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History of the Mount Zion M.E. Church, South, Chatham County North CarolinaLucy Jane Jean (Gean) WIlliuams

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 Written 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 Gean-ealogy.com, 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 some personal 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 Carolina.

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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 by permission.


From the Frontispiece Image Lucy Jane Gean Williams    Parents of Lucy Jane Gean Williams, Albert and Cynthia Jean

Images from the photocopied frontispiece and last pages of Memories of a Long Life.

Michael Gean Sparks

September 2006                             

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