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From: "Alvie L. Davidson CG" <>
Subject: [APG] Primitive Baptist Churches
Date: Wed, 28 Dec 2005 04:53:55 -0500
Good morning Richard
I have been associated with the Primitive Baptist Church all of my life and
I know some of the irrational thinking which some have used to try to label
themselves. I have known Robert Webb since the early 1960's and have lots
of respect for his desire to collect historical material on the PB Church.
I have a great many books in my library covering the history but I am fully
aware that the label Primitive Baptist did not come into existence until the
early to middle 1800's following the famed Black Rock Address by Elder
Gilbert Beebe in Baltimore, MD. The analogy which you gave is a good way to
show the name of the church.
Even though I believe the PB church is what satisfies my spiritual needs I
don't think for a moment that it is the only church and has not existed by
name since the days when Jesus Christ walked on this earth.
The doctrinal beliefs have been around for centuries but these beliefs came
packaged in such orders as the Waldenses of the northern Swiss Alps, the
early Baptists of Wales who migrated to Pennsylvania and South Carolina.
There are some today who hold to these same beliefs but do not carry the
label of Primitive Baptists.
My ancestors who settled in Jackson and Marshall county in northern Alabama
established churches which later became known as Primitive Baptist but when
they were built in early 1830's they were simply known as Baptist churches.
I wrote an article in 1983 for the Genealogical Helper and I must have
gotten literally hundreds of letters and inquiries from that article.
I don't consider myself a scholar on the subject of Primitive Baptists but
can try to answer questions when needs arise.
Keep up the good research
Alvie L. Davidson CG
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