Mt. Sharon Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Sunday School, circa 1895

I’m currently working on a blog on a visit from descendants of Lewis Clinard (1814-1862), son of Lawrence (1769-1840s) who had a wonderful collection of pictures and information on their branch of the Robertson County Clinard tree. It’s going to take me a little time to put it together as I have a lot of information on that branch, but wanted to share a treasure that they shared.

During the 1800s, Lawrence Clinard and his sons and later grandsons owned property adjacent to the Mt. Sharon Cumberland Presbyterian Church and Cemetery. The Rawls family lived on adjacent property to the Clinards and both families have a long history of ministry, worship and burial at Mt. Sharon.

Mt. Sharon Cumberland Presbyterian Church today

I’m including the family photo of Archibald Wilson Cooney Clinard, along with his wife, Susan Emma Crawford, and their children John Herman, Lillian, Elva, Emma Mae and Edna Ophie. Bonnie emailed me these photos from Mt. Sharon later after their visit, and noted that they did not know who the people were pictured. However, Cooney stands out to me in the middle row to the right, (look for his bald head) so I’m sure the rest of the family is probably in there too.

Archibald Wilson Cooney Clinard, wife Susan Emma Crawford and their children John Herman, Lillian, Elva, Emma Mae and Edna Ophie

So, if your family attended Mt. Sharon around 1895, look closely to see if you can identify some of the other folks from the “Sunday School” class. The tallest fellow in the back row with the hat looks familiar to me (one of the Clinards probably) but I haven’t figured him out yet.

Mt. Sharon Sunday School, 1894, Bonnie Mills/Margery Ruth Rawls Reasoner Collection, photo 1 of 2 –
Note: the people on the edges are different in these two photos, but most are the same

Mt. Sharon Sunday School, 1894, Bonnie Mills/Margery Ruth Rawls Reasoner Collection, photo 2 of 2

James Boyd Bowie, my great-uncle is almost 91, and was delighted to see these photos. He said this was the oldest photo that he knew of from Mt. Sharon. How funny to see the little boys barefoot for church, and it looks like the women shared a bolt of polka-dot fabric for their dress making. I wonder why the little boy is sitting in the middle of the front row in a chair??? Was that because he was good, bad or possibly had a disability?

Would love to hear everyone else’s take on the photos! If you have any old photos from Mt. Sharon or people in the community please contact me at busybeetrader@msn.com. We would love to put some faces and stories with those old tombstones at Mt. Sharon.

Categories: Family History: CLINARD, NC to Robertson Co, Tenn | Tags: , , | 2 Comments

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2 thoughts on “Mt. Sharon Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Sunday School, circa 1895

  1. gloria proctor

    Wow, what a wonderful collection of photos to share w us. I’m so glad Mike? (this side of the family) got in touch with us. Boy wouldn’t it be great if someone had a record of attendance. But it’s foresure we’re all kin

  2. ruthrawls

    Here’s a link to a Rawls family reunion: http://ruthrawls.wordpress.com/2011/04/10/the-chate-martha-rawls-family-reunion-part-2/.

    My brother took the DNA test for Family Tree DNA, and I see that Lucien Rawls did, too. We’re part of the Nansemond County, VA, group.

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