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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