Jonathan Franklin

The Life And Death Of Jonathan Franklin

J. A. Jones, “Bunhill Memorials: Sacred Reminiscences Of Three Hundred Ministers And Other Persons Of Note, Who Are Buried In Bunhill Fields, Of Every Denomination” (1849):[1]

Jonathan Franklin, Baptist. Mr. Franklin was formerly pastor of the Baptist Church at Croydon. He afterwards removed and took the charge of a people that separated from the church at Little Alie Street, under the care of Mr. William Shenston. They first worshipped in a small wooden building in Chapel Street, Mile End Road;  from thence they removed to Redcross Street, in 1808, where Mr. Franklin laboured nearly twenty-six years; finishing his course in May 1833. His grave in Bunhill is E. and W. 67,—N. and S. 23; but, there is no stone erected to his memory.

It should be noticed, that when Mr. Franklin’s people came to Redcross Street, they took the Meeting-house of a very small remnant of persons, who then worshipped there, without a pastor. After a little time those few received Mr. Franklin and hit people, into their community; and, by this very prudent arrangement, the sum of £20 per annum, which was left to the poor of Mr. Brine’s Church, and which would have been otherwise lost, has been retained. In this the editor would rejoice: but, that the church which was founded in 1644, and that flourished so many years under the able ministrations of Hansard Knollys, Robert Steed, John Skepp, John Brine, and John Reynolds, is now extinct, there can be no question.—Ed.

[1] The reader is encouraged to visit Bunhill Fields, a nonconformist cemetery located at 38 City Road, London, England.

Jonathan Franklin (1760-1833) was an English Baptist preacher and hymn writer. He was the pastor of a Baptist church in Croydon until the year 1808, when he was appointed the pastor of Redcross Street Chapel, London.

Jonathan Franklin Hymns