AT THIS SITE ...OLD CATAHOULA BAPTIST WITH A GRAVEMARKER STATING THAT IT WAS FOUNDED IN 1826 BY HENRY HUMBLE AND WIFE ALICIA AND NAMES OF THE PEOPLE PROVIDING IT...CLICK ON THEIR NAME AND YOU CAN EMAIL THEM
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"Henry HUMBLE, son of Jacob and Mary HUMBLE was born in North Carolina about 1765 and is first shown as the head of household in the 1790 North Carolina census. He is listed with his wife, one male under 16 yrs and 5 slaves. Montgomery County, North Carolina land entries show that Henry HUMBLE filed 24 claims from 10/17/1793 to 8/12/1801 for a total of 1,045 acres of land from the State of North Carolina. Henry married Alicia UNKNOWN and their children were James, Mary, Henry Jr, Alicia, Jacob and Thomas. The 1850 census of Caldwell Parish, Louisiana shows that Jacob HUMBLE, fifth son of Henry HUMBLE was born in Georgia, which indicates the route the family took from North Carolina. In 1809 Henry HUMBLE moved to Amite County, Mississippi, where he is listed in both the 1810 and 1816 census as a resident of Amite County. Here he bought and sold land, obtained land grants, acted as overseer of the poor, and as administrator of various wills etc. On December 27th, 1811, Henry HUMBLE and his son, James HUMBLE, signed a petition to the Congress of the United States by inhabitants of the Mississippi Territory asking for the establishment of the Mississippi River on the West, Lake Ponchartrain and the shores of the Atlantic Ocean on the South and East as boundaries, and admission into the Union as a free, sovereign, and independent state. (source: Territorial Papers of the U.S. Vol VI, Territory of Mississippi, page 254-6). In 1816, Henry HUMBLE was one of the signers of a memorial to the Congress of the United States by the inhabitants of Amite County asking that one year's indulgence be given to the settlers on public lands before they are removed, except by purchase. (source: Territorial Papers of the U.S. Vol. VI Territory of Mississippi, page 671). He was also an active member of the New Providence Baptist Church, and was a messenger from that church to meetings of the Mississippi River Baptist Association, held at various places in Mississippi from 1812 to 1822. On 5/1/1815 he was licensed to preach as a Minister of the Gospel. He served as pastor of the New Providence Baptist Church until 1822 when he moved to Louisiana and settled on the Ouachita River about fifteen miles above Harrisonburg at a place called Enterprise. Being a Baptist minister, he began to gather his scattered neighbors and with the aid of a licentiate named John Hill, preached to them the Gospel of Peace and in 1826 he and John Impson organized the Old Catahoula Baptist Church with seven members. In 1829 he attended a meeting of the Louisiana Association of the Baptist Churches in St. Landry Parish where he served as Moderator and preached the introductory sermon. After the meeting adjourned he started back home to Enterprise, traveling horse-back over the trails the led through the forests. When he reached a settlement now known as Pollack, he took ill and died there on October 29, 1829. His body was carried back to Enterprise and buried in what is now an abandoned cemetery on a high ridge which is south and west of the town of Enterprise, and some distance from the present church building. Alicia HUMBLE was shown in the 1830 census with one male child (Thomas Leonard HUMBLE) and her age was given as 60/70. She is not in the 1840 census of Catahoula Parish and it is presumed that she died some time before 1840. She is buried next to her husband in the Old Catahoula Baptist Church cemetery, which is now abandoned."
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