- He, as with his wife's nephew William Currens Dimmitt and other family members, was an evangelist, Methodist preacher in Kentucky during the religious revival which took place in the midwest beginning in the 1830s and 1840s. Many of the sources cited here tell about his career. See this section of his grandson's biography, which tells something about him as well:
"Harrison B. Savage, M. D., Galena, is a son of Dr. Charles Smith Savage and Elizabeth P. (Burgess) Savage. His father was born in Germantown, Mason Co., Kentucky, Dec. 8, 1829, the son of James Phillips Savage and Sallie (Currens) Savage. James Phillips Savage was born in Virginia Jan. 16, 1792, a son of James and Mary (Phillips) Savage, both of whom were born in Virginia, whence they came to Kentucky at a very early date. The Savage family is of Welsh origin. The father of James Savage was a Revolutionary soldier. James Phillips Savage came to Kentucky with his widowed mother and, her eleven other children in 1799, in a covered wagon, and settled near Maysville, then called Limestone."
Also, there is this from the article by M.F. Adamson:
"Until this time an old structure in the west part of town was the only house of worship; I think it was an union meetinghouse. I recollect once, soon after we came to town, of hearing the celebrated Mr. Stribley preach in that house. At about this date Rev. James Savage built a frame chapel, owning it as his individual property. My father built it. This was the first and only church building for a number of years. It was in this house I received the received the religious convictions of my youth, where my kind father and mother led me to hear such men as then labored in the Methodist ministry – Stamper, Tydings, Corrims, Holliday, McKnight, Barger, Atkins, Baker, Collard, Tomlinson, Durkin, Tascom, McCoeon, Taylor, Bush, Stevenson, Ray, and others. The regular Baptists often preached in this house, as they had no house in the town, but several large congregations in the vicinity. "
Did he get remarried? The 1850 census gives his wife as Rachel, though relationships are not given: he is 58, and is living with a Rachel, aged 43, and others who are clearly his younger children by his first wife, and two much younger children born after Sallie Currens' death date. [2, 3]