Hancock County Indiana Churches

Mount Olivet Church

The  Christian  church  of  Blue river  township,  now known as Mt. Olivet, was organized in the year 1838, by old Father Hubbard, in what was then known as the Allen School-House, in district No. 3. Among its early preachers were Elders Hubbard, Epplesizer and Jonathan Lineback. Its early members were Jonathan and Polly Line-back, Absalom Davis and wife, Eli and Anna Risley, John and Catharine New, and Miss Lizzie Miller. The same church was reorganized in the year 1862, by Elder W. A. Gross, at what is now called the Temperance Hall School-House, in district No. 2, with a few members, prominent of whom were Jonathan Lineback and wife, Nathan Newby and wife, and Abraham Lineback and wife. The membership at that time was about fifty six. The present building was erected in 1871, at a cost of $1,000. It was dedicated in June, 1871, by Elder Homer. A. II. Allison built the church, and was the first preacher, followed by Elders John Burket, Davenport, and Peter Baker. Some of the present members are: Miles S. Cook and wife, Walter S. Luse, John Hackleman, Polly Lineback, and others, about forty in number. Preaching, usually, once a month.

History of Shiloh Church

On the fifth Saturday in May, 1841, a number of Baptists met at the house of Richard Hackleman, in the southwestern part of the township, to consider the propriety of organizing a church. After some consultation, they agreed to call a council of brethren, to meet at the house of Solomon Tyner on the fourth Saturday of the next month. At this council there were thirteen persons present, and they organized by choosing Elder McQuary as moderator and J. T. Price as clerk. After some deliberation the council proceeded to adopt a constitution. The names of the constituent members were as follows, to-wit: Solomon Tyner, John H. Caldwell, John M. Duncan, Jemima Tyner, Nancy Duncan, Caroline Randall, and Rosanna Caldwell; being seven members in all, which was increased to fifteen at their next meeting. Elder McQuary was their first pastor. He was one of Indiana's pioneers ; a man of unusual energy and piety, and his preaching was considered powerful and impressive. His hallowed influence still survives in the hearts of many of the brethren.
The following are the pastors in order, and the time each served:
From 1841 to 1852, Elder McQuary.
From 1852 to 1853, Elder Wm. Baker.
From 1853 to 1854, Elder Elias Boston.
From 1854 to 1857, Elder Wilson Thompson.
From 1857 to 1864, Elder J. G.Jackson.
From 1864 to 1868, Elders J, S. Weaver and D. Caudel.
From 1868 to 1872, Elders G. S. Weaver and A. B. May.
From 1872 to 1876, Elders A. B.May and Harvey Wright.
From 1876 to 1879, Elders Harvey Wright and D. Caudel.
From 1879 to 1881, Elders D. Caudel and J. F. Weaver.
The church continued to hold her meetings from house to house until the year 1854; she then erected a frame building, 30x40 feet, at a cost of $800. The house is on the pike, just north of Tyner's old store, on the south-east corner of section 26, township fifteen north, range seven east.    This house is still her place of worship.
Shiloh first asked admission, and was received, into the Lebanon Association : but afterward withdrew, and, for convenience, joined the White Water Association. It would be well to state here that Baptist churches are not under the control of a superior organization, but each Church is independent. The association is merely an annual meeting for mutual correspondence. One session of the Lebanon Association and three sessions of the White Water Association have been held with this church. It was here that the Lebanon Association was held in August, 1846, at which time the great question of " Means and anti-Means" was discussed. Some churches had already  divided, each party sending messengers, whose ii- were contested. It was an exciting time, and party spirit ran high. Those of the means party claimed that "God quickens, regenerates and makes alive dead sinners by his spirit through the written and preached word. That God has proposed salvation in the Gospel to the world of mankind. That Jesus did not die as man, but as God."    The anti-means party claimed that "God quickens the sinner by the power of his spirit without the aid or instrumentality of human power. That the written and preached word is for the instruction and comfort of God's people after they have been quickened by his power. That God has not proposed salvation to any one, but has secured the salvation of all saints by the blood of Christ; and that repentance and remission of sins is a gift of God, and not the act of the creature by the free volition of his will." They also held that "Christ died as man and not as God." Other points were discussed, but the foregoing are the main ones.
This church is anti-means, and though at present numbering but thirty members, it is at peace with mankind, and enjoying a reasonable degree of prosperity.
[We are indebted to W. N. Tharp, a teacher and the church clerk, for most of the above facts.] .

Western Grove Church

This meeting was established in the Eleventh Month, 1864.
The society held its meetings for ten years in a log house formerly used as a potter's shop, located a few rods north of the present building.
Prominent among its first members were Elias Marsh, Isaac Beeson, John Hunt, Elihu Coffin and Mahlon Beeson.
The first minister that ever preached in the house was Asenith Clark (Dr. Dugan Clark's mother), followed by Luther B. Gordon, Mahlon Hockett, Mary Rogers, Jane Jones, and several others. The present minister is Joseph O. Binford.
The house now in use was built in the year 1874 is a handsome, substantial frame building, size 36x44, erected at a cost of $1,400.
Regular meetings are held twice every week. The mid-week meetings occur on Fourth Day (Wednesday). The monthly meetings alternate with Westland.
The organization is in a healthy, flourishing condition. Present membership, one hundred and sixty five.
A Sabbath school in connection with the church has been kept up the year around ever since its organization. Present superintendent, Thomas L. Marsh. Average attendance, fifty.
The organization term themselves Friends, but are generally known as Quakers.

Sugar-Creeek Church (Christian)

In Brandywine township, located one and one half miles north of Carrollton, and organized in the year 1831, first met at the private house of William Thomas senior.
The following were among the original members: William Thomas, sen., father of Ex-Sheriff Thomas; Elizabeth Thomas, Henry Thomas, John Baker, Elizabeth Baker, William McConnell and wife, James and Margaret Anderson, and Eleazer Snodgrass.
The first preachers were Elders John Gregg, D. Holt, and J. P. Banks.
The meetings were afterwards held in a log school-house one mile north of Carrollton.
The present house was built in the year 1869, at a cost of $2,000, and dedicated by O. A. Burgess. Size of house, 38x48.
The following are the present trustees: John S. Thomas, Robert Davis, and Henry Fry.
Among the more recent Elders were Arthur Miller, David Franklin, Robert Edmondson, and Elder Bennett. The present preacher is Elder Coffield.
This church has a good Sunday school, organized about 1869. Present superintendent, Robert Williamson. Average attendance, forty five.

Eden Chapel (United Brethren)

Was organized in the year 1840, and located one mile east of Carrollton.
Among the first members were George Muth and family, Mrs. Higgenbottom, John Elmore and wife, Mrs. Hoagland, and others.
The meetings of the society were held in George Muth's house until 1850, when a substantial frame house, costing $1,400, was built.
The first ministers were George Muth, Amos Hanaway and Rev. Father Ball.
About  1865, they sold their house to the Radical Methodist;, who are still holding forth in the same house, with Rev. Callah as their present minister.
The United Brethern removed the class to Carrollton about the year 1870, and held their meetings in a small building formerly the old public school-house. Present minister. Rev. McNew.
This church has a prosperous little Sunday school. Willard Low, Esq., superintendent. There are several small Sunday schools in the school-houses. In 1865, the Brandywine Union Sunday school was organized at Cowden's School-house. J. P. Banks, superintendent. Robert Williamson has bean superintendent for about eight years. There are also Sunday schools at Porter's, Scott's, and Pleasant Hill.

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