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If you compare the portrait of Robert Breckinridge to one of B. B. Warfield you can see that some of the “Breckinridge” physical characteristics made their way down the two generations to Benjamin Breckinridge Warfield. Particularly, the nose, hairline, even the eyes show similarities, though the eyes of Robert Jefferson look like he is not […]

William Lewis Breckinridge, the eighth child of Hon. John and Mary Hopkins (Cabell) Breckinridge, was born at Cabell’s Dale near Lexington, Kentucky, July 22, 1803. He would be the youngest son to grow to maturity behind the eldest, Joseph Cabell, followed in age by John, and then Robert Jefferson. Another son, James Monroe, would be […]

Following his few years in Chicago, Dr. Rice and Catherine moved their household eight-hundred miles east to New York. His new charge was to be the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church which had recently suffered the death of its beloved two-term pastor, J. W. Alexander. The nearly seven-hundred member Fifth Avenue congregation was surpassed in size […]

Nathan Lewis was born December 29, 1807 in Garrard County, Kentucky, the son of Gabriel and Phebe Garrett Rice. The family lived on a farm where the household, as did so many in the day, struggled to make ends meet. Nathan began teaching school when he was sixteen years old in order to raise money […]

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 […]

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 […]