Carson Pate Reed

Cumberland Presbyterian Minister

1798 - 1872

Moderator of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church
May 21-27, 1857 - Lexington, Missouri

Roll of Commissioners:
Rev. C. P. Reed - Pulaski, Tenn.
Richland Presbytery - Columbia Synod
On motion, the Assembly went into election of officers; whereupon the Rev. C. P. Reed, of Tennessee, was chosen Moderator.
[Source: Minutes of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1857, pages 4, 6 & 73]

The Twenty-eighth General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church met, pursuant to appointment, in the city of Huntsville, Alabama, on Thursday, the 20th day of May, 1858.
The Introductory Sermon was preached by Rev. C. P. Reed, Moderator, on 2nd Timothy, iv-2.
Rev. C. P. Reed - Pulaski, Tenn.
Richland Presbytery - Columbia Synod
Served on the Committee on the Minutes of Union Synod.
On motion of Rev. C. P. Reed, it was determined that at 10 o'clock, A.M., the General Assembly would take recess, and repair to a room in the Court House, which had been tendered, in order to give place for religious services in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.
. . . on motion of Rev. C. P. Reed, the General Assembly took a recess until 2 o'clock, P.M.
Rev. C. P. Reed appointed by the General Assembly to serve on the Reviewing Committee to revise our hymn-book.
Rev. C. P. Reed appointed by the General Assembly to serve on the committee to attend the approaching examination of the theological classes in the Cumberland University.
[Source: Minutes of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1858, pages 3, 4, 8, 9, 14, 44, 47 & 81]


The Committee on Deceased Ministers respectfully report:
From the information we have gained, we find that death has been busy in the ranks of our Ministers during the last year. The following names are on the list of the departed:
Rev. C. P. Reed, of the Presbytery of Richland.
[Source: Minutes of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1873, page 15]


It becomes our painful duty to announce the death of Rev. Carson P. Reed, who was on of the oldest ministers in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. He was born Oct. 28, 1798, and died Dec. 2, 1872. In early life, he was impressed to enter the work of the ministry. For fifty years he was a faithful minister of Jesus Christ. He was highly esteemed both by the Church and by the community in which he lived. He was the father of the lamented Rev. W. M. Reed, who was for many years, the pastor of the First Cumberland Presbyterian Church in this city. It was often the case that the father and the son were engaged in laboring together in the same meeting. In the death of Father Reed the Church has sustained a great loss. For him to live was Christ, to die was gain. He is now rejoicing in the welcome plaudit, "Well done, good and faithful servant, enter then into the joys of they Lord." For a more extended notice, our readers are referred to the excellent article by "Fidelis," on the first page.
(Note: No article was found on the first page and pages 2 and 3 were missing from the microfilm)
[Source: The Banner of Peace (Nashville, Tennessee), December 19, 1872, page 4]


On receiving the BANNER OF PEACE, of Dec. 19, 1872, the first item that met my eyes was the caption, "We are passing away." In an instant I saw it was suggested, as a motto, to the venerable and always interesting Fidelis to the recent death of Rev. Carson P. Reed.

Notwithstanding I have been fully aware, for years past, of the precarious state of Bro. Reed's health, and have been expecting to hear that he "was not"--that "God had taken him"--yet the announcement came like a shock-- sad--unsought--irresistible.

King David wept for Saul and Jonathan; I weep for my beloved brother Reed. A great captain in our host has fallen. I know not the circumstances connected with his death, but feel assured that, with full armor on, he, as a skilled warrior, conquered the last enemy, triumphed in the final conflict, and, with a shout, went up 'mid the heavenly hosts, to be crowned victor by the King of Saints in glory.

I first met Bro. Reed at the meeting of Richland Presbytery, at Pleasant Hill Church, Giles county, Tenn., in October, 1837. It was an old-fashioned camp-meeting. I had then been preaching just three years. On this first acquaintance he won my affections. From that time on our acquaintance became intimate and our associations most fraternal.

At the next meeting of Richland Presbytery, he preached my ordination sermon, from the text, "Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." I do not know that I ever met him afterwards without being reminded of that solemn and, to me at least, impressive service. This took place in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church at Mt. Pleasant, Maury county, Tenn. We knelt in the same altar where a few years previously, as a poor sinner, I had knelt in penitence and found pardon; where I first received the symbols of the body and blood of Christ; where I for the first time led in prayer in the congregation and attempted my first exhortation. There were present, ministers, James B. Porter, John Wray, (who presided,) Wm. S. Burney, Charles B. Porter, Wm. H. Baldridge, Thomas Elihu Kirkpatrick, George C. Stockard, and, perhaps, a few others, members of Richland; and S. G. Burney, D.D., and James Smith, (Scotchman), of Nashville Presbytery; all of whom have "passed away" but four--the Burneys, Baldridge, and Stockard, who are still doing good service for the Master.

When I was installed pastor of Mt. Moriah Church, Giles county, which Bro. Reed had previously supplied for about sixteen years, in the strength of his manhood and the power of his gospel might, he performed the installation service. While I served that Church, I was honored by being called on to perform the nuptial rites for his daughters, and the last sad services for his dead.

Bro. Reed's preaching, to me, was always interesting and edifying. He was clear in his perceptions of truth; simple, yet powerful in his exhibitions of the word of life. Self-possessed through the body of his discourse, he usually warmed toward its close, and not unfrequently to an intense glow. In person he was tall, with angular mould, erect and graceful. Always looking his congregation full in the face, highly gifted with a mellifluous voice and most benignant countenance, I have seen him at times sway the multitude, as the winds the yielding grain. He was, when preaching in the greatness of his spiritual might, almost irresistible. What a multitude will rise up in the judgment and call him blessed!

I weep for my brother Reed, but not altogether in sorrow, yea, I weep for him also tears of joy. Could I see him meet his beloved Wiley, to way nothing of a host of others to him most dear, and not rejoice with him? Nay more, Could I see him meet that blessed Jesus he so much loved to preach, and receive from him his starry crown, and not partake of the joy? I give all my condolence to his family.

I mentioned the names of four who were present at my ordination, and who are yet in the field. I make the number five. I am the youngest man of all; yet I have labored in the gospel a little more than thirty-eight years. Surely we five also will soon pass away.

O what are all my sufferings here,
  If, Lord, thou count me meet
With that enraptured host t'appear,
  And worship at thy feet!
Give joy or grief, give ease or pain,
  Take life or friends away,
But let me find them all again
  In that eternal day.


Jackson, Tenn., Dec. 19, 1872.

[Source: The Banner of Peace (Nashville, Tennessee), January 9, 1873, page 2]

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