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Churches

Albion Community Church  

Claudville

 

Albion Primitive Baptist Church  

Claudville

 

Antioch Baptist Church  

Cana

 

Ararat Missionary Baptist Church  

Mount Airy South

 

Bannertown Baptist Church  

Mount Airy South

 

Bear Creek Baptist Church  

Copeland

 

Bessies Chapel Baptist Church  

Elkin North

 

Beulah Methodist Church  

Bottom

 

Black Water Church  Dobson

 

Blues Grove Baptist Church  

Dobson

 

Bryant Chapel  

Mount Airy South

 

Cedar Hill Primitive Baptist Church  

Siloam

 

Central View Church  Bottom

 

Charity Hill Church  

Bottom

 

Chestnut Ridge Church  

Mount Airy North

 

Community Church  

Dobson

 

Community Church  

Dobson

 

Copeland Baptist Church  

Copeland

 

Cross Roads Baptist Church  

Bottom

 

Dobson Church  

Dobson

 

Double Creek Church  

Copeland

 

Dover Church  

Dobson

 

Elkin Valley Church  

Elkin North

 

Emmanuel Church  

Dobson

 

Fairview Baptist Church  

Copeland

 

Fairview United Methodist Church  

Siloam

 

First Baptist Church  

Elkin South

 

Fisher Gap Primitive Baptist Church  

Cumberland Knob

 

Flat Rock Baptist Church  

Mount Airy North

 

Flat Top Primitive Baptist Church  

Bottom

 

Flippin Church  

Mount Airy North

 

Friendly Tabernacle  

Mount Airy North

 

Friendship Baptist Church  

Elkin North

 

Fulk Memorial Primitive Baptist Church  

Siloam

 

Full Gospel Church  

Elkin North

 

Gods Community Church  

Pinnacle

 

Gospel Mission  

Mount Airy North

 

Grace Church  

Mount Airy South

 

Grassy Creek Methodist Church  

Elkin North

 

Gum Orchard Baptist Church  

Elkin North

 

Haymore Memorial Baptist Church  

Mount Airy South

 

Hills Church  

Pilot Mountain

 

Hills Grove Baptist Church  

Siloam

 

Hogan Creek Primitive Baptist Church  

Siloam

 

Holly Springs Baptist Church  

Mount Airy South

 

Imogene Church  

Cana

 

Indian Grove Church  Mount Airy South

 

Ivy Green Baptist Church  

Lambsburg

 

Jessups Grove Baptist Church  

Pilot Mountain

 

Jones Church  

Mount Airy North

 

Jones Temple  

Cana

 

Koners Grove Church  

Mount Airy North

 

Ladonia Baptist Church  

Bottom

 

Laurel Springs Primitive Baptist Church  

Dobson

 

Level Cross United Methodist Church  

Copeland

 

Liberty Church  

Lambsburg

 

Liberty Primitive Baptist Church  

Copeland

 

Little Mountain Church  

Mount Airy South

 

Little Richmond Baptist Church  

Elkin North

 

Loves Grove Primitive Baptist Church  

Mount Airy South

 

Lovills Creek Church 

Cana

 

Maple Grove Church 

Cana

 

Midway Church  

Cana

 

Mitchells River Primitive Baptist Church

Roaring Gap

 

Mount Airy Church  

Mount Airy South

 

Mount Calvary Church  

Mount Airy North

 

Mount Carmel Baptist Church  

Cana

 

Mount Herman Church  

Copeland

 

Mount Herman Methodist Church  

Claudville

 

Mount Pleasant Baptist Church  

Elkin North

 

Mount Pleasant Church  

Copeland

 

Mount Vernon Church  

Lambsburg

 

Mount View Church  

Lambsburg

 

Mount Zion Baptist Church  

Mount Airy South

 

Mount Zion Church  

Mount Airy South

 

Mountain Park Baptist Church  

Elkin North

 

Mountain Park Methodist Church  

Elkin North

 

Mountain View Baptist Church  

Lambsburg

 

Mulberry Primitive Baptist Church  

Elkin North

 

New Bethel Baptist Church  

Bottom

 

New Bethel Church

Cana

 

New Home Church  

Roaring Gap

 

New Hope Church  

Copeland

 

New Hope Church  

Copeland

 

New Hope Church  

Bottom

 

New Hope Methodist Church  

Mount Airy South

 

New Life Baptist Church  

Bottom

 

Oak Grove Baptist Church  

Bottom

 

Oak Grove Methodist Church  

Mount Airy South

 

Old Siloam Methodist Church  

Siloam

 

Open Door Missionary Baptist Church  

Elkin North

 

Payne's Chapel Baptist Church  

Mount Airy North

 

Pilot View Methodist Church  

Siloam

 

Pine Hill Church  

Siloam

 

Pine Hill Community Church  

Siloam

 

Pine Ridge Baptist Church  

Mount Airy South

 

Piney Grove Baptist Church  

Dobson

 

Pinnacle View Baptist Church  

Siloam

 

Pleasant View Church  

Mount Airy North

 

Pleasant View Church  

Mount Airy North

 

Poplar Springs Church  

Elkin North

 

Poplar Springs Methodist Church  

Siloam

 

Roaring Gap Baptist Church  

Cumberland Knob

 

Rockford Baptist Church  

Copeland

 

Rocky Ford Missionary Baptist Church  

Bottom

 

Round Peak Church  

Lambsburg

 

Saint Andrews Church  

Cana

 

Salem Baptist Church 

Mount Airy North

 

Salem Fork Baptist Church  

Bottom

 

Shelton Church of the Brethren  

Mount Airy South

 

Shoals Baptist Church  

Siloam

 

Shoals United Methodist Church  

Siloam

 

Siloam Baptist Church  

Siloam

 

Siloam United Methodist Church  

Siloam

 

Simmons Grove Missionary Baptist Church  

Mount Airy South

 

Slate Mountain Baptist Church  

Mount Airy North

 

Snow Hill Baptist Church  

Elkin North

 

South Side Church  

Mount Airy South

 

Stanford Methodist Church  

Siloam

 

State Road Primitive Baptist Church  

Thurmond

 

Stateline Church  Mount

Airy North

 

Stoney Creek Primitive Baptist Church  

Mount Airy South

 

Stony Knoll Methodist Church  

Copeland

 

Stony Ridge Church  

Siloam

 

Sulphur Springs Baptist Church  

Mount Airy South

 

Tabernacle Church  

Cana

 

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints  

Mount Airy South

 

Toms Creek Church  

Pilot Mountain

 

Turkey Ford Baptist Church  

Dobson

 

Union Cross Baptist Church  

Elkin North

 

Union Hill Baptist Church  

Roaring Gap

 

Union Hill Church  

Dobson

 

Union Hill Methodist Church  

Roaring Gap

 

Union Primitive Baptist Church  

Dobson

 

Valley Church  

Elkin North

 

Westfield Baptist Church  

Pilot Mountain

 

Westfield Church  

Pilot Mountain

 

Whitakers Chapel Methodist Church  

Mount Airy South

 

White Plains Baptist Church  

Dobson

 

White Plains Friends Meeting House  

Dobson

 

Woodville Baptist Church  

Claudville

 

Zion Baptist Church  

Cana

 

Zion Church  

Mount Airy South

 

Zion Hill Primitive Baptist Church  

Lambsburg



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History of Surry County


The act erecting the county provided for the court to be held constantly at Gideon Wright's until the courthouse could be constructed. Commissioners were named to select the location and have the courthouse, prison, and stocks built. By 1774, some of the commissioners were named to finish the building. In 1779, Surry was divided and Stokes County formed from it. When this was done, the old courthouse was inconvenient for both counties. Therefore, the act dividing Surry County specified that the court was to be held at the home of Richard Horn until a new courthouse, prison, and stocks could be constructed in a more-central location.

 

Another act passed in 1779 directed the old courthouse to be sold and the money be equally divided between Surry and Stokes counties, the proceeds to be used on their respective courthouses. In 1790, Rockford was established on fifty-three acres of land deeded by Thomas and Moses Ayres for that purpose. Commissioners were named to construct the public buildings.

 

In 1851, when Yadkin County was created out of part of Surry County, the act named and directed commissioners to locate the center of the new boundaries of Surry County and fix a new county seat. It also named commissioners to acquire fifty acres of land by purchase or donation and construct a new courthouse. The law stipulated that the town was to be named Dobson, which has been the county seat ever since.

Surry County was formed from Rowan County in 1771. This was while North Carolina was still a British colony. An act to form Surry County was proposed to the North Carolina Assembly in December 1770 by Martin Armstrong, Anthony Hampton, and James Dunne. The legislation was passed in January 1771 and was to become effective 1 April 1771. It was named to honor Lord Surrey, a member of Parliament who protested the taxes levied on the colonists by the British.

 

Part of Rowan was annexed to Surry in 1773. This was to make sure that all of the Moravian's Wachovia tract was in Surry County. When the division of Surry from Rowan occured in 1771, it left Salem in Rowan and Bethabara and Bethania in Surry. In the beginning, Surry did not want the Moravians in their county because the Moravians refused to fight and they lived differently and better.

 

Surry County quickly realized that not only did they need the tax money from the Moravians, they needed the friendship and knowledge. Moravian leaders were highly educated, practical, wise to the ways of the world and highly disciplined. They had markets, mills, crafts, craftsmen, stores, taverns, Inns, workshops, and schools among other things.

 

Surry leaders went running back asking the Moravians of Salem to petition the Assembly of North Carolina to put the rest of the Wachovia Tract in Surry County borders. The Assembly refused the first petition in 1772. In 1773, Salem leaders Frederick William Marshall and Traugott Bagge went to the NC General Assembly at New Bern, talked with the governor and the bill passed the third time.

 

Wilkes County and the district of Washington, now in Tennessee was, were formed in 1777 from Surry County. The act was effective February 15, 1778. It should be noted here that this took the western part of Surry where Low Gap is located. This put Jesse Franklin and others in Wilkes County.

 

Stokes County was formed in 1789 from Surry, all of the Moravian Tract was now in Stokes. In 1850, Stokes County was divided and the southern part became Forsyth County. The original Moravian Tract made up a large part of Forsyth County.

 

Part of Wilkes County was annexed to Surry in 1792. This gave Low Gap and western Surry County back to Surry County. This was done at the request of Jesse Franklin. He became the only NC Governor from Surry. Researchers should note that the names of the people in the Low Gap area and others in the western part of the county will be found in the NC census of 1784-1787 and the US Federal census of 1790 in the Wilkes County listings. This also applies to Wilkes County tax lists and deeds from 1777 until 1792.

 

Yadkin County was formed from Surry in 1850 with the Yadkin River forming the boundary. Part of Surry County on the west was annexed to Alleghany County in 1869, 1870, and 1875. Corbitt says no description was given in the law. It was around Aaron Woodruffs and Saddle Mountain.

The flowing together of the Yadkin River and the Big Elkin Creek has drawn people to the area of what is now Elkin, since the coming of the Paleo-Indians 10,000 years ago. We also, know that the Sioux Indians settled along the Yadkin River as early as 500 BC. The first English colonists came in the mid-eighteenth century, Cherokee Indians were also in the area, although they Cherokees had been active in the French and Indian War, they had joined in treaties with the English in 1763, followed by the events of the American revolution.

 

The town’s early history centers on one man and his descendants. Around 1840, Richard Gwyn left Jonesville to settle on the north side of the Yadkin River, recognizing the value of the forested hills and waterpower of Elkin Creek. Within a decade he and several family members established Elkin Manufacturing Company. Farther up Elkin Creek, Alexander Chatham and Thomas Lenior Gwyn opened a small woolen mill in 1877 that grew to become Elkin’s largest industry today. The Northwestern North Carolina Railroad arrived in 1890; the town was ready to take the opportunities the railroad brought for commercial and industrial expansion. It’s strategic location near the Yadkin River and the Big Elkin Creek and as a stop on the railroad caused prosperity that produced brick stores, many industries, and fine houses.

 

The beginning of industry with the cotton mill, the civil war involvement the coming of the railroad, the town’s coping with the depression of the thirties, and the two world wars.

 

The heritage of the two rivers that flow through the community should not be forgotten. First, the rivers provided water and means for fishing and travel. Also, using waterpower to drive gristmills, forges, and sawmills was an important economic development. The greatest impact was the more sophisticated mills along the rivers that powered shoe and textile factories. Elkin has a proud history and a bright future as seen in its historic downtown, where past landmarks are being revitalized.


-Source: J.D. Lewis - Little River, SC 
 http://www.carolana.com/

More information

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 71,219 people, 28,408 households, and 20,482 families residing in the county. The population density was 133 people per square mile (51/km²). There were 31,033 housing units at an average density of 58 per square mile (22/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 90.40% White, 4.16% Black or African American, 0.23% Native American, 0.57% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 3.45% from other races, and 1.15% from two or more races. 6.49% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 28,408 households out of which 30.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.40% were married couples living together, 9.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.90% were non-families. 25.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 2.92.

In the county the population was spread out with 23.60% under the age of 18, 7.90% from 18 to 24, 29.00% from 25 to 44, 24.10% from 45 to 64, and 15.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 95.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $33,046, and the median income for a family was $38,902. Males had a median income of $27,854 versus $20,556 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,722. About 9.10% of families and 12.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.00% of those under age 18 and 17.40% of those age 65 or over.

- Source: Wikipedia