Raccoon John Smith
Frontier Kentucky's Most Famous Preacher
Publication Year: 2005
Published by: The University Press of Kentucky
Series: Religion in the South
I would like to express my appreciation to the following individuals, whose advice and/or assistance I found invaluable in bringing this work to completion: James Tramel of the Words’n’Stuff Book Store of Van Lear, Kentucky; Karen Daniels, Patricia Patton, Esther Titlow, Lee Pack, Mary Ann Runyon, ...
Elder John Smith, early nineteenth-century minister of the United Baptists and the Disciples of Christ in Wayne, Montgomery, Bath, and Scott counties, Kentucky, and Audrain County, Missouri, is said to have hated his popular nickname “Raccoon John” almost as badly as Lincoln despised being called Honest Abe. ...
1. The Fatherland
The headwaters of Virginia’s historic James River lie to the central west of the state near its border with present West Virginia, in the county of Botetourt. In the latter days of British colonial rule in America and the early years of the United States, Botetourt County, Virginia, comprised not only its own present territory ...
2. Training in Christianity
By the spring of John Smith’s eleventh year a relative peace had descended on the Holston Valley. More settlers were pouring in from both the northeast and southeast, the Baptist and Methodist religious communities were stable and even prospering in a small way, the older Smith boys were ready to marry off and raise families ...
3. Stages on Life's Way
Cercis canadensis, most commonly known as the American redbud, is for most of the year one of the most unprepossessing little trees to be found in the hills of the American southeast. Like its European and western Asian cousin Cercis siliquastrum, it is also called the Judas tree, from the old legend that Judas Iscariot ...
4. Sickness Unto Death
Though picking through the facts of John Smith’s early life with a fine-tooth comb has been essential to our purposes thus far, we should be careful of judging him too harshly on the basis of our discoveries. If his modest but increased patronage-based advancement within the General Union structure ...
5. Truth, and a Living
The site where the historic Lulbegrud United Baptist Church once stood is located near the dividing ridge between Hinkston and Lulbegrud Creeks, approximately two miles off U.S. Highway 60 just west of Mt. Sterling, Kentucky, at the edge of a community now known as Reid’s Village and on a small country road ...
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6. Why I Make Use of This Newspaper
Charles Dickens once wrote of the best of times and the worst of times, the age of wisdom and the age of foolishness, the epoch of belief and the epoch of incredulity, the season of light and the season of darkness, the spring of hope and the winter of despair. ...
7. The Attack Upon Christendom, Part I: The Moment
American religious historian and scholar Robert Fuller once made some observations that every historian, historical novelist, biographer, and even the casual reader of history should consider. History, he notes, is both descriptive and interpretive. As an academic discipline belonging to the humanities, ...
8. The Attack Upon Christendom, Part II: This Has to Be Said
Andrew Jackson was elected to the presidency of the United States in the fall of 1828. He took office on March 4, 1829, and after the Great Defender of the American Common Man was safely ensconced in the White House and the Campbell movement became firmly entrenched within North District Association, ...
9. The Repetition
Though we could resume the thread of Raccoon John Smith’s life at almost any point after the Stone-Campbell union on New Year’s Day 1832, for our purposes Tuesday, November 14, 1843, is as good a date as any and perhaps a better one than most. We know as much or more about that specific day ...
10. A Concluding Unscientific Postscript
As both America’s Era of Good Feeling and Alexander Campbell’s sweet dream of a Messianic Age built on the foundations of his Restored Gospel quietly passed away with a whimper in the midst of the northern and southern sectional strifes that would lead finally to the Civil War, ...