Having grown up in a Methodist family, I found this story enlightening.
At about the beginning of the 19th Century, Sam Smith sold his portion of the family’s Newburyport homestead to his brother and left for Vermont, where he built up his own farm into a successful operation. Each winter, Sam would return to Newburyport loaded with country farm produce, which he would swap for the dry goods and products that he needed. One year, Sam brought news that shocked his Newburyport kin. He had become a Methodist, and he set the family into an uproar. Sarah Anna Emory wrote, “Grandmother was so deaf that it was difficult to make her comprehend the matter; but Uncle Sam was too zealous to leave her long unenlightened. This good woman was positively aghast: “Her son, her son Sam, turned Methodist!”
The conversion began when a travelling Methodist preacher visited Sam Smith’s small Vermont town. Read more at Uncle Sam Smith Becomes a Methodist and Shocks his Kin – New England Historical Society.