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BARNS, William, clergyman, born near Cooks-town, county Tyrone, Ireland, about 1795; died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 25 November 1865. He received his early education from excellent schools in his native country, but before he attained his majority he came to the United States and settled in Baltimore, where for a time he was an ornamental painter. At the age of nineteen he united with the Methodist Church, and, believing it to be his duty to preach, studied under the Rev. George Roszel, presiding elder of the Baltimore district, and in 1817 was licensed to preach. His ministry for the first eight years was in the bounds of the Baltimore conference; then he passed to the Pitts-burg conference, whence he was transferred to the Philadelphia conference, in which he spent the remainder of his ministry, closing it in charge of the Church in Bristol, Pennsylvania He was very successful in his preaching, and during his various pastorates large accessions were made to the Churches under his direction. Among these charges were several of the largest in Philadelphia and Harrisburg.
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