This is update of Winnie Hunt, wife of John Parker & I'm sharing what has been found that might shed some light on her background of her early years, timeline & places and some trivia.
Transcription of "Elim Church organized 1825" newspaper article.
From newspaper article copy/photo originally submitted to Ancestry.com by J. Doddridge in tree Goodlet/Doddridge on 29 Jul 2010 that I added to my family tree. BB Jan 2013
Becky Dunn Byars added this on 31 Jan 2013.
Note: names/dates/places in [ ] are for reference from facts/sources/other data use to figure out timelines of this family - BB]
HANDWRITING AT TOP :
[Winnie]...was educated in Dalton, Ga [Educated in GA, probably, but not Dalton, as town of Dalton was in existence in 1847 aka Cross Plains in 1837 but Whitfield Co. didn't exist until 1851 & by 1851 Winnie had been in Conecuh Co. AL since 1820] & married John Parker there in 1814 [No...Winnie was about 16 when she married 23 Oct 1814 in Baldwin Co. GA]...they should give her credit & that depends upon who writes the history.
TYPED NOTE ON RIGHT SIDE:
The first school was built at this church [Elim Chuch 1825] & Winnie Hunt Parker was its first teacher [In Conecuch Co. Alabama NOT Dalton, Whitfield Co.GA]
In the early part of 1800 the southern part of Alabama was a wilderness; the land was covered with forests inhabited with many kinds of wild animals.
In 1817 when Alabama became a territory, many people moved in Alabama from other states to make new homes. In 1817 Messrs. John, Noah, Sam & Peter Parker [These Parkers listed ARE brothers, but in 1817 John was about 24 & only one married; Noah was about 13, Sam about 10 & Peter about 16], moved into Alabama from Georgia to the present Roberts community to build new homes [This would be Conecuh Co. created in 1818-Escambia Co. wasn't created until 1868].
They found Indians living here which were sometimes friendly and often unfriendly. These settlers, we are sure, found life hard and for some reason, moved back into Georgia to their old homes after living here [AL] 5 years[about 1822].
After these settlers lived in Georgia 2 years [about 1824] they moved back to their new homes in Alabama. After a year [about 1825] after these settlers moved back to this community they organized the Elim Baptist Church. As with all settlers in new territory, these settlers set up homes, a church and a school in their communtiy.
TRIVIA: Father Travis Alexander, who was a circuit rider in south Alabama, helped Mrs. John Parker & others organize the Elim Church in 1825, which is the oldest Baptist Church in Escambia County. "Father" Travis (as he was called) was the first preacher of the Elim Church. He was more like a missionary going about from community to community, riding his horse to preach to the people. The founders of the Elim Church chose the name "Elim" from the Bible. Elim was the 2nd station where the Israelites encamped after crossing the Red Sea and it is distinguished as having fountains of excellent water.The first church at Elim was built near an excellent spring of water, therefore, it was fitting it should be called Elim. The first church building at Elim was constructed of logs about 2 1/2 miles northeast of the present site.