Minutes of the Thompson Settlement Church

Lee County, Virginia

 

Transcribed from digital photographs taken by Janet Messer and Janice Zengel on June 29, 2002 of selected pages from a bound copy of the church minutes made available by the pastor of the church, Rev. Jim Hubbard.  At least part of these records were apparently transcriptions of the original church records and minutes.  Notations in the book indicate that the early minutes (from 1800 through the first half of 1822) were rewritten in 1865 by Benjamin A. Burchett.  From changes in handwriting and spelling, it appears that the remainder of the minutes were written by several others, including church clerks John Clark and James Vandeventer.  Some sections were difficult to read, but attempts were made to exactly duplicate the original records (including, in some cases, obvious misspellings).  In a few cases punctuation was added and capitalization changed to facilitate reading of the records.  Question marks indicate words or names that were difficult or impossible to decipher.  Notes in italics were added by this transcriber.  Please note not all pages were photographed and transcribed.         

            Janet Z. Messer  jzm@atlantic.net 

Aug. 4, 2002

 

The following information regarding the ownership of these minutes is recorded in the book:

 

Benjamin A. Burchett purchased this book from Michael B. Lane in Jonesville for transcribing of the records of the Thompson Settlement Church of Baptists on Powells river, Lee County, Virginia for fifty cents.

                        May 26th 1859

Received of B.A. Bishop May 1907

                                    E.M. Scott

Received of E.M. Scott July 23 – 1937

                                    H.L. Snodgrass

Received by Mc H. Snodgrass Jan. 13, 1946

Received by J.B. Snodgrass May 17, 1947

Received by Geo. W. Hopkins Sept. 22, 1961

 

Transcription of selected pages:

 

Third Saturday in December 1800

A Biblical church of Christ constituted on Powells River in Thompson Settlement in the county of Lee and state of Virginia by a Presbytery authorized by order of the church in Powells Valley.

                                                            Signed

  by us       to wit           Jesse Dodson

                                                                                                William Jones

 

We do with mutual consent agree to … embody ourselves together as a religious society to worship God, and being a church Congregational, holding Believers Baptism by decent immersion of our whole bodies once under water, the Perseverance of the Saints, and the Resurrection of our bodies.  Believing the old and new Testament to be the revered mind and will of God.  Believing in a Christian Sabbath to be a holy and heavenly institution and not to forsake the assembly of ourselves together as the manner of some is.  And not to expose the faults and infirmities of our brethren within or without the community but in Gospel Rule and order.  And not to neglect attending our church meetings.  Not to remove out of the bounds of our church without legal application for a Letter.  To communicate of our worldly substance to the decent support of the church and ministry.  Units which mutual consent and agreement we have hereunto set our hands.

 

pp. 1-3                                                 Anno Domini 1800 & 1801

 

Third Saturday in December (AD 1800)

The church met and after divine service chose brother Reuben Wheelis Deacon, having been ordained before.

          1            Fourth Saturday in January AD 1801

Church met and after divine service proceeded to business.  1st Received Elizabeth Breeding by letter   2nd Chose brother Hezekiah Applegate Clerk  3rd  Chose brother Reuben Wheelis Moderator   4th  Chose brother James Kinney to attend us in his ministerial function at our slated meetings.  5th  Received sister Mary Gardner under our watch care.

          2            Fourth Saturday in February AD 1801

Church met and after divine service proceeded to business  1st  Chose brother Reuben Wheelis to attend at Robcamp meeting first Saturday in the next March.

          3            Fourth Saturday in April AD 1801

The church met and after divine service proceeded to business   1st  Chose brother H. Applegate brother John Matlock and brother Richard Bell to attend at Sugar Run on the fourth Sunday in May next to sit in a church way to receive in members   2nd  Ordered that the next meeting in course to be a Sacrament meeting

          4            Fourth Saturday in May A.D. 1801

The church met and after divine service, proceeded to business.  First, Received sister Sylvia Cupp by letter.  2nd  Received Sister Sarah Breeden under our watch care.  3rd  Received brother and sister James and Sarah Kinny by letter.  4th  The Sacrament postponed till the fourth Sunday in July.

          5            Fourth Saturday in June A.D. 1801

The church met and after divine service, proceeded to business.  First  Appointed brother James Kinny and br. Hezekiah Appelgate to write the church’s letter to the Association.  2nd  Appointed brother James Kinny and brother Reuben Wheelis delegates to the Association.  3rd  Appointed brother James Kinny, brother Reuben Wheelis, brother John Matlock, brother Richard Bell and as many sisters as can conveniently attend a church meeting at Arthur Noell’s(?) on the second Saturday in July.

          6            Second Saturday in July A.D. 1801

According to appointment the church met and after divine service, proceeded to business.  First  received brother and sister William + Mary Ely and Susannah Biars under our watch care.  2nd  Received sister Katherine Ely by letter.

          7            Fourth Saturday in July A.D. 1801

The church met and after divine service, proceeded to business.  First  the letter to the Association was read and approved

          8            Fourth Saturday in August A.D. 1801

The church met and after divine service, proceeded to business.  First chose brother J. Kinny, brother Reuben Wheelis and brother Hezekiah Appelgate to attend at Rob camp meeting house on the final Saturday in September for the reception of members.

          9            First Saturday in September A.D. 1801

According to the proceeding appointment the church met at Rob camp meeting house and after divine service proceeded to business.  First  Received brother Richard Haynes and brother John Grimes and sister Milly Armstrong and sister Margery Conner by letter.

          10          Fourth Saturday in September A.D. 1801

The church met and after divine service, proceeded to business.  First  The church meeting to be held at brother Hezekiah Applegate’s house on the fourth Saturday in October.  (2) Brother James Kinny, brother Reuben Wheelis and brother Hezekiah Appelgate to attend at Rob camp meeting house on the final Saturday in October.

          11          First Saturday in October A.D. 1801

According to the previous appointment the church met at Rob camp meeting house and after divine service, proceeded to business.  First  Received sister Poe and sister Trent by experience and brother Armstrong by letter.

          12          Fourth Saturday in October A.D. 1801

The church met and after divine service, proceeded to business. 

          13          Fourth Saturday in November A.D. 1801

The church met and after divine service, proceeded to business.  First As no record has been made of Reuben Wheelis being chosen and ordained to the office as deacon refered to the next church meeting the record of the same  2nd  Church meeting thought convenient to be held on the other side of Walling’s ridge refered.  3rd  Brother James Kinny and sister Sarah Kinny request letters of dismission refered.

          14          Fourth Saturday in December A.D. 1801

The church met and after divine service, proceeded to business.  First a door being opened received the following brethren and sisters by letter viz…

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pp. 6-9                                                 Anno Domini 1802   

                                               

to business.  First Received brother Richard Bell upon a recantation.

          23          Fourth Saturday in May A.D. 1802

The church met and after divine service proceeded to business.  First the church received an allegation against brother Henry Childers for attempting to commit an act of adultery.   Second Appointed brother Hezekiah Applegate and brother John Matlock to cite brother Henry Childers to attend this ensuing evening to answer the allegation.  Third  The Church meetings to continue at the house of brother H. Applegate on Saturdays, and Sabbath days meetings to be continued  at the meeting house for one year.  Fourth  The brethren returned this evening and made report that they did as the church had ordered them but he refused to hear the church wherefore he Henry Childers is excluded from the church  Fifth Received brother John Phillips by experience.

          24          Fourth Saturday in June A.D. 1802

The church met and after divine service proceeded to business.  First  A door being opened for the reception of members by experience or joining in fellowship received the following brethren and sisters viz. Obed(?) Howerton, Moses Carlock, Joseph Rutherford, Jeremiah Breeding, and Margaret Carlock by exp.  Second  Appointed brother Hezekiah Applegate to write the letter to the Association.   Third  Appointed brother Hezekiah Applegate and brother Reuben Wheelis the delegates to the Association.  Fourth  Ordered that the church look out for a Pastor against the next church meeting.  Fifth  Ordered that brother Reuben Wheelis and brother Daniel Flannary and as many more members as can attend at John Ely’s house on Sugar Run to sit as a church and to inquire of the members of the vicinity whether they choose to continue with us or to be dismissed from us, on the final Saturday in August.  Sixth  Received Stephen Thompson, James Fulkerson(?), and Merry MacGuire by experience and Elizabeth Naunt(?) by Letter.

          25          Second Saturday in July A.D. 1802

The church met and after divine service proceeded to business.  First  Received Elijah Lincoln, William Runnels, Elizabeth Henderson, Andrew Macgill and Robert Clark all five by experience.  Second  An allegation laid on by brother Reuben Wheelis against brother Owen Ragan.  Upon which the church appointed Daniel Flannary and brother Carlock to cite brother Owen Ragan to attend at the next church meeting to answer for himself.  Third brother Joseph Ross laid under censure of the Church for his transgression of drunkenness.  He prays for time which is granted till the next Church meeting.  Fourth Brother Owen Ragan came forward and made an acknowledgement and he was restored.  Fifth  Received Sherrod Williams, Susannah Weaver, Hannah Bishop, and Martha Ross by experience.

          26          Fourth Saturday in July A.D. 1802

The church met and after divine service proceeded to business.  First  Received Elizabeth Thompson, Joshua Robertson, George Henderson, by experience and Phebe Owens on recantation from backsliding.  Second  Agreed to remove the church meeting to the meeting house.  Third  Joseph Ross excommunicated for his transgression.

          27          Fifth Saturday in July A.D. 1802

The church met at Sugar Run and after divine service proceeded to business.  First Received Susannah Biars by letter and brother Reuben Wheelis’ Sucky a black by experience.

          28          First Sunday in August A.D. 1802

The church met and after divine service, opened a door and received the following members viz. William Weaver, Sarah Ridge, Judith Clark, Peter Sanders, Absalom Robinson, Joseph Deveny, John East, Joseph Bishop, Elisha Bishop, Isham Wheelis, Lucy Bishop, and Winifred Ridge by experience.

          29          Fourth Friday in August A.D. 1802

The church met and after divine service proceeded to business.  First chose brother Stephen Thompson Clerk and brother Daniel Flannary Moderator.  Secondly Hezekiah Applegate withdrew and then chose brother Stephen Thompson Clerk for the church (pro tem)

          30          Fourth Saturday in August A.D. 1802

The church met and after divine service proceeded to business.  First Received Obed Gardner by experience and William Ridge also and then received Enoch Townsend under our watch care.  Secondly Received Patsey McTeal, Polly Weaver, Sylvia Weaver, and James Thompson by experience.

          31          Fourth Sunday in Augst A.D. 1802

Ordained brother James Fulkerson the second Deacon of our church.

          32          Second Saturday in September A.D. 1802

The church met, and after divine service, proceeded to business.

          33          October 23rd A.D. 1802 (On Saturday)

The church met.

          34          November 13th A.D. 1802 On Saturday

The church met, and after divine service, proceeded to business.  First Received George Gibson by recantation

          35          November 28th A.D. 1802 On Saturday

The church met and after divine service proceeded to business.  First Ordered that the church look out for a Pastor against the next meeting.   

          36          December 11th A.D. 1802 On Saturday

The church met and after divine service proceeded to business.  First in choosing of their Pastor for church was divided by one member.  Secondly It is ordered that the monthly meetings to be held at Earl’s cabins on the second Saturday of every month.

          37          December 25th A.D. 1802 On Saturday

The church met and proceeded to business.  First It is ordered that the members of this church look out for a Pastor against the next meeting which is at the meeting house.

          38          January 22nd A.D. 1802 On Saturday

The church met, and proceeded to business.  First. Chose brother Stephen Thompson Moderator for the day.  Second proceeded to getting the mind of the members of the church concerning our Pastor.  They were divided 17 against ten.  Third.  Called brothers Flannary, William Jones and Jesse Dodson as helps in the ministry for the term of one year.  Fourthly.  It is ordered that the Clerk shall convey a letter to the Black Water church by brothers MacGill, Clark and Gibson.  Also another letter to the Bigspring Church by brothers James Fulkerson, Archibald Daniel and G. Breeding.  Also another letter to the Gap Creek church by brothers John Matlock, Absalom Robertson and Stephen Thompson.  Fifthly Received Briank(?) Breeding by experience.

          39          February 12th A.D. 1803 On Saturday

The church met and after divine service pro… 

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pp. 22-23                                             Anno Domini 1806 - 1807    

Secondly  Excommunicated Nancy Fletcher from our Christian fellowship for the sin of adultery.

          75          August third Saturday A.D. 1806

The church met in order

                        September second Saturday A.D. 1806

The church met and after divine service proceeded to business.  First.  Chose brother John Matlock and brother James Fulkerson our delegates to the Association and brother Stephen Thompson to [????] if either of the appointed delegates fail going.  Secondly.  Granted letters of dismission to brother Jesse Jones and his wife, sister Lydia Jones. 

          76          October third Saturday A.D. 1806

The church met and after divine service proceeded to business.  First brother Smith Sutton has exhibited a charge against himself.  Brother Wheelis and sister Fletcher and the church appointed and ordered brother John Matlock to cite brother Sutton to our next meeting.  Secondly.  Excommunicated Eleanor Fletcher from the church for lying.  Thirdly.  Received brother Levi Keerens(?) by letter.  Fourthly. Granted sister Sally Applegate a letter of dismission.

          77          November third Saturday A.D. 1806

The church met in order. 

          78          December third Saturday A.D. 1806

The church met in order. 

          79          January third Saturday A.D. 1807

The church met in order. 

          80          February third Saturday A.D. 1807

The church met in order. 

          81          March third Saturday A.D. 1807

The church met in order. 

          82          April third Saturday A.D. 1807

The church met and after divine service proceeded to business.  First the two delegates made report to the church being not satisfied with brother Stephen Thompson.  Secondly. Appointed brother Hezekiah Applegate and brother James Fulkerson together with brother John Matlock to cite the aforementioned brother Thompson to our next meeting on course.

          83          May third Saturday A.D. 1807

The church met and after divine service proceeded to business.  First Brother Thompson came forward and gave satisfaction to the church.  Secondly. Brother Smith Sutton came forward and laid in a charge against himself for drinking too much liquor and getting angry.  Which case is deferred till the next meeting in course.

          84          June third Saturday A.D. 1807

The church met and after divine service proceeded to business.  First.  Received brother Lewis Bishop into Christian fellowship by letter.  Secondly.  The reference respecting brother Smith Sutton removed and he is restored.

          85          July third Saturday A.D. 1807

The church met and after divine service proceeded to business. 

          86          August third Saturday A.D. 1807

The church met and after divine service …

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  pp. 32-35                                           Anno Domini 1810-1812

           

          121        June 16th on Saturday A.D. 1810

The church met and after divine service proceeded to business.  First Received sister Martha Ellison into our Christian fellowship by letter.  Secondly  Agreed and appointed our August meeting to commence of Friday.

          122        June 21st on Saturday A.D. 1810

The church met and after divine service proceeded to business.  First.  Gave License to brother Daniel Duff to administer the rights of matrimony on this county of Lee and the state of Virginia.

          123        August 18th on Saturday A.D. 1810

The church met and after divine service proceeded to business.  First.  Chose and appointed the following brethren viz: brother Daniel Duff, brother Reuben Wheelis, brother John Matlock, and brother John Trotter to be our delegates to go to the Association.  Second.  Chosen and appointed the following brethren viz:  brother Hezekiah Applegate, brother Daniel Duff and brother John Matlock to settle a matter of business that exists between brother Levi Keerens and brother Reuben Wheelis.  Third.  Sister Martha Ellison obtained a letter of dismission.  Fourth.  After a reconsideration, sister Susannah Lowden was again received into fellowship of the church.

          124        September 15th on Saturday A.D. 1810

The church met and after divine service proceeded to business. 

          125        October 20th on Saturday A.D. 1810

The church met and after divine service proceeded to business.  First Received brother Thomas Gilbert by experience.

          126        November14th on Saturday A.D. 1810

The church met and after divine service proceeded to business.  First Received sister Margaret Cooper by letter.  Second.  Received sister Cynthia Eddington by letter.

          127        December 13th on Saturday A.D. 1810

The church met and after divine service proceeded to business. 

          128        January 19th on Saturday A.D. 1811

The church met and after divine service proceeded to business.  First received sister Elizabeth Alsup by experience.  Secondly.  A Query(?) was proposed.  Whether it was right or not for members of religious society to enact usury from his brother.  Answered No.

          129        February 15 on Saturday A.D. 1811

The church met and after divine service proceeded to business.  First.  Tried to find the fellowship of the church and then were dismissed (I supposed that Union was found to exist with the members of the church)

          130        March 16th on Saturday A.D. 1811

The church met and after divine service proceeded to business.  First the church granted to brother Manly Files a letter of dismission.  Second  Granted a letter of dismission to sister Elizabeth Long.

          131        April third Saturday A.D. 1811

The church met and after divine service proceeded to business.  First.  Opened a door for the reception of members and received brother Elijah Bishop and sisters Levina Clark and Mary (or Polly) Smith by experience.  All three of whom were baptized by the Rev. Daniel Duff on the following day which was Sabbath.

          132        May third Saturday A.D. 1811

The church met and after divine service proceeded to business. 

          133        June third Saturday A.D. 1811

The church met and after divine service proceeded to business.  First  received sister Mary Hayzelip by letter.  Second Received sister Sylvia Jones by letter.

          134        July 20th on Saturday A.D. 1811

The church met and after divine service proceeded to business. 

          135        August 17th on Saturday A.D. 1811

The church met and after divine service proceeded to business.  First.  Received sister Mary Alsup by experience.  Second Chose the following brethren viz: Brother Reuben Wheelis, brother Levi Keerens and brother John Matlock to be the delegates to go to the Association.

          136        September 21st on Saturday A.D. 1811

The church met and after divine service proceeded to business.  First Dismissed sister Rebecca Fletcher, sister Rachel Rowland and brother Lewis Bishop by letters of dismission.

          137        October third Saturday A.D. 1811

The church met and after divine service proceeded to business.  First Received Reverend Andrew Baker and his wife sister Elizabeth Baker by letter.  Secondly  Chose brother Levi Keerens and brother Merry MacGuire to cite sister Hayzelip to attend the church meeting at the Loan branch on the third Saturday in December, also to notify sister Sylvia Jones and sister Rachel Jones to attend also, at the same time.

          138        November third Saturday A.D. 1811

The church met and after divine service proceeded to business.   First Received brother Martin Comer(?) by experience.

          139        December third Saturday A.D. 1811

The church met and after divine service, appointed brother Levi Keerens Merry MacGuire to invite sister Mary Hayzelip and sisters Rachel Jones and Sylvia Jones to attend at our next meeting in course.

          140        January third Saturday A.D. 1812

The church met and after divine service proceeded to business.  First The citation of sister Mary Hayzelip and sisters Rachel Jones and Sylvia Jones as directed in the last December continued.

          141        February third Saturday A.D. 1812

The church met and after divine service proceeded to business.   First proceeded to dispose of the controversy between sisters Rachel Jones and Sylvia Jones and sister Mary Hayzelip, and excommunicated Mary Hayzelip from our fellowship for contradictions in her own discourse (about the matter).  Secondly  Appointed brethren Hezekiah Appelgate and Martin Comer to invite sister Edington and sister Jerusha Robertson to our next meeting in course.

          142        March 21st on Saturday A.D. 1812

The church met and after divine service proceeded to business.   First Received brother (Thomas) and sister Nancy Burton by letter.  Secondly Brethern Hezekiah Applegate and Martin Comer made report of their invitation to sister Edington and Robertson and excommunicated Cynthia Edington from…

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pp. 74-75 [This entry was added as an Appendix at the end of the section transcribed by Benjamin A. Burchett.  Apparently he omitted it when he was transcribing the minutes for 1820.]

September 1st Saturday   A.D. 1820

The church met and after divine service proceeded to business

1   Brother and sister Tackett being invited, have not appeared.  Therefore we appoint brother Rbt. Clark and brother Joel Hubbard to cite them.

2    Brother and sister Tackett came forward and made satisfaction for their non-attendance. (3) And brother Henry Fortner also came forward and made satisfaction for his non-attendance. (4) And brother John Trotter also came forward and made satisfaction for his non-attendance.

5th   Received brother Francis B. Buster by letter

6th   Sister Polly Marshall requests a letter of dismission which is granted her

7th   Brother Hezekiah Appelgate requests a letter of dismission which is granted him.

8th   We appoint brother Joel Hubbard, brother William Briant, and brother Francis B. Buster our delegates to the next Association (in the Thompson Settlement Church. Lee County, Virginia commencing on Friday the 20th of October 1820 and two following days)  See pages 66 + 68

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pp. 70-72                                             Anno Domini 1822   

April 1st Saturday 1822

The church met and after prayer by the moderator proceeded to business. 

First  Appointed brother Robert Southern Moderator. 

Second The case of brother Henry Fortener postponed till the next meeting.

3rdly  We appoint brother James Gilbert and brother William Jessee to cite brother Henry Fortner to attend to the next meeting.

4thly     Received Joseph Bishop by letter

5thly     Received William C. McClelland and Patsey his wife by letter.

6thly     Received John Clark by experience.

7thly     Received James Bishop by experience

8thly     Received Nancy Bishop by experience

9thly     Brother James Gilbert authorized to use a public gift and exercise the same in the bounds of the same church.

May 1st Saturday 1822

The church met and after prayer divine service proceeded to business.

First     Excluded Henry Fortner from our Christian fellowship for swearing

2ndly    Received Thomas Vandeventer by experience

3rdly    Received sister Nancy Vandeventer by experience

4thly     Received brother Robert Clark junior by experience

5thly     Received brother James Vandeventer by experience

6thly     Received brother Jonathan Bishop by experience

7thly     Received brother William Bishop by experience

8thly     Received brother Elisha Clark by experience

9thly     Received brother James Weaver by experience

10thly   Brother and sister Joseph and Lucy Bishop restored to their seat again

11thly   Received sister Tabatha Weaver by experience

12th      Brother Givans and sister Givans and sister Sarah Faircloth request letters of dismission which are granted

13th      Our petition for a part of brother Robert Southern’s terms is granted by our sister church at Cedar Fork and he is received by us, as our father in the Gospel.

June 1st Saturday 1822

The church met and after prayer proceeded to business.

1st        Received Nancy Clark (the wife of Elisha Clark) by experience

2nd        Received Abraham Jones under the watch care of this church

3rd        Received Louisa Alsop by experience

July 1st Saturday 1822

The church met and after prayer divine service proceeded to business.

First     Restored William Weaver to his seat again

2ndly    Received sister Margaret Plank by experience

3rdly    Received Elisha Steward by experience

4thly     Brother James Gilbert is licensed to use a public gift where he may think proper

5thly     Received sister Mary Wood by experience

August 1st Saturday 1822

The church met and after divine service proceeded to business.

First     Received sister Freelove Edwards by experience

2ndly    Received sister Emily Plank by experience

3rdly    Received sister Patsey Boland by experience

4thly     Received brother John Nichols by experience

5thly     Received brother Joseph Wood by experience

6thly     Appointed brethren viz John Clark, Thomas Vandeventer, Elijah Bishop our delegates to the Association

7thly     The church agrees to build a meeting house on the plantation of James Fletcher, the size of which is to be 24 feet by 26 feet

8thly     Received sister Polly Weaver (the wife of William Weaver) by experience

9thly     Received William Standifer by experience

[Immediately following the August 1822 entry was “An Appendix to the foregoing minutes” containing the record of the September 1820 church meeting.  This was then followed by the “Remarks by the Transcriber of this Book”, written by Benjamin A. Burchett, and a “Biography by Elder James Bishop”.  See below.  The minutes then resumed in another handwriting, probably that of Clerk John Clark, starting with the entry for May 1822.  Those months that overlapped with the previous transcription of Benjamin A. Burchett are not repeated below.]

September the 1st Saturday 1822

Thompson Settlement Church met and after Divine service proceeded to business.

1st   Received Christian Plank by experience.

2nd  Received James Muncy by experience

3rd  Received John Owens by experience

4th  Received Sally Nickles(?)by experience

October the 1st Saturday 1822

Thompson Settlement Church met and after Divine service proceeded to business.

1st  Opened a door for the reception of members.

2nd  Received ? Denham by experience

3rd  Received Jane Wells by experience

4th  Received Martin Comer by recantation

5th  Br Comer request a letter of dismission and it was granted

November the 1st Saturday 1822

Thompson Settlement Church met and after Divine service proceeded to business.

1st  Opened a door for the reception of members.

2nd  We excumunicate John Owens from our Christian fellowship for absconding his cuntry without payin his debts

2nd  We appoint Br Elisha Clark and Br James Weaver to cite Br Elisha Steward to our next metin in coarse

December the 1st Saturday 1822

Thompson Settlement Church met and after Divine service proceeded to business.

1st  Opened a door for the reception of members.

2nd  We exclude Elisha Steward from our Christian fellowship for disobeying the CH

3rd  We appoint Br Thomas Vandeventer Br John Nickles to cite Br Robert Clark to our next metin in course for transgression.

4th  Br John Clark requested a letter of dismission and it was granted

January the 1st Saturday in year of our Lord 1823

Thompson Settlement Church met and after Divine service proceeded to business.

1st   Opened a door for the reception of members.

2nd  We exclud Robert Clark Cenier from our Christian fellowship for drinking spirituous liquors to an excess

3rd   appointed Br James Vandeventer for the clerk of the Church.

                                                                                                            John Clark

[The handwriting and spelling quirks changed at this point, probably reflecting the fact that a new Clerk, James Vandeventer, assumed responsibility for writing the church minutes.]

February the 1st Saturday 1823

Thompson Settlement Church met and after Divine service proceeded to business.

1st  Br. William Weaver and Christian Plank appointed to sight sister Overstreet to our next meeting in course.

2nd  We exclude Hanna Denham from our Christian fellowship in consequence of her not being lawfully married

4th   restore Br Matlock to his seat again

March the 1st Saturday 1823

Thompson Settlement Church met and after Divine service proceeded to bisness.

1st   Excluded Elizabeth Overstreet from our Christian fellowship for fighting

2nd   Excluded Sary nickels from our Christian fellowship for ?

3rd   Received Daniel Jones by expearince

April the 1st Saturday 1823

Thompson Settlement Church met and after Divine service proceeded to bisness.

1st   Received John Clark by letter

2nd   Received Mary Runnells)?) by expearince.

3rd   We petition Deep Spring CH for Br Hills to attend our next meeting on the first Saturday in May.  We appoint Br James Gilbert to bair the petition.

May the 1st Saturday 1823

CH met and after Divine service proceeded to business.

1st  Received John Runnells by expearince

2nd Received Mary Standerpher by expearince

3rd   Received Elizabeth Lowell by expearince

4th   Br James Gilbert is set apart by the CH for ordination and Br William Wells and Br ??? to be called as a presbatry to ordain Br Gilbert

5th   Received James Fletcher by expearince.

June the 1st Saturday 1823

Thompson Settlement Church met and after Divine service proceeded to buisness.

1st  Opened a door for the reception of members.

2nd   Received Benjamin Bunch by letter

3rd   Called  Brother William Jones and William Wells as our presbatry to ordain Brother James Gilbert to the ministry and the two Elders Br Jones and Br Wells afficiated in the office ordaining Br Gilbert

4th   Brother William Jesse, William Weaver and Christopher Plank elected and ordained Deacons of the Church.

July the 1st Saturday 1823

Church met and after Divine service proceeded to buisness.

1st  Opened a door for the reception of members.

2nd  Br. William Briant request a letter of dismission and is granted

August the 1st Saturday 1823

Thompson Settlement Church met and after Divine service proceeded to buisness.

1st  Opened a door for the reception of members.

2nd   Received Mary Gollarhorn by expearince

3rd   Recd. Aaron Fletcher by expearince

4th   Breathren James Gilbert, Robert Clark and Jonathan Bishop appointed Delegates to the association.

September the 1st Saturday 1823

Thompson Settlement CH met and after Divine service proceeded to buisness.

1st  Opened a door for the reception of members.

2nd   Received George Mc neal by expearince

3rd    Received Isaac Gollarhon by expearince

4th    Received Nancy Mcneal by expearince

5th    Received of the War Creek CH a petition and it is granted

6th    Received of the arm of War Creek CH a petition and it is granted

October the 1st Saturday 1823

Thompson Settlement CH met and after Divine service proceeded to bisness.

1st  Opened a door for the reception of members.

2nd   Received Margaret Bell by expearince

3rd    Received Matilda Randolph by recantation

4th    Received William Carrol by letter

November the 1st Saturday 1823

Thompson Settlement CH met and after Divine service proceeded to buisness.

1st   Opened a door for the reception of members.

2n   Received Abraham Jones

3rd   Brother Wm. Jesse brought in an allegation against Br James Muncey for unchristian behavior

4th   Br Wm. Weaver and Br James Weaver appointed by the CH to cite Br Muncey to our next meeting in course

December the 1st Saturday 1823

Thompson Settlement CH met and after Divine service proceeded to buisness.

1st   Opened a door for the reception of members.

2nd   The case of Br Muncey is laid over until our next meeting.

January the 1st Saturday 1824

Thompson Settlement CH met and after Divine service proceeded to buisness.

1st   Opened a door for the reception of members.

2nd   We exclude James Muncey from our Christian fellowship for making use of unbecoming language and also for requesting to be excluded

3rd   Br. Talton Bell authorized to exercise a publick gift in the bound of the CH

February the 1st Saturday 1824

Thompson Settlement CH met and after Divine service proceeded to buisness.

1st    Opened a door for the reception of members.

2nd   An accusation laid in against Br. Carns(?) for drinking ??? spirits to an excess and by acknowledgement is restored to his seat again

3rd   Br. Carns(?) requests a letter of dismission and it is granted

March the 1st Saturday 1824

Thompson Settlement CH met and after Divine service proceeded to buisness.

1st   Opened a door for the reception of members.

2nd   Received a petition of our Brethren about Wm Yearry for an ??? to be earected in their settlement and it is granted

3rd   The CH appoints Breathern Joel Hubbard, James Vandeventer, Wm Jesse, Tilton Bell, James Gilbert, Wm. Weaver, Christian Plank to attend there on the 3rd (?) Saturday in April on this occasion

April the 1st Saturday 1824

Thompson Settlement CH met and after Divine service proceeded to buisness.

1st   Opened a door for the reception of members.

2nd   Received a petition from its arm of War Creek CH for our ministerel(?) lists(?) and it is granted

May the 1st Saturday 1824

Thompson Settlement CH met and after Divine service proceeded to buisness.

1st   Opened a door for the reception of members.

2nd   Br Bell is appointed to cite sister Elizabeth Wells to our next meeting in course.

3rd   Received Polly Bishop by experience

June the 1st Saturday 1824

Thompson Settlement CH met and after Divine service proceeded to buisness.

1st   Opened a door for the reception of members.

2nd   Received sister Mourning Wilburn by letter

3rd   The case of sister Elizabeth Wells is laid over until our next meeting in course

4th   We exclude Lewis Tasket(?) and Susannah his wife from our Christian fellowship for ?? ?? in disorder and not requesting a letter of dismission

July the 1st Saturday 1824

Thompson Settlement CH met and after Divine service proceeded to buisness.

1st   Opened a door for the reception of members.

2nd   Received sister Martha Noe by letter

3rd   We exclude Elizabeth Wells from our Christian fellowship for withdrawing herself from this CH and joining herself to the Methodist society

4th   Brother Christian Plank and sister Plank his wife and Anny Plank their daughter all request a letter of dismission and it is granted

August the 1st Saturday 1824

Thompson Settlement CH met and after Divine service proceeded to buisness.

1st   Opened a door for the reception of members.

2nd   Appoint the breathren James Gilbert, Talton Bell, John Matlock, and William Weaver dillegates to the association.

3rd   Br William Weaver is ortherized to exercise a publick gift in the bounds of the CH

September the 1st Saturday 1824

Thompson Settlement CH met and after Divine service proceeded to buisness.

1st   Opened a door for the reception of members.

October the 1st Saturday 1824

Thompson Settlement CH met and after divine service proceeded to buisness.

1st  Opened a door for the reception of members.

November the 1st Saturday 1824

Thompson Settlement CH met and after divine service proceeded to buisness.

1st   Opened a door for the reception of members.

2nd   Received a petition from the arm of this CH praying to be dismiss and set apart for constitution and they air dismiss in a joint letter

3rd   Elder James Gilbert is cald to the pastoral cear of the Church

4th   Sister Rosannah Marshel requests a letter of dismission and it is granted

December the 1st Saturday 1824

Thompson Settlement CH met and after divine service proceeded to buisness.

1st   Opened a door for the reception of members.

2nd   We petition Elder Smith to attend at William Yearry’s on the 3rd Saturday on December with our Elder James Gilbert as a prisbatry to examine the strenth of the breathren wheather the are able for constitution.

January the 1st Saturday 1825

Thompson Settlement CH met and after divine service proceeds to buisness.

1st   Opened a door for the reception of members.

February the 1st Saturday 1825

Thompson Settlement CH met and after divine service proceeds to buisness.

1st   Opened a door for the reception of members.

2nd   Received Surrel Nickles by letter

3rd   Br John Nickles requests a letter of dismission and it is granted

4th   Br Tallon Bell is ortherized to exercise a publick gift wherever the Lord may direct

March the 1st Saturday 1825

Thompson Settlement CH met and after divine service proceeds to buisness.

1st   Opened a door for the reception of members.

2nd   By application threw Br Weaver we grant sister Levinia(?) Alsup a letter of dismission

April the 1st Saturday 1825

Thompson Settlement CH met and after divine service proceeds to buisness.

1st   Opened a door for the reception of members.

May the 1st Saturday 1825

Thompson Settlement CH met and after divine service proceeds to buisness.

1st   Opened a door for the reception of members.

2nd   Received sister Rebekah Aclenn(?) by letter

3rd   Received Br. Jaremiah Green by letter

4th   Received Elizabeth Dotson by letter

5th   Received Br George Dotson by letter

6th   Recd sister Jane Smith by letter

7th   Recd sister Sarah Morgan by letter

8th   Recd sister Hanah Green by letter

9th   Recd Br John Givhans by letter

10th   Recd sister Elizabeth Givhans by letter

11th   Br Benjamin Bunch requests a letter of dismission and it it granted

The records of June and July 1825 misplast

August the 1st Saturday 1825

Thompson Settlement CH met and after divine service proceeds to buisness.

1st   Opened a door for the reception of members.

2nd   Received Br. William Seals by letter

3rd   Breathren James Gilbert, William Weaver and Jeremiah Green delegated to the association

4th   Br John Givhans and Elizabeth his wife requests letters of dismission and it is granted

The records of September, October, November, December 1825 and January 1826 is misplast

February the 1st Saturday 1826

Thompson Settlement CH met and after divine service proceeds to buisness.

1st   Opened a door for the reception of members.

2nd   On the information of Br George Mcneal the case of sister Freelove Edwards is laid over untill our next meeting in coarse

3rd   Br James Weaver laid in a complaint against Br William Weaver for the following cause that is to say the said James Weaver says that Wm Weaver has accused him of retaining property of their father’s estate which ought to have been delivered to William Weaver who is administrator of the late James Weaver estate

4th   The case is refered to a committy and the committy chosen Breathren John Matlock, Thomas Vandeventer, George Mcneal, Surrel Nickles, James Vandeventer, John Fletcher

5th   The committee sits and after hearing the ?? and evidence believes that William Weaver after hearing from Br Jas Weaver and his wife as he did respecting the ?? property that he aught to leave friends.  Said although I had some grounds to believe as I did I now believe you are clear and to the decision Br William Weaver refused to answer in the positive.  The CH lais him in bonds until our next meeting in course.

March the 1st Saturday 1825

Thompson Settlement CH met and after divine service proceeds to buisness.

1st   Restored Sister Edwards to her seat again

2nd  Br William Weaver ansers the question to the CH and is restored to his seat again.

April the 1st Saturday 1826

Thompson Settlement CH met and after divine service proceeds to buisness.

1st   Opened a door for the reception of members.

2nd   The church takes into consideration the distrest situation of sister Fletcher that she has no certain place of residence and we believe agreeable to Gospel that she comes under the cear of the CH for her support

May the 1st Saturday 1826

Thompson Settlement CH met and after divine service proceeds to buisness.

1st   Opened a door for the reception of members.

June the 1st Saturday 1826

Thompson Settlement CH met and after divine service proceeds to buisness.

1st   Opened a door for the reception of members.

2nd   received a petition from the sons(?) at Mulberry Gap for a part of Br James Gilbert’s time in the ministry and it is granted.

3rd   Br James Vandeventer is ortherised by the CH to race out the names of William Morras and his wife from under the watch cear of the church as disorderly members

July the 1st Saturday 1826

Thompson Settlement CH met and after divine service proceeds to buisness.

1st   Opened a door for the reception of members.

2nd   Sally Nickles wishes to obtain fellowship and for the satisfaction of one member it is laid over till next meeting

August the 1st Saturday 1826

Thompson Settlement CH met and after divine service proceeds to buisness.

1st   Opened a door for the reception of members.

1st   Received Sally Nickles by recantation

2nd   Received sister Mary Ellis by letter

3rd   Received Br James Ellis by letter

4th   Breathren James Gilbert, Elijah Bishop and Wm Weaver appointed as dilagates to the association.

September the 1st Saturday 1826

Thompson Settlement CH met and after divine service proceeds to buisness.

1st   Opened a door for the reception of members.

2nd   We exclude Isaac Gollerhon and Mary his wife for moving off in disorder by not requesting a letter of dismission

October the 1st Saturday 1826

Thompson Settlement CH met and after divine service proceeds to buisness.

1st   Opened a door for the reception of members.

2nd   Br William ? requests a letter of dismission for himself, his wife and his granson(?)

3rd   Br Joul Hubbard requests a letter of dismission and it is granted

November Record 1826 misplast

December the 1st Saturday 1826

Thompson Settlement CH met and after Divine service proceeds to buisness.

1st   Opened a door for the reception of members.

January the 1st Saturday 1827

Thompson Settlement CH met and after divine service proceeds to buisness.

1st   Opened a door for the reception of members.

February the 1st Saturday 1827

Thompson Settlement CH met and after divine service proceeds to buisness.

1st   Opened a door for the reception of members.

March the 1st Saturday 1827

Thompson Settlement CH met and after divine service proceeds to buisness.

1st   Opened a door for the reception of members.

April the 1st Saturday 1827

Thompson Settlement CH met and after divine service proceeds to buisness.

1st   Opened a door for the reception of members.

2nd   Received Br. William McClelon and Patsey his wife by letter

3rd   by the request of Br. William Weaver he is released from the Deaconship

May the 1st Saturday 1827

Thompson Settlement CH met and after divine service proceeds to buisness.

1st   Opened a door for the reception of members.

June the 1st Saturday 1827

Thompson Settlement CH met and after divine service proceeds to buisness.

1st   Opened a door for the reception of members.

July the 1st Saturday 1827

Thompson Settlement CH met and after divine service proceeds to buisness.

1st   Opened a door for the reception of members.

August the 1st Saturday 1827

Thompson Settlement CH met and after divine service proceeds to buisness.

1st   Opened a door for the reception of members.

2nd   Appoint Breathren James Gilbert, William Jessee, and James Vandeventer dilligates to the association

September the 1st Saturday 1827

Thompson Settlement CH met and after divine service proceeds to buisness.

1st   Opened a door for the reception of members.

October the 1st Saturday 1827

Thompson Settlement CH met and after divine service proceeds to buisness.

1st   Opened a door for the reception of members.

2nd  Received Robert Clark by recantation

3rd   Br. William Weaver is authorized to exercise his gift where ever the Lord may direct

November the 1st Saturday 1827

Thompson Settlement CH met and after divine service proceeds to buisness.

1st   Opened a door for the reception of members.

2nd   The CH agrees to choose a moderator at each CH meeting

3rd   The CH agrees to travel for ???

December the 1st Saturday 1827

Thompson Settlement CH met and after divine service proceeds to buisness.

1st   Opened a door for the reception of members.

2nd  The CH agrees to make choice of a deacon at February meeting

3rd   CH agrees to buy a stove and Br William Jessee and James Gilbert to superintend in buying the same

January the 1st Saturday 1828

Thompson Settlement CH met and after divine service proceeds to buisness.

1st   Opened a door for the reception of members.

2nd   Br William Weaver is chosen moderator for the day

February the 1st Saturday 1828

Thompson Settlement CH met and after divine service proceeds to buisness.

1st   Opened a door for the reception of members.

2nd   Br James Gilbert chosen moderator for the day

3rd   Brother Robert Clark made choice of by the CH for a deacon

March the 1st Saturday 1828

Thompson Settlement CH met and after divine service proceeds to buisness.

1st   Opened a door for the reception of members.

April the 1st Saturday 1828

Thompson Settlement CH met and after divine service proceeds to buisness.

1st   Opened a door for the reception of members

2nd   Br ? Nickles brings an objection(?) against Br. William Weaver

May the 1st Saturday 1828

Thompson Settlement CH met and after divine service proceeds to buisness.

1st   Opened a door for the reception of members.

2nd   Chose Robert Clark moderator for the day

June the 1st Saturday 1828

Thompson Settlement CH met and after divine service proceeds to buisness.

1st   Opened a door for the reception of members.

2nd   Chose Br. William Jessee as moderator for the day

July the 1st Saturday 1828

Thompson Settlement CH met and after divine service proceeds to buisness.

1st   Opened a door for the reception of members.

2nd   Received brother John Clark by letter

3rd   Brother James Gilbert, Elijah Bishop, and James Vandeventer chosen to transcribe the CH records into the new bound book

August the 1st Saturday 1828

Thompson Settlement CH met and after divine service proceeds to buisness.

1st   Opened a door for the reception of members.

2nd   Breathern James Gilbert, Robert Clark, and William Weaver dillegates to the association

3rd   We petition the next Association to be with us

September the 1st Saturday 1828

Thompson Settlement CH met and after divine service proceeds to buisness.

1st   Opened a door for the reception of members.

October the 1st Saturday 1828

Thompson Settlement CH met and after divine service proceeds to buisness.

1st   Opened a door for the reception of members.

November record 1828 misplast

December the 1st Saturday 1828

Thompson Settlement CH met and after divine service proceeds to buisness.

1st   Opened a door for the reception of members.

2nd   Received ??? a man of coller by expearance

January the 1st Saturday 1829

Thompson Settlement CH met and after divine service proceeds to buisness.

1st   Opened a door for the reception of members.

2nd   Br Thomas Vandeventer cosen and ordained a Deacon of the church

February Record 1828 misplast

March the 1st Saturday 1829

Thompson Settlement CH met and after divine service proceeds to buisness.

1st   Opened a door for the reception of members.

2nd  Received sister Lucy Reynolds by expearince

3rd   CH ?? to record the name of the preacher(?) and his ?? ??

April and May Records 1829 misplast

June the 1st Saturday 1829

Thompson Settlement CH met and after prair Br. Gilbert delivered a sermon…

1st   Opened a door for the reception of members.

July the 1st Saturday 1829

Thompson Settlement CH met and after divine service proceeds to buisness.

1st   Opened a door for the reception of members.

2nd   Received Pheby Jones by expearince

3rd   appoint Br Jas. Weaver and Elisha Clark to cite Br Surrel Nichols to our next meeting in course to show the cause of his long abstinence from us

August the 1st Saturday 1829

Thompson Settlement CH met and after divine service proceeds to buisness.

1st   Opened a door for the reception of members.

2nd   Br Nichols came forward and give satisfaction

3rd   Br Jas. Weaver and Tabitha his wife requests letters of dismission and it is granted

4th   Breathren William Weaver, Robert Clark and Jas. Gilbert appointed dilegats to the association

September the 1st Saturday 1829

Thompson Settlement CH met and after divine service proceeds to buisness.

1st   Opened a door for the reception of members.

2nd   Received Peter Sowder by recantation

3rd    Received Mary Sowder by recantation

4th   We petition to next association to bee with us

5th   Br. Peter Sowder and Mary his wife requests letters of dismission and it is granted

October the 1st Saturday 1829

Thompson Settlement CH met and after divine service proceeds to buisness.

1st   Opened a door for the reception of members. 

2nd   Received Martin Sims by expearince

3rd   The case of Br Trotter(?) taken into consideration.  At August meeting Br. Trotter withdrew(?) himself the Breathren threw ???.  By consent of Br. Trotter wated until September meeting and then received an acknowledgement threw Br Weaver.

4th   The case is refered to our next meeting in course

November the 1st Saturday 1829

Thompson Settlement CH met and after divine service proceeds to buisness.

1st   Opened a door for the reception of members.

2nd   Received Aunt(?) Betty a woman of coulur by letter

3rd   The case of Br. Trotter taken up, and postponed till next meeting in course and Br Wm Jesse and Wm McClelen appointed to cite him to our next meeting to show the cause of his not attending and making satisfaction

December the 1st Saturday 1829

Thompson Settlement CH met and after prair Br Weaver delivered a sermon from 1st Corinthians….

1st   Br Trotter came forward and made satisfaction

2nd   The breathren at Mulborough Gap petition for our official aid to attend with others to examine their strenth(?) and constitute thim a Church in Christ

January the 1st Saturday 1830

Thompson Settlement CH met and after prair Br. Gilbert delivered a sermon from Paul’s letter to….

1st   Opened a door for the reception of members.

2nd   Br Elisha Clark and Martin Sims nominated to cite Br. Surel Nichols to our next meeting to show the cause why he has not complied with Br. Elisha Clark’s requests in paying him what he is owing him and on his second request we ortherize him to collect his debt by virtue of law.

3rd   Received a petition from the CH at Mulborough Gap for a part of Brother Gilbert’s time in the ministry and it is granted on expectations of their receiving him as their ??

February the 1st Saturday 1830

Thompson Settlement CH met and after prair Br. Jonathan Bishop being present delivered a sermon from Isiah….

1st   The case of Br. Nichols postponed till next meeting

2nd   The CH agrees to appoint five brothers to take care(?) of the meeting house and lot namely Brothers William Jessee, William Standepher, Jas. Vandeventer, John Clark, and Robert Clark.

March the 1st Saturday 1830

Thompson Settlement CH met and after divine service proceeds to buisness.

1st   Opened a door for the reception of members.

2nd   The case of Br. Nichols postponed till our next meeting

3rd   Sisters Sary and Sintha Nichols  requests letters of dismission and they are granted

April the 1st Saturday 1830

Thompson Settlement CH met and after prair Br Weaver delivered a sermon…

1st   Opened a door for the reception of members

2nd   We exclude Surel Nichols from our Christian fellowship for disorder in disobeying the Churches order

May the 1st Saturday 1830

Thompson Settlement CH met and after prair Br Gilbert delivered a sermon….

1st   Opened a door for the reception of members.

June the 1st Saturday 1830

Thompson Settlement CH met and after divine service proceeds to buisness.

1st   Opened a door for the reception of members.

2nd   Br Batie(?) Ruston(?) appointed assistant Clerk

July the 1st Saturday 1830

Thompson Settlement CH met and after divine service proceeds to buisness.

1st   Opened a door for the reception of members.

August the 1st Saturday 1830

Thompson Settlement CH met and after prair proceeds to buisness.

1st   Opened a door for the reception of members.

2nd   Br James Gilbert, Robert Clark, and William Weaver Dilegate to the Association.

3rd   Sister Matilda Randolph(?) requests a letter of dismission and it is granted

September the 1st Saturday 1830

Thompson Settlement CH met and after divine service proceeds to buisness.

1st   Opened a door for the reception of members.

2nd   Br William Standepher and Mary his wife requests letters of dismission and they are granted

3rd   Br. John Fletcher requests a letter of dismission and it is granted

4th   Sister Lucy and Kay Reynolds request a letter of dismission and it is granted

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July the 1st Saturday 1833

The Baptist Church of Christ convened at Thompson Settlement and after prair Eld. Jas. Gilbert delivered a sermon… the Church then being seated proceeds to buisness.

1st   Opened a door for the reception of members.

2nd   We appoint our breathen Eld Jas. Gilbert, Robert Clark, and John Clark dilegates to the Association

August the 1st Saturday 1833

The Baptist Church of Christ convened at Thompson Settlement and after prair Eld. Jas. Gilbert delivered a sermon from Romans… the Church then being seated proceeds to buisness.

1st   Opened a door for the reception of members.

September the 1st Saturday 1833

The Baptist Church of Christ convened at Thompson Settlement meeting house and after prair Eld Jas Gilbert delivered a sermon… the Church then being seated proceeds to buisness.

1st   Opened a door for the reception of members.

2nd   Received Frances Muncy by expearince

3rd   Recd. Barbary Jayne by exp

4th   Recd. Nancy Muncy by exp

5th   Recd. Mary Randolph by exp

6th   Recd. Lucy Sims by exp

7th   Recd. Levina Clark by exp

8th   Restored brother Martin Sims to his seat again

9th   Recd. John Stannepher by exp

October the 1st Saturday 1833

The Baptist Church of Christ convened at Thompson Settlement meeting house and after prair Eld. Jas. Gilbert delivered a sermon from the Gospel of Christ by St. John… the Church then being seated proceeds to buisness.

1st   Opened a door for the reception of members.

2nd   Recd. Nancy Muncy by Exp.

3rd   Recd. Elizabeth Boulden by Exp.

4th   Recd. Anny Muncy by Exp.

5th   Recd. James M. Martin(?) by Exp.

6th   Recd. John Jones by Exp.

7th   Recd. Anson C. Martin by Exp.

8th   Recd. Daniel C. Alsup by Exp.

9th   Recd. Peggyann Adams by Exp.

10th   Recd. Alexander S. Clark by Exp.

11th   Recd. William Jayne by Exp.

12th   Recd. John Gilbert by Exp.

13th   Recd. Joseph Adams by Exp.

14th   Recd.  Patsy Hamton(?) by Exp.

15th   Recd. Samuel Marian by Exp.

16th   Recd. James Muncy by Exp.

17th   Recd.  Elizabeth Gibson by Exp.

The church adjourned until 10 o’clock in the morning.  The church met according to adjernment and after prair proceed to business.

18th Recd. Judy Gollehon by Exp.

19th Recd. Elizabeth Clark by Exp.

20th  Recd. Mary Bishop by Exp.

21st  Sister Elizabeth Boulden requests a letter of dismission and it is granted. 

Whereas the church being requested is ?? of the 17th district.  Church met agreeable to request and after prair the church being seated proceeded to business.

1st   Chose Eld. Jonathan Bishop moderator for the day

2nd   Opened a door for the reception of members

3rd   Received Willoughby Randolph by expearince

4th   Brother Willoughby Randolph after being Baptised requests a letter of dismission and it is granted

November the 1st Saturday 1833

The Baptist Church of Christ convened at Thompson Settlement and after prair Eld. Jas. Gilbert delivered a sermon from the Acts of the Apostles… the Church then being seated proceeds to buisness.

1st   Opened a door for the reception of members.

2nd   Recd Joseph Cheek by Exp.

3rd   Recd Melinda Cheek by Exp.

4th   Recd L? Osben(?) by Exp.

5th   Recd Robert Southern by Exp.

6th   Recd Henry Rand by Exp.

7th   Recd George W. Clark by Exp.

8th   Recd John Jessee by Exp.

9th   Recd.Colin Jessee by Exp.

10th   Recd Elizabeth Jessee by Exp.

11th   Recd Elizabeth Clark by Exp.

12th   Recd Jessee Vandeventer by Exp.

13th   Recd Ursula Vandeventer by Exp.

14th   Recd Anny Clark by Exp.

15th   Recd Nancy Gibson by Exp.

16th   Recd Samuel Muncy by Exp.

The church adjourned till morning

Met according to adjournment

17th   Recd Tabitha Marian by Exp.

18th   Recd Fielden Seal by letter

December the 1st Saturday 1833

The Baptist Church of Christ convened at Thompson Settlement and after prair Eld. James Gilbert delivered a sermon from the Acts of the Apostles… the Church then being seated proceeds to buisness.

1st   Opened a door for the reception of members.

2nd   Received Rebecca Fletcher by Exp.

3rd   Recd. William Adams by Exp.

4th   Br. Isaac a man of Colour requests a letter of dismission and it is granted

5th   The church liberates Br. James Bishop to exercise a public gift in the bounds of the church

Adjourned till morning.  Church met agreeable to adjournment and after prair proceeds to business

6th   Recd. Elisha Sowder by letter

7th   Recd. Margarette Martin by Exp.

8th   Recd. James Stannapher by Exp.

9th   Br. John Gilbert requests a letter of dismission and it is granted

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…The breathren John Jesse and Henry B? request letters of dismission and they are granted

Church met at Rob Camp meeting house on the second Saturday in March 1834 and after prair Elder James Gilbert delivered a sermon.  Rec’d Hannah Christy by Exp.

April the 1st Saturday 1834.  The Church of Christ convened at Thompson Settlement and after prair Elder James Gilbert delivered a sermon… and a door was opened in Heaven.  The church then being seated proceeds to business.

1st   Opened a door for the reception of members

2nd   Received Sary Gilbert by Exp

3rd   Restored brother Stephen Thompson to his seat again.

Church adjourned till 10 o’clock in the morning. 

Church met according to adjournment and after prair opened door for the reception of members.

1st   Recd. Rial Rogers by Exp.

May the 1st Saturday 1834.  The Baptist Church of Christ convened at Thompson Settlement and after prair Elder James Gilbert delivered a sermon from our Lord’s Gosepl by St. John ...  The church then being seated proceeds.

1st    Opened a door for the reception of members

2nd   Received Hannah Jayne by Exp.

3rd    Received Sally Fletcher by Exp.

4th    Received James Jones by Exp.

5th    Received Lavinda Jones by Exp.

6th    Liberated Brother James Bishop to exercise a public gift anywhere he may feel a call.

The church adjourned till 11 o’clock tomorrow morning.

The church met according to adjournment and after prair the church being seated proceeds to business.

1st    Opened a door for the reception of members

2nd    Recd. Lucy Jayne by Exp.

3rd    Recd. Rebecca Davis by Exp.

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June the 1st Saturday 1835.  The Baptist Church of Christ at Thompson Settlement having met together and after prayr Elder James Gilbert delivered a sermon … The church then being seated proceeds to buiseness.

1st    Opened a door for the reception of members

2nd   Brother William Jayne made choys of for a Deacon and is sit before the Elders of the Church for ordaination.

4th    Recd. Br William Noe by letter

5th    appoint Breathren Jas. Gilbert, Jas. Bishop, Stephen Thompson and Samuel Muncy delegates to the association..

Sabbath morning the church met in order and after singing a hymn Elders James Glbert and Isaac Chrisman a prisbatry ordains Breathen William Jayne to the deaconship.

July the 1st Saturday 1835.  The Baptist Church of Christ having met at Thompson Settlement and after prayr the church being seated proceeds to buiseness.

1st    Chose Elder Jonathan Bishop moderator for the day

2nd   Opened a door for the reception of members

We exclude Rebecca Fletcher from our Christian fellowship for moving off in disorder an not applying for a letter of dismission.

The Baptist Church of Christ from Thos. Settlement having met at Rob Camp the 3rd Saturday in July 1835 And after prayr Eld. James Gilbert delivered a sermon … the Church then being seated proceeds to business

1st   Opened the door for the reception of members

2nd   Recd. Merce’s(?) Pheby a woman colour by experience

3rd    Recd. Martin’s Bob a man of colour by experience

August the 1st Saturday 1835.  The Church convened at Thompson Settlement and after prayr Br. James Bishop delivered a sermon … the church then being seated proceeds to buiseness.

1st    Opened a door for the reception of members

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James Bishop.  The church being seated proceed to business.

1.  Opened a door for the reception of members.

February the first Saturday 1837.  The Baptist Church of Christ met at Thompson’s Settlement and after prayer by Elder James Bishop the church being seated proceeds to business

1st  Opened a door for the reception of members.

2.  Received brother Robert Southern by letter

3.  Nominate and appoint Brethren Francis Muncy and William Jessee to cite Brother Monroe Martin to attend at our next Meeting to give satisfaction to the church for unchristian like conduct.

4.  Excommunicate Anna Muncy from our Christian fellowship for case conduct such as is contrary to both law and Gospel

March the first Saturday 1837.  The Baptist Church of Christ met at Thompson’s Settlement and after prayer by brother John Jones the church being seated proceeds to business

1st  appoint brother John Jones Moderator pretempore.

2.  Received Adamson Rogers by letter

3.  Excommunicate Monroe Martin from our Christian fellowship for unchristian like conduct which is for dancing + refusing to give satisfaction to the church

4.  Sister Phebe Jones requests a letter of dismission through brother John Jones, which is granted.

April the first Saturday 1837.  The Baptist Church of Christ met at Thompson’s Settlement and after prayer by Elder James Gilbert the church being seated and Elder James Gilbert chosen moderator protempore proceeds to business

1   Opened a door for the reception of members

2.  Whereas a petition was granted on the first Saturday of October 1836 for the part of our brethren and sisters who reside within vicinity of Rob Camp Claiborne County E. Tennessee to become a constituted church According to appointment two brethren who are Elders to wit Elder James Gilbert and Elder James Bishop …??… met with other Brethren but as two members objected to their being constituted a church they have failed to constitute and returned the petition.  We receive them all who petitioned as our brethren and sisters in full fellowship.

3.  Appoint Brethren Elder James Gilbert, Elder James Bishop, William Jayne, Robert Clark senior, John Clark, Francis Muncy, Jesse Vandeventer, James Jones, William Standifer, James Sims and Elijah Bishop to meet and sit in our church capacity at Rob Camp in Claiborne County E. Tenn on the third Saturday of this instant.  In order to take reorgnizance(?) of our brethren and sisters who reside at Rob Camp as was done heretofore.

May the first Saturday 1837.  The Baptist Church of Christ met at Thompson’s Settlement and after a sermon delivered from Acts 20th Chapter 27 & 27th verse by Elder James Gilbert the church being seated proceeds to business

1st  Opened a door for the reception of members

2.  The reference which was made at Rob Camp Claiborne Cty. E. Tenn on the third Saturday of last April of the difficulty that existed between Brethren Thomas and William Lawson at this meeting is removed and they are reconciled and the church with them

3rd  Received a petition dated April the third Saturday 1837 from the Brethren and sisters who reside in the vicinity of Rob Camp Claiborne Cty E. Tenn praying for church meeting to be held with them as formerly which is granted.

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July the first Saturday 1842.  We the United Baptist Church of Christ of the Thompson’s Settlement Church met in our meeting house Lee County Va and after prayer and a sermon delivered from the Book of Proverbs by our Pastor, the church being seated proceeded to the business of the same.  (1) Opened a door for the reception of members  (2) We appoint our Pastor Elder James Bishop and brethren Robert Clark senior, Peter Parkey, Robert Clark junior and Benjamin Burchett our delegates to our next Association which is to be held at Little Sycamore meeting house Claiborne County E. Tenn on the first Friday in the next September  (3) We donate one dollar and fifty cents to the Association for the use of the Association.

August the first Saturday 1842.  We the United Baptist Church of Christ of the Thompson’s Settlement Church met in our meeting house Lee County Va and after prayer and a sermon delivered by our Pastor from the 20th chapter and the 18th verse of the Gospel according to St. John, the church being seated proceeded to the business of the same. 

(1) Opened a door for the reception of members 

2   Read the letter to be sent to the Assocation

August 28th 1842  We a part of the United Baptist Church of Christ of the Thompson’s Settlement met in the Mulberry Gap meeting house Claiborne County E. Tennessee with our Pastor Elder James Gilbert and one of our Deacons to wit Robert Clark senior.  As our beloved sister Elizabeth James (formerly Elizabeth Clark) is about to move out of our bounds before our October term and has made a proper application for a letter of dismission through the said Deacon, and as she is in good repute and in full fellowship with us the letter is granted and the Clerk is ordered to tender it accordingly.

September no meeting of the church

October the first Saturday 1842.  We the United Baptist Church of Christ of the Thompson’s Settlement Church met in our meeting house Lee County Virginia and after a sermon delivered from the 16th chapter of the Acts of the Apostles and part of the 30th

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… in the following manner

(1)  Opened a door for the reception of members

2d   Received sister Mary Jessee a daughter of Wm. Jessee our deacon deceased

3d)  Received sister Nancy Bishop a daughter of brother Elijah Bishop by experience

(4)   Received sister Lavinia Bishop a daughter also of br. E. Bishop by experience

5th   Received sister Sally Muncy a daughter of br. Francis Muncy by experience

6th   Received sister Elizabeth Bishop a daughter of Pastor Eld. James Bishop by experience

7th   Received sister Nancy Muncy the wife of James Muncy jr by experience

Then intermission given till early candlelight when the church met again and after singing and prayer made by brother John James the church again resumed her seat and proceeded to the business of the same by opening a door for the reception of new members.

8th   Received br. David Jessee the youngest son of our deacon Wm. Jessee by experience

9th   Received brother James Jayne a son of deacon William Jayne by experience

10th  Received sister Martha Clark a daughter of brother Elisha Clark by experience

11th  Received sister Lucy Burchett, the wife of Burwell Burchett jr by experience

12th  Received sister Susannah B. Jessee a daughter of our deacon Wm. Jessee deceased

13th  Received sister Sally Owens the wife of Eno(?) Owens by experience

14th  Received sister Love Southern the wife of Robert Southern deceased

Wednesday, October 12th, 1842.  We the United Baptist Church of Christ of the Thompson’s Settlement Church met in our meeting house, Lee County Virginia and after prayer and a sermon delivered by our Pastor … the church being seated proceeded to the business of the same in the following manner

(1)  Opened a door for the reception of new members

(2)  Received brother James Edwards a son of George Edwards by experience

(3)  Received sister Nancy Smith the wife of Stephen (?) Smith by experience

(4)  Received sister Hannah(?) Crook(?) the wife of Sampson Crook(?) by a letter of recommendation from the Little River Church (Ashe County N.C.) dated the third Saturday in March 1840 being signed by the order of the whole church

October 5th Saturday, 29th day of the month 1842.  We a part of the United Baptist Church of Christ of the Thompson’s Settlement Church convened at the dwelling house of brother Elisha Clark on Walling’s Creek, and after prayer and a sermon delivered by our Pastor from the 12th chapter and last verse of the Prophecy of Isaiah the church seated and opened a door for the reception of new members

(1)  Received brother Thomas Lloyd by Experience

(2)  Received brother Daniel C. Alsop again on ??? the his relation of his having coal his letter which he received from this CH

Met again at candlelight and after prayer and a Sermon delivered by Elder James Gilbert from the first Epistle of Paul…the church seated again and opened a door for the reception of members

(1)  Received brother Washington Clark a son of brother Robert Clark by Experience

Sunday the 30th  met again at the same place and after prayer and a sermon delivered by our Pastor … being followed by Elder James Gilbert by a sermon… the church seated again and opened a door for the reception of members

(1)  Received sister Frances Muncy the daughter of br. Francis Muncy by experience

(2)  Brother James M? came forward and made a satisfactory acknowledgement and we restore him to his seat again

Met again at the same place at candlelight and after prayer and sermon delivered by our Pastor…church seated again and opened a door for the reception of members.

(1)  Received brother Edmund(?) Conby(?) Adams a son of sister widow Rebeca Adams by Experience

Monday October 31st 1842  Met again at the same place and after prayer made by brother John James of the M. Gap Church and followed by a sermon delivered by our Pastor … the church seated again and opened a door for the reception of members

(1)  Received brother Oliver Jessee by Experience

(2)  Received brother Joseph Bolton by Experience

(3)  Received sister Lucy Bishop the daughter of brother Elijah Bishop by Experience

(2)  Received sister Mariah Jayne a daughter of brother James Jayne by Experience

Met again at the same place at candlelight and after prayer and a sermon delivered by our Pastor…the church seated again and opened a door for the reception of members

(2)  Received brother George G. Edwards by Experience

Tuesday November 1st 1842  Met again at the same place at candlelight and after prayer made by brother John James of the M. Gap Church and followed by a sermon delivered by our Pastor from Isaiah 1st chapter … the church seated again and opened a door for the reception of members

(1)  Received sister Barthena Edwards the daughter George G. Edwards by Experience

(2)  Received brother Samuel A. Burchett a son of Burwell Burchett senior by Experience

(3)  Received sister Elizabeth M. Burchett the daughter of Burwell Burchett senior by Experience

(4)  Received brother William Bishop a son of brother William Bishop by Experience

(5)  Brother James Muncy the son of br. Francis Muncy came forward and made satisfactory acknowledgement and we restore him to his seat again

Wednesday November 2nd 1842  We met again at the same place at candlelight and after prayer and a sermon delivered by our Pastor … the church seated again and opened a door for the reception of members

(1)  Received sister Eleanor Jayne a daughter of brother James Jayne by Experience

(2)  Received sister Polly Marion the wife of brother Bartholemew Marion by Experience

November the first Saturday 1842  We the United Baptist Church of Christ ? of the Thompson’s Settlement Church met at our meeting house and after prayer ? by Elder Jonathan Bishop the church seated again and opened a door for the reception of members

(1)  Received brother Robert C. Bishop a son of brother Elijah Bishop by Experience

(3)  Received sister Martha Bishop the wife of Joseph P. Bishop by a letter of recommendation from the Deep Spring Church

(2)  Received brother Joshua Adams a son of sister Rebecca Adams the widow by Experience

(4)  Received sister Mariah Burchett the wife of brother Samuel Burchett of the Mulberry Gap Church by Experience

(5)  Received sister Levina Owens a daughter of Jeremiah Owens by Experience

(6)  Received sister Lucinda Martin the wife of Br. Wilkinson Martin by Experience

Met in the M.H. at early candlelight and after a sermon delivered by Br. William C. McClelland … and followed by a discourse by Elder Jonathan Bishop the church seated again and opened a door for the reception of members

(1)  Received brother James Miller a son of brother ? Miller by Exp.

(2)  Received brother Henry Tritts the son of brother John Tritts by Exp.

Sunday morning met again at the house of sister Jessee and after prayer by br. William C. McClelland the church seated again and opened a door for the reception of members

(1)  Received sister Judith Bishop a daughter of brother Elijah Bishop by Experience

Met again at the M.H. at candlelight and after worship the church seated again and opened a door for the reception of members

(1)  Received brother William Henry Southern the son of Elizabeth Alsop by Experience.

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Monday December 5th 1842.  Met again at the same place and after prayer made by our Pastor, the church seated again and opened a door for the reception of members.

(1)  Received sister Mariah Daughady a daughter of Henry Daughady by Experience

Met again at the same place at candlelight and after opened a door for the reception of members.

(1)  Received sister Celia Clark a daughter of brother John Clark by Experience

Tuesday December 6th 1842.  Met again at the same place and after prayer by our Pastor the church seated again and opened a door for the reception of members.

(1)  Received brother Wilkinson McElroy by Exp.

(2)  Recd br. Rodney Warren’s daughter Hannah by Exp.

(3)  Recd sister Polly Hopkins the wife of Vincent Hopkins by Experience

(4)  Recd Emilia Wolfenbarger the daughter of Jacob Wolfenbarger by Experience.

(5)  Received brother Achilles F. Burchett the son of Burwell Burchett Sr. by Experience.

Saturday December 10th 1842.  We a part of the Thompson Settlement Church of the United Baptists met in the house of brother Peter Parkey, Rob Camp vicinity Claiborne County E. Tennessee the church seated and opened a door for the reception of members after a Sermon delivered by our Pastor

Sunday the 11th    met again at the same place and after prayer and a sermon … delivered by our Pastor … the church seated …

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Saturday December 17th 1842.  We the United Baptist Church of Christ of the Thompson Settlement Church of the United Baptists met in part(?) in the dwelling house of brother Robert Clark junior on Wallings Creek and after a funeral Sermon delivered by our Pastor in the case of the death of John Marion the son of brother Bartholomew Marion the church seated and opened a door for the reception of members

(1)  Received Elizabeth Lloyd the wife of Thomas Lloyd by Experience

Saturday December 31st 1842.  We the United Baptist Church of Christ of the Thompson Settlement Church of the United Baptists met in the dwelling house of brother John Fletcher at early candlelight and after a sermon delivered by our Pastor …  the church seated and opened a door for the reception of members

(1)  Received br. John Fletcher jr the son of brother John Fletcher Sr. by Experience

Tuesday January 3rd 1843.  Met again at the same place and after prayer and a sermon delivered by our pastor from the Gospel according to St. John… the church seated again and opened a door for the reception of members

(1)  Received sister Nancy Wolfenbarger the wife of Jacob Wolfenbarger by Experience

Tuesday night January 3rd 1843.  We the United Baptist Church of Christ of the Thompson’s Settlement Church met in the house of brother James Jones and after a sermon delivered by our Pastor…the church seated and opened a door for the reception of members

(1)  Received sister Eliza Marcium the daughter of Jesse Marcium by experience

Wednesday January 4th 1843.  We the United Baptist Church of Christ of the Thompson’s Settlement Church met in the house of br John Fletcher Sr. and after prayer and a sermon delivered by our Pastor from the Gospel according to St. Luke…the church seated and opened a door for the reception of members

(1)  Received sister Betsy Ann Fletcher the wife of George Fletcher by Experience

January the first Saturday 1843.  We the United Baptist Church of Christ of the Thompson’s Settlement Church met in our M.H. Lee County Va and after prayer and a sermon delivered by our Pastor from Revelations … the church being seated again and opened a door for the reception of members

(1) Received br. Allen Milam by Experience

Met again in the same house at early candlelight and after prayer and a Sermon delivered by our Pastor … the church seated again and opened a door for the reception of members

(1)  received brother William Jessee a son of brother John Jessee by experience

Monday January 9th 1843     Met again at the same place and after a sermon delivered by our Pastor … the church seated again and opened a door for the reception of members.

(1)  Received brother Noah Hopkins a son of Nehemiah Hopkins by Experience

Tuesday January 10th 1843     Met again at the same place and after singing a hymn and sermon made by brother John Jones  … the church seated again and opened a door for the reception of members.

(1)  Received br. Abraham S. Edwards the son of brother George G. Edwards by Experience

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August 9th of 1847  We the United Baptist Church of Christ a part of the Thompson Settlement Church met at Beech Grove meeting house Lee County Va. and after prayer and a sermon by Elder James Greenlee(?) our pastor being preasant the church was called to a seat

1st   Opened a door for the reception of members

2nd   Recd. Sister Rebecca T. Bishop by experance

3rd   Recd. Sister Susannah S. Jones by experance

4th   Recd. Sister Elizabeth Jessee by experance

5th   Recd. Brother Joseph J. Bishop by experance

6th   Recd. Sister Melissa Ledford by experance

7th   Recd. Sister Polly Ledford by experance

The ??? met at the same place and after worship

1st   opened a door for the reception of members

2nd   Recd. Thompson’s Harriet a Black by experance

3rd   Recd. Sister Francis Jessee by experance

11th  Met at the same place and after worship

1st  opened a door for the reception of members

2nd   Recd. sister Polly Ann Bishop by experance

3rd   Recd. Sister Polly Roberson by experance

4th   Recd. Sister Barbra Mileham by v

12th day August  Meetin moved to Thompson Settlement

13th day  the church being seated the door was opened for the reception of members

1st   Recd. Brother William Doyle by experience

Eavening met at the same place and after worship the church was seated 

1st  opened a door for the reception of members

2nd   Recd. Brother Andrew Galloway(?) by experance

15th day  met at the sane place and after worship the church being seated Brother Joshua Adams Timsey(?) his wife made legal application for letters of dismission granted

2nd  The letter of the Association called for read and received and the signature of the moderator and clerk anneal to it

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…2nd   We appoint our pastor Elder James Bishop and Breathren Willoughby Muncy, John Clark + James Jones delegates to the Association and we denotate one Dollar and 50 cents to the use of the Association and the Clerk to prepare a letter to be inspected at our August term(?)

August 1st Saturday 1848  We the United Baptist Church of Christ of the Thompsons Settlement Ch met at our principal M.H. Lee County Va. and after prayer and a sermon by our pastor the church being seated

1st   opened a door for the reception of members

2nd   Sister Margaret Russell made a legal application for letter of dismission which was granted

3rd   Sister Zilpha Burk formely Martin made a legal application for a letter granted

4th   The letter of the Association called for read and received

5th   Recd a petition from our sister church at Rob Camp.  By their delegates Breathren James Montgomery and Henry Fugate asking for a part of our Pastor Elder James Bishop time to attend and preach for them and take the pastoral ceare over them as a church, which was granted

6th   We appoint Breathren John Fletcher and James Jones to bare our answer and accompany our Pastor and meet said church the second Saturday in September 1848

August 15th day AD 1848  We the United Baptist Church of Christ a part of the Thompsons Settlement Church met at Br Robert Clark in Lee County Va. and after prayer and a sermont by Elder James Greenlee(?) the church being seated opened a door for the reception of members

2nd   Rec’d Brother Waymon Marion by experance

16th day opened a door for the reception of members

1st   Rec’d Br. John Jayne Jr. by experance

2nd  Rec’d sister Nancyann Muncy by experance

3rd   Rec’d sister Polly Cheek by experance

4th   Rec’d sister Barbra Cheek by experance

5th   Rec’d Nancy Clark by experance

6th   Rec’d sister Celia Martin by experance

7th   Rec’d sister Rosan Puor(?) by experance

19th day opened a door for the reception of members

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January 10th Saturday A.D. 1849

We the United Baptist Church of Christ of the Thompsons Settlement Church met at our principal M.H. Lee County Va and after prayer and a sermon by our pastor the church being seated

1st   opened a door for the reception of members

2nd   Sisters Barbra and Polly Cheek made a legal application for letters of dismission granted

3rd   Whereas John Jones is holding a letter of dismission from the church we appoint Breathren James Muncy and Peter Wolfenbarger to apply for his letter and also to sight him to attend at our February terms to make satisfaction for disorderly conduct

January 24th day A.D. 1849

A part of the Thompson Settlement Church met with our pastor at Br John Fletchers and after worship the church being seated

1st   opened a door for the reception of members

2nd   Recd Br Eli Davis by experance

February 1st Saturday A.D. 1849

We the United Baptist Church of Christ of the Thompsons Settlement Church met at our principal M.H. Lee County Va and after prayer our pastor not being present the church being seated and Br John Jones chosen Moderator for the day

1st   opened a door for the reception of members

2nd   The breathren sent to sight John Jones ?? with his letter which was handed to the clerk and he was excluded from our Christian fellowship for disorder

March 1st Saturday A.D. 1849

We the United Baptist Church of Christ of the Thompsons Settlement Ch met at our principal M.H. Lee County Va and after prayer and a sermont by Br Willoughby Muncy the church being seated by our pastor

1st   opened a door for the reception of members

2nd   Recd Br John Haynes by letter

3rd   Sister Patsey Bishop made a legal application for a letter of dismission granted

Sabbath met at the same place and after worship the church was seated

1st   Joseph J. Bishop and Polly Ann Bishop his wife made a legal application for letters of dismission granted

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… Sisters Mary Hopkins and Elizabeth Wolfenbarger made legal applications for letter of dismission which was granted

April 1st Saturday A.D. 1851

We the United Baptist Church of Christ of the Thompsons Settlement Ch met at our principal M.H. Lee County Va and after prayer and a sermon by Br Wil. Muncy the church being seated and Br Wil. Muncy chosen moderator for the day

1st   opened a door for the reception of members

2nd   The case of sister Yearry laid over till our May terme

3rd   Br William Doyle and Rachel his wife made legal applications for letters of dismission granted

4th   Br. George W. Clark and Nancy his daughter made a legal application for letters of dismission granted

Sister Nancy Smith made a legal application for a letter granted

Sabbath met at the same place

1st   opened a door for the reception of members

2nd   Red’d sister Mary Jane Bishop the daughter of our pastor by experance

May 1st Saturday A.D. 1851

We the United Baptist Church of Christ of the Thompsons Settlement Ch met at our principal M.H. Lee County Va and after prayer and a sermon by our pastor the church being seated

1st   opened a door for the reception of members

2nd   Sister Elizabeth Yearry came forward and made satisfaction and was restored

3rd   We appoint Br Wm Jayne church Treasurer

4th   We set apart the 1st Sabbath in June for our communion season

5th   We agree to give Br Willoughby Muncy liberty to seal the church and receive members in the bounds of our church

6th   We agree to chose another Deacon at our June terme.

May … A.D. 1851

A part of the Thompsons Settlement Ch met with Elder Jon Bishop and B Wil Muncy at Elias Harber(?) in Lee County Va

1st   opened a door to receive members

2nd   Rec’d sister Elizabeth Harter by experance

3rd   Rec’d sister Elizabeth Carrol by experance

4th   Rec’d sister Delila Woods by experance

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At a meeting began and held at Brother Larkin Jones in Harlan County Kentucky the 2nd Saturday in August 1851 by Elders Jonethan Bishop and Jonethan Quarles(?) a door being opened for the reception of members

2nd   Recd sister Easter Jones by experance

At a meeting began and held at Br Jacob Grabills in Lee County Va by Elders James Greenlee, Samuel Jones and others in August 2 Saturday AD 1851 the door was opened for the reception of members

1st   Rec’d sister Eleanor Green by experience

2nd   Rec’d brother Joseph Grabill by experience

3rd   Rec’d sister Nancy Grabill by experience

4th   Rec’d brother Andrew J. Grabill by experience

5th   Rec’d brother Malcom Read by experience

6th   rec’d sister Mary Burton by experience

August 11th the meeting moved to Elias Harber on Sugar Run and after worship the door was opened for the reception of members

1st  Rec’d sister Nancy Crook by experience

2nd   rec’d sister Naoma Harber by experience

3rd   Rec’d brother Austin Clifton by experience

4th   Rec’d sister Sary Harber by experience

September no meeting

October 1st Saturday AD 1851

We the United Baptist Church of Christ at Thompsons Settlement met at our principal M.H. Lee County Va. and after prayer and a sermont by our pastor the church being seated

1st  opened a door for the reception of members

2nd  Sister Mary Caroline Smith formely Tucker made a legal application for a letter granted

3rd  Brothers Robert and William Bishop made a legal application for letters granted

5th  Sister Naoma Harber made a legal application for a letter granted

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We took up a collection for her support which resulted in $120.00

Bro Gilbert agree to take the pastoral cear of us as a church where upon we took a collection and subscription for him which was $164.00

December 1st Saturday 1864

The Thompson Settlement Church met and after prayer and a sermon by our Pastor

1st  opened the way for applicant membership

2  Received Alexander Bishop by Baptism

3  Read and received the record of last meatin

4  We restore bro. J.H. Jones to fellowship by his stating he would play cards no more

5  We exclude Mary Anderson from our Christian fellowship for fornication

6  We charge Elizabeth Lumpkins with lewdness and appoint sisters Frances Jayne and Mary Anderson to sight her to attend at our next meatin to answer for said charges

7  We appoint W. Muncy, J. Jayne, and R. Clark to visit some delinquent members and ascertain their reason for not attending meatin.

January 1st Saturday 1865

The Thompson Settlement Church met and after prayer and a sermon by our Pastor

1st  opened the way for applications for membership

2  Read and received the record of last meatin 

The meatin being protractin(?) Received the following members Susanah James, James Oliver, Gemima C. Vandeventer, Florence L. Jayne, Nervesta Muncy, Louisa Fletcher, James M.C.D. Burchett, John Muncy, Zion Bishop, William Oliver, Jacob Hopkins, George Minks, Thomas J. Burchett, James B. Crook, William N. Fletcher, Martha Ann Bishop, Agnes Nida(?), Francis Crook, Susanah Oliver, Elizabeth Miller, Martha J. Hall, William Crook, Elizabeth a black girl


 

A List of the Members who belong to the Thompson Settlement Church in Lee Cty Va  ? September 1st Saturday 1838 

                                                                                    Entered by Benjamin Burchett

[Note: the “dismissed” “dead”, and “excluded” notations were obviously added at a later date, possibly in the 1860s when Benjamin Burchett transcribed the early minutes.]

 

White Male Members


  1. Robert Clark senior Deacon
  2. William Jessee deceased Deacon
  3. Elder James Bishop
  4. Elisha Bishop
  5. William Standifer  Dismissed
  6. Elisha Clark   Dismissed
  7. John Clark   Dismissed
  8. William C. McClelland   Dis
  9. John Trotter   excommunicated
  10. Robert Clark junior
  11. George Stapleton   excommunicated
  12. Jonathan Thompson   deceased
  13. Michael Macdowell  dismissed
  14. John Fletcher  dismissed
  15. James Sims   dismissed
  16. Francis Muncy
  17. Martin Sims  (excluded)
  18. John Standifer  dismissed
  19. Anson C. Martin   dismissed
  20. Alexander S. Clark  (deceased)
  21. William Jayne  Deacon
  22. Joseph Adams   dismiss
  23. Samuel Muncy   Deceased
  24. James Jayne
  25. James Jones   dismissed
  26. Peter Wolfenbarger   Dismissed
  27. John Chance   Dismissed
  28. John Jessee   Dismissed
  29. Jessee Vandeventer
  30. George W. Clark   Dismissed
  31. Samuel Marion   Deceased
  32. Bartholomew Marion   Dismissed
  33. James Standifer   excluded
  34. Robert Southern   deceased
  35. William Adams  Dismissed
  36. William Noe  (excluded)
  37. Martin Wadell  dismissed
  38. William Lawson  dismissed
  39. Alexander Montgomery  Dism
  40. Rodney Warren  excluded
  41. William Marion  excluded
  42. Joseph Stapleton   excommunicated
  43. Jacob Grabill   Dismissed
  44. Thomas Sutton   Dismissed
  45. Benjamin Burchett 
  46. Sanford Roland   dismissed
  47. Reuben Morley   dismissed
  48. Peter Parkey   Dismissed
  49. Adamson Rogers   Dismissed
  50. David Lundy   Excommunicated
  51. John Bottom
  52. Sh? MacGuire   Dismissed
  53. William Muncy

 


White Female Members 1838


  1. Judy Clark  Deaconess
  2. Polly Jessee  Deaconess
  3. Barbara Jayne  Deaconess
  4. Levina Bishop
  5. Polly Standifer  Dismissed
  6. Jerusha Robertson  dead
  7. Polly Bishop
  8. Elizabeth Clark
  9. Patsy McClelland  Dismissed
  10. Patsy Bowling
  11. Rebecca Clark
  12. Miriam Stapleton
  13. Rebecca Thompson
  14. Ann Gregory
  15. Ann Riley
  16. Elizabeth Logan
  17. Patty Fletcher
  18. Nancy Muncy
  19. Lucy Sims (excluded)
  20. Lucy Standifer
  21. Levina Burchett
  22. Elizabeth Clark
  23. Margaret Martin
  24. Elizabeth M.V. Fitts
  25. Anne Clark  dead
  26. Sarah Pitts  excluded
  27. Louisa Muncy
  28. Hannah Jayne
  29. Laurinda Jones
  30. Elizabeth Wolfenbarger
  31. Rebecca Fletcher
  32. Celia Jessee
  33. Ursula Vandeventer
  34. Tabitha Marion (deceased(?))
  35. Belinda Cheek dismissed
  36. Nancy Muncy
  37. Peggyann Adams
  38. Patsy Hampton
  39. Polly Jessee
  40. Patsy Noe  dismissed
  41. Polly Hampton  dismissed
  42. Zelpha Marion  dismissed
  43. Molly Lawson
  44. Nancy Fugate
  45. Hannah Sutton
  46. Lucy Muncy  dead
  47. Elizabeth Plank  dismissed
  48. Nancy Macdowell
  49. Rebecca Montgomery
  50. Patsy Jones
  51. Mary Ellis  dismissed
  52. Sarah Matlock  dismissed

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  1. Rebecca Hamblen  dis
  2. Patsey Vandeventer
  3. Sarah owens  dis
  4. Katherine Roland  dismissed
  5. Polly Morley  dismissed
  6. Jane Spurlock
  7. Polly Edwards
  8. Polly ? Bolton
  9. Polly ? Lamberty(?)
  10. Nancy Craig(?)  dismissed
  11. ? Waddle  dismissed
  12. Matilda Waddle (dead)
  13. Nancy ?
  14. ? Edwards

 


Black Male Members  Sept 1838

  1. Rileys Anthony  dismissed
  2. Bales’ Isaac dismissed
  3. Bealy’s Jack  dismissed
  4. Martin’s Bob  dis
  5. ??’s Robert   dismissed
  6. John ?’s black man Vincent  dismissed
  7. ???  dismissed

Black Female Members 1838

  1. Rileys Esther  dismissed
  2. Martin’s Martha
  3. Moore’s Phebe  excluded

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  1. Polly ?’s Violet

 

 



Members Names in the Year 1835


Males

James Gilbert  dismissed

Robert Clark

William Jessee  deceased

Elijah Bishop

William Stannipher  dismissed

Elisha Clark  dismissed

James Bishop

John Clark  Dismissed

William McClalon  dismissed

John Trotter  excluded

Robert Clark junior

George Stapleton  excluded

Jonathan Thompson  deceased

Mikel Mcdowell

Riley’s Antony  dismissed

Bales’s Isaac  dismissed

Riley’s Jack   dismissed

John Fletcher   dismissed

James Sims   dismissed

Francis Muncy

Martin Sims  excluded

John Stannepher   dismissed

James M. Martin   excluded

John Jones   dismissed

Anson C. Martin   dismissed

Daniel C. Alsup   dismissed

Alexander S. Clark   deceased

William Jayne

John Gilbert   dismissed

Joseph Adams   dismissed

Samuel Muncy   deceased

James Jayne

James Jones   dismissed

Peter Wolfenbarger   dismissed

? Chance

Rolan Chiles   excluded

John Jessee   dismissed

Jessee Vandeventer   dismissed

George W. Clark   dismissed

Samuel Marion  deceased

Joseph Cheek  excommunicated

Bartholomew Marion   dismissed

James Stannepher  excluded

Elisha Sowder  excluded

Robert Southern  deceased

James Muncy  excluded

William Adams     dismissed

William Noe  excluded

? Seals  deceased(?)

Martin Wadel

William Welch

William Lawson  excluded

Alexander Montgomery   dismissed

Thomas Lawson  excluded

Rodney Woren  excluded

William Morrison  excluded

Joseph Stapleton  excluded

Jacob Grabill   dismissed

Parrol(?)’s Thomas  deceased

Thomas Sutten   dismissed

Benjamin Burchett

S? Rolan   dismissed

Adamson Rogers   dismissed

Reuben Moxley(?)   dismissed

 

 

Females

Dally Gilbert     dismissed

Judy Clark

Polly Jessee

Levina Bishop

Polly Stannapher   dismissed

Jerusy Robertson  deceased

Polly Bishop

Elizabeth Clark   dismissed

Patsy McClalon   dismissed

Patsy Bolen

Rebecca Clark

Mariann Stapleton

Rebecca Thompson   dismissed

Ann Gregory   dismissed

Aunt Betty

Ann Riley   dismissed

Elizabeth Legan

Polly Fletcher   dismissed

Pheby Jones   dismissed

Nancy Muncy

Lucy Sims   dismissed

Lucy Stannepher   dismissed

Levinia Clark

Elizabeth Clark

Margret Martin   dismissed

Elizabeth Jessee

Anny Clark  deceased

Barbery Jaynes

Sary Fitts  excluded

Nancy Gilbert   dismissed

Louisa Muncy

Hannah Jayne

Lorinda Jones   dismissed

Elizabeth Wolfenbarger

Rebeca Fletcher  excluded

Milly Chiles   dismissed

Celia Jessee   dismissed

Ursula Vandeventer   dismissed

Jayne Osben  excluded

Tabitha Marion  deceased

Melinda Cheek   dismissed

Nancy Muncy

Anny Muncy  excluded

Peggyann Adams

Patty ?     dismissed

Rebeca Davis

Polly Bishop

Patsy Houston   dismissed

Polly Houston   dismissed

Zelpha Maruan   dismissed

Charity Welch

Milly Lawson   dismissed

Nancy Fuget   dismissed

Hanny Sutten   dismissed

Judy Gollehon   dismissed

Sally Fletcher

Lucy Jayne deceased

Elizabeth Plank   dismissed

Nancy Mcdowell   dismissed

Rebeca Montgomery

Mary Doolen   dismissed

Patsy Jones   dismissed

Lucy Martin   dismissed

Mary Ellis   dismissed

Mary Celvin(?)   dismissed

Sary Matlock   dismissed

Riley’s Esther   dismissed

Martin’s Martha   dismissed

Rebeca Hamlen   dismissed

Patsy Vandeventer

Sary Cans(?)   dismissed


 

 


 

[Note:  The remarks below were written on pages 74 and 75 in the bound minutes book.  Mr. Burchett is referring to an index at the beginning of the book which lists names and page numbers.  He apparently transcribed the minutes through August 1822, and only these pages were numbered in the book.  Some of the names listed below were probably names of founding members of the church; although there was no record of their acceptance into the church, their names were mentioned from the beginning of the church records (for example, Hezekiah Applegate, John Matlock, and Richard Bell).  Others might have joined the church during months for which the church records had been lost. 

 Immediately following these remarks was a biography of Elder James Bishop, after which the minutes resumed in another handwriting.]

 

Remarks by the Transcriber of this Book

In the catalogue of the names of the members of this church I see the names of several members both male and female of whom I have no account of the time and manner in which they were received into the Church: viz Hezekiah Appelgate, John Matlock, Richard Bell, Frederick Carlock, Obed Spradling, Benjamin Wheelis, Barton Ely, Francis Tackett, John Lamasters, Moses Hulbern, Sarah Wheelis, Hannah Maguire, Katherine Ely Runnels, Elisabeth Fulkerson, Elizabeth Childress, Elisabeth Perrin, Sarah Spradling, Sarah Hammans, + Eliza Tackett.

    Note:  The figures standing on the right hand of the names in the Catalogue of names are pointing to the number of the page in which is recorded the first Reception of each person into this church.

            By Benjamin A. Burchett, Transcriber

                                    June 21st 1865

 

I consider this a treat to read the records of one who has so faithfully discharged his duty.                                                                                              E.M.S.

July 19, 1908


[Note:  The following appeared on pages 78 and 79 in the bound minutes book.]

 

Biography of Elder James Bishop

 

Died at his residence in Lee County, Va., on the 12th day of April 1862.  Elder James Bishop, in the 69th year of his ???.  Bishop was born in Claiborne County, Tennessee and brought up by pious parents, but he like many other young men, grew up to be wayward and irreligious.  He married a pious lady by the name of Polly Harris in the year 1821.  Through her influence he was soon brought to realize that he was a sinner in the government(?) of God and… professed faith in Christ and united with the Thompson Settlement Church in April 1922 and was baptized by Eld. Robert Southern.  He commenced showing some indications of a call to the ministry by schooling his associates in private and sometimes publicly.  He was licensed to preach by his church in November 1833.  He commenced laboring very successfully, and the church soon found his gift such as to give promise of usefulness, and in March 1836 he was ordained to the full work of the Gospel Ministry by Elders James Gilbert and Jonathan Bishop.  In 1837 he was called to the pastoral care of the Thompson Settlement Church, which position he held for eighteen years.  His labours were greatly blest in this church during the whole time, but especially so in the year 1842(?) when a great arrival was experienced and many added to the church.  It is believed that during this year he baptized near two hundred persons and among the number two of his own daughters.  It is supposed that during his lifetime he baptized as many as a thousand persons.

He served as pastor of Rob Camp Church for several years with encouraging success.  This church was mainly built up under his labours.  He was also for some time pastor of Blackwater and Mulberry Gap Churches.  But our brother did not confine himself exclusively to the churches.  He traveled through several countys, proclaiming the ?? of salvation to dying sinners, and no doubt many will hail him in the day of final accounts as their spiritual  father, for he was peculiarly gifted in winning souls to Christ.  He was chosen Moderator of the Mulberry Gap Association for four successive years which position he filled to the entire satisfaction of the brethren.

Bro. Bishop was beloved by all who knew him.  For several years previous to his death, he was sorely afflicted, which prevented him from labouring in the ministry, but his whole soul was in the work, and would often express a desire to be able to preach.  He particularly expressed a desire to preach one sermon to the volunteers of his neighborhood who were expected soon to start to the (?) field, but this he was not permitted to do for soon afterwards he passed a way to the spirit land.  During his whole sickness his faith was strong, and his hopes in the Saviour unwavering to the end.  He died in peace.  He leaves an affectionate wife, who is a member of the Baptist Church and who aided him much in the ministry – two devoted daughters, and a large number of relatives and acquaintances to mourn their loss.  But they sorrow not as those who have no hope.

Your committee recommend that the foregoing notes of our deceased brother be printed in the Minutes of the Clinch Valley Association and also a copy sent to the Religious Herald for publication.

 

                                                                        Wm Duff(?) Chairman

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