December 16, 1769, Halifax County, North Carolina.

September 6, 1841, Washington, Georgia.

Son of Reverend Silas Mercer and husband of Sabrina Chivers, Jesse was ordained a Baptist minister November 7, 1789. He served pastorates at Hutton Fork (now Sardis); Indian Creek (1793-?); Sardis (1788-1817); Phillips’ Mill (1796-1835); Whatley’s Mill (now Bethesda) (1796-1827); Eatonton (1820-26); and Washington (1827-41), all in Georgia.

Mercer edited The Index of Georgia Baptist Convention, and wrote many articles on theology, Baptist history, and ecclesiology. His other works include:

  1. That Glorious Day Is Drawing Nigh