Monday, January 16, 2017

Tennessee Baptisms in 1917

Here we go again with a new year and new set of baptisms from 100 years ago. As before I'll be trying to tease out information about the people behind the names. As I find details I'll be sharing them on my blog or on Twitter. Feel free to follow me there by following the link on the left sidebar.

I have been able to identify 87 baptisms in Tennessee during 1917. Below is a map of them by county. On the left side of the map are the baptisms in the Middle Tennessee Conference, and on the right are the East Tennessee Conference. A few areas stand out.

There were five baptisms in Shelby county (left bottom) where we have the member-led Memphis Branch. There were 10 in Humphreys county (center left) where the Turkey Creek Branch meets. The branch is at the north end of the county so having 7 baptisms from neighboring Houston county doesn't surprise me. There were also 10 baptisms in Putnam county with a few in neighboring Smith (4) and Overton (5) counties too. There wasn't a branch in that area, as far as I can tell, at least not yet. Cocke county (on the right center. Pronounced like Coke) had 9, most from a single large family. Hamilton county (bottom right) had 5, but only one was in Chattanooga and that was the mission president's daughter. The other 4 were at Soddy at the other (north) end of the county where a branch was organized.

What doesn't stand out? Nashville had no baptisms. There weren't many members there in 1917, despite nearly constant efforts so there wasn't a branch at the time. Grundy County had a large branch at Hurricane, but no baptisms for the year. Knoxville had a branch, and 1 baptism. Sweetgum in Van Buren county had a branch and only 1 baptism. Maury county had a branch, and only 1 baptism. Robertson county had a branch and only 1 baptism.

Of the 87 baptisms 32 were under 18 years old. Of those, 14 were for 8 year old children. To use a modern standard they would be considered children of record baptisms, instead of convert baptisms. Many of the other minor aged baptisms would functionally fall into the same category since they may have not been baptized at age 8 because they had to wait until a missionary came around to perform the baptism.

As you might expect in a time when many baptisms were still held in the open air, almost none of them happened during the winter.

Heather Ora Featherston31-Mar-17
Clarence Monroe Stone2-Apr-17
Flora H Stone2-Apr-17
Tilly L Stone2-Apr-17
Jesse L Emby9-Apr-17
Ella Featherston22-Apr-17
Ruby R Mitchell24-Apr-17
Corda N Williamson24-Apr-17
Thomas Coggins29-Apr-17
Charles M Ellison29-Apr-17
Thomas L Frazier29-Apr-17
Dossie Priest30-Apr-17
Della Coggins30-Apr-17
Cordelia Coggins30-Apr-17
Ellen C Ellison30-Apr-17
Orva Woolbright14-May-17
Polley E Hughes20-May-17
Minnie Hughes20-May-17
Mary C Seiber22-May-17
James Wade Nichols24-May-17
Jane Arthy Bevenue26-May-17
Nash N Fuller2-Jun-17
Charlie E Abney3-Jun-17
Cara M Butler3-Jun-17
Charlie T Gilpatrick3-Jun-17
Flora L Gilpatrick3-Jun-17
Carl W Stone9-Jun-17
Josephine Thompson10-Jun-17
William R Conner11-Jun-17
Fred L Amonett11-Jun-17
Josephine Callis15-Jun-17
Alice Geoffy18-Jun-17
Isaac M Robinson29-Jun-17
Franklin Murray4-Jul-17
Effie O Booker8-Jul-17
Soffie I Booker8-Jul-17
Melvin L Booker8-Jul-17
Beatrice O Booker8-Jul-17
Luther H Clemons12-Jul-17
Bertha M Lindsey12-Jul-17
John I Lindsey12-Jul-17
Oscar Gorden Stone17-Jul-17
Harris Haager Carter23-Jul-17
Cleveland Bigham28-Jul-17
Richard Andrew Bigham28-Jul-17
Albert Harris Durham28-Jul-17
Eva Leaner Durham28-Jul-17
Mary Bell Barron29-Jul-17
John Clinton Smith29-Jul-17
John M Wilson1-Aug-17
Pernancy Catherine Dunn5-Aug-17
Lonnie Mae Heaton6-Aug-17
Hattie Jentry10-Aug-17
Lona A Parham10-Aug-17
Louis C Parham10-Aug-17
George S Starkey12-Aug-17
Mary Bryant Ausbrooks13-Aug-17
Claude Earl Stamper16-Aug-17
Jesse Lou Bigham19-Aug-17
Maggie A Bigham19-Aug-17
Carroll Sampson Busby21-Aug-17
Sophia Isabelle Busby21-Aug-17
Mallie Busby21-Aug-17
Elsie Erma Busby21-Aug-17
Daisy D Box22-Aug-17
Mary Jane Bigham23-Aug-17
Maggie Ida Hill29-Aug-17
Mandy Alice Holt31-Aug-17
Sarah L Hailey31-Aug-17
Lillie M Robinson2-Sep-17
Fleeder Willhelm2-Sep-17
Mattie Lousia Gray9-Sep-17
Maude Ethel Gray9-Sep-17
Paul A Ragan18-Sep-17
Eliza L James23-Sep-17
Nancy E Shannan23-Sep-17
Jady D Kirby Jr 23-Sep-17
Bernard Talley25-Sep-17
Callie N Talley25-Sep-17
Glen W Williams25-Sep-17
Nancy E Clemons5-Oct-17
Allie V Clemons5-Oct-17
William S Clemons5-Oct-17
Rachel Lee Gleason15-Oct-17
Anna Price Caur18-Nov-17
John Harrison Caur18-Nov-17
Nina M Ragan9-Dec-17

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