The old Midway church, in Liberty County, Ga., still standing, had for its pastor between 1785 and 1791 Dr. Abiel Holmes, the father of Oliver Wendell Homes, and when President Washington paid his celebrated visit to Georgia in 1790, Dr. Holmes was made the chairman of the committee appointed by the congregation of Old Midway church to greet him. Dr. Joseph LeConte, professor of chemistry in the University of California, says a correspondent of the Boston Transcript, “is one of the products of the Midway church. So also is United States Senator A.O. Bacon, and many people will be surprised to know that Governor Theodore Roosevelt, of New York, is also of this same stock, deriving his connection with Old Midway church through his mother, who was born in Liberty County, and whose progenitors were prominent and influential members of the church.
The Marion County Patriot, August 24, 1900, Page Two