October 3, 2013

Traces of Laurel: Early Baptist churches



Original members of Providence were:  William Hopper, Moderator, David Weaver, Clerk, Polly Weaver, Elizabeth Box, Mary Weaver, Sarah Kirk, Elizabeth and Dolly Walden, Susana and Jas. Griffith, Helen Jenkins, Lucinda Allen, Rachel Ripley, Catherine Jones, Hezekiah Weaver, Ol’ph Jones, Darling Jones, William Allen, Sarah Weaver, and Kitaria Allen. By 1900, according to the Pates, the total number of members received in the 75 years of the church’s existence was 650.  The names of all the members “at present” (1900) is listed in the Pates’ book.

As I said, much good information for historians is to be found in this book but to condense it into a column like this one makes for dull reading.  I will continue to list the churches of other denominations found there, however, to give a complete overview of the religious beginnings of the county. And you can read these old records for yourself at the Laurel County Historical Society.

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Don’t forget about the Laurel County Historical Society’s Oral History Project.  If you or someone you know is over 80 years old and would like to share information about his/her long life with future generations, call us at the number given below.

This is the weekend for a special event at Levi Jackson State Park.  Dr. John Fox of the Friends of the Boone Trace will be overseeing the re-dedication of the Hazel Patch marker, first dedicated in 1950 and later damaged.  This ceremony will take place at the amphitheater at the park at 1 p.m.  Speakers, re-enactors, and a tour of some of the Laurel County markers are part of this event.  Everyone is invited to attend.

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The Laurel County Historical Society is located at 310 W. 3rd St., London, (formerly the Laurel County Health Department).  The library is open on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. until 12 noon.  For further information, contact 606-864-0607 during library hours, or 606-224-3767 at other times.  Visit the historical society’s website:  Email the society at or Jan Sparkman at

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