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 of <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 Novr. 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]