Delegates from Sevier County Churches to Tennessee Baptist Association 1803-1862
Elaine R. Wells and Beulah S. Linn, Sevier County Historian
A copy of the original 345 page handwritten manuscript entitled "Minutes of the Tennessee Association of United Baptists 1802-1862" in the Carson Newman College Library was transcribed and typed by Elaine R. Wells of Clabourne, Texas, courtesy of Mr. Al Lang, archivist. The typed 282-page document is now in the Carson Newman College Library.
The Tennessee Association Minutes record the activities of the association, the names of delegates from the churches and whether or not the association received a letter from the church. The letter recorded the number of members received by experience or letter, the number of letters of dismission, the number of members excommunicated, the number of members deceased and the total membership.
Family historians will find the names of many delegates whose name has not been preserved in census records.
The minutes begin with page 3 recording the plan of the association and end with the minutes of the October meeting in 1862.
Boyds Creek Baptist Church
1803 William Johnson, Ezekiel Stone; 1804 William Johnson, Richard Davis; 1805 William Johnson, Ezekiel Stone; 1806 William Johnson, Samuel Eakin, John Nicholson; 1807 William Johnson; 1808 William Johnson, Samuel Eakin; 1809 William Johnson, Samuel Eakin; 1810 Samuel Eakin; 1811 Samuel Eakin, Joel Haggard, Richard Levi; 1812 Elijah Rogers, Rice Levi, ______ Fulkerson; 1813 Elijah Rogers; 1814 Elijah Rogers, Joel Haggard, Rice Levi; 1815 Joel Haggard, Elijah Rogers, Rice Levi; 1816 Elijah Rogers, Rice Levi; 1817 Elijah Rogers; 1818 Elijah Rogers, Rice Levi; 1819 Elijah Rogers, Rice Levi; 1820 E. Rogers, L. Stansberry, L. Whittle; 1821 Elijah Rogers, Levi Whittle; 1822 Elijah Rogers, Levi Whittle; 1823 Elijah Rogers, Thomas Jordan; 1824 Elijah Rogers, Edmund Hodges; 1825 Elijah Rogers, Levi Whittle; 1826 Elijah Rogers, William Hodges; 1827 minutes missing; 1828 Elijah Rogers, Samuel Stockton; 1829 Elijah Rogers, Levi Whittle; 1830 Elijah Rogers, Thomas Jordan; 1831 minutes missing; 1832 E. Rogers, L. Whittle; 1833 Elijah Rogers, William Hodges; 1834 E. Rogers, J. Johnson; 1835 E. Rodgers, J. Randles, D. Ledgerwood; 1836 E. Rodgers, W. Hodges; 1837 E. Rodgers, W. Hodges, W. Ellis; 1838 E. Rodgers, L. Whittle; 1839 E. Rodgers; 1840 R. Gatlin; 1841 John Randles; 1842 J. Randles, J. Ellis; 1843 William Hodges, R. McCroskey; 1844 William Hodges, William Randles; 1845 William Hodges, J. Randles; 1846 David McCroskey; 1847 D. McCroskey, W. Randles; 1848 J.W. Houk; 1849 W.H. Hodges, W.M. Burnett, D. McCroskey; 1850 D. McCroskey; 1851 W.M. Burnett, J. Johnson; 1852 N.B. Goforth, W.D. Hodges; 1853 J. Cowan, W.M. Burnett; 1854 W. Ellis, W.H. Cowan; 1855 C. Chandler, J.M. Wade; 1856 J. Houk, E. Ballard; 1857 J. Houk, D. McCroskey; 1858 C. Chandler; 1859 D. McCroskey, N.B. Goforth, J. Gaut, J. Ellis; 1860 H.L. Houk; 1861 D. McCroskey; 1862 J. Houk, J.H. Morton, G. Wade, C. Chandler, D. McCroskey
Forks of Little Pigeon Baptist Church
1803 Richard Wood, Isom Guin, Ebenezer Leath, Spencer Clack; 1804 Richard Wood, Elijah Rogers; 1805 Richard Wood, Henry Haggard, John H. Scruggs, John Hatcher, John Chasteen, George Oldham; 1806 Richard Wood, Elijah Rodgers, Abraham Slover, George Oldham, Spencer Clack; 1807 Richard Wood, John Hatcher, George Long, Spencer Clack, George Oldham; 1808 Richard Wood, Daniel Duggan; 1809 Richard Wood, Spencer Clack, Daniel Duggan, Steven Oldham, Abraham Slover; 1810 Richard Wood, William Maples, George Oldham; 1811 Richard Wood, Elijah Rodgers, Eben Leath, Stephen Oldham, George Oldham, Spencer Clack; 1812 Richard Wood, Ebenezer Leath, H. Parrott, John Selvage, Stephen Oldham, Spencer Clack; 1813 Richard Wood, John Hatcher, Joseph Bishop; 1814 Richard Wood, Jonas Moon, William Wood, John Hatcher; 1815 Richard Wood, Jonas Moon, John Hatcher, Thomas Williams, William Maples, Spencer Clack, Ebenezer Leath, George Long, William Wood, John Roberts; 1816 Richard Wood, William Wood, John Roberts, Henry Parrott, George Long; 1817 Richard Wood, George Long, John Lindsey, William Wood; 1818 Richard Wood, Daniel Layman, Thomas Williams, George Long, Henry Parrott, William Wood; 1819 Richard Wood, George Long, Daniel Layman, Henry Parrott; 1820 R. Wood, G. Long, W. Henderson, Henry Parrott; 1821 Richard Wood, Jonas Moon, John Moon, J.P. Wood, William Ogle; 1822 Richard Wood, Henry Parrott; 1823 Richard Wood, Henry Parrott, John Roberts, John Lindsey; 1824 Richard Wood, William Henderson; 1825 Richard Wood, Richard Varnell, Isaac A. Miller, John Roberts, Jacob Denton, Joseph Wood; 1826 Richard Wood, Isaac A. Miller, Layman Jones; 1827 minutes missing; 1828 Richard Wood, I.A. Miller, 1829 Richard Wood, J. Adams, I.A. Miller; 1830 Johnson Adams, I.A. Miller; 1831 minutes missing; 1832 W. White, E. Roberts, I.A. Miller; 1833 W. White; W. Bogle, I.A. Miller; 1834 William Henderson, I.A. Miller; 1835 E. Roberts, I.A. Miller; 1836 E. Roberts; 1837 E. Roberts, W. Toonar, R.S. Shields; 1838 William White, Eli Roberts; 1839 C. McKenzie, E. Roberts; 1840 R. Shields; 1841 E. Roberts, H. McKenzie; 1842-1843 none; 1844 Eli Roberts
Sevierville Baptist Church
1845 Curtis Mills; 1846 C. Mills, S.L. Crow; 1847 A. Layman, J. Mullendore; 1848 J.M. Henderson, G.C. Blair; 1849 W. Henderson, H. Blair; 1850 J.C. Yett; 1851 G. Seratt, J.W. Chambers, B.C. Andes; 1852 J. Ray, Wm. Henderson, J.C. Yett; 1853 C.M. Hardin; 1854 J. Ray, C. Mills; 1855 John Mullendore; 1856 none; 1857 J.C. Yett, J. Thomas; 1858 E. Brown; 1859 E.L. Mullendore, William H. Yett, J.M. Thomas; 1860-1862 none.
Wears Cove Baptist Church
1810 Isham Guin, Richard Davis; 1811 Henry Haggard, Charles Coulter; 1812 Parsons Davis, John Wood; 1813 Noah Haggard; 1814 Noah Haggard, Joshua Sims; 1815 Noah Haggard; 1816 Thomas Walker, Mignon Boaz; 1817-1824 none; 1825 Christopher F. Winder; 1826 C.F. Winder; 1827 minutes missing; 1828 R. Davis, W. Davis, E. James; 1829-1830 Edward James; 1831 minutes missing; 1832 J. Adams, D. Cunningham; 1833 J. Rush, D. Cunningham; 1834-1835 D. Cunningham; 1836 J. Adams, T. Ridings; 1837 D. Cunningham, G. Bryant; 1838 C. Cunningham; 1839 M. Cunningham, D. Cunningham; 1840 J. Adams, G. Bryant; 1841 D. Cunningham, J. Adams; 1842 D. Cunningham, J. Patty, M. Cunningham, W.M. Compton; 1843 J. Adams; 1844 none; 1845 Johnson Fancher, William Adams; 1846 D. Cunningham; 1847 D. Cunningham, W. Adams; 1848 D. Cunningham; 1849 W. Hatcher, W.M. Compton; 1850 J. Adams, 1851 J. Patty, M. Compton; 1852 A. Cook; 1853 P. Headrick, J. Patty; 1854 none; 1855 J. Fancher, A. Salts; 1856 Alexander Salts; 1857 J. Fancher; 1858 J. Headrick, G. King; 1859 J. Headrick, L. Fancher; 1860-1862 none.
Bethel Baptist Church
1820 Daniel Layman, Thomas Williams; 1821 J. Ridings, S. Layman, G. Oldham; 1822 George Oldham; 1823 George Oldham, Arthur McFalls; 1824 Daniel Layman, George Oldham, Edward James, Jeremiah Martin; 1825 Daniel Layman, George Oldham, Edward James; 1826 Daniel Layman, John Gilbert, Abraham Lillard; 1827 minutes missing; 1828 Daniel Layman, Jasper Moon; 1829 Daniel Layman, Samuel Pharis; 1830 Daniel Duggan, Tillery Hill; 1831 minutes missing; 1832 D. Layman, W.C. Maples; 1833 D. Layman, J. Pharis, W.C. Maples; 1834 A. Conatser, J. Benson; 1835 D. Layman, S. Pharis; 1836 W. Ogle, S. Allen; 1837 A. Conatser, W. Ogle; 1838 S. Layman, A. Conatser, William Ogle, William Thomas; 1839 A. Conatser, S. Allen; 1840 A. Conatser, William Thomas; 1841 Daniel Layman; 1842 A. Conatser, G. Gann; 1843 A. Conatser, M. Howard; 1844 Daniel Layman, James Benson; 1845 Daniel Layman, Absolom Allen; 1846 A. Conatser; 1847 A. Conatser, J. Ferguson; 1848 L. Howard, C. Fox; 1849 A. Conatser, S. Allen, J. Ferguson; 1850 A. Conatser, W. Low, J.H. Frame; 1851 P. Maples; 1852 none; 1853 A. Conatser; 1854 T. Maples, L.A. Howard, A. Conatser; 1855 T. Maples, L.A. Maples, L.A. Howard; 1856 none; 1857 P.M. Maples, C. Fox; 1858 J. Ferguson, Jr., A. Conatser; 1859 J.H. Frame, J. Ferguson Jr., S.S. Brown; 1860 T. Brown, J. Ferguson Jr.; 1861-1862 none.
Pappaw Hollow Baptist Church
1820 R. Levi, W. Burnett; 1821 Jacob Routh, Matthias Teague, William Routh, Zaccheus Routh; 1822 Jacob Routh, William Burnett; 1823 William Maples, Will Burnett, Israel Wilson; 1824 Israel Wilson, John Burnett; 1825 Israel Wilson, Zaccheus Routh; 1826 Matthias Teague, William Burnett; 1827 minutes missing; 1828 John Burnett, Matthias Teague; 1829 none; 1830 John Burnett; 1831 minutes missing; 1832 W. Burnett, J. Burnett; 1833 W. Burnett, J. Routh; 1834 J. Routh, I. Teague; 1835 E. Routh; 1836 T. Elledge, _____ Elledge; 1837 Edward Routh; 1838 L. Jones, E. Routh; 1839 L. Jones, E. Routh, H. Russell; 1840 A. Douglas, P. Clifton; 1841 J. Wilson, L. Jones, William Mills; 1842 R. Pilant, J. Routh, R. Gatlin; 1843 none; 1844 A. Douglas, J. Routh, J. Teague; 1845 A. Douglas, A. Smith, I. Harper; 1846-1847 B. Roberts, A. Smith; 1848 A. Douglas, W. Mills; 1849 W. Mills, J. Haggard, J. Long; 1850 R.D. Cate, R. Pilant; 1851-1852 J. Douglas, J. Haggard, W. Mills; 1853 W. Mills, J. Long, J. Douglas; 1854 Wm. Mills, J. Long; 1855 J. Brady, I. Wilson; 1856 W. Mason, A.J. Douglas; 1857 none; 1858 J. Haggard, A. Smith; 1859 J.L. Haggard; 1860 R.B. Cate; 1861 J.L. Haggard, T. Hickman; 1862 W. Clifton, I. Wilson, A.P. Smith
Providence Baptist Church
1828 J. Denton, Thomas Atchley, Sr.; 1829 T. Atchley, S. Pate, G. Russell, L. Jones; 1830 Joseph P. Wood, Samuel Pate; 1831 minutes missing; 1832 W. Russell; 1833 J. Lindsey, J. Langston; 1834 John Hatcher; 1835 S. Pate, J. Hatcher; 1836 S. Pate, G.W. Russell; 1837 S. Pate; 1838-1849 none; 1850 B. Atchley; 1851 L. Lindsey, M. Atchley; 1852 M. Long; 1853 B. Atchley, J. Brooks, G. Whalen; 1854 T. Lindsey, T. Langston; 1855 J. E. Catlett, Gardner Whalen; 1856 Gardner Whalen, S. Lindsey; 1857 B. Atchley, S. Catlett, J.E. Atchley; 1858 J. Hatcher; 1859 G. Whalen, J. Atchley; 1860-1861 none; 1862 A.C. Catlett, M.C.R. Atchley
Alder Branch Baptist Church
1830 John Lindsey, Isaac Atchley; 1831 minutes missing; 1832 J. Haggard, J. Atchley; 1833 L. Reneau, J. Atchley; 1834 L. Reneau, C. Hodges; 1835 M. Haggard, J. Atchley, S. Catlett; 1836 A. Bowers, J. Atchley; 1837 J. Haggard; 1838 William Atchley, S. Cannon; 1839 William Atchley, T. Catlett, T. Langston; 1840 R. James, R. Atchley; 1841 T. Lindsey, R. Atchley; 1842 A. Bowers; 1843 L. Reneau, R. Atchley; 1844 Robert Atchley, S. Catlett, Lewis Reneau; 1845 George Catlett, George W. Atchley, Lewis Reneau; 1846 L. Reneau, R. James; 1847 R. Atchley; 1848 J. Ray, R. Atchley; 1849 P.M. Atchley, J. Haggard, W. Ellis; 1850 none; 1851 W. Atchley, R. Atchley, G.W. Atchley' 1852 none; 1853 J. Gaut, W. Atchley; 1854-1855 none; 1856 J. Roberts, B. Atchley; 1857 Wm. Ellis, Wm. Atchley, R. Atchley; 1858 J.E. Serratt; 1859 none; 1860 G.A. Atchley; 1861-1862 none
White Oak Flats Baptist Church
1837 W. Ogle, J. Evans; 1838 H. Ogle, J. Evans; 1839-1841 none; 1842 S. Huskey; 1842-1844 none; 1845 James Ogle; 1846 none; 1847 W. Ogle Sr., W. Whaley; 1848 E. Ogle; 1849 W. Ogle, J. Ogle; 1850 none; 1851 E. Ogle; 1852 J. Whaley; 1853 J. Martin; 1854 none; 1855 I. Bradley, N. Ogle; 1856 none; 1857 R. Evans, E. Ogle, J. Whaley; 1858 E. Ogle, 1859-1862 none
Red Bank Baptist Church
1840 D. Frazier; 1841 D. Frazier, I. Drummond; 1842 W. Onbey; 1843-1845 none; 1846 R.S. Clark; 1847 D. Branam, R.S. Clark; 1848 F.S. Emit, J. Drinnen; 1849 F.S. Emert, J.B. Clark, J. Ferguson; 1850 J. Ferguson, W. James; 1851 J. Ferguson; 1852 W. James; 1853 J. Drinnen, J. Ogle; 1854 J.B. Clark; 1855 W. James, J. Drinnen; 1856 none; 1857 F.S. Emmett; 1858-1862 none
Emets Cove Baptist Church
1843 J. Jarnigan. Only record.
Jones Chapel Baptist Church
1849 J. Russell, D. Layman, J. Thurman; 1850 J. Russell; 1851 J. Russell, J. Parrott, J. Blair; 1852 D. Jones; 1853 J. Russell, D. Jones; 1854 John Russell, G. W. Archer, D. Layman; 1855 J. Russell, W. Burchfield; 1856 G. W. Archer; 1857 J. Russell, A.M. Layman, G. Jones, W. Burchfield; 1858 none; 1859 J. Parrott, M.C. Murphy, J.H. Jones; 1860 J.L. Archer, H.S. Blair; 1861-1862 none
Sugar Loaf Baptist Church
1855 J.M. Evans, A. Bowers, C. Johnson; 1856 C. Johnson, J.M. Evans; 1857 J. Brown; 1858 J. Brown, W. Latham, J.M. Murray; 1859 J. Brown, W. Burnett; 1860 J.M. Evans, W.M. Burnett; 1861 none; 1862 C. Johnson
Henderson Chapel Baptist Church
1860 J. Thomas, E. Brown; 1861 none; 1862 E. Brown, Jr.
A Creed of Religious principles: being an Extract from John
Applicants Register; with some small Exceptions---
Article 1st WE believe in one only true and living God, and that there are three persons in the Godhead (viz) the Father, the Son, the Holy Ghost.
Article 2nd WE believe that the scriptures of the old and new Testaments are the word of God; and the Only rule of all saving knowledge and Obedience.
Article 3rd WE believe in the doctrines of Election, According to the foreknowledge of God.
Article 4th WE believe in the doctrine of Original Sin.
Article 5th WE believe in mans impotency to recover himself from the fallin state he is in by his own freewill ability.
Article 6th WE believe that sinners are justifyed in the sight of God: Only by the imputed Righteousness of Jesus ____________.
Article 7th WE believe that the Elect According to God's foreknowledge, will be called, Converted, Regenerated and Sanctifyed by the Holy Spirit.
Article 8th WE believe that the Saints will persevere in Grace and never fall finally away.
Article 9th WE believe that Baptism and the Lord's Supper are Ordinances of Jesus Christ and that true believers are the only subjects of these Ordinances; and that the true Mode of Baptism is by immersion.
Article 10th WE believe in the Resurrection of the dead and a general judgement.
Article 11th WE believe that the punishment of the Wicked will be Everlasting; and that the Joys of the Righteous will be Eternal.
Article 12th WE believe that no Minister have a right to the Administration of the Ordinances, only such as are legally called; and come under impossition of hands by the presbytery.
WE believe it necessary to Associate in Council, to the respective churches that compose this Association in order to maintain our Christian fellowship.
Not as a Legislative body to impose Laws or Exorcise any supremicy; Each Church being an independant body.
WE are not an Association of Ministers, but of Churches; Each Church being represented by her delegates freely Chosen.
Whereas Churches are Constituted Externally by the parties entering into Mutual Agreement in Writing: To maintain the Worship of God, According to gospel order, and refering to the Articles of their faith, So Churches,, by their delegates Constitute themselves an Association: by the Confession of their faith maintained to each other.
Rules of Decorum
page 6 is missing
Minutes of the Tennessee Assn of Baptist held at Big Spring M. House on the Kentucky trace, in Grainger County on the fourth Saturday in August 1803 and following days.
The introductory Sermon was delivered by Elder Richard Wood, from Acts, 20 & 28th verse.
After Sermon business was opened by prayer.
Brother William Johnson was chosen Modr. and Francis Hamilton Clk.
Letters from 23 Churches were read & the following Accounts taken.
Churches Ministers & Messengers October 1803
1. Beaver Creek Ebenezer Byram, Hezekiah Bayles, Francis Hamilton
2. Cole Creek John Weldon, Luke Lea, Robert Armstrong
3. French Broad Duke Kimbrough, Thos Grissom, Joseph Witt
4. Tuckeleechee William Davis, James Taylor
5. Richland Robt Fristoe, Wm. Minatt, Benjamin Murrell
6. Gap Creek Wm Jones, Matthew Sims, Wm Norrell, Josiah Marcy,
Isaiah Sellars 188.8.131.52.0.180
7. Glade Spring Robt Hammon, Henry Bayley Greenwood
8. Dumplin Creek Stephen Colier, John Cates 184.108.40.206.0.4_
9. Buffaloe Crk John Hall, Jno Condley, Jno Parker, Abrm James,
Chas Hutchison 220.127.116.11.0.19_
10. L flat Creek Richard Newport, Ruben Mcdonald, Geo Halmark
11. fk of FB & Holston Thomas Hill, John Ominet, John Lackey
12. Boyds Creek William Johnson, Ezekiel Stone
13. Big Valley William Thompson, James Helms
14. Big Spring Jesse Dodson, Wm Stroud, Thos Jeffereys, Wm Trent
15. N on Holston William Evans, John Pendexter
16. Davis Creek John Box, Peter Vanbever, John Vanbever
17. Bethel South Ruben Riggs, James Ellis 18.104.22.168.0.1_
18. Fork of Pigeon Richd Wood, Isom Guin, Ebenezer Leath,
Spencer Clack 22.214.171.124.2.219
19. Poplar Creek West Walker, William Roberson, Asia Cobb
20. Beaver Ridge William Jones, Aquila Low, Joseph Frost
21. Hickory Creek William Helms, John Finley 126.96.36.199.0.20
22. War Creek James Knney, John Kedwell 0.0.2.2.2.2_
23. Bdhorn Valley William Tunnel, Jno Jamison, Joseph Sinclair
number indicate 1. Expr 2. Letter 3. Dism 4. Exc 5. dead 6. Total
3rd A Corresponding Letter from the Green River Assn received by the hand of Br Fristoe. Also a Corresponding Letter from the Holston Assn was received by their Delegates (viz) Isaac Barton, Thomas Evans, and Jesse Wilson Who were invited and took their seats with us.
4th Two new Constitutions (viz) Bethel South & Tuckeleechy sued for Admission into our connexion and were Received.
5th Br William Norrell appointed to write a Corresponding letter to the Holston Assn and Br Matthew Sims to write to the Green River Assn to be presented for Inspection on Monday.
6th Br Spencer Clack and West Walker, appointed to receive the Churches bounties which is Lb 6.8.4 to be deposited in Br Clacks hand as Treasurer.
7th Br William Johnson, Richd Wood, Isaac Barton, James Kenney and West Walker, A Select Committee to Arange (sic) the Business to be attended to on Monday.
8th Adjourn'd till Monday morning 9 oclock.
Monday morning, met according to Adjournment and after Worship proceeded to business.
1st Query from Buckhorn Valley shall a Gospel Minister guilty of the sin of Adultery or fornication, be refer'd to the Ministerial function upon his former credentials or not.---Ansrd in the Negative. According to Paul to Timothy, together with the sixth of Proverbs.
2nd Query from Gap Creek, If a man leave his wife without any cause, and take another woman with whom he continues to live and have children; does he leave the former bound or free..Refer's tell next Association.
3rd Query from War Creek Church, What shall be done in the case of two Brothers, one Trespassing against the other, and taking the first Gospel Step and obtaining no satisfaction then taking one or two more; and then the Aggressor denying the fact------- Answerd Leave the Churches to act discretionary with their members, refering them to the word of God.
4th Query from Richland Church, Whether any person holding the principal of Universal Redemption from hell, shall he be admitted to fellowship in any Church in Our Union or not, Answrd not admitted.
5th A letter being presented to this Assn by Chestnut Ridge Church, and after due deliberation, they do conceive Chesnut Ridge Church Excluded from this Union for the disagreeable Circumstance that arose in respect of his Charge, agains Beaver Ridge Church Records: and also for denying fellowship by way of letter to last Assn.
6th Brn Richard Wood, Duke Kimbrough and Thomas Hill appointed our delegates to the Holston dist Assn.
7th The Corresponding letters being Called for were read & Approved.
8th Br John Weldon Appointed our Delegate to the Green River Assn and that he be allowed fifteen Dollars for his services in that capacity.
9th Appropriated to the Clerk for his Services, two Dollars. Also Deposited in the clerks hand Lb.6.6, in order to purchase a Book for the use of the Assn.
10th Adjourn'd till the first Saturday in October 1804 at Beaver Ridge Meeting House in Knox County--and Br Richard Wood to preach the Introductory Sermon, and in Case of failure Br Robt Fristoe supply.
Sign'd by Order of Assn
William Johnson Modr.
Francis Hamilton Clk
Minutes of the Tennessee Assn of Baptists held at Beaver Ridge Meeting House in Knox County the first Saturday in October 1804 and following days; Saturday October 6th Elder Richd Wood According to Appointment Delivered the introductory Sermon from 2nd Corrinthians fourth Chapter and fifth verse.
After Sermon business was opened by prayer.
1st Br Richard Wood Chosen Moderator & Francis Hamilton Clk
2nd Letters from 25 Churches were read & the following Acct taken.
Churches Ministers & Messengers October 1804
1. Glade Spring John Canterbury, Robt Hammon 188.8.131.52.0.32
2. Boyds Creek William Johnson, Richard Davis 184.108.40.206.0.49
3. Beaver Creek Ebenezer Byram, Hezekiah Bayles, Jno Bayles, Fra's
4. E F Poplar West Walker, William Roberson, Wm Rippetoe
5. Beaver Ridge Thos Hudsburgh, Wm Jones, James Scott 220.127.116.11.0.49
6. War Crk William Byrd 18.104.22.168.1.112
7. B H Val William Tunnel, Joseph Sinclair 22.214.171.124.0.62
8. Richland Robt Fristoe, Benjm Murrell, Wm Mynatt, Henry Hawkins
9. County Line William Evans, Hugh Laremore 126.96.36.199.1.3_
10. Big Valey William Thompson, Henry Russel, James Helms
11. Buffaloe Crk Jno Hall, Jno Condley, Jno Parker, Philip Parker
12. Bethel So Isaac Barton, William Jones 188.8.131.52.0.35
13. Bd Spring Jesse Dodson, William Stroud 184.108.40.206.1.80
14. Fk H & F Thos Hill, Jno Ominet, John Leakey 0.4.6.1.0.27
15. Davis Creek Willis Gray, Evan Douthat 220.127.116.11.1.34
16. Tuckeleechee Moses Crowson, Wm Davis, Jas Taylor, Thos Sugg
17. F of Pigeon Richard Wood, Elijah Rogers 18.104.22.168.1.270
18. Hickory Creek Wm Helms, Jno Finley, Jacob Pruet, Jesse Walker
19. Gap Creek James Renfrew 22.214.171.124.3.162
20. Dumplin Creek John Cole, Stephen Colier 126.96.36.199.0.50
21. Cumberland Rv Elijah Folio _._._._._.20
22. B Barron Ezekiel Craft, James Brown _._._._._.85
23. Flat Creek Richard Newport, Geo Halmark, Alexander Morrow
24. Cole Creek Jesse Hopkins, Robert Armstrong 188.8.131.52.0.36
25. F Broad Duke Kimmbrough, Joseph Witt, Jacob Denton
3rd Two new Constitutions (viz) Big Barrons Creek & Cumberland River sued for and obtained admission into our Connexion.
4th A Corresponding letter from the green River Association received by the hand of their delegate, Br Wm Wood who was invited and took his seat with us.
Also a Corresponding letter from the Holston District Assn Received by the hand of their Delegate Br John Bayles who being invited took his seat with us.
5th Br Richard Wood, West Walker, Jesse Dodson, Thomas Hill & Benjamin Murrell a Select Committee to arange (sic) the business to be attended to on Monday.
6th Br Robert Fristoe to write to the Holston Dist Assn and Br James Renfrew to write to the green River Assn to be prepared for inspection on Monday.
7th Adjourn'd till Monday morning 9 oclock.
8th Monday morning met According to Adjournment and after worship proceeded to business.
9th Unanimously agreed to Adopt the Rules of Decorum that stand on the Assn Book of Record.
10th As to the deference from last Assn WE agree at the request of Gap Creek Church to dismiss the query....and advise the Churches in future not to receive any members in that Circumstances Untill they Cosult (sic) their brothers in Union.
11th Query from East fork of poplar Creek, What testimony shall be sufficient to prove a Minister of the Gospel guilty of the sin of Adultery or fonication.
12th Agreed that West Walker, Isaac Barton, Jesse Dodson, Duke Kimbrough, Richard Newport, Ebenezer Byram & Francis Hamilton Be a Committee of inquest to meet at Cole Creek meeting House the third Saturday in November next to inquire into the case of John Weldon.
13th Query from Bethel South; if a preacher in disorder impose on Church and Administer Baptism, is the Baptism valid or not. Answd we think it valid.
14th Whereas a Certain John Brooks is now preaching in disorder In the Bounds of our Union: WE do hereby wish to warn the Respective Churches of the same.
15th Advice sought for from Davis Creek to this Association Respecting a Woman received by Experience and not Baptized & then loosing her Reason and moving away. Advised to erase her name out of their Church Book as not being a proper member.
16th Agreed to print our next years minutes and Br Hamilton appointed to Enquire of the printer respecting terms.
17th Agreed to Apropriate(sic) three Dollars and fifty Cents to Francis Hamilton for past services as Clerk.
18th Request of the Select Committee to this Assn that the Administration of the Lords Supper be performed the next Assn.-- Agreed to Commence
19th The case of Chesnut Ridge to be considered and a Committee appointed to labour for a Reconciliation; to consist of Br Isaac Barton, Richd Wood, Wm Johnson, Thomas Hill, Richd Newport, Jesse Dodson & Duke Kimbrough to meet at Beacon Ridge M House the Tuesday after the third Saturday in Nov. next; and that each Church Concerned in the Union, have privilege to attend Optionally.
20th The Corresponding Letters called forward, read & Approv'd (sic).
21st Brn Richd Wood, Duke Kimbrough, Thomas Hill and Isaac Barton, Appointed our Messengers to the Holston Assn.
22nd Br Ebenezer Byram appointed Treasurer for this Assn.
23rd Agree'd that the first Wednesday in Novem'r next be appointed a fast day throughout the Churches of this Union.
24th Br. Robert Fristoe appointed to write a Circular Letter for next year -- and that the subject be on Christian Union.
26th Adjourned till the first Thursday in October 1805 at Dumplin Creek meeting House -- and that Br Isaac Barton Preach the Introductory Sermon and in case of failure Br John Hall Supply.
Francis Hamilton Clerk Richard Wood, Modr
Rules of Decorum & c
1st The Assn shall be opened and closed by prayer
2nd The Moderator and Clerk shall be chosen by the sufferage of the members present
3rd Only one member Shall speak at a time: who shall rise from this seat and address the Moderator when he is about to make his speech
4th The person thus speaking shall not be Interupted in his speech by any, except the Moderator untill he shall have done speaking
5th He shall strictly adhere to the subject, and in no view reflect on Upon the person who spoke before; but shall fairly state the case so as to Convey his light or Ideas.
6th No person shall abruptly break off or Absent himself from the Assn unless he first obtains Liberty from the Assn
7th No person shall rise and Speak more than three times to one Subject, without liberty obtained from the Assn
8th Strict adhereance shall be paid to the Scriptures in all matters Controverted
9th The Moderator shall have liberty of reprimanding all Disorders, during the sitting of the Assn
10th No member of the Assn shall adress another in any other terms or appellation, but by the title of Brother
11th No person shall be Interupted in his speech untill he shall have given his light on the subject; unless he disorderly Break the Rules of the decorum
12th The names of the several members of the Assn Shall be Enrolled by the Clerk, and called over as often as the Assn may require
13th The Moderator shall be vested with the same Liberty of Speech as another member provided the Chair be filled
Minutes of the Tennessee Association of Baptist Holden at Dumpling Creek Meeting House in Jefferson County the first Thursday in October 1805 and following days
Thursday October 3d Elder Isaac Barton according to Appointment delivered an Introductory Sermon from Mark 16 & 15 latter clause of the verse "Go ye into all the world and preach the Gospel to Every creature." After sermon business was Opened by prayer
1. Elder Robert Fristoe was Chosen Modr & Francis Hamilton Clerk
2. Letters from 25 Churches were read and the following accounts taken
NB. Ordain'd Ministers names in small Capital, license preachers in italics
Churches Delegates October 1805
1. Buck Horn valley Joseph Sinclair & John Farmer 184.108.40.206.0.6
2. F of little Pigeon Richd Wood, Henry Haggard, Jno H. Sugg, John Hatcher,
John Chasteen, George Oldham 220.127.116.11.0.267
3. Big Spring Jesse Dodson, Isaac Lane, Richd Harper
4. EF of Poplar Ck West Walker, John Walker 0.5.5.0.0.42
5. Tuckaleechee Isham Guinn, Wm Davis, John Friar
6. Flat Creek Geo Halmark, Wm Johnson, Richd Newport
8. Beaver Creek John Bayles, Francis Hamilton 0.3.0.2.0.20
9. Beaver Ridge Thomas Hudsburgh, Wm Wooten 18.104.22.168.0.50
10. Bethel South Isaac Barton, Rheuben Biggs 22.214.171.124.0.30
11. Dumpling Creek Stephen Colier, Absolom Copland, John Cate
12. Davis Creek John Vanbever, Evan Douthit 0.4.1.1.1.39
13. Big Barron Ezek. Craft, Jas Brown, Wm Williams
14. Big Valley Jno Parker, Jno Canterbury, Wm Thompson
15. Cumberland Br Samuel Wyatt, Peter Angle 10.15.0.0.0.46
16. Powels Valley William Jones, Daniel Duff 126.96.36.199.1.145
17. Richland Creek Robt Fristoe, Benjamin Murrell 0.3.0.0.0.32
18. Hickory Creek Jacob Prewet, William Helms 188.8.131.52.0.44
19. Boyds Creek William Johnson, Ezekiel Stone 184.108.40.206.0.50
20. French Broad Duke Kimbrough, Jos Witt, Jacob Denton
21. Buffaloe Creek Jno Hall, Jno Condley, Philip Parker
22. Glade Spring Joshua English, Robert Harmon 220.127.116.11.0.29
23. County Line Hugh Laremore, Wm Evans 0.4.0.1.0.36
24. War Creek Wm Byrd, Levi Day, Isham Mills 18.104.22.168.0.4_
25. FF Broad & Hols Thos Hill, Jno Ominatt, Richard Todd
3. Elders Joshua Kelley, Caleb Witt, Isaac Barton, Richd Wood Together with the Clerk, to be a Select Committee to Arrange the Business to be Attend to tomorrow
4. A Corresponding Letter from the Holston Assn presented by their delegates, viz, Elders Joshua Kelley & Caleb Witt who being invited took their Seats with us
5. After prayer Adjourn'd till tomorrow morning ten oclock
6. Friday morning October 4th met according to Adjournment and after Worship proceeded to business
7. The Select Committee brought forward the arrangement which being read was approved and the Committee discharged
8. Agreed to print our minutes for the present year and the Association Clerk shall Superintend the same and distribute them to the Respective Churches as the Delegates may direct
9. Elder Robert Fristoe who was appointed from last Assn to Write a Circular Letter for the present year, brought forward the same which being read, was approved and ordered to be printed with the minutes
10. The Committee Appointed by Last Assn to wait on Chesnut Ridge Church in order to labor to bring her to duty; report that they attended accordingly, but could not effect the purpose of their appointment, WE therefore must still consider said Chesnut Ridge Church out of our Union
11. Unanimously agreed that the Query from the East fork of Poplar Creek to last Assn be null and void
12. Agreed that Elders, Thomas Hill, Duke Kimbrough, Richard Newport, Isaac Barton, West Walker & Robert Fristoe, be a Committee to meet at Cole Creek, the last day of this month in Order to Enquire into the case of John Weldon, and make Report to next Association
13. A letter (suing for correspondence) from Stocktons Valley Assn presented by their Messenger Elder Jno Mulkey, which was cordially received by us and their delegate invited and took a seat with us
14. Agreed to Recommend an inquest of Seven Churches viz, Bethel South, Buffaloe Creek, Richland Creed, Glade Spring, Big Valley, Beaver Creek and Flat Creek to meet at Big Spring the first Monday in November next
15. Elder West Walker to write a letter of Correspondence to Stockton's Valley Assn; and Brother Benjamin Murrell to write to the Holston district Association
16. Adjourn'd till tomorrow morning nine oclock
Saturday morning, October 5th met according to Adjournment, and worship proceeded to business
17. Query from Glade Spring. What is to be done concerning a member who gets his letter from a Church and moves into another part of the Country and be in debt, leaving his Creditors to suffer? Answer; WE think the conduct of such a person to be dishonest and disgraceful to a holy profession. WE therefore advise said Church to Advertise said person by sending a letter to the church or place where he lives
18. Respecting the Query from Cumberland R'r, we thing proper to Reduce it to a matter of fact, And for answer Advise said Church to Act with her own member Upon the Evidence already obtained from Lick Creek Church, together with what may be obtained in her own body
29. In Answer to the Petition from a distressed part once of War Creek Church, Advise that an Inquest of five Churches viz, Buffaloe Creek, Richland Creek, Gap Creek, Davises Creek and Bethel South to meet at War Creek the first Friday in December next
30. The Corresponding Letters Called for and read and Approved, and Elder Richard Wood Appointed our messenger to the Stockton Valley Assn and Elder Isaac Barton to the Holston District Assn
21. Agreed to deposit eighteen Dollars and fifty Cents in the Hands of our Clerk, for the purpose of defraying the Expence of paper, printing, Superintending and distributing the minutes to the Respective Churches, and Other service of Clerk
22. Deposited in the hands of the Treasurer Br Ebenezer Byram Twenty Seven Dollars and Sixty two Cents
23. Adjourn'd till the second Thursday in October next, at Davis's Creek Meeting House in Powers valley, Claiborne County, and Elder Duke Kimbrough to preach the introductory Sermon and Case of failure Elder Thomas Hill to Supply
Signed by Order of Assn
Robert Fristoe, Moderator
Francis Hamilton, Clerk
Circular Letter, & c
The Tennessee Assn of Baptists Convened at Dumpling Creek Meeting House, Jefferson County October 3,4,5, & 6, 1805
To the Several Churches whom the represent, send Christian Salutation
Throught the kind providence of God we have had another Interview together, and hope the Lord has borne with us from the Relation we stand in to you, the concern we feel for your welfare, write to you upon the pleasing Subject of Christian Union, though we have a striking view of the cold lifeless state of Religion (21) Oh! Brethren what would revive our hearts, and we believe yours also, more than to hear of the prosperity of Zion. Let us begin to examine the cause why the Lord has dealt thus with his Church, The Lord grant we may be able to move the Act an out of the Camp. 1st God is love, and if we draw our water from that sweet fountain, our words and works will be love. let us pray more and dispute less, let us be careful not to fill one another's ears with the infirmities of our brethren, if any has a matter against his brother, go not to him in the heat of Spirit, but pray God for a calm and loving frame of mind, that as God for Christs sake forgave you, ye might forgive one another; Bearing one anothers burdens and so fulfill the Law of Christ; For ye are called to the love of God in Christ Jesus, which is the Law ye are to be Judged by in the Gospel, and this must be the Moderator that Regulates in the Court of the great King of Zion, and When used by faith and prayer, supplies wants, and casteth out all fear. O! the Love of God in Christ Jesus, how happy is he that Enjoys it. 2nd Dear brethren if we be the Salt of the earth, that City set on an hill for light, the pillar and Ground work of the living God; Consider our Calling what manner of beings we ought to be in all Holy Conversation and Godliness. Dear brethren let your Examples continually be useful lessons to mankind; Let holy sobriety and Godly Solemnity be Constantly written in your Countinances; above all, put Charity, which is the hand of perfectness, and let peace of God rule in your hearts. Live in the school of sympathy and learn condesention; "Do to all men as you would they should do to you"
3rd Let not your seat be empty in the house of God, as it examps your Brethren and your ministers, who are bound watchmen, for your souls are blighted, and thereby become feeble. It surely is duty rather to bear them up by your attention, prayers and freedom, without partial flattery for they are not only the called of God in Christ Jesus, but chosen angels to bear his peaceful messages to guilty Sinners; to defend the truth against gainsayers, silence to Ignorance of foolish men, to warn the unruly, comfort the feeble minded and support the weak.
4th Let the intercession of Christ unlock every desire of the soul, like paul with Christ in your hearts To live and die for the Brethren, holding up the Hands that hand down, and Strengthen the feeble knees; Making Straight paths for your feet, lest that which is Lame be turned out of the way: be kindly affectionated one to another, forgiving one another, thereby will you be Able to Confront the Enemy -- But if divided, will devour one another and give the Enemy the advantage.
Our Minutes will Testify what we have done and now Dear Brethren, WE Commend you to God and the word of His Grace, Which is able to build you up and give You an Inheritance among them which are Sanctified.
Which may God grant for Christ's sake AMEN
Hood printer Knoxville
Minutes of the Tennessee Assn of Baptist, held at Davises Creek Meeting House in Claybourn County, powels valley, the Second Thursday in October 1806 and following days.
Thursday October 9th, Elder Duke Kimbrough, according to appointment delivered an Introductory Sermon from Isaiah 40th & 11th.
"He shall feed his flock like a Shepherd, he shall gather the Lambs with His arm, and carry them in his bosom, and gently lead those that are with young"
1st After Sermon Business was opened by prayer.
Elder Duke Kimbrough was Chosen Modr & Francis Hamilton Clerk.
2nd Letters from 29 Churches were read, and the following Accounts taken.
Churches Ministers & Messengers October 1806
1. Glade Spring George Walker, James Burton 0.11.7.1.0.26
2. Big Barron Ezekiel Craft, Wm Williams, Thomas Hodges
3. Tuckaleechee Isham Guin, James Taylor 22.214.171.124.0.102
4. Davis Creek Barnabas Capps, Jno Vanbever, Jno Box, Peter
Vanbever, Elijah Poabley 0.3.3.2.0.35
5. F of F broad & Holston Thomas Hill, Jonas Moon 0.0.0.3.1.25
6. Gap Creek Wm Jones, Mattw Sims, James Roddye, Jno Colson
7. French Broad Duke Kimbrough, Joseph Witt 126.96.36.199.0.40
8. Big Spring Jno Cunningham, James Sims, Thomas Jefferson
9. Beaver Ridge Thomas Hindeburgh, Nicholas Gillentine
10. F of little Pigeon Richd Wood, Elijah Rogers, Abm Slover,
Geo Oldham, Spencer Clack 188.8.131.52.2.219
11. Cole Creek Jesse Hoskins, Wm McBride 0.2.4.4.0.22
12. Buffaloe Creek Philip Parker, Joseph Denness, Charles Hutcheson
13. Beaver Creek Moses Poor, Francis Hamilton 0.2.5.2.0.20
14. Big Valley Evan Phelan 184.108.40.206.1.14
15. Cumberland River Elijah Folio, Lemuel Hibbard, James Brummet
16. Richland Creek Robert Fristoe, Wm Mynatt 0.1.3.0.0.29
17. E Fk Poplar Ck West Walker, Asa Cobb 220.127.116.11.1.41
18. Hickory Creek Jno McCutchen, Isaac Brock, Wm Stanberry
19. Bethel South Isaac Barton, Archd Austin 18.104.22.168.0.36
20. War Creek William Byrd, Abraham Howard 0.0.12.2.1.62
21. Dumplin Creek Stephen Collier, Wm Cate, John Cate
22. County Line Hugh Laremore, William Evans 0.2.4.2.0.33
23. Comes Branch Jeremiah Jeffery, Joseph St. Clair 22.214.171.124.0.36
24. Boyds Creek William Johnson, Saml Eakin, John Nicholson
25. Stock Creek Aaron Smith, Abraham Reid 0.0.0.0.0.24
26. Thompsons John Matlock, James Fulkerson 0.0.0.0.0.43
27. Powels River Thomas Griffith, Jacob Whitman, Jno Canterbury
28. Rob Camp Thomas Jones, Absalom Hurst, Joseph Cogdale
29. Hinds Creek Richard Newport, Voluntine Moulder
Numbers: Exp-Letter-Dism-Excl-Died-Total Members
3d Four new Constituted Churches, and one by Dismission from the Holston Assn, viz, Thompson's Settlement, which five are last Enrolled, Sued for and Obtained Admission into our Commision
4th A Corresponding Letter received from the Holston Association, and Their Messenger, Elder Caleb Witt, invited and took a seat with us.
5th Elders, Richard Wood, Robert Fristoe, Thomas Hill, Caleb Witt & West Walker, together with the Clerk, be a select Committee to Arrange the business to be Attended to tomorrow.
After Worship, Adjourne'd till tomorrow ten oclock
Friday morning met according to adjournment & after worship Proceeded to business.
6th The Report of the Committee sent to Cole Creek from last Assn Received and Approbated.
7th The Arrangement called for, read, and Received and the Committee discharged.
8th Query from Bethel South. Whether it will not be more for the Glory of God, and the peace of the Church, to be govern'd by a Majority, Except in Receiving of Members? Answer'd. we refer the respective Churches to the word of God.
9th Query from County line, What shall be done with a member Bringing on a Charge against a member in the Church, and the Church refuses to lift it, and the member still holds his charge? Answered. After due labour used by the Church & the member neglects to hear the Church, then deal with him according to the directions of God's word.
10th Query from Dumplin Creek, Is it right for a woman to marry her sisters Husband. The Assn Divided therefore give it no Answer.
11th Received a Corresponding letter, from the Stockton's Valley Assn By the hand of their Messenger, Elder Thomas McBride who Being invited took a seat with us.
12th Elder Robert Fristoe to write a letter of Correspondents to the Holston Assn and that Elders Duke Kimbrough & Joseph Cogdal, be our Messengers to the same. Also, that Elder West Walker write to the Stocktons Valley Assn and that Elders Robert Fristoe and Matthew Sims be our messengers to the same.
13th Appointed Brethren Spencer Clack & West Walker, to ascertain what Elder Richard Wood shall have for his services in the capacity of a Delegate to the Stockton's Valley Association; and settle with The Clerk about the Expense of printing the minutes of last year, and Other Services as clerk. Also to receive the churches Bounties which appear to be 29 dollars. 31-1/4 cents.
Adjourned till Saturday morning ten oclock
Saturday Morning met accordingly and after worship proceeded to Business
14th Appropriated twelve dollars and fifty cents to Elder Richard Wood for his Services as our messenger to the Stockton's Valley Assn. Also Appropriated 18 dollars to the clerk, for the use mentioned in the 21st motion of our last year's minutes.
15th The Corresponding letters called for, read, and Approved, and the writers discharged.
16th Query, is the Sectarian notion External Ordinances a Sufficient bar to Communion? 2nd. Has not all who give a Satisfactory account of the work of grace on the soul, a right to the Lords Suppler Table?
Answered. WE think none have a right to commune with us But those of our own faith and Order.
17th Query from War Creek, Shall a member being guilty of the Attempt of the sin of Adultery, be set forward to the Ministry, from his former Experience, Yea or nay? Answered. nay
18th Request from Several Churches for a day of fasting & prayer for the rivival of Religion. In answer to which we appoint the first Friday in December next, for a day of fasting and prayer throughout this Union
19th Ordered, that 200 Copies of our minutes, together with the Assn plan, be printed, and that the Association Clerk Superintend the same, and apply to the Treasurer for a Sufficient quantity of Money to defray the Expense.
20th Appointed Elder Isaac Barton to write the Circular letter for next year, and the Subject to be on the fellowship of the saints.
21st Adjourned to the Second Thursday in October next at County line meeting House No on Holston river in Grainger County. And that Elder Thomas Hill open the same by Sermon and In case of failure West Walker Supply
Test Signed by Order of Assn
Francis Hamilton Clerk Duke Kimbrough, Modr
A Plan of the Tennessee Association & C
A Creed of Religious principles, being an Abstract from Jno Applunds Register, with some small Exceptions:
Article 1. WE believe in one only true and living God, and That there are three persons in the Godhead, viz, the Father, The Son, The Holy Ghost
2d. WE believe that the Scriptures of the Old and new Testaments, Are the word of God, and the only rule of all Saving Knowledge and Obedience.
3. WE believe in the doctrine of Election, according to the foreknowledge of God.
4th WE believe in the doctrine of Original Sin.
5th WE Believe in Man's impotency to recover himself from the fallen State he is in, by his own free will ability.
Article 6th WE believe that Sinners are Justified in the sight of God, only by the Imputed Righeousness of Jesus Christ.
7th WE believe that the Elect, according to the foreknowledge of God will be called, Converted, Regenerated by the holy Spirit.
8th WE believe that the Saints will perservere in grace and never fall finally away.
9th WE believe that Baptism, and the Lord's Supper, are Ordinances of Jesus Christ, and that true Believers are the only Subject of these Ordinances; and that the true mode of Baptism is by immersion.
10th WE believe in the Resurection of the dead & a General Judgement.
11th WE believe that the punishment of the Wicked will be Everlasting, and that the Joys of the righteous will be Eternal.
12th WE believe that no Minister have a right to the administration of the Ordinances, only such as are regularly called, and come under The imposition of hands by the presbytery.
WE hold it necessary to Associate in Council in Order to give Counsel to the Reflective Churches that compose this Assn. In order to maintain our Christian fellowship.
Not as a Legislative body to impose Laws, or Excorcise any Supremacy. Each Church being an independent body.
WE Are not an Association of ministers, but of Churches, Each Church being Represented by her delegates freely chosen.
Whereas Churches are Constituted Externally by the parties Entering into Mutual Agreement in Writing, to maintain the Worship of God according to gospel order, and refering To the Articles of their faith; So Churches by their delegates Constitute them Selves an Association, by the Confession of Their faith maintained to each Other
Minutes of the Tennessee Association of Baptists, Convened at County line meeting House, North of Holston River, Grainger County, The Second Thursday in October 1807 and following days.
Thursday October 8th Elder Thomas Hill, according to appointment Delivered an Introductory Sermon, from Ephesians 2 C and 10 Ver "for We are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them."
After Sermon, business was opened by prayer.
1. Elder Thomas Hill was chosen Moderator, and Francis Hamilton Clerk.
2. Letters from 31 Churches were read, and their delegates names enrolled.
Churches Ministers & Messengers October 1807
Stock Creek Aron Smith 0.1.0.0.0.26
County line John Roa, William Evans 126.96.36.199.2.33
Fork of Pigeon Richd Wood, John Hatcher, Geo Long,
Geo Oldham, Spencer Clack 188.8.131.52.1.209
Cole Creek John Weldon, Wm McBride 184.108.40.206.0.23
Tuckaleechee Isham Guin, Henry Haggard, Jas
Taylor, Wm. Harrison 220.127.116.11.0.79
Bethel South Isaac Barton, Joseph Stephens 18.104.22.168.0.42
Richland Creek Robert Fristoe, William Mynatt 0..22.214.171.124.33
Buffaloe Creek Jno Hall, Jno Condley, Philip Parker,
Thos Brown, Philip Sigler 0.0.0.0.0.4
Comes Branch William Ashlock, John Farmer 0.0.3.5.0.20
Beaver Ridge Thomas Hudeburgh 126.96.36.199.0.40
Powels River Thomas Griffin, Jacob Whitman 188.8.131.52.1.19
Hickory Creek William Helms, John Courtney 184.108.40.206.0.54
Gap Creek Wm Jones, Jas Roddye, Jno Colson,
Thomas Marsee (?) 0.6.5.2.1.131
Big Barron Ezekiel Craft, William Williams 0.6.3.1.2.66
Glade Spring Elisha Chamber, Jas Inglish, Ed Cross 220.127.116.11.1.42
East fork of Poplar West Walker, Nicholas Gillentine 0.7.8.2.1.38
Big Spring Jno Cunningham, Isaac Lane,
Wm Weaver 0.5.9.2.0.71
Dumpling Creek Humphry Mount, Jno Cate, M. Colley 0.9.7.0.0.54
Cumberland River David Deweeze, Samuel Wyatt 18.104.22.168.0.76
French Broad Duke Kimbrough, Jacob Denton 22.214.171.124.0.38
Fork of FB & Thos Hill, James George, John Lewis 126.96.36.199.0.26
Thompson Settlemt James Fulkerson, Robert Walker 0.2.1.1.0.4nd
War Creek William Byrd, John Briant 0.1.6.4.0.5
Hinds Creek Richard Newport, Adam Moser 0.5.1.2.1.-
Boyds Creek William Johnson 0.2.2.1.0.3
Rob Camp Joseph Cogdal -.-.-.-.-.-.
Beaver Creek Francis Hamilton, Thomas Hall 0.0.5.0.1.15
Sequachee Valley William Brewer 0.0.0.0.0.20
Davises Creek Jesse Cane 0.0.2.0.0.33
Tennessee Valley Abraham Howard 0.0.0.0.0.14
Little flat Creek Alexander Morrow 0.1.9.1.0.20
3d Two new Constitutions, viz, Sequachee and Tennessee Valley Sued for and Obtained Admission into our Connection.
4th Brethren Witt and Hopper; messengers from the Holston Assn were invited and took their seats with us.
5th Two Corresponding letter, one from Cumberland, the other from Stockton's Valley Associations, were Cordially received by us by the hand of Brother Fristoe.
6th Brethren Barton, Wood, Walker, Kimbrough & Clack, Appointed a Select Committee to arrange the business to be attended to tomorrow.
7th Adjourned till Friday morning 10 oclock.
Met according to Adjournment, and after Worship proceeded to business.
8th Brethren Clack and Walker, Appointed to receive the Churches bounties, and Settle with the Clerk for Superintending the printing of minutes of last year.
Appreciation of funds sent to us.
9th A request from Bethel South, wishing to know, if the Assn have a right to dispose of their funds, as they shall think proper for the glory of God. Yea or nay--Answered in the affirmative.
Also praying the Assn to Explain the Solution of a query from War Creek, to the last Association. Answered--the former solution confirmed.
10th Appointed Brethren to write Corresponding letters, viz, Walker to Stockton's Valley; Fristoe to Holston; and Hatcher to Cumberland Associations.
After Worship Adjourned till Saturday morning 10 oclock
Met and After Worship proceeded to business.
11th Cole Creek Church expresses themselves difficulted with the first article of the Assn plan, Concerning the propiety of saying "there are three persons in the God-head,"
In Answer to which we appoint Elder West Walker to write a Circular Letter for our next year, and the Doctrine of the Trinity to be the subject.
13th The Brethren Appointed to receive the Churches bounties Report it to be Twenty seven Dollars and Eighty and one third cents, Which together with the old fund, Appears to be Sixty four Dollars and fifty cents.
14th Appropriated to the Clerk, for Superintending the printing of the minutes of the last year, and other services as Clerk.
15th Appropriated to Elder Robert Fristoe ten Dollars, for his services in the capacity of delegate to the Stockton's Valley Association.
Also Appropriated to Elder Duke Kimbrough five dollars, for his services in the Capacity of a delegate to the Holston Association.
16th The Select Committee propose to this Assn for a ministerial Conference, in Order to adopt measures for the circulating of different gifts throughout this Union:-Answered in the affirmative. (Gifts)
17th The Corresponding letters called for, read & approved.
18th Elder West Walker appointed our messenger to the Stockton's Valley Association, and Elders Wood, Hill and Fristoe our messengers to the Holston Association.
19th Ordered that the Association's clerk superintend the printing of the minutes and Circular letter, and that 350 copies be struck fifty of which are to be for distribution to Corresponding Associations and otherwise; and apply to the Treasurer for money to defray the expense.
20th Adjourned to the East fork of Poplar Creek, on the second Saturday in October next, and that Elder Isaac Barton Open the same by Sermon, and in case of failure Elder Richard Wood Supply.
Signed by order of the Association
Thomas Hill - Moderator
Test - Francis Hamilton clerk
The Tennessee Association to the respective Churches whom they represent, sendeth christian Salutation:
Very dear brethren in the Lord
As the Glory of God and Your Happiness is inseperably connected with our own, WE wish to address you on the important subject of The fellowship of the Saints. 1st Its Origin--It is a Beam of light, flowing from that triune Deity, Through the mediator, by the operation of the Holy Ghost, teaching them to love one another: 1 Thessalonians 4th and 9th. But as we are not come to a perfect man, of the fullness of Christ, as in Ephesians 4th. Let us endeavour to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bonds of peace. For we are all children of one family, having on(e) General parent, partakers of one Spirit of adoption, and heirs of the Same inheritance, therefore we wish to present you a few general rules of information on the subject; First. Labor to maintain a soul communion with God in Christ, for the greater distance we are from the sun the less we feel of his influence. 2d Never look for perfection in your brethren, nor neglect to deal with them when they err, nor deal with them untill you forgive from your hearts; Never Substitute your jealousies for evidence, nor Non-christian them in your minds, untill all due labors prove ineffectual for their recovery. 3d meet often in social prayer, and join all vocally in that great privilege of addressing your heavenly father (33) And you have his promise of answering your request. On your fellowship, (as a means) depends the glory of God, the advancement of his kingdom, the Stoping the mouths of gainsayers, the encouragement of your Ministers, and the happiness will have the contrary Effect, which may God prevent, for Christ's sake---Amen-----farewell.
Thomas Hill Moderator
Francis Hamilton Clerk
Printed by G. Wilson--price 9 dollars for 350 copies
Minutes of the
Tennessee Association of Baptists
Convened at the East fork of Poplar Creek Meeting house, Anderson County, the Second Saturday in October, One Thousand eight Hundred and eight. And following days
Saturday, October 8th. Elder Isaac Barton, According to appointment, delivered an introductory Sermon, from 1st Peter, 5th Chapter, and 1,2,3,&4 verses.
After Sermon business was Opened by prayer.
First. Elder Richard Wood, was chosen Moderator, and Francis Hamilton clerk.
2d Letters from twenty nine Churches were read, and the names of their delegates enrolled.
Churches Ministers and Messengers October 1808
1. Big Barron William Williams, Elnathan Davis 0.0.0.0.0.0
2. Hinds Creek Richard Newport 0.0.4.3.1.30
3. Cole Creek John Weldon, James Baxter 0.0.1.1.1.20
4. Forks of Pigeon Richard Wood, Daniel Dugan 188.8.131.52.0.184
5. Bethel South Isaac Barton, Thomas Cannon 0.2.13.2.0.28
6. Tuckaleechee Isham Guin, Hen Haggard, Thomas
Morrison, Richard Davis, Kinsey
7. E F Poplar Creek West Walker, Jno Hickey, Asa Cobb 184.108.40.206.0.29
8. Rob Camp William McCarter 1..220.127.116.11.39
9. Big Spring James Sims, James Hill 18.104.22.168.0.64
10. Glade Spring Geo Walker, Wm Chambers, D.
11. French Broad Duke Kimbrough, Jacob Denton,
Saml Carson 0.1.3.1.0.37
12. Davises Creek John Vanbever 0.3.4.0.0.33
13. Cumberland Rr Luke Williams 22.214.171.124.1.96
14. Little Flat Ck Eli Scaggs, Francis Hamilton 0.2.2.2.0.24
15. Stock Creek Aron Smith, Abraham Reed 0.6.4.0.0.29
16. Buckhorn Valley William Tunnel, Henry Farmer 0.0.0.0.0.0
17. Richland Creek Robert Fristoe 126.96.36.199.2.28
18. Beaver Ridge Thomas Hudeburgh, James Scott 188.8.131.52.0.45
19. War Creek John Briant, Thomas Epperson 0.4.5.2.0.50
20. County line William Evans, Hugh Laremore 184.108.40.206.0.33
21. Powels River Thomas Griffith 220.127.116.11.0.10
22. Hickory Creek Wm Helms, Jno Courtney, James
23. Tennessee Val Abraham Howard, William Johnson 0.4.4.0.0.14
24. Sequachee Val William Robertson, Wm Ripetoe 0.16.0.0.0.26
25. Dumpling Creek Humprey Mount, William Cate 18.104.22.168.0.57
26. Gap Creek Matt Sims, James Renfroe, Daniel
27. Boyds Creek William Johnson, Samuel Eaken 0.1.0.0.0.20
28. F of FB & Holst Thomas Hill 0.0.0.0.0.2
29 Buffaloe Creek Jno Hall, Jno Condley, Philip Parker,
Thos Brown, David Watson, SEn. 1.3.8-(torn)
3d Received three Corresponding letters; one from the Holston Association, by the hands of their messengers Caleb Witt and Blackgrove Hopper, who being invited took a seat; and one from the Cumberland Assn by the same hand.
4th Appointed Elders Barton, Wood, Fristoe, Hill and Kimbrough Messengers to the Holston Assn and Br William Johnson, Junior to write to the same. Brother James Renfroe to write to the Stockton's Valley Association; Elder Newport the messenger and Elder Robt Fristoe to write to the Cumberland Assn.
5th Elders Barton, Fristoe, Hill, Witt and Guin, together with the Moderator and Clerk, a Select Committee to arrange the business to be attended to on Monday.
6. Appointed brethren Renfroe and Sims to receive the Churches Contributions and Settle with the Treasurer and Clerk.
7th After worship, adjourned till Monday morning 9 oclock
Monday morning, met and after worship proceeded to business.
8th The Select Committees arrangement called for read and approved and the committee discharged.
9th The difficulty expressed in the coal (sic) Creek letter to the Association, viz, Concerning the word 'persons' being Used in the first article of our Association plan, and Was referred to a Circular letter to be wrote by brother West Walker, for the present year, on the doctrine of the Trinity; Said letter not solving the difficulty, the subject again referred, with the liberty for any person that pleases to give their Opinion on the Subject in writing at our next Association
10th Query from War Creek, is negro marriages binding for life yea or nay. Referred by a majority till next Assn.
11th Query from big Barron, wishing to be informed, Whether it be legal for members of our community having Slaves in fellowship, to correct them by whipping Yea or nay. Answered nay and advise members of The respective Churches to take the gospel rule with their slaves, as in the 18th of Matthew & C.
12th The Corresponding letters called for, read and approved, and the writers discharged.
13th The Brethren appointed to receive the churches bounties and Settle with the Treasurer and clerk, report that the Balance in the fund, after Appropriating eight dollars to the Clerk for superintending the printing of the minutes of last year and other services as clerk, Is forty seven Dollars, twenty six cents which is to be deposited in the hands of brother William Mynatt, Treasurer for the Association.
14th Agree'd to meet at Beaver Ridge meeting House next Christmas day, in Order to confer on a method of carrying on Union meetings.
15th Elder Isaac Barton to write a circular letter for next year, on the subject of family worship.
16th Ordered that three hundred and fifty copies of out Minutes be struck, and that the clerk Superintend for the printing and distribution as usual, and apply to the Fund for money to defray the expense.
17th Agreed that our next Annual meeting be at the forks of Little Pigeon meeting house in Sevier County, on the second Saturday in October, 1809 and closed our Adjournment by prayer, by Elder William Johnson, Senior.
By order of Assn
Francis Hamilton Clerk Richard Wood, Modr
Minutes of the
Tennessee Association of Baptists
Convened at the forks of little pigeon meeting House in Sevier County, the Second Saturday in October 1809 and following days.
Saturday October 14th Elder Robert Fristoe, according to appointment, delivered the Introductory Sermon from 2d Peter 1 chap 19th verse.
1. After Sermon business was opened by prayer, and Elder Richard Wood, was chosen Moderator, and Francis Hamilton clerk.
2d Letters from thirty Churches were read, and their messengers names enrolled.
Knoxville printed by John B Hood, 1809
Churches Ministers & Messengers October 1809
1. Gap Creek Wm Jones, Jno Colson, Gilbert Callum 0.1.1.1.1.126
2. County line Wm Evans, Hugh Laremore 22.214.171.124.0.34
3. Beaver Ridge Thomas Hudsburgh, Aquilla Lane 126.96.36.199.0.59
4. Rob Camp Elijah Jones 188.8.131.52.1.38
5. Thomsons Settlmt Reuben Wheeler, Joel Hubbard 184.108.40.206.1.50
6. Buckhorn Valley William Ashlock 0.0.2.0.0.20
7. Sequachee Valley Thos Briant, Saml Billingsly, Wm Brewer 0.33.2.0.1.69
8. Glade Spring Elisha Chamber, John Simpson 220.127.116.11.0.49
9. Hinds Creek John Warwick 18.104.22.168.2.27
10. Powels River Thomas Griffith 22.214.171.124.0.17
11. Little flat Ck John Bayles, Francis Hamilton 0.2.0.2.1.20
12. Hickory Creek William Johnson 0.5.8.0.0.43
13. E Fk of Poplar Asa Cobb, Jno Hickey, West Walker 126.96.36.199.2.38
14. Big Spring George Stubblefield 0.5.4.0.1.64
15. Boyds Creek William Johnson, Samuel Eaken 0.3.0.1.1.25
16. Tennessee Valley John Collins 0.0.2.2.0.20
17. Bethel South John Kedwell 0.3.3.0.0.30
18. War Creek John Bryant 0.0.8.4.0.38
19. Tuckalechee Isam Guin, Henry Haggard, Jas Taylor,
Richard Davis 0.0.0.0.0.59
20. Dumplin Creek Jno Cate sen, Isaac Newman, Jno Cate 188.8.131.52.1.50
21. Coal Creek John Weldon, William McBride 0.0.32.0.16
22. French Broad Duke Kimbrough, Jacob Denton, Joseph
23. Richland Creek Robert Fristoe, Henry Hawkins 0.0.1.1.1.25
24. Cumberland Rr Andrew Evans, Hugh Ellison 184.108.40.206.0.153
25. Buffaloe Creek John Hall, Tho Brown, Wm Harmon 0.0.0.0.0.128
26. Big Barron William Williams, James Rice 220.127.116.11.0.53
27. Stock Creek Aaron Smith, Joseph Johnson 0.2.1.2.0.24
28. Fork Fr Broad Thos Hill, Jno Aminett, Jonas Moon 0.0.1.0.1.25
29. Forks of Little Richard Wood, Spencer Clack, Daniel
Pigeon Dugan, Stephen Oldham, Abm Slover 18.104.22.168.1.179
30. Davises Creek ----------------------------------------------- 0.0.0.0.0.33
3. A Corresponding letter cordially received from the Holston Association, by the Hand of their messenger Elder Caleb Witt, Who being invited, took a seat with us.
4. Brethren Caleb Witt, Duke Kimbrough, John Colson, West Walker Together with the moderator and Clerk, be a Select Committee To arrange the business to be attended to on Monday.
5. Brethren Clack and Walker appointed to make the Appropriations out of the fund.
6. Elder West Walker to write the Corresponding letter to the Holston Association.
7. After worship met, and after worship proceeded to business.
8. The Select Committees arrangement called for read and approved, and the Committee discharged.
9. The difficulty expressed in coal creek letter to the Association at County line meeting house, in October 1807, and referred to the Association at East fork of poplar Creek, October 1808, and again referred to the present year with the liberty of any who saw cause to give their light on the subject in writing, to this Association and said writing being read, and considerable conversation had On the subject, do unanimously agree to the following, in the loom of the first article of our Association; viz, WE believe in one only true and living God, who hath Revealed himself in the Scriptures, under the several names of Father, Son and Holy Ghost, bearing the personal offices of Prophet, priest and King.
10. The query from War Creek to the last Association, and referred to this Association: viz, is negro marriages Binding for life, yea or nay, again referred to the next Association.
11. After worship adjourned till tomorrow morning 9 oclock.
Tuesday morning met and after worship proceeded to business.
12. A petition from Glade Spring, for a day of fasting and prayer To be set a part, for the revival of Religion; In answer to which, The fourth friday in November next, is appointed throughout the union.
13. A petition from Hindses Creek for dividing the bounds of the Union. Answered in the negative.
14. According to Appointment, Elder Isaac Barton proposed and forwarded the Circular letter to the Association, which was read and approved, and order to be printed with the minutes.
15. The Corresponding letter to the Holston Association called for, read and approved, and Appointed brethren, viz, William Johnson, Thomas Hudeburgh, Isham Guin, Elijah Rogers, William Williams, and Thomas Brown the messengers to the Holston Assn. to sit at Buffaloe ridge meeting House the second Friday in August next.
16. Agreed to carry on our correspondance with the Stockton's Valley, and Cumberlang (sic) Associations: and that brethren Fristoe, Walker and Hill be the messengers, and that brethren Fristoe & Hamilton with the letters of Correspondence to the same.
17. Agreed that the Clerk Superintend the printing of the minutes of the present year, that 350 be struck, and distributed as usual, and call on the Treasurer for money to defray the expense.
18. Appropriated to Elder Richard Newport, for his service in the Capacity of a delegate to the Stockton's valley Association seven dollars and fifty cents. Also appropriated to the clerk for his services; and Superintending the printing this year's Minutes, Six dollars.
19. Agreed that our next Annal (sic) meeting be held at Gap Creek meeting House, in powel's valley, Claibourn county, the second Saturday in October next, and that Elder West Walker preach the introductory Sermon, and in case of failure, Elder Thos Hill supply.
Richard Wood, moderator
Francis Hamilton, clerk
(42) Circular Letter
The Elders and Brethren Composing the Tennessee Association, To the Respective Churches whom they represent, sendeth Christian Salutation.
Very dear Brethren in the Lord.
Having as you may see by our minutes, gone through the business that came before us, (One thing excepted) WE come not to address you on the necessity and Importance of family worship, We address you on this subject because we fear it is too much neglected by the professors of Christianity in general, or performed with too much indifference or legality of Spirit. Prayer is the breathing of the soul to God, as the fountain of all good, who alone can Grant us Spirit of Prayer, hence some are ready to conclude they are exempted from praying with their families because they lack the Spirit, and others because they have not the gift, But James says ye receive not, because ye ask not, James ch 4 vs 2. But that it is the duty of all Christians to pray with their families, will appear from the following Considerations, viz. The example of Christ praying alone, and his disciples were with him. The example of Daniel 6 & 10th. Of David's Psalms 92 & 182. 1st Peter 3 & 7th & C. Time would fail us to cite you to all the examples in Scripture. You are bound to it, 1st, from the Command of God, to teach them by example and precept. 2dly from the desire you have for their happiness. 3dly From the awful consequence threatened, for God to pour out his fury on the nations that know him not, and the families that call not on his name; and 4thly From the promises of God, that if any two of you shall agree in anything Ye shall ask it shall be done for you (43) Surely, surely there is no Father and Mother but what desires the happiness of their children both in time and Eternity. Oh! then pray with and for them, and be assured that God will bless you according to his own promise, and as the poet says:
Blessed is the pious house, where zeal and friendship meet,
Their songs of praise, their mingled vows, make their communion sweet.
We exhort hou to encourage one another to love and good work, Not only by living in peace between yourselves, But let the Wives pray in their turn, or at least to Lovingly invite and Encourage their husbands so to do. Wishing you Grace, mercy and Peace, from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ, farewell.
350 copies price 9 dollars
MINUTES OF THE TENNESSEE ASSOCIATION OF BAPTISTS
Conven's at the forks of little pigeon Meeting house in Sevier County the second Saturday in October 1809 and following days.
Printed by John B. Wood 1809
NULL & VOID
(45) Churches Ministers & Messengers October 1810
1. Gap Creek Wm Jones, Jno Colson, Gilbert Callum 0.1.1.1.1.120
2. County Line William Evans, Hugh Laremore 22.214.171.124.0.34
3. Beaver Ridge Thomas Hudeburgh, Aquilla Lane 126.96.36.199.0.59
4. Rob Camp Elijah Jones 188.8.131.52.1.38
5. Thompsons Settl Reuben Wheeler, Joel Hubbard 184.108.40.206.1.50
6. BuckHorn Valley William Ashlock 0.0.2.0.0.20
7. Sequachee Valley Tho Briant, Saml Billingsly, Wm Brewer 0.33.2.0.1.69
8. Glade Spring Elisha Chamber, John Simpson 220.127.116.11.0.49
9. Hinds Creek John Warwick 18.104.22.168.2.27
10. Powels River Thomas Griffith 22.214.171.124.0.17
11. Little flat Ck John Bayles, Francis Hamilton 0.2.0.2.1.20
12. Hickory Creek William Johnson 0.5.8.0.0.43
13. East Fk Poplar Asa Cobb, John Hickey, West Walker 0.5.8.0.0.4_
14. Big Spring George Stubblefield 126.96.36.199.2.38
15. Boyds Creek William Johnson, Saml Eaton 0.5.4.0.1.64
16. Tennessee Valley John Collins 0.3.0.1.1.25
17. Bethel South John Kedwell 0.0.2.2.0.10
18. war creek John Bryant 0.3.3.0.0.30
19. Tuckalechee Isham Guin, Henry Haggard, Richard Davis 0.0.0.0.0.59
20. dumplin Creek John Cate, Isa Newman, Jno Cate 188.8.131.52.1.50
21. Coal Creek John Weldon, William McBride 0.0.3.2.0.16
22. French Broad Duke Kimbrough, Jacob Denton, John Witt 184.108.40.206.0.36
23. Richland Creek Robert Fristoe, Henry Hawkins 0.0.1.1.1.25
24. Cumberland Rr Andrew Evans, Hugh Ellison 220.127.116.11.0.153
25. Buffaloe Creek Jno Hall, Thos Brown, Wm Harmon 0.0.0.0.0.128
26. Big Barron William Williams, James Rice 0.3.3.4.0.53
27. Stock Creek Aaron Smith, Joseph Johnson 0.2..18.104.22.168
28. F of French BR Thos Hill, Jno Aminett, Jonas Moon 0.0.1.0.1.25
29. Fks of Little Richard Wood, Spencer Clack, Daniel
Pigeon Dugan, Stephen Oldham, Abm Slover 22.214.171.124.1.179
30 Davis's Creek ----------------------------------------------- 0.0.0.0.0.33
3. A Corresponding letter cordially received from the Holston Association by the hand of their messenger Elder Caleb Witt, who being invited, took a seat with us.
4. Brethren, Caleb Witt, Duke Kimbrough, John Colson & West Walker together with the Moderator and Clerk be a Select Committee to arrange the business to be attended to on Monday.
5. Brethren Clack & Walker appointed to make the appropriations out of the fund.
6. Elder West Walker to write the Corresponding letter to the Holston Association.
7. After worship Adjourned till Monday morning 9 oclock.
Monday morning met and after worship proceeded to business
8. The Select Committee's arrangement called for read and approved, and the Committee discharged.
9. The difficulty expressed in Coal Creek letter to the Association at County line meeting House, in October 1807, and referred to the Association at East fork of Poplar creek, October 1808, and again referred to the present year, with the liberty of any who Saw cause to give their light on the subject in writing, to this Association, and said writings being read, and considerable Conversation had on the Subject.
F. B. Hood, printer Knoxville
Price Eight Dollars
Minutes of the Tennessee Association of Baptists
Convened at Gap Creek meeting House, in Powells' valley, Claiborne County, the second Saturday in October 1810 and following days.
Elder West Walker according to appointment, delivered the Introductory Sermon from Psalms 46th Chapter and 1st verse. "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in time of trouble."
p. 47 After Sermon business was opened by prayer. Elder Richard Wood was chosen Moderator, and Francis Hamilton Clerk.
Letters from thirty Churches wear (sic) read, & their messengers names enrolled.
Churches Ministers & Messengers October 1811 1810
E F Poplar Ck Wm Johnson, West Walker 126.96.36.199.0.43
Buffaloe Creek Jno Hall, Levi Rice, Thomas Brown 188.8.131.52.0.120
Thompson Reuben Wheeler, Jno Matlock, Jno 0.3.10.1.1.42
Powells River Jacob Whitman, Solomon Mason 184.108.40.206.0.41
Cumberland Rr Elijah Folio, Peter Engle, Wm Sears,
Jas Brumet, Luke Willing 220.127.116.11.2.149
Bethel South Isaac Barton, John Kedwell 0.0.0.1.0.30
Rob Camp Robt Southern, Thos Jones, Jno Shelton 18.104.22.168.2.41
Tennessee Valley Abraham Howard 0.1.0.1.0.10
Hinds Creek Richard Newport, Adam & Jacob Moser 0.4.4.0.0.28
Hickory Creek John Courtney 0.2.3.0.0.51
New Salem William Ashlock, Joseph Sinkclair 0.0.2.0.0.18
F of FB Holston Thos Hill, Jonas Moon, John Lewis 0.0.3.1.1.20
Fk Little Pigeon Richd Wood, Wm Maples, Geo Oldham 22.214.171.124.1.203
Wears Cove Isham Guin, Richard Davis 0.1.3.2.0.57
Big Spring Zach McCubbins, Jacob Hill, Isham Clarke 126.96.36.199.0.80
Coal Creek John Weldon, Robert Sinkclair 0.1.1.0.0.16
Glade Spring John English, Edm Chandler, John
Bradshaw, Charles Chambers 0.8.0.3.0.51
Boyds Creek Samuel Eakin 0.0.2.0.0.21
Little Flat Ck Francis Hamilton, John Bayles 188.8.131.52.0.27
Davis's Creek Peter Vanbever, Jno Vanbever, Elijah
Peable, Jno Carr, Jesse Cain 0.0.0.1.1.25
French Broad Joseph Witt, Samuel Carson 0.5.0.1.0.40
War Creek Isham Mills, Asahal Johnson, Thos
Sequachee Val Samuel Billingsley, Philip Parker 184.108.40.206.0.70
Beaver Ridge Francis Hudeburgh, James Scott 220.127.116.11.0.53
Dumplin Creek Jno Cate, Thos Jones, Willaby Blake 18.104.22.168.0.58
Richland Creek William Mynatt, Robert Fristoe 0.0.2.0.0.23
County line William Evans, Hugh Laremore 0.5.2.0.0.38
Big Barron Elethan Davis, Robert Whitehead 0.3.2.1.0.54
Stock Creek Aaron Smith, Michael Davis, John
Gap Creek Wm Jones, Matt Sims, James Renfroe,
Lewis Green, Thos Hoskins, Jas Roddye 22.214.171.124.9.120
Numbers: Exp.Letter.Dism.Exco.dead, Total Mbr
3. Elder Isaac Barton to write a letter of Correspondence To the Holston Association and Elder Robert Fristoe to write to the Stockton's Valley ditto.
4. A Letter of Correspondence cordially received from the Stockton's valley Assn by the hand of their messenger Elder William Rhea, who being invited took a seat with us.
5. Brethren Isaac Barton, West Walker, Thomas Hill, William Rhea and William Jones together with the Moderator & Clerk, a select committee to arrange the business to be attended to on Monday.
6. Brethren James Renfroe and Matthew Sims, Chosen to receive the Churches bounties, and make the Appropriations out of the fund.
7. After worship, Adjourned till Monday morning 9 o clock
Monday morning met and after divine Service proceeded to business.
8. The Select Committee's arrangement called for, read and received and the Committee discharged.
9. Elder John Clarke from Kentucky, being present was invited and took a seat.
10. Reference from last, Assn. is the marriage of slaves Binding for life, yea or nay. Answer as we are not able to answer the same as body, we unanimously agree to dismiss the query at the request of the Church from which it came,--with this advice to the respective Churches, to be careful to have no hand in parting married negroes, where it may be avoided.
11. Whereas Gap Creek, Beaver Ridge and County line Churches queried, and remonstrated against the Solution of a query in the ninth article of our Last years minutes, respecting the Trinity (p. 49) and upon mature deliberation find that the Association Exercised a Stretch of power beyond her limits; WE Unanimously agree to recede back to our former tennet, Which is contained the first article of our Constitution, viz: WE believe in only true and living God, and That there are three persons in the God-head, Viz: the Father, the Son, the Holy Ghost.
12. Query from Stock Creek Church, can a transient member be admitted to the Communion table yea or nay: Answer'd, left descretionary with the Church.
13. Elders Matthew Simms and Thomas Hill, appointed delegates Messengers to the Stockton's valley Association, to be held at Renix Creek, Salem meeting house, Cumberland County Kentucky, the fourth Saturday in September next.
14. Brethren Richard Newport, Isaac Barton, Isham Guin, Robert Fristoe, Thomas Brown and John Courtney appointed Messengers to the Holston district Association, to be at Beech Creek meeting house the Second Friday in August next.
15. Appropriated to Elder West Walker, for his services in the capacity of a delegate to the Stockton's Valley Assn Seven Dollars and fifty cents. Also, appropriated to the Clerk for Superintending the printing of the minutes of the present year, and other services as clerk eight dollars.
16. Ordered that three hundred and fifty copies be struck and distributed as usual - and call on the Treasurer for money to defray the Expense.
17. After prayer by the Moderator, adjourned to the second Saturday in October next, viz, 1811, at Richland meeting house, Granger County. Elder Richard Wood to preach the introductory Sermon, and in case of failure, Elder Guin Supply.
Signed by order of Association,
Francis Hamilton Clerk Richard Wood, Moderator
p. 50 Minutes of the Tennessee Association of Baptists held at Richland Meeting
house Grainger County the Second Saturday in October 1811 and following days.
Elder Richard Wood according to appointment Delivered an introductory Sermon Collassions(sic) 1st Chap & 25th verse Whom we preach warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus.
After which Letters from 31 churches were read and the following accounts taken
(see on other page)
p. 51 - 1811
Big Barron Alen Cook, Jas Rice, Alen Bledsoe 126.96.36.199.1.100
*New Cabin Patrick Ross, Jos Sinclear, Alen Tunell 188.8.131.52.0.26
Sequachee Val Philip Parker, Alen Robertson 0.6.10.1.0.93
War Creek Archibald McCoy, Asahal Johnson 0.2.11.2.3.27
E Fk Poplar Ck West Walker, John Hickey, Alen Jonhson,
Zach Peak 184.108.40.206.0.56
Wears Cove Henry Haggard, Charles Coulter 220.127.116.11.0.54
Big Spring Jno Evans, Zach McCubbins, Jonah Moon 18.104.22.168.1.91
Thompsons Ruben Wheeler, Jno Matlock, Levi Carson 0.0.0.0.0.44
Rob Camp Elias Harrison, Robt Southern 0.4.4.1.0.41
Tenn. Valley Nichodemus Hackworth 0.27.5.1.0.31
Buff. Creek John Hall, John Condley, Thos Brown
Philip Sigler, Mar Bunch 0.11.0.0.1.107
Davis Creek John Vanbever, Elijah Peabley 22.214.171.124.0.37
Glade Spring Alen McNealy, John Bracher 126.96.36.199.0.44
Beaver Ridge Thos Hudeburgh, Aquilla Long, David
Richland Cr Robt Fristoe, Henry Hawkins 0.0.0.0.0.0.
Fr Broad Duke Kimbrough, Joseph White 0.2.3.2.0.37
County line Alen Evans, Hugh Laremore 0.2.1.0.1.34
Hickory Creek John Courteny, David Bailey, Alen Erwin 188.8.131.52.0.51
L F Creek John Bayless, Francis Hamilton 184.108.40.206.0.37
Bethel South Isaac Barton, John Kidwell 0.3.4.0.0.50
Fks Little Pigeon Richd Wood, Elijah Rogers, Eben Leath,
Stephen Oldham, George Oldham, Spencer
Dumplin Creek John Lockhart, Charles Kelly 220.127.116.11.0.52
Millers Cove Richd Davis, Robt McFee 18.104.22.168.0.29
Stock Creek Thos Calloway, Michael Davis 0.0.5.0.0.19
Cove Creek Elisha Chambers, Alen McBride 22.214.171.124.0.11
Cumberland Rr Moses Folio, Henry Saunders 126.96.36.199.0.156
Gap Creek Matt Sims, Barton, Eli John Colson,
Thos Hoskins 0.4.6.5.4.112
Boyds Creek Saml Aikins, Joel Haggard, Rich Levi 188.8.131.52.0.23
Hinds Creek John Warwic, Solomon Mason 184.108.40.206.0.35
Fk Fr Broad & Thos Hill, Jonas Moon, Jacob Routh 220.127.116.11.1.16
Bullpen Thos Oden 0.0.0.0.0.68
2. Appointed Elder Richard Wood Moderator & Francis Hamilton Clerk.
3rd A new Constitution Viz Millers Cove church applied for and obtained admission in our union.
4. Corresponding letters from sister Associations cordially rec'd. Viz one from the Holston by the hands of their delegates David Bayless, John Bayless & Andrew McFarland which being invited took seats with us. 1 from the Stoctons (sic) Valey (sic) by the hand of their messenger Thos Gibbon Who being invited took a seat with us. from Cumberland Do by Bro Thos Hill but no messenger. from the concord by the hand of Bro Robt Fristoe as their Delegate by some means or other was deprived of attending &---- the happiness of his company and friendly aid.
5. Bren Barton, Hill, and Walker together with the Moderator and clerk be a select committee to arrange the business to be attended to on Monday.
6. Bren Clack and Remtfrew appointed to receive the churches Bounties & report on Monday.
7. Elders, Johnson Barton & Bayless appointed to preach on Sunday.
8. Adjound till Monday morning 9 o clock
Monday met according to adjournment
9. The select committees arrangement called for, read, recd, and the committee discharged.
10. Another new constitution Viz: Bulloc pen applied for and obtained (p. 53) admission into our union, but inasmuch as a member of this assn personally convening with their pastor Viz. Bro Alen Randolph and considering him not to be sound in the faith WE thereupon as an advisory council send a committee of inquest to inquire in union with said church into the true nature of the case for which purpose Bren Richd Wood, West Walker, Robt Fristoe, John condley, patric Ross, Spencer clack, William Johnson and Philip Parker where appointed to attend at said churches meeting house on the wednesday after the fourth Lords day inst
11. County line petition for a division of this Assn whch is refered.
12. Glade Spring petition the Assn to appoint a day of fasting and prayer for a revival of religion throughout the union. In answer to their request we set apart the Second friday in Jany 1812.
13. Cumberland River church pray a dismission from this Assn. Granted.
14. Corresponding letters to sist Assns brot forward read and approved and messengers appointed to Stoctons Valey Elders Kimbrough and Parker. To Concord Elder Robt Fristoe to Holston Bren Wood Walker Fristoe Hill Kimbrough & Courtney. To Cumberland river Elders Wood, Walker, Rogers & Aiken.
NB The forementioned Assns are to sit at the following period the cumberland river at flat lick pulaske county the first Saturday in October 1812 Concord the Saturday preceeding the fourth Lords day in September 1812 the Holston on the Second friday in August 1812 at Bent Creek m house Jefferson County (p. 54) Stoctons Valey the fourth Saturday in September 1812 at Big Fork Mhouse White Co.
15. Agreed to insert in our minutes the time of holding the several district Union Meeting viz the Southern District Union Meeting to begin the day before the second Saturday in June 1812 and following days at Boyd Creek Mhouse Sevier County. The Eastern Do to be at Big Barron Meeting house the day before the second Saturday in September and following days. Thewester Do at New Salem meeting house Anderson County the day before the second Saturday in May 1812 and following. The Northern Do the day before the second Saturday in November 1812 & C at cedar fork m house Claibourne County. The Brn appointed to receive the churches bounties report $24.66
16. Appropriated to Elders Hill & Sims for their Services in the capacity of Delegates to the Stoctons Valey Assn nine Dollar sisty six cents.
17. Ordered 350 copies of our minutes to be struck and distributed among the churches and corresponding Assns that the clerk superintend the same be allowed $5 for his trouble and other services as clerk.
18. After prayer by the moderator adjourned to the second saturday in October 1812 at Bever Ridge meeting house Kox (sic) county that Elder Isaac Barton open the same by sermon and in case of failure Elder Thos Hill to supply
Signed by the Assn Order
F Hamilton clk Richd Wood moderator
p. 55 Minutes of the Tennessee Association of Baptists
Conven'd at Bever Ridge Meeting house Knox County
The 2nd Saturday in Oct 1812 and following Days
Saturday October 10th
Elder Isaac Barton according to appointment Delivered an Introductory Sermon Marks Gospel 16 Chap & 15 verse
1st Letters from 30 churches were read and the follwing accounts taken
(see the other page)
Churches Messengers October 1812
Powels R Jac Whitman, Jac Shrader 18.104.22.168.0.-
Hinds Cr Richd Newport, Val Maples, Jas Brown,
Jas Isham 22.214.171.124.0
Stock Cr Michael Davis, Wm Davis 126.96.36.199.1.-
Fks Fr Br Holston Thos Hill, Jac Routh 0.0.3.1.0.-
Gap Cr Wm Jones, John Colson 188.8.131.52.2.-
Rob Camp Wm Williams, Wm McCarty 184.108.40.206.0-
Hickory Cr Edw Luttrell, Jno Smith 220.127.116.11.1.-
Bever Rid Thos Hudeburg, Obed Patty, John
Dumplin Cr Joseph Sullens, Thos Lowe, Ahas Kelly 10.0.3.1.1.-
Wears Cove Parsons Davis, John Wood 18.104.22.168.0.-
Bethel South Isaac Barton, Edward Daniel 22.214.171.124.0.-
New Salem Wm Tunnell, John Fannen? 126.96.36.199.0.-
War Creek Colby Buckes, Asabel Johnson 0.4.4.0.0.-
Sequachee Val Philip Parker, Wm Robertson 188.8.131.52.0.
Davis's Cr Fed Bolinger, John Vanbiber 184.108.40.206.0.-
Millers Cove Billy Holloway, Richd Davis, George
L Flat Creek John Bayless, Wm Bell, Fr Hamilton 0.11.2.0.0.-
Cove Creek Elisha Chamber, Jno Simpson, Robt White 220.127.116.11.0-
Big Barron Hardy Hughs, Thos Anderson, Jas Rice 18.104.22.168.2.-
Bulloc Pen Thos Oden, Alen Turner 22.214.171.124.0.-
Boyds Creek Elijah Rogers, Rice Levi, Fulkison 126.96.36.199.0.-
Glade Spring George Walker, Conrad Brother Jas 188.8.131.52.0.-
Big Spring Jas Sims, John Neal 0.3.9.8.1.-
Tenn Valley Abrah Howard, Nichodemus Hackworth 184.108.40.206.0.-
Buffaloe Cr Jno Hall, Phil Sigler, Jos Dyer Sr, Mac
Bunch, Dav Watson, Levi Branson, Isaac
Long, Saml McBee, Wm Dyer, Jas Dyer 220.127.116.11.0.-
Fr Broad Duke Kimbrough, Jacob Denton 18.104.22.168.0.-
County Line Wm Evans, Stephen Miller 22.214.171.124.0.-
Fk L Pigeon Richd Wood, Ebenezer Leath, H Parrott,
Jno Selvedge, Stephen Oldham, Spencer
Richland Cr Robt Fristoe, Wm Minatt 126.96.36.199.0.-
EF Poplar Cr Jno Hickey, Wm Griffith, Wm Johnson,
West Walker 188.8.131.52.0.-
The total number was missing on the page copied from
2. Appointed Elder Richd Wood Moderator and Francis Hamilton Clerk
3. Recd a corresponding letter from the Holston Assn by the hand of their messenger Bro Jonathan Rinna who being invited took a seat with us. Also another from the Cumberland River assn by the hand of their messenger Elder Thos Hill who being invited took his seat. Another from the Stoctons Valey Do By the hand of their messengers Elders Wm Mitchell and Jos Walker who being invited took their seats. And one from the Concord Do by the hand of Elder Robt Fristoe.
4. Elder Thos Hill, Wm Jones, Duke Kimbrough, Elijah Rogers and West Walker together with the moderator and clerk be a select committee to arrange the business to be attended to on Monday
5. Bros Spencer Clack & John Bayless to receive the churches Bounties who report $26.79 which was deposited in the hand of the Treasurer.
6. The following Bren appointed to write corresponding letters Viz: Elder Tunnell to the Cumberland River Assn and with Elders Wood and Rogers to be our messengers. Bro Levi to write to the Holston and Elders Barton, Kimbrough, Hill, Wood & Rogers be our messengers to the same. Bro Holloway to write the Stoctons Valey Do & Bren Oldham & Leath to be our messengers & Elder Fristoe to write to the concord Assn.
7. Adjourned till Monday morning 9 Oclock.
On the Lords day Elders West Walker Isaac Barton, Thos Hill from Kentucky and Elijah Rogers preached to a numerous respectable and well affected congregation.
Monday morning met according to adjournment & after worship proceeded to business.
8. The arrangement of the select committee called for read & recd.
9. County Line churches petition for the division of the Assn referred last year is now brought forward and rejected answered in the negative.
10. A Distress Existing in the Bounds of Buffaloe creek Church the Assn appointed a committee of inquest to consist of one member of each church in the union six excepted who are concerned. Said committee to attend on the third thursday in November next at Nouls meeting house on big flat creek Granger county.
11. On motion agreed that Glade spring church withdraw the printing of her minutes.
12. Ordered that 350 copies of our minutes be printed and distributed as usual that the clerk superintend the same and be allowed five dollars for that and other services as clerk also twelve dollars left in his hand to pay for printing the minutes and appropriated to the corresponding messengers $9.79.
13. The Eastern district Union meeting is to begin the Friday before the second Saturday in September 1813.
14. After worship adjourned till the 2nd Saturday October 1813 at Bulloc Pen Church in Tennessee Valey Roane County Elder Thos Hill to open same by sermon and in case of failure Elder Duke Kimbrough to supply.
Signed by Order of the Assn.
Francis Hamilton Clk Richd Wood Mod
Minutes of the Tennessee Association of Baptists Held at Bulloc Pen Meeting
house Tennessee Valey Roan County The 2nd Saturday in October 1813
and following days----
Elder Thos Hill delivered the Introductory Sermon 1st John 1 Chap and 3rd verse "That which we have seen and heard, declare we unto your that ye also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the father & with his son Jesus Christ".
1st After worship proceeded to business and choose Elder Richd Wood Moderator and Francis Hamilton Clerk a9a9
2nd Letters from 30 churches were read and the following accounts taken.
Churches Messengers names 1813
Fks of L pigeon Richd Wood, Jno Hatcher & Jos Bishop 184.108.40.206.0.199
War Creek Archibald McCoy 0.1.4.0.0.20
Gap Creek Jas Jenkins 220.127.116.11.0.109
Richland creek Robt Fristoe, Jno Hamil 18.104.22.168.0.65
Bulloc Pen Wm Turner, Thos Owen, J. Rice 22.214.171.124.0.26
County Line Stephen Miller 0.3.0.0.0.31
Buffalo Creek J. Hall, Dav Watson, Jas Dyer 126.96.36.199.0.120
Beaver Ridge Obed Patty 188.8.131.52.0.63
Davis,s Creek Fredr Bowlinger 184.108.40.206.0.53
French broad Duke Kimbrough, Saml Carson 220.127.116.11.1.51
Rob Camp Absalom Hurst 0.0.0.0.0.40
New Salem Joseph St Clair 18.104.22.168.0.53
Thom-sns Settlement ? Thompson, Hez Applegate 22.214.171.124.0.50
Bethel South Richd Harris 126.96.36.199.0.36
Stock Creek Jas Triece (?) 0.8.2.0.0.32
Big Barron N. Perry, Robt Whitehead, Jos Rice,
James Harris 188.8.131.52.0.101
Cave Creek George Snider, Jno Holloway 10.9.0.8.1.
Jas Hickey, John Harris 184.108.40.206.0.29
Millers Cove George Snider, Jno Holloway 10.9.0.8.1.99
Big Spring Thos Hurst 0.7.8.1.1.73
Hickry Creek Jno Courtney, Bacheus Walker, Row (?)
Childs, David Bayley 220.127.116.11.2.175
Wears Cove Noah Haggard 0.0.5.8.0.47
Glade Spring Josh English, Jas Mode (?) 18.104.22.168.1.45
Fork of poplar Cr West Walker, Wm Griffith 22.214.171.124.0.86
Sequachee Valey Elish Chambers, John Harrismon 126.96.36.199.0.147
Boyds Creek Elijah Rogers 188.8.131.52.0.30
Hinds Creek Volentine Martin, Robt White, David
Fks FB & Holston Thos Hill 184.108.40.206.0.17
Dump Creek Isaac Newman, John Elder 220.127.116.11.0.80
L. Flat creek Peter Graves, Fran Hamilton 18.104.22.168.0.52
Tennessee Valey Wm Murphy, N. Hackworth 22.214.171.124.1.37
Numbers indicate Exp.letter.dism.excom.dead.total
3. Rec'd two corresponding letters, one from the Holston Assn by the hands of their Delegates, Caleb Witt and Wm Good Who being invited took their seats. The other from Cumberland River Do: by their delegates Luke Williams & Henry Saunders who were also invited and took seats with us.
4. Elder Lewis C Davis from Georgia being present was invited and took a seat with us.
5. The following brethren were appointed to write to Corresponding sist Assn viz: Fristoe to the Cumberland River Assn and Walker to that of Holston & Hill to the Stockton Valey
6. Elders Walker, Witt & Williams together with the Moderator and Clerk be a select Committee to arrange the business to be attended to on Monday.
7. Agreed that brn Newman and Childs receive the churches bounties & report on Monday.
8. Requested that Elders Davis, Witt and Williams occupy the stage on Sunday.
9. Adjourned till Monday 9 oclock AM
10. Monday met according to adjournment and after prayer by the Moderator proceeded to business.
11. The arrangement of the select committee brought forward, read and approved and the committee discharges.
12. The difficulty with Buffaloe creek church as expressed in our last years minutes having been acted on according to the appointment of last Assn by her committee (p. 62) and the above church with their minister not meeting the charge of the said committee. We therefore consider her no more of us while in her present standing.
13. In answer to the petition of war creek church for help agreed that Elders Barton, Wood, Kimbrough, Hill and Fristoe be a committee to wait on them the fourth Saturday in February next in order to inquire to their standing and report the next Assn.
14. In Answer to the petition of beaver Ridge church for a fast day; We appoint the friday before the fourth Saturday in January 1814.
15. The petition from county line church to divide the bounds of the assn. referred.
16. In answer to the petition of the Holston Assn for some of our churches to be added to her bounds - We say, not divide except some church petition for Dismission from us.
17. Query from Richland church= Suppose a church of an hundred members constituted on certain principles which were approbated and the church incorporated in to the union, should ninety of her members together depart from the principles either in faith and practice on which they were constituted? Which would be the church the ninety or the ten or so as to apply to any number?
Answer, the ten if essence be found.
18. The corresponding letters brot foward read and approved and messengers appointed Bro Rayburn to the Stoctons Valey Bro Chambers to the Cumberland River & Elders Courtney Ross Kimbrough, Walker and Hill to the Holston.
19. Deposited in the hands of our clerk Accts 24.12-1/2 that he superintend the printing and distribution of three hundred and fifty copies of our minutes and that he be allowed five dollars for his trouble and other services as clerk Also that he pay the expense of printing the minutes out of the above fund.
20. Agree to declare against William Randolph inasmuch as he has departed from our order we therefore consider him as no more of us nor to be accountable for anything he may do or say.
21. Adjourned till the second Saturday in Oct, 1814 at French broad meeting house Jefferson County & that Elder West Walker preach the introductory sermon and in case of failure Elder Fristoe supply
Signed by order of the Assn
Test Francis Hamilton Clk Richd Wood Modr
Minutes of the Tennessee Assn of Baptists Held at French Broad Meeting house Jefferson County the second Saturday in October 1814 and following days.
Elder West Walker according to appointment at 12 oclock Delivered an Introductory Sermon Isaiah 53 Ch 1st verse
Knoxville printed by George Wilson 350 copies for 15 dollars.
1st After worship proceeded to business and chose Elder Richd Wood moderator & Fr Hamilton clerk
2nd Letters from 30 churches were recd and the following accounts taken viz----
Churches Messengers Names October 1814
Gap Creek Aaron Davis & James Renfro 126.96.36.199.1.114
Boyds Creek Elijah Rogers, Joel Haggard, Rice Levy 0.0.0.0.0.32
War creek Isham Mills, Caleb Rucker 0.0.2.3.0.19
Davis creek Jno Sharp, James Munks 188.8.131.52.0.50
Powels River Jacob Whitman, Pleasant Mc? 0.4.0.0.1.19
Hinds Creek Valentine Moulder, Isaac Daks, Jno Mullens,
Henry Moulder 184.108.40.206.0.71
Richland Creek Jeremiah Cole, Thomas Hankins 220.127.116.11.2.62
Rob Camp Robers Southern, Jesse Hurst 0.2.1.1.0.40
Fks FB Holston Thomas Hill, Jacob Routh, Randolph
Bulloc Pen William Turner, John Panky 0.0.0.0.1.24
Cove Creek Aaron Smith, James Rickey 0.5.0.0.0.22
Little Flat Ck Francis Hamilton, John Bayles 18.104.22.168.1.54
Stock Creek James Trice, James Childress 22.214.171.124.1.31
French Broad Duke Kimbrough, Charles Kelly, Abraham
Wears Cove Noah Haggard, Joshua Sims - - - - - -
Beaver Ridge Thomas Hudeburgh, Aquilla Low, James
Big Barron Robert Whitehead, James Rice 0.1.3.7.1.89
County Line John Poindexter, Hugh Laremore 0.2.0.0.0.34
E fork of Poplar Philip Suber, Hilary Masters, Patrick
Ross, West Walker 126.96.36.199.1.73
New Salem Jos st Clear, Jno Farmer, John Liep(?) Junr 0.2.0.3.2.50
Sequtchee Valley Wm Robertson, Elijah Hicks 188.8.131.52.2.105
Forks L Pigeon Richard Wood, Jonas Moon, Wm Wood,
John Hatcher 184.108.40.206.3.193
Dumplin Creek Willis Hammonds, Wm Elder, John
Glade Spring Joshua English, W M Prophet 220.127.116.11.0.-
Millers Cove George Snider, James Taylor, William
Holloway, Jas Robertson 18.104.22.168.3.-
Bethel South Isaac Barton, Edward Daniel 22.214.171.124.0.-
Thompsons Settl Andrew Baker 0.2.0.1.0.-
Hickory Creek Sterlin Camp, Jno Smith - - - - - -
Big Spring John Nile, Hiram Hurst 0.1.2.0.1.-
Tennessee Valley Abraham Howard 0.0.2.2.0.-
numbers indicate Expr.Letter.Dism.Excom.dead.total
3. Two corresponding Letters cordially received and read, VIZ: One from the Concord Assn and one from the Holston by their Messengers (Elders) Mulky and Witt: who being invited took their seats. Also a letter of inquiry from the Little River Assn, Kentucky, respecting the standing of a certain John Weldon, who had moved from this Country and Settled in their bounds.
4. In answer to the request from East Fork of Poplar Creek to have Elder WM Johnson's funeral preached at this Assn Elder Isaac Barton appointed to supply; and with him Elders Baker and Mulky to fill the stage tomorrow.
5. Bretheren Baker, Witt, Walker and Rogers together with the Modr and clerk be a select committee to arrange the Assn,s business and report on Monday
6. Appointed brn Renfro and Levi to receive churches bounties and settle with the Clerk.
7. Brn appointed to answer corresponding letters, viz: Walker to write to the Holston, Holloway to the (p. 67) Concord; and brother Renfro to answer that from Little River, Kentucky.
8. After prayer by the Modr. adjourned till Monday Morning 10 oclock. On the Lords day the stage was supplyed by the above named elders. Who preached to a numerous respectable and seeminglly well affected concourse of people, with an uncommon Degree of engagement & solemnity.
9. Monday morning 10 oclock, met according to appointment and after Divine service proceeded to business.
10. The arrangement of the select committee, called for, read, and approved, and the committee discharged.
11. Query from Hickory Creek Church? What is the power and authority of a Church; What is the power and authority of a Presbyterian? What is the power and authority of an association? Answer; WE humbly conceive that the Sole power of Christ's Spiritual Kingdom rests in his church, that we believe her to be the highest tribunal on earth; and that all Ecclesiastical powers are but delegated, and are amenable to the Church. Read Mathew 18 C 15,16,17,18 verses First Peter, 15C and first paragraph.
12. Query from the forks of L. Pigeon Church? Is it right to call forward a man to be ordained to the ministry, who they think does not possess pastoral Gifts. Answered in the negative. Read Paul's-----Titus 1st C beginning at the 5th verse, together with first Timothy, 3 C beginning at the 2d verse.
13. Query from New Salem? Respecting some regulations concerning the ordination of ministers-referred to above answer.
14. The committee to whom was referred the receiving the Churches bounties and settling with the clerk, beg leave to report as followeth, Viz: from the Churches twenty four Dollars and fifty cents and in the hands of the clerk seven Dollars twelve and a half cents, making in the whole thirty one Dollars sixty two and a half cents which was deposited in the hands of br. Aqualla Lane. Who is appointed treasure for this association.
15. Enquiry from Bethel South? Can any thing be done for Buffaloe. Answer: WE recommend to the respective Churches composing this association to voluntarily Send as many helps as they think proper, in order to labour with Buffaloe Creek Church; to bring them to duty in way of reconciliation to the general Union. To meet at Nauls M. House the fourth Friday, Saturday and Sunday in November next.
16. Query from Thompsons Settlement. Is it justifiable for a member of the church to profess to have skill in and practice as a healer upon persons supposed to be bewitched or is it right to apply to such. Answer in the negative. Read Paul to the Ephesians 5C & 11V (Divine healing).
17. Request from E fork of Poplar Creek, to perpetuate the memory of elder Wm Johnson; deceased - agreed that a piece Composed in the letter from said Church, to be printed in our Minutes. We have to mourn the loss of our elder brother William Johnson, Who in the cause of his Great Master, on the 26th of February, 1814, after an illness of more than twelve months encountered his last enemy with all the courage and fortitude of a Christian, and carried with him all the evidence and tokens of Conqueror: to triumph forever in that great prize. Stained for him throu the blood of the Lamb after being in the ministry nearly fifty years and leaving behind him for an example an unspotted character and we may truly say, "His bow in it's full strength abounds.
18. The Tennessee Assn of Baptists, recommend to the respective churches of this union; and others who may think proper to join us, to set apart and appropriate the Friday before next New year as a day of fasting and prayer to Almightly God, that WE may be humbled as a nation and that as far as is consistent with his Divine will, in infinite goodness and eternal wisdom it may please him to be at the helm of all our affairs both in Church and State; that his just judgements may be removed which appears to be hanging over our guilty Land and Nation. - Amen.
19. In answer to petitions of Sequatchee Valley, County Line and Bethel South curches, for letters of dismission from this Assn to join elsewhere. Granted.
20. The Several district union meetings to be held as followeth; 1st the Western District to be uniformly held on the second Saturday and day preceding and day following in May each year. The Sothern (sic) Do. The next to be at Richland M. House. The Northern Do. to be on the 2d Saturday in November each year, the places being changed from time to time therefore cannot be inserted.
21. Agreed that elder West Walker prepare a circular letter for next year, and left to choose his own subject.
22. The Clerk requested to Superintend the printing and distribution of 350 copies of our Minutes, and call on the (p. 71) Treasurer for money to defray the expense. Also that he be allowed five Dollars for his trouble and other services as Clerk.
23. Brethren appoint Messengers to corresponding Associations, Viz: To concord Assn Patrick Ross, Willis Damonds, and Wm Williams. To the Holston District Richard Wood, West Walker, Duke Kimbrough, Rice Levi, Noah Haggard, Aaron Smith, William Williams and Wm Wood.
24. After prayer by the Moderator, dismissed by adjournment till the second Saturday in October 1815, at Glade Springs M. House, Campbell County, Powels Valley - Elder Richd Wood to preach the introductory Sermon and in case of failure, Elder Duke Kimbrough to supply.
Signed by order of Association
Francis Hamilton, Clerk Richard Wood, Modr.
MINUTES OF THE TENNESSEE ASSOCIATION OF BAPTISTS
Holden at Glade Springs Meeting House Campbell County, Powel's Valley, the second Saturday in October 1815 and following days.
Sunday, October 14th, according to appointment Elder Richard Wood delivered an introductory Sermon, for the prophecy of Haggai 2d C and 3d 4th Verse
G. Wilson, Printer, Knoxville 500 copies for $19
1st After worship proceeded to business and chose Elder Richd Wood, Modr and Francis Hamilton, Clerk.
2d Letters from 27 Churches was read, and Messengers names enrolled
p. 73 October 1815
Churches Ministers & Messengers
Glade Springs George Walker, Jno Vanderpool 126.96.36.199.1.48
E fork Poplar Creek West Walker, Jacob Peak, Philip Sieber,
Edmond Ellis, Patrick Ross 0.1.1.3.0.70
Dumplin Creek Thomas Jones, William Elder, Moses Dodges
Gap Creek Wm Jones, Thomas Jones, Daniel Duff,
Thos Massy, Thos Hoskins 188.8.131.52.2.123
Rob Camp Robert Suthern, Lemuel Pitman 0.5.3.0.0.42
Richland Creek Robert Fristoe, Jno Hamil, Thos Hall 184.108.40.206.1.64
New Salem John Turner, James Tunnell 0.0.9.2.0.38
Little Flat Ck Peter Graves, Francis Hamilton 220.127.116.11.1.52
Big Barron Ck Wm Williams, Elnathon Davis, James Rice 18.104.22.168.0.87
Hickory Creek Jno Courtney, Thos Reed, Jno Parr, Robert
Childs, Peter Monger, Dickison Morris,
Daniel Duggen 22.214.171.124.2.181
Fks FB-Holston Thomas Hill, Luke Stansberry 0.1.1.0.0.11
Thompsons Settl Hezekiah Applegate, James Gilbert 126.96.36.199.4.39
Big Spring Marcuries Cook 0.7.5.0.0.73
F Little Pigeon Richd Wood, Jonas Moon, Jno Hatcher,
Thos Williams, Wm Maples, Spencer Clack,
Ebenezer Leath, Geo Long, Wm Woods,
John Roberts 188.8.131.52.0.188
Cove Creek Aaron Smith 184.108.40.206.0.22
Millers Cove Geo Snider, James Taylor, Richd Davis 220.127.116.11.1.69
War Creek Coleby Rucker, William Crag 0.0.2.0.0.19
Wears Cove Noah Haggard 0.2.4.0.0.45
Boyds Creek Joel Haggard, Elijah Rogers, Rice Levi 0.2.4.0.0.31
Hinds Creek Richard Newport, Voluntine Moulder, Jas
Hicks, Samuel Magby 18.104.22.168.0.65
Beaver Ridge Thomas Hudeburgh, Aquilla Low, Obed Patty
Davis's Creek Willis Gray, Jno Vanbever, John Carr 22.214.171.124.0.59
Buffaloe Creek Jno Mal--, Lemuel Branson, Jno Huff,
Isaac Long 126.96.36.199.0.00
Powels River Jacob Witman, Pleasant McBride 0.3.0.2.0.19
F Broad Duke Kimbrough, Joseph Counts 188.8.131.52.----
Stock Creek Aaron Hood, James Trice 0.1.3.1.----
Six Mile Ck William Holloway, John Holloway 184.108.40.206.----
Numbers indicate - Exp.Letter.Dism.Excom.dead,total
3rd A new constitution, viz: Six Mile Creek petitioned for and obtained admission into our Union.
4th Three Corresponding Letters cordially received and read Viz: one from the Holston Assn. by the hand of their Messenger, Br. Charles Kelly, who being invited took a seat with us. One from the Concord Assn but no Messenger. And one from the Union, Ky. Do by the hand of their messenger br John Anderson, who being invited took a seat with us.
5th Appointed Brn to answe the Corresponding letters from Sr Associations Viz: Walker to write to Concord Assn. B Holloway to the Union, Ky Do. and S. Clack to that of Holston.
6th Messengers appointed to the above Associations, Viz: to the Holston, Thos Hill, Moses Hodges, West Walker, Jonas Moon and Richard Wood; to the Union, Ky Wm Johnson, Jno VA(?), Thos Hoskins and Aaron Smith; to the Concord by letter.
7th Appointed Brn West Walker, Thomas Hill, Duke Kimbrough and Spencer Clack, Sr together with the Modr and Clerk a Select committee to arrange the businss to be attended to on Monday.
8th After worship adjourned till Monday morning 10 oclock. Monday morning met from adjournment and after prayer by Moderator proceeded to business.
N.B. Elders Kimbrough, Hill and Jones requested to supply the stage on the Lord's day, which they accordingly did and preached to a numerous and respectable audience.
9th on report of a committee recommended from last assn in order to labour with Buffaloe Creek, said committee report that the Church was happily gained; with which report the Assn was unanimously satisfied, and the Church admitted to the union.
10th The arrangement of the select committee called for, read, and received and the committee discharged.
11th In answer to a letter addressed to this assn from the Rev. Luther Rice on the subject of Missionary exertion at the Baptist Society in the United States: Agreed to appoint Brethren West Walker and Francis Hamilton, in order to write and give the Philadelphia Missionary Board the necessary information they want from us; and also to receiving communications intend for this association.
12th Query from New Salem. Is it agreeable to Gospel order for any set of Church members to go another Church, and demand her keys, yea or nay.....Answered nay.
13th The Brethren appointed to receive the Churches contributions report...25 Dollars and 75 cents, together with 11 Dollars and 30 cents in the hands of the Treasurer; making in the whole 36 Dollars and 5 cents.
14th Petition from Richland to begin the assn Sooner in the year...answered in the negative.
15th Petition from Rob Camp to begin the assn on Friday. answered ditto.
16th We unanimously agree to notify the respective charges of the Baptist order to be aware of a certain Robert G. Dennon, as a disorderly man, who has a letter of Dismsn from a church in our union.
17th Corresponding Letters to Sr associations read, and received the signature of the Moderator and Clerk.
18th ordered that 500 copies of our minutes be struck, that the Clerk Superintend the printing and distribution of the same, and that he be allowed five Dollars for his trouble and other services as clerk. Also appropiated ten Dollars to Br. Wm Williams for his services in the capacity of a delegate to the Concord Baptist assn.
19th Our next assn will be held at Millers Cove Meeting House in Blount County, on the second Saturday in Oct. 1816. That Elder Duke Kimbrough preach the introductory sermon and in case of failure Elder Wm Jones to supply.
Signed by order of Association
Francis Hamilton, Clerk Richard Wood, Modr.
MINUTES OF THE TENNESSEE ASSOCIATION OF BAPTISTS
Holden at Millers Cove Meeting House Blount County, Tennessee, the Second Saturday in October 1816 and following days...
Elder Duke Kimbrough, According to Appointment, At 12 oclock Delivered an introductory Sermon.
Romans, 5th Chapter, and 1st verse: Therefore being justified by faith, we have grace with God, through our Lord Jesus Christ."
Printed by Heiskell & Brown
500 copies for $15.00
p. 78 First--Letters from twenty-six Churches read, and the following accounts taken;
CHURCHES MESSENGERS NAMES OCTOBER 1816
Millers Cove George Snider, Richard Davis, Thos Morris 0.0.2.2.0.65
Buffaloe John Hall, William Hutcheson 0.0.0.0.0.00
French Broad Duke Kimbrough, Joseph Witt, Joseph
Little Flat Ck John Bayless 220.127.116.11.0.4-
Hinds Creek James Isom, John Norwich, James Hicks 18.104.22.168.1.91
Davis's Creek John Sharp 0.0.70.0.3.38
Six Mile Creek William Holloway, William Pugh 22.214.171.124.2.52
Boyds Creek Elijah Rogers, Rice Levy 126.96.36.199.1.32
E fork Poplar Creek West Walker, Jacob Peak 0.1.3.2.0.68
Hickory Creek Hillary Master, Patric Ross, John Courtney,
Henry Soward, Robert Tunnel, Daved Bayley
New Salem Joseph Sinclair 188.8.131.52.0.35
Glade Spring Jas Hickey, Jas Moad 184.108.40.206.0.41
---Lock Creek Michael Davis 0.0.4.1.0.24
Beaver Ridge Thomas hudeburg, Aquilla Low, James
Dumplin Creek Isaac Newman, John Lockhert, Moses
Hodges, Wm Elder, Charles Kelley 0.7.8.3.1.92
Big Barron William Cook, Jas Rice 220.127.116.11.1.87
War Creek Archibald McCoy, Jas Giddons 0.0.0.0.0.23
Powels River Jacob Whiteman 0.1.1.1.0.20
Wears Cove Thomas Walker, Mignon Baze 0.0.6.0.1.33
Big Spring Richard Hopper 0.4.5.2.0.71
Cedar Fork Elias Harrison 0.1.1.0.1.42
Cove Creek Aaron Smith 18.104.22.168.0.21
1816 Knox Co.
F of Little Pigeon Richard Wood, William Wood, John
Roberts, Henry Parrott, George Long 22.214.171.124.4.180
Fk of FB & Holston Luke Stansberry, Randall Davenport 0.0.0.0.0.17
Gap Creek Jacob Sawder 0.0.34.0.0.84
Richland Creek Major Lea 0.1.5.0.0.58
Bullock Pen without messengers - the nos. 24
Tennessee Valley 1814 as present 36
Numbers indicate: Expr.Letter.Dism.Excom.Dead.Total
2nd Proceeded to Choose Elder Elijah Rogers Moderator and William Wood Clerk.
3rd Three Corresponding letters read and cordially received viz; One from Concord Association but no messengers: One from the Holston Association by the hand of their Messengers, Isaac Barton and Reece Bayless, who being invited, took seat with us; and one from the Knox County Association by the hands of the Delegates, Elijah Foley and Hugh Allison who being invited took seat with us, and brethren appointed to answer them as follows: viz: Rice Levy to answer the Knox Corresponding Letter, John Lockhert to answer the Holston ditto, and William Halloway to answer the Concord ditto.
4th Brother Luther Rice, Agent of the Baptist Board for Foreign Missions, came and offered himself in this office to the Association, and was unanimously received.
5th In consequence of a petition from Poplar Creek and Hickory Creek, the Association appointed Brethren Richard Wood, Major Lea, and West Walker with the corresponding delegates from the Holston assn as a committee in conjunction with brother Rice to concert measures for the Constitution of a Missionary Society.
6th Appointed brethren Duke Kimbrough, Charles Kelly, John Courtney, Robert Tunnell and John Bayless, together with the Moderator and Clerk, as a select Committee to arrange the business to be attended to on Monday.
7th Brethren Luther Rice, West Walker and Isaac Barton appointed to fill the Stage on the morrow to begin at 10 oclock. (Agreeable to appointment the above named brethren preached to a numberous, respectable and seemingly attentive audience.)
Met according to adjournment, and after prayer by the Moderator proceed to business.
8th The arrangement of the Select Committee called for, read and approved and the committee discharged.
9th Agreeably to a request of brother Rice, the Association advise the Several Constituent Churches, to report annually the names and numbers of their ministers, ordained and licensed.
10th Brethren Jacob Peak and Moses Hodges appointed to receive the Churches bounty, who report from the churches $24.75 and in the hand of the Treasurer $2 making in all $26.75.
11th the Committee appointed to concert measures for a Missionary Society came forward and the constitution being read, we, as individuals: (though not to involve our Churches in any case) have given our sanction to bring such plan into operation.
12th Query from Stock Creek. Is it agreeable to Gospel order for a Deacon to hold his office after his wife be dead and he married to another woman who is not of our order? Referred for futer (sic) consideration.
13th Petition from big barron, Powels River, Glade Spring, Big Spring, Cedar Fork, Buffaloe Creek, Gap Creek and Cove Creek, for a division of the association which is referred.
14th In answer to a petition from Forks of Little Pigeon and Wears Cove for a Fast Day, we agree to set apart the first day of next January as a day of Fasting and prayer to Almighty God, that he would revive his work amongst all ranks of people continute that Benediction to our nation which we have long enjoyed.
15th Elder West Walker appointed to write a Circular Letter for next year.
16th Ordered that 500 Copies of our minutes to be struck, and that the Clerk Superintend the printing of the same
and be allowed Five Dollars for that and other services as Clerk.
17th Brethren appointed Messengers to Corresponding Associations viz: to Holston, William Wood, Duke Kimbrough, George Snider, Richard Harper and John Courtney To the Kentucky, Rice Levy.
18th After prayer by the Moderator - dismissed by adjournment till the first Saturday in October 1817, at Hickry Creek Meeting House, Knox County - Elder Elijah Rogers to preach the Introductory Sermon, and in Case of failure, Elder George Snider to supply.
Signed by order of the Association.
Elijah Rogers Moderator William Wood, Clerk
Here follows a list of the Ministers in the bounds of this Association.
Churches Ordained Ministers Licensed Preachers
Millers Cove 1. George Snider 1 Richard Davis,
James Tailor 2
Buffaloe Creek 2. John Hall 1 0
French Broad 3. Duke Kimbrough 1 0
Hinds Creek 4. Richard Newport Samuel Magby 1
Valentine Moulder 2
Six Mile Creek 5. 0 Wm Holloway 1
Boyds Creek 6. Elijah Rogers Joel Haggard 1
Rice Levy 2
E Fk Poplar Ck 7. West Walker Michael Sellers 1
Patric Ross 2
Hickory Creek 8. Jim Courtney
D N Morris
New Salem 9. 0 John Farmer 4
Glade Spring 10. George Walker 1 Jas Hickey 1
Fks of Little Pigeon 11. Richard Wood Geo Long
Jonas Moon Jn Roberts
Dnl Layman 3 Wm Wood
Ebenezer Leath 4
Gap Creek 12. Wm Jones
Thos Massey 2 0
Richland Creek 13. Robt Fristoe 1 Maj Lea
Isaac Long 2
F's F.B.& Holston 14. Thos Hill 1 0
Beaver Ridge 15. Thos Hudeburg Obed Patty
Dumplin Creek 16. 0 John Lockhert
Charles Kelly 2
Big Barron 17. Wm Williams 1 0
Cove Creek 18. 0 Aaron Smith 1
Cedar Fork 19. Robert Southern
Samuel Pittman 2 0
There are a number of others who are not here named that exercise their gifts in the bounds of their respective Churches.
p. 84 MINUTES OF THE TENNESSEE ASSOCIATION OF BAPTISTS
Held at Hickory Creek Meeting House, Knox County, Tennessee, the First Saturday in October 1817 And Following Days.
Elder Elijah Rogers According to Appointment at 12 oclock Delivered An introductory Sermon.
Romans 13th Chapter and 14th verse "But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh to fulfil the lusts thereof."
Printed by Heiskell & Brown 500 Copies for $15
CHURCHES MESSENGERS NAMES OCTOBER 1817
Boyds Creek Elijah Rogers 126.96.36.199.1.32
Richland Creek Robert Fristoe, William Mynett 0.1.4.1.0.50
Bullock Pen William Turner, Robert Walker 188.8.131.52.3.19
Davis's Creek Jesse Cain 184.108.40.206.0.32
War Creek Archibald McCoy 0.0.0.0.0.22
Dumplin Creek John F. Henderson, John Lockhert 220.127.116.11.0.88
Six Mile Creek William Pugh, John Holloway 18.104.22.168.0.53
Millers Cove George Snider, James Taylor 22.214.171.124.1.70
New Salem Joseph Sinclair, Aaron Smith 0.2.2.0.0.37
Stock Creek Aaron Hood, James Trice 0.2.1.4.0.21
Thompsons Settlemt Hezekiah Applegate, Jas Barton 126.96.36.199.1.41
Big Barron Hez Branson, Robert Whitehead, Richd
Fks Little Pigeon Richd Wood, Geo Long, Jn Lindsey, Wm
Fks FB & Holston William Wilson 0.3.0.0.0.20
Cedar Fork Robt Southern, Elias Harrison 0.0.1.1.1.40
Gap Creek William Jones 0.2.2.1.1.50
Big Spring Richard Harper 1.3.1..0,1,73
Buffaloe Creek John Hall, Andrew McPheters 0.0.0.0.0.90
Little Flat Creek Eli Skaggs 0.0.3.1.1.36
Beaver Ridge Thos Hudeburg, Aquilla Low, Obed Patty 188.8.131.52.0.54
Cole Creek James Baxter, John Harness 0.0.3.1.0.21
French Broad Duke Kimbrough, Henry Randel 184.108.40.206.0.69
Hickory Creek John Courtney, John Parr, Edward Luttrell,
Rowland Chiles, Jn Freeman, David Bayley 220.127.116.11.0.175
E F of Poplar Creek West Walker, Patrick Ross, Jacob Peak,
Wm Griffith 0.6.2.2.0.68
Glade Spring Geo Walker, James Hickey, Timothy
Hinds Creek Isaac Oaks 18.104.22.168.0.95
Wears Cove without messenger-Nov 1814 33
Powels River without messenger-Nov 1814 20
Tennessee Valey without messenger-Nov 1814 36
2. Elder Elijah Rogers chosen Moderator and Wm Wood Clerk.
3. Received two corresponding letters, viz. one from the Holston Association, by the hand of their delegate, Elder Isaac Barton who being invited, took a seat with us. And appointed brother Robert Fristoe to answer the same, one from union, Ky ditto, by the hand of their delegate Andrew Evans who being invited took a seat with us, and brother Aaron Smith, appointed to answer same.
4. Brother William Jones, Duke Kimbrough, Isaac Barton, West Walker, George Snider and Richard Wood together with Moderator and Clerk, as a select committee, to arrange the business to be attended to on Monday.
5. Elders Daniel Parker from W.T. Isaac Barton and Elijah Rogers to occupy the stage on tomorrow, commencing at 10 oclock. After prayer by the Moderator adjourned till Monday 10 oclock. (Agreeable to appointment the above name Brethren preached to a numerous, respectable and seemingly attentive audience.)
Met according to adjournment, and after prayer by the Moderator proceeded to business.
6. The arrangement of the Select committee called for, read, and approved and the Committee discharged.
7. Brethren George Snider and William Pugh appointed to receive the Churches bounty - who report from the Churches $27.38 3/4, that in the hands of the Clerk $6.62 1/2 making in all $34.1-1/4.
8. Reference from last association concerning a division of the association, Which is agreed to as follows, viz: (p. 87) Gap Creek, Cedar Fork, Glade Spring, Cole Creek, Hinds Creek, Big Spring, War Creek, Powels River, Thompsons Settlemtn, Davis Creek, Buffaloe Creek and Big Barron: which number and names above written are Considered free, to be a new constitution to themselves.
Requested from Hinds Creek Church that this association to answer an assertion of a Mr. John Hutchison, a Methodist circuit rider, who in public, asserted, that a translation of the New Testament by Mr. John Wesley had been received by the Baptists as sacred more than twenty years ago, desiring to Know of this association agreeable to the best of their knowledge. Whether the assertion to be true or not?
Answer, from the best authority that we have received from England, Wales, Germany and the United States, such a thing has never come to our Knowledge, but we are certainly informed that the Old and New Testament translated by order of King James the 1st has been always the standard for the Baptists.
Query, from poplar creek. How shall or ought we to behave ourselves toward preachers and people that have altered the New Testament and those that adhere to and propagatae the Same? Answer; We believe that any person either in a public or private capacity, who would adhere to or propagate any alteration of the New Testament contrary to that already translated by order of King James the 1st (p. 88) that is now in common use, ought not to be encouraged, but agreeable to the Apostles words to match such and have no fellowship with them, and for the authority of our belief, we refer to the following Scriptures, viz: Deuteronomy 4th Chap. and 2 verse, chap and 32, Chap. 28 and verse 14, Joshua 1 and 7, Proverbs 30 and 6, Rev 22 and 18 19, 2 John 10 verse.
11. The western district Union Meeting held at Stock Creek, commences on Friday preceding the Second Saturday in May next. The eastern district, the Friday preceding the second Saturday in June, at Dumplin Creek.
12. Brethren, West Walker, Richard Wood, John Courtney, Duke Kimbrough, John Hall, Richard Harper and Wm Wood appointed as corresponding delegates to the Holston association, and Brethren Aaron Smith and James Hickey to the union Kentucky Association.
13. Brethren West Walker and Robert Fristoe appointed to write a circular letter for the next assn.
14. Ordered, that 500 copies of our minutes to be struck, that the Clerk superintend the printing and distributing the same and be allowed five Dollars for his services.
15. Our next association to be held at Dumplin Creek Meeting House, Jefferson County, E.T. the first Saturday in October next, and following days. Elder George Snider appointed to preach the introductory sermon, and in case of failure elder West Walker to supply.
After prayer by the moderator, adjourned till the next association in course:
Signed by order of the Association.
William Wood, Clerk. Elijah Rogers, Moderator
Here follows a list of the Ministers in the bounds of this Association.
Churches Ordained Ministers Licensed Preachers
Millers Cove 1. George Snider 1 Richard Davis
James Tailor 2
Buffaloe Creek 2. John Hall 1 0
French Broad 3. Duke Kimbrough 1 0
Hinds Creek 4. Richard Newport
Valentine Moulder 2 0
Six Mile Creek 5. 0 Wm Holloway
Wm Pugh 2
Boyds Creek 6. Elijah Rogers Joel Haggard 1
Rice Levy 2
E Fk Poplar Ck 7. West Walker Michael Sellers 1
Patrick Ross 2
Hickory Creek 8. 0 John Courtney
Dan Morris 3
New Salem 9. 0 Aaron Smith 1
Glade Spring 10. George Walker 0
James Dickey 2
F's Little Pigeon 11. Richard Wood Geo Long
Jonas Moon Jn Roberts
Dnl Layman 3 Wm Wood 3
Gap Creek 12. Wm Jones
Thos Massey 2 0
Richland Creek 13. Robert Fristoe 1 Major Lea 1
F's FB & Holston 14. Thos Hill 1 0
Beaver Ridge 15. Thos Hudeberg 1 Obed Patty 1
Dumplin Creek 16. 0 John Lockhert 1
Big Barron 17. Wm Williams 1 Samuel Magby 1
Cove Creek 18. 0 Aaron Smith 1
Cedar Fork 19. Robert Southern
Samuel Pitman 2 0
Thompsons Settlemt 20. 0 Hezikiah Applegate 1
MINUTES OF THE TENNESSEE ASSOCIATION OF BAPTISTS
Dumplin Creek Meeting House, Jefferson County, on the first Saturday in October 1818 and following days.
Elder George Snider, According to appointment delivered an introductory Sermon, Rom 1st chap. 16th verse "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ; for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek."
500 Copies for $11 Heiskell & Brown, Printers October 24, 1818
Letters from the 14 Churches were read and the following accounts taken, viz:
October 24, 1818
Churches Names of Delegates
Millers Cove James Taylor, Richard Davis, Wm Taylor,
Thomas Blair 0.1.2.1.0.70
Beaver Ridge Thos Hudeburgh, Elijah Hicky, Jos Frost,
James Hicks 22.214.171.124.1.61
E Fk Poplar Creek West Walker, Jac Peak, Martin Rector, John
Farmer, Micah Cellers 126.96.36.199.0.70
F's L Pigeon Richard Wood, Dan Layman, Thos Williams,
Geo Long, Henry Parrott, Wm Wood 188.8.131.52.1.191
Six Mile Creek Geo Snider, Wm Holloway, Jno Snider,
Ed Hollaway 184.108.40.206.0.50
Hickory Creek John Courtney, Hen Davis, Robert Tunnell 220.127.116.11.1.188
New Salem Jos Sinclair, Abner Farmer 18.104.22.168.0.31
F's FB & Holston Luke Stansbury, George Wolf 22.214.171.124.0.17
Bullock Pen William Turner 126.96.36.199.0.19
French Broad Duke Kimbrough, Henry Randolph, Jac. Denton 0.8.4.1.0.72
Boyds Creek Elijah Rogers, Rice Levi 188.8.131.52.0.30
L.F. Creek John Bayless 184.108.40.206.0.36
Stock Creek Joseph Jonson, James Trice 220.127.116.11.0.24
Dumplin Creek John Lockhart, Thomas Johnson, Isaac Gentry 18.104.22.168.10.96
Richland Creek was reported by Delegates viz Robert Fristoe,
Obediah Chase, but no letter 58
Wears Cove & without representation. There former numbers 33
Tennessee Valley as follows 36
3rd. Appointed Elder Elijah Rogers Moderator & Wm Wood Clerk
4th. Bren Jacob Peak and Robt Tunnell appointed to receive the churches bounties, who report as follows: the present years collection $14.97 1/2 in the treasury $13.51.1/4 making in the whole $28.38 3/4.
5th. Rec'd a corresponding letter from the Holston Association viz: at the hand of their delegates Revs Isaac Barton and Thos L. Hale who being invited took seats with us and we appointed Bro. William Halloway to answer it, and bren Duke Kimbrough; John Lockhert, and John Courtney appointed as corresponding delegates to the same. Also, appointed Elder West Walker to write a corresponding letter to the newly constituted Association at powels valey and bren Robt Fristoe, Thos Read, John Bayless and James Hicks as correspondants to the same.
6th. Appointed brethren West Walker, Isaac Barton, Richd Wood, Geroge Snider and Henry Randolph together with the Moderator and clerk, a select committee to arrange the business to be attended to on Monday.
7th. Elders Isaac Barton, West Walker and William Halloway, appointed to preach on Sunday.
Adjourned till Monday 11 oclock.
Note, the above named brethren preached on Sunday to numberous respectable and seemingly well affected congregation.
Monday met according to adjournment and after prayer by the Moderator proceeded to business.
8th. The arrangement of the select committee called for, read and approved; and the committee discharged.
9th. Brother Robt Fristoe according to appointment from the last association presented a circular letter on the impropriety of Mr. Wesley's New Testament. The association after hearing it read, changed their design of its circular character to that of a pamphlet and selected a committee, viz: Elders West Walker, Richd Wood, George Snider, Duke Kimbrough, Elijah Rogers, Rice Levi; with brethren Joseph P. Wood, John Bailess, William Halloway, Robt Tunnell, Thos Rice and William Wood to examine, to the best of their skill and abilities the above named work and give it such encouragement as they shall deem most for the glory of God and the peace and safety of Zion: which committee is to meet at Bro. Jacob Peaks in Anderson County by the Thursday before the second Saturday in May next, and the delegates composing this association bind themselves to brother Fristoe to support him in the expences of the work.
10th. Elder West Walker presented a circular letter from a mission society in Kentucky relative to our American Indians which being read the association declines giving it a present answer.
11th. Elder Richd Wood presented a letter from Elder M. Smith of Kentucky relative to a history of the western Baptists praying to be furnished with materials for the business, which the members of this assn agree to furnish relative to their individual churches and appoint Br Wm. Wood to write and present to the said Smith the history of the Association.
12th. The clerk appointed to post the Minutes of seven years past in the Ledger and be allowed seven dollars for the Same.
13th. Ordered that 300 copies of our Minutes be struck and that the clerk attend the printing and distribution of the same and be allowed six dollars.
14. After prayer by the Moderator adjourned till the first Saturday in October next at New Salem meeting house, Anderson County. Elder Richd Wood to preach the introductory sermon; and in case of failure Elder Elijah Rogers to supply.
Signed by the Association
William Wood, Clerk Elijah Rogers, Mdr.
Names of Preachers
Churches Ordained Licensed
Beaver Ridge Thomas Hudeburgh Obed Patty, Ely Cleaveland
E F poplar creek West Walker Micah Sellers
F Little Pigeon Richard Wood Geo Long, Wm Wood
Dumplin Creek John Lockhart
French Broad Duke Kimbrough
Fk FB & Holston Thomas Hill
Boyds Creek Elijah Rogers
Six Mile Creek George Snider Wm Halloway, Wm
Hudeburgh, Jas Taylor
Millers Cove Richard Davis
Richland Creek Robert Fristoe Major Lea, Isaac Long
Hickory Creek Daniel Morris
p. 96 MINUTES OF THE TENNESSEE ASSOCIATION OF BAPTISTS
Held at New Salem Meeting house, Anderson County on the first Saturday in October 1819, and following days. Elder Richard Wood, according to appointment delivered an introductory sermon from 16th Chapter of Marks Gospel 15th and 16th verses. "Go ye into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature, he that believeth and is baptised, shall be saved and he that believeth not shall be damned.
Letters from fourteen Churches were read, and the following accounts were taken VIZ
Churches Names of delegates October 1819
Hickory Creek John Courtney, Henry Soward, Arnold Moss,
Sterling Kemp, John Freeman, Rowland Childs
Boyds Creek Elijah Rogers, Rice Levi 0.5.5.0.1.-
E F Poplar Creek Philip Seaber(?), Wm Griffeth, Patrick Ross,
West Walker 22.214.171.124.3.-
Fk little pigeon Richard Wood, Geo Long, Daniel Layman,
Henry parrot 126.96.36.199.3.-
French Broad Duke Kimbrough, Wm Brimer 188.8.131.52.1.58
Millers Cove Welcomb Bierd, W. Jeffers 184.108.40.206.1.73
Stock Creek Joseph Johnson, Jas Trice, James Childers 220.127.116.11.0.28
Dumplin Creek William Burnett 0.2.6.3.1.83
Six Mile Creek Geo Snider, Jas Robertson, Jno Niell,
Josh Stephens, Isaac Wilbourn 18.104.22.168.3.55
Bullock Pen James Majors 22.214.171.124.0.19
L flat Creek Peter Graves 126.96.36.199.0.32
Fks FB & Holston Randal Devenport 0.0.0.2.0.14
New Salem Jos Sinclair, Henry Farmer, Jno Leib, Jr.,
Aaron Smith 188.8.131.52.0.38
Richland Creek Tho Hawkins, Isaac Long 184.108.40.206.0.34
Beaver Ridge Thos Hudeburgh, Obed Patty, Eli Cleveland 220.127.116.11.2.66
Friendship Henry Randolph, Jos Johnson 18.104.22.168.0.52
Beaver Creek Willis Hammon .12
Little Emery Asa Cobb, Thos Hall, Jno Farmer, Miche
2nd Appointed Elder Elijah Rogers Moderator and Robert Tunnell Clerk.
3rd Friendship, Beaver Creek and little Emery prays for admission into our union, which was granted.
4th Received a corresponding letter from the Holston Association by the hands of their delegates Rev. Isaac Barton, Ejihu Millican, Hughes O'Taylor, who being invited took their seats with us and appointed Elder West Walker to answer it and brethren Willis Hammons (p. 98) Richard Wood, Elijah Rogers, Duke Kimbrough, Thomas Hudeburg, Henry Randolph, Henry parrott and West Walker our correspndants to the same.
5th Also received a corresponding letter from powels Valley Association by the hands of their delegates Samuel McBee, Richard Newport, Hezekiah Applegate and James Rice who being invited took their seats with us, and appointed Elder Rice Levi to answer it, and brethren Richard Wood, West Walker, Wm Hammons, Eli Cleveland, Michei Seller, John Farmer, Isaac Long and Aaron Smith our correspondant to the same.
6th Appointed Elders George Snider, Isaac Barton, Duke Kimbrough and Samuel McBee, together with the Moderator and Clerk, a select committee to arrange the business to be attended to on Monday.
7th Elders George Snider, Duke Kimbrough and Isaac Barton appointed to preach on Sunday. Adjourned with prayer by the Moderator until Monday morning 10 oclock. The above named ministers preached on Sunday to a numerous, respectable and seemingly well affected congregation. Monday met according to adjournment and after prayer by the Moderator, proceeded to business.
8th The arrangement of the Select committee read, approved, and this committee discharged.
9th The committee appointed by the last years's association to examine a written pamphlet wrote by Robert Fristoe (p. 99) on the impropriety of the alteration of the new Testament by John Wesley met for that purpose and said Fristoe failing to attend with said pamphlet the examination fell through.
10th Appointed Brethren Rice Levi, Michai Sellers to receive the Churches Bounties who report as follows the present years collections is $26.50-3/4
11th Query from Beaver Ridge Church, Which is most agreeable to Gospel order in the constitution of churches a written summary of their faith comprised within their constitution or their say so. that they take the scriptures of the old and new Testament as their rule and guide, Answer, A summary of written principles?
12th Query from Hickory Creek Church: Which is most advisable for a Church in licensing Preachers. To do it of themselves or call for ministerial help? Answer - It is right to act for themselves but are at liberty to call for help.
13th Query from Hickory Creek: Whether or not is a Preacher at liberty to act as a presbyter without the approbation of the Church to which he belongs? Answer - It is most advisable for all petitions to go to the church.
14th Ordered that the Treasurer pay to William Wood $2.66 for back arrears, also the further sum of 4 dollars put into the hands of Henry Randolph, Isaac Barton & Joseph Johnson to settle with William Wood for services in writing the history of the Association.
15th Tennessee Valley Church failing to attend this Association, we appoint Elders West Walker & Michai Sellers to attend them at some convenient time to make an inquery of the cause.
16th Appointed Robert Tunnell Treasurer for this Assn;
17th Ordered that three hundred copies of our minutes be struck and that the Clerk attend to the printing and distribution of the same, and be allowed the sum of six dollars for his services.
18th The next meeting of the Missionary Society to be at Robert Tunnells in Knox County on Thursday before the second Friday in May 1820.
After prayer by the moderator adjourned till the first Saturday in October 1820 at Six Mile Creek in Blount County. Elder Thomas Hudeburg to preach the introductory sermon in case of failure Daniel Layman to supply.
Signed by order of the Association
Robert Tunnell, Clk Elijah Rogers, Moderator
p. 100 cont. Names of preachers in this Association
Beaver Ridge Obed Patty
E.F. Poplar Creek West Walker
Forks of Little Richard Wood
Pigeon John Roberts George Long
Dumplin Creek John Lockart
French Broad Duke Kimbrough
Fords of F.B. and Thomas Hill
Boyds Creek Elijah Rogers
Six Mile Creek George Snyder
William Holloway William P (?)
Millers Cove James Taylor
Richland Creek Major Lea
Hickory Creek Dickerson Norris
Friendship William Wood
(these were difficult to determine in the Licensed list)
p. 101 Minutes of the Tennessee Association of Baptists held at Six Mile Meeting House Blount Count the 1st Saturday in October 1820 and the following days.
Elder Thomas Hudeburg according to appointment delivered an introductory sermon from 2nd Corinthians 5th Chap 20th verse. Letters from 23 churches were read, and the following accounts taken.
Churches Names of Delegates October 1820
Beaver Creek William Hammon, Step Holbert 22.214.171.124.3.15
Fk Little Pigeon R. Wood, G. Long, W. Henderson, Henry
Bullock pen James Majors, W Hammon 126.96.36.199.0.22
Stock Creek Joseph Johnson, Wm Wheeler 188.8.131.52.0.29
Little Emery M. Seller, I. Farmer, I. Crow 10.3.1.0.1.49
Millers Cove W. Blair, W. Taylor, T. Johnson, A. Bowers 184.108.40.206.0.62
French Broad Duke Kimbrough, John Noble 220.127.116.11.0.56
Luminary John Conly, Abraham Howard 0.4.12.0.1.27
Pisgah Saml Faris, Levi Spencer 18.104.22.168.1.29
Hickory Creek T. Reed, R. Tunnell, F. Parr 22.214.171.124.0.118
Richland M. Lea, W. Mynatt, G. Monroe 126.96.36.199.0.48
Six Mile G. Snyder, B. Holloway, J. Holloway 0.5.15.4.0.42
New Salem Abner Farmer 188.8.131.52.0.24
Fork Creek John Fine, Jer. Selvedge 18
Beaver Ridge T. Hudeburg, O. Patty, J. Frost 184.108.40.206.1.82
Hopewell Josh Stevins, Th. Morrison 15
Tennessee R. Childs, B. Walker, J. Essery 64
Bethel Danl Layman, Thos Williams 220.127.116.11.0.59
Friendship H. Randolph, Jos. Johnson 18.104.22.168.0.53
Dumplin J. Newman, T. Jones, M. Hodges 0.0.5.2.0.80
Poppaw Hollow R. Levi, W. Burnett 22.214.171.124.1.20
E.F. Poplar Creek West Walker, Arnold Moss 126.96.36.199.0.60
Boyds Creek E. Rogers, L. Stansbury, L. Whittle 188.8.131.52.0.21
Little F. Creek James Wilson 184.108.40.206.1.27
2nd Appointed Elijah Rogers, Moderator and Robert Tunnell, Clerk.
3rd Tennessee, Fork Creek, Bethel, Pisgah and Hopewell churches prays for admittance into our union, which is granted.
4th Received a corresponding from the Powels Valley Association by the hands of their delegates John Acuff and Benjamin Lewis who being invited took their seats and appointed Brother Thomas Reed to answer it, and Brothers Willis Hammons and Moses Hodge our correspondants to the same.
5th Also a corresponding letter from the Holston Association by the hands of their delegates Issac Barton and Hugh Owington ?, who being invited took their seats, Elder Rice Levi was appointed to answer it: and Brothers Elijah Rogers, Henry Randolph, West Walker, George Snider, Richard Wood, William Burnet and Augustine Bowers our correspondants to same.
6th Appointed West Walker, Richard Wood, Isaac Barton, Benjamin Lewis, and William Mynatt together with the Moderator and Clerk a select committee to arrange the business to be attended to on Monday.
7th Appointed Major Lea and Henry Randolph to receive the churches bounty, who reported $25.86-1/4 and $4.34 cents in the hands of the Treasurer, making in all $30.20 cents.
8th Elders Isaac Barton, Duke Kimbrough and Elijah Rogers to fill the stand on Sunday. Then adjoined with prayer by the Moderator until Monday morning 10 oclock.
Monday met according to adjournment.
The above named Ministers preached on Sunday to a numerous and seemingly well affected congregation.
9th The arrangement of the select committee called for, read, approved, and the committee discharged.
10th Query from six mile. What would be a lawful or Gospel reason to call back a license after a man is licensed to preach the Gospel? Answer - we consider a disorderly life, false doctrines or false principals to be a sufficient reason.
11. Query from Poppaw Hollow, How should the church treat the evidence of those that go officiously to a Magistrate and swear against a member and hand the deposition to the church? Answer, we think no such evidence ought to be received.
12. Ordered that the Treasurer pay to Brother Willis Hammons, five dollars to defray travelling expenses.
13. Ordered that 300 copies of our Minutes be struck and that the clerk be allowed the sum of six dollars for his services.
After prayer by the Moderator adjourned until the first saturday in October 1821, at Boyds Creek Meeting House Sevier County; Elder West Walker to preach the introductory sermon and in case of failure Brother Billy Holloway to supply.
Price OK printing 300 copies, eight dollars.
Robert Tunnell, Clerk. Elijah Rogers, Moderator
p. 104 MINUTES OF THE TENNESSEE ASSOCIATION OF BAPTISTS held at Boyds Creek Meeting house Sevier County, on the first Saturday in October 1821 and the following days.
Elder West Walker according to appointment delivered the introductory sermon from Acts XVI chap. 17 verse "The same followed Paul and us, and crieth saying 'These men are the servants of the most high God which show unto us the way of salvation.
1st Letters from twenty three churches were read and the following accounts taken.
Dumplin Humphrey Mount, Joseph Sullins and
Isaac Newman Sr. 0.0.7.0.0.70
Friendship Preston B. Jarnigan, Henry Randolph,
William Woods 0.0.3.0.1.52
Richland Major Lea, William Mynatt 220.127.116.11.0.46
Beaver Ridge Thos Hudeburg, Obed Patty, E. Hicky,
James Hicks 18.104.22.168.2.78
Stock Creek Joseph Johnson, Wm Wheeler 22.214.171.124.0.29
F. Little Pigeon Richard Wood, Jonas Moon, John Moon,
J.P. Wood, William Ogle 126.96.36.199.0.107
Hickory Creek Henry Soward, Amos Hardin, R. Tunnell 0.0.0.5.5.108
Pappaw Hollow Jacob Ruth, Matthias Teague, William
Burnett, Zacheus Ruth 188.8.131.52.0.24
Luminary Abraham Howard 184.108.40.206.0.26
Beaver Creek John Gass, John Mynatt 220.127.116.11.0.21
New Salem Abner Farmer, Rice Levi, J. Sinclair 18.104.22.168.1.28
L.F. Creek James Wilson, Peter Graves 0.0.2.1.0.24
Six Miles George Snider, Billy Holloway, John
E.F. Poplar Ck West Walker, Shared Reese 22.214.171.124.2.64
Millers Cove J. Taylor, W. Blair, A. Bowers 126.96.36.199.0.50
Bethel J. Ridings, D. Lemon, G. Oldham 188.8.131.52.0.64
Hopewell Thos Morrison, Jno Henderson 184.108.40.206.0.37
Fork Creek Jas Sewel, Moses McSpadden 0.8.0.0.0.24
French Broad Duke Kimbrough, Abraham Slover,
Samuel Carsner 220.127.116.11.0.49
Tennessee Rowland Childs 18.104.22.168.1.63
Little Emory Asa Cobb, Thos Hall, Ch. Galloway 0.0.5.1.0.41
Pisgah John Farmer, John Breeden 22.214.171.124.1.75
Boyds Creek Elijah Rogers, Levi Whittle 126.96.36.199.0.22
2nd Appointed Brethren Elijah Rogers Moderator and R. Tunnell Clerk.
3rd Received a corresponding letter from the Holston Association by their delegates Isaac Barton, Caleb Witt and Hughs O. Taylor. Who being invited took their seats with us. Appointed Brother William Wood to answer the letter and Brethren Duke Kimbrough, Daniel Lamon and Richard Wood, delegates to the same.
4th Received a corresponding letter from the Powels Valley Association by their delegates James Hickey and James Reese, who being invited took their seats with us. Appointed Elders West Walker to answer the letters and Elders West Walker, Thomas Hudeburg and Thomas Reid delegates to the same.
5th Appointed Brethren Major Lea and William Mynatt to receive the churches contributions, who report $23.36 and $11.20 in the hands of the treasurer making in the whole $34.56.
6th Appointed Elders George Snider, West Walker, Isaac Barton Obed Patty and William Wood together with the moderator and clerk a select committee to arrange the business to be attended to on Monday.
7th Appointed Brethren Isaac Barton, Caleb Witt and Spencer Clack to occupy the stand on Sunday.
8th Adjourned with prayer by the Moderator till Monday morning 10 oclock
p. 106 On Sunday The above named Ministers preached to a numerous, respectable and seemingly well affected congregation.
9th Monday morning met pursuant to adjournment.
10th The arrangement of the select committee called for read and approved and the committee discharged.
11th Query from the church at Richland Creek "Is it scriptural for a woman to exercise a public gift in exhortation or preaching the word?" Appointed Elders West Walker, E. Rogers, George Snider, Isaac Barton, Caleb Witt and Thos Hill a committee to form an answer to the above query.
Answer, We believe that the Scriptures no where authorize a woman to act either in preaching or exhortations as will appear from 1 Corinthians XII chap 34 and 35 verses: 1 Timothy ii chap 11 and 12 verses.
12th Query from the church at Little Emery "Is the laying on of the hands on newly baptized members a gospel ordinance?"
Postponed giving a final answer until the next association.
13th Query from the church at Pisgah. "Is it agreeable to Scripture to ordain a deacon to his office and what is the work of a Deacon?" Answer: The Scripture says ordain him for which and his offices. see Acts VI chap 1-6 verses, 1 Tim iii chap.
14th Query from the church at Little Emory. "Is it according to gospel order to receive members into our union who have been baptized by the Schismatics without rebaptizing him?" Answered in the negative (p. 107) Because, First - The ministers of that denomination are not authorized by Jesus Christ to administer the ordinance of Baptism and Secondly - The Schismaticks generally do not believe that Jesus Christ is truly and properly God, neither do they hold the scripture doctrine of the atonement nor the necessity of the agency of the Holy Ghost in order to produce evangelical faith. In short we do not believe that any man who propogates doctrines subversive of the very foundation of Christianity can be a Christian, much less authorized by the Great head of the Church to officiate in the most sacred office of the ministry.
15th The church at Hickory Creek request a circular letter for next year on the dispensation of John the Baptist. Answer - Instead of a circular letter we advise the ministers of the different churches to make the matter a subject of meditation and instruction to their churches.
16th Ordered that three hundred copies of our minutes be printed and that the Clerk be allowed six dollars for his services.
17th Ordered that the Elders Richard Wood and William Wood be appointed to write a circular letter to read at our next Association the subject to be on family and private prayer.
18th Adjournment until the first Saturday in October 1822 at Luminary, in Tennessee Valley. Elder Elijah Rogers to preach the introductory sermon and in case of failure Elder George Snider.
There are twenty three ordained and eleven licensed preachers belonging to the Association.
By order of the Association.
Elijah Rogers Moderator Robert Tunnell, Clerk
p. 108 MINUTES OF THE TENNESSEE ASSOCIATION OF BAPTISTS HELD AT LUMINARY IN TENNESSEE VALLEY ON THE FIRST SATURDAY IN OCTOBER 1822 AND THE FOLLOWING DAYS.
Elder Elijah Rogers according to appointment delivered an introductory sermon from Romans 1st Chap and 16th verse "For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ for the power of God unto Salvation to every one that believeth, to the Jew first and also to the Greek."
1st Letters from twenty eight Churches were read and the following accounts taken.
CHURCHES DELEGATES NAMES October 1822
Bethel George Oldham 188.8.131.52.1.61
Boyds Creek Elijah Rogers and Levi Whittle 184.108.40.206.1.30
Bullock Pen Robert Walker, Peter Majors 220.127.116.11.0.19
Luminary Abraham Howard, John Condley 0.0.0.1.0.25
French Broad Duke Kimbro, Danl Hill, Abr Slover 18.104.22.168.0.50
Little Flat Ck John Bayless 22.214.171.124.0.27
Millers Cove James Taylor 126.96.36.199..0.58
E Fk Poplar Ck Jacob Peak 188.8.131.52.1.37
Little Emery Micah Sellers, John Crow 4.5.8.'.0.45
Hickory Creek Thos Reed, Pet Munger, R. Tunnell 184.108.40.206.1.105
Hopewell G. Snider, Jos Stevens, T. Harrison 220.127.116.11.0.63
Tennessee Buckner Walker, A. Vaughn 18.104.22.168.0.61
Beaver Ridge Josh Frost, Elijah Hickey 22.214.171.124.0.81
Dumplin Creek Isaack Newman, Ch Cate, Joseph (?) 0.1.6.0.0.64
Richland Robert Fristoe 126.96.36.199.1.41
Papaw Hollow Jacob Routh, William Burnett 188.8.131.52.1.25
Pisgah John Farmer, Jacob Slover, Miles -annon,
W. Johnson, Jas Roddy, E. Matheny 184.108.40.206.0.122
Friendship Henry Randolph, William Wood 1.2.4..1.0.56
Beaver Ridge Saml Williams, John Mynatt 0.2.1.0.1.21
Six Mile John Holloway, Barnes Holloway 0.1.14.0.0.21
Fks Little Pigeon Richard Wood, Henry Parrott 220.127.116.11.0.110
Sweetwater Samuel Jamison 18.104.22.168.0.37
New Salem Joseph Sinclair, Abner Farmer 22.214.171.124.0.36
Eastananlee John Courtney, Sterling Kemp 126.96.36.199.0.46
Zion Hill Thomas Cantrell 188.8.131.52.0.16
Big Spring Isaac Lain, Benjamin Isbel 0.2.0.0.0.17
Beach Fk Emery Patrick Ross, Sherwood Reese 0.0.0.0.0.25
p. 109 2nd Appointed Elijah Rogers Moderator and Robert Tunnell Clerk.
3rd Zion Hills, Big Spring, Eastananlee and Beach Fork of Emory pray for admission into our Union which was granted.
4th Received a corresponding letter from the Holston Association by the hands of their delegates Isaac Barton, Thos Hill and Joseph White, who being invited took their seats with us and appointed Brother John Bayless to answer it and brethren Duke Kimbrough and Henry Parrot our correspondants to the same.
5th Received a corresponding letter from the Powels Valley Association by the hands of its delegate Joseph Dyre, who being invited took his seat with us, and appointed brother William Wood to answer it, and Robert Fristoe, William Wood and Henry Randolph our correspondants to the same.
6th Appointed brethren Jacob Peak and John Frost to receive the Churches Contributions who report $24.73-1/4 cents and $21.56 cents in the hands of the treasurer making a total of $46.29-1/4.
7th Appointed brethren Richard Wood, George Snider, Thos Hill, Micah Sellers, John Courtney, George Oldham together with the Moderator and Clerk a select committee to arrange the business to be attended to on Monday.
8th Appointed Isaac Barton, Richard Wood and Duke Kimbrough to fill the stand on Sunday then adjourned with prayer by the Moderator until Monday morning nine oclock.
The above named Ministers preached to a numerous, respectable and seemingly well affected congregation.
9th Monday met according to adjournment.
10th The arrangement of the select committee called for, read and approved and the committee discharged.
11th The reference of last years Association "Is the laying on of hands on newly baptised persons a gospel ordinance or not?" Answer - It is the opinion of a large (p. 110) majority of this Association that it is not a gospel ordinance but leave the churches and ministers act discretionary without being subject to censure.
12th Query from Pawpaw Hollow - "At what supper did Christ wash the disciples feet and what does the same represent? Also a Query from Richland respecting the washing of feet, "If it be of Gospel Authority why not uniformly practice and if not why practised?" We desire an answer for we think the association advice necessary.
Answer - We think it was at a supper before the passover and sacrament. We think the washing of feet not a Gospel ordinance but that the practice is authorised by scripture as a mark of humility.
13th Query from six mile - "Is it agreeable to gospel order to license a preacher when his gift runs more in exhortation than in doctrine?" Answered in the affimative.
14th Hickory Creek Church continue their request for a circular and that the subject be - "What dispensation was John the Baptist under?" Granted - And appointed Elder Elijah Rogers to write the same and present it to our next association.
15 Brethren Richard Wood and William Wood according to appointment presented a circular which was read, approved and ordered to be annexed to the minutes of the association.
16. Friendship petition for a division of the association which was granted and a division made as follows - Viz: running from "Chilhowee mountain with the Little Tennessee River to the Holston River, then northwest so as to include the East Fork of Poplar Creek and Hickory creek in the upper end.
17 Agreed that a convention to be held at Pisgah on the fourth Saturday in May 1823 to form a constitution for the lower association.
18 Ordered that four hundred copies of our minutes be printed and that the Clerk be allowed six Dollars for his services.
p. 111 Then Adjourned to Spores Meeting house Knox County the first Saturday in October 1823.
Elder Duke Kimbrough to preach an introductory sermon and in case of failure, William Wood to supply.
Robert Tunnell, Clerk Elijah Rogers, Moderator
Tennessee Baptist Association
Article 1. We believe in one only true and living God and that there are three persons in the Godhead (viz:) The Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.
Article 2. We believe that the scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the word of God and the only rule of all knowledge and obedience.
Article 3. We believe in the doctrine of election according o the foreknowledge of God.
Article 4. We believe in the doctrine of original sin.
Article 5. We believe in man's impotency to recover himself from the fallen state he is in by his own free will and ability.
Article 6. We believe that sinners are justified in the sight of God, only by the imparted righteousness of Jesus Christ.
Article 7. We believe that the elect according to God's foreknowledge will be called, converted, regenerated and sanctified by the Holy Spirit.
Article 8. We believe that the saints will perservere in grace & never fall away.
Article 9. We believe that Baptism and the Lord's Supper are ordinances of Jesus Christ and that true believers are the only subject of these ordinances; and that the true mode of Baptism is by immersion.
Article 10. We believe in the resurrection of the dead and general judgement.
Article 11. We believe that the punishment of the wicked will be everlasting and that the joys of the Righteous will be eternal.
Article 12. We believe that no minister has a right to the administration of the ordinances only such as are regularly called and comes under the imposition of hands by the Presbytery.
Our business being over as our minutes will show we feel it our duty to address you circularly. No subject seems of more importance than prayer. We shall confine ourselves to private and family prayer which seems to prepare for all public exercises. It is a contrast in terms to say a person is a Christian without praying. Prayer seems to be the very breath of the soul, whereby it lives to God. It was said of Saul of Tarsus "Behold he prayeth!" It is in private prayer that the soul like Jacob wrestles for the blessing. Prayer was the only means Daniel made use of when the stern command of Darius was, to cast him into the den of lions. What was the issue of Hezekiah's devotions when the decree was gone out for his death? What means did the ancient saints use when (as the apostle tells us Heb. 11th chapter) They had power to shut heavens. We might instance examples without number from the scriptures but lo! one appears bearing testimony in whose presence we shrink to less than grasshoppers. His glory irradiated the courts of heavens, then bursting those ------ bounds it diffuses itself through the wide spread universe! Listen to his voice (which was as never more spake) when addressing himself to his followers, he directs them to enter their closets and pray to their father in secret, and for their encouragement tells them, their Father will reward them openly.
But did he stop at precept alone.--See the lonesome nights he spent in the mountains the time of his transfiguration and that important scene previous to his bloody passion and then ask your hearts, Can I be a follower of the Lamb in the neglect of private prayer? -----may we mourn over our hardness of heart, blindness of mind and want of spiritual health when we neglect so great salvation.
But you ask shall we experience the benefit of private prayer? For answer, see Isa 40th & 31st, Psalm 84th & 11, Luke 18th & 7th, 8th. Then if troubles assail, pray. If danger threatens, pray. If spiritual business and darkness affect you, pray. By this means like the unfortunate widow you will prevail.
A mind that is truly inured to the spirit of devotion by an orderly course of private prayer is properly qualified to discharge that highly responsible office of a steward in whatever department he is called. The general office of Stewardship is that of administering, parental government. What office is more awfully responsible than that which devolves on parents and heads of families. A precious and invaluable charge is committed to them of raising moral subjects for devine government. In this awful trust they are called to rear them in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. First principles are strong - and if from some impropiety of parental conduct the tender and susceptible mind imbibes prejudices against religion the dreadful consequence of infidelity ensues unless prevented by devine grace. These parents who neglect family prayer (if they be professers of religion are certainly guilty of a great impropriety. Can parents love the souls of their children and indirectly further their destruction? O! brethren be particularly cautious to avoid that dreadful charge of "my parents never by their conduct told me I should pray!" But are those no advantages of a personal nature resulting from family prayer? Certainly-for the christian "lives best when he lives to God." and not this alone he feels the conviction of an approved conscience. It is the duty of parents to admonish their children. Family prayer give zest to their admonitions and convinces the children that God is in their parents of a truth. Parents should be united in this, for we have no hesitation in saying that scripture is applicable to this case which says "where two of you shall agree on this earth touching anything and ask, it shall be given." The hopeful result of parental duties thus discharged, is in this life to steer their course with honor and credit and in that to come eternal blessedness in heaven.
Let us adopt Joshua's pious plan Josh 24 & 15. Let us likewise be emulators of the Psalmist. Psalm 55 & 17. Let us also be admonished from the law of the daily sacrifice and all other admonitions which we find in the scriptures that like faithful Abraham we may have the testimony of ordering our house well after us. Every work of importance must begin with first principles. We wish the advancement of the Redeemers Kingdom. Then let us all unite in prayer for "where Zion travails she brings forth children."
Farewell; the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all, Amen.
Signed by order of the Association.
p. 114 MINUTES
of the Tennessee association begun and held at Spores Meeting House on the first saturday in October 1823 and the following-----------350 copies sixteen dollars
Printed at Knoxville register office by Haskell & Brown
An introductory sermon was delivered by Elder Duke Kimbrough from 1st John 4th chap, 19th verse
"We love him because he first loved us."
1. Letters from eighteen Churches were read and the following accounts taken
Churches Delegates Names
Little Fl Creek John Baly, Aaron Harrison 0.0.2.0.9.22
Pawpaw Hollow Wm Maples, Will Burnett, Israel Wilson 184.108.40.206.1.29
New Salem Rice Levi, Jos Sinclair, Ab. Farmer, Jno Leib, Jr. 220.127.116.11.0.33
Bever Creek Ricd Newport, Willis Hammonds, Elija Nelson 18.104.22.168.0.24
Allajoy Augustine Bowers, Jesse Brown 0.1.0.0.0.12
Dumplin Creek John Cate, Joseph Ore 0.0.5.0.1.70
French Broad Duke Kimbrough, John Hance 22.214.171.124.0.48
Stock Creek Billy Holloway, Wm Wheeler, Mich Davis 126.96.36.199.1.38
Richland Creek Robert Fristoe, Will Mynatt 188.8.131.52.0.59
Six Mile Wm Pugh, John Holloway 184.108.40.206.1.26
E.F.P. Creek Wm Griffith, Philip Seiber 220.127.116.11.0.47
Bethel George Oldham, Arthur McFalls 18.104.22.168.1.89
Millers Cove Jas Taylor, Wm Belew, Richd Williams 22.214.171.124.0.86
Beaver Ridge Thos Hudeburg, Obed Patty, Josh Frost 126.96.36.199.0.95
Friendship Joseph Johnson, Thos Sherman 188.8.131.52.0.57
Boyds Creek Elijah Rogers, Thos Jordan 184.108.40.206.1.31
Hickory Creek Henry Soward, Peterson Kimball, John Parr,
Robert Tunnell 220.127.116.11.0.108
Little Pigeon Richard Woods, Henry Parrott, John Roberts,
John Lindsey 18.104.22.168.2.112
2. The former moderator and clerk were appointed.
3. Allajoy Church prays for admission into our union which is granted.
4. Received a corresponding letter from the Holston association by the hands of their delegates Isaac Barton :& Thomas Hill, who being invited took their seats with us. Appointed brother Michael Davis to answer it and brethren Richard Wood, Duke Kimbrough, Elijah Rogers and Henry Parrot our correspondants thereto.
5. Received a corresponding letter from the Powels Valley association by the hands of their delegates, William Williams, Isaac Ling and Richard G. Green who being invited took their seats with us and appointed Brother Robert Fristoe to answer it and brethren Rice Levi, Joshua Frost, Richard Newport and Aaron Harrison our correspondents to the same.
6. We also agree to correspond with the Hiwassee Association and appoint brother Billy Holloway to write our letter and brethren Joshua Frost, Rice Levi, Robert Fristoe and Thomas Reed our correspondents.
7. Isaac Barton, Richard Wood, Duke Kimbrough, Eli Cleveland, William Mynatt and Michael Davis together with the Moderator and Clerk, a select committee to arrange the business to be attended to on Monday.
8. Brethren John Bayless and Rice Levi appointed to receive the churches contributions who report $20.53-3/4 cents together with $26.25 cents making a total of $45.83 cents.
Ordered that the Clerk give up to the Hiwassee Association
9. Elders Isaac Barton, Thomas and Elijah Rogers appointed to file the stand on sunday.
10. Adjourned with prayer by the Moderator until Monday morning ten oclock
The above named preachers preached to a numerous respectable and seemingly well affected congregation
Met according to adjournment and after prayer by the Moderator preceeded to business.
11. The arrangement of the select committee called for read and approved and the committee discharged.
12. An inquiry from Stock Creek - "We wish you to inform whether the answer to our query of 1816 was neglected or forgotten in the minutes? 2. Likewise whether Stock Creek Church was neglected or forgotten in the minutes of last year?"
In answer--We have to say it was forgotten or overlooked but not designedly.
In answer to the second clause. The Clerk states that Stock creek was omitted in transcribing the minutes but not designedly.
13. Query from New Salem---"Did Christ teach his apostles anything by precept or example that is not obligatory on Christians in after ages and if so what was it?"
Which was withdrawn by the advice of the association the delegates from that church and they are at liberty to revive it so as to give the spirit and meaning of which was intended to be represented in the above query.
14. A request from Beaver Creek Church. We pray that the first article of faith be reconsidered and the language of the Scriptures inserted "that there are three that bear record in Heaven."
In answer to which we think this association not authorized to make any alteration whatsover as that would be an infringement on the constitution.
15. The circular of last year called for, read and ordered to be printed in our minutes.
16. Three corresponding letters called for read & approved.
17. Ordered that three hundred and fifty copies of our Minutes be printed and that the clerk superintend the same and that he be allowed the sum of six Dollars for his services.
18. Then adjourned until the first Saturday in October next at Stock Creek meeting house in Knox County.
Elder Richard Wood to preach the introductory sermon and in case of failure Elijah Rogers to supply-
Elijah Rogers, Moderator
Robert Fristoe, Clerk
p. 117 CIRCULAR LETTER
Having passed through our business as our minutes will show we address you in a circular. The subject to be inquired into is What dispensation was John the Baptist under, the law or the gospel? We say under the gospel. "For the law and the prophets were until John since that time the Kingdom of God is preached." Luke 16 v. 16. "For all the law and the prophets prophesied until John - Mat 11 v. 13, and there that dispensation ended. Hence we are from that time to look for another, and upon a careful examination of the scriptures we find none but the gospel dispensation and conclude that John was the first gospel preacher. And now let us examine the Scriptures upon that point. Hear what Isaiah seven hundred and twelve years before the coming of Christ says of John, "The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, prepare ye the way of the Lord make straight in the desert a highway for our God, And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together," Isaiah XL 3-5 and 4 Malachi three hundred and ninety seven years before the coming of Christ on the same subject says, "Behold I will send my messenger and he shall prepare the way before me, and the Lord whom ye seek shall suddenly come to his temple even the messenger of the convenant whom you delight in; behold he shall come with the Lord of hosts; Mal 3 & 1. Now we see that these two prophets very clearly prophesied of John. He was not under the law dispensation agreeably to the accounts given by the Evangelists for we nowhere hear of his being at the altar of living sacrifices; but the word of God came unto John the son of Zachariah in the wilderness and he came into all the country about Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins as it is written in The book of the words of Isaias the prophet saying the voice of one crying in the wilderness prepare ye the way of the Lord make his paths straight; Luke 3 Chap, 2,3 & 4 vs this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias saying the voice of one crying in the wilderness prepare ye the way of the Lord make his paths straight:" Matt 3:3. The voice of one crying in the Wilderness prepare ye the way of the Lord make his paths straight, Mark 1:3. Now let us follow John in his mission and see if he was not a gospel preacher? There was a man sent from God whose name was John the same came for a witness to bear witness to the light, that all men through him might believe. John 1:6,7. Hear the close of John's answer concerning the question that arose between his disciples and the Jews (p. 118) "He that believeth on the son hath everlasting life and he that believeth not the son shall not see life but the wrath of God abideth on him." John 3:36. "And thou child shall be called the prophet of the highest, for thou shall go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways to give knowledge and he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias to turn the ears of the fathers to the children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the Just, to make ready a people prepared for the Lord and many of the children of Israel shall return to the Lord their God." Luke 1:22.214.171.124. John as Gods witness has preached a full savior has given the knowledge of salvation to his people has turned the hearts of many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God. What better evidence could we have of a gospel preacher. But in order to settle the point beyond doubt let us compare John and the savior entering upon their publick ministry, surely no one will pretend to deny Christ's being a gospel preacher from that time Jesus began to preach and to say repent for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand; Mat. 3:17. In those days came John the baptist preaching in the wilderness of Judea and saying repent ye for the Kingdom of heaven is at hand Mat. 3:1. See what a union of doctrine both Christ and John entering their publick mission in almost the same words and completely so in essence. Now let us hear the unanimous conclusion of the apostles concerning John's mission, "Wherefore of these men which have accompanied with us all the time that our Lord Jesus was in and out among us beginning from the baptism of John unto that same day that he was taken up from us, must one be ordained to be a witness with us of his resurrection" Acts 1:21-22.
These holy men of God unquestionably considered John's mission to be under the gospel from the manner in which they asked one, to be ordained in the place of Judas who had been an eyewitness of the whole that transpired from the baptism of John to the assension of Christ, but that there may be no remaining doubt on this subject let us hear what the Holy Ghost by the mouth of Mark says "The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ the son of God as it is written in the prophets behold I send my messenger before thy face which shall prepare thy way before thee. The voice of "one crying in the wilderness prepare (p. 119) ye the way of the Lord make his paths straight" Mark 1:1-3. The prophecies here referred to by Mark no one will deny their being fulfilled in John and Mark pointedly says that the fulfilment of these prophecies in John was the beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ the son of God. Who could ask stronger evidence than what has been addressed of Johns mission being under the Gospel dispensation? And if man will not believe with such evidences before their eyes as Christ and the apostles united are for they all testify to the same facts "neither would they believe though one should arise from the dead and declare it to them." Having this clearly shown as we believe that John's mission was under the gospel dispensation it follows next to show that his baptism was and is the gospel or christian baptism. John received his authority from heaven for we hear him saying I knew him not, but he that sent me to baptise with water the same said unto me upon whom thou shall see the spirit descending and remaining, on him the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost. John 1:33. "And all the people that heard him, and the publicans justified God, being baptized with the baptism of John, but the Pharisees and Lawyers rejected the council of God being not baptized of him. Luke 7:29-30. This shows that John's authority was from Heaven, "Then went out unto him Jerusalem and all Judea and all the regions round about Jordan and were baptized of him in Jordan confessing their sins," Matt 3:5-6. and in the 7-8-9 verses we see he objected to baptizing certain characters calling on them to bring fruits meant for repentance for he could not do it on parental grounds although they claimed "Abraham" as their father and in the same chapter from the 10 verse to the last we have an account of John having baptized Christ in Jordan "and Jesus when he was baptized went up straight way out of the water and lo! the Heavens were opened unto him and he saw the spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting upon him and lo! a voice from Heaven saying "this is my beloved son in whom I am well pleased."
p. 120 Some say that this was done in order to initiate Jesus into his priestly office but the scriptures give no such accounts. For "at the door of the tabernacle and not "in the River Jordan" was the place of initiating priests into their office. Leviticus 8 chap. Now let us see Jesus and John both baptizing at the same time; "after these things came Jesus and his disciples into the land of Judea and there he tarried with them and baptized and John also was baptizing in Anon near to Salem because there was much water there and they came and were baptized, John 3:22-23. Surely the baptisms of Christ here referred to was christian baptism and none will pretend to deny that John at the same time was baptizing in Anon with the same baptism that he began his mission and without doubt the same that Christ was then administering and to which Christ nowhere objects but submitted to it himself saying "Suffer it to be so now for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness". Mat 3:15. Christ, John and all the apostles united to speak and practice the same things.
And now Brethren, farewell, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace and the God of love and peace establish your hearts in the truth as it is in Jesus.
from Tennessee Association of Baptists Minutes 1823
p. 121 MINUTES
of the Tennessee association of Baptists, held at Stock Creek Meeting house on the first Saturday in October 1824 and following days four hundred and fifty copies, 12 Dollars. Knoxville Register office printed by Heiskell & Brown
Elder Richard Wood according to appointment delivered an introductory sermon from Acts 20th, 28; "Take Heed Therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock over which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers" to feed the Church of God, which he hath purchased with his own Blood..................
11. Letters from nineteen churches read and the following accounts taken.
Churches Delegates Names
Beaver Creek Elijah Nelson, Hugh Carmichael 0-3-0-5-0-0-22
Friendship Joseph Johnson, Thomas K. Stevenson 2-3-0-2-0-0-59
Dumplin Creek Joseph Sullans, John Lockhart 1-2-0-0-3-0-64
Paw Paw Hollow Israel Wilson, John Burnett 0-0-0-1-1-0-27
Hickory Creek Amos Hardin, Henry Sowards, Peterson Kimbrell,
Robt Tunnell 0-3-0-1-1-1-69
Millers Cove James Taylor, Richard Williams 4-1-0-4-2-0-66
Boyds Creek Elijah Rodgers, Edmund Hodges 3-2-0-1-0-1-34
French Broad Duke Kimbrough, Saml Love, Jas Coons 3-0-0-0-0-0-46
Little Flat Ck John Fetsgards, John Bailes 0-0-0-0-0-0-22
Allajoy Augustine Bowers, Benj Ramsey 0-3-0-0-0-0-15
Stock Creek Billy Holloway, William Wheeler 1-2-0-0-0-0-35
Bethel Daniel Layman, George Oldham, Edward James,
Jeremiah Martin 15-2-0-5-2-3-83
Six Mile William Davis, Barnes Holloway 0-1-0-9-0-0-19
Fks Little Pigeon Richard Wood, Wm Henderson 11-1-2-12-0-0-113
Beaver Ridge Obed Patty, James McClure, Elijah Hickey 2-2-0-22-2-0-75
Richland Henry Hawkins, James Whitlock 0-1-0-6-2-0-49
Zion Joshua Frost, Henry Newman 0-0-0-0-0-0-20
New Salem Rice Levi 1-0-0-1-0-0-32
East Fork of Poplar
Creek Jacob Peck 1-5-0-0-2-0-51
There is in the bounds of this association, 17 ordained and 4 licensed Preachers
p. 122 Received a corresponding letter from the Hiwassee association by the "hands" of the delegates George Snider, Thomas Morrison, William Wood who being invited took their seats with us, and in consequence of our next Association meeting before the next Highwassee Association We defer corresponding Untill our next Association---Also one from the (?) Holston Association by the hand of their delegate Jacob Gear who being invited took his seat with us and appointed Elder Billy Holloway to write an answer and Brother Daniel Layman Joseph Johnson and Thomas K. Sturman (?) delegates to the same. Also from the Powels Vally Association by their delegate Isaac Long who being invited took his seat with us and appointed Brother John Bailes to answer it and Bro Joshua Frost, Augustine Bowers and Elijah Hicky Our correspondance to the same.
4th Daniel Layman and Rice Levi appointed to receive the Churches bounty, who reports seventeen Dollars ninety and a fourth cents. Appointed Geo Snider, William Wood, Duke Kimbrough, Richard Wood and Jacob Gear, Together with the moderator and Clerk a select committee to arrange the business to be attended to on Monday.
5th Elijah Rogers, Duke Kimbrough and William Wood to fill the stand on Sunday. Then adjourned with prayer by the Moderator till Monday 10 oclock. The above named brethren preached on Sunday to a numerous respectable and seemingly well affected congregation.
6th Monday morning met according to appointment & after prayer by the moderator proceeded to business.
7th The names of the delegates called & the delegants marked.
8th The arrangements of the select committee called for read approved & the committee discharged.
9th The corresponding letters called for, read, approved and ordered to be signed.
10th New Salem proposed to be hurt with the answer of the Association in 1822 on the query on washing of feet because the Association determined it was not a gospel ordinance and prays a diffinition (sic) of the word ordinance.
Answer We defer the answer untill our next Association.
11th Query from Fork of little Pigion - Would it not be more expediant in writing letters of discussion to omit the words dismissed from us. When joined to another church & Supply the place with the words dismissed from us in full fellowship. And recommend to any Church of the same faith and order in what ever part of the world Their lots may be cast----
Answer - We recommend the following plan of writing dismission letters to wit---
Baptist Church of Christ at _________ This is to certify That _________ is in good standing among us and we dismiss him or her (as the case may be) from full fellowship to the care and jurisdiction of any Other Church of the same faith and order wherever their lots may be cast.
12th Query from Friendship. Is it consistant with the duties of a preacher of the Gospel to hold any office either civil or military under Government, or to concern himself therewith further than the law requires.
Answer We defer the answer of the query untill our next Association
13th A request from the Select committee to observe the first Monday morning in every month for concert prayer to which we agree.
14th Motioned that whereas Wears Cove Church has been neglect for some time, We conclude to take them into consideration and send our beloved brethren Richard Wood, Daniel Layman and Others to labour among them and report next Association.
15th Recommend that Duke Kimbrough, Rice Levi, John Lockhart and Willis Hammons do visit Little Flat Creek Church as often as possible.
16th Received a circular letter from the Baptist Board of Foreign Missions for the United States which was read and friendly received, and appointed Elder Billy Holloway to answer the same.
17th Ordered that four hundred and fifty copies of the minutes be printed. That the Clerk Superintend the printing and distribution of the same. And receive six Dollars for his Services.
18th Appointed Elder Richard Wood to write a circular for our next Association and choose his own subject.
19th Adjourned with prayer by the Moderator untill the first Saturday in October next at the Pawpaw hollow Sevier County Elder Joshua Frost to Preach the Introductory Sermon. And in case of failure Elder Daniel Layman to supply.
Signed by order of the Association.
Elijah Rogers, Moderator
Amos Hardin, Clk
Times of holding Church meeting.
Hickory Creek, First Saturday
Little Flat Creek, Third Saturday
Richland Church, First Saturday
French Broad, Fourth Saturday
Bethel fourth Saturday
Pawpaw Hollow, Third Saturday
Dumplin, First Saturday
Beaver Ridge, Third Saturday
Zion First Saturday
p. 125 MINUTES of the Tennessee Association of Baptist held at the Pawpaw hollow Meeting house in Sevier County on the first Saturday in October 1825 and following days. Elder Joshua Frost delivered an introductory Sermon from the 5th Chapter and 1,2,3 and 4th verses of the first general Epistle of Peter.
2nd Letters from twenty Churches were read and the following accounts taken.
Boyds Creek Levi Whittle, Elijah Rogers 0-0-4-0-0-0-30
Bethel Daniel Layman, George Oldham, Edward
French Broad Duke Kimbrough, Samuel Love, John
Beaver Creek Samuel Williams, John Mynatt 0-0-0-0-0-1-18
Little Flat Ck John Fitsgard, John Bayless 2-3-0-0-0-0-23
Crooked Creek William Billue, John Pig, Robert Billue 2-2-2-0-0-0-32
Hickory Creek Henry Sowards, George Stubs(?), Amos
E Fk Poplar Ck Philip Siber 15-3-3-3-1-0-64
Dumplin Creek Humphrey Mount, Elisha Cate 2-3-8-1-0-0-46
Ellijoy Creek Jesse Brown 1-0-0-0-0-0-17
Wears Cove Christopher F. Winder 1-1-0-0-0-0-10
Richland Creek William Mynatt 1-1-1-0-0-0-47
Six Mile William Davis, Billy Holloway 0-2-20-0-0-0-20
Millers Cove William Blarae 2-0-0-1-0-0-36
Friendship Henry Randolph, Joseph Johnson 2-7-7-3-0-0-58
Zion Joshua Frost, Henry Newman, Samuel
Bever Ridge John Hillsman, Elijah Hickey, William
Pawpaw Hollow Israel Wilson, Zachaus Routh 0-0-2-0-0-0-23
New Salem Rice Levi, James Spierlan, Nimrod Funk 15-3-5-2-0-1-43
Stock Creek Jacob Haun 0-3-1-0-1-1-35
Forks Little Pigeon Richard Wood, Richd Varnel, Isaac A.
Miller, John Roberts, Jacob Denton,
Joseph Wood 28-8-4-1-0-0-142
3rd Received a corresponding letter from Holston Association by the hands of their delegate Hugh O. Taylor who being invited took a seat with us.
4th Also one from the Powels Valley Association by the hands of their delegates Joseph Dyer and Davis Coffman who being invited took their seats with us.
5th Proceeded to choose brother Elijah Rogers moderator and brother Amos Hardin Clerk.
6th Crooked Creek Church Petitions for admitance in our Union and is received.
7th The Pawpaw Hollow Church petitions that the association in future commence on Friday which was not granted.
8th A Query was received from the Dumplin Church whether it is right to hold a member in Church fellowship after they have joined and refused to relinquish their fellowship with a Society called Free Masons.
9th The Friendship Church petitioned that our future Associations commence on Friday and also, that it be held there. That part was granted which respect the place of meeting but that part which desires an alteration as to the time of commencing our Association was refused.
10th The Fork of Pigeon Church petitions that the time and place of holding future Union meetings be inserted in the Minutes which was granted.
11th The Salem Church petitions that the next Association be held at the East fork of Poplar Creek.
12th The Hickory Creek Church petitions for the same.
13th The Poplar Creek Church petitions for the same and it was not granted.
14th The Wears cove Church petitions the Association to request Preachers to attend them as often as convenient and brethren Wood, Billue, Layman, Roberts and Rogers agree to visit them.
15th Brethren Kimbrough, Wood, Wm. Mynatt, Rice Levi, Daniel Layman, Elijah Hickey, Hugh O. Taylor, Billy Holloway, Samuel Love, Henry Randolph together with the Moderator and Clerk was appointed a committee to arrange the business of the Association.
16th Brother Isaac A. Miller to write the corresponding letter to the Holston Association.
17th Brother Billy Holloway to write the corresponding letter to the Hiwassee Association and brother Bayless to the Powels Valley Association.
18th Brethren Richard Wood, Elijah Rogers and James Cannon to fill the stand on Sunday and to commence at 10 oclock.
19th After prayer by the Moderator the Association adjourned their business untill Monday morning 10 oclock. Brothers Wood, Rogers and Cannon on the Sabbath preached to a numerous and seemingly affected congregation.
20th The Association met on Monday morning according to adjournment and after prayer by the Moderator proceeded to business.
21st A reference from the last Association was taken up. Viz: The new Salem Church request a definition of the word Ordinance.
22nd The committee that was appointed to form an answer for the said request report as follows, Viz: we consider a gospel ordinance to be an obligatory law or rule established in the Church by the command of Jesus Christ to remain untill His second coming as that of Baptism and of the Lords supper; and
23rd The Association approves the said answer------------------
24th A query from the Friendship Church was taken up, viz: Is it consistent with the duties of a preacher of the gospel to hold any office either civil or military under the government or to concern himself therewith further than the laws require.
25th The committee appointed to form an answer for the said query report the following, Viz: We think it not consistant, and
26th The association approved the said Answer---------------------
27th A query from the Dumplin Church was taken up, Viz: whether it is right or not to Keep a member of our society in fellowship when he has joined another society called Free Masons and will not forsake them, or whether it is right at all:--------
28th And in answer to the said query; the Association says (nothing further written).
29th Brethren Bayless and Hance appointed receive the churches bounty, who report nineteen Dollars eighty two and a half cents.
30th Brother Amos Hardin who was Clerk to the last Association report that the last contribution was eight cents less than the Expense of the same required.
31st The association is informed that there yet remains a sum of money in the hands of Brother Tunnel the former Clerk and the Association appoints Brother Amos Hardin to receive the same and account to the next Association for it.
32nd The Fork of Pigeon union meeting commences on the friday before the 4th Saturday in July 1826. The Western do. at Zion meeting house in Anderson County on the friday before the 2nd Saturday in May 1826 and the Eastern do. at Richland Meeting house in Grainger County on the friday before the 2nd Saturday in September 1826.
33rd Brethren Duke Kimbro and Richard Wood appointed messengers to the Hiwassee Association.
34th Brethren Kimbro, Rogers and Randolph to the Holston Association.
35th Brethren Kimbro, Richard Wood and Joseph Wood go to the Powels Association.
36th The corresponding letters to the different Associations were read and received.
37th The circular letter was read and approved by the Association and directs the Clerk to get 450 minutes printed together with the circular.
38th The Association resolved to send twenty five of their minutes to the Holston Association and twenty to the Hiwassee Association and also one minute to the Virginia Accomack Baptist Association and twenty minutes to the Powels Valley Association and the Clerk to superintend the printing and distribution of the minutes and receive six dollars for his services.
39th Brother Billy Holloway appointed to deliver the introductory Sermon at our next Association and in case of failure Brother Amos Hardin.
40th After prayer by the moderator the Association adjourned untill the next Association to be held at Friendship meeting house Jefferson County on the first Saturday in October 1826.
Amos Hardin, Clerk Elijah Rogers, Moderator
The Ministers and messengers of the Tennessee Baptist Association to the several Churches which they represent, Greeting------
Dearly Beloved Brethren--------------
We believing that the declension of vital Godliness in almost every church may with propriety be attributed either to false Doctrine or false discipline, have thought it proper on this occasion to invite your particular attention to that course of Church discipline which to us appears to be clearly pointed out in the Scriptures....... In many who call Christ Lord Lord there is a _______ contempt of his positive commands a manifest departure from that narrow path of self denial that holy walk, that heart purifying faith that sin subdising love which every where in the Holy Scriptures are regarded as the only adequate evidence of real discipleship as the only infallible evidence that professors have been born of God and thus translated out of the Kingdom of darkness into the Kingdom of his dear Son, Jesus to be feared also, that in some Churches there is a Soul destroying God preaching neglect of discipline, gross transgressors are winked at or at most treated (p. 130) with such laxity of discipline that like the disobedient is not speedily and judishally (sic) corrected they take fresh courage to rebellious servent or child who repeat the offence or as the Apostle expresses it, "Sin that grace may abound." If these remarks be true if it be no fiction but a faithful picture of realities how strong the motive, how imperious the call, for us to make to righteousness and Sin not to hew down with the axe of discipline every tree which bringeth forth not good fruit, to purge out the old leaven that the Churches may become a new lump. And that we may be encouraged to engage in this good work of the Lord, it is possible proposed to offer some remarks in the first place on that plain directory, recorded in the 18th Chapter of the Gospel by Matthew concerning private trespasses. Moreover if they brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his faults between him and thee alone, if he shall hear thee thou hast gained thy brother, but if he will not hear thee, take with thee one or two more that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established, and if he shall neglect to hear them tell it to the Church, but if he neglect to hear the Church let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican. Our Lord, who know all things foresaw the various occassions of private contention and offence which must needs occur between individuals of the same church in these verses, therefore he lays down a plain and positive rule of procedure in all such cases, moreover if thy brother trespass against thee that is in case a professed disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ should injure thee, thou must not in conformity with the fashion of this world complain in the first place to others because in many instances provocations are unintentional in others there may be a misapprehension but supposing the offence to be real, the reporting of it to others, will have a direct tendency to widen the break to alieniate more (p. 131) and more the injured person and to wound the feelings as well as the Character of the trespasser "go and tell him his faults between him and thee alone that is suffer no one else to be present at the interview because, it will thus clearly appear that thou hast no desire to retaliate the injurious conduct but rather to conciliate his friendship by thus consulting his feelings as well as his character, thou wilt evince that thy confidence in him is not lost. Go therefore and display concious of thy own need of mercy at the hand of an offended God and with a heart raised devoutly to the father of mercies deeply sensible of thy own unworthiness for that wisdom which is from above ingeniously unfold to thy offending brother, the cause of thy grievance tenderly state the effects of his conduct upon thy own mind affectionately urge upon him suitable concessions by the love of Christ and the ever binding law whatsoever ye would that others should do unto you do ye even the same unto them. If he shall hear thee, thou has gained thy brother, that is, if the offender being convinced of thy cordial desire to consult his good receive thy private admonition in a Christian temper and be thereby brought to confess his fault and make suitable acknowledgement, peace and friendship love and harmony will be restored. But if he will not hear thee, take with thee one or two more that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established the design of calling these other persons viz assistants is, that by the weight of their Character council and Christian admonition, they may prevail with the trespasser to do that which is right and thus terminate the controversy or that proved their efforts should prove unavailing they may then bear testimony to the church against him. Hence then it necessarily follows that the persons selected for this purpose should be of unimpeachable character, possess the needful qualifications, and be disposed in all respects to act as real peacemakers. Here then every effort should be made for the termination of strife and the restoration (p. 132) of fellowship let then all those who may be called to assist in such circumstances bear in mind that a failure here will almost invariably prove the forerunner of a failure in the Church, if however after these assistants have labored to effect a reconciliation, the trespasser should still remain obstinate in refusing reasonable acknowledgements, then, the subject must be laid before the Church; And if he neglect to hear them tell it to the church. When it is brought before the Church it becomes the duty of the church faithfully to admonish him of his sin, his anger and his duty. And if he should still persist in his course it then becomes the duty to pass sentence of excommunication against him; But if he should neglect to hear the Church let him be unto thee as an heathen man and publican. In testimony of his approbation of such a decision our Lord added his declaration that it should be sanctioned in heaven. Whether expulsion from the Church or restoration to its privilege might be the result; Verily, verily I say unto you, whatever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in Heaven and whatsoever Ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in Heaven it will surely be admitted by every candid person that this promising assurance of our Lord cannot apply to any case either of excommunication or of restoration which has not been conducted in conformity with the given rule, and from the whole process it seems evident that the Saviour is treating of private offences between individual members of the church and not of open transgressions which entail infamy as well as guilt upon the offender and which would if treated in this way not only contravene other express directions given to the Churches by the Spirit of the Lord Jesus through the instrumentality of the apostles but would abolish all disturbances between the most dissolute part of the world and the gospel Church. (p. 133) It is therefore with reference to such offences that he answers Peters question "Lord how oft shall my brother sin against me must I forgive him, Till Seven times" and by way of illustrating the same doctrine employees the parable of the King who would take account of his servants. The design of the Saviour through the whole is to inculcate the duty of forgiving upon all his followers. Peter's question implies a private offence against himself and not against the honor of Christ and his church it is to be committed to by a Brother; that is by one whose conduct and not mere profession justifies the belief that he is born of God and of course cannot be a habitual transgressor for whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin, for, his seed remaineth in him and he cannot sin because he is born of God. If such a man offends a brother of like description and being made sensible of his fault, begs forgiveness, the offended Brother is bound to forgive him. In the next place dearly beloved brethren we are to offer some remarks respecting the cause of discipline which the Church of Christ should observe towards such members as may be guilty of public scandalous offences and as the Lord Jesus has given us a plain and immutable rule respecting private offences as above exhibited as through the agency of his holy spirit we are supplied in the epistles with a directory (in case of public offences) than is no less plain no less excellent no less immutable. Paul in his epistle to the Church at Rome writes "Now I beseech you brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine ye have learned and avoid them taking it for granted that there might be in the Church at Rome unconverted persons, whether teachers or others whose false doctrine and corrupt example would have a direct tendency to mar the peace and spread divisions among real Christians, the Apostle in most tender and endearing language intreats the followers of the holy Jesus closely to watch such characters and to avoid them as carefully as they would shun a person labouring under infectious disease. (p. 134) For no matter how much such persons might boast of inward joys and sins forgiven it was clearly manifest that they served not our Lord Jesus Christ but heir own belly and by good words, fair speeches, deceive the hearts of the simple. In the epistle to the Philipians, the same Apostle writes "for many walk of whom I have told you often and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemy of the cross of Christ, whose end is destrution, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is their shame. Who minds set on earthly things." And in his epistle to the Thessalonians Paul informs the Christians how they must act towards such profession. "Now in command you brethren in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ that you draw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us." But more particularly in his first epistle to the Church at Corinth, by example as well as by precept he gives us a directory which it is difficult to misapprehend after sharply reproving the Church for their insensibility to the great dishonor brought upon themselves and the redeemers cause by the gross offender in the Church he charges them in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ to proceed immediately to his excommunication, he gives no direction about private admonition he does not tell the Church that provided the notorious offender should come before them, confess his sins and promise amendment, they must still hold him in fellowship as one born of God and entitled to Church privileges. No Paul well knew that this would be eminently calculated to encourage him in his ruinous course of iniquity. But under the immediate influence of the spirit of God and of course possessing that wisdom which is first pure then peacable gentle easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits without partiality and without hypocrisy, he says to the Church in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ when ye are gathered together and my spirit with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ to deliver such a one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus. This sentence might seem to the transgressor and to such as had connived at his abomination, arbitrary and cruel would so spake the Lord Jesus by the mouth of the Apostle. This was the remedy and only remedy which in the Judgement (p. 135) of Christ was suited to the case of the offender; purge and therefore saith he the old leaven that ye may become a new lump. But he steps out here "for with the gross offender he ranks others of various names who must not only be excommunicated but whose company every real Christian is required peremplority to show. But now I have written unto you not to keep company of any that is called a brother be a fornicator or covetous or an idolator or a railer or a drunkard or an extortioner; with such one know not to eat." If then it clearly appears to the Church of Christ either upon open confession or other competant evidence that any member is guilty of any offence named in this black catalogue or others of a similar atrocity it becomes their solemn indispensible duty promptly and impartially to obey the apostolic mandate. His language is plain positive authoritative to depart then from this wise holy and immutible rule of Church discipline. Through worldly policy through false tenderness to please friends or favor relations to gain popular applause to conciliate the friendship of the offender or what is still worse perhaps than that the love of filthy lucre is treating the wisdom of God as folly and acting the part of Saul in sparing Agag and the best of the sheep and of the men under pretence of offering a sacrifice to the Lord. That we may illustrate and enforce this view of the subject let us enquire what are the chief ends of Church discipline? 1st - It is intended for the benefit of the transgressor. The Apostle expressly states that the incestuous person must be expelled from the Corinthian Church, "That the Spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus." Paul commands the Church to excommunicate the transgressor as the only suitable means of showing him his awful guilt because if nay thing is calculated to bring an offending Christian to reflect seriously upon the heinous nature of his transgression it is a declaration by the church that they consider him as unworthy of a seat amongst them. In this if he be a Christian will he discover the intent (p. 136) and feel the burthen of his guilt. Here will he see as in a glass the stigma which his conduct has brought upon his character; the high privileges he has forfeited and the awful doom which must await him should he perish in his sinful course. Then Paul like a skillful surgeon knowing that the disease of the offender at Corinth was almost incurable by one bold vigorous stroke reached the core of moral corruption arrested the infection and saved the patient. For we learn from his second epistle written to the same church about twelve months afterwards that the offender low as he had sunk in turpitude and spiritual apathy was by means of his expulsion recovered from slumber and quickened to a sense of his guilt and misery and (?) after the church had truly evinced by his excommunication, that they "would have no fellowship with these unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them and when after a uniform and long continued reformation the offender had given evidence that his was that "godly sorrow which worketh repentance unto Salvation that needeth not to be repented of by doing works meet for repentance." Paul directs them to restore him to fellowship.
2nd - Another end of church discipline is the purity and consequently the real interest prosperity and comfort of the Church. While Achaus crime remained concealed and himself continued in the camp of Israel the Israelites fled before their enemies, the powers of Jehovah filled them with dismay and numbers perished under his sore displeasure. But as soon as he was detected and punished according to his crime the wrath of God ceased to Smoke against his people and victory crown their arms and thus it is for no small degree in the Church of Christ. By habitual converse with those of lax principles and profligate morals for the two are closely allied even Christians themselves before they suspect their danger, may begin to conform to their maxims and manners: Wherefore come out from among them and be ye separated saith the Lord. (p. 137) And touch not the unclean thing and I will receive you. Real believers love the truth, and esteem the yoke of Christ easy and his burden light; but false professors, Scribes Pharisees and hypocrites most esteem that preaching and that discipline, which allows them the greatest latitude in their conduct, and that is what they call gospel liberty, consequently such characters are not apt to seek for admission into a church where the true gospel is preached and true discipline maintained. 3rd - Another very important end in Church discipline is to Keep the character of the Church unblemished in the estimation of unbelievers if disorderly professors are suffered to retain in the church, it invites in the minds of unbelievers a strong prejudice against religion: when therefore unbelievers see professors retained in Christian fellowship whose lives vary so much from the scripture character of saints, the natural principals of their unbelief are greatly strengthened and they are ready to conclude that there is no reality in religion or that almost all who profess it are designing hypocrites. It was this mournful consideration that grew from our Saviour the exclamation, "Woe unto the world because of offences it must needs be that offences come, but woe unto that man by whom the offence cometh." It is evident that in these words he had reference to those false professors whose ungodly lives prejudice others against his truth and cause them to blaspheme his holy name; and it may be asserted without fear of contradiction that if Voltaire, Humes, Gibeon and Paine have by their infidel writing murdered thousand of souls; the Achaus, Ahithophals and Judases in the visible Church have claim their millions. On the other hand, nothing perhaps presents to the mind of the unbeliever so strong as argument for the reality of religion as the sight of a well organized well discipled gospel church constantly and zealously attending upon the ordinances moving forward constantly (p. 138) harmoniously and affectionately in the faithful discharge of their various secular and religeous duties. Where all the members are seen thus maintaining a character public and private comporting with their high vocation denying ungodliness and worldly lust, and living soberly, righteously and Godly in this present world, pursuing and practicing whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are of good report, then is the Church fair as the moon, beautiful as Tirzah and terrible as an army with (?). Such an exhibition of real and constant virtue reflecting in some degree the image of its divine original cannot fail to impress the mind of the unbeliever with awe, constrain him to bow at least in his heart with reverence to the Supremacy of its influence and to exclaim in the language of baals worshippers when Elijah's God displayed his presence and his power "The Lord he is the God, the Lord he is the God."
Signed by order of the Church
Elijah Rogers, Moderator
Amos Harden, Clerk
450 copies - 20 Dollars
Heiskell & Brown pr's
Knoxville Register office
p. 139 MINUTES of the Tennessee Association Held at Friendship meeting house in Jefferson County on the first Saturday in October 1826 and following days 500 copies for Sixteen Dollars Knoxville Register Office. Elder Amos Hardin delivered the Introductory Sermon from Acts 13th Chapter and 38th verse, "Be it Known unto you therefore men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins." The Association then proceeded to choose brethren Elijah Rogers Moderator and Amos Hardin Clerk, after which
1st Letters from 20 churches were received and the following account taken
CHURCHES NAMES OF DELEGATES
Millers Cove Richard Williams, James Taylor 1-1-0-1-1-0-1-35
New Salem Rice Levi, Michael Spessert, John Lipe Jr.,
Nimrod Funk 0-3-0-7-7-4-1-36
Fork of Little Rich'd Wood, Isaac A. Miller, Layman
Pigeon Jones 15-6-1-8-3-0-1-158
French Broad Duke Kimbro, Sam'l Love, Geo Miller 5-2-0-7-1-0-2-46
Ellejoy Aug Bowers, Jesse Brown, William Davis 5-1-0-0-0-0-0-26
Pawpaw Hollow Mathias Teague, Wm. Bennett 0-0-0-3-0-0-0-22
Crooked Creek William Billoo 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-32
Bethel Daniel Layman, John Gilbert, Abraham
Mouth of Richland Wm Mynatt, James Whitlock 6-2-0-6-1-0-2-50
Little Flat Ck Leonard Harmon, Wm. Hickle 2-1-0-0-1-1-0-23
Stock Creek Michael Davis 4-1-0-2-1-0-0-40
Boyds Creek Elijah Rogers, Wm. Hodges 0-0-0-1-1-0-1-27
Friendship Henry Randolph, Geo Crosby, John Day 0-10-0-6-0-4-4-64
Beaver Dam Ck Thomas Boalton 1-0-0-0-1-0-0-19
Hickory Creek Henry Sowards, Amos Hardin, Geo
Lillard, John Mounger 49-10-0-27-5-0-0-210
Beaver Ridge Robt Marley, Cornelius Hickey, Reuben
Walker, Parham Wall, John Clark 45-6-0-7-0-0-2-157
Wears Cove C. F. Winder 1-5-2-1-0-0-0-17
Dumplin Creek Joseph Sullens 1-3-0-7-5-0-1-37
Zion Joshua Frost, Henry Newman, Aaron
Newman, Spencer Altum? 15-2-0-0-1-2-1-41
E Fk Poplar Ck Jacob Peck 2-1-0-9-0-2-0-60
2nd A corresponding letter from the Hiwassee Association was received by the hands of their Delegates Brother George Snider who being invited took his seat with us, and Henry Soward, Duke Kimbro, Richard Wood, Aug Bowers, James Taylor appointed delegates to go to that Association.
3rd A corresponding letter from the Holston Association was received by the hands of their Delegates Brethren Caleb Witt, Pleasant A. Witt, Isaac Barton and Daniel Hawry who being invited took seats with us; and Brethren Kimbro, Wood, Layman, Bowers and Rogers appointed to go to that Association.
4th A corresponding letter from the Powells Valley Association was received by the hands of their Delegates, Brethren John Kidwell and Moses Hodges who being invited took seat with us; and Henry Randolph, Joseph Johnston, Elijah Rogers to go as delegates to that association.
5th Brother William Billoo appointed to write the corresponding letter to the Hiwassee Association; Isaac A. Miller to write the letter to the Powels Valley Association and Brother Rice Levi to write to the Holston Association.
6th Brother Rice Levi and Brother William Billoo appointed to receive the Churches Bounty Who report eighteen Dollars eighty three and one fourth cents.
7th The Association appointed Richard Wood, Duke Kimbro, William Mynatt, George Snider, Caleb Witt, John Kidwell, Joshua Frost, Isaac A. Miller to gather with the Moderator and Clerk, a select committee to arrange the business to be attended to on Monday.
8th Brother George Snider, Brother Richard Wood and Brother Elijah Rogers appointed to fill the stand on the Sabbath, and to commence at ten o clock A.M. After prayer by the moderator the Association adjourned until Monday morning ten oclock.
The Association met on Monday morning according to adjournment and the Association being informed that Brother Elijah Rogers who was appointed Moderator hearing that a part of his family was lying at the point of death had gone home and would not therefore be at the Association the present day upon which Brother Richard Wood was chosen to supply the vacancy. (p. 141) and after prayer proceeded to business.
Brother Wood, Snider and Rogers preached on the Sabbath to a very numerous and evidentally well affected congregation.
9th According to arrangement of the select committee; the Association took up the petition from the Zion, Boyds Creek, Beaver Creek, Beaver Ridge, Poplar Creek and Hickory Creek Churches who petitioned the Association to reconsider the question decided at the last Association, "Is it consistant with the duties of a preacher of the Gospel to hold any office either civil or military under the government or to concern himself therewith further than the laws require." In answer to which the Association therefore considering the several churches who from these petitions appear to be dissatisfied with the decision of the last Association agree entirely to disannul the said query and answer or decision and to recommend to our preaching Brethren their Bibles for their guide in that respect. The Association recommend also particularly to their attention and mature consideration the fourth verse of the second chapter of the second epistle to Timothy; "No man that wareth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier," and also the 59th and 60th verses of the 9th chapter of the Gospel by St. Luke "And he said unto another follow me, But he said Lord suffer me first to go and bury my Father. Jesus said unto him, let the dead bury the dead but go thou and preach the Kingdom of God."
10th The complaint from the Zion church who stated that she is wounded with the sister Salem Church for acting as she believes contrary to Gospel order in two instances. 1st - In meeting Brethren from other Churches to a seat with them and then refusing to let them act in dealing with a member and 2nd - for Excluding (p. 142) a member without his being proved guilty of the crime. An record was taken up and after some argument it is considered by the Association that a committee be appointed consisting of one member from each of the eighteen Churches belonging to this Association who are not concerned in this difficulty; it being understood that Zion, Salem and Poplar Creek churches are concerned therein, after which Brethren James Taylor, Richard Wood, Duke Kimbro, Augustine Bowers, William Davis, William Burnett, William Billoo, Daniel Layman, James Whitlock, Leonard Harman, Michael Davis, William H. Hodges, George Crosby, Thomas Boalton, Henry Sowards, John Clark, Christopher F. Winder, Joseph Sullens Were appointed members of the said committee and to meet at New Salem meeting house on the fifteenth day of November next.
11th The petition from the Friendship Church that our future Associations commence on Friday was taken up, and after some discussion respecting the advantages and disadvantages that might result from adopting the said petition it was then left to vote and decided that the next Association commence on Friday.
12th It was reported by brother Amos Hardin who at our last Association was appointed to settle with Brother Tunnell a former Clerk to the Association that he received from Brother Tunnell fourteen Dollars eighty three cents, and that there now remains in his hands after receiving the present bounty the sum of twenty seven Dollars forty and three fourth cents for the use of this Association.
13th The letters to the different Associations were presented read and approved by the Association and ordered to be signed by the Moderator and Clerk.
14th It is considered that five hundred copies of Minutes be printed that the Clerk superintend the printing and distribution of the Minutes to the different Churches in this Association and One Minute to each Church in the three corresponding Associations and that he be allowed the sum of six Dollars for his services.
15th The next Association is to be held at the East Fork of Poplar Creek Anderson County and to commence on the Friday before the first Saturday in October 1827 and that Brother Duke Kimbro deliver the introductory Sermon and in case he fails to attend Brother Daniel Layman to supply the place
16th Brother Richard Wood appointed to write a Circular Letter to be read at our next Association and allowed the privilege of choosing his subject to write on. The Association then after prayer by the Moderator adjourned untill the Association in course.
Richard Wood, Moderator
Amos Hardin, Clerk
The Following Pages presents Copies of the Minutes of the Tennessee Baptist Association during the Eight years which Isaac A. Miller acted as Clerk to said Association.
(pages 145-147 left blank in original Minutes Book with all of the 1827 Minutes missing.)
(p. 148) MINUTES OF THE TENNESSEE BAPTIST ASSOCIATION
This Association convened at the meeting House at Forks of Little Pigeon River in Sevier County on Friday before the first saturday of October 1828
Elder Joshua Frost delivered the introductory Sermon from the 4th Chapter and 29th verse of the Acts of the Apostles "And now Lord behold their threatening and grant unto thy servants that with all boldness they may speak thy Word."
Letters from 24 Churches were then received and the following accounts taken.
Names of Churches Names of Delegates
Beaver Ridge Reuban Walker 10.5.0.1.0.3.4.157
Beaverdam Ck John Smith, John Mynatt 10.2.0.0.0.3.0.33
Boyds Creek Elijah Rogers, Saml Stocton 126.96.36.199.0.0.0.29
Bethel Daniel Layman, Jasper Moon 188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206
Bethany Saml Lewis, Abram Lillard 220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168
B.F. Emery Riv Martin Asher 0.1.1.0.22.214.171.124
Crooked Creek W. Billue, A. Walker, I. McGinly 126.96.36.199.0.3.0.54
Dumplin Creek Humphrey Mount, J. Elder 188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206
E.F. Poplar Ck Jacob Peak, Absalom Peak 0.2.0.0.220.127.116.11
Ellejoy Augustine Bowers, Jesse Brown 18.104.22.168.0.0.1.19
Tuckaleechee Henry Randolph, Geo. Crosby 22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199
French Broad D. Kimbro, A. Slover, H. Haggard 0.5.1.0.188.8.131.52
Fks L. Pigeon Richard Wood, I.A. Miller 184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11
Hickory Creek H. Soward, S. Luterell, H. Hotchkiss 18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124
L. Flat Creek Samuel Love, John Bayless 126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52
Mouth Richland Ck Welcome Hodges, Th Smith 184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11
Millers Cove Richd Williams, John Taylor 18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124
New Salem Aron Slover, Ishmall McAdoo 0.0.0.1.126.96.36.199
PawPaw Hollow Jno Burnett, Mathew Teague 188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206
Providence Jac Denton, Thos Atchley Sr. 0.0.0.0.220.127.116.11
Six Mile R.B. Billue, W. Davis, I. Bedford 18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124
Stock Creek Wm Wheeler, I.D. Berry 0.0.0.1.0.2.0.44
Wears Cove R. Davis, W. Davis, E. James 126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52
Zion J. Frost, _ Newman, T. Coward 0.0.0.0.184.108.40.206
Numbers: Expr.Let.Rest.dis by letter.Exc.Dead,?.Total
(p. 149) The delegates that had attended from the different Churches took their seats, and after choosing Brother Elijah Rogers Moderator and I.A. Miller Clerk proceeded to business.
1st A Corresponding letter was received from the Holston Association by the hands of their Delegates Isaac Barton, Andrew Coffman and Pleasant A. Witt, who were invited and took seats with us. William Billue was then appointed to write our Corresponding letter to that Association and Brethren Duke Kimbro and Henry Randolph to go as Messengers.
2nd A Corresponding Letter was received from the Hiwassee Association by the hands of their Delegates George Snider and Daniel Buckner who were invited and took seats with us. Brother William Davis was appointed to write our Corresponding Letter to that Association and Brethren Joshua Frost, Augustine Bowers, Henry Soward and Martin Asher to go as Messengers.
3rd A Corresponding Letter was received from the Powels Valley Association by the hand of the Delegate James Cannon who was invited and took a seat with us. Brother John Bayless was appointed to write our Corresponding Letter to that Association and Brethren Elijah Rogers, Samuel Love and William Billue to as Messengers.
4th On Motion of Brother Soward the Clerk of this Association is Directed to send Letters to Brothers Robert Tunnel and Amos Hardin formerly Clerks of this Association requesting that they record in a Book belonging to this association now in the hands of brother Tunnell (p. 150) all the proceedings of this association as contained in the Annual Minutes while they acted as Clerks and send the Book to the Association at the next Session.
5th A Select Committee consisting of Brethren Richard Wood, Joshua Frost, Samuel Love, Jacob Peak and Abraham Lillard together with the Moderator and Clerk was appointed to arrange the Business for Tomorrow.
After prayer by the Moderator the Association adjourned until tomorrow Morning 10 oclock.
6th John Mynatt & Humphrey Mount were appointed to receive the Churches bounties and reported $20.37-1/2 cents.
7th Saturday the Association met according to adjournment and after prayer proceeded to call on the names of the Delegates and all absentees were stricken off.
8th The arrangements of the select committee was called for, read received and the committee discharged
9th According to the arrangement of the select committee the request which was submitted by the last association to the churches respecting the Term of its future Sessions was taken up and fifteen churches were found in favour of its continuing four days and of the sacrament being administered on the Sabbath and eight against it. And after mature consideration it was determined that the association commence on Friday and continue three days only and that it is the privileges of the Churches where the Association may be held to have a communion on the Sabbath if they choose.
10th The Mouth of Richland Creek and Little Flat Creek Churches petition for the (p. 151) next association to be held at the Mouth of Richland Creek. Beaver Ridge petitioned for it to be at that place and Hickory Creek for it at that place. All of which being considered by the Association it was determined to be held at the Mouth of Richland Creek.
11th The Petition of the Beaverdam Creek Church for the next Association to commence on Saturday and end on Monday was considered and overruled.
12th The Petition of the Bethany Church for the Church Meeting days of all the Churches to be inserted in the Minutes was taken up and ordered to be done accordingly.
13th The Letters to the three Corresponding Associations were produced had recorded and ordered to be signed by the Moderator and Clerk.
14th The Clerk reported that Ten Dollars and ninety seven cents of the money place in his hand at the Last Association has not yet been expended and that the present Bounty added thereto makes the sum of $31.35 cents now in his hand for the use of the Association.
15th Resolved that 600 copies of the Minutes be printed and that 40 be sent to the Hiwassee Association together with one each to the Moderator and Clerk, that 32 be sent to the Holston distributed as above and 27 to Powels Valey distributed in the same way and the balance to the churches according to members, that the Clerk superintend the printing and distribution thereof & receive six dollars for his services.
16th Time and place of holding the Union Meeting Southern District for Friday before the 4th Saturday in July at Coxe's Branch Jefferson County - Western District on Friday before the 2nd Saturday in May at Stock Creek Knox County - Northern District on Friday before the 4th Saturday in August at Beaverdam Creek Knox County.
17 Brother Richard Wood was appointed to Preach the Introductory Sermon at the next association and in case of failure Brother Henry Soward to supply the place.
18 Brethren Samuel Love, James Cannon and Duke Kimbrough (if there is time more appointed to fill the stand on the Sabbath.
The Business now being through after prayer by the Moderator the Association adjourned until Friday before the first Saturday in October 1829. Then to convene at the Mouth of Richland Creek in Grainger County.
Elijah Rogers Moderator
Isaac A. Miller Clerk
Notwithstanding the indecency of the morning Brother Cannon and Love Preached on the Sabbath to a large and attentive Congregation. After which the Association having been invited by the members of the Church joined with them in commemorating the Death & Sufferings of the Lord Jesus Christ and the sympathetic tears which flowed in abundance on the ocassion was satisfactory evidence of the propriety of the Ordinance.
Hyram Barry Printer Knoxville
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MINUTES OF THE TENNESSEE BAPTISTS ASSOCIATION
This Association convened at the Mouth of Richland Creek Meeting House in Grainger County on Friday before the first Saturday of October 1829.
Elder Richard Wood delivered the Introductory Sermon from Mark 16th Chapter 15th and 16th verses "Go ye into all the world and preach the Gospel to every Creature and he that believeth and is Baptized shall be saved and he that believeth not shall be damned."
Letters from 25 Churches were received and the following accounts to be taken.
Names of Churches Names of Delegates
Beaver Ridge E & C Hickey, I Clark, W Morris 220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168
Beaverdam Ck James Millikin, Sam Williams 0.1.0.0.22.214.171.124
Boyds Creek Elijah Rogers, Levi Whittle 0.1.0.0.126.96.36.199
Bethel Daniel Layman, Saml Phariss 188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206
Bethany No Delegates but a letter 0.0.0.0.220.127.116.11
L Emory River John Layman, Saml Stincipher 18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124
Dumplin Creek H. Mount, E & N Cate 126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52
E F Poplar Ck Jacob Peak 0.9.0.0.184.108.40.206
Ellejoy Jesse Brown 0.0.0.4.0.0.0.15
Friendship H Randolph, V Vineyard, G Crosby 0.3.0.0.220.127.116.11
French Broad Duke Kimbro, Samuel Carson 0.0.1.0.18.104.22.168
Fk L Pigeon Richard Wood, J Adams, I A Miller 22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199
Hickory Creek H Soward, A Hardin, I Shelton 188.8.131.52.10.7.0.167
L flat Creek Saml Love, John Bayless 184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11
Mouth Richland Wm Mynatt, Thos Arnett 18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124
Millers Cove James Taylor 0.2.0.0.0.0.0.13
? Jeremiah Plummer, J Burnett 0.0.0.0.126.96.36.199
New Salem A Slover, J McAdoo 0.1.0.1.188.8.131.52
Providence T Atchley, _ Pate, G Russell, L Jones 184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11
Six Mile P D Murrony, Wm Asher 18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124
Stock Creek James Trice, M Davis 126.96.36.199.0.0.1.47
Wears Cove Edward James 188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206
Zion J Frost, A McLane, I Weaver 0.5.0.0.220.127.116.11
Cades Cove I Johnston 0.0.0.0.0.2.0.17
Union Thomas Hunt 0.0.0.0.0.0.0.32
Crooked Creek No Tidings their total last Assn .54
Numbers:Expr.Let.Rest.Dis by letter.Exc.Dead.-.total
The Delegates that had attended from the Different Churches took their seats and after choosing Brother Elijah Rogers Moderator and Isaac A Miller Cler proceeded to business.
1st Received a Corresponding Letter from the Powels Valley Association by the hands of their delegates John Kidwell, Isaac Long and Thomas Dyer who were invited and took seats with us. Brother John Clark was appointed to write our Corresponding Letter to that Association and Joshua Frost, John Clark and Jacob Peak to go as Messengers.
2nd Received a Corresponding Letter from the Holston Association by the hands of their Delegate Rude Bayless who was invited and took his seat with us. Brother Amos Hardin was appointed to write our Corresponding Letter to that Association and Henry Randolph, Noah Cate and Samuel Love to go as Messengers.
3rd Received a Corresponding Letter from the Hiwassee Association by the hands of their Delegates Charles Toliver and Gray Haggard who were invited and took their seats with us. Brother John Bayless was appointed to write our Corresponding Letter to that Association and Brethren Duke Kimbro, Noah Cate, Amos Hardin and Layman Jones to go as Messengers.
4th A Corresponding Letter was received from the Nolachucky Association by the hands of their Delegates Elihu Milikin and Joseph White who were invited and took seats with us. Brother Michael Davis was appointed to write our Corresponding Letter to that Association and Brethren Daniel Layman, Henry Randolph and Saml Pate to go as Messengers.
5th A Letter from a Church lately constituted in Cades Cove praying admission into our Association was received. The Church was received and her delegates invited to seats with us and their names enrolled.
6th Received a Letter from a Church lately constituted at the Union Meeting House praying admittance into our Association. The same was accepted and her Delegates invited to seats with us and their names enrolled.
7th Brother Samuel Love informed the Association that he had a thought of Traveling and desired that his Ministerial Character be stated on the Minutes. Whereupon it was Ordered to be Certified that our beloved Brother Samuel Love is an Orderly Member of one of the Churches in the Bounds of this Association. That he is a regularly Ordained Preacher and that he is in good standing amongst the Churches of his acquaintance.
8th A Committee consisting of Brethren Richard Wood, Amos Hardin, Daniel Layman, Elijah Hickey and Noah Cate together with the Moderator and Clerk was appointed to arrange the Business for Tomorrow.
After prayer the Association adjourned until tomorrow morning 10 oclock.
Saturday--The Association met according to adjournment and after prayer by the Moderator proceeded to business.
1st Ordered that the roll be called and that such as have not attended be stricken off which was done accordingly.
2nd The arrangement of the select committee was called for received and the committee discharged.
3rd Agreeable to the arrangement of the Select Committee the Association proceeded to appoint the place and Term of holding the next Association and it appeared that Beaver Ridge, New Salem and Zion churches had petitioned for the next Association to be held at Beaver Ridge Meeting House and Two of them also petitioned for it to continue four days, and for the sacrament to be administered on the Sabbath. And Hickory Creek Church had petitioned for the next Association to be held at Hickory Creek Meeting House. Whereupon after considering the same and taking the vote thereon it was determined to be held at Beaver Ridge Meeting House and to continue three days only.
4th Brethren John Bayless and Amos Hardin were appointed to receive the Churches Bounty who report Seventeen Dollars Seventy six 1/4 cents.
5th The Clerk reports that $18.35-1/2 cents remain in his hands of the money heretofore received for the use of the Association which added to the present Bounty makes $36.11-3/4 cents now in his hand.
6th Ordered that the Clerk of this Association receive the Ledger belonging to this association and transcribe therein all the Minutes of the association since he has acted as Clerk and that he procure 600 copies of the present Minutes to be printed and distributed in the same manner that they were last year and that he receive six Dollars for his Services.
7. Crooked Creek Church not being represented it was determined to state her number last year on the Minutes.
8 Brother Samuel Love was appointed to Preach the Introductory Sermon at the next Association and in case of failure Brother Elijah Rogers to supply the place.
The time and pace of holding the Union Meetings in the bounds of this Association - Southern District on Friday before the 4th Saturday in July 1830 at Friendship Meeting House in Jefferson County. Western District at Zion Meeting House in Anderson County on Friday before the 2nd Saturday in May 1830 Northern District at Little Flat Creek Knox County on Friday before the 4th Saturday in August 1830.
Brother James Cannon, Elijah Rogers and Elihu Millikin to fill the stand on the Sabbath.
After which and prayer by the Moderator the Association adjourned untill the Association in course, then to meet at Beaver Ridge Meeting House in Knox County.
Elijah Rogers Moderator
Isaac A. Miller Clerk
According to appointment Brothers Millikin, Rogers & Cannon preached on the Sabbath to a very large and attentive Congregation.
600 copies for $7
Minutes of The Tennessee Baptist Association
This Association convened at Beaver Ridge Meeting House in Knox County on Friday before the first Saturday of October 1830. Elder Samuel Love Delivered the Introductory Sermon from Mathew 24 Chapter 14 Vers, "And this Gospel of the Kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations and then shall the end come."
Letters from Twenty six Churches were then received & the following accounts taken
Beaver Ridge D Smith, D Hall & J Scott 18.104.22.168.3.2.166
Beaverdam Robert Tindle, John Mynatt 22.214.171.124.2.0.31
Boyds Creek Elijah Rogers, Thomas Jordan 0.3.0.1.0.1.29
Bethel Daniel Duggan, Tillery Hill 126.96.36.199.0.0.24
Bethany John Weaver, Abrm Lillard 188.8.131.52.1.3.49
BF Emery Ck Jas M Ashorst, Sam Stincipher 184.108.40.206.2.0.32
Dumplin Creek A Skeen, R Thornburgh, Noah Cate 220.127.116.11.1.0.53
Crooked Creek G Snider, W Billeu 18.104.22.168.4.0.44
Cades Cove A letter but no delegate 0.2.0.2.1.1.15
EF Poplar Ck Jacob Peak, M Rector, P Seber 22.214.171.124.0.0.38
Ellejay Jesse Brown 0.0.0.4.0.0.11
Friendship Henry Randolph, J Mays 126.96.36.199.0.0.42
French Broad Duke Kimbro, Isaac Kimbro 188.8.131.52.0.0.19
Fk L Pigeon Johnson Adams, I A Miller 184.108.40.206.0.1.62
Hickory Creek H Soward, A Hardin, G Davis 220.127.116.11.4.0.164
L flat Creek John Bayless, I Dunlap 18.104.22.168.5.1.78
Mouth Rich Ck Wm Mynatt, Welcome Hodges 22.214.171.124.2.0.86
Millers Cove J Taylor 126.96.36.199.0.0.13
New Salem A Slover, M Shepherd, A Farmer 0.1.1.0.1.0.24
Pawpaw Hollow John Burnett 0.0.0.0.0.0.21
Providence Joseph P Wood, Samuel Pate 188.8.131.52.0.1.41
Six Mile Barns Holloway 184.108.40.206.2.0.55
Stock Creek J Trice, T Hudeburgh, M Davis 220.127.116.11.1.1.54
Union C W Paraks, R B Billeu 18.104.22.168.1.1.37
Wears Cove Edward James 0.5.0.1.0.0.17
Zion J Frost, Riseden, J Norman 0.0.1.1.2.0.38
Hopewell* Jacob Denton, Henry Parrott 22.214.171.124.0.0.30
Alder Branch* John Lindsey, Isaac Atchley -.-.-.-.-.-.27
Nine Mile* Wm Davis, Th Lomax -.-.-.-.-.-.18
* Newly Constituted Churches
The Delegates that had attended from the several churches then took their seats and after choosing Brother Elijah Rogers Moderator & I.A. Miller Clerk proceeded to business
1st Received a corresponding letter from the Nolachucky Association by the hand of their delegate Brother James Cannon who was invited and took his seat with us. Brother Amos Hardin was then appointed to write our corresponding letter to that association and Brethren Joseph Wood, Henry Randolph and Samuel Pate to go as Messengers.
2nd Received a corresponding letter from the Powels Valley association by the hand of their Delegate Chesley H. Boatright who was invited and took his seat with us. Brother Michael Davis was appointed to write our corresponding letter to that Association and Brethren Elijah Rogers and Joshua Frost to as Messengers.
3rd Received a Corresponding letter from the Hiwassee Association by the hands of their Delegates George Snider, Silas Witt and Philip Seber who were invited and took their seats with us. Brother Chesley H. Boatright was appointed to write our corresponding letter to that Association and Brothren Noah Cate and Henry Soward to go as Messengers.
4th Received a Corresponding letter from the Holston Association by the hand of their Delegate Amon Hale who was invited and took a seat with us. Brother John Bayless was appointed to write our corresponding letter to that Association and not being able to get Delegates agrees to send our letter by the hands of their Delegate Amon Hale.
5th Received a letter from a Church lately constituted at Hopewell Meeting House, Jefferson County by the hands of her Delegates Jacob Denton and Henry Parrott praying admission into our union. After hearing her constitution read she was admitted her Delegates invited to seats and their names enrolled.
6th Received a letter from a Church lately constituted at the Alder Branch Meeting House in Sevier County by the Hands of her Delegates John Lindsey and Isaac Atchley praying admission into our union. After hearing her constitution read she was admitted and her Delegate invited to seats and their names enrolled.
7 A Select Committee consisting of Brethren Duke Kimbro, Noah Cate, Geo Snider, Jacob Peak and Wm Mynatt together with the Moderator and Clerk were appointed to arrange the business for tomorrow.
8 Brethren John Bayless and Amos Hardin were appointed to receive the Churches bounty who report $11.73 cents. After prayer by the Moderator the Association adjourned until Tomorrow morning 10 oclock.
Saturday The Association met according to adjournment and after prayer by the Moderator proceeded to business.
1st Ordered that the Roll be called and that such of the Delegates as have not attended be stricken off
2nd The arrangement of the Select Committee was called for and received and the Committee discharged.
3rd Received a letter from a church lately constituted at Nine Mile Creek Blount County by the hands of her Delegates Wm Davis and Theophelus Lomax praying admission into our union after hearing her Constitution read she was admitted and her Delegates invited to seats and their names enrolled.
4th According to the arrangement of the Select Committee the Association took up the Query from Stock Creek Church (towit) "Is it right to hold in fellowship a sister Church that has set aside or disannulled her Church Covenant the Principles on which she was constituted. Yea or Nay" In answer to which the Association consider that she does not fellowship, a church which has set aside or disannuled her convenant: But further, the Association feels disposed not immediately to excommunicate a Church which may have erred in that way, but feels it a duty to use gospel Labours with such for the purpose of possible of reclaiming her.
5th It was made appear to the satisfaction of the Association that our sister Church at Six Mile has set aside or (p. 159) cancelled her Church covenant therefore the Association determined to send a Committee consisting of twelve church members of this Association to go on Friday before the fourth Saturday in November next and use Gospel Labour with said sister church and endeavor if possible to reclaim her from the very Great error into which she has most unfortunately fallen, and make report to the next association. The Association appointed the following Brethren to be of said committee (towit) Elijah Rogers, Joshua Frost, Johnson Adams, Amos Hardin, Noah Cate, Elijah Hicky, Saml Love, John Clark, Wm J. Newbern, John Bayless, Henry Soward and Henry Parrott. It is however agreed that any five of the above persons be a competent number to act in said matter.
6th In persuance of the arrangement of the select committee the Association took up the petition from Cades Cove suggesting that she has no pastor and praying help the Association taking into consideration the destitute situation of our petitioning sister Church advises the preaching Brethren Severally to visit her. Whereupon several preaching brethren agreed to visit her at different times during the ensuing twelve months.
7th The Association determined to grant the petition of Dumplin Creek Church for the next Association to be held at that place.
8th The Association agreed to insert in the Minutes the time and place of holding our Union Meetings, which is (towit) Southern District at Providence Meeting House Jefferson County on Friday before the 4th Saturday in July next. Wester District at Beach Fork of Emrys River Morgan County on Friday before the second Saturday in May next, Northern District at Beaverdam Creek Knox County on Friday before the 4th Saturday in August next.
9th Brother Elijah Rogers was appointed to preach the Introductory Sermon at the next Association and in case of failure Brother Joshua Frost to supply the place.
10th Letters to the corresponding Associations were called for read approved and ordered to be signed by the Moderator and Clerk
11 The Clerk reports that of the $36.11-3/4 cents in his hands at the last Association $13 only have been expended which leaves a balance in his hand of $2311-3/4 which added to the present bounty makes $34.84-3/4 now in his hand for the use of the Association.
12th This Association unites with the sister Holston Association in recommending to our Churches to set apart the first Sabbath in January next as a day of fasting and prayer for a revival of Religion amongst us.
13 Brothers Wm J. Newbern, Elijah Rogers and James Cannon were appointed to fill the stand on the Sabbath.
14th Ordered by the Association that the Clerk procure the printing and distributing to the different Churches and Corresponding Associations according to their numbers 600 copies of the Minutes of this Association and receive six Dollars for his services.
15th With respect to the United petition of six Mile and Union Churches for a committee to settle Grievances that they alledge exists between them and Millers Cove Church the Association recommends to the petitioning Churches that if they cannot settle their difficulties themselves, to go to some of their neighbouring churches first and petition them for help, and in case the difficulties be not settled they can report the fact to the next Association.
Other business being through after prayer by the Moderator the Association adjourned until our association in ________ then to meet at Dumplin Creek Meeting House Jefferson County on Friday before the first Saturday of October 1831.
Isaac A. Miller Clerk Elijah Rogers Moderator
According to appointment Brothers Rogers, Newbern and Cannon preached on the Sabbath to a very numerous Congregation
600 copies for $7
p. 167 Minutes of the Tennessee Baptist Association convened at Little flat creek Meeting House in Knox county on Friday before the first Saturday in October 1832.
After Duke Kimbro delivered the introductory sermon from the fifth verse of the first chapter of first peter
Letters from 27 churches were then received and the following accounts taken.
Alder Branch J Haggard, J Atchley 126.96.36.199.0.0.48
Beaverridge E Hickey, R Walker, J hilsman 188.8.131.52.2.1.210
Beaverdam J Mynatt, S Williams 184.108.40.206.0.1.79
Boyds creek E Rogers, L Whittle 220.127.116.11.0.0.41
Bethel D Layman, W C Maples 0.1.2.0.1.1.23
Bethany no delegates letter by Rogers 0.1.0.1.-.0.40
Cades cove no delegates 18.104.22.168.0.0.20
Crooked creek I Russell 0.0.2.4.3.0.33
Dumplin creek N Cate, A skeen 22.214.171.124.2.0.60
E F Poplar ck J Peak, W shelton 126.96.36.199.0.2.36
Ellejoy J Brown 0.0.0.0.0.0.13
friendship H Randolph, G Cosby, W Vineyard 0.0.0.7.0.0.37
french broad D Kimbro, I Kimbro 0.0.0.1.0.1.17
F L pigeon W White, E Roberts, A Miller 188.8.131.52.1.1.29
Hickory creek H Soward, S freeman 184.108.40.206.2.0.206
Hopewell L Jones, j Lindsey 220.127.116.11.0.0.29
L flat creek M S Mynett, j Bayles 18.104.22.168.0.0.89
Richland D Elkins, S Mynett 22.214.171.124.1.2.75
Millers cove j Taylor 0.1.1.3.0.0.14
New salim A slover, M Shepherd 0.0.1.0.0.0.24
Nine Mile Wm pugh 0.4.0.5.0.0.19
Pawpaw hollow W Burnet, J Burnet 126.96.36.199.0.0.25
providence W Russel 0.6.1.11.0.0.27
Six Mile B Holloway, J Griffin 188.8.131.52.1.2.27
Stock Creek E Wheeler, M Davis 184.108.40.206.1.1.51
Wears cove J Adams, D cunningham 220.127.116.11.0.0.42
Zion j Frost, j Weaver 18.104.22.168.0.1.36
(p. 168) The foregoing accounts having been taken the Delegates who were in attendance from the churches took their seats for the purpose of forming themselves into an Association for the dispatch of the business and proceeded by appointing the former Moderator and then after which we received..........................
1. Corresponding letters from the following Assns by the following delegates, to wit: from the Sweetwater by the hands of brother Daniel Buckner and George Long........... from Powels Valley by Br Wm Dyer, Solomon Phelps.......................... from Nolachucky by Br James Cannon, James Lacy and Wilkins Kirkpatrick....................... from Hywassee by Br Jos J Munger, Gray Haggard all of whom were cordially invited and took seats with the members of thes Assn.
2. The following brethren were then appointed corresponding delegates to wit
To the Sweetwater Association Brethren Duke Kimbro, S Love and Noah Cates..............
To Powels Valley Brethren Elijah Rogers, Joshua Frost, Johnson Adams, James Haggard..........
To the Nolachucky Brethern Elijah Rogers, Noah Cate, Layman Jones and George Crosby.....................
To the Hywassee Brethern Henry Sowards, John Clarke and Noah Cate.
To the Holston Brother Henry Randolph............
3. Brethern Duke Kimbro, joshua Frost, Layman Jones, Noah cate, Eli Roberts together with the Moderator and clerk were appointed to select committee to arrange the business for tomorrow.
4. Brethern Bayles and Davis were nominated to receive the donations from the churches and report the sum of $14.83-1/2 cents.
(p. 169) The Association determined to have seven hundred copies of the Minutes printed and distributed and that the clerk superintend the printing and distribution thereof and received six dollars for his services.
After prayer by the Moderator the Association ajourned untill tomorrow ten oclock.
Saturday the Association met according to ajournment and after prayer by the Moderator proceeded to the business of the Association
1. it was ordered the names of the delegates be called by the clerk and that the names of such as have not attended be stricken from the roll.
2. the arrangement of the select committee was called for read and received and the committee discharged.
3. The Association then according to the arrangement of select committee took up the request from the beaverridge church to the Last Association respecting delegates to the corresponding Associations and it appeared that a large magority of the churches disapproved of the Measure..suggested by the Beaverrridge church it was therefore determined that the delegates to corresponding Assn be procured in the way has long been practiced by this Assn.
4. Next in order of the arrangement was the petition from Dumplin creek church for the death of our Brother Richard Wood to be announced in the Minutes of the Association after considering the same and the Assn being of opinion that we are not prepared to spread the (p. 170) announcement in the Minutes of this Assn in such a manner as would be satisfactory to the association therefore determined to grant the petition though not to make the announcement untill next year and appoint Br Isaac A. Miller to prepare a short Biography of our deceased brother and present it to the next assn for inspection and approval.
5. The Assn then considered the petition from six mile and Bethany churches for letters of dismission said petitions were granted and the clerk directed to write said letters.
6. it appeared that French broad, New Salem, Alder branch and beaverridge churches had petitioned the next association after considering to which of said churches it was thought to be the duty of the Assn at this time to send it it was determined that it be held at French broad Meeting house Jefferson Co.........
7. it was Motioned and agreed that we state in our minutes the number of ordained and licensed preachers residing within the bounds of this Assn which is as follows to with ordained 14 licensed 8 total 22.
8. it was again determined to state the time and place of holding our Union meeting in the minutes which is as follows to wit Northern district at Richland creek Meeting house Grainger county on Friday before the second Saturday in August 1833 western district at Geideons Meeting house Knox county on Friday before the second Saturday in may 1833 Eastern district at Pawpaw hollow Meeting house Sevier County on Friday before the fourth Saturday in July 1833
9. The following brethern were nominated to fill the stand on Saturday to wit brethern Randolph Selvage Laymon and Cate and Brethern Buckner and Cannon on Sabbath.
10. The letters to the five corresponding Assn having been prepared were read approved and ordered to be signed by the Moderator and clerk................
11. The clerk reports that of the $37.94-3/4 cents in his hands last year $14 have been only expended leaving in his hands a balance of $23.94-3/4 cents which added to the present bounty makes the sum of $38.78-3/4 cents now in his hand for the use of the Assn.
12. The Association agreed to unite with the Powels Valley Assn in setting apart the first Sabbath in January next as a day of fasting humiliation and prayer for a revival of religion the Association appoints Brother Joshua Frost to preach the introductory sermon at the next Association and case of failure Brother Henry Soward to supply the place the business being done after prayer by the Moderator the Assn adjounred untill the Friday before the first Saturday in October 1833 then to convene at French Broad Meeting house Jefferson County
I.A. Miller clerk Elijah Rogers Moderator
Cates decline and brother Kimbro preached 700 copies $7
(p. 172) Minutes of the Tennessee Baptist Association convened at French broad Meeting house Jefferson County on Friday before the first Saturday in October 1833. Elder joshua Frost delivered the introductory sermon from pauls second epistle to timothy first clause of the second verse preach the word- letters from 25 churches were then received after which letters were also received from four churches that had been constituted since the last association praying admission into the Union which was granted and their delegates received the right hand of fellowship and took their seats making in all 29 churches from which following account was taken.
Bethel D Layman, J Paris, W C Maples 22.214.171.124.0.0.57
Millers Cove j Taylor 126.96.36.199.0.0.28
M Richland j Haggard, p McAchely, A ? 188.8.131.52.3.2.173
stock creek R simson, j rose 184.108.40.206.2.1.141
pawpaw hollow W Burnet, j Ruth 220.127.116.11.0.0.55
F L pigion W White, W Bogle, I A Miller 18.104.22.168.0.0.143
Boyds creek E Rogers, Wm Hodges 22.214.171.124.0.0.151
hopewell L jones, j leath 126.96.36.199.0.0.115
French broad D kimbro, T Grisham 188.8.131.52.0.2.23
cades cove s cully, j jones 184.108.40.206.0.0.55
Wears cove j Rush, D cunningham 220.127.116.11.6.1.124
L F creek M s Mynatt, _ pugh, S love 18.104.22.168.1.1.91
Beaverdam C j Tindle, M smith, G Mynett 22.214.171.124.1.0.84
E F poplar ck p seber, j Williams 0.1.0.2.0.1.33
Dumplin creek N cate, s Newman, j sullens 126.96.36.199.1.0.71
providence j lindsey, j langston 188.8.131.52.0.0.13
Beaverridge Wm Morris 184.108.40.206.0.1.149
Ellejoy j Langford, S cusic 220.127.116.11.1.3.133
Zion j Frost, p Altom, A Norman 18.104.22.168.0.0.110
Nine Mile W puch, j Anderson 0.3.0.0.1.0.23
New salim A farmer, j Arsney 22.214.171.124.0.0.29
friendship M randolph, j cosby, B kimbro 126.96.36.199.0.0.46
Alder branch L Reneau, j Atchley 188.8.131.52.0.1.60
Hickry creek A harden, M soward 184.108.40.206.5.2.254
pleasant grove T Harper 0.2.0.2.0.0.16
Third creek j Hillsman, S love 220.127.116.11.0.0.150
cedar fork W T cardin, Wm Hickle 18.104.22.168.0.0.74
Bethel N L Adkins, A D Marcus 10.5.0.0.0.0.31
Rocky Valley R Thornburg, W King 0.0.0.0.0.0.34
56 for New constitution 31 New constitution
Note foregoing in these bounds in net increase since the last Assn of 1037 members. The delegates that were present formed themselves into an Association by choosing the former Moderator and clerk. letters from the following corresponding Associations were received to wit: from the Sweetwater by Brethren George Snider, Bradley Kimbro from the Holston by Brethren and Isaac Mulky from the Nolachucky by brethren David Coffman and Nicholas Dungan from the powels valley by brethren Isaac Long Elijah Thompson from the hywassee a letter but no delegate all of the above Mentioned corresponding brethren were cordially invited and took seats in the Association the following brethren were appointed delegates to our sister corresponding Assn to wit to the Sweetwater brethren Joshua Frost and James Langford to the Holston Noah Cate James R Haggard to the Nolachucky Daniel Layman, Layman Jones James Langston to powels valley jame H Haggard Joel Aldridge to the Hywassee Elijah Rogers and Henry soward Brethern Ths Morris Wm White were appointed to receive the churches (p. 174) bounty and they report $22.7-1/2 cents. A select committee consisting of brethren Joshua Frost Amos Haren Noah cate james Langford Layman Jones Lewis Reneau together with the Moderator and clerk was appointed to arrange the business for tomorrow after prayer the Association adjourned untill tomorrow 10 oclock. Saturday the Association Met persuant to adjournment and opened by prayer.
1) Ordered that the roll be called and that names such of the delegates as have not attended be stricken from the roll
2) Agreeable to the wish of the church at this place it was granted that brother Jessee Riggs Brandley Kimbro Elijah Rogers fill the stand on today and brother George Snider Elihu Millican and Samuel Love on the Sabbath
3) The arrangement of the select committee was called for read approved and the committee discharged
4) The Association then according to the arrangement of the select committee took up the request from the Pleasant Grove church which was that they were destitute both of a pastor and deacons and requested the Assn to send them supplies where upon Brothers Rogers Snider Love and Langford agreed to visit said church on Friday before the (p. 175) first Sabbath of December next and also on Friday before the first Saturday in April next Brothers Soward and Hodges agreed to visit them on Friday before second Saturday of August next Brother jone Layman and Leath agreed to visit on Friday before the first Saturday September next
5) Next on the arrangement was the petition from Friendship church for a letter of dismission said petition was granted and the clerk directed write said letter
6) The Assn then took up the request Zion church which is as follows that is a certain married a man and lived with him a few months she was then taken sick and her husband left her and took up with other women he threatened to burn up his wife on her sick bed. her friends took her home and took care of her till she recovered she afterward offered to live with him but he refused and afterwards married another woman after some term of years she married another man they both after some time which has been lately came forward and said that god had convicted and converted them to a knowledge of the truth and the church received them but one member afterward who was absent when said persons came forward to the church objected to their being baptized and they are standing as the objector himself said he thought there was a change wrought in them shall we or shall we not (p. 176) baptize them A committee of seven persons to with Brethren George Snider Daniel Layman Noah Cate Samuel Love James Langford Lewis Reneau Layman Jones was appointed to answer said question said committee withdrew for a short time and returned for answer the following which was approved by the Assn in ordered to be spread on the minutes to with Brother Moderator We your committee have had under consideration the question from the Zion church and without intending to establish any general president we advise the churches generally to act on all such cases as they may deem right and we also advise them not to subject their proceeding to the controle of any on or two objectors individuals George Snider Daniel Layman Noah Cate Samuel Love Jame Langford Lewis Reneau Layman Jones
7)Letters to the several corresponding Assns having been prepared were read and ordered to be signed by the Moderator and clerk
8) it appeared that the following churches had petitioned for the next Assn to with Alder branch providenc Ellejoy New salim Bethel N and hickory creek and beaver ridge petioned for it (p. 177) to be in the bounds of hickory creek church at Mount pleasant meeting house it was determined to send the Assn to the petitionary church that had been longest without it and it was believed that according to that rule Hickory is entitled to it it was then determined to be held within the bounds of hickory church at Mount pleasant Meeting house in Knox county
9) it was ordered that 1000 copies of the Minutes be printed that clerk superintend the printing distribution thereof and received six dollars for his services
10) the clerk who was nominated at the last assn to write a short biography of elder Richard Wood deceased informed the Assn that he had endeavored to obtain information upon the subject but had failed and that as he was unacquainted with said deceased untill a few years before his death he felt unprepared to write it and ask to be excused whereupon Brother Samuel Love was appointed to endeavour to obtain data and write said biography and bring it forward at the next assn
12) The clerk reports that of the $38.78-3/4 cents in his hands at the last Assn $13 only have been expended the (p. 178) balance of which when added to the present bounty makes the sum of $47.88-1/4 now in his hands for the use of the association after prayer by the Moderator the assn adjourned untill Friday before the first Saturday in October 1834 then to convene at Mount Pleasant in Knox County
Isaac A Miller Elijah Rogers Heiskell printer Knoxville
Clerke Moderator 1000 copies $10
p. 177 Minutes of The Tennessee Association of United Baptist
This Assn convened at Mount pleasant Meeting house Knox county East Tennessee on Friday before the first Saturday in October 1834---------------------
Elder Samuel Love delivered the introductory sermon from Eph 3 and 3----------
Letters from 22 churches were then received and the following accounts taken.
Boyds creek E Rogers, J Johnson 19-4-0-8-1-0-182
Richland creek John Corum 27-1-2-11-0-0-194
Zion J frost, j coward, Wm Webb 27-7-0-7-0-1-118
Third creek j smith, E Hickey 23-3-0-10-6-2-157
Millers cove A letter no delegates 1-5-0-6-1-0-27
pleasant grove a letter no delegates 0-0-0-3-0-1-12
Beaver Ridge j clerke, E Walker, j calloway 4-1-0-5-2-0-147
forks of pigion Wm Henderson, I A Miller 52-5-0-10-1-1-193
Bethel N Samuel Brooks, jno gibbs 16-4-0-3-1-0-47
Ellejoy j Brown, j Vineyard 17-0-0-6-2-1-141
E F poplar C F Williams, j Key 7-1-0-4-0-1-36
hickory creek H soward, D Kimbrel 17-12-0-26-6-2-249
Beaverdam creek S Mc cloud, j Mclane 0-0-0-6-4-0-70
Stock creek Wm Billue, A gideon, S johnson, E johnson 50-5-0-3-2-2-194
Bethel S A Kanatcher, j Benson 11-0-1-10-3-0-70
french broad Isaac Kimbro 0-0-0-1-0-0-22
Cades cove Wm davis, Wm james 3-0-0-15-1-0-39
Dumplin creek O gibbs, E cate, _ Bettes 11-1-1-6-2-1-63
nine mile creek j Birdwell, j hampton 3-2-0-5-0-0-25
Rockey Valley R thornbury 1-9-0-6-3-0-46
Elder Branch L Reneau, c Hodges 1-2-0-3-1-0-54
wears cove D cunningham 22.214.171.124.0.0.41
L flat creek E Scaggs, j Bailis 10-2-0-4-0-1-91
pawpaw hollow j Ruth, I Teague 13-3-0-7-2-0-63
providence j Hatcher 6-5-0-7-0-1-27
New salim j disney, Wm Clerk 0-2-0-3-0-1-19
Cedar ford j Sharp 19-3-0-5-4-1-86
hopewell L jones, W Russell 1-6-0-5-1-0-27
p. 178 The delegates that had attended took their seats and formed themselves into an association by choosing the former Moderator and clerk after which corresponding letters were received from the following sisters. Corresponding Associations to wit from the Sweetwater Association by the hands of Brother Harden Telefaro and Alfred King, from Nolachucky by Brother Thomas Hail from Powels Valley by brother Edmund Gross and Jacob Whitman from Holston by brother E Rutledge from hywassee by brother Michel Sellers and George Luttrel all of the above names corresponding delegates were cordially invited received the right hand of fellowship and took seats in the Association.
Wishing to continue a correspondance with all of the above named associates we have caused corresponding letters to each of them to be prepared and appoint the following Brethren to go as delegates to wit to the Sweetwater Brethren fred Williams Amos Hardin to the Nolachucky brethren Elijah Rogers and Wm Billue to the Holston brother Jessee Brown and Layman Jones to the hywassee Brethren Henry soward and Elijah HIckey to the powels Valley Brethren Joshua frost and Wm Webb---Brethren Lewis Reneau and Wm Billue were nominated to receive the churches bounty and they report the sum of twenty dollars ninetyone cents-----
A select committee consisting of brethren Isaac Kimbro Elijah Johnson Wm Billue John Smith and Lewis Reneau together with the Moderator and clerk were appointed to arrange the business for tomorrow.
p. 179 The Association then after prayer adjourned untill tomorrow morning ten oclock----
Saturday the Assn met pursuant to adjournment and was opened with prayer by the Moderator.
1. ordered by the Assn that the roll be called and that the names of such delegates as have not attended by stricken of.
2. at the request of the church at this place the following brethren were appointed to preach to wit Brethren George luttrell Wm Billue and Hardin Taliafero to fill the stand on Saturday brethren Michael Sellers Eiljah Rogers and Bradley Kimbro to fill the stand on the Sabbath------------------
3. The arrangment of select committee was called for read and approved and the committee discharged-------------------
4. according to the arrangment of the select committee the Assn took the request from the Alder branch church to give the churches some general advice as to the course they should persue with their members for joining or not joining the temperence society after some discussion about the matter it was laid over till the next Assn
5. The assn next took up the petions from little flat creek and Newsalim churches to reconsider the answer given by the last Assn to the query sent there from Zion church in relation to receiving persons into the church where there were one or more objecting members and after some discussion and reconsiseration of said matter the Assn agrees to give the following answer to wit. the Assn advices the churches in all such cases to do that witch is right but as touching the reception of members into the church it should allways by unanimous consent.
p. 180 6. Three churches to wit New salim providence and hopewell petioned for a division of the Assn for the convenences of the churches it was agreed to lay the matter over untill the next Association and request the churches generally who wishes a division of the Assn to state it in their letters to the next Assn.
7. in relation to the petion from pawpaw hollow to make some appointment for a union Meeting in that district as it had not been done at the last Union meeting it was stated to the Assn that for certain reasons that existed in that district it had been thought proper to let the protracted supply the place of union Meeting the Assn upon that information declined granting the petion--------
8. Newsalim cedarford and boyds creek churches petioned for the next Association leaving it to the vote of the Assn it was given to boyds creek---------
9. Brother Samuel Love according to previous appointment handed to the Assn a short biography of Elder Richard Wood deceased which was ordered to be spread on the minutes.
10. Brother Wm Billue was appointed to preach the introductory sermon at the next Assn and in case of frailer brother joshua Frost to supply the place
11. the Assn orders 1000 copies of their Minutes be printed and that the clerk superintend the printing and
p. 181 distribution of them and received for his sevice the same compensation as heretofore.
12. The clerk reports that there is $32 and 88 cts now in his hands which added to the present bounty makes the sum of $53.79 now in his hands for the use of the Assn
13. on Motion of brother Elijah Rogers the Assn advices the churches generally to instruct there delegates to futore associations to continue at the Assn untill it comes to a regular dismission after prayer the association adjourned untill Friday before the first Saturday in October 1835------------ then to convene at boyds creek Meeting house in sevier county
Isaac A Miller Elijah Rogers
BIOGRAPHY OF ELDER RICHARD WOOD
Tennessee Association Minutes pages 181-185
The writer of this biographical sketch much regrets his not having been able though he has made considerable efforts to procure data sufficient to give a satisfactory account of the much esteemed Minister of Christ as the case merits but as it is the wish of the Association to Eulogize but to give an expression of their Christian regard for the memory of their departed brother the following outlines of his life are presented from the best information the writer could procure for a place in the minutes of the Association.
Elder Richard Wood was born in Mecklinburg county, Virginia the 28th 1756 his parents was of the church of England poor but respectable his education was only sufficient for a farmer (182) or mechanic in avocation he engaged alternatly in early life he was of lean average active but not robust his life was not marked with any peculiar events untill the age of nineteen at which time he became the subject of a revival of religion that broke out in his neighborhood under the preaching of some baptist preachers from the north during the revival he became a member of the church and though fineing whiping and imprisonment were the treatment that baptist preacher met with in those days yet he immediately commence preaching in his one and twentieth year he married Mary price who had also become a member of the baptist church in the same revival with himself. He was now surrounded with trying cirmcustances called upon at the same time to discharge the duties of a preacher a husband and a soldier in the American army but so far from this difficulties discour(ag)ing him they only stimulated him to face with settled resolution the forces of Brittish tyranny and oppression and thus gloriously to bear his humble part in planting the tree of American liberty under whose fruitfull branches he rested in after years and saw the religion he professed to flourish in 1787 he removed to union district south carolina where he was ordained to the further work in the Ministry (183) and in connection with elder Fowler had the care of several churches where his labours were greatly blessed at the close of the cherokee war he emigrated to East Tennessee Sevier county calling at the house of spencer clack a Member of the Baptist church at the forks of pigieon (sic) he was by him introduced the church at that place were he became there (sic) pastor and preached with much success untill the spring of 1796 when he moved farther west to the state of Kentucky and then returned to sevier county again and took the care of the same church at sevierville which he retained untill his death after his return to sevier county much of his time was devoted to preaching in connection with other preaching brethren he was instrumental in planting three (blurred) churches in the coves of sevier and Blount countys one of his churches called providence became sufficiently before his death to form three churches and 3 of the arms of pigion church to form 2 churches thus till the close of life this devouted follower of the Lord Jesus was successfull in the work of the Lord in the latter part of his life he was much afflicted with the Rheumatic pains but such was his zeal that he frequently filled his appointments when he had to be helped on and off his horse one of his laity who had been a member of his church for twenty years speaks of him as follows during all the (time) of my acquaintance with him he was allmost entirely devouted to the ministry his talents were of a respectable order which being assisted with great zeal and earnestness when preaching made him an interesting and usefull preacher but he had more than his talents and zeal the grace of reaching his christian deportment (184) his Godly conversation both in private and public made him eminently usefull he was not confined to his room by sickness previous to his death though for several years he had been afflicted with rheumatism and being corpulent it was with much difficulty he traveled the day before his death he visited one of his neighbors and spent the evening untill eleven o clock in conversation and then retired to bed without any visible change in health as six oclock in the morning he was found by the family cold and speachless his children that lived near were sent for and at two oclock the same day the 7 of February 1831 his ransomed spirit returned to God that gave it and his body was buried at providence Meeting house he left a widow and a numerous family of children to feel his loss all of his children were members of the baptist church two of his sons Ministers of the Gospel truly his children rose up after him and called him blessed he is gone to his long home but let us not Mourn as those that have no hope our loss is his gain bless God we bury not the soul in the grave is confined his weakness sickness pain and Mortality death to him was a privilege yea an infinate gain exchanging an earthly home for a heavenly one there to realize the reward with all those who have fought the good fight and kept the faith there to enjoy an inheritance incorruptable (185) undefiled and that fadeth not away having God for his father heaven for his home and eternity for his life time forever to join with the holy angels and all ransomed of the Lord in songs of undivided praise and highest ascriptions of honour power and glory to the uncreated and immortal God.
p. 185 continued - Minutes of 1835
The Association convened at Boyds Creek sevier co---------------
the introductory delivered by elder William Billue from Math 5:16
Third creek E Hickey, j tindle, R M-tetery, j hillsman,
F Brown 3-14-0-12-2-0-162
Boyds creek E rogers, j Randles, D legerwood 7-3-1-6-4-1-182
stock creek j johnson, s johnson, j jeth 3-7-0-14-12-2-176
Richland c j A Mckinny, j R Haggard 3-5-0-26-3-0-283
Beverdam c M smith, R ducan? 1-0-1-9-0-0-69
nine Mile Wm pugh, j Hendrikson 2-3-0-9-2-0-17
Bethel N A slover, G Mynatt 0-4-0-16-0-0-35
little f creek S Love, j corum, j Bayless 0-3-1-4-1-0-99
pleas grove Thomas Harper 0-0-0-1-0-0-11
f Broad Isaac Kimbro 0-0-0-0-0-0-22
Rockey valley R thornburg, A summers 1-2-0-1-1-0-35
Alder branch M Haggard, J Atchly, S catlett 1-4-0-5-0-0-5_
Beaverridge W Morris, j clark, R Walker 3-0-0-7-7-0-15_
Millers cove E Hatcher, J Taylor 0-2-0-3-0-2-17
f of L pigeon E Roberts, I A Miller 2-1-0-6-7-1-182
hopewell L Jones, Wm Russel, H parrott 0-0-0-0-0-2-25
Cads cove W Davis, S calley 2-5-0-6-3-0-38
Ellejoy j Langford, S cusic, j Davis 1-4-0-6-7-0-99
Weres Cove j Adams, D cunningham 1-1-0-4-1-0-33
providence S Pate, j Hatcher 0-0-0-2-6-0-22
cederford j chesney, j Frost 6-3-0-4-13-0-79
hickry creek H soward, B Wilkins 1-1-0-37-32-2-196
dumplin O Gibbs, H Mount, Newman 2-3-2-4-1-0-68
Bethel D Layman, S phariss 3-2-0-1-2-0-70
E F poplar c j peak 0-1-0-4-1-0-32
Zion j Frost, Ed prince, D yarnall 2-2-2-3-4-2-77
New salim A Turmer 1-2-0-0-0-1-17
pawpaw hollow E Ruth 2-0-0-0-0-1-63
ceder grove J vineyard, j Tipton 34
Tuckaleechee Wm Brickey, J Taylor 52
The Assn was formed the former Moderator and clerk chosen letters from the following sister corresponding Assn were then received to wit from the Nolachucky by elders thomas Hill James Cannon and Noah cates from the holston by Brethern Shackleford and Reuben Bailess from the hywassee letter but no delegate from the powels valley by Brother Edmund Gross from the sweetwater by Elder George Snider all of the corresponding brethern were invited received the right hand of fellowship and took seats with us all the preaching brethern of the Baptist denomination present were then invited to take seats as members of the association.
The following brethern were then appointed delegates to the several corresponding Associations to wit To the Nolachucky Elder Samuel Pate Samuel Love Wm Billue and Johnson Adams------------
To the Holston Elder Samuel Love and James Langford---------------
To Hywassee Elder Samuel pate j Adams and j clerk
To the Sweetwater Elder S Love J Langford and Wm Billue
To powels valley Br James R Haggard and John corum
A select committee was appointed consisting of brethern James cannon Samuel Love Robert Sneed George Snider Wm Morris and Layman Jones together with the Moderator and clerk to arrange the business for tomorrow-------
Brethern Reuben Walker and David Cunningham were appointed to Receive the churches bounty and they reported the sum of $20.50 cts--------------
The Assn then adjourned untill tomorrow morning ten oclock----------
Saturday the Assn met according to adjournment and was opened with prayer by the Moderator.
1. ordered that the roll be called and such delegates as are named in the letters and have not attended be stricken off-----------
2. The arrangment of the select committee was called for read and approved and the committee discharged.
3. at the request at this place the following Brethern were nominated to fill the stand to wit on saturday Elders bradley Kimbro James Cannon and Joshua Frost sabbath George Snider daniel Buckner and Robert Sneed-------------
4. according to the arrangment of the select committee the association took up the reference from the last Association to give the church some general advice as to the course the should persue with their members for joining or not joining the temperance society where upon it was moved seconded and concluded to advice the Alder branch church to withdraw her petition to the last association which formed the subject of this refference the delegates from the Alder branch church thereupon assumed the responsibility and withdrew said petition and thus the matter ended------
5/ The Assn then took up the second proposion on the arrangment which was a request of the last Assn for the churches generally that wish a division of the bounds of the Assn to state it in their letters and it appeared that nine churches to wit pawpaw hollow Zion poplar creeek hopewell Newsalim cederford providence dumplin and Bethel had petitioned for a division and six to with third creek Boyds creek Bethel N holston Beaverdam creek stock creek and Alder branch against it and 15 churches were silent on the subject the voice of the fifteen nutrel churches was required of their delegates and they were unanimous against a division it therefore of course determined not to divide
6. The Assn next granted a petition of hickory church for a letter of dismission and directed the clerk to write said letter
7. Newsalim Ellejoy and cades cove churches petitioned for the next Assn it was agreed to give it to Newsalim
8. The clerk reports that the $13.79cts in his hands at the last Association $16 only have been expended (p. 188) in which leaves a ballance in his hands of $37.79 cts that sum when added to the present bounty makes $57.84 cts now in his hands subject to the direction of the Assn
9. Elder Samuel pate was appointed to preach the introductory sermon at the next Assn and in case of frailure Johnson Adams to supply-----------------
10. The corresponding letters having been prepared were called for read approved and ordered to be signed by the Moderator and clerk-------------
11. Ordered that 1000 copies of the minutes be printed that the clerk Superintend the printing and distribution of them and receive for compensation the same as heretofore----
The Assn then adjourned untill friday before the first saturday in october 1836 then to convene at newsalim Meeting house in Anderson county
Isaac A Miller clerk Elijah Rogers Moderator
p. 189 Minutes of the Tennessee Assn of United Baptists 1836
This association convened at Salim meeting house Anderson County East Tennessee on friday before the first saturday in october 1836. Elder Samuel Pate delivered the introductory sermon from the seventh chapter of the Gospel by John and sixteenth verse--
Letters from 30 churches were then received and the following accounts taken
New Salem J Clarke, W Clarke, sol disney 0-3-0-1-0-0-19
Beaverridge D Stall, J coward 1-4-0-1-0-0-192
Zion J Frost, M Roberts, E heslin? portwood 4-1-0-5-5-0-72
Ellejoy W Johnson, W Rog(blur) 0-0-0-6-2-0-91
Dumplin H Mount, Jas cannon 2-2-2-5-2-2-66
Stock creek S Johnson, J Jett, S coker 2-4-0-20-3-1-158
Providence S Pate, G W Russell 0-2-0-0-0-1-23
Bethel W Ogle, S Allen 0-1-0-9-1-2-69
French Broad J R Kimbro 1-1-0-1-0-0-23
Boyds creek E Rogers, W Hodges 0-2-0-62-2-1-123
Rockey Valley R Thornberry, O C Thornberry 0-4-0-6-0-0-33
fork Poplar ck J Key, J peek, J Williams 1-2-0-0-0-1-35
M of Richland A Vinyard, J Aldredge 1-3-0-5-4-3-175
Pawpaw hollow T Elledge, _ Elledge 0-0-0-2-1-1-59
Beaverdam J McCloud, C Zindle, J Mynatt 0-1-0-4-8-1-59
Tuckaleeche cove A Shields, C Walker 6-6-0-2-2-1-57
Millers cove No delegates 0-0-0-0-0-0-17
New hopewell J Johnson, J Burnett 0-3-0-0-0-0-62
Cades Cove J Jones, P Cable, J Hillman 1-2-2-8-1-0-32
Third creek E Hickey, C James, R M Tillery 1-4-0-7-4-3-155
Alder Branch A Bowers, J Achley 0-0-0-5-1-0-45
Nine Mile J Hendrickson 0-4-0-3-1-0-19
F L pigeon E Roberts 5-3-1-12-0-1-178
Cedar Grove W Billue, J Brown 0-7-0-2-1-1-41
Hopewell no delegates 0-2-0-0-0-1-26
pleasant Grove no delegates 0-0-0-0-0-0-11
L flat creek S Love, T S corum, M Mynatt ------------------
Bethel N J Wallace, D Due 0-5-0-0-0-0-70
Wears cove J Adams, T Ridings 2-0-0-0-0-0-42
Cedar ford J C Dyer, J Lain 0-3-1-1-4-1-77
1. The Assn was then formed and appointed Elijah Rogers Moderator and Wm Billue clerk and Brother John Keys Assistant clerke.
2. New hopewell was received into the Union
3. Received a corresponding letter from Nolachucky Assn by the hand of her delegate Elder Thomas Hill who was invited to a seat with us and Elder Samuel Love Samuel Pate and Humphrey Mount our delegates to the same and Love to write the letter.
4. Also received a corresponding letter from Sweetwater Assn by the hands of her delegates Elders George Snider and Bradley Kimbro who were invited to seats with us and Elders Elijah Rogers Samuel Love Wm Hodges and Isaac Elledge our delegates to the same Hodges to write the letter
5. Also received a corresponding letter from powels valley Assn by the hands of her delegates Edward Gross and Jacob Witman who were invited to seats with us and Elders Joshua Frost and Wm Billue our delegates to the same and John Keys to write the letter.
6. A select committee was then appointed consisting of Brethern Samuel pate Eli Roberts Geroge sndier Bradley kimbro jeremiah johnson together with the Moderator and clerke to arrange the business of the Assn
7. Brethern John Mynatt and John Hillsman appointed to receive the churches bounty and report seventeen dollars and sixty five cents. The Assn then adjourned untill tomorrow &c
8. ordered that the rolled be called and the absentees stricken of
9. The arrangment of the select committee called for read and approved and the committee discharged
10. at the request of the church at this place the following Brethern was appointed to fill the stand to wit, on saturday John S corum Wm Hodges Bradley Kimbro on Sunday Eli Roberts Thomas Hill with George Snider
11. Took up the case of our corresponance with our sister Hiwassee Assn and according to the terms purposed on his letter we say we cannot consistantly correspond with her but heartily desire to correspond with her if she will do it on the former principles.
12. Appointed Brother Wm Billue treasurer of this Assn
13. Appointed Brother Elijah Rogers to make a settlement with Brother Isaac Miller our former clerk and treasurer.
14. The Assn then adjourned by prayer untill monday morning ten oclock.
Monday - the Assn met according to appointment and was opened by prayer
15. Took up the petion from Zion church whether joining the societies of the day to wit the Baptist state convention temperance societies &C shall be a test of fellowship or not. We hope you will not refuse to give us a decisive answer and after some discussion on the subject we advise the delegates to take the petition back in consequence of the Broad basis on which it is written and also recommend it to the churches to pray for the unity of the spirit in the bounds of peace and that the Brethern converse freely with each other concerning the difficulties in our denomination with a forbearing and christian spirit.
16. Took up the petition from beaverridge church requesting the Assn to contribute something out of the Assn's fund to our corresponding delegates to bear their expenses and we refer it to the churches requesting them to express their desires on the subject to our next Assn and also to contribute more liberally.
17. No petition for the next Assn but by the request of the delegates from Beaverdam church Knox county it was appointed there to commence friday before the first saturday in october next. Elder Johnson Adams to preach the introductory sermon and Eli Roberts his alternate.
18. The corresponding letters were called for and approved and ordered to be signed by the Moderator and clerk.
19. Ordered that 1000 copies of our Minutes be printed and the clerk superintend the printing and distribution of them and that the principle clerk have six dollars and the assistant four for their services.
The Assn then adjourned untill friday before the first saturday in october 1837 then to convene at Beaverdam church Knox County East Tenn
Wm Billue Elijah Rogers
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Minutes of the Tennessee Assn of United Baptist
This Assn convened at Beaverdam Meeting Knox county East Tennessee on friday before the first saturday in october 1837
The introductory sermon was delivered by Elder Johnson Adams from the 1st chapter of the General Epistle of James twenty seventh verse.
Letters were then received from twenty nine churches and the following accounts taken. Two churches were received into the union to wit Mount of olives and white oak flatts.
M of Richland J Cannon, M Vinyard 13-10-4-0-12-0-189
Hopewell L Jones 0-0-2-0-0-1-23
French broad D Kimbro, J Kimbro 0-2-4-0-0-0-22
Cades cove J Jones, C Johnson 16-3-1-0-0-0-97
Tuckaleechee cove J Rush, W flin, J Chambers 5-1-0-0-1-2-58
Bethel N J Jarnagin, W Smith, L Adkin 5-4-0-0-0-0-79
F of pigeon E Roberts, W Toonar, R S Shields 5-3-47-1-6-3-138
Hopewell N J Langford, J Johnson, J Burnett 5-7-0-0-0-0-74
Millers cove E Hatcher 2-1-1-0-2-0-19
Boyds creek E Rogers, W Hodges, W Ellis 0-0-2-0-4-1-117
Stock creek J Johnson 1-5-62-0-3-3-75
Ellejoy V Rogers, W Johnson 0-0-10-1-0-0-83
Bethel S A Canatcher, W Ogle 0-1-9-0-1-0-55
providence S Pate 0-1-0-1-0-0-25
little flat ck S Love, J S corum, E Skagg, L Mynatt 0-10-3-0-4-1-75
F of Poplar ck J Peck, J Keys 1-2-1-0-0-1-36
Zion J Frost, J ? 5-0-3-0-2-0-72
Cedar ford W Hickel, J Chesney 1-1-4-3-3-0-75
Rockey valley O C Thornberry 0-1-2-0-0-0-32
Alder Branch J Haggard 0-0-1-0-0-0-46
Third Creek E Hickey, J Hillsman, E Johnson 3-10-10-1-2-3-154
pleasant Grove ? price ? 0-3-3-0-0-0-10
New Salim A farmer, Sol Disney 1-0-2-0-0-0-18
Nine Mile W Pew, J N George 0-0-2-0-3-0-15
Beaverdam McCloud, J Mclane, G Mynatt 2-5-1-1-0-?-67
Weirs cove D Cunningham, G Bryant 0-1-1-0-0-0-42
Beaverridge R Walker, A Ellis 2-4-0-0-2-0-176
Cedar Grove J parks, J covington, W Billue 0-5-2-0-0-0-94
Mount of olives J cruse, H Kidd, E P Pedego 0-1-2-0-0-0-59
White oak flatts W Ogle, J Evans 0-0-3-0-0-0-38
Dumplin S Newman, J ? 0-0-0-0-0-0-57
pawpaw hollow Edward Routh 0-0-0-0-0-0-34
numbers Expr-Letr-Dism Letr-Restored-Exc-dec'd-total
p. 192 The delegates from the several churches took their seats and after choosing their former Moderator and Clerk proceeded to business
1. Received a corresponding letter from Nolachucky Assn by the hand of delegate Elder Thomas Hill who was invited to a seat with us and we appointed Brethern Elijah Rogers James Cannon Layman Jones and Samuel Pate our delegates to their next Assn and Cannon to write the letter
2. Received a corresponding letter from Sweetwater Assn by the hands of her delegates Elder George Snider and Lewis Towers who were invited to seats with us and we appointed Brethern Elijah Rogers James Haggard James Cannon and Samuel Love our delegates to their next Assn and to write the letter
3. Received a corresponding letter from the Hiwassee Assn by the hands of her delegates John Farmer and Benjamin P Mays who were invited to seats with us and we appointed brethern Elijah Rogers James Cannon Samuel Love James Langston James Haggard and Wm Billue our delegates to their next Assn and Love to write the letter.
4. A committee consisting of Brethern Elijah Hickey James Cannon James Langford Wm Hickey and John Jarnagin together with the Moderator and clerk were appointed to arrange the business of the Assn
Adjourned untill tomorrow half after 9 oclock
Saturday Morning met according to adjournment and after prayer by the Moderator proceeded to business.
1. Ordered that the roll be called and the Absentees be stricken of.
2, Appointed Joshua Frost and Reuben Walker to receive the churches bounty who report twenty four dollars twenty six and a fourth cents.
3. Took up the case of corresponding with Powels valley Assn and according to the terms purposed in her letter we cannot consistantly correspond with her but sincerely desire to correspond with her if she will do it on the former principle
4. The arrangment of the committee received and approved and the committee discharged.
5. Took up the question Zion church is it right to fellowship the baptist state convention or home Missionary and temperance societies and we hope you will give us a decisive answer.
Answer As an Assn we have no jurisdiction over these bodies and we advise our churches to not make the joining or not joining of institutions any test of fellowship - but in all cases of discipline to adhere strictly to our constitutional principles and the word of God
6. Took up the request from new salim church to publish the Union Meeting to be held at that Meeting house to commune friday before the second saturday in May next. Answer - granted.
7. A large majority of the Assn agreed that the present funds of the Assn all except 20 dollars be converted to printing and distribution the Bible in Burmah and the clerk transmit it.
The Assn then made up a subscription on Saturday and by a publick collection on sabbath $158.13-1/2 cts aded to the above same which $32.71-1/4 cts makes $191.7-3/4 cts.
8. Elder Duke Kimbro John farmer Elijah Rogers and James cannon were appointed to fill the stand on sabbath.
9. Our next Assn to be held at Bethel church Sevier county E Tenn to commence on friday before the first saturday in oct 1838. Elder james cannon to preach the introductory sermon and samuel love his Alternate.
10. Ordered that 1000 copies of our minutes printed and that the clerk superintend the printing - distributing of them and receive $6 for his service.
The Assn then adjourned untill there next meeting time and place above mentioned.
Signed by order of the Assn
Wm Billue clerk Elijah Rogers Moderator
Ramsey and Craighead 1000 copies for 12$
Minutes of the Tennessee Assn of United Baptist. This Assn convened at Bethel meeting house Sevier County East Tenn friday before the first Saturday in october 1838.
The introductory sermon was delivered by Elder James Cannon from pauls to titus (sic) second chapter and first verse
Letters from 27 churches were received and the following accounts taken.
Bethel N H Baker, W smith 0-0-2-1-0-1-67
New hopewell S Langford, S Johnson, W Burnet 40-7-0-0-1-0-120
M of olives J Henson, H Kidd, E pedigo 15-3-0-0-0-0-71
weirs cove C Cunningham 1-1-0-0-2-1-42
Ellejoy C Tipton, C Johnson 40-10-1-0-3-1-121
Zion J Frost, J C Frost, Patterson 0-1-0-0-25-0-78
Nine Mile W puch, C N George 0-2-1-0-0-0-18
Millers cove E Hatcher 1-1-2-0-4-0-15
New salem Letter no delegates 4-0-1-0-0-0-21
French Broad D Kimbro, I Kimbro 0-0-0-0-0-0-22
L flatt creek S Love, E Bright 5-4-4-2-0-0-102
pleasant grove John Harper 38-4-0-2-0-0-55
Forks of pigeon Wm White, Eli Robers 10-4-8-0-6-2-124
Dumplin obediah Gibbs, M Cates 12-1-3-0-0-1-69
cedarford S Frost, L Lain 6-3-5-0-5-0-69
Bethel S D Layman, A Canatcher, Wm ogle, Wm
Beaverdam M Smith, T McCloud 6-4-2-0-1-1-65
Rocky valley M Hankins, G W Ruth 13--7-2-1-0-0-51
Alder branch Wm Atchly, S Cannon 0-4-7-0-0-0-43
Whiteoak flats H ogle, J Evans 0-1-1-0-4-0-34
cedar Grove J Brown, Wm Billue 61-10-1-1-0-0-115
M of Richland J Cannon, J Aldridge, A Vineyard 0-2-10-1-5-3-169
Third Creek E Johnson, T Elledge, T Conner 37-4-11-0-4-6-175
Pawpaw hollow L Jones, E Ruth 1-3-0-0-0-0-51
Tuckaleeche cove I Lambert 1-2-4-1-4-6-1-53
Cades cove C Johnson 1-0-2-0-3-1-38
Beaver ridge A Walker, M Chiles 1-0-10-0-0-0-131
Boyds creek E Rogers, L Whittle, J Hatcher 0-0-0-0-0-0-111
Stock creek E Kirk, T Haun 24-3-4-3-2-0-114
p. 195 The delegates took their seats and after choosing the former Moderator and clerk proceeded to business--------------------
1. Received a corresponding letter from Nolachucky Assn by the hands of her delegates Isaac Newman and Wm & A Newman who were invited to seats with us and we appointed Brethern Samuel Love, Duke Kimbro and Layman Jones our delegates to their next Assn which is to convene at concord Meeting house Green Co Tennessee the fourth friday in september next.
2. Received a corresponding letter from Hywassee Assn by the hand of her delegate Benjamin P. Mays who was invited to a seat with us and we appointed James Cannon and Bm Billue our delegate to their next Association which is to convene at Sequachy church the third friday in september next.
3. Received a corresponding letter from sweetwater Assn by the hands of her delegates George snider and Robert B Billue who were invited to seats with us and we appointed James cannon James Langford and Wm Billue our delegates to their next Assn which is to convene at Eastanallee church McMin Co E Tenn friday before the second Saturday in September next.
4. Appointed Brethern Eli Roberts Joshua Frost James Langford Samuel Love and James cannon together with the Moderator and clerk a committee of arrangment
5. Adjourned untill tomorrow 10 oclock
Saturday Met according to adjournment prayer by Elder George Snider
6. Called for the arrangement of the committee which was approved and the committee discharged. The roll was called and absentees stricken of Appointed Levi Whittle and Archabald Walker a committee of finance who report the churches bounty twenty six dollars and seven cents------------------
Also Received for foreign Missions from the Church and congregations at
Boyds creek $26.50
cedar Grove 6.05
Elijah Johnson 2.00
by collection 4.37 1/2
Received of Elijah Rogers four dollars and eighty cents a Ballance due the Assn from Isaac A Miller
9. Treasurer report for the year 1837 read and approved and ordered to be spread on the Minutes----------------------------
Received for foreign Mission $191.07 3/4
Ditto for the use of the Assn 20.00
Total 211.07 3/4
Transmited to Wm colgate Treasurer of the Bapist foreign Bible Society.
discount given to get par money 9.50
for printing the minutes 12.00
clerks fees 6.00
Due the Assn $ 2.04 3/4
10. The Association then ordered the clerk to Transmit the Monies sent up for foreign Missions and also to add to it whatever amount of the Assn fund may be in his hands after the expenses of the present Assn is paid-----------
11. Took up the case of hopewell and providence churches whereas Hopewell and providence churches appeared before this body by letter and delegates declaring non fellowship with the association because she cannot feel willing to advise a new test of fellowship----therefore resolved to thus publish that said providence and hopewell churches have unconstitutionally withdrawn their correspondence yet would express a hope that said churches may see their errors and return recantation and let the world know (p. 197) that if christians have one Lord one faith and Baptism that they should not seperate on matters of honest and innocent expression.
12. Took up the case of cades cove church and after inquiring into the cause of the division resolved to send a committee to said church and appointed Brethern to wit - duke Kimbro Samuel Love Elijah Rogers Joshua Frost Eli Roberts Andrew Cannatcher daniel Layman caswell Tipton James cannon Wm ogle and Wm Billue and if five of the above committee meet the are to act as an association
13. The Assn considers it her duty to give some advice to the churches with regard to the receiving of members that have been excluded from those churches that have set up New and unscriptural tests of fellowship the Assn advice that as such persons cannot in justice be considered excluded that churches upon application enroll the names of all such persons as members provided they be otherwise orderly.
14. question has the Assn a right to dispose of the Money put into her hands as she pleases.
Answer: she has ----------------------------------------------------
15. According to the request of rocky valley church the Assn recommend the third sabbath in this month to be set appart for fasting and prayer to almighty God to remove his judgment and revive his work.
16. Elder Geroge snider james Langford and Benjamin P Pays were appointed to fill the stand on saturday and Joshua frost samuel Love and James cannon on sabbath------------
17. Our next Assn to be held with Ellejoy church Blount county E Tenn to commence the friday before the first saturday in october 1839---------------------------
Elder Joshua Frost to preach the introductory sermon and samuel Love his Alternate. Ordered that 1000 copies of our Minutes be printed and the clerk (p. 198) Superintend the printing of them and be allowed six dollars for his services------------------------
The Assn then adjourned in love and harmony to Meet again time and place above mentioned---------------------
Signed by order of the Assn
Wm Billue clerk Elijah Rogers Moderator
Ramsey and Craighead printers 1000 copies for $12 - Knoxville
p. 199 Minutes 1839 of the Tennessee association of united Baptist.
This Assn convened at Ellejoy Meeting house Blount County--E Tenno on friday before the first saturday in october 1839-------------------------
The introductory sermon was delivered by Elder Joshua Frost from Luke 14 and 27-------
Letters were then received from 28 churches and the following accounts taken
Warford Wm Baker 0-3-1-0-1-0-0-71
Millers cove E Hatcher T Davis 0-0-1-0-0-0-0-13
New salim Wm sparks C King 0-0-0-1-5-0-0-16
Zion J Frost S altum (?) 1-0-4-4-0-1-0-46
Beaverridge R Walker Wm Morris 0-4-1-0-5-0-0-136
Forks of pigion A McKinsey E Roberts 2-2-1-0-4-1-0-127
little flat ck Wm Major S Webster 0-1-5-0-2-0-0-96
French broad I Kimbro R Heath 0-0-0-0-1-0-0-21
Weirs cove M Cuningham D cuningham 0-1-0-0-0-1-0-27
Stock creek J Johnson J P ford 6-4-10-0-6-1-0-57
Dumplin creek c Elder S Langston 38-3-3-1-0-0-17-68
Bethel N L Adkins D Due J petre 3-2-4-0-0-1-0-69
Pawpaw hollow L Jones E Ruth M Russel 32-2-3-0-1-1-0-91
Ellejoy A Delozer V Rogers S cusic 1-3-6-0-5-1-0-118
New hopewell J Hienes J Johnson J Burnet 3-0-6-0-1-0-0-116
Tuckeleechee cove Wm Walker 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-17
Bethel S S Allen H Cannacher 3-1-0-0-5-0-1-65
Rocky valley R Thornburg 34-2-1-1-3-0-0-83
Cades cove R Burchfield 1-2-0-0-0-0-0-19
M of olives E P Pedigo 1-2-2-0-2-1-0-68
pleasant grove E Nelson S yeats 12-1-0-0-3-0-0-65
Beaverdam L McCloud Wm Smith 5-1-0-0-1-1-0-68
Richland J Westerfield G Mitchel 0-2-17-0-1-5-0-149
Boyds creek E Rogers J Houk J cuningham 11-1-2-0-0-1-0-125
Third creek J Smith J Weaver 11-6-11-0-2-1-0-179
Alderbranch Wm Atchley T catlett T Langston 2-1-3-0-1-0-1-45
Cedergrove J covington T Kirkpatrick Wm Billue 17-5-5-1-2-2-0-127
White oak flatts not represented but from information the cause
is providential their numbers is 0-2-1-0-1-0-0-33
p. 200 The delegates from the several churches took their seats and after choosing their former Moderator and clerk proceeded to business
1. Received a corresponding letter from Nolachucky Assn by the hands of her delegates Wm Newman and Reuben coffee who were to seats with us and appointed Brethren James cannon and Richard Thornbury our delegates to their next Assn which is to convene on friday before the fourth saturday in september 1840 at Buffellow Meeting house Grainger county E Tenn
2. Received a corresponding letter from sweetwater Assn by the hand of their delegate Elder George Snider who was invited to a seat with us and we appointed Brethren Elijah Rogers and james Langford our delegates to their next Assn which is to convene on friday before the second saturday in september next 1840 at hopewell Meeting house Monroe county E Tenn----------------
3. Received a corresponding letter from hiwassee Assn by a hand of her delegate Elder Benjamin P Mays who was invited to a seat with us and we appointed Brethren Joshua Frost Wm Billue and Wm Morris our delegates to their next Assn which is to convene on friday before the third saturday in September 1840 at prospect Meeting house Roane county E Tenn----------------------------------------
4. Appointed Brethren Wm Morris and Reuben Walker a committee of finance who reported the churches contribution to be twenty dollars and twenty five cents
5. A petion from the church at the Mount of olives which informs us that they have razed out the last clause of their constitution because they believed it was not agreeable to the word of God and wishes the Assn to say whether it was right for them to do so or not-----
We answer that the church is the highest eccleiastical tribunal in the world and that she is right to do in such cases what she believes is consistant with the Bible-------------------
p. 201 The Treasurer reports including the present contribution
Credit $30.21 1/2
Transmited to the Rev Ira M Allen General Agent and
assistant treasurer of the American and foreign Bible society
New York for foreign Missions $55.00
Discount for par Money 1.50
printing the Minutes for the present year 12.00
clerks fees 6.00
Ballance in my hands subject to the order of the Assn $74.75
The Assn then adjourned untill saturday morning ten oclock
Met according to appointment and after prayer by Elder George snider proceeded to business the committee of arrangment had nothing to report---------------
The committee appointed by last Assn to labor with the church in cades cove made the following report
State of Tenn
Blount co May the 11th 1839
Thus met the following brethren to wit Elijah Rogers Samuel Love Andrew Canatcher Eli Roberts and Wm Billue five members of the committee appointed by the last Assn to examine into the cause of the division in the church in cades cove and we find that the church is divided on the subject of Missions a part of the church having made joining or fellowshiping those that have joined any of the benvolent institutions of the day a test of fellowship and upon this principal had excluded thirteen members and the above named committee after using all the arguments we were master of to show the brethren that such a course was unscriptural contrary to the advice of the Assn and common usage of the Baptist church that it was taking away the privileges of their brethren unjustly but they appeared unwilling to take any advice therefore we believe that thirteen members and those of the other party that were willing to grant liberty of conscience and not to Lord it over their Brethren by making any new tests of fellowship to be the Baptist church in cades cove upon constitutional principles and advise the church to act friendly towards the opposing party and as soon as they see their error to receive them into fellowship and treat them with brotherly kindness
10. The Assn received and approved the above report---------------------
11. Appointed the next association at the Baptist Meeting house on third creek Knox county East Tennessee to commence friday before the first saturday in october next Elder Elijah Rogers to preach the introductory sermon and elder james cannon his alternate.
12. Ordered that 1000 copies of our minutes be printed and that the clerk superintend the printing and distribution of them and receive six dollars for his services-----------------
13. The Assn adjourned in the greatest brotherly love and harmony untill the next Session time and place above mentioned
Elijah Rogers Moderator
Wm Billue Clerk
Ramsey and craighead prs 1000 copies for $12
p. 203 Minutes of the Tennessee Association of the United Baptist
This association convened at the third creek Meeting house Knox county East Tennessee on Friday before the first Saturday in October 1840
The introductory sermon was delivered by elder James Cannon from St John 5th chapter 17 verse
Letters were then received and read from twenty nine churches and the following accounts taken
pleasant grove ---------------------------------------- 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-65
Alder branch R James R Achley 20-5-2-0-0-1-2-67
Beaverridge E Walker J calloway J smith 54-5-3-0-1-1-1-192
Bethel S A Canatcher Wm Thomas 3-1-0-0-2-1-0-66
Bethel N T Harden L Johnson 6-2-33-0-0-2-4-47
Cederford J cannon L stubbs J Frost 47-9-0-4-4-1-4-130
Beaverdam J Mynett 75-7-1-0-0-1-0-148
Tuckaleechee Wm Walker J Mires 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-25
M of Richland J Johnson S Mynett G Bledsoe 115-0-13-3-5-2-0-240
Millers cove -------------------------------------------- 0-0-0-0-1-3-0-9
New salim D Henderson C King 12-1-3-1-0-0-0-27
Stock creek J Johnson J P ford 0-0-1-1-0-1-1-57
Boyds creek G Gatlin 0-2-9-0-0-1-0-117
New hopewell R Brown J Jones 0-1-1-1-0-2-0-112
French broad R Heath J Kimbro 7-0-1-2-0-1-0-28
Zion J Frost R Goings 23-0-0-0-0-0-2-73
Cedar Grove Wm Billue Wm Rogers 4-0-3-0-2-0-0-123
pawpaw hollow A Douglas P clifton 1-0-1-0-3-0-0-89
Dumplin creek T Bryant J Langston 14-2-3-0-0-1-1-79
M of olives J G McCarrell T Johnson J henson 1-0-1-0-0-1-0-67
Rockey valley C Hodges 65-0-6-0-4-2-0-137
Third creek P Carmical R M Tillery J yett 13-2-12-0-0-2-0-180
Weirs cove J Adams G Bryant 4.0-0-0-2-0-0-25
Ellejoy Wm Rogers 0-0-2-0-6-0-0-110
little flat ck J S Corum E Hankins 17-5-4-0-0-4-0-111
Beach fork J Rease 6-1-3-0-3-1-0-14
Whiteoak flats not represented the reason supposed to be
Red Bank D Frasure received into the union 0-0-0-0-0-1-0-37
Forks of pigeon R Shields 1-0-39-0-0-2-0-88
The delegates then took their seats and after choosing elder James Cannon Moderator and Wm Billue clerk proceeded to business
1. Received a corresponding letter from Nolachucky Assn by the hands of her delegates Elder Elihu Millican Hugh W Taylor who were invited to seats with us and we appointed elder J S Corum and Wm Billue our delegates to the next Assn to be held with the church in bent Creek Jefferson county to commence the fourth Friday in September 1841
2. Received a corresponding letter from sweetwater Assn by the hand of her delegate elder George snider who was invited to a seat with us and we appointed Elders Johnson Adams and Andrew Conatser our delegates to the next Assn to be held with the church at Zion hill McMin county to commence Friday before the second Saturday in September 1841
3. Received a corresponding letter and pack of Minutes from the hiwassee Assn by the hand of Wm Billue and wishing to keep up a correspondence - her we appointed elder Johnson Adams Gorden Mynett and Wm Billue our delegates to their next Assn to be held with the church at liberty Meeting house McMin county to commence Friday before the third Saturday in Sept 1841
4. Received a corresponding letter from the Northern Assn by the hands of her delegates Elder C H Boatright John Whitmore and Joseph Keener who was invited to seats with us and we appointed Elders Elijah Hickey Gorden Mynett and John Westerfield our delegates to there next Association to be held with the church at Clear branch Meeting house to commence Friday before the third Saturday in October 1840 (sic)
5. Appointed Pomroy Carmichael and Stephen Johnson a committee of finance who report the churches bounty twenty one dollars twelve and a half cents
6. Appointed Elijah Walker J G Bledsoe John Mynett George Snider Elihu Millican the Moderator and clerk a committee of arrangment
7. Adjourned till tomorrow morning
8. Met according to adjournment prayer by the Moderator
9. The roll was called and absentees marked out
10. The arrangement called for read and approved and the committee discharged
11. Took into consideration the petition from new hopewell church requesting the association after the Associational expenses is paid to pay the expence of her corresponding delegates. Answer the Assn agrees unanimously to do so if her funds are sufficient
12. Took into consideration the petitions for Dimission to wit cedar ford New salim and Beach fork churches
The Assn agrees to give them letters of Dismission in full fellowship
13. Appointed Wm Billue recording secretary and request to call on Br Isaac Miller for the Book and record the Minutes for the four years past and we allow him five dollars for his service.
14. Appointed our next Assn to be held with the church at the mouth of richland Grainger county to commence Friday before the first Saturday in October 1841 Wm Billue to preach the introductory sermon and James Langford his Alternate
15. Resolved that Wm Billue be appointed agent to receive the transmit funds for foreign Missionary purposes under the patt