Bellingham in Norfolk County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
Noah Alden was the second pastor of the Baptist Church in Bellingham. Born May 31, 1725 in Middleborough, Massachusetts, Noah was the youngest of twelve children. He was the son of John and Hannah White Alden and the great grandson of John and Priscilla Alden, Pilgrims of Plymouth.
Noah was converted at the age of sixteen during the great awakening. In 1744, he married Joanna Vaughn and four years later the young couple moved to Stafford, Connecticut through study, Alden was convinced of Baptist principles, and in July of 1754, he was baptized into the membership of the Baptist Church in Tolland by the celebrated Shubal Stearns. Alden made publick his call to the ministry and assumed the care of the church when Stearns and company went south. Stearns instructed those that remained to ordain Alden. This they did June 5, 1755. The church in Tolland disbanded ten years later and Alden was asked to preach to the believers in Bellingham. He was installed as pastor here November 12, 1766.
Alden was a laborious itinerant, a distinguished statesman and for thirty-one years the faithful pastor of the Baptist Church in Bellingham.
In 1779, Alden represented Bellingham as a member of the Massachusetts convention to help frame a state constitution and in 1788. He was a member of the convention to ratify the constitution of the United States. The service which Alden rendered as a statesman helped to build a new country, while the service he rendered to the Redeemer helped to build the Kingdom of God.
Alden assisted in ordaining Elnathan Wight, first pastor of this church. He also ordained Ebenezer Smith, sufferer for the Lord in Ashfield. In 1763 his itinerant preaching in Woodstock, Connecticut, was blessed to the conversion of Biel Ledoyt, who for many years was a useful pastor and leader among the baptists.
Aaron Leland planted many churches in Vermont while also serving for a time as lieutenant governor of that state. He was licensed to preach the gospel by the Bellingham Baptist Church in 1786. His father-in-law and pastor, Noah Alden, ordained him to the ministry.
In June of 1774, Alden baptized John Leland, that great vindicator of the civil and religious rights of man. It was Leland, the baptist pastor, who later helped secure the First Amendment to the Constitution.
Baptist historian, William Cathcart, records that for many years, Alden was "one of our most distinguished and honored ministers, and his name deserves to be held in grateful remembrance.”
Alden and his wife had ten children. He died May 5, 1797 and is buried in the Center Cemetery of Bellingham
Marker placed by the Baptist History Preservation Society May 5, 2009
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & Religion • Colonial Era. A significant historical date for this entry is May 31, 1725.
Location. 42° 5.166′ N, 71° 28.437′ W. Marker is in Bellingham, Massachusetts, in Norfolk County. Marker is at the intersection of Mechanic Street (Massachusetts Route 140) and S Main Street (Massachusetts Route 126), on the right when traveling south on Mechanic Street. Located in front of the First Baptist Church. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bellingham MA 02019, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First Baptist Church (here, next to this marker); Bellingham Town Center (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Bellingham Soldier’s Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away); Bellingham Veterans Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named First Baptist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Town Center (approx. 0.2 miles away); Governor Richard Bellingham (approx. 0.2 miles away); Maple Street North Bellingham (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bellingham.
Also see . . . Noah Alden - Baptist History Preservation Society. (Submitted on April 17, 2022, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
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