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Original deed presented to Barton's Creek Baptist

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No one knows how or why the deed was placed into Mr. Maggarts lock box, Maggart noted.

Fred Maggart was President of Lebanon Bank until his death in 1971, and the family members theorized he kept it in a lock box to keep it safe.

This could have been before safety deposit boxes, Cathey said.{phocagallery view=category|categoryid=68|imageid=472|displayname=0|float=right}

Bartons Creek Baptist Church was founded in 1849 and is one of the oldest churches in Wilson County. Rita Johnson Maggart and Bobby Johnson are relatives of John W. Johnson, who donated the land to the church. Thomas Partlow of the Wilson County Archives is also the great-great-nephew of John W. Johnson.

We always knew our family was involved in the founding of this church but this document shows that, Maggart said. This being a pre-Civil War document is one of the most unique things about it.

A copy of the deed was added to the Archives by Partlow, who said the church began with only four members in 1849. Cathey said the church met in several places before settling on the property donated to them.

{phocagallery view=category|categoryid=68|imageid=474|displayname=0|float=left}They started in a school and in 1851, they probably got the land here and built a house on it, Cathey said.

Cathey said the church would hang the framed deed in its foyer with other historical documents that recognize and honor the churchs age.

{phocagallery view=category|categoryid=68|imageid=484|displayname=0|float=right}Its just a phenomenal piece of history to have, he said.

According to the book History of Middle Tennessee Baptists by J.H. Grime, the churchs initial four members were W. P. Wilburn, Mary Johnson, R.S. Wilburn and Nancy Wilburn. The church was lead by Elders Elijah Maddox, John Bond and a Brother Muse. The book lists John W. Johnson as a Deacon in the church in 1849.

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