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Dinsdale, Matthew / Matthew Dinsdale papers, 1836-1897: Folder 1

[Reverend Matthew Dinsdale - Biographical Sketch],   pp. [1]-5 PDF (5.7 MB)


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[Rev. Dinsdale]
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After over two years in this pioneer work, Mr. Dinsdale re-turned to England,
and there in April, 1853 he married Mary Anne Mann of York.  Returning to
America with his young English bride, he applied once more for admission
to the Methodist Church, and in 1858 entered the West Wisconsin Conference.
 Thereafter for nineteen years he served in many pastorates in the southwestern
part of the State.  In 1872 and 1873 he was preacher in charge at Madison.
 Four years later he retired from the active ministry, and spent his declining
years at Linden, Iowa county, where on April 15, 1898, he passed away.
His only surviving daughter, Mrs. Magnus Swenson, of Madison, has recently
presented to the Historical Society, many of her father's papers.  Among
them are three diaries of considerable historical value.  The first, describes
the voyage from England to America, the early days in this country, the work
and events of pioneer life, "hewing bees," house-raisings,
rail-splittings,
hog-killings, and the like, interspersed with descriptions of the weather,
the climate, and the land.  The first thunder storm was a cause of great
wonderment to the English-bred youth; he confesses to like house-raisings.
 "After n at a raising Bee with Peter.  The house is Mr Jas Thompsons.
 I am fond of this way of building for this country it just suits for a new
settlement.  The neighbors turned out well and assisted heartily."
One day he "Met four Indian hunters about noon when returning from
the
grove.  Spoke to them but they did not appear to wish to enter into conversation.
 They stood till we passed them and then they moved on.  Two of

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