Alabaster

Presbyterian Church (Cumberland)

Alabaster, Shelby County, Alabama

Robert Donnell Presbytery

Synod of the Southeast

Organized about 1857

Original name was Henry Ewing Cumberland Presbyterian Church c1857-1897

Name changed to Elliottsville Cumberland Presbyterian Church 1897-2004

Name changed to Alabaster Presbyterian Church (Cumberland) 2004-present

Elyton Presbytery c1857-1884
Alabama Presbytery 1884-1899
Birmingham Presbytery 1899-1989
Grace Presbytery 1989-2004
Robert Donnell Presbytery 2004-present


1857
On September 1857, Mr. C. B. Elliott and William Leonard made a deed to A. J. Cross, Jr., G. W. Harris , and J. T. Allen, ruling elders of the Henry Ewing church, and their successors. The congregation was deeded one square acres of land on the east side of the Cahaba Valley Road.

1857
Earliest date recorded in session book
Register of Adult Baptisms
Name: Mrs. Martha Fulton
Date: 1857
By Whom: Rev. H. M. Jones
[Minutes of Session of the Henry Ewing Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1885-1941]

 

1880
Congregation not represented: Henry Ewing
Elyton Presbytery - Alabama Synod
[Minutes of the Elyton Presbytery of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, September 1880, pages 3]

 

1885
Directory of Congregations
Name: Henry Ewing Cumberland Presbyterian Church
Clerk of Session: D. H. Fulton
Address: Siluria, Ala.

Alabama Presbytery - Alabama Synod

Congregations Not Represented: Henry Ewing

Second Day
Elder W. S. Allen, Henry Ewing's representative, appeared and had his name enrolled.

Your Committee on Petitions offer the following:
The following petitions have been received:
Henry Ewing, one fourth the Rev. D. Y. Wyatt's time, 12 months, $99.00.

Sabbath-School Statistics
Congregation: Henry Ewing
Sup'ts.: 1
Teachers: 2
Pupils: 25
Literature: C.P.

Financial Exhibit
Congregation: Henry Ewing
Assessed for 1885: $5.00
Unpaid: $5.00
Assessed for 1886: $5.00
[Source: Minutes of the Alabama Presbytery of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, December 5-8, 1885, pages 4, 6, 9, 11, 13]

1886
Directory of Congregations
Name: Henry Ewing Cumberland Presbyterian Church
Clerk of Session: D. H. Fulton
Address: Siluria, Ala.

Congregations Not Represented: Henry Ewing

Second Day
Members answered to roll-call as on last night, with the addition of Elder R. C. Curtis, Henry Ewing's representative.

Your Committee on Grouping respectfully submits the following:
GROUP B--Harmony, Pelham, Henry Ewing, Hopewell, and Bethel.
[Source: Minutes of the Alabama Presbytery of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, July 16-19 ,1886, pages 4, 6-7, 13]

1886
Directory of Congregations
Name: Henry Ewing Cumberland Presbyterian Church
Clerk of Session: W. S. Allen
Address: Montevallo, Ala.

Representative.--Henry Ewing, Wilton S. Allen

The Committee on Church Records make the following report:
We have examined the following books, viz: 10. Henry Ewing. Minutes correct. Financial and statistical reports kept neatly. No evidence of compliance with the mandates of the higher courts.
[Source: Minutes of the Alabama Presbytery of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, December 2-4, 1886, pages 4, 5, 8]

1887
Directory of Congregations
Name: Henry Ewing Cumberland Presbyterian Church
Clerk of Session: Hampton Fulton
Address: Siluria, Ala.

Representatives, July, 1887
Congregation: Henry Ewing
Representative: John A. Fulton
Post-office Address: Siluria, Ala.

Pastors
Congregation: Henry Ewing
Pastor: Rev. D. Y. Wyatt
Post-office Address: Calera, Ala.

Churches Not Represented--Henry Ewing (May)
[Source: Minutes of the Alabama Presbytery of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, May 19, 1887 & July 14-17, 1887, pages 4, 5, 9]

1887
Directory. Clerks of Session.
Congregation: Henry Ewing Cumberland Presbyterian Church
Clerk: D. Hampton Fulton
Post-office Address: Siluria, Ala.

Pastors
Congregation: Henry Ewing
Pastor: Rev. D. Y. Wyatt
Post-office Address: Calera, Ala.

Churches not Represented: Henry Ewing
[Source: Minutes of the Alabama Presbytery of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, December 1-4, 1887, pages 4, 5, 7]

1889
Congregations not represented.--Henry Ewing

Second Day.
Also E. L. Fulton, from Henry Ewing congregation.
[Source: Minutes of the Alabama Presbytery of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, November 28-30, 1889, pages 1, 2]

1890
Name of the Congregation: Henry Ewing
Clerk of the Session and Post-Office: R. C. Jones, Siluria, Ala.
Pastor: D. Y. Wyatt
Alabama Presbytery - Alabama Synod
[Minutes of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1890, page 150]

1890
Directory
Congregation: Henry Ewing
Clerk: R. C. Jones
Post-Office Address: Siluria, Ala.

Representative.-- Henry Ewing, E. L. Fulton
[Source: Minutes of the Alabama Presbytery of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, September 18-20, 1890, pages 1, 2, 3]

1891
Name of the Congregation: Henry Ewing
Clerk of the Session and Post-Office: R. C. Jones, Siluria, Ala.
Pastor: D. Y. Wyatt
Alabama Presbytery - Alabama Synod
[Minutes of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1891, page 164]

1892
Name of the Congregation: Henry Ewing
Clerk of the Session and Post-Office: R. C. Jones, Siluria, Ala.
No pastor listed
Alabama Presbytery - Alabama Synod
[Minutes of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1892, page 172]

1893
Name of the Congregation: Henry Ewing
Clerk of the Session and Post-Office: R. C. Jones, Siluria, Ala.
No pastor listed
Alabama Presbytery - Alabama Synod
[Minutes of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1893, page 174]

1894
Name of the Congregation: Henry Ewing
Clerk of the Session and Post-Office: No one listed
Pastor: J. H. Zwingle
Alabama Presbytery - Alabama Synod
[Minutes of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1894, page 188]

1895
Name of the Congregation: Henry Ewing
Clerk of the Session and Post-Office: F. H. Alexander, Siluria, Ala.
Pastor: J. H. Zwingle
Alabama Presbytery - Alabama Synod
[Minutes of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1895, page 196]

1896
Name of Congregation: Henry Ewing
Clerk of the Session and Post-Office: T. H. Alexander, Ganadarque, Ala.
Pastor: L. F. Goodwin
Alabama Presbytery - Alabama Synod
[Minutes of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1896, page 184]

Name change happened between these two reports

1897
Name of Congregation: Elliottsville
Clerk of the Session and Post-Office: T. H. Alexander, Granadarque, Ala.
Pastor: L. F. Goodwin
Alabama Presbytery - Alabama Synod
[Minutes of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1897, page 150]

1898
Name of Church: Elliottsville
Clerk of the Session and Post-Office: M. F. Armstrong, Siluria, Ala.
Minister: J. H. Zwingle
Alabama Presbytery - Alabama Synod
[Minutes of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1898, page 172]

1899
Name of Church: Elliottsville
Clerk of the Session and Post-Office: M. F. Armstrong, Siluria, Ala.
Minister: None listed
Birmingham Presbytery - Alabama Synod
[Minutes of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1899, page 66a]

1900
Name of Church: Elliottsville
Clerk of the Session and Post-Office: M. F. Armstrong, Siluria, Ala.
Minister: B. F. Chastain
Birmingham Presbytery - Alabama Synod
[Minutes of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1900, page 85a]

1901
Name of Church: Elliottsville
Clerk of the Session and Post-Office: M. F. Armstrong, Ganadarque, Ala.
Minister in Charge: B. F. Chastain
Birmingham Presbytery - Alabama Synod
[Minutes of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1901, page 111a]

1902
Name of Church: Elliottsville
Clerk of the Session and Post Office: M. F. Armstrong, Ganadarque, Ala.
Minister in Charge: B. F. Chastain
Birmingham Presbytery - Alabama Synod
[Minutes of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1902, page 102a]

1903
Name of Church: Elliottsville
Clerk of the Session and Post Office: M. F. Armstrong, Montevallo, Ala.
Minister Now in Charge: L. B.Morgan
Birmingham Presbytery - Alabama Synod
[Minutes of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1903, page 87a]

1904
Name of Church: Elliottsville
Clerk of the Session and Post Office: C. C. Munrah, Saginaw, Ala.
Minister Now in Charge: L. B.Morgan
Birmingham Presbytery - Alabama Synod
[Minutes of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1904, page 71a]

1905
Name of Church: Elliottsville
Clerk of the Session and Post Office: C. C. Murrah, Saginaw, Ala.
Minister Now in Charge: J. W. Cheshier
Birmingham Presbytery - Alabama Synod
[Minutes of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1905, page 52a]

1906
Name of Church: Elliottsville
Clerk of the Session and Post Office: C. C. Murrah, Saginaw, Ala.
Minister Now in Charge: J. W. Cheshier
Birmingham Presbytery - Alabama Synod
[Minutes of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1906, page 44a]

 

2004
Received an invitation from the Elliottsville Cumberland Presbyterian Church to meet there on March 19, 2005. On motion and second, the invitation was accepted with appreciation. The pastor, Mark Davenport, announced that the Session has voted to change the name of the church to the First Presbyterian Church of Alabaster (Cumberland).
[Source: Minutes of Robert Donnell Presbytery of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, September 18, 2004, page 30]


Session Records Deposited in the Archives

Henry Ewing Cumberland Presbyterian Church and Elliottsville Cumberland Presbyterian Church.
Session Records. November 8, 1885-September 14, 1941. Original volume.

Elliottsville Cumberland Presbyterian Church.
Session Records. October 12, 1941-September 16, 1957. Original volume.


Updated February 13, 2009

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