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UNION BAPTIST CHURCH

 

1806

A mother with “anxious thoughts…for the welfare of her children” saddles her horse and rides several miles to the home of Mary Giggell. They spend the day “reading the Bible, talking & praying together.”

-Fairbanks, Edward T.
The Town of St. Johnsbury.

 
 

1809

Six men and thirteen women, including the two from 1806, “united in covenant of a Christian church.” Those nineteen people have no pastor for twenty-four years.

 
 

1869  

The Free Baptist Church is established.


1870-1872

The Free Baptist Church holds services under two pastors before incorporating in 1872.


1872 

The Free Baptist Church purchases a house on Main Street, corner of Prospect Street, with intents to put up a church building some day.

-Caledonian-Record.
2 August 1872.

 
 

1874

First Baptist Church is organized by William Bacon of New York City with 13 members, meeting in the home of Miss Alice G. Clark at the Clark homestead on Clark’s Ave. (note: Alice is probably a child at this time as records indicate she died at age 90 in 1954.)

-UBC Meeting Minutes. May 1939, plus last pages.
 
 

1875 

Col. Levi K. Fuller of Brattleboro donates the deed to the property on the corner of Railroad St. and Maple St. to the Baptists forming the First Baptist Church.
-UBC Minutes, May 1939.


November - The First Baptist Church chapel, located on their donated property, is dedicated to the Lord’s service. According to Town of St. Johnsbury p. 313, the building seats 250.


December - The Free Baptist Church dedicates their new vestry “to the worship of Almighty God.”


Caledonian-Record. “Dedication of Baptist Chapel” and “Free Baptist Dedicated.” 3 Dec. 1875.

 
 

1916

July 19th – The First Baptist and Free Baptist Churches unite to form the Union Baptist Church of St. Johnsbury, Inc., agreeing to use the First Baptist Church’s building on Railroad St.

Rev. F.S. Tolman, pastor of the First Baptist Church from 1908, is a leader in uniting the two churches and becomes pastor of the Union Baptist Church for about a year.