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Rev. James Jamieson


THE picture in the first group, over the name of Jamieson, represents to us a face of a benignant old man, and with marks of native endowments of intellect. The lineaments of the Scotch are there. In the meridian of life the features must have been assuring to an audience of a strong, sensible, sermon.

Mr. Jamieson has held different stations: circuit work, Eldership, College President and member of famous General Conferences. He has quit himself of his charge with advantage to the church and honor to himself. The signs of an apostle has attended his ministry. He is in the effective ranks after a campaign of over half a century.

He is the son of Andrew and Elizabeth Jamieson; was born in Augusta county, Virginia, April 4th, 1802. On his father's side he was of Scotch-Irish descent, on his mother's, English.

His father when young emigrated from the north of Ireland to the State of Pennsylvania. There he married Miss Elizabeth Davis, and moved to the Valley of Virginia, where they raised a large family.

While a student in a classical school near Waynesboro, under the management of Rev. James Wilson, a Presbyterian minister, Mr. Jamieson, professed religion and joined the Presbyterian Church. In the early part of 1827 he took charge of a school in Patrick county, Virginia. While residing there he decided, after much reflection and prayer, to enter the ministry. Believing, after a careful examination of the doctrines of the Methodist -Episcopal Church, that they harmonized more fully with the teachings of the Scriptures than those of any other church with which he was acquainted, he joined the Methodist Episcopal Church, 1828. 

After a few months he obtained, from the Quarterly Conference of the Franklin Circuit, license to preach the Gospel, and in 1829 he was received on trial by the Virginia Conference in Lynchburg, Virginia. His first year was spent on Brunswick Circuit, with Rev. W. H. Starr, preacher in charge; his second on Roanoke Circuit, North Carolina ; his third and fourth years on Granville Circuit, North Carolina.  Ad here

In 1833 he was stationed in Charlottesville and Scottsville. At that time there was no Methodist church in Charlottesville; but by the kindness of the Episcopalians he was allowed to. occupy their church during the year in connection with Rev. William Hammett, then chaplain at the University of Virginia. They started a subscription which resulted in the erection of a Methodist church. In 1834-5 he was stationed in the city of Raleigh, North Carolina ; 1836 he was sent as Presiding Elder to Newbern, North Carolina; in-1837 when the Conference was divided, he was sent as Presiding Elder to the Newbern District, and thus became a member of the North Carolina Conference, in which he remained until he was transferred with the Danville District, 1858, to the Virginia Conference ; 1841 he was sent to the Raleigh District; 1845 to the Danville District; in 1848-9 he was connected with Greensboro' Female College as one of its instructors; in 1850 he travelled on the Greensboro' District; in 1851 he was stationed in Greensboro'; in 1852 in the city of Wilmington. The next two years he spent on Franklin Circuit; 1855 he was appointed President of Danville Female College, and remained in charge of that institution until 1862. The College, under his administration, enjoyed a high degree of prosperity till the war broke out in, 1861. In 1862 he bought a farm and settled in the county of Mecklenburg, and by the advice of Bishop Early, he remained on his farm without any regular work till the close of the war. In 1865 he had charge of Patrick Circuit, where he spent a pleasant year among the friends and pupils of his early manhood. Many of his former friends had passed over the river to the promised land. 1866-7 he was Chaplain at Randolph Macon College. The next four years he was on the Danville District. In 1872 he had charge of the Boydton Circuit; the three following years he was stationed in the town of Boydton; 1876 he was sent to Clarkesville, and is now there his third year.

He was a member of the General Conference, 1840, in the city of Baltimore, also in 1844 in the city of New York, and in 1846 in the city of Petersburg.

During his long and active ministry he has been in many revivals, and has seen many precious souls converted and brought into the fold of Christ.

Source:  Sketches of the Virginia Conference, Methodist Episcopal Church, South.  by Rev. John J. Lafferty Richmond, Va., Christian Advocate Office 1880.

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