Joseph Bates

(1792-1872). Mariner, reformer, Advent preacher, one of the founders of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. He was born July 8, 1792, at Rochester, Massachusetts, near New Bedford. At the age of 15 he set out from his home to follow the sea. He experienced shipwreck, capture, and forced service in the British Navy, and was for two and a half years a prisoner of war in England, being released in 1815. After being restored to his home and family, he continued his career as a merchant seaman, becoming a captain in 1820. In 1818 he married Prudence Nye, a childhood friend. “Prudy” proved to be an exceptionally patient and loyal wife, and a godly influence upon her husband and family. To them were born five children: one son who died in infancy, another son who died at sea at the age of 35, a...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.

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