Founding Site of First Baptist Church of Goliad

Founding Site of First Baptist Church of Goliad (HM2FPB)

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N 28° 39.976', W 97° 23.639'

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A group of twelve Baptists met under an oak tree one block west of the Goliad town square on this site in May 1849. The Rev. John Freeman Hillyer officiated at the meeting, during which the twelve organized the first Baptist church in the area. The charter members included the pastor's wife, Mary, and their children Ann and Hamilton B. Hillyer; Hillyer family slaves Jacob and Eliza; Pryor and Mary Lea; George Brightman and his daughter Emeline Russell; and William and Philania Crow. The group established membership in the Colorado Baptist Association by 1852. After fifty years of meeting in borrowed facilities, the congregation's first permanent home was erected in 1899. The First Baptist Church of Goliad continues to serve the area.
Year Placed1999
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
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Date Added Tuesday, April 16th, 2019 at 2:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14R E 656936 N 3172067
Decimal Degrees28.66626667, -97.39398333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 28° 39.976', W 97° 23.639'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds28° 39' 58.56" N, 97° 23' 38.34" W
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