Thursday, December 3, 2009

Beech Creek Branch Membership List

The Beech Creek Branch was organized on July 23rd, 1882 by Elder R. Spence and Elder W. S. Geddis. Beech Creek flows from Waynesboro to the Tennessee River a couple of miles below Clifton. Most of the members lived near the Tennessee River end of the creek, most likely in the area circled in red.

On the southside of Beech Creek, is a bluff over looking the Tennessee River. Elder Robison described it as 400 feet high and slightly undercut by erosion so that when they threw rocks over the edge, they could not see the spot in the river where the rocks hit the water. Today the bluff is more sloping, but it is a great place for a view of the River.

Below are the members listed in the South West Tennessee Baptism book. Note there are some name I have talked about before. One in particular some of you may recognized from previous posts is Amanda Queen.

Mary A Nunnely: Baptized Mar 11, 1882
Nancy Kyle: Baptized Mar 11, 1882
Sarah J. Nunneley: Baptized Apr 21, 1882; Emigrated to Utah in 1883
Miranda C. Nunneley: Baptized Apr 21, 1882; Emigrated to Utah in 1883
Octavia E. Braly: Baptized Jun 4, 1882; Emigrated to Idaho 1883
James C. Queen: Baptized Jun 17, 1882
Nathan W. Halford: Baptized Jun 17, 1882
Margaret E. Halford: Baptized Jun 17, 1882
Amanda C. Queen: Baptized Jun 25, 1882; Cut off for apostasy July 18th 1886 by Eld. Markham
George W. Nunneley: Baptized Jul 4, 1882; Died in full faith and friendship Aug 17th, 1885
E. L. A. Brooks: Baptized Jul 4, 1882; Cut off for apostasy July 18th 1886 by Eld. Markham
Lucinda N. Queen: Baptized Aug 24, 1882
Nancy E. N. Keeling: Baptized Aug 24, 1882
Mary Taylor: Baptized Aug 24, 1882
Francis M. Saunderson: Baptized Aug 24, 1882
Noah Smotherman: Baptized Aug 24, 1882; Died in 1882 in full faith in the Gospel
Elizabeth M. Grimes: Baptized Sep 17, 1882
Millard F. Grimes: Baptized Sep 17, 1882; Cut off for apostasy July 18th 1886 Markham
Rachel F. Grimes: Baptized Sep 17, 1882
Sophia Banks: Baptized Sep 24, 1882
Mary E. W. Griggs: Baptized Oct 22, 1882
Noah Weaver: Baptized Jan 28, 1883; Cut off for apostasy July 18th 1886
William Nunneley: Baptized Mar 18, 1883; Emigrated to Idaho [illegible] Utah May 1888
“Sister” Downing: Baptized [no date]; Died Nov 11 1886 Wayne Co.
Jemima Marrow: Baptized [no date]
Jrsuna Downing: Baptized [no date]
Florida Casteel: Baptized [no date]; Emigrated to Utah 1882
[Andrew Ernest] Casteel: Baptized [no date]; Emigrated to Utah 1882
Gaston La Braley: Baptized Nov 1, 1883; Emigrated to Idaho 1883
Nancy M. S. Braley: Baptized Nov 1, 1883; Emigrated to Idaho 1883
Byron E. Braley: Baptized Nov 1, 1883; Emigrated to Idaho 1883 a woman [?]
Jehu R Hensen: Baptized Nov 4, 1883; Removed to Arkansas Sept. 1884
Mary Jane Hensen: Baptized Nov 4, 1883; Removed to Arkansas Sept. 1884
Sophronia A Gambrill: Baptized Nov 4, 1883; Removed to Arkansas Sept. 1884
Laura F. Gambrill: Baptized Nov 4, 1883; Removed to Arkansas Sept. 1884

Amanda Queen's story can be found here and here.

Elder Woodbury wrote a letter from Beech Creek on February 2nd, 1885, parts of which were reprinted in the Deseret News on February 25th 1885.

Elder John A Hawks wrote the Deseret News on April 19th, 1884 describing a conference at Beech Creek at which they “were threatened by a mob, but still we held our meetings in peace.” Printed May 7th, 1884.

On August 11th, 1878, on the third day of the Southern States Mission Conference in Haywood Valley Georgia, William R. H. Manning was ordained a teacher to labor in the Beech Creek Branch. Though I'm not sure he was from there as the first baptism at Beech Creek wasn't for another four years later in 1882.

4 comments:

Ardis Parshall said...

I love lists of Saints whose names probably haven't been said for generations. Plus, you have now made these names available to descendants, through Google.

BruceCrow said...

Yes, putting them in a place where a google search will find them was part of my motivation. There is more in the handwritten record for most of these names. In some case the parents' names are listed as well as birthdates and birth places. So if someone finding this list wants more, just contact me. Which leads me to my other motivation. If your ancestors joined the LDS Church in Tennessee I'd love to hear from you.

J. Stapley said...

Looks Like Elder Markham Brought the Hammer down in July 1886. Any idea of what happened?

BruceCrow said...

You think like I do. I'm still trying to figure that one out.