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The Minutes
Of
Belleview Baptist Church
(Originally the Church of Christ at Middle Creek)
Book l


March 12, 1803 to June, 1827

Transcribed by Michael Capek 2002


INTRODUCTION

Belleview Baptist's Hidden Treasure: The Church Minutes, 1803-1914
Book l

      Few churches over a hundred years old possess copies of the records of their business meetings dating from the first moments of their existence as an organization. Fewer still actually have the original documents in anything approaching readable condition. Belleview Baptist is blessed to have both, and they truly are rare works of art.

      The first book, containing entries from the day of constituting in March 1803 to June, 1827, is in remarkable condition, looking as though it might have been written fifty or a hundred years ago. Since the steel ink pen wasn't introduced until the 1830's, the entries would have been made with a sharpened quill pen dipped repeatedly in a bottle of ink or inkwell, certainly a messy, tedious, error-prone business. Frequent, smudges, drips and strike-overs on the pages give testimony to just how far the art of written communication has come in two hundred years.

      Despite numerous errors and mis-strokes, however, the early church clerks (Moses Scott, Elijah Hogan, William Garnett, John Hawkins, and John Brady) created a document of rare beauty and originality. The ink, seasoned over two centuries, glows golden-bronze on each ivory page. The calligraphy is full of swirls, flourishes and characters that few modern hands can imitate.

      The language is quaint, full of odd spellings, obsolete grammatical and usage forms as well as old words, forms, and characters. One obsolete character used continually in the minutes is the slanted, superscript (or flying) d - sometimes with a period beneath - at the end of past tense verbs to create a contraction, replacing the standard - ed. Another is the use of fs to indicate a double-s, a holdover from 18th century British script, as in the words drefsed, dismifs, afsociation, and mefsengers. Numerous contractions, such as afsd. (aforesaid), viz. (that is, namely), recd (received), and sd. (said), rarely seen today outside of legal documents, are commonplace in the old records.

      From among the musty pages, covered with charming (and sometimes humorous) accounts from a bygone era, emerge glimpses of the people who lived in old Boone County and founded the Church of Christ at Middle Creek. Ocasionally vain and petty, most often sincere and devout, always intensely human, these are our forefathers and mothers. For better or for worse, they were God's people striving to do His will, as best they could.

      NOTE: No attempt has been made by the transcriber to edit or correct the minutes in any way. They appear as closely as the modern keyboard will allow to what was originally written. Transcriber's notes and comments appear in brackets.

      Please address any questions or comments concerning this transcription to:

          Michael Capek, 5965 Tip Drive, Taylor Mill, KY 41015
          Phone: 859-356-8559 Email: mcapek@goodnews.net


The Church of Christ at
Middle Creek
Constituted March 12th 1803 on the principles of the Philadelphia Baptist Confefsion of
faith as recd by the Elkhorn Afsociation
By
Helps called from the Bullitsburg Church
(To Wit) William Cave, Lewis Deweese, John Watts, Forest Webb, John Hall,
Chichester Matthews, Jeremiah Kirtley.

Names of those constituted

Christopher Wilson Lucy Wilson Alce William Brady Heather Brady Anthony Uriel Sebree Fanny Sebree Jamison Hawkins Ruth Hawkins William Rogers Sally Rogers Whole number Elijah Hogan Lucy Hogan Constituted Isaac Carlton Dorcas Carlton 23 Thomas Carter Nancy Carter John Ryle Elizabeth Ryle James Ryle Sally Ryle Mildred Sebree
At a church meeting held at Middle Creek April 16th 1803 Brother Wilson chosen Moderator.
Brother Moses Scott received by letter,
Brother Joseph Hawkins produced a letter and there being objections against his conduct by brethern James Ryle & Brady, the church advise the Brethern to try to bring about a reconciliation and make report to the next meeting,
The church then proceeded to chose a Clerk and chose Brother Moses Scott
The church then proceeded to appoint persons to collect Rules of Government from the scriptures or other churches and produce them to next meeting for the inspection of this church and Brethern Wilson, Hawkins, and Scott are appointed for that purpose.
A motion was then made for the appointing Deacons, the matter taken up and refered
The church then proceeded to appoint trustees to superintend the finishing the meeting house and Brethern Sebree, Hawkins, & Rogers are appointed thereto; the house to be finished in the following manner (viz) the plank for the floor to be seasoned, jointed, and pinned down, the seats to be a foot wide, two inches thick drefsd on both edges and with plank legs of the same dimensions, with a door and three windows, the house to be underpinned, chinked and Cramed, the whole to be paid for in property at such prices as the said trustees shall fix upon.
Agreed that the second Saturday in each month shall be the day to do the businefs of this church and that we commence businefs at the hour of 12 o'clock.
Adjournd

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At a church meeting held at Middle Creek May 11th 1803, Brother Wilson Moderator
Brother Joseph Hawkins received by letter
Rachell a black woman recd by letter
The church then received the following rules of Goverment. See rules.
The refference concerning the appointment of Deacons taken up and Brother Rogers is appointed to that office.
Agreed that the Sunday after our next meeting be set apart for the ordination of Brother Rogers to the office of Deacon, and that Brethern Wilson & Hawkins petition the Bullitsburg Church for helps for that purpose.
A motion was made and seconded that this church consider the propriety of joining the afsociation Contemplated to be held at dry run in July next
The matter taken up and referd to next meeting
Agreed that the sum of Five Dollars be apportioned on the members of this church by Brethern Rogers, Sebree & James Ryle, and that the same be deposited in the hands of Brother Rogers at next meeting.
Brother Hawkins moderator for next meeting
Adjournd

At the church meeting held at Middle Creek June 11th 1803, Brother Hawkins Moderator.
The refference touching the proposed Union with the Afsociation contemplated to be held on Dry creek was taken up and tis agreed that this church send three members (viz) Wilson, Hawkins, & Scott to attend on Dry Creek on the last friday in July next to afsist the members then and there present in forming an afsociation if to them it should appear right and reasonable and Brother Scott is appointed to write a letter to the intended body and produce it at next meeting for inspection
Matter taken up concerning publick gifts and Brother Wilson is considered a licenced preacher.
A motion was made that the church appoint another Deacon and after due deliberation on the matter chose Brother James Ryle and tis agreed that tomorrow be set apart for his ordination to that office
Agreed that a trustee be appointed to superintend the finishing the Meeting house in the room of Brother Rogers who has become undertaker, and Brother Brady is appointed thereto.
The church agrees to consider the method of appointing Moderators matter taken up and refer'd
Bother Sebree is appointed Moderator for next meeting.

Adjournd

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At a church meeting held at Middle Creek July 9th 1803, Brother Sebree Moderator.
Sister Johnson recd by letter.
The church's letter to the depending afsociation read and approved.
The refference concerning the present method of appointing Moderators taken up and after some discufsion the church chose Brother Jamison Hawkins as the standing Moderator,
A motion was made to consider the propriety of having Elders in the church distinct from that of preachers, matter taken up and referred.
Ordered that the sum of two dollars be put in the hand of the Clerk to procure a book and paper.
Adjournd

At a church meeting held at Middle Creek August 13th 1803 Brother Wilson Moderator Brother Neel reed by letter.
Brother Harry a black member belonging to Brother James Ryle reed by letter Refference touching Elders continued Brother Watts reed by letter.
The trustees appointed to superintend the finishing the meeting house are directed to apportion the expenses thereof on the free male members of this church and make report to next meeting.
Brother Watts appointed an additional Moderator
Ordered that Brother Wilson obtain a written licence from this church to preach the Gospel wherever God in his providence may call him.
Agreed that Brother Watts be considered a licenced preacher by this church and that he obtain the same in writing whenever he may call for it.
Ordered that Brother Rogers be allowed the sum of five dollars for putting backs in the seats of the meeting house, one dollar in cash out of the fund and four dollars in property to be apportioned on the members by the Trustees aforesaid.
Agreed that Brother Wilson be exempt from paying his apportionment towards paying for finishing the meeting house and in lieu thereof he furnish the church with a table.

Adjournd

At a church meeting held at Middle Creek Sept. 11th 1803, Brother Hawkins Moderator Sister Watts recd by letter. Sister Drake recd by letter A report of the trustees relative to building expences handed in and received. Refference touching Elders taken up a question being put, whether there is such an office in the church distinct from preaching men? Answered in the negative. Sister Suckey a black woman belonging to Brother John Ryle recd by letter. Agreed that our next meeting be our Communion Season, and that Brother Watts petition Brethern Cave & Deweese to attend that day.

Adjournd

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At a church meeting held at Middle Creek October 1803 Brother Wilson Moderator.
A complaint was brought in by Brother Hawkins against Brother Anthony a black member for having taken that which was not his own and being charged therewith departed from the truth and being found guilty of sin by a majority is suspended & Brother Wilson is appointed to cite him to next meeting.

At a church meeting held at Middle Creek Nov. 12 1803. Brother Watts Moderator.
The refference concerning Anthony taken up and he being present failed to give satisfaction was excluded.
Brother William Shackleford recd for Baptism.

Adjournd

At a church meeting held at Middle Creek Dec. 10th 1803. Brother Hawkins Moderator.
Agreed that the fourth Sabbath in each month be considered a stated meeting of this church in addition to the present one.

Adjournd

At a church meeting held at Middle Creek Jany 1804. Brother Wilson Moderator.
Agreed that this church consider the propriety of ordaining one or more of her members as preachers of the Gospel. Matter referred to next meeting.

Adjournd

At a church meeting held at Middle Creek Feby 11th 1804. Brother Kirtley at the request of the church, Moderator.
The refference concerning publick gifts taken up and after some enquiry Brother Watts was set forward and upon some investigation was continued. The church then proceeded to consider the publick gift of Brother Wilson and after some enquiry & consultation was continued.

Adjournd

At a church meeting held at Middle Creek March 11th 1804 Brother Hawkins Moderator.
The refference respecting Brother Watts's ordination taken up the church not being unanimous, he stands as heretofore.
The refference respecting Brother Wilson's ordination taken up, the church not being unanimous he stands as heretofore.
Brother Robert Garnett & wife recd by letter.

Adjournd

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At a church meeting held at Middle Creek April 11th 1804. Brother Wilson Moderator.
Agreed that the Lords day after our next church meeting be a Communion season for this church & Brother Hawkins is appointed to request the attendance of Brethern Cave & Deweese on that occasion.
A motion was made that the trustees appointed to superintend the finishing of the meeting house proceed to see the undertakers paid. Which was agreed to and the further time of four months is given to under pin the house.
Query, by Brother Rogers? Whether has the Moderator a right to vote in the church in all cases? Matter taken up and refer'd.
Adjournd

At a meeting held at Middle Creek May 12th 1804 Brother Watts Moderator.
The query refer'd taken up respecting the Moderator having a right to a vote in all cases?
Answered that the Moderator shall have a right to a vote in all cases except in cases determined by a majority where his vote might tie the church.
At the request of Sister Drake by Brother Hogan a letter of dismifsion is granted her.

Adjournd

At a church meeting held at Middle Creek June 9th 1804 Brother Hawkins Moderator.
The church proceeded to appoint Delegates to attend the next North Bend Afsociation to be held at Point Pleasant Meeting house on the fourth Friday in July next, and Brethern Watts, Wilson and Scott is chosen for that purpose
And Brethern Hawkins, Garnett and Wilson is appointed to write a letter to s'd afsociation and produce it to next meeting.
The church then proceeded to appoint Brethern Sebree, Jas. Ryle & Rogers to apportion the sum of five dolls. On the free male members of this church to be deposited in the hands of the Brother Deacons at next meeting and that the sum of two dollars be put into the hands of the Delegates to the afsociation to be laid out toward defraying the necefsary expences of s'd afsociation.

Adjournd

At a church meeting held at Middle Creek July 14th 1804, Brother Wilson Moderator.
A complaint was brought before the church by Brother Jamison Hawkins against Brother Joseph Hawkins for saying that he the said Jamison had departed from the truth when call'd upon to declare the same on oath.
The charge being received, investigated, guilt found, and he failing to give satisfaction was suspended.
The church's letter to the afsociation read and approved
The apportionment for raising the church fund received and put into the hands of Brother Rogers for collection.

Adjournd

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At a church meeting held at Middle Creek Church Aug. 11th 1804 Brother Renfro at the request of the church, Moderator.
The suspension of Brother Hawkins taken up, he still failing to give satisfaction continues suspended.
Brother Francis Lehue recd by letter.
Adjournd

At a church meeting held at Middle Creek on the 8th of September 1804. Brother Wilson Moderator
The suspension of Brother Hawkins taken up & he giving satisfaction was restored. Agreed that the Sunday after our next church meeting be a Communion Season.

Adjournd

At a church meeting held at Middle Creek Oct. 13th 1804. Brother Renfro Moderator. Agreed that the Communion appointed to be held tomorrow be pospond until the church agree upon another day.
The church then proceeded to open a door to hear grievances. 1 st Brother Kirtley complained of Brother Watts for saying that while the sun and moon continue to move he could not have fellowship with Sister Cornett, 2nd that nothing but devilish lust caused her to marry Cornett, 3 that this church had acted partially. Whereupon an enquiry took place and guilt not found he was acquitted.

Adjournd

[NOTE: The paragraph above, from "The church then proceeded to open a door," to "he was accquitted," has been crossed out and the following words written vertically across it: At a church meeting held at Middle Creek Nov. 8th 1806 - Brother Rogers Moderator. It is ordered by the church that this entry be erased.

At a church meeting held at Middle Creek Nov, 10th 1804 Brother Kirtley Moderator
A complaint was brought in by Brother Watts against Brethern Wilson & Hawkins for acting partially in a church way. The matter taken up & investigated. Guilt was not found & they were acquitted by the church.
A motion was made to reconsider rule third for the government of this church which was agreed to and refer'd.
Margret McCorkhill recd by baptism

Adjournd

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At a church meeting held at Middle Creek Dec 8 1804. Brother Wilson Moderator
The refference respecting the reconsideration of the 3rd rule for government taken up and after consideration it is agreed that the rule be amended by adding the words (which notice shall be given personally and in a friendly and brotherly manner) See rules.
Sister Mildred Cornell by Brother Wilson made application for a letter of dismifsion which was granted.
Adjournd

At a church meeting held at Middle Creek Jany 12 1805, Brother Hawkins Moderator
No businefs appearing before the church she is dismifs'd until meeting in course.

At a church meeting held at Middle Creek Feby 9th 1805. Brother Hawkins Moderator.
A motion was made to consider the publick gift of Brother Watts, in his present standing as a Preacher, and after enquiry being made, it is agreed by the church that he discontinue to exercise as preacher for the present, or until he be further liberated.
A complaint was brought against this church by Bullitsburg Church for being in disorder, and after enquiry being made no publick or uncommon difficulty remains.
A complaint was brought against Brother Watts for using unsavory exprefsions, and after investigation guilt was found & satisfaction not obtained he is suspended.
Brother James a black member the property of Jas. Talbot recd by letter.
Adjournd until meeting in course.

At a church meeting held at Middle Creek March 9th 1805. Brother Wilson Moderator. A complaint brought in by Brother Carlton against himself, the matter was investigated, satisfaction given & he acquited.
The suspension of Brother Watts taken up and after some investigation laid over until next meeting.
Brother Garnett to invite Brother Watts to attend our next meeting.

Adjournd

At a church meeting held at Middle Creek Apl. 1805. Brother Hawkins Moderator.
The refference respecting Brother Watts' suspension continued.
Queery, by Brother Garnett, whether has this church treated Brother Watts in a brotherly manner and according to rule and order, in not committing a complaint exhibited by him against Mildred Cornett, to record for investigation?
Answer he was not which. Which answer has given Brother Watts satisfaction, and he satisfying the church, is restored to full fellowship.
Brother Watts is further liberated and encouraged by this church, to exercise his publick gift in a preaching way whenever he may think proper.
Adjournd until meeting in course

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At church meeting held at Middle Creek May 11th 1805 Brother Wilson Moderator.
Agreed that Brother Sebree do present to our next meeting, some writing obligatory for two acres of land including Middle Creek meeting house for the use of this church, also free accefs to a spring that is convenient, which spring is now made use of by the church.
Agreed that Brother Robt Garnett be encouraged to exercise his publick gift by way of exhortation and prayer, at any time and place, if he feel disposed so to do. Also to preach within the bounds of this church.
Ordered that Brother Carter & wife do obtain a letter of dismifsion from this church.
A motion made to reconsider our third rule of government, the matter taken up and refer'd.
Adjournd until meeting in course.

At a church meeting held at Middle Creek June 8th 1805 Brother Watts Moderator.
The refference concerning the third rule of government taken up, and it is agreed that the 0said rule be altered and to read in the following words - See Rules.
The church then proceeded to appoint Mefsengers to attend the afsociation, and Brethern Watts, Wilson, Hawkins and Scott are apointed and Brethern Sebree & Scott to write a letter to the same and present it to next meeting.
Meeting Adjournd until meeting in course

At a church meeting held at Middle Creek July 13th 1805 - Brother Hawkins Moderator.
Brother Lewis Conner recd by letter
The church letter read and approved.
Agreed that the Deacons of this church do furnish the mefsengers to the afsociation with the sum of 7/6 for the purpose of printing the minutes of said afsociation.
Adjournd until meeting in course.

At a church meeting held at Middle Creek August 10th 1805. Brother Watts Moderator.
Sister Martha Drake recd by letter.
A motion was made by Brother Hawkins that the church consider the propriety of one Brother dealing with another on a day of church businefs during the hours of doing businefs i.e. from the time of meeting until meeting is closed, And after consideration its agreed, that no businefs of dealing shall comence between brethern on a day of our church meeting after being met for the purpose of doing the businefs of the church, until meeting be closed.
Agreed that the Sabbath or Lords day after our next meeting be a Communion Season, and Brother Sebree is appointed to invite Brethern Deweese and Renfro to attend us on that occasion.
Brother Reuben Searcy & Elizabeth his wife recd by letter.
Adjournd until meeting in course.

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At a church meeting held at Middle Creek September 14th 1805 - Brother Wilson Moderator.
A complaint was brought by Brother Hall against Brother Watts, first - for making a publick declaration at the court house, that John Brown was a man of better character than he (To wit) Hall and search it from Dan to Be-ersheba
2nd for saying that he was a tyrant.
3rd for the words of an entry in the store book (To wit) John Hall Esquire candidate for the afsembly Cr. For 2 [or 22] inches of muslin.
Whereupon the church proceeded to hear the answers of Brother Watts and he failing to give satisfaction was excluded.
Adjournd until meeting in course.

At a church meeting held at Middle Creek Octr 12th 1805 - Brother Hawkins Moderator.
Brother Sebree presented a bond from himself to this church for the conveyance of two acres of land whereon the meeting house now stands, which was received and ordered to be lodged with the church book.
A motion was made that this church form some rule to excite the attendance of her members, on days of businefs. Whereupon the matter was taken up & refer'd.
Queery by Brother Wilson? Is it right for members in good standing suffer or invite excluded persons to preach in their houses, when known to be such?

Answer No

Queery, whether did Bullittsburg Church act agreeable to Gospel rule and order in prohibiting Mr. Watts a preaching member of Middle Creek Church from preaching among them without first taking the Gospel steps?
Whereupon the church determined in the negative and Brethren, Hawkins, Garnett; Rogers & Scott are appointed a committee to treat with that church on account of the act as aforesaid and make report to next meeting.
Adjournd until meeting in course.

At a church meeting held at Middle Creek Novr 9th 1805 - Brother Hawkins Moderator.
The matter respecting forming a rule to exite the members attendance taken up and refer'd to next meeting.
The committee that was sent to heal with Bullitsburg Church made their report to this church which was satisfactory.
A request was made from Mud Lick Church to send them helps to afsist in the ordination of Deacons, and Brethern Wilson and Hawkins are appointed to attend the said church.
Meeting Adjournd until meeting in course.

At a church meeting held at Middle Creek Dec 14th 1805 - Brother Wilson Moderator.
The reference respecting a rule taken up and after an investigation the following is adopted, (To wit) Any free male member who shall fail to attend a church meeting may (on motion) be cited to attend the next, by any member appointed for that purpose and make known the reason of his absence.

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Next church meeting at Brother Sebrees.
Adjournd until meeting in course.

At a church meeting held at Middle Creek Jany 11th 1806 - Brother Hawkins Moderator.
Agreed that our next church meeting be held at Brother Scott's and our next stated meeting at Brother James Ryles. and no other businefs appearing before the church it is agreed that she be dismifs'd until meeting in course.

At a church meeting held at Middle Creek Feby 8th 1806 - Brother Wilson Moderator.
The church agreed to consider the propriety of appointing additional Moderators whereupon she concluded to have the number one added to the present number, but the appointment thereof is refer'd to next meeting.
Agreed that our next stated meeting be at Brother Rogers's and our next monthly meeting at Brother Garnetts.

Adjournd.

At a church meeting held at Middle Creek Second Saturday in March 1806 -
The church took up the refference concerning appointing Moderators, and after some deliberation the church proceeded to appoint three additional Moderators Viz. Brethern Rogers, Sebree and Garnett - Adjournd

At a church meeting held at Middle Creek April 12th 1806 - Brother Wilson Moderator.
Queery by Brother Neel. Is it consistent with our rule of dealing between brethern for a complaint to be brought before the church when the helps are divided and objected to by the defendant.
Agreed that the Trustees appointed to superintend the finishing the meeting, do apportion on the members of the church the sum of 13/6 to be collected by them and paid to brother Rogers Undertaker and make report to next meeting.

At a church meeting held at Middle Creek May 10th 1806 - Brother Hawkins Moderator.
The report from the Trustees relative to the apportioning 13/6 on the members of read and received.

Adjournd

At a church meeting held at Middle Creek June 14th 1806. Brother Rogers Moderator.
The church agreed to alter the 7th rule of government and to read in the following words. Viz. Any member making a motion having a second shall have a hearing in the church, except voted out by the church.

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The church then proceeded to examine and reconsider the publick gift of Brother Garnett taken up and refer'd to next meeting. Adjournd.

At a church meeting held at Middle Creek July 12th 1806 - Brother Sebree Moderator.
A motion was made that this church consider the propriety of ordaining Brother Wilson as a preacher of the Gospel. Whereupon the church took up the matter, and unanimously agreed to his ordination, and agreed to send for helps for that purpose to three churches. Viz. dry Creek, Bullitsburg and Mud lick to meet at Middle Creek Meeting house on the Second Saturday in September next - and Brethern Rogers Hawkins and Scott to apply to mud lick church Sebree, Carter and Brady to Dry creek and James Ryle John Ryle & Hogan to Bullitsburg
The church then took up the refference of Brother Garnett and after some conversation, continued until next meeting.
The church then proceeded to appoint persons to write the church letter to the next afsociation and Brethren Wilson and hawkins are appointed thereto - also Brethern Wilson Hawkins Sebree and Scott are appointed to bear s'd letter and represent us in the depending afsociation.
Agreed that the sum of two Dollars be put into the hands of Mefsengers to the afsociation to defray the expences of printing the minutes if deem'd necefsary.
Agreed that the Brother Deacons apportion the sum of four ["4" written over the smudged word "four"] Dollars on the members of this church to defray the expences thereof & make report to next meeting. Adjournd

At a church meeting held at Middle Creek Augt 9th 1806 - Brother Garnett Moderator.
The refference concerning Brother Garnetts' Publick gift taken up and after reconsideration it agreed by the church that brother Garnett be encouraged to use his gift in a way of Exhortation and prayer; whenever he may think it convenient so to do.
The apportionment of the brother deacons amounting to three Dollars twenty five cents handed in and reed in lieu of an order made for 4$.
The church then agreed to send for the helps to consider the propriety of her conduct in the Exclusion of John Watts, in which both the church and said Watts shall have the opportunity of justifying themselves by proper evidence.
And the helps so called shall be from the churches of Bank-lick, Wilmington, Dry Creek and Mud lick, to meet at Middle creek Meeting house on the friday before the first Saturday in October next, and Brethern Sebree & Hawkins are appointed to go to Wilmington Church - Brother Brady & James Ryle to mud lick. Brother Conner to Dry creek, and Brethren Garnett and John Ryle to Bank-Lick.
Adjournd

At a church meeting held at Middle Creek the Second Saturday in September 1806 - Brother Wilson Moderator
The Church letter read & approved.

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A request from Mud lick Church, praying for helps to afsist them in settling certain difficulties in that church was granted, and Brethern Wilson, James Ryle, John Ryle and Garnett are appointed to attend on that businefs on Saturday next.
The church then proceeded to determine the manner of conducting the trial between John Watts and this church relative to the subsisting difficulty between them it is agreed that Brother Scott shall act as a mouth for the church on that day, who shall call on the church or any individual in society for any evidence relative to the investigation of Brother Wilson withdrew as Moderator and Brother Garnett took his seat as such.
The refference respecting Brother Wilsons ordination taken up, helps present and there appearing several objectors against it the matter is discontinued. - Adjournd

At a Call Meeting held at Middle Creek October 3rd 1806 (Brother Wilson Moderator) for the investigation of the conduct of this church in the Exclusion of John Watts. Present the following members from three churches Viz Dry Creek - Brethern Moses Vickers, John Leathers, Leonard Christler and Joshua Leathers. Bank Lick Brethern George Hume, William Stephens, Gerard Hume and Nathan Lynn. Wilmington Brethern Thos. Griffmg & Bartlet Graves, who at the request of the parties formed themselves into committee and heard the following charges exhibited against the church by John Watts -
Charge 1st for putting a criminal construction in my words and that contrary to reason and my explanation of meaning. -
2nd for denying me time to obtain and have the benefit of the deposition of Abner Gains Esqr to prove my innocence previous to conviction.
3rd for suspending me from the priviledge of the church, previous to giving me an opportunity to answer to the charges against me in my own way.
4th for admiting Mr. Lewis Deweese to break the rules of the church, and threaten her and prevent me from answering to the charges against me in any other way than by acknowledgment, and not give the conduct of Mr. John Hall & the church of Bullitsburg mitigation of my guilt.
5th for not consenting to take up and reconsider the businefs, and give me a fair hearing when I made application. -
Whereupon the church proceed to answer thereto - the committee then retired and after some time returned and Delivered the following Opinion. Viz. We the committee are of Opinion after hearing all the disputes between Middle Creek Church and Mr. John Watts, after deliberating on the whole charges exhibited by s'd Watts and the churches reply to Watts's charges - we are of opinion that the church is justifiable in excluding Watts at his own request - Neverthelefs we could wish the church had dealt more tenderly toward Watts. - Sign'd Thos. Griffing, John Leathers, Gerard Hume Joshua Leathers, Moses Vickers Leonard Christler B. Graves W. Stephens Geo. Hume N. Lynn.

At a church meeting held at Middle Creek Octr 19th 1806. Brother Hawkins Moderator. The church proceeded to open a door for the reception of members, whereupon came John Watts & made satisfaction to the three charges exhibited against him by Brother Hall, but on account of some Grievances arising from this conduct since his exclusion,

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he could not be restored to full fellowship and upon their being made known to him proceeded to answer thereto, but failing to give satisfaction he still stands Excluded
Adjournd

At a church meeting held at Middle Creek Now 8th 1806. Brother Rogers Moderator.
The church agreed to open a Door for every member who wishes a letter of Dismifsion to obtain one, and the clerk is hereby ordered to furnish the following persons upon their application Viz. Brother Jamison Hawkins & wife - Sister Winnefred Johnson Brother Wilson & wife Sister Mildred Cornett - Moses Scott, - Brother Thos. Carter & wife Brother Lewis Conner - Brother Rogers & wife if requested.

Adjourn.d

At a church meeting held at Middle Creek Decr 18th 1806. Brother Garnett Moderator
At the request of Brother Garnett, Brother Rogers took his seat as Moderator. Brother Garnett brought a complaint against Sister McCorkhill for departing from the truth as he thought and refusing to pay a Just Debt. Whereupon the church proceeded to enquire into facts relative thereto. - but for want of satisfactory proofs, the church was unable to decide on the difficulty satisfactorily. Whereupon the church advised the parties to choose a committee to settle the difficulty between them, to which they consented.
Brethern Rogers, Jas. Ryle and Scott are appointed a committee for that purpose, to meet at Brother Brady's the Friday before the Second Saturday in January next, & make report to next meeting.
It is ordered by the church that the Brother Deacons report to the church on the Second Saturday in December Annually the amount of their receipts & expendatures in order for settlement.
Agreed that our next meeting be at Brother Brady's.

Adjournd

At a church meeting held at Middle Creek Jany 10th 1807 - Brother Garnett, Moderator.
The Committee agreeably to appointment made their report that Sister McCorkhill pay to Brother Garnett Twenty Six Dollars forty & one half Cents owing that she have the time of three months to pay it.
Brother Rogers came forward to settle with the church & his list was satisfactory.
Agreed that our next church meeting be at Brother James Ryle's -
Ordered that the church furnish Sister Alee with a letter of Dismifsion.
Agreed that our fourth Sunday meeting be at Brother Brady's.

Adjournd

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At a church meeting held at Middle Creek Feby 14th 1807 Brother Garnett Moderator
Brother Watts who was formerly Excluded came forward and gave the church satisfaction, & thereupon was restored to fellowship
Adjournd

At a Church meeting held at Middle Creek March 14th 1807 - Brother Sebree Moderator
A motion was made that this church consider the propriety of Brother Watts exercising his gift in a preaching way - whereupon the church took it up and agreed that he be liberated and encouraged to preach within the bounds of this church. Agreed that the reading of the church rules be dispensed with, except call'd for by a member.
Agreed that the Sum of two Dollars be apportioned on the free male members of this church, to defray the expenses thereof, by Brethern Jas. Ryle & Hogan & make report to next meeting.
Brother James Ryle is appointed by this church to acquaint Sister Lehue with the situation in which this church considers her standing, and should it be her wish to give her membership to this church - Brethren Watts, Jas. Ryle & Hogan are appointed a committee to receive her, and make report to next meeting.

Adjournd

At a church meeting held at Middle Creek Apl 11th 1807 Brother Garnett Moderator
Sister Lehue recd by letter
Agreed that the lords day after our may church meeting be Communion Season and that Brethern Garnett and Scott invite Brethern Deweese and Vickers to attend us on that Occasion.
Brother from Bullitsburg Church made application to this church for helps to afsist in council in the Ordination of Brethern Wilson & Gofs, to attend that church on the first Saturday in May next, whereupon the church appointed Brethern Garnett and Scott for that purpose.
The apportionment made by Brethren Hogan & James Ryle was presented for 13.10 1/2 and received in lieu of the order made for two Dollars. Ordered that Brother John Le[e or a]tch obtaining a Letter of Dismifsion.

Adjournd

At a church meeting held at Middle Creek May 9th 1807 Brother Watts Mod
Agreed that Brother Watts be at liberty to preach the Gospel wherever God in his providence may please to call him, and that he obtain a written Licence for that purpose if demanded.
Agreed that our next fourth Sunday meeting be at Brother Joseph Hawkins's.

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On motion of Brother Garnett the church appointed Brother Brady to cite Sister McCorkhill to attend next meeting to show cause why she has not comply'd with the injunctions laid upon her by the committee who acted between her & brother Garnett.
Adjournd

At a church meeting held at Middle Creek June 13th 1807 Brother Garnett Modr.
Brother Scott came forward and made confefsion that he has been overtaken in the sin of drinking too much spiritous liquor, the church took the matter up and after due deliberation he is aqquitted.
Brother Brady agreeably to the order of the church cited Sister McCorkhill, and she failing to attend the matter is laid over till next meeting.
Appointed Brother Searcy to cite her to the same.

Adjournd

At a church meeting held at Middle Creek July 11th 1807 Brother Watts Moderator.
Sister McCorkhill came forward and gave the church satisfactory reasons for her not complying with the directions of the committee in the payment of money to Brother Garnett as directed by said committee.

Adjournd till Meeting in course

At a church meeting held at Middle Creek August 8th 1807. Brother Sebree. Moderator.
On motion agreed that Brethern Sebree & Scott be appointed to write to the north Bend Afsociation to be held at Bank Lick Meeting house on the fourth friday in September next and produce it at next meeting for inspection, and Brethern Watts, Garnett and Scott are appointed Mefsengers to bear s'd letter & represent us in s'd afsociation.
On motion of Brother Sebree it is agreed that he be released from acting as moderator for this church.

Adjournd

At a church meeting held at Middle Creek Septr 12th - 1807 Brother Watts Moderator.
The Church Letter read and approved.
And no other businefs appearing before the church she is dismifsed until Meeting in course.

At a church meeting held at Middle Creek October 9th 1807 - Brother Garnett Moderator
Agreed that our next meeting be a communion Season, and Brother Garnett is appointed to invite Brother Deweese & Gofs to attend us.
A motion was made to consider Brother Garnett's Gift - the matter thereof refer'd to next meeting.

Adjournd

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At a church meeting held at Middle Creek Deer 12th 1807 Brother Garnett. Moderator.
A motion was made and carried that this Church consider the propriety of dismifsing as many of her Members at November meeting of 1806 - seeing the[y] did live and still live most convenient to this church the matter thereof taken up, and after due deliberation the Church is of opinion that the act afs'd was improper, unprecedented, and not to be Sanctioned or approved of.
Brother Wilson from Bullitsburg Church presented a proposition from that church to this that we appoint a committee to meet a committee by them appointed to try to settle existing difficulties between certain individuals of the said churches whereupon the church appointed Brethern Garnett & Scott to write a friendly letter to Bullitsburg Church on that subject and produce it tomorrow for the inspection of this church. The refference respecting Brother Garnett's Gift, Taken up and after enquiring into the same the church is of opinion that he use the Gift of Exhortation & prayer at any time and places where God in his providence may cast his lot - and that he be at liberty to preach within the bounds of this church.
Next church meeting to be at Brother Jas. Ryle's.
Adjournd

At a church meeting held at Middle Creek Jany 9th 1808 Brother Watts Moderator.
Brother Lehue brought forward a complaint against himself for having drunk too much Spiritous Liquor. - whereupon the church hear'd his recantation & acknowledgements which was satisfactory, and he is acquitted by the church.
Brother Ryle deacon reported the receipts & expenditures for the last year, as follows viz one dollar appropriated, one dollar in the fund and 1/1 1/2 of the last apportionment not collected.
Appointed Brother Jn. Ryle to request Bro. Neel to attend our next meeting to make known the cause of his nonattendance for several meetings past.
Agreed that our next church meeting be at Brother Joseph Hawkins'.

Adjournd

At a church meeting held at Middle Creek Feby 15th 1808 Brother Garnett Moderator
On motion it is agreed that our next meeting be at Brother Garnetts.
No businefs appearing to be necefsary at the present agreed to Adjournd

At a church meeting held at Middle Creek March 12th 1808 Brother Watts Moderator.
No Businefs Adjournd

Ai a church meeting held at Middle Creek Apr 9th 1808 Brother Garnen Moderator
Agreed that the Sabbath after our next monthly meeeting be a Communion Season and Brother Jn. Ryle is requested to invite Brethren Deweese & Wilson to attend us on that occasion

Adjournd

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May and June no businefs

At a church meeting held at Middle Creek July 9th 1808 Brother Watts Moderator.
Brother Searcy brought in a matter of difficulty against himself and wife for separation whereupon the church a committee of three members Viz Sebree, Scott & Carlton to wait on them at the house of Brother Searcy on the first Saturday in August next and request their attendance at next meeting.
Agreed that our fourth Sunday meeting for the future be held in Middle Creek Bottom.

Adjournd

At a church meeting held at Middle Creek Augt 13th 1808 Brother Garnett Moderator.
The committee appointed to request the attendance of Brother Searcy & wife to this meeting reported that they had perform'd that service, But Sister Searcy failing to attend, the matter is continued until next meeting. And Brother Hogan and Jas. Ryle are appointed to cite her to attend next meeting.
Brother Watts is appointed to write a letter to our depending afsociation, and present it to our next meeting for the inspection of the church, and Brethern Garnett, Watts, and Scott are appointed mefsengers to bear s'd letter and represent this church in said afsociation. Adjournd
Adjournd

At a church meeting held at Middle Creek Septr 10th 1808. Brother Garnett Moderator.
The refference respecting Brother Searcy & wife taken up and after hearing the causes of separation from Brother Searcy and his wife's answer thereto the church is of opinion that they are both guilty of sin. - Brother Searcy failing to give satisfaction generally is Suspended and Sister Searcy Excluded.
The Church Letter read, altered and approved.

Adjournd

At a church meeting held at Middle Creek Octr 8th 1808 Brother Garnett Moderator.
The suspension of Brother Searcy taken up & Satisfaction given he is restored to fellowship.

Adjournd

At a Church meeting held in novr no businefs

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At a church meeting held at Middle Creek Decr 10th 1808. Brother Garnett Moderator.
A complaint was brought in by Brethern James & John Ryle against Sister McCorkhill for the sin of drunkennefs - whereupon the church appointed Brother William Brady to cite her to attend our next church meeting.
Our next church meeting to be at Brother Brady's.
Adjournd

At a church meeting held at Middle Creek Jany 14th 1809 - Brother Garnett Moderator.
Brother Watts proceeded to give a relation of himself in company with others going over the Ohio into the Indian Territory in order to take a reputed horse thief and bring him to Justice, but in making the attempt to take him he fled, the party fired and he was kill'd, from which relation the church is of opinion that Brother Watts was Guilty of sin, but he giving satisfaction stands forgiven by the church.
The refference concerning Sister McCorkhill taken up and after enquiry Guilt is found and she failing to give Satisfaction is suspended.
The Brother Deacon reported the state of the church fund, after having paid the appropriations of last year 25 cents remains in his hands.
A motion was made to consider the propriety of Brother Watts Exercising his publick Gift in a preaching way at present, and on consideration it is agreed and ordered that he discontinue to Exercise in a preaching way until he be further liberated by the church.
Next meeting to be at Brother Garnetts.

Adjournd

At a church meeting held at Middle Creek Feby 11th 1809 - Brother Garnett Moderator.
The Suspension of Sister McCorkhill Continued
The church then proceeded to consider the propriety of calling for supply in a preaching way from the Ministerial Gifts in Bullettsburgh Church and after consideration it is agreed by this church that Brethern Deweese, Mathews and Wilson be invited by this church as Preachers of the Gospel in such a manner as may best suit themselves, so that we may have at least one of them on the Lord's day after the 2nd Saturday in every month and the fourth Lords day.
And Brethern Sebree and Carlton are appointed to request their attendance accordingly.
Next meeting to be at Brother Hogans.

Adjournd

At a church meeting held at Brother Hogan's March 10th 1809 Brother Mathews Moderator.
The reference respecting Sister MCorkhills Suspension Continued
Brother Garnett is appointed to cite her to next meeting also inform her of her Situation and Standing in the church.

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A motion was made by Brother Watts to consider the propriety of our call for preachers, so far as it respects Brother Wilson. - and after consideration it is agreed that the calling him was improper under existing circumstances.
Adjournd

At a church meeting held at Middle Creek Apr 8th 1809 - Brother Deweese Moderator.
Sister MCorkhill's Suspension taken up, she not coming forward to give satisfaction is excluded.
A motion made and seconded to reconsider our present mode of moderation - ref'd.

Adjournd

At a church meeting held at Middle Creek May 13th 1809 Brother James Ryle Moderator. The church agrees to Erase the 10th rule of discipline which read as follows. (See rules)
The reference concerning Moderation Continued.

Adjournd

At a church meeting held at Middle Creek June 10th 1809 - Brother Watts Moderator.
The reference respecting our present mode of moderation taken up and Considered and the church agrees to continue in the practice of the present mode.

Adjournd

At a church meeting held at Middle Creek July 8th 1809 Brother Hawkins Moderator.
Two complaints brought in by Brother Scott against Brother Watts - first for Exprefsing a difficulty or difsatisfaction with Brother Wilson of Bullitsburg which in the end went to exclude Brother Wilson from preaching to this church after being call'd for that purpose, without previously taking the Gospel steps to remove such difficulty or enquire into the truth of the declaration alleged to have been made by Wilson (to wit) that Wilson had said that he (Watts) ought to be hung - and secondly, when directed to the Gospel mode of Adjustment he observed that the businefs in that way was foreclosed. Meaning as the s'd Scott supposed that he could not have Justice done him in the church of which Wilson was a member.
The matters severally taken up as they stand, and after investigation he was found guilty and he failing to give satisfaction is Suspended.
Brother Garnett exprefsed a distrefs on account of a report in the world concerning his taking too much Toll as Miller, and wishing to know the minds of his brethern on that subject, therefore by his consent record is made of the matter and investigation required by the church - the matter taken up and argued, and the church concluded the report is not groundlefs, he failing to give Satisfaction is Suspended.

Adjournd

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At a church meeting held at Middle Creek Augt 12th 1809 - Brother Hawkins Moderator.
The reference concerning Brother Watts' Suspension taken up, and he having satisfy'd the church is restored to fellowship.
Same order respecting Brother Garnetts Suspension.
Brethern Sebree and Scott are appointed to prepare a letter to the depending afsociation at Bullittsburg and present it to next meeting for the inspection of the church and Brethern Watts, Sebree and Scott are appointed Mefsengers to bear s'd letter and represent us in s'd afsociation.
Brethern Hawkins and Ryle is appointed to apportion the sum of two Dollars on the free male members of this church and make report to next meeting.
On motion, Brother Scott is Exhonerated from acting as Clerk to this church, and Brother Hogan is appointed thereto.
Adjournd

At a church meeting held at middle Creek Sept 9th, 1809 Brother Hawkins Moderator
Brother Garnett brought in a complaint against the church for objecting against brother Wilsons exersiseing his publick gift with her, also for restoring brother Watts to fellowship without directing him what steps to take with brother Wilson, the matter taken up and after consideration, agreed to send brother Carlton to inform brother Watts, that the Church requests him to take the gospel steps with brother Wilson in order to bring about a reconciliation with him
The Church letter read and approved
The apportionment made by brethren Hawkins & Ryle was presented for 13.. 10 1/2 ["S" over the "13" and "d" over the "10"] and received in lieu of the order made for two Dollars
A motion made by brother garnett and Seconed for a desolution of this Church and after arguing the matter it was answered in the negative

Adjournd

At a church meeting held at Middle Creek Oct 14th 1809 Brother Deweese Moderator,
Brother Carlton has obay'd the Church order of last meeting, both parties being present )to wit( Brother Wilson & Watts, and confefs that there is a reconciliation taken place between them which is Satisfactory, it is a greed that Brother Wilson be invited to preach the gospel with us whenever he may think it proper so to do,
A motion was mad to consider wheather this church has a moderator or not answered that she has
The church, a greed to appoint three moderators she proceeded and appointed Brethern Watts Hawkins & Scott Adjournd

November meeting no businefs

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At a church meeting held at Middle Creek Dec 8th 1809 Brother Watts moderator, a motion made to reconsider the publick gifts in this church the matter taken up and refiird,
Our next church meeting to be at brother Hogans
Adjournd

At a church meeting held at Middle Creek Jany 13th 1810 Brother Scott Moderator, the refference respecting publick gifts, taken up whereupon the church proceeded to consider brother Watts gift, and after consideration it is a greed the matter be dispenced with at present - the church the preceded to reconsider the gift of brother garnett whereupon after inquiry it is a greed for him to continue to exersise his gift as heretofore Our next church meeting to be at brother Garnetts - a motion made and seconded, that the brother Clark, settle with the brother deaton and make report to next meeting

Adjournd

At a church meeting held at Middle Creek Feby 9th 1810 Brother Hawkins Moderator, the brother Clark that was appointed to settle with the brother deaton Reporteth, that their is 4/6 appropriated, 3/6 in the fund, six shillings of the two last years apportionment not collected, which was satisfactory
On application of brother Watts, the Clerk is ordered to furnish him with a letter of Dismifsion
Our next church meeting to be held at Brother Hawkins Adjourn.d

At a church meeting held at Middle Creek March the 10th 1810 Brother Hawkins Moderator
The church took in consideration her fourth Sunday meeting, and it is a greed for the same to be dispenc'd with at presents.
The church then consideration the gifts of Brethern Hawkins & Scott and after inquiry it is a greed that they be at liberty to go forward in the way of prayer & exhortation where ever they may think it proper so to do.

Adjournd

April the 14th day 1810 no businefs this meeting

Adjournd

May the 12th day 1810 no businefs

Adjournd

At a church meeting held at middle Creek June the 9th 1810 Brother Hawkins moderator the church preceded to open a door for the reception of members whereupon Brother William Smither was received by letter agreed that the Saboth after the second Saturday

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in July be our Communion season and that brother Gamett invite Brethern Deweese Wilson and Henderson to attend us on that occation
Adjournd untill meeting in course

At a church meeting held at middle Creek July 14th 1810 Brother Hawkins moderator
The Communion agreed upon last meeting to be tomorrow is continued untill the Saboth after the second Saturday in October next and Brother Garnett is appointed to invite Brother Deweese to attend us on that occation, - Brother Garnett is appointed a moderator for this church.

At a church meeting held at middle Creek August the 11th 1810 Brother Scott moderator
Brother Scott is appointed to write a letter to the depending afsociation and produce it to our next meeting for inspection of the church and that Brethern Garnett and Sebree is appointed to bear s.d letter and represent this church in s.d afsociation
      Adjournd

At a church meeting held at middle Creek Sept 8th 1810 Brother Garnett moderator, the Church Letter read and approv.d

Adjournd

At a church meeting held at middle Creek Oct 13 1810 Brother Hawkins moderator, a complaint Brought in by Eseck a member of Buletsburg Church, against Brother Harry for reporting that he is a news carrier the matter taken up after inquierry, the church is of oppinion that he is not gilty, and was acquited,
A motion to reconsider, the gifts in this Church the matter taken up and after envestigation, it is a greed that Brother Garnett be at liberty to exersis his gift when and where he may think Propper so to do
The gift of brother Hawkins taken up and it is a greed that he be encouraged to go forward in the way of prayer and Excitation when and where he may think proper so to do
A greed that the forth Saboth for the filter be a stated meeting in this Church

Adjournd

November meeting no businefs

At a church meeting held at middle Creek December the 8th 1810 Brother Garnet moderator, Brother Watts return'd the letter of dismifsion which he recd in Feby last stating that he had apply'd at Bulittsburg Church for admittance, that individual

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objections arising against his membership he could not be reed, therefore returned his letter and it is reed accordingly to order.
Agreed that the forth Saboth meeting be dispenc'd for the futer
Agreed that the Brother Clark settle with the brother Deaton, and make report to next meeting      Adjournd

At a church meeting held at middle Creek January 12th 1811 Brother Hawkins moderator by order of last meeting the brother Clk has settled with the brother Deaton, and reported that their is remaining, in the fund one and three thirteen pence 1/2 not collected, which was sattisfa [remainder unreadable]
           Adjournd

At a church meeting held at middle Creek Februry 9th 1811 Brother Gamett moderator it is a greed that brother Watts be restored to his former privalidge (vz) to preach the gospell when and where God in his providence may call
Agreed that brother Watts be added to the moderation of Buletsburgh
Agreed that brother Henderson be invited to Preach the gospel whith us when convenient and that brother Garnett Deliver the mefsage
Nowel Smither reed for Baptism
Adjournd till meeting in course

At a meeting held at Middle Creek Febr 23rd 1811 by concent of the church there was a dore opened for the reception of members by experances or other wise, Polly Rice Reed for Baptism Sister Ester Smither & Sister Polly Robertson reed by letter Thomas & Sarah belonging to Dr Hobbs [or Nobles] Reed by letter also

Adjournd

At a church meeting held at middle Creek March the 9th 1811 brother Watts moderator
The church preceded to open a dore for the reception of members, thereupon Rebeckah Scott & William Scott was recd for baptism Jane Hawkins Recd by letter, Betty Stoneswer also recd of Baptism
March 10th, 1811, recd for baptism Rosamond Smither & Nancy Ryle

At a church meeting held at middle Creek April the 13th 1811 Brother Scott moderator, the Church proced'd to open a dore for the reception of members whereupon William Rogers was rec.d by experance for baptistm
Agreed that the sum of thirteen and six pence raised by the free mail members of this Church agreeable to an old aportionment made formerly
April 14th then reed by experience Silvy for baptism
April 28th then rec.d Sally Watts by experience for baptism

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At a church meeting held at middle Creek May the 11th Brother Garnett moderator,
A motion was made and seconded to consider the propriety of ordaining brother Garnett, the matter taken up and refurd untill next meeting
Also the same respecting of brother Watts

May the 26 then rec.d Thos. [unreadable] & Richd Shackleford by experance for baptism.

At a Church meeting held at middle Creek June 8th 1811 Brother Hawkins moderator, the Church preceded to open a door for the reception of members where upon Jacob a black man belonging to Mr Barkshere was recd by experance for baptism
The reference respection brother Garnett ordination taken up & a greed to
The same respecting Brother Watts ordination taken up and a greed to
Agreed to send for helps for that purpose, to three churches that is, to Buletsburg, Dry Creek & mudlick, to meet at middle Creek meeting house on the Second Saturday in July next, and brother Sebree apply to Bulitsburg Brother Scott to Dry Creek & Brother Neel to mudlick.
Agreed that the Lords day after second in July be a Communion Season      Adjournd

At a church meeting held at middle Creek July the 13th 1811 Brother Scott, moderator
The referance respecting Brethern Garnett and Watts Ordination taken up helps presant (vz) from Bullittsburg brethren Chichester Mathews James MCIntush William Brockman, from Dry Creek Moses Vickers John Leathers Leonard Crisler from Mudlick Brethern Weden Sleete William Alduger.

The mefsingers formed themselves into a body and Chose Brother Mathews moderator, and there being but one minister of the legally ortheris'd thay Thought not proper not to go into the businefs Brother Mathews withdrew as moderator and Brother Scott took his seate, the Church then preceded to businefs, and agreed to send to four Churches for helps (vz) to Bullittsburg, Dry Creek Bank lick and Mudlick, and Brethern Sebree apply to bullitsburg, Brother Scott to Dry Creek, Brother Jms Ryle to Banklick, Brother Brady to Mudlick, to meet on Wednesday after the Second Saturday in August to afsist in the ordination of Garnett and Watts
The Church preceded to open a door for the reception of members by experance or other wise thereupon Wm and Westly Garnett was rec.d by letter.

Adjournd

At a Church meeting held at middle Creek August 10th 1811 Brother Watts moderator, a greed that brethern Scott & Hogan write a church letter to our depending afsociation and produce it at our next meeting for the enspection of the Church.
Appointed Brethren Watts Garnett & Scott to bear s.d letter and represent us in s.d afsociation

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A motion made and Seconded to concider of choosing of an other deaton, the matter taken up and refured to next meeting
The church then proceded to open a door for the reception of members, whereupon Anthony who was formilly Excluded from us Came forward and gave Sattisfaction and was restored to fellowship
Dicky Berkshire & wife and his Negroe woman Darky was recd for baptism
          Adjournd

Agreeable to an order of July 13th 1811 the Church and helps meet August 14th 1811 Brother Scott moderator, the reference respection Brethern Garnett and Watts ordination taken up helps present.
And their names in rold as follows vz from Bullitsburg, brethren, Thos. Henderson, Absolam Graves & James Mclntush, from Dry Creek, brethren Moses Vickers & Leonard Crisler, from Banklick, brethren Jeremiah Griffin from mudlick Brethern Hugh Stears & Prestly Pecke, Weden Sleete the helps formed themselves into a committee and Choose Brother Vickers moderator and Proceeded to businefs, and after duly considering the premises, and the matter fully envestigated Retired, and after dew deliberation do report, that they think it best under all circumstances to forbear laying on of hands at present

Adjournd

At a Church meeting held at middle Creek Septr 14th 1811 Brother Garnett moderator, the referance Respecting the appointing an other Deaton taken up and after Inquiry being made, the Church Choose brother Smither, appointed Brethren Scott & Sebree to apply to Bulletsburg for helps to attend us on the Lords day after the second Saturday in next month to afsist in the ordination of Brother Smither to the office of Deaton.
The Church letter read and approved
The Church adjournd untill next meeting in course.

At a Church meeting held at middle Creek October 12th 1811 Brother Watts moderator,
The refferance respecting the Ordination of Brother Smither, taken up and refurd untill next meeting, and that Brother Scott is apointed to apply to Bullettsburg for helps to attend us on the Lords day after the Second Saturday in next month, to afsist us in the ordination of s.d brother to the office of Deaton.
Agreed that the Saboth after the Second Saturday in November be our Communion Season, and that Brother Garnett envite Brethern Wilson or Henderson to attend us on that occation
A motion was made and Seconded to consider the propriety of ordination of Brethern Watts and Garnett to the ministry, and after Some arguments the matter was with drawn

Adjournd

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1811 November meeting no businefs, Also December. None

At a Church meeting held at middle Creek January 11th 1812 Brother Scott moderator
Brother Francis Craig recd by letter
Agreed that the Brother Clk Settle with the brother Deaton, & make report next meeting,
Adjournd untill meeting in Course

At a Church meeting held at middle Creek Febr 8th 1812 Brother Hawkins moderator
Agreed that Brother Francis Craig, be at liberty to preach in the bounds of this church or use his gift in that way he may think proper so to do
The brother Clk reporteth after the last years Expenditure there remains 7..2.. 1/2 ["S" over the "7" and "d" over the "2"] in the funds, which was Satisfactory
A request from the Church of Point Pleasant
praying for helps to settle a difficulty that subsists amongst them the mater taken up after concideration, the Church appointed Brethren Scott & Garnett, to attend them on the fourth fryday in this month on that occation
Recd Brother Elijah & Sister Sarah Rice by letter by same Sister Polly Whittenten and her Negroe woman Hannah      Adjourned

At a Church meeting held at middle Creek march 14th. . . 1812. Brother Garnett moderator
A motion made to take in consideration the propriety of Building a meeting house, the matter taken up and refurd untill next meeting
A motion made to reconcider the propriety of ordination of Brethern Watts & Garnett, the mater taken up and refurd untill next meting
A request from Bullitsburg Church to send them helps to afsist in the ordination of Brother A Graves appointed Brethren Watts & Garnett to attend s.d church on the 1st Saboth in next month

Adjournd

At a Church meeting held at middle Creek April 11th 1812 Bro Scott moderator -
Brother Jones recd, by letter
The refference respecting the ordination of Brother Watts Taken up and agreed to by the Church
The refferance respecting the ordination of Brother Garnett Taken up and a greed to by the Church
And helps are called, for the purpose of the ordination the above Brethren from Bullettsburg Mudlick & Dry Creek Churches, Bro. Scott to apply to Bulletsburg Brother Smither to Mudlick Bro. Garnett to Dry Creek - to meet at middle Creek on the Saboth after the Second Saturday in next month
The refferance respecting a meeting house taken up and Committee appointed of five Brethren, To witt Sebree, and in case of falure Watts, Brady Jones Garnett & Scott, to

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meet at Brother Garnetts on fryday before next Church meeting for the purpose of agreeing on the place to Build, the Description Size and proble cost of building and make report to next meeting.
A request by Brother Carlton for helps by Brethren ["by Brethren" scratched out with several marks] to meet at the forks of the Gunpowder on the last Wednesday in the presant month to afsist same brethren in Constituting a church, was attended to and Brethren Garnett Smither & Scott are appointed accordingly.
Adjournd

At a Church meeting at middle Creek May 9th 1812 Brother Watts moderator.
The refference respecting the meeting house taken up The Committee appointed last meeting reporteth that there two Ellageable places to build one near Brother Barkshiers the other Brother Rices after Dew Deleberation the Church a greed to build at one of the places or near the sd places
The recd the plan of Sd house (to wit) the house to be a framd one thirty two in length twenty four in breadth, Cost as thay supposd three hundred Dollars - a greed that one forth, be paid in money the balance in property at a stated price (to wit) Beef at two Dollars fifty Cents Pork two Dollars fifty cents hemp four Dollars fifty cents Whiskey thirty seven one half cents Rye thirty Seven one half cents wheate fifty cents
a greed to set on foot a public Subscription for the Purpose of rasing of money and property to Defray the expences of Sd house
a greed that Brethren Scott & Hogan prepare three Subscriptions.
The refference respecting the Ordination of Brethren Watts and Garnett taken up helps presant from three Churches (to wit) from Bullitsburg Brethren Absolam Graves Edward Graves and William Montague, from Dry Creek Brethren Leonard Crislar & Joshua Leathers from Mudlic Brethren Weden Sleet Robert Finnel & John Arnold
Thay formed themselves into a Committee and Brethren Wilson & Handersen being presant was invited to take a Seat with them And then preceded buifsinefs and after Duly envestigation was unanimous a greed to their Ordination and then preceded to the laying on of hands.

Adjournd

At a Church meeting held at Middle Creek June 13th 1812 Brother Garnett moderator
The Church a greed to build a meeting house in the lower corner of Brother Garnetts plantation adjoining of his & Brother Barshires line, a greed that Brother Scott run out the Land that Brethren Barkshire & Garnett a greed to let the Church have for the use of Sd house
appointed Brethren Scott Barkshire & Hogan Trustees to let out the building of Sd house and Superintend the Buifsinefs thereto and it is a greed that they or either of the tow may act at Discrefsion a greed that our next Stated meeting be a Communion Season adjournd

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At a Church meeting held at middle Creek July 12th day 1812 Brother Watts moderator a request from Bulitsburg praying for helps to afsist them in the Ordination of two of their Breatheren to office of Deacon, the request granted and appointed Brethren Garnett & James Ryle to attend
On that businefs on the first Lords day in August, next
A request handed in by Brother Watts from Laughery Church praying for helps to afsist them in the ordination of Brother MCGloughlin to the ministry the matter taken up and appointed Brethren Watts & Smither to attend them on that occation on the first Saboth in August next.
Adjournd

At a Church meeting held at middle Creek Sept 12th —1812— Brother Watts moderator
The Church letter read and approved.
Adjournd untill meeting in course.

October meeting no Businefs

At a Church meeting held at Middle Creek November 14th. . 1812 Brother Hawkins modr
On motion agreed to liberate Brother Hoges to use his gift in the bounds of this Church in that way he may think proper so to do
On motion the Church agreed to build the meeting house on the ridge against Brother Garnetts in lieu of the place prior agreed on (to wit) in the lower corner of Brother Garnetts plantation.

Adjournd

December, January February meeting's no businefs

At a Church meeting held at middle Creek March the 13th day 1813 Brother Garnett moderator
On motion agreed that all the acts that was made last year respecting of building of a meeting house be dispenced with
A motion and Seconded to reconsider the building of a meeting house the matter taken up and after consideration the church agreed to meet the 29th of Jn at Brother Garnetts in order to fix on a place to build s.d house.
On motion of Brother Garnett, appointed Barkshire to site Brother Rice to attend our next meeting to shew case of his absence
Also Brother Hoges to site Brother Lehue on the same acaton

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At a Church meeting held at middle Creek April 10th 1813 Brother Garnett moderator
Rec.d by Experience for baptism William Neal & Nancy his wife & Agnefs Neal
Agreed to set on foot three subscription for the purpose of rasing money to build a meeting house, appointed Brethrens Garnett Sebree & Hoges to circulate them
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At a Church meeting held at middle Creek May the 8th.. 1813 Brother Watts moderator
Agreed that the sabothe after the second Saturday in next month be a Communion Season
The Church agreed to build a framed meeting house 28 by 20 feet - Appointed Brethren Garnet & Hogan to Superintend the building of s.d house
A motion made to reconsider the gift of Brother Craig the mater taken up and after investigation the church agreed to liberate him to use his gift in that way God in his
Providence may cast his lot.

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At a Church meeting held at middle Creek June 12th. . 1813 Brother Hawkins moderator
The church tuk up the businefs of the new meeting house, and after consideration a greed to underpinnel the s.d house with Stone previous to the rasing of the frame of s.d house
By the request of Brother Westly Garnett the Clark is ordered to gave him a letter of Dismition
The Church dispenc.d with her Communion day untill next stated meeting

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At a Church meeting held at middle Creek July 10.. 1813 Brother Scott moderator
A complaint brout in by brother Watts against Brother Anthony for having a Child with a white Woman, this complaint is founded on public report, the matter taken up and after enquir[last letter unreadable], appointed Brethren Scott & Brady to take steps with s.d brother and make report to next meeting.
Agreed that the trustees make sack of the old meeting house for the purpose of defraying the expence of the new one, - the old house is not to be given up till next november meeting.
A request by Brother [unreadable letter]umes from mudlick Church praying for helps to afsist in the ordination of Brother Sleet to the ministry the taken up and appointed Brethren Watts Garnett & Scott to attend them on next Saturday.

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At a Church meeting held at middle Creek August 14th.. 1813 Brother Garnett moderator
The refferance respecting Anthony taken up and after envestigation, he was found guilty of sin, and he not being present to gave satisfaction he was excluded
Appointed Brethren Garnett & Hogan to prepare a letter to send to the depending afsociation to be held at Dry Creek and that they present it to next meeting for the inspection of the church
Appointed Brethren Watts Garnett, Scott & Sebree to bear s.d letter and represent us in s.d afsociation.
Agreed that the sum of four Dollars be collected for the use of the Church, and that it be apportioned on the free male members of this Church, and Brethren Smither & Hogan is appointed for that purpose
Agreed that the Trustees employ some person to clear a place to bild the meeting house on.
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At a Church meeting held at middle Creek Sept 11th. . 1813 Brother Watts moderator
Recd Brother Samuel Dimmick by letter reed Brother William Thomson by letter - the Church letter read and approved - the apportionment made by Brethren Smither & Hogan was presented for four Dollars and fifty cents and was recd in lieu of an order made for four Dollars

Appointed Brother Robt Garnett to cite Brother Rice to attend next meeting to show cause of his absence.
Appointed Brethren Scott Thomson Garnett & Watts to go to brother Willeses, in a brotherly & friendly way - and know his reason why he withholds his membership

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At a Church meeting held at middle Creek October 9. . 1813 Brother Scott moderator
Recd Sister Elizabeth Thomson by letter

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November meeting no businefs

At a Church meeting held at middle Creek December 11th. . 1813 Brother Scott moderator - agreed that the Brother Clk Settle with the Deacon for the two last years past
Agreed that Brethren Thomson & Craig be aded to the moderation

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At a Church meeting held at middle Creek January 8th 1814 Brother Watts moderator
The Brother Clk reporteth after the two last years expenditures there remains two Dollars & twenty five cents in the fund which was Satisfactory
A greed to make an addition to the meeting house by way of the Pulpit - Appointed Brethren Garnett Scott & Hogan to Superintend the s.d businefs and make report to next meeting.
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At a Church meeting held at middle Creek Feby 12th. . . 1814 Brother Garnett moderator
Brother Thomson brought in a complaint against himself for making use of unsavioure exprefsions to and concerning of Brother MLaughlin of Bethel Church - the matter taken up and after envestigation the Church Directed Brother Thomson to take the gospel step or such measures as he thinks expediant to bring about a reconciliation with the s.d brother and make report to next meeting

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At a Church meeting held at middle Creek March 12th 1814 Brother Scott moderator
The referance respecting Brother Thomson taken up & he being present reporteth, that he has complied with the enjuntien of the Church and that he is measureable reconciled with the brother on his part, which was satisfactory to the Church - no other bisinnefs come forward the Church concluded to be dismifs.d until meeting in course

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At a Church meeting held at Middle Creek April 9th. . 1814 Brother Thompson moderator
a motion made & seconded to reconsider the gift of Brother Hoges the mater taken up and refurd untill next meeting
Agreed that our Church businefs shall commence at 11 oclock for the futer - also public worship at the same time on the Sabath agreed that our next stated meeting be a Communion Season

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At a Church meeting held at Middle Creek May the 5th.. 1814 Brother Watts moderator -
Recd Brother Westly Garnett by letter
The referance respecting Brother Hoges gift taken up and refurd

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At a Church meeting held at Middle Creek June the 11th.. 1814 Brother Garnett moderator
The referance respecting Brother Hoges publick gift taken up and after Deliberate Consideration and enquiry the Church agreed to encourage Brother Hoges to exercise his gift as heretofore
Agreed that Brethren John Ryle & Shackleford be requested to cite Brother Lehue to our next meeting to make known the cause of his long absence
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At a Church meeting held at Middle Creek July 9th 1814 Brother Craig moderator
The referance respecting Lehue taken up and after due consideration and hearing his excuse the Church is willing to bear with the old Brother
On application the Clerk is ordered to gave Brother Hawkins a letter of dismifsion when calld for
A motion made to appoint some person to go and see Brother Parker and know his reasons why he withholds his membership from us, or some other Church, the matter taken up, and appointed Brethren Jones & Jas. Ryle for that purpose

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At a Church meeting held at Middle Creek August 13th 1814 Brother Thomson moderator
Appointed brethren Garnett & Hogan to write a letter to the Depending afsociation and produce it at our next Church meeting for enspection - appointed brethren Watts Garnett Scott and Sebree to bear s.d letter & represent us in s.d afsociation which is to be held at Middle Creek on the 4th fryday in Sept next
A greed that the Trustees employ some person to build steps to the meeting house doors provided it not the undertakers businefs
A greed on by this Church not to envite friend Parker to preach with and amongst them under presant existance Surcimstances

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At a Church meeting held at Middle Creek Sept 10th 1814 Brother Scott moderator
The Trustees who was appointed to superintend the building of the Meeting house and have recd s.d house from the undertaker and reporteth that the sd house is finished which was satisfactory
A motion made by Hogan for the Church to appoint some other person to fill the office of Clerk the mater taken up and refurd.
The Clerk is ordered to gave Brother Thomson a letter of Dismifsion
Brother Scott agreed to build steps to the meeting house Doors ord the to pay s.d brother for his trouble

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At a Church meeting held at Middle Creek October 4th 1814 Brother Watts Moderator
Received Andrew Dear by Experience fo Baptism
Received Brother John Paris By letter. The refference Respecting the nomination of another Clerk in the room of Brother Hogan taken up and after some Enquiry Appointed Brother William Garnett to that office
It is a greed by this Church that the first Wednesday In November next be set a part for a day of fasing and prair to almity God
The Brother Cleark is ordered to give Sister Thompson a letter of dismifsion
Brother Hogan agree to Swepe and keep the Meeting House in order for one year for the sum of two Dollars
Agreed that our next Stated meetin be a Communion Season
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At a Church meeting held at Middle Creek November the 12th 1814 Brother Garnett Moderator, Received Brother Ezekiel Rue and wife by letter

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At a Church meeting held at Middle Creek December 15th 1814 Brother Watts Moderator
Agreed that our next meeting be at Brother Garnetts

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At a Church meeting held at Middle Creek December the 12th 1814 Brother Garnett Moderator, Received Brother Ezekiel Rue and wife by letter

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At a Church Meeting held at Middle Creek January the 11th 1815,, Brother Scott Moderator,,
Brother Neal Brought a complaint against Brother Lahew for proving Refractory whin he went to deal with him for his general conduct Relative to his sons harbering at his house a Conquebine
And for attempting to defraud Peters former wife and for Saying he would as leave be out of the as in it and be leaved Brother
Appointed Brother John Jons & Brother John Neal to Sight Brother Lahew to attend our next meeting
Brother Hogan as one of the trustees appointed to Superintend the Clearing of the ground on which the Meeting house is bilt maid Reports and was not Received A greed that our next meeting be at Brother James Ryles

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At a Church Meeting held at Middel Creek Church Brother James Ryles febuary the 11th 1815:, Brother watts Moderator
The Refference Respecting Brother Lahew taken up and refurd
A greed that our next Meeting be at Brother John Ryles
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At a Church meeting held at middle creek March the 11th 1815 Brother Garnett Moderator
Brother Lahues Refference taken up and his Refusing to make Satisfaction is no longer Considered a member of this Church.
Sister Elizabeth Garnett and Sister Nancy horsly Received by letter,
Motioned and Seconded that this Church Receive the ground on which the meeting house is built and give Brother Garnett an order to Mr. James [unreadable] for the Sum of Six dollars which was agreed upon by the Church, A Request from mudlick Church to this Church for helps which was granted
Agreed that wee Send fore Brother Watts Garnett Scott and Brother John Neal
Agreed that our next meeting be at Brother Scotts

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At a Church meeting held at Middle Creek April the 8th 1815 Brother Scott Moderator
appointed Brother hogan and Brother Cleark to Settle with Brother treasurer and make report at our next meeting, a greed that our next meeting be at the meeting house

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At a Church meeting held at Middle Creek May the 13th 1815 Brother Garnett Moderator the Refference Respecting the Setting withe Brother treasurer taken up and Refurd. Tis a greed that our next Sated meeting be a communion Season There appearing no further bisnys meeting adjound untill meeting in corse

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At a Church meeting held at Middle Creek June the 10th 1815 Brother Watts Moderator
Finding that the Church fun is Exausted tis agreed that a sum not under six dollars be proportioned on the members of this Church for the purpose of defraying the Expense of said Church, tis further agreed that the Brother Cleark and Brother Deacons proportion the same and produse it at our next meeting for in Spection

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At a Church meeting held at Middle Creek July the 8th 1815 Brother Craig Moderator
The referees appointed to Settle with the Brother treasurer Reporteth that after last years Expendatures the church is 26 Sents in dept. the proportionment maid out by the Brother Cleark and Brother deacon for the sum of seaven dollars and thirty Eight Sents was received as satisfactory.
Tis agreed By this Church That a discorse be de livered on our day of Church meeting if the bisnefs of the day will admit on it
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At a Church meeting held at Middle Creek August the 12th 1815, Brother Garnett Moderator. Brother Scott Brought a complaint a gainst himself for bing in adverent over taken with spirituous liquorz and upon an acknowledge was for given. A greed that we send three mefsengers to our depending afsociation Brother Garnett Scott and Brother Craig. Brother Scott and Cleark are appointed to write a letter to the same and produce it at our next meeting for inspection.

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At a Church meeting held at Middle Creek September the 9th 1815 Brother Scott Moderator, Motioned and seconded that Brother Watts clean himself of a curculating Report in the world that of his defrauding Larken Ryle out of three hundred dollars.
A question was taken to know if there was any difsatisfaction in the church on accounte of the Report
anzwered in the nagitive. Brother Watts Exprefsed a difsatisfaction from some in sin uation droping from Brother Scott, the church is of opinion its groundlefs Brother Sebree and wife are granted letters of dismifsion

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At a Church meeting held at Middle Creek October the 14th 1815
Brother Watts Moderator. - A pamphlet concerning the mishionary businefs is produced by one of our mefsengerz to the afsociation The church a grees to Receive it and the Brother treasurer to sd Brother 37 1/2 cents for his trouble and deposit in the hand of the Brother Clark for circulation. -
Sister Fanny Watts and Sister Sally her daughter ar granted letterz of dismifsion and Brother Watts also

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At a Church meeting held at Middle Creek Novr the 11th 1815 Brother Craig Moderator, - on the aplication of Brother westly garnett a letter is granted him Brother Hogan is appointed for one year to swepe and take care of the meeting house and also to keep the spring in Repare - ordered that the Brother treasurer pay Brother hogan

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the sum of two dollars for his Services the last year as superintendent of the meeting house Our next meeting to be at Brother Garnettz
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At a Church meeting held at Middle Creek december the 9th 1815 Brother Garnett Moderator. - Brought a complaint brought by Brother John Ryle against Brother Thomas Shackleford for dancing the matter taken up . . and appointed Brother James Ryle to cite Brother Thomas to our next meeting and give satisfaction for the Same, - agreed that our next meeting be at brother James Rylez


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