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Early Churches of Tippecanoe County Indiana


Members of the Tippecanoe County 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, Shelby, Tippecanoe, Union, Washington, Wayne & Wea

Wabash township



Church name

Origin date


Buildings & cemeteries

Address & possible
records available

Methodist Episcopal

West Lafayette Methodist AKA Chauncey ME church  

New church photograph

The first meeting in 1847 was in the wood working shop of Capt. John Castor

by Jonathan Hoffman; society org. 1869 (DeHart)

First pastor was Rev. Wm Davisson; church dedicated to Rev. Granville C. Moody of OH, the "fighting parson" (DeHart; BR)

Building dedicated 23 Jan, 1870; new building erected corner.

Main and South dedicated 23 Jan, 1898   (DeHart's);  part of Lafayette  Mission until 1869 (DeHart)

First United Methodist 
102 N. Chauncy Av.,  
West Lafayette,IN 47906
(765)  743-1245

Methodist Episcopal

Mt Pleasant Church  

possible church     not a Grange

3 miles SW of West Lafayette


Sunday school, services, and funerals (DeHart)


Methodist Episcopal

Mt Zion church

24 March 1847; first meetings at Rawles School house; first bldg at NW corner of Sec 36, Twp. 24 N, Range 5 W. This is about 1/4 mi E of present church (web site); on 1878 map

Montmorenci circuit (DeHart); Harrisonville [Battle Ground] circuit (web site)

(DeHart) 1st church bldg erected 1849; 2nd bldg 1899, still in use. (web site history)  

Hebron  Cemetery

Mount Zion United Methodist Church
 2223 W. 500 N.,  
 P O Box 2857
West Lafayette, IN,    47996


Methodist Episcopal

Fair Haven church  


Need photo

org 1874 at Octagon (Mt Zion web site); church at Octagon on 1878 map labeled UB


church built about 1874; closed in 1907 membership transferred to Mt Zion church and Montmorenci church (DeHart)

 Closed 1907

Methodist Episcopal

Colfax  schoolhouse and No. 10

preaching at Colfax schoolhouse in S part of twp, or at No. 10


both abandoned by 1909 (DeHart)

 Closed 1909

Methodist Episcopal


Need photo

at Klondike (Mt Zion web site)


  Could be the same as No. 10?


United Brethren, 1946 became EUB

Weaver Chapel

1890, Charles Shearer, at Number Ten (“Churches”)

Charles Shearer, Rev. E. A. Goodwin first minister (“Churches”)

Abt 1890 Charles Shearer, Supt. of Sunday School at Sharon Chapel, persuaded Rev Miller, pastor there, to hold revivals in No. Ten School house; 1st bldg 1892 (“Churches”); burned; 1896 rebuilt (“Fire”)

Now: Weaver United Methodist;  2013. Northwest District Center of Indiana Conference United., 325N. 5th Street , Lafayette , IN 47905 .  765-807.5619

German Baptist

Chauncey Baptist Church AKA West Side Baptist Church  

Need photo

Rev. O. B. Stone first pastor (DeHart)


held services in Kingston school house; erected bldg 1869; Sunday School; new brick bldg in 1901 cor of Main and Columbia, on site of old church (DeHart)




Sec 35 (1878)





Evangelical United Brethren, then United Methodist

Old  Saint Andrews  

The new church

When established In1968 EUB merged with ME to become United Methodist  


New bldg in W. Laf about 2007

St. Andrews United Methodist
4703 N 50 W
West Lafayette , IN


Sand Ridge Church   

Need photo


near  Ft. Ouiatenon  on S River Rd

bldg 1851 (Goetz et al.)

bldg 1851; razed May 1930 (Goetz et al.)


United Brethren

Sharon Chapel  

Need photo

1840s? Sharon Chapel Road 


Land donated by John and Mary Layton in 1840s. (Sylvester Layton Obit)

Closed sometime after 1915.

Bibliography use for Wabash 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.
DeHart, Richard P. Past and Present of Tippecanoe County, Indiana. Indianapolis: Bowen, 1909. 2 vols.
“Fire No Deterrent.” Heritage of Faith. Lafayette Journal and Courier 16 Nov 1974.
Goetz, Donna, et al. The Battleground Chapel: The History and the Mystery. 1984. 
 “Number Ten Community.” TIPCOA Newsletter No. 3 (2008): 6.
Sylvester Layton Obit, Lafayette Journal and Courier 21 July 1915
“Churches.” Montmorenci and Shelby Township 1829-1979. Shelby Township Historical Association. [1979]. 22-48.

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

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