Genealogy

The following paragraph is from a booklet written by Ellwood O. Ellis entitled, "Society of Friends in Grant County." Ellwood talks of the beauty and lack of any human habitation in the county save the trail of the Indian and the track of wild animal. He then says:

Into this scene of natural sublimity came David Conner and Martin Boots in October and John Ballinger - a Friend (Quaker) - in December 1825. Two years before, Goldsmith Gilbert had come from Muncietown and established an Indian Trading Post on the river a few miles northwest of the present city of Marion. He sold out to David Conner, who entered land on terms offered by the United States. Martin Boots made a similar entry of land now occupied by the streets and alleys and hundreds of homes in Marion. John Ballinger entered land on which is located the Friends' and the Odd Fellows (IOOF) cemeteries, and the farm that has long been known as the Isaac Jay Farm, it having been purchased by Isaac Jay 25 years later. So, of the first three settlers, one was a Friend (Quaker).

But other Friends (Quakers) must have come in rapid succession, for only three years later, Friends' meetings were regularly held at the residence of Eli Overman, and were attended by Ephraim Overman, Silas Overman, Ruben Overman, Isaac Elliott, Joshua Small, John Lamb, John Thomas, Jesse Thomas and Charles Baldwin and doubtless by others whose names have not been handed down. After a short time, the meetings were held in a log school house that had been built. John Ballinger died in 1827 and was buried on his own land, where thousands since then have been laid in the sleep of death. The Friends (Quakers) built the first meeting house/church in the (Grant) county on the John Ballinger Farm. By some it has been claimed that this was in 1828 and by others, in 1830.

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Allen Temple A.M.E. Church Methodist -3440 S. Washington - Marion
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Back Creek Friends ChurchFriend/Quaker18417560 S. 150 E - Fairmount
Back Creek Wesleyan Church--10971 S E 00 W - Fairmount
Bethel Church of the Lord Jesus ChristApostolic-1715 E. 38th St - Marion
Bethel Friends ChurchFriend/Quaker18741491 W. 600 S. - Jonesboro
Bible Methodist ChurchMethodist-300 N. 7th St - Gas City
Brinker Heights Wesleyan Church--1203 E. Bradford Street - Marion
Brookhaven Wesleyan Church--2960 E. 38th Street - Marion
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Calvary Baptist Church-Baptist201 E. North A Street - Gas City
Calvary Missionary Baptist ChurchBaptist-3225 S. Wahington Street - Marion
Calvary Social Brethren Church--304 N. Miller AVenue - Marion
Center Chapel United Methodist Church--8743 E. 200 Road S. - Upland
Central Church of Christ Christian -Van Buren-
Christ Temple Church--1401 South Adams Street - Marion
Christland United Methodist ChurchMethodist-721 E. Charles Street - Marion
Church of God of Prophecy--906 N. 10th Street - Gas City
College Wesleyan Church--200 E. 38th Street - Marion
Countryside Friends ChurchFriends/Quaker1841Fairmount
Countryside Wesleyan Church--6340 E. 200 N. - Marion
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East Gate--825 S. Pennsylvania Street - Marion
Eastview Wesleyan Church--414 N. 10th Street - Gas City
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Fairmount Baptist ChurchBaptist-1201 N Main Street - Fairmount
Fairmount Pilgrim Holiness Church--638 E. Washington Street - Fairmount
Fairmount Friends MeetingFriends/Quaker1851Town of Fairmount
Fairmount Wesleyan Church--304 N. Walnut Street - Fairmount
Faith Apostolic Church--902 W. 16th Street - Marion
Faith Baptist ChurchBaptist-3340 S. Lincoln Blvd - Marion
Faith In Motion Church--501 S. Washington Street - Marion
Farrville Community Church--11044 E. 200 N - Marion
First Apostolic ChurchSee Bethel Church of the Lord Jesus Christ--
First Baptist ChurchBaptist-204 E. South A Street - Gas City
First Baptist ChurchBaptist-403 W. 4th Street - Marion
First Christian Church-Disciples of Christ--401 E. North D Street - Gas City
First Christian Church--1970 N. Wabasg Road - Marion
First Church of God--450 W. 50th Street - Marion
First Church of God--6720 S. Meridian Street - Marion
First Church of the Nazarene--700 W. Kem Road - Marion
First Friends ChurchFriend/Quaker-2211 N. Wabash Road - Marion
First General Baptist ChurchBaptist-702 E. 30th Street - Marion
First Presbyterian ChurchPresbyterian18436th & Gallatin Streets, Marian
First Presbyterian Church of Grant CountyPresbyterian-601 S. Main Street - Jonesboro
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Gas City First United Methodist ChurchMethodist-213 E. North A Street - Gas City
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Holy Family Catholic ChurchCatholic-325 E. North A Street - Gas City
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Jonesboro Friends ChurchFriends/Quaker1839513 S. Water Street - Town of Jonesboro
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Little Ridge Friends MeetingFriends/Quaker1853? 1731 W. 1050 S. - Fairmount
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Main Street Wesleyan Church--801 S. Main Street - Jonesboro
Maple Run Friends ChurchFriend/Quaker18724460 W. 400 S. - Marion (SE of Swayzee in Franklin Twsp)
Marion First Friends ChurchFriend/Quaker1870City of Marion (Center Twsp)
Methodist Protestant Church--Upland
Miami Indian Baptist ChurchBaptist1873?CR 1000 S.-
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Nazarene--809 W. Main Street - Van Buren
New Hope Baptist ChurchBaptist-800 E. South C Street - Gas City
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Range Line Disciples Church-1856NW Corner of Washington Twsp. Church gone. Was at Lobdell Hummel Watson Cemetery.
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Saint James Lutheran ChurchLutheran-1206 N. Miller Avenue - Marion
Shiloh Mthodist Episcopal ChurchMethodist-Church gone. Was at Shiloh Cemetery. CR 1000 E. - Upland
Sinai Temple--521 S. Boots Street - Marion
South Marion Friends ChurchFriends/Quaker18895308 S. Harmon St - Marion
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Upland Friends ChurchFriends/Quaker1873City of Upland
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Van Buren Christian ChurchChristian-Van Buren
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