PRESBYTERY met agreeably to appointment at the
meeting-house in Sumner county, Tenn., on Tuesday, the
6th day of April, 1813. Opened by a sermon delivered by Mr.
Ewing, from Galatians I, 8. Constituted
by prayer. Members present: Rev. Messrs. William
B. Porter, Thomas
Calhoon, and William
Harris; Elders Josiah Wilson, Robert Kirkpatrick, James
Kirkpatrick, Hugh Telford, John Bell, Andrew Foster, Abraham Duff,
John Wheeler, representatives from Piney
Fork and Hopewell; John Ewing, from Red River; William
McCord, from Bethel and Liberty; Robert Gammel, from Union and
Zion; Benjamin Ware, from Boiling Fork; William Johnston, from
Little Bigby and Little's Creek; John Hollingsworth, from Globe
Creek, Robeson's Fork, and Rock Creek; John Blair, from Mount
Pleasant and Spring Creek; John Barnett, from Smith's Fork; Joseph
Reed, from Sandy and Buck Creek; James
Stewart, from New
Hope and Spring Creek; James McMurtry, from White
Oak and Wells'
Creek; John Tiger, from Ebenezer and Little Muddy. Presbytery
proceeded to choose a moderator and clerk. Mr.
Bell was chosen moderator and Mr.
Porter clerk. The minutes of our last Presbytery were
read. Inquiry was made of the absentees. Their excuses were sustained.
The minutes of the intermediate Presbytery were read and approved,
and Messrs. Chapman,
were invited to and took their seats in Presbytery.
WHEREAS, Fourteen dollars, at our last Presbytery, was deposited in the hands of Mr. McGee to purchase books for the Presbytery library, he reports that he gave the same sum of money for five volumes of Bigland's View of the World, which books he presented to the Presbytery.
The Presbytery has been informed that the Rev. Ephraim McLean, a member of the committee of the Cumberland Presbytery Library, departed this life some time in the month of January last. The surviving member (to-wit), Mr. Ewing, reports that there is still in his hands unappropriated, a balance of thirty-seven dollars and ninety-three cents.
Presbytery adjourned by prayer to meet to-morrow morning at half past eight o'clock.
Presbytery met according to adjournment. Opened by prayer.
By motion, Messrs. Finis Ewing and Robert Donnell are appointed a committee to draft a complete, though succinct, account of the rise, doctrines, etc., of the Cumberland Presbytery. Ordered, that for said services the Presbytery shall make a reasonable compensation. By motion, it was resolved that each member of the present Presbytery should pay one dollar for the above services. The following persons paid each one dollar for the above purpose, to-wit: John Ewing, John Bell, Benjamin Ware, Alexander Chapman, David McLin, William Barnett, William Harris, David Foster, Robert Bell, Hugh Kirkpatrick, Josiah Wilson, Robert Kirkpatrick, James Kirkpatrick, Hugh Telford, John Wheeler, Robert Gammell, William Johnston, John Blair, John Barnett, Joseph Reed, James Stewart, John Tiger, and Thomas Hudson, voluntarily, in all, twenty-three dollars, which was delivered to the committee.
Mr. Bell has just paid five dollars, which is the balance due by him to the committee entrusted with the education of Mr. McDaniel, [sic: McDonnold] which sum is delivered into the hands of the stated clerk, which, being added to what he had in his hands before, makes, in the whole, twenty-four dollars and seventy-one and a half cents.
Mr. Crockett, a representative from Karr's Creek and McAdow, is now come and took his seat.
Presbytery inquired of Mr. Boe [sic: Buie] whether he had complied with the recommendation of last Presbytery. He replied that he had been going to school and studying English grammar.
Messrs. Samuel McSpadin, Samuel Donnell, and James Stewart, being candidates for the ministry, were called upon to read their discourses. Mr. McSpadin's was sustained as a popular discourse.
Presbytery adjourned by prayer to meet to-morrow morning at nine o'clock.
Presbytery met agreeably to adjournment. Opened with prayer. Members present as yesterday, and resumed the consideration of Samuel Donnell's discourse and James Stewart's, the former of which was sustained as a popular discourse. The latter was sustained as a part of trials.
John Barnett read a discourse from the subject assigned by a former Presbytery, which was sustained as a specimen of his abilities, and his moral character standing fair, he is now unanimously received on our minutes as a candidate for the ministry. Robert Guthrie read a discourse from a subject assigned him, which was sustained as a specimen of his abilities, and his moral character standing fair, he is now unanimously received as a candidate for the ministry. Elijah Cherry read a discourse to the Presbytery, which was sustained as a specimen of his abilities, and his moral character standing fair, he is now received as a candidate for the ministry. Elisha Price read a discourse to the Presbytery, which was unanimously sustained as a specimen of his abilities, and his moral character standing fair, he is now received as candidate for the ministry. Mr. Cloyd appeared in Presbytery without a discourse. His excuse for not writing was sustained.
Ordered, that John Barnett prepare a discourse from Romans VIII, 3; James Stewart from Ephesians II, last clause of the 5th verse; Robert Guthrie from 1 Peter IV, 18; Green P. Rice from John III, 36; Elisha Price from John III, 7, and Elijah Cherry from Psalms CXXVI, 3.
Green P. Rice delivered a discourse from John X, 9, which was sustained as part of trial.
WHEREAS, This Cumberland Presbytery have made every reasonable effort to be reunited to the general Presbyterian Church; and, whereas, from the extent of our bounds, the local situation of our members, their number, etc., it is inconvenient to do business in but one Presbytery; and, whereas, the constitution of a Synod would be desirable, and we trust of good consequences in various respects, and particularly as a tribunal having appellant jurisdiction,
Resolved, therefore, by this Cumberland Presbytery, that a part of the present Cumberland Presbytery shall be, and are hereby directed to constitute a Presbytery known by the name of the Elk Presbytery. The boundaries are as follows, to-wit: Beginning at the mouth of Duck river, thence a due north course to the top of the Tennessee ridge, thence eastwardly along the top of said ridge to Cumberland mountain, thence South to Tennessee river, thence easterly, southwardly, and westwardly to undefined boundaries; to be composed of the following members, to-wit: the Rev. Messrs.William McGee, Samuel King, James B. Porter, Robert Bell, and Robert Donnell; to meet at Mount Carmel meeting-house on the first Tuesday in August next. Mr. McGee (or in case of his absence, Mr. Bell) is hereby directed to open Presbytery by a sermon. The following persons shall be considered under the direction of said Presbytery (to-wit, Elk Presbytery): John Carnahan, James Stewart, and Elisha Price, when constituted. Also, that another part of the present members of this Cumberland Presbytery shall be, and are hereby directed to constitute a Presbytery to be known by the name of Logan Presbytery; to be composed of the following members, to-wit: the Rev. Messrs. Finis Ewing, William Harris, Alexander Chapman, and William Barnett; to meet on the fifth Tuesday in August next at Red River meeting-house, Logan county, Ky., the Presbytery to be opened by a sermon to be delivered by Mr. Finis Ewing, or Mr. Harris, in case of his absence. The following persons shall be considered under the direction of said Logan Presbytery when constituted, to-wit: Philip McDaniel, [sic: McDonnold] Robert McCorkle, Green P. Rice, John Barnett, and Daniel Boe [sic: Daniel Buie]; the boundaries of said Presbytery to be as follows: Beginning at the mouth of Duck river, thence a direct line to Cumberland river, so as to include the settlements of Yellow creek, thence up Cumberland river to the mouth of Half-Pone creek, thence a direct course to the Kentucky state line, where the old Kentucky road crosses said line, yet so as to leave Karr's Creek society in the bounds of said Presbytery, leaving out what is called the Ridge society; thence eastwardly to undefined boundaries (it is understood, however, that the counties of Cumberland and Wayne, in Kentucky, are not to be considered in the bounds of said Presbytery), thence northward and westward to undefined boundaries from each point. It is expressly understood, however, that lines striking off from said bounds of said Logan Presbytery are to include William and John Barnett and Philip McDaniel [sic: McDonnold], yet not so as to include any society in the Cumberland Presbytery, or territory to form one on, and it is hereby understood that all the congregations, etc., within the natural or prescribed boundaries of either of the Presbyteries shall be considered under the care of their respective Presbyteries; and it is hereby expressly directed and mutually agreed to, that said Elk and Logan Presbyteries meet this Presbytery with their documents on the first Wednesday in October at the Beech meeting-house, in Sumner county, and State of Tennessee, for the express purpose of constituting a Synod; and it is hereby directed that the committee appointed to draw up a complete though succinct account of the rise, doctrines, etc., of the Cumberland Presbytery, make their report to the Synod when constituted. And it is hereby ordered that Messrs. Bell, Kirkpatrick, and Ewing divide in three equal parts, as near as may be, all the books and money belonging to the Cumberland Presbytery Library, and allot to this Cumberland Presbytery one part, to the members intended to compose the Elk Presbytery one part, and to the members intended to compose the Logan Presbytery the other part, to be disposed of in their several Presbyteries according to the institution of the library.
Presbytery adjourned by prayer to meet to-morrow morning at eight o'clock.
Presbytery met agreeably to adjournment. Opened by prayer. Members present as yesterday, with the exception of Rev. Messrs. William McGee and Samuel King, and John Hollingsworth, an elder, all of whom obtained leave to be absent. Presbytery proceeded to business, Mr. Daniel Boe [sic: Daniel Buie] being examined upon experimental religion and his motives and call to the holy ministry, and his moral standing fair, he is now received as a candidate for the ministry, and hereby ordered to prepare a written discourse from Hebrews II, first clause of the 3d verse.
Ordered, that the Rev. Hugh Kirkpatrick be directed, and he is hereby requested, to procure a blank book worth about five dollars, on the first leaves of which he is to attach our printed circular letter, which is to be considered as a part of our official documents; and then that the said Kirkpatrick transcribe in a fair hand, in proper order, in the fore part of said book, all the official papers and documents belonging to this body, and have the same at our first contemplated Synod, which book and documents shall, to all intents and purposes, be the property of, and under the immediate control of, Synod when constituted; and for and in consideration of the above services and expenses, the said Kirkpatrick shall be, and is hereby, allowed the sum of twenty-four dollars and seventy-one and a half cents, which money is now in his own hand.
WHEREAS, A petition from Bowling Green and its vicinity, in Warren county, Ky., was laid before Presbytery for the word and ordinances to be dispensed among them; ordered, that Mr. William Harris supply them as often as he can conveniently.
Presbytery proceeded to the examination of Messrs. Samuel McSpadin and Samuel Donnell upon those necessary points of trial previous to licensure, which were unanimously sustained; and having received a good report of their moral characters, and of their being in communion of the Church, they were called upon, this 9th day of April, 1813, and after answering satisfactorily the necessary questions proposed to candidates for the ministry, the Presbytery did, and hereby do, license them, the said Samuel McSpadin and Samuel Donnell, to preach the gospel of Christ, as probationers for the holy ministry within the bounds of this Presbytery or wherever they shall be orderly called.
Adjourned by prayer to meet at Smith's Fork on the third Wednesday in August next. ROBERT BELL, Moderator,
April 9, 1813. JAMES B. PORTER, Clerk.