Rev Burr Hamilton McCown

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Rev Burr Hamilton McCown

Birthplace: Bardstown, Nelson, Kentucky, United States
Death: August 29, 1881 (74)
Jefferson County, Kentucky, United States
Place of Burial: Hobbs Cemetery, Anchorage, Jefferson County, Kentucky, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Pvt Alexander McCown and Susanna McCown
Husband of Martha McDowell Buford and Mary McClung McCown
Father of Dr Alex McCown; Annie Craig and Letitia Green
Brother of Alexander McCown; Elizabeth Burchett, Milly; Joseph Irvin McCown; Susannah McCown; William B McCown and 14 others

Managed by: Phelisha Jean Burchett
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About Rev Burr Hamilton McCown


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The Christian Advocate Nashville,TN November 26, 1881

The Rev. BURR HAMILTON McCOWN, D. D., born Bardstown, Ky., October 29, 1806; son of Alexander McCown, veteran of the Revolutionary War and War of 1812; graduate, St. Joseph's College in Bardstown; taught school, including Transylvania University; married (1) Mary M. Thompson; (2) Mrs. P. D. Buford; died near Anchorage, Ky., August 29, 1881.


The History of Methodism in Kentucky by Albert Henry Redford - 1870

“Western Cavaliers” excerpts from pg 535-6 Burr H. McCown was born Oct. 29, 1806, in Bardstown, KY and in 1818 was converted to God. In 1824 he joined the Presbyterian Church; but , believing in the doctrines of the Methodist Episcopal Church to accord more fully with the teaching of the Bible in 1826 he joined the Methodist Church, and under the ministry of Hubbard H. Kavanaugh. He was educated at St. Joseph College, in Bardstown, and took the highest honors of his class in both the Latin and Greek languages. From the time he became a member of the Presbyterian Church he had expected to enter the ministry in that denomination. We are not surprised, therefore, to find him in the Methodist ministry. He was licensed to preach by Marcus Lindsey, in 1828, and in 1827 was admitted on trial into the Kentucky Conference. His first appointment was to Henry Circuit, as the colleague of William Atherton. In 1828 he was appointed, with John James, to the Jefferson Circuit. At the Conference of 1829 he was stationed in Russellville, and in 1830 in Louisville. In 1831 he was elected to a professorship in Agusta College, where he continued until 1842, when with Henry B Bascom, he removed to Lexington, and became a professor in Translyvania University.

During the four years that Mr. McCown was in pastoral work he was useful and beloved. A superior preacher, with a sweet and gentle disposition, courteous to all, his address popular, and his Personal appearance commanding, he exerted and influence for good that could be claimed by but few young men of his day. When we have seen him in the pulpit, and heard him preach the unsearchable riches of Christ, we have regretted that he was ever called from the pastoral work, in which he was so happy and where he was so useful. In the halls of learning, however, he lost none of the zeal that had distinguished him as pastor, and none of the love that has constrained him to enter the ministry. As a teacher he acquired and enviable reputation, and contributed much toward the formation of the character of hundreds of young men who, throughout the West and the South, adorn the learned professions.

On January 1, 1859, the Session met at the home of the Reverend B. H. McCown D. D. Burr Hamilton McCown is an interesting personality in our church history as well as in the history of Anchorage. Dr. Hill and McCown became friends and often helped each other. The son of a Revolutionary war hero and pioneer, this educator and minister was born in Bardstown and was a graduate of St. Joseph's College. He became a Presbyterian in those years. Unhappy with Calvinism he became an itinerant minister in the Methodist Episcopal Church, which brought him to Louisville in 1830. McCown became a friend of the Courier-Journal's George D. Prentiss and over a period of many years he wrote stories about the early pioneers of Kentucky as well as articles concerning religion. He left to become a professor of Greek and Latin at Augusta College (Methodist) and later at Transylvania. By 1847, he had left the Methodist faith and become a Presbyterian minister. Dr. McCown and his wife Patty Duke founded the distinguished Forest Academy * (A Collegiate Military Institute) in 1855 located along the railroad between Anchorage and O'Bannon Stations. Many graduates of this school fought against each other during the Civil War and the McCowns' lost a son, Alexander. He continued to preach at the Middletown Presbyterian and Methodist Churches. A friend of the founder of Anchorage, Edward Dorsey Hobbs, a devout Methodist, McCown often preached at the little Hobbs Family Chapel on Osage Road. By 1873 he returned to the Methodist Church and became an orator at camp meetings. He sold the Forest Academy in 1877 and opened a private school called Pine Hill Academy **. In 1881, a few days after preaching at a Camp Kavanaugh meeting to thousands (according to the Courier-Journal), Reverend McCown died at the age of 74 and is buried in the Hobbs Family Cemetery on Osage Road.* Reference: Find A Grave Memorial - SmartCopy: Jul 17 2019, 14:50:07 UTC

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Rev Burr Hamilton McCown's Timeline

October 29, 1806
Bardstown, Nelson, Kentucky, United States
February 11, 1834
Harrodsburg, Mercer County, Kentucky, USA
Kentucky, USA
December 7, 1840
Augusta, Bracken County, Kentucky, USA
August 29, 1881
Age 74
Jefferson County, Kentucky, United States
Hobbs Cemetery, Anchorage, Jefferson County, Kentucky, USA