Museum: The Rev. Peter Doub’s Journal

According to the author, “The following is a brief account of my parentage, education, conversion, call to the Ministry, and the events (as far as they can be recollected) of my Ministerial career the first twelve [?] years of my travels.”

The youngest of nine children, Peter Doub was born in Stokes County, N.C., on March 12, 1796 to John and Mary Doub. His parents were very religious people, who gave the North Carolina Methodist Episcopal Church their wholehearted support after becoming members in 1792. Within his strict, religious family sphere, young Peter learned many important lessons about order, respect, and religion. While his educational instruction was very limited due to the lack of good schools in the area at that time, Peter’s religious instruction was thorough and shaped the direction of his life.

Even at the tender age of six, Peter knew his life’s calling. Of a camp meeting that was held on his father’s land when he was six, Peter Doub recalled in his diary,

Peter Doub

“At that meeting I was considerably impressed with the necessity of serving God. The day after the Camp-meeting concluded, (I recollect distinctly), one of my brothers who was about 4 years older than myself, entered into a conversation on the subject of Religion; and we both concluded that we would try to live better lives than we had done before.”

In 1818, at the age of 21, Peter Doub began his long career as a preacher and educator. Known for his lengthy sermons (up to four hours), Peter Doub spent the next twenty plus years traveling circuits for the North Carolina Methodist Episcopal Church and lecturing on the virtues of temperance. In 1830, Rev. Peter Doub founded the First Methodist Church (now the West Market Street United Methodist Church) in Greensboro, N.C. Perhaps Rev. Doub’s own lack of a formal education as a youngster inspired him, for in 1832 he opened a school for Methodist children in Greensboro, the First Methodist Preparatory School. Rev. Doub’s desire to provide others with a sound education was not limited solely to men, for it was in 1832 that he first began to advocate the creation of a college for women. In 1838, Rev. Doub’s dream and efforts were realized when a charter for Greensboro Female College was secured.

Peter Doub died on August 24, 1869 at the age of 73.

Rev. Peter Doub’s journal provides insight into the man who contributed significantly to the religious, educational, and cultural development of North Carolina during the middle part of the nineteenth century.

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