“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Marietta in Washington County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

First Baptist Church

The Church with the Caring Touch

First Baptist Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 23, 2017
1. First Baptist Church Marker
Inscription. Organized September 5th, 1818, under name of “First Baptist Church of Marietta Township,” the first record on the church book is “On Saturday, the fifth day of September, 1818 A.D., we, Ephraim Emerson, Wm. Churchill, John Thorniley, Bain Posey and Mary Chase met in the Easterly part of Marietta and joined ourselves into a church by subscribing to the following Articles of Faith.” Mr. Emerson and Mr. Churchill were the first deacons, chosen October 3, 1818. A lot was purchased on Church St., which was one of the best streets in town at that time and the building was ready for occupancy April 1836. This building burned March 22, 1855. The church just above city hall was being built in 1853. The present church was dedicated September 22, 1907.

Captain William Mason was one of the first Baptists to arrive in Marietta. He was among the 48 who arrived in Marietta April 7, 1788. He was a preacher as well as a captain. At first the early Baptists worshipped with other denominations in the Blockhouse in the northwest corner of Campus Martius. Here Mr. Mason helped Mrs. Mary Lake in her Sunday School. He was also empowered to solemnize marriages. He presided at many marriages and funerals.

When it became comparatively safe to do so, associations were formed and settlers moved to their farms. Many Baptists
First Baptist Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 23, 2017
2. First Baptist Church Marker
joined these groups and were thus scattered into other communities. Worship services were held in the homes so there was no need for a meeting house in the early days. Mr. Davis, Mr. Emerson and Mr. Jeremiah Dale traveled 70, 75 or 100 miles each month on horseback and on foot through unbroken wilderness, going into every community, holding worship in the homes, baptizing and receiving members into every branch, as the churches in various settlements were called.

Probably the oldest of these was the Rainbow Church located near Lowell, Ohio, gathered in 1796 and organized in 1797 by Elder Nehemiah Davis, a minister from Maine. Rev. James McAboy, a resident of Parkersburg, was the first pastor of the First Baptist Church of Marietta.
Erected 1956.
Location. 39° 25.02′ N, 81° 27.133′ W. Marker is in Marietta, Ohio, in Washington County. Marker is at the intersection of Putnam Street and Fourth Street on Putnam Street. Touch for map. It is to the right of the corner entrance, facing Putnam Street. Marker is in this post office area: Marietta OH 45750, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Betsey Mills Club (within shouting distance of this marker); The Presidentís Home of Marietta College
Church Street Building, 1836–1855 image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 23, 2017
3. Church Street Building, 1836–1855
Close-up of bas-relief on the left side of the marker.
(about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Muskingum Academy / Marietta College (about 500 feet away); Mound Square (approx. 0.2 miles away); House of Seven Porches (approx. 0.2 miles away); Memorial to the Revolutionary Soldiers Buried in Marietta (approx. 0.2 miles away); St. Paulís Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); American Union Lodge No. 1, F. & A. M. (approx. ľ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Marietta.
More about this marker. Shown on the tablet is an image of the Church Street Building, 1836–1955 (shown in close-up in Photograph 3) and the Putnam Street Building, 1855–1907 (Photograph 4).
Regarding First Baptist Church. This 1907 building is the third erected. The first two are shown in bas-relief on the marker.
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Putnam Street Building, 1855–1907 image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 23, 2017
4. Putnam Street Building, 1855–1907
Close-up of bas-relief on the right side of the marker.
First Baptist Church of Marietta image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 23, 2017
5. First Baptist Church of Marietta
Credits. This page was last revised on May 19, 2017. This page originally submitted on May 17, 2017, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 109 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 17, 2017, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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