Methodist Episcopal Church South Oct 28th, 1890


Union County, Arkansas



These pages were pieced together from top to bottom (about 3 feet worth) in the bulletin board

up by the gate/ entry to cemetery. There was considerable glare on the glass covering the

documents, making them difficult to photograph. Now & then a word appeared to have had a

drop of water on it blurring the word. All in all, they were in good shape & someone did a fine

job of displaying this little bit of history about the church, the cemetery & early residents of this

Community. Some of the lines/ sentences appeared to have been missing at the very end of

the deed document.








Know all men by these presents that I N. J. Duke of the County of Union state of Arkansas for and in consideration of the love I bear for the cause of Christ and from an earnest & desire to promote his heritage on earth, do give and grant and by these presents convey unto Henry Nelson, Milton Norris and E. F. Phillips trustees of the Methodist Episcopal Church South and to their successors in office. The following described lot or parcel of laying ?Lying and Situate in the county and state aforesaid to wit commencing at a stob on west boundary line of the N E. 1/4 of the S.E. Quarter Section (18) Township (19) Range 12 Twenty Rods North of ?farm South West corner of said 40 acres Running East at 6 Degrees 24 Rods Thence West at 6 Degrees 24 Rods to West Boundary line of said (40 Acres Thence South 33 1/3 Rods along Said West boundary line to starting point containing five Acres also a right of way to a spring North East of said lot about one Hundred yards to said spring In trees & that said premises shall be used kept Maintained and disposed as a place of divine Worship for the use of the Ministry and Membership of the Methodist Episcopal Church South Subject & To the Discipline Usage And Ministerial appointments of said church as from time to time authorized And declared by the General Conference of said church. and the Annual Conference within whose bounds the said premises are situate- And for a burying ground To have and To hold unto the said _____ Deed of Conveyance as the party grantor And declared they had Signed The Same for the Considerations and purposes _____________

H. A. Nelson C. D. Coleman and E F Phillips Trustees and their successors in office The

property aforesaid for use aforesaid free from the claim or claims of myself My heirs My Executors or my Administrators And from the claims of all others Whatsoever.


In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal this 28th day of Oct 1890.

N. J. DUKE Seal


{Hand written in pencil along left side of paper "Forest Hill Property of M E church south}




Below are the pictures of the original documents as they are displayed.

The deed, which was the longest I had to photograph in pieces. I wasn't sure if any of these documents

would be readable or not, because of the terrible glare on the glass cover.