Monday, June 02, 2008

Extinct churches A-D

Antioch Missionary Baptist Church met somewhere in the Compton, or Pone, Community.

Boll's Prairie -- this church is listed in the 1896 Mt. Zion Association minute I have. Its location is not given, so it may not even be in Rusk County. I mention it here in case someone is familiar with an old church or community by this name, possibly in Gregg, Panola, or Rusk counties.

Broom's Chapel Missionary Baptist Church is mentioned in the Mt. Zion Baptist Association minutes. Location uncertain.

Buford -- There was once a Missionary Baptist Church in the Buford Community. At present the only information I have on this church is from a brief memory written by my great-grandfather, Marshall Lewis Vaughn, listing it among the churches he remembered pastoring. The Buford community was just west of Henderson on FM 13, near the current Rusk County Expo Center and airport. I talked to former county commissioner Kimble Harris (who grew up there and has lived there for years) about it. He said that was the Buford Community, and there was once a school and a church building. The school building was on the north side of FM 13, and the church building on the south side, in what would now be the northwest corner of the airport property. The Free Will Baptists probably also met here.

Chalk Hill Primitive Baptist Church met in the Chalk Hill Community, in the building currently used by the
Chalk Hill Community Church. Chalk Hill and Mt. Ararat (aka Mt. Homer) merged to form the Henderson Primitive Baptist Church, and they meet in the Mt. Ararat building west of Henderson on US Hwy 79.

Cool Springs is located west of Laneville off FM 1798 and at the end of CR 4181D.

Dewey MBC -- there was a Missionary Baptist Church brief at the Dewey Community, on CR 3206 west of Mt. Enterprise. Or, if not, at least Missionary Baptist preachers held revival meetings in the school building. My father remembers at least Ellis Woolverton and Raymond Scruggs preaching there. The school building was somewhere west of the intersection of CR 3206 and CR 3155, on the south side of the road.

2 Comments:

Blogger Bro. Matt said...

I've heard mention of a Dewey MBC. But then again, it's all second-hand info.

10:34 PM  
Blogger R. L. Vaughn said...

Update on Dewey Church: According to Centennial + 5: History of the Smyrna Baptist Church of Rusk County, Texas by J. W. Griffith, the church at Dewey called for the ordination of Raymond Scruggs in 1923 (p. 27). He was ordained on Sept. 8th. So there was a church there at that time.

5:29 PM  

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