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July 21, 2014 / Joanne Yeck

Buckingham Notables: Rev. John J. Spencer

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Antioch Baptist Church, Courtesy Historic Buckingham

 

Rev. Spencer’s biography in Virginia Baptist Ministers concludes:
 

He was tall and robust in figure, quiet in manner, simple in dress, deliberate in speech, reliable in character, with a heart as true as steel, as simple as a child. He loved folks, and his brethren, and was loved by them. His father, Rev. John Spencer, and he covered, in their life spans, one hundred and eleven years and in their work as preachers a century. Two of his churches, Wilderness and Union, had been his father’s churches; his other “flocks,” Antioch and Pleasant Grove, were not so old. In these churches there was little opportunity for growth in numbers, partly because so many converted and baptized in all this countryside moved to the cities and there became active, useful members. . . .

All through Bro. Spencer’s life, at his churches, the annual protracted meeting was a chief event of the year, social as well as religious, when large crowds gathered, all denominations being represented and often in the hottest weather there were three sermons, three services each day.

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  1. Sam Towler / Jul 21 2014 1:57 pm

    The Nelson Co. Freeman’s records Marriage # 276: Joseph Spiller m. 1815(?) Lucy Spiller “at John Spencer’s in Buckingham Co. (I do not find them in the 1870 census. There are no person with the “Spiller” surname (white or black) in Nelson Co. The 1870 census has a Jennie Spiller 61 with Nancy Johnson 99 (both African-American women) in Curdsville precinct.

    • Joanne Yeck / Jul 22 2014 7:14 am

      Sam, Thanks for this interesting detail. The Spiller surname is new to me. Perhaps a Slate River Ramblings reader will recognize it. Joanne

  2. Joanne Yeck / Jul 21 2014 10:50 am

    Patt, I will write about Mt. Tabor soon! Joanne

  3. Patt Freedman / Jul 21 2014 10:48 am

    Joanne, again, thank you for this wonderful history! I hope you will write about Mt. Tabor Baptist church – 1886. Patt

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