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Churches: First Baptist Church in Americus
by Jack Frank Cox
First Baptist Church in Americus
"When Lee County was created from original territory in 1826, there came into the local area hardy souls to establish farms in the wilderness. Sumter county was created out of Lee County in 1831 with the territory being sparsely occupied by scattered farms connected only by old Indian trails and rough wagon roads.

Shortly after the county seat of Americus was laid out in 1831, a small group of Baptists bound themselves together in Christian fellowship. The Americus Church, Sumter County, was constituted in 1831 with presbyters Samson (sic) English, pastor of the Hepziba Church, Marion County, and James S. Lunsford, pastor of the Antioch Church, Stewart County officiating. How many and who these charter members were is not currently known, nor is the location of their house of worship, if indeed one did exist. The following year Americus was officially chartered…"

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For the exact text see pages 41-42 "History of Sumter County, Georgia" by Jack F. Cox; In Association With The Sumter Historic Preservation Society, 1983; WH Wolfe Associates Printer, Roswell, Georgia

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