Bellville Baptist Church Minutes Submitted by: Bill King
Some From the Minutes of Bellville Baptist Church, Conecuh County, AL To Conecuh County, AL Researchers...... Below is some Conecuh info I got at Clayton Library (Houston)last week. This includes some data from the Minutes Books of the Belleville Baptist Church (originally Murder Creek Baptist Church), in Conecuh which were photocopied by Sanford University Library. The older of the two volumes, was in really poor shape.... and the handwriting was very difficult to read. I browsed as best that I could searching for familiar names, picking up what I felt to be of help in my King-Witherington-Ellis-Coleman-Lee searches. Hope some of this will help your searches, as well !!!! Bill King of Houston BillKing@houston.rr.com *************************************** 1830-1840 Alabama Census Index ELLIS Head of Households: 1830 1840 Josiah Conecuh Butler Kinchin Conecuh Butler Martha Conecuh --- Rhoda Conecuh --- William Conecuh Butler William E. Conecuh Conecuh William (Jr) -- Conecuh Graves Butler --- Joel Butler Conecuh John Baldwin --- Maybe we should also be checking Butler County? ____________________________________ Here's an interesting one: 1820 Dallas County, AL Census William R. King over 21/male living alone 80 Slaves Note: A quick look thru Dallas County showed no other persons with 80 slaves. ??? Wonder how much land he held? This got my attention, as he has 'my exact name'! This could have been William Rufus King who later served as vice-president of the US. 1820 Conecuh Census shows: Ebenezer ELLIS 1-3-2-2-9-0-4 = 13 Total (1)William ELLIS 1-1-0-0-2-0-0 = 2 (2)William Ellis 1-2-1-2-6-0-0 = 6 Joel Ellis 1-3-1-2-7-0-0 = 7 Rolley Ellis 1-1-1-1-4-0-0 = 4 Total Population Conecuh County = 5549 White 3615 Of Color 1919 Also appearing (1820 Census) were Mark Travis and John Travis, thought to be relatives of the Rev. Alexander Travis, pastor of the Murder Creek Baptist Church (@1818), later renamed the Belleville Baptist Church. They are also likely to be related to the William Barrett Travis of 'THE ALAMO' fame. This Mark Travis was a Lt. in Army during Mexican-American War (served with Lt. William R. King, who was killed in Mexico in 1848 and is buried at Belleville Cem.). Mark Travis was later an officer of the Conecuh Militia, and then later served as an officer in the Confederacy. Mark Travis also served as the County Clerk of Conecuh County for a period prior to the Civil War. _____________________________________ 1830 Alabama Census Index WITHERINGTON Daniel Conecuh County James Conecuh John Butler William Conecuh Saunders Montgomery A.D. Dallas (spelled Wethington) Benjamin Jefferson (spelled Worthington) ____________________________________ 1840 Conecuh Co Census Index WITHERINGTON Daniel James Sarah Sebastian WORTHINGTON - All in Conecuh County (1840) Daniel James Sarah Sebastian (These are all Witherington Names, just mis-spelled) _____________________________________ >From minutes of the Murder Creed Baptist Church (now Belleville Baptist) for the period 1818-1884 (film obtained on Inter-Library loan from the Sanford University Library in Birmingham). Original name of church - Murder Creek Baptist Church (Conecuh County, AL) April 1820 - Church Conference Met to Call Brother Travis to the Pastorial Care of the Murder Creek Baptist Church. Brother Scoggin appointed to write the letter and be the Bearer. Early Membership list (undated) Murder Creek Baptist Church included: Rachal King, John Norred, Sarah Norred, Will Andrews, Elizabeth Andrews, James T. Andrews, Henry Stanley, Sarah Stanley and more. James Straughn, Church Clerk. 1824 Received by letter, the following: John Ellis and Catherine Ellis, wife James Coleman and Claressa Coleman, wife Catherine King John King and Elizabeth King, wife; Sarah King, daughter Another Membership List (Undated) Murder Creek Baptist Church (Some with 'members since' notations) Nathaniel Hawthorn (1824), Holly Hawthorne (1825), Rev. John Ellis, Catherine Ellis, James Coleman, Claresa Coleman, Katherine King, Elizabeth King, Sarah King, Martha Coleman, Elizabeth King, Jospeh R. Hawthorn, (??) Kolb, Frances Kolb, Martha King, Rebecca King, Chandler King, William King. 1838 List Elizabeth Coleman, Mary Witherington, Rachael King, Sarah Ann Coleman, Catherine Nored, Mary Lewis 1843 List J.K. Hawthorn, Elizabeth Hawthorn, Elizabeth King and E. King's "Dicey", a woman of color. Refers to 'Brother Travis' - Minutes Jan 25, 1850 (Alexander Travis, Pastor) Mentions Mrs. Chesley Crosby - Jul 22, 1851 March 24, 1827 Brother John King chosen to replace Brother Davis as "Church Cleark" (sic) May 1828 Brother Jno. Ellis delivered Sermon (Date Not Readable) Martha King came forward and on her Experience was received as a candidate for Baptism. "Milly", the property of Sister King who was a (??) member from Mechanicsville Church in South Carolina came forward and offered her Recantation (?) which was received. Brother John King was appointed to write to that church for her letter. October 1829 Brother J.R. (?) Hawthorn was appointed Church Clerk to fill the vacancy of Bro. John King, 'late clerk'. This date would tend to confirm that this is the same John King (1782-1829) & Elizabeth Coleman King (1782-1844) buried in Belleville Cem. 1832 Sister Rebecca King came forward with a letter and was received. Nov 25, 1837 Rachael King came forward and applied on experience and was received as a candidate for Baptism. 1844 Brother Travis still preaching. Brother H. Lee also mentioned. Nov 23, 1852 Brother Travis prevented by High Water to attend church conference. By Dec 1862 a Brother Jay was mentioned as preaching. Nov 23, 1863 Brother John M. Nored elected Clerk, to replace Brother Robbins. NOTE: 1850 Minutes Refers to "Brother Travis" on several dates, this is Alexander Travis, Pastor of Murder Creek Baptist Church, Conecuh County, Alabama. We feel certain that he is somehow related to the Mark Travis and John Travis that appear on census of Conecuh. He is also very ikely to be have been related to the Col. William Barrett Travis who was killed at the Battle of the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas.