From Northern Alabama, Historical
and Biographical by Smith & Deland
Chicago: Donohue &
Henneberry, Printers and Binders, 1888
REV. JERMIAH M. BOLAND,
A. M., is a minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. He is a
son of David and Mary (Jones) Boland, natives of South Carolina, and of
German and English descent, respectively.
Mr. Boland’s grandfather
came from Germany to South Carolina prior to the Revolutionary War, and
participated in that struggle for liberty. His father, David Boland, came
to Georgia in 1827, and was a successful farmer in Muscogee County. He
reared a family of four daughters and six sons to maturity. Three of his
sons became ministers in the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. Rev. Elijah
Boland was for years a member of the Georgia Conference, and died at Rome,
Ga., in 1863, while acting as a chaplain of a hospital. Rev. Josiah A.
Boland is now a member of the Northwest Texas Conference. His brother William
was in the Mexican War under General Scott, and James F. belonged to a
Georgia Regiment during the late civil war and was killed at Gettysburg,
while John Boland, an uncle, was a captain in the famous Seminole War in
Rev. Jeremiah M. Boland
was born July 12, 1835, and was brought up at Columbus, Ga. He came to
Alabama while in his "teens," and was educated at Summerfield in the male
department of Centenary College. He received the degree of A. M. from Hiwassee
College in Tennessee.
In 1859, he joined the Alabama
Conference. The first ten years of his itinerant life was spent in South
Alabama; the next decade was spent in North Alabama, during which time
he was Presiding Elder on the Huntsville District, and station preacher
at Talladega and Tuscaloosa. He was a delegate to the General Conference
in 1874 and 1878, from the North Alabama Conference. During his stay in
North Alabama, he made a deep impression as an able preacher, a strong
writer, and a fine organizer. He was in the Bishop’s Cabinet which organized
the North Alabama Conference in 1870, and stood the peer of any man in
He was one of the leading
actors in establishing the "Alabama Christian Advocate," the official organ
of the two Alabama Conferences.
Mr. Boland returned to South
Alabama at the close of 1878, and as served as presiding elder of the Pensacola,
the Union Springs, and Selma Districts. He now has charge of Livingston
and Eutaw Stations—his home being at Livingston.
For years Mr. Boland has
been a regular correspondent of several periodical of his church, and his
articles have been copied in other periodicals, and read by a large number
of admiring readers. Some of his articles have been copied into European
periodicals. In addition to several good sized pamphlets, he is the author
of a 12 mo. volume of 331 pages, bearing the title, "The Problem of Methodism,"
which has just been published by the "Southern Methodist Publishing House,"
at Nashville, Tenn., and of which the Book Editor, Rev. W. P. Harrison,
D. D., speaks in very complimentary terms.
The "Irish Correspondent
" of the Nashville Advocate says:
"Mr. Boland is a find and
vigorous writer. He thinks. He is possessed of strong mental grasp and
with intellectual girth. He writes like a Christian philosopher, or rather
like an able metaphysician, who is faithful to the Cross. I always read
his articles with more than ordinary interest, and shall always be right
glad to meet him with pen in hand in any walk of literature in which he
may please to travel."
Mr. Boland has been married
twice. He was married, in 1860, to Miss Sallie E. Pennington, and by her
had four daughters and one son. After her death, in January, 1881, he was
married in May, 1882, to Miss Hattie John, daughter of Chancellor John
of Selma, Ala.
Mr. Boland is a Royal Arch-Mason.