Jenkinsburg Methodist

Butts County
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Org 1889
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Photography by Tony Cantrell

Charter member, W.H. Jenkins was born in 1826 and in 1861, he enlisted in Co. A of the 38th Georgia Regiment CSA in 1861 and surrendered at Appomattox, Virginia. In 1865, he married Nancy Crumbley (1839-1920) of Henry County and they settled five miles northwest of Jackson on land where the Southern Railway depot was later situated.

Jenkins deeded a strip of land in 1881 for the building of a railroad through the community, which was completed in 1882. “Jenkinsburg” became a station on the railway route. The town of Jenkinsburg, founded in 1889, is named in honor of his family. W.H. Jenkins was a farmer. He grew cotton and owned a cotton gin in Jenkinsburg. He was also the postmaster for a few years.

The same year the church was founded, a revival was conducted by Reverend Miles Dillard, pastor of the nearby Jackson Church. The meeting was held during the height of the farming season when many said they were too busy to attend. However, the tent was created on the present church ground and was said to be the greatest revival ever held at Jenkinsburg. Due to the success of the revival, a permanent church was organized in December 1889 with nine Charter members. The Reverend Miles Dillard was assigned as the first pastor and served from 1889 to 1890 when he received 59 members into the church.

The one-acre tract upon which the first structure was built was deeded by Melissa Crumbley (1869-1934) on October 9th, 1889. The original church building was destroyed in 1915 when it was struck by lightning so it was replaced by the present church that was built on the same lot. The new building was described by the trustees as: “a framed and ceiled building, finished and painted on the outside with a seating capacity of 400 and valued at $1,000.”

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