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, Shelby, Tippecanoe, Union, Wabash, Washington, &  Wayne  

Wea township

 

Denomination

Church name

Origin date
& location

Founder

Buildings

Significant events / cemeteries

Address & possible
records available

United Brethren

Otterbein Church  

need photo

about 1840 near Black School house

 

first church was erected about 1840; also used by Presbyterians and Methodists (BR)

 

 closed ?

United Brethren

Crestview United Brethren Church

1400 Ortman Lane, or 300 S between 100 E and 150 E.

 

Opened to replace rural churches, which were closing. The building was erected in 1974.

Crestview United Brethren Church
1400 Ortman Ln., Lafayette, IN 47909
(765) 474-2445

Presbyterian

Spring Grove Presbyterian AKA Spring Grove Union Church (BR)  

need photo

Sec 27, next to Spring Grove School #9 (1878)

 

erected about 1866; Replaced by brick structure in 1903 which served until 1924, when the church closed. (“History”)

Bldg 20’ by 40’ with two doors opening to the north.    Brick bldg used as Spring Grove Grange Hall 1931-36 and  demolished 1948 (“History”)

Spring Grove Cemetery

 closed 1924

Christian (Disciples of Christ in 1941)

Wildcat Christian Church   

Record book 1851-1890  pdf file.

Org. 1851 (“Tippecanoe”) Sec 23 (1878) on 600 S

 O B Wilson and John Conroy (?) (“Tippecanoe”)

built in 1854 on 600 S – 1-1/2 miles E of  Spring Grove Church; was active until closed in 1942  (“History”)

frame bldg facing south with two doors, one for women and children, other for men; bldg struck by lightning and burned in 1921;  rebuilt; closed 1942; bldg used by Boy Scouts briefly; demolished 1969. (“History”)

 closed 1942

Methodist Episcopal

Wesley Chapel ME Church or Sickler Church  

need photo

org. 1853 at intersection of CR 300 S and State Rd 43 S on land donated by Esaias H. and Rebecca Sickler (“History”)

 

brick building; bricks burned locally; northwest part of twp (“History”)

closed early 1880s; used as sheep barn. Torn down about 1900 (“History”)

Sickler Cemetery

 closed early 1880s

Protestant Methodist

   

Need photo

Near Layman School #3 on Sickler land (1878)

 

 

 closed

Bibliography use for Wea 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.
“History of Wea Township 1857-1975.” TIPCOA Newsletter No. 2 (2008): 3-14.
“Tippecanoe County, Indiana Wildcat Christian Church Record 1851-1890. Internet Archive. Uncorrected scan.
 http://www.archive.org/stream/tippecanoecounty00wild/tippecanoecounty00wild_djvu.txt accessed 7 July 2009.
N.B. There are a number of new churches in Wea Township as a result of the growth of the city of Lafayette into Wea Township in recent years. They are not included
 here because this project is limited to tracing historical churches from their beginnings in the early years of settlement in the county to the present. Some of these are Faith Baptist 
(now in Perry township), Christ United Methodist, Grace Lutheran, and Brady Lane Church of Christ. Those which moved here from other townships are listed in their townships of origin.

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

 


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