a General, Widow & Preacher

History is a meaningful experience for me. It gives me this sense of awe to stand where our forebears stood. I love the authenticity of seeing, even touching the same things they saw and touched 200 years ago. The Elijah Miller House, in particular, gave me a special surprise.

While in New York, road trip parenting, we used our proximity to Revolutionary War sites. I’ve been sharing some of these in celebration of Independence Day. This house belonged to Elijah and Anne Miller with their two sons. All three men, patriots in the Westchester Militia, died of disease early in the war. Washington retreated to the Miller’s for his headquarters after the Battle of White Plains. The widow Anne served as his host. And Washington returned many times during the war.

I find this intriguing. But my warmest discovery was that a certain Methodist evangelist preached here (more). My own Hedges lineage has been Methodist ministers and missionaries as far as I can trace. My grandparents, Lewis and Phyllis Hedges were Methodist missionaries in Burundi for 20 years. And they both got their degrees at Asbury University and Theological Seminary. These schools were named after Francis Asbury who preached in this house.

 

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