BETHLEHEM METHODIST CHURCH
by Victoria Proctor, © 2001
Bethlehem Methodist Church is located in southeast Marlboro County, near Sanders Cross Roads and not far from the Dillon County (Old Upper Marion County) border. The Rev. Nicholas Ware, a Methodist minister who preached in the Brownsville area, is known to have tended the congregation at Bethlehem.
J.A.W. Thomas, in his "History of Marlboro County" (1897) offers the following, and disappointingly brief, information about Bethlehem Methodist Church:
"The history of Bethlehem M.E. church, in the extreme southern part of the county, is similar to that of other churches. They began with a log house. The date of organization is not known; but it is well known that our fathers attended a camp-meeting held there in their youth and that would make Bethlehem one of the old churches. They have had at least three houses of worship. The present house was built by H.G. Lucas about 1858 or 1859."
The following newspaper extract was transcribed and contributed by Helen Moody, July 2001."Pastors and Church Members of Long Ago" Bethlehem Church Members, taken from The Dillon Herald, Dillon, SC 19 September, 1935 issue Male Members Nicholas Ware, L.E. N. S. Rogers William Taylor John Nelson Nathan Whittington B.B. Rogers Steven Grice Daniel McInnis Frederick Proctor Jesse Proctor Samuel Proctor Aaron Proctor John Proctor Charles Proctor Robert Grice S. Emanuel John Perritt John Meggs James Johnson Daniel Driggers Thomas Gray William Meggs Samuel Hale John Grice Thomas Grice Evander Bridgeman Benjamin Pippin James Hayes William Carmichael Thomas W. Rogers Female Members E. M. Ware Catherine Cherry Maria Emanuel Margaret McRae Ann S. Rogers Eliza Allison June Moody Elizabeth Bethea, Sr. Elizabeth Bethea, Jr. Margaret Draugham Elizabeth Harris Margaret Harris Julia Harris Ann McInnis Margaret Grice Margaret A. Grice Jane McRae Frances Peppin Celia Meggs Nancy Grice Elizabeth Kilpatrick Irena Bridgeman Margaret Rogers Sarah Hartley Christian McCall Jemina Proctor Ann Hayes Elizabeth J. Meggs Ann Meggs Loretta Whittington Elizabeth Hale Deborah Rogers Sara Grice Eliza Dunford Telatha Driggers Mary Grice Barbara Summerfield Sarah Rogers Margaret Driggers Martha Driggers Damaria Hale Martha A. Hunt Lucinda Johnson Sara Johnson Catherine Bethea
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