Shelby and Jefferson County Baptist Records, 1799-1911

Held by The Filson Historical Society

Title:  Shelby and Jefferson County Baptist Records, 1799-1911

Rights: For information regarding literary and copyright interest for these papers, contact the Curator of Special Collections.

Size of Collection:  11 volumes

Location Number:  Mss. BA B222 1-5

Scope and Content Note

A collection of various Baptist congregations sheds light on early organized religion in Shelby and Jefferson County, Kentucky.  The materials consist of minute books dating from early in the nineteenth century which record church and business meetings, rules of decorum and discipline, the church covenants, and lists of members, both African American and white, along with death dates or dismissal dates. The churches are Bethel Baptist Church, Shelby County, Kentucky (1809-1911, originally called the Church of Christ on Tick Creek); Buffalo Lick Baptist Church, Shelby County, Kentucky (1805-1838); Beech Creek Baptist Church, Shelby County, Kentucky (1825-1840) Christiansburg Baptist Church, Christiansburg, Shelby County, Kentucky (1810-1875, originally constituted in 1799 as the Six Mile Creek Church); and Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, Jefferson County, Kentucky (1805-1884, also includes records of its predecessor, Flat Rock Church on Floyd’s Fork).

Volumes List

Volume 1a: Tick Creek or Bethel Church Record book, 1809-1816

Volume 1b: Bethel Baptist Church, Record book, 1817-1859, 1868 (275 pages)

Volume 1c: Bethel Baptist Church Record book, 1859-1911 [loose materials in book includes printed Minutes of the ninety-seventh annual session of the Licking Association of Primitive Baptists September 1909]

Volume 2: Buffalo Lick Baptist Church Minute book, 1805-1838

Volume 3: Beech Creek Church Second Register, 1825-1840 [34×8]

Volume 4: Six Mile or Christianburg Baptist Church Membership records, 1799-1874 [separate parcel contains Photostats of the early membership lists which are in poor condition]

Volume 4a: Six Mile or Christianburg Baptist Church Records, 1800-1831, 1863-1869 [includes loose pages]

Volume 4b: Six Mile or Christianburg Baptist Church Records, 1836 [one loose page], 1856-1873

Volume 4c: Six Mile or Christianburg Baptist Church Records, 1805-1810, 1855-1856 [in envelope, three pieces]

Volume 5: Flat Rock and Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Records, 1805-1885 [includes loose materials in front cover]

Venue Rental

Spaces Available for Rent Beginning 2022

The Filson Historical Society is a unique venue that blends the historic with the modern and provides a stunning background for any event. Several areas of the campus are available to be rented for dinners, retreats, meetings, receptions, parties, or weddings. The venues have access to 74 free parking spaces and wifi, as well as small catering areas. All of the Filson’s facilities have accessible parking.

View a virtual tour of our spaces!

Visit the Filson

1310 S. 3rd St., Louisville, KY 40208
(502) 635-5083

The Filson will reopen to the public on September 1st, 2021 – Read More! All events are currently being held virtually; to register for our live virtual events, please visit our Events Page; for information on recorded lectures and other activities, please visit us online at Bringing History Home.

We are resuming in person research, and suggest reserving a seat – learn more here. We also continue to provide remote research services; please email gro.l1631876780aciro1631876780tsihn1631876780oslif1631876780@hcra1631876780eser1631876780.


commonwealth bank logo
Blue Grass Motorsport Logo
PNC Logo
Brown Forman Logo
Baird Logo
Dinsmore Logo
Cave Hill Cemetery Logo
Fifth Third Bank Logo
Kentucky Select Properties Logo
Society of Colonial Wars in the State of Kentucky Logo
Advance Logo
Alcott & Bentley Logo
Antiques at Distillery Commons Logo
Glenview Trust Logo
Karzen Langan James Logo
MCM CPAs & Advisors Logo
Parthenon logo
ben tyler logo
The Plant Kingdom Logo