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Athens in Henderson County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Pilgrim’s Rest Primitive Baptist Church

Near this spot was located the pioneer

Pilgrim’s Rest Primative Baptist Church Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joseph D Lafleur III, December 30, 2018
1. Pilgrim’s Rest Primative Baptist Church Marker

Constituted in Randolph County, Ala. Nov. 23, 1850; opened services here, a Baptist Branch, Jan. 1851, during resting of 150 Pilgrims in covered wagon caravan led by Samuel Tine Owen, a brother, John Bunyan Owen, and brother-in-law, K.K. Knight. Inspired by the beauty of this locality to cancel planned trek to California Gold fields. Group settled and built a log cabin church here. Thomas Britton was their first pastor.

Congregation disbanded shortly after relocating a mile south in 1892. From Pilgrims Rest sprang several churches of the area.
Erected 1972 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 10371.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Churches & Religion. A significant historical month for this entry is January 1851.
Location. 32° 10.389′ N, 95° 45.992′ W. Marker is in Athens, Texas, in Henderson County. Marker is on State Highway 31. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Athens TX 75752, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Athens Lodge No. 165 A.F. & A.M. (approx. 3.9 miles away); Henderson County C.S.A.

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(approx. 5.1 miles away); Athens (approx. 5.2 miles away); Henderson County (approx. 5.2 miles away); J.B. Henry (approx. 5.2 miles away); Henderson County Pottery Industry (approx. 5.2 miles away); Machinery From First Factory in Athens (approx. 5.2 miles away); Owen Cemetery (approx. 5.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Athens.
Regarding Pilgrim’s Rest Primitive Baptist Church. An historic Baptist church site of early Pilgrims
Credits. This page was last revised on November 25, 2020. It was originally submitted on January 2, 2019, by Joseph D Lafleur III of Athens, Texas. This page has been viewed 236 times since then and 44 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on January 2, 2019, by Joseph D Lafleur III of Athens, Texas. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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