This Week In History

February 19, 1747

Rev. Samuel DaviesOn Feb. 19, 1747, the Rev. Samuel Davies was ordained as an evangelist by the Presbytery of Newcastle, which had licensed him on July 30, 1746. Davies was sent to Hanover, Virginia, in Spring 1747.

February 21, 1721

On February 21, 1721, Dr. John McKinly was born in Ulster. He emigrated to the Delaware Colony in 1642. A lifelong Presbyterian, McKinly would serve as a physician, the initially elected President of Delaware (1777), in effect Delaware's first Governor, and would chair the board of the Newark (DE) Academy from 1794 to 1796 when he died. The Academy would become the University of Delaware.

February 24, 1790

On February 24, 1790, the Presbytery of the Carolinas and Georgia was formed for the Associate Reformed Presbyterian (ARP) Church of America. Forming the Presbytery were 43 ARP churches including 14 North Carolina ARP churches: Hawfields, Eno, Goshen, Fourth Creek (now Statesville), Coddle Creek, New Hope, Gilead, Prosperity, Rock Springs, New Sterling, New Perth, Sardis, Providence and Waxhow; 22 South Carolina ARP churches: Ebenezer (in York county), Steel Creek (now Blackstock), Neely’s Creek, Ebvenezer (in Fairfeld county), Rocky Creek (now Hopewell), Rocky Creek Meeting House (now Union), Ebenezer (now New Hope), Indian Creek (now King’s Creek), Cannon’s Creek, Prosperity, Cedar Creek (now Cedar Springs), Long Cane, Little Run (now Little River in Abbeville county), Rocky Springs (in Abbeville county), Generostee, Duet’s Corner (now Due West Corner), Diamond Hill, Crystal Spring, Rocky Spring (in Abbeville county), Little River (in Laurens county), Warrior’s Creek (in Laurens county), and city Charleston; and 8 Georgia ARP churches: Queensborough, Back Head, Big Creek, Joppa, Popular Springs, Twenty-Six-Mile Creek, Eighteen-Mile Creek, and Rayburn’s Creek.