Ravenscroft, John Stark

Ravenscroft, John Stark D.D., an Episcopal minister in America, afterwards bishop of North Carolina, was born near Blandford, Prince George County, Va.. in 1772. I- e entered William and Mary College in 1789, but with little profit, and, on his return front Scotland soon after, settled in Lunenburg County. In 1810 his mind changed, and he joined the "Republican Methodists," and became a lay elder in their Church. He was subsequently ordained in the Protestant Episcopai Church, became assistant minister at Richmond, and mwas elected bishop the same year. In 1828 he retired to Williamsburgh from ill- health, and, on his return to North Carolina, died March 5, 1830. He published several Sermons and Charges: — also, The Doctrine of the Church Vindicated, etc.: — Revealed Religiion Defended against the No- Comment Principle. Sixty-one Sermons and a Memoir (2 vols. 8vo) were also published after his death. See Sprague, Annals of the Amer. Pulpit, v, 617.

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