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Rev Samuel J. Kretsinger
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Birth: Oct. 19, 1813
Shenandoah County
Virginia, USA
Death: Mar. 1, 1878
Douglas County
Kansas, USA

Samuel's life was one of fire and brimstone, and perhaps ultimately redemption on the lonely roads of a preacher/circuit rider in Douglas County, Kansas so many years ago. He was one of twelve children born to George Kretsinger and Dorothea "Dolley" Eckenberger. His parents lived on their farm in Maryland, but about 1810 moved to the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia where Samuel was born. According to a Kretsinger family monograph compiled by Betty Gilmore, George and Dolley lost their lives in a fire in their home during the summer of 1829 while trying to save their belongings and left all twelve of their children, including 16 year old Samuel, orphans. The oldest children John and Mary were in their twenties, but the younger ones were parceled out until they were of age to marry or move on. Samuel, when old enough, moved to Washington County, Maryland and became interested in the United Brethren Church and converted to that religion. He fathered a child with Nancy Spessard, a daughter, Mary Katherine Kretsinger born in 1831 when he was 17 and Nancy was 15. There was a gap of 3 years between the birth of his daughter, and his marriage to Nancy Spessard in 1834. It is a mystery as to why the marriage did not take place sooner. Nancy bore another child, a boy, but sadly died soon after childbirth in 1836. She and her child were buried in the United Brethren Cemetery. This was yet another great tragedy in the life of young Samuel. In 1839, Samuel married again, to Katherine Stotler, and they had 10 children: Charles, Anna, William Otterbein, David, Isaac, Samuel, Elizabeth, Virginia, and Katherine. During this time Samuel was preaching as a lay minister and moving throughout the midwest (IL, IN, WI). There was a "new and piercing cry for help" from the prairies of Kansas which had became a battleground between anti-slavery and pro-slavery factions; in 1857 he led a colony of 40 souls who came by oxen teams to Blackjack, Kansas where "the first sermon in the town was preached by Samuel Kretsinger" who was an avowed anti-slavery proponent. Samuel's farm was in Palmyra Township, Douglas County. He travelled the entire state as a circuit rider for many years, preaching the gospel and performing marriage ceremonies. On his last circuit ride, he returned home with chills, developed pneumonia and died on Friday, March 1, 1878. He was buried on his farm beside his small daughters who had died some years before. His wife Katherine died 6 years later. When the farm was sold, Samuel and his family who had been buried on the farm were moved to Oakwood Cemetery in Baldwin City, Kansas. 
Family links: 
  George Kretsinger (1783 - 1829)
  Dorothea Eckenbarger Kretsinger (1783 - 1829)
  Nancy Spessard Kretsinger (1816 - 1836)
  Katherine Stotler Kretsinger (1816 - 1884)
  Infant Son Kretzinger*
  Mary Catherine Kretsinger Harbaugh (1831 - 1898)*
  William O. Kretsinger (1840 - 1917)*
  David Lewis Kretsinger (1844 - 1910)*
  Isaac Wesley Kretsinger (1848 - 1889)*
  Samuel Albert Kretsinger (1850 - 1923)*
  George E Kretsinger (1854 - 1943)*
  Samuel J. Kretsinger (1813 - 1878)
  Lewis Kretsinger (1822 - 1889)*
*Calculated relationship
Oakwood Cemetery
Baldwin City
Douglas County
Kansas, USA
Created by: Valarie Vine
Record added: Sep 05, 2010
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Rev Samuel J. Kretsinger
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Rev Samuel J. Kretsinger
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Rev Samuel J. Kretsinger
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For Brother Kretsinger, the circuit riding, preacher on the plains of Kansas.
- Valarie
 Added: Sep. 6, 2010
For my G3grandfather
- Valarie
 Added: Sep. 6, 2010
For the fascinating, pioneering, tragic life of the Rev. Samuel Kretsinger.
- Valarie
 Added: Sep. 6, 2010

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