Rev. John Berry McFerrin

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Rev. John Berry McFerrin

Also Known As: "McFerran"
Birthdate: (79)
Birthplace: Rutherford County, Tennessee, United States
Death: May 10, 1887 (79)
Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of James McFerrin and Jane Campbell McFerrin
Husband of Almyra McFerrin and Cynthia Tennessee McFerrin
Father of Sarah Jane Anderson; James WIlliam McFerrin; Rev. John A. McFerrin; Elizabeth Johnson McFerrin; Almyra Probart McFerrin and 2 others
Brother of William Meek McFerrin; Thomas McFerrin; Eliza Gilliland; James Henderson McFerrin; Rev. Anderson Purdy McFerrin and 2 others

Occupation: Minister
Managed by: Shannon Dee Travis
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About Rev. John Berry McFerrin

. The Civil War was devastating to farms, church buildings and institutions, but it was marked by a series of strong revivals that began in Lee's army and spread throughout the region. The chaplains tended the wounded after the battles. John B. McFerrin recalled:

At Chickamauga, the slaughter was tremendous on both sides, but the Confederates held the field. I remained on the battlefield eleven days, nursing the sick, ministering to the wounded, and praying for the dying. The sight was awful. Thousands of men killed and wounded. They lay thick all around, shot in every possible manner, and the wounded dying every day. Among the wounded were many Federal soldiers. To these I ministered, prayed with them, and wrote letters by flag of truce to their friends in the North.[2]

Born in Rutherford County, Tennessee, John Berry McFerrin was admitted to the Tennessee Methodist Conference at age 18, and began preaching in the area. He was ordained in 1829. He served as pastor of McKendree Church, and during President Polk's last illness McFerrin took him into the membership of the church. At the president's death in 1849, McFerrin conducted his funeral and burial.

From 1862 to 1965 McFerrin served as a chaplain in the Confederate Army of Tennessee. He preached in nearly every town in the Southwest and attended many Methodist conferences including every Quadrennial Conference between 1836 and 1884. He edited the Southwestern Christian Advocate from 1840 to 1844, the Christian Advocate from 1855 to 1858, and was the manager of the Methodist Publishing House from 1878 to 1887. McFerrin edited a three volume "History of Methodism in Tennessee", published between 1869 and 1873.

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Rev. John Berry McFerrin's Timeline

June 15, 1807
Rutherford County, Tennessee, United States
March 6, 1842
Age 34
July 14, 1846
Age 39
March 26, 1848
Age 40
December 14, 1849
Age 42
May 8, 1854
Age 46
December 24, 1856
Age 49
July 23, 1861
Age 54