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 - 12.—Tomorrow Mercy Seat Presbyterian church...
12.—Tomorrow Mercy Seat Presbyterian church will celebrate its hundredth anniversary. It was August 13, 1847, that the small church was enrolled in the then West Hanover Presbytery. Through a century it has been the centre of spiritual solace to men who were to achieve prominence in the state or in their own community and it was the same altar at which early slaves made their devotions—the records still revealing their Christian names. It promises to be a big day in the denominational annals of one of Virginia's historic counties—the birth place of the present governor of Virginia, although only last month a preview of the birthday was held amidst descendants of many worthies whose memory is perpetuated by the ancient but well preserved church history. The church enters its second centenary without a pastor. The organized communicants were five white and twenty-eight colored persons. The former were Henry -Edmunds, Littleton Edmunds, Elizabeth Jennings. Eliza W. White, and Ann V. Wills, whose members was increased to six the the -next day when Dr. Thomas P. Hoge. prominent physician of Halifax County, and uncle of Rev. Moses D. Hoge, D. D.. who was for over fifty years pastor of the Presbyterian of the South. It was largely due to Dr. Wilson's labors during these fifty-four years that this little church survived the strain and stress of three wars and three depressions and is alive today. Highly revered, and greatly beloved by all. Dr. Wilson passed to his reward in 1935. In 1884. Mercy Seat was moved from the '"Brooklyn" neighberhood j Second p res b.vterian Church of I to a site some miles distant near Richmond. Ya., was admitted by j Barksdale's Depot. Here a new the session into full membership. I building was erected upon land The slaves were recorded only by given by Colonel Clement R. their given names. ; Barksdale. of Richmond, who in During the hundred years of j his latter years, resided in Hali- her existence Mercy Seat has had ' fax County' and became an elder as pastors the following ordained'" 1 Mercy Seat. In 1902 this was ministers: the Reverands John A.} replaced by the present House of j Scott. November 1846—May 1863: | Worship, on the same site, the for- T. M. Niven, 1866 1867- Thornton ! m * r having been found unsafe, j S. Wilson, D. D.. 1881—1935: John ~" The original old house still stands, i i eighty-four years. The ministers who supplied the! School, an active Ladies' Aid. C. Leps. 1909 1910- William Dut nas n ° l Deen used as a church j Wood Glass, 1935—1941: and El-^ since 1884 - \ win H. Roberts, 1942—1947. whose! The 1885 Sessional Narrative to j combined pastorates c o v e r e d ! Presbytery reported that Mercy i I Seat had a flourishing Sunday | been outstanding, not only as emplary church officers, but also j 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; the highest types citizens. Mercy Seat's congregation has

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  1. The Bee,
  2. 12 Aug 1947, Tue,
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