Happy Wake Wednesday! As someone whose ancestors have been in Wake County since before the Revolution, I’m always curious about people and places who played a part in their lives.
I’ve long been fascinated with the New Light area of Wake County. It is in the far northern tip of the county and is very near Falls Lake. I’ve been particularly interested in how New Light got its name, and ran across this on NCPedia:
"New Lights" refers to a specific sect of Baptists that emerged during the Great Awakening of the 1730s and the Second Great Awakening of the early 1800s. During these revivals, some converted Baptists were named "New Lights" because they believed that God had brought new light into their lives through their emotional conversion experiences. These New Light Baptists were also known as Separate Baptists for their belief in conversions, which set them apart from other Baptists, who preached Calvinistic ideas of predestination. (Attributed to Ellen Fitzgibbons Causey, 2006).
Would love to chat with other researchers who found a connection between “New Lights” who settled in New Light! Post here!
Read Carla's Blog here for more on her New Light roots.
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