The issue of slavery caused a major schism in this country and within the Johnsburg Methodist Church. Radical abolitionist parishioners arguing for a strong stand against slavery left the Johnsburg Methodist congregation and in 1849 they hired Rev. Enos Putnam of Vermont to hold revival meetings and organize a Wesleyan Church in the township. The Mill Creek Wesleyan Methodist Church on Garnet Lake Road was built in 1859. Rev. Enos Putnam helped build the steeple for that church and was active in the Underground Railroad in the area.
When war came, it was only natural that Henry, the eldest of his four adopted children, would enlist. He survived almost two years of war, but was killed June 3, 1864 at the Battle of Cold Harbor. Jeanne Robert Foster's poem "The Old Church" is a moving description of the pain and anguish felt by Rev. Putnam upon hearing of his son's death. Henry's body was transported home and buried in the churchyard.
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Glenn L. Pearsall
Born Feb. 18 1834 in Montpelier, VT. Enlisted Aug. 11 1862 in Johnsburg for three years as a corporal in Co. D of the 118th NY Volunteer Infantry. Killed at the Battle of Cold Harbor, VA. During the war, Henry had asked his good friend George Murray to look after his wife Susan (Stackhouse) if he was killed in the war. After the war, George returned to the area and later married Susan.
Raymond, Andrew J.
Born in 1827, son of Nathan and Sylvia (Millington). Served in the 93rd NY Volunteer Infantry. No more is known at this time.
Raymond, Thomas Jackson
Born Nov. 27 1844, son of Levi (other sources say Nathan) and Hannah (Hutchins) (other sources say Sylvia Millington). Enlisted Aug. 23 1862 for three years in Co. I of the 96th NY Volunteer Infantry. Discharged July 6 1865.
Born Feb. 15 1837 in Vermont, son of William and Agnes (Frontier). Single when he enlisted May 28 1861 for two years as a sergeant in Co. F of the 22nd NY Volunteer Infantry. Married when he re-enlisted as a sergeant in Co. D of the 175th NY Volunteer Infantry. Survived the war and discharged June 6 1865.
Born May 20 1835 in Kings County, Ireland, son of James and Mary (Manion). Enlisted as a private in Co. I of the 16th NY Heavy Artillery. Survived the war and discharged June 1 1865.