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Clear Fork Baptist Church

 Organization

In 1707 twenty Baptist churches from the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, region united to form Colonial America's first Baptist Association; an association consisting of over five-hundred members. The organization's primary purposes were to advise area churches on matters of Baptist theology, assist those churches experiencing financial difficulties, and establish consistent liturgy for its constituent members. The Southern Baptist Association, modeled after the Philadelphia Association, was founded in 1751 for the purpose of unifying the southern Baptist churches. In 1786 the Holston Association formed America's twenty-third Baptist organization for the North Carolina region and in 1796 became the first such association for the state of Tennessee.

The Clear Fork Baptist Church, located in what is currently Greene County, Tennessee, was founded in 1825 and in that same year also was admitted as the eighty-fourth member to the Holston Baptist Association. In 1875 the church's membership consisted of 29 men and 56 women and by 1890 the church's roll listed its membership as 14 men and 32 women. The Clear Fork Church remained a constituent of the Holston Association until 1901 when it was dropped from the association's register.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Clear Fork Baptist Church Minute Book

 Collection — other: Item 1 in Box E
Identifier: AppMs-249
Scope and Contents The Clear Fork Baptist Church Minute Book consists of a single bound volume that contains handwritten meeting minutes, membership lists, financial records, and the names of individuals who were withdrawn from the church's membership roll. The minute book documents the weekly operation and activities of this Greene County, Tennessee church. The book also contains two distinct lists that identify the church's membership for the years 1875 and 1890.