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From 1830 to the beginning of the First World War almost ninety percent of all German and German speaking emigrants found their new homes in the United States and during the nineteenth century alone more than five-million emigrated to the United States. Nineteenth-century German immigrants settled all over the nation, but the area from New […]

Michael Demetrius Kalopothakes was born in Aeropolis, Laconia, Greece, December 17, 1825. At the time of his birth the Greeks were involved in a revolution for independence from the Ottomans who had ruled them since the middle of the fifteenth century. The Greeks’ desire for freedom was encouraged by the successful revolutions in America and […]

John Hunter was born on June 29, 1806 to James and Eleanor (Thompson) Morrison in Wallkill Township, Orange County, New York. His early studies were completed in Bloomfield Academy, New Jersey. At twenty-two years of age he professed his faith in Christ in the Presbyterian Church on Cedar Street in New York (currently, Fifth Avenue […]

Philadelphia was a hub of activity when Archibald Alexander arrived in May 1807. His relocation from Virginia was to accept a call to the Third Presbyterian Church (Old Pine Street). As he settled into his new situation he was overcome by the poverty in The City of Brotherly Love. He responded by organizing and drafting […]

John Rogers was born to Samuel Alexander and Elizabeth (Mclntire) Peale on September 17, 1879, in New Bloomfield, Pennsylvania, which is located northwest of Harrisburg. He studied to prepare for college in a local academy and professed his faith in Christ in the Presbyterian Church at the age of twelve. For his college education he […]

From the earliest days of the Presbyterian Church in Colonial America there was evangelistic work by ministers among their American Indian neighbors. Through the formation of Philadelphia Presbytery, 1706, then the organization of presbyteries into the Synod of Philadelphia, 1716, and finally the consolidation of synods into the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the United […]

Mosquitoes and Missionaries

February 18th, 2016, at 4:08 pm

J. R. McNeill, Mosquito Empires: Ecology and War in the Greater Caribbean, 1620-1914, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010, 371 pages, paperback, bibliography. Mosquito Empires looks to be totally irrelevant to anything related to Presbyterian and Reformed or any church history at all. The author, J. R. McNeill, is University Professor in the History Department and […]

Shushan Wright, died 1890

May 28th, 2015, at 12:01 am

A problem faced when writing about Presbyterian personalities  of the past is locating information about women in the church.  For example, Alfred Nevin’s, Encyclopedia of the Presbyterian  Church in the United States of America, 1884, has over twenty-one-hundred biographical entries, six of which are about women. Not only are there few entries for women, but […]

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 […]

As were many of the early Presbyterians that built the denomination in America, John Ross was from Ireland. He was born July 23, 1783, into a Roman Catholic home in Dublin where he was orphaned at a young age. When he was in his late teens, John left Ireland headed for England in hope of […]