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Early Churches of Tippecanoe County Indiana

Members of the Tippecanoe County Area area Genealogy Society are working on this list of early churches of Tippecanoe County.   We hope to add photographs of each one.  If you or someone you know has a photograph of any Church below we  would love to post it. This database is an effort to help others find genealogy resources in your search to find family information and preserve the history.  Please remember this information came mainly from early history books of the past. The beginning of many churches started in building of other denominations.  The main tables were created from TIPCOA members Susan Y. Clawson and Joyce Watterson.   Many photographs came from myself or Kathy & Keith Hiser, who enjoyed their trip around  Tippecanoe County finding what was left of the buildings.  Thanks ladies and Keith, we really appreciate your time and effort on this project. 

We would love help, connecting any additional information or webpage's.   I can link them to help us all learn the past history.  Already many links have gone bad.  Please share new ones at   E-mail: TIPCOA CHURCH INFO       

Fairfield, Jackson, Lauramie, Perry, Randolph, Sheffield, Tippecanoe, Union, Wabash, Washington, Wayne & Wea

Shelby township


Church name

Origin date



Significant events / cemeteries

Address & possible
records available

Methodist Episcopal


1829 organized house of Peleg Potter by Rev. Emmett.


no longer active by 1888 (BR)



Methodist Episcopal

Asbury Church

organized between 1841 and 1845


first church building erected about 1843 in the southern part of township; destroyed by fire early 1870s; joined Wesleyan Church (BR) (DeHart) (“Churches”)


closed early 1870s

Methodist Episcopal

Wesley Chapel

organized 1841; Sec 2 or Sec 35 (1878)


1841 first church built, 3 mi W of Montmorenci; closed by 1888 (DeHart; DePauw)


closed by 1888

Methodist Episcopal

Little Pine Church

1829 ME society organized at house of William McCrea; org. 1845 (BR; DePauw)


1845 bldg 3/4 mi N of Morenci on the farm of Samuel Shigley; 1867 merged with Wesleyan and moved into their building, SW corner of Montmorenci cemetery; closed about 1872 and members moved to Morenci (DeHart)

closed about 1872


Pleasant Grove Methodist

Abandoned before 1900 (“Churches”)


Round Grove Methodist

Abandoned (“Churches”)

Wesleyan Methodist

Wesleyan Methodist

SW corner of Montmorenci cemetery, frame church


1867 merged with Little Pine Congregation. Moved into Wesleyan Methodist building

merged 1867

Methodist Episcopal

Montmorenci ME Church

organized 1872; S of Montmorenci (1878)


built in 1872-73 in Montmorenci (BR) included Little Pine and Wesleyan memberships; 1965 merged with EUB church of Montmorenci; 1968 name changed to United Methodist Church of Montmorenci (“Churches”)

1872 new bldg destroyed by wind storm; rebuilt 1873 (“Churches”)

Montmorenci cemetery

United Methodist Church of Montmorenci. Could it be now Otterbein United Methodist or Zion United Methodist of Wabash twp

Records at DePauw U?


Willow Grove

Jan 1875, in Willow Grove School house

1st building about 1881 in Benton Co; Rev. Thomas Burns McMannis; abandoned about 1895 and members moved to Otterbein Church (“Churches”)

Closed about 1895. See Otterbein Church

United Brethren, became Evangelical United Brethren (EUB)

Otterbein Church / Otterbein Chapel

1851 or earlier

Bishop William Brown and his brother, David Brown (“Churches”)

building erected 1851 by Rev. Andrew Winsett; part of congregation in Warren Co; about 1880 divided and Warren Co members formed Pond Grove Church in Warren Co (“Churches”); probably the EUB church that merged to become United Methodist Church of Montmorenci

2 entrances, for men and women; in mid 1890s bell moved to UB church in Otterbein

See Montmorenci ME Church

United Brethren

Otterbein Castle UB Church

6 Nov 1893, in Otterbein

1st building 1893 in Otterbein; 2nd building 1914

United Brethren

Montmorenci UB

1894 in Otterbein Chapel building, seems to be result of 3-way split, some to Pond Grove, some to Montmorenci ME, some remained

Rev. William E. Stanley

1894 moved to school house; 1895 1st building on Hoover Rd; building burned 1916 result of leaf fire that spread; met in Methodist Church; 1919-2nd building; 1928/29 members added when Union Chapel closed; 1946 national merger, became Evangelical United Brethren; 1965 local merger with Methodist Church became Montmorenci Methodist Church; moved to that building.

Bldg closed 1965 when merged with Montmorenci Methodist Church; now Montmorenci United Methodist Church.

United Brethren

Union Chapel

about 1901?

1st building 1901; presiding elder Rev. Stanley; 1927/28 disbanded, bldg sold; many transferred to Montmorenci UB

Disbanded 1927/28; many transferred to Montmorenci UB

Lutheran, United Brethren, and Reformed

Mount Tom or School No. 10 Sunday School

Three denominations met in school house (“Churches”)


St. Paul’s Lutheran

1881, 7 mi. S of Otterbein

German congregation; minister from St. James Lutheran 1860s-1870s. bldg 1881. Closed and abandoned 1974

1979 bldg moved to Hoosier 4-H Leadership Center (“Chapel”)

Closed 1974


St. John Lutheran

1890 at 900 N near US 231

Est. 1890 as mission of St. Paul’s (“Churches”)

German congregation; Abandoned (“Churches”)


Faith Lutheran of Otterbein

In Otterbein

Merger of St. Paul’s & St. John’s (“Churches”)

        Wayside Chapel on 52 W.---- Sign

    Bibliography use for Shelby Churches

    1878 Atlas of Tippecanoe County, Indiana. Knightstown, Ind.: Kingman Bros, 1878.
    1941 Directory of Churches of Tippecanoe County, Indiana. Tippecanoe County Public Library. Lafayette, Indiana.
    Biographical Record and Portrait Album of Tippecanoe County, Indiana. [BR] Chicago: Lewis, 1888.
    “Chapel to Be Named for 4-H Worker.” Lafayette Journal and Courier, Oct. 1979. Tippecanoe County Public Library vertical file.
    “Churches.” Montmorenci and Shelby Township 1829-1979. Shelby Township Historical Assn. [1979]. 22-48.
    DeHart, Richard P. Past and Present of Tippecanoe County, Indiana. Indianapolis: Bowen, 1909. 2 vols.
    “Montmorenci United Methodist Church (Tippecanoe County, Indiana)”. Archives of DePauw University, Crawfordsville, IN.. accessed 24 Feb. 2009,

    Another area you will find help are the cemeteries that were connectedThis list is also by township.


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