|Birth: ||Dec. 12, 1823|
|Death: ||Jan. 30, 1873|
New Jersey, USA
Rev. William M. Whitehead, M. U., Chaplain Ninety-Seventh Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers.
William M. Whitehead was born December 12, 1823, in Philadelphia. In early years he experienced strong religious convictions, and at the age of sixteen was baptized at Kaighn's Point.
After some preparatory training he entered Madison University, N. Y., in 1844, where a remarkable deepening of his religious convictions occurred.
His ordination to the work of the ministry took place in the Calvary Church in 1850. The Beulah Church, Chester County, was the scene of his earliest ministerial labors.
In 1852, he assumed the charge of the Frankford Church, where he labored seven years with great acceptance.
In 1858, he removed to Great Valley Baptist, Chester County as the 17th pastor of that church. This pastorate he resigned after four years, to accept the chaplaincy of the 97th Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers, November, 1861. He continued with the Regiment during most of the year 1862. His health becoming impaired, he resigned and was honorably discharged, August 20, 1862.
In April, 1863, he settled in McKeesport, Allegheny County, Pa. Here he became endeared to many. In 1866, he accepted the call of the New Britain Church, in the eastern section of the State. A growing family and an inadequate salary prompted him to pursue a course of medical studies preparatory to practice in the healing art, He entered, in 1871, upon his joint duties as pastor and physician in Woodbury, N. J. He had at intervals suffered from a return of chronic diarrhea contracted in the service. This now increasing, he was prostrated on a bed of pain; after Lingering many months he died, January 30. 1873 and was Buried at Great Valley Church.
From the "History of the Ninety-seventh regiment, Pennsylvania volunteer infantry", By Isaiah Price.
Courtesy of findagrave contributor Dan Oh:
Daily Local News, West Chester, Chester County, Pa
February 6, 1874
INTERMENT- Wm. M. Whitehead, M.D., late pastor, alternately, of the Radnor Baptist Church, and formerly pastor of Great Valley Baptist Church, died after a long illness, and his remains were interred on Monday, February 2d, from his late residence, Camden, New Jersey. He was a very active member of the Wayne Lyceum about one year ago, and about that time he studied Homeopathic medicine and practiced at Wayne, and resided close by. We are told that consumption was the cause of death.
Great Valley Baptist Church Cemetery
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Record added: Apr 19, 2012
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