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1809-1812

Saturday 7th of Jan'y 1809 Brother Absalom Graves Moderator.
A complaint brought in by Bro. Depew against himself for being guilty of some Disorderly conduct. The matter taken up & he found guilty of sin & failing to give satisfaction was suspended.
The reference respecting Brother Jones taken up & he being found guilty of sin & failing to give satisfaction was suspended.
Brother Presly Neale returned his letter Back to the church.
Receiv'd Pugh Price by letter of recommendation.
A complaint brought in against Brother Depew for some disorderly conduct with Brother Jones, but on hearing the matter the church voted him not guilty.
Adjourn'd till meeting in course
Beverly Ward CLK

Saturday the 4th of Feb'y 1809 Brother Wilson Moderator. The reference respecting Brother Depew taken up & he coming forward & giving satisfaction was restored to full fellowship.
The reference respecting Brother Jones taken up and he still being absent was Excluded.
Receiv'd William Norton & Catherine his wife by a letter of recommendation.
Receive'd Elizabeth Graves by a letter of Dismission. ,BR> Agreed that our next church meeting be at Brother Gamett[']s.
Adjourn'd till meeting in course
Beverly Ward CLK

Saturday the 4th March 1809 Brother Matthews Moderator.
Granted a letter of Dismission to Brother Pew [Pugh] Price.
Adjourn'd till meeting in course
Beverly Ward CLK

Saturday 5th of April 1809 Brother Deweese moderator.
A motion made by Bro. Absalom Graves to take into consideration the ordination of Bro. Matthews. The church unanimously agreed to take up the matter. But he still being unwilling to consent thereto, the matter was dropt for the present.
Motioned & seconded to take into consideration the gift of Bro. Asa - a Black member belonging to Bro. John Graves - The matter taken up & agreed that Bro. Asa be requested to appoint evening meetings about that his brethren may have a chance of hearing him & get their minds better informed concerning his Gift.
Agreed that our next monthly meeting be a communing Season.
Adjourn'd till meeting in course
Beverly Ward CLK

Saturday 6th of May 1809 Bro. Absalom Graves moderator.
Motioned & seconded to take into consideration the Gift of Bro. Asa. The matter taken up & agreed that he be still encouraged to exercise a Gift of ex[h]ortation at seasonable times & places, but not to take a text to advance doctrine therefrom. We also appoint Brother Ga[i]nes to let Asa know how fare [far] he is to exercise his Gift.
Adjourn'd.
B. Ward Clk

Saturday the 3rd of June 1809 Bro. C. Wilson moderator.
Silvey a slave belonging to John P. Floumay receiv'd for baptism.
Giles a black man slave belonging to Whitfield Early receiv'd by letter.
Receiv'd Elizabeth Cornelius by letter of recommendation.
Receiv'd Edward Graves & Nancy his wife by the same.
Adjourn'd till meeting in course
Beverly Ward CLK

Sunday June 4th
Receiv'd John Terrill & Rebecah his Wife by letter of Dismission.

Saturday the 1st day of July 1809 Brother Deweese moderator.
Brother Craigs Warrick came forward with a repentance & was restored to fellowship.
Agreed that publick worship in the summer season begin at eleven oclock in future.
Adjourn'd till meeting in course
Beverly Ward CLK

Saturday 5th August Bro. Matthews moderator.
Receiv'd Jacob Mitchell by a letter of recommendation.
Appointed Brethren Deweese, Wilson, Matthews & Absalom Graves as messengers to the [N]orth bend asociation to be held at Bullittsburg on the fourth [F]riday in Sept. next & also appointed bro. Ward to write a letter to the same.
Motioned whether we shall have the minutes of the association printed or not. The matter taken up & agreed that they shall be printed - Agreed that the clerk and deacons proportion the sum of six or seven dollars on the members of this church and make a return of the same at the next meeting.
Adjourn'd till meeting in course
Beverly Ward clk

Saturday 2nd September 1809 Bro. Absalom Graves Moderator.
Receiv'd Mossy a negro woman belonging to bro. John Watts for Baptism.
The letter to the association read and approv'd.
The proportionment made on the members of this church [and was] return'd satisfactory.
Agreed that our next monthly meeting be a communing Season.
Appointed brethren George Ga[i]nes & James Graves to sell the old meeting house.
Adjourn'd.
B. Ward CLK

Saturday 7th Oct. 1809 Brother Wilson Moderator.
Bro. Mosby came fo[r]ward with a complaint against himself for get[t]ing into a passion & attempting to strike a man. The matter was taken up & he [was] found guilty of wrong but his making acknowledge[ment] satisfactory he was acquited.
Agreed to postpone communing at the present meeting.
Queary [query] What shall be done where any private tre[s]pass shall be committed, but have been leaked and made publick by certain individual members. The matter taken up - investigated & discontinued.
Receiv'd Rebeckah Stephens for Baptism.
Adjourn'd B. Ward Clk

Saturday 4th November 1809 Bro. Deweese Moderator.
Motioned that we have backs put to the lower seats of the meeting house. The matter taken up & agreed that Brethren Montague, Mosby, Depew & Ward prescribe the plan & let [contract] it to the lowest bidder, & make a report to the next meeting.
Agreed to receive the old meeting house back from those that purchased it.
Granted a letter of Dismission to Brother Presly Neale.
Adjourn'd
B. Ward Clk

Saturday 2nd December 1809 Bro. Absalom Graves Moderator.
A complaint brought froward [sic] by bro. Hall against bro. Jeremiah Kirtly for lending a horse to rin [run] a race & attending the race himself. Also for being at a ball at a very late hour of the night. The matter taken up & he not being present, we appoint bro. Cave Johnson to cite him to attend the next meeting.
Bro. Wm. Cave informed the church that he had been guilty of lending a horse in order to run a race. The matter [was] taken up & the church voted him guilty of wrong, but he being willing to relinquish the practice in [the] futur [sic] and thinks it is possible that he was wrong we agreed to acquit him.
Motioned to reconsider the order made at the last meeting for put[t]ing backs to the seats. The matter taken up & ref'd till next meeting.
Adjourn'd
B. Ward Clk

Saturday 6th Jan'y 1810 Bro. Matthews Moderator.
The reference respecting bro. Jerry Kirtly taken up & he [was] found guilty of sin & failing to give satisfaction was Excluded.
The reference respecting put[t]ing backs to the seats taken up & [we] agreed that there shou[l]d be none.
Old Bro. Jones came froward [sic] with a repentance that gave this Church a full satisfaction & was restored to fellowship.
Adjourn'd till meeting in course
Beverly Ward Clk

Saturday 3rd day of Feb'y 1810 Brother Wilson Moderator. Beverly Ward

Saturday 3rd day of March 1810 Brother Deweese Moderator.
Brother Forest Webb was appointed to cite bro. Whitiaker to attend the next meeting & give his reasons for not attending several meeting [in the] past.
From a request from the church at Laurenceburg by bro. Timothy Davis to this church, for helps to assist them in a matter of difficulty at their next meeting. Therefore we have agreed that bro. Deweese. bro. Matthews & bro. Absalom Graves attend at there [sic] request.
A motion made by bro. Absalom Graves for some method to be adopted to induce the members of this church to attend church meetings. The matter was taken up - investigated & agreed that there be no rule made more than the gospel affords us.
Granted a letter of Dismission to bro. Daniel Johnson & wife.
Adjourn'd
Beverly Ward Clk

Saturday 7th of April Brother Matthews Moderator.
William Acra & Rebecca - his wife were admit[t]ed members of this church by the church being informed they were members in good standing in the [Baptist] church at Blue Run[,] Virginia.
William McCoy also was receiv'd by a letter of recommendation fro[m] the [Baptist] church at Prettis Creek, Virginia.
Motioned by bro. Forest Web to reconsider the churches [sic] act at Jan'y meeting in throwing out a complaint brought in by bro. Whitaker against bro. Edmund Garnett. The matter was taken up, & after a ful[I] investigation of the matter she [the church] still Justified her conduct.
Brother Whitaker Lodg'd a complaint in the church against bro. Deweese & Hawkins as helps in trying to settle a difficaly [sic] between him & bro. Garnett for not strictly attending (as he thought) to the diffaculty [sic] then between them. The matter was taken up & after hearing all the parties, the church thinks he had no cause for complaint.
Bro. Whitaker gave his reasons for not attending meetings [in the] past (which were) that he had not fellowship for certain individuals, & also for not having had Justice done him by the church. The church after matureing [sic] the whole of the business voted him guilty of wrong & he failing to give satisfaction was Excommunicated.
Granted a letter of Dismission to Mr. Flournay[']s Silvy a member of this church.
Adjourn'd till meeting in course
Beverly Ward CLK

Saturday the 5th of May 1810 Brother Absalom Graves Moderator.
Agreed that our next monthly meeting be a communion season.
Adjourn'd till meeting in course
Beverly Ward Clk

Saturday 2nd day of June 1810 Brother Wilson moderator.
No Business came fo[r]ward - we agreed to adjourn till meeting in course.
Beverly Ward Clk

Saturday 7th of July 1810 Bro Deweese Moderator. From a request from the church at Laurenceburg by Bro. Timothy Davis to this church, for ministerial helps to attend them at their next monthly meeting, and agreeable to the request we have appointed brethren Deweese & Wilson to attend them.
Quary [sic] by bro. Forest Webb is it right for professors of religion to attend the common feast held on the fourth of July. The matter was taken up, investigated & answered in the negative.
Agreed that bro. Lionbarger have a letter of recommendation from this church.
Charles a black man belonging to Mr. Nathan Watts came fo[r]ward and inform'd the church that he had been legally Dismissed from a church of our society and by giving satisfaction for such conduct was admit[t]ed a member of this church.
A complaint was brought in by bro. Robert Garnett against bro. Thomas Carter for the nonpayment of a Debt. The matter was taken up& refer'd till the next meeting.
Adjourn'd till meeting in course
Beverly Ward CLK

Saturday 4th of August 1810 Brother Matthews Moderator. The reference respecting Bro. Carter was taken up, Investigated and no guilt found - he was acquited.
Bro. John Watts Came forward with a letter of recommendation in order to join this Church. But there being some objections by members of this church against him, he was not receiv'd. The church therefore recommends it to all her members that are difficu[l]ted with brother Watts to take the Gospel steps with him in order to get their difficul[t]ies adjusted. [Follow Matthew 18:15-19].
Receiv'd Brother Richard Henderson & Nancy his wife - by a letter of recommendation.
Appointed bro. Henderson & Ward to write a letter to the ensuing association, & present the same at the next meeting.
Appointed Brethren Henderson, Deweese, Matthews & Absalom Graves as messengers to attend the association.
Adjourn'd till meeting in course
Beverly Ward CLK

Saturday 1st Sept. 1810 Bro. Absalom Graves Moderator.
Judith Cornelius was receiv'd by a letter of recommendation.
Peggy Terrill was also receiv'd a member of this Church by the Churches [sic] being informed that she was a member in good standing in a Church of the Baptist society.
Rec'd a letter from Bro. Wm. Sebree praying [asking] his name to be arased [sic], for a difference in faith and sentiments from this Church. The matter taken up & [we] appointed brethren McIntosh & Mosby to request him to come to the next meeting & give his reasons for sending the letter.
The letter to the association was read & approved.
On motion tis agreed that Bro. Absalom Graves be licensed to exercise a publick Gift in any way that he may think proper.
Motioned by Bro. Matthews that Bro. Henderson be encouraged to Administer the word & ordinance amongst us. The matter taken up and unanimously agreed to by the Church.
Tis also agreed that Bro. Henderson have [a] certificate in order to obtain [a] license to solemnize matrimony.
On motion tis agreed that Bro. Henderson act as moderator in turn with those before appointed.
Adjourn'd till meeting in course
B. Ward CLK

Saturday 6th Oct 1810 Bro'r. Wilson Moderator.
Brotr. Wm. Sebree attend'd agreeable to the Church's request and let the Church know that he still continu'd to differ with them in sentiments of faith, and wish'd the Church to Dismiss him for which cause the Church agreed to Exclude him.
Granted letters of dismission to Brotr. Webb & Wife, Bro'r. Deweese and Wife, Brotr. Forest Webb and Wife, [and] Bro'r. Lewis Johnson & his Wife.
Sister Whitaker Crav'd a letter of Dismission, letting the Church know that she was under difficulties with certain individuals and could not be continted [sic] in her present situation. The Church refus'd to grant a letter, but appointed Brotr. Cave Johnson & Bro'r Henderson, to try to settle the difficulties between her & those with whom she was difficulted.
Agreed that tomorrow be a communion Season.
Adjourn'd till meeting in course
B. Ward Clk

Saturday 3rd Nov. 1810 Bro'r. Matthews Moderator.
The [reference] concerning sister Whitaker was taken up & refer[r]ed till the next meeting, and [we] agreed that the same members before appointed with the assistance of Bro'r. McIntosh still attend & try to settle the difficulty & report to the next meeting.
Motioned to disan[n]ul the order made at last August['s] meeting that recommended it to members that were dissatisfied with Bro'r. John Watts and opposed to his reception to make use of the Gospel steps to bring about a reconciliation. The matter was taken up and agreed to.
Granted a letter of Dismission to Bro'r. Thomas Carter & Wife.
Adjourne'd till meeting in course
Beverly Ward Clk

Saturday 1st Dec'r. 1810 Bro'r. Henderson Moderator.
The brethren that were appointed to settle the difficulty between sister Whitake[r] and Bro'r. Garnett, reported that they had proce[e]ded and that there appeared to be a hopeful prospect of a union between the parties. The Church upon hearing the report, agreed to refer it till [our] next meeting, and the same brethren still attend to it and make their report.
Receiv'd for Baptism Permilia Sanford & Caty Sanford.
Adjourn'd till meeting in course
Beverly Ward CLK

Saturday 5th Jan'y 1811 Bro'r Absalom Graves Moderator.
The reference concerning sister Whitaker was laid over till next meeting.
Receiv'd for Baptism Betsey Allen, Lucy Allen, James Garnett, Laurence Sanford, John Harvy, John Delany, Betsey Garnett, Maria Watts, Samuel Stewart, Elijah Hawkins, Wm. Garnett, Polly Ryle, Phebe Montague, Clarisy Harvy, James Gilmore, Whitfield Early, Julian Dicken, Sister Kirtl[e]y[']s Reuben, & Brotr. Terrill[']s Bill.
Also [we received] Mary Wilson by letter.
A motion twas agreed that a door be open for the reception of members, on the first and third Sundays in each month if [it is] thought necessary, in addition to our Church meeting days.
Adjourn'd till meeting ill course
Beverly Ward Clk

Jan'y 6th Lord's day [We] received for Baptism Landon Roberson & John Ganes.
Also restored Bro'r. Wm. Cave's Matthew.
By a request a letter of dismission was granted to Sister Susanna Hiner.

Sunday 20th Jan'y 1811
Was receiv'd for Baptism, Thomas Green, Cave Montague, Milindy Watts, James Roberson, John Henderson, Polly Early, Polly Com, Polly Garnett, Westly Garnett, Lewis Webb, William Whitaker, Peggy Parmer, James Brockman, John Cornelius, John Barber, Lucy Botts, Rowland Botts, William Osborn, Bro'r. John Terril[l']s Will, John Cave's Adam, John Graves's Lucy, Polly Kirtley, [and] William Cristy.

At Bro. Johnson Watts on Sunday 27 Jan'y 1811
Was Recd for Baptism Shadrach Rossnel, Nancy Webb, Willis Johnson, Simeon Cristy, James Thomas, Betsey Draper, Nancy Henderson, Wm. Conner, John Wilson, [and] Rachel belonging to Bro'r. George Ganes. [10]
Frank belonging to Bro'r. John Craig, restored to fellowship.

Saturday 2nd Feb'y 1811 Bro'r Wilson Moderator.
The Brethren that were appointed to settle the difficalty [sic] between sister Whitaker & Bro'r. Garnett reported that the[y] had attended to it, and thought the parties had measurably agreed to bury their Difficulties and try to live in union together.
Granted a letter of Dismission to Bro. Landon Robinson.
Receiv'd for Baptism Robert Kirtl[e]y, Benjamin Watts, Elijah Deulany, John Whitaker, Betsey Com, Eliza Thomas, John Webb, John Rogers, Betsey Dollens, Nancy Glore, Jennetta Watts, Hiram Cave, William Gilmore, Stephen Robinson jun'r, Kitt belonging to John Sheppard & George belonging to Stephen Robinson sen'r.
On motion twas agreed that a door be opened for the reception of members on the 2nd Sunday in this month at Sister Kirtl[e]y's and the ordinance of Baptism administer'd if requir'd.
adjourn'd till meeting in course
Beverly Ward Clk

Sunday 3rd Feb'y 1811
Rec'd for Baptism Winefert Dicken, Alesy Sailor, & Mrs. Parker[']s John.
Also Daphney b[e]longing [to] Michael Glore by a letter of recommendation.

Lord's day 10th February 1811 at Sister Kirtl[e]y's
Was rec'd for Baptism Betsey Dicken, George March, Mark Whitaker, [and] Thomas Yowell.

Lord's day 17th Feb'y 1811 at Bro'r Johnson Watts's
Rec'd for Baptism Charles MCarty, Citty Robinson, Wm. Draper, Willis Graves, Rachel Ressch, Lucy Deulany, Bro'r Depew[']s Jim, Nathan Underwood, Uriel Cave, & Daniel Conner.

Saturday 2nd March 1811 Bro. Henderson Moderator.
Rec'd for Baptism Thomas Green sen'r, Peggy Hawkins, Lucinda Rogers, James Calton, Betsey Souther, Jane Miner, Rebeckah M [blurred], Jane Early, Lucy Yowell, Bro'r J'n Watts['s] Tom, Sister Kirtl[e]y's Pippen, Benj'n Craig's Patience, sister Kirtl[e]y's Milly, J'n Cave's Bamaba, Peter Lawstutter, Fanny Glore, & Betsey Sheppherd.
Also Wm. Cloud came fo[r]ward with a repentance for his Backslidden state and was restor'd to fellowship. Wm. Dollens also was rec'd by a letter of recommendation. Nelly belonging to Mr. Reuben Graves was also rec'd by informing the Church that she was a member in good standing in a [Baptist] Church in Virg[ini]a and had not an opportunity of obtain[in]g a letter when she left that country.
Aj'd till meeting in Course
Beverly Ward Clk

Lord's day 3rd March at Bro'r J Watts
[The following] was rec'd for Baptism Bro'r Joseph Graves's Roger, Bro'r John Harvy's Dinn, bro. J. Terril[']s Peter, Polly Brockman, Tandy Brockman, Caty Shaver, [and] Mr. Whiterker's [sic] Siller.

Lord's day 17th March
[The following] was rec'd for Bapt'm Elijah Garnett, Martin Wilson, Nelly Wilson, Polly Calton & Mr. Worrel's George.

Saturday 6th Ap'l 1811 Bro'r Matthews Moderator.
Jesse belonging to Bro'r John Terrill came forward and related a repentance for his Backslidden state and was restored to the fellowship of this Church.
Jane belonging to the heirs of George Cristy (Deceast) was restor'd in the same manner.
John Love, Wm. Underhill, Christian Icenoggles, Jesse FitzJarrell, David Hardy, Betsey Sturgeon, Polly Conner was rec'd for Baptism.
Granted letter[s] of Dismission to Bro'r Edward Webb his wife & two sons. Same to sister Nancy Webb.
Bro'r George Ganes is appointed to act as treasurer for the Church in place of bro'r. Edward Webb. & also to settle with bro'r Webb & report to the Church [at] the next meeting.
On the motion of Bro'r Henderson, Bro'r James Garnett is Encouraged to exercise a publick gift in any way that he may think proper.
Wm. Cornelius was rec'd a member of this Church from a state of Exclusion.
Adjourn'd till meeting in Course
Beverly Ward

Saturday 4th of May 1811 Bro'r Absalom Graves Moderator.
Rec'd Lucy Warters, Ezekiel Rice & Fanny his Wife by Letters of recommendation. Rec'd for Baptism Lizza belonging to Wm. Worrell sen'r, Silvy belonging to John Bush, Betsey Cloud, Hannah Parker, Polly Underhill, Joseph Courter, [&] Nancy Courter.
O[n] motion tis agreed that Bro'r George Ganes & Bro'r Ward proportion a sum from ten to fifteen Dollars on the members of this Church, and make report to the next meeting.
On motion of bro'r Wm. Cave's the Church has appointed Bro'r Wm. Montague & bro'r Matthews to enquire of Mr. Draper & Know his reason for omit[t]ing the duty of Baptism for the space of two or three months, & also make their report to the next meeting.
Mr. Nathan Watts's Charles came fo[r]ward and lodg'd a complaint against himself for purloining [stealing] from his master. The matter was taken up -- Guilt found & he failing to give satisfaction was suspended.
From a request a letter of Dismission was granted to Essex & Phillis who formerly belonged to Mr. Larkin Ryle.
Letters of dismission was also granted to Bro'r. Stewart & bro'r. Scudder.
A motion was made by bro'r. Mosby for the Church to appoint some persons as deacons in addition to those before appointed. The matter was taken up and refer'd to the next meeting.
Adjourn'd till meeting in Course
Beverly Ward CLK

Saturday 1st day of June 1811 Bro'r. Henderson Moderator.
The suspention [sic] of Mr. Watts's Charles was continued till [our] next meeting.
Rec'd Jane Icenoggle, Betsey Lowstutter, James Dicken, Peggyan[n] Dicken, & Balas Cloud for Baptism.
Capt. Philip Craig came fo[r]ward and was restored to full fellowship with the Church.
The members that were appointed to make the apportionment on the members of the Church, made their report which appear'd to be satisfactory.
The referance [sic] respecting the appointment of deacons was taken up & [we] appointed Bro'r Wm. Rogers & Bro'r. Wm Montague to fill the office. Bro'r. Rogers being heretofore ordain'd it is agreed that the ordination of bro'r. Montague take place on our next Church meeting day.
The Brethren that were appointed to inquire of Mr. Draper for his reasons for the omission in the duty of Baptism, reported that he thought himself not a fit subject, and that he wis[he]d the Church to arase [sic] his name from their record, which the Church granted.
From several petition[s,] letters of Dismission were granted to Bro'r. John Conner & wife[,] bro'r. Elijah Hawkins, [and] bro'r. William & Westly Garnett.
A motion [was] made by Bro'r. J. Hawkins that the church take into consideration, the repairing of the meeting house in order to make it comfortable for holding meetings in the winter season.
The matter was taken up & ref[erre]d till the next meeting.
Adjourn'd till meeting in course
B. Ward clk

Saturday 6th July 1811 Bro'r. Wilson Moderator.
Rec'd Isaac Weldon[']s Worrell for Baptism.
Bro'r. Ward the Clerk being absent - Bro'r. Willis Graves is appointed to act in his absence.
The reference from last meeting to the commencing [of] repairing the meeting house taken up, and agreed that a committee of Brethren - Wm. Montague, Robert Terrill, Johnson Watts, Edmund Garnett, Wm. Cave & Beverly Ward be appointed to proscribe the plan or manner in which it is to be done & make out a bill of costs & report it to the next meeting.
On Motion of Bro'r. Edward Graves, Bro'r. Francis Craig is encouraged to exercise a Publick gift in any way that he may think proper within the Bounds of the Church.
Rec'd a request from [M]iddle Creek [Baptist] Church by Bro'r. Urich Sebree for helps to assist in the ordination of Ministers, & [we] agreed that Bro'r. Matthews, Bro'r. James McIntosh sen'r & Bro'r. Wm. Brockman sen'r attend at their request.
From a request of those members who are remote from this place it is agreed that they be privileged to constitute if [it is] thought expedient by themselves & [we will send] helps when appointed & convinced.
Adjourn'd till Meeting in Course
B. Ward CLK

Lord[']s day July 7th [1811].
[We] restor'd Mr. Watts['s] Charles to [the] fellowship of the Church, & rec'd for Baptism Sally Shaver, Betsey Shaver, Sally Chrisler, Bro'r. Ganes's Kissy & Bro'r. Cave Montague['s] Jinny.

Saturday 3rd Aug't 1811 Brotr. Matthews Moderator.
Old Bro'r. McCarty Lodg'd a Conmplaint against himself for being Intoxicated with Spirituous [sic] Liquor. The matter was taken up & he was found guilty of sin. But by making acknowledgement for his wrong the Church agreed to bear with him.
Bro'r. Wm. Christ also laid in a Complaint against himself for entering into an affray with a young man - The matter was taken up & upon hearing a statement of the matter the Church agreed to him.
Rec'd Nancy Garnett for Baptism.
The committee that were appointed to make out a bill of repairs necessary to the done to the meeting house reported as follows, ["]That there be Backs put to the seats, the window shutters hung outside & the windows fill'd with Glass. The front of [the] Gallery planked one foot higher, & a good lock put to the front door. The cost of which wou[l]d amount to upwards of $30.00["].
The Church took up the Business as it stood in the Bill, first the Backing of the seats which they agreed to have done. Second filling the windows with Glass which they thought unecessary [sic]. Third the planking [of] the front of the gallery which the[y] approved. fourth a lock to the front door which was also tho[ugh]t to be usefull.
The[y] also appointed Bro'r. Depew & Bro'r. George Ga[i]nes as a committee to superintend the business & have the work done as soon as it is convenient.
Rec'd a request from Middlecreek [Baptist] Church by Bro'r. [Moses] Scott for helps in the ordination of Bro'r. John Watts & Bro'r. Robert Garnett & appointed Bro'r. T. Henderson, Bro'r. A. Graves - Bro'r. J. Mcintosh sen'r. & Bro'r. Wm. Brockman sen'r. [are] to attend at their request on the wednesday after the second Saturday in the present month.
[We] appointed Bro'r. Henderson & Bro'r. Ward to write a letter to the ensuing association & the following Brethren, C. Matthews, T. Henderson, C. Wilson, A. Graves, E. Garnett & Wm. Montague as their messengers to bear the same.
Motioned by Wm. Montague to take into consideration the ordination of Bro'r. Matthews - The matter was taken up & unanimously agreed to - but on motion [it] was agreed to rest on Bro. Matth[ews]'s mind till next meeting.
Motion'd By Bro'r. Henderson that Bro'r. John Watts be invited to preach amongst us - The matter was taken up & Unanimously agreed to.
By an application of Bro'r. John Watts - letters of Dismission were granted to Betsy Lyn & Betsey Grace.
Adjourn till meeting in Course
B. Ward CLK

Lord[']s day 4th Aug't 1811
Rec'd for Baptism Sally Hambleton, Betsey Watson, & Lewis a black Boy belonging to Bro'r. Robert Terrill.

Saturday 7th Sept'r 1811 Brother Absalom Graves Moderator.
Bro'r. Sanford inform'd the Church that [he] had lately been overtaken in a fault of drinking too much spirituous [sic] liquor. The matter was taken up & he [was] found guilty of sin - But by his making satisfactory he was acquited.
Hannah Cloud & Reuben Graves was rec'd for Baptism.
The Brethren that were appointed to let [contract] the repairing of the meeting house, reported that they have had the work done for the sum of twenty Dollars.
On the motion of Bro'r. Wm. Cave tis agreed that the money be rais'd by subscription & also that bro'r. Ward write the subscription & hand it to bro'r Ga[i]nes who is to return it to the next meeting.
The letter to the Association was read & approved.
The reference concerning the ordination of Bro'r. Matthews was taken up, and on his request, time till the next meeting is given him to consider of the matter & give the Church an answer.
A complaint is lodged against John Cave's Parker by Bro'r Lantz, for being Intoxicated with spirituous [sic] liquor - The matter was taken up, But he being absent Bro'r. John Cornelius is appointed to cite him to attend the next meeting.
Bro'r. Shadrach Rossel came forward with a complaint against himself for geting in a passion & endeavouring [sic] to strike a man. The matter was taken up & [he was] found guilty of sin, but by acknowledgeing his wrong - [he] was acquited.
A motion was made by Bro. T. Henderson. for this Church to adopt a rule prohibiting male members from absenting their seats in time of business, without leave [permission] of the Moderator. The matter was taken up & refered till next meeting.
Tis agreed that we commune at our next meeting.
On the motion of Bro'r. Wm. Montague the Church agrees to take into consideration the Gift of Bro. Absalom Graves to see whether he is ripe [ready] for ordination or not -- but on a second it is refd [referred] till next meeting.
Adjourn'd
Beverly Ward CLK

Lord[']s day 8th Sept' 1811
Rec'd for Baptism Bro'r. Edward Garnett's Mieye [?], bro'r. Lewis Christler[']s Poll, Mr. Abraham Souther[']s Ann, Bro'r. John Terrill[']s Dilsey, [and] bro'r. Depew[']s Cassey.
[We received] By litter [sic] Philemon Hawkins & Alesy, his wife.

Saturday 5th Oct'r 1811 Bro'r. Wilson moderator.
The reference concerning Mr. Cave's Parker was taken up, & he found guilty of sin, & [he] failing to give satisfaction was Excluded.
A door was open'd for the reception of members & [we] rec'd for Baptism Bro'r. John Graves's Julia.
On the motion of Bro'r. Matthews, Bro'r. Benj'n Allen is invited to preach Amongst us. The reference concerning Bro'r Absalom Graves's ordination was taken up, & [was] unanimously agreed to by the Church, But bro'r. Graves feeling a backwardness in submitting to it - it was refer'd till the next meeting.
The reference conce[r]ning bro'r. Mat[t]hews also was taken up. But he still refuses to submit, therefore the Church wishes him to Preach amongst us as usual.
The reference co[n]cerning the adoption of the rule propos'd by bror. Henderson was taken up & agreed that no such rule shou'd be adopted.
A letter was handed to the Church by bro'r. Francis Craig praying [asking] the Church to arase [sic] his name from their record, on account of difficaltys [sic] subsisting between him & some of the brethren respecting some points of doctrine. The Church refused to grant the request at present, but wish[es] the [matter] lay over till the next meeting.
Adjourn'd till next meeting
Beverly Ward Clk

Lord[']s day 6th Oct'r 1811
[We] rec'd for Baptism Issa Hambleton, Micael Christler, Betsey Watts, Samuel Hambleton, [and] Nelly ChristIer.
[We received] by letter Patsey Hambleton.

Saturday 2nd Nov'r 1811 Brother Henderson Moderator.
A door was open'd for the reception of members & rec'd for Baptism Silence Richards.
The reference respecting the ordination of Bro'r. Graves was again taken up & by his request was continued.
The reference concerning the request of Bro'r. Francis Craig was continued till the next meeting.
A request came from Middle Creek [Baptist] Church to this [church] by bro'r. Moses Scott, for helps in the ordination of a deacon. The Church [voted] to answer their request & appointed the following Brethren, Tho. Henderson, Wm. Brockman, & Wm. Montague to attend them on the second Sunday in the present month.
A co[m]plaint was lodg'd against Bro'r. Depew's Jim by Bro'r. Botts for stealing of money from his master. The matter was taken up & he found guilty of sin and failing to give satisfaction was Excommunicated.

Saturday 7th Dec'r 1811 Bro'r. Matthews Moderator.
A Complaint was lodg'd in the Church by Bro'r. John Graves's Asa, against bro'r. William Cave[']s Matthew, for wil[l]ful1y departing from the truth, the matter was taken up & [we] appointed the following Brethren, C. Matthews, J. McIntosh[,] Wm. Montague, E. Garnett & George Gaines as a committee, to get the black Brethren together, & endeavour to settle their difficalty [sic].
Another Complaint was handed in the Church by bro'r. Wilson against bro'r. Wm. Green for being guilty of some very unseemly conduct with a black woman. The matter was taken up & [he was] found guilty of sin & failing to attend and give satisfaction [he] was Excommunicated.
The reference concerning bro'r. Francis Craig was taken up & [we] granted him a letter of Dismission.
Letter[s] of Dismission were granted to old Brother Jones & bro'r. Willis Johnson, also to Lizza - a black woman that formerly belong'd to old Mr. Worrell.
Adjourn'd
Beverly Ward Clk

Saturday 4th January 1812 Brother Absalom Graves Moderator.
The Brethren that were appointed as a committee to enquire into the difficalty [sic] Between the black brethren Asa & Matthew reported as follows, that agreeable to the evidence given before them that they thought Matthew was guilty for attempting unjustifiable measures to get into the Church, & for saying he wanted Asa put down & himself to be above him. The Church after hea[r]ing the report of the committee, agreed to refer the matter till [our] next meeting in order to get the parties together with their evidences that they may be fully possess'd with the matter.
Rec'd John Morris & Linny - his Wife - by a letter of recommendation.
The Church being inform'd that our sisters Peggy Carrel[l], Catharine Carrell & Lucy Allen, living in the Indiana territory have absented themselves from the Church for a considerable time & that they or some of them have joined themselves to the Methodist body of people. Therefore we have appointed the following Brethren, J. McIntosh sen'r. - Whitefield Early & James Dicken to go & see them & know the certainly thereof & report at the next meeting.
Query by Bro'r Wm. Cave. Can the Idea of Churches's [sic] appointing committees to settle matters of difficulty between brethren touching fellowship be supported by the scriptures. The matter was taken up and refer'd till next meeting.
Letters of Dismission were granted to sister Chamberlain & sister Corn.
Bro'r. Edward Garnett made application to the Church for liberty to Build a school house on the meeting house lot. The matter was taken into consideration and liberty was granted that the house shou[l]d be built on any part of the lot. That the following brethren Johnson Watts - A. Graves - Joseph Graves Edmund Garnett & George Ga[i]nes Shall Pick upon for that Purpose.
Agreed that our next monthly meeting be held at Bro'r. Edmund Garnett[']s.
Beverly Ward CLK

Saturday 1st day Feb'y 1812 Bro'r. Wilson Moderator.
The brethren that were appointed to visit those sisters living in the Indianna [sic] terrytory [sic] reported that they had attended to the order of the Church & that the two sisters Carrels had join'd themselves to the Methodist body of people & wish'd their names aras'd [erased] from our record.
The Church upo[n] hearing the report, voted them guilty of wrong & Excluded them.
The Query that was refer'd from [our] last meeting to this was taken up, & after some investigation on the subject it was dismissed without an answer.
The reference respecting the black brethren was taken up, an[d] Asa laid in his Charge (as was reported by the committee) which was deny'd by Matthew, but after hearing the evidences the Church voted him clear of the Charge.
A letter was rec'd from Point Pleasant [Baptist] Church praying [asking] for helps to assist them [sic] in a matter of Difficulty. The Church agreed to answer their request by appointing the following brethren C. Matthews, W. Montague & Edward Graves or either two of them, to attend them on [F]riday 28th of the present month.
A request also came from Mudlick [Baptist] Church [near Beaver Lick in Boone County] by Bro'r. McPherson & bro'r. Epperson praying [asking] this Church for some brethren to attend them at their next monthly meeting, as helps in the ordination of a deacon. The Church hearing the request has appointed bro'r. Wilson & bro'r. Rogers to attend them.
A letter of Dismission was granted to Bro'r. John Henderson and wife.
adj'd
Beverly Ward CIK

Saturday 7th March 1812 Bro'r. Henderson Moderator.
Bro'r. Willis Worrell came forward & let the Church know that he had been overtaken in the fault of drinking too much spirituous [sic] liquor. The matter was taken up & he was found guilty of sin, but was acquitted by making satisfactory acknowledgement.
Receiv'd Polly Cave & Nancy Cave by letters of recommendation.
A motion was made by bro'r. Wilson to take into consideration the ordination of Bro'r. Absalom Graves. The matter was taken up & Unanimously agreed to by the Church, and also [we] agreed that the Sunday after our next Chruch meeting day be the time for his ordination to [take] place, and also [we] appointed the following Brethren, Wilson to [M]udlick [Baptist Church], Hawkins to [M]iddlecreek [Baptist Church], Ward to [D]ry creek [Baptist Church], to request them for helps in the above Business.
By request a letter of dismission was granted to sister Rachel Ellis.
The same was granted to Bro'r. Balas Cloud and wife.
Adjourn'd till meeting in Course
Beverly Ward Clk

Saturday 4th april 1812 Bro'r. Matthews Moderator.
Agreed that our next monthly meetin[g] be a communion season.
The members living in the neighbourhood of Gunpowder, sent a request by Bro'r. Wm. Underhill to the Church, for liberty to form themselves into a constitution [organize into a church], and also for the Chirch [sic] to send them helps for [that] purpose, on the fourth [W]ednesday in the present month. The Church took up the matter & agreed that all the members that lived most convenient to that place have liberty to constitute, & also that Bro'r. Matthews - Bro'r. Henderson, bro'r. A. Graves & Bro'r. McIntosh sen'r. attend them as helps, & make a report at next meeting.
A request came from the Church at Laurenceburg (Indianna [sic] Terrytory) [sic] to this Church, for helps in the ordination of one of her members. The Church agreed to answer the request by appointing the following brethren - T. Henderson, A. Graves & Wm. Montague to attend them on the 4th Saturday in the present month.
Sister Polly Lehu [Lehew] came forward with a complaint against sister Nancy Horsley jun'r. for having in some dealing between thim [sic] - fell out with her & made use of abuseful [sic] Language and refus'd to give her satisfaction. The Church took up the matter & appointed Bro'r. Rogers & Bro'r. Mosby to go & get the sisters together an[d] indeavour [sic] to bring about a reconciliation an[d] report at the next meeting.
Adjourned
B. Ward Clk

Lord[']s day 5th Apr. 1812
Rec'd for baptism Nancy Carter - J. Terrill[']s Daphney, Wm. Brockman[']s Lett.
[We received] By letter Cristley belonging to the Widow [G]oodrich.
This day the helps attended agreeable to the request of the Church, from Mudcreek [Baptist Church] - W. Sleet & R. Finnell - from Dry Creek [Baptist Church] - J. Leather & L. Christopher - from M[iddIe] Creek [Baptist Church], J. Watts, R. Garnett and the[y] were unanimously with the Church in the ordination of Ab. Graves which was performed by the laying on of the hands by bret[hre]n Wilson and Henderson.

Saturday 2nd May 1812 Bro'r. Absalom Graves Moderator.
Bro'r. McCarty came forward and informed the Church that he had been drinking too much spirituous [sic] liquor. The matter was taken up and he was found guilty of sin, but by making satisfactory acknowledgement -- was acquited.
Bro'r. J. McIntosh sen'r. also laid in a complaint against bro. Moses Brockman for getting intoxicated with spirituous [sic] liquor. The matter was taken up. Bro'r. Brockman not being present the [church] appointed Bro. J. Dicken, Bro'r. M. Lantz, Bro'r. Wm. Montague & bro'r. Wm. Cave to go & labor with the bro'r and request him to come to the next meeting.
The Brethren that were appointed to labour with the sisters Lehu [Lehew] & Horsley reported that they had had the sisters together, and they made acknowledgements to each other and agreed to bury their difficultys [sic]. The Church upon hearing the report appear'd to be satisfied.
Rec'd Wm. Cristenbury & Frariky his wife by a letter of recommendation.
Letters of Dismission was granted to Bro. Henderson & wife & Bro'r. Rogers & wife.
A motion was made for the appointment of Deacons & continued till next meeting.
The Brethren that were appointed to attend the [Baptist] Church at Laurenceburg as helps in the ordination of one of their members reported that they attended, but that the ordination was put off till the fourth Saturday in this month, & that they still wish this Church to send them help[s]. The Church upon hearing the report, appointed the following Brethren, A. Graves, Wm. Montague, & Bro. McIntosh sen'r. to attend them.
A request came from the [Baptist] Church at Middlecreek for helps in the ordination of some of their members. The Church agreed to answer their request by appointing the following Brethren - A. Graves, Wm. Montague & E. Graves, to attend them on the second Saturday in this month.
The Brethren that were appointed as helps to constitute a Church at the [F]orks of Gunpowder on the 29th of April last - reported that they had proce[e]ded [and] constituted a Church of the following Members of ours with several from other Churches, Christopher Wilson, Lucy Wilson. John Ellis, Polly Ellis, Wm. Conner, Wm. Underhill - Jes[s]e Fitzgerald - Samuel Hammilton, Micael Christler, Christian Icenoggle, Willis Worrell, Joseph Courter, Benajmin Cave, Asa Hamilton - Caty Shafer, Betsey Shafer, Sally Shafer, Patty Carlton, Patsey Hammilton, Salley Hammilton, Betsey Sturgeon, Polly Underhill, Sally Chrisler, Nelly Crisler, Alee Cole, Nancy Courter, Jane Icenoggle, Poll a Black woman belonging to Bro'r Christler. Therefore They are consider'd no more under our care.
adjourn'd till meeting in Course
Beverly Ward Clk

Saturday 6th June 1812 Bro'r. Matthews Moderator.
Old Bro'r. McCarty came forward and inform'd that he had again been intoxicated with spirituous [sic] liquor. The matter was taken up & he was found guilty of sin and failing to give satisfaction was Excommunicated.
Bro'r. Simeon Cristy also came forward and let the Church know that he had lately been overtaken in the sin of dancing. The matter was taken up & he was found Guilty of sin, but by his making satisfactory acknowledgement [he] was acquited.
Bro'r. Thomas Yowell also came forward and informed the Church, that he had been overtaken in the fault of drinking too much spirituous [sic] liquor - as many as three times. The matter was taken up & he was found Guilty of sin - but he was acquited by making acknowledgement satisfactory.
Bro'r. Wm. Cave lodged a complaint against Patience - a black woman belonging to Benj'n Cr[a]ig for being guilty of purloining [stealing] some jewelry from Mrs. Prentice. The matter was taken up & she was found guilty of sin, but not being present - Bro'r. Mosby was appointed to cite her to the next meeting.
Rec'd a letter from Bro'r. Wm. Christy stating to the Church that he considered himself not worthy to be any longer a member of [our} religious society and wish'd the Church to consider him no longer under their care. The matter was taken up & [we] concluded to not answer the request of the letter, but appointed bro. Edward Graves to cite him to the next meeting.
The reference concerning bro'r. Moses Brockman was taken up & he was found guilty of sin and failing to give satisfaction was Excluded.
The reference concerning the appointment of Deacons was taken up & [we] appointed Bro'rs. Edward & James Graves to fill the office, but they feeling a backwardness in serving. The Church gives them till next meeting to give her an answer.
Granted letters of Dismission to Bro'r. Philemon Hawkins & Wife & James Thomas.
Motion'd by bro'r. Wm. Montague that we consider the Indigent circumstance of old sister Parmer. The matter was taken up and [we] agreed that the sum of five dollars be apportioned for her use by the treasurer of this Church.
On motion tis agreed that a sum [of] from ten to fifteen dollars be rais'd for the support of the Church fund, and that the clerk & Deacons proportion the same on the members of the Church & Make a report at next meeting.
Motioned that we reconsider'd [sic] our present method of raising money for the use of the Church. The matter [was] taken up and agreed that our usual mode be pursued.
Motioned by bro'r. Wm Montague that we consider the propriety of the Black brethren's appointing & holding meetings on days that meetings are [not] publickly held at the meetinghouse. The matter taken up & refered till next meeting.
Motioned [by] bro'r. Edward Graves that we consider something of the publick Gifts of bro'r. Wm. Montague & bro'r. James Dicken. The matter was taken up and agreed that they be ecnouraged to Exercise their gift in any way that they may think proper.
Adjourn'd till meeting in course
B. Ward CLK

Saturday the 4th July 1812 Bro'r Absalom Graves Moderator.
The reference respecting Benj'n Craig[']s Patience was taken up, & she failing to give satisfaction was Excluded.
Bro'r. Edward Graves who was appointed to cite bro'r. Wm. Christy to attend this meeting reported that he had attended to the order of the Church & also stated that the cause of bro'r. Christy's writing to the Church was, that he had been dancing. The Church upon hearing the report took up the matter & voted him guilty of sin, & satisfaction not being obtain'd - he was Excluded.
The proportionment of $16.37 1/2 on the members of this Church made by the Clerk & de[a]cons was approv'd.
The reference concerning the propriety of the black members holding meetings among themselves at unseasonable times was taken up & after a ful[l] investigation of the matter it was agreed that they shou[l]d have no more night meetings, but that they have the priviledge [sic] of having meetings on the sab[b]ath day when it did not interfere with other appointments.
The brethren that were appointed [at our] last meeting to the office of deacons, still appear'd to feel a backwardness in filling the office and wis[he]d the voice of the Church [be] taken again, which was accordingly done and they were still the choice of the Church. It is also agreed that the 1st Sunday in next month be the time for their ordination, and that the same be a day of fasting with us. bro'r. J. McIntosh sen'r. & bro'r. James Dicken is [sic] appointed to attend at Gunpowder [Baptist Church] & bro'r. Reuben Graves & bro'r. Jameson Hawkins at Middle Creek [Baptist Church] to request helps in the above ordination.
On motion of Bro'r. A. Graves, bro'r. James Hawkins & bro'r. Wm. Montague is [sic] appointed to act as Moderator in turn with those before appointed.
A letter of Dismission was granted to Warrick - a black member.
Adjourn'd
B. Ward ClK

Saturday the first day of August 1812 Bro'r. Hawkins Moderator.
Brother Absalom Graves appointed to write a letter to the next association, & Brethren Matthews, A. Graves, Hawkins, Wm. Montague an[d] E[dward] Graves [were] appointed messengers to the same.
Bro'r. George Ga[i]nes - as treasurer to the Church - produced his acct. of money he had collected & expended & find [that we are] 121/2 cts in debt.
Agreed that tomorrow as a day of fasting & prayer be postponed till the third Thursday in this month in conformity to a resolution of the Congress of the United States.
Adjourn'd
B Ward ClK

Saturday 3rd of October 1812 Brother Matthews Moderator.
A complaint was lodged in the Church by brother Edward Graves, against Nelly a black member belonging to bro'r. Reuben Graves, for being guilty of the act of Purloining [stealing]. The matter was taken up & she being absent, Brother Edward Graves is requested to cite her to the next meeting.
Thomas Whitaker was receiv'd a member of this Church from a state of Exclusion.
On application of sister Elizabeth Smith by letter, a letter of Dismission was granted her.
Brother Jes[s]e Hambleton Goss is admit[t]ed a transient member with us, & is also invited to preach among us.
Motioned by brother Wm. Montague that we again take into consideration the ordination of Bro'r. Matthews. The matter was taken up, & unanimously agreed to by the Church, and he consenting to the same, tis agreed that his ordination take place tomorrow at ten oclock.
Adjourn'd
B. Ward ClK

Saturday 7th of November 1812 Brother Absalom Graves Moderator.
The matter concerning bro'r. Reuben Graves's Nelly was refer'd till next meeting.
Jack - a black member belonging to Mr. John Cave - brought in a Complaint against Bill, belonging to bro'r. John Terrill & Fanny belonging to John Cave, for being guilty of unseemly conduct together. The matter was taken up, first respecting Bill - he was found guilty of sin and failing to give satisfaction - was Excluded. Second respecting of Fanny - she was also found guilty of sin & failed to give satisfaction, [she] was also Excluded.
Adjourn'd till meeting in course
B. Ward Clk

Saturday 5th of December 1812 Bro'r. Wm. Montague Moderator.
Brother Depew complain'd against himself forgetting in a passion and entering into an affray with a man at the courthouse. The matter was taken up and he was found guilty of sin, but by giving satisfaction was acquit[t]ed.
Bro'r. Jameson Hawkins complain'd against bro'r. Yowell for getting drunk and making use of unsavory expressions. The matter was taken up and [we] appointed bro'r. Whitaker & bro'r. Wm. Cave to request him to come to the next meeting.
The reference concerning Bro'r. Reuben Graves's Nelly was taken up & she was found guilty of sin and by her failing to attend and give satisfaction [she] was excommunicated.
Agreed that our next monthly meeting be at Old brother Graves.
Adjourn'd
B Ward Clk

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