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Richland Baptist Church Records:
January 3, 1818 to September 19, 1941
Source: Pendleton County Historical and Genealogical
Newsletter Volume 8, Issue 2 - June 2001
Transcribed as written by Bonnie Snow with permission of the Historical Society,
Jan 3 1818: The Church at Richland met____.
After praise and prayer proceeded to business. First rec'd. into
fellowship Bro Gaius Dickensen and his wife Mary Dickensen, and Margaret
Pugh. Received for baptism, George Pugh. Took up the business of
electing two Deacons and a Clerk and laid it over till our next meeting.
Proposed to partake of the Lord's Supper at our next meeting and appointed Bro
Calob Browning and Robert Blackburn to attend to the providing elliments.
Feb 1818: On Saturday before the first Sunday in
Feb. Took into consideration the size and form of our Meeting House and
determined on the size and plan and appointed Bro. Calob Browning and Robert
Blackburn and George Pugh to attend to the drawing an article for the same with
the plan of it. Then took in to consideration whether we would get a
Church Book and decided in favor of it. On Sunday rec'd into fellowship
Sarah Jackson and Elizabeth Jackson.
March 1818: Took up the refference of the Deacon
and Clerk and laid over till our next meeting.
April 1818: On Saturday before the fifth Sunday in
April, rec'd for baptism Sarah Powers, Cynthia Clark, Henry Adams, his wife
Nancy Adams, and Nancy Cambridge, rec'd by letter James Egnew, Daniel Williams,
Isaac Gruell and his wife Catherine.
May 1818: Rec'd by letter sister Nancy Adams, Mary
Blackburn, Peggy Marsh, Susan Marsh, Polly Marsh, Nancy Pollard, Rachel Forsythe
and for baptism Calob Browning, Jr., Henry Colvin, Jr., Spencer, servent of
Archa Duncan, Adam Dounard (Downard) bs, and Elizabeth Marttiel. Elected
Bro. Robert Blackburn and Isaac Gruell as Deacons. Chose for Clerk, Bro.
George Pugh. Then took up the reffrence of out meeting house and
determined on Br. Blackburn's place.
June 1818: First a motion made that this Church be
joined to the Union Association and was sanctioned. Then elected Bro.s
Gruell, C. Browning, and G. Pugh as a committee to draw an article for the
purpose of building a House. Elected D. Williams, James Egnew, C.
Browning, and Isaac Gruell to bear a letter to the association.
July 1818: Rec'd for baptism Margaret MCan, Nelly
Anderson, Sarah Williams, Thomas Pollard, David, slave to Samuele Arnold,
Samuel, Slave to J. Garrard.
Aug 1818: Rec'd for baptism, Lucy Sharp, then took
up the business of the subscription and determined in favour of the one shaped
by Calob Browing, Blackburn and Pugh.
Sept 1818: The Church met and elected Bro. Grewell
moderator, pro-tem, then a motion made and second and agreed to that we should
commune twice a year vi in the monthes of April and September and that the same
shall become a rule of Decorum.
Oct 1818: On motion took into consideration the
ordiantion of our Deacons and appointed our next meeting for that purpose and
agreed that we should Commune at our next meeting. On motion that male
members get an equal proportion of the Meeting House logs and have them on the
ground on or before the first of November next.
G Pugh, Clerk; Jesse Holton, Moderator
Nov 1818: No business coming before the
Church. Bro. Elkin preached a sermon which was followed by Bro
Morton. The meeting concluded by Bro. Holton, by the way of exhortation
and prayer to meet at our next in course.
Dec 1818: No business transpired.
Jan 1819: Jan. 2, 1819, the Church met according to
appoint Bro Grewell Richland and after singing and prayer the members present
took their seats and preceeded busines. (No business recorded)mb
Feb 1819: Lost
March 6, 1819: Motion made and seconded that 3 members be
appointed to draw a Subscription for covering the Meetiong House and chose Bro.
Long, Grewell, and Pugh. The subscription to be drawn thus; that the
subscribers to pay the sums next to their names in good trade---corn and sithy.
The 13 and 22nd is days appointed to raise the Meeting House. A motion
made for a Covenant in the Church and was disannuled by a large majority and
then adjourned till our next course.
Geo. H. Pugh, Clerk
April 10,1819: First a motion made and seconded that a Committee
be appointed to settle business between Bro. Gaius Dickenson and Prince.
Bro Browning, Blackburn, and Grewell appointed. The suberscriptions
received by the Church, dated March 12th, 1819, members appointed to take the
supscriptions, Bro Long, Pugh, and Pollard.
May 8, 1819: The committee appointed to settle business between
Bro. Dickensen and Prince, reported that it was amicably done.
Alex Monroe, Moderator
June 1819: On Saturday before the Second Lord's day in June the
Church met at Bro. Gruells and agreed to appoint Bro E. Monroe, Modrator.
First appointed Samuel Long, Clerk pro-tem. Received four superscription
papers. Agreed to appoint a committee to superintend the lettin out the
Covering of the Meeting House and other work. Our next monthly meeting to
be held at Bro Daniel Williams.
Samule Long, Clerk pro-tem; E. Alex Monroe, Moderator
July 1819: The Church met at Bro. Blackburns. On motion to
proceed to call our pastor and made choice of Bro. Isaac Munson. Bro's Wm.
Browning, I Gruwell, and James Egnue as members to the association.
Nominated Bro Long and Gruwell to bear a letter to Bro Munson on the decision of
the Church and to shape the same. Agreed to get a day book.
Aug 1819: Church met at Bro Williams. Elder Isaac Munson
agreed to attend us as pastor. Appointed Isaac Gruwell as clerk. Our
next meeting to be held at Bro. Blackburns.
Sept 1819: At a church meeting held at Bro. Blackburns, appointed
Bro. Long, moderator. A motion made to release Bro. Gruwell from the
Deacon place and appoint another at our next meeting.
Oct 1819: The meeting was held at Bro. Long's. Pruseeded
to business choosing a deacon by private ballet the church chose Bro. Wm.
Nov 1819: The church meeting was held at Bro. C. Browning's.
Dec 1819: A member from the Northfork Church asked for help to
Constitute a Church. Appointed Bro's Browning, Egnew, and Gruwell.
Jan 1820: At a Church meeting held at Bro Pollards, a report was
handed that Bro Pugh had been intockated (as written, intoxicated ?)bs.
Bro Browning appointed to visit him, also Sister Sinthy Clark, sent for and the
Black Sister and to attend the next meeting in order to give an account of their
Feb 1820: Meeting held at Bro Blackburn's. Motion agreed
that Bro Browning, with James Richey for plank to lay the floor of the Meeting
House. Bro. George Pugh and wife dismissed by letter. Agreed that
our next meeting to be at the Sturts Schoolhouse.
Mar 1820: At a Church meeting held at the Schoolhouse, then took
up the case of Black Sister and excluded her from us. Sisters, Sarah
Jackson and Mary Jackson dismissed by letter.
April 1820: A church meeting held at Bro. Brownings the members took
up the case of Dicksons and his wife, and Bro. Henry Adams and his wife and
moved all excluded from us.
May 1820: Church meeting held at Bro Blackburns, no business.
June 1820: Church meeting held at the Richland Meeting
House. Sister Nancy Stevens dismissed by letter.
July 1820: Church held at Richland Meeting House. Bro
Gruwell appointed to write the letter to the Association. Bro Blackburn,
C. Browning, and Long appointed to bare the same.
Aug 1820: Church meeting held at the Richland Meeting House,
chose Bro. Long as moderator.
Sept 1820: Church meeting held at the Richland Meeting House,
took up the case of Bro. Hatfield, laid over to our next meeting. Then was
handed in a letter from Bro. Long which was read. Then appointed Bro.
Browning, Gruwell, and Blackburn to visit Bro Long. Bro. Dickson sent to
the church for a letter of dismission. Not granted.
Oct 1820: Took up the case of Bro. T. Hatfield and he was
excluded. Then took up the case of Br. Long, and he withdrew himself from
the church and requested certificate and the church granted it.
Nov 1820: November meeting was dismissed from count of bad weather.
Dec 1820: At a Church meeting held at Bro Gruwell's the first
Saturday in Dec. they chose Bro. Monroe as moderator. Sister Clark applied
for a letter of dismission for herself and Cynthia.
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