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Christian in Montgomery County - Source: Crawfordsville Weekly Journal Crawfordsville Montgomery County Indiana 31 January 1896 Some time since the old Christian Church building, standing just west of the handsome edifice now occupied by the congregation, was sold to Henry B. Hulet and Monday a force of men under James Hulet begun to tear the old structure down. The timbers will be used by Mr. Hulet in constructing a house and barn. The old church was built early in the 1830s and in it the denomination grew from a struggling congregation to one of wealth and far influence. The Christian Church in Montgomery County was organized very soon after the settlement of Offield. Elder Michael Coombs, a Kentuckian living near Chambers’ Mills, organized the church and among the first members were James B. McCullough, Samuel McClung, AM French, Henry Liter, Joseph Graham and their wives and children. Elder Coombs was the first preacher and he was succeeded by the father of Judge JF Harney. Elder Harney settled on the Jennison place in this city and upon retiring from the pastorate sold the place to his successor, Elder John O’Kane, an Irishman of great force and intellect. Elder O’Kane was the father of Commander O’Kane, of the US Navy. One of his other sons, Walter, joined the rebel army during the war and was captured and imprisoned at Johnson’s Island. He wrote to his father to intercede in his behalf, but the old Roman wrote back that he had made his bed and must lie in it. Elder O’Kane was succeeded by Ryland T. Brown, the father of Capt. George R. Brown and TD Brown. In the meantime the church had been removed to Crawfordsville and the old edifice now being torn down had been built upon the lot, which was given by Mayor Ambrose Whitlock. In 1848 Elder John B. New became pastor. He was father of John C. New, proprietor of the Indianapolis Journal. He was succeeded by B.T. Russell, who was followed by Elder Jamison, who remained a long time. The early fortunes of the church were not all happy ones. It was a struggle for survival almost, as the congregation was poor and had innumerable obstacles to overcome. But zeal and religious faith can remove mountains, and the beautiful church edifice which stands today is no less a monument to the devotion of the pioneers than to the generosity of their children. The old church building is being removed, but the memories which inherit it and the blessings coming from it will stand forever.
Coal Creek - wish I knew something about it :) Lert me know if you do
LEAZENBY, District Superintendent (I believe this was in 1904 but sorry I didn't get the complete date). Also another little piece on him -- Source: Greencastle Banner 27 Nov 1896 p 7 - Portland Mills news - Our new Unioin Methodist Church near Morton is about completed and will be dedicated Dec 13. Rev. Leazenby the past is not only a hustler, but is a very able minister and under his administration we expect the scepter to return to Judes.
OLD UNION - Union Twp
SALLY MILLIGAN GUILD - Presbyterian Church, Waveland
SALEM -- Source: Crawfordsville Weekly Journal 28 Jan 1898 p 12 “Oak Grove” news item – Salem Church, a land mark for over 40 years, had at last been torn down and the available material used by the purchaser, AN Pickett to build a barn. This old temple, never rich in anything but sentiment, has been nevertheless a powerful factor in the annals of this community. Some of the ablest men in the state have ministered from its time-stained desk. Of late years the building has been in a sad state of neglect and its removal will relieve the adjacent cemetery of much seeming loneliness and neglect. The trustees will erect a substantial fence about the grounds in the spring.
SHANNONDALE -- Organized March 17, 1831 at the farm of William Young west of Shannondale - Rev. Clairborn Young, presiding. Dedicated as "Rock Church," the Bethel Presbyterian Church.
TURKEY RUN -- Source: Crawfordsville Weekly Journal 15 April 1893 p 5 More than 60 years ago before the red man had hardly disappeared and while the wild deer went leaping through the forest, a company of pioneers with religious intent, met to worship in a school house which stood on the bank of a babbling brook called Turkey Run in the southwestern part of Coal Creek Township on a piece of land Vezey Tracey bought from the government. Probably as early as 1830 Grandmother Tracey was buried at this place which was the commencement of Turkey Run burying ground. Mr. Tracey sold the farm, except this plot of ground to George Westfall. The school house gave way to a log house of worship and the church was known as Turkey Run Christian Church. The church was afterward moved to Pleasant Hill Christian Church. For many years the pioneers from afar and near were buried at Turkey Run, until nearly every family in the county was represented in this consecrated place. For some years, however, the cemetery has been neglected. Recently an effort is being made to erect a substantial iron post fence around it. Last fall trustees were elected and a subscription circulated. The effort is commendable and should be encouraged.
UNION VESPERS - 1942
WAVELAND CHRISTIAN - Feb 1907 - charter members still living --Source: Weekly Argus News, July 5, 1890 p 1 The corner stone of the Christian Church at Waveland will be laid on Thursday July 10th. Over 40 fraternities and churches will participate. Lt. Gov. Ira J. Chase, Elder J.P. Ewing and other distinguished persons will be present and assist. All are cordially invited.