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MINES, Flavel Scott, clergyman, born in Lees-burg, Virginia, 31 December, 1811; died in San Francisco, California, in 1852. He was the son of John Mines, D. D., a Presbyterian clergyman of Virginia, and was graduated at Princeton theological seminary in 1830. He was pastor of Laight street Presbyterian church, New York city, but resigned his charge in 1841, and in 1842 took orders in the Protestant Episcopal church. In 1849 he organized at San Francisco, California, the first Protestant Episcopal congregation on the Pacific coast, and built Trinity church, under the chancel of which he was buried. He was the author of "A Presbyterian Clergyman looking for the Church" (New York, 1850).--His son, John Flavel, author, born in Paris, France, 27 January, 1835, was graduated at Trinity in 1854, and at Berkeley divinity-school in 1857. He entered the army as chaplain in May, 1861, but later retired from the ministry, was given a commission, and was mustered out in May, 1865, as a lieutenant-colonel. He has been a contributor to various New York newspapers, and has published "The Heroes of the Last Lustre," a poem (New York, 1858), and "A Tour around New York by Mr. Felix Oldboy" (1888).--Another son, Flavel Scott, clergyman, born in St. Croix, Wisconsin, 24 July, 1843; died in St. Louis, Missouri, 14 September, 1878, was educated at Trinity, and graduated at the General theological seminary, New York, in 1855. He early espoused what is known as the catholic school of thought in the Episcopal church, and was for several years one of its most active advocates in the city of New York. He held pastorates in Cherry Valley, New York, East-port, Maine, before being called to New York, and left that city in 1874 to take charge of a church in Peoria, Illinois, whence he was called in 1876 to Trinity church, Mason, Tennessee When "The Church Monthly" was developed into "The Church Weekly Newspaper," he became one of its editors.
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