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John Harrison Cleveland, Jr.

Also Known As: "John Harrison"
Birthdate: (86)
Birthplace: Blue Run, Orange, Virginia, USA
Death: Died in Clevelands Ferry, FairPlay, South Carolina, USA
Place of Burial: Cleveland Family Cemetery Oconee Co, SC
Immediate Family:

Son of John Cleveland, I and Elizabeth Cleveland
Husband of Mary Cleveland
Father of Jeremiah Cleveland; John Harrison Cleveland, III; William Cleveland; Frances McNeil; Benjamin Cleveland and 2 others
Brother of Mary S. Franklin; Colonel Benjamin Cleveland (North Carolina militia); Elizabeth Gillespie; Capt. Robert Cleveland; Jeremiah Cleveland and 5 others

Occupation: baptist minister
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About Rev. John Cleveland

  • Daughters of American Revolution Ancestor #: A023094
  • Birth: 1738 ORANGE CO VIRGINIA
  • Service Source: HAUN, NC REV ARMY ACCTS, BOOK A, P 193
  • Service Description: 1) PAID FOR SERVICE AS CHAPLAIN

Source: Information on this individual originated from the RootsWeb genealogy file of The Callaway Family Association at

Burried: Cleveland Family Cem, , Oconee, South Carolina

He "raised the flag of religion" in SC area and was at the foot of Kings Mountain as a chaplain.

(John was a Baptist minister and at one time paster of Brier Creek Church. He settled on Lewis Fork)

Pvt. Continental Line, Lt., NC Militia

Rev. John H Cleveland was born abt 1738 at Blue Run, Orange County, Virginia, the son of Col. John Cleveland and Martha Elizabeth Coffey. He was known as "The Father of Baptist Principles."

From "The Genealogy of the Cleveland and Cleaveland Families," Edmund J. Cleveland and Horace G. Cleveland, Hartford, Conn. Case, Lockwood & Brainard Co., 1899

Vol. III, P. 2058-9

  1. 16009 Rev. John Cleveland. Baptist Clergyman. 1772-1785 went with his brother Larkin from VA to NC. They journeyed on pack horses and cut their way.

"When he would preach, the wicked people would take him out of the house and beat him severely, but he would preach on, and when they let him go, would mount a stump or log and finish his sermon." They came to the Pickens District of SC and were the first settlers. They lived in the Pendleton Dist. of SC at Cleveland's Ferry (in what is now Oconee). He was one of the first settlers of Franklin Co., GA in about 1785 when it was inhabited by Indians. He had a home on the Tugaloo. Larkin had a home on the GA side in sight. They dwelt there for many years and raised a family, who settled at various points along the Tugaloo. He was a preacher at Chauga Church, Oconee So., and Eustonala Church, GA. "He was good to his neighbors and the poor, kind to his many darkies, who thought their master better than any other man." He was living with his son-in-law Benjamin Harrison at the time of his death. Cleveland Ferry Cemetery

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Rev. John Cleveland's Timeline

May 26, 1738
Blue Run, Orange, Virginia, USA
Age 18
Cleveland's Ferry, South Carolina
Age 21
Banks County, GA Now Stephans County GA
Age 25
Age 29
Franklin County, Georgia, United States
Age 39
Age 45
March 25, 1825
Age 86
Clevelands Ferry, FairPlay, South Carolina, USA