Posted By:George Thomas
Subject:Re: Have Meadow Creek Prim Bap Church Cemetery Listing
Post Date:August 24, 2008 at 20:42:02
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Forum:Cabarrus County, NC Genealogy Forum
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Someone once pointed out to me that the cemetery records for Meadow Creek go back to only the mid 1800's. The church had a much deeper history! And that the church does not recognize an attached hallowed ground where once existed even earlier burials. So it is possible that Meadow Creek Baptist Church had several lifes or met at several locations during its history. Baptist churches were social in order and was tied to particular families in the communitues. If there were a problem, the church might disband for a time or pick up and move to a new location. For instance, ROcky River Baptist in Anson County had at least four locations in its life. We don't know the exact reason for the moves, but it did move.

There is a cemetery on Smith Road off of Reed Mine Road. The cemetery has many old stones that would predate what is found at Meadow Creek. Just supposing... what if times got rough along the river during mining days. The land was probably in ruins and not a good place to raise a family. the church could have started close to the river and later moved un on the high ground when farming took hold.

There is a land grant in Cabarrus for James Little in which the land on Meadow Creek in "near the Baptism Hole." The granted land was upstream from the mine near the stanly county line. Since James Little had ties to Meadow Creek church, could this be pointing to an earlier location?

I know church records show that Meadow Crek Baptist goes back to the 1750's. I wonder about that and whether the Bpatist record is actually ientifying the church (as we know it) in Stanly County....