Sherman Babcock, 1762 - 1851
Founding of the Panton, Vermont Baptist Church
Transcribed by Vincent Babcock from Henry Crocker's History of
Baptists in Vermont. [LDS FHC film 1,033,832, item 2]
On the Fourth of July, 1794, an event occurred in the little village
of Panton, which added to Independence Day a sacred historical
association. On that day a Baptist church was formed under impressive
circumstances. Sherman Babcock, a licentiate from Kingsbury, N.Y., had
been holding meetings in private dwellings and in the schoolhouse.
Some of his hearers had received the word with gladness and wanted to
be baptized. They sent to Washington County for Elder Amasa Brown, the
nearest Baptist Minister, who came, listened to the young converts'
Christian experience and baptized them in Champlain. These, with their
leader Mr. Babcock, constituted the Panton Baptist church. Their names
were Sherman Babcock, Elisha Grandy, Abner Holcomb, Zaeoc Knapp,
Samuel Shepherd, Salome Gravidy, Midwell Holcomb, Mary Ferris and Mary
Shepherd. Elisha Grandy was chosen clerk.
A HISTORY OF EACH TOWN,
CIVIL, ECCLESIASTICAL, BIOGRAPHICAL AND MILITARY.
EDITED BY: ABBY MARIA HEMENWAY
IN THREE VOLUMES. VOLUME I
Addison, Bennington, Caledonia, Chittenden and Essex Counties
Burlington, Vt: PUBLISHED BY MISS A. M. HEMENWAY. 1867
Transcribed by Rodney H. Badger; pgs 78-83
Spelling, grammar, punctuation and abbreviations reproduced as found.
Sherman Babcock is the great, great, great, great
grandfather through the family of Lillian (Dolly) Rossi. Mother of Bob
As you can see he was a true Son of the American