North Union

Cumberland Presbyterian Church

Kenton, Gibson County, Tennessee

West Tennessee Presbytery

Synod of Great Rivers



North Union Cumberland Presbyterian Church
78 Preacher Dowland Road
Kenton, Tennessee 38233

The History of North Union Cumberland Presbyterian Church

by Margaret Nichol
update contributed by Kasey Harris on November 21, 2005

North Union Cumberland Presbyterian Church is located in the 24th district of Gibson County (formerly District #10) on Preacher Dowland Road, near Kenton, Tennessee and has been in existence since 1840 when it was called a Society. It has had a long and fruitful heritage and has provided a worthy place of worship for generations of descendants of its founders and others who have come to the little church at the bend of the road.

The early church officials proclaimed principles of morality based on those given in the Bible and worked to correct any condition that might undermine these principles. They attempted to harmonize any conflicts within the church membership and worked in the community for the same goal. A committee to oversee the moral and religious manners of the members was
appointed. This committee was to act in a gentle manner toward offenders of the church policies, and patience and tolerance were exercised. If no improvement was observed, the offender was
dismissed from membership.

North Union Cumberland Presbyterian Church had its beginnings in the Concord Church, which had been organized in Yorkville, Tennessee in 1825 and was the second church in Gibson County to be admitted to the Hopewell Presbytery. Most of the members of North Union had transferred, in 1828, and their meeting place was called North Union Meeting House. The land for this meeting house was donated by Benjamin Tyson.

On September 27, 1849, Hardy Canady, a member of North Union congregation deeded to Jackson Tilghman, Eli Boyette, William Mitchell, Ivy Alphin, and Peter Dozier, Trustees of North Union, for thirty two dollars and ten cents in hand paid, 9 3/4 acres for the purpose of erecting a house or place of worship for the use of the members of the Cumberland Presbyterian. (Recorded Trenton, Gibson County, Tennessee, February 3, 1853, Book 3, page 112)

Adjoining the above property, on December 8, 1852, Hardy Canady deeded for one dollar paid in hand, one acre and one hundred twenty eight poles of land to the Trustees, John S. Fullerton, Chas. Powell, and Henderson Wilson, for the purpose of building a public school house for the benefit and advantage of the surrounding neighborhood. (Recorded Trenton, Gibson County, Tennessee, February 3, 1853, Book 3, page 112)

On December 14, 1856, the Society was reorganized and adopted the constitution of the church and, in 1867, a new building with the dimensions of 36 feet by 48 feet was erected. On May 29, 1910, the present church was dedicated by Rev. J. L. Hudgins.

In November 1954, a spacious and well equipped annex containing Sunday School rooms, dining hall and kitchen was built.

In 1996, a Fellowship Building containing a half-court gym, full kitchen, two restrooms, and an upstairs that contains a classroom, bedroom, and a full bathroom, was built.

In 1998, the church sanctuary was totally remodeled and sheet rock was placed throughout the building. New carpet was purchased and the pews were padded to match. Beautiful stained glass windows were placed throughout the church in honor and in memory of church families.

In 2002, we began another renovation project to convert our old fellowship hall into two classrooms, a nursery and a church office.

In 2003, a new metal roof was placed on the church.

North Union has seen many physical changes, but is still the same warm, friendly, God-loving church that it has always been.

Rev. Robert A. (Tony) Smith is our Pastor and has been preaching the Good News to us since 1982.

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Updated March 8, 2012