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Guide to the United Methodist Church Records, 1784-1984, bulk 1800-1940

Abstract

The United Methodist Church Records are comprised primarily of bound volumes of quarterly conference minutes that document the administrative life of church units (circuits, charges, and churches) in the N.C. Conference (1784-1974, bulk 1841-1919) and the Western N.C. Conference (1884-1962, bulk 1893-1932) of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South (MECS). Counties in N.C. represented in the collection include Alamance, Ashe, Bladen, Burke, Caswell, Catawba, Chatham, Cleveland, Dare, Davidson, Durham, Forsyth, Gates, New Hanover, Iredell, Lincoln, Perquimans, Randolph, Rowan, Yadkin, and Wake. However, this collection does not include complete runs of any set of bound minutes, correspondence, or other documentation for any N.C. county or district. There are also bound volumes of N.C. Conference, MECS, district conference minutes (1866-1939); financial, administrative, and legal records for the Board of Missions and Church Extension of the Western N.C. Conference, MECS (1909-1952); bound journals of annual conference meetings of the N.C. Conference, MECS (1838-1913); as well as some district, conference, and national records for non-N.C. conferences and for the MECS and the Methodist Episcopal Church (MEC). National records include correspondence and financial records from the American Mission in North Africa, MEC (1909-1952). Although the entire collection dates from 1784-1984, the bulk of the material dates from 1800-1940.

Descriptive Summary

Title
United Methodist Church records
Creator
United Methodist Church (U.S.)
Extent
48.8 linear feet
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Language
Material in English

Collection Overview

The United Methodist Church Records are comprised primarily of bound volumes of quarterly conference minutes that document the administrative life of smaller church units (circuits, charges, and churches) within the N.C. Conference (1784-1974, bulk 1841-1919) and the Western N.C. Conference (1884-1962, bulk 1893-1932) of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South (MECS). Counties in N.C. represented in the collection include Alamance, Ashe, Bladen, Burke, Caswell, Catawba, Chatham, Cleveland, Dare, Davidson, Durham, Forsyth, Gates (also Va.), New Hanover, Iredell, Lincoln, Perquimans (also Va.), Randolph, Rowan, Yadkin, and Wake. There are also bound volumes of N.C. Conference, MECS, district conference minutes (1866-1939); financial, administrative, and legal records for the Board of Missions and Church Extension of the Western N.C. Conference, MECS (1909-1952); bound journals of annual conference meetings of the N.C. Conference, MECS (1838-1913); as well as some district, conference, and national records for non-N.C. conferences and for the MECS and the Methodist Episcopal Church (MEC). The national records include correspondence--especially to and from J. H. Colpais Purdon--and financial records from the American Mission in North Africa, MEC (1909-1952); and correspondence, minutes, reports, and printed material documenting the planning for the reunification of the MEC and the MECS (1906-1916, 1932-1939), especially hymnal revision.

In addition to the quarterly conference and district conference minutes, the N.C. Conference and Non-N.C. Conference Series include membership, Sunday School, abstinence society, and susbscription and class lists (Buckhorn, Currituck, Forsyth, and Haw River Circuits); plans and maps of circuits (Currituck, Forsyth, and Holly Springs Circuits); notes, drawings, and inventories of church buildings and furniture (Iredell and Roanoke Circuits); and handwritten responses of the Eastern Shore of Virginia to the MEC split, some written by William Gwynn Coe. The Historical Sketches Series includes land deeds for churches and correspondence written by or pertaining to Francis Asbury and Thomas Coke; and some information about churches with mixed-race congregations. Although the entire collection dates from 1784-1984, the bulk of the material dates from 1800-1940.

This collection does not include complete runs of any set of bound minutes, correspondence, or other documentation for any N.C. county or district. Thus, it does not provide a full view of the activities of the Methodist Church in N.C. However, for both the N.C. and Western N.C. Conferences, some districts, circuits, and counties are well-represented. These include, in the N.C. Conference, MECS, the Durham District (1885-1927), Elizabeth City District (1911-1922), Raleigh District (1914-1915 and 1935-1939), and Wilmington District (1866-1898); and Bath Circuit (Beaufort Co., 1849-1894), Dare Circuit (Dare Co., 1859-1903), Fifth Street Charge/Church/Station (New Hanover Co., 1844-1905), Gates Circuit (Gates Co., 1784-1911), Iredell Circuit (Iredell Co., 1823-1873), Leasburg Circuit (Caswell Co., 1883-1930), North Gates Circuit (Gates Co., 1884-1937), Pasquotank Circuit (Pasquotank Co., 1852-1906), Pittsboro Circuit (Chatham Co., 1854-1943), and Yanceyville Circuit (Caswell Co., 1844-1902). In the Western N.C. Conference the Asheville District (1912-1916) and Winston-Salem District (1924-1935) are well-documented, along with Alamance Circuit (Alamance Co., 1893-1908), First Methodist Church/Station (Lincoln Co., 1902-1962), Jefferson Circuit (Ashe Co., 1893-1932), Morganton Circuit (Burke Co., 1889-1932), Polkville Circuit (Cleveland Co., 1911-1927), and Randolph Circuit/Charge (Randolph Co., 1893-1930).

Arranged in five series and three indexes: National Records Series; Non-N.C. Conference Records Series; N.C. Conference Records Series; Western N.C. Conference Records Series; Historical Sketches Series; Circuit, Charge, and Station Index; Church and Mission Index; and Baptismal Records, MECS, Index.

The National Records Series comprises national-level records from the MEC (1820-1952) and the MECS (1857-1939), including correspondence and financial records from the American Mission in North Africa of the MEC (1909-1952), especially correspondence to and from Joseph Cooksey, Edwin Frease, and Joseph Purdon (1909-1925). The MECS national records comprise primarily correspondence, minutes, reports, and printed material documenting the planning for the reunification of the MEC and the MECS (1906-1916, 1932-1939), especially hymnal revision.

The Non-N.C. Conference Records Seriesconsists primarily of bound volumes of quarterly conference minutes for circuits, charges, and churches in the Baltimore, North Georgia, South Carolina, Virginia and other Conferences, especially those in Lumpkin Co., Ga.; Marion Co., S.C.; and Gates and Loudoun Cos., Va. Circuit, charge, and church-level records include a classbook of the Pleasant Hill Society (1851-1879, Dallas Co., Ala.); a hand-drawn map from the 1800s of the Holly Springs Circuit (unknown Co., Miss.); and a history of the formation of the Methodist Protestant Church in Maryland, 1833. There are conference-level records only for the Virginia and Wisconsin Conferences and these include an 1815 list of ministers serving Virginia Conference districts and circuits, as well as a group of hand-written "responses" of the Eastern Shore of Virginia to the Methodist Episcopal Church split (1864-1866).

The N.C. Conference Records Seriescomprises primarily bound volumes of quarterly conference minutes that document the administrative life of circuits, charges, churches, missions, and stations of the N.C. Conference, MECS, in the eastern and central counties of North Carolina, particularly Bladen, Caswell, Chatham, Dare, Durham, Gates, New Hanover, Perquimans, and Wake, but also including other counties (1784-1974). In addition, the series includes bound journals of annual conference meetings for the N.C. Conference of the MECS (1838-1913), as well as bound volumes of district conference minutes and quarterly conference minutes for, among other districts, the Durham, Elizabeth City, Raleigh, and Wilmington Districts of the N.C. Conference of the MECS (1866-1939).

The Western N.C. Conference consists primarily of bound volumes of quarterly conference minutes and church registers that document the administrative life of MECS and Methodist Church (MC) circuits, charges, churches, missions, and stations in the western and west central counties of North Carolina (1893-1932). Counties include Alamance, Ashe, Burke, Catawba, Cleveland, Davidson, Forsyth, Iredell, Lincoln, Randolph, Rowan, and Yadkin, among others. The series also includes financial, administrative, and legal records for the Board of Missions and Church Extension of the Western N.C. Conference of the MECS (1909-1952), as well as quarterly conference and district conference minutes and trustees minutes for districts within the Western N.C. Conference including, among others, the Asheville and Winston-Salem districts (1912-1935).

The Historical Sketches Series comprises primarily historical and biographical information solicited from N.C. ministers about themselves, their churches, circuits, and counties in 1879 by H. T. Hudson and in 1895 by an unknown person. Also includes earlier and later sketches, especially typescript or handwritten articles, essays, or sermons on Methodism in N.C.

The Circuit, Charge, and Station Indexlists in alphabetical order all circuit, charge, and station names found in this finding aid and gives their box location. It excludes circuits, charges, or stations already listed in the Historical Sketches Series. This index is not an inclusive list of all circuits, charges, and stations that may be found in this collection. Users are encouraged to consult the quarterly conference minutes for the geographical area or county in which they are interested to find additional references to other circuits, charges, and stations.

The Church and Mission Index lists in alphabetical order all church and mission names found in this finding aid and gives their box location. It excludes churches or missions already listed in the Historical Sketches Series. This index is not an inclusive list of all churches and missions that may be found in this collection. Users are encouraged to consult the quarterly conference minutes for the geographical area or county in which they are interested to find additional references to other churches and missions.

The Baptismal Records, MECS Index is arranged in three groupings: N.C. Conference, Western N.C. Conference, and Va. Conference, and within these groupings, the records are listed by county. This index was compiled in 1968 and does not include any additions to the collection since that date.

There are also Related Materials, which list Methodist Church-related collections (but not all collections with Methodism as a subject area) in the Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library at Duke University and in the Duke University Archives. This section also notes which records in this collection are available on microfilm. Like this collection, the related materials are organized by series and then by subseries name.

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Contents of the Collection

National Records Series, 1820-1952,bulk 1908-1939

Comprises national-level records from the Methodist Episcopal Church (1820-1952) and the Methodist Episcopal Church, South (1857-1939), including correspondence and financial records from the American Mission in North Africa of the Methodist Episcopal Church, 1909-1952. Arranged in two subseries by church name and alphabetically therein.

Methodist Episcopal Church Subseries, 1820-1952, bulk 1909-1925

Comprises primarily American Mission in North Africa correspondence to and from Joseph Cooksey, Edwin Frease, and Joseph Purdon (1909-1925). Also includes a small amount of administrative records from various conferences (1820-1907) and correspondence to and from missionary bishops (1885-1907). Arranged alphabetically.

American Mission in North Africa, 1909-1952

Began in 1908 and was staffed by missionaries of both genders and of a variety of nationalities, including American, English, Irish, German, Algerian, Tunisian, French, Italian, German, and Spanish. Reports for 1911-1912 by all the missionaries can be found in the Official Minutes of the . . . Annual Meeting of the Mission in North African of the Methodist Episcopal Church,E Pam #240.

The mission records comprise primarily correspondence to and from Joseph Cooksey, Edwin Frease, and Joseph Purdon (1909-1925), who were mission superintendents in Algiers (Frease) and Tunis (Cooksey followed by Purdon). Subjects in the correspondence include purchases of the New Testament intended for prospective converts as well as for French soldiers; letters to and from the White House on the subject of the appointment of the American Consular Agent at Tunis; correspondence with French authorities; dealings with particular cases (employee relations, pupils from Muslim families, the Boys' School matters in Tunis); Purdon correspondence with The Times (1912-1913); and descriptions of local customs and rituals. Although the correspondence is mainly in English, some letters and documents are in French and Arabic. The mission's records also include contracts, bills, and receipts for the residences of various missionaries, 1914-1952.

Processing Note: In order to preserve them, some documents have been photocopied on both sides.

Correspondence
Cooksey, Joseph J., Tunis, 1911-1913, 1923-1925
(5 folders)
Box N1
Frease, Edwin F., Algiers, El-Biar, and Tunis, 1912-1919
(4 folders)
Box N1
Purdon, J. H. C., Tunis, 1909-1919
(1-2 of 50 folders)
Box N1
Purdon, J. H. C., Tunis, 1909-1919
(3-11 of 50 folders)
Box N2
Purdon, J. H. C., Tunis, 1909-1919
(12-22 of 50 folders)
Box N3
Purdon, J. H. C., Tunis, 1909-1919
(23-34 of 50 folders)
Box N4
Purdon, J. H. C., Tunis, 1909-1919
(35-47 of 50 folders)
Box N5
Purdon, J. H. C., Tunis, 1909-1919
(48-50 of 50 folders)
Box N6
Contracts, Bills, Receipts, Tunis, 1914-1952
(4 folders)
Box N6
Licenses to preach, deacon and elder appointments, affirmations of faith, and membership transfers for several conferences 1820-1907
Box N6
Missionary Bishops, Correspondence, 1885-1907
Box N6

Methodist Episcopal Church, South Subseries, 1857-1939, bulk 1908-1939

Comprises primarily correspondence, minutes, reports, and printed material documenting the planning for the reunification of the MEC and the MECS (1906-1916, 1932-1939), especially hymnal revision. Also includes records for the Methodist Board of Publication, including audits, a catalog, and a report (1885, 1927-1930), as well as reports of the Board of Education (1926) and the Historical Society (1908-1918). Arranged alphabetically. Oversize items have been removed to the Oversize Materials section of this finding aid.

Board of Education, annual reports, 1926
Box N6
Board of Missions, statement by Walter A. Hearn and proceedings against him, 1927 Aug. 5
Box N6
Districts, lists of, approximately 1890s and undated
(2 folders)
Box N6
Historical Society, reports of the historian, 1908-1918
Box N6
Licenses to preach, affirmations of faith, deacon and elder appointments for several conferences, 1857-1932
Box N6
Methodist Board of Publication
Audits, 1927-1930
(2 folders)
Box N6
Catalog (Publishing House of the MECS), 1885
Box N6
Report, 1928-1929
Box N6
[Missionary Society, membership certificate, 1857: Removed to Oversize Material, Oversize Folder 1.]
Box N6
Reunification
Hymnal revision
Correspondence, 1932-1933
Box N6
Matters for decision, 1933 May-July
Box N6
Minutes, 1929, 1932
(1-2 of 4 folders)
Box N6
Minutes, 1929, 1932
(3-4 of 4 folders)
Box N7
Observations on and classifications of hymns, undated
Box N7
Participants, MECS, undated
Box N7
Joint Commission on Methodist Federation, addresses delivered before the commission, 1911 May
Box N7
Joint Commission on Methodist Union, meeting minutes, 1939 Jan. 24-29
Box N7
Judicial Council

Includes notes made by R. L. Flowers. Copy of photograph of attendees to the General Conference, 1906, removed from this folder to Oversize Material, Oversize Folder 2.

Box N7
Newspaper clipping, How Mulatto Kitty, Slave Girl Who Refused Freedom, Brought About Division of Methodist Church in 1844, Atlanta Constitution Magazine Section, 1916
Box N7
Test case on unification, Clarendon Co., S.C., 1939
Box N7
Uniting Conference, Kansas City, Mo., bulletins, 1939 May 1 and May 10
Box N7

Non-N.C. Conference Series, 1806-1910

Primarily bound volumes of quarterly conference minutes for circuits, charges, and churches in the Baltimore, North Georgia, South Carolina, and Virginia Conferences and other conferences, especially those in Lumpkin Co.; Ga., Marion Co., S.C.; and Gates and Loudoun Cos., Va. Circuit, charge, and church-level records include a classbook of the Pleasant Hill Society (1851-1879, Dallas Co., Ala.); a hand-drawn map from the 1800s of the Holly Springs Circuit (Unknown Co., Miss.); and a history of the formation of the Methodist Protestant Church in Maryland, 1833. There are conference-level records only for the Virginia and Wisconsin Conferences and these include an 1815 list of ministers serving Virginia Conference districts and circuits, as well as a group of hand-written responses of the Eastern Shore of Virginia to the Methodist Episcopal Church split between 1864-1866. Many of the circuits, charges, and churches described in the North Carolina Conference Series were originally part of the South Carolina and Virginia Conferences.

Arranged in groups alphabetically by conference name, and within each group, by conference, district, and/or circuit, charge, and church records. Within each district name is included a list of the counties represented in the district, as well as a list of the circuits, charges, and churches in this collection that were in that district. Circuit, charge, and church records are organized by county name. The names of districts represented in the circuit, charge, and church records in this series, but for which there are no district records, are also listed in the district grouping in this series. Oversize items have been removed to the Oversize Materials section of this finding aid.

Dallas Co., 1851-1879
Pleasant Hill Circuit, Unknown District, 1851-1879
Classbook of the Pleasant Hill Society, 1851-1879(M-6464)
Box NNC1
[Rockingham District: No district-level records]
Box NNC1
[Winchester District: No district-level records]
Box NNC1
Unknown Co., 1863-1874, 1899-1901
Bridgewater Circuit (MEC and MECS), Rockingham District, 1864-1874
Quarterly Conference Minutes, 1864-1874

Includes list of district presiding elders, 1863-1907; list of circuit ministers, 1863-1908; minutes of meetings of parsonage trustees, 1897; and accounts of P. Herring, 1849-1859.

Box NNC1
Jefferson Circuit, Winchester District, W.Va., 1899-1901
Record of Twentieth Century Thank Offerings, 1899-1901(M-2981)
Box NNC1
Rockingham Circuit, Rockingham District, 1863
[Quarterly Conference Minutes, 1863: Found in Baltimore Conference, Unknown Co., Bridgewater Circuit, Quarterly Conference Minutes, 1864-1874.]
Box NNC1
Upper Rockingham Circuit, Rockingham District, 1863
[Quarterly Conference Minutes, 1863: Found in Baltimore Conference, Unknown Co., Bridgewater Circuit, Quarterly Conference Minutes, 1864-1874.]
Box NNC1
[Dahlonega District: No district-level records]

Counties represented in the Dahlonega District: Lumpkin.

Circuits, charges, and/or churches in this collection that were in the Dahlonega District: Dahlonega Circuit/Station.

Box NNC1
Carroll Co., 1830-1846
Carronton Mission (MEC), Unknown district, Quarterly Conference Minutes, 1830-1846
Box NNC1
Lumpkin Co., 1861-1863, 1866
[Dahlonega Circuit/Station, Dahlonega District, 1861-1863, 1866: Found in North Georgia Conference, Lumpkin Co., Dahlonega and Jones Chapel, Quarterly Conference Minutes, 1861-1878.]
Box NNC1
Fayette Co.
Lexington First Church, Board of Trustees Minutes, 1809-1867
Box NNC1A
History of formation of the Methodist Protestant Church, 1833
Box NNC1
Various districts: Biloxi, Choctaw, Covington, Paulding, Pearl River, Mt. Carmel, and Seashore Districts; Mt. Carmel, Westville, and White Sand Circuits
Quarterly Conference Minutes, 1835-1877 (312 pp.)
Box NNC1-B
Holly Springs Circuit, unknown district
Hand-drawn map, 1800s Mar. 14

Includes description of town of Memphis, [Miss.?].

Box NNC1
[Dahlonega District: No district-level records]

Counties represented in the Dahlonega District: Lumpkin.

Circuits, charges, and/or churches in this collection that were in the Dahlonega District: Dahlonega Circuit/Station/Mission; Dahlonega and Auraria Station; and Dahlonega and Jones Chapel Circuit/Station.

Box NNC1
Lumpkin Co., 1867-1878
[Dahlonega Circuit/Station/Mission, Dahlonega District, 1869-1873: Found in North Georgia Conference, Lumpkin Co., Dahlonega and Jones Chapel, Quarterly Conference Minutes, 1861-1878.]
Box NNC1
[Dahlonega and Auraria Station, Dahlonega District, 1867-1868: Found in North Georgia Conference, Lumpkin Co., Dahlonega and Jones Chapel, Quarterly Conference Minutes, 1861-1878.]
Box NNC1
Dahlonega and Jones Chapel Circuit/Station, multiple districts, 1874-1878
[Quarterly Conference Minutes, 1874-1878 (L-2706 and one folder): Bound volume removed to Oversize Materials, Oversize Box 1.]
Box NNC1
[Camden District: No district records]
Box NNC1
[Catawba District: No district records. See also the N.C. Conference.]
Box NNC1
[Cheraw District: No district records]
Box NNC1
[Fayetteville District: No district records. Primarily found in the N.C. Conference.]
Box NNC1
[Lincolnton District: No district records. Found in the N.C. Conference.]
Box NNC1
[Marion District: No district records]
Box NNC1
[Spartanburg District: No district records. Found in the N.C. Conference.]
Box NNC1
Marion Co., 1846-1873
Bennettsville Circuit, Marion District, 1846-1873
Quarterly Conference Minutes, 1846-1873(L-5704)
Box NNC1
Unknown Co., 1807-1819, 1845, 1849
[Montgomery Circuit (MEC), multiple districts, 1808: Found in South Carolina Conference, Unknown Co., Rocky River Circuit.]
Quarterly Conference Minutes, 1808
Box NNC1
Rocky River Circuit (MEC), multiple districts, 1807-1819
Quarterly Conference Minutes, 1807-1819

Includes Montgomery Circuit, 1808.

Box NNC1
Wadesboro Circuit, multiple districts, 1845, 1849
Quarterly Conference Minutes, 1845, 1849
Box NNC1
Board of Education, minutes, 1902-1910(M-2927)
Box NNC1
Ministers serving districts and circuits (MEC), 1815
Box NNC1
Minutes, 1806-1808
Box NNC1
Responses of eastern shore of Va. to Methodist Episcopal church split, 1864-1866 (See also the Historical Sketches Series, Ministers Subseries, Coe, William Gwynn.)
Box NNC1
[Fredericksburg District: No district records]
Box NNC1
[Murfreesboro District: No district records. Found in the N.C. Conference.]
Box NNC1
[Norfolk District: No district records. Found in the N.C. Conference.]
Box NNC1
[Norfolk and Murfreesboro District: No district records. Found in the N.C. Conference. See either the Norfolk or the Murfreesboro Districts.]
Box NNC1
[Suffolk District: No district records. Primarily found in the N.C. Conference.]
Box NNC1
[Washington District: No district records]
Box NNC1
[Yadkin District: No district records. Found in the N.C. Conference.]
Box NNC1
Loudoun Co., 1850-1858
Loudoun Circuit, multiple districts, 1850-1858
Quarterly Conference Minutes, 1850-1858(M-2929)
Box NNC1
Unknown Co., 1854-1856
Pittsylvania Circuit, Unknown District, Quarterly Conference Minutes, 1854-1856
Box NNC1
Annual Conference, minutes of first session (typescript of original), (MEC), 1848-1849
Box NNC1

N.C. Conference Records Series, 1784-1974, bulk 1838-1939

Comprises primarily bound volumes of quarterly conference minutes that document the administrative life of circuits, charges, churches, missions, and stations of the N.C. Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South (MECS) in the eastern and central counties of North Carolina, particularly Bladen, Caswell, Chatham, Dare, Durham, Gates, New Hanover, Perquimans, and Wake, but also including other counties (1784-1974). The series also includes bound journals of annual conference meetings for the N.C. Conference of the MECS (1838-1913) as well as bound volumes of district conference minutes and quarterly conference minutes for, among other districts, the Durham, Elizabeth City, Raleigh, and Wilmington Districts of the N.C. Conference of the MECS (1866-1939). There is some overlap with the Western N.C. Conference. All records are MECS unless noted otherwise by the abbreviations MEC for Methodist Episcopal Church and MC for Methodist Church. Arranged in three subseries: Conference Records, District Records, and Circuit, Charge, and Church Records.

Conference Records Subseries (Restricted), 1812-1953, bulk 1838-1931

Comprises primarily the bound journals, both originals and copies, recording the annual conference meetings (1838-1913) of the N.C. Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South (MECS). Also includes conference statistics (1886-1899); records from trials of ministers (1885-1901); and minutes, reports, and financial and legal documents for the Board of Education (1910-1930), Board of Trustees (1848-1953), the Relief Society (1838-1847), and the Raleigh Advocate Publishing Co. (1879-1919). There are a few records for the N.C. Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church and Methodist Church. These are noted by the abbreviations MEC and MC.Arranged alphabetically. Oversize materials have been removed to the Oversize Materials section of this finding aid.

Patrons must use copies of journals and then consult originals if required.

Account Book, 1887 (M-2724)

Includes a report on the standing of Trinity College.

Box NCC1
Board of Education
Minute Book, 1911-1930, and Ledger, 1910-1930(M-6911)
Box NCC1
Staff report (MC), 1952-1953
Box NCC1
Board of Trustees minutes, 1848-1957(M-6916)
Box NCC1
[Conference attendees, photograph, including names, 1887 (51st annual conference): Removed to Oversize Materials, Oversize Folder 3.]
Box NCC1
Conference Statistics
1886-1889(M-2738)
Box NCC1
1894-1897(M-2739)
Box NCC1
1900-1903(M-2741)
Box NCC2
Duke Endowment Superannuate Fund, letters of thanks to W. P. Few, 1915-1932
(2 folders)
Box NCC2
Journals

[Patrons must use copies of Journals for 1838-1885 and then consult the originals if required.]

Xerox copies
1838-1842(M-7031)

Copy of original volumes L-2725 and part of L-2726, found in box NCC8.

Box NCC3
1843-1848(M-7032)

Copy of parts of original volumes L-2726 and F-2727, found in boxes NCC8 and NCC9.

Box NCC3
1849-1852(M-7033)

Copy of part of original volume F-2727, found in box NCC9.

Box NCC3
1853-1855(M-7034)

Copy of part of original volume F-2727, found in box NCC9.

Box NCC3
1856-1858(M-7035)

Copy of part of original volume F-2727, found in box NCC9.

Box NCC3
1859-1862(M-7036)

Copy of part of original volume F-2727, found in box NCC9.

Box NCC4
1863-1866(M-7037)

Copy of part of original volume F-2727, found in box NCC9.

Box NCC4
1867-1868(M-7038)

Copy of part of original volume F-2728, found in box NCC10.

Box NCC4
1869-1870(M-7039)

Copy of part of original volume F-2728, found in box NCC10.

Box NCC4
1871-1872(M-7040)

Copy of part of original volume F-2728, found in box NCC10.

Box NCC4
1873-1874(M-7041)

Copy of part of original volumes F-2728 and F-2729, found in boxes NCC10 and NCC11.

Box NCC5
1875-1876(M-7042)

Copy of part of original volume F-2729, found in box NCC11.

Box NCC5
1877(M-7043)

Copy of part of original volume F-2729, found in box NCC11.

Box NCC5
1878(M-7044)

Copy of part of original volume F-2729 found in box NCC11.

Box NCC5
1879(M-7045)

Copy of part of original volume F-2729, found in box NCC11.

Box NCC5
1880(M-7046)

Copy of part of original volume F-2729, found in box NCC11.

Box NCC6
1881(M-7047)

Copy of part of original volume F-2729, found in box NCC11.

Box NCC6
1882(M-7048)

Copy of part of original volume F-2730, found in box NCC12.

Box NCC6
1883(M-7049)

Copy of part of original volume F-2730, found in box NCC12.

Box NCC6
1884(M-7050)

Copy of part of original volume F-2730, found in box NCC12.

Box NCC6
1885(M-7051)

Copy of part of original volume F-2730, found in box NCC12.

Box NCC7
Originals

Patrons must use copies of Journals for 1838-1885 and then consult the originals if required.

1838-1842(L-2725)

Original of xerox copy, found in box NCC3. Also available on microfilm.

Box NCC8
1840-1846(L-2726)

Original of xerox copy, found in box NCC3. Also available on microfilm.

Box NCC8
1846-1866(F-2727)

Original of xerox copy, found in boxes NCC3 and NCC4. Also available on microfilm.

Box NCC9
1867-1873(F-2728)

Original of xerox copy, found in box NCC4. Also available on microfilm.

Box NCC10
1874-1881(F-2729)

Original of xerox copy, found in boxes NCC4 and NCC5.

Box NCC11
1882-1885(F-2730)

Original of xerox copy, found in box NCC6. Also available on microfilm.

Box NCC12
1886-1889(F-2731)
Box NCC13
1890-1893(F-2732)
Box NCC14
1894-1897(F-2733)
Box NCC15
1898-1901(F-2734)
Box NCC16
1902-1905(F-2735)
Box NCC17
1906-1909(F-2736)
Box NCC18
1910-1913(F-2737)
Box NCC19
Methodist boys in military service, lists and correspondence compiled by M. T. Plyler, 1918 Oct.-Dec.
Box NCC20
Raleigh Advocate Publishing Co.
Raleigh Christian Advocatefinancial papers and correspondence, 1879-1894 and undated
Box NCC20
Minute Book, 1902-1919(M-6910)
Box NCC20
Relief Society minutes, 1838-1847(M-2723)

An organization that gave financial aid to ministers, their widows, and children.

Box NCC20
Receipts and other material (MEC, MECS, MC), 1812-1953 and undated
Box NCC20
Sunday School Board minutes and reports, 1926-1931
(3 folders)
Box NCC20
Trials of Ministers
MECS vs J. T. Abernathy, 1891
(3 folders)
Box NCC20
MECS vs J. T. Bagwell, 1886
(2 folders)
Box NCC21
Appeal of D. D. Bailey, 1888, 1893
Box NCC21
MECS vs J. B. Bobbitt, 1888
(6 folders)
Box NCC21
MECS vs D. R. Bruton, 1890
Box NCC21
MECS vs W. A. Forbes, 1893
Box NCC21
MECS vs L. L. Hendren, 1885

[Minutes of this trial moved to Oversize Materials, Oversize Folder 4.]

Box NCC21
MECS vs R. J. Moorman, 1901
Box NCC21
MECS vs G. A. Oglesby, 1890
Box NCC21

District Records Subseries, 1866-1939

Comprises bound volumes of District Conference Minutes and Quarterly Conference Minutes that document the administrative activities of districts within the N.C. Conference. There may be some overlap with the Western N.C. Conference. Districts with the largest number of records include Durham (1885-1927), Elizabeth City (1911-1922), Raleigh (1914-1915 and 1935-1939), and Wilmington (1866-1898). The Elizabeth City District also includes reports from various circuits (1894-1910). Some districts were originally part of either the Va. or S.C. Conferences, and this is noted next to their name.

Arranged alphabetically by district name. Within each district name is included a list of counties represented in the district, as well as a list of the circuits, charges, and churches in this collection that were in that district. Names of districts represented in the Circuit, Charge, and Church Records Subseries but for which there no district-level records are also listed in this subseries. Date ranges in this series are given for district-level records only. Oversize items have been removed to the Oversize Materials section of this finding aid.

[Burlington District: No district records]

Counties represented in the Burlington District: Alamance.

Circuits, charges, and/or churches in this collection that were in the Burlington District: Mt. Hermon Circuit.

[Catawba District, N.C. and S.C. Conferences: No district records]

Counties represented in the Catawba District: Lincoln.

Circuits, charges, and/or churches in this collection that were in the Catawba District: Lincolnton Circuit.

[Charlotte District, N.C. and Western N.C. Conferences: No district records]

Counties represented in the Charlotte District: Anson, and Union.

Circuits, charges, and/or churches in this collection that were in the Charlotte District: Ansonville Circuit; and Monroe, Matthews and Clear Creek Circuits.

[Danville District, N.C. and Va. Conferences: No district records]

Counties represented in the Danville District: Caswell, Chatham, and Randolph.

Circuits, charges, and/or churches in this collection that were in the Danville District: Caswell Circuit; Cedar Falls Station and Franklinsville; Chatham Circuit; Franklinsville Circuit; and Yanceyville Circuit.

Durham District, 1885-1923, 1926-1927

Counties represented in the Durham District: Alamance, Caswell, Chatham, Durham, and Person.

Circuits, charges, and/or churches in this collection that were in the Durham District: Burlington Charge/Station; Burlington, Graham, and Haw River Charge; Carr Church; Duke Memorial Church; Durham Circuit; Front Street Charge/Church; Gregson Street Church; Haw River Circuit; Leasburg Circuit; Main Street Church; Milton Circuit/Charge; Pittsboro Circuit/Church/Charge; Woodsdale Circuit/Charge; and Yanceyville Circuit.

District Conference Minutes
1885-1895(F-2749)

Includes Hillsboro District, 1882-1884.

Box NCC22
1896-1912(F-2750)
Box NCC22
Quarterly Conference Minutes
1912-1913(F-2710)
Box NCC22
1914-1915(F-2713)
Box NCC22
1915-1916(M-2714)
Box NCC22
1916-1917(M-2715)
Box NCC23
1917-1918(M-2716)
Box NCC23
1918-1919(M-2717)
Box NCC23
1920-1921(M-2718)
Box NCC23
1922-1923(M-2719)
Box NCC23
1926-1927(M-4291)
Box NCC23
Quarterly Conference Minutes
1911-1912(M-2708)
Box NCC24
1912-1913(M-2709)
Box NCC24
1913-1914(M-2711)
Box NCC24
1919(M-2746)
Box NCC24
1919-1920(M-2821)
Box NCC24
1921(M-2747)
Box NCC24
1921-1922(M-2822)
Box NCC24
Reports from Various Circuits, 1894-1910
Box NCC25

Fayetteville District, 1922-1923

Counties represented in the Fayetteville District: Alamance, Bladen, Brunswick, Chatham, Montgomery, Richmond, and Wake.

Circuits, charges, and/or churches in this collection that were in the Fayetteville District: Buckhorn and Cokesbury Churches; Buckhorn Circuit; Cape Fear Circuit; Elizabeth Circuit/Charge; Haw River Circuit; Montgomery Circuit; Pittsboro Circuit/Church/Charge; and Rockingham Circuit.

Quarterly Conference Minutes, 1922-1923(M-2863)
Box NCC25

[Greensboro District: No district records. See also the Western N.C. Conference.]

Counties represented in the Greensboro District: Alamance, Caswell, Chatham, Forsyth, Guilford, Montgomery, Randolph, and Stokes.

Circuits, charges, and/or churches in this collection that were in the Greensboro District: Cedar Falls Station and Franklinsville; Chatham Circuit; Forsyth Circuit; Franklinsville Circuit; Guilford Circuit; Haw River Circuit; Montgomery Circuit; Pleasant Garden Circuit; Randolph Circuit; South Guilford Circuit; Stokes Circuit; Trinity College Circuit; and Yanceyville Circuit.

Hillsboro District, 1882-1884

Counties represented in the Hillsboro District: Alamance, Caswell, Chatham, Guilford, and Randolph.

Circuits, charges, and/or churches in this collection that were in the Hillsboro District: Cedar Falls Station and Franklinsville; Chatham Circuit; Franklinsville Circuit; Guilford Mission; Haw River Circuit; Leasburg Circuit; South Guilford and Pleasant Garden Circuits; and Yanceyville Circuit.

[District Conference Minutes, 1882-1884: Found in Durham District, District Conference Minutes, 1885-1896.]
Box NCC25

[Lincolnton District, N.C. and Va. Conferences: No district records. See also the Western N.C. Conference.]

Counties represented in the Lincolnton District: Lincoln.

Circuits, charges, and/or churches in this collection that were in the Lincolnton District: Lincolnton Circuit.

[Murfreesboro District, N.C. and Va. Conferences: No district records]

Counties represented in the Murfreesboro District: Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Hertford, Pasquotank, and Perquimans.

Circuits, charges, and/or churches in this collection that were in the Murfreesboro District: Bertie Circuit; Camden Circuit; Currituck Mission; Dare Circuit; Dare Mission; Gates Circuit; Gates and Bertie Circuit; Gates and Edenton Circuit; Hertford Circuit; Kitty Hawk Mission; Murfreesboro amd Gates Circuit; North Gates Circuit; Pasquotank Circuit; and Roanoke Island Circuit/Station.

New Bern District, 1893-1909

Counties represented in the New Bern District: Carteret and Craven.

Circuits, charges, and/or churches in this collection that were in the New Bern District: Newport and Trent Circuits.

District Conference Records, 1893-1909(F-2879)
Box NCC25

[Norfolk District, N.C. and Va. Conferences: No district records]

Counties represented in the Norfolk District: Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Hertford, and Pasquotank.

Circuits, charges, and/or churches in this collection that were in the Norfolk District: Bertie Circuit; Currituck Circuit; Currituck Mission; Dare Mission; Gates Circuit; Gates and Edenton Circuit; Murfreesboro and Gates Circuit; and Pasquotank Circuit.

Raleigh District, 1914-1915, 1935-1939

Counties represented in the Raleigh District: Alamance, Chatham, Randolph, Wake, and Warren.

Circuits, charges, and/or churches in this collection that were in the Durham District: Buckhorn and Cokesbury Churches; Buckhorn Circuit; Cary Circuit; Cedar Falls Station and Franklinsville; Chatham Circuit; Franklinsville Circuit; Haw River Circuit; and Henderson Station.

Quarterly Conference Minutes/Records
1914-1915(M-2712)
Box NCC25
1935-1936(M-4296)
Box NCC25
1936-1937(M-4297)
Box NCC25
1937-1938(M-4298)
Box NCC26
1938-1939(M-4299)
Box NCC26

Rockingham District, 1913-1914

Counties represented in the Rockingham District: Bladen.

Circuits, charges, and/or churches in this collection that were in the Rockingham District: Elizabeth Circuit/Charge.

Quarterly Conference Minutes/Minutes of Presiding Elder
1913-1914(M-2883)
Box NCC26

Salisbury District, N.C. and Va. Conferences, 1868-1875 (See also the Western N.C. Conference.)

Counties represented in the Salisbury District: Forsyth, and Iredell.

Circuits, charges, and/or churches in this collection that were in the Salisbury District: Forsyth Circuit; and Iredell Circuit.

District Conference Minutes, 1868-1875(L-2884)
Box NCC26

Shelby District, N.C. and S.C. Conferences, 1870-1876 (See also the Western N.C. Conference.)

Counties represented in the Shelby District: Burke, Cleveland, Gaston, and Lincoln.

Circuits, charges, and/or churches in this collection that were in the Durham District: Double Shoals Circuit; Gaston Circuit; Lincolnton Circuit; Lincolnton Station; Morganton Circuit; Rock Spring Circuit; and Stanley Creek Circuit.

District Conference Minutes
1870-1874

Includes minutes from 1867-1870, when district was in the S.C. Conference.

Box NCC27
1875-1876 and undated
Box NCC27

[Spartanburg District, N.C. and S.C. Conferences: No district records]

Counties represented in the Spartanburg District: Lincoln.

Circuits, charges, and/or churches in this collection that were in the Spartanburg District: Lincolnton Circuit.

[Suffolk District, N.C. and Va. Conferences: No district records]

Counties represented in the Suffolk District: Camden, Gates, Pasquotank, and Perquimans.

Circuits, charges, and/or churches in this collection that were in the Suffolk District: Camden Circuit; Gates Circuit; Hertford Circuit; North Gates Charge; Noth Gates Circuit; Pasquotank Circuit; and Perquimans Circuit.

Trinity College District, 1885-1890

Counties represented in the Trinity College District: Chatham, Guilford, and Randolph.

Circuits, charges, and/or churches in this collection that were in the Trinity College District: Cedar Falls Station and Franklinsville; Chatham Circuit; Franklinsville Circuit; Randolph Circuit; South Guilford and Pleasant Garden Circuits; and Trinity College Circuit.

District Conference Minutes, 1885-1890(M-4290)
Box NCC27

Warrenton District, 1913-1915

Counties represented in the Warrenton District: Halifax, and Warren.

Circuits, charges, and/or churches in this collection that were in the Warrenton District: Roanoke Circuit.

Quarterly Conference Minutes
1913-1914(M-2882)
Box NCC27
1914-1915(M-2881)
Box NCC27

Washington District, 1896-1910

Counties represented in the Washington District: Beaufort, Dare, Pamlico, Tyrrel, Warren, and [Unknown].

Circuits, charges, and/or churches in this collection that were in the Washington District: Bath Circuit; Columbia Circuit; Dare Circiut; First Methodist Church; Hatteras Circuit; Ocracoke and Hatteras Circuit; Roanoke Island Circuit/Station; and Washington Station.

District Conference Minutes, 1896-1910(F-2905)
Box NCC27
Quarterly Conference Minutes/Minutes of Presiding Elder
Box NCC28
1907(M-2906)
Box NCC28
1907-1908(M-2907)
Box NCC28

Wilmington District, 1866-1898

Counties represented in the Wilmington District: Bladen, Dare, and New Hanover.

Circuits, charges, and/or churches in this collection that were in the Wilmington District: Elizabeth Circuit/Charge; Fifth Street Charge/Church/Station; and Kitty Hawk Mission.

[District Conference Records, 1866-1898 (F-2908): Removed to Oversize Materials, Box OS1.]

Includes references to the need for public education. Minutes beginning in 1897 are housed in the Methodist Archives in Raleigh.

Box NCC28
[District Conference Minutes, 1892-1894 (F-2926): Removed to Oversize Materials, Box OS2.]
Box NCC28

[Yadkin District, N.C. and Va. Conferences: No district records]

Counties represented in the Yadkin District: Iredell.

Circuits, charges, and/or churches in this collection that were in the Yadkin District: Iredell Circuit.

Circuit, Charge, and Church Records Subseries, 1784-1974, bulk 1841-1919

Comprises primarily bound volumes of quarterly conference minutes that document the administrative life of Methodist Episcopal Church, South (MECS) circuits, charges, churches, missions, and stations in the eastern and central counties of North Carolina, especially those that until the late 1800s were part of the Virginia Conference. Counties with the most records in this subseries include Bladen, Caswell, Chatham, Dare (also Va.), Durham, Gates (also Va.), New Hanover, Perquimans (also Va.), and Wake. There is some overlap with the Western N.C. Conference. Records that span a large number of years and comprise a complete set of minutes during those years include Bath Circuit (Beaufort Co., 1849-1894), Dare Circuit (Dare Co., 1859-1903), Fifth Street Charge/Church/Station (New Hanover Co., 1844-1905), Gates Circuit (Gates Co., 1784-1911), Iredell Circuit (Iredell Co., 1823-1873), Leasburg Circuit (Caswell Co., 1883-1930), North Gates Circuit (Gates Co., 1884-1937), Pasquotank Circuit (Pasquotank Co., 1852-1906), Pittsboro Circuit (Chatham Co., 1854-1943), and Yanceyville Circuit (Caswell Co., 1844-1902).

Some of the oldest records, from 1784 to about 1851, include Bath Circuit (Beaufort Co., 1849-1891); Bertie Circuit (Gates Co., 1817-1822); Burlington, Graham, and Haw River Charge (Alamance Co., 1849-1852); Chatham Circuit (Chatham Co., 1833-1841); Currituck Circuit (Currituck Co., 1829-1838); Fifth Street Charge/Church/Station (New Hanover Co., 1844-1851); Gates Circuit (Gates Co., 1784-1840); Guilford Circuit (Guilford Co., 1832-1865); Iredell Circuit (Iredell Co., 1823-1873); Lincolton Circuit (Lincoln Co., 1828-1876); Newport and Trent Circuits (Carteret and Craven Cos., 1837-1844); and Yanceyville Circuit (Caswell Co., 1844-1877).

Some of the latest records, from 1930 to 1974, include Elizabeth Circuit (1875-1974), Duke Memorial Church (Durham Co., 1885-1970), North Gates Circuit (Gates Co., 1884-1937), Leasburg Circuit (Caswell Co., 1883-1930), and Pittsboro Circuit (Chatham Co., 1854-1943).

In addition to the quarterly conference minutes, there are also education, financial, missionary contribution, ministers, Sunday school, Epworth League, and Women's Missionary Society reports and minutes (Buckhorn Circuit, Wake Co.; Duke Memorial Church and Main Street Church, Durham Co.); membership, Sunday school, abstinence society, and class lists (Buckhorn Circuit, Wake Co.; Currituck Circuit, Currituck Co.; Forsyth Circuit, Forsyth Co.); plans of circuits (Currituck Circuit, Currituck Co.; Forsyth Circuit, Forsyth Co.); and notes, drawings, and inventories of church buildings and furniture (Iredell Circuit, Iredell Co.; Roanoke Circuit, Halifax Co.). The Buckhorn and Cokesbury Churches records (Haw River Circuit, Wake Co.) include subscription lists to support the gospel on Haw River and Buckhorn Circuits, 1855-1858.

Arranged by county (boundaries current in 2004) and then alphabetically by circuit, charge, church, mission, or station name. Records from counties in the western section of North Carolina can be found in the Western N.C. Conference Series. Additional information on circuits, charges, churches, missions, and stations may be found in the N.C. Conference Series, District Records Subseries, as well as the Historical Sketches Series, Circuits/Counties Subseries and the Churches/Cities Subseries. Information about ministers and other Methodists can be found alphabetically by last name in the Historical Sketches Series, Ministers Subseries, while overviews of Methodism in general, and in North Carolina and Virginia in specific, can be found in the Historical Sketches Series, Methodism Subseries. Oversize items have been removed to the Oversize Materials section of this finding aid. All circuit, charge, church, mission, and station names listed in this subseries can also be found alphabetically arranged without regard for their county, district, or conference location in the Circuit, Charge, and Station Index and the Church and Mission Index at the end of this finding aid. Baptismal records found in this collection can be located through the Baptismal Records Index.

[Buckhorn Circuit, multiple districts: see Wake Co., Buckhorn Circuit.]
Box NCC29
[Buckhorn Church: see Wake Co., Buckhorn Circuit, Buckhorn Church.
Box NCC29
[Cokesbury Church: see Wake Co., Buckhorn Circuit, Cokesbury Church.]
Box NCC29
Burlington Charge/Station, Durham District, 1897-1900, 1903-1906 (See also Durham Co., Front Street Church.)
Quarterly Conference Minutes
1897-1900(M-2753)

Includes Burlington, Graham, and Haw River Charge, 1897-1898; and Front Street Charge, 1900.

Box NCC29
1903-1906(M-2756)
Box NCC29
[Burlington, Graham, and Haw River Charge, Durham District, 1897-1898: Found in Alamance Co., Burlington Charge, Quarterly Conference Minutes, 1897-1900.]
Box NCC29
Haw River Circuit, multiple districts, 1841-1852, 1854-1887
[Buckhorn Church: See Wake Co., Buckhorn Circuit, Buckhorn Church.]
Box NCC29
Church Book, 1841-1852(M-6170)
Box NCC29
[Cokesbury Church: See Wake Co., Buckhorn Circuit, Cokesbury Church.]
Box NCC29
Quarterly Conference Minutes, 1854-1887(F-2864)

Includes Pittsboro Circuit, 1868-1887.

Box NCC29
Mt. Hermon Circuit, Burlington District, Class Book, 1895-1898 (F-5916)
Box NCC29
[Pittsboro Circuit, Durham District: See Chatham Co., Pittsboro Circuit.]
Box NCC29
Ansonville Circuit, Charlotte District, Quarterly Conference Minutes, 1860-1881 (L-2745)
Box NCC30
Bath Circuit, Washington District, 1849-1902
Box NCC30
[Church Records, 1860-1902 (F-2892): Removed to Oversize Materials, Box OS3.]
Box NCC30
Quarterly Conference Minutes
1849-1891(F-2895)
Box NCC30
1891-1894(M-2893)
Box NCC30
Pantego Circuit/Charge, Elizabeth City District, Quarterly Conference Minutes 1896-1898 (M-2847 and one folder)
Box NCC30
Elizabeth Circuit/Charge, mulitple districts, 1875-1933, 1945-1974
Box NCC30
Church Register
No. 1, 1888-1903 (Also available in microfilm.)
Box NCC30
[No. 2, 1898-1930: Removed to Oversize Materials, Box OS3. Also available in microfilm.]
Box NCC30
Quarterly Conference Minutes
1875-1887(M-2913)
Box NCC30
1887-1891(M-2918)
Box NCC30
1892-1895(M-2914)
Box NCC30
1896-1899(M-2915)
Box NCC31
1900-1903(M-2916)
Box NCC31
1904-1907(M-2917)
Box NCC31
1908-1949 (Also available on microfilm.)
(1-7 of 8 volumes or folders)
Box NCC31
1908-1949 (Also available on microfilm.)
(8 of 8 volumes or folders)
Box NCC32
Singletary Church
Church Register, 1883-1974 (bulk 1900-1952)
Box NCC32
Quarterly Conference Minutes
1895-1905(M-4293)
Box NCC32
1905-1920(M-4294)
Box NCC32
Cape Fear Circuit, Fayetteville District, Quarterly Conference Minutes, 1865-1870
Box NCC32
Morganton Circuit, Shelby District, 1857-1872
Box NCC32
Brindletown Church Class Book, 1857-1872(S-96)
Box NCC32
Camden Circuit, multiple districts, 1877-1909
Box NCC32
Quarterly Conference Minutes/Records
1877-1885
Box NCC32
1886-1889(M-2931)
Box NCC32
1890(M-2932)
Box NCC32
1891-1893(M-2932)
Box NCC32
1893-1897(M-2933)
Box NCC32
1898-1901(M-2818)
Box NCC33
1901-1905(M-2819)
Box NCC33
1905-1909(M-2820)
Box NCC33
[Pasquotank Circuit, multiple districts: See Pasquotank Co., Pasquotank Circuit.]
Box NCC33
South Camden Circuit, Elizabeth City District, Quarterly Conference Minutes, 1899-1902 (M-2862)
Box NCC33
Newport and Trent Circuits, New Bern District, Quarterly Conference Minutes, 1837-1844 (M-2928)
Box NCC33
[Caswell Circuit, Danville District, 1844-1854: Found in Caswell Co., Yanceyville Circuit, Quarterly Conference Minutes, 1844-1877.]
Box NCC33
Leasburg Circuit, multiple districts, 1883-1930
Bethany Church, Church Conference Minutes, 1884-1902(M-2748)

Includes Leasburg Church, 1883-1902.

Box NCC33
[Leasburg Church, 1883-1902: Found in Caswell Co., Leasburg Circuit, Bethany Church, Church Conference Minutes, 1884-1902.]
Box NCC33
Quarterly Conference Minutes
1883-1886(M-2878)
Box NCC33
1887-1890(M-2790)
Box NCC34
1891-1894(M-2791)
Box NCC34
1895-1898(M-2792)
Box NCC34
1899-1902(M-2793)
Box NCC34
1903-1906(M-2794)
Box NCC34
1907-1910(M-2795)
Box NCC34
1911-1914(M-2796)
Box NCC34
1923-1926(M-2797)
Box NCC34
1926-1930(M-2798)
Box NCC34
Union Church, Hillsboro District, Church Conference Minutes, 1883-1904(M-2789)
Box NCC35
Milton Circuit/Charge, Durham District, 1894-1901, 1902-1908
Quarterly Conference Minutes
1894-1897(M-2805)
Box NCC35
1898-1901(M-2806)
Box NCC35
1902-1908(M-2814)

Includes Person Co., Woodsdale Circuit/Charge.

Box NCC35
Yanceyville Circuit, multiple districts, 1855-1877, 1891-1902
Quarterly Conference Minutes
1844-1877

Includes Caswell Circuit, 1844-1854.

Box NCC35
1891-1894(M-2815)
Box NCC35
1895-1899(M-2816)
Box NCC35
1899-1902(M-2817)
Box NCC35

Chatham Co., 1833-1841, 1854-1943

[For more on Chatham Co., see also the Historical Sketches Series, Ministers Subseries, Asbury, Francis.]

[Chatham Circuit, multiple districts, 1833-1841: Found in Randolph Co., Franklinsville Circuit, Quarterly Conference Minutes, 1849-1871.]
Box NCC36
Pittsboro Circuit/Church/Charge, multiple districts, 1854-1943
Church Register, 1894-1901(F-2807)
Box NCC36
Quarterly Conference Minutes/Records
1854-1923
(2 folders)
Box NCC36
[1868-1887: Found in Alamance Co., Haw River Circuit, Quarterly Conference Minutes, 1854-1887.]
Box NCC36
1888-1891(M-2808)
Box NCC36
1892-1894(M-2809)
Box NCC36
1895-1898(M-2865)
Box NCC36
1899-1902(M-2866)
Box NCC36
1903-1906(M-2867)
Box NCC36
1907-1910(M-2868)
Box NCC36
1911-1914(M-2869)
Box NCC37
1915-1918(M-2870)
Box NCC37
1919-1922(M-2871)
Box NCC37
1923-1927(M-2872)
Box NCC37
1926-1930(M-2810)
Box NCC37
1930-1934(M-2873)
Box NCC37
1939-1943(M-2812)
Box NCC37
Chowan Circuit, Elizabeth City District, Quarterly Conference Minutes, 1896-1897 (M-2823)
Box NCC37
[Gates and Edenton Circuit, multiple districts, 1822-1824: Found in Gates Co., Gates Circuit, Recording Steward's Book, 1817-1872.]
Box NCC37
Double Shoals Circuit, Shelby District, Quarterly Conference Records, 1884-1887 (M-2887)
Box NCC37
Rock Spring Circuit, Shelby District, 1868-1895
Box NCC38
Church Register, 1881-1895(M-2889)
Box NCC38
Quarterly Conference Minutes
[1868-1876: Found in Lincoln Co., Lincolnton Circuit, Quarterly Conference Minutes, 1828-1876.]
Box NCC38
[1877-1880(F-2890): Removed to Oversize Materials, Box OS3.]
Box NCC38
Currituck Circuit, Norfolk District, 1829-1860
Mount Zion Meeting House, (MEC), Church Book, 1829-1838

Includes records of an abstinence society and an annotated members list.

Box NCC38
Letter from J. B. Houk, 1860

Includes description and plan of circuit.

Box NCC38
[Quarterly Conference Minutes, 1859: Found in Dare Co., Dare Circuit, Quarterly Conference Minutes, 1859-1878.]
Box NCC38
[Currituck Mission, multiple districts, 1860, 1867-1870: Found in Dare Co., Dare Circuit, Quarterly Conference Minutes, 1859-1878.]
Box NCC38
Moyock Circuit, Elizabeth City District, Quarterly Conference Minutes, 1907-1910 (M-2846)
Box NCC38
Dare Circuit, multiple districts, 1859-1878, 1889-1903
Box NCC38
Quarterly Conference Minutes
1859-1878(M-2934)

Includes Currituck Circuit, 1859; Currituck Mission, 1860 and 1867-1870; and Dare Mission, 1871-1872.

Box NCC38
1888-1891(M-2949)

Includes Roanoke Island and Dare Circuit, 1888. Also available on microfilm.

Box NCC38
1892-1895(M-2897)
Box NCC38
1896-1899(M-2826)
Box NCC38
1900-1903(M-2827)
Box NCC38
[Dare Mission, multiple districts, 1859-1872: Found in Dare Co., Dare Circuit, Quarterly Conference Minutes, 1859-1878.]
Box NCC38
Hatteras Circuit, multiple districts, 1887-1890, 1896-1911
Quarterly Conference Minutes
1887-1890(M-2899)
Box NCC38
1896-1899(M-2832)
Box NCC38
1900-1903(M-2833)
Box NCC39
1904-1907(M-2834)
Box NCC39
1908-1911(M-2835)
Box NCC39
Kitty Hawk Charge, Elizabeth City District, Quarterly Conference Minutes, 1910
Box NCC39
Kitty Hawk Circuit, Elizabeth City District, 1896-1899, 1904-1911
Quarterly Conference Minutes
1896-1899(M-2843)
Box NCC39
1904-1907(M-2844)
Box NCC39
1908-1911(M-2845)
Box NCC39
Kitty Hawk Mission, multiple districts, 1888-1891
Quarterly Conference Minutes, 1888-1891(M-2940)
Box NCC39
Roanoke Island Circuit/Station, multiple districts, 1888, 1892-1913
Quarterly Conference Minutes
[1888: Found in Dare Co., Dare Circuit, Quarterly Conference Minutes, 1888-1891.]
Box NCC39
1892-1895(M-2900)
Box NCC39
1896-1899(M-2858)
Box NCC39
1900-1903(M-2859)
Box NCC40
1904-1907(M-2860)
Box NCC40
1908-1911(M-2861)
Box NCC40
1900-1913
Box NCC40
Carr Church, Durham District, Register of Members, 1887-1897 (M-2767)
Box NCC40
Duke Memorial Church, Durham District, 1885-1941, 1944-1956, 1961-1963, 1966, 1969-1970 (See also Main Street Church/Charge.)
Board of Stewards' Minutes,
1916-1923(M-2768)
Box NCC40
1945 Jan.-1956 June
(1-3 of 5 folders)
Box NCC40
1945 Jan.-1956 June
(4-5 of 5 folders)
Box NCC41
Church Directories, 1966, 1969
Box NCC41
Church Register, 1885-1924(F-2780)
Box NCC41
Commemorative Programs, 1944, 1963
Box NCC41
Epworth League
Annual Report, 1909(M-2769)
Box NCC41
Record Book, 1911(M-2770)
Box NCC41
Record Book, Senior Division, 1911-1912(M-2771)
Box NCC41
Historical Materials, 1886-1932, 1954, 1966, 1970
Box NCC41
List of Members
1919-1923(M-2772)
Box NCC41
1924(M-2773)
Box NCC41
Pastor's Aides Bulletin, 1961-1962
Box NCC41
Quarterly Conference Minutes/Records
1915-1920(M-2774)
Box NCC41
1921-1924(M-2775)
Box NCC42
1925-1928(M-2776)
Box NCC42
1928-1932(M-2777)
Box NCC42
1933-1935(M-2778)
Box NCC42
1935-1941(L-2779)
Box NCC42
Women's Missionary Society
Minutes and papers, 1919-1933
Box NCC42
Minutes
1917 Sept.-1922 Oct. 9 (M-2781)
Box NCC42
1922 Nov.-1925 July (M-2782)
Box NCC43
1934-1935(M-2783)
Box NCC43
Roll Book
1912-1924(M-2784)
Box NCC43
1927-1929
Box NCC43
Durham Circuit, Durham District, 1889-1934
Church Register
1889-1906(M-2786)
Box NCC43
1908-1925(F-2787)
Box NCC43
Quarterly Conference Minutes
1895-1898(M-2757)
Box NCC43
1903-1906(M-2758)
Box NCC43
1907-1910(M-2759)
Box NCC43
1911-1914(M-2760)
Box NCC43
1915-1918(M-2761)
Box NCC44
1919-1922(M-2762)
Box NCC44
1922-1926(M-2763)
Box NCC44
1927-1930(M-2764)
Box NCC44
1930-1934(M-2765)
Box NCC44
[Front Street Church, Durham District, 1900: Found in Alamance Co., Burlington Charge, Quarterly Conference Minutes, 1897-1900.]
Box NCC44
Gregson Street Church, Durham District, Register of Members, 1908-1927 (F-2788)
Box NCC44
Main Street Church/Charge, Durham District, 1885-1910 (See also Durham Co., Duke Memorial Church.)
Bethany Sunday School, 1891-1896
(2 folders)
Box NCC44
Board of Stewards' Record of Proceedings, 1891-1908(M-2800)
Box NCC44
Church Assessments, 1900(L-2801)
Box NCC45
Quarterly Conference Minutes/Records
1890-1893(M-2751)
Box NCC45
1894-1898(M-2752)
Box NCC45
1899-1902(M-2754)
Box NCC45
1903-1906(M-2755)
Box NCC45
1906-1910(M-2802)
Box NCC45
Register of Members
1885-1909(F-2803)
Box NCC45
1890(M-2804)
Box NCC45
Forsyth Circuit, multiple districts, 1857-1866, 1875-1876
Box NCC46
Mt. Pleasant Church, Class Book, 1857-1866
Box NCC46
Plan of Forsyth Circuit and Preacher's Class Book, 1875-1876
Box NCC46
Gaston Circuit, Shelby District, Quarterly Conference Minutes, 1864-1890

Includes Lincolnton Station, 1864-1868; Lincolnton Circuit, 1869-1881; and Stanley Creek Circuit, 1890.

Box NCC46
[Stanley Creek Circuit, Shelby District, 1890: Found in Gaston Co., Gaston Circuit, Quarterly Conference Minutes, 1864-1890.]
Box NCC46

Gates Co., 1784-1937

[For more on Gates Co., see also the Historical Sketches Series, Ministers Subseries, Asbury, Francis.]

[Bertie Circuit, multiple districts, 1817-1822: Found in Gates Co., Gates Circuit, Recording Steward's Book, 1817-1872.]
Box NCC46
Gates Circuit, multiple districts, 1784-1911
[Church Register, Suffolk and Other Districts, 1784-1840, 1866-1877 (F-5016): Removed to Oversize Materials, Box OS4. Also available on microfilm.]
Box NCC46
Quarterly Conference Minutes
1872-1891(F-2936)
Box NCC46
1891-1895(M-2937)
Box NCC46
1896-1899(M-2928)
Box NCC46
1900-1903(M-2929)
Box NCC46
1904-1907(M-2830)
Box NCC46
1908-1911(M-2831)
Box NCC46
Recording Steward's Book and laid in records (financial reports to Quarterly Conference), 1817-1872
(2 folders)

Includes Bertie Circuit, 1817-1822; Gates and Bertie Circuit, 1830-1831; Gates and Edenton Circuit, 1822-1824; Gates Circuit, 1825-1872; and Murfreesboro and Gates Circuit, 1824-1825.

Box NCC47
[Gates and Bertie Circuit, multiple districts, 1830-1831: Found in Gates Co., Gates Circuit, Recording Steward's Book, 1817-1872.]
Box NCC47
North Gates Charge, Suffolk District, Quarterly Conference Minutes, 1892-1894
Box NCC48
North Gates Circuit, multiple districts, 1884-1937
[Church Register 1884-1937 (F-5013): Removed to Oversize Materials, Box OS5.]
Box NCC48
Quarterly Conference Minutes
1888-1892(M-2941)
Box NCC48
1892-1895 (M-2942 and one folder)
Box NCC48
1895-1898(M-2848)
Box NCC48
1898-1902(M-2849)
Box NCC48
1907-1910(M-2943)
Box NCC48
Guilford Circuit, Greensboro District, 1832-1865
Box NCC48
Quarterly Conference Minutes
1832-1865 (L-3543 and one folder) (Also available on microfilm.)

Missing 1854-1861. Includes Xerox copies of pages 1-37.

Box NCC48
[1861: Found in Guilford Co., South Guilford and Pleasant Garden Circuits, Quarterly Conference Minutes, 1861-1883.]
Box NCC48
[Guilford Mission, Hillsboro District, 1867: Found in Randolph Co., Franklinsville Circuit, Quarterly Conference Minutes, 1849-1871.]
Box NCC48
[Pleasant Garden Circuit, Greensboro District, 1880-1883: Found in Guilford Co., South Guilford and Pleasant Garden Circuits, Quarterly Conference Minutes, 1861-1883.]
Box NCC48
South Guilford Circuit, Greensboro District, 1862-1879
Quarterly Conference Minutes
[1862: Found in Randolph Co., Franklinsville Circuit, Quarterly Conference Minutes, 1849-1871.]
Box NCC48
[1863-1879: Found in Guilford Co., South Guilford and Pleasant Garden Circuits, Quarterly Conference Minutes, 1861-1883.]
Box NCC48
South Guilford and Pleasant Garden Circuits, multiple districts, 1861-1883
Quarterly Conference Minutes, 1861-1883

Includes Guilford Circuit, 1861; Franklinsville Circuit, 1862; South Guilford Circuit, 1863-1879; Trinity College Circuit, 1863; Pleasant Garden Circuit, 1880-1883. There are no minutes for 1866-1867 and 1873.

Box NCC48
Roanoke Circuit, Warrenton District, 1882-1885 and undated

Circuit located mostly in Halifax Co., N.C., but also includes town of Littleton, Warren Co. Includes Tabor Church, Calvary Church, New Hope Church, Littleton Church, Bethel Church, and Pegram's Church, as well as an inventory of parsonage furniture (1882). Edward Alston Thorne was a prominent layman.

Box NCC48
Quarterly Conference Financial Papers, 1885 and undated
Box NCC48
Quarterly Conference Record Book, 1882-1885
Box NCC48
[Murfreesboro and Gates Circuit, multiple districts, 1824-1825: Found in Gates Co., Gates Circuit, Recording Steward's Book, 1817-1872.]
Box NCC48
Friendship Congregation (MP), unknown district, meeting minutes, 1871
Box NCC49
Iredell Circuit, multiple districts, 1823-1873
Church Records, 1834-1850(L-2885)

Volume includes notes and drawings on church buildings. Also includes a photographic copy of one of the church building drawings.

Box NCC49
Quarterly Conference Minutes
1823-1851(M-2939)
Box NCC49
1852-1873(M-2886)
Box NCC49
Lincolnton Circuit, multiple districts, 1828-1867, 1869-1881
Box NCC49
Quarterly Conference Minutes
1828-1876

Includes Rock Spring Circuit, 1868-1876.

Box NCC49
[1869-1881: Found in Gaston Co., Gaston Circuit, Quarterly Conference Minutes, 1864-1890.]
Box NCC50
[Lincolnton Station, Shelby District, 1864-1868: Found in Gaston Co., Gaston Circuit, Quarterly Conference Minutes, 1864-1890.]
Box NCC50
Montgomery Circuit, multiple districts, 1854-1880
Box NCC50
Mt. Olivet Church, Class book, 1854-1880(S-2722)
Box NCC50
Fifth Street Charge/Church/Station, Wilmington District, 1844-1905
Box NCC50
Church Conference Minutes, 1903-1905(M-2912)
Box NCC50
Church Register
1851-1884(M-2925)
Box NCC50
1885-1888(M-2921)
Box NCC50
Quarterly Conference Minutes/Records
1844-1870(M-2919)
Box NCC50
1873-1880(M-2920)
Box NCC50
1880-1888(M-2909)
Box NCC50
1888-1892(M-2910)
Box NCC51
1892-1896(M-2922)
Box NCC51
1896-1900(M-2911)
Box NCC51
1900-1904(M-2923)
Box NCC51
1904-1905
Box NCC51
Ocracoke and Hatteras Circuit, Washington District, Quarterly Conference Minutes, 1892-1895 (M-2720)
Box NCC51
Elizabeth City Station, probably Elizabeth City District, 1858-1873

[For more on Elizabeth City Station, see also Historical Sketches Series, Ministers Subseries, Overman, John P.]

Box NCC51
A Record of the Proceedings of the Board of Official Members, 1858-1873
Box NCC51
Kitrell's Church, Elizabeth City District, 1898-1904
Church Conference Minutes, 1898-1904(M-2842)
Box NCC51
Quarterly Conference Minutes, 1899
Box NCC51
Pasquotank Circuit, multiple districts, 1852-1887, 1892-1899, 1902-1906

Circuit located in Pasquotank, Perquimans, and Camden counties and includes McBrides Church, Newland Church, Newbegun Church, Union Church, Mt. Hermon Church, Halls Creek Church, Oak Grove Church, New Hope Church, Concord Church, Providence Church, Mt. Zion Church, and Woodville Church.

Church Register, 1854-1858(M-2944)
Box NCC51
Quarterly Conference Minute Book/Minutes
Box NCC52
1852-1883
Box NCC52
1883-1887(M-2945)
Box NCC52
1892-1899 (four folders)
Box NCC52
1902-1906
(2 folders)
Box NCC52
Hertford Church, Elizabeth City District, Sunday School Record Book, 1904-1905 (M-2841)
Box NCC52
Hertford Circuit, multiple districts, 1874-1904
Quarterly Conference Minutes
1874-1891(F-2836)
Box NCC52
1892-1894(M-2938)
Box NCC53
1894-1897(M-2837)
Box NCC53
1898(M-2838)
Box NCC53
1899-1902(M-2839)
Box NCC53
1902-1904(M-2840)
Box NCC53
[Pasquotank Circuit, multiple districts: See Pasquotank Co., Pasquotank Circuit.]
Box NCC53
Perquimans Circuit, multiple districts, 1892-1918
Quarterly Conference Minutes
1892-1895 (four folders)
Box NCC53
1895-1898(M-2852)
Box NCC53
1898-1902(M-2853)
Box NCC53
1902-1906(M-2854)
Box NCC54
1906-1910(M-2855)
Box NCC54
1910-1914(M-2856)
Box NCC54
1914-1918(M-2857)
Box NCC54
[Woodsdale Circuit/Charge, Durham District, 1902-1903: Found in Caswell Co., Milton Circuit, Quarterly Conference Minutes, 1902-1908.]
Box NCC54
[Franklinsville and Cedar Falls Station, various districts, 1872: Found in Randolph Co., Franklinsville Circuit, Quarterly Conference Minutes, 1849-1872.]
Box NCC54
Franklinsville Circuit, multiple districts, 1849-1872
Quarterly Conference Minutes
1849-1872(F-2880)

Includes Chatham Circuit, 1833-1841; Guilford Mission, 1867; South Guilford Circuit, 1862; and Franklinsville and Cedar Falls Station, 1872.

Box NCC54
[1862: Found in Guilford Co., South Guilford and Pleasant Garden Circuits, Quarterly Conference Minutes, 1861-1883.]
Box NCC54
Randolph Circuit, multiple districts, 1841-1854, 1875-1899
Church Register (facsimile copy), 1885-1898
Box NCC54
Quarterly Conference Minutes
1875-1887
Box NCC54
1881-1899 and undated

Includes ministers' reports.

Box NCC54
1888-1892 (fascimile copy) (M-2891)

Contains lists of members and registers of deaths and disposals, baptisms, and marriages. Purchased and begun by Rev. Frank H. Wood. Includes Trinity College Church. Original register is in the custody of the Mt. Vernon United Methodist Church, Trinity, N.C.

Box NCC55
Tabernacle and Union Churches, 1841-1854
Sunday School Minute Book 1841-1854(M-3830)
Box NCC55
[Trinity College Circuit, multiple districts, 1863: Found in Guilford Co., South Guilford and Pleasant Garden Circuits, Quarterly Conference Minutes, 1861-1883.]
Box NCC55
Rockingham Circuit, Fayetteville District, Quarterly Conference Minutes, 1845-1869
Box NCC55
Stokes Circuit, Greensboro District, 1860-1877
Box NCC55
Stokesburg Church, Class Book, 1860-1877
Box NCC55
Columbia Circuit, Elizabeth City and Washington Districts, 1892-1894, 1900-1903, 1908-1911
Box NCC55
Quarterly Conference Minutes
1892-1895(M-2896)
Box NCC55
1900-1903(M-2824)
Box NCC55
1908-1911(M-2825)
Box NCC55
Monroe, Matthews and Clear Creek Circuits, Charlotte District
Box NCC55
Register (Fascimile), 1877-1886

[Patrons should use copies of register and then consult originals if required.]

Box NCC55
Register (Original), 1877-1886

[Patrons should use copies of register and then consult originals if required.]

Box NCC55A
Buckhorn Circuit, multiple districts, 1850-1853, 1855-1901, and undated

Circuit includes Apex Church, Cokesbury Church, Buckhorn Church, Harnett Chapel, Olive Branch Church, Pleasant Plains Church, Ebenezer Church, and Holly Springs Church.

Box NCC55
Buckhorn Church, Class Books, 1850-1853, 1855-1866
(3 volumes)
Box NCC55
Buckhorn and Cokesbury Churches, Subscription to support the gospel on Haw River and Buckhorn Circuits, 1855-1858
Box NCC55
Church property petitions and reports, 1874-1900
Box NCC55
Education reports, undated
Box NCC55
Financial reports, 1876-1900
Box NCC55
Membership and Sunday School lists, meeting minutes, and reports, 1857-1901 and undated
(2 folders)
Box NCC55
Memorials of deceased ministers, 1884-1900
Box NCC56
Minister's reports to circuit quarterly conference, 1873-1895
Box NCC56
Missionary contribution reports, 1897-1898, 1900-1901 and undated
Box NCC56
Quarterly Conference Minutes, 1871-1901
(2 folders)
Box NCC56
Resolutions and Appointments, [ca. 1869] and undated
Box NCC56
State of the Church reports to the circuit, 1871-1901 and undated
Box NCC56
Steward meeting minutes, 1871-1901
Box NCC56
Cary Circuit, Raleigh District, Quarterly Conference Minutes, 1912 (M-4292)
Box NCC56
Franklinton Methodist Sunday School (MECS and MC), Records, 1901-1944
Box NCC56
[Henderson Station, Raleigh District, Treasurer's Book, 1888-1894 (F-6620): Removed to Oversize Materials, Box OS4.]
Box NCC56
[Roanoke Circuit, Warrenton District: See Halifax Co., Roanoke Circuit.]
Box NCC56
Washinton Station, Washington District, 1887-1914
Box NCC56
Church Conference Minutes, 1891-1911(M-2903)
Box NCC56
Church Register, 1887-1893(M-2901)
Box NCC56
Quarterly Conference Minutes
1891-1894(M-2902)
Box NCC56
1911-1914(M-2904)
Box NCC56
Zion Methodist Episcopal Sunday School, Librarian's Book, 1887-1889
Box NCC56
Bethany Church, Elizabeth City District, Quarterly Conference Minutes, 1912
Box NCC56
First Methodist Church, Washington District, Quarterly Conference Minutes, 1911-1913 (M-2898)
Box NCC56

Western N.C. Conference records Series, 1884-1962 and undated

Comprises primarily bound volumes of quarterly conference minutes and church registers that document the administrative life of Methodist Episcopal Church, South (MECS) and Methodist Church (MC) circuits, charges, churches, missions, and stations in the western and west central counties of North Carolina. Counties include Alamance, Ashe, Burke, Catawba, Cleveland, Davidson, Forsyth, Iredell, Lincoln, Randolph, Rowan, and Yadkin, among others (1893-1932). The series also includes financial, administrative, and legal records for the Board of Missions and Church Extension of the Western N.C. Conference of the MECS (1909-1952) as well as quarterly conference and district conference minutes and trustees minutes for districts within the Western N.C. Conference including, among others, the Asheville and Winston-Salem districts (1912-1935). There is some overlap with the N.C. Conference. All records are MECS unless noted otherwise by the abbreviation MC for Methodist Church. Arranged in three subseries: Conference Records, District Records, and Circuit, Charge, and Church Records.

Conference Records Subseries, 1902-1952 and undated

Comprises primarily accounting ledgers, financial records, executive committee meeting minutes, and correspondence (1909-1952) for the Board of Missions and Church Extension of the Western N.C. Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South (MECS) and the Methodist Church (MC). Also includes a Minute Book for the Board of Finance (1919-1939) and a journal of the annual conference (1902-1905). Arranged alphabetically. Oversize materials have been removed to the Oversize Materials section of this finding aid.

Board of Finance Minute Book, (MECS and MC), 1919-1939(L-2951)
Box WNC1
Board of Missions and Church Extension
Accounting ledger, 1909-1938
Box WNC1
Applications for aid (MECS and MC), 1912-1952
(1-6 of 19 folders)
Box WNC1
Applications for aid (MECS and MC), 1912-1952
(7-17 of 19 folders)
Box WNC2
Applications for aid (MECS and MC), 1912-1952
(18-19 of 19 folders)
Box WNC3
Bank Book, 1915-1936
Box WNC3
Bank statements and cancelled checks (MECS and MC), 1934-1951
(8 folders)
Box WNC3
Executive Committee meeting minutes (MECS and MC), 1926-1942
(1-3 of 6 folders)
Box WNC3
Executive Committee meeting minutes (MECS and MC), 1926-1942
(4-6 of 6 folders)
Box WNC4
Letters (MECS and MC), 1927-1950 and undated
(1-9 of 30 folders)
Box WNC4
Letters (MECS and MC), 1927-1950 and undated
(10-20 of 30 folders)
Box WNC5
Letters (MECS and MC), 1927-1950 and undated
(21-30 of 30 folders)
Box WNC6
Treasurer of the Conference (MC), 1938-1942
Box WNC6
[Journal of the Western N.C. Conference, 1902-1905 (F-4289): Removed to Oversize Materials, Box OS6.]
Box WNC6

District Records Subseries, 1894-1935

Comprises bound volumes of quarterly or district conference minutes and trustees minutes that document the administrative activities of districts within the Western N.C. Conference. There may be some overlap with the N.C. Conference. Districts with the largest number of records include Asheville (1912-1916) and Winston-Salem (1924-1935). Some districts were originally part of the either the Va. or S.C. Conferences, and this is noted next to their name.

Arranged alphabetically by district name. Within most district names is included a list of counties represented in the district, as well as a list of the circuits, charges, and churches in this collection that were in that district. Names of districts represented in the Circuit, Charge, and Church Records Subseries but for which there no district-level records are also listed in this subseries. However, a list of counties and circuits, charges, and churches is not included for those districts for which the collection does not include circuit-level records. Date ranges in this series are given for district-level records only. Oversize materials have been removed to the Oversize Materials section of this finding aid.

Quarterly Conference Minutes
1912-1913(M-5367)
Box WNC7
1913-1914(M-5368)
Box WNC7
1914-1915(M-5369)
Box WNC7
1915-1916(M-5370)

Includes Shelby Station and Central Shelby, 1917-1920.

Box WNC7
[District Conference Minutes and Trustees Minutes, 1913-1934 (F-4289): Removed to Oversize Materials, Box OS7.]
Box WNC7
Quarterly Conference Minutes, 1910-1911
Box WNC7

[Gastonia District: No district records]

Counties represented in the Gastonia District: Lincoln.

Circuits, charges, and/or churches in this collection that were in the Gastonia District: First Methodist Church/Station.

[Greensboro District: No district records. See also the N.C. Conference.]

Counties represented in the Greensboro District: Alamance, and Randolph.

Circuits, charges, and/or churches in this collection that were in the Greensboro District: Alamance Circuit; Randolph Circuit/Charge, and West Randolph Circuit.

[Lexington District: No district records]

Counties represented in the Lexington District: Davidson, and Forsyth.

Circuits, charges, and/or churches in this collection that were in the Lexington District: Lexington Circuit, and Winston Circuit.

[Lincolnton District: No district records. See also the N.C. Conference.]

Counties represented in the Lincolnton District: Lincoln.

Circuits, charges, and/or churches in this collection that were in the Lincolnton District: First Methodist Church/Station.

[North Wilkesboro District: No district records]

Counties represented in the North Wilkesboro District: Ashe.

Circuits, charges, and/or churches in this collection that were in the North Wilkesboro District: Jefferson Circuit.

[Mount Airy District: No district records]

Counties represented in the Mount Airy District: probably Yadkin.

Circuits, charges, and/or churches in this collection that were in the Mount Airy District: West Davie Circuit.

[Salisbury District, Western N.C. and Va. Conferences: No district records. See also the N.C. Conference.]

Counties represented in the Salisbury District: Rowan.

Circuits, charges, and/or churches in this collection that were in the Salisbury District: Salisbury and Church Street Church.

[Shelby District, Western N.C. and S.C. Conferences: No district records. See also the N.C. Conference.]

Counties represented in the Shelby District: Cleveland, and Lincoln.

Circuits, charges, and/or churches in this collection that were in the Shelby District: Double Shoals and Polkville Circuits; First Methodist Church/Station; Polkville Church; Polkville Circuit; and Shelby Station and Central Shelby.

Statesville District, 1894

Counties represented in the Statesville District: Burke, Catawba, and Iredell.

Circuits, charges, and/or churches in this collection that were in the Statesville District: Broad Street Church; Catawba Circuit; Iredell Charge; and Morganton Circuit.

Quarterly Conference Minutes of Presiding Elder, 1894(M-2977)
Box WNC7

[Thomasville District: No district records]

Counties represented in the Thomasville District: Catawba.

Circuits, charges, and/or churches in this collection that were in the Thomasville District: Catawba Circuit; and Hopewell Church.

Winston-Salem District, 1924-1935

Counties represented in the Winston-Salem District: Forsyth.

Circuits, charges, and/or churches in this collection that were in the Winston-Salem District: Winston Circuit.

Quarterly Conference Minutes
1924-1925(M-5000)
Box WNC8
1925-1926(M-5001)
Box WNC8
1926-1927(M-5002)
Box WNC8
1927-1928(M-5003)
Box WNC8
1928-1929(M-5004)
Box WNC8
1934-1935
Box WNC8

Circuit, Charge, and Church Records Subseries, 1884-1962,bulk 1893-1932

Comprises primarily bound volumes of quarterly conference minutes and church registers that document the administrative life of Methodist Episcopal Church, South (MECS) and Methodist Church (MC) circuits, charges, churches, missions, and stations in the western and west central counties of North Carolina. There is some overlap with the N.C. Conference. Counties include Alamance, Ashe, Burke, Catawba, Cleveland, Davidson, Forsyth, Iredell, Lincoln, Randolph, Rowan, and Yadkin. Records that span a large number of years and comprise a complete set of minutes include Alamance Circuit (Alamance Co., 1893-1908), First Methodist Church/Station (Lincoln Co., 1902-1962), Jefferson Circuit (Ashe Co., 1893-1932), Morganton Circuit (Burke Co., 1889-1932), Polkville Circuit (Cleveland Co., 1911-1927), and Randolph Circuit/Charge (Randolph Co., 1893-1930). Although the majority of the records span the years 1893 to 1932, there are some records from 1884 (Hopewell Church, Catawba Circuit, Catawba Co.) and some records from the 1940s to the 1960s (First Methodist Church/Station, Lincoln Co.). In addition to the quarterly conference minutes and the church registers, there are also Sunday school records (Hopewell Church, Catawba Circuit, Catawba Co.) and a class book (Winston Circuit, Forsyth Co.).

Arranged by county (boundaries current in 2004) and then alphabetically by circuit, charge, church, mission, or station name. Records from counties in the eastern and central sections of North Carolina can be found in the N.C. Conference Series. Additional information on circuits, charges, churches, missions, and stations may be found in the Western N.C. Conference Series, District Records Subseries, as well as the Historical Sketches Series, Circuits and Counties Subseries and the Churches and Cities Subseries. Information about ministers and other Methodists can be found alphabetically by last name in the Historical Sketches Series, Ministers Subseries, while overviews of Methodism in general, and in North Carolina and Virginia in specific, can be found in the Historical Sketches Series, Methodism Subseries. Oversize items have been removed to the Oversize Materials section of this finding aid. All circuit, charge, church, mission, and station names listed in this subseries can also be found alphabetically arranged without regard for their county, district, or conference location in the Circuit, Charge, and Station Index and the Church and Mission Index at the end of this finding aid. Baptismal records found in this collection can be located through the Baptismal Records Index.

Alamance Circuit, Greensboro District, 1893-1908
Box WNC9
Quarterly Conference Records/Minutes
1893-1896(M-2957)
Box WNC9
1896-1900(M-2958)
Box WNC9
1900-1903(M-1959)
Box WNC9
1904-1908 (M-2960 and one folder)
Box WNC9
Jefferson Circuit, North Wilkesboro District, 1893-1905, 1908-1932
Box WNC9
Church Register
1893-1905(F-2971)
Box WNC9
1908-1925(F-2972)
Box WNC9
1911-1929(F-2973)
Box WNC10
1921-1932(F-2974)
Box WNC10
Quarterly Conference Record Book, 1926-1929(M-2975)
Box WNC10
Morganton Circuit, Statesville and Marion Districts, 1889-1902, 1906-1910, 1919-1924, 1928-1932
Box WNC10
Church Register, 1889-1902(F-2976)
Box WNC10
Quarterly Conference Records
1906-1910(M-2978)
Box WNC10
1919-1924(M-2979)
Box WNC10
1928-1932(M-2980)
Box WNC10
Catawba Circuit, Statesville and Thomasville Districts, 1884-1895, 1955-1960
Box WNC11
Hopewell Church
General records (MC), 1955-1960
Box WNC11
Sunday School Records, 1884-1895(M-2628)
Box WNC11
Double Shoals and Polkville Circuits, Shelby District, Quarterly Conference Minutes, 1892-1895(M-2953)
Box WNC11
Polkville Church, Shelby District, Church Conference Record, 1897-1914 (M-2952)
Box WNC11
Polkville Circuit, Shelby District, 1911-1927
Quarterly Conference Minutes
1911-1914(M-2954)
Box WNC11
1915-1918(M-2955)
Box WNC11
1917-1927
Box WNC11
1923-1927(M-2956)
Box WNC11
[Shelby Station and Central Shelby, probably Shelby District, 1917-1920: Found in the District Records Subseries, Asheville District, Quarterly Conference Minutes, 1915-1916.]
Box WNC11
Lexington Circuit, Lexington District, Class Book, 1898-1904 (L-5923)
Box WNC11
Winston Circuit, Lexington and Winston-Salem Districts, 1890-1907
Box WNC11
Class Book, 1895-1901(L-5922)
Box WNC11
Quarterly Conference Minutes, 1890-1907(F-5921)
Box WNC11
Broad Street Church, Statesville District, Church Register, 1917-1924
Box WNC12
Iredell Charge, Statesville District, Quarterly Conference Minutes, 1894
Box WNC12
First Methodist Church/Station, Lincolnton, Shelby and Gastonia Districts, 1902-1962 and undated

Includes Lincolnton Station/Charge.

Box WNC12
Church Register (MECS and MC), 1909-1954
(6 volumes)
Box WNC12
Quarterly Conference Minutes/Records, 1902-1962
(1-2 of 11 volumes or folders)
Box WNC12
Quarterly Conference Minutes/Records, 1902-1962
(3-10 of 11 volumes or folders)
Box WNC13
Quarterly Conference Minutes/Records, 1902-1962
(11 of 11 volumes or folders)
Box WNC14
[Lincolnton Station/Charge: Found in Lincoln Co., First Methodist Church/Station.]
Box WNC14
Randolph Circuit/Charge, Greensboro District, 1893-1896, 1901-1930
Box WNC14
[Church Register, 1902-1928 (F-2962): Removed to Oversize Materials, Box OS6.]
Box WNC14
Quarterly Conference Minutes
1893-1896(M-2963)
Box WNC14
1901-1904(M-2964)
Box WNC14
1905-1908(M-2965)
Box WNC14
1909-1912(M-2966)
Box WNC14
1913-1915(M-2967)
Box WNC14
1919-1922(M-2968)
Box WNC14
1922-1925(M-2969)
Box WNC14
1927-1930(M-2970)
Box WNC15
[West Randolph Circuit, Greensboro District, Circuit Register, 1902-1906: Removed to Oversize Materials, Box OS6.] (F-2961)
Box WNC15
Salisbury and Church Street Church, Salisbury District, Quarterly Conference Minutes, 1895-1898
Box WNC15
West Davie Circuit, Mount Airy District, Quarterly Conference Records, 1922-1923 (M-5981)
Box WNC15

Historical Sketches Series, 1786-1997 and undated

3 boxes

Comprises primarily historical and biographical information solicited from N.C. ministers about themselves, their churches, circuits, and counties in 1879 by H. T. Hudson and in 1895 by an unknown person. Also includes earlier and later additional additions, especially of typescript or handwritten articles, essays, or sermons on Methodism in N.C. Arranged into four subseries: Churches and Cities, Counties and Circuits, Methodism, and Ministers. For additional information, see also the Indexes to this collection.

Churches and Cities Subseries, 1887-1997 and undated

Primarily handwritten answers by ministers to questions about their churches, solicited by an unknown person in 1895. Also includes other resource material compiled by local historians, church history committees, ministers, or other parishioners in the twentieth century, especially copies and/or transcriptions of land indentures, other legal documents, correspondence, photographs; lists of tombstones in church cemeteries; unpublished church histories; and newspaper clippings. Churches with the most information include Ebenezer United Methodist Church, Goldsboro, Wayne Co. (1980); Duke Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church, South, Durham, Durham Co. (1932, 1986); and Hopewell United Methodist Church, Burnsville, Anson Co. (1874, 1991). There is also some information about churches with mixed-race congregations, particularly Front Street Methodist Episcopal Church, South and Grace Church, both in Wilmington, N.C., and what happened to those congregations at the close of the Civil War.

Processing Note: The dates for each church or city entry are the date of the historical sketch, not necessarily the dates of the information contained in the sketch. The geographical and Methodist Church information are current to the date of the sketch. Arranged alphabeticaly by church or city name. List entries include this information in this order: church or city name, city name (if known, for churches), county (if known), circuit/charge (if known), district (if known), and date of sketch.

Andrews Chapel UMC, Andrews-Soapstone Charge, Durham Co. (after 1927), 1979
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Antioch UMC, Crouse, Gaston Co., Crouse and Pleasant Grove Charge, Gastonia District, W.N.C. Conference, 1968-1969
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Asbury UMC, Durham, Durham Co., 1977
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[Beston Church, Wayne Co., LaGrange Ct., New Bern Dist., undated: Found in Piney Grove Church.]
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[Bethany Church, probably Craven Co., undated: Found in Dover Old Church.]
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[Bethany Church, undated: Found in Grace Church, Morganton.]
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Bethany Church, Wilmington, probably New Hanover Co., 1895
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[Bethel Church, Wayne Co., LaGrange Ct., New Bern Dist., undated: Found in Piney Grove Church.]
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Bethel Church, Brunswick Co., Brunswick Ct., Wilmington Dist., 1895
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Bethlehem UMC, Sydnorsville, VA, Franklin Co., South Franklin Ct., 1989, 1995
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Bladen Street Church, probably Wilmington, 1895
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Browning's Chapel, Sampson Co., 1895
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[Carr Church, Durham, Durham Co., 1895: Found in Trinity Church, Durham.]
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Clinton Church, Clinton, Sampson Co., Clinton Ct., 1895
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Council Methodist Church, Bladen Co., Carvers Creek Ct., Wilmington Dist., 1997
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Dover Old Church, undated

Includes Epworth Church and Bethany Church.

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Duke's Chapel MECS, Durham, Durham Co., 1927
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Duke Memorial MECS, Durham, Durham Co., Durham Dist., 1932, 1986
(2 folders)
Box HS1
Ebenezer United Methodist Church, Goldsboro, Wayne Co., approximately 1980
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Edwards Chapel, Edwards, probably Pitt Co., LaGrange Ct.
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[Epworth Church, probably Craven Co., undated: Found in Dover Old Church.]
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Fifth Street Station, probably Wilmington, Wilmington Dist. (after 1850), 1895 (See also Front Street Church.)
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Franklinton United MC, Franklinton, Franklinton Ct., 1989
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Front Street MC, Wilmington, 1865 (See also Fifth Street Station.)
(2 folders)

Includes drafts and research for Lingurn Skidmore Burkhead's History of the Difficulties of the Pastorate of the Front Street Methodist Church..., published 1908-1909.

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Goshen Church, probably Clinton, Sampson Co., Clinton Ct., 1895
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Grace Church, Morganton, probably 1895

Includes Bethany Church.

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Grace Church, Wilmington, 1895
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Gray's Chapel MPC, probably Franklinville, Randolph Co., probably Alamance Ct., 1996
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Grifton ME Church, Grifton, Grifton Ct., 1895
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Gum Swamp Church, probably Pitt Co., probably Grifton Ct., 1895
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Hookerton Church, probably Snow Hill Ct., 1895
Box HS1
Hopewell UMC, Burnsville, Anson Co., W.N.C. Conference, probably Polkton and Peachland Cts., 1984, 1991
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Johnson's Chapel, probably Clinton, Sampson Co., probably Clinton Ct., 1895
Box HS1
Keener's Chapel, probably Clinton, Sampson Co., probably Clinton Ct., 1895
Box HS1
Kendall's Chapel, probably Clinton, Sampson Co., probably Clnton Ct., 1895
Box HS1
Lakewood MC, Durham, Durham Co., 1962
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Lane's Chapel MC, probably Dover, probably Craven Co., Craven Ct., 1961
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Lang's MC, Pitt Co., probably Farmville Ct., probably Washington Dist., 1970

Includes copy of a deed, 1894.

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Lexington Church, probably 1879
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Macedonia Church, near Southport, probably Brunswick Co., probably Brunswick Ct., probably Wilmington Dist., 1895
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[Main Street Church, Durham, Durham Co., 1887: Found in Trinity Church, Durham.]
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Mann's Chapel, Chapel Hill, Chatham Co., circa 1985
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Market Street ME Church, Wilmington, probably Market St. Ct., probably 1895
Box HS1
Mount Hebron MECS, Durham, Durham Co., undated
Box HS1
Mt. Olivet Church, probably Montgomery Co., probably 1879
Box HS1
Mt. Pleasant Church, Clemmons, Forsyth Co., Stokes Dist., 1973-1974, 1960
Box HS1
New Hope Church, near Southport, Brunswick Co., Brunswick Ct., Wilmington Dist., 1895
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Newport Church, undated
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Onslow Mission, probably 1895
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Piney Grove Church, Wayne Co., probably LaGrange Ct., probably New Bern Dist.

Includes Beston Church and Bethel Church.

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Pleasant Green Church, list of graves in churchyard, probably Orange Co., 1981
Box HS2
Pleasant Union UMC, probably Randolph Co., undated

Was Methodist Protestant.

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Providence UMC, Wayne Co., Falling Creek-Providence Charge, circa 1988
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Rainbow Church, Green Co., New Bern Dist., Hookerton Ct., 1936
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Rehobeth UMC, cemetery history and census, probably Guilford Co., circa 1978
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Rock Springs Camp Meeting, Lincoln Co., Rock Springs Charge, 1987, 1988
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Salem UMC, probably Sampson Co., Garland Charge, Magnolia Ct., 1969
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Salisbury Church, undated
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Shallotte Village Church, near Southport, Brunswick Ct., Wilmington Dist., 1895
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Sharon Church, near Southport, Brunswick Co., Brunswick Ct., Wilmington Dist., 1895
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Sharon Church, Lenoir Co., Grifton Ct.
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Shilo Church, probably Dallas, probably Shelby Dist., 1879
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Southport Church, undated
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St. Francis MECS, Bertie Co., Lewiston Ct., Warrenton Dist., 1895
Box HS2
St. Mary's MECS, probably Bertie Co., Lewiston Ct., Warrenton Dist., 1895-1896
Box HS2
Statesville Church, Iredell Co., probably Iredell Ct., undated
Box HS2
Trinity Church, Durham, Durham Co., 1887

Includes Main Street Church and Carr Church.

Box HS2
Trinity Church, probably Lenoir Co., LaGrange Ct., New Bern Dist., undated
Box HS2
Trinity Church, near Waycross, probably Sampson Co., Black River Ct., undated
Box HS2
Trinity UMC, Charleston, S.C., 1978
Box HS2
Wesley's Chapel UMC, Franklin Co., Ebenezer-Wesley's Chapel Charge, circa 1988
Box HS2
Wilson Methodist Church, Wilson Co., Edgecombe Ct., undated
Box HS2
Winston Church, undated
Box HS2
Zion Church, near Wilmington, Brunswick Co., Brunswick Ct., Wilmington Dist., 1895
Box HS2

Counties and Circuits Subseries, 1844-1925 and undated

Contains handwritten or typescript short essays by ministers describing the religious activities of their circuits and in their counties, especially in the late 1890s. Also includes other resource material compiled by church historians or church history committees, especially newspaper clippings, church newsletters or other essays, and transcriptions and/or copies of other letters or clippings.

Processing Note: The dates listed for each county or circuit are the dates of the historical sketch, not necessarily the dates of the information contained in the sketch. The geographical and Methodist Church information are current to the date of the sketch. Arranged alphabetically by county or circuit name.

List of sketches, approximately 1895
Box HS2
Anson Co., 1967
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Bladen Ct., probably Bladen Co., undated
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Burlington Ct., probably Caswell Co., 1890
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Carteret Co., undated
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Columbus Ct., undated
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Dallas Ct., Shelby Dist., 1879
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Dare Co., undated
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Elizabeth Ct., Bladen Co., undated
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Goldsboro Ct., probably Wayne Co., 1895
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Granville Co., Granville Ct., 1879

Includes Vance Co.

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Harrellsville Ct., undated

First in Va. Conference, later in N.C. Conference.

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[Haw River Ct., Chatham Co., Lee Co., Harnett Co., Pittsboro, undated: Found in Hew Hope Ct.]
Box HS2
Lincoln Co., 1925
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Magnolia Ct., probably Sampson Co., Duplin Co., Wilmington, Kennansville, Magnolia, 1876
Box HS2
New Hope Ct., undated

Includes Haw River Ct. and Pittsboro Ct.

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North Guilford Ct., undated
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[Pittsboro Ct., undated: Found in New Hope Ct.]
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Stokes Ct., Stokes Co., undated
Box HS2
Tar River Ct., undated
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Trent Ct., probably Craven Co., 1844
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[Vance Co., undated: Found in Granville Co.]
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Waccamaw Ct., undated

Includes Whiteville Ct.

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Wayne Co., 1879
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[Whiteville Ct., undated: Found in Waccamaw Ct.]
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Wilkes Co., 1879
Box HS2

Methodism Subseries, 1821-1944

Comprises essays or other longer written works that cover the history and development of Methodism generally, primarily in N.C. and the South, especially handwritten or typescript drafts of articles, these, or speeches published elsewhere. Also includes a few letters or extracts from letters, the contents of which appear to have been solicited by H.T. Hudson in 1879.

Processing Note: The dates listed for each essay on Methodism are the dates of the historical sketch, not necessarily the dates of the information contained in the sketch. Phrases in quotes represent the original titles given to individual sketches by their author. Arranged alphabetically by title.

Camp Meetings in North Carolina, by Rev. Henry Hardy, 1821
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A Central Illinois Methodist Minister, 1857-1891, by Phineas L. Windsor, 1944

Biographical sketch of author's father, Rev. John Alexander Windsor.

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Fresh Light on the Early History of Methodism in NC to 1800, by Rev. A. R. Goodchild, 1897
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History of Methodism in North Carolina, by Rev. J. A. Baldwin, 1893
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[History of Methodism in North Carolina, by P. F. W. Stamey: Found in Historical Sketches Series, Ministers Subseries, Stamey, P. F. W.]
Box HS2
History of Methodism in North Carolina in the Eighteenth Century, by Rev. H. Willis, graduate thesis (handwritten and typescript copies), 1893
(2 folders)
Box HS2
History of the MECS, in the State of North Carolina, by Hilary T. Hudson, circa 1870-1880
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[ Methodism in Guilford County, by J. W. Shelton, 1879: Found in Historical Sketches Series, Ministers Subseries, Shelton, J. W.]
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Methodism in High Point, by Dred Peacock, 1916
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Methodism in Virginia, 1806-1832, by A. R. Bernard, 1859 June 8
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[ Pioneer Methodism in Virginia, Centennial Address, approximately 1884: Found in Historical Sketches Series, Ministers Subseries, Bennett, William Wallace.]
Box HS3
[ Sketch for the History of Methodism in NC, by H. P. Wangh, 1879: Found in Historical Sketches Series, Ministers Subseries, Wangh, H. P.]
Box HS3
[ Statement of Factsconcerning the state of Methodism in the eastern shore of Va. during the Civil War, by William Gwynn Coe, circa 1864: Found in the Historical Sketches Series, Ministers Subseries, Coe, William Gwynn. See also the Non-N.C. Conference Series, Va. Conference Subseries, Conference-level records, Responses of eastern shore of Va. to church split, 1864-1866.]
Box HS3
The Story of Trans-Mississippi Methodism, by Paul Neff Garber, undated
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Some First Things in North Carolina Methodism, by Rev. W. L. Grissom, 1908
Box HS3

Ministers Subseries, 1786-1996 and undated, bulk 1786-1889

Contains handwritten biographical information supplied by individual ministers about their careers and activities in N.C., solicited by H. T. Hudson in 1879. Also includes sermon texts, correspondence, funeral service/memorial texts, and elder, deacon, and preacher's licenses. There are several documents--land deeds for churches and correspondence--written by or pertaining to Francis Asbury and Thomas Coke. William Wallace Bennett is also among the ministers represented in this subseries. Finally, there is also a handwritten statement (1864) by William Gwynn Cole regarding the response of the Methodist churches in the eastern shore of Va. to the splintering of the Methodist Episcopal church over slavery. For related material, see also the Non-N.C. Conference Series, Va. Conference Subseries, Conference-level records, Responses of eastern shore of Va. to church split, 1864-1866.

Processing Note: The dates listed for each minister are the dates of the historical sketch, not necessarily the dates of the information contained in the sketch. The geographical and Methodist Church information are current to the date of the sketch. Arranged alphabetically by minister's name.

Abernethy, Robert Laban, Happy Home, N.C., circa 1879
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Albea, William W., Notebook, 1833-1848
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Asbury, Francis (Photostatic copies available.)
Deeds to land
Chatham Co., from Isaac Cox to Asbury, 1789

Deed for Old Asbury Church and/or Rocky River Church.

Box HS3
Gates Co., from Jethro Benton to Asbury and Thomas Coke, 1786
Box HS3
Letters
1803 June 27, To Stith Mead (copy), Cambridge, N.Y.,
Box HS3
1806 Feb. 23, To Mary Asbury? Pilkinton, Isle of White, Va.?
Box HS3
Print of Arnold Home, Spottsylvania Co., Va., where Asbury died, undated
Box HS3
Bennett, William Wallace
Pioneer Methodism in Virginia, Centennial Address, Randolph Macon College, Ashland, Va., circa 1884
Box HS3
Sermons, Alexandria and Richmond, Va., 1858-1859 and undated
Box HS3
Memorial, 1887
Box HS3
Betts, Alex Davis, circa 1879
Box HS3
Bobbitt, James B., circa 1987
Box HS3
Boone, Thomas A., circa 1879
Box HS3
[Burkhead, Lingurn Skidmore, 1865: Found in Historical Sketches Series, Churches and Cities Subseries, Front Street Church.]
Box HS3
Campbell, Thomas S., probably 1879
Box HS3
Carraway, Paul Jones, Winston, N.C., 1879
Box HS3
Charbonnel, F., 1880

Letter to Dr. Hudson from a Canadian minister.

Box HS3
Coke, Thomas, Sermon, Baltimore, Md., 1785 March 1 (Photostatic copy available. See also Asbury, Francis.)
Box HS3
Coe, William Gwynn, Statement of Facts concerning the state of Methodism in the eastern shore of Va. during the Civil War, circa 1864

(See also the Non-N.C. Conference Series, Va. Conference Subseries, Conference-level records, Responses of eastern shore of Va. to church split, 1864-1866.)

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Creasy, Walter S., Surry Ct., circa 1879
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Cuninggim, Jesse Anderson, circa 1879
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Dodson, Charles C., Thomasville, S.C., 1879
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Ervin, James Sherrod, Lenoir Ct., circa 1879
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Eudaily, Elisha James, circa 1879
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[Freeman, Evan, 1844: Found in Historical Sketches Series, Counties and Circuits Subseries, Trent Ct.]
Box HS3
Gattis, Thomas Jefferson, circa 1879
Box HS3
[Gray, Alson (1799-1880), Randolph Co., 1996: Found in Historical Sketches Series, Churches and Cities Subseries, Gray's Chapel MPC.]
Box HS3
Hancock, John (1763-1832), Montgomery Co., N.C., 1996
Box HS3
Hardison, George Washington, circa 1879
Box HS3
Heill, James, Notebook, 1804
Box HS3
Jurney, N. M., circa 1879
Box HS3
Moser, James Franklin, N.C., 1967
Box HS3
Nash, Leonidas, L., circa 1879
Box HS3
Nicholson, David B., undated
Box HS3
Overman, John P., letters and other material, Elizabeth City, N.C., 1897-1898
Box HS3
Pegram, Thomas Howard, Stokes Ct., circa 1879
Box HS3
Perkins, E. L., circa 1879
Box HS3
Pickens, R. W., License as a Deacon (MECS), Holston Conference, 1847

Signed by Bishop James Osgood Andrews.

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Pope, Erskin, Greensboro, N.C., 1884-1889
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Rich, John, N.C., undated
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Riley, Simpson, Richmond, 1864

Funeral sermon preached by Rev. Archibald A. McMennen, Orange Co., N.C.

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Sharpe, Van Buren A., circa 1879
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Shelton, J. W., Guilford Co., 1879
Box HS3
Sherrill, M. V., Olin, N.C., 1879
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Simpson, James P., circa 1879
Box HS3
Stacy, Lucius E., circa 1879
Box HS3
Stamey, P. F. W., Morganton Ct., Burke Co., N.C., circa 1879
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Steele, William, Letter to Bill, 1856
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Tabor, John Boring, Statesville, N.C., undated
Box HS3
Thompson, L. E., Montgomery Ct., circa 1879
Box HS3
Wangh, H. P., 1879
Box HS3
Willson, James, circa 1879
Box HS3
[Windsor, John Alexander: Found in Historical Sketches Series, Methodism Subseries, A Central Illinois Methodist Minister.]
Box HS3
Wood, Marquis Lafayette, circa 1879

Includes a newspaper clipping on Robert Paine.

Box HS3
Wyche, Ira T., Albermarle Ct., circa 1879
Box HS3
Yates, Edwin Asbury, circa 1879
Box HS3
Multiple ministers, several states, correspondence and list of names, 1821-1872 and undated
(2 folders)

Includes Washington, District of Columbia; Charleston and Sumter, S.C.; Robeson Co., N.C.; Statesville, N.C.; Louisburg, N.C.; New York; and Wesleyan University, Bloomington, Ill.

Box HS3
Unidentified, sermon, undated
Box HS3
Methodist Episcopal Church, South Subseries
Missionary Society, Membership Certificate, 1857
Oversize-folder 1
Reunification, Judicial Council, Copy of photograph of attendees at the General Conference, 1906
Oversize-folder 2
Conference attendees, photograph and list of names, 1887 (51st annual conference)
Oversize-folder 3
Trials of Ministers
Oversize-folder 4
MECS vs L. L. Hendren, 1885
Oversize-folder 4
Wilmington District, 1866-1898
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District Conference Records, 1866-1898(F-2908)
Box OS1
Wilson District, 1892-1894
Box OS2
District Conference Minutes, 1892-1894(F-2926)
Box OS2
Beaufort Co., 1860-1902
Bath Circuit, Washington District, Church Records, 1860-1902(F-2892)
Box OS3
Bladen Co., 1898-1930
Elizabeth Circuit/Charge, multiple districts, Church Register, No. 2, 1898-1930
Box OS3
Cleveland Co., 1877-1880
Rock Spring Circuit, Shelby District, Quarterly Conference Minutes, 1877-1880(F-2890)
Box OS3
Gates Co., 1784-1840, 1866-1877, 1884-1937
Gates Circuit, multiple districts, Church Register, 1784-1840, 1866-1877(F-5016)
Box OS4
North Gates Circuit, multiple districts, Church Register, 1884-1937(F-5013)
Box OS5
Warren Co., 1888-1894
Henderson Station, Raleigh District, Treasurer's Book, 1888-1894(F-6620)
Box OS4
Journal of the Western N.C. Conference, 1902-1905(F-4289)
Box OS6
Charlotte District
Box OS7
District Conference Minutes, 1913-1932(F-4289)
Box OS7
Randolph Co.
Box OS6
Randolph Circuit/Charge, Greensboro District, Church Register, 1902-1928(F-2962)
Box OS6
West Randolph Circuit, Greensboro District, Circuit Register, 1902-1906(F-2961)
Box OS6

Historical Note

Date Event(s)
1772 First Methodist preaching in North Carolina at Currituck Court House in northeastern N.C.
1774 Petersburg Circuit extends into N.C.
1776 Carolina Circuit forms and is located in the north central part of N.C.
1780 Yadkin Circuit forms out of the Pittsylvania Circuit in Va. and is located in the present area of the Western N.C. Conference
1783 Salisbury Circuit forms out of the Yadkin Circuit
1780s Preachers from S.C. circuits extend their range into western N.C.
1785 Christmas Conference held in Baltimore, Md., establishing the Methodist Episcopal Church (MEC) in the United States
1785 Virginia Conference, MEC, forms; exists until 1837
1787 South Carolina Conference, MEC, forms; exists until 1844
1824 Holston Conference, MEC, forms out of the Western Conference, which includes the section of N.C. west of the Appalachian mountains; exists until 1844
1828 Dissenters over Bishops' powers leave the Methodist Episcopal Church and form the Methodist Protestant Church (MPC); MPC exists until 1939
North Carolina Conference, MPC, forms, which overlaps geographically with the part of N.C. that was in the Va. Conference of the MEC; conference exists until 1939
1836 North Carolina Conference of the MEC forms out of the Va. Conference, composed from the northern half of N.C. to the Appalachian mountains in the West; territory overlaps with the N.C. Conference of the MPC
1838 First session of the North Carolina Conference, MEC, is held in Greensboro
1844-1845 Dissenters leave the MEC over slavery and form the Methodist Episcopal Church, South (MECS); majority of N.C. churches join the MECS
N.C. Conference and the Holston Conference also join the MECS
MECS exists until 1939
1845-1865 No official MEC conference in N.C.
1850 Sandhills region of southeastern N.C. moves from the S.C. Conference, MECS, into the N.C. Conference, MECS
1865 Holston Conference of the MEC forms again, which includes the section of N.C. west of the Appalachian mountains; exists until 1878
1867 Virginia-North Carolina Mission Conference of the MEC forms, which includes the northern half of N.C. to the Appalachian mountains in the West; comprises both African American and white members
Exists until 1869
1869 N.C. Conference of the MEC forms out of the Va.-NC. Mission Conference, which includes the entire state of N.C.; exists until 1878
1870 Southern and western piedmont counties move from the S.C. Conference, MECS, to the N.C. Conference, MECS; the N.C. Conference is now composed of all N.C. counties except territory to the west of the Appalachian mountains, which remain in the Holston Conference of the MECS
1870 A separate Methodist Church, the Colored Methodist Church in America (CMCA), forms out of the MECS for all African-American members; exists until 1956
1879 White members of the N.C. Conference of the MEC and the N.C. part of the Asheville District of the Holston Conference, MEC, form the Southern Central Conference, MEC; exists until 1880
1879 N.C. Black Conference of the MEC forms out of the Va.-NC. Mission Conference; exists until 1939
1881 Name of Southern Central Conference, MEC, changes to Blue Ridge Conference, MEC; name remains through 1912
1890 Western North Carolina Conference of the MECS forms out of the western part of the N.C. Conference of the MECS and the N.C. part of the Holston Conference, MECS; exists until 1939
1896 Blue Ridge Conference, MEC, divides into the Atlantic Mission Conference in the eastern half of the state and the Blue Ridge Conference in the western half; both conferences exist until 1912
1912 Blue Ridge and Atlantic Mission Conferences of the MEC merge to form the Blue Ridge-Atlantic Conference of the MEC, which is composed of all of N.C., seven counties in southeastern Va., and twelve counties in S.C.
1913 Boundaries of the Blue Ridge-Atlantic Conference of the MEC change to include only N.C.
1939 MECS, MEC, and MPC merge into the Methodist Church (MC)
Western N.C. Conference and N.C. Conference of the MC forms, composed of white ministers and congregations
CMCA continues as a separate denomination
1939 Central Jurisdiction of the MC forms, composed of African-American congregations and ministers; exists until 1964
1956 CMCA changes name to Christian Methodist Episcopal Church
1965 North Carolina-Virginia Conference Central Jurisdictions, MC, form from the Central Jurisdiction, MC; jurisdictions exist until 1968
1968 MC and the Evangelical United Brethren Church merge into the United Methodist Church (UMC)
North Carolina-Virginia Central Jurisdictions merge into either the Western N.C. Conference or the N.C. Conference, UMC

Although this collection contains records primarily from the N.C. and Western N.C. Conferences of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South (MECS), and national records from both the MECS and the Methodist Episcopal Church (MEC), this chronology is provided as an aid to understanding the context of the records contained in this collection.

Resources used to write this history include Methodism in the Upper Cape Fear Valley, Chapter 1: The North Carolina Conference, 1838, by C. Franklin Grill (Nashville, Tenn.: The Parthenon Press, 1966) and History of the Western North Carolina Annual Conference, by Joseph W. Lasley, Southeastern Jurisdiction Historical Society Proceedings June 30-July 3, 1989 (Lake Junaluska, N.C., [1989]). See the information folder for this collection in the Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library for a copy of the latter resource.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], United Methodist Church Records, Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The United Methodist Church Records were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 1948-1997.

Processing Information

The intellectual organization of this collection is designed to provide maximum geographic and personal and church name access to the records in the collection, while maintaining as much administrative Methodist Church structure as possible. The organization thus reflects several situations found in the records: Although the physical location of individual churches, charges, stations, and missions tends to remain stable over time, the administrative and geographical boundaries that surround them do not. In fact, Methodist districts sometimes changed boundaries every year, and thus circuits went in and out of different districts with astonishing regularity. Also, the unification, in 1939, of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, and the Methodist Episcopal Church into the Methodist Church appears to have not had a strong impact on the local church level, especially in the Western N.C. Conference, where the conference continued to provide the same ministries, with the same names, and using the same forms. They simply crossed out the Episcopal and the South (see, especially, aid applications). Added to these two circumstances is the patron's need to locate material either by county or by church name.

Thus, in this collection, national-level records are organized by the type of church that created them (Methodist Episcopal Church, Methodist Episcopal Church, South, and Methodist Church), while the conference-level records for the Non-N.C. Conferences, the N.C. Conference, and the Western N.C. Conference are each arranged into three further groupings of conference, district, and circuit records. When the records on the conference level were created by churches other than the MECS, an abbreviation in parentheses notes which church (MEC or ME).

Information regarding what counties and which circuits, charges, and churches in the collection can be found within each district has been retained, as has any administrative history relating which district(s) a particular circuit, charge, or church was a part of during what time period. In the 1800s in the Methodist Church in the United States, a circuit consisted of two or more local churches or societies that were served by one pastor or a group of pastors in regular succession. A station or a charge comprised one or more churches served by one preacher. These stations or charges also supported their pastor financially. A minister would be appointed to a circuit, station, or charge. (See the entries for circuit and charge, pastoral in the Encyclopedia of Methodism (1888) and Encyclopedia of World Methodism(1974))

Patrons should be able to search the Non-N.C. Conferences, the N.C. Conference, and the Western N.C. Conference for information by county. They may also use the Historical Sketches Series, as well as the various indexes at the end of the finding aid, to locate minister, circuit, and church names in alphabetical order. This collection may contain records, or information about, other churches that are not listed in the Historical Sketches or the indexes, but which formed a part of a particular circuit. In these cases, the best method for finding information would be to begin with a county name or several county names.

County locations are approximate, based primarily on circuit, charge, or station name, and current to 2004.

Abbreviations used in this finding aid: N.C. (North Carolina); MECS (Methodist Episcopal Church, South); MEC (Methodist Episcopal Church); ME (Methodist Church); MPC (Methodist Protestant Church); UMC (United Methodist Church); Dist. (District); Ct. (Circuit); Co. (County).

Processed by William Erwin, 1965

Re-processed by Syreena Bibbs, Ruth E. Bryan, Elizabeth Floyd, Anna Navroskaya, July 2005

Encoded by Ruth E. Bryan, Elizabeth Floyd, Anna Navroskaya, Jan. 2006

Updated by Paula Jeannet Mangiafico, one volume added, May 2013.

Accessions from 1948-1997 were merged into one collection, described in this finding aid.