Name Authority for Nashville, Tennessee Stone-Campbell Congregations

Name Authority for Nashville Tennessee Stone-Campbell Congregations

Click above to download a document listing 286 variants of time-, place- and character-names for the 228 known congregations of the Stone-Campbell movement in Nashville and Davidson County, Tennessee from 1820 to May 2010.

To my knowledge this is the first such compilation, and therefore, the most complete.  The publication of the list to this blog is a first step in my research toward a book on the Restoration Movement in Nashville.  With over 200 congregations in this county, the congregational research alone will take years, perhaps the remainder of my life.  If I live to be 100 I may not finish even a rudimentary survey.  It may be too much:  too many congregations, too many preachers, too much ‘story’ to tell. 

But this is where I am at the present.  I publish the list here to generate interest, additions, subtractions, corrections and clarifications.  Look it over and if I need to make changes, please let me know.

The story of these churches in Nashville needs to be told.  I ask for your help in telling it.

Nashville Churches of Christ History Group on Facebook

Nashville Churches of Christ History group is open to anyone interested in the Stone-Campbell movement in Nashville and Davidson County.  Here is the first post I made a few days ago:

I envision this community as a place to share common interest in the rich story of the Stone-Campbell Movement in Nashville. I am conducting research for a book which will highlight each congregation of Churches of Christ and Christian Churches from the 1820’s to the present…basically the entire movement from its beginning in our city until now. I envision this group as a place to share memories, photos, news and generate discussion and interest. Please join and contribute. Please feel free to contact me directly at icekm (at) aol (dot) com.

The group is open to all.  Help spread the word and generate interest.

Explorations in Stone-Campbell Bibliography, #9: The Art of the Books (GA and McQuiddy)

In installment #8 I looked at a few early to middle 19th century Stone-Campbell books.  I pick up here with pre-1900 Gospel Advocate Publishing Company books.

F. D. Srygley, Smiles and Tears, or Larimore and His Boys (Nashville: Gospel Advocate Publishing Company, 1889) in bold red cloth with black floral designs on the spine and front cover.  This particular design shows up on books printed by the Southern Methodist Publishing House; they did the mechanical work for early GA books.

F. D. Srygley, Seventy Years in Dixie (Nashville: Gospel Advocate Publishing Company, 1891) with the nice gilt letting on the spine.  Civil Government (1889 first edition and the 1913 reprint) has a similar diagonal design on the front cover.  Come to think of it, so does the 1914 edition of Seventy Years.

Celia P. R. Boswell, My Book, At the Age of Eight Years (Nashville: Gospel Advocate Publishing Company, 1893) is a small book for a juvenile audience.

Andrew P. Stout, The Jerusalem Tragedy (Nashville: Gospel Advocate Publishing Company, 1895) has a gilded Jesus and a black floral design which diesn’t show up too well against the dark blue cloth.

David Lipscomb, Notes on the International Sunday School Lessons for 1895 (Nashville: Gospel Advocate Publishing Company, 1895) might be mistaken for Peloubet’s if only the spine is visible.  the next time you are in a used book store, don’t gloss over Peloubet’s too quickly.  You might miss Uncle Dave in the process.

David Lipscomb, Commentary on Acts (Nashville: Gospel Advocate Publishing Company, 1896) in simple black cloth with understated blind-stamped designs on the covers.  The spine has minimal gilt design; somehow I think it is just what DL would prefer in a book design.

E. S. B. Waldron, The Gospel Proclaimer: A Book of Twenty Sermons (Nashville: Gospel Advocate Publishing Company, 1898) echoes Shepherd’s Handbook albeit in a scaled-down fashion.  Waldron is a good LaVergne, tennessee preacher.  There are yet many Waldrons in Churches of Christ in northeast Rutherford County.  He had other volumes and editions of the Gospel Proclaimer. One was self-published and one was published by F. L. Rowe.

This brings us to 1900.  Look for 20th century items in future posts.

Happy Birthday Sara (and an Update from the Ice’s)

Happy First Birthday today to Sara! The Ice house is full of friends and family this weekend. I’ll try to post pictures on Facebook.

Yes, Facebook.  I resisted and even mildly protested, but eventually caved in (Laura is smiling a wry smile right now…)

Ella’s broken arm is healing like a charm.  I credit all the milk she drinks.  Short version: she fell off the neighbor’s trampoline [in Ellaspeak that is bounce-a-line] and fractured her right arm somewhere at the elbow).   Laura and I are grateful it was just a fracture and didn’t require surgery.  The first words out of my mouth when the neighbors got it (Christmas Day): it will be a miracle if someone doesn’t break their neck on that thing.  Of course, it would be our child who breaks an arm…

Darby is back in the saddle as a second-grader.  She’s also a second-grader sans her two front teeth.  She has a great teacher who has high expectations and who nurtures them well….two things we appreciate.  When one or the other is out of whack then there will be problems.  In an interesting twist you’d only see at a small private school, Laura had one of her daughters, Jana, in 4th grade, and I had both Jana and Rachel in my high school classes.  The entire Frankum family is high-class.  Darby also loves the new uniforms.  Again, pictures forthcoming…hopefully before Christmas break.

My garden has slowed down a bit due to some kind of rot that got into my zucchini and then spread to the cucumbers.  The cucumbers are fat, yellow and round. They don’t look good at all.  But, I didn’t spray any pesticides and the only fertilizer I used was my own homemade compost.  I have the satisfaction of an all-natural organic garden.  Too bad we don’t have the satisfaction of being able to sustain ourselves from it…..  Both cherry tomatoes (the volunteer ones) and okra are slowly but steadily coming in well.  The carrots are in there somewhere.

We adopted a kitten a couple weeks ago.  We found him in a storm drain [Ellaspeak is storm-tank] at church.  When we came out after church he was still in there and no sign of mama cat anywhere.  All estimates put him at about 3 weeks old.  He’s all black with a tiny white spot on his chest.  Darby named him Sam.

Laura is teaching first graders on Wednesday nights at church and I’m back in the 11th-12th grade class on Sunday mornings for Genesis 12-50.

My research for the time being has shifted from C.E.W. Dorris back to James Walton Shepherd.  I’m set to read a paper at the Declaration and Address Conference at Johnson Bible College in September.  I’m discussing Shepherd’s use of Thomas Campbell’s Declaration and Address in his 1929 book The Church, The Falling Away and The Restoration.  Shepherd has been a research interest of mine for a good ten years.  I’ve managed to amass a research file on Dorris that is twice the size of what I have on Shepherd…but that is slowly changing.