Thursday, November 3, 2011

Ministers and preachers of Township 5: 1920: A.R. Anderson

The Rev. A.R. Anderson (60), a Methodist minister, lived with his wife Arma (25), on Blades Road . . . the same road as most of my husband's Carter ancestors. . . and next door to the household of James & Lucinda Culley. The nearest church was the family church, Piney Grove AME Zion on Temple's Point Road. I was unable to find any record of Rev. Anderson nor his wife prior to nor following 1920.

1920; Township 5, Craven, NC; Roll: T625_1293;
Page 2B; Enumeration District 18;  Image 210.

As my search for historical records of ministers and preachers in Township 5 nears a close, I received a reply from several repositories and contacts regarding conference and church records. Ms Cynthia Keever of Hood Theological Seminary found two sources with only brief mentions of this minister,  the Rev. A.R. Anderson:
  1. A History of the AME Zion Church, Vol. II, by David Henry Bradley, Sr., pp. 155-156.
  2. The African American Episcopal Zion Church: Reality of the Black Church, by William J. Walls, p. 208.
In addition, Jennifer Thompson of Duke University's John Hope Franklin Research Center for African American History and Culture found two collections that may be of interest:
  1. United Methodist Church Records, 1784-1984; Boxes HS 2 and 3;
  2. William George Melton papers, 1859-1887.
While it may be some time before I am able to make a research trip to Durham, it is good to know in advance of some records which are available for perusal. 

1 comment:

  1. Good work...It's kinda cool to see family next door to the Rev. A.R. Anderson.