Second Creek Baptist Church
From History of Middle Tennessee Baptists
by J. H. Grime
Retyped for the page by Diane Payne & Danene Vincent, 1998.
This old church is extinct. But so long and so prominently did she figure in the history of the Baptists of this section that this book would not be complete without some reference to her work. The location of this church was some three miles west of Hartsville, in Trousdale County (**note this part of Trousdale was formed from Sumner County in 1870), Tennessee, and near the pike leading from Hartsville to Gallatin. They took their name from Second Creek, on whose waters they were located. This church was gathered by Elder John Wiseman and was most probably an offspring of Hopewell, then known as Bledsoe's Creek. This church was constituted in 1815. They united with Concord Association in 1815, when convened with Overall's Creek, in Rutherford County, Tennessee. They continued to represent in this body until 1822, when they went into constitution of Salem Association. They then represented annually in this body until 1850, when they again went into constitution of Enon Association. They then represented in this body until 1878, after which time the name of Second Creek disappears from the roll. They had become depleted in memberships, in consequence of removals, deaths, and supplies for new churches. Soon after the meeting of Enon Association, in 1878, Zion Church was constituted largely out of the membership of Second Creek. This left only a remnant of this old church, and of necessity they disbanded. This was for many years one of the leading churches of this section. Elder John Wiseman was their first pastor. Among the leading spirits in this church we mention Deacons J. L. Carson and D. Thompson and C. Robinson. Brother Carson was one of the leading men in the Association and probably of his church. This church once entertained Salem Association and twice Enon Association.
It naturally brings a feeling of sadness when we write of the decline of this old church. I never pass by where this consecrated band worshiped, and where such consecrated men of God delivered the gospel message, as those were who stood in her pulpit, but what I feel like uncovering my head. This church was wisely located at the start, and did her work and did it well; but time changed the centers of influence and numbered her days. Eternity alone will reveal the good accomplished by this old church, and it will be the pride of these pages to help preserve her name for generations yet to come.
NOTE: Several Pastors, Deacons, and Clerks mentioned in the History of Middle Tennessee Baptists can be found in the Sumner County Family Album.
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