Flat Shoals Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery

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Flat Shoals Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery
Also known as:  Smith Cemetery

  • Troup County, Georgia, USA
    Latitude: 32.9039, Longitude: -84.9669
  • 202 Memorials added (78% photographed)

Shortly after the organization of Troup County, a stalwart band of religious and God-fearing people, desiring to promote and build in this community, a church devoted to the true worship of God, congregated themselves together, twelve in number, and organized on the 11th day of February 1829, this church, known as "Smith's Meeting House". The name was changed to "Flat Shoals Meeting House" on February 2, 1830. The land on which to build the first house of worship was purchased and the deed secured in the month of August, 1833. Although the power was invested in the Deacons to build, or arrange to build, a house of worship in the year 1832, the house was erected sometime between the years 1832 and 1836 and was located about seven or eight hundred feet west of the present building. Since history records so few institutions, found by such a small band of people, that have endured for 150 years, this brief history would be incomplete without the names of those twelve people who formed themselves into a presbytery and constituted this church. Males: Benjamin Smith, Tinsley Smith, Isreal Gamble, and George, a man of color. Females: Winnifer Smith, Nancy Posey, Polly Smith, Levina Smith, Polly Heath, Nancy Gamble, Berena Smith, and Jane Gamble. The original building was only one half the size of the present building. The rear portion of the church was at one time a meeting house at Old Troup Factory. It was moved, intact, and attached to the original building. The ceiling was hauled, by wagon, from the mountains of North Georgia and the sills which support the church are hand-hewn from heart timber. A total of 21 ministers have served as pastors of this church during it's 150 year existence. A few of the names are: Elders - Cooper, Caldwell, Higgenbothem, Bazemore, Thrash, Prather, Riner, O'Neal, Seckinger, Jackson, Mims, Mullis, Corley. Among the deacons who served are: Benjamin Smith, Israel Gamble, Obediah Satterwhite, Thomas Floyd, Elijah Satterwhite, A.B. Hunger, E. J. O'Neal, Ennis F. O'Neal, Lewis Hart, Ulver Perdue, Guy Swanson, Joe Jackson and Paul W. Williamson. Others whose labors and prayers helped to hold the church together during the century and a half, and whose names should not be forgotten are: Carter, White, Hardy, Ficklin, Colquitt, Willingham, Thompson, Sturdivant, Bass, Wright, Floyd, and many, many more.

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GPS Coordinates: 32.9039, -84.9669

  • Added: 30 Dec 2005
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