Born in Caswell County, N.C., on October 24, 1825, J. W. Montgomery was the son of David M. and Jane Watt Montgomery. His childhood was spent at the old Montgomery homeplace near Blanch. The nearest Presbyterian Church apparently was Gilead, and it was this church that his family probably attended. He served as Bethesda Presbyterian Church pastor 1855-1865), not all of it being full-time.
Source: Lytch, W. E. History of Bethesda Presbyterian Church Caswell County, N.C. 1765-1965. Yanceyville (North Carolina): The Caswell Messenger, 1965.