Craven C. Boswell

Cumberland Presbyterian Minister

1808 - 1885

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Boswell.--The Rev. C. C. Boswell was born in Orange County, N. C., January 24, 1808. He came with his parents to Kentucky in 1818, settling in Henderson County, thence to Daviess County in 1832, where he resided, with the exception of seven years spent in Uniontown, Ky., till his death, November 27, 1885. He was married in 1832 to Margaret Glenn, who died in 1854. He was afterward married twice, surviving his last wife nine years; was the father of six children, four of whom survive him. He made a profession of religion when fourteen years of age, at the old campground in Henderson County, Ky., and feeling a deep impression to preach the gospel, he entered the work of the ministry under the care of Logan Presbytery of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, about 1827. He was regularly and actively engaged in the work of the ministry till 1878, when his health failed. After that time he preached as often as his strength would allow. He preached his last sermon with vigor and power but a few days before his death. He possessed a high order of intellect, a discerning and logical mind; was clear and strong, in fact, almost unanswerable in the presentation of the doctrines of his Church. In his preaching he was clear, practical, logical, and scriptural. He labored with great success throughout this district of country, organizing Pleasant Hill Congregation in 1840, of which he was pastor most of the time till 1878. In manner he was pleasant and agreeable; a kind, loving, and devoted husband and father; gentle, patient, forbearing, and self-possessed; keeping under his body and bringing it into subjection; in his deportment towards other, and especially younger ministers, loving and fatherly. He was a safe counselor and a fast friend; a strong warrior for the right and for God. In losing him we feel, "Help, Lord; for the godly man ceaseth; for the faithful fail from among the children of men."
                                   A FRIEND.
[Source: The Cumberland Presbyterian, January 7, 1886, page 2]

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C. C. Boswell
Ohio Presbytery

[Source: Minutes of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1886]

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