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CRAIG, Lewis, clergyman, born in Orange county, Virginia, in 1737; died in Kentucky in 1828. As there was no ordained minister at hand to baptize him, he began preaching before his baptism, and was indicted "for preaching the gospel contrary to the law." His conduct during the trial so impressed one of the jurors, John Waller, that it was the occasion of Waller's conversion. On 4 June, 1768, while engaged in public worship, he was seized by the sheriff, and was required by the court to give security not to preach in the county within twelve months. Refusing to do this, he was committed to the Fredericksburg jail. After a month's confinement, during which he preached through the prison-bars to large crowds, he was released. Soon afterward he was ordained, and became pastor of a Baptist church. In 1771 he was again imprisoned for three months in Caroline county. In 1781 he removed to Kentucky, where he continued his ministerial labors with great zeal and success.--His brother, Elijah, clergyman, born in Orange county, Virginia, in 1743; died in Kentucky in 1800. Some time after his ordination he was imprisoned for a month for preaching the gospel. In Culpepper jail he lived on rye-bread and water and preached to the people through the prison-bars. After this he was "honored with a term in Orange jail." He was several times sent as a delegate from the Baptist general association to urge the Virginia legislature to grant entire religious liberty. In 1786 he removed to Kentucky, where he amassed a fortune.
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