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      Elder Seldon Y. Trimble, was born in Logan county, Ky., Sept. 17, 1827. At the age of about 21 years he obtained hope in Christ, and was baptized by Thomas Felts, into the fellowship of New Hope church in his native county. In 1850 he was licensed to preach, and immediately afterwards entered Union University, where he graduated in 1854. In 1855 he was sent by Hopkinsville church, as a missionary within the bounds of Little River Association. In 1856 he was sent as a Missionary to Africa, by the Foreign Missionary Board of the Southern Baptist Convention, where after about one year's labor, he was forced to return home on account of failing health of his wife. In 1859 he took charge of Canton and Donaldson Creek churches, in Trigg county. He was afterwards pastor of Donaldson, New Bethel, Eddyville, Eddy Creek, Bethany, and Parkersville churches. He also labored as Missionary of the Association for about two years. Brother Trimble was a man of earnest piety and unswerving devotion to the truth he so ably proclaimed. He died of pneumonia.


[From "A Brief History of The Little River Baptist Association" by E. R. Noel, Princeton, Ky. - 1933, p. 10-11. Scanned and formatted by Jim Duvall.]


      His parents were William and Penelope Trimble; his wife name was Mary Ellen. They had two children. He was buried in Maple Grove Cemetary, Russellville, Logan County, KY (the county in which he was born). From My Grave, located by Mark duBarry


      This information was also found by Mark duBarry: Seldon (spelled Seldin) in the book “The Heavens Are Weeping” which is a diary of a Methodist preacher (George Browder) living in Olmstead (KY) during the mid 1800s. The entry is from December 30, 1885:

December 30 — Warm & cloudy — a little rain in the night. We had quite a company to day, to meet Jim & his wife & share our nice dinner. Jenny’s culinary and artistic skill does not suffer in comparison with the best I have seen. I never saw a nicer cake — nor better chicken salad, on any table — indeed I thought the salad was the best I ever saw & all else was in keeping — a splendid dinner, beautifully arranged — all enjoyed it — & it was a pleasant occasion — but too expensive & stylish for a poor man. I shall help Hanson pay for the purchased articles. Tom Browder’s 3 older daughters came — Tom Sydnor & David Browder & their families — Charley Roach & family — Geo. Warfield & two daughters — Daniel Bailey & his wife & father — Sue Gardner — & one of Wallace’s School-mates Seldin Trimble, Rosa Bailey — & above all my dear old father — and also W.R. Browder — 36 whites, beside my own family — & quite a number of negroes, such as generally manage to be around on such an occasion. The children seem to have had a big day — playing much in the yard — so mild is the air — mercury 56.

[From Browder, George Richard. "The Heavens Are Weeping" — The Diaries of George Richard Browder 1852-1886. via Richard L. and R. Mark Troutman.]

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