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Gaddie, Daniel Abraham, Sr.

(born: 1836  -  died: 1911) 

Reverend D. A. Gaddie was born in Hart County, KY, the son of a slave owner whose last name was Jamison. He changed his last name to Gaddie after he was freed. Gaddie was a blacksmith and became an ordained minister in 1865.

A very active member of the Association of the Kentucky Baptists, Rev. Gaddie was pastor of a number of churches in Louisville, KY, including the Green Street Baptist Church during the 1870s. It is estimated that he baptized more than 1,000 people during his lifetime.

Rev. Gaddie received an honorary Doctor of Divinity  degree in 1887 from State University [later Simmons University] in Louisville; some sources say he was a graduated of the school. Gaddie was also a member of the school's Board of Trustees for seven years and of the Executive Board for 16 years.

Rev. D. A. Gaddie's name can be found on a number of African American marriage certificates, including that of James Cambron and Lucenda Fry Cambron, married in 1895.

For more see Afro-American Encyclopaedia: Or, the Thoughts, Doings..., by James T. Haley, p. 476 [available online at the UNC Library, Documenting the American South website]; the Daniel Abraham Gaddie entry in vol. 4 of the Afro-American Encyclopedia; and the Rev. Daniel Abraham Gaddie entry in Men of Mark by W. J. Simmons and H. M. Turner [available fulltext at Google Books].

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