THE WELSH NECK BAPTIST CHURCH
Established c. 1738
Part TwoAN ABSTRACT OF THE RECORDS OF WELSH NECK BAPTIST CHURCH SOCIETY HILL, S.C. © Glenn Pearson, May 2000 1737 In the year 1737 a party of Immigrants from the Welch Tract In the State of Delaware removed to Pee Dee River, South Carolina which place the designated the Welch-Neck, in remembrance of their former residence. The following are the names of the Individuals who composed this party which was embodied into a church, viz: Philip James and his wife Abel James and his wife Daniel James and his wife Daniel Devonald and his wife Thomas Evans and his wife Thomas Evans, Jr. and his wife John Jones and his wife Thomas Harry & wife David Harry and his wife John Harry & wife Samuel Wilds and his wife Samuel Evans and his wife Griffith Jones and his wife David Jones and his wife Thomas Jones and his wife 1743 Philip James, son of James James Esq., was first Pastor of this church. He was ordained 1743, and died 1753. Revd. John Brown succeeded Mr. James, but continued for a short time when Revd. Joshua Edwards was called. He served 6 years. Mr. Edwards was succeeded by the Rev. Robert Williams. With this we have some account of the transactions of the church. The records previously have been lost. 1759 In 1759, March 12, a list of the members was taken which is as follows: 1. Philip Douglass (Died Octr 17th 1770) 2. Elizabeth Hames Mrs. Philip J. 3. Hannah Evans 4. Martha Rogers 5. Wm Ferrel & 6. Anne his wife April 2nd 1743 7. Barbarry Monachon (died June 28th 1761) 8. Samuel Wilds 9. John Evans 10. Thomas Evans (died Janry 28th 1785) 11. Daniel Monochon ( " April 30th " ) 12. Sarah James 13. Sarah Bowdy 14. Elizabeth Wilds 15. William James 16. Griffith John (died Aug. 10, 1765) 17. Abel Evans ( " June 4th " ) 18. Philip Evans (died 5th Decr. 1771) 19. Margaret John 20. James James (Novr. 21st 1769 died) 21. William Jones (died July 2nd,) 22. John Perkins (dismissed 1778) 23. David Evans 24. Volentine Hollingsworth (died Augt 6th) 25. Elizabeth Powers (died Oct 1st) 26. Sarah McDaniel (died May 12th 1744) 27. Eleanor Harry (died April 20th 1745) (now Jones) 28. Abel Wilds (died 15th May 1781) 29. Samuel Evans 30. Mary Jones (died Decr. 1751) 31. Sarah James 32. Jones (died Decr. 30th 1764) (now McIntosh) 33. Martha Roach (now Evans) 34. James Harry dismissed to Cashaway) 35. Hannah Howe] (died Decr 24th 1761) 36. Alice Lewis 37. William (died Octr. 1751) Hollingsworth 38. Samuel Reredon 39. Edward Jones 40. Jenkyn David 41. Eleanor Evans (died Febry. 16th 1765) 42. Margaret Evans 43. Anne Jones (Died. Apr. 12th 1766) (now Douglass) 44. Sarah James 45. Mary Hollingsworth 46. Howel James 47. John Sutton 48. Mary Plethro (Died Febry. 21st 1766) 49. Jacob D'Surrency 50. Mary Cleary 51. Sarah James 52. Thomas James 53. Walter Downes 54. Rachel Downes 55. Sarah Booth (now Wilds) 56. Jane Poland (died Novr. 30th 1760) 57. Naomi Harry (now Underwood) 58. Mary Edwards 59. Mary Wilds 60. Elizabeth Evans 61. James Rogers 62. Joshua Edwards 63. Charity Edwards 64. Thomas Edwards 65. Sarah Edwards 66. Anne Roblyn (N.B. There were several other names to this list, but so entirely defaced, that they could not be deciphered.] 1759 As Mr. Williams could not give proper attendance to his office, the Church unanimously presented a call to the Revd. Mr. Nicholas Bedgegood of Charleston (Charles Town?] to minister to them... for the term of one year- which he accepted. April Samuel Reredon suspended for obscene 5th conversation, applied to be restored suspension was continued. Revd. Mr. John Brown & Sarah his wife was dismissed to Cashaway Church by Letter.... July William James Baptized Jacob D'Surrency was 1st suspended for absenting himself from public worship. Walton Downs was suspended having behaved in a very disorderly manner ... found guilty of not filling his place in the Church ... drinking to excess.... 1759 August David Henry Senr died. 9th The Rev.d Mr. Williams applied for liberty to absent himself from the Lord's Table and Church Meetings which Church thought would be irregular to grant ... that he charges them [the Church] with such crimes as to prevent his Communion, two messengers were sent to desire him to appear at the next monthly meeting ... They also sent to recall their Letter of Dismiss ion granted him formerly... Sept. Mr. Williams not appearing as desired, nor having 2nd returned, and refusing to return the Dismissory Letter, Messengers were again sent for the purpose above. A Letter was ordered to be sent to John Perkins to advise him to apply for a Letter of Dismission; living at a distance from us and Convenient to another Church. Sept. 19th Departed this Life, John Jones. 1759 Oct. Robert Lloyd and John Booth were baptized and 6th admitted to full communion. The Church being informed by two credible witnesses, that Rev.d Mr. Williams disowns himself a member, and says that it is not a Church of Christ ... It was agreed to send him a Letter of Admonition In the spirit of meekness. Three messengers were appointed to go to the Association to meet in Charlestown November 12th. It was determined by the Church, that if any member travels up or down the river on a Sabbath-day without an absolute necessity (of which the Church shall be Judge) such member shall be censured. Dec. 14th Sarah Killingsworth died. Dec. 15th Nicholas Rogers died. 1760 Janry. 4th James Finley died. Janry. 5th The Messengers, which were sent to Mr. Williams, having informed the Church that he refused to read their Letter, and that he cast the greatest contempt upon their message, they concluded to send him another Letter of Admonition. A Letter of Admonition was sent to Jacob D'Surrency under suspension. Febry. 2nd Mr. Williams, refusing to receive the Letter sent him by the Church a 2nd time, and professedly disowning the Church's Authority, he was suspended. John Booth ... suspended, for publicly quarreling, with his Neighbor and using profane language. March 8th Rachel David, wife of Jenkyn David baptized. The Church gave Mr. Bedgegood a call to the pastoral care of them, which he accepted... Also admitted a member by Letter from Charlestown Church. 26th Volentine Hollingsworth departed this life. April 5th James James-suspended for beating his neighbor. Anne Williams absenting herself from her place in the Church, two messengers were sent to ask her reasons for it. June 1st The Messengers that were sent to Anne Williams. she slights the Message, and reproached the Church. Two persons were appointed to admonish her and exhort her to repentance. Mr. Williams remains obstinate. Philip Douglass ordered to be publicly suspended for drinking to excess William James ordered to be publicly suspended for the same time. July 5th Mr. Williams still behaving in contempt of the Church was suspended. An enquiry was directed to be made why Eleanor, the wife of Abel Evans, doth not live with her husband. A letter to be sent to Mr. Wm. Rowel and his wife, living at the Congarees, directing them to apply for a Letter of Dismission. August 2nd Church Covenant adopted. Thomas Jones was baptized ... John Booth made an application to be restored Sept. 6 Philip Douglas appeared before the Church and acknowledged the greatness of his sin. He was then received to enjoy his privileges as a member but continued suspended from his office as a deacon. Nov. 1st William Killingsworth died. Dec. 7th A messenger was sent to Mr. Williams and wife to advise them to consider their case, and repent of their sins, and that otherwise it was concluded by the Church to cut them off from all communion and fellowship. 1761 Jan. 4th Mr. Williams and his wife being regardless of the Church's admonition sent as above, the Church ordered them to be ejected and this was done on Sabbath January 5th following. Jan. Hannah Evans died. 9th Jan. William James, Esqr. and Martha Rogers died. 26th Jan. Sarah James, wife of Wm. James, Esq. died. 28th Janry Daniel Monahon died. 30th Jan. 31st James James who was suspended Apr. 5th, 1760 was this day restored to his place. A messenger was sent to Jane Poland on account of her absenting herself from public worship; and for selling liquor at a horse race; to desire her appearance before the Church. Febry Elizabeth Wilds died. 11th Apr. 4th Jane Poland appeared and acknowledged before the Church the Crimes laid to her charge, but no sufficient marks of repentance appearing, she was suspended from communion. John Booth, giving the Church farther satisfaction as to his repentance, is to take his place tomorrow, upon a public acknowledgement of his humiliation for his crimes. Martha Martin was received upon examination and a good character given her by the minister of the church to which she belonged. Elisha James was baptized A messenger was sent to Jacob D'Surrency under suspension, to admonish him, that unless he satisfied the Church, as to his repentance for crimes ... he is to be excommunicated on the Sabbath next after monthly meeting In June next. It was concluded upon by the unanimous voice of the Church that all those who were educated In the belief of Infant Baptism by sprinkling ... who shall nevertheless satisfy the Church as to their real conversion, shall be admitted to sit down with us at the Lord's Table upon their signing such a covenant as shall be thought proper by the Church.... May 2nd Alexander McIntosh and Roderick McIver, members of the Church of Scotland were upon their confession of faith...and upon signing a covenant, admitted to the Lord's Table. Philip Howel having been guilty of speaking reproachfully of one of the members in a public place, and using very rash and unbecoming speeches ... and being suspected of having drank to excess at a public tavern, he was ... suspended on Sabbath May 3rd. June 6th Some circumstances appearing in favour of Jacob D'Surrency ...his excommunication being deferred. James Harry having been accused of being disguised with liquor was suspended. June Barbara Monaghon died. 19th July 4 Whereas the Church found it impossible to maintain Communion at the Lord's Table with Christians of other denominations without causing great divisions ... In order to prevent such dreadful consequences to desist from It. Jacob D'Surrency made confession of some of his faults ... desiring the Church to suspend her [sic] excommunication.... His request granted--but remained under suspension. August 1st Elizabeth Simonson (formerly James) was suspended upon suspicion of her having ... very abusive language. Septr. 6th Elizabeth Simonson's case having been examined. her suspension was taken off. James Harry made humble acknowledgements of his sin ... was again received to communion. Joshua Edwards, having been guilty of drinking to excess and in an illegal manner taking some negroes ... is publicly suspended. Robert Edwards residing at Cape Fear made application for a Letter of Dismission ... granted... James Harry, Mary Harry, and Elizabeth Wilds (the wife of George) having their residence near the Church at Cashaway, requested a Letter of Dismission...granted. Abel Edwards was received into full Communion with us by Letter from Cashaway. Octr. 3rd William Thomas and his wife & John Bowen were received to full Communion by Letters from the Church at Cashaway Sent a Letter and Messenger to the Association. Decr. 24th Hannah Howel died. 1762 Janry. 2nd Mr. Williams (under excommunication) having made application to the Association in Charleston, the Church received a Letter of Advice relative to his affair; and advised that they should receive a Letter of Acknowledgment, made and signed before the Association, as a sufficient satisfaction, and that thereupon he should be restored. The letter from Mr. Williams together with the circumstances of his affair, were considered and a Letter sent him in answer signifying that upon his declaring himself free to commune with the Church, which is looked upon as a necessary sign of his repentance, he should be restored again to his place. David Evans and Martha Evans having been convicted of criminal conversation before marriage were suspended in the public Congregation till a proper repentance be manifested; on Sabbath, January 3rd. A Messenger was sent to Jacob DeSurrency, to desire his appearance before the Church, that an enquiry might be made into his late con duct at a Horse-Race, it having been reported that he had drank to excess. Febry. 6th As Mr. Williams refuses to comply with the Terms proposed, he continues excommunicated. Another messenger was sent to Jacob DeSurrency, who has since the above, been accused of drinking to excess. A messenger was sent to Phillip Howel and one to Walter Downes under messengers of care. Sarah Hicks was received to Union and Communion by Letter from Cashaway Church. March 6th Phillip Howel having lately conducted him self unworthy at a public sale, and not having received the last message, was sent to that he might be admonished for his faults. April 3rd A messenger of care was sent to William James under suspension. Another messenger was sent to Jacob DeSurrency. Another messenger to David Evans to ad monish him for his late disorderly conduct having drank to excess & attempted to dance in public company. Another messenger was sent to Martha Evans, as a messenger of care. 1762 May 1st George Hicks and Mary White were baptized. Martha Evans, having appeared and acknowledged her fault before the Church and given her satisfaction as to her repentance, it was concluded that she should be admitted to Communion. Jacob DeSurrency was again sent to. June 5th William James professing repentance was re stored to the communion. Under many considerations it was concluded that Church Business should be transacted on the Saturday before monthly meeting. George Hicks and Mary White, baptized May 1st, received the Right Hand of Fellowship. Augt. 1st Mary Hicks was baptized 31st July. Tabitha James was baptized. Septr. 4th A Complaint having been made against William Jones for excess in drinking he was privately suspended till further enquiry be made about it. A messenger was sent to James Poland, under suspension for some misconduct. A Messenger was sent to Griffith John for non-attendance on God's worship. Octr. 2nd Lydia Eustice was baptized. Elizabeth Counsel examined (was formerly baptized In No Ca) and received. Martha Faox received by Letter of Dismission from Catfish 1763 Febry. David Evans making acknowledgment of his crime before the Congregation was restored to Communion. William Jones publicly suspended for drinking to excess. March 5th Susannah Young was baptized. June 4th Elizabeth Simonson privately suspended, upon an apprehension that she lives in willful separation from her husband. The suspended members were sent to by a messenger of care. July 2nd Robert Hicks was baptized. 1764 Septr. 1st Mr. William James, being guilty of drunkenness and some other misbehaviour, all of which he confessed before the Church, for which the Church concluded to suspend him publicly which was done 2nd Septr 1764. Mr. William Jones was restored to his place publicly 2nd Septr 1764. Elizabeth Simonson was restored to her place. Novr. 15th Mrs. Mary White died. Decr. 30th Mrs. Jane McIntosh died. 1765 Febry 16th Concluded by the Church that public suspension is not to be practiced in this Church. (12th) died Robt. Hicks 15th) Mrs. Eleana Evans died. March 2nd Mr. William Thomas is suspended for the sin of drunkenness. Mrs. Poland who had been suspended, was this day restored to her place. The Revd. Mr. Bedgegood, having sent for a Letter of Dis- mission, is this day dismissed from this Church, to the Church in Charleston of the same faith and order. May 4th Miss Hannah Sutton was baptized by the Revd. Mr. Oliver Hart. Mr. Pugh was appointed to write a letter to Mr. Philip Howel to come to the Church. Also to go to Mr. Joshua Edwards and to Mr. William Thomas to admonish them. (March 9th died Mr. John Booth. June 1st Mr. Joshua Edwards appeared, declared his sorrow for his Being in drink, and that he had grieved the Members of the Church; was received into his place. July 6th Mr. William Thomas came to the Church, and manifested repentance for his sin; and was restored to his place in the Church. Augt. 3rd A Call was signed for the Revd. Mr. Hart in Charleston to come and be the minister of this place. Died Griffith John. Octr. 5th Messengers were appointed by the Church to several persons, Abel Wilds to Jacob D'Surrency, also to William James under suspension. Samuel Wilds to Mrs. Cox, who we hear has acted amiss to Philip Howel. Mr. Pugh, Thomas Evans & Samuel Evans to Mrs. Martin, and David Evans to admonish them, to be reconciled to each other. (which was done) Concluded by the Church that David Evans must come and declare his Innocency before the Church, in relation to a bad report, about him, that has become public. Mr. Pugh is appointed a messenger to the Association. Decr. 7th A full answer was received from the Revd. Mr. Hart, declining to accept the Call of the Church. Mrs. Cox appeared was examined, and acquitted by the Church. 1766 Janry. 4th The Revd. Mr. Pugh having received a Call to take charge of this Church as a Minister accepts it, and becomes its Pastor. Febry. 21st Mrs. Mary Prethro died. April 12th Mrs. Anne Douglass died. July 5th David Baldy and Sarah his wife were received members of the Church, by Letter from Catfish Church. William Thomas and Mary his wife were dismissed to any Church of the same faith and order by Letter. Octr. 4th Resolved that Philip Howell & William James ex communicated. The Church concluded to send to the Association. The Revd. Mr. Pugh appointed Messenger. The Revd. Mr. Bedgegood dismissed to any Church of the same faith and order --------- A copy of his Dismission. "The Church of Christ, in the Welch Neck on Pee Dee baptized upon a profession of faith; holding the doctrines of Grace &c. To any whom it may concern. These are certify, that the Revd. Mr. Nicholas Bedgegood has been a member with us for the space of six years and eight months; that he was our minister four years and better; and that he is now a member In full communion.... Given at our Church Meeting October 4th, 1766." Octr. 12th Whereas Philip Howel & William James have for a long time past, been suspended from the Communion of this Church--they still persisting in a course of life, contrary to the rules of the Gospel, and of this Church, not with standing all necessary and gospel methods have been made use of to reclaim them; therefore the Church have thought it proper and necessary to cut them off from this Body. Pursuant to this conclusion, we now make it known to all, that they are no longer members of this Body. May the Lord grant that this ordinance may be the means to bring them to a sense of their evil ways and to a timely repentance and to stir-up each of us to watch and be sober lest we enter into temptation. Octr. 17th Philip Douglass died. Decr. 6th Another Letter of Dismission for Mr. Bedgegood is this day signed by the members. 1767 The Church having been long in a declining state, Brother Abel Wilds desired the opinion of the Church as to what they thought the cause of such declension was. Upon con- sideration, it was the unanimous opinion that it was owing to the general dislike of Mr. Pugh. This being the opinion of the Church, it was then moved that it might be considered, whether it would be most for the glory of God for Mr. Pugh to continue our Minister, or to remove to some other place. But as this was a matter of consequence it was thought advisable to consider it with deliberation. Therefore the Church agreed to give each their opinion, and to desire Mr. Pugh to do the same on next Saturday. The Church met according to the above appointment, and unanimously thought it most conducive to the Honor of God in the welfare of the Church for Mr. Pugh to remove. He acquiesced in their, opinion and received a Recommendatory Letter. March 7th The Church presented a Call to the Revd. Mr. Bedgegood, then minister to a people on James Island, which call Mr. Bedgegood accepted. April 12th Mr. Bedgegood returned to us, and preached his first sermon from Colossians 3.11. 'Christ is all In all.' May 2nd Messengers of care were sent to several members. June 6th Very agreeable answers were returned from the above persons. Augt. 1st It was determined by a majority of voices that the Lord's Supper should be administered once in two months. Octr. 3d Agnes McLemore presented a Letter of Dismission to us the Church at Catfish. Octr. 4th Mr. McLemore admitted; further business postponed to this day fortnight. Octr. 17th A Letter was signed and sent to the Association. James Rogers dismissed. Complaint was made against Martha Martin for defaming one of the Members; and a Messenger (Walter Downes) was sent to desire her to desist from so evil a practice; and to answer to the complaint at our Meeting on January next. Decr. 5th Recd. & read the Minutes & Letter from the Association. Decr. 6th John Abram, Esqr. recd. as a member by Letter from Catfish Church. 1768 Janry. 2nd Mrs. Martin's case postponed. April l6 th A special Meeting- A complaint was made against Walter Downes for, having told untrue and mischievous stories. He was suspended till farther enquiry. David Evans suspended for drinking to excess. A difference subsisting between James James and Thomas Jones. They referred the affair to the Church, who appointed three members to arbitrate it viz: Thomas James, Howel James, & Thomas Evans. This Day Mrs. Daniel Devonalds signed a Deed to Gift of Two Acres of Land whereon the Church is now situated. John Sutton and Abel Edwards were appointed Trustees with power to appoint others; any three of whom may appoint others upon the departure of the rest. May 1st Brown was received a member by letter from a Church in North Carolina. Anne Rollyn died. June 4th Walter Downes continues under suspension. Messengers were sent to Mrs. Clay, and Mrs. Charity Edwards on account of their absence from public worship. Messengers were sent to Sarah Baldy and Walter Downes. The Church, in consideration of the gloomy appearance of religion in general, and that of our nation and colonies; appointed next Saturday as a day of fasting and prayer. Novr. 3rd Baldy appeared, and gave satisfaction as to her conduct. It was unanimously agreed that it is expedient to have The Lord's Supper administered in a Meeting of the Church only with the admission of such serious persons only who particularly desire to see it. It was thought expedient that the deacons should be set A part by solemn prayer and Imposition of Hands and Saturday the 1st of December was appointed for that purpose. 1774 Febry. 1st The Revd. Mr. Nicholas Bedgegood died near fifteen years after his first call to this place; and almost seven years after his return, from which time he ministered here till his death. He was regarded a good scholar, and a sound divine; an eloquent preacher and a polite gentle by man; and well beloved by his acquaintance; yet not with standing all his abilities and endowments, he was never very successful, especially in the latter part of his life: none being baptized after his return. Sepr. 3d At a Church Meeting Thomas Shirley with his wife Martha Shirley, and Anne Heustess, gave in their experiences, were received by the Church, and baptized by Mr. Pugh, Minister at Cashaway. Octr. 1st William Edwards, Junr. with Catharine Edwards his wife and Elizabeth Evans, were received by the Church, and baptized by Mr. Pugh. At a Church Meeting, John David, John Pledger, Thomas Harry and Sarah Edwards were received by the Church, and baptized by Revd. Mr. Phillip Mielkey. At a Church Meeting- David Roach and John Evans, Junr. were received after baptism, which was administered by the Revd. Mr. Pugh. At a Church Meeting Machey McKnott, Josiah Evans, John Wilds, William Terrel, Junr, Dinah McKnott, Anne Jones, and Mary Evans were received into fellowship. Baptized by Mr. Pugh. The above contains an account of the members added to the Church from the death of the Revd. Nicholas Bedgegood, to the settlement of his successor, the Revd. Elhanan Winchester. A List of the members of the Church 1775-1778- 1779 1. Elhanan Winchester, Pastor 98. Mary Hudson 2. John Edwards 99. Peggy Darby 3. Abel Edwards 100. Tibatha Williamson 4. Aaron Pearson 101. 5. Magnus Cargill 102. Elizabeth Luke 6. Moses Pearson 103. Martha McNott 7. Joseph Luke 104. Charity Hurd 8. William Long 105. Elizabeth Hodges 9. John Williams 106. Sarah Pledger 10. William Jones 107. Sarah Downs 11. John Hughes 108. Ann Peggy Ayer 12. Obadiah Hudson 109. Feribe Lang 13. Amos Pilgrim 110. Elizabeth Lide 14. William Mason 111. Deborah Geer 15, Daniel Sparks 112. Elizabeth Hicks 16. Gressete Johnson 113. Martha Pearce (now Sparks) 17. Abel Evans 114. Elizabeth Sutton 18. Benjamin James 115. Elizabeth Thomas 19. Walter Downes 116. Anne Lowther 20. Charles Lowther 117. Martha Lampley 21. Josiah Pearce 118. Hannah Kimbrough 22. Sampson Thomas 119. Sarah Steward 23. Daniel McDaniel 120. Sarah Evans 24. Robert White 121. Catharine Ross 25. John Stinson 122. Sarah Stubbs 26. Welcome Hodges 123. Sarah Waldon 27. Gideon Parish 124, Sarah James 28. John Downs 125. Elizabeth Counsel 29. William Hewson 126. Agnes Creele 30. John Stevens 127. Elizabeth Pledger 31. Joseph Mason 128. Mary Cooper 32. William James 129. Mary Walsh 33. Matthew Griffith 130. Elizabeth Walsh 34. Enoch Evans, Junr. 131. Anne Stevens 35. William Cherry 132. Mary Evans 36. Alexander Walden 133. Zilphah Walsh 37. Joseph Pledger 134. Lydia Howel 38. John Chambliss 135. Martha Wilson 39. Hall Hudson 136. Mary Wilds 40. Abel Kolb 137. Sarah Pearson 41. Jeremiah Brown 138. Sarah Leck 42. Matthew Hewstess 139. Rhoda Booth 43. John Hewstess 140. Mary Cox 44. William Heustess 141. Mary Pearce (now Thomas) 45. James Heustess 142. Nancy Williamson 46. Thomas Ayer 143. Susannah Bingham 47. Henry Sparks 144. Elizabeth Hewson 48. Burrell Huggins 145. Phebe Pledger 49. Charles Mason 146. Rebecca Scott 50. Owen Darby 147. Sedona Unthegrove 51. Arnold Colvin 148. Celia James 52. Michael Fitzgerald 149, Celete Morgan 53. Shadrack Fuller 150. Mary Evans 54. George Trowelks 151. Mary Griffiths 55. Paul Baldy 152. Elizabeth Mason 56. Evander McIver 153. Mary Vaun 57. Robert Hodges 154. Mary Ann Fitzgerald 58. John Hodges 155, Eddy Stinson 59. Thomas Evans, Junr. 156. Rachel Groves 60. Joel McNott 157. Elizabeth Luke 61. Tristam Thomas 158. Lydia Evans 62- William Luke 159. Sarah Kolb 63. Josiah James 160. Celete Luke 64. Abel Goodwin 161. Isabel David 65. John Edmunson 162. Eleanor Hewstess 66. Enoch Evans, Senr. 163. Anne Lampley 67. Ruth-Askew 164. Honor Darby 68. Elizabeth Pilgrim 165. Comfort Pearson 69. Martha Evans 166. Eleanor Hudson 70. Alice Lucas 167. Lydia Treweeks 71. Rachael Pearson 168. Elizabeth Medford 72. Mary Wilds 169. Anne Roach 73. Mary Hollingsworth 170. Susannah Lampley 74. Mary Andrews 171. Mary Lide 75. Sarah Hicks 172. Agnes Hew3tess 76. Sarah James 173. Elizabeth Raburn 77. Margaret James 174. Sarah Cherry 78. Anne Terrel 175. Bibbe Bruce 79. Sarah Wilds 176. Mary Huggins 80. Rachel David 177. Caty McIver (After Botsford) 81. Ruth Wright 178. Grace Brown 82. Mary Jones 179. Anne Baldy 83. Mary Terre] 180. Nancy Brown 84. Sarah Lang 181. Elizabeth Ayer 85. Sarah Pouncy 182. Sarah Horry 86. Mary Chambliss 183. Sarah Raburn 87. Rebecca James 184. Rebekah Hodges 88. Mary Evans 185. Elizabeth Evans 89. Sarah Hewstess 186. Martha McNott 90. Elizabeth Flenegald 187. Anne Poland 91. Sarah Winchester 188. Betsy Hicks 92. Winiford Pearson 189. Anne Evans 93. Anne Hargrove 190. Elizabeth James 94. Mahetabel Irby 191. Sarah Mumford 95. Anne Cleary 192. Mary Harper 96. Eddy Johnson 193. Feribe Lang 97. Sarah Foster 194. Mary Ivy 195. Anne Brown 196. Sarah McIver 197. Jamimah Bruce 1775 March 12th The records of the Church at the Welch Neck on PeeDee This day the Church and Society being met together unanimously agreed to give Mr. Elhanan Winchester a call to be their minister for a season, and were pleased accordingly to present him with one after this manner. The Church of Christ at Welch Tract, Pee Dee in South Carolina, holding the Doctrine of Election, particular addressed to Redemption; final perseverance; believes baptism, &c to the Revd. Elhanan Winchester sendeth greeting "Whereas we are destitute of a minister to administer the word and ordinances amongst us, we have thought fit to present you with this Our Call to be our minister for one year fixed; and then if you and we should agree, we would put ourselves under your pastoral care. Given from under our hands this 12th day of March 1775. Signed In behalf of the whole. George Hicks Deacons Abel Wilds" 1776 March 8th This day the Church being met together, were pleased to renew the Call to Mr. Winchester, to be their Minister, which he accepted for the space of one year; Beginning from this day. An the Church that on Sunday the 17th Day of this month, the renewal of the Call, and his acceptance of the same should be made public; from which time he will be considered as their pastor, for the space of one year, or while he and the people may agree. This day brother Elhanan Winchester was received as a member of this Church, being about to take the charge over It In the Lord, as a minister and pastor; he having before obtained a Letter of Recommendation and Dismission from 1st from the Church of which he was before a member, which run after this manner. "The First Baptist Church of Christ In Bellingham, under the pastoral care of Elder Noah Alden; holding the Doctrine of Original sin, Universal Depravity, Absolute, Eternal, Unconditional, Personal Election.... To any Church of the same faith and order, where our beloved brother Elhanan Winchester may see cause to join as a member: Greeting: We certify you that the above said brother Is a member of this Church: and we all esteem him as a member of this Church: and we all esteem him as a real Christian, a man of sound principles, orthodox sentiments, an orderly walker, of up-right conversation, and a clear gospel preacher; and as such we recommend him unto you; and upon his Joining, and your receiving him, he ceases to be a member with us and becomes one with you In all respects --- Dated Bellingham August 14, 1775 Signed In behalf of the Church Noah Alden, Pastor" 1776 March 8th Brother Elhanan Winchester being received as a member, took the lead of the Meeting, and proposed by request, for a meeting that as the Association did not meet in Charleston This of the year on account of the trouble there; there might be a meeting of the Churches In this Province, at the High Hills of the Santee on the Wednesday before the last Sunday In April next, In order to choose delegates to attend the Continental Association, which he judged very expedient and necessary at this season, In order to obtain our liberties, and freedom from religious tyranny or eccleslastical oppressions; which the Church unanimously agreed to: and chose two messengers viz brethren Abel Wilds and Thomas Evans to the provincial association, at the time place mentioned. Voted that brother Elhanan Winchester draw up a letter from this Church to the Association; and as he cannot be present at the same, he is desired to draw up some thoughts on the Continental Association to be laid before the Churches at their meeting at the High Hills. March 17th This day the Church and Society publicly renewed their Call to Mr. Winchester for one year, which he publicly accepted for the time and is from this day their pastor. Nov. 2nd John Geer was received upon a relation of this exercise of mind and baptized. Decr. 1st Baptized the Widow Rebecca James having been examined and received the day before. 1777 April 8th Tabitha James wife of William James died. May 3rd This day the Church met, and after sermon proceeded to business. James Crocker, giving an account of the work of grace upon his heart and desiring to unite with the Church, was received. Mrs. Anne Lide giving an account of her experience was received. Joshua Terrel giving an account of God's goodness to his soul was admitted as a member. Elizabeth Terrel having given the Church satisfaction of a work of grace upon her heart, was also received. The Church continue their Call to their pastor for another year which he accepts. Mr. Winchester is allowed to go to the Hill [Cheraw] once in three Sundays If they desire him, and will do their part towards his support by a majority of the Church. May 3rd William James being proved guilty of drunkenness was turned out of the Church, or voted out of his covenant, till he repents and gives satisfaction. Adjourned to Saturday 18th Inst. May 4th This day being Sunday; Sarah Winchester gave herself up to the Lord, and by his will to the Church; was received, and baptized, together with James Crocker, Joshua Terrel, Elizabeth Terrel, and Anne Lide, who were examined and received the day before, but not baptized till this day. Saturday May 18th Met according to adjournment, and proceeded to business. John Pledger gave himself up to the Church, and was received: he having been baptized before. John Bowen excluded from our fellowship, for drinking, swearing, cursing, &c. Walton Downs excluded for drinking Agreed to choose two more deacons to assist in the business of the Church, with those already in that office. Mr. Abel Edwards and Mr. William Terrel, Junr. Chosen & accepted. May 31st Church met according to order, and proceeded to business. Elizabeth Massy gave herself up to the Lord, and by His Will to the Church, was received, and will be a member in full communion when baptized. Sarah Sparks and Martha Edwards gave themselves up and were likewise received. No difficulties appearing we are to commune tomorrow. June 1st Sunday. Elizabeth Massey, Sarah Sparks, and Martha Edwards were baptized. We had the sacrament of the Lord's Supper openly which is to be our practice for the future. Sunday June 15th John Hughes and Obadiah Hudson was baptized. Daniel Sparks, Moses Pearson, Amos Pilgrim, Mary Terrel, and Elizabeth Pilgrim were baptized. June 22nd Magnus Cargill, Joseph Luke, William Mason, James Brown, Mary Jones, and Ruth Wright were baptized. June 29th Aaron Pearson and Winiford his wife, and Rachel the wife of Moses Pearson, were baptized. July 3rd Died much lamented, Mrs. Sarah Winchester. July 5th At our monthly meeting, John Hughes, Obadiah Hudson Daniel Sparks, Moses Pearson, Amos Pilgrim, Magnus Cargill, Joseph Luke, James Brown, Mary Jones, Ruth Wright, Aaron Pearson, Winiford Pearson his wife, and Rachel Pearson the wife of Moses Pearson, were received to communion and fellowship with this Church, they being all baptized before. July 6th Sunday. John Edwards, Ruth Askew, and Sarah Lang were examined and baptized. Octr. 10th James Brown going home to New England, received a Letter of Recommendation; and is dismissed whenever he joins with another Church of the same faith and order. Octr. 18th William Lang was examined and received by the Church, and on Sunday 19th was baptized by the Revd. Mr. Furman. Novr. 1st At a Church meeting, John Edwards, John Williams, Elizabeth Pilgrim, and Ruth Askew were received into Full communion having been baptized before. As our minister is about to leave us in the Spring, on account of his health; Agreed to send a letter to Mr. Furman, and to the Church at the High-Hills of Santee, desiring that he might come and be our pastor. Agreed that Mr. Jenkyn David, and Mr. Abel Wilds draw the same; and that Mr. Wilds and Mr. Winchester be messengers to carry it, and to entreat in our favour in this important matter. Decr. 6th At our Church meeting hearing that the Revd. Mr. Dargan, formerly of the High-Hills of Santee, was about removing thence, concluded not to send for the Revd. Mr. Furman, as there is no probability of obtaining him. William Mason was this day received into full communion he having been baptized before. 1778 Janry 3rd At a monthly Meeting of the Church Gresset Johnson, and Sarah Pouncey were examined. Agreed by a majority of votes (according to a former vote of the Church not recorded) that any person of a good moral character,(of which the Church is to judge) may be evidence either for, or against a member, where brethren of the Church cannot be obtained. Agreed by a majority of votes, agreeably to a former Vote of the Church not recorded, that ordination consists in the people's choice of a member to office and his acceptance of the same; and needeth not the Imposition of hands of deacons to make it valid. Concluded to send for Mr. Gano to be our minister, and that Mr. Abel Wilds and Thomas Evans be a Committee to draw up a call for that purpose. Letters of Dismission was this day signed for our brethren John Sutten, and John Perkins. A Letter was this day signed to be sent to the Association. Col. Hicks appointed messenger. Sunday 5th This day, Gresset Johnson, Sarah Pouncey and Mary Chambliss were baptized and received into the Church: together with Mary Terrel and Sarah Lang who had been baptized before. Febry. 5th Died Mrs. Mary Edwards Febry. 28th Amos Pilgrim and Elizabeth his wife being about to remove from this place, were dismissed to any Church of the same faith and order, where they may see cause to join. Sunday March Sarah Winchester gave in her experience and was baptized. 15th March 28th At a Church Meeting, Col. Hicks chosen Moderator, the Church concluded, after some debate, to give Mr. Winchester a Call for another year. Sarah Winchester was this day received a Member of this Church. A list of Members April 5th, 1778 1. Elhanan Winchester, Pastor 43. Sarah Winchester 2. Col. George Hicks, Deacon 44. Sarah Hicks 3. Abel Wilds, Deacon 45. Mary Wilds 4. Abel Edwards, Deacon 46. Sarah Edwards 5. William Terrell, Junr., Deacon 47. Elizabeth Terrel 6. Jenkyn David 48 Rachel David 7. William Terrel, Junr. Deacon 49. Anne Terrel 8. Thomas James 50. Sarah James 9. John Evans 51. Margaret Evans 10. John Evans 52. Elizabeth Evans 11. Josiah Evans 53. Mary Evans 12. Thomas Shirley 54. Martha Shirley 13. Edward Jones 55. Mary Jones 14. William Edwards 56. Catharine Edwards 15. Mackey McNott 57. Dinah-hcNott 16. Joshua Terrell 58. Mary Terrell 17. Daniel Sparks 59. Sarah Sparks 18. Aaron Pearson 60. Winifred Pearson 19. Moses Pearson 61. Rachel Pearson 20. John Edwards 62. Martha Edwards 21. Magnus Cargill 63. Sarah Cargill 22. John Hughes 64. Anne Hughes 23. John Pledger 65. Mary Andrews 24. Joseph Luke 66. Sarah Hewstess 25. John Geer 67. Anne Hewstess 26. John Wilds 68. Anne Cleary 27. David Roach 69. Anne Lide 28. James Crocker 70. Elizabeth Masser 29. John Williams 71. Sarah Lang 30. John Evans, Junr. 72. Mary Hollingsworth 31. John David 73. Elizabeth Simonson 32. William Lang 74. Elizabeth Counsel 33. Abel Evans 75. Elizabeth Flene 34. William Jones 76. Martha Evans 35. Gresset Johnson 77. Sarah Wilds 36. Charles Lowther 78. Alice Lucas 37. James Rogers 79. Agnes Creele 38. Edwards Gillman 80. Rebecca James 39. Edwards Gillman 81. Ruth Askew 40. William Mason 82. Ruth Wright 41. Thomas Harry 83. Mary Evans 42. Hudson 84. Mary Chambliss April 20th Died Mrs. Elizabeth Simonson; She was formerly the wife of the Revd. Mr. James, first Minister of this Church. May 3rd Anne Hargrove was baptized and received to Communion. June 7th Mahitabel Irby was received by letter from Cashaway Church. This day Sarah Pledger, the wife of John Pledger, and Eddy Johnson the wife of Gressett Johnson were examined and baptized. Septr. 26th Died Mrs. Sarah Wilds. Octr. 31st At our monthly Meeting brother Thomas Shirley and Martha his wife, were dismissed to any Church of the same faith and order. Eddy Johnson was this day received as a member in full communion, having been baptized before. Agreed that Mrs. Winchester draw up a petition to the General Assembly in behalf of the Church, to obtain an act of Incorporation, according to the Constitution of this State. Decr. 5th At our monthly Meeting Benjamin James and Jane his wife brought a letter from Cashaway Church, and were received as members of this. 1779 Janry. 23rd Died Mrs. Sarah Winchester. March 21st Mr. John Geer died. April 1st Mr. Joseph Luke died. April 14th Mr. William Jones died. April 25th Mrs. Sarah Sparks died. May 2nd This day being Sunday Mary Cooper was examined, and baptized. May 9th Sunday-- Elizabeth Pledger was examined, and baptized. May 30th Sunday--Anne Stevens, Mary Evans, wife of John Evans, Junr. and Mary and Elizabeth Walsh were examined and baptized. June 4th At our monthly meeting Mary Cooper, Elizabeth Pledger, Anne Stevens, Mary Evans, and Mary Elizabeth Walsh were received to full communion, and signed the Covenant: having all been baptized before. Walter Downes was received to his place again, making a confession, and promising amendment for the future. Likewise Charles Lowther who had long neglected his duty made great satisfaction to the Church, came and took his place in an humble manner; and signed the covenant, which he had never done before. Also Walter Downes again signed the same. Gideon Parish, Sarah Lack, Lydia Howel, Sarah Pearson, Zilpah Walsh, Mary Wilds, Rhoda Booth, Martha Wilson, and Mary Cox were admitted to the ordinance of baptism: all giving great satisfaction: Glory to God. 1779 June 9th Sarah Lack, Lydia Howel, Sarah Pearson, Zilpah Walsh, Mary Wilds, Rhoda Booth, Martha Wilson, and Mary Cox, were received to full communion, and signed the Covenant. Josiah Pearce, and Mary Pearce his wife, Nancy Williamson, Susannah Bingham, Elizabeth Hewson, Rebecca Scott, Mary Griffiths, Sarah Foster, Tabitha Williamson, Phebe Pledger, Sedona Upthegrove, Mary Hudson, Celia James, and Elizabeth Hodges were examined and baptized. Saturday 12th Sampson Thomas, Josiah Pearce, Mary Pearce, Nancy Williamson, Susannah Bingham, Rebecca Scott, Elizabeth Hewson, Phebe Pledger, Celia James and Sedona Upthegrove, were received to full communion (all having been baptized before) and signed, the Covenant. Also the same day Welcome Hodges, Daniel McDaniel, Elizabeth Luke, Elizabeth Thomas, Charity Hurd, Martha baptized McNott, Mary Evans, Peggy Darby, and Celete Morgan were baptized. Sunday 13th Daniel McDaniel, Robert White, Welcome Hodges, Sarah Foster, Mary Hudson, Peggy Darby, Tabitha Williamson, Elizabeth Luke, Martha McKnott, Charity Hurd, Elizabeth Hodges, Mary Evans, and Celete Morgan, were admitted as members of the Church, and signed the Covenant, having all been baptized. As also John Stinson who formerly belonged to a Church in North Carolina. Col. Thomas Lide, Ann Peggy Ayers, Sarah Downes and Feribe Lang were baptized. Saturday 19th Gideon Parish, Sarah Pledger (wife of John Pledger) and Mary Griffiths were received into full Communion, and signed the Covenant: having been baptized before. Sunday 20th Col. Thomas Lide, Sarah Downes, Anne Peggy Ayer, and Feribe Lang were received to full Communion, and signed the Covenant: having been baptized before. This day John Downes, Matthew Griffiths, Deborah Geer, Elizabeth Lide and Elizabeth Hicks were baptized. Sunday 27th John Downs, Elizabeth Lide, Deborah Geer, Elizabeth Sutton, Anne Lowther, Elizabeth Thomas, Martha Pearce, Elizabeth Hicks, and Martha Lampley were admitted as members, and signed the Covenant, having been baptized before. William Hewson, William James & Sarah James his wife, Joseph Mason and Elizabeth Mason his wife, John Stevens, Sarah Steward, Sarah Evans, Hannah Kimbrough, Sarah Walden, Catharine Ross, Sarah Stubbs, Mary Caun, Mary Anne Fitzgerald and Eddy Stinson were examined and baptized. June 27th Likewise at the same time, were baptized Mingo (Servant of Mr. Aaron David), Plato, Stephen, Darien, and Leannah servants of Col. McIntosh. July 3rd At our monthly Meeting, William Hewson, William and Sarah James, Joseph and Elizabeth Mason, Matthew Griffiths, John Stevens, Sarah Steward, Sarah Evans, Hannah Kimbrough Sarah Waldens, Catherine Ross, Sarah Stubbs, Mary Vaun, Mary Anne Fitzgerald, and Eddy Stinson were received to the Communion, and signed the Covenant, having been baptized before. The Church unanimously gave a Call to Mr. Winchester for another year, which he accepts, with these qualifications that they continue to be all agreed to a single person and not otherwise; and also If he should not like it, he might be allowed to depart at any time. Enoch Evan, Junr., Sarah Kolb, Isabel David, Eleanor Hewstess, Rachel Groves, Elizabeth Luke, Lydia Evans, Celete Luke and Honor Derby were baptized.-- as also two servants of Mrs. Martha Evans viz, Isaac and Tilla. July 13th Enoch Evans, Junr. Sarah Kolb, Isabel David, Eleanor Hewstess, Rachel Groves, Elizabeth Luke, Lydia Evans, and Celete Luke, were received to full communion, and signed the Covenant; having been baptized before. Anne Lampley and Anne Roach were examined and baptized. July 24th Joseph Pledger, Jeremiah Brown, John Chambliss, William Cherry, Alexander Walden, Hall Hudson, Lydia Treeweeks, Mary Lide, and Susannah Lampley were examined and baptized. Anne Lampley and Honor Darby were this day received to communion, and signed the Covenant, having been baptized before. Comfort Pearson was received as a member of this Church: She was baptized In North Carolina, by the Revd Mr. Moore Junr. July 25th Jeremiah Brown, Joseph Pledger, John Chambliss, Alexander Walden, William Cherry, Hall Hudson, Anne Roach, Eleanor Hudson, Lydia Trewick's, Elizabeth Medford, Susannah Lampley, and Mary Lide were received to Union and Communlon with the Church, and signed the Covenant; having been baptized before. Thomas Ayer, Elizabeth Raburn and Bibby Bruce were Baptized. As also Scipio, Sancho, Pompey, Dundd, Fanny, Cretia, and Nancy (Servants of Col. McIntosh) and Boston and Mingo,(servants of--Thomas Evans) Robert and Priss (servants of Abel Wilds), Frank (serv. of William Ellerbe) Will (Serv. of Col Kershaw) and Will (servant of John Wilds) and Ludlow (Serv. of Est. of Hart) Jethro (serv. of Job Edwards) Hampton (Serv. of the widow Lide) and Sue (Serv. of Charles Mason). July 27th Died Josiah Pearce. July 31st Monthly Meeting, Capt. Abel Kolb, Matthew Hewstess, John Hewstess, Agnes Hewstess (his wife) William Hewstess, James Hewstess, Henry Sparks, Burrell Huggins & Sarah Cherry were baptized. Sunday Aug. 1st Capt. Abel Kolb, Matthew Hewstess, John Hewstess, William Hewtess, James Hewtess, Thomas Ayer, Henry Sparks, Burrell Huggins, Agnes Hewstess, Sarah Cherry, Elizabeth Raburn, and Bibbe Bruce were received to union and communion with the Church, and signed the Covenant, having been baptized before. This day, Michael Fitzgerald, Charles Mason, Shadrack Fuller, Arnold Colvin, Owen Darby, Elizabeth Askins, Mary Huggins, Grace Brown, Catherine McIver, Sarah Raburn, and Elizabeth Ayer were examined and baptized. As also Sharper, Dick, Bosen, London, Sam, George, Joe, and Toby, Rachel, Peggy, and Patty (Servants of Col. Alexander McIntosh) Morris, Essex, and Joe (servants of Capt. Jeremiah Brown) Ceasar and Jim (Svts. of Joshua Edwards) Volentine (Svt. of Col. Kershaw) Sam (Svt of Capt. Abel Kolb), Harry (Sevt of Charles Mason), Ned (Svt. of Beni. Williamson), Chloe (Sevt. of John Wilds), Hannah (Sevt of Capt. Thos Ellerbe), and Beck (Servant of Josiah James). Aug. 7 Charles Mason, Owen Darby, Arnold Colvin, Shadrack Fuller, Michael Fitzgerald, Mary Huggins, Catharine McIver, and Grace Brown were received to union and Communion with the Church, and signed the Covenant, having been baptized before. Also Paul Baldy with Ann Baldy his wife, George Trawicks, Nancy Brown and Sarah Harry were examined & baptized. I Aug. 8th George Trawicks, Paul Baldy and Anne (his wife), Nancy Brown, Elizabeth Ayer, Sarah Harry and Sarah Raburn were. received to Union & Communion with the Church, and signed the Covenant; having been baptized before. Also Capt. Tristram Thomas, John & Rebecca Hodges, Thomas & Elizabeth Evans, Joel & Martha McNott, Anne Evans, Mary Wilson, Elizabeth Jarrel, Betsey Hicks, Anne Poland & Sarah Mumford were examined and baptized, together with the following servants; Tom, Carolina, Dereford, Friday, Chloe, Sally, Caty and Sylvia (Sevts of Col. McIntosh), Yock and Adamy (svts of Thos. Evans), Harry & Lucy (Svts of Magnus Cargill), Sharper & Lucy (of Josiah James), Dick (to Abel Edwards, Harry belonging to Josiah James), Bill, to Jno. Wilds, Will to Est. of David Williams, Puff, be longing to Martha Evans, Sawney belonging to Mrs. Hubbard, Jeffrey (to Charles Mason), Amey to Jno Hewstess, Hannah to Thos. Ayer., Sue, to Capt. Brown. This day died brother John Sutton Aug. 15th Capt. Tristram Thomas, John & Rebecca Hodge, Thomas Evans, Junr. with Elizabeth (his wife); Joel & Martha McNott, and Anne Poland, were received to Union and Communion with the Church, and signed the Covenant: having been baptized before. 1779 Aug. 2nd William Luke and Josiah James were examined and baptized. This day the negroes were constituted into a Church by themselves. Aug. 22nd This day William Luke, Josiah James, Anne Evans, Elizabeth Jarrel, Betsey Hicks and Sarah Mumford were received to union and Communion with the Church and signed the Covenant, having been baptized before. Anne Peggy Ayer, intending to reside in Charleston for some time received a Letter of Dismission from this Church to the Charleston Church. Aug. 23rd Mary Harper was baptized. Aug. 29th Mary Harper was received to union and Communion with the Church, and signed the Covenant, having been baptized before. Robert Hodges, Evander McIver, Jemina Bruce, Feribe Lang, wife of William Lang, and Mary Ivy were Baptized, also twenty six negroes who were at the same time received in to fellowship, with the others in their Church, and signed the Covenant. Therefore their names are not expressed here. Sept. 5th Robert Hodges, Evander McIver, Feribe Lang, and Mary Ivy were received to union and Communion with the Church, & signed the Covenant having been baptized. N.B. With the above Mr. Winchester concluded his record. It is thought that he left this church in the month of Septr. of the present year. The following N.B. is in the hand writing of Mr. Botsford who succeeded Mr. Winchester and will furnish some evidence of the latter part of his life. N.B. A great many of those baptized by Mr. Winchester have been excommunicated, both white and black; but the greater number of blacks; many of the latter upon examination appeared to be very Ignorant of the nature of true religion. Soon after Mr. Winchester left Pee Dee, he fell into error of universal restoration, which he first published in Philadelphia, where after baptizing a great many, he was the means of dividing the Baptist Church in that city. N.B. Revd. Edmund Botsford late Pastor of a Church in Georgia, being invited, visited this Church In October 1779 and preached several sermons among us; The Church then requested that he would come and settle at this place: accordingly he came with his family In November, and continued with us, till the 1st of June 1780: at which time, on the approach of the British Troops; he left us, and went to Virginia. He returned to us again in 1782. During a portion of Mr. Bots ford's absence, the Church was supplied by the Revd. Joshua Lewis. 1781 Aug. 11th At a Church Meeting-- having no minister of our own, we called to our assistance the Revd. Joshua Lewis, and the Revd. John Thomas. Appointed three deacons viz John David, Magnes Cargill & Thomas Lide. Sundry Members that have walked disorderly were sent to, and cited before the Church by different Messengers. Septr. 1st Joseph Pledger appeared, and satisfied the Church relative to the crime of which he was accused. Mary Evans (widow) was called on; She gave satisfaction to the Church and is restored to her place. Mary Walsh was called on, She also gave satisfaction & was restored. Celete Luke the same. 1782 Janry. 5th The Church met for business. Mr. Botsford was received into this Church, and a call presented to him to take the charge of the same, which Call, he accepted. Application being made, for those members residing at and near the Cheraw Hill to be constituted into a distinct Church: Appointed Edmund Botsford, Abel Edwards, and as many of the members as can conveniently attend, to meet Mr. Lewis and those members on Saturday next, at the Hill, to confer with them, and If it should appear for the Glory of God, for them to be constituted into a distinct Church, Mr. Botsford to assist in the Constitution. Revd. Joshua Lewis applied to the Church, for the loan of part of the Church's Library. The request was granted: Deacon Edwards was desired to take an account of the books lent, and a receipt for them. Janry. 19th The Church according to appointment, and brethren Botsford and reported that, they with the Revd. Messrs. Mulkey and Lewis, and some others of the members, did meet on Saturday last Jany. 12 at the Cheraw Hill, with those members residing at an near the same, and after some consultation, assisted in constituting them into a church: and signed a Letter of Dismission in the name of this Church for the following persons George Hicks, Thomas Lide, and James Coker. February 2nd Elizabeth Walsh appeared and gave satisfaction to the Church Messengers were sent to Daniel McDaniel, John Pledger, Rhod Booth, Rebecca Scott, Sarah Stubbs, Welcome Hodges and Sarah Lang. Concluded to deal with any Member who has been guilty of plundering. Gideon Parish was accused of plundering, he confessed it & promised to make restoration. March 2nd No Church Meeting on account of high water. 1782 April 6th The Church met and proceeded to business as follows Gideon Parish was dismissed to the Church at Cheraw Hill. Welcome Hodges gave satisfaction. Daniel Sparks, Tristram Thomas and Owen Darby who were accused of dis orderly walking appeared and gave the Church satisfaction Whereas our late beloved Pastor the Revd. Mr. Winchester, in the year 1779, baptized a number of negroes, and constituted them into a distinct Church, and Whereas, they have no officer in the Church, and as our present Pastor does not think it duty to take the superintendency of both Churches: and as we believe there are many of them truly pious we are desirous they should enjoy the privileges of saints; we therefore desire brother Botsford to invite such of them as he might Judge were pious to join this Church. Accordingly the negroes were informed of the intention of the Church, and applied for admission upon which the Church requested brethren Botsford, John Evans, Josiah Evans, John Wilds, Evander McIver, Enoch Evans, John David, and Abel Edwards to examine them, in order for their admission Into the Church. They were examined and 46 received. N.B. Several more of them have been received since. May 4th The Church requested Edmund Botsford and Deacon Edward to favour them, with a catalogue of the Books belonging to the Church and to examine how many are missing. The following persons living more convenient to the Cheraw Church at the Hill, petitioned for Dismission, and accordingly were dismissed viz.- Elizabeth Hicks, Mahetabel Irby, Hall Hudson, Eleanor Hudson, Elizabeth Flanagan, Joseph Pledger, Sarah Hewstess, and Elizabeth Medford. June 1st Mr. Botsford and Deacon Edwards reported that on examining the Church Books there are 12 volumes wanting of the Catalogue given by the Revd. Nicholas Bedgegood. Revd. Edmund Botsford applied to the Church for the loan of the books, belonging to the Church, now in the hands of the widow Wilds. The same was granted and Mr. Botsford desired to give a receipt. July 6th The covenant read. Messrs. Botsford & James were appointed to visit Rebecca Scott; Mr. James to visit Ed ward Gilman; Mr. Downes to visit Rebecca Stubbs, and Mr. Botsford to visit Stinson- Terrel, to cite the above to meet the church, and give satisfaction for offenses committed. 1782 Augt. 3rd Messrs. Terrel and Stinson appeared, and gave the Church satisfaction. Mrs. Anne Brown was received into the Church by Letter from Charleston Church. Augt. 31st The Church Covenant read. Whereas Rebecca Scott and Sarah Stubb appear to be incorrigible, concluded to excommunicate them the next Lord's day publicly. Accordingly, they were excommunicated Lord's day Septr. 8th. Septr. 5th The Church appointed Edmund Botsford, William Terrel, John Evans, Thomas Evans, Tristram Thomas, Moses Pearson, and Evander McIver delegates to represent them in the Association, which by appointment is to meet here next month. Brother Thomas was requested to speak to Owen Darby, Joseph Mason and Mr. Stephens. Sister Mary Cooper was dismissed to any Church of the same faith & order. October 3rd The Church Covenant was read: Messengers were sent to Mary Hudson. Novr. 2nd Brother Matthew Griffin died-- Abel Evans died. 1783 February 8th Mary Goodwin died. March 1st Church Covenant was read. Mary Hudson was excommunicated. Alice Lucas died. April Church met: and Jemima Bruce received: She had been baptized by Mr. Winchester, but not received Into the Church before. July Church met as usual- Covenant was read August 11th Brother John Wilds died. September 6th The Church met, and proceeded to business as follows. Concluded to insert the names of the members present at Church Meetings for the future. -Concluded that our Minister have the privilege to invite any Ministers to preach in our place of worship of other denominations of principles, agreeably to our confession of faith: and who has good credentials: and none but such. Neither shall any Member introduce any Minister for the purpose of preaching among us, knowing him to hold principles contrary to our confession of faith. Concluded to have a Monthly Meeting on the 2nd Lord's day after next Monthly Meeting. Twenty Members were present at this Meeting. It is necessary to copy the names, as they can be seen by referr to the original. 1783 Septr. 13th Obedlah Hudson died. (18th) Anne Baldee died. Octr. 4th The Church met, and appointed Edmund Botsford, Thomas Evans, Junr. and Evander McIver Messengers to the Association. Decr. 1st Died Sarah James. (4th) Sarah Evans died. Decr. 6th The Church met for business. Covenant was read. Messengers were sent to Eddy Stinson, George Trawicks, and Magnus Cargill. Sixteen Members were present at this Meeting. 1784 Janry. 29th Thomas Evans Senr. died. (18th) Mary Evans wife of Josiah Evans died. April 3rd The Church Met for business. 19 members were present. May 24th Died Celete Goodwin. June 5th The Church met for business: Twenty-five members were present. Elizabeth Gennens late Raburn, who had been guilty of disorderly conduct, confessed her fault, as also Eddy Stinson who was guilty of the same crime, but were desired to desist from Communion, till the Church were better satisfied of their repentance. Daniel McDaniel was excommunicated. Tristram Thomas /was/ desired to acquaint 0. Darby that unless he appeared and gave the Church satisfaction, he would be excommunicated next month. Enoch Evans son of Thomas E., was baptized also Moses, belonging to Genl. McIntosh's Estate. Prince, servant of Thos. Powe, Esq., Hannah, servant of Dan'l Sparks, Maria belonging to Mrs. Kolb. John Edmunson was received by experience, and Esther Brown by letter from Catfish. July 3rd The Church met. 20 members were present. Mrs. Trawicks, wife of George T., gave an account of her conversion- was accepted. The Church concluded that persons guilty of the following crimes viz Murder, Adultery, theft, Swearing or drunkenness, should be summoned to appear at the next Church meeting, after they had be accused to the Church, and If such did not appear, or send a reasonable excuse for their non-appearance, and give satisfaction of their repentance, they should be excommunicated. Mrs. Sloane, and Elizabeth Walsh were sent to and desired to show cause, why they should not be excommunicated, they both having been guilty of disorderly conduct. July 31st Members present at this meeting 19. Mrs. Sloan appeared & gave satisfaction. Elizabeth Walsh, not being able to attend, by Information of her Mother, here case postponed Celia Evans gave an account of the work of Grace on her soul- Accepted. July 31st Owen Darby having been guilty of drunkenness several times, and as he appeared to continue In the practice of that vice: and as he has not made his appearance though often cited, concluded to excommunicated, and he was, accordingly. August 22nd Penr. Traweeks, Hanibel a free man, Bob belonging to the estate of Abel Wilds, and Pey belonging to the Est. of Col. Kolb were baptized. Paul Baldee died. Septr. 4th The Church met for business as usual. 28 members were present. The Covenant was read. Bro. Shadrack Fuller was dismissed. Eddy Stinson gave satisfaction. Bro. John David was sent to Elizabeth Walsh to know the reason of her not appearing as desired. Septr. 5th This day Communion. Celia Evans, Bona Svt. Of Evander McIver, Betty, Svt. of M. Cargill, and Bob were baptized who together with those baptized before, were received into the Church. Died Mary Hollingsworth. Octr. 2nd Church met: 22 members were present. Covenant was read. Octr. 12th Elizabeth Walsh's case laid over. Pete Kolb was baptized. Octr. 14th Died William Terrell Octr. 31st John Edmundson and Rebecca his wife, were dismissed to any church of the same faith and order. Novr. 2nd Joshua Terrel died. Novr. 6th Church met. Elizabeth Walsh's case laid over. Brethren Edmund Botsford, Aaron Pearson and Evander McIver were appointed delegates to the Association in Charleston, which by appointment is to be held on Monday after the 4th Lord's day in this month. Twenty Members were present at this Meeting. 1785 Janry. 1st Twenty-Two members met for business. William Cherry and Sarah his wife were dismissed to Cashaway Church. Died William James. Whereas Elizabeth Walsh has not appeared, to show cause, why she should not be excommunicated; and as it appears by information from one of the members that she has not a proper regard for her crime, concluded to excommunicate her: which was done accordingly. Janry. 15th Died Walter Downes (27th) John Hughes died. Febry. 12th Church met for business. Sixteen Members were present. Nothing was transacted worthy of record. Febry. 13th Mary Winds died. March 19th Died Edward Jones. April 3rd Members present at this Meeting seventeen. Messrs. Abel Edwards, John David and Evander McIver were ap pointed a Committee to revise the Church Covenant, which appears to the Church to be deficient in some things. Whereas Information was given to the Church that Mary Walsh has entered herself a Scholar in a dancing School, Messrs. John Evans and John David were appointed to request her to appear and answer for the same. Moses Pearson and his wife were dismissed to Cashaway Church. Mr. Botsford Application being made our Pastor visited the Charles ton Church in February, March, and a part of April. That visit to being now destitute of a Pastor: he remained eight weeks in which time he baptized Eleven persons. At his return, Charleston the church in Charleston sent a letter of thanks to this church. May 9th John Stinson departed this life. June 4th Twenty Members were present at this Meeting. The Messengers sent to Mary Walsh reported, that she did not choose to appear, and desired that her name might be e rased from the Church covenant, She was therefore ex communicated. Concluded to meet on Saturday 18th inst. June 18 Met according to appointment. The Committee appointed to revise the Church covenant reported. The covenant was presented, and after some alterations were adopted unanimously. Concluded to set apart Saturday 2nd July as a day of solemn prayer to God for his blessing on this Church, and for signing the covenant. [Copy of Church Covenant written, very long document.] N.B. The Church was Incorporated as per Act of Assembly 1785. After prayer, Sermon &c, we proceeded to sign the covenant. About 52 members signed it. Several were absent, and it was concluded that at the next monthly /meeting/ those who are absent be requested to sign It. (Copy of typewritten 1918 Church Covenant followed.] August 6th After reading the covenant those who had not before, signed their names. Jesse Evans and Rachel Evans were examination for baptism, and received. Rebecca Hodges was dismissed to Cashaway Church. Jesse & Rachel Evans were baptized. Octr. 1st At this Church Meeting brethren Tristram Thomas and E. Botsford were appointed delegates to attend the Association at the High Hills of Santee. N.B. This day a demand was made of the legacies left the Church by Thomas and Josiah James. Decr. 27th Departed this life, Mrs. Sarah Wilds, daughter of Mr. James James. 1786 March 31st Church Meeting Members present Edmund Botsford, Abel Edwards, John David, &ct. The following brethren were chosen Trustees for the Church Viz Edmund Botsford, Abel Edwards, John David, Enoch Evans, Evander McIver, Thomas Evans, Josiah Evans, Enoch Evans, Jr., Jesse Evans and Abel Goodwin. Any Three of the above to transact business. Abel Edwards chosen acting Trustee. Several brethren were desired to speak to some of the members who had acted disorderly. Septr. 30th Church Meeting. Present nineteen members. John Stephens and Charles Mason were excommunicated. Bro. Tristram Thomas and wife, John Williams and L. Bingham were dismissed by Letter. Novr. 4th Church meeting. Present sixteen members- The following persons were excommunicated: Decr. 2nd Church meeting. Present Ten members. John David and Evander McIver were appointed to settle with Josiah Evans and Thomas Evans for monies left to the Church by Josiah Evans and Thomas James. Evander McIver was desired to assist the Deacons. 1787 Janry. 7th Church Meeting- Nothing to record. Febry. 3rd Church Meeting- no record. March 3rd Church Meeting- Concluded that agreeably to the Word of GOD it is not right that one member should sue another March 31st Church Meeting. Requested Thomas Evans to have the Titles of Land given by Mr. Kolb proven and recorded: and Edmund Botsford to speak to Revd. Mr. Lewis respecting the Books borrowed of our Church. Decr. 1st Church Meeting. John David and Evander McIver who were appointed to settle with Josiah Evans and Thomas Evans. Reported as follows- amount of legacy left to the Church by Thomas James In the month of February 1780 was 100 L Currency, when depreciated according to Law is 6/9 Sterling. The amount left by Josiah James was 10,000 L Currency, when depreciated is 28 L Sterling. 1788 Febry. 2nd Church meeting. Alexander Walden and wife dismissed by letter. Appointed a day of Fasting, and prayer for a revival of religion. May 3rd Church Meeting. Welcome Hodge was excommunicated. N.B. From the commencement of 1786 concluded to record in this Book only such things as are deemed necessary to be kept on record, out of the Minutes taken at each Church meeting. Septr. 27th Appointed our brethren, Edmund Botsford, Josiah Evans, & Thomas Evans messengers to the Association. Novr. 7th Died Arnold Colvin. Decr. 31st Died Nancy Gilman. 1789 July 11th Church Meeting. Betsy Raburn excommunicated for Adultery. Two Negroes were examined for baptism. Augt. 1st Church Meeting. Appointed Messrs. Abel Edwards, Abel Goodwin, Enoch Evans, and Evander McIver to enquire of Capt. Dewitt the boundary of the Land on which the Meeting-House stands, and to report the next meeting. Comfort Hinley was dismissed. Septr. 5th Church Meeting Octr. 31st Church Meeting. Decr. 5th Church Meeting. 1790 July 31st Church met. Agreed that a Bond given by Thomas Evans for the sum of the legacy left this Church by Josiah James deceased, shall be considered as a fund for the Church, not to be used for any purpose for a year to come. Abel Edwards, John David, M. McNott, Enoch Evans, and Evander McIver are appointed a committee to adopt a plan for the repair of the meeting House, and enclosing the grave yard, and place the same before the Church at their next meeting. Septr. 4th The Church met. The committee above mentioned reported that it will be necessary to have new Sills, and the House raised on pillars of brick, and a new Pulpit: To have the stairs of the Gallery removed, and a Shed the length of the House-feet wide for the use of the Negroes and a good board and post fence around the burying ground. All of which they suppose will amount to 120 L Sterling. Daniel Sparks was dismissed. Deacon Edwards was requested to procure a small Trunk to deposit the papers in, which belong to the Church. Octr. l6th Church met. Messrs Botsford, Edwards and McIver were chosen to represent the Church in the Association. Decr. 25th Church met. N.B. A great revival this year. Thirty were baptized. 1791 March 5th Church Met. Agreed to adopt the plan proposed by the Association for raising a fund, to support young men in their preparation for the ministry- The following Brethren were appointed a committee to hear the experience of Negroes; and to settle any matters among them viz Edmund Botsford, Abel Edwards, John David, Enoch Evans,Senr., Thomas Evans, Enoch Evans, Junr., and Evander McIver. Monday next a day of prayer. Mary Cochran was dismissed. April 2nd Monday next a day of prayer. April 29th Monday a day of prayer. June 4th Church met. John Bennet was dismissed. July 2nd Church met. A charity sermon to be preached. August 6th The Committee appointed to wait on Capt. Dewitt reported that they had settled the business. Brother Botsford was requested to cite Charles Lide to appear & answer the accusation charged against him. Septr. 3rd Church met. Charles Lide, was excommunicated. This had been a very promising youth. Abel Edwards, Enoch Evans, & Evander McIver were requested to lease a piece of Land of Mr. Benjamin Kolb Admr. of the Estate of Col. Kolb. Octr. 8th Church met: Appointed Messrs. A. Edwards, J. David, Thomas Evans, Enoch Evans, Jur., Enoch Evans, Senr., and convenes at Edmunds Botsford to represent the Church In the Association to be held here. Decr. 3rd Church met. Monday next a day of prayer. 1792 Febry 4th Church met. no record. March 3rd Church met. no record. March 17th Agreed to raise Three pounds towards printing Mr. Holcombes sermon preached at Association. May 12th Church met. The price fixed for the Seats, are as follows- The Two front Seats at L 5 each. The next at L 4.10 S. The back ones at L 3. Mr. Winchester's at L 6. June 2nd Church met, No Record. June 30th Church met, No Record. Augt. 4th Church met, No Record. Septr. Church met, No Record. Octr. 6th Church met: Appointed Messrs. Botsford, McIver, Vining to represent the Church in the Association at Coosawhatchle, Botsford one of the Committee as he was last year. 1793 Janry. 5th Church met. Ell Burdo & his wife Eve were dismissed. Moses a negro excommunild. Monday a meeting for Prayer. March 2nd Church met. No record made. March 2nd When Mr. Winchester left this Church there were 220 white persons members: which was In September 1779. At this state of time there are but 48 of those left In the Church. The rest are dead, dismissed, excommunicated or gone to other parts. April 6th Several members were written to. May 4th Church met. No record made. Revd. John Gano visited us this month. June 4th Church met. No record made. August 1st Church met. No record made. October 5th Abel Goodwin was excommunicated, Enoch Evans, Junr. & Joseph Cook were appointed to represent us in the Association, to meet at the High Hills. October 12th Abel Edwards died. 5th May 1777 chosen Deacon. He was he was much esteemed in life & his death much lamented. In Novr. our pastor extremely ill. 1794 Janry 4th The Church met. A committee was appointed to inquire in to the case of Mary Ann Baker, and report to the Church. Febry. 1st Church Meeting. Evander McIver was this day chosen Deacon. Evander McIver, and Enoch Evans, Junr. were ap pointed to settle with Mrs. Wilson, and the Executors of Josiah Evans, the Legacies left to the Church by Doctor James P. Wilson and Josiah Evans. The Executors of Abel Edwards were requested to procure a Bond and Security of John McIntosh for the sum of L 110 in his hands left to the Church by Abel Edwards. Enoch Evans, Junr. was requested to assist the Deacons In their office. March 1st Church meeting: Deacon John David and Enoch Evans, Junr. were appointed to request of the Revd. Joshua Lewis, either to return the books loaned him by the Church or to pay for them. April 5th Church meeting: no record. May 3rd Robert Parsley was received by letter; from the Church on Deep Creek. May 31st Church Meeting: Deacons David & McIver and Enoch Evans Junr. were requested to meet a committee from the Church at Cheraw Hill respecting the books loaned the Rev'd. Mr. Lewis. July 5th Church Meeting: Some members were written to: and some were appointed to wait on others &c. Augt. No Meeting: There being a Fresh In the River. Sept. 5th The Church met: no record made. Octr. 4th Church met: The Church unanimously agreed to receive a Bond of Messrs. Drury Robertson & Morgan Brown, for one Hundred pounds sterling: the Legacy of Abel Edwards. The following is a copy of the receipt given by the Church for the same. Recd. this 4th October 1794 of Mrs. Sarah Edwards, Exr. & Edward Edwards & Evander McIver Exrs. of the Est. of the late Abel Edwards a Bond for L 100 on Drury Robertson & Morgan Brown recd. by us as full satisfaction, for the legacy left by the said Abel Edwards, to the Incorporate Baptist Church at Welsh Neck, Pee Dee. Done at our Church meeting, 4th Octr. 1794 and ordered by the Church to be signed for & in behalf of the whole church Edmund Botsford, John David, Enoch Evans, Senr. Trustees for said Church Appointed E. Botsford, Deacon McIver, & Jno. Killingsworth to the Association. Octr. 4th Abel Goodwin Excomm.td for Immorality & apostacy. Novr. 6th Enoch Evans, Junr. died. December 6th Church meeting: Some members were sent to. Martin Dewitt was appointed to assist Evander McIver in settling the legacies left to the Church. 1795 Janry 10th The Church: No record made. March 6th The Church met. Mary Ann Baker was excommunicated for marrying a man whose wife was living. The Church a greed to loan brother Botsford L 100 Sterling for one year and give him the interest due on the Church's funds, John David, Thomas Evans, Macky McNott & Evander McIver are appointed a Committee to settle this business. May 2nd The Church met: John Williams was dismissed. Augst. 1st The Church met: Barbara Judity was dismissed. Concluded to have prayer meetings on the days, the Church meets for business. Octr. 6th Appointed E. Botsford, John David & Evr. McIver to represent the Church in the Association: E. Botsford to be on the Gen'l Committee. Decr. 5th The Church met: Agnes Creel was dismissed 1796 Janry. 2nd The Church met: Rachel David was excommunicated. Febry. 7th Caty Botsford died. April 2nd The Church met: Several members were sent to. April 7th Sealy Evans died. April 30th The Church met: Nothing to record. June 4th The Church met: Several members appeared & gave satisfaction. Bro. Botsford informed the Church, that he should give up the pastoral charge of the Church, at the close of this year. July 2nd Macky McNot, Martin Dewitt & Joseph Jones appointed Trustees in the place of those who are dead. Evr. McIver appointed Acting Trustee. Agreed to give Mr. Botsford the Interest due the Churchs funds. Augt. 6th Church met: Elizabeth Mason was dismissed. Thomas Evans was excommunicated. Octr. 14th Church met: Thomas Mason was excommunicated. Novr. 5th Church met: Ordered that Mr. Botsford deliver the Church's Books to Evander McIver. Decr. 3rd Church met: The following persons were dismissed: viz Mr. Botsford Edmund Botsford, Aaron Pearson, & his wife, Burrell &c dismissed Huggins & his wife, John Killingsworth & his wife, Joseph Lister & his wife, & William Beasley & his wife. Decr. 31st Church met: Jno Dridges & wife dismissed; Concluded to write to several gentlemen in the ministry for their assistance, while we remain destitute of a pastor. There are at this time only 31 members of the Church. The others dead, dismissed &c. Edmund Botsford was born In Old England Novr. 1st 1745; Arrived in Charleston 28th Janry. 1766; baptized March 14th 1773; married Susannah Nunn July 20th 1773 came to this place Octr. 1779; went to Virginia June 1st 1780, returned Decr. 11th 1781. Took the charge of this Church Janry.5th 1782 married Caty Evans, May 3rd 1791. He baptized 92 persons who joined this Church, & several in Charles ton & elsewhere since his residence on this place, Jany. 1797, members 63 whites, 64 blacks = 127. 16 baptized in 1796. 1797 Febry 4th What follows, is in the handwriting of the late venerable Deacon Evander McIver. At a Church meeting- it being Saturday- the following members were present viz: John David, Samuel Evans, Martin Dewitt, Enoch Evans, Joseph Jones, & Evr. McIver. Bro. John Williams' case being considered, It is agreed that the brethren on the South-west side of the River, contribute to the relief of his wants. March 4th Saturday. Church met: present John David, Enoch Evans, Samuel Evans, Evander McIver & Martin Dewitt, Revd. This day 20 minutes of the last Charleston Association. April 1st Church met. present, John David, Mackey McNott, Martin Dewitt, Josiah David, Evander McIver, Enoch Evans, Sam Evans, William Lang & John Williams. Also present with us, Revd. David Lilly, to whom we had previously written, desiring that he would visit us: who at our request, consents to be with us, this day and tomorrow two weeks. May 6th The Church met and with us Revd. Evan Pugh. Appointed Brethren Samuel Evans, Evander McIver, and Martin Dewitt to apply to the Revd. David Cooper of Jeffries Creek, for a part of his time, to preach to us statedly. June 10th The Church met. Revd. David Cooper attended: and agrees to attend us monthly, each second Saturday and Sunday in the Month. As a compensation for which, we agree to make him up what we can conveniently, by subscription. Communion Tomorrow. July No Church Meeting. August Second Sunday Mr. Cooper baptized Phebe servant of Alexr. McIntosh, Esqr. Also Allen Winney svts of J. McIver. 1798 Janry. 6th Church met: nothing to record. February The 4th Sunday in this month, Revd. Mr. Cooper baptized Raney & Dellla svts, of D.R. Williams. March 25th The 4th Sunday Frace, Svt. of W.R. Williams, & Amy & Marsh, svts. of the Estate of Joshua Edwards, were baptized March 25th Bill a negro man, being charged with adultery & not giving satisfaction was excommunicated. March 31st Church met: Revd. David Lilly was with us, and agrees to remain the ensuing week. Concluded to hold a prayer meeting on Tuesday next,. according to the appointment of the Association. April 21st Church met: Present with us, Revd. David Lilly, who agrees to take the pastoral Charge of the Church during this year. Resolved to continue to subscribe for 18 mos. of the Baptist Register also Resolved that a subscription be raised to build a Meeting House on Society Hill. The Church agrees to board bro. Lilly & his family till the end of the year, or while expedient. June 2nd Brother David Lilly having removed his family; presented his Letter of Dismission, and was received as a member of this Church, and invited to take the pastoral charge there of which he accepts during the present year. Church met: The minutes of a meeting of the subscribers for building a Meeting House on Society Hill, were presented, read, and ordered to be filed with the Records of the Church. Agreed to examine the List of Church members. The Church agreed to loan. 1OO L Sterling due by Mr. Robertson to the Church to Bro. Evander McIver; whose Obligation with Security to be taken & executed this day. Augt. 4th Church met. Requested bro. Lilly to write to Mrs. Anne Goodwin of Georgetown respecting a Letter of Dismission. Recd. of bro. E. McIver his Bond for the above mentioned 100 L, and his note for 14 L which is delivered to the care of Bro. John David. The Titles for Two acres of Land of Capt. Williams Dewitt, on Society Hill, to the Church are now in the care of Bro. E. McIver, who is requested to have them proven and recorded. Church concluded to have preaching at the next meeting so as to give those members an opportunity to sign the Church Covenant, who have not yet done so. Sept. 1st Church met: nothing to record. Octr. 6th Church met: Resolved that bro._Lilly be requested to preach a charity sermon, the Third Sunday in this month and that a collection be made afterwards, In support of the Funds of the Association. Novr. 2nd No Church meeting on account of unpleasant weather. From this period to July 1803, there is no Record of any meeting, The presumption is, that the Records have been lost. We Must therefore pass over in ignorance a long period of useful and interesting matter. It will be perceived however, that during this time the Revd. Mr. Lilly Supplied the Church, at least occasionally If not constantly.
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