The name does come up in several newspaper articles published around that time. In January 1894, The Philadelphia Inquirer noted that a Robert B. McDanel was pastor of that city’s Wissahickon Baptist Church. A few years later, in October 1907, The Daily Telegram in Clarksburg, West Virginia reported that someone by that name had resigned from the First Baptist Church there to become pastor of the Virginia Avenue Baptist Church in Charleston. Finally, according to The Cincinnati Enquirer, a McDanel was pastor of the First Baptist Church of Covington, Kentucky at the time of its 75th anniversary in October 1913. It is likely, but not 100% certain, that they were all the same person.
McDanel User Guide
Robert H. Ellison
The User Guide for the Library of Appalachian Preaching is a Google Sheet that can be searched, sorted, and downloaded for offline use.
At the moment, McDanel has only one sermon in the Library; it has a Guide of its own so the records will be complete. It includes the title, sermon text, date and place the sermon was preached, and so on. This information is available in the master list of sermons as well.
One Hundred and Thirtieth Anniversary Sermon
Robert B. McDanel
Old Greenbrier Baptist Church’s 130th anniversary celebration began on Sunday, November 26, 1911. The website linked here contains not only that day’s sermon, but also reports of the services that took place throughout the week and letters from former pastors.