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Strawberry Association Historical notes
The Baptist of Virginia, 1699-1926
 
1770, In 1770 Falls Creek was constituted in Pittsylvania with 37 members dismissed from Dan River. Samuel Harris was pastor and until a meeting house was built the church met at his house where he entertained them all. That year Goldmine was constituted in Louisa as a consequence of preaching there by Saunders, Harris, Read, Lewis Craig and other young men.
           The Baptist of Virginia, 1699-1926, Garnett Ryland, p 49
 
(Harris baptized in Fauquier, came 200 miles & with Elijah Craig & John Waller constituted the church. Harris also in Amherst, Buffalo River, now Ebenezer)
           The Baptist of Virginia, 1699-1926, Garnett Ryland, p 50
 
1770 meeting of Sandy Creek Association at Grassy Creek Meeting house, NC, was decided to divide the body into 3 pts. (Parts1&2 NC & SC) Third part VA churches.
 
1771/5/11Third part, composed of churches in VA met at Craig’s meeting house in Orange Co VA
           Statistics of the Meetings of the Strawberry Bapt Asso. of VA
           Notes on the History of the SBA, Biting,p 12
 
1771/May Meeting includes Samuel Harris & Jacob Metcliff [sic], Pittsylvania (Falls Church)
           The Baptist of Virginia, 1699-1926, Garnett Ryland, p 52
 
1771/5/1, Craig meeting. Harris was moderator, Waller clerk
           The Baptist of Virginia, 1699-1926, Garnett Ryland, p 53
 
At the time of the organization of this association:
           Joseph Anthony who preached so powerfully in Chesterfield jail that the door was left open for him to escape, had preached 5 years
           Samuel Harris seven years
           William Johnson, the first moderator, five years
           Statistics of the Meetings of the Strawberry Bapt Asso. of VA
           Notes on the History of the SBA, Biting, p 15
 
Samuel Harris was attacked by a gang in Culpepper and in Orange pulled down from the place where he was preaching. “Colonel Harris did not suffer as many persecutions as some other Baptist preachers.”
           The Baptist of Virginia, 1699-1926, Garnett Ryland, p 58
 
“Rev. Samuel Harris was baptized by Rev. Daniel Marshall and Marshalll was baptized by a minister in Philadelphia Baptist Association. This is the oldest Baptist Association in the United States.” (Formed 1707/7/27. SBA notes, p 9)
           History of Morgans Baptist Church, p 42.
(note this is the church on Davises property)
 
1771/May Meeting held at Elijah Craig’s meeting house in Orange for organization of the
           Virginia Association. Buckingham representatives: Rane Chastain, William
           Johnson. 52 members.
           The Baptist of Virginia, 1699-1926, Ryland, p 52
 
1771/5/5, Bedford church constituted - “The house is 40’ by 20’ built near Otter River on James Davises land in 1771. the other branch is a Cottontown (dist 15 miles); another at Goole [sic] creek 30 miles dist. where is a meeting held at Peter Holland a Quaker.”
“No minister except William Lovell and Matthew Talbot & Mr Pearman & Stephen White.”
“Joined the Rapidan Association in 1771”
           Imprisoned Preachers &Religious Liberty in Virginia, Lewis Little, p 234
 
1771/5/7, Buckingham constituted. “Mr Edward notes, pg 28, was so called from the county-170 miles, Williamsburg. Met in a bower and seats called Casons-seats. A meeting house built 1772 ***Minister Rane Chastain; assist. William Johnson” “They originated as a chh from Lower Spotsylvania. May 7, 1771. Mr Edward Volumes pages 40 and 41, state that the church was constituted “May 7, 1772” and that the first named page also states that the church had “No very remarkable things except persecutions; and the ministry of Kit Clark who is now a Quaker by which many have been converted, but will not stick to him.”
(Christopher Clark, large land owner in Louisa, lodged ministers night of May 10, 1771 on the way to the First Separate Baptist Association which was held at the old Blue Run church in Orange Co, Elijah Craig pastor)
           Imprisoned Preachers &Religious Liberty in Virginia, Lewis Little, pp234-235
 
 
1787, The General Association joint meeting of the Upper & Lower districes N of James (river) referred question to General Committee
1788, The General Commitee resolved “That Samuel Harris, John William, Simeon Walton, John Leland, Henry Toler & Lewis Lunsford be appointed to collect materials for compiling and publishing a history of the Baptists in Virginia and report to the next General Committee.” (Note, they later established seminaries)
           The Baptist of Virginia, 1699-1926, Garnett Ryland, p 145
 
1787/10/13. “The first minutes which give the names of the churches represented are those of a meeting held at Goose Creek, 11 years after the organization. The minutes are in manuscript. The minutes were not printed until nearly a generation after the constitution of the Association.”
           Strawberry Church              Thomas Johns
           Leatherwood                       Robert Stockton
           Head of Smith River none
           N Fork Roanoke                 Jas Mathis, Elias Owen
           Lower Blackwater                Alex Ferguson, Philip Bailey, Jeremiah Maxey
           Meadow Creek                    John Lawrence
           Goose Creek                      William Johnson
           Beaver Creek                     Joseph Anthony, Jacob Faress
           Catawba                             Samuel Goodwin, Absalom Smith, John Mahan
           Cotton Town                       Jeremiah Hatcher, Julius Hatcher
           C___vle ?                           Wm Stevens
           Runnet Big Creek               Randolph Hall, Bailey Carter
           an assoc of 11 NC              George McNull
           Head of Pig River                Moses Rentfro, Wm Aur-
           Head of Little River             Wm Derveese, Humphrey Smith
           (Handwritten SNOW CREEK , no add info)
 
1787/10/31, Johnson, Willliam, Moderator, Goose Creek, Bedford VA
1788/5/31, Johnson, William, Moderator, Head of Pig River, Franklin VA
1788/10/4, Johnson, William, Moderator, Beaver Crk, Henry Co VA
           Statistic of the Meetings of the Strawberry Bapt Asso. of VA
           Notes on the History of the SBA, Biting, end of book, no p#
 
 
“The 11 NC churches later forming the Yadkin Yearly Meeting.”
           Statistics of the Meetings of the Strawberry Bapt Asso. of VA
           Notes on the History of the SBA, Biting, pp 15,16
 
“Churches now or formerly belonging to Strawberry Baptist Association of Virginia”
           Strawberry, Pittsylvania Co, admitted 1776, dism Oct 1768 to Roanoke Assoc
1772(formed) Leatherwood, Henry Co, admitted 1776, dism. May 28, 1825, to Pig River Association.
           SBA notes, end , no page numbers
 
1789/Aug. “The General Committee met in Richmond. William Johnson, then the Moderator and Robert Stockton were the delegates from Strawberry Association.”
“In this session of the General Committee an address to the President (George Washington) was prepared by Elder John Leland, adopted by the committee and signed by Samuel Harris, the Chairman, and by Reuben Ford, the secretary, and in the name of Virginia Baptists, sent to Washington”. (complete address follows, also the response from George Washington.)
           Statistics of the Meetings of the Strawberry Bapt Asso. of VA
           Notes on the History of the SBA, Biting, pp 29,30
 
1789/9/25. First Amendment to the Constitution guaranteeing universal and constitutional religious liberty.
           Statistics of the Meetings of the Strawberry Bapt Asso. of VA
           Notes on the History of the SBA, Biting, p 33