Rev. C. A. Davis
It was great pleasure to read Brother Grider's short sketch of Dr. Davis in "The Cumberland Presbyterian" of May 6. The following supplement may be of interest to come of your readers:
Lebanon congregation (now Barry) was organized by Rev. Robert D. Morrow, June 3, 1826, a few miles Northeast of where Kansas City now stands. The records shows that Caliborn A Davis was received in 1844 - with 45 others - at a camp meeting at "Weedens' camp ground." In 1847 or 1848, the congregation was moved by presbytery to Second Creek, about 15 miles over into Platte county, and was served by these ministers: Rev. Daniel Patton, Rev. Hugh R. Smith, Rev. Jesse R. Allen, Rev. Thomas Allen, Rev. C. A. Davis and Rev. C B. Hodges. In 1859 the congregation was moved to Barry, and its name changed.
Dr. Davis (we didn't know him then as D.D., but by the familiar name of "Calib") - was a frequent visitor at the home of Jos. D. Gash - my wife's father - and I met him occasionally - a pleasant gentleman, of fine, social qualities. He was born orator - captivating his audiences and lifting them up to the beauty, glory and splendor of the heavenly world, with a magnetic eloquence equaled by few, surpassed by none.
As I look on the picture of this majestic man, endowed with such power of eloquence and magic of rule I wonder why "God took him" in the meridian of life, so full of strength for the Master's work, so ready and willing to go where he wanted him to go. Great does not fully express his character, power and leadership. Beautiful, grand, sublime, he towered above men as the giant redwoods of the Sierras tower above the common forests.
From here he went to Lexington, where I think he was in some way connected with the Masonic College, then there, then to Memphis where as a good shepherd he preferred death rather than leave his flock, attacked by the fell monster yellow fever, and he fell at his post a fearless, faithful undaunted hero.