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RICE HAGGARD 1769Born in Norfolk, Virginia, given his mother’s maiden name. 1769Born in Norfolk, Virginia, given his mother’s maiden name. 1776 Nancy Grimes.

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1 RICE HAGGARD 1769Born in Norfolk, Virginia, given his mother’s maiden name. 1769Born in Norfolk, Virginia, given his mother’s maiden name. 1776 Nancy Grimes born. Marries William Grimes. She inherited 3000 acres in Ohio from her father. 1776 Nancy Grimes born. Marries William Grimes. She inherited 3000 acres in Ohio from her father.

2 1784 Methodist Episcopal church formed in America 1784 Methodist Episcopal church formed in America Nancy Grimes inherited land in from her father in Ohio. 1787Rich Haggard joined the Methodist church. His brother David admitted as preacher on trial. 1787Rich Haggard joined the Methodist church. His brother David admitted as preacher on trial.

3 1789Became a preacher on trial. Both he and his brother served under Elder James O’Kelly. 1790 Admitted to “full connection” and ordained a deacon. Appointed circuit in Virginia. 1791Ordained a preacher in Methodist church by Bishop Francis Asbury.

4 1792Took part in debate over appeal of bishop’s appointments. Submitted resignation.. 1793Haggard, with others, seceded from the Methodists and formed the “Republican Methodists” Over 1000 people left Methodist church.

5 1794 Proposed group call themselves “Christians”. Travels the circuits as a Christian preacher. Little known of his later ministry. His wife burned his papers. 1798David Haggard takes up land in Cumberland County, Kentucky 1798David Haggard takes up land in Cumberland County, Kentucky

6 1804 In April he took part in a meeting at Bethel, seven miles northwest of Lexington. “About this time R. Haggard, a minister of the Christian church in Virginia heard of them, and took a journey to see them.... at a great meeting held by them at Bethel he proposed to them publicly the name by which they should distinguish themselves as the followers of Christ at a great meeting held by them at Bethel he proposed to them publicly the name by which they should distinguish themselves as the followers of Christ

7 This was followed by the meeting at Cane Ridge where the Presbytery was dissolved. “Three valuable Elders, who had a few years before separated with James O'Kelly from the Methodist connexion, “Three valuable Elders, who had a few years before separated with James O'Kelly from the Methodist connexion, about this time united with us. Their names were Clement Nance, James Read and Rice Haggard, the latter of whom soon after published a pamphlet on the name... about this time united with us. Their names were Clement Nance, James Read and Rice Haggard, the latter of whom soon after published a pamphlet on the name...

8 Christian, proving that by this time alone every member of Christ's body should be called Christian.” Christian Messenger, Vol 1, No. 11. This was a 31 page booklet An Address to the Different Religious Societies on the Sacred import of the Christian Name Published in the Herald of Gospel Liberty.

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10 Bought land in Cumberland County by proxy. Bought land in Cumberland County by proxy. 1806-08? Marries Nancy Grimes Wiles. 1806-08? Marries Nancy Grimes Wiles. 1807At home in Norfolk County, Virginia. Visited by Joseph Thomas. 1807At home in Norfolk County, Virginia. Visited by Joseph Thomas. 1811James O’Kelly Haggard, firstborn son born. 1811James O’Kelly Haggard, firstborn son born.

11 1812Moves family to Haggard’s Branch, Cumberland County, Kentucky. Later moved to Kettle Creek. Perhaps tired of controversy in Virginia.

12 1815 Published hymnbook of 440+ pages, one of earliest in West.

13 Why O My Soul, Why Weepest Thou? (To tune of O God Our Help in Ages Past.

14 Why, O my soul why weepest thou? Tell me from whence arise Those briny tears that often flow, Those groans that pierce the skies?

15 Is sin the cause of thy complaint, Or the chastising rod? Dost thou an evil heart lament, And mourn an absent God?

16 Lord, let me weep for nought but sin, And after none but thee, And then, I would, O that I might! A constant weeper be!

17 Behold the Wretch (To the tune of I A Soldier of the Cross? Behold the Wretch (To the tune of Am I A Soldier of the Cross?

18 Behold the wretch, whose lust & wine, Have wasted his estate; He begs a share among the swine; To taste the husks they eat.

19 "I die with hunger here," he cries, "I starve in foreign lands; "My father's house has large supplies, "And bounteous are his hands. "I die with hunger here," he cries, "I starve in foreign lands; "My father's house has large supplies, "And bounteous are his hands.

20 "I'll go, and with a mournful tongue, "Fall down before his face; "Father, I've done thy justice wrong, "Nor can deserve thy grace.

21 He said and hastened to his home, To seek his father's love; The father saw the rebel come, And all his bowels move.

22 He ran and fell upon his neck, Embraced and kissed his son; The rebel's heart with sorrow brake, For follies he had done. He ran and fell upon his neck, Embraced and kissed his son; The rebel's heart with sorrow brake, For follies he had done.

23 "Take off his clothes of shame and sin," (The father gives command) "Dress him in darkness white and clean, "With rings adorn his hand.

24 "A day of feasting I ordain, "Let mirth and joy abound; "My son was dead, and lives again; "Was lost and now is found."

25 1819 Haggard died in Champaign, Ohio while on evangelistic-business trip. Probably buried near Xenia, Ohio. “Where lie the bones of Rice Haggard or who buried him, we do not know” Joseph Thomas

26 1862Nancy Haggard died, buried in Burkesville, Kentucky.

27 1954 Haggard’s tract on the name Christian found. It was lost because Haggard did not put his name on it. Did not do so because “... he considers himself connected with no party, nor wishes to be know by the name of any.....” Did not do so because “... he considers himself connected with no party, nor wishes to be know by the name of any.....”

28 “Rice Haggard wore the name Christian ten years before Barton Stone came upon idea and fifteen years before Alexander Campbell came to America.”

29 “He died before the reform enlisted such men as “Raccoon” John Smith, John T. Johnson... Yet he laid for them the foundation. He was for than a pioneer; he was a forerunner” Colby Hall

30 AN ELEGY AN ELEGY On the death of RICE HAGGARD, an eminent preacher of the Gospel--well known, and highly esteemed, in the South and the West by the Christian brethren. On the death of RICE HAGGARD, an eminent preacher of the Gospel--well known, and highly esteemed, in the South and the West by the Christian brethren. He died at an advanced age in Champaign county, Ohio, when on a journey to preach the Gospel. He died at an advanced age in Champaign county, Ohio, when on a journey to preach the Gospel.

31 O! Haggard! thou hast left the house of clay, And wing'd thy passage to immortal day!

32 Kind Angels hail'd thee to their bright abode, And shouted welcome, valiant son of God.

33 Imagination points me now thy throne, Among the saints and highest seraphs known,

34 There dwells thy spirit, and forever reigns, Triumphant in high heaven's supernal plains.

35 No storms distress thee in thy sweet repose, But heavenly peace on thee thy God bestows.

36 Thy toils are ended, and thy fortunes found, Where golden treasures and rich spoils abound,

37 Eternal honors crown thy worthy brow, And scenes celestial open to thee now!

38 I hail thee gladly in thy robes of white, On streets of gold--in mansions of delight.

39 No howling winds, nor tempests beat thee there, Nor earthly wants to generate thy care,

40 Thou hast escap'd thy native land below, To ever live where trees ambrosial grow;

41 Thou hast behind thee, left a name revered, That once consoled the saint, and sinners fear'd?

42 In youth thy God commanded thee away, From fond pursuits and objects of the day--

43 To leave the plough, and all thy friends around, To seek a Saviour and the gospel sound.

44 Thy parents poor, had never taught thee then To read the Bible, nor to use the pen;

45 But in the smooth sand thou didst learn to write, And taught thyself to read by faggot light!

46 Not long till science shone upon thy mind, Thy sins forsaken and thy soul refined,

47 The Saviour's call to sound the Jubilee, Was loudly heard and then obey'd by thee.

48 In melting strains thy youthful voice was heard, And weeping eyes among the crowds appear'd;

49 Thy son'rous voice, like silver trumpet's sound, Awak'd the sinner from his sleep profound;

50 Convinced him he was on the downward way, Constrained him to repent, to weep and pray.

51 Thy friend's [sic]--a num'rous train, now left in tears, To mourn thee absent for some tedious years,

52 Do fondly hope to meet thee once again, Where death is foil'd in heav'ns extended plain.

53 Thou hast behind thee, left a name revered, That once consoled the saint, and sinners fear'd?

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55 1973 This house purchased, moved and restored by pharmacist and historian Randolph Smith to his home in Burkesville, KY.

56 Where is Nancy Haggard’s grave?

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