Church History

~ This excerpt on the early beginnings of the church is taken from the history compiled for the 150th celebrations. ~

It is worthy to note, prior to this brief history of our church, that Mr. Whitman Morton was the first Baptist to settle in New Germany, and he, along with Mr. Henry DeLong, (brother of Rev. Thomas DeLong), a Methodist Class Leader, started the first Sunday School and prayer meetings which were held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. George Hawkesworth, at Hawkesworth Hill (present day [Willard] Eisnor’s Hill).  In 1834, three or four Baptists settled in New Germany and a few years later a small school house was built at the foot of Hawkesworth Hill where meetings were held.  Settlers came from Annapolis and located throughout the wilderness in 1838 and soon the schoolhouse became too small for “Sabbath Gatherings”.

It all began on Saturday, April 14th, 1842, when, according to previous appointment, a small group of people met at the home of Mr. and Mrs. George Hawkesworth, who resided at Hawkesworth Hill, for the purpose of forming the first New Germany United Baptist Church.

Rev. Bennett Taylor commenced divine service by reading and prayer, after which Rev. Thomas DeLong preached an interesting sermon and then moved to organize the church.  Fourteen people came forward and constituted themselves in church capacity.  The fourteen were as follows:

Bennett Taylor, Sarah Taylor, Mercy Brine, Ann Brine, John Dakin, Susan Dakin, Nelson Marshall, Catherine Marshall, Henry Munroe, Lucy Milberry, Whitman Morton, Caroline Young, Stephen Tufts, Mary Ann Chesley

At this first meeting John Dakin and Nelson Marshall were appointed deacons and Whitman Morton, the first Baptist settler in New Germany, was appointed church clerk.

The following day, being Sunday, April 15th, 1842, this newly formed fellowship of believers and friends met for prayer at 6:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. at the waterside of Indian Brook, prayer was offered by Rev. Bennett Taylor and an interesting address delivered by Rev. Thomas DeLong.  Following this, the baptism of three persons, namely, Michael Feindel, Winfield Milberry and Susan Munroe was witnessed.  At 10:00 a.m. Rev. Thomas DeLong proclaimed the Word of God and again at 4:00 p.m. that same day, Rev. Bennett Taylor preached yet another sermon.

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