Hancock County, Tennessee
Big Springs Church Minutes
Big Springs Church Membership
History of Big Springs Missionary Baptist Church
This information was donated by Jan Carpenter at [email protected]
I have just
transcribed a notebook handwritten by Eula Mae Lyon McNutt
with information about the Big Springs Baptist Church in Hancock County
TN. This document was written in 1990 and given to Hazel Begley (my
grandfather's cousin). Hazel gave me this document a year or so ago and
I'm just getting around to transcribing it. It has a lot of interesting
information in it.
Big Springs Church Minutes
Compiled by Eula Mae Lyon McNutt Jan 1990
Info was given to Hazel Begley by Eula Mae McNutt
Jul 14, 1906 Saturday Received Bro David Allen as a new member by letter.
Nov 4, 1907 Saturday Received Bro Floyd Payne and John Hurd by experience. NOTE: John Hurd s/o William & Easter Edens Hurd. Floyd was married to Laura Willis (d/o David & Lydia Bledsoe Willis). Floyd died in Wise County VA. Buried in Meredith Cemetery, Jasper, Lee County VA.
Apr 3, 1908 Saturday Received Bro George Perry by relationship. Brother Charley Dean by experience. NOTE: George was the son of Isaac & Almira Rogers Perry.
May 3, 1908 Saturday Bro William Gilliam received by restoration.
Oct 3, 1908 Saturday Moved and received that all members of this church meet the 3rd Saturday in November and have their names enrolled on a new list as the old book is give out. G. L. Begley, Clerk
Dec 3, 1908 Saturday We grant Bro C. C. Gilliam a letter of dismissal
NOTE: I think he went to Independence Eula
Feb 12, 1909 Members received Rosa Willis, Linda Jane Willis, Allie Jane Willis, Laura Johnson, Brillar Gilliam, Martha Gilliam, Ibba Manor, Sinthy Herd, Joseph Bostic, and Worley Fields by experience. T. J. Berry, Moderator. G. L. Begley, Clerk.
NOTE: Allie Jane & Rosa Willis were daughters of John & Lizzie Willis. Linda Jane Willis was the daughter of James & Polly England Willis (who married Chris Lyon). Rosa died young of TB. Jane married William Osborne and died in South Carolina. Martha Gilliam was a Ford. She was the daughter of Mary Polly Edens and a 1st cousin of Easter Edens Hurd. Martha was the mother of Brillar Gilliam. She died between 1909 and 1910. Ibba Manor was Ibbie Fields, the daughter of James Fields and Elizabeth Roller. She married Samuel Maness. She is buried in the Hensley Cemetery in Speers Ferry. Sinthy Hurd unsure maybe Hugh Hurds sister. Worley Fields was the brother of Ibbie. Joseph Bostic was the son of David Bostic and the 1st husband of Aunt Mary Willis. He married Hester Gilliam, Brillars sister. Hester died in Oreton VA. Joseph married 2nd to Susie Gordon and died in Oreton, Lee County, VA. Aunt Mary married 2nd to Shad (Shaddrack) Hilton, twin brother of Squire Hilton. Laura Johnson was the daughter of Mary Francis Vannoy Johnson.
Feb 13, 1909 Received Leonard Roller and Ethel Vannoy (Gilliam) by experience. James Fields by relationship.
Jul 3, 1909 Committee selected to build a new church house as follows Bro William Hurd, W. J. Begley, & A. J. Lyon (my Grandfather Eula).
Dec 3, 1909 Last entry in ledgers until Feb 4, 1913. Received by experience Sarah Begley (Dillon).
Jun 3, 1913 All members of the church to be notified to meet next meeting to reorganize a church.
Jul 2, 1913 Bro Hugh Hurd received as a member by letter
Feb 5, 1914 Etta Kilgore by experience
May 4, 1914 Received members Stella Lyon, Easter Vanzant, and Ludema Gilliam by experience. NOTE: Stella Lyon was the daughter of Alford Lyon & Ibba Wright Lyon. She married Harvie Shepherd. She is buried in East Stone Gap VA. Ludema Gilliam was the daughter of James Gilliam & Martha Ann Ford. Easter Vanzant was the daughter of Thomas & Rosa Lyon Vanzant. She married Dan Fisher and died in Blackwater, Lee County VA.
Feb 1, 1916 Letter of dismiisal to Laura Roller (daughter of James & Margaret Jesse Begley)
Revival held Jan 15, 1917 On the 26th received Charley Begley (son of George R. & Manervia Payne Begley), Henry Begley (son of Houston & Eliza Edens Begley. Married Dona Kilgore), John Hickman (son of Claiborne Hickman & Pharbia Edens Dean Hickman), Arthur Hurd (son of William & Easter Edens Hurd. Married Edna Frazier), Dona Kilgore (Begley), Gracie Kilgore (daughter of C. S. & Ida Vaughn Kilgore. Married McKinley Anderson), Julia Begley (daughter of Will & Pamela Roller Begley), James & William Bellamy (sons of Anderson Bellamy and Almira Ford), Marshall Hilton (son of Squire & Catherine Tignor Hilton. Married Elvira Rogers, daughter of Liza Purcell & Moses Rogers), and Brillar Gilliam (daughter of James Gilliam & Martha Ann Ford).
May 4, 1917 Members received Arthur M. Purcell & Ervin Purcell (sons of Worley and Elizabeth Fuller Purcell) and Pearley Lawson (daughter of George & Almira Bloomer Lawson. Married George Hurd). Granted letters of dismissal to Laura Horton.
Revival Jan 12, 1918 Received Bro Jeff Rogers (son of Moses & Eliza Purcell Rogers. Married Lena Horton), George Frazier (son of Milow & Sallie Johnson Frazier. Married Flora Scalf), Charlie Roller, Willie Roller (son of Red Dock Roller, I think Eula), Lucian Bellamy, Nettie Sloon, Bessie Begley (Goins), Alice Robinette (Gilliam), Znonie (?) Sloon, William Robinette, and J. G. (Jay) Begley by experience. Easter Edens Hurd, Lizzie Purcell Rogers, Mollie Church Robinette, & Almira Ford Bellamy by letter.
Jan 4, 1918 Maude Hurd Davis by experience (w/o William Davis, s/o Hannah Purcell Davis Church and John Davis) and Martha Anderson Tignor by relationship.
Apr 4, 1918 Bro Charlie Bledsoe by letter, Rebecca Bledsoe (Charlies wife), & Verna Lawson (Head) by experience.
Apr 4, 1919 Granted letter of dismissal to Charlie & Bertha Begley. Received Ada Hurd by experience.
Apr 4, 1920 Received Eliza Edens Begley (daughter of Curtis Edens & Sarah Caroline Combs Edens. Wife of Houston Begley) & Marie Begley.
Apr 3, 1922 Baptising set for Sunday, 930am at river near Moses C. Rogers. NOTE: Did not say who was baptized Eula.
Revival meeting Jan 29, 1922 Received Virgie Hickman, Edna Frazier, Worley Vanzant, Garland Kerns by experience. James Willis by relationship.
Feb 8, 1922 Received Ibba & Ida Begley, Ova Williams, William Vanzant, Isaac Vanzant, Trig Willis, Lilly Begley, Lana Rogers by experience.
Feb 9, 1922 Received Pharse Williams under watch care of the church. Lilburn Blaylock, Sarah (Hall) Bledsoe, Nettie (McGinnis) Vanzant, and Worley Willis by experience.
May 3, 1922 By baptism, Ibbie & Ida Begley, Ova Williams, Virgie Hickman, Nettie Vanzant, William Vanzant, Isaac Vanzant, & Worley Willis.
Revival Mar 13, 1923 Received Ida Kilgore, Lillie Kilgore, Laura Lyon, Lucy Henry, Gilmer Begley, Luther Begley, Elmer Begley, Roy Begley, Gale Hurd, Grady Robinette, and George Robinette by experience.
Apr 3, 1923 moved to exclude Bro Marshall Hilton from the church for heresy.
Jun 3, 1923 Received Minnie Lyon and Luther Hurd by experience. Received sister Eliza Edens Begley, Mary Begley, Lillie Begley, Gilmer Begley, Luther Begley, Elmer Begley, Roy Begley, Ida Kilgore, Laura Lyon, Minnie Lyon, Alice Robinette, George Robinette, Grady Robinette, Lucie Henry, and Gale Hurd by experience. Ballard A. Smith, Moderator. George L. Begley, Clerk.
Sep 3, 1923 Brother Pharse Williams name is to be erased.
Big Springs Church Membership
Compiled by Eula Mae Lyon McNutt Jan 1990
Info was given to Hazel Begley by Eula Mae McNutt
Additional Info added by Jan Carpenter
Organized Members Jun 17, 1876
A. Y. Click died Jul 23, 1904 in Fannin County TX. Buried in Moors Chapel Church Cemetery near Bonham TX.
Mary Payne Click died Dec 1894
William H. Herrin died 1910
Andrew Roller born 1834 died Aug 16, 1917
Tilda (Matilda) Andrews Roller born Sep 3, 1846 died Sep 11, 1921
D. H. (David) Jessee
Elizabeth Click Jessee d/o A. Y. & Mary Payne Click died Jun 8, 1922 in Texas
George R. Begley born Sep 4, 1844 - died Jan 16, 1919
Minervia Payne Begley born Sep 27, 1849 - died Mar 9, 1891
James M. Purcell born 1805 died 1879. Married Elizabeth Rouse.
James Begley born May 18, 1847 - died Feb 26, 1936
Houston C. Begley born Feb 20, 1870 - died Apr 4, 1943 (son of James and Margaret Jesse Begley). Married Eliza Edens (d/o Curtis Edens and Sarah Caroline Combs)
Liza Purcell Rogers born Sep 3 1863 - died Sep 19, 1935 (daughter of Matthew Van Buren Purcell & Elvira Edens Purcell). Married Moses Rogers.
Hattie Purcell Hurd born Mar 6, 1882 died Feb 2, 1949 - (daughter of Matthew Van Buren Purcell & Elvira Edens Purcell). Married Houston Hurd.
George L. Begley born Apr 9, 1879 - died May 31, 1954 (s/o James & Margaret Jesse Begley). Married Belva Purcell.
Cordeal Herd dismissed by letter
Palma Roller Begley born Apr 27, 1876 - died Jan 8, 1960. (d/o Andrew Roller & 2nd wife Matilda Andrews). Married William J. Begley.
Laura Begley (Roller) dismissed by letter Feb 1st, 1916
Mazie Roller Purcell born about 1875 - died Dec 8, 1912 (d/o Andrew Roller & 2nd wife Matilda Andrews). Married James Purcell.
Janie Hurd (Horton) born Dec 19, 1887 - died Mar 13, 1943 (d/o William Hurd and Easter Edens Hurd) married Noah Horton divorced.
Laura Hurd (Lyon) May 10, 1886 - died May 13, 1917 (d/o William Hurd and Easter Edens Hurd) wife of Daniel Lyon
William Albright excluded
William J. Begley born Sep 12, 1872 - died Apr 5, 1936 (s/o James Begley & Margaret Jesse). Married Palma Roller.
L. C. Begley dismissed by letter on Jan 1, 1927
R. C. Begley dismissed by letter on May 3, 1925
Cid Lyon (Sidna Maybelle Lyon Lawson) died Oct 1, 1965
Rosa Lyon (Vanzant)
Rettie Lyon (Bloomer)
Elvira Rogers born Jul 1884 died Sep 23, 1954 (d/o Eliza Purcell & Moses Rogers). Married Marshall Hilton
William Herd born Mar 8, 1862 - died Nov 9, 1943 (s/o John & Eleanor Hurd). Married Easter Edens
John Kilgore died 1947
Harrison Kilgore died Oct 1975
George Hurd born Apr 17, 1887 died 1941 in Idaho (son of William & Easter Edens Hurd). Married Pearl Lawson
John Hurd born Apr 6, 1894 died Feb 1969 in Idaho (son of William & Easter Edens Hurd)
James Purcell born May 15, 1868 - died Jan 7, 1948 (son of Matthew Van Buren Purcell & Elvira Edens). Married Mazie Roller.
Charley Dean born May 29, 1894 died Sep 18, 1969 (son of Fielden Dean and Pharbia Edens). Married Martha Ann Hurd (d/o Jesse Hurd & Roscena Bledsoe)
Patrick Arrington died May 5, 1941
Mack Gilliam born Jun 1888 (son of Martha Ford and James Gilliam)
David Herd dismissed by letter on Aug 3, 1922
Lula Bell Edens Herd born Apr 11, 1886 - died in the 1950s (d/o George Edens & Sarah Jane Brickey). Married Hugh Hurd.
Belva Purcell Begley born Apr 9, 1879 - died Dec 29, 1954 (d/o Matthew Van Buren Purcell & Elvira Edens). Married George L. Begley
Dolly Bowling Purcell born Apr 11, 1884 died Sep 1959 (d/o Dr William Bowling & Sarah Weatherly). Married Orbin Purcell
Ollie Dean (Hurd) born Apr 21, 1896 (daughter of Fielden Dean and Pharbia Edens). Married Worley Hurd (s/o Jesse Hurd & Roscena Bledsoe)
Mickey Gilliam excluded born Mar 1890 (son of Martha Ford and James Gilliam)
Dona Begley born Jan 23, 1891 - died Mar 2, 1912 (d/o James Begley & Margaret Jesse Begley)
Ibba Fields Manis
Laura Johnson dismissed by letter May 4, 1917
Linda Jane Willis Lyons died Nov 25, 1983
Allie Jane Willis Osborne died in South Carolina
Rosa Willis deceased
Sara Begley (Dillon) born Nov 1896 (d/o Houston Begley & Eliza Edens). Married Parkey Dillon.
Etta Kilgore (Nickols/Spradlin) dismissed by letter
Bertha Catron Begley dismissed by letter Apr 4, 1919
Stella Lyon (Shepherd) died in Wise County VA
Easter Vanzant (Fisher) died in Blackwater VA
Ludema Gilliam born Sep 1892 (daughter of Martha Ford and James Gilliam) NOTE: Larkin, her nephew, gave her body for science - Eula
Charlie Begley dismissed by letter Apr 4, 1919
Henry Begley dismissed by letter Jun 7, 1947 born Jun 25, 1898 died Jan 1984 (son of Houston Begley & Eliza Edens). Married Dona Kilgore
John Hickman born Apr 29, 1900 - died Aug 4, 1929 (son of Claiborne Hickman and Pharbia Edens)
Arthur Hurd born about 1897 (son of William & Easter Edens Hurd).
Ray Hurd dismissed by letter Mar 1, 1964 born Mar 31, 1895 died Apr 22, 1990 (son of William & Easter Edens Hurd). Married Dona Purcell (daughter of James Purcell & Mazie Roller Purcell)
Marshall Hilton excluded Apr 3, 1923 born Nov 6, 1891 Jun 19, 1961. Married Elvira Rogers.
Worley Hurd dismissed by letter
Moses C. Rogers born Nov 2, 1856 - died July 30, 1926 (son of Thurman Rogers & Patience Church). Married Sarah Elizabeth Purcell
Arthur M. Purcell dismissed by letter Feb 1, 1927 born Apr 20, 1895 died Mar 10, 1945 (son of Worley Purcell & Elizabeth Fuller Purcell). Married Mary Elizabeth Horton
Charles Ervin Purcell born Sep 4, 1896 died May 21, 1961 (son of Worley Purcell & Elizabeth Fuller Purcell). Married Thelma Holcomb
Socia Hilton died Nov 15, 1983
Dona Kilgore (Begley) dismissed by letter Jun 7, 1920. Married Henry Begley (s/o Houston C. & Eliza Edens Begley)
Gracie Kilgore (Anderson)
Brillar Gilliam born Mar 1893 died Jan 1967 (daughter of Martha Ford and James Gilliam)
Easter Edens Hurd born Sep 8, 1867 - died Feb 19, 1943 (d/o George Edens & Sarah Jane Brickey). Married William Hurd
Charlie Bledsoe dismissed by letter Aug 3, 1922
Jeff Rogers born Jun 1891 - (son of Moses Rogers and Liza Purcell Rogers). Married Lena Horton
George Frazier died in Idaho
Hiram Purcell born Jul 29, 1899 - (son of James Purcell & Mazie Roller Purcell). Married Mary Elizabeth Gilliam
Hannah Purcell (Davis/Church) born Feb 21, 1866 died about 1943 (daughter of Matthew Van Buren Purcell & Elvira Edens) w/o John Davis divorced w/o Thomas Church (son of William "Old Billy" Church & Martha Patsy Allen.
Bessie Begley (Goins) (w/o Zack Goins)
Pearlie Lawson (Hurd) born Oct 18, 1899 died 1958 (wife of George Hurd)
Martha Tignor Anderson died 1957
Ada Hurd born about 1906 (d/o Hugh Hurd & Lula Edens)
Ibba Begley born 1875 - died 1954 (d/o James Begley & Margaret Jesse Begley)
Ida Begley born 1877 - died 1959 (d/o James Begley & Margaret Jesse Begley)
Virgie Hickman dismissed by letter born Feb 15, 1910 died Aug 7, 1959 (daughter of Claiborne Hickman & Pharbia Edens)
Edna (Frazier) Hurd died 1958
Nettie (McGinnis) Vanzant died in California in 1990
William Vanzant died in Ohio
Isaac Vanzant died Aug 13, 1950
Worley Willis dismiised by letter. Died in VA Hospital in Johnson City TN.
Lloyd Johnson died Aug 23, 1951
James Willis died Oct 20, 1934
Eliza Edens Begley born Jan 1871 - died Apr 15, 1951 (d/o Curtis Edens & Sarah Caroline Combs). Married Houston C. Begley.
Mary Begley born Feb 1900 (daughter of Houston C. Begley & Eliza Edens)
Lillie Begley (Robinette) died Nov 1957 (daughter of Houston C. Begley & Eliza Edens). Married L. C. Robinette
Gilmer Begley born Jun 3, 1905 died Jun 1, 1981 (son of Houston C. Begley & Eliza Edens)
Luther Begley dismissed by letter born Dec 4, 1906 died Dec 1973 (son of Houston C. Begley & Eliza Edens). Married Lillie Kilgore.
Elmer Begley born Apr 6, 1910 - died of typhoid fever on Dec 18, 1923 (s/o George L Begley & Belva Purcell)
Roy Begley (son of William & Palma Roller Begley)
Ida (Vanzant) Kilgore died Jul 13, 1947
Lillie Kilgore (Begley) dismissed by letter
Laura Lyon (Kilgore) died Aug 17, 1941
Minnie Lyon (Winston)
Alice Robinette (Gilliam)
Gale Hurd born about 1908 (s/o Hugh Hurd & Lula Edens). Married Bessie Hilton
Luther Hurd born May 6, 1908 Jun 18, 1995 (son of William & Easter Edens Hurd)
Hazel Begley born Feb 21, 1912 died July 26, 2004 (daughter of George L. & Belva Purcell Begley)
Janie Hickman dismissed by letter born Feb 21, 1912 died Oct 6, 1992. (daughter of Claiborne Hickman & Pharbia Edens). Married Doyle Hurd.
Arthur Henry died 1957
Rufus Begley (son of Houston C. Begley & Eliza Edens). Married D. J. Jones
Newt Hurd born about 1912 (s/o (Hugh Hurd & Lula Edens). Married Bertha Hubbard
Virgie (Robinette) Begley born Oct 14, 1896 died 1985. Married Kemper Begley
Lena (Horton) Rogers dismissed by letter Mar 1, 1964 born Jul 14, 1900 died Jan 18, 1993 (d/o Isaac Horton & Nettie Bloomer). Married Jefferson Rogers.
Minnie Henry died Nov 16, 1929
Mary Henry dismissed by letter
Beatrice Anderson died Oct 14, 1936
Beulah Lawson (Head) died Nov 12, 1968
Lydia Lee Lawson
Bonnie Begley (Mathis)
Woodrow Begley (s/o William J. & Palma Roller Begley)
Charlie Hurd dismissed by letter born about 1914 (son of Houston Hurd & Hattie Purcell)
Vertie Scalf (d/o Don & Bunie Scalf)
Mary Scalf (d/o Don & Bunie Scalf)
George Horton dismissed by letter
Ellis Arrington died in the 1940s
Harrison Hurd born Feb 26, 1913 died May 3, 2000 (s/o Hugh Hurd & Lula Edens). Married Carrie Jones
Maudie (Hall) Arrington (Way)
Elsie Horton born Apr 23, 1915 - died Mar 30, 1937 (d/o Noah Horton & Jane Hurd)
Laura Lyon (Peters) died Oct 4, 1982
Pheobe Vanzant (Sizemore/Brotherton)
A. M. Begley born Aug 11, 1905 Apr 9, 1986 - (son of George L. & Belva Purcell Begley). Married Ella Mae Palmer.
Ronald Begley born Nov 3, 1914 died Sep 1984 (son of George L. & Belva Purcell Begley)
Ballard Begley born Apr 12, 1915 died Jun 2, 1994 (son of Houston C. Begley & Eliza Edens)
Fred Purcell born Jun 24, 1915 died Feb 7, 1995 (son of Arthur Marion Purcell & Mary Elizabeth Horton). Married 1st Helen Arnold & 2nd Edna Hensley
Bessie (Hilton) Hurd born 1913 (daughter of Elvira Rogers & Marshall Hilton). Married Gale Hurd.
Zack Goins Married Bessie Begley
Walter Still died in Lusby Maryland
Iona Lyon (Hilton)
Jerlean Lyon (Anderson)
Ballard Lyon killed in action in US Army
Lizzie Vanzant died in Oregon or Idaho
Charlie Horton dismissed by letter
Ray Hurd born 1918 (son of Hugh Hurd & Lula Edens). Married Lizzie Hilton
Edna Vanzant (Alvis/Allen) dismissed by letter
Ruth England (Vanzant/Camden)
Mae (Neeley) Johnson died Nov 24, 1956
Socia Gilliam born 1917 - died in 1990s (daughter of Harmon & Flora Gilliam)
Myrtle Hurd (Wallen) dismissed by letter born 1922 (daughter of Houston Hurd & Hattie Purcell). Married Bascum Wallen.
Madge Horton dismissed by letter
Carl Horton born Sep 26, 1919 died Aug 13, 1994 (s/o Noah Horton & Jane Hurd). Married Melvina Casteel
Leona Hurd Wilder
Lizzie Rogers (Watts) dismissed by letter born 1924 (daughter of Jefferson Rogers & Lena Horton). Married Arthur Watts
Robert Horton dismissed by letter
Annie Hurd Hurd Perry
Lurana Lyons Robinette
M. C. Rogers dismissed by letter born 1926 (son of Jefferson Rogers & Lena Horton). Married Evaline Price
A. J. Lyon dismissed by letter May 8, 1948
James Begley dismissed by letter Mar 1, 1964 born Dec 17, 1901 died Nov 10, 1973 (son of Houston C. Begley & Eliza Edens)
Claude Hurd born about 1926 (s/o Arthur Hurd & Edna Frazier)
Rev L. D. Robinette died Nov 1957
Mary (Green) Robinette died Mar 2, 1952
Georgia (Williams) Begley born Oct 20, 1920 died Oct 28, 2001 (daughter of Worley Williams & Mary Head). Married Ballard Begley.
Mattie (Williams) Begley
Junior Begley born Jul 1, 1932 (son of A. M. Begley & Ella Mae Palmer)
Lowell Begley dismissed by letter Mar 1, 1964 born Aug 24, 1933 (son of A. M. Begley & Ella Mae Palmer)
Annabel Begley born Jan 29, 1935 - (daughter of A. M. Begley & Ella Mae Palmer)
Alma Hurd (Head) (d/o Arthur Hurd & Edna Frazier)
Eugene Hurd (s/o Arthur Hurd & Edna Frazier)
Eula Mae Lyon (McNutt)
Laura Madeline Hurd (Begley) born about 1930 died Mar 31, 2001 (d/o Arthur Hurd & Edna Frazier). Married James Begley
Clarence Begley born Feb 28, 1936 (son of A. M. Begley & Ella Mae Palmer)
Fred Begley born Dec 25, 1937 (son of A. M. Begley & Ella Mae Palmer)
Jim Hurd died May 8, 1949
D. H. Hurd
Betty Sue Anderson Smith
Hugh H. Hurd born Nov 1885 (son of Jeremiah & Orlean Hurd)
Lula Maude Begley died Jan 17, 1998 (daughter of Ballard & George Williams Begley) Married John Elmer Edens
Gaadys Rhea Hurd
Ida Lou Anderson Black
History of Big Springs Missionary Baptist Church
Researched and Compiled by Eula Mae Lyon McNutt
(from old church Ledgers and other known/proven facts)
This info was given to Hazel Begley by Eula Mae Lyon McNutt
My Dad went to school one day in his life in the old log school house. The stovepipe went up and then elbowed out the side of the house. Paper of some sort was pasted on the logs. Remember, Dad (Chris Lyon) was born on Dec 25, 1882. The stove pipe had a split in it near the wall. The blaze would lick out the crack now and then. Dad watched that most of the day and it finally caught the paper on fire on the wall. Dad hollered "House on Fire". The teacher grabbed the water bucket and dashed it on the wall and the fire went out then grabbed a willow switch and striped my Dad from head to heels for disturbing class. Grand Dad (Andy Lyon) told him to stay at home. He could print C. Lyon is all he knew, but he had plenty of common mind. He could figure to a dot and was a good carpenter. He could get the inches to a degree and a perfect fit. The old log school house was so badly in a dilapidated condition, leaning toward the branch; it was propped up with poles. There were strong odds of it falling and killing the children. No one wanted to lend a nickel or a hand to build a new one. It came a hard storm one night. Andy Lyon and boys Chris, Crew, & Alf, Tom Vanzant, Bill Hurd, and some more pulled it down to make people think the wind tore it down. Someone figured it was torn down to keep Napoleon Williams from teaching school, but it was unsafe was the reason so they could build a new one. The Williams I think maybe tried to sue some of them. Anyway, Andy Lyon was on the building committee I see by the church ledgers.
July 3rd, 1909 Saturday T. J. Berry met Saturday evening and appointed a committee to build a church house. William Herd, W. J. Begley, & A. J. Lyons was selected.
There wasnt any meetings reported from Nov 3, 1909 until Feb 4, 1913, so I presume this was the period the church and the school was being built. A saw mill was setup below our spring on A. J. Lyons place and he gave timber and had it sawed and hauled from Scott County VA to Tennessee to build both buildings. Between Francis Marion Lyon and his Uncle Andy Lyon far as I can find out were the creators of land and the first and third buildings for Big Springs church & school. No deeds were ever found for the land. It was supposed to serve people in the community (VA & TN) and the surrounding area. It was for the good of all people, then and later.
When I went to school on several occasions I was told by the Dry Valley Hurds I had no business coming from VA to TN to school. I was told I needed to stay at home because their people paid the taxes for the school and mine didnt. I would go home mad and crying and say that Im not going to school, Im not legal, my parents dont pay taxes. Dad would say "You go to school and if you are jumped on and have to leave, tear the place apart. Throw the seats out the window and roll them down to the church house. Nothing will be done about it. Its more yours than it is theirs" was all he would say. So, I went back. I had been jumped on one day about school. I went up to Lloyds store to see if there was any mail. Lloyd asked me why Id been crying. I said Im not coming back to school and I told him why. He said "You go to school and the day they make you quit, Ill lock the door. Then well see who goes to school". I never knew the background until Jim Hurd brought it up 7 or 8 years ago. He said his Daddy told him how it was built then I started my detective work. They never jumped Dan Lyons children because their Kilgores lived in Tennessee and paid taxes. They ran my sister Laura and all Tom Vanzants kids and all of John Willis off out of Tennessee. I was the only one who finished school (except Dan Lyons kids). I had many fights on the way home from school over than problem. I never got whipped in a fight. I busted noses and eyes with my fist or dinner pail or book satchel. I never did run from a fight nor start one. If I had done either one (run or start one) my Dad said he would whip the hell out of me. So I had no choice but to take my part. Christmas day, 1989, Cecil Begleys wife called me from Matties asking for Begley information. I wrote for about 4 days and mailed her all I had. She said Woodrow (Begley) had given her a deed to the church house that W. J. Begley had kept for years. She said Bessie & Zacks (Goins) Naomi had it in a chest keeping it for her. I asked her to please make me a Xerox copy as no one had ever saw a deed and records that survived the fire Deed Books 1930 at Sneedville had none recorded for either the church or the school. Its been over a year and she never even let me know she got the huge package and still no deed. Silence Anyway, it doesnt matter. I was just curious to see if there was one after all the abuse I had to contend with. I never told any teacher of the troubles or we would all have gotten willow switches for fighting even if I did not choose to do so in self-defense. So, I took what they dished out, but they usually got worse than I did! The boys were mostly the ones I fought. Hubert Hurd was the worst one. He finally got afraid. He never did whip me. I have to tell this one on T. J. Rogers. I dont even remember it, but he told everyone in Dry Valley about this one. T. J. said once Hubert picked a fight out of me. I knocked him down and had straddled him, beating the heck out of him. T. J. said he felt sorry for Hubert and jumped on my back to get me off of him. I flipped my shoulder and T. J. fell off on his back. He said he had knuckle knots on his head for several days. T. J. told this the last two years at the music festival out at Hurds in the valley and everybody laughed about it.
I have copies of a few old deeds Sarah Jane Roller took to the Kilgores when she moved there to die. When all moved to Texas to live they gave to her as only one left behind in Tennessee and who might need them for some purpose. I also have some other deeds. All fits in land on Tennessee and rest on Virginia is recorded in Gate City VA. I could write more, but I think I have covered all the main details of the area. Andy Lyon had a sister Lavicia Ellen that married Daniel Edens (Rev George Edens brother) and moved to Barry County, MO. George Edens mother I was told was a Martha Begley who married Isham Edens. Brillar Gilliams grandmother Mary Polly Edens was a sister to George Edens.
I will go over my cemetery records and compare them with the list of church members and see how much I can add to the list of names. I have many clippings in boxes. I will not try to look over them it would probably take a year! I may have some in scrap books. I have four Scott County VA cemetery books & four Hawkins County TN cemetery books, plus copies of Vol 5 Scott County VA in the process of being published.
Before I forget, I believe when Marion Lyon sold out he may have left the church records with A. H. Neeley near the church. Their daughter Mattie J Neely (born May 12, 1889 died Nov 13, 1918) could have been the clerk. I remember the letters over the stage on the wall at Big Springs. I was told Mattie made those letters out of green cedar and dried bachelor buttons. Mattie probably had the old books when they got full in 1905 and kept them. Joe and Coy probably destroyed a fortune in old papers she hoarded and they trashed it all. There were about five locked trunks on the back porch and two on the porch between the kitchen door and the corner of the front towards the store. Mae was born in 1902 and died Nov 24, 1956. I dont know who else could have them, unless W. J. Begley had them. If so, and Cecils wife got them, we can kiss the years 1872-1905 goodbye.
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