Davis, NC Churches
Davis Shore Baptist Church
Davis Shore was first inhabited by a family named Davis, from a territory in the British Isles named Wales. This was a remarkable family in a great many respects. The first preacher that visited Davis Shore was a man by the name of Garento from New River, in 1836.
The first Missionary Baptist who did a good work on Davis Shore was George W. Wallace. He preached during the years 1840-44. During this time he held some glorious meetings in Kilby Styron House, and in the grove. He baptized twenty five in one day, this was the first baptizing on the Shore. Daniel Davis, Hettie Davis and Sabra Davis were among the number who were baptized that day. Some of that 25, or nearly all of them, have gone home to live in the mansions above,; a few have been left to tell the glad news on that good day long ago.
From 1844 to 1867, they had no church organization on Davis Shore. The people held their membership at Smyrna but would have their meetings in private houses on the Shore.
In 1844 to ‘46 Elwell preached fro them on the Shore.
The members soon saw the necessity of a church house and
began to build the first house in 1855. It was for all denominations
except the Roman Catholics. The house was finished in 1857, during James
L. Warren’s administration.
While Reverend James L. Warren was preaching he organized a Bible Baptist Church but it did not last long. Its days were few and full of trouble.
While Askew and Baldwin were preaching at A. B. Davis’ the first subscription was made towards building a house of worship. The first house was built by the community.
In 1867 Elders Jacob Utley and T. J. Leary came upon the scene and held a good meeting, baptizing quite a number and on the 10th of August, 1867, organized the first Missionary Baptist Church on Davis Shore. The presbytery was composed of Jacob Utley and T. J. Leary. The sermon was preached by t. J. Leary from John 15:4. In September the church applied for admission in the Eastern Association.
A. B. Davis and L. W. Styron were appointed as deacons and I. F. Willis was the church clerk. This was the first organized effort to bring the people of Davis Shore to Christ.
The church then elected Rev. T. J. Leary as its first
pastor. He served the church from 1867 to 1891, a period of 24 years.
During this period untold good was accomplished. Among a great many
deeds he did was to build a good house of worship.
The church was dedicated and good meeting was held by the pastor and J. B. Moore, then pastor at Beaufort, in which quite a number were added to the church.
E. C. Bobbit served the church in ‘94. Rev. R. D. Carroll is the present pastor and is leading the host of God on to great victory. The spark of love for God that was kindled in the hearts of the few that worshiped in Kilby Styron’s dwelling house in 1839 has grown into large proportions, now the church has 95 members.
Some of the brethren who have stood faithfully by the cause during the years are: Samuel Bobbitt, R. L. Paul, Alfred Davis, Capt. Isaiah Wade, Isaiah Davis and their excellent companions and many others.
The true church is a prophecy for good. Before that imperial
carriage in which Napoleon rode, the pride of all France, a dozen epauleted
and bespangled soldiers proudly walked, holding brilliant flambeaux
above their heads. More imperial is that lordly conqueror before whose
mighty chariot you and I walk. The church of Davis is proud to proclaim
such a prince and conqueror.
Source: Carrying the Torch: 135th Anniversary of Davis First Baptist Church, Editor: Thelma Pittman. Title: Church History: Davis Shore Baptist Church by Rev. Blakely H. Mathews, written in 1893.
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