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When 3rd great grandmother Mary Case was a
young woman, she tried a little dancing. Her church found her out and the
following was recorded in the First Baptist Church, Norwich, Connecticut records.
Image from Connecticut State Library Microfilm Collection
Friday, Octr. 8th 1824
Met pursuant to appointment Opened the meeting by Singing
& prayer and proceeded to business____
1st Sister Mary Case being present manifested
she has done wrong in joining with the youts in dancing manifested repentanes
of pastGave satisfaction to the Chh.
& was cordially received
It seems like she was forgiven in a loving fashion. Her offense was first noted at the Tuesday evening, October 5th 1824
meeting when it was voted that Elder William Palmer (pastor) visit Sister Mary
Mary had joined the First Baptist Church as a 17 year old
and was baptized November 12, 1817.
First Baptists don't baptize infants or children preferring their members to
acquire a maturity to understand its significance. When Mary was
baptized, she would have been immersed in water following the traditions of her
church. The membership lists indicate Mary transferred to another church but
doesn’t state a date or church.
A few years later Elder William Palmer married Bester B.
Peck and Mary at her father’s home on December 9, 1827.
Bester and Mary remained in Norwich where they raised their children. Bester
passed May 1863 with Mary joining him March 10, 1865.
NOTE: Mary A. Case was great-grandmother to my grandmother, Viola L. (Wilson) Doty.
Vital Records of Norwich 1659-1848, pub. Hartford; Society
of Colonial Wars in the State of Connecticut; 1913, Part II, Page 628.
First Baptist Church Records, Norwich, Connecticut, 1800-1189, Microfilm Reel
#64, 65, LDS #0005066 housed at the Connecticut State Library, Hartford,