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
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.
Law and gospel -- Sermons.
Redemption -- Sermons.
Faith -- Sermons.
Weldon (N.C.) -- Church history.
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A HISTORICAL SKETCH
First Colored Baptist Church
WELDON, N. C.,
WITH THE LIFE AND LABOR OF
Elder JOSEPH BAYSMORE,
WITH FOUR COLLECTED
FIRST: The Harmony of the Law and Gospel.
SECOND: Subject of the Pure in Heart.
God by His Love.
FOURTH: The Confirmation of Christian Faith
WELDON, N. C.:
Printed at Harrell's Printing House,
As no man can live in this world without making history and all ministers of the Gospel ought to make their history by
First, The Harmony of the Law and Gospel: second, subject, of the Pure in Heart; third, subject, How we were made sinners
I began the church with only five members and I preached as a Licensed minister, and temporary pastor until 1866, then I
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
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
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
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
C. E. STEWART,
Pastor of A. M. E. Zion Church,
Edenton, N, C.