Tennessee's Pioneer Baptist Preachers
Elder Samuel Calison was born in Grainger County, Tennessee, in the year 1823. He died in October, 1898, and was buried in the Calison and Hammer family graveyard, two miles west of Central Point Church, Grainger County. He was pastor of Central Point, Blue Spring, Indian Ridge, Little Valley, Blackwell's Branch, and other churches. He spent much of his time holding meetings. He believed in and enjoyed "oldtime religion," and was a preacher of that type. He was successful in revival meetings. He was an associate, in revival meeting work, of Elder J. S. Greenlee, and it was given to them to witness in their meetings hundreds of conversions and baptisms. His labors were in Grainger and surrounding counties, and lie was a "great power in the hands of God in building up the Baptist cause in that part of the country. He was a man of deep piety and great earnestness. Many will bless him in time and eternity for his influence upon their lives."
He was married to Miss Sarah Gilmore, of his native county, and to this union were born three daughters and one son. Two of his daughters, Mrs. Lavena Biddle and Mrs. Roxena McSpadden, survive him.
Burnett, J .J. Sketches of Tennessee's Pioneer Baptist Preachers. Nashville, Tenn.: Press of Marshall & Bruce Company, 1919.
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