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Re: Edgefield SC Churches 1850-1930
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While doing research at the History Commission in Little Rock, I ran across a book titled "The History of Monroe County"
One story in particular "New Hebron Missionary Baptist Church 1861-1987" caught my attention. New Hebron is the name of my family church here in Arkansas and all my life I was told that the church was named after the church my ancestor attended in Aberdeen, Ms before migrating to Arkansas in the early 1890's.
The article gives a brief history of the church located on the Aberdeen-Egypt Road in section 5, township 14, South, Range 6 East.It was first known as Goose Pond Church during Slavery, the civil war and the early reconstruction years.
Rev. Thorton Rogers was the first Pastor after the church was sold to African-American. Other pastors includes Alex Henderson and A.R. Abbott who served for 42 years. My elderly cousin says she remember Rev. Abbott coming here to preach at our Church when she was a young girl. It lists Walter Ezel, Peter Sykes, and W.F. Graham as other pastors.
Deacon included Square Moseley, Henry Sims, Lewis Franklin, Mose Sykes, Martin Sykes, Frank Sykes, Nelson Kendrick and quite a few others.
The church orginized bands to help look after member speaded through out the area. All the bands would come together for a two weeks or more revival and hold baptizism the first Sunday in August.
The bands were named Jarmon,Loves, Green Grove, White Rock, Sims, Clopton Hendrick, McQuiston Grove and Fair View.
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