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New Hope Presbyterian Church
SESSIONAL RECORD 1838-1861
Contributed by Glenda Walker

 

October 7, 1838

Session met and was constituted with prayer. Members present - Reverend J. F. W. Freeman - Moderator and A. Human, S. Groves, D. Evans and D. W. Woods, elders.

Groves H. Cartledge was examined on experimental religion and received into the communion of the church. Closed with prayer.

                                                                                                                          Samuel Groves, C.S.

The same day G. H. Cartledge was baptised upon the public profession of his faith in Christ.

October 7, 1838

Night Session met again and was constituted with prayer. Members present as above. Elizabeth W. Cartledge and Sarah L. Groves were examined on experimental piety and received in the communion of the church. Closed with prayer.

Samuel Groves, C.S.


March 3, 1839

Session met and was constituted with prayer. Members present Rev. H. Safford, Moderator, and A. Human, S. Groves, D. Evans and B.W. Woods elders. Ned, a colored man belonging to James Thompson, Sen. was examined and received into the communion of the church. Closed with prayer.

Samuel Groves, C.S.

The same day Ned was baptised as an adult on profession of his faith in Christ.


June 1, 1839

Session met and was constituted with prayer. Members present Rev. H. Safford, Moderator, and A. Human, S. Groves, D. Evans and B.W. Woods elders. Daniel, a servant of T. Long, was examined and admitted to the communion of the church. Closed with prayer.

Samuel Groves, C.S.

June 2, 1839

Daniel was baptised as an adult upon profession of his faith in Christ. Sometime in the year 1844 Joseph B. Long and Anne Long were received by certificate from the church at Thyatira.


September 20, 1845

Session met and was constituted with prayer. Members present - Reverend A. Church, D.D., Moderator, and S. Groves, D. Evans and B.W. Woods, elders. John D. Long, Jane McCurdy and Susan McCurdy were examined and admitted to the communion of the church. Session then had a recess until Sabbath 21st.

Sabbath, September 21, 1845

Session met pursuant to adjournment. Members present as above. Mary W. McCurdy was examined and received into the communion of the church. Closed with prayer.

Samuel Groves, C.S.

Same day John D. Long, Jane McCurdy, Mary McCurdy and Susan McCurdy made a public profession of their faith in Christ.


October 5, 1845

Reverend H. Safford baptised Henrietta, infant daughter of Benj. W. and Eliza A. Woods, Mary Lucas, infant daughter of Robt. and Artemisia M. Woods, and Mary Frances, infant daughter of Jos. B. and Sarah L. Long.


December 7, 1845

Session met and was constituted with prayer. Members present Reverend H. Safford, Moderator, and S. Groves, D. Evans, and B.W. Woods, elders. Mary Thompsonm and Mary, a servant of James Thompson, Jun. were examined and admitted to the communion of the church. Closed with prayer.

Samuel Groves, C.S.

The same day Mary Thompson and Mary, a servant, made a public profession of their faith in Christ and the latter was baptised as an adult.


May 3, 1846

Session met and was constituted with prayer. Members present H.C. Carter, Moderator, and S. Groves, D. Evans, and B.W. Woods, elders. Martha N. Cartledge, Cynthia A. McCurdy, Mary A. and Sarah Manning were examined and admitted to the communion of the church. Closed with prayer.

Samuel Groves, C.S.

The same day the four above named individuals made a public profession of their faith in Christ and Martha N. Cartledge was baptised as an adult.


August 2, 1846

Session met and was constituted with prayer. Members present Reverend C.C. Dodd, Moderator, and S. Groves, D. Evans and B.W. Woods, elders. Eliza McCurdy, William H. McCurdy, Mary Evans, Samuel and Mary I. Thompson, William M. Cartledge, Stephen C. Cartledge, John L. Cartledge, Dilla Amanda Cartledge, James Long, Frederick Human and Martina, a servant of J.B. Long, were severally examined and admitted to the communion of the church. Session took a recess until Monday, August 3. The same day all of the above named persons made a public profession of their faith in Christ and Mary I. Thompson, W.M., L.C., J.A., and D.A. Cartledge and Martina were baptised as adults.

Monday, August 3, 1846

Session met and pursuant to adjournment members present as above. Richard Saye, William L. Evans, John A. McCurdy, son of S. G. McCurdy, and John A. McCurdy, son of J. McCurdy, and Martha McCurdy were examined and admitted to the communion of the church. Took recess until Tuesday, August 4. The same day all of the above named persons publicly professed their faith in Christ.

Tuesday, August 4, 1846 Session met pursuant to adjournment. Members present as above. Susan Evans was examined and received into the communion of the church. Closed with prayer.

Samuel Groves, C.S.

Same day Susan Evans publicly professed her faith in Christ.


December 5, 1846

Session met and was constituted with prayer. Members present S. Groves, D. Evans, and B.W. Woods, elders. In the absence of a minister, Samuel Groves moderated the session. Mr. John Etcheson appeared before session, made satisfactory acknowledgements and was restored to the communion of the church.

Samuel Groves, C.S.


September 18, 1847

Session met and was constituted with prayer. Members present, Reverend Wm. P. Gready, Moderator, and S. Groves, D. Evans and B.W. Woods, elders. James H. Thompson was examined and received into the communion of the church. Had a recess until September 21.

On the next day Mr. Thompson was baptized upon a profession of his faith.

September 21, 1847

Session met pursuant to adjournment. Members present as before, Julia A. Etcheson was examined and admitted to the communion of the church. Closed with prayer. Samuel Groves, C.S Julia A. Etcheson subsequently made a public profession of her faith in Christ.

November 3, 1847 Session met and was constituted with prayer. Members present - Reverend William P. Gready, Moderator, and S.L. Groves, D. Evans, and B.W. Woods, elders. Mrs. Dinah Thompson presented to session a certificate [cut off] Church and was admitted into the communion of the church. Closed with prayer.

Samuel Groves, C.S.


1848

During the year 1848 Robert Woods and Joseph B. Long, esqr. were elected and ordained Ruling Elders in this church.

1848

Session met and was constituted with prayer. Members present Reverend Wm. P. Gready, Moderator, S. Groves, D. Evans, B.W. Woods, Elders. Jackson P. Hopkins was examined and received into the communion of the church. Closed with prayer.

Samuel Groves

Subsequently J. P. Hopkins was baptized as an adult on a profession of his faith in Christ.

1848

Session met and was constituted with prayer. Members present Rev. Wm. P. Gready, Moderator, S. Groves, David Evans, B.W. Woods, elders. John G. Evans and Nancy Caroline McCurdy were examined and received into the communion of the church. Closed with prayer.

Samuel Groves

Subsequently the above persons made a public profession of their faith in Christ.

Session met and was constituted with prayer. Present Wm. P. Gready, Moderator, Saml. Groves, D. Evans, B.W. Woods, J.B. Long and Rober Woods, elders. Sarah Manning a member of this church was charged with fornication, she having given birth to a bastard, whereupon she was cited to appear before the session. Closed with prayer.

At a subsequent meeting of the session, at which members were present as above, Sarah Manning refused to appear. Session then cited her again. At the next meeting of the session, members present as above, she still refusing to appear, she was excluded from the communion of the church. Closed with prayer.

Saml. Groves


April 7, 1850

Charles William, infant son of Reverend G. H. and A. M. Cartledge, was baptized.

1850

Session met. Present Reverend G. H. Cartledge, Moderator, S. Groves, D. Evans, B.W. Woods and J. B. Long, elders. Dr. John Long was at his own request dismissed to join the church at Thyatira Jackson County, Georgia.

Saml. Groves


November 3, 1850

Session met and was constituted with prayer. Present Reverend Groves H. Cartledge, Moderator, S. Groves, D. Evans, B.W. Woods, and J.B. Long, elders. Maj. William Groves, Mary L. Hopkins, Sarah L. McCurdy, Sarah H. Long, Elizabeth J. Woods, and Sarah E. Woods were examined and received into the communion of the church, and Rebekah J. Groves was received by certificate from the church at Danielsville Madison County Georgia.

Session took a recess to meet at the call of the Moderator.

The same day all the above named persons made a public profession of their faith in Christ.

Monday, November 4, 1850

Session met at the call of the Moderator. Present Reverend G. H. Cartledge, S. Groves, D. Evans, B.W. Woods, and J.B. Long, elders.

James G. McCurdy, Samuel D. McCurdy, Samuel N. Woods and Elizabeth Ann McCurdy were examined and received into the the communion of the church. Closed with prayer.

Joseph B. Long, C.S.

The same day all the above named persons made a public profession of their faith in Christ.


January 18, 1851

Session met and was constituted with prayer. Present the Reverend Groves H. Cartledge, Moderator, Samuel Groves, B.W. Woods, R. Woods and J.B. Long, Elders. Samuel Thompson, a member of the church, came before the session and acknowledged the sin of drunkeness and rendered full satisfaction to the session. Closed with prayer.

Joseph B. Long, C.S.

Approved by Presbytery, April 19, 1851. N. Hoyt, Moderator


August 3, 1851

Session met and was constituted with prayer. Present the Reverend Groves H. Cartledge, Moderator, Samuel Groves, B.W. Woods, R. Woods, J.B. Long, Elders.

Miss Adeline Patton came before session and made satisfactory acknowledgement and was restored to full fellowship. Then closed with prayer.

Joseph B. Long, C.S.


September 7, 1851

Session met and was constituted with prayer. Present Reverend G. H. Cartledge, Moderator, Samuel Groves, David Evans, B.W. Woods, R. Woods and J.B. Long, Ruling Elders. Nancy A. Power was received by certificate from the church at Thyatira Jackson Co. Session closed with prayer.

Joseph B. Long, C.S.


October 5, 1851

Session met and was constituted with prayer. Present the Reverend G. H. Cartledge, Moderator, Samuel Woods, David Evans, B.W. Woods, R. Woods and J.B. Long, Ruling Elders. Sarah Elizabeth Thompson and Elizabeth Jane Branahm was examined and received into the communion of the church. Sarah Saye was received into the church from Concord Church, Hall County upon her known Christian character. Session closed with prayer.

Joseph B. Long, C.S.

The same day the within named Sarah E. Thompson and Elizabeth Jane Branahm made a public profession of the faith in Christ.


April 4, 1852

Session met and was constituted with prayer. Present Reverend G. H. Cartledge, Moderator, D. Evans, R. Woods, and Joseph B. Long, Ruling Elders.

The following charges was tabled to wit by B.W. Wood. 1st. I charge Col. Samuel Groves with acting unjustly in cultivating and renting to others land which was mine by contract and with holding from me the rent thereof. I propose to establish the above charge by the following witnesses to wit, S.C. Groves, F. Groves, R. Groves, S.G. McCurdy, E.A. Wood and J.B. and S.L. Long. Second. I charge Col. Samuel Groves with a violation of his private contract with me to wit that he promised and agreed to give a certain tract of land which he got from me for that purpose adjoining the church lot to the church and has since refused to comply with said promise. I propose to establish the second charge by the following witnesses to wit, R. Groves and E.A. Woods.

B.W. Woods, Porss.

Session then took recess until Tuesday, the 13th of April, 1852.

J.B. Long, C.S.

Col. Samuel Groves was then presented with a copy of the charges and a list of the witnesses and cited to attend.

April 13, 1852

1st charge.
Session met and was constituted with prayer. present Rev. G.H. Cartledge, Moderator, D. Evans, R. Woods, and J.B. Long, Ruling Elders. First Charge. April 13. On the day appointed for trial the parties in the case of Woods ver Groves being present it was agreed upon between them that the understanding or agreement in reference to the purchase of the land was substantially as follows to wit that Col. Samuel Groves should bid for the land and was authorized by Mr. Woods to bid so high as one thousand dollars, and that Mr. Woods would sell the place he lived upon and take land off his hands if he could, and it was further agreed that Mr. Woods did about twelve months thereafter comply with his above conditional contract although Col. Groves states that in the meantime he was very doubtful whether Mr. Woods would be able to comply and that he therefore felt authorized to make what he could off the land by cultivating and rent until he found out whether Mr. Woods would be able to take it or not he not knowing but that he might have to pay for the land himself and it was agreed upon by the parties that the above statement should go before the Session and upon the record in lieu of all testimony on that point.

Judgement under first charge. In the judgement of the session the first charge is not sustained by the evidence for the plain reason that the contract as it appears from the testimony was conditional and Col. Groves had no positive assurance that that condition could or would ever be complied with, but in the opinion of the session the whole transaction was of a loose indefinite unbusiness like character which should be absent from the dealings of Christians even though they may be intimate relations.

Joseph B. Long, C.S.

2nd Case

B.W. Woods vs. S. Groves. I charge Col. Samuel Groves with a violation of his private contract with me to wit that he promised and agreed to give a certain tract of land which he got from me for that purpose adjoining the church lot and has since refused to comply with said promise.

1st Wit. E. A. Woods

Question by Pross. On the same evening after our trade in this piece of land above the grave yard was it not your understanding that he had got that piece of land from me for the purpose of giving it to the church? Witness, It was.

2 - And did he not say in your presence that he was abler to give it to the church than I was. Witness - he did.

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Cross examined.

How did you learn what the contract was in reference to the lot adjoining the grave yard?

Witness - From hearing a conversation between the parties upon the subject.

2nd Witness - Samuel G. McCurdy

Question by Prosecutor - Did you not hear Col. Groves when you and the Moderator first conversed with him in reference to reconciliation between us say that he would give that lot of land above the grave yard to the church?

Witness - I did.

Question - Did you not think at the time that he would do it and that he intended to do it? Witness - Yes.

Cross examined.

Question by defendant - Did not the conversation continue and did I not finally refuse and say that I would not do it then and that I would not be forced to do it?

Wit. Yes.

1852 - Judgement under 2nd charge

In the judgement of the Session the second charge is sustained by the evidence, although the session vote to sustain the charge yet they are persuaded from facts connected with the case that Col. Samuel Groves did not knowingly or designedly act amiss but was led into a violation of his promise by forgetfulness or infirmity of memory and should therefore [cut off].

Approved by Presbytery at Greensboro, April 30, 1852

John W. Baker, Moderator


October 2, 1852

Session met and was constituted with prayer. Members present Reverend G.H. Cartledge, Moderator, D. Evans and J.B. Long, Ruling Elders.

Salina Floyd was examined and received into the communion of the church also Sarah Mannen appeared before session and made satisfatory acknowledgement and was restored to the communion of the church. Session then took recess.

October 3, 1852

Session met membners as above with S. Groves and R. Woods, Elders. Then came forward Sidney Catharine Woods and Frances Goulding Woods and was examined on experimental religion and received into the communion of the church and Elmira Story was received by letter. Session then closed with prayer.

Joseph B. Long, C.

On the same day Salina Floyd, Sidney Catharine and Frances Goulding Woods made a public profession of their faith in Christ and Miss Salina Floyd was baptised.

October 3, 1852

Session met and was constituted with prayer. Members present Reverend G. H. Cartledge, Moderator, D. Evans, R. Woods, J.B. Long, Elders. Eda, a colored woman, of William Thompson appeared before session and was examined and received into the communion of the church. Session then took recess.

Joseph B. Long, C.S.

On the same day Eda made a public profession and was baptized.

October 4, 1852

Session met at the call of the Moderator. Membners presesnt G.H. Cartledge, S. Groves, D. Evans, R. Woods and J.B. Long. Samuel F. Woods appeared before Session and was examined and received into the communion of the church. Session then closed with prayer.

Joseph B. Long, C.S.

On the same day Samuel F. Woods made a public profession of his faith in Christ.


October 13, 1852

Session met and was constituted with prayer. Members present Reverend G. H. Cartledge, Moderator, D. Evans, R.W. Woods, and J.B. Long, Ruling Elders. B.W. Woods, Elder, was charged with neglect of duty in absenting himself from the meetings of the session and from the Lord's Supper. Witnesses, D. Evans, R. Woods and J.B. Long.

2ndly. B.W. Woods was charged with unchristian conduct to wit: About a month ago he ordered his own mother-in-law out of his house. Witnesses: R. Groves, D. Evans, and T. Long. Session then closed with prayer.

Joseph B. Long, C.S.


October 27, 1852

Session met and was constituted with prayer. Present Reverend G. H. Cartledge, Moderator, D. Evans, J.B. Long and R. Woods, Elders. B.W. Woods appeared before Session and acknowledged the facts specified under the first charge and offered as his plea that he could not fellowship with Col. Groves, one of the elders of the church. The Session then voted that the first charge was sustained by the acknowledgement of the accused.

2nd Charge.

R. Groves, being sworn, testified that being at Benj. W. Woods house she began a conversation with respecting the difficulty between him and Col. Groves when after stating several dfacts to him he said if you go in with that old man you'll have to go out of my house and repeated I say you'll have to go out, then raise up his foot and stamping the floor I say go out of my house. Witness cross examined by the defendant, Did I not say to you that if you came to disturb me in my own house I would thank you to go out. Witness replied you did not.

David Evans being sworn testified that B.W. Woods acknowledged in his hearing that he told his mother-in-law that he would be glad if she would leave his house. B.W. Woods then commented upon the charge and the evidence after which the defendant and witnesses left the house and the session, after deliberating, voted unanimously that the 2nd charge was sustained by the evidence. The Session then entered its judgement to wit: the B.W. Woods be and he is hereby suspended from the commuinion of the church until he repent.

The principal reason which influenced the Session in coming to such a decision was the fact that B.W. Woods had not only neglected his duty but had given as a reason for that neglect the fact that he would not fellowship with a man whom the session had exculpated from all blame. Session then closed with prayer.

Joseph B. Long, C.S.


November 7, 1852

Session met and was constituted with prayer. Present Rev. G. H. Cartledge, Moderator, S. Groves, D. Evans, R. Woods, and J.B. Long, Ruling Elders. Mary E. Groves and Joseph W. Cartledge was examined on experience and received into the communion of the church. Session then closed with prayer.

Joseph B. Long, Clerk of Session

The same day the above named persons made a public profession of their faith in Christ and was baptized.


March 6, 1853

Miss Salina Floyd was dismissed by certificate to join the church at Danielsville. Done by order of Session.

Joseph B. Long, Clerk

Approved, Athens Georgia, April 22, 1853 John W. Reid, Moderator


May 15, 1853

Session met. Members present, Reverend R. Milner, Moderator, S. Groves, D. Evans, R. Woods, and J. B. Long, Ruling Elders. There being an unfavorable report in circulation against Sarah Mannen after some consultation it was moved that there be a committee of two to see her and inquire into the matter and report at the next meeting then appointed James McCurdy and J. B. Long, Com. Session then closed with prayer.

Joseph B. Long, C.S.


June 4, 1853

Session met and was constituted with prayer. Members present, Rev. M. R. Milner, Moderator, S. Groves, R. Woods, and J.B. long, Ruling Elders. Session then called for a report of the Com. appointed at last meeting in the case of Sarah Mannen when J.B. Long made a report and afer some deliberation on the matter the case was postponed indefinitely by consent of parties. Session then agreed to have three elders elected the church then went in to the election of the Elders and it resulted in the election of Dr. J. F. Groves, J. T. Hopkins and J. A. McCurdy. Session then closed with prayer.

J. B. Long, Clerk of Session

The same day the above named person made a public profession of his faith in Christ.


September 4, 1853

Session met. Members present, Reverend R. Milner, Mosderator, S. Groves, D. Evans, R. Woods, J.B. Long, J.F. Groves, J.P. Hopkins, and J.A. McCurdy, Ruling Elders. Appointed J.A. McCurdy to attend the next meeting of the Presbytery at Clarkesville and R. Woods alternate. Session then closed.

J.B. Long, Clerk of Session


September 18, 1853

Session met and was constituted with prayer. Members present, Rev. R. Milner, Moderator, S. Groves, R. Woods, J.B. Long, J.F. Groves, and J.A. McCurdy, Ruling elders. John, a servant of Mrs. Carrington, was examined and received into the communion of the church. Session then closed with prayer.

The above named person the same day was baptized and received into the church.


October 9, 1853

Session met and was constituted with prayer. Members present Rev. R. Milner, Moderator, S. Groves, D. Evans, R. Woods, J.B. Long J.P. Hopkins and J.A. McCurdy, Ruling Elders.

Frances Long and William A. Thompson was examined on experimental religion and received into the communion of the church. Session then closed with prayer.

J.B. Long, C. Session

On the same day the above named persons made a publick profession of their faith in Christ and Miss Long was baptized.

J.B. Long, C. Session


October 16, 1853

Session met and was constituted with prayer. Members present Rev. R. Milner, Moderator, S. Groves, D. Evans, R. Woods, J.B. Long, J.P. Hopkkins, J.A. McCurdy and Dr. J.F. Groves, Ruling Elders.

Mr. Newton M. Story, Miss Matilda F. McCurdy and Miss Huldah Strickland was examined on experimental religion and received into the communion of the church. Session then appointed J.B. long as a delegate to represent them in the next meeting of Synod of Georgia and J.A. McCurdy as alternate. Session then closed with prayer.

J.B. Long, Clk. Session

On the same day the above named persons made a publick profession of their faith in Christ and Miss McCurdy and Miss Strickland was baptized.

J.B. Long, Clk. Session


April 2, 1854

Session met and was constituted with prayer. Members present, Reverend R.W. Milner, S. Groves, D. Evans, R. Woods, J.B. Long, Dr. J.F. Groves, J.P. Hopkins, and J.A. McCurdy, Ruling Elders.

Session then took up the case of Miss Mannen there being no evidence to support the unfavorable report it was dismissed by the session. Session then appointed J.A. McCurdy to attend the next meeting of Prebytery and R. Woods to be his alternate. Session then closed with prayer.

J.B. Long, Clerk of Session

Approved in Presbytery, Lexington, April 7. 1854.

Henry Newton, Moderator


May 6, 1854

Session met and was constituted with prayer. Members present: Reverend R.W. Milner, Moderator, S. Groves, D. Evans, R. Woods, J.B. Long, J.A. McCurdy, Ruling Elders. Dr. J.F. Groves brought in a charge against Ned, servant of James Thompson, for the crime of adultery also Ephraim Thompson. Mary, servant of the same, with the same crime. Session then took recess until tomorrow morning. Session came together and there being no business, Session closed with prayer.

Joseph B. Long, Clerk of Session


June 4, 1854

Session met and was constituted with prayer. Members present Rev. R.W. Milner, Moderator, Samuel Groves, D. Evans, R. Woods, J.B. Long, J.A. McCurdy, Ruling Elders. Ned came before the Session and gave satisfaction. Session then closed with prayer.

J.B. Long, C.S.


September 3, 1854

Session met and was constituted with prayer. Members present Rev. R.W. Milner, Moderator, S. Groves, D. Evans, R. Woods, J.B. Long, J.A. McCurdy, Ruling Elders.

There being an unfavorable report against Newton M. Story for swearing and drinking. Session then appointed David Evans and Joseph B. Long to see into the case. Session then appointed John A. McCurdy to attend the next meeting of the presbytery and R. Woods alternate. Session then closed with prayer.

J.B. Long, Clerk of Session


October 2, 1854

Session met and was constituted with prayer. Members present Rev. R.W. Milner, Moderator, D. Evans, R. Woods, J.B. Long, J.F. Groves, J.P. Hopkins, and J.A. McCurdy, Ruling Elders.

Mr. George W. Evans, Miss Harriett and Nancy Thompson, Miss Emily and Arminda Carithers, Miss Rachel A. Woods and Miss Lucy J. Patten was examined on experimental religion and received into the communion of the church. Session then closed with prayer.

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March 20, 1855

Session met and was constituted with prayer. Members present Rev. R.W. Milner, Moderator, D. Evans, R. Woods, J.B. Long, J.P. Hopkins, J.F. Groves, J.A. McCurdy, Ruling Elders. Session then called in J.F. Groves for a report. He stated that he had wrote to Mr. Newton M. Story but had not heard from him. Publick rumor having charged Mr. Story with the crime of taking the name of the Lord in vain on the church ground. Session ordered the Clerk to make a charge to that effect and cite him to be before the session on the first Sabbath in April. Session then appointed Dr. J.F. Groves delegate to the next meeting of the Presbytery in Woodstock. Session then closed with prayer.

J.B. Long, Clerk of Session


April 1, 1855

Session met and was constituted with prayer. Members present Rev. R.W. Milner, Moderator, R. Woods, J.B. long, Dr. J.F. Groves, J.P. Hopkins, and J.A. McCurdy, Ruling Elders. Session then inquired into the case of N. Story. Clerk stated that he had made out the charge and sent by mail but could not say whether he had got it or not. Session after consultation laid the case over and for some one of the Session to try and see him so that it might be known that he had got a citation. Session then closed with prayer.

Joseph B. Long, Clerk of Session

Examined thus far and approved. Woodstock April 7, 1855 Sam'l S. Davis


May 5, 1855

Session met and was constituted with prayer. Members present Rev. R. Milner, Moderator, D. Evans, R. Woods, J.B. Long, Dr. J.F. Groves, J.P. Hopkins and J.A. McCurdy, Ruling Elders. Session then took up the case of Mr. Story. R.W. Milner stated that the clerk furnished him with another citation and that he had handed it to Mr. Story and Mr. Story said he had received the other citation and denied the charge but stated that he would be present on Saturday before the first Sunday in May next and if any thing turned up so that he could not come he wold write but did not appear. Session after some consultation laid it over until the first Sunday in June at that time to dispose of the case in some manner. Session then closed with prayer.

Joseph B. Long, Clerk Session


June 3, 1855

Session met and was constituted with prayer. Members present Rev. R.W. Milner, Moderator, D. Evans, R. Woods, J.B. Long, Dr. J.F. Groves, J.P. Hopkins, Ruling Elders. Session then took up the case of N.M. Story but nothing more had been heard from him. Session then suspended him for not complying with the citation and for not even showing any disposition to meet the session. The session felt that they had showed him as much lenity in the case as they could and had wrote to him and all that had the opportunity had talked with him and admonished him to try to reclaim him but all seemed to be in vain and thought it might be for his good and for the Glory of God to suspend him until he repent and turn to the Lord and he will abundantly pardon and forgive all that come unto him. Session then closed with prayer.

Joseph B. Long, Clerk of Session


August 5, 1855

Session met and was constituted with prayer. Members present Rev. R.W. Milner, Moderator, D. Evans, R. Woods, J.B. Long, J.F. Groves, J.P. Hopkins, Ruling Elders.

R.W. Milner stated to the session that they might look for some other supply as he was going to leave. Session then appointed R. Woods to attend the next meeting of the Presbytery and R. Woods Alternate. Session then closed with prayer.

Joseph B. Long, Clerk of Session


October 7, 1855

Session met and was constituted with prayer. Members present Rev. R.W. Milner, Moderator, D. Evans, R. Woods, J.B. Long, J.F. Groves, J.P. Hopkins and J.A. McCurdy, Ruling Elders.

There came before the Session Mr. Henry Jones Long and Henry Thomas Evans and was received into the communion of the church by experience. Session then closed with prayer.

Joseph B. Long, Clerk of Session

On the same day the above named persons came forward and made a public profession of their faith in Christ.

Joseph B. long, Clerk of Session

Approved in Presbytery - R.W. Parker, Moderator
Augusta, Georgia April 4, 1856


September 21, 1856

Session met and was constituted with prayer. Members present Rev. R.W. Milner, Moderator, D. Evans, R. Woods, J.B. Long, J.F. Groves, J.A. McCurdy and J.A. Hopkins, Ruling Elders.

Then came before the Session of the church Mrs. Amanda Thompson and after being examined on experimental religion was received into the communion of the church. Session the closed with prayer.

J.B. Long, Clerk of Session

On the same day Mrs. Amanda Thompson came forward and made a public profession of her faith in Christ.

Joseph B. Long, Clerk of Session


October 5, 1856

Session met and was consituted with prayer. Members present Rev. R.W. Milner, Moderator, D. Evans, R. Woods, J.B. Long, J.F. Groves, J.P. Hopkins and J.A. McCurdy, Ruling Elders.

Then came before the Session Mr. James Thompson, Thomas W. Long, Sidney F. Woods, Martha R. Woods, Peneacy C. Thompson, Susan Sorrells, Emily F. Woods, Mary Woods, Eliza J. Groves, Rachel F. McCurdy and Sarah Strickland, and Clark, servant of J.B. and Thomas A. Long. Session then closed with [cut off]

On the same day the above named persons came forward and made a public profession of their faith in Christ.

Joseph B. Long, Clerk of Session


October 6, 1856

Session met and was constituted with prayer. Members present Rev. R.W. Milner, Moderator, D. Evans, R. Woods, J.B. Long, John A. McCurdy, J.P. Hopkins, J.F. Groves, Ruling Elders.

Then came before the session Nancy Emily Thompson, Sarah A.R.M. Patten, Agnes Anthony, Emily Ann Patten and Mrs. Rebecca Scott. Session the appointed R. Woods to attend the next meeting of Presbytery to be held at Eatonton and J.P. hopkins and J.F. Groves to attend the meeting of Synod at Atlanta and J.B. Long alternate. Session then closed with prayer.

Joseph B. Long, Clerk of Session

The above named persons came forward and the same day made a public profession of their faith in Christ.

Joseph B. Long, Clerk of Session


October 18, 1856

Session met and was constituted with prayer. Members present Rev. R.W. Milner, Moderator, D. Evans, R. Woods, J.B. Long, J.F. Groves, J.P. Hopkins, and J.A. McCurdy, Ruling Elders.

There came before the session after Mrs. Lucinda Thompson and Joseph W. Woods and after being examined on experimental religion was received into the communion of the church. Session then closed with prayer.

Joseph B. Long, Clerk of Session

On the same day the above named persons came forward and made a public profession of their faith in Christ and Mrs. Thompson was baptized.

Joseph B. Long, Clerk of Session

Madison, April 9, 1857.  Examined and Approved.
N.M.S. Breck, Moderator


May 3, 1857

Session met and was constituted with prayer. Members present Rev. R.W. Milner, Moderator, R. Woods, J.B. Long, J.F. Groves, J.P. Hopkins, and J.A. McCurdy, Ruling Elders. Then came before the session of the Church Miss Salency Strickland and after being examined on experimental religion was received into the communion of the church. Session then closed with prayer.

Joseph B. Long, Clerk of Session

On the same day the above named person came forward and made a public profession of her faith in Christ and was baptized.

Joseph B. Long, Clerk of Session


May 17, 1857

Session met and was constituted with prayer. Members present Rev. R.W. Milner, Moderator, R. Woods, J.B. Long, J.F. Groves, J.P. Hopkins, and J.A. McCurdy, Ruling Elders. Then came before the session of the Church Miss Elizabeth J. Mannen and after being examined on experimental religion was received into the communion of the church. Session then closed with prayer.

Joseph B. Long, Clerk of Session

On the same day the above named person came forward and made a public profession of her faith in Christ and was baptized.

Joseph B. Long, Clerk of Session


June 7, 1857

Session met and was constituted with prayer. Members present Rev. R.W. Milner, Moderator, R. Woods, J.B. Long, J.A. McCurdy and J.P. Hopkins, Ruling Elders. The session of the church of New Hope in order to more effectually meet the religious wants of the congregation under their charge and more efficiently to perform their duties to the head of the church who has made them overseers in his spiritual vineyard have determined to apportion to each of the Elders a section of the congregation which shall be under his special supervision. It is designed that each one shall be able when called upon to give all information desired by the session as to the walk and deprtment of those under his charge for this purpose, visit if possible once a month and have religious conversation with each member of the family as far as practicable and at any rate with all members of the church in the family. It shall be his duty in these conversations to inquire into their religious knowledge, their views of Divine Truth, their experience personally of these truths. Likewise as to their performance of personal and relatives duties as secret prayer, reading of the Word, meditation on the Word, Family prayer, instruction of children and servants in the catechisms Observance of the Sabbath, attendance upon the prayer meeting and the preaching of the Word, their observance of the ordinances and sacraments of the church, all cases of irregularity requiring admonition, and he shall bring to the notice of the pastor any case requiring his attention on all these. There shall be a report at least once in two months, these laborers to commence the third Sabbath of July 1857. Session the closed with prayer.


September 6, 1857

Session met and was constituted with prayer. Members present Rev. R.W. Milner, Moderator, D.Evans, R. Woods, J.B. Long, J.F. Groves, J.P. Hopkins, and J.A. McCurdy, Ruling Elders. Then came Mrs. Mary Carithers and after being examined on experimental religion was received into the communion of the church. Session then closed with prayer.

J.B. Long Clerk of Session

On the same day the foregoing person came forward and made a public profession of her faith in Christ.

J.B. Long Clerk of Session


October 6, 1857

Session met and was constituted with prayer. Members present Rev. R.W. Milner, Moderator, with other ministering brethren, D.Evans, R. Wood, J.B. Long, J.F. Groves, J.A. McCurdy and J.P. Hopkins, Ruling Elders. Then appeared Mrs. Mary Tait and stated to the session that she had been a member of the church and that she had not been turned out but in being without preaching for a long time the church had almost died out and after reviving again she still continued to absent herself from the privileges of the church until the present session had no knowledge of her as a member but knowing her all the time saw nothing amiss only that she had stayed away from the privileges of the church but was a regular attendant at preaching after investigating some of the old members could tell about it she acknowledged her fault and was restored to full communion. Session then closed with prayer.

J.B. Long Clerk of Session


[Date cut off]

Session met and was constituted with prayer. Members present Reverend R.W. Milner, Moderator, R. Woods, J.B. Long, J.F. Groves and J.A. McCurdy, Ruling Elders.

H.I. Long was dismissed to join the Presbyterian Church at Danielsville. Session then closed with prayer.

J.B. Long Clerk of Session


March 21

Session appointed J.B. Long, Principal and J.F. Groves Alternate as delegates to attend Presbytery. Then adjourned.

J.B. Long Clerk of Session

Examined and approved in Presbytery, New Hope, April, 1858

L.A. Simonton, Moderator


August 6, 1858

Session met and was constituted with prayer. Members present, Reverend R.W. Milner, Moderator, Dr. J.F. Groves, and J.A. McCurdy, Ruling Elders.

There came before the session Willis J. Dudley, James P. McCalister, Priscilla Pierce, Francis Downs, Mary E. McCalister, Sarah A. Downs, Sarah E. McCallister, Jane Downs and were examined on experimental religion and were received into the communion of the church. Session then closed with prayer.

J.B. Long Clerk of Session

On the same day the above named persons came forward and made a public profession of their faith in Christ and Willis J. Dudley, James P. McCallister, Priscilla Pierce, Francis Downs, Sarah E. McCallister and [cut off].


August 8, 1858

The Session met and was constituted with prayer. Members present: Reverend R.W. Milner, Moderator, R. Woods, and J.F. Groves, Elders.

There came before the session Mrs. Rachael Downs, James A. Pearce and William Downs and was examined on examined on experimental religion and were received into the communion of the church. Session then closed with prayer.

J.B. Long Clerk of Session


August 8, 1858

The Session met and was constituted with prayer. Members present: Reverend R.W. Milner, Moderator, R. Woods, Ruling Elder.

Then came before the session of the Church John P. Downs, Nancy Stephenson, Mary W. Mead and Sarah Downs and was examined on examined on experimental religion and were received into the communion of the church. Session then closed with prayer.

J.B. Long Clerk of Session

On the same day the foregoing named persons with the exception of William Downs came forward and made a publick profession of their faith in Christ and were all baptized with the exception of James A. Pearce who had been baptized before.

J.B. Long, Clerk of Session


August 9, 1858

The Session met and was constituted with prayer. Members present: Reverend R.W. Milner, Moderator, R. Woods, J.B. Long, J.F. Groves and J.A. McCurdy, Ruling Elders.

Then came before the session James H. Looney and was examined on experimental religion and was received into the communion of the church. The Session then closed with prayer.

J.B. Long, Clerk of Session

On the same day the above named J.H. Looney made a publick profession of his faith in Christ and was baptized.


October 2, 1858

The Session met and was constituted with prayer. Members present: Reverend R.W. Milner, Moderator, R. Woods, D. Evans, J.P. Hopkins and J.A. McCurdy, Ruling Elders.

Then appeared before the Session Amos Carithers, William Hearing Woods, and Elizabeth Groves Saye and were examined on experimental religion and was received into the communion of the church. The Session then closed with prayer.

J.B. Long, Clerk of Session

On the same day the above named persons made a publick profession of their faith in Christ and A. Carithers and William H. Wood were baptized.

J.B. Long, Clerk of Session


October 3, 1858

The Session met and was constituted with prayer. Members present: Reverend R.W. Milner, Moderator, D. Evans, R. Woods, J.B. Long and J.P. Hopkins, Ruling Elders.

Then came before the Session Susan Patton and was examined on experimental religion and was received into the communion of the church [cut off]

On the same day the above named persons made a publick profession of her faith in Christ.

J.B. Long, Clerk of Session


November 5, 1858

The Session met and was constituted with prayer. Members present: Reverend R.W. Milner, Moderator, R. Wood, J.B. Long, John F. Groves, and J.P. Hopkins, Ruling Elders.

Then came before the Session Emily Thompson and was examined on experimental religion and was received into the communion of the church. The Session then closed with prayer.

J.B. Long, Clerk of Session

On the same day the within named person made a publick profession of her faith in Christ.

J.B. Long, Clerk of Session


January 16, 1859

The Session met and was constituted with prayer. Members present: Reverend R.W. Milner, Moderator, R. Woods, J.B. Long, J.P. Hopkins, Ruling Elders.

Then came before the Session Elizabeth Jane Evans and was examined on experimental religion and was received into the communion of the church. The Session then closed with prayer.

J.B. Long, Clerk of Session

On the same day the above named person made a publick profession of her faith in Christ and was baptized.

J.B. Long, Clerk of Session

Examined and approved in Presbytery, Milledgeville, Georgia April 19, 1859
G.W. Lane (?) Moderator


July 2, 1859

The Session met and was constituted with prayer. Members present: Reverend R.W. Milner, Moderator, R. Woods, J.B. Long, J.F. Groves, and J.A. McCurdy, Ruling Elders.

Session then passed an order that they would not receive any person by letter from the Baptist Church without their making a publick profession of their faith in Christ. At the same time received by letter from the Baptist Church at Carnesville Mary Weems. Done by order of Session.

J.B. Long, Clerk of Session

On the same day the above named person made a publick profession of her faith in Christ and was received into full fellowship.

J.B. Long, Clerk of Session


October 5, 1859

The Session met and was constituted with prayer. Members present: Reverend R.W. Milner, Moderator, D. Evans, R. Woods, J.B. Long, J.F. Groves, J.A. McCurdy and J.P. Hopkins.

Then came before the Session of the church Mrs, Urena Daniel and was examined on experimental religion and was received into the communion of the church. The Session then closed with prayer.

J.B. Long, Clerk of Session

On the same day the above named person made a publick profession of her faith in Christ and was baptized.

J.B. Long, Clerk of Session


November 5, 1859

The Session met and was constituted with prayer. Members present: Reverend R.W. Milner, Moderator, R. Woods, J.B. Long, J.F. Evans, J.A. McCurdy, Ruling Elders.

Then took up the case of Isbel Human for absenting herself from the House of God and its privileges and appointed a committee of three to see her. Dr. J.F. Groves, J.B. Long, J.A. McCurdy, J.F. Evans and J.A. McCurdy saw her and reported to the session that she gave no satisfaction. Session then directed the clerk to have her cited to attend. Session then closed with prayer.

J.B. Long, Clerk of Session


November 19, 1859

The Session met and was constituted with prayer. Members present: Reverend R.W. Milner, Moderator, R. Woods, J.T. Evans, J.A. McCurdy, Ruling Elders.

Session then took up the case of Isbel Human. Dr. J.F. Groves reported that he took the citation and talked to her but with no satisfaction. Session then appointed J.F. Groves to see her and defend her case. Session then closed with prayer.

J.B. Long, Clerk of Session


December 3, 1859

The Session met and was constituted with prayer. Members present: Reverend R.W. Milner, Moderator, R. Woods, John F. Groves, J.A. McCurdy, J.P. Hopkins, Ruling Elders.

The Session then took up the case of Isbel Humane. Dr. Groves stated that he went to see her and stated that he could not do anything with her. She said that she would not attend and they might do just what they saw proper with her. Session then suspended her until she repent of her falt and makes some acknowledgement of the same. Session then closed with prayer.

J.B. Long, Clerk of Session


January 7, 1860

The Session met and was constituted with prayer. Members present: Reverend R.W. Milner, Moderator, R. Woods, J.B. Long, John F. Groves, J.A. McCurdy and J.P. Hopkins, Ruling Elders.

Session then inquired for business and Mr. P. H. Evans came forward and stated that he had on one occasion bin drunk to his shame and regret and stated that if they would forgive him for that offence by the help of God he never would be gilty of the charge again. The Session excused him. Session then appointed a committee of three to write a letter to the Church as regards situation and admonish one and all to the performance of their duty. That committee consists of Dr. John F. Groves, Joseph B. Long and Robert Woods and their report read before the church and filed on the minutes. Closed with prayer.

J.B. Long, Clerk of Session


August 10, 1860

The Session met and was constituted with prayer. Members present: Reverend R.W. Milner, Moderator, D. Evans, R. Woods, and J.P. Hopkins, Ruling Elders. Then came before the session John G. Lane, Freeman Weems, Asa T. Falkner, Heriah Weems, Elisabeth Weems, Susannah L. Hopkins and Mary F. Levy and Thomas B. Anthony Jun. and was examined on experimental religion and was received into the communion of the church. Session the took recess.

J.B. Long, Clerk of Session

Session came together again. Then appeared before the session Mrs. Mary A. Anthony and was examined on experimental religion and was received into the communion of the church. Session then closed with prayer.

J.B. Long, Clerk of Session

On the same day the foregoing named persons made a publick profession of her faith in Christ and John G. Lane, Asa T. Falkner, Thomas B. Anthony, Mary A. Anthony, Hesiah Weems and Elizabeth Weems was baptized.

J.B. Long, Clerk of Session


September 2,

The Session met and was constituted with prayer. Members present: Reverend R.W. Milner, Moderator, R. Woods, J.A. McCurdy, J.F. Groves, J.P. Hopkins and J.B. Long, Ruling Elders.

Then appeared before the session Thomas A. Long and was examined on experimental religion and was received into the communion of the church. Session then closed with prayer.

J.B. Long, Clerk of Session

On the same day the above named person made a publick profession of his faith in Christ.

J.B. Long, Clerk of Session


October 8, 1860

The Session met and was constituted with prayer. Members present: Reverend R.W. Milner, Moderator, D.Evans, R. Woods, J.B. Long, F. Groves, J.P. Hopkins and J.A. McCurdy, Ruling Elders.

Then appeared before the session Dr. B.M. Thompson, Armandy Jane Thompson and Margarett Elisabeth Emily Carithers and was examined on experimental religion and was received into the communion of the church. Session then closed with prayer.

J.B. Long, Clerk of Session

On the same day the above named persons made a publick profession of their faith in Christ and Amanda Jane Thompson and Margarett Elisabeth Emily Carithers was baptised.

J.B. Long, Clerk of Session


Session met and was constituted with prayer. Members present: Reverend R.W. Milner, Moderator, David Evans, Robert Woods, Jackson Hopkins and Robert Henderson, Ruling Elders. Mary Weems a member of the church was charged with unlawful intimacy with another man than her husband. It was ordered by the session that she be cited to appear before the session of this church on the 21st day of November. Session then adjourned until the 21st instant.

November 21, 1861

Session met according to adjournment and was constituted with prayer. Members present: Reverend R.W. Milner, Moderator, D. Evans, R. Woods, J.P. Hopkins and R. Henderson, Ruling Elders. The accused having been presented with a copy of the charge and a list of the names of witnesses against her and cited to appear as ordered by the session, she appeared. The session proceeded to the investigation of the case.

First witness: Freeman Weems.

Q. Do you know anything implicating Mrs. Weems with unlawful intamacy with any other man than yourself?

A. I think.

Q. How far back do you go with these charges?

A. Barly three years.

Q. Mention the first cause.

A. We went into the store doing some trading. I was out and coming to the door. Suddendly I say them leaning over the counter as if whispering together. He suddenly jerked up, I saw a change in their countenance which led me to suspect something rong. This was about three years ago.

Q. What next?

A. On Christmas Eve night, 1858, I saw him standing in the chimney corner. I was watching heard a knock I went up, he stepped off.

Q. What next?

A. In the Spring after in 1859 I was led to believe all was not right.

Q. What was that?

A. I saw them having a private chat: and on that Wednesday night it being mail day he went for the mail got home late did not come with his family to church. I went back home found him in the chimney corner. I spoke to some of my family and he ran off. Next in July or August the same year, 1859, when gettin near home I heard a noise behind the house, went up so I could see. Saw the window partly open and a man standing leaning in the window. When I went up he ran off. When I asked my wife if she had seen anyone she said she did not.

Q. What next?

The winter following I went up to the shop and returned, sliped up got over fence near kitchen saw him in corner of fence. He said he ought to give some explanation. Said he had heard I was jealous of him and he was looking around to see if he could find out. I told him I was and my reasons for it: running him from my house.

Q. What did this man tell you his excuse was?

A. He denied being there only the first time and stated thast he had went there that time to play off a Christmas trick.

Q. How do you know it was him?

A. From his dress and appearance.

Q. How long have you been jealous of your wife and your reason.

A. I alluded to reports that followed her from the uper neighborhood.

Q. How long before you left did you hear these reports?

A. Three or four years.

Q. Was she accused of intimacy with more than one man?

A. She was.

Q. Did you have any evidence of the fact?

A. I do not know positively of any.

Q. Did anyone ever tell you it was so?

A. A man told me it was so.

Q. Was he a credible man?

A. He was.

Q. Was there any difficulty in any church in that neighborhood? An in what did it result?

A. In the expulsion of the man from the church.

Q. Was your wife a member of the church at that time?

A. She was at Carnesville.

Q. How did you [cut off]

was that they had got a false report of the instrument of writing.

Q. When you came here you believed that all was not right with your family?

A. I did.

Q. The next incident that led you to suspect the name in this neighborhood?

A. In the Spring of 1861 I went out to watch in consequence of his being absent from his usual place of business at a certain time of day. I went down about the spring after seeing my wife to that way and I say him passing nearly on the other side of the track coming in that direction and he saw me and turned and went another way.

Q. What next?

In July I went down to the spring soon saw her coming. Saw the man on the fence by Hamptons. I asked her about it, She said she knew nothing about his being there, that she had been out to get some blackberries.

Q. Thursday, October 10, do you know anything of a suspicious character?

A. I do not remember anything. I went down home to make some paste. Saturday, October 12, I was notified that he went at the back door of the kitchen. I went I got to Mr. Rhodes cowpen before I was discovered by the children. They all made for the kitchen. I got to the upper corner of the house. They got the door wide enough open to go in he was standing at the back door and Mrs. Weems in the door. They conversing together.

Q. Did you see him there at any other time that week, night or day?

A. I saw him at my house Friday night, it was not late in the night.

Q. How about some hoop skirts?

A. She got them while I was in Athens. Thomas said to me she had got three and they to be paid for when I come home.

Was she or your family said he was there any other time?

He was there Saturday evening and at night and Sunday morning came about eight o'clock and left about nine o'clock.

Cross Examination

Q. Was any of the children with Mrs. Weems at the times you mention seeing her at the spring?

A. They were. Angelina was with her the first time and Eliza the last time.

Q. Did you see eliza go to the kitchen and return to the house again?

A. I do not remember it if I did.

Testimony of Mr. A. W. McCurdy

Q. Do you know anything relative to these charges against Mrs. Weems?

Ans. I do.

Q. How long since has anything come under your knowledge?

A. Some time this summer.

Q. State such things as came under your knowledge.

Ans. I saw a person going down the lane goinf through the potato patch.

Q. How near did the person go to the house?

A. As near as the pine thicket.

Q. Did you see anything during the week embracing the charges?

A. I saw him Wednesday pass up through the potato patch round the pine thicket saw him sometime after returning don't recolect how long he staid though not long. Saw Thursday about the same as on Wednesday. Next I saw was on Saturday saw about the same only more than on former days. Having some curiosity to see farther I stepped out of my shop down so I could see better. I saw the same person pass aroun as before and this time go as I think to the back door of the kitchen.

Q. Did you see anything of Mrs. Weems that day?

A. Think I saw her about the house - saw from my stable the same person about Eleven o'clock Sunday going from that way home.

Q. Have you seen anything since?

A. I have seen the same person about twice going about the place and returning home up the lane but with alone I would not have suspected anything wrong. Testimony of Reverend R.W. Milner, Third Witness

Q. Will you state what you know in relation to the charges against Mrs. Weems?

Ans. I was led to notice anything that took place from remarks which I heard from members of the church about her and this man being too intimate. It was about the first of July I saw him coming from the immediate neighborhood of that house. The next thing was a visit of this woman to my house. Coming in the back way, telling my wife things which a faithful wife could could not do. (to wit) that her husband was staying out late at night and that he was drinking too much and various charges. Various other things led me to notice. This occured about a week before what I saw. Monday I noticed this man passing about the same rout as testified my McCurdy returning Tuesday, Wednesday, the same thing occured returning with something in his hands, I supposed to be corn. This was the 7th, 8th and 9th days of October - on the 10th of October (Thursday) fixing to start from home about nine o'clock saw this man go up to the back door of the kitchen (believing he went in) and in about two minutes I saw her take the children to the house. Went back to the kitchen closing the door: I then after some time saw Mr. Weems going down the [cut off] when a great hubbub occured. The children running to the kitchen. I saw Eliza run to the kitchen run back to the house. Saw Mr. Weems go to the kitchen peep in at a crack saw him squat down as if peeping under the house did not seen them come out of the kitchen did not see the man go out but soon saw him coming up from that way. I left home on the day mentioned and was not back until Friday night. I had a conversation with Mr. Weems about going to the army and his reasons he said he would not go if all was right at home and repeating about the same story to me that he has to us today. I left him saw the man as I was going to my yard. Saw the man going down as on former occasions and getting over the fence near the pine thicket. When about twenty yards from the fence I saw the woman go into the kitchen: He passed around the pine thicket was out of my sight about one minute. I then saw him about one hundred yards from the house in Weems enclosure, coming straight up to the kitchen door and as I thought went in; I then went down to the McCurdy shop Weems was there, I spoke to McCurdy. I then returned to my yard, when I got into my yard I saw Weems walking pretty fast toward home. When he got to the corner of Rhodes cowpen the children discovered him. Eliza ran to the kitchen door and knocked and returned to the house with a great hubbub. Weems went on when he got near the kitchen the man apparently stepped out of the door. Weems passed right on to the door and opened it. The girls were with him. Think Weems did not go in, sat down on the floor. During the next week I saw the man standing in the pine thicket. AS some ladies passed up the road he passed to the back of the kitchen, rapped on the fence with his stick and then picked up something and threw it at the house and Mrs. Weems came out to him.

Miss Kesiah Weems First Witness for the Accused

Q. Was you at home on Thursday the 10th day of October?

Ans. I was.

Q. Did you see anything improper in your mother?

A. I did not.

Q. Did you see any man about the premises that day?

Did not.

Q. Do you remember anything about Saturday the 12th of October?

A. I do. I saw a man in the field and mother called to him and he came to the fence and she asked his advice in a certain matter amd told him she had a paper she wanted him to read and he crossed the fence and came to the kitchen door.

Q. What then occured?

A. He remained until Pa come.

Q. What then occured, Did they speak?

A. Pa said it was a pretty day to him and then he spoke.

Q. Did he remain long after that?

A. No, not long.

Q. Did he not come into the house?

A. He did not.

Q. Which way did he leave?

A. He crossed the fence and went up through the feild.

Q. Did he come there any other time?

A. Yes, Friday night the 11th.

Q. What time of night did he come?

A. About eight o'clock.

Q. How long did he remain?

A. Don't recollect.

Q. Did he go away that night?

A. He did.

Q. Was he there at any other time that week?

A. Yes, on Saturday evening he had dug some potatoes and brought them to show to us. This was about half hour by sun in the evening.

Q. Do you remember any other time that he was there since that?

A. He came down Saturday night to see if Pa had come home to go Patroling.

Q. Did he come in?

A. No. Remember no other time that he was there.

Q. Do you remember when your Pa worked in Athens?

A. I do remember his coming home in the night and saying he saw somebody at the window and that he thought they were trying to make an interuption between him and Ma he was not satisfied with breaking him up in the shop he told us his name next morning and it was not the man we have been talking about.

Q. Had you heard anything before he came.

A. No.

Cross Examination

On Thursday, 10th of October, witness thinks when her father came home to get the salve it was about nine o'clock thinks her mother and Eliza was in the kitchen getting dinner thinks the children was in the house her Pa soped in the house, Friday night there was a man came and staid about one hour and a half or longer Pa came home while he was there.

Q. Was any of the family sick?

A. Elizabeth was and sent to the store for Bateman's drops for her.

Q. Was there anybody there Sunday morning?

A. Yes, a man was there.

Eliabeth Weems, Second Witness for the Accused:

Q. Do you remember Thursday, the 10th day of October?

A. Yes.

Q. Was you at home?

A. Yes.

Q. Was there any man there that day?

A. No.

Q. Did you see any man about the premises?

A. No.

Q. Did you see anybody Friday?

A. Yes, at night.

Q. What time did he come?

A. About eight o'clock.

Q. When did he leave?

A. About nine o'clock.

Q. What took place between your Ma and the man?

A. She called him to come near she wanted his advice and then she offered him a paper to read. Did not come in staid ten or fifteen minutes. He was there on Sunday morning, went away at ten or eleven o'clock.

Q. Do you remember when your Pa worked in Athens?

A. Yes.

Q. Do you remember hearing anything that occured on his coming home that night?

A. Yes. He saw a man standing at the window. Pa said it was a man, not the one we have been talking about but Pa said he had not pestered him enough and he wanted to produce an interuption between him and Ma.

Q. Was there anything else occured about it?

A. Yes that man knew Pa was coming home that night for he had told him so.

Q. Did you ever hear of any other man being about the place?

A. Yes.

Q. Was it the first man alluded to or the last?

A. The first him and Pa talked together. He said to Pa he had understood that Pa was jealous of him and Ma and Pa told him he was not nor had ever been.

Q. Who done the cooking the week including the twelfth of October?

A. Kesiah, we cook week about.

Q. Do you remember where you were when your Pa came home to get the salve?

A. I was in the house.

Q. Where was your Ma when your Pa came?

A. She was in the house. Eliza was gone to the spring.

Q. Did your Pa go to the kitchen?

A. Pa did not go into the kitchen.

Q. Did he not go to the kitchen to see your Ma?

A. He did.

Q. How long before your Pa come did your Ma go out to the kitchen?

A. About ten or fifteen minutes.

Q. Saturday morning where were you when your Pa came home?

A. I was in the kitchen. Kesiah had gone out to get some wood and just come in as Pa came home.

Q. Who was there?

A. A man.

Q. How come there?

A. Ma called him.

Q. What about the whoop skirts?

A. Pa came and said that one of the men said one was paid for and Ma said that she would not have it that way she would burn it up first.

After hearing the testimony the Session unanimously decided her guilty of intimacy highly discreditable to her as a Christian: and decided that she was suspended from the communion of the church until satisfaction is given it when she shall be admonished by the Moderator and restored. The Session comes to this conclusion for the following reasons. They believe that the testimony in the two specifications made to be of the very strongest circumstantial character, tending directly to prove her guilt in this case. Again the evidence before the Session implicating her in many other instances is unimpeached, and as a whole makes out in our opinion a plain case of guilt. Then there was no testimony for her that we considered scarcely competent, being none but her two daughters and their testimony for her was in the whole no more than a general denial of the crime. This being the case we must conclude her guilty, without a shadow of a doubt of conduct highly discreditable to her as a Christian. Session then closed with prayer.

Robert Henderson, Clerk of Session


August 19, 1861

The Session met and was opened with prayer. Present Elders Hopkins, Long, Woods and Groves and R. Milner, Moderator.

The Session was notified that rumor charged Sarah manning and her daughter Elizabeth with very disreputable conduct. After consultation it was determined to cite them to appear before the session on the 29th inst. to answer to the following charges, that at home they were guilty of most obscene and adulterous conduct and that gadding through the country they violate the Scripture injunction that they should be chaste keepers at home.

Witnesses, Jas. Thompson, sen., John A. McCurdy, Jun., Mary Burres and others. Session adjourned to meet on the 29th. Closed with prayer.

R.W. Milner, Moderator


September 29, 1861

The Session met according to adjournment and was opened with prayer. Present the Moderator, R.W. Milner, Elders Long, Groves, Hopkins, Woods and Henderson. The case of Sarah Manning and her daughter were introduced. After reading the charge and the introduction of some unimportant testimony it was resolved to send a commission consisting of Woods, Hopkins and Long to take the testimony from witnesses whose [cut off] could not be secured. Session then adjourned to meet ---

R.W. Milner

Session met according to adjournment, present members as above and proceeded to the trial of Sarah Manning and her daughter. The testimony of Mary Burres taken by commission was introduced as is as follows:

Have you been any night lately at Sarah Manning's?

Yes Sir.

With whom did you sleep?

With Fanny and Sarah Manning.

Was anyone else there that night?

Yes Sir, Russel Porterfield and a man was the answer.

Where did Elizabeth sleep?

With that man in room.

What time did Porterfeild come? At what time did they go to bed?

"I was on the bed when they went"

Did they know you were awake.

I don't know Sir.

Did anyone come to the bed?

Yes Sir, Elizabeth came.

Was anyone else there?

Yes Sir, six or seven negroes.

Did they bring anything?

One of them brought something in a handkerchief.

At what time did Porterfield leave?

I was at school.

The testimony of this girl was objected to by the defendant as she intended to porosecute her in a civil Court, her objection was not admitted.

Thurmond Sanders was introduced by the Session as a witness and examined as follows:

Did you see the accused the day Capt. Montgomery's Com. left for Athens?

I did.

Did you see any improper intimacy between them and any man?

I saw Dick David kiss Elizabeth in the streets of Athens, they were in a wagon in the streets.

Jas. Thompson, Sen., and others testified that they had seen the accused at various public gatherings, within doors and places where they could not have business. Thompson testified that she had once asked him for wheat at one of these gatherings, this is the only time in which they made a show of business.

After hearing the testimony the Session voted the charge fully sustained in the case of Elizabeth Manning and only the Seckond specification in the case of Sarah Manning and suspended them from the communion of the church until they gave evidence of amendment. Session then adjourned.

R.W. Milner

 


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