Whatley, Uriah



Uriah Whatley was born in Catahoula Parish, Territory of Louisiana, January 1st, 1802. He was converted in 1826 and joined the M.E. Church in 1827. He was licensed to exhort by the Rev. Wm. Stephenson in 1830, and joined the Mississippi Conference at Vicksburg in December, 1821. He traveled the Boeuff Prairie Circuit in 1833, Lake Bolevin in 1834, and the Opelousas Circuit in 1835, at the close of which he located. In November 1837, he was admitted on trial in the Arkansas Conference, and traveled the Monroe Circuit in 1838, Harrisburg in 1839, and Claiborne in 1840. At the close of this year he again located. During his local relation he was employed by Richmond Randle on the Trinity Circuit in 1845. In 1846 he again joined the Mississippi Conference and traveled Haw Creek Circuit, Columbia in 1847, Harrisonburg in 1848, and Boeuff River in 1849. At the close of this year he again located and supplied the Trinity Circuit under Joel Saunders, Presiding Elder, in 1853 and 54. In 1853 he represented his parish in the Legislature. He was admitted on trial in the Louisiana Conference in January, 1855, and appointed to the North Rapides Circuit and Mission, on which work he labored, sometimes on the Circuit and sometimes on the Mission, until the day of his death, which occurred on the 25th day of May, 1864. Bro. Whatley died as he lived, a man of God and faithful laborer in his Master’s vineyard. His last words were, “I am almost home.”
Source: Journal Louisiana Conference Methodist Episcopal Church, South, 1864

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