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Swindler, Benjamin Franklin

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Swindler, Benjamin Franklin
March 15, 2007 08:47PM
"A HISTORY OF THE DAVIESS-McLEAN BAPTIST ASSOCIATION IN KENTUCKY,
1844-1943" by Wendell H. Rone. Probably published in 1944 by Messenger Job
Printing Co., Inc., Owensboro, Kentucky, pp. 350-351. Used by
permission. [Daviess]

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN SWINDLER: This consecrated brother, who went home to
glory some few years ago, was born in Kanawha County, Virginia, May 27,
1848. When only a boy he came to Kentucky and settled with his parents
in Daviess County. While here he made a profession of faith and was
baptized into the fellowship of South Hampton Baptist Church by Elder
James M. Dawson, at the age of seventeen. At the age of twenty-two he
was married to Miss Ella McLain of Russellville, Ky. To this union was
born four sons and two daughters.
South Hampton Church licensed him to preach in November, 1867, at
the age of nineteen. He attended Bethel College and upon his return was
ordained a minister of the Gospel by the Hartford Baptist Church in
September, 1874. At about the same time he assumed the care of
Bethlehem, in Muhlenberg County. His pastorate from first to last were
Bethlehem, 1875-1877; Calhoun, 1875-1881; Station, 1875-1881; Mt.
Liberty, 1876-1880; Buck Creek, 1878-1883; Brushy Fork, 1880-1881; Sugar
Grove, 1881-1887; South Carrollton, 1882-1884; Greenville, 1883-1885;
Bethabara, 1884-1888; Curdsville, 1884-1887; South Hampton, 1885-1387;
Walnut Street (Church went to full time in 1889), 1888-1890
At the meeting in 1891, suitable resolutions were
offered by Rev. John A. Bennett in regard to the past nineteen years of
service in this Association of Bro. Swindler the resolutions were
unanimously adopted. Bro. Swindler went to the Madison Avenue Baptist
Church in Covington, Ky., after a short pastorate at the Falmouth, Ky.,
Baptist Church. He later served the churches at Owenton, Carlisle, East
Hickman, Union, Petersburg, and Sand Run, all in Kentucky. At the time
of his death which occurred on February 5, 1924, he was a member of the
Calvary Baptist Church at Latonia, Ky. His interment took place at the
Highland cemetery near Latonia.
During his stay in this Association Bro. Swindler served as
assistant clerk from 1881 to 1884. He also preached the annual sermon
before this body in the years 1880, 1882, and 1889. His activities in
behalf of all the work of the denomination were notable. For several
years he was the leading spirit and Moderator of the North Bend
Association, serving as Moderator in the years 1895 to 1899 and again in
1901 and 1903. He was the assistant Moderator in 1895 and again in
1900.

Swindler Dawson McLain Bennett
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Kanawha-VA Muhlenberg-KY

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