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Rev Matthew Henderson

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Rev Matthew Henderson

  • Birth 25 Apr 1735 Fife, Scotland
  • Death 2 Oct 1795 Washington County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Burial Canonsburg, Washington County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Memorial ID 20277089

Husband of Mary Feares
"In Memory of
Reverend Matthew Henderson
Aged 60 years
and in the 37th year of his Ministry
In heavenly toils, O Henderson grown gray,
Thy earthly frame was hastening to decay,
Thy growing languors threatened to detain
Thee from thy loved employment, but in vain,
For in they course no Sabbath failed t'attest.
The love of souls which Burn'd within thy breast
Til by one transcient stroke which gave release,
Thy Saviour bade thee enter into peace:
Great and happy change from Batter'd dust
Unto the glorious mansions of the just;
Let us prepare to measure the bright road.
The best of all our friends is there, our God.

This replica placed over original stone and dedicated July 4 1976 by the Canonsburg United Presbyterian Church

Commemorative Biographical Record of Washington County, Pennsylvania pg 194; Beers, J. H. and Co.,
[courtesy of Kimberly)
REV. MATTHEW HENDERSON was born in Fifeshire, Scotland, in 1735, graduated at Glasgow, studied theology, and was licensed to preach in 1756. Ordained in 1758, he was sent to America. Soon after his arrival he settled as pastor of the Associate Church at Oxford, Chester Co., Penn., and remained at Oxford until 1781, when he became pastor of Chartiers and Buffalo churches in Washington county, Penn., being the first minister of that denomination to settle west of the Alleghany mountains. He remained with this people, teaching and preaching the Gospel, until called to his rest October 2, 1795. A falling tree caused his death. He was married to Mary Ferris, and to them were born ten children, namely: Matthew, Mary, John, Ellen, Elizabeth, Ann, Ebenezer, Joseph, Robert and Jane. Matthew was a minister and married Miss Patterson; Mary married Samuel White, a farmer; John married Isabella Russell; Ellen married Samuel Murdoch, M. D.; Elizabeth married Alexander Murdoch; Ann married Rev. Thomas Allison; Ebenezer was a minister and married Miss Noble; Joseph was a physician; Robert married Elizabeth Russell, and Jane married James Clark, a farmer.



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  • Created by: MarjisAngels
  • Added: 4 Jul 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 20277089
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Rev Matthew Henderson (25 Apr 1735–2 Oct 1795), Find A Grave Memorial no. 20277089, citing Oak Spring Cemetery, Canonsburg, Washington County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by MarjisAngels (contributor 46588277) .