May 282009

Charles Surman’s biographical card index of Congregational ministers includes the names of about 32,000 individuals, and, where known, their dates, details of their education, ministries or other employment, together with the sources used. It covers the period from the mid-seventeenth century to 1972, and though it focuses on England and Wales, it includes Congregational ministers serving abroad provided they trained or served as ministers in Britain. Although intended as an index of Congregational ministers, it also gives details of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Presbyterians and some Baptists.

The index is available at

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May 272009

By the late REV. J. RYLAND

“What singing! what shouting! what heavenly greeting!
Shall there be, at that general, triumphant church-meeting.
Nor illness, nor business, nor length of the way, 
Shall keep from that meeting one brother away. 
Temptations, and trials, no more shall be known; 
Nor Satan, nor sin, shall e’er cause us to groan. 
Each shall tell his sweet story, nor need it be short, 
It will never be night, there’ll be time enough for’t. 
Each strange dispensation will be then understood, 
And we shall see clearly, all wrought for our good. 
May the foresight of glory constrain you and me,
To consider what persons we ought now to be! 
To pray for your brother, my dear friend, fail not, 
For, alas! you can’t think what a heart I have got! 
So stubborn! so stupid! so carnal! so cold! 
One half of its wickedness, cannot be told. 
But, Lord! thou dost know it; thou only canst bend it 
Oh, search it! and break it! and wash it! and mend it!”

Baptist Magazine, June, 1812.

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May 152009

One branch of my family, Vorley, originates from Great Addington in Northamptonshire and were known to be living there in the 17th century.  In the Domesday Book, Great and Little Addington are recorded as Edintone.   It probably derives from a personal name viz. an ‘estate associated with a man called Eadda or Æddi’.

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