WEHADKEE BAPTIST CHURCH RECORDS

Manuscript MS-173

1849-1887

SOURCE: Martha Anderson, 1999

SIZE: .1 linear feet

SHELVING UNITS: 1 volume

PROCESSING: PHW April, 2001

 

HISTORICAL NOTE

Wehadkee Baptist Church was founded in August, 1849, as Sardis Baptist Church. The name was changed during a church conference in 1850. The new name refers to the creek that flowed nearby. According to Clifford Smith's History of Troup County, members in the church came from churches in Long Cane and New Hope, Alabama and the first Sunday school was started in 1868. Reverend Daniel McCoy was the first pastor. A news article (LaGrange Daily News, 8/2/1968) reports that he left the pulpit in 1860 to enlist in the southern army but returned in 1864. The article states that the church had a membership of about three hundred in 1860, one hundred of which were slaves. Membership in the church began to decline around the turn of the century and, in1968, had ninety members on roll.

 

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE

The minute book contains a constitution, church decorum, membership list, & minutes. The membership list gives the members name, how they were received into the congregation, and the nature of their dismissal (i.e. death, transfer of letter, expulsion, etc.). The minute book gives insight into the church conferences. The Conferences impose punishment on members for crimes ranging from adultery to dancing. Some reference is made to members leaving the church for military service during the Civil War; however, the minutes rarely mention current events.

 

CONTAINER LIST

1 volume (1849-1887)
Microfilm: MF-07.06

 

TRACINGS

Churches - Troup County
Sardis Baptist Church