Stone, Barton Warren

Stone, Barton Warren,

1772–1844, American clergyman of Kentucky. With four other ministers he withdrew from the Presbyterian Church and in 1804 began to form new churches whose members called themselves simply ChristiansChristians,
name taken by the followers of several evangelical preachers on the American frontier, notably James O'Kelley, Abner Jones, and Barton W. Stone, all of whom were antisectarian.
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. Through his acquaintance with Alexander CampbellCampbell, Alexander,
1788–1866, clergyman, cofounder with his father, Thomas Campbell, 1763–1854, of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Of Scottish lineage, both were born in Ireland and educated at the Univ. of Glasgow.
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 he sought to merge (1832) the Christians with the Disciples of Christ.


See C. C. Ware, Barton Warren Stone, Pathfinder of Christian Union (1932).

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Stone, Barton Warren

(1772–1844) Protestant religious leader; born in Port Tobacco, Md. He studied law, then underwent a religious conversion and became an evangelist. He held several Presbyterian pastorates before breaking with that denomination to establish several independent churches in Kentucky and Ohio. His "Christian" churches eventually merged with the Disciples of Christ. In 1826 he founded the periodical Christian Messenger, and varied his editorial duties with evangelical activities in Illinois and Missouri.
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