Thomas Benjamin Montanye: b. Jan. 29, 1769, New York, N.Y.; d. Sept. 27, 1829, Southampton, Pa.; . . .Thomas was scripturally baptized in 1786 by John Gano (q.v.) at age 17, and united with the Gold Street or First Baptist Church, New York, N.Y.; . . m. Ann Edmunds (Jan. 27, 1771, New York, N.Y.-June 2, 1860, Southampton, Pa.); lic. Dec. 5, 1787, First Baptist, New York, “to go forth, and visit our Sister Churches, and to preach the Gospel of Christ, where it may please God in his Providence to open a door for him;” dismissed from First Baptist, New York, Oct. 28, 1788, and at age 19 ord. pastor, Warwick, N.Y., Nov. 20, 1788-1801 . . . pastor, Southampton, Pa., May 1801-Sept. 27, 1829, during which time he served as one of five chaplains from Pennsylvania during the War of 1812 . . . “In 1822 Julia Ann B. Anderson received a Bible from the school as a reward for committing to memory the whole of the New Testament. Mr. Montanye took great pride in the Sunday school, and frequently addressed it” (Davis); In addition, Montanye served as moderator of the annual meetings of the P.B.A. five times (1805, 1808, 1814, 1821 and 1825) and helped to organize the Philadelphia Baptist Society for Foreign Missions, serving as chairman of the Society’s meeting, Oct. 9, 1828. On his deathbed he said, “My dependence is not upon any thing I have done,—neither my moral deportment; nor my faithfulness in the discharge of domestic or relative duties; nor in my abundant preaching; but I go to the footstool of mercy as a poor, unworthy sinner, resting my whole salvation on the merits of the Lord Jesus Christ; and I feel a firm persuasion that his work in my soul has long since been performed.” . . . Davis records that “his funeral was more largely attended than was ever known in all this region of [the] country, the line of vehicles reaching from his late residence to the church, two miles.”
Excerpt from our recent book, Ministers of the Philadelphia Baptist Association, 1707-1872. The picture is of the meetinghouse at Southampton, Pennsylvania, where Montanye pastored over 28 years.
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