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AfriGeneas Genealogy and History Forum Archive 2

History of Weldon, N.C. church, others

This may be of assistance to someone w/ roots in Northeatern NC or Southern Va. It mentions how this pastor was treated by his owner:

Library of Congress Subject Headings, 21st edition, 1998

Languages Used:


LC Subject Headings:

Baysmore, Joseph, b. 1823.

African Americans -- North Carolina -- Weldon -- Biography.

African American clergy -- North Carolina -- Weldon -- Biography.

Slaves -- North Carolina -- Biography.

African Americans -- Religion -- History.

Baptists -- Sermons.

Sermons, American.

Law and gospel -- Sermons.

Redemption -- Sermons.

Faith -- Sermons.

Weldon (N.C.) -- Church history.

Revision History:


Celine Noel and Wanda Gunther

revised TEIHeader and created catalog record for the electronic edition.


Jill Kuhn, project manager,

finished TEI-conformant encoding and final proofing.


Fiona Mills

finished TEI/SGML encoding


Fiona Mills

finished scanning (OCR) and proofing.




First Colored Baptist Church






FIRST: The Harmony of the Law and Gospel.

SECOND: Subject of the Pure in Heart.
THIRD: How We Were Made Sinners and How We Were Redeemed from Sin and Made Heirs of

God by His Love.

FOURTH: The Confirmation of Christian Faith


Printed at Harrell's Printing House,


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As no man can live in this world without making history and all ministers of the Gospel ought to make their history by
worshiping the true God with true holiness, regardless of what men may think, and this little book will contain the history of my life
and labor in the gospel ministry, and my Pastoral charge of the first colored Baptist church in Weldon, N. C., and also four gospel

First, The Harmony of the Law and Gospel: second, subject, of the Pure in Heart; third, subject, How we were made sinners
and how we were redeemed and made heirs of God by his love, and I have lived in this world to the age of 63 years and I am
losing my ministry every day it becomes my duty to write this little book which I will leave this to my Wife, Sena Baysmore, and
also in the year 1865, when the slaves were emancipated I then filled the office as one of the registers of the qualified voters for
or against a convention to re-construct the State of North Carolina, and also I being called of God to the work of the gospel
ministry, then began to preach the gospel in Weldon N. C.

I began the church with only five members and I preached as a Licensed minister, and temporary pastor until 1866, then I
was ordained to the work of the ministry, November the 22d, 1866, and I received 26 members by letters of dismission from the
white Baptist church, and we then sent to Petersburg for a council to organize us and the council come on the 24th of June, 1866,
Rev. J. Jasper and two deacons organized us and baptized 39, and that made the membership of the church 69 in number. I then
became the pastor in charge and served the church as pastor 18 years. This is from 1865 to 1883.

I also filled the office of Justice of the Peace of Halifax county for four years.

I was born in 1823 in Bertie County, N. C., and when I was but a youth my mother taught me to be a good boy, and she said a bad boy would come to a bad end, and she taught me the Lord's Prayer, and I was brought up in the fear of the Lord, and I
began to seek the salvation of my soul at 12 years of age, but was off and on but could not depart from the presence of the Lord,so I professed hope in Christ and was baptized in the year 1851, in the county of Halifax where I then resided. I was a slave and

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brought by my owner into Halifax county in the year 1846. My owner was good to me and when I was baptized they give me the liberty of holding prayer meetings by which the whole people of the place were convicted from their evil way and returned to the Lord and it was by the providence of God that I possessed a little share of education and by studying and practicing it the same I
growed more and more in the light of literature, by which I was able to read the Bible. And now this is a part of the ministerial
labor of Rev. Joseph Baysmore while pastor in charge of the first colored Baptist church at Weldon, N. C. , from the date of 1865
to 1879.

I organized eight Baptist Churches, and baptized nine hundred converts. The churches are as follows.

Piney Grove ..... Northampton County,

Mount Zion ..... Northampton County,

Cool Spring Chapel ..... Northampton County,

Roanoke Salem ..... Northampton County,

Mud Shoal, ..... Halifax County

Carter's Chapel ..... Halifax County,

Zion Hill ..... Halifax County,

Pine Chapel ..... Halifax County,

Baptized at Weldon, ..... 550

And dismissed a hundred and five members to organize Carter's Chapel, Baptist Church.

Baptized at Daniel Chapel, .....150

Baptized at Zion Hill, .....74

And other churches in different portions of the State, ..... 126

And at Macedonia, Greenville County, Va., 25 and I also received a letter of commendation from the first colored Baptist
Church at Weldon, N. C., in October, 1880, stating that I had served them as their pastor for 14 years and they had not found a
falsehood in me. I thanked the Church for her confidence in me. I still served them as pastor until November, 1883, I then
tendered my resignation to travel as an evangelist and I have preached the gospel in several sections in Halifax and also in some
sections of Virginia.

Now this is a letter of commendation from a Methodist elder:

I am pleased to say to elder Rev. W. H. Mcboy and my brethren of the A. M. E. Zion Church that I can well recommend
Elder Joseph Baysmore, of Weldon, N. C., as a Christian and gentleman among all classes of men. Having known him for many


Pastor of A. M. E. Zion Church,

Edenton, N, C.

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