Contributed by Sloan Mason
N.C. Jones County-”Tuckahoe Baptists ” Records: 1865-1873
Abstracted by Sloan S. Mason-from microfilm #1976953 of the Family History Center of the LDS Church
Tuckahoe Baptists Records: 1865-1873 (p.1)
The Tuckahoe Baptist Church Record Article of Faith
1st: The Scriptures: We believe that the Holy Bible was written by men divinely respected and is a perfect treasure of heavenly instructions that it has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth without any picture? Of error for its matter; that it reverts the principals by which God will judge us; and therefore is, and shall remain to the end of the world. The true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions should be tried.
2nd The True God: We believe the scriptures teach that there is one and only one, living and true God, an infinite, intelligent, spirit whose name is Jehovah the maker and supreme ruler of Heaven and Earth; ——– glorious in holiness, and worthy of all possible honor, confidence and freely imputed to us of God: that it bring us into a state of most blessed peace and favor with God, and secure every other blessing needful for time and eternity.
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facely? Imputed to us of God; that it brings us into a state of most-blessed peace and favor with God, and secures every other blessing needful for time and eternity.
6th The Freeness of Salvation: We believe the Scriptures teach that the blessings of Salvation are made free to all by the Gospels that it is the immediate duty of all to accept them by a cordial, penitent and obedient faith; and that nothing presents the salvation of the greatest sinner on earth, but his determined depravity and voluntary rejection of the Gospel; which rejection involves him in an aggravated condemnation.
7th Regeneration: We believe the scriptures teach that in order to be saved, sinners must be regenerated or born again; that regeneration consist in giving a holy disposition to the mind, that it
is effected in a manner above our comprehension by the power of the Holy Spirit in connection with divine truth; so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the Gospel; and that its proper evidence appears in the holy fruits of repentance and faith; and newness of life.
8th:Trepentance and Faith: We believe the scriptures teach that repentance and faith are sacred duties, and also inseparable graces, enough in our souls by the resonating Spirit of God; whereby being deeply convinced of our guilt, danger and helplessness and of the way of salvation by Christ; we turn to God with unfeigned contrition, confession and supplication for mercy; at the same time heartily receiving the Lord, Jesus Christ as our prophet, priest, and king and relying on him above as the only and all sufficient Savior.
9th Gods Purpose of Grace: We believe the scriptures teach that election
Is the eternal purpose of God, according to which he graciously regenerates, sanctifies and saves sinners; that being perfectly consistent with the free agency of man, comprehends all the means in connection with the end; that it is a most glorious display of Gods sovereign goodness being infinitely free, wise, holy and unchangeable; that utterly includes teaching and humility, love, prayer, praise, trust in God, and active imitation of his free mercy; that it encourages use of means in the highest degree; that it may be ascertained by its effects in all who truly believe the Gospel; that it on the foundation of Christian assurance; and that to ascertain it with regard to ourselves demands and deserves the utmost diligence.
10th Sanctification: We believe the scriptures teach that sanctification is the process by which; according to the will of God we are made partakers of his holiness, that it is a progressive work; that it is begun in regeneration, and that it is carried on in the hearts of believers by the presence and
Power of the Holy Spirit, the sealer and comforter, on the continued use of the appointed means especially the —- of God, self-examination, self-denial watchfulness and prayer.
11th Perseverance of Saints: We believe the Scriptures teach that each only are real believers as endure unto the end; that their persevering attachment to Christ is the grand mark which distinguishes this from superficial professors, that a special providence watches over their welfare; and they are left by the Power of God through faith unto Salvation.
12th: The Law and Gospel: We believe the scriptures teach that the law of God is the eternal and unchangeable rule of the moral government; that it is holy, just and good, and that the inability which the scriptures ascribe to fallen men to fulfil its precepts arises entirely
from their love of sins, to deliver them from which and to restore them through a mediator to unfeigned obedience to the holy laws, to one great end of the Gospel and of the Means of Grace connected with the establishment of the visible Church.
13th A Gospel Church: We believe the scriptures teach that a visible church of Christ is a congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant in the first and fellowship of the Gospel; observing the ordinances of Christ’s governed by his laws; and exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by his word: that its only scriptural officers are Bishops or Pastors and Deacons, We whose qualifications, claims and —- are defined in the Epistles to Timothy and —-?
14th Baptism and the Lords Supper: We believe the scriptures teach that Christian Baptism is the immersion in water of a believer into the name of the Father, —- and Holy Ghost,
to show faith in a solemn and beautiful emblem, our faith in the crucified, — -and — saviour with its effects; in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life; that it is prerequest to the privileges of a church relation and to the Lord’s supper; in which the members of the church by the sacred use of bread and wine; are to commemorate together the dying love of Christ; preceded always by solemn self examination.
15th The Christian Sabbath: We believe the Scriptures teach that the first day of the week is the Lord’s day or Christian Sabbath; and is to be kept sacred to religious purposes by abstaining from all secular labor and sinful accreations, by the devout observance of all the means of graces both private and public and by preparations for the rest that remains for the people of God.
16th Civil Government: We believe the scriptures teach that civil
Government is of divine appointment for the interest and good order of human ort and society; and that magistrate are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored and obeyed; accept only in things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the only Lord of the conscience and the Prince of Kings of the Earth.
17th Righteous and Wicked: We believe the Scriptures teach that there is a radical and —- between the righteous and the wicked; that such only as through faith are Justified in the name of the Lord; — and sanctified, by the Spirit of our God are truly righteous in his esteem; while all such as continue in impenitence and unbelief Are in his sight wicked and under the curse and this distribution among men both in and after death.
18th The World to Come: We believe the Scripture teaches that the end
of the World is approaching; that the last Day Christ will descend from heaven and raise the dead from the grave for final retributions, that a solemn separation will then take place; that the wicked will be adjudged to endless punishment and the righteous to endless joy; and that this Judgement will be forever the final state of men in heaven or hell, on principles of righteousness.
19th Covenant: Having been a – trust brought by divine Grace to embrace the Lord Jesus Christ and to give ourselves wholly to him we do now solemnly and joyfully covenant with each other. To walk together in him with brotherly love, to his glory, as our common Lord. We do therefore in his strength engage. That we will exercise a Christian care and watchfulness over each other and faithfully warn, and admonish each other, as occasion may acquire; That we will not forsake the assembling of ourselves together, but will uphold the public
worship of God and the ordinances of his house that we will not omit — and family religious at home nor neglect the equal duty of religiously training our children and these under our care for the server of Christ, and the enjoyment of heaven. That as we are the light of the worlds to enable us to denying good times and every worldly lust, and to walk circumspectly in the world, that we may win the souls of might. That, we will cheerfully contribute any of our property, and according as God Has prospered us, for the maintenance of a faithful and evangelical ministry among us for the support of the poor, and to spread the gospel over the earth. That, we will in all conditions, even till death, strive to live to the glory of him who hath call us out of into his marvelous light. ” And may the God of peace, who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make us perfect in every good work to do his will; working in us that which is well pleasing in his sight through Jesus Christ; to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen
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Received by Experience Colored members
John H. RHODES Edward PARKER
Amos ASKEW Godfrey HILL
Bassia? HEATH (name crossed out) Sundee HILL
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Minutes of the Baptist Church Tuckahoe, Jones Co.,N.C. Sept. 11th, 1865.
The Church in conference for business this evening at 1 o’clock, being duly constituted by a Presbytery composed of Mesrs. J.A.? KING, & Ja.J. RHODES called Bro. KING as moderator, J. BROWN as Clerk, protem. Door opened for members, none came forward. On motion agreed to send as delegates to the Association, Brethren John H. RHODES, George W. RHODES & Ja. J. DAVIS, agreed to send one dollar to the use of the association fund. Called Rev. Ja. J. RHODES, as pastor, accepted on motion appointed Bro. F.A.? KING to write our petitionary letter to the association.
Adjourned with prayer, and praise by Bro. KING, moderator T. BROWN, Clk.
Note: At the above conference the Baptist church at Tuckahoe was constituted, it was done at Pleasant Hill meeting house. It appears that for want of Deacons our church did not meet in conference again until July 1st 1866 at which time it met at Tuckahoe Meeting house.
Minutes of Baptist Church at Tuckahoe, July 1st, 1866.
The Church held its regular meeting for business, at 1 o’clock July 1st, 1866; And being duly constituted by a Presbytery compose of Bro. BEST, & Ja. J. RHODES, Called Bro. BEST as moderator after reading the Scripture. Prayer was offered by Bro. BEST. Door being opened for members Sister Deborah HAMMOND came forward and was received. Conference then needed to elect Deacons. Brethren, Amos ASKEW, and Fountain WILLIAMS, was chosen and ordained. Adjourned with prayer by Bro. Jas. J. RHODES, Jas. J. DAVIS, Clrk. Baptist Church at Tuckahoe The church held its regular meeting for business this evening at 1 o’clock
August 5th, 1866. Pastor Moderator. After singing and reading the Scriptures prayer was offered by Bro. Jas. J. RHODES, the minutes of the meeting was read and approved, the door was opened for the reception of members but none came forward; the church then proceeded to call on Pastor for the ensuing year. Bro. Jas. J. RHODES was called and being present-he accepted the call and was received by the Church. The meeting then adjourned with prayer by Bro. RHODES, Moderator. Jas. J. DAVIS, Clrk.
Note: I should have made the following remarks on the preceeding page but I will make it sufficient. Bro. RHODES our present Pastor commenced his labors in this section in the year 1862 under —- adverse circumstances but like the good and faithful servant he used his one talent as he had only one, (himself) to use; he Commenced preaching at a private house all — Whitfield TURNERS, he preached, there regularly once a month, he labored hard for two years with but little encouragement, yet he did not falter for he believed that God would bless the efforts he was making in his own good time, so he continued his labor for two years longer when — he found that he had not been laboring alone for he knew now that God had been with him, for his labor had been blessed even beyond his expectations, 1865-he proposed to a few scattered sheep of the old stock that were without a shepard-
Baptist Church at Tuckahoe, Sept. 1st 1866.
The church held its regular meeting for business, the evening at 1 o’cock. Pastor made — after singing and reading the Scriptures, prayer was offered by Bro. John A. RHODES. Minutes of the last meeting were read and approved. The doors of the Church being opened for the reception of members. Bro. Willoughby JARMAN & his wife sister Julia JARMAN presented their letters from Union Chapel in Onslow County And were received, also sister Leamilia? HEATH —————– and worked to —- with our church. She firmly belongs to the Christian Baptists and was received by the church. Conference proceeds than to appoint Delegates to the Eastern Baptist Association. Brethren J.J. DAVIS, J.H. RHODES, & W.H. BANKS were appointed. Meeting adjourned. J.H. DAVIS, Clk.
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and a few lambs he had gathered to the fold of Christ accordingly we agreed to meet at Pleasant Hill meeting house and constitute a church, we motioned this 11th of Sept. 1865 as minutes will show on page 17, but we did not get our deacons ordained and our church fully organized for business until July 1st 1866. At our meeting in August we called a Pastor for the ensuing year Bro. J.J. RHODES was retained at our meeting in Sept. we held another Church meeting to appoint delegates to Eastern Association held at Union Chapel in Onslow County and by the neglect of our Deacon and no particular business. We did not hold another church meeting until May 1st 1867.
Baptist Church at Tuckahoe, May 4th, 1867.
The church held its regular meeting for business the evening at 1 o’clock. Pastor, Moderator, singing and praying by the pastor, minutes of the last meeting read and approved; the door of the church was opened for the reception of members none came forward. The list of members was called and the absentees marked. A committee appointed to wait on Brethren Jesse S. BALLARD, Sallie BALLARD, Josephine JARMAN & John HUFFMAN to know why they do not attend church. Brethren Amos ASKEW & Wm.H. BANKS were appointed on that committee. Moved that Brother Willoughby JARMAN write to Sister Barbara WESTBROOK. The meeting then proceeded to appoint two deacons, Brother Willoughby JARMAN & Wm. H. BANKS were appointed. The meeting then closed with singing. Jas. J. DAVIS, Clk.
Baptist Church at Tuckahoe, August 3rd, 1867.
The church held its regular meeting for business. The conference opened with singing and prayer by the Pastor as moderator. The door of the church was opened for the reception of members; four came forward for membership with us who had been previously Baptized. They are as follows: Jas. S.? BASDEN, Lot? W. BASDEN, James J.? MASHBURN & Permelia HEATH. Report of committee in the case of J.S. BALLARD, Bettie BALLARD, Josephine JARMAN & John HUFFMAN was called for. The committee wishes to have their time extended to the next regular meeting for business, it was granted. It was moved to change a Pastor for the ensuing year. Bro. Jas. J. RHODES was retained, moved to appoint a committee to superintend the building of a Baptist meeting House at the Cross Roads in Jones County. Brethren Jonas WILLIAMS, Fountain WILLIAMS, Willoughby JARMAN were appointed. The meeting closed. Jas. J. DAVIS, Clk.
Baptist Church at Tuckahoe, Sept. 1st, 1867.
The Church held a call meeting for business, the conference was opened with singing and prayer by the moderator, the door of the church was opened for the reception of members, none came forward. Emily FLOWERS applied for a letter of admission?, it was granted. The church then proceeded to act upon the cases of Jesie L. BALLARD, Bettie BALLARD, Josephine JARMAN, John HUFFMAN, & Susan OVERTON by willingly absenting themselves from our church and joining the Christian Baptists. It was moved they were excluded, the motion was carried. Brethren A. ASKEW, William H.? BANKS, were appointed a committee to wait on Sister Ann WHITE for a similar offence. Brother A.F. COX, W.H. BANKS & A. ASKEW Were appointed delegates to the Eastern Association. The meeting closed with prayer by moderator. Jas. J. DAVIS, Clk.
At our December meeting, it being the second day of the month Bro. Jno. R. OLIVER, and with Bro. J.J. RHODES and ordained Brethren W. JARMAN & W.H. BANKS, Deacons of the church the —– was delivered by Brother OLIVER. (the remaining pages are not numbered)
Baptist church At Tuckahoe, Sept. 4th 1869.
The Church held a call meeting for business. The conference was opened by singing and praying after which Bro. J.J. RHODES was appointed moderator. The business then proceeded as follows: Sisters Sallie GARDNER, Julia JARMAN, Annie DAVIS and Mourning MILLS (colored) and Bro. Edward PARKER (colored) also petition for a letter of dismission to some other churches more convenient, it was moved and sekoned for them to have letters. Cia? W. JARMAN petitions also for a letter but by some cause or other it was not granted to him. Brother J.J. RHODES, J.H. BANKS and John RHODES volunteered as delegates to go to the association, the conference then closed with prayer by the moderator. A.F. COX, Clerk A list of the male members of the Tuckahoe Baptist Church in Jones Co., N.C.
1)ASKEW, A. ASKEW, B.
4)BASDEN, J. D.
5)BASDEN, L. W.
6)COX, A. F.
10)KING, R. James
11)KING, R. John
12)MASHBURN, E. J.
13)RHODES, J. J. (DEAD) REGISTER, J.
14)RHODES, W. G.
15)RHODES, J. H.
16)RHODES, E. (DEAD)
Baptists Church at Tuckahoe, May 1870.
The church held its regular meeting for business. The conference was opened by singing and praying by the Pastor as moderator. The door of the church was opened for the reception of members, three came forward for membership with us who had been previously baptized. They were received in full fellowship with us their names are as follows: Benj. ASCUE, John REGISTER & wife Sarah REGISTER. That church then closed with prayer by Bro. G.S. BEST as moderator. A.F. COX, Clerk A List of the Female members of the Tuckahoe Baptist Church in Jones Co.,N.C.
D)DAVIS, C. A.
L)RHODES, W. (DEAD)
R)TAYLOR, N. (name crossed out)
S)SMITH, H. C.
T)TURNER, R. A.
A List of the (colored) members of the Tuckahoe Baptist Church in Jones
1)HILL, Dundee COX, Marion
2)HILL, Godfrey COX, Mary
3)PARKER, Edward GREEN, Marenda
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To the Baptist Church Tuckahoe: Greeting
This is to certify that Brother John REGISTER and Sister Sarah REGISTER gave us a confession of Faith in Christ, was Baptized & received in Union Chapel Church in Onslow County & was in full fellowship. We therefore recommend them with you. By order of the Church. Feb. 27th, 1870 M.S.THOMAS/ C.C. Resolved and by his sworn request grant to Brother Geo. RHODES a letter of dismission to some or other church of the same faith and order. By order of the conference. E.A. BEST/ Modr. Fountain WILLIAMS/Clk. Baptist Church of Christ at Tuckahoe, Jones County, North Carolina. To the Eastern Association.
Greeting Dear Brethren:
Through the blessing of Almighty God, we are again permitted to greet you in fraternal cooperation as delegates to aid you in your deliberations. Our Brethren J.J. RHODES, Willoughby JARMAN and Jonas WILLIAMS. We are still under the Pastoral care of Bro. J.J. RHODES (whose labors have been blessed to the good of many souls), but we want to get another Pastor for the ensuing year and would be glad to have the assistance of the Association to help us make a selection. We enjoy peace among ourselves in our Church relations. Our congregations are not very large, yet they’re considerable interest manifested in our meetings and we are gradually gaining ground in the midst of great opposition. Yet, we hope our principle will prevail throughout all our region. You will find our contributions and statistics as follows:
Association fund $00.00
Itinerant fund $00.00
Missionary fund $00.00
Baptized during the year 00
Received by letter 00
Restored by letter 00
Rec’d by Experience 00
No. of whites 00
No. of colored 00
Total no. reported 00
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