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MACEDONIA
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CHURCH HISTORY
by William Archibald Touchton
    Tradition has it that Macedonia was organized as a Church in 1848, just 100 years ago (being read in 1948). Official records, however, reach back only to 1858. Were there records kept for the previous 10 years, they have long since disappeared.
    During the first forty years her members met for worship in an old log building located on the west side of the Alapaha river near the old Lee bridge. It was here that the Rev. C. Howell, R. Friar, R.S. Harvey and other devoted "Men of God" preached to the Adams, Howells, Touchtons, Roberts, Fenders, Tomlinsons and others of the original settlers, inspiring them to seek the better way of life.
    Macedonia was a pioneer's Church, its first members had but recently saw trouble with Billy Bowlegs and his Indian followers. Having just returned from driving the red men to their reservation in the Florida Everglades, they met to give thanks to God for their new freedom from the Indian threat, --- and Macedonia was born.
    Having looked to God for guidance in their lives, they soon realized the value of joining with their neighbors along each side of the river south to the Florida line in forming a unit of county government, and Echols County was born with the county seat at Troublesome, later known as Statenville, in 1958.
    In those early days the men and women of Macedonia believed in regular attendance, and it was made an invariable rule that an absence from conference required an excuse, and, sometimes an apology. So it was no wonder that "Gods Elect" came, and by whatever conveyance available.
    A regular scene on "Conference Saturdays" and Preaching Sundays" around the little log church included saddled horses and mules, wagons, oxen drawn wagons and carts, and several bateaux , or small river boats, along the west bank of the river in which worshipers rowed to and from services from their homes up and down the river.
    It was early realized that the church, located as it was on land too low for a cemetery, would soon have to be relocated on higher ground. But for forty years its members had to bury their dead here and there was convenience permitted. To remedy this Bro. Bill Howell promised to give the present site as early as the late 1850s. But before plans could be completed the Civil War intervened, and it was not until the year, 1887 that the surviving members felt able to undertake the task of building a new building. But then Bro. Bill Howell had gone to rest and could not complete his promised gift of a site on which to build. It was then that his widow and their son Willie came forward and made good a promise of near forty years' standing.
    Although that dark period of American history misnamed "Reconstruction", had come and gone leaving in its wake poverty and mysery (sic), this band of God's servants felt they must undertake this great task.
    As was decreed by Solomon of old in the buioding (sic) of the Temple, only the best materials were to be used and the most skilled workmen employed. And so it was.
    Bro. John Touchton, a member of the Stockton Church but lent to Macedonia as one of its Deacons, whose remains now lie on these grounds, took the contract for the tidy sum of $100.00. He and his sons did the principal part of the work, calling in the membership as a working to assist involving the world. And twice they have been victorious. Their struggles and their blood have dedicated Macedonia to the task that lies ahead, that of holding aloft the torch that guides the feet of mankind to that bright land of God's tomorrow.
   This building has just undergone a complete renovation, inside and out, and with her first paint job, except for an inside paint job applied about twenty-five years ago. The two front entrances have been closed in favor of the beautiful double-door entrance donated by the family of, and dedicated to our pastor, Rev. John D. Paulk. The side door to the South was closed and a window put in its place. The kerosene lamps in use for many years was transformed as a donation by Bro. Grover H. Carter, and a deep well donated by Bro. L.W. Touchton and family now add to the pleasure and comfort of worship.
    Macedonia was the first pastorate of Rev. John D. Paulk, who was ordained as a result of a call by this church in 1927. He has served continuously since that time.
    Now at the end of Macedonia's first century, we celebrate, and we re-dedicate our lives to inspiring those who follow us to carry the light. Rev. Marvin V. Stedham, our Associational Field Worker, having just completed a series of inspiring sermons, hands to us a new light, made bright by the faithful service of our pastor, Rev. John D. Paulk, which we, as time goes on, must hold even higher, and pass to the hands of those who follow us.
    And may God grant to the next century grace and peace, may our enrollment showing 340 entries from the Church's beginning until now be an inspiration to future generations.
(Read August 8th, 1948, by Mrs. I.R. (Bud) Roberts.)

    And now on July 26, 1975, 27 years later, I must add to the foregoing a short summary of Macedonia's progress since "Aunt Dee", who has gone to her reward, read the first hundred year's history. Bro. Paulk has gone to his reward, and many others who heard the foregoing read by "Aunt Dee", have also gone to their reward. We have had two or three pastors since Bro. Paulk's days with us. But the brightest light comes from our present Pastor Bro. John Harrell, who has held the light aloft for us and numerous other churches for the past 52 years. During his period of service the Church building has added Sunday School Rooms to the South and a shelter further to the South where worshipers assemble to feed the inner-man with food prepared by the ladies of the Church. This in addition to the walls of the sanctuary and ceiling, and other matters of confort (sic) for the worshipers.
    Macedonia has sent sons to two foreign wars, the Korean Conflict (so-called) and in Southeast Asia, known as Viet Nam. These sons brought back with them a greater devotion to the worship of God, and a new vision of what Macedonia's past can contribute to the days ahead.


Many gravesites have been lost over the years in this old cemetery. We would like to get a list of the possible lost gravesites, and enter them in this section.
I hope to finish the list in the near future. If you have anything to add to this section,please send the data to me.


BELOTE, Fisher, Jr. - 1858 - 1929, h/o Sarah A. Tomlinson
BELOTE, Gaston - 1904 - 1973, s/o Fisher & Sarah
BELOTE, Sarah TOMLINSON - 1869 - 1948

FRAZIER, Lloyd - 1908 - 1973, h/o M.L. Belote
FRAZIER, Martha Lucile BELOTE - 13 Jan 1902 - 30 Nov 1962, w/o Lloyd

HOWELL, Infant of W. C. & Sarah Ann, Died July 10, 1890
HOWELL, John Linton - 22 July 1883 - 25 May 1920
HOWELL, Lawrence Matthew - 8 Feb 1885-19 Nov 1936
HOWELL, Leon Caswell - 10 Oct 1881 - 8 June 1908
HOWELL, Lula Irene DAUGHARTY - 5 Aug 1891-26 Jan 1968, w/o Lawrence M.
(note: m. (2) TOUCHTON, Willie Winn)
HOWELL, M. M. - 19 Dec 1845 - 15 Feb 1924
HOWELL, Rachel M. HOWELL - 10 Mar 1848-1 Apr 1904, w/o M.M.
HOWELL, Sallie M. - 18 Aug 1868 - 12 May 1933, w/o W. C.
HOWELL, Verdie Daugharty - 12 Feb 1891 - 26 Feb 1984
HOWELL, W. C. - 1 Dec 1859 - 4 Feb 1923, h/o Sallie M.
HOWELL, William Lawrence - 29 Dec 1912 - 16 July 1932

JOHNSON, Beatrice - 12 Sept 1921 - 14 Nov 1978
JOHNSON, Burie - 12 May 1902 - 2 July 1963
JOHNSON, Etta TOUCHTON - 1878 - 1950, w/o John Staten
JOHNSON, John Staten - 13 March 1872 - 22 Aug 1952
JOHNSON, Tarpley, In Memory of - 1904 - 1943

KULJANICH, Carolyn - 1942 - 1987
KULJANICH, John M. - 1919 - 1973, h/o L.D. Roberts
KULJANICH, Lula Dorothy ROBERTS - 9 Mar 1914 - no date, w/o John M.

LEE, Charles "Charlie" - 1891-1926 (Age 35 noted on tombstone)
LEE, Jake - 1853-1913
LEE, Roy - 1888-1913 (Age 25)
LIGHTSEY, Rachael Rice HOWELL - 1 May 1816 - 2 Oct 1892, d/o John Rice; w/o (1) William HOWELL, (2) Samuel LIGHTSEY

MERCER, Claude - 1909 - 1978
MERCER, Herbert Leon - 12 Feb 1891 - 3 Feb 1942
MERCER, James Edward- 14 Dec 1932 - 28 Nov 1891
MERCER, Juanita Register 14 June 1898 - 21 August 1928, w/o Herbert Mercer
MERCER, W. R. - 1899 - 1957
MOORE, Charles M. - 1879 - 1955
MOORE, Phyllis W. - 1886 - 1961
MOORE, Rebecca Johnson - 24 July 1853 - 26 Jan 1936
MOORE, William - 14 Feb 1847 - 24 Sept 1910

NEWBERN, Hosea - no date - 25 Aug 1984, h/o Amy Turner
NEWBERN, Jersey TOMLINSON - 12 May 1883-29 Aug 1948, w/o Joseph L.
NEWBERN, Joseph Leonard - 2 Feb 1889-31 Dec 1968
NEWBERN, Irene Elizabeth ROBERTS - 27 Sep 1915-23 Oct 1991,w/o Jos. A.

PRUETTE, Edna H. - 5 Nov - 1914 - 18 June 2001

REGISTER, Aaron - 1861 - 1948
REGISTER, James - 28 Nov 1904 - 15 Feb 1936
REGISTER, Lillie - 1 Mar 1912 - 22 Sept 2000
REGISTER, Sarah - 1871 - 1951
REGISTER, Tinnian 29 Apr 1911 - 10 June 1964
REGISTER, William H. - 12 Jan 1941 - 6 Dec 1997
ROBERTS, Annie Lee HIRES - 20 Sep 1888-11 Sep 1923, w/o John Lewis
ROBERTS, Drew Darling - 30 Apr 1877-12 May 1961
ROBERTS, Irvin Reason "Bud" - 5 Mar 1869-14 Feb 1945
ROBERTS, Jasper - 1845-3 Mar 1900 (Age 56) h/o Sarah Higginbotham
ROBERTS, John Lewis - 8 Aug 1879-19 Sep 1923
ROBERTS, Keziah TOMLINSON - 6 Mar 1849 - 26 Mar 1932, w/o Matthew
ROBERTS, Lura Dorothy "Dee" CARTER - 18 Feb 1887-13 Feb 1975
ROBERTS, Mary Jane SWILLEY - 15 Dec 1839-24 Jan 1909, w/o Roland
ROBERTS, Matthew - 12 Mar 1836-4 Feb 1898
ROBERTS, Polly LEE - 1804-1902, w/o Tharpe (he is bur. on home place near May Day)
ROBERTS, Roland - 6 Dec 1831-24 Jan 1916
ROBERTS, Royce R. - 4 Mar 1951-26 Nov 1976, h/o Linda REGISTER
ROBERTS, Thurston - 1879-1961
ROBERTS, William Frederick - 26 Mar 1920 - 1997, h/o V.B. Bray

STRICKLAND, Rachel Annette TOMLINSON Johns - 17 Nov 2001, d/o Isbin & Elouise Tomlinson, w/o Randolph
SWIFT, Anna Bell Moore - 1885 - 1958

TERRELL, David Washington - 1 Nov 1857 - 29 Apr 1931, h/o Sarah Sellers
TERRELL, Sarah SELLERS - 9 May 1857 - 29 Apr 1925, w/o David W.
TOMLINSON, Alvin K. - 25 May 1900-1988
TOMLINSON, Annie Eleanor HARRIS - 1867-1921, w/o Tharp P.
TOMLINSON, Austin LeGrande - 9 Feb 1900-8 Feb 1966
TOMLINSON, Celia Ada ROBERTS - 15 Sep 1858-27 Sep 1892, w/o Wm. N.
TOMLINSON, Eletha Ann HOWELL - 1880-1963, w/o Jackson L.
TOMLINSON, Elizabeth "Betty" ROBERTS - 1841 (Apr 1848) (no death date)m. 22 Nov 1863
TOMLINSON, Elouise ROBERTS - 15 Jan 1907-10 Jun 1978, w/o Isbin
TOMLINSON, Infant - 1903-1904, ch/o Tharp & Annie
TOMLINSON, Isbin - 25 May 1903-23 Jun 1989, s/o Ben. S.
TOMLINSON, Jackson Lee - 1874-1921
TOMLINSON, Jonas "Joe"(CSA) - 29 Apr 1839 - 1918, h/o Eliz. Roberts
TOMLINSON, Margaret Edith DENNIS - 1905-23 Aug 1984
TOMLINSON, Nettie Mae Norkette CRUMP - (no dates), w/o Tharp Anson
TOMLINSON, Obadiah Nesbert - 1901-1947, h/o Rena FORRESTER
TOMLINSON, Rosa Lilly WETHERINGTON - 12 Sep 1904-4 Mar 1978, w/o Austin L.
TOMLINSON, Tharp Anson - 1898-(no date)
TOMLINSON, Tharp P. - Mar 1866-1925
TOUCHTON, Archibald William - 9 Feb 1901-4 Mar 1984
TOUCHTON, Beulah V. JACKSON - 28 Mar 1911-9 Dec 1992 w(2)/o Levin T.
TOUCHTON, Birdie SWILLEY - 26 Feb 1879 - 5 Oct 1935
TOUCHTON, Charles S. - 30 April 1845 - 17 March 1926
TOUCHTON, Cindrilla Roberts - 22 Feb 1857 - 27 Dec 1940
TOUCHTON, Infant of J. W. & Cindy
TOUCHTON, James T. - 19 Jan 1912-16 Jan 1982, s/o Levin G. & Mary Lee MCMILLAN
(note: TOUCHTON, Mary Lee McMILLAN is buried in the McMillan family cemetery)
TOUCHTON, James T. "Jim" - Jan 1883-23 Oct 1939
TOUCHTON, John Caswell - 19 Apr 1860-6 Jan 1924
TOUCHTON, John Couhoun - 22 Oct 1826 - 15 Nov 1891, m. 27 Mar 1851
TOUCHTON, Julia B. - 30 Oct 1896 - 30 Oct 1984, w/o Levin G.
TOUCHTON, Levin G. - 18 Apr 1875 - 1 Nov 1952, h/o Julia B.
TOUCHTON, Levin Thomas - 4 Mar 1904-1 Nov 1987, h/o Annie BENNETT
TOUCHTON, Lewis W. - 17 Sep 1894 - 24 Jul 1979
TOUCHTON, Lloyd Wilcox - 12 Sep 1910-30 Apr 1981, h/o Vashti Fouraker
TOUCHTON, Lois - 19 Sep 1919 - 27 Jul 1948
TOUCHTON, Lottie L. - 29 Oct 1903-11 Jul 1907, d/o Matthew & Mattie
TOUCHTON, Lucinda Cindrilla ROBERTS - 22 Feb 1857-27 Dec 1940, w/o Wm. Jeff. (bur. Okaloosa Co., FL
TOUCHTON, Lula D. - 5 Aug 1891 - 26 Jan 1968
TOUCHTON, Lula LEE - 9 May 1888-16 Jun 1995, w/o James T.
TOUCHTON, Margaret "Maggie" TOMLINSON - 12 May 1866 - 3 Jun 1899, w/o John C.
TOUCHTON, Mary Grace LANDRUM - 20 Apr 1904-23 Apr 1980, w(2)/o Archibald Wm.
TOUCHTON, Mary Howell - 26 May 1846 - 18 March 1921
TOUCHTON, Matthew Francis - 10 Jul 1872-12 Jan 1958
TOUCHTON, Matthew Francis , Jr. - 10 Feb. 1906-6 Apr 1987
TOUCHTON, Mattie Jean HARRIS - 26 Apr 1871-14 Jan 1928, w/o Matthew F.
TOUCHTON, Otis L. - 17 Sep 1894 - 1 Mar 1955
TOUCHTON, Q. B. - 1868 - 1896
TOUCHTON, Ray - 6 Sep 1900 - 12 Jun 1966
TOUCHTON, Ruby Lee TOMLINSON - 1 Nov 1903-8 Mar 1939 w#1/o Archibald Wm.
TOUCHTON, Thomas J., Rev. - 16 Feb 1866 - 29 Nov 1953
TOUCHTON, Sarah "Sallie" TOMLINSON - 9 May 1833-4 May 1898, w/o John Couhoun
TOUCHTON, Theresa UPCHURCH - 3 Feb 1908-30 Jan 1979, w/o Ray
TOUCHTON, Thomas J. - 28 Sept 1905 - 15 July 1907
TOUCHTON, Vashti FOURAKER - 30 Jan 1920 - 24 Apr 1999, w/o Lloyd
TOUCHTON, Will James - 1 Apr 1914 - 23 Jun 1953
TOUCHTON, Willie Winn - 16 Jan 1880 - 1 Nov 1945
TOUCHTON, Woodrow - 29 Nov 1916 - 16 Dec 1971
TUTT, Raymond Rudolph - 19 May 1915 - 1987, h/o Lois E. Tomlinson

WATSON, Jimmie Wetherington HOWELL - 4 May 1879-18 May 1929, w/o "Scrap" Watson
WATSON, Matthew "Scrap" - 1876-1944, s/o Wm. Henry
WATSON, Sarah Ann ROBERTS - 1853-1915, w/o Wm. Henry
WATSON, William Henry - 1850-1907
WEBB, Rosalind Hilda ROBERTS - 14 Jan 1927-23 Nov 1975, w/o John H.
WETHERINGTON, Minerva - 22 Nov 1844 - 25 July 1891, w/o Alfred

ZEIGLER, Carroll Bentley, Jr. - 4 Oct 1928-12 Oct 2002, s/o C.B., Sr. & Hattie Touchton
ZEIGLER, Carroll Bentley, Sr. - 31 Dec 1891 - 5 Apr 1954
ZEIGLER, Ethel Ruth "Hattie" TOUCHTON - 24 May 1899-20 Jan 1930, w#1/o Carroll B., Sr.
ZEIGLER, Infant Son of Mr. & Mrs. H. E. Zeigler, April 6, 1930
ZEIGLER, Nolie STINSON - 14 Feb 1896 - 7 Aug 1971, w#2/o Carroll B., Sr.


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