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Church Minutes, Beaufort Co., NC; 1858
From Originals in the Family Papers of Elizabeth Ross.
The inhabitants of the community of Chocowinity who were originally associated with the Freewill Baptist faith united, in 1858, with the Union Baptist Church of Virginia, as shown in this document. The minutes of the meeting were taken by William Wallace Gallaway/Galloway and have survived in our family papers. Many of these same neighbors later changed their affiliation, this time founding some of the earlier Disciples of Christ (Christian) Churches in southern Beaufort and northern Craven counties.
"On Friday before the fourth Sunday in February 1858 Elder James W. Hunnicuttthe Treatise on the faith of the Union Baptist Church of Va. helt a meeting at Union Chapel Beaufort County, and lectured on the faith and practice of that Church. The object of this meeting was to unite if possible the Freewill Baptist at that place with the Union Baptist of Virginia. On Saturday he preached to the attending Congregation. After divine service, Owen W. Jones being caled to the chair, the action was then taken when the following named members formed the unction.
John Carrow, John Holmes, Levis A. Taylor, Oliver M. Ellis, John M. Carrow, William Elis, Wm. W. Gallaway, Mrs. Sopha Carrow, Elizabeth Gallaway, Mary Elis, Charity Taylor, _____(illegible) Godley, Nancy Hull, Althy Tyer, Rachal Stuart, Sapha _____(illegible).
The church was then organize by Chosing W. W. Gallaway Clk, B. F. Harding Treasurer, John Carrow, John Holmes deacons, Samuel T. Carrow was afterwards ____(illegible word) to the deaconship to leade in Social meetings. Elder S. J. Carrow was chosen to take the pastoral car [care] of this church.
It was then moved and seconed that the prosedings of this meeting be published in the Christian Banner.
At a meeting of the members of the Union Baptist at Union Chapel, July 3rd, 1858, the following resolution was offerd and adopted
On Motion aggread that Brethering S. J. Carrow, B. F. Harding, Charles Peterson, Spicer Roy, and W. W. Gallaway together with Our Pastor S. J. Carrow represent us in the Grand Council of Virginia to be held at Union Grove, Essex County, comencing Friday before the Second Sunday in August 1858."
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