Ordained minister in the Church of the Brethren (the "Dunkards"). His family were prominent landowners and members of the Church of England; family tradition is that they disowned him when he joined the Brethren, probably after he married Sarah Craycraft (whose family were prominent members of the Church).
1757, Fairfax County, Virginia: Released from an apprenticeship.
1779, Hampshire County, Virginia: Witnessed a deed.
1782-94, Hampshire County, Virginia: Involved in a number of land transactions in the Cacapon Valley.
1785, Charles County, Maryland: Relinquished his rights in the estate of his grandmother, Elizabeth Dent Tarvin (d. 1759).
c.1794: Migrated to Fleming County, Kentucky, with wife and 12 children, plus a number of members of his congregation; probably preached at Log Union Church.
1796, Mason County, Kentucky: Granted permission to perform marriages in Kentucky.
1798: Sold the rest of his land in Hampshire County, Virginia.
c.1809: Migrated to Bracken County, Kentucky.