Historical Markers: Sandy Creek Baptist Church

Located on the south side of Old Liberty Road (NC 49A), just east of its intersection with the Ramseur-Julian Road, at what is called the “Melancthon” intersection (because it’s just north of the Melancthon Lutheran Church).

Three different churches are clustered together just east of the Sandy Creek cemetery which grew up around Elder Stearns’ grave, now marked by a marble obelisk.

The graveyard itself is located just across the street from the Northeast Randolph Middle School built in the early 21st century.


The oldest church, subject of another post, is marked by this bronze plaque:


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4 Responses to “Historical Markers: Sandy Creek Baptist Church”

  1. Susan Benning Says:

    Besides the St. Pauls Methodist Church in Randolph County, were any other homes decorated by Jules Korner?

  2. chris bramstedt Says:

    My Shearer/Hoover line (genealogy) were married in early Randolph, NC. Are there any lists of early marriages at Sandy Creek Baptist — Exact date or year unknown, but probably 1769-70 or around that decade.

  3. Terry Smith Says:

    There’s a wonderful history of Sandy Creek Baptist at http://primitivebaptist.info/mambo//content/view/1509/70/. This website contains a transcription of a history written by my great-great-great grandmother Vandelia Elizabeth Reece Jones. It is also written here of Vandelia, “… In 1902, membership had dropped to only one member, a Vedelia E. Jones who died in 1909. From about 1904 till 1909, no services were held. It is said, however, that she refused to accept the closing of the church and continued to come and sit on the steps of the old building each meeting day and sang the old hymns she loved so well. In 1926, services were resumed and, in 1929, the church was reorganized back into a church body and has continued ever since…”

    I have visited the church and have a picture of myself sitting on the steps.

    • Bonnie Harrison Says:

      I am related to the Jones family from the Sandy Creek Baptist Church area. So far, I can trace the family back to a Thomas Jones whose son, John Marley Jones, was born there in 1755.

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