1821 – He was born on the 2nd day of May this year in Lexington district, Virginia, United States of America.
1843 – He taught school in rural Virginia before being accepted in this year at the Baltimore Annual Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church as a candidate for the ministry.
1849 – He was sent as one of the first two Wesleyan missionaries to California where he became known in the frontier town of San Francisco for his forceful street preaching.
1856 – He was given leave by the California Conference to raise money for the building debt.
1857 – He conducted religious revivals in mid-west and eastern America.
1863 – After traveling to Great Britain, Palestine, and Egypt, he arrived in Melbourne in June this year.
1864 – He conducted revivals in Tasmania; in New South Wales, including Sydney, Wollongong, Mudgee, Maitland, Bathurst, and Braidwood; in Queensland, including Brisbane, Mary borough, Rock Hampton and Ipswich; in New Zealand and in South Australia.
1869 – He returned to Australia by way of the West Indies.
1870 – He returned to Melbourne to conduct street meetings before leaving for India in July this year.
1884 – He won later fame for the missions he established in India, South America, and Africa; the General Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church appointed him missionary bishop to Africa.
1895 – In New York, he published his autobiography, Story of My Life.
1902 – He died on the 18th day of May this year in Palo Alto, California, United States of America.