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African-Americans included in the

Providence Baptist Church Records

Clark County, Kentucky 1786-1875

 

Introduction.  The Winchester, Kentucky public library has, on CD-ROM, three volumes of minutes of the Providence Baptist Church on Lower Howard’s Creek, the “Bush Settlement,” Clark County, Kentucky.  Approximately three hundred and thirty African-Americans, that is, those who were held as slaves or were otherwise described as persons of color, were mentioned in the minutes, some of them on multiple occasions.  Many were also included on the church membership lists included in each volume.

 

The first volume of the church minutes, covering the period through 1832, was transcribed in 1924.  That transcription has an index, however, African-Americans were left out of the index.  The other two volumes, covering the periods from 1833-1868 and 1869-1918, are not transcribed and are only available in the original handwriting, with no index.  I have only reviewed the period up to 1880, by which time I could no longer find any discernible references to African-Americans in the church minutes. 

 

It should be noted that the 1924 transcript of the first volume on CD-ROM is missing several pages of the women’s membership records.  They can be found by referring to the handwritten original.

 

If there are any 19th century minutes or records from the African-American congregation at the Old Stone Church on Lower Howard’s Creek, which formed in 1870, now known as the Providence Missionary Baptist Church, I would appreciate knowing about them.

 

Tracing people who were held as slaves is very difficult, especially since they were not allowed the dignity of surnames.  I apologize for having to continue the historical pattern of identifying them according to their owners, but that seems to be the only way for now to identify these individuals.  One hopes that these records will help some few people in tracing their ancestry and thus, however long posthumously, help tie the African-Americans included in these records to their descendants. 

 

It seems particularly disgraceful for a church congregation to be so engulfed in slavery.  If any of the white members of the congregation had any qualms about slavery, and one hopes there were some, no indication of it is ever given in these minutes.   

 

Chronological listing.  This is a chronological listing of the references to slaves or persons of color in the church minutes.  I have included here all of the comments that I could find pertaining to slaves or persons of color—I would appreciate knowing about it I missed some or otherwise made errors.  If one wanted to refer to the original minutes, it is easy to find the relevant page in the minutes if one knows the date of the listing (and has access to the digital files).  The quotations retain the spelling and punctuation of the original (in the case of the first volume, of the transcribed version).

 

Name index.  A name index is included at the end of this document.

 

Absence of references to children.  So far as I can tell, there is no mention of children, either white or of color, anywhere in these minutes.

 

Church rules.  Many of the references are to people being received into the church, which clearly means being admitted as a member of the congregation.  It’s not obvious to me to what extent people attended or were permitted to attend the services if they were not “received” into the church.  I assume that children were not “received” into the church.  There are frequent references to whites being “dismissed” as members, which clearly refers to an authorized departure from the congregation, presumably due to moving away.  Slaves are only occasionally mentioned as having been dismissed in the early decades.  Both whites and slaves are periodically “excluded,” which refers to expulsion from the congregation for some transgression.  Those who were excluded are sometimes “received” again by repentance.   On several occasions slaves are excluded for adultery, sometimes by accusation from their owner, which strikes one as bizarre considering the context.  Slaves could also be excluded for disobeying their owner or running away, among other things.

 

Slaves or persons of color are never mentioned as officers or representatives of the church and were apparently only permitted to preach to other persons of color, and only with the permission of their owner and the church.  According to other descriptions (it is not mentioned here), slaves did not sit with whites on the main floor of the church but could only sit in the balcony.  One presumes that the few free persons of color were also so restricted. 

 

Terminology in the minutes.  So far as I can determine, slaves never have a surname in these minutes and are ordinarily listed as a possession of their owner, e.g. Bushes Bob.  I’ve taken the use of the possessive case and the absence of a surname, plus the circumstance that these are adults being referenced, to be indicative that the person is a slave, even in the absence of any reference to the skin color of the person. 

 

Is it possible that some of the people listed below were white servants, rather than persons of color?  It’s not impossible, however it doesn’t seem very likely.  As can be seen from the quoted comments, many of the people are specifically noted in one place or another as being black or of color.  I assume that white servants would have had their surname used in a church record, although I can’t be sure of that.  I suspect that white people, even servants, would have resisted being described in church records in the same way as slaves, e.g. Bushes Bob.  I don’t know whether any of the slave owning households mentioned below actually had white “servants” although I suspect that most didn’t.  For that minority of people of color who were free, almost always terminology is used making it clear that the person was a free person of color.

 

If it can be established that any of the individuals named below were actually whites, I would appreciate knowing about it so that I can correct this document.

 

There are a few people, in lists of names, where it’s difficult to determine if a possessive case is being used.  I’ve tried to rely on other factors, such as other references to the person, to make a determination as to whether the person was held as a slave.

 

I use the contemporary term “African-American” in the title for this document but it’s not a term ever found in these minutes.  The most commonly used phrases to denote race are “black” or “of color” or “colored.”  The word “Negro” is only used occasionally.  The word “mulatto” is not found in these minutes although it was commonly used to describe a person of mixed racial parentage in other documents of the era.

 

Bush slaves.   I’ve extracted a separate document specifically about the slaves of the Bush family of Clark County, including those listed below, but also including some other information.  Contact me for a copy.

 

Census information:  Slaves are never listed by name in the census.  Also, early censuses only listed the names of the head of household in each household and not the other members of the household, even as to whites.  Nonetheless, censuses are a crucial source of information about the scale and patterns of slave ownership. 

 

Since census documents are now available online and are digitally searchable, I’ve looked for a few of the individuals mentioned in these records in the census.  Except for those former slaves who were already free before 1860, the first census in which former slaves can be sought by name is 1870.  Many of the people in this document were already dead by then.  While many former slaves used the surnames of their previous owners, many did not.  Also, many former slaves moved after emancipation.  Whatever the combination of factors, I’ve found it difficult to identify persons mentioned in this document in the 1870 or subsequent censuses.

 

A black man named Willis Elkin is in the 1870 census for Clark County who is undoubtedly the Willis Elkin included in the church records.

 

Colby Johnson, 48, born in Kentucky, a laborer, is in the 1870 Winchester census.  He is almost certainly the Cole Johnson in the church records.  He was living in 1870 with Mary Johnson, 42, born in Kentucky, who was presumably his wife, and is presumably the Mary Johnson mentioned together with him in the church records in 1868.  Also living with them was Sarah Johnson, 70, born in Virginia, who was presumably his mother.  I couldn’t locate Cole/Colby or Mary in the 1880 or 1900 census for Clark County.

 

Simon Lisle, 60, born circa 1810 in Virginia. a farmworker, and his wife Maria Lisle, 65, born circa 1805 in Virginia, are in the 1870 census for Clark County.  She had previously been owned by John George.  In the 1880 census, he is living with the family of Granville and Sylva Bybee in Pinchem, Clark County.   His age is now given as 80.  Maria Lisle is listed beneath him, with a line through her name and the comment “dead.”

 

Adjacent to Simon & Maria Lisle in the 1870 census are Thompson and Louisa Ragland and their children.  He was 66, born circa 1804 in Kentucky, a farmworker.  His wife Louisa, 50, was born in Kentucky circa 1820.    Also living with them are Peter Ragland, 24, born circa 1846, and Thomas Ragland, 21, born circa 1849, both farmworkers, who are presumably his, or their, sons.  Louisa is probably the Louisa who had been owned by, or worked for, the Quisenberry family and left the church with Thompson, the Lisles, and others on July 4, 1868 under the name Louisa Quisenberry.  As noted below, those who left the Providence Baptist Church on July 4, 1868 were probably founders of the African-American congregation that purchased the old church building.  The family is in the 1880 census for Germantown, Clark County listed as follows: Thomas Ragland, 76, a farm laborer, born in Kentucky with both parents born in Virginia; Luisa Ragland, 62, keeping house, born in Kentucky, father born in Virginia and mother born in Kentucky; Peter Ragland, 40, teaching school; Thomas Ragland, Jr., 30, a farm laborer.  I couldn’t find any of these individuals in the 1900 census.

 

Harry Enoch, a local historian, alerted me to the Lisle and Ragland families in the 1870 census. 

 

1840 census.  Here are some representative records from the 1840 census for individuals who owned slaves included in these church records.

 

Smallwood Acton.  Slaves owned. 4 young men 10-24, 1 man 24-36, 1 man 36-55, 2 girls under 10, 3 young women 10-24, 1 woman 24-36, 1 woman 36-55.

 

Ambrose Bush, (Jr.). Slaves owned. 2 boys under 10, 1 young man 10-24, 1 man 36-55, 2 girls under 10, 2  young women 10-24,   1 woman 24-36.

 

Colby Bush. Slaves owned. 1 young woman 10-24.

 

Jeremiah Bush (Sr.). (I believe this is Jeremiah, Sr. and that son Junior had no slaves in 1840 rather than vice versa.)  Slaves owned. 1 man 24-36. 1 young woman 10-24.

 

Jonathan Bush. Slaves owned: 4 boys under 10, 2  young men 10-24, 1 man 55-100, 2 girls under 10, 1 young woman 24-36, 1  woman 36-55.

 

Enoch Elkin, Sr. Slaves owned. 6 boys under 10, 2 young men 10-24, 2 men 24-36, 2 girls under 10, 1 young woman 10-24, 2  women 24-36.

 

Lewallen Elkin. Slaves owned. 1 girl under 10, 1 young woman 10-24, 1 woman 55-100.

 

R. H. Elkin (I believe R.H. is Reuben H.) Slaves owned. 1 young man 10-24, 2 girls under 10, 1 young woman 10-24, 1 woman   24-36.

 

Robert Elkin. Slaves owned. 2 girls under 10. (Where was their mother?)

 

John Morton. Slaves owned. 2 young men 10-24, 1 man 24-36, 3 girls under 10, 3 young women 10-24, 1 woman 24-36.

 

Fielding Quisenberry. Slaves owned. 1 girl under 10, 1 young woman 10-24.

 

Roger Quisenberry. Slaves owned. 1 boy under 10, 1 young man 10-24, 3 girls under 10, 1 young woman 10-24.

 

William H. Ragland. Slaves owned. 1 young man 10-24, 1 woman 24-36.

 

Contacting me. If you have any information on the history of the people of color who lived in the Bush Settlement in Clark County, I would like to hear from you.  Comments and/or corrections are also welcome.  I can be reached at lyndon.comstock@gmail.com.  I do have other information I’ve gathered on this topic beyond what I’ve included in this document. (I became interested in this subject because I have an ancestor, also named Lyndon Comstock, who was married in  1806 to one of the local Bushes, Nancy Julia, daughter of Ambrose and Lucy.)

            --Lyndon Comstock (2008)

 

 

This document is copyright 2008 by Lyndon Comstock.  Reproduction for noncommercial purposes is permitted.

 

 

 

 

 

Old Stone Church on Lower Howards Creek, built circa 1893

Providence Baptist Church, now the Providence Missionary Baptist Church

 

 

Cemetery at Old Stone Church

The cemetery is reportedly full, but there are few gravestones

The African-American portion of the cemetery is at the far end


 

African-Americans in the

Providence Baptist Church Minutes 1786-1875

 

VOLUME 1 of the church minutes covers the period from 1780 until June 1833.  A typed transcript was prepared in 1924.

 

(The church records begin in December 1780 with the comment “Moved to Holston [Virginia] Brother Robert Elkin Minister...” and proceeds to list forty-five members.  Although slaves were present with this group, no slaves were included in this initial list of members, so far as can be determined.  An entry in November 1784 indicates that the congregants have mostly moved to the north side of the Kentucky River (i.e., just north of Boonesborough to the “Bush Settlement”).

 

Ned. October 8, 1786.  “Received...a Negro named Ned by Experience” This is the first discernible reference to a person of color. He’s not included on the church membership list.

 

Rose. October 13, 1787. “Received...a negro woman named Rose by Experience” She’s not included on the church membership list.

 

Daniel, owned by a Striplin or Stripling. November 15, 1787. “Receivd...Striplins Daniel by Experience”  Describing a slave as a possession of their owner was the characteristic description for a slave and implies that Daniel was a slave of the Striplin family. He’s not included on the church membership list.

 

Toby, owned by a Hickman. June 20, 1790. “Received Hickmans Toby by approbation” He’s not included on the church membership list.

 

Peter, owned by an Oldham. May 14, 1791. “Received Oldhams Peter...by experience” He’s #36 on the church membership list for men in volume 1, with no indication of what became of him.

 

Tom, owned by a Taylor. May 14, 1791. “Received...Taylors Tom...by Experience” Also see August 10, 1806.  He’s #37 on the church membership list for men in volume 1.

 

Grace, owned by a Duncan. June 5, 1791. “Received Duncans Grace...by Experience” Also see October 9, 1802. She’s not on the church membership list.

 

Agnes, owned by a Drake. June 12, 1791. “Received...Drakes Agnes by Experience.”  She’s not on the church membership list.

 

Harry, owned by a Taylor. September 4, 1791. “Received Taylors Harry by Experience.” He’s #39 on the church membership list for men in volume 1, with a subsequent notation that he was deceased.

 

Cicely (“Cisly”). June 12, 1794. “Receiv’d a black woman by the name of Cisly.” According to the church members list (she’s #79 on the women’s list in volume 1) she was eventually dismissed.

 

Arthur, owned by Joseph Duncan. July 9, 1797. “Recieved Joseph Dunkins Arther by Expearance”  Also see April 5, 1828. He’s not on the church membership list.

 

Grace, owned by George Taylor.  August 6, 1797. “Recieved Gorge Taylors black woman Grase by Expearence.” Also see December 9, 1820.  She’s #92 on the church membership list for women in volume 1.

 

Ambrose, owned by a Mr. Neal.  June 10, 1798.  “Recieved Neals Ambrous by Expereance.”  See also February 14, 1801 and May 11, 1806.  He’s #59 on the church membership list for men in volume 1.

 

Mary, owned by a Duncan (“Dunkin”).  June 10, 1798.  “Received Dunkins Mary by Expereance.”  She’s not on the church membership list.

 

Beery (Barry?), owned by a Hampton.  October 20, 1798.  “Recieved Hamtons Beery by Expearrins.”  He’s #61 on the church membership list for men in volume 1, which indicates that he was eventually dismissed.

 

Phoebe (“Feeby”), owned by a Holladay.  October 20, 1798.  “Received Holladays Feeby by Expearrins.”  She’s #114 on the church membership list for women in volume 1, which gives no further indication of what became of her.

 

Napper, owned by John Graves (or Grove).  August 10, 1799.  “Received Napper and Dinah blacks belonging to John Graves by letter.”  Also see August 9, 1817 and July 8, 1820.  He’s #63 on the church membership list for men in volume 1. 

 

Dinah, owned by John Graves.  August 10, 1799.  “Received Napper and Dinah blacks belonging to John Graves by letter.”  Also see July 8, 1820. She’s #117 on the church membership list for women in volume 1.

 

Lette (Charlotte or Lotte?).  September 14, 1799.  “Recieved Lette a black by letter.”  She’s #129 on the church membership list for women in volume 1.

 

Frazier (“Frasher”), owned by a Strode.  March 8, 1800.  “Recieved Strodes Frasher by Expearrence.”  Also see September 11, 1802 and May 14, 1803.  He’s #132 on the church membership list for men in volume 1.

 

Ambrose, owned by a Mr. Neal.  February 14, 1801.  “This is to Certify that Ambrous a black Man of Mr Neals a member of this Church is excluded from our cear for his Sinfull Condoct Shuch a being Comcernd with theft.”  See also June 10, 1798, May 11, 1806, and April 13, 1811.

 

Nelson, owned by George Taylor.  March 14, 1801.  “Recieved Gorge Taylors Nelso by Expearance.”  Also see August 8, 1807, September 12, 1807, August 6, 1808, and September 8, 1810, etc.  He’s #68 on the church membership list for men in volume 1.

 

David, owned by a Hickman.  May 9, 1801.  “Recieved...Hickmans David by Expearrance.”  Also see March 3, 1827.  He’s #70 on the church membership list for men in volume 1.

 

Betty, owned by a Burris.  May 9, 1801.  “Recieved...Burrises Betty by Recommendation.”  She’s not on the church membership list.

 

William, owned by Robert Didlake.  June 13, 1801.  “Received Robt Didlicklick William by letter.”  Also see February 9, 1805.  He’s #75 on the church membership list for men in volume 1.

 

Aggy, owned by Robert Didlake.  June 13, 1801.  “Received Robt Didlicklick Aggy Expearrance not havind a letter.”  Also see June 8, 1822.  She’s #143 on the church membership list for women in volume 1.

 

Billy (“Bille”), owned by a Wills.  June 13, 1801.  “Recieved...Wilses Bille by Expearrance”  The membership list (he’s #82 on the men’s list in volume 1) states that he was eventually excluded.

 

Dickson, owned by a Eubank.  June 13, 1801.  “Recieved...Eubanks Dickson by Expearrance”  Also see March 10, 1804.  He’s #83 on the church membership list for men in volume 1.

 

Moses, owned by an Embry.  June 18, 1801.  “Received...Embers Moses by Expearrince.”  Also see March 11, 1809 and June 8, 1811.  He’s #85 on the church membership list for men in volume 1.

 

Archibald (“Archabal”), owned by a Coleman.  June 30, 1801.  “Colemons Archabal by Expearrance.”  Also see December 10, 1803.  He’s #86 on the church membership list for men in volume 1.

 

Amy (“Ame”), owned by Capt. William Bush.  July 11, 1801.  “Recieved...Bushes Ame by Expearance.”   Also see September 12, 1801.  She’s #167 on the church membership list for women in volume 1.

 

Violet, owned by an “Eirven”  (Irvin?).  July 11, 1801.  “Recieved...Eirvens Vilet by Expearance.” Also see April 9, 1803.  She’s #168 on the church membership list for women in volume 1.

 

Alce, a woman, owned by Capt. William Bush.  August 8, 1801.   “Recieved...Capt Bushes Alce by Expearrance”  Captain Bush was William “Billy” Bush.  She is #170 on the church membership list for women in volume 1.

 

Hannah, owned by David Hampton.  August 8, 1801.  “Recieved...Hamptons Hannah by Expearrance”  Also see March 10, 1804, etc.  She’s #172 on the church membership list for women in volume 1.

 

Sam, owned by a Clark.  August 8, 1801.  “Recieved...Clarks Sam by Expearrance” 

 

Samuel, owned by John Martin.  August 8, 1801.  “Recieved...Martains Samuel by Expearrance.”  Also see May 13, 1808, December 8, 1810, June 12, 1813, etc.  He’s #97 on the church membership list for men in volume 1.

 

Rachel, owned by an Embry.  August 8, 1801.  “Recieved...Emberes Rachel by Expearrance”  She’s #175 on the church membership list for women in volume 1.

 

Rachel, owned by a Vivion.  August, 13, 1801.  “Recieved...Vivions Rachel by Expearrence”  She’s #182 on the church membership list for women in volume 1, with a later notation that she was “dismist.”

 

Sam, owned by a Lawrence.  August 18, 1801.  “Recieved...Lawrences Sam by Expearrence”  He’s #105 on the church membership list for men in volume 1.

 

Lucy, owned by Joseph Stevens.  August 18, 1801.  “Recieved...Stevenes Luce by Expearrence”  Also see March 12, 1808 and April 9, 1808.  She’s #188 on the church membership list for women in volume 1.

 

Amy (“Ame”), owned by Capt. William Bush.  September 12, 1801, “Whareas a black woman Ame blonging Capt Wm Bush being Delt with in gospel for Disobediance and lying to her mistris and gave no satisfaction is excluded from us”  Also see July 11, 1801.

 

Betty (“Bedey”), owned by a Price.  September 12, 1801.  “Recieved...Prices Bedey by Expearrence”  She’s #191 on the church membership list for women in volume 1, with a later notation that she was dead.

 

Elleck (or Ellick), owned by a Vivion.  September 12, 1801.  “Recieved...Vivion Elleck by Expearrence”  The church membership list (he’s #110 on the men’s list in volume 1) indicates that he was eventually dismissed.

 

Harlan, owned by a Eubanks.  September 12, 1801.  “Recieved...Eubanks Harlan by Expearrence”  Also see December 8, 1804.  He’s #111 on the church membership list for men in volume 1.

 

Dinah, owned by a Vivion.  September 12, 1801.  “Recieved...Vivions Dinah by Expearrence”  She’s #193 on the church membership list for women in volume 1, with the later notation added that she was dead.

 

Jenny (“Jinne”), owned by a Rawlings.  September 12, 1801.  “Recieved...Rawlines Jinne by Expearrence”  She’s #194 on the church membership list for women in volume 1.

 

Sucky, owned by a Bush.  September 12, 1801.   “Recieved...Bushes Sucky by Expearrence”  Also see September 9, 1815.  She’s #192 on the church membership list for women in volume 1.

 

Lucy, owned by Ambrose Bush.  September 12, 1801.   “Recieved...Ambrous Bushes Lucy by Expearrence”   She’s #195 on the church membership list for women in volume 1.

 

Nelly, owned by a Ramey.  February 13, 1802.  “Recieved...Rameys Nelly by Expearrence”  She’s #204 on the church membership list for women in volume 1.

 

William Murray (“Murry”) or Murphy, a black man.  April 10, 1802.  “Recieved Wm Murry a black by Letter”  Also see December 11, 1802 and September 14, 1805.  He’s #126 on the church membership list for men in volume 1.

 

Church rules.  May 8, 1802.  “Question whether black members shall preach without the approbation of the church”

 

Isaac, owned by a Croswhite.  May 8, 1802.  “Recieved Croswhites Isaac by Expearrence”  He’s #127 on the church membership list for men in volume 1.

 

Ginny, owned by Capt. Stevens.  May 8, 1802.  “Recieved Capt Stevenes Ginne by Expearrence”  She’s #212 on the church membership list for women in volume 1.

 

Frank, owned by a Eubanks.  June 10, 1802.  “Recieved Eubanks Frank by expearrance.”  The church membership record (he’s #130 on the men’s list in volume 1) states that he was eventually dismissed.

 

Charles, owned by a McMillan (“Macmilion”).  June 10, 1802.  “Recieved Macmilions Charles by expearrance”  Also see July 1, 1826.  He’s #131 on the church membership list for men in volume 1.

 

Jacob, owned by an Ervin (Irvin?)  June 10, 1802.  “Recieved Ervins Jacob by expearrance.”  Also see April 9, 1803.  He’s #129 on the church membership list for men in volume 1.

 

Church rules.  July 10, 1802.  “We are of opinion that the Laws of the State is Shuch that the Church has no wright to approbate a Slave as a precher without the Concent of their oner.  We are further of the opinion that In cace any Black Member of this Church thinks he has Impressions of preching or Exorting that the Church Shall Chuse a Cometee of Six or more of their Body to hear and Dxamon him with the Concent of their owner”

 

George, owned by George G. Taylor.  August 10, 1802.  “The Church after having received the approbation of Mr George G Taylor do consent his Negro man George be at liberty to exercise his gift of exhortation among his brethren as far & as long as is consistant to his masters will & the laws of this state”  Also see August 10, 1806; May 9, 1807; August 8, 1807; September 12, 1807; September 10, 1810; February 8, 1812; February 13, 1813; March 13, 1813; November 14, 1818; and September 3, 1825.  He’s #142 on the church membership list for men in volume 1.

 

Lucy, owned by Capt. Rawlings.  September 11, 1802.  “Capt Rollens Luce is excluded by the Church for bad Conduct”  There is no prior mention of a Lucy owned by a Rawlings (of whatever spelling), so this is probably the Lucy who had been owned by Ambrose Bush.

 

Frazier, owned by E. W. Strode.  September 11, 1802.  “E W Stordes Frazeure is Excluded from the Church for Drunkenness”  Also see March 8, 1800 and May 14, 1803.

 

Grace, owned by a Duncan.  October 9, 1802.  “Order to dismiss Dunkens Grace”  Also see June 5, 1791.

 

William Murray or Murry or Murphy (“Murfy”), a black man.  December 11, 1802.  “Wm Murfy a black man is Excluded for Drinking two much and for other Disordely Conduct”  Also see April 10, 1802 and September 14, 1805.

 

Jacob (and his wife Violet), owned by an Ervin.  April 9, 1803.  “Dismist Ervins Jacob & Vilet his wife”  Also see June 10, 1802 for Jacob and July 11, 1801 for Violet.  References to slaves as husband and wife are rare.

 

Frazier (“Fasure”), owned by E. W. Strode.  May 14, 1803.  “Recieved Fasure by Repentance.”  Also see March 8, 1800 and September 11, 1802.

 

Troy, owned by a McGuire.  October 8, 1803.  “Recieved Meguires Troy by Expearrance.”  Also see February 14, March 14, 1807, and April 11, 1807.  He’s #134 on the church membership list for men.

 

Archibald, owned by a Mr. Coleman.  December 10, 1803.  “Mr Colemons Archabal is Excluded for Refuseing to hear the Church to answer for his Conduct shuch as Carnely Singing biting at a horse nose and report sais that he Swore & Dancest.”  Also see June 30, 1801.

 

Hannah, owned by David Hampton.  March 10, 1804.  “David Hamtons Hanah is Excluded from us for the Charg of theft and Lying.”  Also see August 8, 1801.

 

Dickson, owned by a Eubank.  March 10, 1804.  “Eubank Dickson is Excluded from us”  Also see June 13, 1801.

 

Frazier, owned by E. W. Strode.  August 11, 1804.  “Strodes Frasure is Excluded for Drunkness”  Also see March 8, 1800, September 11, 1802, and May 14, 1803.

 

Harlan, owned by a Eubanks.  December 8, 1804.  “Eubankes Harlin is Excluded for not Obsconding himself from his masters Servis”  Also see September 12, 1801.  It’s not clear what this entry means but one assumes that Harlan had fled.

 

William, owned by Robert Didlake.  February 9, 1805.  “Brother Didlicks negro man William is Excluded for falshood and deseption”  Also see June 13, 1801.

 

Sarah (“Sary”) owned by Thomas Eubanks.  March 9, 1805.  “Received Eubankes Sary by Expearrance not having a letter” Also see March 12, 1808 and April 9, 1808.  She’s #220 on the church membership list for women.

 

William Murry (or Murray) and his wife Lucy Murry.  September 14, 1805.  “Recieved Wm Murry by Repentance and Dismist Sd Wm and his wife Lucy by letter”   Despite the usual reference to the race of persons of color, this appears to be the same William Murry noted on April 10 and December 11, 1802.  His wife Lucy had not been previously mentioned.

 

Billy, owned by (David?) McGee.  April 12, 1806.  “A complaint against Mr McGees Billy by Brother Didlick the matter taken up and Refered til next Church meeting...Brother Elkins apointed to Cite him to attend”  Also see May 10 and May 11, 1806 and July 8, 1820.  He’s #133 on the church membership list for men.

 

Peter, owned by a Mr. (John) Halyard.  April 12, 1806.  “Mr. Halyards Peter Recd. by Experiance”  Also see May 14, 1814.  He’s #139 on the church membership list for men in volume 1.

 

Billy, owned by a Mr. McGee.  May 10, 1806.  “The Case Mr McGees Billy taken up & Refered to morrow.”  Also see May 11, 1806.

 

Jerry, owned by a Major Clark.  May 10, 1806.  “Recd. Maj. Clarks Jerry by Experiance”  Also see July 8, 1820.  He’s #140 on the church membership list for men in volume 1.

 

Mimia (Mima), owned by a Major Clark.  May 10, 1806.  “Recd. Maj. Clarks Mimia by Experiance”  Also see September 17, 1823, etc. at which time she had been emancipated.  She’s #222 on the church membership list for women in volume 1.

 

Billy, owned by a Mr. McGee.  May 11, 1806. “The Case Billy again taken up & he Excluded for disorderly conduct”  Also see April 12, 1806, May 10, 1806, and March 10, 1811.

 

Ambrose, owned by an Esquire Neal.  May 11, 1806.  “Esqu Neels Ambrose Recd by Repentance”  Also see June 10, 1798 and February 14, 1801.  He is re-entered on the church membership list for men as #141 in volume 1.

 

Church committee.  July 12, 1806.  “Brethren Robert Didlake Nathaniel Haggard  James Haggard  Bartlet Haggard and Thomas Berry Jnr appointed as a Committee to meet with two of the black Brethren to enquire into their affairs and make report to the next Church meeting”  Also see August 9, 1806, etc.

 

Milly, belonging to a Mr. Parrish.  August 9, 1806.  “Mr. Parrishes Milly Excluded”  There was no prior mention of her.  She is #219 on the church membership list for women in volume 1.

 

Church committee.  August 9, 1806.  “Took up the matter of the Black Brethren and Refered it til to morrow”

 

Church committee.  August 10, 1806.  “Took up the case of the Black Brethren”  No further report is given as to the reason for this committee or its outcome.

 

Thomas, owned by a Mr. Taylor.  August 10, 1806.  “Mr Taylors Thomas Excluded”  Also see May 14, 1791.

 

George, owned by George G. Taylor.  August 10, 1806.  “Taylors George Excluded”  Also see September 8, 1810, etc.

 

Troy, owned by a McGuire.  February 14, 1807.  “The Church Receives a complaint against McGuiers Troy   Brethren Robr. Didlick & Nathaniel Haggard appointed to see him and Cite him to attend next Church meeting”  Also see October 8, 1803.

 

Troy, owned by a McGuire.  March 14, 1807.  “The Case of Troy taken up and refered til next meeting” 

 

Troy, owned by a McGuire.  April 11, 1807.  “The matter of Troy again taken up & he Excluded for making to free with women” 

 

George, owned by George G. Taylor.  May 9, 1807.  “Mr Taylors George Received by repentance”  Also see September 8, 1810, etc.

 

Bob, owned by a Mr. Eubank.  July 11, 1807.  “Recd. Mr. Eubanks Bob...by letter”  He’s #143 on the church membership list for men.

 

Edmond, owned by a Mr. Eubank.  July 11, 1807.  “Recd. Mr. Eubanks...Edmond by letter”  He’s #144 on the church membership list for men.

 

Grace, owned by a Mr. Eubank.  July 11, 1807.  “Recd. Mr. Eubanks Grace...by letter”  She’s #224 on the church membership list for women.

 

Judy “Jude,” owned by a Mr. Eubank.  July 11, 1807.  “Recd. Mr. Eubanks...Jude by letter”  She’s #225 on the church membership list for women.

 

George and Nelson owned by a Mr. Taylor.  August 8, 1807.  The Church takes up a disputed matter between Mr. Taylors George and Nelson   Members of this Church from the information of Brethren Ro Didlick  Na. Haggard, the metter refered till next meeting Brother Ro. Didlick appointed to get Mr. Taylors leave for the Black Brethrens attendance” 

 

George and Nelson owned by a Mr. Taylor.  September 12, 1807.  “The matter of the Black Brethren George and Nelson again taken up & they both excluded for disorderly Conduct”  Also see August 10, 1802; May 9, 1807; August 8, 1807; September 8, 1810; and February 8, 1812; February 13, 1813; and March 13, 1813; November 14, 1818; September 3, 1825 (for George) and March 14, 1801; August 8, 1807; August 6, 1808; February 13, 1813; March 13, 1813; June 14, 1817; and July 12, 1817 (for Nelson).

 

Lucy, a free black woman.  October 10, 1807.  “Recd. Sister Lucy a free black woman by recommendation”  She’s #227 on the church membership list for women in volume 1.

 

Sarah, owned by the heirs of Thomas Eubanks.  March 12, 1808.  “A Complaint by Br. Nathaniel Haggard against a Negro woman Sarah belonging to the heirs of Ths. Eubanks desd. for leaving this Church & joining the Methodist the Church takes up the matter refurs it till Church meeting in Course and appoints Br. Nathaniel Haggard to site sd. woman to attend at that time”  Also see March 9, 1805 and April 9, 1808.

 

Lucy, owned by Joseph Stevens.  March 12, 1808.  “A Complaint by Br. Robt Elken against Br. Joseph Stevenes negro Woman Lucy for disorderly Conduct the matter taken up & refurd till Church meeting in Course the Church appoint Br. Robt. Elken to site sd. woman to attend at that time also to request Br. Joseph Stevens & wife to attend at the same time”  Also see August 18, 1801 and April 9, 1808.

 

Sarah, owned by the heirs of Thomas Eubanks.  April 9, 1808.  “The Matter respecting Sarah a Negro Woman belonging to the heirs of Ths. Eubanks desd. taken up and sd. woman is excluded for leaving this Church and joining the Methodis and for the Act of adultery”  Also see March 9, 1805 and March 12, 1808.

 

Lucy, owned by Joseph Stevens.  April 9, 1808.  “The Matter respecting Br. Joseph Stevenes Negro Woman Lucy taken up and sd. Woman is excluded for the act of adultery and other disorderly conduct”  Also see August 18, 1801 and March 12, 1808.

 

Sam (Samuel), owned by John Martin.  May 13, 1808.  “A Complaint brought before the Church by Brethren Nathaniel Haggard & Robt. Didlake against Br. John Martins Negro Negro man Sam for disorderly Conduct the matter taken up by the Church & the Said Negro man is Excluded”  Also see August 8, 1801 and December 8, 1810.

 

Nelson, owned by George G. Taylor.  August 6, 1808.  “Mr. George G. Taylors Nelson Recd. into fellowship by repentance”  Also see September 12, 1807 etc.

 

Moses, owned by an Embry.  March 11, 1809.  “Brother Embra lodd. [Embry lodged] a Complaint against Moses a black member...the Church took it up and Moses failing to give to satisfaction to the Church is Excluded”  Also see June 18, 1801 and June 8, 1811.

 

Pompey, owned by Samuel Bartlett.  June 11, 1809.  “Brother Samuel Bartletts Negro man Pompey Joined the Church by letter”  He’s not on the church membership list.

 

Charlotte, owned by Polly Walden.  June 9, 1810.  “Recvd. Charlotte a black member by letter Belonging to Polly Walden Orphan”  Also see April 12, 1817.  She’s not on the church membership list.

 

George, belonging to George G. Taylor.  September 8, 1810.  “Recvd. George G Taylors George by repentance”  Also see March 14, 1812, etc.

 

Frank, owned by a Vivion.  October 13, 1810.  “In the Evening recvd. by Baptism...Vivions Frank”  Also see August 7, 1812.  He’s not on the church membership list.

 

Sam (Samuel), owned by John Martin.  December 8, 1810.  “Br. John Martins Sam recvd. by repentance”  Also see August 8, 1801 and May 13, 1808.

 

Jack, owned by Ambrose Bush.  December 9, 1810.   “Recvd. by baptism...Ambrus Bushes Jack”  Also see November 13, 1813 and December 11, 1813.

 

Grace, owned by Molly Bush.  December 9, 1810.  “Recvd. by baptism...Molly Bushes Grace”  She’s not on the church membership list.

 

Ambrose, owned by a Mrs. Neal.  January 5, 1811.  “Mrs. Neals Ambrous applyed to the Church for Liberty to Exercise a public gift the Church took it up & refurd. it till next Church meeting in course”  Also see February 9, 1811.

 

Alec, owned by Thomas Vivion.  January 6, 1811.  “Recvd. by Baptism...Br. Ths. Vivions Alec”  He’s not on the church membership list.

 

Charles, owned by Ambrose Bush.  January 6, 1811.  “Recvd. by Baptism...Ambro Bushes Charles” Also see March 13, 1813.  He’s not on the church membership list.

 

George, owned by James Ragland (“Raglin”).  January 6, 1811.  “Recvd. by Baptism...James Raglins George”  Also see March 21, 1835.  He’s not on the church membership list.

 

Ambrose, owned by a Mrs. Neal.  February 9, 1811.  “The refferance respecting Mrs. Neals Ambros taken up & referd till next Church Meeting in Course”  Also see March 9, 1811.

 

Caleb, owned by William Bush.  February 10, 1811.  “Recvd. by Baptism...Br. William Bushes Calep”

 

Nelson, owned by William Bush.  February 10, 1811.  “Recvd. by Baptism...Br. William Bushes...Nelson”  Also see March 13, 1813.

 

George, owned by Molly Bush.  February 10, 1811.  “Recvd. by Baptism...Sister Molleys George”  Also see October 11, 1817 where Molly Bush is shown as the owner of George.

 

Emmanuel (“Amanuel”), owned by Molly Bush.  February 10, 1811.  “Recvd. by Baptism...Sister Molleys...Amanuel”  Also see January 8, 1814.  (The only Molly in the minutes during these years is Molly Bush and she is shown as the owner of George in 1817.)

 

Rebecca, owned by Lewis Grigsby.  February 10, 1811.  “Recvd. by Baptism...Lewis Grigsbeys Rebecca”  Also see December 10, 1814.

 

Aggy, owned by Molly Bush.  February 10, 1811.  “Recvd. by Baptism...Sister Molly Bushes Aggy”

 

Betty, owned by William Bush.  February 10, 1811.  “Recvd. by Baptism...Br. Wm. Bushes Betty”  Also see April 9, 1814 and May 14, 1814.

 

Betty, owned by Phillip Bush.  February 10, 1811.  “Recvd. by Baptism...Br. Phill Bushes Betty”  A note to the membership records of volume 2 indicates that Betty, owned by a Bush, presumably this Betty, was dead.  Volume 2 covers the period 1833-1868.

 

Kitty, owned by Drucilla Acton.  February 10, 1811.  “Recvd. by Baptism...Sister Drucilla Actons Kitty”

 

Sarah, owned by Joseph Embry.  February 10, 1811.  “Recvd. by Baptism...Br. Joseph Embryes Sarah”  Also see October 10, 1812.

 

Ambrose, owned by a Mrs. Neal.  March 9, 1811.  “The refferance respecting Mrs Neals Ambros again taken up & refurd till Church Meeting in Cours with Liberty to Exercise a public gift till that time”  Also see April 13, 1811.

 

Roger, owned by James Simpson.  March 10, 1811.  “Recvd. by Baptism...James Simpsons Roger”

 

Dosha (a woman), owned by John George.  March 10, 1811.  “Recvd. by Baptism...John Georges Dosha”  Also see June 10, 1815, etc.

 

Lucy, owned by Joseph Embry.  March 10, 1811.  “Recvd. by Baptism...Joseph Embrys Lucy”  Also see August 7, 1812.

 

Billy, owned by David McGee.  March 10, 1811.  “Recvd. by Repentance David Megees Billy”  Also see April 12, 1806, May 10, 1806, and May 11, 1806.

 

Nan, owned by Francis Bush.  March 17, 1811.  “Recvd. by Baptism...Frances Bushes Nan”  Also see September 12, 1812 and February 14, 1818, etc.

 

Ambrose, owned by a Mrs. Neal.  April 13, 1811.  “On Motion made & Seconded on refferance in behalf of Mrs Neals Ambros getting leave to Exercise a public gift the Church agreed that sd Ambros may meet with his Color to Sing pray & Exhort”  Also see June 10, 1798; February 14, 1801;  May 11, 1806;  January 5, 1811; February 9, 1811; and March 9, 1811

 

Henry, owned by Francis Bush.  April 14, 1811.  “Recvd. by Baptism...Frances Bushes Henry”  Also see July 13, 1811.

 

Charles, owned by Lewis Grigsby.  April 14, 1811.  “Recvd. by Baptism...Lewis Grigsbeys Charles”  Also see June 5, 1824.

 

Moses, owned by John Embry.  June 8, 1811.  “Recvd. Mr. John Embrees Moses by repentance”  Also see June 18, 1801 and March 11, 1809.

 

Jerry (Jeremiah), owned by Joseph Embry.  June 9, 1811.  “Recvd. by Baptism...Br. Joseph Embrees Jerry”  Also see December 13, 1818.

 

Judy (“Jude”), owned by Lewis Grigsby.  July 13, 1811.  “Mr. Lewis Grigsbeys Jude Excluded for the Act of Adultery”  There is no record of a Judy or Jude owned by Lewis Grigsby having been received into the church, it’s possible that this is the “Jude” who had been owned by a Mr. Eubank.  See July 11, 1807 and April 11, 1818.  She is included in the membership list for volume 2 under the spelling Judy.  Also see August 7, 1830 reference to Judy owned by Lewis Grigsby.

 

Henry, owned by Francis Bush.  July 13, 1811.  “Mr. Frances Bushes Henry Excluded for the Act of Theft & Lying”  Also see April 14, 1811.

 

Rachel, owned by Smallwood Acton.  September 14, 1811.  “Mr. Smallwood Actons Rachel Excluded for disorderly conduct”  Also see December 14, 1811.  There is no record of a Rachel owned by Smallwood Acton having been received into the church, it could be that this is the Rachel owned by an Embry or by a Vivion.  See August 8 and August 13, 1801.

 

Betty, owned by Captain Dillard Collins.  September 15, 1811.  “Capt Dillard Collins Betty recvd by Baptism”

 

Rachel, owned by Smallwood Acton.  December 14, 1811.  “Mr. Smallwood Actons Rachel recvd. by repentance”  Also see September 14, 1811 and February 12, 1814.

 

Charles, owned by Len Hills.  December 14, 1811.  “recvd. Brother Len Hills Charls by Baptism”

 

George, owned by George G. Taylor.  February 8, 1812.  “the Church Agrees to send for Mr. George G. Taylors George to attend next Meeting to answer the Church for his Conduct & appoint brethren Ths. Berry Jnr. & Samuel Berkley to request him to attend”  Also see March 14, 1812, etc.

 

George, owned by George T. Taylor.  March 14, 1812.  “Mr. George G Taylors George attended & gave the Church satisfaction”  Also see February 8, 1812 and September 8, 1810, etc..

 

Sarah, owned by John Embry.  July 11, 1812.  “A Complaint Agst Mr. John Embreys Sarah taken up the Church Agrees to Send Brethren John Read & Ths. Vivion to Sight her to attend next Church meeting”  Also see August 7, 1812.

 

Frank, owned by Harvey Vivion.  July 11, 1812.  “A Complaint Agst Br. Harvey Vivions Frank taken up & agree to Send Brethren John Read & Nathaniel Haggard to Sight him to attend next Church meeting”  Also see August 7, 1812.

 

Sarah, owned by John Embry.  August 7, 1812.  “The Charge Against Mr. John Embreys Sarah again taken up & refurd till next Church Meeting & appoint Br. David Haggard to Sight her to attend & request leave of her master”  Also see September 12, 1812.

 

Frank, owned by Harvey Vivion.  August 7, 1812.  “The Complaint Agst. Br. Harvey Vivions Frank Again taken up & he is Excluded for lying disobaying his Masters Commands & Making two free with woman”  Also see October 13, 1810 and July 11, 1812.

 

Lucy, owned by Joseph Embry.  August 7, 1812.  “A Complaint by Br. Joseph Embry Agst. his Black Woman Lucy the Church took it up & She is Excluded for the act of adultrey”  Also see March 10, 1811.

 

Sarah, owned by John Embry.  September 12, 1812.  “The Complaint Agst. Mr. John Embreys Sarah again taken up & refurd till next Church Meeting & Appoint Br. David Haggard to Sight her to attend & request leave of her master”  Also see October 10, 1812.

 

Nan, owned by Francis Bush.  September 12, 1812.  “A Complaint Against Mr Francis Bushes Nan taken up & agree to refur it till next Church meeting & appoint Br. Ths. Vivion to Sight her to attend & request leave of her Master”  Also see October 10, 1812..

 

Nan, owned by Francis Bush.  October 10, 1812.  “The Complaint Agst. Mr. Francis Bushes Nan again taken up the Church think her not gilty of the Charge”  Also see March 7, 1811 and September 12, 1812.

 

Sarah, owned by John Embry.  October 10, 1812.  “The Complaint Agst. Mr. John Embreys Sarah again taken up & She is Excluded for fighting & Other disorderly conduct”  Also see February 10, 1811; July 11, 1812; August 7, 1812; and September 12, 1812.

 

Charles, owned by Ambrose Bush.  January 9, 1813.  “A Complaint Against Mr. Ambrous Bushes Charles Brought in by Br. Robert Elkin the Church took it up & appoint Br. Gholson Bush to See him & request him to attend next Church Meeting”

 

Charles, owned by Ambrose Bush.  February 13, 1813.  “The Complaint Agst. Mr. Ambros Bushes Charles again taken up & appoints brethren Robt Elkin & Gohlson Bush to See him & request him to attend next church meeting”  Also see March 13, 1813.

 

George, owned by George G. Taylor.  February 13, 1813.  “A Complaint Against Mr. George G. Taylors George brought in by Br. Samuel Bartlett the Church took it up & agree to Send brethren Morris Milles & Nathaniel Haggard to See him & request him to attend next Church Meeting”  Also see March 13, 1813, etc.

 

Nelson, owned by George G. Taylor.  February 13, 1813.  “A Complaint Against Mr. George G. Taylors Nelson brought in by Br. Samuel Bartlett the Church took it up & agree to Send brethren Morris Miles & Nal. Haggard to See him & request him to attend next Church Meeting”  Also see March 13, 1813.

 

Charles, owned by Ambrose Bush.  March 13, 1813.  “The Complaint Against Mr. Ambros Bushes Charles again taken up & the Church is willing to bare with him”  Also see January 6, 1811; January 9, 1813; and February 13, 1813.

 

George, owned by George G. Taylor.  March 13, 1813.  “The Complaint Agst. Mr. George G. Taylors George again taken up & he is Excluded for the act of adultry”  Also see February 13, 1813, etc.

 

Nelson, owned by George G. Taylor.  March 13, 1813.  “The Complaint against Mr. George G. Taylors Nelson again taken up the Church thinks his Conduct careless but not deserveing Exclusion”  Also see March 14, 1801, February 13, 1813 etc.

 

Nelson, owned by William Bush.  March 13, 1813.  “A Complaint against Br. William Bushes Nelson the Church took it up & he is Excluded for stealing lying & runing away”  Also see February 10, 1811.

 

Sam (Samuel), owned by John Martin.  June 12, 1813.  “A Complaint by Br. Nath. Haggard Agst. Br. John Martins Sam taken up & he is Excluded for theaving & lying”  Also see August 8, 1801 etc..

 

Jack, owned by Ambrose Bush.  November 13, 1813.  “A Complaint by Sister Lucy Bush Agst. Mr. Ambros Bushes Jack taken up refurd & agree to send brethren Robt Elkin & Samuel Reid to See & request him to attend next Church Meeting”

 

Jack, owned by Ambrose Bush.  December 11, 1813.  “The Complaint Agst. Mr. Ambros Bushes Jack again taken up & he is Excluded for disorderly conduct”  Also see December 9, 1810 and November 13, 1813.

 

Emmanuel (“Amanuel”), owned by Polly (?) Bush.  January 8, 1814.  “A Complaint from Br. James Haggard Agst. Sister Polly Bushes Amanuel taken up & he is Excluded for Swareing”  Also see February 10, 1811, where he is shown as being owned by Molly Bush.  Perhas he was sold by Molly Bush to Polly Bush?

 

Aggy, owned by Polly Bush.  January 8, 1814.  “A Complaint from Br. James Haggard Agst. Sister Polly Bushes Aggy taken up refurd & appoint Br. James Haggard Ths. Vivion & Wm Hooten to See & request her to attend next Church Meeting”

 

Aggy, owned by Polly Bush.  February 12, 1814.  “The Complaint Agst. Sister Polly Bushes Aggy again taken up & She is retained in fellowship by giving her reproof”

 

Rachel, owned by Smallwood Acton.  February 12, 1814.  “A Complaint from Br. Robt Elkin Agst. Mr. Smallwood Actons Rachel taken up & She is Excluded for theaving & lying”  Also see September 14, 1811 and December 14, 1811.  The membership list for volume 2, covering the period 1833-1868, includes a note that she died.

 

Betty, owned by William Bush.  April 9, 1814.  “A Complaint from Br. James Haggard Agst. Br. Wm. Bushes Betty taken up & appoint Br. James Haggard to See & request her to attend next Church Meeting”

 

Betty, owned by William Bush.  May 14, 1814.  “The Complaint Agst. Br. Wm. Bushes Betty Again taken up & She is Excluded for theaving & lying”  Also see February 10, 1811.

 

Peter, owned by John Halyard.  May 14, 1814.  “A Complaint by Br. Morris Miles Agst. Mr. John Halyards Peter taken up & appoint Brethren Morris Miles & Ths Courtney to See & request him to attend next Church Meeting”  Also see April 12, 1806.

 

Peter, owned by John Halyard.  June 11, 1814.  “The Complaint Agst. Mr. John Halyards Peter again taken up refurd & appoint Br. Ths. Courtney to See & request him to attend next Church Meeting”

 

Peter, owned by John Halyard.  July 9, 1814.  “The Complaint Agst. Mr. John Halyards Peter again taken up & he is retained in fellowship.”

 

Judy (Judith), owned by David Dogg.  July 14, 1814.  “Recvd. David Doggs Negro woman Juday by Baptism”  Also see July 14, 1821.

 

Rebecca, owned by Lewis Grigsby.  December 10, 1814.  “A Complaint Agst. Mr. Lewis Grigsbeys Rebecca taken up & She is excluded for lying”  Also see February 10, 1811.  This may be the same Rebecca who is included in the membership list of volume 2 as “Louis s Rebecca,” with a notation that she was a colored person.

 

Providence, owned by Captain John Price.  April 8, 1815.  “Capt. John Prices Providence recvd. by exsperance”

 

Dosha, owned by John George.  May 13, 1815.  “A Complant Against Mr. John Georges Dosha taken up refurd & Appoint Br. James Haggard to See & request her to attend next Church Meeting”

 

Dosha, owned by John George.  June 10, 1815.  “The Case of Mr. Georges Dosha again taken up & she for leaving her husband & lying is Excluded”  Also see March 10, 1811, etc.

 

Sucky, owned by Tilman Bush.  July 8, 1815.  “A Complaint Agst. Mr. Tilmon Bushes Sucky taken up refurd & appoint Br. Robt Elkin to See & request her to attend next Church Meeting”

 

Sucky, owned by Tilman Bush.  August 12, 1815.  “The charge against Mr. Tilman Bushes Sucky again taken up refurd & appoint Br. Robt Elkin to See & request her to attend next Church Meeting”

 

Sucky, owned by Tilman Bush.  September 9, 1815.  “The Charge Agst. Mr. Tilman Bushes Sucky again taken up & She is Excluded for falshood disobediance & runing away”   Also see September 12, 1801.

 

Rachel, owned by Landon Noe (?), formerly owned by Molly Bush.  December 9, 1815.  “Complaint by Br. James Haggard Agst. Landon Noes Rachel taken up & appoint brethren James Edmunson & Dawson Haggard to See & request her to attend next Church Meeting”

 

Rachel, owned by Landon Noe (?) January 13, 1816.  “the Charge Agst. Mr. Landon Noes Rachel again taken up & She is Excluded for danceing  Rachel was formerly the property of Sister Molly Bush”  It’s not clear whether this is the same Rachel who previously was owned by other members of the church or when she was received as a church member.

 

Charles, owned by John G. Bush.  November 9, 1816.  “A Complaint by Br. Robt Elkin Agst. John G Bushes Charles for disorderly conduct taken up & he is excluded for lying drinking & other disorderly conduct”  This is probably the Charles previously owned by Ambrose Bush—see January 6, 1811 etc..

 

Charlotte, owned by Polly Walden. April 12, 1817.  “Sister Charlotte a black woman belonging to Polly Waldin dismised by letter”  Also see June 9, 1810.

 

Nelson, owned by George G. Taylor.  June 14, 1817.  “A Complaint by Br. Thos. Berry agst Mr George G Taylors Nelson taken up & agree to send brethren Bartlet & David Haggard to See & request him to attend next Church Meeting & request leave of his Master”

 

Nelson, owned by George G. Taylor.  July 12, 1817.  “the Refference Respecting Mr. Geo. G. Taylors Nelson taken up & he excluded for drunkeness”  See March 14, 1801 etc..

 

Napper, owned by John Graves.  August 9, 1817.  “Brother Napper a black man belonging to Br. John Gravis dismissed by letter.”  Also see August 10, 1799.

 

Stephen, owned by (Lindfield) Burbridge.  September 14, 1817.  “recvd. by baptism...Stephen a black br. belonging to br. L. Burbridg”  Also see May 31, 1828.

 

George, owned by Molly Bush.  October 11, 1817.  “A Complaint Agst. Sister Molly Bushes George taken up & he is excluded for drunkenness & Swearing”  Also see February 10, 1811.

 

Winny, owned by Ambrose Christy.  October 12, 1817.  “recvd. by baptism...Winny a black woman belonging to Ambros Christy”

 

Nan, owned by Francis Bush.  November 11, 1817.  “A Complaint by Br. Robt. Elkin against a black sister Nan belonging to Mr. Francis Bushe taken up refurd till next Church Meeting & appoint brethren Ths. Vivion & Thacker Bush to See & request her to attend next Church Meeting”  Also see December 13, 1817.

 

Warrick, owned by Thomas Rollins (Rawlings).  November 14, 1817.  “recvd. by baptism...Warrick a black man belong to Mr. Ths. Rollins”  Also see April 11, 1818, etc.

 

Nan, owned by Francis Bush.  December 13, 1817.  “the complaint agst. Mr. Francis Bushes Nan again taken up & She is continued in fellowship by giving her reproof  Some Seeming Contradictions as yet unsettled which the Church took up & agree to send brethren Wm. Morton & Nathaniel Haggard to See & request her to attend next Church Meeting in Course”

 

Nan, owned by Francis Bush.  January 10, 1818.  “the refferance respecting a black sister Nan belonging to Mr. Francis Bush again taken up laid over till next Church Meeting & appoint brethren Enoch Elkin Thos. Vivion & Nathaniel Haggard to See the black Sister & Sister Elizabeth Williams get them to geather try Settel their diffeculties & request them to attend next Church Meeting”  Also see February 14, 1818.

 

Squire, owned by J. Stephens.  January 25, 1818.  “recvd. by baptism...a black Br. Squi belonging to J. Stephens”

 

Nan, owned by Francis Bush.  February 14, 1818.  “the business respecting Sister Elizabeth Williams & a black Sister Nan again taken up the black woman is excluded for a Contridiction between her & Sister Elizabeth Williams”  Also see March 17, 1811, etc.

 

Warrick, owned by Thomas Rollins (Rawlings).  April 11, 1818.  “A Complaint by Br. Jeremaih Bush Agst. Mr. Thos. Rollins Warrick taken up Cald on Warrick & he gave Satisfaction  Also see November 14, 1817.

 

Jude, owned by Lewis Grigsby.  April 11, 1818.  “Mr. Lewis Gregsbeys Jude recvd. by repentance”  Also see July 13, 1811, etc.

 

Patsy, owned by John Ragland or “Raglin.”  October 15, 1818.  “recvd. by baptism a black Sister Patsey belonging to Br. John Raglin”  Patsy may later have been owned by an Elkin.  The membership list for volume 2, covering the period 1833-1868, has a Patsy owned by an Elkin, with a notation that she died in 1857 and a Patsy owned by a Z. Elkin, who died in August 1856.  Presumably these are two different women.  This reference and the two inclusions on the membership list are the only mentions of a Patsy in the church minutes. 

 

George, owned by George G. Taylor.  November 14, 1818.  “Mr. George G. Taylors George recvd. by repent”  Also see August 10, 1802, etc.

 

Sam, owned by John Martin.  November 14, 1818.  “Br. John Martins Sam recvd. by repentance”  Also see August 8, 1801, etc.

 

Jeremiah, owned by Joseph Embry.  December 13, 1818.  “a black brother Jeremiah belonging to Br. Joseph Embree dismised by letter”  Also see June 9, 1811.

 

Hannah, owned by David Hampton.  January 9, 1819.  “Mr. David Hamptons Snr Hannah recvd. by repenten”  Also see August 8, 1801, etc.

 

Massy, owned by Thomas Embry.  January 9, 1819.  “a black Sister Massy belonging to Mr. Thos. Embree recvd. by letter”  Also see September 9, 1820.

 

Hannah, owned by David Hampton.  March 13, 1819.  “a Complaint by Sister Elizabeth Brockmon Agst. a black Sister Hanner belonging to Mr. David Hampton taken up & She is Excluded for disorderly conduct”  Also see January 9, 1819, etc.

 

Warrick, owned by Thomas Rollins (Rawlings).  June 12, 1819.  “Complaint by Br. James Read agst. Br. Warrick a black Man belonging to Mr. Thos Rollins for clandestenly taken wheat of his Master and attempting to changeing it in his Reads Mill in concequence of its being Very durty taken up & request him to attend next Church Meeting” 

 

Warrick, owned by Thomas Rollins (Rawlings).  July 10, 1819.  “the Complaint Agst. Br. Worrick a black Man again taken up & he is excluded for taking wheat from his Master and changeing it at Br. James Reads Mill for Cleaner wheat”  Also see November 14, 1817, etc.

 

Amy, owned by Frances Bush.  August 14, 1819.  “Sister Frances Bushes Amey recvd by Baptism”

 

Jane, owned by James Stephens.  August 14, 1819.  “a black Sister Jane belonging to Mr. James Stephens dismissed by letter”  (There is no record of her having been received into the church.)

 

Napper, a black man.  July 8, 1820.  “Napper a black...excluded for...long absence from the Church”  Also see August 10, 1799 and August 9, 1817.  (This is presumably the same Napper who had been owned by John Graves and who had previously obtained a letter of dismissal from the Church.)

 

Jerry, owned by Major Clark.  July 8, 1920.  “Clarkes Jerry... excluded for...long absence from the Church”  Also see May 10, 1806.

 

Dinah, owned by John Graves.  July 8, 1820.  “Graves Dinah... ... excluded for...long absence from the Church”  Also see August 10, 1799.

 

Billy, owned by David McGee.  July 8, 1820.  “David Magees Billy dismissed by letter”  Also see April 12, 1806, etc.

 

Milly, owned by Thomas G. Jones.  July 8, 1820.  “recvd by Baptism a black Woman Milly belonging to Mr. Thos. G Jones”

 

Masser (or Massy), a black woman owned by Thomas Embry.  September 9, 1820.  “Sister Masser a black woman belonging to Mr. Thos. Embree dismissed by letter.”  Also see January 9, 1819.

 

Grace, owned by George G. Taylor.  December 9, 1820.  “a black Sister Grace belonging to George G Taylor dismissed by letter”  Also see July 9, 1797,

 

Warrick, owned by John Daniels.  March 10, 1821.  “Mr. John Daniels Warrick recvd. by repentance”  Also see November 14, 1817, etc.  This is almost certainly the same Warrick who was previously owned by John Rollins (Rawlings), whom I believe had moved, or was about to move, out of the area.

 

Warrick, owned by John Daniel(s).  July 14, 1821.  “A Complaint by Br. Jessee Wilcocson Agst. a black brother Worrick belonging to Mr. John Daniel the Church took it up refurd & agree to Send brethren Samuel Read & Jessee Wilcockson to See & request him to attend next Church meeting”

 

Judith, formerly owned by David Dogg.  July 14, 1821.  “a black Sister Judith formerly the property of David Dogg dismissed by letter”  Also see July 14, 1814.  (It’s not clear whether she was sold to someone else and was now relocating or whether she had been emancipated but one assumes the former is more likely.)

 

Warrick, owned by John Daniel(s).  August 11, 1821.  “the refferance respecting Worrick a black brother taken up and he is retained in fellowship...the refferance respecting Br. Robt Ekin again taken up and he gave his reasons why he cant go with the Church in receiving Worrick a black member belonging to Mr. John Daniel and the Church thought his reasons not sufficient”

 

Complaint by Nancy Duncan against unspecified black brethren.  May 11, 1822.  “a complaint by Sister Nancy Duncan against some of the Black Brethren Taken up. and appointed Brethren Nathaniel Haggard  David Haggard  Bartlet Haggard  Jonathan Eaton  and Pleasant Bush to attend to that business and Report to next church Meeting”

 

Complaint by Nancy Duncan against unspecified black brethren.  June 8, 1822.  “the complaint of Sister Nancy Duncan against some of the Black Brethren again taken up.  and the Brethren appointed to attend to that Business Reported to the church that the Difficulties were Removd.

 

Aggy, owned by Robert Didlake.  June 8, 1822.  “Dismissd...Br Robt Didlakes Aggy by letter” Also see June 13, 1801.  (It appears that Robert Didlake had recently moved and either took Aggy with him or sold her.)

 

Bob, owned by Mr. Coulter.  December 21, 1822.  “Mr. Coulters Bob a Black Brother Requested a letter of Dismission from us to Join the new church at friendship.  which we Refusd to grant as that church is not in union with us”  (This may be the Bob previously owned by a Mr. Eubank (see July 11, 1807), otherwise there is no record of his having been received into the Church.)

 

Bob and his wife, owned by Mr. Coulter.  May 17, 1823.  “a complaint against two Black Brethren Mr. Coulters Bob and his wife for precipitating themselves into a church not in union with us.  Taken up & Referd. till next church Meeting & appoint Bro. Bartlet Haggard to See & Request them to attend next church Meeting”

 

Bob and his wife, owned by Mr. Coulter.  June 21, 1823.  “The Reference respecting Mr. Coulters Bob and wife again taken up.  and they are Excluded for Joining themselves to a church not in union with us. without our consent”

 

Mima (free Mima), formerly owned by Robert Clark.  September 17, 1823.  “a Report respecting Free Mima a Black Sister formerly belonging to Robt Clark for having been concernd. with Stolen bacon and being perjured.  Taken up and appointed Brethren Bartlet Haggard and Nathl. Haggard to See  and Request her to attend next church Meeting”  (This is the first definite record within the minutes of a slave who had been emancipated by a member of the Church.)  Also see May 10, 1806, etc.

 

Mima (free Mima), formerly owned by Robert Clark.  October 18, 1823.  “the case of free Mima again taken up.  She gave the church Satisfaction and is Retaind. in fellowship”

 

Mima (free Mima), formerly owned by Robert Clark.  November 15, 1823.  “a charge against free Mima for making faulse Statements taken up, and Brethren Bartlet Haggard and Morris Miles to See and Request her to attend next church Meeting”

 

Mima (free Mima), formerly owned by Robert Clark.  December 20, 1823.  “The case of Free Mima again taken up and in consequence of her failing to give the church Satisfaction She is excluded” 

 

Charles, owned by Lewis Grigsby.  June 5, 1824.  “a complaint against Mr. Lewis Grigsbys Charles a black Brother for drinking too much spirits.  Taken up and appoint Brethren Burrel Sanford and Pleasant Bush to see and Request him to attend next church Meeting with his Masters approbation”  Also see April 14, 1811.

 

Charles, owned by Lewis Grigsby.  July 3, 1824.  “the case of Mr. Grigsbys Charles again taken up.  he gave the church Satisfaction and is Retaind. in fellowship”

 

Lucy, owned by Frances V. Bush.  August 7, 1825.  “a door being oped, for the reception of members a Black woman named Lucy the property of Sister Frances V. Bush joind. by experience”  She is included in the membership records of volume 2, covering the period 1833-1868, with a notation that she had died.

 

George, formerly owned by George G. Taylor.  September 3, 1825.  “Dismissd, George a Blacke member Formerly the property of George G Taylor by letter”  Also see August 10, 1802, etc.  The membership list of volume 2 includes him with a notation that he died in 1864.

 

Jacob, owned by a Bush.  February 4, 1826.  “...it was recollected, that several persons whose names were not found on record, they being Legitimate and orderly members with us their name were ordered to be here enterd, of record, To Wit...Bushs Jacob”  Also see September 3, 1853, etc.

 

Sally, owned by a Martin.  February 4, 1826.  “...it was recollected, that several persons whose names were not found on record, they being Legitimate and orderly members with us their name were ordered to be here enterd, of record, To Wit...Martins Sally”  The membership list for volume 2, covering the period 1833-1868, includes her with a notation that she died.

 

Charles, owned by a McMillan.  July 1, 1826.  “a report respecting Mr. Mc.Millions Charles a Black Member he haveing acted disorderly in some dealing was taken up and appointed Brethren Bartlett Haggard & Enoch Elkins to site him to answer at our next meeting for same.”  Also see June 10, 1802.

 

Charles, owned by a McMillan.  August 5, 1826.  “The report respecting Mc.Millions Charles again taken up and referd till next meeting”

 

Charles, owned by a McMillan.  September 2, 1826.  “The case of Mc.Million Charles again taken up and refered til the next meating and appoint brothers Bartlett Haggard and Enoch Elkin to Sight him to next meating”

 

Charles, owned by a McMillan.  October 7, 1826.  “The charge against Mc.Millions Charles again taken up and laid over till next Church meating and appoint Brethren Morris Miles & John Alexander to Sight him to attend next meating”

 

Charles, owned by a McMillan.  November 4, 1826.  “The Charge against Mc.Millions Charles again taken up for tradeing off property that did not belong to him, and then refuseing to hear the Church he is excluded”

 

David, owned by John Hart and formerly owned by General R. Hickman.  March 3, 1827.  “Procedd, to grant a letter of dismission to David (Colourd) the Slave of John Hart, formerly Gnl R. Hickman”  Also see May 9, 1801.

 

Raney, owned by William Wilkerson.  October 7, 1827.  “Recd. William Wilkersons Raney a woman of Collor by letter”

 

Rody, owned by Jeremiah Bush.  October 24, 1827.  “Recd. Jeremiah Bushs Rody by experance”

 

Betty, owned by Charity Hays.  November 14, 1827.  “[Received] Sister Charrity Hays Betty a woman of collor by experance”  Also see July 6, 1844.

 

Nancy, owned by Sally Ragland.  December 1, 1827.  “[Received] Sister Sally Raglands Nancy a woman of C by Exp”

 

Maria (“Meriah”), owned by Ezekiel Elkin.  December 1, 1827.  “[Received] Ezekiels Elkins Meriah a woman of Collor by Exp”  Also see August 1, 1829, etc.

 

Lucinda, owned by Nancy Bush.  December 1, 1827.  “[Received] Sister Nancy Bushs Lucinda woman of C by Expr.”  Also see September, 1863.

 

Rose, owned by John McKenzie.  December 1, 1827.  “[Received] John McKenzie Rose a woman of collor by Expr.”  Also see August 17, 1833.

 

Jack, owned by John Miles.  December 2, 1827.  “[Received] John Miles Jack a man of Collor by experance”  Also see June 20, 1835.

 

Nancy (Johnson), a free woman (of color).  December 13, 1827.  “[Received] Nancy a free woman by expearanc”  Also see August 7, 1830.

 

Peter, owned by G. N. Buckner.  December 20, 1827.  “[Received] Brother G. N. Buckners, Peter a man of Collor by expearanc”  Also see August 7, 1830.

 

Billy, owned by Enoch Elkins.  December 20, 1827.  “[Received] Brother Enoch Elkins Billy by expeanc”

 

Rachel, owned by Lewis Grigsby.  December 20, 1827.  “[Received] Lewis Grigsbys Rachel a woman of Collor by experance”  Also see August 7, 1830, etc.

 

Aggy, owned by John Battle.  December 20, 1827.  “[Received] John Battls Aggy by experance”  She is included in the membership records of volume 2, covering the period 1833-1868, which do not indicate what became of her.

 

Sally (Johnson), a free woman (of color).  December 28, 1827.  “[Received] Sally a free woman by Experanc”  Also see August 7, 1830.

 

Patty, owned by Nathaniel Ragland.  December 28, 1827.  “[Received] Br. Nathaniel Raglands Patty a. w. of. c. [a woman of color] by Experanc”  The membership records of volume 2, covering the period 1833-1868, include a notation that she died.

 

Dinah, owned by Charity Hays.  December 28, 1827, “[Received] Cister Charity Hays Diner, a. woman of C. by Experanc”   The membership list for volume 2 includes a notation that she died in September 1859 (? the year is difficult to read).

 

Jerry, owned by John R. Duvall.  January 6, 1828.  “[Received] John R Duvall Jerry a man of Collor by Experanc”  The membership list for volume 2 includes a note that he died in 1851.

 

Chrissy, owned by Christopher Morrow.  January 6, 1828.  “[Received] Christopher Morrows Chrissy a. w. of. C. by Experanc”   Also see April 7, 1832.

 

Meriah, owned by Enoch Elkins.  January 6, 1828.  “[Received] Br. Enoch Elkins Meriah a. w. of. C. by experanc”  Also see June 17, 1837.

 

Toby, owned by Amelia Hockaday.  January 6, 1828.  “[Received] Amelia Hockadays Toby a man of C. by Experanc”

 

Eliza, owned by William Hooten.  January 16, 1828.  “[Received] Br. William Hootons Eliza a. w. of C by Experanc  Also see March 5, 1859.

 

George, owned by Jonathan Bush.  February 2, 1828.  “[Received] Br. Johnathans Bushs George a man of .C by Experanc”

 

Samuel, owned by Jonathan Bush.  February 2, 1828.  “[Received] Br. Johnathans Bushs Samuel a man of .C by Experanc”

 

Susan, owned by Franky Bush.  February 2, 1828.  “[Received] Cister Franky Bushs Susan a woman of C by Experanc”

 

Margaret, owned by Franky Bush.  February 2, 1828.  “[Received] Cister Franky Bushs Margarett a woman of C by Experanc”  Also see August 7, 1830.

 

Dinah, owned by Lewis Grigsby.  February 2, 1828.  “[Received] Lewis Girgsbys Diner by Experanc”  The membership list for volume 2, covering the period 1833-1868, includes a notation that she was “gone.”

 

Hannah, owned by Jonathan Bush.  February 3, 1828.  “[Received] Brother Johnathan Bushs Hanner a woman of Collor by Experanc”

 

Amy, owned by Mary Bush.  February 3, 1828.  “[Received] Sister Mary Bushs Amey a woman of Collor by Experanc”  An Amy, owned by a Bush, presumably this woman, is included in the membership records of volume 2, covering the period 1833-1868, with the notation that she had died.

 

Agnes, owned by Joseph George.  February 3, 1828.  “[Received] Br. Joseph George Agness a woman of Collor by Experanc”

 

Levina, owned by John Miles.  February 3, 1828.  “[Received] John Miles Levina a woman of Collor by Experanc”

 

Sarah, owned by Frances Bush.  March 1, 1828.  “[Received] Sister Frances Bushs Sarah Woman of Colour by Experience”  Also see August 7, 1830.

 

Alsy (“Alce”), owned by Frances Bush.  March 1, 1828.  “[Received] Sister Frances Bushs Alce Woman of Colour by Experience”  Also see January 26, 1838.

 

Nathan, owned by Pleasant Bush.  March 1, 1828.  “[Received] Bro. Pleasant Bushs Nathan by Experience”  He is included in the membership records of volume 2 with a notation that he died in 1848.

 

Arthur, owned by Robert D. Schooler, formerly owned by Joseph Duncan.  April 5, 1828.  “a charge against Rob. D. Schooler,s. formerly Jos. Duncans, for taking a nother man,s wife.  taken up, and appoint Brethren Bartlette Haggard  Morris Miles & Enoch Elkin  Zacheriah Elkin  & Geo M Buckner, as a committee to ascertain whether sd. Arthur was guilty of the crime or not & they reported him guilty for which he was excluded”   Also see July 9, 1797. 

 

Mima, owned by Rachel Bush.  April 5, 1828.  “Sister Rachel Bush,s Mima by experience”  Also see July 4, 1868.

 

Wallace, owned by Fielding Bush.  April 5, 1828.  “Fielding Bush,s Wallace by experience”  Also see September 3, 1831, etc.

 

Worrick, formerly owned by John Daniels.  May 3, 1828.  “a charge against John Daniels. (decd) s. Worrick for Getting drunk, taken up.  and appointed Brothers. Bartlute Haggard & James Heyndson to Site him to attend next church meeting”  Also see March 10, 1821, etc.

 

Mima, a free woman (of color).  May 3, 1828.  “recd. Mima a Free woman by repentance”  Also see May 10, 1806, etc.  A free woman named Mima, presumably this woman, is noted in the membership list for volume 2 as having died in 1857.

 

Worrick, formerly owned by John Daniels.  May 31, 1828.  “the charge against John Daniel,s (decd.) Worrick for getting drunk again taken up.  and the sd. Worrick being guilty of the crime is excluded”

 

Stephen, owned by Lindfield Burbridge.  May 31, 1828.  “Dismissd. Brother Lindfield Burbridge,s Stephen a man of colour by letter.”  Also see September 14, 1817.

 

Kitty, owned by G. M. Buckner.  May 31, 1828.  “Bro. G M Buckners Kitty woman of colour [received] by experience”

 

Polly, owned by N. Bush.  May 31, 1828.  “Bo N. Bushs Polly [received] by experience”

 

Jacob, owned by William Wilkerson.  May 31, 1828.  “Wm. Wilkersons Jacob [received] by experience”  The membership list for volume 2, covering the period 1833-1868, includes him with a notation that he died.

 

Loudon (“Lowdon”), owned by Nathaniel Ragland.  August 2, 1828.  “Br. Nathaniel Raglands Lowdon a man of Collor [received] by experance”  Also see March 2, 1839.

 

Thomas, owned by Nathaniel Ragland.  August 2, 1828.  “Br. Nathaniel Raglands Thomas a man of Collor [received] by experance”

 

Eliza, owned by Valentine Martin.  September 6, 1828.  “recd. Valingtine Martins Eliza by experence”

 

Nelson, owned by Christopher Morrow.  September 6, 1828.  “Christo Morrows Nelson a man of Collor [received] by experence”  Also see August 7, 1830.

 

Patty, owned by N. Thomas.  September 6, 1828.  “Patty a woman of Collor the Property of N Thos [received] by experence”

 

Polly, owned by John R. Duvall.  October 4, 1828.  “Recd John R Duvalls Polly a woman of Collor by experance”  The membership list for volume 2, covering the period 1833-1868, includes a note that she died.

 

Barbara, owned by a Buckner.  January 3, 1829.  “Recd. Br. Buckners Barbary a woman of Collor [received] by experance”  Also see August 7, 1830.

 

Charles, owned by Woody Elkin.  January 3, 1829.  “Br. Wody Elkins Charles restoared to fellowship”  There is no record of a Charles owned by an Elkin having been received by the church, this may be the Charles who was previously owned by a McMillan (see November 4, 1826).

 

Ambrose, owned by Polly Bentley.  April 4, 1829.  “Recd. Polley Bentleys Ambrose by Experance”

 

Maria (“Meriah”), owned by Ezekiel Elkin.  August 1, 1829.  “A charge against Br. Ezekiel Elkins Meriah for Stealing and Lying taken up for which She is excluded”  Also see December 1, 1827, etc. 

 

Complaint by Enoch Elkin against unspecified black man.  November 7, 1829.  “a charge Brought in by Brother Eneoch Elkins against a black Br. of [i.e., by?] his son William the charge was taken up and the son for give him upon his Say he hope the Lord had”

 

Judy, owned by (Christopher) Morrow.  March 6, 1830.  “a complaint brought in by br Thacker V. Bush against a black sister Judy belonging to Mr. Morrow for drinking too much spirits  the church took it up & agreed to send for hur and appointed Brethren Enoch Elkin & Woody Elkin to see and Request hur to attend our next Church meeting in course”  There is no Judy owned by a Morrow who was recorded as received into the church, possibly this is the Judy who had been owned by David Dogg (see July 14, 1814, etc.  Also see January 1, 1831, etc.)

 

Judy, owned by (Christopher) Morrow.  April 3, 1830.  “The case Respecting a black sister Judy belonging to Mr Morrow being again taken up she gave the Church satisfaction.”

 

Quilar (also called “Equilla”), owned by Thomas Burrus.  July 3, 1830.  “Received Quilar a Black Br belong to Thos. Burrus by experience”  Also see September 4, 1841

 

Split in the Providence Baptist Church.  August 7, 1830.  On this date some 53 white and 11 African-American members of the congregation withdrew from the congregation, the minutes state because they were “displeased with the rules and regulations.”  This was apparently the start of the “Reform” Baptist congregation that is occasionally mentioned later in the church minutes, notably at the time that the new church building was constructed in 1870. Among those who withdrew at the time were many or most of the Bush members.  On September 3, 1831 an additional 8 whites withdrew from the congregation.  Some of these individuals may have later rejoined the congregation.

 

Sarah, owned by Franky Bush.  August 7, 1830.  Withdrew from the congregation as part of the split.  Also see March 1, 1828.

 

Margaretta, owned by Franky Bush.  August 7, 1830.  Withdrew from the congregation as part of the split.  Also see February 2, 1828.

 

Nelson, owned by Christopher Morrow.  August 7, 1830.  Withdrew from the congregation as part of the split.  Also see September 6, 1828.

 

Barbara (“Barbary”), owned by Madison Buckner.  August 7, 1830.  Withdrew from the congregation as part of the split.  Also see January 3, 1829.

 

Peter, owned by Madison Buckner.  August 7, 1830.  Withdrew from the congregation as part of the split.  Also see December 20, 1827.

 

Judy, owned by Lewis Grigsby.  August 7, 1830.  Withdrew from the congregation as part of the split.  This is presumably the person previously described in the minutes as “Jude.”  Also see July 13, 1811, etc.  The membership list for volume 2 includes a notation that she died in 1855.

 

Rachel, owned by Lewis Grigsby.  August 7, 1830.  Withdrew from the congregation as part of the split.  Also see December 20, 1827, etc.

 

Lucy, owned by Ambrose Christy.  August 7, 1830.  Withdrew from the congregation as part of the split.  (There is no record of a Lucy owned by Ambrose Christy who had been received into the church, it’s possible that she is the same Lucy who had been owned by Frances Bush, see August 7, 1825.)  The membership list for volume 2, covering the period 1833-1868, has a notation that she died.

 

Maryann, owned by Sally Ragland.  August 7, 1830.  Withdrew from the congregation as part of the split.  (There is no record of a MaryAnn who had been received into the church.)

 

Sally Johnson, a free woman of color.  August 7, 1830.  Withdrew from the congregation as part of the split.  (This is the first time that a surname is used for a person of color in the church minutes.)  Also see December 8, 1827.

 

Nancy Johnson, a free woman of color.  August 7, 1830.  Withdrew from the congregation as part of the split.  Also see December 13, 1827.

 

Judy, owned by Christopher Morrow.  January 1, 1831.  “A report in circulation against Christopher Morrows Judy for getting drunk taken up and appoint Brethren Enoch Elkin  Ezekiel Elkin to see her and report to our next church meeting.”  Also see March 6, 1830, etc.

 

Judy, owned by Christopher Morrow.  February 5, 1831.  “The Refference Respecting Christopher Morrows Judy again taken up and she gave the Church sattisfaction”

 

Wallace, owned by Fielding Bush.  September 3, 1831.  “A report in circulation against a black brother Wallis belonging to Fielding Bush taken up and appoint brethren Morris Miles and David B. Hays to see and request him to attend our next church meeting.”  Also see April 5, 1828.

 

Wallace, owned by Fielding Bush.  October 1, 1831.  “The case of Wallis a man of color excluded for theft and neglecting to hear the church.”

 

Maria, owned by Ezekiel Elkin.  December 3, 1831.  “Mariah a black sister of Bro. Ezekiel Elkin restored to fellowship”  Also see December 1, 1827, etc.

 

Samuel, owned by Samuel Bentley.  March 3, 1832.  “Dismissed Bro. Samuel...as the property of Sam. Bentley by letter”  (There is no prior mention of a Samuel owned by Samuel Bentley.)

 

Darcus, owned by Samuel Bentley.  March 3, 1832.  “Dismissed Bro....Darcus as the property of Sam. Bentley by letter”  (There is no prior mention of him.)

 

Isaac, owned by William Bentley.  March 3, 1832.  “Dismissed Isaac a man of colour as the property of William Bentley dismissed by letter.”  (There is no prior record for him.)

 

Crissy, owned by Christopher Morrow.  April 7, 1832.  “Dismissed...Crissy...[woman] of colour the property of Christopher Morrow by letter.”  Also see January 6, 1828.

 

Alsy (sp?), owned by Christopher Morrow.  April 7, 1832.  “Dismissed...Alsy...[woman] of colour the property of Christopher Morrow by letter.”  (There is no prior mention of her.)

 

Judy, owned by Christopher Morrow.  April 7, 1832.  “Dismissed...Judy...[woman] of colour the property of Christopher Morrow by letter.”  Also see March 6, 1830.

 

Ambrose, owned by David Berkley.  June 2, 1832.  “Received Ambrose a man of colour, the property of David Berkley by letter”

 

Judy, owned by Mrs. Woodward.  April 6, 1833.  “Dismissed Judy a woman of colour the property of Mrs. Woodward by letter.”   (There is no prior mention of a Judy owned by a Mrs. Woodward.)

 

Charles, a man of color.  April 6, 1833.  “Brother Charles a man of colour had deceased.”  (It’s not clear who this Charles is although it may be the Charles who had been owned by Woody Elkin.)

 

The transcribed volume 1 of Providence Baptist Church records end on June 15, 1833.

 

A partial list of members is included at the end of the first volume.  The list is undated but has a numerical listing of male and female members, presumably in chronological order.  I don’t know why so few of the African-American women in particular were included on the list.

 

Males

 

36.  Peter, owned by an Oldham  “Oldhams Peter”

37.  Tom, owned by a Taylor.  “Taylors Tom   Excluded”

39.  Harry, owned by a Taylor.  Taylors Harry   Decsd”  [Deceased]

59.  Ambrose, owned by a Neal.  “Neals Ambrous   Excluded”

61.  Beery (sp?), owned by a Hampton.  “Hamtons Beery   Dismist”

63.  “Napper a black”

68.  “Nelson, a black man  Excluded”

70.  David, owned by a Hickman.  “Hickmans David”

75.  William, owned by a Didlake (“Didlick”).  “Didlicks William   Excluded”

82.  Billy (“Bille”), owned by a Wills.   “Wilses Bille   Excluded”

83.  Dickson, owned by a Eubank.  “Eubankes Dickson   Excluded”

85.  Moses, owned by an Embry (“Embre”).   “Embres Moses   Excluded”

86.  Archibald (“Archabal”), owned by a Coleman (Colemom”).   “Colemoms Archabal   Excluded”

95.  James, owned by a Clark.   “Clarkes James   Dead”

97.  Samuel, owned by a Martin (“Martain”).   “Martains Samuel   Excluded”

105. Sam, owned by a Lawrence (“Larrince”).   “Larrinces Sam   Dismist”

110. Ellick, owned by a Vivion.   “Vivions Ellick   Dismist”

111. Harlan, owned by a Eubank.   “Eubanks Harlan   Excluded”

126. William Murray (“Murry”), a black man.   “Wm Murry a black   Excluded”

127. Isaac, owned by a Crosswhite (“Croswhite”).   “Croswhites Isaac   Dismist”

129. Jacob, owned by an “Ervin” (or Irvin).   “Ervins Jacob   Dismist”

130. Frank, owned by a Eubank.   “Eubanks Frank   Dismist”

131. Charles, owned by a McMillan (“MacMilion”).   “MacMilions Charles   Excluded”

132. Frazier  “Recieved Frasure   Excluded   Repentance”

133. Billy, owned by a McGee.  “Recieved Magees Bille  Excluded  Repentance”

134. Troy, owned by a McGuire.  “Meguires Troy   Excluded”

138. Billy, owned by a Mr. McGee.  “Mr Mcgees Billy   Excluded”

139. Peter, owned by a Halyard.   Halyards Peter”

140. Jerry, owned by a Clark.   “Clarks Jerry”

141. Ambrose, owned by a Neal (“Neel”).  “Neels Ambrose”

142. George, owned by a Taylor.   “Taylors George   Excluded”

143. Bob, owned by a Eubank.  “Mr Hugh Banks Bob”

144. Edmond, owned by a Eubank.  “Mr Hugh banks Edmond”

 

Women

 

79.  Cicely, a black woman.  “Sisley a black   Dismist”

92.  Grace, owned by a Taylor.  “Taylors Grace”

114.  Phoebe (“Feebe”), owned by a Holladay.  “Holladays Feebe”

117.  Dinah, owned by a Graves or Grove.  “groveses Dinah”

129.  “Lette a black” [woman]

143.  Aggy, owned by a Didlake .  “didlicks Aggy”

167.  Amy (“Ame”), owned by a Bush.   “Bushes Ame   Excluded”

168.  Violet (“Vilet”), owned by an Ervin (or Irvin).   “Ervines Vilet   Dismist”

170.  Alce, owned by a Bush.   “Bushes Alce”

172.  Hannah, owned by a Hampton (“Hamton”).   “Hamtons Hannah   Excluded”

175.  Rachel, owned by an Embry.  “Emberes Rachel”

182.  Rachel, owned by a Vivion.  “Vivions Rachel   Dismist”

188.  Lucy (“Luce”), owned by a Stevens.  “Stevens Luce   Excluded”

191.  Betty (“Bedey”), owned by a Price.   “Prices Bedey   Dead”

192.  Sucky, owned by a Bush.  “Bushes Sucky”

193.  Dinah, owned by a Vivion.   “Vivions Dinah   Dead”

194.  Jenny (“Jenney”), owned by a Rawling (“Rawlen”).  “Rawlenes Jenney”

195.  Lucy, owned by a Bush.   “Bushes Lucy   Excluded”

204.  Nelly, owned by a Ramey.   “Rameys Nelley   Dead”

212.  Ginny (“Jinne”), owned by a Stevens.  “Stevenes Jinne”  

219.  Milly, owned by a Parrish.  “Parrishes Milly   Excluded”

220.  “Sary,” owned by a Eubank.  “Eubankes Sary”

222.   Mima or “Mimia”, owned by a Clark.  “Clarks Mimia”

224.  Grace, owned by a Eubank.   “Hugh Bankss Grace”

225.  Judy (“Jude”), owned by a Eubank.  “Hugh Bankes Jude”

227.  “black Lucy”

 

 

VOLUME 2 of the church minutes (not transcribed).

This volume begins on July 20, 1833 and extends through 1868.

 

Rose, a black woman owned or previously owned by John McKenzie (McKinsey?).  August 17, 1833.  “Dismissed Rose a black Sister the property of John McKinsy by letter”  Also see December 1, 1827.

 

Tom, owned by Stephen Winn.  August 17, 1833.  “Received Stephen Winns Tom”  Also see August 21, 1836.

 

Sam, owned by Ezekiel Elkin.  August 30, 1833.  “by Experience and Baptism Received...Br Ezekiel Elkins Sam”  There were apparently two different Sams owned by Elkins.  One of these Sams died in 1858.

 

Andy, owned by Polly Bush.  August 30, 1833.  “Sister Polly Bush Andy [received] by Experience”  Also see August 21, 1836.

 

Tom, owned by William Hooten.  August 31, 1833.  “Br Wm Hootens Tom [received]  Also see February 6, 1847.

 

Harry, owned by William Hooten.  August 31, 1833.  “Br Wm Hootens...Harry [received]  Also see April 6, 1839, etc.

 

America, owned by Sally Hampton.  September 1, 1833.  “Sister Sally Hamptons America [received] by Experience”  The membership list for volume 3 has notations that he is a person of color and that his name was erased from the membership list.

 

Silvy, owned by A. Christy.  September 1, 1833.  “A Christys Silvy [received] by Experience”  Also see February 19, 1836.

 

William, owned by John Miles.  September 1, 1833.  “Received Mr John Miles, William by Letter”

 

Rosy, owned by Valentine Martin.  November 15, 1834.  “Received Valentine Martin Rosy by Experence”

 

Murray (“Murry”), owned by William Crim.  November 15, 1834.  “Br Wm Crims Murry [received] by Experence”  The membership list for volume 2 includes a note that he is “gone.”

 

George, owned by James Ragland.  March 21, 1835.  “Complaint against Mr James Raglands George for stealing and denying it; the church took it up and he was excluded”  Also see January 6, 1811.

 

Jack, owned by John Miles.  June 20, 1835.  “Dismissed Mr John Miles Jack by Letter”

Also see December 2, 1827.

 

Silvy, owned or previously owned by A. Christy.  February 19, 1836.  “Sister Polly Christy dismissed by Letter and Silvy a woman of Colour. dismissed by Letter”  Also see September 1, 1833

 

Andy, owned by (Polly) Bush.  August 21, 1836.  “A Charge against Bush’s Andy a black Br. for running away, for which Crime he is Excluded”  Also see August 30, 1833.

 

Tom, owned by (Stephen) Winn.  August 21, 1836.  “A Charge against Winns Tom a black Br. for Running away, for which Crime he is Excluded”  Also see August 17, 1833.

 

Cesar (“Sezar”), a free man of color.  October 15, 1836.  “Received by letter Br Sezar and Crilly his wife, Collored people, both free”  Also see June 5, 1847

 

Crilly (or Critty?), a free woman of color.  October 15, 1836.  “Received by letter Br Sezar and Crilly his wife, Collored people, both free”  Also see July 6, 1844.

 

Mariah, owned by Enoch Elkin.  June 17, 1837.  “then the Church agreed to take up the Report against a black Sister Mariah (a servent of Br Enoch Elkin) for making an attempt to poison her Masters family  the Church appointed S. Haggard  Ezekiel Elkin & Colby Quesenberry as a Committee to get all the parties together and hear all the evidence and then Report to the Church...the Committee reported that in their opinion agreeable to the evidence that She was gilty of putting Something in their Diet that was not wright. for which Crime she was excluded,”  Also see January 6, 1828.

 

Betty, owned by a Phelps (Phillips?).  September 2, 1837.  “Phelps Betty deceased”  (There is no prior mention of a Betty owned by a Phelps or Phillips.  It’s possible that is the Betty previously owned by Charity Hays, see November 14, 1827.

 

Huldah, owned by James Lisle.  December 20, 1837.  “Received by Experience and Baptism...Mr. James Lisles, Hulda, a servant  (In these minutes, this terminology refers to slaves, so far as I can determine—LC).  The membership list for volume 3 includes notations that she is a person of color and that her name was erased from the membership list.

 

Madison, owned by Jeremiah Bush.  December 20, 1837.  “Received by Experience and Baptism...Jerrymiah Bush’s, Matison”  Also see September 3, 1853.

 

Judy, owned by Nancy G. Bush.  December 20, 1837.  “Received by Experience and Baptism...Mrs. Nancy G. Bush’s, Judy”

 

Rachel (“Rachael”), owned by Lewis Grigsby.  December 20, 1837.  “Received by Experience and Baptism...Mr. Lewis Grigsby’s, Rachael”  (She had previously withdrawn from the congregation as part of the split in 1830 and was apparently now returning.  Also see December 20, 1827, etc.)

 

Mary, owned by Franky Bush.  December 26, 1837.  “Received by Experience and Baptism...Franky Bush’s, Mary, a servant”  (A later entry confirms that she was a slave,  see November 6, 1841.)

 

Ellick, owned by Nancy G. Bush.  January 7, 1838.  “Received by Experience and Baptism...Nancy G. Bush’s, Ellick, a servant” (This terminology refers to slaves, so far as I can tell.  An Ellick, presumably this man, is described as a man of color, see January 20, 1847, and is also referenced on December 2, 1854.)

 

Nebuchadnezzar (“Nebucadnezar”), owned by Nancy Elkin.   January 7, 1838.  “Received by Experience and Baptism...Nancy Elkin’s, Nebucadnezar”

 

Harriet, owned by William Crim.  January 7, 1838.  “Received by Experience and Baptism...William Crim’s, Harriet”  The membership list for volume 2, covering the period 1833-1868, has a notation that she died.

 

Wallace, (“Wallis”), owned by Fielding Bush.  January 20, 1838.  “Restored Mr F Bush’s Wallis to fellowship again”  Also see April 15, 1828, etc.

 

Alsy, owned by Franky Bush.  January 26, 1838.  “Franky Bush’s Alsy Restored to fellowship again”  Also see March 1, 1828.  A note to the membership list of volume 2 indicates that Alsy owned by a Bush, presumably this person, died in 1858.

 

Juliann (also July Ann), owned by J. (Jeremiah probably) Bush.   April 17, 1838.  “Received by Experience and Baptism...Juliann, Belonging to J. Bush”  This is no doubt the same July Ann later owned by Oliver Bush, see August 1, 1846.

 

Jesse, owned by William Hooten.  April 17, 1838.  “Received by Experience and Baptism...Jesse, Belonging to Wm Hooten”  Also see March 5, 1859.

 

Philip, owned by Joel Quisenberry.  April 17, 1838.  “Received by Experience and Baptism...Philip, belonging to Joel Quesenbry”   Also see March 5, 1859.

 

James, owned by James Lisle.  April 17, 1838.  “Received by Experience and Baptism...James, Belonging to Jas. Lile”  Also see July 7, 1838, etc.

 

Squire, owned by Franky Bush.  April 17, 1838.  “Received by Experience and Baptism...Squire, Belonging to Franky Bush”  The membership records of volume 2 includes a notation that Squire, owned by a Reed, probably the same Squire, died in 1866..

 

Jane Cesar, a free woman (of color).  April 17, 1838.  “Received by Experience and Baptism...Jane Cesar, a free girl”  Also see October 3, 1840, etc.

 

James, owned by James Lisle.  July 7, 1838.  “A Charge against James Liles James a Black Br. for Lying and Refered until Next meeting & appoint Brth. Nathaniel Haggard  E. Elkin  R. Quesenbry to Site him to attend and likewise get his Masters Consent for him to Come”  Also see April 17, 1838, etc.

 

Icibinda, owned by Jeremiah Bush.  July 7, 1838.  “Received by Experience and Baptism Icibinda belonging to Jerry Bush”

 

Betty, owned by Lewis Grigsby.  July 7, 1838.  “Received by Experience and Baptism...Betty, Belonging to Lewis Grigsby”

 

Harriet, owned by John George.  July 7, 1838.  “Received by Experience and Baptism...Harriet, Belonging to John George”  The membership list for volume 2, covering the period 1833-1868, includes a notation that she died.

 

Mariah, owned by John George.  July 7, 1838.  “Received by Experience and Baptism...Mariah, Belonging to John George”  She was later known as Mariah Lisle, the wife of Simon Lisle, also see July 4, 1868.

 

Harry, owned by John George.  July 7, 1838.  “Received by Experience and Baptism...Harry, Belonging to John George”  The membership list for volume 2 includes a notation that he died in February 1847.

 

Lydia, owned by Lewis Grigsby.  July 7, 1838.  “Received by Experience and Baptism...Lydia, Belonging to Lewis Grigsby”  The membership list for volume 3 has notations that she is a person of color and that her name was erased from the membership list.

 

James, owned by James Lisle.  August 4, 1838.  “The Case Respecting Mr. Liles James, again taken up and he gave the Church Sattisfaction”  Also see July 7, 1838, etc.  The membership list for volume 2 includes a notation that he was excluded in 1867 [? the date is hard to read]

 

Warrick, owned by John Daniel.  February 2, 1839.  “Restored Warrick A black Br. of Mr. John Daniel Decd to fellowship again...Dismissed Warrick a black Br. by Letter”  See March 10, 1821, etc.

 

Loudon, owned by Nathaniel Ragland.  March 2, 1839.  “The Church took up a report against Louden a black Br. Belonging to Br. N. Ragland & appoint Breth, B. Haggard & J. Haggard to see and Request him to attend our Next meeting”  Also see August 2, 1828.

 

Loudon, owned by Nathaniel Ragland.  April 6, 1839.  “The charge against Loudon a black brother Belonging to Brother N. Ragland again taken up and he gave the church satisfaction”  The membership list of volume 3, covering the period starting in 1869, includes notations that he is a person of color and that he died.

 

Harry, owned by William Hooten.  April 6, 1839.  “A charge against Brother Wm. Hootens Harry a Black Brother taken up and appointed Brethren Lewallen Elkin & Coby Bush to cite him to attend our next meeting and likewise get leave of his master to let him come”  Also see August 31, 1833.

 

Harry, owned by William Hooten.  May 4, 1839.  “the case Respecting Brother Wm Hootens Harry again taken up and he is excluded for running a way from his master”

 

Polly, owned by Nancy Elkins.  September 7, 1839.  “Record of Deaths...Nancy Elkins Polly”  (This is probably the same Polly owned by N. Bush, see May 31, 1828.)

 

Rachel owned by Lewis Grigsby.  December 7, 1839.  “A charge against Mr. Lewis Grigsbys Rachel for fornication for which crime she was excluded”   See December 20, 1827, etc.  The membership list for volume 3 has notations that she is a person of color and that her name was erased from the membership list.

 

Matilda, owned by James Lisle.  December 7, 1839.  “A charge against Mr. James Liles Matilda for fornication for which crime she was excluded”  There is no prior mention of her.

 

Jane Cesar (a free woman of color).  October 3, 1840.  “A charge against Jane Cesar a Sister for disorderly conduct taken up & Referred & appointed Brethren Rodger Quesenberry & Lewallen Elkin to see & Cit her to our Next meeting”  Also see April 17, 1838, etc.

 

Jane Cesar (a free woman of color).  November 7, 1840.  “The Case Respecting Jane Cesar again taken up & she is Excluded for Dancing and Refusing to hear the Church”

 

Difficulty between some black men.  December 5, 1840.  “A difficulty taken up between some Black Bre. & appointed E. Elkin & E. Elkin Jr. & Colby Bush to see them & try and settle it & Report to our next meting”

 

Judy, a black woman.  December 5, 1840.  “a Charge taken up against a black Sister Judy & appoint Bre. L. Elkin & R. Quesenberry to see & Request her to attend our Next meeting”  This may be the Judy owned or previously owned by Nancy G. Bush, see December 20, 1837.  Also see June 7, 1845.

 

Difficulty between some black men.  January 2, 1841.  “the Committee that was appointed to see the black Brethren Report the Difficulty Settled between them”

 

Judy, a black woman.  January 2, 1841.  “The Committee that was appointed a black Sister Reports that the Charge is False”  (Presumably this refers to the December 5 item about Judy.)

 

Equilla (also called “Quilar”).  September 4, 1841. “Excluded Equilla, Belonging to Thomas Burrus Decd for long absence from the Church”  Also see July 3, 1830.

 

Pollyann, owned by Thomas Jones.  September 4, 1841.  “Received Pollyan a black belonging to Mr. Thomas ap (?) Jones by Experience”  Also see October 5, 1850.

 

Anderson, owned by Jeremiah Bush.  September 4, 1841.  “Received Anderson a black belonging to Mr Jeremiah Bush, by Experience”  Also see September 5, 1863.

 

George, owned by a Bush.  September 4, 1841.  “Record of Deaths...Bush’s George”  This may be the George owned by Jonathan Bush, see February 2, 1828.

 

Silas, owned by Jeremiah Bush, Sr.  October 2, 1841.  “Received Silas, a black man belonging to Jeremiah Bush Sn”

 

Mary, owned by Franky Bush.  November 6, 1841.  “A charge taken up against Mary a black sister belonging to Franky Bush, for Running away & the Church agreed to Refer it untill Next meeting & appointed Breth. C. Bush  R. Quisenberry to see her & Site her to our Metting in Course”  Also see December 26, 1837, etc.

 

Tillitha, owned by Richard Bush.  November 6, 1841.  “Received Tillitha a black sister the property of Richard Bush”

 

Rachel Jane, owned by Reuben Elkin.  November 6, 1841.  “Received Rachel Jane the property of Reubin Elkin by Experience”  Also see July 6, 1844.

 

Mary, owned by Franky Bush.  December 4, 1841.  “the Case Respecting Mary again taken up and She gave the Church Sattisfaction”  The membership list of volume 2 notes that a Mary owned by a Bush, presumably this woman, died in 1861.

 

Gilbert, owned by Chloe Quisenberry.  August 6, 1842.  “Received by Experience & Baptism...Cloe Quisenberry’s Gilbert, a servent”  This terminology usually refers to a slave and he is later described as a man of color.  Also see December 1, 1866.

 

Charity, owned by Fielding Bush.  August 6, 1842.  “Received by Experience & Baptism...Fielding Bushes Charrity, a servent”  Also see January 4, 1845, etc.

 

Hannah, owned by Jeremiah Bush.  August 7, 1842.  “Received (by baptism)...Jerry, Bushes, Hannah, a servant”  Also see September 4, 1852, etc.

 

Matilda, owned by Nathaniel Haggard.  August 7, 1842.  “Received (by baptism)...Nathaniel, Haggards, Matilda, a servant”  The membership list for volume 2 includes a notation the she was dismissed by letter in 1862.

 

Clary (sp?), owned by Joel Quisenberry.  August 9, 1842.  “Received (by baptism)...Joel Quisenberry’s Clary (sp?) a Servant”  The membership list of volume 2 includes a notation that this person died in 1846.

 

Malinda, owned by Lewallen Elkin.  August 9, 1842.  “Received (by baptism)...Lewallen Elkins Malinda a Servant”

 

Martha, owned by Charity Hays.  August 9, 1842.  “Received (by baptism)...Charity Hays Martha a Servant”  The membership list for volume 2 includes a notation that she died in March 1847.

 

Milly, owned by Frances Duvall.  August 9, 1842.  “Received (by baptism)...Frances Duvalls Milley a Servant”  The membership list for volume 2 notes that she was dismissed “by S” in 1868.  (I don’t know what “by S” means.)

 

Mariah, owned by Nathaniel Haggard.  August 9, 1842.  “Received (by baptism)...Nathaniel Haggards Mariah a Servant”  The membership list for volume 3 includes notations that she is a person of color and that she was dropped from the membership list.

 

Sam, owned by E. Elkin.  August 10, 1842.  “Received by Experience & Baptism...E. Elkins;s Sam, a servant”  There were apparently two different Sams owned by Elkins.  One of these Sams died in 1858.  The membership list for volume 3, covering the period beginning in 1869 includes notations for Sam, (previously) owned by an Elkin, presumably this Sam, that he is a person of color and that his name was erased from the membership list.

 

Esther (“Easter”), owned by George Reed.  August 10, 1842.  “Received by Experience & Baptism...George Reeds Easter a servant”

 

Eliza, owned by William Hooten.  August 11, 1842.  “Received...William Hooton’s Eliza, a servant”

 

Milly Jane, owned by Tandy Quisenberry.  September 3, 1842.  “Received Tandy Quisenberrys Milley Jane a sevant by experience”  The membership list for volume 3 includes notations that she is a person of color and that she died in 1875.

 

Washington, owned by Jeremiah Bush.  September 3, 1842.  “[Received] Jeremiah Bushes Washington by experience”  Also see April 4, 1868 at which time he was known as Washington Bush.

 

Ann, owned by Enoch Elkins.  September 3, 1842.  “Received [by baptism]...Enoch Elkins Ann a servant”  Also see October 5, 1850.

 

Edmund, owned by Colby Quisenberry.  September 3, 1842.  “Received [by baptism]...Colby Quisenberrys Edmund”  The membership list for volume 2 includes a notation that he was dismissed by letter in 1862.

 

Martha, owned by Caleb Parrish.  September 3, 1842.  “Received [by baptism]...Caleb Parrishes Martha”  The membership list of volume 3, covering the period starting in 1869, includes notations that she is a person of color and that she died.

 

Robert, owned by Fielding Bush.  September 3, 1842.  “Received [by baptism]...Fielding Bushes Robert”  Also see February 3, 1844, etc.

 

Charles, owned by a McMillan.  September 3, 1842.  “Received [by baptism]...McMillans Charles a servent”  He is included on the membership list for volume 3, covering the period starting in 1869, with notations that he is a person of color and that he died.

 

Harry, owned by E. M. Didlake.  October 1, 1842.  “Received E M Didlakes Harry a Servent by experience”  Also see July 6, 1844.

 

Humphrey, owned by Jeremiah Bush.  November 5, 1842.  “Received...Jeremiah Bushes Humphrey a servant”  A notation to the membership records of volume 2, covering the period 1833-1868, indicates he was subsequently excluded.

 

Willis (also called Wallace), owned by E. Elkin.  March 4, 1843.  “A charge against a Black Br Willis belonging to Br E Elkin taken up for theft & appoint Breth E Elkin & M Quisenberry to cite him to our next meeting”  (There is no prior mention of a Wallace or Willis owned by E. Elkin, he is not the same Wallace owned by Fielding Bush.)  Also see August 1, 1846, etc.

 

Willis (Wallace), owned by E. Elkin.  April 1, 1843.  “A Case Respecting Wallace a Black Brother taken up again & he gave the Church Satisfaction”

 

Jane Cesar (a free woman of color).  April 1, 1843.  “Restored Jane Cezar to fellowship again by Acknowledgment”  Also see April 17, 1838, etc.

 

Mary, owned by R. Quisenberry.  September 2, 1843.  “Record of Deaths...Mary, a black Sister of R. Quisenberry”  There is no prior mention of a Mary, owned by R. Quisenberry.  She may be the Mary previously shown as owned by Franky Bush.

 

Aaron, owned by Henry Lisle.  September 3, 1843.  “Received [by experience and baptism]...Aaron, the property of Mr Henry Lile”  Also see March 2, 1872.

 

Lewis, owned by a Hays.  September 3, 1843.  “Received [by experience and baptism]...Lewis the property of Hays”  Also see July 6, 1844.

 

George, owned by Fielding Bush.  December 3, 1843.  “Received by Experience, R. by Baptism Feilding Bush’s Geore”  Also see December 7, 1844.

 

Shelton, owned by Fielding Bush.  December 3, 1843.  “Received by Experience, R. by Baptism Feilding Bush’s...Shelton”  Also see January 4, 1845, etc.

 

Diannah, owned by Fielding Bush.  December 3, 1843.  “Received by Experience, R. by Baptism Feilding Bush’s...Diannah”  Also see January 4, 1845, etc.

 

Lafayette, owned by a (female) Winn.  December 3, 1843.  “Received by Experience, R. by Baptism...Sister Winns, Lafayette”  The membership record for volume 2, covering the period 1833-1868, include him with a notation that he died.

 

Cesar Johnson, Jr., a free male (of color).  December 3, 1843.  “Received by Experience, R. by Baptism...a free boy Cesar Johnson Jr.”  Also see December 7, 1844, etc.

 

Robert owned by Fielding Bush.  January 6, 1844.  “Agreed that Brethren Caleb Parish  L, Elkin & Mr. Quisenberry, ascertain the facts of a report in relation to a couple of Coloured Brethren belonging to Mr. Fielden Bush & Report Next Meeting”  This is a reference to Robert and Wallace.

 

Wallace, owned by Fielding Bush.  January 6, 1844.  “Agreed that Brethren Caleb Parish  L, Elkin & Mr. Quisenberry, ascertain the facts of a report in relation to a couple of Coloured Brethren belonging to Mr. Fielden Bush & Report Next Meeting”  This is a reference to Robert and Wallace.

 

Robert, owned by Fielding Bush.  February 3, 1844.  “the Church received the Report of the Committee & they were Discharged and Robert a black Br. of Mr F. Bush gave the Church Satisfaction”  Also see September 3, 1842, etc.

 

Wallace “Wallis,” owned by Fielding Bush.  February 3, 1844.  “the Church agreed to lay over Wallis, Case untill next meeting & appoint Br. L. Elkin to Cite him to attend”  Also see April 5, 1828, etc.

 

Wallace “Wallis,” owned by Fielding Bush.  March 2, 1844.  “the Case Respecting Wallis a black Br. taken up & he gave the Church Sattisfaction”

 

Eliza, owned by John Morton.  March 3, 1844.  “Received...by Letter...Eliza (a woman of Color) the property of Mr John Morton”  The membership list of volume 3, covering the period beginning in 1869, includes a notation that she died.

 

Doctor, owned by H. (probably Henry) Lisle.  March 3, 1844.  “Received by Experience [and baptism] Doctor the property of Mr H. Lisle”  Also see July 3, 1847.

 

James Cesar, a free man (of color).  March 3, 1844.  “Received by Experience [and baptism]...Free James Cesar”  The membership list of volume 2, covering the period 1833-1868, notes that “Free James” was excluded from the church.  That apparently  refers to this James.

 

Cesar, a free person (of color).  March 3, 1844.  “Received by Experience [and baptism]...free Cesar”  Cesar may be a surname in this case.

 

Tabby, owned by Fielding) Bush.  March 3, 1844.  “Received by Experience [and baptism]...Talby the property of F. Bush”  Also see January 4, 1845, etc.

 

Crilly (or Critty), a free woman of color.  July 6, 1844.  “Record of Deaths that has occurred since our last assiation...Free Critty”  Also see October 15, 1836.

 

Betty, owned by a Hays.  July 6, 1844.  “Record of Deaths that has occurred since our last assiation...Hay’s Betty”  Also see November 14, 1827, at which time Betty was owned by Charity Hays.

 

Lucy, owned by a Quisenberry.  July 6, 1844.  “Record of Deaths that has occurred since our last assiation...Quisinberry’s Lucy”  There is no prior mention of a Lucy owned by a Quisenberry, it’s possible that she is one of the other Lucy’s noted, such as the Lucy owned by Ambrose Christy, see August 7, 1830.

 

Rachel, owned by Reuben Elkin.  July 6, 1844.  “Record of Deaths that has occurred since our last assiation...Elkin’s Rachel”  Also see November 6, 1841.

 

Harry, owned by E. M. Didlake.  July 6, 1844.  “Record of Deaths that has occurred since our last assiation...Didlake’s Harry”  Also see October 1, 1842.  

 

Lewis, owned by a Hays.  July 6, 1844.  “Record of Deaths that has occurred since our last assiation...Hay’s Lewis”  Also see September 3, 1843.

 

Cesar Johnson, a free man of color.  December 7, 1844.  “the Church appointed Brethren R. Quesinberry  L. Elkin & C. Quesinberry as a Committee to try and settle a Difference Between two black Brethren Cesar Johnson & Mr F Bush’s George”  Also see December 3, 1843. 

 

George, owned by Fielding Bush.  December 7, 1844.  “the Church appointed Brethren R. Quesinberry  L. Elkin & C. Quesinberry as a Committee to try and settle a Difference Between two black Brethren Cesar Johnson & Mr F Bush’s George”  Also see December 3, 1843.

 

George, owned by Fielding Bush.  January 4, 1845.  “the Committee that was appointed to Settle the Difficulty Between Cesar Johnson and Mr F. Bush’s George, Reported & was Discharged...then the Church took up the Case of George & he was Excluded for Lying”  A note to the membership records of volume 2 indicate that George owned by a Bush, presumably this man, was dead.  Volume 2 extends through 1868.

 

Cesar Johnson, a free man of color.  January 4, 1845.  “the Committee that was appointed to Settle the Difficulty Between Cesar Johnson and Mr F. Bush’s George, Reported & was Discharged...then the Church took up the Case of Cesar Johnson & he gave the Church Sattisfaction.”

 

Shelton, owned by Fielding Bush.  January 4, 1845.  “the appointed Breth R. Quisenberry  E. Elkin & D. B. Hays to Se Mr F. Bush’s Shelton & Bobb, for Fiting...and Cite them all to our next meting”  Also see December 3, 1843, etc.

 

Robert “Bobb”, owned by Fielding Bush.  January 4, 1845.  “the appointed Breth R. Quisenberry  E. Elkin & D. B. Hays to Se Mr F. Bush’s Shelton & Bobb, for Fiting...and Cite them all to our next meting”  Also see September 3, 1842, etc.

 

Diannah “Dianah,” owned by Fielding Bush.  January 4, 1845.  “the appointed Breth R. Quisenberry  E. Elkin & D. B. Hays to Se Mr F. Bush’s...Dianah...for theft and Cite them all to our next meting”  Also see December 3, 1843, etc.  The membership list for volume 2 notes that she died in 1866.

 

Tabby or “Tabb,” owned by Fielding Bush.  January 4, 1845.  “the appointed Breth R. Quisenberry  E. Elkin & D. B. Hays to Se Mr F. Bush’s...tabb [sp?]...for theft and Cite them all to our next meting”  Also see March 3, 1844.  The membership list for volume 2, covering the period 1833-1868, has a notation that she died.

 

Charity, owned by Fielding Bush.  January 4, 1845.  “the appointed Breth R. Quisenberry  E. Elkin & D. B. Hays to Se Mr F. Bush’s...Charity for theft and Cite them all to our next meting”  Also see August 6, 1842, etc.  A notation in the membership records of volume 2 indicates that she died in 1854.

 

Bob, owned by A. Bush.  January 4, 1845.  “the Church then took the Case of a Black Br. Bobb of Br. A. Bush for Drinking two much & Fiting and appoint Brethren V. Daniel, J. Haggard, to see and Cite him to next meting”  There is no prior mention of a Bob or Robert owned by an A. Bush.

 

Shelton, Robert, Diannah, Tabby, Charity, all owned by Fielding Bush.  February 1, 1845.  “the Committee that was appointed to attend to Mr F Bush’s Shelton and others was Discharged and they all gave full Sattisfaction”  See notations about each of these individuals on January 4, 1845, etc.

 

Bob, owned by A. Bush.  February 1, 1845.  “the Case of Bobb again taken up and Committee was Discharged & he is Excluded.” 

 

Judy, a black woman.  June 7, 1845.  “Dismissed Judy a Coloured Sister”  Also see December 5, 1840.

 

James, owned by John George.  July 5, 1845.  “Received Mr John George’s James by Experience”

 

Hartwell, owned by S. M. Chiles.  July 5, 1845.  “Received Mr S. M. Chiles Hartwell...by Experience”  Also see September 4, 1847.

 

Agnes, owned by S. M. Chiles.  July 5, 1845.  “Received Mr S. M. Chiles Agness...by Experience”

 

Amanda, owned by William Webb.  July 5, 1845.  “Received...Mr Wm Webb’s Amanda [by experience]”

 

Henrietta, owned by William Webb.  July 5, 1845.  “Received...Mr Wm Webb’s... Henrietta [by experience]”

 

Jane Cesar, a free woman of color.  October 31, 1845.  “The Church took up the Case of Jane Cesar for fornication and appoint Brethren E. Elkin [illegible first initial] Gentry & C. Parrish, as a Committee to investigate the matter, and She being present they reported that she confessed She was Gilty but She hoped that the Lord had forgiven her & the Church forgave her”  Also see April 17, 1838, etc.

 

Separate service for persons of color.  April 1, 1846.  “the church agrd that the coloured brethren have the liberty of preaching in this house on the 3d Sunday in May and brethren Roger Quisenberry Senr  Colby Quisenberry  Lewallen Elkin & Nathaniel Haggard are appointed to attend on the same day and see that good order is kept”  This is the first indication of a separate church service for persons of color.

 

Willis (also called Wallace) owned by E. Elkin.   August 1, 1846.  “A charge of theft against two coloured brethren E. Elkins Willis...taken up and Willis is excluded”  Also see March 4, 1843, etc.

 

Robert, owned by Fielding Bush.  August 1, 1846.  “A charge of theft against two coloured brethren...Fielding Bush’s Robert taken up...Robert required to come to the next meeting & brother R. Quisenberry is to summons him to attend”  Also see September 3, 1842, etc.

 

July Ann, owned by Oliver Bush.  August 1, 1846.  “A charge of Fornication against BR. Oliver Bush’s July Ann taken up & a committee of the elder sisters appointed to go aside and deal with her...the elder sisters report satisfaction & from their report she is restored.”  Also see April 17, 1838. 

 

Robert, owned by Fielding Bush.  September 6, 1846.  “the case of Brother Robert a man of colour again taken on a charge and examined & the church not being satisfied excluded him”

 

Wallace, a man of color.  September 6, 1846.  “a charge made against brother Wallace a man of colour for joining another church without a letter and excluded him for the same”  (This is probably the Wallace who was owned by Fielding Bush, also see April 5, 1828, etc.)

 

Samuel, owned by a Bush.  October 4, 1846.  “Received...by experience and baptism...Bush’s Samuel”  Also see February 6, 1847, etc.

 

July Ann, owned by a Berkley.  October 4, 1846.  “Received by Experience and baptism...Berkleys July Ann”  She is included in the membership list of volume 3, which covers the period starting in 1869, with notations that she is a person of color and that she died.

 

Mary, owned by a Quisenberry.  October 4, 1846.  “Received by Experience and baptism...Quisenberry’s Mary”

 

Madeline, owned by an Elkin.  October 4, 1846.  “Received by Experience and baptism...Elkins’s Madaline”  The membership list for volume 3, covering the period starting in 1869, has notations that she is a person of color and that her name was erased from the membership list.

 

Betsy Jane, owned by a Bush.  October 4, 1846.  “Received by Experience and baptism...Bush’s Betsy Jane”  The membership list of volume 2 notes that she died in April 1849.

 

Catharine, owned by a Martin.  October 4, 1846.  “Received by Experience and baptism...Martin’s Catharine”  The membership list for volume 3, covering the period starting in 1869, includes notations that she is a person of color and that she was dropped from the membership list.

 

Jerry, a free man (of color).  October 4, 1846.  “Received by Experience and baptism...Free Jerry”  Also see June 5, 1847.

 

Frances, a free person (of color).  October 4, 1846.  “Received by Experience and baptism...Free Frances”  Also see June 5, 1847.

 

Amanda, a free woman (of color).  October 4, 1846.  “Received by Experience and baptism...Free Amanda”  Also see June 5, 1847.

 

Ann, owned by an Evans.  October 4, 1846.  “Received by Experience and baptism...Evan’s Ann”  The membership list for volume 3, covering the period starting in 1869, has a notation that she is a person of color and another notation of September 1869, but doesn’t indicate what took place in September 1879.

 

Tarleton, a man of color.  January 20, 1847.  “the Deacons Required to see Tarleton a colored brother relative to a report”  (There is no prior mention of a Tarleton.)

 

Elick, a man of color.  January 20, 1847.  “the Deacons Required to see...Elick, a coloured brother”  This is presumably the Ellick owned by Nancy G. Bush, see January 7, 1838, etc.

 

Tarleton, a man of color.  February 6, 1847.  “the committee appointed to see the coloured brethren Tarleton & Elick relative to a charge of fornication against them & appointed a committee to settle the difficulty with them & reported that...the case of Tarleton not giving satisfaction [he] is excluded”  He is undoubtedly the same person subsequently listed in the church m the church minutes as Tarleton, owned by a Lisle.  See September 3, 1853, etc.

 

Elick, a man of color.  February 6, 1847.  “the committee appointed to see the coloured brethren Tarleton & Elick relative to a charge of fornication against them & appointed a committee to settle the difficulty with them & reported that the brother Elick upin confession we agree to bear with him”

 

Sam (Samuel), owned by a Bush.  February 6, 1847.  “moved that a committee be appointed to see Bush’s Sam and Hooten’s Tom men of color relative to a report concerning them and appointed brethren Colby Bush & P. J. Gentry”  Also see October 4, 1846.

 

Tom, owned by (William probably) Hooten.  February 6, 1847.  “moved that a committee be appointed to see Bush’s Sam and Hooten’s Tom men of color relative to a report concerning them and appointed brethren Colby Bush & P. J. Gentry”  Also see August 31, 1833.

 

Ambrose, owned by a Bartlett.  February 6, 1847.  “on motion excluded Bartlet’s Ambrose for Joining the methodists”  (There is no prior mention of an Ambrose owned by a Bartlett, this could be one of the other Ambroses previously mentioned.)

 

Tom, owned by (William probably) Hooten.  March 6, 1847. “taken up the case of Tom a coloured brother for theft and agreed to bear with the brother untill next metting and request brother Hooten to advise with him and request him to come”

 

Samuel (Sam), owned by a Bush.  March 6, 1847.  “the case of Bush’s Sam taken up on a charge of fighting and lyeing and not giving the church satisfaction is excluded”

 

Tom, owned by (William probably) Hooten.  April 3, 1847.  “a reference against brother Hootens Tom taken up and excluded him”

 

Jerry (Free Jerry), a free man of color.  June 5, 1847.  “taken up a report about a coloured brother Free Jerry for lying and exclude him”  Also see October 4, 1846. 

 

Jane, a woman of color.  June 5, 1847.  “taken up a coloured sister Jane for theft and excluded her for the same”  From the context—the association with other free people of color—this is almost certainly Jane Cesar.  Also see April 17, 1838, etc.  There are two women named “Free Jane” in the membership list of volume 2, both of whom were noted as excluded.  This is surely one of them.

 

Caesar (Cesar) Johnson, a free man of color.  June 5, 1847.  “Dismissed by letter brethren Caesar Johnson...”  Also see December 3, 1843, etc.

 

Caeser (Cesar), a free man of color.  June 5, 1847.  “Dismissed by letter brethren...Free Caesar...”  Also see October 15, 1836.  As noted above, his wife Crilly died in 1844.

 

Francis (or Frances), a free person of color.  June 5, 1847.  “Dismissed by letter brethren...free Francis... “  Also see October 4, 1846.

 

Amanda, a free woman of color.  June 5, 1847.  “Dismissed by letter...Amanda a free woman of colour”  Also see October 4, 1846.

 

Doctor, owned by Henry Lisle.  July 3, 1847.  “taken up a request of a coloured brother called doctor wishing the church to grant him a letter, and referred it till next meeting”  Also see March 3, 1844. 

 

James, owned by John George.  July 3, 1847.  “a charge being made against a coloured brother named James George for unlawfully breaking into a house was taken up and referred till next meeting and appointed brethren Lewallen Elkin & A. G. Bush to enquire into the case and report at next meeting”  The August 7, 1847 reference below makes it clear that this is the James, owned by John George.  The reference to him having the surname George is probably a clerical error.

 

Doctor, owned by Henry Lisle.  August 7, 1847.  “taken up a reference from last meeting relative to a coloured brother called Lisle’s Doctor who sent for a letter of dismission and upon evidence against him he is excluded”

 

James, owned by John George.  August 7, 1847.  “the case of James a coloured man belonging to John George called for and exc [exclude] him”

 

Hartwell, owned or previously owned by S. M. Chiles.  September 4, 1847.  “a charge of fornication against Hartwell a coloured woman taken up & bro Caleb Parish to attend to the case against next meeting”  Also see July 5, 1845, etc.

 

Hartwell, owned or previously owned by S. M. Chiles.  October 2, 1847.  “a reference against Hartwell a woman of colour for fornication...laid over till next metting”

 

Jacob, a man of color.  October 2, 1847.  “the church agree by unanimous vote still to permit brother Jacob a man of colour to exorcise his gift in publick”  It’s unclear which Jacob this might be.  The most recent previous mention of a Jacob is from May 31, 1828.

 

Hartwell, a woman owned or previously owned by S. M. Chiles.  November 6, 1847.  “a reference against Hartwell called for and she is excluded”

 

Meeting time request by the African-American members of the congregation.  March 3, 1849.  “A request from our Coloured brethren asking the privilege of meeting on Sunday evenings of our days in this house to worship taken & postponed till next meeting”

 

Meeting time request by the African-American members of the congregation.  April 1, 1849.  “a reference requesting the church to grant the coloured brethren the liberty of meeting in this house on Sunday evenings of our church meetings taken up and by a vote rejected”

 

William, owned by a Ragland.  1st week of June 1849.  “baptized in June 1849.  Joined by experience...Raglands William”  (He was apparently the only person of color of the 28 new members.)  The membership list of volume 3 includes notations that he is a person of color and that his name was erased from the membership list in 1875.

 

Meeting time request by the African-American members of the congregation.  September 1, 1849 (“first Sat. in September”).  “On motion the church agree to allow the coloured brethren the liberty of holding meeting on the 5th Sund in this month at this place

 

Meeting time request by the African-American members of the congregation.  July 7, 1850 (first Saturday).  “motion made that the church permit the Coloured Brethren to hold a meting in this house on the 3d Sund in August – which was agreed to”

 

Polly Ann, owned by a Jones.  October 5, 1850 (first Saturday).  “reference concerning several persons whose names are on the church Book and have absented themselves from us for a considerable length of time taken up whose names are...Jones’ Polly Ann...and the church by a unanimous vote have refused to bear with them any longer by which they are excluded from us”  Also see September 4, 1841 at which time she was owned by Thomas Jones.

 

Ann, owned by an Elkin.  October 5, 1850 (first Saturday).  “reference concerning several persons whose names are on the church Book and have absented themselves from us for a considerable length of time taken up whose names are...Elkin’s Ann...and the church by a unanimous vote have refused to bear with them any longer by which they are excluded from us”  Also see September 3, 1842 at which time she was owned by Enoch Elkin.

 

Caesar (Free Caesar), a free man of color.  October 5, 1850 (first Saturday).  “reference concerning several persons whose names are on the church Book and have absented themselves from us for a considerable length of time taken up whose names are...Free Caesar; and the church by a unanimous vote have refused to bear with them any longer by which they are excluded from us”  (There were apparently two different free men of color in the congregation known as Cesar or Caesar.  It’s possible that it was a surname for one of these men.   Also the membership list for volume 2 indicates a “Free Cesar” and a “Free Cesar, Jr.,” both of whom were dismissed by letter.)

 

Shelton, owned by Fielding Bush.  November 2, 1850 (first Saturday).  “a complaint laid before the church against Shelton a colored brother belonging to Fielding Bush for stealing & lyeing taken up & by voice of the church have excluded him”  Also see December 3, 1843, etc.  The membership list for volume 2 notes that he died in 1866.

 

Amos, owned by a George.  December 6, 1851 (first Saturday).  “a report concerning Georges Amos for gambling taken up & Brethren E. Elkin & Colby Bush appointed as a committee to see him & known the facts in the case & report next meeting”  (There is no prior mention of when he was received into the church.)

 

Amos, owned by a George.  January 3, 1852 (first Saturday).  “Reference concerning Georges Amos taken up & laid over till next meeting”

 

Amos, owned by a George.  February 7, 1852 (first Saturday).  “the Reference concerning Georges Amos taken up & by motion the church find him guilty & have excluded him from the fellowship of this church”  Also see August 4, 1855.

 

Membership page from the second volume.

 

Bush’s Anderson  died  1863

N. Bush’s Lucinda Dis by letter (1863)

Bush’s Susan

Bush’s Matison   DL. 1868

Bush’s Judy

Bush’s Mary J   1868 May dead

Bush’s Ellick   1854 Excl

Bush’s Wallis   Excluded

Bush’s Alsy   1858 Dead

Bush’s Squire    Dead

Bush’s Icibinda  D.S. 1868

Bush’s George   dead

Bush’s Betty   dead

Bush’s Jacob  1868

Bush’s Rody  1868

Battle’s Aggy

Bush’s Lucy   dead

Bush’s Amy   dead

Bush’s Nathan  Dead 1848

Bush’s Mima   DL  1868

Bartlet’s Ambrose  Exc

Bush’s Andy  Exc

Bush’s Silas

Christy’s Silrey  D. by letter

Christy’s Lucy   dead

Crim’s Murry   gone

Crim’s Harriet   dead

Chiles’s Hartwell  Excluded

Chiles’s Agness

Capps Anna   D by D 1866 [she is not mentioned in the church minutes except here]

Crims Tom   D L 1868

Duval’s Jerry   1851  dead

Duval’s Polly   dead

Dawson’s Polly  D by letter [she is not mentioned in the church minutes except here]

Daniel’s Warrick   D...L...

Duvall’s Milley   Dis by S 1868

Didlake’s Harry   dead

Ecton’s Rachael   dead

Elkin’s Polly   dead

Elkin’s Sam   dead 1858

Elkin’s Mariah   Exc

Elkin’s Nebucadnesor

Elkin’s Malinda

Elkin’s Sam

Free Mimi   dead  1857 [?]

Free Sezar [Cesar, Caesar]

Free Critty   dead

Free Jane   Exc

Free Jane   Exc

Free James   Excluded

Free Cesar, Jr. Dis by let

Free Cesar   Dis by let

Free Jerry   Exc

Free Francis   Dis by L

Free Amanda   Dis by L

Elkin’s Patsy   1857  dead

Z. Elkin’s Patsy   Aug dead 1856

Elkinss Ann   Excluded

Elkin’s Rachel   dead

Evans’s Ann

Elkins’s Madaline

Grigsby’s Judy   dead 1855

George’s Dosha   = 1853  dead

Grigsby’s Rachael

Grigsby’s Dinah   gone

George’s Harriet   dead

George’s Mariah    D.L  1868

George’s Harry   Feb 1847  dead

Grigsby’s Betty   Dis. by letter  1863 [?]

Grigsby’s Lida [Lydia]

Grigsby’s Rachael   Exc

George’s James   Exclude

George’s Amos

George’s Mary Ann

George’s Jack    D.L. 1868

Hays’ Dinah   Dead  Sept 1859 [?]

Hocaday’s Toby   Dead

Hooten’s Tom   Exc 1847

Hooten’s Harry   Exc

Hampton’s America

Hooton’s Ann   D by letter 1868

Hooton’s Jesse   Dis by letter 1859

Hays’s Martha   (March 1847) dead

Haggards Matilda   1862 Dis by letter

Hooton’s Eliza   1859   Dis by letter

Hays’s Lewis   dead

Hamptons Dilly

Hodgkins Amanda  [not otherwise mentioned, she may have been a white woman]

Lile’s Simon   D by L  1868

Lile’s Talton   (1847)  Excl

Lile’s Nancy [not otherwise mentioned in the church minutes unless she is the same Nancy owned by Sally Ragland]

Lilie’s Huldah

Lile’s James   Exclude 1867 [?]

Lile’s Matilda   Exc

Lile’s Doctor   Exc

Lile’s Aron

Lisle’s Sally  [not otherwise mentioned in the church minutes unless she is the same Sally also owned by a Martin]

Lisle’s Talton

Lisley’s Peter   (Dead 1865)

Louis s Rebecca   Cold  [may be the same as the Rebecca owned by Lewis Grigsby?]

Mathes’ Rachael   1851  dead  [not otherwise mentioned in the minuted, may be a white woman?]

Martin’s Sally   dead

Martin’s Rosy   D by L  1868

McMillan’s Charles  

Martin’s Eliza

Martin’s Catharine

Nelson’s Sarah

Evan s Milly

Elkin’s Susan

Prise’s Jarudy [? illegible][I couldn’t determine who this is]

Parrishe’s Martha

Parish s Ursula  [not mentioned elsewhere in the minutes]

Parish s Emily

Quesenberry’s Phillip   Dis by letter  1859

Quisenberry’s Clary   (1846)  dead

Ragland’s George   Exc

Reed’s Squire   1866  dead

Richards Charlotte   dead  [this may be a white woman Charlotte Richards]

Ragland’s Patty   dead

Ragland’s Loudon

Ragland’s Tompson   D.L. 1868

Reed’s Carter   1857 dead  [not mentioned elsewhere in the minutes]

Reed’s Charles [not mentioned elsewhere in the minutes, unless it is under a different owner]

Ragland s William

Reed s Harriet

Spar’s Moses  [not mentioned elsewhere in the minutes]

Taylor’s George   1864 dead

Turner’s James   Exc  [not mentioned elsewhere in the minutes unless it is under a different owner]

Wilkerson’s Jacob   dead

Wins Tom   Exc

Winn’s Lafayette   dead

Webb’s Amanda

Webb’s Henrietta

Wilson’s Andrew

Wills’ Cordelia   Dism by letter [this may be a white woman Cordelia Wills]

Woodford s Lewis   D by L 1868

Woodford s Harriet   Cold  [not mentioned elsewhere in the minutes, unless it is under a different owner]

Quisenberry’s Mary   dead

Quisenberry’s Gilbert   Dis by letter  1866

Quisenberry’s Milley J

Quisenberry’s Edmund   by let  1862

Quisenberry’s Lucy   dead

Quisenberry’s Mary

Quisenberry s Louisa   D by L 1868

Quisenberry s Sarah  [not mentioned elsewhere in the minutes, unless it is under a different owner]

Quisenberry s Eliza J

Quisenberry s Amanda

Bushe’s Hannah   1852 (Dis by letter)

Bushe’s Charity   1854  dead

Bushe’s Washington   Dis by L 1867 [actually 1868]

Bushe’s Robert   Excluded

Bush’s Umphry  Excl

Bush’s Tabby   dead

Bush’s George   Exc

Bush’s Diannah   dead (1866)

Bush’s Shelton   1866 dead

Bush’s Samuel   Excluded  1847

Bush’s Betsy Jane   Dead April 1849

Berkley’s Julianne

Bush’s Clarinda   DL 1868

Berry s Mary   Dis by letter 1860

Bush’s Mary   dead 1861

Bush’s Robert   DL 1868

Bush’s Chrissy

Bush’s Andy   1865 dead

Bush’s Mike [Other than this reference, he is not otherwise mentioned in the church minutes.]

Bush’s America  [dismissed by letter 1868]

 

 

Hannah, owned by a Bush.  September 4, 1852 (first Saturday).  “the church grants Bush s Hannah a letter of dismission”  Also see August 7, 1842, etc.

 

Dosha, owned by a George.  June 4, 1853 (first Saturday).  “the church grants the coloured brethren the liberty of preaching the funeral of George’s Dosha a member of this church at some convenient time in the meeting house”  Also see March 10, 1811, etc.

 

Tarleton or “Talton,” owned by a Lisle, Jacob and Madison, owned by a Bush.  September 3, 1853 (first Saturday).  “a complaint against Lisle’s Talton a member of this church for drinking to excess by bush’s Jacob & Madison taken up & appointed brethren A Bush  Enoch Elkin  E. G. Elkin  Zachariah Elkin  to see the Brother & investigate the matter & report next meeting”  Talton was previously called Tarleton in the minutes.  Also see February 6, 1847 and October 7, 1854, etc. for Talton.  Also see February 4, 1826 for Jacob and December 20, 1837 for Madison.

 

Talton, owned by a Lisle.  October 1, 1853 (first Saturday).  “the committee appointed to see Lisles Talton Report that he confessed his error & made all necessary acknowledgements & they are satisfied with him & they are relased”

 

Toby, owned by a Hockaday.  June 3, 1854 (first Saturday).  “Received by experience Hockadays Toby”

 

Request for meeting times by people of color in the congregation.  October 7, 1854 (first Saturday).  “by vote the church permits the coloured brethren to hold meetings on sunday evenings after our regular meetings with the provision that some two or more of the white brethren be present at each meeting  Brethren Zachariah Bush  Roger F Quisenberry  Enoch Elkins  Roger Quisenberry  William Ragland  John Elkin  William Quisenberry Junr have volunteered to attend two at each meeting & try to keep good order

 

Talton, owned or previously owned by a Lisle.  October 7, 1854.  “motion made to take up the request of a coloured brother that the church permit him to speak in Public taken up & appointed Brethren E. Elkin  John Elkin  & A. G. Bush as a committee to ascertain what the conduct of Talton has been for the last twelve months”  This is presumably the Talton owned by a Lisle, also see September 3, 1853, etc.

 

Hannah, a woman of color.  October 7, 1854.  “motion made that the coloured Brethren have the use of the Church on the 3d  Sunday in this month to preach the funeral of hannah formerly a member of this Church”  This is presumably the Hannah who was owned by a Bush, see August 7, 1842, etc.

 

Talton, owned or previously owned by a Lisle.  November 4, 1854 (first Saturday).  “reference concerning Talton taken up...by motion the Clerk is directed to see Talton & to cite him to attend at our next meeting & ask his master for the privilege of his coming”

 

Talton, owned or previously owned by a Lisle, Elick owned by a Bush.  December 2, 1854 (first Saturday).  “The committee appointed to see Talton reported and is discharged...Request of Talton to be permitted to preach taken up & by vote have refused to grant his Request...a charge of drunkenness brot against Talton by Bushes Elick taken up & being proved by two witnesses he is excluded...a charge against bushes Elick for drunkenness taken up  he being present and not giving satisfaction is excluded”  For Elick, also see January 7, 1838, etc.

 

Mary, owned by a Bush.  August 4, 1855 (first Saturday).  “Recd by experience Bushes Mary”  A note on the membership list of volume 2 indicates that Mary owned by a Bush, presumably this person, died in May 1868.

 

Amos, owned by a George.  August 4, 1855 (first Saturday).  “Restored Georges Amos”  Also see December 6, 1851, etc.

 

Willis, owned by an Elkin.  August 4, 1855 (first Saturday).  “Restored Elkins Willis”  Also see March 4, 1843, etc.

 

Talton, owned or previously owned by a Lisle.  October 6, 1855 (first Saturday).  “Talton a coloured man formerly a member of this church has applied to this church to be restored has made acknowledgements to the church which the church which the church refers till next meeting”

 

Talton, owned or previously owned by a Lisle.  November 3, 1855 (first Saturday).  “the Reference concerning Talton being restored to the fellowship of the church taken up & by unanimous vote he is Restored”

 

Chrissy, owned by a Bush.  December 1, 1855 (first Saturday).  “Recd by Experience & Baptism...Bush s Chrissy”  She is included in the membership list of volume 3, which covers the period starting in 1869, with notations added that she is a person of color and that she was dismissed by letter in September 188_ (the last number of the year is illegible).

 

Peter, owned by a Lisle.  December 1, 1855 (first Saturday).  “Recd by Experience & Baptism...Lisle s Peter”  The membership list for volume 2 includes a notation that he died in 1865.

 

Cole, owned by a Johnston.  July 5, 1856 (first Saturday).  “Recd by experience Johnston s Cole”  Also see July 4, 1868.

 

Meeting time for people of color in the congregation.  August 2, 1856 (first Saturday).  “Motion made that the coloured Brethren have the use of the house on the 3d  sunday in this month which was granted & Brethren William Quisenbery Senr  Jeremiah Bush & Colby Bush agrees to attend & see that good order is kept”

 

Talton, owned or previously owned by a Lisle.  May 2, 1857 (first Saturday).  “Request of Brother Talton a coloured man that the church permit him to speak in Public or Preach & the church grants his request”  The membership list for volume 3, covering the period starting in 1869, includes notations that he is a person of color and that he died.

 

Meeting time for people of color in the congregation.  May 2, 1857 (first Saturday).  “the Church grants permission to the Coloured members of of this to hold a meeting on the evening of the 3d Sunday in this month”

 

Toby, owned by a Hockaday.  May 2, 1857 (first Saturday).  “Record of the death of Hockadays Toby”

 

Meeting time for people of color in the congregation.  August 7, 1858 (first Saturday).  “on motion the coloured brethren are permitted to hold a meeting at Providence on the 3d  Sunday in august & Brethren John E Elkin  E Elkin & Jerry Bush to attend & keep order.”

 

Meeting time for people of color in the congregation.  October 2, 1858 (first Saturday).  “the church grants permission to the coloured brethren to hold a meeting on the 3d sund in this month & Brethren C Parish & A G Bush to attend & see that order is kept”

 

Jesse and Eliza, owned by a Hooten.  March 5, 1859 (first Saturday).  “Letter of Dismission granted to Hootens Jessie & Eliza”  Also see April 17, 1838 for Jesse.

 

Phil, owned by a Quisenberry.  March 5, 1859 (first Saturday).  “Letter of Dismission granted to Quisenberrys Phil”  Also see April 17, 1838. 

 

Susan, owned by an Elkin.  October 1, 1859 (first Saturday).  “Received...By Experience & Baptism...Elkin s Susan”

 

Andy, owned by a Bush.  October 1, 1859 (first Saturday).  “Received...By Experience & Baptism...Bush s Andy”  The membership list for volume 2 notes that he died in 1865.

 

Mary, owned by a Berry.  July 7, 1860 (first Saturday).  “the church grants letters of dismission to Berry’s Mary”  There is no prior mention of a Mary owned by a Berry, she may have previously been owned by a different family.

 

Meeting time for people of color in the congregation.  July 7, 1860 (first Saturday).  “the church grants permission to the coloured brethren of holding a meeting on the 3d  sunday in this month by motion appoints Brethren A G Bush  R Quisenberry senr & Caleb Parish [?] to meet with them & see that good order is kept during meeting”

 

America, owned by a Bush.  December 1, 1860 (first Saturday).  “Received by experience & Baptism...Bush’s America”  Also see April 4, 1868.

 

Eliza Jane, owned by a Quisenberry.  December 1, 1860 (first Saturday).  “Received by experience & Baptism...Quisenberry s Eliza Jane”  The membership list of volume 3, covering the period starting in 1869, includes notations that she is a person of color and that her name was erased from the membership list in 1875.

 

Andrew, owned by a Wilson.  November 2, 1861 (first Saturday).  “Recd by Experience & Baptism...Wilson s Andrew”  The membership list for volume 3 includes notations that he is a person of color and that, in 1875, he was gone.

 

Howard, owned by a Haggard.  November 2, 1861 (first Saturday).  “Recd by Experience & Baptism...Haggards Howard”  The membership list for volume 3 includes notations that he was a person of color and that he was dropped from the membership list.

 

Presley, owned by a Hodgkin.  November 2, 1861 (first Saturday).  “Recd by Experience & Baptism...Hodgkins Presley”

 

James, owned by a Rutledge.  November 2, 1861 (first Saturday).  “Recd by Experience & Baptism...Rutledges James”  The membership list of volume 3, covering the period starting in 1869, includes notations that he is a person of color and that he was dropped from the membership list.

 

Amanda, owned by a Quisenberry.  November 2, 1861 (first Saturday).  “Recd by Experience & Baptism...Quisenberrys Amanda”

 

Lucy, owned by a Dyke.  November 2, 1861 (first Saturday).  “Recd by Experience & Baptism...Dykes Lucy”

 

Lucinda, owned by James Hodge and previously owned by Nancy Bush.  September 5, 1863 (assuming that the meeting was held on the first Saturday).  “the church grants letters of dismisson to James Hodgs Lucinda...at their request”  According to the membership roll in the second volume, this Lucinda was previously owned by Nancy Bush, also see December 1, 1827. 

 

Betty, owned by a Grigsby.  September 5, 1863 (assuming that the meeting was held on the first Saturday).  “the church grants letters of dismisson to Grigsby s Betty...at their request”

 

Anderson, owned by a Bush.  September 5, 1863 (assuming that the meeting was held on the first Saturday).  “Record of the death of Bushs Anderson”  Also see September 4, 1841. 

 

Sarah, owned by a Nelson.  May 7, 1864 (first Saturday).  “Received by experience Nelsons Sarah”   This is the last reference to a slave in the church minutes since the next references to persons of color occur after emancipation.  The membership list for volume 3, covering the period starting in 1869, includes notations that she is a person of color and that she was dropped from the membership list.

 

Civil War and emancipation.  There is no reference whatever in the church minutes to either the Civil War or to the emancipation of slaves.

 

Although the following references to persons of color take place after emancipation, the style of reference typically remains the same, referring to the person as a possession of their (former) owner and still with no surname.

 

Jack, previously owned by a George.  December 1, 1866 (first Saturday).  “at a protracted meeting held on & after the first Sat in Nov, 1866, Received by Experience & Baptism...Georges Jack colored”

 

Mary Ann, previously owned by a George.  December 1, 1866 (first Saturday).  “at a protracted meeting held on & after the first Sat in Nov, 1866, Received by Experience & Baptism...Georges Mary Ann colored”  The membership list for Volume 3 has a notation that she was dismissed by letter in April 1875.

 

Lewis, previously owned by a Woodford.  December 1, 1866 (first Saturday).  “at a protracted meeting held on & after the first Sat in Nov, 1866...Received by Letter...Woodfords Lewis”

 

Dilly, previously owned by a Hampton.  December 1, 1866 (first Saturday).  “at a protracted meeting held on & after the first Sat in Nov, 1866...Received by Letter...Hamptons Dilly Coloured by Relation”  (I believe the phrase “by Relation” means that this new member was referred by a relative)  The membership list for volume 3 includes a notation that she died in 1878.

 

Tom, worked for a Crim.  December 1, 1866 (first Saturday).  “at a protracted meeting held on & after the first Sat in Nov, 1866...Received by Letter...Crimms Tom”

 

The following is the last discernible reference to a person of color joining the Providence Baptist Church congregation.

 

Gilbert, previously owned by a Quisenberry.  December 1, 1866 (first Saturday).  “by Request the Church grants a letter of Dismission to Quisenberrys Gilbert man of Color”  Also see August 6, 1842. 

 

Meeting time for people of color in the congregation.  July 6, 1867 (first Saturday).  “The Church grants Permission to the Coloured Brethren to hold a meeting in this house on the 3d Lords day in this month at 3 Oclock”  This may be the first time in which supervision by white men of the meeting of the persons of color was not required, or at least no such requirement was noted in the minutes.  One suspects that prior references to white supervision for maintenance of “good order” may have focused on prevention of planning for escapes.

 

Washington Bush and America Bush, both formerly owned by the Bush family.  April 4, 1868 (first Saturday).  “on motion the Church grants letters of Dismission to Washington Bush a man of color & his wife America letters of Dismission”  This is the first reference to a former slave in which a surname is used.  Washington Bush chose to use the surname of his former owner as his own surname.  Also see September 3, 1842 for Washington Bush and December 1, 1860 for America Bush.   I was unable to find any further indication at to what became of Washington or America Bush.  The membership list for volume 3 of the church minutes, covering the period starting in 1869, has notations for him that he is a person of color and that his name has been erased from the church membership list.

 

Group departure of 19 African-American congregants.  July 4, 1868 (first Saturday).  “by request of many of the Coloured Brethren + Sisters of this Church, the Church grants letters of Dismission to the following members:” 

Jacob Bush

Rhoda Bush

Mima Bush

Cole Johnson

Mary Johnson

Louisa Quisenberry

Robert Bush

Jenny Ann Bush

Simon Lisle

Mariah Lisle

Rose Martin

Tom Crim

Ann Hooten

Madison Bush

Thompson Ragland

Jack Richards

Isabinda Bush

Clarinda Bush

Lewis Woodford

 

Comment about this item:  This group departure by nineteen of the African-American members of the church must have been a momentous event in the history of the African-American members of the church and in the creation of the church now known as the Providence Missionary Baptist Church.  Although there are a number of references to separate church meetings for persons of color, it would not have been possible for them to form their own congregation during slavery.  These individuals are presumably amongst the founders of the African-American congregation which purchased the old church building on Lower Howards Creek.

 

So far as I can determine, the surnames used for the individuals on this list were taken from the surnames of their former owners.  There may be some exceptions for wives.  It seems likely that some of the males and females listed together with the same surname are married couples, i.e,. Jacob & Rhoda Bush, Cole & Mary Johnson, Robert & Jenny Ann Bush, and Simon & Mariah Lisle.  It’s possible that some of the individuals included in this list subsequently changed their surname.  Since it’s hard to trace the subsequent history of these individuals this will be difficult to ascertain.

 

For Jacob Bush, see September 3, 1853.  He may also be the same Jacob referenced on February 4, 1826.  There is no prior mention of a Rhoda Bush, however, there was a Rody Bush who is presumably the same person, see also October 24, 1827.  For Mima Bush, see also April 5, 1828.  For Cole Johnson or Johnston, also see July 5, 1856.  There is no previous mention of a Mary Johnson or a Mary owned by a Johnson or Johnston.  I believe she married Cole Johnson.  She may be the Mary who was previously owned by a Bush, see August 4, 1855.   Also see the Census section of the Introduction.  There is no prior mention of a Louisa owned by a Quisenberry or any other Louisa.  Based on the membership list of volume 2, she was previously owned by, or at least worked for, a Quisenberry.  Also see the Census section of the Introduction, she was probably married to Thompson Ragland.  The Robert Bush on this list appears to be a different person than the Robert owned by Fielding Bush who was previously excluded by the church.  If so, there is no prior mention of this Robert Bush.  There is no prior mention of a Jenny or Jenny Ann owned by a Bush unless she is the July Ann owned by a Bush.  Simon, owned by a Lisle, is included on the membership list of volume 2, covering the period 1833-1868, but it not otherwise previously mentioned.  Mariah Lisle was undoubtedly a married name for her as the wife of Simon Lisle.  She was previously the Mariah owned by John George, as noted in the membership list for volume 2, also see July 7, 1838.  There are additional comments about them in the Census section of the Introduction.  Rose (or Rosy) was previously owned by Valentine Martin, see November 15, 1834.  Tom previously owned by a Crim, is mentioned on December 1, 1866. 

 

Ann, previously owned by a Hooten, is included in the membership records for volume 2 but is not otherwise mentioned in the church minutes, unless it was under a different owner.  Madison was previously owned by Jeremiah Bush, see December 20, 1837, etc. 

Thompson Ragland is recorded in the membership list of volume 2 as Thompson, owned by a Ragland, and is presumably the same man as Thomas, who had been owned by Nathaniel Ragland, see August 2, 1828.  Also see the Census section of the Introduction.  Jack, owned by a Richards, is on the  membership list of volume 2.  Other than that, there is no previous mention of a Jack owned by a Richards.  Isabinda was previously owned by Jeremiah Bush, see July 7, 1838.  Clarinda, previously owned by a Bush, is included on the membership list of volume 2 but is not otherwise previously mentioned.  Lewis, previously owned by a Woodford, is mentioned on December 1, 1866.

 

Johnson S. & Milly Belfort, husband & wife, persons of color.  September 5, 1868 (first Saturday).  “the Church Grants a letter of Dissmisson to...Johnson S Belfort & wife

Milly Colorid”  There was no prior mention of these individuals.

 

The first reference to the congregation planning to build a new meeting house on the “Pike” occurs in the minutes of October 3, 1868.  The stated reason is that access by wagon to the meeting house is too difficult.

 

“Oct 1830  Resolved that this church will not commune with the denominations of baptists called Reformers” (This comment is found at the end of vol. 2.)  I have no records or indication of what relationship the Reform congregation had with persons of color although I assume it was a similar situation to that of the Providence Baptist Church.

 

The minutes of December 1868 make another reference to the Reformed Church sharing the meeting house.

 

(End of Volume 2)

 

VOLUME 3 of the church minutes begins January 1, 1869.

 

Persons of color in the membership rolls of Volume III.  Note: “Cold” is an abbreviation for “Colored”

 

Berkeley’s Julia Ann   Coler,  Dead

Bush’s Chrissey   Cold,  Dismissed by letter Sept 188_

Bush’s Mike   Cold,  Name Erased

Bush’s America   Cold,  Name Erased

Chile’s Agnes   Cold, Dis by letter Nov 1869

Dykes’s Lucy   Cold, Dis by letter April 1875

Elkin’s Malinda   Cold, Dismissed by letter Nov 1872

Elkins Sam   Cold, Name Erased

Elkin’s Willis   Cold, Dis by letter Aug 1872

Evans Ann   Cold, Sept 1879

Elkin’s Madaline   Cold, Name Erased

Evans’s Milly   Cold, Dis by letter April 1875

Elkin’s Susan   Cold, Dis by letter March 1870

Grigsby’s Rachel   Cold, Erased

Grigsby’s Lydia   Cold, Erased name

George’s Amos   Cold, Dis by letter April 1875

George’s Mary Ann   Cold, Dis by letter April 1875

Gentry, Silas   Col, Dismissed by letter 1872 May

Hampton’s America   Cold, Name Erased

Haggard’s Mariah   Cold, Dropped from list

Haggard’s Howard   Cold, Dropped from list

Hampton’s Dilly   Cold, Dead 1878

Hodgkins Amanda   Cold, Dis by letter Aug 1872

Lisle’s Hulda   Cold, Name Erased

Lisle’s Aron   Cold, Dis by letter July 1872

Lisle’s Sallie   Cold, not heard from for years

Lisle’s Talton   Cold, Dead

Louis’s Rebecca   Cold, Dropped

McMillan’s Charles   Cold, Dead

Morton’s Eliza   Cold, Dead

Martins Catherine   Cold, Dropped from list

Nelsons Sarah   Cold, Dropped

Price’s Prudy   Cold, gone, Name Erased 1875

Parish’s Martha   Cold, Dead

Parish’s Ursula   Cold, Dead

Parish’s Emily   Cold, Dis by letter April 1875

Quisenberry’s Milly Jane   Cold, Dead 1875

Quisenberry’s Mary   Cold, Dead

Quisenberry’s Sarah   Cold, Dis by letter 1872 June

Quisenberry’s Eliza   Cold, Name Erased, 1875

Quisenberry’s Ellen   Cold, Dis by letter April 1875

Ragland’s Loudon   Cold, Dead

Ragland’s William   Cold, gone  Name Erased 1875

Reed’s, Charles   Cold, Name Erased

Rutledge’s James   Cold, Dropped

Reeds, Harriet   Cold, Dead 1870

Webb’s Amanda   Cold, =Dis by letter June 1870

Webb’s Henrietta   Cold, Dis by letter March 1870

Wilson’s Andrew   Cold, gone   1875

Woodford’s Harriet   Cold, Dis by letter Aug 1875

 

As can be seen from the above listing, these individuals were still being identified by their former owners, or those for whom they were presently working.

 

Harriet, working for a Reed.  September 4, 1869 (first Saturday).  “moved & seconded that letters of Dismission be granted to Reeds Harriet”  The membership list of volume 3 includes notations that she is a person of color and that she died in 1870.

 

Polly Ann, working for a Jones.  September 4, 1869 (first Saturday).  “moved & seconded that letters of Dismission be granted to...Jones s Polly Ann”  This is presumably the same Polly Ann previously owned by Thomas Jones, also see September 4, 1841 and  October 5, 1850. 

 

Agnes, working for a Chiles.  February 5, 1870.  “the Church grants a letter of dismission to Chiles Agnes at her Request”  This is presumably the same Agnes who had previously been owned by S. M. Chiles, see July 5, 1845.   The membership list for volume 3 has a notation that she is a person of color.

 

Henrietta, working for a Webb.  March 5, 1870.  “by Motion the Church grants letters of dismission to...Webb’s Henrietta”  This is presumably the same Henrietta who had previously been owned by William Webb, see July 5, 1845.  The membership list of volume 3 includes notations that she is a person of color and that she was dismissed by letter in March 1870.

 

Susan, working for an Elkin.  March 5, 1870.  “by Motion the Church grants letters of dismission to...Elkin’s Susan”  This is presumably the same Susan who had previously been owned by an Elkin, see October 1, 1859.  The membership list for volume 3 has a notation that she is a person of color.

 

Sale of the Lower Howards Creek church.  March 5, 1870.  “On Motion the Church authorizes the Trustees of this Church to Sell the Church building & Lot & Requests them to give the Reformed Church who have been using a Portion of the time in Worshiping at this Place the Refusal of it Subject to the approval of this Church before making any Conveyance for the Same & that Brethren T J Quisenberry & A. G. Bush added as a Committee to assist the Trustees in Selling the above named house & Lot”

 

Amanda, working for a Webb.  June 4, 1870 (first Saturday).  “the Church grants...a letter of Dismission...[to] Webbs Amand”  This is presumably the same Amanda who had previously been owned by William Webb, see July 5, 1845.  The membership list of volume 3 includes notations that she is a person of color and that she was dismissed by letter in June 1870.

 

Sale of the Lower Howards Creek church.  August 20, 1870.  “the Committee appointed...to Effect a sale of the old Providence Church & Lot Report, that they find some difficulty as to the ownership of the same...the Church do by unanimous vote instruct said Committee as follows to wit – That Whereas – many years since Certain Members of this Baptist Church Ceased to be members thereof & formed themselves into a distinct & separate Religious Organization - & with the permission of this Church have been holding meetings herein & paying half the Expense of Certain Repairs done therein & which Permission should be withdrawn   Therefore Resolved that the Trustees of this Church Notify Said Separate Organization that they cannot hereafter hold meeting in this house & they are hereby forbid the use thereof....and the Church do further authorize the Said Trustees to Effect a Sale of this church on the best terms they can...”

 

Meeting time for people of color in the congregation.  October 1, 1870 (first Saturday).  “The Church grants Permission to the Colored Members of this Church to hold a meeting in the old Church on the 3d Sunday in this month”

 

New members in December 1871.  Thirty new members were received into the church in December 1871.   There is no indication that any of them were persons of color.  If so, this was the first time that there was a significant influx of new members who were entirely white.

 

African-American congregation at the old church noted in report of the Church building committee.   January 6, 1872 (first Saturday).  The report states that 2 acres of land was donated for the new church by Richard Bush and that $3315 was spent constructing the new church.  It also states that the old church (on Lower Howards Creek) was sold for $246 cash and a $250 note, but it does not say who the purchaser was.  However, there is a subsequent reference on December 7 below to the “Coloured Baptist Church at Old Providence Church,” indicating that congregation had purchased the church.

 

Aaron (or Aron), working for a Lisle.  March 2, 1872 (first Saturday).  “the Church grants a letter of Dismission to Lisles Aron at his request”  This is presumably the same Aaron who had previously been owned by Henry Lisle, see September 3, 1843. 

 

Gilbert Quisenberry, Sarah Quisenberry, Thompson Ragland & wife, and Silas Gentry.  June 1, 1872 (first Saturday).  “at Requst of Brethren & Sisters Gilbert Quisenberry  Sarah Quisenberry  Thompson Ragland  & his wife & Silas Gentry (all Cold) the Church grants them letters of Dismission”  This is presumably the same Gilbert who was previously owned by Chloe Quisenberry, see August 6, 1842 and December 1, 1866.   Sarah is referenced in the membership list of volume 3 as Quisenberry’s Sarah, indicating that she is the Sarah previously owned by a Quisenberry.  She is also included in the membership list of volume 2 but is not otherwise previously mentioned in the minutes, unless it is under a different owner.  The membership list of volume 3 includes notations that she is a person of color and that she was dismissed by letter in June 1872.

 

Thompson Ragland had already been granted a letter of “dismission” on July 4, 1868.  Silas Gentry may be the Silas who was previously owned by Jeremiah Bush, see October 2, 1841.  The membership list for volume 3 has a notation that he was a person of color.

 

Willis Elkin and Amanda Hodgkins.  August 3, 1872 (first Saturday).  “The Church grants Letters of Dismission to Brother Willis Elkin Colld & Sister Amanda Hodgkins Cold at their Request.”  Willis was previously owned by E. Elkin, see March 4, 1843, etc.  Amanda is not previously mentioned in the minutes except in the membership list for volume 3, unless it is under a different surname.

 

Malinda, working for an Elkin.  September 7, 1872 (first Saturday).  “at her request the church grants a letter of Dismission to Elkins Malinda”  This is presumably the same Malinda who had previously been owned by Lewallen Elkin, see August 9, 1842. 

 

African-American congregation at the old church is given gift.  December 7, 1872 (first Saturday).  “motion made that the Church Present to the Coloured Baptist Church at Old Providence Church the old table & Bible formerly used by this Church for their use which was carried”

 

Lucy, working for a Dyke; Malinda, working for an Elkin; Emily, working for a Parrish; Milly, working for an Evans; Ellen, working for a Quisenberry; Harriet, working for a Jones; Mary working for an Elkin; Willis, working for an Elkin; and Amos, working for a George.  April 3, 1875 (first Saturday).  “at the Request of the following names of members they are granted letters of Dismission – Dyke s Lucy  Elkin s Malinda Parish s Emily  Evan s Milly  Quisenberry s Ellen  Jone s Harriet  Elkin s Mary  Elkin s Willis & George s Amos”  One assumes that this group of 9 members left to join the African-American congregation at the old church. 

 

Lucy was previously owned by a Dyke, see November 2, 1861.  The membership list for volume 3 has a notation that she is a person of color.  Malinda is, no doubt, the same Malinda who had previously been owned by Lewallen Elkin and had already received a letter of “dismission,” see August 9, 1842 and September 7, 1872.  The membership list for volume 3 includes a notation that she is a person of color and that she was dismissed by letter in November 1872.  Emily, previously owned by a Parrish, is included in the membership lists of volume 2, covering the period 1833-1868, and volume 3, but is not otherwise previously mentioned in the church minutes.  The membership list of volume 3 includes a notation that she is a person of color.  

 

Milly, previously owned by an Evans, is included in the membership list of volume 2 and volume 3, which notes that she is a person of color, but is not otherwise previously mentioned in the church minutes.  Ellen is included on the membership list of volume 3, with a notation that she was dismissed by letter in April 1875, but is not otherwise previously mentioned in the minutes.  There is no prior mention of a Harriet owned or working for a Jones.  There is no prior mention of a Mary owned or working for an Elkin.  Willis had previously been owned by E. Elkin, see March 4, 1843, etc.  He had already received a letter of “dismission” on August 3, 1872.  The membership list for volume 3 includes notations that he is a person of color and that he was dismissed by letter in August 1872.  Amos was previously owned by a George, see December 6, 1851, etc.  The membership list for volume 3 includes a notation that he is a person of color.

 

Centennial celebration.  August 4, 1875.  Centennial celebration of the Church.  No discernible mention is made of persons of color in the account of the celebration.

 

Mary Quisenberry.  November 6, 1875 (first Saturday).  “letter of Dismission granted to Mary Quisenberry (Cold) at her Request”  This is undoubtedly the same Mary who had previously been owned by a Quisenberry, see October 4, 1846.  The membership list for volume 3 includes notations that she was a person of color and that she died.

 

This 1875 item was the last discernible reference that I could find to a person of color in the church minutes in the period through 1880.  From the membership list at the start of volume 3, there was one final dismissal by letter, of “Bush’s Chrissey” that took place some time in the 1880s and may be found somewhere in the church minutes. As noted above, the last discernible time that a person of color joined the church congregation was December 1, 1866.  The church minutes on CD-ROM continue until January 1919.
 


 

 

INDEX

AFRICAN-AMERICANS IN THE

PROVIDENCE BAPTIST CHURCH MINUTES  1786-1875

 

It’s possible that two people on the index with the same first name and living in the same era, but with different owners, might be the same person and had been sold or bequeathed from one to the other owner.

 

For those few individuals who have a surname, they are indexed by their surname.  There are a few cases where individuals are indexed both by their surname and by their first name.

 

Many of these individuals are not included on the church membership lists despite notations that they were received into the church.

 

 

Aaron, owned by Henry Lisle, later worked for a Lisle.  September 3, 1843.  March 2, 1872.

African-American congregation at the old church.  January 6, 1872.  December 7, 1872.

Aggy, owned by John Battle.  December 20, 1827.

Aggy, owned by Molly Bush.  February 10, 1811.  January 8, 1814.  February 12, 1814.

Aggy, owned by Robert Didlake.  June 13, 1801.  June 8, 1822. 

Agnes, owned by S. M. Chiles, later working for a Chiles.  July 5, 1845.  February 5, 1870. 

Agnes, owned by a Drake.  June 12, 1791

Agnes, owned by Joseph George.  February 3, 1828. 

Alce, a woman, owned by Capt. William Bush.  August 8, 1801.  

Alec, owned by Thomas Vivion.  January 6, 1811.

Alsy (“Alce”), owned by Frances Bush.  March 1, 1828.  January 26, 1838.

Alsy, owned by Christopher Morrow.  April 7, 1832. 

Amanda, a free woman (of color).  October 4, 1846.  June 5, 1847.

Amanda, owned by a Quisenberry.  November 2, 1861

Amanda, owned by William Webb, later worked for a Webb. July 5, 1845.  June 4, 1870

Ambrose, owned by a Bartlett.  February 6, 1847.  (He may have previously had a different owner.)

Ambrose, owned by Polly Bentley.  April 4, 1829. 

Ambrose, owned by David Berkley.  June 2, 1832. 

Ambrose, owned by a Mr. Neal and then by Mrs. Neal.  June 10, 1798.  February 14, 1801.  May 11, 1806.  January 5, 1811.  February 9, 1811.  March 9, 1811.  April 13, 1811.

America, owned by a Bush.  December 1, 1860.  April 4, 1868.

America, owned by Sally Hampton.  September 1, 1833. 

Amos, owned by a George, later worked for a George.  December 6, 1851.  January 3, 1852.  February 7, 1852. August 4, 1855.  April 3, 1875

Amy, owned by Frances Bush.  August 14, 1819. 

Amy, owned by Mary Bush.  February 3, 1828. 

Amy (“Ame”), owned by Capt. William Bush.  July 11, 1801.  September 12, 1801

Anderson, owned by Jeremiah Bush.  September 4, 1841.  September 5, 1863.

Andrew, owned by a Wilson.  November 2, 1861.

Andy, owned by a Bush.  October 1, 1859.  (He is apparently not the same as the Andy owned by Polly Bush.)

Andy, owned by Polly Bush.  August 30, 1833.  August 21, 1836.

Ann, owned by Enoch Elkins.  September 3, 1842.  October 5, 1850.

Ann, owned by an Evans.  October 4, 1846. 

Ann, owned by a Hooten, later known as Ann Hooten.  July 4, 1868.

Anna, owned by a Capp.  She is on the membership list for volume 2, which covers the period 1833-1868, but it not otherwise mentioned in the church minutes.

Archibald (“Archabal”), owned by a Coleman.  June 30, 1801.  December 10, 1803

Arthur, owned by Joseph Duncan and later owned by Robert D. Schooler.   July 9, 1797.  April 5, 1828.

Barbara, owned by a Buckner.  January 3, 1829.  August 7, 1830.

Beery (Barry?), owned by a Hampton.  October 20, 1798

Belfort, Johnson S.  September 5, 1868.

Belfort, Milly.  September 5, 1868.

Betsy Jane, owned by a Bush.  October 4, 1846. 

Betty, owned by a Burris.  May 9, 1801. 

Betty, owned by Phillip Bush.  February 10, 1811. 

Betty, owned by William Bush.  February 10, 1811.  April 9, 1814.  May 14, 1814.

Betty, owned by Captain Dillard Collins.  September 15, 1811. 

Betty, owned by Lewis Grigsby.  July 7, 1838.  September 5, 1863 

Betty, owned by Charity Hays.  November 14, 1827.  July 6, 1844.

Betty, owned by a Phelps (Phillips?).  September 2, 1837

Betty (“Bedey”), owned by a Price.  September 12, 1801. 

Billy, owned by Enoch Elkins.  December 20, 1827. 

Billy, owned by (David) McGee.  April 12, 1806.  May 10, 1806.  May 11, 1806.  March 10, 1811.  July 8, 1820. 

Billy (“Bille”), owned by a Wills.  June 13, 1801

Cicely (“Cisly”).  June 12, 1794

Bob, owned by A. Bush.  January 4, 1845.  February 1, 1845. 

Bob and his wife, owned by a Mr. Coulter.  December 21, 1822.  May 17, 1823.  June 21, 1823.  (Her name is not given.)

Bob, owned by a Mr. Eubank.  July 11, 1807.

Bush, Clarinda.  July 4, 1868.  The membership list for volume 2 indicates that she was previously owned by a Bush.

Bush, Isabinda.  July 7, 1838.  July 4, 1868.

Bush, Jacob.  July 4, 1868.

Bush, Jenny Ann. July 4, 1868.

Bush, Madison.  December 20, 1837.  September 3, 1853.  July 4, 1868.

Bush, Mima.  April 5, 1828.  July 4, 1868.

Bush, Rhoda.  July 4, 1868.

Bush, Robert.  July 4, 1868.  The membership list for volume 2 indicates that he was previously owned by a Bush.

Bush, first name Washington, previously Washington owned by Jeremiah Bush. September 3, 1842.  April 4, 1868.

Caleb, owned by William Bush.  February 10, 1811.

Carter, owned by a Reed.  He is included in the membership list of volume 2, with a notation that he died in 1857, but is not otherwise mentioned.

Catharine, owned by a Martin.  October 4, 1846. 

Cesar or Caesar (“Sezar”), a free man of color.  October 15, 1836.  June 5, 1847. 

Cesar or Caesar, a free person (of color).  March 3, 1844.  October 5, 1850.  (Cesar may be a surname in this case.)

Cesar or Caesar, first name James, a free man (of color).  March 3, 1844. 

Cesar, first name Jane, a free woman (of color).  April 17, 1838.  October 3, 1840.  November 7, 1840.  April 1, 1843.  October 31, 1845.  June 5, 1847.  (The last reference is presumed to be this Jane.)

Charity, owned by Fielding Bush.  August 6, 1842.  January 4, 1845.  February 1, 1845.

Charles, a man of color.  April 6, 1833.

Charles, owned by Ambrose Bush.  January 6, 1811.  January 9, 1813.  February 13, 1813.  March 13, 1813

Charles, owned by John G. Bush (probably the same Charles previously owned by Ambrose Bush).  November 9, 1816.

Charles, owned by Woody Elkin.  January 3, 1829. 

Charles, owned by Lewis Grigsby.  April 14, 1811.  June 5, 1824.  July 3, 1824.

Charles, owned by Len Hills.  December 14, 1811

Charles, owned by a McMillan (“Macmilion”).  June 10, 1802.  July 1, 1826.  August 5, 1826.  September 2, 1826.        October 7, 1826.  November 4, 1826. 

Charles, owned by a McMillan.  September 3, 1842.  (It appears that there were two different men named Charles who were owned by McMillans.)

Charles, owned by a Reed.  He is included in the membership lists of volume 2 and 3, but is not otherwise mentioned, unless it is under a different owner.  The membership list of volume 3 includes notations that he is a person of color and that his name was erased from the membership list.

Charlotte, owned by Polly Walden.  June 9, 1810.  April 12, 1817.

Chrissy, owned by a Bush.  December 1, 1855.

Chrissy, owned by Christopher Morrow.  January 6, 1828.  April 7, 1832.

Church committee.  July 12, 1806.  August 9, 1806.  August 10, 1806.

Church rules.  May 8, 1802.  July 10, 1802. 

Clarinda, owned by a Bush, later known as Clarinda Bush.  July 4, 1868.

Clary (sp?), owned by Joel Quisenberry.  August 9, 1842. 

Cole, owned by a Johnston, later known as Cole Johnson. July 5, 1856.  July 4, 1868.

Complaint by Nancy Duncan against unspecified black brethren.  May 11, 1822.  June 8, 1822.

Complaint by Enoch Elkin against unspecified black man.  November 7, 1829

Crilly (or Critty?), a free woman of color.  October 15, 1836.  July 6, 1844.

Crim, Tom, previously Tom owned by a Crim.   December 1, 1866.  July 4, 1868.

Daniel, owned by a Striplin or Stripling. November 15, 1787

Darcus, owned by Samuel Bentley.  March 3, 1832. 

David, owned by Gen. R. Hickman and later by John Hart.  May 9, 1801.  March 3, 1827. 

Diannah, owned by Fielding Bush.  December 3, 1843.  January 4, 1845.  February 1, 1845.

Dickson, owned by a Eubank.  June 13, 1801.  March 10, 1804. 

Difficulty between some black men.  December 5, 1840.  January 2, 1841.

Dilly, previously owned by a Hampton.  December 1, 1866.

Dinah, owned by John Graves.  August 10, 1799. July 8, 1820.

Dinah, owned by Lewis Grigsby.  February 2, 1828. 

Dinah, owned by Charity Hays.  December 28, 1827.

Dinah, owned by a Vivion.  September 12, 1801. 

Doctor, owned by H. (probably Henry) Lisle.  March 3, 1844.  July 3, 1847.  August 7, 1847.

Dosha (a woman), owned by John George.  March 10, 1811.  May 13, 1815.  June 10, 1815.  June 4, 1853.

Edmond, owned by a Mr. Eubank.  July 11, 1807. 

Edmund, owned by Colby Quisenberry.  September 3, 1842. 

Eliza, owned by William Hooten.  January 16, 1828. 

Eliza, owned by William Hooten.  August 11, 1842.  March 5, 1859.  (There were apparently two different women named Eliza owned by William Hooten.)

Eliza, owned by Valentine Martin.  September 6, 1828.

Eliza, owned by John Morton.  March 3, 1844. 

Eliza Jane, owned by a Quisenberry.  December 1, 1860.

Elkin, Willis, previously Willis owned by an Elkin.  March 4, 1843.  April 1, 1843.  August 1, 1846.  August 4, 1855.   August 3, 1872.  April 3, 1875

Ellen, working for a Quisenberry.  April 3, 1875.

Elleck (or Ellick), owned by a Vivion.  September 12, 1801. 

Ellick, owned by Nancy G. Bush.  January 7, 1838.  January 20, 1847.  February 6, 1847.  December 2, 1854.  (Latter three references are presumably the Ellick owned by Nancy Bush.)

Emily, working for a Parrish.  April 3, 1875.

Emmanuel (“Amanuel”), owned by Molly Bush.  February 10, 1811.  January 8, 1814

Equilla (also called “Quilar”), owned by Thomas Burrus.  July 3, 1830.  September 4, 1841.

Esther (“Easter”), owned by George Reed.  August 10, 1842. 

Frances or Francis, a free person (of color).  October 4, 1846.  June 5, 1847.

Frank, owned by a Eubanks.  June 10, 1802. 

Frank, owned by a Vivion.  October 13, 1810.  July 11, 1812.  August 7, 1812. 

Frazier (“Frasher”), owned by a Strode.  March 8, 1800.  September 11, 1802.  May 14, 1803.  August 11, 1804.

Gentry, Silas.  June 1, 1872.

George, owned by a Bush.  September 4, 1841.  (This is probably the George owned by Jonathan Bush.)

George, owned by Fielding Bush.  December 3, 1843.  December 7, 1844.  January 4, 1845. 

George, owned by Jonathan Bush.  February 2, 1828. 

George, owned by Molly Bush.  February 10, 1811.  October 11, 1817.

George, owned by James Ragland (“Raglin”).  January 6, 1811.  March 21, 1835.

George, owned by George G. Taylor.  August 10, 1802.  August 10, 1806.  May 9, 1807.  August 8, 1807.  September 12, 1807.  September 8, 1810.  February 8, 1812.  March 14, 1812.  February 13, 1813.  March 13, 1813.  November 14, 1818.      September 3, 1825. 

Gilbert, owned by Chloe Quisenberry, and later known as Gilbert Quisenberry.  August 6, 1842.  December 1, 1866.          June 1, 1872.

Ginny, owned by Capt. Stevens.  May 8, 1802. 

Grace, owned by Molly Bush.  December 9, 1810. 

Grace, owned by a Duncan.  June 5, 1791.  October 9, 1802. 

Grace, owned by a Mr. Eubank.  July 11, 1807. 

Grace, owned by George Taylor.  August 6, 1797. December 9, 1820. 

Hannah, owned by Jeremiah Bush.  August 7, 1842.  September 4, 1852.  October 7, 1854.  (The latter reference is presumably the Hannah who was owned by Jeremiah Bush.)

Hannah, owned by Jonathan Bush.  February 3, 1828. 

Hannah, owned by David Hampton.  August 8, 1801.  March 10, 1804.  January 9, 1819.  March 13, 1819.

Harlan, owned by a Eubanks.  September 12, 1801.  December 8, 1804. 

Harriet, owned by William Crim.  January 7, 1838. 

Harriet, owned by John George.  July 7, 1838. 

Harriet, working for a Jones.  April 3, 1875.

Harriet, working for a Reed.  September 4, 1869.

Harriet, owned by a Woodford.  She is included in the membership lists of volume 2 and 3, but is not otherwise mentioned in the minutes, unless it is under a different owner.  The membership list of volume 3 includes notations that she is a person of color and that she was dismissed by letter in August 1875.

Harry, owned by E. M. Didlake.  October 1, 1842.  July 6, 1844.

Harry, owned by John George.  July 7, 1838. 

Harry, owned by William Hooten.  August 31, 1833.  April 6, 1839.  May 4, 1839.

Harry, owned by a Taylor.  September 4, 1791

Hartwell, a woman owned by S. M. Chiles.  July 5, 1845.  September 4, 1847. November 6, 1847. 

Henrietta, owned by William Webb, later working for a Webb.  July 5, 1845.  March 5, 1870. 

Henry, owned by Francis Bush.  April 14, 1811.  July 13, 1811.

Hodgkins, Amanda.  August 3, 1872.

Hooten, Ann, previously Ann owned by a Hooten. July 4, 1868.

Howard, owned by a Haggard.  November 2, 1861.

Huldah, owned by James Lisle.  December 20, 1837

Humphrey, owned by Jeremiah Bush.  November 5, 1842. 

Isaac, owned by William Bentley.  March 3, 1832

Isaac, owned by a Croswhite.  May 8, 1802. 

Isabinda or Icibinda, owned by Jeremiah Bush, later known as Isabinda Bush.  July 7, 1838.  July 4, 1868.

Jack, owned by Ambrose Bush.  December 9, 1810.   November 13, 1813.  December 11, 1813.

Jack, previously owned by a George.  December 1, 1866.

Jack, owned by John Miles.  December 2, 1827.  June 20, 1835.

Jack, owned by a Richards, later known as Jack Richards.  July 4, 1868.

Jacob, a man of color.  October 2, 1847. 

Jacob, owned by a Bush.  February 4, 1826.  September 3, 1853.  July 4, 1868. (It’s possible that this is the same man later known as Jacob Bush, the latter reference pertains to him.)

Jacob, owned by an Ervin (Irvin?)  June 10, 1802.  April 9, 1803

Jacob, owned by William Wilkerson.  May 31, 1828. 

James, owned by a Clark.  He is included on the membership list for volume 1, with a notation stating that he died, but is otherwise not mentioned in the minutes, unless it is under a different owner.

James, owned by John George.  July 5, 1845.  July 3, 1847.  August 7, 1847.

James, owned by James Lisle.  April 17, 1838.  July 7, 1838.  August 4, 1838.

James, owned by a Rutledge.  November 2, 1861.

James, owned by a Turner.  He is included in the membership list of volume 2, covering the period 1833-1868, with the notation that he was excluded, but is not otherwise mentioned, unless it is under a different owner.

Jane, a free woman of color.  The membership list of volume 2, covering the period 1833-1868, lists two women called “Free Jane,” both of whom were noted as having been excluded.  A Jane who was excluded on June 5, 1847 is one of these—I have assumed that this is Jane Cesar.  I can find no other mention of the other free Jane.

Jane, owned by James Stephens.  August 14, 1819. 

Jenny (“Jinne”), owned by a Rawlings.  September 12, 1801. 

Jeremiah (Jerry), owned by Joseph Embry.  June 9, 1811.  December 13, 1818.

Jerry, a free man (of color).  October 4, 1846.  June 5, 1847.

Jerry, owned by a Major Clark.  May 10, 1806.  July 8, 1820. 

Jerry, owned by John R. Duvall.  January 6, 1828. 

Jesse, owned by William Hooten.  April 17, 1838.  March 5, 1859.

Johnson, first name Cesar, Jr., a free male (of color).  December 3, 1843.  December 7, 1844.  January 4, 1845.           June 5, 1847.

Johnson, Cole.  July 5, 1856.  July 4, 1868.

Johnson, Mary.  July 4, 1868.

Johnson, Nancy, a free woman (of color).  December 13, 1827.  August 7, 1830.

Johnson, Sally, a free woman (of color).  December 28, 1827.  August 7, 1830.

Judith (or Judy), owned by David Dogg.  July 14, 1814.  July 14, 1821.

Judy, a black woman.  December 5, 1840.  January 2, 1841.  June 7, 1845. (This may be the Judy owned or previously owned by Nancy G. Bush)

Judy, owned by Nancy G. Bush.  December 20, 1837. 

Judy “Jude,” a woman, owned by a Mr. Eubank.  July 11, 1807. 

Judy (“Jude”), owned by Lewis Grigsby.  July 13, 1811.  April 11, 1818.  August 7, 1830.

Judy, owned by (Christopher) Morrow.  March 6, 1830.  April 3, 1830.  January 1, 1831.  February 5, 1831.  April 7, 1832.  

Judy, owned by Mrs. Woodward.  April 6, 1833. 

Juliann (also July Ann), owned by J. (Jeremiah probably) Bush and later, presumably, by Oliver Bush.   April 17, 1838.  August 1, 1846.

July Ann, owned by a Berkley.  October 4, 1846. 

Kitty, owned by Drucilla Acton.  February 10, 1811. 

Kitty, owned by G. M. Buckner.  May 31, 1828. 

Lafayette, owned by a (female) Winn.  December 3, 1843. 

Levina, owned by John Miles.  February 3, 1828. 

Lette (Charlotte or Lotte?).  September 14, 1799. 

Lewis, owned by a Hays.  September 3, 1843.  July 6, 1844.

Lewis, previously owned by a Woodford, later known as Lewis Woodford.  December 1, 1866.  July 4, 1868.

Lisle, Mariah, previously the Mariah owned by John George.  July 7, 1838.  July 4, 1868.

Lisle, Simon, previously owned by a Lisle.  July 4, 1868.

Loudon (“Lowdon”), owned by Nathaniel Ragland.  August 2, 1828.  March 2, 1839. April 6, 1839.

Louisa, owned or worked for a Quisenberry, later known as Louisa Quisenberry.  July 4, 1868.

Lucinda, owned by Nancy Bush and later owned by James Hodge.  December 1, 1827.  September 5, 1863.

Lucy, a free black woman.  October 10, 1807. 

Lucy, owned by Ambrose Bush.  September 12, 1801.  

Lucy, owned by Frances V. Bush.  August 7, 1825. 

Lucy, owned by Ambrose Christy.  August 7, 1830.

Lucy, owned by a Dyke, later worked for a Dyke.  November 2, 1861.  April 3, 1875

Lucy, owned by Joseph Embry.  March 10, 1811.  August 7, 1812.

Lucy, owned by a Quisenberry.  July 6, 1844  (She may well have had a prior owner to the Quisenberry family, such as Ambrose Christy.)

Lucy, owned by Capt. Rawlings.  September 11, 1802. 

Lucy, owned by Joseph Stevens.  August 18, 1801.  March 12, 1808. April 9, 1808. 

Lydia, owned by Lewis Grigsby.  July 7, 1838. 

Madeline, owned by an Elkin.  October 4, 1846. 

Madison, owned by Jeremiah Bush, later known as Madison Bush.  December 20, 1837.  September 3, 1853.  July 4, 1868.

Malinda, owned by Lewallen Elkin, later worked for an Elkin.  August 9, 1842.  September 7, 1872.  April 3, 1875.

Margaret, owned by Franky Bush.  February 2, 1828.  August 7, 1830.

Maria (“Meriah”), owned by Ezekiel Elkin.  December 1, 1827.  August 1, 1829. December 3, 1831. 

Maria (“Meriah”), owned by Enoch Elkins.  January 6, 1828.  June 17, 1837.

Mariah, owned by John George, later known as Mariah Lisle. July 7, 1838.  July 4, 1868.  (May be same person later known as Mariah Lisle who was probably the wife of Simon Lisle.)

Mariah, owned by Nathaniel Haggard.  August 9, 1842.

Martha, owned by Charity Hays.  August 9, 1842.

Martha, owned by Caleb Parrish.  September 3, 1842. 

Martin, Rose.  November 15, 1834.  July 4, 1868. (These two references appear to be to the same person.)

Mary, owned by a Berry.  July 7, 1860.

Mary, owned by a Bush.  August 4, 1855.  (This is apparently a different person than the Mary owned by Franky Bush.)

Mary, owned by Franky Bush.  December 26, 1837.  November 6, 1841.  December 4, 1841.

Mary, owned by a Duncan (“Dunkin”).  June 10, 1798. 

Mary, working for an Elkin.  April 3, 1875.

Mary, owned by R. Quisenberry.  September 2, 1843.  (This may be the Mary previously owned by Franky Bush.)

Mary, owned by a Quisenberry, later known as Mary Quisenberry.  October 4, 1846.  November 6, 1875.  (This appears to be a different person than the Mary owned by R. Quisenberry.) 

Mary Ann, previously owned by a George.  December 1, 1866

Maryann, owned by Sally Ragland.  August 7, 1830

Massy, owned by Thomas Embry.  January 9, 1819.  September 9, 1820.

Matilda, owned by Nathaniel Haggard.  August 7, 1842. 

Matilda, owned by James Lisle.  December 7, 1839.

Meeting time for persons of color.  April 1, 1846.  March 3, 1849.  April 1, 1849.  September 1, 1849.  July 7, 1850.  October 7, 1854.  August 2, 1856.  May 2, 1857.  August 7, 1858.  October 2, 1858.  July 7, 1860.  July 6, 1867.       October 1, 1870.

Mike, owned by a Bush.  The membership list for volume 2 lists a Mike owned by a Bush.  The membership list for volume 3, covering the period starting in 1869, lists him with the notations that he is a person of color and this name was erased from the list.  He is not otherwise mentioned in the church minutes.

Milly, owned by Frances Duvall.  August 9, 1842. 

Milly, working for an Evans.  April 3, 1875.

Milly, owned by Thomas G. Jones.  July 8, 1820.

Milly, belonging to a Mr. Parrish.  August 9, 1806. 

Milly Jane, owned by Tandy Quisenberry.  September 3, 1842

Mima, owned by Rachel Bush, later known as Mima Bush.  April 5, 1828.  July 4, 1868.

Mima (Mimia), owned by a Major Clark, later a free woman. May 10, 1806.  September 17, 1823.  October 18, 1823.       November 15, 1823.  December 20, 1823.  May 3, 1828. 

Moses, owned by John Embry.  June 18, 1801.  March 11, 1809.  June 8, 1811.

Moses, owned by a Spar.  He is included in the membership list of volume 2, but is not otherwise mentioned,

Murray (“Murry”), owned by William Crim.  November 15, 1834

Murray (or Murry), first name Lucy.  September 14, 1805.

Murray (“Murry”) or Murphy, first name William, a black man.  April 10, 1802.  December 11, 1802.  September 14, 1805. 

Nan, owned by Francis Bush.  March 17, 1811.  September 12, 1812.  October 10, 1812.  November 11, 1817.  December 13, 1817.  January 10, 1818. February 14, 1818.

Nancy, owned by a Lisle.  Included in the membership list for volume 2 but not otherwise mentioned unless she is the same Nancy owned by Sally Ragland.

Nancy, owned by Sally Ragland.  December 1, 1827. 

Napper, owned by John Grove (or Graves).  August 10, 1799.  August 9, 1817.  July 8, 1820. 

Nathan, owned by Pleasant Bush.  March 1, 1828.

Nebuchadnezzar (“Nebucadnezar”), owned by Nancy Elkin.   January 7, 1838. 

Ned.  October 8, 1786

Nelly, owned by a Ramey.  February 13, 1802. 

Nelson, owned by William Bush.  February 10, 1811.  March 13, 1813.

Nelson, owned by Christopher Morrow.  September 6, 1828.  August 7, 1830.

Nelson, owned by George Taylor.  March 14, 1801.  August 8, 1807.  September 12, 1807.  August 6, 1808.  September 8, 1810.  February 13, 1813.  March 13, 1813.  June 14, 1817.  July 12, 1817.

Patsy, owned by John Ragland  (“Raglin”).  October 15, 1818.

Patty, owned by Nathaniel Ragland.  December 28, 1827. 

Patty, owned by N. Thomas.  September 6, 1828. 

Peter, owned by G. N. Buckner.  December 20, 1827.  August 7, 1830.

Peter, owned by (John) Halyard.  April 12, 1806.  May 14, 1814.  June 11, 1814.  July 9, 1814

Peter, owned by a Lisle.  December 1, 1855.

Peter, owned by an Oldham.  May 14, 1791

Philip or Phil, owned by Joel Quisenberry.  April 17, 1838.  March 5, 1859.

Phoebe (“Feeby”), owned by a Holladay.  October 20, 1798

Polly, owned by a Dawson.  She is included in the membership list of volume 2 but is not otherwise mentioned in the church minutes.

Polly, owned by John R. Duvall.  October 4, 1828. 

Polly, owned by Nancy Elkins.  September 7, 1839.    (This is probably the same Polly previously owned by N. Bush.)

Polly, owned by N. Bush.  May 31, 1828. 

Pollyann or Polly Ann, owned by Thomas Jones, later working for a Jones.  September 4, 1841.  October 5, 1850.        September 4, 1869.

Pompey, owned by Samuel Bartlett.  June 11, 1809. 

Presley, owned by a Hodgkin.  November 2, 1861

Providence, owned by Captain John Price.  April 8, 1815. 

Prudy, owned by a Price.  She is included on the membership list of volume 3, covering the period starting in 1869, with notations that she is a woman of color, that she was gone, and that her name was erased from the membership list in 1875, but is not otherwise mentioned in the minutes.

Quisenberry, Gilbert.  August 6, 1842.  December 1, 1866.  June 1, 1872.

Quisenberry, Louisa.  July 4, 1868.

Quisenberry, Mary.  October 4, 1846.  November 6, 1875.

Quisenberry, Sarah, previously Sarah owned by a Quisenberry.  June 1, 1872.

Rachel, owned by Smallwood Acton.  September 14, 1811.  December 14, 1811. February 12, 1814.

Rachel, owned by an Embry.  August 8, 1801. 

Rachel, owned by Lewis Grigsby.  December 20, 1827.  August 7, 1830.  December 20, 1837.  December 7, 1839.

Rachel, owned by Landon Noe (?), formerly owned by Molly Bush.  December 9, 1815.  January 13, 1816.

Rachel, owned by a Vivion.  August, 13, 1801. 

Rachel Jane, owned by Reuben Elkin.  November 6, 1841.  July 6, 1844.

Raney, owned by William Wilkerson.  October 7, 1827. 

Ragland, Thompson & wife.  July 4, 1868.  June 1, 1872.   He had previously been owned by a Ragland and is presumably the same man as the Thomas who had been owned by Nathaniel Ragland.)

Rebecca, owned by Lewis Grigsby.  February 10, 1811.  December 10, 1814.

Rebecca, owned by a Louis.  She is included in the membership list of volume 3, covering the period starting in 1869, with notations that she is a person of color and that she was dropped from the membership list.  Otherwise she is not mentioned in the minutes unless she is the Rebecca owned by Lewis Grigsby, which seems unlikely.

Richards, Jack, previously owned by a Richards.  July 4, 1868. 

Robert, owned by Fielding Bush.  September 3, 1842.  January 6, 1844.  February 3, 1844.  January 4, 1845.  February 1, 1845.  August 1, 1846.  September 6, 1846.  (This is probably not the same man known later as Robert Bush.)

Rody, owned by Jeremiah Bush.  October 24, 1827.  July 4, 1868.  (It’s possible that this is the same woman later known as Rhoda Bush, the latter reference pertains to her.)

Roger, owned by James Simpson.  March 10, 1811. 

Rose.  October 13, 1787

Rose, owned by John McKenzie.  December 1, 1827.  August 17, 1833.

Rosy, owned by Valentine Martin, later known as Rose Martin.  November 15, 1834.  July 4, 1868. 

Sale of the Lower Howards Creek church.  March 5, 1870.  August 20, 1870. 

Sally, owned by a Lisle.  Included in the membership lists of volume 2 and volume 3 but not otherwise mentioned unless she is the same Sally also owned by a Martin.  The membership list of volume 3 includes notations that she is a person of color and that she has not been heard from for years.

Sally, owned by a Martin.  February 4, 1826. 

Sam, owned by a Clark.  August 8, 1801. 

Sam, owned by E. Elkin.  August 10, 1842. 

Sam, owned by Ezekiel Elkin.  August 30, 1833. 

Sam, owned by a Lawrence.  August 18, 1801. 

Samuel, owned by Samuel Bentley.  March 3, 1832. 

Samuel, owned by Jonathan Bush.  February 2, 1828. 

Samuel, owned by a Bush.  October 4, 1846.  February 6, 1847.  March 6, 1847.

Samuel (Sam), owned by John Martin.  August 8, 1801.  May 13, 1808.  December 8, 1810. June 12, 1813.  November 14, 1818.

Sarah, owned by Frances Bush.  March 1, 1828.  August 7, 1830.

Sarah, owned by John Embry (may be same Sarah as owned by Joseph Embry) July 11, 1812.  August 7, 1812.  September 12, 1812.  October 10, 1812.

Sarah, owned by Joseph Embry.  February 10, 1811.

Sarah (“Sary”) owned by Thomas Eubanks.  March 9, 1805.  March 12, 1808.  April 9, 1808. 

Sarah, owned by a Nelson.  May 7, 1864.

Sarah, owned by a Quisenberry, later known as Sarah Quisenberry.  June 1, 1872. 

Shelton, owned by Fielding Bush.  December 3, 1843.  January 4, 1845.  February 1, 1845.  November 2, 1850.

Silas, owned by Jeremiah Bush, Sr.  October 2, 1841.  (This may be the same Silas who was later known as Silas Gentry.)

Silvy, owned by A. Christy.  September 1, 1833.  February 19, 1836.

Simon, previously owned by a Lisle and later known as Simon Lisle.  July 4, 1868.

Split in the Providence Baptist Church.  August 7, 1830

Squire, owned by Franky Bush.  April 17, 1838. 

Squire, owned by J. Stephens.  January 25, 1818. 

Stephen, owned by (Lindfield) Burbridge.  September 14, 1817.  May 31, 1828.

Sucky, owned by a Bush.  September 12, 1801.   July 8, 1815.  August 12, 1815.  September 9, 1815. 

Susan, owned by Franky Bush.  February 2, 1828. 

Susan, owned by an Elkin, later working for an Elkin.  October 1, 1859.  March 5, 1870. 

Tabby, owned by Fielding Bush.  March 3, 1844.  January 4, 1845.  February 1, 1845.

Tarleton or Talton, owned by a Lisle.  January 20, 1847.  February 6, 1847.  September 3, 1853.  October 1, 1853.      October 7, 1854.  November 4, 1854.  December 2, 1854.  October 6, 1855.  November 3, 1855.  May 2, 1857. 

Tillitha, owned by Richard Bush.  November 6, 1841

Thomas (or Thompson), owned by Nathaniel Ragland.  August 2, 1828.  July 4, 1868.  (The latter reference pertains to a Thompson who had been owned by a Ragland was subsequently known as Thompson Ragland and is presumably the same man at Thomas, who had been owned by Nathaniel Ragland.)

Toby, owned by a Hickman.  June 20, 1790.

Toby, owned by a Hockaday.  June 3, 1854.  May 2, 1857. (Apparently not the same as the Toby owned by Amelia Hockaday.)

Toby, owned by Amelia Hockaday.  January 6, 1828. 

Tom, previously owned by a Crim, later known as Tom Crim.  December 1, 1866.  July 4, 1868.

Tom, owned by William Hooten.  August 31, 1833.  February 6, 1847.  March 6, 1847.  April 3, 1847. 

Tom (or Thomas), owned by a Taylor.  May 14, 1791.  August 10, 1806.

Tom, owned by Stephen Winn.  August 17, 1833.  August 21, 1836.

Troy, owned by a McGuire.  October 8, 1803.  February 14, 1807.  March 14, 1807.  April 11, 1807. 

Ursula, owned by a Parish.  Included in the membership lists of volume 2 and 3 but not otherwise mentioned in the minutes.  The membership list of volume 3, covering the period starting in 1869, includes notations that she is a person of color and that she died.

Violet, owned by an “Eirven” (Ervin or Irvin).  July 11, 1801.  April 9, 1803

Wallace, a man of color.  September 6, 1846.  (This is probably the Wallace who was owned by Fielding Bush.)

Wallace (“Wallis”), owned by Fielding Bush.  April 5, 1828.  September 3, 1831.  October 1, 1831.  January 20, 1838.   January 6, 1844.  February 3, 1844.  March 2, 1844.

Warrick, owned by Thomas Rollins (Rawlings).  November 14, 1817.  April 11, 1818.  June 12, 1819.  July 10, 1819. 

Warrick, owned by John Daniel (probably the same Warrick previously owned by Thomas Rawlings.  March 10, 1821.            July 14, 1821. August 11, 1821.  May 3, 1828.  May 31, 1828.  February 2, 1839. 

Washington, owned by Jeremiah Bush, later Washington Bush, a free man.  September 3, 1842.  April 4, 1868.

William, owned by Robert Didlake.  June 13, 1801. February 9, 1805. 

William, owned by John Miles.  September 1, 1833

William, owned by a Ragland.  1st week of June 1849. 

Willis (also called Wallace), owned by E. Elkin, later known as Willis Elkin.   March 4, 1843.  April 1, 1843.          August 1, 1846.  August 4, 1855.  August 3, 1872.  April 3, 1875

Winny, owned by Ambrose Christy.  October 12, 1817.

Woodford, Lewis.  December 1, 1866.  July 4, 1868.