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REV. ABRAM LEONARD

G EE, Ph.B., is the youngest

son of Captain John Gee,

of U.F. Loyalist descent. He was born in the Township of Gainsboro, Lincoln County, Ontario, on the 31st of March, 1854, and was married to Martha A., only daughter of M. Parker, Esq., Basingstoke, Out., on the 12th of March, IS7S. Mr. Gee had the advantage of an excellent common school education, and, in addition, took up Latin, physics and the higher branches of mathematics. At the age of eighteen he obtained a third-class certificate, under which he taught two years. At

nineteen years of age he made profession of his faith in Christ, and was received on trial as a travelling preacher by the Niagara Conference of the ALE. Church in 1874, having then just passed his twentieth birthday. During his ministry Mr. Gee has labored in Brant, Saltfleet, Beverly, St. Davids, Welland, Brantford, Smithville and Jerseyville, where he is now stationed, remaining in each place, since his ordination in 1878, the full term of three years. While stationed at Brant-ford, Mr. Gee carried on evangelistic work, which resulted, under the blessing of God, in over 600 converts

in and around the city. He called together the first committee and started the subscription list for the erection of the Colborne Street Methodist Church, and was chairman of the first board of trustees. In 1884 Mr. Gee matriculated as a student of philosophy in the Illinois Wesleyan University, and while engaged in regular pastoral work pursued higher studies in Latin, mathematics, history, political science, natural philosophy and science, and having passed satisfactorily the examinations, the degree of Bachelor was conferred upon him in 1889. As a faithful pastor and a loyal son of the Methodist Church, he is deservedly held in the highest esteem by his brethren. His studious habits and indomitable perseverance give promise of much in the future. He is popular among the people on the circuits he has travelled and takes high rank as a preacher

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