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HISTORY OF HILLSDALE COLLEGE

BY HON. JOHN C. PATTERSON, 1883

No educational institution was established by the denomination until 1832. The agitation of the educational question in the denomination was commenced in New England about that time. On the 15th day of January, 1840, a denominational educational society was organized at Acton, Maine, "to provide means for the intellectual and moral improvement of young ministers. " This sketch outlines the educational status of the denomination in the east, at the time its first churches were planted in the territory of Michigan.
The pioneer Free-will Baptists of Michigan were not behind their New England brethren in this educational movement. Though few in number, limited in means, and scattered over the territory, they were devoted to their church, and possessed that religious ardor, and progressive spirit which cheerfully make sacrifices to secure a denominational triumph. The first Free-will Baptist church in the territory of Michigan was organized near Ypsilanti, Washtenaw county, March 14th, 1831. It had no pastor. There were no ordained ministers of the denomination in the territory. Upon the petition of the church, Henry S. Limbocker, who held a license to preach, and under whose ministrations the church had been organized, a young man of promise, was ordained as a minister by the Free-will Baptist authorities of western New York. A preacher was thus secured, and the denomination commenced its work in the wilds of Michigan. Elder Henry S. Limbocker was a native of Cayuga county, New York, and had removed from Parma, Monroe county. New York, to Ypsilanti in 1830. Other churches were planted in Oakland and other counties in the vicinity during the next few years.

EARLY MICHIGAN


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