Person:Robert Samples (8)

Rev. Robert Samples
b.31 Aug 1775
d.11 Apr 1874
m. Abt 1775
  1. Rev. Robert Samples1775 - 1874
  2. James Samples1777 - 1813
  3. Lydia Samples1778 - 1855
  4. Elizabeth Samples1782 - 1835
  5. Samuel Samples1785 - 1870
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Name Rev. Robert Samples
Gender Male
Birth? 31 Aug 1775
Death? 11 Apr 1874
  1.   Durant, Samuel W, and Pliny A Durant. History of Lawrence County, Pennsylvania: with illustrations descriptive of its scenery, palatial residences, public buildings, fine blocks, and important manufactories, from original sketches by artists of the highest ability. (Philadelphia: L.H. Everts Co., 1877)
    Page 132, 148, 159, 162.
  2.   Rev. Robert Sample, in
  3.   Eaton, S. J. M. History of the Presbytery of Erie: embracing in its ancient boundaries the whole of northwestern Pennsylvania and northeastern Ohio, with biographical sketches of all its ministers, and historical sketches of its churches. (New York, New York: Hurd and Houghton, 1868)
    Page 431.
  4.   Rev. Robert Sample was pastor of Slippery Rock Presbyterian Church.
    Wayne Township has for its western boundary the Big Beaver River, numerous tributaries of which head within its limits. On the east Slippery Rock Creek forms the boundary between Wayne and Perry, and the Conoquenessing enters on the south from Beaver County, and after receiving the waters of the Slippery Rock curves around through the southern part of the township, and finally enters the Big Beaver on the line between Lawrence and Beaver Counties.

    The pastoral relation of Mr. Sample to Slippery Rock was dissolved in 1835, and his relation to this church in 1838. He subsequently served Pulaski for a about a year, Brookfield, Ohio, for a year or two, and he departed this life April 11th, 1874.
  5.   New Castle News, New Castle, Lawrence Co, PA, 2 Oct 1901 (Wednesday)
    . . . Slipperyrock was without a pastor for a little over a year. On April 10 Rev Robert Sample was ordained the second pastor of Slipperyrock and New Castle. The salary he received from both churches was $300. On half of this was paid by each church. The larger part of it was in oats, wheat, potatoes, wood, wool, and provisions. Even with all these different kinds of currency it seems the people would get a little behind with their pastor. In his duty it was the custom to have two sermons on Sunday, with one hour between for lunch and smoking. The smoking was not confined to the masculine gender and so the ladies joined in the smoke between sermons.

    An important event in the pastorate of Rev Sample was the building of a new church. The congregation worshipped in the log church until 1825 at which time a frame building was erected. It stood parallel with the present church. It stood until 1863 at which time the present structure was erected. Mr. Sample remained with the congregation until 1835 when the church at New Castle felt able to support a minister full time and Mr. Sample took charge of the New Castle Church.

    A word regarding the session of Slipperyrock Church would now be in place. The first elders or at least the first we find on record were Jesse Bell, William Cairnes, Joseph Hennon and Jonathan Peffard. In addition to these there were ordained Oct 25, 1812 Isaac Cole and Andrew Elliott. In May 1818 Donald McGregor was added; May 1822 Benjamin Cunningham and William Morton were ordained to the eldership. William Morton was a member of the state legislature from this county; Andrew Elliott was known as the “John” of the session. He had a deep sense of piety and was a mild, gentle man. In February 1839 John Bell, Joseph Cunningham, Daniel Cole, and Martin L. Hawkins were admitted to the roll; in March 1850, Benjamin Cunningham, John Ward, and Jacob Van Gorder. In February 1866, Eljah T. Matheny and John Glasser were ordained ruling elders. These two men are senior members of the present session.