|Blue Springs (Screven County)|
|Cemetery notes and/or description:|
The "Old Site" of North Newington Baptist Church and Cemetery is about seven miles east of the Town of Newington. The "Old Site" of the church had been established in southeastern Screven County at Rooty Branch (a small tributary to the Savannah River) near Sand Pond by about 1803. The church did not move the nearly five miles WNW to the "New Site" until 1878-1879. The Georgia Historical Commission erected this sign (124-14) at the "New Site" in 1959:
This church was constituted at Newington Plantation, Chatham County, 1793, in home of Thomas Polhill. Meetings alternated between the Polhill home near Goshen settlement and the Fox Family home near King's Bridge on the Ogeechee River until 1797. The first meeting house, called Bethel, was built at King' Bridge, 1797. In 1802 it removed to Newington Plantation. Members met in conference at Rooty Branch Church, Screven County, an arm of Black Swamp Baptist Church, South Carolina, 1803 to 1806, where they resolved to meet in the future at this house. In 1826 the name was changed to Newington, Screven County, and in 1852 to North Newington. In 1879 the church was moved to the present site. Affiliated with Carolina Assn. at first, then the Savannah River Assn. in 1802, the Sunbury Assn. in 1830, this chuch has been a member of the Baptist Middle Assn. since 1841. Early officers were:
Pastors, John Goldwire, Henry Hand, John L. Southwell, Isaac Nichols, Wm. W. Lee, William Spiers.
Deacons, Thos. Polhill, Wm. Mathers, Benj. Fox, Josiah Fox, James Goldwire, Daniel Dampiers, Paul B. Colson.
Clerks, David Fox, Thos. Fox, Henry W. Williams, James Goldwire, Paul B. Colson.
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