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ELIZABETH BAPTIST CHURCH

            (The Minutes of Elizabeth Baptist Church were copied from microfilmed copy originally transcribed by Marie Gulledge Wiggins in July 1987.  In July 2002, Kathy W. Lowery used OCR & then provided this document to James & Julia Pigg for their website.  Original punctuation & spelling errors remain as they were given in the microfilmed minutes.  Kathy used bold print for members' names to make it easier for researchers to locate their families in this document.  The words in Italics & the initials "mw" were notes made by Marie Gulledge Wiggins when she transcribed these notes.  She numbered her pages & also used the original page numbers so some pages have more than one page number at the top of the page.

Kathy Lowery is researching the families of Davis W. & Mary Timmons Watts, Eli & Susannah Meador/Meadows Lowry, Levin & Temperance Watson, & Rev. Silas Jordan & S. B. Starnes Fincher.  She would like to hear from others who are researching these families at Loweryray @ attbi.com.)

MINUTES OF THE ELIZABETH BAPTIST CHURCH
MOUNT CROGHAN
CHESTERFIELD, SOUTH CAROLINA
1825 - 1919

 This material was supplied by Miss Elizabeth Burch of Mount Croghan, South Carolina, and filmed by the North Carolina Department of Archives and History 18 September 1956.

 It was copied from THE BAPTIST HISTORICAL COLLECTION from microfilm no. 286.06 ‑ S 7254 el of Furman University, Greenville, South Carolina, by Marie Gulledge Wiggins July 1987.

 This Church is the oldest Baptist Church In the Chesterfield Baptist Association, and was organized by the Elders Samuel Timmons and Joel Gulledge, who were dismissed from the Deep Creek Baptist Church, Anson County, North Carolina, for this purpose.

This church is the oldest Baptist Church in the Chesterfield Baptist Association, and was organized by the Elders Samuel Timmons and Joel Gulledge, who were dismissed from the Deep Creek Baptist Church, Anson County, North Carolina, for this purpose.

The material was supplied by Miss Elizabeth Burch of Mount Croghan, S. C., and filmed by the North Carolina Department of Archives and History

18 September 1956.

It was copied from a microfilm (number 286.06 S7254 el) from THE BAPTIST HISTORICAL COLLECTION of Furman University, Greenville, South Carolina, July 1987, by Marie Gulledge Wiggins.

ELIZABETH BAPTISTS CELEBRATE 150 YEARS

A large crowd was present Sunday when members of Elizabeth Baptist Church of Mt. Croghan celebrated the church's 150th anniversary. The morning program included a review of the church's history, compiled by Mrs. Analiza Sikes and presented by John Sellers. The homecoming sermon was presented by Rev. J. F. Lyon.

Church records show that Elders Samuel Timmons and Joel Gulledge constituted the first covenant of the church on December 24, 1825. They had been members of Deep Creek Baptist Church in Anson County, North Carolina, and were dismissed there for the purpose of becoming a constituted church in

Mt. Croghan. The church was reincorporated by the Legislature in December of 1854.

The present building (excluding Sunday School rooms which were built in 1955) was built by members in 1883. Church records show that the cost of the lumber amounted to $46.08.

Eleven years after the church was organized, in 1836, Elizabeth Academy was built. Mary Burch gave the land for the Academy and the men who planned and built it are listed as Joseph Burch, Stephen Jackson, John Huntley, Sandy May, Joel Baker, Samuel Timmons and William Hendrick. The academy's first teacher was a Mr. Whitten. Subjects taught there included Latin,, music, violin and dancing. The academy was considered one of the finest high schools in the county until General William Sherman and his troops burned It down when they came through South Carolina in March of 1865. Although it was rebuilt, it never regained its prestige and h academy closed around 1900, even though school was

held there until 1916. The building itself was torn down in the WPA days of the 1930s.

A bountiful meal was enjoyed following the service. Mrs. Edna B. Watts, who at 83 is the oldest lady member of the church, had the honor of cutting the four‑tiered anniversary cake. Baked by Mrs. Analiza Sikes and Mrs. Sylvia Cato, the top tier was decorated with the numerals "150".

Others, recognized, during, the day were Levin Watson, who is 86, and the oldest member of the church; as well as four members who were baptised in the church ‑ Grace Gaddy, a member for 59 years; Annie L. Burch a 60‑year old member; Erastus Burch, a 61‑year old member; and Betty Lowery, who has belonged to the church 65 years.

Following, the dinner, the group returned to the church to view movies of the 1955 homecoming, taken by John Sellers. Mrs. Gaddy, who served as church organist some 50 years ago, then played "Standing on the Promises."

Flowere used in the church for the anniversary celebration honored the memory of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Gaddy, Mr. and mrs. Dave Ratliff, Mr. and Mrs. Spencer Sellers and Elouise Sellers.

MINUTES

 Church met in Conference Saturday before Second Sunday in July 1853

Members present: Wiley Allen, Jesse Allen, Ely Allen, Charles Hendrick,

Wm Hendrick, John Timmons ‑ as the clerk was absent appointed J B Timmons to Act as clerk pro tem ‑ no business

Adjourned In order

James Water Modr

J B Timmons Clk pro tem

Met in Conference Friday before the second Sunday in August1853

Members present Willey Allen, Ely Allen, Jesse Allen, Charles Hendrick,

J. A. Woodward, Joel Baker, J. B. Timmons.

1st ‑ Cawled for excuses when Joel Baker rendered his excuse for not attending our last Meeting which was Satisfactory

2nd Appointed Brother J Bateman to rite letters to this association and have it read before our next meeting

No other business adjourned in order

James Bateman Modr

Joel Baker clk

Church met in Conference Saturday before the second Sunday in September 1853

Members present Joel Baker, Ely Allen, J B Timmons, Charles Hendrick  The Pastor not present appointed first  Joel Baker modr pro tem

Brother John B Timmons to represent us in the next association No other business            Adjourned to our next meeting

Joel Baker Modr pro tem

Church met in Conference Saturday before the second Sunday in October 1853

Members present Wiley Allen, Ely Allen, Jesse Allen A Woodward,

J B timmons, Joel Baker, Charles Hendrick

first Cawled for Excuses Jesse Allen made his Excuse and was satisfactory

second Sister Susanah Gibson petitioned' for a letter of Dismission her request was granted

third Appointed a Commission to report at our next meeting what disposition should be made of the Elizabeth Parsonage

No other business Adjourned In order.

J J Bateman Modr

J Baker Clk

Church met Saturday before second Sunday November 1853

Members, present Willey Allen, Jesse Allen, A Woodard, Charles Hendrick,

Rufus King, Joel Baker

first Cawled for excuses none

second W T Jones and wife Sarah petition for letter of dismission which was granted

third Elizabeth Niven asked for letter of dismission which was granted

fourth the Committee appointed to Enquire into the matter of the Elizabeth Parsonage

Recommend it to be sold in some way most advantageous to the Church  Report  Received and committee discharged            Adjourned in order

W T Jones Modr

Joel Baker Clk

In accordance to the report of 'the Committee concerning the Elizabeth Parsonage and land belonging thereto the said land and parsonage was sold to Davis W. Watts on the 14th day of January 1854 for 800 dollars with intrist from the first day of January 1854 the interist to be paid annually on a Credit title the first day of January 1858 the Church gave Bond for titles if the sum of 800 dollars was paid on the first day of January 1858 ‑ if not the Bond to be Void and of no effect  Done In Conference Saturday before the second Sunday in February 1854

James J Bateman Modr

Joel Baker C Clk

Church met In Conference the Saturday, before the second Sunday January 1854

Members present Wiley Allen, Eli Allen, Charels Hendrick, Joel Baker

first Cawled for Excuses   none

second sister Beeson asked for a letter of dismission which was unanimously Granted     No other business          Adjourned in order

J J Bateman Modr

Joel Baker C Clk

Church met in Conference the Saturday before the second Sabbath in February 1854

Members present Wiley Allen, Jesse Allen, Eli Allen, A Woodard,

John B Timmons, W K King, Charles Hendrick, Joel Baker

first Cawled for Excuses when  A Woodard, W R  King, Jesse Allen and

J B Timmons made there Excuses for not attening at last meeting and was rec'd

second Agreed to Commune tomorrow No other Businesss   Adjourned in order

                                                James J Bateman Modr

Joel Baker C Clk

Church met in Conference, the Saturday before second Sabbath in March 1854

No conference on account of absence of the pastor

Met in Conference Saturday before the second Sunday in April 1854

Members present Charles Hendrick, Ely Allen, Wiley Allen, Jesse Allen,

A Wodard, W K King, J B Timmons, Joel Baker

first Cawled for Excuses   None

second sister Edna C Parker asked for a letter of dismis�sion which was granted

third Opened a door for the Reception of new Members

No other Business   Adjourned in order

                                                            James J Bateman Modr

                                                            Joel Baker C Clk

Met In Conference Saturday before the second Sunday in May 1854

Members present Wiley Allen, Eli Allen, Charles Hendrick.. Jesse Allen,

W K King, J B Timmons

first Cawled for Excuses None

second appointed a Committee of Wiley Allen, and J B Timmons to visit Brother George Readfern to Enquire after his not attending our Church meeting  Once for using bad language and report at our next meeting three  agreed to repair the Windows of the church

No other business             adjourned in order

                                                           James J Bateman Modr

                                                           J Baker C Clk

Church met in Conference Saturday before second Sunday in June 1854

Members present Wiley Allen, Jesse Allen, Abraham Woodard,

Charles Hendrick and William K King

first Cawled for excuses none

second Opened a door for the receipt of members

third Cawled for the report of the Committee to visit Brother George Readfern

On motion the report received and Committee discharged

fourth agreed to Exonerate Brother Readfern for the present

fifth the church Believing she had acted rong toward Brother D Hays in refusing to let him preach in the Church make all the nessary acknowledgement for their rongance  further Directed the clk of said church to inform him of the same and also to invite him to come and be with us at our protracted meeting in August

Being no other Business Adjourned in order

James J Bateman Modr

Joel Baker C Clk

 

Met in Conference Saturday before the second Sabbath in July 1854

Members present             Wiley Allen, Jesse Allen, Charles Hendrick,

S W Readfern and J B Timmons

 

first  Cawled for Excuses Eli Allen and J B Timmons made there Excuses and was Satisfactory

second  Agreed to  petition the next Legislature to reinco�rporate our church

No other Business             Adjourned in order

                                                            Wiley Allen Modr

                                                            Joel Baker C Clk

 

Met in conference Saturday before the first Sabbath in August 1854

Members present            Wiley Allen, Eli allen, Charles Hend�rick, Jesse Allen,

J B Timmons, G W readfern, W K King, A Woodward 

first  Cawled for Excuses            none

second  appointed a Committee to visit sister Rebecca Rogers and report at our next meeting

third  appointed Brethern Wiley Allen, W K King and A Woodard to represent us in our next association                 Brother J B Timmons to rite a letter to the Association and have read at our next meeting            Agreed to send one dollar and fifty cents for minutes.

Brother Wilson Chambers from Mount Olive Church was present and requested our church to send delgates to meet in Convention at the Mount Olive church on Friday before the Third Sabbath September next to Consider the propriety of forming a new association on motion of Brother J Baker it was agreed to lay over for the consideration of the church till our next meeting.

Adjourned in order                                                                                    

James J Bateman Modr

Joel baker C Clk

Church met in Conference Saturday before the second Sunday September 1854

Members present            Charles Hendrick, W K King,

J b Timmons

first  Cawled for excusese              None

second             Cawled for read and approved the letter to the association

third  appointed Brother Baker to visit Pharo a slave belonging to the Estate of F Johnson and Enquire as to unfavorable reports of and report at our next meeting

The Committee appointed to visit sister Rebecca Rogers not present

No other business                    Adjourned in order

James J Bateman Modr

Joel Baker C Clk

N B appointed Brethern Charles Hendrick,

W K King and J B Timmons to meet in Convention at Mount Olive

J a Bateman Modr

J Baker Clk

 

Elizabeth Church Reincorporated By the Legislature December 1854

Church sat in Conference meeting Saturday before the second Sunday in October 1854

Members present Wiley Allen, Eli Allen, Charles Hendrick, W K King and J B Timmons

first  Cawled for the report Committee to visit Rebecca Rogers report that they visited her and found the report against her true.  Report received And Committee discharged

second  took up case of sister Rebecca Rogers and on motion it was agreed to Exclude her from the fellowship of the Church

third  Brother Baker who was appointed to visit Pharo a black man belonging to the Estate of F. Johnson Dec'd says that he visited this man Pharo and Enquired of him as to the facts of certain reports against him which he Denied and says he is not guilty of said reports  there Being no Evidence against him the Church agreed to Exeronate him

fourth  Went into an Election for a pastor of this church when Brother E. David Received the vote of the church for the next year

fifth  Appointed Brethern W K King, J b Timmons and Charles Hendrick to see Brother David and inform him of the part and to enquire whether he could attend us or not

No other Business Adjourned in order

Wiley Allen Modr

Joel Baker  C Clerk

Church met in Conference the Saturday before the second Sunday in November 1854

No Conference

Conference meeting the Saturday before the second Sunday in December 1854

Members present Wiley Allen, Eli Allen, W K King, J B Timmons

No Business            Adjourned

J J Bateman Modr

                                                Joel Baker C Clk

(Here the. pages in the Minute Book were misnumbered and continued so.. mw)

Church sat in Conference Saturday before the second Sunday in January 1855

No Conference

 Church met in Conference Saturday before the second Sunday in February 1855

Members present            Eli Allen, Wiley Allen, Charles Hendrick, A Woodard, J B Timmons

first  Appointed Brother John B Timmons to take a subscription and see what amount he could collect for the use of Brother E David by the first of April next to be paid to him as a part of his salary for the present year

second             Agreed to give D W Watts $8 interest on his notes for last years notes to be Credited interest to first of year 1855

third  Appointed Brother A Woodard and W D Allen a committee to visit sister Zilpha Sellers enquire the Cause of her Absence from the church and report at out next metting

No other Business                    Adjourned in order

Isaac Woodard Modr

                                               Joel Baker C Clk

 

Met in Conference Saturday before the first Sunday in March 1855

Members present            A. Moore, Charles Hendrick, Eli Allen, Wiley Allen

Excuses none

first  Cawled for the report of the Committee to visit Sister Sellers. Brother Wiley Allen reported they had not seen her whereupon Bro. Joel Baker was requested to Visit her and report at our next meeting

second             Restored Brother Stephen Baker to all the privileges of the church By the unanimous Voice of the male and females present

third  Agreed to have a Church treasury for the purpose of keeping on hand a fund sufficient to defray the Expenses of the Church and for other purposes

fourth            Appointed Brother Charles Hendrick Treasurer

Adjourned in Order

E. David Modr

                                                            J Baker  C Clk

Church met in Conference Saturday before the first Sunday in April 1855

Members present Wiley Allen, Charles Hendrick, J B Timmons, W K King, Jesse Allen

first  Brother Joel Baker stated as the Committee of the church that he had seen sister Sellers and that she satisfied him that absence from the Church was on account of her inability to attend and not from a want of desire to do so Report received and Committee Discharged

second  opened a door for the reception of Members

Dismissed In order

Evander David Modr

Joel Baker C Clk

Church met in Conference Saturday before the first Sabbath in May 1855

Members present            A Woodard, Eli Allen, Stephen Baker, Wiley Allen, Jesse Allen, William R King

first  Opened a door for the reception of members            When Sarah A. Harp presented a letter from the Liberty Hill Church and was unanimously received a member Among us

second  Elder Evander David, presented a letter from the Deep Creek Church for himself and wife Elizabeth on Motion they were received Cordially rec'd Members with us

No other Business            Adjourned in order

Evander David Modr

Joel Baker Ckl

Church met in Conference Saturday before the first Sunday in June 1855   

No Conference

Church met In Conference Saturday before first Sabbath in July 1855.

Members present Wiley Allen, Charles Hendrick, W R King, J B Timmons, Stephen Baker

No Business              Adjourned in order

                                                E David Modr�

Joel Baker Clk

Church met in Conference Saturday before the first Sunday in August

No Conference

Church met in Conference Saturday before the first Sabbath in September 1855

Members present            Wiley Allen, Eli Allen, Jesse Allen, A Woodard, Stephen Baker, J. B. Timmons, W K King and Charles Hendrick

first  Cawled for Excuses  None

second  Appointed Brethern Evander David, Charles Hendrick and Jesse Allen as delegate to the Association  Joel Baker and Evander David to prepare a letter Agreed to send $1.50 for minutes            No other Business  Adjourned In order

                                                            E David Modr

                                                            Joel Baker Clk

Church met In Conference Saturday before the fourth Sabbath October 1855

Members present            Charles Hendrick, Wiley Allen, Eli Allen,

first  cawled for excuses            None

second sister Sarah Hayes petitioned for a letter of Dismission which was granted  NO other Business            Adjourned in Order

Evander David

Joel Baker Clk

Church met in Conference Saturday before the second Sabbath in February 1856

Members present Charles Hendrick, Stephen Baker, Wiley Allen, A Woodard

first  Cawled for Excuses None

second  Agreed to Continue Brother Charles Hendrick Treasurer as long as he was willing to continue In said office J B Timmons Collector

third  Agreed to hold Conference Meeting on Saturday before second Sunday in each Month thereafter

fourth  Agreed to indulge Watts for the Ballance of the interst $25 for last year untill  January next

first  Resolved that we would take up a collection on Sabbath of next meeting for the purpose of keeping a fund in our Treasury

No other Business Adjourned in order

E David Modr

Joel Baker Clk

Church met in Conference Saturday before the second Sabbath in March 1856

Members present Wiley Allen, Eli Allen John B Timmons, Stephen Baker, Jesse Allen, Charles Hendrick

first  Took the case of Brother Geo W Readfearn for not attending our church Meetings  On Motion of Bro Charles Hendrick he was unanimously Excluded from the fellowship of the Church

second Bro Charles Hendrick reported that he had paid Bro E. David for his Services for last year 1855

In accordance with the fifth Resolution of Our last meeting took up a Collection on Sunday to the amount of $6.15.  Col�lected on subscription last year $59.00 Interest on D Watts note in part for last year 25.00

$90.15 Paid Bro E David for last year $75.00

Ballance in the hands of Treasury 15.15

Church met In Conference Saturday before the second Sabbath in April 1856

Members present Wiley Allen, Eli Allen, Stephen Baker, Jesse Allen, Charles Hendrick, A Woodard, and J B Timmons

first  Cawled for the minutes of our last Meeting there

Being no references and Business before the Church on Motion

Adjourned in order

                                                Evander David Modr

Joel Baker Clk

Church met in Conference on the Saturday before the second Sabbath in May 1856

Members present Eli Allen, Wiley Allen

first  opened a door for the Reception of members

second  Agreed to Commune on Sunday

There being no other Business adjourned

E David Modr.

Church met on Saturday before second Sunday June 1856

Members present Wiley Allen, Eli Allen, Jesse Allen, Charles Hendrick, Abraham Woodard, Stephen Baker, John B Timmons

There being no business before the Church Adjourned

                                                            E David Modr

                                                            J Baker Clk

Church met in Conference Saturday before the second Sabbath of July 1856

Members present   Joel Baker, Stephen Baker

first  opened a door for the reception of members when Jinny a Black woman belonging to the Estate of Henry J King came forward and Related  a work of Grace on the Heart and was unanimously received as a Candidate for Baptisim

second  Agreed I to attend to the Ordinance of Baptism on Sunday of our next meeting

No other buslnesss             Adjourned in Order

E David Modr

Joel Baker Clk

Elizabeth Church met in Conference Saturday before the second Sunday in August 1856

Members present Wiley Allen, Eli Allen, Abraham Woodard, Charles Hendrick, Jesse Allen, John B Timmons, Stephen Baker

first  opened a door for the reception of members

second  Appointed Charles Hendrick to prepare a letter for the Association and have it ready to read before our next Conference

Met at the Waters on Sunday and baptised the Candidate that was Received at our last meeting

There being no other business adjourned in Order

E David Modr

Joel Baker Clk

 

Church met‑in Conference Saturday before second in September 1856

Members present  Charles Hendrick, Stephen Baker, Wiley Allen, Eli Allen, Jesse Allen, John B Timmons

first  Cawled for the letter to the Association on Notion of J B Timmons was received and the following Bretheren appointed to Bear It as our Delegates to the Association

second  Agreed to send $1.82 for minutes

third  The clerk preferred a charge against Pharo Belonging to James Burch for stealing  On motion he was Excluded from the Fellowship of the chruch

fourth  Sister Jane Goodwin petitioned for a letter of dismissal from this church which was granted

No other Business Adjourned in order

Evander David

Joel Baker Clk

Church met in Conference on Saturday before the second Sunday of December 1856

Members present  Charles Hendrick, Wiley Allen, Jesse Allen, Stephen Baker

first As John A Huntley had purchased the parsonage land from D Watts for which the church had Given sd Watts a bond for Title - he requested the church to make him a Title for the same

second  on Motion the church agreed to do so upon the Condition that he the sd Huntley gave  them his note with Good Security for $800 with interest from the first Jany 1867 and Complying with Conditions of D W Watts Bond

no other Business, Adjourned in order

Evander David Modr

Joel Baker Clk

 

N B  On same day appointed Joel Baker, Wiley Allen and Charles Hendrick a Committee to prepare a Deed  for this land mentioned and have it before our next Conference  It was agreed that all the male members sign the same to John A Hunley.

                                                E David

J Baker

Conference Meeting on Saturday before the second day in February 1857

Members present Wiley Allen, Jesse Allen, Stephen Baker, Abraham Woodard

first  Cawled for report of Committee appointed at our last meeting Committee reported Rec'd and sd Committee discharged            on Motion It was agreed all the male members to sign the deed prepared by the Committee To John A Huntley for the usual purpose therein mentioned A Note for $800 was given By John A Huntley to Bro Charles Hendrick Treasury of our Church for the Consideration of sd deed

No other Business Adjourned In order

E David Modr

Joel Baker Clk

 

Church sat In Conference on the Saturday before the second Sunday in May 1857

Members present  John B Timmons, Wiley Allen, Jesse Allen, Charles Hendrick and Abraham Woodard

first as there was no refference from last Meeting Agreed to read the Church Covenant at our next meeting.

Agreed to Commune on Sabbath of our next meeting            Adjourned

E David

Joel Baker

Church sat In Conference on Saturday before second in May 1857 (sic)

Members present  Charles Hendrick, Wiley Allen, Jesse Allen

first There being no unfinished business Read church Covenant

second Opened a door for the reception of members when Rebeccah A King and Mary Teal came forward with letters of Dimission In regular from the Church to which they Belonged

On Motion they were unanimously recevied as members with us

There Being no other Business adjourned

E David Modr

Joel Baker clk

N B agreed to Commune tomorrow

E David

J Baker

Church sat in Conference on Saturday before the second Sunday of June 1857

Members present: Charles Hendrick, John B Timmons, A Woodward

first appointed E David, J B Timmons and C Hendrick a committee to visit Brother Rufus King and Enquire as to the Cause of is Absence from our Conference Meetings and report at our next meeting

Being no other her Busingess Adjourned

E David Modr

Joel Baker Clk

Sunday met at the Water and Administrated the Ordinance of Baptism to Serena a Black woman belonging to Dr. A. Myers Returned to the house and Received by letter Fereby Brantley

Church met in Conference on Saturday before the second Sabbath of July 1857

Members present  Stephen Baker, A. Woodward, Charles Hendrick, and John B Timmons

first opened a door for the reception of members when Margaret Alsobrooks came forward and said that she had been Pardoned for her past conduct and in a full Confession of her guilt. She was unanimously restored to the fellowship of the Church

second Cawled for the receipt of the Committy appointed to visit Bro Rufus King  Committy reported that they had seen Bro King and that he gave no satisfactory reason why he did hot attend the Church But told them he did not think he was fit to be in the church and that he thought some of the rest of the members was in the same condition ‑ Report received and committee discharged            Took up the case of Bro King on motion he was Excluded from

the fellowship of the Church

No other Business  Adjourned

E David Modr

Joel Baker Clk

Chruch sat in Conference on Saturday before the second Sabbath in August 1857

Members present S Baker, J B Timmons Jesse Allen, A Woodard, Charles Hendrick

first  appointed E David to write a letter to our next Association and have it ready for Inspection before our next Conference            appointed Brethern E  David, Jesse Allen, and John B Timmons as Delegates to the Association

No other Business  Adjourned

E David

Joel Baker

Church met in conference Saturday before the second Sabbath in September 1858

Members present           Charles Hendrick, John B Timmons, Jesse Allen, Abraham Woodard, Stephen Baker

first  Brother Joel Baker presented a letter of Dismission from the Willow Creek Church Marion District, S C for Willaby a Black woman belonging to H T King

second On Motion the letter was Received and the right hand of fellowship Extended to her on Sunday

third the letter to the Association was read and received

fourth There being a report against sister Mary Autry charging her of being in a family way

fifth Appointed Brethern Stephen Baker and Charles Hendrick to Enquire into her case and report at our next meeting

sixth Appointed Brethern Evander David Stephen Baker and Joel Baker Delegates to the Association

seventh Agreed to send one dollar and fifty cents for Minutes

There being no other business Adjourned in Order

E David Modr

Joel Baker C Clk

Church met in Conference Saturday before the second Sunday in October 1858

Members present            Charles Hendrick, Jesse Allen, Stephen Baker, John B Timmons and Joel Baker

As the Pastor of the Church was not present on Motion Brother Watt King was appointed Moderator

first Cawled for the report of the Committee appointed to visit Sister Mary Autry Committee report that they had� visited Sister Mary Autry and found her to be in a Family way as was reported of her.

second Report received and Committee discharged

third ‑ Took up, the case of Sister Mary Autry and on Motion of Bro J B Timmons she was unanimously Excluded from the Fellowship of the Church

fourth Bro John B Timmons made his acknowledgements for Acts of interference and showed deep marks of penitence for the same whereupon the Church agreed to forgive him

There being no other Business Adjourned‑in order

Matthew Atkinson Modr

Joel Baker C Clk

At a Cauled meeting Monday after the fist Sabbath in November 1858 the Church Agreed to call a pastor for the next year and on taking the vote of the Church it found the Rev. A. L. Stough was unanimously Elected As Pastor for the next year Appointed Bro J Baker to inform Bro Stough of the call of the Church         

Bro Stough accepted the Call and the Church agreed to give him $100 for his services

Joel Baker C Clk

Church met in Conference Saturday before the second Sabbath in May 1858 (sic)

Members present            Charles Hendrick, Jesse Allen, Stephen Baker, John B Timmons

There being no Business Adjourned in order

E David Modr

Joel Baker

On Sunday opened a Door for the reception of Members when Caleb a slave Belonging to Dr. A. Myers handed in a letter from the Brown Creek Church, Anson County, North Carolina and was received as a member among us

Church met in Conference Saturday March 12th 1859

The Pastor A S Stough preached an excellent sermon from John 5:39. "Search the Scriptures" after which the Church Convened in Conference

T M Baker presented a letter of Dismission from Mount Olive Church and upon Motion by J B Timmons was received in full fellowship

There being no other business the Church Adjourned

N B By the request of Bro Evander David letters of dismissal were granted to him and his wife Elizabeth

J Baker C Clerk

Church met in Conference Saturday before second Sunday July 1859

Members present             Jesse Allen, Stephen Baker, J B Timmons, Charles Hendrick, T M Baker

first Opened a door for reception of Members when Barbaary H King presented  a letter of Dismission from the Mount Olive Church and was (page broken off)

S L Stough Modr

J Baker C Clk

Church met in Conference Saturday September the 17, 1859

Members present            Charles Hendrick, Stephen Baker, J B Timmons, Tell Baker

there being no refference from our last meeting

first Brother Joel Baker prefered a charge against sister Martha Hancock stating the fact that she was in a family way

On motion she was Excluded from the fellowship of this church

second Appointed Bro Joel Baker Delegate to the Association and to prepare a letter for the same  Also appointed Bro Joel Baker Delegate to Brown Creek Association if we get a letter from the Moriah Association and agreed to send

$1.50 for the minutes of the Brown Creek Association

third It was moved that we go into a cawl for a pastor for the next year            It was left ot a vote Whereupon A L Stough got the unanimous vote of the Church and was Declared and E..... (page broken)

Met in Conference Saturday‑before the second Sunday March 1860

Members present Charles Hendrick, Stephen Baker, Eli Allen, Jesse Allen, John B Timmons

Sermon by our Pastor A L Stough from Romans 14th Chapter and 19th verse Bro Joel Baker Refered a Charge against Willsby a Black sister the property of H T King for Being in a family way; on Motion she was unanimously Excluded from the fellowship of the church

A L Stough Modr

J Baker C Clk

Church met in Conference Saturday before the second Sunday in April 1860

Members present Charles Hendrick, Eli Allen, Jesse Woodard, Stephen Baker

Our Pastor being absent Brother S H Alsobrook was Elected Moderator

first Bro Joel Baker asked for a letter of dismission for Lucy a Black sister Belonging to J S Burch on Motion it was unanimously granted   and the clerk requested to write this letter and sign it in behalf of the Church

No other Business Adjourned in‑Order

S H Alsobrook Modr

J Baker C Clk

The church met in Conference on Saturday before the second Sabbath in June 1860

Members present             J B Timmons Stephen Baker, Charles Hendrick, Jesse Allen

Sermon from our Pastor Jeremiah 8th Chapter and 6th verse

first read the rules of Decorum

second Sister Mary Jane Johnson asked for a letter of Dismission to Join the Deep Creek church and on Motion her request was granted

On Motion adjourned in order

A L Stough Modr

Joel Baker C Clk

(page 25 October 1860 missing)

Church met in Conference Saturday before second Sunday November 1860

Members present            Charles Hendrick, Stephen Baker, Jesse Allen, Eli Allen, Eli M Baker

No reference from our last meeting

first Eli Allen Asked for a letter of Dismission for himself and wife Mahala Allen and on motion of Bro Baker his request :was granted and the clerk requested to rite the same and hand It over to them�

There Being no other business Adjourned in Order

A L Stough Modr

Joel Baker Clk

Church met in Conference Saturday before the second Sunday in February 1861

Members present Charles Hendrick, Jesse Allen, Stephen Baker, A. Woodard, Tell Baker

first  Agreed to adopt Cossey Choice as our him Book for the future

No other business             Adjourned

A L Stough Modr

Joel Baker C Clk

Church met in Conference Saturday before the second Sabbath in May 1861

Members present            Stephen Baker, Charles Hendrick, Jesse Allen, Turner M Baker

first Bro Joel Baker asked for a letter of Dismission for Bro John B Timmons and sister Sarah P. Timmons

second  On motion it was unanimously granted             There being no other Business church Adjourned in order

A Head Modr

Joel Baker Clerk

Protracted meeting Commenced Saturday before the first Sunday in August 1861 and continued untill the second Sunday

During the week Received two members for Baptism Mary E Sellers and Edna T Baker and received by letter from Hopewell church William Brantley. There was great interest taken in Meeting            During the meeting our much Esteemed Pastor Laboured faithfully During the whole time with the assistance of Brother Wheldon for two days, the church appeared to be revived and sinners were made to feel that there was reality in the religion of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ

Met at the waters on the last Sunday; and Baptised Mary E Sellers and Edna T Baker after which returned to Church when Bro Head and Bro Whilden Both Preached a Sermon and Meeting was Dismissed

Church met in Conference Saturday and Sunday the second in December 1862

Members present            Joel Baker and Charles Hendrick

first Opened the Door of the church for the reception of Members Bro Elder T Head and wife Rebecca Presented a letter from Waxhaw Church and on Motion they were unanim�ously Received as members of this church

No other Business the church adjourned in order

A Head Modr

Joel Baker Clk

Church sat in Conference Saturday before the second Sunday May 13th 1865

Members present            Stephen Baker, Jesse Allen, James Green, G W Huntley, and (F) B C Baker

first Bro James Green asked for a letter of Dismissal from our church to Join the Mount Olive church and was unanimously granted

Extended the right hand of fellowship to G W Huntley and J B C Baker who was present from the Army

third Open a door for the reception of members

Sylvanus Head Modr

Joel Baker c clk

Church sat in Conference Saturday before the second Sunday, Dec 1865

Members present           Charles Hendrick, Jesse Allen, A Woodard, J B C Baker

first Mary F Parker asked for a letter of Dismission which was unanimously granted

No other Business  Adjourned

A Head modr

Joel Baker Clk

Church met in Conference saturday before the second Sabbath January 1867

Members Present            Stephen Baker, Jesse Allen, A Woodard, William Brantley, Charles Hendrick, H Allen

first Cauled for Excuses

William Brantley made Excuse for not Attending our last meeting and was satisfactory

Brother Daniel Bone sent his Excuse for being absent at this and our last meeting which was unanimously received

Also Brother E T King sent his Excuse for being Absent at this meeting which was received

NO other Business            Adjourned in order

A Head Modr

J Baker Clk

Church met in Conference 29th March 1867

Members present            A Woodard, Jesse Allen, Hardy Allen, Charles Hendrick

first Marion Beeson, Abraham Woodard, Susannah Woodard, Elliza Woodard called for letters of Dismission            on Motion letters were granted to all of the applicants            the Clerk to prepare the letters and hand them to them as soon as Convenient

No other Business Adjourned in order

Brother Head Resigned his Pastoral Care of the Church

                                                            A Head Modr

Joel Baker clk

Church met in Conference Saturday before second Sunday June 1867

Members present            Charles Hendrick, Stephen Baker, Jesse Allen, Willilam Hendrick, Felix G Baker

first Brother Jesse Allen Prefered a charge against Brother Daniel Boan for improper Conduct

second Appointed a Committee to visit Bro Boan to investigate the case and report at our next meeting            Appointed Brother Jesse Allen and W C Baker committee to visit Brother Boan.

third The Saturday before the second Sunday in July next to call a preacher for the next year

No other Business Church adjourned in order

James Green Modr

Joel Baker Clerk

Church met in Conference Saturday before the second Sunday July 1867

Members present            Charles Hendrick, Jesse Allen, Stephen Baker, F G Baker

first Called for reception of Committee appointed at our last meeting to visit Brother Bone Report of Committee            is as follows that they have seen Bro Bone that he is in part denied the Charge Against, him but wished the Church to

Exclude him in fact The Committee was satisfied that he was guilty

second on Motion report received and Committee Disch�arged

third Took up Bro Bone on Motion of Bro Joel Baker he was Excluded from the fellowship of the church

No other Business Adjourned

Charles Hendrick Mod

Joel Baker Clk

N B A unanimous Call for Bro Silas Fincher for our Pastor for the next year and Bro Joel (torn or broker off)

Church Met in Conference Saturday before second Sunday January 1868

Members present            Charles Hendrick, Jesse Allen, Wiley Allen, Hardy Allen,

F G Baker, J Baker and William Hendrick

first  a charge was Prefered against Martha A Hendrick for Bastardy            It was fully known by all the Members present that she was Guilty   The Church agreed to Exclude her from the Fellowship without any further Consideration

second Bro S Head Reported Bro F G Baker for or Getting Drunk after some Remarks from Bro Jesse Allen and others and from Marks of Repentances from Bro F G Baker and his promising not to do so any more the Church unanimously agreed to Excuse him

third Sister Mary Teal Petitions the Church for letter of Dismissal for herself and three daughters Elizabeth T, Martha T and Sarah T            On Motion of Bro Joel Baker letter was Granted‑to all‑of the above named sisters

fourth Bro Joel Baker reported to  this Church that the Money Belonging to the church for which holds a note against John A Huntley for $800 had been paid him in 1868            Except $100 that was paid in 1860 had died on his hands in bonds when the Confederacy went up Except $60 which the church agreed  to pay for repairing of our house of Worship which work was Done in 1859 

$60 paid out of the money collect�ed in 1860

On motion of Bro. Jesse Allen the church agreed unanimously to give

Bro Baker his note which the Treasurer of this Church held against him for the amount of $800 and not to hold him responsible for the same, as the money was entirely useless to any person            No other Business Adjourned in order

Church met in Conference Saturday before second Sunday April 1868

(no members present given)

first  Susannah M King handed in a letter of Dismission from Bethel Church, Union County, N.C.

Church met in Conference May 9 1868

(no members present given)

first Wiley Allen and wife request letters of Dismissal to Join the Cross Roads Church

Rebecca Jordan came forward and Said she had found forgiveness for the Crime she had been guilty of and showed markes of Repentance for the same On motion of Jesse Allen the church agreed to forgive her

No other business the Church adjourned

Leonadis Loury Modr 

Joel Baker Clerk

Church sat in Conference saturday before second Sunday June 18 1868

A charge prefered against Eliza Welsh for being in family way She was Excluded on Motion of Jesse Allen

A letter of Dismissal for Wincesy Allen   Name could not be found  Said she was Baptised in October 1839 by Rev. Wiley T Fones in the presence of a good many persons            Some of whom she named but all are since dead

No other business church adjourned in Order

                                                            Leonadis Lowry Modr

                                                            J Baker Clerk

Church sat in Conference Saturday before second Sunday of July 1868

Hardy Allen called for letters of Dismissal to join Cross Roads Church            On Motion letter was granted

No other Business Meeting adjourned in order

Church sat in Conference January 12th 1869

William Timmons requested a letter of Dismissal to join a church near him in Mississippi.            On Motion Ietter was granted

No other business            Adjourned

Church met in Conference March 1869

Rebecca Helton asked for letter of Dismission which on

Motion was granted

No other Business            Adjourned in order

Church met in Conference Saturday August 10th 1870

Harriet McBride asked for letter of Dismission to join Hopewell Church

G W Huntley was Excluded for retailing Spiritous Liquors

No other Business            Adjourned

Church met in Conference Saturday September 11th 1871

Sarah Hancock came forward and (?protestrated) and after making the nessary acknowledgements and Shewing marks of Repentance she was restored to the full fellowship of the Church

No other Business            Adjourned

Church Sat in Conference Saturday December 12th 1872

Rebecca J Hilton and Frances Hilton asked for and received letters of Dismission

Church sat in Conference Saturday January 11th 1873

Deacon John Nicholson and wife Rebecca presented letters of Dismissal from Cross Roads and were received on Motion of Charles Hendrick

Church met in Conference Saturday September 12th 1873

Daniel Bone was restored to the Church

Wincey Allen presented a letter of Dismission from Cross Roads Church

Church met in Conference Saturday August 9th 1873

Martha A Horne was Baptized

Church sat in Conference Saturday November 1873

Daniel Bone now among members present

Opened door for members Caswell Leonard, Mary Leonard and Mary Jones dismissed from Hopewell Church and Mount Morlah Association to join this church

Church sat in Conference March 7th 1874

William T Baker and wife Louisa joined by letter

Stephen Timmons, Sr and wife Melinda, Stephen Timmons, Jr and wife Laura, all coloured, asked for letters of Dismission which on motion were granted

Church met in Conference April 11th 1874

Margaret Hilton handed in a letter of Dismission from Cross Roads Church

Church sat in Conference Saturday September 12th 1874

Joel Baker reported Margaret Alsobrook not living as she should with her husband, abusing of him and causing him (as) her abusing Language to leave home for some days    On Motion she was Excluded

Church met in Conference Saturday before second Sunday July 1875

Wilson Stancil and wife Lucy joined by letter from Cross Roads

A Protracted Meeting was held in August 1875 for ten days.  Persons joined and Baptized were: Sarah A Green, Frances Huntley, Elizabeth Steele, William H. Horne, James Horne, William Burch, Moultrie Burch, James Burch, & David J. Hendrick by letter from Cross Roads

Church met in Conference Saturday November 10, 1875

Excluded Huldah Massey who married Phillip Rivers for quitting us and joining the Methodist church

Excluded ezekiel T King for Bastardy

Church met in Conference Saturday before second Sunday January 1876

Sister Elizabeth Johnson returns her letter which she had taken to Hopewell where she became disatisfied and requested this church to take it back

Church met In Conference Saturday February 12th 1876

Received by Sister Susannah Boan from the Cross Roads Church

Appointed a Committee of two to visit Sister Lou Beeson who it is said is a habitual Dancer and Ascertain if said Report is true and Report at our next Meeting.

Church sat In conference Saturday March 11th 1876

first opened a door of the Church for the Reception of Members when Mary Jane Gulledge handed in a letter from the Cross Roads church and on Motion she was Received a member with us

second Cawled for the Report of the Committee appointed at our last meeting

third Report received and Committee Discharged

fourth Excused sister Beeson for Dancing upon her Confessing her Error and promising to do so no more

Church sat In Conference Saturday June 10 1876

There being no business adjourned

On Sunday opened a door for the Reception of Members James Johnson, Green Cato and wife Elizabeth handed in letters from Hopewell church and on motion they were Received as members with us

church sat In Conference Saturday July 18 1876

Opened a door for Reception of members when Eliza Gibson handed in a letter of dismissal from Cross Roads

Church sat in Conference Saturday August 12, 1876

Opened a door for the Reception of Members. Eliza Brantley joined by Baptism

Church met In Conference Sturday December 12th 1876

Clara Gulledge joined by letter from Hopewell Church

Church met in Conference Saturday March 8, 1877

James Johnson and wife Elizabeth, Green Cato and wife Elizabeth and Lauretta Cato asked for letters of Dismissals to join a new church to be Constituted at Chesterfield Court House

THE ELIZABETH CHURCH IN CONFERENCE

AUGUST 17TH, 1889

RESOLVED by the Church that this page be dedicated to the memory of our departed Deacon, Brother Joel Baker who departed this life on the 12th December 1888 after Serving the church as Deacon and Clerk for near half Sentury, Faithfully and Acceptably, as our Chosen leader the Lord having endowed him with Sufficient Grace to councell Wisely in all matters pertaining to his Church Militant exhorting to Charity doing to others as you would have them do unto you.

we feel Sorely the loss of our esteemed brother as Counselor both by precept and example            May the life he lived here among us Serving faithfully his Church for the Cause of his Lord and Master be as a light to guide us Into all truth.

DONE IN CONFERENCE IN MEMORY OF JOEL BAKER