Friday, March 25, 2016

The Journal of Joseph Craig - Chapter 5

One of the great byproducts of the Internet and the digital age is its working in saving great books in history that are at risk of being lost. In my effort to research my ancestors who were ministers like myself, this work has become even more prescient to me. One of my ancestors (a Great uncle) was a man named Joseph Craig who was among the Travelling Church who came to Kentucky in 1781 fleeing Anglican persecution in Virginia. In the coming weeks, I want to offer his journal which gives a personal and unique insight in pioneer American Baptists life. Thanks to the Internet, is story is being preserved for future generations.

The Journal of Joseph Craig - Chapter 1
The Journal of Joseph Craig - Chapter 2
The Journal of Joseph Craig - Chapter 3
The Journal of Joseph Craig - Chapter 4
The Journal of Joseph Craig - Chapter 5

Chapter 5

An account of my journey to Essex county, in the first big Snow, with brother Bledsoe, as he then had the care of the church there, and chose me to help him.

After we had been there one or two days, it began to snow, and snowed and hailed part of several days (perhaps about four days). In the meantime we had meeting, and several got converted, as we supposed, and believed, before we set off for home!

Brother Bledsoe had about forty miles home, and I had about sixty. By the help of some roads being broken open we got about fifteen miles the first day; and the second day we had about twenty-five miles to brother Bledsoe's; and by the help of a great road being trodden open, we got to brother Bledsoe's about midnight. As my clothes were but thin, I got hurt some from the frost; for the weather was nearly as cold as I ever felt, and for about eight miles before we got to brother Bledsoe's, we had no road nor a trace. The snow was about one foot and a half deep, and our horses often fell on the snow, but through much suffering, we got to brother Bledsoe's about midnight, Then I had better than twenty miles home. I got off early the next morning, and drove hard the all day, being extremely anxious to get home; but did not make it out that night. I got within about six miles of home, and had to stay all night at a very poor man's house. I hurried off very early in the morning. After going about two miles on the track toward brother John's [John Craig?], his mill boys had trodden the track open, which my horse would follow, bleeding very much about the foot; but would not go the way I wanted him to go. Brother John lent me a low horse. In going from thence to my house, he would fall on the snow, and splattered the blood on the snow with his foot. And when I got home, I found that my wife had suffered from firewood and about half of my hogs had frozen to death in the woods. One or two of my children did not know me, and called me the man. So I got home that time, &c.

For more:
"Esteem Reproach" by Harper & Jacumin: A Review
"Baptists and Persecution in Virginia": A Lecture by Steve Weaver
Elijah Craig: A Biography Written By James B. Taylor 
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