Alexander Calderhead Scotland United States

Biography of Alexander Calderhead

Alexander Calderhead was born on 11 August 1752 in Carluke, son of John Calderhead. He enrolled in an Arts course at the University of Glasgow, attending Professor George Jardine's Logic class of 1777.

Calderheard ministered at Horndean, Berwickshire, from 1787-1802, after which he immigrated to the USA, where he was appointed minister at West Middleton Church, Pennsylvania in 1803. He continued his ministry at Short Creek Church, Ohio in 1805, and Wheeling Township, Ohio, in 1808. Calerhead was considered on of the chief figures in the Associate Reform Church movement in Eastern Ohio, and in the USA. He was the founder of the Piney Fork Church in Jefferson Country, Ohio.

Calderhead died at Ohio on 31 January 1812.


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  • A People Set Apart: The Scotch Irish in Eastern Ohio: from the forks of Yough to the Killing Fields of Georgia, by Lorle Porter

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Alexander Calderhead
Born 11 August 1752.
Died 31 January 1812.
GU Degree: Arts, 1777;
University Link: Student
Occupation categories: clergy
English snippet: Arts student at the University of Glasgow, leading figure of Associate Reform Church movement
Record last updated: 25th Mar 2013

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Scotland Scotland, Carluke
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United States United States, Ohio
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