Aaron ADKINS b-1812-15 TN, looking for his Parents and siblings in TN. Thank you
By Vaughan R. Brewer.STONE COUNTY LEADER-Wednesday, December 14, 1988 Page 8Aaron Adkins, a Cherokee missionary, from the Indian Nation. Adkins had established nineteen Baptist missions between Campbell in Searcy County and the Arkansas line, as well as several more that reached as far as Shawnee, Oklahoma. The friendship soon led to a courtship of Adkin's Cherokee daughter. Jesse Goodman later married Letsie Armenta Adkins. After they married, Letsie Amrenta taught him to read and write, which accounted for his meager formal education.
Aaron ADKINS is full blood Cherokee Indian, and a Baptist preacher."VOICE OF THE HILLS"
By Jimmy Driftwood ,STONE COUNTY PREACHERS I HAVE KNOWN AARON ADKINS,was a full- blood Cherokee. He was the great Grandfather of my wife Cleda Johnson Morris Driftwood. Between here and the Oklahoma line, I am told, he set up nineteen Baptist churches. What more could be said about this Christian Cherokee. Jimmy Morris Driftwood (writer of songs Tennesee Stud ect.. and story teller of Timbo, Stone Co, AR)I first find Aaron ADKINS listed in tax records of Searcy County AR, Campbell township in 1842. And census records with his family thereafter in the same place, up to his death 1875... Rutha, his wife (also full blood Cherokee) is listed with Morrison Family in 1880 Census records. In A Pictorial History of The Churches of The Blue Mountain Baptist Assocation, One Hundred Year's 1874-1974.By Brother Corbett Collins. The booklet was written using source records: Minutes furnished by people of the Blue Mountain Missionary Baptist Association, Minutes on microfilm at the Arkansas History Commission in Little Rock, AR, and minutes on microfilm from American Baptist Historical Society, Rochester, New York. The dates of Oraganization of differednt churches were obtained from early minutes, members of the different churches and some from Vol.2 Church Archives, prepared by the Arkansas Historical Survey Project, Division of Community Service programs, Works Project Administration. A. (Aaron) Adkins is listed:
The Association was Organized on October 17,1874 at Richwoods Baptist Church in Mountain View, Arkansas. The association seeing the need of an organized association, formed between the White and Little Red Rivers of Missionary Baptist churches to better carry on the Lord's work, meeting with the Richwood Church was the Blue Fellowship,Flatwoods,Hepshaba,Hopewell,Macedonia and Mt.Zion. In 1874 there were 627 members listed total, for all these Churches.
Copy of a Minutes Record: Minutes - of the proceedings of- The Associational Convention, -in the organization of- BLUE MOUNTAIN, Missionary Baptist Association. Held with Richwoods Church. October 17th,1874. In view of the great utility of Christian combination in order to promote Union, Love, Fellowhip and Intelligence throughout the Churches of Christ, and in order to advance the Redeemer's Kingdom in this portion of country; messengers from the following Churches (listed above) convened with the Richwoods Church, Stone County, Arkansas, on Saturday, for the purpose of organizing a Missionary Baptist Association between the rivers, white and Little Red.
The Convention organized by choosing Eld. J.H.Morris as Moderator, and James M. McCallister as Clerk. The letters from the several Churches represented, were then read, and the messengers' names enrolled, as follows: (lists the churches and names) one of them being Mt. Zion; Elder's A.R.Stephenson and A. ADKINS (My G+Grandfather, Aaron), and brothers U.J. Satterfield and J.B.Treece.Committee's were set up then appointed by the Moderator,one of the Committee's: to draft Constitution and Rules of decorum; Elders A.J.Cummings, A.R.Stephenson, J.W. Moddly, A. Adkins and the Moderator.On motion, adjourned to meet at candle-lighting. Prayer by Eld. A.J.Cummings.**Saturday Evening, at candle-lighting, October 17th, 1874. The Body met pursuant to adjounment. Opened with prayer by Eld. A. Adkins. The roll was called and absentees marked.The Committee on arrangement of buisness made their report, which was received, and the committee was discharged.The Committee to draft a Constitution and Rules of Decorum made their report (as did the other committee's), Submitted by the committee:
The following Constitution and Rules of Decorum were unanimously adopted.
CONSTITUTION: Art.1. This Association shall be called Blue Mountain Association of Missionary Baptists. Art.2. Members composing the Annual Meetings of this Assocaition shall consist of messengers sent by the Churches. Art.3. The messengers to the Annual Meeting shall not exceed four from each Church. Art.4. This Association shall meet annually at such time and place as shall have been previously appointed. Art.5. The Officers of this Association shall consist of a Moderator and Clerk who shall be chosen by a majority, annually, at the Annual Meetings. Art.6. The Association shall have no power to control or regulate the internal affairs or discipline of any Church: but, it may adopt and recommend all such measures as shall be considered bedst calculated to produce harmony and prosperity of the Churches and advance the Redeemer's Kingdon; advise and consult upon such matters at the Churches may at any time present for its consideration adn advice. And it may receive Churches into, or dismiss Churches from, the Body; Inquire into the state of Religion within its bounds and suggest measures for its advancement; and be a common board of union among the Churches; but shall not exercise any Legislative power over the Churches. Art.7. This Constitution may be amended at any regular meeting of the Association by a vote of two thirds of the members present; provided, notice shall have been given at the previous meeting.
RULES OF DECORM: Rule1. The Association Shall commence with Religious exercises, and a sermon by some Preacher who shll have been previously appointed unless the Association shall otherwise direct. Rule2. The Moderator of the previous session shall preside and the clerk shall act (provided they attend) until the letters from the Churches connected with the Body shall have been read and a Moderator and Clerk elected. Rule3. It shall be the duty of the Moderator to preside over the meeting during its session, appoint committees unless the Association shall otherwise direct, and preserve order: and he shall have the right to speak on all subjects, calling a member to the chair; and shall examine and correct the minutes if necessary. Rule4. The Clerk shall keep a correct copy of the meeting; read the letters and documents, and call any member to assist him; and, at the close of the meeting, take charge of all the papers and documents unless otherwise directed by the Body. Rule6. The churches shall designate their messengers, and report their condition, by LETTER. Rule7. Preachers in good standing inother Baptist Churches or Associations, with whom we are in fellowhip, when attending our annual meetings, shall be invited to seats as correspondents, and these meetings shall be opened and closed by prayer. Rule8. Every member may speak twice on any on subject in debate before the meeting, but not more without leave from the Body; and , when speaking shall stand and address the Moderator, and use decorous and Christian language. No member shall absent himself from the Association without leave of the Moderator. Any person who shall violate thes Rules or the Constitution, shall be reproved as the Association may think proper. Rule9. These rules may be amended by a majority of the members present at any regular meeting. Rule 10. The Churches shall contribute funds to meet the ordinary expenses of the Body - such as, printing the minuts - paying traveling expenses of such members as the Association may send to other Bodies. Rule 11. Public collections may be taken up at each session, and applied to such benvolent purposes as the Association may direct. Signed by Moderator (and excepted by all) A.R. Stephenson Chairman.A statistical table shows Mt Zion, Preacher is A. Adkins, 82 members Oct. 1874A chart shows that Mt.Zion Church did not send messengers to the meetings in 1876 or 1877 but, show pretty consistant after that. Aaron Adkins died in 1875.Another list shows that a Preacher, his Son In Law, Jess J. GOODMAN was associated with the Blue Mountain Baptist Association also. Aarons Daughters, Letsey and Nancy both, married Jess's son's. ** I did not include most of this Booklet, and tried basically to use Public Domain information from it. The information from this booklet courtesy of Kenneth Bradshaw. email: PaulaLHJ@aol.com