These are biographies that were in the files of E.F. & L. Harvey. They have been gleaned over many years and from various sources. The language is often antiquated but the facts speak for themselves.

Abbott, Benjamin

By David Freymiller

God’s minute man – Benjamin Abbott

It was midnight in the sleeping city of Philadelphia.  At one of the city pumps stood a youth, washing off the blood with which he had been begrimed in a recent fight.  Meanwhile he listened intently for the possible approach of the night watchman.

It was too late for this lad, the apprentice of a respectable hatter, to go to the merchant’s home.  So, putting on his torn coat and throwing his wet shirt over his arm, he strode off to the Quaker burial ground and lay down to rest between two graves.

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George D. Watson

 By G. D. Watson

George D. Watson
Apostle to the Sanctified

George D. Watson seems to have been a man who stretched his soul to capacity in order to explore the limitless continent of Grace.  For that reason he deplored the complacency of Christians, satiated with temporal blessings, who, after a crisis experience, remained stunted and stagnant.  He constantly urged on all who would listen to or read his messages, that they might comprehend the exceeding greatness of God’s power to “usward who believe.”

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Edwin F. Harvey

By Trudy Harvey Tait

(Born 1908 – Died 1983)

Edwin was brought up and educated in the Metropolitan Church Association, a Christian community founded by his uncle, which had emerged from the Methodist Episcopal Church in the 1890’s. After teaching in the high school for some years, Edwin was sent in 1935 to Great Britain to oversee the Scottish branch of the MCA. A few years later he returned to the US to marry Lillian Johnson whom he brought to Scotland.  They remained through the Second World War ministering to people suffering the ravages of war.

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Abel, Charles

By Unknown

Charles Abel of Kwato

Charles Abel was the apostle to the Papuans of New Guinea.  Like so many shining souls in the last generation—Studd, Grenfell, Tucker, Biscoe of Cashmere, the Cambridge Seven, his light was lighted from Dwight L. Moody’s torch.  Charles and Robert Abel, as two boys, were brought by their mother to the Moody meetings at the Agricultural Hall, Islington, London.  That night, at home, they prayed together with great earnestness, having first stopped the old pendulum clock that hung in their bedroom so as not to be disturbed by its loud tickings.  From that time onward their lives were pledged.

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Aitken, Robert

By D. W. Lambert

Robert Aitken of Pendeen

Our story takes us from the borders of Scotland away down to a Cornish village, with intervals at Leeds and the Isle of Man.

Robert Aitken was born in 1800 at Crailing near Jedburgh, where his father was the village schoolmaster.  The stern religious background of the Scotland of that day, with its narrow Calvinistic emphasis, did not suit young Robert and he was drawn into the Episcopal Church, through the influence of the saintly Bishop of Elgin, later being ordained by the Bishop of Durham and becoming curate at Whitburn near Sunderland.  From there, for the sake of his wife’s health, he moved across to the Isle of Man.  He bought a small estate and lived the life of a gentleman farmer except on Sunday when he took services, becoming known, throughout the island, as an eloquent preacher.  Now came an hour of crisis.

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