Asher, Jeremiah W.

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Jeremiah W. Asher grew up in New England and later served as a chaplain during the Civil War. His grandfather, Gad, was born in Africa, taken to Connecticut against his will, and was sold into slavery. Asher, who received a license to preach from the First Baptist church of Hartford, Connecticut, worked as a minister throughout his entire life. Asher was a pastor for Baptist churches in Providence, Rhode Island, Washington DC, and Philadelphia. Before the Civil War, Asher traveled to England to raise funds for the Shiloh Baptist church of Philadelphia. He later enlisted on December 4, 1863 as a chaplain for the 6th USCT Regiment. After ministering to sick soldiers in Wilmington, North Carolina, he died on July 27, 1865. It remains unclear as to whether Asher married. (By Don Sailer)

Life span
10/13/1812—07/27/1865

Life Summary

Full name
  Jeremiah W. Asher
Place of Birth
Birth Date Certainty
  Exact
Death Date Certainty
  Exact
Gender
  Male
Race
  Black
Sectional choice
  North
Origins
  Free State
Occupation
  Clergy
Relation to Slavery
  Free black
Church or Religious Denomination
  Baptist
Military
  Union Army

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