was in July of the
same year while there he became acquain ted with Phebe Brooks to
whom he was married on the 12th. of June A.D. 1820. She was a native of the state
<Bridge Town Cumberland Co> and had
previously removed to Trumball Co
Ohio After his marriage he continued to preach in that district of Country until
1821 when he was requested by the first Baptist Church of the City of to take
the pastoral charge of said church, which invitation he accepted and in Feby A.D. 1822 he left Warren in
Trumball Co and removed to that City and immediately entered upon his pastoral
duties and continued to preach to that church with considerable success. At the time
he commenced his labors in that church and for some time before, the church was in
a very low state and much con fusion existed in consequence of the conduct of their
former pastor. However soon after Elder commenced his labours there was soon a plesing
change effected, for by his incessant labors and his peculiar style of preaching
the church was crowded with anxious listners. The number of members rapidly
encreased and it soon became one of the most respectable churches in that City.
He was now a popular minister and was much respec ted in that City and
all classes and persuasions sought his society.
After he had been in that city some time his mind was troubled and much
perplexed with the idea that the doctrines maintained by that Society were not
altogether in accordance with the scriptures. This thing continued to agitate his
mind more and more and his reflections on these occasions were peculiarly trying.
For according to his views of the word of God, no other Church that he was
aquainted with was right or with whom he could associate. Consequently if he was to
dis avow the doctrine of the Church with whom he was then associated, he knew of no
other way of obtaining a livlihood except by manual labor, and at that time had a
wife and three children to support.
On the one hand was, wealth, popularity & honor; on the other <appeared> nothing but poverty and hard labour— [p. 63]