Mincy Valley Babtist Church of Christ Records, 1871 - 1880

Book owned by Vineta Haksey of Omaha, AR
Daughter of Creel Hopper
Oobtained from Eva Bruner in 1963 by Dolores Raines
Part one - through 1876 - Part two

At The Meeting held in Mincy Valley, Taney Co Mo. on saturday
before the third sunday in November 1871 conducted by Elders A. Hopper.

Hyrem Hollers and J.F. Brittain. a part of the members of the Postoak grove of United Babtist who had been leagelly dismissed from said Church by letter Agreed to go into a Constitution of an Independent Church at This Place.
Wherefore Elder J.F. Brittain was chosen as Moderator Protem and Bro. Creel Hopper CLK.PT.
The Names of those that went into the Constitution were as Follows:
Clemon Hopper,Hyrem Hollars,Elizabeth J Hollers, Anderson Hopper,Mary Hopper, J.F. Brittain,Mary Btittain,John Hutchenson,Creel Hopper,Sarah Hopper, Sarah Pruitt, Marion Hopper, J.J. Firtner,Melissa Hopper Fortner James M Hopper,Louisey Watts,Melvina Watts, Henrietta Watts,Noah Laws, George Brittain,Memory Brittain.

These Brethens and Sisters were permitted To Constitute Themselves into a church which we agree to call Mincy Valley. Constituing Prayer was Offered by Elder A Hopper after which a Hymn was sung and the hand of fellowship extended. The Newly constitued Church then proceeded to business 1st by motion and second agreed that we adopt the foregoing rules of Decorum and Articles of Faith. 2nd by by motion and 2nd agreed that we hold our regular Church meeting on Saturday before 3rd Sunday of each month.
Adjourned in order.
J.F. Brittain ,moderator Protem. Creel Hopper CLK.PT

On The Following Sunday evening the Church met for Worship after which oppertunity was given for persons to unite with the church when Brother Francis Brittain came forward and was Received by relation.
The Meeting continued from day to day the following week.
on Monday evening Brother Calvin Parton,Harvey Brittain,George Bly,Isaac Speerand Sister Nancy Speer came forward and was received by relation and Aaron Hutchenson was received as canidate for babtism. and Sister Sarah Speer was received by letter. and Sister Tabitha Ridemore was received by relation. Tuesday evening Bro. James Hutchenson was received as a candidate for Babtism and Sisters Nancy Hutchenson and Elizabeth Laws was Received by relation.
Wednesday Evening Sister Sarah Brittain was received by relation and Sister Sinthia Laws was received as Canditate for Babtism. and Sister Tilphah T. Brittain was Received as a Candidate for Babtism.
On The Following Sunday After Devine Services The Church Repaired to Where the Ordinance of babtism was Administrated to Bros: Aaron Hutchinson,James Hutchenson,John C Speer, and Sisters Synthia Laws Bly,and Melcina Brittain.

Note: Minutes continued on page 7
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Clemon Hopper died feb 28 1876
George Brittain discharged by letter
Memory Brittain discharged by Letter
Hyrem Hollers[ordained Minister] Dis. By Letter
Elizabeth Jane Holler " " "
Anderson Hopper " " "
Mary Fletcher Hopper " " "
J.F. Brittain " " "
Mary Brittain " " '
John Hutchinson Dis By Letter
Sinthia Hutchinson ""
Creel Hopper[Lic. Minister ordained in oct 1878]
Sarah Hopper
Sarah Pruitt
J.J. Fortner excluded
Malissa L Fortner Excluded sept 1880
Marion Hopper
Mary Hopper
Melvina watts Dis by letter
James M Hopper "'""
Mary E Hopper ""
Henretta Laws " " "
Noah Laws died april 30 1873
Francis Brittain Dis By letter
Tabitha Brittain "''
George Bly "
Isaac Speer "' "'
Sarah Speer "' "'
Nancy Speer ""
John C Spee r"
James Hutchenson "'
Synthia Laws Bly ''' then Excluded
Aaron Hutchenson Disc By Letter
Nancy jane Hutchenson "
Elizabeth Laws "'
Telephah T Brittain "
Melcina Brittain "
Agustus P Marrs "
Elizabeth Marrs "
Orlando Jones "
R. B. Stafford "
Amanda Laws Stafford "
Emma Brittain "
James Gilstrap "
Ann Gilstrap "
Malinda Stafford "

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Susan Walker Died
Rebecca Jane Ranes Dis. By Letter
Sarah Cameron Died
John Speer Dis By letter
Sarah Speer "
Nathanial Pruitt "
John Thomasson Excluded
Edney Jane Thomasson "
Henry Killman
Susan Killman
Icyphena Hopper died Feb 12 1879
Mary Killman Excluded
Milford Hopper Dis. by letter
Amanda Layton died dec 22 1879
Marana Bedford Excluded
David Cameron Died
John Cameron
Thomas A Coulter Dis By Letter
Virginia Coulter "
Louisy Watts '"
Benjamin Osborn '
James Pruitt "
James H Sperry excluded
Sinthia Delilah Sperry Excluded
Hanory Hopper
Sarah ann Osborn Dis By letter
Martha Ann Pruitt Excluded
Francis Cameron Dis By Letter
Elizy Ann watts " "
William Osborn '
Sousin Osborn "
Mary Harding "
Nancy Margot Pruitt Excluded
Amanda Hopper "
Joshua H Covey Excluded
Lucy Covey "
Thomas Watson
Edna Watson
 
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William Caldwell Dis By Letter
F.P. Frogan "
G.B. Covey '
S.H. Whire died
Margaret White Dis by letter
James A Covey "
Peter Covey "
David L Pruitt '"
Mary Layton '
The Following people was discharged by letter May 1879 to form a new Church Susan Bedford.Jackson Middleton,J.W. Middleton,Florence Middleton, Rubin Noel,Delila Noel, Joseph Noel, Julie Jefferies,and Wm Canfield.

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__________ Murley Excluded
Mary Hardin excluded
Rebecca Ann Hardin Excluded
Mary Manis "
Doctor A White "
Evaline Manis '
Henrietta Laws Dis By Letter
Arta White '
Lydda Pennington "
Wm B White "
Joseph P Pennington "
Nancy F Pennington '
Nancy F Pennington '
R.B. Stafford "
Amanda Stafford Nov 1880
Peter Humphrey Excluded
G.M. White "
Martha White "
Nancy Clark Died.
Jane Humphrey Excluded
Nancy Caldwell Excluded
Rebecca Caldwell Excluded
Marta White "
Leonard White "
Nancy Pruitt "
Sarah A Barber "
Ivan Pruitt '"
Mary Covey "
Elizzie De Jarnett Excluded
Milford Hopper "
Mary combs Hopper "
John C. M. Green '
Elijah Jackson "
Emily Jackson '
John C Speer "
Sarah Speer '
Jas. T. Anderson '
Permelia Anderson "
Anna R Brown "
John Wilson'
Lucetta Wilson "
Rozella Mc Card '
J.F. Brittain Dis By letter.
Mary Brittain "
Jane Pruitt '
Emma Pruitt "
VADALIA____ '
Ellen Roads "
Davey Covey excluded
Simon Covey Excluded
Sarah white "
Galatha Watts '
D.A. White "
J.N. Pruitt '
Sarah Pruitt '
James Pruitt "
James walker Dis by Letter
Sarah J Mosure "

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Mahaly Davis EXcluded
Thomas Lehens "
Nancy Lehens '
Charles Layton"
George Layton
Harvard Pruitt "
Harrison Pruitt
Reason Woodward
Sarah Woodward
Thomas Wilson
Jeremiah Mosure
 
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James Mosure Excluded sept 1883
Thomas Sperry
Manerva Sperry
Kissere Hill
Mary Barton
Elizzre De Jarnett
John E Bly
Clayton Pruitt
Arminda Hopper
Martha Jane Covey Excluded
Lansford Walker "
Sarah J Hop[per gone
Malinda J Pruitt
Ester Brittain
Steven A Killman
Wm W Vice
Mary Vice
James F Brittain Disc By Letter
Mary E Brittain "
Molly Hurley Excluded
Soloman Yates '
Louisa Yates '
Martha Ann Cameron "
Wm H. Gilstrap '
Sarah Gilstrap
J.H. Pruitt
Emma Pruitt
Carolina Acres
F.W. Brittain
Sarah E Brittain
James F Pruitt
J.N. Pruitt
sarah Pruitt
Nancy Killman
J.L. Bruner
John Laws
Henretta Laws
Lotta Laws
Kie Laws Died
W.F. Dole
Nettie Dole.

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Jasper Hopper
Margaret Bly Hopper
Viola Hopper
Samuel Laws
Elzada Laws
Joseph Parton
John Woodward
S. Parks
Mary Parks
T.B. Lankford
W.S. smith
Pelina Smith
Thomas Coffelt
John H. Fisher
Mary Coffelt
Margaret Coker
Nancy A Coker
George W Colbert
Robert Coker
Delby ann Pruitt excluded
James Pruitt
Andrew Pruitt
Abner Layton hand of friendship withdrawn
Willim Liken
Wm . T. Davis
Melcena Davis
Wesley Woodward
Leander Hopper
William Laws
Henry Sims
Memory Brittain Dead
Kissire Hill
Emma Turner Gone from country
Milton P Brittain [ordained minister
Nancy Brittain
William Kilman
Ann Walker
Elijah Jackson
Reason Woodward
Joseph W Laws
Wm H Gilstrap.
The Rev. dissimulation
Wm Vise S.E. Gilstrap
Mary Vise J.H. Pruitt
Wm W Gilstrap Emma Pruitt

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Mincy Valley Church Minutes Dec 1871

Saturday before 3rd Sunday in Dec 1871
The Church met and After Divine Serveces Proceeded to business 1st appointing Bro. Anderson Hopper Protem and Creel Hopper Clk Protem
2nd Peace of the Church was called for all in peace.
3rd by motion and 2nd agreed that we build a house of Worship on the following plan.
The House to be Hewed of Logs 18X20 Ft Square. 2 windows in each side. Doors in end and Pulpit in same in. floor at Least 1 ft from ground. 10 ft from floor to ceiling. To be Covered with 2 ft boards showing 8 inches
Adjourned to meet at 6 o'clock pm
6 oclock: the church met and after Worship Proceeded to business.
1st took up the question of the Church house by motion And 2nd agreed that we build the house At the site Offered By Bro. Anderson Hopper in the Mincy Branch 1/2 mile Above the Mincy Post Office.
2nd by motion and second agreed that we appoint Bro Anderson Hopper to supertend the building of said house.3rd by motion and 2nd that we proceed to the election of a Pastor.,2 Deacons and a clerk.
The vote was taken which resulted in the election of Bro. James F Brittain for Pastor and Bros.George Brittain and J.C. Speer for Deacons and Creel Hopper as Clerk.
Adjourned in Order
Sunday evening the Church met for worship after which an invitation was given for persons to unite with the Church when Bro. Augusta P Marrs and Sister Elizabeth Marrs came forward and was received by letter.

January 1872
Saturday before 3 rd Sunday in Jan 1872.
The Church met and after Worship proceeded to Business.
1st the minutes of the previous meeting was read and received.
2nd by motion and 2nd agreed that we call Bro. Anderson Hopper ,J.F. Brittain And H Holler as Presbytery to examine and set apart for the office of Deaconsthe 2 Bros Formely elected for office.
3rd Peace of the Church Called for-all in Peace notwithstandingig was found that a Slanderous report was abroad concerning Bro. J.F. Brittain -where upon a Committee of Bros. Vise,J.J. Fortner and John C Speer and Anderson Hopper was appointed to investigate the matter and report at our next regular meeting.
4th by motion and 2nd agreed that we license Bro John C Speer to preach the Gospel
Adjourned to Order.

Feb 1872.
Saturday before 3rd Sunday feb 1872.
The Church Met and after divine services proceeded to business in order.
1st minutes are the previous meeting was read corrected and received.
The Report of the Committee on investigation was called for and read as follows:
We your Committee appointed to investigate as covering our Pastor do find by investigating that they are false and we do hereby clear him of the report.Anderson Hopper, John C Speer Jacob Fortner Committee
The Report was received and committee discharged.
3rd peace of the Church -call for-all in peace 4th request by Bro. J.C. Speer he is released from the office of Deacon and bro. J.J. Fortner was elected to the office.
Adjourned
Sunday at 10 oclock the Church met and presbytery Proceeded to the Ordination of Bros George Brittain and J.J. Fortner to the office of Deacons.

March 1872
Saturday before 3rd Sunday in March 1872
The Church met and after worship Proceeded to business.
1st minutes of previous meeting was read and received.
2nd peace of Church called for- all in peace.
3rd by request of Bro. John Hutchinson and Sister Sinthia Hutchenson[his wife] and his Brother James Hutchenson and his wife Nancy J. Hutchenson and his Brother Aaron Hutchenson. they are granted letters of dismission from us
Adjourned

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Saturday Evening the Church met after Worship which an opportunity was given for persons to unite with the church and Bro. Orlando Jones came forward and was received as a candidate for Babtism.
Sunday the Church Met For worship ,after which the Ordaince of Babtism was Administreted to Bro. Orlando Jones.

Sunday Evening the Church again Met for Worship,After which an oppertunity was given for persons to unite with the Church When Bro. R. B. Stafford And sister Amanda Stafford And sister Emma Brittain all came forward and was received as Candidates for babtism.

Saturday Before the 3rd Sunday in April 1872
The Church Met and after Worship proceeded with business in order.1st peace of the church Called ,All in Peace. no other business on hand.
Adjourned in order.
Sunday the Church met for Worship after which the ordaince Babtism was admimistrated to Bro. R.B. Stafford and Sister Amanda Stafford.
Sunday evening The Church met for worship after which an opportunity was given to persons to unite with the church when Bro James Gilstrap and Sister Ann Gilstrap came forward and was received on a promise of a letter.

Saturday before the 3rd Sunday in May 1872.
The Church met and after Divine services proceeded with business in order.
1st Bro.Anderson Hopper was appointed as Moderate protem
2nd the minutes of the previous meeting was read,corrected and received.
3rd peace and fellowship of the church was called whereupon the church preferred the following charges against Bro Hyrem Hollers.
1st for making Unlawful and un christian Proposals to females
2nd for making use of profane language
4th by motion and second the church appointed Bro. J.J. Fortner and Bro J.C. Speer to visit Bro Hollers and inform him of said charges and request him to meet with us at our next regular meeting.
5th by request of Bro A. Hopper he is released from the superintendency of the building of our Church and Bro A.A. Karns was appointed in his Stead.
Adjourned
Sunday Evening -the church met for worship after which an invitation was given to persons to unite to our church when Sister Malina Stafford came forward and was received as a candidate for babtism.
A.P. Marrs,Elizabeth Marrs, Isaac Speer,Nancy Speer,John C. Speer, Sarah Speer, Louisy Watts,Malinda Stafford,Harvey Brittain,Sarah Brittain, James Gilstrap,Ann Gilstrap,Tilphah T Brittain,Emma Brittain, Malenca Brittain .
5th motion and 2nd.adjourned to meet at 6 oclock this evening.
6oclock- the church met and after services proceeded with business.
1st-the time has arrived for the election of a pastor by motion and second the church agrees to go into an election.
The Vote was taken by private ballot and resulted in the election of Bro Bell.
2nd by motion Bro. A Hopper was appointed to visit or write Bro.Bell and inform him of his call to the church.
3rd motion-by motion and 2nd Bro A Hopper,R.B. Stafford and Orlando Jones was appointed messengers to bear our letter to the associaton
Adjourned in Order,

Sept SAt Before 3rd Sunday in Sept.
The Church met and after services proceeded to business in order.
1st-Brethens of Sister Church was invited to aid in council
2nd minutes of previous minutes read and accepted.
3rd-peace of church called for -all in peace
4th, by motion and second it was agreed that Bro Creel Hopper continue to act as our Clerk for coming year.
adjourned in order

Oct 1872
Sat.before 3rd Sun in Sept 1872
The Church met and after services proceeded to business.
1st Brethen of Sister churches were invited to aid,
2nd peace of church call for-all in peace
3rd by motion and second Bro. A Hopper was again appointed as supertindent to continue work on our church house and to take up collection to by a stove for the church.
4th motion and 2nd Bro Orlando Jones is granted a letter of dismission from us at his request
Adjourned in order.

Sat Before 3rd sunday in Oct
a part of the Church met but not enough to form a quorum so no business done.

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Saturday before 3rd Sun in Dec 1872.
The Church met and after worship proceeded to Business.
1st by motion and second Bro A Hopper was appointed Moderator Protem
2nd peace of the church called
John Fortner got up and stated that he had found another church to attend
John C Speer was received into full fellowship having been previously dismissed from us by letter .

Jan 1873
Sat Before 3rd Sun in Jan 1873
The Church met and after services proceeded to business
1st by motion Bro A Hopper was Appointed as Moderator Potem
the minutes of previous meeting read and received
adjourned in order

Feb
Sat before 3rd Sun in Feb 1873
The Church met but no business was done.

March
Sat before 3rd sun in March 1873
The Church met but no Business was done.
The meeting continued for several nights .
on Tuesday night an opportunity was given to Sister Sarah Speer who came forward and was received by letter.

April
Sat before 3rd Sunday in April 1873
The Church met and after worship proceeded to Business.
The Minutes of the Previous Meeting read and accepted
Peace of the Church Called For -all in Peace
Adjourned in order

May 1873
Sat Before 3rd Sun May 1873
The Church met and after worship proceeded to Business.
1st Brethens of Sister Churches was invited to attend council
2nd the minutes of previous meeting read and received.

April 1873
sAt before 3rd Sun in April
The church met but no business done.

May 1873
SAt before 3rd Sun in May 1873
The Church met and after worship proceeded to Business
1st brethens of sister churches invited ti attend council
2nd minutes of previous meeting read and accepted
3rd peace of church called for-all in peace
adjourned to order

June 1873
Sat before 3rd Sun June 1873
The Church met but no business was done

July 1873
Sat. before 3rd Sun July 1873
The Church met and after Worship proceeded to Business
1st Brethen of Sister Churches invited and were in council
2nd Peace of Church called for-all in peace
3rd by motion and second agreed that we be reperesented by Association this year.
4th by motion and second Bros A Hopper ,R.B. Stafford.and J.M. Hopper was chosen as messengers to deliver our letter to The Association.
5th by the request of Bro.J.C. Speer and Sister Sarah Speer they be granted letters from dismission from our body.
Adjourned in order
Sat. night The church met for worship and Nathanial Pruitt came forth and was recieved by relation.

August 1873
Sat before 3rd Sun in Aug.1873
The church met and after worship proceeded to business.
1st brethens of sister churches were invited ti aid in council
2nd Minutes of previous meeting read and received
3rd.our letter to assocation was read and adopted
4th By Motion and Secord that hence forth we will be known as BABTIST CHURCH OF CHRIST
5th the time having arrived to elect a Pastor and Clerk by motion and second agreed to refer election to next meeting. Adjourned in order

Sept 1873
Sat before 3rd Sunday Sept 1873
the church met and after worship proceeded to business
1st Bro J.R. chambers was chosen as Moderator Protem
2nd Minutes of previous meeting read and accepted
3rd Peace of Church called for whereupon Bro A Hopper got up and stated that he had been overtaken in a fault that he had got into a difficulty with Bro. J. F. Brittain and that he had resorted to unchristain meams and he prayed the church to forgive him for his fault. by motion and second the church forgave him.
4th By Reqest of Bro George Bly and sister Sinthia Bly and sister Rebecca Jane Justice they are granted letters of dismission from us.
Adjourned to meet at early candle lighting.
early candle lighting this church met and after worship proceeded to business.
by motion second and agreed to go into the election of Pastor And Clerk

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Oct 1873
sat before 3rd sun in Oct 1873
The church met and after worship proceeded to Business
1st Brethens of sister churches invited to council
2nd Peace of Church called for-all in peace
3rd by request of Bro R.B. Stafforf and sister Amanda Stafford and sister Elizabeth Laws and Henrietta Laws they are granted letters of dismission from us.
Adjourned in order
Sun evening the church met for worship after which an invitation was given for persons to unite to our church. when sister Edny Jane Thomason and Mary Killman came forward and was received as candates for babtism.and Sisters Susan killmam and Isaphena Hopper came forward and was received by relation.

Nov 1873
Sat before 3rd Sun in Nov 1873
The Church met and after worship proceeded to business.
1st brethens of sister churches invited to aid in council.
2nd the minutes of previous meeting read and accepted
3rd peace of church called for-all in peace
no other business
Adjourned to order
sat. evening the church met for worship ,after which an invitation was given for persons to unite with the church. when Bro Henry Killmanand john Thomason Came forward and was received as Canidates for Babtism .
Sunday at 9 am the church was inspired to the water where the ordinace of babtism was administrated to Bro John Thomason,Sister Edny Jane Thomason, Bro Henry Killman and sister Mary Killman.
adjourned in order.

Dec 1873 and Jan 1874 and Feb 1974
The Church Met and after worship proceeded to business.
1st Peace of the Church called for-all in peace
2nd by motion and second that we extend an arm of the church into the neighborhood of Bro T.A. Coulter 6 miles east of this place .

April,May.June and July 1874
The Church met for worship but no business was done til the evening of the 3rd sunday in July.
An opperunity was given for persons to unite with the church and sister Marania Bedrord came forward and was received into the church by relation.and sister Amanda Layton came forward as was received as candidate for babtism.

August 1874
sat before 3rd sun.in august
the church was met and after worship proceeded to business
1st peace of the church called for-all in peace
2nd an opperunity was given for persons to unite with the church when Bro. Milford Hopper came forward and was received as a candidate for babtism
3rd whereas in may 1872 certain charges were perferred against Bro. Hyrem Hollars and as plenty of time as been given and said charges has totally failed to sustain ,wherefore by motion and second agreed the church release Bro. Hollars and exborenate him.
By Motion Adjourned to meet next tuesday evening.

Sunday morning the church met for worship after which they repaired to water and Bro Milford Hopper and Sister Amanda Layton were babtised by our pastor Elder J.R.Chambers.
Tuesday evening the church met and after worship proceeded to business.
1st the time having arrived to call a pastor for the coming year by motion and second this church agreed to go into election. the vote was taken by acclaimanition which resulted in an unanimus election of Bro J.R. Chambers.
Adjourned by order

Sat before 3rd Sun in sept 1874
the church met but no business was done

sat before 2nd sunday in oct 1874
the church met for worship but was called to order by the Moderator for any business that might come before her.
1st Brethen of sister churches were invited to aid the council
2nd peace of church called-all in peace
3rd an invitation was given to persons to unite with this church.Where Bro T.A. Coulter and sister Coulter came forward and was received by relation
4th by motion and second Bro T.A. Coulter in granted license to preach the Gospel
5th by request Bro Hyrem Hollars and Sister Elizabeth Jane Hollars They are granted a dismission.

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Oct 1874
Sat before 3rd Sun in Oct 1874
The Church met and after Worship proceeded to Business.
1st Bro A Hopper was chosen as Moderator Protem
2nd by motion and second agreed we change our day of business from sat before 3rd sunday in each month.
Adjourned to order
Owing to the severeness of the Weather and bad health our Paston failed to attend us regular but the church continued to meet for worship each month but no business done till the following June.

June 1875
Sat before 2nd Sun in June 1875.
The Church met and after preaching by the Pastor met for Business.
1st peace was called for the Church All found in Peace
2nd By request of Bro T.A. Coulter and sister Virginia Coulter they are granted a dismission from our body.
Adjourned by order

July 1875
No Business done in July.

August 1875
Sat before 2nd sunday in August 1874
The Church met and after devine Service Proceeded to Business
1st church called to order by the moderator
2nd peace for church called for-found in peace
3rd by motion and second the church went into the election of Bro.J.R. Chambers .the church continued to meet for worship the following week.
Sunday evening Sister Louisa Watts came forward and was into the fellowship of the church by letter.
Wednesday.evening Bros. Benjamin Osborn,James Pruitt,and sisters Sintha Delila Sperry, Lenory Hopper,And Sarah Ann Caburn came foward as Canditates for Babtism.
Thursday evening Sisters Mary Ann Pruitt, Francis Cameron,and Eliza Ann Watts was received as canditates for Babtism.
Friday 11 oclock
the church met and after preaching Bro James H Sperry and William Caburn came forward and was received as canditates for babtism.
Sat 11oclock.
Church met and after worship Sister Mary Hardin was received by letter.
Sat Evening Church met and Sisters Nancy Margot Pruitt and Sausan Caburn was received as Canditates for Babtism. after which the church repared to water were Pastor babtized the above people. J.r. Chambers Moderator
A Hopper Clerk Protem

Jan 1876
on the 1st sunday in Jan 1876 Elder thomas Foster ,our Missionary visited us and commenced a meeting which continued the following week.
on Sun.Night Bro Joshua h Covey and sister Lucy Covey was received into our fellowship by relation.
on Thursday Bro. Thomas Watson was received for restoration and Bro. Wm Caldwell was received by relation and Bro F.P. Grogen was received as candidate for Babtism.
on thurs night Bro S.B.Covey was received as canidate for babtism and sister Edna Watson was received by relation. and bro S.H. White and sister Marget White was received by letter

Jan 1876 sat before 2nd Sun in Jan 1876.
The church met and after preaching ,our pastor.an invitation was given for persons to unite to our church when Bro James L Covey,Peter Covey and David L pruitt and sisters Mary Layton ans Susan Bedford was received as Canidates for babtism.
The Church was then called to order of Business
1st Brethen of sister churches was invited to aid council
2nd The minutes of previous meetind was read and adopted
3rd Peace of the Church Called-all in Peace.
Adjourned.

Feb 1876 Sat Before 2nd Sunday in Feb 1876
Th Church met at 10 oclock and Bro.F.P. Grogen was babtized by Water.
After Services proceeded to business.
1st Brethens of sister churchs was invited to attend council
2nd minutes of previous meeting read and accepted
3nd peace of church called for.When found that reports were going around about sister Nancy ann Pruitt and sister Sarah A Pruitt had been visiting public places of sinful mirth and That Bro. Wm. Caburn has been making use of profane language and had been out hunting with a gun on Sunday.There upon by motion and second a committee of 3 Bros was appointed to visit said sisters and bro.,and bros Joshua Covey, J.W. Pruitt and Creel Hopper were chosen as this committee.
4th: an invitation was given to unite with this church when Bro.R.P.Stafford and sister Amanda Stafford was received by letter.
5th: the motion second and agreed we elect 2 elders this evening. Adjourned to Early candle lighting.
Early candle lighting: the church met and after worship proceeded to business.
1st;proceeded to elect 2 Elders.the vote was taken by private ballot which resulted in the election of Bros R. B. Stafford and J.H. Covey
2nd; Elders J.R. chambers and A Hopper was a Presbytary to examine and ordain for deacons the 2 bros elected to that office and the ordination to be attended to tomorrow evening.
Adjourned to order.
on Sunday after 11 oclock services the church repaired to water and Bros. S.B Covey,James A Covey,David L Pruitt,and sisters Mary Layton,And Susan Bedford was Babtized by our Pastor,R.B. Chambers
Adjourned in Order .

In March and April there was no Church business done.

May and June 1876
Sat. before 2nd sunday May 1876
The Church met and after serviced proceeded to business.
1st: Brethens of sister churches invited to aid in council
2nd:The Minutes of last meeting read and adopted
3rd:Peace of the church called for-all in peace
4th:Om Motion and Second Bro W.M. Canfield is granted a License to preach
5th:By request of the following Bretherns and sisters they are granted letters of dismission From us for the purpose of forming a new church 12 miles from here. Jackson Middleton,J.W. Middleton,Ruben Noell,Joseph Noell,W.M.Canfield, Delila Noel,Florence Middleton,and Julie Jefferies.and by request of the above the ordained authority and as many other members of this church can gp are invited to meet with them next Sat.for the purpose of assisting them on the organizing of a new Church .
Adjourned in order..

Sat before 2nd Sun in June 1876
The Church met and after services proceeded to Business.
1st: the minutes of previous meeting read and accepted
2nd:the committe reported they visited the sisters Sarah and Nancy Pruitt and Bro.Caburn and that they had all made confessions and ask the church to forgive them.
On Motion and second The Committee was discharged.the church forgave and retained the sisters and brethen according to their request,
Adjourned in order.

2nd Sunday in June
After Worship an invitation was given to persons to unite with this church.and Bro Thomas Coulter and sister Virginia Coulter and Sister Sinthia Laws Bly And Mary Hardin was received by letter .

August 1876

1st Sunday in Aug.1876;Elder Thomas Foster commenced a meeting at the Bro Layton School House that lasted the following week during which Bro. Dr. A Watts and sister Artie Watts Was Received by relation.
Sunday after 11 oclock services Sister Rebecca j Hardin was received by letter.
Monday 10 oclock the church met and after services proceeded to business.
1st:Brethen of Sister Churcs invited to aid in council
2nd ;Peace of the church called for -all in peace
3rd: By request of Bro.Benjamin Caburn he is granted a letter of Dismission from us.
Adjourned
Wednesday Preaching at 11 oclock after which Sister Manis and Sister Henrietta Laws was received by letter. Sister Evaline Nemis,and Lydia Pennington and Bro.Wm B. White Were received as Canidates for babtism. and Bro. J.P. Farmington and Sister Nancy Pennington were received by letter. After Services Proceeded to Business.
1st:On Motion and Second Elder Anderson Hopper was chosen as Moderator Protem.
2nd The time as come for election of a pastor and clerk for the following year .which resulted in the election of Elder J.R. Chambers as Pastor and David L Pruitt as Clerk.
Adjourned
Thursday 11 oclock
The Church met on Turkey creek and after preaching Bros. Peter Humphrey,,J.H. White,and sisters Martha a White, Janie White and Nancy Clark was received for Babtism.After this the church repared to water and Elder A Hopper Babtized Wm White,J.A. White,Lydia Pennington and Evaline Manis.
Friday 11 oclock
the Church met at the water and after preaching Bro. Peter Humphrey and sisters Nancy j White, Martha A White, and Nancy Clark was babtized by Elder A Hopper
Saturday after preaching Sister Jane Humphrey,Nancy caldwell,Rebecca Caldwell and Martha White and Bro. Leonard White was received as Canditates for Babtism.

Sunday After services Sisters Nancy Pruitt,Ivan Pruitt was received as canditates for babtism after which sisters Luanna Pruitt, Jane Humphrey Martha White and Leanard white was babtised by Elder A Hopper.
Sunday 10 oclock.the church met for services then proceeded to business
1st:on Motion and second agreed that we be reperesented in the South West Bethel Association by letter and messenger.
2nd clerk is requested to prepare a letter to the association For our Consideration at our next meeting and Bro Marion Hopper was chosen as our messenger.
3rd; By request Bro Wm Caburn and Sister Susan Caburn are granted letter of Dismillion from us
Adjourned

Sept 1876
Sat Before 2nd Sun sept 1876
The Church met and after services proceeded to Business.
1st:The Minutes of Previous Meeting not beoing Preseny. Peace of Church called-all in peace.
2nd Invite to Unite with Church none received
3rd;On Motion and second agreed that we take into consideration the property of building a new church. Committee; Elder A Hopper,J.H. Covey,R. B. Stafford,S.H. White, Creel Hopper, J.P. Pennington,A.J. Pruitt, John Bedford ,Elijah Jackson, John Thomason
Adjourned
Sunday after 11 oclock service the Church repared to water and Sisters Nancy Pruitt and Eliza Caldwell was Babtized by our Pastor.

in Oct and Nov church met for services but no business was done

Dec 1876
2nd sunday in dec 1876.
the Church met for services and after preaching by Elder A Hopper the church proceeded to business
1st: the Pastor and clerk not being presenton motion and second Elder A Hopper was Chosen as Moderator Protem and Bro Creel Hopper as Clerk.
2nd: by request Bro John Cameron is granted a letter of dismission from us
Adjourned.