Concordia Conference Minutes - 1863

County Coordinator's Notes: Abbreviations commonly used at this time include: Bro.
for Brother and C.C. for church clerk. Adopted was frequently spelled Adopt or Addopt. In this year,
several slaves were accepted into the church. It will be obvious that they are slaves because the
record says "Mary belonging to Owner."

January 24th 1863
Church of Christ at Concord

After preaching by Bro O. E. McKeown opened conference opened the door of the Church for the reception of members when Mrs. Mary Hall and Lucy Strickland came forward and were received for Baptism. Read proceedings of last meeting there being no further business dismissed in order.

                          W. C. Hendry, Chr Clk

February 21st 1863
Church of Christ at Concord

After Preaching by the Pastor, opened Conference opened the door of the Church for the reception of members. No person Came forward. Brother N. R. Hand & Jesse Hair made acknowledgements for trespassing on the Sabbath by Boiling salt at the Coast. Their acknowledgements were received there being no further business dismissed in order.

                          A. Bowen Ch Clk, P.T.

March 21st 1863
Church of Christ at Concord

After Preaching by Brother McKeown opened conference. On motion Bro Ham Brothers N. R. Hand & Jesse Hair was cited to the Church for trial concerning a misunderstanding between them in a settlement about their salt works. On motion Bro. N. T. Scott a committee of five was appointed to investigate the subject and report at the next conference which consists of N. T. Scott, W. C. Hendry, A. Bowen, G. W. Rich, J. (Jordan) Barber. The door of the Church was then opened reception of members when Mrs. Martha A. Roland came forward and was received for Baptism. There being no further business dismissed in order.

                          W. C. Hendry, Chr Clk

April 25th 1863
Church of Christ at Concord

After Preaching by Bro. McKeown opened conference. Read Decorum & Church covenant. Committee reported that the Difficulty Between Bros Hair & Hand was satisfactorily settled. Opened door of the Church for reception of members. Bro. Hand made confession for making & boiling salt on Sunday on the Coast. On motion of Bro Maner the case of dealing between Sisters Hair & Hand was introduced for want of Fellowship through misunderstanding. On mo of Bro Scott the Case was deferred till next meeting and a com of five appointed to investigate and report at the next meeting which consist of Rev. J. Reeves, Bros. N. T. Scott, A. Bowen, J. Barber & G. W. Rich. There being no further business dismissed in order.

                          W. C. Hendry, C. C.

May 23rd 1863
Church of Christ at Concord

After Preaching by Bro McKeown opened conference. Opened Door of the church for reception of Members. Mrs. Elisabeth Robertson came forward and received for Baptism. Read proceedings of last meeting. The Committee report that the Difficulty between Sisters Hair & Hand was settled by their agreeing to give each other their right hand and making the necessary acknowledgments which they done in presence of the church.

Called for new cases of Dealing when Rev. J. Reeves reported the Case of Sister Mary Jimerson for Adultery. On motion of Bro. Scott, she was excommunicated from the fellowship of the Church. There being no further business Dismissed in order.

                          W. C. Hendry, C. C.

June 27th 1863
Church of Christ at Concord

After Preaching by the Pastor Opened conference for business opened the door of the Church for the reception of members. Mrs. Sarah Whiddon came forward and was received by Experience. Read proceedings of last meeting. Continued the meeting and during its progress the following persons came forward and was received for Baptism: Mrs. Rebecca Gray, Sarah Connell, Miss Adella Long, Ezilla Floyd, G. B. Strickland, W. C. Rawls, J. G. Connell, George Sweatman, George Hair, Mrs. Ann Johnson, Miss Josepine Hand, Mrs. M. R. Harrison, Mary Faircloth, Miss Masoura Culverson. Mrs. Lucinda Dalton and Mrs. Mary A. Pate were received by letter. (Blks) received for Baptism Bill belonging to Mr. Robinson, Elizer belonging to Mr. Bell, Masoura Nunan, Jane Hand, and Hester Parrott.

                          W. C. Hendry, C. C.

July 25th 1863
Church of Christ at Concord

After preaching by the pastor opened conference for business opened the Door of the Church for the reception of members. Miss Martha Shelfer, Mrs. Jane Kemp, Mrs. Easter Johnson, & Jim belonging to Mr. Shelfer, and John Barber came forward and was received to be baptized next day.

Rev. John Reeves & Wife, Jessee Hair & Wife, George & Jane Hair, Mrs. Mary Ann Pate, & Matilda Kinny were excommunicated from the church for joining another church of different faith & orders.

                          W. C. Hendry, C. C.

Sunday July 26th 1863

Opened Door of the church when Mr. B. Joyner and Mrs. Connell were received & Baptized During the meeting. Miss Julia Shelfer, Racheal Truluck, Bro. Lindsey & Wife, Sister White & four Blacks were received.

                          W. C. Hendry, Chr Clk

Aug 22nd 1863
Church of Christ at Concord

After Preaching by Bro. O. E. McKeown opened conference opened the door of the Church for the reception of members when Mrs. M. Hatchel came forward and waqs received for Baptism. Bro. N. T. Scott & W. C. Rawls were elected deligates to the Association. Bro. W. C. Hendry, G. W. Rich Alternates. There being no further business dismissed in order.

Sunday 23rd, Mrs. Caroline Lott was received for Baptism. Mary, Blk Woman belonging Mr. Regan, was received by letter.

                          W. C. Hendry, Chr. Clk.

Sept 26th 1863
Church of Christ at Concord

After Preaching by Bro. Johnson opened conference for business opened the door of the Church for the reception of members. Bros. W. A. Bruton & N. T. Kersy came forward and were received by letter. Mrs. Kersy was received for Baptism. Sister M. A. Hatchel applied for a letter of dismission which was granted. Sister Elizabeth Robertson was Excommunicated from the fellowship of the Church for joining another Church not of the same faith and order. There being no further business dismissed in order.

                          W. C. Hendry, C. Clerk

Oct 24th 1863
Church of Christ at Concord

After Preaching by Bro. O. E. McKeown opened Conference opened the door of the Church for the reception of members when Miss Nancy Griffin came forward and was received for Baptism. Bro. John Strickland was received by letter. Read proceedings of last meeting. There being no further business dismissed in order.

                          W. C. Hendry, Chr Clk

Nov 21st 1863
Church of Christ at Concord

After Preaching by Bro. O. E. McKeown opened conference opened the door of the Church for the reception of members when Mrs. Dorinda Robinson & Finetta Butler came forward and was received for Baptism. Read proceedings of last meeting. There being no further business dismissed in order.

Sunday 22nd Mrs. Mary Rawls & David G. Connell & a Blk Woman belonging Mr. Alderman was received for Baptism. Sister N. J. E. Lynn came forward but not having her letter was received under the watch care of the Church until she could get one. Bros. J. (Jordan) Barber & W. C. Hendry was appointed as a committee to see Jim a Blk man belonging to Mr. Shelfer and get him to attend the next conference.

                          W. C. Hendry Ch. Clk

Dec 26th 1863
Church of Christ at Concord

After Preaching by Bro. O. E. McKeown opened Conference opened the door of the Church for the reception of members. Read proceedings of last meeting. Jim a colered Bro. belonging Mr. Shelfer was called on to answer to the charge preferred against him for running away from his Master. He made the necessary acknowledgements which was received by the Church and the Boy relieved. There being no further business dismissed in order.

                          W. C. Hendry Chr Clk

Sunday the 27th Mrs. Sarah Connell came forward and was received for Baptism.

 
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