Brandon Chapel Methodist Church History

Submitted by Jan Evans

The old log church of Brandon’s Chapel was established in about 1818.  The lot on which the present church now stands was deeded to the trustees in 1885 by Mary Brandon, wife of Lemiel Brandon, deceased, in exchange for the old lot which was donated by her husband and on the Lemiel Brandon old farm about 1/4 of a mile above the old log church.  This present lot consists of one acre of land.  The trustees at that time were William T. Haslett, John A. Bruce, W.F. Bruce, N.C. Curry, Thomas Spencer, John Chapman, James W. Grammar and L. W. Brandon.  The witnesses to this transaction were M.A. Burton and B. F. Downum.  The deed was registered 7th day of August 1885 in book 3 on page 242.The following year our present church was built, a frame structure 50 feet long by 30 feet wide.  Rev. Samuel J. Shasteen was the pastor at the time, some of the logs were donated for the sills and old brother Shasteen helped haul them.

There was a beautiful grove of beech trees back of the church where dinner was spread and where people hitched their horses when they came to church.

The first organ we ever had in the church, Mrs. Willie Moorehead went to Nashville and bought it second handed.  Mr. Will Grammer brought it back in his truck.  Opal Moorehead was the 1st organist, later Eldon Huskey, Mrs. Ruby Waggoner, and our present day pianist, Miss Katherine Preston.

In 1930, Rev. J. T. Majors was o__ the charge and organized the Ladies Aide Society which has continued all these years.

The first Sunday School Superintendant that I can remember was Jimmie Chapman, others were Lawrence Waggoner, J. B. Moorehead, Mrs. O.L. Codie, Dewey Davis, Jess Sisk, Charles Damron then our present Supt.  Jess Preston, Jr.

In 1951 while Robert R. Lewis was pastor, Charles Damron, Sunday School Supt., three Sunday School rooms were built across the back of the church.  The carpenters were the York brothers.  The first Sunday in October of that year after J. C. Sandusky became pastor and Mrs. O. L. Codie Supt, for the 2nd time, we had the dedication of the Sunday school rooms.  Gas was installed in the new rooms that fall.

Here is a list of the pastors that have served this church:

Samuel J. Shasteen, Robert M. Haggard, George W. Blanton, H.B. McNeill, J. T. Baxter, B. F. Isom, R.B. Davidson, W.C. Tucker, J. E. Roberts, W.R. Wilson, C.F. Bell, G.W. Taylor, J.R. Reeves, F. L. Hawkins, J.E. Thomas, P.B. Freeman, B.F. Tipps, W.F. Burde—?, B.J. Rochelle, W.B. Cates, Lonnie Freem?, H.W. Ogelvie, J.T. Majors, R.D. Davis, Ivan Dubois, O.W. Jones, T.H. Yeargan, Girery Reed, Robert R. Lewis, and J.C. Sandusky.

(written in April 1955)
Register of Marriages

J.J. Massey to J.L. Grable – 13 Nov 1884 by J.F. Hughes
Ben Allen to M.J. Evans – 20 Nov 1884 by W.P. Haslett
??? Goosby to Molly Burton – 20 Sep 1885 by J.T. Bickley
Henry Weaver to Margret Evans – by W.P. Haslett
J.H. Waggoner to Amanda J. Grammer
Thomas Chapman to Nannie E. Haslett
John Golden to Susan Evans
Brian? Moorhead to Willie? Bruce – 19 Sep 1909 by W.C. Tucker
Will C. Moorhead to Mary E. Allen – 27 Dec 1903 by L.R. Massey
George Damron to Adah Bruce – 24 Sep 1920 by C.F. Bell
Lawrence Waggoner to Sallie Morris – 18 May 1916 by W.E. Couser


Brandon Chapel Methodist Church Church Records

 

Note: Any data with a question mark beside it indicates illegibility in the original records and may not be interpreted correctly; spelling was typed as originally written. Data marked with “*” asterisk is typists’ note and was not a part of the original record.

A copy of the original church record book can be found in the Moore County Public Library, Lynchburg, Tennessee.

Member Name When Received Date of death Additional Notes
Mary Chapman Sep 25, 1818 Aug, 1888 *death year might be 1885
John Chapman Sep 25, 1838 1904
William F. Bruce Feb 15, 1856 Apr 11, 1897 *death year might be 1896
Sarah Bruce Feb 15, 1856 1892
Mary Brandon Mar 15, 1846 Nov 19, 1885
Mary Brasier Dec 25, 1890
Elisabeth Chapman Aug 28, 1857 1895
Sarah Currey Aug 24, 1847 Mar 10, 1887
Margret Evans Aug 25, 1853 Oct. 8, 1915
John D. Massey Nov 14, 1872
Eliza J. Massey Aug 26, 1878
George A. Jenkins
N.C. Currey Aug 28, 1870
Thomas J. Spencer Aug 28, 1870
Hannah Spencer 1898
John A. Bruce Aug 27, 1873 1930
Mary P. Bruce Sept. 3, 1925
Amanda Bailey 189?
Thomas J. Harper
Mary Huskey *Oct 1, 1904
Loisa D. Harper Aug 20, 1875?
Nancy Huskey
John Huskey
J. P. Branch
Emily Branch
Mary C. Welch
John Welch
W. F. Sanders
David Evans 1905
Martha Evans joined the Camolites
J. H. Brandon Aug 18, 1879
J. E. Brandon
A.G.H. Brandon 1883
E. A. Cobble
Sarah Cobble 1887
Dock Chambers
Sarrah Chambers
Susan Evans 1884 marr. to John Golden
Sarah Evans
James Branch
William Branch
Viney Branch Sep 20, 1881
Sarah Branch
L. W. Brandon Aug 24, 1882
Calley Brandon Aug 24, 1882 1894
Robert J. Burton Sep 18, 1881 Oct 10, 1889
A.M.J. Allen Sep 28, 1881 transfered to Lynchburg
Nannie E. Haslett Sep 28, 1881 married Thomas Chapman
William P. Haslett Sep 28, 1881 Jul. 13, 1919
B. F. Downum Aug 20, 1881
Nancy E. Downum Aug 20, 1881 transfered to Pleasant Hill
M. Ella Evans Aug 20, 1881 married to Sanders
J. C. Evans Aug 20, 1881
Thomas Evans Aug 20, 1881 Dec. 11, 1919
James M. Grammer Aug 20, 1881 trans. to Lynchburg, 1920
M. J. Grammer Aug 20, 1881
George A. Grammer Aug 20, 1881
M. J. Evans Aug 24, 1882
Margret D. Evans Dec 13, 1882
Iseick H. Evans Aug 24, 1882
Mollie Burton Sep 20, 1881 married to Goosby
M. A. Burton Sep 20, 1881
Daniel B. Baker Sep 20, 1881
Sarah Ann Haslett Aug 20 1875
Z. J. Massey Sep 20, 1881 1898
J. C. Massey Sep 20, 1881
J. T. Massey Sep 20, 1881
Sarah F. McKinney Sep 20, 1881
B. F. Renfro Sep 20, 1881 1885
Lucy Swader Aug 24, 1882
Harvey Dameron Aug 24, 1882 Jul. 20, 1885
Mary C. Damron Aug 24, 1882
Rutha Dameron Aug 24, 1882
M. E. Damron Aug 24, 1883
Marcillah Baker Sep 28, 1883
Joseph L. Baker Sep 28, 1883
Maribela C. Morris Sep 28, 1883
John T. Simpson Aug 20, 1882
Mary C. Smith Sep 28, 1883
Nancy R. Wodward Sep 20, 1882
A. J. Branch Aug 24, 1883
Joel Branch Aug 24, 1883
W. A. Branch Aug 24, 1883
J. L. Burton Aug 25, 1883
Bell B. Chapman Aug 24, 1883
Benjamin F. Chapman Aug 24, 1883
M. E. Cobble Aug 24, 1883
John Evans Aug 24, 1883
James C. Evans Aug 24, 1883
Brice R. Golden Aug 24, 1883
Mary F. Grammer Aug 25, 1883
James M. Grammer Aug 25, 1883
William F. Grammer Aug 25, 1883
James A. Haslett Aug 24, 1883
M. A. Pierce Aug 24, 1883
Jorden Rose Aug 24, 1883
Daniel R. Sanders Aug 24, 1883
Thomas S. Sanders? Aug 24, 1883
W. M. Tipps Aug 30, 1883
Elisabeth Branch Sep 5, 1884
W. or N. J. Branch Sep 5, 1884
Mollie J. Chapman Sep 5, 1884
Caldonia Williams Sep 5, 1884
Catherine J. Bruce Sep 5, 1884
Callie Eliot Sep 5, 1884
Priscilla Ann Bruce Sep 5, 1884
Commadore B. Gattis Sep 5, 1884
Eddie R. Burton Sep 5, 1884 transferred to Lynchburg
Jenney D. Daster?? Sep 5, 1884
Sarah F. Daster?? Sep 5, 1884
John R. Massey Sep 5, 1884
Sarah A. Daster?? Sep 5, 1884 married to Branch
Sarah E. Damron Sep 5, 1884
Edna V. Chapman Sep 5, 1884 1941
Mary T. Fox Sep 14, 1884
Thomas A. Daniel Sep 14, 1884
Marilda A. Daniel Sep 14, 1884
George A. Massey Sep 14, 1884
Alec J. Downum Sep 14, 1884
John A. Call Sep 14, 1884
William Goosby Sep 14, 1884 trans to Pleasant Hill – 1893
Emma Wadkins Mar 14, 1885 married to John Evans
Elisabeth Downum Mar 14, 1885
J. W. Downum Mar 14, 1885
J. W. Allen Mar 14, 1885
L. C. Harper Apr 5, 1885
Ema Harper Apr 5, 1885
G. W. Allen Aug 19, 1885
S. H. Allen Aug 19, 1885
M. E. Baker Aug 19, 1885
M. J. Ward Aug 19, 1885 1897 or 1898
W. C. Tucker Aug 19, 1885
Fannie? Tucker Aug 19, 1885 1887
J. W. McKinney Aug 21 1885
S. T. Damron Aug 21, 1885
Mary J. Ward Aug 21, 1885 removed to Friendship
R. D. Davis Aug 21, 1885 trans to Marble Hill 3 Jan 1887
M. J. Evans
W. T. Harper Dec 5
Ben Allen Mar 8, 1886 Jul 1887 committed suicide
M. J. Allen Mar 8, 1886
F. B. McGeehee Aug 18, 1886 Oct 5, 1887
Milley Huskey Aug 18, 1886
J. H. Waggoner Aug 18, 1886 transferred to Estill Springs
James B. Allen Jan 3, 1887
Elisabeth Jinkins Jul, 1884 Oct, 1886
Susan E. Brandon Feb 5, 1887
Sarah E. Grammer Jul 3, 1887 transferred to Pleasant Hill
Mrs. Jimmie Massey Oct 10, 1887
Luelleih? Ward Aug 8, 1888 (Pierce)
Almeda J. Bruce Aug 8, 1888 (Stewart)
SarahC McGeehee Aug 8, 1888
Mamie Brandon Aug 8, 1888 Sep 1891 married Andrews?
Cora M. Brandon Aug 20, 1888
Carl E. Brandon Aug 10, 1888
Shaw B Brandon Aug 10, 1888
Guy Brandon Aug 10, 1888
Lelah M. Brandon Aug 10, 1888
Sarah Sanders Aug 10, 1888
Mary P. Tucker Aug 11, 1888
Jessey J. Tucker Aug 11, 1888
Callie E. Tucker Aug 11, 1888
William F. Burton Aug 11, 1888 Jan 1901
Elisebeth Winkler Aug 11, 1888
Joel Baker Aug 11, 1888
J. W. Burton Aug 11, 1888 1929
Mary C. Burton
Sarah P. E. Burton married John Huskey
Thomas Allen Dec 9, 1888
Margret Tipps Dec 9, 1888
James Burton Dec 9, 1888
Amanda Burtler? Dec 9, 1888
Jessie D. Harper Aug 8, 1889
Maggie? McKinney Aug 8, 1889
Callie Burton Aug 8, 1889
Mollie Allen Aug 8, 1889
James Chapman Aug 9, 1889 1934
Lu A. Bruce Aug 9, 1889 marr. Damron? if so, died 4 Feb 1926
Eveline Haslett Aug 9, 1889
Nannie Harper Aug 9, 1889
Fannie Cavin Aug 9, 1889
Willie or Wm. Chapman Aug 9, 1889
Jessie Tucker Aug 9, 1889
Monroe Tucker Aug 9, 1889
Ann Tucker Aug 9, 1889
Susan E. Grammer Sep 27, 1889 May 02, 1904
Jessie H. Grammer Sep 27, 1889
H. C. Tucker Sep 27, 1889
Mary C. Gattis Sep 27, 1889
Minnie Brandon Aug 10, 1890 married Hayes
John Grammer Sep 9, 1893
Josie Grammer Sep 9, 1893 married O.C. Neal 190_
Hula Evans Aug 10, 1892
B. Grable Sep 9, 1893
W. L. Haslett Sep 9, 1893
Liz Haslett Sep 9, 1893
A. or L. D. Haslett Sep 9, 1893
Charly Haslett Sep 9, 1893
W. H. Grammer Sep 9, 1893
James Sawyers Sep 9, 1893
Mattie E. Sawyers Sep 9, 1893 Oct 1934
Orrie M. Simpson Sep 9, 1893
Stanley A. Evans Sep 9, 1893
J. W. ?? Sep 9, 1893
J. J. Ward Sep 9, 1893
J. J. Grammer Sep 9, 1893
Mary A. Chapman Sep 9, 1893
W. C. Sawyers Sep 9, 1893
M. W. Sawyers Sep 9, 1893
M. M. Williamson Sep 9, 1893
Nancy B. Grammer Sep 9, 1893
Molley C. Grammer Sep 9, 1893 married Robert Massey
Lucy A. Grammer Sep 9, 1893 married Taylor?
William F. Sanders Oct 1, 1893
Benjamin F. Renfro Oct 1, 1893
M.C. Renfro Oct 1, 1893
William M. Burton Oct 1, 1893
Sallie E. Chapman Oct 1, 1893