Sunday, August 31, 2014

Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy - The 4th Commandment

On Genealogy Bank I found that my 9th great grandfather, the Reverend William Homes (1663 - 1746), had written a book on the Sabbath.  This is a small advertisement, dated 1727 for his book Religious Observation of the Lord's-Day.

New England Weekly Journal, Boston, Massachusetts, Thursday, 10 July 1727, Issue XVI, page 2

I have read excerpts from Rev. Homes's personal journal, but I didn't know he had written a book.  You never know what you're going to find in historic newspapers.  I almost didn't look for his name at Genealogy Bank because I considered it too early in American history to find anything about him.  Now I know better!

Do you think I can find a copy of this little book on eBay?

You can read all about the life of the Reverend William Homes at this blog post:


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  1. The Ayers and Bowens and other Baptists near Ipswich, MA, moved to New Jersey in the 1680s to create their own townships and churches and worship freely apart from the rigid Puritans. In the 1710s, many of them accepted the teaching of the seventh-day Sabbath and separated *slightly* from the first-day Baptists. As far as I can tell, they often heard the same pastors and used the same meeting house. The Seventh-day Baptist generations married within their church and stayed strong within their own message. My SDB ancestors kept the same beliefs without interruption, at least down to the early 20th century.

    1. Rev. Homes was a Presbyterian, and Cotton Mather and the other Puritan leaders let him come to Massachusetts because he was a Calvinist. However, since he was a Presbyterian they stuck him way out at the end of Cape Cod at Chilmark. They kept their eye on him, but he was more or less acceptable to the Puritans.