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Henry Richard McFadyen

Short Name: Henry Richard McFadyen
Full Name: McFadyen, Henry Richard, 1877-1964
Birth Year: 1877
Death Year: 1964

Henry Richard McFadyen was the son of Rev. Archibald McFadyen (1836-1911), who studied for the ministry in part while a prisoner of war in Ohio during the Civil War. He had served as a lieutenant in the North Carolina cavalry and been captured after surviving the Battle of Gettysburg. Served churches in and around Bladen County, North Carolina. [Citation: Archibald McFadyen's handwritten biographical notes for Union Seminary, Richmond. Also see McFadyen's article in PRESBYTERIAN SURVEY, January, 1961.] His mother was Miriam Eliza Cromartie. He was born in Elizabethtown, North Carolina, Feb. 1 1876 or 1877. [Citation: the ministerial directory gives 1877, but is frequently in error on dates, and his granddaughter avers the year was 1876.] Married Myrtle Louise Angle, Sept 4, 1907, and had several children. Attended University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, as had his father, 1897-1903; Union Theological Seminary, Richmond, as had his father, 1903-1906. Ordained, El Paso Presbytery, 1906. He served churches in Texas, was honorably retired in 1947, and lived in North Carolina till his death on June 22, 1964 (according to his granddaughter).

Biography and research provided by Jonathan B. Hall, who adds: H. R. McFadyen's brother, also named Archibald, was my great-grandfather. The family has frequently also spelled their last name MacFadyen; Rev. Archibald spelled it both ways, and my grandmother Virginia MacFadyen insisted on "Mac." (The notion that "Mac" is Scottish and "Mc" is Irish is apocryphal.) Today, there is an Archibald MacFadyen Chair of Biblical Interpretation at Union Seminary, perpetuating the memory of this family.


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