Biography of Rev. John C. Telford
Indiana County, PA Biographies

REV. JOHN CREE TELFORD, of West Lebanon, an efficient minister and pastor of West Union United Presbyterian church since 1867, was born in Washington county, New York, August 22, 1821, and is a son of Stephen and Mary (Cree) Telford. His paternal grandfather, John Telford, came from Ireland to Washington county, New York, where he afterwards died. His son, Stephen Telford (father), was a prosperous farmer and died April 5, 1851, aged fifty six years. He was a whig in politics, a member of the Associate Presbyterian church and became a noted opponent of slavery and whiskey. He banished liquor from his harvest, and was strict in his family and all of his business dealings. He married Mary Cree, of Rockbridge, Virginia, who was of the same religious belief as himself and who died in 1872, when in the seventy fifth year of her age.

John C. Telford was reared on a farm and received his education in Cam bridge academy and Jefferson college, from which he graduated in 1844. He then entered: the United Presbyterian seminary at Canuonsburg, Pa., and was graduated from that institution in 1848. He was licensed to preach June 20, 1848, ordained Jannary 1, 1850, and had charge of the East Mahoning United Presbyterian church until May 15, 1867, when he became pastor of West Union church and has held that charge until the present time.

November 6, 1850, lie married Martha, daughter of James 0ram. He has five children, one son and four daughters: Stephen J., a prominent member of the Indiana county bar (see his sketch); Prudence J., wife of J. H. Henderson, a farmer of near Eider's ridge; Mary A., Sarah E. and Maggie B.

Rev. Telford is independent in political opinion, lie is logical and convincing asa minister, and under his charge West Union church has increased in membership until it now numbers one hundred and ninety members. Rev. J. C. Telford resides at West Lebanon, where lie is highly esteemed by the citizens of that place.


From:
Biographical and Historical Cyclopedia
of Indiana and Armstrong Counties, Pennsylvania
Samuel T. Wiley, Historian & Editor
John M. Greshan & Co.
Philadelphia, 1891

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