Rev Charles Crawford “Charlie” Chaplin

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Rev Charles Crawford “Charlie” Chaplin

Danville, Danville City, Virginia, USA
Death 2 Nov 1884 (aged 53)
Brenham, Washington County, Texas, USA
Burial Brenham, Washington County, Texas, USA
Plot Section 4, Range 2
Memorial ID 88241189 · View Source
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Charles Chaplin, considered to be one of the best Texas Baptist pastors of his time, was born in Danville, Virginia, on 1831 September 22. Charles attended Richmond College, but was unable to graduate due to ill health. He became a Christian in 1853 and changed his career to the ministry. After he was ordained as a minister in 1856, Charles served as pastor of several churches in Danville, Virginia, Owensborough, Kentucky, and Paducah, Kentucky, and also ministered to men on the battlefields of the American Civil War before he moved to Texas in 1877.

In Texas, Chaplin became pastor of First Baptist Church in Austin, Texas, converting over 4,000 people in three years, and bringing over 2,500 people into the Baptist Church. In 1880 he became the pastor of First Baptist Church in Brenham, a position he held for four years.

Charles wrote often for religious periodicals, served as chaplain for the Texas Senate, and was President of the Baptist State Convention. Charles also served as trustee for Baylor University, and as Vice President of the Home Mission Board, Southern Baptist Convention.

It is not known when Chaplin married Lucy Exall Chaplin, but they were married with five daughters by 1880 at the time of his pastorate in Brenham, Texas. There are many pictures of people from Lucy Exall's side of the family present in the collection, some dating to the Civil War. Charles Chaplin died on 1884 November 2.

[Bio provided by contributor #47208251]


A minister of the Gospel 28 years

Gravesite Details born Danville, VA; died Brenham, TX


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  • Created by: Amy the Spirit Seeker
  • Added: 8 Apr 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 88241189
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Rev Charles Crawford “Charlie” Chaplin (22 Sep 1831–2 Nov 1884), Find A Grave Memorial no. 88241189, citing Prairie Lea Cemetery, Brenham, Washington County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Amy the Spirit Seeker (contributor 47053721) .