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Van Wert Baptist Church

(Minutes 1850 - 1853)

 
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THE CHURCH BOOK OF THE BAPTIST CHURCH AT VAN WERT,
PAULDING COUNTY, GEORGIA

 

The Year of 1850

January 19, 1850

Van Wert Church in conference. Brother P. M. Rice, Moderator. Opened a door for the reception of members. Received by letter E. Heslip and wife, and Brother Everette. Sister Everette being absent, the joint letter was returned until such time as she could come. Brother Rice was called on to let the Church know if he would serve them this present year, according to the choice of the Church. He answered he would do so. On motion, the Church adjourned.

P. M. Rice, Moderator N. N. Edge, Clerk Pro Tem

February 16, 1850

The Church met in conference. Brother Rice being absent, Brother Burton Crabb was appointed Moderator and Brother N. N. Edge, Clerk. Opened the door for the reception of members, when Brother N. N. Edge presented a letter from the Church at Cave Spring, Ga., and was received in full fellowship. Upon the request of Brother Crabb, he was released from the clerkship and Brother N. N. Edge appointed to fill his place. Brother Clerk informed the Church that there was a letter from the Agent of SBC (Southern Baptist Convention). It was read and the request for the Church to make an effort to assist the Convention in sending the Gospel to the Heathen was adopted for further consideration. On motion, adjourned.

Burton Crabb, Moderator Pro Tem Newton N. Edge, Clerk

March 16,1850

Van Wert Church met in conference. Brother P. M. Rice, Moderator. Opened the door for the reception of members. Brother John Pankey and Sister Elizabeth Pankey presented a letter from the United Baptist Church at Bethlehem and Sister Julia Russell from Antioch and were received in full fellowship. Took up the reference in regard to the request made by the SBC and agreed to cooperate with the Convention in the great object of sending the Gospel of Christ to the destitute. On motion, appointed Brethren Burton Crabb and B. F. Morgan a committee to make collections in order to raise a fund to send to the Southern Baptist Convention. It was stated by Brother Burton Crabb that Baptists reside in convenient distance of the Church holding Letters of Dismission from other churches. On motion, a committee was appointed to confer with such brethren, as above mentioned, and know the cause of their thus holding their letters. The above committee consists of Brethren N. N. Edge, Joseph D. Morgan, John C. Crabb. On motion, resolved that we keep up a weekly prayer meeting, and that the time of the meeting shall be on each Sabbath evening. After the reading of the minutes, adjourned. P. M. Rice, Moderator Newton N. Edge, Clerk

April 19,1850

Church met in conference. Brother P. M. Rice, Moderator. Opened a door for the reception of members, when Sister Mary Willoughby presented a letter from Bethlehem Baptist Church, Union County, Georgia and was received. There being some discussion in regard to dancing. On motion, the question was taken whether a Baptist should give his countenance to dancing under any circumstances or not. Decided in the negative without a dissenting voice. Brother C. Mason made application for Letters of Dismission for himself, wife and two daughters, Mary and Caroline, which were granted. The Clerk applied for Letters of Dismission from Brother William Willoughby and his wife, Sister Sarah Willoughby, which were granted. Adjourned by prayer.

Reverend P. M. Rice, Moderator Newton N. Edge, Clerk

May, 1850

Baptist Church met in conference. Pastor in charge being absent, Brother Joseph Morgan Sr. was appointed Moderator. Opened the door for the reception of members when Brother S. Crabb presented a letter from Cave Spring Baptist Church and was unanimously received. On motion, agreed to send delegates to a meeting to be held at Antioch Baptist Church Friday before the fourth Sabbath in June next, to confer with delegates from different churches in the surrounding county on the most suitable location for establishing a permanent camp meeting, to be held annually at each time and place as may be agreed upon by said delegates. On motion, the Clerk was directed to let the above-named Churches know of the time and place of delegates' meeting. On motion, adjourned.

Joseph Morgan, Moderator N. N. Edge, Clerk

June 15, 1850

Van Wert Baptist Church met in conference. Reverend P. M. Rice, Moderator. Opened the door for the reception of members and Sister Nancy Ann Long presented a letter from Liberty Church, Gwinnett County, Georgia and was received in full fellowship. Also Mrs. Virginia A. S. Edge came before the Church and related an Experience of Grace. Made application for baptism and received full fellowship. Baptism on the morrow at 8 o'clock a.m. On motion, adjourned.

P. M. Rice Moderator N. N. Edge, Clerk.

June 16,1850

Met at the Creek for baptism. When the Moderator administered the rite in the usual form.

N. N. Edge, Clerk

July 20, 1850

Van Wert Baptist Church met in conference. Pastor being absent, on motion Brother B. Crabb was appointed Moderator. On motion, elected brethren Burton Crabb and B. F. Morgan to represent us in the Association Meeting to convene with this Church, Friday before the third Sabbath in August next. On motion, agreed to petition the General Meeting for the Association to be held at this place at the next annual meeting. On motion, went into the election of delegates to represent the Church in the Association. Resulted in the choice of Brethren Burton Crabb and J. D. Morgan and John Heaton, and G. W. Morgan their alternate. Being no other business before the

Church, on motion, adjourned.

Burton Crabb, Moderator N. N. Edge, Clerk

August 17, 1850

Church met in conference. Elder P. M. Rice, Moderator. The Clerk read the letter appointed to be written for the Association. On motion, it was approved. There being no more business before the conference, on motion adjourned. P. M. Rice, Moderator N. N. Edge, Church Clerk

September 14,1850

The Pastor being absent, Brother Lacy of Carroll County was requested to act as Moderator in his stead. On application of Brother John Lansing, granted Letters of Dismission to himself and wife (Sister Henrietta Lansing). There being no business before the conference, on motion adjourned. Prayer by the Moderator.

Reverend Lacy, Moderator Newton N. Edge, Clerk

October 19,1850

Church met in conference. Brother P. Rice, Moderator. Under the (missing) of miscellaneous business, the subject of choosing a pastor to serve the Church during the next year was brought forward, and after some deliberation, agreed to go into the choice of a pastor at next meeting. There being no other business before the conference, on motion adjourned. Prayer by Moderator. P. M. Rice, Moderator Newton N. Edge, Clerk

November 16,1850

Church met in conference. Elder James Reeves, Moderator. On motion, the Church preferred a charge against Brother James Roach for intoxication and using profane and abusive language in a difficulty which unfortunately occurred between him and another Brother. On motion, appointed a committee consisting of Brethren J. D. Morgan, John Heaton and Hampton Junior to see Brother Roach and cite him to the next conference. On motion, appointed the committee to see Brother E. D. Chisolm and know of him the causes of his prolonged absence from conferences. Agreeably with an act of our last conference, went into a choice of a Pastor to serve the Church during the next year, which resulted in the unanimous call of Brother Barry. Appointed Brethren Crabb and B. F. Morgan a committee to bear a notice from the Clerk to Brother Barry and inform him of the choice of the Church. Adjourned with prayer by Elder James Reeves, Moderator.

James Reeves, Moderator Newton. N. Edge, Clerk

December 14,1850

Van Wert Baptist Church met in conference. Elder Barry, Moderator. Committee on Brother James Roach reported charge sustained. On motion the committee was discharged. The question of fellowship with Brother Roach was taken and he was unanimously excluded from the Church. The Committee appointed to see Brother E. D. Chisolm was continued till next meeting. The committee appointed to wait on Brother Barry was called on and Brother Barry being present, responded to the call of the Church, consenting to serve in the capacity of pastor for the next year. In agreement with the request of the Agent of Foreign Missionary Board for a committee to be appointed by each Church to collect a small amount from each member to be appropriated to the use of foreign missions. On motion, appointed the following committee: On the part of the Males, Brother G. W. Morgan; the females, Sister Martha Ann Morgan. On motion, adjourned. Prayer by Brother Barry. Elder Barry, Moderator Newton N. Edge, Clerk

FOR THE ASSOCIATIONAL YEAR 1850

Number of Members Received

Nov. 17 By Letter Sister Sarah G. Mears
Jan. 19 By Letter Brother E. Heslip
Jan. 19 By Letter Sister Heslip
Jan. 19 By Letter Brother Everett
Jan. 19 By Letter Sister Everett
Feb. 16 By Letter Brother N. N. Edge
March 15 By Letter Brother John Pankey
March 15 By Letter Sister Elizabeth Pankey
March 15 By Letter Sister Julia Russell
April 19 Mary Willoughby
May 19 Brother S. J. Crabb
June 15 By Letter Sister Nancy Ann Long
June 15 By Experience and Baptism Sister Virginia A. S. Edge

Total up to August 17, 1850 amounts 56

FOR THE ASSOCIATIONAL YEAR 1851

Number of Members Received

By Letter Cynthia DeHay
By Letter Mary Ann DeHay
By Letter Margaret Epperson

FOR THE ASSOCIATIONAL YEAR 1852

Number of Members Received

By Experience and Baptism B. T. DeHay
By Experience and Baptism J. W. Crabb
By Letter Manning Cain
By Letter Sister Cain
By Experience J. R. Morgan
By Experience T. J. Walton
By Experience Nancy Morgan
By Experience York, black
By Letter R. W. Whitehead (Deacon)
By Letter Sister E. A. Whitehead
By Letter M. E. M. York
By Letter Rhoda Wright

FOR THE ASSOCIATIONAL YEAR 1850

Number Dismissed

Dec. 15 Dismissed by Letter Sister J. Scott
Dec. 15 Dismissed by Letter Brother James Scott
Dec. 15 Dismissed by Letter Sister Susan Scott
Dec. 15 Dismissed by Letter Sister Elizabeth Leathers
Dismissed by Letter Brother T. Burk
Dismissed by Letter Sister Amanda Burk
Dismissed by Letter F.E. Burk
Dismissed by Letter Sister Malinda Burk
Dismissed by Letter Brother C. Mason
Dismissed by Letter Sister Elizabeth Mason
Dismissed by Letter Mary Mason
Dismissed by Letter Caroline Mason
Dismissed by Letter Sarah Willoughby
Dismissed by Letter Brother William Willoughby

Total up to August 17, 56

FOR THE ASSOCIATIONAL YEAR 1851

Number Dismissed Sept. 14,
Dismissed by Letter Brother John Lansing
Dismissed by Letter Henrietta Lansing
Excommunicated James Roach
Dismissed Brother Hampton Junior
Dismissed by Letter Sister Davis

Total 54

FOR THE ASSOCIATIONAL YEAR 1852

Dismissed by Letter Burton Crabb
Dismissed by Letter Sister Crabb
Dismissed by Letter Clementine Crabb
Dismissed by Letter F. B. Crabb
Dismissed by Letter T. J. Crabb
Excommunicated S.J. Crabb
Excommunicated E. Heslip
Total up to September 57
Dismissed by Letter W. R. Crabb
Dismissed by Letter T. J. Walton

The Year of 1851

January 18,1851

Baptist Church at Van Wert met in conference. On motion, Brother B. Crabb was called to act as Moderator. On motion, Brethren John Heaton and J. D. Morgan were appointed a committee to see Brethren Harrison and S. J. Crabb and cite them to attend next conference and answer to a charge for misconduct as Church Members before the Body. On motion, adjourned. Burton Crabb, Moderator N. N. Edge, Clerk

February 1851 is missing.

March 15,1851

Church met in conference. Brother Barry, Moderator. Opened a door for the reception of members and received by letter Sister Cynthia and Maryann DeHay from Yellow Creek Church, Hall County, Georgia and Sister Margaret Epperson from Macedonia Church, Bradley County, Tennessee. Brother S. J. Crabb answered to a charge made by the Church for intoxication in an acknowledgement which was received. Brother John Harrison made an explanation in regard to some difficulty, which was satisfactory. On application granted a Letter of Dismission to Brother H. Junior.

W. Barry, Moderator B. Crabb, Church Clerk Pro Tem

April 19, 1851

Met in conference. Pastor in charge, Moderator. Took up the reference in regard to the prolonged absence of Brother E. D. Chisolm. Brother Chisolm being present, stated to the Church that his professional duties had hindered him from attending church meetings as regularly as he had desired to do and that in the future, he would try to be more punctual, which statement was unanimously satisfactory to the Church. On motion, adjourned.

W. Barry, Moderator N. N. Edge, Church Clerk

May 17,1851

Van Wert Baptist Church met in conference. Brother Barry, Moderator. Application was made by Sister M. Davis for a Letter of Dismission which was granted. There being no other business before the conference, on motion, adjourned. W. Barry, Moderator N. N. Edge, Clerk

June 14, 1851

Van Wert Baptist Church met in conference. Elder P. M. Rice, Moderator. Being no business before the Body, on motion, adjourned. P. M. Rice, Moderator Newton N. Edge, Clerk

July 19, 1851

Church met in conference. Brother Barry, Moderator. The subject of preparation for the Association was brought up, and on motion, a committee of was appointed to select a suitable location for the harbor to accommodation of the Congregation during the session of the Body in the House. The committee consists of Brethren G. W. Morgan, Burton Crabb, John Heaton, N. N. Edge, and J. D. Morgan. On motion elected Brethren Burton Crabb and G. W. Morgan to represent us in the Association, and Brother J. Heaton alternate. Appointed Brethren W. R., Crabb and G. W. Morgan delegates to the General Meeting to convene at Salem, Friday before the Fifth Sabbath in August next, with the privilege of selecting an alternate. On motion, adjourned. Elder W. Barry, Moderator Newton N. Edge, Clerk

August 16, 1851

Church met in conference. Brother Barry, Moderator. Heard the committee of arrangements for the Association, which was received, and the committee discharged. The Clerk presented and read the letters to the Association and General Meeting and they were approved by the Church. On motion, appointed a committee to see to the accommodation of visiting brethren and friends from a distance during the session of the Association. The above committee consists of Brethren G. W. Morgan, B. F. Morgan, N. N. Edge, J. C. Crabb, John Heaton. Being no other business before the body, on motion, adjourned. Elder W. Barry, Moderator N. N. Edge, Church Clerk

September 16,1851

Tuesday Evening. Church met in conference. Opened a door for the reception of members and Mr. B. T. DeHay came forward and related an Experience of Grace upon which he was unanimously received. At ½ after 9 o'clock on Sabbath Morning, the 21st, Baptism was administered to Brother B. T. DeHay according to Baptist custom. Adjourned. W. Barry Moderator N. N. Edge, Church Clerk September 20,1851

Met in conference. Brother Barry, Moderator. Opened the door for the reception of members, when Mr. Elijah Browning came forward and stated to the Church that he had once been a member of the Baptist Church, had had his Letter of Dismission, but had misplaced it and could not find it. He also stated that he had lived far from his privilege and duty as a member of that Church. For such conduct, he hoped the Lord had forgiven him. On motion, Brother Browning was taken under the care of the Church until a letter of some information could be procured from the church of which he was formerly a member. On motion, Brethren N. N. Edge, Burton Crabb and G. W. Morgan were appointed a committee to assist Brother Browning in getting some information in relation to his case. On motion, agreed to go into the choice of a pastor to supply us during the year 1852 at the next regular conference. Adjourned. Walter Barry, Moderator N. N. Edge, Church Clerk

October 18, 1851

Church met in conference. Brother Barry, Moderator. On motion, continued the committee on Brother Browning's church letter membership and others. In accordance with a previous act of the Church, went into the choice of a pastor to serve the Church in the year 1852. Resulted in the unanimous election of Elder Spencer Harvey of Fayette County, Georgia. On motion, appointed Brethren N. N. Edge and B. F. Morgan a committee to wait on Brother Harvey and inform him of the choice of the Church. On motion directed the Clerk to write a subscription for the support of the ministry at this Church for the year 1851 and handed the same over to the Deacons with names of each male member attached to it. Being no other business before the Church, on motion adjourned. W. Barry, Moderator N. N. Edge, Church Clerk

November 15, 1851

Church met in conference. N. N. Edge, Moderator. Heard report of committee to see Brother Harvey in regard to taking the pastoral charge of this Church during the next year. Reported that they had received no answer. Committee discharged. On motion, a charge was presented by the Church against Brother S. J. Crabb for drunkenness. Appointed a committee on the above charge, consisting of J. Heaton and J. D. Morgan. On motion, the Church withdrew her watch care from over E. Browning. Went into an election for pastor for next year. Resulted in the unanimous choice of Elder P. M. Rice. Appointed J. Heaton and J. D. Morgan to wait on Brother Rice and inform him of the choice of the Church and request his compliance with the same. On motion, adjourned. N. N. Edge, Moderator J. C. Crabb, Clerk Pro Tem

December 20,1851

Met in conference. N. N. Edge, Moderator. On motion, Brother B. F. Morgan acted Clerk. Committee on Brother S. J. Crabb, stated that the reports in relation to Brother Crabb's unchristian conduct was true and they as a committee sustained the charge. Whereupon on motion, he was excommunicated by the Church. Committee appointed to see Brother Rice was continued till next meeting. On motion, adjourned. B. F. Morgan, Clerk Pro Tem

The Year of 1852

January 17,1852

Church met in conference. Reverend W. Barry, Moderator. Called for the report of the committee appointed to see Brother Rice and stated that Brother Rice would be here at the present conference and would give the Church a satisfactory answer in regard to the pastorial charge of the Church during the present year. The committee discharged. On motion, adjourned.

W. Barry, Moderator N. N. Edge, Church Clerk

February 14,1852

Van Wert Baptist Church met in conference. Joseph Morgan Sr., Moderator. On application granted a Letter of Dismission to Sister Margaret Epperson. On motion, appointed the following committee to procure a pulpit and seats for the Church, viz., J. R. Heaton, G. W. Morgan, J. C. Crabb. On motion, adjourned. Joseph Morgan, Moderator G. W. Morgan, Church Clerk Pro Tem

March 20,1852

Met in conference. Brother Rice, Moderator. Took up reference in regard to building pulpit, making seats and called for committee's report. Brother G. W. Morgan, one of the committee stated that he had made arrangements to have the work done, which was satisfactory to the Church. Brother Rice agreed to take the pastorial charge of the Church during the present year, in answer to the call of the Church made in December last. On motion, agreed to change the time of holding conference from Saturday before the 3rd Sabbath to the Saturday before the 2nd. On motion, adjourned. P.M. Rice, Moderator N. N. Edge, Church Clerk

APRIL 1852 IS MISSING

May 8, 1852

Church met in conference. Brother Porterfield, Moderator. On motion, a charge was preferred against Brother E. H. Heslip for intoxication and profanity and the following committee appointed on the charge, to wit, Brethren B. F. and G. W. Morgan. Appointed Brethren B. Crabb and B. F. Morgan delegates to represent the Church in convention to be held near Rome, to take into consideration the propriety of forming a new Association. On motion, granted Letters of Dismission to Brother B. Crabb and Wife and Sister Clementine Crabb and Brother T. J. Crabb. On motion, adjourned. Porterfield, Moderator N. N. Edge, Clerk

June 12,1852

Church met in conference. P. M. Rice, Moderator. References called for and the case of Brother E. Heslip was taken up. Heard the report of the committee and from that report, the Church decided the charge sustained and he was excommunicated. Appointed Brethren G. W. Morgan and John Heaton to represent this body in the next General Meeting. B. F. Morgan, alternate. On motion, agreed to go into the Election of Deacon at our next regular meeting. Being no other business before the Church, on motion, adjourned. P. M. Rice, Moderator N. N. Edge, Clerk

July 10, 1852

Church met in conference. Brother Rice, Moderator. Opened door of the Church and Jesse W. Crabb presented himself and related an Experience of Grace and was unanimously received for baptism. Elected Brethren G. W. Morgan and John Harrison, N. N. Edge alternate, to represent the Church in the next annual meeting of the Association, to convene with the Church at Liberty Hill, Saturday before the second Sabbath in September next. On motion, agreed to send $1.50 for minutes and $5.00 for conventional purposes. On application, granted a Letter of Dismission to Brother F. B. Crabb. Attend to baptism at 9 o'clock in the morning. Took up the reference on our last minutes in relation to the choice of another Deacon for the Church. On motion, went into the election, which resulted in the choice of Brother N. N. Edge to fill that responsible office. Agreed to meet on Saturday before the 3rd Sabbath in August next to attend to the duties of ordination. Adjourned till tomorrow at 9 o'clock. P. M. Rice, Moderator N. N. Edge, Church Clerk

July 11, 1852

Sabbath morning, 9 o'clock. Church met and attended to the ordinance of baptism in the usual mode. Adjourned.

August 14, 1852

Church met in conference. P. M. Rice, Moderator. Church opened the door for the reception of members and received Sister Everett by letter. Read and adopted the letter to the Association. Owing to some unexpected disaffection of one of the brethren, Brother N. N. Edge withdrew his name from the Presbytery formed for the ordination of a Deacon. On motion, the ordination was postponed "sine die." On motion, adjourned.

P. M. Rice, Moderator N. N. Edge, Clerk

August 17, 1852

The door of the Church was opened. Brother M. Cane and Wife Sister Cain was received by letter and Mr. J. R. Morgan by Experience.

August 18, 1852

Opened the door of the Church and received Mrs. Frances Crabb and Mr. T. J. Walton by Experience and were baptised. Also York, a colored brother belonging to William Hitchcock. P. M. Rice, Moderator

September 18, 1852

Church met in conference. Brother P. M. Rice, Moderator. There being no business before the Church, on motion, adjourned. P. M. Rice, Moderator N. N. Edge, Church Clerk

OCTOBER, 1852 IS MISSING

November 13,1852

The Church met in conference. other P. M. Rice, Moderator. The matter of ordination being brought up. On motion, agreed to go into the ordination at our December conference and that Brethren James Reeves and H. A. Williams be requested to attend and assist in the same. Farther agreed to go into the choice of a pastor at the same time. On motion, adjourned. P. M. Rice, Moderator N. N. Edge, Church Clerk

December 11, 1852

Church met in conference. Brother Rice, Moderator. Under article of reference, the subject of Deacon's Ordination was brought up. There not being a Presbytery present, agreed to postpone that ordinance until Saturday in February next, and the same brethren be invited, with the addition of Brother Peek. Agreed at the same time to go into the choice of pastor to serve us for next year. On application of Brother Edge, granted a Letter of Dismission to Sister Sarah Griffin. On motion, adjourned. P. M. Rice, Moderator N. N. Edge, Church Clerk

The Year of 1853

January 8, 1853

Met in conference. The pastor being absent, Brother Burton Crabb took the Moderator's seat. On application, granted Letters of Dismission to T. J. Walton and W. R. Crabb. There being no other business on motion, adjourned. Burton Crabb, Moderator N. N. Edge, Church Clerk

February 12,1853

The Church met in conference. Brother N. N. Edge, Moderator. The door of the Church being opened, Sister M. E. M. York presented a letter and was unanimously received. Postponed indefinitely the ordination of a Deacon. Took up the reference in regard to the choice of a pastor for the present year which resulted in the unanimous election of Brother Thackerson. Brethren N. N. Edge and G. W. Morgan were appointed to confer with Brother Thackerson and inform him of the choice of the Church and request his compliance of the same. On motion, appointed Brethren J. D. Morgan and J. C. Crabb a committee to see to the procuring of benches and pulpit for the Church and report at the next meeting. On motion, adjourned. N. N. Edge, Moderator J. W. Crabb, Clerk Pro Tem

March 12,1853

The Church met in conference. Brother N. N. Edge, Moderator and Brother J. C. Crabb, Clerk. Opened the door for the reception of members, when Sister Rhoda Wright presented a letter from a regular Baptist Church and received to membership. The committee appointed to see Brother Thackerson and inform him of the choice of the Church reported that Brother Thackerson would be here on Friday before the first Sabbath in April and then would give the Church an answer. The committee appointed to see to the furnishing of seats and pulpit for the Church reported that they had employed Brother G. W. Morgan to make the seats for $25.00, which report was received and committee discharged. On motion, adjourned. N. N. Edge, Moderator J. C. Crabb, Church Clerk

April 9,1853

Church met in conference. Brother N. N. Edge, Moderator. Opened a door for the reception of members when Brother Raleigh W. Whitehead (a Deacon) was received on a Letter of Dismission from Greenfield Baptist in Virginia. Also Sister E. A. Whitehead on a letter from the same church. The proposition of Brother Thackerson to serve the Church on Friday before the first Sabbath in the month was received. Also agreed to call Brother James Reeves to serve the Church at our regular meetings and that Brother Edge should inform Brother Reeves of the call of the Church. On motion, agreed to license Brother N. N. Edge to exercise in public. By request of Brother N. N. Edge, reconsidered a former act of the Church in regard to his election to a Deacon's post and relieve him from the same. Done in conference. N. N. Edge, Moderator B. F. Morgan, Clerk

May 7,1853

Church met in conference. Elder James Reeves, Moderator. Opened a door of the Church when Sister Martha McCollum, Catherine Nolly, and Sarah Everett joined by letters and E. K. Garner and wife, Martha Garner, by Experience and Baptism. Brother R. Morgan sent up an acknowledgement which was received and accepted as a pledge to his future Christian deportment. Took up the reference in regard to the choice of Brother Reeves to take the pastorial care of the Church. He being present, agreed to comply with the Church's call On motion, adjourned. James Reeves, Moderator N. N. Edge, Clerk

June 1,1853

Opened a door for the reception of members and Dixon McCollum came forward and was received by Experience and Baptism. Thackerson, Moderator N. N. Edge, Clerk June 11, 1853

Church met in conference. Brother James Reeves, Moderator. Received by letter Brethren B. E. Whitehead, A. J. Whitehead, James S. Whitehead, Sisters Martha Whitehead and Mary Jane Whitehead. Also Brother Jabez Rosser and Sister Rosser and Pleasant, the servant of Brother Whitehead. Appointed Brother J. C. Crabb to see Brother J. R. Morgan in regard to his communication to the Church and inform him of the action of the Church on the same.

Note in margin: Brother B. E. Whitehead received as a Deacon.

On motion, went into the election of the delgates to the union meeting to be held with the Shilow Church on Friday before the (unreadable) in (unreadable). Resulted in N. N. Edge, G. W. Morgan and B. E. Whitehead, alternate, being appointed. A committee consisting of Brethren B. E. Whitehead, G. W. Morgan, J. C. Crabb to employ someone to keep the Church in good order, light it and C? Brother Reeves agreed to preach the funeral of Elder P. M. Rice, deceased. On the fourth Sabbath in July next. Agreed to commune tomorrow. On motion, adjourned.

Elder James Reeves, Moderator N. N. Edge, Clerk

TRANSCRIBER'S NOTE: This page was mixed up. Here is how I believe it was meant to read. Cassandra R. Newby

July 9,1853

Church met in conference. Elder James Reeves, Moderator. On motion, the case of Brother James R. Morgan was continued, on the account of the committee wanting more time. The committee appointed to see to the taking care of the Church reported that they had employed Mr. J. W. De Hay for twelve months and agreed to pay him five dollars for the same. On motion, appointed Brother B. E. Whitehead, Church Treasurer. On motion, agreed to commence a protracted meeting on Saturday before the fourth Sabbath' in this instant. Appointed Brethren N. N. Edge and B. E. Whitehead to represent the Church in the Association and Brother R. Whitehead, alternate. Agreed to send two dollars for Associational minutes, and one for Conventional minutes. On motion, adjourned.

James Reeves, Moderator N. N. Edge, Church Clerk

July 26,1853

The Church met in conference. Brother James Reeves, Moderator. Opened a door of the Church, when Mr. Lester York and Mrs. Manerva Dodds presented themselves, and after relating a Christian Experience, was unanimously received for Baptism. Adjourned till tomorrow at 9 o'clock.

July 27, 1853

Church met at the water, where the ordinance of baptism was administered by Elder James Reeves upon the above candidates.

James Reeves, Moderator N. N. Edge, Church Clerk

August1853 is missing.

September 1853 is missing.

October 8, 1853

Church met in conference. Elder James Reeves, Moderator. Heard from the committee on Brother J. R. Morgan's case. Committee discharged. On motion, agreed to postpone the case till next meeting, and if then don't make the proper acknowledgments, the Church prefer a charge against him. Appointed Brethren B. E. Whitehead and N. N. Edge to inform Brother Morgan of the action of the Church. Agreed to make choice of pastor at our next meeting. Adjourned.

Elder James Reeves, Moderator N. N. Edge, Church Clerk

November 12,1853

Church met in conference. Elder James Reeves, Moderator. Opened the door of the Church when Mr. John P. Lyle and Mrs. Elizabeth Lyle related to the Church a Christian experience, and was received for Baptism. Preferred the following charges against Brother J. R. Morgan. Gambling, drinking and visiting houses of ill fame, also for neglecting to answer the call of the Church. On motion, Brother J. R. Morgan was excluded from the Church. On motion, appointed Brethren John C. Crabb and J. R. Heaton a committee to see Brother D. D. McCollum and cite him to answer to some reports prejudicial to his Christian character. Granted Letters of Dismission to Sister Mary Kingsberry, Sister Virginia S. Edge and Brother N. N. Edge. Appointed Brother J. C. Crabb, Church Clerk Pro Tem. Went into election of pastor, which resulted in the choice of Elder Thackerson. Adjourned. Elder James Reeves, Moderator N. N. Edge, Church Clerk

November 13,1858

Attended to the ordinance of baptism.

December 10, 1853

Church met in conference. Elder James Reeves, Moderator. Brother Manning Cain made acknowledgment for violating the Sabbath, which was received. Also Brother D. D. McCollum made acknowledgment for intoxication, which acknowledgment was received. On motion, reconsidered the minutes of the last meeting, so far as relates to granting a Letter of Dismission to Brother N. N. Edge. On motion, the Church agreed to set apart a day to call a Presbytery to ordain Brother N. N. Edge to the ministry. The Church invites Elders William Wood, Walter Barry, William D. Cowdery, Thornton Burk, James Reeves, R. H. Thackerson and Jesse Wood. Appointed next Saturday to attend to that business. Adjourned.

Elder James Reeves, Moderator J. C. Crabb, Clerk Pro Tem

 

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