Abner G. McCraw (Rev.)

SOURCE: W. Stuart Harris "Heritage of Perry County"

p 73 - " ... outstanding minister who served this historic church [Oakmulgee Baptist] was the Rev. Abner G. McCraw, who was born in SC in Newberry District, on June 4, 1803. When he was but 15 years of age, his father, Stephen McCraw*, sent him to Perry Couny to prepare a home for the family in the wilderness.

"Here, on July 25, 1820, he claimed land, and then erected a cabin for his family. It was here that his father sickened and died on April 2, 1821, and became the earliest burial recorded in Oakmulgee Church Cemetery
fn 20 - *"Stephen McCraw was born on January 28, 1767."

"On July 6, 1820, young Abner G. McCraw married Mary*, the daughter of Joshua and Sarah Jones.
fn 21 - *"This was the fifth marriage recorded in Perry County. She was born on July 29, 1806, and died January 11, 1848."

"In 1825, McCraw was elected as a colonel in the state militia and also became active in local politics. He owned a plantation, which was worked by his 19 slaves in 1830.
p74 - "Abner G. McCraw was ordained as a Baptist minister, serving for a decade as an evangelist. He later was the pastor at Oakmulgee Church, at Montevallo, and at Selma, where he died on January 14, 1861.

"He also served as the president of the Alabama Baptist State Convention for several terms."
[end Harris quotes]
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