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Detail. Methodist Episcopal General Conference, held at Napanee, August, 1874. Rev. Dr. Moses J. Hill, is described in the newspaper as " the senior delegate from the United States". "Rev. Dr. Hill presented the address of the General Conference of the M.E. Church in the United States. After the address had been read by the Secretary, Dr. Hill made a humourous and practical address in which he expressed his pleasure in being present, the home-feeling he felt surrounded by familiar faces and engaged in business similarly transacted to their own; he spoke of the connection between the American and Canadian conferences and said that their Conference entertained the hope that they would be one here, and trusted the strong ties of Methodist doctrines and Methodist politics would unite them still stronger." (Napanee Standard) Dr. Hill "of Erie" had met Bishop Richardson at the Episcopalean Methodist Conference in Brooklyn, New York, in May of 1872. They are both mentioned in the New York Times as speakers. (NYT, May 23, 1872) In their day, both were well-known and respected. Moses J. Hill was Born December 6, 1817 in Bergen, New York. He was licensed to preach on trial for the Erie Conference in 1837. The Erie Conference included parishes in what was partly the old Ohio territory, including work in western Pennsylvania and part of New York. Here he met pioneers such as Nathan Bangs and Darius Smith. As well as being a convivial and approachable pastor, Hill showed academic abilities and in the late 1840's he attended Alleghany College, graduating with a Bachelor's degree. He later earned a Doctor of Divinity from Baldwin University. He was still serving the Erie Conference when it split in 1876, at which time he became part of the new Ohio Conference. His last parish was in Cleveland. He retired in 1882 and died January 21, 1898 in Kalamazoo, Michigan. (Rev. N.C. Young, in "Western Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church) The actual image on the composite photograph is badly soiled and discoloured. This scan has been enhanced.
M. Hill -Exhibit #3 The Methodist Episcopal Conference of 1874 -Credit: The Lennox and Addington County Museum and Archives
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Rev. Dr. Moses J. Hill

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