Fayette County, Alabama
~ History of Pilgrim's Rest Baptist Church ~
Pilgrim's Rest Baptist Church is located about five miles
south of Fayette, AL, on the north side of County Road 159 (S35-T16S-R13W) or (GPS: 33.613572N,
-87.861491W). Its companion
cemetery sits on the south side of the road.
The church was founded on April 24, 1841, and took the name of its
neighborhood, then known as "Pilgrim’s Rest." The first part of
the name comes from John PILGRIM,
who owned the surrounding land.
The second part comes from that area being situated at the top of
a hill; after the long climb up, people traveling south from Fayette
would stop there to rest (or to let their horses rest) before moving on.
The present sanctuary was built in 1965, making it the third building
occupied by the congregants.
members of Pilgrim’s Rest Baptist Church
ANDREWS, David Wright
STRICKLAND, William O.
YEARBY (sic), Sarah
STRICKLAND, Martha Ann
Deacons have included:
NELSON, William Jefferson
FREEMAN, John Allen
Note: David Wright
ANDREWS founded churches from South Carolina to
Mississippi and may be the same preacher who wrote a book called Through the Preachers Looking Glass
(1885). He was a founder of the
North River Baptist Association, and he was the first “Missionary”
preacher to come to Fayette County. The other Baptist preachers
in northwest Alabama were from other sects. He was in the
Northport area of
Tuscaloosa County before coming to Fayette.
by Hillary "Hill" Wright
verbal interviews and an examination of the church records.
Special thanks to Peggy Caraway,
who I interviewed in September 1995
and who graciously made the church records available to me.
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