First Christian Church
206 South Waco Street
The predecessor of this church, the First Disciples of Christ Congregation
in Texas, was founded during the winter of 1841-42 at McKinney's Landing
in Bowie County near the Texas-Arkansas border.
Collin McKinney, pioneer settler and signer of the Texas Declaration
of Independence, was the leader of the Bowie County congregation, which
had worshipped informally since 1831.Between 1844 and 1846 the group moved
to Liberty (later called Mantua) three miles southwest of here. In 1846
under McKinney and J. B. Wilmeth, the congregation was reorganized as the
"Liberty Church" with eighteen members.
In 1854, the First Mantua Christian Church was built. In this early
structure a rail in the center aisle separated men from women. No offering
plate was passed: donations were placed on the communion table. Members
constructed their own "hymn books", which doubled as souvenir and recipe
books. Founders of churches in many cities, including Galveston, Sherman,
and Glen Rose, were members of the Mantua Church. In 1887 the Mantua group
organized the church on this site in the infant town of Van Alstyne, located
on the Houston and Texas Central Railroad.
In 1891 the Mantua and Van Alstyne Churches joined memberships.
Read more at bottom of this page.
1st Christian Church
When the church was oranized on the 2nd Sunday in September 1846
at the home of "Uncle Carroll McKinney", Methodiat and brother of Collin
Mckinney, the following were the members
Betsy (Leake) McKinney, 2nd wife of Collin McKinney
Ashley McKinney, s/o Collin McKinney and his 1st wife Amy
Sarah Sallie McKinney, wife of Ashley McKinney
D.L. McKinney, s/o of Ashley McKinney
C.M. McKinney, s/o of Ashley McKinney
J.S. McKinney, s/o of Ashley McKinney
Eliza S. Milam, d/o Collin and Betsy McKinney
W.C. "Billie" McKinney (Elder), s/o Collin & Betsy McKinney
Margaret "Peggy" McKinney, w/o W.C. McKinney
Polly McKinney, d/o Collin & Amy McKinney
Marcus S. McKinney, s/o James & Polly McKinney
George McKinney (deacon), s/o Daniel McKinney, brother of Collin
Nancy McKinney, w/o George McKinney
J.B. Wilmeth (Elder)
Nancy Wilmeth, w/o J.B. Wilmeth
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