|Birth: ||Nov. 17, 1811|
|Death: ||Apr. 22, 1887|
Son of Benjamin and Sarah Spier Blitch. A Missionary Baptist Preacher. FL Seminole War; Cherokee Land Lottery for GA.
'Obits & Death Notices From the Sumner Free Trader & Worth County Local' page 35
"Elder Benjamjin Blitch, of Wayne County, departed this life Friday, the 22nd of April 1887, aged 76 years 4 months and 5 days. He lived a consistent member of the Baptist church for 60 years & spent 46 years in the work of the Ministry. He also served as a soldier in the Indian War."
Rev. Benjamin Blitch
The subject of this notice, Rev. Benjamin Blitch, was born in Effingham County, GA., Nov. 17, 1811, and departed this life April 22, 1887, at his home near Jesup in Wayne County. He connected himself with Turkey Branch church in his native county at about 21 years of age. The activity and usefulness manifested in that season of first love induced his brethren to elect him, the year after, to the office of deacon in Cowpen Branch church. In the year 1832, he was married to Miss Harriet Wilson of Effingham County, who bore him fourteen children, eight sons and six daughters. Four of the sons were ministers of the Gospel. Bro. Blitch was a kind and indulgent and a devoted husband. He was patient, kind, and forebearing, ever seeking to accomplish good. There are trees of rightousness which are ever drooping precious fruits around them. There are leaves that shine like stars to recall the fruits of his labor. In 1835, he moved to Florida, where he united with Black Creek church (now Sanders) at which church he was licensed to preach, which he continued to do as a licenseate 12 years. In 1846, He removed to Effingham County and connected himself with Little Ogheeche church, Screven County. He was ordained on the Second Sabbath in April, 1853. In 1859, he moved to Ware county and connected himself with Hopewell church, about 10 miles west of Blackshear. In 1860, he moved to Blackshear and worked as a carpenter for two years. In 1862, he moved to Appling County and joined the Baptist church, at which church his membership remained on the day of his death. He served the Piedmont Association as moderator 14 years in succession and clerk 7 years, and again as moderator 2 years. Bro. Blitch was the first to preach a missionary sermon on the South side of the Altamaha river. He was appointed to preach about 12 missionary sermons. He served as missionary 4 years in Effingham County. He served as pastor in Calvary church, Union church and in Ware County, Hopewell and in Blackshear in Pierce County; In Appling County, he served Bethel, Ten Mile Creek, Consolidation, and Zion; In Wayne County, he served Bethel, Flynt Branch, Union, Jesup, Goose Little River, and Zion; In Coffee at Elizabeth. He served some churches as long as 18 years continuously. When the Great Head of the church saw fit to remove from the field of earthly labor to a place in his heavenly mansion our much esteemed and beloved brother, we felt that a deep and general bereavement fell on us. He was extraordinarily gifted in head and heart. He possessed a wide power of intellect to comprehend subjects making him a wise and safe counselor. He was a man of man of firm decision, candid in his expression. Indeed was he very prominent before his brethren in all their counsels and deliberations as they found in him a wise counselor and an earnest advocate of the truth as revealed in the word of God. Our brother was beloved and admired as a minister for his soundness in the doctrine of grace and for his clear and attentive presentations from the pulpit. He was an outstanding Baptist. Our brother was not what is now termed as an educated man but he was a man of great natural ability and one whose heart was full of the Grace of God. As a christian, he exemplified in his long and useful life those graces and virtues which clearly demonstrated that he daily walked with God. His noble traits, dignified and genial nature will ever remain fresh in the memory of all who knew his. His mind was perfectly clear on religious matters to the last, and he passed over the river in the full triumphs of living faith, and thus was his spirit united over the river on pinions of love to the city of God. The death of such a man has left a deep and painful void, and in token of our regret to him and as the expression of our loss, be it therefore resolved: 1st: That we bow in humble submission to Him who worketh all things after the counsel of his will, and doeth all things well. 2nd: That we humbly testify our affections for our brother by saying a great and useful man has fallen in Israel. 3rd: That in respect of the memory of our brother a copy of this tribute be placed on memorial page of our church book, a copy be furnished for publication in our County paper, Baxley Banner, and Christian Index, and a copy to the bereaved family. Ordered by the Bethel Baptist Church, in conference, May 1887.
J.E. Black, Moderator
Copied from the Jesup Sentinel of June 9, 1887
History of the "Baptist Denomination in Georgia",
1881, Atlanta, GA page 17:
Benjamin Blitch was born in November 1811, in Effingham County, Georgia...
His zeal and acceptability as a preacher occasioned his ordination. In 1863, at the age of forty-two years, by a presbytery...For over two years from this date, he served Calvary church as pastor, and then, moved by the sacred impulse to carry the Gospel into the 'regions beyond', he made his home in Ware County. There for twenty four years, he labored to supply the destitution prevailing through that county, Pierce, Appling, and others - a work the record of which is on high.
He transferred his abode and his ministry to Tatnall County. Miss Harriet Wilson had been his wife for 47 years. She bore him fourteen children; and, of her eight sons, four like the father, are ministers of the Gospel.
Benjamin Blitch (1768 - 1846)
Sarah Spier Blitch (____ - 1813)
Harriet Wilson Blitch (1814 - 1877)*
James Elias Blitch (1833 - 1876)*
Esther Ann Blitch (1835 - 1922)*
Daniel Isaiah Blitch (1836 - 1889)*
Joseph Luke Blitch (1839 - 1882)*
Martha Elizabeth Blitch Middleton (1840 - 1884)*
Mary Ruth Blitch (1841 - 1843)*
Benjamin Samuel Blitch (1843 - 1865)*
Obediah Thomas Blitch (1844 - 1931)*
Mindora Amanda Lucille Blitch Street (1846 - 1924)*
Solomon Elihu Blitch (1847 - 1926)*
Kezziah Abigail Blitch Youmans (1849 - 1929)*
Leonidas Wyley Blitch (1850 - ____)*
Emma Azealia Blitch Wolfe (1852 - 1928)*
William Wilberforce Blitch (1854 - 1930)*
Thomas Blitch (1805 - 1871)*
William Moore Blitch (1807 - 1883)*
James Spier Blitch (1808 - 1860)*
Benjamin Blitch (1811 - 1887)
Sarah Blitch Canuet (1813 - 1910)*
Old Bethel Cemetery
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Record added: Apr 15, 2001
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