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The Interior Journal, Stanford, Kentucky,
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HISTORY OF PERRYVILLE BAPTIST CHURCH FOR 100 YEARS
(Taken From Baptist Minutes of 1018.)
On the thirteenth day of May, 1818, in the house of Dr. John Pear
son, in the town of Pcrryville, Iloylc (then Mercer), county, Kentucky,
was constituted the Baptist Church of Pcrryville. The presbytery consisted
of KIdcrs John Hicc and Richard Elliott. The constituent members were:
Klder William Stirman, John Penrson. Wm, Bottom, Phillip nlkcr, John
T ...ll., !, f!nn,1nl.rtit Pclu-nril Il.ivis. .Inmes Nichols. Robt. lTCWltt,
Jcrcminh Brisco. Henderson Vermillion. John It. Hill, John I). Robinson,
John Hitch, Ruth Goodnight, Deborah Peck, Elizabeth Brisco, Sarah Pear
son. Elizabeth Sarah Stirman, Elizabeth Prcwitt, Benjamin II. Peck. Harry
and Phillip Walker (colored;, n toiai 01 iwcntyiour, im ui ,"',"" "
tcrs from Old Salt River Church. The first article of their constitution read
ns follows: "We believe the Old nnd New Testaments are the inspired ord
of God, nnd the only rule of Faith nnd Practice." The rest of the con
stitution being based upon thi declaration. The first business meeting
was held on Saturday, June 5, 1818, at the home of John Pearson. The
nermon wns preached by Elder V. Stirman, from Acta 2:47. Wm. Stirman
wo a Minion Mmlprntar? John Penrson. clerk: Jeremiah Brisco nnd Edward
Davis, deacons. Wm. Stirman was elected pastor nnd three members re
ceived, Elizabeth Brumfield, Elizabeth Urumlield, Jr., nnu r.iiznucin
Rparden. The next meeting was held in a grove nenr Pcrryville, nnd
Jeremiah Brisco was elected clerk. He was relieved at the end of the year
at his own request on account of poor health. Wm. Stirman and Jeremiah
Brisco were messengers to the association in 1819.
At the January mcetinp, 1819, Bcnpamin II. Peck was granted license
to preach the Gospel. During this- year a brother was excluded for not
ing and horse-racing; the discipline was more strict than at the present
time. Samuel I). Street was chosen clerk.
1820 Samuel Street was authorized to "exhort and lecture from the
Word of God in the bounds of his acquaintance ns to him may seem proper,
until further orders from the church." At the November meeting John
Goodnight was chosen deacon.
November, 1821, Benjamin II. Peck, a licentiate, was excluded for
falsehoods. In December William Marshall was chosen clerk and con
tinued in office until 1827, when he was excluded for false swearing.
Early in 1822, the church, which had up to this time been meeting in
private houses, groves, etc., occupied a "Union Meeting House," in Pcrry
ville. A committee was in May sent to confer with the trustees of this
Union House about the colored members, of whom there were n great
number at this time, occupying a portion of the house. An agreement was
reached and a number of scats set apart for the colored members. At the
September meeting the question was asked: "Does this Church allow her
members to commune with the Society called 'Arians?' " The Church an
swered "No," thus placig herself on the side of "Church Communion." At
this same meeting the pastor's salary was mentioned for the first time. A
committee was appointed to say "how much" we shall give him. He is not
consulted in the matter. They report that he must have 100. Once a
month prcachig1 we suppose. At the November meeting Benjamin II. Peck,
who had been excluded, made satisfactory acknowledgments nnd was re
stored. Ji:mes Jeffries was chosen deacon In 1823, in place of Jeremiah Brisco,
1824 at the April meeting John Robertson was chosen deacon. At the
May meeting Elder Stirman resigned, wns recalled and accepted.
In 1825 Elder David Hnrdcsty became pastor. There is no record of
a protracted meeting but the minutes report additions at almost every
meeting. The Lord adding monthly, if not daily, the saved.
In 1827 the Church is torn bv internal strife and discord. Wns not
represented in the Association. J. B. Hill was chosen clerk. James Nichols
was chosen deacon in 1828. This year the church gave her pastor a
"homespun" baptismal suit. She was more thoughtful than many churches
at the present.
The South District Association met with the church for the first time
in 1829. The sermon was preached by Elder Jacob Creath. Jr., from John
18:3(5. In July this year three deacons were elected: H. Vermillion, Jno.
Goodnight and 0. Watkins. A member was refused a letter because this
church would not impose on another church by granting a letter to one
In 1830 the minutes report the church as prosperous. In 1831 Jno.
Goodnight is elected clerk. In 1833 minutes for July say no meeting on
ncount of "cholera." Elder David Hnrdcsty closed his pastorate with the t
church this year, and was succeeded by r.ider Jonn uean. ine cnurcn nnd a i
great deal of trouble with the Campbellitcs, as did most of the churches in j
L-n..nf.lr.. A flu. tji'.nnlm. mooting Willia Pnrlr vvn lironsnil in nrnnrh
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was afterward ordained and became one of the leading ministers in the
183C Elder Jno. Dean is again called to be pastor. This church began
with an annual call for pastor and keeps it up to this day.
In 1837 we find a member excluded for pleading the statuts of limi
tation on H just debt.
The year 1839 was marked by great strife and confusion. Quite
a number were excluded. The pastor, Elder Dean, wns "charged with con
tention against the church," and excluded. The Association was appealed
to and sent a committee in inquire into the matter. They seemed to have
failed to affect nnv reconciliation for no meetings are recorded from Sen.
tembcr, 1839, to December, 1811, at which time some of them, who they
were or how many is not mentioned in the record, met nt the home of O.
Wntkins, und from the minutes- seemed to have adjusted their trouble in
some way. They elected Martin Bottom clerk and named (). Watkins and
Thomas Richardson, deacons.
In February, 1812, Elder Willis Peck was called to the pastorate.
The first protracted meeting in the history of the church was arranged for in
May. Brother Peck continued to serve them from 1842 to 1847 and there
was u season of uninterrupted prosperity, which speaks volumes for him
as a pastor and minister of Jesus.
In 1847 Elder R. P. Steenbergen was called as pastor. He served only
one year, nnd was sucecded by Elder Jno. Pond, who continued with them
Early in the yeur 1855 Elder Daniel Buckner, father of H. F. Buckner,
the missionary to the Indians, nnd R. C. Buckner, founder of the Texas
Orphanage, became pastor. He remained until the beginning of the
Civil War. During this time there was some growth. At the June meet
ing, 1855, Mathias S. Scott, was elected and ordained deacon. James West
was chosen clerk, which office ho held until the time of his death, 1901.
From 1819 to 1855 the church was only twice represented in the Associa
tion. In 185C n letter was sent but no messengers. In 1857 Joseph Gordon
was elected and ordained deacon.
At the June meeting, 1800, Elder Daniel S. Colgan wns called to be
pastor. During this year the church appointed two colored deacons to look
after the colored membership which was very Inrge, Shortly after this
the colored people were given letters and helped to organize it separate
church. There were two exceptions, Aunt Sarah Bottom und her daughter,
jiumiuu iiunon, reiusen to wiKe leuers preicrring to re mn in with the white
Last January while in the market we figured on our Men's, Youths' ,
and Boys' Underwear, Wool Socks, Outing Night Shirts, Pajamas, Work
Shirts and Coat Sweaters for this season. We placed our contracts, and
the only way by which we could have any assurance of being able to sup
ply our customers with this merchandise was to agree to take the goods
for at-once delivery. We placed our orders accordingly, and thereby feel
that we are able to furnish our customers at a much lower price than if
bought on today's market. We own these good cheaper than the other
fellow, and are going to sell them to you cheaper than the other fellow.
Our object is to give better values for your money.
MEN'S UNION SUITS
Wc arc positive that when
wc sell you Drop Sent Union
Suits we arc giving you tho
very best union suit to be hnd
but charge yoo no more.
Medium Weight Rib $1.50
Hcnvy Rib .. .. .$2.00
Extra Henvy Rib $2.50
Cotton nnd Silk Mix
tures $3 to $3.50
Heavy Fleece $2.00
Extra Hcnvy Fleece $2.50
Sizes 34 to 52.
Boys' Heavy Fleece or Ribbed
Union Suits $1.00, $1.25, $1.50,
Sizes 24 to 34.
Men's heavy fleeced or ribbed
cotton, 2-picce (shirts nnd
drawers) underwear, winter
weight. The shirts arc full size
nnd nicely trimmed. The
drawers have satin waistbands.
Splendid values nt the price.
$1.00 Per Garment
Sizes 30 to 50
MEN'S WORK COATS
In every size nnd kind.
Sheep lined $9 to $15
Corduroy Reversible Cont $G
Corduroy Rubber lined $4.50
Hunting Coats $4.50 to $8.50
Outing Pajamas $1.75, $2 and
Outing Gowns $1.25. $150 and
Men's Wool oock, light me
dium or extra heavy 35c, 50c,
75c and $1.00.
Work Shirts, stouts, slims nnd
regular sizes, ;!, $1.25, $1.50
Sizes 13 '4 to 20
$1, $1.50, $2 and up lo $10
Roll collar, V-neck or sleeve
less models, regular or shaker
weave. Ijirgcst assortments in
Sizes :u: to 18.
Also the regulation unity
sw enters, helmets, army shirts,
wristlets, neck senrfs and hand
kerchiefs for men anil hovs.
makers of all
Our Underwear Line Is Complete
All sizes and all weights light, medium and heavy. Some of it cotton and much of
However, it is important that you do not put off making your selections. The
11 underwear are civinc over much of thnir nlnnt-c fili; r.n,.. .... ,!
are they engaged in this work, that they have found it necessary to discontinue the
king or a great many numbers. We will be tmnhh in oUtnm ,n f ,u.., .k:.
when our present stock is gone, and if we coulci get more, the price would be much hicher
We invite your inspection and comparison. Our pr;ce is right, the make-up and workman
ship is right, and we stand back of every number. If you don't get your money's worth you
get your money back. Is that fair? ' J
PHILLIPS & PHILLIPS
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folks, who, they said, "would have preaching and they did not know what
those negros would do." Thev remained, loved, honored and respected,
until the day "they were culled home."
I rom uitoher, ihiii, to May, 1803, there are no records. Tho country
wns in the throes of Civil War and Kentucky in the path of contending
nrmics. Theie was an occasional meeting however. Brother Colgnn
preached n few sermons anil then Milton Clark was called and accepted.
Preached two or three times then joined the Federal army.
While the church was without a pastor in September, 1801, Rider
Smith "Ihomas and J. 0. Maple, of Missouri, touring Kentucky, and holding
evungelistie meetings enme to Pcrryville, where the Lord met with them
nnd the people. The windows of Heaven were opened anil blessings were
poured out without number. The church, wus grently strengthened nnd
built up in the faith by the preuehing of Thomas nnd sinners w-re warned
and led to the Savior by tho pleading of Maple. The members!, p doubled
",' iiuiiiwi-iB ii" m-uivii iii num. ine cnurcn immediately called W. I.
Keene, who hnd rendered most acceptable service in leading the singing
during the revival meetings. Hnrrodshurg had just called Elder II. II Til
ford for half-time and he would nccept the work if he could find anothet
church for the rest of his time. Harrodsburg sent her silvertongued T. C.
Boll to Pcrryville with u proposition that she would join with Pcrryville in
sending Keene to college, which he very much wished and needed, if Per
ryvillo would help her to hold Elder Tilford. The arrangements were soon
made and Elder II. H. Tilford became pastor nt Pcrryville in 1805 The
Association met with tho church in 1805. The preaching service being
held in n.grove in "Crawford's Woods," where Mr. Devers' house now stands
D. C. Rice was ordained dencon. The church adopted her first system of
finance, requiring each member to pay five cents per months for incidentnl
expenses. The minutes of the church this year contained some strong reso
lutions in regard to her members attending the circus or engaging in the
whisky traffic, thus putting herself on the right side of these questions.
At the January business meeting, 1800, the church decided to observe
the Lord's Supper quarterly. They also report a good contribution for
Foreign Missions. I. T. Titchnor held a meeting of days which strength
ened the spiritual life of the church.
In 1807 Elder Tilford rcsiirncd nnd was succeeded hv Kl.b.r V T
Wood, who remained until 1875. During this pastorate meetings were held
by J. II. Spencer, A. F Baker, Joseph E. Carter, A. B. Rash, Thomas
Vaughn, perhaps others, in all of which there were sume additions to the
The church organized her first Sunday school in 1871. there wns mnrh
opposition on the part of some of the members. Mnthias S. Scott wns
elected superintendent nnd J. R. Tewniev teacher of the Bible Class; Sallie
C. Scott, the intermediate girls; James West, the boys, and Drusilln Karrick,
the primary children. A course of lectures on baptism was delivered by Mr.
Collinsworth of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church and replied to by
D. II. Ray, editor of the "Battle Flag." This caused much excitement,
some earnest thinking, and in some things strengthened the faith of the
part of a few, to completion. The house was dedicated in the autumn of
In 1872 James West and J R. Tcwmey were ordained deacons. In
1873 the church detciTnined to arise and build, they having been wor
ohiping in the Union House up to this time. The work was pressed for
ward through many discourngements, much indifference and opposition on
the part of some of the members, and great personal sacrifice on the
art ol n few to completion. The house was dedicated in the autumn of
1877. Elder R. M. Dudley, president of Georgetown College, preached
the sermon ami continued the meeting for two weeks with little visible
The year 1876 wns marked by a very unfortunate difficulty amoni? the
building committee, which resulted in tho resignation of the pastor und n
serious disruption among tho membership from which the church did not
recover for years. Elder I. W. Bruner was called to tho euro of the church
anil by his tender ministrations, tactful sympathy and earnest prayers kept
a small spark of life in the hearts of the few. Nothing wns accomplished
or attempted except to exist and finish the church building, which wns done
oy borrowing the money
In July, 1879, Elder B. F Taylor wus elected pastor and entered at
once upon the duties of the ollice, Under his care the church was aroused
though still burdened by debt, und grew btronger in many ways. Tho Asso
''nt'oii was entertained again this year. The pastor held some evangelistic
meetings without assistance with tew additions.
The year 1882 is noted as tho year of ''the J. C Porter meeting."
The revival spread through tho county. There were 105 professions of
faith in Christ, 05 of these united with tho church und were baptized by tho
.astor in Chaplin on u clear February day. Many joined other Baptist
hurches in tho county. In August, 1883, the church succeeded in throwing
jIT the incubus of debt which had so long been sapping her life. In Feb
ruary. this year, n meeting was held by A. J. Holt, a grandson of "Father
.lutkner," who had spent ninny of his childhood days in Pcrryville..
J. C. Porter returned fur u second meeting in 1885, at which time
there were several conversions.
In 1888 the pastor resigned and Elder K. V. Baldy was called. Ho
was assisted in n meeting by B. D. Hagsdall. There were but few addi
tions. T. F. Baker and J. B. Guthrie were ordained deacons. Tho pnstor
resigned nnd the church wus supplied by the students from Georgetown
ind the Seminary among them A. J. Willet, J. 0. Rust, E. N. Wnlne and
1891 J II Itife was called for oni
nig by Elder Ward But few additions
In 1892 B I' Taylor wns ni'iiiii mlN.,1
ytar. He was usAisted in u meet
This year the ihurch gave r
t. .... em ei i. ' i i ' '"' '" tiiurtn gave in
.Missions G0. She has always been in the missionary list, but sometime
has had to write u Inrge U before the word , inrrenv of only hre" ..
membership this year my win i i
in I Ml I and
( rain and J
$87 05 contrib
W. Scott were
ve nnd pastor's Milarv incruiseil $5(1
uicu to Missions. M (J. rrntlier. John S
elected and ordained deacons in 1890.
r .i J i if uy. f con.V"up.'1 '"' "" church until 1890. when his hesltli
, o, r IK Tl II """'' W.rk ' Vs W,M Cn,l,,1 "UP ""''
I eicmler M. 898 I he church was again without a pastor until 1S9K
when she called Elder J W Campbell He was asslstec in a meeting hi
Gospel with great power Many were led to enter tl... .iriM .. a ......
row way. " "
i '"..na0.0!,"1'.'!"',1 f, Mnn,,nu' " l"l"-. The membership has fallen
o 97 and the spiritual life ,s about as low. He was assisted in n meet
ir.g of days by Elder J. C Mnsscy
1001, T. H. Coleman, of sainted memory, came to the church us un
der shepherd. A faithful ambassador of Jesus. J. W S-ott wn. chos.
clerk to succeed James West. The A.socatio, in lOltl, annun sess -met
with i Perryv lie again ... 1900. J L. Bruee. Moderator J. M Gutl. .
was elected clerk of the church in 1902 Brother Coleman resigned tl
tare of the church in December. 1900. on account of failing health I
has since passed to his reward "and his works do follow him "
In April. 1907. Elder II. F. Adkins was called nnd' accepted the
care of the church. He was assisted In n meeting by W. II Wil in s,
hpringlleld. which resulted in eight additions to the church , 9 8 t
teu.l,d Klder Burns in -ries of meetings. Six wc.'
received by letter I he minutes gave only routine business for 1908.
The gathering for 1909, under the preaching of Ilro. Davis, nssistin
the pastor, was nine The church was again without u pastor for so. ,,.
years. UrotlijT . I). Moore held a meeting with the chu.ch in September.
1910. nt which time there were II added by bni.tism and 10 by letter The
church was ; greatly revived and still feels tl.e good effects of Broth, r
Moore's faithful Drcnchini;.
January, luij, J. u Adknm was given n unanimous call
The chilli It
"ii muruuKiiiy aroused ny urn. .Moore wns ready for work Sin
rained to ine pastor, w no threw l.inuelf into the work with nil of his soul,
nnd was soon stirred from center to circumference. The pastor has had th.:
Kssutaiue of some brothers well g.ounded in Bible doctrine to aid him
.. ...v....,,,n ...vijr ,i.ii. twine. Hie uumiHT litis UCtuutei snmi. Hum,
,... j.vi. .. kuuiik u,i.ini Krowiii iii every wny. There wore 171 nuim
... tho church roll in 1912 Tl,e; .,. Ht tho close of this pasU.rnte 2 '"
Never in its history has the church roponded so freelv to even- call for
benevolence. The writer was trem.uier of the church for forty years ami
knows the facts from experience. When the church had outgrown it
liouso of worship tho cu was SOUIlde. fnrll, l.w I. ..,.?.;"'
j imv indLin inn un mint
and mi id." 'l tils modern nnnt is th r..nli m....... .. ....... t..
the body to expand and still the money is not withheld, 1913 the total con
tributlons were $087.82. In 1917 it was RI02.5 K I I)iv ii wis
elected clerk in 1915, nnd Charles Coyle wm, 'elected tie k in 917 The
pnstor resigned in Februury, 1918. "'
The history of u century is finished. The church began it with 21
members, without a church home, without n pstor, ..he e Is it with a
modem church house well equipped for work, n supeih pastor, II. A
rSry;VgVei'"y "" '" M,gVsds?.'ty
THE INTERIOR JOURNAL-$ 1.50 A YEARI
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