Jones Creek Baptist Church, 1856, Long County

historic jones creek baptist church long county ga photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2009

Organized in 1810, Jones Creek Baptist Church first met in a brush arbor until building a log meetinghouse in 1819, which was used until the construction of a frame building in 1832. To accommodate a growing congregation, the present structure replaced it in 1856. From A History of Jones Creek Baptist Church, Long County, Georgia by Elmer Oris Parker (1915 – 2002).

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Below is a view of the church after the Southeast Georgia Snowstorm of 2018.

Jones Creek Baptist Church is the oldest and most historic church in Long County, dating to 1810, when Long was a part of Liberty County. Its cemetery contains fine examples of 19th-century gravestones and members are very proud of their history and heritage. The three images here are representative of the high level of funerary art to be found at Jones Creek.

jones creek baptist church cemetery long county ga gravestone iconography hand pointing to heaven photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2009

Hand Pointing to Heaven (This symbolizes the promise of Heaven).

jones creek baptist church cemetery long county ga gravestone iconography willow photogrpah copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2009

Weeping Willow (In general, the willow is a symbol of sadness and loss).

jones creek baptist church cemetery long county ga gravestone iconography hand of god holding bouquet photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2009

Hand of God (This symbolizes God’s hand reaching down to console the departed, and often implies someone who died young or unexpectedly).

jones creek baptist church cemetery long county ga james brewer photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2009

James M. Brewer (1793-15 October 1853)

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Richard Horne (11 February 1764-10 January 1840)

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Mary Horne – 9 March 1782-1 April 1832

jones creek baptist church cemetery long county ga james m smith confederate veteran photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2009

James M. Smith, Confederate Veteran – 28 July 1828 – 2 April 1893

jones creek baptist church cemetery long county ga john m baggs photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2009

John M. Baggs (1857-7 October 1888)

jones creek baptist church cemetery long county ga r h peacock murder victim photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2009

It’s somewhat unusual for a person’s cause of death to be noted on his headstone, so I was surprised to find this: R. H. Peacock – Born August 24th 1807 And Murdered February 8th, 1881 By a rude hand near his own Residence. He lived an honest life, industrious and  inoffensive and was a member of Jones Creek Baptist Church. I was glad to find out more from local historian Margie Love.

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Lilla L. Boone (16 September 1871-9 December 1898)

jones creek baptist church cemetery long county ga francis matilda chapman photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2009

Frances Matilda Chapman (22 August 1868-25 July 1897)

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Katie J. Boone (23 February 1893-24 March 1894)

jones creek baptist church slave and african american cemetery long county ga martha snider photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2009

Martha Snider (Dates Unknown) Behind the Jones Creek Baptist Church Cemetery is what is known as the Jones Creek Black Cemetery; here, many slaves and former slaves owned by members of this historic church are interred. An attempt has been made to document all the burial sites here, including unmarked graves, which make up the vast majority.

 

 

 

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6 responses to “Jones Creek Baptist Church, 1856, Long County

  1. Laurachrissy

    So excited to find out I have founding family there. (Sullivan/Chapman) I am early into genealogy research and to find some rich history not far from home is amazing. I will be visiting this cemetery soon…..Great pictures, thanks!

  2. Dr. Fay Stapleton Burnett

    Moses Westberry was the ancestor of Mrs. Wilma Minix of Athens, Ga. Wilma, along with her late husband, Ed Minix, owned the lovely “Black Witch Farm” on Hwy 53 just south of Braselton, Ga. Ed was the manager of The Varsity in Atlanta for many years.

  3. Ginger Sifford

    My grandfather and father grew up attending Jones Creek Baptist Church. My grandparents and great grandparents are buried in the cemetery there.

  4. Gail

    I know I have said this before, but I can’t find my post.
    My 6th great grandfather Moses Westberry and John Goldwire and 13 members of Beard’s Creek baptist Church organized Jones Creek Baptist Church April 22nd 1810.
    Moses preached there for 40 years. Moses also helped to organized the Piedmont Baptist Association Oct 20 1815. He married Elizabeth Brown they had 7 children, she died 1812. He then married Elizabeth Bennett they had 4 children. it was said to be the 9th oldest church in Georgia.

  5. Billy Staford

    Great pics! I have family buried at Jones Creek Thanks for preserving a bit of history.

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