Mt. Hebron Cumberland Presbyterian Church

Norris Creek, Lincoln Co., Tennessee




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History of the Church of Hebron
under the care of Tennessee Presbytery Church
Transcribed by: Julia Molitz

Notes about this transcription: None.

Written by: It is believed that the history must have been written by the Moderator M.H. Bone with the help of those that ran the church. The history write-up was in with the membership and minutes of the church.

Transcribed by: Julia Molitz

In the spring of 1829 the REV. CUMBERLAND WILSON commenced preaching in the neighborhood and continued his labours through the summer, fall and winter during which time several persons made profession of religion. The following spring the REV. SAMUEL M. COWAN held a two days meeting, at which time the church was organized composed of 6 members and one Elder.

The REV. WILSON continued to preach for the Church until death removed him from his labors in 1833 during which time fourteen were added to the Church.

In the fall of 1833 a petition was presented to Presbytery for the labours of the REV. W. N. R. GRACY for six months, which was granted. At a meeting held by MR. GRACY and MR. GILBERT a Baptist minister on the 17th and 18th of May 1834 at which meeting nine persons were added to the church and at a meeting in October of the same year six more were added to the church. At a meeting held in May 1835 accessions nine. This meeting closed the labours of MR. GRACY to the congregation. At this meeting the REV. JOHN BELL took charge of the church.

The fall following a piece of land was secured by the church, and an encampment erected thereon and held a camp meeting commencing the Thursday before the third Sabbath in October 1835 and closed the Tuesday morning following at which several made profession of religion. Some short time previous to this meeting MR. JACOB SHOOK and WILLIAM MCKENZIE were chosen and ordained ruling elders in the Church, but death soon removed the former from the Church below to join the Church above, and the latter removed out of the bounds of the society and left the Church to mourn their loss.

Nothing very special transpired during the winter of 1835 and summer of 1836. The cause of God seemed gradually to gain strength and influence until the fall of 1836 when a camp meeting was held by REV. BELL and several other ministers at which time or meeting there was a gracious outpouring of the spirit of God and thirty made profession of religion and several joined the Church.

Time continued favorable to the cause of religion until September of 1837 when the Tennessee Presbytery met at the camp ground and held its session in connexion with a camp meeting at the same place, when and where a gracious season of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit was enjoyed and about one hundred made profession of faith in Christ, and fifteen connected themselves with the Church.

The tide of divine influence seemed to run through the neighbourhood and a pleasant state of things continued until October 1838. When another camp meeting was held when a number professed religion, and sixteen were added to the Church. At a sacramental meeting in April of the same year 2 new added to the Church.

In October 1839 another camp meeting was held, when seven persons joined the Church. In August of 1840. There were three persons who attached themselves to the Church. In September of 1841 a camp meeting was held commencing the Thursday before the third Sabbath, when five persons made profession of faith in Christ and three persons were added to the Church.

The REV. MR. BELL continued to preach to the congregation until he was removed by death in 1842. From the Church below, to join the Church above, and let the Church to mourn their loss. But our loss is his eternal gain and we can further say that BROTHER BELL was a good neighbor, a kind father, and affectionate husband, and a faithful minister, and no doubt he was prepared to enter into that rest which remains for the people of God.

The session covened on the 16th day of July 1842. Appointend Brother Kenneth McKenzie to attend Presbytery, and James Renfro his alternate. Then adjourned to meet on Saturday before the fourth Sabbath in September next.

The session thought it necessary to change their meeting. Therefore met on the 17th day of September 1842.

Nothing very special transpired during the meeting, conversions six, accessions none.

In October 1842, there were two accessions to the church, at which meeting the Rev. Mr. Gibson took charge of the congregation.

The session convened on the 8th day of January 1843, appointed Brother James M. Bell to attend Presbytery and Brother James Renfro his alternate. The session met on the 1st day of July 1843, agreeable to previous appointment, no business done of any importance, adjourned to meet the Thursday before the fourth Sabbath in September 1843.

The session convined on the Saturday before the fourth Sabbath in September 1843 not agreeable to adjournment appointed Brother James Renfro to attend Presbytery and Brother James M. Bell his alternate.

The camp meeting at this place was held by Brother Gibson and Brother Elliot and several other ministers, embracing the fouth Sabbath in September 1843, at which meeting there was a gracious out-pouring of the Holy Spirit of God, Christians were made to rejoice and about 60 persons made professions of faith in Christ and 21 were added to the church.

Approved by Presbytery September 29, 1843

          M.H. Bone Moderator

The deed was donated by Chares Schull.


Know all Men by these presents - that I HENRY MOORES of Lincoln County, Tennessee, gentlemen for and in consideration of One Dollar to me in hand paid, and for the love I have to the cause of Christ, my Redeemer, and for the promotion of peace and undefiled Religion among the Children of Men - have this day given, granted, sold and conveyed and do by these presents give, grant, bargain sell and convey unto KENNETH MCKENZIE - HENRY MOORES and JAMES B. HUDSON the Elders of the Hebron Church of Cumberland Presbyterians on the West bank of Norris Creek in said county, their associates and successors in office forever - for the use and benefit of said Church for a meeting house for the worship of Almighty God - the promotion and extension of Christianity - among that and other denominations of those who love the Lord Jesus Christ and seek the welfare of Zion - all that tract or parcel of land situate lying and being in Lincoln County on the waters of the West branch of Norris Creek - butted and bounded as follows: Beginning at the creek on the north boundary line of PRESLEY DOLLINS four hundred acre tract - running thence north with the creek/ thence west - south etc. to the beginning. In Witness Whereof I hereunto set my hand in said County of Lincoln and affixed my seal this 11th day of July 1835.

          HENRY MOORES

Signed, sealed and delivered in the presence of


State of Tennessee, Lincoln County

Personally appeared before me GEORGE W. JONES, clerk of the County Court of said Lincoln County, RUBIN WASHBURN and WILLIAM H. MOORES subscribing witnesses to the within deed who being first duly sworn depose and say they are personally acquainted with HENRY MOORES now deceased and that he acknowledged the same in their presence to be his set deed upon the day it bears date. Witness my hand at office this 4th day of May 1842.             G. W. JONES, Clerk

Received 7th May 1842

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