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Sandy Creek Presbyterian Church Minutes - 1832 to 1906
(a/k/a Bethesda/Bethsaida Church), Jackson County, Georgia

Abstracted and copyrighted by Faye S. Poss

The Minutes of Hopewell Presbytery on October 2, 1797 stated, “A petition was presented from Bethsaida in Jackson county praying for supplies.”  From this state, it can be determined that Bethesda (or Bethsaida) Church probably commenced in 1797.  According to Historical Sketches, Presbyterian Churches and Early Settlers In Northeast Georgia, compiled by Jessie Julia Mize and Virginia Louise Newton in 1960, Rev. John Newton, a minister of apostolical zeal, organized Bethsaida (now Sandy Creek) church (as well as other churches) during an evangelistic tour in 1796, the year before he died of fever.

The only minutes available for the church started in 1832, as indicated on the cover of the church minute book (see below).  Also, the minutes indicate the church name had changed to Sandy Creek by  April 16, 1853, as minutes of that date state “A statistical report of Sandy Creek Church . . .“  The Sandy Creek Presbyterian Church was dissolved in 1910.

There appears to be two minute books for the church, with the first being from May 27, 1832 through Sept. 14, 1867.  The second book starts on September 14, 1867 and ends on August 27, 1906.  A copy of the minutes is located at the Jackson County Historical Society, c/o the Commerce Library in Commerce, Georgia.

The spelling has been mostly retained as originally written; however, punctuation has been added for clarification purposes to the following interpretation of the minutes.



Minutes of the Session of Bethesda Church in Jackson County
Commenced in 1832 In This Book
There being no original Records of said Church


1832 
27 May  Session met.  Opened by Prayer.  Received into full communion by Examination on a profession of their faith James Smith, Alfred Smith, and William Lankford and at the same time William Lankford was Baptized.  Session closed by prayer.  Robt. McCalpin, Mod’r.
24 Jun  Baptized the Infant of Samuel R. Henderson and Dilla his wife called.  Robt. McAlpin.
25 Aug  Session met.  Opened by prayer.  Received into full communion by Examination on a profession of there faith James Adair, Robert Adair and Nancy Creighton.  Session closed by prayers.  Robt. McAlpin, Mod’r.

1833
13 Oct  Session met.  Opened by prayer.  Received Joseph Adair into full communion by Examination on a profession of his faith.  Session closed by prayer.  Robt. McAlpin, Mod’r.
27 Oct  Session met.  Opened by prayer.  Received James M. Smith into full communion by Examination on a profession of his faith.  Session closed by prayer.  Robt. McAlpin Mod’r.
23 Nov  Session met.  Opened by prayer.  Received into full commission by Examination Jane Adair and Juda a Negro woman the property of James Smith on a profession of there faith and at the same time the Negro woman was Baptized.  Session closed by prayer.  Robt. McAlpin, Mod’r.

1834
5 Apr Hopewell Presbytery, Milledgeville.  Examined and approved thus far.  Nathan Hoyt, Mod.
27 Jul Session opened by prayer.  Received into full communion by Examination on a profession of his faith, William Matthews, Jun.  Session closed by prayer.  Robt. McAlpin, Mod.

1835
22 Apr Session opened by prayer.  Received by letter Mr. Jas. W. McCleskey and Lucretia his wife and at the same time were baptized, Mary A. E. infant of David G. Gibson and Eunice his wife, Jas. G. infant of Jno. Moore, Mary J. infant of Jno. and Elizabeth Creighton.  Session closed by prayer.  Sam’l P. Pressley, Mod.
May  Session opened by prayer.  Received by letter Mr. David G. Gibson.  Session closed by prayer.  Sam’l P. Pressley, Mod.
15 Sep Session opened by prayer.  Received by letter Mrs. Mary A. Adair.   Suspended Juda a Negro woman.  Session closed by prayer.  Samuel P. Pressley, Mod.

1836
23 Apr Baptized James W. Adair infant of John Adair and Mary his wife.  Also Sarah B. infant of Jno. Moore and Elner E. infant of James King.  Saml. P. Pressley, Mod.

1837
Aug Baptized infant [of]  David J. [&] Unicy Gibson.  Baptized infant of Mrs. Eliza Tillman a widow.
Dec Baptized infant [of] John & Mary Ann Adair.  Baptized Joseph A. Ewing infant of Leander and Jennett Ewing.

1838
24 Aug Session met.  Opened with prayer.  Received into communion by examination on a profession of her faith Anna Creighton.  Session closed by prayer.  A. Church, Mod’r.

1840
23 May Session met.  Opened by prayer.  Received into full communion by examination and profession of her faith Elizaann Hardy.  Session closed by prayer.  A. Church, Mod.  Baptized three infants of Elizaann Hardy.
23 May Baptized the infants of John Moore and James King
25 Sep Baptized the infant of Rusel Parkes called Mariah Elizabeth
Approved in Presbytery May 1st 1841 John W. Battis(?), Mod’r.

1842
23 Jan  A collection for foren mishions [foreign missions] received $7.45.  Baptized the infant of William M. Boggs and Louisa M. his wife called Zenus Leander members of the church at Athens.  Mr. and Mrs. Boggs had a child Baptized the 25 of May 1839 called Milton Alonzo whitch was omited in the propper places.  A. Church.
28 Mar  Session met opened by Prayer.  Received into full communion by Examination on a profession of her faith.  Emily Smith allso Received by letter. Shubael Tenney, Mary Ann Tenney and Louisa C. Ligon.  Session closed by prayer.  A. Church, Moder.
28 Mar  Baptised the infants of John Moore caled John Tomas and of John F. Adair & Mary Ann his wife called Elizer Everline Scott and of Robert Espy and Elizer his wife called James Alonzo and of James M. Smith and Emily his wife called Charles Stovall, the infant of James King called Lucinda Tabitha.  A. Church.
21 May  Session met.  Opened by prayer.  Received into full communion by Examiner and a profession of his faith John Matthews and at the same time Received by letter and examination Martha Adair.  Session closed by prayer.  A. Church, Mod.
21 May  Shubel Tenney and James M. Smith was elected to the office of ruling elders.
24 Jul  Baptized the infant of Shubel Tenney and Mary Ann his wife called Eugine Ligon.  A. Church.
27 Nov  James M. Smith was ordained to the office of Ruling Elder.
27 Nov  Session met.  Opened by prayer.  Received into full communion by Examination on a profession of their faith Virginia N. King and Mary Mathews.  Session closed by prayer.  A. Church, D.D. Mod.

1843
26 Feb  Session met.  Opened by prayer.  Received into full communion by examination on a profession of her faith Martha Carson.  Session closed by prayer.  A. Church, Mod.
26 Mar A collection take up for commissions fund and domestic misions received $9.30.  Approved.  Geo. H. W. Patsie(?), Mod.
27 May Baptized the infants of Rusel Park called Hanner Aderline & Sarah Emerline and of James M. Smith, & Emily his wife called Albert Church.
26 Nov Baptized the infant of Joseph Harda (Hardy) and Eliza Ann Harda (Hardy) his wife called Jane.  A Church

1844
24 Mar A collection taken up for the Education society.  Rec. $8.36.  Session met.  Opened by prayer. Preasant A. Church Moderator.  William Mathews, Thomas Johnson and John Creighton Elders.  Dismissed by letter James M. Smith Ruling Elder and Emily Smith.  Judy a colored woman to join Riply Church Tipper County Mississippi.
24 Mar  Session closed with prare.  Alfred Smith, Cleark.
12 Apr  Approved in Presbytery.  John W. Reid Moderator.
25 Mar  Rec by letter Calvin J. Espy, Joseph W. Hardy, Dovey E. Espy, Sarah M. Park, Rebecca Moore, Jane Mathews and Martha Mathews.  Dismissed Shubet Fenny ruling elder and Mary Ann his wife and Miss Louisa C. Ligon to join the Memphis Presbyterian Church.  Alfred Smith, Ck.
26 May  Baptized by A. Church a infant of James King and Virginia his wife called Mary Jane.  Also an infant of Robert Espy and Eleanor E. his wife called Martha Jane.  Alfred Smith, Ck.
17 Aug  Dismissed Jane J. McCord by letter to join the Alcova Presbyterian Church
22 Sep  Rec’d by letter Miss Mary Ann Kerlin, Miss Rachel Creighton and Mr. Charles Holland Hardy.  Alfred Smith, Ck.
26 Oct  Dismissed Miss Elizabeth Potts to join the Cabin Creek Baptist Church.  Session met.  Opened by prayer.  Preasant A. Church Moderator, Wm. Mathews, John Creighton and Thomas Johnson, Elders.
26 Oct  Received into full communion by letter Mr. Joseph Alexander and Lucinda his wife.
27 Oct  Received into full communion by Examination on a profession of faithe Mrs. Elisa Jane Yearby.  Session closed by prayer.  Alfred Smith, Ck.
24 Nov  A collection taken up for forern Mishions.  Rec $7.70.
Baptized by A. Church the children of Joseph and Lucinda Alexander called John James and Samuel Linton and Nancy Jane.  Also the children of Mr. John Alexander, Emily his wife called Priscilla Jane, Louisa Ann.  Alfred Smith, Ck.

1845
26 Jan Dismissed Mrs. Nancy Lamarster to join the Thebiry Presberterian Church.  Alfred Smith, Ck.
23 Feb  Rec by letter from the Riply Presbyterian Church, Mississippi, James M. Smith, ruling Elder and Emily his wife and a culered woman Judy.  A. Smith, Ck.
23 Mar  A collection taking up for domestic Mission and commishions fundes. Rec $9.50.  James M. Smith appointed to attend Presbytery as Principel and Thomas Johnson and William Mathews alternate.  Alfred Smith, Ck.
18 Apr  Approved in Presbytery.  A. Church, Ck.
17 Apr  Baptized by A. Church the infant of Joseph W. Hardy and Eliza Ann his wife called John Newton.  A. Smith, Ck.
24 May  Baptized by the Rev. H. C. Carter infant of Russel Park and Sarah M. his wife called James Alonzo.  H. C. Carter, Mod.  Alfred Smith, Ck.
16 Aug  Dismissed Mrs. Jane Bastick [Bostick] to join the Clarkville Presbyterian Church.  A. Smith, Ck.
Session met at Thyatira Camp ground opened by prayer.  Preasant Wm. Mathews, Thomas Johnson, John Creighton and James M. Smith.  H. C. Carter Moderator.  Rec. in full communion by Examination on a profession of their faith Elizabeth E. Espy, Sarah C. Espy, Sarah Ann Hardy,.  Session closed by prayer.  H. C. Carter, Mod.  A. Smith, Ck.
24 Aug  Baptized by A. Church infant of John and Emily Alexander his wife caled Sarah Elizabeth.  A. Smith, C.S.
25 Oct  Baptized by A. Church infants of James M. and Emily Smith caled Elizabeth Mallory.  A. Smith, C.S.

1846
16 Aug  Session met at Thyatira Camp ground opened by prayer.  Rec’d in to full communion by examination on a profeshion of their faith Miss Susan Hardy, Miss Mary Creighton, Miss Martha Creighton, Mr. Josiah Johnson and Wm. Baxter, Mrs. Nancy Johnson and was Baptized.  Also Matilda a servant of John Creighton.  Session closed by prayer.  H. C. Carter, Mod.  Alfred Smith, C.S. [Clerk of Sermon]
30 Aug  Baptized by H. C. Carter infant of James and Virginia N. King caled James Kar.  Alfred Smith, C.S.
26 Sep  Miss Jane Langford has left this church without a dismission and joined the Baptist Church Re. William M. Boggs and Louisa M. Boggs his wife by letter from Athens Church.
An Election was held for Ruling Elders and William M. Boggs and Joseph Alexander was elected.  Alfred Smith, C.S.
25 Oct  Session met opened by prayer.  Present H. C. Carter Mod., William Mathews, Thomas Johnson, John Creighton and James M. Smith, Elders.  Rev. in full communion by
25 Oct  Examination on a profession of faith Hiram Creighton.  Session appointed James M. Smith principel and William M. Boggs to attend synod.
William M. Boggs and Joseph Alexander were ordained ruling Elders.  Session closed by prayer.  H. C. Carter, Mod., Alfred Smith, C.S.

1847
Mar  Mr. William Langford a member of this church, departed this life, aged [blank].
23 May  Session met opened by prayer.  Preasant H. C. Carter, Mod., Wm. Mathews, John Creighton, Thomas Johnson, James M. Smith, Joseph Alexander, Wm. M. Boggs.  Rec’d in full communion by letter Mrs. Jane B. Willirford.  Session closed by prayer, Alfred Smith, C.S.
26 Jun  Dismiss Mrs. Mary Niblick by letter to join the Talladaga Presbyterian Church.  A. Smith, C.S.
24 Jul  Session met opened by prayer.  Preasant H. C. Carter, Mod., John Creighton, James M. Smith, William M. Boggs and Joseph Alexander, Elders.
Received into full communion by Examination on a profession of there faith Mrs. Elizabeth J. Adams and Miss Harriet Adams was Baptized.  Session closed by prayer.  Alfred Smith, C.S.
26 Jul  Mr. Isaac Matthews a member of this church departed this life aged 86 years.
14 Aug  Session met at Thyatira camp ground opened by prayer.  Preasant H. C. Carter, Mod., William Matthews, James M. Smith, William M. Boggs and Joseph Alexander, Elders.
Received in full communion by examination on a profession of there faith.  Lewis J. Sharp, Jane Creighton, Georgiaann C. Boggs, Jane Maddox
14 Aug  And Lewis J. Sharp was Baptised
Session closed by prayer.  Alfred Smith, C. S.
9 Oct  Mrs. Susana Hardy a member of this church departed this life.
23 Oct  Baptized by H. C. Carter infant of Russel and Sarah M. Park caled Frances Mettisha.
18 Nov  A collection for education.  Rec. $6.

1848
25 Mar  Baptized by H. C. Carter infant of Joseph W. and Elizabeth Ann Hardy his wife called Thomas Hancock.
26 Mar  A collection for commissioners bond and domestick mishon (domestic mission) Rec. $8.90.  Alfred Smith, C.S.
13 Apr  Approved in Pres’y [Presbytery].  Richard Hooker, Mod.
22 Apr  Baptized by H. C. Carter infant of James M. Smith and Emily his wife called Junnus William.  Alfred Smith, C.S.
23 Jul  Baptized by H. C. Carter infant of Alfred Smith caled Robert McAlpin.  Alfred Smith C. S.
19 Aug  Session met at Thyatira camp ground opened by prayer preasant H. C. Carter, Mod., William Mathews, John Creighton, James M. Smith, William M. Boggs and Joseph Alexander, Elders.
19 Aug  Receive in full communion on a profession of there faith Washington Ivy, William J. King and Miss Nancy Jane Alexander.  Session closed with prayer.  Alfred Smith, C.S.
24 Sep  Receive by letter Mr. Samuel Tenny and Miss Sarah Margret Tenny his wife.
Baptized infant of Mr. Samuel Tenny and Sarah M. his wife caled Emma Margret.  H. C. Carter, Mod.  Alfred Smith C.S.

1849
27 Jan  Dismissed James M. Smith by letter and Emily his wife and culared woman Judy to join the church in Athens.  Alfred Smith, C.S.
13 Apr  Approved in Presbytery Macon.  E. R. Rogers, Moderator.
28 May  Receive by letter Miss Louisa Mathews
23 Dec  Receive in full communion on a profession of his faith Jerry a colored man of Mr. Hancock.  Session closed with prayer.  H. C. Carter, Mod.  A. Smith, C.S.



1850
24 Mar  Baptized infant of James King and Vergina N. his wife caled Martha Caroline and also infant of Joseph M. Hardy and Elizabeth Ann his wife called Joseph.
A collection commissioners and Domestick Mishion Rec. $5.50.  H. C. Carter.  Alfred Smith, C.S.
26 May  Dismissed Mrs. Elisa Jane Yearby to join the Athens church.  Alfred Smith, C.S.
22 Jun  Session met opened with prayer.  Preasant H. C. Carter, Mod., Thomas Johnson, John Creighton, Wm. M. Boggs and Joseph Alexander, Elders.
Receive in full communion on a profeshion of there faith Charles Smith and Elizabeth Smith.
Session closed with prayer.  Alfred Smith, C.S.  H. C. Carter, Mod.
25 Aug  Baptized by H. C. Carter infant of Alfred Smith caled Sarah Elizabeth.  Alfred Smith, C.S.
9 Nov  Baptized by H. Carter infant of Russel J. Park and Sarah M. Park his wife caled Amanda Jane.  Alfred Smith C.S.

1851
26 Jan Dismiss Mr. James W. McCle[s]key and Lucretia his wife by letter to join the Thyatira Presbyterian Church.
23 Mar Dismiss Mrs. Louisa Lane by letter to join the Milledgeville Presbyterian Church.  Alfred Smith, C.S.
18 Apr  Approved in Presbytery April 18, 1851 – with the exception that the names of members present at one meeting of session were not recorded.  N. Hoyt Moderator.
26 Apr Receive by letter Miss Martha Mathews.  A. Smith, C.S.
16 Aug Session met at Thyatira Camp ground opened by prayer.  Preasant Henry Newton, Mod., John Creighton and William M. Boggs, Elders.  Receive in full communion by examination on a profeshion of their faith Miss Caroline R. Mathews and Miss Ann Hardy.  Session closed with Prayer.  Alfred Smith, C.S.

1852
__ Mar A collection taken up for domestic mission.  Rec’d $7.72.  Alfred Smith C.S.
30 Apr Approved in Presbytery at Greensboro April 30th, 1852.  John W. Baker, Mod.
23 May Baptized by Henry Newton infant of James King and Virginia N. his wife caled Newberry.  Alfred Smith, C.S.
15 Aug Baptized by H. Hoyt infant of William M. Boggs and Louisa M. his wife caled Claudius Victoria.  Also infant of Alfred Smith caled Nancy Angeline.  Alfred Smith, C.S.
23 Oct Session met opened with prayer.  Preasant Henry Newton, Mod., William Mathews, John Creighton, William M. Boggs and Joseph Alexander, Elders.  Receive in full communion by examination on a profeshion of his faith Mr. Cephas W. Mathews and he was Baptized.
Session closed with prayer.

1853
26 Mar Session met opened with prayer.  Preasant Henry Newton, Mod., William Mathews, John Creighton, Thomas Johnson, William M. Boggs and Joseph Alexander, Elders.  Receive in full communion by examination on a profeshion of her faith Mrs. Mary Katharine Smith and she was Baptized.  Session closed with prayer.  H. Newton.  Alfred Smith, C.S.
16 Apr A statistical report of Sandy Creek Church.
  Number of white communicants   55
  Since received on profession      2
    Do.      Do.     by letter      0
  Adults Baptized       2
  Infants Baptized       3
  Number suspended       0
  Number died        0
  Coloured communications      2
    Do.    Do.  since received      0
  Total communicants     59
   Alfred Smith, S.C.
   Approved, Athens, Ga.  John W. Reid, 20 Apr 1853

22 May Baptized infant of Samuel Tenny, Sarah M. his wife, by Henry Newton caled James Mark.  Alfred Smith, C.S.
23 Jul Session met opened with prayer.  Preasant Henry Newton, Mod., William Mathews, John Creighton and Thomas Johnson, Elders.  Received in full communion by examination on a profeshion of her faith Miss Abrilla Moore.  Session closed with prayer.  Alfred Smith, C.S.
21 Aug Baptized infant of Russel Park and Sarah M. his wife by Henry Newton caled Martha Ellen.  Alfred Smith, C.S.
27 Nov Session met opened with prayer.  Preasant Henry Newton, Mod., William Mathews, John Creighton, Joseph Alexander and William M. Boggs, Elders.  Received in full communion by examination on a profeshion of his faith Mr. Zenos L. Boggs.  Session closed with prayer.  Alfred Smith, C.S.

1854
25 Apr Session met opened with prayer.  Preasant Henry Newton Mod., William Mathews, John Creighton, William M. Boggs and Joseph Alexander, Elders.
Received in full communion by examination on a profession of her faith Silvy a culerd woman of Mrs. Diana Sanders, and she was Baptized.  A collection for Domestic Mishions Received $9.43.  Session closed with prayer.  Alfred Smith, C.S.  H. Newton, Mod.

28 May Session met opened with prayer.  Preasant Henry Newton, Mod., William Mathews, John Creighton, William M. Boogs (Boggs) and Joseph Alexander, Elders.
Restored Judy a culerd woman of Mr. Pittman.  Baptized Infant of Joseph W. Hardy and Elizabeth Ann his wife by Henry Newton caled Barbary Indiana.  Session closed with prayer.  Alfred Smith, C. S.  H. Newton, Mod.

24 Dec Baptized Infant of Alfred Smith and Mary K. his wife caled James Charles by Henry Newton.  Alfred Smith, C. S.

1855
29 Feb Mr. Thomas Johnson an Elder of this church departed this life.  Alfred Smith, C.S.

25 Mar Dismissed Mr. Joseph W. Hardy and Elizaann his wife and Miss Susen and M. Ann Hardy to join the Thyatira Church.  A. Smith, C.S.

20 Jul Mr. William Mathews a member and Elder of this church departed this life July 18th 1855 aged ninety two years three months and eight day.  Alfred Smith, C.S.

1856
26 Apr An Election for Elders was held.  Mr. Samuel Tenny and Lewis J. Sharp and Alfred Smith was Elected.  Alfred Smith, C.S.

27 Apr A Collection for Domestic mishions collected seven dollars.  Alfred Smith, C.S.

26 Sep Session met opened with prayer.  Preasant Henry Newton, Mod., John Creighton, Joseph Alexander, Elders.  Received in full communion by examination on a profeshion of hur faith Miss Mary Evaline Moore.  Session closed with prayer.  Alfred Smith, C.S.  H. Newton, Mod.

28 Dec Lewis J. Sharp and Samuel Tenny was ordained Elders.  Alfred Smith.

Examined & approved by Presbytery at its Meeting in Madison April 1857.  W.(?) S. Breck.

1857
28 Jun Baptized infant of Alfred Smith and Mary K. his wife by Henry Newton caled Alfred Letcher.  Alfred Smith, C. S.

1858
27 Nov Session met opened with prayer.  Preasant Henry Newton, Mod., John Creighton, Wm. M. Boggs, Samuel Tenny and Lewis J. Sharp Elders.  Received in full communion by examination on a profesion of his faith Mr. Jeremiah M. Park and he was Baptized.  Session closed with prayer.  Alfred Smith, C.S.  H. Newton, Mod.

1859
26 Mar Session met opened with prayer. Presant Henry Newton, Mod., John Creighton, and Samuel Tenny, Elders.  Received in full communion by examination on a profeshion of hur faith Miss Emma Margaret Tenny.  Alfred Smith, C.S.  Henry Newton, Mod.

27 Mar Session met present as yesterday with William Boggs.  Received in full communion by examination on a profeshion of his faith Bud a culerd man the property Mr. Bennet Strickland and he was Baptized.  Session closed with prayer.  Alfred Smith, C.S.  Henry Newton, Mod.

21 May Session met opened with prayer.  Preasant Henry Newton Mod.  John Creighton, Joseph Alexander, Wm. M. Boggs, Samuel Tenny and Lewis J. Sharp, Elders. 
Dismissed Mrs. Rachel Willis to join the New Lebanon Presbyterian Church.  Session closed with prayer.  Alfred Smith, C. S.  Henry Newton, Mod.

25 Jun Session met opened with prayer.  Preasant Henry Newton Mod., John Creighton, Samuel Tenny and Lewis J. Sharp, Elders.  Dismissed Mr. Calvin J. Espy to join the Atlanta Church.  Session closed with prayer.  Henry Newton, Mod.  Alfred Smith, C. S.

23 Jul Baptized infant by Henry Newton of Alfred Smith and Mary K. his wife caled William Reid.  Alfred Smith, C.S.

24 Jul Baptized by Henry Newton infant of James W. Adair called Mary Ida.  Alfred Smith, C. S.

1860
(no date) Departed this life Mrs. Eleanor King.
Rev. Mr. Newton’s Labers as Pastor of this church closed with the past year.  Rev. A. Church, D.D. was called to supply the desk one Sabbath in the month and commenced his labors on the 4th Sabbath in January.

25 Mar Session opened with prayer.  Preasant A. Church, D.D. Mod. John Creighton, Samuel Tenny, William M. Boggs and Lewis J. Sharp, Elders.  Apointed Joseph Alexander principal and Samuel Tenny alternate delegate to presbytery.  Session closed with prayer.  Alfred Smith C.S.

30 Mar Session met.  Opened with prayer, a full session.  Pressent, viz. John Creighton, Wm. M. Boggs, Joseph Alexander, L. J. Sharp, Sam’l Tenny & Alfred Smith.  A collection taken up for commissioners fund & Oglethorpe College, each paying $2 - $12 in all, five of which for comm. fund & seven for Oglethorpe College.  Bro. Alexander declined attending Presbytery in consequence of ill health.  A letter was received from Rev. H. Newton, concerning his last years salery which was duly attended too.

23 Jun (Saturday) Rev. Dr. Church preached to a small congregation.

24 Jun (Sunday) Dr. Church preached to a large congregation and took up a collection for the releif of the French Canadian Colony in northern Illinois, amounting to $15.55.

22 Jul Session met opened by prayer.  Preasant A. Church, Mod., John Creighton, William M. Boggs, Joseph Alexander and Samuel Tenny, Elders.  Dismissed Elizabeth E. Espy and Sarah C. Espy to join the Thyatira Presbyterian Church.  Session closed with prayer.  Alfred Smith, C.S.

4 Aug (Sunday) Session met, after being opened with prayer.  Miss Mary Elizabeth Boggs presented herself for admission, and being examined was admitted to full communion on profession of her faith.  Closed with prayer.  Alfred Smith, C.S.  A. Church, Mod.

1861
24 Mar Session met opened by prayer.  Preasant A. Church Mod., John Creighton, William M. Boggs, Joseph Alexander, Samuel Tenny and Lewis J. Sharp, Elders.  Samuel Tenny principel and William M. Boggs alternate delegates to presbyterity, a collection for Oglethorp Coledge member of session $2 each in all $12.  Session closed by prayer.  Alfred Smith, C.S.

4 Apr Approved in Presbytery at Eatonton.  April 5th 1861.

1 Oct Dismissed Elizabeth J. Adams and Harriet Adams to join Thyatira Church.  Alfred Smith, C.S.

26 Oct Session met opened by prayer.  Preasant John W. Read, Mod., John Creighton, Wm. M. Boggs, Lewis J. Sharp, Joseph Alexander, and Samuel Tenny, Elders.
Restored Jane Mathews.  Baptized by John W. Read, infant of Alfred Smith and Mary K. his wife caled Martha Evaleter.  Session closed by Prayer.  Alfred Smith, C.S.

1862
14 Aug Session met opened by prayer.  Preasant Henry Safford, Mod., John Creighton, Wm. M. Boggs, Joseph Alexander, Elders.  Received by examination Robert a colod man the property Haden J. David.  Wm. M. Boggs, principal and John Creighton, Alternate delegate to Presbytery.  Session closed by prayer.  A. Smith, C.S.

26 Oct Session met opened by Prayer.  Preasant John W. Read, Mod., John Creighton, Samuel Tenny, Wm. M. Boggs and Lewis J. Sharp, Elders.  Joseph Alexander principel and Lewis J. Sharp, alternate delagate to Synod.  Session closed by Prayer.  Alfred Smith, C.S.

30 Nov Session met opened by Prayer.  Preasant F. W. Simpson, Mod., John Creighton, Wm. Boggs, Joseph Alexander, Samuel Tenny and L. J. Sharp, Elders.  Received by examination on a profeshion of there faith the following name culerd person Abram, Ritter, Caroline the servants of Milton Mathews.  Martha the slave of Thomas Broocks and Cicero Jay a free person of culler and they were all Baptized and Robert was Baptized.  Session closed by prayer.  A. Smith, C.S.

1863
4 Mar Sabbath.  Session met and opened with prayer by brother Creighton Moderator.  Present Wm. Boggs, L. J. Sharp, S. Tenny.  Voted that S. Tenny represent this church in the next Presbytery to meet in Washington.  A. Smith, Clerk.
3 Apr Examined & approved Washington, April 3rd, 1863.  R. A. Houston, Mod. Presbytery.

19 Jul Session met opened by prayer.  Preasant John Creighton, Samuel Tenny, L. J. Sharp, Wm. M. Boggs, and Joseph Alexander, Elders.  John Creighton, Elder Mod.  Received by examination on a profeshion of their faith Floyd a servent B. W. Cash and Harriet servant of Thomas Broocks and Received by letter Ellen a servent of John Creighton.  Session closed with prayer.  Alfred Smith, C.S.

16 Aug Session met opened by prayer.  Preasant John Creighton, S. Tenny, L. J. Sharp, Wm. M. Boggs, Joseph Alexander, Elders, John Creighton, Elder Mod.  Received by examination on a profeshion of there faith Violet a servant of A. B. Pittman and Clary a servant of John D. Barnett.  Session closed by prayer.  Alfred Smith, C.S.

19 Dec Session met opened by prayer.  Preasant John Creighton, Samuel Tenny and Lewis J. Sharp, Elders, William H. Adams, Mod.  Received by examination on a profeshion of faith Frederick a servant of John Creighton.  Session took reset till Sabboth morning.  All preasant with Joseph Alexander Elder.  Rec. by examination on a profesion of faith Selena a servant of Joseph Alexander and they was Baptized.  Session closed by prayer.  Alfred Smith, C.S.

1864
20 Feb Session met opened by prayer. Preasant William H. Adams, Mod., John Creighton, Wm. M. Boggs, Joseph Alexander and Lewis J. Sharp, Elders. Received by examination on their profeshion of faith Mary Jane Adair and Melissa Ann Newton Adair. Session closed by prayer. Alfred Smith, C.S.
8 Mar Departed this life Samuel Tenny Elder of this Church.
19 Mar Session met opened by prayer. Preasant William H. Adams, Mod., John Creighton, Wm. M. Boggs, Joseph Alexander and Lewis J. Sharp, Elders. William M. Boggs principel, L. J. Sharp alternate delegate to Presbytery. Session closed by prayer. Alfred Smith, C.S.
20 Mar A collection for domestic Mishions, Rec. $34.55 + $4.45 = $40.00. Alfred Smith, C.S.
1 Apr Examined & approved, A. D. Montgomery, Modr., Sparta, GA, April 1st, 1864.
17 Apr Baptized by Wm. H. Adams infant of Alfred Smith and Mary H. his wife caled Mary Diana. A. Smith, C.S.

1865
Dec Dismissed by letter Mrs. Margret Tenny and Miss Emma Margret Tenny, to join a Presbyterian Church in Mississeppy and Mahew a culored man to join the Presbyterian at Lilburn(?).

1866
25 Mar Session met opened by prayer. Preasant Wm. Boggs, J. Alexander, L. J. Sharp, J. Creighton, Elders. J. Creighton moderator. L. J. Sharp principal, Wm. M. Boggs alternate delegates to Presbytery. Session closed by prayer. Alfred Smith, C.S.
20 Apr Approved by Presbytery, Athens, April 20, 1866. David Wills, Mod.
23 Sep The session met & was opened by prayer. Rev. T. P. Cleveland Moderator. Elders present L. J. Sharp & Wm. M. Boggs from Sandy Creek, & John Kirkpatrick from Athens Church.
John M. Bostick presented himself for examination & was received by Session on a profession of faith. Having been received publicly he was baptized. Session closed by prayer. A. Smith, Clerk C.S.
22 Dec On December 22nd 1866, Alonzo Church Smith, son of Mr. Alfred & Mrs. Mary C. Smith was baptized. A. Smith, Clerk C.S.
22 Dec Session met & was opened with prayer. Rev. T. P. Cleveland, Mod. Elders present Wm. M. Boggs, L. J. Sharp & J. Alexander.
The session having learned that Josiah Johnson a member of Sandy Creek Church had on several times used profane language, cited him to appear & answer the charges brought against him.
No other business, Session closed with prayer. Alfred Smith, Clerk C.S.
On the same day & at the same meeting of Session Decr. 22nd, 1866, Mrs. Diana Sanders was received by a letter of dismission from New Lebanon Church. Alfred Smith, C.S.

Sandy Creek Church now mourns the loss of John Creighton a most efficient and beloved Elder who dec’d July 7th, 1866, being 79 years of age. “Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord!”

1867
27 Jan Session met & was opened with prayer. Rev. T. P. Cleveland Mod. Elders present J. Alexander, Wm. M. Boggs & L. J. Sharp.
Josiah Johnson appeared on first citation & after being examined answered to the charges & having confessed his sin & making fair promises for the future & showing a penitent disposition was retained.
The session having decided that he be admonished for his offence it was duly administered. Session closed with prayer. A. Smith, Clerk C.S.
24 Mar Session met & was opened with prayer. Present T. P. Cleveland Moderator. Elders L. J. Sharp, Wm. M. Boggs, & Joseph Alexander.
Wm. M. Boggs was appointed delegate to attend meeting of Presbytery at Washington Mch. 27th.
It was proposed by J. Alexander that another Elder be elected. The motion having been seconded, it was agreed upon by session, & the 4th Sunday of April be the day for the elections.
No other business, the session closed with prayer. Alfred Smith, C.S.
27 Mar Mrs. Mary Johnson dec’d today March 24th 1867 at the advanced age of 87 years. She had been a member of the Pres. Church over 60 years and went to her grave as a “shock of corn in full season.”
24 Aug Today, Alfred Smith was ordained as an Elder in this church. Rev. T. P. Cleveland, Pastor.
14 Sep Approved by Hopewell Presbytery at its Session in Madison Sept. 14th 1867. R. A. Houston, Mod.

[Roster of Church Members for 1832 - 1867]

Names of Male Members:

John King - Deceased June 22, 1840
James King
John Robertson - Dismissed
Eusebius McCleskey - Dismissed
Russle Park
John Redling - Removed
George Redling - Removed
John Moore
William Mathews - Dec’d July 18, 1855
John Creighton
Phineas Mathews - Dismissed Jan. 1834
William Lankford - died March 3, 1847
James Smith - Deceased 25 Sept 1839
Alfred Smith
James M. Smith - Dismissed by letter Mar. 24, 1844
Joseph A. Adair - Removed
John F. Adair - Dismissed by letter Feb. 1843
Thomas Johnson
Samuel R. Henderson - dec’d Dec. 12, 1834
Moses Potts - removed
Isaac Mathews - Deceased July the 26th, 1847
Joseph M. Adair - Deceased
William M. Adair - Dismissed by letter Dec. 28, 1840
William Matthews, Jun. - dismissed by letter
    8 Jan. 1837
James Adair
Robt. J. Adair - Dismissed March 27, 1836
Jas. W. McCleskey - Dismissed Jan. 25, 1851
David G. Gibson - dismissed
Joseph A. Adair - returned without taking a dismission
Shubael Tenny - Dismissed by letter May the 25, 1844
John Matthews
Calvin J. Espy
Joseph W. Hardy
Charles Holland Hardy - Deceased 1846
Joseph Alexander
James M. Smith - Dismissed by letter
Josiah Johnson
William M. Boggs
Hiram Creighton
Lewis J. Sharp
Washington Ivy
William J. King
Samuel Tenny



Names of Female Members:

Eleanor King
Eleanor E. King
Margret Barnett - Removed
Sarah Robertson - Dismissed
Lida Robertson - Dismissed
Susanna Hardy - Deceased Oct. the 9th 1847
Sarah Williamson - Removed - Returned w/o taking
    a dismission
Hannah Park - deceased
Elizabeth Redling - deceased
Sarah Moore - Died April 1834
Rebecca McCord - Removed
Rachel Mathews - Died August 1834
Elizabeth Creighton
Elizabeth Mathews - Dismissed Jan. 1834
Rebecca Swann
Esther Lankford - Deceased
Jane Lankford - withdrew Sep. 1846
Elizabeth Crawford - Removed
Diana Smith
Martha Smith - Dismissed by Letter
Elizabeth Adair
Sarah Adair - Deceased June the 4, 1842
Mary Johnson
Dilla Henderson - Deceased
Unicia Potts
Elizabeth Potts - Dismissed by letter Oct. 26, 1844
Isabella Taylor - Removed
Jane Adair - Dismissed by letter Aug. 17, 1845(?)
Juda (Negro woman) - dismissed by letter
Unicia Gathrite - dismissed
Nancy Creighton - Dismissed by letter Jan. 16, 1845
Lucretia McCleskey
Mary A. Adair - Dismissed by letter Feb. 1845
Mrs. Harris
Elizabeth Harris
Anna Creighton
Elizaann Hardy
Emily Smith - Dismissed by letter March 24, 1844
Mary Ann Tenney - Dismissed by letter Mary 25th, 1844
Louisa C. Ligon - Dismissed by letter May 25, 1844
Martha Adair - Dismissed by letter
Virginia N. King
Mary Matthews - Dismissed by letter June
   the 26th, 1847
Martha Carson
Martha Mathews
Jane Mathews - Dismissed Aug. 16, 1845
Rebecca Moore
Sarah M. Park
Dovy E. Espy
Mary Ann Kerlin
Rachel Creighton
Lucinda Alexnder
Elisa Jane Yearby - Dismissed by letter
Emily Smith - Dismissed by letter
Juda (Negro woman) - Dismissed by letter
Elizabeth E. Espy
Sarah C. Espy
Sarah Ann Hardy
Susan Hardy
Mary Creighton
Martha Creighton
Nancy Johnson
Matilda a servant
Louisa M. Boggs
Jane B. Williford
Elizabeth J. Adams
Harriet Adams
Jane Creighton
Georgiaann C. Boggs
Jane Maddox
Nancy Jane Alexander
Sarah Margret Tenny
Louisa Mathews - Dismissed by letter
Mary Elizabeth Boggs



[Note: The second volume of the Sandy Creek Presbyterian Church minutes starts below.]

1867
14 Sep The Sessional Records were examined & approved by Presbytery Sept. 14th 1867 . . .
24 Nov Session met & was opened by prayer, T. P. Cleveland Moderator. Elders present, L. J. Sharp, J. Alexander. Alfred Smith, & Wm. M. Boggs.
Attention was called to a report that Josiah Johnson had been using profane language again. Accordingly, a committee composed of J. Alexander & Wm. M. Boggs was appointed to visit him & converse with him on the subject. Session closed with prayer. T. P. Cleveland, Mod. Alfred Smith, C.S.

1868
26 Jan Session met & was opened with prayer by T. P. Cleveland, Mod. Elders present . . . A report being in general circulation that Wm. M. Boggs & his wife had separated, a committee composed of J. Alexander, L. J. Sharp & Alfred Smith was appointed to visit them & converse with them upon the matter. Session closed with prayer. T. P. Cleveland, Mod. Alfred Smith, C. of S.
23 Feb Session met & was opened with prayer by the moderator, Rev. T. P. Cleveland. Elders present, J. Alexander, L. J. Sharp, Alfred Smith.
The committee appointed to see Josiah Johnson reported unfavorably.
The committee appointed to visit Mr. & Mrs. Boggs, reported their failure to see the parties, & as they had since removed out of the bounds of this church . . . . moved that the case be dropped which was done by consent of Session.
The moderator also stated to the Session that he had seen Mr. Boggs & had talked with him privately on the matter & felt hopeful that although an alienation had occurred unexpectedly to him: that nothing further of a serious nature would occur, as both parties were penitent & desired a reconciliation. T. P. Cleveland, Mod. Alfred Smith, C.S.
24 May Session met & was opened with prayer by Rev. T. P. Cleveland who was requested to act as moderator. Elders present, L. J. Sharp, J. Alexander & Alfred Smith.
As the Pastoral relation between Sandy Creek Church & Rev. T. P. Cleveland had been dissolved during last session of Augusta Presbytery, the Session requested Rev. T. P. Cleveland to supply the pulpit the remainder of the year if the way was clear, which he consented to do on that condition. Session closed with closing prayer. T. P. Cleveland, Mod. Alfred Smith, C.S.
31 May Rev’d Henry Newton preached in the church & declared the pulpit vacant, by order of Augusta Presbytery.
21 Nov Session met & was opened with prayer by Rev. T. P. Cleveland who was requested to act as Moderator. Elders present were Alfred Smith, J. Alexander & L. J. Sharp. The Session not being satisfied with the report of committee appointed to wait upon Josiah Johnson. Cited him to appear before Session, as follows –
To Josiah Johnson. You are hereby cited to appear before the Session of Sandy Creek Church at their Session Room on Sat. before the 2nd Sunday in Dec. 1868, it being the 12th day of the month to answer to the following charge.
To wit – Common rumor, charges Josiah Johnson with unchristian conduct. To wit – That on or about the 1st of August 1867, at or near the residence of Reuben Johnson, he was guilty of using profane language. And it is furthermore charged that the said Josiah Johnson has been guilty of like unchristian conduct, on several occasions previous to the one above specified . . . By order & in the name of Session. Witness: Reuben Johnson, T. P. Cleveland, Alfred Smith, L. J. Sharp, J. Alexander.
Elder L. J. Sharp was app. to cite the accused. The witnesses were cited to appear at the same time & place. Session closed with prayer. T. P. Cleveland, Mod. Alfred Smith, C.S.

1868
12 Dec The Session met & was opened with prayer by T. P. Cleveland who was requested to act as Moderator. Elders present were L. J. Sharp & Alfred Smith, Reuben Johnson was also present as witness in the case of Josiah Johnson as the Accused. Josiah Johnson failed to appear before Session to answer to the charge of unchristian conduct tabled against him; the Session proceeded to make a second citation, after being satisfied that the former citation had been duly served upon him. The second citation was the same as the first with the addition as follows.
To - Josiah Johnson. You are hereby notified that if you do not appear at the next time & place appointed in the citation which this notice accompanys. The Session besides censuring you for contumacy will after assigning some person to manage the defence for you; proceed to take the testimony in the case, as if you were present. Session closed with prayer. T. P. Cleveland, Mod. Alfred Smith, C.S.
Alfred Smith was appointed to sign the citation & notice in the case above.
The time appointed in the 2nd citation was Wed. Decr. 28th 1868 at 11 o’clock A.M. The place was School House near Mr. Alfred Smith’s Residence.

List of male members in regular attendance. Decr. 12th 1868.
  Alfred Smith - Elder & C.S.
Joseph Alexander - Elder - dismissed
  by letter.
L. J. Sharp - Elder
Josiah Johnson - Excommunicated
Charles Smith - Deceased
Jeremiah M. Park - dismissed by letter

List of Female members in regular attendance. Decr. 12th 1868.
  1.  Elizabeth Creighton
2.  Martha Pittman
3.  Ann Sharp
4.  Martha Carson - Dismissed by letter
5.  Rebecca Moore
6.  Lucinda Alexander - Dismissed
     by letter
7.  Mary Creighton
8.  Martha Creighton
9.  Jane Creighton
10. Elizabeth Smith
12.  Mary R. Smith
13.  Mary E. Moore
14.  Diana Sanders
15.  Lemipa A. N. Adair
16.  Josphene Matthews
17.  Sarah E. Smith
18.  Jane Bastick - dismissed
19.  Nancy A. Smith
20.  M. A. Dailey
21.  Rosa Ann Brooks


List of colored members in regular attendance. Decr. 12th 1868.
1. Robert David
2. Abram Matthews - dismissed by letter
3. Riller Matthews - dismissed by L.
4. Matilda Creighton - dismissed “ ”
 
Names of Members not in regular attendance.
1. Mr. Russell J. Parkes - joined another denomination 3.   Mrs. Unicia Potts - dec.
2. Mrs. Russell J. Parks                   “

23 Dec The Session met at the School House near the residence of Mr. Alfred Smith, & was opened by prayer by Rev. T. P. Cleveland who was requested to act as Moderator. Present, Alfred Smith & L. J. Sharp - Elders & Reuben Johnson, witness in the case of Josiah Johnson.
The business of the Session being to investigate the case of Josiah Johnson, accused of unchristian conduct, the matter was entered upon immediately . . . L. J. Sharp, Alfred Smith & Reuben Johnson were then sworn, in accordance with the form in the Book of Discipline, as witnesses in the case.
The Session then appointed Elder L. J. Sharp to manage the defence of the accused.
Reuben Johnson being under oath testified as follows: That about the first of August 1867 . . . at a place near his house, Josiah Johnson used profane language. That in speaking of a tree which he (Josiah Johnson) said he would be damned to Hell if he would not put any man in jail who would cut it down. That he used repeatedly at that time & place similar profane expression.
Mr. Johnson being interrogated by the moderator as to the nature of the language, first then stated that he regarded it most indecent profane – a taking of God’s name in ‘vain.’
Mr. Sharp the elder to manage the defence had no questions to ask & the witness was dismissed . . .
Alfred Smith then offered the following Resolution: That Josiah Johnson on account of his unchristian conduct and his contumacy be suspended from all the privileges of the Church, until he give satisfactory evidence of repentance, & that the action of the Session be announced from the Pulpit, at next regular meet at S. Creek Church.
The Resolution was adopted. Session closed with prayer. T. P. Cleveland, Mod., A. Smith, C.S.
1869
27 Jun The Session met and & opened with prayer by F. Jacobes, Mod. who was requested to act as Mod. Elders present L. J. Sharp and A. Smith. Dismissed Jeremiah M. Park to join the Athens Presbyterian Church. Baptized infants of Alfred & Mary H. Smith, name Thomas Cleavelang.
Session closed with prayer. F. Jacobes, Mod., A. Smith, C.S.
23 Oct The session met and was opened with prayer by Rev. F. Jacobes, Mod., who was requested to act as Mod. Elders preasant L. J. Sharp, Joseph Alexander and Alfred Smith.
Received by letter Josaphene Mathews and Sarah C. Smith and dismissed Martha Carson to join the Presbyterian Church at Athens.
Session closed with prayer. F. Jacobes, Mod., A. Smith, C. S.
1870
27 Feb The Session met, was opened with prayer by Rev. F. Jacobes who was requested to act as Moderator. Elders preasant L. J. Sharp, Joseph Alexander and Alfred Smith.
L. J. Sharp as principel and A. Smith, alternate to attend presbytery at Lexington. Session closed with prayer. J. Jacobes, Mod., A. Smith, C.S.
16 Apr Lexington, Geo. Approved as far as written Thos. P. Cleveland, Mod.
26 Jun The Session met, was opened with prayer by Rev. F. Jacobs who was requested to act as Moderator. Elders L. J. Sharp and Alfred Smith. Dismissed Joseph Alexander and Lucinda, his wife, to join the Athens Presbyterian Church.
Session closed with prayer. Alfred Smith, C.S.
23 Oct The Session met, was opened with prayer by Rev. F. Jacobs, D.D. who was requested to act as Moderator. Elders L. J. Sharp and Alfred Smith. Alfred Smith principel and L. J. Sharp alternate to attending Synod at Macon.
A collection for Forran mishon $5.25. Session closed with prayer. Alfred Smith, C.L.
1871
15 Apr Approved at Presbytery at Eatonton, April 15, 1871. Joseph R. Wilson.
25 Jun The Session of Sandy Creek Church met in the grove near Antioch Methodist Church. There were present Elders L. J. Sharp and Alfred Smith, and the Moderator Rev. F. Jacobs, D.D.
The Session was opened with prayer. The following paper was offered, and was unanimously adopted.
On the third of April last, our Church and Session house were consumed by fire. It caught from a fire that was raging in the woods. It being a very windy day, it was impossible to arrest the flames, or to save anything from the burning. By this sad calamity our people were greatly distressed and dejected; yet, while they recognized it as having occurred under the Providence of God, for “not a sparrow falleth to the ground without his notice” . . . The universal feeling was, “It is the Lord. Let him do as seemeth him good.”
In the midst of our affliction, much sympathy was manifested by the Community; and the brethren of the neighboring Methodist Church, promptly, and with much fraternal kindness offered us their building for holding our worship, until another place could be provided . . . acting in concert, we opened a subscription to ascertain what could be done towards rebuilding. The success of the effort far exceeded our expectation. We thank God, and take courage.
Now, therefore, at this our first opportunity to hold a Sessional meeting.
Resolved, that in this calamity we recognize the chastening hand of our Heavenly Father; we acknowledge it as a deserved rebuke for our inefficiency as a Church; but we earnest pray that through great grace, it may be made to work for our good . . .
Resolved, that the measures that have been employed to procure funds for rebuilding, receive our hearty approbation . . .
The following brethren were appointed Commissioners on the building of the Church; viz. John Colt, Daniel Matthews, Josiah Johnson, L. J. Sharpe, and Alfred Smith.
Dr. Jacobs announced to the Session that today was the last day of his service with us, as he has accepted a call to the Tallahassee Church, and was expected to be with them before our next regular day of worship . . . Rev. Paul C. Morton be invited to become our State Supply; and that Dr. Jacobs be requested to write to him at once . . . Closed with prayer. Ferdinand Jacobs, Mod. Alfred Smith, Clk.
1872
12 Apr Approved as far as written April 12th 1872. Augusta, Ga. C. W. Lane, Moderator.
23 Nov The Session met was opened with prayer by Rev. P. C. Morton who was requested to act as Mod. Elders preasant L. J. Sharp and Alfred Smith. Received by letter from the Athens Presbyterian Church Miss Nancy Angeline Smith and on Sabboth our house was dedicated by Rev. P. C. Morton . . . Session closed with prayer. P. C. Morton, Mod., Alfred Smith, C.S.
1873
23 Feb The Session met opened with prayer. Preasant R. W. Milner, Mod., L. J. Sharp and Alfred Smith, Elders.
Received by letter Mrs. M. A. Dailey from Thyatira Presbyterian Church. Session closed with prayer. Alfred Smith, C. S.
4 Apr Sparta, Ga. Approved as far as written. E. M. Green, Mod’r.
31 Apr Office of Sustentation, Columbia, S.C. April 31, 1873. Rev. R. W. Milner, Athens, Geo.
(No date) Session met, opened with prayer. Preasant R. W. Milner, Mod. , L. J. Sharp, Alfred Smith.
[Next two lines illegible.]
1875
9 Apr Examined at Athens April 9th 1875 and sustained. Minutes above gives no date & does not state how or whither the person was dismissed. Henry Newton, Mod’r. . . .
1876
15 Jan Session opened with preyer preasant R. N. Smith, Mod., L. J. Sharp, Alfred Smith, Elders. Rec. by letter Milton Creighton and Mrs. J. J. Creighton. A church meeting was held and Mr. Milton Creighton was elected to office of Ruling Elder in said church he being ordained before Session closed with prayer. R. N. Smith, Mod. Alfred Smith.
16 Jan A collection for Sustentation Rec. four dollars.
19 Mar Assesment for Seminary Three dollars.
16 Apr Commissioners Two Dollars
13 May Examined & Approved in Prebytery at Eatonton Ga. May 13th 1876. Grover K. Cartledge, Moderator of Augusta Presbytery.
15 Oct A collection for Education Rec.

1877
8 Oct Session met and was opened with Prayer by Rev. Dr. Lane. Elders present L. J. Sharp and Milton Creighton.
John W. Creighton & James B. Creighton, presented themselves and applied for church membership – who on examination were received.
There being no farther business the Session was closed with [prayer] by Moderator. Milton Creighton, C.S. Pro tem.
12 Sep Died Sept. 12th 1877 Alfred Smith, Ruling Elder and Clerk of Session of Sandy Creek Ch. Milton Creighton was appointed Clerk of Session Jany. 1878.
1878
10 Jan Rev. Robt. N. Smith served this Church as supply, from May 1875 to March 1877 since which time Dr. P. Lumpkin & J. O. Gaily have served the church. Jany. 10th 1878. Milton Creighton, C.S.
16 Feb Saturday morning – Session met and was opened with Prayer by Rev. Dr. Lane. Elders present L. J. Sharp and Milton Creighton.
Mrs. Rosa Anna Brooks presented herself and applied for membership and on examination by session was received and her name enrolled. There being no other business, Session was closed with prayer by moderator. C. W. Lane, D.D.
17 Feb Sunday morning 17th. Preaching by Rev. Mr. P. Herd. The Lord’s supper administered. Collection taken up for domestic missions - $3.60. By order of session. Milton Creighton, C.S.
11 Apr Examined and approved in Presbytery at Penfield[?]. C. W. Lane, D.D.

List of Members in 1878.

Male Members
1.  L. J. Sharpe, Ruling Elder - Dead   4.  J. B. Creighton
2.  Milton Creighton. Elder - Dead   5.  W. R. Smith - Dead
3.  J. W. Creighton, Elder 

Females
1.  Elizabeth Creighton
2.  Martha Pittman - Dead
3.  Anna Sharp - Dead
4.  Rebecca Moore - Dead
5.  Mary Creighton
6.  Jane Creighton
7.  Martha Creighton
8.  Martha Matthews
9.  Mary R. Smith
10. Mary E. Moore
11.  Diana Sanders - Dead
12.  Josaphene Matthews
13.  Nancy A. Smith - Joined another Church.
14.  M. A. Daily
15.  Sarah S. Creighton - Dismissed
16.  Rosa A. Brooks
17.  Martha Smith


14 Sep Session met at the house of Elder Creighton. Present C. W. Lane, D.D. - Elders Sharp & Creighton. Opened with prayer by the Moderator C. W. Lane.
The following paper was adopted whereas the meeting of session was to have been held at the church this morning – but was prevented by the absence of Elder Creighton from ill health.
And whereas Wm. Reede Smith was examined by Rev. C. W. Lane & Elder Sharp at the church this morning, for admitance to full membership in the church. Said examination being satisfactory. Resolved that Wm. Reede Smith be fully admited to the prevaleges of church membership and his name be enrolled on the Church Book.
Closed with the Benediction. Milton Creighton, C.S.
15 Sep Session met at 10 o’clock. Present Rev. John Morton Moderator & Elders Sharp and Creighton. Opened with prayer by moderator. Miss Martha Smith presented herself before the session asking admition to the Church and on being satisfied of her conversion and exercise of faith, she was admited to full membership and her name ordered to be enrolled on our records.
Session closed with Prayer. Milton Creighton, C.S.
3 Oct Died Oct 3d 1878 Milton Creighton Ruling Elder and Clerk of the Ses.
17 Nov Meeting of the Church was called to elect J. W. Creighton Ruling Elder who was ordained Nov. 30. Rev. C. W. Lane, D.D. presiding.
20 Nov Died Nov. 20th 1878 L. J. Sharp, Ruling Elder . . .

1880
23 May Session met and was opened with prayer by Rev. Henry Newton. J. M. Mathews and P. E. Mathews were received by letter from Danielsville Church. Also were received as new communicating members: Millard F. Mathews, Phineas F. Mathews, John W. Mathews. Henry Newton, J. W. Creighton.
1883
20 Apr The Athens Presbytery assembled in Lexington to call attention of the Church Session of Sandy Creek Church to the necessity of naming the constituent members in recording sessional meetings in order that the authority of such meetings may appear in the records thereof. With this exception the records are approved as far as written. C. W. Lane, Moderator. 
1884
24 May J. M. Matthews was selected ruling elder and ordained June 2d.  Rev. Henry Hoyt presiding.
27 July Session met & was opened with prayer by Rev. Henry Hoyt, Presiding Elders Matthews and Creighton, J. M. Matthews was appointed delegate & J. W. Creighton alternate to presbytery.
J. M. Matthews was made Clerk of Session.  Session closed with prayer by Mod.  J. W. Creighton, acting Clk.

List of Members 1884.
John W. Creighton - R. Elder
James B.Creighton
Elizabeth Creighton
Mary Creighton
Jane Creighton
Martha Creighton
Elizabeth Smith
Mary K. Smith
Martha Smith
Mary E. Matthews
M. A. Duley(?)
Rosa A. Brooks
Josephine Matthews
Martha Matthews
Parmelia E. Matthews
   In 1885 were received
Dr. W. W. Rich
Mrs. W. W. Rich
Annette Rich


Non Continuing(?) Members 1884:
Milton F. Matthews, Phineas F. Matthews, John W. Matthews, Robert Edmond Matthews.
1885
22 Feb At a session of Sandy Creek Church on this day, Rev. H. H. Hoyd moderator.  The letter of Dr. W. W. Rich, Mrs. W. W. Rich and Annette Rich dismissing them from Mispah Church to Sandy Creek Church was received . . . J. M. Matthews, Clk. of Session.
26 Feb The officers and members of Sandy Creek Church will ever hold in gratefull rememberance Mr. Cicero H. Chandler of Clark County whose patriotick and publick spirit . . . to make a present and donate to this Church a lot of ground at Center Depot NERR for the purpose of erecting a building on the same for publick worship and the Session of Sandy Creek Church takes this method of tendering to Mr. Chandler their thanks for his munificent and liberal donation of said lot of ground.
23 Apr Examined and approved in Presbytery at Athens April 28, 1885.  L. A. Simpson, Mod.
27 Sep At a meeting of the Session this day held, Rev. H. H. Hoyt, Pastor presiding as Moderator, the letter of Mrs. R. E. McBride dismissing her from New Hope Church Presbytery of SC to unite with Sandy Creek Church was duly presented . . . recieved as a member . . . J. M. Matthews, Clerk of Session.
1886
Apr  H. G. Gibson died in the year April 1886.
18 Sep Session opened with prayer . . . Rev. J. L. Stevens Moderator.  Mr. Samuel A. Link and Mrs. Emma Link having presented their Letters of dismission from Hopewell Church, SC, to Sandy Creek Church.  It is ordered by the Session that their names be enrolled as members of Sandy Creek Church.  J. M. Matthews, Secretary of Session.
18 Sep Sunday morning . . . After examination and satisfactory evidence of their experience, Mr. Millard F. Matthews, Miss Mary D. Smith, Miss M. A. Daley, and Mrs. Ema Creighton were received as members . . . J. M. Matthews, Secretary of Session.
Martha G. Link the infant daughter of Samuel A. and Mrs. Emma Link received the Ordinance of Baptism and Clazie(?) Creighton, daughter, and [blank] Creighton, children of Dan(?) and Mrs. Ema Creighton received the Ordinance of Baptism . . . J. M. Matthews, Secretary of Session.
Charles A. Matthews and Phineas Matthews presented themselves to the Session as applicants for membership . . . they were admitted into the church . . .

List of Members of Sandy Creek Church on September 22, 1886.
John W. Creighton - Elder
John M. Matthews - Dead
James B. Creighton - joined another communion
Elizabeth Creighton - Dead
Mickey(?) Creighton - Dead
Jane F. Creighton
Mrs. Martha Durham - Dead
Elizabeth Smith - Died in July 1887
Mary K. Smith - Dead
[Illegible] Smith
Mrs. Mary E. Matthews - Dead
Miss M. A. Daley - Dismissed to sister church
Mrs. Rosa A. Brooks - Dismissed to sister church
Mrs. Josephine Matthews -   “              ”    “
Miss Martha Matthews
Mrs. Parmelia E. Matthews - Dismissed to Athens Church
Dr. W. W. Rich - Dismissed to Center Church
Mrs. W. W. Rich - Dismissed to Center Church
Miss Arnetta Rich - Dismissed to Center Church
Mr. Samuel A. Link - Dismissed to Center Church
Mrs. Ema Link - Dismissed to Center Church
Millard F. Matthews
Miss Mary D. Smith
Miss M. A. Daley - Dismissed to Center Church
Mrs. Ema Creighton
Charles A. Matthews
Phineas F. Matthews - Joined Baptists

22 Sep The following is a list of the Baptized Children of Sandy Creek Church.
John W. Matthews
Robert E. Matthews
Susan F. Link
Martha G. Link
Clara Creighton
Mary Alice Creighton
Fanny Lenora Creighton


Mrs. S. S. Creighton, a member of Sandy Creek Church, having resided for more than one year within the bounds of Athens Church, is dismissed from the former church to join the latter.  Rev. Henry Hoyt, Mod.  J. S. Creighton, C.S.
1887
24 Aug Session met and constituted by prayer.  Rev. J. L. Stevens Moderator.  A. C. Smith presented himself to the Session as applicant for membership . . . the applicant was received as a member . . .
Session constituted by prayer.  Rev. J. L. Stevens Moderator.  Harrison Brooks presented himself as applicant for membership . . . received as a member and his name ordered to be enrolled on list of members. J. M. Matthews, Clerk of Session.
25 Aug List of Members of Sandy Creek Church.

John W. Creighton - R. Elder
John M. Matthews - Dead
James B. Creighton - Removed
[Illegible] Creighton -Died November 1887
[Illegible] - Died Oct. 1887
Jane F. Creighton
Mrs. Martha Durham
Mary K. Smith
Martha Smith
Mrs. Mary E. Matthews
Mrs. M. A. Daley
Mrs. Josephine Matthews
Miss Martha Matthews
Mrs. Parmelia E. Matthews
Dr. W. W. Rich
Mrs. W. W. Rich
Miss Arnetta Rich - Married Jan 1888
    Foster Daniel - Died
Mrs. R. E. McBridge
Samuel A. Link
Mrs. Ema Link
Millard F. Matthews
Miss Mary D. Smith
Miss M. A. Daley
Mrs. Ema Creighton
Charles A. Matthews
Phineas F. Matthews - Joined Baptists
Miss Effy C. Matthews - Married
Mr. A. C. Smith
Harrison Brooks - Removed
R. M. Davis - by letter from Mount
    Harmon Removed


1888
18 Feb Sandy Creek Church.  The Session of the church was constituted with prayer Rev. J. L. Stevens presiding.  The letter of Mr. R. M. Davis dismissing him from Mount Harmon Church was received and considered . . . added to the roll of members.  J. M. Mathews, Clerk of Session.
20 Apr Approved as far as written in Pres. at Harmony Grove Apr 20th 1888.
1894
16 Sep Roll of Sandy Creek Church Members on 16 September 1894

Jno. W. Creighton, R.E.
Thos. M. Daniel
Saml. A. Link - D.
Millard F. Matthews
Robt. E. Matthews
Alonzo Church Smith
Henry D. Banks
Miss Martha Matthews
Miss Jane Creighton
Mrs. Martha Durham
[Illegible]
Miss [Illegible] O’Kelly
Mrs. Parmelia Matthews
Mrs. Minnie Duncan
Mrs. Emma Link
Mrs. Fannie Banks
Miss Martha(?) Banks
Miss Artemisia Adair
Mrs. V.(?) Weir
Mrs. Emma Creighton
Mrs. Mary E. Matthews


19 Aug After preaching a congregational meeting . . . selection fell upon Elder T. M. Daniel who was thereupon installed Ruling Elder in this church.  Then the church session met – instantly – present Rev. Jno. L. Cartledge Moderator and Elders John W. Creighton and T. M. Daniel.  Thereupon Elders Creighton and Daniel were appointed delegates, principal and alternate, to the session of Athens Presbytery in Jefferson on 5th Sept. 1894.  Elder T. M. Daniel was appointed Clerk of the Church Session.
Prayer by the Moderator was had and the church session then adjourned.  T. M. Daniel, Clk.
2 Oct A collection had resulted in a contribution by the church of $1.62 for foreign missions, handed Rev. Jno. L. Cartledge.  T. M. Daniel, Clk. S.
1895
17 Mar After preaching the church session met in special meeting – present Rev. John L. Cartledge Moderator and Elders John W. Creighton and T. M. Daniel.
Meeting of the session was organized with prayer by the Moderator, who afterwards called attention to the propriety of electing a delegate to the assembling of Athens Presbytery in Athens 12th April next . . . John W. Creighton was selected as principal delegate, and Elder T. M. Daniel selected alternate delegate to such convention of the Presbytery.
Session then adjourned with prayer.  17th March 1895.  T. M. Daniel, Clk.
13 Apr Examined & approved in Presbytery, Athens, Ga., Apr. 13, 1895.  J. B. Estes, Mod.
1896
15 Mar Sandy Creek Meeting House, Jackson Co.
The church session met after preaching upon the call of Rev. John L. Cartledge, Moderator.  Present besides the moderator Elders John W. Creighton and T. M. Daniel.
The meeting was opened by prayer of the Moderator and upon motion Elder Creighton was elected principle delegate and Elder Daniel alternate delegate to the meeting of Athens Presbytery at 7 o’clock on 15th April proximo.
Without further business the meeting of session adjourned with prayer by the moderator.  T. M. Daniel, Clk.
16 Apr Examined & approved in Pres. Athens April 16th, 1896.  Henry Newton, Modr.
19 Jul At Sandy Creek Bethesda Meeting House on 19th day third Sunday in July 1896 the church session met immediately after preaching service.  Present Rev. Jno. L. Cartledge, Moderator, and Elders, John W. Creighton and T. M. Daniel.
The sessional court opened with prayer by the Moderator.
Then was presented to the session a verbal request from brother Samuel A. Link and his wife sister Emma Link for letter of Dismission from Sandy Creek Church commending them to the membership of Centre Church or of another church of similar orthodoxy.  Upon motion said request was granted.  Said letter was ordered to issue. 
Session then held prayer and adjourned.  T. M. Daniel, Clk. of Session.
18 Oct The elders met in church session immediately after preaching – present Rev. Jno. L. Cartledge, Moderator, and Elder John W. Creighton.
After the formal organization of the church court a motion was made to grant brother Elder T. M. Daniel a letter of dismissal at his own request from this congregation to another like collection of Christian disciples.  Such motion prevailed and session adjourned with prayer by the bother moderator.  J. W. Creighton, C.S. pro tem.
1899
__ Sep Center, GA.  Session of Sandy Creek Church met at house of Mrs. Martha Durham and was opened with prayer by Rev. J. L. Cartledge.  Present J. W. Creighton, sole Ruling Elder.  Fannie L. Creighton and Anna Pearl Creighton made application for membership, and after being duly examined were received into full fellowship.  Closed with prayer.  J. L. Cartledge, Mod., J. W. Creighton, C.S.
1906
1 Jan Membership of Sandy Creek Church Jan 1st.  Males: J. W. Creighton (R.E.), M. F. Matthews (dead).  Females: Miss Martha Matthews, Miss Jane Creighton (dead), Mrs. Artemissia Weir (dismissed), Mrs. Emma Creighton, Fannie L. Creighton, Anna Pearl Creighton, Mrs. Effie Carson (removed), Louise Creighton.
Non-communicating members: Robert E. Creighton, Louise L. Creighton, Emily E. Creighton, Grace D. Creighton, Sarah A. Creighton.
27 Aug A congregational meeting of Sandy Creek Presbyterian having been duly called and met, J. W. Creighton was elected Trustee of church property, and authorized to convey titles to the churches property located in center to the Board of Education of Jackson county, and to sell a portion of the land occupied by Sandy Creek Church and apply the proceeds of sale to the erection of fence around the cemetery on said lot.  J. W. Creighton, Clk.  R. W. Abraham, Mod.

(This concludes the Minutes of the Sandy Creek Presbyterian Church.)