Seeking more information or leads to locate Rev John's parents. I am a descendant of Rev. John's daughter Sarah Sophia who married my gggrandfather Nahum Ball Gates.
My aunt, who provided the info below, came up with a different father from others on this board. One of her sources, other than the below-mention edNYTimes article, is a book entitled ""Down Through the Years in Elyria," by James B. Thomas, (Oberlin: Oberlin Printing Co., 1967.)
All contacts are welcome.
Rev. John Monteith (Gettysburg, PA, 5 Aug 1788–Elyria, OH, 5 April 1868), a Presbyterian minister, and Abigail Harris Monteith (Newtown, CT, Apr 8 1787–Elyria, OH 5 Apr 1868), who were married in 1821.
According to an article in the NY Times (19 Aug 1928), announcing the discovery of John Monteith’s diary (University of Michigan Library, Ann Arbor), Monteith attended Jefferson College (BA 1813) and Princeton Theological Seminary, graduating in 1816. Heeding a call from the territorial government in Detroit for a graduate of the Seminary to preach the Protestant religion (in largely Catholic territory), Monteith agreed to go and remain for one year, providing his salary would be a “minimum of $800” (he remained until 1821).
Monteith left Princeton on horseback on 10 June 1816 and, arriving in sparsely settled Detroit fifteen days later, on 25 June, wrote in his diary that he preached “the first Protestant sermon in Michigan.” Monteith was one of the founders of the University of Michigan and was first president of the University, which was established in Detroit in 1817, before it moved to Ann Arbor in 1837. The discovery in 1928 of his diary (written partly in French) made news because it documented what had been the subject of controvery: the University’s actual founding date in 1817 rather than 1837.
John Monteith pioneered as an early anti-slavery advocate, helping abolitionists to conduct the underground railroad from Lake Erie to the Ohio River. In 1821 Monteith moved to Clinton, NY, where he was appointed to the chair of Ancient Languages at Hamilton College. In 1831 or 1832 he moved to Elyria where he was named principal of the Elyria High School, where his wife was also a teacher. He resigned in 1835 to build Monteith Hall, which he operated from 1837 until 1848 as a girl’s boarding school.
John Monteith was the son of D. Monteith (Chester Co., PA, 1750–Coitsville, OH, 18 May 1826) and Sarah Lackay, or Ledeay (d. 28 Aug 1832) from Dundee, Scotland.