Christopher Lazenby Primitive Methodist Church papers, 1838-1846, 1894

Emory University

Pitts Theology Library

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Lazenby, Christopher, 1814-1899.
Title: Christopher Lazenby Primitive Methodist Church papers, 1838-1846, 1894
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No. 455
Extent: .2 cubic feet (1 box)
Abstract:This collection contains materials of Christopher Lazenby related to the Primitive Methodist Church in England and America.
Language:Materials entirely in English.

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Collected by Theodore Runyon; donated to the library by Cynthia Runyon, April 2019.

Custodial History

Originally received as part of Theodore Runyon's papers; separated to make its own collection.


[after identification of item(s)], Christopher Lazenby Primitive Methodist Church papers, MSS 455, Archives and Manuscript Dept., Pitts Theology Library, Emory University.


Processed by Brandon Wason, April 2019.

Collection Description

Biographical Note

Christopher Lazenby was born in Dishforth, Yorkshire in 1814. He had a conversion experience at the age of 22 and subsequently joined the Primitive Methodist Church. In 1842, Lazenby moved to America and became an early itinerate preacher in the American Primitive Methodist Church, which was established in New York in 1840. He ministered in the Western Conference, which included Illinois and Wisconsin. In August of 1846, Lazenby withdrew his membership from the American Primitive Methodist Church and aligned with the Methodist Episcopal Church. He joined the Rock River Conference in 1847 and retired in 1871. Lazenby died on March 6, 1899.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains manuscripts and printed materials from the Primitive Methodist Church, both in England and in America. Folder 1 contains manuscript minutes from the 1846 Western Conference of the American Primitive Methodist Church; included in these minutes is a letter noting Lazenby’s withdrawal from the denomination. Folder 2 contains a printed Doctrines and Discipline of the Primitive Methodist Church’s Missionary Conference (1838) with manuscript notes and edits. Folder 3 contains camp meeting tickets from the Primitive Methodist Connexion in England. Folder 4 contains printed circuit schedules, a couple of which have manuscript sermon notes written on the back presumably by Christopher Lazenby.

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Arranged alphabetically by type.

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Container List

Box Folder Content
1 1 American Primitive Methodist Church, Western Conference minutes (Bloom City, Wisc.), 1846
1 2 Doctrines and Discipline of the Primitive Methodist Church as Revised and Improved by the Missionary Conference, Held in New-York, 1838
1 3 Primitive Methodist Connexion Camp Meeting Tickets, 1838-1841
1 4 Primitive Methodist Preachers’ Plans (Bradford Circuit, 1842; Middleham Branch of Ripon Circuit, 1841-1842; New Haven Circuit, 1842; Ripon Circuit, 1894), 1841-1842, 1894