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Yeiser, Daniel Englehart

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Yeiser, Daniel Englehart
March 15, 2007 09:20PM
1844-1943" by Wendell H. Rone, Probably published in 1944 by
Messenger Job Printing Co., Inc., Owensboro, Kentucky, pp. 356-358.
Used by permission. [Daviess]

DANIEL ENGLEHART YEISER: A history of the Daviess County (Daviess-
McLean) Baptist Association would be incomplete if it did not take
into account the more than fifty year ministry of Daniel Englehart
Yeiser. This pioneer servant of our Lord was born in Todd County,
Kentucky, on May 17, 1825. His father Adam R. Yeiser, was a native
of Pennsylvania, and came to Danville, Kentucky, while a small child
with his parents. Here Adam R. Yeiser married Susan F. Walker, a
native of Virginia and a daughter of Hugh Walker of Adair County,
Brother Yeiser learned the tanner's trade with his father but
never followed this profession after he left his father's Home.
In 1847 he went to farming with an uncle, Richard Walker, his worldly
possessions being his clothes, fifty cents and a horse. The next
year he worked with another uncle, John Roberts, and the following
spring, March 11, 1849, he married Miss Helen K. Newton, a daughter
of Kirtley Newton. Her father died while she was an infant and she
was reared by her grandparents. The first year after his marriage
Brother Yeiser rented land, and the following year bought land in the
southeastern section of Daviess County, Kentucky. He lived here three
years but unsettled financial conditions forced him to give back the
land to its original owner. He then bought 200 acres adjoining it.
This was all wild land when he moved on it but later all was placed
under cultivation. The original homeplace is still the property of a
son, Maple D. Yeiser, near Red Hill community, in Daviess County.
Up to the age of twenty-eight Brother Yeiser had made no
pretensions of religious enlightenment. His father was an
Episcopalian and his mother a Methodist. In the latter part of the
year 1853 he was awakened to the reality of his spiritual condition
by the sudden death of his second child. Accordingly he gave his
heart to Chrsit [sic] and his life in service.
Green Brier Church, near where he lived the remainder of his
earthly life, licensed him to preach in the year 1858. On the 5th
day of February 1860, he was fully set apart to the work of the
Gospel ministry. The same day on which he was ordained he baptized
five converts. From that time on his labors as a missionary, founder
of churches, and as pastor, made history in the Green River Country.
He was largely instrumental in the formation of the Walnut Street
Church in Owensboro, Panther Creek, Sugar Grove and Glenville in
Daviess County, and Woodward's Valley in Ohio County.
From first to last he served the following churches during his
long and impressive ministry: Brushy Fork 1865-1872, 1884-1895, and
1899-1901 Walnut Street 1876-1879; Sugar Grove 1873-1874, 1898;
Yelvington 1866-1868; West Point 1866-1869; Roseville 1897-1898;
Bell's Run 1892-1893; Panther Creek 1889-1890, 1898-1901; Birk City
(Stanley) 1876-1885; Curdsville 1871-1878; Glenville 1865-1866, 1876,
1886-1890; Hopewell 1898-1901; Macedonia 1875; Red Hill 1896,
1901-1902; Mt. Liberty 1889; Mt. Carmel 1869-1872; Woodward's Valley
1893-1898; and Zion 1863-1867, 1870-1876. Perhaps there were others
but we have no information concerning them.
Besides helping to found the churches already mentioned we find
that he was instrumental in the founding of the Curdsville, Stanley,
and Red Hill Churches. He became a constituent member of the Sugar
Grove and Red Hill Churches at their organization in 1860 and 1893
respectively. His membership was with the Red Hill Church at the
time of his death which occurred on December 17, 1920, at the ripe
age of 95 years and 7 months. His wife had previously died in the
year 1916. Seven children were born to this union, with three living
at the present time (1943).
Brother Yeiser was an active, laborious, and efficient minister
until about ten years before his death. Failing health caused his
retirement. He preached occasionally in the neighborhood churches a
short time before his death. Even though he had very little
educational equipment he waxed strong in the work of the Lord. He is
buried in the family cemetery on the old home place near Red Hill
Church. The untiring missionary example of Daniel E. Yeiser is well
worthy of emulation today. He rests from his labors but the magnitude
of his works still follow and speak of his untiring devotion to the
cause of the Lord he loved and served.

Yeiser Walker Roberts Newton
PA Adair-KY Todd-KY Ohio-KY

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