As it happens, there was a couple of Southern Baptist Preacher men in my Family Tree.
Now mind you, I had to go Waaaaayyyy Back to find them....all they way back to 1776.
Yep, that's right....during the American Revolutionary War period.
It seems my 5thGreat Grand Uncle James, was thrown in jail for preaching in his home.
[History of the Rise and Progress of Baptists in Virginia by Robert B. Semple]
Now I know that you know that photography in the 1700's was not...let's say...there! So the photo above is from my Vintage Collection and used herin for interest only (keepin' it bonafide and all)....still I think 5thGreat Uncle James could have had a mucho mustache and I know he had those eyebrows...they are just like mine before the invention of the tweezers.
So now, we come to the Bonafide Baptist Part of this Post!
My 5thGreat Granddaddy John...good Biblical name...his wife...Mary...another good Biblical name...and their TEN children moved from Virginia to Georgia to escape Religious Retrictions placed on Baptist activities. They joined the Colony of Baptist headed by the celebrated Reverend Daniel Marshall whom they met at church in Virginia. The Colony settled in Georgia on Kiokee Creek, St. Pauls Parish which later became Columbia County. The church established by Reverend Marshall was the first Baptist Church in Georgia of which 5thGreatGdaddy was a founding member.
The drawings shown above are of Reverend Marshall and the Kiokee Baptist Church
Reverend Marshall went on to establish other Baptist Churches in Georgia...many still in existence today. His life and contributions to the Baptist faith are well documented...you can visit the Marshall Monument in Elijah Clark Memorial State Park in Lincolnton, Georgia HERE. (at bottom of page)
One of John and Mary's sons, John Ichabod...my future 4thGreatGdaddy...married Reverend Marshalls daughter Lucy Eunice.
And that's how I came to be a Southern Baptist and have Bushy Eyebrows!
And I guess 'A's in Math ... good a reason as any!