the period of western settlement, I have provided some helpful details below, namely an expanded summary of the books contents. If you take a moment to look, youll see that these 455 pages are packed with information from start to finish. Be sure to see them ALL by clicking on the link to my other auctions at the bottom of this page.
CHAPTER ONE: His parentage State and condition of the country at that day Mission of his father to North and South Carolina Civil war Tory party Tory Major Patriotic songs Charles Wesley His mother Grandmother Excitement in the Presbyterian Church on Psalmody The Methodist preacher Emigration to Kentucky Trip down the Ohio Efforts by Indians to decoy the boats to shore Fate of Rev. Tucker Maysville Death of his grandmother Removal to Washington, Mason County, Kentucky Simon Kenton Girty Kenton's conversion Mode of administering justice Stocton's Station Visit of the Indians Their depredations Stratagem of his mother Captain Cassady Melancholy event Early love of the chase Wolves Canebrake My father's congregation Opens a high school Importance of education.CHAPTER TWO: Backwoods character Immigration Hatred of the Indians Army under Gen. Harmar Spies M'Arthur and Davis Incidents Thrilling adventure of two spies Spies appointed by Gen. Wells Extraordinary feat Dispatch to take an Indian prisoner Adventure Singular recognition Capture of a Potawatomie chief An instance of humanity Dispatch for another prisoner A daring act Wells and M'Cleland wounded Irving's account of M'Cleland Anecdote of a trapper Pioneer bravery The soldier-boy Mrs. CHAPTER THREE: Life in the backwoods Food and dress Cabins Backwoods wedding The Buffalo Mode of catching Mills of the early settlers Game The elk Bear Adventure with The deer The panther The wolf The coon Sports with The opossum Hunter's life Backwoods dress. CHAPTER FOUR: The army of Wayne Land Speculators in Kentucky Col. Massie Meeting at Manchester Exploration of the Scioto country Skirmish with the Indians Another party Cultivation of land on the Scioto Town of Chilicothe laid out Zane's trace Remarks on progress First wagon driven to Chilicothe Beauty of Scioto bottoms My first visit Diseases of the country Murder of an Indian Robbery The first hotel in Chilicothe First store First physician First ministers First legislature Court Trial by jury Emancipation of slaves Trip to Ohio Destination Winter camps Hardships Indian Antidote Fondness for Indian life Early education Study of medicine Drove of cattle Journey to Detroit Hardships encountered.
CHAPTER FIVE: Backwoods biography Captain Cassady Taken prisoner by the Indians Mercer Beaton Melancholy end Basil Williams His fleetness Duncan M'Arthur His character as a spy Responsible offices John M'Donald A brave man Boys of those days Horrible tragedy M'Donald joins Wayne's army Surveying tour Encounter with Indians Nathaniel Masbie's company His character Peter Lee Nathaniel Beasly William O'Banion. CHAPTER SIX: Tragical occurrence Death of Capt.
John Herrod The cold-blooded murder of Wawilaway by Wolf Death of Williams Great excitement Tecumseh Council at Chilieothe Peace restored Trials of early settlers Mr. Atkinson and family House attacked by a bear Brave conduct of the daughter. CHAPTER SEVEN: Return to personal narrative Winter spent in hunting Bear hunt Holiday sports Marriage and housekeeping Farming Hunting Young folks of that day Fashionable life Rev. John Collins Country schools Sabbath-breaking Bear hunt Loss of property Solitude of the wilderness Adventure with a bear.CHAPTER EIGHT: Early religious education Catechetical instruction Conversation with my father on election Winchester's Dialogues Presbyterian elder Card-playing Dancing Great revival of religion in Kentucky Meeting at Cane Ridge Sensations produced Conviction Mayslick Pious German My conversion Early experience Persecution from the world Exercises on the subject of preaching Awful conclusion Relapse into sin Alarm and conviction occasioned by the accidental discharge of a gun. CHAPTER NINE: Awful temptation Russel's Seven Sermons Methodist preaching Class meeting Reading the Scriptures, and prayer Reclamation Vows to God Myself and wife join the Methodist Episcopal Church Meeting at Fowler's Exhortation Advice of the pious, old German friend Erect a meeting-house Ouarterly meeting at Hillsboro Rev. John Sale Called to exhort An incident Persecution and temptation Exercises to the will of God.
CHAPTER TEN: Consent to travel Scioto circuit First appointment West Union Surprise Camp meeting on Paint creek Receive license as a local preacher Admitted into the traveling connection, and appointed to Wills Creek circuit Divine promises Arrival at Zanesville Description of circuit Build a cabin for parsonage Irish family Roman Catholics Conversion Opposition in preaching Principal text-books at that day Preaching under a tree An old German and son German woman awakened Painful incident Alarming judgment Visit to a poor woman Rev. John Strange Camp meeting on Tuscarawas river Moravians Mr. John Bowers and wife The hunter and trapper Appointment at his house Tragical event Indian Christians masacred Rev. Boarer Her efforts to cross the Capin Mountains Lost Snow Dreadful night Loses her horse Unprecedented sufferings Gave herself up to die Faithful dog Found God's grace sufficient.CHAPTER TWELVE: The doomed chieftain Wyandott warriors Mr. Sells's interference in behalf of the Wyandott chief Charge of witchcraft Council condemn and sentence him to death Preparations for the execution Manner of death Burial. CHAPTER THIRTEEN: Knox circuit Local preachers Bowling Green Emissaries of Satan Revival at Mount Vernon Rev.
Gavit Camp meeting anecdote Gavit's conversion Rev. Robert Manly Appointment at Newark Threats ot the rabble Man shot Revival at Mr. John's Conviction of a young lady Great revival Young man possessed of the devil His conversion Successful labors My successor Arian and Socinian heresy Sad effects of it to this day Newlights St. Alban's township The Owl creek Universalist Fairfield circuit Rev.
Ralph Lotspeech Extent of the circuit Local preachers and prominent members Great earthquake Consternation of the people Whisky distiller and party The young preacher's grave. CHAPTER FOURTEEN: Young men called to the ministry Rev.
Henry Baker John Dillon's iron works The Dillon family Formation of a class at the iron works Building of a meeting-house Bishop M'Kendree Rev. John Goshen His labors Methodist Church and temperance Advised to go Advice to the rowdies Conference at Chilicothe Bishop Asbury and the appointments West Wheeling circuit Rev.Jacob Young Guessing at the numbers in society Roman Catholic convert Abel Sargent, the halcyon preacher The unhappy influence of the war spirit Local preachers Model class-leader Poor Jane Craig The young lawyer. CHAPTER FIFTEEN: Union of Barnesville and West Wheeling circuits Rev. Michael Ellis The old German Methodist An adventurous man Great revival on Duck Creek Camp meeting at Fairview A son of Belial Cross Creek circuit Rev. Archibald M'Elroy Extent of the circuit Church discipline Calvinist controversy Present of a handsome Bible Irish Ridge Letter from brother M'Elroy Rev. CHAPTER SIXTEEN: Appointed to the Ohio district Extent of Singular custom at meetings Fanaticism Calvinism and Universalism Presbyterian Union Confession of Faith Rev. Thomas Branch Singular text Camp meeting Hostile indications Captain of banditti Judge Cushing A singular case An English officer A verdant young missionary Quarterly meeting in Major Gaylord's barn Dr. Bostwick The conversion of a French soldier Camp meeting on Lake Erie The conversion of the sheriff Americana horribilis Two remarkable instances of conviction Conference at Steubenville A request for a talented minister Russel Bigelow. CHAPTER SEVENTEEN: Mode by which backwoods preachers were manufactured in other days Cumberland Presbytery Meeting for candidates for the ministry A wild mountain-boy His experience The geologist Bethel camp meeting The mountain-boy preacher Another specimen Methodist camp meeting near Springfield Kentucky orator Personal appearance in the pulpit Style of preaching Power over his auditors Mike Fink, the notorious bully. CHAPTER EIGHTEEN: The young missionary and the robber The moral condition of the far west, as represented by a certain class Travels of the young missionary Arm of the Grand Prairie The appearance of a suspicious-looking stranger The alarm of the missionary Taken home by the stranger Agreeable surprise His host a local preacher Different spheres of usefulness. CHAPTER NINETEEN: The martyr preacher Richmond Nolley Summerfield Cookman Nolley's early life His call to the ministry Admission into the traveling connection Sent to Ed dig to circuit, in South Carolina Stationed in the city of Charleston, South Carolina. Washington circuit, Georgia His habits and labors Efforts to reach a distant appointment Melancholy death. CHAPTER TWENTY: Personal narrative continued Reappointed to the Ohio district Wyandott Indians Early modes of worship Conference in Cincinnati Bishops Delegates to General conference Appointed to Lebanon district Local preacher Camp meeting Camp meeting at Mechanicsburg Went to General conference Discordant elements in the body Proposal to make the office of presiding elder elective Compromise Rev. CHAPTER TWENTY-ONE: Astonishing revival in the west in 1800 Joint labors of a Cumberland Presbyterian and Methodist preacher Character of their preaching Camp meetings Cane Ridge camp meeting Great excitement A bold opposer smitten Exhortation of a boy Manner of the exercises Jerking Falling Enthusiasm Regular Baptists Carey Allen Springfield presbytery Newlights David Purviance Gov. Garrard Secretary Tract on the Trinity Shakers Burton Stone's exposition Immersion Elder Holmes Elder Farnam A.
Sargent and his twelve apostles Elias Sicks Kidwell and the last edition of Universalism. CHAPTER TWENTY-TWO: Personal narrative continued Wyandott mission Report of Judge Leib to Secretary of War Appointed to Lebanon district Cincinnati station Rev.
Catharine Walker's remarks and poetry Pages. Francis Asbury's arrival in America His early religious training Conversion and connection with the Church State of the Church in England Early preaching Planting of Methodism in America Labors of the early bishops Meager support Methodist Episcopal Church organized Dr. Asbury elected joint superintendents Interview of Asbury with General Washington Academical and collegiate education Cokesbury College Methodist Church and literature Asbury's visit to New Haven College A change The fate of Cokesbury Asbury and Sabbath schools Asbury's spirit His general experience His regard for the preachers Incident in his travels His amor patriot Wesley's political opinions Death of Washington Asbury's opinion of Celibacy of Bishop Asbury Coke and Whatcoat Close of Asbury's life.
CHAPTER TWENTY-FOUR: Bishop M'Kendree Camp meeting on Little Miami Personal appearance of M'Kendree His preaching First interview with him Thrilling incident M'Kendree requested to preach his principles in full Attacked by three Presbyterian elders Circumstances connected with his election to the superintendency Description of his sermon before the members of the General conference Effect of that sermon Prediction of Bishop Asbury Twenty-seven years a bishop Impartial in all his official acts The close of his life. David Young His parentage Early life Experience Relapse Wonderful preservation His educational advantages Taught a German school in Tennessee Cumberland Presbyterians Meditations Convictions Went to a large meeting Obtained religion Joyous emotions Became a Methodist preacher Views of the Cane Ridge revival Appointed to Wayne circuit, Kentucky His colleague Total eclipse Appointed to Livingston circuit Extent of Afflicted Curious Indian burying-ground Improper class-leaders On his way to conference falls sick at Lexington His personal appearance and general character. CHAPTER TWENTY-SIX: Early life of the Rev.Finley Professor of Languages in Augusta College, Kentucky Fate of Augusta College Finley is received into the traveling connection Dr. Bascom's tribute to his memory Analysis of his character Fifteen years in the ministry Character as a man As a teacher As a husband As a father As a friend As a minister His triumphant end Rev. Jonathan Stamper's singular dream. Christie Embraced religion in early life Was admitted into the traveling connection in 1825 Various appointments Thrice elected to General conference His personal appearance Style of preaching Power in the pulpit Smitten with disease in the early part of his ministerial life Compelled to desist from his labors, and repair to Cincinnati His health rapidly declined Religious experience Christian testimony Happy death.
Attends the Ohio conference Address at New York Big-trek Personal appearance Manners Residence At Braddock's defeat when a boy Indian wars Hair-breadth escape His conversion Close of his life The Mysterious Indian Chieftain And His Bride Their appearance at the mission Regarded as superior beings Personal appearance of the chief His dress Hunting apparatus Horses Conjectures The bride Her personal appearance Dress Their tent Superstitious conjectures Their mysterious disappearance Indian tradition. Remember folks, this is an 1856 original. This book is 160 years old.Please be sure to add me to your List of Favorite Sellers. Don't miss out on any of my latest listings. When you prepare your listings you generally should use only material text, photographs, etc. And trademarks/names that you created or own yourself or licensed from the owners. Item description text; lists of contents, lists of illustrations/photos; scanned images, etc. The item "1856 Among Wild Indians Wyandot Huron Indian Sandusky Ohio Frontier Missionary" is in sale since Sunday, January 03, 2016. This item is in the category "Books\Antiquarian & Collectible". The seller is "neetmok" and is located in South Salem, New York.
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