About Beverly Francis Carradine
Beverly Francis Carradine was an American Methodist minister, and a leading evangelist for the holiness movement. He was a productive author, writing primarily on the subject of sanctification.
Born April 4, 1848, in Yazoo County, Mississippi, he was the son of Mary Caroline (née Hewitt) and Henry Francis Carradine. He moved with his family to Yazoo City in 1852. He served with the Confederate Army for the last five months of the Civil War. He graduated from the University of Mississippi in 1867. Later he studied pharmacy and worked as a clerk and bookkeeper in a store.
Carradine "prayed through" on July 12, 1874, and then he told his wife, "Laura, I’m not going to go to Hell after all." He was licensed to preach in October 1874 and became a pastor in Mississippi and New Orleans. 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. Many of his subsequent books were centered on the concept of sanctification. He published at least 26 books.
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.
Although a prolific author, Carradine wrote little about himself and his family, not even in his autobiographical Pastoral Sketches. He was married in 1869 to Laura Green Reed. Laura died in 1882 at the age of 30. He was remarried in 1883 or 1884 to Modesta Burke. He had several children with both of his wives, but it is unclear which and how many of his children lived to adulthood. His son, William, was the father of actor John Carradine, and the grandfather of actors David, Keith and Robert Carradine. Beverly Carradine died April 22, 1931.