The information for this page came from old microfilm records of unknown origin. Anyone wishing to add information concerning this church is encouraged to contact Betty Miller and Betty Phillips, your hosts for Pickens County, AL. Typographical and transcription errors will be happily corrected, however, no alterations will be made to the original document, additional information will be added as submitter's notes or as additional informational material. NOTE: Some of the tombstone information has been supplied by Michael Cardinell.

The Pioneer Presbyterians in the southern part of Pickens County, many of whom came in from the Carolinas planned to organize a church. On the 29th of September 1838, the Rev. Thomas Morrow of the Tuscaloosa Presbytery organized the church, near Crawford, with fifteen Charter Members, who were:

 SURNAME

 FIRST/MIDDLE

SURNAME

FIRST/MIDDLE

SURNAME

FIRST/MIDDLE
LOFTIN Thomas BRIDGES Edwin EDDINGS Mary K.
LOFTON Andrew BRIDGES Martha DAVIS Nancy
LOFTIN Elizabeth BURNSIDES Harry KNOX John S.
RUSSELL David C. BURNSIDES Elizabeth KNOX Rachel R.
RUSSELL Ann B. CRAIG Jane LOVE Elizabeth

Thomas and Andrew Lofton and John S. Knox were elected the ruling Elders. On September 30, 1828 the Session met and decided to name the church - Bethesda.

Some Early Members

 SURNAME

FIRST/MIDDLE
CRAWFORD Julia
CRAWFORD Nelson
GOING Eli T.
GOING Martha A.
GOING Mahala
GOING Rebecca
HERNDON Mrs. Nancy G.
HERRINGTON John
LANIER Sarah D.
LANIER Thomas C.
LAVENDER Mrs. Jane
WEIR Mrs. Prudence
WEIR Francis
WEIR Mrs. Sarah
WILLIAMS Eliza
WILLIAMS Michael

Members Added in 1824-1852

 SURNAME

FIRST/MIDDLE
CRAIG Mrs. Margaret
LOFTON Mrs. Elizabeth
LOFTON Mrs. Sophronia
RICHARD Miss Jane Caroline
LOFTON Miss Elizabeth

Members Added 1853 - 1860

 SURNAME

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SURNAME

FIRST/MIDDLE

SURNAME

FIRST/MIDDLE
GOING William I. BOINB Rebecca Jane SOMERVILLE Mrs. Ann
BAILEY Amanda C. GOING Josephine SOMERVILLE Dr. C. W.
BAILEY Martha J. GOING Sarah A. SOMERVILLE Henrietta
CRAWFORD Miss Mary GOING Alfred E. WEIR J. D.
GARDNER Mrs. Elizabeth HUFFMAN James WHITE Elizabeth
GARDNER Mary Ann JAY Martha WRIGHT Mrs.
GARDNER William JAY Louis GARDNER Hudson

Members Added 1863 - 1873

 SURNAME

FIRST/MIDDLE

SURNAME

FIRST/MIDDLE

SURNAME

FIRST/MIDDLE
BAIlEY Martha CUNNINGHAM Mrs. Elizabeth CUNNINGHAM Rosaline
DUNCAN Thomas G. FULTON Dr. James A. FULTON Miss Mary
FULTON James H. FULTON William L. WILSON Miss Davis
SPENCE John K. BOUTWELL Mrs. Caroline COUTWELL Harry
HUTTON Mrs. H. L. GOING James A. GOING John S.
GOING Job. GRAHAM H. LOCKHART Duncan E.
NUNNELLEE James H. NUNNELLEE E. E. NUNNELLEE Carrie
JAY Tyler Polk JAY James JAY Going
JAY Lewis LANIER Laura E. LANIER Thomas B.
LANIER James G. LOFTON Elias NUNNELLEE Mrs. Amanda
NUNNELLEE Mary.        

Records indicate that Miss Davis Wilson came from Centerville Church; and John K. Spence came from Greensboro, GA 28, February 1869.

Members Added 1875 - 1882

 SURNAME

FIRST/MIDDLE

SURNAME

FIRST/MIDDLE

SURNAME

FIRST/MIDDLE
STANTON S. S. STANTON Mrs. STANTON Mary
STANTON Jessie STANTON Porter STANTON Elizabeth
STANTON Martha OSBORNE Mrs. Maggie B. OSBORNE Lula C.
OSBORNE Elizabeth OSBORNE Martha E. OSBORNE Walter R.
OSBORNE Willie F. GOING Mrs. Maude AKINES William
WEIR James M. HOOD A. MURPHY Mrs. Jane S.
HOOD M. R. PADEN Mrs. M. P. RUSSELL Miss Rebecca
STANTON Eugene SOMMERVILLE Minnie    

Mr. and Mrs. W. S. Morrow came into the church several years later. She descends from the A. E. Going family and Mr. Morrow was a descendant of Rev. Thomas Morrow. They being the only ones of the congregation descending from one who was present at the organization of the church one hundred years before.

Rev. John K. Spence who was a well known Presbyterian Minister of Alabama, was at one time an Elder of this church. He being the only person who had once belonged to this church - to enter the ministry. The early churches were a sort of court - where frievances of its members were threshed out.

As was custom in the South, before the War between the States, quite a number of slaves were regular member of this church. In later years, the younger generation preferred an organization of their own. The cemetery at Bethesda, where the older member were laid to rest is well cared for. A Revolutional war Soldier - Thomas Lofton lies buried in this adjoining cemetery.

Early Presbyterian Churches were located at Carrollton, Pickensville, Reform Franconia, (2) Bradfords, over Sipsey and Sipsey Turnpike.

Bethesda Cemetery

SURNAME FIRST/MIDDLE BIRTH DEATH NOTES
COLSON IDA W. 1865 1937 wife of Robert F. COLSON
COLSON ROBERT F. 1863 1911 none
COLVIN JACOB 1801 1852 none
CONNERLY A. J. 1861 1911 born in Vienna; died in Tusacloosa.
CONNERLY MAMIE H. 1865 1890 wife of A. J. CONNERLY
COTTON ABCOT 1840 1862 son of J.C. & J.E.
COTTON GEORGE W. 1842 1880 none
COTTON HARRIETTE A. 1842 1916 wife of George COTTON
COTTON (?) J. J. NONE 1849 "J.J.C." - 1849 only on marker
COTTON (?) N. H. NONE 1837 "N.H.C." - 1837 only on marker
COTTON (?) N. P. NONE 1853 "N.P.C." - 1853 only on marker
COTTON (?) W. J. NONE 1844 "W.J.C." - 1844 only on marker
CRAFT Mrs. NANCY 1831 1916 none
DUNCAN LAWRENCE 1868 1904 son of Thomas and Alice
DUNCAN THOMAS 1843 1914 none
DUNCAN-GILES ALICE 1847 1937 none
EATMAN ASHLEY WALTER 1849 1901 none
FLETCHER LULA 1871 1945 none
GARDNER JAMES 1805 1891 husband of Nancy COTTON
GOODSON WILLIAM NEWTON 1835 1898 none
GRAY EDWARD 1921 1940? none
GRAY GLADYS INEZ 1 NOV 1917  21 MAY 1985 none
GRAY WILLIAMCECIL 21 MAY 1918 3 NOV 1990 none
HAIGOOD LAURETTA ALEXSENA 1834 1902 daughter of James & Salenah HAIGOOD
HAIGOOD Miss BELL 1836 1859 none
HENDRICKS JAMES NONE NONE son of T.A. & Martha C. (she was daughter of Lewis & Nancy JAY)
HODGES A. D. (M.D.) NONE NONE unable to read dates
JAY LEWIS W. 1805 1885 born in Erson Co., North Carolina
JAY Mrs. MAY 1848 1889 none
JAY ORELIA M. 1851 1928 wife of J. M.
JONES HATTIE 1826 1904 wife of Redmond JONES
JONES MARY H. 1829 1889 none
LANIER JOSEPH S. 1848 1860 none
LANIER WILLIAM B. 1846 1852 none
LOFTIN ELISABETH 36 YOA 1840 wife of I.N.H (Nash) LOFTIN
LOFTIN JANE C. 1968M21D 1854 wife of Absa H. LOFTIN, Jr. dau. Of W. H. & S. W. RICHARDSON
LOVE JANE C. 1812 1846 none
MAUGHAN CYNTHIA M. 1849 1926 none
*MAUGHAN  CYNTHIA M. 15 APRIL 19845 12 DEC 1926 *may be a duplication of above
MAUGHAN JOHN FLETCHER 27 JAN 1846 8 AUG 1902 none
MAUGHAN LELA JANE 6 NOV 1879 3 JAN 1929 none
MAUGHAN JOHN WESLEY 1875 1944 none
McMULLEN MARY A. 1841 1920 his wife
NOLAND L. B. 1870 1887 son of A. & P. NOLAND
NOLAND OPHELIA 1867 1883 dau. Of ???
OSBORN MARGARET R. 1844 1878 wife of Rev. I. P. OSBORNE
PEACH HULBERT M. 9 OCT 1883 24 MARCH 1902 common marker
PEACH JOHNIE 9 FEB 1879 24 NO 1942 none
PEACH LILIAN EARL 4 DEC 1876 18 APRIL 1952 none
PEACH MARY J 7 AUG 1845 31 JULY 1913 common marker
PEACH SIMON NONE NONE CSA marker
PEACH T. ELIZABETH 15 DEC 1870 23 DEC 1931 common marker
PIERCE NANCY CATHERINE 1848 1932 none
PIERCE WILLIAM RILEY 1851 1906 none
POW FRANK 1867 1935 none
POWELL J. K. P. 1845 1928 none
POWELL Mrs. K. E. 1869 1907 wife of J. K. P.
POWELL SARAH CATHERINE 1843 1881 wife of Polk POWELL
POW-STANTON MARTHA 1873 1946 wife of Frank Pow
STAPP JOHN T. 1840 1862 none
STAPP LAVICY 1842 1876 wife of William STAPP
STAPP MARY 1804 1885 wife of William STAPP
STAPP MARY J. 1836 1900 wife of William STAPP
STAPP THOMAS JEFFERSON 1869 1881 son of William & Mary L. STAPP
STAPP WILLIAM 1802 1880 Chester District, S.C.
STATON SETH SPEIGHT 1832 1912 Edgecombe Co., N.C.
TURNER GEORGE ABNER 1866 1948 none
UPCHURCH BURTON 1838 1895 husband of Emma T.
UPCHURCH EMMA T. 1845 1885 wife of Burton UPCHURCH
UPCHURCH REBECCA L. 1856 1895 wife of W. H. UPCHURCH

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