Green Pond Baptist Church and Cemetery Historical

Green Pond Baptist Church and Cemetery Historical (HM1VUA)

Location: Polk City, FL 33868 Polk County
Country: United States of America

N 28° 19.635', W 81° 50.63'

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The community that developed here was named Green Pond by A.T. Williams, because it reminded him of his home in Green Pond, SC. Early settlers Leroy Smith, Stephen Hancock, George Ritter, R.W. Hammond, and J.B. Rushing, donated land for a church, cemetery and school. The cemetery was established in 1879 when two infants, Hart and Williams, were buried here. The earliest recorded church meeting occurred in May 1886. Early church meetings took place in brush arbor in the woods north of the present church building. On September 21, 1894, Green Pond Baptist Church was organized with six members: Abraham Taylor Williams, Pencheeta Hancock Williams, Eliza Jane Williams, Havilah Pencheeta Knowles, Henry Littleton Meeks and R.W. Hammond. These charter members signed a church covenant, agreeing to "to keep house for God by living together in church capacity. To watch over each other for good, pray with and for each other and endeavor to discipline for the correction of discord members. We will do as best we can the Lord being our help."

The family names on the early church roll included Williams, Knowles, Meeks, Lanier, Combee, Roberts, Judy, Grimes, Hunt, Byrd, Bridges, Woodard, Tyer, Raulerson, and Rushing. Descendants of these families still live in the area.
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Year Placed2014
Placed ByThe Friends of the Meeks Family
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, November 21st, 2016 at 9:01am PST -08:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 417282 N 3133743
Decimal Degrees28.32725000, -81.84383333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 28° 19.635', W 81° 50.63'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds28° 19' 38.1" N, 81° 50' 37.8" W
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Area Code(s)863
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 5900-5998 Green Pond Church Rd, Polk City FL 33868, US
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