Our Founders

Austin Church was born in 1799, at East Haddam, Connecticut. He studied medicine at Yale and received his doctorate in 1823. After marrying Nancy Dwight, Dr. Church moved to Hartford, Connecticut, and later lived in Rochester, New York.

Nancy Dwight’s brother, John, was born in South Hadley, Massachusetts in 1819, a descendant of the John Dwight who was born in England in 1600 and settled in Deedham, Massachusetts.

In 1846, these two New Englanders first prepared a product that would become a household name: bicarbonate of soda — that is, baking soda.