Dinsdale, Matthew / Matthew Dinsdale papers, 1836-1897: Folder 1
[Reverend Matthew Dinsdale - Biographical Sketch], pp. -5 PDF (5.7 MB)
Rev. Matthew Dinsdale was born at Askrigg, Yorkshire, England, July 14, 1815, and received his education at a boy's school in his native valley Wensleydale. This school was on a foundation existing from the time of Queen Elizabeth, and one of its first trustees was Ivor Dinsdale, an ancestor of Matthew. The letter came to the United States in 1844 on the packet "St. George," 1200 tons, one of the finest trans-Atlantic steamers of its time. After a three month's journey he arrived at Kenosha (then Southport) Wisconsin on the eighth of October, and was soon among friends who had pre-ceded him and settled at English Prairie just across the Wisconsin line in Mc Henry County, Illinois. A month later Mr. Dinsdale was received into the quarterly conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, having brought credentials from the Wesleyan Conference in England. The next year he joined the Rock River Conference and was assigned to Potosi circuit in the lead-mining district of southwestern Wisconsin. The succeeding year Mr. Dinsdale was appointed to the Lake Winne-bago circuit, then a mission district including preaching stations among the Brothertown Indians, at Oshkosh, and other new settlements along the lake shore. He virtually lived in the saddle, going from cabin to cabin, and gathering the settlers together for a Sunday service. Often he slept by the roadside or in the woods. His health was impaired by the severe strain of his circuit-riding days, and in 1849 he joined a group of friends, who visited the gold regions of California.
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