Minos Barzillai Feemster

Cumberland Presbyterian Minister

1804 - 1884

From the Cover of The Cumberland Presbyterian, November 19, 1896

Rev. M. B. Feemster, one of the most venerable ministers of our Church, died on the 9th inst., at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Lizzie Miller, Pontotoc county, Miss.
[Source: The Cumberland Presbyterian, January 24, 1884, page 4]

Deceased Ministers
Bell Presbytery - M. B. Feemster - January 9, 1884
[Source: Minutes of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1884, page 28]

Rev. M. B. Feemster.

Rev. M. B. Feemster was born Feb. 9, 1804, and died Jan. 9, 1884, having well nigh reached the end of four score years. His native place as Yorkville, S.C. On his mother's side he was related to the great Dr. Benj. Rush, of Philadelphia, a signer of the declaration of American independence. His mother, after the death of his father, moved to Franklin County, Tenn. When a boy 12 years old he went on foot with a cousin, Silas J. Feemster, who entered the ministry of the Independent Presbyterian Church, Washington College, in East Tennessee, of which Dr. John W. Doak was then president. At the age of 16 years he received his degree of Bachelor of Arts from Dr. Doak. After coming home from college he became acquainted with the theology of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church and united with that church. In the spring of 1827 he was licensed to preach by the Tennessee Presbytery, and in the fall of 1828, the year that the old Cumberland Synod was dissolved, he was ordained. In 1825 he was married to Miss Martha King, who survived him three years, dying Oct., 1887, after a long, patient, steadfast, Christian life. The life of this good man was spent in the active work of the ministry and in teaching, for which he was eminently fitted. To have received from Dr. Doak the testimonials of a Bachelor of Arts, when under 16 years of age, plainly indicated an intellectual power above mediocrity. To the end of his life he was a great student. Both in the pulpit and in private conversation he evinced a rare elegance in language. He was never coarse, vulgar or slangy anywhere. While manifesting always a high order of culture and elegance in the use of the English language, it is said that he often uttered such thought-laden sentences in the pulpit that his audience were spell-bound before him. The spiritual element of power in his ministry was great. He was one of the few men of earth whose modesty was excessive, otherwise he would have been more widely known. But he left his impress well made on one of the best presbyteries of the church. Rev. J. T. Borah, of Rienzi, Miss., who knew him intimately through many years in the ministry, in a notice of his death said: "More than forty years ago he moved to Mississippi. Here his splendid powers and organizing capacities contributed largely in building up the church, and to giving tone to the sentiment of general society, which was polished and full of refinement before the war. In a word he was eminently a great man. His deep piety, his sound judgment, with his great power as a reasoner gave him wonderful force as a preacher, and secured to him the confidence and respect of all around him. Led by his solemn convictions of duty to enter the ministry he threw his whole heart and soul into its accomplishment; but to do this he often had to blend with his ministerial labors those of the teacher, for which he was amply qualified. In Tennessee, Alabama and Mississippi, numbers of young men aspiring to the ministry enjoyed the advantages of his fine instruction, some of whom became widely known as popular and useful men."
[Source: The Cumberland Presbyterian, November 19, 1896, page 654]

Feemster.--Died, October 28, 1887, in the city of Little Rock, Ark. Mrs. M. M. Feemster, aged eighty-four years and nine months. She was the wife of the Rev. M. B. Feemster, who preceded her a few years to the home above. She was a great sufferer from cancer, which was the cause of her death, but concealed her sufferings from her children all she could that she might be less care to them. She was a woman of quiet, unobtrusive spirit, kind and gentle, especially to little children. For many long years her weary hands gave all the strength they could command for the good of others, and ceased not until they could move no more. She was always helpful to those about her in all the ways she could be, and grieved because she could do no more, and though her appreciation of kindness was such as to make it a delight to care for her, still she wept many times because she felt that she was such a care to those she loved. Her life was a great lesson in religious faithfulness up to the last, and left its blessing upon our home.     S. H. BUCHANAN.
[Source: The Cumberland Presbyterian, December 22, 1887, page 8]

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