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Records of the Loxa Presbyterian Church
(formerly known as Mount Pleasant Congregation)
Loxa, Illinois



The following records were copied from the original records of "Minutes of Session" Books I and II by Woodrow Anderson, Martin Bumpus, Ernest L. Doty and J.O. Mark

They were published in a Genealogical Society Quarterly (the name and date of which I forgot to write down :-(

Transcribed by ©K. Torp, 2007


On July 6, 1844, at Wilkeson's Point, Coles County, IL, fifteen persons agreed to

"associate ourselves together in a society to be known by the name of Mount Pleasant Congregation of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church under the care of Foster Presbytery."


The
charter members of the first congregation were:

A.K. Ashmore, Levi Fleenor, Emaline Fleenor, Levicy Fleenor, Samuel Shoemaker, John Shoemaker, John Niles, Martha Shoemaker, Jeremiah Craig, Parker Woods, Catherine Omdoff, Matilda Gillenwater, Marge Lampy and Nancy Craig.

The meeting house stood a short distance of the present site of Loxa. The first pastor, called at this time, was the Rev. John W. Woods.

In 1868, the Mount Pleasant Congregation decided to move their church to the village of Loxa, formerly known as Stockton. The old building was sold and a new church was erected at a cost of "twenty-three or twenty-four hundred dollars."
The church house was dedicated on the second Sabbath in October 1868, by Rev. J.R. Logan of Alton, IL and Rev. H. H. Ashmore.

On July 11, 1885, the session and trustees met to confer on plans to rebuild the church. The old building was remodeled at a cost of $1142.10, and the dedication was on December 20, 1885, by Rev. W.J. Ferguson and Rev. Lemmon. The first mention of Sunday School officers we find in the records for March 18, 1887, although on the session records of 1878 we find a motion that a Sunday School Institute and Concert be held the following Sunday afternoon.

During the winter of 1890, the members and the session of the church decided to change the name of the congregation from that of Mount Pleasant to that of Loxa. The name was officially changed at the spring meeting of the Presbytery in 1891. During the first decade of the 20th century the Cumberland Presbyterian Church and the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. merged into one church, and the session records of 1905 are the last in which the church is referred to as the Loxa Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

A very successful revival meeting was held from August 21 to September 8, 1912. The Loxa church and neighboring rural churches erected a large tent across the road from the church. Rev. James Lively was the evangelist and Albert Gardenier was the choir leader. With the cooperation of the community and under the guidance of the Holy Spirit a number of people accepted Christ and joined the church.


Elders 1844 - 1860

A.K. Ashmore - 1844
Jeremiah Craig - 1844
Alex. Montgomery - 1855
Matison Glasco - 1855
Harvey Childress - 1855
David Maffet - 1855
Andrew Hilton - 1848
Nathan Gates - 1861
(sic)



Ministers from 1844-1860
Rev. John W. Wood - 1844
Rev. Robert C. Hill 1869
(sic)


Members during 1844-1860

Matilda Woods - 1844
Marg. Cassel - 1844
Andrew Heltor - 1844 (Other members of family united with the church at the same time)
Sarah Woods - 1845
Alex. Montgomery - 1846
Margret Ann Hill - 1848 (Other members of family united with the church at the same time)

Emily Ashmore - 1848
Sidney Horn - 1848
Eliza Fleenor - 1848
America Nordike - 1848
Zorah Wiles - June 1848
Leanna Childer - 1848
Wm. Shoemaker - 1851 (Other members of family united with the church at the same time)
Sarah Ashley - 1851
Solomon Cassel - 1851 (Other members of family united with the church at the same time)
Matison Glassco - 1851(Other members of family united with the church at the same time)
Eliza Gillonwaters - 1851 (Other members of family united with the church at the same time)
George Linden - 1851
Harvy Childer - 1851
Mary Hilton - 1851
Amelia Frost - 1851
Rob't Williamson - 1853 (Other members of family united with the church at the same time)
Wm. Ritchardson - 1853
Adison McPeter - 1853
David Maffitt - 1853 (Other members of family united with the church at the same time)
Johnathan Bush - 1855 (Other members of family united with the church at the same time)
Samuel Rankin - 1855 (Other members of family united with the church at the same time)
Isaac Linder - 1855 (Other members of family united with the church at the same time)
Alex. McGaha - 1855
Matilda McClosky - 1855
Emaline Veach - 1855
Peter Debinpoart - 1855
David Fadge - 1855
Asburg Bailes - 1855
Marg. G. Martin - 1857 (Other members of family united with the church at the same time)
Jane Hawkins - 1857
Fanny Bales - 1857
Henrietta McEntire - 1857
M.A. Whiteside - 1857
James Musser - 1857
Thomas Bond - 1857 (Other members of family united with the church at the same time)
H.P. Hill - 1859 (Other members of family united with the church at the same time)
Jane Pierce - 1859 (Other members of family united with the church at the same time)
Mariah Carpenter - 1859
Gemima Haise - 1859
Ellen Palmer - 1859 (Other members of family united with the church at the same time)
Jacob Drake - 1859 (Other members of family united with the church at the same time)
Valentine Huker - 1859
Abraham McCosky - 1859
Mildred M. Vance - 1859 (Other members of family united with the church at the same time)
Levina McQhiny - 1859
F.A. Huntington - 1859
Leroy McWhiney - 1859 (Other members of family united with the church at the same time)
Eldridge Hockins - 1859(Other members of family united with the church at the same time)
James Cheak - 1859 (Other members of family united with the church at the same time)
Martha Johnson - 1859
David Hall - 1859
Vada Clark - 1859
Eliza Wilson - 1859 (Other members of family united with the church at the same time)
Jacob Weaver - 1859 (Other members of family united with the church at the same time)
Nancy Martin - 1860
Wm. H. Palmer - 1860





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