Carroll County Biographies

MATTHEW ESHELMAN



(1844 1921) Cherry Grove Church of the Brethren Born in Mifflin County, PA, Sept. 1, 1844; son of Andrew and Leah Aurand Eshelman. Enlisted twice in the Civil War. Taught school several years. Married Lizzie Best, Oct. 25, 1865; four daughters and four sons. United Church of Brethren in Christian County, IL, 1873; minister, 1878; elder, _____. While yet a layman he became active in the Cherry Grove, IL congregation; wrote much and promoted the Danish mission. With J.H. Moore and J.T. Myers founded the Brethren at Work in 1876. He was author of Our Faith Vindicated, Sabbathism, True Vital Piety, Two Sticks, The Open Way to the Book of Revelation, and Operations of the Holy Spirit. He was a promoter of McPherson College, Lordsburg College and Berean Bible School. In fact, he was a born promoter, a born teacher, a born writer, but never a financier. [Brethren In Northern Illinois and Wisconsin by John Heckman and J.E. Miller, Brethren Publishing House, Elgin, IL, 1941, pgs. 160, 161, etc.]

Contributed by Carrol Parrish
Photo courtsey of IL GenWeb Ogle County Roger Cramer

**He died 21 May 1921 in Glendale CA buried at Forest Lawn Cemetery. His children were Ollie, Harvey, Al, Amy & Vinnie who married Oliver Wendall Lehmer.

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