Saturday, May 16, 2020

The Cumberland Presbyterian Ladies Pearl (Pages 14-19-Book 1)


     Sometime between 1851 and 1853, William and Jane moved from Dade, County or was moved by his ministry, to Springfield, Greene, Missouri.

The "Cumberland Presbyterian Ladies Pearl" commenced at Nashville, Tennessee. A host of sprightly writers were called out who knew mothering of their own powers till the Pearl developed them. Rev. J.R. Brown, among others, were all at one time editors of this magazine. (source; M3 - page 603)
     The Pearl was then moved from Nashville, TN., and in 1852 was set up at Lexington, MO., Next it was set up in St. Louis in 1853 for a season. In June 1855 the subscription list was sold and transferred to the Watchman and Evangelist at Louisville, KY., March 15, 1855 the Pearl started in Alton, Madison, IL., It was edited by J.B. Logan (among others), a distinguished minister of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church and ended in 1861 because of the Civil War. (source: IL. M3 - page 212) and (IL. Pub B - vol. 6 page 7)     5 April 1853 - John Dennis Brown, the 8th child of William and second son was born in Springfield, Greene, Missouri. Traditionally was given the name of his maternal grandfather. Was Dennis also part of this?

     The Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Madison County, Illinois was organized in 1856 with 17 members. The services of Rev. W.W. Brown were secured, who labored among this people until some time in 1861. During his service the society took steps toward erecting a church house of their own. Received grant of land of deed, 13 August 1859 in trust from Jefferson Fruit and wife for erecting a house of worship. Their present church building at the corner of 12th and Henry Streets, was completed in 1856. (there was more history given here but I didn't record any further. I believe there was a picture of the chapel. Source: IL 3, page 325 & 391)
     The Goshen, now Columbia Presbyterian Church on 12th Street, was first known as the Alton Mission.  (Source; IL. M3b, vol. 1, page 347. "Centennial History of Madison County, IL)
     27 February 1855 - William Jefferson Brown was born in Springfield, Greene, MO. Again following the naming custom, was named after his father William. The Jefferson must be a family name as Franklin Pierce was then president of the United States????? Jefferson was president about 50 years earlier. Of course Jefferson Davis the Confederate President was in force then........perhaps its after him?
     31 October 1857 - James Logan was born in Alton, Madison, Illinois. Perhaps he was named after the two co-editors William worked with on the Ladies Pearl?

     Eleanor Booth, granddaughter of William, "We find him editor of the Ladies Pearl, a religious publication in 1857-58 in Alton, IL., now, I think East St. Louis, under the name of Logan and Brown. There are two years subscriptions in the home of Curtis S. Booth in Greensboro, N.C., his 2nd great grandson. The papers are old and crumbling at its edges, ready to tear apart. (Eleanor gave me this information in 1965 so these papers my be a thing of the past by now)
     The Ladies Pearl was a monthly publication issued at Alton and published in the interest and under the auspices of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Dr. J.B. Logan and Rev. W.W. Brown were the editors. It continued until the breaking out of the war in 1861, when it was suspended.
     The Rev. J.W. Brown was also associated with Mr. Logan editorially and was also Logan's son-in-law, Thomas H. Perrin. (was J.W. Brown the brother of our William ??? .... Source; IL. M3b, Vol. 1, Madison Co., IL, pages 107-108, 115 & 347 and IL. Pub B., vol 6, page 7)
     Missouri became a Territory in 1812 and a State in 1821. The capitol is Jefferson City.
     Dade County was formed in 1841.........Greene is the parent county of Dade. The Dade County seat is Greenfield and in 1970's there were 8 million people in MO.
     Missouri lost a ten mile strip on the northern boundary to Cedar County and nine mile strip on the southern boundary to Lawrence County, reducing it to it's present limits, 28 March 1845.
     The court house and many libraries and public buildings burned during the Civil War, but records had been removed to safety.
     June 1859 - Martha Brown was born in Alton, Madison, IL., being the 11th child of William and 7th and last daughter. Martha died very young. I found her name in the 1860 census, the one and only time she was counted. One other granddaughter of William said that there was a Martha born to them. Origin of the name unknown except for the Biblical Martha?
     10 October 1860 census of Alton City, Madison, Illinois.
Brown, Wm. W., D.D.     Minister of Presbyterian Church     age 46yrs. (1814)    born South Carolina
Brown, Jane                                       wife                                     39        (1821)           North Carolina
Brown, Rachiel                            daughter                                    20         (1840)          Tennessee
Brown, Margaret                          daughter                                    16         (1844*)        Tennessee
Brown, Nancy                              daughter                                    15         (1845*)        Tennessee
Brown, Robert*                                son                                        11         (1849)          Tennessee
Brown, Mary                                daughter                                     9          (1851)          Tennessee
Brown, John                                     son                                         7           (1853)          Missouri
Brown, Wm.                                     son                                         5           (1855)          Missouri
Brown, James                                   son                                         3            (1857)         Missouri*
Brown, Martha                             daughter                                  6/12*      (1859)          Illinois
*Margaret was born in 1845 *Nancy was born in 1847. *Robert - either the enumerator of the clerk that transcribed his listings, recorded Robert as Rebecca on this census.
*James was born in Illinois not Missouri. *Martha's birth 6/12 means she was six months old in June 1860.
William's real estate value was $1,300.00 and his personal estate was $200.00. This was a goodly sum in 1860, William would have been considered rich, both temporally and spiritually. His was the 595th home visited and the 564th person contacted.

10 October 1860 - Charles Caldwell Brown was born in Alton, Madison, IL., and was given his mother's middle name.

1861 - William W. Brown, a Chaplain in the 38th Regiment of Illinois, in the War of Rebellion 273. (source: Pub. CA-K, page 295, vol.14 and AM 89, page 603.)

     Reverend J.B. Logan began publications of the "Western Cumberland Presbyterian" at Alton. It continued under this name until November 1868.

Letter from Katherine Carney, "The family was living in Alton, Illinois at the out break of the Civil War. When the going got rough for the southerner in that northern city, William got his family out and they came back to Kentucky. Lived in Henderson, this was before Webster was formed, (between 1860 & 1868) and lived there for the rest of their lives." (Eleanor said the family went back to Missouri again in 1872, when her mother was a baby, but didn't stay very long?)
     The tax report for 1862 - 1865 in Webster County, Kentucky has; Jane Brown with one in the Militia.

11 December 1862 - Nancy Ann Brown, William's 5th daughter is the first to leave the nest....15 years of age, she married Thomas L. Price, in Webster County, KY. She will also be Jane's first child to die...

     Presbyterians were among the earliest of the religious sects to arrive in Kentucky and it was among them the revival movement first showed itself. Because of doctrinal differences they failed to profit by the revival spirit as other denominations had done, and their growth was slower in the early years. Several churches, however, were a direct outgrowth of the camp meetings held in Union County during the first quarter of the nineteenth century.  The Cumberland Presbyterian churches of Caseyville and Sturgis, developed from the yearly meetings held at Nazareth campground, two and one-half miles northwest of Sturgis, on Cypress Creek.  This camp meeting held an important place in the religious life of the community for many years. In 1833 a small frame church called Mount Ephraim was erected at Nazareth by the Cumberland Presbyterians. Members of this church, who lived at Caseyville, later organized a congregation which held services in the old Union Church of that place until about 1860, when a small frame church was erected. Reverend William Washington Brown, Doctor of Deity was here and in the general area for many years. This building is still in use. A Cumberland Presbyterian church, also a branch of the Mount Ephraim congregation, was erected at Sturgis in 1866.
     In September, 1839, the Rev. John J. Pierce, a Presbyterian minister, and B.F. Spellman organized a Presbyterian congregation in Morganfield. Services were held in a small brick building know as Union Academy, on South Morgan Street, until 1843, when a building designed to combine a church and a seminary was erected. This was used until 1972 when the present church was built. A Presbyterian congregation, organized at Uniontown in 1851, held services in a tobacco factory for several years. In 1877 a small church was erected.

     12 December 1868 - William Brown bought thirteen & three-fourths acres of land in Union County, KY. Their watercourse is Pond Fork. Recorded in county records: Book 75, page 531. (source: Ky Pub Bb #33)
     Their place in Caseyville, Union County, Kentucky is described in "History of Union County, Ky.," 1886, 100th Anniversary Edition: "In the Valley of the Tradewater, and is delightfully situated behind a grove of forest oaks that makes a charming park in the summer. He was here until 1880 when he bought property in Providence, Webster, KY."       William was in Caseyville from 1868 to 1883, ministering in the Anderson Presbytery.
     November 1868 -Rev. J.R. Brown became joint editor with W.W. Brown and joint proprietor of the Presbyterian Paper. (source:AM 89) (I wonder if this is when he returned to Missouri?)
     1870 - William and his family are not found in the 1870 census on Union or Webster Counties of Ky. Eleanor Booth said, "Grandpa Brown took his family back to Missouri and was there in 1870 when mama was a baby" This must be true as William came back from somewhere in 1880 and continued his ministry in the Boardly, Union, Ky., ministry.
     Eleanor continues to write; "I think he left Missouri in the early 1880's. I have their drop leaf table in my home. My mother said he brought it from Missouri. Then it made a trip to Oklahoma in 1907, then my grandmother's son, Thomas Fike made the trip there and back with the table.
     16 January 1873 - Robert W. Brown married Sarah Drucilla Davis and is the first son to leave the nest.

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