Some topics that recently came up on a reincarnation forum I post gave me some thoughts on who I was in the late 18th century. This is why I mentioned in my previous post that I thought I was a preacher.
I don’t think I was born in the Americas, but emigrated there while a teen or a young adult. I had a flash of a city by the sea, perhaps in Western England or Wales but it could have been Portland, England. I also suspect I may have been a Nonconformist (non-Anglican) because when I scrolled through Portland on Streetview a while back, the non-Anglican churches seemed to stand out for me. I could have been there in a different life, I’m not sure.
If I was a nonconformist in the American colonies, then I was almost certainly sympathetic to the Revolution, though whether or not I fought or served as a chaplain, I don’t recall.
I now believe I may have been born much earlier than the speculated date of ca. 1750, though. It seems I left England around that time and had been in the Americas for some years by the time the Revolution came. I now think I may have been closer to the same age as General Washington (who was born in 1732).
I’m getting close to remembering something I can actually research on this, and I’m fairly excited. It’s a reasonable guess that I probably survived the Revolution because the next life I remember has me as a young man around 1830. And if I lived in New England as a preacher in that particular time, there’s a good chance I can trace who I was because the American colonists inherited the English propensity for fastidious record keeping.
A brief look at Wikipedia articles on 18th Century America and Christianity in early America shows that it was a hot bed of activity for nonconformists. In fact, a large part of New York state (where I strongly sense my memory from the 1770s was from) was known as the “burned-over district” during the Second Great Revival. It’s possible I might have taken part in that movement. One of the things to come out of that movement was the doctrine of postmillennialism, which interestingly enough, according to Christian ethics professor John J. Davis was a doctrine that fell out of favor in the years following World War I. The churches I grew up in during this life, not surprisingly, were ardent about premillennialist doctrine.