The Rev. Henry C. Thweatt, D.D., war born April 12, 1805, in Halifax Co., Va., and died in DeSoto Parish, La., October 15, 1881, aged 76 years, 6 months and 3 days. His mother died when he was an infant and his father when he was four years old; hence his early training was necessarily entrusted to others. At eight years of age he was placed at a boarding school, and from that time until he finished his education at the University of Virginia, he was kept regularly at school. Before he was eighteen he had finished the University course of study, but did not receive his diploma until some years after. In January 1827, when twenty-two yeas old, he was married to Miss Amy A. G. Bouseau of Va. “On the 8th day of September, 1831,” to use his own language, “Monday morning between the hours of 10 and 11, I was born again, became a new creature in Christ Jesus—the sky was clear and purely beautiful; so that God alone was to be seen."” In February 1832, he joined the Methodist Church, and on the 8th day of May, the same year, he was licensed to preach by John Early, Presiding Elder. He exercised his gifts and grace for five years as a local preacher in Virginia. During these years he preached a great deal, was full of zeal, and was eminently useful. In 1838 he immigrated to Kentucky where he remained only till the fall of the year.
At the close of the year he moved to Tennessee. In 1839 and ’40 he settled in North Mississippi, taught school, and continued to preach with zeal and abounded in the work of the Lord. In 1841 he was received on trial in the Memphis Conference, and the same year transferred to the Virginia Conference. Getting there after the session of the conference, he took work under the Presiding Elder and was placed on the Brunswick Circuit. In 1843 he was received into full connection in the Memphis Conference and was stationed in the City of Memphis, Tennessee. In 1844 he was stationed in Summerville, Tenn. In 1845 he was stationed in Jackson, Tenn. In 1846 he was on Whiteville Circuit and Mission. In 1847 he located. In 1849 he was re-admitted into the traveling connection in the Arkansas Conference, and appointed agent for the Washington Male and Female Seminary. In 1850 he was appointed Professor of ancient languages in the same institution. In 1851 he was transferred to the Louisiana Annual Conference and stationed at Moreau Street Church in New Orleans, La. In 1852 he was appointed Bible Agent, in which agency he was continued for three years. In 1855 he was appointed President of Mansfield Female College and was continued President of this college till June 1860. In 1861 he was appointed Presiding Elder of the Shreveport District. Early in this year his health failed to such a degree that at the close of the year he took a superannuated relation to the Conference, which relation he sustained till his death.
From 1842, when first attacked with rheumatic gout, he was frequently subjected to paroxisms of the severest sufferings till the day of his death. His health during all these years was very unreliable and his sufferings often as great as human nature could endure. But in all his sufferings he was not only a patient Christian but a wise philosopher; he ever endured as seeing Him who is invisible.
His life was eminently a success. He left his impress for good upon the world in which he lived. Along the pathway of his life may still be seen his works of benevolence. When stationed in Memphis he was instrumental in erecting a commodious edifice, where God is still worshipped, saints comforted and sinners converted. The Bible House on Camp Street, New Orleans, was erected by his persistent efforts when he was Bible Agent. Here the Bible in many languages is issued and goes forth as the healing stream to the nations of the earth. Along further in his pathway may be seen Mansfield Female College, a beautiful three story brick building, well adapted to the purpose of female education. These are so many noble monuments to his name. After his labors had ended by consequence of affliction, God called him to suffer a while longer, which he did as nobly as he labored. When both his labors and sufferings were done, the messenger of death came and he was laid to rest in the College grounds till the final summons.
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference Methodist Episcopal Church, South, 1882|