Falling Springs Meeting House

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Sources

Rootsweb citing Rockbridge County News, 20 December -27 December 1894, and Waddell's Annals

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Augusta Stone Meeting House Falling Springs Meeting House
Hebron Meeting House New Providence Meeting House
New Monmouth Meeting House North Mountain Meeting House
Peaked Mountain Presbyterian Church South Mountain Meeting House (Old Providence)
Timber Grove Meeting House Timber Ridge Meeting House
Tinkling Springs Meeting House

Description

[Rockbridge County News, 20 December -27 December 1894.]

It is not certainly known when Falling Springs church was organized, nor by whom. A church of the same name, situated in Pennsylvania was organized in 1738, one year after the first settlement in the Borden grant by the McDowell family. The Rev. John Blair, then living in Cumberland county, Pa., visited Augusta county, of which Rockbridge was then a part, in 1746, and organized the churches of North Mountain, New Providence, Timber Ridge and the Forks of James (or Monmouth) and perhaps others. At the meeting of the Synod of New York, May 1747, the Rev. Eliab Byram was appointed to go to Virginia in “September next,” and spend some time in the new settlements. This he did, as the record of the next meeting of the synod (May 1748) states that Mr. Byram “fulfilled his appointment in going to Virginia.”

At this latter meeting of synod the following entry is found in the records: “A call was brought into the synod from Falling Spring and New Providence, to be presented to Mr. Byram, the acceptance of which he declined.” At this same meeting of Synod a call from Timber Ridge and Forks of James was presented for the Rev. Mr. Dean, which was subsequently declined.”

It may be interesting to note here what is known of the Rev. Eliab Byram. He was born in Bridgewater, Mass., and graduated at Harvard university in 1740. He became the pastor of a church in New Jersey in 1743, and after declining the call to Falling Spring and New Providence became a member of New Brunswick Presbytery, New York, and pastor of Amwell church, where he died in May 1754.”

So it will be seen that the church organization existed as early as 1748.

Related

Augusta Stone Meeting House Falling Springs Meeting House
Hebron Meeting House New Providence Meeting House
New Monmouth Meeting House North Mountain Meeting House
Peaked Mountain Presbyterian Church South Mountain Meeting House (Old Providence)
Timber Grove Meeting House Timber Ridge Meeting House
Tinkling Springs Meeting House

Location

Image:Borden's Grant and Beverleys Manor.jpgThis diagram needs to be modified show the location of Falling Springs MH.
It was located at Buffalo Forge, a few miles to the south of Borden's Grant, in the Natural Bridge area.

Notes

Source:Chalkley's Chronicles1:38
MAY 20, 1748.... (20) Certified that Presbyterian meeting houses have been built at Timber Ridge, at New Providence, and Falling Spring.
Rootsweb citing Waddell's Annals
In Waddell’s Annals of Augusta county, the following extracts from the records of the Augusta county court for May 20th, 1748, is given: “On the motion of Matthew Lyle one ordered to be certified that they have built a Presbyterian meeting house at a place known by the name of Timber Ridge, another at New Providence, and another at a place known by the name of Falling Spring.”
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