The Resource 1755-1850
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- Church records -- Virginia | Rockbridge County
- Rockbridge County (Va.) -- Church history -- 18th century
- Rockbridge County (Va.) -- Church history -- 19th century
- Deeds -- Virginia | Rockbridge County
- Contracts -- Virginia | Rockbridge County
- Presbyterians -- Virginia | Rockbridge County
- Subscription lists
- Timber Ridge Presbyterian Church (Rockbridge County, Va.)
- Records, 1750-1850, including contracts, deeds, subscription lists, and minutes. The contracts and deeds concern the building of churches, the purchase of land, the making of church repairs, and the enclosure of the graveyard. The subscription lists are for raising money to build a church, make church repairs, and pay the minister's salary. Some of these lists include architectural plans and a list of cost of materials. The minutes, 1815-1825, relate to the repairing of the Timber Ridge meetinghouse and the building of the new brick church in Fairfield. These records were compiled for the Chancery Court Case, Patton v. Donald, in which the Assembly and Associate congregations battled over who was the church's rightful owner
- Biographical or historical data
- Organized in 1746, this church originally met in the Timber Grove Meetinghouse, a log structure. In 1755, the congregation began building a new stone church, which was dedicated on 3 October 1756. This stone church still stands today. The Associate or "Seceder" Presbyterians and Assembly Presbyterians began sharing the stone church around 1813, and at times also a minister. The congregations decided to make repairs to the church in 1817. In 1818, they decided to build a new church in Fairfield in addition to making repairs to the old church. In 1853, a controversy erupted over a scheduling problem between pastors culminating in a bitter court battle over which congregation was the rightful owner of the church. In 1855, the court decided in the Assembly congregation's favor. The Assembly Presbyterians offered the Associates use of the church on alternate Sundays, but the offer was declined. In 1857, the Associates dedicated a new church across the street on land donated by Horatio Thompson. In later years, both churches have enjoyed and benefited from a close relationship.
- Cataloging source
- Form designation
- Location of originals duplicates
- Originals located in the Rockbridge County Chancery Causes, 1855-003 Patton v. Donald.
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