Anderson in Anderson County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Lebanon Baptist Church
Old Lebanon Church Cemetery.
Relocated to Present Site in 1860.
Present Sanctuary Built in 1911.
Location. 34° 37.1′ N, 82° 41.383′ W. Marker is in Anderson, South Carolina, in Anderson County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Gentry Road and Sanders Road. Click for map. Marker is located on the church exterior, near the west (main) entrance. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5150 Gentry Street, Anderson SC 29621, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Joseph B. Douthit (approx. 2.1 miles away); Richard W. Simpson (approx. 3 miles away); Sandy Springs Camp Ground / Confederate Muster Ground (approx. 3.5 miles away); Willis Chapel Methodist Church (approx. 3.9 miles away); Old Hopewell Cemetery (approx. 4.4 miles away); Hopewell Church (approx. 4.9 miles away); M42A1 "Duster" (approx. 5.4 miles away but has been reported missing); The Anderson Sports and Entertainment Complex (approx. 5.4 miles away); Barnard Elliott Bee (approx. 5.5 miles away); Thomas Green Clemson (approx. 5.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Anderson.
Also see . . . Lebanon Baptist Church. Official (Submitted on January 30, 2012, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
1. A Brief History of Lebanon Baptist Church by Lewis Moorhead
According to the minutes of the Saluda Association, Lebanon Church was constituted in 1815, but of its organization and early history very little is definitely known. Its first location was three miles east from Pendleton, on the Anderson Road, near the residence of the late Thomas Dixon, where it remained for forty-five years, which site is still marked by an antiquated grave yard with its many moss-covered head and foot stones.
It united with the Saluda Association in 1816, being represented by Jesse Lewis and Moody Burt. In possession of the present clerk, we found an old deed to two acres of land, deeded by Joseph Taylor in 1822 to Major Moody Burt, Jesse Lewis and Archibald Patterson who were supposed to be the then deacons of the church.
The only records of the Church's new extant prior to the year 1880 begins with March 6, 1824, and closes with June 7, 1834. This old book contains a short,
comprehensive view of the Baptist Faith, as held by the Lebanon Church, set forth in nine articles. Aside from its valuable records,
On April the 3rd, 1824, an advisory council was called in, consisting of Sanford Vandiver, James Morehead and Micajah Webb, to look over a settlement between A. Patterson and Jesse Lewis. Instead of brother going to law with brother, which is positively forbidden in the scripture, this was their method of settling all their difficulties. In June of the same year Sylvanus Minton was elected clerk. On March 5, 1825, the church recalled a letter granted to James Mays on October 2, 1824, and excluded him for leaving his debts unsettled. In October following William Reatherford was granted permission to exercise in public prayer and exhortation, "but not to preach."
Who was the pastor during the first seventeen years of the Church's existence is not known. The records of the eight years over which we have gone say absolutely nothing as to who was pastor. At the December conference in 1832, Drury Hutchens was elected assistant pastor, who, in the following February
In June 1833, it was agreed to comply with the request of the Association by sending up to the next meeting of that body a historical sketch of the Church from its organization up to that time and their Pastor, Drury Hutchens, was requested to prepare it. At the September meeting, Sylvanus Minton was ordained to the full functions of the Gospel ministry by a presbytery consisting of the following: Elders Drury Hutchens, William McGee and Jas. H. Hembree. In October, Presley G. Cobb was elected clerk and requested to take charge of all the books and papers belonging to the church.
The leading spirits in the Church during this period were Moody and Francis Burt, Jesse Lewis, A. Patterson, Aaron and Whitaker Smith, Anthony Dickenson and S. Minton. During this decade the Church enjoyed a good degree of prosperity and is noted as a period of peace and harmony among the members. Frequently the only record made of a conference meeting was "Church met and all in peace."
Of the workings of the Church for the next half a century, very little is known, save a long list of pastors, which followed each other in rapid succession. The following ministers served the Church as pastor from 1834 to 1880: From 1834 to 1836, inclusive, Drury Hutchens; from 1837 to 1838, James H. Hembree; in 1839, Joseph
Jennings; from 1852 to 1863, David Simmons; from 1864 to 1866, W. Berry Long; in 1867, J.S. Murray; from 1868 to 1869, W.M. Ramply; from 1870 to 1871, David Simmons; from 1872 to 1874, Hamilton Hays; from 1875 to 1878, E.R. Carswell; from 1879 to 1880, I.W. Wingo.
While there were no remarkable revivals attended with fabulous in gatherings, yet the growth was steady and development permanent. In 1840, Thomas Dawson baptized nineteen and during W.B. Long's pastorate of three years, he received forty-nine by baptism, while E.R. Carswell's ministrations, during the first year were blessed with thirty-five accessions to the church.
In 1860, the organization was removed to the present beautiful location, which is some three or four miles east from the old site and the present commodious house of worship erected at an approximate cost of 1,500.00. This caused some dissatisfaction on the part of some of the members, who continued to meet at the old house and claimed to be the Church of Lebanon. Two letters were sent to the Association in 1861, but after considerable discussion the party worshiping in the new house having a majority was recognized as the Lebanon Church. The old house remained intact for twenty years,
— Submitted January 30, 2012, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.
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