Vineland Baptist Church VINELAND BAPTIST CHURCH

Contributed by Jeffrey A. Reed


Vineland Baptist Church was organized on September 12, 1912 with 29 charter members.  The building was finished and dedicated on October 5, 1913.
 The property for the building was obtained as follows:
-The SE quarter of the NE quarter of section 8 and the SW quarter of the NW quarter of section 9 T-12, R-4E was purchased by William Joseph Smyly from T. A. Leonard for $1500.00 on Sept. 16, 1913 and donated to the trustees of the Vineland Baptist Church.
-Begin on the north line of section 10, twelve chains and forty links east of the NW corner of said section.  From there south two chains and twelve links to the Clifton & Choctaw Corner Road (Co. Rd. 55) thence east along said road two chains and ninety-five links to the  line between J. E. Smyly and J. A. Carson thence north eighty links to the north line of said section, thence west two chains and sixty links to the place of the beginning.  Being part of the NW quarter of the NW quarter of section 10, T-12, R-4E.  Sold by Joseph Elias Smyly to the trustees of Vineland Baptist Church for $1.00 on October 24, 1913.
-All the land belonging to us (J. A. Carson) that lies north of the Clifton & Choctaw Corner Road in the NW quarter of the NW quarter of section 10, T-12, R-4E.  Sold by J. A. Carson and wife to the trustees of Vineland Baptist Church for $1.00 on September 12, 1913.
-Begin on the south line of section 3 twelve chains and forty links east of the SW corner, thence north thirty-five yards to a stake, thence east one hundred and eighteen yards to a stake near a ditch, thence south fifty-five degrees east to the section line, thence west to the point of the beginning.  Being part of the SW quarter of the SW quarter of section 3, T-12, R-4E.  Sold by M.A., Edward, and wife S.B. Strickland for $1.00 to the trustees of Vineland Baptist Church.
Vineland Church

Article from the Democrat-Reporter dated March 13, 1913
THE VINELAND BAPTIST CHURCH
A Memorial to the late Reverend Thomas W. Smyly

     Many who read the Democrat-Reporter will recall the death of Rev. Thomas W. Smyly just after he graduated from Howard College in May 1912.  The earnest religious life of Brother Smyly had made a deep and lasting impression upon his friends and neighbors at Vineland, his home village, and upon the people of the Bethel Association, while it is common consent that no nobler young man ever graced Howard College.  Brother Smyly had engaged to do general evangelistic work in the association and came home from college to enter upon his duties early in June 1912, but typhoid fever brought him to an early grave within a few days.
     It was Brother Smyly's earnest desire to establish a baptist church at Vineland.  To this end he prayed and labored, even selecting the spot where he thought a chapel should be erected.  No sooner had his body been laid away than friends began to talk of his cherished plans.  Announcement was made and the Vineland Baptist Church was organized with 29 members on September 12, 1912.  A building committee was appointed, the site selected by Brother Smyly was secured, liberal pledges and cash contributions have been received, especially from the citizens of Vineland.  The framing has been sawed and is now on the ground and within a week the foundation will be laid and work begun.  Besides the main auditorium there will be a commodius vestibule, classrooms, a a concrete baptistry.  Just above the baptistry will be placed a marble slab with the inscription " In memory of Rev. Thomas W. Smyly, a faithful minister of Jesus Christ."
     It was suggested at the association September 20, 1912 that the proposed chapel be considered a chapel to Brother Smyly, and a committee was appointed to cooperate with the Vineland brethren in securing from friends of the cause and Brother Smyly personally, gifts for the erection of this chapel.
     Contributions may be sent to William J. Smyly (father of the young man), treasurer, Vineland, Alabama.  The names of all contributors will be recorded in the church book and read on the day of dedication.  About $500.00 will be needed to dedicate free of debt.  Any friends who desire to have part in this memorial enterprise will kindly send contributions without delay.
L. E. Smith, Chairman Memorial Committee, Pine Hill, Alabama.

Article from the Democrat-Reported dated October 16, 1913
REV. L. E. SMITH DEAD
Was Prominent Baptist Minister.  Served as Associational Missionary last year in Bethel Association.

     News of the death of Rev. L. E. Smith reached Linden last Sunday afternoon when Mr. W.F. Fox came down in his automobile from Thomaston after Dr. C. W. Hudson to go to Vineland, where Mr. Smith died.  Mrs. Smith had sent to Thomaston for Dr. Hudson, and the team having been tired and worn out by hard driving, Mr. Fox came to Linden after Dr. Hudson while the team was being rested.
     Several weeks ago Mr. Smith had the misfortune to stick a nail into his foot and at the Association meeting at Octagon he was suffering greatly, having to go about on crutches.  On Sunday, the 5th inst., he conducted the dedication exercises of the new baptist church at Vineland and he was then badly crippled from the effects of the wound.  From this time he gradually grew worse until tetanus began to develop, which was the direct cause of his death last Saturday night.
     A few years ago Mr. Smith moved his family to this section of Alabama from Ohio and took charge of the church at Pine Hill as pastor.  Later he resigned that church and assumed charge of the movement to erect a new church at Vineland, a memorial to the lamented Rev. Thomas W. Smyly, and at the same time contracted with the Executive Committee of the Bethel Association as Associational Missionary for half time, which commission he held to the time of the meeting of the Association at Octagon on Friday before the 4th Sunday in last month.
     Mr. Smith was greatly aided in his work by his talented and accomplished wife.  He was a fluent speaker, a deep reasoner, and an energetic and enthusiastic worker, and will be greatly missed in the fields of his labor, both as a citizen of the county and a minister of the gospel.


  The following list comprises those who joined the church after itís organization thru 1941.  A list of charter members is in existence, but is not available for transcription at this time.
Year Joined 
Name
How Joined
1912
Johnny Carson Bridges
Letter
1912
Sallie Ella Reed
Letter
1912
Leona Clark
Letter
1912
William Joseph Reed
Letter
1914
Idell McManus Pope
Baptism
1914
Mary McManus Hawkins
Letter
1915
Margaret Ada Reed McManus
Letter
1915
Eunice Erewin McManus
Letter
1915
Robert Pritchett Bridges, Sr.
Baptism
1916
Grady B. Bridges
Letter
1916
John R. Bridges
Baptism
1916
William Moody England
Baptism
1916
William Christopher Hawkins
Baptism
1916
Tommie M. Anderson
Baptism
1918
Dory Weatherly
Baptism
1918
Bill Pope
Baptism
1919
Lillie Weatherly Bridges
Baptism
1919
Marvin Byron Smyly
Baptism
1919
Ossie Lee Weatherly
Baptism
1921
William Daniel McManus
Letter
1921
Ophelia Bridges McManus
Letter
1921
Virgaline McManus
Baptism
1923
George Weatherly
Baptism
1923
Willie Mae England
Baptism
1923
Louise Bridges Hand
Baptism
1923
Irma Bridges Perry
Baptism
1923
Bernice Proctor Mosley
Baptism
1923
Luther E. Bridges
Baptism
1923
Larue Clark
Baptism
1923
Bennie Bernard Weatherly
Baptism
1925
Thomas Evans, Jr.
Baptism
1925
Janie Bridges Weatherly
Baptism
1927
Thomas D. Pope
Baptism
1931
Thomas Earnest Reed
Baptism
1931
Margaret Irene Bridges Reed
Baptism
1931
William Autrey Bridges
Baptism
1931
Madeline Bridges Crump
Baptism
1931
Sarah Proctor Wilkerson
Baptism
1931
Allen Evans
Baptism
1931
James Malcolm Smyly
Baptism
1931
Eula Grey Proctor
Baptism
1932
Evelyn Bridges Smyly
Baptism
1932
Bernard Evans
Baptism
1932
Enoch Elrod
Baptism
1933
Ossie Weatherly
Letter
1933
Adell Hawkins Bridges
Baptism
1934
Ruth Proctor Weatherly
Baptism
1934
Clarence Weatherly
Baptism
1934
Burly H. Elrod, Jr.
Baptism
1934
Mrs. Tom Evans, Jr.
Baptism
1939
Mattie Ree Proctor Walker
Baptism
1941
Lowry Ezell Reed
Baptism
1941
John England, Jr.
Baptism
1941
Ila Dean England Thompson
Baptism
1941
Ray England
Baptism
1941
Harold England
Baptism
1941
Billy Proctor
Baptism
1941
Inez Vick
Baptism
1941
Jimmie Bridges
Baptism
1941
Robert Pritchett Bridges, Jr.
Baptism
1941
Chester Evans
Baptism
1941
Barbara Evans Stoudermire
Baptism

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