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Brown's Baptist Church (Norlina, N.C.) records

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Biographical and Historical Note

Brown's Baptist Church was constituted on Saturday, December 25, 1830 by Elders T. Crocker and W. Hudgins. The church had formerly been an arm of the Reedy Creek Church and then Tanner's Meeting House. There were four males and seven females as constituent members. Elder Willoughby Hudgins was chosen pastor and James Southerland was elected clerk. James S. Smithwick and John Daniel were ordained as deacons. In 1838 twelve anti-missionary members withdrew. The clerk of the church was one of those withdrawing and took the church records with him.

Collection Overview

Reel 1: Church Minute Book, volume 1, 1838-1884: minutes of church conferences from November 24, 1838 to November 8, 1884; church constitution (as remembered from 1830); "A short account of the rise and progress of the Church at Brown's Meeting House, 1830-38; male, female, and African-American membership lists, undated; list of African-American members dismissed to form a new church, October 1867; list of pastors, 1830-1885; list of clerks, 1830-1905; number of white and African-American members in 1905; letters from Third Baptist Church, Richmond VA, April 1843, and Haywood Baptist Church, June 1844; ordination of S.G. O'Bryan, October 1843. Subscription List, 1834: contains names of church members with amounts pledged for the pastor's salary for the year 1843. Church History, undated

Collection Inventory

  • Church Minutes
    • Church minutes, vol. 1: membership rolls; constitution; clerk and pastor lists (1838-1884) reel 1
  • Church Records
    • Subscription list: pastor salary contributions (1843) reel 1
    • Church history, by Taylor, Thomas J. (undated) reel 1
    • Church letters and biography cards (1843-1844) reel 1

Summary Information

Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives
Brown's Baptist Church (Norlina, N.C.) records
Date [inclusive]
1 microfilm_reel(s)  Positive

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Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for use. Permission of the church must be obtained to copy these records in their entirety. 
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Preferred Citation
Brown's Baptist Church (Norlina, N.C.) records (CRMF239), Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC, USA. 

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Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives also holds a related microfilm collection, Brown's Baptist Church (Warren County, N.C.) Records (MS738)

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