Salem Church, 1889, Atkinson County

Atkinson County GA Historic Salem Church Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

This church was built by Martin S. Corbitt, who was born nearby on 12 May 1840. He donated two acres of land for this purpose. The church is located on the historic Kinnaird Trail, a Native American trading route.  He married Leonora Wealtha Pafford (born 26 August 1847) on 26 November 1867. Two of their sons, William Manning Corbitt and Martin Rayburn Corbitt, built the pews and benches still intact today. Upon its completion, the structure also served as a school with the older Corbitt children serving as teachers. Martin Corbitt lived at Salem all but the last 11 years of his life; he moved into the first house in Pearson and became its first mayor.

Atkinson County GA Historic Salem Church Interior Handhewn Pews Tongue and Groove Walls Unadorned Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Martin S. & Leonora Wealtha Corbitt had 11 children: Catherine Imogene, Mary Ann Miranda, Newton Rowan, William Manning, Henry Madison, Martin Rayburn, Frances Lenora, Martha Ann Elizabeth, Wealtha Alvina, Rebecca Virginia, and Levia Jane.

Leonora died on 5 May 1896 and was the first person buried in the cemetery. On 1 May 1899 Martin married Minnie Frazier Faircloth (9 May 1865-September 1955) and they had three children: Duvon Clough, Frazier Solon, and and William J.

Martin S. Corbitt died on 1 July 1913 and was buried beside his first wife.

The descendants “come back home” the last Sunday in September each year to celebrate their ancestors.

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2 responses to “Salem Church, 1889, Atkinson County

  1. Wendell Theus

    Hi Brian, WOW — I love this church especially the interior & simple but elegant furnishings. Humbling just to walk thru the door!!! Great work!!!

  2. Glenn Hodges

    Check out how wide the pine boards are used to make the pews in this church. We call this church Springhead Church around here. It is located near Willacoochee, GA…………glenn

    On 10/22/2014 6:56 AM, Vanishing South Georgia Photographs by Brian Brown wrote: > WordPress.com > Brian Brown posted: ” This church was built by Martin S. Corbitt, who > was born nearby on 12 May 1840, on two acres of land he donated for > this purpose. He married Leonora Wealtha Pafford (born 26 August 1847) > on 26 November 1867. Two of their sons, William Manning Corbitt an” >

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