The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 12, July 1908 - April, 1909 Page: 47
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Records of an Early Texas Baptist Church.
October the 15th 1864
The State of Texas
County of Anderson
To all Whom it may concern This is to certify, That our be-
loved Brother Benjamin Parker, was at the call of the Primitive
Baptist church of Christ at Pilgrim Solemnly set apart this day
by the imposition of hands and ordained by us the ministry of the
gospel, and he is fully authorised to minister at large in the Lords
Vineyard wherever Divine providence may Direct his course, and
to administer the Special as well as more common ordnances of
the gospel on every common or proper occasion and we do hereby
Recommend him to the affectionate Regard Confidence and Respect
of the Regular Pri[mi]tive Baptist[s]-as a Pious orderly min-
ister of the Gospel
done at the Union Association of Baptist convened with the
Bethel Church and county and State aforesaid, this October the
T. W. Brooks, Clerk
L. G. Aspley, Mod
R. T. Gibson
John W. Owen
Moses H Denmon
L. G. Aspley
The Church met in conferance on Saturday before the third
Sunday in Deer the 15th 1864 1st appointed Brother R. G. Gib-
son mod. pro tem then preceeded to business
2d the church agree to Extend to Brother T. W. Brooks the
right to Exercise his gift as a minister of the gospel wherever god
in [h]is providence may cast [his] lot
3d agreed to instruct the Clerk to give to Brethren L. G.
Aspley and Ben Parker certificates Certifying their standing in
the church and their ordination to the work of the ministry and
clothing them with authority to ordain ministers Deacons and in
the Constitutions of churches to act Either jointly or Separately
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