Church News Items from Local Newspapers

Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA, Thursday, March 8, 1928.
Submitted by:  Bea. Adams King

 There will be preaching at New Hope church Sunday at 2:30 p.m.  All come to hear Rev. Overby.

Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA, Thursday, August 2, 1928.
Submitted by
:  Bea. Adams King

Bethel Baptist church located about three miles north of Phenix on the road towards Lynchburg, was destroyed by fire last Thursday. The origin of the fire is not positively known.  The church had a short time prior to the fire been gone over with oiled rags to clean interior wood work and it is thought that one of these rags became ignited in some manner. When discovered the fire had gained such headway there was no chance to extinguish the flames.

Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA, Thursday, July 12, 1928.
Submitted by
:  Bea. Adams King

 Dr. C.H. Lindsay, who has been assisting the pastor in a series of revival meetings, closed the meeting on Wednesday and returned home to Richmond.  Dr. Lindsay is a most excellent preacher and by his faithfulness and genial disposition made a great many friends here.

Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA, Thursday, July 12, 1928.
Submitted by
:  Bea. Adams King

 The Sunday School gave a picnic on the 4th at Sylvan Hill, the home of Mr.  J.W. Rutledge.  The beautiful shade of the spreading trees, a good dinner, ice lemonade, a lecture by Dr. Lindsay and games for younger people, were some of the features that helped to make a perfect day.

Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA, Thursday, May 3, 1928.
Submitted by
:  Bea. Adams King

 Mr. John Cunningham, who expects to enter the Seminary, will preach at Buffalo church the second Sunday morning.

Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA, Thursday, May 17, 1928
Submitted by
:  Bea. Adams King

 Rev. W. C. Hughes filled his regular appointment at Randolph, on Sunday night.  His sermon was suited to the day and directed especially to the mothers.

Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA, Thursday, March 29, 1928.
Submitted by
:  Bea. Adams King

Get Together, Give Lumber and Funds to Add Rooms and Repair M.E. Church
An outstanding example has recently been given by the people composing the community of Saxe, in respect to what can be accomplished by a people in which great community pride exists coupled with a spirit of cooperation. Saxe is one of the most thriving and progressive settlements in Charlotte county and during the recent past, there have been a number of buildings erected.
So, the people feeling that the M.E. church there was in such a condition that it was not in keeping with the spirit of the community, two of the progressive citizens, Mr. E.C. Moon and Mr. W.H. Dawson made a proposition to the congregation of the church that they would give sufficient lumber and raise $500 if the congregation would raise an additional $500 in order to build three Sunday school rooms and to cover the building, and to paint and plaster the inside of the church.
Of course, the offer was accepted, and ladies of the church got behind the work of raising the funds and the work has been put through in short order, in contrast to the usual slow manner employed in such work, and as a result the Saxe community will soon have as handsome and comfortable a church as any community in the county.
As we understand the manner in which the work is being managed, Mr. Moon and Mr. Dawson are overseeing the construction and they have hired one first-class builder at $3.50 per day and let it known that all who were unable to donate cash could do their part by contributing work, and this offer met with a ready response on the part of the people.
Following is a list of those people who have pledged contributions:

W. ?. Hamilton $25.00
Geo. Layne 2.00
Claude Clements 5.00
Willie Copal 5.00
E.C. Moon 50.00
Miss Rosa Pettus 10.00
P.H. Royster 5.00
E.H. Adams 5.00
Mrs. E.C. Moon 25.00
Mrs. W.A. Hailey 10.00
F.W. Howard 25.00
Tom Newcomb and wife 2.00
A.R. Hendrix 15.00
C.B. Hudson 5.00
Martin Chester 5.00
J.F. Cherrington 15.00
W.S. Gregory Jr. 1.00
Mrs. Carrie Howard 15.00
Mrs. W.H. Dawson 25.00
M.P. Lipscomb 50.00
V.C. Tate 10.00
H.W. Lawson 10.00
W.H. Crews 5.00
Charlie Moon 2.00
R.A. Moss 10.00
Hunter Willis and wife 5.00
L.S. Smithson 20.00
H.H. Carter 10.00
Tom Fore 10.00
S.C. Newcomb 5.00
P.J. Adams 2.00
Edward Newcomb 2.00
C.W. Tucker 25.00
W.R. Lipscomb 15.00
J.W. Rutledge 5.00
Mrs. L.R. Wallace 10.00

Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA, Thursday, March 17, 1955.
Submitted by
:  Bea. Adams King

This Sunday evening, March 2, at 7:30, Mr. E. Trent Estes, of Saxe, will be the guest speaker at the Methodist Church in Drakes Branch.  Mr. Estes, who is the chairman of the Official Board of Hebron Methodist Church, is well known in his community as a Sunday School teacher, and active worker and leader in the Church, and a student of the Bible.  His appearance here is a part of Drakes Branch Methodist Church's observance of the No Silent Pulpit period, which began the first Sunday of March, and will continue through Easter Sunday.
A cordial welcome is given to all.

Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA, Thursday, July 28, 1955.
Submitted by
:  Bea. Adams King

Mr. G. O. McGee, principal of Randoph-Henry High School will fill the pulpit of the Drakes Branch Baptist Church, Sunday, July, 31, 1955 in the absence of the pastor, who will be speaking at the Centennial Celebration of the Alum Springs Baptist Church of Culpepper. Rev. Leslie Napier is pastor at Alum Springs.

Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA, Thursday, March 10, 1955.
Submitted by
:  Bea. Adams King

There will be preaching at Oakview Presbyterian Church Sunday night, March 
13, at 7:30 p.m.   The Rev. R.R. Ramsey, pastor of the Village and Drakes 
Branch Presbyterian Churches, will conduct the services.
The public is cordially invited.

Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA, Thursday, March 10, 1955.
Submitted by
:  Bea. Adams King

Dr. J. W. Rowe, of Keysville, will preach at the Phenix Presbyterian Church Sunday morning, March 13, at 11 o'clock.  Everyone is invited to attend.

Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA, Thursday, June 9, 1955.
Submitted by
:  Bea. Adams King

Rev. Robert L. Taylor, pastor of Glennana Baptist Church, Thomasville, N.C. will conduct evangelistic services June 13-18 at Wylliesburg Baptist Church.  The pastor who also serves Antioch in Charlotte County and Bethel in Mecklenburg, is Rev. Geo. F. Serson of Red Oak. Cottage prayer meetings have preceded the revival effort for the evening services that commence at 8 p.m.  The public is cordially invited.

Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA, Thursday, June 9, 1955.
Submitted by
:  Bea. Adams King

Old Briery Church, Prince Edward County, celebrates its 200th anniversary on Sunday, June 26.  The present program includes a special morning service at 11 a.m. followed by a basket lunch on the grounds, and a historical program in the afternoon.  Friends of the old Church, former members, and the interested public generally are invited.  There will be group singing, greetings from other churches, and the main historical address by E.G. McGehee, of Montgomery, Ala.  Those planning to attend are asked to bring a picnic lunch.
Old Briery Church has a most interesting history.  It was one of the several daughters of old Cub Creek Presbyterian Church, and the Village Presbyterian Church of Charlotte Court House drew its original congregation in 1825 from old Cub Creek and old Briery Churches.  Briery is located a few miles north of Keysville, just off the Farmville road.  On its’ roster of ministers or pastors are names of many distinguished men, such as Rev. Robert Henry, Rev. David Rice, Rev. Samuel S. Smith, and his brother Rev. John Blair Smith, both presidents of Hampden-Sydney, Archibald Alexander, Matthew Lyle, Moses Hoge, John Holt Rice, and many other names famous in Presbyterian Church history of Virginia and other States.  Dr. Archibald Alexander was later president of Princeton Theological Seminary, originally located at Hampden-Sydney and later in Richmond, and many other distinguished divines on the Briery roster.
June 26, 1955, will be a most interesting day in local church history, and the interested public is invited to come, and bring a basket or picnic lunch.

Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA, Thursday, July 14, 1955.
Submitted by
:  Bea. Adams King

Rev. R.P. Welch, pastor of the Spring Creek field of churches for the past 24 years, will be the guest minister at Friendship Baptist Church, Ontario, for revival services beginning at 8:00 p.m. July 17.  Services will continue each night through Friday.  Everyone is cordially invited to attend this revival.

Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA, Thursday, July 14, 1955.
Submitted by
:  Bea. Adams King

The revival services which began last Sunday evening, July 10, are continuing each evening of this week, and will conclude Friday, July 15.  The hour of the services is 7:45 p.m. Rev. James C. Weaver, of Prospect, is preaching the revival. Everyone is given a cordial welcome.

Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA, Thursday, June 23, 1955.
Submitted by
:  Bea. Adams King

Rev. V.P. Locke will preach at the Drakes Branch Baptist Church, Sunday, June 26, at 11 a.m.  He is the pastor of the Western Proong Baptist Church, Whiteville, N.C. Rev. Locke is a native of this county, the son of Mrs. O.V. Locke.  He is well known here for his evangelistic work in this and nearby churches.
The Baptist Church extends a cordial welcome to all of his many friends.

Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA, Thursday, July 21, 1955.
Submitted by
:  Bea. Adams King

Antioch Baptist Church, Red Oak, revival July 10-16 was responsible for 13 professions of faith, 1 by statement and 2 by transfer of letters from distant churches.  Rev. Billy Gordon, Youngsville, N.C., was the evangelist.  The Bethel (Mecklenburg County) Baptist Church revival July 3-10 was 17 professions of faith, 1 by statement and 1 by letter.  Rev. H.C. Meador, Tallahassee, Fla. conducted the evangelistic service.
Each revival had to carry on without their pastor July 8-14 when Rev. Geo. F. Serson was called home to attend the funeral of his 80 year old mother in Medford, Mass.

Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA, Thursday, July 21, 1955.
Submitted by
:  Bea. Adams King

In Memory of DeLoca Banton Pugh
WHEREAS our Heavenly Father in his infinite love and wisdom on June 6th,
1955 called to her Heavenly home our beloved coaborer DeLoca B. Pugh.
WHEREAS in her departure, we the Women of Rough Creek Presbyterian Church have lost a life-long faithful member of our organization.
We express our thanks giving to God for the life of this servant of the Lord and particularly for 
(1) Her faithful devotion to duty even in the time of difficulties;
(2) Her untiring efforts and loyalty to the church and for her example as a true disciple of the Lord.
Be It Further Resolved that we extend to her love ones our heartfelt sympathy and further, that these resolutions be recorded in the minutes of Women of the Church, also on our Seasonal Records.
Norma A. Taylor
WOC Rough Creek Presbyterian Church

Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA, Thursday, June 9, 1955.
Submitted by
:  Bea. Adams King

Few churches can claim a Pulpit Bible which was left hanging on the limb of a pine tree over 100 years ago.  Hermon Presbyterian Church of Charlotte County has in its possession a Pulpit Bible which was printed in 1834, and was in use during the War Between the States.
On the flyleaf at the front of the Bible the following information is recorded:  William C. Henry, Co., E, 4th Ft. Infantry, 2nd Brig., 2nd Div., 6th Army Corps, Residence: Rochester, Vermont, April 26th A.D. 1865.
On one of the pages between the Old and New Testaments the notation is made:  "Some good Yankee took this Bible out of Hermon Church and carried it about half mile distance and hung it on a small pine tree by the roadside.  Some good neighbor will take it back to its place." It is signed: "Some Good Yankee."
Members of the Hermon Church have verified the fact that a contingent of Union soldiers was encamped near the Church about the close of the War.  The natural assumption, then, is that Wm. S. Henry was the "good Yankee" who took the Bible away, and left it hanging over the limb of a pine tree near the roadside.  Nothing however, is known as to the "good neighbor" who returned it to its place.
The Appomattox Presbyterian

Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA, Thursday, October 3, 1946.
Submitted by
:  Bea. Adams King

The Sunday morning services of the Harrisonburg Baptist Church will be broadcast each Sunday in October over Radio Station W8VA, Dial 1550.  The Rev. Lynn Dickerson, pastor of the church who will deliver the sermon is the son of Mr. Floyd Dickerson of Drakes Branch.

Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, April 4, 1940
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King
Old Charlotte  (Taken from the Gazette files of 54 years ago)

Roanoke Presbytery

This body met at Clarksville on the 8th.  The inductory sermon was preached by Rev. L.A. McLean.  Rev. R.C. Anderson was chosen moderator.
Arrangements were made for the installation, of Rev. Mr. McMurray at Roanoke Church on the 5th.  Sunday in October, Rev. H.A. Brown to preach the sermon, J.A. Scott, Jr., to give the charge, Rev. J.H. Davis to address the congregation.
There was a call presented by the churches in this village and at Drakes Branch for the ministerial services of Rev. J.P. Gammon, of Asheville, N.C.
A call was presented from Briery Church for the pastoral services of John E. Wool, a licentiate of E. Hanover Presbytery.
Rev. J.A. Scott, Jr. and Elder Robert Boyd, of Hermon Church, were appointed commissioners to the General Assembly at St. Louis in May.  Rev. H.A. Brown and O.C. Lark of Hat Creek, alternates.
The next meeting is held with Hat Creek Church, Wednesday be-for the 2nd Sabbath in April 1887.

Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, June 15, 1944
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

Miss Roberts Here To Conduct Bible School

The Union Daily Vacation Bible School began on Monday of this week at the Drakes Branch Methodist Church.  The enrollment on the first day was thirty-eight, and new pupils have been added each day since then.  The school conducts four departments and provides instructions for children from the age of three through fourteen.  All those who can attend the remaining ????.
The staff of members is composed of the following persons: Beginners department, Mrs. A.H. Hamilton and Mrs. Frank Milton; primary department, Mrs. William McKinney and Miss Doris Blanks; junior department, Mrs. Gordon Bass and Miss Peggy Clements; intermediate department, Miss Irene Roberts, who is also directing the school.  The music and hymnology is being taught by Miss Ann Jackson and Miss Betty Friend.  The Reverend George Orser is assisting with recreation and worship.

Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, June 8, 1944
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

Baptism Administered To 5th Generation Sunday

Masters Peyton Rice III and ? ? Rice, little sons of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Peyton Rice, formerly of this county and now of Danville, were baptized at the Charlotte Court House Methodist Church last Sunday morning by the Reverend George H. Orser, pastor of the church. They represent the 5th generation of a family which has been closely associated with the ? of that church from an early age.  Mr. William Smith, from whom the children are directly descended established the connection with the church by giving the land on which the church now stands five generations ago.  Mr. William A. Smith, his son, served as a steward in this church for fifty years.  His daughter, Sallie Bacon Smith, married David Rice, who also became steward in the church as well as ? school superintendent. Peyton Rice, his son, was a lifetime member of the Charlotte Court House Methodist Church, holding same offices previously held by his father, Charles Peyton Rice, Jr., son and father of the children baptized on Sunday, joined this church as a young man and was an active member in it until he moved to Danville, where he is now steward at the Mount Vernon Methodist Church of that city.  The Smith-Rice family is still closely associated with the Charlotte Court House Methodist Church in the person of Mrs. W.G. Williams, a member of the church and the great aunt of the little Rice boys.

Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Smithville, VA., Thursday, December 14, 1899
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

New Church Edifice
The Baptist church, recently organized at Drakes Branch, are making arrangements for the erection of a church edifice on a lot presented to them by Mr. Geo. B. Russell, not far from the residence of Mr. L.S. Jackson.  The contractor is Mr. W.G. Thompson. The building is to be 40 by 60 feet, and the plan is to be a duplicate of the edifice erected for the Staunton Hill Baptist church.  We understand the work is to be commenced soon after Christmas.

Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, April 5, 1928.
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

Spring Creek 11 a.m. Topic, "New Hope."
Drakes Branch 7:30 p.m. Topic: "I Am He That Liveth."  Special music has been arranged.
On account of Easter sermon series on Grace has been postponed.
All are cordially invited to worship with us.  
GEO. R. PANKEY, Pastor

Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Charlotte Court House, VA., Thursday, June 26, 1873.
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

A COUNTRY CHURCH -- Some seven or eight miles southwesterly from the Courthouse, stands an old church.  Beneath the shade of spreading trees, in a most quiet spot near where two ways meet, this building known as "Reese's church," remains a monument of the christian feeling of other days.  The flock that once gathered here, known as Christians, have been scattered by the vicissitudes of years. The community in which it stands enjoys religions privileges but seldom.  By request, we have an appointment there on every fourth Sabbath evening of the month.  An attentive and evidently appreciative audience was gathered there on Sabbath evening last.  From our first visit there, we felt that sacred memories were clustered around the place; and we can only say if the impression left upon other minds was as pleasant as upon our own, the service of the last Sabbath was not without profit.

Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Charlotte Court House, VA., Thursday, June 5, 1873.
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

LOCKED OUT -- We understand that the doors of the building used as a place of worship by the M.E. colored church in this village, was closed last Sunday against the new pastor, Rev. Mr. Brown.  Mr. B. comes among us highly endorsed as a gospel, not a political preacher.  The act above alluded to was done by some of the admirers of Mr. Henderson, who took this method to show their disapproval of his removal by the bishop.

Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, October 19, 1944.
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

New Pastor For Charlotte Methodist CircuitAt the concluding session of the Virginia Methodist Conference on Monday of this week it was announced that the Reverend J.W. Bouldin of Hampden-Sidney, has been appointed to the Charlotte Methodist Circuit and that the present pastor, the Reverend George H. Orser, will become assistant pastor at Greene Memorial Church in Roanoke.  Mr. and Mrs. Bouldin will arrive in Drakes Branch on November 2nd, and Mr. Bouldin will preach at the Court House and Lebanon Methodist Church on the first Sunday of the month.  Mr. Orser will meet his regular appointments this Sunday, at Hebron in the morning and at Drakes Branch at night, and will assume his duties in Roanoke on the fifth Sunday in October.

Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, April 25, 1946.
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

Services at Hebron
Mr. Bouldin is planning to preach at Hebron at 11 A.M. and Drakes Branch 7:30 P.M.
His Hebron sermon will be to the children and he will present a copy of the Gospel of Matthew to every child who attends Sunday School and preaching.

Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, October 19, 1944.
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

Revival To Begin At Cullen Sunday, Oct. 22
The Cullen Revival will begin next Sunday, October 22, at 8 p.m.  Rev. R.P. Welch, of Darlington Heights, will be the visiting minister. We ask for the prayers of all Christian people in behalf of the meeting.  We hope all who possibly can will attend. -- G.A. Harris

Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, October 19, 1944.
Submitted By
:  Bea Adams King

Dr. J.B. Massey To Preach At Village Church Sunday
At Village Church next Sunday morning, the sacrament of Infant Baptism will be administered.  Dr. J.B. Massey will preach. -- A.C. Hopkins. 

Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, April 11, 1946.
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

New Hope Young People Society Organized
The young people of New Hope community met at New Hope Church March 29, at 8 p.m. with Rev. Frank Blake for the purpose of organising (organizing) a young People's Society.  The following officers were elected:
President, Iris Green; vice president, Mrs. Bessie Mason; secretary and treasurer, Frances Tucker; reporter, Lois Watts; adult counselor, Mrs. C.J. Tharp.
The following committees were appointed:
Recreation chairman, Peggy Tucker; program chairman, Verna Mae Powell.
The society will meet every first and third Friday night at 7:30 p.m.  A cordial invitation is extended to all.  We need your presence so come and be with us.
Lois Watts, reporter.

Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday,  April 4, 1946.
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

Presbyterian Services At Wylliesburg Sunday
There will be services in the new Presbyterian Church at Wylliesburg Sunday, April 7th, at 3 o'clock p.m.  Rev. C.H. Watts will use as the subject of his sermon "Christ Provides But Man Refuses."  Everyone is invited to attend this service.
The members of the Presbyterian church wish to use the Gazette as a medium to express their sincere gratitude to the Baptist for the use of their church while the Presbyterian church was under construction, also for the fine spirit of cooperation and volunteer contributions towards the erection of their new church.

Newspaper:  The Charlotte Gazette, Smithville, VA., Thursday, November 2, 1944
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

Rev. and Mrs. Bouldin Now At Parsonage
Rev. George H. Orser, who has been the pastor of the Charlotte Methodist Church for the past three years, with his wife and children left last week for Roanoke, where he will be assistant pastor of Green Memorial Methodist Church.  Rev. and Mrs. J.W. Bouldin moved into the parsonage today (Thursday).  The new pastor is no stranger to us.  For four years, 1937-41, he lived in the county as pastor of the Prince Edward Methodist Circuit, and his father, who was E.E. Boudlin, attorney at law, Danville, was captain of the Charlotte Calvary during the Civil War.  Mr. Bouldin will fill the regular first Sunday appointments of the Circuit November 5th.

Newspaper:  The Charlotte Gazette, Smithville, VA., Thursday, April  12,  1893
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

Sketch of Bethlehem Church
Rev. Jas. Douglas was a prime mover in the establishment of Bethlehem church.  While preaching at Briery he had an appointment at the "old free church," called "Welsh Tract," near the location of the present edifice.  A great revival under his ministrations at Briery extended to this neighborhood, and the building which has recently been torn down was erected and dedicated by him in 1828.  At this time, Presbyterians in this vicinity held their membership at Briery.
In 1829, Rev. Wm. S. Plummer, pastor at Briery, who lived within two miles of Bethlehem, had an evening appointment here.  About this time Dr. Plummer removed to Petersburg.  A work of grace began in the school taught by J.W. Parker, at Mr. Nicholas Edmunds', resulting in many conversions.  In 1833, West Hanover Presbyterian, at request of several members of Briery, appointed Revs. Isaac Coe and J.H.C. Leach, a committee to organize a church at Bethlehem, which was done on the 2d of August, 1834, with 29 members enrolled; Messrs. Watkins Dupuy and Thos. Jackson being the first elders. 
Rev. Isaac Coe was stated supply from 1830 to 1840, the membership increasing to 52.  Rev. Samuel L. Graham, D.D., supplied the church from 1841 to 1848.  He was a popular preacher and drew large congregations and through his influence a division between the old and new school parties was prevented.  From 1848 to 1856, Rev. Samuel J. Price filled the pulpit, giving half his time to Concord, doing efficient work.  In 1857-8 John B. Shearer, now President of Davidson College, then a licentiate student of Union Theo. Seminery, was supply, and the church was much strengthened by addition of many young members.
During 1859-60, Prof. Henry Snyder, of Hampden Sidney College, and Rev. Sidney Murkland, were the preachers, and Rev. Dr. Thos. E. Peck was a supply during nearly all the year 1861.  Dr. Peek was earnestly solicited to continue his labors, but declined, urging that a pastor was needed.  Through his advice and influence, the first pastor, Rev. John H. Davis, was installed in 1862.  During his pastorate, which terminated by his removal to another field in 1874, the membership of the church was nearly doubled.  From 1874 to 1877, the church was supplied by students of Union Theo. Seminary, among whom were Rev. S.H. Chester, now Sec. of Foreign Mission Board of Southern Presbyterian church, John C. Mallory, McGilvery, McDonald and others.
In 1877, Rev. Jas. R. Crews was stated supply till 1879, when he was installed pastor in connection with Buffalo church.  He resigned in 1884; an addition of 42 members was had under his ministry.  Rev. Dr. Jas. Fair Latimer served a while as supply, and was installed as pastor in June 1885.  Mr. P.C. Clark, a student was an assistant for nearly a year.  In 1887, licentiate W.W. Carson was engaged as supply in connection with Buffalo and was soon after settled as pastor, resigning May 1893.  During his ministry, 14 members were received by certificate, 12 on examination, 5 adults and 15 children being baptized.
The Ruling Elders have been Messrs. Watkins Dupuy, Thos. Jackson, Henry E. Scott, John N. Edmunds, H.T. Anderson, Wm. Morton, C.T. Anderson, Robt. Daniel and D. Maloney, the last six of whom are still living.  The present Deacons are F.L. Anderson, H.F. Anderson and J.L. Price.
The old church edifice was taken down, and a new one erected in the fall and winter of 1893-4.  Services were to have been held Feb. 25, 1894, but owing to severe storm they were postponed till April 1, when they were held.  Rev. Dr. W.W. Moore, of Union Theo. Seminery (Seminary), preaching the dedication sermon.

Newspaper:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, August 24, 1944
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

Cub Creek Records Taken To Seminary
The relics of Old Cub Creek Church were taken to Richmond Tuesday by T. Roy Adams, and placed at the Theological Seminary there to be preserved.  The building, the oldest Presbyterian Church in the county, dedicated in 1738, was burned several years ago, while being repaired.  The 1838 edition of the Bible, the pulpit cushion upon which it rested, and the collection baskets had been taken out by T. Roy Adams, an Elder of the church, and therefore saved.  The communion set was not destroyed, and was taken to Richmond some time ago.
A granite marker was placed at the church site a few years ago by the Charlotte County Branch of the Virginia Society for the preservation of Antiquities, with appropriate services, Dr. Lingle of Richmond making the leading address.

Source:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, December 10, 1925
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

A brief notice of the Centennial Celebration of "Village Church" Charlotte Courthouse, November 29, 1925; appeared in last week's issue of The Gazette, with the promise of a fuller account this week.
For the benefit of those in the County and elsewhere, who are interested and may wish a permanent record of the occasion, the following account is given, the historical part being mostly a summary of the address delivered by Rev. W. McC. Miller, Sunday afternoon.
The celebration began Saturday evening with a social feature, a reception from 6 o'clock to 9 o'clock given by the congregation, at the Manse, to the former pastors and their wives.  These receiving the guests were Mrs. A.C. Hopkins, Mrs. Sallie Norvell, Miss Bessie Daniel, Mrs. W.H. Smith, Mrs. C.M. Hutcheson, Mrs. W.T. Ramsey, Mrs. C.R. Gibbs, Miss Annie Watkins and Miss Annie Read. The Manse was exquisitely decorated in ferns and cut flowers and a delightful supper was served.
The next day was bright, beautiful and cool.  The exercise consisted of three services, morning, afternoon and evening, and were attended by thoroughly interested congregations.  Invitations had been sent to all whose names appear on the Church register.  To descendants of former pastors and other interested friends.  Special invitations were sent to the Cub Creek Congregation, the Mother of this church and to Drakes Branch congregation, which since the days of Dr. Reed, has formed with this church, one pastorals. 
??????? congregations responded and worshiped with us.
The services were of a very high order, solemn, joyous and inspiring.  The sermon Sunday morning was by Rev. W.H.T. Squires, D.D., of Norfolk, Virginia.  It presented in forceful, interesting terms the debt Civil Government owes the Church of Jesus Christ.  
The historic address in the afternoon by Rev. W. McC. Miller, who was pastor of this church from 1893 to 1905, was most interesting and instructive.
The evening sermon by Rev. Cochran Preston, pastor from 1913 to 1920, was appropriate and helpful.  This was followed by the Communion, administered by Mr. Miller and Mr. Preston.

The complete program of the day was as follows:
Holy, Holy, Holy - Choir
Invocation - Rev. Cochran Preston
Hymn 196 - "All Hail the Power of Jesus Name."
Prayer - Rev. Wm. McC. Miller
Word of Welcome - Judge R.F. Hutcheson
Offertory - "Consider and Hear Me"
Hymn 531 - "The Church's One Foundation."
Sermon _ Rev. W.H. Squires, D.d.
Text: "Righteousness Exaltheth a Nation."
Hymn 538 - "Sion Stands With Hills Surrounded."
Praye (Prayer): - Rev. B.F. Bedinger

Hymn 606 - "I Love Thy Kingdom Lord."
Prayer - Rev. F. Marion Dick
Anthem - "Nearer My God ToThee" Drakes Branch Quartet
Responses to Invitations
Hymn 325 - "How Firm a Foundation."
Historical Address - Rev. W. McC. Miller
Prayer - Rev. J.S. Watt
Hymn 666 - "O God the Rock of ??????????????

Hymn ? - "Abide With Me."
Payer - Rev. W.H.T. Squires.
Anthem - "God So Loved the  World, choir.
Hymn 323 - "Love Divine."
Sermon - Rev. Cochran Preston Text: "This is Jesus The King of The Jews."
hymn 553 - "Break Thou the Bread of Life."
Prayer - Rev. W. McC. Miller
Hymn 608 - "Blest Be the Tie That Binds."

The Pioneer efforts which led to the establishment of churches of the Presbyterian faith in this section of Virginia are generally credited to Rev. Samuel Davies, one of the greatest names in the early history of American Presbyterianism.  We read that he came to Hanover County in 1747, and that in addition to serving seven regular preaching points he made Missionary Excursions over a wide territory and founded a number of the oldest Presbyterian churches in what is now known as Southside Virginia.  Among those was Cub Creek Church, organized about 1750.  Prior to that time, in 1738, colony of Scotch-Irish had been established in this community under the leadership of John Caldwell, grandfather of the south Carolina Statesman, John Caldwell Calhoun, and a preaching point had been in existence at Cub Creek before the formal organization it was in Lunenburg County (from which Charlotte was cut off in 1765) and belonged to the Presbytery of New Brunswick, in the Synod of New York.
Like Cub Creek, Charlotte Courthouse was a preaching point for the Presbyterian Ministers of that day long before there was a regular church organization, just how long is not definitely known.  In 1817 the "Court House Tract", belonging to the estate of Col. Thomas Read, was first subdivided into village lots and sold at auction.  On the plat of the town recorded at that time in the proceedings of the County, Court, the Church Lot" is shown in its present location and the surveyor's notes state that it contains one acre, and "the center of the church is the center of the acre."  Among the noted preachers, who are known to have preached here in this early period, are Archibald Alexander, Found of Princeton Seminary; John Holt Rice, founder of Union Theological Seminary; Nash Legrand and Clement Read.  The first building on this site was torn down in 1834 to be replaced by the present building.
The minutes of Hanover Presbyterian show that a meeting held at Hampden Sydney College in October, 1825, a petition from certain members of the Cub Creek congregation was presented, praying that a church be organized at Charlotte Courthouse, and that Rev. John D. Paxton was appointed to organize the said congregation.  This duty he performed at a congregational meeting held in the "Brick Church" on November 12, 1825.  The name, "Village Church", by which it has been ever since known, was adopted at this meeting.  Thirty-one persons from Cub Creek, three from Briery, and two from the Chaney Congregation were enrolled as charter members.  The first pastor was Rev. James W. Alexander, son of the Archibald Alexander already mentioned; then a young man, but destined to become famous, like his father, as an educator and preacher.  In the first decade the membership of the church more than doubled.  Between 1855 and 1865 it increased to nearly 200, but this is accounted for by the fact that a special effort was apparently made about this period to have the negro slaves unite with the white churches, and great numbers of them were received into membership.
After the war, the negroes were dismissed to form churches of their own.  The sessional records are complete from the date of organization to the present time, and contain much that might be of interest to the present generation, but in the limits of this article it is not possible to do more than give a list of the Pastors with the dates of their service, and the Ruling Elders with the dates of their ordination.


1.    Rev. James W. Alexander, D.D.; 1826-1828
2.    Rev. Anrew (Andrew maybe) Hart, 1830-1847
3.    Rev. John H. Rice, Jr., D.D.; 1850-1854
4.    Rev. Edward P. Terhune, D.D.; 1856-1859
5.    Rev. Henry C. Alexander, D.D.; 1861-1870
6.    Rev. Wm. R. Atkinson, 1870-1875
7.    Rev. R.C. Read, D.D.; 1877-1885
8.    Rev. James P. Gammon, D.D.; 1886-1889
9.    Rev. Wm. H. Davis, 1890-1893
10.  Rev. Wm. McC. Miller, 1893-1905
11.  Rev. Rev. Robt. L. McNair, D.D.; 1906-1912
12.  Rev. Cochran Preston, 1913-1920
13.  Rev. Philip A. Michel, 1922-1923
14.  Rev. Abner C. Hopkins, D.D.; 1924

George C. Friend, J. Thomas Marshall and J.H. Marshall, 1825
Dr. P.C. Venable and Col. J.P. Marshall, 1827
A.C. Morton, 1828
Charles Hutcheson, 1835
A.A. Lyle, L.B. Hagerman and David Comfort, 1841
J.J. Wood, 1851
Wm. G. Friend and Wm. Wirt Henry, 1856
Jno. N. Schmidth, J.W. Marshall, T.J. Spencer and W.W. Read, 1862
J.W. Daniel, 1867
R.H. Gaines, 1878
Samuel P. Daniel and Horace P. Lacy, 1879
William G. Spencer, 1887
Robt. F. Hutcheson, Sr., 1891
John W. Eggleston and Thomas F. Watkins, 1894
J. Cullen Carrington, Wm. H. Smith, Sr., Robert F. Hutcheson, Jr., J. Flood Morton, Wm. H. Smith, Jr.

 At present the church has 106 resident members, and is organized as follows:

1.    The Session: Rev. A.C. Hopkins, Moderator: R.F. Hutcheson, Clerk; Walter G. Williams, J. Flood Morton, W.H. Smith, Jr., Thomas F. Watkins
2.    The Deacons: C.M. Hutcheson, C.C. Griffeth, E.D. Robertson, Yancey Robertson
3.    The Sunday School: C.M. Hutcheson, Superintendent: Yancey Robertson, Assistant Superintendent; Miss Dell Wright, Secretary-Treasurer
4.    The Woman's Auxiliary: Mrs. C.M. Hutcheson, President
5.    The Ladies Aid Society: Mrs. J.?. Norvell, President

Village Church contributed to all causes last year, over $5,800.00 of which $3,300 was for benevolence.

Newspaper:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, December 10, 1925
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

At a congregational meeting of the Presbyterian Church last Sunday, the following Trustees were elected:

F.T. MiltonR.B. Jackson and D.W. Berger.  These were, on Monday, appointed by Judge Hutcheson to serve in this capacity.
This addition gives the church five Trustees, the other two being J.B. Friend and T.W. Friend.

Newspaper:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, October  22, 1925
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King


Rev. F. Marion Dick will begin a series of services at Crab Orchard Chapel the fourth Sunday night, October 25th.  We request the prayers of the whole community and earnestly desire the cooperation of all those who are interested in the cause of Christ and the salvation of Souls.

Newspaper:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, May 25, 1933
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

Sunday School 10:00 A.M.
Young People's League 7:30 p.m.
NOTICE -- There will be a special Memorial Service in this church Sunday at 11:00 A.M.  At this service special recognition will be given to the late Dr. Hugh A. Brown who rendered 52 years of untiring service to this church.
It is hoped that every friend of Mr. Brown's will be present at this service.

Newspaper:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, March 30, 1933
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

Rev. W.A. Jeffreys, Pastor
The Second Quarterly Conference of the Charlotte Circuit, Methodist Church will be held at Lebanon Church on next Monday, April 3rd.  Rev. R.T. Waterfield, Presiding Elder, will preach at 11 o'clock.  Dinner will be served by ladies of the church, after which the Quarterly Conference will be held.  All the stewards from Charlotte C.H., Drakes Branch, Hebron and Lebanon are urged to be present to attend to the business of the church, and to bring up finances on pastor's salary.

Newspaper:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, March 30, 1933
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King

The choir of Bethel Baptist Church will furnish special music at the 11 o'clock service at Phenix Methodist Church Sunday morning.  Dr. Waterfield, the presiding elder will preach.
The second quarterly conference will be held at the parsonage on Monday night at 7:30.  This is very important--all church members and officers are urged to attend.  We have good news from the Board of Church Extension.  Come and learn the report.

Newspaper:  The Charlotte Gazette, Drakes Branch, VA., Thursday, March 3, 1932
Submitted By:  Bea Adams King


Grace Episcopal Church Was One of Oldest in Charlotte County
Grace Episcopal Church, one of the oldest churches in Charlotte County, was destroyed by fire here Tuesday afternoon.  All efforts to save the church's furniture and other equipment proved futile, as the flames had gained such headway when it was discovered the building was burning that it was impossible to gain entrance to the burning structure.
Flames that cut a path from a pile of burning leaves in a nearby lot was given as the cause of the fire.  A bucket brigade was formed by men and high school boys, but the fire had grown to such proportions that their efforts to check it had little effect.
There is only one other Episcopal Church in Charlotte county, that being located at Keysville. The church was erected at Charlotte Courthouse prior to the Civil War, and was moved to Drakes Branch in the seventies.
The building was partially covered by insurance.  The total amount of the loss sustained by the congregation was not learned.