Gibeon Baptist Church

Gibeon Baptist Church was formed in 1840 from members of Wicomico Church (later known as Coan) with 42 original members. Among the charter members are Leroy O. Dameron, Frances Walker, Darius Griffin Cralle and Maria Gatewood Gordon. In a June 1848 Deed of Sale Leroy O. Dameron along with William Haynie and Matthew Harrison were listed as trustees for Gibeon Meeting House. They paid Darius G. Cralle $1 for a house and 1/2 acre of land. According to church tradition that land was probably for the cemetery. The bounds of the property were described using fences, dogwood trees and land belonging to Thomas Self. By 1849 the church membership was recorded as 124 with 109 white and 15 colored.

At least two buildings have housed the congregation of Gibeon. The first wooden church stood just in front of the current building. In 1882 work on a new woodframe building 36x50 was begun, some lumber from the first building is said to have been used in that new building. In September 1883 the new church was dedicated. In 1924 the building received new roofing and siding. In 1953 and addition was built to house Sunday School classrooms. It was not until the early and mid 1960's that brick walls and brick veener was added to the church exterior. In 1989 the fellowship hall was added.

Early preachers at Gibeon were Nathan Healy, Elijah Williams and Henry Fleet Cundiff. R.N. Reamy was the pastor from 1856 until 1894 when he fell ill. George Connelley began serving in 1895. Gibeon joined with Totuskey and Bethany Churches to form what was called the "Village Field" and shared ministers during this period included T.M.L Reamy and E.B. Cahoon. In 1947 Bethany became a full time church and in 1954 Totuskey followed suit. Gibeon paired with Smithland Church to form a new field which lasted until 1962. In December of 1965 the membership of Gibeon voted to go full time.

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  • Sanford, Dorthy C, Viola B. Elsey, Mary E. Brann, and Charles E. Reynolds. A History of Gibeon Baptist Church: 1840-1990. Village, Va.: Gibeon Baptist Church, 1990. Print.
  • Find-A-Grave
  • Northern Neck News
  • Rappahannock Record

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