Record of the Church Session at
Monroe, Chickasaw Nation
Copy of handwritten record courtesy of Dr. Rev. Milton Winter
American Missions and Missionaries
The Rev. Hugh Dickson of the Presbytery of So. Carolina, having been commissioned by the Missionary Society of the Synod of So. Carolina and Georgia, to visit Monroe for the purpose of examining into the state and prospects of the Mission united on the 29 of May 1823. The Mission family, having a desire to be united in a church capacity that they may regularly enjoy the privilege of the sealing ordinances of the gospel, expressed the same to Mr. Dickson. Accordingly on the 7th of June 1823, a church was organized consisting of the following members, viz., Hamilton V. Turner, James Wilson, Nancy Turner, Mary Ann Wilson, Ethalinda Wilson, Prudence Wilson (not a member of the mission), Susan Stuart.
Owing to our peculiar situation, the usual, made of acquiring certificates of dismission and good standing from the churches to which the members had respectively belonged, was dispensed with the Rev. Thomas C. Stuart, Superdt. of the mission was nominated as stated supply. After the exercises of the day, a session consisting of the Rev. Messrs. Blain and Wilson, assisted by Father Dickson, convened in the prayer hall. A black woman named Dinah, belonging to Mrs. James Gunn, applied to be received into the newly organized church. After a careful examination the Session felt satisfied with her Christian experience and accordingly admitted her to the privileges of the household of faith. Rindah, a black woman belonging to Mrs. Turner, was debarred from church privileges for improper conduct.
August 3, 1823. Dinah, having previously expressed a desire to have her children baptized, and having given us satisfactory evidence as to the knowledge of her holy ordinance, presented her three children Chloe, William and Lucy and dedicated them to god in baptism.
August 6, 1823.. Margret Ethalinda daughter of Rev. H. Wilson & Ethalinda Wilson, was baptized.
May 15, 1824.. Abram, a black man belonging to an Indian, and husband to the woman received at our last commission, applied for church privileges. His examination was satisfactory and he was accordingly admitted. Rindah, who was suspended from the commission of the church at our last, made application to be restored. As her professing sorrow for her offense, and promising amendment she was reinstated.
May 16. The ordinance of baptism was administered to Abram.
Novr. 9, 1824. Mrs. James Holmes, a member of the Presbyterian church in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, was added to our members.
Decr. 4. Mr. Barned McLaughlin, Mrs. Tennessee Bynum, a native, and Esther, a black woman belonging to Mrs. Colbert, having given satisfactory evidence of a work of graces when their hearts were admitted as members of the church. Esther was baptized.
Decr. 19. The ordinance of baptism was administered by Br. H. Wilson's infant daughters, Rachel, Clementine, Mrs. Bynum's two children, Turner and Elizabeth, Rindah's son, Moses, and Esther's daughter, Patsy.
Decr. 26. Dinah's infant daughter, Patsy, was baptized.
April 1, 1825. Observed as a day of fasting and prayer. After public worship the members of the church present convened in a church capacity for the election of an elder. Mr. James Holmes was unanimously chosen April 2. Mr. Holmes was set apart by prayer to the office of ruling elder in this church.
Session met and was constituted by prayer. Amy, a black woman, belonging to the estate of James Gunn, deceased, applied and was received. Adjourned to meet on Saturday the 2nd day of July next. Concluded with prayer.
July 2. Session met according to adjournment. Constituted by prayer. Chloe, a black woman belonging to an Indian applied for privileges in the church. Her examination being sustained she was admitted. Mr. James Wilson from the first Presbyterian church in Lexington, Ky., having produced a letter of dismission in good standing from said church, was received as a member. Adjourned sine die. Concluded with prayer.
July 3. Chloe was baptized.
Decr. 24th. Session met and was opened with prayer. Three black persons John, Daniel and Rebecca were added to the communion of the Church on examination. Adjourned until the 4th of March 1826. Concluded with prayer. Mary Jane Stuart was baptized by Mr. Blair.
Decr. 25. The ordinance of baptism was administered to the three black people received on yesterday; also to Mr. McLaughlin's daughter Susan.
Feby. 26, 1826. Isabella Graham, daughter of Rev. H. Wilson and Ethalinda Wilson was baptized.
March 4. Session convened according to adjournment. Opened with prayer. Affy, a black woman, expressed a desire to be admitted to the communion of the church. Indulging a hope that she has experienced a saving change of heart, the session received her into the member of the professed disciples of Christ. Adjourned to meet on Saturday the 6th of May. Concluded with prayer.
May 6. Session met and was constituted by prayer. Three black persons Agnes, Mary and Bob, having given satisfactory evidence of a work of grace upon their hearts, were admitted to church privileges. Adjourned til tomorrow morning 9 oclock. Closed with prayer.
May 7. The session met and being opened with prayer. Miss Molly Colbert, a native came forward and offered herself as a candidate for admission to the church. Her examination being sustained, she was accordingly received. Adjourned to meet on the 30 of Sept. next. Concluded with prayer.
May 21. Affy's child, Rollin, was baptized.
Sept. 30. Church session met according to adjournment. Constitution by prayer. Two black women, Sarah and Judah, were admitted on examination. Adjourned to meet on the 6 Jany 1827. Concluded with prayer.
Oct. 1. Judah was baptized.
Jany. 6 1827. Session met and was opened with prayer. Miss Emeline H. Richmond, having produced a certificate from the Session of the 1st Presbyterian church in Newark, NJ as to her being a member in good standing, was received into full fellowship and communion in this church and is entitled to all its privileges. Reaction that notice of the same be publicly given immediately after public worship this evening. Adjournment until the 31st of March. Concluded with prayer.
Feby. 25. Mary's child, George Russel, was baptized.
March 31. Session met according to adjournment and was opened with prayer. Juno, Laney and Jack applied for admission to the communion of the Church. The session proceeded to examine them as to their experimental acquaintance with religion, and being satisfied with their account of themselves, received them as members. Adjourned to meet on the 23rd of June. Concluded with prayer.
April 1st. David Brainerd, son of Brother and Sister Butter, and Byington, son of Dinah and Abram were baptized.
June 3. Elcy, Laney's daughter, was baptized.
June 23. Session having met and being opened with prayer, Mr. Thomas F. Cheadle applied for admission to the church. His evidence of piety being satisfactory he was received. Adjourned till this day week. Concluded with prayer.
June 30. Session again met and was opened with prayer. Nancy, a black woman, applied and was received. Adjourned till tomorrow morning 6 o'clock. Mr. Cheadle was baptized. Concluded with prayer.
July 1st.Session convened, and after being constituted as usual, proceeded to examine several persons who were not received. It again adjourned to meet on Saturday the 6th of October next. Concluded with prayer.
August 6. Sarah, a black woman, removed by death.
Sept 29. The Lord having visited our Church this past summer with a time of refreshing having as we hoped, savingly renewed a number within our bounds. It was thought expedient to have a meeting of the Church session before 7th Oct., to which it stood adjourned. Session therefore met and having explored the presence and blessing of God proceeded to examine the following persons who applied for admission, William Colbert, a native, Primus, Ned, Billy, Tenney, Sally, black people. These, having given us evidence of a work of grace on their hearts, were received as members of this church. Concluded with prayer.
October 6. Session met according to the last adjournment. Constituted by prayer. Mrs. Sarah A. Holmes was received by certificate from the Session of the 2nd Presbyterian church in Newark, NJ. Mrs. Cheadle, a native woman, and four black people, Billy, Isam, Sally and Medlong were admitted on examination, to the privileges of this church. Adjourned to meet tomorrow morning at 10 o'clock. Concluded with prayer. Harriet Eliza Stuart Emma Holmes were baptized.
Oct. 7. Met according to appointment and opened with prayer. No one having offered for examination it was resolved to convene the newly admitted members that we may read to them. The form of cover and to be used hereafter on the admission of persons into this church. Adjourned until the second Saturday in Decr. next. Concluded with prayer. Mrs. Betsy Cheadle, Medlong, Tinney, William Colbert, Primus and Ned were baptized.
Oct. 10. Mr. Cheadle, a member of our church, having been guilty of a heinous sin, a meeting of the session was called to examine into the circumstances of his offence. According to citation, he appeared, made full confession of his crime and promised amendment. Hoping that he has been enabled to repent of his fate with deep contrition of soul, and that he has obtained forgiveness from God, we feel it our duty and our privilege to recognize him as a disciple of Christ, and therefore ought not to be excluded from the privileges of this church. Concluded with prayer.
Novr. 11. The ordinance of baptism was administered to Mr. and Mrs. Cheadle's five children John Randolph, Mary Ann, Betsey, Thomas, Josiah; also Tinney's (Jinney's?) three children Fanney, Lunnus, Sally, Esther's infant son Battees, and Sally's daughter Tenessee.
Decr. 8. Session met according to appointment, and was opened with prayer. Prince, a black man, applied for admission to the church. His examination being satisfactory he was received. Adjourned to meet on this day week. Concluded with prayer.
Decr. 15. Session being met and opened with prayer the following persons applied, viz., Milo, Mimey, Bekky, Sookey, and Nelly. The Session was satisfied with their account of the work of grace upon their hearts, and therefore admitted them to the communion of the church. Adjourned till the 22nd at 2 o'clock. Concluded with prayer.
Decr. 22. Leah and Sophia admitted.
Decr. 25th. Billy's son Randolph was baptized.
Decr 29. Session again met and was constituted by prayer. Mr. John Gattis offered himself as a candidate for admission to the church. Having had frequent examinations with him and being well satisfied with his Christian character, the session cordially received him. Mrs. Nancy Colbert, a native, also applied for admission. There being no good interpreter present it was resolved to keep the Session open and to meet Mrs. Colbert at the house of Mr. John Bynum on next Monday morning with a suitable interpreter.
Monday Morning Decr. 31. According to previous arrangement the session had an interview with Mrs. Colbert, and having obtained satisfactory evidence of a work of grace upon her heart, received her into the bosom of the church. Adjourned till Saturday 5th of Jany. 1828. Concluded with prayer.
Jany 5. Session convened. Constituted by prayer. Peggy, a black woman, was admitted to church privileges. Adjourned until the Saturday before the second Sabbath in March next. Concluded with prayer.
Jany 6. The ordinance of baptism was administered to the following newly admitted members, viz., Prince, Sookey, Bekky, Mimey, Nelly, Leah, Sophia, and Mrs. Colbert.
Jany 26. Mr. Pearson's daughter Mary Agnes and Isam & Leah's children George and Elzisa were baptized.
Jany 27. Bekky's children Billey, Kingsbury, Anthony, Amy, Janifer. Mimey's children, Bungy and Nancy.
March 5. Session met according to adjournment. Constituted by prayer. Mr. Pearson, Catharine an Indian woman, Joseph, Mobile, Dinah and Caroline, were admitted on examination to the communion of the Church. Adjourned to meet on the second Saturday in June next. Concluded with prayer.
March 28, 1828. Session met according to adjournment, and being opened in the usual way, received Mr. Samuel C. Pearson by certificate from the Presbyterian church in Luscumbia, Alabama. Adjourned. TC
Martyn March 22. Session met and was opened with prayer. Mrs. Sarah Love applied for admission to the communion of the church. Her examination being sustained she was received. Adjourned TC
March 29. Session met. Stephen, a black man applied and was received. Adjourned till this day week. Concluded. TC.
April 6. Mrs. Pearson, Catherine, Stephen, Joseph, Mobile, and Caroline were baptized.
April 27. Catherine's daughter Nancy, Dinah's two children Valentine and Lilah, Jinney's child Lorancy, and Caroline's children, Delilah, Sinah, Gabriel, Hetty were baptized.
Saturday June 14 1828. Session met according to adjournment. Constituted. TC
Messrs. James B. Allen & Daniel Carr, white men, James Colbert & Benjamin Love, Natives, and Manual, a black man were admitted to the privileges of the church on examination. Adjourned to meet on the 28 June. Concluded with prayer.
June 28. Session met and was opened with prayer. Leliha, a black woman was admitted. Adjourned till this day week. Concluded with prayer.
July 5. Session having met and being opened with prayer. Fanny and Esther were received into the communion of the Church. Adjourned until the second Saturday in September next. Concluded with prayer.
July 6. James B. Allen, Benjamin Love, Manuel & Fanny and Esther were baptized.
August 3rd. Henry Martyn, son of Samuel & Elisabeth Pearson; Polly, daughter of Jack and Affy; Moses, son of Lilpha, and Fanny's children, Charles, Winchester, Silah, Nancy and James, were baptized.
August 9th. A report having been in circulation that Mila, a member of our church has been guilty of conduct highly undermining the Christian character and calculated to injure the cause of Christ in this place it was resolved to call a meeting of the Session and cite this offender to attend. Session met accordingly and after being constituted by prayer. The charge of adultery was exhibited, founded on common ______. To this charge she confessed guilty and would plead nothing in _________ of her offence. She acknowledged that by her conduct she had ________ God, wounded the cause of Christ and brought a reproach upon herself and the whole church; expressed contrition for her sin, and a hope that she had obtained forgiveness. After mature deliberation and seeking direction from God in prayer it was thought expedient for the honor of religion and the good of the cause that she be suspended from the communion of the Church until she give evidence by her deportment that she is truly penitent; and that as her offence has become public, she be publicly suspended in the presence of the congregation. Concluded with prayer.
August 10th. Mila was suspended according to the decision of the Session on yesterday.
Martyn. August 25. Session met and was opened with prayer. Mr. Henry Love a native and Mr. Christopher Moore and Miss Polly Allen, white, applied for admission to the church. This examination being satisfactory they were received. Concluded TC.
August 24. The persons admitted on Saturday were baptized. Also the following children, viz., Elisabeth Mitchell infant daughter of Rev. W. C. Blair and Susan Blair; Sally & Dorothy children of Christopher Moore, Amanda, John, Elvira, ______, Charlotte, Frances, children of Henry and Sally Love.
Sept. 14. The ordinance of baptism was administered to Daniel's infant daughter Emeline and Mimy's infant Kitty.
Sept. 15 1828. There being no one present for examination the session did not convene according to adjournment. It was resolved not to meet again until the first Saturday in October.
Oct. 4. Session met and was opened with prayer. Four black persons, Manuel, Reuben, Jennet, and Chrissy were admitted to the communion of the church. Adjourned to meet at Martyn on the Saturday before the fourth Sabbath in November. Concluded TC.
Oct. 5. Manuel and Jennet were baptized.
Novr. 22. Session met Martyn according to adjournment and was opened with prayer. Mr. James Boyd applied for admission to the church. Having given satisfactory evidence of a work of grace upon his heart he was received. Adjourned to meet at Monroe the Saturday before the second Sabbath in Decr. Concluded TC.
Novr. 23. Mr. Boyd was baptized, also James Colbert's two children Benjamin and James Holmes was baptized.
Monroe Decr. 13. Session having met according to appointment, and being opened with prayer, convened with several persons who were not received. Adjourned till this day week. Concluded TC.
Decr. 20. Session again met and was opened with prayer. No one having been admitted it was resolved to keep the session open until tomorrow.
Decr. 21. Sandy, a black man was admitted on examination to the privileges of the church. Adjourned to meet on Saturday, 3rd of Jany. 1829. Concluded.
Jany. 8 1829. Session met and was opened with prayer. Mila who was debarred from privileges at our last communion applied to be restored. Having given us satisfactory evidence of the sincerity of her repentance, and having attained a good report of her session restored her to the communion of the church. Adjourned sine die, Concluded with prayer. Mary's infant and Chrissy's two children Stephen and Mercury were baptized.
June 4 1829. Landy was baptized. Luno Peggy died.
July 6th. Session met for the examination of candidates & the following persons having given evidence of their change were admitted to the privileges of the church, Lotty Love, Nancy Boyd, James Fory and William H. Barr Chickasaws, ____, Rachel & Tom, people of colour.
July 5th. The persons admitted yesterday were baptized and also the following children Elisabeth Jane Boyd daughter of James & Nancy, Narcissa daughter of Benjamin & Lotty Love, Sarah Rebecca daughter of James & Sarah A. Holmes, and Sam, child of Leah.
July 9th. Mila was this day dismissed to unite with the Church at Elliot in the Choctaw nation. While in connection with this ch. a few years afterwards, Mila died giving good evidence of piety, and ____ hope, has gone to a better world. June 20, 1861, T. C. Stuart
Oct. 4th 1829 - The ordinance of Baptism was administered to two children of Wm. Colbert, Joseph and Tennessee. Also to James Stuart infant son of Thomas & Elisabeth Cheadle.
Munroe Oct 2nd 1829 - The church session met and was constituted by prayer of Rev. Cyrus Byington. Mrs. Mary Gunn & Mrs. McLaughlin was examined with reference to church privileges & approved.
Oct. 3rd 1829 - The Session met according to adjournment and examined & approved Louis & Cassander people of Colour.
Oct. 4th 1829 - Mrs. McLaughlin & Cassander, having opened to the requisite questions were baptized, viz., Rev. Cyrus Byington, & together with Mrs. Gunn & Lewis, for the first time received the Lord's supper. Joseph B. Adams
* October 4th. The ordinance of Baptism was administered.
April 3rd 1830. Rev. Cyrus Byington convened with the following persons with reference to their admission to the Church, viz., Edmond Pickens, Sally Fraser, Nureka Colbert, Disey Colbert, Betsey (creek woman) and Amy & Syke, colored people. These persons appearing ______ were, on the Sabbath baptized and received into the church. W. H. Barr's infant daughter Belinda was baptized. At the monthly concert for prayer the Monday evening following the sum of $14.68¾ was contributed for the spread of the gospel.
June 5th 1830. The following were received into the church, viz., James Perry, Tuppeha, Ishtemaye, Toshkai, Apokti, Pohaiki, Mrs. Mary S. Colbert, Mrs. Charlotte James, Molly (creek woman) and Frances, coloured woman. The following children were baptized Nusika Colbert's two sons, Thos. Stuart & George Washington, Betsey & son Alexander, Tuppeha's daughter Venus, Mrs. James' son Walter, Sally Frances' two children Barry & wife & Elsey, Miller's Caroline & Benjamin, Frances' daughter Susan, Mobile & Laney's daughter Louisa, Lilpha's daughter Rebecca.
August 1st 1830. Polley Hogan native, and Lydia & Lizza colored people, were examined and received into the church. The following children were baptized, Brother & Sister Blair's infant daughter, Katherine, David and Cassander's son Isaac, Abram & Dinah's son _____, Joseph's son John, ____ C____'s daughter Rose, Molley's daughter Delpha.
August 8th 1830. Mr. J. Perry's two sons, Levi & Oliver were baptized.
October 1st 1830. William Colbert's wife, Kunneayi and Mercury an old black man, were admitted to the church. The following children were baptized. Dicy Colbert's son Steve, Prince & Lydia's children Almina, Robert A., Lovey, Betsey's girls Liley & Lucinda. Aaron Gleason, Clk.
Decr. 20 1830. Session met and was opened with prayer. It having become notorious that the following persons, viz., Mr. Saml. Pearson & wife, Reuben and Lookey, black people, members of this church, are living in open rebellion against God; having acknowledged the charge, but manifested no sorrow for their sins; and having ___ _____ no _____ therefore resolved that they be solemnly excommunicated from the privileges of the church. Also that Lewis who is charged with habitual lying, and convicted thereof by sufficient testimony be suspended from the communion of the church until he gives evidence of his repentance. Concluded with prayer. Thos. C. Stuart, Modr.
Jany 2 1831. The above named ____ was publicly dealt with according to the decision of the Session at its last meeting. Lillah , a black woman was admitted and baptized.
Feby. 10th 1831. Session met and was opened with prayer. Lilpha, a coloured woman, applied and was admitted.
Martyn 30th April 1831. Baptized Thos. C. Stuart son of Nancy and James Boyd , Luke son of Christopher and Katharine Moore, and David son of Henry & Sarah Love. Session met and was opened with prayer. Mrs. Liney Pickens a Native woman presented herself to examination with a view to unite herself with the church. Her examination being very satisfactory she was received. Concluded with prayer.
May 7th. The ordinances of baptism was administered to Mrs. Pickens; also, (her husband being present) to their children, Rachel , Mary and David. Thos. C. Stuart, Modr.
Sept. 10th 1831. Session met and was opened with prayer. Lilpha, a coloured woman, applied and was received.
Sept. 11th. Lilpha was baptized, also the following children, viz., Johnson son of Edmond and Liney Pickens, William son of Nureka and Mary Colbert, Philip son of Chrissy, and Martha, Esther's daughter. Session adjourned, sine die. Thomas C. Stuart, Modr.
In October 1831, the Church at Munroe came under the case of the Presbytery ______ by this under of its Pastor with that Presbytery. T. C. And Laney infant for John Gattis were baptized.
Monday, Jany 7th, 1832. The Session convened and was constituted by prayer. Mr. Thomas F. Cheadle, a member of this church, having been guilty of the sin of _____ ___ _______, was suspended from its privileges until he shall give evidence of sincere repentance. Concluded with prayer. -- T. C. Stuart, Modr.
Jany 14, 1832. The following children were baptized, viz., George Clem_____ son of Mrs. Lilah Moore, Emeline H. Richmond, daughter of Christopher and Katherine Moore.
Jany 15th, 1832. George Duffield, infant son of James and Sarah A. Holmes was baptized.
March 10th. Session met and convened with prayer. Mr. Cheadle, who was suspended from church privileges at our last examination, applied and was restored. Prince, a black man, was also restored. Peter, an African, offered himself as a candidate for admission to the church. The session, being satisfied with his examination, he was admitted. Levi??, who has been sometime under suspension, was giving no evidence of repentance, but continuing in sin, was ex-communicated from this church. It having become notorious that Caroline, a member of this church, is living in adultery, she was suspended from its privileges. Tuppeha, having given himself up to ________, was cited to appear before this Session. He having not appeared Session proceeded to suspend him. Primus, who has been living in adultery, having taken in _____ who was _____ ______ her husband was cited to appear before the session. Appeared accordingly confessed his sin, expressed _____ sorrow, and promised amendment. After deliberation it was thought advisable to suspend him until we shall have sufficient evidence of his sincerity. Mr. A. C. J. ______ and wife Martha presented a certificate of dismission in good standing from Palmyea Church> in Alabama and requested to be received into this church. Received accordingly. Concluded with prayer. T. C. Stuart, Modr.
April 29th 1832. Martha Jane infant daughter of Mr. & Mrs. _______ was baptized.
June 30th. The session not being present. The moderator examined Mr. Wiliam Spencer & wife Margret, who applied for admission to sealing ordinances. Their examination being satisfactory they were received. Tuppeha, a native, and Primus, a black man, who was suspended at our last meeting was again restored.
July 1st 1832. Mr. Spencer was baptized, also Agnes infant daughter of Benjamin and Letty Love.
July 8th. The following children were baptized, viz., Mary Jane, Samuel Alexander, Margret Coffee and Martha Gillian, children of Mr. & Mrs. Spencer. Samuel, infant son of William Colbert and wife _______, _______ son of Mobile and Laney. Sallie Jane, daughter of Lilpha; and Hooper, son of Isam & Leah.
Sept. 20th. Caroline who was suspended on a former occasion was removed by death.
January 5th 1833. Session convened and was opened with prayer. Ishtemaye a native member of our church having for a long time absented herself from the ______ of ______, and giving sad evidence that she is yet in a state of sin and ____ the _____ darkness was excommunicated. ______ a Chickasaw was also excommunicated for the sin of fornication, the following persons having been guilty of _________ against God and this church, were suspended from its privileges, viz., Thos. F. Cheadle, Mary Love, Wm. H. Barr, Nancy Colbert, and Syke. -- T. C. Stuart, Modr.
February 27th. Robert Stuart, infant son of William and Margret Spencer was baptized.
April 6th 1833. Session met and was opened with prayer. Three black people, viz., Jerry, Jim & Juda, were admitted to the privileges of the Church on examination. Mr. John Gattis a member of this Church in good standing applied by letter for a dismission and certificate which was granted. Concluded with prayer. -- T. C. Stuart, Modr.
April 7th. Jim & Juda were baptized.
June 9th 1833. Eliza Jane, daughter of _______ & Mary Colbert and Charles, son of Daniel & Kissander, were baptized.
July 1st. Session met and was opened with prayer. Mrs. Lizzy Perry (a native woman) applied for admission to the privileges of the Church. Her examination being satisfactory she was received, and baptized. Concluded with prayer. -- T. C. Stuart, Modr.
July 14th. The ordinance of baptism was administered to John David son of Samuel and Nancy Boyd.
August 4th 1833. Juda's children _____, Philipe, Philetus and Eunice were baptized.
October 6th 1833. A session not being present, the moderator examined and admitted to the privileges of the church, the wife of Tuppeha, a native woman. She was baptized by the name of Mary. Syke was restored to the church.
Oct. 7. A black child named Jinney the daughter of Joseph and ______ was baptized. Concluded with prayer. -- T. C. Stuart, Modr.
April 5th 1834. Mr. Benjn. Godfrey and wife ______ and son James Alfred were received as members of this Church by certificate from the Church at may ____. Two Elders having been elected and ordained, on the evening session met and was opened with prayer. The following persons having been under suspension from the privileges of the church for a length of time and giving no evidence of repentance, but continuously _______, were solemnly ex-communicated, viz., Molly Gun, Nancy Colbert, Sallie Fraser, James B. Allan, Benjn. Love and Saiyo. Harry, an old black man, applied for admission. His examination, being satisfactory, he was received and baptized. Edom, a black man, belonging to Mr. _______, who was formerly a member of a Presbyterian church in So. Carolina, applied to become a member of this church. It being known that he was in good standing and the session having conversed with him on experimental religion, he was received. Concluded with prayer.-- Thos. C. Stuart, Modr.
July 6th. Session met and was opened with prayer. George, a native man, was examined on experimental religion. His evidence of a change, appearing good, he was admitted to the privileges of the church. Maj. John L. Alten was also admitted on examination. Concluded with prayer.-- T. C. Stuart, Modr.
Sept. 9th. Session convened and was constituted by prayer. Mr. William Colbert a member and an elder of this church having been cited to appear before session to answer to charges of intemperance appeared accordingly and having conferred in sin confessed deep contrition for the same and promised amendment. The session resolved that it is a duty to forgive him after requiring him to make a public confession before the congregation, and promising to abstain in future. Concluded with prayer.-- T. C. Stuart, Modr.
The number of members reported to the Genl. Assembly as being in good standing on the 1st April 1834 is forty one.
September 16th 1834. Session met and was opened with prayer. The following persons were _____ to excommunication from the privileges of this church, viz., Mrs. Betsey Cheadle, Tuppeha, George, and Sarah, _____ and Milly, a colored woman. Concluded with prayer.-- T. C. Stuart, Modr. A resolution was passed that the following members, who are about to remove west of the Mississippi received letters of dismission and excommunication, viz., James Perry and wife Elizabeth, Tennessee Bynum, Daniel and his wife Kissander, Harry and his wife Sally, Bob and his wife Amy, Abram and his wife Deliah, Agnes, Manual, Juda, App______, Billy, Mimey Colbert, _______, Sally, Fanny & Silpha. Concluded with prayer.-- T. C. Stuart, Modr.
October 10th. Session met and was opened with prayer. Jack, a black member of the church, who has been for some time under suspension from its privileges, applied to be restored. The session being satisfied with his profession of sorrow and promises of amendment, restored him accordingly. Being about to emigrate west of the Mississippi, he received a letter of dismission & recommendation. Also the following members, viz., Samuel Cunningham and wife, John Cunningham and William Cunningham. Concluded with prayer.-- T. C. Stuart, Modr.
24th March 1838, approved H. Reid, Mod.
April 1st 1838. The Session was called together by the Moderator. Present Benjn. Godfrey, William Spencer. Constituted by prayer. Whereas ____ _______ states that Mr. J. __. Stegall, a member of this Church is guilty of ________ intemperance therefore. _____ that the moderator visit him for the purpose of apprising him of the general rumor against him, _______ __________ to ________ him, and report at our next meeting. Closed with prayer.-- T. C. Stuart, Modr.
April 29th. Session met and was opened with prayer. Present as above. Mrs. Eliza Hall appeared and expressed to the Session her desire to make a public confession of religion by united with this church. Her examination being satisfactory, she was received. The moderator stated to Session that he had visited and conversed with Mr. Stegall on the subject of the general rumor which is against him. He acknowledged the truth of the report, and expressed sorrow for his conduct. Mr. Stegall being present it was thought advisable to have an interview with him. After conversing with him, hearing his confession. It was resolved that we request nothing more of him than to have a public statement made from the pulpit of his confession, penitence, and promises of amendment. To this he made some objection where upon it was resolved that we defer any action in his case until the next meeting of Session. Philip, a black man, servant of Mr. John Lindal, presented a letter of dismission and recommendation from El Bethel Church, Alabama, & requested to be received as a member of this church. Received accordingly. Adjourned to meet on Saturday the fifth day of May. Concluded with prayer.-- T. C. Stuart, Modr.
Saturday May 5th 1838. Session met according to adjournment and was constituted by prayer. Members present at our last meeting. Mr. Stegall again appeared and stated that his mind was still wavering in regard to the propriety of the course proposed by the Session, and asked for further time to deliberate on the subject. His request was granted. Mrs. Sarah Godfrey presented a letter of dismission and recommendation from Upper Long Cane Church, Abbeville South Carolina, and was received as a member of this church. Adjourned to meet on the first Sabbath in June. Concluded with prayer.-- T. C. Stuart, Modr.
Sabbath June 3rd 1838. Session met according to adjournment and was constituted by prayer. Members present Benjn. Godfrey, W. Spencer. Mr. Stegall appeared, and stated that since our last meeting he had been convinced by reading, Heb 13:17 that it was his duty to obey them that had this rule over him, and to submit himself:. In obedience to this ______, and out of choice he submitted to the ________ of the Session. Resolved, that the statement be made from the pulpit of the next day of public worship. Adjournment to meet at the call of the moderator. Concludes with prayer.-- T. C. Stuart, Modr.
Feby. 24th 1839. Session met at the call of the moderator. Present Benj. Godfrey, Wm. Spencer. Constituted by prayer. Mr. Godfrey was appointed to represent this church in the next Presbytery which is to meet at Starkville on Thursday the 4th day of April. Resolved that the funds on hand, which have been raised by the sale of Bibles, be _____ in the purchase of more Bibles; and that in future, until otherwise directed, our congregational contributions be sent to the Board of Missions of the General Assembly. The following members were dismissed to join the Holly Springs Church, viz., Mrs. Charlotte Love, native Chickasaw, Nancy and Jenney, black people. Adjourned sine die.-- T. C. Stuart, Modr.
May 2, 1840. The Session met and was constituted by prayer. The following persons were received by letter from Rocky River church Cabarrus County, N. C., viz., Samuel W. Newell and wife Bernice, David Newell and wife Matilda. Concluded with prayer.-- T. C. Stuart, Modr. Whereas Mr. J. G. Stegall has left the presbytery church and joined the Baptist church therefore resolved that his name be stricken from our roll.
Novr. 1 1840 Wiley, a Negro man belonging to Rev. T. C. Stuart, applied and was received on examination.
May 23rd 1841. Session met. Mr. Francis G. Newell from Rocky River Church N. C. and Mrs. Eliza Jane Mc Intosh from Union ch. at Haywood County, W. Tennessee, were received by letter. Ann, a black woman belonging to Rev. T. C. Stuart, was admitted on examination.-- T. C. Stuart, Modr.
May 7th 1842. Mr. Benjn. Godfrey and his wife Sarah, were dismissed to join the Spring Hill Church.
Oct. 1st 1842. Session met at the call of the moderator. Present Wm. Spencer. The following persons were received by letter, viz., Wm. McLarty and wife Sarah & daughter, Jane; Mr. John R. Boyd and [text ends here]
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