William Minter Hutchison

c1836 - c1866

Cumberland Presbyterian Licentiate


Minutes of McGee Presbytery
Beginning Friday evening preceeding the 1st Sabbath in April 1858
College Mound Macon Co. Mo.

"An opportunity being given, Bro. W. M. Hutchinson, a member of College Mound congregation, and Bro, D. E. Bushnell, a member of Kirksville congregation, came forward and conversed with Presbytery in reference to their experimental acquaintance with religion, and their internal call to the work of the Gospel Ministry. On motion, said brethren were received as candidates for the Holy ministry under the care of this Presbytery, and each ordered to prepare a written discourse to be read at our next regular session of Presbytery: Bro Bushnell from 1st Pet., 4th, 19th, and Bro. Hutchinson from Rom. 5th, & 1st. [pages 220-221]


Minutes of McGee Presbytery
Beginning Saturday, April 2, 1859
Chariton Church, Macon Co. MO
Roll Call - Candidate absent - W. M. Hutchison
[page 235]

The com. on examination reported, "That they have attended to that duty, and are pleased to say tht the Licentiates and Candidates are progressing, though slowly. From surrounding circumstances some few of the brethren have made but little progress in some branches of Literature, and therefore we would recommend to your honorable body, to urge upon all the brethren under your care to increase their diligence in the acquisition of that knowledge required by the standards of our church; and that they prepare for examination at the next session of Presbytery, in addition to other matter usually required, from the 16th to the 22nd chapters inclusive of Confession of Faith." Respectfully submitted. S. B. F. Caldwell, James Dysart, M. C. Patton. Com.
On motion, adopted.


Minutes of McGee Presbytery
Beginning Friday, October 14, 1859
Sugar Creek Church, Randolph county, Mo.

Roll Call - Candidate present - W. M. Hutchinson
[page 250]

The com. on the examination of Licentiates and Candidates submitted the following report, which was on motion, concurred in: "Your com. to examine the Licentiates and Candidates in Literature and Theology, respectfully report, that they have examined Bros. H. M. Boyd, H. R. Crockett, A. D. Manning, and R. H. Wills, Licentiates; and Bros. B. J. Wilson, W. M. Hutchinson and D. E. Bushness, Candidates. Some two or three of the brethren have never studied Natural Philosophy or Astromony, and none of them have read through or studied any work on Ecclesiastical History. They all answer with readiness most of the ordinary questions on Theology. We recommend, they be directed still to prosecute their studies diligently, and that your Licentiates propose to undergo a thorough examination at the next regular session of Presbytery, on the branches of Literature, Divinity, Ecclesiastical History and church government recommended in our excellent form of Government.-- Respectfully submitted. Saml. C. Davis, Azel Freeman, D. L. Maddox and J. F. Hannah, Committee. [page 254]

Bros. W. M. Hutchinson and J. Wilson (Candidates) read discourses before Presbytery from texts previously assigned them, which, on motion, were sustained as parts of trials, and each ordered to prepare a written discourse to be read at the next regular session of Presbytery. Bro Hutchinson from Rom. 6,22, and Bro. Wilson 1st Cor. 3, 11. [page 256]


Minutes of MeGee Presbytery
Beginning Friday, March 30, 1860
Sweet Spring Church, in Randolph County, Mo.
Roll Call - Candidate present - W. M. Hutchinson [page 264]

The com. on examination, appointed at the last regular session reported, which on motion was concurred in, and is as follows: "Your com. appointed at the last Presbytery to examine the Licentiate and Candidates under your care, at this session have attended to that duty! Though it is believed that all the Candidates and Licentiates were notified to attend the examination, only three met for that purpose, viz: Bros. H. M. Boyd, H. R. Crockett and A. D. Manning. These brethren sustained a satisfactory examination on Ecclesiastical History, Natural and Revealed Theology and the Government of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church; and your com. have satisfactory evidence of their proficiency in the other studies required by our discipline.--Therefore, we recommend, first, that you fulfill the order of last Presbytery in the ordination of Bro. Boyd; secondly, that you provide for the ordination of Bros Crockett and Manning at the next regular session of Presbytery; that Bro. Crockett at that time, preach a trial sermon from 1st Cor. 15; 20, and Bro. Manning preach a trial sermon from Rom. 5; 1; that Bro. Mitchell preach the ordination sermon, and Bro. J. Dysart preside and give the charge; thirdly, that the name of Bro. J. M. Lingo, at his own request, be stricken from your list of candidates for the ministry; and lastly, the other Candidates and Licentiates continue to pursue their studies all of which is respectfully submitted, and your committee ask to be discharged. A. Freeman, J. W. Morrow. Com. [pages 265-266].

On motion, Bro. W. M. Hutchinson, (Candidate) was called upon and read a discourse from a text previously assigned him, the consideration of which was, on motion, postponed for the present. [page 266]

On motion, the discourse read by Bro. Hutchinson, was sustained as popular, previous to licensure.page 267]

At Sweet Spring church, in Randolph county, Mo., the 31st day of March 1860, the Presbytery of McGee, having received testimonials in favor of Bro. W. M. Hutchinson, of his good moral character, of his being in the communion of the church, proceeded to take the usual parts of trial for his licensure, and he having given satisfaction as to his aptness to teach, as to his experimental acquaintance with religion; as to his internal call to the work of the ministry, and as to his proficiency in Divinity, the Presbytery did, and do hereby express their approbation of all those parts of trial. And he having adopted to confession of faith of this church, and satisfactorily answered the questions appointed to be put to candidates to be licensed, the Presbytery did, and do hereby license the said W. M. Hutchinson to preach the Gospel of Christ as a probationer for the holy ministry within the bounds of this Presbytery, or wherever God in his providence may cast his lot. [page 267]


Minutes of McGee Presbytery
Beginning Friday, Oct. 12, 1860
New Bethel Church, in Monroe co., Mo.

Roll Call - Licentiate present - W. M. Hutchinson [page 274]

The Com. on the Examination of Candidates and Licentiates, submitted their report, Which was on motion of Bro. J. B. Mitchell concurred in, and is as follows: The Com. of Examination would report that they have attended to the duty assigned them. All the Licentiates and Candidates except Bro. J. A. Atkison, were present. The examination was satisfactory; and we suggest that in view of the proficiency of Bros. A. D. Manning and H. R. Crockett, that you proceed to fill the order of last session in reference to their ordination. We also suggest that the other young brethren continue their course of study as heretofore directed by you. Respectfully submitted. J. B. Mitchell, J. S. Howard, W. H. Holliday, Com. [page 276]

Bros. Boyd, J. Dysart, Freeman, Haynes, Howard, Langston, W. F. Manning, Mitchell, Morrow, Mansfield, and Patton, (Ministers) and Bros. Crockett, Hutchinson and A. D. Manning (Licentiates) reported their fields of labor, success, prospects &c, which was on motion of Bro. J. S. Howard approved. [page 277]


Minutes of McGee Presbytery
Beginning Friday, April 5, 1861
Salem Church in Randolph county, Mo.

Roll Call - Licentiate present - W. M. Hutchinson [page 290]

The Com. on Examination of Licentiates and Candidates, presented the following report, which, was on motion of Bro. Howard, concurred in: Your Com. appointed to examine the Licentiates and Candidates, beg leave to report, That they met at the time and place appointed, and examined Bros. Hutchinson, Pool, Perry and Nelson, on Natural and Revealed Theology. We rejoice to testify that they gave evidence of having studied with care this important branch. We did not examine them on the sciences for the want of time; and because they are all in attendance at McGee College, where we have testimony they are making good progress in those studies. We recommend that Bro. Hutchinson be directed to prepare to stand a thorough examination at the next meeting of Presbytery, on Theology and Church History; and that all the candidates be directed to study with care the Holy Scriptures and the Confession of Faith, with the other branches recommended in our Book of Discipline. W. F. Manning, A. Freeman, L. Haynes. Com. [page 291]


Minutes of McGee Presbytery
Beginning Friday, Oct. 4, 1861
Union Church in Boone county, Mo.

Roll Call - Licentiate absent - W. M. Hutchinson [page 302]

The Com. on Examination of Licentiates and Candidates, reported, which on motion was concurred in, and is as follows: Your Com. on Examination of Candidates and Licentiates report, that Bro. T. G. Pool was the only one of said brethren in attendance. The examination of said Bro. was satisfactory, and we recommend that his discourse and examination be sustained, as popular preparatory to licensure. And we further recommend that in view of the known proficiency of Bro. W. M. Hutchinson, Licentiate, that he be ordered to prepare to stand a thorough examination on all points required by our discipline at our next regular session in order to ordination, and that he preach his trial sermon from Luke 18.18; that Bro. Dysart preach the ordination sermon, and Bro. Haynes preside and give the charge. Respectfully submitted, and your com. ask to be discharged. H. R. Crockett, J. B. Mitchell, T. W. McCormick. Com. [page 305]


Minutes of McGee Presbytery
Beginning Friday, March 21, 1862
College Mound, in Macon county, Mo.

Roll Call - Licentiate absent - W. M. Hutchinson [page 308]


Minutes of McGee Presbytery
Beginning Friday, Oct. 10, 1862
Crockett School House, Audrain county, Mo.

Roll Call - Licentiate absent - W. M. Hutchinson [page 316]


Minutes of McGee Presbytery
Beginning Friday, March 20, 1863
Sugar Creek Church, Randolph county, Mo.

Roll Call - Licentiate absent - W. M. Hutchinson [page 321]


Minutes of McGee Presbytery
Beginning Friday, Sept. 25, 1863
Bethesda Church, in Chariton county, Mo.

Roll Call - Licentiate absent - W. M. Hutchinson [page 328]


Minutes of McGee Presbytery
Beginning Friday, March 22, 1864
College Mound congregation, in Macon county, Mo.

Roll Call - Licentiate absent - W. M. Hutchinson [page 336]


Minutes of McGee Presbytery
Beginning Tuesday Sept. 26, 1864
Sweet Spring Church, in Randolph county, Mo.

Roll Call - Licentiate absent - W. M. Hutchinson [page 347]


Minutes of McGee Presbytery
Beginning Friday next preceding the 1st Sabbath in April 1865
Grand Prairie Church, in Randolph county, Mo.

Roll Call - Licentiate absent - W. M. Hutchinson [page 351]


Minutes of McGee Presbytery
Beginning Friday next preceding the second Sabbath in Oct. 1865
Sugar Creek Church, in Randolph county, Mo.

Roll Call - Licentiate absent - W. M. Hutchinson [page 365]


Minutes of McGee Presbytery
Beginning Friday, March 23, 1866
New Bethel church, in Monroe county, Mo.

Roll Call - Licentiate absent - W. M. Hutchinson [page 372]


Minutes of McGee Presbytery
Beginning Friday before the 1st Sabbath in Oct., 1866
Grand Prairie Church in Randolph county, Mo.

Roll Call - Licentiate Absent - W. M. Hutchinson [page 383]


Minutes of McGee Presbytery
Beginning Friday next preceding the first Sabbath in April, 1867
Eldad church, in Randolph county, Mo.

Roll Call - Licentiate absent - W. M. Hutchinson [page 398]

Bro. Mitchell offered the following preambles and resolutions relative to the decease of Bros. A. D. Manning and W. M. Hutchinson, which. on motion of Bro Crockett, were adopted. Whereas, we as a Presbytery have received information since our last session, of the peaceful death of Bro. W. M. Hutchinson, a Licentiate under our care; And whereas, in his death, as in the death of Bro. A. D. Manning, (a young minister of this Presbytery) we as a band of Christian brethren feel sorely afflicted; Therefore, Resolved, That we as a Presbytery, cherish their memory as men of God, and beloved brethren, in whose death we hear a renewed call from our Heavenly Father, "Be also ready" to give an account of our stewardship. Resolved, That we weep with their friends in view of this broken association on earth, and rejoice with their Christian relatives in prospect of meeting them, through the riches of Grace, at home, with God. Resolved, That the Stated Clerk furnish the surviving parents of these deceased brethren with a copy of the above, as an expression of Christian condolence with them. [pages 399-400]

 


William Minter Hutchison (William T., James, John Hutchison) was born around 1836 in Trigg County, Kentucky. When he was twelve, his family moved to Bond County, Illinois, and it was probably there he decided on the ministry as his life's work. He may have left Illinois when his brother Henry Clay and his family returned to Stewart County to live, probably in the late 1850s. Even though he was listed among the licentiates of the McGee Presbytery [Minutes of the Thirtieth General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in the United States, convened at Nashville, Tennessee, May 1860, printed by Bradley & Gilbert, page 100.] in Missouri in May 1860, he was living with his brother Henry Clay in Stewart County when the census enumeration was taken in July 1860. He had probably just completed his studies at McGee College to become a licentiate in Cumberland Presbyterian Church at College Mound, Macon County, Missouri.

When the Civil War began it is likely he was serving a circuit in southwestern Missouri, an area of the state that became a Confederate stronghold in the early months of the war. On 25 January 1862 in Springfield, William Minter either joined or was drafted into the 5th Missouri Infantry (C), [Compiled records of the 5th Missouri Infantry, Co. I. Name is given as William Minter Hutchinson, 24 years of age at time of enlistment, born in Kentucky, a minister by occupation. Served only until 1 March 1862 when discharged on account of disability.] one of the two regiments raised for the Confederate Army under General Sterling Price. His muster card lists him as the Chaplain of the unit. Just three weeks later, Price and his troops were surprised and pursued by Union forces, forced to flee Springfield and seek refuge in the Arkansas mountains. [Account of the war in Missouri in 1861-62 by Col. Thomas L. Snead. Snead became custodian of Gen. Sterling Price's personal and official papers.] One of the units that engaged Price's Confederates at Springfield was the Illinois 3rd Cavalry (U) of which his brother John Hutchison was a member. [Illinois Adjutant General's Report on the Illinois 3rd Cavalry, page 553 & 576.]

William was discharged due to disability on the first day of March 1862, about five weeks after his enlistment. His military record does not detail the particulars of the disability, but family tradition says he died shortly after his discharge in Texas and was buried in a cemetery located in Egypt, Wharton County. The only Civil War soldiers buried at Egypt were buried on land known as Egypt Plantation owned by Mentor Northington, but a survey of the burials does not include his name. There are, however, six unidentified graves said to contain the bodies of Confederate soldiers.

A story has been passed down through the generations of Northington owners of Egypt Plantation that speaks of the Confederate soldier with the wooden leg who died in the upstairs east bedroom and how after his death his ghost continued its residence. [Letter from Anita Northington, Egypt Plantation, dated 21 June 1993. The home was owned by W. J. E. Heard during the Civil War, and was deeded to his daughter Elizabeth and her husband Mentor Northington in 1865. The Northington name was a very familiar name in Montgomery County, Tennessee in the pre-1850 era, but no relationship has been made with Mentor's father Andrew and those living in the county.] This researcher is neither supporting or discounting the story of such things happening, but what a restless spirit William Minter's might have been, the only one of the five brothers to serve with the Confederacy, to serve such a short time before being disabled, and the only son to die as a result of the conflict. It is interesting to speculate why William was sent to the Northington's. Mentor Northington was born in Kentucky in around 1822, and the only Northington on the state's census was in Trigg County, where our Hutchison soldier's father was a young minister. It can be wondered if Rev. Hutchison and Andrew Northington, Mentor's father, were acquainted and if that is the origin of the two generations of children with the middle name of Minter (variation of Mentor).

Even though William's name was still on the list of licentiates of the McGee Presbytery in May 1865, [Minutes of the Thirty-Fifth General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, held at the First Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Evansville, Indiana on Thursday, May 8th, 1865.] neither the country nor the church had yet the time to count their dead, and even if they had received a report of this death they might have retained his name on the list until there was no chance he might still be alive. There is no mention of this son in his father's estate. If he married, and there is nothing to indicate he did, he left no heirs to inherit his portion of his father's estate.

[Source: The Hutchison Chronicles, Some Stories of the Nine Generations of Descendants of John and Margaret Hutchison, Prince William and Shenandoah Counties, Virginia and Montgomery County, Tennessee. Compiled by Phyllis (Rasmusen) Winthurst. Tucson, Arizona: Printed & bound by AlphaGraphics Printshops of the Future, 1998.]


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