Bethiah Clarke (Hubbard) (1646 - 1707) MP

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Birthplace: Agawam, Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts, USA
Death: Died in Westerly, Kings, Rhode Island, USA
Managed by: Patricia Schilling
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About Bethiah Clarke (Hubbard)

Siblings: Naomi born 18 November 1637, Naomi born 19 October 1638, Ruth born 11 January 1640, Rachel born 10 March 1642, and Samuel born 25 March 1644

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Seventh Day Baptists in Europe and America: a series of historical ..., Volume 2 pg 589 By Albert N. Rogers

CHURCHES WHICH GREW OUT OF THE SABBATH REFORM MOVEMENT IN RHODE ISLAND.

NEWPORT.

So far as known, the first Seventh-day Baptist in America was Stephen Mumford. We know very little of his history till he came from England to Newport, R. I., in 1665. Some writers say he came in 1664, while others, Backus in his "Church History," Denison in "Westerly and Its Witnesses" and the Editors of The Missionary Magazine, give the date 1665. Backus says, "in the beginning of 1665." The discrepancy probably comes from the fact that this was before the change from old style to new style of reckoning, and some have followed one style and others the other. He was a Seventh-day Baptist when he came and began at once to proclaim the truths of his Master. He demonstrated what might be done by others. Backus' History states that Mr. Mumford came to Newport from London. We learn from Samuel Hubbard's Journal that he was originally from Tewkesbury, England, that he and his wife were of the number who made up the first Seventh-day Baptist church in America, and that he returned to England and brought back with him William Gibson, who became the second pastor at Newport.

Through the zealous efforts of Mr. Mumford several members of the First Baptist Church of Newport embraced the Sabbath truth. From all that we know one would conclude that the converts to the Sabbath were won through personal work, as there is nothing to indicate that he held any public meetings. We are indebted to the Journal of Samuel Hubbard, a copy of which may be found in the library of Milton College, Wis., for the following statement: "My wife took up keeping of the Lord's holy 7th day Sabbath the 10 day March, 1665; I took it up one day April, 1665; our daughter Ruth, 25 Oct., 1666; Rachel, Jan. 15 day 1666; Bethiah, Feb. 1666; our son Joseph Clarke, 23 Feb., 1666."

These dates are according to the Julian calendar, or old style. By the Gregorian calendar, or new style, these dates would read March 21, 1666, April 12, 1665, Nov. 5, 1666, Jan. 26, 1667, Feb., 1667, and March 6, 1667, respectively. In a letter Mr. Hubbard says that his wife was the first to commence keeping the Sabbath. This does not agree with the dates given above, as "the 10 day March, 1665," would according to old style be nearly a year after "April i, 1665," the new year beginning March 25. Perhaps there has been some mistake in copying from Mr. Hubbard's Journal. However this may be, it is quite evident that Tacy Hubbard was the first to embrace the Sabbath in America, and it is probable, though we cannot be certain, that it was, (by the mode of reckoning time since September, 1752), March 21, 1665, Samuel Hubbard commencing April 12, 1665.

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Bethiah Clarke's Timeline

1646
December 19, 1646
Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts, USA
1664
November 16, 1664
Age 17
Newport, (Present Newport County), Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, (Present USA)
November 16, 1664
Age 17
Westerly, Washington, RI, USA
1667
October 12, 1667
Age 20
Newport, Newport County, Rhode Island, USA
1670
April 14, 1670
Age 23
Westerly, Kings (now Washington Co.), Rhode Island
1672
September 29, 1672
Age 25
Westerly, Washington, Rhode Island
1675
August 25, 1675
Age 28
Newport, Newport, Rhode Island
1678
April 11, 1678
Age 31
Westerly, Washington, Rhode Island
1680
December 27, 1680
Age 34
Westerly, Kings (now Washington Co.), RI, USA
1683
August 31, 1683
Age 36
Westerly, Washington, Rhode Island