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Georgia Baptists

by Jesse Harrison Campbell


The late war with Great Britain had an unhappy influence on the prosperity of our churches. With this painful subject the public mind was engrossed; and theugh a blessed work of grace was experienced along the seaboard in 1822-23, yet no general refreshing was experienced until 1827, when the most remarkable and memorable revival broke out in Eatonton, that has ever blessed the churches in this State. Upwards of fourteen thousand were brought in during its progress. In only three associations, (the Georgia, Oemulgee and Flint river,) over five thousand were reported in 1828 as having been baptized during the associational year. An impulse was then received by the denomination which has not been, and perhaps will never be, lost. The cause has been onward and upward—not only onward in the increase of its members, but upward in their improvement in every good work, in education, missions, etc.

The following estimates, taken from authentic sources, will give some idea of the rapid increase of the denomination. In 1825 there were ten associations, two hundred and sixty churches, one hundred and thirty-three ordained and licensed preachers, and eighteen thousand four hundred and eighty-four members. In 1829, there were three hundred and fifty-six churches, sixty-six of which were constituted in the two latter years, about two hundred ministers, and twenty-eight thousand two hundred and sixty-eight communicants. In 1835, there were twenty-one associations, five hundred and eightythree churches, two hundred and ninety-eight ministers, and forty-one thousand eight hundred and ten members. And now in 1845, there aro forty-six associations, four hundred and sixtyfour ministers, nine hundred and seventy-one churches, and fiftyeight thousand three hundred and eighty-eight communicants. As will be seen, when we come to notice the associations separately, there are some churches belonging to several of these bodies in the adjoining States. But it is believed the above estimates give as correct an idea of the real strength of the Baptists in Georgia as could be expected on such a subject. In 1860 there were eighty-six thousand nine hundred and seventy-eight members, and in 1873 about one hundred and sixty thousand members.* The denomination is stronger in Georgia by twenty thousand, than in any other State in the Union, and stronger by twenty-five thousand than all other denominations in this State combined.

*In thirty years the denomination has nearly trebled in numbers.




As nll these objocts are nearly akin, it is thought proper to connect them together in this sketch of the Baptists in Georgia. The first two ministers that ever constituted churches in this State were friends of missions and education, to wit., Daniel Marshall and Edmund Botsford. Both acted as missionaries— one as a foreign, the othor as a domestic missionary. Marshall's flaming zeal carried him to the Mohawk Indians—Botsford traversed the wilderness from Ebenezer, near Savannah, to Kiokeo, above Augusta, to bear the glad tidings to his neighbors, who were ''perishing for lack of knowledge." (See their biographies.) Abraham Marshall spent a great portion of his life as a traveling preacher, (a domestic missionary,) and was untiring in his efforts, with his brethren of the General Committee, in faver of missions and education. He educated both his sons at Franklin College, Athens, and in 1815 preached a sermon before the trustees of that institution, in which ho distinctly urges the importance of ministerial education. (See his biography.) In 1793, Silas Mercer established a classical school on his own premises, and continued it until his death in 1796. Here his own son, Jesse Mercer, then a married man and an ordained minister, pursued a course of study in the languages, which he had commenced with Rev. Mr. Springer two years before. In 1805, at Bark Camp, A. Marshall reports that thoy had petitioned the Legislature for a charter of a college, but without success. In 1805 the circular of the Georgia Association, by Jesse Mercer, notices some of the objections and fears entertained by some in regard to the General Committee. Some feared that one object of the body was to commune with poedo-Baptists—others, that they aimed to establish religion by law—and others, that they intended to have a learned ministry only. These are most triumphantly refuted.

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