- Series: Baptist in Early North America (Book 1)
- Hardcover: 476 pages
- Publisher: Mercer University Press (June 28, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0881464392
- ISBN-13: 978-0881464399
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,093,608 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Baptists in Early North America-Swansea, Massachusetts Volume I (Baptists in Early North America) (Baptist in Early North America) Hardcover – June 28, 2013
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About the Author
William H. Brackney currently Millard R. Cherry Distinguished Professor of Christian Thought and Ethics at Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada. Previously, he was professor and chair of the department of Religion and director of the program in Baptist Studies at Baylor University, and dean of Theology at McMaster University. Brackney also served as executive director of the American Baptist Historical Society. He has authored more than thirty books and scores of articles on Post Reformation Protestantism and Baptist Studies, and the religious foundations of Human Rights. Brackney is editor of the thirteen-volume Baptist in Early North America series. Charles H. Hartman currently teaches at Roger Williams College in Barrington, Rhode Island, in the area of Western thought. Previously, he was pastor of First Baptist Swansea, Massachusetts, and an officer of the Baptist Historical Society of the American Baptist Churches of Massachusetts.
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Although this book will most certainly be of interest as an ecclesiastical history for Baptist scholarship it is every bit as interesting for its glimpse into the every day lives of early members of the Swansea Baptist Church and related foundations. A large portion (more than 350 pages) of the book consists of primary source material in the form of transcriptions of early church records from 1649-1844 starting in Wales and continuing across the Atlantic in Massachusetts.
In many cases this will extend what little is known of one's ancestor(s) so is an invaluable resource. It has information on many early Rehoboth and Swansea families. It is a must read for those descended from its early ministers and founders including John Myles, Nicholas Tanner, Ephraim Wheaton, John Butterworth, James Browne(e), Thomas Willet, Eldad Kingsley, Benjamin Alby (Albee), Joseph Carpenter, Obadiah Bowen , Sampson Mason, Samuel Luther, Benjamin Herrington, Jabez Wood, Charles Thompson and many more. Among the many families that fill it pages are Allen, Barney, Bowen, Bullock, Burr, Butterworth, Carpenter, Child(s), Cole, Eddy, Franklin, Hix, Horton, Ingraham, Jones, Kingsley, Luther, Mason, Martin, Miles, Myles, Millard, Miller, Peck, Pierce, Redway, Short(e), Tanner, Thomas, Thurber, West, Wheaton, Williams and Wood, each of these with multiple listings.
One of the remarkable lessons of this History is the stern but generous nature of its adherents. In its pages there comes across the deep convictions of its founders but also their inclusive and "christian" nature of their fellowship.
Kudos to the authors for making this accessible to all! In full disclosure I have met and corresponded with Charles Hartman and corresponded with William Brackney but they have not asked for my review or endorsement. I do not materially benefit in any way by making this review.
Importantly, I can't wait to read the 'forthcoming' BENA titles (listed below). While I was disappointed that the Middletown, New Jersey, Baptist Church was not among those selected for coverage, it did not meet the criteria for this series (congregations chosen had clear origins in the colonial era; sufficient, relevant, continuous recording of the congregation's history; each congregation typified a style or model of Baptist congregational life); leaving the Middletown historical task to me (LOL)! ;-)
- New Durham, New Hampshire, Freewill Baptist Meeting
- Welsh Neck, South Carolina, Baptist Church
- Meherrin, Virginia, Baptist Church
- Sandy Creek, North Carolina, Baptist Church and Association
- First Baptist, Boston, Massachusetts
- Newport, Rhode Island, Seventh Day Baptists
- Wolfville, Nova Scotia Baptist Church
- Hopewell, New Jersey, Baptist Church
- First Baptist, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Morgan Edwards, Materials Towards a History of the Baptists in America
- Isaac Backus, History of New England, with Particular Reference to the Baptists (1804)
This is a well-edited and produced book.