After holding several meetings in the town of Colebrook,
and visiting my half sister, Eunice Woodruff, who was teach-
ing school there, I proceeded to Avon, the place of my birth.
There I visited many of my former neighbors and relatives,
and the grave of my mother, Bulah Woodruff, who died June
11th, 1808, when twenty-six years of age. The following verse
was upon her tombstone:
“A pleasing form, a generous heart,
A good companion, just without art;
Just in her dealings, faithful to her friend,
Beloved through life, lamented in the end."
At the close of the day I walked six miles to Farmington,
where my father, Aphek Woodruff, was living, and I had the
happy privilege of once more meeting with him and my step- mother, whom I had not seen for seven years. They greeted
me with great kindness, and it was a happy meeting.
After visiting with my father a day or two, I returned to
Avon, where most of my relatives lived, and held meetings
with them, and on the 12th of June, 1837, I baptized my
uncle, Ozem Woodruff, his wife Hannah, and his son John,
and we rejoiced together, for this was in fulfillment of a dream
I had in 1818, when I was eleven years of age.
On the 15th of July I had an appointment to preach at the
house of my uncle, Adna Hart. While there I had the
happy privilege of meeting with my wife, Phoebe W. Wood- ruff, who had come from Kirtland to meet me and accompany
me to her father's home in Scarboro, Maine.
Those who had assembled to hear me preach were relatives
neighbors and former friends. After meeting, we returned to
Farmington to my father's home, where I spent the night
with my father, step-mother, sister and wife. Elder Hale
was also with us.
On the 19th of July, Elder Hale left us to go to his friends
in New Rowley, Mass., and on the same evening I held a
meeting in the Methodist meeting-house in the town of Farm-
ington. I had a large congregation of citizens, with whom I
had been acquainted from my youth. My parents, wife and
sister attended the meeting. The congregation seemed satis-
fied with the doctrines I taught, and they requested me to
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