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45 – February 14 – THIS DAY IN BAPTIST HISTORY PAST


 

 

Morgan, Abel

 

Welch Baptists influence America

 

1711 – WELSH BAPTISTS CAME TO AMERICA TO ESCAPE PERSECUTION WERE PERSECUTED BY PLYMOUTH COLONY – On February 14, 1711, Abel Morgan arrived in America and began his ministry on Dec. 16, 1722. Morgan was one of the Welsh Baptist preachers known for their powerful declaration of truth. Preaching was preeminent among them and doubtless laid the foundation for the Welsh revival. There is much evidence that Baptist principles were known in Wales at a very early period. The Welsh Baptists also influenced the Baptist effort in our nation. In 1663 an immigrant church, led by Pastor John Miles, which was organized in Wales in 1649, came to this country in a body and settled on a land grant near the Rhode Island frontier. However Pastor Miles and his flock having fled persecution in Europe was to meet it again at the hands of the Plymouth Court. But later Abel Morgan felt led of God to leave Wales for America and on Aug. 23 the church at Blaenaugwent held a special service of honor which had served them for 15 years, and with broken hearts said their farewells. The Morgans went to Bristol and on Sept. 28 they sailed to America but the winds were contrary and the ship had to turn into a haven and was detained for 3 weeks. Then because of high winds they were driven to Cork and were delayed an additional 5 weeks due to the illness of many passengers.  On Nov. 14 they were able to sail again when on Dec. 14 Morgan’s son died, and 3 days later the Lord took his wife and both had to be buried at sea. When he arrived he began his ministry in Pennepeck near Philadelphia, and labored there for 11 years until his death on Dec. 16, 1722.
Dr. Greg J. Dixon, from: This Day in Baptist History Vol. I: Cummins Thompson /, pp. 61.

 

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337 – Dec. 03 – This Day in Baptist History Past


 

Baptists preceded the Reformation

 

1847 – Thomas Rees Davies, the Welsh Baptist pastor, known as “Old Black Cap”, because he wore a velvet cap in the pulpit, provided a great verbal description of himself in a letter he wrote to a deacon in London, who was to meet him at the train. He wrote, “At Euston Station…about nine in the evening, expect the arrival of a gray-haired old man; very tall, like the ancient Britons, and without an outward blemish, but a Jewish high-priest. Like Elijah, he will wear a mantle, not shaggy, but superfine, and like Jacob, he will have a staff in his hand, but will not be lame, it is hoped. But most especially, he will have a white string in his hat, fastened to his coat button. There will be many there with black strings, but his will be white. Let the friend ask, ‘Are you Davies?’ and his answer will be, ‘Yes.’” Baptists in Wales preceded the Reformation. The Venerable Bede (673-735) wrote, in his work, that Welshmen followed the Bible only and opposed the superstitions of Rome. It is clear that there were those who held Baptist convictions in Wales at the beginning of the seventeenth century. The first Baptist church in Wales after the Reformation was formed at Ilston, near Swansea, in Glamorganshire, in 1649. Wales has also had a great influence in America by sending entire congregations to our shores. Christmas Evans was one of the greatest of their preachers, so named, because he was born on Christmas day. When Davies started his last preaching tour and sensed that his days were few he said that he wanted to be buried in the same grave with Evans. He preached on July 22, 1859, died on Sunday the 24th, and was buried in Evans tomb.
[This Day in Baptist History II: Cummins and Thompson, BJU Press: Greenville, S.C. 2000 A.D. pp. 661-62. Thomas Armitage, A History of the Baptists (New York: Bryan, Taylor, and Co., 1887), pp. 599-600.]
Prepared by Dr. Greg J. Dixon

 

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