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A History of Mt. Pisgah Presbyterian Church
Early settlers and Members to 1818

Source: "Pisgah book, 1784-1909 : a memorial, a lesson, an inspiration", 1909 by William Orpheus Shewmaker, Pastor of Pisgah Church

Submitted by Kim T. (Dec. 2011)



In the year 1780, Samuel Stevenson and Jane Gay, his wife, came from the fort in Lexington to live in their new long cabin, erected on the lands which they had surveyed in the new Kentucky country. Their home stood upon the wooded point of land just west of the present site of the church. The house had been built by Stevenson and his slaves, with the help of his brother-in-law, Alexander Dunlap and John Gay, and their friend, Moses McIlvain. In the same season were built the homes of Dunlap and Agnes Gay, his wife; of John Gay and Sally Lockridge; of Moses McIlvain and Margaret Hodge. These homes were within a mile of each other and each near to a spring of water. The grant of land had originally been acquired and the claim located by Samuel Stevenson. He and Dunlap had each married sisters of John Gay. These were Scotch-Irish Virginians, all from Augusta County.

About the same time, even earlier, pioneer Presbyterian famililes had settled in the region, the furthest not being more than six miles away. Among them were the Allens, Scotts, Evansees, Garretts (who came to Fort Garrett in 1778), Rennicks, Martins, Longs, Fergusons, Burriers, Blacks, Robbs, Elliotts, Watsons, Campbells, Howes, Steeles, Wardlaws, Youngs' and Stewarts. Another pioneer family, only three miles from the church, was that of the Wasons, who came out of the Lexington stockade in 1780 or 1781. At first, they were members of the Associate Reformed Church at Lexington. Finally they became members of Pisgahm Dr. R. H. Wason being one of its elders.

Three families of Stevensons settled here, none of them related to each other. At a somewhat later period, other names appear among the people of Pisgah. Among them are the Marshalls, Hardins, Richeys, Stones, Smedleys, Spencers, Youngs, Taylors, Berrymans, Miltons, Linghamfelters, McPheeters, Castlemans, Bohannons, McCroskeys, Scrogins, Stogdols, Coxes, Wallaces, Alexanders, Hedgers Wheelers, Worleys, Coffmans, Jameses, Halls, Andersons, Eastons, Carrs, Kinkeads, Armstrongs, Whittingtons, Aikins, Thompsons, Boardmans, Lytles, Waltzes, Fraziers, Burnams, Berrys and the Hamiltons.


The following are the names that appear in the Church records. No known record earlier than 1 January 1808, is known to exist.

 

1808
Moses McIlvain
Margaret McIlvain
William McIlvain
John Armstrong
James Ritchie
Jane Ritchie
Phebe Ferguson
Arthur Campbell
Joseph Robb
Mrs. Elinor Robb Logan
Alexander Black
Agnes Black
Agnes Steele
Polly Steele
William McPheeters
Hugh Muldrow
Jane Muldrow
Samuel Stevenson
Jane Stevenson
Mary Stevenson
George Campbell
Nancy Campbell
Nancy Kirkham
James Rennick
Mary Rennick
Lydia Rennick
Margaret Rennick
John Elliott
Ellender Elliott
Rebecca Allen
James White
John McMahon
Mary McMahon
Benjamin Stevenson
Mary Stevenson
Mary Long
Joanna Campbell
Margaret Stevenson
Mary Stevenson
Elizabeth Elliott
James Stevenson, Sr.
James Stevenson
Joshua Whittington
Mary Stevenson
Joshua Whittington
Mary Stevenson
Sarah Dunlap
Archibald Kinkead
William Stevenson
Susanna Stevenson
Martha Martin
Susanna Aikin
Mrs. Sarah Gay McIlvain
Sarah Gay
Abram, a slave
Lucy, a slave


1809
Nancy Kirkham
Agnes Marshall


1813
? Brown
? Brown

1814
Mrs. Mary Lackland
Mrs. Jane Carr

1816
Mrs. Mary Smith
Col. Tunstall Quarles

1817
Mrs. Mary Gordon
Jane Allen
Rebecca Gay

1818
Cornelius Hoolman
Jane Carr
Mrs. Campbell
Mrs. Polly McCullough
Mrs. Catherine Milton
Mrs. Frances Armstrong
Mrs. Nancy Quarles
Livy Bohannon
George Burgen
Rebecca Burgen

 

1819.

Mrs. Margaret Compton

Wm. R. Thompson

Wm (L.) Breckinridge

 

1820

Willis Green

Mrs. Myra Maddison Alexander
Chas. Marshall

John McClung

Wm. Marshall

James Boardman
Lewis Green
Thomas Taylor
Billy (a man of color)
America Mattox
Mrs. Rachel Muldrow
Mrs. Mary Allen
Mrs. Matilda Berryman
Mrs. Jane Harris

Samuel P. Menzis

Thos. (Little) Lytel

 

1821

Mrs. Mary Martin

James Stevenson Jr.

Mrs Martia Hamilton

 

1822

Mrs Nancy Watson

Mrs Anny Buford

John K. Lee

Eliza Raleigh

 

1823

Sarah Williams

Mrs Isabella Scott

 

1824

Mrs Sarah McClure

 

1825

Wm Shaw

James Elliott

Mrs Mary Cox

 

1826

Eliza Jane Stevenson

Samuel Shaw

Mrs Sarah Elliott

 

1827

James S Berryman

Sarah Armstrong

Mrs Susan Hart

Mrs Margaret Thompson

Samuel Thompson

Kinkead Gay

Robt. E Schrogan

Eve (colored woman)

Mrs Jane Worley

Mrs Jane Gay

Mrs Eliza Jane Stevenson

Harriet Scrogan

Mrs Ann Scrogan Collins

Mrs Nancy Young Winkfield

Hetty (colored person)

Davie (colored person)

Hannah (colored person)

Elizah Milton

Frederick Waltz

Wm Allen

John Milton

Louisa Milton

Mrs Mary Catherine Taylor Berry

Wm Stevenson

Jane Stevenson

Bushrod Milton

George Lingenfelter

Mrs Jane Martin

Hannah W Blair

Lucy (colored woman)

Daniel Orr

Mima (colored woman)

 

1828

Lancelot Clark

Mrs Elizabeth Ann Stevenson Cooper

Mrs Sarah Elliott

John W McIlvain

(Irene) Hensley

Jane Eliza Orr

Marth Martin

Robt Martin

Samuel Aikin

Mrs Elizabeth Clark

Mrs Sarah Bohannon

Isaac (colored man)

Mrs Ann Aikin

Sophia M Frazier

James Gay

Mrs Catherine Gay

Jane Young

Elizabeth Waltz

Mrs Lucinda Young McMillan

Minerva Scrogan

John Buford

Emily Stevenson

Wm Rankin

Mrs Margaret Rankin

Mrs Sarah Williams

Mrs Jane Allen Hedger

Mrs Ittaly Martin

Mrs Mary Burnum

Andrew Z Sowin

Dabby (woman of color)

John Steele

Wm Wallace

Isaac (colored man)

John Martin

Jane Simonton

Margaret Hammons

James Williams

Mrs Sarah L Frazier Logan

Robt. Harvey Watson

Wm H Burnum

Mrs Margaret S Stevenson Wason

Emaline J Broughton

John Martin, Jr

Luther C. Schrogan

Milly Davis

Elizabeth Schrogran

Stephen (colored person)

Mrs Mary J Ritchey Pearson

 

1829

Mrs Sarah Ann Young

 

1830

Mrs Elizabeth Waltz

Frederick Bush

 

1832

Mrs Mary Stevenson

Mrs Elizabeth Stevenson

Martha McClure

Mrs Emily Milton

Sarah Cligget

 

1833

Samuel Aikin

Ann Aikin

Mrs Elizabeth Cunningham

John (slave of Mrs Cunningham)

Winnery (slave of Mrs Cunningham)

Mrs Mary Clagget

Mrs Sally Elliott

Ann Elliott

Mrs Elizabeth Bush

Mrs Jane Berry

Hetty (colored person)

Thos. Wason

Jack (colored person)

Nancy (colored person)

Mrs Jane Ritchey

Mary Ann Carlisle

Walter C Ferguson

Ferabanite Hensley

Mrs. Juliet N Jackson

 

1834

Elizabeth Alexander

 

1835

Mrs Nancy Ann Milton

Mrs Elizabeth Milton

Jane Morgan

Mrs Jane Sandusky

Mary F. Aikin
Martha Ann McCrosky
Mrs. Sophia Smedley
James Martin, Jr.

 

1836

America Gaines
Samuel Schrogan
John W. Stevenson
Edmund (colored man)
M. S. Robinson
Chas. W. Castleman

 

1837

Ralph E. Smith
Catherine Hunter
Dr. Lewis Marshall
Agatha Marshall

Geo. Parsons

Miss Eliza Alexander

Rebecca Mcllvain

 

1838

George C. Spencer
Amelia Spencer

 

1839

Mrs. P. Craven
Louisa Bohannon
Mrs. Mary Ann Phillips
Miss Nancy McClure
Agatha Marshall
Cyrus Hedger

 

1840

Alexander Dinsmore

Mrs. Mary Bissell
Mrs. Wm. C. Bissell


1841

Mrs. Matilda Cox
E. F. Easton
Amanda Easton
Ebin Milton
Hugh Allen. Jr.
Augustus Bailey
James Wardlow
Ann L. McGee
Dr. Reuben Berry
Gillead Polk
Eliza R Milton
Bushrod Castleman
Alexander Stevenson
Thos. P. Allen
Garrot Young

Polly Allen

Eliza Ann Sullivan

Malinda Rennick

Eliza McCrosky

William Colman

Elizabeth Kent Alexander

Ann Smedly

Catherine Burner
William Burner
Rebecca Burner
William Milton
Henry Berry
Hannah E. Castleman
Louisa C. Milton
Martha Ann Aikin
Samuel Aikin, Jr.
Harlow Spencer
Susan Risk
John A. Stogdel
Martha J. Irvine
Thomas Young
Archimedes G. Elliott
Martha Allen
John Milton, Jr.

Stephen G. Tutt
Hulda Ann Elliott
Zerilda Sanders
Amanda D. Risk
Elizabeth Milton
Nancy Stogdel
John J. Reid
Margaret C. Reid
Robert Allen
William H. Martin
John Neet
Columbia Offet
Aliice Ann Allen
Jane Abraham Hunter
John P. Aikin
Samuel Ritchie
Elizabeth L. Hunter
Mary William Elliott

Glass Marshall
Mary P. Thompson

 

1842

Joseph Frazier
Robert Wilkerson
Addison Milton
Elizabeth Florida Milor
Sarah Elizabeth Castleman
Wm. M. Scott
Friend Perin
John Jackson
Mary Berry

 

1843

Eliza (a colored woman of E. Fields)

 

1844

John Valentine

 

1845

C. M. Dermont

 

1846

Mary Jane Sullivan
Robt. Stevenson

Robt Stevenson, Jr.
Margaret Melting
Mary Jane Neet
Rebecca Allen
Mary Allen
Louisa Allen
A. Cox

 

1847

James Graves
Martha E. McPheeters
Virginia Berry
Elizabeth W. Stevenson
Davidella H. Neet
Elizabeth S. Berry
Robt. L. Haney
Davis S. S. McPheeters
Mrs. Isabella Parsons

Sarah C. Stevenson

Lucy Berry

Wm. H. Stevenson

Charles W. Price

G. Bushrod Stevenson

James P. Gay

Tarlton C. Miles

Mary Waltz

Virginia L. Nect Moore

Clarinda E. Stevenson

Lucy Ann Stevenson

Nicholas Warden

Sarah P.Milton

Mary Milton

Mary E. Wason

Mrs. Margaret Gay Wason

Martha C. Castleman

Walter Ferguson

Mrs. H. C. Bohannon
James H. Henderson
Chloe J. Price
Eliza (colored)
Eliza (slave)
Judy (slave)
Louisa (slave)
Harriet (slave)
Jacob (slave)
Thornton (slave)
Hetty (slave)
Sallv (slave)
Huldah (slave)
Mary Jane (slave)
Henry (colored)
David Riley
Martha Riley

1848

Guy P. Hamiiton
Marcia Hamilton
David Smith
Joseph M. Dean
Agnes Gay
Robert Garret

 

1851

Mrs. H. Wheeler

 

1852

Watson Gay
Mrs. F. J. Patrick

 

1853

Tidbault Milton
Harlow Spencer
Mrs. F. J. Patrick

 

1854

James Allen
Eliza Allen
Margaret A. M. Allen
Mrs. Sarah Stevenson
T. J. Settle
Jas. Hale

Miss Lucinda Haney


1855

Emily (colored)
Dr. W. Douglass Gay
Mrs. Kale Gay
Mrs. Anne Wheeler
Miss Jennie Worley
Miss Jennie Walker
Rebecca W. Gay
C T. Cox
Hugh Hedger
Flem Hedger
Wm. Dunn
James B. Milton
Harvey noggins
Wm. T. Smith
Eben Taylor
James A. Wason

John Scearce

Esther (colored)
Bushrod Cattleman
Ebin Milton
Isabella Alexander

 

1856

Mrs. Theodosia Hall
Miss Maria Sackett
Mrs. Mary Jane Spencer

 

1857

Robt. Hedger
Wm. T. Wason

 

1858

Sarah Bettie Gay
Mrs. Mary_ Bosworth
Wm. Martin

Andy (colored)

Miss Ann D. Martin

 

 

1860

Mrs. Caroline Douglas
Mary Louisa Castleman

 

1861

Miss Mary Ellen Hedger
Miss Anna M. Wason
Mrs. N. M. Douglas
Mrs. E. Coffman

 

1863

Miss Mary Caroline Allen
Mrs. Nannie James

 

1864

Geo. B. Waltz
Mrs. Mary Waltz

 

1865

Berry Stevenson

Chas. Hedger

 

1866

Mrs. Kate Garrett
Waller F. Bohon
Miss Jessie Neet
Samuel Hollo way
Wm. A. Hall
Miss Florence Bohon
Miss Belle Hall
Miss Bettie Hall
Rebecca W. Wason
Miss Bettie Allen
Wm. Wright
James Stevenson. Jr.

J Smith Taylor
Hugh Allen
Will Henry Lasing (colored)
Miss Sallie E. Stevenson

James E. Neet

James Garrett
Mrs. Luanda Cassell
Col. Oliver Anderson
Mrs. Louisa Anderson
Mrs. Kate Akers

 

1867

J. R. Stockdell
Nancy Stockdell

 

1868

John Evans
A. Spencer

 

1869

Jane Spencer

Mrs. Sallie Falconer

Jane McEachin

P. G. Powell

Mrs. Henrietta Powell

 

1870

J. W. Mcllvain
Mrs. Mary Mcllvain


1871

George L. Douglas
Wm. A. Cox
Mary Rebecca Wright
Maggie Gay
James L. Gay
Theo. H. Wallace
Mrs. Sallie McEachin

 

1872 

Kate C. Wason 

Lon E. Rennick 

Henry Mehring 

Maggie Cheney 
Carrie D. Wason ,
Charles Hieber 

Miss Annie Spencer 

John Lafon 

Watson Gay 

 

1873

Dr. William Brother
Mrs. C. E. Brother
Miss Mary Cox

 

1874

Miss Mary McEachin
Miss Bettie Powell
William Gay
Thos. Shelby
Charles Wallace
T. A. Falconer
Mrs. Jane Holloway

Ella Wallace
Derrill Hart
Lou Hart

 

1875

R. S. Hart
Mrs. Eliza Stanhope
Miss Lula Stanhope
Miss Mollie. Settle
Miss Mattie A. Settle
J. Wilmore Garrett

 

1876

Miss Lucy A. Armistead

Maggie Burrier
Nancy Arnsparger
Miss S. F. Arnsparger
John Arnsparger
Mary T. Dillard
Mary Hieber
Charles A. Stevenson
John T. Wason
Sue Ann Giltner
Robt. H. Wason, Jr.
Mrs. C. A. Stevenson

Miss Kate Hall
James Gay
Miss Stella Knobe
Eliza Watkins
Elijah Watkins
Mrs. Bettie Gay
W. A. Slaymaker
Mrs. H. C. Slaymaker
Hunter Brother
Jake Sandusky
Caroline Sandusky

 

1877

Richard Kirby Stanhope

G. A. Spencer

Mrs. Jane Spencer

Miss Annie Spencer

 

1878

Mrs. Betty Sandusky

Laura Bohon

Kitty Sandusky

 

1879

Alline Brother
Lewis N. Van Meter
Mary E. Worley

 

1880

James Cox
Mary Lee Gay
Michael Powell
Robert James
Joseph Garrett
Rutherford E. Douglas
Charles Powell

A. E. Spencer
Anna M. Worley
Mrs. Sallie Gay

 

1881

Mrs. Susie L. Sandusky


1882

Miss Matilda Cox

Miss Carrie Rutherford Gay

 

1883

H. W. Worley
Miss Bessie Falconer

Miss Bessie Sandusky
Miss Kate Falconer
Francis Douglas
J. E. Boatwright

 

1884

Miss Mary L. Gay
Miss Julia Sandusky
Miss Drusilla Douglas
Miss Laura Arnsparger
Mrs. Ruth E. Hieber

Mrs. Hattie Littrell

Horace Gay

Mrs. Mary Hieber

Charles Hieber

Kirby Grimes

Miss Mollie Dole

Richard Hieber

B. R. Marshall

Caesar Mcllvain (colored)

John Reese

 

1885

Miss Eugenia Stout


1886

Mr. Wm. Laurie
Mrs. Wm. Laurie
Mrs. S. McCrohan

 

1888

Mrs. Virginia Gay

 

1890

Mrs. Hannah A. Cox
Miss Dora Hieber
John Falconer
James Smith
Majean Burrier
Hattie Smith
Paul Brother
Zachariah Wardle
Mary F. Wardle

 

1891

Miss Anne Stoakley

William Hicks

Mrs. Hattie Newman

H. Q. Newman

 

1892

Lillian McPhail Ervin
Peter G. Powell, Jr.
Mary Ervin

 

1893

Mrs. Mary Smith
Mrs. Emma A. Powell
Mrs. Alma Brooks Wason

J. Tyler Nash
Thomas L. Nash
George P. Nash
Mrs. Mantha Littrell
Miss Bertie Carrel
Mary Kate Hieber
John Hieber
S. M. Stedman
Miss Eliza Redding
John W. Ervin
Charlton Morton
Benjamin R. Hart

Mr Martin

Mrs. Lucy Jones Marks


1894

Mrs. Susan Smithers

Miss Catherine Shaw

Mr. A. M. Brock

Miss Alice Brock

Miss Elizabeth Carpenter

Mr. Hughes

Miss Katherine Gay

Mrs. Sarah M. Powell
Mr. Henry Smithers
James Smithers
Mrs. Ella Smithers
Mrs. Elizabeth Parker

 

1896

Mr. Claude Kendall
Mrs. Laura A. Kendall
Roger H. Smith
Morgan Smedley

 

1897

Mrs. Mary E. W. Groves
John E. Groves
Mrs. Bettie H. Groves
Mrs. Fanny Van Pelt Groves
Mrs. Katherine Clarke Garrett
Mrs. Mary Talbott Wason
Oliver Higgins Farra
Miss Mollie E. Daugherty
Mrs. Mary Caroline Parker
George L. Douglas
Andrew Bowman

Catherine Reed Bowman
Margaret Wason Garrett
Robert Garrett
Margaret Rebecca Hart
Robert S. Hart, Jr.
Mrs. Mary H. Powell
Richard Hieber, Jr.
Martha Virginia Hieber
Catherine Coleman Smedley
Addie Lee Parker
Amelia Marion Groves
Mrs. Mary A. J. Powell

 

1898

Miss Margaret M. Littrell

Miss Lulie Littrell

Miss Mattie Mary Littrell

 

1900

Rosa Kaenzig

 

1901

Charles T. Cox
Mary W. Hart
Ella L. Carpenter
Wm Smith

 

1902

B. F. Wise

A. H. McCray

Sallie James Hanna

John Gay Hannah

Maria Louise Hanna

Maud D. Cox

Ida W. Cox

J. Wilmore Garrett Jr.

Bessie Harris

Newton Gay

Mr. Tom Littrell

Mrs. Julia Spurgeon

John A. Jackson

Derrill Hart

 

1903

Harvey W. Smedley

 

1905

Mary Louise Garrett

James Douglas Garrett

Harrison Littrell

Annie Hieber

Mrs. Viola Lyons

 

1907

George W. Smedley

Jesse H. Burrier

 

1908

Robert McDonald Garrett

James Robert Cox

Lewis Gay Nash

Mrs. Nancy Parker

Mr. Clinton Parker

Electra Woodhall

J. Tyler Nash, Jr.

Cora Littrell

Odell Littrell

 

 



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