Beverly Carradine

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Beverly Carradine
Beverly Carradine
Born Beverly Francis Carradine
(1848-04-04)April 4, 1848
Yazoo County, Mississippi, U.S.
Died April 22, 1931(1931-04-22) (aged 83)
Western Springs, Illinois, U.S.
Occupation Author, Minister

Beverly Francis Carradine (April 4, 1848 – April 22, 1931) was an American Methodist minister and a leading evangelist for the holiness movement.[1] He was a productive author, writing primarily on the subject of sanctification,[2] he was the grandfather of actor John Carradine and great-grandfather of actors David, Keith, and Robert Carradine.

Early life[edit]

Beverly Francis Carradine was born on April 4, 1848, on Altamont Plantation in Yazoo County, Mississippi.[3] Carradine was the sixth of nine children, and fourth son of Mary Caroline Hewitt Carradine (born June 5, 1819 in Washington, D.C.; died 1881 in Yazoo City, Mississippi) and Henry Francis Carradine (born June 7, 1808 in Yazoo City, Mississippi; died March 8, 1854),[4] a planter.[5]

The Carradine family moved to Yazoo City in 1852.

1n 1865 Carradine, aged 16, enlisted in Wood's Regiment in the Confederate Cavalry in Mississippi, and served until the end of the American Civil War.[6] In May 1865 he was mustered out with the 6th Cavalry Regiment Mississippi.[7]

Carradine graduated from the University of Mississippi in 1867. Later he studied pharmacy and worked as a clerk and bookkeeper in a store.[8]


Carradine "prayed through" on July 12, 1874, and then he told his wife, "Laura, I’m not going to go to Hell after all."[8] He was licensed to preach in October 1874 and became a pastor in Mississippi and New Orleans,[9] he was ordained a Methodist elder in 1878. On June 1, 1889, Carradine received the "blessing of sanctification" in his study in the parsonage at 35 Polyminca Street, New Orleans, his third book, Sanctification, was published the next year.[8] Many of his subsequent books were centered on the concept of sanctification, he published at least 26 books.[10]

He also wrote about his opposition to the Louisiana lottery, making an analogy between it and slavery, the New York Times reported that his early opposition as a prominent New Orleans pastor helped to end the lottery in that state.[11][12]

Carradine died on April 22, 1931 in Western Springs, Illinois.[13][14] Carradine was buried on April 26, 1931 at Cedar Hill Cemetery (Vicksburg, Mississippi).[13]


Although a prolific author, Carradine wrote little about himself and his family, not even in his autobiographical Pastoral Sketches.[8]

Carradine was married twice, and had at least nine children.

On July 3, 1869,[15] Carradine married Laura Green Reid (born 1851 in Washington, D.C.; died Vicksburg, Mississippi) in 1882), in Yazoo, Mississippi. They had five children: Ernest Carradine (died 1880); William Reed Carradine (1872–1909), a correspondent for the Associated Press, and the father of actor John Carradine,[16] and the grandfather of actors David, Keith and Robert Carradine;[17] Maude Virginia Carradine (born 1874); Guy Carradine (1879–1885); and Lula (1880–1946). Laura died in 1882 at the age of 30,

On August 1, 1883, Carradine married Modesta A.M. Burke (born March 16, 1861 in New Orleans, Louisiana; died April 6, 1924 in Chicago, Illinois) in New Orleans, Louisiana.[8][18] Their four children were: Burke Carradine (1887–1932); Victoria Carradine (born 1889); Glendy Carradine (born 1890); and Josephine (born 1891).


  1. ^ Synan, Vinson. Holiness-Pentecostal Tradition, second edition (1997) Wm. Eerdmans Publishing Company, pg. 62
  2. ^ Balmer, Randell. The Encyclopedia of Evangelism. (2002) Westminster John Knox Press
  3. ^ Beverly Carradine, Passport Application (New York, NY: June 28, 1890). Source Citation: National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), Washington D.C.; Passport Applications, 1795–1905; ARC Identifier 566612 / MLR Number A1 508; NARA Series: M1372; Roll #356. Source Information: U.S. Passport Applications, 1795–1925 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2007.
  4. ^ Mcclure, R. (2003). Finding Your Famous {& Infamous} Ancestors. F+W Media. ISBN 9781558706545. Retrieved 2015-01-01. 
  5. ^ Source Citation: Year: 1850; Census Place: Yazoo, Mississippi; Roll: M432_382; Page: 519A; Image: 1050. 1850 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2009. Images reproduced by FamilySearch. Original data: Seventh Census of the United States, 1850; (National Archives Microfilm Publication M432, 1009 rolls).
  6. ^ Source Citation: National Archives and Records Administration (NARA); Carded Records Showing Military Service of Soldiers Who Fought in Confederate Organizations, compiled 1903–1927, documenting the period 1861–1865; Catalog ID: 586957; Record Group #: 109; Roll #: 40. Source Information: U.S., Confederate Soldiers Compiled Service Records, 1861–1865 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2011. U.S., Confederate Soldiers Compiled Service Records, 1861–1865 provided by Fold3 ©
  7. ^ Source Information: Historical Data Systems, comp.. American Civil War Soldiers [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 1999. Original data: Data compiled by Historical Data Systems of Kingston, MA
  8. ^ a b c d e Time and Location Line of the Life of Rev. Beverly Carradine, Gene A. Long, Holiness Data Ministry (2475)
  9. ^ Lloyd, James B. Lives of Mississippi Authors 1817–1967. (1981)University of Mississippi Press, pg. 74
  10. ^ Catalogue of Beta Theta Pi, (1917) Edited and Published by James T. Brown
  11. ^ DEATH LIST OF A DAY.; Thomas-Wright Russell, April 24, 1901, Wednesday accessed 2010-08-14.
  12. ^ Vale of Tears. New Essays on Religion and Reconstruction. Edited by Edward J. Blum and W. Scott Poole. (2005)Macon, Georgia: Mercer University Press.
  13. ^ a b Source Information: Illinois, Deaths and Stillbirths Index, 1916–1947 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2011. FHL Film Number: 1653756.
  14. ^ Lloyd
  15. ^ Source Information: Hunting For Bears, comp.. Mississippi Marriages, 1776–1935 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2004.
  16. ^ Turley, Briane. A Wheel Within a Wheel. (1999) Mercier university Press
  17. ^ Carradine, David. Endless Highway.(1995) Journey Editions, pg. 5
  18. ^ Source Information: New Orleans, Louisiana, Marriage Records Index, 1831–1920 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2002. Original data: State of Louisiana, Secretary of State, Division of Archives, Records Management, and History. Vital Records Indices. Baton Rouge, LA, USA. Source Citation: Vol. 10, pg. 85.

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