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Rev. W. J. Wooten

 

Rev. W. J. Wooten was born in Lumpkin county, Georgia, in 1841. He was converted in Dahlonega in 1855 at the age of fourteen, and joined the Baptist church there.

He was ordained in 1858 when only 17 years old, and attended Mercer University, then at Penfield, in 1859, 1860 and a portion of 1861.

He volunteered his sword to the service of the Confederacy on the 11th day of March, 1862 and served through the war. He returned to his home after the surrender in 1865, was married to Miss S. A. Merck of Gainesville, October 12, 1865, and moved from Dahlonega to Norcross in 1872.

During his ministry, he has served the Baptist churches at Dahlonega, Cumming, Gainesville, Buford, Suwanee, Lawrenceville, Sharon, Cross Plains, Carnesville, Providence, Dunwoody. These churches were blessed with revivals under his ministry and numbers joined the church and were buried by him in baptism.

In 1873, he was appointed city missionary by the First Baptist Church of Atlanta in which capacity he worked six months. In 1875, The American Tract Society appointed him as missionary and colporteur, and for 14 consecutive years, he traveled and worked for that society, organizing several churches and Sunday schools and circulating more than eight thousand dollars' worth of religious literature. This work was confined to East Georgia. C. A. Davis, of Greensboro, Ga., paid his salary of $50 per month, and then sending his personal check for $25 to purchase Bibles for the destitute.

The American Bible Society then appointed him to a like position, in which capacity he worked two years.

He served churches after leaving this society up to 1903, and was employed by the Jacksonville, Florida, Association to do mission work. He was engaged in this work for six years. His health failed which necessitated his giving up the work. He now lives at Norcross, an honored and influential citizen.

Additional Comments: From: GWINNETT CHURCHES A COMPLETE HISTORY OF EVERY CHURCH IN GWINNETT COUNTY, GEORGIA, WITH SHORT BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF ITS MINISTERS BY J. C. FLANIGAN 1911

 

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