Rev. Charles J. Hallberg of the Louisiana Conference died in Isaquena county, Missis-sippi, July 29, 1870. Brother Hallberg was, we believe, of Swedish parentage, and born in the West Indies, on the third of June, 1820. He came with his family to New Orleans while quite a youth and was converted in his seventeenth year. He was admitted on trial in the traveling con-nection at the session of the Mississippi Annual Conference, held in Port Gibson, Mississippi, December 11, 1844, and was appointed junior preacher on the Vidalia Circuit.
In 1845 he was appointed to Plaquemine, La. At the session of the Mississippi Confer-ence, held in New Orleans, December 10, 1845, the Louisiana Conference was set off, and Brother Hallberg fell within the bounds. At the first session of the Louisiana Conference, held in Opelousas, January 6, 1847, he was admitted into full connection, ordained deacon by Bishop Soule, and appointed to the Houma and Bayou Black Circuit. In December 1848, he was ap-pointed to the Richmond Circuit, and in 1850 he traveled the Monticello Circuit. At the Confer-ence held in New Orleans December 25-31, 1850, Brother Hallberg was elected to elder orders, and ordained by Bishop Capers. In 1850 he continued on the Monticello Circuit. His subsequent appointments were: Chicot, Caddo, Monticello, Richmond Circuit, and Madison Colored Mis-sion, Alexandria, New Orleans City Missionary in 1858, on the Trinity Circuit in 1859-60, in 1861-62 at Pecan Grove and Willow Bayou, in 1863 at Carroll, in 1864 at Providence and Bunche’s Bend. Circumstances having compelled him to move to Mississippi, he was left in the bounds of that Conference in 1865, without any definite work. The Conference, which met in Mansfield in November 1865, granted him a superannuated relation, and he continued in this re-lation until his death.
For a number of years Brother Hallberg had been a great sufferer from inflammatory rheumatism, and rendered incapable of preaching. For some weeks previous to his death his mind was in a wandering condition, but in his last hours he was perfectly rational, and his end was peace. He was a good preacher, a faithful and self-denying laborer in the ministry, and had endured and suffered much in the service of the church. He leaves to the care of the church a dependent family, consisting of a wife and five children.
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference Methodist Episcopal Church, South, 1870|