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Cemetery and Church history

A Brief History of New Hope Primitive Baptist Church

(Submitted by Bobbye Wilson Wade)

Thornton Myers, Joshua Buzbee, and William Lindsay were active in the Hopewell Baptist Church.  Joshua was married to Thornton's daughter, Elizabeth Jane, and William Lindsay was married Thornton's sister Dicie Matilda.  Thornton and Joshua served as messengers in the annual Five Mile Creek Baptist Association from Hopewell Primitive Church.  Hopewell Church was dissolved around 1884 leaving them without a home church.

In 1886, Thornton Myers, and his second wife Sallie Stewart Blevins, donated one and one-half acres of land to the members of the New Hope Primitive Baptist faith for a church house.  The land was described as the South half of the SW 1/4, Section 24 T 13 R 6 West commencing at he mouth of a certain hollow above the spring, thence Southern direction to the section line, thence east to the spring branch, thence and up said Branch to the beginning corner above said spring.  The deed was registered June 6, 1887.  New Hope sent their first delegates, Thornton Myers, Joshua Buzbee and S. B. Phillips, to the twentieth Annual Session of the Five Mile Creek Baptist Association of the Primitive Faith, September 16-18, 1887.

The New Hope Primitive Baptist Church building was completed in the late 1887 or early 1888. Then the New Hope congregation was host to the Twenty-second Annual Session of the Five Mile Creek Baptist Association, September 14th and 15th, 1889.

James Thornton Myers was the oldest child of John Myers and Nancy Mullins Myers.  Thornton was born in Hall County Georgia, August 5, 1813.  He married Jane Blalock around 1833 in Georgia, In 1840, Thornton and his small family migrated to Walker County, Alabama, along with his grandfather and grandmother, Abraham and Sarah Roberson Myers,  Jane and Thornton had ten children one of which was Elizabeth Jane Myers.  Jane Blalock Myers died soon after the War Between the States and was buried in Lindsey Cemetery on the Sipsey River. Some time later, Thornton married Sallie Stewart Blevins, daughter of Samuel Stewart. Thornton died in 1898 and was buried in New Hope Cemetery.. Sarah Stewart Blevins, 2nd wife of Thornton Myers was buried beside him but no dates were recorded on her marker.

Joshua L. Buzbee and Elizabeth Jane Myers Buzbee, daughter of Thornton and Jane Myers, donated the adjacent land south and west of New Hope Primitive Baptist Church property for a cemetery.   This New Hope Cemetery was commonly referred to as the Myer's Cemetery.  Virgil Tidwell reported that Jake Aaron 1870-1897 was the first person buried in the new cemetery. Joshua died January 26, 1926 and Elizabeth Jane died November 23, 1916.  Both are buried in New Hope Cemetery.

Sources: Minutes of Five Mile Baptist Creek Association, Twentieth and Twenty-second Session 1887-1889

Walter Avery Parker, Lindsay Family p. 8

1867 Voting Registrations Loyalty Oaths Individual Pardon Applications walker County Alabama Carolyn M Rowe, The Gregath Publishing Company  Wyandotte Oklahoma 1996

1870 Federal Census Walker County Alabama p 25 line 28

1880 Federal Census Walker County Alabama Family No. 15-160 p23

Deed Book 2 page 407 June 6 1887 LM 1088RM72*

A Short History of the Myers Family, John Myers, Floyada, Texas  1942

Some Descendants of Abraham and Sarah Roberson Myers of Walker County Alabama Mable M. Myers 1998 pp 11 and 134

Tombstones in the New Hope Cemetery

Oral Testimony of Virgil Tidwell to Bobbye Wilson Wade 2002