The importance of Baptism
1790 – Susanna Nun, Edmund Botsford’s first wife died, though only thirty-nine years of age. Botsford was born in England in 1745 and at the age of seven lost both of his parents. His aunt became his guardian and sent him to board with a Baptist lady who had been a dear friend of his mother. Through that he was early influenced in spiritual matters and also the reading of Bunyan’s writings. In time he lost interest in the spiritual and became careless in his living, enlisted in the army and at the age of twenty, sailed to Charleston, S.C., arriving in 1766. There he came under the influence of Rev. Oliver Hart and the First Baptist Church and was converted to Christ on March 13, 1767, and baptized. He was licensed to preach by the Charleston church in 1771. Pastor Hart trained Edmund, friends provided him a horse, a saddle, and clothing to continue his training under the Rev. Pelot at Eutaw. However, the pastor of the Baptist church at Tuckaseeking, Georgia died and they invited him to lead them. His ministry was primarily as an evangelist at that time in 1772. Even though a “Regular Baptist” Botsford preached at the Separate Baptist Kiokee Church, in Georgia and became great friends with Daniel and Abraham Marshall. He stopped at the home of Loveless Savage for directions to Kiokee and invited Savage to go with him at which Savage said that he wasn’t very fond of Baptists because they think that they are the only ones that are baptized. Upon inquiry as to how he knew he was baptized, Savage said that his parents told him that he was. Botsford said, “Then you do not know except by information. It bothered him so bad that he later allowed Daniel Marshall to baptize him and began preaching the same day.
Dr. Greg J. Dixon, from: This Day in Baptist History Vol. I: Cummins/Thompson /, pp. 98.
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