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Jerusalem Baptist Church (Mocksville, N.C.) records

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Biographical and Historical Note

Jerusalem Baptist Church of Mocksville, North Carolina, also called Jerusalem Missionary Baptist, was organized in 1868 by members of Fork Baptist Church who wanted to attend church closer to their homes west of Dutchman's Creek. Its first pastor, Reverend C. W. Bessent, also came from Fork Baptist Church. He had been its preacher from 1853-1866. After meeting for years in a community church building for all denominations, the church finally completed a building of its own in 1878. In 1891, this building burned down after being struck by lightning. The church then met in a storehouse offered to them by the S. J. Tatum Company. In 1892, the church purchased this storehouse, where it would continue to meet until 1961. In 1962, Jerusalem Baptist Church would move into a new building it had built on roughly the same site as the old one.

Collection Overview

This collection consists of a single reel of microfilm containing the records for Jerusalem Baptist Church of Mocksville, North Carolina for the period of 1868-1962, with the bulk of the records focusing on 1868-1925. It contains a book of history, two books of minutes, and a book of accounts. The history book provides information on Jerusalem Baptist Church from 1868-1962, the two minute books cover 1868-1887 and 1887-1925 respectively, while the book of accounts deals only with the years from 1891 to 1894. The minute books also contain additional church documents such as the church's constitution, covenant, articles of faith, rules of decorum, and membership lists, as well as letters to the South Yadkin Baptist Conference.

Collection Inventory

  • History (1868-1962)
  • Minutes
    • Book 1 (1868-1887)
    • Book 2 (1887-1925)
  • Accounts (1891-1894)

Summary Information

Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives
Jerusalem Baptist Church (Mocksville, N.C.).
Jerusalem Baptist Church (Mocksville, N.C.) records
1.0 microfilm reel(s)  35 mm; positive
Microform [Reel]

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Publication Information
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Access Restrictions
Collection is open for researchers. 
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Preferred Citation
Jerusalem Baptist Church (Mocksville, N.C.) records, CRMF407, Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC, USA. 

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