Nathan Bangs, a preacher and theologian, wrote a four-volume history of the Methodist
Episcopal Church that covered virtually all of the church’s proceedings in North America
from 1766 to 1840. This index contains the names of all the preachers ordained by the
church during those years. Bangs includes the date on which each pastor entered the
ministry, then lists the date each left the ministry, most of the time on account of death.
With hundreds of names listed, Americans and Canadians alive today may find the names
of their ancestors.