Biographies

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William Anderson Scott was born to parents of Scotch-Irish descent, Eli and Martha Anderson Scott, January 30, 1813, at Rock Creek in Bedford County, Tennessee. The Scotts found frontier Tennessee a challenging place to live, so after moving to Illinois for a two-year residence with similar difficulties, Eli moved his family back to the South […]

One of the difficulties faced when writing biographies about church personalities from the past is locating information about the membership and service of those who were not ministers. Sources regarding ministers are fairly common; sources for those workers and officers seated in the pews often are not. There are exceptions regarding some in the history […]

Francis was born on June 28, 1774, the son of David Herron and his wife whose name was possibly Mary. David was a ruling elder in the Middle Spring Church. The family lived about three miles northwest of the church on what was known as “Herron’s Branch.” Francis’s parents were of Scotch-Irish descent and were […]

Thomas Smith was born in March, 1800, in Union District, South Carolina, to Rev. William and Mary (Smith) Williamson. Mary was his second wife and he was serving as the minister of the church at Fair Forest. In 1805, the family left South Carolina and moved to Adams County, Ohio. Thomas grew up and studied […]

Included in the writings of A. W. Loomis are some shorter works directed to a readership that includes not only the nonbeliever but also Christians seeking instruction. One of his titles is The Profits of Godliness, 1859, which is a simple, popular exposition of questions 36-38 of the Westminster Shorter Catechism. Rev. Loomis explains each of […]

When the island of Bermuda is mentioned it might bring to mind knee-length shorts, plush resorts, a bank haven, or golf, but in the 1840s, it was important for the British Empire as a convenient port because of its strategic location about 600 miles east of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. The industrial revolution was charging […]

With this biography the meaning of “presbyterian” is expanded to include other denominations that follow Calvinism and are ordered by connectionalism. Presbyterian means most basically rule by elders, and Presbyterian Churches are associated particularly with the Calvinism developed by John Knox and organized with connectional polity. However, there are other denominations that follow Calvin as […]

The son of George Smith and Sarah (Kennedy) Green named William was born January 27, 1825, at Groveville, Burlington County, New Jersey. He united with the First Presbyterian Church in Easton, Pennsylvania, at the age of fifteen. His preparatory studies were pursued in Easton under the tutelage of Rev. John Vandeveer. He graduated Lafayette College […]

William Plumer Jacobs was born to Rev. Ferdinand and Mary Elizabeth Redbrook Jacobs in Yorkville, South Carolina, March 15, 1842. Ferdinand had been born in Alexandria, Virginia, and following his education at Hampden-Sydney College and Union Seminary he served churches in Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina. Ferdinand Jacob’s ministry over the years included the presidency of […]

Benjamin Breckinridge Warfield’s interests as a boy indicated that he would likely take a very different vocational direction than the study of theology. Following his birth on November 5, 1851 to William (pictured) and Mary Cabell Breckinridge Warfield, he grew up on the Warfield family farm named “Grasmere” near Lexington, Kentucky, where his father was […]

Travel in the nineteenth century could be dangerous whether it was by train, ship, bicycle, or horse. Trains sometimes ran off the rails and crashed or collided with other trains, ocean-going vessels ran aground or sank in storms, and the skittishness of some horses led to fallen riders and bolting teams pulling carriages of passengers […]

John M. Wells, in his book, Southern Presbyterian Worthies, describes the setting of scenic Strickler’s Springs— Near the center of Rockbridge County, Virginia, in the very heart of the Valley of Virginia, rises a massive peak known from its shape as House Mountain. Rugged, square, imposing, it may be seen from every part of the […]