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Please note that churches of Old Upper Marion will be found on the Dillon County Churches page.


"The oldest church in the county is the 'Old Neck' Methodist Church, twenty-three miles below Marion, built in 1735 by the first settlers of that region, as an Episcopal Church, or the Church of England [Anglican]. It was used as an Episcopal Church until some time after the Revolutionary War, when by some arrangement agreed upon, it was used by both the Episcopalians and Methodists together..."

-- W.W. Sellers, "A History of Marion County"


  • Antioch Baptist Church, Org. 1829
    Located near Sellers, SC
    Cemetery - complete survey dated 1953, plus a few updates
    Furman University Library, Special Collections, holds records for Antioch from 185l-1878

  • Gapway Baptist Church
    Furman University Library, Special Collections, holds records for Gapway, organized in 1776, from 1833-1867

  • Little Bethel Baptist Church
    Furman University Library, Special Collections, holds records for Little Bethel, organized in 1874, 1874-25, 1929-42, 1953-54, 1958, 1964-73
    Minutes of first meeting, Membership Roll, contributed by Bill Snipes 1998

  • Marion Baptist Church
    Furman University Library, Special Collections, holds records for Marion, organized in 1858, from 1885-1915, 1920-1941
    Membership Rolls, contributed by Bill Snipes 1998

  • Mullins First Baptist Church
    Furman University Library, Special Collections, holds records for Mullins First, organized in 1880, from 1880-1920, 1924-1934, 1957-1972
    List of Charter Members, 1880, contributed by Bill Snipes, 1998

  • Reedy Creek Baptist Church
    Furman University Library, Special Collections, holds records for Reedy Creek, organized in 1850, from 1893-1927; Sunday School records, 1894-1912; WMU, 1904-1920
    History, Minutes, Membership Rolls, contributed by Bill Snipes, 1997

  • Tyrrel's Bay Baptist Church
  • Union Baptist Church
    Northwest Marion County; established 1889


THE FREE WILL BAPTIST CHURCH can be traced back to the early seventeenth century in England, and a bit later to the American colonies when an entire church, consisting of pastor and congregation, came from Wales and settled on the Delaware River on what was known as the Welsh Tract. From this group came several men who preached the Arminian doctrine in contrast to the prevailing Calvinistic doctrine of the day. One of these men, Paul Palmer, is credited with organizing the first Free Will Baptist church in 1727 in Perquimans County, NC. Palmer had previously ministered in New Jersey and Maryland, having been baptized in the congregation which moved from Wales.

The movement in the northeast was instituted under the leadership of Benjamin Randall, who organized the first Free Will Baptist Church in New Durham, New Hampshire, June 30, 1780. The General Conference of Free Will Baptists was organized in 1827.

For additional information on Baptist churches in South Carolina, you may wish to visit the Furman University - Special Collections site for a list of their microfilmed Baptist Church holdings:


  • Center Methodist Church
    history by Gladys Taylor and Alton Rogers. Contributed by Betty Jo Stewart.

  • (Old) Ebenezer Methodist Church
    Northwest Marion County, near Dillon Co. line
    Historical Notes from the journal of L. F. Jernigan, written c. 1940, and contributed by Frank Jernigan, son of the author.
    1986 Birthday Celebration from Friends of Ebenezer leaflet
  • Flowers Meeting House
  • Miller's Methodist Church
    Located North East of Mullins
    Cemetery (Not online)
  • 'Old Neck' Methodist Church
  • Tabernacle Methodist Church
    Northwest Marion County, Rowell Township

For additional information on South Carolina Methodist church records, you may wish to visit the Wofford College Archives website:, The South Carolina United Methodist Collection

"The records of the South Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church are housed in the Archives. These records, which date from 1785, include the minutes of the sessions of the Annual Conference as well as the conference newspaper, the Southern Christian Advocate. The Methodist Collection also has an index of the obituaries appearing in the Advocate from 1837 to the present.

The Methodist Collection is the official repository for the records of Conference agencies and holds the records of a number of South Carolina Methodist churches, an index of appointments to churches in the conference from 1785 to 1954, and published histories of the conference and a number of churches."
Source: Wofford College

Please note that some obituaries from the Southern Christian Advocate newspaper are/were searchable on the Wofford library site:

As of August 2000, surnames beginning A through F had been extracted and placed in their database. On a recent visit to the web site (27 June 2001), however, the search function was not working.

The Circuit Riders of the Methodist Church in Early America

John Wesley's Methodist plan of multiple meeting places called "circuits" required a force of preachers willing to travel to, or make a circuit of, the congregations in their charge. A circuit was made up of two or more local churches (sometimes referred to as societies) in early Methodism. A pastor would be appointed to the charge, or circuit, by his bishop. During the course of a year the minister was expected to visit each church on the charge at least once, and possibly start some new ones. At the end of a year the pastors met with the bishop at annual conference, where they would often be appointed to new charges. A charge containing only one church was called a station. The traveling preachers responsible for caring for these societies, or local churches and stations, became known as circuit riders, or sometimes saddlebag preachers. They traveled light, carrying their belongings and books in their saddlebags. Ranging far and wide through villages and wilderness, they preached daily or more often at any site available be it a log cabin, the local court house, a meeting house, or an outdoor forest setting. Unlike the pastors of settled denominations, these early Methodist preachers were constantly on the move. Their assignment was often so large it might take them 5 or 6 weeks to cover their circuit. Francis Asbury (1745 - 1816), the founding bishop of American Methodism, is said to have traveled 270,000 miles and preached 16,000 sermons as he traveled the circuits.

Peter Cartwright (1785-1872) described the life of the circuit rider in his Autobiography: "A Methodist preacher, when he felt that God had called him to preach, instead of hunting up a college or Biblical Institute, hunted up a hardy pony, and some traveling apparatus, and with his library always at hand, namely, a Bible, Hymn book, and Discipline, he started, and with a text that never wore out nor grew stale, he cried, 'Behold, the Lamb of God, that taketh away the sin of the world.' In this way he went through storms of wind, hail, snow, and rain; climbed hills and mountains, traversed valleys, plunged through swamps, swollen streams, lay out all night, wet, weary, and hungry, held his horse by the bridle all night, or tied him to a limb, slept with his saddle blanket for a bed, his saddle-bags for a pillow. Often he slept in dirty cabins, ate roasting ears for bread, drank butter-milk for coffee; took deer or bear meat, or wild turkey, for breakfast, dinner, and supper. This was old-fashioned Methodist preacher fare and fortune."


  • Marion Presbyterian Church

Some Presbyterian church records for congregations of Southern states are archived at the regional office of the Presbyterian Historical Society in Montreat, N.C.

Presbyterian Historical Society
The Montreat Office
P.O. Box 849, Montreat, NC 28757
Telephone (828) 669-7061 Fax (828) 669-5369
(Address and telephone as of 2000)



  • The Carolina Backcountry on the Eve of the Revolution: The Journal and Other Writings of Charles Woodmason, Anglican Itinerant ed. Richard J. Hooker
    (Chapel Hill; Univ. of N.C. 1953)
  • Marion churches and churchmen, 1735-1935 : a narrative of the Church of England and its successor, the Episcopal Church Stanley, Victor Bland, Jr
    (Charleston, S.C. : Southern Print. & Pub., c1938 )
    Copy available through LDS
  • Prince Frederick Winyah, 1729-1763 : W.P.A. Project 165-33-7172 Polk, Mrs. Louie H
    LDS Microfilm
  • The Register book for the parish Prince Frederick Winyaw, Ann: Dom: 1713 Prince Frederick Parish
    LDS Microfilm


  • Minutes of meetings and lists of members, 1802-1971 Catfish Creek Baptist Church
    LDS Microfilm
  • Church minutes, 1833-1867 Gapway Baptist Church
    (Nashville : Historical Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, 1967)
    Available through LDS
  • Minutes of the union meetings of Ebenezer, Elim and High Hill Creek Baptist Churches, 1818-1843 : including minutes from Lake Swamp, Willow Creek, Sparrow Swamp, Swift Creek, Gapway, Terrills Bay, Little Pee Dee, Bosticks, Bethlehem, Mizpah, Mount Moriah, Mount Zion, and Bethel Baptist churches Smith, Thomas E and Eaddy, Elaine Y
    (Hemingway, S.C. : Three Rivers Historical Society, 1983 )
  • Welsh Neck Baptist Church, South Carolina, 1737-1841
    Available through LDS


  • The Journal and Letters of Francis Asbury. Elmer T. Clark, ed.
    (Nashville, TN, Abingdon Press, 1958) Bibliography:
  • Francis Asbury, the Prophet of the Long Road. Tipple, E. S.
    (The Methodist Book Concern 1916.)
  • Cartwright, Peter, Autobiography of Peter Cartwright
    (Abingdon Press 1956)
  • If Saddlebags Could Talk Maser, Frederick and Simpson, Robert Drew
    (Providence Press 1998. )

Modern USGS map locations of churches

Antioch Church341700N0792654WLatta
Ariel Church340444N0791843WCentenary
Bethel Church (historical)335445N0792104WBrittons Neck
Bethel United Methodist Church341012N0792401WMarion
Bethlehem Baptist Church341040N0792322WMarion
Bethlehem Church340521N0791902WCentenary
Bethlehem Church341649N0792254WLatta
Beulah Methodist Episcopal Church (historical)341229N0791541WMullins
Buzzard Skull Church335519N0792006WBrittons Neck
Centenary Church340357N0792119WCentenary
Center Church341225N0791158WNichols
Central Church335429N0792022WBrittons Neck
Christ Episcopal Church341159N0791511WMullins
Church of Christ341018N0792416WMarion
Church of God341047N0792330WMarion
Church of God341233N0791459WNichols
Ebenezer African Methodist Episcopal Church341246N0791530WMullins
Ebenezer Church341713N0792309WLatta
Effingham Church341233N0791723WMullins
Episcopal Church of the Advent341031N0792402WMarion
Everbee Church341618N0791804WFork
First Baptist Church341228N0791521WMullins
First United Methodist Church341042N0792350WMarion
Forks Chapel341458N0792336WMarion
Friendship Church340107N0792550WFriendship
Friendship Church335924N0792506WGresham
Friendship Church341423N0790954WNichols
Friendship Church341340N0790911WNichols
Friendship Church340057N0792618WFriendship
Gapway Baptist Church340928N0791448WNichols
Gurley Church340547N0791845WCentenary
Little Bethel Church340932N0791947WMullins
Little Zion Church341633N0792005WFork
Macedonia United Methodist Church341234N0791519WMullins
Marion Baptist Church341039N0792403WMarion
Marion Church of God341139N0792351WMarion
Marion Presbyterian Church341034N0792404WMarion
Mill Creek Church341245N0791129WNichols
Miller Church341448N0791447WNichols
Mount Carmel Baptist Church341227N0791544WMullins
Mount Olive Baptist Church341237N0791502WMullins
Mount Pisgah Baptist Church341011N0792347WMarion
Mount Zion Church341228N0791429WNichols
Mullins Presbyterian Church341225N0791510WMullins
Nazarene Church341000N0791357WNichols
Nebo Church335613N0792043WBrittons Neck
New Life Church (historical)340942N0792209WMullins
Oak Grove Church (historical)334555N0791456WDongola
Old Ark Church334703N0791606WSnow Island
Old Ebenezer Church341710N0792439WLatta
Old Field Church341423N0791359WNichols
Pee Dee Church341237N0793105WPee Dee
Peedee Association Church341209N0791542WMullins
Pine Grove Church335035N0791626WSnow Island
Pleasant Grove Church340749N0791842WMullins
Pleasant Grove Church (historical)341217N0793131WPee Dee
Pleasant Hill Church341420N0791736WMullins
Red Hill Church335401N0792020WBrittons Neck
Reedy Creek Church340643N0792012WCentenary
Saint Johns African Methodist Episcopal Church341013N0792418WMarion
Saint Marks Church (historical)341213N0793149WPee Dee
Saint Marys Church340554N0792206WCentenary
Saint Matthews Church (historical)341401N0793023WPee Dee
Saint Paul Church341201N0791108WNichols
Saint Phillips Church341458N0792423WMarion
Saint Timothy Church340716N0792645WFriendship
Sandy Grove Church341006N0792053WMullins
Shiloh Church341121N0792953WMarion
Singletary Church340757N0792715WMarion
Souls Chapel335509N0792427WGresham
Spring Branch Church341430N0792333WMarion
Springville Church341036N0792811WMarion
Tabernacle Church340413N0792542WFriendship
Tabernacle Church340348N0792603WFriendship
Tranquil Church341203N0791848WMullins
Union Church341714N0792232WLatta
Wahee Church (historical)340527N0792942WFriendship
Walkers Chapel341432N0792345WMarion
Weeping Willow Church340629N0792342WFriendship
White Church335432N0791919WBrittons Neck
White Hill Church335611N0792510WGresham
Wise Chapel341122N0792122WMullins
Zion Church341534N0791852WFork
Zion Church (historical)341623N0792009WFork

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