Brethren Archive

For all and any discussion about the website, or related subjects of interest.

  • The Grave-fellows of J.N.D.

    The beautiful hot weather we've been having recently demanded another visit to Bournemouth (I hadn't actually been since 2008, how time flies!). My primary intention this time was the beach rather than Brethren history research, but did find the time for a quick visit to the cemetery. Where J.N.D. is buried seems to be an unofficial mini-section of true believers, with almost every monument in that little area inscribed with testimonies of hope, and selections of Bible verses. I recognize far more names than on previous visits, and many no-doubt were part of the meeting at Bournemouth, some known, and some not so. I'll add a few of those here, firstly up is Joseph Boyt (1827-1909). From the records he appears to have been a farmer, but his family circle is more interesting, as he had at least 13 children. The unfortunately named Decimus, born in 1876, being the most eye-catching!  Some of his large brood would later emigrate to North America. There are many Boyts still in the PBCC today which are certain to be his descendants. I have one pamphlet by an H. Boyt on the site, which could well be his first son Harry, though it is plausible it could also have been one of Joseph's many grandsons. There was also a Boyt active during the Raven divergence; see p15.


  • We are enjoying your website during this Covid-19 shutdown...  We are using the hymn recordings for Zoom meetings with small groups from our assembly.  😊  We have also found the blog post about the Spanish Flu to be fascinating.  Thank you!  

    Your comment on the name, Decimus, caught my eye.  Having studied a bit of Latin, I knew that Decimus means "tenth," so perhaps he was the tenth-born in his family?  

  • Thank-you for your comment Colleen; usuage stats for the website, paticualry the hymns, have shot up during the Covid period so I'm glad it's of service to people!

    I think naming like that wasn't uncommon, but it usually was given as a middle name rather than first-name. I can't imagine myself being called Decimus!

  • I wonder how many brethren found inspiration in the name of George Vicesimus Wigram ... George the twentieth! Or, how Tertius got on with Quartus in Romans 16:22-23.

  • Also a Secundus in Acts 20: 4. I am told that these numeral names in Scripture are likely to be former/current slaves. But, as others have noted, there is no Primus

  • Ah, but there is (1 Timothy 1:15). Not Primus but Protos--the first. In the KJV it's rendered chief