Name: Thomas Ketchin
Reference Number: 820
Birth: 03 MAR 1786 in Howgate, Midlothian County, Scotland 1 2
Census: ( 54/174) age 56, Margaret 50, Preacher Suceder 16 AUG 1850 Winnsboro, Fairfield, South Carolina, USA 3
Burial: Shiloh ARP Church Cemetery Shiloh, Lancaster, South Carolina, USA
Note: Side 1 - The Shiloh / Congregation / and other friends / erect this / monument / to the memory / of their / former Pastor / Rev. Thos. Ketchin / Side 2 - Distinguished / for energy, abundant labors / and true / Christian courtesy / Side 3 - He was chiefly / instrumental / in the Union / of the Associate / and / Associate Reformed / Presbyterian / South / Side 4 - Born in Hewgate / Scotland / and died at / Knob Creek, N. C. / Sept, 26, 1855. Aged about 70 years / 4
Occupation: Pastor, Shiloh Presbyterian Church (Associate/Seceder and ARP) BET DEC 1821 AND MAY 1839 Shiloh, Lancaster, South Carolina, USA
Death: 26 SEP 1855 in Knob Creek, Cleveland, North Carolina, USA 1
Thomas Ketchin, 56, Scotland
Margaret, 50, Fairfield County, SC
Robert, 19, Lancaster Co, SC
Tirzah, 16, "
William, 13, "
James, 10, "
Pastor of Bethel ARP 1840-1852
Thomas Ketchen was born in the village of Howgate Midlothain Co., Scotland either on March 3rd or 8th 1786. At 11 after attending school he served as shepherd boy each alternate day with Robert Cranstonege.
He entered Edinburg University. Three sessions were spent there. He then entered the Divinity Hall of his denomination the Associate Anti Burgher under Prof Paxton a learned and eloquent diviner he was granted July 19, 1815 after a rigorous examination. His first work was on Strowsa one of the Orkney Isles. Urged by his Presbytery to accept a call made out for him there that year he declined a y 3 1820 appointed him to go to Nova Scotia Canada or the States of America.
Landing at Halifax NS an invitation was extended him by the Scotch Church to remain with them. This he declined and landing at New York passed into the Philadelphia Presbytery Associate and was ordained by this court December 7 1820. During that winter we infer he supplied New Lebanon West Virginia and Shiloh Lancaster Co., SC, as calls were presented from both these charges in the spring of 1821. The latter was accepted and his installation occurred December 1821. His field Shiloh and Neely s Creek was large containing in 1821 one hundred and twenty four families and two hundred and thirty members.
Having labored faithfully he was led March 28 1832 to decline the authority of the Associate Synod because of her recent act on slavery. After negotiations with the First Presbytery he and his Shiloh charge Neelys Creek declining were admitted into the ARP Church Apri l7 1834. About 1840 he began stated supply of Winnsboro, Fairfield County, SC and Perry's Church Lancaster Co., SC. Installed pastor of the former March 8 1844 his official connection ceased April 20 1852. Removing from thence to Cleveland County NC, he preached at Knob Creek and other points. Here while preparing a sermon he was smitten with a fatal malady Sept 26, 1855. His remains were reinterred at Shiloh.
Father Ketchen was twice married first to Miss Mary Mcilwaine, on February 23, 1823. From this union the following children were born:
- Margaret who died in infancy.
- Ella who married James Cathcart and moved to Illinois in the 1850s
- Mary who married Charlie [should be William John Stavely] Cathcart and likewise moved to Illinois.
- Tirzah who married Henry Laurens Elliott
- Robert Simpson who married Priscilla Boyd
- William Witherspoon who married Hattie McMaster
- James Cathcart who was killed in the Civil War
His second marriage was to Miss Margaret Beaty on August 17, 1841.
Though well indoctrinated and mighty in the Scriptures his forte, says Dr James Boyce, was at the head of the communion table, where he seemed to lay out his whole power. It was wonderful to see the power with which he expatiated upon a Saviour's love to witness the fluency and animated declaration with which his enkindled mind discharged itself upon the communicants seated at the table before him and upon a delightful audience. When we saw that countenance kindled up with expressiveness and love to Christ and him crucified together with his promises portrayed to his people, we were tempted to think that whatever the Lord's table and the sacramental occasion may have been to others under his administration, they were to him a Bethel the house of God and the gate of heaven.
Father: William Ketchin b: BET 1720 AND 1760 in Howgate, Midlothian County, Scotland
Mary Ann Christine McIlwaine b: 02 APR 1799 in South Carolina, USA
- William Witherspoon Ketchin Sr. b: 08 DEC 1836 in Lancaster County, South Carolina, USA
- James Cathcart Ketchin b: ABT 1839 in Lancaster County, South Carolina, USA
- Margaret L. Ketchin b: 02 OCT 1828 in Lancaster County, South Carolina, USA
- Tirzah Christine Ketchin b: 11 OCT 1833 in Lancaster County, South Carolina, USA
- Ella Janet Ketchin b: 24 JAN 1824 in South Carolina, USA
- Mary Ann Ketchin b: 14 OCT 1826 in South Carolina, USA
- Robert Simpson Ketchin Sr. b: 17 JAN 1831 in Lancaster County, South Carolina, USA
Margaret Beaty b: 30 JUN 1791 in Ireland
17 AUG 1841
in South Carolina, USA 1 5
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