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[I have added #1, #2, #3, etc. as a tool to differentiate these churches. While they could have been the same church, the apparent locations make them appear to be different churches.]


The first New Hope Baptist Church to be part of the Hamilton County Baptist Association was located north of the village of Hamilton when New Hope was formed before 1878 by Joseph Alexander Land.  It was admitted to the Hamilton County Baptist Association on 9 September, 1878, and remained active until it consolidated with Grove Baptist Church in 1891 to become the Leon Baptist Church,(#2). It appears that New Hope Baptist Church was in the same community as was the Manning School and they existed in the same time frame.

Pastors included:

Edmund Eldred Sellers, 1878--1879, 1884

Presley O’Keefe, 1881

W. J. Hicks, 1882

W. J. Hix, 1883

J. H. Vinson, 1885--1888

G. W. Herrington, 1890


Church clerks included:

D. H. Temples, 1881

G. W. Loyd, 1883

Francis Marion Carter, 1884--1888, 1890


Messengers to the annual association meeting included:

1878--John A. Land

1879--N. Johnson

1881--J. M. Smith; N. Drew, T. D. Talley

1882--Christopher Columbus Powell, G. W. Lloyd

1883--D. T. Talley

1884--Christopher Columbus Powell

1885--T. D. Talley, Christopher Columbus Powell

1886--1887, 1890--Francis Marion Carter


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