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Roanoke Island Baptist Church Records, 1888-1995, undated

(Manuscript Collection #1129)

Descriptive Summary Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Title: Roanoke Island Baptist Church Records
Creator: Roanoke Island Baptist Church
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: Records (1888-1995, undated) of Roanoke Island Baptist Church, including copies of deeds and plat, correspondence, church histories, newsletter, and church manuscript record volumes, including minutes of conference minutes, treasurer’s reports, Sunday School treasurer’s reports, Women’s Missionary Society.
Extent: 0.5 Cubic feet, 21 items , copies of deeds and plat, correspondence, church histories, newsletter, conference minutes, treasurer’s reports

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Accessions Information

July 3, 2008, 21 items, 0.50 cubic feet; Records (1888-1995, undated) of Roanoke Island Baptist Church, including copies of deeds and plat, correspondence, church histories, newsletter, and church manuscript record volumes, including minutes of conference minutes, treasurer?s reports, Sunday School treasurer?s reports, Women?s Missionary Society, etc. See preliminary inventory attached. Donor: Brenda Outlaw

Access Restrictions

No restrictions

Copyright Notice

Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

Preferred Citation

Roanoke Island Baptist Church Records (#1129), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of Brenda Outlaw

Processing Information

  • Encoded by Mark Custer, July 28, 2008

  • Processed by David Miller 2009


Biographical / Historical Note Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

The Roanoke Island Baptist Church began on July 31, 1808, when the Baptist Society of People on Roanoke Island bought one acre of land from Abraham Baum for “the promotion of religion.” The church was a part of Currituck County until the formation of Dare County in 1870. The first church, built in 1809, was burned down by federal troops during the Civil War, and the congregation received compensation forty-five years later from the federal government. A second church erected around 1867, was used as both a church and a school. A third church building resulted from an expansion of the second church, which was built by skilled church members. In an attempt to spread Baptist theology, twenty-one church members were sent to start the Manteo Baptist Church in 1905, and in 1909, fourteen members were sent to start the Nags Head Baptist Church. The Roanoke Island Baptist Church currently operates in Manteo, North Carolina.

Past pastors include William Askew, P.S.C. Davis, R.B. Collier (?-1890), Reverend Gillelance, Brother Stallings (1900-ca. 1904), Thos. Gideon Wood (1904-ca. 1909), D.A. Tedder (1909-1910), James Howell (1910-ca. 1912), O.N. Marshall (1912-1914), T.J. Ragland (1915-1920), H.B. Hines (1920-1937), C.C. Perry (?-1940), Dr. G.A. Martin (1942-?), Dr. Paul S. Carroll (1980-1988), J. Stephen Crane (1988-1992), John Charles, III (1992-?), Daniel Crisman (?-?), and C.H. Tyler (?-Present).

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The collection contains three ledger books (1888-1933; 1948-1954; 1958-1977) that include an index of names, year of membership, rules of conference, conference minutes, overview of meetings, and letters of member admission and dismissal from the church. Also included are three Treasurer Reports Ledgers (1953-1968; 1959-1964; 1964-1968) containing expense and financial information.

Other items in the collection are a Women’s Missionary Society Journal (1953-1956) that contains quarterly financial reports and meeting overviews; four copies of deeds (11/24/1926; 7/22/1938; 8/19/1982; 1/9/1991) that outline the Roanoke Island Baptist Church plot of land; correspondence concerning churches receiving pastoral aid from the General Board of the Baptist State Convention (10/20/1937), the resignation of C.C. Perry (2/25/1940), and information regarding Abraham Baum (12/21/1982); printed materials of The Roanoke Island Baptist Record Newsletter (3/26/1944) and a newspaper clipping regarding church construction (1986); a photograph (undated) of children in front of a church accompanied by roster information; a Guest Book used for Homecoming events (1959-1965); and a Spiral Notebook (1956-1957) containing financial information.

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Container List Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

  • Box 1#1129.1 Icon to indicate that there are digitized materials available
    • Folder a#1129.1.a
      Correspondence (10/20/1937) regarding churches receiving pastoral aid from the General Board of the Baptist State Convention; (2/25/1940) resignation letter from C.C. Perry; and a brief biographical sketch (12/21/1982) of Abraham Baum accompanied by a copy of an 1808 Deed of Sale. 3 Items.
    • Folder b#1129.1.b
      History (ca. 1988; ca. 1995) 2 Items.
    • Folder c#1129.1.c
      Copy of Deed (11/24/1926) for property sold by C.P. Midgett to C.R. Evans showing a one acre plot of land owned by North End Baptist Church; a Certifified Copy of Deed (7/22/1938) of C.P. Midgett and wife to C.R. Evans, dated 9/16/1937; Copy of Deed of Gift (8/19/1982) by Evelyn M. Evans, et al to Herman Drinkwater, et al, Trustees of the Roanoke Island Baptist Church, of a plot of land adjoining the church; Copy of Deed of Gift (1/9/1991) by Charles D. Evans and wife, et al to Roanoke Island Baptist Church, of a plot of land adjoining the church. 4 Items. Note: To be digitized by agreement with donor.
    • Folder d#1129.1.d (1 item  digitized)
      Photograph of children in front of church accompanied by roster information (undated) 2 Items.
    • Folder e#1129.1.e
      Printed Material of The Roanoke Island Baptist Record Newsletter (3/26/1944); and a Newspaper Clipping regarding church construction (1986); 2 Item.
    • Folder f#1129.1.f
      Ledger Book (1888-1933) 1 Item.
    • Folder g#1129.1.g
      Ledger Book (1948-1954) 1 Item.
    • Folder h#1129.1.h
      Ledger Book (1958-1977) 1 Item.
    • Folder i#1129.1.i
      Women's Missionary Society Journal (1953-1956) 1 Item.
    • Folder j#1129.1.j
      Treasurer Reports Ledger (1953-1968) 1 Item.
    • Folder k#1129.1.k
      Treasurer Reports Ledger (1959-1964) 1 Item.
    • Folder l#1129.1.l
      Treasurer Reports Ledger (1964-1968) 1 Item.
    • Folder m#1129.1.m
      Guest Book (1959-1965) used for Homecoming events. 1 Item.
    • Folder n#1129.1.n
      Spiral Notebook (1956-1957) containing financial information 1 Item.
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