Andrew Cleveland Hamby
Pastor FBC Hillsborough, 1904-1906At the conference held on August 27, 1904, the church accepted Brother Maddry’s resignation as pastor and called Brother A.C. Hamby “as temporary supply” who was at the “night service” and accepted. The following year on August 20, 1905, the church met in conference after Sunday School and Brother A.C. Hamby was called “to be preacher of this church for one year (till next August) at salary of 150.00 per year to preach 4th Sunday and night and 1st Sunday night.” Hamby moved his membership from Cane Creek to Hillsboro on April 22, 1906. He offered his resignation as pastor on September 1, 1906.1
Andrew Cleveland Hamby was born on August 28, 1876 in Wilkes County. He grew up on a family farm, but at age 17 left the farm to attend Bethel Hill Institute. The Institute was founded by Reverend John Alexander Beam in 1888 and was located north of Roxboro, Person County, NC. Afterwards, he attended Traphill Institute, back home in Wilkes County, the Blue Ridge Academy, Hendersonville, Henderson County, NC and the Whitehead Academy, Whitehead, Alleghany County, NC. He spent nine months at Wake Forest College. In 1901, Hamby became the editor of the Blue Ridge Baptist paper. The paper was established the prior year by Rev. W. R. Bradshaw and F. B. Hendren in Wilkesboro but moved to North Wilkesboro when Hamby became editor. A historian notes that “The Baptist is a clean religious paper and speaks well for its young editor and manager.” At the time (1902), Hamby was licensed to preach by his church, but not yet ordained.2
Hamby and his wife, Nannie Gertrude Lynch, had three children, two daughters and one son. One of the daughters, Lucille, married Harry Lake Brown of Hillsborough. Mrs. Brown was the organist at First Baptist Hillsborough for many years, active in the Women’s Missionary Union and involved in home missions.3
It appears that Hamby was a member at Cane Creek Baptist Church when he began preaching on a temporary basis at Hillsborough in 1904. In 1905, he is listed as the Orange County superintendent of schools.4
In 1906, he was listed as living in Greensboro and serving as pastor of churches at Bethel, Berry’s Grove, Mars Hill and Hillsboro. The membership of the Hillsboro church was 58 at the time.5 From 1912 to 1918, he was pastor at the Baptist Center and at the Clayton Baptist Church in Johnston County, NC. In 1921, the NC State Baptist Convention hired him to be the superintendent of the Department of Enlistment and Conservation. At the time, he was pastor of the Salem Baptist Church and living in Raleigh, NC. It was noted that “Brother Hamby is well fitted for leadership in this work. He was raised in Wilkes and Watauga Counties, and has the love and confidence of all the people. We feel that we are exceedingly fortunate in securing the services of such a man as A C Hamby to lead in the development of the country churches in North Carolina.”6 An obituary printed in 1930 list him as pastor of the Baptist Church in Mebane, NC.7 It is here that he died on January 1, 1942 and was buried in the Oakwood Cemetery.8 He was 66 years old at the time of his death.
- Minutes of First Baptist Church Hillsborough, NC from November 19, 1853 to December 2, 1953.
- Couch, John. Historical Sketches of Wilkes County. Published and Printed by John Crouch in Wilkesboro, NC, 1902. Accessed on March 26, 2011 at: http://openlibrary.org/books/OL14012061M/Historical_sketches_of_Wilkes_County
- McClure Funeral Service, Morobits: Mrs. Ernestine Hamby James (Mebane, 2008). Accessed on March 26, 2011 at: http://www.mcclurefuneralservice.net/marobits.html
- North Carolina Yearbook and Business Directory, 1905. Published by the News and Observer, Raleigh, NC. Accessed on March 26, 2011 at: http://www.archive.org/stream/northcarolinayea1905rale#page/n1/mode/2up
- Proceedings of the annual meeting of the Baptist State Convention, 1905. Baptist State Convention of North Carolina. Presses of Edwards and Broughton, Raleigh, NC, Accessed on March 26, 2011at: http://www.archive.org/stream/proceedingsofann1906bapt#page/98/mode/2up/search/hamby
- Proceedings of the annual meeting of the Baptist State Convention, 1921. Baptist State Convention of North Carolina. Richmond Press, Richmond,VA. Accessed on March 26, 2011at: http://www.archive.org/stream/proceedingsofann1921bapt/proceedingsofann1921bapt_djvu.txt
- Family Tree Maker Genealogical Database: Ancestors of Hugh Powell Whitted, Jr., Mebane, NC. June 19, 1930. Accessed on March 27, 2011 at: http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/m/i/l/Deborah-J-Miller-NY/GENE2-0003.html
- Find a Grave Database: A.C. Hamby, Oakwood Cemetery, Mebane, Alamance County, NC. Accessed on March 27, 2011 at: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=hamby&GSfn=a&GSmn=c&GSbyrel=in&GSdyrel=in&GSst=29&GScntry=4&GSob=n&GRid=20539529&df=all&
Compiled by Reginald Carter, Historian, FBC Hillsborough
Last Updated: March 28, 2011