This blog is dedicated to Bible truth, the gospel of Jesus Christ, the testimony of the Lord’s churches, and the history of the martyrs throughout the centuries. This blog is maintained by Marty Tate, husband, father of 8, former pastor of Peaceful Valley Baptist Church.


  1. Dear Marty,

    I discovered your post regarding my ggg-grandfather Missionary Reverend Joseph Smedley. Finding information about his life in England prior to arriving in North America has been difficult and this is the first time that I’ve heard about him being ‘rejected’ by a Church in England.

    Can you provide information as to your research which provided this information? If so, I would be deeply grateful.

    Best wishes,

    Lisa Smedley

    • Hi Lisa,

      The post is copied from a book titled “This Day in Baptist History,” by David Cummins and Wayne Thompson. I received this from pastor Greg Dixon. I have contacted Bro. Dixon to see if he has any further info. I will forward any information I can come up with to you. What information have you been able to find on your ggg grandfather?

  2. Thank you Marty.

    I have quite a bit of information after his arrival in the States and one photograph but virtually nothing of his own parents, siblings, place of birth – various accounts list him as being born in Westmoreland, Derby, Derbyshire, etc. He was married to Mary Anne Ratcliffe, they did have several children and I have conclusive proof of that line. But your post is the first I’ve ever heard indicating that he’d been ‘turned away from a church in England’ – this begs the question ‘why’ for it is obvious that he was thoroughly devoted to his ministry. Details to that mystery could lead to more evidentiary information as to his beginnings/background.

    All information is deeply appreciated. Warm wishes, Lisa

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