Beech Grove Baptist Church

 

 

Here are some records that I got from the MS Baptist Historical Commission on the little country church that my family participated in from its beginning.  Emily Jones Lum , the first pastor's wife in 1867, was an aunt of mine. My granddaddy E. H. Jones was a deacon for many years, etc.  The picture of the church is one my aunt took of  the 1867 church in Claiborne County taken in the 1950's.

Sue B. Moore

 

BEECH GROVE BAPTIST CHURCH,

CLAIBORNE COUNTY ,  MISSISSIPPI,  1867-2002

The church was first organized in the summer of 1867 as the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church.  The name was changed in 1875 when the congregation voted to re-locate, build a new church, and call it Beech Grove.

Minutes, as originally written, of the first meeting with charter members:

August 1867

State of Mississippi Claiborne County

On Saturday, before the 3 Lord's day in August, 1867 after an interesting discorse by ELDER O. L. JONSON and 36 and we will not forsake the house of our God after which the following Brethern and Sisters came together JOSEPH PRICE, A. L. TREVILION, S. M. TREVILION, L. R. TREVILION, JOHN ROAN and JACOB HURLONG (HERLONG) and Sister ELIZABETH PRICE, M. E. GREER, T. L. TREVILION, and J. A. ROAN and on motion ELDER A. R. LUM cald to the moderators chair and BRO. S. M. TREVILION was appointed C. Clerk (church clerk) and on motion the above Brethern and Sisters resolved among themselves into a living Body by Adopting the Articles of faith of the Union Baptist Association.

On motion this Church will be known in the future by the name of MOUNT PLEASANT.  The Church then joind in giving the hand of Church fellowship.  The Conference meeting then was went into by calling ELDER A. R. LUM to the modrators chair.  On motion we went into the Election of a Church Clerk which resulted in the choice of BRO. S. M. TREVILION.  On motion the Church cald BRO. A. R. LUM to suply them as paster the remander of the yer.  On motion BRO. A. L. TREVILION a  liceneat minister be invited to assist BRO. LUM in his ministerial labors at this church.

On motion the Church went into the Election of Deligats to reperesent them in the Union Association which Election resulted in the choic of the following Brethern JOSEPH PRICE, A. L. TREVILLION, AND S. M. TREVILION.  Altenats(alternates) JOHN ROAN,  J. M.  HURLONG, and A. L. TREVILION.  On motion BRO. A. L. TREVILION was apointed to write the petishonary (petitionary) letter to the association and the require coppy of their minuits.

On motion resolved that each male member of this Church contribute 50 sents anuley (50 cents annually) for the Church and associational purposes each. 

On motion Bro. Modr. was invited to prepare the ruls of Decorum and Covnant.  On motion BRO. A. L. TREVILION was apointed to procure a suitable book for the Church record and the Church defray the expence.

On motion our regular church meeting will be on Saturday before the 3 Lord's say in each month.

On motion adjurned.  (signed) A. R. LUM, MODR.    S. M. TREVILION C. CLERK

Notes: The following month the Church adopted the Rules of Decorum and elected two deacons J. (JOSEPH) PRICE and J. M. HERLONG, but Mr. Herlong later asked to be excused from the office.  Mr. Price was ordained.  In October A. R. LUM was elected pastor again in the annual call.  A decade later, in September of 1874 the Church met for the first time at Beech Grove.  The following month, the Church elected a committee to report on the feasibility of moving the old church or building a new one.  By July of 1875, a building committees was elected which included JOSEPH PRICE, S. R. NEAL, and ELBERT GLOVER, and the Church was recorded in the October minutes as being called BEECH GROVE and J. J. GREEN was pastor.

In June of 1880 MR. MARTIN was allowed to teach school in the church.  Beech Grove Public School was actually a three-room building near the old church, approximately where the current church now stands.  In 1884, MARTHA  R. NESMITH gave the trustees two acres for the church.

In 1961, the church dedicated a new brick building. The pastor at the time was C. O. STEGALL, and the deacons were W. G. GREER, DELMAR GREER, EDWARD HOOKER JONES, VERNON YOUNG JONES, and secretary MRS. W. HUGH (MARGARET) ROGERS.  In 1967, Beech Grove celebrated its centennial year.

 

Submitted by Sue Burns Moore, Longview, TX sbmoore@swbell.net

from microfilmed records of the church at the Mississippi Baptist Historical Commission, Clinton, MS.

 BEECH GROVE BAPTIST CHURCH CLAIBORNE COUNTY MISSISSIPPI

 Membership Roll as taken from Book 1 -  August 1867 - August 1883

 

(Note:  In the 1800's and early 1900's members of the  Baptist church who did not live up to the Rules of Decorum or who exhibited what was then considered unseemly behavior could be "churched" or brought up on charges before the congregation.  Most of the time the accused party would be given ample opportunity to apologize, to ask forgiveness of the church,  and to be restored to fellowship.  Charges which resulted in exclusion might range from breaking any of the Ten Commandments to not attending church for several Sundays in a row, dancing at a party, playing cards, gossiping, or drinking, etc. Joining another kind of Baptist church or another denomination also resulted in removal from the rolls of the church.  Only occasionally is there a notation as to why a member has been removed from the list.  Some simply moved away or died.  Many names have been stricken by having a line or lines drawn through them, making them difficult to read.  The clerk often spelled phonetically and often differently the same name.  For example, “McGrew” is spelled “Magrue”, “McGru,” and “McGrue.”  In this copy of the rolls, I will put an asterisk beside those who were marked out* or erased* indicating that they were no longer members for one reason or another.)

 

Names of Male Members                                 Names of Female members

 1.JOSEPH PRICE*

 1. ELIZABETH PRICE*

 2. S. NEAL*

 2. JULY RUSHBROOKS

 3. J. M. HERLONG*

 3. CLARIA E JONES

 4. J. M. WILLIAMS*

 4. EMILY RITCHIE

 5. JASPER JONES*

 5. MARY GREER*

 6. SEBRON (SEABORN) JONES

 6. BRITER HUDSON

 7. AMUS GREER

 7. E. CATER

 8. C. H. PHILLIPS*

 8. JOSEPPFUS GREER

 9. W. S. NEAL

 9. MARY PORTER

10. JAMES RUSHBROOK

10. CATHEREN JOHNSON

11. T. E. JONES*

11. VICTORY LUPO*

12. A. B. BUNTING*

12. P. E. PHILLIPS*

13. R. J. PRICE*

13. NANCY SILES/SELLER?

14. WILLIAM MCGRUE (DEAD)*

14. Larer (LAURA) RITCHEY*

15. N. W. ATCHISON (DEAD)*

15. ELIZER (ELIZA) PRICE

16. S. J. RATLIFF*

16. EMELY GLOVER*

17. ELBERT GLOVER*

17. JANE NEAL (DEAD)*

18. J. D. FARELY*

18. MARTHA A. GIPSON P.P.

19. ELY STEPHENS*

19. LANER JANE HARELL

20. CHARLEY HERAL*

20. EMER RUSHBROOKS

21. WM. CATER*

21. SARAH PRICE

22. C. S. EVANS*

22. SEDIAN PRICE

23. C. P. GRIFFIN*

23. ELIZABETH STEPHENS*

24. JASPER LEONARD*

24. ALES STEPHENS*

25. F. M. HUDSON*

25. ELER TRAVILION*

26. NEWTON HARRISON

26. AMANDAY S. PHILLIPS*

 

27. ANNA FARELY*

 

28. IDER EVANS*

 

29. CATHERINE ANDREWS*

 

30. BELER STEVENS

 

31. JANE GRIFFIN*

 

32. RUATHEY DAVIS PHILLIPS

 

33. SARAH E. DETON*

 

34. REFEY RATLIFF*

 

35. SUSAN S. NEAL

 

36. CAROLINE WOODS

 

37. MANURVEY MCGRUE

 

38. NANSEY ATCHONS

 

39. MARY A GRIFFIN

 

40. LOUEY CLARK

 

41. CHARLA ARNUTHPERNON*?

 

42. S. S. NEAL (ACTUALLY # 18)

 

This list is not numbered and appears to be a “updated” list of member

H. L. NEAL

JULIA RUSHBROOK

E. RUSHBROOK

EMMA RUSHBROOK (DISMISSED)*

ELBERT GLOVER*

CLAREA E. JONES LOWE

C. P. GRIFFIN*

EMILY LUM*

WM. CATER*

BRITER HUDSON

AMOS GREER*

ELIZABETH CATER

W. SALTER*

JOSIPHEN GREER

NEWTON HARRISON (died)

MARY PORTER

A. R. LUM*

CATHEREN JOHNSON*

T. BENGE*

LAURA RITCHEY*

J. PRICE

ELIZA PRICE

G. GLOVER*

EMELY GLOVER

J. R. RUSSELL*

L. NEAL

B. DAVIS*

M. A. GIPSON

G. W. FIFE

LAURA JONES HARREL (EXCLUD)*

T. WARNACK*

SARAH PRICE HOLDER

B. DAVIS*

LILIAN PRICE

W. B. HARRISON

CATHREN AUTRES/ANDREWS?*

WM. HOLDER

BELLE STEPHENS

BENJAMIN JONES

JANE GRIFFIN*

J. B. BLARE

RUTH DAVIS (DISMISSED)*

WILL DUVALL

SARAH E. DEATON*

SAXON FIFE*

ALLIS HOLDER

C. L. YOUNG

G. E. OBER

KATY ANDREWS (EXCLUD)*

WM. ROGERS (WATCH CARE)*

ELLER DUNGAN

 

CATHERN ANDREWS

 

MATTIE TRAVILION

 

ROSIE GRIFFING

 

E. OBER

 

M. O. OBER

 

LIZZIE PRICE

 

MAGGIE OBER

 

MARY CATER

 

L. J. MASON (DISMISSED)*

 

MRS. BLARE (DEAD)

 

MRS. CATER MRS. MASON MRS BOLEN*  (DEAD)

 

VIRGINIA HERLONG*

 

CAROLINE WOOD

 

MANURVEY MCGRUE

 

MARY A. GRIFFIN*

 

BETSY DULEY*

 

LUCY A. CLARK

 

CHARLSA L------*

 

SUSAN S. NEAL

 

COLAN JOHNSTON

 

HANNAH CLARK

 

IDA SALTER

 

LINIA ROAN   

 

COLISTA FIFE

 

E. P. FIFE

 

MARY HARRISON

 

MATTIE DAKIN (EXCLUDED)

 

 

Males Excluded           Females Excluded       Died                              Dismissed

J. M. HUDSON

ALICE STEVENS

NEWT ATCHESON

LARA RITCHIE

G. W. ROAN

LIZZIE STEVENS

JACOB HERLONG

ELBERT GLOVER

JASPER JONES

AMANDY PHILLIPS

JOSEPH PRICE

EMILY GLOVER

 

JASPER LEONARD

ELER TERVILION

WILLIAM MCGREW

S. J. RATLIFF

 

T. WARNACK

SARAH DEATON

JOHN FAIRLY

BETY RATLIFF

 

SAXTON FIFE

CATHERINE ANDREWS

ANEY FAIRLY

VICTORY LUPO

 

AMOS GREER

IDA SALTER

ELIZABETH PRICE

COLEN JOHNSTON

SEBRON JONES

L. A. HARREL

MARY GREER

EMILY LUM

C. P. GRIFFIN

HALY ANDREWS

JANE NEAL

BEN DAVIS*

WM. CATER

MATTIE DAKIN

C. L. EVANS

A. R. LUM

TOM BENGE

 

T. E. JONES

J. GLOVER

B. K. DANIELS

 

VIRGINIE HERLONG

CHARLES SMITH

S. R. NEAL

 

BETSY DULY

WM. N. HARRISON

J. M. WILLIAMS

 

JANE BLAIR

RUTHY DAVIS

C. H. PHILLIPS

 

JANE CATER

E. RUSHBROOK

ELY STEVENS

 

 

EMA RUSHBROOK

CHARLEY HARELL

 

 

L. J. MASON

A. B. BUNTING-1882

 

 

 

T. R. RUSSELL

 

 

 

W. SALTER

 

 

 

S. S. FIFE

 

 

 

 

(Note: In Baptist churches, occasionally a person by request does not become a member of the church, but attends the church or is taken care of by the church, as in the case of the elderly, in a “watch care” program.)

 

Received under the watch of the church in the year 1882, Mrs. Blare, Mrs. Mason, Mrs. Cater, and Mrs. Bolen. 

In 1883, Wm. Rogers was added to the list.

 

Submitted by Sue Burns Moore of Longview, TX sbmoore@swbell.net

taken from the microfilmed church record of the Mississippi Baptist Historical Commission, Clinton MS.

BEECH GROVE BAPTIST CHURCH, CLAIBORNE CO. MS

 Book 2 -  MEMBERSHIP ROLL

 

Name

How rec’d

When rec’d

How disms’d

When dism’d

Abbot, Ike

Statement

1926

Dropped

1939

Adams, Florence Shannon

Reinstated

1939

 

 

Adams, Buck

Experience

1940

 

 

Barland, Bernard

Experience

1933

Dropped

1934

Barland, Virginia (Pinkard)

Exp.

1933

Dropped

1934

Barland, Laraine

Exp.

1933

Dropped

1934

Baker, Madell

Exp.

1938

 

 

Eaton, Mrs. Minnie (Greer)

Exp.

 

 

 

Ebey, Bertie Rose

Exp.

1940

 

 

Ebey, Jones

Exp.

1940

 

 

Fergerson, Howard

Exp.

1937

Dropped

1939

Fergeson, Mrs. Rose

Exp.

1937

Dropped

1939

Greer, Will G.

By letter

1917

 

 

Greer, Mrs. Martha

Letter

1925

Died Mar. 10, 1942

 

Greer, Delma

Letter

1929

 

 

Greer, Mrs. Ruby

Letter

1929

 

 

Greer, Cleveland

Exp.

1938

 

 

Greer, Kathleen

Exp.

1931

 

 

Greer, L. S.

Exp.

1933

 

 

Greer, Carl

Exp.

1929

By letter

1939

Greer, C. C.

Exp.

 

 

 

Greer, Bertie C.

Exp.

 

 

 

Greer, States

Exp.

1926

Excluded

1939

Greer, Holly

Exp.

1926

Excluded

1939

Greer, Olis Baker

Exp.

1931

 

 

Goza, Mrs. Claudine

Letter

1928

 

 

Greer, Martha Elizabeth

Exp.

1940

 

 

Greer, William P---

Exp.

1939

 

 

Hynum, Iva (Greer)

Exp.

 

By letter

1940

Hynum, Jewel (Greer)

Exp.

1921

By letter

1939

Hynum, Robert

Exp.

1921

By letter

1939

Hynum, Paul

Exp.

 

 

 

Hynum, W. J.

Exp.

1929

 

 

Hynum, Florence

Exp.

1931

By letter

1940

Hynum, Nannie

Exp.

1933

By letter

1940

Hynum, Laurence

Exp.

1933

By letter

1940

Harlan, Mrs. Iona

Exp.

 

 

 

 

Harlan, Loraine

Exp.

1931

By letter

1943

Harlan, H. P.

Exp.

1935

 

 

Harlan, Jimmie

Exp.

1936

 

 

Hudson, H. H.

Exp.

 

Dead

 

Hudson, Joe

Letter

1935

 

 

Hudson, J. B.

Exp.

1936

 

 

Hudson, Henry Boyd

Exp.

1936

 

 

Harrell, Henry

Letter

1932

Dropped 1939- Reinstated 1940

Dismissed by letter 1940

Harrell, Mrs. Nettie

Letter

1932

Dropped 1939- Reinstated 1940

Dismissed by letter 1940

Harrell, Redus

Exp.

1930

Dropped 1939- Reinstated 1940

Dismissed by letter 1940

Harell, J. L.

Exp.

1931

Dropped 1939- Reinstated 1940

Dismissed by letter 1940

Harrell, Charles

Exp.

1933

Dropped 1939- Reinstated 1940

Dismissed by letter 1940

Harrell, James

Exp.

1938

Dropped 1939- Reinstated 1940

Dismissed by letter 1940

Herlong, Mrs. Elmo

Exp.

1937

 

 

Herlong, Agnes Rose

Exp.

1937

 

 

Hawkins, Mrs. Katie (Kavanaugh)

Exp.

1926

 

 

Harlan, Barron Lee

Exp.

1940

 

 

Harrell, Horace

 

 

Died Sept. 1940

 

Herlong, Mildred

Exp.

1939

 

 

Jones, Vernon Young

Letter

1934

 

 

Jones, Mrs. Una (Jacobs)

Letter

1934

 

 

Jones, V. Y., Jr.

Letter 1934

 

 

 

Jones, Elmo

Exp. 1936

 

 

 

Jordan, E. M.

Exp. 1917

 

 

 

Jordan, Mrs. A. J.

Exp.

 

 

 

Jordan, N./W? A.

 

 

 

 

Jordan, Mrs. Rosa

 

 

Died

 

Jordan, R. C.

Exp.

1931

 

 

Jordan, Margurette

Exp.

1933

 

 

Jordan, Rosa Sue

Exp.

1933

Letter

 

Jordan, James J.

Letter

1930

 

 

Jordan, Mrs. Eva

Letter

1933

Dead

 

Jordan R.

Letter

1933

Letter

 

Jordan, Charlie

Exp.

1930

 

 

Jordan, Mrs. Sidney

Exp.

 

By letter

Sept. 12, 1943

Jordan, Hazel

Exp.

1938

By letter

Sept. 12, 1943

Jordan, Jack

Exp.

1938

By letter

Sept. 12, 1943

Jordan, G. S.

Exp.

1940

By letter

Sept. 12, 1943

Jordan, Perla Mae

Exp.

1940

By letter

Sept. 12, 1943

Kavanaugh, Mrs. Sina

 

 

 

 

Kavanaugh, Jack

Exp.

1930

 

 

Kavanaugh, Robert

Exp.

1930

 

 

Linton, Mrs. Madye Belle

Exp.

1918

 

 

Mason, Mrs. Thelma

Exp.

1930

Letter

 

Mason, Lamar

Exp.

1921

Letter

 

Manis, Joe B.

Letter

1934

 

 

Manis, Mrs. J. B.

Letter

1934

Died May 22, 1940

 

McClure, Mrs. Bessie

 

 

 

 

Prichard, Mrs. Ida (Greer)

Exp.

1918

Letter

1939

Price, I. R.

Exp.

 

 

 

Price, Mrs. Florence

Exp.

1899

 

 

Price, Robert Jerome

Exp.

1913

Letter

Reinstated by letter Jan. 9, 1943

Price, Mrs. Otis Jones

Exp.

1919

Letter

Reinstated by letter Jan. 9, 1943

Pierce, A. J.

Exp.

1929

 

 

Pierce, Leland

Exp.

1929

 

 

Pierce, Houston

Exp.

1931

 

 

Pierce, Anderson J. Jr.

Exp.

1938

 

 

Porter, Henry

 

 

Dropped

1939

Pennington, Eleanor Harrell

 

 

By letter

1940

Roan, Mrs. Earlene (Greer)

Letter

1938

Letter

1939

Roan, Mrs. Clara

 

 

 

 

Rogers, W. H., Sr.

Exp.

1899

 

 

Rogers, Mrs. Rosa

Exp.

1899

 

 

Rogers, W. Hugh, Jr.

Exp.

1918

 

 

Rogers, Mrs. Margaret B.

Exp.

1925

 

 

Rogers, Rose Mary

Exp.

1939

 

 

Rogers, Jane

Exp.

1939

 

 

Rogers, W. H. 3rd

Exp.

1939

 

 

Smith, Mrs. Lottie (Hudson)

Exp.

1910

 

 

Smith, Raiford

Exp.

1935

 

 

 

Simpson, Mrs. Jessie

Exp.

1939

 

 

 

Submitted by Sue Burns Moore Longview, TX sbmoore@swbell.net

  Click on the photo for an enlarged view of the photo.

 

This is Emily C. Jones Lum, born about 1843, the wife of first pastor, Andrew R. Lum, with an unidentified grandchild. Emily was the daughter of George Washington Jones and wife Harriet Griffing Jones, all Claiborne County natives.

 

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