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Friendship Baptist Church - John M. Neal

Friendship Baptist Church - John M. Neal

Posted: 1014588599000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1024492795000
Seeking location of Friendship Baptist Church records stating that John M. Neal was church clerk in late 1820s. This individual is more typically found in McMinn County, TN records for this period.

Re: Friendship Baptist Church - John M. Neal

Posted: 1018391962000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Crittenden, Smith, Walker, McKenzie, McBroom, Morrow
According to “The Heritage of Polk County, Tennessee 1839-1997,” article #62, p. 30, “Friendship Since 1826…,” submitted by Wanda Carter, Church Clerk:

“…but the first two church books, covering the years 1826-1878, are missing.” “…early organizers appear to have included Rev. Samuel Short, JOHN M. NEAL, Drewry Wilkerson, Charles Crittenden…” “…in June of 1926…a detailed history of the church…was delivered by J.D. Clemmer…” “It is through copies of that speech that much of what we know about the early history of Friendship has been preserved.” “…in 1976…a history…“150 Years of Friendship,” (was) presented in booklet form.” “It is that history which has provided much of the information for this particular vignette.”

Sorry to say that it is doubtful that you will ever see those records; I share your interest, as Charles Crittenden, who was a Deacon in the church, is my ancestor.

Brenda (Smith) Rayburn

Re: Friendship Baptist Church - John M. Neal

Posted: 1018396426000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1140302310000
Mr. Neal

Some of the Friendship Church records are online at Others would be available at the Polk County Historical Society, Marian Presswood, President and you might also wish to check with the Polk County News as they have many historical and biographical articles for sale at very nominal prices.

Your ancestor probably lived in McMinn county since Friendship was in McMinn until Polk was formed in 1839. The Hiwassee River formed some of the northern boundary of Cherokee lands until the Treaty of 1838 after which a strip of land north of the river was taken into Polk Co.
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