John Samuel Shouse
1840 - 1914
Life of John Shouse
The beginning and growth of the Restoration Movement in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky is centered, largely, around the old Kibbey Homestead, a great two-story log house, near Grayson, Ky. It was built more than a hundred years ago, and is still occupied. It was ceiled and weatherboarded with timber sawed by hand, by slaves (there were no sawmills then). The old home has beautifully dressed stone chimneys, though most of those earliest mountain homes had chimneys of mud, stones or sticks.
This old home was the stopping place for all preachers, and it was there they held their services, since there were no church buildings. Among the earliest preachers of the Restoration Movement was John S. Shouse, of Lexington, Ky. While still a young student, he preached his first sermon in the old Kibbey Home and remained to hold a meeting, which resulted in a large number of additions. Among them were two of the Kibbey brothers, Frank and Will, who immediately joined Bro. Shouse in a preaching tour over Carter County. There were large numbers of additions and several churches established.
Bro. Shouse later preached in the Blue-grass section of Kentucky, for many years, and was greatly loved. He was much interested in the education of young men for the ministry, and in the Midway School for Orphan Girls. Some of these young people were taken into his home in Lexington, during vacations, and became members of his family.
Bro. Shouse was an able speaker, an orator, and a clear thinker. His memory is kept green by all who knew and loved him.
(By Mrs. Ruby Huffman Ogden, Sketches of Our Mountain Preachers, West, p.114,115)
Note: J.S. Shouse was a chief fund raiser for the College of the Bible in the late 1800's. He was elected as trustee of the college in 1865. He was also minister of Midway Christian Church after the tenure of L.L. Pinkerton. He died on May 15, 1914 at the age of 73.
The grave of John S. Shouse is located at Lexington Cemetery, Lexington, Ky. Heading west from downtown on West Main Street enter the cemetery to the right. Continue through the iron gates on the main little road (Main Avenue). Go between the little lakes to the new part of the cemetery and turn left as you are passing section by "16."("16" is on the right.) Once you've made the left turn Section "F-1" will be on your right and "I-1" will be on your left. Go about three-quarters of the section down and look to the left. Grave is located a few markers in.Section I-1 Lot 46 W1/2