Maple Springs Primitive Baptist Church
Nella, Ashe County, North Carolina 1880-1897
The Maple Springs Primitive Baptist Church was organized on February 7, 1880 at the home of Jason Weaver in Nella community, Ashe County, North Carolina. Jason Weaver was a deacon at the Big Helton Primitive Baptist Church, and served as such in the new organization, as well as church clerk. Elder Calvin C. Davis was a minister and was first pastor of the church. This organization was disbanded in 1897 with members going to other churches. The following is a transcript of the church’s constitution preserving the original spelling and punctuation. Following this is a roll of the members of this church.
Of the Regular Primitive Baptist Church of Jesus Christ at Maple Springs was constituted in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred & eighty February 7th day Being a part of Big Helton and Little Horse Creek Being in number 19 (nineteen). We was called and examined and set apart a Church of Jesus Christ on the Orthodox faith of the Gospel.
- We believe in one true and living God, the first cause of all things sin excepted.
- We Believe Jesus Christ to be the equal Son of the Father.
- We Believe the Holy Ghost to be the ministering God of all grace & the comforter that was promised to come into the world and these Three are one & we believe Adam by transgression fell under the curse of God’s holy law & involved all his unborn race.
- We believe that man is not able to extricate himself from that dilemma that he is in.
- We Believe that God give them grace in his Eternal Son before the foundation of the World and man is justified by grace alone.
- We Believe in the final preseverage of the saints.
- We Believe that baptism by immersion to be the gospel mode.
- We Believe in a general resurrection of those bodies and a final judgment of the just and unjust.
We was solemnly set apart a Church of Jesus Christ with all the power and privileges of a Church.
By the Presbytery.
Harrison B. Miller
J. R. Baldwin
- C. C. Davis, Dismissed by letter
- Matilda Davis, Dis. by letter
- Rebecca Davis, Dis. by ltr.
- Seaneth Davis
- Wm. J. Caudill, Dis. by ltr.
- Sarah Caudill, Dis.
- A. P. Davis, Died Aug. the 30th, 1881
- Rachel Davis, Dis. by letter
- Jason Weaver, Died March the 18th, 1892
- Matilda Weaver
- H. G. Cook, Dis. by letter, come back, excluded
- Zilla Blevins
- Mary Davis, Dis. by letter
- Elisha Roop, Dis. by letter
- Manda J. Roop
- Wm. Weaver, Died May 10, 1925
- Wesley Blevins, Dis. by letter
- Wm. B. Jones
These being the number that went into a new constitution at Maple Springs Church.
- Wiley Dolinger, Dis by letter
- Marilda Emeline Dolinger, Dis. by letter
- Elizabeth Blevins, Died Nov. the 21, 1895
- Polly Blevins
- Elexander Blevins, Deceased April, 1888
- Phebe Davis, Died Jan. the 10, 1893
- H. H. Tedder, Ex.
- Emeline Tedder
- Martha Blevins
- Nancy Blevins
- Materson Blevins, Dis by letter
- Mary Davis, Dis by letter
- Daniel Price, Dis. by letter
- Mela Price, Dis. by letter
- Charlotty Baldwin, Dis. by letter
- Jane Davis, Dead
- Elizabeth Boggs, Dead
- James Mulles, Ex, received back, ex.
- Evaline Price, Dis. by letter
- Jane Mabe, Ex.
- Phebe Thompson
- Milly Hash
- Stephen Thompson, Dismissed
- Peggea Thompson
- John Davis, Dis. by letter
- Martha Pennington
- John Cave, Dis by letter
- Rebecca Cave, Dis. by letter
- Thomas Davis, Dis. by letter
- Manda Davis, Dis by letter
- Mary C. Davis
- James Blevins, Ex.
- Phebe Blevins, Ex.
- Henderson Hart, Ex.
- Martha Hart, Dec’d.
- Elizabeth Dolinger
- Hiram Baldwin, Dec’d.
- Jesse Davis, Letter
- Andrew Hash
- Wilda Davis, Ex.
- Thomas Blevins, Ex.
- Alen Stuart
- Maryann Blevins, Letter
- Grant Blevins, Dec’d.
- Cloey Blevins
- Mise Caudill, Dis.
- Riley Edmisten, Dec’d.
- Catherine Weaver
- David Sullivan, Dis. by letter
- Charity Sullivan, Dis. by letter.