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BOEHM, Henry (bame), clergyman, born in Conestoga, Pennsylvania, 8 June 1775; died near Richmond, Staten Island, 28 December 1875. His grandfather, Jacob (b. in Switzerland in 1693), having become a disciple of the Baptist Menno, came to America in 1715 and settled in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, then a colony of Mennonites. Martin, father of Henry, was in early life a licensed preacher among the Mennonites, but afterward joined the Moravian Brethren, and finally became a Methodist. In 1791 the Methodists built a chapel on land given by his uncle. In this building, known as Boehm's Chapel, Henry first heard Bishop Asbury preach in 1799o His own life as an itinerant began in 1800, on the eastern shore of Maryland. In 1803 he made a short tour with the bishop as his traveling companion, and in 1808 and the four succeeding years accompanied the bishop, who was feeble and rheumatic, in all his travels. Speaking German as well as English, Boehm often preached to the German colonists in various parts of America. He journeyed about 40,000 miles with Bishop Asbury, and during his entire itinerary traveled on horseback more than 100,000 miles. He was appointed presiding elder of the Schuylkill district by Bishop Asbury, who made him one of his executors. He also made tours with Bishops George and McKendree. In 1842 he was placed on the supernumerary list and stationed on Staten Island, where he continued to preach for many years. Father Boehm, as he was called, was seventy-four years in the ministry, and at the time of his death was the oldest Methodist preacher in America. A special service was held 8 June 1875, in celebration of his hundredth birthday. He published a volume of "Reminiscences of Sixty-four Years in the Ministry" (New York, 1865), of which a new edition was published in 1875, with additional chapters and notes by the Rev. Dr. J. born Wakeley and others, with a preface by Boehm, dated July 1875.
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