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PETER BAINBRIDGE
By J. H. spencer

     Peter Bainbridge was a preacher in the Green River Association as early as 1813. He was a man of superior gifts and attainments, but for his fickleness and thoughtless manner of living, might have been eminently useful. He was born in Frederick county, Md., June, 1761. He finished his education at Charleston, S.C., where he was baptized by Joseph Reese, Dec. 11, 1784. He was ordained at Charleston, by Edmond Botsford, Joshua Palmer, Charles Cook, Joshua Lewis, and Henry Easterling, April 4, 1790, and was settled over the church on Muddy creek, in Orange district, the same year. He soon afterwards moved to Petersburg, Va., and established himself in the practice of medicine, to which profession he had been bred. From Petersburg, he moved to Maryland, and thence, in 1793, to western New York. He remained here, preaching and practicing medicine, till 1797. He then moved to Kentucky, settling first at Stanford, but moving, the next year, to Lancaster, in Garrard county. Touching his ministerial character, Elkhorn Association saw fit to enter on her minutes of 1798, the following item: "Agreed to caution the churches of a certain John Duncan, who has sustained the character of a Baptist preacher, but is not in union with us or any of our churches; and that he is a man not of a fair religious character. Also, there is a certain Peter Bainbridge in the same situation." In 1800, Tates Creek Association rebuked Peter Bainbridge, who had been excluded from another church. Mr. Bainbridge appears not to have attained a good standing, as a preacher, while he remained in the northern part of the State. In 1813, he moved to the Green river country, and settled in Glasgow. Here he was well received, and was popular, both as a preacher and a physician. He remained here about twelve years. In 1825, he moved to Franklin county, Mississippi, where he preached and practiced medicine one year. He died, after a brief illness, Sept. 1, 1826. Dr. Bainbridge appears to have been a man of large generosity, true benevolence, and purity of morals. His faults were, a want of firmness, negligence in business, and a fondness for worldly amusements.

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[From J. H. Spencer, A History of Kentucky Baptists, Vol. 2, pp 115-116. - jrd]



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