William Erby Brown

Cumberland Presbyterian Minister

1835 - 1912

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1874
Brown, W. E., Smith's Ga.
Licentiate - Talladega Presbytery - Alabama Synod
[Source: Minutes of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1874, page 102]

1875
Brown, W. E., Smiths Ga.
Licentiate - Talladega Presbytery - Alabama Synod
[Source: Minutes of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1875, page 86]

1876
No 1876 report from Talladega Presbytery

1877
Brown, W. E., Smith's Ga.
Licentiate - Talladega Presbytery - Alabama Synod
[Source: Minutes of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1877, page 91]

1878
Brown, W. E., Smith's Ga.
Licentiate - Talladega Presbytery - Alabama Synod
[Source: Minutes of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1878, page 100]

1879
No 1879 report from Talladega Presbytery

1880
Brown, W. E., Smith's Ga.
Licentiate - Talladega Presbytery - Alabama Synod
[Source: Minutes of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1880, page 123]

1881
Brown, W. E., Smith's Ga.
Licentiate - Talladega Presbytery - Alabama Synod
[Source: Minutes of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1881, page 95]

1882
Brown, W. E., Smith's Ga.
Licentiate - Talladega Presbytery - Alabama Synod
[Source: Minutes of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1882, page 125]

1883
Brown, W. E., Smith's Ga.
Minister - Talladega Presbytery - Alabama Synod
[Source: Minutes of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1883, page 133]

1884
Brown, W. E., Smith, Ga.
Minister - Talladega Presbytery - Alabama Synod
[Source: Minutes of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1884, page 122]

1885
Brown, W. E., Smith, Ga.
Minister - Talladega Presbytery - Alabama Synod
[Source: Minutes of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1885, page 137]

1886
Brown, W. E., Sulphur Springs, Ala.
Minister - Talladega Presbytery - Alabama Synod
[Source: Minutes of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1886, page 166]

1887
Brown, W. E., Sulphur Springs, Ala.
Minister - Talladega Presbytery - Alabama Synod
[Source: Minutes of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1887, page 163]

1888
Brown, W. E., Sulphur Springs, Ala.
Minister - Talladega Presbytery - Alabama Synod
[Source: Minutes of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1888, page 175]

1889
Brown, W. E., Sulphur Springs, Ala.
Minister - Talladega Presbytery - Alabama Synod
[Source: Minutes of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1889, page 184]

1890
Brown, W. E., Sulphur Spring, Ala.
Minister - Robert Donnell Presbytery - Alabama Synod
Pastor - Peter's Pond Cumberland Presbyterian Church - session clerk lived in Fackler, Ala.
Pastor - Pleasant Grove Cumberland Presbyterian Church - session clerk lived in Bass Station, Ala.
[Source: Minutes of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1891, pages 129 & 152]

1891
Brown, W. E., Stevenson, Ala.
Minister - Robert Donnell Presbytery - Alabama Synod
Pastor - Peter's Pond Cumberland Presbyterian Church - session clerk lived in Fackler, Ala.
Pastor - Pleasant Grove Cumberland Presbyterian Church - session clerk lived in Bass Station, Ala.
Pastor - Pleasant Spring Cumberland Presbyterian Church - session clerk lived in Coffey's Store, Ala.
Pastor - Union Chapel Cumberland Presbyterian Church (Jackson county) - session clerk lived in Holly Wood, Ala.
[Source: Minutes of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1891, pages 143 & 166]

1892
Not listed in Ministerial Directory

1893
Brown, W. E., Sulphur Springs, Ala.
Minister - Talladega Presbytery - Alabama Synod
[Source: Minutes of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1893, page 155]

1894
Brown, W. E., Sulphur Springs, Ala.
Minister - Talladega Presbytery - Alabama Synod
[Source: Minutes of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1894, page 169]

1895
Brown, W. E., Sulphur Springs, Ala.
Minister - Talladega Presbytery - Alabama Synod
[Source: Minutes of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1895, page 176]

1896
Brown, W. E., Sulphur Springs, Ala.
Minister - Talladega Presbytery - Alabama Synod
[Source: Minutes of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1896, page 163]

1897
Brown, W. E., (without charge), Sulphur Springs, Ala.
Minister - Talladega Presbytery - Alabama Synod
[Source: Minutes of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1897, page 286]

1898
Brown, W. E., Sulphur Springs, Ala.
Minister - Talladega Presbytery - Alabama Synod
[Source: Minutes of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1898, page 301]

1899
Brown, W. E., without charge, Sulphur Springs, Ala.
Minister - Talladega Presbytery - Alabama Synod
[Source: Minutes of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1899, page 205a]

1900
Brown, W. E., without charge, Sulphur Springs, Ala.
Minister - Talladega Presbytery - Alabama Synod
[Source: Minutes of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1900, page 219a]

1901
Brown, W. E., without charge, Sulphur Springs, Ala.
Minister - Talladega Presbytery - Alabama Synod
[Source: Minutes of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1901, page 277a]

1902
Brown, W. E., without charge, Sulphur Springs, Ala.
Minister - Talladega Presbytery - Alabama Synod
[Source: Minutes of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1902, page 229a]

1903
Brown, W. E., without charge, Sulphur Springs, Ala.
Minister - Talladega Presbytery - Alabama Synod
[Source: Minutes of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1903, page 215a]

1904
Brown, W. E., without charge, Sulphur Springs, Ala.
Minister - Talladega Presbytery - Alabama Synod
[Source: Minutes of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1904, page 194a]

1905
Brown, W. E., without charge, Sulphur Springs, Ala.
Minister - Talladega Presbytery - Alabama Synod
[Source: Minutes of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1905, page 173a]

1906
Brown, W. E., without charge, Sulphur Springs, Ala.
Minister - Talladega Presbytery - Alabama Synod
[Source: Minutes of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1906, page 162a]

1907
Brown, W. E., Sulpher Springs, Alabama
Minister - Talladega Presbytery - Alabama Synod
Pastor - Sulphur Springs Cumberland Presbyterian Church - Sulphur Springs, Ala.
Pastor - White Hall Cumberland Presbyterian Church - [session clerk lived in Valleyhead, Ala.]
[Source: Minutes of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1907, pages 5a & 32b]

1908
Brown, W. E., Sulphur Springs, Alabama
Minister - Talladega Presbytery - Alabama Synod
Pastor - Bethel Cumberland Presbyterian Church [no post office listed]
Pastor - Sulphur Springs Cumberland Presbyterian Church - Sulphur Springs, Ala.
Pastor - White Hall Cumberland Presbyterian Church - [session clerk lived in Valleyhead, Ala.]
[Source: Minutes of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1908, pages 6a & 23b]

1909
Brown, W. E., Sulphur Springs, Alabama
Minister - Talladega Presbytery - Alabama Synod
Pastor - Sulphur Springs Cumberland Presbyterian Church - Sulphur Springs, Ala.
Pastor - White Hall Cumberland Presbyterian Church - [session clerk lived in Valleyhead, Ala.]
[Source: Minutes of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1909, pages 64a & 24b]

1910
Brown, W. E., Sulphur Springs, Alabama
Minister - Talladega Presbytery - Alabama Synod
Pastor - White Hall Cumberland Presbyterian Church - [session clerk lived in Valleyhead, Ala.]
[Source: Minutes of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1910, pages 190 & 225]

1911
Brown, W. E., Sulphur Springs, Ala.
Minister - Talladega Presbytery - Alabama Synod
[Source: Minutes of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1911, page 225]

1912
Brown, W. E., Sulphur Springs, Ala.
Minister - Talladega Presbytery - Alabama Synod
[Source: Minutes of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1912, page 264]

1912
"On Sabbath morning Rev. C. S. Hagler was appointed to conduct the memorial exercises of the late Rev. Irby Brown. And the brethren talked of this Godly man's life and his triumphant death and his home where he is now and as the saintly and grand man. Rev. M. G. Milligan talked of his life as he knew him, with the other brethren, shouts broke out all over the house, and I never was in a grander meeting."
[Source: Abstract of the Minutes of Talladega Presbytery published in The Cumberland Presbyterian Banner, July 26, 1912, page 16]

1913
Ministers Lost by Death
Brown, W. E., Talladega Presbytery, July 1, 1912
[Source: Minutes of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1913, page 311]


BROWN--Rev. W. E. Brown, son of James and Helen Brown, was born in Obion County, Tenn., April 28, 1835, and departed this life at the home of his son, L. R. Brown, near Sulphur Springs, DeKalb Co., Ala., July 12, 1912, in the 78th year of his age. He was buried in Sulphur Spring cemetery, in the community where almost his whole life had been spent and which life had been so lived as to so win the esteem and love of the people that a host of them followed him to the grave, and with tearful eyes and melted hearts, in solemn silence listened to the funeral sermon by the writer, he using for a text, "He was a good man full of the Holy Ghost and faith." Acts 11:24. In early manhood he was powerfully converted in a great Holy Ghost revival conducted by Rev. J. W. L. Smith, of precious memory, and joined the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. And about which time he was married to Miss Margaret Blake, who proved to be a help meet indeed-a woman who for solidity of character, and for the many other characteristics that made her the true and noble woman that she was, and one of the best of wives and mothers, and who went before him about ten years. Some few years after his conversion he was licensed and ordained to preach the gospel by the Taladega Presbytery. But arriving at manhood, husbandhood and fatherhood so closely linked with our awful civil war, and he reared in a new country undeveloped in so many ways, made it a trying time and condition in which to prepare for the ministry, and provide for a growing family without financial aid from the church. Yet, his love for God and man urged him on amid a multitude of trials and difficulties to the close of his long life, which ended so triumphantly and gloriously while surrounded by seven children and their children to whom he talked as if almost with Christ on the Mount of Transfiguration, and telling them time and again "My cup is full." And not long before he breathed his last, sang, as best he could in his weak condition, a portion of the hymn,

"My latest sun is sinking fast,
  My race is nearly run.
Come angel band, come and around me stand,
  On bear me away on your snowy wings to my immortal home."

He possessed many, indeed, of the endowments and capabilities which constitute fitness to make a great preacher; among which were a physique, which gave a vitality, activity, strength, perseverance and courage to the superlative degree. A mind clear and well balanced and of quick perception and of great capabilities, a will strong, rich and sweet in melody. But the best of all the elements of his character was the attributes of his big, warm, generous and noble heart, possessed of Holy Ghost, heart-felt religion. A heart full of emotion, pure and profound and easily stirred to its deepest and depths. Which often impelled him to weep and to shout aloud the praise of God in the congregation, in many a home, and sometimes while traveling along the high way. He was a unique character, living in a unique period, and in a unique field of labor. He loved all true Christians, and while free from sectarian seclusion and bigotry, he was intensely in love with his own church, and stood upright and unshaken and unshakable amid the furious storm on Unionism. He and writer were warm friends, yea, we were more than friends; we loved each other deeply and tenderly. I shall miss him much and sadly. His brother, Rev. S. W. Brown, was present at his burial, he is in his 87th year, and though with eyes full of tears, with a heart full of faith and hope, he is just waiting serenely and joyfully for his summon to go. Rev. N. S. Milligan was present and assisted in the funeral services, and spoke pertinent words and prayed a fervent prayer for all. "Oh let me die the death of the righteous, and may my end be like his." May the surviving loved ones all meet the dear one who shall wait and watch at the beautiful gate for their coming to join him.--Rev. R. D. Shook.
[Source: The Cumberland Presbyterian Banner, August 9, 1912, page 14]


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