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Absalom Bainbridge

  • Birth 29 Dec 1766 Frederick County, Maryland, USA
  • Death 1826 Pauldingville, St. Charles County, Missouri, USA
  • Burial Unknown
  • Memorial ID 40585116

from Martin Family Lore:

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Absalom Bainbridge

"My Great Grandfather and Mother came from England in Yorkshire. They were of the society of Quakers. They settled in New Jersey near Princtown (they came from an ancient Saxon family) where they lived to a good old age and left behind several children, among whome was my grandfather, Edmond Bainbridge, who was born March 20, 1693. My Grandmother, Abigail White, was born June 20, 1697. They were married March 4, 1717. I think my Grandfather, as I have been told, lived to the age of 77 and my Grandmother died nine days after him. They left behind them several children among whome was my Father, Peter Bainbridge. He was born near Princtown, state of Jersey, March 20, 1721, and was twice married. His first wife was Isanna Oakes, by whome he had one child. Both child and mother died less than two years after the marriage. His second wife was Ruth White, my Mother, by whome he had seven sons and three daughters. Some time before his death he began to decline and grew very feeble but kept about within one day of his death. He remained perfectly in his reason to his last moments and expressed a willingness to be with Jesus, whome his soul loved, and on Saturday morning about sunrise, February 9, 1806, without a struggle, groan or sigh, breathed his last and, I hope, fell asleep in Jesus. He was within 37 days of his 75th year. My dear Mother, Ruth Bainbridge, was in a low declining state of body with consumption for one year and departed out of time into eternity on the November 5, 1807. Had she lived until the 29th of February, she would have been 69 years of age, a member of the Baptist society for 35 or 36 years and, I think, possessed vital religion which has given her an everlasting portion in the kingdom of God."
—Absalom Bainbridge

Absalom Bainbridge was born the 29th of December, 1766, in Frederick Co., Maryland, and was married to his beloved wife, Elizabeth Beatty, the 8th of April at 4 o'clock and 40 minutes in the afternoon, in the year of our Lord, 1790. Elizabeth Beatty was born the 6th of August in the year of our Lord, 1772, also in Frederick Co., Maryland.

Title: Maryland Marriages, 1778-1800; Bainbridge, Absalom, 12 April 1790, Elizabeth Beatty (Viewed on Ancestry)

Baptist preacher, physician, and early St. Charles County, MO, pioneer, Dr. Bainbridge probably died in the small town of Pauldingville. One page of his 1828 will filed in St. Charles County is copied to right: St. Charles County Historical Society archives, 1822-1833 Will Book 1. The following children were named: Darius, Elizabeth, Anna, Amira, Erastus, Almeda, Eusebius, Meroe, Zulina, Armilda and Zerelda.

Above children list differs slightly from that at Martin Family Lore with the addition of child Leodine Bainbridge born the 9th of June, Sunday, 3 o’clock and 30 minutes A.M., in the year of our Lord, 1811:

son: Erastus Bainbridge 1801-1858) memorial;

It's possible that below refers to this Absalom Bainbridge and a brother, Peter Bainbridge. Both were born in Frederick County, Maryland, and both supposedly were physicians and Baptist preachers.

History of Kentucky Baptists From 1769 to 1885, printed 1886

Absalom Bainbridge, pp. 24-25:
Absalom Bainbridge, of whose early life we have no ac-
count, but who is supposed to have been a native of Maryland, was raised up to the ministry in Town Fork church, in Fayette County, Ky. He was a licensed preacher in that church as early as 1798, and three years later he was an ordained minister in the same church. Soon afterwards he became a member of Boone's Creek church, in the same county. In 1806, he preached the introductory sermon before Elkhorn Association. When Elkhorn Association split, in 1809, he adhered to the party that
formed Licking Association, and was for some years a prominent member of the latter fraternity, acting as its Clerk, from '814 to 1 8 17, and preaching the introductory sermon before it, in 181 3, 18 1 5 and 18 17. About the last named date, he moved to Todd county. In becoming identified with Licking Association, he had left the general union of Baptists in Kentucky.
However, he succeeded in getting into West Fork church, in Todd county, this church being a member of Red River Association, which was, at that time, in the general union. Mr. Bainbridge soon began to foment strife among the churches, about certain abstruse points of doctrine. The breach continued to widen, till the Association divided, in 1824. Bethel Association was formed of the minority, the next year. Mr. Bainbridge is doubtless referred to among others, in the following extract, from an account of the origin of that Association, pub-
lished in its minutes of 1826:

Elkhorn Association. 25

"The nature and extent of the Atonement of our Lord Jesus
Christ, then became a matter of controversy, though not serious, until certain Baptists from the upper counties of this State, settled among us. At first, they manifested an appearance of friendship and fellowship towards our churches and ministers, which led us to suppose they were desirous to return into the general
union again. We therefore, upon their application, received them into our churches. But, alas ! some of them, so soon as they obtained a standing among us, manifested a paity spirit, which soon found its way into the Association. Things now became serious ; a want of brotherly love and Christian forbearance was soon manifested in the deportment of a number of preachers and lay members, especially at the Associations, held from year to year. Instead of meeting in love, for the mutual
edification and comfort of each other, and to preach the glorious gospel to sinners, it became a scene of contention, which reflected on us, as a religious society, and greatly injured the cause of God among us."

Mr. Bainbridge, of course, adhered to Red River Associ-
ation, which soon left the general union, and has since continued to wither. After this, we find no further mention of Mr. Bainbridge. He is believed to have been a man of fair abilities and a good moral character. But it is feared that, on account of his contentious disposition, he did the cause of Christ more harm than good.

Peter Bainbridge, p. 115:
Peter Bainbridge was a preacher in Green River Associa-
tion as early as 18 13. He was a man of superior gifts and attainments, and, but for his fickleness and thoughtless manner of living, might have been eminently useful. He was born in Frederick county, Md., June, 1761. He finished his education at Charleston, S. C. , where he was baptized by Joseph Reese, Dec. 11, 1784. He was ordained at Charleston, by Edmond Botsford, Joshua Palmer, Charles Cook, Joshua Lewis, and Henry Easterling, April 4, 1790, and was settled over the church on Muddy creek, in Orange district, the same year. He soon afterwards moved to Petersburg, Va., and established
himself in the practice of medicine, to which profession he had been bred. From Petersburg, he moved to Maryland, and thence, in 1793, to western New York. He remained here, preaching and practicing medicine, till 1797. He then moved to Kentucky, settling first at Stanford, but moving, the next year, to Lancaster, in Garrard county. Touching his ministerial character, Elkhorn Association saw fit to enter on her minutes
of 1798, the following item :

"Agreed to caution the churches of a certain John Duncan,
who has sustained the character of a Baptist preacher, but is not in union with us or any of our churches ; and that he is a man not of a fair religious character. Also, there is a certain Peter Bainbridge in the same situation." In 1800, Tates Creek Association rebuked Forks of Dix River church, for having received into fellowship Peter Bainbridge, who had been excluded
from another church. Mr. Bainbridge appears not to have attained a good standing, as a preacher, while he remained in the northern part of the State. In 18 13, he moved to the Green river country, and settled in Glasgow. Here he was well received, and was popular, both as a preacher and a physician. He remained here about twelve years. In 1825, he moved to Franklin county, Mississippi, where he preached and practiced medicine one year. He died, after a brief illness, Sept. I, 1826.

Dr. Bainbridge appears to have been a man of large gener-
osity, true benevolence, and purity of morals. His faults were,a want of firmness, negligence in business, and a fondness for worldly amusements.
More on this Dr. Bainbridge appears here:

a document-based biography (word document):

This body was formed in 1792, and, for a number of years, at first, included all the associated churches in Maryland, on the western side of the great Bay, which divides the State, except the one called Nanjamoy, which belonged to Ketockton, in Virginia. Its constituent churches were those of Harford, Fredericktown, Seneca, Taneytown, Huntington, and Hammond's Branch. John Davis, Samuel Lane, and Absalom Bainbridge, were the only ministers present at the tune of its organization ; the last of whom, afterwards removed to Kentucky. The old Harford church did not leave the Philadelphia Association until three years after the formation of this body.[9]

1773 Frederick Town was received into Ketoctin Association VA. First pastor Absolom Brainbridge-later Plummer Waters and Jos. H. Jones[48]

FREDERICKTOWN (1773) Fredericktown Church was organized in 1773 and united with the Ketocton Association the same year. The first pastor was Elder Absalom Bainbridge. He was followed by Elders William Parkinson, William Gilmore, John Welch, Plummer Waters, and Joseph H. Jones.[49]

History of Western Maryland: Being a History of Frederick ..., Volume 1, p. 517, By John Thomas Scharf -
Absalom Bainbridge was licensed to preach in 1790 at the Baptist Church in Frederick Town Maryland.

Of interest to Bainbridge descendants or those interested in this family, please note article: A Look at the 12 'Immortals' who voted to repudiate the Stamp Act
By Ryan Bass Special to the News-Post Nov 23, 2014:

Peter Bainbridge

Peter Bainbridge was born near Princeton, New Jersey, in 1721 to Edmund Bainbridge and Abigail White. He served in the French and Indian War with a captain’s commission. He first appeared in Frederick County in 1755, when he lived between modern day Myersville and Middletown. By 1768, he owned approximately 1,073 acres.

His first term as a Frederick county justice was in 1758. However, the citizens of Frederick were concerned that he was abusing his position and that it should be taken away from him. They sent a petition to Governor Horatio Sharpe, which said, “his bad Conduct in every Shape, Wrong Judgments, and other Grievous affairs too Tedious to mention here.”

An example of his supposed misconduct, Michael Cregar claimed that Bainbridge took and received double fees for one warrant. However, he requested that the “Frederick County Sheriff to summon fourteen witnesses to appear before the Governor and the Council.” They didn’t appear and the matter was dropped. Bainbridge was constable of the Upper Catoctin hundred in 1775. During this time, he was appointed to solicit subscriptions to purchase arms and ammunition. He died on Feb. 9, 1806.

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