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Hendersonville First Baptist Church (Hendersonville, N.C.) records

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Biographical and Historical Note

Hendersonville First Baptist Church was organized October 8, 1844 by Thomas Stradley, John Chasten, Merrit Rickman, William Haynes, Jonathan King, and Joseph Evans who officiated as a presbytery. There were eight women and six men given as charter members. The original church was located at South Main and Caswell Streets, Hendersonville, N.C., and at that location the church had a cemetery. When the church moved to Fourth Street in 1888, the cemetery was left unattended for many years. A Mr. Redden bought the whole area and had the graves moved to the city cemetery, Oakdale. The graves that were moved are in the southeast corner of Oakdale.

The church has been a member of various associations including: Salem, c1845-1847; Big Ivy, 1847-1848; Union II, 1848-1856; Salem, 1857-1882; Henderson 1882-1886; Carolina 1886-.

Collection Overview

Reel 1: Church Minute Book, volume 1, 1844-1854: minutes of church conferences from October 8, 1844 - May 13, 1854; bylaws; articles of faith; male and female membership lists; and a memorial on the death of Rebecca King (d. February 17, 1845). On May 13, 1844 the church appointed a committee to revise the church book, the revision is contained to volume 2. Reel 2: Church Minute Book, volume 2, 1844-1865: minutes of church conferences from October 8, 1844 - July 12, 1865; bylaws; articles of faith; the ordinations of Nelson Bowen, August 17, 1854 and G.S. Jones, September 11, 1861; male, female, and servant membership lists; minutes of the 1861 Western North Carolina Baptist Convention; information concerning the academy the church agreed to build in 1861; mentions of African-American members of the church and the services available to them. Church Minute Book, volume 3, 1870-1880: minutes of church conferences from December 8, 1870 - August 15, 1880; membership roll; copy of a letter to the Salem Baptist Association; Manual and Directory of the Hendersonville Baptist Church, 1884., Hendersonville, N.C., James D. Davis, 1884, 22 pages. Church Minute Book, volume 4, 1892-1900: minutes of church conferences January 3, 1892 - December 2, 1900; membership roll. Church Minute Book, volume 5, 1901-1914: minutes of church conferences form January 6, 1901 - December 18, 1914; alphabetical membership roll; copies of letters to the Carolina Baptist Association, 1902-1905; tributes of respect for various church members. Church Minute Book, volume 6, 1915-1921: minutes of church conferences from February 10, 1915 - January 2, 1921; alphabetical membership roll; copies of church letters to the Carolina Baptist Association, 1915, 1916; resolutions of respect for Mrs. J.A. Barnell (d. 3/9/1919); loose committee reports; miscellaneous papers. Church Minute Book, volume 7, 1921-1929: loose-leaf minutes of church conferences from March 20, 1921 - January 20, 1929; accompaning committee reports; quarterly reports from various church organizations. Minutes for 1927 are incomplete. Reel 3: Church Minute Book, volume 8, 1929-1936: loose-leaf minutes of church conferences from April 14, 1929 - December 31, 1936; accompanying committee reports; church resolutions; alphabetical membership roll. The minutes for 1936 are incomplete. Church Minute Book, volume 9, 1941-1952: loose-leaf minutes of church conferences from December 28, 1941 - October, 1952; accompanying committee reports; resolutions; copies of church letters to the Carolina Baptist Association; history sketch by A.I. Justice (1934); church newsletter; church bulletins; printed history of the church (circa 1944); item pertaining to the centennial of the church held in 1944; photographs of the steeple removal from first church building; photographs of the removal of the Lewis House; photographs of the groundbreaking ceremony and construction of the church educational plant, 1949-1950. Church Minute Book, volume 10, 1952-1965: loose-leaf minutes of church conferences from November 19, 1952 - June 9, 1965; accompanying committee reports; resolutions; ordination service and statement of faith of John Foulds Rymer, (1952); copies of church letters to the Carolina Baptist Association; lists of dimissed or removed members; church bulletins; church newsletters; a program of the unveiling of a historical marker to Judson College; transcript of an address made by Dr. Williams F. Lewis at the dedication June 15, 1954; biographical sketches of former pastors; ordination of Joseph F. Bennet (1958); newspaper clippings; photographs of architiects drawing of church sanctuary and church supper; clippings relating to the unveiling of a marker to the Western Baptist Convention (1958); Memorial Service program for WWI dead (1919); obituaries of church members; the church constitution; articles of faith; bylaws; materials pertaining to the formation of the South Main Street Mission (now Main Street Baptist Church); eight 8" x 10" photographs of a Sunday School class; the burning of the church note; a church pageant; groundbreaking exercises; and the Douglas M. Branch Memorial Issue of the Biblical Recorder, February 9, 1963. Church History Pageant, 1944. History Sketch (circa 1944) of church by the Historical Committee. Reel 5: Church Minute Book, volume 11, 1958-1973: abstracts of church minutes from May 3, 1958 - March 15, 1973; clippings; photographs; bulletins; correspondence; and reports. Church Minute Book, volume 11A, 1966-1976: clippings; photographs; bulletins; correspondence; reports; church minutes from September 14, 1966 - July 4, 1976. Reel 6: Church Minute Book, volume 12, 1912-1957 [BS], 1973-1978: minutes; photographs; clippings; bulletins; correspondence; reports; and copies of church minutes; early material, 1912-1916; church history sketch and material, 1932-1958; correspondence and other items relating to the construction of a new church building, 1954-1957. Reels 6-7: Church Minute Book, volume 13, 1979-1980: clippings; bulletins; correspondence; reports; and copies of church and deacon's minutes from April 1978 - November 18, 1980.

Collection Inventory

  • Church Minutes (1844-1980)
    • Church Minute Book, volume 1, 1844-1854 (1844-1854)
    • Church Minute Book, volume 2, 1844-1865 (1844-1865)
    • Church Minute Book, volume 3, 1870-1880 (1870-1880)
    • Church Minute Book, volume 4, 1892-1900 (1892-1900)
    • Church Minute Book, volume 5, 1901-1914 (1901-1914)
    • Church Minute Book, volume 6, 1915-1921 (1915-1921)
    • Church Minute Book, volume 7, 1921-1929 (1921-1929)
    • Church Minute Book, volume 8, 1929-1936 (1929-1936)
    • Church Minute Book, volume 9, 1941-1952 (1941-1952)
    • Church Minute Book, volume 10, 1952-1965 (1952-1965)
    • Church Minute Book, volume 11, 1958-1973 (1958-1973)
    • Church Minute Book, volume 11A, 1966-1976 (1966-1976)
    • Church Minute Book, volume 12, 1912-1957 [BS]; 1973-1978 (1912-1978)
    • Church Minute Book, volume 13, 1979-1980 (1979-1980)
  • Church Histories (1934-1944)
    • Church History Pageant, 1944 (1944)
    • History Sketch of First Baptist Church, Hendersonville, North Carolina, by A.I. Justice. (1934)
    • History of the First Baptist Church of Hendersonville, N.C., by the First Baptist Church History Committee (1944)

Summary Information

Repository
Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives
Creator
Hendersonville First Baptist Church (Hendersonville, N.C.).
Title
Hendersonville First Baptist Church (Hendersonville, N.C.) records
ID
CRMF23
Date [inclusive]
1844-1980
Extent
7.0 microfilm reel(s)  35mm; positive Records are a broken series
Microform [Reel]
7
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6
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5
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2
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1

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Publication Information
Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives
Conditions Governing Use note
Permission of the church must be obtained to copy these records in their entirety. 

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