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PROVIDENCE ASSOCIATION

This association is the fifth Primitive Baptist association organized in Texas. It was organized directly with churches from the Union Association.

In conformity with an act of the Union Association of Baptists of the regular faith and order, at its last session, setting apart Friendship, Providence, Plum Creek and San Jacinto churches for the purpose of forming a new association, the above churches, except San Jacinto met with Providence church, in Bastrop county, on the 31st day of May, A. D. 1850.

Elder Josiah Harper, being called upon, preached, the introductory sermon from Isaiah 12:2: "Behold:, God is my salvation."

The messengers of the churches were then called to order and meeting opened by prayer. Whereupon the following churches, by their messengers, presented letters, which were read and messengers seated.

Friendship church--Elders Josiah Harper and Abner Smith. This church was in Fayette county, and had seventeen members.

Providence church--Elders Jesse Gage and James Johnson and Brother Moses Gage. This church was in Bastrop county and had thirty-two members.

Plum Creek church--Elder Garrison Greenwood, and Licentiate H. J. Stockman, This church had sixteen members.

The moderator having declared the association organized, called for and read the Articles of Faith and Constitution of the Union Association of Baptists of the regular faith and order, whereupon it was unanimously agreed to adopt the same as the Articles of Faith and Constitution of this association, to be known by the name of Providence Association of Baptists of the regular faith and order. That the reader may see the Articles of Faith upon which the Providence association was organized, May 31, 1850, with the three churches, six ordained preachers, one licentiate and sixty five members, I will subjoin them.

ARTICLES OF FAITH

We, the Baptist churches of Jesus Christ, being baptized upon a profession of our faith in Christ, believing the church to be but one in her visible appearance in the world and believing ourselves to be so many particles of Christ’s visible church and that it is our duty to preserve the true faith and order of the gospel together with the peace, harmony and christian union and fellowship among her members of the body of Christ to the glory of God and benefit of his children, do agree to these purposes to unite together and open a christian correspondence through the medium of an association; on the following principles, rules and order of an association.

1. We believe in only one true and living God, who is eternal, immutable---the Creator of all created things visible and invisible: who governs all things in righteousness according to the counsel of His own will: and that He has revealed Himself to the children of men in the Scriptures of truth under the character of Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

2. We believe that God created man good and upright, but that man by his sins and transgressions has become dead in trespasses and sins and is utterly unable to change his own heart, or to deliver himself from the fallen, depraved state which he has fallen into, under the influence of the power of Darkness.

3. We believe that God's elect were chosen in Christ before the world began, and were therefore appointed to faith and obedience in love, which is effected by the Power and Spirit of God in the work of regeneration, according as God hath purposed in Himself to do, And that Jesus Christ was set up from everlasting as the Head of His body, the church, and that in consequence of the union or relationship thereunto, as the Head of the body, His righteousness, life, death, resurrection and ascension are the means or meritorious cause why the church is reconciled to God.

4. We believe that God's elect or chosen in Christ will, in time, be effectually called, regenerated and born of the Holy Spirit, and stand justified before the purity of God in Christ, which is the righteousness of God imputed to them, and that they will persevere in grace to glory, and never finally fall away.

5. We believe that good works in the acts of obedience are the fruits of the faith of God's elect, and follow after they are born of the Spirit as the effect of grace in the heart, by which their justification is eternally declared to the glory of God, and forms one of the main bases of thc christian union and relationship, which cannot be dispensed with.

6. We believe that the union and relationship of thc members in the church or body of Christ ix such that each member should submit themselves in the church with a feeling interest therein--and that Baptism and the Lord's supper are standing ordinances in the church of God, to be administered to none but believers in Christ, and that to be legally immersed or buried in water is the only gospel mode or act of baptism.

7. We believe that none have a right to administer the ordinances of the gospel but such ministers as have received the legal authority from the laws of Zion by laying on of hands of the presbytery, who act under and by the authority of the gospel church. And that the church should hold the keys of government in her own hand, and the ministry with which she is blessed is to be considered her servants, as lights and gifts which God has given her, subject to the government and discipline of the church.

8. We believe in the internal work of the Holy Spirit, both in experimental religion and the call to and work of the ministry; and that it is the duty of the church of God to distinguish herself from all false sects, by expressions of faith in Christ, and her understanding in the word of God, as taught by the Divine Spirit, and we will ,therefore have no christian fellowship with these who are denying these things.

9. We believe the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are of divine origin and authority, and the only infallible rule of faith and practice, and we therefore agree that the Scriptures of Divine Truth is and shall be considered the only standard by which our faith and practice is or shall be tried, keeping in view the expressions of our understanding therein, as principles upon which we have agreed to unite.

10. We believe that the church or kingdom of God set up in the world is a spiritual kingdoms that men in a state of nature cannot see it. As to its spiritual existence, that it is the door or medium by or through which the children of God, (the converted souls) or the subjects of the Redeemer's kingdom, may step into their christian duty and show forth the praises of Him who hath called them out of darkness into His marvelous light, and that it is therefore the duty of the church to receive members by their hope in Christ, as their experimental knowledge of salvation, wrought by the Divine Spirit which the world cannot receive, by which the heartfelt union takes place with those who have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ.

11. We believe that the Lord's Day, or first day of the week, should be spent in private or public worship of God, and on that day we should rest from all temporal concerns, except in cases of necessity and mercy.

12. We believe in the resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust, in the general judgment, and the joys of the righteous, will be eternal, and the punishment of the wicked of endless duration.

Providence Association, after being organized as recorded above, met the same year in its first annual meting with Plum Creek church in Caldwell county, Sept. 7, 8 and 9. Elder Abner Smith preached the introductory sermon and was elected moderator, and Elder Garrison Greenwood clerk. Mulberry church was received into the association through her messenger, Elder Calvin M. Gage. Little Flock church of Bell county was received into the association through her messenger, Elder J. H. Russell. Elders Josiah Harper and G. Greenwood were sent as messengers to the Union Association. The association this year had five churches and 87 members. Contribution, $14.00.

1851. The association met this year with Providence church in Bastrop county, Sept. 13, 14 and 15. The introductory was preached by Elder A. Smith, who was chosen moderator, and Elder G. Greenwood clerk. Zion church was received into the association through her messengers, J. H. Russell, William Williams and J. Stepp. Buckner’s Creek church was received into the association through her messengers Aaron Burleson and Richard Priest. Elder Thos. Hanks and John Parker were messengers from the Union Association. Elders J. J. Gage and G. Greenwood were messengers to the Union Association. The association this year had seven churches and 105 members. Contribution $18.50.

1852. The association convened with Little Flock church in Bell county, Sept. 26, 27 and 28. Elder Jesse Gage preached the introductory sermon. Elder A. Smith was chosen moderator and Elder G. Greenwood clerk.

Bethel church of Caldwell county was received into the association through her messengers, James Jeffrey and J. M. Flemming. Also Sulphur Springs church through her messenger, J.W. Winters.

"Agreed, though with deep regret and sorrow, to announce the loss of Our beloved brother and minister of Christ, Calvin M. Gage, who departed this life, in the triumphs of that faith which he had long preached to others, on the 1st day of December, 1851, in Caldwell county, Texas."

The association this year had nine churches and 138 members. contribution, $28.70.

1853. The association this year convened with Friendship church in Fayate county, about eight miles north of La Grange. The introductory sermon was preached by Elder Garrison Greenwood. Elder A. Smith was chosen moderator and Elder G. Greenwood Clerk. San Marcos church of Guadalupe county was received into the association through her messenger, Elder Geo. Daniel, at which time she only had five members. Elder Samuel Wheate and Isaiah H. Ainsworth were messengers to the Union Association.

The association this year had nine churches and 138 members. Contribution, $32.40.

1854. This year the association met with Buckner’s Creek church, Sept. 23, 24 and 25. Elder Josiah Harper preached the introductory sermon. Elder A. Smith was chosen moderator and G. Greenwood clerk. Mill Creek church was received into the association by her messengers, Elder J. O. Barnett and I. Armstrong. Mt. Olive church of Lavaca county was also received by her messenger, F. G. Culpepper, Richard Cole wrote the corresponding letter to the Union Association anal Josiah Harper was appointed to bear same.

"The association refused to take up the query from Zion church upon the ground that it had not been debated in the church where it took its rise."

The association this year had twelve churches and 167 members. Contribution, $19.70.

1855. This year the association met with Zion church in Williamson county, Sept. 23, 24 and 25, Elder Garrison Greenwood preached the introductory sermon. Elder A. Smith was chosen moderator and Elder J. J. Gage clerk.

"4. Took up and considered the two conflicting letters from Zion church, which letters, after considerable debating, were both rejected."

In their 11th item they say, "that the rejection of the Zion church letter be spread upon the face of our minutes for approbation or disapprobation of the churches and that J. J. Gage send a copy of the conflicting letters from Zion church to each of the churches in this association."

The 9th item reads: "The association announces with deep regret the death, which is our loss, since our last meeting of our much beloved brother and faithful minister in Christ, Orin Guthrie."

Elders S. Wheate and A. Smith were messengers to the Union Association.

The association this year had eleven churches and 153 members. Contribution, $18.50.

1856. This year the association convened with Bethel church, in Caldwell county, Oct. 25, 26 and 27. Elder Geo. Daniel preached the introductory sermon. Elder A. Smith was chosen moderator and Richard Cole clerk. As it was at this session that two-seedism was excluded from the churches and association, I will give the name of each church and her messengers.

Friendship church--Elders A. Smith and J. Harper and Brother J. Stewart.

Providence--Licentiate J. J. Gage and J, H. Perkins.

Plum Creek--W. H. Jennings, Abner Luce and W. P. Mauldin.

Mulberry--S. Whitley, H. Moore and S. Scallorn.

Buckner's Creek--A. Burleson, Jonas Gage and Richard Priest.

Zion--Elder J. H. Russell and John Cornelison.

Sulphur Springs--Rueben Key and A. Humphries.

San Marcos--Elder George Daniel, W. Baker and A. Roberts.

Mill Creek--Elder J. O. Barnett, James Bedford and O. W. Shields.

Mt. Olive--M. F. C. Culpepper and W. E. Outbric.

Item 2. "Took up for examination two letters purporting to have come from Zion church, one borne by Elder J. H. Russell and John Cornelison, the other by Elders E. C. Mauldin, I. H. Ainsworth and Brother W. W. Chandler. The association received the letter borne by J. H. Russell and Brother John Cornelison, but rejected the one borne by Elders Maudlin and Ainsworth and Brother Chandler."

Item 7. "Took up the request of the churches which was that their declaration, with regard to certain doctrines be spread upon the face of our minutes. The request was granted in accordance with the 9th article of the constitution. and is as follows: "Whereas, there are doctrines taught by some people, calling themselves Old Baptists, which are calculated to engender strife, contention and division among us, to wit: The doctrine of eternal devil, eternal union, eternal children and eternal justification, which doctrines we believe to be heresy and not the gospel of Christ. Therefore we reject them, and request all the churches to do the same."

When the above declaration of non-fellowship for the two-seed doctrine was adopted first by, the churches and then by the association, Elder E. C. Mauldin took a conspicuous part in opposing its adoption.

The messengers who abruptly went off from the association were: W.H. Jennings, Abner Luce and W. P. Mauldin froth Plum Creek church; F. G. Culpepper and W. E. Guthrie from Mt. Olive church; E. C. Mauldin, I. H. Ainsworth and W. W. Chandler, bearers of the rejected letter from Zion church, including Elders J. J. Gage and James Johnson from Providence church.

The two-seed element at once repaired to the house of a friend and organized themselves into an association, presumably without any church authority, calling themselves Providence Association of Baptists of the Regular Faith and Order. They continued their yearly session by that name for several years. Finally they dropped the name of association and was known among themselves by some other name.

Mt. Olive and Plum Creek churches and a part of Zion church went off with the two-seed doctrine. Several efforts were made to revive these churches. At one time they picked up several excluded members and organized a few weak churches, and also organized what they called the San Marcos Association, which was soon rent in twain by two-seedism. Thus we find that the association and all the churches are now entirely extinct.

The association this year had twelve churches and 161 members. Contribution, $19.50.

1857. This year the association convened with San Marcos church, Oct. 24, 25and 26. The introductory sermon was preached by Eider J. O. Barnett. Elder A. Smith was chosen moderator and R. Cole clerk.

New Hope church was received into the association by her messengers, A. C. Jones, W. S. Smith and L. B. Berry. Concord church was also received by her messengers, King Fisher, G. Ratcliff and C. C. Hickman.

The association this year had eleven churches and 197 members. Contribution, $21.00.

1858. This year the association convened with Buckner's Creek church, Sept. 25, 26 and 27. Elder W. S. Smith preach the introductory sermon, and was chosen moderator and Richard Cole clerk.

The following churches petitioned for letters for the purpose of forming a new association in the union, viz: Little Flock, New Hope, Zion and Concord, which petition was granted.

These four churches and Sugar Loaf and Rainey's Creek churches by their messengers met with Concord church, in Williamson county, on Saturday before the fourth Sunday in October, find organized the Concord Association.

The association this year had twelve churches and 254 members. Contribution, $30.00.

1859. This year the association met with Mill Creek church, in Washington county, Sept. 24, 25 and 26. Elder A. Smith preached the introductory sermon and was chosen moderator and J. I. Perkins clerk. Elders W. S. and J. M. Smith were messengers to Concord Association.

By request of Bethel church took up the amendment of the constitution and articles of faith, which request was tabled.

The association this year had eight churches and 225 members. Contribution, $24.20.

1860. This year the association met with Mulberry church, in Fayette county, Sept. 22, 23 and 24. Elder J. O. Barnett preached the introductory sermon. Elder A. Smith was chosen moderator and Richard Cole clerk. messengers from the Concord Association were Elder S. Wheate and W. S. Smith. Elders R. W. Ellis, A Smith, W. C. Purcell, J. O. Barnett and Brethren B. Purcell, J. Priest, J. Humphries, A. Burleson and Wm. Flemming were messengers to Concord Association.

The association this year had eight churches and 238 members. Contribution, $19.50.

1861. This year the association convened with Providence church, Bastrop county, Sept. 21, 22 and 23, Elder R. W. Ellis preached the introductory sermon. Elder G. Daniel was chosen moderator and Richard Cole clerk.

Elders W. S. Smith, S. Wheate and Brethren J. Meeks, J. M. Smith, Wiley Smith and D. Aultman were messengers from the Concord Association.

The association this year had eight churches and 224 members. Contribution, $15.50.

1862. This year the association met with Bethel church, Caldwell county, Sept. 25, 26 and 27. Elder J. O. Barnes preached the introductory sermon. Elder G. Daniel was chosen moderator and Richard Cole clerk.

Elders Jesse Graham and W. S. Smith and Wm. Miller were messengers from Concord Association. Elder R. W. Ellis, J. O. Barnett and Brethren C. H. Boyett, James Redford, A. Burleson, N. Hart and R. Cole were messengers to Concord Association.

The association this year had six churches and 192 members. Contribution, $16.75.

1863. This year the association convened with San Marcos church, Oct. 11, 12 and 13. Elder W. C. Purcell preached the introductory sermon. Elder R. W. Ellis was chosen moderator and Richard Cole clerk.

Elder J. H. Russell, Licentiate J. Meeks and D. W. Russell were messengers from Concord Association. Elders R. W. Ellis, W. C. Purcell, Jesse Davis, J. O. Barnett and Brethren J. Redford and J. Humphries were messengers to Concord Association.

The association this year had six churches and 158 members. Contribution, $15.00.

1864. This year the association convened with Friendship church, Fayette county, Oct. 7, 8 and 9. Elder Jesse Davis preached the introductory sermon. Elder J. O. Barnett was chosen moderator and R. Cole clerk.

Agreed to take up the request sent up by some of the churches with regard to striking out some words and clauses in the articles of faith, which were so worded that the two-seed element took advantage of the wording and so construed them as to make them teach that doctrine. The following is the agreement and amendment made by the churches and adopted by them in 1864. Agreed to strike out as follows: The word "created" in the first article; the word "fallen" where it first occurs in the second article commencing, "that Jesus was set up," etc.; the latter part of the fifth article, to wit: "Keeping in view the expression of our understanding," etc., and to the end of said article."

The association this year had eight churches and 252 members. Contribution, $26.25.

1865. This year the association convened with Bethel church, Oct. 7, 8 and 9. Elder J. O. Barnett preached the introductory sermon and was chosen moderator and R. Cole clerk.

Nail's Creek church was received into the association by her messengers, I. G. Bailey and John Churchill.

A corresponding letter was received from Concord Association, but no messengers. Elders J. M. Baker, Abel Baker, Jesse Davis, W. C. Purcell and Brethren James Redford and W. D. C. Jones were messengers to Concord Association.

This year the association had nine churches and 257 members. Contribution, $18.45.

1866. This year the association met with San Marcos church, Oct. 13, 14 and 15. Elder J. M. Baker preached the introductory sermon. Elder J.O. Barnett was chosen moderator and R. Cole clerk.

New Hope church, Williamson county, was received into the association by her messengers, R. Jones and J. Berry.

Elders J. M. Baker, W. S. Smith and W. J. Fleming were messengers to the Concord Association.

The association this year had ten churches and 249 members. Contribution, $16.15.

1867. Met with Mill Creek church, Washington county, Oct. I2, t3 and I4. Elder W. C. Purcell preached the introductory sermon. Elder J.O. Barnett was chosen moderator and W. C. Purcell clerk.

Elders J. O. Barnett, A. W. McKenzie and Brethren L. G. Bailey, S. S. Redford and Andrew Dodd were messengers to the Concord Association.

On account of the yellow fever epidemic in the Colorado valley in the fall of 1867 no churches west of the Colorado were represented.

The association this year had only three churches and 87 members. Contribution. $6.00

1868. Met this year with Nail's Creek church, Washington county, Oct. 10, 11 and 12. Elder J. O. Barnett preached the introductory sermon, and was chosen moderator and R. Cole clerk.

Elder Jesse Graham and W. J. Fleming were messengers from Concord Association. J.E. Woods, J. M. Harris, John Perkins and Elders J. O. Barnett and W. S. Smith were messengers to Concord Association.

Sulphur Spring church was dissolved Feb. 28, 1868 by Elders Jesse Davis and Geo. Daniel.

The association this year had nine churches and 94 members. Contribution, $18.00.

1869. Convened with Mulberry church, Fayette county, Oct. 9, 10 and 11. Elder W. C. Purcell preached the introductory sermon. Elder J. O. Barnett was chosen moderator and G. W. Cole clerk.

Comfort church, Fayette county, was received into the association by her messenger, C. Burleson.

Elder W. C. Purcell, J. M. Baker, J. W. Baker, J. R. Ford and L. G. Bailey were messengers to the Concord Association.

The association this year had eight churches and 240 members. Contribution, $14.00.

1870. Convened with Comfort church, Fayette county, Oct. 8, 9 and 10. Elder A. Baker preached the introductory sermon. Elder G. Daniel was chosen moderator and R. Cole clerk.

Elders J. M. and A. Baker and W. C. Purcell were messengers to the Concord Association.

The association this year had eight churches and 226 members. Contribution $16.80.

1871. Convened with Bethel church, Oct. 14, 15 and 16. Elder W. C. Purcell preached the introductory sermon. Elder J. O. Barnett was chosen moderator and R. Cole clerk

Shiloh church, Guadalupe county, was received into the association by her messengers, J. R. Anderson, A. B. McBride and H. M. Anderson.

Union church, Bastrop county, was also received by her messengers, J. H Dancer, John Clark and Robert Baker.

Elders J. S. Meeks, W. J. Fleming and W. Smith were messengers from the Concord Association. Elders A. Baker, J. E. Woods and Brother J. W. Shook were messengers to the Concord Association.

The association this year had eleven churches and 371 members. Contribution, $22.00.

1872. Convened with San Marcos church, Guadalupe county, Oct. 19, 20 and 21. Elder Jesse Davis preached the introductory sermon. Elder J. O. Barnett was chosen moderator and J. W. Shook clerk.

Brother W. C. Downey was a messenger from the Concord Association. J. H. Dancer, C. Burleson and W. B., Anderson were messengers to the Concord Association.

The association this year had twelve churches and 297 members. Contribution, $30.75.

1873. Convened with Buckner’s Creek church, now in Bastrop county, Oct. 18, 19 and 20. Elder J. M. Baker preached the introductory sermon and was chosen moderator and J. W. Shook clerk.

Salem church, Lavaca county, was received into the association by her messengers, W. H. Barron, W. I. Dubose and J. S. McElroy.

The association this year had twelve churches and 264 members. Contribution, $28.75.

1874. Convened with Mill Creek church, Washington county, Sept. 5, 6 and 7. Elder S. R. Woods preached the introductory sermon. Elder J. M;. Baker was chosen moderator and R. Cole clerk.

Elders A. Baker and E. A. Cranfill were messengers to the Concord Association.

The association this year had eleven churches and 283 members. Contribution, $29.75.

1875. Convened with Union church, Bastrop County, Oct. 9, 10 and 11. Elder J.M. Baker preached the introductory sermon. Elder J. M. Baker was chosen moderator and R. Cole clerk.

Elders D. W, Russell and J. S. Meeks were messengers from the Concord Association, Elder S. R. Woods

A. Baker and Brother J. L. Gregory were messengers to Concord association.

The association this year had eleven churches and 328 members, Contribution, $29.00.

1876. Convened with Bethel church, Oct. 7, 8 and 9. Elder A. Baker preached the introductory sermon. Elder J. M. Baker was chosen moderator and R. Cole clerk.

Antioch church was received into the association by her messengers, Elders J. E. Woods and A. Adams.

Elders J. E. Woods, J.M. Baker and A. Baker Were messengers to the Concord Association.

The association this year had twelve churches and 328 members. Contribution, $30.00.

1877. Convened with San Marcos church, Oct. 13, 14 and 15. Elder J. W. Shook preached the introductory sermon. Elder J. M. Baker was chosen moderator and R. Cole clerk.

Good Hope church, Gonzales county, was received into the Association by her messengers, W. Barron and F. M. Wright.

A corresponding letter was received, but no messengers from Concord Association. Elder R. Baker, A, Adams and W. B. Anderson were messengers to Concord Association.

The association this year had thirteen churches and 374 members. Contribution, $29.50.

1878. Convened with Nail's Creek church, Lee county, Oct. 12, 13 and 14. Elder J. M. Baker preached the introductory sermon and was, chosen moderator and R. Cole clerk.

Beulah church was received into the association by her messengers, Elder G. F. Wyatt and J. F. Key.

Elder W. J. Hester and C. A. Russell were messengers from Concord Association. Elder J. M. Baker, R. W. Ellis, Nathan Barron and R. Cole were messengers to Concord Association.

Upon application the following churches were granted letters of dismission from the association; Union, Providence, Beulah and Antioch. These churches were dismissed for the purpose of forming a new association, which was done at Little Hope church in Williamson county, November 16, 1878, known as the Friendship Association.

"Elder J. O. Barnett was born May 8, 1822; after suffering much bodily affliction, died at his home in Washington county, the 7th day of July, 1878. The church loses by the death of Elder Barnett, one of her most lovely and acceptable preachers. Brother Barnett served as moderator of the Providence Association seven years, to the full satisfaction of all his brethren composing that body, and we believe that our dear brother lived the life of the faithful, and died the death of the righteous, and is gone home to heaven to dwell forever with his blessed  Redeemer. J. W. Shook."

The association this year had thirteen churches and 360 members. Contribution, $29.30.

1879. Convened with Mulberry church, Fayette county, Oct. 11, 12 and 13. Elder J. W. Shook preached the introductory sermon. Elder J. M. Baker was chosen moderator and R. Cole clerk.

B. Anderson was a messenger from Concord Association. Elder R.W. Ellis, M. F. Wright and Brother R. Whitehead were messengers to the Concord Association.

A letter of correspondence was received from Friendship Association by her messengers, Elders W. M. Roden and C. B. Moore. Elders J. W. Shook, W. F. Wright and Brother C. Burleson were messengers to Friendship Association.

By order of the association the death of our esteemed and beloved brother, Elder Abel Baker who died July 3, 1879, was published in the minutes of this year.

The association this year had ten churches and 3t8 members. Contribution, $28.75.

1880. The association this year convened with Good Hope church in Gonzales county, Oct. 9, l0 and 11. Elder Jesse Davis preached the introductory sermon, who was also chosen moderator and R. Cole clerk.

Smyrna church in Caldwell county, was received into the association by her messenger, Orin Winter.

Elder W. M. Roden and O. Baker were messengers from Friendship Association and W. F. Smith, W. B. Anderson were messengers to the Friendship Association.

The association this year had eleven churches and 310 members. Contribution, $25,05.

1881. This year the association met with Bethel church, Caldwell county, Oct. 8, 9 and 10. Elder J. W. Shook preached the introductory sermon. Elder J. M. Baker was chosen moderator and R. Cole clerk.

"Whereas, we are informed by Brother L. B. Anderson messenger from Concord Association, that after her letter of correspondence was written, a majority of the churches composing the said Concord Association, withdrew from her union without giving her reasons for so doing. Therefore we think it prudent to discontinue correspondence with her for the present."

The association this year had ten churches and 255 members. Contribution, $24.15.

1882. This year the association met with Buckner’s Creek church Bastrop county, Oct. 7, 8 and 9. Elder W. S. Dubose preached the introductory sermon, and Elder J. M. Baker was chosen moderator and R. Cole clerk.

Brother N. Avery was messenger from Friendship Association.

The association this year had nine churches and 549 members. Contribution $20.85.

1883. Convened with San Marcos church Guadalupe county, Oct. 13, 14 and 15, J. W. Shook preached the introductory sermon. Elder J.M. Baker was chosen moderator and R. Cole clerk.

This was the first Primitive Baptist association the writer ever attended. Elder A. W. Patterson of Georgia preached on Sunday, from this text, "Thy kingdom come," followed by Elder J. W. Shook, from the text, "The kingdom of heaven is at hand." Little did I think at that time that I would ever record in a book the texts of these two servants of God.

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The association this year had eleven churches and 235 members. Contribution, $23.25.

1884. This year the association met with Good Hope church in Gonzales county. Elder J. M. Baker preached the introductory sermon, and was chosen moderator and R. Cole clerk.

Pilgrim Rest church, then of Lavaca county, was received into the association by her messengers, Elders J. G. Currington, W. F. Vick and J. S. Newman. Zion church Medina county, by her messengers, Elder W. S. Dubose, B. I. Dubose and S. D. Dubose was also received.

"That the association request the churches to take into consideration the propriety of abolishing and doing away with the constitution of the association, and that they express in their letters to the next association whether or not they will abolish the same."

The association this year had nine churches 218 members. Contribution, $25.75.

1885. Convened with Bethel church Caldwell county, Oct. 10, 11 and 12. Elder J. M. Shook preached the introductory sermon. Elder J. W. Baker was chosen moderator and R. Cole clerk.

Colorado Primitive Baptist church, Bastrop county, was received into the association by her messengers, Elder J. W. Shook and L. J. Hancock.

The association this year had ten churches and 250 members. Contribution, $24.75

1886. This year the association met with Buckner’s Creek church Bastrop county, Oct. 9, 10 and 11. Elder C. T. Galloway preached the introductory sermon. Elder J. W. Shook was chosen moderator and G. W. Cole clerk.

Mulberry church was dissolved by Elder J. W. Shook, Deacon and Licentiate, J. S. Newman, Saturday before the third Sunday in November, 1885, San Marcos church informed the association, by letter borne by Elder J.M. Baker, that she had withdrawn from the union. San Marcos church joined the association in 1883 at the time she had only five members. She remained with the association 33 years, spent $94.30 for minutes. Received by experience and baptism 79 members; 0nly one time failed to represent in the association, which was caused by yellow fever in 1864.

The association this year had eight churches and 182 members, Contribution, $16.50.

1887. This year the association met with Colorado Primitive Baptist church in Bastrop County, Oct. 8, 9 and 10. Elder J. S. Newman preached the. introductory sermon. Elder J. W. Shook was chosen moderator and Hugh McMillan clerk.

The association this year had eight churches and 199 members. Contribution $19.20.

1888. Convened with Bethel church in Caldwell county, Oct. 13, 14 and 15. The introductory sermon was preached by Elder R. Whitehead. Elder J. W. Shook was chosen moderator and Hugh McMillan clerk,

Correspondence was reopened with Friendship association.

The association this year had eight churches and 213 members. Contribution. $20.50.

1889. Convened with Good Hope church, Gonzales county, Oct. 12, I3 and 14. The introduetory sermon was preached by Elder J. W. Shook who was chosen moderator and J. G. Currington clerk.

Correspondence was received from Friendship Association by Elder J. E. Woods and J. W. Perkins. Correspondence was returned.

The association this year had five churches and 100 members. Contribution, $19.90.

1890. Convened with Buckner’s Creek church, Bastrop county, Oct. 11, 12 and 13. The introductory sermon was preached by Elder J. W. Shook who was chosen moderator and A. B. Jeffrey clerk.

On the account of some trouble over the organized part of associations San Marcos church, Pilgrim Rest church, Guadalupe church and Shiloh church, had withdrawn from the association. In the mean time Bethel church on Tinney's Creek had divided over the above question and the passing of some resolutions in the church, what was then known as Lower Bethel (which was that part of the church which went with the association) was received into the association by her messengers Elder G. W. White, A. A. Culpepper and A. B. Jeffrey.

The association this year had five churches and 115 members. Contribution, $15.50.

1891. Convened with Bethel church, in Caldwell county, Oct. 10, 11 and 12. The introductory sermon was preached by Elder G. W. White. Elder J. W. Shook was chosen moderator and A. B. Jeffrey clerk.

Good Hope church in Gonzales county, that appears in the minutes of this year was that part Of Good Hope church which had been excluded from Good Hope proper.

Little Hope church of Williamson county, was received by her messengers, Elder R. Baker, O. Baker and J. J. Staton. This church was also a disorderly faction of Little Hope church proper, and had been discarded by all the churches in Friendship Association of which Little Hope Church proper, was then a member. This church had divided over the doctrine of the Trinity. Elder R. Baker Was accused of denying the doctrine of the Trinity and Elder S. R. Woods was accused by the majority part of Little Hope church of preaching three eternal Gods or three eternal separate and distinct persons in the God-head.

The association this year had eight churches and 176 members. Contribution, $20.70.

1892. Convened with Zion church, in Medina county, Oct, 8, 9, 10. The introductory sermon was preached by Elder J. W. Shook, who was chosen moderator and A. B. Jeffrey clerk.

Ebenezer church was received by her messengers, B. O. Musgrove, James Youngblood and Wyley Bivens.

Smyrna church and Colorado Primitive Baptist church were dissolved during this association year.

The association this year had six churches, 148 members. Contribution, $27.00.

1893. This year the association met with Little Hope church in Williamson county October 7, 8 and 9, The
Introductory sermon was preached by Elder G. W. White. Elder J. W. Shook was chosen moderator and A. B. Jeffrey clerk.

This year the association had six churches and 156 members. Contribution, $14.75.

1894. Convened with Buckner’s Creek church in Bastrop county, October 13, 14 and 15. The introductory sermon was preached by Elder J. W. Shook who was chosen moderator and I. B. Holland clerk.

Ebenezer church and Zion church had dropped out the association on account of the trouble over the associational question, also the reception of lower Bethel church. Good Hope and Little Hope church had something to do with these churches drawing out of the association.

This year the Association had five churches and 114 members. Contribution, $13.00.

1895. Convened with Good Hope church, Gonzales county, October 12, 13 and 14. The introductory sermon was preached by Elder A. A. Culpepper. Elder J. W. Shook moderator and A. B. Jeffrey clerk.

The following occurs in the minutes of this year, "We believe the reception of Little Hope church into the associational union, at Bethel Church in 1891, was hasty as we had not investigated the trouble among them. Therefore we recommend that Little Hope church be dropped from the associational union according to the request to all our churches which report was received and ordered spread on the/ace of these minutes and said committee discharged."

The association this year had five churches and 111 members. Contribution, $13.50.

1896. Convened with Bethel church in Caldwell county October 10, 11 and 12.

The introductory sermon was preached by Elder C. P. Galloway. Elder J. W. Shook was chosen moderator and A. B. Jeffrey clerk.

Elder H. L. Griggs was a visitor this year from the Village Creek Association and Elders J. E. Woods, B. F. Redford, Henry Kilgore, Brother C. P. Kilgore and Nathan Jeffrey were visitors from Friendship Association.

This year the association had four churches and 86 members. Contribution, $14.20.

1897. Convened with Buckner’s Creek church, Bastrop county, October 9, 10 and 11. Elder G. W. White preached the introductory sermon. Elder J.W. Shook was chosen moderator and A. B. Jeffrey clerk.

Elder P. T. Watson, R. S. Farrow, Henry Kilgore and Brother James Aaron Kilgore were visitors from the Friendship Association, Elder C. C. Evans and C. Holleman from the Little Flock Association. Elder H. White from Primitive Association. Elder H. L. Griggs from the Village Creek Association.

This year the association had four churches and 91 members; Contribution, $11.25.

On the account of the dissatisfaction that existed among the churches of the Providence Association over the associational question, the association never met after 1897.

The Southwest Texas Primitive Baptist Association is really a continuation of the old Providence Association and is in a prosperous condition. It is to be hoped that our people have learned a very important lesson by the things they have suffered.

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