Tennessee's Pioneer Baptist Preachers
William Webb was born in Virginia in the year 1800. His father came to Tennessee and settled in Anderson Count when William was a small boy. He professed faith in Christ, and joined Zion Church the second Saturday in November, 1832. He was one of the members who went into the organization of the Clear Branch (now the Longfield) Church in 1834. He gave the land on which the Longfield Church was built, and helped to build the house of worship. He was a leader in all the progressive movements of the church, and stood as a firm and faithful advocate of missions in the troublous times (1834-39) when his church was much disturbed and divided over the matter of missions, conventions and other mooted questions of the day. He did much to advance and establish the "mission cause in Anderson, Campbell and Morgan Counties, and few men of his day and community equaled him in Christian philanthropy and benevolence." He was ordained to the full work of the "gospel ministry, May, 4th Saturday, 1861, by the Longfield Bapfist Church.
April 23, 1877, he died at his home, two miles northeast of Coal Creek, Tennessee, where he had lived in the confidence and affection of the people for many years. For these brief notes I am indebted to the kindness of Brother W. R. Riggs.
Burnett, J .J. Sketches of Tennessee's Pioneer Baptist Preachers. Nashville, Tenn.: Press of Marshall & Bruce Company, 1919.
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