Thursday, September 19, 2019

Rev. William W. Maund

I prepared the following information for Find-A-Grave, decided to edit it a bit and post it here for Baptist historical information. Though I don’t use the term “Reverend” personally, Maund did and so I have felt free to use it in regard to him.

William W. Maund[i] was born circa 1800, in Georgia (some sources give Feb. 2, 1801). His parents are unknown. Following the censuses and newspapers, William lived in Albany, Dougherty County, Georgia in the 1840s, Wakulla County, Florida in 1850, Sabine County, Texas in 1860 & 1870, and Lampasas County, Texas from 1874 until his death in 1883. He apparently first came to Jasper County, Texas – he was appointed postmaster in Jasper, Texas in 1854. William married first [Name Uncertain], and second Caroline [Last Name Uncertain].[ii]

William W. Maund was in Texas by 1854, based on his appointment as a postmaster in July of that year.[iii] He pastored churches in the Bethlehem Baptist Association, and served as moderator of the association 1855-1859. Maund served on the presbytery to organize the First Baptist Church of Jasper, December 23, 1855, and was the church’s first pastor.[iv] He, his wife, three daughters and sons-in-law moved to Lampasas in the fall of 1874.[v] In 1877 he was preaching at the Baptist Church at Lampasas on the first Sunday of each month at 11 a.m. A Primitive Baptist preacher, John S. Smith, had the 2nd Sunday, and another Baptist preacher, H. P. Burroughs, had the 3rd Sunday.[vi]

The following references that are probably the same Rev. W. W. Maund, with little likelihood of being incorrect:

  • W. W. Maund was clerk of the Hephzibah Baptist Association in Georgia from 1832-1836 (The Hephzibah Baptist Association Centennial, 1794-1894, by Washington L. Kilpatrick, p. 181)
  • W. W. Maund preached at Albany Baptist Church, Albany, Georgia (The Place of New Beginnings: A History of the First Baptist Church of Albany, Georgia, by James E. Pelham, pp. 37-38, 45; History and Reminiscences of Dougherty County, Georgia, p. 240)
  • W. W. Maund was elected to the Albany city council, January 1846 (The Albany Patriot, January 7, 1846, p. 2)
Maund died December 21, 1883, probably at the home of his daughter.[vii] He was (apparently) buried at the Oak Hill Cemetery in Lampasas. However, his tombstone presently has not been located, and may be lost or destroyed. His wife Caroline is probably buried there also.

[i] Middle name possibly “Wallace.”
[ii] I believe Caroline’s maiden name may have been Young, and her first husband was a Kirksey. Her daughter, Victoria Kirksey, was living with William and Caroline in 1850.
[iv] Information from the First Baptist Church historical marker
[v] The Lampasas Leader, Friday, March 10, 1899, p. 4
[vi] J. B. Abney of the Christian Church had the use of the building on the 2nd Sunday night; The Lampasas Dispatch, Thursday, May 31, 1877, p. 1;  I have found nothing further on Smith or Burroughs.
[vii] History, Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Association, Pasadena, TX: White’s Printing, 1992, p. 8

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