Sharon D. Marsh


Author and Local NW Florida Historian


Yellow River Baptist Church was founded on the banks of the Yellow River, a few miles south of the Alabama line, on June 14, 1840.  The nine founding members were listed as John Robertson, James Barrow, David Gartman/Girtman, Elizabeth Steagall, Margaret Weeks, Elizabeth Wood, Mary Wood, Mary Senterfitt and Nancy Busby.


Yellow River Baptist Church was the first Baptist church in what is now Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton County, Florida.  Its initial members came from both sides of the river, as well as north into Covington Co, AL.  Through the years it seeded many of the surrounding Baptist churches either directly with support or through members leaving and joining the new churches.


This book is a compilation of the existing membership lists from 1840 through 1950, providing both the actual pages from the original records and an index of all the names in the book with links to the actual images.  In addition, there is a chronology of the currently known history of the Church; images and transcriptions of a number of the important documents issued by the Church over the years, such as their Articles of Faith; images of the deed purchasing the land where the existing Church stands; photos through the years and a number of the newspaper articles published during the homecoming celebrations from 1950 forward.


Just some of the surnames found in the records include Baggett, Barnhill, Barrow, Bush, Campbell, Carter, Carver, Clary, Cobb, Collinsworth, Cook, Dannelly, Davis, Devereaux, Dixon, Etheridge, Flowers, Fountain, Guqua, Garrett, Gartman, Gaskin, George, Gordon, Harsey, Hart, Helms, Howell, Huggins, Kennedy, King, Madden, McWilliams, Milligan, Moore, Morrison, Parker, Peaden, Richburg/Richbourg, Senterfitt, Smith, Steele, Stephens, Stewart, Stokes Thomas, Tillery, Turvin, Wilkinson, and Wood.


All proceeds from the sale of this book directly by the author or through this website go back to the Church.

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