Dials Methodist Church – Gray Court, South Carolina

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Dials Methodist Church is located in Gray Court, a small town just north of Laurens. It is home to one of the oldest Methodist congregations in Laurens County.

Dials Methodist Church

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The church is named for Martin Dials, a Laurens native and veteran of the Revolutionary War. Its first congregation, known as the Dials Methodist Society, was organized at Dials’ home in 1808 by Bishop Francis Asbury.

The congregation grew rapidly and soon began meeting in Dials’ log cabin near Rabun Creek. In 1835 a new meeting house was constructed on land donated by Dial and the name of the congregation was changed to Dials Church. The present sanctuary, which is located on the same spot as the meeting house, was constructed in 1860.

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Address: 11828 SC Highway 101 at Dials Church Road, Gray Court, SC 29645

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4 Comments about Dials Methodist Church

Bradley DialNo Gravatar says:
July 30th, 2013 at 11:00 pm

Martin Dial is my 5x great-grandfather, and my family and I are planning on swinging through Gray Court on our way to Maine. Does anyone know if there is a way to see Martin Dial’s grave? I had read somewhere else that it was now behind a padlocked gate, and I’m assuming – based on Debbie Graham’s comment – that Mr. Gentry owns that gate. Does anyone know how to contact him to get permission to see the grave?

Joe HodgeNo Gravatar says:
July 27th, 2013 at 12:27 pm

Martin Dial is my 4x great-grandfather. I am interested in any information regarding the church and also the cemetery. I am trying to write an overview of the Dial family based on a number of years of research. I would WELCOME any input! Thanks very much.

Joe Hodge
Dallas, Texas

Debbie GrahamNo Gravatar says:
July 24th, 2013 at 12:41 pm

Hi, Nancy. Has anyone contacted you with any information? We live off Dot Simmons Road behind the church. The old cemetery is located on Mr. Gentry’s farm on Dials Church. Feel free to email me at dgrahamm5625@yahoo.com.

Debbie Graham

Julia SkeltonNo Gravatar says:
June 7th, 2013 at 4:29 pm

I think my great-great grandmother, Nancy Simpson Wright might be buried in an unmarked grave in your cemetery. Do you have any records of her death? Her husband General Thomas Wright is buried in the Wright Young Cemetery in Gray Court and she’s not with him. We are trying to find out where her grave is. Thanks so much for your help.


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