Reverend Drury Senter

Reverend Drury Senter[1]

Male 1788 - 1853  (64 years)

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    Graves of Drury Senter and Polly McClure.
    Graves of Drury Senter and Polly McClure.
    Polly and Drury are buried in this older section of the cemetery where the headstone inscriptions have been weathered away with time. In 1951 Charles Young of Grapevine Texas was still able to read the inscriptions and recorded them as follows. Polly Senter died 9 Dec 1853 age 61- In memory of the Rev Drury Senter died Jan 10th 1855 aged 64 years 3 mo and 16 days. He was a minister of the Regular Baptist Church about 38 years and a successful Preacher of his day and died in the triumphs of faith.

    Headstones
    Drury Senter
    Drury Senter

    Histories
    Membership Records of the Senter Primitive Baptist Church 1829—1924
Nathan's Creek, Ashe County, North Carolina
    Membership Records of the Senter Primitive Baptist Church 1829—1924 Nathan's Creek, Ashe County, North Carolina

    Census Records
    U.S. Census District 19, Grayson, VA 1850, Senter Families: William N., Aaron L., James H., Levi, Drury
    U.S. Census District 19, Grayson, VA 1850, Senter Families: William N., Aaron L., James H., Levi, Drury

    These five families lived in adjacent households:

    "Senter, William N., age 31 b. 1819 Virginia, farmer no real estate owned, wife Nancy, age 30 b. Abt. 1820 Virginia; six children b. Virginia: Andrew B. 10, Daniel 8, Drury 6, Rebecca 4, Mary 2, Female Infant [sic] 4/12. Elizabeth Dougherty, age 73 b. 1777 New York."

    "Aaron L. Senter, age 34 b. Abt. 1816 Virginia,farmer real estate own $400, wife Polly, age 30 b. Abt. 1820 Virginia; five children b. Virginia: Lavina 9, Levi M. 7, Nancy C. 6, Richard S. 4, Betsy E. 2."

    "James H. Senter, age 29 b. Abt. 1821 Virginia, Farmer no real estate owned, wife Maria, age 28 b. Abt. 1822 four children b. Virginia: Caroline 7, Monroe 5, Elizabeth 4, Lee 1."

    "Levi Senter, age 25 b. Abt. 1825 Virginia, farmer no real estate owned, wife Malinda, age 29 b. Abt. 1831 Virginia; Samuel 6/12."

    "Drury Senter, age 69 b. Abt. 1781 North Carolina, Preacher B[aptist] real estate owned $3050, wife Mary, age 58 b. Abt. 1792 Virginia; two children b. Virginia: Calvin 17 farm laborer, Mary 14."

  • Name Drury Senter 
    Title Reverend 
    Born 25 Sep 1788  Fayetteville, Cumberland, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 10 Jan 1853  Grayson County, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Senter Cemetery, Mouth of Wilson, Grayson, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Memorial to Rev. Drury Senter of Grayson County, Virginia


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      Birth: 25 Sep 1788 in Fayetteville, Cumberland, North Carolina
      Death: 10 Jan 1853 in Mouth of Wilson, Grayson, Virginia
      Burial: Senter Family Cemetery Mouth of Wilson, Virginia

      From the minutes of the Washington District Baptist Association for the year 1855 copied by J. E. Sutherland, Clintwood, Virginia is the following:

      "The subject of this memorial, the Rev. Drury Senter, was born in Cumberland County, NC, on the 25th day of September 1788. His parents moved with him to Washington County, Va. And there he married on June 6th 1809. In the year 1814, he became a member of the Baptist Church at Saint Clair’s Bottom. In September 1814 he commences exercising a public gift and in December 1815 was licensed to preach by the same church. About 2 years and 6 months thereafter he was Regular Ordained by the proper Presbytery as an Elder and pastor of the Regular Baptist Church at Saint Clair’s Bottom in June 1818, he labored as a public minister in the bounds of the Washington Association until about the year 1823. He was chosen by the Washington Association as their messenger to Sister Association. In the year 1823 removed to North Carolina and settled in the County of Ashe, where he labored as a public Minister in the mountain and Adjoining Association and his labors were greatly blessed. About the year 1840 he removed to the County of Grayson in Va. where he lived till the time of his Death on the 10th of January 1853. During the greater portion of his life from 1823 to the time of his death, he was chosen Moderator of the Mountain Association and their Messenger to the Neighboring Association from 1823 to 1853. He also was pastor of several churches in Mountain Association."

    • http://www.newrivernotes.com/nc/senter.htm#Mem

      Membership Records of the Senter Primitive Baptist Church Nathan's Creek, Ashe County, North Carolina 1829-1924:

      "North Carolina, Ashe County

      The Baptist Church of Christ at Senter Meeting House was constituted in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty-nine, and fourteen members given up from the different churches to wit: From Piney Creek [seven names], From Silas Creek Church [one name], From Fox Creek Church [one name], From Beaver Creek Church [two names], & From Cranberry Church [two names]. [total was thirteen names; was Reverend Drury Senter the fourteenth member?]

      The Presbytery called for and these brethern examined and found orthodox in the principle of the gospel and set apart as a church of Christ to hold their own kees (sic).

      By the Presbytery

      Elder Drury Senter
      Elder Henry Vanover

      Abstract of [Primitive] Baptist Principles:

      1. We believe in one true and living God, Father, Son and Holy Ghost and that these three are one.

      2. We believe that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament are the words of God and the only rule of faith and practice.

      3. We believe in the doctrine of election by Grace.

      4. We believe in the doctrine of Original Sin, and in man's impotency to recover himself from the fallen state he is in by nature by his own free will or ability.

      5. We believe that sinners are called, converted, regenerated, and sanctified by the Holy spirit and that all who are thus regenerated or born again by the Spirit of God shall never fall finally away.

      6. We believe that sinners are justified in the sight of God only by the imputed righteousness of Jesus Christ.

      7. We believe that Baptism and the Lord's Supper are ordinances of Jesus Christ and that true believers are the subjects of these ordinances and we believe that the true mode of Baptism is by immersion.

      8. We believe in the resurrection and a general judgment and that the joys of the righteous and the torments of the wicked will be eternal.

      9. We believe that no minister has a right to administer the ordinances except such as are regularly called and come under the hands of the presbytery."

      The following names appear on the membership roll of the church:

      "Senter A.N.; Senter, Peggy; Senter, Matilda; Senter, Ellen; Senter, Nancy; Senter, Cosby d. 13 Apr 1923; Senter, Cledine; Senter, Eli."

      In 1853 the Senter Association was formed and a convention was held at Senter Church. This Association was formed from the Mountain and Three Forks Associations. Senter Church at Crumpler, Ashe County, NC was named for Rev. Drury Senter and his son, Rev. Nathaniel Senter.

      Property

      Drury received land grants in what was to be Grayson County in 1781, 1839, and 1840. These grants were on Piney Creek and New River. On February 4, 1841 Drury purchased from Elizah and Sarah Baker three tracts of land, totaling 520 acres on Wilson Creek and Beaver Dam Creek, a branch of Wilson Creek (Grayson County Deed Book #9 - Pages 422-23) .

      Drury and Polly's house is vacant, but still stands beside Wilson Creek about a mile southwest of Mouth of Wilson on Route 16. It is unclear if they built the house, or if it was already standing when they moved to the property in 1841. The house has been added onto over the years, and could probably accommodate two families. Drury and Polly and some of their children are buried in the family cemetery on the hill above the house."


      1
      Birth: 25 SEP 1788 in Fayetteville, Cumberland, North Carolina 2
      Death: 10 JAN 1853 in Mouth of Wilson, Grayson, Virginia
      Note:
      Drury died from Dyspepsia.


      2 3
      Burial: 10 JAN 1853 the family cemetery at Mouth of Wilson, Grayson, Virginia.
      Note:
      Drury's grave marker reads: "In memory of the Rev. Drury Senter, Died Jan. 10th 1855, Aged 64 years 3 mo &16 days He was a minister of the Regular Baptist Church about 38 years and a successful Preacher of his day and died in the triumphs of faith"

      1
      Will: JAN 1853 Grayson County, Virginia
      Note:
      Book No. 3, Page 206 Grayson County Court Records

      WILL OF DRURY SENTER
      November 4, 1852

      Grayson County State of Virginia November the fourth AD one thousand eight hundred and fifty two I, Drury Senter being of sound mind and memory as I ever were and taking into consideration the worldly goods which it has been pleased God to possess (?) me with amen I now proceed to the distribution of the same in manners as followoth to wit first I desire that all my just debts and funeral expenses be paid if any secondly it is my desire that my wife Polly Senter shall have as much of the farm and wood land including my mansion house and all my house hold and kitchen furniture and as much live stock including one small filly and cattle sheep and hogs during her natural life, I desire that my sons Nathaniel Henry John Aaron William Harvy Levi Calvin shall have one hundred and fifty dollars in land that they have already received except Calvin and he shall be made up equal with them either in land or money, it is my desire that all my money that is due me be collected and all my perishable property be put to sale and after my wife Polly dowry is laid off and Calvin made equal with the rest of the boys in land and other property and if there be anything left after the first sale there shall be an equal distribution made amongst all my children both boys and girls, it is also my desire that the bit of land that Henry now lives on that I have deeded to him since this indenture was dated that he should have it extra, it is my desire that Matilda Jones __?__ who inter married with Joseph Sturgill shall have five dollars in good and lawful money of Virginia so as to disinherit her of any further claims of any real estate or perishable property Lastly I ordain and appoint my two sons Nathaniel Senter and Levi B. Senter my lawful coexecutors I do hereby make void and null any will or testament made by me heretofore declaring this to be my last will and testament and I have here unto inter changeably set my hand and seal in the present of us

      Drury Senter (Seal) Attest John A. Parsons Levi B. Senter


      Grayson County Court January term 1853 This last will and testament of Drury Senter deceased was presented in court proved by the oath of John A. Parsons and Levi B. Senter witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded, and on the motion of Nathaniel Senter and Levi B. Senter the CoExecutors there in named who made oath there to and together with Isom Cox and Stephen J. Bryant their securities entered into and acknowledged a bond in the penalty of $1600 conditioned (?) as the law directs certified, is granted them for obtaining probets of said will in due form

      Test Stephen M. Hale C. C.

      There are at least two large pages of items that were sold at the sale of Drury's estate. Among the last names of some of the buyers are: Young, Senter, Parsons, Blevins, Pugh, Baker, Wells, DeBoard, Pasley, Phipps, Barton, Strange, Griffeth, Perkins, Drawn, Durall, Thomas. Drury Senter had notes on people totaling approx. $1,000.


      1
      Sources:
      Abbrev: Trula Purkey of Troutdale, Virginia
      Title: Trula Purkey of Troutdale, Virginia
      Abbrev: Senter Family History
      Title: Senter, Rodney Dale, "Senter Family History" (Untitled document in the library of the Ashe County Historical Society, West Jefferson, N.C.)
      Repository:
      Name: Ashe County Historical Society
      West Jefferson, North Carolina 28694
      Abbrev: Bob Baker
      Title: Bob Baker
      Abbrev: McClure Web Site
      Title: McClure Web Site of Andrew P. Thomas of Brazil, Indiana
    • Sale of land to Drury Senter:
      Grayson DB9:422. 4 Feb 1841. ELIJAH BAKER AND WIFE SARAH to Drury Senter. 50a. $200. On Beaver Dam Creek, a branch of Wilson Creek.
      Signed: Elijah Baker, Sarah (x) Baker. Witnesses: Ephraim Gentry,Chrisley (x) Reedy, William Senter.
      Information provided by Larry Baker, mrbakerman1@hotmail.com
      19 Aug 2013
    • Grayson DB9:422. 4 Feb 1841. ELIJAH BAKER AND WIFE SARAH to Drury Senter was a Preacher and preached at one of REV Andy's former churches Saint Clair?s Bottom.
      Larry Baker 19 Aug 2013
      mrbakerman1@hotmail.com
    • 400a. $700. On Wilson Creek ... Robert Parsons survey SAM BAKER's father-in-law ... not far from Beaver Dam Creek ... Joseph Young's line. Witnesses: Ephraim Gentry, Chrisley (x) Reedy, William Senter.
      Larry Baker 19 Aug 2013
      mrbakerman1@hotmail.com
    • Drury received land grants in what was to be Grayson County in 1781, 1839, and 1840. These grants were on Piney Creek and New River. On February 4, 1841 Drury purchased from Elizah and Sarah Baker three tracts of land, totaling 520 acres on Wilson Creek and Beaver Dam Creek, a branch of Wilson Creek (Grayson County Deed Book #9 - Pages 422-23)
      Larry Baker 19 Aug 2013
      mrbakerman1@hotmail.com
    • HOLD THE FORT!!! Drury Senter's mom was Rebecca Avent, sister of Elizabeth Avant w/o Rev. Andy Baker so DRURY and old Elijah BAKER were 1st cousins. Larry Baker 19 Aug 2013 mrbakerman1@hotmail.com
    Person ID I2846  Complete
    Last Modified 19 Aug 2013 

    Father Henry Senter,   b. Abt. 1760, Granville, NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Feb1837, Green, TN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Rebecca Avent,   b. Abt. 1765, Cumberland, NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft. 26 Jul 1853, Carroll, TN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 88 years) 
    Married Abt. 1785  North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900: "Henry Senter, b. 1760 North Carolina & Rebecca Avant [sic], b. 1764, m. 1785 [North Carolina]."
    Family ID F6816  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Jane McClure,   b. Abt. 1791, St. Clair's Bottom, Grayson County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Oct 1863, Mouth of Wilson, Grayson County, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 72 years) 
    Married 06 Jun 1809  Abingdon, Washington, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Virginia Marriages, 1740-1850: "Drewry [sic] Senter & Polly McClure, 29 Jun 1809, Washington, VA."

      The religious ceremony may have taken place on 6 June and not been recorded at the court house until 29 June 1809. On the other hand, one or the other date may be incorrect.

      In any case, note the spelling of his given name, "Drewry," which probably represents a phonetic pronounciation. Also, note that she married under her informal name, "Polly."

      Roy Richard Thomas July 2010
    Children 
    +1. Nathaniel M. Senter,   b. 10 Mar 1810, St. Clair's Bottom, Grayson County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Jul 1876, Ashe County, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)
     2. Rebecca Senter,   b. Abt. 1812, St. Clair's Bottom, Grayson County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location
    +3. Stephen Henry Senter,   b. 10 Feb 1814, St. Clair's Bottom, Grayson County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Mar 1893, Elkhorn City, Pike, KY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
     4. John M. Senter,   b. 28 Oct 1815, St. Clair's Bottom, Grayson County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Nov 1881  (Age 66 years)
    +5. Aaron L. Senter,   b. Abt. 1816, St. Clair's Bottom, Grayson County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location
    +6. William N. Senter,   b. 7 Nov 1818, St. Clair's Bottom, Grayson County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef. 1880  (Age 61 years)
    +7. James Harvey Senter,   b. 31 Dec 1820, St. Clair's Bottom, Grayson County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Feb 1900, Bowling Green, Clay, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
     8. Evaline Senter,   b. 1822, St. Clair's Bottom, Grayson County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location
    +9. Caroline Senter,   b. 1824, Crumpler, Ashe, NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1870, Mouth of Wilson, Grayson County, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 46 years)
    +10. Levi Bishop Senter,   b. 17 Jan 1827, Mouth of Wilson, Grayson County, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 May 1898, Morse, Johnson County, Kansas, U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)
     11. Drury Senter,   b. 1830, Crumpler, Ashe, Nc Find all individuals with events at this location
    +12. Calvin Halbert Senter,   b. 2 Sep 1832, Crumpler, Ashe County, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Jan 1911, Grayson County, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
     13. Mary Jane Senter,   b. Abt. 1834, Mouth of Wilson, Grayson County, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 13 Oct 2010 
    Family ID F002  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 25 Sep 1788 - Fayetteville, Cumberland, North Carolina, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 06 Jun 1809 - Abingdon, Washington, Virginia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 10 Jan 1853 - Grayson County, Virginia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Senter Cemetery, Mouth of Wilson, Grayson, Virginia, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S76] Burwell Baker of Harnett Co., NC, Bob E. Banker , (Internet:http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/b/a/k/Lois-Baker/index.html), http://awtc.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=bobbaker&id=I10149.
      # ID: I10149
      # Name: Drury Senter
      # Sex: M
      # ALIA: Drewry /Senter/
      # Birth: 25 SEP 1788 in Fayetteville, Cumberland Co., North Carolina
      # Death: 10 JAN 1853 in Grayson Co., Virginia
      # Reference Number: Ind9862
      # Note:

      [Phil Senter]

      From official records of the Baptist Church:

      Drury was born in Fayetteville, Cumberland County, North Carolina on the 25th day of September, 1788. His parents removed with him to Washington County, Virginia about 1792* and there he married on June 6th 1809. In the year 1814 he became a member of the Primitive Baptist Church at St. Clair's Bottom, Virginia and answered the Call of the Lord. In December, 1815 he was licensed to preach in the same church… He laboured as a public minister until 1823 when he was chosen by the Washington Association as their messenger to Sister Association in North Carolina. In the year 1823 he removed to North Carolina and settled in the county of Ashe where he laboured as a public minister in the Mountain and adjoining Association, and his labours were greatly blessed. About the year 1840 he removed to the county of Grayson where he lived until the time of his death on the 10th day of January, 1853. He died of that sly and deceitful destroyer Dispepsa, which flatters but to kill.

      [Betty Carson]

      Concerning the obituary of Drury Senter and the "moving to VA 1792". I have the obituary "copied from Minutes of Washington District Baptist Association for the year 1855 by E.J. Sutherland, Clintwood Virginia". He does not say the year he copied it but it is done on an old typewriter. I also have a Genealogy done by Rodney D. Senter about 1972. On page 3 it says "from official records of the Baptist Church: ......His parents removed with him to Washington County, VA (about 1792)........
      This appears to be where the 1792 move to VA came from. I don't believe it to be correct as Henry is still on the 1800 census in Cumberland Co.

      From Ashe County History, by Fletcher

      The Senter Baptist Association was formed at a convention held at Senter Church in Ashe County, named for the renowned Elder Druwry (sp. Var.) Senter, and his equally famous son, Elder Nathaniel Senter. The convention met on October 21st, 1853, and when it had finished its labours there was a new Association - The Senter, named for the two preachers. The Association was made up of four churches from the Three Forks Association (Bear Creek, Beaver Creek, North Fork, and Horse Creek) and five from the mountain Association (Big Helton, Silas Creek, South Fork, Senter and Cranberry). To the Credit of the Senter Association is the first recorded action toward bettering educational facilities in Ashe County. (They had planned to erect a school, but the Civil War forced abandonment of the idea.)



      Father: Henry Senter b: 1760 in Granville Co., North Carolina
      Mother: Rebecca Avent b: 1764 in Ashe Co., North Carolina

      Marriage 1 Mary Jane McClure b: BET. 1791 - 1792 in Washington Co., Virginia

      * Married: 6 JUN 1809 in Abingdon, Washington Co., Virginia 1

      Children

      1. Has Children Nathaniel McClure Senter b: 10 MAR 1810 in Ashe Co., North Carolina
      2. Has No Children Rebecca Senter b: 1812
      3. Has No Children Aaron Senter b: 1813
      4. Has Children Stephen Henry Senter b: 16 FEB 1814 in St. Clair's Bottom, Washington Co., Virginia
      5. Has Children John McClure Senter b: 25 OCT 1815 in Ashe Co., North Carolina
      6. Has No Children William N. Senter b: 17 NOV 1818 in Washington Co., Virginia
      7. Has No Children James Harvey Senter b: 31 DEC 1820
      8. Has No Children Evaline Senter b: 1822
      9. Has No Children Caroline Senter b: 1824 in Ashe Co., North Carolina
      10. Has No Children Levi Bishop Senter b: 17 JAN 1827
      11. Has No Children Drury Senter , Jr. b: 1830
      12. Has No Children Calvin Halbert Senter b: 2 SEP 1832 in Crumpler, Ashe Co., North Carolina
      13. Has No Children Mary Senter b: 1834


      Sources:

      1. Title: Marriage Index: MD, NC, VA, 1624-1915
      Publication: Family Tree Maker CD # 4
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      Media: Family Archive CD


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