This section abounded with game, consisting of Deer, Turkey, Wild-cat, Fox, Coon, Possum and Mink, while an occasional Wolf, Bear and Panther would wander down from the mountain ranges.
The cotton was hand picked, hand carded, and hand spun.
I made my first effort at preaching July 26, 1875, in Macedonia church house, White County, Tennessee. Text, Gen. 24:49. We went from there to Pistole's, my home church, where I tried to preach five times within the first week. About the third or fourth time 1 tried to preach a man who had made a profession in years gone by was passing the church with a wagon. On learning that I was to preach, he stopped his wagon, and just as I arose he stepped in at the door in his work garb and his wagon whip in his hand, and sat down by the side of the door against the wall, intending to slip out and leave as soon as he heard me start off. He had backslidden and feigned at wickedness, possibly running from a call to the ministry, as did Jonah. I announced my text: "Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light." — Eph. 5-14. I made two points in my talk, if I remember aright, in which I touched up the unsaved and the back-sliders. That they were all asleep, and all dead, some in sin and some in indifference. This is what I wanted to say, but I would not vouch for what I did say. I was thinking about my man, and trusting the Lord to direct the message. Any way he did not leave, and by the time I was through he was shaking like an Aspen leaf. I went back and spoke to him, he fell face foremost on the floor and began to confess his sin, and beg the Lord to forgive him. An hour or more he lay there in agony begging for mercy. Finally the cloud lifted and the light burst through. We had a season of rejoicing, after which he said: "I cannot ask you to trust me, you cannot afford to trust me, but try me and help me." I have never heard aught against his moral or Christian character from that day to the present. He came back to the church and for many long years he has been a faithful minister of Jesus