Double Springs Baptist Church (Bartlett Ward Cemetery)

Double Springs Baptist Church was chartered on July 15, 1871.
Charter members included Bartlett Ward, William Ward, George B. Hudson, J.H. Morgan, Nancy Ward, Jemima Ward, Lucy Ward, Manervia Ward, Easter S. Morgan, Nancy Hargrove and Margaret Shipman.
The church was named Double Springs because of the two springs which flow side-by-side from the mountains. The springs furnish the water for the church. The church is nestled near the state line off old U.S. 25 South in a picturesque hollow surrounded by tall trees.
Originally a log cabin was erected and served as a meeting place until a new church was completed in May 1883. In 1824 members began building a new church.  The men of the church quarried the rock for the columns and foundation.  This church was completed in 1926.
A fellowship building was constructed in 1972 and remodeled in 1998.
The church maintains and uses a cemetery located across the road on old U.S. 25 South. The cemetery is listed as the Bartlett Ward Cemetery in the Henderson County Cemeteries book.
This is a large cemetery with 11 rows of graves and several old field stones.
The oldest graves in the cemetery are those of the Bartlett Ward family. Bartlett Ward was born in 1806 and died in 1895. His wife, Nancy Morgan Ward (1813-1876), also has a grave site in the cemetery. The family lived in the Bob’s Creek region of the Green River community.
Surnames of families with graves in the cemetery include Anderson, Beddingfield, Hudson, Levi, Morgan, Mullinax, Revis, Shipman, Thompson, Ward and others.
This cemetery contains the grave sites of three men from Henderson County who died in World War II.
George Edward Anderson (1915-1945) attained the rank of staff sergeant in the Army. He died in a non-battle death Aug. 27, 1945, at Fort Stewart, Georgia. Several references to his death at the Army base state: “under mysterious circumstances.” He was born in Henderson County, the son of Lawrence Anderson and Hattie Ward Anderson. He lived in Henderson County and was working as a carpenter at the time of his enlistment.

J. Chester (Harry) Levi (1925-1944) was a private first class in the 3rd Army. He was killed in action Dec. 12, 1944, at the Battle of the Bulge. The actual regiment and division in which he served were not located. He was born in Henderson County, the son of Andrew Hampton Levi and Lura Mullinax Levi. He lived in the Green River community and worked at the Naval Shipyard in Norfolk, Va., before enlisting in the Army in 1943.
William Jennings Ward Sr. (1898-1944) was a private first class with the 1328 Army Air Force Base Unit, Indo-China Division. He died in a non-battle death Nov. 3, 1944, at Misamari, India. The cause of death was not located. Military records state that he was born in 1899. He was born in Henderson County, the son of Joseph Warren Ward and Mary Louisa Mullinax Ward. He married Agnes Marion Hawkins. He was living in Henderson County when he enlisted in 1942.
There are several Confederate graves located in the cemetery. Four of these graves are documented as men who lived in Henderson County at the time the war began.
George Edward B. Hudson enlisted in the 1st Regiment, S.C. Infantry (Hagood’s) in May 1861. He was reported AWOL in June 1862. He died in 1916.

Daniel Webster Revis enlisted in the 64th N.C. Infantry Regiment, Co. B, in July 1862. He served through the war. He died in 1914.
James Mitchell Ward enlisted in the 64th N.C. Infantry Regiment, Co. B, in July 1862. He died Dec. 14, 1862, while serving with the 64th N.C. Infantry Regiment. The cause and place of death were not reported in the military records. He probably died of disease at Knoxville, Tenn., where his unit was located at the time of his death. It is possible that this is a memorial marker.
On the same grave stone is inscribed George P. Ward (1847-1863). This was the brother of James Mitchell Ward. No military records could be located for George P. Ward. He was too young to have served in the war at the time of his death. It is possible that he enlisted in a South Carolina unit and gave an incorrect birth date. There is also the possibility that he did not serve in the Civil War and died of natural causes at home during the war.
William Calvin Ward (1829-1891) has a grave site in the cemetery. It is stated that he was a captain in the Confederate Army. An extensive search of military records produced only one possibility. The military records for Mallett’s Battalion Camp Guard list a William Ward in Co. F. No enlistment date and no age are stated. He surrendered in May 1865 as part of the surrender terms between Confederate Gen. Johnston and Union Gen. Sherman. This unit was primarily composed of men from the Senior Reserves who were called into service in the last year of the war.