Stockton Presbyterian Church & Historical Marker
First known as Baldwin Presbyterian Church, members met in 1847, in Old Union Church near John Gallagher Springs. In 1903, the membership was moved to this site and the name was changed to Stockton Presbyterian Church. In 1956, the membership moved into its new church on this same site. The bell in the steeple was housed in all three buildings. May it continue to toll and call all future generations into Thy service.
The First Church on Record in the Tensaw Settlement was built in 1845 in Stockton, Alabama. Called the “Union Church”. Here, both the Presbyterians and Methodists met together in a common desire to clean up the immorality that existed. A stairway in the building led to a balcony, where until the Civil War, blacks worshiped together with the whites.
The church was started by Benjamin Metcalf who left $500 in his will for the erection of a church and the marking of his families graves. The old “Union Church” was built near Gallagher’s Spring, on the south side of Highway 225 about a quarter of a mile from the junction of 225 and Highway 59, almost directly across from the spring, located on the north side of Highway 225, at the top of the hill, right before the intersection to 225 and 59. A “man made” lake now occupies the site. Serving as the first Clerk was Gerald Byrne.
Coordinates: N 31° 0.176 W 087° 51.18831.00293333 -87.85313333
For more information visit:
53320 Highway 59
Stockton, AL 36579
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