Helm, Larue
March 10, 2007 01:32PM
A History of Kentucky Baptists From 1769 to 1885, Including More Than
800 Biographical Sketches, J. H. Spencer, Manuscript Revised and
Corrected by Mrs. Burilla B. Spencer, In Two Volumes. Printed For the
Author. 1886. Republished By Church History Research & Archives 1976
Lafayette, Tennessee. Vol. 2, pp 72-74 [Hardin County]

SQUIRE LaRUE HELM, D.D., has been a prominent actor in the public
enterprises of Kentucky Baptists, since 1837. He has been pastor of
several churches in the most important towns and cities of the State,
and has held various positions of trust and responsibility in the
denomination. But it appears more fit to give a sketch of his life in
connection with Salem Association, than in any other relation. In the
early history of this body, his ancestors were prominent actors, and
among its churches, he began his labors in the ministry. His
grandfather Thomas Helm, was of Prussian extraction, and emigrated from
Virginia to Kentucky. He settled in Hardin county, while the Indians
were still roving in the surrounding forests, making it necessary for
the white settlers to dwell in forts. His father, George Helm, was
about seven years old when brough by his parents to Kentucky. He was a
prominent citizen of Hardin county, which he represented in the Kentucky
Legislature, in 1813, '14 and '16. In 1814, he resigned his seat in the
Legislature to take a position of General Thomas' staff, and was in the
battle of New Orleans, January 8, 1815. The maternal grand-father of S.
L. Helm was John LaRue. He was of French extraction, and was an early
settler in what is now LaRue County. He was an Elder in a Baptist
church, and a citizen of great moral worth. LaRue county was named in
honor of him. From his posterity has sprung the following Baptist
preachers: S. L. Helm, A. W. LaRue, John H. Yeaman, W. Pope Yeaman, and
Robert Enlows.
S. L. Helm, the eighth child and fourth son of George and Rebecca
Helm, and a younger brother of the late Governor John L. Helm, was born
in Hardin County, Kentucky, May 16, 1816. His father having died in
Texas, whither he had gone on a business speculation, which involved the
loss of most of his estate, while his son Squire was a small boy, the
latter was raised on a farm by a widowed mother, and had few educational
advantages. At the age of seventeen years, he was apprenticed to a
tanner, and at the end of three and a half years, went into the business
of tanning on his own account.
In the summer of 1814, he professed conversion and was baptized by
Jacob Rogers, into the fellowship of Severns Valley church, the first
organization of the kind that existed in Kentucky, and of which his
parents and grand parents had all been members. By that church he was
licensed to preach, December 31, 1836. The following year, he was a
member of the convention that formed the General Association of Kentucky
Baptists. About the time he was licensed to preach, he entered the
school of Robert Hewett, at Elizabethtown, where he received most of his
schooling. Having been invited to take charge of Mt. Pleasant church,
at Brandenburg, he was ordained in that church by William Vaughan, John
L. Burrows and F. F. Seig, April 7, 1838. In May, 1843, he took charge
of the church at Mayslick, in Mason county. He preached there seven
years and baptized over three hundred. In 1850 he accepted a call to
Sharpsburg, preaching half his time to that church, and devoting the
other half to the labors of a missionary. He took charge of the church
at Owensboro, January 1, 1852. Here he labored till August, 1854, when
he accepted a call to East church, in Louisville, which he served one
year, acting as Secretary of the American Indian Mission Association,
during the same period. He baptized something over 100 that year. In
August, 1854, he accepted a call to the church at Covington, where he
ministered five years, during which about 250 were added to the church.
Between 1859 and 1866 he served for different periods, the church at
Waco and Tates creek, in Madison county, Davids Fork and Bryants, in
Fayette county, and Silas, in Bourbon county. In 1867, he accepted the
position of State Evangelist, under the General Association. He labored
in that capacity till 1869, when he again took charge of the East church
in Louisville. Here he ministered about six years, receiving into the
church about 250 members.
After this, he acted as financial agent for the Masonic Widows and
Orphans Home, at Louisville, about six months. In July, 1875, he took
charge of the church at Nicholasville, from whence he was called to
Maysville in May, 1877. After serving the church at this place two
years, he moved to Breckinridge county, where he bought a farm and
arranged a very beautiful cottage home in which, as he avers, to spend
the evening of his earthly life. Meanwhile he is pastor of the churches
at Stephensport, Hawesville and Goshen, preaching to the first named,
twice a month and supplying one mission station.
Dr. Helm is a clear, strong, direct speaker, and few preachers in
the State exercised so great an influence over a popular audience. His
life has been a very active one in the Master's vineyard; and his
strong, healthy, robust appearance, gives hope that he will yet render
valuable service, for many years to come.

Helm Thomas LaRue Yeaman Enlows Rogers Hewett Vaughn Burrows Seig
VA LA Mayslick-Mason-KY Sharpsburg-Bath-KY Owensboro-Daviess-KY
Louisville-Jefferson-KY Covington-Kenton-KY Madison-KY Fayette-KY
Bourbon-KY Nicholasville-Jessamine-KY Stephensport-Breckinridge-KY
Hawesville-Hancock-KY Goshen-Oldham-KY

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