Church Minutes, Beaufort Co., NC
From Originals in the Family Papers of Elizabeth Ross
The inhabitants of the community of Chocowinity who were
originally associated with the Freewill Baptist faith united, in 1858,
with the Union Baptist Church of Virginia, as shown in this
document. The minutes of the meeting were taken by William
Wallace Gallaway/Galloway and have survived in our family papers.
Many of these same neighbors later changed their affiliation, this
time founding some of the earlier Disciples of Christ (Christian) Churches
in southern Beaufort and northern Craven counties.
"On Friday before the fourth Sunday in February 1858
Elder James W. Hunnicutt—the Treatise on the faith of
the Union Baptist Church of Va. helt a meeting at
Union Chapel Beaufort County, and lectured on the
faith and practice of that Church. The object of this
meeting was to unite if possible the Freewill Baptist at
that place with the Union Baptist of Virginia. On
Saturday he preached to the attending Congregation.
After divine service, Owen W. Jones being caled to the
chair, the action was then taken when the following
named members formed the unction.
John Carrow, John Holmes, Levis A. Taylor, Oliver
M. Ellis, John M. Carrow, William Elis, Wm. W.
Gallaway, Mrs. Sopha Carrow, Elizabeth Gallaway,
Mary Elis, Charity Taylor, (illegible) Godley,
Nancy Hull, Althy Tyer, Rachal Stuart, Sapha
The church was then organize by Chosing W. W.
Gallaway Clk, B. F. Harding Treasurer, John Carrow,
John Holmes deacons, Samuel T. Carrow was
afterwards (illegible word) to the deaconship to
leade in Social meetings. Elder S. J. Carrow was
chosen to take the pastoral car [care] of this church.
It was then moved and seconed that the prosedings of
this meeting be published in the Christian Banner.
At a meeting of the members of the Union Baptist at
Union Chapel, July 3rd, 1858, the following resolution
was offerd and adopted:
On Motion aggread that Brethering S. J. Carrow, B. F.
Harding, Charles Peterson, Spicer Roy, and W. W.
Gallaway together with Our Pastor S. J. Carrow
represent us in the Grand Council of Virginia to be held
at Union Grove, Essex County, comencing Friday
before the Second Sunday in August 1858."
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