Thursday, August 04, 2016

"Choctaw Bill" Robinson

Excerpt from William "Choctaw Bill" Robinson by D. D. Tidwell

William Robinson (1809 – 1898)

“William Robinson was born in North Carolina January 11, 1809, the son of Wallace Robinson and his wife, Rebecca Bishop. Prior to his fifteenth birthday the family moved to Alabama. On April 16, 1828 he married Julia Lucinda Fulford in Marengo County, Alabama, and they had eight children, all born in Alabama except the last two. After the death of his first wife he married Irena Isabel Brent in Hinds County, Mississippi, on November 15, 1846. They had six children, one of whom (Rev. O. B. Robinson) was a Baptist minister.

“About 1842 William Robinson moved to Louisiana and a son states that he owned 100 slaves about this time. In 1848 he moved to Rusk County, Texas, and by 1854 he was a resident of Johnson County. Soon after moving to Texas, William Robinson became a Baptist minister. Information as to his licensing and ordination is lacking although it may have been by the original Henderson Baptist Church. In 1851 he and Rev. Obadiah Dodson held a revival at Mount Enterprise and formed the Holly Springs Baptist Church.”

* Holly Springs was at Pine Hill rather than Mt. Enterprise (though it may have shown up with a Mt. Enterprise address in some records). When we were at Burleson, we saw the Bethesda Baptist church building and cemetery. Bethesda was organized by Robinson in 1855. He is buried in Comanche County.

Sunday, July 03, 2016

Soda Lake Baptist Association

The Soda Lake Baptist Association was organized as the Eastern Missionary Baptist Association in 1847 in Harrison County, Texas -- the result of a split in the Sabine Baptist Association over mission ideas and methods. Though there are no Rusk County churches currently in the association, one of the original four founding churches was the Baptist Church in Henderson in Rusk County.

* "Samuel Herrin" in the J. B. Link article should be "Lemuel Herrin".

Saturday, May 28, 2016

L. L. Pruitt

Services for Rev. L. L. Pruitt, 94, of Henderson, will be held Tuesday, July 9, 1991 2 p.m. at West Main Baptist Church with the Revs. Kenneth Stone, Duane Pringle and Raymond Bugg officiating. Interment will be in Long (sic) Star Cemetery, Nacogdoches, under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Rev. Pruitt died Sunday, July 7, 1991, at 8:35 in a Henderson nursing home after a lengthy illness. He was born Sept. 5, 1896 in Laneville. He attended Jacksonville Baptist College, was a member and 65-year minister of Baptist churches. Rev. Pruitt founded the West Main Baptist Church and pastored there for 12 years. He also pastored churches in Texas and Louisiana for 55 years. He is preceded in death by his wife Maggie Pruitt, who died Aug. 23, 1980. They were married for 60 years.

Excerpt from Henderson Daily News, July 8, 1991

* West Main Baptist Church was organized circa 1945

Sunday, May 01, 2016

First Baptist, Henderson

According to its historical marker, First Baptist Church in Henderson: 
Begun in 1845 by the Rev. Lemuel Herrin (d. 1852), pioneer missionary Baptist minister from Tennessee, this church was reorganized in 1850 by Elders John B. Renfro and J. O. Walker, and the Rev. Jesse Witt, who served as the first pastor. Total membership in 1850 was 21. In its early years, the fellowship shared a meeting place with the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. The present church building was dedicated April 25, 1954. At least three other congregations have been sponsored by this one. The membership has grown steadily in recent years to the current (1976) total of over 1800.

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Forty year church anniversary

The Old Prospect Baptist Church, meeting on County Road 3197, about 5 miles south of Mt. Enterprise, will celebrate its fortieth anniversary on Sunday October 5, 2014. Morning services will start at 10 a.m., with dinner on the grounds following. Afternoon services will resume about 1:15 p.m. The church was constituted on October 6, 1974 when 44 members of Landmark Missionary Baptist Church of Mt. Enterprise called for their letters and went into an organization. All current and former members are urged to attend, as well as their families and friends. Everybody welcome.

Directions to the meeting location may be found HERE.

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Mt. Carmel member updates

Pernilie Jane Lyles
Pernilie Jane Guinn married Jasper Edge in January of 1860. Jasper Edge died in Rondo Arkansas in 1862. In September 1867 she married Zachary Taylor Lyles, son of Berry B. Lyles. The marriage was performed in Rusk County, Texas by Elder W. M. Sparkman.

William Moses Sparkman

According to Carla Brown on Find-a-Grave, William Moses Sparkman is buried at the Chalk Mountain Cemetery in Somervell County, Texas. Somervell County is to the west of Tarrant and Johnson counties. Some will recognize its county seat -- Glen Rose, Texas.

China Elizabeth Buckner Sparkman [Green]

After the death of William Moses Sparkman, China Elizabeth married Joseph M. Green in 1880. They had 3 children. She died in 1921. They are buried at the Pecan Wells Cemetery in Hamilton County, Texas.

Saturday, July 06, 2013

Baptist historical markers in Rusk County

I have found at least a dozen Baptist churches in Rusk County have historical markers:

Antioch (Baptist Church and Community)
Arlam Baptist Church
First Baptist Church of Henderson
Forest Home Baptist Church
Liberty Missionary Baptist Church
Mission Springs Baptist Church
New Prospect Baptist Church & Cemetery
Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church
Sardis Baptist Church
Smyrna Baptist Church
Sulphur Springs Missionary Baptist Church
Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church & Cemetery

In addition, the Campground Cemetery marker mentions that the "Mt. Zion Baptist Association, composed of thirteen area Baptist churches, was organized on this property in 1857" and the Redland Church marker mentions Smyrna Baptist Church.

The information on these markers can be found by searching the Texas Historical Commission historical marker atlas.