3rd Annual Crotts Family Reunion

Received notice today of the next Crotts Reunion sent to me by Tim Crotts (tcrotts001@carolina.rr.com).

October 24, 2015 at 12 noon
at St. Paul Baptist Church, 337 Hull Road, Casar, NC

Once again, our family will get together at St. Paul Baptist Church in Casar for our annual Crotts family reunion. This is where a number of Crotts’ who lived and farmed in the 1800’s and last century in Cleveland County attended church and are buried. In fact, this community encompasses the area just south of Casar located on Crooked Run Creek (about 2 miles away) where our ancestor Valentine Crotts settled in the late 1700’s, and the Crotts family cemetery remains today.

The date is Saturday, October 24th. The event will be in the Fellowship Hall and we plan to eat around noon. We are asking that each family bring a covered dish or two (pot luck) to share with everyone.Drinks, plates and silverware will be provided.

Any one that would like to come early to browse around the cemetery is welcome. Someone will have the fellowship hall open by 10:30 am. After the meal and a time of fellowship, anyone that would like to can go on a “field trip” to visit the Crotts Family Cemetery, which is located on a farm nearby. The property is owned by the Floyd Williams family, who most graciously watch over our family’s resting places. There are about 20 to 30 graves located at this site, which I feel confident includes Valentine Crotts, his wife and their descendants.

In addition, we will have a “memory table” and if you would like, please bring old photos and family heirlooms to share with other family members.

Everybody is welcome to attend the church service the next day at St. Paul, which starts at 11:00 a.m. There’s also a Sunday evening service at 6:00 pm. The Crotts family could sit together and be recognized at that time.

Look forward to seeing you!!! If you have questions, please feel free to contact Tim Crotts at 704-692-3201 or tcrotts001@carolina.rr.com

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Saint Paul Baptist Church – A Living History

Just wanted  the Foothills NC readers to know about a recent publication about a church in the area.  Rick Blanton, Historian and long-time newsletter editor for Saint Paul Baptist Church,  Casar, NC  researched and wrote a book entitled: “Saint Paul Baptist Church-A Living History.”  He was commissioned by the conference on Sunday, March 25, 2012 and it was published in July of 2012.  If your ancestors lived in the area of the South Mountains of Burke and Cleveland County, as well as Rutherford, Lincoln and Catawba, you just might find a link in this book. Rick has turned over a lot of stones that he did not expect to find.  He has become more and more excited through the process of his research and is so ecstatic now that it is finished. The first publication sold out immediately and the second printing is almost out  the last I heard.  He is planning on doing a Second Edition in the future, so you might want to read this book and send him your comments.  He has several pastors that he is researching that he cannot find much information for and needs some help.

Rick took his information from these sources, as he commented in the Preface of the book:

1. Minutes of Saint Paul Baptist Church business meetings.

2. Saint Paul rolls, attendance records, Associational letters and reports.

3. Handwritten documents of former pastors and members.

4. Minutes of annual meetings of the Catawba River Baptist Association.

5. Minutes of annual meetings of the South Mountain Baptist Association.

6. Archived newspaper clippings.

7. Cleveland County Memorial Library in Shelby, NC.

8. Photographs provided by brothers and sisters of various Baptist congregations.

9. Photographs and personal recollections submitted by current and former church members.

Rick carefully tried to substantiate the facts, exclude errors and adhere to a chronological order.  You can reach Rick Blanton at rickblanton@bellsouth.net.  I am very impressed with Rick’s ability to uncover so much in such a short amount of time and his ability to sort through discrepancies in the organization of the church.  The photographs, which are many, of the folks who went to Saint Paul to church and their relatives and connections is astounding.  

Saint Paul is the church where I attended in my early and teenage years, and is the church where my husband and I were married. Many of my COOK folks were charter members and attended there until the day they died. They lie buried in this beautiful serene setting, where the cemetery is kept clean and neat.   I just love going there and visiting my kin from time to time. 

Thanks to Rick for all his hard work; we can all certainly benefit from this profound work.