Antioch Church of Christ Delight Arkansas

Church Record 1833-1884

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"To all who may chance to examine or handle this Record."                    
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                               Church Record.                                
                                                                             
Wolf-Creek, Pike county, Arkansas. First Lord's day in April, 1833. We       
believe that the old and new testament is the only rule of faith and         
practice, (and) (for the) government for the Church of Christ. Look at       
remarks on preceding page.                                                   
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                               Church Record.                                
                                                                             
                             October 29th, 1842.                             
                                                                             
The Church being duly organized with it's Officers, as the gospel requires,  
Brother William Kelley, being ordained Elder, and Brethren Elijah Kelley and 
William T. Dickson, was ordained Deacons.                                    
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                            December 24th, 1842.                             
                                                                             
The Christian Church met in conference, according to appointment, the Church 
being in union and fellowship. It was motioned by Brother Billingsly, that   
William Kelley be appointed Pastor of the Church, and there not being a      
decenting voice, it was directed to be written in the church book, which was 
done accordingly.                                                            
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                             February 4th, 1843.                             
                                                                             
The - Christian (Disciples), (Italics mine) met according to appointment in  
a church capacity, and being in union and (in) fellowship. And there united  
with the church one by baptism.                                              
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                             April the 1st, 1843.                            
                                                                             
The Church met, according to appointment and all being in love, and union,   
and fellowship. One with another.                                            
                                                                             
                         Giles Kelley, Church Clerk.                         
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                                May 6th, 1843.                               
                                                                             
Meeting commenced, and seven united with the church on the 6th, and the      
meeting continued the 7th and 8th and, two was baptized on the 7th; and on   
Saturday the 13th of May, 1843, three more united with the church, and eight 
was baptized, making ten that joined the church and was baptized.            
                                                                             
                         Giles Kelley, Church Clerk.                         
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                             June the 3rd, 1843.                             
                                                                             
The Church met according to appointment, and all being in love, and union,   
and fellowship, one with another, and three united with the church.          
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                             June the 18th, 1843.                            
                                                                             
There was five united to the church, and three baptized.                     
                                                                             
                         Giles Kelley, Church Clerk.                         
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                              July first, 1843.                              
                                                                             
The church met according to appointment and all being in love, and union,    
and fellowship, one with another and five united to the church. This July    
25th, 1843.                                                                  
                                                                             
                         Giles Kelley, Church Clerk.                         
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                               July 16th, 1843.                              
                                                                             
There was one united to the Church and five baptized.                        
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                             July the 22nd, 1843.                            
                                                                             
One was united to the Church.                                                
                                                                             
                         Giles Kelley, Church Clerk.                         
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                            August the 6th, 1843.                            
                                                                             
The Church met and all was in good order.                                    
                                                                             
                         Giles Kelley, Church Clerk.                         
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                            August the 20th 1843.                            
                                                                             
One was united to the Church.                                                
                                                                             
                         Giles Kelley, Church Clerk.                         
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                           September the 3d, 1843.                           
                                                                             
The Church met, and all was in good order, and two was baptized.             
                                                                             
                         Giles Kelley, Church Clerk.                         
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                          September the 17th, 1843.                          
                                                                             
One was baptized, and one united (to) the Church.                            
                                                                             
                         Giles Kelley, Church Clerk.                         
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                           October the first, 1843.                          
                                                                             
The Church met and all was in good order.                                    
                                                                             
                         Giles Kelley, Church Clerk.                         
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                             July the 4th, 1847.                             
                                                                             
Pike county, Arkansas. Church at Wolf creek met on the first Lord's day in   
July, 1847.                                                                  
                                                                             
On motion (of) Brother James A. Dickson, Elijah Kelley, Senior, was          
nominated Elder, protem, in the Church of Christ at Wolf creek.              
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                            October 14th, (1847).                            
                                                                             
Met at Brother A.H. Hancock('s) in order. Elected Elders and Deacons in said 
Church.                                                                      
                                                                             
On motion, Elijah Kelley, Sen., being duly elected by the Church of Christ,  
Wolf creek, Pike, Arkansas, was regularly ordained Elder, according to       
Gospel order with all the power and priviledge of Elder, in the Church of    
Christ. Officiating members, M.H. Wade and James H. Wade.                    
                                                                             
On motion, Wesley Kelley, being duly elected by the church of Christ, Wolf   
creek, Pike county, Arkansas, was regularly ordained Elder, in said Church,  
according to Gospel order, with the power and priviledge of an Elder, in the 
Church of Christ. Officiating members, M.H & Jas. H. Wade.                   
                                                                             
Brother Thomas Winn being duly elected deacon of said church, was ordained   
to that office.                                                              
                                                                             
                         Elijah Kelley, Clerk protem.                        
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                               Nov. 23, 1851.                                
Church of Christ, Antioch. On motion it is agreed that Brother William       
Kelley be ordained, an Evangelist.                                           
                                                                             
State of Arkansas. Pike County, Christian Church. Antioch Congregation.      
Sunday evening, Nov. 23d, 1851. This day the congregation being in session.  
Bro. William Kelley having been previously elected thereby to the official   
station of Evangelist (or minister of the gospel) was presented by Brother   
Abner H. Hancock, to be ordain(ed) in said office, of Evangelist (or         
minister of the gospel) by the imposition of hands, whereupon, pursuant to   
the aforesaid appointment and presentation, ordination in due form was       
administered to said William Kelley by Elder M.H. Wade, who by the unanimous 
voice of said Congregation, was on that occasion requested to officiate.     
                                                                             
We, the undersigned, on behalf of said Congregation, do certify, that the    
foregoing is a faithful copy of the records of said congregation in relation 
to said ordination. Signed this 26th Nov., 1851.                             
                                                                             
                          Elijah Kelley, Church Clerk.                       
                                                                             
                      Elders Elijah Kelley, Wesley Kelley.                   
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                       First Lord's day in March, 1852.                      
                                                                             
Church of Christ met in good order.                                          
                                                                             
                                  E.K., C.C.                                 
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                      First Lord's day in April, (1852).                     
                                                                             
Church of Christ met in good order.                                          
                                                                             
                                  E.K., C.C.                                 
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                        First Lord's day in May, 1852.                       
                                                                             
Church of Christ met in good order.                                          
                                                                             
                                  E.K., C.C.                                 
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                        First Lord's day in June, 1852.                      
                                                                             
The Church of Christ met, Brother G. Glasscock, being under evil report.     
                                                                             
Two brethren were appointed to notify him of such reports, also that he      
attend the meeting and make satisfaction.                                    
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                        First Lord's day in July, 1852.                      
                                                                             
Church of Christ met, Bro. G. Glasscock failed to attend, therefore it be    
considered by the Elders, that he stands suspended, until he makes           
reconciliation.                                                              
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                       First Lord's day in August, 1852.                     
                                                                             
The Church of Christ met in good order. Commemorated the death of Christ.    
                                                                             
                                  E.K., C.C.                                 
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                     First Lord's day and Saturday before,                   
                              in September, 1852.                            
                                                                             
The Church of Christ met, had preaching both days, and took the supper.      
                                                                             
                                  E.K., C.C.                                 
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                     First Lord's day and Saturday before                    
                              in October, (1852).                            
                                                                             
Church of Christ met at Antioch, in good order. Saturday, October 2d, 1852.  
After preaching, extended an opportunity, one united and made the good       
confession, dismissed till Sunday at eleven o'clock, met according to gospel 
order, and after worship, an opportunity was extended, two united by letter. 
We then met at the water and Bro. Wm. Kelley immersed those who united by    
confession.                                                                  
                                                                             
                                  E.K., C.C.                                 
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                       First Lord's day in Nov., 1852.                       
                                                                             
Church of Christ met in good order. After preaching an opportunity was       
extended, Amanda Kelley, by confession and baptism.                          
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                        Friday the 8th of July, 1853.                        
                                                                             
Protracted meeting commenced, by Brother J.S. Robertson, teacher, and        
continued seven days. The result, twenty-two additions, thirteen by          
confession and baptism, four by letter, four from the the Baptist, and one   
restored.                                                                    
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                              August 7th, 1853.                              
                                                                             
Church met according to gospel order, after service, extended opportunity    
for additional members. Pinkney Fulks united by confession and baptism and   
was received in full fellowship (*) according to order.                      
                                                                             
                               E. Kelley, C.C.                               
                                                                             
(*) This is the first time Church fellowship is mentioned, yet they must     
have gave it. (E.J.W.)                                                       
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State of Arkansas. County of Pike. I, Elijah Kelley, Elder and acting as     
Clerk, in the Church of Christ at Antioch, in vacation, do certify that      
Nancy Jane McMahan was a member of this congregation in good standing, and I 
recommend (her) to the faithful in Christ, wherever her lot may be cast,     
this the 23d September, 1853.                                                
                                                                             
                                  E.K., C.C.                                 
                                                                             
To Sister Permelia McMahan, same day and date.                               
                                                                             
                                  E.K., C.C.                                 
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State of Arkansas, County of Pike. Christian Church, Antioch Congregation.   
                                                                             
                           Sunday, Oct. 2d, 1853.                            
                                                                             
This day, the congregation being in session, Bro. Wesley Kelley, having been 
chosen to the office and official station of Evangelist (or minister of the  
gospel) was presented by Bro. William Kelley, to be ordained in said office  
of Evangelist (or minister of the gospel) by the imposition of hands;        
whereupon pursuant to the afore appointment and presentation, ordination in  
due form was administered to said Wesley Kelley by Elder William Kelley a    
regular ordained Evangelist chosen for that purpose.                         
                                                                             
                         Elijah Kelley, Church Clerk.                        
                                                                             
I, the undersign(ed) on behalf of the said congregation, do certify that the 
foregoing is a faithful copy of the record of said congregation in relation  
to the said ordination. Signed this 2d day of Oct., 1853.                    
                                                                             
                            Elijah Kelley, Elder.                            
                             Elijah Kelley, CC.                              
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                              May the 7th, 1854.                             
                                                                             
Received Han, a colored man, by confession and baptism.                      
                                                                             
                               E. Kelley, C.C.                               
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Received Brother John Gill in to full fellowship, Sep. 3d, 1854.             
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                          Antioch, Nov. 5th, 1854.                           
                                                                             
Church of Christ met according to gospel order. Bro. Francis McMahan was     
presented for ordination, it was agreed that he be ordained in the office of 
Evangelist; it was also agreed that Bro. Francis McMahan, and Sister Ann,    
his wife, have letters of dismission from the Church at Antioch, in good     
standing, which was complied with accordingly, by order of the Church.       
                                                                             
                                 E.K., C.C.                                  
                                                                             
State of Arkansas, County of Pike. Christian Church, Antioch Congregation.   
Sunday, Nov. 5th, 1854. This day the congregation being in session, Brother  
Francis McMahan, being presented to the office and official station of       
Evangelist (or minister of the gospel) was duly ordained in said office, of  
Evangelist (or minister of the gospel) by the imposition of hands; whereupon 
pursuant to the aforesaid appointment and presentation, ordination in due    
form was administered to said Francis McMahan by Elder William Kelley a      
regular ordained Evangelist chosen for that purpose. I, the undersign(ed),   
in behalf of said congregation, do certify, that the foregoing is a faithful 
copy of the record of said congregation in relation to said ordination.      
Signed this 5th day of November, 1854.                                       
                                                                             
                            Elijah Kelley, Elder.                            
                             Elijah Kelley, CC.                              
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                    First Lord's day in December, 1854.                      
                                                                             
Church met according to gospel order. After worship, Brother Cyrus Hubble    
and Sister Eightha Hubble presented their letters for admission and was      
received in full fellowship, by letter.                                      
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                            December 31st, 1854.                             
                                                                             
Antioch church met and sermon by Wesley Kelley, three persons received in    
full fellowship, by letter.                                                  
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                              March 4th, 1855.                               
                                                                             
First Lord's day, Church met. Brother William T. Dickson resigned the Office 
of Deacon, which was accepted.                                               
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                 1855, Antioch Congregation, April first,                    
                              first Lord's day.                              
                                                                             
Church met, sermon by Bro. William Kelley. On motion, Brother Richard Boyer  
and Cyrus Hubble was chosen deacons of said congregation. Opportunity        
extended, Dr. William Ogle united by Confession and Baptism. Whereupon it    
was agreed that Brethren Boyer and Hubble be ordained on the first Lord's    
day in May to the office of deacons, and the Congregation observe fasting    
and prayer.                                                                  
                                                                             
                                 E.K., C.C.                                  
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                    May the 6th, 1855, first Lord's day.                     
                                                                             
Church met, two sermons, first by Brother Wesley Kelley. Second by Brother   
William Ogle.                                                                
                                                                             
Brother G. W. Ward was then presented for Elder, and duly Elected and        
ordained Elder of said congregation. Bro. R. Boyer and Bro. C. Hubble was    
ordained deacons in said congregation of Church at Antioch.                  
                                                                             
                                 E.K., C.C.                                  
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                      Second Lord's day in May, (1855).                      
                                                                             
Church met in good order.                                                    
                                                                             
                                 E.K., C.C                                   
                                                                             
May the 6th. 1855. First Lord's day in May. On motion, G.W. Ward being duly  
elected, by the Church of Christ at Antioch, Pike county, Arkansas, was      
regularly ordained elder in said congregation according to gospel order,     
with all the power, and privilege of an Elder in the Church of Christ. Elder 
William Kelley, officiating Evangelist.                                      
                                                                             
                             Elijah Kelley, C.C.                             
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                             May the 20th, 1855.                             
                                                                             
Church met, sermon by Bro. James S. Wade, from Matthew 1st cha(pter), 21st   
v(erse), adjourn till 4 o'clock. Church met, restored J.H. Kirkham to full   
fellowship.                                                                  
                                                                             
On motion, Bro. John Dickson was duly elected Clerk of said Congregation.    
The congregation proceeded to take the Lord's supper.                        
                                                                             
                               E. Kelley, C.C.                               
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                    First Lord's day, January 4th, 1857.                     
                                                                             
Church met and after worship, R.L. Boyer, being one of the elders of said    
church, charged the Church of being in disorder, and demanded a letter. He   
being requested to make known, the disorder, if any, this he refused and     
said he would leave the Church, and all the reason he assigned was, that he  
could do better. His credentials being asked for, he gave them up and went   
off from the Church and drew after him several disciples. Church continued   
to meet every Lord's day.                                                    
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                        5th Lord's day in May (1857).                        
                                                                             
A proclamation was made by the Church at Antioch, that all those members,    
who wish to retain their names in the congregation, to come and make it      
known, (for they had been absent from the Church for several weeks.)         
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               First Lord's day in June and Saturday, before.                
                                                                             
The Church met on Saturday, the 7th day of June, the Church withdrawn right  
hand of fellowship from R.L. Boyer, and that he no longer (be) a member of   
the congregation; also all those members who followed said Boyer in the      
division. By order of the Church.                                            
                                                                             
                        E.K. (Church Clerk) (protem)                         
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                      First Lord's day in April, 1858.                       
                                                                             
A.C. Hubble united with the church at Antioch, being received and immersed   
by Bro. J.S. Robertson. The first Lord's day in February, 1858.              
                                                                             
                               E. Kelley, Eld.                               
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                     First Lord's day in September, 1858.                    
                                                                             
Received Brother Talley by letter.                                           
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                      First Lord's day in October, 1858.                     
                                                                             
Church met in full fellowship. Sermon by Bro. Wesley Kelley.                 
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                     First Lord's day in November, 1858.                     
                                                                             
Church granted letter to Sister Amanda Cloud.                                
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                      Friday evening, December 3d, 1858.                     
                                                                             
Service commenced by Bro. J.S. Robertson, and continued till Tuesday         
morning, the 7th. The result was five additions by confession and baptism,   
and the restoration of ten to union and fellowship who had been absent from  
the Church for some time.                                                    
                                                                             
                             E. Kelley, Sr., Eld.                            
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                       Monday, December the 6th, 1858.                       
                                                                             
The Brethren met for the purpose of appointing delegates to meet with the    
brethren in a cooperation meeting to be held at Washington, Hempstead        
county, Arkansas, in this part of the State.                                 
                                                                             
On motion of Bro. C. Hubble, (Bros.) William Kelley, Wesley Kelley, and      
Elijah Kelley, Sr., was appointed said delegates with power to appropriate   
such amount of dollars as the Brethren shall subscribe, annexed to their     
respective names, (look at financial report, on first page of that report.)  
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                  Antioch, first Lord's day in April, 1859                   
                             and Saturday before.                            
                                                                             
Brother John S. Robertson preached four discourses, two united with the      
Church, in fellowship.                                                       
                                                                             
                                  E.K., Eld.                                 
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                   Fourth Lord's day in June, and Saturday                   
                                before, (1859).                              
                                                                             
Bro. Robertson held meeting, four united with the congregation at Antioch,   
three by confession and immerson, and one received into fellowship.          
                                                                             
                               E. Kelley, Eld.                               
                                                                             
Barbary Mobley united with the Church.                                       
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                    First Lord's day in January, 1860 and                    
                              Saturday before.                               
                                                                             
Bro. J.S. Robertson preached. Dismissed Bro. G.W. Wright by letter, and      
received Sister Amanda Cloud, by letter.                                     
                                                                             
                         E. Kelley, C.C. pro(tem)                            
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                              June 29th (1860)                               
                                                                             
At a protracted meeting commencing on the 29th of June 1860, carried on by   
the labor of Bro. J.S. Robertson, and closed on the morning the 4th of July, 
with 7 addistion(s) by confession and baptism.                               
                                                                             
                                 E.K. Elder                                  
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                   August 5th, first Lord's day in August.                   
                                                                             
The Church met at Antioch in good fellowship. Mary McLaughlin immersed and   
James H. Kirkham, restored to fellowship.                                    
                                                                             
                               E.K. Eld. C.C.                                
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                             November 4th, 1860.                             
                                                                             
First Lord's day in November. Church met in good order. Sister Dorcas        
McCullough united by letter.                                                 
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                             January 16th, 1861.                             
                                                                             
Bro. J.S. Robertson preached on Wednesday night. A.H. Kelley present(ed) a   
letter for him (he) and wife, accepted.                                      
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                             January 20th, 1861.                             
                                                                             
Third lord's day, congregation met at eleven o'clock, sermon by Bro. Wesley  
Kelley, gave Bro. A.H. Kelley and Sister Mary Kelley righthand of            
fellowship. Contribution ($1.95) one dollar and ninty-five cents.            
                                                                             
                               E. Kelley, Eld.                               
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                             January 27th (1861)                             
                                                                             
The Church met in good order, gave Brother A.H. Kelley a letter of           
commendation in the ministry.                                                
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                            April the 1st, (1861)                            
                                                                             
Bro. J.S. Robertson preached at Antioch to good audience, four addition(s).  
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                              August 7th, 1861.                              
                                                                             
Bro. J.S. Robertson preached. Bro. Pleasant White and wife united by letter. 
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                              August 8th (1861)                              
                                                                             
On motion it is ordered by the church that Brother Pleasant White have a     
letter of commendation as a proclaimer in the Church of Christ.              
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                     September, first Lord's day, 1861.                      
                                                                             
Church me in order. After preaching, received Bro. John McLane into          
fellowship and partook of (the) Lord's supper.                               
                                                                             
                                  E.K. Eld.                                  
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                               Nov. 14th (1861)                              
                                                                             
Preaching, Bro. J.S. Robertson, received one by confession and baptism. We   
the disciples of Christ at Antioch, Pike county, Arkansas, on the third      
Lord's day in Jan. 1861, from our knowledge of our beloved Bro. Abner H.     
Kelley, believing that if he will apply himself to the work of the ministry, 
he will prove useful to the cause of Christ, and believing that it is his    
desire and that he will so prove to be: We therefore commend him as a        
faithful Bro. in Christ and minister of the gospel, done by order of the     
Church.                                                                      
                                                                             
                            Cyrus Hubble, Deacon.                            
                            Elijah Kelley, Elder.                            
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                    State of Arkansas, County (of) Pike.                     
                                                                             
                 Antioch Congregation, the Church of Christ,                 
                     first Lord's day in February, 1868.                     
                                                                             
This day the congregation being in session, Bro. A.B. Clingman, being        
presented to the official station of Evangelist (or minister of the gospel)  
by the imposition of hands, whereupon, pursuant the aforesaid appointment    
and presentation, ordination in due form was administered to A.B. Clingman   
by Elder William Kelley, a regular ordained Evangelist chosen for that       
purpose. Assisted by Wesley Kelley, Evangelist.                              
                                                                             
The foregoing is a true copy of the record of the congregation of the Church 
of Christ, at Antioch. Signed this 3d day of Feb. 1868.                      
                                                                             
                              Elder Wm. Kelley                               
                          Elder Elijah Kelley, Sr.,                          
                             Elder - CC pr(otem)                             
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                          May 13th and 14th, 1871.                           
                                                                             
Bro. Lemmons preached, one was restored.                                     
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                            June the 10th (1871)                             
                                                                             
Three restored.                                                              
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                              June 11th (1871)                               
                                                                             
Preaching by Bro. John M. Lemmons. One made addition, confession and         
immersion.                                                                   
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                               July 8th (1871)                               
                                                                             
Preaching commenced by Bro. John M. Lemmons, continued four days embracing   
second Lord's day in July, result, 15 by confession and baptism, one         
restored, four took membership, one name recorded for fellowship.            
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                               July 31st (1871)                              
                                                                             
One by confession and baptism from the Baptist.                              
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                               August 15th 1871.                             
                                                                             
Received 15 by confession and baptism.                                       
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                              December 1st 1872.                             
                                                                             
Received J.A. Bunch by confession and baptism.                               
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                                July 26, 1874.                               
                                                                             
Lord's day, received S. Turner Brown by letter.                              
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                               August 1st, 1874.                             
                                                                             
Meeting commenced and continued until the 5th by our beloved Bro. in Christ, 
Thomas J. Hubble, the result was twelve by confession & baptism. One by      
letter. One by fellowship, two restored.                                     
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                               August 30th, 1874.                            
                                                                             
Fifth Lord's day, preaching by T.J. Hubble. The result was five additions,   
three by confession and baptism, one of which was from the Methodist, two by 
confession and fellowship from the Baptist.                                  
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                         July, second Lord's day, 1878.                      
                                                                             
Preaching by J.R. Jones. Eliza Kirkham, by fellowship.                       
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                               October 3d, 1879.                             
                                                                             
Preaching, Jacob Mason & J.R. Jones. Continued six days and nights, result,  
ten by confession and baptism, one restored, and one by fellowship. Restored 
William McDaniel, fellowship(ped) J.F. Nolen.                                
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The following in parenthesis was overlooked, it being on a loose             
leaf. E.J.W.                                                                 
                                                                             
(Oct. the 3d, 1879, protracted meeting held by J.R. Jones and J.C. Mason,    
result, 12 additions.)                                                       
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                           November 8th and 9th, 1879.                       
                                                                             
Preaching, J.R. Jones, result, one confession and baptism. Employed J.C.     
Mason, Evangelist, to preach at Antioch, first Lord's day in each month, or  
at some place where good can be done.                                        
                                                                             
(It seems from the record that the congregation met regular in Jan., Feb.,   
March and April, but no business transacted of importance in the year 1880.  
E.J. Wesson, transcriber.)                                                   
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                        Fourth Lord's day in April, 1880.                    
                                                                             
The Brethren chose C.W. Threlkeld for Elder in the Church. James A. Kelley,  
for Deacon. It was agreed that the Bible class meet at 10 o'clock on every   
Lord's day; it was also agreed that embracing the fifth Lord's day in May,   
also embracing the first Lord's day in June, at Pisgah.                      
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                               Church Record.                                
                                                                             
                       First Lord's day in July, 1880.                       
                                                                             
Preaching, Bro. J.C. Mason. One addition, Bro. R.P. Threlkeld, by letter.    
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                      First Lord's day in August, 1880.                      
                                                                             
Preaching by J.C. Mason, J.R. Jones, result 19.                              
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First Lord's in August, protracted meeting. Bros. J.R. Jones and Mason,      
preachers, two addition(s), R.J. Wesson, by letter, Elijah Carpenter, by     
fellowship.                                                                  
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                     First Lord's day in September, 1880.                    
                                                                             
Preaching by J.C. Mason.                                                     
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                                Oct. 24, 1880.                               
                                                                             
G.W. Barker, by confession and baptism.                                      
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                               Nov. 13th, (1880)                             
                                                                             
Two by confession and baptism.                                               
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                      First (Lord's day) in March, 1881.                     
                                                                             
J.C. Mason, Evangelist.                                                      
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                       First Lord's day in April, 1881.                      
                                                                             
Preaching by the Evangelist. Ordained Bro. C.W. Threlkeld, Elder, and        
William H. Kirkham and James A. Kelley, Deacons. They being set-a-part by    
the Brethren.                                                                
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                               Church Record.                                
                                                                             
                       First Lord's day in June, (1881)                      
                                                                             
One addition.                                                                
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                       First Lord's day in July, (1881)                      
                                                                             
Three by fellowship.                                                         
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                            September first, 1881.                           
                                                                             
Baptized H.A. Smith.                                                         
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                  Embracing first Lord's day in Sept., (1881)                
                                                                             
Protracted meeting, result thirteen. Eight by fellowship, five, baptism, and 
two restored. Preaching by J.R. Jones, J.C. Mason and S.R. Ezzell.           
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                      Third Lord's day in October, 1881.                     
                                                                             
One by confession and baptism, two by fellowship.                            
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                              November 6th, 1881.                            
                                                                             
Co-operation meeting, preaching, J.C. Mason and (J.R. Jones). J.C. Mason     
chosen Evangelist. Three dismissed for disorderly conduct.                   
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                             Antioch, Pike county.                           
                                                                             
              Third Lord's day in April 1882, and Saturday before            
                          and Monday night, following.                       
                                                                             
Bro. J.C. Mason preached, the result, three additions.                       
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            1882, Protracted meeting commenced, 15th September, by           
                 J.C. Mason, assisted (by) G.W. Williams.                    
                                                                             
Result, 11 by confession and baptism, two by relation, two by fellowship,    
one restored.                                                                
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                Protracted meeting commenced Saturday night,                 
                  Oct. 13th, 1883. Continued by J.C. Mason.                  
                                                                             
Result, twenty additions.                                                    
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                            (December 19th, 1883)                            
                                                                             
This is to certify, that Brother R.P Threlkeld, is a regular ordained        
minister of the gospel of Christ, and is commended as such, to all to whom   
the(se) presents come greeting; and that he is ordained to the work of the   
ministry by and with consent of the Church of Christ, worshipping at         
Antioch, Pike county, Arkansas. Signed December 19th, 1883.                  
                                                                             
                            J.C. Mason, Evangelist.                          
                     Elijah Kelley, C.W. Threlkeld, Elders.                  
                  Wm. H. Kirkham and James A. Kelley, Deacons.               
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                                 From Memory.                                
                                                                             
Thus ends the written record of the congregation of the Church of Christ at  
Antioch as kept by our lamented Bro. Elijah Kelley, Elder (and               
Congregational Recorder.)                                                    
                                                                             
During the greater part of the year, 1883, there was very little preaching   
done for the congregation at Antioch. Just before the protracted meeting on  
the opposite page, Oct. 13, 1883, the congregation met in a social meeting   
and confessed their faults one to the other and prayed one for the other,    
and chose Bro. E.J. Wesson as an Elder, for said congregation. The meeting   
was one of great rejoicing, the entire congregation present felt edified. At 
said protracted (meeting) in October 13th, 1883, the congregation elected    
the following brethren to the District meeting to be held at Center Ridge,   
embracing _______ Sunday, friday night, Saturday and night before, in        
__________ 1883. To wit: R.P. Threlkeld, Jacob J. Wingfield and E.J. Wesson. 
At said District meeting, Bro. Alf. Jones was employed to labor one fourth   
of his time with the Congregation at Antioch.                                
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                               Church Record.                                
                                                                             
Bro. Alf. Jones commenced his Evangelistic labor with the Congregation at    
Antioch in January, 1884, and labored faithfully with us for the             
up-building of the cause of Christ, during his stay with us as an            
Evangelist.                                                                  
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At a meeting of the Antioch Congregation of the Church of Christ commencing  
Saturday the 27th day of September, 1884, conducted by Our Beloved Bro. Alf. 
Jones, assisted by Bro. R.P. Threlkeld and W.R. Barnett.                     
                                                                             
Preaching, Saturday at eleven o'clock and night by Bro. A. Jones; also on    
Sunday, two made the good confession and were baptized. Preaching at night   
by W.R. Barnett.                                                             
                                                                             
Monday a.m. preaching by Alf. Jones; after services the Congregation         
proceeded to elect delegates to the Okolona District meeting in October at   
Okolona, Clark county, Arkansas; whereupon, R.P. Threlkeld, F.B. Wilson and  
Bro. Beeler, was chosen as delegates from this congregation (uninstructed).  
                                                                             
Monday night, services by Bro. R.P. Threlkeld.                               
                                                                             
Tuesday at eleven, preaching by Bro. Alf. Jones. Bro. R.P. Threlkeld,        
preaching at night; two made the good confession and were baptized the next  
day.                                                                         
                                                                             
Wednesday morning, Bro. E. J. Wesson, who united with the congregation in    
the year 1869 by confession and fellowship from the Protestant Methodist, by 
his request, was baptized on his faith, in Jesus the Christ, the Son, of the 
living God; Alf. Jones, administrator.                                       
                                                                             
The congregation then met at the meeting house and proceeded to ordain Bro.  
Edward J. Wesson, Elder & Evangelist of the Congregation of the Church of    
Christ at Antioch, by the laying on of hands and prayer; Bro. Alf. Jones,    
Evangelist, officiating, with C.W. Threlkeld, Elder, James A. Kelley,        
Deacon.                                                                      
                                                                             
After ordination, the Congregation was assembled in conference. Bro. A.      
Jones, Evangelist for the congregation acting as moderator.                  
                                                                             
1ST. On motion of Bro. C.W. Threlkeld, there was a committee appointed to    
draft (a) resolution in memory of Bro. E. Kelley, dec(eased); and the same,  
when adopted, be spread upon the record of the Congregation; whereupon Bros. 
C.W. Threlkeld, E.J. Wesson, and F.B. Wilson were appointed. On motion of    
C.W. Threlkeld, Bro. A. Jones was added to said committee.                   
                                                                             
2D. On motion of Bro. C.W. Threlkeld, there was a committee of three         
appointed to raise money and purchase a record for the Congregation at       
Antioch, consisting (of) Brethren C.W. Threlkeld, E.J. Wesson, & J.L. Doss;  
and that the old record of the Congregation at Antioch be transcribed into   
the new. On motion of W.J. Wesson, there was a committee appointed to assist 
the Clerk in transcribing the record from the old record of the Congregation 
to the new, consisting (of) Brethren W.H. & E.M. Kirkham, and E.J. Wesson.   
                                                                             
3D. On motion, Bro. R.P. Threlkeld was elected and set-apart as Elder for    
the Congregation of the Church of Christ at Antioch.                         
                                                                             
Conference being dismissed, there was preaching by Bro. A. Jones. Wednesday  
evening, baptism was attended to, Bro. A. Jones, officiating.                
                                                                             
After which we had preaching, by our Beloved Brother J.R. Jones, Ed., M.C.   
Thursday night, preaching by Bro. J.R. Jones.                                
                                                                             
However, before preaching the following resolution was adopted and ordered   
published in the Model Christian, and spread upon the record of the          
Congregation of the Church of Christ at Antioch.                             
                                                                             
                          E.J. Wesson, C.C. protem.                          
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                               Church Record.                                
                                                                             
                                Resolutions.                                 
                                                                             
We, your committee appointed by the Antioch congregation of the Church of    
Christ to draft suitable resolutions, expressive of the deep sympathy, love  
and veneration for our departed Bro. submit thefollowing report:             
                                                                             
Whereas, our Elder and brother, Elijah Kelley, was, by the dispensation of   
our Heavenly Father, removed from this earthly tabernacle to that house not  
made with hands, eternal in the heavens, on the 26th of August,A. D. 1884.   
We therefore make the following Statement:                                   
                                                                             
Brother Elijah Kelley was born in Jackson County, Tenn., September 14th,     
1800. Removed to Illinois with his Father in 1804. From thence to Arkansas,  
on Wolf Creek, in Pike county, 1815, where he lived and labored on his farm  
until his death. He obeyed the Gospel of Christ, July 22d, 1824. Began to    
preach in 1826. Has organized many congregations since that time. Brother    
Kelley was the last one of the original members of the congregation at       
Antioch, which was organized in April, 1833, of which he was chosen Deacon,  
and subsequently chosen Elder for the congregation, which position he held   
to the day of his death. He was honored and venerated by all who knew him.   
He was of good report both in the Church and world, and died full of years   
and honors, having been a member of Antioch, for over fifty years. It can be 
said of him truly, one of the pillars of Antioch has fallen. (Upon whom      
shall his mantle fall?)                                                      
                                                                             
Therefore, be it resolved, that the congregation of Antioch is duly sensible 
of their irreparable loss. That they shall not soon see his like again. And  
that we, in our deep affliction, do tender our Christian sympathy to his     
bereaved wife and Children.                                                  
                                                                             
Resolved, that this be spread on the congregational record.                  
                                                                             
                               C.W. Threlkeld                                
                                E.J. Wesson                                  
                                F.B. Wilson                                  
                                 Alf. Jones                                  
                                                                             
                                    Com.                                     
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Records of the Antioch Church of Christ 1833-1884, Delight, Arkansas.        
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