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Rev Abraham Marshall
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Birth: Apr. 23, 1748
Windsor
Hartford County
Connecticut, USA
Death: Aug. 15, 1819
Columbia County
Georgia, USA

Born in Windsor, Conn. April 23, 1748, the first born of Daniel & Martha Stearns Marshall. Ordained, Kiokee Baptist Church, 1775 where, in 1784 he followed his father as pastor. He preached to thousands on New England trips in 1786 & 1792. He constituted or reconstituted about 39 churches, including the First African Baptist churches in Savannah & Augusta, GA, and the First Baptist Church of Augusta. He was affectionately called the Friend of Black People. A trustee of Franklin College (now the University of Georgia) he was also moderator of the Georgia Baptist Association for 19 years.

According to contributor Thomas Ray:
Abraham Marshall was a worthy successor to his illustrious father, Daniel Marshall who, with Shubal Stearns was a founder of the Separate Baptist movement in the South. He was converted at Stephen's Creek Baptist Church in South Carolina, and baptized by his father in the Savannah River. For 20 years he was an itinerant preacher.

"His voice was one of great power, melody and flexibility. In nothing, perhaps was he more remarkable than the power of description. He would portray the glories of heaven with such matchless force and breadth, that his hearers could scarcely remain upon their seats; and he would depict the miseries of the lost in such terrible, burning language, as almost to make the hair stand erect upon your head." (Source unidentified by Ray)

On May 10, 1786 he left Kiokee on a trip to Connecticut, which ended six months later on November 17. He had ridden horseback approximately 3000 miles through 11 states preaching a minimum of 197 times. Conver-sions were counted in the hundreds. It's calculated he preached to between 40,000 and 50,000 on this journey.

There, he won his nephew, Absalom Waller, to Baptist principles. Absalom had been a much respected and highly esteemed minister for 30 years. After several discussions with Abraham, he became convinced that infant baptism was unscriptural. In spite of family opposition, the two men went to a nearby river. Abraham preached a sermon on baptism and immersed Absalom in the presence of hundreds who had never witnessed a baptism according to the biblical pattern. On the following day, Abraham had the privilege of delivering the sermon at Absolom's ordination. Waller was faithful to his decision and embarked on a new ministry in the Baptist denomination.

Marshall labored faithfully and consistently until his death on the evening of August 15, 1819, at the age of 71."

 
 
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 Parents:
  Daniel Marshall (1706 - 1784)
  Martha Stearns Marshall (1726 - 1771)
 
 Spouse:
  Nancy Ann Waller Marshall (1765 - 1815)
 
 Children:
  Abraham Waller Marshall (1793 - 1800)*
  Jabez Pleiades Marshall (1794 - 1832)*
  Jubal Orion Marshall (1800 - 1847)*
 
 Sibling:
  Abraham Marshall (1748 - 1819)
  Lucy Eunice Marshall Pittman (1760 - 1821)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Marshall Family Cemetery
Appling
Columbia County
Georgia, USA
 
Maintained by: Anna Jaech
Originally Created by: M C
Record added: Mar 21, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 67239369
Rev Abraham Marshall
Added by: Dennis W. Cavanaugh
 
Rev Abraham Marshall
Added by: Michele Simmons Lewis
 
 
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- B F
 Added: Jul. 15, 2017
Thank you for all the sacrifices you made in this world, It is an honor to have you in my family tree.May you rest in peace.God Bless you.
- Orlena O
 Added: May. 13, 2016

- In memory
 Added: Jul. 12, 2011
 
 
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