SCHLEY COUNTY CHURCHES
AS TAKEN FROM ELLAVILLE AND SCHLEY COUNTY...an historical sketch by the Schley County Bicentennial Commission, Mickey Holloway and Winifred G. Williams; co-chairpersons, 1976

ANDREW CHAPEL

Andrew Chapel Methodist Church had its beginning in bush arbors near the present site of the the santuary. Rev. Robert Williamson conducted the earliest services there in 1860 and a log building housed the church until a fire destroyed it and a new building was contructed in 1872.

CONCORD

Concord Methodist Church
The records of the Concord Methodist Church date back to the year 1850 when John W. Reynolds was listed as the original pastor of the church. The registar of members dating back to those early days included familiar family names such as Bridges, Murry, Collins, Dorsey, Souter, Myrick Ethridge, Hill and Snider.
Location: Schley County Road 2080 just South of State Rd 240

CORINTH

located on the Oglethorpe-Ellaville highway, it was organized around 1872 with the help of Rev. Allen Whellus. Four stuctures have occupied the site since 1936.

COUNTY LINE

County Line Church

Located near the Sumter-Schley county line, it occupies the site of Light and Tie School near the Dr. Scarborough homeplace. Families connected with this church's past are Hudson, Holloway, Scarborough, Cheney, Halstead, Peeks Thortons, McElmurray and Johnson.
Partial Cemetery Listing

EBENEZER BAPTIST

Minutes, more history and photos

This church was organized in 1836 near Pond Town. The first pastor was J.J. Battle. The church was destroyed by a tornado in 1954. The current church was dedicated in 1955. More on Ebenezer - minutes, photos, membership lists

ELLAVILLE METHODIST

Ellaville Methodist Church Rev. Robert Williamson was an early pastor. Families associated with this church are: McCrory, Manning, Hill, Stevens, Holloway, and Arrington.

ELLAVILLE BAPTIST

Ellaville Baptist Church The first building was completed in 1860. The current sactuary was completed in 1912. Families associated with this church are: Rainey, Sears, Battle, Duncan, Arrington, Tondee, Mott, DeVane, Pelham, Jones, Snipes, Lightner, Driver, Patterson, Robinson, Peek and Siniard.

FELLOWSHIP

This church was organized prior to 1887. Families associated with this church are: Mott, Stewart, Suncan, Robinson, Threlkeld and Cordell. Cemetery on-line

HOPEWELL METHODIST

Hopewell Methodist Church
Services were being held at Hopewell before Schley County was formed. Structures were built on the site in the 1840's, 1860's and again after the Civil War. It became a full time church in the 1960's. Families associated with this church are Wall, Snipes, Devane and Snyder. It has a white and Afro-American cemetery on the site.

MOUNT VERNON


This church is thought to be one of the oldest in Schley County. The church building was detroyed several years ago. The church grounds contain a cemetery still used by several families. Families associated with this church are: Gilmore, Fulford, Oliver , Hixon and Payne. The Gilmore family cleans the church cemetery once a year in May.

MT ZION

This church was first organized in a bush arbor. The first leader of the church was Rev. Elbert Walker. Charles Warren, Mac Wallace, West Green and Newt Greene were amoung the first members.

NEW CORINTH

This church was built around 1889. The congregation of this church held services in the early 1800's near Pond town. The building at Pond Town was destroyed by fire, the group then held services in a bush arbor. Early ministers were, W.B. Perry, H.C. Coes, and T.C. Cherry. The church choir was organized in 1926 by Mrs. Mary L. Fudge and Mrs. Virginia Trice.

PHILLIPI PRIMITIVE

Phillipi Church
Church records show the church was founded in February of 1835. Names associated with this church are Murry, Lee, Battle, Stewart and Hamilton. James Murray (-1877 ) was an elder and one of the first pastors. Son, James Monroe Murray (1853-1930)was active in affairs of Phillippi Church, ordained 10-4-1902, summoned as pastor immediately.

The church was disbanded in the 1970's as the members passed and since then the cemetery has been maintained by descendants using the contributions of kin and caring individuals. If you can help with ongoing maintenance, please send your check made payable to the Phillippi Cemetery Fund to:

Central Bank of Georgia
Attn/ Kenneth Phillips
Phillippi Cemetery Fund
P.O. Box 45
Ellaville, GA 31806

PLEASANT HILL FREE WILL BAPTIST

Pleasant Hill Church

ROCKY HILL PRIMITIVE

This church was organized in 1892, as an outgrowth of Phillipi Primitive for Afro-American citizens. The first pastor was Elder A.S. Stewart. Early deacons were: G.B. Battle, P.K. Kendred and E.M. Moore.

SPRING HILL

Spring Hill Methodist was organized by Rev. Fields of Americus. It was put on the circuit with Union Hill A.M.E in 1870.

UNION HILL

Union Hill AME Church Rev. Jessie Dinkins organized this church as a place of worship for the African Methodist of Ellaville, around 1867.
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