Sketches Of

Tennessee's Pioneer Baptist Preachers


(pages 335 - 336)

John William Livingstone was born in Wilkes County, N. C., March 27, 1831. He was the son of Elder Cornelius Livingstone, a useful and beloved minister of North Carolina. He was married December 28, 1853; in 1860 was ordained to the ministry, and in the year 1878 he left his native state and came to East Tennessee, locating in Greene County. He traveled over several counties in upper East Tennessee as a missionary evangelist, preaching and organizing Sunday schools, looking after the interests of weak and backward churches, helping pastors in special meetings. His labors were mostly in Greene and Cocke counties, where he is affectionately remembered by many of the old people. He died near Corcord Church, in Greene County, in 1888.

His grandson, Brother D. N. Livingstone, pastor Gillespie Avenue Church, Knoxville, in a personal letter, makes this statement, which I add as a sort of postscript to my imperfect sketch of a worthy and self-sacrificing preacher of the gospel: "I have just had the pleasure of holding a meeting at Warrensburg, where my grandfather held a meeting before I was born. I was also called to Shelby, N. C., for a meeting, where my great-grandfather was pastor for several years."


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


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