Re: [genpcncfir] Digest Number 1288
- I've been looking for Willis Wilson, but not this one. There was another one
In Pitt County, NC in early 1800's. Would he be an ancestor?
Date: Wed, 31 Mar 2004 05:33:48 -0800 (PST)
From: Louise Champion <champright@...>
Subject: Re: Reedy Branch Cemetery
This is a memorial sign that stands in front of the
church. Typed from a video.
Reedy Branch Free Will Baptist Church
Front of sign—This church was organized around 1800,
named for the branch overgrown with reeds north of the
site. Original building was of log heated by a large
fireplace with simple wood slab pews with wood peg
The 1850 Will of Theophilus Slaughter left “one acre
of land whereon the Meeting House now stands which I
gave to my beloved brethren and sisters to them and
their successors of the free Will order from age to
age and generation to generation.”
After the Civil War, former slaves who worshipped here
were assisted by Reverends
Back of sign—(Continues from front)
Billy May, Lorenza Nobles and James Craft in
organizing a church near Greenville, NC known as
Original building was replaced by frame building in
1880. A 1901 larger frame building is the sanctuary
today hidden by a bricked exterior. Land for the
church cemetery was acquired in 1890.
First full-time pastor and occupant of the parsonage
was Rev. Henry McIvin. The longest record of tenure,
32 years. Is held by Rev. Willis Wilson (1963-1995).
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