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Rev. J. D. Batson

Batson, Rev. J.D., was born of English parents in Otsego County, NY, Feb. 16, 1835. He began to take part in religious meetings when 12 years of age, and seven years later united with the church at Fairwater, Wis., when he was ordained Sept. 29, 1861. He immediately settled in Dakota County, Minn., and began to preach in that new country as congregations could be gathered. After serving in the 4th Minn. Vols. Until the close of the war, he continued this work, and in 1869 organized the Castle Rock church, and later the East Castle Rock church, both of which have been continually favored with his efficient ministry. Bro. Batson was married Oct. 17, 1858, to Harriet E. Wing, and six of their nine children are worthy members of society, three having already died. His education was obtained at Ripon and Carleton Colleges. His sister, Mrs. W.I. Price, is a missionary in Burmah. He has been for years the clerk of Minnesota YM and a member of the state Mission Board, being highly esteemed by his brethren.

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