The Hawkins County Genealogical and Historical Society is planning a comprehensive history of all the churches in Hawkins County. There are approximately 250 individual churches identified to date to be included in this study.
Several years ago, the society began an effort to start this project collecting information on as many churches as possible. The Rogersville Review also collected data and published a tabloid insert in their paper with photographs and brief data on those who responded.
Letters of inquiry have been mailed to all churches in our database with many responses. However, there are still others who have not submitted any information. The society wants this book to be as complete as possible.
Items sought include: church histories that have been published or brief histories printed in anniversary bulletins, pictorial church directories, copies of minute books, etc. In fact, any records that are available.
The plan is to devote three pages in the book to each church, including a photograph. In addition to what is published, the remaining information will be archived and be made available to researchers in the future. It is obvious that much more history has been collected and published in the past for some churches, such as downtown Rogersville congregations.
One of our principal concerns is after the book is published, a church that is not included will regret not having responded to requests for information. But we can only print what has been submitted. The purpose of this article is to encourage ALL to respond, even though it is brief.
This survey will include churches that are active today as well as those that are no longer organized. Custodians of those records are encouraged to submit any existing records for inclusion. There will also be information on churches just outside Hawkins County that have local residents in their membership.
Dr. Carol Jones is serving as chairman of this project, assisted by a committee of society members.
Information already collected is currently housed in the Jack Goins Archives on East McKinney Avenue in Rogersville. Additional materials may be taken to the archives (note their posted hours of operation) or mailed to the society address- P.O. Box 429, Rogersville.
Please help us make this book as complete as possible.