Cashaway Neck Church of Christ
contributed by Glenn Pearson, May 2000The Church Minutes For Cashaway Neck Church of Christ 1757-1772 Transcribed from microfilm of Original Documents Held by Furman University Greenville, South Carolina. Microfilm obtained from The Southern Baptist Historical Commission Nashville, Tennessee By Wm. Glenn Pearson April 2000 The following is a transcription of the Church Minutes for the Cashaway Church of Christ (Baptist) of Cheraw District, Craven County, in the Providence of South Carolina. The Church was located on the Cashaway Neck of the Pee Dee River and was an offshoot of the Welch Neck Baptist Church. The original document apparently was in bad shape at the time of the microfilming process. Many places in the document are very incoherent with apparent missing portions of the page and in numerous locations, smudges which obliterated significant portions of text. I have attempted to translate and transcribe the document in the closest representation of the original text, spelling, and wording. I made no attempt to correct known misspelling, for there are numerous instances. There are words where the spelling was clear, yet actual determination of meaning was not done and was not apparent. Where wording was missing, I have attempted to leave a "__________" to signify missing words or phrases. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Church in Cashaway Neck on Great Pee Dee River was constituted. The Rev. Mr. John Stephens, the Rev. Mr. John Brown, and the Rev. Mr. Joshua Edwards on the 28th day of September Anno: Dom: 1756, consisting of 14 members-males and females. June 20th 1767 A.D., the Church being met, proposed to renew their Covenant, agreed to and made choice also signed the following Articles of Faith and Church Covenants. The Rev. Evan Pugh, being our Minister. The Church of Christ in Cashaway Neck on Pee Dee, Craven County, in South Carolina. The following is a brief confession of our Faith and Church Covenant. Having been enabled, through divine Grace, to give up ourselves to the Lord, and likewise to one another according to the Will of God; We account it a duty incumbent upon us, to make a Declaration of our Faith and Practice, to the Honor of Christ, and to the Glory of His Name, knowing that thy heart of man believeth unto righteousness, so with ye mouth, confession is made unto Salvation. Which Declaration is as follows-Viz: 1. We believe, that the Scriptures of the Old and a New Testaments are the word of God, and only Rule of Faith and Practice. 2. We believe, that there is but one only living and true God. That there are three persons in the Godhead, the Father, the Son, and Holy Ghost, who are equal in nature, power and glory. 3. We believe that before ye world began, God did elect a certain number of men unto everlasting salvation: whom He did ?? fare distinate ?? to ye adoption of children by Jesus Christ, of his own free grace and according to ye good and pleasure of His Will: and that in pursuance of this gracious desire; He did continue and make a Covenant of Grace and Peace with his son Jesus Christ, own ye behalf of those persons; where in a ?? Saviour ?? appointed, shall spiritual blessings provided for them as also that their person with all their Grace & Glory like in the Hands of Christ, and made His care and charge. 4. We believe, that God created first man, Adam, after his image, in his likeness; and upon the holy and innocent creature, capable of serving and glorifying Him, but he sinning, and his posterity sinned in him and came short of the Glory of God, the guilt of whose sin is imputed, and a corrupt nature derived to all his offspring descend from him by ordinary and natural generations. That they are by their first birth Carnal and unclean, even to all that is good, uncapable all doing any, and prone to every sin; and also by nature Children of Wrath and under a sentence of Condemnation; and so are subject; not only to a corporal death, and involved in a moral one, commonly called a spiritual, but are also liable to an eternal death; from all which there is no deliverance but by Christ, the Second Adam. 5. We believe, that the Lord Jesus Christ, being sent up from everlasting as ye Mediator of the Covenant, and He having engaged to be the surety of his profile, did in fullness of time really assumed human nature, in which nature he really suffered and died as their substitute, in their room and stead; or by He made all that satisfaction for their sins which the Law and Justice of God could require; as well as made way for all those blessings which are needful for them both for time and eternity. 6. We believe that the eternal redemption which Christ had obtained by the shedding of his blood is special and particular, that is to say that it was only intentionally designed for the Elect of God, and Sheep of Christ; who only share the special and peculiar blessings of it. 7. We believe that the justification of God's Elect is only by the righteousness of Christ imparted to them, without ye consideration of any works of righteousness done them; and that the full and due Pardon of all their sins and transgressions past, present, and to come is only through the Blood of Christ according to the _____ his grace. 8. We believe that the work of Regeneration, converse sanctification and Faith, is not an act of man's free will and power, but of the mighty, afficarious and irresistible Grace of God. 9. We believe, that all those who are chosen by the Father, Redeemed by the Son, and sanctified by the spirit, shall certainly and finally forgiven; so that not one of them shall ever perish, but have everlasting life. 10. We believe that there will be a Resurrection of both the just and unjust; and that Christ will come a second time to judge both the quick, and dead when he will take vengence on the wicked, and introduce his own people into his kingdom and glory for they will be forever with Him. 11. We believe that Baptism and the Lord's Supper ordinances of Christ, to be continued until the Second Coming; and that the former is absolutely requisited, doing stood like the latter; that is to say, those only are to be admitted into the Communion of the Church and to participate of all ordinances. 12. We believe that singing of Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs vocally is an ordinance of the Gospel to be performed by Believers and that everyone ought to be left to their liberty in using of it. (Matthew 26:30) (James 6:19). Now all and each of these Doctrines and Ordinances look upon ourselves and on the grateful obligation to embrace. maintain, and defend believing it in one spirit, with one mind _____ together for ye faith of the Gospels. 13. Now all and each of these doctrines and ordinances we looked upon ourselves under the greatest obligation to embrace, maintain, and defend believing it to be our duty to start fast in one spirit. with one mind, striving together for the faith of the Gospel's. 14. Being sensible, that our conversation both in the world and in the Church all to be as becometh the gospel of Christ; we judge it our incumbent duty to walk in wisdom toward them that are without ability or strength to exercise a conscience void of offense toward God and man, by living soberly, righteously, and Godly in this present world. 15. And as to our regard to each other, in our church communion, we esteem it our duty to walk with each other in all Humility and Brotherly Love to watch over each others conversation, to stirrup one another to Love and good works; not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as we have opportunity to worship God accordingly to his revealed will as the case requires to warn, rebuke, and admonished according to rules of the Gospel. 16. Moreover we think ourselves obliged to sympathize with each other, in all conditions, both inward and outward, which God in his Providence, may bring us into; as also to bear with one another's weaknesses, failings, in infirmities and particularly to pray for one another, and the Gospel's and the Ordinances thereof, might be blessed as to the edification and comfort of each other's souls, and for the gathering in all of others to Christ. 17. We judge it our indispensable duty to keep ye secrets of the Church, and not to divulge, to any what is done in church meeting, for the church in this respect, as well as others, is to be a Garden enclosed, a spring that is shutup, a fountain consealed.. 18. Farther we think ourselves obliged according to the ability God shall give us, to support and defend the gospel, and to do what it is in our power necessary to our worshiping God in a decent and orderly manner to pray for ministers that God would open doors of utterance unto him, -to obey him in the work in ye Lord in whatsoever he admonished us in, according to word of God. -To follow his examples and footsteps, as far as, warranted by the word of God. -To standby him in all his Trials and afflictions, defending him in all good causes as far as in ____. -To contribute to his support or maintence that he may attend to the ministry. 19. We mutually agree and promise, that if God should give us to charge of children, that we will endeavor to bring them up in the fear, nurture and admonition of the Lord, and in the same principles and faith which we now sign today. 20. All which duties we solemnly covenant, promise and defend to be found in the performance of through the gracious assistance of the Holy Ghost; While we both admire and adore the grace, which is given us a place, and naming God's House forever The Names of Members Signing Covenant Peter Kolb Robert Lide Martin Kolb Sara Lide Catherine Kolb Charles Lowther Benjamin James Ann Lowther Sara James Mary Lowther Jeremiah Rowel Sara Lewis Maney Rowel John Brown Joseph Alison Sara Brown Sara Alison Manuel Cox Thomas Burton Maney Cox Mary Burton Martha Russell William Owens Mary Lewis Jane Owens Edith Kolb John Keith Mary King John Whittinton Anthony Pouncey Elizabeth Whittinton John Askue Nathaniel Cottheen Eleanor Murphy Charity Cottheen Thomas Edwards James Webb Alexander Mc Kinney Rachel Webb Elizabeth can see William Watkins Ruth Davis Elizabeth Watkins George Wilds James Harry Elizabeth Wilds Mary Harry John Burke Thomas Coker _____________ Prisilla Coker _____________ Benjamin James Ann _________ William Sweat Sarah Jamison Elizabeth White _______________ Members Signing Covenant 1767 and After Peter Kolb Robert Lide Martin Kolb Charles Lowther Benjamin James Manuel Cox Jeremiah Rowel John Brown Joseph Alison George Wilds Thomas Burton Anthony Pouncey William Owens John Burke John Keith Jordan Gibson John Whittinton Alexander McKinney Nathaniel Cottheen Thomas Wiggins James Webb Samuel Russell William Watkins Arthur Hart James Harry Jacob Bruce Thomas Coker Thomas Edwards Big Benjamin James Rev. Evan Pugh William Sweet Lewis Meloon _______________ Phebe Meloon James________ Margaret Sexton Xanney Keith Benjamin Kolb Ann Webb Moses Murphey Mary Knott Henry Kolb Hannah Kimbrough Sarah Kolb Mary Hodge Robert McColl Ruth Whittington Robert Hodge Charles Jenkins Jeremiah Jenkins James McGee Christopher Teale C. Keith Ann Peggy McGee Ann Brown William Cherry Sara Cherry Moses Pearson Rachel Pearson Timothy Teale John Padgett Deborah Saunders Patience King Ann Chambliss John Chambliss September 12, 1759, Constitution of the Church of Christ in Cashaway Neck Baptized in ______ of their Faith, assuming the Doctrines of Personal Election, the final perserverance of the Saints in Grace, Being bonded together, have constituted this day a Church Meeting Day. 1. We have chosen Thomas Burton as Clerk of the Church.2. 2. We have chosen our brothers Henry and Peter Kolb as trustees on the half of the Church to whom the titles for the land on which the meetinghouse now stands are to be made. 3. That the Church Covenant be read quarterly and to begin at our next meeting. 4. That Fryday, the day next before our monthly meeting be our be our church meeting day. 5. That brother Joseph Allison is chosen Singing Clerk. 6. That all the members shall keep their place when met 7. That all transient communicants shall have three months to produce their Letter Of Dismission and all others that shall hereafter come properly shall have the same privilege but if they get their Letters of Dismission within the time allowed the Church shall hear their reasons and judge of lawfulness thereof and to proceed accordingly. 8. No member of this church shall at any time with out lawful call go to any horse race, shooting match, or public place of Carnal mirth, or diversion whatsoever. And when lawfully called shall not stay longer there to do his and their business and when any person shall have a call to any of the aforesaid places, they shall produce to the church their reasons for going and the Church shall judge____________________________. 9. Concluded that no member shall at any time work up or down the river on the Sabbath Day without a lawful reason, nor shall any member charge hire for his boat on the Sabbath Day when not working, and no member hired to work in boats shall charge for or work on the Sabbath Day on special necessity and the reasons shall be produced to the church and the church shall judge whether lawful or not. 10. That when the members are met together on any church business that they shall speak one by one standing up and shall not be interrupted by any other until he is done speaking and if any be speaking or whispering in any part of the house at the same time. It shall be deemed an interruption. 11. That the majority of votes be deemed the Church voice. Thursday, December 25th, 1759 Being a Church Meeting Day, Where as our Reverend Brother Joshua Edwards did before the church confess his faults, in being overtaken and intoxicated with liquor, and whereas we being indulged from the Word of God, that such a behavior tends________ to the dishonor of God and brings a reproach called a holy religion, we therefore on a deliberate consideration concluded to suspend him from all his ministerial affairs, from Communion in the Church until the matter properly settled, and or that it may be done in the best matter, we are to wait till the ministers in the Welsh Neck which is to be on the first Lord's Day March next and then the matter to be made known _________ church to them and their advice to be taken for procedure. February 23rd, 1760 Being a Church Meeting Day Concluded that Mr. James and Mr. Pouncey shall as messengers for the church, communicate the determination of the church to the ministers that shall be at the Welch Neck on Sunday next, and desire them to come down if possible and give their opinions on the unhappy of affair of our Mr. Edwards. If none comes then apply to Mr. Bedgegood and if he refuses then the Churches is to signify their proceedings with their request in a letter to Mr. Stephens and to the rest of ministers below………. Concluded that the Rev. Mr. John Brown should act in a ministerial way for this church until matters be properly settled. Concluded also that the Sacraments should be administered here tomorrow. Concluded that as Mr. Charles Lowther for, being guilty of quarreling as appears by sufficient evidence and his own confession is now suspended from Communion in the church till he can give satisfaction. The above last three articles agreed that concluded on in the presence of and with the affirmation of Rev. Mr. Edwards. Saturday, March 29, 1760 Being a Church Meeting Day, Hath concluded that the matter in hand concerning Mr. Edwards be left to Mr. Bedgegood and Mr. Brown to determine on Monday next or some other day the same week that may be more convenient. If they will undertake the matter otherwise referred to the ministers below as formerly. Monday, April 7th, 1760 Being a Church Meeting Day, Whereas Mr. Bedgegood being unwilling to undertake in a matter of so great a moment without our first advising with our Reverend Brethrens below, we have therefore now concluded as formerly to have their opinions in the matter and to write by Mr. Bedgegood to them for it on the present appertaining. Copy all Letter Sent: The Church of Christ in Cashaway Neck on Pee Dee River unto the Reverend Ministers of the Gospel below; Mess. John Stephens, Oliver Hart, and Samuel Hilman. Greetings that whereas we stand much of need of advice at this time earnestly request you'll flavors us here with concerning the affairs depending between the Reverend Mr. Joshua Edwards and the Church for particulars we refer you to Mr. Bedgegood who kindly acts for a us as a messenger of this church in the present affair. Concluded and signed by a few in behath of and by order of the Church. Mr. Edwards own making profession] Anthony Pouncey Of his reputance was kindly received] John Brown Into this church as a private member ] Tom Burton April 26, 1760 Being a Church Meeting Day, Whereas. Mr. Richard Ponder was in September last, suspended from Communion in this Church for excess of drinking and racing, and as he hath hither to continue into that sin of drinking to excess, refusing to hear the Admonition's of the church. We have concluded that the continuance off Excommunication be executed against him on Sunday next and Mr. Charles Lowther who was suspended on Saturday 23rd of February, being now examined for his appellation to the church gave no satisfaction, and the suspension is continued. But Mr. Ponder with the church to defer the execution of sentence against him for one month which the church granted. Monday, May 5, 1760 Being a Church Meeting Day, Wherein we received by the hands of the Rev. Mr. Bedgegood, a letter from our Rev. Brothers, the Ministers of the Gospel below, and being an answer to our letter to them of the Seventh of April last, the contents of which are as follows: To the Church of Jesus Christ upon Cashaway Neck baptized upon profession of faith. The subscribers send Christian salutation Beloved Brethrens we received a letter by the hands of Rev. Mr. Bedgegood. Thank you for the confidence you repose in us. Sympathize with you under your present difficulties and would gladly contribute to your relief. But we find it difficult to act in affairs of so great a matter. However, for the information we have heard we must give it our judgment that the unhappy Mr. Edwards ought to remain silent, how long we wont say. We would advise you by no means encourage his preaching till our next Association, then apply to that Venable body for further advice. We wish you an increase of all grace and the addition of such souls as shall be saved in the day of Christ. And Subscribed dear Brethrens and Yours in Gospel Bonds John Stephens, John Stephens, Samuel Anthony The above letter being read in the Church in the matter considered it was concluded on by all the members except two, that our Mr. Edwards shall remain silent till next Association meeting and then to apply to that to that Mr. Bedgegood for further direction. Saturday, June 1760 Being a Church Meeting Day, Mr. Abel James made confession of his fault and folly committed in the Church last month, monthly meeting and submitted himself to the Church in a very becoming manner which the Church thought very sufficient and profess all the offences by in love. Mr. James also gave an account of Mr. Edwards behavior concern the church which acknowledged is kept writing. Saturday, June 21, 1760, Being a Church Meeting Day, Having heard and considered many things said to Mr. Edwards charged by Abel James some of which did before appear to us and for which with some matters the Church has now included to suspend him from church membership till he shall give the Church satisfaction the crimes are these, his, endeavoring to provide strife and contention in the Church, his denying some things contrary to the knowledge of several members in the Church, an a unbecoming behavior in the Church when Mr. Hart was here. This day Mr. Richard Ponder having made application to the Church for admittance and on his confession, the matter being considered he was restored again to his place Saturday, July 26,1760 Being a Church Meeting Day, Having concluded that for some bad behavior at Mr. Gibson's, Mr. Reuben Ping place do not take his place tomorrow at Communion and that Mr. Abel James do ask him to be here the next opportunity in order to give the church satisfaction. Concluded that for profane language, Mr. John Jamison be also set by from Communion and Mr. David Burke is to ask him to be here the next opportunity in order to give the church satisfaction. Concluded that Mr. William Stephens, for excess of drinking, swearing, and breach of Covenant being sufficiently __________against him, be excommicated from Union and Communion in the church. Concluded that Mr. Anthony Pouncey have been for sometimes since chosen as Deacon and appointed that he'd be ordained to that office on Thursday next and that Mr. Bedgegood be sent for as an assistant on the occasion. This day, Mr. James baptized. Saturday, August 23rd, 1760 Being a Church Meeting Day, Mr. Thomas and his wife and John Ware and Frank Whittington Jr. was baptized and received into full communion. Friday, Sept. 26, 1760 Being a Church Meeting Day, Concluded that Mr. Rubin Peing and his wife for rendering themselves from the church on account of the Church dealing with Mr. Edwards are this day suspended from Communion and this church and until they shall give proper satisfaction and Mr. Peing is also to clear himself of that accusation of his being much in liquor. That Mr. John Jamison for saying that Mr. Brown did sometime not long-ago preach false doctrine and being now asked in what particulars, he said not remember, and is therefore this day suspended until satisfaction be given. That Mrs. Jamison, having now publicly accused Church of dealing too severely with her in an affair subsisting between she and Mrs. Burton last month meeting and the Church then Concluded as there was a small debate between them if they could freely forgive each other the charge would be satisfied and they might take their places but either could not forgive then she that could not forgive was to set by which Mrs. Jamison, refusing to do so was ordered not to take her place and as the charge the church hearing her ill in this matter is now suspended till she showed give proper satisfaction to the church. Saturday, October 25th, 1760 Being Church Meeting Day Concluded that Mr. Nathaniel Cauthen on applying shall have a Letter of Definition. Concluded that James Webb and Anthony Pouncey, as Messengers of the Church do go to Richard Ponder and inquire in the matter laid against him, and appoint him to be here next monthly meeting. As James White is accused of drinking freely if here tomorrow to be spoken to by Mr. James and Mr. Owens and to be desired to set by from Communion. That the affair of Mr. Rowels be preceded in this matter that Thomas Burton and Mary Burton speak to Mr. Rowell and his wife and if no satisfaction be given then order them both to be set by from Communion. This day Manuel Cox and Massey his wife and Sara Brown were baptized. Saturday, November 22nd, 1760 Being a Church Meeting Day Having concluded that Mr. Richard Ponder for his persisting in drunkenness, swearing, and paying no regard to the Admonitions of the Church, be tomorrow Excommunicated from the privileges of this Church to God shall restore him by repentance. The Mr. James White for excess of drinking do be suspended from this Church until satisfaction be given. That Mr. Lowther be here next monthly meeting and that Mr. Brown and Thomas Burton desired Major Buchholtz and Mr. Gibson be here. Monday, December 8th, 1760 Being a day set apart for considering the affairs depending between the Church and Mr. Edwards as we had the happiness to have the assistance of the Rev. Mr. Stephens and Mr. Bedgegood, we proceeded as followeth, the Church provided the particular alleges against Mr. Edwards in his last suspension and Mr. Edwards made what defense he could. Mr. Stephens and Mr. Bedgegood, when they had heard both parties and found the Strengths of the suspension and the insufficiency of the defense made by Mr. Edwards advise the Church as their incumbent duty for their own peace and Mr. Edwards to continue suspension till a manifest repentance appeared. Saturday, January 21st, 1761- Church Meeting Day Concluded that all suspended members be absent in time of Church Business but may be admitted if any application made to the Church. Saturday, March 21st, 1761- The church Meeting Day Concluded that as Mr. Charles Lowther had professed a sincere repentance for his faults- was this day received again into Union and Communion with this Church. Saturday, July 25th, 1761- Church Meeting Day Concluded that Mr. John Jamison and his wife, both having made a profession of their sincere repentance for their offenses to the satisfaction of the church was this day again received as members and to their places. This day Mrs. Short and Mrs. Keith were baptized and received as members in the Church and Mrs. Hannah Murphy having brought a Letter of Dismission from the Mars Bluff Church-was this day received with us. Saturday, Aug. 22nd, 1761 Concluded that Mr. Edwards for discontinued obstitnanacy and frequent charging the Church with unjustfulness, be Excommunicated tomorrow unless he promised not to disturb the Church will be allowed him till Sunday next after our next monthly meeting- which promised he afterwards made and excommunication was deferred as above to our next monthly meeting. Saturday, Sept. 27, 1761 Mrs. Charity Cathen was this day baptized. Mr. Edwards did this day publicly acknowledge fault and profess repentance, for he was again received into this church as a private member and was also this day dismissed to the Catfish Church. Mr. John Thomas and his wife was also this day dismissed to the Church in the Welch Neck and Mr. John Bowin also to the same church Two years missing Saturday, July 16th, 1763 This day a difference between Morris Murphy and Thomas Burton which had been of sometimes standing was before this church settled and made up, each of them confessing themselves faulty and forgave each other. Saturday, December 22nd, 1764 Being a Church Meeting Day The Rev. Evan Pugh was present, concluded that the Communion shall be held quarterly and begin the first Sunday in February, that the days of church business do continue monthly as formally, that the preparation days for the Communion to be quarterly and on the Sunday preceding the Communion. Saturday, February 23rd, 1765 Anna Hartsville was, on a Letter of Recommendation, taken into full Union and Communion with us. Also Mrs. Whittinton, Rosaner Barnett was also by letter admitted as a transient communicant. Two years missing May 16th, 1767 Church Meeting Business. Concluded Mrs. Hannah Murphey be suspended from Communion. Martin Kolb appointed as Messenger of Care to Mr. Lowther. Mr. John Keith is to inquire about something charged on Mr. Cathin. Concluded to have Communion ye Sabbath of this Instant Concluded that ye pulpit be moved to the end of ye Meeting House. Martin Kolb undertaken to see it done. Saturday, May 29,1767 John Barden, by a letter from ye Church at Kekuky, North Carolina, was received as a member in full Union and Communion Also Big Benjamin James was received into ye Church, being baptized before. Saturday, June 20th, 1767 Mr. Lowther appeared but not giving satisfaction. It was put off to another time Saturday _________ 29th, 1767 By letter from the Church at _______ North Carolina, John Barton was received as a member. January 19th, 1769 _______ the Church ______into ye________________ too much_______his son to fight. Concluded in ye Church that ye names of _______these ______from Church on Business Meeting, be __________to give their reasons at ye next time of their attending. Report being made to ye Church______________had drank too much. Mr. Lide is appointed Messenger of Care____________ to speak to John Keith to come to our next Church Meeting and witness about Mr. Owen's drinking too much. This day, Samuel Russel and Agnes Gibson were accepted in ye Church as members having been baptized_____________ Saturday, February 18th, 1769, Church Met Mr. William Owens appeared: the Church agreed to suspend his case till next Day of Business. John Keith, not being present, Mr. Coker is appointed a Messenger to Mr. Keith for him to appear next Day of Business. Concluded that in as much as Judson Gibson was ??present?? by a journey, and he had in hand, the matter is deferred to March Business Day, he promising then to appear. Concluded that James Harry go to Charles Lowther and request him to meet the Church on the next day of Business. Saturday, March 18, 1769 William Owens having had Repentance manifested to ye satisfaction of ye Church, they forgave him and confirmed their love to him. Judson Gibson did not appear. Joseph Alison is appointed a Messenger to him, to let him know that ye Chuch has concluded to cut him off next day of Business, if he doeth not appear Nothing appeard against. Mr. Witinton therefore he took his place. April 15, 1769 Charles Lowther appeard and confessed that he had fallen into bad company and danger in ye Winter ______. His case was considered and deferred till next Church Meeting. Judson Gibson appeard this ______ ______ to him and the Church proceedings in the matter between him. He manifested repentance to the Church.. August, 19, 1769 The Church met, appointed Manuel Cox, Messenger to Mrs. _______ to tell her that if she does not appear at next Church Meeting, she will be cut off. Also appointed Robert Lide a Messenger to Charles Lowther to tell him what the Church thought of him and to appear at the next Church Meeting. Concluded by ye Church that ye Point of Woods between ye Meeting House and River on Fryday, Nov.______ September 16th, 1769 Church Met, Mr. Charles Lowther appeared and his case was considered and at his request he asked for an amendment. Church concluded to wait longer with him to see what ye Lord may do for him, and how he will behave himself here after. Whereas Mrs. Hannah Murphy, a member of this Church, having vilified several of ye members of ye Church, _______ ye church, neglected her place, _____susprised ye authority of ye Church after having made use of all ye means we could tame her, but in vain. Ye Church concluded to Excommunicate her, and it is hereby done, and to be publick spread tomorrow until she returns by repentance. Concluded by ye Church that Jacob Ham is no longer a member of this Church. April 11, 1770 Church Met, It is reported to ye Church that Mr. James Harry was drunk in sometime in ye Winter present which he confessed before ye Church. For which the Church suspended him in _________ of ye Church until he is brought to repentance. May 19, 1770 The Church met on Business Mr. Charles Lowther was present-his case considered, and find that his________ together according to the Gospel_______ since he was suspended the Church concluded to wait with Mr. Lowther is in a State of Reformation, and amendment of Liquer___________________________ Where as a report being made to ye Church that Mr. William Owen had lately been overcome by Liquor and had been drunk- The Church appointed Mr. Coker as Messenger to him. June ____, 1770 Mr. William Owens appeared – ye Church to confess ye charges brought against him and __________ that appeared too evident and he was overcome with Liquor for which ye Church suspends him from her Communion until he shews signs of Repentance for ye same. The suspension is private, in ye Church only. Charles Lowther appeared before ye Church, he said________about his Repentance, but he giving________ _______ to ye Church, his suspension is continued. William Owens lodged a complaint against Big Benjamin James for having sold a mare to him, but was not delivered. This matter was settled between them by ye Church. On this fastin Mr. James to deliver to Martin Kolb immediately 25 bushells of Corn and give up to Mr Owens; or also to pay Mr. Owens 40 Bushells of Corn next Fall to which all parties concerned agreed. September ______, 1770 Thomas Coker, being appointed last month a Messenger to site Benjamin James Sr, to appear this Day at ye Meeting House, to give his reasons for his absenting himself from his place in ye Church. Bur as Mr. Coker is not here today, Mr. James case is deferred till next Day of Business in ye Church. James Harry appeared but not giving satisfaction, ye Church his suspension is continued. Concluded by ye Church to have a Communion Table made, and to be paid for out of ye collections made at Communion. Mr. Barden is to make it by ye next Communion Day October 20th, 1770, Church Met Concluded that Mr. ________ a Messenger of Care to Benjamin James _________________________________ about his absenting himself from his place. Mr. William Owens to be a Messenger to Anthony Pouncey. Mr. Charles Lowther to appear next Day of Business. Mr. Coker appointed a Messenger to John Keith to ______ to keep his place on Day of Church Business, Also the same message to Jacob Bruce, both having been absent 3 days of Business. James Harry appeared and made a confession of his repentance to ye Church and seeing no reason to continue ye suspension.any longer, he was restored to his place. Upon William Owens requesting his Place in ye Church and manifesting Repentance for his sins, is now restored to his place Report made to ye Church of Mrs. Jemisons misconduct …..ye church appoint Mr Benjamin James Junr a Messenger of Sight….. to meet next Day of Business. November 7th, 1770 The Church met upon Business for Benjamin James, Jr. who was appointed Messenger to Mrs. Jemison to appear this Day before the Church to answer a Complaint made against her conduct. But where as none appeared today to accuse her – ye Church concluded to put it off till next Day of Business. Mr. Lowther appeared. He was lately accused of that which was false concerning a mare at each ……. But those appearing (no proof against him concerning the matters) therefore it is dropped. Mr Lowther having for a long time been under suspension,.but now having manifested Repentance, he was restored to his place this 17th Nov. 1770. December 15, 1770, Church Met on Business. Mrs. Jamison appeared for Case is considered. Mrs Jamison's case is put off until next day of business. Big James's Case is deferred until another opportunity upon when Mr. Hart sent to ye Church in Writing. January 19th, 1771 The complaint brought against Mrs. Jamison by Mr. Owens is dropped for that he having appeared to answer ye complaint 3 days of business and Mr. Owens did not appear against her. A Complaint made by Mrs. Jamison against Mr. Owens for saying Mrs. Jamison____________ him ye Mrs. Jamison said that barrel ______________ was forgiven which she says is not true. Complaint made by Mrs. Jamison go Mr. Burke that he wronged her by hire evidence against her in a Lawsuit before Mr. Alson. February 16th, 1770/71 Mr. William Owens has not appeared and where as we have heard shocking accounts of her conduct in drinking too much. The Church therefore appointed Manuel Cox to summon him to the Church at ye Church Next Day of Business. Mr. Burk, not being present—Joseph Alison is appointed to summon him to appear next day of Business. March 16th, 1771 Where is bad reports are still made by ye Church of Mr William Owens Conduct. The Church appoints Martin Kolb to summon him to appear before ye Church next day of Business to answer ye complaints made against him. Benjamin James Sr. came to ye Church and appeared in agreeable temper of mind. April 20, 1771 Where as Jon. Burke having taken ________to clear himself from ye charge brought against him by Mrs Jamison, he it to ye satisfaction of all ye Church________________________________ April 21, 1771 Pursuent to ye conclusion and determination of ye church to excommunicate William Owens for the sin of Drunkeness- which was agrevated and highten by that of breaking ye Sabbath, keeping bad company, breaking solem resolution and Declaration, entered into and made by him against Drinking Spiriteous Liqueor- excepting Church advised him to drink upon his making known there things to ye Church- all ye members strongly advised him to keep his vow sacred, and not ____unto Liquor, but he broak through all _ ______of God- and when he wasa sent to to he refused to come to ye Church, - after fhaving waited with him for several months and to reclaim him but to no avail. He still continued his bad ways of living. -- Therefore ___this day Excluded from being a member of this Church until he returns by repentance. May 18th, 1771 John Burke having produced to ye church copies of ye oaths of Mr. Wright and his wife- which fully clears Mr. Burke of what was alledged against him by Mrs. Jamison. This Day, Mr. Edwards and Sarah Edwards were admitted as members into this Church as being dismissed from ye Church in the Welch Neck. Whereas it appears to ye Church that the Complaint brought by Mrs. Jamison against Mr. John Burke was very wrong and with just care be given by Mr. Burke, and her Conduct in ye Church and all others___towards Mr. Burke has been very unbecoming a professor of Christianity—also she promised at our next Church Meeting that she would pay______ ye caught ____in getting Mr._____________________ _____Church. We have thought proper to appoint Peter Kolb a Messenger to Her, to summon her to appear before the Church next day of Business. Whereas Anthony Pouncey having neglected his place for a long time, and also it being said of him, that he went to a horse race therefore Mrs. Thomas Coker is appointed to summon him to appear before ye Church next day of Business. Concluded that Mr. Martin Kolb is to get a Church Book first opportunity he has- Also Mr. Pugh is, ye first opportunity to speak to ye silversmith about a cup. June 15th, 1771 Mr. Peter Kolb, being appointed as messenger to Mrs. Jamison, Last Day of Church Business,-he complied with his charge in delivering his message, and Mrs Jamison came to ye Church at the time appointed, but refused to hear or pay any regard to what ye Church said to her in ______ between she and Mr. Burke, and absolutely denied that ___ever said that she would pay all ye compensating Mr. Burke and says she only agreed to pay for ye Bath which further she says she never will pay any more- except or shoulb be forced by law.- _______having and still continuing to be very unbecoming and _____ to ye Gospel. The Church there fore concluded _____her by taking ye matter by and wait until ye next day of Business in ye Church _____of a Reformation in her-. But if there appears amendment in her by that time- The conclusion she sall then be Excommunicated. Arther Hart is apponted Messinger to John Keith to summon him to appear next day of Business to clear himself from a Report made of his drinking much spirituous liquors. ___________________ July 20, 1771 Mr. Arthur Hart(having been appointed messenger to John Keith) to deliver his message ________ this report to ye Church. _ Mr. John Keith denied all and said he was able to clear himself, but not now by reasong of a journey which he was obliged to go on. Anthony Pouncey appeared ____ horse race being under a obligation to go to it. And of being absent from ye Church many times by reason of Circumstances in life Ye Church admonished him as its duty and hopes for ye future he will be present more than in the past. Mrs. Jameson came to ye Church- but appeared very bitter against Mr. Burke- and declares she can not forgive him, nor sat in Communion with him, nor she ever will set in Communion with him. But has now agreed to pay ye cost in getting Mrs. Wright sworn in ye affair between Mr. Burk and Mrs. Jamison.- Mrs. Jamison having complied to pay ye above mentioned amount but she refused Last Day of Business therefore ye Church agreed to put off Excommunication but suspend her from ye Communion_________ in order to try to _____her. __________15th, 1771 John Keith appeared and denied every _____Truth of that Report brought against him ____drinking too much and since as much as no one appeared against him he was fully acquitted by ye Church. January 15th, 1772, Mrs. Jamison's case is considered _____as she seems as bitter as ever against Mr. Burk. The Church concluded to defer ye matter and to__--some _____ of Reclaiming her and Reconsidering______ and Mr. Burke. ____Anthony Pouncey appeared and excused himself from being absent from ye Church by reasons of Circumstances in Life. _____James appeared and asked that his case be delayed for a month longer, when he promises to give us more satisfaction This concludes the available minutes for Cashaway Neck Church. The microfilm roll from the Southern Baptist Historical Commission starts the Minutes for Mount Pleasant Baptist Church following the last date above. Cashaway continued to meet officially until the late 1780's under the Cashaway Neck/ Mt Pleasant name then it was officially changed to Mt. Pleasant.
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