Thursday, February 6, 2014

MARY'S DANCE



Great-great-great grandmother Mary A. Case was born January 23, 1800 in Norwich, Connecticut to Asahal Case and Rosanna Sloan.[1] She married Bester B. Peck who is the subject of two previous blog posts  Bester B. Peck, Husband and Father, 1798-1863 and Hunting for Bester's Parents.

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.[2]

Image from Connecticut State Library Microfilm Collection


Transcript:

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 past  Gave 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 Case.

Mary had joined the First Baptist Church as a 17 year old and was baptized November 12, 1817.[3] 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.[4] 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.






[1] Vital Records of Norwich 1659-1848, pub. Hartford; Society of Colonial Wars in the State of Connecticut; 1913, Part II, Page 628.
[2] First Baptist Church Records, Norwich, Connecticut, 1800-1189, Microfilm Reel #64, 65, LDS #0005066 housed at the Connecticut State Library, Hartford, Connecticut
[3] Ibid
[4] Vital Records of Norwich 1659-1848, pub. Hartford; Society of Colonial Wars in the State of Connecticut; 1913, Part 5, page 701

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