|Birth: ||May 3, 1812|
South Carolina, USA
|Death: ||Oct. 25, 1844|
Rev. Joseph McCrery [the name is often misspelled McCreary] was the son of Joseph McCrery & Mary Boggs. He attended school in Abbeville, SC and Oxford, OH, where he graduated in 1834. Then he attended the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Seminary in Allegheny, PA. He was licensed to preach in 1838 and did missionary work in FL, GA, AL & IN before accepting the pastorate of Bethel ARP Church in Oak Hill, AL in 1839. He was a victim of the "Lucy Walker" steamboat disaster on the Ohio River on October 23, 1844, while returning from a meeting of Synod in KY. He died October 25, 1844 and was buried in New Albany, IN. The "Lucy Walker Steamship Burials" number is 295.
Rev. Joseph McCrery & Mary Bonner were married in AL in 1839 and were parents of 3 children: Mary Ann Bonner McCrery; William Hemphill McCrery; Josephine Lee McCrery.
"Christian Magazine of the South II (December, 1844), 381-382.
It becomes our duty to announce the death of the Rev. Joseph McCreary of the Alabama Presbytery and William Watt, Esq. of Starkville, Miss., which occurred on the 23rd of October on the Ohio River, a few miles below Portland. These brethren, in company with
the Rev. James M. Young of Dallas County, Alabama; Rev. David Pressly of Starkville, Miss.; Rev. John Wilson and lady of Tipton, Tenn. and Wm. R. McCain, Elder of Mr. Wilson embarked on board the Lucy Walker [a steamboat] on Wednesday afternoon, on their return from Synod, which had closed its session in Jessamine Co., Kentucky the Thursday preceding--and in less than an hour afterwards, the three boilers burst with horrific effect, dealing death and destruction around.
...From a letter of Mr. Wilson (who escaped unhurt), in the Protestant and Herald [an another steamboat], written the 26th October, at New Albany, Indiana, we learn the result of this awful catastrophe to our friends was -- the death of Mr. Watt and Mr. McCreary, the former being killed instantly, the latter dying shortly after he was taken to a house--the infliction of wounds upon Messrs. Young, McCain, and Pressly--the two former being badly injured, the latter having his hands badly scalded. The wounded were taken by Capt. Durham to New Albany, five miles up the river on the Indiana side, where they were kindly treated by the hospitable citizens."
Mary Bonner McCrery (1818 - 1918)*
Mary Ann Bonner McCrery Blackmon (1840 - 1867)*
William Hemphill McCrery (1842 - 1893)*
Josephine Lee McCrery Bradley (1844 - 1894)*
Maintained by: Eric Wood
Originally Created by: Michael Edd Bonner
Record added: Aug 21, 2012
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