1837-1839 The Oxford and College Corner daughter churches were organized.
1840 Hopewell Church continued its work to help underground slaves to freedom by petitioning to make slave holding a termination of communion.
1841 A new committee was created by Samuel Paxton, John Graham, Samuel Bell, Robert McDill to assign seats to those who were of the church or visiting. Another committee was also appointed on ways and means to raise money consisting of Rev. S.W. McCracken, Nathan Brown, Esq, Samuel Paxton, James Brown and Dr. McDill.
1842 A collection was taken for repairing the graveyard, purchasing tools, and purchasing a pew for African Americans (free and runaway slave) to attend church. Trustees authorized to sell the first seat on the left of the south door for the use of, as stated in historical documents, “colored persons” when they come to worship at Hopewell Church. Throughout the 1800’s the congregation actively welcomed African Americans to their church.
1844 People who owned pew seats who moved to daughter churches were able to sell their old seat to the highest bidder. The owners received what they had paid for the seats and a surplus went to the use of the congregation.
1846 Trustees were authorized to whitewash and scour-out the church. They were authorized to issue a subscription for the purpose of putting in a new pulpit.
1850 The committee on repairs reported the church roof had been repaired. A tax of $1 was laid on each pew levied to meet the expenses of the repairs.
1853 Andrew McClenahan was elected single clerk of the congregation. David McDill resigned office of clerk and treasurer of the congregation and Joseph Brown was elected as Pastor.
1854 The trustees were David McQuiston, Sr John Sloan, JG McQuiston, Robert Wilson and John Graham. Trustees authorized to paint the pews, whitewash the house outside and inside and make new tables and seats. The pulpit was removed to the North end of the church and the south end became the entrance, changing pew alignment as well.
1859 Hugh Elliot, David McDill and John Simpson were appointed to draft resolutions giving expression to the feelings of the congregation respecting the pastor Joseph Brown, who recently died.
Above are records of pews being sold or assigned to new families.