They Left Rhode Island
- Sorry if this comes throug as a duplicate, I sent it to a RI list but am unsure it's the right one so I came to the page. Hope this helps someone.
I'm sending this through as I found one of my ancestors after learning he and his family left Rhode Island in the late 1700s. I had received this information in 2001 and as I continue to organize my paper trails, this might help someone:
From "Membership Records of Seventh Day Baptists of Central New York State 1797-1940s
By Ilou M. Sanford"
Heritage Books, Inc.
The Brookfield Group
Madison and Otsego Co.'s
First Brookfield 1797- also called Leonardsville, Madison Co.
Second Brookfield 1823-c1987 Madison County
Thrid Brookfield 1823-1942 also called West Edmeston, Otsego County (In 1990 First and Second Brookfield merged)
Manual of the First Seventh Day Baptist Church of Brookfield, NY 1883
The Committee in Behalf of the Church, Brookfield, NY:
H. L. Spooner & Son, Printer 1883
MS 19x.9 B file: Brookfield, page 13-27
Constituent Members October 3, 1797
Elder Henry Clarke
Dea. William Davis
James Wamsly**(one I was researching)
Hannah Maxson w/o Paul
William G. Greenman
Perry Maxson, Jr.
William Bliss Wells
Dea. Phineas Burdick
Stephen Clarke, Jr.
Sylvester Crumb, Jr.
Churches - The First seventh day Baptist Church of Brookfield. In the early settlement of the town of Brookfield, many Seventh-Day Baptists came from Rhode Island, Connecticut and Petersburg, Rensselaer county, NY, and in July 1797, met and appointed a committee to draft articles of faith and covenant. In compliance with previous arrangements, deacons and brethren from the Church of Hopkinton, RI, and Petersburg, NY, and after full examination and consultation, they organized into a Church of fellowship in the denomination, under the name of the First Sabbatarian Baptist Church of Christ in Brookfield; Henry Clarke, Wm. Davis, Luke Saunders, Joshua Maxson, Paul Maxson, James Crandall, Benjamin Davis, Samuel Greenman, Esliha Burdick, Clark Maxson, John Davis, James Wamsley, etc.
The church then made choice of Henry Clarke for pastor, and William Davis for deacon; and on the 16th of the month, ministers and decons came from other churches and ordained them. At the first church meeting held, November 23, 1797, they chose Clark Maxson, clerk of the church. This was the first church in the town, and the third in the country.
Hope this helps someone.