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(Please click below on ORIGINAL size)
This is what I think the plaque at the bottom reads:
The Baptist Church of Christ at Davis Creek constituted the year of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ 1737 (I'll make the correction here: it's 1787, probably) believing in election and predestination, carries her own key, gives free liberty of conscience to think and speak in love purity and fidelity and her association first held 1806 and the memorial first held and this memorial put up 1853 by Joseph Hunter who was born the March 15 1791 and died July the 4 1879 age 88y 3m 17d.

If I'm wrong, I'll apologize.
A lot of my relatives buried here.

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john Hooker 15-Aug-2014 22:05
Is this church open and up running as a local church? Please let me know thanks 08-15-2014
tina minor02-Jun-2014 11:57
I am a descendent of all the Hunters in this area. I visited the church and the Hunter cemetery in December 2013. Joseph Hunter who is mentioned on the plaque on the side of the church was my 5th great grandfather. I am hoping someone can help me locate the burial site of his father, Henry Hunter. I understand from several references that he was buried somewhere behind the Davis Creek church. I looked while I was there and could not find any evidence of a burial site. Where he was buried, apparently was where the cemetery was intended to be, however it often flooded so they moved the cemetery to the current day location and as I understand never relocated his remains. I have references that Henry Hunter served in the War of 1812 twice, once as a private and again as a Captain.
If someone could assist in locating his remains, I would like to commemorate his War service with a tombstone and maybe even have him relocated to Hunter Cemetery where the rest of his family resides. Can anyone assist? I will be back in the area July 3rd-July 12th and would love an opportunity to meet some of my distant cousins. Contact me via Email:
Arlene Brierly Pearce 13-May-2014 15:05
I visited the Speedwell area in the 1980s and again in 1998. I wanted to see where some of my long ago ancestors had lived and to find the Hunter family cemetery. I was unable to find the cemetery by myself, but looked in the phone book and found Dorothy Hunter who kindly met us the next day and took us to the Hunter family cemetery and to the Davis Creek Primitive Baptist church. She also brought along other Hunter family members to we were able to meet relatives we had never met before.
It was very special to me to meet Hunter family still living in this beautiful area that the Hunters helped settle over 200 years ago.
My great great grandmother, Barbary Ann Hunter, was born in Speedwell July 7, 1797. She married Thomas Murray. In 1853, Barbary Ann Hunter Murray and Thomas Murray and a number of their children and their families left Missouri and traveled to California. There are many descendants of Barbary Ann Hunter Murray and Thomas Murray in California.
I think the Speedwell area is a very beautiful part of Tennessee.
Arlene Brierly Pearce 13-May-2014 14:58
I visited this area the first time in the 1980s and again in 1998.
My great great grandmother, Barbary Ann Hunter was born in Speedwell, July 7 1797. She married Thomas Murray, and in 1853, they and some of their children and their families, moved from Missouri to California. Many descendants of Barbary Ann Hunter Murray and Thomas Murray are in California.
I was unable to find the Hunter family cemetery by myself, but contacted Dorothy Hunter (in the phone book) who took us there and also took us to the Davis Creek Primitive Baptist Church. She introduced us to other Hunter family and it was a very special time for me to meet Hunter family relatives who were still living in that area where Hunters have been living for over 200 years.
I think the Speedwell area is a beautiful part of Tennessee.
Linda Miller 12-May-2014 04:45
That should be see message below.
Linda Miller 12-May-2014 04:44
See message above. My email is
John T Wilmot 23-Apr-2014 12:48
the picture you posted of the davis creek church is list several time in the old church records of 1870's where the church would come and help cedar spring church in ordination services and so on. the church is now known as Meyers grove primitive Baptist church new tazewell tn i have the records from 1868 to 1990 what i am trying to find out is where was the location of cedar spring church when it was established in 1868 before it came to Meyers grove shortly after it was established. i am try to put together a info page and church memorial wall on face book about our little church any info you have you are welcome to post it there and as i find info about Davis creek it will be posted there any pictures of the sister churches are welcome to be posted i will shortly have them listed on the group page thank john t wilmoth
Linda Miller 21-Oct-2013 08:09
Davis Creek Primitive Baptist Church was named after my fourth great grand parents Aaron and Rachel Davis who attended church there in about 1790. One of their daughters Martha Mary Davis married Isaac Rite Yoakum in that county. Would appreciate any information, church records, cemetery records, on Aaron and Rachel Davis, and these Davis's, and Isaac Rite Yoakum, his parents, if known. Linda Miller
Geoff Duffy 23-Sep-2013 20:42
I am writing a family history at have been looking for information on this church! My 5th great grandfather, George Yoakum, and uncles, Peter and John Van Bibber, were three of the petitioners for the organization of this church on Oct 1, 1797. Thank you so much for posting this picture. Is this the original building?
dennis Powell 03-Jul-2013 09:36
I would like to attend Saturday service this weekend, being the 1st Saturday of the month.
I need to know what time church starts?
God bless!
Dennis Powell 31-May-2012 21:38
I am Dennis Powell,
My Great grandmother was Ellen Hunter. She was married to my Great grandfather George Powell / Laws.. Ellen Hunter father was Abe or Abraham Hunter from Speedwell, TN.
He moved to Knox county Ky where he settled and died. I visited the Davis Creek Church in April of 2012. I walk back to the only grave of Hunter and took pictures of it and visited and took picture of the Hunter Cemetery. I would love to have met any local kin and go inside the Davis Creek Church.
Any info or phots or storys on the family would really help.
I want to bring my wife to Speedwell, TN and show her my family history in this part of the country. We live in Kingston, TN. Just west of Knoxville.
G 06-May-2012 20:10
Thank you for posting. My Pebley ancestors attended this church.
Mike Dahl 01-Mar-2012 23:27
The churxch was established by Richard Newport in 1797. It was one of several baptist churches established by Newport (my wife's ancestor) in Tennessee. He was sent from Rutherford County, NC for that expressed purpose. No doubt, it was 1797.

That's it,
Lillian 17-Sep-2011 15:26
Davis Creek PBC will always be my home. My grandfather, Elder J.B. Marsee was an ordained miniter there for many years and raised his family in that church. Mygggrandfather Jeff Hunter donated the land and helped to build the church. A copy of the deed is reprinted in a book The Histroy of Speedwell. I cannot affrd a yearly fee for the site, but I do have many pics of the Church, its members and baptizings if anyone is interested. My mother was Otella Marsee.
Guest 17-Sep-2011 15:21
Davis Creek PBC will always be my home. Jeff Hunter was my gggrandfather. The copy of the deed is reprinted in a book called History of Speedwell. Jeff Hunter deeded this property to the church and then helped build it. I have many pics of the church and members and baptizings in the 1950's and before. I can't afford the membership, but if you have interest in these or other pics email me at : My mother was Otella Marsee.
Wayne Evans 13-Jun-2011 15:47
My grandfather, Elder J.B. Marsee pastored and was long standing member of Davis Creek.
Guest 09-Jan-2011 01:28
Where exactly is this church? Very interesting - my father was born in or around this area. Davis Creek, that is. 1888 to be exact.

Marcy Parrott Lay
1moremile13-Aug-2009 15:12
Thanks, lsk. I only had the photo to go by and, zooming into it, was only guessing. That would make sense. I don't think they would wait 63 years before the first association..
lsk 13-Aug-2009 06:28
The Baptist Church of Christ at Davis Creek constituted the year of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ 1737

I think this probably reads "1787 or 1797" More than likely 1797.
I don't think anyone was there in 1737 to start a church.
Jason Anderson26-Mar-2009 01:54
Great piece of history here. Black and white is a perfect fit.
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