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M. Lee, Editor,
V^OL. 3 NO. 40
BLUE RIDGE BAPTIST
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NORTH WILKESBOR(jy, N. C.. JULY 16, 1903.
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THE LEWIS’ fORK BAPTIST
I'he writer often leaves the reader with
something to supply—and sometimes
strands him in doubt Let us look at the
manj’-sided pictui e. The early pioneers,
manyof them, lived from the Kennebec river,
Maine to the Ashley river, S. O., and you
Vi ill find many familiar old Baptist names in
the Yadkin country among the early day
Baptists of Alnryland, Pennsylvania, and
New Jersey. From the latter State we in
stance the following uanies; Stout, Wilson,
Brown, Brooks, Morgan, Bennet, Smith,
Moore, Miller, Armstrong, Curtis, Martin,
Johnson, Adams, Morton, Thompson, Todd,
Davis, Simmon,s Van Horn, Eaton, Qano,
Sheppard, Reece and Horton. The latter fam
ily and others in the above list came from
In the mention made of Jjlder Andrew
Baker, the evident pioneer, of the mountain
Baptists of Ashe and Wilkes and the wes
tern parts of Virginia, some facts were with
held waiting further information from our
older and wiser brethren. Col. James Eller
says in a i-eceut letter that Elder Baker was
a brother in ’aw to Elder Nathaniel Vannoy.
The sketch kept by the writer would place
him as an older man than Nathaniel Vannoy
was and brother to the mother of the latter.
Wood Furman places the Bakers in the old
Charleston church and Benedict places Sam
uel Baker one of the constituent members of
the Old Ashley River church. Nathaniel
Vannoy was the fourth son of John Vannoy
and Susannah, hi.'? wife, and was born Feb-
i.iaij 10, itid. probably ,n Uie couuty or
Anson (now Davidson), Aorth- Carolina.
When converted to Christ the writer has
been unable to ascertain. When called to
the ministry is not known. He Wci.s a soldier
under Benjamin Cleveland who was claimed
as a kinsman in the King’s Mountain cam
paign and performed other services in that
war as did his father who must have been
more than sixty years of age in 1780. This
family were Huguenot on the fathers side
and English by descent from the mother.
Elder Nathaniel Vannoy is first in the list of
the constituent names of New Hope church
June 20, 1830. He is said to have been its
first pastor. The records do not show this,
although, some months after that organiza
tion was completed the chnrch by vote asked
the church at Reddies River for pastoral
help. The first sent, Elder Solomon Stamper
and the second sent, Elder James Vanno'’—
these two alternated the months until Elder
Jordan Ashley was called. This, by the wav,
sounds new to us in these days, but it was
the custom among the old regulars seventy
five years ago. Prior to 1840 some newly or
ganized body called on New Hope church
for pastoral help, and having recently or
dained Elder William 7hurch it was agreed
by the brethren at New Hope that this broth
er be sent. This proves the custom. So much
by the way .ind the custom evidently came
all the way from the. Charleston Association,
at a very early day in its history, prior to the
Revolution, we find this query.
“Quer V 14. Is it consistent with gospel or
der for a minister to have the pastoral care
of two distinct clinrches at the same time?”
This was answered in the negative. “Yet,”
says the minutes, “we are of opinion that the
p:i8tor of one church may occasimially’ admin
ister the ordinances in another which is des
In this weean see the influence of the Reg
ular Baptists in that centre of southern cul
ture and pulpit eloquence among the breth
ren on the Yadkin. It aids in establishing
the origin of the two families under discus
sion. It has been said that they came fiom
New Jersey, but this was owing to their af
finity to the family of Elder John Gano—an
other Huguenot and probably next to Oliver
Hart, the greatest preacher in America dur
ing the Revolutionary period, a chaplain in
the army and pastor—every where. New
York City, however, claimed him then.
Elder Vannoy lived to July 26, 1835, and
passed away i^t Greenville, S. C,,where a suit
able monument marks his resting place,
erected by his decendents—Vannoy and W.
C. Cleveland. Di his later years he rode as
did Elder Gano in many parts of North Car
olina, South Carolina and Tennessee.
His work was principally :imong the A-
cadians of the Saluda, Broad River, Trar.s-
ylvani-a, Swannanoa, French Broad ami to
the Dpek River regions in Middle Tennessee.
Col. J. Eller, the Moderator of the Ashe
Association f jr many years, gives it as his
impression that Elders Baker and Vannoy
were brothers in law, and says that his o wn
father and (he contemporaries of 1830—40
“spokeof Elder Vannoy as a minister of
considerablensHfnlness, was well informed
and did muchjn propogatiiig Baptist prin
ciples in the country where he preached. 1
am confident he was the first pastor at New
Hope and was succeeded by Elder Jordan
Ashley.” He is not mentioned in the or
ganization of the Yadkin Association. 1 do
not think his work, if indeed he was achris-
tiona.t that time, would lead him in that di
rection. But, no doubt, the Old Mountain
District Association organized in 1799 from
Eider Baker’s Virginia church and some o- -
thers in both states would be more likely to
(How much those Mountiun District Bap
tists could do to tticl the writer ni getting
information. Will they not do it?)
Elder A annoy moved from his home on
Beaver Greek in Ashe county to Lewis’s
Fork and settled there about the year 14115.
But was no doubt a prime mover in all tliose
occurrences that led to the organization of
the Lewis’s Fork Association. He W:is born
again when converted on the true mission
ary plan and was a zealous and faithful man
even in old age.
Elder George McNeil has been mentioned
by name several times and was the Moderator
of,the Yadkin Association in 1787 and for
many years afterward. “He came from Scot
land,” says one of his grand-sons, with two
brothers, John and Thomas.” (He had a sis
ter also who.se name was Mary.) They looked
back with love as long as they could see a
gieen leaf on account of their religious free
dom. My graud-father came to the State of
Va. and married a Miss. Coates, and as the
country settled up, being a Baptist minister
by profession, was called for to constitute
Baptist churches and attend as jiastorof Bap
tist churches. He came into Graysen countv,
Va., after which he came into Wilkes conntv,
N.. c., and constituted and attended churches
here. He attended churches down the Yad
He was pastor of theciiiirch near (helnaul
of the Vadkin. lie lived in Wilkes countv
about 21 miles west of New l.U>pe iiieeliiig
house”—and it was this place that was once
known as the church at Bro. McNeil’s—
prior to the Re,volition. Nathaniel Vaiinov
lived within oefe mile of Bro. McNeil’s iilaoe
ill 1816. Elder McNeil w;is Regisier i.i
Deeds of Wilkes county about, 1802. One
of his sons, John, marriel a Olevciaiid and
settled with the Clevelands in S, C. llis
soil, U illiam, was a soldier in the war of
1812 and after that was settled in Olairbiirii
county', I’ennessee. Elder James McNeil
was his grandson, Elder Milton McNeil, of
Wilkesboro. and Peter .McNeil, of Ashe, aho
U(il. J. Eller of Ashe Association aregiMiid-
soiis. One,of the Contemporaries of Elder
McNeil was i.lder Jaiiie.s Parsons, of Ashe
county near the Old Fields church. Eider
1 homas Pioffit was also a neighbor and
contemporary. The inter mariiagcs of this
family have brought a long train of kinsmen
and decendants, of different family names.
The descendants of tLio pionce- Ooubeiess
iiumbei’ tbeir thousands at this time. Ten
thousainl might b'. a-higb estimate bat ib-,
writer would hardly hesitate at ha f that
number. 'They are generally in the footsteps
of their ancestors in their religious opinions.
Dr. Greei.e in his sketch of the Baptists of
the upper Yadkin Valley, written a few
years ago, gives this account of the McNeil
family. He says “they first settled in the
lower pan, of ca’-olina probaolv in the cape
E’ear region, llis two brothers went farth
er west but he himself went first to the wes
tern part of Virginia. Here he jirobal.ily
struck ihc trail of the emigrant: frmi
PcniisOvania to Western North Carolii,fi,
and turned southward to .Vshe conurv. .S'aui
he crossed the Mountaiins and Settled on
Lewis’Fork, in Wilkes, nea,r where New
Hope church now stands, ”
(continued on secoml page.)
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