|Birth: ||Mar. 27, 1844|
|Death: ||Nov. 1, 1914|
Abraham Taylor was the oldest son of Peter Edward and Eliza Caroline Herndon. The Grandson of James Williams Revolionary Soldier. Through James any descendents can become a Daughter or Son in the DAR or SAR.
s: J.W. Costine Clerk of Antioch Church and D.C. Combee Deacon of Tapeway Church.
The Church at Green Pond Having been regularly Baptized upon a profession of our Father Jesus Christ, and having been organized once. We now agree to consecrate ourselves. More that__to the service of God and be more useful and to ___ more of the priviledges of Christians. We whose names are here unto annexed, do now agree to Recovennant the Green Pond Baptist Church. Coming together to try as best we can to keep house for God, by living together in Church Capacaty. To watch over each other for Good Pray with and for each other and endeavor administin Dicipline for the correction of ___members and we will endeavor to support some Baptist Ministers to preach for us as the Good Lord may enable us. As well as all other duties we to be ours, we will do as best we can the Lord--
By Relation A.T. Williams E.G. Williams
By Relation-R.W. Hammond P.M. William
By Letter H.L Meeks H.T. Knowles
Charter members of the ReCovennant of the Green Pond Baptist Church the (23) day of March in the year of our Lord 1902.
This is to certify that the undersign did witness the Recovennanting of the Green Pond Baptist Church. After which they extended the Right ___fellowship to each other and we take pleasure in Recommending them to the fellowhip or our Brethern March 23, 1902. A.T. Caddin Minister of the Gospel of the Missionary Baptist Denomination.
The Church then called R.T. Caddin to preach for them the ballance of the Associational year which ends the fourth Sunday in October 1902.
Green Pond Baptist Church Articles of Faith:
We believe in one true and living God. The Father Son and Holy Spirit equal in ever divine perfection.
We believe the Bible was written by men divinly inspired and is a perfect Treasure of heavenly instruction. That it reveals the princi;es by which God will Judge us.
We believe in a converted and regenerated Church membership.
We believe, that Baptist by emmersion is the only Baptist of the New Testament and believer are the only ones it should be applied to.
We believe the Lords Supper is a Church and not a kingdom___and none but believers Baptised are entitled to it.
We believe, that the Blessings of Salvation are made free to all people, through the Gospel. That nothing prevents the salvation of the Greatest Sinner on earth. Only his own voluntary refusal to submit to the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Principles of Green Pond Baptist Church:
1)The Churches is designed to be composed of regeneration persos, who have professed Faith in Christ and have been baptized.
2)The New Testment, the only rule of Faith and Practice.
3)The entire Separation of Church and State.
4)Civil and religious Liberty be granted to all people.
5)Church Government the Bretheren and Sisters Rule and Not Preachers.
Articles of Decorum or by laws of the Green Pond Baptist Church.
1)The regualr conferences of this church shall be held in Jan-April-July and October in each year and if necessary at such other times as circomstances may require.
2) Each conference shall be open and closed by divine worship.
3)Each conference shall be composed of not less than three orderly members of this church.
4)This church shall call some Baptist Minister of the Gospel to the care of church for the Term of one year.
5)At each confirmed moderation shall be appointed prievious to entering on business, if the Pastor is not present who if present shall all as moderation.
6)It shall be the duty of the moderator to explain if he can and put questions and take votes, but shall not vote himselp, except the body, voting be equaly divided.
7)in deciding matters by vote in this church a majority shall rule. Except on reveiving members in to the church and then the vote must be unamious.
8)Each brother in speaking on any subject in the conference of this church shall rise from his seat and address himselp to the modeerator and Brethren and he shall not be interupted while speaking unless he departs from the subject under consideration or exceed a reasonable length of time.
9)It is the duty of the members of this church to attend the monthly meeting of the conferences and if they fail they shall render their excuse to the brethren and sisters of the church.
10)If any Baptist minister comes in our __who are unknown to be a legal ordained minister. This church shall see his credentials_____can preach Baptist or set the Lords.
11)It is the duty of this church to appoint a clerk whose duty it is to keep a strict accounting of all the business of the church and read the Decorum quarterly and at such other times that it is called for.
12)This shall be the ______by laws of the Green Pond Baptist Church Subject to be changed as a majority of the members may see proper: The end
The Green Pond Baptist Church met and after preaching by Bro Caddin the Pastor the Aritcles of Faith and the principles of the Baptist and the aricles of De____was all read and adopted by the Church.
May 25, 1902
The following names appear for the above:
6/22/1902-member Rosa Raulerson-dead
By Statement-Pauline Meeks
10/25/1902 by baptism-Caroline Roberts-dead
By Baptism-Mary A. Moore-removed by Letter
By Baptism-Luda V. Woodard-dead
By Baptism-Charity L. Woodard-dead
By Statement-10/26/1902-Mary Woodard-Removed by letter
By Baptism 11/22/1902-Lula R. Lanier dead
By Baptism-Martha Williams-dead
By Baptism-Mary E. Williams-dead
By Baptism-Fannie L. Williams-dead
By Baptism-Carrie Williams-dead
By Baptism 2/26/1905-Georgia C. Hatcher-dead
By Relation-Tilda Combee-dead
By Baptism-Celia Moore Removed by letter
By Baptism-Violetta Roberts-Removed by letter
By Letter-Iola Yawn Removed by letter-dead
By Relations Emma Roberts-removed by letter
By Baptism-Maye Judy-dead
By Relation-Eliza Grimes-dead
By Baptism-Ethel Lanier-removed by letter
By Baptism-Fannie Hunt-dead
By Baptism-Elizabeth Roberts
By Baptism-Avalon Judy
By Baptism-Mollie Hunt-dismissed by letter
By Baptism-Nellie Lanier-dismissed by letter
By Baptism-Mirami Grimes-dimissed by letter
By Letter-Eunice Bird-removed by letter
By Letter-Violetta Grimes-dead
By Letter-Fannie Brown-removed by letter
By Letter-Dollie Bridges-removed by letter
By Baptism-Gladys Lanier
By Baptism-Martha ???
By Baptism-A.T. Williams-dead
By ???-R.W. Hammond-removed by letter
By ???-H.L. Meeks-dead
By ???-Henry Roberts-Excluded by church
By letter-William B. Judy
By Baptism-Thomas A. Woodard
By Baptism-Daniel W. Woodard-removed by letter
By statement-John Roberts-removed by letter-dead
By Statement-Benjamin Woodard-removed by letter-dead
By Baptism-John M. Lanier-dead
By Baptism-James W. Williams-dead
By letter-James Knowles-removed by letter-dead
By Statement-John L. Knowles-dead
By Baptism-Joseph Mizell-removed by letter
By Baptism-J.T. Hopson-dead
By Letter-F.W. Barber-removed by letter-dead
By Letter J. ?. Judy
By Letter R.J. Crews-
By Baptism-Jack Judy
By Baptism-Joel Grimes-dead
By Baptism-Winfield Judy
By Baptism-George Judy-dead
By Letter-G.C. Lanier-removed by letter
By Baptism-T.E. Meeks-dead
By Baptism-N.M,. Brown-removed by letter
By Baptism-P.C. Tyer(Chester)-dead
By Baptism-J.L. Lanier-dead
By Baptism-Albert Lanier-dead
By Baptism-Eddie Williams-dead
By Baptism-Leonard Judy-dead
By Baptism-B.F. Bailey
By Baptism-Allen Knowles
The settlement started to grow with a Baptist and Methodish Church. The firs grave in the Church Cemetery was a child in 1879. The second was Peter Edward Williams who died 12/15/1879. He died of diphtheria and was the son of "Abe" and Pencheeta Williams.
The school was first held in the church. As the settlement grew and when the class grew to 15 a school was built.
Green Pond Post Office:
The firs post office of Green Pond, Florida was established 5/18/1867. This in the home of Abraham Taylor Williams. The postmistress was his daughter Pauline. Later the post office was changed, 7/19/1914 to Eva, Florida and his youngest daughter Fannie who married Martin W. Wiggins had it in her home for many years.
The post office was in several other homes before it was discontinued 1/1/1935 and moved to Groveland, Florida.
The Settlement Undertaker:
In the early days there were few undertakers. In each settlement someone was the one to take over the job. "Uncle Abe" as he was known was the one at Green Pond, Florida.
This was done at his home. The coffins were built of pine boards about three feet wide and six feet long, unless the person was very tall. These pine board were of special lumber dried and cured. The coffins were padded and lined and a pillow was made.
With all the girls in his household, they would cut, make pleats, gather and hem the muslin to make the inside as nice as possible.
When they had time the daughters would cut and sew the muslin, fold neatly and put away for future use.
Cane Grinding-Syrup Making:
This was done in the fall before the first frost. The cane is run through the rollers that crushes the cane as they turn by having a horse or mule pulling the sweep. The sweep is a pine tree that has been selected to be straight with a curve at the top. The curved end is fastened to the collar or yoke of the horse or mule. As he walks in a circle around the mill the rollers turn and crush the cane.
The juice runs down a trough into a barrel which has a burlap sack over the top to strain the juice. Tin cups are used to drink the juice.
The juice is poured into the big iron kettle, set in a brick or clay furnace built under a shed with a steeple roof. This takes a lot of stirring, as the foam comes to the top it has to be skimmed off. The pan that is used for this is about twelve inches square or it can be round and a nail has been used to make holes in the pan so the juice will run through and the foam maybe dipped off. This pan has a long handle on it so it is easy to reach around the kettle.
When the juice cooks to the thickness of syrup it is then dipped up, put in barrels, gallon jugs or bottles. This is stored for the winter months to have on hot bisquits or pancakes for the breakfast meal.
Syrup is also used to make cookies, pies, cakes and candy.
Abraham Taylor Williams:
Our Grandfather was born in the Green Pond Settlement, Colleton County, South Carolina. His family moved to Florida, the Lake Butler area about 1854 with six children "Abe" being the oldest. There were six children born in the Lake Butler area.
Pencheeta Hancock, daughter of Stephen T. and Jane Townsend Hancock was visiting in the home of her aunt and uncle, Thomas and Mary Hancock Gaskins when she met Abe Williams and fell in love.
War between the states broke out and he enlisted in the Confederate States Army, Company E. 9th. Florida Infantry, February 11,1863 as a private. Before he left he promised Pencheeta he would be back and they would be married. Never knowing what a long and bloody war it would be. He was more fortunate that others. A union soldier's bullet hit the barrel of his rifle and he lost two knuckles of the third finger on his left hand.
He was one of the few men to walk away from the three day battle at Gettysburg and was discharged at Appomattox Court House, Virginia April 9,1865.
Then began the long walk home to Lake Butler, Florida, which took three months. After a long rest and he was up to traveling, this time by horse back he came to Polk County to find Stephen T. Hancock and his family. Pencheeta was waiting for him and they were married by her cousin, the Rev. William H. Hancock, at her home 27 December 1866.
He took his bride back to the Lake Butler area where they made their home for about ten years. With four children they moved to Polk County and settled at what is known as Green Pond. This was named for the settlement in South Carolina where he was born. It was so like the place he was reared.
Peter Edward Williams (1814 - 1892)
Eliza Caroline Herndon Williams (1825 - 1896)
Pencheeta Missouri Hancock Williams (1849 - 1924)*
Eliza Jane Williams Judy (1868 - 1926)*
James Washington Williams (1869 - 1947)*
Lula Rebecca Williams Lanier (1870 - 1965)*
Havilah Pencheeta Williams Knowles (1872 - 1938)*
Pauline Cornelia Williams Meeks (1875 - 1961)*
Peter Edward Williams (1877 - 1879)*
Martha Eugenia Williams Barber (1879 - 1975)*
Mary Ella Williams Pearce (1882 - 1966)*
Lavonia Fannie Williams Wiggins (1885 - 1928)*
Paul A.M. Williams (1837 - 1853)**
Abraham Taylor Williams (1844 - 1914)
Benjamin Stokes Williams (1845 - 1916)*
Harriett Ann Williams Mitchell (1847 - 1883)*
Peter Hamilton Williams (1848 - 1930)*
James Washington Williams (1850 - 1862)*
Thomas Franklin Williams (1852 - 1939)*
Eliza Caroline Williams Pearce (1856 - 1917)*
Richard Edward Williams (1856 - 1937)*
Georgia Etta Cornelia Williams Hatcher (1859 - 1913)*
Lucy Jane Williams Pearce (1861 - 1941)*
William Jefferson Williams (1864 - 1931)*
Joseph Fletcher Williams (1866 - 1943)*
Note: Abraham gave the land for this Church and Cemetery. It was named after where he came from Greenpond, South Carolina. He was the son of Peter Edward and Eliza Caroline Herndon Williams.
Created by: Donna McPherson
Record added: Jan 13, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 23934716