April 26, 1822 - Feb. 26, 1809
|The subject of this memoir was born at Bennetthorp, Doncaster, England, April 26, 1822, and died Feb. 26, 1809, being within two months of his 87th birthday; leaving two daughters, viz. Mrs. Faulk of Louisiana and Miss Trippett of Doncaster, and two neices, Miss Spencer and Mrs. Shepherd of England, with many friends who share the sorrows of his brethren of the conference to which he belonged.
The interment of the remains of Brother Trippett took place at the Balby Church yard, the Vicar, Rev. A. M. Ballard, officiating. A short service was previously held in the Priory Place Chapel, conducted 'by the Rev. J. Walker Dutt. He alluded in sympathetic terms to the life of the deceased. The hymns beginning with the words "Give Me the Faith," and "O God Our Help in Ages Past," were used in connection with the services.
Brother Trippett had the good fortune to be raised in a Christian home and to be the offspring of an honorable and godly ancestry; his father was a member of the Church of England and his mother a Weslegan Methodist. Reynolds attended church systematically, and testified in his mature manhood that he experienced the drawings of the Holy Spirit from early childhood; he was converted at thirteen, joined the Primitive Methodist Church and at once commenced a systematic course of study with the view of qualifying himself for future usefulness; rising before day in the morning (voluntarily) to prosecute his appointed task. One year after his conversion he was licensed to exhort and soon after this he was licensed to preach. In 1843 he came to New Orleans and promptly handed his church letter to Rev. Charles W. Whitehall, pastor of Seaman's Bethel; he attracted the attention of Rev. Wm. Winans, D.D., Presiding Elder of the New Orleans District, M. E. Church, South, who gave him license to preach by order of the Bethel Quarterly Conference Meantime he returned to England, and in September of 1844, was married to Miss Crowther, daughter of Mr. W. L. Crowther, of Doncaster, Eng. After the marriage Brother Trippett returned to America in time to be appointed as a supply for Algiers and Gretna,, which he' served during the year 1845; at the end of which year, he was admitted on trial into the Mississippi Conference and appointed to Soule Chapel, colored charge, and came into the Louisiana Conference as a probationer of one year, Jan. 5, 1847.. Brother Trippett served the following appointments in the Louisiana Conference, viz.: 1847 and 1848 Seamen's Bethel, 1849 Haw Creek Circuit, 1850 Vermillionville, 1851 New Orleans Circuit, 1852, 1853 Bastrop Circuit, 1854 Minden Circuit, 1855 Opelousas and Chicot Circuit, 1856 Monroe Circuit, 1857 Monroe and Trenton Circuit, 1858 St. Joseph Circuit, 1859 St. Joseph and Wesley Chapel, 1860, 1861, 1862 Richmond Circuit, 1863 Monroe Circuit, 1864, 1865 Homer Station, 1866 Homer District, 1867, 1868, 1869 Shreveport Station, 1870 Franklin and Pattersonville, 1871 Baton Rouge, 1872 transferred to the Mississippi Conference and stationed at Port Gibson, 1873 retransferred to Louisiana, and appointed to Lake Providence and Pecan Grove, 1874 Opelousas Circuit, 1875 and 1876 Monroe, 1877 and 1878 Lake Providence, 1879 Harrisonburg and Trinity, 1880 Oak Ridge Circuit, 1881 Waterproof, 1882, 1883; 1884 Morgan City and Pattersonville, 1885 to 1888 Red River Circuit; at the close of 1888 he was superanuated.
It will be seen by the above that Brother Trippett was in active service in the Louisiana Conference forty-one years; and three years, including a year as a supply in the Mississippi Conference as noted above; and twenty-one years on the honored roll of retired veterans, who have been worn out in the service, Brother Trippett was one of our most popular preachers and pastors, and endeared himself to the poor and the sick by his sympathies and faithful, attention. Socially he was always pleasant and companionable, and people delighted to entertain him as their guest. He was discreet and blameless in his intercourse and conversation, and unquestionable in his integrity.
|Source: Journal of the Louisiana Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South; 1909, by Rort. J. Harp.|