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History of Greene County, Pennsylvania


REV. JOHN McCLINTOCK, pastor of the New Providence Presbyterian Church, in Cumberland Township, Greene County, Penn., was born in Washington, Penn., November 10, 1808, and is a son of William and Mary (McGowan) McClintock.  His mother was a native of Pennsylvania and of Scotch-Irish descent.  His father was born in County Donegal, Ireland; but when quite a young man, came with his two brothers, to America and settled in Washington, Penn., where they spent the rest of their lives, all dying within nine months.  Mr. McClintock is one of five children.  He received his early education in the subscription school; then learned the weaver’s trade, serving a regular apprenticeship of five years.  When he reached his majority he entered Washington College, Penn., and graduated in the regular classical course with the class of 1836, Having chosen the ministry as his profession, he subsequently entered the Western Theological Seminary, at Allegheny, Penn., and was licensed to preach in April, 1837.  He seized every opportunity of preparing himself for the high calling which he had chosen, and accepted as his first work the cause of missions, the field being Smyrna, in Asia.  In July, 1839, he came to Greene County and accepted his present charge, in which capacity he still continues, having outlived all but three members of his original congregation.  By reason of his most earnest, efficient work, Rev. McClintock’s is among the largest congregations in Greene County.  He has also been instrumental in doing great good outside of his own church, having baptized 251 persons and performed 207 marriage ceremonies.  He was married, in Washington, Penn., April 17, 1834, to Miss Mary, daughter of James and Margaret (Hawkins) Orr.  Mrs. McClintock was also a native of Washington, Penn., born December 11, 1803, and of Scotch-Irish descent.  Her grandparents came from Ireland; her father was a magistrate for many years, and among the prominent men of Washington County, where he settled in 1800.  Mrs. McClintock is a lady of great piety and motherly kindness, and is most highly respected by those who know her best.  Few have as many friends as this aged couple who have worked side by side in the vineyard of the Lord for more than fifty years.  Their union has been blessed with six children—Margaret E., Mary, John C., a minister; and Ann, living; and James and William, deceased.  Their family is highly respected, and they have a prosperous, happy home near Carmichaels, Penn., where they now reside.


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History of Greene County, Pennsylvania

Samuel P. Bates

Nelson, Rishforth & Co., Chicago. 1888


Transcribed by Annette Bame Peebles

The Greene County, Pennsylvania Biographies Project –

Date of Transcription: 9 July 2007

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