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Local family's discovery yields clues for historians

By Josh Ellerbrock
Published in News on October 21, 2013 1:46 PM

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Mount Olive College's Free Will Baptist Collection Curator Gary Barefoot looks through a number of photocopies of the original petition, written in 1729 by Paul Palmer and William Burgess, that asked for permission to form the first congregation of Free Will Baptists in the southeastern part of what were then the 13 English colonies.

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From left are sisters Susan Glover, Barbara Novicki, Frances Gooden and Nancy Satterfield, with Gary Barefoot, curator of the Free Will Baptist Historical Collection at Mount Olive College. The sisters recently donated valuable historical documents to the college.

It's only a matter of time until someone's collection becomes a museum's exhibit. "The Harpers never threw anything away," Nancy Harper Satterfield said. Today, Mrs. Satterfield and her sisters, Barbara Novicki, Susan Glover and Frances Gooden, have been on...

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