|Birth: ||Mar. 24, 1827|
|Death: ||Feb. 27, 1889|
BENJAMIN W. McDONNOLD, son of Martha Bates McDonnold and Thomas K. McDonnold, was born March 24, 1827, in Overton county, Tennessee.
Dr. McDonnold was the third President of Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tennessee and the author of History of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.
Dr. McDonnold began preparation for the ministry at an early age. It's rumored that he studied at night by the light of pine-knots and at the "plough handle" by day.
After ordination, he traveled as an evangelist one season with Rev. Collins J. Bradley, holding meetings over West Tennessee. In 1847, he went to Princeton, Kentucky, to college and graduated in 1849. He was then elected Professor of Mathematics in Bethel Seminary (a school affiliated with the Cumberland Presbyterian Church), and taught one year. He next went to Philadelphia as successor Dr. Porter. Dr. McDonnold's health failed due to his schedule and level of activity and he returned to the South to attempt to recover from his illness. While there in 1852 he married a Alice Bina Watkins (also listed as Margaret Albina Watkins by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church) in Kentucky. He recovered enough to resume teaching mathematics in Bethel College to about 1859. Shortly after, he was offered and accpeted the the chair of Pastoral Theology in Cumberland University and moved to Lebanon in 1860. When the Civil War closed the college halls, he became pastor of the Cumberland Presbyterian church at Lebanon, after which he became a chaplain in the Confederate army remained so until the end of the war.
Following the Civil War he became President of Bethel College for one year. He resigned and took the pastorate of the church at Lebanon. In 1866, he was became President of Cumberland University and served until 1873. He continued to reside in Lebanon after re signing his post continuing evangelistic work in Texas, Caifornia, and Pennsylvania.
His complete history, written by his contemporaries can be found at the website Benjamin Wilburn McDonnold 1827 - 1889 Cumberland Presbyterian Minister. Much of the information for this memorial page was found at that location.
He was seen by his contemporaries as a distinguished scholar, educator, preacher, evangelist, and writer. At the request of the Church Board of Publication he accepted the task of writing a History of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, a publication still available to this day free of charge on the web History of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. He died at his home on North Cumberland Street in Lebanon February 27, 1889.
He is buried with his mother, Martha Bates McDonnold, wife Alice and his son Linn Wayne McDonnold
Dr. McDonnald was the oldest child of Thomas K. McDonnold and Martha Bates.
Dr. McDonnold and Alice Bina Watkins McDonnold had four Children:
I. Reed McDonnold. (The Cumberland Presbyterian Church lists this child as Reid, the third child of Benjamin and Alice born in 1868)
II. Hugh Wilburn McDonnold, b. 1857, d. July 25, 1907.
III. Linn Wayne McDonnold, b. February 04, 1860, d. September 24, 1873.
IV. Melle McDonnold, b. February 25, 1872, d. July 04, 1894.
Thomas K McDonnold (1796 - 1860)
Martha Bates McDonnold (1807 - 1878)
Alice Bina Watkins McDonnold (1836 - 1906)
Hugh Wilburn McDonnold (1857 - 1907)*
Melle McDonnold Howard (1872 - 1894)*
Cedar Grove Cemetery
Created by: Mark McDonald
Record added: Dec 28, 2007
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