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Reverend David Steele

Biography of Reverend David Steele

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The REVEREND DAVID STEELE was ordained and installed as the third pastor of the Brush Creek Presbyterian Community Church of Adams County, Ohio on June 24, 1831. Brush Creek is an historic congregation due to church disputes over dogma.

Dr. Steele was among the early settlers of Adams County, Ohio. Several members of his family followed him west from Pennsylvania. He was born in Londonderry, Ireland, November 2, 1803 of scotch-Irish ancestry. He was the the youngest of six brothers, whose father, David Steele, was the fourth generation from Captain John Steele of Lismahago, near Glascow, Scotland who fought on the side of the Covenanters in the battle of Drumclog, June 22, 1679. He was trained up according to the strict order of observance in Covenanting families. When he was about 20 years old he emigrated to the United States, arriving in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, June 7, 1824, where he stayed with an uncle and pursued his classical studies. Later on he taught in Edinburg Academy in Pennsylvania.

In 1826 he was graduated from Western University of Pennsylvania and after studying theology with the late Dr. John Black of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, he was licensed to preach the Gospel in April 1830. The following year he married Miss Eliza Johnson of chillicothe, Ohio and one month afterward was ordained and installed as pastor of the Reformed Congregation of Brush Creek by the Ohio Presbytery at a salary of $400 a year.

Brush Creek was then a wilderness and he and his wife found everything primitive and uncongenial to educated and refined living. Thousands of miles he travelled on horse-back yearly, having often to ford rivers when he had to get up on his knees in the saddle to keep from being saturated with water as there were few bridges in those days. For 29 years he labored in this congregation upon a salary hardly sufficient to procure the necessities of life. He also took care of several other community churches - one being Mill Creek, Kentucky.

Although a little below medium in stature, he possessed an excellent constitution which enabled him to bare up under difficulties which would have been to great for others.

As a scholar Dr. Steele was far above most of his compeers, particularly in the ancient classics as he could read the most difficult Latin and Greek at sight. His "Notes on the Apocalypse" show he was a master of Bible truth. He trained quite a number of young men for the Gospel ministry; and his home was the resort of all educated people who came to the neighborhood, and hospitality was a marked feature of his house.

It is but proper to state that his wife cooperated heartily with him in all his plans for the elevation and culture of all who dwelt in the vicinity of Brush Creek. Brush Creek owes much to him as a leader in morality and culture.

As an orator the Reverend David Steele was concise, clear and frequently eloquent and impassioned and his discrimination in the use of words showed his mastery of the English language. He received the Doctor of Divinity degree from his Alma Mater a few years before his death.

After leaving Ohio he spent several years near Sparta, Illinois, retiring to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he died in the 54th year of his ministry at the age of eighty-four. His remains lie in the Petersburg Cemetery in Huntington, Pennsylvania.

--A History of Adams County, Ohio by Evans and Stivers



Mathew H. Cavin
John Williams
Joseph T. Montgomery
Elijah A. Burns
Robert Williams
Andrew Burns, Jr.
Robert Burns
Rev. John Wallace
Andrew Mc Manes
Samuel Smith
Samuel Glasgow
--by Rev. R. Wallace
John A. Wright
Samuel Milligan
Mathew Stevenson
Nathaniel C. Patton
John Patterson
Peter Davis
Alexander Cavin
Samuel Hane
James Wallace (Probationer)
John Mc Kinley
Glasgow Findlay
James Williams
Samuel Elliot
William Bartley Glasgow
Archibald Mc Cullough
John Milligan
John Wickerham
William L. Steele
Dr. Thomas Adams
Alexander M. Wright
Robert P. Mc Clure
Roswell J. Howard
James Wyley Torrence
Matthew Williams
John C. Jones
James R. Johnston
James H. Montgomery
James Akin
Daniel Sharpe, Sr.
Rev. James J. Peoples
David Mc Kinley
John Davis
Rev. James J. Peoples
Dr. Matthew Henry Linn
James S. Cross

Thomas Findlay
Hugh Tweed
George W. Marsh
John Johnston Aikin
Daniel Gregg
William Reid
James H. Marshall
William A. Mc Kelvey
Robert Alexander
David Peoples
Abraham Mulholland
Hugh Mc Ilroy
John Burgin
John M. Quigg
William J. H. Grieves
Andrew Gordon
William H. Smith
Rev. Charles Clyde
--of Philadelphia, PA

Sarah C. Mc Intyre
Polly F. Glasgow
Hadassa D. Glasgow
Salina S. Glasgow
Eleanor Montgomery
Mary Milligan
Jane Milligan
Eliza Jane Wylie
Eliza Duffey
Lavina Duffey
Hadassa J. Patton

Esther Jenkins
Hannah Burns
Susanna H. Glasgow
Margaret Glasgow
Elizabeth M. Neil
Grissel M. Wickerham
Eliza Montgomery
Hydara Montgomery
Sarah Wright
Mary J. Montgomery
Esther Milligan
Mary M. Williams
Eliza Williams
Marion H. Mc Intire
Sarah Elliot
Nancy Ann Graham
Eleanor Ann Ralston
Anna Johnston
Martha Jane Steele
Rebecca B. Smith
Margaret H. Glasgow
Margaret Steele
Sarah Mc Kinley
Fanny Jane Hamilton
Salina Cowser
Mary Jane Hemphill
Rhoda G. Graham
Catharine Mc Kinley
Agnes Duffey
Margaret Lusk
Mary J. Johnston
Elizabeth Sharpe
Ellen Cathcart
Mary Reed
Firza Shaw

Jane Tweed
Jannet D. Faulds
Anna Steele
Margaret Elizabeth Hemphill
Jane Faulds
Jane A. Marshall
Matilda Reid
Mary A. Wilson
Mrs. Catharine Crawford
Mary Ann Morrison
Mary Culbert Mc Pherson
Eliza Mc Mullin
Eliza Freeman
Mary H. Martin
Jeannette Crawford
Mary Christie
Mary A. Smith
Sarah Isabel Purvis
--of Butler County, PA

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