Sketches Of

Tennessee's Pioneer Baptist Preachers


(pages 397 - 398)

Bethel Church, Sevier County, "met in regular session. October, fourth Saturday, 1836. Item: "Examined Brothel William Ogle touching his call to the ministry and the principles of his faith, and were satisfied, and set him apart for ordination on the fourth Saturday of November following, and chose Brethren Eli Roberts, Johnson Adams, Daniel Layman and Andrew Connatser to act as a presbytery." This event was in answer to the prayers of his mother and other devout women who lived many miles from a Baptist church. Sevierville Church (the Forks of Pigeon then), fourteen miles distant. was the nearest church to the Ogles at that time, and the ancestors of William Ogle wended their way to and from this church, Saturdays and Sundays, carrying their shoes in their hands But the praying mother of William Ogle wanted o church and a preacher, after her own heart, nearer home; and to consult the Lord about the matter, held prayer meetings, with other good women, in a laurel grove, for years; then got her answer. William Ogle was distinctly a mountain preacher, who "preached the gospel to the poor" with little remuneration. "Brother Ogle was a preacher of ability and of good address in the pulpit" (J. Russell). He was an uncle of Richard Evans, another famous mountain preacher. The Ogles are a numerous and widely scattered family, and many of them Baptist preachers of ability.


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


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