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Guide to the Daniel Asbury Family Papers

Prepared by Robert D. Simpson, Archival Assistant

United Methodist Archives and History Center
General Commission on Archives and History of The United Methodist Church


Overview of Collection

Record Creator: Asbury Family
Title: Daniel Asbury Family Collection
Date Span: 1815 - 1945
Abstract: The Daniel Asbury Family Papers primarily documents several generations Asbury's who are of direct descent from Daniel. There is very little personal information on Daniel Asbury. Those records that do document his ministry are as an agent for the Methodist Book Concern. The rest of the documents are about subsequent Asbury generations.
Extent: 0.45 cubic feet
Resource ID: gcah.ms.1056

Biographical Note

Daniel Asbury was born in Fairfax County, Virginia, on February 18, 1762. Though not directly related to Bishop Francis Asbury, he served with Bishop Asbury for many years, and was a close friend

Daniel Asbury went to Kentucky when he was about sixteen years old (1778). He was captured by the Indians and then handed over to the British who jailed him in Detroit. Escaping, he made his way back to Virginia around 1783. He was converted and received into the Methodist Conference in Virginia. His first circuit was Amelia in Virginia. In the year following his admission, he was sent to North Carolina, where he spent most of his later life. In 1794 Daniel Asbury held the first camp meeting in the North Carolina area. In 1824, he retired and settled near the present Terrell in Catawba County, North Carolina. There he married Nancy Morris. Asbury died in 1825, and was buried in the Rehoboth Methodist Episcopal Church.

Scope Note

The Daniel Asbury Family collection spans the years 1799-1943 and is a diverse body of material. Much of it does not pertain to Asbury directly, but represents several generations' accumulation of clippings, receipts, and general miscellany. The early material, however, is very important for it illuminates Asbury's ministry. Especially do the numerous notes and bills for books he sold as agent for the Methodist Book Concern reflect his place as an agent and also offers a view of the literature the Methodists were printing as well as reading. Autobiographical notes are also of significance.


Materials have been arranged in the following manner.

Since this collection is so diverse, it is arranged chiefly by family with the exception of concluding material which is general in nature. All undated material will be found at the beginning of the folder.

Preferred Citation

When citing material from this collection please use the following format: Direct reference to the item or its file folder, Daniel Asbury Family Collection, United Methodist Church Archives - GCAH, Madison, New Jersey. Do not make use of the item's call number as that is not a stable descriptor.

Access Restrictions

There are no restrictions regarding this collection.

Index Terms

Subject Topics
Church history
Church work
Subject Geographic
North Carolina

Container List

Call Number Folder Title Date(s)
1587-2-1: 1 Book lists, bills and receipts 1808-1822
1587-2-1: 2 Correspondence 1815-1822
1587-2-1: 3 District Minutes undated
1587-2-1: 4 Daniel Asbury's Biography and Family material undated
1587-2-1: 5 Documents undated
1587-2-1: 6 Nancy Asbury's Papers 1832-1874
1587-2-1: 7 Henry Asbury's Papers 1846-1874
1587-2-1: 8 Papers of Franklin W. Howard and Francis W. Howard undated
1587-2-1: 9 Howard Family Records 1816-1939
1587-2-1: 10 Papers of Ollie F. Howard 1932-1943
1587-2-1: 11 General File undated
1587-2-1: 12 Asbury Genealogy Francis and Daniel undated