|281 Stoney Creek School Road|
North Carolina USA
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From Caswell County Historical Assn. on Facebook:
Locust Hill United Methodist Church is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year. Mrs. Lelia Williamson (1889-1976), a charter member, wrote a history for The Caswell Messenger in 1935:
Rev. Rowe was a Methodist circuit rider who, after the death of his wife, decided to go back to is native home in Missouri. He left a deed to Dr. James Williamson for one acre of land, which he owned near the Bethesda Presbyterian Church (at the time called Jack's Fork) to be used as a site upon which to build a Methodist church. In 1884, a group of Methodists living in Locust Hill, to whom the property was given, decided this was not the proper location for a church. After cutting off the timber on the land, they sold the lot to Stephen Siddle for $100. This money was used to buy materials for the new Locust Hill Church. Sunday School was then being held in the old Stephen Neal storehouse, which was owned by J. B. Worsham (and later by Herbert White in 1946). There was a large oak tree under which an arbor was erected, and slabs brought in to make seats.
Rev. V. A. Sharp, pastor of the Yanceyville Circuit, conducted a meeting, during which it was decided to erect a church. Sharp preached until the church was completed. Dr. Grandison gave the present site, but failed to present the title before his death. Mr. and Mrs. Charles J. Yarbrough later came into possession of the property, and gave the Methodists a deed for three acres. Aurelius Turner gave some poplar trees to make into seats, but they were so large they had to be quartered to fit into the mill. These benches were later sold, and replaced with new ones from Snow Lumber Co. in High Point. The Turners, Worshams, Williamsons, and Graves contributed money, labor and material. Billy Fitzgerald, Wess Piper, Dick Blackwell, and William Reagan were the carpenters who erected the building, but it was several years later before the inside was completed. On Dec. 6, 1887, Rev. L. E. Thompson was sent as pastor to the Yanceyville Charge, and became the first pastor of Locust Hill Methodist Episcopal Church South. Locust Hill was for many years on the Yanceyville Circuit, with ministers serving five churches, Bethel, Locust Hill, Shady Grove, Prospect, and Yanceyville.
While there is some question about the names of the charter members of the church in 1887, Lelia Williamson said there were less than 20, including: Annie Brown, Mary B. Gwynn, Isabella Graves, George O. Graves, Molie W. Johnson (Craig), Marcus A. Turner, Mary A. Turner, Lelia Williamson, Martha Williamson, Betty Turner Gibbons, Jessie M. Yarbrough, John F. Manley, Thomas D. Worsham, and Laura V. Worsham.
Courtesy The Caswell Messenger (Yanceyville, North Carolina) 6 July 2011.