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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

Michael Crocker of Greenville, 2011 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

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 and was influenced by Bishop Francis Asbury, then an itinerant preacher who delivered sermons by traveling to communities on horseback.

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.

Dials Methodist Church Info

Address: 11828 SC Highway 101 at Dials Church Road, Gray Court, SC 29645
GPS Coordinates: 34.594721,-82.158804

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10 Comments about Dials Methodist Church

Janie (Brown) DalrympleNo Gravatar says:
September 10th, 2016 at 4:02 pm

Martin Dial is my 4th great grandfather. I come from the line of Isabell (Dial) Brown. I believe her father was Marin’s first son. I share a birthday with Martin Dial. His was Dec.30, 1744 & mine is Dec. 30, 1944. My question is there a painting or photo of Martin Dial or any of his sons? I would so much like to see what the family looked like. I’m assuming the family doesn’t want them on the internet…because I’ve never seen any. You have my word it will not be on the internet. Only my private book. With Respect Janie Brown Dalrymple

Allen DialNo Gravatar says:
March 14th, 2016 at 6:56 am

I am very curious to know if I am linked to the Dials in Laurens County. My father’s family is from Spartanburg. My uncle did some research on our family and hit a roadblock and could not find a connection. There are only do many Dials out there…there is bound to be a connection.

Ruth Straughn SpiveyNo Gravatar says:
November 27th, 2015 at 9:26 pm

Martin Dial is my late husband, James Franklin Spivey’s 3x great grandfather on his mother, Gay Belle Harrison’s side. Her brother Hastings Harrison wrote a book titled Martin Dial and Related Families which I am using as a reference for a book I am writing. If any of his ancestors are interested in contacting me, my email is I am missing info on Chrystie Abercrombie, his first wife. Can anyone help?

Veda WestNo Gravatar says:
November 8th, 2015 at 6:42 pm

I am a descendant of the Kingstree and Darlington Dials. John and Mary Elizabeth Dials being my grandparents. I would love receive information on my family’s heritage.

SCIWAYNo Gravatar says:
October 26th, 2015 at 8:37 am

Thank you, Richard. We will look into the comprehensive history and make the necessary changes. I agree that it is unlikely that Bishop Asbury formed local churches as opposed to influence its beginnings.

Richard FowlerNo Gravatar says:
October 23rd, 2015 at 4:41 pm

It is not historically correct that Bishop Asbury organized the church. A close examination of his Journal will reveal that he never visited Martin Dial nor did he mention the Dial congregation. It is no doubt that Asbury’s influence was apparent in Laurens County which probably helped to inspire Martin to Methodism as it did most all Methodist Churches in South Carolina. I edited and produced the book together “Dials United Methodist Church 200 Years of History” with information compiled from church historian Sarah Jane Armstrong. The above assertion appears in this work.

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

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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