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March 21, 2019 / Joanne Yeck

Buckingham Churches: Records of the Baptist Association, Part II

Chestnut Grove Baptist Church. Courtesy Historic Buckingham.

In 1937, when Rosa G. Williams surveyed a surviving record book from the Baptist Association, she summarized the minutes concerning a meeting that took place in 1832:

This meeting or association was held on Sat. Oct. 1832 and continued through Monday Morning at 9 o’clock with constitution and rules of decorum and the meeting was adjourned to meet with Agola Baptist Church in Browns Meeting House in Cumberland County on 27th, 28th, 29th of July 1833 Sat. Sun. and Mon. here at Agola (now long extinct as a church) began the function of what we still call the James River Baptist Association and here in the script of a hand long since rested from its labors we read the delegates names as well as the churches they represent. The meeting was adjourned to meet the third session at Chestnut Grove church 3 miles above New Store in Buckingham. A motion was made for a Union Meeting to be held each year at a place selected by the Association.

The first Union meeting was held at Mulberry Grove.

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