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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       

FairfieldJackson  Lauramie, PerryRandolph, Sheffield, Shelby, Tippecanoe, Wabash, Washington, Wayne & Wea.

Union township


Church name

Origin date
& location



Significant events / cemeteries

Address & possible
records available

Society of Friends (Quakers)

Farmer's Institute

origin 1827

4626 W. CR 660 S, Lafayette

Hawkins and Hollingworth families; first minister Patience Buddle (Mather)

two meeting houses, one to the north and the other to the south of Union twp; Old institute bldg in the South (Sec 28) now in use (DeHart); built 1851, school on second floor (“Farmers”); began as silent meeting, soon added music (Mather)

Farmer’s  Institute Cemetery

Institute 1851-1888 (“Farmer’s Institute Collection”)

 Farmer’s Institute
4626 W. CR 660 S, 
Lafayette, IN  47905

Family Search Microfilm


Wea Plains Methodist

Sec 4 (1878)


western part of twp; Holland Reformed church in 1909 (DeHart)




Mintonye Methodist



southeast part of Twp; early church still open in 1909 (DeHart)




Shadeland Methodist AKA  Union  ME

 Now Quilt shop

in Sec 11 ?? (1878)


bldg erected in 1871 at entrance of great Wea Plains (DeHart)



Unidentified, probably Lutheran

Hickory Grove  Church

About 1843; near Taylor Station, in Sec 24 (1878; Waltmann)

John Dagey or Gregory Surface (Waltmann)

1st bldg 1846 (Waltmann)

 Hickory Grove cemetery


Methodist Episcopal

Stidham Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church

origin  Nov. 1913

5300 S CR 175 W


Rev. G. W. Switzer; Jasper H. Stidham, a long time resident of Union Twp d 24 Apr 1912 . Bequest of $10,000 to a church near Taylor Station

dedicated building 1915; began as Presbyterian meeting at Taylor Station; changed denominations because will reversed denominations (Great Is Thy Faithfulness); See Stidham Memorial Presbyterian Church aka Elston Presbyterian, in Fairfield twp

stained glass windows and dome designed by Lafayette artisan Miss Edna Browning Ruby; When the Methodist Episcopal Church merged with the Evangelical United Brethren Church in 1960, the name Jasper Stidham Methodist Episcopal Church was changed to Stidham United Methodist Church; burned 15 Jan 1999? (Great Is Thy Faithfulness)

Stidham United Methodist Church
5300 S. 175 W.
 (765)  474-2806

Bibliography use for Union 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
Biographical Record and Portrait Album of Tippecanoe County , Indiana . [BR] Chicago : Lewis, 1888.
Butler , Ola Drake. “History of the Stidham Methodist Church .” Mentioned in Kriebel.
DeHart, Richard P. Past and Present of
Tippecanoe County , Indiana . Indianapolis : Bowen, 1909. 2 vols.
“Farmers Institute.” Heritage of Faith. Lafayette Journal and Courier November 1976. Tippecanoe County Public Library vertical file.
“Farmer’s Institute Collection 1854–1882.” FRG 19. Earlham College , Richmond , IN. Accessed 7 July 2009
Great Is Thy Faithfulness: 175 Years of Presbyterian Ministry in Tippecanoe County . Carolyn Moses, ed.  2003.
Kriebel, Bob. “Old Lafayette .” 24 and 31 May and 7 June 2009 . Lafayette Journal and Courier.
Mather, Kathy. “ Quaker Church Recalls Simpler Days.” Lafayette Journal and Courier 5 Sept 1996 .
Waltmann, Henry G. “The Struggle to Establish Lutheranism in
Tippecanoe County , Indiana , 1826-1950.” Indiana Magazine of History 75.1 (Mar. 1979): 28-52.

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

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