|Route 11 East & Friends Station Road|
Postal Code: 37820
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Lost Creek Monthly Meeting & FBG History
This area, now known as Lost Creek Monthly Meeting, about two miles west of New Market, was first inhabited about 1784, the area was referred to as "the waters of the Holston River". In 1797 The Society of Friends "set off" (established) the Lost Creek Monthly Meeting. The Lost Creek Friends Burial Ground (FBG) beginning would have also been about the same time, but is not known. Furthermore the Society of Friends did not use grave markers until the early to mid 1800's. The progress of Lost Creek prior to 1797:
1. Voluntary about 1786 under New Garden MM, Guilford Co., NC.
2. Then under Westfield MM, Surry Co., NC, 1786-1795.
3. Worship 1793, 03, 12
4. Preparative Meeting 1795, 09, 12.
5. John Mills donated the land where the Meetinghouse stands today, 1796, 5, 25.
The following is a short description of Lost Creek's beginning. The dates listed below, have been left in the traditional representation, Friends did not use a name for the month like May, but rather the number, 5 for May.
Lost Creek Monthly Meeting was "set off" the 20th of the 5th month, 1797, two miles west of the present town of New Market, Jefferson County, Tennessee. Nathan Hunt and Jacob Hunt were in attendance as representatives of New Garden Quarterly Meeting, N.C. Abraham Woodward and Sarah Mills were appointed clerks. Henry Thornbrough, Richard Hayworth, Mary Turner and Eleanor Sumner were appointed to attend the next session of the Quarterly Meeting at New Garden, N. C. At the monthly meeting held 23rd of 9th month, 1797, John Mills, Henry Thornbrough, Sarah Mills and Rachel Thornbrough, were chosen to serve as Elders.
The exact date of the settlement of Friends in the Holston River Valley is not known. John Mills and family are said to have been the earliest settlers and the date of arrival has been fixed as about 1784. The early Tennessee Quaker settlements in Greene and Jefferson counties were under the care of New Garden Monthly Meeting, N.C.
John & Sarah Mills, William & Rachel Beals, William & Margaret Hinshaw, William & Eleanor Sumner, Jesse & Hannah Baldwin, Jeremiah & Judith Horn, Moses & Hannah Ballenger, & Richard & Ann Haworth were the first Quaker settlers recorded 1792, 1, 21. The minutes relating to this transfer; state that the families were living on the waters of the Holston River and it was believed that it would be more convenient for them to belong to Westfield MM. Before granting these certificates New Garden Monthly Meeting assured itself that the lands on which the members were living had been purchased from the native Indian owners.