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Is Washington NH the first Seventh-day Adventist church?


Kevin H

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Washington NH is known as the first Seventh-day Adventist church, and it may be, but there is at least one other that might be in the running for the title. 

Lincklaen Center NY, a small hamlet between Norwich and Cortland NY. It was a Seventh-day Baptist community. A number of people ended up accepting the Millerite message, and the Seventh-day Baptists eventually kicked them out. Thus the community had a non-Millerite Seventh-day Baptist community and a Millerite Seventh-day Baptist community.  The Millerites got a lot and built a church. It is unclear the dates compared to Washington NH. But these were Sabbath Keepers who accepted the Millerite message.  Were there other Seventh-day Baptist groups that may have produced similar congregations as Lincklaen Center?

This has also been an influential part of our church as it gave us both the evangelist Glenn Coon as well as Roger Coon from the White Estate. 

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Interesting thoughts Kevin. Have you done some research at all on this?? Also interesting is the fact that the SD Baptists that accepted Millers message, did they than accept Sunday instead of Sabbath?? Because if I'm not mistaken they had not accepted Sabbath as of yet? (the Millerites that is)

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By the decree enforcing the institution of the papacy in violation of the law of God, our nation will disconnect herself fully from righteousness. When Protestantism shall stretch her hand across the gulf to grasp the hand of the Roman power, when she shall reach over the abyss to clasp hands with spiritualism, when, under the influence of this threefold union, our country shall repudiate every principle of its Constitution as a Protestant and republican government, and shall make provision for the propagation of papal falsehoods and delusions, then we may know that the time has come for the marvelous working of Satan and that the end is near. {5T 451.1}
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The Lincklean Center community continued to keep the Sabbath. Many of the families were several generations of Sabbath Keepers. The Coon family's ancestor who immigrated from Europe to America in the 1700s was already a Sabbath keeper and the family started out in a Seventh-day Baptist community in New England before moving to the Seventh-day Baptist community of Lincklean Center NY. 

More research needs to be done, but while this church consisted of Sabbath keeping Millerites, they may not have learned about the official Seventh-day Adventist community until the 1880s.  

I learned about the church from visits that Glenn Coon had to Union Springs, as well as from Roger Coon. For several years the church was closed and maintained by the Coon family. Right after campmeeting in 1977 Glenn Coon had a group come down to paint and fix up the church then turned it back over to the conference. I've preached there a couple of times, and when I'd come home over my Grandma's last years; since their services started at 3PM, Grandma would be too tired to ride with me to Binghamton or Oneonta for the morning, but I'd come home and find her ready to go to Lincklean Center. 

Sadly, at this past campmmeting I learned that the conference has placed the church on the market to sell. I told them some of the history, so they are going to reconsider. Also, I wrote them saying that if they really want to give up the church to contact the Coon Family to see if they want to again take it over. I hope that the conference does not sell it, or that it gets taken over by Adventist Heritage Ministry, or even of other Advents can join together to protect this historic church. I wish that I was simply able to take over and protect it and keep an Adventist connection. They are still holding church services (don't know if it is still in the afternoon) A friend of mine preached there the Sabbath after Campmeeting. 

Anyone reading this, pray for and if you can do more for the protection of this treasure. 

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John MaCoone, Sr., who was born in Aberdeenshire, Scotland around 1625. MaCoone migrated to the American colonies where he was a member of the first Seventh Day Baptist church in Rhode Island. He died in East Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1705. He was a Seventh-day Baptist and settled into a Seventh-day Baptist community in Rhode Island So the Coon Family kept the Sabbath since at least the 1800s. The MaCoon eventually became Coon and decedents eventually moved and settled into the Seventh-day Baptist community of Lincklaen Center NY. Then as I said, the Coon family among others accepted Millerism and were kicked out of the Seventh0day Baptist church. They built their own church and continued to worship on the Sabbath and held to their Millerite beliefs. It appears that it was around the 1880s that this little, long time Sabbath keeping group of Millerites learned about the Seventh-day Adventist church and became a formal part of the Seventh-day Adventist church. But this is a group of long time Sabbath Keeping Millerites and may be representative of other Seventh-day Baptist or other Sabbath Keeping Communities that accepted Miller's message. And this group of Sabbath Keeping Millerites from Lincklaen Center NY did eventually become a part of the Seventh-day Adventist church. This is a history that we must not forget!!!
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That's really :cool1: history!! Thanks for sharing.

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By the decree enforcing the institution of the papacy in violation of the law of God, our nation will disconnect herself fully from righteousness. When Protestantism shall stretch her hand across the gulf to grasp the hand of the Roman power, when she shall reach over the abyss to clasp hands with spiritualism, when, under the influence of this threefold union, our country shall repudiate every principle of its Constitution as a Protestant and republican government, and shall make provision for the propagation of papal falsehoods and delusions, then we may know that the time has come for the marvelous working of Satan and that the end is near. {5T 451.1}
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Thank you. I hope we don't loose this history. I've been sharing this with the conference, and with Adventist heritage ministry,  especially since they had put the property on the market. I wish I had the money to buy it. I would help out if either the Coon family would take over again or if others could come together to chip in. 

This property was originally bought by the Seventh-day Baptists who were disfellowshipped for becoming Millerites. The Coon family leading out and pastoring this church when it was an independent Sabbath Keeping Millerite church then when in the 1880s they learned about and joined with the Seventh-day Adventist denomination, the conference sent the pastor, Charles S. Coon to the ministerial course in Battle Creek, and he continued to pastor the Lincklaen Center Church; and started holding evangelistic meetings in other communities.  So technically they were not a "Seventh-day Adventist" church until the 1880s, but they were Sabbath keeping Millerites for a long time, and represents about 400 years or more of Sabbath keeping, and accepting Miller's message.  

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Oops, I see that in an above post I typed that the Lincklaen Center Seventh-day Adventist church has a Sabbath Keeping tradition from the 1800s, I meant to type the 1600s, about 400 years of Sabbath Keeping. Please keep this matter in prayer and maybe in contact with and contributions to the New York Conference of Seventh-day Adventist towards the Lincklaen Center church, and or to Adventist Heritage ministries. 

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