52 Ancestors Week 17: At Worship

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Please share with us a profile of an ancestor or relative who matches this week's theme:

At Worship

From Amy Johnson Crow:

Our ancestors' religious traditions can lead us to many discoveries. Have you used church/synagogue/meeting records? Do you have an ancestor who was in the clergy? Have you visited an ancestral church?


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in The Tree House by Eowyn Walker G2G Astronaut (1.7m points)

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My 7th great-grandfather, Rev. John Henry, was born in Ireland around 1680, and graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1703; he was ordained by the Presbytery of Dublin, and was called to Maryland to succeed Francis Makemie (considered to be the founder of Presbyterianism in America) at Rehoboth Presbyterian Church (the oldest Presbyterian church in America).

My 3rd great-grandfather, Rev. John Sample Dodd, was pastor of Bethsaida Baptist Church in what was then Campbell County, Georgia, for fifty years.

And my 3rd great-uncle Rev. Michael Dillon was parish priest of St. Agnes Church in Uniontown, Kentucky.

by C Handy G2G6 Pilot (103k points)
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I have several ministers in the Leonard and Romingers. But my is Henry Virgil Rominger. Profile https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Rominger-234

He is the son of James Mason Rominger and Lydia Paulina Hauser who married in 1852. Henry V. Rominger was ordained as a Moravian minister at Philadelphia, PA. on November 11, 1882. Eventually he became a Congregational minister around 1901 and traveled around Montana, Oregon, and North Dakota. From 1914 to 1946 he live in Underwood, Washington. He died in North Bonneville, Washington around 1949, He is retired minister. He also traveled to Eqypt and donated a collection  of ancient Eqyptian artifacts to the state of Nebraska.

by Anonymous Barnett G2G6 Pilot (465k points)
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For this week's challenge, my inspiration was a particular reference that I use in relation to Ancestors, or those connected to me in some significant (at least to me) way. In this week's Blog, I added the founder's of The First Congregational Church of Stonington: 9th Great Grandfathers: Thomas Stanton (1630 – 1677)Thomas Wheeler (1603 - 1686). 9th Great Uncles through marriage to 9th Great Aunts: Reverend James Noyes (1640 - 1719)Thomas Stanton, Jr (1638 – 1718)Nehemiah Palmer (1637 - 1717), Nehemiah's brother Moses Palmer. Distantly related through marriage: Nathaniel Chesebrough (1630 - 1678)Lt. Thomas Miner (1608 - 1690), and Ephraim Miner, Sr (1642 - 1724). I also included how it inspired me to start the Stonington One Place Study. (Lots and lots of WikiTree Links in this Blog, which is also published on Twitter and my Facebook Time Line).

by T Counce G2G6 Mach 6 (63.2k points)
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My 3rd great grandmother, Elizabeth McCullough Campbell 
 (hereafter referred to as Elizabeth Campbell) was also known as “Betsey.” Close friends with Rachel Johnston, Colonel John Johnston's wife, the two women began Bible study in their homes for the neighboring women and children. Presbyterian by faith, all of the families gathered on Sunday, while one of the men, or a traveling Preacher, offered a sermon and prayer. They lived in Allen, Auglaize, and Shelby counties in Ohio. Even after the church was built, my 3rd great grandmother took her children back to Piqua, Ohio to be "sprinkled", according to written family records.

by Sheri Taylor G2G6 Mach 2 (24.6k points)
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I was living in St. Mary's County, MD at the time they did the archaeological dig at the site of the Royal Chapel there, where they found the lead-lined coffins.  I had just started doing genealogy in earnest, and discovered that one of my ancestors, David Wickliffe, arrived there in 1636, and was one of the burgesses in the first Maryland Assembly.  He would have known that chapel well.
by Anneliese Kennedy G2G6 Mach 1 (15.6k points)
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I'll cite my 3rd-great grandfather, Rev. Alexander Kessinger who was supposedly widely known in his day as a hell-fire & brimstone preacher in South-Central Kentucky. He was based in Campground Church in Hart County, Kentucky, where he is buried, but also traveled widely to other churches to preach. I suspect that my great-great grandparents probably met at one of his tent revivals.

by Bill Vincent G2G6 Pilot (134k points)
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My ancestors (Thomas and Joseph Rogers) were separatists who sailed on the Mayflower seeking religious freedom. There are clergy members in my extended family. i am an ordained clergyman with dual standing in the UCC and PCUSA.
by Frederick Rogers G2G6 (7.5k points)
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I don't think we have any minister's or priest in our family. The religious links in our family have wandered between Methodist, Church of England and Catholic.

My Great Grandfather James Elgey gave away half of the fortune he inherited from his mother to the Zionist Church in Blyth. Then lost the rest on a building venture that burnt down during renovation, he had no insurance. Then the last house and shop went as the rent collector disappeared with all the rents and the bank foreclosed for nonpayment of the mortgages 

by Janet Wild G2G6 Pilot (172k points)
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My third cousin, Reverend Cornelius Doherty married my husband and me on July 12, 1969 in Torrington, Connecticut. He was a Roman Catholic priest.
by Rosemary Dill G2G6 Mach 1 (16.2k points)
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Three months before my grandmother, Mary Ann Davey Higgins (1873-1956) died, her family was told she had a very weak heart. The doctor said they could coddle her or allow her to continue her usual routine which might cause her to die a bit sooner. They chose to let her continue to attend bingo games, take the bus “down street” and attend church.

Mary Ann Higgins Davey died of a heart attack in St. Joseph’s Church in New Britain, Connecticut, USA. A devout Catholic,I expect she died with a smile on her face.
by Rosemary Dill G2G6 Mach 1 (16.2k points)
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I have visited some of the churches.

A few of the Stetsons were clergy, but not in my direct line.
by Roy Lamberton G2G6 Mach 4 (41.9k points)
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My father originally wrote and seemed proud to share his Christian faith with my grandparents in hopes of gaining their approval. However, before my mother was allowed to marry him, Ernest Leroy Crumbliss had to be baptized LDS. Baptism Certificate of Ernest Leroy Crumbliss

by Tess Obenauf G2G6 (8.8k points)

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