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CARMEL CHURCH HISTORY

October 1868 through 1884


(Compiled by Bill Wilson, Jackson County 1993)

Submitted by Verlin Wichman

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This history of the church meeting held in the Black and Carmel schoolhouses has been copied from the church clerk’s record book loaned to me by Kenneth McKeever. The clerk during those years was Liberty L. Dick, great-grandfather of Kenneth. Liberty Dick was very active in the community giving of his time to the church, school and cemetery activities. Charles G. Dick, brother of Liberty, was ordained and preached in the Black and Carmel churches many times. The history of the church meetings held in the Black and Carmel schoolhouse begins in October of 1868.

The following names were jotted down on the back of a sales slip from the S.W. Gordon and Bro. Dry – goods, groceries, boots and shoes store. It was dated July 20, 1868 and was a receipt for the purchase of a pair of $2.50 shoes. I imagine the names are of persons interested in starting a church in the community. The "B" opposite their name could denote their being a Baptist, or having a Baptist preference. (Transcriber Note: Because the "B" was not behind all members of a family with the same last name the "B" might have stood for "Baptized". )

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Mary E. Cain –
Jerusha Dick –
Nancy Brown –
Mary Pope –
Josephine Dick – B
Sarah E. McComas – B
Jane Pope –
Cyrena Dick – B
Thomas Abel –
J.G. Abel –
Jane Abel – B
Mrs. Cain – B
Mrs. Bronson –
John Ziler – B
Archibald Dick – B
George Cain –
Almira Cain –
Emma Bronson –
Archibald Abel –
John Abel –
Ellenor Abel –

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(I have copied the following paragraphs as it was written in the clerk’s book.)

"We the undersigned brethren and sisters met at the schoolhouse (Black Schoolhouse) for the purpose of becoming a church at the Schoolhouse Jackson County, Kansas.


Brethren and Sisters names –

 

George Pope
Walter Cain
Charles G. Dick
Robert Hogg
Liberty Dick
Mary A. Cain
Mary Abel
Mary Hogg

We the above named brethren and sisters met at the schoolhouse on the fourth day of October, 1868 with the view of becoming a church.

ORDER OF BUSINESS:

1. Chose Brother Cozad as moderator and L.L. Dick, clerk.

2. Brother Cozad and Brother Cook as a presbytery to constitute us a church if found qualified. We the above named brethren as a presbytery have agreed and ( Page 4) believe it to be our duty to constitute the brethren and sisters before named a church and according to the request of the brethren and sisters we have this fourth day of October 1868 constituted them a church. A United Baptist Church of Jesus Christ known by the name of the Circleville Baptist Church.

We the above named Presbytery having constituted this church on the principles of the general union of United Baptist held forth by the East Baptist Association of United Baptists, which principles we subscribe to and believe and reads as follows:

We believe that the scriptures of old and new testaments are the inspired and infallible word of God.

We believe in one God and in the divine person and character of Christ in the necessity and work of the Holy Spirit.

We believe in the natural depravity of the human family that in consequence of our first parents transgressions sin has passed upon all men.

We believe that infant children dying before they are capable of understanding good from evil will not be punished for original sin but that the curse applies to actual transgressions.

We believe that it is our duty to receive into our fellowship from time to time those only who make a profession of their faith in Christ and on that profession to baptize them before they can be admitted to communion.

We believe that the scriptures teach that Christian Baptism is the immersion of the body in water being an emblem of death unto sin and rising again to newness of live.

We believe in the perseverance of the saints the eternity of future rewards and punishments and the resurrection of the body and life everlasting.

COVENANT

Having been as one trust brought by divine grace to embrace the Lord Jesus Christ and to give ourselves wholly to him. We do now solemnly and joyfully covenant with each other to walk together in him with brotherly love to His glory as our common Lord. We do therefore in his strength exercise a Christian care and watchfulness over each other ands faithfully warn and admonish each other and as occasion may require that we will not forsake the assembling of ourselves together, but will uphold the public worship of God and the ordinances of His house. That we will not omit closet and family religion at home nor neglect the great duty of religiously training our children and those under our care for the service of Christ and the enjoyments of Heaven.

Glory forever and ever amen !!

(The church chose Walter Cain to the office of Deacon and brothers Cook and Cozad as a Presbyterian to ordain. Business meetings were to be held once each month on the Saturday before the First Sabbath. L.L. Dick, Clerk and L. H. Cozad, Moderator.)

Church Meeting

November, 1868

Eighteen members were received into the Church on the second Sunday of November by relation of experience. The following were received by Baptism.

 

Josephine Dick   Nancy Abel
Cyrena Dick   Hannah Newbery
Sarah E. McComas   George W. Newton
Mary Jane Abel   Harrison Bronson
Rebecca Bronson   Henry Dargets
Archibald Dick   Clerrisa Dargets
George Cain   Alexander Allen
Almira Cain   Samuel Brown
Emily Bronson   Edwin Christy
Archibald Abel   Almira Newbery
John Patten   Louis Bliven

E.A. Bronson and wife are candidates at a later date.

L.L. Dick, Clerk

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Church Meeting
December, 1869

No church or business meeting held in December due to inclement weather.

L.L. Dick, Clerk

Business Meeting
January, 1869

The regular business meeting was held at 2 o’clock on Saturday.

Order of Business

1. Charles G. Dick was given a license to preach.

2. The time of the meetings was changed to 10 a.m. on the first Saturday before the first Sunday of the month.

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3. Isaac Frederick is a candidate for Baptism in February.

L.L. Dick, Clerk
L.H. Cozad, Mod.

Business Meeting
February, 1869

No business meeting was held.

Business Meeting
March, 1869

The meeting was held but no business was brought before the church.

L.L. Dick, Clerk
L.H. Cozad, Mod.

Business Meeting
April, 1869

Received by relation by experience Brother Buckles, his wife and daughter and Elizabeth Pope for membership. Cynthia Abel was received by experience and a candidate for Baptism.

L.L. Dick, Clerk
L.H. Cozad, Mod.

Business Meeting
May, 1869

The time of the meeting was changed to the second Saturday of the month. Brothers Cain, Buckle and C.G. Dick were appointed as delegates to the association.

L.L. Dick, Clerk
L.H. Cozad, Mod.

Business Meeting
June, 1869

Brother Cain was given the privilege to get out a subscription for the purpose of building a church in Circleville. Isaac Frederic was baptized after the 11 o’clock Sunday Church Service.

L.L. Dick, Clerk
L.H. Cozad, Mod.

Business Meeting
August, 1869

The business meeting was held on the second Saturday before the second Sabbath received Brother James Lillard as a candidate for Baptism. Adjourned to meet at nine o’clock Sunday morning for Baptism services.

L.L. Dick, Clerk
L.H. Cozad, Mod.

Church Meeting
August, 1869

Met at nine o’clock to baptize Brother and Sister Bronson, Brother and Sister Dougless and Brother Lillard and Cynthia Abel. We then repaired to the schoolhouse for preaching and taking of the Sacrament. Brother Godfrey and Sister Washington were received by relation of experience into the church. George Pope was received as a candidate for Baptism adjourned to meet at 7 p.m.

L.L. Dick, Clerk
L.H. Cozad, Mod.

Business Meeting
September, 1869

The business meeting was held on the second Saturday of the month.

Order of Business:

Robert Hogg, George Cain, John Charles, Charles G. Dick, and Liberty Dick were appointed as delegates to the association.

The church called for the ordination of Charles G. Dick to the ministry.

John Buckles requested a license to preach from the church and was given.

Brothers Cain, Pope and Brown were appointed as a committee to the Netawaka Church and Pastor.

Brother John Charles was appointed to the office of Deacon and Brother Cozad as our pastor for a salary of $200.

Brother Simpson was received as a new member by relation by experience.

L.L. Dick, Clerk
L.H. Cozad, Mod.

Business Meeting
October, 1869

No business meeting was held because of the associational meeting.

L.L. Dick, Clerk

Business Meeting
November, 1869

After singing and reading of the scripture, prayer was offered by Brother Cozad. The following business was brought before the church.

The minutes were read and approved.

The church gave Brother George Newton a letter of demission.

The ordaining committee to ordain Brothers C.G. Dick and John Charles.

The church to pay Brother Cozad $8.00 for missionary labors.

The church agreed to pay Brother Brown ten dollars for keeping the house for one year.

L.L. Dick, Clerk
L.H. Cozad, Mod.

Business Meeting
December, 1869

The meeting was held on the second Saturday with prayer offered by Brother Hogg. Minutes were read and accepted. Motion was made to adjourn.

L.L. Dick, Clerk
R. Hogg, Mod.

Business Meeting
January, 1870

Meeting called on the second Saturday with singing, reading of scripture and words of prayer from Brother Cozad. The minutes were read and accepted. The church paid Brother Cozad $8.00 that was due him.

Adjourned

L.L. Dick, Clerk
L.H. Cozad, Mod.

Business Meeting
February, 1870

The business meeting was held on Saturday before the second Sunday of the month. After singing and reading of the scripture, the minutes were then read and accepted.

1. An amendment of church discipline was passed by the church that any member absent for three successive meetings shall, upon failure to give a satisfactory reason, be suspended from the church.

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2. Sister Emily Bronson was dismissed for being absent more than three weeks.

3. The hand of fellowship was withdrawn from Isaac Frederic for uniting with the Methodist Church.

4. Brother and Sister Wilcot and Brother and Sister Rugg were received by relation of experience into the church.

L.L. Dick, Clerk
L.H. Cozad, Mod.

Business Meeting
March, 1870

The church did not meet.

Business Meeting
April, 1870

The meeting was held on the second Saturday with singing of hymns, scripture reading, and reading of the minutes in that order. There was no other business brought before the church.

Adjourned

L.L. Dick, Clerk

Business Meeting
May, 1870

The meeting was held on the second Saturday with C.G. Dick as Moderator in the absence of Brother Cozad. Brothers Godfrey, Buckle and Bronson were appointed as a committee to invite brothers Thomas and Archibald Abel to church to answer charges against them for disorderly conduct. C.G. Dick was appointed to do the same for George Pope.

L.L. Dick, Clerk
C.G. Dick, Mod.

Business Meeting
June, 1870

The meeting held with C.G. Dick as moderator in place of Brother Cozad. After preaching by Brother Wade the doors of the church were opened for the reception of new members.

1. Elisha and Elizabeth Stalker and James M. and America J. Wade come by letter from Washington Co., Indiana.

2. The committee appointed to wait upon George Pope was discharged due to George not being a member.

3. The church building committee was discharged.

4. Brother Archibald Abel acknowledged that his conduct had been wrong and was sorry for it, where upon he was restored to fellowship in the church.

L.L. Dick, Clerk
C.G. Dick, Mod.

Business Meeting
July, 1870

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The meeting was called to order on Saturday with the minutes being read and accepted.

1. The following members were given letters of dismission.

 

Elizabeth Buckle Hannah Newbery
George Cain Almira Newbery
Almira Cain Archibald Abel
Mary Cain Cynthia Abel
Walter Cain Mary Abel
E. A. Bronson Michael D. Godfrey
J. L. Lillard Rachael Washington
Mary Jane Abel George Pope

Business Meeting 
August, 1870

There was no business, but had preaching by Brother Cozad on Sunday.

L.L. Dick , Clerk

Business Meeting 
September, 1870 

The business meeting was held on the second Saturday with prayer being offered by Brother Stalker. C.G. Dick, Buckles and Hogg were appointed as delegates to the association.

L.L. Dick, Clerk 
E.L. Stalker, Mod.

Business Meeting 
October, 1870

No meeting was held because of the associational meeting.

L.L. Dick, Clerk

Business Meeting 
November, 1870

We met on the second Saturday before the second Sabbath. The minutes were read and received. The time of the meeting was change from two in the afternoon to eleven on Saturday morning.

Adjourned

L.L. Dick, Clerk

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Business Meeting 
December, 1870

The meeting was held on Saturday morning at eleven o’ clock. The minutes were read and approved. No business was brought before the church.

Ajourned

L.L. Dick, Clerk

Business Meeting
January, 1871

Meeting held on Saturday morning with prayer being offered by Brother Colton.

1. The church chose Brother Colton to be Pastor for the coming year, paying him whatever the church is able to pay.

2. Voted to have communion ever three months.

L.L. Dick, Clerk
L.S. Colton, Mod.

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Business Meeting 
February, 1871

No meeting due to inclement weather.

L.L. Dick, Clerk

Business Meeting 
March, 1871

The meeting was held on the second Saturday of the month with L.S. Colton as the moderator.

1. Minutes were read and approved.

2. Letters of dismission were given to Brother and Sister Dougless.

3. The church business meeting were change to 2 o’ clock on Saturday afternoon.

4. All negligent members are to be invited to the next meeting.

Adjourned

L.L. Dick, Clerk
L.S. Colton, Mod.

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Business Meeting 
April, 1871

The meeting was held on Saturday. Minutes were read and accepted. No business was brought before the church.

L.L. Dick, Clerk
L.S. Colton, Mod.

Business Meeting 
May, 1871

The meeting was held on Saturday with preaching by Brother McCreary. No business was brought before the church.

Adjourned

L.L. Dick, Clerk
L.S. Colton Mod.

Business Meeting 
June, 1871

No Business meeting but had preaching on Sunday by Brother Colton. Communion ws held after the sermon.

L.L. Dick, Clerk


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Business Meeting 
July, 1871

No business meeting was held. But had preaching on Sunday by Brother Colton.

L.L. Dick, Clerk
L.S. Colton, Mod.

Business Meeting 
August, 1871 
No business meeting but had preaching on Sunday by Brother Colton.

L.L. Dick, Clerk

Business Meeting 
September, 1871
The business meeting was held on the second Saturday with L.D. Bliven as Clerk Protem.

1. Brother Colton, Rugg and Wilcox were appointed as committee to visit the Rennebur Church and pastor to request their assistance in the ordination.

Pg. 25 of C. G. Dick to the Gospel Ministry

2. Approved C.G. Dick , L.S. Colton , E.L. Stalker , R . Hogg and John Abel as Delegates to the association.

3. Preaching on Sunday by C.G. Dick.

L.L. Dick, Clerk


Business Meeting 
October, 1871

No business meeting was held. A council composed of Brethren from the Kennebuk and Grasshopper Churches was organized to ordinate Charles G. Dick to the ministry. This was done on Sunday morning with the proper services. Elder, J.D. Wilson, of Sydney, Iowa was in charge of the ordination. The evening sermon was by Elder, R.S. Cook.

R.S. Cook
Clerk of Council.

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Church Meeting 
October, 1871
Brother J.D Wilson preached during the week of nights and received under the watch care of the church, Brother and Sister Colton, Sister Arthurza J. Dick and Brother A.C. Holdridge by relation of experience. They were baptized into the church on Sunday, the first day of October. The ordinance of baptism was performed by Brother J.D. Wilson.

L.L. Dick, Clerk

(a revival was evidently held at this time in conjunction with the ordination of C.G. Dick to the ministry.)


Business Meeting 
November, 1871
The meeting was held on the second Saturday of the month. The minutes were read and accepted. No business was brought before the church.
There was no preaching on Sunday.

L.L. Dick, Clerk

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Business Meeting 
December,1871
The meeting was held on the second Saturday before the second Sabbath. There was no business brought before the church.

L.L. Dick, Clerk


Business Meeting
January,1872
The meeting was held on the second Saturday of the month. The minutes were read and accepted.

1. Brother Colton reserved as his year had expired.
2. Brother Simpson was given a letter of dismisson.

L.L. Dick, Clerk


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Business Meeting
February,1872
No business meeting was held , but had preaching on Sunday. Letters of dismission were granted to Brothers Stalker and Wade.

L.L. Dick, Clerk



Business Meeting 
March,1872
The meeting was held, but no business.

L.L. Dick, Clerk


Business Meeting 
April, 1872
Meeting held, but no business.

L.L. Dick, Clerk


There were no business meetings held May through December of 1872. Rev. C.G. Dick and others have supplied the pulpit since we have no pastor.

L.L. Dick, Clerk


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(There are no records of any church activities from January of 1873 to December. This was during the time that fire had destroyed the Black schoolhouse. The church meetings that were held from December 1873 were held in the newly built Carmel schoolhouse on the new site.)

Business Meeting
December, 1873
The meeting was held on Saturday, December 4, 1873. J.D. Wilson was called to the chair as moderator. The following business was brought to the attention of the church.

1. A letter of dismission was granted to Thomas Abel on his request due to church being organized in Circleville.

2. A.D. Abel and wife Cynthia were appointed to visit Nancy Brown, Mary Pope, Jane Pope , Sarah E. McComas , Sarah Rings, Rebecca Bronson, Harrison Bronson, Samuel Brown and Elizabeth Pope to invite them to return to their seats in the church and to be more faithful in their church relations.

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3. L.L Dick and L. Blevins were appointed as a committee to visit E. Christy, John Patten, Wesley Patten, Rebecca Patten, John Charles and Clarrisa Charles to reclaim them from their wanderings and that they may be more prompt in their meetings with the church in the future.

4. Henry Dargets and wife Clarisa, John Buckles and wife, Phebe Ann, William Johnson and William Wilcot and wife, Lourana are all excluded for leaving the church in a disorderly way. They did not ask for a letter of dismission, which amounts to contemptuous treatment of the church..

5. A.D. Abel was chosen as a Deacon to cooperate with Deacon Hogg. The installation to be on the second Sunday in January.

6. The church unanimously called Rev. J.D. Wilson to the pastorate of the church.

L.L.Dick, Clerk
J.D. Wilson, Mod.

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Business Meeting
January, 1874
The business meeting was held on Saturday, January 2, 1874. After devotional exercises the church business was conducted as follows.

1. The minutes of the last meeting were read and approved.

2. Wesley Patten and wife and John Patten were excluded from the church for absenting themselves and refusing to meet with the church thus becoming covenant breakers.

3. The committees approved at the last meeting to wait upon delinquent members asked for more time, which was granted.

4. The meeting was adjourned To meet for preaching an other duties tomorrow at 11 o’clock.

L.L. Dick, Clerk
J. D. Wilson, mod.

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Church meeting 
January, 1874
The church met on Sunday the third day of January according to adjournment with a sermon by J.D. Wilson from Matthew 16-18. The council consisting of elders L.S. Colton, C.G. Dick, J.D. Wilson and Deacon, R.M. Hogg proceeded with the ordination of Brother A.D. Abel to the deaconship.

L.L. Dick, Clerk


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Business Meeting 
February, 1874
The church met for business on Saturday, February 2 at 2 o’clock. After reading of scripture and prayer by pastor Wilson the following business was conducted.

1.The minutes were read and accepted.

2. More time was given to committee concerning delinquents.

3. Letters of dismission were grantedd to J.D. Wilson and wife, Meriam.

L.L. Dick, Clerk


(The entry in February of 1874 was the last written in the clerk’s book until March of 1883. I do not know whether church was held in the community during this time. The following names are of members listed between 1868 at the time the church was first organized to the last entry in 1874.)

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Member Names

1868-1874

 

George W. Pope dismissed by letter  
Charles G. Dick Reverend  
Robert Hogg Deacon  
Liberty L. Dick Clerk  
Walter Cain Deacon dismissed by letter
Mary Abel dismissed by letter  
Mary A. Cain dismissed by letter  
Mary Hogg    
Jerusha Dick Deceased  
Mary E. Cain dismissed by letter  
Nancy Brown    
Mary Pope    
Josephine Dick    
Cyrena Dick    
Jane Pope    
Sarah E. McComas    
Thomas Abel    
Green Abel dismissed by letter  
Mary Jane Abel dismissed by letter  
Sarah Cain    
Rebecca Bronson    
Archibald Dick    
George H. Cain dismissed by letter  
Almira Cain dismissed by letter  
Emily Bronson excluded  
Archibald D. Abel dismissed by letter  
John Abel    
Ellenor Abel    
Nancy Jane Abel dismissed by letter  
Hannah Newbery dismissed by letter  
George W. Newton dismissed by letter  
Almira Bliven    
Harrison Bronson    
Henry Dargots    
Alexander Allen deceased  
Samuel Brown    
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Edwin Christy    
Almira Newbery dismissed by letter  
John Patten    
Wesley Patten    
John Charles    
Clarisa J. Charles    
John Buckles    
Phebe Ann Buckles    
Elizabeth Buckles dismissed by letter  
Elizabeth Pope    
Isaac Frederic the hands of fellowship were drawn  
E. A. Bronson dismissed by letter  
Eliva Bronson dismissed by letter  
Cynthia Abel dismissed by letter  
Johnathin Dougless dismissed by letter  
James Lillard dismissed by letter  
Mariah Douglass dismissed by letter  
Rachel Washington dismissed by letter  
Michael D. Godfery dismissed by letter  
Amon D. Simpson    
William Johnson    
Lorana Wilcot    
John Rugg    
Orlitta Rug    
Elisha Stalker    
James M. Wade    
America Wade    
J. D. Wilson dismissed by letter  
Mariam Wilson dismissed by letter  
A. C. Holdridge    
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Arthurza J. Dick    
L. S. Colton    
Mrs. L. S. Colton    

(According to the records of the First Baptist Church in Holton, Rev. L.H. Cozad was the first pastor of the newly organized church in 1872. So it seems that the church in the Black schoolhouse had a part in its beginning.

There is really no way of really knowing what happened during those early, difficult years. It seems that the meetings were well attended, but maybe a little strict concerning missing church services. I’m sure that in the church of today anyone missing three successive services and being dismissed would be very unhappy. The fire and loss of the Black schoolhouse, no doubt, had a big impact on the membership for many dismissals were recorded during this time. There were no church minutes recorded from December of 1872 to December of 1873 which corresponds with the period when no school was held in the district due to the fire.

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I wonder if the reformed church in Circleville might not have been started by those members who left the local church. Records show that it was built in 1883 on the northeast corner of the block where Grant Street and Love Joy Avenue meet. There is no records of when its doors closed for the last time. The present Methodist church was built in 1880 and the Christian church in 1889. The churches, of course, were organized many years before this and met wherever possible. The Methodist church meeting was held in a saw mill in 1858 with Rev. W.M. Knipe as the leader, assisted by Rev. Ely H. Robinson and Rev. R.P. Ham. 
There is no record of any church meetings being held in the Carmel District between February of 1874 and March of 1883. However, this does not mean that church was not held at the Carmel Schoolhouse during these nine years. ) Bill Wilson

1883
A meeting was held on Sunday March 18, 1883 at the Carmel Schoolhouse in district #28 for the purpose of organizing a Baptist Church. C.G. Dick was chosen as moderator and L.S. Colton as secretary protem. It was moved and seconded that we organize into a regular Baptist church. The covenant was read by elder L.C. Register. Liberty L. Dick was chosen as clerk and M.A. Porter as deacon. The following persons have entered their names into the church covenant to maintain the ordinance of God’s house in the a regular Baptist Church.

L.C. Register
C.G. Dick
Amanda Dick
Cyrena Dick
Caroline Porter 
L.L. Dick
L.S. Colton

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1. On motion Brother L.C. Register was made moderator of the business meeting of the church. 
2. On motion the New Hampshire Articles of Faith were read by L.C. Register and adopted by the church.
3. Motion was made to adjourn. Prayer was given by C.G. Dick.

L.S. Colton
Clerk, Protem

Church Meeting 
March, 1883
The church met on Sunday, March 25 with preaching by Brother Register. New members received were Mary Abel, Hattie Abel and Estelda Porter by letter. Sister Baxter and Jerusha Abel were received by experience of Baptism.

L.L. Dick, Clerk
L.C. Register, Mod.

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Church Meeting 
April, 1883
The church met on Sunday, April 1, 1883 with preaching by Brother Register. Alexander Abel and Almira Dick were received as new members by letter.

L.L. Dick, Clerk 
L.C. Register, Mod.


Church Meeting 
April 15, 1883
Jerusha Dick was received into the church by letter on Sunday April 15. Preaching by Brother Register.

L.L. Dick, Clerk


(There evidently were two Dick women named Jerusha. Liberty Dicks mother was named Jerusha and died in 1871. The name must have been popular in those days for there was also a Jerusha Abel. I have never before heard the names.) Bill Wilson

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Business Meeting 
May, 1883
The church met on Saturday before the third Sabbath. No business was brought before the church.

L.L. Dick, Clerk
L.C. Register, Mod.


Business Meeting
June,1883

No business meeting was held.

L.L. Dick, Clerk


Business Meeting 
July,1883

The church business meeting was held on the third Saturday of the month. After the reading of scripture and prayer by Brother Register the following business was brought before the church.

1. Moved that a committee be appointed to confer with Brother Register concerning his preaching

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for the rest of the year.
2. Brother Porter and Alexander Abel were appointed to report back at a later date.

Adjourned
L.L. Dick, Clerk
L.C. Register, Mod.



August, September and October
1883
The church did not meet during these months.

L.L. Dick, Clerk

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Business Meeting
November, 1883
The church business meeting was held on Saturday before the third Sunday. The scripture was read by Brother Register, followed by preaching. 
1. Brother Register offered his resignation as pastor, but, after discussion withdrew it till the December meeting.

L.L. Dick, Clerk
L.C. Register, Mod.


Church Meeting
December, 1883
Church was held on the third Sunday in December with Brother Swain preaching. A short business meeting was held to accept the resignation of Brother Register who has returned to his mother’s home in Missouri.

L.L. Dick, Clerk


Business Meeting
January, 1884
The business meeting was held on the third Saturday. Scripture was read and prayer offered by Brother Blankenship.

1. The church called Brother Blankenship to preach for one year, provided enough money can be raised to pay him. He is to preach one Sunday a month.

L.L. Dick, Clerk

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Church Meeting
February, 1884
No business meeting was held, but had preaching on the third Sunday.

L.L. Dick, Clerk


Church Meeting
March, 1884
No business meeting was held, but had church on the third Sabbath with preaching by Brother Blankenship. Brother and Sister Porter were received by letter.

L.L. Dick, Clerk

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Members

1883-1884

 

l. c. Register Pastor
C. G. Dick  
Amanda Dick  
Agnes Dick  
M. R. Porter  
L. S. Colton deceased
L. L. Dick  
Mary Abel  
Jerusha Abel deceased
? Baxter  
Alexander Abel  
Almira Dick  
Jerusha Dick  
Cyrena Dick  
L. C. Porter  
R. E. Porter  

(The meeting held in March of 1884 was the last entry written in the clerk’s book. I do not know whether anymore church activities were held during this time. I do know that church and Sunday school was held in the second Carmel Schoolhouse in 1910 and was pastured by Jessie Jones, pastor of the First Baptist Church in Holton. According to 

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records approximately thirty five persons were attending each Sunday and was called the church out post. Rev. Jones was transported to and from the schoolhouse for church services by a Mr. Seabold using his horse and buggy. There is no record of when it was started or when it stopped. No doubt the coming of the automobile had a big part in its demise.

The small church, like the small school, had its place in our heritage, for it was the blueprint to what is offered today. In copying the history of the church and school in district # 28, I feel that the men and women of that era should be remembered for their untiring effort to make a better life for their children and grandchildren. They were fine Christian people and I cannot help but feel that we have failed to live up to our obligation to them. We live in a society of better educated people, more modern living conditions and more money to spend, but our morals

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have disintegrated. Prayer is no longer allowed in school, drugs are used by young and old and the chance of being gunned down on a street corner is a distinct possibility. I am sure that this was not the dream of the future that those early church members had for posterity.

I would like to know more about the activities held during the 1860s up to the 1920s, but doubt any more information is available. It has been a very enjoyable experience reading about life in those days and realizing how difficult a situation was faced and overcome by the early day members of the Carmel and Black community. I am happy to have had a part in copying this material so that it may be saved for future generations to read. I have copied the material fairly close to the way it was written so that the language used in those days can be saved. Some names and words are not spelled correctly for they were spelled as they sounded, such as dor for door and red for read.

Thanks again to Kenneth McKeever for sharing the church record book with me that was kept by his great Grandfather Liberty L. Dick. Mr. Dick must have been a very intelligent, community- minded man and certainly did a fine job of preserving a portion

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of the early history of the community for us.

I feel that those were really "The good old days"and was a good time to have lived. Even with poorer living conditions and hard times life was simpler, with neighbors helping neighbors and sharing good times and bad. Those days are gone forever, so we once again say a final farewell and a job well done.

Bill Wilson 
December 5, 1993

 

 

  
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