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Rye Patch Baptist Church, Long County

Rye Patch Baptist Church Long County GA Photogaph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

This historic church is the center of Rye Patch community, as it has been for well over a hundred years. The social hall is pictured below.

Rye Patch Baptist Church Social Hall Long County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

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Pigot Branch Missionary Baptist Church, Long County

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Pigot Branch Missionary Baptist Church was founded in 1883, though this isn’t the original structure.

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There are quite a few area pioneers buried in the old cemetery.

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C. Columbus (28 December 1849 – 24 December 1929) &  Mary Elizbeth Golden Howard (28 March 1859 – 13 February 1918)

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Columbus Howard donated the land upon which the church and cemetery are located.

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Middleton Memorial Methodist Church, Long County

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This congregation was founded in 1925, formed from Sand Hill Methodist Church.

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Tibet Baptist Church, Long County

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St. Thomas Missionary Baptist Church, Long County

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Founded in 1879 by the freed slaves of Jones Creek Baptist Church, this is one of the most historic African-American congregations in Long County.

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Jones Creek Baptist Church, 1856, Long County

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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.

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

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

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

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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

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

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John M. Baggs (1857-7 October 1888)

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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)

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

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

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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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