Rev. James Hall – reports on the Old Presbyterian Church in Alabama prior to 1826

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The following has been transcribed from Transactions of the Alabama Historical Society: New series Volume 4 By Alabama Historical Society 1904

THE HISTORY OF THE CUMBERLAND PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH IN ALABAMA PRIOR TO 1826

By The Rev. James H. B. Hall, Birmingham



In this undertaking I find myself almost entirely destitute of materials the most vital. The records of the various organic bodies have, during those bygone days, been most uncertainly made and preserved. The history of many local churches, if ever made, has been entirely lost. As a rule this has occurred to the first churches planted on Alabama soil, and hence the severity of the loss.

Records Lost And Found

Presbyterial records have been given a better chance at life; yet, in at least three instances, the early records have been destroyed by accidental fires. The history of the Alabama Synod so far as that history is found in its minutes, has been preserved with a greater degree of security. Some eighteen years ago I was elected the stated clerk and treasurer of the synod. This brought into my hands all existing records for a period of fifty years—from its creation, in 1836 to 1884.

Photograph below is of The Talladega Presbytery, Oxana Session, December 7, 1897 – James Hugh Blair Hall stands on the first row, seventh from the left.

(Alabama State Department of Archives and History)

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