Posted: 12/25/2005

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One American Family

First Generation
Jacob / Mary (Morah or Marey)

Second Generation
Isaac / Mary Ann Burchfield

Third Generation
Starling / Margret M. Smith

Fourth Generation
M. Bains / Susan Ellen Harris


Our grandfather, Jacob Roberts, founded Durbin Creek Baptist Church in 1781 in Lauren County, SC.and served as its first pastor until his death in 1804.

Durbin Creek Baptist is located about four miles southeast of Fountain Inn, SC.

Either Jacob Roberts is buried elsewhere or his Durbin Creek Cemetery gravesite is unmarked.

First Generation

Jacob Roberts was living in Laurens County with three slaves in 1790 (Census, p. 73)

South Carolina Baptists, Post-Revolutionary Revival, pp. 225-226:

Laurens County Churches

Rev. Jacob Roberts organized a church with 124 members, it is said, four or five miles southeast of present Fountain Inn during 1781, that story year of the Revolution, and its history to 1800 fulfilled the auguries (sign of something to come) of its beginnng. So closely were church and pastor identified, that more of the neighboring churches called it Jacob Robert's Church, or Robert's Church, but the name from the first was Durbin Creek. A conference of Padgetts Creek members met at Durbin Creek on Sept 1, 1788, and took under consideration the acting of Jacob Roberts and his church in their dealing with their Members & Excommunicating them for not hearing the Church concerning the Mother of John Webbs transgression . . . it was the unanimouse voice of the Conference that Roberts & his Church was wrong in their acting with their Members - for which cause we had as a Conference to declare against them and their acting.121

Under the weight of condemnation, then, Rev. Jacob Roberts appeared at Cedar Springs in 1789 to assist in organizing the Bethel Association, but the new association also condemned him and his church. At his request, the association agreed in 1791 to reconsider his case if he would "resign himself to the counsel and admonition of the association." This he refused to do. He was declared out of union and the churches were advised not to attend his ministry. Durbin Creek supported him, apparently until his death, and remained out of fellowship until 1799, when it gave satisfaction, but did not enter the association until 1803. Its delegates that year were Samuel Brown, Thomas Goodwin, and John Dean, the first two of whom were later ordained to the ministry.122

Although Durbin Creek was a large church with 124 member in 1794 and 72 in 1803, it must have sunk to a low state in the years between, as Friendship Church thought it extinct in 1802.123

The above info may have also come from South Carolina Baptists.

Will of Jacob Roberts

In the Name of God Amen--

I Jacob Roberts of the Diftrict of Laurens and State of South Carolina being in a declineing State of Body But of Sound and perfect Judgment do Make Consitute and ordain this my Last Will and testement. Revoking all others by me made-this is to Say. Toutihing the Worldly goods that it has been please God to Blefs me With. it is my Will that the hole of my Estate Both Real and Perfonnalley . Remain and Continue in the pofsfssion of My Beloved Wife. Marey Roberts for the purpose of Raising and Educating My youngis Children, or dureing Ther Widdowhood But in Case of her Entermarage it is my Will that the hole of My Estate both Real and parfonnalley. Bee Sold. at the desgreation of My Exeters hereafter to be naimed. giving Such timeley Creadets. as Well does Justis to my youngis Children. and the Estate So Sold. to Bee Eaqualley divided. as. follows. My beloved Wife Morah Roberts to have Eaqual Moyetey. With My Children to it. My Daughter Allemon Brown. Elisebeth Meadows Sarah Gilbert and Sun John Roberts and Morah Roberts Isaac Roberts Jacob Roberts. Thomas Roberts. Claresey Roberts and as my daughter Copey Gilbert is dead and has left Two Children to Wit - Milidey Gilbert and Leusendey Gilbet my Will is that they have one Childs parts to be Eaqualley divided between them when they com of age or marey. and Case my Wife Seas Caus to dispose of aney of my porfonnal Estate to aney of my Children before a division Shall take place it is my Will that the property So dsposd of Shall be Valued . and that the Value Thereof Shall be Kept in a book alreadey provided for that purpose As and that it Shall be as Somuch of there Eaqual partes agreeble to an Eaqual destrobution . it is also my Will that at aney time after my death. if my Exetur. Conseave my Estate to be in awaisting Situation for Want of due Case that thay profsede to the soel of the Same in order to Secure the Same for the Purpofe mentioned As and Lastley I appoint My Well beloved Wife Marey Roberts. Exectur. and my John Middows and my Sun Isaac Roberts Exuters. of this my Last Will and Testement in Witnefs Whereof I have here unto Set my hand and Seal this 3rd day of January 1804--

Signed in pressents of
David Wright
John Roberts
Ezekel (his mark) Griffith
Jacob (his mark) Roberts (SEAL)

Recorded in Will Book C-1 page 217
Proven date April 15, 1806.
Recorded Date not available
David Anderson Ordy. Laurens District
Bundle 63, Pkg. 5.

Children of Jacob Roberts and Mary "Marah":

1. Isaac "Ike", b. 1783 in SC, m. Mary Ann Burchfield, d. May 23, 1869, Jefferson County, AL. Ike Roberts was a farmer.

2. Jacob, Jr..

3. Thomas.

4. Allemon, m. Samuel Brown, ordain at Durbin Creek in 1805, was probably living either in Greenville or Newberry County in 1790 without Slaves; his death is announced as occuring on Sept 15, 1832 (Hood, Historical Facts (MS, Furman University); Census, pp. 70, 79; Ready River Assoc. Min.,m 1832).

5. Elesabeth, m. John Meadows

6. Sarah, m. William Gilbert.

7. Morah

8. Joel

9. Claresey

10. Coppy, m. a Gilbert

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