Sketches Of

Tennessee's Pioneer Baptist Preachers


(pages 315 - 316)

Elder Peter Kuhn was born in Pennsylvania December 1, 1793, and came with his parents to Washington County, Tenn., at an early period in the settlement of the state. Having lived in this county a number, of years he moved to Sullivan County, where he spent most of his ministerial life. He was twice married and reared a considerable family, but the children, I am told, moved west and south, and perhaps none of them are now living. For many years he was a member of Muddy Creek Church, being also pastor of the church for a good many years. He was also pastor of Rocky Point Church in Sullivan County for a long time: Elder Kuhn went far and near to attend and hold revival meetings; his gifts were in that
direction. He was an evangelist rather than a pastor. He preached the gospel in the demonstration of the Spirit and in power, and his preaching was effective in winning the lost to the Saviour. Like many other preachers of his day, his education was limited and most of his preparation for the pulpit was made between the plow handles, or while laboring in some way with his hands to support himself and family. Brother Kuhn, I am told, "had a sunny disposition, was a good singer, was well reported of by his neighbors, was a good man, and enjoyed the confidence and esteem of all who knew him." He  lived to a good old age, making his exit from life as he neared the seventy-eighth milestone on the journey, and his body was laid to rest in the graveyard of the old Muddy Creek Church. His grave is marked by a neat tombstone bearing the inscription: "Elder Peter Kuhn, born December 1, 1793; died November 15, 1871. For forty years he was a faithful preacher of the gospel."


Burnett, J .J.  Sketches of  Tennessee's Pioneer Baptist Preachers.  Nashville, Tenn.:  Press of Marshall & Bruce Company, 1919.


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