Bethlehem Primitive Baptist Church records
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Bethlehem Primitive Baptist Church records

Descriptive Summary

Repository: University of West Georgia
Creator: Bethlehem Primitive Baptist Church (Bowdon, Ga.).
Title: Bethlehem Primitive Baptist Church records
Dates: bulk 1844-1989
Quantity: 0.42 Linear feet (1 box)
Identification: LH-0016

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains original records from the Bethlehem Primitive Baptist Church in Bowdon, Georgia. Four ledger books contain minutes for the church's monthly meetings, and they cover the years 1844 to 1989. Each book lists the Primitive Baptists' beliefs, titled as the "abstract of principles," at the beginning of the book, and they all include member lists on the last few pages. The member lists were updated as people died, moved away, or were excommunicated, and every decade or so, a new list was created. Along with the church's minutes, there are original land records for both the church and its school. The deed for the church dates from 1858, and the school's deed is dated 1912. The deed describes the boundaries of the church's land, but a map was drawn in 1917 that is included in the collection as well. In 1989, the church agreed to sell half an acre to the government for highway improvements, and a folder contains the documents for this transaction. The hymn book used by Primitive Baptists, The Primitive Hymns, Spiritual Songs, and Sacred Poems, has gone through many reprintings, and three copies are in the collection. One has lost its front page, but it appears to be from the mid-nineteenth century. The other two were printed in 1947 and 1975. The Little Vine Primitive Baptist Association of Georgia began in 1952 and was held annually. The hosting congregation rotated, and minutes are included for the two years (1958 and 1964) that the Bethlehem Primitive Baptist Church held the meeting.


Arrangement

Arranged by record type.


Index Terms

Bethlehem Primitive Baptist Church (Bowdon, Ga.).
Bethlehem Primitive Baptist Church (Bowdon, Ga.). -- Hymns
Church records and registers--Georgia--Bowdon.
Primitive Baptists--Georgia--Bowdon.

Administrative Information

Ownership and Custodial History

Collection donated by Alton Robinson on April 29, 1999.

Preferred Citation

Bethlehem Primitive Baptist Church Records. Annie Belle Weaver Special Collections, Irvine Sullivan Ingram Library, University of West Georgia.

Sponsorship


Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Open to all users; no restrictions. Most of the material is very fragile.


Related Material

Related collections in this repository: none.


Container List

 

Box

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11Beulah Primitive Baptist Association Minutes, 1949
 
2Cane Creek Primitive Baptist Association Minutes, 1933
 
3Cane Creek Primitive Baptist Association Minutes, 1935
 
4Cane Creek Primitive Baptist Association Minutes, 1950
 
5Little Vine Primitive Baptist Association Minutes, 1969
 
6Marietta Old School Primitive Baptist Association Minutes, 1999
 
7New Hope Primitive Baptist Association Minutes, 1917
 
8New Hope Primitive Baptist Association Minutes, 1923
 
9New Hope Primitive Baptist Association Minutes, 1926
 
10New Hope Primitive Baptist Association Minutes, 1928
 
11New Hope Primitive Baptist Association Minutes, 1937
 
12New Hope Primitive Baptist Association Minutes, 1943
 
13New Hope Primitive Baptist Association Minutes, 1944
 
14New Hope Primitive Baptist Association Minutes, 1945
 
15New Hope Primitive Baptist Association Minutes, 1946
 
16New Hope Primitive Baptist Association Minutes, 1947
 
17New Hope Primitive Baptist Association Minutes, 1948
 
18New Hope Primitive Baptist Association Minutes, 1949
 
19New Hope Primitive Baptist Association Minutes, 1950
 
20New Hope Primitive Baptist Association Minutes, 1955
 
21New Hope Primitive Baptist Association Minutes, 1956
 
22New Hope Primitive Baptist Association Minutes, 1957
 
23New Hope Primitive Baptist Association Minutes, 1958
 
24New Hope Primitive Baptist Association Minutes, 1988
 
25Original Ochlocknee Primitive Baptist Association Minutes, 1962
 
26Original Ochlocknee Primitive Baptist Association Minutes, 1963