Cross Keys in Union County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Padgett’s Creek Baptist Church
This church was founded in 1784 by Rev. John Webb and John Cole, with Barnett Putman and William Wilbanks, Sr. as its first deacons. It was first called "the Church of Christ on Tyger River" and renamed Padgett Creek Baptist Church by 1800. The first sanctuary, a log building, stood about a mile south.
The second sanctuary, a frame building, was completed nearby about 1810. This sanctuary, described as "elegant and commodious" by an early church historian, was built 1844-48. It was enlarged by the addition of a portico and steeple in 1958. The church was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1971.
Erected 2004 by Congregation of Padgett's Creek Baptist Church. (Marker Number 44-9.)
Location. 34° 37.433′ N, 81° 44.667′ W. Marker is in Cross Keys, South Carolina, in Union County. Marker is on Old Buncombe Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is located on the church property, near the intersection of Old
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Cross Keys House (approx. 1.8 miles away); The Old Quaker Cemetary (was approx. 3.3 miles away but has been reported missing. ); Gist Cemetery (approx. 4 miles away); Battle of Blackstock’s (approx. 4.4 miles away); Fairforest Meeting (approx. 4.6 miles away); Rose Hill Mansion (approx. 4.7 miles away); Fair Forest Plantation / Emslie Nicholson House (approx. 5.1 miles away); Battle of Blackstock (approx. 5½ miles away); The Trap Is Sprung (approx. 6.2 miles away); Captain Shadrach Inman Memorial (approx. 6.2 miles away).
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1. Padgett's Creek Baptist Church. Built in 1844, Padgett’s Creek Baptist Church is important for detailed manual craftsmanship in its primary construction and for appropriate additions and alterations that have maintained the building’s architectural integrity. (Submitted on November 8, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
2. Union Man Charged With Driving Over Church Gravestones. Investigators say a man drove over gravestones at a church cemetery in Union, causing $28,000 in damage last week. (Submitted on December 22, 2011, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
1. Rev. John Padgett
I am a descendant of Rev. John Padgett. He moved to the Chester Co. SC area after the RW in which he fought. It appears that his parents and his brothers came with John after the War to this area. I am trying to reconstruct his family history and the name Padgett Creek caught my attention. Is there a connection to my family?
I know that in 1790 John was enumerated on the 1790 Chester Co. SC census as having 4 daughters. He had married Cecelia Hollifield here in SC. My ancestor is Lydia Padgett who was born ca 1789 in SC and I have circumstantial evidence that John Padgett is her father.
Are my Padgetts connected with the naming of the Padgett Creek Baptist Church? Are his other three daughters' descendants still living the area?
John became a Baptist minister about 1811. He moved from Chester Co., SC ca 1795 to Rutherford Co., NC where he remained until his death in 1837. He is written up in Logan's book on the Broad River Association.
— Submitted July 6, 2009, by E. R. Edmondson of Odessa, Texas.
2. Padgett's Creek Baptist Church
Built in 1844, it appeared as a plain, rectangular two-story building with medium gable roof six bays deep and three bays wide, over slightly raised brick supports.
Interior (with a gallery “for use by colored members”) was unornamented. Foresight used in further additions and interior remodeling have maintained the distinct atmosphere of the church.
A front portion was added to the south side of the original building (the walls of which were redone in clapboard to match the addition). A portico supported by Doric columns and low steeple help to present a graceful, modest house
Extensive adjacent cemetery – one section with Revolutionary War era markers; many Confederate graves.
Padgett’s Creek Baptist Church is important for detailing manual craftsmanship in primary construction and for appropriate additions and alterations which have maintained its architectural integrity.
It is significant as an upcountry meeting place for discussion of vital civil matters during the Civil War.
Organized November 22, 1784, as Christ Church on the Tyger River. Present name adopted in 1803. First Sunday School held January 2, 1831; became member of Baptist State Convention 1841; Missionary Society organized 1878.
In 1844 construction of a new meeting house began about one mile above the original and finally completed by April 15, 1848.
On August 29, 1851, a Secession Meeting (possibly the first) was held here. Speakers were Senator William H. Gist (later governor of South Carolina) and
Its history is singular, for the church provided a special place for Negro members, offering comfort and convenience to all its members. There were Negro members as late as 1872 and their graves may be seen in the cemetery. (Source: National Register nomination form.)
— Submitted August 6, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.
3. More About Padgett's Creek Baptist Church
Padgett's Creek Baptist Church was established November 22, 1784, as Tiger River Church. The present building, of white frame with gable roof and simple pedimented portico is the second. Old Church records show earlier congregations forbade marriage on the sabbath, gave Nathan Langston permission "to pray and to exhort when convenient," and appointed Frederick Johnson "to set tunes when called on." (Source: South Carolina: A Guide to the Palmetto State by the Federal Writers Project, pg 403.)
— Submitted August 21, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson,
4. Padgett’s Creek Church celebrates 225th anniversary
Union Daily Times
by Anna Brown
July 31, 2009
One of Union County’s most historic churches will celebrate another milestone Sunday during its Homecoming service.
Padgett’s Creek Baptist Church is marking its 225th anniversary. Sunday School begins at 10 a.m. and the morning worship service at 11. The church history will be presented by Historian Betty Jo Lawson and the church will be rededicated.
“The church was dedicated when it was organized, it was dedicated when we went into the new sanctuary and the building will be rededicated again that Sunday morning,” she said.
Also on Sunday, a time capsule made by the late Vernon Stevens and buried on Homecoming Sunday on the 200th anniversary will be opened. It will be reburied in November, the official month of the anniversary of the church’s organization in 1784.
History books will be sold for $15 that contain pictures, the church’s history, charter and roll from the beginning of the church until 1830. The present church roll with resident and non-resident
Building on work of historian the late Claude Sparks, tombstones not listed in the History Book cemetery index will be included, along with the tombstones of deceased members since the printing of the church history and others interred in the cemetery through May 31, 2009.
“We started with the minutes beginning in 1784 and we went through to present taking the most important things out of each year,” Mrs. Lawson said.
Mrs. Lawson said after the costs of printing the book are paid, members of the history committee hope to develop a history fund. It would be used to pay for materials such as brochures to coincide with the Union County Historical Society’s placement of Padgett’s Creek Baptist Church on a history trail that includes Rose Hill State Historic Site and the Cross Keys House. Padgett’s Creek, which was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1971, is noted for its slave balcony. It was placed on the state historical register in 2004.
The following is a brief history of Padgett’s Creek:
The church became a member of Bethel Association in 1789 and the name was changed to Padgett’s Creek Meeting. The church worshiped at various places during the early years, one site being across the road in front of the former Sedalia School House. The church acquired the land on which the house now stands about 1809 and a church building was erected on the property a short distance northeast of the cemetery. This building was used until 1844 when work was started on the present church building. The building was remodeled in 1917 and 1957.
A great revival began to spread over the state about 1800 and during this time the church drew its membership from an area at least 12 miles in circumference from the church. It soon became necessary to establish additional places of worship for the convenience of the membership. Arms of the church were established at Fairforest, Tinker Creek, Putnam, New Hope and Dillard’s Meeting House.
The church had a camp meeting in 1849 which lasted
In 1958 the portico and steeple were added to the church. The fellowship building was begun in 1973.
In 2006 the church purchased the property adjacent to the fellowship building. The choir loft was enlarged in 2007.
Mrs. Lawson said Padgett’s Creek has been a lighthouse for the country community and has held it together with God’s help through good times and bad. She said the church’s records and cemetery are a valuable resource for genealogists.
“We have people come here from most every state in the union and some from overseas looking for their ancestor’s graves knowing this is where they families originated,” she said.
— Submitted August 21, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.
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