Here is a more complete passage related to the founding of the college documenting John C.
Poythress as an early trustee.
Title: History of Randolph-Macon College, Virginia The Oldest Incorporated Methodist
College in America
Author: Richard Irby
Release Date: July 14, 2012 [EBook #40229]
*** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK HISTORY OF RANDOLPH-MACON ***
We have a will for John C. Poythress (of Georgia) posted here:
Perhaps more is archived -- I have not yet started to see what we may already know. It
is intriguing to see this possible connection back to the county of Mecklenberg.
(I do not have the page number since I looked at an online version of the book, but I
believe it is page 30.
The first meeting of the Board of Trustees after the opening was held
February 5, 1833.
At this meeting the following communication from the Georgia Conference
"We feel a deep interest in the success of Randolph-Macon College. We have full
confidence in its moral and literary character and prospects, and we will recommend it to
the patronage of all who may be disposed to send their sons or wards beyond the limits of
the State to be educated.
"We will appoint four Trustees agreeable to the proposal made by Brother
Early, the Agent of the College, who visited us. Whereupon the
Conference nominated the Rev. Ignatius Few and Rev. Lovick Pierce,
members of the Conference, and Seaborn Jones and John C. Poythress,
Esquires, for that purpose.
"Resolved, That the Trustees of Randolph-Macon College be invited through their
representative, the Rev. John Early, to send an agent, whenever they may judge it most
suitable, to obtain donations within the Conference in aid of the institution; and that
Brother Early be, and he is hereby, invited to take up contributions.
"(Signed) JNO. HOWARD,
"Sec'y Georgia Conference."
The nominees named above were elected Trustees of the College.
Rev. I. A. Few and Rev. L. Pierce were, by resolution of the Board, requested to act as
agents for the College in the Boards of the Georgia Conference for securing funds for the
Rev. Robert G. Loving, A. B., was elected assistant teacher in the
Rev. John Early was appointed Agent for the College in the place of Rev.
H. G. Leigh, resigned, and Rev. W. A. Smith was appointed Assistant
Agent in place of Rev. William Hammett who had signified his intention