History of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Choctaw County, MS

Bethlehem Church was the first church to be established in Choctaw County.  The church was formed on Monday after the fourth Sunday in August, 1835.  The original members were:  Michael Weeks, his daughter-in-law Elizabeth Fulcher, Simeon Oswalt and his wife Sarah Fulcher Oswalt, Stephen Scarbrough, Sarah Snow, Silas Meeks and William Fish.  The three founding ministers were William Caloway, William Halbert and Gabriel Nash.  These founding preachers established many of the early Baptist churches in Choctaw, as well as Winston and Oktibbeha counties.  In Nov 1841, David Weeks was one of the church trustees named in the land deed where Lamech Edwards gave four acres for the church to be built on.  In 1869, Bethlehem Baptist Church helped to organize Chestnut Grove Baptist Church in southwestern Oktibbeha County.  N.Q. Adams, a member of Bethlehem Church, who was licensed to preach by the church in 1868, was the first minister at Chestnut Grove Church.

excerpted from "Weeks Family Newsletter, Vol 5, No 2, May 1995"

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