Edward McKendree Bounds was born in Shelby County, Missouri, on August 15, 1835, and died on
August 24, 1913, in Washington, Georgia. He was admitted to the bar in 1854 at
the age of nineteen, but left the profession five years later when he answered
the call of God to the ministry. Beginning in 1863, in the midst of the Civil
War, he became the chaplain of the Fifth Missouri Regiment of the Confederacy.
Bounds married Miss
Emmie Barnett of Eufaula, Alabama, in 1876. By this union, he became the father
of two daughters, Celeste and Corneille, and a son, Edward, who died at the age
of six. His wife Emmie died in 1886, and later Bounds married Miss Hattie
Barnett, Emmie’s cousin. Together they had six children: Samuel, Charles,
Osborne, Elizabeth, Mary, and Emmie. However, Charles died at the age of one,
so in the end, the family consisted of seven children.
After serving several
important churches in St. Louis and other places to the south, Bounds became
editor of the St. Louis Christian Advocate for eight years and, later,
associate editor of The Nashville Christian Advocate for four years. The
trial of his faith came while he was in Nashville, and he quietly retired to
his home without even asking for a pension. His principal work in Washington,
Georgia (his home), was rising at four o’clock in the morning and praying until
seven o’clock. He filled a few engagements as an evangelist during the eighteen
years of his life work in Washington, Georgia.