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Rev Joseph Brainard Muse
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Birth: Jul. 10, 1848
Oktibbeha County
Mississippi, USA
Death: Oct. 24, 1920
Greenwood County
South Carolina, USA

My great-grandfather, Joseph Brainard Muse was born near Starkville, Mississippi on July 10th 1848. His parents were Robert Muse and Jane (née McKell) Muse. Joseph Muse educational advantages were good,—at a classical school in Starkville, Mississippi. In 1868, he entered Erskine College in Due West, South Carolina and graduated in the class of 1870. Shortly after, he entered Erskine Theological Seminary, joining the Second Presbytery at Due West in the spring of 1871. Rev. Joseph Muse was licensed by the Presbytery at Cannons Creek A.R.P. church in Newberry, South Carolina on September 7th 1872.

On September 25th 1872 at the Cedar Springs Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, Joseph B. Muse married Miss Nina Estelle Devlin, a daughter of James J. and Mary A. Devlin of Cedar Springs, S.C. The result of this union was eight children:
Lois Atlanta Muse Kerr (1873-1942)
Annie Coral Muse Lyons (1875-1955)
Janie Blanche Muse Smith (1876-1963)
Minnie Myrtle Muse (1879-1960)
Robert Lowry Muse (1881-1911)
Mary Devlin Muse Elvington (1886-1915)
Joseph Pressly Muse (1888-1968){my grandfather}
Sarah Eunice Muse Kibler (1891-1911)

Rev. Muse first pastoral labors were in Atlanta, Georgia. He was then assigned to Tennessee Presbytery at the A.R.P. churches of Blanche and Prosperity in November 1874; where he was ordained and installed as pastor over these churches by the Tennessee Presbytery. Here he labored faithfully for about eight years, when he resigned his charge —in 1882. The Muse family moved back to Abbeville County, South Carolina near Cedar Springs, in the bounds of the Second Presbytery and Rev. Muse preached at neighboring churches as opportunity were offered, though largely devoting his time to farming for a livelihood.

Around 1900 to 1915, Rev. Muse lived in Due West, South Carolina and owned a boarding house for students & faculty from Erskine College. During this time he continue to be active supplying near by A.R.P. churches with their congregational needs.

Rev. Joseph B. Muse died Sunday morning, October 24th 1920 at his home on Oak Street in Greenwood, South Carolina. He was buried the next morning in the Muse Family plot at Cedar Springs A.R.P. Church; Rev. Francis Young Pressly officiating.

Family links: 
  Robert Muse (1817 - 1903)
  Jane McKell Muse (1821 - 1888)
  Nina Estelle Devlin Muse (1853 - 1941)*
  Lois Atlanta Muse Kerr (1873 - 1942)*
  Annie Coral Muse Lyon (1875 - 1955)*
  Janie Blanche Muse Smith (1876 - 1963)*
  Minnie Myrtle Muse (1879 - 1960)*
  Robert Lowry Muse (1881 - 1911)*
  Mary Devlin Muse Elvington (1887 - 1915)*
  Joseph Pressly Muse (1888 - 1968)*
  Sarah Eunice Muse Kibler (1891 - 1911)*
  William McKell Muse (1845 - 1845)*
  Jane McKell Muse (1847 - 1922)*
  Joseph Brainard Muse (1848 - 1920)
  Elizabeth Bell Muse Alston (1850 - 1924)*
  Rebecca Muse Williams (1852 - 1902)*
  William Montgomery Muse (1855 - 1867)*
  Infant Muse (1857 - 1857)*
  Mary Muse Alston (1858 - 1938)*
*Calculated relationship

"To live in hearts we leave
behind is not to die."

Note: Death date on headstone is the date of burial.
Cedar Springs A.R.P. Church Cemetery
Cedar Springs
Abbeville County
South Carolina, USA
Plot: Muse
Created by: GMG
Record added: Nov 29, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 62308968
Rev Joseph Brainard Muse
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Rev Joseph Brainard Muse
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Rev Joseph Brainard Muse
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