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Bryan Neck Presbyterian Church

 
 
Bryan Neck Presbyterian Church Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, April 21, 2009
1. Bryan Neck Presbyterian Church Marker
Inscription. This church, the oldest congregation in lower Bryan County, was certified by the Presbytery of Georgia in 1830. Its founders included rice planters on Bryan Neck, among them Thomas Savage Clay, Richard James Arnold and George Washington McAllister. The first meeting house was constructed in 1839 three miles north of this site on the Bryan Neck Road. The current sanctuary, the oldest public building in Bryan County, was built in 1885 after the first building burned. The cemetery, known as Burnt Church Cemetery, remains at the original site and includes the graves of the church's prominent early members.
 
Erected 2001 by The Georgia Historical Society, Richmond Hill Presbyterian Church, and Richmond Hill Historical Society. (Marker Number 15-1.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. 31° 50.521′ N, 81° 15.671′ W. Marker is in Keller, Georgia, in Bryan County. Marker is on Belfast-Keller Rd, on the left when traveling west. Click for map. 8 mi E of Richmond Hill on Ga 144. Marker is in this post office area: Richmond Hill GA 31324, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow
Bryan Neck Presbyterian Church Marker, looking west along Belfast-Keller Rd Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, 2009
2. Bryan Neck Presbyterian Church Marker, looking west along Belfast-Keller Rd
flies. Bryan Neck Missionary Baptist Church (approx. 2 miles away); George Washington Carver School (approx. 2.1 miles away); George W. McAllister (approx. 2.5 miles away); The Clay Family of Bryan Neck (approx. 2.5 miles away); Burnt Church Cemetery (approx. 2.5 miles away); Richard J. Arnold (approx. 3.1 miles away); Fort McAllister (approx. 3.3 miles away); Kilpatrick on Bryan Neck (approx. 3.3 miles away).
 
Regarding Bryan Neck Presbyterian Church. National Register of Historic Places :
Bryan Neck Presbyterian Church (added 2000 - Building - #00000193)
♦ Historic Significance: Architecture/Engineering
♦ Architectural Style: Colonial Revival, Bungalow/Craftsman
♦ Area of Significance: Architecture
♦ Period of Significance: 1875-1899, 1900-1924, 1925-1949
♦ Owner: Private
♦ Historic Function: Funerary, Religion
♦ Historic Sub-function: Cemetery, Church School, Religious Structure
♦ Current Function: Funerary, Religion
♦ Current Sub-function: Cemetery, Church School, Religious Structure
 
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Bryan Neck Presbyterian Church and Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, 2009
3. Bryan Neck Presbyterian Church and Marker
Burnt Church Cemetery as mentioned on Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, April 21, 2009
4. Burnt Church Cemetery as mentioned on Marker
Bryan Neck Presbyterian Church Burnt Church Cemetery, as mentioned: Grave of Thomas S. Clay, Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, April 21, 2009
5. Bryan Neck Presbyterian Church Burnt Church Cemetery, as mentioned: Grave of Thomas S. Clay,
Sacred
to the Memory of
Thomas S. Clay
Born Feby. 19 1801
Died Octr. 24, 1849
Bryan Neck Presbyterian Church Burnt Church Cemetery , as mentioned Grave of Col. G.W. McAllister, Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, April 21, 2009
6. Bryan Neck Presbyterian Church Burnt Church Cemetery , as mentioned Grave of Col. G.W. McAllister,
Sacred
to the Memory of
Col. G.W. McAllister
born
December 21, 1781
Died
March 18, 1850
Bryan Neck Presbyterian Church Burnt Church Cemetery , as mentioned Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, April 21, 2009
7. Bryan Neck Presbyterian Church Burnt Church Cemetery , as mentioned
Eliza Caroline Clay
1809-1895

Sister of Thomas Savage Clay
Bryan Neck Presbyterian Church and its Burnt Church Cemetery Photo, Click for full size
By Burnt Church Cemetery, April 21, 2009
8. Bryan Neck Presbyterian Church and its Burnt Church Cemetery
( Left Picture )
Thomas Savage Clay
1801-1849

Son of Joseph Clay, Jr. 1764-1811 and
Mary Ann Savage Clay 1770-1844
Joseph was a graduate of Princeton, a lawyer and a Baptist minister
After Joseph Clay died the family returned to Boston until the children were educated
Thomas, his mother and 2 sisters came back to Bryan County in 1821
Thomas bought "Dublin" tract and renamed it Richmond. He also aquired Tranquilla, Tivoli, Piercefield, Ricedale, Frugality Hall, Thoroughgood on the Canoochee
He was an Elder of the Bryan Neck
Presbyterian Church
He died suddenly at age 48.
Matilda Willis McAllister Clay
1818-1869

Married Thomas Savage Clay
Daughter of George W. McAllister and
Mary Bowman
She was the mother of five surviving children
G.W. Clay
1842-1844

Son of Thomas and Matilda Clay
( Right Picture )
George W. McAllister
1781-1850

Father of Matilda Willis Clay who married Thomas Savage Clay
Owner of Strathy Hall which originally belonged to James Mackay as grantee He was married four times. He died suddenly from a fall from a horse.
His son Joseph inherited Strathy Hall He gave the land for Fort McAllister to the Confederacy in honor of his father.
Eliza Caroline Clay
1809-1895

Sister of Thomas Savage Clay
Managed the plantations and took care of the children of Thomas and Matilda after
Thomas died.
She was deaf from scarlet fever
Evelyn Washburn
1879-1884

Son of Ingersoll and Anne Clay Washburn Grandson of Thomas and Miltilda Clay
 
 
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