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Dr James Matthew Hackworth

Dr James Matthew Hackworth

Birth
Knox County, Tennessee, USA
Death 17 Jan 1861 (aged 52)
Pickens County, Alabama, USA
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 43712621 · View Source
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Listed in Ligon's Portraiture of preachers. He was preaching in Morgan Co., AL in April 1839. He married Elizabeth Raley Feb 13, 1832, Morgan, Alabama.

Dear Brethren:--At the request of Sister Rosania A. Hackworth, relict of the beloved and lamented Elder Mat Hackworth, I hasten to announce his death, which please insert in the Advocate. Bro. Dr. Hackworth departed this life on the evening of the 17th inst., at the residence of Sister Glenn, in Pickens county, Ala., after a severe illness of fourteen days. He was attacked with typhoid pneumonia, which hurried him from our midst! He sent for me on Tuesday (some 15 miles off) and I went and remained with him till his death,--Thursday evening. We have experienced an irreparable loss in the death of our long-tried, beloved, and very talented brother. Truly, a goodly number of the many Christian graces, shown forth in his character. Christianity, was the prime theme of his life. He loved the cause of his Master dearly, and was an able advocate of the truth. Bro. Hackworth, was an affectionate parent and companion, social, polite, dignified, self-sacrificing, and benevolent to a fault; a faithful, true, and unflinching friend; a devout Christian, an able minister of the Gospel of our Lord and Master. And though we weep, and mourn the loss of our dear Brother and truly sympathize with our affectionate Sister Hackworth; still we do not weep and mourn for him as we would for one for whom we have no hope. Blessed are the dead, who die in the Lord. We had employed Brother Hackworth, as our Evangelist this year. And we had cheering prospects of much good being done; but our hopes are blasted, and we are thrown back again upon our own resources. Ah! Bro. Fanning; we feel, yes we know, the glorious cause of our King, had not an abler advocate in our country. We feel not to reflect, nor to be discouraged, but to be resigned to every dispensation of Providence, and say, the will of the Lord be done. We need help. Who will come to our relief? We will do our part. Yours, in the hope of eternal life, L.D. Randolph., MillPort, Ala., Jan. 31, 1861. -- Gospel Advocate 1861, page 126.


Nicodemus Hackworth's departure from the Baptist ministry was criticized in the 1840 Baptist history book by Hosea Holcombe, who also preached at Mt. Pisgah and would have also known Owen's brother John Raley and the well-known Rufus Burleson there. Holcombe bluntly wrote that Hackworth was of no advantage to them but rather was an injury, because he went off with the "Campbellites." The Cedar Plains Christian Church is today a congregation of the Disciples of Christ, and their published history has a lot of information on their early days. Nicodemus Wallace, a grandson of Nicodemus Hackworth and a Raley 1st cousin (and also Ann Raley Wallace's step-son after she married Thomas Wallace), was an early Christian preacher there and in Lawrence County. -- Leslie Hodges Whitley, Charles and Sarah Owen of Morgan Co., AL.



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  • Created by: Tom Childers
  • Added: 30 Oct 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 43712621
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Dr James Matthew Hackworth (10 Feb 1808–17 Jan 1861), Find A Grave Memorial no. 43712621, ; Maintained by Tom Childers (contributor 46515204) Unknown.