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i eighty-four years. 11 The ministers who supplied the! School, an active Ladies' Wood Glass, 1935—1941: and El-^ since 1884 - \ win H. Roberts, 1942—1947. whose! The 1885 Sessional Narrative combined pastorates c o v e r e d ! Presbytery reported that Mercy I Seat had a flourishing Sunday been outstanding, not only as emplary church officers, but as the highest types of Christian pulpit, more or less frequently, during vacancies were: Rev. Thomas M. Wharey. D. D.. 1864; Rev. J, M. Kirkpatrick. 1865: Rev. church attendance "constantly good and constantly improving." and membership nearly doubled. Mercv Seat has had twenty-one John H. Bocock. 1866: Rev. George Ruhng Elders ' many of wnoltl have H. Gilmer. 1868—1873; Mr. W. S. Friend. 1891: and Rev. A. J. Pou- j ton. March to September, 1934. ! The following gleanings from ] old records reveal touching; i glimpses of the congregation from : j 1873—1880: ' j i "Our people have suffered j much from the results of the war • ! We with difficulty raise a suffi- 1 j cient sum to procure the services '• j of a pastor." • > the highest types citizens. Mercy Seat's congregation had numerous occasions for rejoicing, three of which have especially : happy ones. Two these were the twenty-fifth fiftieth anniversaries of Dr. Wilson's pastorate, both simply touchingly observed at the church. The third was the recent all-dav i ''We ...have, during spring and , „. . ! summer, public worship conduct- j ^° me ^ _ m ? n ."''" Jp!y _ I3 , th - wbe ; ed by the elders once a month, at I which time a portion of Scripture • and a sermon are read, with pray- rer and singing." | ''Our former large 'colored) '. membership has withdrawn to the i African Baptist Church." ! the congregation, togather former members and children, scendants of former members, a few invited guests, filled church to overflowing in celebra-! tion of her hundredth birthday. Among the descendants present "Our members live at <uch in . i were f' ve f reat - grandsons - a § reat ; granddaughter, and a great-great-: granddaughter of Capt. Henry distances from the Mercy neces- i convenient i church." ! "The maintenance of a Sabbath I School is impractical at I! Seat. The school would i sarily be very small." i "The catechism is generally i taught in the homes." • "A new house of worship is ! being erected in one part of the j field which has called forth the I devotion and zeal in that part \ of the congregation and promises i future good results." i The Rev. Thornton S. Wilson. I; D. D.. supplied Mercy Seat's pulpit I i once a month during his senior [seminary year. 18SO-18S1. and was ; called and installed pastor in Au- igust 1881. His munds. founder and first Ruling Elder, all of whom are also grandchildren grandchildren of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas E. Barksdale. Sr. Mrs. Barksdale was before marriage. Miss Sallie Edmunds, one of Capt. Henry Edmunds' daughters. Mr. Barksdale was for years a Ruling Elder superintendent of Mercy Seat's Sunday School, also clerk of session. HE KEPT A DATE FOR 28 YEARS inch-long pastoral relations j cut from his left arm and found continued til! 193.1. with two leaves ! deeply embedded an of absence: the first, when he ' date palm thorn. .... he concluded: evangelist and the second, while Uiere since I fell out of that he was managing editor of The tree 28 years ago."' PALO ALTO. Calif.—,£>•— Warmer, sheetmetal worker, finally had a bird's egg size lorn. i "Hminm."'