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Historical Sketch of Weeping Mary Missionary Baptist Church

Historical Sketch of Weeping Mary Missionary Baptist Church

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Written by Herb Davis and hosted by the Martin County, NCGenWeb - http://www.ncgenweb.us/martin.
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An Historical and Pictorial Record of Weeping Mary Missionary Baptist Church of Jamesville, N.C.
© September 2012 Herb Davis All Rights Reserved File hosted by the NCGenWeb Project http://www.ncgenweb.us/martin
 
 
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An Historical and Pictorial Record of Weeping Mary Missionary Baptist Church
© September 2012 Herb Davis All Rights Reserved
Introduction
As early as I remember, the history of the church has been told during the church anniversary celebration. My earliest memories of the church history were by
Sister Odessa McFadden Collins
. She would read much of it but added many of her own recollections as well as those of others. As young children, one of the most amusing parts for us was the stories of members giving the Pastors chickens, sugar, flour, cornmeal and other things because there was little money. As time is rapidly moving on and those who know the old stories have departed or getting older, it has become very important to document as much of the church history as possible for future generations. To get the most complete history as possible, I used written accounts of
Evelyn Odessa (McFadden) Collins (b. 1914- )
,
Octive (Knoble) Wynn Roseborough (b.1923-)
,
Rev. Raymond Morris (1908-2001)
,
Spencer Wynne (b. 1925- )
 and
Ernestine (Davis) Cordon- Staten (b.1928-).
In addition, I used the oral recollections of
Mildred (Davis) Cheatham (b. 1918- )
,
Willie Moore, Janie Smith Johnson, Wes Frazier
and others.
Rev. Dr. Lemuel Boone
 and
Rev. Dr. Harold Murrill
 provided much support through conversations and information in their books on the Roanoke Missionary Baptist Association of which Weeping Mary is a member. Despite the tremendous contributions of these, there is no doubt; the greatest contributor has been my mother,
Marian Davis
 
(b.1928-).
 She has inspired me with her love of history and preserver of history, whether family audio interviews, pictures, and documents as well as community history. In the course of this writing she has provided me with her earlier historical documents on church members, officers, church events and dates. She collected many of these from the formerly mentioned members and
 
 
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with clerical assistance of
Eva C. Hill
 and others created a list of members past and present. While I have mentioned several people who have provided invaluable information for this account of the church history, there are many others whose names I have not mentioned. Perhaps some of the most important sources of information regarding the history of the church have been the official records of the church kept in the minutes of the Sunday School, the minutes of the church conferences and the church rosters. These records detailed the membership, officers, participation in church organizations, illnesses as well as excommunications and other church decisions. I have avoided including any of these historical events and also sought to verify as much as possible any facts that were provided by individuals. Every effort has been made to avoid identifying any individuals who may have received any sanction for violating the very strict observance of all rules of sobriety, unwed pregnancies, marital, etc. The ongoing digitalization of records of the Roanoke Missionary Baptist Association and other documents has added new details of members that would have been most difficult to gather otherwise. This continual digitalization will no doubt add more chapters to this and other church histories in the future
.
Early History
For generations we have been told that our church,
Weeping Mary Missionary Baptist Church of Jamesville, N.C.
 was founded in
1867
 by former slaves and others under the leadership of
Rev. (George) Abram Meban(e)
,
the church’s first
pastor. This original church was called
St.
John’s Baptist Church
 and sat on a hill across the street from its present location on Water Street and the members were said to have met under a sycamore tree.

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