Chapter Ten 

Pennsylvania Origins, Middle Tennessee, the DAR, and Religion on the Frontier in Kentucky, the Great Revival at Cane Ridge of 1801-1804; Levi Purviance’s Biography of His Father David Purviance, an uncle to Mrs. Edwin Alexander McCorkle of Wilson County, Middle Tennessee, then Dyer County, Tennessee


1.                  William McCorkle, son of Alexander & “Nancy” Agnes Montgomery McCorkle  --  by James Richmond

2.                  Elizabeth King married Rev. James Blythe

3.                  Martha King (widow of the “scalped” John Purviance, 1792)(Mrs. William McCorkle)

4.                  Pennsylvania Origins of Many Family Members—scattered collections from Internet Entries by Others

5.                  Do You Wish To Join the DAR?  -- page 5

6.                  Religion on the Frontier in KENTUCKY in the early 1800s: a second Great Awakening        --page 8

7.                  The First Meeting of a Presbytery in Kentucky  -- page 8

8.                  Rev. John Lyle’s Diary, 1828, about the Great Revival, 1801-1803 in Paris, Kentucky                    --page 12

9.                  ```````”Elder” David Purviance does a Holy Dance            --Page 14

10.              Excerpts from Levi Purviance’s book,  The Biography of [Levi’s father] Church Elder David Purviance, with a brief Sketch of the Lives of David’s Father & Mother,  Lt. John Purviance & wife Mary Jane Wasson Purviance                               --Page 

11.              ````````John Purviance Married Mary Jane Wasson, Served in the American Revolution, Moved from Rowan County, North Carolina, to Middle Tennessee, and after his son John Purviance Was Scalped in 1792 Removed up to Kentucky, Then Returned to Middle Tennessee




Now to the rich contribution of James Richmond of Napierville, Illinois:

I found the following on the Internet:  KING family.—1st  Generation


This Mary Morrison must somehow be kin to our Margaret Morrison (2nd wife of Robert McCorkle).  I do NOT know how, if at all.  Robert & Margaret Morrison McCorkle’s children included Edwin Alexander McCorkle, born 1798 or 1799 in Rowan Co., NC.  Edwin A. McCorkle was father of,  inter alia , John Edwin McCorkle, my (Marsha Huie’s) great-grandfather.


James Richmond took me into the ancestry of “Peggy” Margaret Blythe, 1st wife of William McCorkle; and of “Lizzie” Elizabeth Blythe, 1st wife of Robert McCorkle, who marred 2nd “Peggy” Margaret Morrison.  Their mother was née Elizabeth KING; and she married Rev. James Blythe.  

Robert1 King   birth date unknown married Mary Morrison. Their children were:  (1) Rebecca R. King  b. in Rowan Co., NC.;  (2) Margaret  King  b. in Rowan Co., NC, circa 1766.  (3) Martha King b. in Rowan Co., NC, circa 1767; (4) Richard King b. 1768 in Rowan Co., NC, 1768.(5) Anna King b. in Rowan Co., NC, 1773. (6) Rev. Samuel King b. in Rowan Co., NC, April 19, 1775. (7) Mary “Polly” King born in Rowan Co., NC, circa 1775. (8) William M. King b. in Rowan Co., NC, July 17, 1777. (9) Elizabeth King born in Rowan Co., NC, 1779. (10) Davis King in Rowan Co., NC, 1784. (11) Rhoda King born in Rowan Co., NC, October 5, 1787.

Robert King and Mary Morrison had the following children:

Rebecca R.2 King (Mrs. John Bell) was born in Rowan Co., NC. Rebecca died October 17, 1843 in Madison Co., Tenn. N. John became the father of Elizabeth Weir Bell in Winchester, Franklin Co., TN, May 16, 1807.

Margaret King (Mrs. Thomas Donnell) was born in Rowan Co., NC circa 1766. Margaret died December 25, 1827 in Sumner Co, TN, at 61 years of age. Her body was interred after December 25, 1827 in Sumner Co., TN, Rice-Henley Cemetery. She married Thomas Donnell in Rowan Co., NC, August 26, 1786. Thomas was born in maybe NC March 18, 1755. Thomas died February 8, 1842 in Sumner Co., TN, at 86 years of age. His body was interred after February 8, 1842 in Sumner Co., TN, Rice-Henley Cemetery.

Martha King (Purviance)(McCorkle)  --  [widow of the John Purviance who was thescalped”Purviance]  and 2nd wife of WILLIAM McCORKLE.   She was born in Rowan Co., NC circa 1767. She married twice. First, John Purviance in Rowan Co., NC, circa 1768. John was born in Rowan Co., NC 1768. John died March, 1792 in Sumner Co., TN, at 23 years of age; John was a son of “Colonel” John Purviance, Sr., & Mary Jane Wasson (Purviance).  After John Purviance [Jr?] was scalped in Sumner County, Tennessee, Martha “Mattie” King married William McCorkle in Sumner Co., TN, on December 25, 1794. –I’ve seen her listed as Martha Purvoines or Purvines. 

Richard King was born in Rowan Co., NC 1768, and died July 14, 1834 in Sumner Co., TN, at 66 years of age. He married Rachel Blythe. Rachel was born in Rowan Co, NC circa 1774 and died August 16, 1815 in Gallatin, Sumner Co., TN, at 41 years of age. [Our Robert McCorkle married 1st Elizabeth Blythe.]

Anna King (Mrs. Rev. Wm. McGee was born in Rowan Co., NC 1773. Anna died in MO. She married Rev. William McGee in Sumner Co., TN, May 13, 1796. William was born in Guilford Co., NC, about 1768. William McGee died September 20, 1817 in Bedford Co., TN, at 49 years of age. His body was interred after September 20, 1817, in Bedford Co., Tenn., Three Forks Cumberland Presbyterian Church Cemetery. His body was moved to Beech Cumberland Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Hendersonville, Tennessee, on February 4, 1993.   He was a C.P. minister. 

 Rev. Samuel King was born in Rowan Co., NC April 19, 1775. and died September 13, 1842 in Johnson Co., MO, at 67 years of age. His body was interred after September 13, 1842 in Johnson Co., MO, Shiloh C.P. Church Cemetery. He married Anna Dixon. Anna was born 1779.

Mary “Polly” King (Mrs. Rev. James Farr) was born in Rowan Co., NC circa 1775. and died in KY. She married Rev. James Farr in Sumner Co., TN, March 3, 1793. James Farr was born Mecklenburg Co., NC 1767and died September 11, 1834 in Graves Co., KY, at 67 years of age.

William M. King was born in Rowan Co., NC-- July 17, 1777. William died September 9, 1814 in Sumner Co., TN, at 37 years of age. His body was interred after September 9, 1814 in Sumner Co., TN, King Cemetery. He married Priscilla Hassell in Sumner Co., TN, December 8, 1808. Priscilla was born in probably Tyrell Co., NC June 13, 1788. Priscilla died March 3, 1822 in probably Wilson Co., TN, at 33 years of age. Her body was interred after March 3, 1822 in Sumner Co., TN, King Cemetery.

 Elizabeth King was born in Rowan Co., NC 1779 and died September 30, 1820 in Rowan Co., NC, at 41 years of age. Her body was interred after September 30, 1820 in Rowan Co., NC, Thyatra Cemetery.

Davis King was born in Rowan Co., NC 1784 and died February 23, 1813 in Sumner Co., TN, at 28 years of age. He married Sally Joiner in Sumner Co., TN, January 27, 1808.

Rhoda King was born in Rowan Co., NC October 5, 1787. She married John Baker Prendergast in Sumner Co., TN, circa 1804. John was born in Rowan Co., NC circa 1780 and died 1846 in Limestone Co., Texas, at 66 years of age. At 28 years of age John became the father of Luke Baker Prendergast in Sumner Co., TN, November 25, 1808.


 Mattie” Martha King (Purviance) (McCorkle)   born: circa1767 - Rowan County, North Carolina, 1st married circa 1785 - Rowan County, North Carolina
1st husband: John Purviance [scalped by hostile Indians while in Middle Tennessee, then called Sumner County] born: 1768 - Rowan County, North Carolina, and this John Purviance died: March 1792 - Sumner County, Tennessee.  This John Purviance was a son of Revolutionary War Colonel  John Purviance, Sr., & wife Mary Jane Wasson Purviance.  A sister of this John Purviance who was scalped was Elizabeth Purviance (Mrs. William Thomas); and another brother was “Elder” David Purviance, a minister and Ky then
Ohio legislator.   “Mattie King (widow Purviance) then married William McCorkle on 25 December 1794 in Sumner County, Tennessee [bondsman: Samuel King]

This William McCorkle was a brother to our ancestor Robert McCorkle.  –William McCorkle’s niece Elmira Sloan McCorkle Roache’s letter says Mattie King Purviance (McCorkle) died on the way from North Carolina and is buried in a rude grave on the road. The above entry from the Internet about the King family  says Martha King died in 1792 in Sumner County, Tennessee.]

Richard King  m. Rachel Blythe.  Was this Rachel Blythe a sister to Elizabeth “Lizzie” Blythe McCorkle (Mrs. Robert McCorkle), and “Peggy” Margaret Blythe McCorkle (Mrs. William McCorkle)?    Richard King was born: 1768 - Rowan County, North Carolina and died: 14 July 1834 - Sumner County, Tennessee.  Richard King & Rachel Blythe married: 21 July 1794 - Sumner County, North Carolina [bondsman: Andrew Blythe]  To repeat, was Rachel Blythe a sister to the 1st wife of  our ancestor Robert McCorkle (Elizabeth Blythe)  I think Rachel Blythe was a daughter of Rev. James Blythe and Elizabeth King—Rachel Blythe King was born: c1774 - Rowan County, North Carolina and died: 16 August 1815 - Gallatin, Sumner County, Tennessee



Westward from Pennsylvania
... former tavern owner, John Purviance who, sensing the real estate opportunity at hand, bought several lots along the road then offered them up for sale. ... - 106k


Internet news from Washington County, Pennsylvania:  :Crumrine – Donegal Township    John Purviance had been keeping tavern in his large log house a number of years when the preliminary surveys were made for the great National road from ... -

Darke County, Ohio 1825 Census of Males
... John Wooden, Moses Woods, John Brawley, John Purviance, Anthony Woods, William
Wiley, Nathaniel S. McClure, Neal Lawrence, John McClure, Jacob Miller, ... - 8k - Cached - Similar pages

Maryland Historical Society Library: J. Hall Pleasants Papers ...
John Purviance opinion -- Wallis and Company, 1820 January 17. c. from Edward Canning -- bond, 1820 October 30.
Box 10. d. articles of agreement with Thomas ... This is not our direct ancestor Revolutionary War “Lt ” John Purviance of Rowan County, NC.


    \ Do you  wish to join the D.A.R.?  Well, listen up if you do:

·      May 1998 Lancaster County Surname Queries
Seeking ancestors and descendants of Margaret McKnight b ca 1713/4 d Lancaster
Co., PA. married  John Purviance d 1749 Lancaster Co., PA. ...

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·      Presbyterianism in Paris and Bourbon County, Kentucky
Colonel John Purviance was appointed Collector in the Cane Ridge congregation.
The following persons of the
Cane Ridge Church were subscribers: ...

[This Colonel –really, a Revolutionary War lieutenant-- John Purviance was the father of the John Purviance [Jr] who was scalped in 1792 in Sumner County, Tennessee, by Indians.  The widow of John Jr then married William McCorkle, a brother to our Robert McCorkle who m. Margaret Morrison.  I think this Colonel John Purviance [wife:  Mary Jane Wasson] moved on back down to Middle Tennessee after the Indian threat lessened; but somewhere I’ve read he is buried up in New Paris, Preble County, Ohio, when visiting his son “church elder” David Purviance, who moved on to Ohio from Cane Ridge, Kentucky. His wife Mary Jane Wasson Purviance long predeceased him, I think in 1810.  I do not know where our “Colonel” John Purviance is buried, Middle Tenn. or Preble County, Ohio?  Nor do I know where his wife Jane Purviance [née Mary Jane Wasson] is buried.


Pension: John Bone 1833, Revolutionary War: Muhlenberg County ...
The other three months same service, he was under Captain Graham and Lieutenant John Purviance. The other officers of his company not recollected. ... ky/muhlenberg/pension/b5000001.txt

The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution
John Purviance, as follows: 1. WL McCown (b. 1843) m. 1869 Anna L. Mendenhall (b.
1850). ... John Purviance (1743-1823) served as lieutenant in
Col. ...


Iowa DAR members.  Here is one who claims DAR membership through John Purviance, my ancestor, too:

Volume 100  page 11 Miss Nellie Mccown. DAR ID Number: 99029    Born in Shelby County, Iowa.  Descendant of Lieut. John Purviance, as follows:

[Edwin Alexander McCorkle & wife Jane Maxwell Thomas McCorkle produced a bunch of people, and they can get you into the DAR.  For example, John Edwin McCorkle’s daughter Sophie King McCorkle m. Howard Anderson Huie. Children included Howard Ewing Huie, father of Sophie Joyce Huie Cashdollar and Marsha Cope Huie.]

John Purviance (1743-1823)
1. W. L. McCown (b. 1843) m. 1869 Anna L. Mendenhall (b. 1850). [Using this
DAR application and placing me in it, this generation for Marsha Huie would be:  John Edwin McCorkle whose 2nd wife was Mary Elizabeth Cotton .]

2. William McCown (1809-95) m. 1831 Anna Purviance (1809-65). [For Marsha Huie, this generation would be: Jane Maxwell Thomas, daughter of Elizabeth Purviance Thomas.  Jane Maxwell Thomas m. Edwin Alexander McCorkle born in Rowan Co., NC in 1798 or 1799; moved to Murfreesboro, Tennessee, then to Dyer Co., Tennessee.

3. David Purviance (1766-1828) m. Mary Ireland (1762-1835).  [This David Purviance was a brother to my Elizabeth Purviance (Mrs. William Thomas).

4. John Purviance m. 1764 (Mary) Jane Wasson.  This John Purviance (1743-1823) served as lieutenant in Col. Griffith
Rutherford's regiment, Rowan County, North Carolina militia but post-war was given the honorific “colonel.” He was born in Pennsylvania and died in Wilson County, Tenn., I think, unless perchance he was visiting his son church elder David Purviance who by then had moved on from near Paris, Bourbon County, KY, up to New Paris, Preble County, Ohio.

So, my kinfolk—we can gain admission to the DAR through Lt. John Purviance who m. Mary Jane Wasson; and through William Thomas, son of Jacob Thomas & Margaret Brevard Thomas, the parents of Mrs. Edwin Alexander McCorkle.  Also, we can gain admission through Alexander McCorkle, Sr., who died in 1800 in NC and is buried at Thyatira Presbyterian Church Cemetery.


·      Now, back to RELIGION in KENTUCKY in the early 1800s. On the frontier, a second Great Awakening…


·      Presbyterianism in Paris and Bourbon County, Kentucky
”Colonel” [Lt.] John Purviance was appointed Collector in the Cane Ridge congregation.  The following persons of the
Cane Ridge Church were subscribers: ...  [ -- Cane Ridge is the site of the formation of the Christian Church-Disciples of Christ-Church of Christ.]

·      PARIS, Kentucky



Sinking Spring Church, Nov. 12th, 1793. Presbytery met according to appointment & was opened with a sermon on Luke 13,5, by Mr. James Moore.

ROLL U.p.p.s. Messers. David Rice, Robert Finley & Robert Marshall, ministers. John Lucky, William Trotter, Thomas Maxwell, William Henry & Henry McDonald, elders. Absent the Rev. Thomas Craighead, James McConnel, James Crawford, Samuel Shannon, Terah Tamplin, James Kemper, James Blythe.

(p. 12) Mr. Rice is chosen Moderator, pro tempore, & Mr. Marshall, Clerk. Ordered that calls & supplications be presented.

CALL. A call from the united congregations of Cane Ridge &- Concord for the Rev. Robert Finley is presented.

Pby. adjourned to meet at William Henry's this evening at 7 o'clock.

William Henry's Pby. met according to adjournment, u. p.p.s.q.s. except Messrs. Thomas Maxwell & Henry McDonald. [Note:  one of Elizabeth Purviance’s Purviance sisters m. a Maxwell—our ancestor Elizabeth Purviance m. William Thomas, who begot Jane Maxwell Thomas (Mrs. Edwin Alexander McCorkle), inter alia.]

J. MOORE EXAM. Mr. James Moore's discourse was read at large from his notes & maturely considered & the Pby. are unanimously of opinion that it be not sustained as part of trial. [Poor fellow; his sermon didn’t suit his judges] Mr. Moore is appointed to prepare a sermon against the next meeting on 2nd Corinth, 7,10, as a further part of trial.

The call from the united congregations of Cane Ridge & Concord was presented to the Rev. Robert Finley which he accepts, & Mr. Marshall is appointed to install him in said congregations as soon as convenient.  [Our ancestor Mrs. Alexander McCorkle, née Nancy Agness Montgomery, had a mother MARTHA MONTGOMERY who was née Martha Finley.  As mentioned earlier, one of Nancy Agness Montgomery McCorkle’s  brothers was the Presbyterian minister Joseph Finley, born 1733 and died in the 1790s up in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, at the home of a daughter.]

Adjourned to meet at 8 o'clock tomorrow morning. Concluded with Prayer. Nov. 13th.

Pby. met according to adjournment, et. p p s q s. Thomas Maxwell present.  * * * * *

Paris Citizen Desired To Have The Kentucky Academy Located in Paris   At a Meeting at Pisgah of the Board of Trustees of the Kentucky Academy March 9th and 10th 1796 we extracted the following facts. Members of the Board present were:

David Rice
Caleb Wallace                    James Thompson
James Crawford                 Andrew McCalla
Robert Marshall                  James Moore
William Calhoon                 James Welch
Archibald Cameron            Stephen Bovelle
Robert Patterson

(p. 13) The Board requested Mr. Moore, Mr. Welch, Mr. Patterson and Mr. McCalla to prepare a financial statement of the Academy.

March 10. In addition to the above who were present yesterday trustee Samuel Shannon was present at this meeting. The board adopted the following resolution:

"Resolved that a permanent seat for the Kentucky Academy Ought to be fixed on as soon as possible;

"And, whereas this Board is not yet possessed of the funds adequate to purchase a seat, Resolved That Mr. Blythe, Mr.Crawford, Mr. Patterson, Mr. McCalla and Mr. Moore or any three of them be appointed a committee to receive proposals from those who may think proper to contribute Land for that purpose and to give assistance in erecting buildings thereon, for the use of the Seminary, or otherwise to increase the funds; and to make a report to the next meeting of the Board, of all the proposals which they may receive, that the Board may be enabled to proceed to fix on a seat without further delay. Resolved that until it shall be otherwise ordered by this Board, it will hold its sessions at McGowan's Tavern in Lexington."

The Board met on June 3, 1796 at McGowan's Tavern in Lexington. At this time four sites for the Academy were considered. Harrodsburg offered lots in town, about 30 acres and cash subscriptions of about $1,150. Danville offered a brick house, manufactory, two lots and $1,000 in cash. Lexington was willing to sell a lot of four and three-fourths acres for $525. Bourbon had cash subscriptions of $1,576, lots in good location and 97 acres in sight of Paris at $4 per acre.

In June 1797 the Board having considered all propositions decided to locate the Academy at Pisgah.

Paris did not get the Kentucky Academy but a few years later founded Bourbon Academy in which many young people received good classical training.

Revival Days In Paris   The Paris Church shared with other churches in Kentucky a great revival from 1826 to 1830. We quote from the Western Luminary dated December 19, 1827, page 196, as follows:

"Revivals in Kentucky, Paris, Bourbon County

"It will be seen by the following extract from a communication, in the Western Citizen, printed in Paris, that the good work of the Lord has commenced at that place. The meeting commenced on Friday, the 7th inst.

"The state of the weather was apparently, very unpropitious, but God in His providence, brought several of the public servants, unexpectedly to the place; and the meeting was peculiarly solemn, from the commencement. The high waters and increasing rains prevented many from attending. The number and the deep interest increased every day. On Sabbath morning 22 persons were admitted to communion on a profession of the faith in Christ. On Monday the serious impression appeared to extend and become more deep and awful-about forty came forward at night, as inquirers for the salvation of their souls. The public exercises were continued on Tuesday afternoon and night, and (p. 14) about sixty came forward. On Wednesday the services being continued the number of INQUIRIES amounted to about ninety; and it appeared that there was not an unconverted person in the house. Nine more were received into the Church on a public profession, and many others gave reason to hope that they found refuge in the Saviour. In all, thirty-two have been visibly added to the followers of the Lamb, and there are more than 100, in this town and vicinity, seriously exercised, for the eternal welfare of their souls. What is a little remarkable, there appears to be but little opposition from the world. Some of the most respectable and influential men in the place, are saying, we cannot oppose the work we cannot, and will not, hinder our relatives and friends from going forward and securing their salvation if we feel not yet disposed to go with them. May He who has begun this good and glorious work continue it, until all shall have its blessed effects."

(p. 14) In the Western Luminary, January 23, 1828, page 236, we have as follows:

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The Revival, 1801-1803, in Paris

Notes from Rev. John Lyle's Diary

One gets a good idea of the great Revival, 1801-1803, in Kentucky from John Lyle's Diary. He tells of three meetings in Paris. One was on the Saturday preceding the fourth Sabbath in August 1801. The second was the first Sabbath in June 1802, and the third was on the second Sabbath in June 1803.

"The Saturday preceding the fourth Sabbath in August 1801, I went to Mr. Rannels' Sacrament at Paris. Mr. Crawford was nearly done preaching when I got there. Mr. McNamara preach'd in the afternoon a contradictory jumble of a discourse with a number of good expressions here and there in it. Some people were attentive & seemed pleas'd but others inattentive & some displeas'd. We had society in the woods at night several spoke but no work or liveliness appear'd except in two or three. One poor ignorant man of the (p. 15) name of Rosin was much convulsed but got comfort, Monday evening. Mr. McNamara spoke last on Saturday evening. He stamp'd slapt & roar'd Hell & Damnation loudly but still no crying out or falling that I knew of. I talked to Mr. McNamara about these violences I do not know what effect it will have. He acknowledg'd that stamping slapping &- c. were no gospel institution & as we had no promise of a blessing to attend them & as they were a cause of offense & stumbling to many we had better let them alone. Sunday I preached the action sermon but as there were I suppose 7 or 8 thousand people I extended my voice so loud that I was soon exhausted & thought I would have died or fainted yet not withstanding spoke an hour. While I preach'd about four thousand people seem'd attentive & behaved well but multitudes wandered from place to place as most did all day some singing some one thing some another. I never saw a more confus'd careless audience since the work began. Monday, six ministers deliver'd at three places six discourses but more attended Mr. Howe at the stated place where two or three were struck. After sermon came on rain & in the evening a shower of divine influence. Many young persons wept &- some cried for mercy. Becy Crawford was taken down & when she came to exhorted sinners to come to Christ. Betsy Todd the Doctor's oldest daughter found comfort we would hope in Jesus & invited many to Jesus. Dr. Cogswell's son we hope found peace & little boy about 7 years old whom I saw in distress & then heard him with joyful countenance invite his comrades to Christ. Mr. Mitchell's two sons were much affect'd. Mr. Wright's son found peace & he and his father had a joyful meeting the old man burst out glory to God in the highest & invited all to Christ. The old lady & two daughters wept much & one daughter lay speechless under exercises. It was an affecting time indeed. I understood that several men enter'd arm'd with clubs to drive the people off the grounds but no actual attempt was made. I saw about 5 such men & the people gathered & M. Cameron exhorted & then went to Dr. Todd's about one o'clock. Next morning went to camp found a number there. Old Mr. Patton of Stonermouth was down in a long agony. When he recover'd he told the people his views were too bright for him to bear up under etc. etc. He settle'd into a calm and describ'd his case etc. I deliver'd a discourse as a caution against formality & delusion & exhort'd to get the wisdom that comes from above & that divine ebarity spoken of by Paul I Cor. 13 etc. & came home. The Governor was more moved under this discourse than I had observ'd him before.

"Paris 1st. Sabbath of June 1802. The Sacrament was administered. Ministers present, David Rice, John Campbell, Robert Wilson, Barton Stone, Wm. Robinson, I. Tull, Joseph Howe, Jas. Welch, Rannals & myself. No Methodist Ministers on Sunday & but one Baptist old Mr. Todd. About 3000 people on Sunday. Brother Wilson & Campbell preached on Friday. Brother Robinson Saturday morn. On Isaiah 53d, 3d, 1st clause. He is despised etc. a practical feeling sermon. Br. W. Sat. Even. on Psal. The Lord reigns etc. He aim'd at (p. 16) philosophy & reasoning was dry & cold. Had a cold society in the Meeting house at night. Sunday B. Campbell preached on Jesus Christ our Passover was sacrificed for us. Tolerably lively. People all this time were attentive. Some very solemn. Individuals felt tenderly. Some very disorderly people on Sunday. James Welch introduced the tables with a low cold discourse & very long. While the tables were serving Mr. Stone preach'd at another stand. After I had communed & served a table I went & spoke to the people, felt a tender lively frame both at the table & exhorting from the waggon or other stand. I had felt very bad all the time before. When my deliverance began I began to weep &- before all was over I felt my faith & joy increased. Some people seemed affected at the tables. I believe it was a solemn time to Christians. But few fell. Old Elder McConnel fell when waiting on the tables. Sally Martin fell & it was thought might have refrained more than she did etc. Mrs. Young fell. Sunday evening old Mr. Rice spoke on religion false & true. People were very attentive. It rain'd on Sun. evening part staid at the tent, the others went home & to the Meeting house. I spoke on faith in the meeting house. Felt a kind of . . . a flat dead frame. People seem'd dead. Old Mr. Rice spoke after me. Monday Br. Welch gave us another long sleepy discourse. The preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness etc. Several people went to sleep, others heard that there was lively times at the stand where Howe & Stone preached. They left the meeting house & went there. I preached to a small assembly a short sermon on 1st Jon. 1:16. Had some liberty people were attentive & some solemn but nothing remarkable. I heard of no one being newly convicted throughout the Sacramental occasion.

[Well now, the following describes DAVID PURVIANCE doing a holy dancePlease recall: “Elder” David Purviance was a brother to, inter alia, Elizabeth Purviance Thomas, the mother of Mrs. Edwin Alexander McCorkle, 1801-1855.]

"I then with admiration beheld Ireland, David Purviance, Malcolm Wardly leaping up in an unartificial a kind of Dance - clapping their hands & crying glory to God. How many were employ'd in the same exercise I can't say. I looked at them only. I went up & shook hands with them & (p. 18) exhorted them to go to the stand where Bro. Rannals was exhorting. They complyed. I went to the stand & they insisted on me to preach which I attempt'd from 1 Peter 4:8. Above all things have fervent charity among yourselves etc. I observed that charity was not a plant that grows in the natural soil of the human heart. That it was produc'd by the spirit of God, etc. Gave some marks of true brotherly affection. Then after many cautions introduced the subject of order & the impropriety of many praying at once, etc. I spoke above 2 hours to a very attentive audience. There appear'd a solemnity on the minds of many. Mr. [David] Purvience, Col. Smith, Mr. Tull & Mr. [Barton W.] Stone seem'd the most hurt because they had been the right leaders & public advocates of those irregularities. Col. Smith soon after I was done speaking begun to pray & in his prayer to use his arguments in favor of all praying at once. He said there was one spirit but a diversity of operations as though the spirit by an unusual operation would excite to an act directly contrary to the word of God. I rose & address'd the people. Told them I hoped they would not suppose___  "Behind the stand two women were agonized & pray'd out. One who appear'd to be a young man of the Methodist society ran in among them & with apparent rage call'd on them to pray out. One of the Irelands, an old man pray'd out with clinched fists, etc., but few comparatively joined.

"A sister-in-law of Doctor Saldon came & shook hands & in a kind of agony told me to set my slaves free. I told her the setting my slaves free depended on the will of another. And if they were free they could not support themselves. Col. Fleming & brother insisted that I would preach upon the subject of emancipation. I told them I would talk to them about that at the proper time. Mr. Welch who had just arrived on his return from Philadelphia, gave us an exhortation & told us of the revival in Delaware & the Jerseys & considerable additions to the churches there & that there is a growing attention to religion in Philadelphia. I then made a short address on the joyful tidings. Told them what satisfaction it gave me to find so many who set out 2 years ago now fervently engag'd etc., urged them to diligence at home & in every walk of life. Afterwards concisely address'd sinners. After I came off the stand Mr. McCune of Stonermouth told me that he always loved me, but that he loved me more today than ever. If ever he had liked to pray out in his life it was today, but, (said he) I never have pray'd out in society because I thought it not agreeable to the word of God. Mr. Patton of Stonermonth told me that he had been trying for a year past to regulate matters but found his labours in vain & when he heard me on the subject he was exercised & fell with joy because God had, he hoped, excited me to do what he as a private character had failed in.


8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 Paris, KentuckySaturday, March 12, 1831: John Todd advertises a Female Academy.

[Sophie King McCorkle, 1882-1915, Mrs. Howard Anderson Huie of Newbern-Yorkville, Tennessee, attended Bourbon College in Paris, Kentucky.]



Jottings From the Records of the Session of the Paris [Ky., Presbyterian] Church

July 13, 1823, William Holmes McGuffey received from the Flemingburg Church.

September 15, 1823. George W. Ashbridge is dismissed.

December 23, 1823. The church decided to contribute to the support of Samuel Taylor, a member of this church who is a student at Princeton Seminary.

January 2, 1824. Scipio, a Negro slave of Dr. Andrew Todd, disciplined because he did not attend family worship in his master's home.

May 18, 1824. The Session decided that it was proper to take collections at the Church on Sunday. Mr. Joseph Mitchell protested this action.

Harriett Larkin, a woman of color, and a member of the Paris Presbyterian Church, departed this life about the first of December 1830, having been for a number of years in full communion in said Church.



* * * * *   Presbyterianism in Paris and Bourbon County, Kentucky
Colonel John Purviance was appointed Collector in the Cane Ridge congregation. The following persons of the
Cane Ridge Church were subscribers: ...



Guide Introduction: Records of Ante-Bellum Southern Plantations ...
... George Presstman (of Baltimore, Maryland), John Purviance, Alexander Quarrier (of Richmond, Virginia), Mrs. Hannah Raley (of Loudoun County, Virginia), ... guides/southern_hist/plantations/plantm2.htm


Levi Purviance. The Biography of [his father] Elder David Purviance, with His ...
John Purviance. Marriage [to Mary Jane Wasson]. Serves in the Revolution. Moves [from
North Carolina] to [Middle] Tennessee. His son [another John Purviance] is murdered by the Indians [in Middle Tennessee in 1792]. Removes to Kentucky. Returns to Tennessee. ... -  CONTENTS.
Biography of Elder David Purviance.

·         CHAPTER I.
His Ancestry. Col. John Purviance. Marriage. Serves in the Revolution. Moves to
Tennessee. His son [John a son of John Purviance, Sr., & Mary Jane Wasson (Purviance) is murdered by the Indians. Removes to Kentucky. Returns to Tennessee. A Revival and split in the Presbyterian Church. He joins the Cumberland Presbyterians. His last affliction and death. His family. 7

·         CHAPTER II.
Elder David Purviance's birth. Education. Writes in the Clerk's office,
Salisbury [NC]. 10

·         CHAPTER III.
His marriage. Settlement on the
Yadkin River. Emigrates to Tennessee, and afterwards to Kentucky. 14

·         CHAPTER IV.
His settlement on Caneridge. Elected to the [
Kentucky] State Legislature. Debate with Breckenridge. Debate with Grundy. He fails to be elected to the State Convention on account of his opposition to Slavery. Sketch of the lives of Breckenridge, Garard, and Grundy. The Lexington Insurance Company. The District Court system. He returns from Political life, and engages in the Ministry. 17

·         CHAPTER V.
A remarkable religious Revival. Leaves Legislation, and becomes a candidate for the Ministry. A split in the Presbyterian Church. The
Springfield Presbytery. Takes the name Christian. The last Will and Testament of the Springfield Presbytery, and the Witnesses address. 47

·         CHAPTER VI.
His opposition to Slavery. The selection of four young men to aid in the Ministry. 57

·         CHAPTER VII.
His calling as a Minister of the Gospel. He came well nigh destroying his health. Fasting, Prayer and Meditation. The support of the Ministry. His preparation to move to
Ohio. 61

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·         CHAPTER VIII.
His Removal to
Ohio. The Quaker. A Revival in a Dutch neighborhood. Marshall and Thompson's return to Presbyterianism. Their attack on the [new Christian] Church. D. Purviance's reply. 66

·         CHAPTER IX.
His election to the State Legislature of
Ohio. A Bill to repeal the Black laws. A part of a colored family kidnapped. A negro man murdered. 93

·         CHAPTER X.
His Pastoral duties. An excitement and division in the Church at
Paris. Elder [Barton W. ]Stone's visit. 100

·         CHAPTER XI.
The character and death of his Companion. 106

·         CHAPTER XII.
His employment in old age. His manner of Preaching. His distress on the account of the lethargy of the Church. 108

·         CHAPTER XIII.
His Character as a man. A citizen. A husband. A Father. Punctuality. Kindness to the oppressed. 110

·         CHAPTER IV.
His last trip to Conference. His chills and fever. The death of his Grand Daughter. His last affliction, death, and funeral. An account of his death and funeral, by Elder E. Williamson. Obituary, by a Catholic--by O. H. Kendrick; by his Grand Son. 118

·         CHAPTER XV.

o        [PART FIRST.]
Memoirs of Elder David Purviance--written by himself. His Religion. Early instructions. His exit from Presbyterianism. The Shaker difficulty. His views on the subject of Baptism. 132

·         CHAPTER XVI.

o        [PART SECOND.]
Memoirs of Elder David Purviance--written by himself.--The Person, Character, and Divinity of Jesus Christ.--The Atonement. 181

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·         CHAPTER XVI.
Remarks of the Author of Barton W. Stone's Biography. Extracts from a letter written by David Purviance, and published in Stone's Biography--page 120. A letter to a skeptical friend. 235


·         Biographical Sketch of Elder John Hardy.
His Birth. Marriage. Conversion. Removal to
Ohio. His Character. Last sickness and death. 246

·         A Sketch of the Life of Elder Thomas B. Kyle.
His Birth. His Father settles in
Kentucky. Profession of Christianity. Impressions to preach. Labors in Ohio. Ordination. Sickness. Death. 251

·         Biographical Sketch of George Shidler.
Elder George Shidler's Birth. Marriage. Removal to
Ohio. Conversion. Ordination. Life and Death. 253

·         Biography of Elder William Dye.
His Birth. Life and Death. 257

·         Biographical Sketch of Elder Reuben Dooly.
Birth. Education. Conversion. Preaches to the Indians. The death of his wife. His removal to
Ohio. His second marriage. Trip to Missouri. Sickness and death. His character and talents as a Preacher. The domestic circle. 259

·         Biographical Sketch of Elder William Kinkade.
His early life and profession of Christianity--written by himself.

The last Will and Testament of Springfield Presbytery [Kentucky].  --  [Thus began the schism.  These people whether they knew it or not were creating a new religious denomination, the Christian Church-Church of Christ.  David Purviance was a signatory to this last will and testament.


        In due time a great Camp-Meeting to be held at Caneridge, in the coming month of August, was published. Such was now the general interest of the public mind, that when the meeting came, it was attended by about 2500 souls. Persons were said to be in attendance from most of the States in the Union. Particularly, were gathered together, on that memorable occasion, the thousands of Israel, from all the religious orders of the land--Presbyterians, Methodists, Baptists, &c. &c., were there, as one mighty spiritual host, assembled together, to fight the battles of the Lord. They had come up to the help of Zion.         THE GREAT MEETING AT CANERIDGE commenced on Friday before the third Lord's day of August, 1801. From the commencement the roads were literally crowded with wagons, carriages, horsemen, and people on foot; all pressing to the appointed place; till by the Sabbath day, the grove that was then open near Caneridge meeting-house, was filled with wagons, tents, and people. It was supposed that there were between twenty and thirty thousand people there. Elder [Barton W. ] Stone in his journal remarks "A particular description of this meeting would fill a large volume, and then the half would not be told," Stone's Biography pa. 38. For the sake of the present and future generations, I will attempt a faint discription.--         This was not a sectarian meeting, although it was held at a Presbyterian meeting house. Baptists, Methodists, and Presbyterians were simultaneously engaged. Perfect friendship, unanimity, and brotherly kindness prevailed. They had come together, to the help of the Lord against the mighty, and "Zion was terrible as an army with banners." The meeting lasted six days--the last sermon that was delivered on the occasion, was by a Methodist preacher, by the name of Samuel Hitt. It is known only to God, how many were converted at this meeting. There were no means, by which, even to ascertain how many professed religion. The object of the meeting was not to build up any sect or party; but to bring sinners to the Savior. When the meeting was over, the people returned to their homes and friends.--There were many there from Ohio, and some from Tennessee, and the excitement spread with the people, and the young converts joined the churches of their choice; and the good work of reformation went on with irresistible force, and appeared like carrying every thing before it. Many were fully persuaded that the glorious millennial day had commenced, and that the world would soon become the Kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ. But alas! That enemy of God and man, sectarianism, raised its hydra head, and "made war upon the saints of the most High God and overcame them," and the fair prospects of Zion were in some degree blasted. A cruel jealousy began to show itself among the leaders--some concluded that the spoils were not equally divided; others, that their craft was in danger. This engendered a disposition to draw off from each other, and the mighty army became weak by division, which always has a bad effect. If the preachers had continued in the spirit of the reformation, and all let fall their sectarian names, and united in one tremendous phalanx against sin and all unrighteousness, it is my humble opinion, that before this time, infidelity would have been driven from the world. Notwithstanding the pride and selfishness of little minded men, raised a barrier in the way of the work, and in some degree, obstructed it; yet, where the people

  … finis … …


Now, back to James Richmond whose wife is a descendant of William McCorkle, son of Alexander & “Nancy” Agnes Montgomery, last of Rowan County, NC.  Many thanks to James M. Richmond, who is married to our kin, a descendant of William McCorkle.  He has kindly given his permission for using the following work of his as part of the McCorkle Old Letters. - 


Baker Cemetery Bios., Tazewell County, IL
Isabella C. Campbell married Richard Blythe McCorkle in
Wilson County, Tennessee on the 10th of January 1811. ...Richard Blythe McCorkle was a son of William McCorkle [who was a brother to our Robert McCorkle.   The wives of thrice-maried William McCorkle were:  Margaret “Peggy” Blythe; Mattie Martha King (Mrs. John Purviance); Jenny or Jennie Graham.]


Isabel McCorkle (Mrs. Richard Blythe McCorkle)    Baker Cemetery, Washington, Illinois.
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Isabella C. Campbell, as calculated from the inscription on her gravestone, was born on the 31st of March 1796, in Lincoln County, Kentucky, of parents Joseph Campbell and Sarah [Givens] Campbell. Joseph Campbell was a soldier of the Revolution from Virginia. She had five sisters and three brothers. One of her sisters, Mary, who was called “Polly”, married James McClure and was living in a two-room log cabin in Tazewell County, Illinois prior to the arrival of Isabella and her family in October of 1830.

She married Richard Blythe McCorkle in Wilson County, Tennessee on the 10th of January 1811. Thomas Hobbs, husband of her younger sister, Sarah [Sally], was the bondsman. John Allcorn, who lived on Barton’s Creek near Lebanon, in Wilson County, performed the ceremony. From the date of birth calculations from her tombstone, it suggests that she was fourteen years and nine months of age at the time of her marriage.

Some discussion about her birth date is appropriate, as some have been lead to believe that she was born in 1792. A printed obituary, obtained from family members and reported by family researcher Clarke C. Miller on the 31st of December 1951 stated the following: “Her obituary as printed said she was b. in the State of Kentucky in 1791, was married in her 18th year [15th written in]. It said that she was 62 years old at the time of her death [76 written in].” “The John Johnson’s [her daughter Martha Olivia’s family], with whom she was living at the time of her death thought that she was older than she was.” Latina Patrick Crum, a granddaughter, wrote in June of 1924, “Isabel Campbell was born 128 years ago.” This would place her birth in 1796. Also she wrote, “Richard Blythe McCorkle was her senior by ten years.” This would also place her birth in 1796. From the above, and from her gravestone inscriptions, one can conclude that the year of her birth in her obituary was incorrect, and that she was born in the year 1796.

Her husband [Richard Blythe McCorkle, son of William McCorkle] was of Presbyterian stock, as his uncle, Rev. Samuel Eusebius McCorkle, was a noted Presbyterian minister in [Thyatira Presbyterian Church] North Carolina and helped start the University of North Carolina. Rev. Richard Blythe McCorkle had listened to the discussions of the day from men such as Walter Scott,. Barton W. Stone, and Alexander Campbell, and soon became a follower of Barton Stone, who had split from the Presbyterian Church, in order to follow the more traditional and strict interpretation of the Bible. The “Restoration Movement” was underway, the Christian Church was created, and Rev. R.B. McCorkle was active in both.

After their marriage in 1811, they moved about the region a great deal. They tried several “Utopian” societies, some of which were promoted by a wealthy individual called Robert Owen. By 1815 they were living in the “Christian Settlement” of Allison Prairie, near Lawrenceville, Illinois, with two sisters and a brother and their families, who had each married into the Berry family. By 1821 they were living in Kentucky. By 1828-29 the family had moved to Monroe County, Indiana, near Bloomington and were living at Blue Springs in an “Owenite” community. At Blue Springs twenty-seven members and their families were living on three-hundred and twenty-five acres in a group of log houses built in the form of a square, including a granary and school. And then just prior to moving to Washington, Illinois, in October of 1830 they tried the New Harmony” communal living experience for a few days, in New Harmony, Indiana. New Harmony began as a cooperative, where it thrived, but evolved into a commune, which eventually caused its demise.

A description of events that occurred just prior to the McCorkle’s departure from “New Harmony” was reported in a personal letter by Isabella’s granddaughter, Latina Louisa [Patrick] CRUM, in 1927, when Latina was 85 years of age:

“Grandmother did the making, mending, sewing, also from barks of trees colored the wool-that through the loom provided the family clothing. As she, grandmother, looked at a large roll standing by loom, she was justly proud. Presently, in came other lady of "dechex" with scissors in hand, cut off what she wanted without even a By your leave."

When grandfather came in, was told, at once he discovered it wasn't a "with your one-mind crowd." Quietly preparations were made for a removal to Illinois where grandmother's sister lived

During these years and the next few years in Washington, Illinois, she gave birth to thirteen children. They were: Martha Olivia [who married John Henry Johnson], William, Elizabeth [who married Thadeus Bowman], Eliza Jane [who married Allan Patrick, son of Revolutionary War veteran Edward Fitz Patrick of McLean County], Joseph Byram [who married Cynthia Kice], Mary Amanda [who married Eli Patrick, son of Edward Fitz Patrick], Sarah Eunice [who married John Osbourne McCord], Miles Blythe [who married Martha Lucinda Gorin, daughter of Sanford Pell Gorin], William Milton [who married (1) Mary Smith and (2) Abigail Westerman Zumwalt], Elmira [who married Cyrus J. Gibson], George Washington, Celetia Amelia [who married Alva S. Greman], and Rhoda Louise [who married Martin Henry Hornish].

In about 1847 Ibby [as she was called by her husband], her husband, her youngest son, William, and her two youngest daughters, Elmira and Rhoda Louisa, moved west across the Illinois River to Peoria, where they lived for a few years. They returned to Washington sometime after the 1850 census. Her husband passed away in 1854 in Washington, Illinois. She died on the 7th of January 1873, while she was living with the family of her eldest daughter, Mrs. John Henry Johnson. She lived on this earth seventy-six years, nine months, and seven days. She was buried beside her husband in the Baker Cemetery of Washington, Illinois.

By: James M. Richmond, ©October 2003

Marsha Huie:   --  Again, many thanks to James M. Richmond for the above information which he has kindly allowed us to use here.

Richard Blythe McCorkle, born 1786, to William McCorkle & Margaret Blythe [McCorkle].[William McCorkle was one of the children of Alexander McCorkle & Nancy “Agness” Montgomery McCorkle, immigrants to the colonies. Our ancestor Robert McCorkle married as his 1st wife Elizabeth Blythe, a sister to Margaret Blythe.]  Reverend James Blythe married. Elizabeth King and produced (1) Mrs. William McCorkle, née Margaret Blythe; and (2) Mrs. Robert McCorkle, nee Elizabeth “Lizzie” Blythe.

The following is again the work of James M. Richmond, not Marsha Huie, except for Marsha’s comments in brackets:

Richard Blythe McCorkle was the second born son of William McCorkle and Margaret Blythe. He was born in the Salisbury District of Rowan County, North Carolina on the 17th day of November 1786. His mother [“Peggy” Margaret BLYTHE] was the daughter of Rev. James Blythe and Elizabeth King, who were among the earliest settlers of Rowan County. His father was one of ten children born to Alexander McCorkle [a patriot of the Revolution] and Nancy [Agnes] Montgomery.

When Blythe, as Richard was called when he was young, was no more than two years of age his parents, with Blythe’s brother, Samuel Montgomery McCorkle, moved from North Carolina across the mountains to Fayette County, Virginia [now Kentucky, near Lexington], where they were “admitted” to the Walnut Hill Presbyterian Church, on 2nd day of June of 1788. The obvious migration route from Rowan County would have been over the rugged “Wilderness Road” and through the Cumberland Gap. They had many narrow escapes here from hostile natives, and were required to live in a fort, to keep their weapons at the ready, and to be on watch day and night.

The Blythe grandparents also made the move and were also members of Walnut Hill. [Note:  The following is our, Marsha Cope Huie’s, ancestor, Robert McCorkle.] Blythe’s uncle, Robert McCorkle, who had married Blythe’s mother’s sister, Elizabeth Blythe, also was a member of Walnut Hill, along with his wife. And a second uncle, Joseph, was also admitted at the same time as Blythe’s parents.

The following year, in October of 1789, Blythe’s sister, Asenath McCorkle was born in the wilderness of Fayette County. Asenath was an Egyptian name meaning “gift of the sun-god”. She was named after this Egyptian goddess, mentioned in the Bible. Within a few years Blythe and his family moved south to Tennessee, probably to escape the Indian unrest of the area.

On the 2nd of October 1793 Blythe’s father [William McCorkle] paid $37.50 to James Wilson for thirty acres of land on the waters of “Station Camp Creek” in Sumner County, Tennessee, north of Nashville. Station Camp Creek flows south through Sumner County and empties into the Cumberland River a few miles south of Gallatin, Tennessee.

The same year, 1793, Blythe and his family were present during the organization of the Shiloh Presbyterian Church, in Sumner County [near Gallatin]. Rev. William McGee from the Muhlenburg Presbytery organized this church in 1793, and it soon became active in the Great Revival. Within about a year Blythe’s mother passed away, leaving three small children aged 6, 8 and 9. She was buried in the King Cemetery, near Gallatin. The cemetery is also known as the Old Shiloh Presbyterian Church Cemetery.  

Also a member of the Shiloh Church was Jane Purviance,

[Marsha Huie adds: There is a problem here.  I think “Mattie” Martha King, the widow of John Purviance, [the one who was scalped in 1792], is being confused with the mother;  it was Jane [Wasson) Purviance was the mother of the poor, scalped John Purviance. 

[Martha King, née “Mattie” Martha King , Mattie or Martha King became Mrs. John Purviance [wife of the scalped one]; then Mrs. William McCorkle.  It was the mother of John Purviance, Jr., who was named JANE: Mary Jane Wasson (wife of “Colonel” Lt. John Purviance, Sr.]   --Martha King became Mrs. Purviance, then Mrs. William McCorkle.  --  --  ----  Or was perchance the wife of John Purviance, Jr., née Martha JANE King (later Mrs. John Purviance, Jr.) (then Mrs. William McCorkle)?] I don’t think so    ]  ,

 a widow [the mother of?] of John Purviance, who had been shot, scalped, and left weltering in his own blood by the Indians in Sumner County in May of 1792. She was so near the murder that she could hear the savage yells. Friends prevented her from attempting to stop the attack and restrained her from preventing his demise. The couple’s only child, a daughter, was born a few months later.

[It was John Purviance son of John Purviance & Mary Jane Wasson Purviance who had been scalped; not Colonel Lt. John Purviance, Sr., whose wife was Jane Wasson (Purviance), actually Mary Jane Wasson.]

Blythe’s father, William McCorkle, married his second wife, Jane [No; unless the 2nd wife’s name was MARTHA Jane King. I thought  the 2nd wife’s name was “Mattie” Martha King] Purviance] in Sumner County on Christmas Day, 1794. In October of 1796 Blythe’s father [William McCorkle] was commissioned a Lieutenant in the Sumner County Militia. In about the same year Blythe’s half brother, Miles McCorkle was born in Sumner County. Miles McCorkle later became a successful Lebanon physician and Tennessee state legislator.

In April of 1799 Blythe’s father again was again met with sadness, as his second wife passed away [Martha ?Jane? King Purviance/McCorkle]. She also was buried in the Shiloh Presbyterian Church Cemetery. [Elmira Sloan McCorkle Roache said no, Mattie King McCorkle was buried in a “rude grave” between NC and Middle Tennessee.  --Elmira Sloan McCorkle Roache wrote her nephew James Scott McCorkle otherwise.  Elmira said William McCorkle’s 2nd wife Mattie Martha King (widow Purviance) McCorkle was buried in a “rude grave” on her trek between Rowan Co., NC, and Middle Tennessee]  Blythe was now about thirteen years of age. His brother was about fourteen, his younger sister was ten, and his half-brother was about three.

            [Marsha Huie:  Our old letter from Elmira Sloan McCorkle Roache to her nephew James Scott McCorkle, M.D., in Newbern, Tennessee, says that her uncle William McCorkle’s 2nd wife died on her way to or from North Carolina and was buried by the roadside in what was then wilderness, in a rude grave.]

Blythe’s father [WILLIAM McCORKLE, brother to our ancestor Robert McCorkle] married, in Sumner County, a third time on June 9, 1800. He married Jenny Graham, who was about thirty years of age at the time. During the next ten years she gave birth to John, Amelia, and Blanche Locke McCorkle. Blythe now had a brother, a sister, two half-brothers, and two half-sisters.

Three years later on the 5th of December 1803 William McCorkle sold his property in Sumner County and moved a few miles south to Rutherford County where he settled on a farm “on the north side of the Main East Fork of Stones River”.  [Marsha writes:  I’m so glad to get this location. I didn’t know it.  --It was William McCorkle and his brother Robert McCorkle who inherited their father’s Revolutionary War land grant in Rutherford County; see the will of Alexander McCorkle, who died 1800 in Rowan County, NC, and is buried Thyatira Presbyterian Cemetery there.]

The Great Western Revival religious movement began in 1800 and reached its crest in about 1803. The primary areas of this movement were in Tennessee and Kentucky. On the weekends in May and June of 1801 there were a series of revival meetings near Lexington, Kentucky where as many as 10,000 people attended just one of the meetings. Barton W. Stone emerged from these meetings as a leader of a splinter group that formed the Christian Church . All of these happenings were followed by Blythe’s father [WILLIAM McCORKLE, brother to our Robert McCorkle] and led him in his last years to begin preaching. Young Blythe, no doubt, was influenced by the religious background of his family and of the religious events of the day that were sounded by Stone.

At the age of twenty-four Richard Blythe McCorkle began his married life when he married Isabella C. Campbell, daughter of Joseph Campbell and Sarah Givens of Lincoln County, Kentucky. They were married in Wilson County, Tennessee on the 10th of January 1811.

During the next twenty years Blythe and Ibby, as he called his wife, moved about the country a great deal and tried a number of “utopian” societies. It is likely that their brothers and/or sisters and their families moved with Blythe and Ibby to these experimental cooperatives, communes, or settlements of one type or another.

They were at the “Christian Settlement” at Allison Prairie, near Lawrenceville in about 1815, and in 1821 were in Kentucky. They lived at the Blue Springs “Owenite” Harmony community near Bloomington, Indiana up until about1830; then they were living at “New Harmony”, Indiana for a few days, before moving to Washington in Tazewell County, Illinois in October of 1830. Here in Washington, Blythe started the Christian Church and became a successful farmer on land located in Sections 10, 11, and 15 of Washington Township. Blythe was also a private in the company Captain Charles Dorsey of Tazewell County, Illinois in 1831 during the Black Hawk War.

When Blythe’s father [William McCorkle, brother to our ancestor Robert McCorkle] passed away in Rutherford County, Tennessee in about 1818, Blythe inherited a slave known as “Micah”. Micah was of the same age as Blythe, and the boys grew up together. Blythe did not believe in slavery, so he set Micah free. However, Micah did not want to go, and so he stayed with “Mr. Richard” and his family as they moved about the frontier. Micah was with Blythe and Ibby when they joined Ibby’s sister and husband, Polly and Jim McClure, in Holland’s Grove in October of 1830. And he helped build the McCorkle’s first home in Tazewell County [Illinois].

The wanderlust of Blythe and Ibby did not stop in Washington, as in 1847, with their family of 13 children mostly grown and on their own, Blythe and Ibby moved across the Illinois River to the city of Peoria. Here they lived for a few years, prior to moving back to Washington, where he came to rest on the 11th day of February 1854.

By: James M. Richmond, ©October 2003

George Washington McCorkle,

George Washington McCorkle was born in Illinois [probably Washington, Illinois] on the 3rd of February 1833
to parents Richard Blythe McCorkle and Isabella [
Campbell] McCorkle. He was one of five boys in a family containing eight sisters.

He moved with his parents from Washington, Illinois to Peoria, Illinois in about 1847, when he was fourteen years of age. At the time of the 1850 census in Peoria he was enumerated with his parents and was listed as a “Carpenter” for his profession.

Washington McCorkle, as he was known, died on the 16th day of September 1850 when he was seventeen years, seven months and eight days old.

By: James M. Richmond, ©October 2003


Sarah Eunice McCorkle,

Sarah Eunice McCorkle was born on the 23rd of March 1823 to Rev. Richard Blythe McCorkle and Isabella [Campbell] McCorkle. She was one of eight daughters born to a family containing thirteen children.

She married John Osbourne McCord on February 12, 1845 in Tazewell County, Illinois. She died seven days later at the age of twenty-one years, eleven months, and twenty-seven days. She was buried in the Baker cemetery of Washington, Illinois, where her parents and other family members were later buried.

By: James M. Richmond, ©October 2003


Children of Joseph Byram McCorkle

Four children of Joseph Byram McCorkle and Cythia Ann Kice were buried in the Baker Cemetery.

James Lafayette McCorkle, also known as Charles Lafayette McCorkle, son of Joseph Byram McCorkle and Cynthia Ann [Kice] McCorkle, a native of Augusta Co., VA, was born on the 15th of December 1841 and died in his first year, on the 17th of March 1842.

Laura J. McCorkle was born on the 16th day of April 1851 to parents Joseph Byram McCorkle and Cynthia Ann [Kice] McCorkle.

And an infant daughter, who died on the 30th of April 1846, was also buried in the Baker Cemetery.

And the fourth child was of unknown name and sex, but died on 23 April 1844 at the age of two years, eleven months.

Their father, Joseph Byram McCorkle, was born in Lawrence County, Illinois, and then as a young boy, settled in 1830 on a farm a few miles north of Washington, Illinois with his parents Rev. Richard Blythe McCorkle and his wife Isabella [Campbell] McCorkle. Joseph B. McCorkle was a farmer for several years and marketed farm products at Fort Dearborn, now Chicago. After moving to Washington County in 1848, he began to build wagons with a successful business. Began preaching in about 1860, was a successful evangelist in the Church of Christ, and organized in 1872 the Christian Church at Roanoke in Woodford County, Illinois. During his public ministry he baptized over one thousand persons.

This McCorkle family had eleven siblings. They included: Josephine Maria, Laura J., Richard H., Mary E., Orpha J., Eunice A., Cyrus B., James Lafayette, and Z. A. McCorkle. There was also an infant sister, and another child of unknown sex, both of whom died young.

They were buried in the Baker Cemetery of Washington, Illinois, with their grandparents.

By: James M. Richmond, ©October 2003


Pension List
Pvt John Purviance, NC Cont'l Cav,
23 Oct 1833, 71. Pvt Howell Sellers, SC Cont'l, 02 May 1833, 72. Pvt James Turley, VA Militia, 16 Mar 1833, 72 ... -



Again, many thanks to James M. Richmond.


[End of Chapter Ten]



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