One of the most beloved pastors of the Midway Church was Dr. I.S.K. Axson, the grandfather of Mrs. Woodrow Wilson. Dr. Axson was born in Charleston, South Carolina on October 3, 1813. When a very young man, he served the Church as co-pastor, after which he became pastor in full charge. Here he remained for seventeen years. Later, he became pastor of the Independent Presbyterian Church of Savannah, Georgia, where he remained for the rest of his days. To quote the historian of the Midway church, “he always brought beaten oil into the sanctuary.” Dr. Axson usually read his sermons from manuscript, but the congregation was trained to this method of delivery, and he seldom lacked for rapt and eager listeners. He died on March 31, 1891, in his seventy-ninth year, and was buried in Laurel Grove, at Savannah.
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Mallard, Robert Quarterman
[7 September 1830 – 3 March 1904]
Son of Thomas and Rebecca (Burnley) Mallard, was born at Walthourville, Liberty county on September 7, 1830.
He was received into the Midway Congregational Church on May 15, 1852.
Graduated at Athens in 1853 and at Columbia Theological Seminary in 1855.
He was licensed to preach by the Presbytery of Georgia on April 14, 1855 and ordained by the same Presbytery on April 13, 1856. He was installed as pastor at the Walthourville church and served there from 1856 until 1863.
He then accepted a call to serve the Central Presbyterian Church of Atlanta, 1863 to 1866.
Prytania Street Church, New Orleans, 1866-1877
Napoleon Avenue Presbyterian Church, New Orleans, 1
son-in-law of Charles Colcock Jones.
Dr. Mallard was taken prisoner at Walthourville on December 14, 1865, where he was temporarily stopping, and kept with other prisoners in pens on the Ogeechee. After the fall of Savannah, he was carried into the city, and for a while imprisoned in a cotton warehouse on Bay Street. He was entertained for about three months at the home of Dr. I.S.K. Axson, as a paroled prisoner, before being finally released.
Stacy, History of the Midway Cong. Ch., p. 124;
Moderator of General Assembly, 1896, meeting at Memphis, TN.
Mallard, R.Q., “Personal Reminiscences of Rev. Benjamin Morgan Palmer, D.D., LL.D., Union Seminary Magazine, 14.2 (1903) 1110-119.
“That Abominable Thing,” in The Homiletic Review 36.422
“Reconciliation by Death—Salvation by Life,” in The Homiletic Review 33.505
“The Institutional Church Not the Ideal Church,” in The Homiletic Review 33.84
“The Service of Prayer,” in The Homiletic Review 40.90
The Value of the Christian Pulpit, Southern Presbyterian Review 18.3 (October 1867) 361-370.
Review by BBW – Mallard, Q., Plantation Life Before Emancipation. Richmond, Va., 1892. 237 pp.] PRR III (JI 1892),606.