La Salle County IL
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1st Presbyterian Church of Ottawa (1833-1840)
At a meeting in Ottawa Dec. 4, 1833 the following persons having presented Testimony of their good and regular standing in the Church of Christ were constituted a Presbyterian Church by Rev. Elijah A. Hazard to be known as the First Presbyterian Church of Ottawa.
The following is a list of the names of the persons who have been and are members of the 1st Presbyterian church in Ottawa. 1833
31 Dec 1834
12 July 1835
6 Sept 1835
3 Jan 1836
6 Mar 1836
Of the session of 1st Presbyterian Church in Ottawa on the 12 day of July 1835. Present Rev. R. W. Gridley moderator. Ephm Dimick, L. A. Fuller & Benj H. Moore, Elders. B. H. M. acting clerk. When Mr. Roswell Goodall and Mrs. Olive Goodall presented certified letters of membership with the church in Abington Ponifret? Connecticut. And Mrs. Mary Ford and Aaron Ford Junr and Miss Mary H. Ford and Mr. John Powers and Mary his wife presented certifiec letters of membership with the Presbyterian Church in Collinsville, Ill. Session voted to accept the several above named persons & recomand (sic) them to the Christian fellowship & communion of this church. B. H. Moore, actg clerk
Sept 4, 1835. Session met agreeably to appointment to examine candidates for admission into the church. Present Rev. R. W. Gridley, E. Dimick, L. H. Fuller & B. H. Moore, Elders. Mr. Thomas Basnett offered himself for examination and was accordingly examined. Mr. Charles Campbell, late of Ira(?) New York presented satisfactory letter from W. A. Benedict moderator of session of Presbyt. Church at that place & was examined.
Burton C. Cook presented a letter from Chancey Cook moderator of session of Presbyterian Church in Aurora, N. Y. & was examined.
James G. Higgins, late of Bath, N. Y., presented a letter from J. W. Platt, moderator of church at that place & was examined. Maria E. Burns (now Mrs. Higgins) presented a letter same moderator & place & was examined & whereupon session voted to receive all the above named persons & they were duly admitted to membership.
Jany 1, 1836 - Session met by appointment. The following named persons offered themselves for examination - Charles Crane, Jane Amelia Graham, Caroline E. Gridley and Mary Ann Basnett & were accepted & stand propounded for admission into the church.
Jany 3 - Session met. Constant Abbott presented a letter from the Congregational Church of Du Page, Ill. Signed by N. C. Clark moderator. Mr. Neeley G. Abbott presented a letter from the Congreational Church of Lyne/Syme?, N. H. recommending him to the fellowship of this church. Whereupon after examining the above named candidates they were admitted into the church this day.
Feby 11th 1836 - Mrs. Susan Eelis was received by letter.
Resolved that this session disapprove of the use of intoxicating drinks and that they deem it unclean to admit persons to membership in this church who do not abstain except for medicinal purposes. B. H. Moore, Clerk
Feby 19th 1836 - Rev. E. H. Hazard, moderator. Elders, Lester H. Fuller, James G. Higgins, Charles Campbell & B. H. Moore. Absent Elders Dimick & Bergen. Mrs. Caroline M. Campbell was rec'd to membership by letter. And Michael Gibson was upon examination received and stands propounded for membership. Mrs. Eliza Tracy & Jerusha S. Dimick being present for that purpose - were questioned & examined relative to their religious state and experience and were accepted for admission into this church.
Session met 4th March. Wm. H. Goddard and Cecililia G. Goddard his wife were received after examination by letter to membership with this church.
The Lords supper was administered this day in P.M. prior to which the following persons were received by covenant
into this church.
April 11, 1836. Session met. Opened with prayer. Voted that John P. Garrafas and Mary his wife agreeable to their request be dismissed & recommended to the Presbyterian Church of Hennepin, Putnam Co., Ill.
The Records of the First Presbyterian Church in Ottawa having been lost in 1836, the following is a summary of the formation and continuous history of said church as far as the few remaining documents and the recollection of members of the session will warrant.
In 1834 the Rev. Hazard was called to the church in Vermillionville, LaSalle Co., aforesaid and the Rev. R. W. Gridley was called to this church and installed Pastor in 1835.
Since which period the following persons have been received into this church. Those marked "L" by letter and those marked "P" by profession.
On December 1834
Subsequently the following persons united with this church at different times.
In 1835-- Ephraim Dimmick Lester H. Fuller
1836 - Nathaniel Domeny and Philinda his wife, Ezra Domeny and Rhoda his wife, presented letters of dismission and recommendation from the ch. in Beekman, Clinton Co, N.Y., and after exam were received into the connection with this church.
Nov. 4, 1836. Mrs. Alma Greene presented letter from the Cong. Ch. in Westmorland, New Hampshire and after our usual exam was duly received. Also Madison E. Hollister and Delia Ann, his wife, Harriot Glover & Elizabeth T. Lyman severally presented letters and were duly received to the care and fellowship of this ch.
May 5, 1837. Session met. Present Rev. Pastor, Elders Mooers, Bergen, Fuller and Higgins. Jeremiah Mitchell and Pamelia his wife present letter of dismissal and rec. from the ch. in Vermillion and were received.
Br. Dimmick, wife and daughter Sophia applied for dismissal to unite with church in Vermillion which was present.
And in Sept. 1836, Mrs. Rockwood, wife of John Rockwood, was admitted to this church by letter.
When a review of persons who have been united with this church, we find the following removals. Some to unite with other churches and some witness to join the church Triumphant.
Nov 17, 1837 - Miss Mary W. Hollister was examined and admitted to fellowship of this church and at her special request (she very probably near her exit from time to Eternity) the sacrament of the Supper was administered. Closed with prayer.
March 1838 - Mrs. Gridley, wife of Rev. R. W. Gridley, was dismissed from this church to unite with the ch. in Jacksonville by order of Session.
Sept. 1838 - Mr. Eels a member of this church died.
April 1839 - Mrs. Rockwood presented herself before the Session and a letter of dismission from the Cong. Church of Chesterfield, N. H. to this church was examined and admitted.
Mr. Charles Works and wife, who are members of this ch. and have been absent myore than a year on Rock River, aappliedfor a letter of dismission to unite with church at Rockford. Granted.
Charles Campbell, an Elder in this ch. applied for a letter of dismission for himself and wife to unite with some ch. in Western N. Y. as it is uncertain where he may reside. Granted.
Mrs. Elizabeth Lyman also applied for dismission to unite with church in (blank). Granted.
Voted that whereas many of our chruch Br. Not immediately in connection with this church are intending to form themselves into a district church either of the Presbyterian or Congregation order upon the north side of the River, within the bounds of this church and some of our members wishing to unite with such church upon their formation. Therefore Resolved that letters of dismission be granted and made out (for such as are in good standing) as may apply for said objects.
In complyance with which letters were given to M. E. Hollister and wife, Lester H. Fuller (Elder), Solon Kanp, Henry W. Gridley and wife, Caroline E. Brush, Sam'l B. Gridley.
Resolved also that as Mr. E. Allen and wife, residing at Albany, in Whiteside Co., whish to unite with the Presby. Church to be formed there upon their request _____? Br. Bergen that a letter of dismission for that object be granted them.
[This note added by Geo. R. Marsh, Clerk, Dec. 1912]
Rev. Geo. Marsh whose election to office of Elder is recorded on the following page was licensed to preach by the Windham County association of Connecticut, in 1825. Later he was ordained as a minister by Presbytery. He preached for many years in the Brookfield Presbyterian Church, but was not installed as pastor.]
Dea. J. G. Higgins clerk of this session departed this life, April 24, 1840.
Ottawa-April 24, 1840. At a meeting previously notified the members of the 1. Presbyterian Church of Ottawa met a Judge Glover's to take into consideration the expediency of transferring said church up the Illinois River, six or eight miles, into the neighborhood so called Brookfield Precincts, as the scene of its future operations. Wherefore-Resolved that in the Providence of God it is deemed expedient that such a transfer be made and that the church met in said neighborhood at 2 o'clock P.M. on Thursday, April 30, at the house of Mr. Aaron Ford Jun. For the purpose of confirming such decision and admitting any new members who may wish to unite with the church and transacting any other business connected with its interests.
April 30, 1840. The Church met a the house of A. Ford Jun, and confirmed the transfer of the 1st Presbyterian Church of Ottawa to Brookfield Precinct as the scene of its future operations.
Searl Reynolds presented a letter of dismission and recommendation from the Congregational Chruch of Pierreport and Elizabeth Ford (wife of Aaron Ford Jr) a letter from the baptized church of St. Clair Co., Ill. Rev. W. Jones moderator, granted a letter of dismission from this church and recommendation to the Cong. Ch. in Ottawa to Constant Abbott and ____? His wife, James Glover, Harriet Gover, Harriet Cushman, Mrs. Rockwood, Alma Green, and Elizabeth Thorn. And a general letter to Mrs. Catharine Howland.
George Marsha was elected clerk at the session in place of James G. Higgins, deceased.
November 1841. Session met by appointment at A. Fords. Pressent Rev. G. M. Elliott who was called to preside and Elders Marsh, Powers, Dominy and Ford. Amos Halsey and Caroline, his wife and Mrs. Harriet A. Leventy (formerly Miss H. A. Ford) presented letters of dismission and recommendation from Presby. Ch. and requested to be received into connection with this church. After examination they were received. Also Mr. Gershom Burr, formerly member of the Congregational Ch. in Fall River, R. I. Was examined and admitted into this church. On the next day (Sabbath) the Lords Supper was administered and John James, son of G. & J. A. Marsh, born ____? 1839, Lucy, daughter of Nath. And Philinda Dominy, born Jan 2, 1841, Lucy Jane, and Harriet Ann, daughters of John and Nancy Powers, and Robert S. Brent, born March, 1838, son of Mrs. Leventy (formerly Mrs. Brent) were baptized.
Jan. 1843. Resolved that letters of dismission and recommendation be granted to Ezra Dominy and Rhoda Dominy, his wife, and to David R. Breese and Hannah Breese, his wife to join a church about to be formed on Indian Creek. G. Marsh, clerk.
July 9, 1843. Session met at the house of Levi Jennings Jr. A letter of dismission and recommendation to a church in Chicago was granted to Gershom Burr.
July 29, 1843. Levi Jennings Jr. and Emily, his wife, Lucretia, the wife of Elbridge G. Clark, Jane Burnett, Lifee H. Powers and Aaron F. Powers were examined and received as members of the church.
July 30, 1843. Luke Rugg and Salome, his wife, Lewis P. Rugg, George H. Rugg and Emeline Rugg were examined and received as members of this church.
The above named persons viz, Levi Jennings Jr., Emily Jennings, Lucretia Clark, Jane Burnett, Lifee H. Powers, Aaron Powers, Luke Rugg, Salome Rugg, Lewis P. Rugg, George H. Rugg and Emeline Rugg were then publicly received by covenant into the church.
Mar. 23, 1845. Mr. Amos Halsey and Caroline, his wife, requested a letter of dismission from this church and reccomendation to the Cong. Church in Ottawa. Voted that the letter be granted.
May 1848. The following children were baptized by Rev. G. W. Basse of Ottawa, viz: Susan Elizabeth Powers and Nancy, daughter of John & Nancy Powers, born Dec 15th 1842. John Thomas born Nov 12, 1845 and George Henry born July 25th, 1847, sons of Lifee H. and Jane Powers. Lafayette & Maryette Elisabeth son and daughter of Nathaniel & Philinda Dominy, born Jan 24, 1846, and Mary Elisabeth Adeline, daughter of George & Jane Amelia Marsh, born March 27th, 1846.
Nov. 1850. A letter of dismission was granted to Lifee H. Powers and Jane Powers, his wife.
They were recommended to the Presbyterian Church of South Ottawa. G. Marsh, clk.
Sept 19th 1852. Mrs. Rachel Galloway, wife of Samuel R. Galloway was examined as to her religious experience and received as a member of the church.
August 7, 1853. Session met at the school house. Mrs. Lucy Gage, wife of Isaac Gage presented a letter of dismission from the Vermillion Congregational Church, recommending her to any evangelical church. She was received as a member of this church.
Oct 3, 1853. At a meeting of the session, at the close of Public Worship, a letter of dismission and recommendation was granted to Mrs. Elisabeth Ford.
April 19th 1857. John H. Powers was received into connection with this church by letter from the Presbyterian Church of South Ottawa, and Hellen R. Powers, his wife, was also received by letter from the Congregational Church of Buck Creek and Serena.
July 25th 1857. Cornelius Vandenburg and Peterella, his wife, presented a letter from a Dutch church in the Kingdom of Holland. After examination as to their faith and experience they were received into the church. Also Mrs. Mary E. Gage, wife of Richard Gage. Miss Lucy Jane Powers, Miss Emily Jane Jennings and John James Marsh were received on profession of their faith.
April 30th 1859. Miss Catharine Louisa Jennings and Julia Ann Jennings, Matthew L. Jennings and Charles Robert Powers presented themselves for admission into the church.
June 16th 1860. Session met. Andrew Greenlees and his wife, Lucy Jane Greenlees presented a letter from the Church of Serena and were received into the church.
Feby 10th 1861. Miss Emily Jane Jennings having arranged to go to Oberlin College, applied for a letter of dismission from this church and recommendation to the Congregational Church in Oberlin. Letter granted.
July 27, 1862. Elder John Powers departed this life. He served as ruling elder faithfully and with entire and uniform acceptance from the date of this ordiation (sp?) at South Ottawa, March 22, 1840, to the close of his life.
June 17th 1865. Session met at the schoolhouse. Silas M. Bates, baptized that day, Mary E. A. Marsh, Sarah Ann Smith and Ezra Dominy were on examination, received into the church.
August 1865. The session held a meeting to examine Charlotte Schnake, who desired to unite with the Church.
August 1866. Mrs. Mary Sigler was received into the church by the session by letter from the Congregational Church in Marseilles.
April 20, 1867. Miss Grace Lawson was received by session into the church by letter from a Presbyterian Church in Scotland.
April 1, 1868. Clara Tompkins applied for admission into the church. She was received. She was baptized April 5th.
January 23, 1869. The following named persons applied for admission into the church viz. Frederick Rinker, William Bishop, James F. Gage, Edwin F. Gage, Emeline A. Reed, Sarah Delong and Sarah Miner. They were examined and received.
Feb. 20th 1869. The following persons were examined with a view to church membership viz. Andrew Golder, J. Wesley Johnson, Butler Reed, Mrs. Rachel Hilton, Miss Margaret Golder, Miss Harriet E. Gage, Miss Ida Ann Gage and Mrs. Ellen Powers. They were examined by the session and entered into convenant with the church the next day.
Jan. 7, 1870. Mr. James Walker and Mrs. Janet Walker, his wife, united with the church on profession of their faith at their house, he being confined by sickness.
Feb. 6th 1870. Mrs. Mary J. Rinker was received into the church by letter and Mrs. Mary Winckler and Mrs. Margaret (illegible) by profession of her faith.
March 20, 1870. Nancy R. Powers and Ary C. Smith were examined by the Session and admitted to this church. Ary C. Smith was baptized by Rev. G. Marsh.
April 17, 1870. Frederick Tryon and Mary Tryon, his wife, Frederick M. Tryon, Charles H. Tryon, Clark S. Tryon, Thomas H. Stanley, John J. Taylor, and Elisabeth Taylor, his wife, Hellen E. Reed, wife of Edward Reed, John T. Post and Elizabeth A. Post, his wife, and Mrs. Nickerson were examined as to their faith and experience and were admitted as members of the church.
Revd. John H. Shay united with the church by letter from the Congregational Church of Vienna.
Dated April 6th 1870.
June 11th 1870. Charles Reed, Mrs. Mary Waite and Miss Bertha Waite were examined as to their christian faith and experience and were received into the church. Miss Florence Waite and Mrs. Virginia Van Winkle were received by letter.
June 12th 1870. Session met at the church. Wm. Thompson and Mr. Van Winkle were examined as to their faith and experience and admitted into the church. Mrs. Ann Thompson, Mrs. Julia C. Warren, Mr. Alexander Clark, and Mrs. Clark his wife, and Mr. James Clark were received by letter. These persons with those who joined the day previous entered into the covenant with the church. Wm. Thompson, Charles Reed, Bertha Waite and Florence Waite, Aaron Clark, infant son of Aaron F. and Ann Powers, born 1869, and John Arthur, infant son of John H. and Ellen E. Powers, born Apr. 26th A.D. 1870 were baptized by Rev. Geo. Marsh.
July 10th 1870. Charles T. Farrell and Alice Farrell, his wife, were received as members of this church by letter from the Presbyterian Church of South Ottawa.
Aug 7th 1870. Mr. Merritt Houghton and Miss Julia E. Houghton were received as members of this church by letters from the Congregational Church in Olivet, Mich.
Nov 27th 1870. L. H. Powers and Jane B. Powers, his wife, Alanson L. Baker and Alice C. Baker, his wife, Harriet A. Powers, Charles A. Powers, Lifee F. Powers and Henry E. Ware were received as members of this church by letter from the Presbyterian Church of South Ottawa.
June 1st 1871. Session met at the church for the purpose of considering the application of Rev. John H. Shay for letters of dismission for himself and wife, Mrs. Marietta B. Shay. Ordered that a letter of dismissal and recommendation to the Cong. Church at Warsaw, Ill be given to Mrs. Marietta B. Shay. Charges having been preferred against Rev. John H. Shay by L. H. Powers, a member of this church, he was cited to appear before this Session at this church on Saturday, the 14th day of Jan 1871 at 1 o'clock to make answer to said charges. A copy of the charges was also sent him with the names of witnesses to sustain said charges.
Jan 8th 1871. Session met at the church after Divine Service and ordered that letters of dismissal and recommendation be granted to Mrs. Mary A. Reed, Miss Emelgene Read, and Miss Margaret Golder and Grace Lawson. J. H. Powers, clerk.
Jan 21st 1871. Letters of dismissal and recommendation be granted to Andrew Golders, Mrs. Rachel Hilton and Mrs. Elizabeth Cummings.
February 1871. At a meeting of Session, J. J. Marsh was appointed clerk also a letter of dismission and recommendation was granted to Mrs. Julia A. Ford to join the M. E. Cedar Point Church.
March 13, 1871. It was decided by lot that F. Tryon and A. F. Powers shall retire from the board on the 1st Sat. in June 1872. N. Dominy and J. J. Marsh on the 1st Sat. in June 1873. Wm. Bishop and Butler Reed on the 1st Sat. in June 1874. Aaron F. Powers, Wm. Bishop and Butler Reed were ordained by Rev. E. J. Stewart on Sunday, March 12th.
Sept 2, 1871. Mr. M. Stewart and wife, Emma V. Stewart were received by letter from the Ausable Grove Presbyterian Church.
Sunday, Sept 3rd, 1871. The following named children were baptized after Divine Service by Rev. E. J. Stewart viz: Agnes May Powers, daughter of A. F. and Ann Powers, born May 31, 1871. Mary Belle Van Winckle, daughter of James Edward and Virginia Van Winckle, born Sept 20th 1871. Wm. Henry Hamon, son of Samuel & Susan E. Hamon, born Aug 26th 1870. Lifee Powers Baker, son of Alanson L. and Alice C. Baker, born July 9th 1871.
On Sunday, June 16th 1872, the following named children were baptized after Divine Service by Rev. L. M. Gates viz: George Henry Powers, son of J. H. and Ellen E. Powers, born September 13th, 1871, Charles Lifee Ware, son of Henry E. and Harriet A. Ware, born May 12th A.D. 1872, Rose Lillian Hamon, daughter of Samuel B. Hamon and Susan E. Hamon, born A.D. 1872.
At a meeting of Session held Jan. 12th 1873 a letter of dismission and recommendation was granted to Mrs. C. L. Smalley to join the M. E. church of Allen, Ill.
March 17, 1873. It was also decided to drop the name of Mrs. Julia C. Warren and Thomas Stanley from the church roll as they have removed out of the knowledge of the Session without taking letters. J. J. Marsh, Clk.
March 30th 1873. Andrew Greenlees and his wife, Lucy J. Greenlees and their son, John R. Greenlees were received from the Cong. Church of Ottawa.
Thomas Johnson Clark, son of Alexander and Margaret Clark, was baptized March 1st 1873 by Rev. L. M. Gates.
Feb 22nd 1874. Letters of dismission and recommendation were granted to Elder John H. Powers, Ellen E. Powers, his wife and Nancy R. Powers, his daughter; to Silas M. Bates and Margaret E. Bates, his wife to join the Pres. Church of Hastings, Neb. Also letters were granted to Andrew Greenlees and Lucy J. Greenlees his wife and John R. Greenlees, their son.
July 12th 1874. The following named children were baptized by Rev. Geo. Marsh, viz: Sarah Maria, daughter of Frederick and Mary Jane Rinker, born (blank), and Samuel Silas, son of Frederick and Mary J. Rinker, born (blank), Edna Virginia, daughter of Edward and Virginia Van Winkle, born (blank), James Alexander, son of Aaron F. and Ann Powers, born (blank).
Sept 9th 1888. Brookfield, Ills. After public worship the named persons were received into church relationship with this church by Rev. A. F. Hale of Grand Ridge viz: Mrs. Mary H. Marsh, Mary Eliza Adaline Marsh, Geo. Regne Marsh, Theodore Formhals, Lucy Snook, Fannie Snook, Mrs. Laura Gage, Etta Rose and Minnie Beckman.
Aug. 31st 1890. Brookfield, Ill. The following named persons into church fellowship viz: Mrs. Ellen O. Rice, Miss Amy Rice, F. L. Covell, Mrs. Jennie Rose, Truman, Rose, Mrs. Avaline Covell, Mrs. Ortensa Rose, Miss Flora Rose, Estella Rose, Wm. N. Rose, Mrs. Sara Rose, Miss Clara Rose, Mrs. Alina D. Rose, Miss Adelia Carr, Miss Mattie Snook, Miss Lucy Gage, Wallace H. Marsh.
Sept. 18th 1892. Rev. Harris H. Gregg acting as pastor and J. J. Marsh as Elder. Mrs. Sarah Jane Sigler and Mrs. Sarah Elizabeth Garver presented themselves for church membership on profession and were accepted after an approval? Sermon.
May 1894. After the preaching service at the Brookfield church, Rev. Locke baptized the following named children, Orville Luther Furr and John Furr.
On Sabbath evening, June 24th 1894, a meeting of session was held at the Brookfield Church. Rev. Harris Gregg of Ottawa being present and constituting the session with prayer. The following named persons were examined and publicly received into the church. The persons whose names are marked thus + were baptized at that time.
List of persons baptized at the Brookfield church, Dec. 1894 by Rev. J. R. Stead, but not received into church membership.
May 26th 1895. After examination, Emma Sigler was received to church membership on profession of faith at the close of the regular morning service this day.
Roll of Brookfield, Ill. Pres. Church - Dec 10th 1894. (for roll of non resident members see page 169)
DATE OF RECEPTION NAME
Non-resident Membership Dec 10, 1894
Revised list of Members - 1897
Sept 9th 1888
Aug 31, 1890