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Rev Joseph Brainard Muse

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Rev Joseph Brainard Muse

  • Birth 10 Jul 1848 Starkville, Oktibbeha County, Mississippi, USA
  • Death 24 Oct 1920 Greenwood, Greenwood County, South Carolina, USA
  • Burial Cedar Springs, Abbeville County, South Carolina, USA
  • Plot Muse
  • Memorial ID 62308968

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 {m. Kerr} (1873-1942)
Annie Coral {m. Lyons} (1875-1955)
Janie Blanche {m. Smith} (1876-1963)
Minnie Myrtle Muse (1879-1960)
Robert Lowry Muse (1881-1911)
Mary Devlin {m. Elvington} (1886-1915)
Joseph Pressly Muse (1888-1968){my grandfather}
Sarah Eunice {m. 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.

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  • Added: 29 Nov 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 62308968
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Rev Joseph Brainard Muse (10 Jul 1848–24 Oct 1920), Find A Grave Memorial no. 62308968, citing Cedar Springs A.R.P. Church Cemetery, Cedar Springs, Abbeville County, South Carolina, USA ; Maintained by GMG (contributor 47391530) .