Kentucky Baptist historian, John Henderson Spencer, was born in Allen County, Kentucky on September 9, 1826, to William and Sally Caldwell (Richey) Spencer. He served as the pastor of several churches in Kentucky and held revivals in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, and Tennessee.
In 1861, Spencer married Alice Lavelia Everhart (who died in 1872), and then in 1875, he married Burilla Burton Walker. He authored the History of Kentucky Baptists (Volume I) (Volume II) in 1886, and was a contributor to William Cathcart's Baptist Encyclopedia (1881). Spencer died on December 21, 1897.
J. H. Spencer was living and pastoring in Eminence, Kentucky in 1885, when he wrote the Preface to his History of Kentucky Baptists.
An Obit + A Short Bio , From The Baptist Argus, 1897, 1898.
J. H. Spencer's Difficulties as a Baptist Evangelist During the American Civil War
From his Autobiography
The Spencer Historical Society Journal of Kentucky
In 1869, J. H. Spencer wrote the Circular Letter for the Long Run Baptist Association on The Importance of Intercommunication Among Our Associational Churches.
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