January 18, 1759
On January 18, 1759, Presbyterian Minister James Campbell in the Colony of North Carolina subscribed to the required oath that he would not oppose the doctrine, discipline, and liturgy of the Anglican Church of England — thus he became legally allowed to preach or perform marriages in the Colony. Since the Anglican Church was the official state church, marriages performed by other ministers who hadn't subscribed to the oath were not officially recognized.
Reverend Campbell commenced his preaching among the Cape Fear river basin Scots, in both Gaelic and English, in three locations: at the home of Roger McNeill, near Tranthams Creek, at the home of Archibald McKay on the Long Street (the Yadkin Road), and at John Dobbin’s Ordinary on Barbecue Creek. Reportedly, he delivered two sermons at these churches as he rotated weekly among them. One sermon was in Gaelic and the other in English. The fourth Sunday, he was said to have visited other communities and preached, including some in the Colony of South Carolina.