1858 · Jordan, New York
William Laur Tisdale was the third son of Ephraim and Mary Monroe Tisdale. Although born in Canada in 1828, William L. Tisdale was descended from John Tisdale (1614-1675) of Taunton, Massachusetts. William emigrated to the United States and in 1851, at Buffalo, New York, he was granted a license to exhort by the Methodist Episcopal Church. He was licensed to preach the following year. Other advancement followed until he was fully admitted by the church on June 4, 1858. For more than 40 years Tisdale preached throughout the Northern New York Conference. In 1857, William married Eunice L. Morehouse and, after her death, married Fanny Davidson in 1872. With them, he had six children.
In addition to the Bible, other sources of religious authority cited by Tisdale in his compendium include John Wesley and pioneering American Methodist preacher and author, George Peck. Tisdale's notebook contains extended notes on Peck's book The Scripture Doctrine of Christian Perfection. Tisdale's notes on M[ethodist] E[piscopal] Church Government (page 54 ff.) appear to follow from Methodist minister Abel Stevens An Essay on Church Polity. The concluding 29 pages of Tisdale's manuscript comprise two lectures promoting Temperance, a topic much approved by Methodists. These concluding lectures, distinctively written in violet ink, may be of Tisdale's own composition, inviting further textual research to confirm this. LITERATURE: Official Minutes and Historical Register, Twenty-Eighth Session of the Northern New York Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, (Boonville NY, 1895). Tisdale, Meet the Tisdales, (Baltimore, 1981). (Inventory #: 1379)