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257 – Sept. 14 – This Day in Baptist History Past

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This Day in Baptist History Past

He Baptized Over 1500 Souls

1840 – Rev. Robert T. Daniel went to be with the Lord just months after his wife, Penelope Cain Flowers had finished her earthly sojourn. His last words were, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” He was born on June 10, 1773, in Middlesex County, Virginia, the fifth son of Samuel and Eliza Daniel, the same year of the Boston Tea Party. After the Revolutionary War the family migrated to N.C. and it was there that Daniel met his wife, was saved, baptized, and called to preach. This was through the influence of the Separate Baptist, Elder Isaac Hicks, at Holly Springs, N.C. Though uneducated, Daniel held successful pastorates, in N.C., S.C., and VA, before moving his family to Tennessee, where he preached until he finally settled in Salem, Miss. which he called home until the Lord called him home. On horseback and by foot, he traveled about sixty thousand miles, preached nearly five thousand sermons, and baptized more than fifteen hundred. His biographer wrote, “It has been the lot of but few men to serve his generation more acceptably, or usefully, than Elder R.T. Daniel.” [Geo. W. Purefoy, A History of the Sandy Creek Ass.(N.Y:Sheldon & Co., 1859), pp. 301-2. This Day in Baptist History II: Cummins and Thompson, BJU Press: Greenville, S.C. 2000 A.D. pp. 503-04.]  Prepared by Dr. Greg J. Dixon

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