history of The Church of The Good Shepherd, cont.
health of The Rev. James Vaulx seemed to be failing, and The Rev.
Charles Carrol Parsons served as Priest-In-Charge from 1871 until
July 1872. During his ministry at the Mission of the Good Shepherd
the communicants submitted "Articles of Association of the
Church of the Good Shepherd" to the Diocese of Tennessee,
and they were accepted with The Church of The Good Shepherd being
elevated to status of a parish, Easter Monday, April 1, 1872.
yellow fever epidemics were catastrophic. By the time the yellow
fever epidemic had concluded in Fall 1879, out of the 19,000 people
remaining in Memphis, 17,600 suffered from yellow fever and of
these 17,600 there were recorded 5,650 deaths.
the period of August 1872 until 1880, The Church of The Good Shepherd
was under the pastoral direction of several priests, due to the
severity of the yellow fever epidemic:
The Rev. P.S. Ruth, August 1872- August 19, 1874.
The Rev. T.C. Tupper, September 1874-May 12, 1875.
The Rev. Virginus O. Gee, October 1, 1875- September 30, 1878.
The Rev. A.J. Yeater, April 1879- April 1880.
The Rev. George Moore, May 2, 1880- Easter 1881.