Bethel Baptist Church
Baptist Church was organized September 29th, 1840 by Revs. Daniel
Mangum and Thomas Frean. This church is on the Holley Ferry Road (now Bethel
Church Road), six and a half miles south of the town of Prosperity, in Newberry
County. It was supplied with preaching by the Rev. D. Mangum and other
ministers, as missionaries, irregularly, until about the year 1852. At that time
Revs. A. W. Asbill and A. P. Norris held a protracted meeting and received
several members, when the church called Rev. A. W. Asbill as pastor, the duties
of which office he faithfully discharged until the year 1867, sixteen years in
1867 the church has been supplied by the following named ministers as pastors:
Revs. John Barry, W. T. Farrow, N. N. Burton, J. M. Norris, L. O’Neall, M. D.
Padgett, W. B. Elkins, R.W. Seymour, Joab Edwards, N. B. Williams, J. D.
Huggins, and H. T. Smith.
other preachers have served this church, from time to time, but not as pastors.
This church has set apart four of her members to exercise their gifts in the
ministry. This church has elected only three clerks, viz., Mark Waites, who
served to 1848, D. R. King, to 1874, and A. J. Long, who is now clerk, August
This article was from c1892. I have no idea what publication. I found it in things I got from Rachel that Crystal had made copies of from the church while she served as secretary. It was probably from a Southern Baptist publication, or one for the Reedy River Association.
Bethel Church Records
Recently I ran across the church records for Bethel at the library at Furman University on microfilm. I requested the Richland County library to borrow them and they have. I have begun reading through the 110 pages of transcribed records looking for entries pertaining to the Long, Baker, and Dickert families.
Some of the more interesting entries:
October the 22nd 1842 The church met according to adjournment and opened a door for Experience and Rec’d Brother Melton Simons, brother of S. M. Simons being a member of the Bethel Church and a candidate for the Minister.
November 25, 1842 Church met according to adjournment the case of Brother Simons being brought before the church by Brother Daniel Mangum the Church duly considered him a fit subject for the minister so called to Ordination.
October the 26th 1845 Church met when our beloved brother Mark Waits and his wife Mahala hath applied to us for a letter and it was granted. We have a case of reference a charge against Polly King for adultery that is to be tried and a charge against Wm Workman or drunkenness.
August Saturday August the 8th 1846 Church met and took up the case of reference of Mary King and nominated John Fulmer to go and labor with her, then took up the case of S M Simons and expelled him from the church, then appointed delegates to represent us in the next association we therefore appointed John Fulmer, Wm Workman, and P R King. (Remember last year Workman was tried in the church for being a drunk)
August 25th 1855 appointed Wm. T. Dickert delegate to Reedy River Association.
October 25th 1856 Church met in conference and taken up the case of Bro J. W. Tolbert and excluded him for Drunkenness and profane swearing.
1854 Caroline Watson and Wm T Dickert expelled from church.
July 30th 1857 Bro. Belton Long was baptized (WHH Long’s brother)
July 29th 1859 Sister Mary Long was baptized.
March 20th 1860 Brother Belton Long departed this life.
July 27th 1860 Restored Wm T Dickert to favor again. Sarah Long, Nancy Long, Elizabeth Dickert, Dedrick Senn, Mary Senn, O A Dickert, Francis Dickert was baptized.
August 25th 1860 Sister Polly Long was baptized.
August 28th 1867 Baptized Brother Wm H Long, Br John Dominick, and Sisters Cansada Long, Mary Sheppard and Marcilla Dominick. Wm H Long named alternate delegate.
Feb 25th 1872 Elected delegates to the L Duncan’s Creek WH Long, OA Dickert, HM Dominick together with our deacons.
June 22nd 1872 accepted a charge brought up against Br T Boozer of immorality chosen Bros B Cromer, OA Dickert, and BL Dominick to labor with him.
July 31st 1872 Baptized AJ Long, Mary J Long, Elizabeth Albritton, Miss R E Connelly, and Christina Dominick.
June 1874 Sister Mary Long departed this life April 15 1879 aged 77 yrs
August 18th 1879 Willie Long baptized. Caroline Watson restored. George W Long, Belton Long joined church. Nancy Long baptized.
November 12th 1881 Wm Long was appointed to have his stove put up in the church.
January 8th 1882 Delegates JC Banks, BR Long, WH Long, JB Stockman, and GW Long.
January 22nd 1882 Mrs. Emer Baker baptized.
October 28th 1886 Brady Long and George Dickert baptized.
July 30th 1857
William Dickert Expelled
Elizabeth Dickert Shirey
O A Dickert
August 26th 1860
William Dickert Dismissed
September 22nd 1866
Wm H Long Excluded
Miss R E Connelly
August 25th 1872
James L Connelly
Sarah Ann Connelly
Mary Long Dead
O A Dickert Dismissed
Francis Dickert Dismissed
Cansada Long Dismissed
Miss R E Connelly Expelled
December 9th 1883
Elizabeth Shirey Dismissed
July 27th 1876
August 27th 1876
Laura Dickert Dismissed
Carrie Dickert Dismissed
George Y Dickert
Susan E Dickert
September 29th 1879
William H Long
Belton R Long
George W Long
Mott Gary Long
John A Baker
O A Dickert
James T Dickert Dead
Sallie L Dickert
A Benedict Dickert Dead (Asa Bennie Dickert)
George S Dickert
Brady L Long
September 22nd 1888
Carrie Dickert Expelled
September 22nd 1888 Then taken up the charge against Sister Carrie Dickert the charge being adultery, and the church withdrew fellowship from her.
October 13th 1889 Investigated church
roll to see who were delinquent and had not attended church or given to the
church…voted to take members James Albritton, Willie Albritton, his wife, WH
Long Sr., Mary D Hunter, Whit Tolbert, George Langford, Texanna Hite off the
rolls. Excluded Jefferson D Holly from the church for drunkenness and profanity.
Dismissed By Letter
W T Dickert
George A Dickert
Cansada Holston (Long)