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Elizabeth Ingram Lee, wife of William Lee, was a member of Clear Fork United Baptist Church now in Clinton County, Kentucky.

Clear Fork United Baptist Church (Additional Comments: Formerly in Cumberland County, KY, now in Clinton County, KY.)

File contributed for use in USGenWeb Archives by: Sandi Gorin sgorin@glasgow.com November 26, 2004, 9:29 am

The late Eva Coe Peden transcribed the minutes of this church likely in the 1960's and had not completed them at the time of her untimely death. It appears that Clerk Fork was in existance prior to the beginning of these minutes in 1802. It was also known as Stockton Valley#2 and at various times was a member of the Green River, Stockton Valley & Russel Creek Association. Isaac DENTON was pastor here at one time. This church is in Clinton Co but was formerly in Cumberland Co thus will contain many Cumberland Co names. Names will be shown as spelled and the clerk wasn't the greatest speller!

June 1803: Received by exp. Stephen ROBINSON and Winney his wife, John ROBINS, Wm ROBERTS. By letter Moses LEE & his wife Elizabeth. Next service at Henry REAGIN's.

1804 Mar: Received by letter Jeremiah HARRIS. Wm RHEA moderator. Received by exp: John LEE, Patreg? WILLIAMS & Elizabeth MILLER.

1804 Apr: Received by exp: Mary OWENS, Robert CROSS, Nancy CROSS, Elizabeth JENTRY, Patreg BOND, Jessie ROBERTS, Joseph BRISTOW, Vardeman LEE, Martha BRISTOW, Nicholas GOSNELL (under watchcare). By letter; Elizabeth JENTRY. Under watchcare: Nathan BOND.

June: Nicholas GOSNEL applied for letter of dismission, granted. Same for Elizabeth GENTRY. Same for Martha GILLEN- WATERS. Wm GOODSON, Wm ROBERTS & Wm WOOD messengers to association meeting. Moses LEE to assist. James BROCK and John WOOD to go to Wm CAMPBELL & wife and John ROBINS and wife, Sister HUDDLESTON to see why they aren't coming to church. They also to see Cloe CAMPBELL.

July: Cloe CAMPBELL came and gave her excuses, not accepted and admonished by the church. Savanah WOOD excluded for associating with a company of persons in an unlawful act. Elizabeth LIVINGSTON and Thomas WOOD... unclear. Jessie ROBERTS chosen as messenger instead of GOODSON.

1805 Feb: Bro RHEA moderator. Cloe CAMPBELL case - waiting. Geo WOOD admitted he drank too much, repented, restored. Stephen ROBERTS & wife applied for a letter of dismission, granted. Bro SCOTT & Tome BROCK to assist Bro HARRIS. Received Margaret SMITH Sr by experience and Tomes SMITH by same and Joseph CRAWFORD by same. Obed GARDNER under watch care but not allowed to take Communion.

July: Letter of recommendation tto Mary WILLIAMS who has been under watchcare. Edward CRAWFORD said he was not drunk, James BROCK & Thomas WOOD to investigate. Received by exp Celila LEE and Wm BROWN recvd uner watchcare; Sister Hoomey BECK recvd by letter. Moses ROBERTS also recvd.

1806 Mar: Church giving up members are an "arm" of the church on Obey River to become a new church. Wm GOODSON, Thomas SCOTT, Isaac DENTON & Thomas CROUCH to attend to get the church constituted. Received by exp Lucy ROBERTS.

May: Christian MYERS came forward & told the church he had drunk spiritous liquors to excess, recanted & forgiven. James BROCK "taken notice of by the church for keeping up a charge agaisnt her by refusing to commune"; Isaac DENTON, Thomas SCOTT, Wm GOODSON, Thomas & Wm WOOD to visit him. Nathan BOND excluded for immoral conduct in excess of fashion. (don't know what this would mean). Judy LEE and Susanah LEIGHTON received by letter.

Sept: Recvd Mary FROGG by letter, Valentine COLLENSON recvd under watch care. Letter of dismissiong granted James WILLIAMS & wife Patsey. Same for Moses LEE and wife Elizabeth.

Oct: Bro LEE excluded for going into another society. Wm BOND informs the church that at a corn shucking he got into a heat of fasion, conducted it wrong, apology received. Wm ROBERTS & his wife, also Michael SPECK & his wife granted letters of dismission. Martha JONES recvd by letter but undesr consideration until Dec - re case of a person marrying the 2nd time while first companion was still living.

1807 Mar: Bro COLLINS came forward, he to be continued under suspense till satisfaction is given re a contradiction as where his membership really is. Joel BROCK restored. Otter Creek Church asked for assistance - Isaac DENTON, Wm GOODSON and Thomas SCOTT to help. Thomas WOOD to seee Abagaile CRAWFORD. Letter of dis- mission granted Susahan LEE.

Jul: Abagail CRAWFORD granted letter of dismissin. Joseph LINDER excluded for abruptly breaking off from the church & joining another church. Charge against Valentine COLLINS, a transient member - appt Jessie ROBERTS and John LEE to see him. Stephen ROBERSON restored Wm GOODSON & Wm WOOD appt messengers to the association meeting.

Sep: Valentine COLLINS neglected to hear the church, non- fellowship with him and will inform the church on Black Water. Isaac DENTON, Wm GOODSON, Harden WILLIAMS to write a letter tothat church. James WILLIAMS allowed to keep the horse which was pro- vided by this church and Beaver Creek Church for the use of paying Bro BUNCH to Bro JOHN LEE and making Bro BUNCH's coffin. Letter of dismission to Anne LEE and Wm BOND and his wife.

1808 Mar - Vardiman LEE to visit Joel BROCK & urge to come to next meeting. Joseph PATTON charged with unfriendly & harsh treatment to the church - charges not proven. Isaac DENTON, Wm GOODSON, Harden WILLIAMS, Thomas SCOTT, James CROUCH & Thomas WOOD appt to labor with Wm SMITH & John PARMLEY because of a difficulty between them. Sep - Vardiman LEE and wife granted letter of dismission Nathan BOND received and then granted letter of dismission. James CROUCH appt commissioner to handle building of the meeting house.

1809 Oct - Joel BROCK excluded. Recvd by exp Katah GROSS. Vardimon LEE and wife returned their letters and re-joined.

1813: Feb - Dolly CHAMBERS recvd under watchcare. Mar - Anna LEE granted letter of dismission.

Sample letter of dismission: "This is to certifity Sis Margaret TUGGLE is a member of the Clear Fork United Baptist Church, Clinton Co., Kentucky in good standing and full fellowship, and by her request is hereby dismissed from us, when joined to some other Church of the same faith and order. This done and signed by order of the Church the 4th Saturday in July 1812. /s/ Elder Alvin Bertram, Moderator, Albany, Ky. by S. W. Dowell, Ch. Clerk, Albany, KY."

Formerly in Cumberland Co - now in Clinton Co KY. Minutes for 1816

Cumberland-Clinton County Ky Archives Church Records.....Clear Fork Baptist Church Minutes Copyright Date 1818

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