Big Pigeon Baptist Church Minutes - Introduction
documents cover the years 1787 to 1874. Due to the length of
the record covering nearly a century, it is broken up into sections for
easier navigation and reading. The entire
Index, Minutes and Notes were very
given to Cocke Co. TNGenWeb to post on this site by Glen R. Bayless,
who spent a multitude of hours transcribing it. Thank you,
Notes by Glen:
The original transcription from the
handwritten minutes was, I believe, done by Mrs. E. O. (Martha) Price.
This belief comes from the fact that her name and address are typed on
the first page.
I have endeavored to
maintain the original spelling in all of the
minutes to the best of my ability. The photocopies I received were at
times very hard to read due to either the original typewriter being old
or done with a bad ribbon or the fact they have been photo copied so
many times over the years. I have on occasion omitted what I consider
typing mistakes such as the same word being repeated. I have also
broken the text into separate paragraphs for each meeting and added
spaces between sentences in an effort to make it more readable. The
text in Bold type are individuals and is done to make them easier to
While there seems to be
many spelling inconsistencies in the document I
leave it to others to decide if these are due to typing errors in the
original transcription or they are actually in the original hand
I sincerely hope that
the transcription of these minutes to the
internet will help other genealogists and historians to have access to
them. I ask only that these notes which give credit to those who did
the original work of transcribing the original hand writing to typed
pages and those that have made this project possible remain with them.
One last thing on the
name of what I believe is LLEDGARD FINE. On page
27 of the original it is spelled LEGESD, on page 32 LEDGAR.D, while on
page 41 it is LEDYARD or LEDVARD.
Glen R. Bayless
All of the in-text notes were done by the original transcriber. The
notes that follow are those that have some significance to the spelling
of a name or the history involved. They were hand-written on the
photocopies when I received them. I am unable to tell you who the
author of them is, unless otherwise noted.
On page 15 by Lari Naismith: "REUBEN
ALLEN is the husband of ELSE
CLEVENGER. He is the son-in-law of THOMAS."
On page 22. Author unknown. Referring to MARK MITCHELL
applying for a
letter of Dismission during the 5th of April meeting: "about this time
he sold his land MITCHEL".
On page 27. Author unknown. Beside the minutes from the 1st of October
1802 meeting, and to the right of the name MARY HALEY: "HALEY NALEY"
On page 33. Author unknown. Referring to the 30th of April meeting
are appointed to inform DISA
NANCY MATHES of the Church's action is: "tell MARTHA of the HAMPTON
reference or is it RAMPTON?"
At the bottom of page 41. Author unknown. Referring to those that
applied for letters of Dismission during the August 31st Meeting is:
"Important last 3 lines 'Going to Mo.'"
At the bottom of page 42. Referring to the minutes of the August 2nd
meeting: "Letter of dismission for LILLARD."
At the bottom of page 46. Referring to the September 1st meeting: "OLD
The above notes also show that the typed pages are at times hard to
read. I several times was forced to use a magnifying glass to make out
which letter was actually used.
co-host: In transferring this document to new pages, I
have noted that page numbers referred to the index are not specific to
either the original pages or their later transcription pages, but
likely indicate original pages.
The notes above appear to refer to the "transcribed pages". Readers are
advised to use their browser's "Find" function to
locate names, keeping in mind that correct spelling is inconsistent and
entries remain in their original form.