Updated May 16, 2013.

November 21, 2010 METHODIST HISTORY By Sue Fentress Austin


October 16, 2012 CHURCH RECORDS.

June 16, 2010 CHURCH OFFICERS.

July 3, 2012 SUNDAY SCHOOL

September 24, 2010 CHURCH BAZAAR

February 10, 2012 HOMECOMING




May 17, 2013 SOUTH PRINCESS ANNE CHARGE by Hal Bonney, Jr.

September 4, 2011 FROM SADDLE TO CITY BY BUGGY, BOAT AND RAILWAY by Rev. D. G. C. Butts




March 4, 2011. METHODIST PICNIC 1947

January 16, 2011 TALES OF KNOTTS ISLAND By Henry Beasley Ansell

  From Martha Burns.

February 26, 2012. From Amber Woodward.
The items are from my Grandfather's home on Knotts Island, Lendell Waterman. The painting of the Methodist Church is by Roy White I believe. Late 80's. (Initials RW in the corner.) The plate hung in my Grandparents home over on Mackay Island prior to 1964. I know this because I have a photograph of their living room dated 1964 and it's hanging on the wall. On the back of the plate is information about the Methodist Church. Both now hang proudly in my home in California.

A Brief History of Knotts Island United Methodist Church from the 172nd Anniversary Bulletin of May 15, 1983.

In 1811, a church was built on this site. Lumber was used from nearby, and it's likely that church was being held in homes prior to this. In former articles, by Jane Brumley, Allan Miller, Hal J. Bonney, Jr. and Donna Strawhand, Methodism was on the move in this area. Ten years before the American Revolution the religious movement began in England by John Wesley in 1758, and made its way to this country. Two Methodist Lay Preachers from Ireland arrived in 1765 and soon had 15,000 followers. Caleb Ansell, a Knotts Island native, obtained a grant from the Edenton Assembly in 1771, to build a church. We have no proof that it was for a Methodist church. Early records do show, a Methodist church was built on this site in 1811.

The present Knotts Island United Methodist Church, located near the center of the Island is the third building erected on this site. Len Smith, and Ed Waterfield drew the plans for our present Building, which was completed in 1911. They also helped with the work of construction. Mr. Waterfields son Carl Waterfield, Jim Bowden, Walter L. Beasley and John Beasley. Mrs. Beatrice Etheridge recalls her father, Walter Beasley, taking her in the church and telling how he put up the beautiful "beaded" ceiling, and putting the Pews in. (To make the number on hand fit the interior, no two are spaced the same) Also note the fine art design on the lower wall panels, done with a comb. The Educational Building was added in 1950, and an additional three rooms and bath in 1971.

In the early 1800's we shared a Circuit Rider with many other churches. We joined The Virginia Annual Conference in 1814, with the assurance of always being supplied with a Minister. At one time we shared a minister with Charity, Bethel and Beech Grove, located in old Princess Anne County, on the Norfolk District. In 1955 Knotts Island became a Station Charge, with The Rev. Robert Pierre being its first full time pastor. A new brick Parsonage was built next to the church, on the "old school house" property, and since that time, many dedicated servants of God have been appointed, and served God and the people of this lovely community.

June 23, 2010. Comment - Jane Brumley: Currituck County Deed Book 39, page 410-411 Abstract: A deed made between Willoughby White and Almeda B. White his wife of Currituck County sold for $1.00 "part of our interest in the un- divided land known as The White Patent to have, hold and dispose of same for the use of the ministers and members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, for a place of worship" Dated October 1889 Registered October 7, 1889 E. D. Bowden, Justice of the Peace H.B. Ansell, Clerk of Superior Court Church Trustees: John H. Lewark, C. F. Smith, C.H. Holloway, John T. Lewark, Isaac O'Neal This document seems to "make it legal' as a building was located on this site during the Civil War. My great grandmother, Sally Ann Ansell Bowden, told of yankee soldiers camping in and about the Church. Sally Ann's husband was Jesse Bowden who was captured by Yankees during the Civil War and held prisoner at Fort Norfolk, Virginia.

I think the other Church was north of the current site. Probably where the "public" lodge was located close to the current Community Cemetery. Ada Waterfield (Daughter is Izola Bonney)is one of the folks that talked about the other Church being just a simple building facing east with 2 doors; one for women and one for men. My grandmother, Pat Bowden Miller (a Baptist and whose mother was a charter member of KI Baptist) talked of the "other" church and it was near the location just past the sharp curve and across from Don & Sue Austin's house. They were quite "active" in their religion and were known as "reformed". It had to also be a very simple building because she said some folks took their own chair for "services". They were quite long in those days. If someone wants to take the time, the current site can be traced back thru deeds. Also, Yankee soldiers camped out in the Church and from family info it seems it was north of the Ansell property. Property north of the parsonage was owned by my ancestors and they were Ansells/Bowdens. That is where I grew up as Celia Jane Miller, daughter of James Nonie Miller and Ruth Elizabeth Waterfield Miller.

Other notes: There is a book "From Saddle to City" by Rev. D. Gregory Butts who was the minster that preached at K.I. Methodist and Bethel Methodist Church on the 4th Sunday of each month. He was the minister sent to the area in 1885 and he had all the Methodist Churches in this area. I recall in the book he had 1000 + members. In 1886 he talks of a great revival begun on Knotts Island with many souls saved. My Grandmother Addie Butts Whitehurst Waterfield (husband: Moody Wright Waterfield) was so named for Preacher Butts. Compiled by: Jane Brumley

August 8, 2010. Comment - Frank Jennings. Pat Geer was the man that donated the Van to Knotts Island United Methodist in Feb of 1993. That was a great day and a direct answer to prayer. I was so glad that God chose this humble and giving man to bring this blessing to the church.

June 8, 2010. This is Izola Bonney's answer to the question "What does Knotts Island United Methodist mean to You?" This is from the May 15, 1994 Homecoming program.