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Thibodaux Methodist Episcopal Church South (Thibodaux, La.) records

Identifier: LACUMC-1990-057

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of the church register for Thibodaux Methodist Episcopal Church South (Thibodaux, La.). This volume was begun in 1852, though additional information was added to document earlier years. The register contains the following sections: introduction describing sections of the book, ancient members (1836-1852), journal of the station providing history of Methodism in Thibodaux (1832-1889), registry of names in consecutive order (1836-1857), alphabetical and chronological registry (1852-1889), registry of those received on trial (1856-1859), registry of those received into full fellowship (1852-1861), baptisms of adults (1852-1868), baptisms of infants (1852-1884), marriages (1852-1876), deaths (1842-1886), annual statistics (1852), trustees and officials (1852-1876), subscribers to our periodicals (1854), and church property/title/original trustees for Tigerville Methodist Episcopal Church South (1849). Also included is a Gibson United Methodist Church membership list (1976).

The alphabetical and chronological registry section primarily documents members of the congregation in Thibodaux (1852-1889), but also includes members of congregations in the nearby communities of Napoleonville (1861-1876), Houma (1867-1884), and Tigerville (1867-1889).


  • 1832 - 1889


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Physical rights are retained by the Centenary College of Louisiana Archives and Special Collections. Copyright is retained in accordance with U.S. copyright laws.

Biographical / Historical

Thibodaux Methodist Episcopal Church South (Thibodaux, La.) traces its history to the appointment of Rev. Benjamin Coxe to the Lafourche Mission in 1832. The Thibodaux congregation began constructing a church building in 1845 which was completed in 1852. During the Civil War and until 1866, the church’s property was used by an African Methodist Episcopal Church congregation. In 1873, the Thibodaux Methodist Episcopal Church South consisted of only eight members with many previous members having transferred to the community’s Episcopal Church. By the 1890s, the congregation remained a small number of members sporadically served by a minister. In the early 1900s, the church’s property was sold. In 1948, the church was reestablished as the Thibodaux Methodist Church.


1 Volumes

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This item is organized by subject, then chronologically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Collection transferred in 1990.

Related Materials

First United Methodist Church (Houma, La.) records. Centenary College of Louisiana Archives and Special Collections, Shreveport, Louisiana.

Finding Aid to the Thibodaux Methodist Episcopal Church South (Thibodaux, La.) records
Created by Carolyn Garison in 1990, updated by Olivia Brignac and Chris Brown in 2017.
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Repository Details

Part of the Centenary College of Louisiana Archives and Special Collections Repository

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Shreveport LA 71104 US
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