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VILLAGE CREEK ASSOCIATION

This association was organized with Village Creek Church, Johnson County, on Saturday before the second Sunday in August 1879, by Elders W.L. Rogers, B.L. Throneberry and Thomas Clark, with the following churches and their messengers: Buffalo Church, Johnson County, now Joshua Church, H. Logan and S.J. King, in fellowship, 9; Liberty Church, Tarrant County, J. Blevins, R. Blevins and Elder B.L. Throne-berry, in fellowship, 26; Village Creek Church, Johnson County, W. Bean, Benjamin Clark, J.C. Bardin and Thomas Clark, in fellowship, 20.

Elder B.L. Throneberry was elected moderator, and Thomas Clark, clerk.

This association was constituted with 3 churches, 2 preachers and 58 members.

1880 This year the association met with Liberty Church, Tarrant County, on Friday before the second Sunday in August. The introductory sermon was preached by Elder Thomas Clark. Elder B.L. Throneberry was elected moderator, and Elder Thomas Clark, clerk.

Correspondence was received from Brazos River Association by Elders D.P. Thomas and J. S. Meeks; Concord Association by Elders C.A. Russell and E.M. Weeks. Correspondence was returned.

At this time the association had 3 churches, and 57 members; contribution, $7.00.

1881 The association met this year with Buffalo Church, commencing on Friday before the second Sunday in August. Elder B.L. Throneberry preached the first sermon. Elder W.J. Fleming was chosen moderator, and Thomas Clark, clerk.

Friendship church, Hood County, through her messengers, Elder W.L. Rogers and J. Armstrong, and Shiloh Church through her messengers, J. Trout, J. Gray and W.H. Gray, were received.

Correspondence was received from Brazos River Association by Elders D.W. Russell, D.P. Thomas, G.I. Thomas and Brother A.C. White.

The association this year had 5 churches and 71 members; contribution, $10.75.

1882 This year the association met with Friendship Church, Hood County, on Saturday before the second Sunday in August. Elder Wilson Hefner preached the introductory sermon. Elder B.L. Throneberry was chosen moderator, and Thomas Clark, clerk.

Poolville Church, Parker County by her messengers, R. Seaberry, J.C. Clinton, E.H. Reaves and Carrol Phillips; Springtown Church, Parker County, by her messengers, A. Selvage and Elder B.L. Throneberry; and County Line Church Johnson County, by her messengers, J.H. Oliver and G.W. McGehee, were received into the association.

Correspondence was received from the Brazos River Association by Elder D.W. Russell, A. Medlin, W.L. Biggs and John Miller; from Bosque River Association by Elder C.A. Russell and J.H. Burnett.

At this time the association had 8 churches and 120 members; contribution, $16.75.

1883 This year the association convened with Poolville Church, Parker County, on Saturday before the second Sunday in August. Elder W.L. Rogers preached the introductory sermon. Elder B.L. Throneberry was chosen moderator, and Thomas Clark, clerk.

Little Flock Church of Brazos Point, Bosque County, by her messenger, Elder W. Hefner, was received into the association.

Elder T.A. Waldrip, D.W. Russell and Brother A.B. Medlin were messengers from Brazos River Association. Elders C.A. Russell and E.M. Weeks were present from Bosque River Association.

The association this year had 9 churches and 129 members; contribution, $21.10.

1884 The association met this year with Shiloh Church, Johnson County, Friday before the second Sunday in August. The introductory sermon was preached by Elder B.L. Throne-berry who was chosen moderator, and Thomas Clark, clerk.

Harmony Church of Hill County was received by her messengers, M.W. Armstrong and J.F. Hilton.

Elder D.W. Russell, A.B. Medlin and J.H. Miller were messengers from Brazos River Association; and Elder E.M. Weeks, E.M. Caudle and Matthew Hurst from Bosque River Association.

The association this year had 10 churches and 123 members; contribution, $16.00.

1885 The association met this year with Springtown Church, Parker County, on Friday before the second Sunday in August. The first sermon was preached by Elder G.I. Thomas. Elder W.L. Rogers was moderator, and C.R. Warren, clerk.

Elder D.W. Russell, R.W. Haney and L.S. Smith were messengers from Brazos River Association.

The association this year had 9 churches and 129 members; contribution, $16.75.

1886 This year the association convened with County Line Church, Johnson County, on Friday before the second Sunday in August. The introductory sermon was preached by Elder B.L. Throneberry. Elder W.L. Rogers was moderator, and C.R. Warren, clerk. Elders D.W. Russell, P.M. Lancaster and Brethren I.W. Steel and J.H. Melton were messengers from Brazos River Association; Elders E.M. Weeks, C.A. Russell and J.P. Pilkerton were messengers from Bosque River Association.

"We hereby state the resolutions of Providence Church, Stephens County, Texas, in regard to the case of Elder G.I. Thomas: Said church has reconsidered her former action, relative to the case of Elder G.I. Thomas, and from undeniable and gospel evidence, it is plainly proven that the letter upon which Elder G.I. Thomas was received as a member here was illegal, and consequently he could have no legal membership. Therefore this church declares his ordination to be invalid, and all his work as an ordained minister illegal. Also upon the same evidence, Shiloh Church excluded him and declared his work out of order. Therefore Village Creek Association endorses the action of said churches."

The association this year had 8 churches and 124 members; contribution, $16.00.

1887 This year the association convened with Village Creek Church, Johnson County, August 12, 13 and 14. Elder W.L. Rogers preached the introductory sermon. Elder B.L. Throneberry was chosen moderator, and H.L. Griggs, clerk.

Mineral Springs Church, Somervell County, was received through her messenger, J.O. Soapes.

Elder P.M. Lancaster was a messenger from Brazos River Association; received minutes and a letter from Buffalo Association of Arkansas; also received minutes from Bosque River Association.

Elder R.A. Biggs of Texas and Elder N.W. Little of Kentucky, were present and were seated in the association.

At this time, the association had 9 churches and 164 members; contribution, $18.00.

1888 This year the association convened with Joshua Church, (formerly Buffalo Church) August 10, 11 and 12. Elder Thomas Clark preached the introductory sermon. Elder B.L. Throneberry was elected moderator, and H.L. Griggs, clerk.

Garrett's Creek Church, Wise County, through her messengers, E.H. Reeves and Thomas Kirkpatrick, was received. Elder P.M. Lancaster, D.W. Russell and Brethren J.W. Steel and A.B. Medlin were messengers from Brazos River Association; letter and minutes from the Bosque River Association.

The association this year had 10 churches and 169 members; contribution $16.45.

1889 This year the association met with Poolville Church, Parker County, August 9, 10 and 11. The introductory sermon was preached by Elder W.L. Rogers. Elder Thomas Clark was elected moderator, and H.L. Griggs, clerk.

Walnut Creek Church, Tarrant County, was received through her messengers, T.W. and J.D. Hopper.

Correspondence was received from Brazos River Association by Elder D.W. Russell and Brethren J.S. Smith and A.B. Medlin; letter and minutes from the Buffalo Association of Arkansas.

At this time, the association had 11 churches and 184 members; contribution, $21.00.

1890 This year the association convened with Friendship Church, Hood County, August 8, 9 and 10. The introductory sermon was preached by Elder J.B. Vann. Elder Thomas Clark was chosen moderator, and H.L. Griggs, clerk.

Correspondence was received from Bosque River Association by Elder C.A. Russell and John Showers; from Brazos River Association by Elder P.M. Lancaster and A.B. Medlin.

The association had 11 churches and 187 members; contribution, $20.00.

1891 The association this year met with Walnut Creek Church, Tarrant County, August 7, 8 and 9. The first sermon was preached by Elder Throneberry. Elder Thomas Clark was elected moderator, and H.L. Griggs, clerk.

Silver Creek Church of Tarrant County, was received through her messengers, J.H. Smith and J.C. Brewer.

Correspondence was received from Bosque River Association by Elders C.A. Russell and E.M. Weeks; from Brazos River Association through Elders P.M. Lancaster, D.W. Russell and J.S. Woods.

By motion, correspondence with Buffalo Association of Arkansas, was dropped.

Little Flock Church of Brazos Point, Bosque County, is dissolved, also Springtown Church, Parker County.

At this time, the association had 12 churches and 139 members; contribution, $15.50.

1892 This year the association met with Garrett's Creek Church, Wise County, August 12, 13 and 14. The introductory sermon was preached by Elder Thomas Clark who was chosen moderator, and H.L. Griggs, clerk.

Elder C.A. Russell and J.H. Cox were messengers from Bosque River Association; and Elders J.A. Barnfield, D.B. Koen and Brethren S.G. Webb and Z.M. Wilson of Brazos River Association were present.

"On motion referred to the churches the difficulty existing between Elders W.L. Rogers and P.M. Lancaster and request that some steps be taken to bring about a reconciliation." The trouble between Elders Rogers and Lancaster was over the extent of predestination; Elder Rogers contending that God had purposed all things including sin, while Elder Lancaster denied the doctrine.

The association had 8 churches and 149 members; contribution, $14.25.

1893 This year the association met with Shiloh Church, now in Hill County, August 11, 12 and 13. Elder J.B. Vann preached the introductory sermon. Elder Thomas Clark was moderator, and H.L. Griggs, clerk.

Correspondence was received from Bosque River Association through Elder E.M. Caudle, A.H. Reeder and W. McCatry; from Salem Association, Elders P.M. Lancaster, J.A. Barnfield, D.B. Koen and J.A. Jones.

Salem Association was heretofore Brazos River Association.

In regard to the request of the association last year, relative to the trouble between Elders Rogers and Lancaster, on motion adopted the following: "Whereas, Silver Creek, Poolville and Friendship Churches have manifested they are not in fellowship with us and whereas we believe they have been led into disorder in practice, and heresy in faith, consequently, we believe it to be our duty to withdraw from such. Therefore, be it resolved that we drop them from this association."

This year the association had 7 churches and 123 members; contribution, $12.00.

1894 This year the association met with County Line Church, August 10, 11 and 12. Elder R.H. Parish preached the introductory sermon. Elder J.A. Paine was moderator, and H.L. Griggs, clerk.

Cottonwood Church, Wise County, was received by her messenger, J.S. Portwood.

Correspondence was received from Bethel Association by Elder W.H. Harrell and Brethren Ben Dean, Joe Dean, M.C. Myrick and R.A. Cassady; and from Salem Association by Elder P.M. Lancaster.

The association had 8 churches and 142 members; contribution, $14.50.

1895 The association convened this year with Cottonwood Church, Wise County, August 9, 10 and 11. Elder Thomas Clark preached the introductory sermon. Elder B.L. Throneberry was moderator, and Thomas Clark, clerk.

Concord Church, Ellis County, through her messengers, J.F. Montgomery, J.H. Wood and W.L. Roberts was received; also Mountain Peak Church through her messenger, R.C. Wilson.

Correspondence was received from Red River Association by Elders W.B. Sikes and J.W. Segler; also by letter from Bosque River Association.

The association had 9 churches and 172 members; contribution, $16.50.

1896 This year the association convened with Mt. Peak Church, Ellis County, August 7, 8 and 9. The introductory sermon was delivered by Elder J.A. Paine, who was elected moderator, and Thomas Clark, clerk.

Correspondence was received from Red River Association by Elders M.L. Barrett, J.W. Segler and J.G. Webb; from Bethel Association by Elders W.H. Harrell, A.F. Grafton and Brother W.S. Tippett; Bosque River Association by W.P. McCarty; Salem by letter; Pilot Grove, Elders Joel Lewis and B.F. Casey; Primitive Baptist, J.J. Johnson.

Elders J.W. Shook and A.A. Culpepper were present from Providence Association; Elder J.E. Knighton of Sulphur Fork; Elder R.A. Biggs and H.L. Collings from Old Harmony; and Elder J.S. Woods from Unity, were present and were seated in the association.

The association had 9 churches and 194 members; contribution, $19.50.

1897 This year the association met with Village Creek Church, August 6, 7 and 8. The introductory sermon was preached by Elder Thomas Clark. Elder B.L. Throneberry was elected moderator, and Thomas Clark, clerk.

Cedar Creek Church, Hill County, was received by her messengers, A.D. Oliphant and J. Golihar; Fort Worth Church by R. Ridgeway, E.M. Brown and E. Holt; Mt. Zion Church, Ellis county, by A.J. Dearing, J.T. Tyler and J.N. Webb.

Correspondence was received from Red River Association by Elder J.G. Webb; from Bethel Association by Elder A.F. Grafton; from Pilot Grove Association by Elders Joel Lewis, D.W. Sawyer and S.B. Kuykendall; from Primitive Association, Elder T.J. Moore and S. Yates; Unity, Elder J.S. Woods and S.J.S. Abernathy.

This year the association had 13 churches and 273 members; contribution, $21.60.

1898 This year the association convened with Concord Church, August 12, 13 and 14. The introductory sermon was preached by Elder B.L. Throneberry, who was chosen moderator, and Thomas Clark, clerk.

Correspondence was received from Bethel Association by Elder J.R. Hardy and C.W. Ellis; from Pilot Grove, Elders J.K. Gotcher and B.F. Casey; from Primitive by J.J. Johnson and S. Taylor; Unity, Elder H.L. Collings; Bosque River, J.E. Casey, J.T. Amos and William Amos.

The association had 13 churches and 277 members; contribution, $20.20.

1899 This year the association met with Cottonwood Church, Wise County, August 11, 12 and 13. Elder J.H. Fisher preached the introductory sermon. Elder B.L. Throneberry was elected moderator, and Thomas Clark, clerk.

Correspondence was received from Bethel Association by letter; Pilot Grove by letter; Primitive by R.V. Holleman; from Salem by Elders P.M. Lancaster and H.C. Curington; Red River by letter; Unity, by Elder J.S. Woods; Hill County by Elder W.H. Bodine.

The association had 11 churches and 255 members; contribution, $17.20.

1900 This year the association met with Walnut Creek Church, August 10, 11 and 12. The introductory sermon was preached by Elder S.A. Paine. Elder B.L. Throneberry was moderator, and Thomas Clark, clerk.

Mt. Zion Church, Ellis County, through her messenger, Z.L. Smith, was received.

Correspondence was received through letters and minutes from the following associations: Hill County, Pilot Grove, Bosque River, Salem and Primitive Baptist.

The association had 10 churches and 193 members; contribution, $14.25.

1901 The association met this year with Garrett's Creek Church, Wise County, August 9, 10 and 11o Eider Thomas Clark preached the introductory sermon. Elder B.L. Throneberry was chosen moderator, and Thomas Clark, clerk.

Correspondence, through letter and minutes, was received from Hill County, Bosque River and Red River. Salem Association was represented by her messengers, Elders P.M. Lancaster, H.C. Curington and Brethren Z.M. Wilson, A.B. Newton, A.A. DeShazo, G.W. Pool and J.M. Moore; Unity, messenger, J.H. Lea; Bethel, messenger, Elder L.J. Gresham. Correspondence was continued with all associations except Bethel.

The association agreed to grant Mt. Zion, Mt. Peak and Concord Churches letters of dismission.

This year the association had 4 ordained preachers, 9 churches and 189 members; contribution, $12.00.

1902 The association met this year with County Line Church, Johnson County, August 8, 9 and 10. Elder H.L. Griggs preached the introductory sermon and was chosen moderator; Elder Thomas Clark was elected clerk.

Received letters and minutes from the following: Salem Association by Elder P.M. Lancaster; Hill County by A.D. Oliphant, J.J. Johnson, W.D. Oliphant, Jr., C.C. Hamilton, B.D. Owen and J.H. Hardeman; Red River by Elder T.L. Webb; Pilot Grove and Unity had no messengers.

Chambers Creek asked for correspondence by her delegates, Elder A.F. Grafton, J.M. Ridgeway and M.L. Steele. The letter was received and the right hand of fellowship given the messengers.

The association this year had 3 ordained ministers, 6 churches and 140 members; contribution $9.00.

Note: Garrett's Creek and Cottonwood Churches were granted letters of dismission to join Salem Association.

1903 The association convened this year with County Line Church, Johnson County, August 7, 8 and 9. Elder Thomas Clark preached the introductory sermon, who was chosen moderator; H.L. Griggs was elected clerk.

Beaver Springs Church through her messenger, J.F. Maples, was received into the association.

Correspondence by minutes was received from the following associations: Hill County, Red River, Unity, Primitive Baptist; Pilot Grove; Salem, Elder P.M. Lancaster; Chambers Creek, Elder A.F. Grafton and others.

On motion, suspended correspondence with Bosque River Association until they rid themselves of absolutism, and continued correspondence with others.

The association had 5 churches and 77 members; committee on finance reported $7.00.

1904 This year the association met with Walnut Creek Church, Tarrant County, August 12, 13 and 14. The introductory sermon was preached by Elder H.L. Griggs. Elder Thomas Clark was chosen moderator, and Elder H.L. Griggs, clerk.

Correspondence was received from Chambers Creek Association by Elders A.F. Grafton, S.B. Kuykendall and H.W. Kilgore; minutes from other associations. Correspondence was continued.

On motion, received correspondence from Wise County Association by her messenger, J.S. Portwood.

This was an enjoyable meeting. Four precious ones came to the church telling their hope and were gladly received.

This year the association had 3 preachers, 5 churches and 68 members; contribution, $5.10.

1905 This year the association convened with Joshua Church, Johnson County, August 11, 12 and 13. Elder Thomas Clark preached the introductory sermon and was chosen moderator; H.L. Griggs was chosen clerk.

Correspondence was received from Chambers Creek by Elder H.C. Marcum; Hill County by Elder W.H. Bodine, Red River, minutes; Salem, Elder P.M. Lancaster; Pilot Grove, Elder R.A. Biggs; Wise County, J.S. Portwood and Edd Portwood.

On motion, received correspondence with Bosque River Association.

The association had 8 preachers, 5 churches, 71 members; contribution $7.75.

In 1906 the association had 5 churches, 85 members, 2 ordained preachers; contribution, $6.35.


COUNTY LINE CHURCH

County Line Church was organized November 27, 1869, on the east line of Johnson County, by Elders William Flanagan, Henry Shaw and Deacons James Howard, Isaac Parker and I.D. Parker, with the following members: Roding Sessums, Alexander Nations, David Nations, Mary Howard, Nancy Shaw, and Mary Ann Sessums.

In 1892, the church divided over two-seedism. The majority of the church went off with Elder T.J. Miller into said doctrine. The minority declared non-fellowship for said heresy and was recognized by all orderly Baptists as the church proper. After the above dismission, Elder Thomas clark was chosen pastor and served the church faithfully till November 1890, when Elder J.A. Paine was called to the care of the church, he being a member of the church.

R.H. Parish was ordained to the ministry on Saturday before the fifth Sunday in May 1892, by Elders J.A. Paine, Thomas Clark and Deacons Ben Clark, J.H. Oliver and G.M. McGehee. Elder Parish served the church till September 1894.

H.L. Griggs was ordained to the ministry the fifth Sunday in June 1895, by Elders Thomas Clark, J.A. Paine and Deacons B. Clark, T.W. Hopper and J.H. Oliver.

Elder J.A. Paine was dismissed by letter from this church and was in the constitution of the church at Mt. Peak; also Elder R.H. Parish was lettered out, and was in the constitution of Concord Church in Ellis County, now dissolved.

Elder H.L. Griggs is the pastor of the church and has been since he was ordained. The church is now a member of Village Creek Association.


VILLAGE CREEK CHURCH

The records of this church were destroyed by fire. Elder Thomas Clark, who was in the constitution informs me that the church was constituted in the fall of 1874, or spring of 1875, under an arbor on Deacon Benjamin Clark's old home place, about one and one half mile from the town of Burleson, by Elders J.R. Law, J.S. Meeks and likely W.S. Rogers, with the following members: Elder B.L. Throneberry, William Bean, Susan Bean, Benjamin Clark, M.A. Clark, Thomas Clark, Amanda Clark, Martha Burrows, Sarah Stone, N.E. Clark, and Thomas Wynne. Elder B.L. Throneberry was chosen pastor.

Elder Thomas Clark was ordained by the authority of this church, November 25, 1875, by Elders J.S. Meeks, J.R. Law and B.L. Throneberry, and has served the church until the present time. Elder W.J. Fleming was called to serve one year in connection with Elder Clark.

Village Creek Association was organized with this church in 1879.

The following resolution was passed by the church on the second Sunday in July 1891: "We declare non-fellowship for the doctrine that God predestinated sin directly, or that sin is a link in the chain of salvation, nor do we believe in an eternal vital union between Christ and the church and we will not allow these things preached in our pulpit."

The church now meets in the town of Burleson, in a house of her own.


WALNUT CREEK CHURCH

Walnut Creek Church was constituted in June 1875, in Tarrant County, by Elders Henry Shaw and R. Sessums of County Line Church, with the following members: Elder J.R. Law and Caroline Law, his wife, Ann Wheeler, T.S. Lee, J.A. Brandon, Eugene Meiseinheimer and wife, Francis Brandon, John Casstevens, Newton Wheeler and J.M. Morgan.

Elder J.R. Law was the pastor from the constitution of the church till April 1878, when N.N. Morris was called in connection with Elder Law.

In September 1879, a difficulty came up between Brother Casstevens and Elder N.N. Morris. Elder Morris moved off but the trouble was never settled. About this time Elder J.R. Law and the church got into trouble and in April 1880, Elder Law was excluded from the church. By this time the church had gone down to nine members.

Elder T.G. Miller served the church from September 1879, to April 1881, then Elder W.P. Mothershed until December 1883. From then till January 1885, the church had no regular pastor. In March 1885, the church called Elder J.A. Norton, in which capacity he served till October of same year, when Elder J.S. Collins was called, and served the church till September 1887. Elder Collins took issue with the church in regard to the letter the church prepared to be sent to the Trinity River Association. The church charged the association with holding in its fellowship a minister who had been excluded in another state for gross crime. The church was firm and unanimous against this disorder. Consequently, the church dismissed Elder Collins for his stand in favor of the order of Trinity River Association. The church called on Elders J.A. Norton and W.P. Mothershed to advise with her relative to her connection with the Trinity River Association. These ministers advised the church to withdraw from the association, which it did in November 1887.

In January 1888, the church called Elder Thomas Clark to the pastoral care of the church, who still serves the church. In 1888, the church joined Village Creek Association and is still a member of said body.


BUFFALO CHURCH

Buffalo Church was organized near Joshua, Johnson Count December 25, 1877, by Elder Thomas Clark and Deacons B. Clark and Thomas Wynne, with the following members: Josiah Wallace, D.L. Boaz, Reubin Goodwin, C. Lightfoot, Sarah Carlock and Martha Goodwin. The name of this church has been changed to Joshua Primitive Baptist Church, and now meets in the little town by that name.

Elder Thomas Clark was called to the pastoral care of the church at its organization and served until April 1881, when Elder W.J. Fleming was called as assistant pastor. He soon afterwards went west and, in March 1883, Elder G.I. Thomas was called to serve with Elder Clark.

In November 1883, Elder Thomas was dismissed by letter, and in September 1884, Elder Thomas resigned the care of the church and Elder W.L. Rogers was called, who served as pastor until November 1886, when Elder Thomas Clark was called to serve jointly with Elder Rogers. In January 1891, Elder Clark again resigned the care of the church, and Elder K.F. Polk was called with Elder Rogers. Elder Polk soon moved away and left the church in the care of Elder Rogers. In February 1893, Elder J.U. Putman was called, and served until the following November, when Elder Thomas Clark was again called to the care of the church and is still serving in that capacity.

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