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Journal of Ann Branson

CONTENTS



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CHAPTER I.

Her birth and childhoodSome account of her parents and other members of the familyApostacy of Elisha Bates, and her exercises concerning itThomas Shillitoe's testimony concerning J. J. Gurney's doctrinesThe Philadelphia appealEvents of her early womanhoodHer disobedience and repentance, and forgiveness thereforHer bed of sickness, and first sermonHer subsequent recovery,

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CHAPTER II.

Commencement of her diary entriesFirst poetryDeath of her motherA religious visit to Salem in company with her fatherA religious visit to meetings in IndianaVisit to a neighboring Monthly Meeting,

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CHAPTER III.

Prevalence of erysipelas feverDeath of her fatherExercises in her own meeting, and on behalf of individuals about homeStarvation in IrelandA religious visit in her own Quarterly MeetingThe beginning of the troubles of Gurneyism,

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CHAPTER IV.

Visits families about homeGreat exercises of mindVisit to a sick neighborExercises continued, and the spring of the ministry in great measure closed upA visit to Miriam Ellis, on her death-bedThe funeral of Miriam EllisHer labors and concern relative to California gold-hunting,

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CHAPTER V.

Exercises in her own Select Meeting and the Quarterly MeetingAsa Branson's first appearance in the ministryA religious visit to the meetings composing Salem and Spring-field QuartersA visit to a dying man after her returnHad to go back to Salem and thereaway, to finish the required service,

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CHAPTER VI.

A religious visit to Pennsville Quarter and its branches, and many familiesHer testimony against musicA religious visit to Stillwater Quarter and its branches, and some families, accompanied by close exercisesVisits meetings about home, and appoints some meetings amongst non-membersVisited families at GuernseyAgain visited Stillwaterand also performed religious service within the limits of Short Creek Monthly MeetingLabor with Laban Mitchell against his going to the armyAnd a notice of his death soon afterLabor and appointment of meetings at Guernsey,

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CHAPTER VII.

Appointment of a meeting at Georgetown, and other service in that vicinityA pointed testimony at Micajah Johnson'sBeginning of the Civil War, and her exercises concerning itExercises and service about Harrisville and Mt. PleasantA visit to two despondent persons at StillwaterAgain visits Salem and Springfield MeetingsNeglects an apprehended duty at the town of BarnesvilleAn acknowledgment and regret over other omissionsDeath of Micajah JohnsonFrequent sufferings of spirit on account of the warAgain visits Salem and Springfield Quarters, and their branches,

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CHAPTER VIII.

A religious visit to Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, and many of its branchesHer remarkable testimony in the men's Yearly Meeting, and much plain dealing in other places, during the fulfilment of required services there,

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CHAPTER IX.

Protracted illnessPrivate spiritual exercisesInterview with Daniel KollAnd opportunities with other individualsA religious visit to IndianaIowaAnd the western parts of Ohio; and the peculiar exercises and trials connected therewithDeath of her brother, Jacob Branson, and her accompanying feelings,

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CHAPTER X.

Death of her cousin William Wright; and further remarks on the last days of her brother JacobAppointment of meetings from amongst FriendsHome exercises, and labors in that vicinityA visit to Springfield Quarter on a Yearly Meeting appointmentFurther exercises, and labor about homeA testimony against attending at “fairs”Religious service at ConcordDeath of Joseph Hobson, and remarks thereonDeath of Joseph Wilson, and her feelings concerning him,

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CHAPTER XI.

Death of Hannah Mitchell, and hopeful remarksDeath of Ruth ConrowDeath of William Bailey, and remarks thereonA religious visit to Pennsville and Short Creek Quarters, extending to their branches and familiesA religious visit to Salem QuarterIts branches and some familiesDeath of Joseph WalkerDeath of Isaac MitchellDeath of her cousin, Joseph Branson, and remarks concerning himExercises under a sense of the situation of her own Yearly Meeting,

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CHAPTER XII.

Exercises of the Yearly Meeting's committee relative to impending duty towards small bodies of Friends, who have lately withdrawn from some of the progressive bodies, in a testimony against their unsoundnessConsiderations also included touching correspondence with the Smaller Body in New EnglandA religious visit to the meetings constituting Ohio Yearly Meeting, extending to Iowa and KansasDeath of her cousin, Elizabeth SmithVisited her aged friend, Hannah Warrington, of Moorestown, N. J., and attended some meetings in that vicinityDeath of her brother-in-law, Jesse Roberts, and her commendation of his Christian virtuesAttended the Orthodox Canada Yearly Meeting, and visited some of its branchesDeath of her nephew, Benjamin BransonDeath of Martha A. WilsonDeath of Stephen HobsonA religious visit to the Orthodox Western Yearly MeetingA tedious illness,

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CHAPTER XIII.

Paid a religious visit to the Yearly Meeting of the Smaller Body in New England and most of its branchesAttended several meetings in Philadelphia, and thereabouts, on her way homeA plain and searching testimony at Arch Street Monthly MeetingConfinement by indispositionA religious visit to the meetings constituting Salem QuarterHome exercises and religious service, when physically able, within the limits of her own Quarterly MeetingPermanently declining illness, and spiritual exercises of her last days,

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INDEX.

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Journal of Ann Branson, A Minister of the Gospel in the Society of Friends. Philadelphia: Wm. H. Pile's Sons, Printers, 422 Walnut Street. 1892.