Saturday, May 11, 2013


ARCHIBALD P. MONTAGUE, who was for many years a leading merchant at Cromwell in Ohio County prior to his death, was born on February 1, 1831, in Granville County, North Carolina; and removed at the age of twenty (1851) to Kentucky, and passed the remainder of his years in Warren, Logan and Ohio Counties of this State. About the year 1858 he was united in marriage to Nancy Ellen Leach (b. December 7, 1832, d. February 15, 1896), a native of Cromwell, and daughter of Joseph Leach (1796-1864) and Altha (Miller) Leach (1795-1865), both natives of Maryland. Her parents were devout Methodists, and her father was a Class Leader among them, who "stood high in the community" where he lived. They had six children, as follows: Charles C. Montague; Aralta (Montague) Sutton; Joseph Samuel Montague; Archibald A. Montague; Edwin Asbury Montague and Willie Cartwright Montague. 

Brother Montague became a member of the Green River Church by Christian experience and baptism during the great revival of December, 1863-January, 1864, and was baptized by Pastor Alfred Taylor. His wife united with the Church in like manner on March 23, 1864. From August, 1864, through October, 1868, he served as the Clerk of the Church. He was ordained on July 31, 1869, as a Deacon, after being chosen for the office by the Church the day before, by the same presbytery which ordained William Carey Taylor, Sr., to the Gospel Ministry - Baptist Ministers James F. Austin, Judson Slade Taylor and R. H. Miller. From the year 1866 through 1875, he served as the Recording Clerk of the Gasper River Baptist Association. His untimely death, at the age of fifty, occurred on April 28, 1881. His body was laid to rest in the East Providence Cemetery, Ohio County, Kentucky. Her death took place on February 15, 1896, in her sixty-third year, and she is buried there, too.

A Sesquicentennial History of the Green River Missionary Baptist Church 1836 - 1986, Written and Compiled by Wendell Holmes Rone, Sr., For the One Hundred and Fiftieth Anniversary of the Founding of the Church, 1987.

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