|From A History of Kentucky Baptists by J.H.
Page 240, Vol. I
Moses Foley (Jr.) was the third pastor of
Crab Orchard church. He was a good man and full of the Holy Ghost, and
by him much people were added to the Lord. He possessed only moderate preaching
gifts, but these were diligently used. He was the son of Moses Foley, a
Baptist minister of Washington county VA. The seignor Moses Foley was pastor
of North Fork of Holstein and Rich Valley churches in VA., in 1794, and,
in 1802, moved with twenty-six of the members of the former to Abrahams
creek, where he constituted a new church. About the year 1815. he moved
to Knox County, KY and settled on the Cumberland river about four miles
below Barboursville. Here he was pastor of several churches till near time
of his death. He raised six daughters and seven sons. Of the latter, Elijah
and Moses Jr. were Baptist preachers. Elijah Foley preached a short time
in VA. then moved to KY, where he labored several years
in the gospel.
He finally moved to Missouri,
where he preached several years, before his death.
Moses Foley Jr. was born in Washington County,
VA, February 7, 1777. He professed religion in his native county, about
the year 1802. He commenced exhorting sinners to repent, before he was
baptized and was regularly inducted into the ministry in 1803. After preaching
a few years with much zeal, in his native county, he moved to Pulaski county,
KY, about 1808. Here he was called to the care of Union church.
In August, 1810, he succeeded Jeremiah Vardeman in the pastoral care of
Crab Orchard church. To this church he preached forty-eight years. He continued
to preach monthly to Union church, several years after he was settled at
Crab Orchard, when he resigned on account of the distance.
After his removal to Lincoln county in 1811,
besides Crab Orchard, he preached, at different times, to Freedom and Masons
Fork (now Liberty), in Garrard county, Hayes Fork in Madison county, and
Mt. Salem, Logans Creek and Drakes Creek, in Lincoln County. He was a good
singer and an excellent exhorter, and was very prompt and energetic in
his ministerial labors. He died, after a brief illness, November 9, 1858,
greatly beloved and much lamented.