Bob Ann Breland

On September 13, 1892, twelve of God’s consecrated ones joined themselves together in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and formed Union Baptist Church. Those members were: W.A. Phelps and wife L.J. Phelps, I.M. Phelps and wife Anna A. Phelps, Albert W. Lang ,and wife Narcissus Lang, Jim M. Simmons and wife Mary P. Simmons, John C. Lang and wife Ruby A. Lang, Will P. Lang, and I.E. Phelps. From these, W.A. Phelps, J.M. Simmons, and W.P. Lang were appointed to prepare rules of decorum and an abstract of faith. Rev. Isaiah Allmand and Rev. J.M. Hutson acted as moderator and clerk.

The Lord blessed this group with two acres of land for a church building and cemetery given by J.M. Simmons. Construction soon began on a one room structure made of rough lumber given by church members. Windows were wooden shutters. Slab benches, made by members, kerosene lamps, and a wood heater provided comfort for these early Christians. The church began with a revival preached by J.M. Hutson. Twelve members were added to the services of the Lord as a result of this meeting.

Even though they were off to a good start, circumstances kept meetings to once a month. The first pastor, Rev. E.M. Schillings, was elected in 1892 for one year and his salary was set at $40.00 per year. The first deacon elected was W.A. Phelps, already an ordained deacon from another church. Elected in 1893 were the first clerk, John C. Lang, and the first treasurer, John B. Simmons.

In 1895, the first Sunday School was organized with John Lang as superintendent. Two deacons, John Lang and J.M. Simmons, were ordained. Prayer meetings also began this year with the meetings held on Thursday nights. It was a service for young men only. These meetings resulted in seven men feeling the call to preach. They were the following: Martin, Lewis, Jasper, and Collie Alford, Charles Schultz (all Methodist), Frank Hutson, and Van Walker (Baptist).

Many people recall early years of the church without any musical instruments; however, beautiful voices sang the first song, “I’ll Go With Him All The Way”, led by the first song leader, John Lang. Later in 1905, an organ was purchased by the church, and Bettie Simmons Page became the first organist. The church became known as a singing church and many singing schools and singing conventions were held at the church from 1927 to 1940. A.A. Lang served as choir director during this time from 1920 to 1942.

A W.M.U. program was organized in 1925, with the encouragement of the pastor’s wife, Mrs. A.D. Muse. The first president was Mrs. Dudley (Sophia) Simmons followed by Mrs. C.F. (Aunt Rosa) Lang who was also mother of the church. Mrs. Amon (Emma) Lang, Vert Simmons, Julia Rebold, and Ella Stafford were faithful members. Later, Mrs. Dudley (Aunt Mamie) Simmons served as secretary for twenty-four years.

1892 E.M. Schilling
1895 Jim R. Reeves
1896 J.M. Hutson
1900 J.M. Cook
1902 J.E. Thigpen
1905 1907 Isaiah Allmand
1909 L.F. May
1910 C.S. Calendar
1913 R.L. Bunyard
1914 A.D. Muse
1920 W.R. Haynie
1921 Van C. Walker
1923 A.F. Davis
1926 W.A. Gill
1927 J.B. Hemphill
1928 V.C. Walker
1947 W.E. Sloan
Nov. 1948 Landrum Leavell
June 1951 A.V. Epperly
Aug. 1952 Carroll Bowman
Sep. 1955 Paul Brown
June 1956 Hollis Todd
Jan. 1957 Billy Ray Simmons (Associate)
July 1957 John 0. Hemphill
Nov. 1961 E.M. Fleming
Oct. 1964 Bobbie Hill Belcher
Sep. 1966 Fred Bookter (Interim)
June 1967 Wilmer Goodwin
Mar. 1969 Marvin Magee (Interim)
May 1969 Cecil Hubbard
Dec. 1972 Wayne Hart
Apr. 1975 Joe Jackson (Interim)
May 1975 Roger Wilkins
June 1981 Wilmer Goodwin (Interim)
Oct. 1981 Terry Blair
Dec. 1983 Ed Campbell (Interim)
Apr. 1984 Dale Wilson
July 1988 Farris W. Smith (Interim)
Apr. 1990 Charles D. Grant, Jr.

Sept.1892 John C. Lang (deceased)
Aug. 1895 Jim Simmons (deceased)
Aug. 1895 J.E. Lang (deceased)
1905 C.C. Johnston (deceased)
1908 A.A.Lang (deceased)
Mar. 1933 R.U. Stogner (deceased)
mar. 1933 Dudley Simmons (deceased)
Mar. 1933 C.W. Lang, Sr. (deceased)
June 1939 Alton Lang (deceased)
June 1939 Joe Purl (deceased)
June 1939 E.P. Jenkins (deceased)
Jan. 1948 Frank Johnson (deceased)
Jan. 1948 Hollis T. Lang
Nov. 1949 Therrell Simmons (deceased)
Nov. 1949 Eugene Simmons (deceased)
May 1952 Malcolm Simmons (deceased)
Feb. 1965 Dardanelle Durham (deceased)
Feb. 1965 Elmo Allmand (deceased)
Feb. 1965 Britt Simmons
Feb. 1970 Virgil Hamilton (deceased)
Feb …1970 Roy Lang (moved)
Oct.1, 1978 Carl McDaniel (deceased)
James Hucabee
Harold “Snuffy” Smith
James Frank Williamson
Wayne Skipper (moved)
June: 1991 Billy Morgan

1895 John C. Lang
1920 A.A. Lang
1942 Alton Lang Jones
1954 Alton Lang
1957 Malcolm Simmons
1966 Roy Lang
1968 Britt Simmons
1971 Imogene Hubbard
1972 Hollis Lang

1933 Emmett O’Quin
1934 E.L. Helton
1935 Discontinued
1955 Byrant Hucabee
l957 Dardanelle Durham
1958 Alton Lang
1959 Robert Earl Allen
1960 Elmo Allmand
1961 Lavada Allen
1964 Patsy Simmons
1965 Annie Allen
1966 Byrant Hucabee
1968 Nancy Rowley
1971 Holiis Lang
1972 Dorothy Parsons
1976 Iris Hucabee
1982 Ozzie Ford
1986 Dorothy Parsons
1989 Jim Waller
1990 Billy Morgan
1991 Joan Waller

Sept.1892 John C. Lang
Oct. 1893 Robert “Babe’ Simmons
Jan. 1897 W.F. Hutson
Oct. 1900 A.A.Lang
1915 I.W. Lang
1920 N.C. Reabold
1921 D.I. Reeves
1923 Alton Lang
1924 Eugene Simmons
Frank Johnson
1926 Byron Lang
1928 Ella Stafford
1929 Ellis Simmons
1932 Eugene Simmons
1935 Ethel O’Quin
1936-1945 Hollis Lang
1946 Elizabeth Lang
1947 Ray Lang
1949 Gladys Simmons
1950 Houston Rebold
1954-1965 Therrell Simmons
1965 Joyce Allmand
1969-1976 Clara Simmons
1976- Wyleene Williamson

Oct. 1892 John B. Simmons
1920 D.I. Reeves
1921 Sam T. Simmons
1924 Ella Stafford
1925 Dudley Simmons
1928 R.U. Stogner
1932 E.L. Helton
1933 D.I. Reeves
1934 Dudley Simmons
1938 Milton Simmons
1940 Ollie Simmons
1943 Dorothy O’Quin
1944-1974 Hollis Lang
1974-1988 Patsy Skipper
1988- Sue Smith

Nov. 1906 Betty Simmons
1907 Mollie Lang
1923 Irene Lang
1925 Vivian Reeves
1930 Myra D. Stogner
1933 Vivian Reeves
1934 Myra D. Stogner
1948 Ora Johnson
1954 Mary Nell Simmons
1957 Patsy Skipper
1964 Kitty Fleming (organist)
1964 Cheryl Jo Allmand (organist)
1965 Patsy Skipper (organist)
1965 Mary Simmons (pianist)
1965 Mary Anne Simmons (assit.)
1966 Mary Anne Simmons
1966 Clara Simmons (assit. organist & pianist)
1987 Joan Waller (assit. organist & pianist)

Nov. 1895 John C. Lang
1920 A.A. Lang
1942 Alton Lang
1965 Hollis Lang
1968 Lonnie Wascom (paid)
1969 John Hemphill
1972 Billy-Ray. Simmons (paid)
1974 Alton Lang
1974 Roy Lang
1976 Gary Miller
Hollis Lang
1981 Kathern Miller
1982 Hollis Lang
1984 Carl McDaniel
1989 Philip Alford (paid)
1990 Danny Creel (paid)
1991 Janis Grant (paid)

Some notes from Bob Ann Breland: My Dad, Seldon Lang, was very disappointed that he didn’t find out about the 100th anniversary of the Union church until it was over. His parents, Albert W. Lang and Narcis Simmons Lang, had been charter members. He would dearly have liked to have been there, he found out a week too late. One of his cousins sent him a copy of the church history and these notes have been scanned from that copy. It is interesting to note the many Langs, Phelps’ and Simmons’ who have been involved in the history of this church.

Photo Annie Brown Lang Phelps and children

Phelps family

Bob Ann Breland writes:

This is a photo of a photo…It is Annie Brown Lang Phelps with four of her five Lang sons. (She was married to James Lang and when he died, she married Marshall Phelps, who was the father of Albert Winston Lang’s mother, Sarah, who was married to William Perry Lang. It’s a pretty confusing story, but apparently several of Annie and Marshall’s children from their first marriages were already married to each other before they got married.)

In back, left to right: John Lang, Christopher “Kit” Lang and William Perry Lang.

Front row: left to right, first girl unidentified, probably a granddaughter; granddaughter Eula Belle Lang, daughter of William Perry and Sara Phelps Lang, Annie and Columbus “Lum” Lang.

Not shown is her fifth son, James Lang.

Image courtesy of Bob Ann Breland.

Eula was born in 1887. Guessing that she is about 10 to 12 years of age in this photo, the photo was perhaps taken about 1898.

James Lang (with photo)

James Lang


This came from a good source, my grandpa Lang’s sister, Jessie, who swore that this was a photo of James Lang, father of William Perry Lang, father of Albert Winston Lang. The photo was very small and on a badge and looks from an earlier age than my grandfather. One of the cousins in Mississippi sent me this copy. My Grandpa Lang was the spittin’ image of his grandfather.

Bob Breland

Images courtesy of Bob Ann Breland

“James LANG was born about 1820 or Sept. 13, 1814), and married Annie BROWN, whose father was Norris BROWN and whose mother was Elizabeth BRYANT, in Kemper Couunty around 1840. To this union was born five boys and two girls: Christopher “Kit”, William Perry, John C., James, Columbus W., Mary Ann and Irene.

“At about this same time, Marshall PHELPS married Caroline PARKER in Kempter County and to this union was born Mary E., Sarah, Rose, Nick, Buchannan, Lance and Huldie.

“James LANG died and Caroline PARKER died. Their spouses, Annie Brown LANG and Marshall PHELPS, then married and to this union was born a daughter, Mattie. James LANG is buried in Antioch Cemetery in Kemper County.

“This family of Langs and Phelps moved to Pike County, Miss. after the Civil War and settled a few miles east of Magnolia.”

SOURCE: Bob Ann Breland

Children of James LANG and Annie Brown LANG:

  • 1) Irene LANG b. c. 1842 first married a SELLERS, and when he died she married Frank JOHNSON. They had one son, Columbus “Lum”; a daughter, Irene, who married Dan MAY; another daughter, Viola, who married Willman BROWN, and a daughter, Ella, who married Sellers COOK.
  • 2) Mary Ann LANG b. c. 1845 married Nick PHELPS (stepbrother).
  • 3) William Perry LANG, b. c. 1847, died 1936 (buried in Union Baptist Church Cemetery, east Magnolia). He married Sarah PHELPS, his step-sister.
  • 4) Christopher “Kit” LANG b. c. 1848 married Mollie JOHNSON. Their children were James A. LANG and Letha LANG. Mollie died and Kit remarried and they had four daughters.
  • 5) John S. LANG married Ruby HAMLIN.
  • 6) Columbus W. LANG b. c. 1852 married Elizabeth THIGPEN. Some of their children were: Columbus Jr. “Lum”, Joe, Dewey, Rosie, Edward, Ammon, Emma, Verte and Julia.
  • 7) James J. LANG b. c. 1854 married Mary Ann “Daughter” SIMMONS (daughter of Robert “Reuben” SIMMONS and Francis Smith SIMMONS, born 1854 according to census records, died Feb. 16, 1910.) Children were Esco, Monroe, Della Baughman, Martha “Mattie” Reeves and Marjorie “Maude” Whittington. James is buried in the Union Church Cemetery at Magnolia. “Daught” is buried in the Lang Simmons Cemetery at Sheridan, LA near Franklinton. (Further information from other sources say Mary Ann, called “Daught”, short for daughter, joined the Bala Chitto Baptist Church on Oct. 13 1873. Records show that in 1882, James J. LANG was excluded from this church.)

Children of Marshall PHELPS and Caroline PARKER:

  • 1) Mary Elizabeth PHELPS b. c. 1841 married James SIMMONS (a son of Robert “Reuben” SIMMONS).
  • 2) Sarah PHELPS b. c. 1853 married William Perry LANG.
  • 3) Rose PHELPS married Newton ALLEN, Uncle of Roy KUYRKENDALL.
  • 4) Nick PHELPS b. c. 1850 married Mary Ann LANG.
  • 5) Buchannan PHELPS married Edna THIGPEN.
  • 6) Lance PHELPS married “Dee” THIGPEN.
  • 7) Huldie PHELPS married Joseph BROWN.

Children of Marshall PHELPS and Annie Brown LANG:

  • 1) Mattie PHELPS b. c. 1866 married John KENNEDY and had two children, Cullen and Rena.
  • 2) James I. Phelps

Bob Ann BRELAND (with some notations of my own)

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I’ve located the family on the below census:

19th day of Oct 1850 by Eli Brody
pg. 346
522/522 James M. LANG 30? (illegible) m Farmer $240 SC
Ann 27 f b. AL
Arnenn ? 8 f b. MS (note: possibly Irene)
Mary 6 f b. MS
William 4 m b. MS
Christopher 2 m b. MS
523/523 William LANG 30? (again illegible but appears to be 30 ) m farmer $240 b. SC
Margaret 23 f b. SC
Wellis ? 9 m b. MS
Madison 7 m b. MS
Mary 5 f b. MS
George 3 m b. MS
524 Jno A. BRILLAMI? and Rachel and family
525/525 Washington WILSON 25 m farmer $120 b. AL
Mahala 22 b. AL
Ezekiel 3 m b. MS
Jane 1 f b. MS
Note: Washington Wilson is the son of Ezekiel B. Wilson who is in the 1830 Dallas AL census and potentially a relative of Middleton Murdock Wilson.
526/526 Wm. G. LANG 56 m Farmer $1300 b. SC
Richard 30 m Laborer b. SC
Simeon ? 27 m Laborer b. SC
Sarah 13 f b. MS
Mary 11 f b. MS
Joseph 9 m b. MS

1850 , Newton, Mississippi
516/516 Isaiah Phelps 29 SC
Caroline 31 MS
Mary 8
William 7
Nancy 3
Enoch 1
Mary 70 SC

Source Citation: Year: 1860; Census Place: , Newton, Mississippi; Roll M653_588; Page: 788; Image: 264; Family History Library Film: 803588.
Josiah M. Philips 40 farmer 700 2475 SC
Caroline 40 MS
Elizabeth 18
William 17
Nancy 13
Isador 11
Julia A. 7
Sarah 6
Roselia 5
Isac 2