The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 2, July 1898 - April, 1899

The Old Journal of Littleton Fowler.

JOTTINGS FROM THE OLD JOURNAL OF LITTLETON
FOWLER.
WITH BIOGRAPHICAL INTRODUCTION.
DORA FOWLER ARTHUR.
[The authorities consulted are: Redford's "Methodism in Kentucky, "
McFerrin's "Methodism in Tennessee, " Thrall's "Methodism in Texas, "
and old diaries and letters of the missionary.]
Littleton Fowler was born in ,Smith County, Tennessee, Septem-
ber 12, 1802. His father was Godfrey Fowler, of a sturdy old Eng-
lish family 'of Wake COounty, North Carolina, and his mother was
Clara Wright, of an equally respectable family of Tennessee.
In 1806, his parents, with their small family of four boys, moved
to Oaldwell County, Kentucky, and located near Princeton. Here
the .old Fowler homestead is still known to this day and generation,
as is also known the older Fowler homestead, dating back more than
a century, near Wake Forest, North Carolina. The family has
claimed Methodist preachers ever since the labors of Wesley and
Asbury in America, but lawyers, teachers, writers and artists have
divided family honors. Mr. Redford says, in his "Methodism in
Kentucky:" "One of the sweetest spirits that ever belonged to the
Methodist ministry of the West was Littleton Fowler." The fol-
lowing data are from the same source, and from the missionary's
old Kentucky diary:
He began to preach in 1820, but his health, which was never ro-
bust, became so impaired that he was left without an appointment
for a few years. In 1828, we find him in charge of the Bowling
Green church; in 1829, he was the co-laborer at Louisville of H.
H. Kavanaugh, who was later bishop. Here his health again failed
him, and he was given an easier work, 'Cynthiana Station, and later
Maysville.
At a subsequent date he was transferred to the Tennessee Con-
ference, and stationed at Tuscumbia, Alabama. In 1833, he was
made financial agent of La Grange College, Alabama, which office

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