The Warren Chapel Methodist Church has an interesting history. In 1893, Jesse James H Warren founded it at Blounts Creek, Beaufort County, North Carolina. Sam R Fowles of Washington, Beaufort County, donated one acre of land for the building site. His wife, Mary Fowles, donated an organ. Fowles, owner of a timber firm, was Jesse Warren's employer. Apparently, the first lay preacher was William Acklin from Gilead. The collection offering was $43.00 that day. Construction of the church began about 1893. With the help of Pitt County carpenters Lewis Grise and George Johnson, the building was soon ready for dedication. Membership was over 100 but there is no record of the original members.
Fortunately, Jesse Warren kept a journal. His son, Rev Millard Warren, penned the History of the Methodist Church at Blounts Creek, North Carolina, which gives details about the building of the church and probable early membership information. Mrs Jennie Swindell Bonner suggested the name of Warren Chapel Methodist Church.
Over the years there were several church school superintendents, mainly Jesse Warren, Hiram Swindell, Will Adams and briefly Millard Warren, Jesse's 16 year old son. Mrs Henry Harris, also known as Minnie Lewis, served the longest tenure as superintendent. Revivals were held whereby outside evangelists were invited to assist the pastor. Rev Fernie Becton, of Carteret County, was a favorite.
In the year 1911, church members decided a new edifice was needed. Rev John W Hoyle Sr, a carpenter, was pastor (1912) during the building of the second Warren Chapel. The building was completed near the time of a terrible September storm that did much damage to eastern North Carolina.
Thirty years after the completion of the second edifice at Blounts Creek, a new highway was paved through the Blounts Creek community. Because the church was one-half mile off the highway, attendance and interest in activities dwindled. Jesse thought it was time to move the large church building out to the highway. He contacted S R Fowles, his old friend and former employer, about trading the original lot for a new site. Moving the church would cost five hundred dollars. Jesse, by then aged eighty-five years, went to friends and relatives soliciting contributions until he raised the entire amount. Soon after the completion of the moving of the church, an old friend and member, Jesse Caton, gave a fresh paint job.
Jesse Warren and his family were the backbone of Warren Chapel. Homecoming activities started in 1937 with a Special Appreciation Day for the church founder, Jesse James H Warren.
It is assumed the names provided were of members during the early 1900s. Names are displayed with links to those having pages on this website. Additonal information, added for clarification, is from my database. There may be mistakes in determining who was a member as names were often repeated in families. Corrections greatly appreciated.
Some Early Warren Chapel Methodist Church Members
|Name of Member||Father||Mother||Spouse|
|Mrs Jennie Swindell Bonner||William Henry Swindell||Clarissa Jane Rowe||Bryan Trippe Bonner|
|David Gaskill||Benjamin G Gaskill||Martha McClaud||Fannie (--?--)|
|Mrs David Gaskill [Fannie]||David W Gaskill|
|Richard Gaskill||David W Gaskill||Fannie (--?--)|
|Mrs Sally Swindell||Benjamin G Gaskill||Martha McClaud||William Henry Swindell|
|Hiram Swindell||William Henry Swindell||Sarah Ann S Gaskill|
|John Swindell||William Henry Swindell||Sarah Ann S Gaskill|
|Mary Swindell||William Henry Swindell||Sarah Ann S Gaskill|
|Mrs Virginia Adams||Lewis Adams|
|Mrs Stilley [Narcissa Augusta]||Jesse Warren||Ann Georgia Thomas||Pharaoh Stilley|
|Mrs Sidney Cox||Pharaoh Stilley||Narcissa Augusta Warren||William Robert Cox|
|Cam Stilley||Pharaoh Stilley||Narcissa Augusta Warren||Eva Edwards|
|Jesse James H Warren||Jesse Warren||Ann Georgia Thomas||Helen Lee Ricks|
|Mrs Helen Warren||Jesse James H Warren|
|Emma Warren||Jesse James H Warren||Emma Louisa Ricks||Alonza N Lewis|
|Mrs Olivia Cox||Jesse Warren||Ann Georgia Thomas||William Baker Cox|
|Mrs Grace Diamond||Jesse James H Warren||Helen Lee Ricks||George Diamond|