A Page to Share Some of the History of
Providence
Primitive Baptist Church,

Greenfield Township, Orange County, Indiana

Established 7 August 1819





Providence Primitive Baptist Church, Providence Church Road, Fargo, Orange Co., IN.  Sign on front of church reads,
"Providence Baptist Church, Est. Aug 7, 1819".   Photo probably taken in the early 1950's before the marker, below, center, was erected.

Page updated 14 Feb 2011
with a listing of some early Orange Co. marriages

Page updated 24-30 Jun 2011
with the complete transcription of
Providence Church Record Book One.




Providence Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery
as it appeared in June 2010.

To locate this cemetery, take exit 86 on Interstate 64 and drive north on Indiana State Highway 37.  Continue past the town of English about four and a half miles and enter Orange County.  Turn left--west--onto Providence Church Road about a mile and a quarter north of the county line.  Go another mile and a quarter to the cemetery, located on the left side of the road. The church is across the road and about 200 yards farther west.




Roadside marker at Providence PBC, Providence
Church Road, Fargo, Orange Co., IN, states,


PROVIDENCE BAPTIST CHURCH
CONSTITUTED AUG. 7, 1819

and

ERECTED 1951 BY
R. P. & J. E. CONDRA
ELDER RAY JONES, PASTOR



Providence Primitive Baptist Church
as it appeared in June 2010.

Sitting over 100 yards back from and on the north side of the road, it is  surrounded by several acres of well manicured lawn and lush green forest. Monthly services are held by Pastor Mike Chastain.

This and the two photos to the left were
taken
7 June 2010 by John M. Gwin.


PROVIDENCE PRIMITIVE BAPTIST CHURCH

This church in Orange County's Greenfield Township was organized on 7 August 1819 at the home of Robert Sands. The first building, which also served as a school, was erected from round logs in September 1828. Amos Critchfield was the first teacher. He taught six months in 1830. It was followed in 1852 by a hewed log building at the same site. The present building was erected in an area west of the cemetery in September of 1880 at a cost [of] $700.00.
Some of the first members were Robert and Zipporah Sands, Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius Newkirk, Samuel and Jennie McMahan, James and Mary McMahan, Mr. and Mrs. Rachael Pittman, Mrs. Mary Peters, Cains, Yeats, Lee, Allen, Stone, Newkirk, Holtclaw, Heston, Snowden, Agin, McDonald, Dickesses, Willman, Kindal, Critchfield, Ray, Veatch, Lambden, Brown, Tilman. See below for a complete list.

Robert Sands wrote a letter, and Samuel McMahan and Robert Yates joined him in taking it to the Blue River Association for admittance therein.

Providence Primitive Baptist Church was [JMG adds: and still is] located in southern Orange County in [JMG adds: what was then] a town called Pittsburg which later became known as Fargo. The town of Fargo no longer exists even though it is on some maps. A log meeting house was first built on Enoch Holtclaw's land in 1823. On 31 July 1830 a deed was procured for 1 1/2 acres of land donated by George and Fannie Pittman. They also sold 1/2 acre 31 December 1935 for the sum of $2.00.

The first preacher was Isom Gwin. Four regular ministers served for many years: Kinsey Veatch, 22 years and three months until his death on 10 Dec 1854 [John M. Gwin Note: Working backwards from Dec 1854 for 22 yeqars 3 months, we see that Kinsey Veatch took over the pastorate in about September of 1832, about a year before Pastor Isham Gwin died, and therefore likely preached Gwin's funeral. Gwin was appointed moderator on 2 Oct 1819, so he must have served as preacher for about 13 years (1819-1832.]; Samuel McMahan, 20 years; William Gammon, 20 years, and William C. Hancock, 28 years. Other ministers were Robert Sands, Cornelius Newkirk, James McMahan, Paul Chastain, Ray Jones, Raymond Atkins, Elmer Fleenor, Lloyd C. Chastain, Lawrence Motsinger.  [John M. Gwin Note: Adding together the total years preached by the the first four named preachers (excluding Isham Gwin) equals ninety years. Adding this to the starting year for Kinsey Veatch (1832) brings us to 1922 which, subtracting from 2002 (leaving from then to the present for the current pastor, Mike Chastain) gives us eighty more years.  If we divide that 80 years by the other nine pastors, we see that each of them preached, on average, for about nine years.]

Services are held on the fourth Sunday of the month by Pastor Mike Chastain of P. O. Box 29, Arlington, IN 46104. Trustees are Ernest Condra, Charles Ferree, and Rebecca Walton.

Submitted by Rebecca Walton, clerk, 10406 South County Road 150 W, English, Indiana 47118, assisted by Georgia Ferree.


PROVIDENCE (1819)
Providence Church was organized on August 7, 1819, at the home of Brother Robert Sands, with twenty-one charter members. They included Robert Sands, Zipporah Sands, Cornelius Newkirk and wife, Samuel McMahan, Jennie McMahan, James McMahan, Mary McMahan, Rachel Pittman, and Mary Peters. The presbytery was composed of Elders Isom Gwin and Kinsey Veatch.




Following is a transcription of the minutes of some of the business meetings of

PROVIDENCE CHURCH

GREENFIELD TOWNSHIP
ORANGE CO., INDIANA

http://www.usgennet.org/usa/in/county/orange/prov_church.htm

Transcribed by Linda Lockhart

7 August 1819

The Presbytery, composed of Brothers Isom Gwin and Kinsey Veatch, met at the home of Robert Sands in Crawford Co., Indiana. After being constituted, 21 chartered members took their seats and gave themselves the name of Providence. The church appointed Brother Robert Sands to write a letter to the Blue River Association and Brother Samuel McMahan, Brother Robert Yates and Brother Robert Sands to bear the letter and sue for admittance therein. The church agreed to call Brother Isom Gwin as pastor and sent a request to El Bethel to give him a week for that purpose and sent Brother John Lee, Sr., to bear the request.

Families among the early members:

Agan
Allen
Brown
Cains
Critchfield
[Gwin]**
Heston
Holtclaw
Kindall
Lambdin
Lee
McDonald
McMahan
Newkirk
Peters
Pittman
Ray
Sands
Snowden***
Stone
Tilman
Veatch*
Wellman
Yeats

*Kinsey Veatch was minister of the Providence Church for 22 years and 3 months, until his death on the 10th of December 1854.
**[John M. Gwin Note: As indicated above, Isham Gwin was the first pastor; however, his name was missing from the list and added by me.]
***Snowden--There is no doubt in my mind that this is the family of the Betsy
Snowden (probably Elizabeth)
who married Isham Gwin, Jr., shortly after the Gwins got established in Indiana.







August 1827

Providence Church called on her trustees to make a report on what progress they had made in building a meeting house. They reported that they have the house built to the square by choosing the male members in four classes and they agreed to go on in the same until they have the house covered in. This first building was built of logs and was also used as a school house. Amos Critchfield taught school here in 1830.


April 1837

The Church dispensed with the name of United Baptist and adopted the name of Regular Baptist. In May 1837 they answered a request from a group brethern near French Lick for aid in constituting a church and agreed to send Brothers Kinsey Veatch, T. S. Wineteer, F. Pittman, D. Williams and A. McDonald to meet with them on the second Sunday in June at the home of Brother Nathan Pinnick.


April 1838

The Church met in regular business session and agreed to build a new church on land donated by Brother George Pittman. The house to be built in cabin form, 24 feet by 20 feet with a good floor and two comfortable wooden chimneys. The Church directed her trustees to procure a deed for said land. In November of that year they recinded their order on form and size and agreed to build the body of the house of hewed logs 25 X 22 and cover it with joint shingles and floor it with plank. They disposed of the house already started for $10.40 and divided the money between the men who had worked on the building.


September 1843

The Church directed her trustees to donate a certain parcel of land to the Southeast district for a school and to give them a deed for the same. Kinsey Veatch was moderator and Amos Critchfield was clerk.


July 1848

The Church, in their regular letter, ask for the Association. In July 1849 the Church received in fellowship, Brother Samuel and Sister Jane McMahan. This would be the father of Will McMahan and the one who lies buried in the spot that was the pulpit of the old church.


August 1850

The Church adopted the articles of faith of the Blue River Association as their Articles of Faith.


May 1851

Elder Benjamin Keath and other ordained authority participated in the ordination of Brother John Grimes and Brother Abraham Cook as Deacons and Brother Samuel McMahan to the work of the ministry. Elder McMahan was called as pastor on the 3rd Saturday in October of 1870 and served in that capacity until his death in November 1890. He preached his last sermon in April of 1890 just 7 months before his death.


Another Samuel McMahan was a member as early as 1822. This Samuel lies buried near Nolan Barnett in a small cemetery. There was also a James McMahan who was an early member. Elder Samuel McMahan was born May 2nd 1818 and died November 3rd 1890, age 72 years, 5 months and 11 days.


May 1852

The Church at this time decided to build a new frame meeting house, 24 X 48 feet. A small boy, James Pruett, was killed here by falling lumber which was being delivered for the new building. He was a pupil of the school which was taught at that time either in the church or in a building erected on the lot donated by the church. The teacher then was Margaret Murray. In October of 1853 the trustees were ordered to dispose of the old log building to the best advantage and the body adjourned in peace with Elder Kinsey Veatch as moderator and Amos Critchfield as clerk. In February of the following year the trustees were directed to use the money received from Charles Sands, for the old building, for expenses on the new meeting house.


February 1853

Requested the help of the following sister churches, Rock Springs, Unity, Stamperscreek, French Lick, Hillsborough, El Bethel and Sinking Springs, for help in ordaining Brother Charles Sands.


September 1856

Elizabeth Newkirk and Nancy Bennett were received into the fellowship of the church. In December 1928, after a membership of 72 years and 3 months, Aunt Nance, as she was known to everyone, was brought to the church for final rites. In the handwriting of our departed Brother George M. White is this note, "A beauiful winter day. Funeral services conducted by Elder Willaim C. Hancock for Sister Nancy Bennett, a member of this church for 72 years and 3 months."


18 October 1872

Brother Lentsford Lomax, Sisters Eluria Lomax, Harriett McDonald, Elizabeth Lambdin and Rachel Willyard ask for letters of dismission in order to constitute a church of the same faith and order at Uniontown, Orange County, Indiana. Their request was granted.


17 October 1874

A letter was received through the hand of Brother G. W. Dourgherty and Brother George Robbins from a group of Brethern at New Prospect, near French Lick, requesting their ordained authority to meet with a council of sister churches on the fifth Saturday in October of 1874, to examine their covenant, articles of faith and rules of Decorum and if found orthodox to constitute them into a Regular Baptist Church of Jesus Christ.


20 July 1878

In regular session, called for the reference of last meeting which consisted of a committee appointed to look out a location for a church house at this or some nearby place. The committee reported that they had two sites in view, a one-and-one-half-acre plot just west of the grave yard fence which would cost $25.00 and the other 250 yards southwest of the church house, a two-acre plot, to cost nothing. The size of the house to be 32 X 46 with 14 feet between the floor and the ceiling with a probable cost of $700.00. The Church being satisfied with the size and probable cost agrees to build on one or the other of the sites, if the proper subscription can be made and appointed as a committee to solicit subscription for the purpose of building, as follows: John H. Buchanan, William Gilliatt, John Bird, George Bennett, James King, T. B. McDonald, John Grimes and Jesse A. Wells. Sam McMahan, Moderator, and Jesse A. Wells, Clerk.


August 1878

The committee on soliciting funds reported that they thought they could do more if they had more time. They deferred choosing the site of building until next meeting.


September 1878

They made choice of the lot just west of the cemetery to cost $15.00. In October 1878 the committee reported that they could not get a good title for said lot. The committee inquired into a plot of land belonging to Sam Grimes and consisting of 6 or 7 acres. The cost of land to be $25.00. The Church then instructed her trustees to procure a good title and deed for said land, the money to be paid for same, on or before December 25, 1878. The building committee consist of the following: William Gilliatt, John H. Buchanan and James King. At this time the committee had $400.00 or more made up.


4 October 1878

The committee proceeded to sell at public auction the framing of the church, size 30 X 45 with 14 foot between the floor and ceiling, to James Riley for $149.90. The stone work was sold to Silas Condra, he being the lowest responsible bidder at $28.00 for nicely cut pillars on this November 16, 1878.


May 1880

The Church took into consideration the propriety of ordering her trustees to sell the old house, seats and stove. However at the regular business in May of the same year they decided not to sell the building. At this time John L. Megenity presented to the church a very nice and large size Bible in behalf of his wife, Sister M. A. Magenity. The Church tendered a vote of thanks to Mr. Magenity and Sister Megenity after which Elder H. Oliphant delivered a very able discourse on the doctrine of how we come to Christ.


September 1880

The clerk, Jesse A. Wells, notes that a complete record of cost of the new building failed to reach him so was not recorded. Suppose cost was $750.00. The Church at this time presented Elder Gammon the old Bible which belonged to the church.


July 1886

Agreed to fence the cemetery with six strands of barb wire, one iron gate 12 feet wide and the posts to be 12 feet apart. On motion and second at this time they agreed to sell the old house and the plank fence around the grave yard. In August of 1886 they called for the next Association to be held at Providence. The committee on selling the house and fence reported that they had rounded the graves, sold the plank fence for $15.25 and the house for $26.25. The following agreed to furnish the number of hewn mulberry posts set opposite their names: Douglas Trinkle--15; Samuel Grimes--20; Jesse Morgan--15; James Livington--10; John King--10; George King--10; George King, Sr--10; James A. Melton--6; Mint Brown--10; Wilson Gregory--20; John A. Brown--10; George B. King--5; John T. Brown--10; Jesse R. Melton--10; Burton Brown--10; Sam Dillard--15; Henry Ritz--6 large corner post; Frank Megenity--10; Ransome Lambdin--10 large braces.


20 August 1887

Brothers Sam Critchfield, J.R. Stone and Woodson Noblitt were elected as Trustees. Later trustees were Brothers Lou Bennett, Will Condra and John Will Magenity.


16 October 1888

The committee reported graves rounded, building and fence sold--43.05; wire and steeples bought--$26.16; gate bought--$10.35. Total paid out--$36.51. Balance on hand--$6.54. The Church dismissed the committee and agrees to use the $6.54 on the painting of the house.


December 1890

After Divine services by Elder H. Radcliff, an obituary of Elder Samuel McMahan was read and recorded. Elder William H. Gammon was elected as pastor for the following year. The Church agrees to meet on the 2nd Saturday and Sunday following. Elder Gammon's home church was Friendship Church of Little Zion Association.


August 1893

The Church by motion and second elected the following six messengers to bear the correspondence to association: Brothers Sam Critchfield, Douglas Trinkle, Woodson Noblitt, Jesse A. Wells, and John R. Stone with Thomas B. McDonald, alternate. On motion contributed $2.00 for printing minutes and $2.00 to bear correspondence.


June 1894

Contributed 60c to Friend Ford as part payment for his duties as sexton and invited Brother Melton to come forward and exercise his gift.


August 1897

A committee of five appointed to look after and arrange matters in general for Association. In December, same year, Elder Mayfield was elected pastor and Sam Critchfield, clerk.


15 October 1898

Appointed Brother T. Belcher to solicit aid on the balance due on the bell and belfry and report same at next meeting. On December 17, 1898 Elder Gammon was called as pastor and J.A. Wells, clerk. In December 1898 Sister Mary Ford was elected janitor for the following year.


10 June 1899

Call for new business which consisted of the reading of a letter from Rock Springs Church requesting the church to attend the ordination of Brother James V. Wolfe on the first Saturday in July 1899.


12 May 1900

Brother Douglas Trinkle was ordained as deacon, among the ordained Authority were Elder James Wolf, Rock Springs; Elder Mayfield, Youngs Creek; and Elder Joshua Cabbage of Little Zion Association. Elder G. F. Mayfield was moderator of the Presbytery and J. R. Stone, clerk. Elder Mayfield delivered the Charge.  Elder James Wolfe, G. T. Mayfield, W. C. Arnold, and W. H. Gammon were mentioned as having contributed services here in the year 1900.







Providence Cemetery
Contributed by
Don Condra
http://www.usgennet.org/usa/in/county/orange/providence.htm
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Greenfield Township, Section 26 - T1S R1W

The Providence Cemetery is located in Greenfield Township near the Providence Baptist Church in the rural community known as Fargo (formerly called Pittsburg), this being about 12 miles south of Paoli, and 2 miles west off of State Route 37. From the History of Orange County, Goodspeed 1884:

"Providence Baptist Church, at Pittsburg, in the southern part of Greenfield Township, is said to have been organized as early as 1819, in what is now Crawford County, at the house of Robert Sands, although there is some doubt as to the date. [John M. Gwin Note:  No, there's not.  I've held the original old church record book #1 entitled Providence Church Book 1819-1831 in my hand and read portions.  The date is correct.] Prior to 1880, when the present church was built, there had been in their turn a round and a hewed log-house and a frame that served each a period of usefullness and then abandoned."

Note: The first two buildings were on the grounds where the cemetery is located. The cemetery and building are now separated by a few hundred yards.

NOTES ON COLOR CODING FOR THIS TABLE:  PURPLE is for the cemetery's oldest burials (anyone buried before 1840); RED is for the VEATCH family burials; GREEN is for corrections (PEAL should have been REAL).

ALLEN, A. E.                                                
ALLEN, HANNAH - -1832 10-26-1858
ANDERSON, VERNON B. - -1908 - -1976
BARRIGER, JO ANN - -1945 - -1973
BELCHER, EMMA A. 04-02-1895 09-19-1902
BELCHER, FRANCIS 01-14-1852 02-19-1918
BELCHER, J. M. - -1879 09-01-1880
BELCHER, JR. - -1872 10-17-1874
BELCHER, MADORA J.
BELCHER, MERTIE M 08-13-1805 08-25-1805
BENNETT, ALBERT - -1912 - -1973
BENNETT, ALMEDA E. - -1869 - -1947
BENNETT, ALONZO T. - -1858 - -1941
BENNETT, ANGELETT - -1861 - -19
BENNETT, ANN - -1873 - -1964
BENNETT, ANNA E. - -1872 - -1951
BENNETT, CHARLES - -1899 - -1974
BENNETT, DICIE - -1837 - -1919
BENNETT, DORALEA - -1925
BENNETT, EDD - -1880 - -1973
BENNETT, GOLDA O. - -1908
BENNETT, HARRISON - -1832 06-21-1858
BENNETT, JAMES 01-01-1818 10-27-1891
BENNETT, JAMES - -1874 - -1875
BENNETT, JOHN C. 06-18-1888
BENNETT, JOHN G. - -1860 - -1921
BENNETT, JOHN GORDON - -1864 - -1948
BENNETT, JOSEPHINE - -1890 - -1965
BENNETT, JOSEPHINE - -1914 - -1976
BENNETT, LEE L. - -1859 - -1942
BENNETT, LEONARD 11-19-1846 10-05-1905
BENNETT, LEONARD A. - -1887 - -1935
BENNETT, LEORA - -1888 - -19
BENNETT, LILLIE ANN 12-11-1885 09-09-1964
BENNETT, MARTHA 11-19-1876 09-16-1900
BENNETT, MARY E. - -1860 - -1939
BENNETT, MARY J. - -1842 - -1926
BENNETT, OLIVER - -1877 - -1970
BENNETT, REBECCA - - - -
BENNETT, ROBERT E. - -1873 - -1959
BENNETT, SAMUEL 12-28-1842 12-21-1930
BENNETT, SAMUEL - -1867 - -1867
BENNETT, SARAH 06-17-1811 07-02-1895
BENNETT, SHY 06-23-1884 02-29-1887
BENNETT, WILLIAM M.
BIRD, A. J.
BIRD, DORAH M. - -1872 - -1874
BIRD, MARY E. 09-23-1886 03-07-1885
BROWN, ANN EDITH - -1925 - -
BROWN, C. RELLA - -1901 07-01-1985
BROWN, CLEO M. - -1887 04-08-1969
BROWN, EBBIE - -1896 09-29-1989
BROWN, EBBIE ANDREW - -1924 - -1974
BROWN, EDD - -1891 - -1950
BROWN, J. M.
BROWN, JAMES B. - -1868 - -1949
BROWN, JOHN - -1855 08-17-1856
BROWN, JOHN T. 06-29-1826 11-09-1891
BROWN, JONATHAN B. - -1834 - -1897
BROWN, LARRY A. - -50 06-24-1988
BROWN, LEWIS L. - -1886 - -1958
BROWN, MARTHA - -1837 - -1878
BROWN, MARY - -1829 - -1902
BROWN, NANCY E. 12-19-1850 04-23-1912
BROWN, NANCY S. - -1866 - -1944
BROWN, NELLIE - -1883 - -1891
BROWN, ORA - -1893 - -1897
BROWN, ORREL M. - -1889 04-09-1967
BROWN, OSCAR M. - -1927 11-02-1988
BROWN, SUSAN P. - -1855 - -1899
BUCHANAN, ALICE ANN 03-27-1901 10-21-1974
BUCHANAN, ANNA Z. - -1899 - -1918
BUCHANAN, BELLE - -1867 02-11-1880
BUCHANAN, BOBBY 04-25-1951 07-26-1983
BUCHANAN, CINDERILLA - -1850 04-05-1867
BUCHANAN, DICIE B. - -1847 - -1944
BUCHANAN, ELIZABETH "JESSEY" 01-21-1827 12-22-1899
BUCHANAN, FRANCIS 01-24-1832 08-16-1860
BUCHANAN, JACKSON
BUCHANAN, JANIE 08-19-1893 11-27-1966
BUCHANAN, JOHN 09-17-1817 10-02-1904
BUCHANAN, JOHN A. 05-02-1888 - -1976
BUCHANAN, LUCY
BUCHANAN, SAMUEL H. - -1857 - -1916
BUCHANAN, WILLIAM J. 01-16-1876 02-06-1876
BUCHANAN, WILLIAM S. 01-16-1844 08-25-1886
BUTTERFIELD, MARION H. 08-11-1918 09-05-1969
CARTER, JAMES M. 08-16-1881 11-02-1900
CARTER, JERRY M. - -1848 - -1920
CARTER, MALINDA E. - -1851 - -1940
CECIL, IVAN 04-08-1939
CECIL, JOHN
CECIL, UNA D. - -1863 - -1929
CHRISWELL, REBECCA E. - -1883 - -1955
COLE, JOSEPH G. 02-03-1888 05-29-1903
COLE, WILLIAM 02-16-1842 03-29-1912
CONDRA, HARLEY E. 05-18-1925 01-10-1926
CONDRA, HERBERT J. 09-04-1895 12-04-1895
CONDRA, JAMES HOWARD 08-26-1918 08-14-1991
CONDRA, JOEL EMORY 02-18-1871 06-12-1958
CONDRA, JOHN EMORY 01-16-1844 07-13-1914
CONDRA, JOHN WILLIAM 12-07-1877 12-02-1951
CONDRA, MYRTLE 11-05-1898 07-16-1901
CONDRA, OMA MYRTLE 12-09-1881 08-11-1965
CONDRA, RACHEL PRISCILLA 10-10-1843 02-26-1928
CONDRA, RUBY RACHAEL 04-16-1914 12-21-1914
CONDRA, SARAH EMMA 06-10-1880 01-03-1897
CONDRA, SILAS 11-28-1848 01-28-1894
CRITCHFIELD, ARTHUR L. 03-19-1863 05-16-1943
CRITCHFIELD, CHARLES W. 04-17-1872 09-10-1906
CRITCHFIELD, LOWELL 08-12-1900 03-29-1923
CRITCHFIELD, M. LAVESTA 09-26-1862 07-22-1911
CRITCHFIELD, MARY M. - -1870 - -1935
CRITCHFIELD, RICHMOND 07-29-1856 04-20-1933
CRITCHFIELD, SAMUEL 02-26-1831 02-09-1909
CRITCHFIELD, ZIPPORAH 10-18-1835 10-16-1918
CUNNINGHAM, VERNA - -1882 - -1974
DEAL, ELIZA 02-16-1883
DEAL, JOHN T. - -1846
DEARBORN, M. CLEMENTINE - -1849 - -1881
DEWEESE, ALVA L. 03-24-1916 05-30-1967
DEWEESE, FRANK D. - -1886 - -1969
DEWEESE, HELEN E. 09-23-1921
DEWEESE, HELLEN 01-15-1914 02-04-1914
DEWEESE, JAMES W. 12-19-1928 12-21-1950
DEWEESE, MAUDE J. - -1894 02-09-1983
DEWEESE, ROBERT W. - -1915 - -1915
DEWEESE, VIRGIL 09-08-1912 02-22-1914
DILLARD, ANNIE E. 03-16-1858 06-20-1877
DILLARD, JOEL CAMPBELL 01-20-1818 03-31-1892
DILLARD, MARY 10-22-1828
DILLARD, S. H.
DISHION, CLARENCE W. 07-05-1909 10-19-19
DOOLEY, CHARLES 01-06-1880
DOOLEY, SAMUEL 03-11-1861 12-19-1864
DOOLEY, SUSANAH
DUGGINS, JAMES W. 01-05-1867 01-26-1948
DUGGINS, MARY A. 05- -1837 12- -1915
DUGGINS, MARY ANN 05-09-1890 02-26-1892
DUGGINS, MARY FRANCIS 08-24-1868 06-23-1939
DUGGINS, OREN 12-26-1893 09-24-1906
FERGUSON, ELMIA 06-24-1851 04-23-1887
FERGUSON, T. J.
FLICK, ERMEL O. - -1906 05-01-1979
FLICK, LORA - -1883 03-19-1968
FLICK, MARTHA I. - -1908
FLICK, THOMAS L. - -1879 02-02-1963
FORD, MARY - -1871 - -1966
FORD, NORA H. 12-04-1905 04-08-1972
FORD, RACHEL 05-21-1844 12-14-1910
FORD, THOMAS E. - -1868 - -1928
FORD, WILLIAM E. 08-22-1901 06-09-1953
FORD, WILLIAM T. 06-08-1842 01-30-1940
GARDNER, JAMES - -1800 01-11-1860
GARDNER, MARY - -1801 07-15-1877
GILLIATT, ANNIE 10-28-1894 11-25-1894
GILLIATT, JEMIMA B. 08-15-1874 09-24-1875
GILLIATT, JOHN T. 09-08-1869 04-27-1870
GILLIATT, LUTHER E. 06-18-1889 10-15-1889
GILLIATT, MONIA L. 08-14-1882 09-21-1882
GILLIATT, NANCY A. 07-05-1849 04-29-1896
GILLIATT, NANCY M. 12-03-1870 11-22-1885
GILLIATT, THOMAS W. 02-09-1843 08-09-1924
GILLIATT, THOMAS W. 01-09-1892 01-30-1892
GOFORTH, GEORGE W. - -1936
GOFORTH, GRACE - -1913
GOFORTH, HANSFORD - -1904 05-21-1976
GOFORTH, IDA FAYE - -1907 01-21-1966
GOFORTH, JOHN W. - -1907
GOFORTH, ROBERT 05-05-1902 03-12-1984
GREGORY, BENJAMIN B.
GREGORY, GALED W. 12-28-1866 09-25-1869
GREGORY, JAMES J.
GREGORY, SUSAN J. 09-26-1856 10-08-1866
GRIMES, JOHN 04-05-1819 10-10-1899
GRIMES, JOHN
GRIMES, LELAH - -1883 - -19
GRIMES, MARTHA 04-27-1863 08-05-1865
GRIMES, MARY 12-03-1859
GRIMES, MARY S. - -1834 03-31-1858
GRIMES, SAMUEL
GRIMES, THOMAS - -1869 - -1940
GRIMES, ZIPPORAH 01-25-1825 09-29-1883
HALL, BERTHA L. - -1887 - -1963
HALL, GARRETT 02-13-1792 08-17-1880
HALL, MARY - -1798 04-15-1876
HALL, MELISSA C. - -1854 - -1911
HALL, R. W. - -1850 - -1922
HAWKINS, HAMILTON C. - -1873 - -1950
HAWORTH, CLAUDE I. 03-07-1901 06-22-1974
HAWORTH, OLIVE M. 07-07-1922
HAYCOX, LULA C. - -1912 - -19
HAYCOX, LYMAN - -1893 - -1956
HAYCOX, MARTHA E. - -1891 - -1968
HILL, ANGELINA 03-07-1834 12-03-1877
HILL, JOSIAH 08-02-1816 01-29-1893
HITT, EDWARD - -1886
HITT, FINNIE F. 05-11-1895 06-29-1964
HOOTEN, ELLA - -1907
HOOTEN, INFANT - -1912
HOOTEN, STELLA - -1907
HUFF, JOHN J. - -1923 11-15-1988
KAISER, CALVIN EDWARD SR. - -1909 - -1970
KAISER, JEWELL S. - -1925
KENDALL, ANNA P. - -1905 - -1906
KENDALL, DEBORAH 03-16-1839 06-01-1934
KENDALL, EVALINE 01-29-1834 03-21-1922
KENDALL, FANNY LAVESTA - -1848 - -1931
KENDALL, GEORGE 11-25-1826 11-23-1910
KENDALL, GEORGE L. - -1876 - -1956
KENDALL, HIRAM 09-02-1811 02-25-1876
KENDALL, JESSE 01-09-1839 07-30-1911
KENDALL, JOHN H. - -1843 - -1919
KENDALL, LORETTA J. - -1879 - -1929
KENDALL, MARY 12-08-1827 03-30-1912
KENDALL, MARY E. - -1869 - -1906
KENDALL, NANCY C. - -1878 03-06-1902
KENDALL, RUFFIS 07-01-1905 02-15-1907
KENDALL, WILLIAM
         
KENDALL, WILLIAM              05-21-1883                    
KENDALL, WILLIAM M. - -1872 - -1956
KING, ARNOLD GLENN 10-17-1908 07-24-1991
KING, ELISHA - -1836 10-02-1836
KING, GEORGE 05- -1842 03-21-1906
KING, HANNAH 09-09-1814 09-01-1871
KING, HAZEL IRENE 08-12-1913
KING, NANCY A. 09-08-1848 12-08-1917
KING, ROBERT 01-12-1812 09-12-1874
KINKAID, JOHN M. .
0..
...0 10-10-1819 - -1877
KINKAID, LUCINDA E. - -1821 01-08-1873
KLUTTS, DESSA 02-27-1888 11-18-1968
LAMBDIN, DANIEL 03-02-1802 01-03-1877
LAMBDIN, ELMER 11-12-1887 11-17-1887
LAMBDIN, MARGARET M. 07-18-1837 11-05-1928
LAMBDIN, SILAS 04-01-1835 07-02-1886
LAMBDIN, WILLIAM R.
LEE, ELIZABETH 07-02-1818 03-12-1886
LONGEST, CHARLES RAYMOND - -1941 - -1960
LONGEST, SUSAN - -1823 01-26-1854
MARSHALL, CLYDE E. - -1902 - -1945
MARSHALL, DENNIS C. 12-21-1901 02-22-1915
MARSHALL, HARVEY - -1832 - -1916
MARSHALL, ISAAC H. - -1863 - -1925
MARSHALL, JOHN WILEY - -1869 - -1958
MARSHALL, MARY ANN - -1871 - -1955
MARSHALL, MARY ELLEN - -1861 - -
MARSHALL, MINNIE L. - -1869 - -1949
MARSHALL, NORA - -1908 - -1945
MARSHALL, OMA L. 11-18-1892 10-21-1906
MAXEDON, JAMES L. 07-13-1871 11-14-1932
MAXEDON, RUTHALIA PITMAN - -1838 - -1917
MCCOLE, ALFRED 06-07-1841 08-02-1895
MCGENITY, MALINDA J. - -1872 - -1944
MCMAHAN, MARY E. 02-05-1826
MCMAHAN, SAMUEL 05-22-1818 11-03-1890
MCMICKLE, GUY 08-03-1891 06-20-1954
MCMICKLE, MAUD 02-02-1886 11-12-1969
MCMICKLE, S. B. 06-18-1866 08-09-1929
MCMICKLE, SARAH 08-25-1867 02-06-1941
MEGENITY, JOHN W. - -1866 - -1960
MELTON, BERTHA E. 01-16-1882 09-16-1889
MELTON, EMILY JANE 06-28-1850 10-09-1880
MELTON, JAMES
MELTON, JAMES A. - -1852 - -1919
MELTON, JAMES D. - -1852 - -1927
MELTON, JESSE - -1823 - -1906
MELTON, JOEL W. 01-01-1850 10-10-1941
MELTON, JOHN R. 11-12-1858 07-02-1909
MELTON, LEONA LEE - -1885 - -1909
MELTON, LOLA O. 07-08-1893
MELTON, M. WARREN 08-19-1891 02-28-1946
MELTON, MALINDA - -1830 - -1887
MELTON, MARGARETTE E. 01-14-1856 02-06-1945
MELTON, MARY 04-04-1795 10-04-1867
MELTON, MARY E. - -1856 - -1915
MELTON, MARY E. 12-06-1848 03-19-1907
MELTON, NANNIE 04-03-1860 07-13-1953
MELTON, SARAH ALICE - -1887 - -1941
MELTON, SARAH E. - -1856 - -1938
MELTON, WALTER E. 04-14-1876 12-02-1909
MILLS, MAGGIE E. 08-23-1936
MILLS, RANDALL H. - -1964 - -1964
MINT, KENNETH 07-17-1920 09-14-1985
MORGAN, ED 08-30-1885 03-05-1962
MORGAN, EDITH 08-29-18
MORGAN, ELIZABETH 09-21-1859
MORGAN, ELIZABETH
MORGAN, JESSE 07-13-1877 05-22-1898
MORGAN, JOHN
MORGAN, JOHN H. 10-29-1854 07-11-1909
MORGAN, JOHN L. 06-21-1794 01-27-1872
MORGAN, LESLIE 05-06-1894 03-04-1961
MORGAN, MARIE 03-01-1899 03-12-1919
MORGAN, MARY 05-25-1853 11-11-1876
MORGAN, MILLIE A. - -1832 01-02-1891
MORGAN, SAMUEL - -1848 10-19-1881
MORGAN, SAMUEL W. 01-29-1846 03-03-1909
MORGAN, SHERMAN OTTIS 02-17-1887 06-02-1949
MORGAN, WILLIAM
MORRIS, HARVEY 01-20-1819 06-30-1868
MORRIS, RHODA 06-26-1818 10-08-1898
NEWKIRK, BENTON - -1888 - -1970
NEWKIRK, CHESTER L. 09-17-1916 04-06-1969
NEWKIRK, GEORGE W. - -1892 - -1962
NEWKIRK, HARRISON 01-30-1862
NEWKIRK, MARTHA E. 12-14-1861 05-18-1888
NEWKIRK, MINNIE P. - -1898 - -1970
NEWKIRK, NANCY 03-14-1844
NEWKIRK, SIMON D. 07-18-1829 01-03-1902
NEWKIRK, SUSAN 10- -1842
NEWLIN, ELIZA 11-08-1893 10-06-1989
NEWLIN, ELIZA - -1894 10-06-1989
NEWLIN, ELIZA M. - -1893 - -1976
NEWLIN, RAYMOND - -1891 - -1975
NOBBITT, JAMES L. - -1875 - -1948
PALMER, BENJAMIN E. 08-14-1853 11-11-1859
PALMER, JOHN E. 02-22-1858 11-11-1859
PALMER, JONATHAN 10-05-1808 02-26-1878
PARIS, GREEN H. 02-22-1860 02-01-1871
PAY, CATHERINE
PAY, JOEL - -1844 03-28-1873
PAY, JOEL - -1821 08-26-1854
PAY, MALINDA 01-01-1802 02-18-1881
PEAL, HENRY* - -1814 12-07-1874
PEAL, SARAH* - -1811 - -1845

PETERSON, PERRY G. - -1770 - -1855
PIERSON, JACOB
PIERSON, TERESA 07-15-1812 03-02-1896
PITTMAN, HARRISON - -1793 08-06-1879
PITTMAN, ISAAC S. - -1844 - -1925
PITTMAN, JAMES 04-16-1823 09-06-1889
PITTMAN, JANE 02-01-1814 02-12-1848
PITTMAN, MARTHA - -1850 - -19
PITTMAN, MARTHA R. - -1848
PITTMAN, ROSCOE R. 04-06-1889
PITTMAN, STELLA 09-21-1866 09-06-1889
PITTMAN, WILLIAM - -1856 - -1932
PRITCHARD, MATTHEW TODD 09-21-1970 12-19-1970
REAL, HENRY* - -1814 12-07-1874
REAL, SARAH* - -1811 - -1845

REDDEN, JOSEPH - -1784 07-08-1857
ROBBINS, BANKS STINSON - -1880 - -1908
ROBBINS, LUTHER P. 03-06-1908 08-10-1926
ROBBINS, MATTIE - -1885 - -1968
ROEMA A. 04-06-1889
ROLL, JOHN H. 06- -18 - -1917
ROLL, JOHN RICE - -1852 - -1932
ROLL, L. A. 09-05-1826 02-25-1903
ROLL, LOUIE - -1912 - -1918
ROLL, W. A.
RUSSELL, JAMES W. 07-31-1835 06-11-1851
SANDS, D. B. 03-21-1821 08-24-1855
SANDS, ISAAC 09-04-1805 02-27-
SANDS, LIVIANER - -1813 10-15-1841
SANDS, LYDIA ZIPPORAH - -1830 11-08-1837
SANDS, ROBERT 09-10-1858
SANDS, ROBERT I. - -1845 05-26-1857
SANDS, SAMUEL 10-23-1811
SANDS, THOMAS RYAN 04-13-1863
SANDS, TIMOTHEUS - -1845 10-23-1845
SANDS, ZIPPORAH
SATTERFIELD, ALMA - -1883 - -1974
SATTERFIELD, THURMAN - -1892 - -1967
SEARCY, EDITH E. - -1899 - -1972
SEARCY, EDWARD O. - -1909 01-08-1968
SELF, BENNIE - -1893 - -1969
SELF, ESTHER B. - -1899 - -1973
SELF, FELIX - -1864 - -1950
SELF, MARGARET - -1863 - -1915
SELF, MARTHA E. - -1858 - -1942
SNOWDEN, JOSEPH - -1794 03-29-1856
SOLOMEZ, JOHN A. - -1877 - -1956
SOLOMEZ, MAYME L. - -1877 - -1957
SPEARS, ANDREW J. 08-17-1831 03-30-1899
SPEARS, EMILY E. 11-06-1858 07-23-1927
SPEARS, NATHAN 06-10-1842 06-15-1916
SPEARS, SARAH G. 04-10-1838 02-15-1913
SPRINKLE, JAMES KELLY 11- -1967
STALCUP, J. RILEY - -1858 - -1927
STALCUP, JENETTIE P. - -1865 - -1919
STANIFORD, ISRAELL W. - -1871 - -1949
STANIFORD, LILLY J. - -1873 - -1903
STARRETT, TERESA M. - -1891 - -1946
STEWART, ESTHER B. 02-21-1896 05-14-1986
STEWART, JAMES W. 06-12-1895 07-01-1966
STONE, AMOS - -1822 09-01-1837
STONE, SIMON P. - -1830 08-29-1852
STONE, WILLIAM - -1785 07-21-1835
SWAIN, ELMER H. REV. - -1913 09-26-1987
TAYLOR, CHARLEY E. - -1903 - -1922
TAYLOR, LYDIA - -1864 - -1955
TAYLOR, RICE - -1856 - -1932
TEAFORD, GEORGE W. 04-01-1906 01-04-1984
TEAFORD, RUBY - -1913 - -1976
TEMPLE, HELEN 11-14-1897 04-28-1988
TEMPLE, ROY W. 01-05-1905 07-05-1972
THOMPSON, JAMES T. 11-28-1850 06-02-1902
THOMPSON, OMA 08-08-1887
TILLERY, MALINDA A. 07-04-1850 02-15-1881
TILLERY, THOMAS 02-15-1851 09-12-1895
VAUGH, MARY E. - -1921 - -1971
VEATCH, JAMES 03-17-1811 09-20-1846
VEATCH, KINSEY - -1777 12-10-1854
VEATCH, MARTHA A. 10-11-1814 09-19-1851
VEATCH, NANCY - -1784 49-26-1860
VEATCH, RACHEL - -1844 01-30-1865
VERNON, ALICE B. 05-04-1877 09-08-1902
VERNON, EMERY
WALTON, BURNESS - -1898 11-11-1989
WALTON, CLARENCE - -1890 - -1971
WALTON, DELFUS 10-20-1900
WALTON, DELSIE M. - -1904 - -1977
WALTON, ELIZA A. - -1866 - -1967
WALTON, FRED L. - -1897 - -1925
WALTON, GEORGE W. - -1864 - -1942
WALTON, LULA JANE - -1894 - -1947
WELLMAN, AMANDA 08-06-1818 03-28-1904
WELLMAN, CATHERINE 08-15-1835 06-13-1910
WELLMAN, CLARK - -1833 04-01-1876
WELLMAN, ELLIS 04-15-1900 08-04-1900
WELLMAN, JANE E. - -1923
WELLMAN, JOHN ROBERT - -1870 - -1949
WELLMAN, LAWRENCE - -1897 - -1953
WELLMAN, LOVELL G. - -1918 - -1963
WELLMAN, MARY H.
WELLMAN, MYRTLE L. - -1907 - -1992
WELLMAN, NANCY - -1866 - -1927
WELLMAN, NATHAN J. - -1841 - -1917
WELLMAN, RUSSELL G. - -1913 - -1961
WELLMAN, SAMUEL - -1861 - -1925
WELLMAN, SAMUEL W. 10-15-1815 04-15-1864
WELLMAN, SARAH - -1845 - -1883
WILLIAMS, CHARLES - -1922 - -1959

*
[JOHN M. GWIN NOTE:  Ms. Linda Summers recently wrote to correct a transcription error evidently made by Mr. Don Condra when he posted this most valuable listing of the burials at Providence Cemetery.  Thanks for your good research, Linda!  And thanks for your hard work as well, Mr. Condra!]


From: "Linda Summers" SUMMERSLL at Msn dot com
Date: January 22, 2011
To: <jmcdgwin@zianet.com>
Subject: Providence Church Website

I enjoyed the work you have done on this website.  I do have a question for you.  I believe the name of Peal, Henry and Peal, Sarah [i.e., appearing in the above cemetery listing] is actually Real.  My husband is related to the Reals and the Newkirks.  The stones are hard to read, but we believe it is Real.  I looked at the census records I found on Henry Real.  In the 1850 census he is listed as Henry Real (married to Ellen) a second wife.  The 1860 census is almost impossible to read but he is in Greenfield Twp and is #532 (listed as Arvel?-neighbors still Grimes and Pitttmans.  In 1838 he purchased 40 acres in Section 25, TWP 1-S, Range 1-W, 2nd Meridian in the County of Orange.  It is hard to read but he also purchased 40 adjoining acres.  In the 1870 census, he is listed as Reel.  He is listed right after Kinsey Veatch.  When I visited the cemetery, I wrote on my notes "at far end of the cemetery--Henry and Sarah were buried two rows behind Taylors".  I have found Real and Reel but so far have not found it listed as Peal in any record.   
 
Linda

Keep up the good work.
God Bless Your Efforts



Additional Photos From
My June 2010 Visit







Left: Grave stone of Kinsey Veatch, pastor of Providence Primitive Baptist Ch., Orange Co., IN, from 1832 to 1854. 

KINSEY VEATCH
DIED
Dec. 10, 1854,
AGED 77 Yrs.
7 M's & 6 D's.
HE BECAME A MEMBER OF THE BAPTIST
CHURCH ABOUT THE YEAR 1800.
        WAS ORDAINED TO THE MINISTERY
1815 IN WHICH CAPACITY HE CONTINUED
TO SERVE DURING HIS LIFETIME TO THE
ENTIRE SATISFACTION OF HIS BRO'S
AND SISTERS.
        WAS ELECTED AS PASTOR AND MOD-
ERATOR OF PROVIDENCE CHURCH IN
1832 WHERE HE CONTINUED TO SERVE
AND RETAIN HIS MEMBERSHIP UNTIL
THE LORD CALLED HIM TO THE MAN-
SION OF REST.

Right: Grave stone of Nancy Veatch, Kinsey's wife and widow.

NANCY.
Wife of
KINSEY VEATCH
DIED
Sept. 26, 1860
AGED
76 Yrs. 9 M's 8 D's.
SHE WAS MARRIED SEPT. 17, 1805,
WAS A MEMBER OF THE BAPTIST
CHURCH, AND HELD HER MEMBER-
SHIP AT PROVIDENCE FOR YEARS.

Photos taken at Providence PBC Cemetery
Orange Co., IN, by John Gwin 7 Jun 2010.












 



Some Early Marriages in Orange Co., IN

In June 2010, I was able to spend a day in Orange County, Indiana, with an old army buddy and classmate from the Viet Nam Era, Jim Iwanuszko.  One of the items we found was a listing of early marriages in Orange County.  This listing is located in the Office of the County Clerk in Paoli and was compiled and donated to that office 14 Nov 2007 by Mr. Merle Peachee, 1433 Altmeyer Road, Jasper, IN  47546.  The 18-page document comprises what must be a printout of a spreadsheet containing 899 listings.  I have included a few of those of interest to me in the table below. I'll be happy to do lookups in this printout for anyone interested.
John M. Gwin, jmcdgwin@zianet.com

Item #
Couple Married
Marriage Date
Name of Officiant
John M. Gwin Comment
4
ALEXANDER, Walter & Catherine JOLLIFF
11 Apr 1822
Charles Snowden, M. G.
This Minister of the Gospel is likely the head of the Snowden family who appears above in the listing of the early families in the Providence Church.  Does this mean he shared the pulpit with my gggg-grandfather?
16
ASKIN, Arsa, & Allen STROUD
10 Feb 1825
Isom Gwin, Minister
This is my gggg-grandfather, the first pastor of Providence Church.
78
BROOKS, Thirsy & William RILEY
30 Nov 1823
Charles Snowden, M. G. This is likely the head of the Snowden family who appears above in the listing of the early families in the Providence Church.
125
CLAMPIT, Thomas & Nancy WOODS
6 Feb 1823
Charles Snowden, M. G. This is likely the head of the Snowden family who appears above in the listing of the early families in the Providence Church.
143
COLCLEASURE, Jacob & Ruth STALCUP
5 Nov 1823
Jonathan Jones, O. P. G.
Some of my Wright family married Stalcups.  One of Grandpa Isom's daughters, Minerva, married Elijah Wright, and at least one of their kids married a Stalcup.  Click the link to go to my page for this family.
166
CRAWFORD, Lucinda & Elijah WRIGHT
5 Aug 1823
Thomas Vandeveer, M. G.
Wow.  This must be Elijah's first marriage.
235
EVANS, Rachel & John BULLINGTON
24 Jun 1821
D. Stewart, E. C.C.
My 5th cousin, Jim Wall, is related to the Bullingtons in his David and Elizabeth Gwin Denton line, I believe.  Elizabeth is the eldest daughter of Grandpa Isom.
252
FISHER, Selia & James SHIELDS
22 Apr 1819
Lew Byram
One of Isom's neighbors in Crowson's Cove (now the Wear Valley), Sevier Co., TN, was a Shields.  As many of those neighbors evidently made the move to Indiana, it occurred to me that this could be one of the children of that family. See also item 414 below.
282
GIVEN, Nancy & Squire HUSTON
27 Oct 1822
Isom Given This is a mistranscription of my gggg-grandpa's name.  The Houston couple are his daughter Nancy and son-in-law Squire Houston who later moved to Illinois.  Click the link to go to my page for this family.
301
GWIN, Isom & Betsey SNOWDEN
1 Mar 1824
Charles Snowden, M. G. This is Isom Gwin, Jr.--the SON of Grandpa Isom--who married Pastor Snowden's daughter.  We don't know much about this fairly elusive young family.
365
HUNT, Susannah & David WILLIAMS
8 Jun 1817
Kinsey Veatch
Pastor Kinsey Veatch was the second pastor of Providence Church and is buried with his wife in the Providence cemetery (see photos directly above).
367 HUSTON

See item 281 above.
385
JOLLIFF

See item 4 above.
407
KINDLE, Elizabeth & Elijah PEARSON
21 Jun 1823
Charles Snowden, M. G. This is likely the head of the Snowden family who appears above in the listing of the early families in the Providence Church.
414
KING, William & Malinda SHIELDS 19 May 1825
Rice McCoy, M. G.
One of Isom's neighbors in Crowson's Cove (now the Wear Valley), Sevier Co., TN, was a Shields.  As many of those neighbors evidently made the move to Indiana, it occurred to me that this could be one of the children of that family. See also item 252 above.
513



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The Providence Project

This project was an attempt to assist the Providence Baptist Church in preserving its history by (1) getting its minutes photocopied into several sets, (2) getting those sets disseminated to several organizations including the church itself; the church's state, district, and/or national headquarters; the Office of the Orange County Clerk; and the Orange County Historical Society, among others, and (3) getting photos and/or transcriptions of the copies posted online to at least one reliable site.  To assist in this effort, one could email me at jmcdgwin@zianet.com.  Various descendants of Rev. Isom Gwin chipped in a total of some $300 which was sent to the church in the fall of 2010, and the church allowed the current church clerk, Ms. Rebecca Walton, to oversee the photocopying.  In June 2011 Ms. Walton sent me photocopies of the first four books covering the years 1819 to 1912, and our transcription of them has begun.  Book One appears in transcript below.

 




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Providence Church Record Books

In June 2010, I had the distinct honor and privilege of meeting and visiting with the sitting clerk of the Providence Primitive Baptist Church in Orange Co., Indiana, Ms. Rebecca Walton.  After introducing myself as a gggg-grandson of her church's first pastor, Isom Gwin, I told her we were looking for clues as to where he might be buried.  She suggested we search the records and showed me the box she held in her custody containing all the known church record books from August 1819 to the present.  She allowed me to hold the first of these in my hands, and I saw that Isom's name appeared on several of the first fragile pages.  So in the following weeks, several of us descendants encouraged her and the church to photocopy some sets of these historical documents and present them to various organizations of interest.  She and the church agreed, and some of us chipped in to help defray the cost.  Last week she presented us with one of the sets, for which we are very grateful, indeed!  Following is my transcription of the first book.  Boldfacing and color are added by me for emphasis and ease in identification, especially since some of the records seem to be missing or at best disjointed.  Other cousins are helping to transcribe as well; please email me if you'd like to assist us!

--John M. Gwin, 24 Jun 2011
jmcdgwin@zianet.com


Providence Baptist Church
Orange Co., Indiana


Church Minutes Book 1
1819 - 1831
Other books include:
Book 2   (1831-1867)
Book 3   (1863-1873)
Book 4   (1873-1912)
Book 5 (incomplete)

[Transcriber's Note:  I decided not to attempt to correct any errors with the exception of capitalization in regard to people's names, since those serving as church clerk seem to capitalize--or not--at will with little or no consistency.
--John M. Gwin]


[John M. Gwin Note:  I decided not to attempt to correct any errors with the exception of capitalization in regard to people's names, since those serving as church clerk seem to capitalize--or not--at will.]

Page
Chronological Entry
John M. Gwin Comments
1
Articles of Faith
1  We believe in the only true and living God The Father, Son and Holy Sperit equal in wisdom power and glory
2  We believe the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be of divin athority and the onley infailable rule of faith and practice
3  We believe in the total depravity of human nature and that a recovery from that state is holey and entirely of the Sovreign free unmerited grace of God in Christ Jesus
4  We believe that God Preposd in Himself for His own glory to make a display of His wisdom ____ and truth in the workes of creation which _____ hath made in the dispensation of His Providence
5  We believe that God from before the foundation of the world preposed to save a people from thire sins for His holey Name sake and that in infinate wisdom He devisd the plan and apointed every means nesesary to accomplish the great end of their redemption which the effects in His own time by the operation of His Holey Sperit.
6  We believe that sinners are justifyd before God alone by the rightousness of Jesus Christ imputed
7  We believe that all such as are bourn of the Sperit are kept by the power of God through faith  ____ salvation

2
2
8  We believe that good workes are the productions of grace sown in the heart and in this point of view are evidences of a gracious state
9  We believe in amertion acording to the Scripture and apostolic practice to be the only proper mode of baptism
10  We believe the sanctitiy of the first day of the weak of Lords day ought to be observd and spent in publick or private worship of God and that we s____ abstane from wourldly conserns except in the cause of nessesaty and mercey
11  We believe in the Resurection of the body bo____ and unjust and that God will judge the W____ in righteousness by that man whom He hath apointed
12  We believe that the righteous will forever abide in the peacefull presents of God there redeemour and His pardoning grace and forgiving love be the theam of there song whilst the wicked shall remain in everlasting torment
Rule of Decoram
first open meting by singing and preare
2  invite members of sister churches of the same faith and oder in good standing at _____ to a seat and counc___
3 _____ fir oeace abd uf peace be away then atend to the refrences left on the C___


3
3
4  No members to evacuate there seats with out live of the moderator
5  But one speak at a time and that by rising from his seat and addressing the moderater
6  all brethern and sisters to be addressed in the name of brother and sister
7  all motions made and seconded attended to accept withdrawn by the party who offerd it
8  no members shall be allowed to speake more than three times to one subject with out live from the moderater and peticularly to avoide strikeing at the fieldings of the former speaker
9 all matters of private dealling shall be done according to the directions giving in the 18th chap of Matthew
10  we believe it to be the duty of members to fill thair seats in days of church business
11  all members disobeying these rules shall be delt with at the discration of the church
12  no whispering and laughing while the church is in bisaness
13  the clark shall keep a record of what the church dose and read over the bisaness done in the day before the church is dismist


live = leave
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19
Names of the members composing the Providence Church in the State to Indiana Craffard County
Males
Females
Robert Sands
Zipporah Sands
Samuel McMahan
June McMahan
James McMahan Mary McMahan
John Lee Snr              Dist
               Lee            Dist
John Lee Jun            Dist Ann Lee         Dist
Abraham Lee             Dist Nancy Allen           Dist
Archabel Allen             Dist Lidea Cain       Dist
Cornelius Cain           Dist                  Yeates      dismist
Robert Yeates         dismist
Elizabeth Newkirk
John Davis         Dis    excd
Jehada Holstclaw           Dist
Walter Alexandrew      Dist
Hester Snowden            Dist
Oliver Stone          Dist Nancy Snowden
Cornelius Newkirk
Elisabeth Snowden       Dist
Enoch Holstclaw          Dist Rachel Pitman
Abraham Hestor           Dismist Sele Overland          Excluded
Charles Snowden             Dismist Mary Hunt
Henery Hearton        Dist Juda Williams            Dismist
Abner McDonald          Execld Margaret Kimbro         Excd
Clement McDonald
Sarah Dickins             Dismist
William Agin            Excluded
Polly Heaston            Dismist
Richard Holsclaw           Dismist Elisabeth Kindel
Elias Lemmons            Dismist
Prudy Hill               Excluded
John Overland             Dismist Susana Reel
John Sands            Dismist Patcy McDonald
James Taor          Excluded Hannah Toor

Milly Stone

Polly Agin          Excluded

Polly Lemmons           Dismist

I took the liberty of moving these two pages (19 and 20) containing the membership list from the pages where they originally appear in the book to this spot at the beginning of the web page



Why do the Gwins (i.e., Isom and Mary Canterbury Gwin) not show up on any membership roll of the church?












This Elisabeth Snowden is, in my opinion, very likely the same Betsy Snowden who married Isom Gwin, Jr., elusive son of the church's first pastor.


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Males Names
Females Names
Allen McBride             Dismist Polly Overland          Dismist
William Kindel
Ellender Rily          Dismist
Shadrack Dickins
Nancy Sands          Dismist
James Pitman
Milly Wellman          Ded
Elijah Person             Dismist Marian Allen          Dismist
Isaac Person           Dismist Jane Person          Dismist
Thomas Walker         Dismist Mary Welman
Samuel Welman
Mary Walker          Dismist
John Welman
Nancy Newkirk          Dismist
Ephraim Dickins           Excluded Elisabeth McDonald
Amos Critchfield
Melinda Dickins
George Pitman             Excluded Fanny Pitman
Samuel Grimes           Excluded Nancy Guigny
Moris Tilman
Mary Holtsclaw          Dismist
Joel Ray
Susana Bery          Excluded
Zacharia Brown
Harriet McDonald
John Tony        Excluded Polly Brown
Samuel Welman Senr
Melinda Ray
Jonathan Brown
Lucy T. Brown
Benjamin Newkirk
Rachel Dickins            Excluded
Jonathan Peter
Patcy Overland          Dismist
Kinsey Veach
Anna Wellman
Daniel Lambden
Sary Wellman
Elijah Person
Milly Newkirk
Charles Snowden
Jane Newkirk

Anne Tilman

Hanna Tilman          Excluded

Rebecah Peter

Nancy Veach

Patcy Livingston


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4
1. Agust the 7 1819 {illegible} after being _____stitution took there seats first give themselves a name Providance
2. Recvd. Sister [Saly Alan?] by leter
3. ____ Brother Robt. Sands to wright our leter 3 of ________________Samuel McMahan, Robert____ and _________ ______ to ___our leter to the Blue River Association to sue for admission therein.

I chose to highlight the dates in red throughout.
4
Saterday the 4 September [1819]
1. the Church met and after singing and prayer proceeded to Business
2nd chose Brother Pape as their moderator.
3rd the Church agree to call Brother Isom Gwin as their preacher and further agree to send a request to the El Bethel to give him up for that purpose and John Lee Senr to bare the same to their meeting on the fourth Saturday in September
4.  Brother James McMahan to Bare the request of the Church to Brother Gwin.
I decided to insert throughout, in brackets and in this brown color, the year of the date every time it is not included in the text.

I have also chosen to highlight references to Isom Gwin in green.

the Church agree to call Brother Isom Gwin as their preacher -- Gggg-grandpa Isom Gwin is called (while he is serving at El Bethel) to preach at Providence.

Brother James McMahan to Bare the request of the Church to Brother Gwin -- John Lee, Sr., is chosen to present this call to Gwin's church at their monthly meeting on 25 Sep 1819.
4-5
1st October the 2nt [1819] the Church met and after singing and prayer proceeded to Business
5
2nt Choose Brother Gwin as their modirator
3rd the church agree to take into considiration the business of choosing deacons and think it expedient to defer it untill our next meeting
4th the Church agree to commune three times in the year and our first commun be in June next

Choose Brother Gwin as their modirator--Evidently Gwin is more than ready to transfer from El Bethel to Providence, as he has already moved to Providence in time to serve as moderator for their monthly meeting only a week after El Bethel receives notice of his call!

[November 1819]
There is no apparent record of a November 1819 meeting.
5
December the 4 [1819] the Church met and after singing and prayer proceeded to Business
2nt Choose Brother Robert Sands as their modirator
3rd  called fot the reference left on the record read and referd untill our next meeting


[January 1820]
There is no apparent record of a January 1820 meeting.
5
1 Febuary 5th day 1820  The Church met and after singing and prayer proceeded to Business
2. cald for the refferences left on the record read and refferd tell our next meetting
3  the church chuse Brother Rober Sands to act as the Morderator in cases of Necesity
4  Received Brother Abraham Lee by experance

5
March 4th [i.e., 1820] the Church met and after singing and prayer proceeded to Business
2  Cald for the referance left on the recod read and referd untill next meeting
3   Recvd Brother John Davis by Leter

5-6
April 6 [1820] the Church met and after singing and prayer proceeded to Business
2  cald for the referance left on the record
3  the church chose Brother Robert Sands to sever them as thair deacon
4  Recd Ana Lee by leter
5th Received Margret Cimbro by experance.
6
6th  the church chose Brother Walter Eliander as their writing clerk

6
The Church met according to appointment the first Saturday in May [1820] and after prayer proceeds to Business
1  the Church takes up the reference in consequence of a deacon and chooses Brother Robert Sands to serve them in that place
2  Received Anna Lee by Letter
3  Received Margret Cimbro by experience
4 the church chooses brother Walter Alexanders as their righting clk

6
June 3 [1820] the Church met and after singing and prayer proceeded to Business
Recvd Brother Newkirk and wife by letter

6
The Church met according to appointment the first Saturday in July [1820] and after singing and prayer proceeded to Business
dismises Sister Polly McDonnel by letter
2  on motion of Bro Alexandrew the church dismises him from serving them as Clk and appoints brother Cornelius Newkirk to fill that place
Item one was lined out in the book; nevertheless, it was still legible.
6-7
The Church met according to appointment the first Saturday in August [1820] and after prayer proceeded to Business
7
1  The Church chooses brethren John Davis and Cornelius Newkirk messengers to the assosiation
2  the chruch agres to send ___ to procure the minits of the assosiation -- so adjourned

7
The Church met the first Saturday in September [1820] and opens meeting by singing and prayer
1  the church agrees to grant Brother John Davis Liberty to exercise his gift in the bounds of the church whitch he is a member of also in the bounds of the sister churches with his Laboring brethren
2 Sister Sally Dickins joined by leter.   So adjourned

7
The Church met the first Saturday in October [1820] and opens meeting by singing and prayer, Brother Sands moderator
7
The Church met the first Saturday in November [1820] and opens meeting by singing and prayer, Bro Gwin moderator
1  Brother Oliver Stone requests Liberty of the Church to excercise his gift in the bounds of the church and the bounds of the sister churches with s___ of the Laboring Brethren with him.     So adjournd
Bro Gwin moderator -- It appears evident to me that a different moderator was chosen for each meeting, serving as chair of that meeting.  Further, it appears to me that this practice was stopped with the Jun 1822 meeting when Robert Sands was released and Charles Snowden was selected as moderator (on a permanent basis?).  Regardless, the practice of naming the meeting's moderator ceases, with rare exception, on that date.
7-8
The Church met the first Saturday in December [1820] and opens meeting by singing and prayer, Brother Robert Sands moderator
8
1  Brother Abraham Lee and wife request letters of Dismission Letters is granted So Adjourned

8
January the first Saturday 1821 no meting

8
The Church met the first Saturday in February [1821] and opens meeting by singing and prayer, Brother D___ moderator
1  The church agrees to commune three thimes annuly to wit May August and November metings
2  The Church enters in a Resolution that each of the male members will pay into the churches fund 12 1/2 cents yearly.  So adjourned.

8
The Church met the first Saturday in March [1821] and opens meeting by singing and prayer, Brother Gwin moderator
1  The church takes up a charge againt brother John Lee brought in by himself brought for receiving a [Caoppers Croose?] from his brother whitch he the sd. William Lee said he found second for taking the oath and taking a state warrent and not atending at the trial to prosecut him the Sd. William Lee.
2  The Church unannimously agree that they belong to the General union and wishes to be Governd by the rules and injoy the prevelidgs of the same   So adjourned
Bro Gwin moderator -- This is his third appearance as moderator since coming to the church 18 months earlier
9-12
9
Somehow these pages of the book were apparently skipped and left blank for some nine years.  Then, in 1830, perhaps someone discovered them and decided to make use of them.  To avoid further confusion, I have chosen to include them in chronological order rather than leave them here.



There is no apparent record of an April 1821 meeting.  Perhaps this has something to do with why the pages mentioned above were skipped.
13
13
The Church met the first Saturday in May [1821] and opens meeting by singing and prayer, Brother Gwin modr.
The church takes up the charge against Bro. John Lee and laid it over untel next meting.

Bro Gwin moderator
-- This is his fourth appearance as moderator since coming to the church.
13
The Church met the first Saturday in June [1821] and opens meeting by singing and prayer, Brother Sands modr.
First the church takes up the refrence concerning brother John Lee and after considerabel labour with him and he expressing a desire for longe indulgence the church agrees to lay the matter over til next meting
2 The church agrees to send brethern Samuel McMahan and Cornelius Newkirk to invite Brother Robert Years and wife to fill thyer seats at our next church metig

13
The Church met the first Saturday in July [1821] and opens meeting by singing and prayer, Brother Sands modr.
First the church takes up the refrence concerning Brother John Lee and at his request lays the same over untel next meting
2  Brother Yeats comes forward and gives the church satisfaction for his unattendence at church meting and also for Sister Yeats on the same

14
14
The Church met the first Saturday in August [1821] and opens meeting by singing and prayer, Brother Gwin moderator.
First the church takes up the refence about another John Lee and he comes forward and makes a recantation such that the church agrees to beare with him and he is retained in fellowship.
Second the church appoints brethern Robert Sands John Davis and Cornelius Newkirk messengers to the assosiation
3  the church agrees to stile themselves the united babtist in there letter to the assosiation and agrees to send [ho beute?] to procure minits of the insuing assosiation
4  The Brother Clarke to prepeare a leter to the same

Bro Gwin moderator -- This is his fifth appearance as moderator since coming to the church.
14
The Church met the first Saturday in September [1821] and opens meeting by singing and prayer, Bro Sands moderator
First the assosiation __ ____ cald for red and [Recsed?]

14
The Church met the first Saturday in October [1821] and opens meeting by singing and prayer, Brother Gwin moderator.
First the church on motion takes under consideration the gift of brother John Davis as to a Dispentation of the Gospel
second the church lays smae over until next meting
3 the church on motion takes under consideration the gift of brother Oliver Stone as to a Dispation of the gospel and lays the same over untel next meting.
Bro Gwin moderator -- This is his sixth appearance as moderator since coming to the church.
14-15
The Church met the first Saturday in November [1821] and opens meeting by singing and prayer
15
First the refrences cald for and referd
second brother John Lee and wife and John Lee dismist by letter

15
The Church met the first Saturday in December [1821] and opens meeting by singing and prayer, Bro Sands moderator.
First the refrence concerning bro Davis cald for and laid over untel next meting
second the refrence concerning bro Oliver Stone taken up and acted on and the church is of opinion that his gift extends no further then singing ____ and exhortation and is allowed to go that far wheare ever his Lot may be cast

15
The Church met the first Saturday in January 1822 and opens meeting by singing and prayer, Charles Snowden, moderator.
First the church takes up the refrence concerning bro Davis and lays it over untel next meting

15
The Church met the first Satureday in February [1822] and opens meeting by singing and prayer, Brother Gwin moderator.
First the refrence concerning Brother John Davis cald for and referd untel next meting
2  Brother Charles Snowden and wife Hester and Nancy Snowden joined by letter

Bro Gwin moderator -- This is his seventhth appearance as moderator since coming to the church.
15-16
The Church met the first Satureday in March [1822] and opens meeting by singing and prayer,
16
Brother Gwin moderator.
First the refrence concerning Brother John Davis cald for and referd untel next meting
Bro Gwin moderator -- This is his eighth appearance as moderator since coming to the church.
16
The Church met the first Satureday in Aprile [1822] and opens meeting by singing and prayer, Brother Gwin moderator.
First the church on consideration agree to dismis the refrence concerning Bro John Davis from hur records and leave him in his former standing as to his Publick.
Bro Gwin moderator -- This is his ninth appearance as moderator since coming to the church.
16
The Church met the first Satureday in May [1822] and opens meeting by singing and prayer, Brother Gwin moderator. Bro Gwin moderator -- This is his tenth appearance as moderator since coming to the church.
16
The Church met the first Saturday in June [1822] and opens meeting by singing and prayer, brother Snowden, moderator.
First the church agrees to releas brother Sands from serving them as moderater and chooses Bro Charles Snowden as their stated moderator
It appears evident to me that a different moderator was chosen for each meeting, serving as chair of that meeting.  Further, it appears to me that this practice was stopped with this Jun 1822 meeting when Robert Sands was released and Charles Snowden was selected as moderator (on a permanent basis?).  Regardless, the practice of naming the meeting's moderator ceases, with rare exception, on this date.
16
The Church met the first Saturday in July [1822] and opens meeting by singing and prayer
First the church agrees to keep a day book and furnish paper for the same

17
17
The Church met the first Saturday in August [1822] and opens meeting by singing and prayer
No bisoness don.

17
August 7th 1822 at a meting at Enoch Holstclaws by an act of the church recived Enoch Holsclaw Abraham Heasten Rachel Pitman Elizabeth Snowden Sela Overland by experence Mary Hunt and Juda Williams by letter
Note that this series of special meetings is held on the third anniversary of the birth of the church (7 August 1819).
17
August 14th at a meting at James Pitmans received Eli Allen and Elizabeth his wife by letter and Trudy Will by  Experence

17
August 28th at a meting at Enoch Holsclaws re'd Henery Hesten and Mary his wife Elisabeth Kindel Abner McDonald by experence

17-18
The Church met the first Saturday in September [1822] and opens meeting by singing and prayer
1  Walter Alexandrew dismist by letter
2  Cornelius Cain and wife dismist by letter
3  Henery Hester and wife dismist by letter
4  Susana Real Re'd by experence
5  the church appoints Brethern Robert Sands Charles Snowden and Cornelius Newkirk mesengers to the assosiation
6  the Church agrees to open hur doors for the recepttion of members on the 18th day of Sept 1822  at Bro C Holsclaws also from that meting to appoint another meting for the same purpose if they think it necessary
7  Brother Anchabel Allen and Nancy his wife dismist by letter
18
8  the church agrees to send a query to the assosiation respecting the validity of babtism proformed by minister of the Christian order

18
The Church met the first Saturday in October [1822] and opens meeting by singing and prayer Bro Sands Mod.
First the leter to the assosiation red and rec'd
2  the church taks under consideration the propriety of Building a meting hous and refers it untel next meting
3  Abraham Hearsten dismist by letter
4  Oliver Stone dismist by letter
"propriety of Building a meting hous"  Item 2 at the Oct 1822 meeting seems to be the first official statement regarding the building of a church.  Future official statements I find will also be highlighted in this orange color.
18
The Church met the first Saturday in November [1822] and opens meeting by singing and praer Bro ______ Mod.
1  the refrence concerning the meting hous taken up and appoints a committy of five members to look out a site for building hous on to wit James McMahan Enoch Hotsclaw Robert Sands Eli Allen and Cornelius Newkirk and to make thier return to the next meting of the [convenences and incomnience?] attending each place and the church to make choise whitch place she will build at.
"committy of five members to look out a site for building hous on" A building committee is appointed to look for a site for the new church.
18
The Church met the first Saturday in December [1822] and opens meeting by singing and praer
1  the refrence concerning the place wheareon to set the meting hous taken up and laid over untel next meeting
"the place wheareon to set the meting hous"
18, 21
The Church met the first Saturday in January 1823 and opens meeting by singing and praere--
turn over
21
on motion the church takes up the refrence concerning the place wheare to build the meting hous and votes it to be at brother Enoch Holtsclaws 
Inserted on pages 19 and 20 is the Membership List.  I have included it at the beginning of the book immediately following the "Rules of Decoram".
"meting hous and votes it to be at brother Enoch Holtsclaws"  At the January 1883 meeting, the site of the new church is voted to be on the Enoch Holtsclaw land.
21
The Church met the first Saturday in February 1823 and opens meeting by singing and praere...No bisoness don
on the day following the church opens hur doors and recieves three members viz  Clement McDonald and Patcy his wife and Polly Agin

21
The Church met the first Saturday in March [1823] and opens meeting by singing and praere
First the church on motion takes under concideration the choise of another Deacon and to travil untel next meting
2  Recieved Brother Elias Lemmons and Polly his wife by letter
3  the church agrees to set at Bro Enoch Holtsclaws on the 8th day of March for the reception of members
The church moves its meeting place from the home of Robert Sands, where it has met for nearly 4 years, to the E. Holtsclaw home (where the new church building is to be located).
21
The Church met the first Saturday in Aprile [1823] and opens meeting by singing and praere
1  the church takes up the refrence concerning a Deacon and lays it over tel next meting
2  the church agrees to recieder from hur former rule of communing three times a yeare and agrees to commune twiste a yeare viz may and October
3  The Church opens hur doors for the reception of members and recieves William Agin Richard Holtsclaw and Milly Stone by experence also Hanna Tear by leter
4  Brother John Davis dismist by letter

22
22
The Church met the first Saturday in May [1823] and opens meeting by singing and praere
The church takes up the refrence concerning a Deacon and chuses Brother James McMahan to serve them in that office
James Tear Recieved by experence

22
The Church met the first Saturday in June [1823] and opens meeting by singing and praere
1  the church is of the opinion that Deacons aught to be ordaind to set them aparte to that Bisaness and lays the matter over til next meting

22
The Church met the first Saturday in July [1823] and opens meeting by singing and praere
1  the refrence about ordainning deacons taken up and laid over until bext meting
2  Brother John Overland and Polly his wive recieved by letter

22
The Church met the first Saturday in August 1823 and opens meeting by singing and praere  No bisaness don

22-23
The Church met the first Saturday in September 1823 and opens meeting by singing and praere
First the church thinks proper to Erace from hur recod the bisoness about ordaining a Deacon acted on at the August meting
2  the church nominates Brother Charles Snowden and James McMahan messengers to the assosiation and agrees to send 37 1/2 cents for minits and the Clarke to prepaeare a letter to the assosiation and
23
to present it at the next meting
3  Brother Enock Holtsclaw and wife dismist by letter
4  the church agrees to change from the fist Saturday to the third Sature day in each month






And now the Holtsclaws leave the church!  I wonder what happened.

23
The Church met the first Saturday in October [1823] and opens meeting by singing and praere
First the letter to the assosiation read and recieved
Second Brother James McMahan by his request was released from being a messenger and brother John Overland chosen in his place

23
The Church met the third Sature day in November [1823] and opens meeting by singing and praere
First the church reconsiders the refrence concerning the ordaining of a deacon and agrees to bo in to that bisoness on hur next meting and sends to the sister churches Elbethel and Unity for helps to ordain brother James McMahan as deacon to Unity by bro Sands and bro Agin to El Bethel by Bro Charles Snowden and Bro Richard Holtsclaw by [Line?]
Second the church takes up a reporte ________ against bro James Tear and sends to site him to next meting to ansure to the reporte sends by bro James McMahan and bro Clem McDonalds

24
24
The Church met the third Satureday in December [1823] and opens meeting by singing and preare
First the refrence about Bro James Toan cald for and laid over tel next meting
The presbytara met according to request and the church and presbytara thought proper to prospone it at this time
A presbytery!  This evidently comprises the pastors and/or elders of all the various churches in the Association.
24
The Church met the third Sature day in January 1824 and opens meeting by singing and preare
First the refrence about Bro James Toan cald for and laid over tel next meting

24
The Church met the third Satureday in February [1824] and opens meeting by singing and preare
First the refrence about Bro James Toan cald for and laid over tel next meting
Second the church on motion takes under consideration wheare to set hur meting hous and lays it over untl next meting
I suppose that the Enoch Holtsclaws leaving brought to a halt the plans to build there, prompting this startup of the discussion anew some five months later.
24-25
The Church met the third Satuerday in March [1824] and opens meeting by singing and ppreare
First the refrence about Bro James Toan cald for and laid over tel next meting
Second the refrence concerning the meting hous taken up
3  the church agrees to build at one of the two places namely brother Richard Holtsclaws or James Pitmans
25
and William Stones jointly and appoints brethern Richard and Cornelius Newkirk to see the place or places and to see the men to wit Pitman and Stone and report to the next meting.
4 Brother Lemmons and wife dismist by letter

25
The Church met the third Saturday in Aprile [1824] and opens meeting by singing and preare
First Brother John Sands and wife joind by letter
2  the refrence about Bro James Toan cald for and referd tel next meting
Third  the refrence concening the metin hous cald for taken up and decided on by ballet to be at Brother Richard Holtsclaws and to built by subcription the hous to be built for the use of the Babtist Sosiaty
4  Sister Riley dismist by letter
Now the church agrees to build on RICHARD Holtsclaw's land.  Is this Enoch's son?  Does "by subscription" mean by pledges, each member pledging to pay some amount over the some period of time?  Does this "Babtist Sociaty" refer to Providence Church, the Association of the Primitive Baptists, or both?
25
May [1824]  meting No bisoness don

25
The Church met the third Saturday in June [1824] and opens meeting by singing and preare
First the refrence about Bro James Toan cald for and taken up and he is excluded for Nonattendence and Contempt to the church

25
The Church met the third Saturday in July [1824] and opens meeting by singing and praere No bisoness don
26
26
The Church met the third Saturday in August [1824] and opens meeting by singing and preare
first the church agrees to send three members to the association to wit Charles Snowden Robert Sands and Cornelius Newkirk and the Clarke to prepear a letter to the same
Second the church agrees to snd for the inits and appropriates 37 1/2 censt for that purpose

26
                            second
The Church met the third Saturday in October [1824] and opens meeting by singing and preare
first the church thinks it hur duty in have to admonish Brother Yates to fill his seat at hur December meeting and give his reason for his nonattendance with us sends by brethern Cem McDonald and Cornelius Newkirk
The records for September and October 1824 do not appear chronologically but are reversed in the book!  How that happened I can't quite figure out.
26
The Church met the third Saturday in September [1824] and opens meeting by singing and preare
first they agree to alter their October meting to the second sature day for one time   So adjournd

26
The Church met the third Saturday in November [1824] and opens meeting by singing and preare
first recieve Rachel Brooks by letter

26
The Church met the third Saturday in December [1824] and opens meeting by singing and preare
No bisaness Don

27
27
The Church met the third Saturday in January 1825 and opens meeting by singing and preare
first Brother Clemnt McDonald lays in a charge of misconduct against Bro Agin  the church takes up the matter and lays it over untel next meting
Second Brother Yates comes forward and gives the church satisfaction for his nonattendence

27
The Church met the third Saturday in February [1825] and opens meeting by singing and preare
first the church takes up the refrence concerning Brother Clem McDonald and Brother Agin and they come forward and givs satisfaction to the church

27
The Church met the third Saturday in March [1825] and opens meeting by singing and preare and adjourned

27
The Church met the third Saturday in Aprile [1825] and opens meeting by singing and preare
first the church takes up the mater of Sister Brooks joining by information of having a letter and neglecting to had it in to the church the church then agreed to send to Sister Brooks to Bro Charles Snowdens wife to know the cause why she withholds hur letter

27
The Church met the third Saturday in May [1825] and opens meeting by singing and preare
first Sary Glenn dismist by letter
28
first the church takes up a report that is pveling against Bro Abner McDonald for drinking sperits to an exces and rioting: and appoints Bro James McMahan to site him to next meting
third  the church takes up a reporte on sister Coly Overland of being at a frolick and dancing in a carnel way: and sends brother Charles Snowden to site hur to next meting

28
The Church met the third Saturday in June [1825] and opens meeting by singing and preare
first the refrences cad for Brother Abner McDonald Comes forward and givs the church satisfaction for his conduct
2  the refrence concerning Cely Overland cald for and she someth not but church think proper to weight with to the next meting and bro Charles Snowden to let hur know the same
3  Sister Milly wellman joind by letter
4  the church thins proper to site brother John Davis to attend next meting to shew caus for his nonattendence Bro Sands and Bro James McMahan appointed to that bisaness

28-29
The Church met the third Saturday in July [1825] and opens meeting by singing and preare
29
first the refence concerning Sster Cely Overland cald for and she coms forward and givs the church satisfaction so that the church forgivs hur
2  the refrence concerning bro Jaohn Davis cald for Bro Davis coms forward and tells the church the reasons of his nonattendence and the church thinks right to beare with him
3  Brother Allen McBride joins by letter
4  the church takes up a reporte of a contradiction existing betwen Sister Agin and Sister Cimbrow  and appoints a committy composed of Allen McBride Robert Sands Richard holtsclaw and Cornelius Newkirk to attend to the settelment of that deficulty with the authority of the church and make reporte to next meting
5 the church proced to appoint hur members to the assiciation to wit Sands Snowden Holtsclaw and Newkirk with 37 1/2 cents to procure the minits and the Clarke to prepeare the letter against next meting

29-30
The Church met the third Saturday in August [1825] and opens meeting by singing and preare
first the refrence concerning Sister Agin and Sister Cimbrow cald for
2  the committy cald on to make reporte and they reporte not setteld and Sister Agin refusing
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to heare the church the church thinks proper to wate with hur no longer and thearefore is no longer chargeagel with hur conduct

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The Church met the third Saturday in September [1825] and opens meeting by singing and preare
first sister Polly Agin coms to the church and givs the church satisfaction for neglecting to heare hur and is ristorde to hur seat
2  the church takes a reporte of Sister Cimbrows going out from among us illegally and joinning another Socity and appoints Brethern James McMahan Richard Holtsclaw to inquire into the truth of the reporte and site hur to next meting
3  Brother Allen McBride granted a letter of dismission


Item three is scratched out but still legible through the marks.  Perhaps Mr. McBride changed his mind about leaving.

30
The Church met the third Saturday in October [1825] and opens meeting by singing and preare
first the refrence cald for and the brethern sent to Sister Cimbrow make there report and says that she has joind another Society and is thearefore conciderd by the church to be no more of us
2  the church on motion takes up the bisaness of chosing a deacon and lays it over tel next
3  Sister Taor dismist by letter

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The Church met the third Saturday in November [1825] and opens meeting by singing and preare
first the refrence respectin the choice of a deacon cald for taken up and deferd until next meting

31
The Church met the third Saturday in December [1825] and opens meeting by singing and preare
1  the refrence respecting the chois a deacon red and laid over untel next meting

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The Church met the third Saturday in January 1826 and opens meeting by singing and preare
1  The refrence respecting a deacon cald for and the church makes chois of Brother Newkirk to serve them as deacon but from sum objections made by him the church agrees to weight until next meting

31
The Church met the third Saturday in February [1826] and opens meeting by singing and preare
The church takes up the refrence Bro Newkirk as deacon and from his expressing his feelling and request the church think proper to releas him from that bisaness
second   the church agree to travil for a deacon until next meting
3  the church think it wright to send to Bro Agin by brethern Samuel McMahan and Corneliius Newkirk and wishes Brother Agin to let the church know the reason of his not filling his seat at church meting



travil = travail (i.e., in prayer)

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The Church met the third Saturday in March [1826] and opens meeting by singing and preare, bro Gwin Mod
Brother Agin coms forward ad givs the church church satisfaction for his nonatendence at meting
second  The refrence concerning a deacon read and referd untel next meting
3  On motion the church agrees to send brethern Rich'd Holtsclaw and W'm Agin to brother John Davis to invite him to attend next meting and let the Brethern know the reason of his long absence.
4  On motion the church appoints brethern Richard Holtsclaw Robert Sands James McMahan to laboure with brethern Eli Allen and Abneer McDonald for a reconciliation to the existing deficulty and make reporte to next meting
bro Gwin Mod  -- This is his eleventh appearance (i.e., in this record) as moderator since coming to the church and his first since May of 1822, nearly four years.
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The Church met the third Saturday in Aprile [1826] and opens meeting by singing and preare
the refrence concerning a deacon cald for acted on and brotehr Sands chosen by the church as hur deacon
2  the refrence concerning brethern Cinatheu Eli Ale_____ ABner McDonald cald for and red the committy make reporte No satisfaction  The two members being present the church calls on them to answer for themselvs and after hearing boath Brother Allen gives the church satisfaction and the church thinks proper to wait
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with brother Abner McDonald untel next meting
3the refrence about Brother John Davis cald and red brother Davis comes and givs a relation such that the church agrees to beare with him

33
The Church met the third Saturday in May [1826] and opens meeting by singing and preare
the refrence about Bro Abner McDonald cald and read and laid over untel next meting.

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The Church met the third Saturday in June [1826] and opens meeting by singing and preare
1  the refrence about Bro Abner McDonald cald for read and laid over untel next meting.
2  the church takes up a reporte of Sister Brooks leaving this church and joining another not in Union with us and sends brethern Charles Snowden and Eli Allen to see the sister and invite hur to cum the next meting and let the church know the reason of hur so doing

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The Church met the third Saturday in July [1826] and opens meeting by singing and preare
1  the refrence about Bro Abner McDonald cald for red taken up and laid over untel next meting.
2  the refrence about Sister Brooks cald for red and taken up and the brethern sent to see hur make reporte thay saw her the sister and that she told them that she had joined a church that is not in Union with us whitch ___ concider disorder and she is thearfore [last word cut off in copying]
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3  on motion the church takes under concideration the usefullness of Bro John Davis publick gift and lays the same over tel next meting

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The Church met the third Saturday in August [1826] and opens meeting by singing and preare
first the refrence about Bro Abner McDonald cald for and taken up brother Abner coms and givs the church satisfaction
2  the refrence about Bro John Davis cald for and taken up laid over untel next meting
3  The church appoints hur members to the association to wit Robert Sands Richard Holtsclaw and Cornelius Newkirk with 37 1/2 cents to procure the minits of the same, 12 1/2 of that to the superintendent

34-35
The Church met the third Saturday in September [1826] and opens meeting by singing and preare
1  the refrence about Bro John Davis cald for red and taken up
2  and after sum deliberation the church think that his gift as a preacher of the Gospel is not prophetabel
3  and in consequence of Bro John Davis joining a sicitey not in union with us the church say that he is no more of us
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4  also in concequence of Sister [name illegible] leaving us and joining a society not in union with us whitch we concider disorder and is therearfore no more of us

35
The Church met the third Saturday in October [1826] and opens meeting by singing and preare

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The Church met the third Saturday in November [1826] and opens meeting by singing and preare
1  on motion the church takes in concideration hur members not attendnd church meting
2  and appoints Brother Sands to admonish brother Yearts and wife to attend next meting and let the church know the reason of there long absence
3  Brother Newkirk appointed to invite Brother Agin and wife to attend next meting and let the chruch know the reason of there nonattendence
4  [the church?] agreed to a request Brother______ Vandever to attend and as a minister to  _____ amongst us & administer the ordinanses when necessery





Item four is scratched out but still mostly legible through the marks. 
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The Church met the third Saturday in December [1826] and opens meeting by singing and preare
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first the rerence about Brother Yeats cald for Brother Yeats and wife coms forward and gives the church satisfaction for there nonattendence
2  Brother Yeats and wife from their own request is dismist by letter
3  the refrence about Brother Agin and wife cald for and read Brother Agin and wife coms forward but faling to give satisfaction it is referd tel next meting


36
The Church met the third Saturday in January 1827 and opens meeting by singing and preare
1  the refrence concerning Brother Agin and wife cald for and read Brother Agin and wife coms forward and gives the church  satisfaction
2  Mary An Allen joind by experence and babtism
3  Sister Sary Dikins Dismist by letter

36-37
The Church met the third Saturday in February [1827] and opens meeting by singing and preare
1  the church opens hur doore for the reception of member and recieves Nancy Guigny Mary Holtsclaw Susana Beny Harriet McDonald and William
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Hindel by experence and Babtism

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The Church met the third Saturday in March [1827] and opens meeting by singing and preare
1 opens a dore for the recepttion of members and riieves Elijah Person Melinda Dickins Fanny put man by experence and Babtism and Shadrach Dickins by relation
2  Brother Allen McBride dismist by letter

37
The Church met the third Saturday in April [1827] and opens meeting by singing and preare
1 the church opens a door for the reception of members and ricieves Elisabeth McDonald Nancy Newkirk Ephraim Dickins Elijah Person Jane Person Amos Crichfield James Pitman by experence and Babtism Thomas and Polly Walker by letter and John Wellman by relation
Thomas and Polly Walker have to be Isom and Mary Gwin's oldest daughter and her husband!  She was b. ca. 1787, prob. in Montgomery Co., VA, and he ca. 1791-95, Blount Co., TN, making them here about 40 and 32-to-36 years of age, respectively.  These five (and perhaps more) of their kids would've been with them (approximate ages shown as I have them): Isom Gwin Walker, 12; Elizabeth Walker, 7-16; James Walker, 7-16; Thomas Walker 6 or younger; Mary "Polly" Walker, 6 or younger.
37-38
The Church met the third Saturday in May [1827] and opens meeting by singing and preare
First on motion the church takes in concideration Brother Shadrack Dickins publick gift as a preacher of the gospel and liberates him to preach in the bounds of this church and the sister churches when and wheare
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he pleases
at the same meting recieves George Pitman by experence and babtism

38
The Church met the third Saturday in June [1827] and opens meeting by singing and preare
1  the church opens a dore for the reception of members abnd recieves Samual Grimes by experence and babtism
2  the church took in concideration the building of a meeting haus & agreed to build one of hude logs twenty six feet long by twenty two feet wide twelve feet high the wall coverd in with joint shingwls
3rd Resolved that on election be helt on the thrird Sature day in July next for the purpos of electing three trustees of the church whos duty it shall be to precure a deed to the meting hous lot for the benifit of the church

38-39
The Church met the third Saturday in July [1827] and opens meeting by singing and preare
1st  the church proceeds to elect three trustees to wit Robert Sands Cornelius Newkirk &
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Richard Holtsclaw
2  the church directs hur trustees to draw up subscription papers and try what they can get subscribd to building a haus for the use of Providnce Church and make reporte what is don at next meting and also procede to precure a deed to one & a half achers of land of brother Holtsclaw the premises that has heareunto been designated by the church.
3  the church preceds to appoint hur members to the assciation to wit Robert Samds Clement McDonald and Cornelius Newkirk also 50 cents to precure the minits and the clark to provide a letter to the assciation

39
The Church met the third Saturday in August [1827] and opens meeting by singing and preare
the leter to the association red and recieved

39-40
The Church met the third Saturday in September [1827] and opens meeting by singing and preare
1st the church calls on hur trustees to make report what progress they have made in building the meting hous the trustees reporte that have built the haus to the square by [closing?] the male members of the church in four classes and the church agree to go on in the same
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manner untel the hause is coverd in
I can't quite understand their meaning (as to how it was constructed) except that the building is built but not yet under roof.
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The Church met the third Saturday in October [1827] and opens meeting by singing and preare
adjournd tel next meting in [C____]

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The Church met the third Saturday in November [1827] and opens meeting by singing and preare
1  the church takes up a reporte about brother Ephraim Dickins staying in the woods all night with a young woman in a thick settelment and after sum conversation on the subject lays it over tel next meting

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1st  The Church met the third Saturday in December [1827] the refrence concerning Bro Ephraim Dickins cald for and red  Bro Dickins coms forward and the church agrees to beare with him
2  the church takes up a reporte that is prevaling against bro Samuel Wellman and appoints brethen Charles Snowden and William Hindal  to site him to next meting
3  the church takes up a reporte against brother George Pitman and appoints Brethen Amos Crichfield Clement McDonald and Cornelius Newkirk to site him to next meting
 
40-41
The Church met the third Saturday in January 1828 and opens meeting by singing and preare
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1  The reference respecting Bro. Samuel Wellman read and he being present confesses that the report of his being overtaken by intoccation was treue for whitch he gave the church satisfaction and was restord to fellowship
2  The reference respecting Brother George {itman red and he being present gave the church satisfaction
3  Brother Clement McDonald informed the church that Bro Ephraim Dickins had been served by a legal warrent and brought before him as an acting Justice of the Peace charged with having feloniously taken fore dollars in silver and after the said _____ was joined that Ephraim Dickins confest to taking of the money wheare upon the church excluded him from under their watch care and fellowship
4  Recieved Brother Zacheriah Brown and wife by let recieved John Williams by experence

41
The Church met the third Saturday in February [1828] and opens meeting by singing and preare
1  the church opens a dore fore the reception of members and recieves John Toney Patcy Overland and Rachel Dickins by experence

41-42
The Church met the third Saturday in March 1828 and opens meeting by singing and preare
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1  the church opens a dore for the reception of members and recieves Morris Pitman and Lucy Brown by letter

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The Church met the third Saturday in Aprile [1828] and opens meeting by singing and preare
1st  the church takes up a reporteprevaling us Brethern James Pitman George Pitman and Samuel Grimes of drinking to exces and rude behavaun at John Newkirks chapping frolick and appoints brethern Charles Snowden Eli Adler and Cornelius Newkirk to go and labour with the said brethern and invite them to next meting to answer to the reporte
also the same members to site brother Georges Putiman to answer to a charge of intoctication at the sail of the property of John Mathers, deceast
2nd  the church takes up a reporte on brother Samuel Grimes of his having joind sum men in drinking company and offerd an insult with these to Edward Davis in threts

42-43
The Church met the third Saturday in May [1828] and opens meeting by singing and preare
1  Recieved Brother Joel Ray and wife by letter
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2  the refrence concerning brethern James Pitman George Pitman and Samuel Grimes cald for and red Brother James Pitman gives the church satisfaction Brother Grimes gives satisfaction on the full reporte  the refrence about Brother George Pitman laid over untel next meting
3  The refrence about Bro Grimes a sending threts to Edward Davis red and Bro Grimes comes forward and denies the report

43
The Church met the third Saturday in June 1828 and opens meeting by singing and preare
1  Brother Clement McDonald lay in a charge against Brother Amos Crichfield for chargeing him with departing from the truth Bro Crichfield being present gives the church satisfaction for the same
2  the refrence concerning Brother  George Pitman cald for red and layd over untel next meeting and appoints brethern Robert Sands William Agin and Cornelius Newkirk to see him and site him to next meting
3  the church agrees to travil for a deacon untel next meeting

43-44
The Church met the third Saturday in July [1828] and opens meeting by singing and preare
1  the refrence concerning brother George Pitman taken up and layd over untel next meting and appoints Bro Sands __ Agin and C. Newkirk to labour with him and site him to next meting
2  The bisoness concerning a Deacon layd over untel next meting
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3  the church think proper to send for Bro Abner Mcdonald to know the reason of his nonattendence at church meting and appoints brethern Morris _itman and Amos Crichfield to the bisoness
4  the church takes up a report aginst bro Samuel Grimes of roieting and intoxication at Broocke and Appoints brethern S. Dickins and E. Person to go and let him know it and site him to next meting
5  the church proceeds to appoint hur members to the association viz Robert Sands, Richard Holtsclaw, Morris Tilman and Cornelius Newkirk and agree to send 50 c to procure minits of the association 12 1/2 cents of that to the superintendent of Sd minits and Cornelius Newkirk to prepare a letter to the same.

44-45
The Church met the third Saturday in August [1828] and opens meeting by singing and preare
1  The refrence about Bro George Pitman layd over untel next meting and appoints Brethern Clement McDonald and Cornelius Newkirk to see him and site him to next meting
2  The refrence concerning the chois of a deacon laid over untwl next meting with a amendment of caseing two insted of one
3  The case of Bro Abner McDonald laid over untel next and appoints Grethern Morris Pitman and Amos Crichfield to see him and site him to attend next meeting
4  the refrence concerning Bro Grimes taken up and after hearing from him on motion the church say she is not satisfide to hold him in hur fellowship in his present
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situation and as such cut him off from church privileges.

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The Church met the third Saturday in September 1828 and opens meeting by singing and preare
1  The refrence about Brother George Pitman cald for and red and Bro George being present givs the church staisfaction for the charge and reports against him
2  the chois of a deacon or deacons layd over untel next meting
3  the refrence about Bro Abner McDonald laid over untel next meting and Brethern Wm Agin Shadrach Dickins John Overland and Cornelius Newkirk to see him and site him to fill his seat at next meting
4  Bro James Pitman pays 50 cents to precure the minits of the assiciation for the yeare 1828

45
The Church met the third Saturday in October 1828 and opens meeting by singing and preare
1  the refrenceconcerning a deacon read and laid over untel next meting
2  the refrence abut Bro Abner McDonald cald for red and layd over untel next meting
3  Margary McPeek joind by letter
4  Brother Charles Snowden and wife dismist by letter

45-46
The Church met the third Saturday in November 1828 and opens meeting by singing and preare
1  the refrence about Bro Abner McDonald nonattendence at meting taken up he being present gives satisfaction
2  took up the refrence respecting Deacons and made chois of Brother Richard Holtsclaw Brother Walker
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and Brother Overland being tide laid it over tel next meting
3  Choses Brother Aaron Vandever moderator
4  dismises Brother Isaac Person and wife by letter
5  dismises Sister Elizabeth Gwin by letter
Brother Walker -- Thomas Walker is chosen as deacon





Who is this Elizabeth Gwin?   Please email me if you have an idea:  jmcdgwin@zianet.com  Thanks!

Here's an idea:  Could her full name be Mary Elizabeth Gwin?  If so, it would make perfect sense that this is Isom's wife, and that this is the time that they move their membership to Unity Church.
46
The Church met the third Saturday in December [1828] and opens meeting by singing and preare  Bro Dickins Modr.
1  the refrence respecting a deacon taken up and makes chois of Bro John Overland to that office
2  the church takes up a charge from Bro Agin aginst sister Elisabeth Gwin and Jane Person for telling [T. Brown?] lys on his wife and it is laid over untel next meting and appoints Brethern Shadrack Dickins and Cornelius Newkirk to see them and site them to next meting
3  the church agrees to send for help to ordain hur deacons viz to Unity and Rock Spring to Unity brethern S. Dickins, T Brown and Samuel Welman; to Rock Spring Wm. Kindel Morris Tilman


lys = lies

Bro Agin will appear again next month and fail to support these charges, the church acquitting both women.  It seems very likely to me that the Sister Agan who brings charges against Isom Gwin in March is his wife.
46-47
The Church met the third Saturday in January 1829 and opens meeting by singing and preare Bro Gwin moderator
1  The charge preferd aginst the two sisters Elizabeth Gwin and Jane Person cald for and submitted to committy and by the examation of the committy Brother Agin faild to support his charge and confesst that he had ronged Sister Jane Person
2  and the charge against sister Elizabeth Gwin he also
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faild to establish and the judgement of the committy was that he also ronged hur
3  and the church recieved the reporte of the committy and acquited the sisters of the charge
4  the church opens hur dores for the rection of members and recieves Samuel Wellman Susanna his wife and Sary Wellman his daughter by letter
4 [5]   [ansuenabel?] to the request of Providence Church for help ordain her deacons, Brother Isom Gwin atended from Unity from Rock Spring Brother Aaron Vandever and the candidates being examined on ther faith and the work of a deacon was set apart to that office by praere and imposition of hands of the presbetery.
"Bro Gwin moderator"  I speculate that the reason why  Isom Gwin's  name is crossed out is that he was selected to be moderator at the beginning of the meeting, and then when the meeting began and Elizabeth Gwin's case was brought up, he recused himself from serving as moderator.




So were Isom and Mary Gwin fellowshipping at Unity Church now?
47
The Church met the third Saturday in February [1829] and opens meeting by singing and preare
First brother Elijah Person lays in a charge against Bro Abner McDonald for practising a  fraud on him in putting an unsound [hous? hors?] on him and departing from the truth
Second, the records of January meting 1829 red for the examanation of the church and on motion the Church lays the reception of the recods over untel next meting

47-48 The Church met the third Saturday in March 1829 and opens meeting by singing and preare
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First Brother S. Dickins lays in a charge against Sister Agin For hard talk In-saying that Bro Isom Gwin had murderd the truth and she would as soon take Ben Balses word for any thing as old Gwins
2 and for useing hard langage against other members of the Church in saying she would as soon Fellowship the Devil in Hell as them
3 and throwing Contempt on the Church in saying that the Lye and the Lyar was in the Church and she being present and Faild to satisfaction is thearefore excluded from Church preveliges
I have seen reference to this account in some other place, and as I recall, Gwin's exoneration was not included.  This Sister Agan must be the wife of the Brother Agan who brought charges in December against Elizabeth Gwin.  As the church acquitted Elizabeth of the charge of spreading lies, Sister Agan now appears to be gossiping against Brother Isom Gwin for having murdered the "truth" about Elizabeth back in January.  Regardless, Sister Agan fails to convince the church of what they find to be her false accusations, and she herself is excluded, not Isom.  I feel much better about the incident now, seeing it in context and being able to piece it all together.
48-49
The Church met the third Saturday in April [1829] and opens meeting by singing and preare
1  the refrence concerning Bro E. Person and Bro Abner McDonald cald for red and layd over untel next meting
2  the church takes up a charge preferd ___ Bro Agin for censonious talk against one of hur members in sahying they was a dangerous person also for saying that he was no more a member with us and appoints brethern Robert Sands and Morris Tilman to site him to next meting
3  on motion the church takes in concideration the propriety of looking out a new site for a meting hous and lays it over untel next meting
4  administering the sacrament prospond untel June meting 1829
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5  resolved by the church that hur deacons should keep a book for the purpos of keeping his account with the church and settel with hur once a yeare viz in the month of april each yeare

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The Church met the third Saturday in May [1829] and opens meeting by singing and preare
1  the refrence concerning Bro E Person and Bro Abner cald for red and layd over untel next meting
2  the refrence concerning Brother Agin red and he being present and faling to give the church satisfaction he is thearefore cut of from church prevelidgs
3  the refrence about a new place for a meting hous red and layd over untel meting

49
The Church met the third Saturday in June 1829 and opens meeting by singing and preare
1  the refrence concerning Bro Elijah Person and Bro Abner McDonald and red and at the request of Bro Person the matter laid over untel next meting.
2  the refrence about a new place for a meting hous... [illegible]
3  on motion the church agrees to resind the order of building a meting hous wheare it now stands and directs hur trusteees to dispose of the worke don theare to the best advantage they can for the use of the church.

49-50
The Church met the third Saturday in July [1829] and opens meeting by singing and preare
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1  the refrence concerning Brother and Bro Abner McDonal cald for red and Bro Person being present and faling to prove his charges Brother McDonald is aquitted from them
2  the church agrees to send request to the association to investigate the conduct of the Union association in recieving the excluded part of Lamat Church into their fellowship and for hoding ministers in their fellowship who deny the Special Call of the Sperit to the worke of the ministry
3  the church proceds to chuse hur members to the association viz Richard Holtsclaw Robert Sands and Morris Tilman with 50 cents for the minits 12 1/2 of that to the superintendent

50
The Church met the third Saturday in August [1829] and opens meeting by singing and preare
1  Brother Dickins and wife dismist by letter

50-51
The Church met the third Saturday in September [1829] and opens meeting by singing and preare
1  On motion the church agrees to look out amongst them selves for a moderater and lays it over untel next meting 
2  the church reconsiders hur record respecting hur call to Brother Aaron Vandeaver to preach and andminister the ordinances whitch record did not convey the mening of the church and is thearefore erased out of the church book.
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3  on motion the church lisons Brother Shadrach Dickins to preach the gospel wheare ever the Lord may cast his lot





lisons = licenses
51
The Church met the third Saturday in October [1829] and opens meeting by singing and preare
1  the church recinds hur act in granting Brother Dickins and wife letters of dismission to account of not moveing
2  on motion the church takes up a charge against Brother Eli Allen for refusing to act with the church and charging the church with the caus in moving the meting hous and ____ things that he had never told ____ never ____ and Bother Allen bing present and faillingto givethe church satisfaction  _____ charges is therarefore cut of from church prevelidges
4 [3] on a reporte that sister Marthe Overland is joind another sociaty not in union with us the church takes up the reporte and appoints Brethern Robert Sands and Shadrick Dickins to site hur to next meting
5 [4] Nancy Newkirk dismist by letter


  There is no apparent record of a November 1829 meeting.
51
The Church met the third Sature day in December [1829]--opens meting by singing and prear
1  The refrence Concerning Martha Overland red and Laid over untel Next meting and appoints brethern S. Dickins and R Holstclaw to site hur to next meting
2  The Church makes Chois of Brother Shadrick Dickins to serve them as moderater in Case of Brother Gwins absence.
This occurs one year before Isom dies in Dec 1830.

Does this "
in Case of Brother Gwins absence" remark refer to his impending death?   Or were the Gwins preparing to leave the church in light of Ms. Agan's false accusations?  
51-52
The Church met the third Saturday in January 1830 and opens meeting by singing and prear
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1  the refrence concerning Sister Martha Overland cald for and red and she being present and stating that she ____ better satisfied in the society she had joind and the church not fellowshiping hur in that standing is excluded from church previliges
2  Brother John Overland requests the church to relese him from the bisoness of a deacon and the church at his request exonarates him
3  Brother Eljah Person dismist by letter
4  Anna and [Hanera?] Tilman joind by letter

52
The Church met the third Saturday in February 1830 and opens meeting by singing and preare
1st  Brother Jonathan Pelen and wige Rebecah joind by letter
2  the church agrees to build a meting hous and lays over the chusing of the whearon to build untel next meting and appoints Brethern Amos Crichfield and Moris Tilman to vew the defrent places proposed and make reposte to next meting

52
The Church met the third Saturday in March [1830] and opens meeting by singing and preare
1st  the refrence conderning the place to build the meting hous red and re reporte of the churchs committy on that bisoness layd over untel next meting

52-09
The Church met the third Saturday in April 1830 and opens meeting by singing and preare Bro N Smith Mod
1st  the refrence concerning a place wheare on to build a meting hous cald for and red and the church
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agrees to build on Brother George Pitman's donation of land the hous to be bilt in cabbin form twenty-four feet by twenty with a good wooden floore and two comfortable wooden chimneys
2 the church directs hur trustees to procure a deed to Sd. land for the use and benifit of Providence Church
3 Brother John Overland and wife dismist by letter
4 on motion the church sends two of the sisters Mary Holtsclaw and Elizabeth Newkirk to see Sister Elizabeth Allen and site hur to next meting
5 The church and deacon settel and there remains in the Deacons hands 56 1/4 cents

09
The church met the third Saturday in May [1830] opens meting by singing and prayr
1st the refrence concerning sister Allin cald for read and the sister failling to cum the church agrees to lay the matter over until next meting and send hur a friendly request to atend next meting by brethren Robert Sands and Cornelius Newkirk

09-10
The Church met the third Saturday in June 1830 opens meeting by singing and prayer
The refrence concerning sister Allen cald for and red and sister allen being present gives the church satisfaction and at hur request on motion the church agrees to read and reconcile
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the act of the church in the exclusion of Eli Allen and after sum In_liyation on the mater the Church say the record is just
2 Sister Elizabeth Allen dismist by letter

10
The Church met the third Saturday in July 1830 opens meeting by singing and prayer
1st the church takes in consideration in what way to appropriate the $10.50 cents the money that the worke don on the meting hous was sold for and lays it over untel next meting
2 church appoints hur member to the association viz--Shadrack Dickins Richard Holtsclaw and Robert Sands with 62 1/2 cents to procure the minits of the association 12 1/2 cents of that for the superintendent

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The Church met the third Saturday in August 1830 opens meeting by singing and prayer
1st the refrence concerning the appropriation of the money that the worke don on the meting hous was sold for red
2 on motion the church think proper to deposit the money in the hands of hur trustees and if any came [claim] should com by any person or persons when Sd. clame is established the church
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shall ishew hur order to the trustees for thier porpotion part of the said $10.50 cents according to the number of hands who worked on the said hous [NB?] the claimes must be made in two months
3 a request from the sister church at Bethel for help in case of a deficulty in hur body and the church agrees to grant the request in sending members viz Robert Sands Morris Tilman Amos Critchfield James McMahan Jonathan Peter and Cornelius Newkirk

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The Church met the third Saturday in Sept 1830 opens meeting by singing and prayer
the church takes up a reporte about three of the sisters joining another Society not in union with us and agrees to send two of tour sister Elisabeth Kindel and Rachel Putman to see them and site them to next meting
2  Brother Richard Holtsclaw and wife dismist by letter
3 Brother Hotsclaw settels with the church and left the money 68 3/4 cents in the hands of Cornelius Newkirk one of the trustees of the church
4 the church pays for the minits 25 cents the money left in the hands of the Sd. trustee of the church is 43 3/4 cents.
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5 the church directs Bro Newkirk to provide one quart of wine a gainst next meting

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The Church met the third Saturday in October 1830 opens meeting by singing and prayer
1st the refrence about the three sisters Williams Cald for red and the church being legally informed of the fact manafest  an nonfellowship with sutch conduct and they are thearefore cut of from church previlidgs with us
2 the church takes up a reporte about Rachel Dickins joining another society not in union with us and appoints Brethern John and Samuel Jur. to see hur and site hur to next meting
3 the church agreees to reconsisder the form of building hur meting hous and lays it over untel next meting
4 the church proceds to the chois of deacons and chooses brethern Zacharia Brown and Amos Critchfield
5 the church agrees to send to the sister churches Bethel and Indian Creek for helps to ordain her deacons to Bethel by Brethern Shadrach Dickins and John Wellman to Indian Creek by Brother Jonathan Brown
6 ordered by the church that Eli Allen be paid 68 3/4 cents it being his perpotionabel parte out of the money that the worke don on the ___

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...meting hous was sold for
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The Church met the third Saturday in November 1830 opens meeting by singing and prayer
1  the refrence about Siuster Rachel Dickins red and the church recieving satisfaction ___ information of the fact the church excludes hur from under thier care
2  the church recinds hur former order of building hur meting hous boath in form and sise
3  the church agrees to build the body of hur hous of hude logs twenty six by twenty two feet and cover it in with joint shingels and floore it with good plank
4  the church agrees to send to the sister churches for helps to orain hur deacons viz to
sinking Springs Bethel Blueriver and [Enon?] to attend at our May meting in 1831 and appoints brethern to attend the defrent churches to Sinking Spring and Blew River Shadrich Dickins to Bethel Benjamin Bewkirk to [Enon?] Clement McDonald
5  the church concludes to build by subscription and to send out fore subscription papers one in the hands of Bro Robert Sands one in the hands of Bro Zachriah Brown two in the hands of Bro Clement McDonald

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The Church met the third Saturday in December 1830 opens meeting by singing and prayer
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the church takes up a reporte __ Bro George Pitman for drinking speritus liquer to exces and lays it over untel next meting and appoints brethern Morris Tilman Amos Crichfield and Cornelius Newkirk to admonish him and site him to next meting
2  Sister McPeake and Siser Maryan Williams dismist by letter
3  the church takes up a charge against Brother Samuel Wellman Sen. for refusing to help build the meting hous on account of the faith of the church and for denying the 7th articel of hur faith
4  Bro Wellman being present gives the church satisfaction so that she agrees to beare with him and live with him as a Christian
5  the church agrees to wait for the report on hur subscription papers tell next meting
Gggg-grandpa Isom Gwin died near the end of this month, according to his will and probate records.  That there is no mention of that event here tells me that he and his wife may have moved to another church in the Association, perhaps Unity Primitive Baptist Church (see the record for January 1829, above).  On the other hand, no other deaths are recorded in the minutes except in the various Membership Lists.  But that brings up another question: Why do Isom's and Mary's names not appear in any of these lists?
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The Church met the third Saturday in January 1831 opens meeting by singing and prayer
1  the refrence concening Bro George Pitman cald for red and layd over untel next meting and appoints Brethern Clement McDonald and Moris Tilman to see him and admonish him to duty and make reporte to next meting
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2  on motion the refrence of the subscription layd over untel next meting
3  the church procese to elect Btother Maes Pitman to fill the vacancy of Bro Richard Holtsclaw as trustee of Providence Church
4  on motion the church agrees to give any person or persons who wish to clame for servisses don on the meting hous for Providence Church twelve months longer time to make thier clame
5  on motion the church agrees to advertise to let person know who clame for thier services don on the Sd. meting hous that there is twelve months longer time to make aplication to the church for thier money also to advertise the same brethern James Pitman and Cornelius Newkirk appointed to that bisaness

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The Church met the third Saturday in February 1831 opens meeting by singing and prayer
1  the refrence concerning Brother George Pitmand red and the brother not being present the church agreees to weight untel next meting
2  Brother Samuel Wellman Junr. clames fore ___ services don on the meting haus _____that he recieve by the church 52 1/2 cents _____ ___ ___
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____ by the church that Eli Allen ____ 68 3/4 cents whitch he recieved
3  ___ 50 cents ____ to Sister McPeak by the request of William Agin for services he don on Sd. meting hous
4  the church takes up a def________ betwen Brethern Samuel Wellman Senr. and Shadrach Dickins and after sum conversation on the subject the church agrees to bare with them.

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The Church met the third Saturday in March 1831 opens meeting by singing and prayer
1  the refrence about Bro George Pitman cald for red and he not being present and being twice admonished by the church and he refusing to heare hur is thearefore cut of from church preveliges
2  on motion the church manifest a a dissatisfaction with brother Samuel Wellman Senr. on account of his conduct at our last meting which was charging the church with dealling with him harde for nothing and leaving his seat in disorder and appoints brethern Shadrack Dickins and Cornelius Newkirk to let him know



This is the end of the first book.  Book Two begins with the records the business meeting of the third Saturday of April 1831.