James Stewart

Cumberland Presbyterian Minister

1778 - 1850


1812
Candidate - James Stuart
[Source: Minutes of Cumberland Presbytery, November 3-6, 1812]

1813
April 6-9, 1813 - Cumberland Presbytery
Elder Representative from New Hope and Spring Creek - James Stewart
Candidate - James Stewart
[Source: Minutes of Cumberland Presbytery, April 6-9, 1813]

 

1818
October 20-22, 1818 - Cumberland Synod
Member present - Rev. James Stewart from Elk Presbytery
Member of Committee to to examine the minutes of the Nashville Presbytery
[Source: Minutes of Cumberland Synod, October 20-22, 1818]

1819
October 19-22, 1819 - Cumberland Synod
Member present - Rev. James Stewart from Elk Presbytery
Member of Committee to to examine the minutes of the Nashville Presbytery
[Source: Minutes of Cumberland Synod, October 19-22, 1819]

1820
October 17-20, 1820 - Cumberland Synod
Absent - Rev. James Stewart
[Source: Minutes of Cumberland Synod, October 17-20, 1820]

1822
October 15-18, 1822 - Cumberland Synod
Absent - Rev. James Stewart of the Tennessee Presbytery twice in succession
[Source: Minutes of Cumberland Synod, October 15-18, 1822]

1823
October 21-24, 1823 - Cumberland Synod
From Tennessee Presbytery; absentees, Rev. James Stewart, four times in succession
[Source: Minutes of Cumberland Synod, October 21-24, 1823]

1824
October 19-23, 1824- Cumberland Synod
Absent - Rev. James Stewart of the Tennessee Presbytery five times in succession
Resolved, That the following bounds be attached to the Bigby Presbytery, viz.: beginning where the dividing ridge between the Tennessee and Bigby waters strikes the Tennessee state line, thence with said line to the Tennessee river, thence up the river to the east boundary of Morgan county, thence south with said line to Boiler's road leading from Florence to Tuskaloosa; and that the following members, viz.: Rev. Messrs. James Stewart, Green P. Rice, James Moore, and Carson P. Reed, be also attached to said Presbytery; and that, in consequence of said Presbytery having failed to constitute agreeably to a former resolution of the Synod, it is hereby appointed to constitute at Concord meeting-house, in Lawrence county, and State of Alabama, on the second Tuesday in March, 1825, Robert Bell being moderator, or, in case of his failure, James Stewart.
[Source: Minutes of Cumberland Synod, October 19-23, 1824]

1825
October 18-24, 1825 - Cumberland Synod
From Bigby Presbytery, absentees--James Stewart, six times.
[Source: Minutes of Cumberland Synod, October 18-24, 1825]

1827
November 20-26, 1827 - Cumberland Synod
From Bigby Presbytery, absentees, Rev. James Stewart, eight times.
[Source: Minutes of Cumberland Synod, November 20-26, 1827]

1828
May 6, 1828 - Hopewell Presbytery
The Reverend James Stewart formerly a member of Bigby Presbytery presented a letter of dismission and recommendation, and was received a member of this Presbytery.
Ordered that James Stewart preach one in each month at Concord Meeting-house in Gibson County.
Reverend James Stewart's Certificate
This is to certify that the Reverend James Stewart is a regularly Ordained Preacher, in good standing in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, and is duly authorised to perform all the functions of a gospel Minister, and is hereby recommended to the care of any Presbytery in the bounds of which his lot may be cast. Given under my name this 3rd of October 1827.
Carson P. Reed, Stated Clerk of Bigby Presbytery
[Source: Minutes of Hopewell Presbytery, May 6, 1828]

1828
October 14, 1828 - Hopewell Presbytery
Members absent, Rev. James Stewart.
Ordered that James Stewart preach one Sabbath in each month in the Town of Trenton, and one Sabbath in each month in Concord society, until our next Presbytery.
[Source: Minutes of Hopewell Presbytery, October 14, 1828]

1828
October 21-27, 1828 - Cumberland Synod
From Hopewell Presbytery--Absentees--James Stewart, twice
[Source: Minutes of Cumberland Synod, October 21-27, 1828]

1829
April 14, 1829 - Hopewell Presbytery
Member absent: Jas. Stewart.
[Source: Minutes of Hopewell Presbytery, April 14, 1829]

1829
October 6, 1829 - Hopewell Presbytery
Members present. Revd. Messrs James Stewart
James Stewart was chosen moderator.
Rev. William and Jas. Stewart, rendered their excuses for absence at the two last sessions of Presbytery, which were sustained.
[Source: Minutes of Hopewell Presbytery, October 6, 1829]

1830
April 6, 1830 - Hopewell Presbytery
The Reverend Jas. Stewart Moderator of last Presbytery not being present in time, the opening sermon as delivered by the Reverend Richard Beard from Col. 1st Chapter and 28th verse.
Member present: Reverend James Stewart
[Source: Minutes of Hopewell Presbytery, April 6, 1830]

1830
October 7, 1830 - Hopewell Presbytery
Member absent: Reverend James Stewart
Ordered that the Reverend Reuben Burrow, James Stewart and Nelson I. Hess each ride and preach one round on the Forkeddeer Circuit.
[Source: Minutes of Hopewell Presbytery, October 7, 1830]

1831
March 11, 1831 - Hopewell Presbytery
Member absent: Reverend James Stewart
[Source: Minutes of Hopewell Presbytery, March 11, 1831]

1831
October 6, 1831 - Hopewell Presbytery
Member absent: Rev. Jas. Stewart
[Source: Minutes of Hopewell Presbytery, October 6, 1831]

1832
March 1, 1832 - Hopewell Presbytery
Member present: Reverend James Stewart
The Reverend James Stewart and William Bumpass absentees at last Presbytery rendered excuses which were sustained.
Reverend James Stewart preached the ordinations sermon from Proverbs, 13th Chapter and last clause 17 verse of John McKee, Samuel Lambert and John W. Ward.
[Source: Minutes of Hopewell Presbytery, March 1, 1832]

1832
October 11, 1832 - Hopewell Presbytery
Member absent: Reverend James Stewart
Reverend James Stewart absent at the commencement of this session, came forward and rendered his excuse which was sustained.
[Source: Minutes of Hopewell Presbytery, October 11, 1832]

1833
April 4, 1833 - Hopewell Presbytery
Member present: Reverend James Stewart
Reverend James Stewart preached the ordination sermon from 2nd Timothy 2nd Chapter and 2nd verse of John B. Hubbard.
[Source: Minutes of Hopewell Presbytery, April 4, 1833]

1833
September 26, 1833 - Hopewell Presbytery
The opening sermon was preached (by request) by Reverend James Stewart from 1st Timothy 4th Chapter 16 verse.
Member present: Reverend James Stewart
That Reverend William Bumpass and Reverend James Stewart be appointed to visit each society in this Presbytery and preach and hold a public Examination with Elders of each society on discipline, to aid in correcting abuses, to Ordain Elders, to constitute new societies, and any other ministerial duties and labours necessary to be done and report to next Session of this Presbytery.
[Source: Minutes of Hopewell Presbytery, September 26, 1833]

1835
May 1-2, 4, 1835 - Hopewell Presbytery
Member present: Reverend James Stewart
Reverend James Stewart, John M. Grier and Samuel Y. Thomas, each rendered an excuse for being absent at our last Presbytery, which was sustained.
Reverend James Stewart, Wm. H. Bigham and John W. Ward, Elders John H. Warren and James Dinwiddie were appointed a committee to examine Thomas Harton on all those parts of trial required by our Book of discipline preparatory to ordination.
Resolved that Reverend John W. Ward be appointed to examine the Licentiates and Candidates in English Grammar, James Stewart on divinity and Robert Baker on Geography at our next Presbytery.
[Source: Minutes of Hopewell Presbytery, May 1-2, 4, 1835]

1836
March 25, 1836 - Hopewell Presbytery
Member absent: Reverend James Stewart
[Source: Minutes of Hopewell Presbytery, March 25, 1836]

1837
March 10, 1837 - Hopewell Presbytery
Member present: Reverend James Stewart
Reverend James Stewart was chosen Moderator.
[Source: Minutes of Hopewell Presbytery, March 10, 1837]

1837
September 28, 1837 - Hopewell Presbytery
Member absent: Reverend James Stewart
[Source: Minutes of Hopewell Presbytery, September 28, 1837]

1838
March 9, 1838 - Hopewell Presbytery
Member present: Reverend James Stewart
Ordered by Presbytery that the following two days and sacramental meetings be held by the following Preachers, To wit: Springhill 2nd Sabbath April by Hess, Stewart and Bigham. Hamiltons 3rd Sabbath in May by Stewart, Thomas and Hess. Trenton 4th Sabbath in June by Stewart, Bigham and Baker. Bethel 2nd Sabbath in July by Stewart, Baker and Hurt. Shiloh 3rd Sabbath in July by Stewart, Baker and Hurt.
[Source: Minutes of Hopewell Presbytery, March 9, 1838]

1838
September 21, 1838 - Hopewell Presbytery
Member present: Reverend James Stewart
[Source: Minutes of Hopewell Presbytery, September 21, 1838]

1839
April 12, 1839 - Hopewell Presbytery
Member present: Reverend James Stewart
Rev. James Stewart by request preached the ordination sermon from 1st Timothy 4th Chapter 16th verse of William D. Province and Abner D. Thomas.
[Source: Minutes of Hopewell Presbytery, April 12, 1839]

1839
September 19, 1839 - Hopewell Presbytery
Member present: Rev. James Stewart
The Rev. James Stewart, Cullin G. Cribbs ministers and Jonathan Wallace and Wm. Dickson elders were appointed a committee to examine the several church session books.
[Source: Minutes of Hopewell Presbytery, September 19, 1839]

1840
March 20, 1840 - Hopewell Presbytery
Member present: Rev. James Stewart
Rev. James Stewart, R. Baker, S. Y. Thomas and L. I. Wilkins representative were appointed a committee to draft a synopsis of the business that would probably come before this Presbytery.
In accordance with the directions of the last synods Presbytery proceeded to call upon the several members of this Presbytery who were marked as absent for not attending several sessions of synods and whereupon James Stewart who had been absent 4 times stated that he had been prevented by personal and family afflictions and that he had never of choice or contumaciously absented himself from Synod which excuse was sustained.
[Source: Minutes of Hopewell Presbytery, March 20, 1840]

1840
July 8, 1840 - Hopewell Presbytery
Member present: Rev. James Stewart
Rev. James Stewart was chosen Moderator.
[Source: Minutes of Hopewell Presbytery, July 8, 1840]

1840
September 24, 1840 - Hopewell Presbytery
Member present: Rev. James Stewart
Rev . James Stewart and Nathan M. Sparks and Elders James Dinwiddie and David P. Hamilton were appointed a committee to examine the Licentiates on English Grammar and Theology.
[Source: Minutes of Hopewell Presbytery, September 24, 1840]

1841
July 25, 1841 - Hopewell Presbytery
Member absent: Rev. James Stewart (1)
[Source: Minutes of Hopewell Presbytery, July 25, 1841]

1841
October 7-9, 11, 1841 - Hopewell Presbytery
Member present: Rev. James Stewart
James Stewart was chosen Moderator pro tem.
Friday morning Presbytery met agreeable to adjournment. Constituted with prayer. Members present as on yesterday except James Stewart and S. Zeracor.
Saturday the 9th Presbytery met agreeably to adjournment. Constituted by prayer. Members present as on yesterday except N. I. Hess, James Stewart, C. G. Cribbs, and S. Zeracor each rendered excuse for absence which was sustained.
[Source: Minutes of Hopewell Presbytery, October 7-9, 11, 1841]

1842
February 25, 1842 - Hopewell Presbytery
Member absent: Rev. James Stewart (2)
[Source: Minutes of Hopewell Presbytery, February 25, 1842]

1842
October 18, 1842 - Hopewell Presbytery
Member present: Rev. James Stewart
Rev. James Stewart who has been absent during the last two sessions of Presbytery rendered his excuses which were sustained.
Rev. R. G. Weddington, James Stewart and Elder J. H. Warren were appointed a committee to examine Brother James B. Ward on all branches of Science required in our book of discipline preparatory to ordination.
Rev. James Stewart, R. G. Weddington and Elder Peter L. Dozier and Allen W. Pervis were appointed a committee to Examine the Candidates and Licentiates on English Grammar and divinity.
[Source: Minutes of Hopewell Presbytery, October 18, 1842]

1843
March 17, 1843 - Hopewell Presbytery
Member absent: Rev. James Stewart (1)
[Source: Minutes of Hopewell Presbytery, March 17, 1843]

1843
October 13, 1843 - Hopewell Presbytery
Member absent: Rev. James Stewart (2)
[Source: Minutes of Hopewell Presbytery, October 13, 1843]

1844
April 17, 1844 - Hopewell Presbytery
Member absent: Bro. James Stewart (3)
[Source: Minutes of Hopewell Presbytery, April 17, 1844]

1844
October 10-11, 1844 - Hopewell Presbytery
Members Absent Bro. James Stewart (4)
On application Bros. James Stewart and Calvin Philley were granted letters of dismission and recommendation to any other Presbytery where God in his providence may call them.
[Source: Minutes of Hopewell Presbytery, October 10-11, 1844]


OBITUARY.


Bro's, Chadick & Lowry:--At the meeting of Memphis Presbytery, in the city of Memphis, on the 28th of September last, the following preamble and resolutions were introduced and unanimously adopted:

Whereas, The Rev. James Stewart who resided within the bounds of this Presbytery for several years past, though from age and infirmities he was prevented attending the judicatories of the church, and therefore retained his letter from his former Presbytery. And whereas, bro. Stewart has ceased from his labors, and gone to his reward. Therefore

Resolved, That this Presbytery hear with deep regret, of the death of one, so beloved for his many christian and social virtues; so active and faithful as a minister of the Gospel of Christ, and so eminently useful in all the vocations of life in which he was called to act, during a period of more than three score and ten years--perhaps four score.

Resolved, That Bro. D. P. Coffey, preach his funeral at New Salem, on the 1st Sabbath in November next, and that bro. L. Bond be requested to prepare and have published, a suitable obituary of Rev. James Stewart, in the Banner of Peace, with a request that the several papers of the church, copy the same.

Resolved, That a copy of this preamble and resolutions be sent to his family.


Brother Stewart was a native of North Carolina; but the years of his manhood were spent in Middle Tennessee and North Alabama. For the last 20 years, he resided in West Tennessee.

Hundreds of christians die every day, whose life, neither the church nor the world, would derive any benefit from knowing.--But the name and memory of those, eminent for piety, usefulness and self-sacrificing devotion to the great interests of the human family--teachers of the true knowledge of God, and the way of salvation--should not be allowed to pass from the recollection of men. Such an one was bro. Stewart. An exemplar of faith and charity--of zeal and devotion--of meekness and patience--whose every day walk and conversation, was a practical illustration of the excellency of the pure doctrines which he taught. Such men, and such examples, should not be passed over and forgotten.--Therefore it was, that the Presbytery of which he was a member, at the time of his death, deemed a short biographical sketch of brother Stewart, not only as due to his memory, but as a matter that might be profitable to the living.

For more than fifty years, he had been a professor of religion, and for nearly forty, an active minister of the Gospel. He was among the first preachers ordained by our church, after its organization; consequently, he entered the ministry at a time when there was great--very great need of preachers.--So great indeed was the need, that to supply the demand, it was found necessary to forego the literary qualifications required by the mother church. The requirements with ours, being a spiritual call--a life of holiness, and aptitude to teach. These qualifications bro. S. was believed to possess in an eminent degree--qualifications, which, at that day, our church regarded as paramount to all others, and quite sufficient.

To this primitive rule of faith and practice with the "Fathers," bro. Stewart adhered to the day of his triumphant death. In this particular, as in all others, he kept the faith. He was a warm and able advocate of the opinions, and practice of our church on this subject. Forty years, of close observation, did not change, but on the contrary, confirmed his youthful convictions.

He became a minister in the wilderness, and spent his best days in preaching to the adventurous and hardy pioneers, who have driven out the savages, subdued the forests, and civilized our great valley. With all the perils and hardships of this mighty enterprise, he was familiar, and cheerfully bore his part; yet, without ever passing beyond the line of dignified reserve, and sacred decorum, which properly belong to the ministerial character. He was not austere, yet he never took the tone of the world, without being either gloomy, or seemingly sanctimonious; his conduct exhibited him as a living model of the primitive apostolical christian minister. His irreproachable life; his words, well spoken--his heavenly mindedness--his great benevolence--his modesty and meekness, at all times, and in all places, pointed him out to every one, as a sincere follower, and worthy servant of his Divine Master.

He had great command of his auditory. The dignity of his appearance--the earnestness of his manner--the strength of his arguments--the force of his appeals, and the power of his applications, made him at times, almost irresistible. His hearers, like himself, were soon so much engaged with his subject, that the man was forgotten. He never preached himself.

He was a man of good literary acquirements. But the literature in which he most delighted, was the literature of the Bible, and in the pulpit, all his embellishments were scriptural. Alexander and Bonaparte; Washington and Wellington, fought no battles in his sermons. He preferred Isaiah to Pollock, and the Psalmody of David, to the pious doggerel of modern poctasters.

He well understood the character of his mission--its importance and its obligations. To discharge them properly, was the object, the aim, the ambition of his life. He was not one of the multitude, that follow the Savior for, "loaves and fishes." On the contrary, no man of the age was more disinterested, or looked less to pecuniary compensation. With him, the applause of men and their rewards which perish, were of small consideration. He spoke for God, and the love of souls--looking for, and awaiting his reward in heaven.

His life was one of much labor, and great usefulness--not so much pastoral, as missionary--less devoted to building, than preparing the material for others. Ever and properly appreciating his ministerial brethren--envying no man--supplanting no man, but regarding and loving all his co-operators in the same great cause.

For nearly 40 years, he was actively engaged in preaching, and finished his long, useful and unblemished life, at the head of his Master's table. For some months previous to his death, his health had been more than usually feeble. A sacramental meeting taking place in his neighborhood, he expressed a great desire to administer once more to his brethren. This he did; and at the close of one of his most powerful and spiritual efforts, his physical strength failed, and shortly after, his life and his labors, were together brought to a close. In this part of his ministerial duty, brother Stewart took great delight, and exhibited uncommon power and pathos. Could there be a more appropriate end to such a life! The head of a sacramental table! Through all his days he enjoyed great peace of mind, and in death, the christians triumph. When did King or Conqueror, or Prince or Hero, die a death more honorable, or so enviable?--"Let me die the death of the righteous, and let my last end be like his."

[Source: Banner of Peace, and Cumberland Presbyterian Advocate, February 7, 1851, page 4]


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