West Florida Early Baptist Churches (1840-1849)

Source: "Bethlehem Baptist Association Minutes 1827-1967 and Beckbe 
Association Minutes 1826" on microfilm at Samford University, 
Birmingham, 
AL. Microfilm can be ordered through inter library loan.

Note: The Bethlehem Association was known as The Beckbe Association 
until 
1827.

"Ministers, Licensed Preachers, and Messengers (delegates)":

* =Ordained ministers
**=Licensed preachers
(a)=Absent

1840:

Yellow River (Walton, Co.)  applied for admission.

1. Yellow River: David Garthman, Reuben N. Barrow

1841:

Escambia River Church (West Florida) applied for admission.

1. Yellow River: D. Garthman, Daniel Hart; 48 members

2. Escambia River: Jesse Mims, A.S. Cobb; 38 members

1842:

1. Yellow River: D. Garthman, Daniel Hart; 59 members

2. Escambia River: Jesse Mims, Nathan Cobb; 62 members

1843:

"Elder L.W. Lindsey was appointed Traveling Minister of the 
Association". 
(page 7)

1. Yellow River: Daniel Garthman, Stephan Centrefit; 59 members

"This is another Church within the range of Elder M.L. McWilliams 
Missionary 
operations, and is represented to be in a good state".

2. Escambia River: N.C. Cobb, James Cobb; 72 members

"Another Church planted by the Missionaries, and watered the last 
year by 
Elder M.L. McWilliams, has enjoyed a constant revival and God has 
given her 
considerable increase".

1844:

"Resolved, That the Salary of out Missionary, be reduced to Five 
hundred 
dollars per annum, to take effect from the first of January nest. The 
Association re-elected Elder Larkin W. Lindsey, her Missionary for 
the next 
year." (page 6)

1. Yellow River: Stephen Centerfit, Robert Steele; 53 members

2. Escambia River: Stark H. Mims, Jeremiah Saville; 74 members

1845:

Milton Church (West Florida) applied for admission.

1. Yellow River: David Gartman, David Hart; 47 white members; 8 
colored 
members

2.Escambia River: No representation.

3.Milton: J. Savel, A.S. Cobb; 32 white members; 16 colored members

1846:

"Elder N. Goodwin, the Association's Missionary, reported, ---, which 
was 
received and approved."

"Brother Joseph Mitchell, a licentiate and member of the Siloam 
Church, 
Marion, Perry County, was elected Missionary for the next year. On 
motion, 
Elder Goodwin obtained leave to withdraw from the field of his 
Missionary 
labors, at the end of October next." (page 4)

Church: Yellow River
Minister(s): -----
Clerk: D. Gartman
County: Walton
Post Office: Almarant
Messengers: David Gartman, Daniel Hart (a)
Baptised: 8
Received by letter: 5
Restored: 0

Church: Milton
Minister(s): -----
Clerk: R. Vaughn
County: Walton
Post Office: Milton
Messengers: Jeremiah Savill, Richard Vangham (a)
Baptised: 18
Received by letter: 23
Restored: 0

Church: Escambia River
Minister(s): -----
Clerk: -----
Post Office: Milton
County: Walton
Messengers: Neither letter nor messenger for two years.
Baptised: -----
Received by letter: -----
Restored: -----


1847:

Pensacola Church (Escambia County) applied for admission.

"Reelected Eldor Joseph Mitchell, Missionary for the ensuing year. It 
was 
agreed that he should spend, three fourths of each month, in active 
service 
in the field of his appointment and the remaining fourth, in 
preparation for 
more extensive usefulness; and that his salary be at the rate of Four 
hundred Dollars, per annum". (page 3)

Church: Yellow River
Post Office: Almarant
County: Walton
Resident Pastor: -----
Other Ministers, Members of the Churches: -----
By Whom Supplied: Missionary
Clerk: D. Gartman
Messengers: David Gartman, Daniel Hart
White Members: 49
Colored Members: 7

Church: Milton
Post Office: Milton
County: Santa Rosa
Resident Pastor: -----
Other Ministers, Members of the Churches: Jesse. Flowers
By Whom Supplied: Missionary
Clerk: E. Whitmire
Messengers: E. Whitmire, J. Savill (a)
White Members: 42
Colored Members: 27

Church: Escambia River
Post Office: Milton
County: Santa Rosa
Resident Pastor: -----
Other Ministers, Members of the Churches: -----
By Whom Supplied: Missionary
Clerk: -----
Messengers: Neither letter nor messenger.
White Members: -----
Colored Members: -----

Church: Pensacola
Post Office: Pensacola
County: Escambia
Resident Pastor: -----
Other Ministers, Members of the Churches: -----
By Whom Supplied: Missionary
Clerk: W.L. Jemieson
Messengers: Aron Hendrix, W.L. Jemieson
White Members: 18
Colored Members: 59

1848:

"Report of the Domestic Missionary", from Appendix A of the minutes:

"It again becomes my duty as your Missionary, to submit the following 
report: I am rejoiced to say that there is an increased amount of 
interest 
in the missionary field. The Lord has blessed his word to the 
conversion of 
many souls.

A commendable spirit has been shewn in providing houses of worship. 
At 
Pensacola a house has been purchased at eight hundred dollars. At 
Milton 
there is a large good frame building not yet completed. At Yellow 
River 
there is a large log house not yet completed."  ----J. Mitchell

Church: Yellow River
Post Office: Almarant
County: Walton
Resident Pastor: -----
Other Ministers, Members of the Churches: -----
By Whom Supplied: Missionary
Clerk: D. Gartman
Messengers: D. Gartman, R. Steele
White Members: 43
Colored Members: 10

Church: Milton
Post Office: Milton
County: Santa Rosa
Resident Pastor: -----
Other Ministers, Members of the Churches: Jesse Flowers
By Whom Supplied: Missionary
Clerk: N.C. Cobb
Messengers: Edmund Whitmire, B. Beeden, J. Saville
White Members: 75
Colored Members: 31

Church: Escambia River
Post Office: Milton
County: Santa Rosa
Resident Pastor: -----
Other Ministers, Members of the Churches: -----
By Whom Supplied: Missionary
Clerk: -----
Messengers: Neither letter nor messenger.
White Members: 74 (last number reported in 1844)
Colored Members: -----

Church: Pensacola
Post Office: Pensacola
County: Escambia
Resident Pastor: -----
Other Ministers, Members of the Churches: Jos. Mitchell
By Whom Supplied: Missionary
Clerk: Aaron Hendrix
Messengers: Jos. Mitchell, Aaron Hendrix
White Members: 21
Colored Members: 18

1849:

"Elder Joseph Mitchell, Missionary of the Association tendered his 
resignation for the unexpired portion of his engagement say to the 
1st 
December next, which was accepted."  (page 5)

"Resolved, Elders Morrow, Parker, and Travis be a committee to visit 
Shilo 
and Escambia River Churches...to enquire into their condition and the 
cause 
of their failing to represent themselves in the Association, 
according to 
the provisions of the Constitution, and report to the Association at 
her 
next session." (page 6)

Church: Yellow River
Post Office: Almarant
County: Walton
Resident Pastor: -----
Other Ministers, Members of the Churches: -----
By Whom Supplied: Missionary
Clerk: D. Gartman
Messengers: Daniel Hart, David Gartman
White Members: 42
Colored Members: 10

Church: Milton
Post Office: Milton
County: Santa Rosa
Resident Pastor: -----
Other Ministers, Members of the Churches: Jesse Flowers
By Whom Supplied: -----
Clerk: R.S. Otis
Messengers: Jeremiah Savill, Daniel Cobb, J.R. Lee
White Members: 83
Colored Members: 38

Church: Escambia River
Post Office: Milton
County: Santa Rosa
Resident Pastor: -----
Other Ministers, Members of the Churches: -----
By Whom Supplied: -----
Clerk: -----
Messengers: Neither letter nor messenger.
White Members: 74 (last number reported in 1844)
Colored Members: -----

Church: Pensacola
Post Office: Pensacola
County: Escambia
Resident Pastor: William C. Morrow
Other Ministers, Members of the Churches: James Langley
By Whom Supplied: -----
Clerk: A. Hendrix
Messengers: W.C. Morrow, Aaron Hendrix
White Members: 26
Colored Members: 84


Note: All attempts were made to accurately transcribe this material. 
If you 
find a mistake, please contact me at nb7020@hotmail.com.  --- Nancy 
S. Bell







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