Episcopal Diocese of Northern Indiana Archives

Rev. Henry F. M. Whitesides

The Rev. Henry F. M. Whitesides was born in Philadelphia on 27 March 1807. He was a graduate of General Theological Seminary and married Mary O. Klapp in 1838. After his ordination by Bishop Onderdonk in 1835, he came to Michigan as rector of St. James Church in Constantine, doing missionary work in the southwestern part of the diocese. From there he went to Mishawaka, Indiana, with the Rev. Charles B. Stout of Edwardsburg to organize St. Paul's Church in 1837. By 1840 he had returned to Pennsylvania and the following year advertised himself as principal of St. Mary Ann's School, a boarding school for girls in Cecil County, Maryland. He seems to have given up this enterprise, for he was later doing missionary work in Frederick County that same year. By 1844 he had moved to New Jersey as a missionary to churches at Pemberton and Springfield in Burlington County. He moved from there to Kentucky in 1848, but by 1850 returned to head a church in Philadelphia, where he was enumerated on the census. In 1853 he returned to Maryland as rector of Trinity Church in Talbot and did missionary work the following year in North Elk and Cecil. He moved to Alabama in 1857, dying in October 1861 in Montgomery, Alabama, at the home of the widow of Bishop Cobb. His place of burial is not known.

Clergy in Maryland of the Protestant Episcopal Church