About Rev. James Augustus Converse
A Roman Catholic priest; in 1869 in St. Louis, Mo., confessor to Gen. W. T. Sherman's family.
source: Some of the ancestors and descendants of Samuel Converse, jr: of ..., Volume 1
By Charles Allen Converse
James never married. "After affliction, while in his brother's family, and after the death of his brother's wife in Cleveland, Ohio; he became very despondent during his brother's absence. At Easter 1842 he passed a Roman Catholic Church. He stopped to listen to the music and was invited in. He became acquainted with the priest, afterward spending a whole night with him. Having been a member of the Congregational Church, that of his mother in Randolph, VT., he renounced that belief and became a Jesuit. Not long after becoming a priest, he was sent to Bardstown, Kentucky, as a professor in the Jesuit College in Chicago, having his "confessional' in that Church. It was sued for advantage to his Church. He was sent to St. Louis, where there was a large tract of land in charge of the Church for the education and training of boys for the Church. He was wise in his management, so his superiors soon realized they had 'the right man in the right place.' Here his last years were spent. When visiting his sister, Mrs. J. K. Parish in Randolph, he quietly and alone with him, baptized his 'insane' (mentally deficient) brother Oliver into the Chruch." Fr. Converse died in St. Louis April 25, 1881, greatly mourned by his Order."
source: "The History of the Jacob Kimball Parish Family" _____
James A. Converse," Reverend, born in Stafford, Conn., 30 July 1814; a Roman Catholic priest; in 1869 in St. Louis, Mo., confessor to Gen. W. T. Sherman's family.
source: Some of the Ancestors and Descendants of Samuel Converse, Jr: Of ..., Volume 1
edited by Charles Allen Converse