Mt. Zion Cumberland Presbyterian Church
Located west of Falkner, Mississippi
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Original Minutes of session meetings and Church Membership Roll.  1847 to 1857.  The Church has these at the church office. Steve Mosley Pastor. 
Transcribed by Bruce Ingram

Church Membership Roll 
Note:  The first couple of pages are faded and hard to read.  This is a list of names that are best readable.

Mary D. Renfro DO (what is DO)
Tina E Reed.   Experience  infancy
James Y Reed  DO
Richard T Reed DO
M H H Renfro  DO sprinkling
Martha Irvin  DO
Temperance Irvin DO
Lewis Renfro  DO  infancy
_______ Ritch  DO sprinkling
Grant Hollis  DO  sprinkling
Ralph Hankins  DO sprinkling
Wm Hankins  DO sprinkling
(On the facing page from the above names is a John J Cooper (JJ Cooper) he is listed below the words  by letter/ John J Cooper/ DO  then to the left and below that entry is left/by letter and still further down the page is JJ Cooper/ suspended/ DO DO/  J JCooper by letter)  I do not know if this is for the names on the facing page or all of this is connected to JJ Cooper.  From the next couple of pages,  it would seem that all the information is connected to JJ Cooper.  Cooper is the minister who received these new members into the church.

Felix G Grover by experience sprinkling
Alexander Smith By letter
W M Forsyth  by letter

ďCome all ye young and fair ladies.  Take warning how you love young men they shine like bright stars that shine in the morning here and there amid hills.  They are gone.  I once did think that I had a love indeed.  I thought he was my own strate way.   he (wandered caristed on ???)  (the last line is nearly unreadable)

On 22 of Oct 1848
The session of Mount Zion Congregation met at the church.  Elders A W Hill,  P Jackson, and E Prahain,  minister T A Walker.  A door being opened for the reception of members Mary E McLean,  Martha J McMillin,  Rachael O,  McLean,  Margaret E McLean,  Mary A McLean came forward and related their experience of grace were baptized and received in the communion of the Church.  Rachael O McLean, having  been baptised in infancy the session adjourned to meet at the church on Saturday before the 3rd Sabbath in November next. 
     A W Hill Clerk

The session met at Mount Zion present to adjournment.  Members pre T A Walker, minister  A W Hill,  P Jackson,  Elders. A door being opened for the reception of members Martha A Hill related an experience of Grace and having previously been
baptised was receieved into full communion of the church.  Session adjourned to meet on Saturday before the 3rd Sabbath in February 1849.
      A W Hill clerk

The Session having failed to meet according to previous appointment there was no other meeting until the session was called by the session clerk on the 14th of March 1850 members present E Graham,  P Jackson and A W Hill the session proceeded to appoint AW Hill  to represent this congregation in the next setting of Presbytery.  P Jackson his alternated there being no other business the session adjourned to meet on Wednesday before the 2nd Sabbath in April next.  Concluded with prayer.
      A W Hill clerk

The session met persuant to adjournment member prs A W Hill,  E Graham,  P Jackson. Brother Hill being called upon reported completely with order of session and that a protracted (meeting) was appointed to be holden at this place including the first Sabbath in August next report adopted.  The session adjourned to meet on Saturday night next.
      A W Hill clerk

The session having failed to meet according to adjournment met on sabbath morning the14th of April.  Members presant E Graham,  P Jackson,  A W Hill.  Where upon Bro Graham was called to the chair.  The session then declared the congregation vacant and Bro.  J J cooper being present proposed to take charge of the congregation as pastor for next twelve months and to preach one sabbath in each month for which service the session agrees to remunerate him as fare as is in their power to do.  There being no further business that session adjourned to meet on Saturday before the 3rd sabbath in May next.
      A W Hill clerk

The session met at the church persuant to adjournment.  Members presant Bro Cooper, Graham,  Jackson,  and Hill.  A door being opened for the reception of members,  N H Wright and Dorothy, his wife,  gave a relation of their experience of grace and having previously been baptised there were received into the communion of the church.  The session remained open till next day being sabbath 19th of May A D 1850 when Mary Duncan was received in to the he communion of the church by recommendations. The sacrament of the Lordís Supper was administered on the same day  Bro.  Cooper to the congregation.  The session rose informally.
      A W Hill clerk

The session met on the 6th day of August A D 1850.  Members presant Bro Cooper, Graham,  Jackson and Hill. A door being opened for the reception of members,  Mary Walden (Malden?),  Alexander McMillin,  Wm F Crumkonce,  John A Pulley gave a relation of their experience of gave and was all baptized and received in to the he communion of the church.
The session rose with out adjournment and was carried on the 9th of August 1850.  Members present Bro Cooper,  Graham,  Jackson,  and Hill.  A door being opened for the reception of members Benjamin R Krauldin (Mauldin) and T M Crumb gave a relation of their experience of grace and was baptized and received into the communion of the church.  The session rose as before.

The session met at the church the 11th of August 1850.  A door being opened for the reception of members  Gemsima Crunk (Crumb?),  WM K Walker,  and John Simpson gave a relation of their experience of grace and was baptized.  Except W R Walker whose baptism was deferred and was welcomed into the communion of the church.  The session adjourned to meet Saturday before the 4th Sabbath.
      A W Hill clerk

The session met persuant to adjournment.  Members present Bro Hill, Graham,  Jackson opened by prayer to session proceeded to appoint E Graham to represent this session in the next setting of the presbytery and it approved his appointment.
The session rose and commenced on the next day being the 25th of August 1850. Members present Bro Cooper,  Hill,  Graham,  and Jackson a door being opened for the reception of members J W Paine,  Elija and Susan his wife,,  John H Counce,  Robert K Hill,  P B Welch,  and Tish Moarse gave a relation of their experience grace and was all baptized except Sith Moarse who had been previously baptised and were received into the communion of the church.  Margaret Moarse joined the church by recommendation. Session adjourned to meet Saturday before the 3rd Sabbath in September.
      A W Hill clerk

The session met persuant to adjournment.  Members present Bro Cooper,  Hill, Graham, and Jackson.  A door being opened for the reception of members Mary Ann Wright, Mister Renfro,  Lance R Hill,  Joseph M Williams and Isaac J Pollock gave a relation oftheir experience of grace and were baptized and received in to the communion of the church.  The session then rose without permission and was convened on the 17th A door being opened for the reception of members  Nelson Jackson,  and Mattison,  M Williams gave a relation of their experience of grace and was baptized and received into the church.  The session rose as before and met on the 8th.  A door was opened for the reception of members Joseph Kinada (?),  John Pollock,  Andrew Pollock,  Robert Pollock,  Wm William,  Susan K Wright,  Nancy E. Paine,  and Nancy Ackshaw gave arelation of their experience of grace and was baptized.  Except John J Robert Pollock who had been previously baptized and was received in to the communion of the church.  The session adjourned to meet Saturday  before the 4th Sabbath in October concluded withPrayer.
      A W Hill clerk

The session failled dot meet until the Saturday before the 1 Sabbath in January A D 1851. When it met and remained adjourned till next day where the session agreed to discipline Joseph W Crunk by request the session adjourn to meet Saturday before the 4th Sabbath the following night 
A W Hill clerk

According to the Tippah County Land Deed Book E p 173 Joseph W Crunk was Coronor in  1843.  William was brother ot Joseph both were sons of Ira Crunk.

Having heard slanderous reports on Bro.  Alexander McMillin and Joseph Renfro. Appointed Bro.  Jackson,  Welch,  a committee to converse with and sight them before the session.  The session adjourned to meet on the Saturday the 8th day of Feb.  A D 1851
     A W Hill clerk

The session met persuant to  adjournment.  Members presant Bro.  Jackson,  Welch, Paine, and Hill.  The committee to who was review the bisness of conversing with Bro. McMillin and Jackson reported  conversation and that Bro McMillin gave satisfactionand that Bro. Simpson treated the conversation with contempt.  Whereupon the session agreed to suspend the said Simpson from contempt.  The session adjourned to meet on the 8th day of March A D 1851.

The session met persuant to adjournment.  Members present Graham,  Paine,  Welch, and Hill opened in prayer.  The session proceeded to appoint Bro  Welch to represent the session in the next setting of the presbytery and Bro.  Graham his alternate.  The session rose informally
     A W Hill clerk

Session met Saturday before the 4h Sabbath in May 1851.  Bro Welch delegated to presbytery reported compliance.  When the congregation proceed to elected by ballot tow additional elders whereupon Brother Conner and Mauldin were elected.  Session remained opened until  next day when the Brethren elected on the previous day to the eldership was set apart by prayer to the duties of that office.  The sacraments of the Lordís Supper was administered to the congregation by Bro Cooper.  Naybors and Lambert.   Session being advised of unchristian conduct from John Pully appointed Welch and Graham a mmitted to convene with Bro Pully and report tot he session at tis next setting on Saturday the 14th of June and rose.
      A W Hill clerk

Session to meet according to adjournment and was called together on the Saturday  the 21st of June.  Members present Bro.  Graham,  Will,  Welch,  Maulden,  Conner,  and Paine.  The committee appointed to converse with Bro. Pully report complyance and that Bro Pully made all necessary acknowledgments.  Session being informed of disorderlyconduct on S R Hill,  and J McWilliams appointed a committee to converse with and cite Bro. S R Hill before the session and Bro Hill and Welch  to converse with and cite Bro McWilliams.  Upon motion of the resignation and morion of Bro.  Hill  Bro.  Paine was
elected clerk of this congregation.  Session rose to meet on Saturday the 5th July.
     A W Hill clerk

Session met according to adjournment.  Members present Bro.  Graham,  Hill,  Nelson, Mauldin,  and Paine upon motion Bro,  Graham was called to the chair and opened the session by prayer.  The committee appointed to cite Bro.   S R Hill reported complyance and Bro Hill appeared  before the session,  made full and satisfactory acknowledgment where upon he was forgiven by the session.  The committee to cite Bro McWilliams report failure where upon Bro.  Hill and Mauldin were appointed a committee to cite Bro McWilliam to appear before the session on Saturday the 18th of July and session rose to
meet accordingly. Closed by prayer.
James W Paine,  Clerk 

Session met according to adjournment.  Members presant Graham,  Hill,  Mauldin, Welch,  Jackson, and Paine.  Upon motion Bro.  Graham was called to chair and openedsession with prayer.  The committee appointed to cite Bro.  McWilliams report attempt at complyance but were treated with contempt by Bro.  McMilliam.  Wherefore it was agreed by the session to suspend Bro McWilliams for contumacy.  Session then adjourned to meet on Saturday before the first Lordís day in August.  Closed with prayer.
     James W Paine,  Clerk 

Session met according to adjournment.  Members presant Bro.  Cooper,  Graham, Welch,  Hill,  Mauldin, Jackson,   and Paine.  No business being before session it remained opened until Tuesday following when a door being opened for the reception of members,  Sister Dorcay (Dorsey?) Singleton came forward and Joined by letter.  Session rose informally.
      James W Paine,  Clerk 

Session called Saturday August 30th.  Members presant Hill,  Welch,  Jackson,  Conner, Mauldin,  and Paine.  Charges of disorderly conduct being preferred against Bro Pully and McMillian.  Bro Conner was appointed to cite Bro. Pully and Bro Welch and Jackson to cite bro McMillian t appear before the session at the next meeting on the second
Saturday in September and rose to meet accordingly.  Informally.(This section was stuck out and had Error,  Error,  Error written over three times)
      James W Paine,  Clerk 
 

Session called Saturday 30th of August 1851.  Members presant Bros Hill,  Conner, Mauldin,  Jackson,  and Paine.  On motion, bro Hill was called to the chair opened by prayer.  Charges of disorderly conduct being preferred against Bro.  John Pully and McMillian,  br Conner was appointed to cite Br Pully and Bro Welch and Jackson to cite bro McMilliam to appear before session on the second Saturday in Sept.  Next,  Session then proceeded to elect a delegate to represent this congregation in the next setting of thepresbytery when  br J W Paine was chosen session rose to meet on the second Saturday in September next.
      James W Paine,  Clerk 

Session met according to adjournment.   Members present,  Welch,  Hill,  Mauldin, Conner,  Jackson. Bro. Welch being called to the chair opened session with prayer.  The committees appointed to cite Bro Pully came forward and made acknowledgment to thesatisfaction of the session and was acquitted.  Br.  McMillian failing to appear was suspended for contumacy.  No other business being before the session.  It rose informally to meet 4th Saturday Sept 1851.
      James W Paine,  Clerk 

September the 27th  1851
Session met persuant to adjournment.  Members presant J J Cooper  Pastor,  A W Hill,  T J Conner,  G (P?) Jackson,  B R Mauldin,  and J W Paine.  A door was opened for the reception of member when William Singleton,  Sarah E Hawkins,  Maneny H Welch, Mary Singleton and Ellen J Davis came forward and gave a relation of their experience and were baptized by pouring J J Cooper except May Singleton who joined by letter. Session remained opened until next day.Sept 28.  Members present as on yesterday.  A door being opened Sylvia,  a colored woman, came forward and gave a relation of her experience and was baptized by pouring by J J Cooper.  session rose informally.
      James W Paine,  Clerk 

February the 22nd 1852
Session convened by request of Pastor J J Cooper.  Members presant J J Cooper,  A W Hill,  G Jackson,  T J Conner,   B R Mauldin,  and J W Paine.  Opened with prayer and proceeded to the election of T J Conner to represent this congregation on the next setting of the Presbytery to be opened on the Thursday evening preceding the first Sabbath in April next at Union Church and G Jackson his alternate.  Closed by prayer.

      James W Paine,  Clerk 

11th April  1852
Session met presant J J Cooper, Pastor.  A W Hill,  G Jackson,  T J Conner,  and J W Paine.  Bro Conner delegate from this congregation to Presbytery reported conference complaint having been made to members of session of disorderly conduct in Bro John Pully (viz) Violating the Sabbath.  Bro. W R Walker,  T J Conner and J W Paine were appointed a committee to visit and converse with Bro Pully and report at the next sitting of the session to be on the Saturday preceding the fifth Sabbath in May next session. Adjourned.
      James W Paine,  Clerk 

29th May 1852
Session met according to adjournment.  Members present Bros  J J Cooper,  Pastor.  A W Hill,  G Jackson,  B R Mauldin,  T H Conner,  and J W Paine.  The visiting committee to Bro John Pully reported complyance and that Bro Pully confessed the charges but shewed no signs of repentance.  Where upon it was ordered that the clerk give him a written notice specifying the charge and requesting him to appear before the session at Mt Zion on the second saturday in June next at six oíclock PM.  Session remained opened until next day.

Sunday May 30th 1852
Members presant as on yesterday.  The sacrament of the Lordís Supper administered by Bro Cooper and Frasier.  No other business being before the session it adjourned to meet on the Saturday the 12 June
     James W Paine,  Clerk 

Saturday June 12th 1852
Session met according to adjournment.  Presant J J Cooper pastor.  A W Hill,  G Jackson, B R Mauldin,  and J W Paine.  The clerk reported complyance with the requestion of last session and that  he handed session notice to Bro Hill for delivery.  Bro Hill reported complyance and that bro Pully requested the session to act on his case as they might think proper in his absence.  Where upon after mature deliberation it is ordered that Bro Pullly be suspended until he shall show signs of repentance. 
Session adjourned informally.
     James W Paine,  Clerk 

August 29th 1852
Session met members presant J J Cooper,  A W Hill,  B R Wauldin,   T J Conner,  G Jackson,  and J W Paine.  A door was opened for the reception of members when Lucinda A Graham and Emily A E Roffe came forward gave a relation of their
experience and were baptized.  Session adjourned.
       James W Paine,  Clerk 

September 11th 1852
Session met.  Members presant A W Hill,   B R Mauldin,  G Jackson,  and J W Paine.  BR Mauldin was chosen representative from this congregation to the next presbytery to convine in Ripley on Friday night before the 3rd Sabbath Session remained open.

September 12th 1852 Sabbath 
Session met.  Members present A W Hill,  B R Mauldin,  G Jackson,  T J Conner,  and JW Paine. A door was opened for the reception of members when James and Martha  R Gully,  Margaret J Bradley,  Lusannah R Stevens,  Lion and Martha Holly,  Edward and Elizabeth Hawkins,  came forward and were received.  Lion and Martha Holly and Edward and Elizabeth Hawkins be recommendation and the rest by experience and were baptized except M J Bradley(Having been baptized in infancy).  by William Crawford bypouring.  Session remained opened.

Tuesday 14th
Session met.  Members presant as before. A door was again opened when  W A and Cyrena Roffe,  David Steven and Nancey C Crouch came forward and were received,  the two former by recommendation and the two latter by experience and were baptized byWilliam Bradford by pouring.  Session remained opened.

Thursday September 16,  1852
Session met. Members presant as before.  A door was opened for the reception of members when Charles J Allen,  William S Singleton,  David W Hawkins,  a and Juda Coley came forward and were received. C J Allen by recommendation and the rest byexperience.  Session remained opened.

October 10th 1852
Session met.  Members presant J J Cooper,  A W Hill,  G Jackson,  T J Conner,  B R Mauldin,  J W Paine.  A door was opened for the reception of members when Ephraim McLean came forward gave a relation of his experience and was received by the session. The sacrament of the Lordís Supper was administered by Bro.  J J Cooper.  Session adjourned
    James W Paine,  Clerk 

Feb 13th  1853
Session met by request of Moderator.  Members presant Bro J J Cooper,  Moderator,  AW Hill,  G Jackson,  T J Conner,  B R Mauldin,  J W Paine and Bro.  G Jackson, was appointed to represent this congregation in the next Presbytery to meet the ______ night before the 3rd Sabbath in March next and From J W Paine his alternate.   Session adjourned indefinitely.
     James W Paine,  Clerk 

April 9th 1853
Session met by request.  Members present A W Hill,  G Jackson,  B R Mauldin,  and JW Paine.  Bro G Jackson member to Presbytery from this congregation reported complyance.  The session having heard through rumor of unchristian conduct in Bro. Samuel R Hill.  Appointed Bro B R Mauldin and James Gilly a committee to enquire unto said rumor to converse with Bro.  L R Hill and report to session.  Session then adjourned.
      James W Paine,  Clerk 

April 10th 1853
Session Met
Members presant J J Cooper,  moderator,  B R Mauldin,  G Jackson,  T J Conner,  and J W Paine,  bro Mauldin and Gilly report that Bro L R Hill showed no signs of repentance where upon Bro Cooper,  Gilly,  Mauldin,  and Paine were appointed a committee to converse again with Bro Hill and if he shows no signs of repentance to cite him to appear before session adjourned to meet Saturday the 7th of May at Mt Zion.
      James W Paine,  Clerk 

May the 7th.
Session met precursant to adjournment. Members present J J Cooper,  A W Hill,  G Jackson,  B R Mauldin,  and J W Paine.  Opened by prayer the committee appointed in the case of Bro  L B Hill reported complyance and that he shoed no signs of repentance that he had been duly notified to appear before the session.  That he refused and gave session leave to act on his case in his absence.  Whereupon it was ordered by the session that he be suspended for contumacy until he shall show signs of repentance.  Upon motion,  the following resolution was papered Resolved,  that in complyance with a request of Presbytery at it last session,  we appoint quarterly sessional meetings of this session to commence on Saturday at 4 oclock before the second Sabbath in July next  and quarterly thereafter.  Session closed by prayer.
   J J Cooper,  Moderator
   James W Paine,  Clerk 

Session met according to adjournment.  Members presant J J Cooper Moderato,  A W Hill,  G Jackson,  B R Mauldin,  and J W Paine.  when it was resolved That in view of the languishing condition of Religion were covenant with God and each
other to set apart an appropriate a part of each day from this time until our protracted meeting in August next for the purpose of secret prayer to ask God to revive his work in our midst and that our minister be required to make known this resolution to the church and ask the  coorperation of all its members.  Adjourned until session comes
    J J Cooper Moderator
    James W Paine,  Clerk 

Session having failed to meet at the regular time met on the 2nd Sabbath in Nov 1853. Members present A W Hill,  B R Mauldin,  G Jackson,  T J Conner,  J W Paine.  Bro Mauldin reported having attended presbtery in lieu of Bro Hill.  Bro  P B and Sister Manirva Welch prayed a letter of dismission and recommendation which was granted and issued.  Session adjourned to meet on Saturday before the second Sabbath in January next.
    J J Cooper,  Moderator
    James W Paine,  Clerk 

Session failed to meet at the appointed time ( in consequence of inclemency of weather) and met Saturday before the 2nd Sabbath in February.  Members presant Bro John J Cooper,  Moderator,  A W Hill,  G Jackson,  B R Mauldin,  J W Paine.  Opened by prayer,  Bro Luther Moore prayed a letter of dismission and recommendation which was granted and the clerk was order to issue. 

(A couple of pages are too faded to read.  This transcription picks ups at the point that is readable)

... was elected delegate to represent this congregation at next Presbytery to be held at Jacinto of Tippah Cou Tishamingo County.  First Friday before the first Sabbath in March next.  and Bro.  G Jackson was his alternate.  Adjourned to meet Saturday before the 2nd Sabbath in April meet at two oíclock PM.  Closed by prayer.
     John J Cooper,  Moderator
     James W Paine,  Clerk 

April the 8th 1854
Session met pursuant to adjournment.  Members presant J J Cooper Moderator,  A W Hill,  G Jackson,  B R Mauldin,  J W Paine.  Opened by prayer.  Minister had bro Paine and Hill called on for report who both reported complyance in the order of last session. Bro Terance Pollock (???)  applied for a letter of dismission and recommendation which was granted and the clerk required to issue.  (Not clear enough to read)...

Session appointed J W Paine to represent this congregation in next Presbtery to be held in Ellistown Pontotoc Co.  Mis on Friday before the 1st Sabbath in Sept.  next and A W Hill his alternate and Bro J J Conner to represent it in Synod according to the call of the Pastor to set at Orizaba in Tippah County Mis Friday before the 1st Sabbath in Oct.  next and B R Mauldin his alternate.  Session then adjourned  to meet the 2nd Saturday in August next at 2 oíclock PM
      J J Cooper,  Mod
      James W Paine,  Clerk 

Session met according to the adjournment.  Opened with prayer.  Members present J J Cooper,  Mod.  A W Hill,  B R Mauldin,  and J W Paine.  Deacons report that sister Mary Drennons (Duncans??) necessities have been supplied for  the present by the charitable gifts of the members of the church and others.  Session adjourned informally.
      J J Cooper,  Mod
      James W Paine,  Clerk 

Sabbath September the 10th 1854
Session met previous to decide services present J J Cooper,  A W Hill,  L H Conner, Gabriel Jackson,  B R Mauldin,  and J W Paine.  A door was opened for the reception of members preparatory to the administration of the Lordís Supper.  Eliza J Cooper came forward and joined by recommendation.  Session remained opened from day to day until Wednesday the 15th when it closed informally.
      J J Cooper,  Mod
      James W Paine,  Clerk 

Saturday October the 7th 1854
Session met at it regular quarterly meeting.  Members present J J Cooper,  Mod.  A W Hill,  Bro.  Mauldin,  and J W Paine opened by prayer.  The following bretthern made application for letter of dismission (viz)  Gabriel and Susan Jackson,  William and Martha Crunk,  Gemina Crunk,  Joseph Keneda,  and Robert K.  Hill all of which were granted and the clerk ordered to issue the same.  Bro. J W Paine delegate to the Presbytery was called on to report whose report complyanse by his alternate A W Hill for T H Conner,  delegate to Synod reported his representative complyance (too faded)...On motion session took recess until 10 o clock Sabbath morning. Recess over session met pursuant of adjournment.  Members presant as on yesterday. with the addition of G Jackson and T H Conner.  A door opened for the reception of Members,  June Presly came forward and joined by recommendation.  Abner B Wright, Emily S (L) Paine,  Mary S Hill,  Margaret Presley and John Holly gave a relation of their experience and were all received by the session the three former being baptized by J J Cooper by pouring.  The two latter having been baptized in infancy session adjourned until session in confer.
      J J Cooper,  Mod
      James W Paine,  Clerk 

Saturday January the 13  1855
Session met at it regular quarterly term.  Members presant  John J Cooper,  Mod.  A Wn Hill,  B R Mauldin,  and J W Paine/  Opened by prayer.  The clerk requested complyance with the order of last session to grant letters to certain brethren and sisters and also that he had written a letter to his Church...(too faded)...J W Paine was elected delegate to the next Presbytery and A W Hill his alternate.  Session adjourned until ...(Faded)
      J J Cooper,  Mod
      James W Paine,  Clerk 

March 3,  1855
Examined and approved James Duff Ch of Com (Rest of page too faded)

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August 20,  1855
Session having failed to meet regular quarterly session was called.  The Elders members presant A W Hill,  Thomas H Conner,  and J W Paine and B R Mauldin.  A proposition was made to appoint a delegate to represent the next Presbytery which  it was decided that whoever could make it could consider themselves the delegate.  Session adjourned.
     J W Paine

Saturday September 7th,  1855
Session called by request of pastor...(too faded to read)

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Saturday June 12th 1856
Session met members presant,  A W Hill,  B R Mauldin,  and J W Paine.  On motion B R Mauldin was appointed to represent us in presbytery on Wednesday before the first Sabbath in February next.  Session adjourned to meet the 2nd Sabbath in February next.
      J J Cooper,  Mod
      James W Paine,  Clerk 

Session having failed to meet according to appointment on Saturday April the 12th at its regular quarterly term.  Members presant John J Cooper,  Moderator,  A W Hill,  David McElwain,  N H Wright  and J W Paine.  Absent B R Mauldin.  J W Paine was appointed to receive the report of B R Mauldin as delegate to Presbytery which report is as follows.  Failed to attend in consequence of inclement weather which was reviewed the following resolution were passed (viz) 
1st Resolved>  The elders of this congregation shall visit the families of said congregation at least as often as one every six months for the purpose of advancing  vital godliness through out our church and country
2nd That any member or members of this congregation that shall hereafter sign a petition for the purpose of establishing a grocery or dram shop in our county shall be considered guilty of immoral conduct and will be dealt with accordingly.
      J J Cooper,  Mod
      James W Paine,  Clerk 

Saturday 12th July 1856
Session met regular term presant John J Cooper,  Mod.  A W Hill,  N H Wright,  B R Mauldin,  J W Paine absent,  David McElwain,  on motion,  A W Hill,  J W Paine,  and Scion Holly were appointed a committee to converse with Bro David Stevens in relation to rumor of unchristian conduct and N H Wright and B R Mauldin a committee to converse with sister Judy McMillian formerly Judy Coley on the same subject.  David McElwain was elected delegate to next Presbytery and B R Mauldin alternate.  Session adjourned informally.
      J J Cooper,  Mod
      James W Paine,  Clerk 

Saturday October 11,  1856
The regular quarterly meeting of he session of the Mt Zion Congregation met persuant to adjournment.  Consecrated by prayer. Members present J J Cooper,  Moderator.  J McElwain,  B R Mauldin,  W K(R) Reed.  Bro Mauldin reported in behalf of a
committee of which he was one to converse with Judy (Ruda) McMillin.  concerning a charge of immoral conduct.  to which she acknowledged and showed penitence and acknowledged he was sorrow.  She had acted in the manner she had and would do do no more.  The session having heard a rumor that Brother Coley (Gaylor,  Gaylon) had been guilty of getting drunk and appointed a committee to visit Bro.  Gaylon and examine into the case the committee appointed was B R Mauldin,  D M McElwain,  W K Reed, and R D Reed requested to assist.  Bro W K Reed reported to have attended Synod,  accordingly
to appointment.  Report was received.  Recess until 10 1/2 o clock tomorrow.  Recess out Members presant as on yesterday.  A door opened for the reception of members,  Lewis Renfrow,  Grant Holly,  Ritch Ralph Hawkins,  Wm Hawkins,  and
Felop G Irvin came forward and gave a relation of their experience of grace and were baptized except Lewis Renfrow he was received into the communion of the church. There being no further business the session adjourned to meet Saturday in September. 

Saturday September 15th 1856
Session convened by request of the Moderator.  Members presant John J Cooper,  Mod. A W Hill,  B R Mauldin,  David McElwain,  (McElwain could also be spelled McIlwain) N H Wright,  and J W Pain,  Bro William Norton a member of the Ripley Session being presant was invited to take a seat with us.  A door being opened preparoty to the communion of the Lordís Supper.  W B Largent (Sargent),  Carson R Hopper,  John B Presley,  Samuel G Reed,  Alexander Patten and Elizabeth Singleton came forward gave a relation of their experience and were received.  W B Largent and Carson  R Hopper
were baptized by sprinkling,  J B Presley,  L G Reed,  Alexander Patten were baptised in infancy.  Elizabeth Singleton not yet satisfied as to mode.  Recess until 4 PM. Recess over.  Session met.  Members present as before. David McIlwain delegate to Presbytery having not attended offered his excuse which was sustained.  B R Mauldin,  alternate,  offered his excuse for non attendance at Presbytery which was also sustained.  A W Hill and J W Paine members of the committee to converse with David Stevens reported complyance  with their duties and that bro David Stevens confessed that the truth of the charge and prayed to he dealt with as the session might see proper.  Whereupon it was resolved that bro David Stevens be suspended and
that proclamation of the same be made from the pulpit.  B R Mauldin and M H Wright committee to converse with sister Judy McMillian reports that said committee has sought an opportunity to discharge their duties but failed.  Whereupon they were continued as said committee and Edward Hawkins, added also to said committee and required to report to the next session.  J W Paine,  clerk of the congregation offered his resignation as clerk which was received and A W Hill elected to fill the vacancy.  J W Paine prayed a letter of dismission and recommendation for himself,  Eliza Ann Paine,  Nancey,  E M
Paine and Emily L Paine.  Which was granted and the clerk ordered to issue. Recess until ten o clock to morrow morning.
Recess over.
Session met presant as on yesterday.  A door being opened Nancey Renfro and May D Renfro came forward and joined by letter.  Finas E Reed,  James Y Reed,  Richmond P Reed,  William H H Renfro,  Martha Irvin,  and Termperance Irvin came forward gave a relation of their experience of grace and were received.  The last three names baptised by sprinkling by J J Cooper.  The three former having be baptized in infancy.
Recess untill Monday morning 10 o clock.
Monday Sept 15th 1856 Recess out.  Session met.  Presant as on yesterday except bro Norton Lester, Mary Carter asked for a letter of dissmission and recommendation which was granted and the clerk ordered to issue.  Recess until Saturday Sept 20th.
Recess out.  Session met.
Presant as before.  Sister Mary Cooper came forward and joined by recommendation. Bro J J Cooper called upon the congregation for an elder to accompany him at the next sitting of Synod whereupon the congregation was called upon by session to elect two members of their body as ruling Elders in this congregation.  Whereupon brothers William K Reed and Robert K Hill were elected to that office.  bro W K reed having been hereto fore an Elder in out church was installed in this congregation and Bro R K Hill was sat apart by prayer to that office.  Bro.  J J Cooper as this congregation for an Elder to accompany him at the next sitting of the Synod.  Where upon bro W R Reed was chosen as said delegate and B R Mauldin alternate.   Session adjourned informally.
     J J Cooper,  Mod.
      A W Hill,  Clerk.

Presiding of the 2nd Sabbath in Feb 1857.  Concluded by prayer.  Continued from last
page.
     JJ Cooper,  mod.
      A W Hill,  clerk.

The quarterly meeting of the session of Mount Zion Congregation having failed to meet at the regular appointed time from the inclimmecny of the weather have assembled  this evening Saturday the 14th of Feb 1857.
 The session being constituted by prayer.  Members present A W Hill, moderator. Presented resignation.  R Mauldin,  William K Reed,  David McIlwain on the day of our last session a committee appointed to visit Brother Gaylon on the subject  of a wide report which was repeated through the neighborhood.  The committee discharged theduty reviewed in their report which report was received.  Brother Gaylon satisfied the committee on the subject. 
 On motion,  the session proceeded to elect a member to represent this congregation in our next presbytery to be held  at Mt Zion Tippah County Miss. Whereupon Brother N H Wright was elected.  Brother William K Reed alternate to meet on Friday night preceding the third  Sunday in March.  Session recess until next Saturday Evening at 2 oclock.
 Recess out.  Members presant as before.  The session having been informed that Bro Gaylon had been quietly getting drunk again.  On motion,  the session appointed B McIlwain to site Bro Gaylon to appear before them on Saturday the 7th March 1857 session adjourned to meet accordingly.
    A W Hill,  Mod
     D McIlwain,  Clrk

Session March the 7th 1857
Session met pursuant to call members presant,  J J Cooper,  Mod.  B R Mauldin,  D McIwain,  and W K Reed.  Constituted by prayer Bro.  McIlwain reported complyance with the order of the former session to summon Wm Gaylon to appear and answer to certain charges of the immortality the said Gaylon failing to attend but forwarding a note acknowledging his guilt as charged and requesting session to deal with him as it might think proper.  On motion of Bro.  McIlwain session proceeded by unanimous vote to suspend said Wm Gaylon from all the rights and privileges of membership in said congregation until he shows or brings forth fruit to meete for repentance.  Session adjourned till session in cause.   Concluded by prayer.
      J J Cooper,  Mod
       A W Hill,  clerk.

Mt Zion,  April 25th 1857
Session met pursuant to adjournment.  Members present  Bro D McIlwain,  Mauldin,  W K Reed,  and Hill.  Bro.  I McIlwain was appointed .  Had protives (?) opened by prayer. On motion Bro Rep Reada Graham and McIlwain appointed a committee to converse with Bro.  J H Cooper and N Jackson relative to the rumors offered in session of the church and report  to the night meeting of the session. On motion the session had Recess till to morrow 10 oclock.
Recess out.  Session continued.  Had some actions but had recess until Thursday the 9th of May next.  Recess out session met.  Members presant Paul Lambert,  Mod.  N H Wright,  B R Mauldin,  D McIlwain,  W K Reed,  and A W Hill.  constituted by prayer. The above committee made report which was received and having failed to report the object of this session also said committed being instructed by the session with case of a failure to site Bro.  J H Cooper to appear before the session at this meeting the said committee having failed to give Bro.  J H Cooper a legal selection there ` was no further action in the case.  Then the session clerk proceeded to site J H Cooper to appear before the session at Mt Zion Tippah County, Miss on Saturday the 27th of June next to answer the charge.  Sat forthe  in said situation.  The committee in the case of B N Jackson reported him sick and better.  Session action there being no further business session adjourned to meet as above.  Conclude with prayer.
     S Lambert,  Mod
      A W Hill,  Clerk

Mt Zion June the 27th 1857
 Session met pursuant to adjournment.  Constituted by prayer.  Member presant Samuel Lambert,  W K Reed,  B R Mauldin,  A W Hill,  D McIlwain.  The minutes of the previous meeting was read and approved.  The case of Bro J H Cooper was taken up and he refusing to answer any question proposed by the session  he was suspended from the congregation of the church until what time he can manifest a Christian spirit and bring forth fruits meete for repentance.  There e being no further business session adjourned to meet Saturday before the fourth Sabbath in July at 2 oclock.  Concluded by prayer.
     Samuel Lambert,  Mod
      A W Hill,  clerk

Mt Zion July the 27th 1857.  The mod. not being presant the session did not constitute until Sabbath morning were on motion Bro. McIlwain was choses moderator protem. Constituted by prayer.  Members present Bro McIlwain,  Wright,  Mauldin,  R K Hill. Reed and A W Hill.   On motion the minutes of the former session was read and approved.  The session Mod produced a note requesting letters from the following person to wit;  Margaret D Cooper,  Mary B Cooper,  and Elizabeth J Cooper which request was granted and the clerk ordered to  issue.  There being no further business session adjourned.  Till session in course.
     D McIlwain,  Mod
      A W Hill,  clerk

Mt Zion August the 22nd,  1857
Session as above constituted by prayer.  Members presant D McIlwain,  B R Mauldin,  W K Reed,  and A W Hill. On motion Bro.  McIlwain was chosen mod protem. The session proceeded to elect a representative to Presbytery to be held in the city of
Corinth which is to convene on Friday preceeding the 3rd Sabbath in Sept next.  Where upon Bro McIlwain was elected and Bro A W Hill his alternate.  Bro.  R K Hill had an application by proxy to be release from serving as Ruling Elder in this congregation which was granted.  There being no further business, session  adjourned to meet Saturday preceeding the 4th Sabbath in Sept next.  Concluded with prayer.
      D McIlwain,  Mod
       A W Hill,  clerk

Sept 1857
Session met pursuant to adjournment.  Members presant Samuel Lambert,  N H Wright, D McIlwain,  B R Mauldin,  W K Reed,  and A W Hill. Opened by prayer a door was opened for the reception of members,  Sister Amanda Smith and Ann F Smalling came forward and joined the church by letter.  There being no further business session adjourned till session in course.
     Samuel Lambert,   Mod
      A W Hill,  clerk.

October 25th 1857.  Session was called to gether.  Members presant,  Samuel Lambert, N H Wright,  B R Mauldin,  D McIlwain,  W K Reed,  constituted by prayer.  Elizabeth Singleton whose baptism had been deferred came forward and was baptized by the pastor,  Bro.  Lambert which she and Mary Singleton called for  letters of dismission and recommendation which was granted.  There being no further business session adjourned till session in course.
      Samuel Lambert,  Mod
       A W Hill,  clerk

January the 30th at the request of the Clerk.  Session met where upon the following members applied for letters of dismission and recommendation to wit;  Ephraim and Rachael McLean,  Mary M McLean,  Partie McLean,  Mary A Wilkins and James and Bethany Gilly (Gally Gully) all of which was granted and the clerk ordered to issue. When session adjourned to meet Saturday before the fourth Sabbath in February next.
    A W Hill,  clerk.

Mt Zion the 25th Feby 1858
Session met pursuant to adjournment.  Members present,  Samuel Lambert,  A W Hill,  B R Mauldin,  W K Reed.  Constituted with prayer.  On motion the session proceeded to elect a representative to presbytery where a motion came Bro A W Hill was elected with Bro.  W K Reed his alternate.  There being nor further business session adjourned to meet Saturday before the forth Sabbath in March next.  Concluded with prayer.  Also, congregation ordered that the church issue letters of dismission to David and Fay (Lucy?) McIlwain. 
    Samuel Lambert,  Mod
     A W Hill,  clerk

Mt Zion  August the 21 1858
Session having failed to meet according to the adjournment met as above.  member presant  Wright,  Mauldin,  Reed who opened session with prayer.  Session proceeded to appoint A W Hill representative to presbytery and Bro.  W K Reed alternate.  There being no further business session was adjourned to meet the fourth Sabbath of the month of Sept.
     A W Hill, clerk

Mt Zion  September the 25 1858.
Session met pursuant to adjournment.  Members presant  Bro.  Samuel Lambert,  mod.  A W Hill,  W K Reed,  N H Wright,  and B R Mauldin.  constituted by prayer. Bro A W Hill was called representative to presbytery.   He reported in complyance.  There being no further business the session in recess until the 28.  Recess out members presant at before.  Bro Lambert Mod.  Where upon Bro. B P Reed was....(torn page) The chair and a door was opened for...........

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