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DICKEY, John McElroy, clergyman, born in York district, South Carolina, 16 December 1789; died near New Washington, Indiana, 21 November. 1849. He removed with his parents to Livingston County, Kentucky, in 1803, and, with a view to becoming a minister, studied the classics with his cousin, a clergyman, in the neighborhood, and afterward at Hardin Creek, where he was taken into the family of a person whose name of McElroy he adopted, out of gratitude, as a part of his own. After studying theology, he was licensed to preach in August 1814, and removed to the territory of Indiana, being the third Presbyterian minister that had settled there. His Church was at the forks of White River, near what is now Washington, Daviess co. In the following spring he went for his wife and household goods, and in 1819 removed to the vicinity of Lexington, Scott County, to take charge of Pisgah and Lexington Churches, of the latter of which he was pastor till 1835, and of the former till within two years of his death. He went on missionary tours, organized many new Churches in Indiana, .and his connection with the beginnings of the Presbyterian Church in that territory caused him to be widely known in his denomination. He published a "History of the Presbyterian Church in Indiana" (1828). and was preparing a continuation of it. at the time of his death.
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