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210    BLACKWELL BAPTIST CHURCH

      Location: 4777 US Hwy 158 W., Yanceyville NC.

      Coordinates: 36d 22m 44.0s N; 79d 24m 17.0s W Click here for Google maps

      Surveyed by Rita A. Lea in September 2010. Photographs by Rita A. Lea.

      View #2 of the cemetery. View of the church. View of the church sign.

      The following is from The Heritage of Caswell County, North Carolina, Jeannine D. Whitlow, Editor (1985) at 4 ("Blackwell Baptist Church" by Mary G. Paylor, Assistant Secretary):

      The Blackwell Baptist Church had its humble beginning in 1888 when a deed for a plot of land 36 ft. long and 26 ft. wide was given by Henry Blackwell. The trustees who witnessed this gift were Henry Madden, Sonny Blackwell, and Lyndsy Kew. It was also noted that additional land was donated at this time by Mrs. Jenny Blackwell Kernoldly and her sister Mary Blackwell Palmer. At first a small log building was built on this property. This building served as the church and school until a frame building was built for the main purpose of worship.

      Early ministers of the church were as follows: Rev. Tucker, Rev. Buck Harrelson, Rev. Alfred Graves, Rev. Ras Clark, Rev. Wash Johnson, Rev. J. W. Wiley, Rev. C. W. McBroom. Early deacons of the Blackwell Baptist Church were as follows: James Gwynn, Walter Pinchback, Tom Jones, Romulus Watlington, Ed Russell, Walter Turner, Earnest Turner, Harvey Gwynn. Later deacons included: Onza Russell, Lawrence Gwynn, Orlando Gwynn, Percy Willis, and Travis Bushnell. Sam Pinks Gwynn was the first Sunday School Superintendent. Early Mothers of the church were Minnie Vaughn and Senora Blackwell.

      The first choir was organized under C. W. McBroom's pastorate. Officers of the first choir included President Robert Wiley, Vice President William Oliver, Secretary Frances Brown, Treasurer Lillie O. Gwynn. Early secretaries of the church were Bertha Palmer and Florida Willis. Early Ushers were Floyd Long and Tom King. Early pianists were Joshua Stephens, Eula Willis, and Cordia Bell Watlington. Rev. Harvey Gwynn was a licensed minister.

      Pastor in 1985: Rev. G. H. Badgett of Reidsville (had held the position for thirty-three years).

      Officers in 1985: Lucy M. Slade, Secretary; Mary G. Paylor, Assistant Secretary; Elizabeth Blackwell, Finance Secretary; John Blackwell, Treasurer; and Dorsey Wiley, Assistant Treasurer.

      Trustees in 1985: Otis Totten, John Badgett, John Mims, Dorsey Wiley, and John Blackwell.

      Sunday School Officers in 1985: Robert Wiley, Superintendent; John Badgett, Assistant Superintendent; Bessie Oliver, Secretary; Rebecca Merrill, Assistant Secretary; and Dorsey Wiley, Treasurer.

      Senior Choir Officers in 1985: Lorraine Long, President; Mae Emma Gwynn, Treasurer; and Effie Williams, Secretary.

      Junior Choir Officers in 1985: Carolyn Foster, President; Kathy Slade, Secretary; and Rena Chandler, Treasurer.

      Queenie Willis served as pianist and manager for both senior and junior choirs.

      Community Choir Officers in 1985: Margo Totten, Director; Robert Garrett, Pianist; Edith Totten, President; Margo Totten, Secretary; and Ross Gwynn, Treasurer.

      Missionary Circle Officers in 1985: Sarah B. Johnson, President; Mary G. Paylor, Secretary; Lillie O. Gwynn, Treasurer; and Alvista Williams, Program Chairman.

      Usher Board Officers in 1985: Henry Totten, President; John H. Blackwell, Vice President; Betty Graves, Secretary; and Maggie Long, Treasurer.

      In 1985, the most recent licensed minister was Ellington Watlington, and the oldest members of the church were Pallie Watlington and Wilanna Gwynn.


  1. Blackwell, Bettie Fannie   (b. 15 Oct 1879 - d. 29 Jun 1965)
  2. Blackwell, Iola M   (b. 10 Jul 1928 - d. 2 Oct 2000)
      • Wife of John H. Blackwell, Sr.
  3. Blackwell, John H., Sr.   (b. 30 Apr 1922 - d. 29 Apr 2009)
      • Husband of Iola M. Blackwell
  4. Bowe, Marvin L   (b. 13 Jul 1956 - d. 22 Nov 1996)
      • A Loving Husband and Daddy
  5. Brown, Anna W   (b. 24 Nov 1899 - d. 6 Jan 1981)
  6. Brown, Berkeley   (b. 1945 - d. 2008)
      • Funeral Home Marker
  7. Brown, Bettie J   (b. 1 May 1913 - d. 13 Mar 2002)
      • Wife of George W. Brown
  8. Brown, Eddie M   (b. 20 Dec 1932 - d. 22 May 1970)
  9. Brown, Emerline   (b. 17 Mar 1887 - d. 14 Oct 1948)
      • Age 60 years. Sweet Mother.
  10. Brown, George W   (b. 12 Jul 1915 - d. 15 Jul 1957)
      • Husband of Bettie J. Brown
  11. Brown, Glenn   (b. 10 Jan 1865 - d. 14 Sep 1961)
      • Age 96 years. Father.
  12. Brown, James Garfield   (b. 27 Jun 1938 - d. 21 Jan 2003)
  13. Brown, John, Jr.   (b. 18 Jul 1942 - d. 27 Feb 19??)
      • SP-4 US Army, Vietnam
  14. Brown, Junius H   (b. 1917 - d. 1986)
  15. Brown, Lillian V   (b. 16 Dec 1934 - d. 23 Jun 1999)
  16. Brown, Mary E Jones   (b. 29 Apr 1904 - d. 17 Nov 1995)
  17. Brown, Matoka W   (b. 10 Mar 1910 - d. Unknown)
      • Wife of Wilson Brown
  18. Brown, Merline   (b. 17 Mar 1882 - d. 14 Oct 1943)
  19. Brown, Peggy Gwynn   (b. 25 Jan 1941 - d. 22 Aug 2004)
      • Mother
  20. Brown, Roy G., Jr.   (b. 25 Jun 1956 - d. 24 Nov 1992)
      • Son
  21. Brown, Roy Glenn, Sr.   (b. 10 Jun 1930 - d. Apr 1971)
      • Husband of Sadie Miles Brown
  22. Brown, Sadie Miles   (b. 8 Jul 1931 - d. 4 May 1984)
      • Wife of Roy Glenn Brown, Sr.
  23. Brown, Virginia Palmer   (b. 13 Jan 1920 - d. 22 Oct 1989)
  24. Brown, Willie Elizabeth Long   (b. 3 Sep 1924 - d. 23 Mar 1976)
      • Mama. Our past, our present, our future.
  25. Brown, Wilson   (b. 16 Aug 1907 - d. 11 Jun 1993)
      • Husband of Matoka W. Brown
  26. Crisco, Bobbie "Lucille" Hensley   (b. 5 Aug 1939 - d. 21 Dec 2005)
  27. Currie, Annie Blackwell   (b. 1905 - d. 1993)
  28. Dubois, Virginia Elliott Jeffers   (b. - d. )
      • (no dates)
  29. Foster, Adelaide B   (b. 19 Apr 1911 - d. 1 Aug 2004)
      • Wife of Willie G. Foster
  30. Foster, Betty Mary   (b. 7 Mar 1912 - d. 1 Mar 2000)
      • Wife of Otis Foster, Sr.
  31. Foster, Evelyn O   (b. 24 Mar 1939 - d. 24 May 1951)
  32. Foster, James Edward   (b. 17 Mar 1936 - d. 13 Jul 1991)
  33. Foster, Joanne Redd   (b. 14 Jun 1939 - d. 16 Apr 2008)
      • In loving memory of our mother.
  34. Foster, Nina Oliver   (b. 1953 - d. 1986)
      • Daughter
  35. Foster, Otis, Sr.   (b. 13 Feb 1913 - d. 19 May 1992)
      • Husband of Betty Mary Foster
  36. Foster, Reuben Leon   (b. 29 Oct 1958 - d. 23 Mar 1999)
  37. Foster, Weldon Lee, Sr. "Boogie"   (b. 11 Jan 1942 - d. 27 Jan 2002)
      • 1993 Pro Stock Daytona
  38. Foster, Willie G   (b. 14 Mar 1909 - d. 29 Dec 2002)
      • Husband of Adelaide B. Foster
  39. Foster, Willie Junior   (b. 30 Nov 1962 - d. 10 Feb 1996)
  40. Garland, Earl R   (b. 20 ??? 1932 - d. 4 ??? 1992)
      • Husband of Margaret V. Garland
  41. Garland, Margaret V   (b. - d. Reserved)
      • Wife of Earl R. Garland
  42. Glenn, Roy, Sr.   (b. 10 Jun 1930 - d. Apr 19__)
  43. Gravely, Lemma Johnson   (b. 12 May 1900 - d. 2 Nov 1980)
      • Mother
  44. Hankins, Dora Johnson   (b. 2 Jan 1959 - d. 10 Jan 1998)
  45. Harris, Elizabeth Brown   (b. 31 Aug 1931 - d. 18 Apr 1980)
  46. Henderson, Bessie Brown   (b. 22 Apr 1939 - d. 5 Sep 1998)
      • Mother
  47. Johnson, Earl Wilson   (b. 21 Jan 1939 - d. 20 Dec 2003)
      • Husband of Marie Moore Johnson
  48. Johnson, Elsie Brown   (b. 24 Feb 1931 - d. 22 Jul 2001)
      • I Am Free
  49. Johnson, James Arthur   (b. - d. )
      • Pvt.
  50. Johnson, Josh   (b. Abt 1845 - d. 12 Jul 1920)
      • Husband of Mollie Johnson. Do not Grieve.of our.home. 75 years old
  51. Johnson, Marie Moore   (b. 5 Dec 1940 - d. Reserved)
      • Wife of Earl Wilson Johnson
  52. Johnson, Mollie   (b. 8 May 1866 - d. 4 Sep 1925)
      • wife of Josh Johnson
  53. Johnson, Rufus Edward   (b. 24 Mar 1940 - d. 3 Jan 1981)
      • Brother
  54. Johnson, Sarah B Totten   (b. 22 Aug 1912 - d. 26 Apr 1997)
      • Mother
  55. Jones, Jennie B   (b. 1875 - d. 1973)
  56. Kimber, Lorenzo Garland   (b. 31 Aug 1955 - d. 4 Oct 200?)
  57. King, Tom   (b. 1905 - d. 1980)
  58. Lawson, Kathaleen T   (b. 1923 - d. 1967)
  59. Lea, Annie J   (b. 1930 - d. 2008)
  60. Lee, Carolyn Inez   (b. 15 Dec 1950 - d. 2 Jun 2008)
  61. Lee, Edna Inez Turner   (b. 22 Oct 1926 - d. 23 May 2007)
  62. Lee, Jimmy Dementress, Sr.   (b. 26 Sep 1948 - d. 15 Jan 2009)
      • Elder. In loving memory.
  63. Long, Lorene O   (b. 1941 - d. Reserved)
      • Wife of Monroe G. Long
  64. Long, Monroe G   (b. 1938 - d. 2007)
      • Husband of Lorene O. Long
  65. Long, Richard C   (b. 4 Aug 1961 - d. 15 Feb 1993)
  66. Mangum, Larry B   (b. 17 May 1952 - d. 10 Apr 2008)
  67. Martin, Florence Brown   (b. 24 Dec 1911 - d. 17 Aug 1994)
  68. Mayo, Mae F Brown Foster   (b. 1931 - d. 2006)
      • Funeral Home Marker
  69. Miller, Ann G   (b. 13 Jul 1918 - d. 18 Jun 2004)
      • Wife of Howard L. Miller
  70. Miller, Howard L   (b. 10 Jul 1919 - d. 20 Oct 1993)
      • Husband of Ann G. Miller
  71. Mims, Drew Verna   (b. 29 Jun 1921 - d. 9 Oct 1989)
      • Wife of Willie Henry Mims
  72. Mims, Malindie W   (b. 12 Sep 1900 - d. 13 Jul 1945)
  73. Mims, Willie Henry   (b. 16 Jun 1916 - d. 17 Apr 1984)
      • Husband of Drew Verna Mims
  74. Morton, Florida Willis   (b. 1 Oct 1938 - d. 13 Sep 2003)
  75. Oliver, Lorenza   (b. 5 Feb 1921 - d. 22 Oct 1991)
      • Pvt US Army, WW-II
  76. Oliver, Michael Lea   (b. 1955 - d. 1976)
      • Son
  77. Oliver, Mildred M   (b. 1919 - d. 1997)
      • Wife of Weldon Oliver
  78. Oliver, Weldon   (b. 1918 - d. 1993)
      • Husband of Mildred M. Oliver
  79. Palmer, Edna Earl   (b. 18 Sep 1881 - d. 12 Dec 1951)
      • Wife of John Blackwell Palmer
  80. Palmer, John Blackwell   (b. 24 Aug 1876 - d. Unknown)
      • Husband of Edna Earl Palmer
  81. Paylor, Mary G   (b. 1 May 1926 - d. 3 Jul 2009)
  82. Phillips, Unknown   (b. 20 Feb 1931 - d. 20 Feb 1931)
  83. Poteat, Ann Renea King   (b. 7 Feb 1936 - d. 20 Oct 2005)
  84. Redd, Percy E   (b. - d. )
      • North Carolina, Pvt 27th QuarterMaster Service Battalion.
  85. Russell, David Leon   (b. 26 Jun 1950 - d. 18 Apr 2005)
      • 4 Ever Loved
  86. Slade, John R "Skip", Sr.   (b. 13 Apr 1937 - d. 5 Mar 2007)
      • Beloved Father. (engraved picture and LA baseball cap)
  87. Slade, Lucy P Turner Mangum   (b. 11 Sep 1915 - d. 19 Apr 2006)
      • Beloved Mother
  88. Southern, Jerome   (b. 8 Jan 1956 - d. 12 Mar 2006)
  89. Southern, Julia Florence   (b. 28 Jun 1947 - d. 18 Mar 1976)
  90. Springfield, Martisha Stephens   (b. Mar 1867 - d. 8 Dec 1943)
  91. Thompson, Beatrice Goins   (b. 11 Dec 1910 - d. 1 Feb 1991)
      • Beloved Mother and Grandmother
  92. Totten, Lemma J   (b. 1882 - d. 1967)
      • Only Sleeping
  93. Totten, Lorenzo   (b. - d. )
      • North Carolina, Pvt Co. B, 93rd Engineer GS Regiment, WW-II
  94. Totten, Mary Louise Turner   (b. 11 Aug 1914 - d. 2 Jun 1990)
  95. Totten, Melvin Wade   (b. 3 May 1943 - d. 7 Feb 1978)
  96. Totten, Tom   (b. 1875 - d. 1949)
  97. Watlington, Anna Foster   (b. 1896 - d. 1972)
  98. Watlington, Sally Martha Ann Long   (b. 3 Mar 1909 - d. 22 Apr 1956)
  99. Wiley, Dorsey Owens, Sr.   (b. 31 Jul 1913 - d. 12 Oct 1989)
      • Husband of Mattie Pinnix Wiley
  100. Wiley, Inez Mae   (b. 2 May 1915 - d. 27 Apr 2002)
  101. Wiley, Lucille Foster   (b. 13 Aug 1921 - d. 25 Jan 2002)
      • Wife of Robert Victor Wiley
  102. Wiley, Luella E   (b. Unknown - d. 1 Jan 1957)
      • Our Beloved Mother.
  103. Wiley, Lula Mae J   (b. 1928 - d. 1995)
      • Wife of ???
  104. Wiley, Mattie Pinnix   (b. 30 Jul 1921 - d. 14 Jul 1990)
      • Wife of Dorsey Owens Wiley, Sr.
  105. Wiley, Robert Victor   (b. 4 Dec 1911 - d. 30 Jul 2005)
      • Husband of Lucille Foster Wiley
  106. Williams, Arvister Willis   (b. 27 Nov 1921 - d. 1 Oct 2000)
  107. Williams, Sadie Covington   (b. 14 Apr 1920 - d. 4 Sep 1994)
      • Gone to a better land.
  108. Willis, Annie Redd   (b. 20 Dec 1904 - d. 28 Jul 1969)
  109. Willis, Lula Bowe   (b. 26 Mar 1901 - d. 30 Jan 1961)
  110. Willis, Queen Price   (b. 26 Apr 1928 - d. 2 Dec 1998)
      • Mother
  111. Willis, Solomon   (b. 5 Oct 1923 - d. 29 May 1997)
      • Father
  112. Willis, Solomon G   (b. 25 Mar 1898 - d. 14 Dec 1980)
      • Father
  113. Willis, William Claud   (b. Nov 1929 - d. 10 May 1984)
      • Cpl US Army
  114. Wilson, Queen E Johnson   (b. 28 Feb 1932 - d. 7 Jan 1979)
      • May she rest in peace.
  115. Wright, Delmore   (b. 13 Jan 1947 - d. 29 May 2004)
  116. Wright, Elsie Willis   (b. 19 Dec 1926 - d. 3 May 1988)
  117. Wright, Oscar, Sr.   (b. 1924 - d. 1980)
      • PFC US Army, WW-II


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