Guide to the Grace Lutheran Church, Wythe County, Virginia Papers, 1870-1929

Summary Information

Title: Grace Lutheran Church, Wythe County, Virginia Papers, 1870-1929
Collection: AC.1028
Extent: .5 linear feet (1 half sized manuscript box)

The collection consists of lists and receipts of congregants and their monetary pledges towards Pastor John Bryson Greiner's salary signed by Deacon C. [Christian] Phillippe (the name is also spelled Phillippi and Philipia). Along with the church related documents there are bills and loans from congregants concerning burial expenses, horses, and taxes.

Creator: Grace Lutheran Church

Biographical/Historical Note

Grace Lutheran Church is located in the town of Rural Retreat, Virginia. The congregation was formed in 1868 under the direction of Reverend Elijah Hawkings by those attending services held at schoolhouses in the vicinity. A frame church building called Hawkins Chapel was built on the site of the Oak Grove in 1872. The current brick structure was built and dedicated in October 20, 1909. In 1923, the name of Hawkins Chapel was changed to Grace Lutheran Church and the practice of two worship services began, one at St. Paul (the "Mother Church" and older congregation in the community) and the other at Grace Lutheran. At the time of the documents in this collection were created the pastor was John Bryson Greiner (1841-1917).

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of congregational lists and receipts noting pastor's salary pledges. There are also other documents signed by congregants not directly related to the church.


The collection material is arranged by subject with church financial papers and congregation pledges listed first. The last folder contains receipts, loans, and other documents signed by members of the congregation but not directly related to the operation of the church.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room. An appointment for research is recommended. The Dougherty Reading Room is located on the 4th floor of Belk Library in Special Collections.

Acquisitions Information

The collection was purchased from Bookworm and Silverfish, May 21, 2014.

Processing Information

Processed by Trevor McKenzie, October 2016.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], AC.1028: Grace Lutheran Church, Wythe County, Virginia Papers, W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina 28608.

Container List

  Box Folder

Church pledge receipts for salary, 1902-1904

1 1

Pastor's salary pledge payments, account book, 1903-1904

1 2

Subscription List, C[hristian] Phillippe [Phillippi], Deacon and Pastor's Salary Commencing September 1, 1902, 1902-1903, undated

1 3

Rural Retreat, Virginia- John Phillippe and J. A. Brown horse breeding receipt (1870), John Neff debenture (1877), Sophia and Christian Phillippi tax receipts (1883), Christian Philipia [Phillippi] to Aaron Snavely loan (1891), C[hristian]Phillippi burial expenses receipt (1914), Carl Umbarger to Floyd Landreth baggage receipt (1929), 1870-1929

1 4