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Liberty Church Records

11 January 1851 - 10 December 1853

11 January 1851 -- Member came forward and acknowledged he had done wrong in some conversation and begged forgiveness of the Church. Received Sister Elizabeth Parker upon the card and Reverend J.W. McCearley and wife by letter.  Church agreed to take the Lordís Supper or Sacrament and the washing of feet twice a year in the month of May and October. Church agreed to add one more article to the Rules of Decorum which to make up a contribution for the Pastor to be paid at the end of the  year.

12 April 1851 -- Went into the election of a treasurer which resulted in the Choice of brother William Johnson.  Collection received was $1.20.

8 May 1851 -- Charge was made against Sister Jane Doe.  Sister Doe was visited and she requested she be turned out of the Church.  Voice of the Church was taken and she was turned out. 

10 May 1851 -- Sister Priscilla Williams came forward and was received by letter.

7 June 1851 -- Sister Jane Doe stated a falsehood and was dismissed from the Church by a voice vote.

2 July 1851 --  Brother Zilmer and Sister Smith came forward and was received by letter.

20 July 1851 -- Sister Wilmouth Belew, Sister Gracey Murphey and Sister Catherine Hood came forward and was received by experience.

24 July 1851 --  Sister Elizabeth Stewart and Sister Margaret Brown came forward and was received by experience.

25 July 1851 -- Brother Alford Smith came forward and was received by experience.  Sister Nancy Cox came forward and was received by experience.

30 July 1851 -- .  Sisters Caroline Read and Mary Ann Leslie came forward and was received by experience.

7 August 1851 -  It was agreed that we represent the association.  Brother Cearley, Brother Davis and Brother William Johnson were elected as Association Delegates. It was agreed to send up to one dollar to the association for the printing of the  minutes. Agreed that brother J.W. Cearley and William Johnson prepare a petitionary letter to be ready at our next Conference meeting.  Brothers J. D. Johnson and Hosea Belew came forward and was received by Experience on August 7, 1851.

8 August 1851 -- Sister Lucinda Stewart and brother Edward Stewart came forward and was received by experience.

Saturday before the 4th Lordís day in August --  The brethren met at Ruhamah Church and after divine Service.  The way was opened for the reception of members in behalf of Liberty Church at which time Sister Martha Morgan came forward and was received by experience.

13 September 1851 -- A member brought up a charge of himself for dram drinking too much.  Plead guilt and repentance and begged the church to forgive. Nominated brother Edward Stewart delegate in place of brother Davis.  

2 November 1851 --  Proceeded to the election of a Pastor which resulted in the choice of Brother John W. Cearley by a unanimous vote of all other members present.  Appointed Brother Edward Stewart and H.C. Hood to go and see Brother and report our next church meeting. 

13 Dec 1851 --  Brother Davis requested the church to release him from the office of Deacon.  The church in compliance with his request released Brother Davis & ????? the Election of Deacons until our January meeting at which time the church agreed to elect two Deacons in place of one. By the request of Brother John W. Cearley in as much as he wanted to ride as missionary the next year.  The church agreed to call Brother W. Perkins for their Pastor the second ensuing Twelve months at Liberty. It was further agreed by the Church that Brothers J.W. Cearley and William G. Hood should visit Brother Perkins and report at our January meeting whether Brother Perkins would comply with our request or not.

10 January 1852 --  Brother William Russell came forward and was received by letter jointly for himself and wife.  It was then agreed that the election of Deacons to be postponed until our next April Conference Meeting. The committee reports that they had seen Brother Perkins and that he is willing to attend us as Pastor at Liberty for the next ensuing 12 months.

13 March 1852 -- Brother Elisha Pratt  called for a Letter of Dismission for himself and wife and the church granted the same

10 April 1852 -- Sister Caroline Read came forward and was received in full fellowship of the church. Called for reference the matter of reference at our former meetings was to elect 2 deacons at our April Conference Meeting according by the Church went into the election of Deacons which resulted in the choice of Brother Dilday and Brother Parker.  It was ordered by the Church that brother Williams G. Hood be appointed to go see Brother J.W. Cearley in order that he may attend herd at our next Conference Meetings for the purpose of or to help ordain Brother Parker as Deacon of Liberty Church.

April 1852 -- Appointed J.W. Cearley, Moderator.  Put off the ordination of Brother T.R. Parker until our conference meeting in June next.  Ordered by the church that Sisters Priscilla Williams and Martha Hood be appointed as a committee to visit Sister Brown and reason with her for not being Baptized and report at our next Conference meeting. It was also ordered by the church that Brother Davis and brother Kirby act as Committee in the case of Brother for having a dance at this house and report at our next  Conference meeting.

8 May 1852 -- Sisters Priscilla Williams and Sister Martha Hood went to see Sister Brownfor not being baptized.  They as a committee report that Sister Brown wishes her name taken off the church book which was done by the Church and committee discharged.  Brother Davis and Brother Kirby to visit Brother John Doe  for having a dance at his house.  The committee report that Brother Doe gave them satisfaction and Brother also acknowledged to the Church that he was sorry for having done that and the church forgave him and committee discharged. 

12 June 1852 -- The matter of references was to ordain Brother T.R. Parker as deacon at this time.  It was agreed that we should go into the Matter of Reference. It was further agreed that Brother D.W. Perkins and John W. Cearley ?? the receiver.  Presbytery in the case of Brother Parker and he was set apart for that.

18 June 1852 -- Brother John Doe wanted to know if the church was hurt at him or not and the church.  Church was not hurt.  Brother Doe came forward and confessed he  had done wrong in malice and wished the Church to forgive him and the church forgave his trespasses.   Brother Doe brought up a charge on himself for drinking and saying too much and begged the church forgiveness Ė and him and the church forgave his trespasses. We agree as a church to take men and women of undoubtful seracity who and out of the church as evidence verses a member of the church, when it is not known by a member of the church ) or cannot be proven by a member of the church.  When they come in as evidence verses the church they must be disqualified in all cases.  Done in conference.  Day and date above written.

10 July 1852 -- Brother Doe denied that charges of being drunk and said if the Church was hurt at him he was sorry for and asked the church to forgive him and they did so.  Brother Doe acknowledged he had done wrong and was sorry for it and begged the church to forgive him and the church forgave him.  An act passed at our Last Conference meeting to take the work as evidence in certain cases was rescinded by a vote of 17 to 4.  Done in Conference day and date above written and signed by order of the church.  Briant Hood was received by Experience  Mary Ann Cole, Malinda C. Black and Mary Johnson was received by experience.  Also on the 16th, Telethy J. Parker by experience.  On the 17th,   Parley Rigsby and Mary Ann Wallis was received by experience. 

18 July 1852 --  Received by experience Sarah Ann M. McCarter, Celia Vincen, Susannah Wallis all of which was Baptism.

8 August 1852 -   It was ordered by the church that we send up a Letter to the Central Association praying for a letter of Dismission from their honorable body, that we may attach ourselves to the Southwestern District Association.  It was further agreed that Brother Cearley , Brother Ross and Brother Parker be our delegates to the Southwest Association. That Brother Cearley bear our Letter of Correspondence and one dollar as an associational fund.

10 September 1852 -- Liberty Church met and after divine service by Brother Washburne and D.W. Perkins. Brother Clabron Johnson came forward and was received by experience. The Church took up the case of a Sister.  A majority of all the members present said by their act they had not fellowship for the Sister.  Consequently she is no longer a member of the Church. 

9 October 1852 -- Appointed Brother French Moderator Protem.  Delegates called upon to report from association.  Brother Ross brought forward a Letter of Dismission from the Central Association to the Southwest Association and it was received.  It was then agreed by ballot that brother Parker and brother Russell bear the letter to the association on motion made up one dollar as an associational fund.  It was ordered by the church that brother Johnson write a letter to the S.W. District association, done in conference Saturday before 2nd Lords Day in October and signed by order of the church.

15 November 1852 -- It was agreed at our next Conference Meeting that we would try to pay brother Perkins a small contribution that was subscribe for last year.  It was further agreed that we pay our Pastor annually on Saturday before 2nd Sunday in December in each and every year.  Went into the election of our Pastor for next year which resulting in the Choice of bretheren C.W. Perkins by a unanimous choice of all members present.  Sister Mary Ann Cole called for a letter  of dismission by her representative William Russell and the same was granted her by the Church. 

10 December 1852 -- Brother Doe came forward and acknowledged he had been intoxicated and begged the church to forgive him and the Church forgave his trespass. A motion made and seconded that the Clerk be required to bring up the Church book on every conference meeting which motion was accepted.  Done in Conference Friday night before 2nd Sunday in December signed by order of the church.

8 January 1853 --   Brother called on to respond in regard to Brother Zilman Smith. The voice of the Church taken whether they had fellowship for said brother and the answer was they had not.  Looked up the case of Brother Doe and the Church decided they had no fellowship for said brother.

7 May 1853 --
Church agreed to talk to take the Sacrament of the Lords Supper and washing of the feet immediately after our Lordís day of this inst Done in Conference Saturday before our Lords day in May and signed by Order of the Church.

11 June 1853 -- Brought up a charge against Sister Doe for having joined the Methodist Church then decided they had not fellowship for said Sisster.  Brother Clabron Johnson brought up a charge of fornication vs.  Brother Doe.  The Church took up the case and decided they had not Christian fellowship for said brother.  Brought up the case of Sister Doe vs. another Sister Doe and made some few statements in regard to the Charge.  The Church then decided that the said Sister Doe be no longer a member of the Church at Liberty.  Brother Davis brought up a charge vs Brother Doe for drunkeness and the church decided they had not fellowship for said brother. On same day at night.  A charge being vs. Sister Doe for having joined the Methodist.  She was thereupon excluded.

 16 July 1853 -- Sister Sarah Dilday and Joab Stewart both of which was baptized by Reverend J.W. Cearley, MD protem and also on same night  Reverend Edward Stewart  by letter.

13 August 1853 -- Liberty Church met after prayer by Brother Kirby proceeded to business. Appointed brother Davis Mod. The church agreed to represent the association .  Sister Jane Russell called for a Letter of dismission by her representative T.R. Parker which was granted.   Brother Cox  called for Letter of Dismission for him and wife and sister Gracy Lesile and the same was granted. Sister Ary Johnson came forward and was received by experience.  She was baptized by J.W. Cearley.

10 September 1853 -- Went into the election of delegates which resulted in the choice of brother Davis and Brother Kirby and brother Russell in case of failure and send them $1.00 as an associational fund done in conference Saturday before 2nd Lords day in September and signed by order of the church.

8 October 1853 -- Appointed brother Russell MOD Protem. Went into the election of pastor for next year which resulted in the choice of brother J.W. Cearley by a majority of15 to 3.   Appointed Brother W.G. Hood and Brother Stewart as a committee to see Brother Cearley and report at our next Conference meeting whether he will serve as pastor for next year.

12 Nov 1853 -- Appointed brother Cearley Moderator Portem Brother Perkins being absent. Their being a matter of reference in regard brother Cearley being Pastor whereupon brother Hood and brother Stewart came forward and reported as a committee and was discharged.  Brought up a charge on Sister Mary Ann Leslie for having joined the Camalites and excluded her for the same done in conference.

 22 November 1853 -- Brother Cearley not being willing to take care of the church for the year, the Church concluded to go into the election of another pastor which resulted in the choice of Elder Z.B. Rhoads by a unanimous voice of all the members present.

10 Dec 1853 --  Called for reference there being a matter of reference of Dec 1853 to pay off our pastor annually.  It was disposed of by sending him $11.00 by Wm. Johnson done in conference Saturday before 2nd Lords day in December and signed by order of the church.

 
 


           

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