628 History of Wake Forest College
Marlborough Baptist Church in South Carolina, a company of soldiers
volunteering for the Civil War service called him to be their captain.
He proved a valiant soldier and was twice wounded in battle. He
served his company and regiment as chaplain also. After the War he
was pastor of several churches in his native County, Bennettsville for
thirty-five years, and McColl for even a longer time, from 1851,
except during the War, until 1896. Returning from a Sunday's
preaching at this church at Tatum's, he conducted family worship,
went to bed and died during the night, in 1896, when he was eighty-
four years old.4
William A. Vann of Hertford County was at the College in the year
1860-61. He was ordained in 1863 and became chaplain of the
Thirteenth Regiment of North Carolina Infantry. He died in 1864 in
an army hospital at Lynchburg.5
Kimbrough Thompson, while a student in College in 1848-49, was
a licensed minister and preached at churches, but he afterwards
attended Jefferson Medical College where he got his degree of Doctor
of Medicine ; he located in Kentucky. In 1863 he returned to his first
love and was ordained to the ministry at Lawrenceville. Then he went
to Missouri, but in 1866 returned to his native county, Surry, and
spent his life as a Baptist minister and missionary. He died about
1900.
Coming to those who after leaving Wake Forest graduated from
other institutions I mention first N. A. Purefoy. He was a son of Elder
John Purefoy, through whose influence Wake Forest was selected as
the site of the Institute. He was at Wake Forest in 1836-37.
Graduating from Columbian College in 1846 he returned to North
Carolina and was pastor at Tarboro, Greenville, Fayetteville, in
Warren County from 1852 to 1879, and in Raleigh. He spent
his last years, 1881 to 1886 in Wake Forest, where he died July 6,
1886.
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4 See the interesting sketch in the Minutes of the South Carolina Baptist
Convention for 1896.
5 "Bro. William A. Vann, after a short and useful career as chaplain of the 13th
N. C. Regiment, fell a victim to disease, and died in the hospital at Lynchburg in the
early dawn of manhood, much lamented by his Regiment and his numerous friends
at, home and in the army." N. B. Cobb, in Minutes of Convention for 1864.
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