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HISTORY OF TEXAS.
Gonzales. This continued about seven years.
It was during this pastorate, September 21,
1852, on a bright, happy evening, that Rev.
J. T. Powell, at the residence of Colonel L.
Cleveland, celebrated the rites of matrimony
between Rev. J. H. Stribling and Miss J. L.
Cleveland. During this time a house of
worship was built, among the best in western
Texas at that period, costing $5,000. Against
repeated entreaties to remain, this pastorate
was resigned and that of Wharton and Caney
churches, near each other, was accel)ted.
After two years here duty pointed to a
change, and the pastorate of the first church
at Galveston was accepted and entered upon
in May, 1860. This was a congenial field,
but the commotions of the war and the blockade
compelled a resignation and the return
of Mr. Stribling to his former field for a
In September, 1863, Mr. Stribling accepted
the pastorate of the church at Anderson,
and labored there with much success for
ten years. Not only Anderson, but many
neighboring fields and churches shared his
labors during this period. At the close of
the war in 1865 he was one of the only three
Baptist ministers in the State who were relying
entirely on the ministry for a support.
Declining health made a change of field
necessary. He was called to Tyler and entered
upon his labors there in September,
J873. It was here at his suggestion and
earnest instance that Major W. E. Penn began
his labors that have since been blessed in
Texas and other States. But, notwithstanding
the rich spiritual harvest in this pastorate
and its congenial surroundings, it was
here that the darkest shadow fell upon Dr.
Stribling's pathway. The companion of his
youth, his helper, stay and comfort all along
the journey of life was called from him. For
over twenty years she hadl been thle light and
joy of his heart and home, and the guardian
angel of his household. Hospitable to
strangers, kind to all, an example of piety
and faith, she had not only been a coiripanion
to him but a benediction to every church
and community where they had lived. But
here also another came to fill the empty void,
to be a mother to his children, and one who
comforted, cheered and encouraged hiil in
every good word and work. He married
Mrs. S. A. Hand in Tyler, in 1874.
Dr. Stribling spent over seven years in
Tyler, and did a great work for the people of
that city and community. Iis next pastorate
was his shortest, but occupied most of the
year 1881 at Calvert. He located at Rockdale
and began regular service with the
church in January, 1882. Ile held this
charge until his death, somewhat over ten
years later. He thus gave to the ministry
nearly fifty years of his life, during which
time lie held charges in widely scattered localities,
and performed all the multifarious
duties devolving on one in his position. He
preached, as nearly as can be estimated, 4,000
sermons, and delivered as many exhortations
and addresses. He held over 200 protracted
ineetings, in which over 3,000 persons professed
conversion. IHe solemnized over 300
marriages and baptized over 1,200 persons, and
traveled in every mnode 30,000 miles in Texas.
Among his published sermons was one on
G" Sunday Schools," one delivered at the funeral
of T. J. Jackson, a memorial discourse before
the Masonic fraternity, and a sermon on
"' Future Punishment," that attracted wide attention
at the time, and these are deserving of
a place in the archives of the church. Besides,
many newspaper articles appeared from his
pen from time to timne,-amnong them a discussion
on " Human Depravity," " Sketches
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Lewis Publishing Company, publisher. History of Texas, together with a biographical history of Milam, Williamson, Bastrop, Travis, Lee and Burleson counties : containing a concise history of the state, with portraits and biographies of prominent citizens of the above named counties, and personal histories of many of the early settlers and leading families, book, 1893; Chicago. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth29785/m1/681/: accessed September 25, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .