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found delightful social influences around him,
a strong Baptist community, and a fine field
for Sabbath school enterprise. Leaving the
brother and sister in this lovely region, it is
time for us to return to the Baptist interests at
Cedar Lake.


"1853, September 3d.

The church met in covenant meeting this
day. Elder Bray ton [G. F.] the missionary of
the association was present."

"October 1st. Covenant meeting this day.
Elder Brayton present, also Br. Uriah McKay.
After the usual exercises it was voted to invite
Br. McKay, who has been with us two Sab-
baths, to remain with us as pastor of the church
for one year. ' '

Brother Uriah McKay had been a room mate
with the Cedar Lake student at Franklin Col-
lege, and so had learned about his lake home
and some of its attractions.

"October 8th. Meetings have been held
every evening, by brethren Brayton and Mc-
Kay, during past week. * * * "

" October 16th. * * * * Meetings have
been held every evening and several afternoons
from Oct. 1st to Oct. 16th. The blessing of
God has attended his word preached and souls


have been born of the Spirit of God and rejoice
in his mercy."

Ten members were added to the church
at this meeting by experience and baptism.
Among these was a fourth member of the
lake family, Mary Jane Ball, who was received
October 8th and baptized October 9th, 1853.

This was another pleasant and glorious au-
tumn for this household, although that brother,
baptized in the October of two years before,
was passing through great physical suffering.
The two exceeding delightful months at this
lake, so far as the face of nature is concerned,
are usually June and October.

Brother McKay made his home with the
family of Judge Ball. He was not yet or-
dained nor married. He possessed a refined
and very sensitive nature, and was a devoted
Christian. He was too sensitive for the posi-
tion in which circumstances soon placed him.
He afterwards married Miss Billingsley, a mem-
ber of a wealthy family near Ladoga, Indiana,
and settled in a growing railroad town of Illi-
nois. He is probably still living. He took a
deep interest in the spiritual welfare of some
of the converts at the October meeting. A
few members were received by letter in the
year 1854, and several dismissed. It was a
year of varied 'experiences for the lake house-


In the summer of 1853 Elisabeth H. Ball
and her brother had gone up the Mississippi
river to Alton, had there visited some dear
friends, and then had gone northward for that
promised visit at Cedar Lake. She remained
at home for a year, while he returned in Au-
gust, by way of the city of New York, where
was his uncle's home and where he visited the
Crystal Palace, to Grove Hill in Alabama.
That visit had been delightful, and now, in the
mid-summer of 1854, he was expected again, in
company with a young merchant of the South
who afterwards became a probate judge.

The young Elisabeth H. had several suitors
for her hand and had been earnestly sought in
marriage at her father's home and in the East.
The young men possessed good personal ap-
pearance, they were well connected in life,
they had good capabilities, one of them after-
ward became very wealthy on the Pacific coast,
but none of these proved to be the one allotted
to her for life. But now the young merchant
from Alabama was coming to claim her for his

The two travellers arrived, by way of the city
of New York, in the month of July. That
they should enjoy the shady retreats on the
west side of the bright lake, after passing
through the intense summer heats of that sea-
son was natural.


The bridal day was fixed. The first pastor
of their church, Elder Warriner, came from his
Illinois home to perform the marriage' cere-
mony. The invited guests were present, and
on the 27th of July, 1854, Elisabeth H. Ball of
Cedar Lake was married to Richard J. Wood-
ard of South Alabama. The festivities passed
as is usual on such occasions, and early in the
fall it was expected that the three would return
to their Southern home. But sorrow often
crowds upon joy. Some twine the bridal
wreath, and some soon after robe the silent
form of the dead.

Death was again drawing near to this home.
A few years before, the two young sisters, then
little children, had gone down together almost
to the gates of death. There had been prayers
and tears, and faithful vigils kept, and together
they came back from ( that near approach to the
invisible world and walked with joy the paths
of life.

But now there was to be no return.

Heman Ball, the second brother, who had
seemed to enjoy fully the marriage festivities,
who had been for years a sufferer, and whose
intellectual and spiritual growth during those
years had been remarkable, was called at last,
quite suddenly, to go to the heavenly home.
The church record says that he died August


28, 1854, at three o'clock p.m., aged twenty-
two years. His was such a peaceful, even
triumphal death, that the tears of sorrow
were not bitter tears. After passing through
these great contrasts of joy and sorrow the
three visitors returned to their home in the

Four of the seven yet remained waiting their
turn to leave the quiet home. These were
Charles and James H., now almost young men;
and Mary Jane and Henrietta, the latter then
thirteen years of age. And for one of these
that time was very near at hand, for in this
same autumn of 1854, Charles Ball left home
and entered upon college life at Franklin. Dr.
Silas Bailey was then President of Franklin
College, and the winter and spring that fol-
lowed proved to be a precious^ season for the
spiritual growth of the young student from the
Cedar Lake home as well as for others. There,
at Franklin, March 25, 1855, Charles Ball was
baptized, probably by Dr. Bailey, and one
more of the household thus professed faith in

There was for the Cedar Lake church yet
one more ingathering. Elder Hitchcock, the
new missionary of the association, held a series
of meetings at the school house in February,
1855, and Sophia Palmer, Catharine Taylor,


and Amy Mann, three young girls, were con-
verted and baptized.

April 24th. Covenant meeting held this
day. Elder Steadman present."

At this meeting Henrietta Ball was received
into the fellowship of the church. On Sunday,
April 25th, 1855, she was baptized. And the
youngest of the lake household, the keen,
sprightly, gentle, gifted Henrie, was the last
one received into the.membership of this church.
Elder N". V. Steadman from Evansville, a de-
voted, earnest hearted man, well known and
honored in the state of Indiana, returned to his
home and soon after died. So that she was
probably the last one that he ever baj^tized.
Of the remainder of her life, as rich and full as
it was short, a brief sketch will by and by be
given. For thj present, years of intense enjoy-
ment are before her. Rarely can one be found
who was capable of enjoying more, or who
could add more to the happiness of others.

Only two records now remain upon the
church book. They will come in in their
places in the narrative.

From the Cedar Lake church let us turn to
the ever cheerful and joyous Cedar Lake family.


The spring of 1855 opened as usual at the


lake of the clear water and of the still sunny

The anemones, the spring beauties, the blue
wild violets, and the other flowers of early
spring presented again their pleasant faces and
their lowly beauty. In South Alabama, where
the calycanthus was diffusing its rich fra-
grance, and the mocking birds were filling the
morning air with rich melody, on the 19th of
April, there was a marriage. The oldest son
of the Cedar Lake family had chosen for a
bride an Alabama maiden ; (he had found the
unseen magnet,) and when the warm summer
was glowing over the prairie leas, he brought
her to the home of his youth, and she soon
learned to ramble in the grove and to admire
the sparkling waters, and, as a new daughter,
added the brightness of her girlhood, and the
rich loveliness of her sunny heart to the peace-
ful home, where were still the father and
mother, two brothers, and sisters. She was
now nineteen years of age. She had been
considered one of the choicest flowers of her
favored region. Her father was an active and
highly esteemed Baptist pastor. And she was
a devoted, intelligent, earnest, unassuming,
loving Christian. From now onward she is to
be identified with the vineyard laborers whose
homes were around the little lake. And at



that time none knew the large amount of
Christian life-force ever warm, and loving, and
true, that had its home in the young and trust-
ful heart of Mrs. Martha Creighton Ball. To
Charles and to James H., and to Mary Jane
and Henrietta, she became at once a loving
sister ; and to the father and mother there, she
proved to be a most affectionate daughter.

The contrast, to her, between the Southern
and the Northern home was very great, and the
difference in all the surroundings was great.
But rapidly she adapted herself to the changed
circumstances, although many things touched
a very sensitive nature which was protected by
almost perfect self-control. Kambles in the
pleasant grove which bordered the lake she
enjoyed in the early summer mornings, and
often in the afternoons she would seek those
cool shades, and the fox squirrels would come
down from their hiding places and chatter to
her as though they considered her some wood
nyrnph. They seemed to lose in her presence
their shyness and their fear. She formed some
acquaintances with her husband' s friends. With
the two young girls of the household, her new
sisters, the two whose lives had been almost
inseperable, and who were full of life and glad-
ness, she enjoyed a rich social life; and she be-
gan to enter upon the realities of her new posi-


tion. With boat rides and horseback rides,
and visits, and reading, and household duties,
the summer soon passed ; and the child of the
South took her first ride on a hand sled and in
a sleigh, as abundance of snow that winter
covered the earth, and she stepped for the first
time upon solid water. Although some bright
intellects and cheerful and sunny hearts had
passed away, and the home circle was not so
large as in former years, yet, for the next seven
years, the household life was full of gladness
and of joy. No wonder Mrs. Hemans said of
earthly love, ' ' holy and fervent love, ' '

" Had earth but rest for thee and thine,
This world were all too fair."

Many a precious year of this sweet rest was
granted at that home by the Lake of the Red
Cedars. And then again would the rest be

But there will come a time for earth when
sin and death shall be no more, when life and
love shall last forever.

Let us go back into the glowing autumn and
look at another record.

" October 20, 1855. A covenant meeting was
held this day. Elder J. M. Whitehead, the
missionary of the association, was present.
After the usual exercises it was resolved that


this church meet with the Crown Point church
at their next covenant meeting and invite that
church to consult as to the propriety of, and to
proceed to the ordination of, br. Timothy H.
Ball formerly a member of this church now a
member of the Crown Point church."

This arrangement was carried out. A coun-
cil was called. The following ordained minis-
ters, then of the Northern Indiana Association,
were present, and took part in the services, J.
M. Whitehead, Harry Smith, and G. F. Bray ton.

As the Baptists had at this time no house of
worship the ordination services were held in
the Presbyterian church at Crown Point, on
the last Sabbath in December, 1855.

A second Baptist minister was thus ordained
in the county of Lake, by a presbytery of three,
who are still active pastors in the central states
of the West. Licensed by the Baptist church
at Danville in 1851, ordained on the last day
but one of the year 1855, on the first day of
January in 1856 the young evangelist com-
menced his labors in the Blayney neighborhood
near the Illinois line.

We come to the last record.

"January 17, 1856. A church meeting, by
previous notice, was held at the school house
on the evening of the 17th. Present, Lewis
Warriner, Hervey Ball, sisters Mary Edgerton,


Polly Davis, Jane Edgerton, Elisabeth Yin
nege, Amy Mann, Jane A. H. Ball, Mary
Jane Ball, Henrietta Ball."

* * * * In consideration of the present sit-
uation of the church as to location, there being
a church at Crown Point and at Lowell, and
the desire of several members to remove church
relationship to the Crown Point or Lowell
church and some being about to remove, it was
voted that the clerk be authorized to make out
a letter of dismission to any member who may
desire it.

Closed by singing and prayer.

Hervey Ball, Clerk."

Letters were accordingly given and the Cedar
Lake church, having existed seventeen years,
was thus, on the seventeenth of January, dis-
banded. During these years it had but one

Richard Church, Lewis Warriner, and Leon-
ard Cutler were deacons.

Ninety-five persons were members of this
church. Of these, forty-two were received by
experience and baptism. Thirty and perhaps
more have died. Fifteen are now residents in
the county. The other fifty are scattered east-
ward and westward, northward and southward.

The following is a list of the names of those
ninety-five members.


1. Norman "Warriner.

2. Manila Warriner.

3. Hannah Caroline Warriner.

4. Lewis Warriner.

5. Elisabeth Horton.

6. Hervey Ball.

7. Jane A. H. Ball.

8. Richard Church.

9. Anny Church.

10. Sally Church.

11. Leonard Cutler.

12. Yalona Cutler.

13. Harmon Waggoner.

14. Angelina Waggoner.

15. Azuba Leland.

16. Elizabeth Owen.

17. Albert Taylor. Baptized July 20, 1840.

18. Sally White.

19. George Marble.

20. John Church.

21. Reuben Tozier.

22. Brinkley Davis.

23. Timothy Horton Ball. Baptized April 19,


24. Elisabeth Hanmer Ball. Baptized April

19, 1845.

25. Lucinda Davis.

26. Sarah Farwell. Baptized May 18, 1845.

27. Eli Church. Baptized May 18, 1845.


28. Seth O. Oordinier.

29. Orange G-ordinier.

30. Elisabeth Belshaw.

31. Ann Belshaw.

32. Davis Tabor.

33. Eunice Tabor.

34. Lydia Church.

35. Amazi Smith.

36. Jacob Luce.

37. Sally Luce.

38. Melvin A. Halsted.

39. Martha C. Halsted.

40. Patty Halsted.

41. Mercy Ann Smith. Baptized Jan., 1846.

42. Fanny C. Warriner. Baptized Jan. 24,


43. Lyman Thompson.

44. Lucinda Thompson.

45. William Hewes.

46. John M. Davis.

47. Desdemona Little.

48. Mary Babcock.

49. Thomas L. Hunt.

50. Julia Hunt.

51. John Montinach.

52. William Taylor. Baptized Jany. 27, 1850.

53. Enoch S. McCarty. Baptized Jany. 27,


54. Daniel Davis. Baptized Jany. 27, 1850.


55. Lucy Taylor. Baptized Jany. 27, 1850.

56. Mary Edgerton. Baptized Jany. 27, 1850.

57. Polly Jane Edgerton. Baptized Jany. 27,


58. Israel Taylor. Baptized May 12, 1850.

59. Hannah Taylor. Baptized May 12, 1850.

60. David Hungerforcl.

61. • Sophia Cutler.

62. Calvin Taylor. Baptized Deer., 1850.

63. Judson Cutler. Baptized Deer., 1850.
61. Lucy Taylor, Baptized Deer. 1850.

65. Esther Edgerton, Baptized Deer. 1850.

66. M. J. Dinwiddie.

67. Lydia Church.

68. Martha Cutler, Baptized July 27, 1851.

69. Harvey Davis, Baptized Octr. 19, 1851.

70. Jonathan McCarty, Baptized Octr. 19, 1851.

71. Heman Ball, Baptized Octr. 19, 1851.

72. Elizabeth Yinnedge, Baptized Octr. 19,


73. Laura Thompson, Baptized Octr. 23, 1851.
7L Lozetta Luce, Baptized Novr. 2, 1851.

75. Ursula Amelia Brownell, Baptized Novr.

2, 1851.

76. Alvin Taylor, Baptized Novr. 2, 1851.

77. Mary Ann Blayney.

78. Betsey Davis, Baptized Octr. 9, 1853.

79. Elizabeth Duinond, Baptized Octr. 9, 1853.

80. Mary Jane Ball, Baptized Octr. 9, 1853.


81. Mary H. Young, Baptized Octr. 9, 1853.

82. Catharine Scritchneld, Baptized Octr. 9,


83. Doane Stark.

84. John Dumond, Baptized Octr. 17, 1853.

85. Jane Scritchneld, Baptized Octr. IT, 1853.

86. Nancy Ann Scritchfield, Baptized Octr. IT,


8T. Adeline Dumond, Baptized Octr. IT, 1853.

88. Susan Davis, Baptized Octr. IT, 1853.

89. Uriah McKay.

90. Jeptha D. Stapp.

91. Alia Stapp.

92. Sophia Palmer, Baptized Feb. 15, 1855.

93. Catharine Taylor, Baptized Feb. 15, 1855.

94. Amy Mann, Baptized Feb. 15, 1855.

95. Henrietta Ball, Baptized April 25, 1855.



The constitution of the Baptist church at
Crown Point in December, 1851, has been men-
tioned. The recognition services were held
Deer. 20 and 21, 1851. Members from the
Cedar Lake and West Creek churches were
present as a council, 'and also Pev. J. M.
Whitehead, then of Kingsbury church.

Among the constituent members were Charles
Fisher and Sarah Fisher, Henry Doering and
Mary Ann Doering. These two families lived
several miles east of Crown Point, and were
for a number of years active and prominent
members. Their neighborhood became a new
although small Baptist center, where meetings
were held for several years. The ground is
held entirely by others now. Those who were
once active and zealous then are scattered and

This new church soon began to arrange for
building a meeting house. In January, 1852,
Elder Hunt donated to the church land on
which to erect such a building, and three trus-
tees were appointed, John Church, Henry Doer-


ing, and Charles Fisher. A building committee
was soon chosen which was afterward enlarged
by the addition of brethren from the other
churches in the county. These were H. Ball,
L. Warriner, A. Dumond, O. W. Graves, M.
A. Halsted, and B. Davis. The erection of
the first Baptist house of worship in Lake
county was evidently considered no small un-
dertaking. Slowly the work went forward.
In 1853 Leonard Cutler was appointed "agent
to carry forward the work of building," and
' ' H. Ball was appointed collector and treas-
urer." Lewis Warriner was appointed chair-
man and Charles Fisher clerk of the large
building committee. In July Elder N. Y. Stead-
man visited the churches of the county and ac-
companied L. Cutler to Chicago to examine in
regard to building material.

Slowly the work of building went on. The
church met sometimes in the court house, some-
times in the Methodist meeting house and at
private houses. In June, 1854, application
was made to the American Baptist Home Mis-
sion Society for funds to finish the Baptist
house. This application met with no success.

In April, 1855, Elder Steadman again present
and moderator, Frederick Foster and wife, and
a son, three daughters, and a son-in-law, became
members of the church. The solicitor reported


to the church what had been clone by himself
and by brother L. Warriner, and the old build-
ing committee was discharged and a new one
appointed. The permanent members of this
new committee were EL, Ball, F. Foster, and
E. M. Cramer, who were "to carry forward the
work of building." In August, 1855, T. H.
Ball was received by letter to the membership
of this church. The church building having
been removed to another part of the town, on
account of trouble in regard to the lot boundary,
in October, 1855, Lewis Warriner of Cedar Lake
church, moderator, an agent was appointed to
sell the old lot " and pay the money to the build-
ing fund," in order to pay for the new lot. At
the same meeting arrangements were also made
to invite a council of ministers and brethren to
examine and ordain T. H. Ball.


u In accordance with the above resolution
bro. Timothy H. Ball, a graduate of Franklin
College, was ordained by the council to the
work of the Gospel ministry on Lord's day,
Deer. 30th, 1855."

We now return to other records.

The following is from the Association Minutes
for 1852. " The opportunity being given for the
reception of members, the newly constituted


church of Crown Point presented a petition to
unite with this association. The letter and arti-
cles of faith and covenant being read, and they
appearing to be evangelical, on motion,

' ' Resolved, That the Crown Point Baptist
church be received as a member of this Asso-

Elder Hunt had been holding meetings, a
"revival" influence had been enjoyed, and
twenty-eight members were at that time, (June,
1852) reported. E. Bragg was clerk.

In 1853 there was no letter sent, there was no

Elder Hunt died in July.

In 1855, in June, " No pastor " was reported.
Charles Fisher was then clerk. Members
twenty-four. This was the last year in which
the three churches of Cedar Lake, West Creek,
and Crown Point were reported ; and each alike
was without a pastor. The West Creek church
had been received into the association in 1818
with eight members, O. W. Graves, clerk. It
never reported over twenty members. It was
said of this church in 1852, when the Crown
Point church was received, " This church,
though small in number, is strong in missionary
efforts ; their contributions are large ; their zeal
for the spread of the Gospel great, as shown by
their works. Sabbath school instruction con-


tinued with zeal; library of seventy volumes."
Minutes of A 7 ". I. B. Association. J. M. Hunt
was clerk. Number, twenty.

Of the Cedar Lake church it was said in the
minutes of the same year, " This church is de-
voted to benevolent objects ; have increased in
numbers ; in a prosperous state ; have preach-
ing one third of the time. A good Sabbath
school." Of the Crown Point church also that
record says, "are devoted *to benevolent ob-
jects." For four years therefore, from 1851 to
1856, from December in the former to January
in the latter year, there were three Baptist
churches in Lake county, thoroughly mission-
ary and benevolent in their operations, contain-
ing between eighty and one hundred Baptist
members. Between the time of the death of
Elder Hunt, 1853, and the return of T. H. Ball
from the South to the home of his youth, in
1855, the licentiate mentioned in a former chap-
ter, Uriah McKay and the missionaries of the
K. I. B. Association, had been performing the
pastoral labor in the county.

The West Creek church was disbanded or
moved to Lowell in January, 1856.


It has been already stated that the newly or-
dained minister — ordained Deer. 30th, 1855,


remaining at home on Monday, Deer. 31st —
commenced his labors on the first day of Janu-
ary. The following is from the entry in his
note book.

" January 1st, 1856.

The glorious sun is shining this morning on
fields of spotless snow. Nature is bright and
beautiful for mid winter. Brother Charles left
this morning for college. I start this day upon
my travels as a home missionary in Lake county.
So one of us goes where fame and honor may be
gained ; the other to a life of lowly toil, obscure,
away from earthly honor. O Saviour, be thou
with each, the one to strengthen, the other to
preserve amid the world's temptations."

Thus, once again, these two brothers sepa-
rated, the two who were so closely joined in
heart by a common love for the same poems ;
by a strong and common attachment to the same
church and to the same great cause ; by com-
mon sensibilities in respect to mental suffering ;
and by the many years of home life, although
one was eight years older than the other, during
which they had occupied the same room, fol-
lowed the same pursuits, and shed tears over
the same causes of grief. Only occasionally
were they to meet again, but some of those
meetings were to be of intense interest. It
was well that the one breathed and felt the


prayer recorded above. It was well that the
other possessed, deeply implanted within his
soul, that Saviour's love.

Into a small neighborhood, south of the
former Farwell home, on the Grand Prairie
of Illinois and very near the state line, the

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