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Biographical Essays on Notable Particular-Regular Baptists in America


Edited by Terry Wolever


This book bundle includes the first 4 volumes of the 12-volume set of A Noble Company:


Volume One

Volume One of this companion set to the British Particular Baptists is now available, and like that ground-breaking work, seeks for the first time to bring together in collective format the lives of both well-known figures such as John Clarke and Obadiah Holmes and lesser-known but significant persons such as John Cooke (who came over as a boy on the Mayflower) and Thomas Goold, who was three times imprisoned for his Baptist convictions, but went on to establish the first Baptist church in the Massachusetts Bay Colony.  Drawing on the expertise of a number of writers, many of these informative and interesting essays will represent the first biographies ever attempted on many of these men and women of faith.

Volume One includes essays on the following persons:

Hanserd Knollys (1599?-1691) by Jim Scott Orrick

Obadiah Holmes (c.1607-1682) by C. Ben Mitchell and Mark M. Overstreet

John Cooke (1607-1695) by Terry Wolever

Thomas Goold (1607-1695) by Terry Wolever

John Clarke (1609-1676) by J. Ramsey Michaels

Mark Lucar (1607?-1676) by David J. Terry

Richard Stout ( ?  -1705) by Terry Wolever

Penelope Stout ( ?  - 1732) by Terry Wolever

Jonathan Stout (c.1660-1723) by Terry Wolever

John Myles (1621?-1684) by Don Moffitt

Pardon Tillinghast (1622?-1718) by Terry Wolever

William Screven (1629-1713) by Terry A. Chrisope

Thomas Dungan (1634-1688) by Robert E. Johnson

Ellis Callender (1641-1726) by James P. Carnes

Elias Keach (1665-1699) by Wade Burleson

Abel Morgan, Sr. (1673-1722) by Gerald L. Priest

James Carman (1676?-1756) by Terry Wolever

Nathaniel Jenkins (1678-1754) by Terry Wolever

Antipedobaptists who impacted the Baptist cause in seventeenth-century America:

The Influence and Legacy of Roger Williams (1603?-1683) by Ronald T. Clutter; Henry Dunster, the Scholarly Dissenter (1609-1659) by J. Ramsey Michaels

This volume also contains seven valuable appendixes relating to these early Baptists forbears, including the first-time publication of a two-page letter by Pardon Tillinghast and Aaron Davis to Obadiah Holmes in 1681, concerning the qualifications for church membership.  Hard bound in grade B Navy cloth vellum with gold stamping on the cover and spine.  Illustrated and indexed.  500 pages.


Volume Two

Volume Two of this series continues to bring back to remembrance the lives of still more early Baptist worthies, again arranged in chronological order by their dates of birth.  Learn more about these sturdy Baptist pioneers in America, and you’ll come away with a greater appreciation of their gospel witness and contribution to our great heritage of religious freedom in this country.  The subjects covered in this volume are:

John Russell Sr. (? - 1676) & John Russell Jr. (1640 - 1680) by Terry Wolever

William Turner ( ?  - 1676) by Terry Wolever

John Watts (1661-1702) by Terry Wolever

Jenkin Jones (c.1686-1760) by Thomas Ray

Benjamin Griffith (1688-1768) by Terry Wolever

Rachel Scammon (1689-1761) by Terry Wolever

Elisha Callender (1692-1738) by Jim Carnes and Terry Wolever

Thomas Green (1699-1773) by Don Moffitt

Isaac Chanler (1701-1749)  by Richard Belcher

John Comer (1704-1734) by J. Ramsey Michaels

John Callender (1706-1748) by Robert E. Johnson

Daniel Marshall (1706-1784) by Thomas Ray

Robert Kelsay (1711-1789) by Terry Wolever

Abel Morgan, Jr. (1713-1785) by Gerald L. Priest

Benjamin Miller (1715?-1781) by Samuel K. Tullock

Antipedobaptists on Long Island: the influence of Lady Deborah Moody by Terry Wolever

John Hart (1713?-1779), of Hopewell, N.J.:  Signer of the Declaration of Independence and friend to the Baptists by Samuel K. Tullock

Hardbound in grade B Navy cloth vellum.  Illustrated with several unique portraits and including a full Index of Persons, Subjects, and Churches.  581 pages.


Volume Three

This third volume in our series covers some of the more pivotal events in the American Baptist experience during the mid to late eighteenth century―the aggressive evangelistic impetus which came about in the midst of the Great Awakening, the beginnings and establishment of educational institutions of higher learning for those of our ministers who desired advanced training, and the founding of the Warren Association, which led to a more concerted and ultimately successful effort to achieve full religious liberty―all set within the context of the tumultuous decades preceding, encompassing, and following the Revolutionary War. Here are the great names of the times―Shubal Stearns, Morgan Edwards, Oliver Hart, Isaac Backus, John Gano, Samuel Jones, Samuel Stillman, Hezekiah Smith, John Davis (of Boston) and James Manning, but also the significant but “lesser lights,” such as Isaac Eaton (1725?-1772), the influential pastor-educator of Hopewell, New Jersey, David Thomas (1732-1812), the noteworthy Philadelphia Association minister who did such an extensive work in Virginia, James Potter (1734-1815), who founded so many of the Baptist churches in Maine, and Andrew Bryan (1737-1812), the former slave preacher who suffered much persecution to establish the first Baptist churches in Savannah, Georgia.

And since the goal of these volumes is not to focus solely on the better-known figures, included in these pages are more of the “unknowns”―ordinary pastors and church members who enjoyed smaller spheres of influence, but whose stories merit retelling. These include Isaac Stelle, Ephraim Bouwnd, Peter P. VanHorne, Maturin Ballou, Peter Werden, John Carey, and David Jones.

The contributing writers in this volume are Peter Beck, William H. Brackney, Jeffrey Brodrick, John David Broome, Hywel M. Davies, Stanley J. Grenz, Walter E. Johnson, Don Moffitt, Thomas J. Nettles, Gerald L. Priest, Thomas Ray, George Truett Rogers, Howard R. Stewart, Earl Waggoner, C. Douglas Weaver, and Terry Wolever.

Navy Grade B cloth hardcover. Seven portraits. Four maps. Eleven other illustrations. Three comprehensive indexes - Persons, Subjects and Churches. 596 pages. 


Volume Four

This fourth volume in our continuing series on what had been before the twentieth century the mainstream group of Baptists in America, the Particular/Regular Baptists, centers on those figures born during the early years of the Great awakening period. It was a wonderful time to come of age, and with these essays, readers will be introduced to persons whose lives were directly impacted by the revival, either through their own conversion experience or in how they were used of the Lord in the conversion of many others.

Though home missionary efforts had been a part of Calvinistic Baptist life in America since the middle of the eighteenth century (some might argue since the seventeenth century, with Roger Williams’ mission to the Indians), the interest in foreign missions was rapidly gaining ground among the Baptists and other denominations during the early Federal period of our nation. A large part of that interest had been stirred by periodicals, the most popular of which among our people, The Baptist Annual Register (London, 1790-1802), edited by John Rippon (1751-1836) and The Massachusetts Baptist Missionary Magazine (Boston, 1803-1816), edited by Thomas Baldwin (1753-1825), carried in their pages accounts not only of the Carey mission in India and others abroad, but those of an increasing number of pastor-missionary itinerants in this country. Some of the more outstanding among the latter in the early years―Samuel Shepard, Elkanah Holmes, Joseph Cornell, and Abraham Marshall, were featured on the pages of these magazines and something more of their interesting lives may now be gleaned in the following pages.

The struggle for religious liberty was still going on, most notably in New England and Virginia, where entrenched Congregationalist and Episcopal established churches, respectively, still enjoying state support and taxation, were not above exacting rigorous measures against Dissenters. At Saybrook, Connecticut on a cold day in February 1744, fourteen persons were arrested for holding a Baptist meeting, tried, and driven on foot 25 miles in deep mud to a prison at New Haven, “without fire, food, or beds, where they remained enduring dreadful sufferings, for several weeks.” And in Virginia, most notably, Baptist ministers like James Ireland, John Wetherford, and others, were still fined and imprisoned for preaching the gospel. Their stories are recounted here as well.

Along with these other essays is a fine piece of research on Squire Boone, Jr. (1744-1815) by Jeffrey P. Straub. In selecting Boone for inclusion in this series, I had relied on the long-standing historical consensus that he was a Calvinistic Baptist and the first of that order in Kentucky. Straub’s research has led to the conclusion that not only can we not ascertain with any certainty Boone’s theological persuasion, the evidence would suggest it is unlikely he was even a Baptist!

Subjects in this volume are:  Samuel Shepard, Isaac Skillman, Samuel Miles, Reuné Runyon, Jr., John Hastings, William Fristoe, Elkanah Holmes, Silas Mercer, James Ireland, Edmund Botsford, William Van Horne, Joseph Cornell, William Hickman, Abraham Marshall, Job Seamans, Joseph Cook, Joshua Vaughan, Elisha Hutchinson and Squire Boone, Jr.

Contributing writers in this volume are:  Ron Baines, Anthony L. Chute, Sarah Freeland, J. Ramsey Michaels, Larry R. Oats, Gerald L. Priest, Thomas Ray, George Truett Rogers, Jeffrey P. Straub, Helen Lee Turner, C. Dougas Weaver, J. Ryan West, Jonny White and Terry Wolever.

Concluding the book are four appendixes:

A. Abstract of Principles and Decorum of the Georgia Baptist Association, 1790.

B. An Exhortation to the Religious Education of Children (1795). Reprinted by the Philadelphia Baptist Association.

C. Corresponding Letter of the Shaftsbury Baptist Association, 1799.

D. “The Martyr Marks,” by William E. Hatcher.

Bound in Navy cloth vellum with gold stamping. 592 pages. Illustrated. Three extensive indexes.