Monday, June 15, 2009

Wolf Creek Branch Organization

Wolf Creek is a small community southwest of Lawrenceburg, Tennessee about a mile north of the Alabama State line. The first baptism there was Virginia E. Grimes (nee Philips) on July 8 1883. Others were baptised soon after at Wolf Creek and in nearby Lauderdale, Alabama. By 1884 Elder J. J. Fuller, President of the South West Tennessee Conference organized the saints at Wolf Creek into a branch.
of the organization of the Wolf Creek Branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day saints. Organized may 31st 1884.

The Elders and Saints met at the residence of Thomas Gilberts at 2:30 PM

Present of the Elders. Elder J. J. Fuller President of the Conference Elders John S. Linton, Leo A. Bean and James A. Ross of the travelling Elders of the South West Tennessee Conference.

Of the Saints, Thomas Gilbert, Charley O. Brown, John McMurtrey, David S. Chambers, Martha Ann Barnett. Lucinda O. Brown and 12 others not belonging to the Church.

Meeting called to order by President J. J. Fuller Hymn 47 “Come, come ye saints,” was sung. Opening prayer was offered by Elder J. A. Ross, Hymn 234 Come all ye sons of Zion. Pres Fuller the addressed the meeting for one hour on authority explaining the nature of the Aaronic and Melchisedec Priesthoods quoting passages from Heb 7 chapter and Doctrine and Covenants.
Elder Ross then followed in a few additional remarks.

Thomas Gilbert was ordained to the Aaronic Priesthood and to the office of priest and set apart to preside in the Wolf Creek Branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints by Pres J. J. Fuller.

L. A. Bean addressed the meeting quoting 1 Cor 12 12-21

Elder John S. Linton was appointed clerk of the Branch

Sang hymn on page 268 “The spirit of God like a fire is burning”

Benediction by Elder John S. Linton

John S. Linton - Clerk
Branch baptismal records continue until 1888.


Amy said...

Thank you for all your amazing work on the history of the Southern States Mission.

Ardis Parshall said...

This is neither here nor there, but your Elder L.A. Bean was Leo Albert Bean, half-brother of Orestes Utah Bean (the eccentric playwrite of "Corianton") and full brother of Virginius Bean, who baptized my grandfather. It's fun to see a familiar name, which reminds me that every one of the people mentioned had a unique story, all coming together on that day.

Thanks for this record. AMH is growing to become THE record of Tennessee LDS history.

BruceCrow said...

Thank you, Amy. Some of what I am doing was inspired by your work.

Ardis, you know that is exactly the sort of thing I love to find out. Of course, I recall your post on Orestes Utah Bean. Thanks.

As for Tennessee LDS History, someone was already doing the States with a lot of Mormon history; Utah, Missouri, Illinois and New York. So I figured since I was here....

I am surprised how many nitch areas of LDS history are represeted in Tennessee. More on that in later posts.

Christopher said...

Keep it coming, Bruce. This is really good grassroots history. Thanks.

BruceCrow said...

Thanks, Christopher. This material is everywhere, but not usually in searchable format. You kind of have to know it is there so you can look in the right place.