The Primitive Baptist Association - 1868—1969

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Statistical Table of the Primitive Baptist Association - 1868-1969

The Primitive Baptist Association of Wilkes County was established in 1868 in Wilkes County, North Carolina at Roaring River Church. This association was formed as part of the "Union" Baptist movement, of members of Primitive Baptist Churches who had supported the Union in the Civil War. Many of these individuals had joined a secret organization known as the Union League, or the Heroes of America. These organizations were known as "red-stringers" based on the red ribbons their members wore to identify themselves. The Primitive Baptist Church prohibited membership in any organization which was not open for all to see, and as a result in the 1867-1868 period that those individuals were excommunicated. These excommunicated members formed their own organizations and churches. The Mountain Union Association was formed for the churches west of the Blue Ridge in 1867. The Primitive Association was formed for the churches east of the Blue Ridge in 1868.

These associations took, almost verbatim, the articles of faith, constitutions and rules of decorum of the Primitive Baptist Associations from which they split. The major difference was the addition of washing feet as an ordinance of the church. As time progressed, Missionary Baptists made attempts to unite with these "Union" Baptist Churches. These efforts failed, however, the churches became a cross-bred between the Primitive and Missionary churches in theology. They term themselves Regular Baptists. They should not be confused with "Old Regular Baptists" as there are doctrinal and practical differences there as well.

The Primitive Association of Regular Baptists dismissed its Surry County, North Carolina churches in 1904. These congregations formed the Mitchell's River Regular Baptist Association.

Primitive Baptist Association
Session Host Church Moderator Clerk Churches Received or
Dismissed and How
Received or Dismissed
No. of Churches
Orig. Roaring River Wm. J. Combs Leander Johnson White Oak, Roaring River,
New Covenant
3
1869-1 New Covenant Wm. J. Combs Wm. Myers R.L. Rachel, R. L. Bethany,
R. L. Zion
6
1870-2 Rachel Wm. J. Combs Wm. Myers - 6
1871-3 Fishing Creek Wm. J. Combs Wm. Myers - 7
1872-4 White Oak Wm. J. Combs Wm. Myers R. L. Antioch 7
1873-5 Zion Wm. J. Combs W. F. Porter - 6
1874-6 Bethany Wm. J. Combs W. F. Porter R. L. Liberty Grove 7
1875-7 Roaring River Wm. J. Combs J. S. Holbrook - 8
1876-8 Liberty Grove Wm. J. Combs J. S. Holbrook - 8
1877-9 New Covenant Wm. J. Combs J. S. Holbrook - 8
1878-10 Rachel Wm. J. Combs J. S. Holbrook - 8
1879-11 White Oak Wm. J. Combs J. S. Holbrook - 6
1880-12 Roaring River Wm. J. Combs J. S. Holbrook D. L. Fishing Creek 6
1881-13 Zion Wm. J. Combs J. S. Holbrook R. L. Walnut Grove, R. A. DeHart 8
1882-14 New Covenant Wm. J. Combs J. S. Holbrook - 8
1883-15 Walnut Grove Wm. J. Combs J. S. Holbrook - 8
1884-16 Liberty Grove Wm. J. Combs J. S. Holbrook R. L. Liberty Knob 8
1885-17 Roarking River Wm. J. Combs J. S. Holbrook R. L. Shady Grove, R. L. Round Mountain 11
1886-18 Dehart Wm. J. Combs J. S. Holbrook R. L. Bethany 11
1887-19 Rachel Wm. Miles W. W. Myers R. L. Bethel 12
1888-20 White Oak Wm. Miles W. W. Myers R. L. Piney Grove, R. L. Round Hill 14
1889-21 Round Mountain Wm. Miles W. W. Myers R. L. Landmark 15
1890-22 Round Hill Wm. Miles J. M. Harrold R. Oak Level 16
1891-23 Zion Wm. Miles J. M. Harrold R. Elkin Valley, D. L. Dehart, D. L. New Covenant 16
1892-24 Liberty Knob Wm. Miles J. M. Owens - 14
1893-25 Oak Level Wm. Miles J. M. Owens D. L. Landmark 14
1894-26 Elkin Valley Wm. Miles J. H. Johnson D. L. Walnut Grove 12
1895-27 Roaring River Wm. Miles J. H. Johnson R. L. Friendship, D. L. Bethel 12
1896-28 Bethany Eli Sebastian J. H. Johnson - 11
1897-29 Round Mountain Eli Sebastian G. W. Miles R. L. Cane Creek 11
1898-30 Rachel Eli Sebastian G. W. Miles R. L. Fair View, Pleasant Grove, and
Center united by Application,
Bethel by letter
12
1899-31 Friendship Wm. Miles G. W. Miles R. L. Garden Creek 16
1900-32 Bethel Wm. Miles G. W. Miles - 16
1901-33 Round Hill Wm. Miles J. M. Owens R. L. Oak Grove 17
1902-34 Oak Grove Eli Sebastian G. W. Miles - 16
1903-35 Center J. M. Owens G. W. Miles R. L. Union Cross. The following
churches were dismissed to organize
a new Association in Surry Co.;
Oak Grove, Friendship, Elkin Valley,
Union Cross and White Oak
14
1904-36 Liberty Knob Wm. Miles G. W. Miles - 14
1905-37 Zion J. M. Owens G. W. Miles - 14
1906-38 Round Hill J. M. Owens G. W. Miles - 14
1907-39 Oak Level J. M. Owens G. W. Miles - 14
1908-40 Rachel J. M. Owens H. H. Jennings White Oak? 11-13
1909-41 Roaring River J. M. Owens L. D. Lowe - 13
1910-42 Round Mountain Eli Sebastian G. W. Miles D. L. Bethel 13
1911-43 Center Eli Sebastian G. W. Miles - 12
1912-44 Bethany Eli Sebastian G. W. Miles - 12
1913-45 Zion Eli Sebastian J. M. Owens - 11/12
1914-46 Roaring River Eli Sebastian G. W. Miles - 12
1915-47 Liberty Knob Wm. Miles G. W. Miles By application and letter, New Covenant 13
1916-48 Oak Level G. W. Miles C. E. Dimmette R. L. Double Creek 12/13
1917-49 Rachel G. W. Miles C. E. Dimmette - 14
1918-50 Round Hill G. W. Miles C. E. Dimmette Association called in on account of influenza -
1919-51 Rachel G. W. Miles C. E. Dimmette - 13
1920-52 Double Creek G. W. Miles A. C. Sidden R. L. Friendship 15
1921-53 Cane Creek G. W. Miles A. C. Sidden Friendship dropped 15
1922-54 New Covenant G. W. Miles A. C. Sidden R. L. Antioch 15
1923-55 Roaring River G. W. Miles A. C. Sidden - 14
1924-56 Center G. W. Miles A. C. Sidden - 15
1925-57 Round Mountain G. W. Miles C. C. Sidden R. L. Union; Fair View dissolved 15
1926-58 Garden Creek G. W. Miles C. C. Sidden - 15
1927-59 Oak Level G. W. Miles C. C. Sidden - 14
1928-60 Union G. W. Miles C. C. Sidden R. Austin by letter; newly constituted 15
1929-61 Bethany G. W. Miles C. C. Sidden - 15
1930-62 Zion G. W. Miles C. C. Sidden R. Union Hill by Letter 17
1931-63 Union Hill G. W. Miles C. C. Sidden - 17
1932-64 Austin G. W. Miles C. C. Sidden R. L. Mining Ridge from Mitchell River 18
1933-65 Rachel G. W. Miles C. C. Sidden - 18
1934-66 Round Hill G. W. Miles C. C. Sidden Mountain Valley; newly consitituted 19
1935-67 Double Creek G. W. Miles C C. Sidden - 19
1936-68 New Covenant G. W. Miles C. C. Sidden - 18
1937-69 Roaring River G. W. Miles C. C. Sidden Cane Creek withdrawn from 17
1938-70 Bethany G. W. Miles A. C. Sidden - 18
1939-71 Center G. W. Miles A. C. Sidden - 18
1940-72 Liberty Knob D. M. Dillard A. C. Sidden - 18
1941-73 Mining Ridge D. M. Dillard A. C. Sidden - 17
1942-74 Round Mountain Charlie Miles A. C. Sidden Mt. Zion. A. L 18
1943-75 Rachel Charlie Miles A. C. Sidden - 18
1944-76 Oak Level Charlie Miles A. C. Sidden - 18
1945-77 Union Hill Charlie Miles A. C. Sidden - 18
1946-78 Austin A. C. Sidden Charlie Miles - 18
1947-79 Mtn. View A. C. Sidden Charlie Miles - 18
1948-80 Double Creek A. F. Walker Charlie Miles - 17
1949-81 Roaring River A. F. Walker Charlie Miles - 17
1950-82 Union G. R. Cox Charlie Miles - 17
1951-83 Round Mountain G. R. Cox Charlie Miles - 16
1952-84 Rachel A. C. Sidden Charlie Miles - 16
1953-85 Zion A. C. Sidden Charlie Miles Union Hill dropped 17
1954-86 New Covenant A. C. Sidden Charlie Miles Center Dismissed by letter 16
1955-87 Bethany A. C. Sidden Charlie Miles - 16
1956-88 Mining Ridge A. C. Sidden Charlie Miles - 16
1957-89 Round Hill A. C. Sidden Charlie Miles - 15
1958-90 Liberty Knob R. F. Harrold Charlie Miles - 16
1959-91 Roaring River R. F. Harrold Charlie Miles Antioch withdrawn from 15
1960-92 Oak Level R. F. Harrold Charlie Miles - 15
1961-93 Austin R. F. Harrold Charlie Miles R. L. Union Hill 16
1962-94 Mountain Valley R. F. Harrold Charlie Miles - 16
1963-95 Union R. F. Harrold Charlie Miles R. L. Sharon 17
1964-96 Union Hill R. F. Harrold Charlie Miles - 17
1965-97 Round Mountain R. F. Harrold Charlie Miles - 17
1966-98 Rachel R. F. Harrold Charlie Miles R. L. Antioch 18
1967-99 Zion Kenneth Wood Cecil Barker - 18
1968-100 Antioch Kenneth Wood Cecil Barker - 18