November 24, 1800 – Susanna Backus quietly departed this life, five
days before her 51st wedding anniversary. Through a painful,
debilitating illness, Susanna said, “I am not so much concerned with living or
dying, as to have my will swallowed up in the will of God.” Susanna Mason was
born in Rehoboth, Massachusetts, in or around 1724. Her great-grandfather had
been a soldier in Oliver Cromwell’s Roundhead Army. The families were Baptists
in background, and she was converted in 1745 and joined the Separate church and
maintained her Baptist convictions when she married Isaac Backus. Backus, not
fully persuaded of Baptist principles relating to pedobaptism at that time,
became “fully persuaded” and became one of the leaders among the Baptists and
exercised great influence in relation to freedom of conscience in the formation
of our nation. At their wedding on Nov. 29, 1749, Isaac refused to permit any
of the frivolous merrymaking which normally took place at New England
marriages, because he considered it a solemn ordinance of God. The wedding took
place in her father’s house and was performed by a justice of the peace as was
the custom. But Isaac got permission to transform it into a religious ceremony.
“Br. Shepherd read a Psalm and we Sung; then we went to prayer and the Lord did
hear and Come near to us. And then I took my dear Sister Susanna by the hand
and spoke Something of the Sense I had of our Standing in the presence of God,
and also how that He had clearly pointed out to me this Person to be my
Companion and an helper meet for me. And then went on and declar’d the Marriage
Covenant: and She did the same to me…Then I read, and we sung the 101 Psalm
after that I preached a Short Sermon from Acts 13:36.” She cared for their nine
children and the farm as Backus traveled and Pastored the church.

Dr. Greg J. Dixon from: This
Day in Baptist History Vol. I: Cummins /Thompson , pp. 489-91.


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