Wayne County, Tennessee
Union Baptist Church Records
1825 - 1889

Last updated 8 August 1998

Submitted by Missy RICKETTS, 8095 Carriage Lane, Apt., 304, Cordova, TN 38018
Published by her permission


[Editor's Note: This is a transcription of the original church record book 
which begins with the founding of the Union Baptist Church on Hardin Creek, 
Wayne County, Tennessee on 26 March 1825. Ms. RICKETTS found the original 
book in her grandmother's trunk and submitted a xerox copy of the original. 
We will publish the entire record book as a series in the Historian. To date, 
this is the earliest individual church congregation record book that has 
surfaced. The minute book of the Shoals Creek Baptist Association, of which 
the Union Church was an organizational member, begins in 1826. This record 
book does not have page numbers so when the text flows onto a new page we will 
use the convention of // to indicate a page change. Information appearing 
in brackets [ ] will be information added by the editor]

Abstract of Principles
Of the Baptist Church of Christ on hardins Creek Wayne County State of 
Tennessee first Constituted the 26th of March in the Year of Our lord 1825 
We believe in the only true & loving God the father the word & the 
holy Ghost
Second we believe that the scriptures of the Old & new testament are the 
word of god & the only rule of Faith & practice
third We believe in the doctrine of Election and that God chose his people in 
Christ before the foundation of the world
fourth We believe in the doctrine of original Sin
fifth We believe in Mans inability apostry to recover himself from the fallen 
state he is in by nature by his own free will and ability
sixth We believe that sinners are Justified in the sight of God only by the 
imputed righteousness of Jesus Christ
seventh We believe that Gods elect shall be called converted & regenerated 
and sanctifyed by the holy Spirit
Eighth We believe that baptism and the lords supper are ordinances of Jesus 
Christ & that true believers are the only subjects & we believe that 
the true mode of Baptism is by emersion
ninth We believe the saints shall finally persevere in grace and never fall 
finally away
tenth We believe in the resurrection//

Eleventh We believe that the punishment of the wicked and the Joys of the 
righteous are eternal
twelfth We believe that no ministers have a right to the administration of the 
Ordinances only such as are regularly Baptised and come under the imposition 
of hands by the presbatry
thirteenth We believe that none but regularly baptised members have a right to 
commune at the lords table

January the 7th day 1825
This day agreeable to a forme appointment we the members of the baptist Church 
of Christ have met with the presbatry we called for We being members which have 
removed from different Churches and have settled in this place & after 
devine Worship the presbatry proceeded to business and finding us Orderly 
and Orthodox} we agree to Join in the following Covenant {viz}
For as much as almight God by his Grace has been pleased to call us whose names 
are under neath subscribed Out of darkness into his marvelous light and all of 
have been regularly baptised on a profession of our faith in Christ Jesus and 
have given up ourselves to the lord and one another in a Gospel Church way to 
be governed & guided by a proper deciplin agreeable to the word of God we 
doth therefore in the Name of Our Lord Jesus Christ//

and by his assitance we covenant and agree to keep up the deciplin of the church 
We are members of in the most brotherly and affectionate manner towards each 
other while we indavor punctually to observe the following rules
First in brotherly love to pray for each Other to watch Over each Other & 
if need in a most tender & affectionate manner to reprove that is if we 
discover anthing amiss in a brother to go and tell him his faults according 
to the directions given by our lord in the Eighteenth chapter of St. Matthews 
Gospel & not to be whispering & back biting we also agree with Gods 
assistance to attend our church meetins and observe the lords day and keep it 
marrally and not absent ouselves from the communion of the Lords Supper 
without a lawful excuse to be ready to communicate to the defraying of the 
church expense and for the support of the ministry and not irregularly to 
depart from the fellowship of the church nor remove to distant churhces 
without a regular dismission these things together with a belief of the 
abstract of principles on the first page of this book we do covenant & 
agree to observe and keep the same in the name of ad by the assistance of 
the holy trinity signed by mutual consent of the members who names are subscribed//

Names of the ministers that Constitutes the Church
Presbitry Elders Aaron CUNNINGHAM Elisha BELL
Names of the members
Thomas MONTAGUE 	#1
Simon a black man	#2
James ELLIOTT	#3
John GRIMES	#4
George SHIPMAN	#5
Peter RENTFROW	#6
Benjamin HUDDLESTON	#7
Thomas WHITE	#8
Micager JOHNSON	#9
Emery JARMON	#10
James HUDDLESTON	#11
William PIPER	#12
Wilson GRIMES  excluded	#13
John H. GRIMES  Ex	#14
Allen MULLICAN	#15
Loyd GRIMES	#16
Wilie MANGUM	#17
David GOSSETT	#18
William GRIMES	#19
William CAROTHERS	#20
Jacob DAVIDSON	#21
Henry GOSSETT	#22
Dickson WALKER	#23
Jacob HOLLINSWORTH	#24
John FALKNER	#25
Archible WEST [diff. handwriting]	#26
Jonathan FEWSTON [diff.handwriting]	#27
Williams REAVES [diff. handwriting]	#28
James HOLLANDWORTH [diff. handwriting]	#29
Mary MONTAGUE	25
Haner MARS	26
Phebe NEAL	27
Penelope GRIMES	28
Jane RENTFROW	29
Margaret HUDDLESTON	30
Patsy WHITE	31
Patience ROSE (dead)	32
Cassander ELLIOTT	33
Nancy ENOCHS	34
Margaret HUDDLESTON	35
Hannah BOOTHE	36
Polly JOHNSON	37
Patsey McSWANE	38
Susannah MULLICAN	39
Rachel GRIMES	40
Sally CARATHERS	41
Edy HOLLINSWORTH	42
Rebecca REEVES	43
Elizabeth BAUGH	44
Mary FALKNER	45
Opha HUDDLESTON	46
Sinthey SNOW [diff.handwriting]	47
Nancy HOLLANDWORTH [diff. handwriting]	
Cate WOODY a black woman [diff. handwriting]
Dicy BLACKSHIER [diff. handwriting] 


// 
Isaac HOLLANDWORTH
William WHITE
Alfred DILL
William GRIMES [something unreadable]
W. W. GRIMES  dead 1851
John O. ROBERTS
J. W. MONTAGUE
John MONTAGUE
Jes John JOHNSTON
William C.G GRIMES Junr excluded
Isom KEYTON
Katherine BAILEY
Nancy CROMWELL
Stacy CLARK
Francis ALLTOM
Francis JOHNSTON
Francis FEWSTON
Delila GOFORTH
Joel FEWSTONS wife
Martha NESBITT
Emarintha M. MONTAGUE
Isabella ELLIOTT
Margaret McMAHAN
Mahala Coloured woman
Nancy HOLLANSWORTH returnd
Mary E. ROSS
Sister JOHNSTON
Church Record of Union Church
Church met at union meeting house on Saturday before the 4th Lords day in 
February 1826 and after worship proceed to business first a door was opened 
for the reception of members none come forward second it was motioned that 
this Church Choose a pastor to attend sd. Church & the church was unanimous 
in the Choice of brother James SMITH and the Church sends brethren George 
SHIPMAN and Thomas WHITE as messengers to the Indian Creek Church as applicants 
for him to attend us.
James ELLIOTT clk

Saturday before the fourth Lords day in March 1826 Church met at union meeting 
house & after Worship proceeded to business first a door was opened for 
the reception of members none come forward second brothers Thomas WHITE and 
George SHIPMAN come forward with a return from Indian Creek Church & state 
that Indian Creek Church concented to hear request & Concented for brother 
James SMITH to attend us one fourth of his time third ordered by the church 
that May & September be our communnion season
James ELLIOTT clk

Church met at union meeting  meeting house Saturday before the fourth Lords 
day in April 1826 first a door was opened for the reception of members & 
none came forward Signed by order of the church James ELLIOTT Clk

Church met at union meeting house Saturday before the fourth lords day in 
May 1826 and after worship proceeded to business first a door was opened for 
the reception//

of members none came forward second appointed brothers Benjamin HUDDLESTON 
& Peter RENTFROW to attend the next association third it is agreed that 
this Church settle with the trustee the meeting before our Communion Season 
signed by order of the Church James ELLIOTT Clk

Church met at union meeting house Saturday before the fourth Lords day in 
July 1834[?] after worship proceeded to business first a door was opened for 
the reception of members none came froward Second brother Micager JOHNSON applied 
for a letter of dismission and it was granted Signed by order of the Church 
James ELLIOTT Clk

Church met at union meeting house Saturday before the fourth Lords day in Aug't 
1826 & after Worship proceeded to business first a door was opened for the 
reception of members & none came forward Signed by Order of the Church 
James ELLIOTT Clk

Church met at Union meeting house Saturday before the fourth lords day in 
September 1826 and after worship proceeded to business first a door was opened 
for the reception of members & none came froward 2nd it was agreed by the 
church that Our Communion Season untill Our October meeting Signed by Order of 
the Church James ELLIOTT Clk

Church met at union meeting hous Saturday before the fourth lords day in Oct'r 
1826 & after worship proceeded to business first a door was opened for the 
reception of members & none came froward 2nd a motion made by brother 
Thomas MONTAGUE to remove{?] on meeting house Signed by order of the church 
James ELLIOTT Clk//

Church met at union meeting house Saturday before the 4th lords day in 
November 1826 & after worship proceeded to business first a door was opened 
for the reception of members & none came froward Signed by Order of the 
church James ELLIOTT Clk

Church met at union meeting hous Saturday before the fourth lords day in 
December 1826 & after worship proceeded to business first a door was 
opened for the reception of members & none came froward 2nd brothr JARMAN 
came froward with a charge against himself forgetting in a passion & 
the Church forgives him signed by Order of the church James ELLIOTT Clk

Church met at union meeting house Saturday before the fourth lords day in 
May 1827 & after worship proceeded to business first a door was opened 
for the reception of members & none came froward Signed by Order of the 
Church James ELLIOTT Clk

Church met at union meeting house Saturday before the fourth lords day in 
June 1827 & after worship proceeded to business first a door was opened 
for the  reception of members. _____JOHNSON Came forward and offered her 
Exerience & was rec'd 2nd Brother WILSON GRIMES offered his experience 
& was re'c 3rd brother John H. GRIMES offer his experience & was 
rec'd Signed by order of the Church James ELLIOTT Clk

Church met at union meeting house Saturday before the fourth lords day in 
July 1827 & after worship a door was opened for the reception of members 
& none came froward 2nd brothers James HUDDLESTON & James ELLIOTT 
attend the association with a letter from this church signed by order 
James ELLIOTT Clk//

Church met at union meeting house Saturday before the fourth lords day in 
August 1827 & after worship proceeded to business first a door was 
opened for the reception fo members & none came froward 2nd Eemery JARMON 
came froward & with drew himself from the church & is considered no 
more a member of this church 3rd this Church authorizes Brother Wilson GRIMES 
to exercise a publick Gift in any way he may think proper Signed by order of 
the church James ELLIOTT Clk

Church met at union meeting house Saturday before the fourth lords day in 
September 1827 & after worship proceed to business first a door was opened 
for the reception of members & none came froward 2nd Brother SHIPMAN 
motioned that the  first thing in our rules of Decorum to call for fellowship 
& it was agreed by the church that it be lade over till our next meeting 
3rd Brother Allen MULLICAN & Susannah MULLICAN came ffroward & Joined 
us by letter Signed by order of the church James ELLIOTT Clk

Church met at union meeting house Saturday before the fourth lords day in 
November 1827 & after worship proceeded to business first a door was 
opened for the reception of members & Synthia a black woman joined us 
by experience Signed by order of the church James ELLIOTT Clk

Church met at union meeting house Saturday before the fourth lords day in 
March 1828 & after worship proceeded to business first a door was 
opened for the reception of members & none came froward 2nd it was 
agreed tht the rules of the association be taken for the rules of decoram 
of this church signed by order of the church James ELLIOTT Clk//

Church met a uion meeting house Saturday before the fourth lords day in 
June 1828 & after worship proceeded to business first a door was 
opened for the reception fo members & none came forward Signed by 
order of the Church James ELLIOTT Clk

Church met at union meeting house Saturday before the fourth lords 
day in July 1828 & after worship proceeded to business first a door 
was opened for the reception fo members & Rachel GRIMES Came forward 
and Joined us by experience secondly it was agreed by the church that 
our next meeting be held at the school house near Abraham MONTAGUEs 
signed by order of the Church james ELLIOTT Clk

Church met at union meeting house Saturday before the fourth lords day 
in August 1828 & after worship proceeded to business first a door 
was opened for the reception of members & Wilie MANGUM Came forward 
& Joined us by experience 2nd it is agreed by the church taht we 
removed our meeting from this place to a meeting house that is near 
Abraham MONTAGUEs on Hardins Creek which shall here after be called 
Union Meetinghouse signed by order of the Church James ELLIOTT Clk

Church met at union Meetinghouse Saturday before the fourth lords day in 
October 1828 & after wroship proceeded to business first opened a door 
for the reception of members & none came forward 2nd Sister Nancy ENOCHS 
requests a letter of dismission from this church which is granted and the 
clerk is appointed to give her a letter Signed by order of the Church 
James ELLIOTT Clk //

Church met at union meeting house Saturday before the fourth lords day 
in November 1828 & after worship proceeded to business first a door 
was opened for the reception of members & none came forward Signed 
by order of the Church James ELLIOTT Clk

Church met at union meeting house Saturday before the fourth lords day 
in January 1829 and after worship proceeded to business first a door was 
opened for the reception of members & none came forward Signed by 
order of the church James ELLIOTT Clk

Church met at union meeting house Saturday before the fourt lords day in 
March 1829 and after worship proceeded to business first a door was 
opened for the reception of members & none came forward Signed by 
order of the Church James ELLIOTT Clk

Church met at union meeting house Saturday before the fourth lords day 
in April 1819 after worship proceeded to business first a door was opened 
for the reception fo members & none came forward 2nd it is agreed 
that our Communion meeting the 3rd lords day in may next Signed by order 
of the Church James ELLIOTT Clk

Church met at union meting house Saturday before the 4th lords day in 
May 1829 & after worship proceeded to business 1st a door was opened 
for the reception of members & Margaret GRIMES Joined us by letter.
Signed by Order of the Church James ELLIOTT Clk.//

Church met at Union meeting house Saturday before the 1st lords day in 
July 1829 & after worship proceeded to business first a door was opened 
for the reeption of members & none came forward 2nd Brothers RENTFROW 
& SHIPMAN was chosen to bear our letter to the association & the 
clerk to to write it Signed by order of the Church James ELLIOTT Clk

Church met at union meeting house Saturday before the 4th lords day in 
August & after worship proceed to business first a door was opened 
for the reception of members & none came forward 2nd Brother Michael 
ROBINSON from Beech Creek Church came with a petition to this church to 
have Brother Wilson GRIMES ordained to the ministry & it was laid 
over till our next meeting for consideration & then say twhether we 
take it up Or no Signed by Order of the Church James ELLIOTT Clk 3rd it 
was agreed that Brothers Wilson GRIMES & Benj. HUDDLESTON be sent to 
see see Brother PIPER & request him to come & make satisfaction 
to the church concerning some reports that is in circulation  about him 
Signed by order of the church James ELLIOTT Clk

Church met at union meeting house Saturday before th fourt lords day in 
September 1829 & after wroship proceeded to business 1st Brother 
WALKER from Beech Creek was chosen as moderator 2nd a door was opened 
for the reception of members and none came forward 2nd took up the case 
of Brother// Wilson GRIMES ordination & it was concluded that it lay 
over untill our May meeting 4th the Church consider till our next meeting 
whether it is the duty of the Deacons to act as moderator or not 5th it 
is considered that our rules of decorum be read next meeting Signed by 
order of the Church James ELLIOTT Clk



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