Richard McNemar

Richard McNemar

Birth
Pennsylvania, USA
Death 15 Sep 1839 (aged 68)
Ohio, USA
Burial Otterbein, Warren County, Ohio, USA
Memorial ID 50259436 · View Source
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Presbyterian preacher over six years, a New Light preacher one year and six months, and a Shaker thirty-four years. He was born in Tuscarara, Penn.

The New Lights. At a session of the presbytery held at Springfield in April, 1803, a petition signed by sixty members of the Turtle Creek church, asked for the whole of McNemar's time at that church. The large numbers of signers and the fact that this one church felt shows the strength and importance of this congregation. The call, however, was not answered. Jonathan Tichenor and others opposed the call. The presbytery granted the prayer of the petition by a divided vote. A division in the Presbyterian church was rapidly approaching itself unable to support a minister. The Synod met at Lexington Ky., in September, 1803, and by a majority vote condemned McNemar and disapproved of his being made pastor at Turtle Creek. Thereupon five Presbyterian ministers, Robert Marshall, John Dunlevy, Richard McNemar, Barton W. Stone and John Thompson withdrew from the Synod and formed an independent body. This was the beginning in the West of the new Light, or Christian church. The New Lights destroyed nearly every Presbyterian church in the Miami country. The Cincinnati church, though not destroyed, was largely tainted with New Light doctrines. Dr. J.G. Montfort, who was a careful student of the history of Presbyterianism in the West, once said to me that if the New Light revival and schism had not occurred, the Presbyterian church would be as strong in the Miami valley as it is in Western Pennsylvania. McNemar continued the leader of New Lights or Christians, and Montfort wrote of him that for a time his influence against the Presbyterian church was almost boundless. --- Warren County Local History by Dallas Bogan.

He was married to Jane/Jennie Luckey on 08 Apr 1793 in Bourbon Co., KY. Their children were: Levi, Benjamin, James, Vincy, Elisha, and Nancy McNemar.

McNemar died in the Shaker faith at Union Village, September 15, 1839, aged nearly seventy years. His grave is unmarked. He Was a Presbyterian preacher over six years, a New Light preacher one year and six months and a Shaker thirty-four years. --Dallas Bogan


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  • Created by: Tom Childers
  • Added: 26 Mar 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 50259436
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Richard McNemar (20 Nov 1770–15 Sep 1839), Find A Grave Memorial no. 50259436, citing Shaker Cemetery, Otterbein, Warren County, Ohio, USA ; Maintained by Tom Childers (contributor 46515204) .