Dr./Rev. Samuel Doak, Sr., D.D.

Male 1749 - 1830  (81 years)


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  • Name Samuel Doak 
    Title Dr./Rev. 
    Suffix Sr., D.D. 
    Born 1 Aug 1749  Augusta Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Education 1775  Princeton University Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Religion 1780  Greeneville Co, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location 
    preached 
    Religion 26 Sep 1780  Sycamore Sholes, North Carolina (prayed bef Battle of Kings Mountain) Find all individuals with events at this location 
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    Other-Begin 5 Feb 1785  Washington Co, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    re: Blackburn 
    • From "the Benjamin Blackburn Family" by W.A. Challaconmbe

      "On Feb 5, 1784, Benjamin Blackburn (b 1718 Ulster) purchased for 150 pounds, 200 acres in Washington County, NC lying on both sides of Onion Branch and the East Branch of Little Limestone Creek. This tract is located about 1 mile south of Washington College, which in that day was conducted by the Rev. Samuel Doak under the name of Martin Academy."
    Religion Between 1790 and 1818  Washington College Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Religion Bef 1790  Salem Presbyterian Church, Limestone, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location 
    founded 
    Occupation 1818  Washington College, Washington Co, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • He (Samuel Doak, D.D.) resigned his presidency in 1818, and was succeeded by his son, Rev. John M. Doak. He then moved into the neighborhood of Mount Bethel church, in Greene County, and opened what he called Tusculum Academy, which grew into Tuculum College under the management of his son, Samuel Whitfield Doak.
      pg 134 - The Scotch-Irish in America: Proceedings of the Scotch-Irish Congress... Vol 9, Part 1900
    Residence Aft 1818  Greene Co, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • opened Tusculum Academy (later Tusculum College)
    Died 12 Dec 1830  Bethel, Washington Co, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Salem Cem, Washington Co, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_Doak

      Samuel Doak (1749?1830) was an American Presbyterian clergyman and educator, a pioneer in the movement for the abolition of slavery.

      Early life Doak was born in Augusta County, Virginia. He graduated from Princeton in 1775, studied theology, and was licensed to preach in 1777.

      Career Moving to the Holston valley in Tennessee, Doak established the New Bethel Presbyterian Church. He later moved to Limestone, Tennessee, where he founded Salem Presbyterian Church. He also established an academy which grew into Washington College, of which he was president from 1790 to 1818.

      In 1780, Doak preached to settlers at the Big Spring in Greeneville, Tennessee. Regular services began around the spring, and in 1783, Mt. Bethel Presbyterian Church (now First Presbyterian Church) was formed, Hezekiah Balch being the first settled minister. In 1818, Doak permanently settled in Greeneville, where he helped to establish the Tusculum Academy, which in 1844 became Tusculum College.

      He was awarded a Doctor of Divinity degree for his tireless efforts at promoting Presbyterianism and education. He was generally known as "the Presbyterian Bishop."

      [edit] Abolition effortsAfter becoming convinced of the iniquity of slavery, he freed his own slaves in 1818. Afterwards, for the rest of his life, Doak advocated immediate abolition. He was referred to as being "the apostle of learning and religion in the West."

      Doak delivered the following sermon and prayer at Sycamore Shoals, September 26, 1780 for the mustering of the troops prior to the Battle of Kings Mountain. They afterwards fought a victorious battle against Loyalist troops commanded by British Maj. Patrick Ferguson.

      My countrymen, you are about to set out on an expedition which is full of hardships and dangers, but one in which the Almighty will attend you. The Mother Country has her hand upon you, these American colonies, and takes that for which our fathers planted their homes in the wilderness - OUR LIBERTY. Taxation without representation and the quartering of soldiers in the homes of our people without their consent are evidence that the crown of England would take from its American Subjects the last vestige of Freedom. Your brethren across the mountains are crying like Macedonia unto your help. God forbid that you should refuse to hear and answer their call - but the call of your brethren is not all. The enemy is marching hither to destroy your homes. Brave men, you are not unacquainted with battle. Your hands have already been taught to war and your fingers to fight. You have wrested these beautiful valleys of the Holston and Watauga from the savage hand. Will you tarry now until the other enemy carries fire and sword to your very doors? No, it shall not be. Go forth then in the strength of your manhood to the aid of your brethren, the defense of your liberty and the protection of your homes. And may the God of Justice be with you and give you victory.
      Let us pray. Almighty and gracious God! Thou hast been the refuge and strength of Thy people in all ages. In time of sorest need we have learned to come to Thee - our Rock and our Fortress. Thou knowest the dangers and snares that surround us on march and in battle. Thou knowest the dangers that constantly threaten the humble, but well beloved homes, which Thy servants have left behind them. Oh, in Thine infinite mercy, save us from the cruel hand of the savage, and of tyrant. Save the unprotected homes while fathers and husbands and sons are far away fighting for freedom and helping the oppressed. Thou, who promised to protect the sparrow in its flight, keep ceaseless watch, by day and by night, over our loved ones. The helpless women and little children, we commit to Thy care. Thou wilt not leave them or forsake them in times of loneliness and anxiety and terror. Oh, God of Battle, arise in Thy might. Avenge the slaughter of Thy people. Confound those who plot for our destruction. Crown this mighty effort with victory, and smite those who exalt themselves against liberty and justice and truth. Help us as good soldiers to wield the SWORD OF THE LORD AND GIDEON. AMEN.[1]

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      Samuel, Sr. Doak
      Date: Mar 21, 1804
      Location: Augusta Co., VA
      Record ID: 38823
      Description: Decedent's brother
      Prove Date: Jun 23, 1806
      Book-Page: WB10-53

      Remarks: John Doak's will -
      To son, John; sons, Samuel and Thomas Mitchell Doak; to daughter, Julia; daughter, Nancy; daughter, Rosannah; daughter, Betsey Wilson Doak; son, Washington; son, David. Executors, brothers Vory (?), Robert, Samuel, Sr., and David Doak.

      This probate record was originally published in "Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement in Virginia, 1745-1800. Extracted from the Original Court Records of Augusta County" by Lyman Chalkley
    Person ID I348  Roots
    Last Modified 14 Dec 2014 

    Father Samuel Doak, Sr. (Immigrant),   b. Abt 1716, Ballynure, Co Antrim, Ulster, Northern Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 19 May 1772, Augusta Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 56 years) 
    Mother Jean (America Jane) Mitchell, (immigrant),   b. Abt 1717, Ulster, Northern Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1772, Augusta Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 55 years) 
    Married Abt 1738  Lancaster Co, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F158  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Esther Houston Montgomery,   b. 27 Feb 1755, Augusta Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1807, Augusta Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 51 years) 
    Married 31 Oct 1775  New Providence C, Augusta Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Julia Doak,   b. 10 Aug 1776, Augusta Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Mar 1837, Ripley, Brown Co, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years)
    +2. John Whitfield (M.) Doak,   b. 18 Oct 1778, Washington Co, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Oct 1820, Washington Co, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 41 years)
     3. Lucina Doak,   b. 1782, Augusta Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1825  (Age 43 years)
    +4. Samuel Witherspoon (Whitfield) Doak, Jr.,   b. 24 Mar 1785, Salem, Augusta Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Feb 1864, Tusculum, Greene Co, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
     5. Jane Rowe Doak,   b. 11 Sep 1780, Greene Co, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Jan 1828, Greeneville, Greene Co, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 47 years)
     6. Nancy Doak,   b. 1790, Augusta Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1840  (Age 51 years)
     7. Mary "Polly" Doak,   b. 1792, Augusta Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1800  (Age 9 years)
    +8. Archibald Alexander Doak,   b. 12 Jul 1815, Washington Co, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 May 1886, Clarksville, Montgomery Co, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)
    Last Modified 10 Feb 2011 
    Family ID F161  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Margaretta Houston,   b. Abt 1754, Augusta Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Sep 1831, Washington Co, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 77 years) 
    Married Aft 1796  Washington Co, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 30 Mar 2013 
    Family ID F17327  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1 Aug 1749 - Augusta Co, Virginia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEducation - 1775 - Princeton University Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Between 1790 and 1818 - Washington College Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - founded - Bef 1790 - Salem Presbyterian Church, Limestone, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
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