City Directories and History: “It probably can be said that the Reverend Zelotes L. Holmes served as the guiding hand in more newly organized Presbyterian churches
than any other man in Laurens
County. He was the first pastor of Lisbon Church, some six miles to the south of Laurens on the west side of Little River. The Lisbon place was a part of the estate of Colonel John Simpson and was sold to a son-in-law, Dr. John Nickles in 1828. Mrs. Nickles tried in 1853 to organize a Presbyterian church in her neighborhood, but it was not until 1871 that the Nickles children and friends were able to establish a meetinghouse. The Lisbon Church was accepted into the presbytery on July 26, 1872. Many of the members came from Liberty Springs, Rocky Springs and Laurens First Presbyterian churches.”
Information from: The Laurens County Sketchbook, Author – J.S. Bolick, 1973
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