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298 > Page 298 of Voices : Birth-marks : The man and the elephant / Matt J. Holt.

Birth-Marks Mercer, Ferguson and Chaplin chapels in Nelson, Level Woods (now Larue county), Brick Chapel in Shelby, Ebenezer in Clark, Grassy Lick in Montgomery, Muddy Creek and Foxtown in Madison, Mount Gerizim in Har- rison, Thomas Meeting House in Washington (now Ma- rion), Sandusky Station, now Pleasant Run in Marion, and Cane Ridge in Bourbon county. The first Gasper River camp meeting held in the sum- mer of 1800 was attended by a great multitude and proved a success. Baptist, Methodist and Presbyterian preachers were each given the opportunity to expound their particular doctrine. There were many conversions and among them several who in later years became dis- tinguished preachers. In the early summer of 1801, Father Rice, James Mc- Cready and Calvin Campbell conducted a great camp meeting in the Cumberland country. Rumors of its suc- cess spread throughout Kentucky and many men rode weary miles through lonely forest trails to attend. Among those who came a great way, was Barton W. Stone. In 1796 he had been licensed by the Orange Pres- bytery of North Carolina. Soon afterwards, emigrating to Kentucky he settled in Bourbon county and occasion- ally preached for the Cane Ridge and Concord churches. He was ordained in 1798 by the Transylvania Presbytery and received a unanimous call to become the pastor of these two churches. Greatly impressed by the good work done at the camp meeting; filled with the spirit which took possession of all, the refined as well as the uneducated, he returned to his congregations and relating his experiences, fired them with the zeal of the meeting which yet inspired him; and by his preaching produced upon them the same effect, even to "the jerks," or bodily demonstrations. 298