OLD BEREA CHURCH
(CHURCH OF CHRIST OF INDIAN CREEK)

MORGAN COUNTY, IL



Originally transcribed by Mrs. Andrew Harris for the IL State Historical Society Journal, Vol. 5, Oct 1912, No. 3, Pages 404-408. Article written by Florence Hutchison.

Quoting Mrs. Hutchison:
It is a matter of interest that the original record book of the Berea Church of Christ, located in Morgan County, organized August 15, 1851, has been preserved. Mrs. Andrew Harris, of Alexander, Illinois, has carefully copied the record for the Journal (ISHS). The church is located in Range 8, Township 16, Morgan County. The land upon which it is located was bought of Joel Robinson. The building was built by Joseph Black of Virginia, Illinois.

Its first pastor was the Rev. Charles Row, 1852. Other pastors in succession were, Rev. William R. Grant, Rev, Aquilla Sims, 1857; Rev. Allen H. Rice, 1862; Rev. B. W. Haley, 1866. While a regular pastor has not been employed during the intervening years, still services have been held, and upon its reorganization in 1904, a regular pastor was employed for two Sundays in each month.

Copied from the Original Book, Berea Church of Chirst:

"Morgan Schoolhouse No. 2, Aug. 15, 1851
We, the body of Christ, agree to organizing ourselves after the primitive practice to watch over one another and admonish each other, for our good, to take the scriptures of the old and new testaments for our rule of faith and practice.

That for practice, the new is sufficient, but for faith both are required. To call ourselves by the name given to Christians in the primitiave age by the Apostles-definitely called Christians-the followers of Christ. We agree to continue steadfastly in the Apostles doctrine, in fellowship, in breaking of bread and in prayers. Further as the primitive organizaitons were named according to locations so that they might be addressed or called upon by the traveling brethren, therefore we agree to known as the Church of Christ of Indian Creek, meeting at Morgan Schoolhouse No. 2."


BEREA CEMETERY is adjacent to the church, alongside the highway between Alexander and Ashland, six miles from each community. In 1924 the present red brick church was erected. The cemetery appears to date as back as far as 1825 when Amelia Robinson, age 6 months, was interred.

INDIAN CREEK CHURCH MEMBERS
15 August 1852 January 1854
BRYANT, Ald ARMSTRONG, Elizabeth
COBB, James H. BRYANT, Mrs.
COBB, John C. Dr. CORRINGTON, Mary
COKE, Margaret COX, Wm.
CORRIINGTON, Casander EGGERS, Fannie
CORRINGTON, Emily (Mrs. Joseph CUNNINGHAM) GARD, Reese
CORRINGTON, Frances GILTNER, Hiram
CORRINGTON, James C HICKOX, Albert
CORRINGTON, Wesley HICKOX, Mary
COWEN, Van Buren HYMES, Samuel
DEWEESE Ann JONES, Cyrus
DEWEESE Henry JONES, Nancy
GRANT, William R. (2nd Minister) LEWIS, Margaret
HAWKENBERRY, Lou LEWIS, Wm.
HERBERT, James RUSK, Jane
HUBBS Wm RUSK, Wm
JAMES, Ma;ry SAGE, Emily
MARTIN, Harriet SCHRADER, Mary
MARTIN, Mary E STICE, Susan
McINTYRE Benjamin STICE, Wm.
McINTYRE, Matilda STUART, Mary
McINTYRE, Mildred SWAN, Jesse
OBANION, Mary Ann
PAYNE, Virginia April 1855
PEARSON, Francaes
ROBINSON Elizabeth COOPER, Sarah
ROBINSON, Isaac COX, Rebecca
ROBINSON, Jane OWEN, Jane
ROBINSON, Joel ROBINSON, Hannay
ROBINSON, John
ROBINSON, Malinda 1856
ROBINSON, Srarh
ROBINSON, Wm CHITTICK, Francis
ROWE Charles (First Minister) CYRUS, John
ROWE, Emaline GAINES, Margaret
SMITH, Isaac GILTNER, Jane
SMITH, Lydia HUBBS, Elizabeth Ann
SMITH, Lydia (Mrs. James Hymes) RUSK, Margaret
STOCKTON, Casander RUSK, Nancy
STOCKTON, Nancy SALLEE, Elizabeth
SUTTON, Lucinda SALLEE, Levesta
THOMPSON, Matilda SIMS, Sarah
WELCH, Sinea
WESTINGAGE, James
1 Jan 1857 February 1858
CHITTICK, John THOMAS, John
COBB, Malinda J. THOMAS, John Mrs.
COX, James G.
DALBY, Matilda 1 January 1860
FLINN, Hezzekiah
FORD, David GILTNER, Henry C.
FOSTER, Chas. HYMES, Joseph
FOSTER, Julia OWEN, Elizabeth
HALL, Ellen OWEN, Sarah
HIGHBAUGH, A. J. ROBINSON, Caroline
JONES, Oscar
JONES, Wllen March 1861
JONES, Wm. M.
JOSSEY, Lewis AUBREY, D. J.
LANGE, Frederick BELT, Nathaniel W.
March 1862 BRITT, Isabella
MARTIN, Edward COOPER, Catherine
McINTYRE, Wm. DALBY, Anna
MEACHAM, Angline DALBY, Nathan
RAGLAN, Edmond DALBY, Theodore
RAGLAN, Martha HICKMAN, John
RAGLAN, Mary Jane HUFFAKER, Warren
RAGLAN, Mrs. HYMES, James
RAGLAN, Wm. KEISER, Nimrod
RAY, Rosa MARTEN, James
RICE, Allen H. (4th Minister) MARTIN, Elizabeth
RICE, Elbert MARTIN, Nathan,
RICE, Mrs. MARTIN, Preston
ROBINSON, Lafayette MASON, Asa W
ROBINSON, Stephen McINTYRE, Margaret
ROWE, Sara F. McLAUGHLIN, Gibson
SAGE, Elizabeth Mrs. ROBINSON, Henry B.
SHUE, James H. SAGE, Elihu
SIMS, Aquilla (3d Minister) SAGE, Jonathan
SIMS, Mary Ellen WORKMAN, Mary
STULT, John
THOMPSON, Peter D. January 1863
TURNER, Thomas
WELCH, Van Buren DALBY, Theresa
WILMOT, Fannie FLINN, Hannah
HUBBS, Joshua
HUBBS, Mrs.
January 1865 MITCHELL, Rebecca
SAYE, Elizabeth Miss
GORE, Matilda Jane WORKMAN, Martha
INGELOW, Carrie
JOHNSON, Catherine
JONES, Martha January 1866
January 1867 BAILEY, John
FERGUSON, F. M.
ARMSTRONG, Emma FOTNEY, F. M.
BENNET, James K. HALEY, B. W. (Minister)
BENNET, Sarah HALEY, Mrs.
BOSTON, Jane Mrs. JONES, Dorothea Mrs
BOSTON, John LEWIS Catherine Mrs.
BOWMAN, Nancy Mrs. SHUFF, Elizabeth
COONS, Margaret SHUFF, John B. (Minister)
CREED, Tennessee Mrs.
DEWEESE, James
DEWEESE, Jennie January 1870
EMERICK, Lycurges
EMERICK, Martha Mrs. ANGELD, Sarah
FERGUSON, Julia Mrs. EMERICK, James
FLINN, Agnes MRs. EMERICKS, Andrew
FLINN, C. C. GRANT, Henry
FLINN, George GRANT, Lucius
FORD, Daniel GRANT, Margaret
GARD, Mrs. HALL, Joe
GRAFF, Mary HALL, Martha
GROGAN, Jorgan HYMES, Ida
HALL, Ann E. HYMES, Mina
HALL, Ann E. JENNINGS, George
HALL, James JENNINGS, Sarah
HALL, Marsha A. JOHNSON, James
HALL, Wm. JOHNSON, Rebecca
HINKLE, George JONES, Frances
HOPEWELL, Miss MANN, Sarah
HOPEWELL, W. H. McCOY, Frances
HUBBS, Willis McINTYRE, Sarah
HUBBS, Willis Mrs. TUNNEL, Emma
JOHNSON, Malinda
JORDAN, Lucy
McCOY, Emily
McCOY, Wm. D. 1871
MITCHELL, Ada CROSS, D. O.
OWEN, Almarinda FISHER, David
OWEN, Ann FOX, Miss
OWEN, Damarius FOX, Miss
OWEN, W. C. JASPER, Mrs.
PETERSN, Rosetta JONES, Roert
RANDAL,B. C. KNOX, Andrew
ROBERTS, Chalmers McINTYRE, W. B.
RUSK, James RUFUS, Chris.
SALYERS, Charles RUFUS, Mrs. Christian
SALYERS, Charlotte Miss STICE, Geroge
SALYERS, Chesterfield WILSON, Louisa
SALYERS, Elenor
SALYERS, John
SALYERS, Reabecca
VAN CAMP, David
VAN CAMP, Mrs.
WALKER, John C.
WALLSER, John C.
WALLSER, Mrs.

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