Memorial Biographies of General Baptist Ministers
Rev. James H. Kirtley
Rev. J. H. Kirtley was born in 1841, in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky, on a farm where Moorman Station now stands. At one time he was affiliated with the Missionary Baptists, but later joined the General Baptists, and in 1870 was licensed at Pleasant Hope church to preach the gospel. A short time after this he was ordained to the full work of the ministry.
Rev. Kirtley was always very active in promoting Sunday School work and prayer meetings. He witnessed several conversions while conducting prayer meetings. Some of the churches he served as pastor were New Macedonia of Daviess County, Beulah of Mc Lean County, and Duvall's Chapel of Muhlenberg County, all in Kentucky. He preached at Mud River Union and other churches in Ohio County, and it is believed he served as pastor at these places also. Most of his life was spent in Buel, near Pleasant Hope church, where he reared a large family. He was making his home in Central City, Kentucky, at the time of his death in 1927, and was buried in Pleasant Hope cemetery. His was a long and useful life in the service of his Lord and the General Baptist Denomination.