CARLTON BAPTIST CHURCH

                    
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CARLTON BAPTIST CHURCH

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1878--

On Saturday before the fourth Sunday in March, 1878, Carlton Baptist Church was organized. T. M. Byers was the moderator and J. M. Evans was church clerk. The first pastor was Rev. R. M. Cumbie and the first deacons were Dewey Pierce, J. A. Rowland, Martin Jones, and Joe Hicks. J. A. Rowland was the first Sunday School superintendent. 

Charter members were F. M. and Mary Carlton, R. M. and Mollie Cumbie, W. J. and Nancy Hicks, J. M. and S. J. Evans, J. R. and Martha J. Nix, J. P. Nix, C. A. Miller, James Nix, Callie Center, William Miller, Bettie Smith, James S. Carlton, Cynthia Pierce, Drewry Pierce, Nancy Pierce, Napoleon Pierce, Penelope McCarty, and
James S. McCarty.

R. M. Cumbie was born 1 January, 1849, in Barber County, AL.  Converted at the age of 20, he was baptized by D. B. Burt into the Damascus Church.  He came to Texas in 1870 and was licensed by Concord Church of Henderson County.  Cumbie was ordained by Carlton Baptist Church on the third Sunday of November, 1881.

Carlton Baptist Church was admitted to the Comanche Baptist Association prior to 2 September, 1881, when Carlton hosted the Comanche Baptist Annual meeting.  

No rain fell in Hamilton County from January, 1886, until August 31, 1887; hence severe drought conditions prevailed.  The Saturday morning session of the Comanche Association  in September, 1887 adjourned to the river bank for a baptismal service.  Sixteen of those baptized were from Carlton.

On 3 December, 1885, R. M. Cumbie, Drewry Pierce, H. L. Lynch, J. E. Stringer, J. H. Everett, and J. T. Cumbie, Trustees of Carlton Baptist Church purchased for ten dollars from W. C. Murphree and wife, D. A. Murphree, a tract of land on which to build a church house.

The first church was a one room structure. Carlton Baptist Church was admitted into the Hamilton County Baptist Association on 14 August, 1891.

Early pastors were:

J. H. Vinson, 1891--1895

J. H. Cunningham, 1896--1897 

J. T. Beam, 1898--1899

T. P. Speakman, 1901

Early church clerks were:

J. C. Finley, 1891-1900

W. McKenzie--1901

Early messengers to the annual association meeting were:

1891--W. Graham, F. M. Richburg

1892--W. Graham, J. W. Porter, F. M. Richburg, James Wilson McKenzie

1893--J. H. Vinson, A. Boatwright, F. M. Richburg

1894--J. N. Adams, J. W. Richburg

1895--Warren Graham, James Wilson McKenzie, J. N. Adams, B. G. Richbourg, J. H. Vinson, J. W. Porter, Randolph Hunter "Randall" Gibson

1896--F. M. Richbourg, J. C. Finley, Warren Graham, J. W. Porter, Randolph Hunter "Randall" Gibson

1897--A. L. Fisher, James Wilson McKenzie, A. G. Bingham, Rev. Warren Graham

1898--James Wilson McKenzie, R. Adams, V. B. Mitchell, J. M. Adams, Sisters Lou Mitchell and Orelia McKenzie

1899--Revs. Randolph Hunter "Randall" Gibson, J. T. Beam, Warren Graham, and Brethren J. M. Adams, James Wilson McKenzie, F. M. Richbourg, W. S. Fisher

1900--James Wilson McKenzie, Rev. Warren Graham, J. A. Rowland, Sister Orelia McKenzie

1901--J. T. Gibson, James Wilson McKenzie, J. A. Rowland, J. W. Richbourg, Randolph Hunter "Randall" Gibson, M. L. Gibson

A new church building was completed in September, 1917 by J. L. Thompson. This was the last building Mr Thompson built before his death. The first couple married in the new church were Rev. Clarence Allen Morton and Miss Hallie Adams. The baptistry was added in 1945. On 25 October, 1953, an educational building was dedicated. The parsonage was remodeled in 1977.

1907 HCBA Minutes

1908 HCBA Minutes

1909 HCBA Minutes

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1911 HCBA Minutes

 

 

 
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