Black, Samuel

Black, Samuel a Presbyterian minister, was born in Ireland. He was licensed by Newcastle Presbytery. In September, 1735, Donegal Presbytery gave the Congregation at the Forks of Brandywine leave to invite Mr. Black to preach as a candidate for settlement. He was called Oct. 7, and ordained Nov. 18, 1735. Charges were brought against him, for which he received the rebuke of the presbytery, and for a season they suspended him. Conewago, Adams Co., Pa., called him in 1741, and he was installed in May of that year. He began to visit Virginia as a missionary, and was sent to Potomac in 1743. North and South Mountain, Va., asked for him March 6, 1745, and he was dismissed from Conewago. In 1747 he, with two others, was directed to take charge of the vacancies in Virginia. He was at the synod in 1751, and was directed to supply Buffalo settlement and the adjacent places four Sabbaths. He took charge of the congregations of Rockfish and Mountain Plain before 1752. In 1759 he attended the synod, and vainly sought to have a presbytery formed west of the Blue Ridge. They dismissed him from his charge July 18 of that year. He died Aug. 9, 1770. See Webster, Hist. of the Presb. Church in America, 1857.

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