|Birth: ||Jan. 1, 1799|
|Death: ||Apr. 29, 1864|
North Carolina, USA
OBIT - Obituary of Elder Parrott MEWBORN
In memory of Brother MEWBORN. He was born on Falling Creek in Lenoir County, NC, on the first day of January 1799, and was raised by his mother (his Father died when he was about nine years old). He lived in Lenoir County until he was married and had two or three children. Then he sold his land and moved with his wife and children and servants to his plantation on Tyson's Marsh in Greene County, NC where he lived comfortably to the time of his death which took place on the 29th of April, 1864.
He and his wife raised ten children of their own, five sons and five daughters and some orphaned children.
Elder MEWBORN was the son of Parrott MEWBORN and Lydia, his wife.
It was said of Elder MEWBORN when a young man that he "was a likely young man with an old man's head." He was very steady, well favored, large, strong and fleshy, weighing about 212 lbs., about five feet and 5 or 6 inches high. He kept his flesh and weight to the time of his last sickness which was inflamation of the throat and billious fever. He was very ingenious, knowing how to do different kinds of work, though farming was his trade. He read a great deal, espcially the Bible. His manner in life was plain, easy and peaceable.
Elder MEWBORN was received a member of the Church at Bear Creek, August Meeting, 1824, and was baptized by Elder Lewis Whitfield who was pastor of the church at that time. He remained with the Church at Bear Creek (and preached his first sermon there from the 12th chapter and latter part of the 19 verse of Hosea. "Israel served for a wife and for a wife he kept sheep") until the Church at MEWBORN's Meeting House was built. Then he with a number of others moved their membership there (see page 18) and remained there up to the time of his death. He was the pastor of the said church and Bear Creek up to the time of his death. He also traveled and preached a good deal, as long as he could go.
He had a very plain experience of Grace and a very plain call to the ministry. He preached the work of Grace as plain and as strong as any preacher I ever heard. He was a firm believer in Revelation. Many things were revealed to him both natural and spiritual.
Old preachers said he understood the prophecies better than any man they ever heard. He seemed to have a clear view of the war many years before it came, and spoke of it and the troubles of it in his preaching. For this and many other things, he was persecuted, but he told them if they did not believe it they would feel it. And, so they did and them that believed too. The War came and was going on heavy at the time of his death. He greatly felt it for he had four sons and two sons-in-law in it. There was not one of them at home to nurse him or to see him buried. Then the persecutors turned their tale and said, "We believe Elder MEWBORN told the truth."
He lived to see many of his views fulfilled which he spoke of and some are not yet fulfilled. I believe they will come to pass just as true as the War came and other things.
He wrote several pieces which were published in the PRIMITIVE BAPTIST, a paper that was then Edited by Elder Temple. The first one was in the 18th Volume, 1854 11th No. The second one was in the 18th Vol, 17th No. The third one in 18th Volume, 22nd No. The fourth on in the 20th Vol. 15th No. The fifth one in the 21st Vol, No 21.
He left a widow and seven children, relatives and friends and churches to mourn their loss, and they greatly feel it.
Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth, yea saith the Spirit that they may rest from their labors and their works do follow them. Done by order of the Church Saturday before the second Sunday in September, 1873.
T. W. Wells, Mod.
J. MEWBORN, Clerk
MEWBORN Church Records - Book 1, pages 73, 74, 75
This basic information was also printed in THE PRIMITIVE BAPTIST, Vol 26, 30 July 1864, No 8 and was written by L. J. H. MEWBORN.
There was also an OBIT in the Primitive or Old School Baptist Ministers of the United States, edited by R. H. Pittman - p 174 Parrott MEWBORN wrote a long article for Zion's Landmark which was printed Vol. 18 No 17 28 July 1854 and reprinted Vol LVI No 14, 1 June 1923 pages 209 - 217. Most of the article regards his religious experiences and is too long to print. He does states he was born at Falling Creek of parents, grandparents who were all Baptist of the Primitive Order. He gave his birth date and stated he was nine years old when his father died. His education was small and obtained in a log cabin but "when work was in rotation I received a liberal share". In 1825 he sold his farm in Lenoir County and moved to Greene County, about five miles, a place he referred to as a place of iniquity. He considered selling the farm but decided instead to become a Primitive Baptist minister to change his neighbors.
The church was named in his honor. A school was built for the family and the neighborhood children which was consolidated with the Snow Hill School in the mid twenties.
According to an article by his sons, D. A. and L. J. H. MEWBORN, his grandchildren were educated - 11 were teachers, one a doctor, two were lawyers and one the president of a large bank.
The old home built by Parrott and his wife was burned in 1975.
Four of their sons fought in the Civil War - Joshua was in the 40th. Regiment, Artillery; Parrott III was in the 30th. Regiment, Infantry; Drewry Aldridge was in the 47th. Regiment, Infantry; and Levi Jesse Hardy was in the 61st Regiment, Infantry. Parrott died before his sons returned from war.
In a letter dated Feb'y 18th 1864 Parrott said "I have delayed longer than I ought to have done, all my sons are gone into the army and one, Drewry Aldridge, was taken a prisoner. I saw him last winter in Virginia, in the coldest spell of weather that we had during that winter, and he had not time to smoke his hands over the fire,, while weighing out the rations, and it was distressing to hear the poor soldiers coughing and groaning through the long cold nights, and there were about twenty new cases of the sick, the morning I left and my son among them in the 47th. Regiment. I have one son in the 30th Regiment in Northern Virginia, and all the first of the fall and winter without a blanket or tent until he got sick and had to go to the hospital and there the kind Doctors let him come home a short time and get some clothing. It is hard times in Northern Virginia for the soldiers. We have two more sons, one at Brandy Water Ferry near Black Water, Virginia, in the 61st Regiment. They were at Charleston, South Carolina, about 150 days, where it has been thundering and lightening and hailing iron for more than 200 days and an earthquake; and a plague of lice, fleas, sand flies, and mosquitoes, but like the Primitive Baptist never make war or cause there to be war, but always have to fight their Country's battles."
Ima Eula Mewborn
Mary Polly Aldridge Mewborn (1802 - 1881)
Temesia Ann Mewborn Hardy (1822 - 1904)*
Drewry Aldridge Mewborn (1840 - 1928)*
North Carolina, USA
Plot: Row 5 Grave 21
Created by: Andrea Winstead
Record added: Jan 14, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 46683900
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