Rev. John Brice was a native of Hartford county, Maryland, and received
his education under the direction of Rev. Joseph Smith. He studied
Theology partly under Mr. Smith, and partly under Mr. Dodd. He and
James Hughes, were students together at Mr. Smith's and were licensed
together, April 15, 1788, by the Presbytery of Redstone. By the
same Presbytery, he was ordained and installed pastor of the
congregations of Three Ridges and the Forks of Wheeling, April 22d,
1790. When the Presbytery of Ohio was formed in 1793, he was one
of its original members. In the above named congregations, he
labored until the year 1807, when, on account of ill health, the
pastoral relation between him and them dissolved. He still
continued, however, to preach the gospel in the destitute regions of
Greene county, Pennsylvania, and in the adjacent parts of Virginia, and
as often as health would permit, until the 18th of April 1810, when he
was dismissed to connect himself with the Presbytery of Lancaster.
He died the next year - August 26th, 1811 - aged fifty one years.
was a man of nervous temperament, subject occasionally to great
despondency of mind, but deep piety. His labours were attended with
a divine blessing, and many rich fruits of his ministry have appeared
since his decease, both in his former charge and in the country
late Rev. John Brice M'Coy, of the Presbytery of Washington, who died at
Wheeling, October 18th, 1841, was his grandson.
life of the Rev. Elisha Macurdy, pages 304 - 305
In 1790 a call was made for the pastoral labors of Rev. John Brice. In April of that year he was ordained and installed over the
church [Presbyterian Church of West Alexander, Donegal township,
Washington County]. Being unable to support a minister the entire time, it was connected with the church of the Forks of Wheeling, each having the services of the pastor half of the time. This connection continued until 1814, when, through the increase of numbers and means, it was able to support a minister the whole time. This the first pastorate continued till 1807, when Mr. Brice, through infirmities of age, resigned the charge. He died in 1811.
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