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Rev Dozier Thornton Van's Creek Baptist Church
Posted by: D Thornton (ID *****0610) Date: November 15, 2004 at 07:16:00
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Hi All,
I found this while researching another surname, this is from a google search that is not an active site anymore this is a Cached file but will sure help some folks I hope.
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DOZIER THORNTON--VAN'S CREEK BAPTIST CHURCH--THOMAS

MAXWELL--DOVE'S CREEK CHURCH--FALLING

CREEK AND BETHEL CHURCHES--FIRST GEORGIA METHODIST

CONFERENCE--DR. RICHARD BANKS--BEAVERDAM

PREACHING HOUSE.

While Petersburg and the Savannah River section were fast developing the remainder of the territory comprising the new County of Elbert also began to flourish. Settlements sprang up almost over night, and with this mecurial activity horse racing, cock fighting, turkey shoots, gaming and fox hunting became the order of the day. Briefly, and very briefly indeed, did such a state of affairs continue unchallenged, for in 1784, when General George Mathews came to Georgia he was accompanied by the Reverend Dozier Thornton.

Perhaps in all the annals of Georgia Baptist history there has never been a more interesting character than Dozier Thornton. In a degree he was, perhaps, fanatical, but his sincerity cannot be questioned. He was born in Virginia in the year 1765, the son of Mark Thornton and Susannah Dozier (daughter of Leonard Dozier, born 1710, will probated in Lunnenburg County, Virginia, 1787).

His father was a staunch member of the Church of England, or as it became known in America, the High Church. His mother was an early convert to the Anabaptist Society.

While still a young man he left his home in Virginia to seek his fortune in the newer colony of North Carolina. Shortly after his arrival there he was converted to the Baptist faith by a preacher named Lunsford.

For a time, wavering between his conscience and the teachings of a stern father, he declined baptism, but immediately began preaching, a minister without a pulpit, to anyone who would listen.

In a few weeks, however, his conscience proved victorious over the training of his father and he was immersed by Lunsford to enter the ministry of the Baptist Church in which he spent the remainder of a long life. He established several churches in North Carolina and they grew with startling rapidity. Shortly after the close of the Revolution, in which he fought with bravery, he migrated to Georgia. He married Miss Lucy (Elizabeth) Hill who accompanied him on his perilous journey. Throughout the entire trip he preached in every settlement through which he passed and made many converts.

Before the act of the Georgia Legislature was passed creating the County of Elbert, Dozier Thornton was busily engaged in preaching throughout the entire area of Wilkes County.

For a time he and Middleton Meeks served as missionaries to the Cherokee Indians. Neither Thornton nor Meeks evidenced the least fear upon entering the most hostile Indian town and never once were they molested. It was during this period that David Van, the famous Chief of the Cherokees, was converted by the preaching of Thornton and they became fast friends.

The first important act of Dozier Thornton, in Georgia, was the establishment of Vans Creek Baptist Church, named in honor of his Indian friend. This event took place early in 1785, and Van's Creek became the sixth church of the Baptist faith to be established in all Georgia. It was antedated by Kiokee in Columbia County, established by David Marshall in 1772; New Savannah, established 1773; Little Brier Creek, established 1777; Fishing Creek, in Wilkes County, established 1783, and Upton's Creek, established 1784. In point of continuous service Van's Creek is the oldest church of the Baptist denomination in Georgia.

The original members of Van's Creek were: Dozier Thornton Sr., Lucy (Elizabeth) Thornton, Elizabeth Thornton Jr., William ffirnold, first deacon and clerk; Susan Arnold, Nathan Morgan, Elizabeth Morgan, Thomas Gilbert, John White, and Milly White. John White was a licensed Baptist preacher, but had not been formally ordained at this period.

In October, 1788, Thornton established Dove's Creek Baptist Church, four miles west of Elberton, and in the same year Thomas Maxwell was the moving spirit in the raising of Falling Creek Baptist Church which is still flourishing three miles south of Elberton.

Thomas Maxwell, while a resident of Virginia, was a number of times imprisoned for preaching the doctrines of the Baptist faith, but he was dauntless in his determination. On one occasion while in prison, after the manner of St. Paul, he converted the keeper of his jail together with his entire family. Maxwell not only fought the army of the devil with fiery zeal, but played a conspicuous part in the American Revolution. It is a family tradition that he rubbed away a portion of his prominent nose by preaching through the bars of his cell. Reverend Thomas Maxwell was born September 8, 1742, and died December 12, 1837.

On February 27, 1802, a separate constitution was granted to the following named members of Van's Creek Church:

Frederick Crowder Sr. and wife, Frederick Crowder Jr., Minnie Hales, Winny Hales, William Arnold Jr., Thomas Head and wife, Fanny Head, Elizabeth Head, John Dingler and wife, Sally Woldridge, Zachariah Smith, Mrs. Zachariah Smith, Prudence Richardson, Susan Hubbard, Cassy Childers, Haley Childs, Peggy Childs, Nancy Childs, Nathan Childs and wife, Hannah Walker, Elizabeth Swilevant, Patsy Swilevant, Sally Colber, and Elizabeth Nix. This church was constituted in the home of Nathan Childs. There is

some doubt as to just what church this may be, but considering the names of the members it is possibly one of the churches now located in that portion of Hart County which was taken from Elbert in 1853.

Beaverdam Church, now Bethel Church in Longstreet District, was granted a separate existence by Van's Creek on August 15, 1829, with Biddy C. Henderson, Frances Colson, Jane Heard, Lucy Carter Brewer, Thomas Colbert, Nancy Burton, Solomon Jones, Holman Childers, Jordan Jones, Joseph Bell Sr., Lewis I. Jones, and 33 slaves, belonging to Singleton W. Allen and Edmund Brewer, as charter members.

From this church Dr. Spaulding entered the ministry. He was ordained the Friday before the first Sunday in July, 1832. He served churches in Greenwood, South Carolina, and Gainesville, Georgia. His son, Albert Theodore, born in Elbert County October 20, 1831, also became a Baptist minister. He graduated at Mercer University and at the age of 22 supplied the First Baptist Church of Augusta, Georgia. His subsequent charges were Aiken, South Carolina; Madison, Georgia; Berean in Philadelphia; Selma, Alabama, and St. Francis at Mobile, Alabama. He married Miss Constance Schaffner of Charleston, South Carolina.

Antioch, an arm of Dove's Creek Church, was established separately during the month of September, 1846.

Rock Branch Church, in Gaines District, an arm of Van's Creek, was granted separate existence on October 18, 1845, with the following memebers:

George Gaines, Mary Gaines, William Terrell, Martha Terrell, John Hulme, Elizabeth Hulme, James M. Cleveland, Mary Cleveland, Lewis Powell, William Alexander, Anne Alexander, Nancy Alexander, Mary Alexander, Robert Alexander, Sarah L. Alexander, Nancy M. Crawford, Manda Ann Taylor, Martha Taylor, John Terry, Susan Terry, Joseph Strickland, Richard Stowers, Levi Galloway, Mary Haley, William R. Galloway, Wiley Abney, Eleanor Abney, David Daniel, Francis Daniel, Mary Daniel, Elizabeth Means, Diadem Gaines, Ann Gaines, John Hinton, Eliza Hinton. Martha Hinton, Elizabeth L. Gaines, Benjamin Brown, Milly Brown, Matilda Crawford, William Alexander, Elizabeth Alexander, Thomas Steedman, Elizabeth Steadman, Sarah Wilson, Henry Stamps, Asa Rice, B. C. Thornton, Fleming Thornton, Harriet Adams Thornton, George H. Cornwell, Nancy Adams, John Thomason, John Cunningham, and Jane Cunningham.

In 1931 this church erected a new and modern brick house of worship and were able to dedicate it without a single outstanding obligation.

The membership of Dove's Creek Church at this period was:

Joseph Deadwyler, William Marvin, Martin Deadwyler, Sherid Morris, Henry P. Brawner, James Almond, James McLanahan, James Kerlin, Prudence Webb, Otis Deadwyler, Elizabeth Vaughan, Elizabeth Almond, Mary McLanahan, Lina Webb, Lucy Pressley, Elizabeth Tucker, Lucy Kerlin, Alexander Vaughan, William Oglesby, John Booth, James M. Brawner, John B. Webb, M. J. Almond, William Vaughan, John Moore, Sarah Johnson, Ann Almond, Miley Willis, Elizabeth Brawner, Martha Moore, Ann Johnson,

Judy Moore, Sarah Stephens, Perlina Webb, Jacob W. Davis, Isaac Almond, Fortunatus Webb, Haston Upshaw, John F. Oglesby, George Wylie, Jacob Kerlin, Rody Upshaw, Matthew J. Black, Elizabeth Oglesby, Margaret David, Sarah Bray, Letty Webb, Adeline Ann Arnold, Mary Oglesby, Elizabeth Kerlin, Mary Manning, Mily Vaughan, Ann Booth, Elizabeth Anderson, Cherry Brawner, Abner Webb, Thomas B. Oglesby, Lucinda Oglesby, Susan Montegue, Elizabeth McClain Wilhite Arnold, Davis Arnold, William M. Almond, Terry Wilhite, Priscilla Barnes, John E. Bentley, Mary Barnes, Henry Cabiness, Thomas Oglesby Sr., John Almond, and Mary Goss.

Three independent churches with an aggregate membership of almost 200 persons were taken from Van's Creek Church within a period of 40 years and all of them are flourishing today.

The Georgia Baptist Convention was held at Van's Creek Church in 1837. During this convocation Edward A. Stevens, of the Sunbury Church, was ordained as a foreign missionary to the East. He was the first native born Georgian to labor among the people of the eastern world.

Reverend Dozier Thornton served Van's Creek Church for 43 years, 1785-1828. He was succeeded by Francis Calloway, 1829-1832; Asa Chandler, 1833-1869-1872-1873, a minister of great power and a staunch advocate of an everlasting and burning hell. He delivered the main sermon at the Georgia Baptist Convention held at Penfield in 1840. Asa Duncan succeeded Chandler, April, 1869, to January, 1870; G. M. Campbell, 1870-1871. Among the other ministers to serve this charge are: L. W. Stephens, G. J. Christian, P. B. Butler, J. B. Saylor, Thomas A. Thornton, George W. Hulme, T. J. Rucker, J. C. West, and C. J. Hampton.

During the ministries of Dozier Thornton and Asa Chandler the following ministers were ordained: Joseph Chipman, July 12, 1806; William B. Jones, October 25, 1832; Benjamin Thornton Jr., October 13, 1837; Isham H. Goss, August 15, 1840; William R. Goss, October 19, 1845; C. C. White, January, 1849, and Benjamin Goss in 1854.

Isham H. Goss, William R. Goss, Benjamin Goss, and Horatio J. Goss Jr., were all Baptist ministers and the sons of Horatio J. Goss Sr. Little is known of the father save that he was a deacon and clerk of Sardis Church for more than 20 years and died in the year 1851. Benjamin, the eldest son, was born in Elbert County, 1810. He joined Van's Creek Church in 1838, and was ordained in 1854. Immediately after his ordination he was called to the pastorates of Rock Branch and Bethel. His ministerial career was of short duration for he died in 1865.

Another Baptist minister of note, William Mosely, the son of Reverend Elijah Mosely, was born in Elbert County October 21, 1796. The family removed to Putnam County where he was baptized in 1821. His activities were confined mainly to Putnam and Henry counties, in Georgia. He died in Alabama in the latter part of 1865.

After his resignation as pastor of Van's Creek Church, Thornton made numerous trips into the wilds of Kentucky where he established several churches which are today in a thriving condition. These trips were invariably made alone, on horse back, through the unpopulated wilderness.

He died in Franklin County, Georgia, in 1843, almost 90 years of age.

The first constitution and covenant of Van's Creek Baptist Church, together with the minutes from 1785 through July, 1797, were lost or destroyed and the following constitution and covenant were drawn up by Dozier Thornton and adopted by the church in January, 1798:

CONSTITUTION OF THE BAPTIST CHURCH OF CHRIST AT

VAN'S CREEK BAPTIST CHURCH

Whereas, a considerable portion of the records of this church, together with the Articles of Faith and Church Covenant have been lost or mislaid so that we are unable to find them: The Baptist Church at Van's Creek in conference do make the following declaration of faith; and do enter into the following Church Covenant, to be placed on record:

1st. Declaration of Faith, the Scriptures. We believe that the Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is a perfect treasure of Heavenly instruction, and that it has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth without any mixture of error for its matter; that it records the principles by which God will judge us; and therefore is, and shall remain to the end of the world the true center of Christian Union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds and opinions shall be tried.

2nd. Of the True God. We believe that there is one and only one true and loving God; the Maker and Supreme Ruler of Heaven and Earth; inexpressably glorious in holiness and worthy of all possible honor, confidence and love revealed under the personal and relative distinctions of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost, equal in every Divine perfection and executing distinct and harmonious offices, in the great work of redemption.

3rd. Of the Fall of Man. That man was created in a state of holiness under the law of his Maker, but by voluntary transgressions fell from that holy and happy state in consequence of which, all mankind are now sinners, not by constraint, but by choice being by nature utterly void of the holiness required by the law of God; wholly given to the gratification of their own sinful passion, and, therefore under the just condemnation to eternal sin without defense or excuse.

4th. On the Way to Salvation. That the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace through the meritorious offices of the Son of God; who took upon him our nature, yet without sin, honored by the laws by his personal obedience, and made atonement for our sins by his death; and is now entered into Heaven; and uniting in his wonderful person the tenderest sympathies, with Divine perfections, in every way qualified to be a suitable, a compassionate and all suffering Savior.

5th. Of Justification. That justification consists in the pardon of sin, and the promise of eternal life, on principles of righteousness that it is bestowed, not in consideration of any works of righteousness which we have done, but solely through the righteousness of Christ.

6th. Of the Freeness of Salvation. That the blessings of salvation are made free to all by the Gospel; that nothing prevents the salvation of the greatest sinner on earth except his own voluntary refusal to submit it to

the Lord Jesus Christ; which refusal will subject him to an aggravated condemnation.

7th. Of Regeneration. That in order to be saved we must be regenerated or born again--that regeneration consists in giving a holy disposition to the mind and is effected in manner above--comprehension or calculation by the power of the Holy Ghost so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the Gospel, that its proper evidence is found in the holy fruit which we bring forth to the glory of God.

8th. Of God's Purpose of Grace. That election is the gracious purpose of God, according to which he regenerates, sanctifies, and saves sinners; that being perfectly consistent with the duties and obligations of men, it comprehends all the means connected with the end; that it is a most glorious display of God's sovereign goodness, being infinitely wise, holy and unchangeable; that it utterly excludes boasting and promotes humility, prayer, praise, trust in God and is active indication of his mercy; that it encourages the use of means to the highest degree, that it is ascertained by its effects in all who believe the Gospel; it is a foundation of Christian assurance, and that to ascertain it with regard to ourselves, demands and deserves our utmost diligence.

9th. Of the Perseverence of the Saints. That such only and real believers as endure unto the end; that the persevering attachment to Christ is the grand mark which distinguishes them from superficial professors; that a special providence watches their welfare, and they are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation.

10th. Of a Gospel Church. That a visible Church of Christ is a congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the Gospel; observing the ordinances of Christ; governed by His laws and exercising the gifts, rights and privileges invected in them by His word; that its only proper officers are bishops or pastors and deacons whose qualifications, claims and duties are defined in the Epistles of Timothy to Titus.

11th. Of baptism and the Lord's Supper. That Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, Son and Spirit; to show forth in solemn and beautiful emblem our faith in a crucified, buried and risen Savior, with its purifying power; that it is a prerequisite to the privileges of a church relation and to the Lord's Supper in which the members of the church, by the use of bread and wine and to commemorate together the dying love of Christ, proceeded always by a solemn self examination.

12th. Of Civil Government That Civil Government is of Divine appointment for the interest and good order of human society; that magistrates are to be prayed for continually, honored and obeyed, except in things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ who is the only Lord of the conscience and the Prince of the kings of the earth.

13th. Of Future Government. That the end of the world is approaching, that at the last day Christ will descend from Heaven and raise the dead from the grave to the final judgment; that a solemn separation will then take place; that the wicked will be adjudged to endless punishment, and the righteous to endless joy and that this judgment will fix forever the final state of men in Heaven or Hell upon principles of righteousness.

TELOS.


CHURCH COVENANT

Having been, as we trust, brought by Divine grace to embrace the Lord Jesus Christ and given ourselves wholly to Him; we do now solemny and joyously covenant with each other, to walk together in brotherly love, to His glory as our common Lord. We do, therefore, in His strength, engage that we will exercise a mutual care, as members, one to another, to promote

that growth of the whole body in Christian knowledge, holiness and comfort, to the end that we may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God. That to promote and secure this object, we will uphold the public worship of God, and the ordinances of His house; and hold communion with each other therein; that we cheerfully contribute of our property for the support of the poor and maintenance of a faithful minister of the Gospel among us.

That we will not omit closet and family religion at home or allow ourselves in the too common neglect of the great duty of religiously training up our children, and those under our care, with a view to the service of Christ and the enjoyment of Heaven. That we will walk circumspectly in the world, that we may win souls, remembering that God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, of love and a sound mind; that we are the light of the world, and the salt of the earth, and that a city set on a hill cannot be hid.

That we will frequently exhort and if occasion shall require, admonish one another according to 18th Matthew in the spirit of meekness concerning ourselves lest we be tempted, and that as in baptism we have been buried with Christ and risen again so then it is on us a special obligation, henceforth to walk in(???)of life.

The minutes taken from the original record for the period ending from August 12, 1797, through June 12, 1802, are given in full below:

THE CHURCH OF CHRIST AT VAN'S CREEK

August 12, 1797. Met in conference and proceeded to business as follows: 1st. Inquired into the fellowship of the church. Sister Mary White came forward with an acknowledgment for talking in anger and saying that which was not lawful. Dismissed.

Sept. 7th, 1797. Met in conference and proceeded as follows: 1st. Inquired into the fellowship. 2nd. Opened a door for the reception of members. Received by experience a black woman by the name of Hannah belonging to Mr. Thos. White, 3rd. Appointed Brothers Thornton and White delegates to the Association. Dismissed.

Oct. 7th, 1797. Met in conference and proceeded to business as follows: 1st. Inquired into fellowship, found in peace. 2nd. Opened a door for the reception of members. Received by experience a black woman by the name of Fanny and a black man by the name of George belonging to Mr. John Jones. 3rd. A black man by the name of Tom belonging to Mr. Wm. Banks came with a repentance, after some consultation referred his case till next meeting and directed Bro. Joshua Underwood to write Mr. Banks relative to his conduct that he would send us a note stating it. 4th. Bro. Burke presented a query to the church. Is it a duty to support our minister? Answer: It is. Dismissed.

Dec. 9th, 1797. Met in conference and proceeded as follows: 1st. Inquired into the fellowship, Brother Mark Thornton came forward with a complaint against himself for drinking too much. Made acknowledgment satisfactory to the church and was retained in fellowship. 2nd. Took up the case of Tom belonging to Mr. William Banks, a reference of last meeting, and after some inquiry relative to the case received him into the church. 3rd. John Patterson came to the church with a satisfactory repentance and was received into fellowship. Dismissed.

Jan. 17th, 1798. Met in conference and proceeded to business as follows: A complaint brought against Brother Thomas Thornton for drinking to excess and wanting to fight, he not being present a committee was appointed to cite him. Dismissed.

Feb. 10th, 1798. Met in conference and proceeded as follows: 1st. Inquired for fellowship. Bro. John Patterson brought a charge against himself for getting angry--made satisfactory acknowledgment and was retained in fellowship. 2nd. Took up Brother Thomas Thornton's case, a reference of last meeting, and upon finding him guilty he was excluded. 3rd. A complaint brought against Bro. Carroll for the sin of drunkenness, he being absent appointed Bro. Mark Thornton and Kidd to cite him to the next conference to answer the charge. 4th. Opened a door for the reception of members. 5th. A complaint brought against Sister Mary White for getting mad and using words unbecoming and unlawful, she made satisfactory acknowledgment and was retained in fellowship. 6th. Sister Car and Brother James Maxwell applied for letter of dismission which was granted. Dismissed.

March 10th, 1798. Met in conference and proceeded to business as follows: 1st. Inquired for fellowship. A report saying that Brother Reuben White was guilty of getting drunk, he made it appear that the report was false and was retained in fellowship. Dismissed.

April 7th, 1798. Met in conference and proceeded to business as follows: 1st. Inquired for fellowship. Brother Carroll came before the church and made satisfactory acknowledgment and was retained in fellowship. 2nd. Received a petition from Holly Springs Church for Bro. Thornton and Bro. White to attend their meeting in June, which was granted. Dismissed.

May 11th, 1798. Met in conference and proceeded to business as follows: 1st. Inquired for fellowship. Brother Jacob Prewit brought a complaint against himself. Made satisfactory acknowledgment to the church and was retained in fellowship. May 12th. William Arnold, once a member, came forward, made satisfactory acknowledgment to the church for his transgression and was received into fellowship. 2nd. Received by experience Marthy Bennet. Dismissed.

June 9th, 1798. Met in conference and proceeded to business as follows: Opened a door and received by experience a black man by the name of Frank belonging to Mr. Clark. Dismissed.

Met the 4th Lord's Day in June, 1798. Inquired and found the church in peace. Dismissed.

July 7th, 1798. Met in conference and proceeded to busidness as follows: Received by experience Ann Douglas, Thomas Head and Littleton Johnson, formerly of Jeremiah Walker's church. Dismissed.

August 11th, 1798. Met in conference and proceeded to busidness as follows: 1st. Inquired for fellowship, Brother Littleton Johnston brought a complaint against himself for getting angry and quarreling, made satisfactory acknowledgment and was retained in fellowship. Bro. Thornton brought a complaint against a black brother by the name of Frank belonging to Mr. Clarke for the sin of fornication, and being found guilty was excommunicated. 2nd. Opened door for the reception of members, and received by experience Elizabeth Williams, Henry Shackleford, Hannah belonging to Bro. John White, Biddy belonging to Mr. Benj. Head, and John Dingler. Dismissed.

At a meeting held at Nathan Childs', 15th July, 1798. Opened a door for the reception of members. Sister Elizabeth Head came forward with a recommendation and received into fellowship; Sister Nancy Head came forward and was received into membership. Received by experience John Head and Fanny Head. Dismissed.

At a meeting held at Bro. Arnold's, 22 July, 1798. Opened a door for the reception of members and received by experience John Mann, a black man, Bowman, belonging to Mr. Middleton. Dismissed.

At a meeting August 26th, 1798. Proceeded as follows: 1st. Inquired into the fellowship, a complaint was brought forward against a black brother

by the name of Lace, belonging to Mr. Pullom. In laboring with him he became angry, would not hear the church, and was excommunicated. 2nd. Brother Carroll brought a complaint against himself for wanting to flght, made satisfactory acknowledgment and was retained in fellowship. Dismissed.

At a meeting held at Bro. Childs', 29th August, 1798. Opened a door for the reception of members, and received into fellowship a black woman by the name of Lucy, belonging to Mr. Hudson, and a free black woman by the name of Peggy, formerly of Jeremiah Walker's church. Dismissed.

Sept. 8th, 1798. Met in conference and proceeded to business as follows: 1st. Inquired into fellowship, brought up the case of Brother Prewit, a reference of August conference, he made satisfactory acknowledgment for his transgression and was retained in fellowship. 2nd. Restored Bro. William Arnold to the Deaconship. 3rd. Appointed Bro. D. Thornton, Bro. White and Bro. William Arnold delegates to the Association. Dismissed. D. Thornton, Moderator.

Oct. 13, 1789. Met in conference and proceeded to business as follows: Inquired for fellowship. Bro. Dozier Thornton brought a complaint against Bro. Jeremiah Thompson for unlawful proceeding, he being absent the charge was referred till next meeting. Appointed Bro. Thornton and Bever to cite him to attend. 2nd. Bro. D. Thornton brought a query of the Association before the church: Is it the duty for the head of every Christian family to hold divine worship in his or her home? Answer: It is. 3rd. Opened a door for the reception of members and received by letter Wm. Gibbs. Dismissed. D. Thornton, Moderator.

Met on the 14th. Opened a door and received by experience Judith Mann. Dismissed.

Nov. 10th, 1798. Met in conference and proceeded to business as follows: 1st. Inquired into the fellowship of the church. Brother Prewit brought a complaint against himself, made satisfactory acknowledgment and was retained in fellowship. 2nd. The letter to the Association was read and approved. Dismissed. D. Thornton, Moderator.

October Conference, after some consideration referred it till next meeting. 3rd. Opened a door for the reception of members and received by letter Bro. Frederick Crouder from Clouds Creek. Dismissed. D. Thornton, Moderator. (The above is evidently a portion of the December, 1798, or January, 1799, record, since the minutes for the above named months are torn from the original minute book).

Feb. 9th, 1799. Met in conference and proceeded to business as follows: 1st. Inquired into the fellowship of the church. 2nd. The case of Bro. Jeremiah Thompson took up and laid over till next meeting. Received by letter Sister Jane Underwood from Cabin Creek. 3rd. Lace, belonging to Mr. Pullom, once a member, came before the church with a repentance and made satisfactory acknowledgment, and was again received into fellowship. 4th. Catherine Legs came before the church, told her condition, wanted to join the church, and after due examination and strict inquiry, we received her into fellowship. Dismissed. D. Thornton, Moderator.

March 9th, 1799. Met in conference and proceeded as follows: 1st. Took up the case of Bro. Jeremiah Thompson, he neglected to hear the church and was excommunicated. 2nd. Sister Elizabeth Brown applied for dismission, which was granted. 3rd. Opened a door for the reception of members and received by experience Nancy Prewit. 4th. Sister Susannah Housey asked for a letter of dismission, which was granted. D. Thornton, Moderator.

April 13th, 1799. Met in conference and proceeded to business as follows: 1st. Inquired into the fellowship of the church. James Arnold ..... 3rd. Bro. D. Thornton brought a complaint against Sister Catherine Rucker

for unlawful proceeding. She being absent the case was referred until next conference and appointed Brehtren John Cason and Reuben White to cite her to attend. 4th. Sister Elizabeth Williams applied for a letter of dismission, which was granted. Dismissed. D. Thornton, Moderator.

May 11th, 1799. Met in conference and procedeed to business as follows: 1st. Inquired into the fellowship of the church. Took up the case of Sister Catherine Rucker, a reference of last meeting; she being absent, it was referred till next meeting. 2nd. Brothr Arnold brought a complaint against Bro. Thomas Woldridge for using unbecoming language to his mother. From the acknowledgment he made to Bro. Arnold the church received satisfaction and retained him in fellowship. 3rd. Brother Arnold brought a complaint against himself for unlawful proceeding. Made satisfactory acknowledgment and was retained. 4th. Opened a door for the reception of members, and received by letter Bro. Robert Moor and Sister Moor, his wife. 5th. Appointed delegates to serve in conference, viz., Brethren D. Thornton, White and Crouder. Dismissed. D. Thornton, Moderator.

June 8th, 1799. Met in conference and proceeded to business as follows: 1st. Inquired into the fellowship of the church. 2nd. Took up the case of Catherine Rucker, laid over till next meeting. 3rd. Bro. D. Thornton brought a query: Is it right for black members to trade on the Lord's Day? Answer: No. 4th. Opened a door for the reception of members. Dismissed. D. Thornton, Moderator.

July 13th, 1799. Met in conference and proceeded to business as follows: 1st. Inquired into the fellowship of the church. Bro. Benjamin Mallen brought a complaint against himself for unlawful proceeding and playing cards. Made satisfactory acknowledgment and was retained in fellowship. 2nd. Bro. John White brought a complaint against Bro. John Carroll for getting drunk. He being absent the charge was referred till the next meeting. Appointed Brethren John White and Henry Shackleford to cite him to attend. 3rd. Opened a door for the reception of members and received by letter Sister Herndon, by experience Barbry Head. Dismissed. D. Thornton, Moderator.

Aug. 10th, 1799. Met in conference and proceeded as follows: 1st. Inquired into the fellowship of the church. Took up the case of Sister Catherine Rucker; she neglected to hear the church and was excommunicated. 2nd. Took up the case of Bro. Carroll, a reference of last meeting; he made satisfactory acknowledgment and was retained in fellowship. 4th. Brother John Head brought a complaint against himself for being too familiar with a woman, confessed his fault, made satisfactory acknowledgment and was retained in fellowship. 5th. A complaint brought against Sister Barbry Head for getting angry; she made satisfactory acknowledgment and was retained in fellowship. D. Thornton, Moderator.

Sept. 17th, 1799. Met in conference and proceeded to business as follows: 1st. Inquired into the fellowship of the church. 2nd. Appointed delegates to the Association, viz.: Bro. John White, Bro. Robert Moor, and Bro. Littleton Johnston. Dismissed. D. Thornton, Moderator.

Oct. 13th, 1799. Met in conference and proceeded to business as follows: 1st. Inquired into the fellowship of the church; found in peace. 2nd. Bro. D. Thornton brought a query before the church: Is there any Divine authority for yearly Associations to be conducted as they have been lately? Dismissed. D. Thornton, Moderator.

Nov. 9th, 1799. Met in conference and proceeded to business as follows: 1st. Inquired into the fellowship of the church; found in peace. 2nd. Took up the query laid at last meeting by Bro. Thornton, threw it under the table and was dismissed. D. Thornton, Moderator.

Dec. 7th, 1799. Met in conference and proceeded to business as follows: 1st. Inquired idnto the fellowship of the church and found in peace. 2nd. Opened a door for the reception of members and received by letter Sister





Milly Crouder. 3rd. Bro. Joshua Underwood brought a query before the church: Is there any Divine authority for yearly Associations to be conducted as they lately have been? After some debate it was answered there is none, and was dismissed. D. Thornton, Moderator.

Jan. 11th, 1800. Met in conference and proceeded to business as follows: 1st. Inquired into the fellowship of the church. Bro. John Patterson brought a complaint against himself for drinking too much, made satisfactory acknowledgment and was retained in fellowship. 2nd. Bro. Thornton, a complaint against Jeffrey for dishonest acting. He being absent it was referred till next meeting. Brethren Reuben White and Kidd brought a complaint against Bro. Benjamin Allen for the sin of fornication and he was excommunicated. 4th. Bro. Joseph Deadwyler brought a complaint against Bro. John White for going to law before unbelievers; he being absent the case was referred till next meeting. Appointed Bro. John Cason to cite him to attend. 5th. Bro. oJhn Cason brought a complaint against Bro. Carroll for drinking too much. He being absent, appointed Brethren William Arnold and John Mann to cite him to attend. 6th. Opened a door for the reception of members. Received by letter Bro. Robert Burk and Sister Sarah Burk. Dismissed.

Feb. 8th, 1800. Met in conference and proceeded to business as follows: 1st. Inquired into the fellowship of the church. Took up the case of Bro. John White, a reference of last meeting; he made satisfactory acknowledgment and was retained in fellowship. 2nd. HTook up the case of Bro. Carroll, a reference of last meeting; he made satisfactory acknowledgment and was retained in fellowship. 3rd. Took up the case of Jeffrey and upon inquiry he was found not guilty and accordingly retained in fellowship. Dismissed. D. Thornton, Moderator.

(The pages in the original minute book containing the minutes from February 8th, 1800, to May 10th, 1800, are missing).

May 10th, 1800. Met in conference and proceeded to business as follows: 1st. Inquired into the fellowship of the church. Bro. John Carroll brought a complaint against himself for quarreling. He made satisfactory acknowledgment and was retained. 2nd. Opened a door for the reception of members and received by letter Bro. Charles Witt, Bro. John Ford, and Sister Ford, his wife. Dismissed. D. Thornton, Moderator.

June 6th, 1800. Met in conference and proceeded to business as follows: 1st. Inquired into the fellowship of the church and found in peace. 2nd. Opened a door for the reception of members. Received by letter Sister Sarah Wheeler. Dismissed. D. Thornton, Moderator.

July 12th, 1800. Met in conference and proceeded to business as follows: 1st. Inquired into the fellowship of the church; found in peace. 2nd. Opened a door for the reception of members. Received by experience Sussannah Hubbard, a black woman by the name of Nancy, belonging to Mr. William Pullom, and a black man by the name of Robert, belonging to Mr. Jas. Brown. Received by letter a black woman named Edy, belonging to Mr. James Alston, Sister Peggy Anderson by the name of . . . . belonging to Mr. B. . . . . . D. Thornton, Moderator.

Aug. 9th, 1800. Met in conference and proceeded to business as follows: 1st. Inquired into the fellowship of the church. Bro. John Carroll brought a complaint against himself for making use of unlawful language; made satisfactory acknowledgment and was retained in fellowship. Dismissed.

Sept. 13th, 1800. Met in conference and proceeded to business as follows: 1st. Inquired into the fellowship of the church; found in peace. 2nd, Appointed Bro. D. Thornton, Bro. F. Crouder and Bro. John White delegates to the Association. 3rd. Opened a door for the reception of members and received by experience a black man by the name of Cato, belonging to Mr. Thos. Fortson. Dismissed.

Oct. 6th, 1800. Met in conference and proceeded to business as follows: 1st. Inquired into the fellowship of the church; found in peace. Dismissed. D. Thornton, Moderator.

Nov. 8th, 1800. Met in conference and proceeded to business as follows: 1st. Inquired into the fellowship of the church. Bro. John Patterson brought a complaint against himself for getting drunk, made satisfactory acknowledgment and was retained in fellowship. Dismissed.

Dec. 11th, 1800. Met in conference and proceeded to business as follows: 1st. Inquired into the fellowship of the church. Found in peace. Dismissed. D. Thornton, Moderator.

Jan. 10th, 1801. Met in conference and proceeded to business as follows: 1st. Inquired into the fellowship of the church. Took up a report against Bro. John Patterson, saying he had been drunk; he made it appear that the report was false. Bro. Dozier Thornton brought a complaint against Bro. John Carroll for getting drunk; he being absent it was referred till next meeting. Bro. John White and Bro. Henry Shackleford to cite him to attend. Dismissed. D. Thornton.

Feb. 7th, 1801. Met in conference and proceeded to business as follows: 1st. Inquired into the fellowship of the church. Took up the case of Bro. John Carroll, a reference of last meeting, continued until next meeting. 2nd. Another charge against Bro. Carroll laid over till next meeting. 3rd. Bro. Mark Thornton brought a complaint against Bro. John Patterson for wanting to fight. He being absent it was referred till next meeting. Brethren Reuben White and John White to cite him to attend. Sister Henry applied for a letter of dismission, which was granted. 5th. Received Bro. James Jones by experience. Dismissed. John White, Moderator.

Mar. 7th, 1801. Met in conference and proceeded to business as follows: 1st. Inquired into the fellowship of the church. Took up the case of Bro. John Carroll; he made satisfactory acknowledgment and was retained in fellowship. 2nd. Took up the case of Bro. John Patterson, a reference of last meeting; he being found guilty was excommunicated. 3rd. By request granted letters of dismission to Bro. Wm. Gibbs, Sister Cersy, Sister Glover and Sister Huff. D. Thornton.

April 11th, 1801. Met in conference and proceeded as follows: 1st. Inquired into the fellowship of the church. Bro. John White brought a complaint against Bro. John Cason. Referred to a committee and it was settled to the satisfaction of the church. 2nd. Bro. John Head came before the church and made recantation for his going disorderly, to the satisfaction of the church, and was retained in fellowship. 3rd. Sister Elizabeth Thornton brought a complaint against Sister Rucker and she neglected to hear the church and was excommunicated. 4th. Received Bro. John Johnston by letter. D. Thornton, Moderator.

May 9th, 1801. Met in conference and proceeded to business as follows: 1st. Inquired into the fellowship of the church. Found in peace. Dismissed.

June 13th, 1801. Met in conference and proceeded to business as follows: 1st. Inquired into the fellowship of the church. Bro. D. Thornton brought a complaint against a black sister by the name of Peg, belonging to Joseph Davis. She was excommunicated. 2nd. Bro. D. Thornton brought a complaint against Bro. Carroll, a report saying he had been drunk. He being absent it was referred till the next meeting the 4th Saturday in this month. Bro. John Mann to cite him to attend. 4th. A grievance between Sister Cleveland and Bro. Kid and Sister Kid, his wife, referred to a committee, viz.: Bro. J. White, Bro. Wm. Arnold, Bro. Crouder, Bro. John Ford, Bro. John Cason and Bro. Littleton Johnston. Bro. D. Thornton laid a query: Is it good order when brethren have a dispute, for them not to be faithful in dealing with each other for it? Answer: It is not good order. Dismissed. D. Thornton, Moderator

June 29th, 1801. Met in conference and proceeded to business as follows: 1st. Took up the case of Bro. Carroll; he failed to hear the church and was excommunicated. 2nd. Took up the case of Bro. Kid and Sister Kid; they refused to hear the church and were excommunicated. 3rd. Bro. John Underwood laid a query before the church: Is it right to sue for slander? Answer: Let every one use their own pleasure. 4th. Took up the case of Lydda, a reference from last meeting, was taken up. She mad satisfactory acknowledgment and was retained in fellowship. Dismissed. D. Thornton, Moderator.

July 10th, 1801. Met in conference and proceeded to business as follows: 1st. A decorum presented, read and accepted. 2nd. Inquired into the fellowship of the church. Took up a report against Sister Milly Cleveland, saying she was guilty of telling lies. She made it appear that the report was groundless, and false, to the satisfaction of the church and was retained in fellowship. Dismissed. D. Thornton, Moderator.

August 22nd, 1801. Met in conference and proceeded to business as follows: 1st. Opened a door for the reception of members and received by experience Jeremiah Thornton, Aeuben Thornton, Amy Childs, Benjamin Fortson and William, a black man belonging to Jim Thornton. 2nd. Inquired into the fellowship of the church. Bro. Jacob Prewit came with a charge against himself for drinking too much, and being too familiar with a woman; made satisfactory acknowledgment and was retained in fellowship. Dismissed. D. Thornton, Moderator.

Sept. 12th, 1801. Met in conference and proceeded to business as follows: 1st. Opened a door for the reception of members and received by experience Jane Arnold, Peggy Thornton, Sarah Underwood, Edy, a black woman belonging to Mr. Benjamin Fortson; Barber, a black man belonging to Webb Kid; Tamor, a black woman belonging to Joseph Henderson; Wiggin, a black man belonging to N. Allen; Martin Kid, Benjamin Herndon, Nanct Davis, John Jones and John Childs. Dismissed.

Sept. 13th, 1801. Met and opened a door for the reception of members and received by experience William Gye; Rachel, a black woman belonging to Thomas Pery. 2nd. John Carroll came forward with satisfactory repentance for his crime and was restored to fellowship. 3rd. Brother Yet came forward and made satisfactory repentance and acknowledgment for his crime and was restored to fellowship. Dismissed.

Oct. 9th, 1801. Met in conference and proceeded to business as follows: 1st. Appointed Bro. Dozier Thornton, Bro. Frederick Crouder, Bro. John White and Bro. William Arnold delegates to the Association. 2nd. Inquired into the fellowship of the church. Bro. John White brought a complaint against a black sister by the name of Lydda, belonging to Benajmin Head, for turning away her husband and she was excluded. 3rd. Opened a door for the reception of members and received by experience Sarah Thornton, Winey Hales, Ann McOpin, Mary Thornton, Elizabeth Johnston, Lucy Childs, Prudence Richardson, Milly Hales, Con Moss, Ann Allen, Sussannah Herndon, Joseph Allen, Lucy Cash and William Arnold, Jr. Night meeting at James Browns' opened a door for the reception of members, and received by experience Polly Mann, Joseph Rucker and Milly Rucker. Dismissed.

Oct. 10th, 1801. Met at the meeting house; opened a door for the reception of members and received by experienc Jincy Fanning, Lucy Nix, John Willis, Nancy Gaar, Darcas Ford, Caty Head, Nancy Childers, Elizabeth Sharp, Elizabeth Head, Polly Arnold, Ann Brown, Jane Head, Nancy Head, Violetta Morrison, Mergaret Hulme, Elizabeth Fortson, John Lyon, Phillip Johnston, Zachariah Smith, Sally Jones, John Hulme, Patsy Hulme, James Childers, Charles Fanning; Jane, a black woman belonging to Thomas Fortson; Rachel, a black woman belonging to John Craft; and Patty, a black woman belonging to William Kid. Dismissed.

Oct. 11th, 1801. Met and opened a door and received by experience

Thomas Blare, Letty Blare, and Betty, a black woman belonging to Thomas Carter. Dismissed.

Oct. 13th, 1801. Met at Bro. John Childs'; opened a door for the reception of members and received by experience Clary G. Morrison, Polly Hopkins, Charity Woodall, Paschal Cole, Wiley Childers; James, a black man belonging to Bro. Thomas Head; John Childs, Catey Childs; Judy, a black woman belonging to Thomas White; Jacob, a black man belonging to Bro. John Childs; Ambrose, a black man belonging to Sister Viletty Moroson; and Patsy Smith. Dismissed.

Oct. 31st, 1801. At a meeting at Bro. Nathan Childs', opened a door and received by experience Nancy Childs, Peggy Childs, Benjamin Childs, Eunity Head, and Haley Jones. Dismissed.

Nov. 7th, 1801. Met in conference and proceeded to business as follows: 1st. Opened a door for the reception of members and received by experience Elizabeth Ford, Patsy McOpin, Susannah Childs, Drucilla Allen, Elizabeth Nix, Rebecca Shepherd, Rhoda Davis, Sally Arnold, James Arnold, Jane Mann, Jane Hubbard, Reuben White, Benjamin Davis, William Patterson, Ann Oliver; Lewis, a black man belonging to Joseph Henderson; Hezziah, a black woman belonging to Bro. Underwood; Henry, a black man belonging to. Joseph Rucker; Sally, a black woman belonging to Thomas Burton; Betty, a black woman belonging to Peter Wich; Becky, a black woman belonging to Phillip Lewis; Briester, a black man belonging to Mr. Fortson; and Isbell, a black woman belonging to Barnett Jeter. Dismissed.

Nov. 11th, 1801. At a meeting at Bro. John Childs', opened a door and received by experience Peggy Rucker, Joseph Chipman, Molly Hutson, Fanny Woodall, George Nix, and Martin, a black man belonging to John Beck.

Dec. 10th, 1801. Met and proceeded to business as follows: 1st. Bro. D. Thornton proposed that a fund be raised for the use of the church, which was agreed to. 2nd. Bro. D. Thornton moved for a church meeting at Bro. Nathan Childs'; agreed to. 3rd. Opened a door for the reception of members and received by experience James Mann, Lizzie Mann, Polly Roebuck, Frederick Crouder, Lewis Easter, Zachariah Skelton, Mary Skales, Jesse Patterson; Franky, a black woman belonging to Bro. R. Moore; and Jacob, a black man belonging to Bro. R. Moore. Dismissed.

Dec. 11th. At a night meeting at Bro. John Cason's, opened a door and received by experience Sally Nix, Milly Roebuck, and Bridget, a black woman belonging to William Ward. Dismissed.

Jan. 8th, 1802. Met in conference and proceeded to business as follows: 1st. Granted Sister Sartain a letter of dismission. 2nd. Gave letter of dismission to a black brother by the name of Jack and a black sister by the name of Sukey, belonging to Bro. Bell. 3rd. Granted letter of dismission to Bro. Hamshire. 4th. Granted letter of dismission to a black sister by the name of Betty, belonging to Frank Cook. 5th. Opened a door for the reception of members and received by experience Molly Craft. Dismissed.

Jan. 9th, 1802. Met, opened a door for the reception of members, and received by experience Wm. Kidd, Jonathan Thornton, Henry Mann, Rhoda Cleveland, Henry Gaines; John, a black man belonging to Bro. John Jones; and Savey, a black woman belonging to John Moore. 2nd. Chose and appointed two deacons, viz.: Bro. John Dingler and Bro. Littleton Johnston. 4th. Dismissed Bro. Mark Thornton from the deaconship. Dismissed.

Jan. 12th, 1802. At a meeting at Bro. John Hanes', opened a door, and received by experience Castleton Lyons, Patsy Lyons, Nancy Chipman, Sally Shakelford, Molly Dobbs; and Joe, belonging to Bro. Reuben White.

Jan. 13th, 1802. At a meeting at Bro. Nathan Childs', opened a door and received by experience Patsy Swilevant; and Joe, a black man belonging to Bro. Nathan Childs. Dismissed.

Jan. 23rd, 1802. Met at Bro. Nathan Childs'; opened a door for the reception

of members and received by experience Elizabeth Nix, Matthew Brewer, and John Childs, a son of Nathan Childs. Dismissed.

Jan. 24th, 1802. Met at Bro. Childs'; opened a door and received by experience Charlet, a black woman of Nathan Childs'. Dismissed.

Feb. 6th, 1802. Met at Bro. Joseph Chipmans'; opened a door and received by experience Polly Jones, John Moore, Vicey Moore, and Sally Colbert. Dismissed.

Feb. 12th, 1802. Met in conference and proceeded to business as follows: 1st. Bro. Wm. Arnold came forward to answer a report against him, said he had been too fond of a woman; the report being proved, was excommunicated. 2nd. A petition for a constitution at Bro. Nathan Childs', the request was granted. 3rd. At the request of the Brethren appointed Bro. Dozier Thornton and Bro. John White to form a Presbytery for the purpose of forming a Constitution at Bro. Nathan Childs'. 4th. Opened a door for the reception of members and received by experience Amy, a black woman belonging to Bro. John White; Chany, a black woman belonging to Sister Cleveland; Jacob Cleveland, Rhody Cleveland, wife of Jacob Cleveland, Patsy Jones, Nancy Jones, daughters of Bro. James Jones; and Sam, a black man belonging to Bro. John White. Dismissed.

Feb. 13th, 1802. Met at the meeting house, opened a door for the reception of members, and received by experince Patson White, Patsy Lyons, Fanny Harris, Franky Kidd, Patsy Gaines, Daniel Thornton, Elizabeth Wanslow, George Alexander, Patsy Wanslow, Polly Alexander; Sukey, a black woman belonging to Mr. Roebuck; Elizabeth Kidd, Thomas White, and Calop Oliver. The ordination of Bro. John Dingler till the Constitution at Bro. Childs'.

Feb. 27th, 1802. Met at Bro. Nathan Childs' and proceeded to business as follows: 1st. Agreeable to a petition presented at Van's Creek Church for a Constitution at this place, which was granted, those appointed attended, formed a Presbytery and after examination having found them ripe for Constitution, the business acceded to, and constituted Frederick Crouder, Sr., and wife, Frederick Crouder, Jr., Milly Hales, Winey Hales, Wm. Arnold, Jr., Thomas Head and wife, Fanny Head, Elizabeth Head, John Head and wife Elizabeth Head, Caty Head, Jane Head, Nancy Head, Unity Head, Elizabeth Sharp, John Dingler and wife, Sally Woldridge, Zachariah Smith and wife, Prudence Richardson, Susan Hubbard, Cassy Childs, Hailey Jones, James Childers and wife, Sally Jones, John Childs and wife, Benjamin Childs, Peggy Childs, Nancy Childs, Nathan Childs and wife, Matthew Brewer, John Childs, son of Nathan Childs, Hanah Walker, Elizabeth Swilevant, Sally Colbert and Elizabeth Nix, and sat them to work as a church. Dismissed.

March 13th, 1802. Met in conference and proceeded to business as follows: 1st. Inquired into tht fellowship of the church. Bro. John Willis brought forth a complaint against himself for getting angry, made satisfactory acknowledgment and was retained in fellowship. 2nd. Took up the charge against a black sister by the name of Patty, belonging to Web Kid, for swearing and lying, for which she was excommunicated. 3rd. A complaint brought against a black brother by the name of Joe, belonging to Nathan Childs. Appointed Brethren Daniel Thornton and Littleton Johnston to cite him to attend our next meeting to answer the charge. 4th. Opened a door and received by letter Mary Woodall. 5th. William Arnold came forward with satisfactory repentance and acknowledgment and was restored to fellowship again. 6th. Appointed Bro. John Mann deacon and to be ordained at our next meeting. 7th. Granted letters of dismission to Charlot, belonging to Nathan Childs; Jack, Lucy, Phobe and Rachel, belonging to Sister Woldridge; Peggy, belonging to Mr. Hutson; Phillis, belonging to R. Middleton; Edgecomb, belonging to James Alston; James, belonging to Bro. Thomas Head; Ambrose, belonging to Sister Moroson; Tabby, belonging to Thomas Burton; Betty, belonging to Peter Wiche; Phillis, belonging

to Thos. Colbert; and Rachel, belonging to Walter Richison. 8th. Made a settlemtnt with William Arnold by Bro. John Cason and Bro. Thomas Woldridge on behalf of the church. This account was $8.80 / 3/4 which balanced against to $8.80 / 3/4 placed in his hands Dec. 11th, 1801, for the use of the church. Dismissed.

April 10th, 1802. Met and proceeded to business as follows: 1st. Opened a door for the reception of members and received by experience Martha Shepherd. 2nd. Zidy Colbert came forward with a satisfactory repentance and acknowledgment, justified the church in her exclusion, and was restored to fellowship. 4th. Ordained Bro. John Mann to the deaconship. 5th. George Nix came forward and confessed his fault in drinking too much, made satisfactory acknowledgment and restored to fellowship and granted a letter of recommendation to the church to which he has moved. 6th. Took up the case of Joe, belonging to Nathan Childs, a reference of last meeting, and excommunicated him for lying and stealing. 7th. Granted letters of dismission to Bro. Wiley Childers, Sister Childers, his wife, and Zachariah Skelton. 8th. Ordered that Bro. Reuben White, Jr., Bro. Martin Kid and Bro. Jeremiah Thornton have liberty to exercise their gifts in the bounds of the church. Dismissed.

Sunday, the 11th, opened a door and received by experience John Pikens and Lemuel Underwood.

May 8th, 1802. Met in conference and proceeded to business as follows: 1st. Opened a door for the reception of members and received by experience Sibrey Pollard; received by letter Standley Jones and Nancy Jones, his wife. 2nd. Inquired into the fellowship of the church. Bro. Jesse Patterson came forward with a complaint against himself for swearing and dancing, and crave to be excluded and accordingly was. 3rd. Brought a complaint against Bro. Robert Crook for telling lies, for which he was excommunicated. 4th. Bro. John Willis brought a complaint against himself for getting angry, made satisfactory acknowledgment and retained in fellowship. 5th. Brought a charge against a black sister by the name of Lucy, belonging to John Rucker, for stealing a handkerchief; it appeared from plain circumstances that she was guilty. She was excommunicated for the same. 6th. Granted a letter of dismissal to Bro. Paschal Cole. 7th. Ordered Bro. John Cason and Bro. Joseph Chipman have liberty to exercise their gifts within the bounds of the church.

May 30th, 1802. Met at Bro. John Jones', opened a door for the reception of members, and received by experience Sally Shakelford, Milly Wanslow, Patsy Moore, Hannah McGovern, and Charity, a black woman belonging to Thomas Greeg. Dismissed.

June. 12th, 1802. Met in conference and proceeded to business as follows: 1st. Opened a door for the reception of members and received by experience Wiley Thornton. 2nd. Inquired into the fellowship of the church. Bro. Thomas Blare came forward with a complaint against himself for drinking too much, made satisfactory acknowledgment and was retained in fellowship. Bro. Joseph Chipman brought a complaint against Bro. Lewis Easter for keeping bad company and riding a race on the Sabbath Day. Bro. Chipman and Bro. James Shackleford appointed to cite him to attend our next meeting.

One member of Van's Creek Church held the unusual distinction of being ex-communicated and restored to fellowship three times during a period of less than six years. This individual was one John Carroll. On June 29th, 1801, he was ex-communicated for drinking to excess and restored September 13th, 1801. On January 11th, 1806, he suffered expulsion for the same offense and was restored on February 8th of the same year. On July 11th, 1806, he met with the same fate and was again restored May 9th, 1807

The following list comprises all white persons who joined Van's Creek Church during the periods extending from 1803 through 1831 and from 1844 through 1867, which is available.

Adams, Samuel--Dec. 8, 1810.
Adams, Ritta--June 9, 1827.
Adams, Samuel--Aug. 21, 1831.
Adams, Nancy--Aug. 21, 1831.
Adams, Elizabeth--June 19, 1857.
Adams, Ann--Oct. 23, 1853.
Adams, F. C., Mrs.--Aug. 17, 1867.
Alexander, Judy--June 9, 1822.
Alexander, James--Sept. 13, 1823.
Allen, Jane Heard--Dec. 27, 1828.
Bell, Joseph, Jr.--Jan. 24, 1829.
Brown, Dozier--July 16, 1831.
Brown, Mary--July 16, 1831.
Brown, Benjamin, Jr.--July 16, 1831.
Brown, George W.--July 16, 1831.
Brown, Dillard--Aug. 22, 1831.
Brown, J. A.--Sept., 1848.
Brown, J. A., Mrs.--Sept., 1848.
Brown, Sarah M. F.--Sept., 1848.
Brown, John S.--Sept., 1848.
Brown, Nancy--Sept. 15, 1860.
Brown, Russell D.--April 9, 1867.
Brown, Sarah F.--April 19, 1867.
Buffington, W. M.--July, 1848.
Buffington, Nancy--Sept., 1848.
Buffington, William--Sept. 1, 1860.
Burton, Nancy--Dec. 27, 1828.
Cash, Patsy--July 10, 1813.
Chandler, Asa--March 18, 1831.
Chandler, Asa, Mrs.--March 18, 1831.
Childers, Sarah--June 12, 1824.
Childers, Holman, Aug. 18, 1828.
Christian, Thomas--Aug. 10, 1855.
Christian, Luther M.--Sept. 17, 1859.
Cleveland, Mary--July 19, 1853.
Cleveland, Peter--July 16, 1831.
Colbert, Thomas--Sept. 6, 1804.
Colbert, Thomas--Aug. 7, 1824.
Colson, Frances--Dec. 27, 1828.
Conwell, Susan--Nov. 12, 1826.
Conwell, Daniel--Dec. 9, 1826.
Craft, Pleasant--July 4, 1813.
Darden, David--Aug. 13, 1803.
Davis, Peggy--Nov. 11, 1820.
Dutton, Nancy--Sept. 6, 1804.
Evans, J. E. B., Mrs.--May 16, 1853.
Evans, Willis, Sr.--Dec. 9, 1826.
Evans, Milton--May 15, 1853.
Evans, Mary J.--May 15, 1853.
Evans, J. E. B.--May 16, 1853.
Faulkner, A. E.--June 20, 1856.
Ferrell, Tabitha--Nov. 13, 1802.
Ford, Jinsey--May 7, 1812.
Ford, John--April 8, 1821.
Ford, Mary--May 10, 1827.
Green, Rebecca--April 19, 1804.
Greenway, Sally--Nov. 12, 1826.
Greenway, Lucy--Nov. 12, 1826.
Goss, Mary--Sept. ,1848.
Haley, William--July, 1847.
Harris, John--Dec. 9, 1820.
Harris, Mary--April 7, 1821.
Harris, John--March 8, 1823.
Harris, Mary--March 8, 1823.
Head, Francis--Jan. 13, 1821.
Henry, Alexander--Aug. 13, 1803.
Herndon, Fanny--July 10, 1813.
Herndon, Rachel--Nov. 12, 1826.
Herndon, Biddy--Jan. 24, 1829.
Herndon, Edward--Sept., 1831.
Herndon, Dillard--Aug., 1831.
Herndon, Nancy--Aug. 22, 1831.
Higginbotham, Nancy--July, 1806.
Higginbotham, Tabitha--July, 1812.
Hill, Rachel--Feb. 6, 1816.
Hilly, Francis--Jan. 13, 1827.
Hilly, Mary--Jan. 13, 1827.
Hulme, Milly--Dec. 6, 1826.
Hulme, Nancy--Aug. 8, 1831.
Hulme, John H.--March 17, 1860.
Hulme, Frances--Aug. 17, 1861.
Hulme, J. D.--May 20, 1865.
Johnston, Larkin--April 18, 1821.
Johnston, Thomas--Sept., 1848.
Jones, James--Sept. 12, 1812.
Jones, Garland--June 9, 1827.
Jones, Winny--June 9, 1827.
Jones, Lewis I.--July 26, 1829.
Jones, William, Jr.--July 16, 1831.
Kelly, G. W.--Sept. 19, 1857.
Keys, Agatha--March 13, 1824.
King, Thomas--Aug. 11, 1827.
Langston, Patsy--Nov. 11, 1820.
Langston, Jesse--Aug. 12, 1826.
Lewis, Elenor--Sept. 11, 1802.
Lewis, Hattie--Oct. 2, 1802.
Lewis, Catherine--Oct. 2, 1802.
Lewis, Catey--Feb. 10, 1816.
McGowen, James--Aug. 13, 1803.
McLanahan, James--Nov. 12, 1826.
McLanahan, James, Mrs.--Nov. 12,
1826.
McDaniel, Mary--Aug. 6, 1859.
Mann, Holman--Aug. 18, 1828.
Mann, Robert--July 16, 1831.
Mann, Elizabeth--Aug. 7, 1831.
Maley, Elizabeth--July 16, 1831.
Maxfield, Clary--May 12, 1827.
Mills, Moses--Feb. 11, 1815.
Mills, Keppinhappuck--Feb. 11, 1815.
Nuccles, Nathaniel--Aug. 18, 1828.
Oliver, Henry S.--Dec. 9, 1826.


Page, Polly--Dec. 9, 1822.
Patterson, Elizabeth--Nov. 12, 1826.
Pollard, Daby--May 9, 1807.
Richerson, Prudence--Aug. 13, 1803.
Rouzee, Frank--Dec. 8, 1810.
Rouzee, Louisa--May 19, 1865.
Ryan, Betty--Sept. 12, 1812.
Ryan, Elizabeth--June 10, 1815.
Ryan, Barry--Feb. 10, 1816.
Smith, Frances--Jan. 6, 1804.
Terry, Polly--Aug. 7, 1824.
Thornton, Martha--Aug. 9, 1823.
Thornton, Benj., Sr.--Dec. 9, 1826.
Thornton, Sally--Nov. 10, 1805.
Thornton, Elizabeth--July 4, 1812.
Thornton, Elijah--March 9, 1806.
Thornton, Mourning--Sept. 13, 1823.
Thornton, Daniel--Dec. 9, 1826.
Thornton, Benj.--June 13, 1827.
Thornton, Sarah--March 15, 1828.
Thornton, Benj. C.--Feb. 15, 1857.
Tibbs, Thomas--Sept. 6, 1804.
Tibbs, Thomas--Feb. 11, 1809.
Tibbetts, Rachel--April 7, 1827.
Tomason, Elizabeth--March 7, 1818.
Wall, Burgess--Feb. 10, 1816.
Warren, Wm. H.--May 17, 1856.
Warren, John M.--May 17, 1856.
Warren, T. J.--Sept. 1, 1860.
Warren, Elizabeth--May 17, 1862.
White, Rachel--Feb., 1814.
White, Mary--July 16, 1831.
White, Henry--Sept., 1831.
White, Elizabeth--Sept., 1831.
White, John H.--June 18, 1846.
White, Jonas H.--July 17, 1843.
Whipple, Ann E.--March 15, 1856.
Willis, David C.--May, 1848.
Wheeler, Pamima--Jan., 1827.


Reverend Benjamin Thornton Jr., who was ordained a minister at Van's Creek on October 13, 1837, was the ancestor of 469 descendants. He was thrice married, but his first wife, Nancy Payne, was the mother of all his children.

He was unusual in that he was not only a strong and popular minister, but served in the Georgia Legislature and accumulated a fortune as a dealer in live stock.

When selling an animal he would never fix a price, but would take whatever sum that might be offered. It was his proud boast that never once was he the loser. If asked the age of an animal he would spread his huge fingers above the animal's back and reply, "Under 10, Sir. Yes Sir. Under 10." He lived to a ripe old age and is buried in Hart County, Georgia.

Still another Baptist minister who resided in Elbert County should be mentioned here.

William Davis was a native of Orange County, Virginia, where he was born January 7th, 1765.

At the age of 15 he joined a Baptist Church in Orange County, known as "Blue Run." When he was 16 he became a soldier of the American Revolution under the command of Marquise Lafayette. He was wounded in the head, but recovered and was present at the surrender of Lord Cornwallis.

In 1788 he was licensed to preach in Virginia and in 1793 in Elbert County. He was ordained by Dozier Thornton and Thomas Maxwell.

His children, of which there were 12, followed in his footsteps for three of them, Jonathan, James, and Jesse, became Baptist ministers, and two others, Jepthan and William Jr., were deacons.

William Davis served the church in the fork of Broad River 23 years and Beaverdam Baptist Church for 12 years. Under his ministry E. Shackleford, Isaac Suttles, Elijah Mosely, and Sylvanus Gibson entered the ministry. He died October 31, 1831

David Cook, a Baptist minister, was born in Elbert County during the year 1803, but his activities were centered in Newton County, where he died in 1876. He is buried at Macedonia Church near the town of Oxford.

Thomas A. Carter, during the Spring of 1788, deeded Nathaniel Allen, Richardson Hunt, John Tallet, John Harkleford, Robert Brown, William Hanson, and Peter Stubbs, as trustees, one acre of land including a church building, known as "Beaverdam Preaching House," for the sum of five shillings. The deed provided that, "They permit only such persons as are appointed by the conference of the people called Methodist, and no other, for the purpose of preaching and expounding God's word, and that the said persons preach no other doctrines than is contained in Mr. Wesley's notes on the New Testament and his four volumes of sermons and the Minutes of the Conference."

This church was the second Methodist Church to be built in Georgia, having been antedated by Grant's Meeting House in Wilkes County.

During the Winter of 1788, Bishop Asbury determined to organize a Methodist Conference in Georgia. Previous to this time he had spent several months in the territory which now comprises Elbert County and had made many staunch converts. It was, therefore, a natural desire on his part to hold the first Georgia Conference in a section that reacted favorably to his doctrines.

On the day set for the meeting the weather was extremely unpleasant and when Asbury, and those making up his party, reached the home of Judge Charles Tait, near the town of Petersburg, it was decided to meet there rather than continue several miles distant to the first designated place of assemblage known as "Thompson's Meeting House." (now known as Bethlehem Methodist Church.)

The hospitable Judge, a warm friend of the Bishop, made the party heartily welcomed and thus, in his home, the first conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church of Georgia was held. (A handsome boulder of granite marks this spot.)

The members of this conference were: Bishop Asbury, who presided; Richard Ivey, Thomas Humphries, Moses Parks, Hope Hull, James Conner, Bennet Maxey, Isaac Smith, Mathew Harris, Reuben Ellis, and John Moses.

Shortly after this important event there was born near the site of the future Ruckersville one Richard Banks, who became a famous physician and surgeon. Dr. Banks, the son of a wealthy and cultured family, received a liberal education at the University of Georgia and the University of Pennsylvania. He was employed by the United States Government to visit the Cherokee Indians and gained a national reputation by virtue of performing 60 lithotomy operations with but two even partially unsuccessful. Dr. Banks was also an expert in the delicate operation of removing cataracts. He died in Gainesville, Georgia, in the year 1832. Banks County, Georgia, is named in his honor.

(Note: Numbers represent generations, as: (1) first generation, (2) second generation, (3) third generation, etc.)

1--Mark Thornton, planter, married Susannah Dozier, daughter of
Leonard Dozier, in Lunenburg County, Virginia. Among their
children were:
2--Reuben Thornton, d. 1810, Elbert County; m. Elizabeth Allen.
2--Dozier Thornton, R. S. and Baptist Minister, b. April 4, 1755,
in Virginia (Lunenburg Co.); d. Sept. 1843, in Georgia; m.
Lucy Hill of North Coralina first, and second marriage to Mrs.
Jane Pulliam, April 1826.
3--Jeremiah Thornton, b. Oct. 2, 1777; d. Nov. 26, 1848; m. Elizabeth
Allen, daughter of Rev. Nathaniel Allen, Methodist minister,
1798.
4--Dr. Hudson Allen, b. July 14, 1800; d. April 16, 1859; m.
Elizabeth Ragan; d. 1837.
4--Major Dozier Thornton, b. Oct. 24, 1801; d. June 10, 1860;
m. Anne Caroline Early, b. 1801; d. Jan. 26, 1861

4--Major Nathaniel M. Thornton, b. Oct. 6, 1806; d. March 23,
1889; m. Arimenta H. Kidd, b. April 17, 1817; d. Nov. 28,
1882.
4--Louisiana Hawkins Thornton, b. Dec. 2, 1809; d. Jan. 11, 1868;
m. Nov. 13, 1826, Nathaniel Nuckalls, b. Nov. 26, 1800; d.
Sept. 24, 1868.
3--Benjamin Thornton, planter, b. 1779; m. 1796, Sarah Upshaw
and second marriage Rebecca Upshaw, Jan. 21, 1836. No issue.
4--Reuben Thornton, b. 1797; d. Aug. 30, 1855; m. June 18, 1837,
Elizabeth Lane Jackson, b. Jan. 12, 1813; d. April 17, 1893.
4--Thomas Thornton, b. 1798, migrated to Mississippi--no date.
4--Priscilla Thornton, b. 1800; m. July 31, 1823, Sion Hunt, b.
Feb. 1, 1798; d. Feb. 11, 1875.
5--Emma Priscilla Hunt, b. May 8, 1846; d. May 2, 1907; m. Sept.
26, 1861, Robert Patton Eberhart, b. Oct. 13, 1834; d. Jan.
17, 1907.
4--Benjamin Thornton Jr., b. Aug. 15, 1801, Baptist minister,
member Georgia House of Representatives 1851-1852; m. Sept.
16, 1819, Nancy Payne, b. 1804; d. 1850.
5--Sarah Kindred Thornton, b. Feb. 14, 1826; d. Aug. 4, 1912;
m. Oct. 5, 1841, Joseph Y. Arnold, Confederate Soldier, planter,
b. June 11, 1817; d. Jan. 31, 1895.
6--Elizabeth Arnold, b. Oct. 23, 1845; d. Aug. 25, 1905; m. Aug.
4, 1861, John L. Wilhite, C. S., Treasurer of Elbert County, b.
Nov. 12, 1838; d. Dec. 7, 1912.
6--McAlpin Arnold, C. S., merchant, banker, planter, member
City Council of Elberton, director Seaboard Air Line Railroad,
b. Nov. 1, 1847; d. Aug. 23, 1912; m. May 5, 1875, Anne Carter,
b. Nov. 25, 1848; d. July 29, 1899.
7--Sarah Louise Arnold, m. Dec. 6, 1900, Henry S. Jaudon, civil
engineer; d. Aug. 22, 1929.
7--Julius Arnold, d. Jan. 21, 1906, unmarried.
7--Edna Arnold, Genealogist, Fellow I. A. G., m. Z. W. Copeland,
wholesale distributor, Superintendent Baptist Sunday School
25 years, member City Council, Past President Chamber of
Commerce, Past President Rotary Club.
7--Carter Alston Arnold, member City Council, Civil Engineer,
graduate Cornell University, Ithica, N. Y., Chairman Board of
Education; m. Mary Hill, Jan. 8, 1919.
6--Julius B. D. Arnold, C. S.; died in U. S. Army Prison during
Civil War. Unmarried.
6--Saluda Arnold, b. 1847; d. Nov. 27, 1920; m. Stephen H.
Black, C. S.
7--McAlpin Black.
7--Emma Black, died unmarried.
7--James Wm. "Coon" Black, d. March 11, 1934; m. 1901, Cora
McEwen.
7--Birdie Black, m. Mr. Birch.
7--Sarah Black, m. Thos. Mitchell.
7--Lonnie Black, m. Daisy Roberts.
7--Harry Black, d. unmarried.
7--Annie Black, m. Thos. Calloway.
7--Mary George Black, designer, m. Mr. Heindel.
6--Sarah Arnold, b. 1857; d. May 17, 1894; m. Joseph N. Worley,
Judge Superior Court, City Attorney, County Attorney of Elbert
County, Clerk of Elberton, County Commissioner of Elbert
County, member Georgia House of Representatives, Chairman
Elbert County Democratic Committee, b. 1854; d. 1935.
7--Arnold Worley, lawyer, m. (1) Edith Wilton; (2) Miss Peppers.

7--Elizabeth Worley, m. Arthur McGinty, Oct. 6, 1903; d. July
1935.
7--Carter Worley, S. W. W., m. Minnie Andrews.
6--Georgia Arnold, b. Feb. 11, 1858; m. 1878, Luther Goolsby; d.
1895.
7--Mary Goolsby, d. May 8, 1908; m. May 18, 1903. Joseph
Turner.
7--Ernest Goolsby, m. 1912, Nell Lewis.
7--Charles Goolsby, b. May 4, 1885.
7--Irene Goolsby, m. June 5, 1907, F. D. Smith, banker.
7--Sarah Goolsby, m. Jan. 24, 1922, Dr. Isaac Reid, druggist,
2nd Lieut. in World War, first honor graduate University of
Georgia (Pharmacy).
7--Luther Goolsby, S. W. W., Postmaster at Carlton Georgia; m.
Mary Brown.
6--Mary Jane Arnold, b. Sept. 23, 1859; m. Oct. 18, 1882, James
McIntosh, b. 1857, Sheriff, County Commissioner of Elbert
County, member Tax Board of Elberton and City Council.
7--Sarah Louise McIntosh, m. Feb. 23, 1903, A. F. Archer.
7--William McIntosh, d. infancy.
7--Jessie McIntosh, d. infancy.
7--Mary James McIntosh, d. infancy.
7--John Hawes McIntosh, County Attorney Elbert County, Compiler
City Code, Elberton, Assistant Secretary Georgia Senate,
Historian Elbert County, Assistant Circuit Court Clerk, Tulsa,
Okla.; b. Nov. 26, 1895; m. June 19, 1918, Fay Anne White.
7--McAlpin McIntosh, d. 1899.
6--Joseph Arnold, d. unmarried.
6--William T. Arnold, merchant, b. March 24, 1867; m. Dec. 5,
1888, Eddie Herndon, b. Dec. 26, 1870.
7--George Clifton Arnold, b. 1889; d. 1912, unmarried.
7--William Herman Arnold, contractor and builder, b. Aug. 26,
1897; m. June 1918, Catherine Cleckler, b. Oct. 23, 1898.
7--James Arnold, contractor and builder, b. Sept. 14, 1899; m.
April 21, 1921, Kathleen Grogan, b. Dec. 27, 1898.
6--Lofton Arnold, d. unmarried.
5--Fleming Thornton, planter, m. Oct. 3, 1842, Harriet F. Adams;
d. June 16, 1902.
6--Mary Thornton, m. Dec. 28, 1865, Dr. B. C. Smith, C. S.
7--Alice Smith, m. R. T. Gaines. No issue.
7--A. F. Smith, contractor and builder, m. Jan. 28, 1891, minor
carpenter.
8--Matilde Smith, m. April 23, 1913, Fred Herndon, member City
Council of Elberton, contractor and builder.
8--Margaret Smith, m. Augustus Lee. No issue.
8--Mary Helen Smith, m. Fred Herndon, widower of elder sister.
8--Minor Ruth Smith.
8--A. F. Smith Jr., m. Ellen Wray.
8--Virginia Smith, M. 1933, Peyton S. Hawes, member Georgia
House of Representatives, City Attorney of Elberton, Solicitor
City Court of Elberton.
7--George Smith, m. Fanny Eavenson.
7--Charles H. Smith, Clerk and Treasurer of Elberton, m. Sudie
Powell.
7--Dr. Amos C. Smith, M.D., m. Oct. 24, 1906, Janie Cleveland.
7--Ada Smith, m. Lawrence Gaines.
7--Florence Smith, m. James Thomas Brewer.
7--Albert P. Smith, m. Mary McGee.
7--Parker B. Smith, m. Julia Wilson.
7--Benjamin Smith, m. Elizabeth Marr nee Heffernan

7--Luna Smith, m. James Cunningham.
7--Ruth Smith m. W. H. Seawright.
7--Leonard Smith, d. unmarried.
7--Lillie Smith, m. Julian Attaway.
7--Olin Smith, m. Martha Sparks.
7--Harvey Smith.
6--William Thornton, m. Jane Teasley.
7--Luther Thornton, m. Ida Herndon.
7--James Thornton, m. Lucy Gaines. No issue.
7--Dr. Henry Thornton, M. D., m. April 17, 1894, Sarah Ward.
7--Ida Thornton, m. Lindsey Hall.
7--Melvin Thornton, d. unmarried.
6--John Thornton.
6--Fanny Thornton, m. Rev. Thomas Rucker, Baptist minister.
7--Joseph Rucker, m. Eula Herndon.
7--Benjamin Rucker, m. Elizabeth Scattergood.
7--McAlpin Rucker, m. Petra Swearingen.
7--James Rucker, m. Grace Cheek.
7--Hattie Rucker.
7--Ruth Rucker, m. Oct. 16, 1912, Stokeley Warren.
7--Nona Rucker, m. Oct. 19, 1920, Phillip Bradford.
7--Florence Rucker, m. 1920, C. H. Denny.
7--Alma Rucker, m. Hoyle Winn.
7--Thelma Rucker, m. Fred Young.
7--Julius Rucker, m. Ida Johnson.
7--Catherine Rucker.
7--Isham Rucker, m. Mary Bush.
5--William E. Thornton, b. 1824; d. Oct. 1911; m. (1) March 4,
1843, Elizabeth E. Thornton; (2) Widow Oglesby.
6--J. F. Thornton.
6--(???) Thornton, m. William Greenway.
6--John Thornton, d. Feb. 22, 1918; m. Nov. 6, 1868, Sallie C. Bond.
7--Benjamin E. Thornton, m. (1) Lila Thornton; (2) Miss Ashworth.
7--Cone B. Thornton, Ordinary of Elbert County; m. Nov. 28, 1905,
Mary Phelps.
7--Carrie Thornton, m. Nov. 30, 1899, Jesse Cleveland.
7--Anna Thornton, m. Alex Snellings.
7--Floyd Thornton, m. Nov. 25, 1932, Blanche Gaines; d. 1936.
7--Rowe Thornton.
7--Ida Thornton, m. Otis Hughes.
7--Grady Thornton, d. 1935, unmarried.
6--Arcola Thornton, m. Nov. 1888, T. J. Gaines.
6--W. W. Thornton, m. Carrie Gaines.
6--Priscilla Thornton, m. Berry Ficquett.
6--Willie Thornton, m. Feb. 1894, W. T. Teasley; d. 1932.
7--Paul Teasley, b. 1895; m. Lillian Teasley.
7--Delrey Teasley, m. Virgil Sheppard, S. W. W.
7--Vera Teasley, m. Lee Martin.
7--Hettle Teasley, m. Isaac Ward.
5--Mary Ann Thornton, m. (1) Nov. 9, 1846, Thomas E. Highsmith;
(2) Mr. Siler.
5--Benjamin Calloway Thornton, b. Dec. 13, 1827; d. Oct. 30, 1881;
m. (1) Melissa Gaines; (2) Priscilla Teasley, b. July 24, 1834;
d. May 23, 1896.
6--(By first wife) Frank B. Thornton, b. 1848; d. 1888; m. Julia
Waters.
7--Robert C. Thornton, m. Helen Linder.
7--Emma Thornton, m. Mr. Sequefield

6--(By second wife) Thomas A. Thornton, b. July 31, 1852; m.
Georgia Carter.
7--Mamie Thornton, m. T. D. Johnson.
7--George Thornton, m. Anna Moon.
7--J. C. Thornton, m. Alice Adams.
7--Joseph A. Thornton, m. Iviland Barksdale.
6--Sarah Thornton, b. Jan. 1, 1854; d. April 5, 1924; m. D. C.
Alford.
7--Benjamin C. Alford, m. Sumter Teasley.
7--Addie Alford, m. L. L. Stapleton.
7--Clio Alford, d. 1911; m. George S. Clark.
7--Mack Alford, m. Sarah Vernon.
6--Dozier Thornton, b. Oct. 10, 1855; d. July 30, 1909; m. Susan
Gillison.
7--Marion C. Thornton, m. Ora Julian.
7--Edna Thornton, m. Louie Morris, editor of the Hartwell (Ga.)
Sun.
7--Almond Thornton, m. Juan Chandler.
6--James Thornton, b. Sept. 5, 1857; d. March 14, 1921; m. Sarah
Speed.
7--Nina Thornton, m. George S. Clark.
7--Kathleen Thornton, m. J. C. Kidd.
7--James Thornton Jr., m. Emily Minter.
6--Janie Thornton, d. unmarried.
6--Cornelia Thornton, d. infancy.
6--Amanda Thornton, b. Nov. 27, 1864; d. 1935; m. March 2, 1881,
George Page.
6--John C. Thornton, b. 1866; d. 1899.
6--Rebecca Thornton, d. infancy.
6--Jessie Thornton, b. April 20, 1871; m. Dec. 23, 1891, James
C. Skelton, lawyer, member Georgia House of Representatives,
member Georgia State Senate.
7--Emmett Skelton, S. W. W., lawyer.
7--James Skelton, lawyer, member Georgia House of Representatives;
m. Bess Boyd.
7--Wilma Skelton, m. W. G. Brown.
7--Ralph Skelton, m. Louise Dye.
7--Annie Skelton, m. E. B. McGarin.
7--Parke Skelton, m. Montine Alford.
7--Hugh Skelton.
7--Carey Skelton.
7--Marion Skelton.
6--McAlpin Thornton, m. Claire Dodd.
7--Preston Thornton.
7--Joseph Thornton.
7--John Thornton.
7--Kelsie Thornton.
6--Dunstan Thornton, b. July 1876; m. Lola Skelton.
7--Frances Thornton, m. Freeman Adams.
7--Annie Ruth Thornton, m. Dallas Fortson.
6--Annie Ruth Thornton, b. June 24, 1878; m. J. P. Cash.
5--Thomas Thornton, m. Nov. 2, 1843, Lucy Pulliam.
6--Calloway Thornton, m. Lizzie Adams.
7--Thomas Thornton, m. 1891, Mattie Hulme.
7--James C. Thornton, Sheriff of Elbert County; m. Dec. 22, 1892,
Hattie Crook.
7--Lucy Thornton, m. Dec. 1, 1896, J. B. Gaines.
7--George Thornton, U. S. Mail Carrier, m. Jan. 28, 1900, Annie
Parks.
6--Priscilla Thornton, m. Obie McCurry

7--A. A. McCurry, Georgia State Senator, lawyer, m. Lizzie May
Speed.
7--Lucy McCurry, m. Thomas Higginbotham.
7--Mary McCurry, m. Dr. James Jenkins, M. D.
7--George McCurry.
7--Daniel Lee McCurry.
7--Robbie May McCurry.
6--Nancy Thornton, d. unmarried.
6--Benjamin Thornton, d. 1936; m. Fanny Brown.
7--J. Early Thornton, wholesale grocer, m. Dec. 22, 1896, Julia
Willis.
8--Harry G. Thornton, wholesale grocer, president First National
Bank, b. 1897; m. Huie Allen.
7--Wiley T. Thornton, stock dealer, b. March 12, 1873; m. 1904.
Lucy Adams.
7--Luna Thornton, m. Isham Cordell.
7--Corra Thornton, m. Thomas Fleming.
7--Emma Thornton, m. Linton Agnew.
7--Frank Thornton, stock dealer, unmarried.
7--Elbert Thornton.
7--Grace Thornton, m. Garrett Wallis.
7--Ira Thornton, m. Aug. 15, 1915, Vesta Maxwell.
7--Nannie Belle Thornton, m. Walter Bothwell.
6--Martha Thornton, m. Andrew Rucker Brown.
7--George Brown.
7--Thomas J. Brown, Solicitor General Northern Circuit of Georgia;
d. 1917, unmarried.
7--Birch Brown, m. Essie Brown.
7--Leila Brown, m. John Gaines.
7--Paul Brown, lawyer, member Georgia House of Representatives
from Oglethorpe County, Georgia, member U. S. House of Representatives,
m. Frances Arnold.
7--Heber Brown, m. Dec. 16, 1902, Hattie Parks.
6--Mathew "Mat" Thornton, d. 1930; m. Mary Cobb.
7--Priscilla Thornton, m. J. C. Reid.
7--Lois Thornton, m. Mr. McConnell.
7--Exil Thornton.
7--Fred Thornton, m. 1917, Mozelle Cauthen. No issue.
7--James Thornton, m. Flossie Duncan.
7--Flossie Thornton.
7--Fanny Ruth Thornton.
7--Donald Thornton.
7--Mary Thornton.
7--Marjorie Thornton.
7--L. C. Thornton.
6--Allen Thornton, m. Miss Norman. No issue.
5--Asa Thornton, m. Dec. 1, 1857, Dorcas Almond.
6--Laura Lofton Thornton, m. R. E. Bradberry.
6--John Thomas Thornton.
6--George Henry Thornton.
6--Francis Calloway Thornton.
6--Asa Stovall Thornton.
6--James Benjamin Thornton.
6--Rufus R. Thornton.
5--Priscilla Thornton, m. Jan. 23, 1851, Asa Brown, C. S., killed
in action.
6--Sarah Brown, m. Charles P. Taylor; d. 1932.
7--Jessie Taylor, m. Rae Steele.
7--Maud Taylor, m. M. Brogdon.
7--Howell Taylor.

7--John C. Taylor, S. W. W., d. 1927, unmarried.
6--John C. Brown, b. 1857; d. 1917, Mayor of Elberton, merchant,
planter; m. 1895, Mary Bevelle McIntosh, b. June 1856; d. June
1926. No issue.
6--Rachel Brown, m. Robert "Bob" Rayle.
7--Roy Rayle.
7--Mamie Rayle.
7--Susie Rayle, m. Mr. Spratlin.
6--Dillard H. Brown, merchant, planter; m. Nov. 7, 1888, Jessie
Brawner.
7--Florence Brown, m. April 26, 1913, Dr. D. N. Thompson, M. D.
7--Herman J. Brown, insurance, member City Council of Elberton,
m. (1) Gladys Allen; (2) Kate Sutton.
7--Ruth Brown, m. Thomas Dozier Seymour.
6--Mallory J. Brown, b. 1862; d. July 14, 1934, merchant, planter,
member City Council of Elberton; m. (1) Maud McCarty; (2)
Louise Clinton.
7--(By first wife) Maud Brown, m. 1913, William Adams.
7--Edgar Chandler Brown, merchant, member City Council of
Elberton; m. (1) Zelma Stark; (2) Louise Wray.
7--Julian Thomas Brown, insurance, m. Kathleen Meadow.
7--Louise Brown, d. 1936; m. (1) George Mattox, S. W. W., Lieut.;
(2) Jack Stoddard, Adjutant-General of Georgia.
5--John C. Thornton, C. S., b. Dec. 23, 1832; d. Oct. 19, 1864; m.
Oct. 1857, Georgia Ann Hickman, b. Oct. 1, 1843; d. April 10,
1908.
6--Sarah Thornton, b. Jan. 25, 1860; m. May 13, 1888, E. H.
Vickery, b. Nov. 18, 1859; d. Aug. 11, 1923.
7--Leila Vickery, Educational Work, m. July 15, 1919, R. L. Rice,
b. June 13, 1882.
6--James Thornton, b. 1858; d. 1874.
6--John C. Thornton Jr., b. 1862; d. 1917.
6--Leila Thornton, b. July 9, 1864; m. Dec. 16, 1891, J. F. L.
Bond, member Georgia Senate, b. Jan. 23, 1862; d. Feb. 24, 1916.
7--Jewell Bond, b. Sept. 8, 1892; m. Dec. 8, 1917, John T. Murray.
b. Nov. 28, 1882.
7--Hamilton Bond, b. June 23, 1894; m. Sept. 7, 1927, Enola May
Moore, b. Jan. 29, 1896.
5--Mallory J. Thornton, C. S., b. 1840; m. Nov. 7, 1865, Olivia
Sewell.
6--Joseph Thornton, b. July 20, 1866; m. Sept. 18, 1887, Alice
Bowman, b. April 19, 1866.
7--Lee Thornton, m. Mima Bone.
7--James Thornton, m. Mary Todd.
7--Olivia Thornton, m. Nov. 16, 1914, Orrs Clinkscales.
7--Alice Thornton, m. Thomas Wall.
7--Sarah Thornton, m. May 1916, Frank Taylor.
7--Grace Thornton.
7--Lois Thornton.
7--B. I. Thornton, m. Helen Griffith.
7--Josephine Thornton, m. J. T. Sisk, lawyer, member Georgia
House of Representatives, member Georgia Senate.
7--Thomas Thornton.
7--Louise Thornton.
7--Mary Sue Thornton.
6--B. I. Thornton, newspaper editor, b. Oct. 13, 1868; m. June 27,
1906, Susan Williamson.
7--B. I. Thornton Jr., b. March 31, 1907; m. 1931, Cornelia Turner.
7--Thomas Thornton, b. 1908; m. Frances Yarbrough.
7--Susan Thornton, b. Jan. 16, 1916.
7--Rachel Thornton, b. May 25, 1927.
6--Olivia Thornton, m. Nov. 1898, Thomas S. Milford.
7--L. J. Milford.
7--Thelma Milford.
7--Thomas Milford.
7--Olivia Milford.
6--Majorie Thornton, m. Dec. 12, 1896, Eppy Anderson.
7--Elizabeth Anderson.
7--Mallory Anderson.
7--Margaret Anderson.
7--Mary Anderson.
7--Edna Anderson.
7--E. T. Anderson.
6--Harvey Thornton, d. unmarried.
6--Susie Thornton.
6--Mallory Thornton Jr.
6--Timothy Thornton, editor.
4--John Thornton, m. Frances Adams.
5--William Thornton, C. S., d. Jan. 28, 1863, from wounds; m.
Lucinda Almond, daughter of William Almond and Mary Thornton.
6--Mary Thornton, m. Joseph Wright.
6--Burgess Thornton, b. 1849; d. 1902; m. Jan. 6, 1868, Emma
Almond.
6--John William Thornton, m. Elizabeth Tiller.
6--Josie Thornton, m. Tug Fortson.
6--Frank Thornton, m. Ella Warren.
6--Amos Thornton, m. Dec. 17, 1884, Ella Black.
6--Webb Thornton, m. Ella Thornton. No issue.
5--Sarah Thornton, b. Aug. 5, 1824; d. Dec. 16, 1863; m. Aug. 1,
1839, George W. Eavenson, b. Feb. 23, 1817; d. July 16, 1898.
6--John W. Eavenson, C. S., m. Jane Oglesby.
6--Willis Jefferson Eavenson, m. Oct. 17, 1865, (1) Mary Arminda
Teasley; (2) Emily Adams.
7--(By first wife) Harper Eavenson, m. Ida Turner.
7--William Allen Eavenson, m. Roxie Adams.
7--Eula Beatrice Eavenson, m. Benson Mansfield Maxwell.
7--Bessie Eavenson, m. William Albert Maxwell.
7--Fanny Eavenson, m. George H. Smith.
7--Carrie Eavenson, m. F. Paul Crawford.
7--Cora Eavenson, m. Rev. George C. Bond, Baptist minister.
4--Daniel Thornton, m. Oct. 3, 1826, Lucy Bradley, b. Oct. 11,
1811; d. Dec. 1848.
4--Mary Thornton, m. William Almond.
5--Lucinda Almond, m. William Thornton, C. S.; d. Jan. 28, 1863.
6--Mary Thornton, m. Joseph Wright.
7--Mattie Thornton, m. E. A. Ooghee.
5--Angeline Almond, m. Mr. Gulley.
5--Fanny Almond, m. (1) Mr. Rentley; (2) Mr. Moore. No issue.
5--Benjamin Almond, m. Louisa Cleveland. No issue.
4--Dozier Thornton, m. Sept. 25, 1834, Jane Fortson.
5--Thomas Thornton, m. Jan. 24, 1868, S. A. E. Herndon.
6--Gussie Thornton, m. Dec. 19, 1888, Dr. S. B. Adair, Dentist.
5--Henry Thornton, m. Feb. 14, 1873, Sarah Hill.
6--William Thornton, m. Missie Childs.
6--Benjamin Thornton, m. Miss Goolsby.
6--May Thornton, m. Edward Childs.
6--Georgia Thornton, m. Lester Bell.
6--Fortson Thornton, m. Corinne Balchin.
6--James Thornton, m. Lula Adams

6--Laurie Thornton.
6--Estelle Thornton.
5--William Thornton, C. S., Treasurer of Elbert County; m. Lucinda
Jones.
6--Julia Thornton, m. Omer Seymour.
7--Thomas Dozier Seymour, m. Ruth Brown.
7--William Seymour.
7--Grace Seymour.
7--Sarah Seymour, m. James Hall.
7--Dorothy Seymour.
6--Thomas T. Thornton, Mayor of Elberton, merchant, m. Feb. 11,
1903, Janie Carithers.
7--Mary Pope Thornton.
7--James Thornton.
7--Thomas Thornton.
6--Dozier J. Thornton, b. Dec. 23, 1877, merchant, Clerk of County
Commissioner of Elbert County, Clerk and Treasurer of Elberton;
m. Nov. 4, 1903, Clyde Arnold.
7--Arnoldina Thornton.
7--McWhorter Thornton, m. 1931, Lucy Johnson.
6--Emma Thornton, m. David C. Hudson, merchant. No issue.
6--Willie T. Thornton, cotton broker, m. Willie Rich.
5--Calvin Thornton, m. May 24, 1864, Eugenia Almond.
6--Ida Thornton, m. I. J. Goolsby. No issue.
6--Janie Thornton, m. 1914, William Anderson. No issue.
6--Fanny Thornton, m. 1885, Lucius Fortson.
6--James Thornton, m. Miss Fortson.
6--Charles Thornton.
6--Frank Thornton, m. Carlotta White.
5--Isham Thornton, m. Lou Herndon.
6--Elma Thornton, m. 1903, Herbert Whitehead.
6--Harold Thornton, m. April 11, 1906.
6--Dan Thornton, m. Miss Wilkinson.
6--Howard Thornton, m. Feb. 4, 1917, Ethel Smith.
6--Ione Thornton, m. Oct. 21, 1914, Joe L. Lunsford.
6--Lester Thornton, m. Chanaler Stevens.
5--Joseph B. Thornton, m. Elizabeth Fortson.
6--Jesse Thornton, d. unmarried.
6--Eula Thornton, m. David Cliatt.
6--Oscar Thornton, m. Nov. 17, 1910, Tommie Tate.
6--L. M. Thornton, m. Hallie Ham.
6--Birdie Thornton, m. Oct. 20, 1910, John W. McLanahan.
6--Connard Thornton, m. Icie Campbell.
6--Pearl Thornton, m. James Blanchard.
5--Frank C. Thornton, m. Lola Black.
6--Norma Thornton, m. Enoch Bell.
6--Nathleen Thornton, m. Oct. 25, 1910, Grover Cleveland, Past
Superintendent City Water and Lights Department.
6--Carmen Thornton, m. Aug. 23, 1914, Wade A. Thornton.
6--Grace Thornton, d. 1934; m. Emory Adams.
4--Elizabeth Thornton, m. John Dickerson.
5--William H. Dickerson, b. Dec. 25, 1839; d. March 22, 1920;
m. Susan Sewell.
6--Lula Dickerson, b. Nov. 3, 1870; m. Oct. 4, 1892, Thomas R.
Maxwell, furniture merchant.
6--Mary Dickerson, b. June 27, 1872; m. 1890, Robert E. Lee.
6--Emma Dickerson, m. Herbert A. Taylor.
6--Weyman Dickerson, b. May 14, 1882; m. Nov. 23, 1906, Mary
J. McNeill

6--Elizabeth Dickerson, b. Sept. 15, 1873; m. March 1, 1893, C.
D. Strickland.
6--Joseph Dickerson, b. Oct. 10, 1879; m. Oct. 28, 1914, Helen
Rogers.
6--Myrtle Dickerson, b. June 19, 1884; m. Nov. 17, 1907, Bertram
Maxwell.
4--Polly Thornton, m. Neal McMullan, Aug. 1, 1807.
4--Sarah Thornton, b. 1814; d. March 7, 1862; m. Aug. 25, 1828,
Dr. John Green Higginbotham, b. March 1807; d. 1893.
5--Benjamin Higginbotham, b. July 6, 1830; d. Jan. 7, 1864; m.
Frances Cook.
6--Mary J. Higginbotham.
6--Martha Higginbotham.
6--William Higginbotham.
6--John C. Higginbotham.
6--Thomas B. Higginbotham.
5--John Higginbotham.
5--Jane Higginbotham.
5--Mary Higginbotham.
5--Elijah Benjamin Higginbotham, C. S., b. Dec. 16, 1838; m. Dec.
7, 1859, Fannie Carter.
6--John Mat Higginbotham, m. Laura Eavenson.
6--Reuben Higginbotham, m. Georgia Ann Slaton.
7--T. B. Higginbotham.
7--James E. Higginbotham, m. Dec. 26, 1906, Maggie Cleveland.
6--Ada Higginbotham, m. Grogan Adams.
6--George Higginbotham, m. Jeanie Hansard.
6--Sarah Higginbotham, m. Earl Eavenson.
6--Alice Higginbotham.
6--Albert Higginbotham.
5--Dozier Higginbotham.
5--Pressley Higginbotham.
5--William Green Higginbotham.
5--Reuben Higginbotham, m. Maggie Slaton.
5--Jeptha Higginbotham, m. (1) Virginia Norman; (2) Lennie
Harper.
3--Reuben Thornton, b. 1783; d. 1863; m. (1) Katherine Richardson;
(2) Elizabeth Waters, b. 1790.
4--(By first wife) Walker Thornton, b. 1803.
4--Elizabeth Thornton, b. Aug. 4, 1809.
4--Martha Thornton, b. May 23, 1812.
4--Jeremiah Thornton, b. 1814; d. 1853.
4--Caroline Thornton, d. 1862.
4--Reuben Thornton Jr., b. 1825; d. 1911.
4--Robert Dozier Thornton, b. 1829; m. Eliza Seay (2nd wife).
4--Jonathan Thornton.
4--Catherine Thornton.
5--Elizabeth Thornton, m. Fletcher Comer.
5--Edward Thornton.
5--Carrie Thornton, m. Mr. Smith.
3--Dozier Thornton Jr., m. Elizabeth (???).
3--Priscilla Thornton.
3--Evans Thornton, m. Mourning Adams, b. Oct. 23, 1817.
3--Martha Ann Thornton, b. 1789; d. 1860; m. 1803, Samuel
Adams, b. Feb. 1, 1784; d. Nov. 6, 1861.
4--Charlotte Adams, m. Mr. Evans.
4--Sandford Adams.
4--Thompson Adams.
4--Elizabeth Jane Adams, m. (1) Aug. 1835, William W. Colson;
(2) Williamson Rogers.

5--Elizabeth Jane Rogers, m. Charles T. Owen.
4--Merial Caroline Adams, b. July 4, 1826; d. Oct. 8, 1893; m.
Dec. 31, 1845 (the widower of her elder sister, Elizabeth Jane)
Williamson Rogers, b. July 15, 1817; d. 1882.
5--Reverend William Samuel Rogers, Baptist minister, b. Nov. 18,
1846; d. July 19, 1901; m. July 5, 1870, Mary Edna Gary, b.
June 24, 1848; d. Aug. 4, 1931.
6--Alpha Rogers.
6--Z. B. Rogers, attorney, member Georgia House of Representatives,
author Barrett-Rogers Bill, City Attorney of Elberton,
County Attorney of Elbert County, Vice-President Georgia Bar
Association, Chairman School Board of Elberton; m. (1) Lula
Zachry; (2) Sarah Lee.
6--William S. Rogers, attorney, 33rd degree Mason, member Oklahoma
Legislature; m. Ruth Young. No issue.
6--Daisy Rogers, m. Marshall Pierson.
6--Gary Rogers, m. Leila Fretwell.
6--Caroline Rogers.
6--Edna Rogers, Principal Stilwell Grammar School of Elberton.
6--Davis Rogers, d. infancy.
6--Marshall Rogers, d. infancy.
5--Martha Rogers, b. Dec. 7, 1848; m. A. M. Appleby, b. May 1841.
5--Robert Dozier Rogers, m. (1) Miss Ingram; (2) Lizzie Lowther.
5--Mary Ann Rogers, b. March 25, 1853; m. (1) G. K. Willis; (2)
Thomas Bray.
5--Laura Adeline Rogers, m. (1) Thomas Ingram; (2) John A.
Powell; (2) W. L. Ingram.
5--Thomas Williamson Rogers, b. July 10, 1857; m. Nannie Hailey.
5--Caroline Idella Rogers, b. Sept. 1, 1863; m. Nov. 20, 1883,
Jacob W. Leazer, b. Jan. 20, 1862.
4--Jeremiah Adams, m. Miss Witherspoon.
4--Alfred Adams, m. Mary J. Lamb.
4--Marion Adams.
4--James Adams.
4--Eldridge Adams, m. Amanda Aldridge.
4--Joseph Adams, m. Mary Witherspoon.
4--Ann Adams, m. (1) Charles Smith; (2) John Logan.
3--Elizabeth Thornton, m. Reuben Maxwell, b. Nov. 4, 1795.
4--F. M. Maxwell.
4--Allen Maxwell.
4--William W. Maxwell.
4--Eugenia Maxwell.
4--Elizabeth Maxwell.
4--Susan Maxwell.
4--Jennie Maxwell.
4--Mary Maxwell.
3--Sandford Thornton.
3--Lucy Thornton, m. Oct. 14, 1823, Jeremiah S. Warren, Justice
of the Inferior Court of Elbert County.
3--Jonathan Thornton, m. Martha (???).
4--Jeremiah Thornton.
4--Sanford Thornton.
4--George Thornton.
4--Mary Thornton.
3--Greene H. Thornton, b. 1796 in Kentucky; m. Rhoda (???),
b, 1807 in Elbert County.
4--Euphemia Thornton, b. 1830.
4--Greene G. Thornton, b. 1836.
4--Blackstone R. Thornton, b. 1834.
4--Rhoda B. Thornton, b. 1840; m. (1) Edmund Cartledge, b. 1835;
(2) Captain Cameron McKinnon.




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