John Nelson McJilton


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Rev. John Nelson McJilton

Rev. John Nelson McJilton
 
From a portrait provided by Thomas F. Upson, a great-great-grandson of McJilton

(Born: February 9, 1806 - Died: April 13, 1875)

American clergyman, editor and educator. John Nelson McJilton was born in Baltimore, MD on February 9, 1806. He died in New York City after an attack of tyhoid pneumonia. (The obituary in the New York Times states that he died as a result of “dysentery, hastened by organic disease of the kidneys.”) After a public viewing in New York, his remains were brought back to Baltimore, and he was buried in Greenmount Cemetery.

At various times, he served as an editor for the Baltimore Monument, Baltimore Young Men’s Paper, Baltimore Athenaeum, Maryland Temperance Herald, and Baltimore Patriot. (The year 1805 is given by some sources as the date of his birth, apparently copying the information from New York Times Obituary, which states that he was 70 at the time of his death in 1875, and vol. III of Schultz’s History of Freemasonry in Maryland (1897), which gives the year as 1805, without the day or month. The date of 1806, however, is given on his tombstone.) He wrote sketches under the pseudonym of Giles McQuiggin.

 

 


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Letters:


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Criticism:

  • Notice from “Autography”
    • J. McJilton” (“A Chapter on Autography” - part II) — December 1841 — Graham’s Magazine

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Bibliography:

  • Anonymous, “Obituary: Rev. John M. M’Jilton,” New York Times, April 14, 1875.
  • Mabbott, Thomas Ollive, ed., The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe (Vols 2-3 Tales and Sketches) , Cambridge, Mass.: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1978. (Second printing 1979)
  • Terwilliger, W. Bird., “John Nelson McJilton, Humorist, Devine, Educator” Maryland Historical Magazine, Dec. 1937, vol. XXXII, no. 4, pp. 301-331.
  • Thomas, Dwight and David K. Jackson, The Poe Log: A Documentary Life of Edgar Allan Poe 1809-1849, Boston: G. K. Hall & Sons, 1987.
  • White, E. E., “Sketch of John Nelson McJilton [Appendix II],” Addresses and Journal of Proceedings of the National Educational Association, Salem, OH: Office of the National Teacher, 1875, pp. 193-195.

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