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Name: Boltz, Henry Jefferson, Rev. (1855-1949)

Historical Note:

Rev. Henry Jefferson Boltz (1855-1949) was born in Camden, Alabama.  He was the son of Michael and Lieuticia Daly Boltz.  H. J. Boltz worked as an itinerant minister in North Louisiana for the Louisiana Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South.  He was licensed to preach in 1879, became a deacon in 1883, was admitted into full connection in 1887, and became an elder in 1889.  Boltz served seventeen different pastorates and built seven new churches and five parsonages.  He was appointed to congregations at the following locations (some dates are approximate): Many and Sabine circuit (1879-1881), Sugar Town circuit (1883-1884), Many and Sabine circuit (1885-1888), Provencal circuit (1889), DeSoto circuit (1890-1893), North Bossier circuit (1894-1896), South Bossier circuit (1897-1899), Grand Cane (1900), Lanesville (1901-1902), Jonesboro (1903), Winnfield station (1904), Keatchie circuit (1905-1906), Pleasant Hill (1907-1908), Texas Avenue in Shreveport (1909), Grand Cane mission (1910-1912), Bayou Lachute circuit (1913-1915), Vivian (1916-1917), Elmore circuit (1918-1921), Simsboro circuit (1921-1924).  These circuits included the following congregations: Bayou Scie, Pelican, Plain Dealing, Concord, Haughton, Ebenezer, Benson, Vivian, and Trees.

In 1880, H. J. Boltz married Amanda Louise Vidler (1856-1913) of Sabine Parish, Louisiana.  The Boltz’s had five children: Dessye Marle Boltz Bannerman (1882-1963), Emma Lieu Boltz (1884-1886), Terresser May Boltz (1886-1888), Willie Henry Boltz (1889-1930), and unknown.

Sources: Henry Jefferson Boltz memoir, Annual of the Louisiana Annual Conference of the Methodist Church, South Central Jurisdiction (Methodist Church [U.S.]. Louisiana Conference [South Central Jurisdiction], 1950), 165-166.

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