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WAYNESVILLE M.E. CHURCH


WAYNESVILLE CIRCUIT WAS FORMED OVER FORTY YEARS AGO, AND HAS NOT HAD ITS NAMED
CHANGED. REV. JOHN SINCLAIR AND ZADOK HALL ORGANIZED THE FIRST METHODIST SOCIETY IN
WAYNESVILLE, IN 1834; IN A FEW YEARS CONSIDERABLE ADDITIONS WERE MADE TO THEIR
NUMBERS; CAMP-MEETINGS WERE HELD NEAR BY.  SINCLAIR CARTWRIGHT, CHASE TROTTER,
BARGER JAMES, R. E. GUTHRUE AND G. RUTLEDGE,WERE CONSECUTIVELY, PRESIDING ELDERS OF
WAYNESVILLE CHARGE. PASTORS ALSO SERVED THEM YEAR AFTER YEAR, TILL 1847, A BOARD OF
TRUSTEES WAS ELECTED. A COMMODIOUS BRICK CHURCH WAS ERECTED IN 1849 BY THE ACTIVE
MANAGEMENT OF REV. WM. HINDALL, THEN PASTOR. METHODISM WAS A STRONG FORCE ABOUT
THIS PERIOD; BUT THE RISING TOWN OF ATLANTA, ON THE CHICAGO AND ST. LOUIS RAILROAD,
DREW AWAY SO MANY BUSINESS MEN AND METHODISTS FROM WAYNESVILLE, THE CHURCH
DECLINED ITS STRENGTH MATERIALLY WITH THE TOWN.  LINUS GRAVES, J.R. DOOLITTLE, THE
ELDER, MR. SAMPSON, COL. BAMBREL, HARRY MALTBY, AND OTHERS ONCE VALUABLE WORKERS
FOR THE CHURCH HERE, REMOVED OR DIED; AND NOW THE AGED MRE GAMBREL AND MRS.MILES,
AND ONE OR TWO OTHERS, REMAIN AS RELICS OF FORMER YEARS; AND THE OLD RECORDS
DISAPPEARING, ONLY THE LAST TWENTY-FIVE  YEARS CAN BE STATED OF THE HISTORIC LIFE OF
THIS CHURCH. IN 1857, A. SIMPLE; 1858, W.R. HOWARD; 1859, J.C. RUCKER; G. H. ADAMS; 1860
AND'61, W.R. HOWARD. UNDER HIS LABORS, THREE NEW CHURCHES WERE ERECTED ON THE
CIRCUIT.  
IN 1862 AND'63, J.C. RUCKER; 1865, J.W. WARFIELD; 1866 AND '67, B. BARTHLOW; 1868, SAMUEL H.
PENDELTON; ALSO 1869 AND '70, AMONG THE OTHER MINISTERS WERE S. MIDDLETON, B.F. HYDE
AND DR. LAPHAM; IN 1871, V. RANDOLPH; AND IN 1880, HENRY ADAMS WHO WAS APPOINTED IN 1881.
REV. S.H. PENDELTON WAS CONVERTED AND LEARNED TO PREACH AT WAYNESVILLE, AND WAS SO
WELL ESTEEMED FOR HIS PIETYAND GIFTS, THAT THE WAYNESVILLE PEOPLE WELCOMED HIM TO
THE CHARGE OF THE CIRCUIT FOR THE FIRST THREE YEARS OF HIM MINISTERY. HE AFTERWARDS
MOVED TO KANSAS, AND IS NOW PRESIDING ELDER IN ONE OF THE CONFERENCES.

THE SOCIETIES FORMING WAYNESVILLE PASTORAL CHARGE ARE MT. TABOR, GREEN VALLEY AND
KENNY.  END	
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