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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. 

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Tippecanoe township



Church name

Origin date
& location



Significant events / cemeteries

Address & possible
records available

Methodist Episcopal

Old Salem ME church; successor called Cairo (DeHart)

(originally at the corner of 900 N & 75 E)  


origin 1836


first church bldg in twp, of hewn logs; erected about 1836; closed in 1851. Northern part of twp SE cor of Sec 5 T24 R4; Cairo located 1/4 mi W of Salem and open in 1909 (DeHart) Original church people broke off to form 5 churches. 

Salem, believed to have been the first church north of the Wabash.  Established 1836 log building built in the south west corner of the east half of the east half of section 5, 24N 4W.  Land sold to trustees of church by John and Barbara Shigley. 1866 map showing some locations Sec. 4 & 5. 

First Trustees were Aaron Yarnall, Jacob Klepinger, and John Mahin.  Members consisted of those from  the north part of Tippecanoe Township  and the southern part of Prairie Township in White County. (Robinson)

closed 1870 (Goetz et al.)  

Cairo or Old Radical.  Now destroyed.



closed 1870

Methodist Episcopal

Liberty Chapel/ Union Church (ME and EUB) 

built 1873; Sec 9 T24R4 (1878)


in 1873 (Methodist and UB) (DeHart) Union Chapel:  A group of members from Salem split away and joined the Methodist Protestant denomination in 1842.  Land purchased from Stephen and Jane Mendenhall located one half mile east of Salem Meeting house described as the south west corner of the east half of the south west quarter of section 4, 24N 4W.  Location of Present Liberty Chapel Cemetery. 

First Trustees were David Camlin, Elijah Timmons, John P Harvey, Jacob Graves, and John G. Smith.  1851 Methodists established Prairie Church 2.5 miles north of the Salem Meeting house drawing away some members of the Salem Meeting. This building was in White County.  (Robinson)

EUB closed 1967; to Battle Ground EUB


 closed; see BG EUB


Methodist Protestant church

Need photo

origin 1840


ca. 1840: 2nd church bldg in twp hewn logs,  half mile E of Salem church, occupied until 1867 (BR).


closed 1867


Beekers Chapel

Need photo



closed 1880; burned to ground 1961


closed 1880


Methodist Episcopal

Geneseo ME 

Need photo

1846 or 1854; 2 mi west of Battle Ground; Sec 22 (1878) School #7 of same name (Commemorative Prog)


built either 1846 or 1854; also a parsonage; closed and members moved to Battle Ground (DeHart); 1866-1871 (Goetz et al.)  Early members came from NY. Danial & Marry Ogden, Erastus & Maria Barnes & Samuel VanCamp family. (clipping). 1853 

Methodists established Genoseo :  Location NW corner of Section 22, 24N 4W. (Robinson)

Burnetts Creek

 closed  1882?

Methodist Episcopal

Pretty Prairie ME church

Need photo

built 1858; Sec 8 R3, near School #2  Pretty Prairie School (1878) 4 mi NE  of Battle Ground (Commemorative Prog)


built in 1858; open in 1909 (DeHart)

Pretty Prairie Cemetery

closed and bldg torn down (“Battle Ground UMC ”)

Methodist Episcopal

Battle Ground ME church

org. 1859 Winans St (Walking Tour; also 1878)


first bldg 1859 replaced earlier church at nearby Harrisonville; 2nd bldg 1884, burned 1918; 3rd bldg burned 1920; 4th bldg 1920 (Walking Tour); became a station in 1951 (“BG Evangelical UB”)


 United Methodist
201 Tipton Street
Battle  Ground, IN

United Brethren

Liberty  Chapel Union Church (ME and UB)

1866 map showing some locations Sec. 4 & 5.

built 1873; Sec 9 T24R4 (1878)


in 1873 (Methodist and UB) (DeHart) became EUB closed 1967; to Battle Ground EUB (“BG Evangelical UB)



Evangelical United Brethren

Battle Ground Evangelical United Brethren

Need photo



1968 became Main St. United Methodist; 1969 closed and merged with Battle Ground ME (“BG Evangelical UB”)


closed; see

United Methodist
201 Tipton Steet
Battle Ground, IN

Church of God

Battle Ground Church of God

1940 (“Battle Ground Church of God”)

Rev. Holly Ewing (“Battle Ground Church of God”)

Former grocery store (“Battle Ground Church of God”)


open in 1975 (“Battle Ground Church of God”)

Christian Church (Disciples of Christ in 1941)

Pleasant Grove Christian Church  

Need photo

org. 1853; Sec 19 (1878)


erected Sec 19/25/4 in 1853; brick structure; third church building in township (DeHart); L. B. Jennings, pastor (1878)

 7 mi. N of Laf called Pleasant Grove (DeHart)


Christian Church

Battle Ground Christian Church  pdf

Donated by Anita Carlson Hellyer



Christan Church at Battle Ground (DeHart)



Methodist Episcopal

Methodist Collegiate Institute  

1857; Battle Ground


town platted between Tipp BG and Harrisonville; Institute built; both by ME church (Walking Tour)



Methodist Episcopal

Methodist Camp meeting Ground  

Chapel now there

1875; Battle Ground on site of former institute


34 years in 1909 (DeHart)

Harrisonville Cemetery

Battle Ground Museum

Bibliography use for Tippecanoe township 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
Battle Ground Church
of God.” Heritage of Faith. 26 Apr 1975 , Lafayette Journal and Courier, TCPL vertical file.
“Battle Ground Evangelical United Brethren Church (Tippecanoe County, IN).” MC 150. Archives, DePauw University. Accessed 28 Feb 2009
“Battle Ground United Methodist Church .” Heritage of Faith, Sept. 1975, Lafayette Journal and Courier, TCPL vertical file.
Biographical Record and Portrait Album of
Tippecanoe County , Indiana . [BR] Chicago : Lewis, 1888.
Commemorative Program Battle Ground Elementary School . Battle Ground, IN: Battle Ground Elementary
, 1981.
DeHart, Richard P. Past and Present of Tippecanoe County , Indiana . Indianapolis : Bowen, 1909. 2 vols.
Goetz, Donna, et al. The BattleGround Chapel: The History and the Mystery. [ Battle Ground, IN], 1984.
The United Methodist Church 1972 Directory, Battle Ground, IN, corner of Tipton and Winans. Battle Ground, IN: 1972.
A Walking Tour of Battle Ground, Indiana . Text by Richard Fudge. Battle Ground, IN: Town of Battle Ground and the Battle
 Ground Economic Development Committee, 1989.  

Quentin Robinson personal collection.  10-2010 

Anita Carlson Hellyer donation of the Battleground Christian Church photo. 2014


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