Born: Jan­ua­ry 23, 1827, Au­gus­ta, Georg­ia.

Died: Ju­ly 9, 1904, Geor­gia.

Buried: Cave Spring Ce­me­te­ry, Cave Spring, Georg­ia.


William was the hus­band of Ma­ry Fran­cis Sim­mons of Cave Spring (mar­ried 1855)

In 1846 Ri­vers left Gaines­ville, Geor­gia, to at­tend Yale Col­lege (class of 1850). How­ev­er, he left school in his jun­ior year due to ill health. He moved to Floyd Coun­ty, Georg­ia, about 1851.

Rivers joined the Me­tho­dist Epis­co­pal Church, South, at Gaines­ville, Georg­ia, on pro­ba­tion in 1850, and was re­ceived to full mem­ber­ship the next year. He was li­censed to ex­hort in Cave Spring in No­vem­ber 1856, and li­censed to preach at Liv­ing­ston, Georg­ia, Cave Spring Cir­cuit, in 1857.

He was or­dained a dea­con at Rome, Georg­ia, in 1863, and ad­mit­ted on tri­al to the Georg­ia Con­fer­ence at Ma­con, Georg­ia, in 1865. He was or­dained an el­der at Rome, Georg­ia, in 1869, and went to a four-de­cade preach­ing career.

He served in ma­ny Georg­ia lo­cations, in­clud­ing:

He was su­per­an­nu­at­ed in 1895.



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