Flow gently, sweet Afton! amang thy green braes, Flow gently, I'll sing thee a song in thy praise; My Mary's asleep by thy murmuring stream, Flow gently, sweet Afton, disturb not her dream.
Thou stockdove whose echo resounds thro' the glen, Ye wild whistling blackbirds in yon thorny den, Thou green-crested lapwing thy screaming forbear, I charge you, disturb not my slumbering Fair.
How lofty, sweet Afton, thy neighbouring hills, Far mark'd with the courses of clear, winding rills; There daily I wander as noon rises high, My flocks and my Mary's sweet cot in my eye.
How pleasant thy banks and green valleys below, Where, wild in the woodlands, the primroses blow; There oft, as mild Ev'ning weeps over the lea, The sweet-scented birk shades my Mary and me.
Thy crystal stream, Afton, how lovely it glides, And winds by the cot where my Mary resides; How wanton thy waters her snowy feet lave, As, gathering sweet flowerets, she stems thy clear wave.
Flow gently, sweet Afton, amang thy green braes, Flow gently, sweet river, the theme of my lays; My Mary's asleep by thy murmuring stream, Flow gently, sweet Afton, disturb not her dream.
Rev. J. E. Spilman served First Presbyterian Church of Maysville from 1863 to 1867. When he was 25 he composed the music for the poem “Flow Gently, Sweet Afton, by Robert Burns. Flow Gently, Sweet Afton
Robert Burns (1759–1796)
Rev. Robert Caldwell Grundy 1807-1865
From: History of Kentucky by William Elsey Connelley and Ellis Merton Coulter, 1922.
One of five sons of Samuel R. Grundy, a prominent businessman and influential citizen of Washington County, Kentucky, where he owned a large tract of land.
Rev. Grundy was a man of high intellectual attainments and became one of the representative Presbyterian clergymen of his native state. His first pastoral charge after ordination was First Presbyterian Church in Maysville in 1836.
Rev. Grundy’s second wife was Sarah Ann (January) Grundy, daughter of Andrew McConnell January. On October 18, 1842 their only child Andrew January Grundy was born at Maysville, judicial center of Mason County, Kentucky. Sarah Ann died in 1848.
(It was during his tenure the current sanctuary was built, in 1850. The church manse was located at 504 W. Second. This house was sold in January 2017.)
In 1857 Rev. Grundy became the pastor of the Presbyterian Church at Memphis, Tennessee, and in the climacteric period leading up to the civil War he courageously and loyally opposed the secession of the southern states.
He was the only Union clergyman in the City of Memphis at this time, and after the war was precipitated and the city was occupied by Confederate troops they compelled him to close his church, besides which he suffered other indignities by reason of his adherence to his convictions.
When the Union forces under General Grant occupied Memphis Mr. Grundy was requested to reopen his church, and this he did--to enable both soldiers and citizens. His position became untenable at Memphis as the war progressed, and in 1862 he accepted a call to the pastorate of a church in the City of Cincinnati, Ohio, where he continued his zealous and faithful ministrations until his death in 1865, about the time of the close of the Civil War.
Son Andrew Grundy became a successful businessman. He and his wife Willie Josephine were zealous members of First Presbyterian Church of Maysville.
Taken from “A History of the First Presbyterian Church, Maysville, Kentucky compiled by Miss Mary Wilson and Miss Florence Wilson
“In October 1830, Reverend W. L. Breckinridge came here as pastor, remaining until January 1832. It was his first charge upon leaving the Seminary. Dr. Breckinridge was afterwards a pastor in Louisville for 23 years. And later President of Centre College. One of the buildings on the Centre campus is called Breckinridge Hall in his honor.
He was a brilliant man, states Dr. Barbour, but in his old age was a tiresome preacher. However, he was a dignified and courtly figure. One who always said and did things in good taste. He made a fine pastor. He became a Moderator of the General Assembly.
After Dr. Breckinridge’s departure, L. D. Howell served as supply from December 1832 to July 1833.”
FROM the ARCHIVES of Maysville, KY
Hula Duke, wife of Andrew Duke and mother of Tom Duke was a faithful
and loyal member of First Presbyterian of Maysville. She will be remembered
by many as a true Presbyterian lady.
Ebenezer Connection to Rush Co., Indiana
(Gary E Cole sent this to Pastor Jim on November 10, 2016)
Around the year of 1831, John Maple (1786-1871) and his wife Elizabeth Hillis Maple (1801- 1872), came to Rush
County, Indiana from Cabin Creek, Kentucky. They were members of the Ebenezer Presbyterian Church
before coming to Indiana. When they arrived in Rush County, they became members of the Rushville
Presbyterian Church organized in 1825. Since they lived about 17 miles from this church, they wanted to
organize a church in their own community. Therefore, it was in the home of John and Elizabeth Maple
that a small group of people met to organize a Presbyterian church. They named the new church
Ebenezer Presbyterian after their church in Cabin Creek, Kentucky.
Taken from a Maysville newspaper dated January 20, 1900 provided by Dr. Jim Shires.
THE NEW ORGAN
The First Presbyterian Church has an Elegant Instrument.
“There was a large crowd out last night at the First Presbyterian Church to see and hear the new pipe organ just put in by that congregation, and those that were there were well repaid for their visit, as they not only saw the handsomest organ in this city, but had the pleasure of listening to its sweet tones as brought out by Mr. Charles McFerrin of Greencastle, Indiana.
The organ was built by the Burkoff Organ Company of Latrobe, Pa., and is of polished oak, has 27 pipes on the front, is operated by a water motor, completely fills the Northwest corner of the Church, and is by far the largest and handsomest piece of musical furniture in any Church in this section.
The recital last night was only to have the congregation hear the organ and pass judgment on it, and it is safe to say that it will be accepted and formally dedicated to the service of God. Dr. Barbour and his congregation are to be congratulated upon acquisition of such and elegant piece of Church furniture.
Mr. McFerrin will play at the morning and evening services tomorrow.”
From “A History of the First Presbyterian Church” Compiled by Miss Mary L. Wilson and Miss Florence Wilson
Ebenezer Proper: “By order of the Synod made October 1820, West Lexington was divided and Ebenezer was formed to embrace the counties of Bourbon, Harrison, Boone, Pendleton, Mason, Lewis, Campbell, Fleming, Nicholas, Bath, Floyd, and Greenup. At a meeting held in Maysville April 1822 the whole territory in the bounds of the Presbytery was divided into four preaching districts. At this meeting, according to a previous rule, Presbytery proceeded to examine the pastor, officers, and people of the Maysville Church with respect to their mutual duties toward each other. It appeared that they all had been faithful with the exception that some had failed in the instruction of their children and servants. And some officers and heads of families had neglected their duty in not attending to family worship. Wherefore, on motion, resolved that the moderator deliver an admonition. Which duty he performed. The question also came up about a man marrying a deceased wife’s sister. And it was ordered that they be suspended until they gave evidence of repentance by ceasing to live together as man and wife.”