This petition was found by the late Earl Arnett of Columbus, Ohio in 1984 at the Tennessee State Archives and Library. He copies it and submitted a copy to the Wayne County Historical Society. Providence Baptist Church was the "mother church" of Memorial and Indian Creek Baptist Churches. Providence Baptist Church was active from before 1833 until 1909 when the church split; some of the members went to Memorial Church, while others started the Indian Creek Baptist Church at Three Churches. The petition and affixed names and signatures follow.
To the Honorable the State Legislature of the State of Tennessee
We your petitioners citizens of Wayne County and members of A Baptist Church caled [sic] providence Church on Indian Creek Would beg leave to have a piece of the vacant Land set apart for the purpose of Building a new meeting House and that a Law be passed allowing said Church to have Located any quantity of acres of land not Exceeding four and that sd Church be allowed to receive a grant from the State of Tennessee when it is entered and a plat and certificate Duly made out by the surveyor of the 7 Surveyors District and your Petitioners in duty bound will ever pray &c.
Eligah B. HARBOUR
Wily B. TACKET
End of Petition