Truth of Rebecca Ann’s Story

When I first came across the story of Rebecca Ann Johnson, I thought it merely a fictitious tale. However, when her name came up while researching family history in the Nantucket Historical Association’s library, I took a more serious look. The things she did were astounding. Her story needed to be told. Here are some historical documents referenced in writing First Fury:

  • Letter      from A. Bathurst, American Consul to Peru, to Charles and Henry      Coffin in Nantucket, owners of the ship on which Ann sailed.
  • Story from The Rochester Daily Democrat, August 22, 1849, page 2.
  • Story in The Polynesian, August 25, 1849, A Romance of the Ocean.

More documentation can be found at FirstFury.com.

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First Battle of the American Revolution

“The Separates” is the seventh segment in The Courage of Your Faith series. Alamance was a southern battle over taxes fought by mostly Baptist and Quaker farmers against the British supported governor. Unless you are from the south, you probably have not even heard about this battle or about the Regulators. In southern states in 1770, taxation was based on a set fee for land given to the settler. However, the governor could change it. And the tax collectors could extract more for themselves. Furthermore, taxes often had a way of disappearing once collected.

The Battle of Alamance (see pictures of the battlefield here) was fought in 1771 and is commemorated by a number of monuments in the field where, by some accounts, 3700 Regulators confronted Governor Tryon’s militia of 1500 men. The Regulators came to Alamance expecting the Governor to accede to their demands for fair taxation. When that did not happen and weapons were fired, most of the Quakers left; they hadn’t even brought guns. Baptists, on the other hand, came prepared for a hunt; they had guns but not enough rounds to finish a battle. In the end the Regulators lost. Dissatisfied and angry with England, farmers emigrated from the area, seeding the South with resentment toward the British and those that supported them.

See more at “The Courage of Your Faith,” this month featuring “The Separates.”

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How True Was Moby Dick

In The Heart of the Sea tells the story of, the Essex, a ship that suffered the same fate as the Moby Dick’s Pequod.  The crew had put out in the whaleboats after whales when, to their chagrin, one large sperm whale turned and rammed the ship, sinking it. The men were left in three whaleboats in the Pacific. In The Heart of the Sea is the account of their struggle to survive as they attempt to reach South America. The story of the Essex was one of two events that led to Herman Melville writing Moby Dick.

In First Fury, Ann overhears the tale of the Essex. For someone like Ann, who had never even seen the sea, such a tale would have caused visions of such beasts waiting under every swell. Even when she is told that this is the only documented case of such a sinking, she continues to worry.

First Fury is available as an eBook at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, And on my web site.

Impact of the First Great Awakening on Baptists

“The Evangelists” is the sixth segment in The Courage of Your Faith series. At the start of the 18th century, Baptists were a minority in the New World. By 1750, they had grown to become a spiritual force of great influence. Why? Here is perhaps one reason. “The pioneer spirit combined with the movement of God’s Spirit in the first Great Awakening to produce massive growth of Baptists in New England, the Middle Colonies, and particularly the South.” [Nettles, Tom, The Baptists, Volume 2, p.49] Our Lord was doing something remarkable in the New World, and Baptists had become an integral part of it.

See more at “The Courage of Your Faith,” this month featuring “The Evangelists.”

The short stories have been compiled into one eBook which is downloadable from both Barnes & Noble and Amazon for a small fee.