Page 15 "Light on the Prairie"

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The minutes of the church proceedings are missing and we do not know the exact order in which some of the early preachers came nor the years each served. Brother Clabaugh was the pastor elected in 1855. In 1869 Brother J. B. Holmes was pastor, and Brother A. D. Meroney was delegate to the association.

Brother A. C. Graves was pastor through the years 1870, 1871, 1872, 1873, 1878, and 1881; Brother J. M. Wright through the years 1874, 1875, and 1880; Brother John McClain through the years of 1876, 1877, and 1878; Brother G. W. Clark was pastor in 1884; and Brother John Batemann was pastor in 1885.

Rev. John Holmes was born in North Carolina in 1823. He was ordained by a Baptist Church to preach the gospel and was pastor of several churches of the Leon River Baptist Association. He served both Gatesville and Coryell at different times, being pastor of Coryell in 1868 and 1869. In 1845 he was married to Miss Boonie White. She was a sister to Mrs. Lovejoy, the grandmother of Knox Lovejoy. Reverend Holmes was a good man and worked diligently in his field, but he is of the number that we have little data on.

Reverend A. C. Graves was pastor at Coryell during the years 1870, 1871, 1872, 1873, 1878, and 1881. He was born in Tennessee and married Miss Eveline Bennett of Tennessee.


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