BLACK, Samuel
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BLACK, Rev. Samuel, was a native of the north of Ireland, born about 1700. He studied theology prior to his emigrating to America, and was subsequently licensed by New Castle Presbytery. The forks of Brandywine in Chester county was formed into a separate congregation in 1735, and in September same year, Donegal Presbytery gave them leave to invite Black to preach as a candidate for settlement. He was called October 7, and ordained November 18, 1735. A portion of his people preferred complaints against him September 2, 1740. This was just at the time of the extraordinary effects produced by the preaching of Whitfield. Most of the allegations were sustained, but after a rebuke and suspension for a season, he was restored, and afterwards released from the pastoral relation. The new congregation of Conewago between Middletown and Mount Joy called him in October, 1741, and he was installed the second Wednesday in May following. He made occasional visits to Virginia as a missionary, and was sent to Potomac in 1743. Difficulties arose in his flock at Conewago and they asked to have the Rev. John Steel, who was supplying Conestoga, sent to them. North and South Mountain in Virginia (the former six miles west of Staunton) asked for him, March 6, 1745. He was dismissed from Conewago in April, but in the fall they sought to regain him. A division took place. Those who left him obtained one-fifth the time of the Rev. John Roan, pastor of the New Sidle churches of Paxtang and Derry. In 1747, he, with Revs. Thomson and Craig, was directed to take the oversight of the vacancies in Virginia. In 1751 he was directed to supply Buffalo settlement and the adjacent places four Sabbaths. He took charge of the congregations of Rockport and Mountain Plain before 1752. He died August 9, 1770.


Historical Review of Dauphin County

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Date of Transcription: 25 February 2001

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