Rev Edmund Botsford

Rev Edmund Botsford

Death 25 Dec 1819 (aged 74)
Burial Georgetown, Georgetown County, South Carolina, USA
Memorial ID 26221133 · View Source
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Mr. Botsford was an Englishman born at Woburn, Bedfordshire, in 1745. He was was left an orphan at the age of seven; his father and mother having both died. He was placed under the care of his aunt, Mrs. Osborn. By her he was sent to board with Mrs. Barnes, an intimate friend of his mother's with whom he attended meeting at a Baptist church. He was frequently the subject of strong religious impressions which deepened by an extraordinary dream which he had in his eighth or ninth year. After, this however his habits became irregular and he was almost despaired of by his friends.

He had great desires for a seafaring life and as he failed in that his waywardness led him to enlist in the army as a common soldier. Here he suffered many hardships and in several instances narrowly escaped death.

At the age of twenty he sails for Charleston, South Carolina where he arrived in January 1766. Here he encountered misfortunes which had the effect to deepen the religious impressions which he had occasionally experienced during his youth. His distress was so great as to attract the notice of the members of the family in which he lived. One day one of them told him he was under conviction and advised him to go and hear a Baptist minister in the place assuring him he was the only preacher in the city who could be of any service to him. Accordingly, he went to hear Mr. Hart, a dear South Carolina Baptist whose ministry was sanctified to his conversion. On this subject he writes: "I do not remember that at that time I had any very distressing fears of hell; but it cut me to the heart that I had sinned against such a good God and that I was such an unholy deceitful creature. The first day of November the day on which I was twenty one years of age was a day never to be forgotten. It was a day of light a day of peace and joy. That day I had clearer views than formerly of sin holiness God and Christ and different views from all I had ever before experienced I think I was enabled to devote my whole self to God."

On the 13th of March, he was baptized soon afterwards was licensed to preach and entered upon a course of study preparatory to the ministry under his pastor, Rev. Mr. Hart. He continued with Mr. Hart till the following June. He finally concluded to leave Charleston. A gentleman made him a present of a horse saddle and saddlebags; his friends furnished him with clothing. Leaving Charleston he traveled on to Euhaw where he remained with Rev. Mr. Pelot to the end of July. He preached his first sermon on the 27th of June 1771. At this time there was not a regularly constituted Baptist church and but one ordained minister in the whole province of Georgia. His labors here were highly acceptable and in compliance with their wishes he agreed to remain with them one year. He met with no opposition and preached extensively in many contiguous regions both in Georgia and South Carolina.

The church in Charleston hearing of the success of the ministry of Mr. Botsford, concluded to call him to ordination. He was accordingly ordained on the 14th of March 1773, Oliver Hart and Francis Pelot assisting on the occasion. During this year and the year following his labors were abundant and his success considerable. Mr. Botsford traveled so frequently and a far distance at times to preach that some used to call him the flying preacher.

In 1773 he married his first wife in Augusta. Her maiden name was Susanna Nun, she was a native of Ireland. In May 1774, the flying preacher perched upon Brier creek in Burke county. Here he purchased some land built him a house. From this tabernacle which he had pitched on Brier creek he darted out into many surrounding regions and preached the gospel with his accustomed fervor and success.

His time was thus occupied for several years till in the spring of 1779 he was compelled to make a precipitate flight from his home and the State on account of the horrors of the revolutionary war. He and his family departed in such haste that they had only time to take off with them two horses and a cart containing a single bed, one blanket, and a sheet. Mr. Botsford hurries from the province an unprotected fugitive no more to find a permanent abode in the region of his early labors. During the remainder of the revolution he had no permanent abode and was a part of the time chaplain in the American army the balance of it in South and North Carolina and in Virginia. He finally settled in Georgetown S.C. as pastor of the church. In 1803, he was seized with that most distressing disease, the Tic Doloroux, the painful stroke or twinge which with the exception of a few short intervals of temporary relief continued to rack his frame and prey upon his constitution until it terminated in death. This event which happens alike to all took place on the 25th December 1819 in the seventy fifth year of his age.

(Georgia Baptists: Historical and Biographical By Jesse Harrison Campbell)

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Baptist preacher - Author- church Planner. First pastor of the Baptist Church in this town. AE 75


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