Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Our Home UU in Elisville Mississippi

These folks 100 years ago, loved Universalism so much, that they were going to have it preached, even if it had to be held in "Our Home".

At this point it is too early to note what has happened to it, due to Katrina ----
Not too early to ask for your concern and prayers and thoughts.


Monday, August 29, 2005

Outlaw's Bridge NC

After attending the 75th anniversary Graddy*-Outlaw reunion at Kornegay NC, I attended sunday school at the Outlaw's Bridge Universalist Church. My plan was to take pictures of the interior to eventually put up on this blog -- but I was both so inspired and enjoyed myself so much that I didnt think of that after the service.
Isnt that a wonderful way to leave church!

* that's the way its prounced:
otherwise its Grady-Outlaw Reunion.

Thursday, August 25, 2005

1850 Universalists in the South Part A

the state of southern universalism in 1850....

first this news:
Henry Clay's compromise slavery resolutions laid before the US Senate
Prussia and Denmark sign peace treaty.
Zachary Taylor dies, Millard Filmore becomes US President
California becomes a state
Browning has published her "Sonnets from the Portuguese"
Emerson (Unitarian) does the "Representive Man"
Hawthorn writes a "Scarlet Letter"
Jenny Lind tours USA under sponsorship of Universalist P.T. Barnum
population of US 23 million of which 3.2 million are slaves
SC has 668,507 (of which 393, 944 were black)
John C. Calhoun (Unitarian attendee) dies in March
2 conventions dealing with southern succession are held ---

listed in the Universalist Companion for 1850 (which actually came out in late 1849)

Kentucky 20 societies, 5 meeting houses, 18 preachers
Tennessee 1 society, 1 meeting house, 1 preacher
Virginia 5 societies, 4 meeting houses, 4 preachers and 2 lay preachers
Hope Bain and J.L.C. Griffin are in Virginia
North Carolina 2 Churches, 17 meeting houses, 1 preacher
Sampson county (the future Red Hill) 20 members; Hallsville (dormant)
Rev J. C. Burruss in Kinston
South Carolina 4 societies 9 meeting houses, 3 preachers
Salubrity, Steedman, Mountain Shoals are where the three preachers live
Georgia 2 societies, 5 meeting houses, 2 preachers
Alabama 4 meeting houses, 4 preachers, 1 periodical "Religious Investigator"
Mississippi 2 preachers - 1 church formed "last year" with 23 members

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

1937 Hannah Powell

THE UNIVERSALIST BANNER May 1937, publication of the Maine Convention

Miss Powell at work in Maine

Among numerous other speaking engagments in Maine, the Rev. Miss Hannah Jewett Powell, who for so many years was our able missionary at Friendly House, North Carolina and who now resides at Waterville, Maine, spoke eight times in Oxford County during the Spring Season. Miss Powell spoke before the Ladies' Circle at the Turner Center Universalist Church; at one morning service on Woman's Day, addressed the children of the primary school; one grammar school assembly; the pupils of the Leavitt Institute; and at Canton addressed the high school pupils; and the Sunday School. Miss Powell also preached at North Jay Universalist Church on two sundays.

Clayton Memorial is 100 years old!

Clayton Memorial celebrated their centenial on August 21, 2005 --- with history, dedication of a new sign (which makes them an Unitarian Universalist, rather than an Universalist Unitarian), and a new minister.

I enjoyed myself, and hope to put up pictures and words in the months to come
(yep, i dont use digital pics!)

Friday, August 19, 2005

Clayton's autobiography for sale

ok, below is an ad off of for Father's Clayton's autobiography.
Its a good book, but I sure didnt pay anywhere close to that price for my copy!
(and all copies have that inscription and photo)
anybody know who John Adams was? and from where?

Forty-Seven Years In The Universalist Ministry, A Brief Account of the Genealogy and Early Life of the Author....... Rev. D.B. Clayton
Bookseller: Andy Meek(Tucker, GA, U.S.A.)
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Book Description: Author, Columbia, SC, 1889. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Good+. First Edition. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾". Hardcover, brown decorative cloth covered boards. Rubbing to spine ends and corners. Front hinge weak but intact, title page is present but loose. Rear pastedown frayed at edges. Frontispiece photo of author inscribed and SIGNED "Fraternally Yours, D.B. Clayton." Inscription on front end page indicating that the book was bought from author on Aug 30, 1889 by original owner (John Adams) at a price of $1.75. Some of the preliminary pages are a little brittle from thumbing, but overall contents VG. 370 pages plus appendix and errata. Bookseller Inventory #002366
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Rev O. Bryant September 1936

Rev O. Bryant Sept 1936
Back to the more normal: old newsbitsTHE UNIVERSALIST BANNER October 1936 - the Maine Universalist Convention official organ"Through arrangements with the (Maine) superintendent, the Rev. Ordel E. Bryant who has been in Maine on leave from the Clinton Circuit in North Carolina, of which he is the missionary pastor, served as resident minister of the First Universalist church at South Paris (Maine), preaching there at 10 A. M. And of the West Summer universalist Church, preaching there at 12 M. Throughout the month of September. The Superintendent arranged for a service at the Bethel Universalist Church which has been closed for several years for September 20th when Mr. Bryant preached at 9:45 A.M. rearranging the services at South Paris and West Summer for this Sunday to meet the needs of Bethel."

Photo of Red Hill Universalist in Clinton NC

The oldest surving Universalist Church in the Carolinas - services held every sunday, why dont you go and attend?

D. B. Clayton tombstone - a closer view

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Clayton Memorial 100 years old

This Sunday, August 21, 2005, Clayton Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church of Newberry SC will celebrate its 100 anniversary of their building!

10:30 am dedication of a new, lighted sign
11:00 am Special Anniversary service
4:00 pm formal installation of their newly-settled minister, Rev Roderick Brown

check their website

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Rev. D.B. Clayton

Daniel Bragg (D. B. ) Clayton was born in what is now Woodruff, SC. He grew up in a Baptist household, converting to Universalist after reading Universalist newspapers and hearing SC circuit riding Universalist minister Allen Fuller preach. He was ordanined by Fuller and took over the circuit, when Fuller moved west.

In the late 1840s, Clayton himself moved west; settling in Mississippi.
During the war, his home and library were burned down, and Clayton returned to SC.
After the war, he owned a hotel in Columbia, and preached part time.

In 1880, he moved to Atlanta to edit a new Universalist paper started there.
He returns to Columbia a few years later, and except for a short time living in Cash's Depot; he spends the rest of his life in Columbia. Well the rest of his life where he is not a traveling Universalist missionary that is. Father Clayton goes to preach in Georgia. Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessese, North Carolina - and even once as far west as Texas.

In 1906, getting ready to head to the train station to head to Greenville, NC; he suffered a heart attack and died.

at one time, he had two Universalist Churches named for him, the one in Newberry SC still lives.

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Republican Meeting House

The 1832 SC Universalists met at Steedman's place near what is now leesville-batesburg (hope I have that right)
they went to church at the fairly new Republican Meeting House - I've tried to find out where that was for a long time.

I recently found 3 in the western SC area --
a Republican United Methodist Church, a Republican Baptist Church, and the more likely Republican Grove Baptist Church (just south of Edgefield ) - more research awaits....

Republican Meeting House meant it was originally an Union Meeting House, where various churches shared the building.