Ravenscroft, John Stark was born on May 17, 1772 in Petersburg, Virginia, United States. Son of John and Lillias (Miller) Ravenscroft.
Studied law College William and Mary.
2 adopted children. Planter until 1817. Decided to join Episcopal Church, also to become clergyman, 1812. Ordained to ministry Episcopal Church, Virginia, 1817.
Minister St. James Church, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, 1817-1823. 1st Episcopal bishop of North Carolina, 1823-1828, sought to impress his interpretation of Episcopal doctrines upon people, greatly increased membership in Episcopal Church. Rector small ch, Williamsboro, North Carolina until 1830.
Married Anne Spotswood Burwell, September 29, 1792. Married second, Sarah Buford, 1818.