Tidence LANE Esther BIBBINS Mini tree diagram
Tidings LANE

Tidings LANE1,2,3

31st Aug 17241,2 - 30th Jan 18061,2

Life History

31st Aug 1724

Born in Baltimore County, Maryland.1,2

9th May 1743

Married Esther BIBBINS in Frederick, Frederick, Maryland.2,5,1

12th May 1763

Birth of son Tidence LANE in Randolph County, North Carolina.4,5

20th Jun 1805

Death of Esther BIBBINS in Jefferson City, Jefferson, Tennessee.6

30th Jan 1806

Died in Whitesburg, Hamblen, Tennessee.1,2

after 30th Jan 1806

Buried in Tidence Lane Cemetery, Whitesburg, Hamblen COunty, Tennessee


  • There are variances between difference sources reporting the marriageof Tidence Lane and Esther Bibbins.  The following reports they weremarried in Virginia, while one or more publications reporting onTidence says they were married in North Carolina, where Esther wasborn and Tidence's family had moved from Virginia.  Others report theywere married in Frederick, Maryland, which is north west of Baltimore,Maryland.

    In the following collection of marriage records, Esther's name isspelled oddly and the birth year for Esther is different here,reporting 1727, while the published source below reports 1724.

    U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900
    Tidence Lane
    Gender: Male
    Birth 1724 Baltimore
    Spouse Name: Esther Bibbles
    Spouse Birth Year: 1727
    Marriage 1743 Virginia

    Most sources, including public records reports they were married inEsther's home town of Frederick, Maryland, about 90 miles west ofBaltimore.  Notre that one record reports Esther's name as HesterBibber.  Other variations of her name are VanBibber and Bibben.  Thelast name appears in about 6 or more variations.

    Family Data Collection - Individual Records
    Tidence Lane
    Parents: Richard Lane, Sarah Fuller
    Birth 31 Aug 1724 Baltimore, MD
    Spouse: Hester Bibber
    Marriage 9 May 1743 Frederick, MD
    Death 30 Jan 1806 Jefferson, TN

    This collection reports his place of death as Jefferson County,Tennessee.  One source discussing his grave monument also gives thelocation as Jefferson County, Tennessee.  But other sources reportwith his memorial on Find a Grave reports that he died and is buriednear what became the current Whitesburg, in Hamblen County, Tennessee. Those sources that report the town in Jefferson County have it wasWhitesboro.  This may be due to a confusion of the name Whitesborowith Whitesburg (which means the same thing) in Hamblen County.

    Tidings/Tidence's grave displays a monument erected to him in 1946 bythe Baptists of Tennessee, honoring him with establishing the firstchurch of any kind in what became the state of Tennessee.  Themonument does not have the place of birth or death, but does have thefull date of both.  Some sources even report this monument and theTidence Lane Cemetery as located in Jefferson County, but it seems itis in Hamblen County, Tennessee, near Whitesburg.

    Some sources even report this monument and the Tidence Lane Cemeteryas located in Jefferson County, but it seems it is in Hamblen County,Tennessee, near Whitesburg.  Whitesburg, in Hamblen County, is just afew miles down the road from Jefferson City, in Jefferson County,which probably accounts finally for the reference to Jefferson City asthe place of death, and by some the place of burial.  I have foundnothing definitive, however, to determine the place of death.  Helikely died at home.  The cemetery is rural, but close to Whitesburg.The address of the Lane Cemetery is Whitesburg.

    Gravestone of Tidence Lane, Tidence Lane Cemetery, Hamblen County,Tennessee
    August 31, 1724  --  January 30, 1806
    "A pioneer Baptist preacher Tidence Lane organized and became thefirst pastor of the Buffalo Ridge Baptist Church in 1779.  This churchis in Washington County and is recognized as the first church of anydenomination established in what is now the state of Tennessee.  Heserved faithfully many other Baptist Churches in East Tennessee.  Thismonument erected by Tennessee Baptist in 1946"

    The following short description of the Lane Cemetery reports Tidenceand Esther married in Randolph County, North Carolina.

    "Only two to four graves in the cemetery surrounded by an iron fenceand located in a pasture off Whitesburg Pike road (TN113). Nearbyparking is limited as the road does not have a shoulder.  TidenceLane, Sr. was born near Baltimore, MD on August 31st, 1724. He marriedEsther in May 1743 in Randolph County, NC, where had also beenconverted to the Baptist religion with the Sandy Creek Baptist ChurchCircuit. In 1779, Tidence founded Buffalo Ridge Church in Boone'sCreek area of Washington County, TN, which is the oldest church in thestate of Tennessee.  Aquilla Lane was a private in Colonel IsraelShelby's regiment and part of the Overmountain men who accompaniedCol. John Sevier to the Battle of King's Mountain during theRevolutionary War."
    --  "Lane Cemetery - Whitesburg, TN," Worldwide Cemeteries,http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WM7QTD_Lane_Cemetery_Whitesburg_TN

    J J Burnett's history prides a long summary of Rev Tidence Lane's lifeand work.


    From Burnett, J .J.  Sketches of Tennessee's Pioneer BaptistPreachers.  Nashville, Tenn.:  Press of Marshall & Bruce Company,1919.  (pages 318 - 322)

    Tidence Lane, son of Richard and Sarah Lane, was born in Maryland,near Baltimore, August 31, 1724. He was a grandson of Dutton Lane andPretitia Tidings, and a great-grandson of Major Samuel Lane, anofficer in the King's service in the Province of Maryland, in 1680.

    He was an older brother of Dutton Lane, a "pioneer" preacher inVirginia, whom both Semple and Taylor mention in their respectivehistories of Virginia Baptists and Baptist ministers as a minister of"prominence" and "influence."

    He was the honored father of Lieut. Isaac Lane, who, under ColonelSevier, performed patriotic service at the battle of King's Mountain,October 7, 1780; who also, in 1802, "gave the land on which was builtthe meetinghouse of the first Baptist church organized," it isclaimed, "in Claiborne County," Tenn., the church at Big Spring (nowSpringdale).

    The register of St. Paul's Parish shows that Tidence Lane waschristened "Tidings," from which it would seem that it was hisfather's intention that his son should be the namesake of his paternalgrandmother, whose maiden name was Pretitia Tidings. But latergenerations of the Lanes have thought Tidence the preferable name, andhave adhered to this spelling and pronunciation.

    In early colonial times the parents of Tidence Lane moved from theirnative state of Maryland to Virginia and thence to North Carolina,where young Lane grew to manhood, and where he married Esther Bibbin(or Bibber), May 9, 1743. To this union were born nine children, sevensons and two daughters.

    About this time, perhaps a little earlier, young Lane was convictedand converted in a most remarkable way, under the ministry of ShubaelStearns, who had been "itinerating" extensively in Virginia and NorthCarolina, and preaching with wonderful success.

    Morgan Edwards describes him as a "marvelous preacher for moving theemotions and melting his audience to tears. Most exciting stories weretold about the piercing glance of his eye and the melting tones of hisvoice, while his appearance was that of a patriarch."

    Young Lane had the most "hateful feelings toward the Baptists," as heconfessed, but "curiosity" led him to make a horseback trip of someforty miles to see and hear the famous preacher, with the followingresult, in Elder Lane's own words, "When the fame of Mr. Stearns'preaching reached the Yadkin, where I lived, I felt a curiosity to goand hear him. Upon my arrival I saw a venerable old man sitting undera peach tree with a book in his hand and the people gathering abouthim.

    "He fixed his eyes upon me immediately, which made me feel in such amanner as I had never felt before. I turned to quit the place, butcould not proceed far. I walked about, Sometimes catching his eyes asI walked. My uneasiness increased and became intolerable. I went up tohim, thinking that a salutation and shaking of hands would relieve me,but it happened otherwise.

    "I began to think he had an evil eye and ought to be shunned, butshunning him I could no more effect than a bird can shun therattlesnake when it fixes its eyes upon it. When he began to preach myperturbations increased, so that nature could no longer support them,and I sank to the ground." (Morgan Edwards' unpublished manuscript.)

    In regard to his call and ordination to the ministry I have nodefinite information. We find him, however, "among the first Baptists"to set foot on Tennessee soil.

    He has the distinction of being "the first pastor of the firstpermanent church organization" of any denomination in the state ofTennessee, Buffalo Ridge, in Washington County, constituted in 1779.Under this date Ramsay says.: "Tidence Lane, a Baptist preacher,organized a congregation this year. A house for public worship waserected on Buffalo Ridge." (Annals of Tennessee, p. 180.)

    The Nashville American (Sunday issue, May 16, 1897), among the onehundred "prize questions" submitted to its readers, had this: "Who wasthe first minister who preached regularly to a Tennesseecongregation?" And the prize-taking answer was: "Tidence Lane, pastorBuffalo Ridge, 1779."

    The Presbyterians generously and frankly concede to the Baptists thispriority of date in church building, claiming 1782 as the date oftheir first church organization, viz., that of New Bethel Church inthe forks of the Holston and Watauga rivers. (Pioneer Presbyterianismin Tennessee.)

    Benedict (General History: Baptists) places the date of Baptistbeginnings in the state "about the year 1780." Ramsay's date is 1779.

    While Benedict was a painstaking and thoroughly reliable historian inmatters of vital importance and while he visited in person (in 1810)the historic grounds of our Baptist people throughout the country, andhad, therefore, opportunity to investigate their claims andtraditions, nevertheless, Ramsay, in my opinion, would likely be moreaccurate in a matter of date, being in easy reach of all the sourcesof information, having access to all the records in the state, publicand private, and having, as he did, a smaller field for study, lesssubject matter to investigate, more written documents to refer to, anda later date, with its better opportunities for historical research,than his predecessor had or could have at his early day.

    Under date as above (1780) Benedict mentions by came eight Baptistministers, who moved thus early into "the Holston country," all ofthem Virginians, "except Mr. Lane, who was from North Carolina.

    They were accompanied by a considerable number of their brethren fromthe churches which they left. Among the other emigrants there was asmall body, which went out in something like a church capacity.

    They removed from an old church at Sandy Creek in North Carolina,which was platted by Shubael Stearns, and as a branch of the motherchurch they emigrated to the wilderness and settled on Boone's Creek(then in North Carolina, now in Tennessee). The church is now calledBuffalo Ridge."

    Tidence Lane, as above stated,was its first pastor. With respect toour tradition that Buffalo Ridge came out from Sandy Creek Church(North Carolina) in an organized capacity and established itself inits new home as an "arm" of the mother church, with Tidence Lane aspastor, it may be said that Benedict in 1810 visited both thesechurches, mother and daughter, and made the record above given.

    Whether the record was made on the evidence of written documents or ofverbal tradition, it is impossible at this distance to say; if thelatter, the age of the record and the matter-of-fact way in which itis made, stamps, it seems to me, the tradition as history.

    Tidence Lane has also the distinction of being "the first Moderator"of the first association of any denomination in the state, the oldHolston, organized at "Cherokee meeting-house," in Washington County,on Saturday before the fourth Sunday in October, 1786, ten yearsbefore Tennessee was admitted into the Union.

    After a sojourn in 'the "Holston country" for some four or five yearsElder Lane pushed on toward the west into what is now Hamblen County,making a location on Bent Creek, near the present town of Whitesburg.Here he and Elder William Murphy constituted the Bent Creek (now theWhitesburg) Church, "June, the second Sunday, 1785,"

    Elder Lane becoming pastor of the church and continuing pastor as longas he lived, some twenty-one years. At the organization of the HolstonAssociation (1786) Bent Creek Church was represented by Tidence Lane,Isaac Barton and Francis Hamilton. Tidence Lane was chosen Moderator,and was elected to the same position in May and October of thefollowing year.

    Tidence Lane was active in the ministry, had good organizing and goodpreaching ability. To use Benedict's language, he was a preacher "ofreputation and success." He was much sought in counsel by thechurches. He was not so hard in doctrine as some of his brethren, hisdoctrinal belief being a modified Calvanism.

    The writer has been searching for Tidence Lane's Bible, which hewilled to his son Isaac, but it seems to have been lost or destroyed;its successor, however, to which has been transferred some of theentries, doubtless, of the old Bible, has been in the Lane family formore than. a hundred years.

    It gives the dates of the birth, marriage and death, of Tidence Lane,Sr., the subject of our sketch. The book is now in possession of Mrs.Crocket Williams, of Morristown, a descendant of Tidence Lane, Sr.,about five generations removed, and has been handed down to theyoungest child of each succeeding generation since 1812.

    According to this record Tidence Lane and Esther Bibbin (or Bibber,possibly a contraction of Van Gibber) were married May 9, 1743. Tothis union were born nine children, seven sons and two daughters.Elder T.J. Lane, for fifty-four years a member of the Bent Creek(Whitesburg) Church and forty years a Baptist minister, was a grandsonof Elder Tidence Lane.

    Mrs. S. B. Allen, of Williamsburg, Va.; Mr. R. A. Atkinson, ofBaltimore, Md., and Mr. H. E. Lane, of Whitesburg, Tenn., all of whomhave been interested in furnishing materials for this sketch, aredirect descendants of Tidence Lane, of the fifth and sixthgenerations.

    Beside these are many others of his kith and kin scattered throughoutTennessee and elsewhere, who are justly "proud of their ancestor."

    Having set his house in order and made his will, "the second day ofJuly, 1805," Tidence Lane passed to his reward January 30, 1806.

    NOTE. Some years ago, on the farm of Brother George Smith, on BentCreek, one mile from Whitesburg, the writer was shown a large elmtree, one hundred feet tall, perhaps, and with branches reaching fullfifty feet in all directions, under whose shade, more than a centuryand a quarter ago, tradition says, "Tidence Lane and Isaac Bartonpreached to the people."

    Will of Tidence Lane, b. 1724

    WAS CHRISTENED AS "TIDINGS” PARISH BOOK, St. Paul's Parish, Vol 59 Pg39

    [Rev. Tidence LANE b 31 AUG 1724 in Baltimore, Maryland
    Wife: Esther BIBBIN b 1727 Died in Whitesboro, Jefferson, Tennessee,USA 01-30-1806]

    CONGRESS # 68-24685CO TENN

    CHILDREN--John, Sarah, Acquilla, Richard, Senea, Tidence, Dutton,Samuel,

    (As per will)

    [?] body, but sound in mind, thanks be to God: Calling to mind theuncertain  state of this transitory life and that flesh must yield todeath when it shall please God to call, do make, constitute, ordainand declare this my last will and testament in manner and formfollowing, revoking and disannulling by these presents all willsheretofore by me made and declared either by word or writing and thisis to be taken only for my last will and testament and none other.

    And first, being sorry for my sins past, do most humbly desireforgiveness for the same. I give and commit my soul unto God mySaviour and Redeemer, in whom and by the merits of Christ Jesus Itrust and hope to be saved and to have full remission of all my sinsand that my soul with my body at a general day of the resurrectionshall rise again with Joy and through the merits of Christ's death andpassion, possess and inherit the kingdom of heaven prepared for hiselect and chosen: and my body to be laid in such a place where itshall please my Executor hereafter name to appoint.

    And now for the settling of my temporal estate and such goods,chartels and debts as it hath pleased God far above my deserts tobestow on me. I do order, give and dispose the same in manner and formfollowing, viz.,

    First I will that all my debts and dues I owe in right or conscienceto any person whatever shall well and truly be paid, or ordered withinconvenient time after my decease by my Executor hereafter named.

    Item I give and bequeath to my son John one Book entitled Boston'sFourfold State.

    Item I give and bequeath to my daughter Sarah [Tidence Jr‘s twin,married Thomas Horner], one calico habit, a petticoat, apron,handkerchief and cap.

    Item I give and bequeath to my son Acquilla one cow, two sheep, twoBooks, one entitled, "every man his own lawyer" the other "the Baptistconfession of faith."

    Item I give and bequest to my son Richard one cow, and calf, twosheep, my big plough and one hoe.

    Item I give and bequeath to my daughter Senea one striped habit, askirt, apron, handkerchief, cap, necklace and hurssa.

    Item I give and bequeath to my son Tidence one spotted cow and onesteer, two sheep, my old Bible and testament.

    Item I give and bequeath to my son Tidence's wife Mary (Cude), onefeather bed, and two sheets.

    Item I give and bequeath to my son Dutton one black three-year-oldsteer and a Book, Willson on the Sacraments.

    Item I give and bequeath to my son Samuel all my land where on I nowlive and also my Negro Man Jack and my two horses and two featherbedsand furniture and my hogs, together with all the rest of my householdfurniture and utensils and all my iron tools of every kind notheretofore mentioned.

    See this my last will and testament executed. In Testimony whereof Ihave hereunto set my hand and seal.

    Tidence Lane
    Horner. [William Horner?]

    [Appended by a genealogist who posted the will transcription]

    Tidence Lane Jr.
    Marriage Mary CUDE b 24 MAR 1766 in Randolph Co, North Carolina
    Married 23 OCT 1783 in Randolph Co, North Carolina
    Death 25 January 1841 Jefferson Co. Tenn

    Rev Tidence Lane
    Birth Aug. 31, 1724 Saint Pauls, Baltimore County, Maryland
    Death Jan. 30, 1806 Whitesburg, Hamblen County, Tennessee

    Rev. Tidence Lane. Son of Richard and Sarah Lane. Born 1724 inBaltimore County Maryland. Died near Bent Creek (now Whitesburg)community in what is now Hamblen County, Tennessee, January 30, 1806.Moved from Maryland, to Virginia, to North Carolina, and then on tothe Watauga settlements of Tennessee. Close friend and neighbor ofWilliam Bean. Served as the first pastor of the first congregation ofany denomination organized in Tennessee (Buffalo Ridge Baptist Churchin Washington County). Also Organized and served as first pastor ofthe Bent Creek (now Whitesburg) Baptist Church in Hamblen County,Tennessee. Served as chaplain for John Sevier's "Over Mountain Boys"and fought at Kings Mountain under Sevier's command, along withseveral of his sons. Married Hester (or Esther) Bibber/Bibbin (VanBibber/Van Bibbin) in 1743.

    Spouse Hester Van Bibber Lane (1727 - 1805)
    Acquilla Van Bibber Lane (1753 - 1819)
    Isaac Lane (1760 - 1851)
    Sarah Lane Horner (1763 - 1817)

    Burial Tidence Lane Cemetery, Whitesburg, Hamblen County, Tennessee

    Created by Sue and Doug Jan 08, 2009
    --  Find A Grave Memorial #32743064,http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=32743064


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