Woodington Universalist Church Collection

Manuscript Collection #1104
Universalist Church (Woodington, N.C.)
Physical description
0.01 Cubic Feet, 8 items
Preferred Citation
Woodington Universalist Church Collection (#1104), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
ECU Manuscript Collection
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Biographical/historical information

The Church building predates the Civil War, however, there is no concrete information regarding when it was built. It is one of the earliest preaching points of Universalism in North Carolina. The Free Will Baptists claimed the old church in the late 1800s without dispute because the county records were destroyed by fire. In December 1898, William and Delia A. Stroud gave the deed for Woodington Universalist Church. In a 2007 email correspondence to Keats Sparrow, Carol Simmons noted due to damage to the building, Phoebe Harper donated the building to someone near Joe Williams Road, near the Jones County line. They cut the building apart and planned to restore it for family use, but it burned several years before 2007.

Scope and arrangement

The collection contains correspondences, photographs, and documents relating to Woodington Universalist. There are two photographs showing two different sides of the Church building. The collection also contains excerpts about the church from Rev. Hope Bain's diary which was included in "Mr. Wms'" book. There is also a photoscanned copy of the 1898 deed given to the church from William and Delia A. Stroud, as well as a 1946 newspaper article written by Rev. Thomas Turell sending condolences to J.E. Rouse for the death of her husband Ed Rouse.

Administrative information
Custodial History

August 21, 2007, 8 items, 0.010 cubic feet; Collection (2007) including correspondence, Rev. Hope Bain's photocopied diary records, church historical notes & clippings & copies of photographic prints related to the "Mother Church" of Universalism in Eastern North Carolina, located near Kinston, in Lenoir County, NC, ca. 1827 to 1946. Donor: Dr. W. Keats Sparrow

Source of acquisition

Gift of Dr. W. Keats Sparrow

Processing information

Encoded by Lindsay Flood, March 28, 2008

Processed by Aleck Tan, February 2020

Copyright notice

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

Container list
Box 1 Folder a Item 1 Correspondence relating to establishing the Woodington Universalist Church Collection at ECU Manuscripts, 2007
Box 1 Folder a Item 2 Deed for Woodington Universalist Church, dated December 3, 1898, 1898
Box 1 Folder a Item 3 Excerpt from the diary of Rev. Hope Bain in "Mr. Wms'" book, 1864-1866
Box 1 Folder a Item 4 Black and white photo of Woodington Universalist Church in Southern Lenoir County, NC, undated
Box 1 Folder a Item 5 Notes about the Woodington Universalist Church deed and Rev. Hope Bain's notes, 2006
Box 1 Folder a Item 6 Rev. Hope Bain notes relating to Woodington Universalist Church, undated
Box 1 Folder a Item 7 Condolences to Mrs. J.E. Rouse for the death of her husband, 1946
Box 1 Folder a Item 8 Black and White photo of Woodington Universalist Church in Southern Lenoir County, NC, undated