Hughes, Jeptha


- 1856

Jeptha Hughes was partly raised in Alabama. We have not been able to learn the time and place of his birth. He embraced religion in early life. In the year 1823, he was first licensed to exhort. In 1825 or 1826 he was admitted on trial in the Mississippi Conference. Of his early career in the Ministry we know but little.
We find him in 1836 on the Warren Circuit; in 1837 he was stationed at Manchester (now Yazoo City) and Benton. At the close of that year he was transferred to the Arkansas Conference. At the close of 1838 he located and settled on the Bonida Bayou, in what is now Morehouse Parish, La. After a few years he removed to Union Parish, and subsequently returned to Bonida. In January 1855, he was re-admitted into the traveling connection by the Louisiana Conference, and stationed at Monroe and Trenton. During this year his health failed; he was placed on the supernumerary list, and appointed to the Bastrop Circuit. Some time in the month of June 1856, he was stricken with paralysis, from which he never fully recovered. He was able to ride, but never attempted to preach afterwards. He finally sunk under the disease, and on the 11th of September 1856, sweetly fell asleep. In his last illness he conversed but little, but recognized his friends, and was sensible to the last. Two or three days before his departure he said that he felt confident that all was well. Brother Hughes was a man of deep piety, and as a Preacher he was an “able Minister of the New Testament.” When in the regular work he was always at his post and as a local Preacher he was abundant in labors. He leaves a widow and four children to mourn his loss; but they mourn not as those who have who have no hope.
Source: Journal Louisiana Conference Methodist Episcopal Church, South, 1856

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