in 1928, "The History of the Mount Zion M. E. Church, South"
is a record of names and church society
from 1851 to 1928.
Lucy Jane Williams, (1840-1934) was born
in Chatham County North Carolina, a daughter of Albert Jean (Gean) and Cynthia
Harmon. "My father haulded with his wagon and team the first sills and sleepers
to start the foundation of this church... two miles southeast of Pittsboro..."
she writes in 1928.
Interspersed in the long, dry lists
of Sunday School records are interesting historical notes by the author.
The pages published
here were transcribed in September 2006 by Mary Jane (Eich) Sparks, from
2nd or 3rd generation photocopies transmitted to me by Melinda Harman Mathis,
the amiable hostess at
and the "Kousins"
research site. Perhaps, with this publication, an original can be located, and
the holder will have other valuable historical information to share. The pagination
is identical to the original, but line space and typeface are not. The structure,
spelling and grammar of the original has been retained. Mary Jane is not
responsible for typos! We hope to footnote corrections for the obvious, as well
as aid in consistent searching.
The "Mount Zion" history
is published here as a companion to Lucy's other writing on this website;
Memories of a Long Life
- her autobiography written about 1929.
Lucy Jane Gean Williams
at Our Special Net Images, contains
letters written by Lucy.
Also on OSN is an
opportunity visit with some of Lucy's relatives during the Civil War era:
The Jefferson B. Mansfield Letters - Lucy was
the sister of Ann Cornelia Gean, who married Jefferson B. Mansfield. The
Civil War letters of Ann and J.B. Mansfield, re-published on Our Special
Net (originally printed in 1995-1996, and used with the permission of the publisher)
also provide valuable insight into the people and times of mid 19th century North
To the best of our knowledge,
"History of the Mount Zion M.E. Church, South" is "common domain" material--
no copyrights have been located and the original author is no longer with us,
but please do not use this commercially. The general content and presentation
on this website IS protected, and much of the material is copyrighted, and used
the photocopied frontispiece and last pages of
Memories of a Long Life.
Michael Gean Sparks