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Brown's Baptist Church (Warren County, 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 Hudging 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.

Name Changes: Brown's Meeting House was known as Allen's Meeting House, before it was formerly constituted in 1830 and until 1939 when it joined the Tar River Baptist Association.

Association Membership: Tar River, 1831-1835 (As Allen's M.H.); Tar River, 1839-

Pastors: Willoughby Hudgins, 1830-51; Nicholas A. Purefoy, 1852-1879; D.A. Glenn, 1880-1884; Thomas J Taylor, 1885-1920; W.R. Cullom, 1920-23; E.P. West, 1923-24; "No paston", 1924; E.R. Nelson, 1925-1934; C.W. Teague, 1934-36; C.L. Ousley, 1936-37; J.E. Ayscue, 1937-38; J.F. ROach, 1938-43; W.R. Cullom, 1943; "No Pastor", 1944; Oscar Funderburke, 1945-46; W.R. Cullom, 1946-47; C. Gilmer Parrish, 1947-49, "No Pastor", 1949; J.M. Long, 1950-1954; Charles T. Fulbright, 1954-55; "No Pastor", 1956; Carl E. Poston, 1957-60; Billy Fallow, 1960-61; W. Dan Parker, 1961-63; "No pastor", 1964; Jack Wilson, 1964-66

Histories: Taylor, Thomas Jerome, The History of Browns Baptist Church, undated Allen, John Edward, "History of Brown's Baptist Church, Warren Country, N. C., 1785-1907. Wake Forest Student, March 1909, Vol. 28

Collection Overview

This collection contains Brown's Baptist Church materials. The minute book includes church membership lists and church meeting minutes at Brown's meeting house (1838-1884). A subscription list for the support of W. Hudgins to preach the Gospel at Brown's is dated 1943 and contains seven receipts from John Watson as part of the subscription, signed by W. Hudgins (1944-1946). The booklet, "The History of Browns Baptist Church" by Thomas J. Taylor, was published around 1914 by The Record Print, Warrenton, N.C.

Digitized materials from this collection are available in Z. Smith Reynolds Library Digital Collections.

Collection Inventory

Summary Information

Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives
Brown's Baptist Church (Warren County, N.C.) Records
Date [inclusive]
1.5 Linear Feet  1 oversize box

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Revision Description
 Revised by Olivia Field 2020
Access Restrictions
This collection is open for use. 
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Preferred Citation
Brown's Baptist Church (Warren County, N.C.) Records (MS738), Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC, USA. 

Controlled Access Headings

Geographic Name(s)

  • Warren County (N.C.) -- Church history -- Sources


  • Church records and registers -- North Carolina -- Warren County
  • Baptists -- North Carolina -- Warren County -- History -- Sources

Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives also holds a related microfilm collection, Brown's Baptist Church (Norlina, N.C.) Records (CRMF239)

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