West's History of Methodism in Alabama, pages 573-4, states in part: "The Rev. Joel Rivers, a local preacher and a native of England, but from his youth a citizen of the now United States, moved from the town of Fayetteville, North Carolina, to Fort Claiborne, Alabama, accompanied by his children, all then grown, and purchased land, and, on it, at his own expense, in 1816, the lot being at Claiborne, erected a house of worship for the Methodist Episcopal Church. The first Society of Clairborne, organized just prior to the erection of the house of worship there, consisted of the Rev. Joe Rivers, Rhoda Rivers, his wife, and a number of their children. If there were any others it is not now known. In the after time, and at an early day.... and Stephen Steele were members of that Society. Stephen Steele, in 1821, married Elizabeth Rivers, the daughter of the Rev. Joel Rivers, and was a Methodist at the town of Claiborne from 1825 till his death in 1868," etc.