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Friday, April 16, 2010

Ralston, Samuel 1756-1851

Samuel Ralston, a Presbyterian clergyman, was born in Ireland where his parents' home was a nursery of Gospel truth. He completed his studies at the University of Glasgow. Some years after his entrance on the ministry, he migrated to America (1794). After itinerating about two years in Eastern Pennsylvania, he went West, and was called immediately, in the year 1796, to the pastoral care of the united Congregations of Mingo Creek and Williamsport, (now Monongahela City,) where he remained during the residue of his life, --Pastor of the latter branch, thirty-five years, and of the former, forty years.

Annals of the American Pulpit, Volume 4 - 1860 (page 146)

The Old and New Monongahela (1893) by John S. Van Voorhis
References to Samuel Ralston are found on the following pages:
Pages 16, 26, 53, 62, 63, 66, 73, 109, 125, 199, 202, 204, 206, 233, 235, 281, 290, 465

The Presbyterian Church of Monongahela was organized in 1796 at Horseshoe Bottom by Rev. Samuel Ralston, and in 1807 it was moved to Parkinson's Ferry, where it first met in a tent. Services were held in a schoolhouse until 1815, when the first house of worship was erected, on the hill between Third and Jackson streets. In 1836 the second church was erected on Chess Street on the site of the present Eagles Building. The present church was built in the seventies at a cost of $35,000. The first pastor was Rev. Samuel Ralston, D. D. The present minister (as of 1926) is Rev. W. F. McKee, D. D., and the membership is 765.

Appleton's Cyclopedia of American Biography, Volume 5 - 1888

Cyclopaedia of Biblical, theological, and ecclesiastical literature, Volume 8 (1894)By James Strong

Debate on Christian baptism : between Mr. John Walker, a minister of the secession, and Alexander Campbell : held at Mount-Pleasant, on the 19th and 20th June, 1820, in the presence of a very numerous and respectable congregation : to which is added a large appendix (1822) - Campbell, Alexander, 1788-1866

A brief review of a debate on Christian baptism, between Mr. John Walker a minister of the Secession, and Mr. Alexander Campbell, a Baptist minister : published by Mr. Campbelll in a series of letters, now addressed and dedicated to the United Presbyterian congregations of Mingo Creek, and Williamsport (1823) - Ralston, Samuel, 1756-1851

A brief explication of the principal prophecies of Daniel and John, as they regard the church of God : to which is added, an appendix, containing an inquiry into the propriety of using an evangelical psalmody in the worship of God (1842) - Ralston, Samuel, 1756-1851

Defence of an inquiry into the propriety of using an evangelical Psalmody in the worship of God : against the objections of Rev. John T. Pressly, D.D. (1844) - Ralston, Samuel, 1756-1851
Concerns the controversy surrounding hymn-singing vs. Psalm-singing in the church

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