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.
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
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
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
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.
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
9 October 1852 --
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
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.
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.
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.