Church and Family History Research Assistance
for Hamblen County, Tennessee



Bent Creek Church was organized by Elders Tidence Lane and William Murphy on June 12, 1785, the third Baptist Church organized in what is now the State of Tennessee. At that time the territory was in the state of Franklin, formerly Greene County, a colony of North Carolina. Eleven years later it became the state of Tennessee.

In June 1839 this church divided over missions, by a vote of 38 to 27. The minority declared non-fellowship with the majority and claimed the identity of the church, and the pastor Elder Pleasant A. Witt stood with the minority.

Bent Creek Church was first a member of the Holston Association, which was organized in 1786. In 1828, the church united with the Nolachuckey Association when that body was organized.


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