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Joel Rivers is listed in .
While in Franklin, North Carolina, Joel wrote a pamplet docmenting his ministering to a young lady overcome with comsumption. "The Power and Excellence of Religion, Exemplified in the Happy Conversion and Triumphant Death of Miss Ruina J. Williams" by Joel Rivers, published for the Tract Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church, New York, 1809, with a silhouette of Miss Williams. (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, archives) (The copy I have is from the Library of Asbury Seminary in Kentucky and it was published in 1828.)
The first Methodist Episcopal church in Claiborne had been built by Reverend Joel Rivers at his own expense in 1817. When this church became inadequate, a new structure was built on the same lot which was ultimately paid for by his son-in-law, Stephen Steelee, out of his own funds. The Deed for this lot which was retained by Stephen (probably inherited or handed down to him from Joel Rivers) was lost or destroyed during the Civil War. (History of Methodism in Alabama; Rev. Anson West, D.D.; Methodist Episcopal Church, South; Barbee and Smith, Agents; Nashville, Tennessee; 1893; pages 573 and 574. )
According to a family tradition, General LaFayette became the godfather of the second son of Stephen Steele and Elizabeth J. Rivers, naming the son after himself, "LaFayette" and after a deceased close friend of the Revolution, "DeKalb". Indeed, the child's name was LaFayette Dekalb Steele.
A letter dated 1 October 1885 to Lavinia Jehu Scott Wilson, only daughter of Hannah Rivers Scott and granddaughter of Joel and Rhoda Harwell Rivers, from Lafayette Steele, son of Hannah's sister Elizabeth Rivers Steele (wife of Stephen Steele) states that he once had a book which gave much information about the Rivers family in England but,
"in perigrimations, I have lost it and forgotten its name. I remember this, however, there is little doubt that we are of royal origina. What a consolation this is in the era of "mugwumps, snobs, etc"..."
Elizabeth J. Rivers was the youngest daughter of Rev. Joel Rivers.
"His grave is on a lonely bluff overlooking the valley about two miles from the Alabama River, looking towards Claiborne. Joel Rivers was an affluent man, yet his marker was carved out of limestone and quite crude, which does not reflect the circumstances of him or the members of his family."
Kay Rivers Paul: "Rev. Joel Rivers grave is located on a bluff overlooking the Alabama River near Claiborne on property now owned by Palmer Bedsole. "
Friday, 01-Jun-2007 17:01:49 MDT
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