Southern Methodist University

Collection of Methodist tickets and class leader books



Overview

Creator: Bridwell Library
Title: Collection of Methodist tickets and class leader books
Dates: 1773-1975
1790-1910
Abstract: This collection includes more than seven hundred fifty printed and signed tickets issued by British, Canadian, and American Wesleyan bodies between 1773 and 1914. From the 1740s until the early twentieth century, quarterly tickets served as credentials verifying that the recipients were active members in good standing. Non-ticketholders were excluded from advanced Wesleyan society activities such as band meetings and love feasts. The collection also includes additional documents associated with the tickets: two annotated class leader books, a printed circuit plan, photographs of British Methodist leaders, and a folder of Ryle family correspondence.
Accession No: BridArch 2.031
Extent: 1 box (.5 linear foot)
Language: Material is in English
Repository Bridwell Library, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University

Historical Note

Ques. 3. How shall we prevent improper persons from insinuating themselves into the Church?

Ans. 1. Give tickets to none until they are recommended by a Leader, with whom they have met at least three months on trial. 2.

Give trial tickets to none but those who are recommended by one you know, or until they have met three or four times in a Class. (Source: H. D. Irwin class leader book, box 571).

Tickets are small pieces of paper that served as proof of active membership in early Methodist classes (small group gatherings for those seeking salvation) and bands (similar small groups for those who had found salvation). John Wesley began the practice of issuing tickets in 1741. Two years later, in 1743, he refined the system by linking their issuance to quarterly pastoral visits. Beginning in 1747 assistants were appointed to draw up membership lists and renew quarterly tickets. Early tickets were simple slips of paper bearing hand annotations. Later eighteenth century tickets were printed locally or regionally in a variety of sizes with scripture verses and diverse decorative elements. Nineteenth and early twentieth century tickets were more uniformly sized and printed according to denominational specifications.

Issuing tickets only to persons who met the high standards of the movement and excluding persons without valid tickets from Methodist society activities served as means of filtering applicants and enforcing church discipline. The class meeting system and the use of quarterly tickets waned during the 1800s and ended in the early twentieth century.

Sources:

Maser, Frederick E. “Class Tickets or Membership Tickets.” The Encyclopedia of World Methodism, vol. 2. Nashville: United Methodist Publishing House, 1974.

Parkinson, Fred M. “Methodist Class Tickets.” Proceedings of the Wesley Historical Society, vol. 1, part 5. 1898.

Simpson, Matthew. Cyclopedia of Methodism. Embracing Sketches of Its Rise, Progress, and Present Condition. Philadelphia: Everts & Stewart, 1878.


Scope and Contents of the Collection

The tickets in this collection are small slips of paper signed by preachers or authorized assistants verifying that the bearer is a member in good standing of a Methodist band or class. The class leader books associated with these tickets are pre-printed notebooks in which class leaders recorded attendance and offerings. These documents are physical reminders of the structured disciplinary practices of early Wesleyan societies in the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States of America. The additional documents in this collection may be of interest to genealogists, historians researching Methodist classes and circuits, and persons seeking photographic images of nineteenth-century British Methodist leaders.


Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is divided into four series based on provenance.
Series 1: Matthew Freeman Ryle collection, 1773-1975
Series 2: : H. D. Irwin class leader’s book and tickets, 1883-1891
Series 3: Orchard family, Trice, and Leonard tickets, 1822, 1838-1848
Series 4: Tickets without provenance data, 1803-1885

Restrictions

Access to Collection:

Collection is open for research use.

Publication Rights:

Permission to publish materials must be obtained from the Head of Special Collections of the Bridwell Library.

Copyright Statement:

It is the responsibility of the user to obtain copyright authorization.

Sensitive Materials Statement:

Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications for which Bridwell Library assumes no responsibility.


Access Terms

This collection is indexed under the following terms in the Southern Methodist University Libraries' online catalog. Researchers desiring related materials may search the catalog using these terms.
Ryle family.
Methodist Episcopal Church.
Methodist Church (Canada)
Wesleyan Methodist Church.
Wesleyan Methodist Church -- Membership.
Methodist Church (Canada) -- Membership.
Methodist Episcopal Church -- United States -- Membership.
Tickets.
Church records.
Letters.
Photographs.
Scrapbooks.

Related Materials

Two additional quarterly tickets signed by R. W. Allen of the Methodist Episcopal Church on August 30, 1848 are sewn onto the flyleaf of Shipley Wells Willson and Ebenezer Ireson, eds., The Methodist Preacher: or Monthly Sermons from Living Ministers. 2d ed., Boston, 1832. (Bridwell Library Methodist Reference volume BY 71 .W54 1832)


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Collection of Methodist tickets and class leader books, Bridwell Library, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University.

Acquisition Information

Acquired.

Gift, Trice family.

Gift, Frederick DeLand Leete, 1956.

Processing Information

Processed by Timothy S. G. Binkley, 2016.

Encoded by Ada Negraru, 2016.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Matthew Freeman Ryle collection, 1773-1975
4 folders

The first series comprises 643 Wesleyan-Methodist Society class tickets issued to Ryle (Rile), Bowman, Chapman, Walker, and Elliott family members. The tickets were originally collected by Rev. Matthew Freeman Ryle (1865-1926), then mounted in a quarto album by Grace Agnes Elliott in 1975. The album includes manuscript genealogical notes. A folder of Ryle and Elliott family correspondence and collection data accompanies the scrapbook. The correspondence includes a cabinet card and seven post cards featuring photographs of British Methodist leaders. The final items in this series are an annotated Wesleyan Conference Office, London, class book and a printed plan of the Gateshead High West Street Circuit of 1885 that was previously folded into the back pocket of the class book. Gateshead is a borough in Tyne and Wear, a metropolitan county in the northeast region of England.
Box Folder
571 01 Matthew Freeman Ryle class tickets scrapbook, 1773-1975
02 Ryle and Elliott family correspondence and ticket collection data, 1889-1924
03 Thomas Gardner class book, 1883-1884
Box Folder
2030C 01 Gateshead High West Street Circuit plan, 1885



Series 2: H. D. Irwin class leader’s book and tickets, 1883-1891
16 folders

The second series contains forty-two tickets that were originally stored in the back pocket of a Canadian Methodist’s class leader’s book. H. D. Irwin’s class book (file 19) was printed in Toronto in 1884 and bears hand notations for the period 1884-1888.
Box Folder
571 04 Gertrude Austin quarterly ticket, The Methodist Church, 1888 November
05 Elizabeth Davis quarterly ticket, The Methodist Church, 1886 November
06 Martha Davis quarterly ticket, The Methodist Church, 1886 November
07 Samuel Davis quarterly ticket, The Methodist Church, 1886 November
08 Sarah A. Davis quarterly tickets, The Methodist Church, 1883-1886
09 Thomas Davis quarterly ticket, The Methodist Church, 1886 November
10 Annie Dinsmore quarterly ticket, The Methodist Church, 1887 August
11 Herbert Henry quarterly ticket, The Methodist Church, 1891 August
12 Alex J. Irwin quarterly ticket, The Methodist Church, 1887 May
13 Robert McLoughry quarterly ticket, The Methodist Church, 1885 November
14 John Noble quarterly tickets, The Methodist Church, 1884-1887
15 Robert Smith quarterly tickets, The Methodist Church, 1884-1886
16 Hannah Steer quarterly tickets, The Methodist Church, 1887
17 Emma Williams quarterly tickets, The Methodist Church, 1884-1886
18 Minnie Williams quarterly tickets, The Methodist Church, 1884-1889
19 H. D. Irwin annotated class leader’s book, The Methodist Church, 1884-1888



Series 3: Orchard family, Trice collection, and Leonard collection tickets, 1822, 1838-1848
6 folders

The third series begins with four folders containing class tickets issued to Elizabeth Orchard and Mary Orchard between 1838 and 1848. These twenty-one tickets were purchased by Bridwell Library. The two remaining folders in this series contain tickets donated to Bridwell Library by the Trice family (folder 24) and by Bishop Frederick DeLand Leete (folder 25). The September 30, 1838 Parkman quarterly ticket given by Bishop Leete was originally owned by Bishop Adna Wright Leonard (1874-1943).
Box Folder
571 20 Elizabeth Orchard quarterly ticket, Wesleyan-Methodist Society, 1838 September
21 Mary Orchard quarterly tickets, Wesleyan-Methodist Society, 1839-1843
22 Mary Orchard quarterly tickets, Wesleyan-Methodist Society, 1844-1845
23 Mary Orchard quarterly tickets, Wesleyan-Methodist Society, 1846-1848
24 Mary Ann Garrard quarterly tickets, Framlingham (Suffolk) Methodist Society, Aldeburgh Class, signed by Ambrose Freeman (Trice collection), 1822 March
25 S. Parkman quarterly ticket signed by S. Gregg (A. W. Leonard collection), 1838 September 30



Series 4: Tickets without provenance data, 1803-1885
38 folders

The final thirty-eight folders of tickets in this collection are without provenance data. Many were likely part of the Leete Methodist Historical Library, which was donated to Bridwell Library by Bishop Leete in 1956. Most of the tickets in this series were issued by Methodist Episcopal Church class leaders or ministers. All tickets are from the nineteenth century.
Box Folder
571 26 Eliza B. Annadown quarterly ticket signed by Levi Scott, Green Street Methodist Episcopal Church, Philadelphia, 1843 October
27 Rachel Annadown quarterly ticket signed by John P. Durbin, Green Street Methodist Episcopal Church, Philadelphia, 1847 April
28 P. Baddeau quarterly ticket signed by S. H. King, Methodist Episcopal Church
29 Quarterly tickets signed by H. Bangs, Minister, Methodist Episcopal Church, 1843 April
30 John D. Bland quarterly ticket signed by James Sewell, Methodist Episcopal Church, 1853
31 Carlotta Cadwell quarterly ticket signed by J. W. Fowler, Trinity Methodist Episcopal Church, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1854 April 15
32 Mary Cantrells quarterly ticket signed by J. A. Baughman, 1835 May 10
33 E. M. Day quarterly ticket signed by William Young and W. Herr, Methodist Episcopal Church, 1869 August 28
34 Jane Egler quarterly tickets, Methodist Episcopal Church, 1847-1851
35 Quarterly ticket signed by R. S. Foster, Minister, Methodist Episcopal Church, no date
36 J. (or I.) Gail quarterly tickets, 1808-1809
37 J. (or I.) Gail quarterly tickets, 1808-1809
Sarah Gail quarterly tickets, 1803-1807
Sarah Gale quarterly ticket, 1805 March
Sarah Gale quarterly ticket, Wesleyan-Methodist Society, 1830 September
38 W. G. Gowley quarterly tickets, Wesleyan-Methodist Society, 1882-1884
39 Margaret Hamilton quarterly tickets signed by J. L. Crane, Methodist Episcopal Church, 1851
40 Mary Humphry quarterly tickets, Wesleyan-Methodist Society, 1834-1849
41 Albert Marley quarterly ticket signed by Henry G. King, Mt. Zion Methodist Episcopal Church, Manayunk, Pennsylvania, 1849 October
42 Delany Miller quarterly ticket signed by C. Foster, 1840 June
43 J. Morton quarterly ticket signed by T. E. Meredith, Methodist Episcopal Church, 1862
44 Jane Morton quarterly ticket signed by P. M. McGowan, Methodist Episcopal Church, 1843 May 27
45 Mary Nixon quarterly ticket, The Methodist Church, 1885 August
46 J. Parcells quarterly ticket, 1841, December
47 Jane Parkison quarterly tickets, 1834-1836
Jane Parksden quarterly ticket, 1833
48 James Penman quarterly ticket, Methodist Society, Horncastle, 1821-1822
49 William Pope, William, Quarterly Ticket, Wesleyan-Methodist Society, 1859, 1876
50 Quarterly tickets signed by James Preston, Minister, Methodist Episcopal Church, 1855
51 Harriett Randle quarterly ticket, Wesleyan-Methodist Society, 1854 September
52 John Randle quarterly tickets, Wesleyan-Methodist Society, 1836-1855
53 Margaret Riker quarterly ticket signed by D. Smith, 1838
54 Eliza Seaman quarterly ticket signed by J. P. Newman, Methodist Episcopal Church, 1858
55 Unassigned quarterly tickets signed by H. Stead, 1827
56 Mirah Jane Street quarterly ticket signed by J. B. Ayars, St. John’s Methodist Episcopal Church, 1834 or 1835
57 Martha Trotter class ticket signed by D. Smith, Henry Street, No. 40, New York, Methodist Protestant Church?, 1838 January 27
58 Sarah Wells quarterly ticket signed by William Langard, Methodist Episcopal Church, 1844
59 Julia Westcott quarterly ticket signed by D. Smith, 1838
60 Sarah White quarterly ticket signed by G. F. Kettell, Methodist Episcopal Church, 1852 October 5
61 Lizzie Wilkins quarterly ticket signed by William Wilson, Methodist Episcopal Church, 1861
62 Unassigned quarterly ticket signed by John W. B. Wood, Methodist Episcopal Church, 1849 January