The first mission was among the Wyandot, also in 1821.
This eye witness account clearly states that the Creek capital of Coweta was where downtown Columbus, GA is now located. It was NOT in Alabama as both Alabama and Georgia academicians now state.
The third Methodist mission was originally an open air preaching ground next to a “sacred spring” in the Cherokee village of Pine Log. [Bartow County, GA] Throughout the remaining occupation of that region by the Cherokees, the Methodist mission building was primarily a school for the more affluent, mixed-blood Cherokee children, not a church. That location is now Pine Log United Methodist Church and Campground. The relatively small number of adult Cherokee converts continued to worship at the nearby spring.
by Richard L. Thornton, Architect and City Planner
The following excerpt is from History of Methodism in Georgia . . . 1786-1865 [pub. 1877) by the Rev. George G. Smith. I was consulting this book in preparation for the next article on the Hiwassee River, when I also learned that my mother’s Creek and Uchee ancestors were members of one of the oldest Methodist congregations in the lower Southeast (1786). It was not a mission, since many Northeast Georgia and Savannah River Creeks & Uchees had been converted to Christianity from the quite similar Apalache monotheistic religion in the late 1560s by survivors of Fort Caroline . . . who intermarried with them.
In our family’s oral history, it was remembered that Creek and Uchee ancestors at Palachikora (Palachicola) listened to the Rev. John Wesley preach in 1737 . . . but was also “remembered” incorrectly that they were converted to Methodism at that time. This is impossible since the Methodist Church did not exist in the United States until after the American Revolution.
It is recorded in the Georgia Colonial Archives that my ancestors asked Wesley after the sermon, “Why are you here? We believe the same things that you do . . . but we prefer to worship in the open, not in buildings.” In other words, in reality, Wesley did not make a very good impression on the Creeks and Uchees. He didn’t “convert” anyone there.