Part of this work, left in lecture form, is from “a series of lectures on church history delivered in the Clayville Church of General Baptists in the summer of 1876” by Jeff Holeman. Later, Rev. D.B. Montgomery used the notes and outline of Holeman to complete this history of “all Baptist denominations, particularly liberal Baptists”. In this context, “liberal Baptists” refers to those Baptists who practiced open communion, a practice still important to those who call themselves General Baptist.