Chapel members:

1814          I was admitted as a member of the Church at Sth Petherton

Jan       (Independent Chapel) Messrs Herdsman and Griffith Pastors of the

2nd            same.

 6th       Mr James Rowsell Sth P was suspended from the Church.

 March Edward Barns was admitted to our Church.

 Septm at Different Times in this Month

                  Wm Beale and John Horsey and Elizabeth his Wife withdrawed themselves from our Church by sending letters either to the Ministers or Deacons and Mrs Rowsell the wife of J R.

 1816          Mr John Horsey and his Wife was readmitted to this Church under the

March        Pastoral care of Rev James Bidlake.

 Nov           Elizabeth Gentle of Sth Petherton was Admitted by Mr Bidlake.



1817          Mr Thos Ballantyne was Unanimously Chosen by the Church as Deacon

Jan       in the place of Mr Jn Perren of Compton, Deacons at this time

5th       Father Brother Simeon, Thos Hutchins and George Nevil and Mr Bidlake Pastor.  Mr Bidlake became Pastor of this Church the first Sabbath in Aug 1815.


1817          Mr John Horsey was Excommunicated from this Church for leaving the

Aug      Ordinances of that Meeting and going to Martock Meeting.



1817          Mrs John Horsey sent in Her Resignation to our Church.

Sept 5th

Sept     Thomas Fort of Pitway sent his Resignation to our Church.


Aug           Samuel Denman was at the same time with Mr Horsey above

20th           Excommunicated for the same cause as Mr H, leaving and going to Martock.


1817          Mrs White of South Petherton was admitted as a member of this

Dec           Church under care of Mr Bidlake.



1817          The before mentioned Mr Thomas Ballantyne who was Chosen as Deacon

Dec           was Excommunicated for the Sin of Fornication Committed with his

7th             servant-maid.


Dec           The Rev Mr Bidlake Gave in his Resignation but Supplyed the Church

25th     4 Sabbaths after.


1819          The Rev Mr Sanderson Preached the first Sermon in our Pulpit on

Feb            Probation for three Months - he was promised one pound pr Sabbath

28th     and board.


Aug           Mr Taylor of Yeovil Read Mr Sandersons Acceptance to the Invitation

29th     (or Call) Given by the Church, so that from this Time he became our Pastor.


1820          Mrs Wm Terrell (Widow) of Lower Stratton was Admitted a Member of

Jan       our Church.  Died 1826.



1820          Mary Talbord of Stemberage was admitted Member of this Church.


1821          I, B Hebditch of Overstratton was unanimously invited to take the

Sept           important office of Deacon after been allowed 2 or 3 weeks consideration I accepted the Invitation.


1822          Michael Marks of Pitway was admitted Member of this Church.

Jan 13



July      My Sister Anna, Mrs Ruth Dunstone (widow) and Jane Shore, both of

1st        Stoke, was admitted as Members.


May           Mr and Mrs Tilly of Shepton Beauchamp was admitted as Members.



Oct            Mr John Horsey Senior and his Wife was readmitted a second time and

1st        also Mary Best of Shepton and Ann Bunter of Seavington admitted, Mr Sanderson, Pastor.


Nov           The Revd Mr Sanderson sent a verbal Resignation to the Church by me

14        that his Pastoral Office would Terminate with our Church on the

1824    25th of December next 1824.


1824          At a Church Meeting about 2 thirds of the Members then present held

Nov           up their hands for Mr Paltridge to supply us on Probation three

28th     months, one third wished it to be six months. (Died 9 Apr 1854 being 29 years).


1825          The Church Gave Rev E Paltridge a Call or Invitation.



Feb            The Rev Edward Paltridge Acceptance of the Call was Read in Public

6th       Sabbath Afternoon.

and 1854 Apr 9th  He died.



1825          At a Church Meeting this Day George Nevil, Barnard Gould and Mrs

Apr            Susanna Thomas was readmitted.



25th           The Rev Edward Paltridge was Ordained.  The Rev Mr Luke of Taunton Gave the Charge and the Rev Mr Cuff of Wellington Preached to the People (and Died Apr 9th 1854 being 29 years).


1825          At A Church meeting held this day Mr King* (Mr and Mrs Beale was

May     readmitted) *Mrs King admitted and Miss Susan Harding resignation

15        was read, she joined the Wesleyans.



June     Died the Rev John Sanderson at Mr Axe's House and was Buried in the

6th       Meeting Court the 16th and Mr Paltridge preached his Funeral Sermon the 19th from the 7th and 8th verses of the 4th Chapter of the 2nd of Timothy.


June     Mrs Hooper and Miss Ann Horsey was admitted as members of our

26th     Church Pastor Mr Paltridge.



Dec           At a Church Meeting held this Day Mrs Josh Horsey, Lopen, her

25th     Sister Mrs Ann Harding and John Richardson admitted.


1826          At a Church Meeting held this Day George Langford and Rebekah Fort

May           was admitted and Thomas Fort readmitted.



1826          At a Church Meeting held this Day Mr Tupp and George Bagg was

Nov           admitted.



1827          Mr Thos Terrell and his Wife of Stoke was both admitted Members.

March 18th


June     Hannah Newton was admitted as a Member of our Church.



Apr      Saml Hebditch's wife, Mary Anna, and Elias Harding's wife Hannah

1st             was admitted members of the Church.


1828          Mrs Chaffey Baker and her Sister Miss Elizabeth Anstice was

Jan 27th     Admitted.


Feb            Mr Jn Daniel and his Aunt Miss Anstice was admitted.



1829        James Baker of Little Field was admitted a Member of our Church.

Jan 25th


1829          Old James Pinkard, Betty Jeans, her son Thos, Wm Baker, John Tilly

Feb            and Martha Warr admitted.



1829          Sally Warr, wife of George Warr of Stratton was admitted.




1829          Mrs John Hebditch, Mrs Wm Baker and Mrs George Bagg was admitted.


1831          Mrs Ann Hext, Eliza England of Lopen and Ann Glover was admitted.

July 31st



Nov           Mary Rowsell of Sth Petherton was admitted - Rev E Paltridge,

25th     Pastor

1833          This day was admitted Wm Hayward of Compton, Hannah Terrell of

Jan             Stoke, Annis Baker of Sth Petherton, Mary & Hannah Hebditch, Mary

27th     Bull and Ann Lang, all of Lopen, together 7 in number and only Ann Lang married.


                  This was an high day to my soul (especially seeing 2 of my Nieces declaring to whom they belong).


                  NB  1833 June 11th  Hannah Hebditch Died who sat down at the Table only 3 times.


May           Mrs Robt Pittard of East Lambrook was admitted as a Member.




Sept           Mary Warr of Overstratton was admitted a Member.


Nov           Miss Robins, Shop Girl at Mr Jn Daniels was admitted.



1835          Miss Harriet Bull, Betty Hallet, Hannah Harding (widow) Mrs Sarah

Nov & Perratt, John Rowsell and Mrs Guppy.



Jan       Susannah Burford and Rebekah Endoe was admitted.

31 1836


May           Isaac Richards and Benjm Gould both of Sth Petherton was added




Jan       Joseph Lang of Lower Stratton was admitted a member



Feb          Robt Marten of Sth Petherton was admitted a Member


Nov     Mr Kiddle of West Chinnock and Uriah Denman was admitted.



Dec           Jane Vile, Pitway was admitted



Nov     Cousin Joseph Hebditch was admitted and a few months before his

1st        Brother Saml was admitted and Also Thos Vilday, Mr Jn Daniels'

1840    Servant Girl and many others since my Past Date 1838 Dec 30th -


                  In consequence of Mr Paltridge Preaching much more liberal or addressing Sinners etc, George Nevil -Barnard Gould, Benjm Gould, and John Rowsell left our place altogether with few others.

1843          Mary Ann Wines was admitted as a Member

July 30th


1843          Benjm Hebditch, Lopen and Daniel Richards was admitted


1843          Mr Jas Patten Daniel was admitted a Member



Aug           Saml Axe Esq was admitted a member




1846          Miss Susan Vaux and Hannah Jeans were Admitted as Members of our

Dec           Church.



1847          Mr Mac-Melon (South Street) was admitted A Scotchman

Aug 1st


1848          Eli Amery of Seavington was admitted his age about 17 years

March 26th


1850          Mrs Edwin Harding, Mrs James Terrell and Miss Maria Perratt were

Jan       admitted this day.



March Mr Robt Pittard of Rodwell, Son-in-law of our Pastor, Mr

31st      Paltridge was admitted.


Apr      Mary Rowsell of Watergore was admitted as a Member



Nov           Mrs Leaves of Overstratton was Admitted as a Member




Apr            Esther Davis and Harriet Morton was admitted as Members



Sept     Mrs Dight of Lower Stratton and Mrs Prideaux of Watergore was

28th           admitted.



Feb          Phillis Holland was admitted without appearing or speaking 1before the Church.


May     Miss Sarah Anstice and Ann Wines were admitted without appearing

1st        before the Church


1854          Mr Saml McMullen in South Street was admitted without appearing

Feb            before the  Church



March Deacons

19th           Messrs Jas and John Daniel were unanimously Chosen Deacons and now with my Brother and self we have 4 Deacons, Mr Paltridge being present, for, I believe, the last time having the Diabetis.


19th           NB out of the above Number since I was admitted (being about 84)

                  there have been Dead               24 say

                  The number now living               60 left


Apr            At our Chapel House Died the Rev Edward Paltridge of Diabetis

10th     having been the Pastor of the Church 29 years and about one year Supplying in all 30


Sept     Mr Sells being here as a supply the day of Mr Paltridge's death

3rd            (being Sunday) he supplyd us for about 3 months when he was invited for 3 months as on Probation but he did not supply us more than 2 months but on the 3rd of Sept 1854 A Call was drawn up and placed in the Vestry for Signatures when I was at Crewkerne and Merriott to get a supply for the following Sabbath yet Three Deacons with a great Majority of the Church and Congregation signed And on Sunday Oct 1st 1854 he sent an acceptance of the Call which was read by my Nephew Saml Hebditch Junior.

                  May the Lord make him a long and lasting blessing to this Church and People.


The Members of the Independent Church Petherton


1855    My dear Daughter Anna and another Young Woman - Brister was Added to the

Jan 28th Church.  These were the first Members after Mr Sells was our Pastor.


June 23rd  Mary Hurley was Admitted, A Stranger

1856    )  Mrs Henry Tapscot - Mrs Simn  Lye - Mary Indoe and Sarah Ann Lang was Jan 27th)  admitted and George Nevils Wife from Bower Hinton Church was

              admitted last month.


June 10th The Rev V P Sells was ordained.  Doctor Alliott gave the Charge and  Messrs Addiscott, Quick and Samson with several Others took part in it.


Aug 24th  Hannah Marsh and Martha Doble was Admitted Members.



Jan 25th  Mary Trott, Sarah Epton and her Daughter Fanny were Admitted.


From Jan 1857 to the 26th of December 1858 I have kept no a/c of the addition to the Church in Consequence of my leaving and going to Merriott Meeting, Since the 10 of June 1856 when V P Sells was Ordained the Church and Congregation have been so scattered that frequently they were worshipping in 7 or 8 different places of worship so this day after 3 weeks Notice only he preached his farewell Sermon from My Witness is in Heaven and my Record is on High -


His Friends gave him a Silver Ink stand and Gold pen when he left us for further particulars see 1st or 2nd page in my Cronacle Book.


That the Lord may send us a much better preacher is my earnest wish and desire - But a Worse I never heard for a Constancy - Yet I wish him well.  He is gone near Stroud Newnham where the Salary is about 30 pounds a year beside what the Association gives him - 500 Inhabitants only in the Town in 1821.


May 23rd This day I went with the Buss to Martock Station after Mr Revil our New Pastor wish his new Wife and her Aunt who brought her up from a Child -

That the Lord may make him very usefull at Petherton is my earnest wish.


1860 Aug 2nd   Mrs Jeans and Mrs Revil of Petherton were Admitted as Members.


28th     Mr Revell was ordained when I gave 20/- towards the expenses with a Public Dinner and Tea, The Rev Densham asked the Questions - Samson of Yeovil offered the Ordination prayer and Carter of Brain-tree his own Pastor gave him the Charge and Cousin Saml Hebditch of Bristol explained the nature of the Xtian Church.  In the evening Mr Mackenal of Burton on Trent Preached to the People.  May the Lord Bless him and make him a Blessing to the Church and Congregation.


1860 Aug 30th  Elizth Brown, Mrs Taylor and Wm Parker's Wife were admitted.


Sept 2nd Mr Revell Preached 2 Sermons after his ordination from the 3rd and 19th of Ephesians and in the Afternoon from 3rd of Ezekial 17 and 4 following verses - being excellent sermons.

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