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".


Blogger AKLori said...

I am searching the Herrin line. I believe there are two Lemuel Herrin's who lived around the same time, but one (as noted in the church) came from Tennessee. The other, Alabama and died in the Mexican American War (or as a result of). The latter I believe to be my family line. With so many similar names in this family tree, once can't help but wonder if/where the connection really lies. My thinking is that these two gentlemen are likely cousins. I am wondering if you have any substantiated resources for the Reverend Lemuel (aka Samuel) to confirm birth, death, marriage, children etc.

I appreciate any help you can provide!

Best wishes,

Lori (Herrin) Vickery

4:21 AM  
Blogger R. L. Vaughn said...

Hi, Lori,

I'm not sure how much help I can be, but I'm glad to try. Feel free to e-mail me:
rl_vaughn -AT-

I am not that up on the Herrin genealogy, but the preacher Lemuel Herrin is a fairly well-known name in Texas Baptist history. He came here from Tennessee and was one of the pioneer preachers in East Texas. He was associated with Elder Isaac Reed, another pioneer preacher from Tennessee, and there was a good bit of marriage between the Reed and Herrin families. Though the name is sometimes given as Samuel, Lemuel is the correct given name.

Though he came here to Texas from Tennessee, marriage records show that Lemuel married Mary Hendon in Oglethorpe County, Georgia in 1808. His brother Abner married Mary's sister Keziah Hendon. The man I believe is probably Lemuel's father-in-law was living next door to him in Franklin County in 1820, and died in 1822.

Lemuel and Mary Herrin were living in Franklin County, Tennessee (on the TN/AL line) when the census was taken in 1820 and in 1830 they are further north and west in Humphreys County, Tennessee. I didn't find them in the 1840 census. I think he was in Benton County, Tennessee before coming to Texas. Likely what happened was that where he lived in Humphreys County became part of Benton County when it was formed in 1835. Riley's History of the Baptists of Texas says he came to Texas in 1841 (p. 40), and Z. N. Morrell's book also says so, and that he settled in Harrison County (Flowers and Fruits in the Wilderness, p. 188). Morrell was a contemporary of Herrin, so he should have been in a position to know. We know that L. Herrin was here at least by then through his involvement in organizing churches and an association early in that decade.

Unfortunately, by the time the censuses list children, Lemuel and Mary had only one child left at home. (Year: 1850; Census Place: Panola, Texas; Roll: M432_913; Page: 163A; Image: 327)

The daughter living at home was named Emaline Herrin. In 1851 in Panola County, Texas, she married John Reed. She probably died before 1860, as John appears in the 1860 census with 3 children and no wife. I am fairly certain that William M. Herrin was their son. Mary as a widow was living with him in 1860. I think the Amanda Herrin who married Pleasant Reed was probably their daughter. I know that Karenhappuck Herrin, who married P. M. C. Winder, was their daughter. The Winders donated the original land where the church was located in the community where I preach. There was also a Gresham/Greson Herrin that I suspect was their son.

A nephew of Lemuel gave family information in a couple of letters to men in Texas (link below). Though it may not be totally accurate, it gives the passed down family information. He says that Lemuel, Elisha and Abner Herrin were sons of Moses and Agnes Herrin, and that about 1800 the brothers went to Tennessee. This is probably off a few years, at least for Lemuel, for we know he was married in Georgia in 1808. According to the nephew, Lemuel, his wife and a daughter were given letters of dismission from his church in Tennessee in 1838 -- so he may have been in between (in transit) leaving Tennessee and getting to Texas when the 1840 census was done.

Here are also some links that you might find helpful, though I am not vouching for their accuracy.

I realize this could be a lot of peripheral information that might not be useful, but am thinking there might be something in it that can either tie to or exclude from your search. Hope this helps!

11:14 AM  

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