History of Hayesville Church

History of Hayesville Church, Cemetery and Stephens Family

Property & Church History Summary


4290 Portland Road NE, Salem, Oregon 97301

1849    Adam Stephens traded a gun, a horse and $30 to Anton Presley for 585.33 acres of land.

1858    Adam Stephens donated lumber and land for a school house on Claxter Rd.

1858    Hayesville Cemetery established – infant Adam Landrum Stephens was first to be interred.

1877    Hayesville named after newly elected GOP President Rutherford B. Hayes

1882    Hayesville Sunday School was organized.  Meetings held in school house.

1884    Prohibition league was organized at Hayesville. Adam Stephens was president.

1888    First Baptist Church of Hayesville was founded.


On March 18, 1888, the Baptist brethren and sisters in the vicinity of Hayesville met for the purpose of organizing the First Baptist Church of Hayesville.

Charter members were: Adam and Lucinda Stephens, Abraham J. and Mary A. (Stephens) Pruitt, Lulu (Pruitt) King, Agatha Halley,

Ruth A. (Huffman) Bryne, Madison Halbert, and Charles and Elizabeth Thacker.



1890    Property donated by Adam Stephens for church and cemetery. Quit Claim Ddeed for 1.74 acres

1891    First church building dedicated on February 7.  September 18 A. Stephens dies at age 72.

1914    Jan. 17 “A heavy wind blew the spire from the church steeple.”

1915    Addition added to church building.


1922    Halberts built and donated church parsonage

1926    Madison “Mat” Halbert dies at age 72.

1939    Due to low membership church merged with 1st Baptist Church of Salem

1941    December, fire destroyed church building

1942    Lucinda Berilla (Stephens) Halbert dies at age 81.

1947    Work began on new church building

1949    Halbert Memorial Baptist Church dedicated, Easter Sunday, April 17.

1951    With church growth, 1st Baptist Church of Salem turned the properties back to the local congregation.

1963    Construction began for new church addition

1964    Current church building dedicated on June 28.

1999    Church name changed to North Salem Baptist Church

2008    On June 5 New Harvest Church purchased church property  http://www.newharvestch.org


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