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of fellowship, this the third Saturday in July, 1835.

Elder George D.),

Thos. W. Bradley, Clerk. Moderator.


The brothers and sisters, before the bnilding of the present
lionse, met at tlie private houses in the neighborhood. In 1857
or 1858, the church house was built at a cost of eight hundred
dollars. It is a comfortable frame building, will seat about
four hundred persons; well located on a high piece of ground,
and near it a cemetery, where many of its former members are
buried, on the land formerly owned by T. Stoker.

The following ministers have preached here from time to
time: George Dodson, Joseph Payner, Benjamin Harris,
Peter Keeny, who has been a laborer in the vineyard many
years. Allen McDaniel and W. E. Hardin are the present
ministers in charge. The society now numbers 160 members
in good standing and in a good healthy standing. The fol-
lowing are the trustees : Preston Smith, Lewis Shirly and
Robert Pcdigo.

The society built and occupied a log church soon after
-organizing, which served them for a number of years previous
to building the present house. It was, perhaps, built in the
year 1836 or 1837. We are indebted to Mr. Eli Smith for
the above information.



The history of the above church dates back to the year
1837, when the organization took place, with the following
members: John Allen, Sarah Ruble, Sally Johnson, .Tohn
Spencer, John Lane, Samuel Dooly, Liney Dooly, James
Peters, Lucy Peters, J. B. Allen, James Allen. This was on
the 7th day of October, 1837, Elder George Dodson acting as
moderator, and John King and Samuel Lane, deacons. The
society for a number of years met in a log building near where
the present house now stands, up to the year 1878, when the
brick house was erected at a cost of §2,200. This hou^e is a
■credit to theychurch/and is in every way a good building; will


seat about 500 persons ; 36x48 feet. The following pastors
have preached here from time to time: George Dodson,
Abraham Smock, Benj. Harris, John Kinder, John Hawkins,
H. I. Salla, Willson Thompson, J. R., James Abston, Peter
Keeney, J. L. Oliphant, L. W. Brandon, J. W. Sherley, Alien
McDaniel. The first trustees were John Dulin, James Peters,
'Squire Dooly. The present ones are J. H. Peters, J. P.
Stark, J. AV. Abitt. The church is in a healthy condition —
132 members. The house is in Union Township, nine miles
east of Lebanon, on the Xoblesville road. A beautiful ceme-
tery adjoins on the south, where many of the former members
are sleeping.



The above church or society was organized December 11th,
1873, in the chapel of the school building, Rev. Bro. Melson
acting as moderator. The following are the names composing
the class at the organization : W. J. Devall, Rebecca Devall,
Elizabeth Lane, George W. Beard, Peter Morris. May Morris,
J. B. Crigler, Martha Crigler, J. A. Abbott, Laura Abbott,
A. J. Adams and wife, Mollie Bruce, James F. Cline — four-
teen members in all. Some of the above have passed away,
among whom are Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Devall and Mrs. Crigler.
Total number admitted since, 307; number deceased or moved
away, 85; present membership, 236. The church building
was purchased from the ]\r. P. Presbyterians in 1(S74. It was
remodele<"l in 1886 at a cost of $4,035. Dedicated September,
1886, by Elder Blackburn, of Lafayette. The following
ministers have served this society : C. B. Allen, S. K. Fuson,
J. F. Beoman, now (1887) preac^hiiig. Trustees: J. W.
Devall, George- Beard, Peter Morris; Clerk, D. PI. Allen.
The society is in a flourishing condition, with a well-organized


Sabbath-schoo]. The house is a good one, and ^Yill seat five
hundred persons, and is every way worthy the society that
built it.


In 1839 the above church was built on the Michigan road^
between Clarktown and Eagle village, near where Little Eagle
Creek crosses the ^lichigan road, and on the east side. The
house was built out of hewed logs, and for the tinoe was a very
creditable building, situated on a high piece of ground, facing
to the west. Around this old church cluster many pleasant
reminiscences, fur it was among the first societies formed in
this part of the county. Among the first members were ^yill-
iam Duzan and family, Resin Debruler and family, Jacob
Lakin and wife. In the winter of 1842 a revival sprang up,
when there was added quite a number of menibers, among
whom were Allen Brock, John Lowe and wife, George Lowe,
Eliza I^owe, William Bragg, Henderson Bragg, Isaac L. Dav-
enport, Henry Davenport, Thomas Blake. The house was ded-
icated in 1840, by Rev. J. C. Smith, who was at that time
presiding elder. Among the first preachers were John Ed-
wards, F. I\I. Richmond, Rev. Roll, J. W. Bradshaw, AVm.
Duzan, George Bowman, George Dye, George W. Duzan,
Rev. William Butt. The society flourished and was at one
time one of the most popular preaching places in the county,
Notwiths!'anding it was a log house the interior was quite well
"fixed up." The house would seat some three hundred per-
sons. About the year 1852 the society had lost many of its
members by death and removals to such an extent that it went
down, and the walls of " Bethel rang no more as in days of
yore." The old building stood a few years later, when it was
taken down, and there is not to-day a vestige of its former
self. The writer, as early as 1845, attended meeting there,
and listened to such nien as Smith, Good, Bradshaw ; and to
home ministers, as Bowman, Butt and Duzan (the younger).


Have listened with interest to the proyers of the late Mr>.
Debruler, who was gifted, and an earnest worker in her Mas-
ter's cause. Her "bark" — as she often prayed — was landed
■on "Canaan's ])eaceful shores."


At the annual conference of the M. E. Church in 1832
Stephen R. Ball was appointed to travel on the Frankfort
Circuit. During the fall of 1832 and in 1833 Mr. Ball
preached several times, and at the annual conference in 1834
he was returned to the same circuit, and in the same year ho
organized a church of twenty members. Brother Phelps trav-
eled on this circuit and preached regularly. In 1835 Anct i
Beach was in charge on the circuit, and kept up the church
with good success. In 1836 Eli Rogers was appointed, but
from some cause unknown to the writer did not preach often
•at Thorntown. At the annual conference in 1837 Thomas J.
Brown was appointed, but owing to lack of preaching and
pastoral care the society was broken up, and when Mr. Brown
came he found no society or organization. On the second
Sabbath in May, 183S, he organized a society of eight mem-
bers, viz, : Elias Tolbert and wife ; Green Foster, wife and
daughter; Sarah, wife of Dr. Amos Davis; a young man whose
name the writer has forgotten. Oliver Craven was baptized
and taken into full membership and made leader of the class.
From that date the M. E. Church has kept up regular weekly
meetings for prayer and class meeting, with preaching once in
four weeks. The following preachers have served : Tliomas
J. Brown, Joseph White, George W. Stafford, Ancel Beach.
John B. Dornott, William Wilson, Samuel Reid, John Ed-
wards, Henry Wells, James H Xewland, George W. Sfaffcrd,
William Campbell, J. W. Bioketts, Wm. H. Smith, James B.
Murshon, James Aldrich, Wm. Camjjbell, H. C. Wilton,
Aaron Geerney, Thomas E. Will, John L. Smith, Charles A.






Beck, Wiley P. Watkins, George W. Warner, T. C. Hackney,
JRichard Hargrave, Luke Nebucar, F. M. Pavey, Jacob C.
Reed, G. W. Bower, Leander C. Buckels, Thomas Meredith,
John W. tlarris and Isaac Dale. The board of trustees at
this date, February, 1887, are as follows: George E. Conrad,
Jeffrey Horner, James Roberts, John C. Taylor, Wm. Miller,
Wm. Curryer and Samuel Killaster. Total number of mem-
bers at this date are 332. Oliver Craven.
Thorntown, Ind., March 6, 1887.


Big Springs, Ind., March 23, 1887.

Jlessrs. Harden & Spahr: — By your request I try to give a
brief history of the Big Springs Methodist Church and vicin-
ity. I will fii'st give a few names of settlers who came here
prior to October, 1837 : Isaac Srite, Rhesa Conley, Sampson
Hartraan, Jacob Johns, John Davis, Daniel Stevens, Joel
Richardson, Wm. Laws, Smith Castor, Wm. Davis, J. F.
Johnson, Jonathan Scott, John Hollenback, James Richardson,
John Parr, Bolcr Humphrey, Caleb Richardson, Thomas
Wooden, Moody Gillum, Wm. Parr, Jacob Parr, Sr., Henry
Ross and Thomas Lindsey, Jr. and Sr.

My father, Jonathan Richardson, bought Issac Srite out,
in April, 1837, and moved on the farm in October of the same
year. This carries me back to early times when I was in my
eleventh year. I was quite a small pioneer, if not an old one.
I have nothing to go by but my memory, but I think I can
relate the history of th.e church tolerably correctly. The first
members were Caleb Richardson, John Parr, Jacob Parr, Sr.,
Wm. Parr, Joel Richardson, Rhesa Conley, and their wives.
The first preachers who came among them were J. Baloat, in
1837, G. J. Brown, in 1838, G. W. Stafford, in 1839, J. White,
in 1840, A. Beach, in 1841, J. Edwards, in 1842, H. Wells,
in 1843, A. Koontz, in 1844, G. W. Smith, in 1845, J. W.


Bradshaw, in 1846, F. M. Richmond, in 1847, and J. Colcla-
sier, Cozad, White and Gillum one or two years each, which
takes me up to 1852, besides several local preachers wlio came
among them. Their names were G. Bowman, Sr., Dr. ^el-
s(m Duzan's father, James D. Sims, James H. Ross and Dr.
George W. Duzan. Among the elders were Woods, Smith.
Daniels, Marsee Good and Hargraves. Class leaders were
Caleb Richardson, John Parr, Joel Richardson and Thomas
Lindsey, Sr. lu early times the church was in the Frankfort
Circuit. They held meetings at Caleb Richardson's, John Parr's
and Joel Richardson's houses until there was a school house
built, which \vas done in 1838. There was preaching every
two weeks. There would be a preacher in charge, and a
young preacher. They would take it turn about. The names
of the young preachers were Dorsey, DeMotte and Calvert.
In early times meeting was held on week days, but that made
DO difference. They would quit their work and go, some
a-foot, sometimes two on the same horse. Class meeting would
be held on Sundays. They continued iiolding meetings this
way from 1837 to 1841, in which time there was a great revival
and quite a number of the younger class of people joined the
church. Among them were Wm. Lane, Jesse Lane, Sylvester
Turpen, Jacob Parr, Jr., Allen Pittman, Wm. Richardson,
Jonathan Scott, and some of the Lindsey family. As a gen-
eral thing where the men had wives, they also joinf'd. In 1841
the church decided to build a meeting house. It was a hewed
log house, 30x40. It M^as raised in April, 1841, and was nor
completed until 1842. The cost of the building I know noth-
ing about, as it was done by the members donating work until
it was enclosed. The carpenter work was done by J. B. Hig-
gins and Joel Richardson. I never learned what amount of
money they got for their work.

In August, 1841, the church decided to hold a camp meet-
ing, and went to work accordingly. The spot of ground they
selected was on my father's land near the big spring. There
were several tents built. The tent holders were John 1 arr,


Jacob Parr, Lane and Walker, Dr. W. N. Duzan, Joel and
Caleb Ricihardson, H. Mower, Burrow and Parr, S. Smith,
Cox and Parr, and several others. Camp meetings were held
yearly for four or five years. Quite a number joined during
these meetings. From that time on for several years they held
protracted meetings, and at these meetings they increased in
numbers till it became a very strong and popular church. The
members, with few exceptions, were in ])eace and fellowshiji.
The old log house answered for a place of woi-ship until
1866, when it was taken down and a frame was built on the
same site. The cost of it, I think, was §1,600, but since that
time there has been a belfry and bell put up which has added
to the cost some two or three hundred dollars more. I do not
know who were the trustees. The old log house was built at
the time the Rev. John Edwards was on the circuit, and I
think dedicated by him. It can be said of a truth that the first
members of this society were of the best citizens in the county.
The above was written by Wra. Richardson, living near
Big Springs.


This society, as far as Jamestown is concerned, does not
date very early as a society, for many of the early Methodists
in this locality held meetings and organized about three miles
southeast, in the edge of Hendricks County. Among the
first members were Mariah Walker, John Porter and wife,
Jesse McMahan, Mariah McMahan, Elizabeth ^Mc^Mahan, John
Okey and wife, Jesse Hendricks, Mary Hendricks, Henry and
Martha Hendricks. The meetings were often held at private
houses, John Okey's the most of the time. Among the first
preachers were Enoch Wood, Rev. Utter, Jesse Hill. About
the year 1838 the society was organized at Jamestown, where
meetings were held in a joint meeting house used by all
denominations, for school purposes, and the like. Among the
first to meet here were Daniel Jesse, Saniuel Perry, Lee


Tucker, J. H. Campliu, J. Hudson, John Porter and wife,
Dr. Orear, Samuel Jesse and wife, Mary Long, James Will-
iams, Mrs. Galvin. The present house was built in 1871, and
dedicated in August of that year by Bishop Bowman. It cost
about §3,500; is a brick, and will seat about 500 persons. It
is 45x65 feet, well located, and a credit to the society that
built it. The membership is 175, and is in a prosperous con-
dition. A Sabbath-school is kept up and maintained the year
round, and is doing untold good in the town and vicinity.
The following ministers have served this society from time to
time: Joseph ]\Iarsee, Daniel F. Stright, Joseph White, John
L. Smith ; the present minister is W. S. Lawhorn.


Nearly as old as Lebanon itself is tiie above church or
society. It seems the history of well-regulated neighborhoods
to organize a church or society soon after a few -congenial
minds are in accord with one another. So it was with a few
in the little town of Lebanon in the winter of 1835-'36, where
we find the following named persons forming themselves into
• a society which has lived to this day, and is now in a flourish-
ing condition, numbering near 400 persons or members:
Josiah Lane and wife, Addison Lane and wife, Amelia Zion. v
Rachael Bradshaw and Stephen Sims. Mrs. Zion is the only
one now living. The first church building was erected south of
where the present depot now stands, but it was never finished
there, but removed, in 1844, to where the present "splendid
house now stands. This was a frame, and dedicated under the
pastoral care of Rev. Koontz. This building stood until the
year 1865, when it was taken down and a brick house erected
— 40x60 feet. It was duly dedicated by Rev. C. B. :Mock,
•who. was the pastor at that time. This house stood until the
summer of 1886, when it was remodeled into the present
grand building at a cost of $4,673, and was duly dedicated


November 7th, 1886, by Kev. Dr. John, of Greencastle, from
the text: "AVatchmau, what of the night?" on which occa-
sion ample means were raised to pay all the cost of the build-
ing. The history of this church is much that of all others;
had its days of prosperity and of gloom. There is here, as
well as elsewhere, a faithful few that stand around to guard its
best interest in the most trying times. Aud to-day the M. E.
Church at Lebanon is one of the fixed institutions of the city.
It has in connection a flourishing Sabbath-school, with over
300 members. The following ministers, in part, have preached
here from time to time: Rev. Thompson, M. L. Green.
Francis Cox, P. A. Cook, Joseph Foxworthy, E. W. Lawhorn,
C. B. Mock, Webb. S. Godfrey, S. P. Calvin, H. A. Merrill,
J. L. Smith, H. C. Xeal, A. Lewis, F. M. Pavy.


Mt. Zion is located in the western part of the township on
Raccoon Creek. The first house was a log one and built in
1841, one-half mile south of the present house and on the
land of the late Simeon Emmert. Among the first members
composing the class were the following: William Xicely
(class leader), Xancy Cannada, Mary Walker, Peter Emmert,
Susan White, Sarah Miller, Daniel Xew, Lurane New, Asbury
Williamson, Mary Emmert, Simon Emmert, Wm. Emmert,
Fanny Emmert, John Whiteman, Fanny AVhiteman, X'ancy
Hubbell, Milly Hubbell, William V/hite, Daniel Xew, Love
Williamson, Hank Williararson, John Higgins, Foster Xew.
The present house is a frame, built in 1870, called Mt. Zion.
I-(evi Swazey, pastor. Trustees, Wm. Cannada, John Dunkin,
David Airhart. Mt. Zion is in a healthy condition. The
house will hold about five hundred persons. Its cost was one
thousand dollars. W'.m. Xicelv.



This society was first organized at Eagle Village about the
year 1853, and the following year the house was built, which
was afterwards, in 1858, moved to Zionsville, about one mile
distant. It was taken down and moved by Franklin Imblcr.
Among the first members at Eagle Village were John Stinson,
Joseph Tanner and wife, ]M. Elston and 'wife, Benjamin Dye,
John Hardin, Lucinda Hardin, John Imbler and wife, Frank-
lin Imbler and wife, Thomas Lothlin and wife, Joseph Lari-
more. The church building cost about sixteen hundred dol-
lars, a frame, 40x60 feet; will seat five hundred persons.
Among the elders who have preached here all along for thirty
years we might mention Tliomas Lockhardt, Hiram St. John
Vandake, Samuel Overman, Joseph Tanner, Joseph Larim.ore,
L. H, Jemison, John O'Kaiu. Many of the former members
have either moved away or died, and but few now belong-
to the society above referred to, in fact, we might say none.
But the church is kept up at Zionsville and has regular preach-
ing. Elder Plunkett is the elder in charge at this writing
(1887). Yes, they are nearly all gone to the church trium-
phant, among whom are Elder Lockhart, Elston, Stinson, Mr.
and Mrs. Hardin, Benjamin Dye, Joseph Larimore, Mrs.
Elston, Frank Imbler and wife, John Imbler and wife. Elder
Hiram St. John Vandake has also passed over the silent river.
A few remain, amonor whom are Lothlin, Tanner and Jemison.
Elder Lockhart the writer knew long and well, also the most
of the above referred to he has known since boyhood^ who
woi'shiped with my father and mother for years. It won't be
long until the remaining ones will pass away, and the founders
of the Christian Church at Eagle Village will be known only
in history and in the memory of the children of those who
were associated with its history in the past.




This church is situatcti seven miles southwest of Lebanon,
on the Lebanon and New Ross gravel road, in the southeastern
part of Jackson townsiiip, Boone County, Ind.

The society was organized by Elder Joe Davis, of Thorn-
town, and the writer, September 6, 1874, with seventeen mem-
bers, as follows : . D. H. Heckathorn, Elder : Deacons Lemuel
W. McMullin and Joseph Lee; Anderson Burris, Mary Gar-
dener, Elizabeth Apple, Lydia Lee. Xancy She})herd, jNIary
Landers, Mary Heckathorn, NLirtha Clark. Louisa McMul-
leu, Miss Clark, jNFargaret Burris, Miss S. E. Burris, John
Batman, Margaret Batman

The writer commenced preaching in an old school house,
situated one-fourth mile south of the present site. Second
Lord's day in June, 1872, and continued to preach once a
month until October 1, 1876, and occasionally thereafter
until October, 1878, the interruption being occasioned by the
wu'itcr having been appointed to and acce])ting the office of
county superintendent of schools.

During this time and sometime after Elder John Xorthcutt
was pastor. Elder William Smith preached about four years,
and very materially strengthened and built up the cause of
Christ in the neighborhood. The preaching brethren who
have preached for the church at different times are: Elders
Van Cleave, Johnson. Stevens, Harney, ^lills, McKinsey,
etc. ^ ,

In the latter part of the year 1875 the })resent site was
secured, and the old school house purchased and removed to
the site. The material prosperity of the brethren enabled
them early in the year 1881 to plan the erection of a new
house; a plain but comfortable and substantial frame house,
at a cost of §1,050, which was dedicated by Elder Henry R.
Pritchard, of Indianapolis, second Lord's day in December,
1882. Officers of the church are: Elders D. H, Heckathorn,


Lemuel W. McMullin and James H. Fink; Deacons Green-
ville W. Dodd and David F. Budd. Clerk and treasurer^
George A. Leeke. The present membership is about one
hundred; with the sympathy of the surrounding community
promises to be a factor in the community for good.


Among the first meraliers of the above church were, in th&
year 1838, as follows : Charles Fullcn, Sarah Fullen, William
McLean, James Martin, Mark Porter, Maiy Martin, William
Martin, Mariah McLean, Mrs. Mark Porter, Christopher Hart-
man, Benj. Stevens, John Gibson and wife, John Stutsmau,.
Anna Stutsmau. The society built a frame house about the
year 1850, which was occupied by them for a number of years,
when, in 1870, the present structure was built, and in Septem-
ber of that year it was duly dedicated by Elder W. R. Jewell.
The building is a brick, well located, 40 x 65, cost §3,500, will
seat five hundred persons. Trustees are C. F. Martin, O. H.
Lowry, F. M. Cuningham and Richard Miller. The follow-
ing elders have preached here : John O. Kain, Simon Farlow,
John Harris, Thomas Lockhart, Xathan Walters, James Slerins,
Wm. Holt, Elder Frank, B. F. Treet, Henry R. Pritehard,
who is now the elder in charge. Number of members, one
hundred and seventy-five. Present elders are Levi Martin,
Samuel Cook and Stephen Dale. There is a Sabbath-scliool
in connection, which is kept up the entire year with a good



Some faithful labor was doue in Lebanon by Presbyteriin
clergymen previous to the state of organization. Rev. ^Sloody
Chase, from Danville, came here to visit a sick friend, Mr.
Burns. He remained over Sabbath and preached in the old


log court house. This was probably the first sermon preached
in Lebanon by a Presbyterian minister. In 1835, Rev. Clai-
borne Young preached several times in the log court house.
The records show that on January 3, 1840, the Lebanon Pres-
byterian Church was organized by Rev. AYilliam Fergersou,.
D. D., with twelve members. The following is a list of the
names of the original members: James Richey (elder), Jane
Richey, Henry W. McAuley, Henry Hamilton, Mary Hamil-
ton, Deborah Schoff, Polly Ann Stephenson, Auley McAuley
(elder), AVilliam Richey, Xancy Richey, Elvina Jamison, Robert
McLaughey. Since then about 480 names have been added.
The number of names on the roll at the present time is 170.

The church has had the services of the following ministers :
John L. Eastman, X. P. Chariot, S. X. Evans, H. W Biggs,
Joseph Piatt, P. R. YIenater, J. L. Hawkins, J. B. Logan, C.
K. Thompson, F. M. Symnies, J. M, Bishop, D. B. Banta.

The first thirteen rears after the church was orsranized tlie
congregation wor.-hij)ed in the log court house, the first brick
court house, the county seminary (now the Bray House), and
the Methodist Church as they could get it. In 1853 the first
building was erected at a cost of $1,800. A debt on the church
was paid by renting it to the county for the purpose of holding
court in it. About the year 1872 the building was sold to the
United Presbyterians, who afterwards sold it to the Baptists,

The corner stone of the new building was laid September
1; 1873. The storm which swept over the city on the evening
of September 25, 1878, destroyed the beautiful building. The

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