Early Congregational Church Ministers at Maldon

The first Congregational Church

The Congregational Church in Maldon was established in 1696 by the Rev Joseph Billio

Rev Joseph Billio was the son of Rev Robert Billio who was the  Vicar of the Parish Church at nearby Wickham Bishops when he was ejected for having non conformist sympathies.

Robert's other son , Robert Junior, also entered the Congregational ministry being the Minister at Hackney until 1710.

Joseph was born at Hatfield Peveral in 1668 and in 1696 hired some ground in Maldon from Mr William Coe. He then raised the money to recet a Congregational Church capable of holding 400 people.

He was a skilled orator with a hell and damnation style which drew large congregations.

Local stories hold that Joseph Billio was the source of the popular expression "Like Billio" which usually means an extreme activity ie I ran like billio

The Ministers 1696 - 1900

 

Date appointed

First name

Surname

Date Death

1696

Joseph

Billio

 

?

 

Bird

 

?

Laurence

Holden

1778

1765

Rest

Knipe

1773

1773

Simon

Wilmshurst

1800

1800

Stephen

Foster

1811

1813

James

Tait

1819

1820

Robert

Burls

1866

1857

J Gwynne

Hughes

1886

1887

H Hermann

Carlisle

 

 

 

 

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