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GENERAL HISTORY

OF THE

BAPTIST DENOMINATION

IN

AMERICA,

AND OTHER PARTS OF THE WORLD.

BY DAVID BENEDICT, A. M.

PASTOR OF THE BAPTIST CHURCH IN PAWTUCKET, R. I

And be said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every
creature. HE THAT BELIEVETH AND IS BAPTIZED, shall be saved; but
he that believeth not, shall be damned...
..Mark xvi. 15, 16.

And the eunuch said, See, here is water, what doth hinder me to be baptized?........
If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest.........I believe that Jesus Christ
is the Son of God.........AND THEY WENT DOWN BOTH INTO THE WATER,
both Philip and the eunuch, and he baptized him....... AND WHEN THEY WERE
COME UP OUT OF THE WATER, &C.... .........................................................................Acts viii. 36—39.

IN TWO VOLUMES.
VOL. II.

BOSTON:

PRINTED BY MANNING & LORING, NO. 2, CORNHILL,

FOR THE AUTHOR.

1813.

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GENERAL HISTORY, &c.

CHAP. I.

A HISTORY OF THE BAPTISTS IN DELAWARE.

DELAWARE became an independent State in 1776; it contains three little counties, Newcastle, Kent, and Sussex; in the first there was a Baptist society as early as 1703; they settled near Iron Hill; from them, their sentiments took a spread northward, as far as Loudon Tract, in Pennsylvania; northeast, to Wilmington; east, to Bethel; west, to Elk river, in Maryland; southward, to Duck creek in this State; and to the Pedee river in South-Carolina.

This society was from Wales, and about the year 1733, eight or ten families more, from the same country, made a settlement at Duck creek, in Kent county, from whence their sentiments spread to Cowmarsh, and Mispillion, and to Georgetown in Maryland.

About the year 1788, Elijah Baker and Philip Hughes, who had been labouring on the eastern shore of the Chesapeak Bay, in Maryland and Virginia, came to the county of Sussex, and made many proselytes, and planted two or three churches.

Delaware, at present, contains seven or eight churches, and one small association, which bears the name of

the State.

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