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History Leaves of the Methodist Tree – December

HISTORY LEAVES OF THE METHODIST TREE
Compiled by Johnny Cordell

During the Civil War, the congregation of Henniger’s Chapel (Historic Chapel Hill), like the community as a whole, was evenly split on their sympathies regarding support of the Union and Confederacy.  In 1861, William Stewart of Henniger’s Chapel was appointed a captain of a company of Confederate volunteers from the community, many of whom were members of the church. In later years, after the war, William’s son, the Rev. John R. Stewart, recounts one of his experiences in his book, The Story of My Life when he was a small boy in the summer of 1863.

“This was the year when the Federal troops invaded Sequatchie Valley; it was in August.  Being nine years of age then, I have a vivid ineffaceable memories of those awful times  The first “Yankee” I saw was on my grandfather’s farm (present home of Mr. & Mrs. Jim Taylor Stewart, see footnote 1) where several men were harvesting wheat.  Anderson Stewart, about my age, was there also.  The men were standing in a group around a large walnut tree when four or five “Blue Coats” rode up.  Anderson and I made a dash for safety, thinking that perhaps the soldiers would use their guns on some or all present.  After we saw that the soldiers were talking in a friendly way with the men, we ventured back that we might get a close-up of these “terrible men” about whom we had heard so much.  Although I saw them under many trying circumstances afterwards, that was the last time I was afraid of the “Blue Coats.”

“In a very short while after this  a squad of soldiers came to our home (present farm of Sam Rogers, see footnote 2).  They came through a large gate at the barn and dashed up to the yard fence and the orchard adjacent to the yard.  Peaches were ripe and a lot of shoats (young hogs) were in the orchard eaten the fallen fruit and were fat and fine but were not large.  The soldiers helped themselves to them, liberally, shot down several; and one thing that we were certain not to forget, a soldier ran his bayonet through the neck of a small shoat and put his gun on his shoulder and walked off with the small porker kicking and squalling as he went.”

“The Federal soldiers were raiding our farm and after they had gone, we were unable to find two yearlings steers; one of which my father had given me and the other I had bought from Mr. Siah Rogers with the money I had made going to mill for neighbors whose horses were gone.  We had saved old Pats, while she was fat and good looking, she had more age on her than the soldiers liked.  I was not so fortunate as to my yearlings.  They had gone with the Yankees and I was dead broke.”

“I was sent to Uncle Jim Stewart’s store (present home of Mr. & Mrs. Sam Kelly, see footnote 3) for something, and when I was ready to start back home, Uncle Jim said, “John you had better go back through the field by your Uncle Joe Lamb; the Yankees are likely to take your mare from you.”  I acted on his suggestion and before I got to Uncle Joe’s (present home of Mr. & Mrs. Cue Wilson – see footnote 4), I met two Yankee soldiers armed.  They stopped me and ordered me down.  I sat still and argued with them.  One of them got me by the bare leg and started to push me off.  Just then the one holding the reign let go and I clapped by heels against old Pat’s sides and she sprang away from them in a dead run.  They cocked their guns but I went on and left them.  Uncle Jim said when I told him about it, “It’s a thousand wonders they didn’t shoot you.”

The author, The Reverend John R. Stewart, was one of six ordained ministers produced by Henniger Chapel/Chapel Hill Methodist Church.

Footnotes

  1. Currently home of Keith Pickett
  2. Currently owned by Mike Lamb
  3. Currently owned by Billy & Donnie Johnson
  4. Currently owned by Sue White Manning

Sources “Chapel Hill” Edna Susong Jackson

Next article will focus on a brief history of Methodism and current organizational structure

Activities

December 2016
Church Activities
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
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3

9 am
Chapel Hill Painters in historical chapel basement
6 pm
Ethel’s SS class Christmas Party at SVEC

4

4 pm
Christmas Play Practice
6 pm
Community Christmas Service at Ewtonville Baptist

5

6

12 pm
Lunch Bunch at Western Sizzlin’ in Jasper (leave church at 11:15)

7

5 pm
Bell Practice
6 pm
Guitar/Strings Practice
Christmas Play Practice, Bible Study & Youth Programs

8 9

10

12 pm
High School youth travel to Cleveland First Baptist

11
Pastor Appreciation 

11:30 am
Covered dish lunch
2:30 pm
Baptism Service at East Valley Baptist

12

6 pm
Sisters in Christ

13

6 pm
Sequatchie County Jail Service

14

4:30 pm
Christmas Caroling

15 16

17

5 pm
Kenneth Wilson SS Class Christmas Party in fellowship hall

18

10 am
Cantata “Come Let Us Adore”
5 pm
Children’s Christmas play
“Sheep in Heavenly Peace”
(children arrive at 3:30 pm)

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21

5 pm
Bell Practice
6 pm
Guitars/Strings Practice
Bible Study & Youth Programs

22 23

24

4:30-6 pm
Christmas Eve Communion at historical chapel
(come ‘n go)

25
Christmas Day

10 am service only

26 27

28

No Wednesday Night Activities

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Servant of the Month – December

Servant of the Month heading

We are very happy to announce our Servant of the Month for December to be Stacey Blevins.  What a wonderful choice!  Stacey is always doing something to help out our church.  She is usually here on Wednesday pitching in where needed, and helps with the children when called upon.  She is a member of Ethel’s Sunday school class which should come as no surprise and is faithful in her worship attendance.  Stacey, your church family thanks you for all you do!

‘Well done, good and faithful servant!  You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things.  Come and share your master’s happiness!’                                                                       Matthew 25:23

 

Stacey pictured with her husband Keith and sons Chandler Morrison, Wyatt & Spencer Blevins
Stacey pictured with her husband Keith and sons Chandler Morrison, Wyatt & Spencer Blevins

Birthdays – December

Happy Birthday

December 2016
 Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
   

 

 

 

 

1

Christie Dennis

 

2

Pam Anderson
Anita Barker

3

Allen C. Barker
Podney Jones

4

5

Chrisi Barker

6

Linda Fulmer
Gretchen Hitchcock

7

Ester Barker

8 9

10

Ann Hale

11

Berry Austin
Wyatt Blevins
Savannah Griffin

12

13

Seth Layne

14 15 16

17

Chris Clemmer

18

19

Destiny Carbaugh
Taylor Goodwin

20 21

22

Anna Mae Hartman

23 24

25

Misty Norman

26

27

Tanner Land

28

29

30

Alan G. Barker

31