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Below article by Carolyn Davis
Rehobeth Methodist Church
Below article by Leslie Coleman
added 12 Feb 2004
|The information in the article below was gained from:
Chappell Love of Mecklenburg County, VA His Ancestors and Descendants 1603 – 1973 by Louise Winckler Boswell
In an excerpt from the above titled book, which lists its source as the South Hill Enterprise from October 2, 1941, we have been given some insight into the early history of Rehoboth Methodist Church near Boydton, VA. Because documentation was not as precise in the early years of the church, many specific facts (such as deeds etc.) were lost.
Records from Rehoboth Church dating back over 150 years were destroyed by fire at some point in the 1960’s – 1970’s and since no copy was made, when the old homestead where the records were kept burned, the records perished as well.
Rehoboth Church is situated approximately 4 miles south of Boydton
in Mecklenburg County, VA on the old Haskins Ferry Road. It was first
known as Taylor’s Meeting House. In 1811, John Winckler deeded
one acre of land to the trustees of Taylor’s Meeting House for
the purpose of building a new building. This was the first mention of
the church in Mecklenburg County Records.
From all sources, it is unclear, but doubtful that a building was ever built on the tract of land from Haskins either. Soon after Mr. Haskins deeded the land, the congregation of Taylor’s Meeting House built a church ¼ mile farther north on Haskins Ferry Road. It was on the “David Brame Place” and called “Poplar Spring Church”. David Brame, however never deeded the land to the church.
On November 16, 1859, Poplar Spring Church, by certificate to the Trustees, was given permission to build a new building on the hill west of the spring. The deed was never recorded until 1874. This is the building in the picture on this website and it has since been remodeled. It was dedicated “Rehoboth” and is currently still used as a house of worship. It is located about 5 miles south of the old Randolph-Macon College in Boydton.
During the time the college was in Boydton, the church was pastored mainly by theology students from Randolph Macon. The students preached to both whites and blacks and there was an abundant amount of gallery space provided for slaves.
The church is located in a community where the same founding families from 150 years ago have descendants who still worship there today. The church roll has never been a very large one, but it has always been an active church.
Early worshipers at Poplar Springs Church include the names listed below.
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