1819- Dresden Presbyterian Church History -1919
written by Mrs. T.M. (Mary Louise Cresap) Stevenson

Review of Apostolic Succession

"Let we forget" we repeat these sixteen names:

Ministers Going out from this Church

This Church has also grandchildren in the ministry, viz.,


Our Foreign Missionaries

Mrs. Josephine Lemert Coffing, sailed with her husband to Aintab, Armenia in 1857. Rev. Jackson Coffing was assassinated while on a missionary journey to Tarsus in 1862, at the place where Alexander the Great fought the Battle of Issus. A less brave and consecrated woman would have resigned and returned home, but she remained in the work for nearly fifty years and expressed to me her regret that she did not stay and finish her course in that land.

Then, five years ago this month, Roy Lanning, the son of Elder J.W. Lanning, sailed for China. Roy's mother hand an uncle, Rev. Green, and an aunt, Mrs. Rev. Dodge, also missionaries in China, before him. Missions in the blood. We are glad to have our own missionary.

Home Missions

We have always had many faithful Home Missionary worker. The Home work appeals to the heart and the hand and eye much easier than the Foreign work. Therefore the consecrated workers for Home Missions have always been the majority and every society organized in this Church has been both Home and Foreign Missions. The Society that gave the largest sums ever received in this Church was "The Mercy Drops," organized by Mrs. Josephine Lemert Coffing: a Home and Foreign Missionary Society. It was a young ladies socieity. They gave more than any Church in the Presbytery for a time. It used to be the event of the year. For months these girls worked for the Christmas Bazzar and their sales were greast in results. I know of only one member still in town, Miss Jennie Bailey. There were later faithful workers, some were called home, but their successors are with us.

One stands out prminently-Mrs. H.G.O. Cary. She was a daughter of still another Elder of this Church, Mr. John N. Ingalls; as Mrs. Coffing was of Elder Laban Lemert. Mrs. Cary organized teh Zanesville Home and Foreign Presbyterial MIssionary Society. She went over these counties,-Knox, Licking,Coshocton, Perry and Muskingum-over hills, through the cities adn towns, stirring up the women who were wise and willing-hearted, and was successful. Then for seventeen years served as President, and President Emeritus till death. We are glad this Church has the honor of her noble life.

One of the members of this Church, Mr. George Bowers, who died in 1863, age eithy, seved the other World War, (like our boys today), six years under the great Napleon.

Another of our members, Mrs. Cynthia Hirst, had been a subject of George III, but was descended from Susannah White, who came over in the Mayflower, and her son, Peregrine White, who was the first child born in the Plymouth Colony. Mrs. Hirst's father and uncles served in the Revolution under General Stark.

Others of this Church have ancestors who wore the "Sword of Bunker Hill" and all the Revolution; but the Mayflower! but that we can go back to the beginning of the nation-is glorious! "The breaking waves dashed high." Their reverberation echoes down the ages. We can almost hear them.

" Amid the storm they sang, the stars heard and the sea, and why not we?
And the sounding aisles of the deep woods sang to the anthem of the free.
Aye, call it holy ground-the soil where first they trod,
And they left unstained what there they found-freedom to worship God."

The period of the World War is like a panaorama spread before us. It was the Mayflower spirit moving our people to help those nations have freedom to worship God. Four million eight hundred thousand enlisted in this cause. Our boys, from Church and Sabbath School, were overseas, as officers and privates. Some are home, some still serving. Some sleep in where poppies grow, on Flanders field, among them Kaye Ogilvie, our pastor's beloved son.. We are proud of all and can never forget their brave deeds. "Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori."

Our Civil War Veterans who wore the blue, and these our boys in Khaki, are enshrined in our hearts forever. The anthem of the World War is our own Henry Van Dyke's "Home Again, Home Again, America for Me and the Flag of Many Stars."


Ruling Elders

Perhaps it is well to add the names of the Ruling Elders, Coadjustors of the Pastor:

The present session-1919- are:

This Church began by Revolutionary Veterans and Soldiers of the War of 1812, passed through the Mexican War, Civil War, War with Spain, and finally the World War, and her members followed the Flag to Victory as patriots should, but we hope we shall learn war nomore and Jehovah Shalom the Lord our Peace, shall smile upon us continually. Truly " hitherto the Lord that helped us," and we have the promise, "Lo, I am with you alway."


First Things in Dresden

All these first things in Presbyterian Recordes. It is grand that this Church not only goes back to 1819, but to the Mayflower, 1620.

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