Methodist Episcopal Church South
Big Spring Conference
Data from 1884 through 1900
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Letter from Olla Mae Clarkson Hardaway; photo copy: envelope, page1, page2
1889 Membership list for Bewleyville Methodist Episcopal Church South
Cover, Registration Page, General Index, Dedication from pastors January 26, 1884
1884 Membership list
Page1, Page2, Page3
1886 Membership list
Page1, Page2, Page3
Bewleyville Membership list from 1889
Page1, Page2, Page3
Odd list on page after Bewleyville Membership list
Membership list from 1890 to 1900 in alphabetical order.
PageA, PageB, PageC, PageD, PageE, PageF, PageG, PageH, PageJ
PageK, PageL, PageM, PageN, PageP, PageR, PageS, PageT, PageW,
Membership list of the Liberty Society (probably about 1888)
Register of Baptisms
Register of Marriages, Page1, Page2
Note from April 3, 1889 Church Conference by J S Moreman, Secretary
Some other related material from the Big Spring Methodist Church Files
Photo copy of 1839 Deed (This is a copy of the original made in 1916.
Page1, Page2, Page3, Page4
Photo copy of Parsonage Deed from 1877
Envelope, Page1, Page2, Page3, Page4, Page5
1889 Church Certificate for Mrs. J. H. Harned
Receipt for pews, June 4, 1985
This typed by Carol Anne Scott, May 2001, from the original
Blue Ball point pen
Blue colored pencil
Black/Brown Fountain Pen
Letter in envelope: Addressed To the Big Spring M. E. Church
Mary Orla Clarkson, better known as "Olla Mae", now Mrs. A. Moorman Hardaway, was born at Big Spring - The Methodist Church played an important part in my life & early training. I can easily recall my Sunday School teachers - the two outstanding were Mr. John Bell Carter & Miss Willie B. Moorman & others. I joined the church when Brother Russell was pastor. I was married in this church June 16th, 1908, to A. Moorman Hardaway and must confess it was with some sadness for me to leave this church & home & take up a new life elsewhere. About two years ago, I was surprised to discover the old record books being around in no especial place uncared for. On examination, I found them interesting & valuable as they gave the date 1835 & 1839 when
Thomas Moorman & wife Lucy (***
error, see below) deeded one acre of ground to "the Big
Spring" on which to build the new Methodist Church - This book listing names of the
church members are very dear to me & I believe will be to everyone that looks thru
it's pages - too much space would be consumed to list these names but look for yourself
you will be touched as am I to find our parents, grandparents & relatives listed as
members in the Big Spring M. E. church - of many years ago.
Just to say as Bewleyville was with the Big Spring circuit, my husband's father, Thomas P. Hardaway, is listed as recording secretary.
I hope you join me in the affection I hold for these books - & trust all will put forth every effort to preserve & care for them in the years to come.
Thanksgiving Day 1965 I turn the books over to the church for their care & protection.
*** Mrs Hardaway meant to write "Thomas Robinson & wife Lucy". Thomas Robinson Moorman was grandson of Thomas Robinson. Thomas Robinson Moorman also married a Lucy. .... JBS Dec 2003
1889 Membership List for Bewleyville Methodist Episcopal Church South
REGISTER OF CHURCH MEMBERS.
|By Whom Received||Date|
|2||Rose E. Blanford|
|3||Fletcher Blanford||March 5.||Pro.||S. S. King||1885|
|4||Overton Blanford||" "||" "||"||"|
|5||Mary Blanford||Feb.||"||P. T. Hardison||1889|
|11||W. H. Cain, Sen. C. L.|
|12||Fannie L. Cain|
|13||Rufus D. Cain|
|14||H. W. Cain|
|15||Lucy K. Cain|
|17||Henrie Cain||Mch. 5||Pro.||G. S. King||1885|
|18||W. H. Cain, Jr.||" "||By Letter||"||"|
|20||Philip Cain||Mch. 5.||Pro.||"||1885|
|24||Sarah J. Campbell|
|25||W. A. Clarkson|
|26||Sarah A. Clarkson|
|29||John S. Clarkson|
|33||Maggie Cox||Oct. 4||"||"||"|
|34||Annie L. Clarkson|
|35||Julie Etta Clarkson|
|36||Henry Cox||Feb. 3||"||P. T. Hardison||1889|
|37||Chas. H. Drury|
|38||Lucy H. Drury||Letter||G. S. King|
|39||T. A. Foote|
Non-numbered names on next page:
Clarkson, Bettie, Big Spring, Bap. 1896, Recvd. by D. F. Walton
Colman, Wm., " " " "
Claytor, Annie, Hardin Co., Bap. 1898, Recvd. by. "
Clarkson, James R., Big Spring Ky., Cer. 3-11-1900, Recvd. by "
Clarkson, Annie N., " ", 3-11-1900, " " "
|42||Preston Foote, R. D.|
|43||Annie C. Foote|
|46||Thos P Hardaway Sr. & Trustee (My husband's father)|
|48||Chas. D. "|
|49||Maggie "||Mch. 5||Pro.||G. S. King||1885|
|52||B. A. "|
|53||Susan C. "|
|54||Emmett " Member Louisville Conf. Joined M. E. Church|
|58||J. M. "|
|59||Evaline V. "|
|60||Annie T. Hodges|
|61||Emma "||Oct. 10||Pro||G. S. King||1886|
|64||Mabel "||Mch. 5||"||1885|
|65||P. J. Henderson|
|68||Jack Hardaway||June 3||Letter||T. C. Peters||1888|
|69||Richard B. Hardaway||Feb. 2||Transfer||P. T. Hardison||1889|
|70||Minnie "||Feb. 3||From Baptist||"||1889|
|72||Hunter "||Mch. 15||Pro||T. C. Peters||1888|
|73||Moremen" (underlined)||" "||" "||" "||"|
|74||Annie L. Hodges||" "||" "||" "||" "|
|75||Gerard Foote||" "||" "||" "||" "|
|76||Thos. J. Jolly Supt. S.S.& Sec. C.C.|
|77||Amanda L. Jolly|
|78||W. C. Jolly|
|79||H. Blanette Jolly||Oct. 10||Pro||G. S. King||1886|
|80||Ellen C. Jolly||Feb. 2||Pro.||P. T. Hardison||1889|
|83||W. J. Keath||Mch. 5||"||G. S. King||1885|
|86||Mary E. "||April 4||Pro.||T. C. Peters||1888|
|88||Alice Paul||Oct 10||Pro||G. S. Kins||1886|
|90||W. J. Stith|
|91||Belle H. Stith|
|93||Ida "||Mch. 5||"||"||1885|
|96||W. S. " Removed by letter|
|97||Kate S. " "|
|98||J. Y. "|
|99||Laura "||April 4||"||T. C. Peters||1888|
|100||Annie "||" "||"||"||"|
|101||Charles H. Sanders|
|106||Sue E. "|
|112||Essie Rigsby||Mch. 15||Baptism||T. C. Peters||1888|
|113||Barbara "||April 4||Pro.||"||"|
|115||Georgie A. Lancaster||Feb. 2||"||P. T. Hardison||1889|
More names on next page, un-numbered
Susie Cox, Bewleyville, P. Faith, Dec. 1890, Recvd. by W. T.
Jennie Cox, " " " "
Lucy Johnson, Faith, " " " " "
David Hardaway, " " " " Bap. In Faith
More names on following page
Drury, Mrs. Chas., Bewleyville, by cer., 1897, Recvd. by D. F. Walton
Drury, Bertha " " " "
Dent, Carrie Lae, Rosetta, Bap. 1898, "
Dent, Clare, " " 1899, "