Rev. David Waggoner's first pastorate he gave one half his time to
Fairfield, the other half to Georgetown. These churches were only
six miles apart and a few families attended both places. He
resided with the Georgetown congregation, whose extent at that time was
over twelve miles form north to south and over seven miles from east to
west. Mr. Waggoner was always earnest and conscientious. He
prepared and preached two new long sermons every week, each an hour in
length. He must also have been a popular preacher from the full
attendance. People could be seen coming from all directions, some
on foot, some on horseback, others in vehicles of all sots, and the
large house was usually very full.
O, the congregation singing in those days! How grand it was. What
a volume of solemn sound! Mr. Waggoner himself had a voice full
and ringing both in speaking and singing, and started the tunes from our
earliest recollection. He was afterward assisted by others when
two at a time would stand up in front of the pulpit and lead the
singing. You might call the leaders the four Johns: John
Condit, John Ross, John McCracken, and John McClure. Harvey
Tiffany also assisted. Organs or instruments of music of any kind,
even church choirs, were not thought of in country churches in those
first name of one of Mr. Waggoner's hearers was Ephraim. He was a
farmer ad very naturally his active outdoor life would make him feel
sleepy when sitting in church. One day his appearance was such
that those around him were smiling and looking as if they wanted to do
something, when Mr. Waggoner stopped a moment in his discourse and said,
"Ephraim is joined to his idol, let him alone." Mr. Waggoner
told us long afterwards how old Moses Long, and elder, would drive in
early on Sabbath mornings, and coming to him and shaking hands would say
with emphasis and deliberation, "Now Mr. Waggoner we have come
seven long miles to church, give us two good long sermons." And he
always did and could do better than anyone I ever knew.
clipping found in a bible belonging to Cornelius Carringer. Rev.
Waggoner presided at Mr. Carringer's second marriage to Nancy Elizabeth
Donaldson. His first wife was Elizabeth Green.
submitted by Jo
David Waggoner was pastor at Fairfield Presbyterian Church and at
Georgetown Presbyterian Church (Upper Sandy Presbyterian) from July 1838
to May 1853.