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Wakefield, C. B. - Rev.

REV. C. B. WAKEFIELD, the subject of this sketch, was born in Jefferson Township, Fayette Co., Penn., October 15, 1852. Here he was reared and educated, attending the common schools until fourteen years of age, when he was sent to fitting school preparatory to entering college. Having made the necessary preparation, he entered Waynesburg College, Pennsylvania, in the latter part of 1868, and graduated in the Classical Department in 1873. All of this time was not spent in college, as the subject of this sketch, like many another poor boy, had to step aside from the regular duties of college, and teach to earn money to prosecute his studies. From 1873 to 1876 he spent in the teaching profession, at the same time paying some little attention to law. About this time Mr. Wakefield connected with the Presbyterian Church, and determined to study for the Gospel ministry. In the summer of 1876 he entered the National School of Elocution and Oratory at Philadelphia, taking the junior course, and in the fall of the same year matriculated at the Western Theological Seminary, where he spent three years, graduating in the spring of 1879. He was immediately invited to occupy the pulpit of the Presbyterian Church at Somerset, Penn. This invitation was accepted, and on June 7, 1879, at the regular meeting of Redstone Presbytery, he was ordained to preach the Gospel, and installed pastor for half-time of the Somerset Presbyterian Church. This work was partly under the supervision of the Board of Home Missions. While here Mr. Wakefield married Anna Benford, second daughter of G.W. Benford. He remained two years at Somerset, and then removed to Fairchance, Penn., accepting a call there and only remaining six months. The next permanent settlement he made was in Cochranton, Crawford County, in 1881, where he now resides, having accepted a call to the Presbyterian Church of this place.


 

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