M, b. 1629, d. 10 October 1713
Rev William Screven
was born in 1629 at Somerton, Somerset, England
. He married Bridget Cutts
on 23 July 1674 at Kittery, York, Maine, United States
. Rev William Screven died on 10 October 1713 at Georgetown, Georgetown, South Carolina, United States
He and Rev Elisha Screven
Inscription on Historical MarkerElisha Screven, founder of Georgetown, was a younger son of William, who owned and lived his final years on these Wynyah lands. To promote settlement here, Elisha planned a town, to be called Georgetown, which reserved lots for Anglican, Presbyterian, and Baptist churches, as well as for a school and other public buildings. Retained in the plan was this Screven family Cemetery. The town had been laid out by 1730.
Location. 33° 21.978? N, 79° 16.842? W. Marker is in Georgetown, South Carolina, in Georgetown County. Marker is on Prince Street east of Screven Street. Click for map. At the Prince Street entrance to the parking lot across the street from the Courthouse, which is on Screven Street. Marker is in this post office area: at Georgetown, Georgetown, South Carolina, United States
. Rev William Screven Inscription. Here are buried William Screven (1624–1713) and other members of his family. A native of England, he migrated to Kittery, Me., and was persecuted by New England authorities for non-conformity. He and other members of the Kittery Church came to S.C. by 1696. They settled in Charleston and became the First Baptist Church in the South. He was the first Baptist preacher in the South. His son, Elisha, was a founder of Georgetown. Erected 1974 by S.C. Baptist Historial Society. Location. 33° 21.966? N, 79° 16.86? W. Marker is in Georgetown, South Carolina, in Georgetown County. Marker can be reached from Screven Streetnear Prince Street. Click for map. It is in the parking lot across Screven Street from the Courthouse. Marker is in this post office area: Georgetown SC 29440, United States of America. at Georgetown, Georgetown, South Carolina, United States
He William Screven
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_ScrevenBorn
c. 1629 EnglandDied
1713 Georgetown, South CarolinaWilliam Screven
(c. 1629 – 1713) was a 17th-century Reformed Baptist
church planter and preacher from England who founded the first Baptist church in the South
William Augustine Screven was born in the town of Somerton in Somerset, England in 1629, and emigrated to New England in the 1640s.
In the 1670s, Screven was baptized at the First Baptist Church in Boston
by John Myles
, pastor of the First Baptist Church in Swansea
, who was also serving as pastor of the nearby Boston church during King Philip's War
Screven was ordained in January 1682 by the First Baptist Church of Boston, so that he might establish a church in Kittery, Maine
, which he did on September 25 of that year.
In 1696, the new church moved to Charleston, South Carolina
at least partly because of disagreements between Rev. Screven and the New England Baptist authorities.
According to family tradition, however, Screven and his band of ten followers were escorted to the edge of town by the local Puritans and told to leave and never return, on pain of hanging.
The relocated congregation became the First Baptist Church of Charleston, South Carolina
, the oldest Baptist church in the South and one of the oldest in the United States. Pastor Screven recommended that any future pastor be "orthodox in faith, and of blameless life, and does own the confession of faith put forth by our brethren in London in 1689
" declaring the church to be firmly Calvinist
The Rev. Mr. Screven died in 1713 and was buried on his personal property. The inscription on his grave reads as follows:
"A pioneer Baptist Preacher of Sommerton, England, immigrated to Kittery, Maine, forced to leave that state for preaching the gospel, came south with a group of Baptists, organized the First Baptist Church in the South 1693, at Charleston, and served First Baptist there until 1706. Died in 1713 and buried in private yard at Georgetown, S.C. A servant of Christ, Pure in Morals, Sound in Doctrine, Abundant in Labors."Notes
The South Carolina Historical and Genealogical Magazine
p.93, (South Carolina Historical Society, 1915); Google Books digitized version
First Baptist Church of Charleston, South Carolina Website - Church History
Tom Nettles 'The Rise & Demise of Calvinism Among Southern Baptists' in Founders Journal
, ed. Thomas K. Ascol, PhD 
Tom Nettles, THE RISE & DEMISE OF CALVINISM AMONG SOUTHERN BAPTISTS http://www.founders.org/journal/fj19/article1.htmlRev. David J. Wells 'The Name We Bear', p.4External links
A History of the Baptists. Chapter 6: The Baptists of Maine and South CarolinaGoogle Book Search: The South Carolina Historical and Genealogical MagazineHistorical Marker Database Cemetery Inscription
(Not Rev. Screven's grave marker)First Baptist Church of Charleston, South CarolinaThe Screven Baptist Association
(Named for Rev. William Screven.)