Below are excerpts of a newspaper article in "The Camilla Enterprise" on May 9, 1997.The information concerns a church that was moved from Pebble City to Moultrie.The information was provided by Prudence Akridge Musgrove.
"It was organized in 1860 in the community of Magnoia, nine miles east of Camilla, she said.Members originally met in a log school house built by Daniel H. Akridge and his sons Samuel L. Elihue and Richard.
The Akridge's ancestor William Greenberry Akridge, an immigrant from France, had accepted Indian life when he first settled in the area in the late 1700s.He married Prudence, daughter of the Cherokee chief Dan Parker.With Indians in the area accepting Christianity, the Akridges wanted the church to be a central meeting place for all Magnolia residents, regardless of belief or denomination, Mrs. Musgrove said.
Richard Akridge, a fromer alcholic overcame his problem to become the first minister at the church, known at various times over the years as Antioch, Magnolia, and Pebble City Methodist Chapel, Mrs. Musgrove said.
The church was completely remodeled in 1892 and 1893, with Samule L. Akridge in charge of the work.Although changes were made, the frame constructed by Akridge is still the same, Mrs. Musgrove said.