1827

MINUTES OF THE

MUDDY RIVER ASSOCIATION

Began and held at Lick Creek

Meeting House

White County, Illinois

Saturday before the Third Sunday

and days following in September

1827

Elder Stephen Stilley agreeably to appointment preached the Introductory Sermon from the 77th Psalm, 12th verse, "I will meditate also of all thy works and talk of thy doings."

The Association then convened and being opened with prayer by Elder Carpenter, proceeded to business.

1. Letters from the following Churches were read and their messengers names enrolled. (See next page)

2. Chose Elder Chester Carpenter, Moderator, and Brother Oliver Morris, Clerk, and Brother William Burnet, assistant Clerk.

3. A Letter of Correspondence from Little River Association, Kentucky, was received by the hand of their messenger, Elder F. Wolf, who took his seat with us.

4. Received a Letter of Correspondence from Illinois Association, but no messenger.

5. Agreeably to the request of last Association, Elders Brown and Edwards took seats with us, from Cape Girardeau Association.

6. received a corresponding Letter from Salem Association, Ind., by the hand of Brother Samuel Hughes, who took his seat with us.

7. Received a corresponding Letter from Little Wabash Association, Illinois, by their messengers Brother Peter Chastain and Toliver Simpson and Elder Roberts who took their seats with us.

8. Appointed Brother William Burnet to write a corresponding Letter to the Little River Association, Elder John Hamilton to Illinois Association, Brother Chester Bethel to Cape Girardeau Association, Elder Henderson to Salem Association, and Brother Adam McCool to the Little Wabash Association.

9. Appointed the Moderator and Clerk a committee of arrangement to report on Monday morning.

10. Appointed Elders Edwards, Baugh and John Lockhart, as a select committee to examine our abstract of principles, together with the Scripture proofs, and report on Monday morning.

11. Requested Elders Roberts, Edwards, Whiting and Wolf to preach tomorrow, and meeting to commence at 10 o'clock A.M. Then adjourned until Monday morning, 10 o'clock A.M.

1827

Ordained ministers = O Licensed preachers = L

CHURCHES MESSENGERS NAMES Dead Baptized Rec. by Letter Dis. by Letter

Ex- cluded

Re- stored

Total Con- tribu- tions Time of holding meetings, Saturday before the....
Big Creek Pope Co. Stephen Stilley, O, John Hamilton, O, C.H. Clay

1

5

1

3

3

 

51

$2.00

2nd Sab.
E.F.M.River Franklin Co. Isaac Herron, O, Rich. Cantril, L, H. Owin's

2

 

7

7

2

1

32

1.00

1st Sab.
Bankston's Fork Gallatin Co. Wilson Henderson, O, Issaac Feazel, L, J. More    

5

1

2

1

32

1.00

2nd Sab.
M.F.M.River Franklin Co. Chester Carpenter, O, Morris, O, Laz. Webb    

3

7

 

1

38

1.00

4th Sab.
Ten Mile Creek Hamilton Co. Robert Moore, O, Moses Shirley, M. Willis

2

 

7

7

2

1

32

1.00

1st Sab.
Bethel's Creek Gallatin Co. Chester Bethel, Wm. Burnet, Wm. Sutton  

10

1

2

   

40

1.50

3rd Sab.
Lick Creek White Co. Charles Lee, O, Abel Rice, R. F. Boren  

13

7

8

2

 

63

1.00

4th Sab.
Muddy Bridge Jefferson Co. John Baugh, o, Isaac Hicks, Oliver Morris  

1

7

1

   

30

1.12

3rd Sab.
Island Ripple Gallatin Co. Benj. Jolly, John Lockhart, Adam McCool, L

1

 

1

4

   

29

1.00

1st Sab.
Elk Prairie Wayne Co.                    
N.F. Saline Hamilton Co. Wm. Golston, O, Edmond Franklin, B.Golston

1

2

5

3

   

19

.75

1st Sab.
Unity Randolph Co Eli Short, O, Silas Christler, L

1

3

       

21

.50

2nd Sab.
Big Bay Creek Pope Co. Isham Clay, Charles Shelby, Nathan Jones  

1

1

4

1

 

25

2.00

4th Sab.
Rector,s Fork Hamilton Co. John Johnson, Samuel Cantril  

7

7

1

5

2

53

1.00

2nd Sab.
M.F. Saline Gallatin Co. James Hampton, Stephen Caldwell    

2

2

   

10

.50

1st Sab.
Salem Franklin Co. John A. Maddax, John Browning            

27

.75

4th Sab.
Bethlehem Franklin Co. Dempsey Odum, Obediah West            

11

.75

4th Sab.
  TOTAL

8

68

57

74

22

6

572

$17.87

 

The last two churches were received at this association

12. Sunday worship was opened by Elder F. Wolf, from the first Epistle General of Peter 1st chap. and 25th verse, "But the word of the Lord endureth forever, &". Elder Whiting from Mark 16th chap. and 15th and 16th verses, "And he said unto them, go ye into all the world & ". Elder Edwards from Micah, 5th chap. and 5th verse, "And this man shall be the Race & ".

13. Monday met according to adjournment and after prayer by the Moderator, proceeded to business.

14. Called for the committee's arrangement which was read, received and the committee dismissed.

15. Called for the committee's report on our abstract of principles, and inasmuch as the Chuches have not instructed the Association in this business, we agree to omit selecting Scriptures proofing, but depend upon the whole of the Scripture for council.

16. Our next Association to be at Island Ripple Meeting House in Gallatin County, Illinois, and to commence the 3rd Sunday and Saturday before, in September 1828, also worship commenced at ten o'clock A.M.

17. Called for the corresponding Letter to little River Association which was read, received, and appointed Brother Charles A. Shelby and Charles H. Clay to bear the same.

18. Called for the corresponding letter to Illinois Association and appointed Elders John Baugh and Robert Moore to bear the same.

19. Called for the corresponding letter to Cape Girardeau Association, and appointed Elders Chester Carpenter and Wilson Henderson and Brother Adam McCool to bear the same.

20. Called for the corresponding letter to Salem Association and appointed Brother Chester Bethel to bear the same.

21. Called for the corresponding letter to Little Wabash association and appointed Elders Charles Lee, Moses Pearce and Richard F. Boren to bear the same.

22. Took up the following query, "Is it consistent with the Scriptures to admit into churches of our Union persons living in the act of adultry?" We answer, "It is not."

23. Took up the following query, "Is it good order for ministers of our order to go into the bounds of Churches of our Union (without the consent of that Church) who has a stated preacher, and there, between their stated meetings, sit as Moderator and receive and baptize persons?" Answer: "We recommend Preachers to be cautious how they go into the bounds of Churches, and receive, and baptize persons without the consent of that Church."

24. Appointed Brothers Baugh and Hamilton and Lockhart, as a committee of finance, who report that they have received from the Churches this year finance, who report that they have received from the Churches this year

As their Contributions

$17.62

Remaining in the Treasury

$15.62

Total

$33.25

25. Our next yearly meeting to be at Rector's Fork, and appointed Elders Richard F. Boren, Robert More, John Manis, and John Baugh to attend the same; and the meeting commence Friday before the 4th Sunday in July 1828.

26. Appointed Brother Oliver Morris to prepare these minutes for the Press and superintend the printing of the same, have 350 copies struck, reserve 5 copies for each corresponding Association, one for the secretary, and distribute the balance among the Churches of this Association, in proportion to the money they have contributed this year, and that he call on the Treasurer for money to pay for printing the same, also call on the Treasurer for $5.00 to pay him for getting these minutes printed.

27. Lick Creek dismissed from this Association in order to join the Little Wabash Association.

28. Elder John Baugh to preach the Introduction at our next association, and Elder Wilson Henderson in case of failure.

29. We request the Treasurer to pay Elder Boren two dollars for his expenses to Little River Association.

30. Received, and read a petitionary Letter from the Separate Baptists at Salem Meeting House in Franklin County, and we appoint E. Carpenter, E. Stilley, R. Cantril, E. Henderson, E. More, C. Bethel, E. Baugh, A. McCool, E. Golston, E. Short, I. Clay, S. Cantril, J. Hampton, J. Brownen, and D. Odum, as a committee to meet their committee at their Salem Meeting House, in Franklin County, Illinois, on Friday before the 3rd Sunday in November next, in order to make or effect a Union, and receive them into our fellowship, if possible, on Gospel terms.

31. We recommend to the Churches of this Association to consider of the twelth Article of our constitution, and let the Association next year, know whether they are willing to have it struck out, and in lieu thereof, require the Secretary to keep one minute of each Association.

32. Read, received, and ordered a Circular Letter to be annexed to these Minutes, and after Prayer by Elder Hamilton, adjourned to the time and place appointed.

Charles Carpenter, Moderator

Test.

Oliver Morris, Clerk

Wm. Burnet, Asst. Clerk

Paid $8.00 for printing 350 copies of these Minutes.