We discovered this deed during our June 1999 trip to Oconee and Pickens Counties, S.C. It confirms our information that Joseph Lyles and our William Lyles were both active in Salem Methodist Episcopal Church, now vanished. It also implies a strong link to the later Hopewell Methodist Church in the late 1850s, for which Joseph Lyles was a founder and Coleman Fowler an early preacher. At the same time, William A. Lyles was a founder of the Double Springs Church near Mountain Rest, S.C. (See the maps showing the location of the church property.)
Know all men by these presents that I, Coleman Fowler of the State and District aforesaid for and in consideration of the sum of one dollar to me in hand paid by Obadiah Fowler, John W. Gassaway, William Liles, Joseph Liles, and James Holland of the said State and District Trustees in Trust for the uses and purposes herein after mentioned have granted, bargained, sold and released and by these presents do grant, bargain, sell and release unto the said Obadiah Fowler, John Gassaway, William Liles, Joseph Liles and James Holland and their successors (Trustees in Trust for the uses and purposes herein mentioned and released) all the right, title, interest, claim, and demand whatsoever, which he the said Coleman Fowler hath in, to, or upon a certain lot of land situated, lying, and being in the State and District aforesaid containing one acre three roods and thirty-two purches and hath such shape, form and marks as the accompanying plat represents:--
Together with all and singular the rights, members, hereditaments and appurtenances to the said premises or in anywise incident or appertaining. To have and to hold all and singular the premises before mentioned unto them the said Obadiah Fowler, John W. Gassaway, William Liles, Joseph Liles and James Holland and their successors in office forever in trust that they shall cause to be kept thereon a house of worship for the use of the members of the Methodist Episcopal Church in the United States of America according to the rules and discipline which from time to time may be adapted by the ministers and preachers of said Church in their General Conference in the United States of America and in further trust and confidence that they shall at all times forever hereafter permit such ministers and preachers belonging to said church as they from time to time to be duly authorised by the General Conference of the ministers and preachers of the said Methodist Episcopal Church to preach and expound God's Holy Word therein. And the said Coleman Fowler doth agree by these presents, warrant and forever defend all and singular the before mentioned lot of land with appurtenances belonging unto the said Obadiah Fowler, John W. Gassaway, William Liles, Joseph Liles and James Holland and their successors from the claim or claims of him the said Coleman Fowler, his heirs, and assigns and from the claim or claims of all persons whatsoever. In witness whereof I have set hereunto my hand and seal this 16th day of September one thousand eight hundred and forty-four and in the sixty-ninth year of American Independence--
Signed, sealed and delivered in presence of--
This day personally appeared before me Robert Fullerton and made oath that he saw Coleman Fowler sign, seal and deliver the within deed for the use and purposes therein mentioned and that Calaway Hughs was a subscrib[er] with himself.
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 3rd day of January 1845--
Wm. C. Lee, M.P.D. Robt. Fullerton
At the request of Revd. J. B. Burnett I have admeasured and laid out a lot of land, situated in the District aforesaid on a branch of Choestoe Creek, waters of Tugalo River, bounded by a line running S.E. by Coleman Fowlers land[. S]aid lot contains one acre, 3 roods & 32 perches and includes a meeting house by the appellation of Salem Methodist Episcopal Church and hath such shape, form, and marks as the above plat represents. Survey the 14th day of September 1844--
Robt. Fullerton Dep. Sur.
Recorded the 10th day of January 1845 and examined by,
W.L. Keith, C.C. & R.M.C.