Church Record

of

The First Baptist Church

in

Toulon, Stark Co, Ills.

Being Vol. I of The Records of said Bap. Church. Opened May 13, 1848 - 1876

Toulon, Ills. 1848

Record of the First Baptist Church of Toulon Stark Co. Illinois

Record of the First Baptist Church of Toulon Stark Co. Illinois

May 13, 1848

Several person, all members of Baptist Church in this vicinity, met in Conference at the house of L W Eastman in Toulon.

On motion, Eld. Elisha Gill was called to the chair. W M Miner was chosen clerk.

After religious services were over, the subject of our becoming a Regular Baptist Church was freely discussed. Whereupon the following resolutions were by us adopted.

1. That we hereby resolve ourselves into a church Conference viz. Eld. Elisha Gill, Eld. J M Stickney, Ozias Winter, Henry T Ives, Abigale Gill, Synthia R Stickney, Hellen Winter, Hannah Parish, Susan M Eastman, Mrs H T Ives and Mrs Sarah Chamberlain.

2. That we call a council to meet at this place on Saturday before the 4th Lord's Day in June at ten 1/2 o'clock am to recognize us as a church, if thought best.

3. That the clerk be instructed to invite the following churches to meet by their delegates viz. Lamarsh, Burwick, Monmouth, Galesburg, Oxford, Lamoil, Mt Palatine and Washington.

Adjourned on motion. E Gill, Mod. Wm M Miner, Clk

June 24.

Said Church Conference met again. Eld E Gill in the chair, J M Stickney, chosen clerk pro tem. After mature deliberation it was unanimously resolved to adopt the Covenant and Confession of faith as found in the minutes of the Illinois River association for 1845. Resolved that Eld E Gill, J M Stickney and H T Ives represent us in said Council when convened as per Call.

On motion adjourned E Gill, Mod. J M Stickney, Clk

June 24, 1848

An ecclesiastical Counsel convened in the town of Toulon, pursuant to a Call from the Baptist Conference of this place. The Counsel organized by calling Eld A M Gardner to the chair. Eld W T Bly clerk. After prayer by the moderator the resolution of the Conference calling said Counsel was read.

On motion the following delegates presented their credentials and took their seats viz. Lamarsh Ch A M Gardner. Oxford Ch C E Linder, Washington Ch W T Bly Farenhiet W M Miner, Wethersfield C B Miner.

On motion the Covenant and articles of Declarations of faith adopted by the Conference were examined together with their circumstances and prospects whereupon it was resolved that we recognize this conference as the First Baptist Church of Christ in Toulon, Stark County, Illinois, tomorrow in the Courthouse at 1/2 past 10 o'clock am in the following order, to wit. Reading the Scriptures by Rev W T Bly. Rev C E Tinker preach sermon setting forth the main characteristics of a New Testament church. Rev A M Gardner give the charge as usually done by Baptist Counsels. Hand of fellowship by W T Bly. Prayer by C E Tinker Benediction.

All of which was performed by the Counsel in due form, before a large and attentive congregation.

A M Gardner, Mod W T Bly, clk.

July 22, 1848

Church met in Covenant meeting. The exercises developed an increasing union in the ch.

On motion Bro Ozias Winter was appointed the standing clerk of this ch. On motion Rev J M Stickney was invited to continue his labors with us as heretofore. On motion Rev E Gill, Bro H T Ives and O Winter were appointed a committee to circulate a subscription for the special benefit of J M Stickney.

J M Stickney, Mod O Winter,clk

Aug 19, 1848

Church met in covenant meetings had an interesting time. Heard the Christian experience of Mrs Catharine BUCHANAN which was quite satisfactory. On motion she was received and baptized into the fellowship of the church.

J M Stickney, Mod O Winter, clk

May 26, 1849

From August 19, 1848 up to this date, no records of this church are to (be) found. However, we may in truth record the special favors of our heavenly Father during the winter of 49, in the conversion of a few sinners and in laboring together for their salvation.

During this period Geo W BUCHANAN and Martha MERCHANT were recd by Baptism. Lucretia ROUSE, Thos GODFREY and wife, Hugh G GODFREY, Armina GODFREY and Elizabeth GODFREY recd by letter

Elisha Gill

May 26, 1849

Church met in covenant meetings. All in fellowship. On motion 1) Resolved that we apply for admission into the Illinois River. Asso. Carried. 2) On motion that Eld J M Stickney write the clerk, write a letter to the Asso. giving our history-statistics-and making known our request. 3) That Eld Elisha Gill, Eld J M Stickney be our delegates to represent us in the Association. 4) Resolved-that this church hold her services of the Lords Supper Quarterly commencing tomorrow. Adjourned.

J M Stickney, Mod O Winter, Clk

June 23, 1849

Church met in Covenant meeting-Nothing of great interest to record.

J M Stickney, Mod O Winter, Clk

July 21

Cov meeting. On motion Bro Stickney is requested to continue his labors among us. That Ives, Winter and Buchanan be pulpit committee.

Aug 18, 1849

Met in Covenant meeting - a good degree of union exist-but great want of spirituality.

On motion Mrs Mary WINN was recd as a member of this church by letter.

J M Stickney, Mod O Winter, Clk

Jan 5, 1850

Met in Covenant meeting-14 present including Eld A Gross and wife-had an interesting time.

J M Stickney, Mod O Winter, clk

Feb 4 1850

Met in Covenant meeting-12 present including Eld A Gross-good time.

J M Stickney, Mod O Winter, clk

Mar 2

Had Covenant meeting-full meeting-good time. A Gross present-will preach to us tomorrow in Court house.

J M Stickney, Mod O Winter, clk

Apr 27, 1850

Covenant meeting-but few present-yet we found it good to wait on the Lord -precious work.

J M Stickney, Mod O Winter, clk

May 25, 1850

Held covenant meeting-low state of religious feeling.

On motion Elds Gill & Stickney were appointed our delegates to the Ill. River Asso. to meet in Peoria-Eld Stickney to write our Letter to said body.

J M Stickney, Mod O Winter, clk

Jun 22, 1850

Held Cov. meeting-nothing of interest occurred during the session.

J M Stickney, Mod O Winter, clk

Jul 20, 1850

Held Covenant meeting-exercises quite interesting. On motion-Oliver GARDNER and Julia GARDNER his wife were recd by letter as members of this church.

J M Stickney, Mod O Winter, clk

Sep 14, 1850

Covenant meeting- The cause of Christ seems to be in a prosperous condition. On motion Bro O Winter's resignation as clerk was accepted. On motion Bro O Gardner was elected clerk of this church. On motion resolved that Bro J M Stickney be requested to continue his labors with us as heretofore.

J M Stickney, Mod O Gardner, clk

Oct 12, 1850

Held Covenant meeting-had a very interesting time. On motion Ephraim COLBURN and Hannah COLBURN his wife were recd by letter as members of this church.

J M Stickney, Mod O Gardner, clk

Nov 9, 1850

Church met as usual for Covenant meeting-Time all spent in singing, prayer and praise.

J M Stickney, Mod O Gardner, clk

Dec 7, 1850

The Covenant postponed on account of the sickness of Sister Susan Eastman

O Gardner, clk

Jan 4, 1851

Held covenant meeting-exercises as usual.

J M Stickney, Mod O Gardner, clk

Feb 1, 1851

Church met in covenant meeting-Prayer by Eld E Gill.

On motion Caroline F GARDNER was recd as a member of this church by letter.

Geo W Buchanan moved that this church give Eld A Gross of Knox Co Ill a Call to become the pastor of this ch.

After much discussion, the resolution was laid on the table until the next meeting.

J M Stickney, Mod O Gardner, clk

Feb 2, 1851

Lords Day-at the close of the services James M COLBURN, Charlotte COLBURN his wife and Mrs. Sarah WHIFFIN were recd by letter as members of this ch.

J M Stickney, Mod O Gardner, clk

Mar 1, 1851

Met in Covenant meeting-Prayer by H T Ives. After the usual exercises were over- a letter from Eld A Gross addressed to the ch. was read-in which he stated what had been done by Letter ____ him and others, in circulating a subscription in Toulon to raise funds to sustain him as pastor of this ch. was all done without his knowledge-altogether wrong.

J M Stickney, Mod O Gardner, clk

Mar 29, 1851

Held Covenant meeting-opened by singing and prayer by E Colburn, exercises as usual-a heavenly spirit pervaded the meeting.

J M Stickney, Mod O Gardner, clk

Apr 26, 1851

Held Covenant meeting-prayer by E Gill.

On motion Nancy E CULBERTSON was recd by letter as a member of this ch.

The Sabbath following-Wm MILLER and Sarah MILLER his wife also Rebeca MILLER were recd by letter as members of this ch.

J M Stickney, Mod O Gardner, clk

May 24, 1851

Covenant meeting - prayer by Eld Gill

On motion Elders Gill & Stickney, Brn Geo W Buchanan-Thos Godfrey-Ephraim Colburn-O Winter-H T Ives & O Gardner were appointed our delegates to the Illinois River Association to be held in LaFayette.

J M Stickney, Mod O Gardner, clk

June 21, 1851

Held Covenant meeting - Prayer Eld Gill - Exercises as usual.

Bro Stickney named S A Estee as a suitable minister to conduct a series of meetings with us.

On motion resolved Bro Stickney write him and invite him to come and engage in such a meeting in Toulon.

J M Stickney, Mod O Gardner, clk

Jul 19, 1851

Church met in Covenant meeting - After the usual exercises of worship and after freely speaking our minds to each other -

Bro Geo Wm Buchanan made a motion-seconded by Mrs. Thos Godfrey-that the church invite Eld A Gross to ___ the pastorate of this church one half of the time, breaking to us every alternate Sabbath the Bread of Life.

Finding that we were not agreed to sustain the motion, Eld E Gill made a motion, seconded by Bro Thos God. to lay the whole subject on the table until our next Cov. meeting - with the understanding that it then be called up and decided.

J M Stickney, Mod O Gardner, clk

Aug 16, 1851

Church met in Covenant meeting - prayer by Eld J M Stickney-general attendance- After usual exercises were over Sister Permelia P BARTON, on motion was received by letter as a member of our church.

The Resolution to call Eld A Gross as pastor which was laid on the table at our last meeting, was called up.

After freely discussing the subject in all its bearings, the motion was sustained by a majority of the members present.

On motion Geo Wm Buchanan- H T Ives and Wm Millar were appointed a Committee to visit Eld A Gross - if he will preach to us - ascertain his terms.

Lord's day following - On motion Bro Ozias WINTER and Hellen WINTER his wife were granted Letters of recommendation.

Called for the report of pulpit committee who were to visit A Gross - whereupon the following report was submitted - viz. that Eld Gross will preach for us every alternate Sabbath for the term of one year - for which services Bro will expect us to pay him on or before the expiration of the year - one hundred and fifty dollars - time to commence third Sabbath in Aug, 1851.

On motion report of committee accepted and adopted and committee discharged.

On motion Geo W Buchanan and H T Ives were appointed committee to raise the 150 dollars salary by voluntary subscription. Adjourned.

Eph. Colburn, Mod O Gardner, clk

Fourth Lord's day in August 1851 Eld J M Stickney preached his farewell sermon and took his leave of the church as pastor.

Sep 13, 1851

Church met in Covenant meeting A Gross pastor in the chair - prayer by Eld Gill. Had an interesting feast (?) as the brethren spoke of the joys of Christ in the Soul.

A Gross, Mod O Gardner, clk

Oct 21, 1851

Ch met in Covenant meeting at the -- of L E Minrs - Ch Society represented - pastor in the chair. Had a refreshing time. Our pastor introduced to us Rev J P Barry from Little Falls, New York, who accompanied him from the General Association held at ___, Ill as suitable man to assist us in a meeting of days.

On motion Resolved that we invite Bro Barry to remain with us a time and assist our pastor in a series of meetings-Bro Barry accepted the invitation - meeting commenced the next day.

During the meeting the power of God was displayed in greatly reviving the dear little ch which lost sinners old and young were the subject of converting grace - as the people in Toulon never saw it before.

Nov 27, 1851

Saturday afternoon - church in session at the Courthouse surrounded by a large attentive congregation of anxious listeners.

On motion John BELCHER and Mary Ann BELCHER his wife with Enos BARTON were recd by letter as members of this church. Also Julia BALDWIN and Clorrinda NELSON recd by letter as members.

As the result of the meetings, in part, the following persons were recd on separate motions as candidates for Christian baptism viz. Brr John CULBERTSON and Pleasant CULBERTSON his wife - L E MINER and Louisa MINER his wife, W B SWEET and Elizabeth SWEET his wife, Hannah HAYS, Polly CRANDALL, S Wm EASTMAN, Henry JONES, Cornelia GILL, Permelia DRAY, Sally STIMSON, Jane STIMSON, Mary HALL, Louisa SWEET, Emelina L BEERS, Urunia PARISH, Cyrus SWEET, Wm CLARK, Wm MILLARS, Elizabeth BEERS, Arminda IVES, Margaret IVES, Alby E GARDNER, Sarah J BALDWIN, Malvina SHULL, Margaret ROSE.

Nov 30

Lord's day - the above named persons were immersed in obedience to the divine Command in to the church and recd the hand of fellowship to all its privileges for time and eternity.

Immediately after the Baptism we met for the breaking of bread and prayers - a richer feast was perhaps so never enjoyed by American Christians.

All hearts overflowed in joy - in hope of fullness of joy eternal at God's right hand.

We truly felt today "O that men would praise the Lord for His goodness and for his wonderful work to the children of men"- Each heart seemed to say "What shall I render unto the Lord for all kindness towards me." We sang a Hymn and went out.

A Gross, Mod O Gardner clk

Dec 6, 1851

The Church met in Cov. meeting at the Court house. Heard the report of committee who was to negotiate for the use of the Congregational Church one half of the time for one year from the first of January 1852.

Committee submitted the following report viz. that it could be secured but one Lords day in the month all day - the alternate sabbath in the afternoon only. Rent $30.

S. W. Eastman Chr

The church decided that whereas the Congregational house cannot be had in sufficient amount of the time to meet our engagements with our pastor therefore

Resolved that we continue in the Court house as formerly.

On motion We all repaired to the Congregational ch. to hear and see them receive members, fruits of our meeting - as per invitation from Rev. Mr. S. G. Wright. During the afternoon they received some ten or twelve mostly children of families belonging to their ch.

A. Gross, Mod. O. Gardner, clk

Jan 3, 1852

Met in Covenant meeting - nearly all the converts present-All steadfast in the love and obedience to the truth - had a most blessed interview.

On motion Bro. Benj PACKER and Hannah PACKER his wife were recd by letter.

Resolved that we hold Cov. meetings once in eight weeks and business meetings once in eight weeks alternately from this date - that the Cov meetings shall be strictly religious - that receiving members by baptism - experience - or letter - the dismission of members by letter - and answering communications from Sister churches comes purely within the province of a religious meeting.

Resolved that at our business meetings - if neither finance nor Discipline occupies the time - the ___ shall be spent religiously as in a covenant meeting.

A. Gross, Mod. O. Gardner, clk

Jan 31, 1852

Ch met in business meetings-Talked some about building a house of worship-There being no special matters of business - turned it into a Cov. meeting.

A. Gross, Mod. O Gardner, clk

Feb 28, 1852

Held Cov. meeting-after prayer and much free conversation as to Christian duty.

On motion Mrs. Catharine WHITTAKER was recd by experience having been baptized at Chillicothe, by Eld Barry a few days previous-as a member of this ch.

A. Gross, Mod.

Mar 27, 1852

Business meeting - The subject of electing deacons was introduced by our pastor-He stated that we were not properly a ch. without such officers.

After the wants of the ch. were fully discussed-the following motion was sustained viz. that the Ch come prepared at the next business meeting to vote for the election of two deacons and a treasurer, by ballot.

A. Gross, Mod O Gardner, clk

Apr 24, 1852

Held Cov. meeting - found an agreeable union and good degree of spiritual enjoyment.

A Gross, Mod. O Gardner, clk

May 22, 1852

Business meeting-A Gross in the chair-prayer by Father Gill.

On motion the following Brn. were appointed delegates to the Association viz. our pastor Eld A Gross, Eld E Gill, Eld J M Stickney, Geo W Buchanan, L W Eastman, L E

Miner and O Gardner.

Motion to elect deacons laid over to next meeting.

On motion the Church ordered the clerk to prepare a letter to the Asso containing a history of the ch for the past year-to be read and approved at our next Sabbath meeting.

A Gross, Mod. O Gardner, clk

Jun 19, 1852

Ch met in Cov meeting. The services were very interesting-good union-much spirituality manifested on the part of some.

A Gross, Mod. O Gardner, clk

Jul 17, 1852

Business meeting-Pastor in the chair, prayer by the pastor.

The motion, to elect deacon made at our March meeting, nothing was called up by the Mod. who appointed letters, whereupon, proceeded to ballot, and the following Brn. were unanimously elected viz L W Eastman and L E Miner-who accepted the office.

A Gross, Mod O Gardner, clk

Aug 14, 1852

Covenant meeting-Weather bad-but five present. Lords day following-full house-God by the spirit was with us in the breaking of bread.

A Gross, Mod O Gardner, clk

Sep 11, 1852

Business meeting-A Gross in the chair-prayer by Father Gill. Nearly the whole afternoon was spent in discussing the question proposed by our pastor "Is it not our duty to proceed immediately and build a respectable house of worship?" In committee of the whole-the subject was indefinitely laid on the table.

A Gross, Mod O Gardner, clk

Oct 9, 1852

Covenant meeting-Rained all day-but five on hand. These five had a happy time however.

The Sabbath following-the pastor requested the ch to tarry at the close of service-at which time he advised the ch. to call a special business meeting to call up the subject of building a meeting house-that it would not do to delay it any longer.

On motion said meeting was called to be held Oct 23. L W Eastman, W B Sweet and L E Miner were appointed a committee to estimate the cost of a brick house 36 ft. by 58 - to report at said special meeting.

A Gross, Mod O Gardner, clk

Oct 23, 1852

Special business meeting-met as per appointment-pastor in the chair.

1. Called for and heard the report of the estimating committee. Report accepted.

Firmly believing that the time has come in the providence of God when we are called upon to ingage in this noble interprize, Therefore

2. Resolved that we adopt the report of said committee and take immediate measures to build such a house-to be completed in one year.

3. Resolve, that our pastor open correspondence with J C Vanosdell-architect of Chicago-and if possible secure from him a plan and specification to aid us in building said house.

On motion two committees of three each-were appointed to raise funds by subscription-which shall be drawn payable to the Trustees of the First Baptist Church of Toulon, Ill - in two installments - one third in June 1853, the balance in Jan 1854. That L W Eastman, W B Sweet and H Jones conpose the first committee whose labors will be in town and vicinity. H T Ives, Benj Packer and Ephraim Colburn be the committee to work in the country.

Believing the church should put forth her utmost effort before she asks aid of others therefore

Resolved that our committees be and are hereby instructed to first circulate a susbscription among our own members, then do what they can outside the church.

A Gross, Mod O Gardner, clk

Nov 1, 1852

Held a Covenant meeting-bad weather yet a goodly number present.

A Gross, Mod O Gardner, clk

Dec 4, 1852

Church met in regular business meeting-pastor in the chair.

1. On motion the chair appointed L W Eastman, H T Ives and John Culbertson a committee to look (for) a suitable lot for house and report at our next meeting.

2. Resolved that the church now, agreeable to previous notice, proceed to elect by ballot, five trustees to take charge of all our Corporate property.

The church proceeded to ballot-Deacs Eastman & Miner being appointed by the chair as tellers-and the following named persons were duly elected Trustees of the First Baptist Church, Toulon, Stark Co Ill. viz. Wheeler B Sweet, John Culbertson, Henry T Ives and Wm Ogle and Oliver Whittaker. All accepted.

3. Resolved that the Trustees, thus elected, shall constitute the building committee and are authorized to receive all moneys subscribed to build a Baptist meeting house in Toulon.

4. Resolved that W B Sweet see that the names of these Trustees are Recorded in the clerks office as the Law of Ill. requires in all such cases.

5. Our pastor reports, having written to J C Vanosdell, architect-but no answer has been returned.

6. On motion Resolved that we add fifty dollars to our pastor's annual salary-so that he can devote more time to the interest of our meeting house.

7. On motion appointed S W Eastman and Wm Clark as a committee to raise and collect pastor's salary.

8. On motion Letters of Dismission were granted to Geo W Buchanan and wife, commended to our Brethren in Arizona. Adjourned.

A Gross, Mod O Gardner, clk

Jan 1, 1853

Covenant - Exercises - as usual.

Jan 29, 1853

Regular business meeting. No business came before except Report of Committee on lot-which report in favor for the lot directly north of Dr. Chamberlain.

By motion E R BOARDMAN and Jane E WOODWARD were recd by letter.

A Gross, Mod O Gardner, clk

Feb 21, 1853

Ch held covenant meeting-After the exercises were over-our pastor who resides in Knox Co presented a letter from LaFayette Ch. Also Bro Henry Y GODFREY and (wife) were on motion recd as members of this ch.

A Gross, Mod O Gardner, clk

Mar 26, 1853

Business meeting-pastor in the chair-prayer by Father Gill.

Our pastor reported no success with J C Vanosdell as to draft of house-after which Charles Johnson Engr presented for our contemplation a draft of house prepared by direction of our building committee-The plan was examined and adopted-and said building committee authorized to receive sealed proposals for building said house.

A Gross, Mod O Gardner, clk

Apr 23, 1853

Was the day for Covenant meeting-but such a storm visited our place-no attendance.

O Gardner, clk

May 21, 1853

Ch met business-pastor in the chair-prayer by the same.

On motion our pastor A Gross, Eld E Gill, Benj Packer and John Colburn were appointed our delegates to the Asso, at Tremont-the clerk write our epistle to the Asso.

On motion voted against dividing the Asso.

A Gross, Mod O Gardner, clk

Jun 18, 1853

Held Covenant meeting-exercises were truly interesting.

On motion voted to receive John D WEED - Sarah WEED his wife, as members of this ch.

On motion voted that Jane STIMPSON, now Mrs James WARD have a letter -commending her to our brethren in Oregon.

A Gross, Mod O Gardner, clk

Jul 11, 1853

Business meeting-Brother Gill in the chair-pastor absent.

A motion was made to sell part of meeting house Lot to Dr. Chamberlain, who applied for it through our pastor-Motion lost.

Much discussion was had about a more efficient course being taken to raise pastors salary. Many plans were proposed but none adopted.

E Gill, Mod pro tem O Gardner, clk

Aug 3, 1853

Met in covenant meeting-exercises as usual.

Sep 19, 1853

Ch met in business meeting-pastor in the chair.

On motion appointed L W Eastman, Henry Jones and Benj Packer a committee to raise pastors salary by subscription.

Also appointed - Our pastor A Gross, E Gill, J M Stickney and L E Miner as delegates to meet in Counsel at Concord School house, Bureau Co. for the purpose of constituting a Baptist Ch in said town - and ordain I S Mahan.

On motion voted Letters of dismission to Bro Wm MILLER, his wife, daughter and son, commending them to our Bre. in Iowa.

A Gross, Mod O Gardner, clk

Oct 5, 1853

Covenant meeting-had an interesting time. Mrs. Emily BERFIELD received by baptism.

On motion requested Brn Eastman and Miner to furnish coal for use of ch this winter at our expense.

Oct 9, 1853 Lords Day

Elvis (Eliza) SHALLENBERGER and E S FULLER recd by letter as members.

A Gross, Mod O Gardner, clk

Nov 5, 1853

Business-No record of business found.

Dec 3, 1853

Covenant meeting-had a pleasant time.

On motion Peleg CHASE, Fanny M CHASE hiw wife, Robert ROBB, Mary Jane his wife and Sarah HARRIS were recd by letter as members of this ch.

A Gross, Mod

Dec 30, 1853

Ch met for business-there being none it turned into a Covenant meeting-had an excellent time. At the close a contribution of $2.25 was taken up to furnish candles for our meetings in which J K Barry and our pastor was about to engage.

A Gross, Mod O Gardner, clk

The ch. held meeting every day in the Court house from the 30 Dec 1853 until Jan 29, 1854 when it closed-except on Lords day when the Campbellites occupied the house- Every opposition that the enemies of the Truth could devise was brought to bear against us.

O Gardner, clk

Sat Jan 28, 1854

Covenant meeting-pastor in the chair-prayer by our Venerable Father Gill. Court (house) full to a __. The church listened to the christian experience of the following named persons viz.

Isaac HARRIS, Mary Jane HARRIS, Mrs (blank space) HARRIS, Julia BROWN, Mrs. Sarah IVES, Synthia PACKER, Mary BEERS, Eliza ARNOLD, John BERFIELD, Luther A GEER, Jane SHALLENBERGER, Lucy OZIAS, Jane BEERS, Mary COOK. Total 14.

On motion they were all recd as candidates for baptism.

After which Stephen H BROWN, (blank space) his wife and Wm IVES were recd on experience having previously been immersed. Total 3.

Then the following brn. and sisters were on motion recd by letter as members of this church, viz. Mathew L GROSS, Eugene A GROSS, Wm S GROSS, Achra L GROSS, Adelaide M GROSS, Aurelia HARRIS, Simon W DYRE (DYER), Philena DYRE his wife, Josephine DYRE - 9 Total 26

Sunday the 29 Jan, 1854

After immersing the 14 candidates named above-the ch returned to the Court house-The pastor extended the hand of Ch fellowship (to) all who were recd on the previous day, then followed the breaking of bread and prayers-This ch never witnessed a more glorious day-All hearts filled with joy in the Holy Ghost-The power of the most High was manifest in our Souls-to His name be all the glory. How great our obligation to love and serve the dispenser of such rich and glorious blessings.

A Gross, Mod O Gardner, clk

Feb 25, 1854

Church met in business meeting-pastor in the chair-Prayer by Father Gill.

Heard and approved the records of the last meeting.

On motion Resolved that a tax of one dollar be laid on all the members-male and female to pay ministers salary-the balance to raise either by a permanent subscription-or by overage on the property of the church.

That part of the above resolution laying the dollar tax passed unanimously. The latter clause was laid over for future action.

On motion Resolved that we receive Sister Mary ROBB as a member of this church on her experience, she having been baptized. Sustained.

On motion Resolved that Mrs. E SHALLENBERGER have a certificate of good moral character as far as we know, while a member with us, as per her request-and that her name be dropped from our records-Sustained.

On motion Resolved that Henry JONES be excluded from our church fellowship for embracing heresy-commonly known as Campbellism-Sustained.

A Gross, Mod O Gardner, clk

Mar 25, 1854

Covenant meeting-at the close of the usual services-On motion Resolved that Bro S M FEZLER and Aurelia his wife be recd as members on the credit of letters here presented. Sustained. Sabbath 21, Luther GEER Jr and Abby his wife were recd by letter.

A Gross, Mod O Gardner, clk

Apr 22, 1854

Church met in business meeting-pastor in the chair.

Bro O Gardner presented his resignation as clerk of this church.

On motion Resolved that we accept Bro Gardner's resignation-Motion sustained.

On motion Resolved that Bro. John Berfield be appointed clerk to fill the place of Bro Gardner resigned - Motion sustained and Bro. Berfield accepts the office.

On motion Resolved that Mr Baldwin and H Y Godfrey be requested to take charge of the singing at all our religious meetings.

On motion Resolved that the Trustees are hereby instructed, to request Brother John Culbertson to advance money and means sufficient to finish our house of worship, and we will pay him ten percent interest on all money he advances until paid.

A. Gross, Mod

May 20, 1854

Church met in the Court house for Cov. meeting, A Gross in chair-Prayer by Father Gill.

On motion Jacob WAGNER was recd by experience having (been) baptised. GERTRUDE his wife was also received and baptised at the close of the services.

A letter of dismission as per request was granted Dea. L MINER directed to Second Baptist, Mystic, Conn.

Resolved that A Gross, E Gill, D James, S W Eastman, L M Foster, Benj Packer, L Geer Jr and Rob. Robb be our delegates to the Ill R. Asso.

On motion the Association was invited to meet with us next year.

Resolved that any Bro who may appear at this Asso.-is qualified to fill any vacancy that may occur in our delegation.

The clerk was ordered to prepare our annual Epistle to Asso.-and present at our next Lords day meeting for approval.

A Gross, Mod

Jun 11, 1854

Lords day-in the afternoon-the letter to the Asso. presented. Read and approved.

Rev. David JAMES and Martha G JAMES his wife, presented letter from Mattewan, Duchess Co N York, and asked admission into our body as members.

On motion they were recd as members of this church and our pastor extended the hand of fellowship to them.

A Gross, Mod

Jun 17, 1854 Rules of Order (written along side of page)

Church met for business at the house of Bro Robb. Meeting opened with prayer and singing. Pastor in the chair-the minutes of last meeting read and approved. The church Record as transcribed by Elder A Gross presented and accepted.

On motion resolved the hearing of the report of the Trustees be laid over til next meeting. On mo. resolved that the following rules be adopted by the Church viz.

Act 1st

The Pastor shall fill the Chair. In his absence the oldest Deacon elected. In case both Pastor and Deacons are absent any Member whom the church may appoint.

2nd. All meetings of the Church shall be opened and closed with prayer under the direction of the chair.

3rd. At any regular meeting of the church all Motions shall be sustained by the vote of a majority of the members present.

4th. No subject shall be discussed without being first presented on a motion and seconded and the Moderator shall decide all points of order, but any member dissatisfied with his decision may appeal to the house without debate.

5th All members not under discipline for breach of covenant shall be entitled to a vote. In case of a tie the Moderator shall give the casting vote.

6th No member shall be allowed to speak on any question without first arising to his feet and respectfully addressing the chair and then not more than twice on any one subject without permission from the house.

7th The order of business shall be as follows:

1. The reading of the minutes of the last meeting.

2. Reports of Committees

3. Discipline of unruly members

4. Sickness and relief of members in want of our aid

5. New Business. These items shall be called up in order by the chair as here recorded.

8th That these rules may be altered or amended at any regular meeting by a vote of two thirds of the members present.

On motion resolved that this meeting adjourn.

A Gross, Mod John Berfield, clk

Jul 15, 1854

Covenant meeting-a good time-exercises and table collections as usual

A Gross, Mod. John Berfield, clk

Jul 30, 1854

At the request of Sister Nancy E ALLEN a letter of dismissal is given her directed to the First Baptist Church at Chillicothe.

Aug 12, 1854

Church met for business at the house of Brother R Robb, 2 o'clock pm. Meeting opened by singing and prayer-pastor in the chair.

The moderator called for the report of trustees as per vote of last meeting, upon finances of the church as it relates to the building of our house of worship. Committee not prepared to report. Comm was allowed, on motion sustained farther time until our Oct meeting for business.

A letter from Caroline STEVESON giving her christian experience and asking admission into the church, was read by the pastor.

On motion voted that her request be granted and that she be immersed three weeks from tomorrow agreeable to her desire.

On motion of Bro Eastman voted to move forward as per previous notice of the pastor, to elect three deacons to serve the church in that office-and that the church vote by ballot. The church proceeded to ballot, whereupon Brothers H T Ives, L M Fezler and Robert Robb, were declared by the chair duly elected.

On motion voted that Bro. John Berfield serve this church as treasurer. that all funds raised by the church to support the gospel, be paid into his hands or if paid to the pastor, his receipt he hand over to the treasurer, entered with the cash in a book by him kept for that purpose, and that the treasurer make a quarterly report of the same to the church.

On motion adjourned-prayer by Father Gill.

A Gross, Mod

Aug 27, 1854

According to previous arrangement the Church proceeded to the water and Sister Cornelia STEVENSON was there and then buried in Baptism.

Sep 9, 1854

Church met at the Court House in covenant meeting-exercises as usual.

When at her own request a Letter of Commendation and dismission is given to Sister Clorinda NELSON to any regular Baptist Church.

John Berfield, Clk

Sep 19, 1854

Being Communion day Sister Sarah THOMAS, Bro. Jonathan TWISS and Sister Hester wife, presented letters and a request to unite with us when they are received as members and the right hand of fellowship is extended by our Pastor Bro A Gross.

A Gross, Mod John Berfield Clerk

Oct 7, 1854

Church met for business, Meeting,opened by singing and prayer by our Pastor.

When on mo. of our Pastor it is resolved that a Letter of Dismission be given Sister Mary COOK.

On Mo. resolved that the Committee to whom was referred the state of finances of the church have time extended to them until a settlement can be had with Bro John Culbertson.

Moved and seconded that the church sell a portion of the church lot. When after free discussion the vote being taken the motion was lost.

On mo. resolved that the church raise a sum by subscription sufficient to defray the expenses of erecting suitable posts and poles on the church lot for the purpose of hitching horses. When it was resolved that the chair appoint a committee to do said work, and Bro Clark and Bro H G Godfrey were appointed said committee. On mo adjourned.

A Gross, Mod J Berfield, Clk

Nov Sat 4, 1854

Church met in Covenant meeting-Nothing of interest transpired-No table collections.

A Gross, Mod J Berfield, Clk

Sat, Dec 2 1854

Church met for business-Exercises commenced by singing and prayer by our Pastor. Minutes of last meeting read and approved. On mo resolved that the committee appointed at our last meeting to erect hitching posts on church lot have time extended until a full report can be made by it. The report of Finance Com. is now called for when it is understood their report is not yet ready. It is thought right that time be still extended. Sister ROSE now presents the church with a letter which on mo. is accepted and ordered to be filed. When in accordance with said letter Resolved that she be pardoned for conduct suggested in said letter and Bro Fezler is appointed a com. to wait upon her and carry a letter to be prepared by order of the Church, advising her of the result of deliberations had by the Church. On mo adjourned.

A Gross, Mod J Berfield, clk

Sat Dec 28, 1854

Church met at the house of Bro Fezler for Cov. meeting. When from existing circumstances it was resolved that the order of the meeting be changed. When a matter was investigated touching the character of our Pastor which investigation resulted in his favor. On mo. adjourned.

S W Eastman, Mod Pro tem J Berfield, Clk

Sat Jan 20, 1855

Church met at the house of Bro Robb on business but thinking no matters of special business before the meeting, it was resolved that the order of the meeting be changed. When there was a general interchange of feeling and experience by all present and a good and lively feeling seemed to pervade the whole and alltogether seemed to be a very profitable interview. Adjourned.

A Gross, Mod J Berfield, Clk

Sat Feb 24, 1855

Church met at the House of Bro. Robb in Cov meeting, our Pastor absent. Father Gill in the chair. Exercises commenced by singing and prayer by Father Gill. When after the usual exercises of such meetings, on mo. of Bro Robb it was resolved that the order of this meeting be changed into that of a business meeting. A communication from the church at Lafayette was then read asking this church to appoint a com. of two to meet them in council at Lafayette on the 20th day of March next with regard to a church matter named in said communication. On mo. Bro Fezler, Bros. Elder Gill and Elder Gross were appointed such committee with power of substitution. A circular and communication was now read from the Agt of Foreign Missions requesting aid from us, it was resolved that we request our Pastor to preach on the subject of For. Miss. on two weeks from tomorrow, when we suggest the propriety of taking up a collection for the benefit of Foreign Missions. Sister Julius IVES now requests this church to grant her a Letter of Dis. to the church at Lafayette, which request is granted. Meeting adjourned.

E Gill, Mod Pro tem R Robb, Clk Pro tem

Sat, Mar 11, 1855

Being our regular day for preaching and our Pastor having been made acquainted with the proceedings of our last Church meeting, preached on the subject of missions, after which a contribution was given by the congregation in aid of For. Missions, which contribution amounted to $8.10. Which has been promptly forwarded to the Mission Rooms at Boston, after the Contribution and Benediction the church resolved itself into a Business meeting. When on mo. of Bro. Robb it was resolved that we enter our Meeting House on the 25 Inst. and that we invite our Bro. Rev. H. G. Weston of Peoria to preach the dedication sermon. Bros. Rev. Bailey of Pekin, Rev. Minner of Canton, and Rev. F. Kit___ of Mercer Co. to be his alternates upon that occasion. Since which time several letters of invitation have been written to various members of the ministry and their churches to meet with us same time.

A Gross, Mod J Berfield, clk

Mar 24, 1855

Church met at the house of Bro. Robb for business meeting opened by singing and prayer by our Pastor. The minutes of last meeting read and approved. On mo. resolved that the building com. have further time extended them in which to make their report. The com. on hitching posts and rails on ch lot was now called upon for report. Who reported verbally that they had recd subscriptions to the amt of about $16.00. On mo Bro Brown is added to said com. and resolved that they make report in six weeks from this time. And now a communication from our Pastor tendering his resignation of the pastoral charge is read and after free expression of feeling upon this delicate subject it is resolved that we accept his resignation and cordially invite him that whenever in the Providence of God he can, that he preach for us. Yet not to the hindrance of any other duties that may be thrown in his way.

The subject of order in sitting in our Meeting House is now brought up, and it is resolved that the congregation seat themselves by families, as far as is convenient and agreeable to themselves. On mo adjourned.

E Gill, Mod Pro tem J Berfield, clk

Apr 1, 1855 Sabbath

Preaching this day by Elder Gill. The Church now requested to remain a few moments after the Benediction. When at the request of Bro. James M COLBURN it is resolved that a letter of Dismission be given himself and wife.

Apr 7, 1855

Special meeting of the church at Meeting House. Meeting opened by singing and Prayer. Bro. Eastman in the chair, it was now expected that the building com would make their rept but they not being ready to do so it is resolved that they have further time, and the time for making said rept is extended till two weeks from today when it is expected they will make their report. The subject of our Pastors salary now due is now brought up. On mo it is resolved that we make a special effort to meet said indebtedness by this day two weeks. On mo it is resolved that we employ some person to take charge of our Meeting House for the purpose of keeping it clean and in order, to light the lamps, make fires when necessary and ring the Bell on Sabbath days at the hours of service under the direction of our Deacons. Bro Wagner now proposes to do all of said work for term of one year for the sum of twenty five dollars. When on mo it is resolved that we employ him accordingly and that we pay him quarterly.

On mo of Bro. Fezler it is resolved that we meet at this place in two weeks from tomorrow (Sabbath) for the purpose of organizing a Sabbath school. And that we ask a contribution on tomorrow for the purpose of purchasing a S.S. Lib. On mo. of Bro. Gill resolved that when the numbers in attendance are not too large we hold our Church and Prayer Meetings and Sabbath School in the Gallery of this House.

On mo it is resolved that the Deacons of this Church are a committee for the purposes of supplying the Pulpit till we can secure the attendance of a regular Pastor of this church. On mo adjourned.

S W Eastman, Mod Pro tem J Berfield, Clk

Sat Apr 21, 1855

Church met for Cov meeting. Meeting opened with singing and prayer. On mo resolved that the order of the meet. be changed into that of a business meeting. Father Gill in the chair.

The rept of the Building Com. is now called for. When Br. Sweet made a formal rep. but as it seemed to have ___upon him to have drawn up a minute statement of the entire cost and remaining indebtedness of the building of our Meeting House, and he having been entirely engaged in other business of great importance to himself has not yet had time and opportunity to do so. But promises that through the course of next week he will prepare a complete statement showing the entire cost of said building and the lot on which it stands. Sister COLLINS now presents her Letter of Commendation and dis. from the first Bap. Ch at Canton. Our Pastor A GROSS and family now ask the Ch to grant them Letters of Dis. When on mo it is resolved that we grant said request.

The subject of our pastors salary is now brought up. When after receiving all the cash and promises to pay from the members present that they felt disposed to give at present it is resolved that on tomorrow we take a contribution to be applied to the payment of said salary. On mo adjourned.

E Gill, Mod J Berfield, Clk

Apr 22 (Sabbath) 1855

Preaching over. Sister COLLINS letter is read and by a unanimous vote she is recd as a mem. of this church and now after a few explanatory remarks by Bro James for that purpose a contribution as spoken of on yesterday is now taken which amts to the sum of $4.73.

J Berfield, Clk

May 19, 1855

Church met in regular business meeting. Meeting opened by singing and prayer by Bro. Stickney. Father Gill in the chair. On mo resolved that we appoint delegates to represent us at the Association to be held in June at Metamora. When on mo it is resolved that Bros S W Eastman, H T Ives, S M Fezler, Robt Robb, J W Stickney, Elisha Gill and David James are appointed as said delegates and Resolved that whatever other brethren of this church that may attend the Association shall be held as regular delegates. On mo resolved that through our delegates we request the Asso. to appoint their next meeting at Toulon. A communication from Bro. Bailey is now read asking aid toward paying the expenses of an Itinerant Missionary in our home field but no final action is taken in this matter at present. On mo adjourned.

E Gill, Mod J Berfield, Clk

May 27, 1855 (Sabbath) Forenoon service over the Church detain and the Letter from Bro. Baily touching the Itinerant Ministry is recd and laid over. And also a Letter of Dis. of Sister Maria PATTERSON is read and she is recd a member of this church.

J Berfield, Clk

June 3, 1855 (Sabbath) Afternoon services over, the Church detain and the subject of call of our Bro. Brinkerhoff to the pastorate of this ch is brought up and after full and free expression by a vote of a majority of members present it is resolved that we invite him to the pastoral charge of this church, which invitation is by him accepted, and the church agrees to pay him $500 per year as salary. Time commencing on 20th May last.

A letter of dis. of Sister Harriet BLAIR is now read and she is recd a mem. of this church.

J Berfield, Clk

Jun 16, 1855

Ch met in Cov meeting. Meeting opened with singing and prayer by our Pastor. Exercises as usual, good feeling prevailing. Tomorrow being Com Day, a small contribution for that purpose is had.

Jun 17, 1855 (Sabbath) Preaching over, Sister Patterson and Sister Blair comme forward and receive the hand of fellowship.

A communication from a conference at ____ Marshall Co is now read inviting this church to meet with them for the purpose of recognizing them as a regular Baptist church. Whereupon our Pastor Eld Brinkerhoff, Bros H F Ives and S W Eastman were apointed a com. to act in accordance with said request.

And now a letter of acceptance to the pastorate of this church by our Pastor Rev. C. Brinkerhoff is read, when it is resolved that said acceptance be recd and filed.

J Berfield, Clk

Sat, Jul 14, 1855

Ch met in regular business meeting. Meeting opened by singing and prayer by our pastor. Minutes of last meetg read and approved, and now Bro Sweet one of the building com. presents a statement and report showing very nearly the entire cost of church building and amt of indebtedness on the same. On mo said report is accepted. On mo it is resolved that we authorize the Trustees to give Bro John Culbertson a note and mort. for $2000 on the meeting house, and also that they give him a note of three hund dolls. which two amts being the actual indebtedness of the church for meeting house at this time. And now in mo Breth H Y Godfrey, S H Brown and John Berfield are appointed a com to collect dues outstanding on meet. house subscription, which dues when so collected are to be applied toward the payt of the above named three hund. dollar note. On mo for that purpose Bros. H T Ives, John Culbertson, Robert Robb, J H Brown and S M Fezler are appointed a com for the purpose of making arrangements for the prompt payt our Pastors Salaries, Sextons salary and contingent expenses of the church and that they make rep on tomorrow week. It is now resolved that we have our Cov. meeting on Sat. preceding the 1st Lords day in next month, and business meet. on Sat preceding the 1st Lords day in the next mo and so on. And that this be our rule until means are provided for its alteration. Our Com on hitching posts are now requested to make their rep. When Bro Brown makes a formal statement and says that as yet there is at least but little done in regard to that matter. When on mo resolved that time be extended to said Com till next regular church meeting. On mo meeting adjourned.

C Brinkerhoff, Chr J Berfield, Clk

Jul 15 1855 (Sabbath)

Forenoon service over, the church detain and a letter of communication of our Pastor Eld C BRINKERHOFF from the 2nd Bap Church at Salem N. J. is read.

And also a letter of recommendation and dismission from same church of our Pastor and Maria his wife and Adonijah J their son is read. When by a unanimous vote they are recd as members of this church.

J Berfield, Clk

Aug 4, 1855

Church met in Cov meeting. Meeting opened with singing and prayer by our Pastor. After the usual exercises a table contribution is taken and the order of the meeting is changed for the accommodation of business. When a letter from a committee of Brethren at Galva is read requesting this church to delegate two of our Brethren to meet with others at that place on the 14th Inst for the purpose of recognizing the Brethren of that place as a regular Church of Christ in Gospel order. Whereupon our Pastor C Brinkerhoff and Father E Gill are appointed said delegation.

Aug 5, 1855 (Sabbath)

Forenoon service over, our (pastor) receives the hand of fellowship by Father Gill in behalf of the church. When Sister Brinkerhoff and son Adonijah come forward and receive the same of our Pastor. And now on mo it is resolved that we add the name of Bro J M Stickney to our delegation to attend the recognition at Galva on the 14th Inst.

C Brinkerhoff, Chr J Berfield, Clk

Sat, Sep 1, 1855

Church met in regular business meet. Meet. opened by singing and prayer, our pastor in the chair. Sister STOCKNER relates her Christian experience. When by a unanimous vote it is resolved that she be admitted a member of the church after baptism. Minutes of and since last meet. read and approved. Our financial com. are now called upon to report. When Bro Ives, chm of com, says that the com. have thought it advisable to lay an assessment of three dollars per each memb. and the balance needed to be raised by voluntary subscription or taxation. On mo. the report is accepted and also that it be adopted as far as regards the three dollars per member. On mo. it is resolved that the hand of fellowship be withdrawn from Sister Martha JAMES for disorderly conduct in leaving her husband without just cause or provocation.

On mo. resolved that at his own request we give Eld. David JAMES a letter of dismission and commendation. On mo. adjourned.

C Brinkerhoff, Mod J Berfield, clk

Sep 9, 1855 (Sabbath)

Forenoon service over, Bro Elias STOCKNER having manifested a desire to become a member of the church is requested to relate his Christian experience which he does in a very satisfactory manner. When on mo. resolved that he be admitted a member of this church after Baptism. And now our Pastor and a portion of the church repair to the water and Bro Elias STOCKNER and wife are baptised.

Sat, Sep 29, 1855

Church met in regular Cov. meeting. Meeting opened by singing and prayer. A tolerable full attendance, good feeling prevailing. When after the usual exercises of such meetings, adjourned.

Sat Nov 3, 1855, Church Meeting

Meeting opened by singing and prayer, our pastor in the chair. Minutes read and approved. The financial com. now presents a report showing an assessment which is considered sufficient to defray salary and contingent expenses of the church for the current year commencing 30th May last which report and assessment is accepted. And now on mo. it is resolved that the clerk is instructed together with such help as he may call to his aid to hand to each member of the church a slip containing the amt of their individual assessment with a request that immediate payment be made.

There being no further business on mo adjourned.

C Brinkerhoff, Mod. J Berfield, clk

Sat, Dec 1, 1855

Church met in regular Cov. meeting. Meeting opened with singing, prayer. When after the usual exercises of such meetings, adjourned.

Dec 2, 1855 (Sabbath)

Being communion day a letter of Dis and commendation of Sister SCHMUCK is read when by a unanimous vote of the church she is recd a member of this church. When she together with Bro & Sister STOCKNER receive the hand of fellowship.

Sat, Jan 5, 1856 Business meeting of the church

Meeting opened by singing and prayer, our pastor presiding. Minutes read and approved. When the matter of paying for stoves is taken up. On mo. it is resolved that on tomorrow after service a collection be taken for said object, and that after service the church detain to take measures whereby the full amt. may be raised immediately. And now the matter of Sextons salary is examined. When it is resolved that the first monies recd from assessments shall be paid him. And there being no further business our pastor presents some matters of new business, some of which is disposed as follows viz. On mo. resolved that the time of our afternoon service be changed to 6 oclock in the evening for the present, and that instead of Prayer meeting on Wednesday evenings only, we have such meetings three times during the week connected with preaching. With a view that when in the Providence of God the proper time shall come we may put forth a protracted effort. Adjourned.

C Brinkerhoff, Mod. J Berfield, Clk

Jan 6, 1856 (Sabbath)

Preaching over, a collection as spoken of on yesterday which together with the effort made in conference after the benediction seemed to result very favorably inasmuch as almost the entire sum necessary to defray purchase of the stoves is raised. And this may be regarded as a very favorable omen for it seems that with the opening of the year and amidst enlarged pecuniary blessing the church has some determination to arise and do something in the way of freeing herself from some of her embarassments at least.

Sat, Feb 2, 1856

Covenant meeting opened by singing and prayer, our pastor in the chair. On mo. resolved that the question with regard to Margaret M ROSE be taken up. When by a unanimous vote of the church she is excluded from the fellowship of the church on account of her immoral conduct, and now this case is dismissed with prayers to Almighty God that He will pardon the wicked and reclaim the wanderer.

And now the meeting resumes its usual times. When after the expressions of feeling on the subject of religions by nearly all present and good feeling seeming to pervade the whole. On mo. adjourned.

C Brinkerhoff, Mod. J Berfield, Clk

Sat, Mar 1, 1856 Business Meeting

Meeting opened by singing and prayer, our pastor presiding. Minutes read and approved.

And now in regard to the exchange of land with Dr. Chamberlain, on mo. it is resolved that the Trustees of this church be authorized to confer with Dr. Chamberlain and if in their better judgment it is thought best, that they make such exchange with him as they may think best adapted to the benefit of the church.

A resolution is now offered by our pastor with regard to the disorderly walk of members which is adopted.

A claim in favor of Wm Chamberlain amounting to some $18. is now presented and on mo. it is resolved that this amt. by paid out of the first money that may be found in the Treasury. And there being no further business on mo. adjourned.

C Brinkerhoff, Mod. J Berfield, clk

Mar 9, 1856

Sabbath forenoon service over, opportunity is offered and Invitation given to those who are disposed to give a relation of their Christian experience. When Jackson PATTERSON, Chilion B BRINKERHOFF and Mrs. Henry GODFREY come forward and give a relation of their experience and their wishes. When by a unanimous vote of the church they are recd as candidates for Baptism. And next Sabbath is named as the time for such Baptism.

Sat. evening, March 15 During the exercises of this evening opportunty is offered to any who may feel a wish to relate their experience. When Emily CULBERTSON and S Paulina PACKER give a relation of their Christian experience and by a vote of the Church they are recd as candidates for Baptism.

Mar 16, 1856

Sabbath forenoon service over, the church according to previous arrangement repair to the water and the above named are baptized.

Apr 5, 1856

Church met in regular Cov. meeting. Meeting opened by singing and prayer, our pastor presiding. After the usual exercises of such meetings an invitation was given to such as felt so disposed to give a relation of their Christian experience. When Miss (blank space) PROUTT, Mrs C B BRINKERHOFF and Helen RHODES responded by giving such relations. When by a vote of the church they are recd as candidates for Baptism and one week from tomorrow is fixed upon as the time for their Baptism. Adjourned.

C Brinkerhoff, Mod. J Berfield, Clk

Apr 6, 1856

Sabbath - being Communion day and the forenoon services over the church detain and by a vote resolved that the order of our meetings which have been going on from evening to evening successively for many weeks be changed to alternate evenings.

Apr 11, 1856 Friday evening

Preaching over, invitation and opportunity is again given to such as may feel disposed to give a relation of their Christian experience. When James CULBERTSON and Nancy WINN, M Jane GEERHART and Louisa IVES give a relation of their experience and by a vote of the church they are recd as candidates for Baptism.

Apr 12, 1856 (Sabbath)

Forenoon services over the church and Congregation repair to the water and the before named being seven in all are buried in Baptism in presence of a large, solemn and attentive concourse of people. And the weather being very fine and well befitting the occasion. The effect we might say seemed to be very good.

May 3, 1856

Church met in regular business meeting. Meeting commenced by singing and prayer, our pastor presiding. Minutes read and approved. On mo. our pastor and clerk are appointed a committee to prepare a letter for the approaching association. On mo. of Father Gill resolved that Bros Ives, Fezler and our pastor be a committee for the purpose of making an exchange for a new bell for our meeting house. Our Sextons bill for services rendered is now presented and accepted. On mo. resolved that the Sisters undertake the cleaning of the meeting house and that they meet for that purpose on the first Mon. in next month. And that each sister not present and assisting in sue? to work at that time, pay instead thereof the sum of 25 cents to be placed under the control of the sisters to aid in the cleansing of the house.

And there being no further business on mo. adjourned.

C Brinkerhoff, Mod. H Y Godfrey, Clk Pro tem

Sat, May 31, 1856

Church met in regular Cov meeting. Meeting opened by singing and prayer, our pastor presiding. And a pretty full attendance. When after the usual exercises of such meetings the order of the meeting is changed and the matter of appointing Delegates to the Association is brot up. When it is suggested that Ministers are standing Delegates so then we have three of those viz. our Pastor, Eld. Gill and Eld. Stickney. And on mo. our four Deacons, Bros Packer and Berfield are appointed Delegates for the same purpose.

And now on mo Bros. H Y Godfrey, R Robb, S M Fezler and W B Sweet together with Sisters Whitaker, Fezler, Chamberlain and Robb are appt. a com. to attend to the wants of Foreign Brethren while attending the Association. And there being no further matter of record before the meet. on mo. adjourned.

C Brinkerhoff, Mod. J Berfield, clk

June 1, 1856 Sabbath

Preaching over invitation is given to those who have recently been attached to the church to come forward and receive the hand of fellowship. When James CULBERTSON, Nancy M PROUTT, Maria BRINKERHOFF, Nancy MINER, Mary J GEERHART, Helen RHODES, Mary Louisa IVES and S Paulina PACKER respond by so coming forward who we believe are all the new members so entitled to the hand of fellowship with the single exception of Sister COLLINS who has been prevented from attending church on account of ill health.

June 22, 1856

Sabbath, forenoon service over the church detain when by request a letter of dis. is given Sister Urina PARRISH.

C Brinkerhoff, Mod. J Berfield, clk

Sat, Jul 5, 1856 - Regular Business Meeting

Meeting opened by singing and prayer, our pastor presiding. Minutes read, corrected and approved. And now our pastor presents a resolution that the church assume individually the entire debt of the Meeting House. Notes to be given payable in 1, 2, 3 and 4 years at ten per cent int. On mo. resolved that the financial com. of last year viz. Bros. H T Ives, John Culbertson, Robt. Robb, S H Brown and S M Fezler be a com. for the present year for the purpose of divising ways and means for the prompt payment of pastors salary and expenses of the church the present year, and that they meet at this place on next Saturday at 4 oclock pm for said purpose. The Treasurer now presents a statement showing the present condition of the finances of the church and there being no further business, on mo. adjourned.

C Brinkerhoff, Mod J Berfield, clk

Sat Aug 2, 1856, Covenant Meeting

Meeting opened by singing and prayer our pastor presiding. and owing to present rain very few present.

After the usual exercises of such meetings our financial com. were called upon to make report. When Bro. Robb one of said com. read a statement of assessments for the present year. Which statement was taken as a report and by a vote of those present it was adopted. On motion adjourned.

C Brinkerhoff, Mod J Berfield, clk

Sep 6, 1856, Regular Business Meeting

Meeting opened by singing and prayer our pastor in the chair. Minutes read and approved.

And now the subject of Sexton is taken up. When on mo. it is resolve that Bro A J Brinkerhoff be employed for the time being and that the church pay him 75 cts per week while he may perform the duties of sexton.

A motion with regard to the better arrangement of the stove chimneys is now brot up. When on mo. Bros Packer, Weed & Berfield are appointed a com for said purpose.

And in regard to fuel and light for this house on mo resolved that weekly collections be taken from the congregation to defray said expenses.

And there being no further business, adjourned.

C Brinkerhoff, Mod J Berfield, clk

Sat Oct 4, 1856 Covenant meeting

Meeting opened by singing and prayer, our pastor presiding.

But few present, when after the usual exercises of such meetings, adjourned.

Nov 1, 1856 Business meeting

No record

Dec 6, 1856 Covenant meeting

Meeting opened by singing and prayer, our pastor presiding. A letter of Sister Elizah S DUGAN is read and by a vote of the church she is received a member of this church. When after the usual exercises of our covenant meeting, adjourned.

Jan 3, 1857 Business meeting

Meeting opened by singing and prayer our pastor in the chair. Minutes of last meeting not present but it was understood that there was no unfinished business. Our pastor stated that he had secured nearly $1400 on church debt. Bro Eastman moved that our pastor ___ the matter as fast as possible to secure the entire amt of said debt. When our pastor requests that a com be appointed to assist him in said work. When on mo Bros Packer, Fezler and Eastman were appointed said com.

Our pastor now makes a proposition that if the church would raise the sum of $500 more or less as his salary for the time to come after the expiration of the present year he would devote all over $300 to the payt of church debt with the understanding that he shall have an annual donation visit from the church and friends. Or if the church thought it best for the cause of Christ he would resign his charge to take effect the 19th of May next that being the end of the present year. He also requests that the church take the matter under consideration till the Feb meeting and then come prepared to act. Bro Eastman now states that execution has been levied on the property of Bro Ives for the bal due on bell. When after consultation it was thought best to instruct the church debt com to act in the matter to obtain all moneys on bell subscription outstanding as well as that of the same collected amt in the hands of several individuals and pay the same to Bro Ives as soon as possible. And now the $20 claim of Elder Gross is brot up but nothing definitely done in the matter. Bro Eastman suggests that the time has come to select a superintendent for the Sabbath school and requests that the church recommend such person as they would like to have fill said office. And after consultation Bro Stickney was recommended for the same.

The afternoon being spent Bro Eastman led in prayer and meeting adjourned.

Robert Robb, sec Pro tem

Jan 31, 1857 Covenant meeting

Meeting opened by singing and prayer our pastor presiding. About as many present as is usual at such meetings. A letter of Bro C F JACKSON is read and by a vote of the church he is received a member of this church. And now our Pastors proposition with regard to his salary is brot up. When it is thought best to lay this matter over till tomorrow when it is hoped there will be more members present. On mo adjourned.

Feb 1, 1857 Sabbath

Forenoon service over the church detain. When after invitation given for that purpose Sister C S DUGAN and Bro C F JACKSON come forward and receive the hand of fellowship. And now the matter of our pastor continuing his pastoral relation with the church. When after considerable interchange of opinion it is expressed on mo it is thought best to adjourn this matter one week from today.

Feb 8, 1857 Sabbath

Forenoon services over the church detain and the business as adjourned from last Sunday concerning pastors resignation is brot up. When a resolution is offered and seconded, that it is thought best that the relation of pastor and members of this church had better cease at the close of the present year of engagement or as soon as our pastor may be settled with.

The vote being taken resulted as follows

in favor of resolution six votes

against resolution nine votes

There being as was said by our moderator Bro Eastman, twenty eight members present. On mo adjourned.

J Berfield, clk

Feb 28, 1857 Business meeting

Meeting opened by prayer our pastor in the chair. Minutes of last meeting read and amended and approved. Various matters were discussed.

A resolution was offered to adjourn to next Saturday it being the 7th of March at 2 oclock to take into consideration the general welfare of the church. Closed by prayer with Brother Robb. Adjourned.

S W Eastman, clk Pro tem

Mar 7, 1857 Special meeting

Meeting opened by prayer with Brother Robb our pastor in the chair. The minutes read and approved.

A resolution was offered by Brother Geer.

Resolved that Elder C Brinkerhoff's labors with this church as pastor close on the 19th of May 1857. On settlement with him in full for his labor.

After due consideration was decided by voting by ballot, 24 voting for the resolution and 10 against it. On mo adjourned.

S W Eastman, clk Pro tem

Apr 4, 1857 Covenant meeting

Meeting opened by singing and prayer our pastor in the chair. About as many present as usual at such meetings. After the usual exercises, Brother Eastman offered the following Resolution.

Resolved that we have preaching at 2 oclock on the Sabbath hereafter. Decided in the affirmative. (RESCINDED May 2, 1857)

Mr Jones asked through Brother Robb permission for the Campbellites Brethren to hold their meetings in the Baptist Church, and such a part of the day as we think proper. The matter was not decided. On mo adjourned.

S W Eastman, clk pro tem

May 2, 1857 Business meeting

Meeting opened by singing and prayer our pastor in the chair. Minutes of last meeting approved. Brother Eastman offered a resolution to rescind a Resolution offered by him on the 4th of April in relation to preaching at 2 oclock. The Resolution was rescinded.

The request of Mr Jones asking permission for the usually called Campbellites Brethren to hold their meetings in the Baptist Church at such an hour as we should think proper on every other Sabbath Day until the first of Oct next. This request was granted.

A letter of Brother Lucius L DYER and Sister Ellen E DYER his wife is read and by a vote of this church they are received as members of this church.

On mo of Brother Robb delegates are appointed to attend Association to be held at Brimfield on the 10th of June 1857. On mo Elder E Gill, C Brinkerhoff and J M Stickney, Deacons S M Fesler & S W Eastman are appointed as our delegates. On mo that our clk & Elder Brinkerhoff prepare the letter.

On mo Brother Packer is appointed to act with the deacons in collecting pastors salary. On mo adjourned.

S W Eastman, clk Pro tem

June 6, 1857 Baptist Church Toulon

Covenant meeting. Meeting opened by singing Father Gill leading in prayer after which Brother Brinkerhoff read a chapter in the Scripture. Brother Brinkerhoff stated that he wished the church to appoint a chairman for the meeting. There being a stated rule of the church that in the absence of a pastor the oldest Deacon elected was chairman of the meeting, Brother Eastman being present took the chair in the absence of the clerk on motion Brother Robb was appointed sec for the day. Minutes of last meeting read. After one slight amendment they passed as approved. Brother Eastman read the letter for the Association inasmuch as that body wanted an expression whether this church wanted the time of holding the association changed. Brother Gill moved that this church vote to not change the time which carried-It was moved that the letter pass as read. After filling some statistical blanks and making arrangements for others being filed 75 copies of Associational minutes ordered. Brother Eastman reported as far as could be ascertained from Treasury books and on settlement had in past with former pastor that the amount for 2 last years to be nine hund two and 25 cents. Report accepted as far as made.

Brother Brinkerhoff signified that if the church thought best for him not to preach at 4 oclock in the afternoon on Sabbath day he would not do so. Brother Packer said Resolved that Elder Brinkerhoff raise? his appointment at 4 oclock Sabbath afternoon. Carried 10 voting in favor of the Resolution, none against. 14 being present with the pastor. (RESCINDED July 11, 1858)

Father Gill was invited to administer the ordinance of the Supper on tomorrow and it was understood that the deacons supply the stand with preaching for the time to come or until further arrangements were made. The afternoon being spent and the time to close having come Brother Packer led in prayer, Brother Brinkerhoff dismissed by benediction and the body adjourned.

Robert Robb, sec Pro tem

Jun 29, 1857 Sunday, Toulon

After morning services the church came to gather to consider the propriety of changing our next church business meeting as it will come on the 4 of July in course, it was Resolved that the next business meeting be changed from the 4 of Jul until the 11 day of Jul at same hour of the day which Resolution carried. Meeting adjourned.

Robert Robb, sec Pro tem

Jul 11, 1857 Baptist Church meeting

Brother Eastman in the chair, no clerk present. Meeting opened by prayer by Brother Brinkerhoff, chose S M Fezler clerk protem. Proceedings of last meeting read and approved. On motion by Brother O Gardner second by S M Fezler to have that part of the record of last meeting that referred to Eld Brinkerhoff preaching at 4 oclock in the afternoon stricken from the record, which motion carried. Resolved that the Deacons be authorized to see that the pulpit be supplied when not stated by occupied by someone appointed. Sister Hanah HAYES called for a letter which was granted her. Brother Henry IVES Sister IVES and Louisa IVES called for letters to join the Galva church which was granted them. Sister Sarah A CHAMBERLAIN requests a dismissal from the church. Church referred the case to a visiting committee. Brother Brinkerhoff offered the following resolution. Resolved that whereas Sister Sarah CHAMBERLAIN has sustained her relation with us so long which relation we cannot readily consent for her to leave us without making special effort to retain her as a much loved member which resolution carried. Church appointed committee in her case as follows Brother and Sister Brinkerhoff, Brother Stickney, Sisters Gardner, Whitaker and Gill.

The com report on financial affairs called for, no report. It was ordered by the church that the former report made in last - at the June meeting - be referred back to the com and that they make a final settlement with C Brinkerhoff and report at the next meeting. Moved to adjourn. Prayer by Brother Stickney

S M Fezler, clk Pro tem

It was resolved at the above meeting that we invite Brother Negus to supply us in preaching for the time being on as long as it may seem to be best for the interest of Zion or until it may seem best and we may have an opportunity to settle a pastor with this church.

Robert Robb

Aug 1, 1857 Covenant meeting

Meeting opened by singing and prayer.

Brethren and sisters renewed their covenant obligations with each other. Feelings gone.

After those exercises Father Gill was made Moderator, Brother S M Fezler and wife requested letters from this church. Bro. Jackson moved and it was seconded that they be granted. After some consultation and c____tion on the subject Bro Jackson withdrew his mo. Mo made to adjourn after short season of prayer. Adjourned.

Aug 30, 1857 Sunday morning

After morning preaching church was called together. Bro Negus presented and read a letter of recommendation from Sister Eliza Ann BIGELOW. After church hearing it read it was moved that she be received on the face of the letter into full connection with this church which resolution carried. Meeting adjourned.

Sep 5, 1857 Business meeting

Bro Brinkerhoff opened the meeting by singing and prayer. It was moved that Bro Brinkerhoff act as Moderator for the day which carried. Clk absent. Bro Robb was chosen clk protem. Minutes of last business meeting read, amended and approved. Com appointed at last meeting to see and talk with Sister Sarah A Chamberlain reported no prospect of her being brought back to the embrace of this church. Report received and com discharged. Resolved that whereas Sister Sarah A CHAMBERLAIN having embraced the views of Emanuel Swedenbourgh and requests a dissolution of her connection with this church therefore resolved that her request be granted, and that this church withdraw the hand of fellowship from her. Resolution carried.

Report of Finance com called for. Said com reported that the Treasurers account with Bro Brinkerhoff to be on salary $915.00. Bro Brinkerhoffs account with Treasurer and church on salary $905.63 difference in books and accounts $9.37. It was resolved that each party lose half of the difference in books. After the difference was drawn the church is still in debt to Bro Brinkerhoff $90.69.

Bro Negus proposed to this church if they would raise balance on salary for Bro Brinkerhoff, have the Bell changed for a good one and make a united effort to secure the church debt as soon as possible, that he would preach for them for six months as he had been doing for a few Sabbaths free of charge and give as much time to that object as he could conveniently. It was resolved that he be permitted and requested to act with the church debt com that was appointed at the January meeting in the year 1857 which resolution carried. It was moved to adjourn. Bro. Brinkerhoff lead in prayer. Meeting adjourned.

Robert Robb, clk Pro tem

Sep 27, 1857

After morning preaching church came together. Bro Eastman requested a letter of recommendation and dismission from this church for Abby E GARDNER, which was granted her. Adjourned.

Oct 3, 1857 Covenant meeting

Meeting opened by prayer and singing, Bro Negus leading. Bro Negus in the chair.

Brethren and sisters then renewed their covenant obligations one with another. After which Bro Eastman made a mo that Bro Stickney preach occasionally when the stand is not occupied and that he lead in the Ordinance of the Supper tomorrow. Carried.

Oct 4, 1857 Sabbath morning

In view of the fact that more of the Brethren and sisters may be present at the afternoon meeting therefore resolved that the Ordinance of the supper be delayed until after the services of the afternoon, which resolution carried and breaking of bread took place that afternoon at 4 oclock with a good attendance.

Robert Robb, clk Pro tem

Nov 7, 1857 Regular business meeting

Nothing necessary of record transpired. Meeting adjourned.

Nov 8, 1857

Sabbath forenoon service and it is made known to the church that Bro C F JACKSON wishes a letter, which by vote of the church is granted.

Dec 5, 1857 Regular Covenant meeting

Met and organized and after the usual exercises of such meetings, adjourned.

Jan 2, 1858 Saturday, Regular Business Meeting

Minutes of Jan 2, 1858. Motioned and seconded that O Gardner act clerk Pro tem. Carried.

First the minutes of the last meeting was read and approved except the partial report of the com on the debt of the Meeting House. Dea R Robb was chosen Moderator.

M H Negus reported on behalf of com on church debt that about $1647 dollars was raised by personal obligation, mostly in notes of hand and after presenting this amt to Bro J Culbertson for the purchase of the mortgage now on our house of worship offer Bro C declined receiving so that the effort to remove the ch debt failed.

Voted that the church receive the report and discharge com.

Brother Brinkerhoff prefered certain charges against Dea S Eastman before the church. It was moved and seconded that the charges prefered by Eld C Brinkerhoff against Dea Eastman be received. The afternoon being spent in discussing the motion it was finally moved that we adjourn until next Saturday at 1 oclock and that the motion lay over til that time.

O Gardner, clk Pro tem

Sister Brinkerhoff also prefered a charge against Sister Berfield.

Jan 9, 1858 Adjourned church meeting

Meeting opened with prayer. Bro Robb in the chair. Minutes read and approved. Business of last meeting brot up and by a vote was laid over til next regular business meeting. Adjourned.

O Gardner, acting clk

Feb 6, 1858 Saturday.

Church met in regular Covenant meeting.

Mar 6, 1858 Regular business meeting

Eld Stickney in the chair. Meeting opened with prayer. Minutes of last meeting read, amended and adopted.

And now Eld Brinkerhoff being called upon to do so reads his declaration and charges against Dea S W Eastman. The mo being put whether same charges would be received by the church for action thereon and was lost. Sister Brinkerhoff through her husband reads her charges against Sister Berfield and the vote being to taken as to their reception for action by the church was lost. Bro S W Eastman presents a resolution that we have perfect confidence in the integrity and piety of Elder Negus. (Preceding sentence has written across it - "Erased on Motion.")On mo adjourned.

J Berfield, clk

Apr 3, 1858 Regular Cov meeting

May 1, 1858 Saturday - Church met in regular business meeting

Meeting opened by prayer, Father Gill in the chair. Minutes of last meeting read, amended and approved. It was moved and seconded that two trustees of this church be appointed to fill the vacancies caused by the removal of Henry I Ives and absence of W B Sweet when on motion Resolved that Brothers Packer and Berfield be appointed as such trustees to fill said vacancies which motion carried and now Brother John Berfield tenders his resignation of the office of church clerk which resignation was accepted and Robert Robb is chosen to fill said office of church clerk. Resolved that a proper statement of the appointment of the two aforesaid trustees be handed to the County Recorder as is provided by law in such cases and now Brother Abraham BOWERS his wife and daughter Elizabeth present their letters of recommendation and dismission from the church in Fayette Co, Tenn? or Penn? also a letter of dismission and recommendation of Brother Moses ROBB from the church at Terre Haute, Indiana. When on motion they are all unanimously accepted as members of this church. On motion church adjourned. Read and approved Jun 26, 1858 at the regular business meeting.

Br Elisha Gill, Mod John Berfield, clk

May 30, 1858 Lords Day

After morning services church came together to consider the matter of preparing a letter for the Association. Brother Stickney with the clerk was appointed to prepare said letter to be read and approved this afternoon after 3 oclock services. The following letter was read and approved. The First Baptist Church of Christ at Toulon to her Sister Baptist churches composing the Ills River Baptist Association meeting with the Delevan Baptist Church June 9, 1858 sendeth Christian Salutations. Dear Brethren it is with mingled emotions of joy and sorrow that we address you this our annual epistle of joy that God our heavenly Father has presensed our existence as a church and the lives of all our Brethren from the ravages of death of sorrow that we are in so low a state of religion that division exists amongst us and that as a church we have not participated in the Glorious Revivals of Gods grace which have passed over our land the past winter and spring we lament our situation ___ and pray that our captivity may be turned and that the light of Gods countenance may again beam upon us. We sustain a prayer meeting, a Sabbath School and have an interest in union prayer meetings. We are still without a regular pastor but have stated preaching every Lords Day by Brother Negus of Lafayette and Stickney who is a member with us. No agent has visited us the past year and we have done but little pecuniarily for objects abroad. We solicit an interest in your prayers. We forward this letter by mail, no delegates having been appointed as yet. Should any Brethren be appointed delegates at our Covenant meeting next Saturday they will have a certificate of the fact given them by the clerk of the church and statistics are as follows:

Received by letter 5 Dismissed by letter 6

By experience none Excluded 1

Restored none Died none

Total 9

Sent for minutes $1.00 No of S Schools 1

Paid for SS books 29.20 ? Schollar 35

No of books in lib 3.50 No of teachers 8

Read and approved Lords Day May 30, 1858

Robert Robb, clk

Jun 5, 1858

Toulon Baptist Church met in Covenant meeting. Opened by prayer and singing. After usual covenant meeting exercises Brother Eastman requested letters of recommendation and dismission for Brethren Cyrus SWEET and ARMINDA his wife which was granted them. Also a certificate of character and standing for Sister Louisa SWEET she wishing to unite with the Methodist Church. Her request was granted. Prayer by Bro Stickney. Chuirch adjourned. Read and approved June 26, 1858.

S M Eastman, Mod Robert Robb, clk

Jun 6, 1858 Toulon Baptist Church Lords Day

The church attended the ordnance of the Lords Supper a good attendance. After the Supper the church came together and it was moved and carried that this church have a special meeting for church business Jun 19, 1858 at 2 oclock pm for the purpose of adopting or uniting on some plan for the settlement of our difficulties and that Brother Brinkerhoff be requested to present a brief statement in writing of his grievances or of what he wishes of the church and what he thinks will affect a reconciliation or settle the difficulty or what will meet his mind.

Read and approved June 26, 1858

Robert Robb, clk

June 19, 1858 Baptist Church met in special business meeting

Opened, Brother Miner of Lafayette church leading in prayer. Minutes of the call of the meeting read and approved It was moved that the words in the call for this meeting namely on what will meet his mind be stricken out motion lost. It was moved that the word difficulty in the last part of the call be made to read difficulties which motion was lost. Brother Brinkerhoff said he was not prepared to meet the request in the call for the meeting namely that he present a brief statement in writing as requested in that resolution.

Brother Stickney stated that he had something to read that he had prepared for this meeting if it should seem to be necessary to present it-he was requested to read it. Read as follows:

Whereas Brother C Brinkerhoff after a pastorate of two years of the First Baptist Church of Toulon was by them dismissed as pastor at a regular appointed meeting of the church. Reasons for dismissing him. There was a very general and decided dissatisfaction with his preaching and a want of attention to the spiritual interests of the church and impossibility to raise his salary and whereas he opposed the action of the church 1st by laboring to ___ it offering different propositions. 2nd by refusing to resign when he had every reason to believe it was the wish of the church he should do so. 3d by declaring it to be rude and uncalled for 4th by repeatedly affirming that he was virtually the pastor of the church and whereas he continually in the prayer meetings church and covenant meetings Lords day and even at the communion table he publically criminated? the deacon and other members of the church accusing them of falsehood of misrepresenting and of abusing him and persecuting him and often declaring that he had no confidence in the deaconship nor membership of the church and whereas he opposed nearly every act of the church unless suggested by himself finding fault with the letter to the Association and with the minutes of the church for weeks and months after their approval and continually denying almost every statement that Brethren and Sisters make replying? to everyone that speaks ___ by producing disorder and confusion in the church meetings finding fault with the Prayer and exhortations of the Brethren because they pray for a Revival and for Gods blessings to rest upon the church accusing them of covering up sin because they exort? to forget each others faults and to pray for and forgive one another finding fault with the preaching for the same reasons and has no confidence in it finding fault with Elder Negus who is preaching for the church, accusing him of falsehood and misrepresentation declaring all the while that he himself is right and that the church is wrong and whereas he has been repeatedly admonished and entreated to discontinue this course but still persist in it to the great grief of the church and manifests a disposition to continue in it. After it was read it was moved that it be received, the motion carried 18 to 9 votes. It was moved that the church adjourn. Motion lost. It was moved that a committee of three be appointed to confer with Elder Brinkerhoff on view of a reconciliation. The motion carried, before said com was appointed it was moved that the last resolution be rescinded. Motion carried and committee was not appointed. It was stated that next regular meeting for business would come on the day of celebrating the 4th of July. It was therefore moved that our regular meeting for business be on next Saturday June 26 at the usual hour which motion carried. It was moved that the business of this meeting be laid over until that meeting. Motion carried. It was moved to adjourn. Motion carried. Church adjourned until next Saturday at 2 oclock pm. Read and approved June 26, 1859

S M Eastman, Mod Robert Robb, clk

Jun 26, 1858 Toulon Baptist Church in Regular Business

Meeting opened by Brother Packer leading in prayer, minutes of last regular meeting, Lords Day meeting May 30, 1858 minutes of last regular covenant meeting Sabbath following with special meeting for business June 19, 1858 read and approved.

It was moved that the hand of fellowship be withdrawn from Sister Louise SWEET this church being informed that she had united with the Methodist Church. Motion carried and hand of fellowship withdrawn. It was moved that Brother Brinkerhoff through the chair read what he stated that he had prepared as requested by the Resolution in the call of the last meeting. Carried. So read as follows:

To the First Baptist of Toulon meeting on Saturday June 26th at 2 oclock. Whereas the motion presented by Elder Stickney June 6th was verbal and not written and presented by the clerk not according to his min and it was at the meeting on the 19 after some discussion referred back to him to give it a form in writing in substance as he understood it to be and whereas a copy was not handed to Elder Brinkerhoff until Sunday evening June 20 it was therefore utterly impossible for him to prepare and hand in the writing as requested although the part of the document is not in keeping with the former and therefore often is scarcely logical. Elder Brinkerhoff will nevertheless endeavor to answer the request therein made. The first Statement therein made is the object of the meeting appointed viz for the purpose adopting or uniting on some plan for the settlement of our difficulties. 2d the request that Brother Brinkerhoff present a brief statement in writing of his grievances or what he wishes of the church. 3d what he thinks will effect a reconciliation or settle the difficulty or what will meet his mind depending on ___ memory according to the document I did present in writing in part at least what I regarded to be the object of the meeting, namely Christian Reconciliation. It is as follows. In Christian charity hoping that this proceeding is put forth in good faith I will venture just to communicate Math 5:23-24 Therefore it thou bring thy gift to the altar and there rememberst that thy Brethren hath ought against thee. Leave there thy gift before the altar and go thy way first be reconciled to they brother and then come and offer thy gift.

I. Here is a christian duty bound to seek reconciliation where it is wanting.

II. Notice on whoever this duty is enjoined any and all who remember that their brother hath ought against him when the duty is to be attended first no leaving wrong to cure itself.

III Notice next as follows means to effect reconciliation. 1st take up for prayerful consideration and righteous investigation the first wrong whatever may be the cause or occasion 2d Let the investigation proceed with patience fidelity care and prayer to the wrongdoing with Christian forbearance and impartiality. 3 Let no succeeding wrong remain uninvestigated but proceed with the spirit of meekness to take up every stumbling block however much time it may consume and in any case let due confession be made and the spirit of forgiveness exercised. 4th Let there be a frank confession of doing by whatever means occasioned and in every case of penitent acknowledgment let the aggrieved manifest often free and full forgiveness, the above no notice taken of, I had also written viz ___ among Brethren cause of grief first evil speaking misrepresentation and thereby falsifying a Brother or Sister as in the case of Sister Brinkerhoff re___ reference to Sister Brinkerhoff. Brethren representing the church refusing to deem sufficiently and properly examining into the matter the unrighteous disposition of the case is ____ and refusing to accept the charges brought by Sister Brinkerhoff notwithstanding evidence that Gospel steps had been taken reflecting on Sister Brinkerhoff comparing the case to a skein of tangled yarn and that it looked like spite work and no doubt both had done wrong and such sundry remarks without any just occasion.

2d Charging the pastor falsely and treating him unkindly and when correcting misrepresentation and seeking justice to reflect upon him openly and violently by impugning his motives, charging him with saying what he did not by not being careful to quote his words and putting it a wrong construction and calling upon him

3d instead of trying to understand and remove the wrong and all as it would appear to effect an object as it would appear in the case of Deacon Eastman and when also as in the case after gospel steps had been taken and charges duely preferred against since brought in writing against him by trying to evade and put off and talking more upon the supposed wrongs of the pastor thus by irregularity and several not infrequently interrupting him. And thus causing confusion and disorder and then charging it all on mainly upon the pastor viting him out of order and when asking the moderator wherein the only reason given that he talked too much and in the meantime urging the pastor to drop the matter and blaming him because he did not he wishing the evil to be healed and confidence and union to be restored upon Principal and justice according to reason and Revelation.

5 the Pastor and others above stated plainly and kindly yet faithfully their grief and the causes thereof yet they have had no proper hearing and either by confusion and under current or __ other means by private understanding on some such course certain improper influence is set afloat and members appear to come to business meetings to vote ___ more to discuss or hear discussion and this allows a few to rule righteously or unrighteously and both ministerial and Christian ___ wound and the cause of religion suffered. Cause of Disunion and Devision. 1. Misconceptions of things occasioned by a Spirit of envy jealousy or misunderstanding. 2. Misapplication or wrong conclusions condeming others on our own mean suppositions misunderstanding both action and motive and thus breaching mutual Christian confidence. 3. Misrepresentation directly or indirectly based upon wilfulness carelessness or inference occasioned by exaggeration or imaginary eronious views and feelings. 4. By neglecting to attend to the Christian law laid down by Christ and making self wits or self wisdom the rule of our conduct. The foregoing I state as my grievance and what I wish and think will effect a reconciliation this I regard as answering in justice to myself, others and the cause of God in this place as brief an answer to questions in the first paper as I am now prepared to give ___ that the whole will be prayerfully considered and righteously acted upon. Submitted most respectfully. Christian Brinkerhoff

After reading of it was moved that it lay on the table. Motion carried. It was moved that this church accept the ___ as presented by Brother Stickney at the Special Business meeting June 19, 1858 as their grievances against Brother Brinkerhoff, the motion carried 20 voting in the affirmative and 5 in the negative. It was moved that the business of this meeting be laid over until next Tuesday at one oclock pm. Motion carried. Moved and carried to adjourn until that time. Father Gill leading in prayer. Church adjourned until next Tuesday at one clock pm.

Read and approved at special meeting June 29, 1858.

S M Eastman, Mod Robert Robb, clk

Jun 29, 1858 Toulon Baptist Church in Special Business meeting

Meeting opened by Brother Stickney leading in prayer. Deacon Eastman in the chair. It was moved and carried that those that are not members of the church be requested to retire. Minutes of last regular business meeting read and approved as now recorded. The unfinished business of last regular meeting brought up, namely the charges against Elder Brinkerhoff, he was requested to present any objections that he might have to those charges. He read and presented to the clerk the document numbered 2 by himself in the inside at the top of first page and numbered on the back of the document with the name of the clerk with his seal and filed away by the clerk.

In that document the Elder denyed most or all the charges.

The question then came up how many want sustain the charges from what they had saw heard and from what they knew of them.

The first charge read as follows: Whereas Elder Brinkerhoff after a pastorate of two years of the Baptist church in Toulon was by them dismissed as pastor at a regular appointed meeting of the church.

First charge sustained by 18 members voting.

Second charge, reads it. General and decided dissatisfaction with his preaching a want of attention to the spiritual interest of the church and impossibility of raising his salary.

Second charge sustained by 26 members voting.

3d charge Whereas he opposed the action of the church.

Third charge sustained by 12 members.

4th charge reads: By laboring to prevent it offering different propositions and by refusing to resign when he had every reason to believe that it was the wish of the church.

No 4 sustained by 4 members voting.

Fifth charge reads: By declaring it to be wrong and uncalled for.

5 charge sustained by 6 members

Sixth charge reads: By repeatedly affirming that he was virtually the pastor of the church.

No 6 sustained by 5 members

Seventh charge reads: Whereas he continued in the prayer meetings, church and covenant meetings Lords Day and even at the communion table has publicly criminated the deacons and other members of the church accusing them of falsehood of misrepresenting and abusing and persecuting him.

No 7 sustained by 14 members.

Eighth charge reads: By often declaring that he had no confidence in the Deaconship nor membership of the church.

8 charge sustained by 19 members

9 charge reads: Whereas he opposes nearly every act of the church unless suggested by himself.

9 charge sustained by 11 members.

Tenth charge reads: Finding fault with the letters to the Association.

10 charge sustained by 16 members

Eleventh charge reads: Finding fault with the minutes of the church for weeks and months after their approval.

11 charge sustained by 12 members.

Twelvth charge reads: Continually denying almost every statement that Brethren and Sisters make replying to everyone that speaks thereby producing disorder and confusion in the church meeting.

No 12 sustained by 18 members

13th charge reads: Finding fault with the prayers and exhortations of the Brethren because they pray for a revival and for Gods blessing to rest upon the church.

13th charge sustained by 18 members.

14 charge reads: Accusing them of covering up sin because they exhort to forget each others faults and to pray for and forgive one another.

No 14 sustained by 17 members.

15 charge reads: Finding fault with the preaching for the same reason and has no confidence in it.

No 15 sustained by 14 members.

16 charge redads: Finding fault with Elder Negus who is preaching for the church accusing him of falsehood and misrepresentation.

No 16 sustained by 11 members.

17 charge reads: Declaring all the while that he himself is right and the church is wrong.

No 17 sustained by 19 members

18 charge reads: Whereas he has been repeatedly admonished and entreated to discontinue this course but still persists in it to the great grief of the church and manifests a determination to continue in it.

No 18 sustained by 15 members.

Therefore Resolved that Elder C Brinkerhoff by his continued opposition and hostility to the church for more than a year past has established in our minds the character of a contentious man and therefore we consider his influence as a member of the church and as a professed minister injurious to the best interest of the church and the cause of Christ in community at large.

Therefore Resolved that we feel ourselves driven to the painful necessity of EXCLUDING him from the fellowship and privileges of this church. The vote being taken 21 voted in the affirmative and 2 in the negative. About 34 present, some few having left others not voting.

It was moved to adjourn motion carried.After prayer church adjourned.

S M Eastman, Mod Robert Robb, clk

Jul 31, 1858 Baptist Chuirch in regular Covenant meeting

Meeting opened by Father Gill leading in prayer. After usual exercises of such meetings church adjourned by prayer.

Robert Robb, clk

Aug 1, 1858

Church attended the ordinance of the Supper, the attendance being larger than at the covenant meeting yesterday. After supper the subject of future supply for preaching came up after considerable consultations. Father Gill moved that this church give Elder Myron H Negus a cordial invitation to become the pastor of this church for the ensuing year. The motion carried, nearly all present voting in the affirmative, none in the negative. The clerk was instructed to inform him of the call, church adjourned by benediction.

S M Eastman, Mod Robert Robb, clk

Aug 22, 1858 Regular appointed meeting of church Lords day morning.

Elder Negis having looked over this field of labor and having made up his mind as to his duty, informed this church officially that he would accept and receive most cordially the invitation of this church to become their pastor. The church appointed the following committee to visit delinquent members and report at the next regular meeting. Com as follows: Elder Elisha Gill, Eld J M Stickney and Robert Robb. Church adjourned.

Myron Negis, Mod Robert Robb, clk

Sep 4, 1858 Baptist Church in regular business meeting

Meeting opened by Father Gill leading in prayer minutes of special meeting June 29, 1858 covenant meeting July 31 Lords Day Aug 1st and Lords day Aug 22 read and approved. Father Gill from delinquent com reported on Brother Wm Ives case. The church received the report as unfavorable. Elisha Gill moved that the church withdraw the hand of fellowship from Brother Wm IVES for neglecting his covenant obligations in absenting himself from the meetings of the church and his own acknowledgement of using profane language, the motion carried and the hand of fellowship was withdrawn from him. The Pastor from visiting reports that Brother Wm CLARK says that he is a Spiritualist and that it no privilege for him to belong to the Baptist church he says that Jesus is the adopted Son of God, that he is the Son of Joseph considers himself not a member of the Baptist church. It was moved that the hand of fellowship be withdrawn from him for the above reasons with the fact in connection that he used profane language and absenting himself from the meetings of the church The motion carried and hand of fellowship withdrawn from him. Sister CLARK in writing through the pastor requests her name dropped from the church record. Her case was laid over until next regular meeting and the committee on discipline requested to visit her and report at the next regular meeting. Same committee requested to visit Brother I Harris, Luther A Geer, Mary Jane Geerhart, Jilian Brinkerhoff, A S Brinkerhoff and report at the next regular meeting. Moved and carried that Mother Gill, Sister Mary Jane Robb and Brother Lucius Ryan be added to the committee to visit delinquents. Sister Anne Prout wishes the church to drop her name from the church record. The subject laid over until next meeting that the committee might have time to visit her and report her case at next meeting. Christian Brinkerhoff through the clerk sent the following request in writing.

I ask for the rescinding of the resolution voting my exclusion and a regular letter of dismission, or 2 A call for a mutual council to meet on or about the second Tuesday in Oct at 2 oclock pm and that owing to want of time to consider the subject and the afternoon being spent it was moved that the above matter be laid over until next Saturday at 2 oclock pm. The motion carried. It was moved that our 3 oclock Lords day appointments be changed to 2 oclock. Motion carried. The records of this meeting read and approved moved to adjourn until next Saturday at 2 oclock. Motion carried. Brother Stickney led in prayer, and church adjourned.

Myron H Negis, Mod Robert Robb, clk

Sep 11, 1858 Adjourned Church business meeting, Saturday.

Opened by prayer, pastor leading, minutes of Sep 4 read. The unfinished business of that meeting taken up. Brother Gardner moved that Eld Brinkerhoff first request be granted; a division of the motion called for before the question to decide was put. Elder Brinkerhoff withdrew the first request from before the church. Brother S H Fezler moved that we unite in a call for a mutual council to deliberate and decide upon the dealings and actions of this church in the trials and excluding of Elder Brinkerhoff, the motion was lost, 10 voting for and 12 against the motion. Moved to adjourn-motion carried. Church adjourned after prayer by Brother Stickney and reading of minutes of this meeting.

My H Negis, Mod Robert Robb, clk

Sep 12, 1858 Lords day regular morning meeting

After preaching church came together. Brother Stickney presented and read the following resolution:

Resolved That if Elder Brinkerhoff will acknowledge to the church that he committed an error in not resigning the pastoral charge of this church when he had abundant reason to believe that it was the wish of the church that he should do so, and that the difficulty between him and this church has grown out of this error and that he now regrets it and is willing to drop it and to forget and forgive all that is past relating to it, the church will do the same (viz) drop it and forget and forgive all that is past relating to it and will accept it as a full settlement of the difficulty and rescind the mtion of his exclusion and grant him a regular letter of dismission with the understanding that when such letter is received by him he will be fully dismissed from us.

The resolution was received and adopted by a good vote of the church and the clerk of the church was directed to foward a copy of the resolution to Elder Brinkerhoff with the clerks signature attached to it. Church adjourned. The above minutes read and approved Oct 31, 1858.

Myron Negis, Mod Robert Robb, clk

Sep 19, 1858 Baptist Church, Lords day morning

After morning services the church came together to hear Elder C Brinkerhoff's communication in answer to the Resolution of this church Lords Day Sep 12, 1858. After reading said communication which was dated Sep 18, 1858. In said communication he renewed his request for a mutual council. The church then took the following action in the case. Resolved that as Elder C Brinkerhoff has again renewed his request for this church to unite with him in calling a mutual council Therefore we the church propose to him to unite with him in requesting Elder J Sweet of Tivoli and Elder S G Miner of Canton to bring with them each a judicious Brother of their own respective churches to compose a council to hear and advise in reference to the difficulty between Elder C Brinkerhoff and this church.

The above resolution carried and church adjourned. The above minutes read and approved Lords day Oct 31, 1858.

Myron Negis, Mod Robert Robb, clk

Oct 2, 1858

Baptist Church regular Covenant meeting opened by prayer and after usual exercises church adjourned by prayer.

Oct 3, 1858 Lords Day

Church attended the Ordnance of the Supper, sang an hymn and went out.

Robert Robb, clk

Oct 24, 1858 Lords Day

Church came to gather after morning preaching and C Brinkerhoff said that he would accept the proposition of Sep 19 for a council and the clerk was instructed to write for said council to meet at this church Nov 3, 1858 at the hour of ten oclock am of said day.

Church adjourned-Minutes read and approved Oct 31, 1858.

Myron Negis, Mod Robert Robb, clk

Oct 31, 1858 Lords Day

After morning preaching church came to gather and appointed Brothers Benjamin Packer, S M Stickney and Robert Robb to represent them before the council on next Wednesday and notice was given that so much of the minutes as had not been approved by this church would be read for their approval this afternoon at or after the 3 oclock aft. Minutes read and approved Oct 31, 1858. Church adjourned.

Myron Negis, Mod Robert Robb, clk

Lords day afternoon at 3 oclock appointment. Church came to gather to hear and approve the minutes from Lords Day Sep 12 to present time. Said minutes were read and approved as now recorded. Father Gill was appointed to act with the com appt this morning to meet with council. Adjourned.

Myron Negis, Mod Robert Robb, clk

Nov 6, 1858 Baptist Church in Regular Business Meeting

Meeting opened by prayer pastor in the chair. Unfinished business of last regular meeting read there being few present it was thought best not to take it up. It was moved to take a collection on tomorrow to purchase coal with. Motion carried. It was moved to adjourn and motion carried. After prayer by pastor church adjourned.

Read and approved Jan 1, 1859

Myron Negis, Mod Robert Robb, clk

Nov 14, 1858 Baptist Church Lords Day

Church came to gather after morning services and heard a letter from Brother Miner of Canton in reference to the council that he had been invited to attend with this church. The subject was laid on the table.

Brother Lucius DYER and wife requested letters of recommendation and dismission which request was granted to them. Sister Stickney was added to the committee to visit delinquent members, it was moved and carried that this church have a special business meeting on next Saturday at 2 oclock pm to attend to any unfinished business or any new business that may be presented at that time. Church adjourned.

Read approved and recorded Jan 1, 1859

Myron H Negis, Mod Robert Robb, clk

Nov 20, 1858 Baptist Church in special business meeting

Opened by prayer, pastor in the chair, minutes for call of this meeting read and the unfinished of Sep meeting was taken up.

First Sarah Clark's case was brought up. The committee in her case reported favorable. Committee in her case discharged. Sister Sarah CLARK requested a letter of recommendation and dismission from this church. The request was granted. Sister Mary Jane Harris case was taken up. Committee on her case reported favorable and committee in her case discharged. The case of Sister Anne PROUT was taken up. She stated that she still wished to withdraw from this church it was moved that her request be granted and that this church withdraw the hand of fellowship from her. Before the motion was put it was withdrawn by the mover. Sister Anne PROUT requested a letter of recommendation and dismission. It was moved that she have a letter, the case was laid over until next meeting. Sister Mary Jane Geerhart case was taken up. Committee in her case reported favorable. Report received and committee discharged in her case. Brother Isaac Harris case was taken up. Committee reported favorable in part. The case was laid over as such that the committee might be able to report in full at a coming meeting. Brother Luther Geer, Chilian Brinkerhoff & A J Brinkerhoff cases were laid over until next regular meeting.

The discipline committee was requested to visit Elias Stockner and if possible dissuade him from selling spirituous liquors as a beverage using or traficking in it in any way. Brother S M FEZLER and wife requested letters to Kewanee Church. Their request was granted. The clerk read a communication from C Brinkerhoff. It was moved to receive it the motion was lost. Moved to adjourn. Motion carried. Adjourned after prayer.

Read approved and recorded Jan 1, 1859 - R Robb

Myron H Negis, Mod Robert Robb, clk

Dec 4, 1858 Baptist Church in regular Covenant meeting

After usual covenant meeting exercises the following business came before the church. Sister Julia A GARDNER requested letters of recommendation and dismission for herself and Olliver GARDNER her husband. The members said that they were not ready to vote on the question. The case was laid over until next regular meeting by a vote of the church. Sister Katharine WHITAKER requested a letter of recommendation and dismission in which case the same action was had. Next Saturday was appointed as a day of Fasting and Prayer. Afer prayer church adjourned. Read approved and recorded Jan 1, 1859.

Myron H Negis, Mod Robert Robb clk

Dec 5, 1858 Lords Day

Church attended the ordnance of the Supper sang an hymn and went out. Read approved and recorded Jan 1, 1859.

Robert Robb, clk

Dec 12, 1858 Baptist Church at her regular appointment Lords Day

Sister Mary Jane HARRIS requested a letter of dismission and recommendation from this church. It was moved that her request be granted. The motion carried and request granted her. Church dismissed. Read approved and recorded Jan 1, 1859

Robert Robb, clk

Dec 26, 1858 Baptist Church Regular appointment Lords Day

Sisters Susanah & Urena PARRISH through the pastor requested letters of recommendation and dismission to unite with the Toulon Baptist Church at Saxon. It was moved the request be granted the motion carried and request granted. The church dismissed. Read approved and recorded Jan 1, 1859

Myron H Negis, Mod Robert Robb, clk

Jan 1, A D 1859 Baptist Church in regular business meeting

Brother Stickney was chosen Moderator until the arrival of the pastor.

Meeting opened by prayer minutes of the last regular meeting of Lords (Day) Nov 14 of special business meeting Nov 20 covenant meeting Sat Dec 4 Lords day Dec 12 and Lords day Dec 26 being read and approved.

The clerk read a letter from the Lafayette church requesting this church to appoint the pastor and other brethren to sit in council with on next Wednesday to ordain Brother Anson I Wright to the Gospel ministry. The pastor Myron H Negis, Elder Elisha Gill, Elder S M Stickney, Dea S M Eastman, Thomas Godfrey, Luther Geer and Robert Robb were appointed to sit on said council.

The unfinished business of former meetings were brot up. First the cases of Sisters Anna PROUT, Katharine WHITAKER, Julia GARDNER and Olliver GARDNER and the following action was had. Resolved that the request made by Sisters Anne Prout, Katherine Whitaker, Julia Gardner, Brother Oliver Gardner for letters we cannot grant for two reasons first because they have absented themselves from the meetings of the church for a year past which is in violation of our obligations in covenant with the church, Second, because they are living in this place and have no expectation of removing at present, and they are hereby affectionately entreated to resume their places in the church and so fulfill their covenant obligations and encourage our hearts in maintaining the worhsip of God and the ministration of the ordinances in this place. The above resolution was adopted by a good vote of the church. The case of Luther A GEER and Chilian BRINKERHOFF were taken up. Elisha Gill moved that church withdraw the hand of fellowship (from) Luther A Geer and Chilian Brinkerhoff for absenting themselves from the meetings of this church and unchristian conduct generally the motion carried. The case of Judson Brinkerhoff was taken up - for want of time was laid over until next meeting. Brother Elias Stockner's case was taken up. It was moved that the committee in his case report. Motion carried. Committee reported unfavorable and report accepted as such. Brother Packer moved that this church withdraw the hand of fellowship from Elias STOCKNER for selling and persisting in the sale of intoxicating liquor as a beverage. The motion carried by a good vote. Brother Isaac Harris case did not come up for want of time it was moved to adjourn, motion carried. After prayer church adjourned. Read and approved March 12, 1859

Myron H Negis, Mod Robert Robb, clk

Jan 2, 1859 Lords Day

After morning services the church came together to consult as to having a protracted meeting. It was moved that this church have such an eff

ort and that the pastor fix the time and invite such help as may seem best or as Providence may seem to direct.

The church was dismissed by benediction. Read and approved Mar 12, 1859

Myron H Negis, Mod Robert Robb, clk

Feb 5, 1859 Baptist Church in regular Covenant meeting

Sister Deborah L HILL presented a letter of dismission and recommendation from Matteawan (New York) Church. After being read it was moved that she be received on the letter as a member of this church. The motion prevailed. Read and approved Mar 12, A D 1859

Myron H Negis, Mod Robert Robb, clk

Feb 6, A D 1859 Lords Day

Sister Deborah HILL came forward and received the right hand of fellowship. Sister Emeline L BUCHANAN requested a letter of dismission and recommendation. It was moved that her request be granted. The motion prevailed and letter granted.

The following communication from Elder C Brinkerhoff was read and motion made to receive it in to the church for action. The motion prevailed.

Whereas by a resolution passed unanimously Sep 12, A D 1857? it is required that I acknowledge to the church that I committed an error in not resigning the pastoral charge of this church and that the difficulty between me and the church has grown of this error.

I am free to say that while I know that I did not commit an intentional error if there was an error or mistake in judgment and if the above difficulty grew out of that error and any thing I have said or done has wounded or hurt the feelings of any one of the members of the church, it was not intentional on my part and I would here ask the forgiveness of any who may have ought against me in this or any other matter.

Also I again renew my request (viz) that the church rescind the resolution excluding me and grant me a regular letter of dismission. Respectfully C Brinkerhoff

P S I wish the acceptance of this as the fullest comprehensive acknowledgment I can make. C Brinkerhoff

Whereupon the following action was had on the case:

First: It was moved that this church forgive Elder C Brinkerhoff as he has requested the motion prevailed by large majority.

Second: It was moved that the church rescind the resolution of his exclusion and restore him to the fellowship of this church. The motion prevailed by good majority.

Third: It was moved that this church grant Elder C BRINKERHOFF a letter of dismission and recommendation as requested by him. The motion prevailed and request granted. Church adjourned until 3 oclock pm

3 oclock pm - Church came together and attended the ordnance of the Supper. Sang an hymn and went out. Read and approved Mar 12, 1859

Myron H Negis, Mod Robert Robb, clk

Mar 5, 1859 Baptist Church in regular business meeting

Meeting opened by prayer. But few members being present it was moved that we adjourn until next Saturday at 2 oclock pm. The motion prevailed.

Read and approved Mar 12, 1859

Myron H Negis, Mod Robert Robb, clk

Mar 12, 1859 Sat. Baptist Church in regular business meeting as adjourned on Mar 5, 1859

Meeting opened by prayer, minutes of regular meeting of January 1st Lords day January 2d covenant meeting Feb 5 Lords day Feb 6 and business meeting Mar the 5 being read and approved. The church proceeded to unfinished business.

Brother Isaac HARRIS case came which after the evidence in it was presented the following action was had on the case. It was moved to withdraw the hand of fellowship from Brother Isaac Harris for neglecting his covenant obligations with this church and having been in associations that this church cannot approve. The motion carried and hand of fellowship withdrawn from him. It was moved that the discipline committee visit admonish and request Brother A J Brinkerhoff to take his place in the church the motion carried. The committee on discipline were reappointed, namely, Elder Gill, Elder Stickney, Robert Robb, Benjamin Packer and Mother Gill, M J Robb and C Stickney and were requested to visit any delinquents known to them or that may be presented to them and report at the covenant meeting or at such time as may then be designated. It was moved that we go in to an election of five trustees for this church. The motion carried. Brothers S W Eastman, John Berfield, John Culbertson, Benjamin Packer Jun. and Robert Robb were put in nomination. The vote being taken the pastor announced their re-election. It was moved that the Brethren now elected as trustees serve as such until our annual meeting on the last Saturday of January 1860 or until their successors are elected and qualified. The motion carried. It was announced that in getting up a bill to legalize the proceedings of the former trustees and the record of the newly elected trustees was attended with some expense it was moved that this church have a collection on tomorrow to defray said expense. The motion carried. It was moved to adjourn motion carried. After prayer church adjourned.

Read and approved Apr 30, 1859.

Myron H Negis, Mod Robert Robb, clk

Apr 2, 1859 Baptist Church in regular covenant meeting

Meeting opened by prayer after the usual exercises of covenant meeting the following business was had.

It was moved that this church have a business meeting on Saturday two weeks from today being Apr 16, 1859 at one oclock. The motion carried. It was moved that Sister Philena Dyer be added to the discipline committee. The motion carried. It was moved that the discipline committee will (visit?) not only Sisters Whitaker, Ann Prout and Gardner and Brothers Gardner, A J Brinkerhoff but also Sister Dugan and Sisters Brinkerhoff and Mary Beers and report at the meeting two weeks from today for the action of this church. The motion carried. The church adjourned after prayer.

Read and approved Apr 30, 1859

Myron H Negis, Mod Rober Robb, clkk

Apr 16, 1859 Baptist church in Special Business meeting

Meeting opened by prayer, the pastor in the chair. After reading of minutes the report of discipline committee called for. Mother Gill for that committee reported on the cases of Mary Beers and Jane Miner, the report was favorable and report received as such and committee discharged on their cases. It was moved that the church be satisfied that the report that they had attended a ball and danced is unfounded and that their cases be dismissed from further action of this church. The motion carried. The committee in the case of Anne Prout report and report received and committee discharged in her case. Brother Gardner reports his own case in writing, his report received and laid under the table by motion. Elder Elisha Gill found that committee on discipline reports the following resolution which was adopted by a good vote of this church.

Resolved that Brethren Oliver Gardner and A J Brinkerhoff and Sisters Julia Gardner, Katharine Whitaker, Anne Prout, Mariah Brinkerhoff and Calista L Dugan by their continual absence from the meetings of the church from covenant meeting and communion seasons and opposing the influence and labors of the pastor and all the movement and labors of the church are deserving of sensure and they are hereby notified that it is our united and anxious request that (they) return and take their places in the church so that the breach which has so long and so painfully existed in our body may be healed and that we may again enjoy that christian confidence and happy union that we once enjoyed and thus the church again be the light of the world as she once was, But if the above named brethren and sisters are not present at our next covenant and communion season (unless Providentially prevented) and thus voluntarily renew their covenant and ___ with the church they will be excluded from the fellowship and privileges of this church.

Sister Synthia PACKER through the clerk requests a letter of dismission and recommendation which was granted. Motion to adjourn. Motion carried. After prayer church adjourned. Read and approved Apr 30, 1859.

Myron H Negis, Mod Robert Robb, clk

Apr 24, 1859 Lords day morning

After morning services the church came to gather to grant letters. Brother Stephen H BROWN and Margaret BROWN his wife and Julia IVES request letters of dismission and recommendation. It was moved that their requests be granted, the motion carried.

The pastor presented his resignation as pastor of this church to take effect at the close of the present year's labors. By mutual consent the subject was deferred until the business meeting next Saturday. The church adjourned. Read and approved to file Apr 30, 1859.

Myron H Negis, Mod Robert Robb, clk

Apr 30, 1859 Baptist Church in regular business meeting

Pastor in the chair. Meeting opened by prayer, minutes of last regular meeting and all meetings since read and approved. Elder Negis and Robb were appointed to prepare the letter to the association. Elder James M STICKNEY requested a letter of dismission and recommendation. His request was granted. It was moved to adjourn, the motion carried. After prayer church adjourned. Read and approved Jul 2, 1857.

Myron H Negis, Mod Robert Robb, clk

May 29, 1859

After morning services the church came together to hear the letter to the association. The letter was read, amended and approved. Read and approved Jul 2, 1859.

Robert Robb, clk

Jun 4, 1859 Baptist Church in Regular Covenant

Usual exercises, good feeling, after which the following business was transacted. It was moved to change the exercises to a Business meeting, the motion carried. The following Brethren were appointed to attend the association as our delegates Elder Myron H Negis, Elder Elisha Gill, Elder James M Stickney and Brother Benj Packer. It was moved that this church instruct the trustees to repair our house of worship. The motion carried. Sister BRINKERHOFF requests a letter of dismission. She being under censure, the matter was laid on the table. It was moved to adjourn. The motion prevailed. After prayer church adjourned. Read and approved Jul 2, 1859.

Myron H Negis, Mod Robert Robb, clk

June 5, 1859

Church came to gather to attend the ordnance of the Supper, good attendance and good feeling. Collection one dollar.

Robert Robb, clk

Jul 2, A D 1859 Baptist Church in Regular Business meeting

Elder Negis was chosen moderator. Minutes of last regular meeting and all intervening meetings was read and approved.

The Resolution that was adopted at the meeting Apr 16, 1859 was read and the following action was had on the case.

Whereas Brother Olliver GARDNER, Judson BRINKERHOFF and Sisters Julia GARDNER, Catharine WHITAKER, Calista L DUGAN, Mariah BRINKERHOFF and Anne PROUT having failed to renew their travel with the church but still continue in a hostile attitude towards the church, Therefore Resolved in accordance with a resolution passed at our last special church meeting, they will be no longer be considered members of this body.

Brother Negis' year as pastor of this church having closed and his having signified that it was perhaps his duty to leave here the church took the following action in the case:

Whereas Brother Negis considered it his duty to resign his pastoral connections with us

Therefore Resolved That his timely assistance and faithful self denying labors with us for two years past has increased our estimation of him as an able and devoted minister of Christ, And if he can from the Providence of God be satisfied that it is his duty to continue his labors with us as heretofore it is our united request for him to do so But if not he and his companion may be assured of our highest Christian fellowship for them and wherever their lot may be cast our continual prayer will be that the Blessing of God may rest upon them.

Sister Stickney and Robb were appointed as a committee to visit Sister Mary Jane Geerhart and inquire of some reports concerning her and report at the next regular business meeting of this church. It was moved to adjourn, the motion carried. After prayer church adjourned. Read and approved Sep 3, 1859,

Myron H Negis, Mod Robert Robb, clk

Jul 10, 1859

Baptist Church came together to consider the propriety of calling Elder Wm Leggett as the pastor of this church. After some consultation on motion it was voted heartily and without a dissenting voice that we give him a call to the pastoral care of this church Believing that we shall be able to give him so much of this worlds goods as will make his family a comfortable living. Church was dismissed. Read and approved Sep 3, 1859.

Elisha Gill, Mod Pro tem Robert Robb, clkk

Jul 17, 1859 Lords day

Church came together to hear a letter from Brother Wm Leggett in answer to the call of this church informing this church of his acceptance and his removal to this place the coming week. Church dismissed. Read and approved Sep 3, 1859.

Robert Robb, clk

Jul 30, 1859 Lords day

Church came to gather to grant a letter to Sister Elizabeth SWEET. It was moved that her request be granted, the motion carried and letter granted. Read and approved Sep 3, 1859.

Robert Robb, clk

Aug 6, 1859 Baptist Church in regular covenant meeting

Brother Leggett leading. Brother Wm LEGGETT and FREELOVE his wife presented their letters to unite with this church It was moved that they be received as members of this church on the letters. The motion carried. After the usual exercises of covenant meeting they sang the doxology and was dismissed by the pastor. Read and approved Sep 3, 1859.

Robert Robb, clk

Aug 7, 1859 Attended the ordnance of the Supper

Aug 28, 1859 Lords Day morning

Church came to gather to grant a letter to Sister Margaret BROWN. It was moved that her request be granted. The motion carried and letter granted. Read and approved Sep 3, 1859.

Robert Robb, clk

Sep 3, 1859 Baptist Church in regular business meeting

Meeting opened by prayer, the pastor in the chair. The minutes of the last regular meeting with all intervening meetings read and approved.

Sister Mary Jane GEERHART case came up. Committee in her case report unfavorable, report received and committee discharged. It was moved that this church withdraw the hand of fellowship from Sister Mary Jane Geerhart for her neglect to walk with the church and unchristian conduct in community. The motion prevailed and hand of fellowship withdrawn.

Brother Packer moved that the officers of the church circulate a subscription for the pastor's salary for the present year. The motion prevailed. It was moved that this church answer Wm Willet that they do not wish to sell a part of the church. The motion carried. It was moved to adjourn, motion carried. After prayer church adjourned. Read and approved by the church Saturday Nov 5, 1859.

Wm Leggett, Mod Robert Robb, clk

Sep 11, 1859 Lords day

Church came together to grant a letter to Moses ROBB. It was moved that his request be granted. The motion prevailed and letter granted. Church adjourned. Read and approved by the church Sat Nov 5, 1859.

Wm Leggette, Mod Robert Robb, clk

Oct 1, 1859 Saturday Covenant meeting

Did not organize, few being present on account of Stark County Agricultural fair.

Oct 2, 1859 Lords Day

Church came together. Attended the ordinance of the Supper. Sang an hymn and went out. Read and approved by the church Sat Nov 5, 1859.

Wm Leggette, Mod Robert Robb, clk

Nov 5, 1859 Baptist Church in regular business meeting

Church came to order, pastor in the chair. Meeting opened by singing and prayer. Minutes of last regular meeting with all intervening meetings read and approved by a vote of the church.

The following action was had on church debt Resolved; that by request of Brother John Culbertson the matter of the church debt be referred to the trustees with full power to act upon it unless they wish to consult the church. Brother Wm Leggette with the consent of the church volunteered to assist the trustees in raising money for the repairs of the house of worship. Brother Packer presented the following Resolution which was adopted. Resolved that this church hereafter take up a collection every other Sabbath to defray expenses of lights, fuel and sexton expense. The Sisters present the following which was adopted Resolved That the Sisters of this church are requested to meet at this house on next Thursday at 9 oclock am for the purpose of cleaning our house of worship. Those that do not come are requested to send in 25 cts to be applied as expenses of this church. It was moved to adjourn the meeting. Motion carried. After prayer the congregation dispersed. The proceedings on the last page was read and approved by the church Dec 31, 1859.

Wm Leggette, Mod Robert Robb, clk

Nov 27, 1859 Lords day

After the one oclock service the church was called to tarry to grant Sister Hanah HAYES a letter of dis. & recommendation. It was moved that her request be granted. The motion carried and letter granted. Read and approved Dec 31, 1859

Wm Leggette, Mod Robert Robb, clk

Dec 3, 1859 Regular covenant meeting

A number having spoke of their joys and sorrows the church then transacted the following business.

It was moved that the one oclock service on Sabbath be changed to six in the evening; the motion was carried. The trustees report that they think it best for them to deed the church to Brother John Culbertson. The report was received and it was moved that this church instruct their trustees to make Brother John Culbertson a deed or title to our house of worship. The motion carried, there being no objection.

Now therefore be it ordered that the trustees of said First Baptist Church of Toulon make execute acknowledge and deliver to John Culbertson of the County of Stark State of Illinois a deed of conveyance or title to the house of worship and the lot thereto attached belonging to and occupied by the first Baptist Church of Toulon for and in consideration of the sum of three thousand dollars to be paid by said John Culbertson to the trustees of said first Baptist Church of Toulon in the indebtedness of said First Baptist Church to him the said John Culbertson being the whole amount of the indebtedness of said First Baptist Church to the said John Culbertson.

It was moved that this church adjourn the motion carried after Prayer the church was dismissed. Read and approved by the church Dec 31, 1859.

Wm Leggette, Mod Robert Robb, clk

Dec 31, 1859 The Baptist Church in Regular Meeting of Busisness

Minutes of last regular meeting with all intervening meetings was read and approved. Brother H Y Godfrey was appointed to take care of the church the church to pay him fifty cts per week for all the regular meetings of the church; the subject of a donation visit to Brother Leggette came up and the following persons were appointed to make arrangements (viz) Mrs. Gardner Mrs Whitaker Mrs Chamberlain Mrs C L Eastman

Mrs Beers Mrs Fuller Mrs Berfield Mrs Stickney Mrs S M Eastman Mrs John Culbertson and Mrs Robb Miss C Godfrey Mrs Blair Mr John Culbertson Mr Benjamin Packer Mr John Berfield Mr H Y Godfrey Mr Fuller Mr Clark Mr Judson Gill Mr Jacob Wagoner and Mr S W Eastman & O Whitaker. The deed to John Culbertson was read and ordered signed and delivered. After prayer the church was dismissed.

Read and approved Mar 3, 1860.

Wm Leggette, Mod Robert Robb, clk

Jan 28, 1860 Baptist Church in her Annual Business and Regular Covenant Meeting

Opened by reading Scriptures singing and prayer. It was stated that this was the day to elect trustees and officers of the church. Whereupon it was moved that this church proceed to elect their old board of trustees for the term of one year from this date (viz) John Culbertson John Berfield Benjamin Packer Jun Stephen M Eastman and Robert Robb the motion being put it was announced that they were elected. It was moved that this church proceed to elect a third deacon and that the election be by ballot the motion carried the ballot being taken it was announced that Brother Packer was elected as deacon of this church.

It being understood that Brother John Culbertson was ready to contract with the trustees for this house of worship for one or a term of years it was moved that this church instruct her trustees to enter into a contract with Brother John Culbertson for the use of this house of worship for one year or a term of years as their judgment may direct.

It was moved that the trustees be instructed to take down the old bell and dispose of it to the best advantage.

There being no further business the church sang the doxology and was dismissed.

Read and approved Mar 3, 1860.

Wm Leggette, Mod Robert Robb, clk

Mar 3, 1860 Baptist Church in Regular Business meeting

Meeting opened singing and prayer pastor in the chair. Minutes of last regular and annual and covenant meeting read and approved.

A communication was received from Sister Deborah L HILL and Mrs. Martha G. JAMES requesting letters of recommendation and dismission from this church it was moved and carried that Sister Deborah L Hill have a letter as requested by her communication it was ordered that the clerk write to Martha G James and inform her of her standing in this church.

There being no further business the church adjourned after prayer. Read and approved May 5, 1860.

Wm Leggette, Pastor Robert Robb, clk

Mar 25, 1860 Lords day

Church came to gather after morning services to hear a letter from Mrs Martha G JAMES the clerk read the letter in which she requests to be restored to the privileges of the church and a letter of dis and recommendation to the Osceola church it was moved that her reqeust be laid over until the covenant meeting on next Saturday the motion prevailed. The church was dismissed. Read and approved May 5, 1860.

Wm Leggette, Pastor Robert Robb, clk

Mar 31, 1860 Baptist Church in Regular Covenant meeting

Meeting opened by prayer. The case of Martha G JAMES came up Brother Packer moved that she be restored the motion prevailed it was moved that Sister Martha James have a letter of dismission and recommendation the motion prevailed. After the usual exercises of covenant meeting the meeting was dismissed.

Lords Day

---First church came to gather and attended the ordinance of the Supper sang an hymn and went out.

Read and approved May 5, 1860

Wm Leggette, Pastor Robert Robb, clk

May 5, 1860 Baptist church in regular business meeting

Meeting opened by reading Scriptures singing and prayer pastor in the chair. Minutes of last regular meeting and all intervening meetings read and approved. Brother Culbertson & Wagoner being charged with intemperance habit it was moved and carried that a discipline committee be appointed in the cases of Brother John Culbertson & Jacob Wagoner with authority to act in any case that may come to their knowledge. Said committee consists Father Gill S M Eastman and Benjamin Packer Jun. Said committee to report at the next covenant meeting it was moved and carried that Brother H Y Godfrey act as steward for this church it was moved to adjourn which motion prevailed after prayer church adjourned. Read and approved June 30, 1860.

Wm Leggette, Pastor Robert Robb, clk

May 20, 1860

After morning services church came together to appoint delegates to the association and also to have a letter prepared for that occasion. Delegates appointed were Elders Wm Leggette Elisha Gill James M Stickney Deacons S M Eastmand and Benjamin Packer Jun. committee to write the letter to the association consists of Father Gill with the pastor and clerk of this church. Church adjourned. Read and approved June 30, 1860.

Wm Leggette, Pastor Robert Robb, clk

June 2, 1860 Baptist Church in regular covenant meeting

After usual exercises of Covenant meeting it was moved and carried that a committee to appointed to revise the Church Book and correct it so far as the names of the members may be corrected. Said committee to consist of S M Eastman with the assistance of Brot Stickney and the clerk. Brother Stickney led in prayer church adjourned. Read and approved June 30, 1860.

Wm Leggette, Pastor Robert Robb, clk

June 3, 1860

After morning services church came to gather to hear and approve the letter to the association. The church attended the ordinance of the Supper sang an hymn and went out. Read and approved June 30, 1860

William Leggette, Pastor Robert Robb, clk

June 30, AD 1860 Baptist Church in Regular Business Meeting

Meeting opened by prayer; pastor in the chair minutes of last regular and all intervening meetings read and approved. The committee in the cases of Brothers Culbertson & Waggoner were not ready to report in full and their time to report was extended to the next Covenant or Business meeting of this church.

The Pastor stated with present views and indications his labors as Pastor of this church would close with the close of the present year's labors his labors having commenced July 24, 1859. A rain and thunder storm seemed to be approaching it was thought best to adjourn. Father Gill led in prayer church was dismissed. Read and approved January 5, 1861.

Robert Robb, clk

Jul 14, 1860

Baptist Church came togather after morning services for the following business. It was moved that Brother Leggette be requested to continue his pastoral labors with us for the year to come the motion prevailed. It was moved that Brothers Eastman & Packer circulate a subscription immediately for the purposes of raising his salary the motion carried. Church adjourned. Read and approved Jan 5, 1861

Robert Robb, clk

Aug 4, 1860 Baptist Church in regular covenant meeting

After the Brethren and Sisters related theit christian exercises Miss Sarah BERFIELD came forward and told the church what the Lord had done for her soul and requested admission as member of this church. The church being satisfied with her relation voted to receive her for baptism and church fellowship. Church adjourned. Read and approved Jan 5, 1861

Robert Robb, clk

Aug 5, 1860

After morning services the church adjourned to the waterside to emerse Sarah Berfield after which the church returned to their house of worship to attend the ordinance of the Supper. Sister Sarah Berfield came forward to receive the hand of fellowship the church attended the ordinance of the Supper sang an hymn and went out. Brother Franklin WILLIAMSON who was baptised on the 8 of July was not present to receive the right hand of fellowship. Read and approved Jan 5, 1861.

Robert Robb, clk

Sep 1, 1860

Church did not have a business meeting the church being in a protracted meeting.

Sep 2, 1860

Church came to gather to hear a letter of dismission and recommendation from Sister Esther ROBISON after reading of the letter it was moved that she be received as a member of this church. The motion carried. The church was dismissed. Read and approved Jan 5, 1861.

Robert Robb, clk

Sep 5, 1860 Wednesday

Baptist church at the meeting of fast humiliation and prayer it was moved that Oliver GARDNER and his wife Julia G GARDNER be restored to the privileges and fellowship of this church the motion carried unanimously. Read and approved Jan 5, 1861.

Robert Robb, clk

Sep 15, 1860 Baptist Church in their prayer and conference meeting

The following persons presented themselves for baptism and church fellowship (namely) Mary B LARGE Eliza Ann STICKNEY John H STICKNEY Eliza BOWERS Nelson G GILL. After they told how the Lord had led them and converted their souls of their desire to unite with his people it was moved in each case that they be received for baptism and church fellowship the motion carried in each case; a good feeling prevailing the church was dismissed. Read and approved Jan 5, 1861.

Robert Robb, clk

Sep 16, 1860 Baptist Church

After the morning services the church went to the waters to attend the ordinance of Baptism Mary B LARGE and Martha E BOWERS came forward and was baptised. Martha E Bowers having related what the Lord had done for her soul on last night and was received today while at the waters edge.

At the evening meeting Sept 16 it was moved and carried that Mrs Calista L DUGAN be restored to the fellowship of this church; she being about to remove to Minnesota Territory it was moved and seconded that this church grant her a letter of dis & recom. The motion prevailed. Read and approved Jan 5, 1861.

Robert Robb, clk

Sep 21, 1860 Baptist Church in Special Covenant meeting

The following persons presented themselves to the church for emersion and membership after the church heard of their conversion and the Lords dealing with them it was moved in each case that they be received for Baptism and membership the motion was carried in each case their names are as follows

Otis Theron DYER Eufrasia Celestine DYER Hanah Rebecka THOMAS Ame Eliza DYER Clara Roe PARISH Mary WEED Celestine Josephine EASTMAN Henry Somers MERCHANT Joseph Elisha WEED Andrew Fuller STICKNEY

Notice was given that the ordinance of Baptism would take place on next Sabbath after morning services. After a season of prayer church was dismissed. Read and approved Jan 5, 1861.

Robert Robb, clk

Sep 22, 1860 Baptist Church in Special emeting

After prayer & conference Sister Mary TWISS presented her letter from Attica church Ohio to unite with us it was moved and carried that she be received as a member of this church.

Mrs Misouri E GILL related what the Lord had done for her soul and her desire to unite with us in covenant it was moved that she be received for baptism and membership the motion carried. The church had another season of prayer and was dismissed until evening. Read and approved Jan 5, 1861

Robert Robb, clk

Sep 23, 1860 Baptist Church at the morning service

Church repaired to the waters side to emerse candidates the following persons presented themselves for Baptism and were emersed (namely) Eliza Amy STICKNEY: John Higins STICKNEY: Eliza BOWERS: Nelson G GILL: Otis Theron DYER: Eufrasia Celestine DYER: Hanah Rebecka THOMAS: Ame Eliza DYER: Clara Roe PARISH: Celestine Josephine EASTMAN: Mary WEED: Henry Somers MERCHANT: Joseph Elisha WEED: Andrew Fuller STICKNEY: Misouri E GILL.

Sep 27, 1860 Baptist church at her evening meeting

Mary Malinda WILLET was received by relation and Hiram WILLET by letter as members of this church.

Sep 28, 1860

At evening meeting the following persons presented themselves for membership when baptised (namely) Abram B THOMAS Henry M THOMAS Hellen C HOUG C M GALLOP Letty Ann BOWERS Albert C BOWERS Mary Elizabeth MERCHANT. After the church heard of their conversion and how the Lord had dealt with them it was moved in each case that they be received as members with us when they are emersed or baptised. The motion carried in each case.

The church was dismissed with increased faith in God's power to save sinners.

Sep 29, 1860 Baptist church in her evening meeting

Miss Sabra L GALLOP came forward and told the church of her conversion and how the Lord had dealt with her and of her desire to be baptised and unite with us in church covenant it was moved that she be received as a member with (us) when she is baptised the motion carried the congregation was dismissed. Read and approved Jan 5, 1861.

Robert Robb, clk

Oct 2, 1860 Baptist Church

After the 3 oclock meeting the church repaired to the waters side and baptised the following persons, viz Abram B THOMAS Henry M THOMAS Hellen C HOUG E M GALLOP Letty Ann BOWERS Albert C BOWERS Mary Elizabeth MERCHANT and Sabra L GALLOP

Oct 6, 1860 Baptist church in her Regular Covenant meeting

The following persons came forward for membership (viz) Hattie Marie (Hariet Mariah) GALLOP who was received on the relation of gods dealings with her she having been emersed in the Methodist Church and William Henry THIES was received as a member with us when baptised. The membership enjoyed a good covenant meeting all participating in the exercises their faith being stronger to labor in the master's vineyard.

Oct 7, 1860 Lords day

Church attended the Ordinance of the Supper large attendance and good feeling. Sang an hymn and went out.

Oct 12, 1860 Baptist church at her prayer and conference meeting

A B HEADLEY and Andrew McKEY came forward and related to the church their conversion and the Lord's dealings with them and of their desire to be baptised and unite with us church covenant. After the church had heard their relation it was moved in each case that they be received as members with us when emersed. The motion in each case prevailed next Sabbath set for baptism.

Church dismissed. Read and approved Jan 5, 1861.

Robert Robb, clk

Oct 14, 1860 Baptist Church at her Regular meeting Sabbath morning

Church adjourned to waters side to baptize the following persons came forward and was emersed (viz) William Henry THIES A B HEADLY and Andrew McKEYES it was moved and carried that we baptize James Murry HODGEKISS the motion carried and he was baptised and received as member of this church. Read and approved Jan 5, 1861.

Robert Robb, clk

Nov 3, 1860 Saturday Baptist church in regular meeting for business meeting

Opened by prayer pastor in the chair. The following business was done (viz) Brother Wagoner's case was taken up Bro E Gill presented the following

Whereas Brother Jacob WAGGONER and GERTRUDE his wife have generally absented themselves from the meeting of the church for more than a year and during which time he has aided and assisted in the retailing of intoxicating drinks at Mr. Stockners and justifies himself in it and they having been visited and entreated to return and renew their travel with the church but having refused to do so. We therefore feel ourselves driven to the painful necessity of withdrawing from them our fellowship as members of this church. After consultation it was thought best to defer final action until the com would visit them which was agreed to and the case was continued. It was moved that the trustees be instructed to consult with Brot John Culbertson and request him to extend the time to paint the church. The motion prevailed the church adjourned. Read and approved Mar 2, 1861.

Robert Robb, clk

Dec 1, 1860 Baptist Church in Regular Covenant meeting

Pastor in the chair few in attendance those few related the exercises of their minds there seemed to be harmony and good feeling after usual exercises the meeting adjourned.

Dec 2, 1860 Lords day

Church came together to attend the ordinance of the Supper large attendance and good feeling. After supper sang an hymn and went out.

Dec 23, 1860 Lords day

Church came to gather to grant a letter. It was moved that A B HEADLEY have a letter of dismission and recommendation from this church the motion prevailed and clerk directed to furnish said letter. Read and approved Mar 2, 1861.

Robert Robb, clk

Jan 5, 1861 Baptist church in regular meeting for Business

Meeting opened by singing and prayer minutes from June 30 to Oct 14 read and approved. It was moved that a committee on discipline be appointed to visit James Culbertson the motion prevailed. Brothers Gallop Willet and Robb appointed on said committee being few present the church adjourned. After being dismissed the sisters suggested the matter of a Pastoral donation the company organized and appointed Sister Gallop Willet and Robb and Brother Gallop a committee to start and organize a committee on a larger scale to make such arrangement as are necessary to such a donation visit to the Pastors. Read and approved Mar 2, 1861

Robert Robb, clk

Jan 26, 1861 Baptist Church in her Annual meeting

But few present did not elect officers for the year to come adjourned until covenant meeting next Saturday. Read and approved Mar 2, 1861.

Robert Robb, clk

Feb 2, 1861 Baptist Church in her regular covenant meeting

Church opened by prayer after usual exercises meeting adjourned.

Feb 3, 1861 Baptist Church

Church came to gather after morning services attended the ordinance of the Supper sang an hymn and went out. Read and approved Mar 2, 1861.

William Leggette, Pastor Robert Robb, clk

Mar 2, 1861 Baptist Church in Regular Business (the following minutes which are in parenthesis are marked along the side of the page as RESCINDED Feb 11, 1865.)

(Meeting opened in regular form pastor in the chair minutes of all meetings from Nov 3, 1860 until Feb 3, 1861 read and approved.

(Cases of disipline came up for action. The discipline committee in the case of Brother Jacob WAGONER having reported unfavorable the report was received and com discharged in his case and the following action had on the case

(Whereas Brother Jacob Waggoner has neglected his covenant obligations with this church in absenting himself from the meetings of this church having dealt in and used intoxicating drinks and justifies himself in doing so therefore be it resolved that we withdraw the hand of fellowship from him motion carried and hand of fellowship withdrawn from him)

The committee in the case of Sister Gertrude WAGGONER report favorable and the following action had Whereas Sister Gertrude Waggoner has of late attended the meetings of the church and has expressed a wish to continue her travel with the church therefore be it resolved that she be considered a member with us in good standing carried and com in her case discharged. The com appointed at last meeting in the case of Brother James Culbertson report favorable report received and com discharged and the following action was had in the cases of Brother John and James CULBERTSON. Whereas the committees in each case report favorable therefore, be it Resolved that Brothers John and James Culbertson be considered members with us in good standing the motion carried and com in John Culbertsons case discharged.

There being no further business the church was adjourned after prayer. Read and approved May 4, 1861.

Wm Leggette, Pastor Robert Robb, clk

April 6, 1861 Regular Covenant meeting

Raining stormy day no meeting

April 7, 1861 Lords day

After morning service the church came to gather to attend the ordinance of the Supper attendance good sang an hymn and went out. Read and approved May 4, 1861.

Robert Robb, clk

May 4, 1861 Regular Business meeting

Meeting opened as usual. Pastor in the chair. The minutes of the last business and covenant meetings were read and approved. Elder James STICKNEY presented a letter of dismission and recommendation from the Lamarsh? Church. After being read it was moved and carried that he be received as a member of this Church. The subject of painting the Church then came up and was handed to the Trustees for their action.

Bro Wm Legget having handed his resignation to Bro Eastman the subject relating to the Pastor next came up. When it was moved and carried that Brother Legget be requested to continue his labors with the Church. Bro Godfrey desired a Com to be appointed to settle with him as Sexton of the Church when the following were appointed, viz, Bros Eastman & Robb. The Sisters moved that Bros & Sisters meet at the house on next Tuesday week at 9 oclock am for the purpose of cleaning it motion carried. After prayer the Church adjourned. Read and approved Nov 2nd.

Robert Robb, clk

June 1, 1861 Covenant Meeting

After the usual exercises of the meeting Father Gill & Bro Robb were appointed to prepare a letter to the Association. And the following Brothers as Delegates. Wm Legget, Elisha Gill, James M Stickney, & Deacon Packer. On motion adjourned. Read and approved Nov 2.

Robert Robb, clk

June 2, 1861 Lords day morning

The church attended the Lords supper after which a letter of Recommendation and Dismission was granted to Sister Harriet HALL. Aproved Nov 2.

Robert Robb, clk

June 1, 1861 Lords day morning

The letter to the Association was read and approved. Adjourned. Read and approved Nov 2.

Robert Robb, clk

June 2, 1861 Lords day morning

Brother Wright having been requested to supply the pulpit, replied that he would do so for a season or until a pastor is obtained

July 6, 1861 Regular business meeting

Meeting opened by prayer by Brother Eastman & Bro Eastman in the chair and the following business was transacted. There being a vacancy in the office of Church Clerk E M Gallup was elected Clerk, Pro Tem & Bro _ Willet was chosen the clerk. Second Bro Packer was authorized to correspond with Bro Church of Chicago in relation to obtaining a Pastor. Moved and carried that the Officers of the Church be requested to invite Brother Stickney to supply the pulpit in case of necessity. Adjourned.

E M Gallup, clk Pro tem

Aug 11, 1861 Lords Day Morning

After morning service the Church voted to grant Bro Wm LEGGET a letter of Recommendation and Dismission and that the clerk be requested to prepare the same.

E M Gallup, clk Pro tem

Aug 31, 1861 Regular Business Meeting

Meeting opened by Brother Wright but there being but few present all business was deferred until next meeting. Brother Wright made some excellent remarks and all engaged in prayer or exhortation, on motion adj.

E M Gallup, clk Pro tem

Oct 5, 1861 Covenant Meeting A J Wright, Mod.

Exercises as usual. After which E M Gallup was chosen as Clerk to fill the place of Bro Willet who refused to serve. Adj.

E M Gallup, clk

Oct 27, 1861 Sabbath

After morning service the Church granted a letter of Dismission to Sister Mary B LARGE said letter to be sent to her by mail to Rockford Winnebago Co, Ills.

E M Gallup, clk

Nov 2, 1861

The church met in Regular Business Meeting Bro Wright in the chair. Meeting opened as usual. The minutes were read and approved. At the request of Father Gill Bro Wright vacated the chair and Elder Stickney was called to fill the same. Father Gill read and offered the following Resolution, which was adopted. Viz.

Resolved, That we have been highly gratified and we hope profited with Bro Wrights preaching, and labors with us in the ministry, and we do now anxiously and unitedly request him to continue his labors with us as pastor of the church for at least one year from the time he commenced, and we do hereby pledge ourselves that we will cheerfully contribute of our substance for the benefit of him and his family according as God in his kind providence shall prosper us.

After prayer adj.

E M Gallup, clk

Dec 6, 1861 Covenant meeting

Exercises as usual. No business transacted. On motion adj.

E M Gallup, clk

Jan 4, 1860 Regular Business meeting

Bro Wright in the chair. In absence of the Clerk Elder Stickney was chosen Clerk Pro tem. The house needing repairs a paper was circulated to obtain money by subscription to defray the expense of the same. Also voted to call a special meeting on Saturday Jan 18th at 10 oclock am to see if some means could not be devised whereby money could be raised to defray the expenses of the church. Adj.

E M Gallup, clk

Jan 18, 1862

Agreeable to notice the church met in special meeting at half past 10 oclock am. But there being but few present no business was done, & on motion adjourned until half past one pm. Afternoon. The object of the meeting was made by Elder Wright which was to see if some means could not be devised whereby money could be raised to defray the expenses of the church.

The subject of voluntary assessment was brought up and discussed at length. & was voted that we recommend this system be adopted, but was deferred until next covenant meeting for final action. Adjourned.

Feb 1, 1862 Covenant Meeting

After the usual exercises the subject of voluntary Assessment was brought up and the following form presented and adopted, viz:

A Voluntary assessment of the first Baptist Church of Toulon as given in by each member to draw a percentage from sufficient to pay the Pastor's salary and other ordinary expenses, of the church. Each member shall have the right to change their assessment at our annual church meetings.

The following is a list of the names thus voluntarily assessed. Which the Clerk was instructed to place upon the Church Record.

Brother B Packer, Sr $ 25.00

" O Gardner 5.00

" John O Weed 10.00

" John Culbertson, wife & Helen 30.00

" S M Stickney 5.00

Sister C H Stickney 1.50

" M E Miller .50

" Polly Crandall 2.00

" Fanny Chase 2.00

Brother Peleg Chase 6.00

Sister A E Gardner 1.00

" I C Gardner 3.00

Brother H Y Godfrey 10.00

" E M Gallup 5.00

" R F Williamson 2.00

Sister H M Gallup 1.00

Bro. L Geer 5.00

" A Stickney .50

Brother John Stickney 1.00

" H Marchant 1.00

Sister E Godfrey 1.00

" M Godfrey 1.00

Brother S W Eastman 20.00

" A Bowers 5.00

Sister S Berfield 1.00

" S Thomas 1.00

Bro. A Thomas 1.00

Sister H R Thomas 1.00

Bro H Thomas 1.00

" James Culbertson 20.00

Sister E Beers 3.00

" J Winn 4.00

" H Blair 5.00

" E Fuller 5.00

Mar 1, 1862 Regular Business Meeting

Meeting opened as usual. Elder Stickney in the chair. After due consideration it was voted to appropriate $40 dollars to the Sexton for his labors and for lights for the church. Also to appropriate $160 dollars to the Pastor for the ensuing year.

The Clerk was instructed to prepare a list of those assessed together with amounts attached to their names and present the same to the Steward for collection.

Voted that one per cent be raised on the amount assessed & that the money thus raised be paid quarterly, commencing from the annual church meeting.

Mar 2, 1862

After morning service the church granted a letter of recommendation and dismission to Sister Nancy WINN.

Mar 23, 1862

After service Bro Wright read a letter of Sister Eliza DAVIDSON & made known her request to unite with us. She was received by a vote of the church. & Brother Wright extended the hand of fellowship.

Apr 5, 1862 Covenant Meeting

Meeting opened by singing and prayer, but few present. Exercises as usual. On mo adjourned.

E M Gallup, clk

Apr 6, 1862 Sabbath Morning

Communion. Most of the church present. Partook of the sacrament after which we sang a hymn and went out.

May 3, 1862 Regular Business Meeting

Brother Wright in the chair. Meeting opened as usual. The minutes of the past meetings were read and approved. There being no business before the meeting we listened to some remarks from Bro Wright and adjourned.

A ? Wright, Mod. E M Gallup, clk

May 31, 1862 Covenant Meeting

After the usual exercises Elder S M Stickney and Bro E M Gallup were appointed to prepare a letter to the Association, and the following Brethren as Delegates. viz. Elders Wright, Stickney and Gill, Deacons Packer & Eastman. Brothers Gallup, Gardner, Bowers, Dyer, Geer, Godfrey & Williamson.

Voted that we invite the association to meet with us next year.

Elder S M Stickney & Deacon S M Eastman were appointed a com to visit Bro Albert Bowers. On mo adjourned.

A Wright, Mod. E M Gallup, clk

Jul 5, 1862 Regular Business Meeting

So few were present the meeting was not organized.

E M Gallup, clk

Aug 2, 1862 Covenant Meeting

After the usual exercises by a vote of the church a letter of dismission & recommendation was granted to Sister Eliza STICKNEY.

Bros S M Eastman & E M Gallup were appointed a com to vist Bro James Culbertson. The com in the case of Bro Albert BOWERS reported and the following in his case was adopted. Whereas Brother Albert BOWERS having united with the Christian (Campbellite) Church and is no longer considered a member with us, we hereby from him withdraw the hand of fellowship. On motion the com were discharged. Adjourned.

A Wright, Mod E M Gallup, clk

Sep 6, 1862

The church was not opened consequently there was no meeting.

Oct 4, 1862 Covenant Meeting

Exercises as usual no business was transacted. Sung the Doxology & were dismissed.

E M Gallup, clk

Oct 5, 1862 Sabbath

The church attended the ordinance of the Supper sung and went out.

E M Gallup, clk

Nov 1, 1862 Regular Business Meeting

So few were present that the meeting was not organized for business.

E M Gallup, clk

Dec 6, 1862 Covenant Meeting

After the usual exercises of the meeting Brother Wright called Bro Stickney to the chair and retired, leaving the church to transact business relative to the Pastor and raising money to procure a melodion for the church & other business pertaining thereto. But owing to the lateness of the hour, further business was deferred until next meeting. and adjourned.

A Wright, Mod. E M Gallup, clk

Jan 3, 1863 The Baptist Church in Business Meeting

Pastor in the chair. Meeting opened as usual. The minutes of the past meetings were read and approved. The unfinished business of the last meeting was brought up. After some discussion relating to procuring a melodeon for the church the following resolution was offered and passed.

Resolved that we recommend the enlargement of the original subscription for the purpose of procuring aforesaid instrument.

The meeting then proceeded to elect Trustees for the church when the following Brethren were elected by ballot. Viz.

Benjamin Packer, John Culbertson, John Berfield, Stephen W Eastman and Hugh Y Godfrey. Said Trustees to hold office for one year, or until their successors are elected and qualified.

Brother H Y Godfrey was elected Sexton he agreeing to serve one year gratuitously provided aforesaid instrument be procured for the church. A letter of Dismission & Recommendation was granted to Sister Sabra L GALLUP. On motion adj.

A Wright, Mod. E M Gallup, clk

Jan 25, 1863

After morning service Sister Elizabeth BRADSHAW presented a letter of recommendation and was received as a member of this Church.

E M Gallup, clk

Jan 31, 1863 Annual Business & Covenant Meeting

Brother Wright in the chair. After the usual exercises of covenant meeting were over, voted to raise one per cent on the assessment of the church for the ensuing year. Also voted to take up a collection occasionally for the purpose of paying for lights for the church. On motion adj.

A Wright, Mod. E M Gallup, clk

Feb 28, 1863

Time for business meeting but so few were present that the meeting was not called to order.

E M Gallup, clk

Mar 8, 1863 Sabbath

After morning services granted a letter of Dis to Sister Eliza Ann BIGELOW.

June 2, 1863 Business Meeting

The minutes of the last meetings were read & approved. On motion it was voted that we invite the Association to meet with us next year. The letter to the Association was then read and received. The following Delegates were then appointed, viz. Elder Wright, Elder Stickney, Elder Gill, Deacon Packer, Deacon Eastman, H Y Godfrey, E M Gallup & Otis Dyer. Adjourned.

E M Gallup, clk

Jun 7, 1863 Sabbath

After morning services we repaired to the creek to witness the Baptism of Sister Caroline WEST she having previously related her experience.

Brother Aneben BALDWIN presented a letter of Rec & by a vote was received as a member of this church. Bro Wright extending to him the hand of fellowship.

E M Gallup, clk

Jul 11, 1863 Regular Business Meeting

The meeting was opened as usual by Bro Wright. After which a letter of recommendation from Sister Sarah LASEUR was read & by a vote of the church she was received in fellowship with us.

A Committee of three were appointed by vote to confer with Brother Church in Chicago in regard to securing us a Pastor. The Com consisted of Bro Gallup, Deacon Packer & Deacon Eastman. On motion adj.

H Y Godfrey, clk Pro tem

Jun 14, 1863? (on loose sheet of paper)

After morning service we listened to the christian experience of Mr ? SASZ ??

after which it was asked that he be received as a member with us after baptism which ordinance was immediately attended to at the creek nearby.

J M Stickney, clk

Aug 1, 1863

After usual exercises of Covenant Meeting the following business was transacted. Elder Stickney was chosen Chairman and the question of Pastor came up. It was moved and seconded that we accept the resignation of Brother Wright. carried. Also voted that we invite Brother Wright to supply us for a short time. Elder Stickney and Deacon Eastman were elected to extend said invitation. On motion adj.

E M Gallup, clk

Sep 5, 1863 Regular Business meeting

Brother Wright in chair. On motion of Deacon Eastman Samuel WALKER and his wife Elizabeth WALKER be received as members of this Church. Carried.

On motion a Committee be appointed to visit Brother Packer and ascertain the difficulty between him and the Church.

The Committee as voted for were Deacon Eastman Brother Bowers and H Y Godfrey. Motion carried. After some conversation about the wine for the table the meeting adjourned by singing the Doxology.

H Y Godfrey, clk Pro tem

Nov 7, 1863 Regular Business Meeting

Meeting opened as usual by Prayer. Deacon Eastman in chair. It was moved that we invite Brother BARKER to become our pastor with a pledge to raise him $400 after some discussion on the subject it was voted unanimously. Granted letters of dismission to E M GALLUP and his WIFE. The office of Ch Clerk being vacant J H Stickney was elected Clerk. Adjourned.

Nov 8, 1863 Sabbath morning

The members were requested to remain a few minutes after service when the vote to invite Brother Barker to become our pastor was and carried unanimously. Adj.

J H Stickney, clk

Dec 9, 1863 Covenant Meeting

But few present. Exercises as usual on motion adj.

J H Stickney, clk

Dec 19, 1863

After morning service Eld Wright read a letter of recommendation of Brother and Sister WILSON and they were received as members of the church.

J H Stickney, clk

Jan 2, 1864 Regular Annual Business Meeting

But few present and having important business to transact it was thought best to adjourn until the next Saturday.

J H Stickney, clk

Jan 9, 1864 Regular Annual Business Meeting

Opened by prayer. Brother Wright in chair. The minutes of the last three meetings were read and approved. The term of the office of Trustees having expired it was voted that the same trustees that served for the last year be re-elected. Namely Benjamin Packer John Culbertson John Berfield Stephen Eastman & Hugh Y Godfrey. H Y Godfrey was elected sexton but would not agree to serve only as a supply for which service he was to receive .50 a week.

After some discussion about the assessment it was voted to increase it to $250 for the present year, also voted that $50 ? of this be contributed to pay the sexton to defray the incidental expenses of the Church. On motion adj.

J H Stickney, clk

Jan ?, 1864 Regular Covenant Meeting

Meeting opened as usual quite a number present after the usual exercises of covenant meeting in which nearly all took a part, The following business was transacted. Sister Abby GARDNER presented a letter of dismission and recommendation and by a vote of the Church she was received as a member with us. Also granted a letter of dismission to Sister Harriet GALLUP. On motion adj.

J H Stickney, clk

Mar 5, 1864 Regular Business Meeting

Opened as usual. Brother Wright in chair. The minutes of the last 2 meetings were read and approved after which a letter of dismission was granted to Sister BRADSHAW to unite with the Baptist Church in Farmington.

After some considerable discussion with regard to the business matters of the church, it was voted to adjourn.

J H Stickney, clk

Mar 6, 1864 Sabbath morning

After service the members were requested to tarry and letters of dismission were granted to Brother John O WEED, his WIFE and sister Mary WEED their daughter to unite with others in forming a Baptist Church in Neponset where they now reside.

J H Stickney, clk

Apr 3, 1864 Regular Covenant Meeting

Opened as usual prayer by Elder Stickney. After the usual exercises of covenant meeting the question of Pastor came up. It was moved and seconded that we invite Brother Barker to become our Pastor for one year commencing at the first of April on condition that we can raise $300 for his services this amount to be paid quarterly. Motion carried unanimously. The Church now proceeded to appoint a committee to secure subscription for Brother Barker - the committee as voted for was Deacon Eastman Elder Wright Deacon Packer Sister Gardner Sister Willet and Sister Haris. Adjourned.

J H Stickney, clk

Jun 4, 1864

Church met in covenant meeting. At the close Sr Anne E GILL presented a letter from the Church in Busti ? and was received.

Church letter to the Ill River Association meeting in Farmington on the 8th was read in part, and Bros Godfrey, Willett Stickney & Eastman with the pastor E P Barker were appointed as messengers.

June 5, 1864

After sermon, the church letter was read and approved.

Eld E P BARKER our Pastor was also received into the church by vote and the hand of fellowship was extended by Eld Wright, our former Pastor.

Apr 30, 1864 Regular Business Meeting

Brother Wright in chair. The minutes of the last 2 meetings were read and approved. Considerable time was not spent in conversation with regard to business matters of the Church after which it was voted to adj.

J H Stickney, clk

May 29, 1864 Sabbath morning after service.

The members were requested to tarry and a committee consisting of Brother E B Barker J H Stickney H Y Godfrey was elected by a vote of the church to prepare the letter to the association. A committee consisting of Brother Samuel Walker Brother Barker J H Stickney was also appointed to assist in recognizing the baptist organization in Neponset as a Church.

J H Stickney, clk

Jul 2, 1864 Business Meeting

Opened as usual Prayer by Brother Robb. A season of time was now spent in covenant exercises after which the minutes of the last two meetings were read and approved.

Brother Barker now presented to the church his intentions of going east provided the church were willing to spare him for the length of time required to perform his journey. After some conversation on the subject a motion was made by Deacon Eastman to grant him that privilege which was unanimously carried. After some conversation with regard to purchasing a supply of hymnbooks it was voted to adj.

J H Stickney, clk

Aug 6, 1864 Regular Covenant Meeting

Opened as usual but few present. After the usual exercises of this meeting, adj.

E P Barker, Mod. J H Stickney, clk

Dec 5, 1864 Church in Covenant Meeting

Opened as usual Brother Barker in the chair. A good number present after the usual services of Covenant Meeting the following business was transacted. Sister BARKER was received by letter as a member of this church. Broth J H Stickney being about to leave us Resigned his charge as clerk of this church it was moved and carried that his resignation be received with many thanks for past services it was moved that Brot Robert Robb be the church clerk the motion prevailed a motion to adjourn Motion carried.

Read and approved Sep 5, 1865

E P Barker, Mod J H Stickney, clk

Dec 6, 1864

After morning preaching Sisters BARKER and CONOVER came forward and received the right hand of fellowship and then the church attended the ordinance of the Supper with good attendance and a good feeling sang an hymn and wsent out.

Read and approved Sep 5, 1865

Robert Robb, clk

Dec 31, 1864 Church business meeting

Opened in usual form. Broth Barker in chair. After consultation it was agreed to have a donation and social visit at the Pastors on the afternoon and night of Jan 10, 1865, also voted to have a protracted effort as soon as convenient a good feeling with not a large attendance. Read and approved Sep 5, 1865.

Jan 1, 1865

After the morning preaching it was moved and carried to commence an effort of meetings of days for the special presence of the Spirit and a revival of Gods work in our midst.

Jan 8, 1865

Preaching each night the past week with some indications for good.

Jan 15, 1865

Preaching each night except Tuesday night which was devoted to a donation and social visit to Pastors. The meetings of this week encouraging some recd by The Saviour of Sinners.

Jan 21, 1865

Preaching each night this week a social meeting for Conference & Prayer at 2 oclock pm with a good feeling four or five having found the Saviour precious in the salvation of their Souls after preaching tonight Brother Daniel WRIGHT and WIFE was received as member of this church and the relation of their Christian experience. They having no letters having left the State of Tenn since the war broke out and the church that they was connected with having been broken up they came forward and secured the right hand of fellowship. Read and approved Sep 5, 1865.

Robert Robb, clk

Jan 22, 1865

After preaching tonight the letter of Eld Ansel J WRIGHT and Mary B WRIGHT his wife was read and a motion was received as members of this Church they being present came forward and received the right hand of fellowship. Read and approved Sep 5, 1865.

E M Barker, Mod. Robert Robb, clk

Jan 28, 1865

Saturday evening after the sermon the following named persons made application for membership of this church namely Eliza EASTMAN Mattie WILSON Miney GODFREY Susan A ROBB and Mrs Mary PETERS. After hearing of Gods dealing with them and being satisfied they were converted it was moved and carried in each case that they be received as members of this church when emersed. Read and approved Sep 5, 1865.

Jan 29, 1865 Sunday morning

After morning services the church repaired to the water and the following named persons came forward and was emersed (namely) Eliza EASTMAN Matty WILSON Miney GODFREY S A ROBB & Mrs Mary PETERS. After the evening service they came forward and received the right hand of fellowship. Read and approved Sep 5, 1865.

Robt Robb, clk

Feb 4, 1865 Covenant meeting

A good attitude good feeling, most of those present took part in the meeting after Covenant meeting. Sister Ellen GILL Issabell GODFREY Carry COPPERTHWAITE and Eliza MINER came forward and related their exercises of mind and Gods dealings with them desiring the ordinance of Baptism for membership in church relation with us all being satisfied with them it was moved in each case that they be received for membership when baptised. The motion carried the church had a season of prayer and adjourned.

Robert Robb, clk

Feb 5, 1865

After morning preaching the church adjourned to the waters edge to attend the Ordinance of Baptism. The following persons came forward and was baptised, namely Ellen GILL Issabella GODFREY Carry COPPERTHWAITE & Eliza P MINER and then returned to the house of God and attended the Ordinance of the Supper with a goodly no present with a very good feeling after which sung an hymn and went out.

Broth E P Barker, Mod. Robert Robb, clk

Feb 11, 1865

Social Meeting for Conference for prayer and mutual edification a fair attendance good feeling prevailed. After some conversation as to our duty as a church the motion was made and carried that the church reconsider the resolution that excluded Brother Jacob WAGGONER. After the adoption of the above resolution it was moved that Broths Elder

Wright Elder Stickney Brother Wm Miner and Robert Robb be committee to wait on Brother Jacob Waggoner and learn if any difficulty was in the way that he might not walk with the church and if any difficulty in his way to name it if possible to do so. The motion prevailed the church had a season of prayer and adjourned. Read and approved Sep 5, 1865

Robert Robb, clk

Feb 11, 1865

After the evening meeting Sister Caroline LYONS was received on a letter as a member of this church. Sister (blank space) WILSON came forward and related her christian experience and was received on her relation as a member of this Church. Sister Minerva LYON came forward and related the Lords dealings with her and her desire to be numbered with Gods people. After hearing her and being satisified with her she was received as a member of this church when baptised. Read and approved Sep 5, 1865.

Robert Robb, clk

Feb 12, 1865

After morning preaching the church went to the waters to attend the ordinance of baptism. Sister Minerva LYON came forward and was baptised. Read and approved Sep 5, 1865.

E P Barker, Past & Mod. Robert Robb, clk

Feb 12, 1865

At the evening meeting Sisters (blank space) WILSON Caroline LYON and Minerva LYON came forward and received the right hand of fellowship.

Robert Robb, clk

Mar 10 1865 Covenant & Business Meeting

After usual covenant exercises the following persons presented themselves for baptism and membership. Mrs. Nancy HENDELL ? and Miss Martha BERFIELD after a relation of their Christian experience it was moved in each case that they be received for baptism and after baptism as members of this church. The motion carried in each case. It was moved that we extend a call to Broth Barker to remain as pastor for the year to come commencing at 1st of April 1865. The motion prevailed. It was moved the Committee on Salary be Brothers Bowers & Willette Sisters Willette Stickney & Abbe Gardner for the year to come.

The committee in the case of Brother Jacob WAGGONER report that duty attended to and committee discharged it was moved and carried that Brother Jacob WAGONER be restored to full fellowship in this church. The church appointed a committee of Discipline in the case of Sister LASEUR that committee to consist of Eld Wright Father Walker & Broth Robb. The meeting adjourned with good feeling peace & harmony prevailing.

E P Barker, Mod. Robt Robb, clk

Mar 5, 1865

At morning meeting attended the Ordinance of Baptism Sister Nancy HENDELL came forward and was baptised.

Robt Robb, clk

Mar 12, 1865

At morning meeting the Church attended the Ordinance of Baptism Sister Martha BERFIELD came forward and was baptised.

Robt Robb, clk

Mar 26, 1865

At morning services church came togather to receive a communication from the Laprairie ? church requesting a delegation to sit in council with them on the 30th of this month to consider the propriety of Ordaining Broth Georg A Sever as an evangelist. The communication was received and the following Brethren were appointed to sit in Council with said Church namely our Pastor Eld E P Barker Eld James M Stickney Eld Anson J Wrikght & Deacs Eastman & Robb.

Apr 1865

Abigail GILL requested a letter of dismission and recommendation which was granted at her request with many prayers for Gods Blessings upon her in her leaving.

May 6, 1865 Baptist Church

In regular meeting for business; meeting opened by prayer pastor in the chair enjoyed a pleasant season. Broth Elias LYON related his Christian experience and was received as member of this church on his relation. It was moved that we fix the belfrey of this church and put two coats of paint on the wood work. Broth A J Wright & Eastman was appointed a committee to obtain money by subscription for said repairs.

It was moved and carried that the trustees of this Church procure a written agreement from Broth John Culbertson for the use of this house during his life time. Closed by singing the Doxology and Benediction.

E J Barker, Mod.

June 3, 1865 Saturday Covenant Meeting

Usual exercises with a good feeling with no business to transact.

June 4, 1865 Sunday

Attended the ordinance of the Supper sang an hymn and went out.

Robert Robb, clk

Jul 1, 1865 Covenant meeting

Usual exercises with a good feeling not a large attendance. No business transacted there being none to transact.

Robert Robb, clk

Aug 5, 1865 Church Covenant Meeting

Had but few present being in harvest had a good meeting. Eld Barker and clerk was appointed to prepare the letter for the association for the present year.

Aug 6, 1865

Church attended the Ordinance of the Supper sang an hymn and went out.

Robert Robb, clk

Sep 3, 1865 Baptist Church in Regular Covenant & Business meeting

Opened in the usual form pastor in the chair clerk and records not present. Sister Hellen ROADS requested a letter of dismission and recommendation which was granted her, the following Brethren were appointed as messengers to the association next week at Brimfield (viz) Eld Barker Pastor Elder James M Stickney Anson J Wright Deacs S H Eastman Benjamin Packer Jun and Robert Robb and Broth Hiram Willet.

Some conversation as to the best interest of the church then adjourned in peace and harmony. Read and approved Sep 5, 1865

E P Barker, Mod. Robt Robb, clk

Sep 4, 1865 Regular morning meeting

Sister Jane SHALLENBERGER was granted a letter of dis. & recommendation. The letter to the association was read and approved the association was invited to sit with us next year a collection for minutes was taken up and church was dismissed with the Benediction.

Robert Robb, clk

Sep 30, 1865

Church in regular covenant meeting with pastor in the chair. Not many present a goodly no of those present took part a good feeling seems to prevail. After usual exercise of such meetings the Clerk and Records being present the records from Dec 5, 1864 to present time was read and criticised and a motion was received and adopted as the records of this church. On motion that this church give their pastor a donation and social visit on the day of ___ Thanksgiving in November next the motion carried. Some consideration as to a committee it was deferred til next meeting. Motion to adjourn carried. Dea Eastman led in prayer and dismissed with Peace and Harmony prevailing.

E P Barker, Mod. Robert Robb, clk

Oct 1, 1865 Morning services

Church came together and attended the Ordinance of the Supper with a good feeling, the Nos not large, sung an hymn and went ut.

Robert Robb, clk

Nov 4, 1865

No covenant meeting today no fire in the church none at the meeting.

Robert Robb, clk

Nov 26, 1865 Sunday morning

After morning meeting a motion was made and carried to grant Sister Mary TWISS a letter of Rec. & dismission it being her own request. She being about to leave this section of country.

Robert Robb, clk

Dec 2, 1865 Church in Regular Covenant meeting

An ordinary meeting not many present.

Dec 3, 1865

Church came to gather to attend the Ordinance of the Lords Supper quite a fair attendance with good feeling. Sang an hymn and went out.

Robert Robb, clk

Jan 6, 1866 Baptist Chuirch in her Regular yearly meeting for business

Opened by singing and prayer by the pastor Eld Barker in the chair. The minutes of Sept meeting with all intervening meetings read and approved. Elder A J Wright reported a deficiency to pay for oil and paints for this church of forty dollars the church made an effort to raise the debt and collected about twenty five dollars at this meeting. Sister Anna E Gill & Sarah Berfield was appointed to see Brethren & Sisters that were not present to obtain the balance on oils & paints; Sisters Julia Gardner Anna E Gill & Martha Eastman was appointed a Com of Discipline in the case of Sister Sarah E LASEURE and now comes the subject of church trustees for the year to come. After some consultation on the subject it was moved and __ by acclamation to elect the old board of trustees (viz) John Culbertson John Berfield Benjamin Packer Stephen Eastman & Hugh Y Godfrey. In said election it was understood that they see and consult Brother Culbertson as to giving his obligation for the use of the house of worship that they demand the fulfillment of his contract with this Church as was agreed to on a former occasion or at the time that the trustees deeded him the property. And now the subject of Pastor and salary coming up Eld Barker made some remarks vacated the chair and retired that the church might consult and act in the case.

It was moved and carried that Brother James M Stickney take the chair vacated by the Pastor. After some consultation it is move that we affectionately invite Eld Barker to remain as pastor of this church for the year to come the motion carried by unanimous vote none voting against and a few not voting at all.

Some consultation as to salary but nothing definite done the membership and officers of church wishing to consult with the pastor on that subject it was deferred for the present. It now being late in the afternoon it was moved and carried to adjourn. Brother Wright led in prayer and church adj. Read & approved Mar 3, 1866

James M Stickney, Mod. Pro tem

Robert Robb, clk

Feb 3, 1866 Saturday Baptist Church in Regular Covenant Meeting

Opened in regular form by singing and prayer Pastor Eld Barker in the chair. After usual exercises of such meetings the following business came up - the report of Com to visit and confer with Brother Culbertson in relation to giving a written lease of the church was called for Committee report progress through Brother Eastman report accepted in part and Com continued. The Com in Sister LASEUR report in part Com continued another month. Report was only accepted in part. Com on finance reported a deficiency to pay for oil and paints of forty dollars had been nearly all paid to pay the debt . Report accepted and Com discharged. On motion Elder Wright Dea Eastman & Eld Barker was appointed to raise and pay the balance. Brother William MINER and his wife Sister Mary MINER presented letters of Dis & Rec from the Lafayette church on motion they were received as members of this church.

Letters were granted to Sisters Susanah PARRISH Clare MINER Esther ROBINSON & Brother Frank WILLIAMSON to unite with a new interest at Saxon. Brother Anson J WRIGHT and WIFE asked for letters to go to Saxon also believing that duty called in that direction. Objections being made to granting him letters on account of reports relative to his honesty in deal with his fellow men under existing circumstances it was thought best to appoint a com to examine the report above mentioned. Brth James M Stickney Deacs Eastman & Robb was appointed said com. Church adjourned. Read & approved Mar ? 1866.

John H Stickney, clk protem

Feb 11, 1866 Baptist Church in regular meeting Lords Day morning

Church after sermon came to gather to hear report from Com in relation to Elder Wright's case. Com report that they have inquired in relation to his dealing with his fellow men find that he has failed in some degree to meet his obligations that he has been disappointed getting money due him has paid when he could has been fair in his dealings and so far as he may have failed in his obligations it was for want of means and not from dishonesty if he has erred it is in head and not in heart. Your com do not know of any good and sufficient reason that Eld Wright and wife may not have letters of Dis & Recom. Report accepted and committee discharged. It was moved that Elder WRIGHT and WIFE have letters. Eld Wright requested that the motion be withdrawn. At his request it was withdrawn on motion that the other letters be retained until further orders from this church. Adjourned. Read & approved Mar 3, 1866.

Robert Robb, clk

Mar 3, 1866 Saturday Church in regular business meeting

Most of time spent in Social religious exercises. Some consultation as to best interest of Zion. Eld Estee led the meeting he being present and holding a meeting of days for the special out pouring of Gods Holy Spirit in Toulon. Meeting of an interesting character. Eld Barker Pastor took the chair. Minutes of Jan 6, 1866, Feb 4, 1866 & Feb 11, 1866 read and approved as recorded.Com in case of Sister LASEUR report in her case unfavorable. Report accepted and Com discharged. A motion made that this church withdraw the hand of fellowship. She still persisting in attending balls and violating her covenant obligations with this church the motion carried and hand of fellowship withdrawn from Sister LASEUR. Sung doxology and adjourned.

Robert Robb, clk

Mar 10, 1866 Saturday Baptist Church in a Regular Meeting for Prayer and Conference

Brother Estee lead the meeting Brother Albert BOWERS related how the Lord had led him and expressed a desire for a home in this church it was moved to restore him on relation of his Christian experience. Motion carried unanimously. Mrs Sarah E LASEURE came forward confessed her wanderings asked the church to forgive her and desired the church to restore her to the fellowship and watch care of this church. A motion was made and carried to restore her to full membership with us.

Sister Anna M PROUT was present said she felt as if she would like a home in the church had not a letter of Recommendation would send in a letter soon in view of all the facts it was moved that she be received as a member of this church and when she received a letter of Rec & Dism hand it to clerk of this church. In her exception the vote of exclusion on this record becomes rescinded she being received in to full fellowship with us and that very cordially.

J M Stickney, clk protem

Mar 17, 1866 Saturday Baptist Church in a meeting of conference and prayer

Received the member on relation of Christian experience Brother Eli WILSON to the fellowship of this church. Hattie STOCKNER was received on a relation of Christian experience as a member with us.

Mrs. Kate GEER Mr Stephen MORRING Mrs Sarah MORING & Ruth A WALLING was received as members of this church when baptised. The Church covenanted anew to live for the cause of Christ to bring this church to a proper discipline by the assistance of Gods Grace a good feeling prevailed today.

E P Barker, Pastor Robert Robb, clk

Mar 24, 1866 Saturday Baptist Church in regular conference and prayer meeting

Mr D C WALLING & his wife Sis Nancy E WALLING was received in relation of Christian experience as members with us. Francis STICKNEY & Christenia PETERSON was received as members of this church when baptised. Mrs. Martha A PIERCE was received as a member of this church when baptised; Meetings have been held four weeks; each night had preaching. Eld Estee has led in the meetings and done the preaching thus far; God is at work among his people. Backsliders being restored many being convicted of sin same being converted and brought to Christ three or four forward seeking the Salvation of their souls this afternoon. A solemn precious season to this Church.

E P Barker, Pastor Robert Robb, clk

Mar 25, 1866 Baptist Church Lords day evening

After sermon by Elder Estee the pastor Eld E P Barker gave this church notice that he did not expect to remain as the pastor of this church for the year to come, in accordance with the invitation of this church made Jan 6, 1866. Brother Barker suggested that we invite Eld Estee to remain and preach and labor with us through the present week he called for a rising vote nearly all voting Elder Estee consented to remain the present week to labor in the Lord for this church.

Robert Robb, clk

Mar 31, 1866 Saturday Baptist Church in regular Covenant Meeting

Elder Estee in the chair as moderator of the meeting had a season of prayer. L Avey GEER came forward and related what the lord God had done for him said that he felt like he would like to have a home with us and desired to be restored to a membership with this church. On motion he was cordially received as a member of this church. Sister Nancy HENRY related her Christian experience and desired a home with us Sister Nancy by vote of this church was very cordially received as a member of this church. Sister Martha HENRY presented a letter from Grang Co Antrim Ireland of recommendation to any Baptist church in this country. Sister Martha received by a vote very cordially as a member of this church. At the request of Elder Estee Deacons Packer Eastman Robb and Brother Miner were appointed a committee to confer with Eld Estee relative to his future labors with this church and to advise with him in relation to remaining with us.

Robert Robb, clk

Apr 1, 1866 Lords day morning

Elder Estee did not preach today did talk to the people a few minutes. Dan Carlos LYON related his Christian experience and desired a home in this church, the church being satisfied voted unanimously and cordially to receive him for the Ordinance of Baptism and membership. Calvin ROCKWELL related his Christian experience and desired a home in this church, it was voted cordially and unanimously to receive him for the Ordinance of Baptism and when baptised a member of this church. After some preparation the church repaired to our Jordan to emerse Candidates. Sister Martha A PIERSE came forward and

was baptised. Stephen MORING and Sarah MORING hiw wife came forward and was baptised. Kate GEER and Christina PETERSON her sister came forward and was baptised. Ruth A WOLLING came forward and was baptised. Dan Carlos LYON Calvin ROCKWELL & Francis STICKNEY came forward and was baptised. A short prayer and dismissed with the benediction. Brother Estee was the administrator of the Ordinance the Ordinance was administered in good order with a large concourse of people present quiet orderly and solemn.

Robert Robb, clk

Apr 3, 1866 Tuesday Baptist Church in a meeting of prayer and conference

Hugh STOCKNER came forward and related his Christian experience how the Lord had led him to his conversion and of his desire to have a home with us by a vote of the church he was cordially received as a member of this church when baptised. Andrew GILBREATH came forward and related his christian experience of his conversion and desire to have a home with this church by a vote of this church they cordially received him as member with us when baptised. Owen HARRIS told Gods people of his dealings with him and his wanderings of his __in a christian church for years and came to ask a home with us by a vote of this church he was received cordially on his relation of Christian experience as a member with us. A few came forward for prayer after a season of prayer dismissed. A good feeling prevailed this afternoon.

Robert Robb, clk

Apr 5, 1866 Thursday Baptist church in a meeting of conference and prayer

Anna BEERS and Maggie GREER came forward and related their Christian experience and desired a home in this church by a vote of this church they were very cordially received as members with us when baptised. After a season of prayer the church adjourned.

Robert Robb, clk

Apr 7, 1866 Saturday Baptist Church in Covenant Meeting

Henry WALTON came forward and related his christian experience and desired a home with us - by a vote of this church he was cordially received as a member of this church when he is baptised. After usual exercises of a Covenant meeting the church adjourned with a request for all the old members that was here at the time of the difficulties with Elder BRINKERHOFF and the difficulties that grew out of them to remain for a consultation and action if necessary relative to a matter of interest to this church and them.

Robert Robb, clk

Apr 7, 1866 Saturday

At a meeting of the older members of this church called this afternoon the following action was had relative to old difficulties of this church viz. We the members of the Baptist Church of Christ in Toulon during the painful trial in the case of Br Brinkerhoff having prayerfully reviewed our course of conduct on either side during that trial would here record our most humble acknowledgment for our wrongs to the reproach brot on Zion by our conduct.

1st We the majority in failing to follow the Gospel rule laid down in the 18 Chapter of Matthew requiring us to go tell our Brother their faults between ourselves alone if failing to win our Broth to take one or two more and only to bring the matter public as a last resort (Now see Mathew) we gave occasion to the aggrieved to suppose that we meant to force their submission in the Spirit of revenge & retaliation or cast them out of the church.

2d By making it a public offence we opened the door for the venting of those bitter & angry feelings that broke forth openly on either side in crimination & recrimination that has disgraced our Zion so dishonored the gospel of __ & good will to all.

3d The above wrongs on our part furnished our lame apology for neglecting the apostolic rule to labor to restore one agrieved though erring Brother or Sister in the spirit of meekness considering ourselves lest we also be tempted.

4th We the aggrieved but now restored members now see & mourn our failure to follow Christs rule to leave our gift at the altar & go be reconciled to our Brother. We see that the wrong of neglect of others gave us no right to go forth to the world to vilify & disgrace even our erring Mother the church.

5th Lastly we unitedly mourn & lament that we have sought aid & comfort from those without there by giving the ungodly occasion to blaspheme and ___ religion & we have pledged ourselves to bury the past to forget & forgive as we hope to be forgiven & that __ future by the grace of God prove how much we owe & how much we love. That the world may know that we are mutually ready to right wrongs that we may enjoy the right we request that this one humble acknowledgment may be read from the desk and a copy furnished each of the excluded but unrestored members connected with that unhappy trial also that it be entered on their cards of this church. By a unanimous vote of those connected with that unhappy trial in Covenant meeting Apr 7, AD 1866 By order of the Church. (Along side of page: "Read at Communion season Apr 8, 1866, Recorded Apr 11, 1866")

Robert Robb, clk

Apr 8, 1866 Lords day morning Baptist Church at ten oclock appointment

Had a prayer meeting then went to our Jordan to administer the Ordinance of Baptism. Sister Anna BEERS Maggie A GREER, Broth Henry WOTTAN Andrew GILBREATH and Hugh STOCKNER came forward and was baptised.

Apr 8, 1866

At the hour of one oclock the church came to gather Brother Estee gave the new members some instruction relative to their duties. Read the action of yesterday relative to and in relation of our former difficulties that grew out of the difficulty with Eld Brinkerhoff. Read a letter of recommendation and dismission of Brother Julius IVES & Sarah IVES his wife by a vote of this church they were cordially received by letter as members of this church. The church attended the Ordinance of the Supper. Granted Broth Francis STICKNEY a letter of commendation to his Brethren in Chicago, sang an hymn and went - this is a day that will be long remembered by this church. 27 having received the hand of fellowship today and sit at the Supper. Most of them for the first time in life. Broth Estee administered the Ordinance of the Supper the church by a vote gave Broth Estee a very cordial invitation to remain with us as a supply his evangelical labors close tonight has been with us in a protracted effort for six weeks has done all the preaching baptised 14 received by letter restored & by relation 13 in all 27 as the present increase.

Robert Robb, clk

Apr 14, 1866 Saturday Baptist Church in Covenant Meeting

Brother S A Estee is present today has been home this week is present to enter upon a pastorate as requested by this church on last Lords day. The meeting was a profitable one most of the members taking part. No business transacted except to fix times for meetings in the future it was ordered that we have a prayer meeting on Tuesday evening Thursday evening and Covenant meeting at 2 oclock on Saturday next and each Saturday following.

Apr 21, 1866 Saturday in Covenant meeting

A good feeling prevailed. Brother Estee agreed to lecture on next Thursday evening the other meetings for the week to come as last week.

Apr 28, 1866 Saturday in Covenant Meeting

A good feeling prevailed. No business done today. Meetings for week to come as last week.

May 5, 1866 Saturday Church in her regular business meeting

Clerk not present understand no business done had a Covenant meeting - meeting for week to come as last week.

May 12, 1866 Saturday Covenant meeting

A good feeling no business except that it was stated that Brother Estee was requested to go to Chicago to obtain books for the Sabbath School and Brother Willette was requested to see if money to bear his expenses could be secured.

Robert Robb, clk

May 19, 1866 Saturday Church in Covenant meeting

Brother Eld Estee is present has been to Chicago and home this week no business transacted today a good feeling prevailed in the meeting today.

Robert Robb, clk

May 20, 1866 Lords day morning

BROTHER and SISTER WOTTANcalled for letters of dismission and Rec through Brother Packer. The letters granted and clerk directed to write said letters and hand them to Brother Packer.

Robert Robb, clk

Jun 2, 1866 Saturday Baptist Church in Regular Covenant meeting

A good feeling prevailed only fair attending.

June 3, 1866 Lords Day

Church came together and attended the Ordinance of the Supper a good feeling with a good attendance. Sang an hymn and went out.

Jun 17, 1866 Saturday Covenant meeting

Brother Robb called for letters of Rec & Dis for Daniel L & Mary B WRIGHT. Letters granted and church dismissed.

Robert Robb, clk

Jun 25, 1866 Saturday Covenant meeting

Fair attendance and good feeling prevailed, clerk not present at Wyoming.

Jun 30, 1866 Saturday in Covenant meeting

A good feeling with a good attendance. Mrs. Eliza M ROCKWELL related her Christian experience and by a vote of this church was very cordially received on relation as a member of this church. Sister Lottie YOUNG presented a letter and was received by a vote of this Church as a member with us by letter. Brother John Culbertson was present with us today and acknowledged his wanderings and desired to remain with us in Church Covenant. The church by a vote given very cordially to receive him to full fellowship to walk and pray and labor together for the cause of Christ in the future. Some talk in relation to a case of discipline at request of Brother Wright and Sister Gardner the case was deferred til next Saturday. Church dismissed with a benediction.

Eld Estee, Mod Robert Robb, clk

Jul 7, 1866 Saturday Church in Covenant Meeting

Pastor absent is at home this week and not returned a rain storm at the hour of ringing the bell not a large attendance a good feeling in the meeting.

Robert Robb, clk

Jul 14, 1866 Saturday Baptist Church in Covenant Meeting

(Written across the the following is "Expunged by Order of the Church July 1, 1896"--noted below when "expunged" section ends)

Eld Estee in the chair. After a season of prayer the membership had some consultation as to what had been the former practice in cases of Discipline. Brother Wright made the following motion

Resolved as a church in regard the first & second steps of labor when taken agreeable to the 18th chapter of Mathew and the offender notified to appear before the church as sufficient to warrent the church in proceeding to hear the case of the agreement and return their verdict in the case. See left margin (margin says "Elder Estee desired the case of Sister Fuller laid over til next Saturday. Sister Fuller urged trial now.")

Sister Cynthy Stickney stated the case of Sister FULLER as ready to present for discipline. Mr. Miles Fuller was present with our Sister Fuller and desired to remain with his wife to give her any assistance that she may need on her trial. It was moved that he have the privilege to remain the motion carried. Eld Estee requested to be excused to act as the moderator of the meeting and a vote of the church he was not excused and he acted as the moderator of the meeting.

Sister Stickney presented and read the following in Sister FULLERs case.

With a solemn sense of our responsibility as members of the church of Christ we report that being grieved with the course of our Sister Fuller in absenting herself entirely from the prayer and covenant meetings of the church and in turning her back upon the Sacred emblems of the broken body of our Lord and Saviour thereby disregarding his command Do this in Remembrance of me and setting an example of disorderly walk in the marriage ? members of the church we have visited her alone and together and as we believe in the Spirit of Christian affection and solicitude have endeavored to coax ? her back to the path of duty.

But to the great grief of our hearts have failed. She disregarding our affectionate entreaties and attributing impure motives to our endeavors for the good of her Soul and the Savior of the Church of Christ. In connection we would say that we regard her excuses as the triumph of the enemy over her Soul while neglecting the means that God has appointed for and Spiritual Strength and growth in grace. Her case we hereby submit to the Brethren & Sisters with the earnest prayer that our Heavenly Father who watches over his children will bless our Sister with a sense of her responsibilities as a member of the church of Christ __feel that it behooves us as a church to confess to her that we have neglected her in years gone by. Had we have done our duty she might today have been the ___ in the army of Jesus instead of deficiently claiming the ___ stand ___ from her Brethren and Sisters against all their entreaties.

C H Stickney

Mary M Willett

E B Culbertson

In connection with the above Sister Stickney handed some explanation of her visits and how he ___ in those visits. This communication is filed with the clerk for future reference. After said report other Brethren and Sisters stated visits made to Sister Fuller at various times. She did not make any defense in the case. In view of the above facts Brother Miner moved that this church withdraw the hand of Fellowship from Sister Fuller - Motion was seconded by Broth Gardner. The motion was put and a majority called to withdraw the hand of fellowship.

It was late in the afternoon and on motion church adjourned after prayer by pastor.

Eld. Estee, Mod. Robert Robb, clk

(Above about Sister FULLER marked "Expunged by order of the Church July 1, 1896")

Jul 21, 1866 Saturday Covenant Meeting

After some covenant exercises it was moved that the clerk of this church deliver those letters called for and granted at the meeting of Feb 3, 1866 and ordered to be retained at the meeting Feb 11, 1866. The motion carried after discussion the church was called together to make some arrangements for the sexton of this church. The motion was made and carried that Brother Walling take the care of this church house at the rate of 75 dollars per year __ all risks of all extra meetings of this church the motion was modified that Sisters of this church may keep the house for a time and use so much of the collection as may not be needed for oil to pay a debt due Harrington and get carpet chain for carpet for the church. Church adjourned.

Robert Robb, clk

Jul 28, 1866 Saturday Baptist Church in Covenant Meeting

After usual exercises of such meetings the following action was had.

Whereas regarding the Scriptural admonition to be of one mind Therefore, Resolved that we as members of the Baptist Church cordially acquiese in the decisions of a majority of the church in all cases. On the above nearly all voted, none voting against it. It was moved to adjourn after prayer by Pastor the church adjourned.

(Along margin: "All voted but 2 none against it. Amended Aug 4, 1866")

Robert Robb, clk

Aug 4, 1866 Saturday Baptist Church in Regular Covenant meeting

After usual exercises of such meetings preparatory to our Communion Season the records of the church called for and read the records from Mar 3, 1866 read and approved as now recorded. Eld Estee Eld Stickney Elder Barker Deacs Eastman Packer Robb & Broths Wm Miner and J Ives were appointed as delegates to the association. Elder S A Estee and R Robb appointed to prepare the letter to the association. The church appointed the following Brethren and Sisters as a committee to prepare for the association namely Deacs Eastman Robb & Brother Miner Sisters E B Culbertson Abby Gardner and Sister Sarah Berfield.

Moved to adjourn Motion carried. After prayer church adjourned.

Eld Estee, Mod. Robert Robb, clk

Aug 5, 1866 Baptist Church Lords day

Church attended the Ordinance of the Supper a fair attendance good feeling. Sang an Hymn and went out.

Aug 11, 1866 Saturday Baptist Church in Regular Covenant Meeting

The church received a letter from the Brethren at Saxon requesting our pastor and brethren to sit in council on Wednesday Aug 22, 1866 to consider the expediency of recognizing them as an independent Baptist church of Christ. The church appointed the Pastor Eld S a Estee Eld Barker James M Stickney Deac Robb & Packer and Broths Julius Ives & W M Miner. Said delegates to attend said council. Broth WRIGHT and WIFE took letters to Saxon today by a vote of this church. Church adjourned.

Robert Robb, clk

Aug 17, 1866 Saturday Baptist Church in Regular Covenant meeting

No business done letter to the association read. Few being present did not act on it clerk not present.

Robert Robb

Aug 25, 1866 Baptist Church in Regular Covenant meeting

Letter to the association read and approved.

After the report of our Pastor in relation to Eld BARKER and of his first and 2 steps of labor it was moved and carried that we consider and accept the first and second steps of labor as satisfactory. The charges of Eld S A Estee are as follows:

Causes of grief presented by Eld S A Estee against Eld E P BARKER before the Deacons of the Baptist Church of Toulon Eastman Packer and Robb also before Brother Hyrum Willette present by Mr Barkers request.

First stating before a council & in a private family that I had been guilty of very improper imprudent conduct with a widow in Toulon by the name of Pierce such as frequent visiting kissing so forth & ? (etc?)

2d in representing to council and others that I had forced him to resign his pastoral charge.

3 In publicly charging me that I had driven an entering wedge that would result in the separation of pastor and people at Osceola before said council and others. Two charges made before Brother James Culbertson in the moment of excitement against me by Brother Barker were withdrawn so not considered in the 2 labors.

The above charges were fully conversed by the 2d laborers and by mutual consent the 2 laborers were to report what they deemed as due from Br Barker to Br Estee or what should be satisfactory on both sides.

The report of the 2 laborers called for presented read and is as follows

To all to whom it may concern this is to certify that I E P Barker having become convinced o the wrong that I have inflicted upon my Bro S A Estee & Sister Pierce a wrong that I greatly fear I can never fully repair and yet I feel it my duty and privilege as christian to repair so far as it is in my power.

1st Therefore be it known first that the reports that I have heard against Br S A Estee and Sister Pierce of improper conduct such as kissing so forth and so forth which reports I carried before a council of Brethren sitting at Osceola and to individuals there I now believe were entirely groundless being based on the crude slander of the ungodly and circulated by those whose love for Christ was not sufficient to restrain them from opening their ears to reproaches and venomous lies to crush the christian nor to restrain their unbridled tongues from repeating and giving currency to wicked falsehood I deeply and sincerely regret that __ prejudice allowed me to imitate their example and take up and give currency to their base slanders which I now see and feel with remorse that I can never fully repair the wrong; Therefore I ask God and my Br Estee to forgive me and the Brethren before whom I have circulated the above reports to aid me in repairing the wrong as far as in their powers.

2. I also greatly fear that my prejudice and resting under a false impression has led me to do Br Estee great injustice by conveying the ideas to others in some of my remarks in and out of the church that my Br Estee had forced me to resign my Pastoral charge. I am now convinced that my Broth acted towards me a Brothers part in refusing to have any talk about the matter unless with my full and cordial consent and pledge of cheerful cooperation with him in the church. This pledge of cooperation I publicly gave my brother. I now sincerely regret that the false impression under which I have acted to the great injury of my Brother and also to the injury of Christ and his Church here has led me to disregard my voluntary pledge of cooperation.

3 From the testimony now before me I am fully satisfied that my Brother Estee never designed to represent that he had set or driven the wedge of division that would result in the separation of Pastor & people at Osceola and the giving of my opinion before the council that such was the fact is another great injustice toward my Br as a public evangelist. Whatever may have been his course in other Churches I have no right to allow myself to be prejudiced or act upon individual report nor to judge my Br as guilty til proven such before the church where the wrong was committed nor yet to judge of his course here from flying reports from abroad I would therefore publicly retract the wrong opinion that I expressed before the above said Council in this regard and sincerely request all who may have heard me to aid me in righting this wrong toward Br Estee. I therefore consent that this my heart felt confession be made before the Congregation here and made as public as my wrongs toward my Br Estee & Sister Pearce may obtain.

A copy of the report made by the officer of the Toulon namely S M Eastman Benj Packer & R Robb in connection with H W Willette as 2 laborers on the causes of Grief as presented by our Pastor S A Estee against Br E P Barker by the request of both parties after a full examination of all the facts and evidence in the case, that we the 2 laborers deemed due them and Brother Barker refusing to accept all but the first charge our Brother Estee was compelled to tell it to the church.

Whereupon it was resolved by the Church first the positive refusal of Broth Barker twice to have anything to say to Br Estee privately claiming that our Brother was not a member here and he wanted nothing to do with him fully justified and exonerated Brother Estee from in taking first Steps of Labor & that we hear the report of 2 Laborers that we accept the report and lay it on the table subject to the call of the church.

A true copy of report and proceedings as attested by Robert Robb, clk

After the report was disposed of Broth Estee made Br Barker this proposition that they each select a judicious Brother and that they select one jointly from abroad and unknown to the case and call them as a council let them hear the case in full and abide their decision. Elder Barker did not accept his proposition.

(The following Expunged by Order of this Church February 1, 1896)

Mrs E S FULLER made the following request for a council to sit on her case of grievances.

To the Baptist Church of Toulon. Believing that the action of the church in withdrawing the hand of fellowship from me was unjust and oppressive to me and that I have done nothing deserving such treatment at your hands and believing that justice to my self demands that I should seek relief from the aspersions cast upon me I submit the following grievances.

First Because the offence of which I am accused is a private offence and the first and 2 Steps of Labor were not taken in accordance with the command of Christ and the custom of the church

Second Because I was not advised of the nature of the charges made against me until they were read by one of the witnesses during the process of the trial and had no opportunity for preparation to meet them

Third Because I was not allowed to speak during the trial nor was any one allowed to speak for me and my husband was grossly insulted by the pastor in the meeting for asking the privilege of speaking for me

Fourth Because the pastor acting as the presiding officer at the meeting improperly acted as prosecutor against me and by partiality and abuse of his position prevents a free expression of the voice of the Church

Fifth Because the members of the church were not permitted freely to vote in my case according to the dictates of conscience but were intimidated by the threat of the pastor that he would preach his farewell sermon and immediately leave unless they would vote to exclude me.

Sixth Because the insinuations and inferences of witnesses were received in evidence against me instead of fact and evidence was received concerning things with which I was not charged

Seventh Because I was not allowed to examine witnesses introduced or to introduce others but was insultingly refused the right to do so by the Pastor acting as presiding officer

Eighth Because the vote by which I was excluded was a divided vote a small portion of the church only and less than a majority of those present voting against me and the Pastor as presiding officer refused when asked by a member to take a rising vote to ascertain the no. voting

Ninth Because of the unkind __ and unchristian treatment I received from the pastor as the presiding officer at the trial in which I was prevented from having a fair and impartial trial

Feeling my self deeply injured and aggrieved by the course taken by the Church in my case and especially by my treatment by the Pastor I respectfully ask you to join me in calling a council to advise with us concerning the case.

Mrs. E S Fuller

After the reading of the above it was referred to the following committee to report on two weeks from today. Committee is Deas Packer Robb and Brethren H W Willette &Wm Miner. Some talk as to Eld Estee relation with this church. Moved and carried that we consider Eld S A Estee under our watch call he having all the privileges as such having voluntary placing himself as such at the time of calling him as the Pastor of this church. Moved and carried to adjourn. Prayer by pastor. Church adjourned.

S A Estee, Mod. Robert Robb, clk

Aug 26, 1866 Lords day

After sermon Church remained and made a collection for minutes for association. Collection $4.00

Moved inasmuch as Elder E P Barker is under the discipline of this church therefore we rescind the vote appointing him delegate to the association and drop his name from that list. Carried unanimously.

Robert Robb, clk

Sep 2, 1866 Saturday

As the association has been in session at this place this week the covenant meeting passed today. The connection of the Sabbath School and the association passed off pleasantly this week in the main.

Robert Robb, clk

Sep 8, 1866 Saturday Baptist Church in Regular Covenant Meeting

S A Estee Mod. Clerk was absent. On motion Br Hyram Willette was appointed clerk pro tem. The report from the committee to which was referred the appeal of our former Sister E FULLER called for a council in her case of exclusion from this church was now called for. The report was presented in writing and a motion was accepted and adopted and is as follows

To the Brethren and Sisters composing the Baptist Church of Toulon your committee to whom was referred the appeal of our former Sister E S Fuller for a call of a council in her case of exclusion from the church would by leave to report as follows

That we as a committee have examined the request and statements for said council and find it a remarkable document in charges against the church and its pastor that in our belief cannot be substantiated and therefore repudiate the same. We as a committee being acquainted with the cause of her exclusion for not walking with the church for a long time and her continual persisting not to walk with the church but maintaining her right to do as she pleased in this respect when admonished and labored with faithfully by the membership of the church to bring her back to duties, Therefore your committee are agreed that such council should not be called and respectfully submit this as their report and ask their discharge.

Done the 8th day of Sep 1866

Dea Benj Packer

Dea Robert Robb

Br Hyrum Willette

Br Wm Miner

Brother Miner now presented an answer to the call for council by Mrs E Fuller which is as follows. Baptist Church, Toulon, Ills

Mrs E S Fuller

Your letter to the church setting forth your reasons for asking for a council was referred to a committee who have reported to the church that they do not perceive reasons to warrant them in recommending a council. The church having withdrawn the hand of fellowship from you because you had first withdrawn your fellowship from the church and while living near; you had withheld for a long time your presence sympathy and cooperation with the church and thus placed yourself in a position in which you neither enjoyed the watch call of the church nor ___ You may have had griefs or had your trials still if such had been the case they had not been presented to the church.

Brethren and sisters of the church have visited you hoping you might be induced to make amends and come forward and take your proper place in the church of God laboring to advance his cause in the various channels of Christian Labor.

The withdrawal of the hand of fellowship is the course ___ by all churches; with those who withdraw their countenance by ceasing to sustain the meetings of the church and absenting themselves from the ordinances and withholding support and sympathy if not reclaimed. The Canton church reported some eighteen of their members as having had the hand of fellowship withdrawn from them for that cause. We still desire as a church your sympathy and cooperation and our prayer is that you may yet feel it to be your duty as well as privilege to take and fill your proper place in the Church of God.

After the reading of the above and some remarks from Bro S W Eastman and Eld Barker the communication was received and adopted by a unanimous vote of the church. Broth S W Eastman moved that a committee of three be appointed by the chair to confer with Mrs. E S Fuller on the subject of rehearing or trial of her case before the church. Said Committee are as follows Dea S W Eastman Wm M Miner and Sister Julia Gardner

(Here ends "Expunged by Order of the Church July 1, 1896")

The Moderator called S W Eastman to the chair and the matter of grief between Br E P Barker and Brother S A Estee was called up by Brother Packer after some remarks and a proposition by Br Estee to leave the matter of trouble to three disinterested Brothers one to be chosen by each party and the third to be agreed on by them jointly.

It was moved and carried that Brother Barker be permitted to make his plea and file it with the clerk to be presented at the meeting on next Saturday for hearing. Motion made and carried to adjourn. Church adjourned.

H W Willette, Cl pro tem

Sep 15, 1866 Saturday Baptist Church in her regular covenant meeting

Opened by prayer Pastor as Moderator. After a season of prayer and conference the report of Committee in the case of our former sister E S FULLER in relation to a new trial or rehearing is called for. Committee is not ready to report. Moved and carried that the committee report 2 week from today; Elder E P Barkers plea in his case is called for said plea had not been filed with the clerk and E P Barker not being present it is moved and carried to lay the matter over til two weeks from today. Brother S A Estee our Pastor stated that he could not remain with us much longer as pastor and requested that the church would write to young Brother Safford of Chicago to be with us on next Sabbath and preach and remain over a Sabbath or two with us with a view of the Pastorate of this church. By a vote of the church Br S A Estee was authorized to write to Brother Smith of Chicago to send him to our place with a view of a pastorate with this church. The Pastor read a letter from the Chillicothe church requesting our Pastor and a few members to sit in council for the Ordination of their Pastor if it is thought expedient. The communication was received and the appointing of delegates laid over til tomorrow. Moved to adjourn motion carried and church dismissed with a benediction of the pastor.

Robert Robb, clk

Sep 16, 1866 Saturday morning

Moved that Eld James M Stickney and Breth John Berfield & Henry Godfrey be appointed to sit in council with the Brethren of Chillicothe Church on Tuesday next to take into consideration the propriety of ordaining Br S E Penick to the Gospel Ministry. The motion carried and the clerk of church is authorized to make a certificate of the fact.

Robert Robb, clk

Sep 22, 1866 Saturday Baptist Church in her regular Covenant meeting

Eld S A Estee is absent Brother Safford being present by invitation of this church, led the meetings. No business transacted today.

Sep 23, 1866 Lords day

Brother Safford is present today and preached this morning and evening and by consent of the church a young peoples meeting on Tuesday evening and the regular Prayer meeting on Wednesday evening of this week.

Robert Robb, clk

Sep 30, 1866 Saturday Baptist Church in her regular covenant meeting

Pastor S A Estee moderator a season of prayer. Records of the church called for and read from Aug 4th to Lords day morning Sep 16, 1866. After reading by a vote was adopted as now recorded. A call for Elder BARKERS plea in his case called for and by his request was read by Lucius Miner, the church consenting for him to do so. Said plea in his case reads as follows-

In answer to the charges preferred against me by Eld S A Estee I plead To the first charge I plead not guilty as I deny charging guilt but may have said imprudent situated as the parties were in speaking gossip or reports I cannot reply to the and so forth and so forth in the charge. I demand that proof be made of my language before the council and what called the subject out that the things spoken of were not true improper or imprudent.

To the 2 charge I plead not guilty as I deny using the word forced in the manner charged and demand the proof not only that I used the word forced but that the matter complained of is not the truth in fact.

To the third charge I plead not guilty as I have no knowledge of saying that Eld S A Estee had driven an entering wedge that would result in the separation of pastor and people at Osceola and demand the proof of the charge and proof also that it is not true in fact passing by the figure of speech in the charge.

And on all the charges if my statement or testimony was the truth then I expect to be held not guilty. But if my testimony or statements were false then I expect to be found guilty and now with the following explanations disclaimers & so forth I present myself for and am ready for trial in Feb.

Last after consultation with Brethren & Sisters it was thought best to secure aid in conducting a series of meetings in the Baptist Church and to that end I went to Osceola having learned that Br S A Estee was holding meeting there and found him at Neponset and made my request known to him. He consented to come to Toulon I made known the result of visit to the church and preparation was made for the meeting. Br Estee came at time appointed and commenced his labors which soon seemed to be blessed in renewing the spiritual life of the church and soon it was apparent in the congregation that the truth was having an encouraging effect in the awakenings of sinners.

Br Estee stated in his sermon soon after commencing his labors that the council called to consider his call to the ministry with the view to his ordination if thought best recommend his ordination as an evangelist and not as pastor that his Brethren where he had labored had agreed with him in thinking that he was not adapted to the pastorate and thus he had labored as an evangelist after leaving the pastorate at Belvidier Ills under his own convictions of duty and the advice of his brethren there and elsewhere. The meetings continued in the church and congregation with increasing interest about four weeks when Brother Estee stated that he should not continue his labors unless I resigned the Pastorate and also stated the time at which it must be done.

I took the matter under consideration in order to learn my duty to God the cause of Christ and the interest of the church and inquiring Souls. Just at time and in view of the ___ interests involved I had not fully decided how to act at the time set for my resignation. Again my resignation was urged by Br Estee who afterward stated that he would leave directly unless I resigned. Thus should I fail to resign and Br Estee should leave who would answer for inquiring Souls that might then be led to go back and perhaps be for ever lost. Who would answer for the consequences of my resignation in the midst of a revival leaving the church in the most critical period through which a church is called to labor. I felt the great responsibility of choosing between the two positions before me.

I finally concluded that my resignation and the sacrifice thus made would serve the cause of Christ better than that Br Estee should leave and here I would say that I greatly fear that I greatly erred in resigning. Br Estee directly accepted the pastorate of the church and I gave the church my cooperation when not laboring elsewhere.

On the 7 of last August being invited to attend a council at Osceola and on the 18th of August Br Estee came to my house with Br James Culbertson and said among other things while sitting in his buggy that he had griefs with me and wished me to come to Toulon and meet him and the deacons as his griefs were for public offenses.

On the 19th Sabbath after sermon while I was preparing for Sabbath School Br Estee I think twice asked to have conversation immediately with me which under the circumstances I could not he having as I thought asked the interview in a dictatorial spirit.

After Sabbath I met Br Estee & Brethren Robb Eastman Packer & Willette when Brother Estee presented the charges against me. To the first I never charged guilt neither does guilt appear even allowing the expressed part of the charge to be true.

To the 2 charge I reply that I have no recollection of using the word forced either in the council or elsewhere but narrated the circumstances substantially as above and most respectfully decline to answer for the use of a word that others may have used in speaking of the matter.

To the 3 charge I reply that I have no knowledge of either publicly or privately charging him with entering a wedge that would separate pastor and people at Osceola only as Br Estee had stated to me and others that there was a wedge entered which would separate pastor & people at Osceola and that he would assist me in filling the vacancy in the pastorate there when it should occur which last part he has acknowledged here before the church.

I disclaim

I disclaim first the right of the church to receive the charges of Brother Estee without the first steps of labor being taken Math 18 #15 to 18th. It was not taken because he was so dictatorial in the demand both in time and place. I disclaim the action of the church for the reason that the 2 laborers had no proofs before them to sustain the charges preferred by Eld Estee before they presented it to the church.

I disclaim the right of the church to give Eld Estee the privilege of a member of this church without connection or membership. I disclaim the right of the church to entertain a charge against me so indefinite as the first charge charging certain things and closing with etc etc to which is impossible to reply and further that the charge should not be or appear before the church. Br Estee and Sister Pierce having been previously acknowledged and _____.

I disclaim the right of Br Estee to charge me as criminal in which was said in council unless he will give my language.

I disclaim the charge that I said Br Estee did force me to resign but I claim the right to narrate the circumstances that he Estee had made for me either to resign or he would leave. I am not criminal in the language used by others.

I disclaim further using the language in the third charge of Br Estee in reference to the Osceola church and Pastor but that such language was used by Br Estee may be true.

E B Barker

Appendix

First I reply that what was said in council was said in reply to questions put to me concerning reports about Eld S A Estee in Toulon.

2 - I object to charges being entertained against me by the deacons of the church without competent and sufficient testimony according to1st Timothy 5 and 19 against an elder ___not an accusation except before two or three witnesses - Br Estee having presented his charges against me before his friends before the deacons or 2 laborers and before the church and now they bring with the reports of the Deacons or 2 laborers with the action of the church thereon placed on record in the book of the church and my ___ christian and ministerial character having been thus arraigned I disclaim any right of Eld Estee the deacons or 2 laborers or the church to take any action __ or make any charges on account of their own acts or error (if any) heretofore taken or made but ___ to investigate the matter.

E P Barker

The reading of the above and it was received. Eld S A Estee said he would answer at the first opportunity was not prepared to answer it today.

(Following - marked Expunged by order of the church Feb 1, 1896)

The report of the committee in the case of Mrs E S FULLER was called for in relation to a rehearing in her case. The committee not ready to report and time is granted them. Mrs E S Fuller sent in the following notice and report in her case which was read and received by the church. Her letter reads as follows-

Toulon, Ills Sep 29, 1866

To the Baptist Church of Toulon

Your committee appointed to confer with concerning a hearing of the case of the charges against me having failed to visit me in the character of a committee and the matter been now long delayed I now give notice that a council will be called to meet here at Toulon in this cause if it can be obtained for that purpose and if not at some convenient place in town on the 28 day of Jan next to investigate the causes of conflict specified in my request for a council heretofore presented to you and also false reports that have been put in circulation by your pastor and some of the members to prejudice the minds of members and other against me.

In taking this step I am ___ by no desire for retaliation or to cause further strife or division in the church already there been too much betterness engendered the prejudices and passions are already too much excited and I would knowingly do no act that would tend to increase the prejudices the passions or the bitterness already enkindled. I do not desire any further difficulty with the church or its pastor. I have endeavored in every way without sacrificing all my rights to avoid this difficulty and I think my accusor will do me the justice to say that I have not sought it . In order to avoid any further trouble and allay bitterness and ill feeling I will make the following proposition which if met in the spirit in which it is offered will settle all trouble so far as I am concerned. I make this with the more confidence from the fact that whatever your opinion of my conduct may be you yourselves have been in the wrong few if any of you will say that the treatment I have received was dictated by Christian Charity. My proposition is this let the church rescind and consider the vote excluding me from the church and give me a letter to another church.

With this I will be satisfied and will withdraw my appeal for a council and though this cannot take away the sting of many of the thrusts I have received yet it will be an act of justice which the church owes to herself as well as to me. In case the church should refuse to accept the above proposition then I earnestly hope they may still unite with me in getting a full and fair investigation before a good unbiased tribunal and with that I will be satisfied.

Mrs E S Fuller

After the reading of the above it was moved and carried that we cannot grant her request to reconsider or rescind the vote excluding her from this church and give her a letter of dismission, it being out of order and inconsistent with Gospel of Christ and Baptist usage. Voted to dismiss the committee in her case, the above report superseding the necessity of a report from said committee. Adjourned.

Robert Robb, clk

(All the above Expunged by order of the Church Feb 1, 1896)

Oct 6, 1866 Saturday Baptist Church in her regular Covenant meeting

Our pastor in the chair. After season of prayer it was suggested that this church take some action as to solution to calling Br Safford as a supply. Voted to ballot for him in the call. On motion proceeded to ballot to call him as a supply for six months. On counting ballots it is thought best not to urge the matter today.

It was understood there was a remonstrance against Eld S A Estee having a letter of commendation from this church. It was called for by the church was presented read and is as follows:

Toulon Sep 6, 1866

Eld S A ESTEE having presented charges against Eld BARKER a member of this church which charges affect his moral christian & ministerial character and an on a day appointed by the church for hearing of the cause assuming to act as Moderator while being the accuser and when the case was called Sep 30 and after Eld Barkers plea was read and trial demanded the said Estee refused to proceed to undertake to prove the charges he had placed and now wishing the Baptist Church in Toulon to give him a letter of dismission and recommendation I do most solemnly protest against it in any form for he refused to attempt to prove said charges on the day set for trial and he stands as a false accuser before this church and should not be allowed to exercise his ministerial calling.

William Miner

By a vote of the church it was received and placed in the hands of the clerk of this church whereupon the following action was had

Whereas the time had come in history of this church that we need council and advice therefore be it resolved that this church call a council of five as Judicious Pastors as can be found in the denomination and that we call said council at the earliest practical period. The motion carried almost unanimously nearly all voting for it and none against it.

Voted that Deas Eastman Packer Robb and Br Berfield be a nominating committee for said council and present the names tomorrow for the action of this church.

Br S A Estee made the following answer to Eld Barkers plea of last week and is as follows:

Toulon Oct 6, 1866

To the Brethren and Sisters of the Toulon Bapt Ch

I have endeavored carefully and prayerfully to review the reply to my causes of grief preferred to file by Br E P BARKER with you. To bandy epithets or charge a Br with a long list of misrepresentations and falsehood is most painfully repugnant to every noble and generous sentiment inspired by the Gospel of Christ. I dare not trust my frail nature to answer to that reply in detail but appeal to the 2 laborers to confessions and testimony of Eld Barker for them as giving a full and complete refutation to the entire catalogue in conflict with their report when demanded by the church I hold myself ready to present the evidence and confessions on which my brethren the 2 laborers base their evidence.

Respectfully your servant S A ESTEE

Brother Calvin ROCKWELL being about to move to Iowa it was moved and carried that Br Calvin have a letter of dismissal. Moved and carried to adjourn. Carried.

Robert Robb, clk

Oct 7, 1866 Lords day Communion season

Sung an hymn and then the church came to gather to hear the report of the committee on the nominations for a council. The committee reported as follows. Your committee on nominations beg leave to report Eld Calver of Chicago Joslin of Elgin F R Cressey of Plainfield Gilbert of Mendota and Clark of Galesburg. The church accepted and adopted the report unanimously nearly all voting for it and none against the motion. Voted that the council be called on the fourth Wednesday or Wednesday Oct 24, 1866 at the hour of ten oclock am. Church adjourned.

Oct 13, 1866 Saturday Church in Regular Covenant Meeting

Pastor absent clerk not present. No business transacted today.

Oct 14, 1866 Lords Day evening

Church came to gather and reported that Joslin of Elgin could not attend the council and S T Holt was made his alternate. No word from Colver and Cressey Smith of Chicago was appointed as alternate to Colver and I Fargo of Lamoil in place of Cressey. Voted that the church give Eld E P Barker and S A Estee official notice of the pending council in their case. Church adjourned.

Robert Robb, clk

Oct 20, 1866 Saturday Covenant Meeting

Pastor at the Gen association. Minutes read and approved to this date. No business transacted. Some conversation as to the coming council a good feeling. After prayer the church adjourned.

Robert Robb, clk

Oct 27, 1866 Saturday Covenant Meeting

After the usual exercises of such meetings the matter of the request of Mrs E S Fuller for use of this house to hold a council in came up. When after some discussion on motion it was agreed to defer action til after service tomorrow on account of smallness of nos. present today.

John Berfield, clk pro tem

Oct 24, 1866 Wednesday

According to invitation of this church the council called by vote of church Oct 6, 7 & 14 of this month the following Brethren met as councillors to hear and advise us in the difficulty between Eld S A Estee Eld E P Barker and this church. Brethren present to sit with us Nathaniel Colver of Chicago S B Gilbert of Mendota, W ? Clark of Galesburg Timothy B Cressey of Plainfield Isaac Tary of Lamoil S T Holt of Rockford. After a season of prayer and some consultation with the church and consent of all parties Doct Colver was chosen Moderator of the council and S T Holt chosen clerk. Proceeded to a careful investigation of all the facts presented the church and all parties having full liberty to draw out all facts that had any bearing on any point in the case. After mature investigation the council retired to Brother Willette house. After three hours again met with this church and gave them the following as their opinion and council in the case.

To the Baptist Church at Toulon

Dear Brethren: Having given careful consideration of the matters of difference which you submitted to us, and the evidence which was before us, we affectionately return to you the following as our opinion and paternal advise

1st There is scarcely any vice more prevalent, and few more __, than calumny, and the originating and circulation of scandal affecting the character and the expectation of others, - and of all forms which this vice assumes there is none more fatally injurious and irreparable and hence none more wicked than that which casts suspicion on the virtue of woman or assails the character of a minister of the Gospel either with regard to his innocence or prudence in his conduct toward the ladies of his congregation, we therefore not only fully exonerate from blame but also express our heartfelt sympathy with our Brother and Sister who have suffered gross wrong in this respect. And while satisfied that Br Barker did not originate nor malignantly circulate this scandal yet by repeating it without any evidence of it truth he did a wrong which is only relieved by the full and frank confession he has made.

2d While we would not impugn the honesty of intention of the several parties in the removal of Br Barker from the pastorate of the Toulon church yet in view of the peculiar relation of evangelists to the pastors and churches with whom they labor and the liability of that relation to abuse in the unsettling of pastors; we think the brethren of the church innocently erred in attending to secure the removal of Br Barker at the time and under the circumstances they did and that Br Estee with his long experience and full knowledge in regard to such cases, more reprehensibly erred in yielding to their solicitations, and entertaining even for a moment the plan suggested to him for that purpose. That Br Barker though having some cause of grief at first yet after having fully assented to this arrangement should for the peace of the church and for the sake of the cause have quietly held to the agreement he had made; and that the influence of other persons (chiefly outside the church) mischievously asserted to awaken discontent in Br Barkers mind and to disturb the harmony of the church deserves the severest censure.

3d We find no proof whatever that Br Estee improperly interfered in the difficulties between pastor and people in the church at Osceola and we think Br Barker quite in the wrong in the statements made in regard to that transaction

We therefore recommend and advise

1st That all the several parties should acknowledge frankly and as far as possible repair their respective charges as herein specified and that an expressed public assent to, and acceptance of, this conclusions and Council by said parties should be regarded as such acknowledgement and reparation.

2nd That both Br Estee & Br Barker should as soon as practicable withdraw from connection with the pastoral care of this church and henceforth in their respective fields and methods of labor devote themselves with renewed energy to the work of the ministry carrying with them the assurance of continued confidence and christian love.

We further recommend that this advice should be entered upon the records of the church and not otherwise published and that each of the members should strive to banish all unpleasant recollections of the whole controversy from their minds and hearts.

Signed by Nathaniel Colver Chairman

S B Gilbert

W D Clark

Timothy B Cressey

Isaac Fargo

S F Holt Clerk

And now the church and all parties being present the question came up in the following form; Brother Estee do you accept this as a final settlement of these difficulties. His answer is that it is not quite what he did expect but as a finale I do accept this council and advice with all my heart which was satisfactory.

And now Br Barker do you accept the council and advice as a final settlement. After some remarks and time to reflect he said by the grace of God assisting me I do accept this council and advice as a settlement of the difficulties.

Now the Moderator presented the same question to the church and after a few remarks from Brethren the church by a vote did accept this as a settlement of our difficulties. The vote being cordial and unanimous and now the church and council adjourn after a protracted session all parties seeming pleased as to the results attained.

Robert Robb, clk

Oct 28, 1866 Sunday

After morning services the church came to gather to act on the request of Mrs E S FULLER for the use of this house to hold her council in on the 8 of Nov next by a vote the request was granted Mrs. E S Fuller. Adjourned.

Robert Robb, clk

Nov 3, 1866 Saturday Church in Regular Covenant meeting

Eld Estee in the chair. Moved and carried that as our Sister Fanny M CHASE joined the church known as United Brethren therefore we withdraw the hand of fellowship from her. Sister Carry COWPERTHWAITE having joined the Methodist Episcopal church it was moved as correct to withdraw the hand of fellowship from her.

The deacons of this church and John Berfield was appointed to revise the record of names on the church book and report such as ought to dropped from this record.

B Estee being about to leave us the clerk presented the skeleton of a letter of Commendation to other churches. Berfield and Willette was appointed to assist the clerk to prepare or revise said letter and present it tomorrow.

Nov 4, 1866 Sunday

After usual morning service the church came to gather to pass upon a letter of commendation for Eld S A Estee. This is Br S A Estees last day with us as Pastor he preached at night.

Robert Robb, clk

Nov --- Sabbath

Church granted our Sister Abby GARDNER a letter of recommendation and dismission to the Galva Church.

Dec 1, 1866 Saturday Church in her Regular Covenant Meeting

Preparatory to our communion season Brother Brown is present to administer the Ordinance of the Supper tomorrow.

Dec 2, 1866 Lords Day

Br Brown preached and the church then came to gather attended the Ordnance of the Supper sang an hymn and went out.

Robert Robb, clk





Jan 5, 1867 Saturday

Baptist Church in her regular annual meeting for the election of officers for the year to come. After singing and prayer proceeded to the elections of five trustees. It was moved that this church elect the old Board namely John Culbertson John Berfield Benjamin Packer S W Eastman & H Y Godfrey. The motion carried unanimously. A letter read from Br Safford informing this church that he could not be had as a supply to preach for us.

Motion made that Brs Packer Willett & Robb be a pulpit committee to correspond with ministers with a view of the pastorate of this church. The motion carried.

Br Hyrum Willette was elected treasurer of this church by vote.

Moved and carried that Brs Packer Willette and Robb circulate a subscription for the Pastors salary for the year to come to be paid each quarter in advance, first quarter to be paid the first of April next; Br Poley Chase John M Stickney & Hyrum Willett a Com in the case of Hugh Stockner. A letter read from Br S A Estee. Church adjourned.

Robert Robb, clk

Feb 2, 1867, Saturday, Toulon Baptist Church in Covenant Meeting

After the usual exercises of covenant meeting the following business was transacted. Brother Richardson in chair.

Brother Robb having resigned as clerk of the church, J H Stickney was unanimously elected to fill his place.

The committee in the case of Brother HUGH STOCKNER was then called upon to report which report not being sufficiently satisfactory to enable the church to decide as to what was right in his case. The committee with the addition of Sis Pierce was continued until another meeting with instructions to notify him to appear at the next meeting March 2nd to answer the charges of drunkenness and profanity preferred against him for himself.

The case of Sis ELIZA BEERS who was charged with fornication then came up. After some discussion it was moved that the hand of fellowship be withdrawn from her which motion was carried.

A letter of Dismission and Recommendation was then granted to Brother Francis W Stickney. After ___ adjourned.

J H Stickney, clk

Mar 2, 1867 Toulon Baptist Church in Regular Business meeting

After singing and prayer Brother Richardson was chosen chairman and the Church proceeded to transact the following business. The minutes of the two previous meetings Jan 5 and Feb 2 were read and approved after the following amendment being made to the minutes of the meeting. January 5 viz. that where a committee was appointed in the case of Brother HUGH STOCKNER the charges which were drunkenness and profanity be inserted.

Letter of dismission and recommendation were then granted to BROTHER ROBB and DAUGHTER to unite with the Baptist Church of Neponset.

After which it was moved and seconded that a letter of Dismission and Recommendation be granted to SISTER ROBB. A remonstrance from Sister Willette against the granting of Sister Robb a letter on account of difficulty existing between them was read by Brother Willette. After which it was voted that the motion to grant her a letter be laid on the table until future action with the hope that the difficulty might be adjusted.

A request for letter of dismission for Brother BARKER and WIFE was then read, when it was moved and seconded that such letters be granted them. Motion carried.

A letter of Dismission and recommendation was granted to Brother CHASE, Also to Brother WALLER and WIFE who wish to unite with a Baptist Church in Iowa.

The committee in the case of Brother HUGH STOCKNER then reported as follows. That they had presented him with a copy of the charges which were drunkenness and profanity which made against him and also at the same time kindly requesting him to be present at the next meeting March 2nd when the case would be brought up to answer said charges for himself. And further that they could ___ no evidence from him that he desired or wished to make confession and continue his walk with the church. After which in consequence of the above named charges it was unanimously voted that the hand of fellowship be withdrawn from him. Witnesses as to the correctness of the charges. Hiram Willette A Y Dyer A F and J H Stickney.

Brother CLARK ? requested a letter of Dismission. After some discussion it was voted to lay the request on the table until future action. Adjourned.

J H Stickney, clk

Mar 17?, 1867 Lords Day

After morning services the Church was requested to tarry a few minutes to transact some business - which consisted in the appointment of a committee to examine the correspondence between Brother Culbertson and Elder Estee pertaining to a promise which Brother Culbertson had made to Elder Estee. - That when certain repairs had been made he (Brother Culbertson) would deed the church building to the Church. Said committee consisting of Brothers Willette Berfield and Deacon Padros? (Packer?)

J H Stickney, clk

Mar ? 1867 Regular Covenant Meeting

After the usual exercises of this meeting which were quite lengthy and interesting the following business was transacted. Deacon Eastman in Chair. It was moved and seconded that we continue to keep Brother NAYLOR as our supply for an indefinite time.

Motion lost by a unanimous vote. The committee to examine the correspondence between Brother Culbertson and Elder Estee pertaining to the church building was called upon to report - which was as follows.

That they had examined the correspondence and finding it to be a personal matter concluded that they had no business with it. Report was accepted and committee discharged.

A letter of Dismission and recommendation was then granted to Sister ELIZA DYER to unite with the Layprairie Baptist Church. After which letters of Dismission and Recommendation were granted to Brother WILSON and WIFE as soon as all back dues on a salary is paid, they being about to remove to another part of the country.

It was then moved and seconded that Brother Berfield be one of the Pulpit Committee to fill the place of Brother Robb who has moved away. Motion carried unanimously. A communication from the Neponset Church respecting or making inquiries in regard to the christian character of Sister ROBB was then read. And the reply of the Clerk in reference to it was approved by vote of the church. After which it was moved and seconded that the motion to grant her a letter which was made at a previous meeting March 2nd remain where it was __ on the table until future action should be taken with the hope that by some means the difficulty might be settled. Adjourned. Approved July 6th.

J H Stickney, clk

May 4, 1867 Regular business meeting

Weather stormy. But few present. After a season of prayer and conference, Adj.

J H Stickney, clk

May 18, 1867 Sabbath morning after service

The Church was requested to remain a few minutes when the following business was transacted. Elder DODGE who had been visiting with us for a week or more was invited by unanimous vote to remain with us as a supply for an indefinite time with the view of obtaining his services among us as a pastor. Adj.

J H Stickney, clk

May 29, 1867 Wednesday evening

After the services of Prayer meeting Eld J M Stickney was appointed a delegate to attend the Annual Anniversary of the several Religious societies convening in Chicago May 22nd and 30th inclusive.

J H Stickney, clk

Jun 1, 1867 Regular Covenant Meeting

Weather stormy and but few present. After the usual exercies of the meeting, adj.

J H Stickney, clk

Jun 2, 1867

After morning services the Church was requested to remain a few minutes when the following business was transacted. It was moved and seconded that we employ Eld DODGE as our pastor for an indefinite time at the rate of Eight hundred dollars a year with the understanding that if at any time we should become dissatisfied with him and wish his labors no longer, we should give him three months notice. Or if he with us he should adhere to the same giving us three months notice. Motion carried with but three opposing votes namely Mr Thomas Mr Walling Mrs Pierce. Adj. Approved July 31, 1867. J H Stickney, clk

Jul 6, 1867 Regular Business Meeting

Eld Dodge in chair. __ little time was taken up in covenant exercises after which the following business was transacted.

The back minutes up to June were read and approved.

After which by vote of the church the Clerk was instructed to correspond with the Clerk of the Baptist Church in Neponset to ascertain whether Sister ROBB had been received as a member there without a letter. A communication from the Baptist Council of Wyoming requesting us to send our Pastor and other Brethren to sit in council with them for the purpose if necessary of recognizing them as a Regular Baptist Church was then read. Brothers H Y Godfrey, W M Miner, Deacon Eastman and J H Stickney were appointed as delegates to the Council.

Deacon Robb one of the Com to revise the Church Records having moved away Brother H Y Godfrey was appointed in his place.

J H Stickney was also appointed as an addition to the Com.

After which Brother WALLING requested a letter of dismission for himself WIFE and DAUGHTER they being about to change their residence to another state which by vote of the church were granted. Adj.

J H Stickney, clk

Jul 21, 1867 Lords Day

After morning service the Church was requested to tarry a few minutes when the following business was transacted.

Letters of dismission and recommendation were granted to Sister CONOVER, Sister WILSON and her DAUGHTER MATTIE WILSON and Eld J M STICKNEY for the purpose of uniting with the Baptist Church forming in Wyoming.

J H Stickney, clk

Aug 3, 1867 The Baptist Church in Regular Covenant Meeting

Pastor in chair. After the usual exercises of this meeting the following business was transacted.

Brothers Willett and J H Stickney were appointed to write the letter to the association. Our Pastor, Deacon Packer and Eastman and Brothers H Y Godfrey and J H Stickney were then appointed delegates to the Association with power to add to the number such other members __ attend the association. Adj. Approved Aug 21.

J H Stickney, chr

Aug 10, 1867 Special Meetring of the Toulon Baptist Church for Business

Pastor Eld. Dodge in chair.

After prayer the Committee to revise the Church Records was called on to report which was as follows

That after carefully examining the same they have submitted a list of names (90 in number) as members of the Baptist Church in good standing in Church until they also submitted another list 12 in number for the consideration of the church and to be disposed of as they should think best.

___the following names of members on the latter list which are at present unknown to us, and who have joined other churches were dropped.

JOHN BELCHER Unknown

MARY ANN BELCHER "

PERMELIA DRAY "

WILLIAM MILLER "

E R BOARDMAN Member of the Baptist Ch at Osceola

JANE E WOODWARD " " "

JUDSON PATTERSON Unknown

The name of Sister ROBB coming up at this point. The Clerk was instructed to report his correspondence between him and the Neponset Church where she resides which was to the effect that they deciding that she had done everything on her part in reference to the settling of the difficulty existing between her and the sister here necessary to the maintaining of a christian character was on the relating of her christian experience received her as a member of that church May 4, 1867. On motion her name was dropped with the __ that she be disfellowshipped from this church until the difficulty pending when she left be settled.

On motion the following names of members residing at long distance as not to be in the bounds of this church and whose standing isn't known were referred to a Committee of discipline to ascertain what their standing might be.

M B SWEET Galva

AURELIA HARRIS Kewanee

----HARRIS Kewanee

LUCY OZIAH Neponset

KATHERINE SWANK West Jersey

J C STREET? Neponset

SIS. ELI. WILSON Iowa

SARAH E LASURE Iowa

ELI. WILSON Iowa

DON A LYON Iowa

The committee on discipline were instructed to inquire of Brother and Sister Wilson concerning certain charges of dishonesty made against them. Committee of discipline as appointed by the church Brothers H Y Godfrey and Hiram Willett and Sister Rockwell. The resignation of Deacon Packer then came up. After some discussion it was voted to lay it on the table until the next business meeting. Adj.

J H Stickney, clk

Aug 18, 1867 Sunday

After morning service the Church was requested to tarry a short time to hear the reading of the letter to the Association which adopted by vote of the Church. A letter of dismission and recommendation was then granted to Sister JULIA G----?(Gardner?) to unite with the Baptist Church of Galva, Ills. Adj.

J H Stickney, clk

Aug 21, 1867 Regular Business Meeting

Meeting opened by prayer by Eld Dodge. Eld ? ? DODBY ? presented a letter of Dis from the First Bap Church of Hannibal, MO - dismiss himself and WIFE. And on the reading they were received into full membership with us. Moved and carried that Brother Hugh Y Godfrey be elected as chorister. Moved and carried that the matter of procuring a sexton be referred to the trustees.

After which it was voted that the Trustees be instructed to give the sexton $75. a year for regular meetings and at the same rate for all extra meetings. Minutes of the previous meetings read and approved.

A communication from Brother LYONS was then read requesting his name to be dropped from the Church Records.. In consideration of which a Committee of inquiry in the matter consisting of Brothers Hiram Willette H Y Godfrey and J H Stickney were appointed by vote of the Church.

After which a communication from Brother D-- Clark charging Brother John and James L Culbertson with neglect in their ---- obligations was read. When it was voted to appoint a committee to inquire into the case. The committee consisting of Brothers Berfield, Eastman & Miner.

Voted to elect a Deacon in the place of Deacon Robb who has changed his residence and also that said election take place in one month from today. Adj.

J H Stickney, clk

Sep 14, 1867 Special Meeting

Eld Dodge in chair. After lengthy conversation on various subjects in account of the fewness of members present no action was taken. And the Church adjourned until after Sabbath morning service.

J H Stickney, clk

Baptist Church in meeting for business after morning service as adjourned the previous day.

Elder Dodge in Chair. It was voted that a committee or agent consisting of one be appointed to circulate the subscription for Pastors salary with instructions to see every member who hasn't previously signed and ascertain what they will give. By vote Deacon Packer was appointed as the Committee or agent. Adj.

J H Stickney, clk

Oct 5, 1867 Regular Covenant meeting - Saturday

Eld Dodge in the chair. Hiram Willette appointed clerk pro tem.

A report was heard from Brother Berfield in regard to Brother Culbertson. Report not very satisfactory or encouraging. Brother Miner was afraid the Brother hadn't passed from death unto life.

Eld Dodge remarked that he had conversed some with Brother Culbertson - not very discouraging. Moved that the report be accepted and committee discharged. Carried. Com in the case of Brother Lyons reported, not favorable but owing to the absence of one member of the Committee it was thought best to continue it until the Committee should all be present.

Brother Packer the com or agent to circulate the subscription for Pastors salary, reported that he had seen nearly all the membership of the church. And that with the sum already paid, and that subscribed the --- was about 460 dollars.

Voted that we now proceed to elect a Deacon to supply the place of Deacon Robb. Moved and seconded that a committee of three be appointed to nominate a Deacon. Carried. Committee Brothers Clark, Willett and Berfield. Committee reported as nominees. Brother Ives Otis Dyer and J H Stickney.

Church now proceeded to ballot which resulted in the election of Brother Berfield. Moved and seconded that we now accept the resignation of Deacon Packer. Motion carried with three opposing votes. Voted that we now proceed to elect another Deacon to supply the place of Deacon Packer which resulted in the election of Brother Hiram Willett.

The other members of the Committee in the case of Brother LYONS coming in and reporting in substance what had already been reported. After some discussion it was moved and seconded that the hand of fellowship be withdrawn from him for neglecting to walk with the church and for favoring the system of licensing the sale of intoxicating liquors in the town. Motion carried. Adj. until one week from today.

J H Stickney, clk

Oct 12, 1867 Special Meeting

Eld Dodge in chair. Singing and prayer by Bro Eastman. L Clark appointed Clk pro tem. Remarks by Eld Dodge in regard to the object of the meeting.

Brother Packer --- that the Bro and Sisters who were grieved with Brother Dodge were willing to accept a confession of sorrow on part of Eld Dodge for anything that he may have said that grieved them. Sister Pierce remarked that she couldn't get along with Eld Dodge on account of Masonry and that she couldn't give her means for his support but was willing to contribute to the church. Brother Dodge reported an interview with Brother --- in reference to the stand he had previously --- in reference to the liquor question which was favorable on his -- he having seen the error of such a position and having resolved never to occupy it again. A letter of dismission and recommendation was granted to Sister KENDLE she being about to change her residence. The question of salary now -- up for consideration. Voted to appoint Brothers Packer Deacon Berfield Deac Eastman Brother Miner and H Y Godfrey a committee to consider the financial matters of the church to ascertain their full extent. And by vote of the church they were requested to report one week from tomorrow afternoon service. Adj. Approved Nov 2, 1867

J H Stickney, clk

Nov 2, 1867 Saturday Regular Business Meeting

Eld Dodge in the chair. After singing and prayer the minutes of the two previous meetings were read and approved. A letter of Dismission and recommendation was granted to Sister NANCY HENRY to unite with the Baptist Church of Galesburg, Ill.

Eld Dodge now offered his resignation as pastor of this church, stating that it was not out of ill will towards any members of this church, but because there was element that seemed to bar any hope of usefullness of service growing out of his labors and he feeling that there was no hope of bringing these elements to harmonize with what a great majority of the church felt to be Gospel rule, felt that to labor longer in the field would be of no benefit to the church.

It was then voted to accept the resignation of our Pastor.

Motion made to appoint a committee of three to visit several members who have long neglected their walk with the church to ascertain the causes why they have not walked with the church, and why the hand of fellowship should not be withdrawn from them. The Committee consisting of Deacons Eastman and Berfield and Brother H Y Godfrey. Committee instructed to report one week from today; and that they labor with the individuals to try to show them their wrong and invite them to appear at that time to make explanations regarding their neglect of the church. Adj. Approved Jan 4, 1868

J H Stickney, clk

Nov 8, 1867 Saturday Business Meeting

Dea Eastman in the chair & Berfield appointed clerk pro tem. Brother Eastman as chairman of committee making report as to ABRAM and HENRY THOMAS. They both seemed to think they had been neglected and slighted by the church and chose not to be connected with the church. And in this they seemed to be determined: and as to HENRY MERCHANT he thought he had better be out of the church. Said at one time if he had had a letter he would have joined a church in Missouri, Said that now he might as well be out as in the church, but on being asked if he thought it would be a safe course for him. When he made little or no reply, but by his tears he seemed to have considerable feeling. As to Bro CULBERTSON he was visited by Bros Berfield and Godfrey and manifested a hopeful position as to himself. Said he knew he had done wrong but was now determined to do very different from what he had been doing. Consequently the Committee think they have great reason to hope in his case.

Bro Eastman asked to be released from said committee, when on motion he was released and on motion Bro Ives was appointed in stead. Report of Committee accepted and on motion the Committee was continued. Adjourned. Approved Jan 4, 1868

J H Stickney, clk

Jan 4, 1868 Regular Business Meeting

On motion Eld Bodly was chosen chairman pro tem and A F Stickney clerk pro tem.

The committee on the cases of ABRAM and HENRY THOMAS reported that they had visited them and could not gain any hope of their cases. On motion the right hand of fellowship was withdrawn from them.

On motion Brother H Y Godfrey was released from the committee on discipline.

On motion Brother Willett was elected.

On motion the committee on the cases of HENRY MERCHANT and FANNY CULBERTSON was continued.

On motion Brother H Y Godfrey and others were called upon to explain themselves in regard to circulating a paper for the organization of a Second Baptist Church in Toulon. After which the following motion was carried. Not considering the question a subject of Church discipline therefore we will discountinance any reference thereto in the future. On motion Brother WM MINER, WIFE and DAUGHTER were granted letters of dismission and recommendation from this church.

On motion the old Board of Trustees were reelected.

On motion Eld Bodly was invited to supply us for an indefinite length of time.

On motion Brother H Willett was elected church clerk. Adjourned. Approved Feb 22, 1868.

A F Stickney, clk pro tem

Jan 12, 1868 Sunday

After morning services the church on motion granted a letter of dismission and recommendation to Brother JOHN H STICKNEY, in order to unite with the church in Bloomington, Ill where he is now located.

H Willett, clk

Feb 1, 1868 Saturday Regular Covenant Meeting of the Toulon Baptist Church

After the usual exercises, the following business was transacted. Eld Bodly in the chair. The clerk read a communication from Dr C R Blackall, District Secretary of the American Baptist Pub Society, after which on motion voted to take up a collection on the following Sabbath for the benefit of said Society.

Motion carried requesting the Treasurer of the church to settle the balance due Brother Albert Bowers for his services as former Sexton of the Church, balance being $7.50. After these proceedings Brother H Willett called Brother Andrew Stickney to act as Clerk pro tem and he Brother H Willett hereupon offered his resignation as Deacon stating his reasons for so doing. After some discussion the following resolution was adopted--

Whereas, Brother Willett has stated that he does not feel willing to continue to hold the office of Deacon on account of the censure of certain persons in regard to certain advice given to Rev. S A Estee therefore be it resolved that we feel that Brother Willett and others in connection with that act are not in the least censurable in that act, and from this time that matter is settled.

On motion meeting adjourned. Approved Feb 22, 1868

Hiram Willett, clk

Feb 22, 1868 Saturday - Toulon, Stark Co, Ill

Special Business meeting of the Baptist Church in Toulon, Eld Bodly in the chair. After prayer by several brethren the moderator stated the object of the meeting. After the reading of the minutes of the last Regular Covenant meeting and approval of the same and also of the last business meeting, the following Resolution was presented by Brother L Clark, to wit:

Whereas, the troubles and difficulties in the first Baptist Church of Toulon have reached such magnitude that we see no way of settling them so that we can live in peace and serve to advance the cause of Christ in the town of Toulon therefore, Resolved that the said church is disbanded. After considerable discussion on the above resolution an amendment offered by Brother H Willett was accepted and the amended Resolution adopted by a vote of 20 in favor and 2 against the said Resolution to read as follows as adopted - to wit:

Whereas, the troubles and difficulties existing in the First Baptist Church of Toulon have reached so great a magnitude that we can see no way of settling them so that we can live in peace and serve to advance the cause of Christ

Therefore Resolved, that all members of this church who can subscribe to this resolution have the privilege of asking for letters of dismission and that the same be granted by the church.

Brother L Clark hereupon preferred written charges against certain members of the church, but on motion the charges were laid over for further action. And on motion meeting adjourned. Approved Feb 29, 1868

H Willett, clk

Feb 29, 1868 Saturday Regular Business Meeting of the Toulon Baptist Church

Eld Bodly moderator. After the usual devotional exercises, the following Resolution presented by Brother H Y Godfrey was discussed by several Brethren & Sisters at considerable length and after deliberation was adopted by the following vote yes 27, nays 9. The Resolution adopted reads as follows

Whereas

The troubles & difficulties in the first Baptist Church of Toulon have reached such magnitude and shape that we see no way of settling them so that we may live in peace as a church ought to do and thereby serve to promote the cause of Christ in Toulon. Therefore be it -

Resolved

1st That we now place all the property belonging to the Society of the 1st Baptist Church of Toulon to wit one (1) Communion set, one (1) table, two (2) chairs, two (2) stoves & pipe, one (1) Bible, Twelve (12) Hymn Books & Twelve (12) Music Books Harps of Judah, Also all the property belonging to the Sabbath School connected with said 1st Baptist Church of Toulon: to wit: one (1) Book Case, twelve (12) Book Boxes, Thirty (30) Music Books (caskets), Eighteen (18) Class Books, Three (3) Blank Books and the Books comprising the Library in the hands of the present officers of the church as a committee to be held for the benefit of another Baptist Church and Sabbath School connected therewith in Toulon when the same shall have been organized and recognized by a regular council, Also

Resolved

2d That the organ now used by said 1st Baptist Church of Toulon be turned over to Hugh Y Godfrey the said organ being said Hugh Y Godfrey's personal property - Also

Resolved

3d That the Clerk & Treasurer of the said 1st Baptist Church of Toulon be directed to hold the record and Treasurer's Books to be delivered to the officers of another Baptist Church as specified in the 1st Resolution of this Series. Also

Resolved

4th That the said 1st Baptist Church of Toulon is now disbanded.

On further motion voted that the money in the hands of Treasurer of Sabbath School be turned over to the Committee mentioned in above resolution to receive School and Church property. Also on motion voted that the Treasurer of the said church continue to settle up church accounts and receive what funds are due on subscriptions until said accounts are settled.

A report from Treasurer was also read by Clerk showing amount in his hands received on Subscription to be $7. Amount received for American Baptist Pub Society $9.00 and amount on hand received for Sexton's salary $4.90. Also amount due from the church to Sexton at present time to be $8.20. Report accepted.

The meeting now on motion voted to meet at H Willett's Store building on next Wednesday the 4th of March next at half past 10 o'clock am for the purpose of considering the propriety of organizing a new church in Toulon. On further motion meeting adjourned.

H Willett, clk

Mar 22, 1868 Sabbath

Preaching at the usual hour half past 10 am by Rev S A Estee. When after services the members present and all who chose to do so were requested to remain for the purpose of conference and business. When a full and free discussion was had in regard to obtaining and sustaining a minister. When it occuring that this church had no clerk nor any other officers, they all having left with those that went to form a new church. On mo J Berfield was elected clk. When on mo resolved that the clk is instructed to invite Bro Brimhall at Young America, Ill to visit us with a view to locating or settling with us. On Mo Bro Wagner is appointed or elected sexton.

And now it seems that in order that this record may be its own interpreter that it would be well to go back to the time of the attempt to disband. When said resolution to disband was adopted there were differences of opinion touching the status of those who were opposed to said resolution consequently some of those who thought that the old church still remained unbroken met at the meeting house for prayer and Sunday School til the present time.

J Berfield, clk

Apr 4, 1868 Saturday

Regular Covenant Meeting day - no record

May 2, 1868 Saturday, Regular Business Meeting

Meeting opened by singing and prayer. Bro Thomas in the chair. Minutes read and approved. The clk now read communications from Rev. S M Osgood and others soliciting and in support of Baptist Missionary Union. And now the subject of procuring a minister is brought up. When after a pretty free expression and discussion the clk was authorized to invite Rev S A Estee to visit us at his earliest convenience say by the first of June next merely as an experiment for it seems plain that the church cannot endure much longer without the aid of some of our Lord's approved ministers. On mo adjourned.

J Berfield, clk

May 17, 1868 Sunday

After the usual exercises the Brethren and Sisters present held a kind of consultation and expression of views in regard to the condition of the church. When the acting clk not seeing his way clear in the matters and things existing thought it his duty to resign his clkship which he did and prays that God may overrule all things to his own honor and glory.

J Berfield, clk resigned

Jul 5, 1868

A number of the few remaining as the 1st Baptist Church of Toulon covenanting on Sat March 22 to stand by and sustain the 1st church, having become disheartened & giving up all as lost, & they having withdrawn and their Clk having resigned at the urgent request of the few remaining we were visited by Bro Estee who preached for us morning and evening of Sabbath the 5th July as above. By the pressing request of the few who stood forth to protest against the anarchy, the injustice & wickedness of those who had attempted to annihilate a church of Jesus Christ that the few chosen as our --- --- Mother & has most solemnly covenanted to maintain to support; at the request of these few our Brethren consented to return to be with us on the 1st Sab of Aug if possible to strengthen the things that remain but are ready to die, & to break to us once more the Sacred Emblems of the broken body to shed blood of our blessed Lord & Lawgiver.

Aug 1, 1868

Agreeable to request & appointment --Estee was present in our covenant meeting. It was a melting season and some who had become out by the way made humble confession & brought mercy that they might not be left to eat & drink unworthily the Holy Supper of our Lord. After a precious covenant meeting by vote of the church Bro Estee acted as our Moderator & it was unanimously resolved that Public Notice should be given of a meeting to be held two weeks from this date at 2 o'clock pm for the election of Trustees to fill the vacancies of those withdrawn from us. By order of the church S A Estee clk per request.

Aug 15, 1868

Agreeable to a vote in Regular Church Meeting Aug 1, 1868 by the 1st Bapt Church of Toulon public notice was given Aug 2 & Aug 9 for a meeting of said church & society to elect Trustees to fill the vacancies of those who have gone out from the church - on Sat Aug 15 at 2 oclock pm agreeable to appointment the church convened to organize by the choice of Bro S A Estee as Moderator. No clerk being present by vote Bro Estee was requested & appointed to act as clerk. The meeting having been opened by prayer proceeded to the election of Trustees when the following named persons were duly chosen to serve as Trustees of said church & Society for one year or until their successors are appointed viz John Culbertson, Owen Thomas, Jacob Waggoner & Harlan W Peirce?

S A Estee, Acting clk

We the membership of this 1st Baptist Church of Toulon, Illinois, Believing it due to ourselves. The cause of Christ of Bro Estee that we give an exposition too long delayed in reference to the action of a council called by this church in the case of Bro Estee & Barker, Adopted the following Resolutions.

1. That we honor those Brethren called to Council with us in the above case of unchristian attack of Eld Barker upon the character of Bro Estee & shall ever cherish with affectionate remembrance their self denial & amity to do us good.

2. That for want of proper evidence that might & should have been presented we think they erred in censuring Bro Estee as imprudent in accepting the urgent & unanimous request of the church to remain for a season with us especially as Bro Barker publicly assured us that he had not & should not accept our call when but three voted in his favor and two against him (Note in different handwriting: Surely a mistake See Record of Jan 6, 1866)

3. That in consenting to submit to this wrong to cure a wrong the hideous monster discord that we sought to crush was able to lift his head in triumph and to devastate our Zion until we have become the bye word the hissing & reproach of the world.

4. Our bitter experience has brought us the folly of human wisdom & that our only safety is in doing right & never submitting not even for peace to a wrong. In view of this we prostrate ourselves in the dust for our past failure & beg for the future a divine hand to guide us.

5. That in voting to accept the advice of our Brethren in regard to Bro Estee's pastorate in Toulon we innocently laid a snare for our own feet since however clear the Providence of God might point out his duty to return & labor with & for us it might be said we were pledged never to accept his labor or receive him.

6. We today devoutly acknowledge the Goodness of God in prompting our Bro to come to us in our deep affliction. And we humbly pray that his long experience may prove a blessing to us.

7. Lastly we cannot doubt that it is in answer to our strong crying to God in our distress & extremity that Bro Estee has come to our help & is here to pour oil & wine into the bleeding wounds of our torn & rent Zion. And we unanimously beg him to remain and labor to strenthen the things ready to die so long as God by his providence may indicate it as his duty. And we here pledge ourselves to do all in our power to meet the temporal wants of our Bro & his family. Entered by order of the church

Oct 10, 1868

In covenant meeting at the house of Sis Pierce after listening to the Brethren & Sisters present the church after a full & free consultation & the reading of their letters of Recommendation & dismission from the LaPrairie Church unanimously voted to receive Bro GEO SEAVER & wife HARRIETT SEAVER into our church & fellowship as members with us.

S A Estee, Moderator

Also on motion voted to notify our Brethren of the Wyoming Bapt Church that we have received our Bro & Sis Seaver into our church & fellowship. And yet as our Bro & Sis resided in their midst we hold ourselves ready to cooperate with our Wyoming Brethren to bring about that harmony of feeling. --- of sentiment that our Bro & Sis might find an inviting home & field of labor in Your Midst.

Feb 6, 1869

Church met in Covenant Meeting -- to the celebration of the Lords Supper. At the close of our Covenant meeting letters were granted of commendation and dismission to Sisters MRS LUCY HICSON and MISS CHRISTINA PETERSON.

S A Estee, Mod & Acting clk

Following are the names composing the members of the First Baptist Church of Toulon Aug 10, 1867

Revising Committee: S W Eastman, John Berfield, H Y Godfrey & John H S---

------- -------- Reconstituted

MARTHA EASTMAN By let Mar 26, 1849

---GODFREY 1849

H Y GODFREY 1849

ELIZABETH GODFREY 1849

MARY WINN Aug 18, 1849

JULIA BALDWIN By let Nov 29, 1851

JOHN CULBERTSON Bap Nov 30, 1851

PLEASANT CULBERTSON Bap Nov 30, 1851

POLLIE CRANDELL Bap Nov 30, 1851

S W EASTMAN Bap Nov 30, 1851

BENJAMIN PACKER By let Jun 3, 1852

SARAH PACKER By let Jun 3, 1852

EMILY BERFIELD Bap Oct 3, 1852

MARY GEER Bap Jun 28, 1854

JOHN BERFIELD Bap Jun 28, 1854

JANE WINN Bap Jun 28, 1854

PHILENA DYER By let Jun 28, 1854

JOSEPHINE DYER By let Jun 28, 1854

MARY ROBB On expression Feb 25, 1854

LUTHER GEER By let Mar 26, 1854

ABBIE GEER By let Mar 26, 1854

GERTRUDE WAGONER Bap May 20, 1854

SARAH THOMAS By let Sep 10, 1854

HESTER TWISS By let Sep 10, 1854

ELISABETH COLLINS By let Apr 22, 1855

MARIAH PATTERSON By let May 27, 1855

HARRIET BLAIR By let Jun 3, 1855

MARY STICKNEY Bap Sep 9, 1855

EMILY CULBERTSON Bap Mar 16, 1866

SUSAN GODFREY Bap Mar 16, 1866

JAMES CULBERTSON Bap Apr 12, 1866

ABRAM BOWERS By let May 1, 1858

CAROLINE BOWERS By let May 1, 1858

SARAH BERFIELD Aug 2, 1860

JULIA GARDNER Dis by let Aug 8, 1867

MARTHA E BOWERS Bap Sep 16, 1860

JOHN F STICKNEY Bap Sep 23, 1860

NELSON E GILL Bap Sep 23, 1860

OTIS G DYER "

E C CELESTINE DYER "

HANAH R GALBRAITH "

ANDIZA DYER "

CELESTINE J EASTMAN "

ANDREW G STOCKNER "

MARY M WILLETTE By Rela. Sep 22, 1860

HIRAM WILLETTE By letter Sep 22, 1860

LETTIE ANN BOWERS Bap Oct 2, 1860

ELIZA DAVIDSON By let Feb 24, 1862

ANDREW BALDWIN By let Jun 1, 1863

CAROLINE IVES Bap Jun 7, 1863

ANN E GILL By let Jun 4, 1862

LIVEY LOEY ? Bap Jun 7, 1862

NANCY LOEY ? By let Died

ELIZA EASTMAN Bap Jan 29, 1865

MINNIE GODFREY Bap Jan 29, 1865

MARY PETERS Bap Jan 29, 1865

ELLEN GILL Bap Feb 4, 1865

ISABELL GODFREY Bap Feb 4, 1865

ELIZA MINER Bap Feb 4, 1865

CAROLINE LYONS By let Feb 12, 1865

MANERVIA LYONS Bap Feb 12, 1865

MARTHA BERFIELD Bap Feb 12, 1865

JACOB WAGENER Restored Mar 10, 1865

ELIAS LYONS By relation May 6, 1865 - Excluded Oct 2, 1867

WILLIAM MINER By let Feb 4, 1866

MARY MINER By let Feb 4, 1866

LUCY OZIAH Recd by let Jan 28, 1854 Dismissed by let Feb 4,

1868

ALBERT BOWERS Restored Mar 10, 1866

ANNIE M PROUT By let Mar 10, 1866

HATTIE STOCKNER By relation Mar 17, 1866

AVERY GEER Restored Mar 21, 1866

HARVEY HENRY Recd by rel Mar 21, 1866 Dis by let Nov 2, 1867

MARTHA HENRY By let Mar 21, 1866

MARTHA A PIERCE Bap Apr 1, 1866

STEPHEN MERRING Bap Apr 1, 1866

SARAH MERRING Bap Apr 1, 1866

KATE GEER Bap Apr 1, 1866

CHRISTIANA PETERSON Bap Apr 1, 1866 Dismissed by let Feb 1869

OWEN THOMAS By relation Apr 5, 1866

ANNIE STOCKNER Bap Apr 8, 1866

MAGGIE GREER Bap Apr 8, 1866

ANDREW GALBRAITH Bap Apr 8, 1866

JULIUS IVES By let Apr 8, 1866

SARAH IVES By let Apr 8, 1866

ELIZA N ROCKWELL By let Jun 20, 1866 Dismissed by let Jan 2, 1869

LOLLIE YOUNG By let Jun 20, 1866

HENRY MARCHANT Bap Sep 22, 1860

ABRAM THOMAS Bap Oct 2, 1860 Excluded

HENRY THOMAS Bap Oct 2, 1860 Excluded

NANCY KENDLE Bap Mar 1, 186? Dis by let Oct 12, 1867

SIS E GILL by letter Mar 22, 1873 Died May 20, 1875

ELD L D GOWEN by let Sep 7, 1873

SIS A M GOWEN by let Sep 7, 1873

BRO JOHN E GOWEN by let Sep 7, 1873

BRO J O WEED by let Jun 8, 1876

SIS SARAH M WEED by let Jun 8, 1876

ELD J C HART by let Nov 5, 1876

SIS M E HART by let Nov 5, 1876

BRO STEPH. B BARTON by let Nov 5, 1876



Names Revised Aug 15, 1866

CYNTHIA STICKNEY Constituted

MARTHA EASTMAN By let May 26, 1849

MARY GODFREY By let May 26, 1849

HUGH Y GODFREY By let May 26, 1849

ELIZABETH GODFREY By let May 26, 1849

MARY WINN Aug 18, 1849

JOHN BELCHER By let Nov 29, 1851 Dis years ago

MARY ANN BELCHER By let Nov 29, 1851 Dis years ago

JULIA BALDWIN Nov 29, 1851

JOHN CULBERTSON Bap Nov 30, 1851

PLEASANT CULBERTSON Bap Nov 30, 1851

W B SWEET Bap Nov 30, 1851

POLLY CRANDELL Bap Nov 30, 1851

S W EASTMAN Bap Nov 30, 1851

PERMELIA DRAY Bap Nov 30, 1851

WM MILLER JUN. Bap Nov 30, 1851

BENJAMIN PACKER JUN. Jan 3, 1852

HANAH PACKER By let Jan 3, 1852

E R BORDMAN By let Jan 29, 1853

JANE E WOODWARD By let Jan 29, 1853

EMILY BERFIELD Bap Oct 8, 1853

PELEG CHASE By let Dec 3, 1853 Dism by let Jun 1867

FANNY M CHASE By let Dec 3, 1853 Excluded Nov 3, 1866

ROBERT ROBB Jun 1, 1854 by let. Dis by let May 1867

MARY JANE ROBB Jun 1, 1854. Dropped & disfellowshipped Aug 1867

AMELIA HARRIS By let

WIDOW HARRIS Jun 28 by Bap 1854

MARY BEERS Bapt Jan 28, 1854

ELIZA ARNOLD Bapt Jan 28, 1854 Died

JOHN BERFIELD Bapt Jan 28, 1854

LUCY OZIAH Bapt Jan 28, 1854

JANE WINN Bapt Jan 28, 1854

PHILENIA DYER By let Jan 28, 1854

JOSEPHINE DYER By let Jan 28, 1854

MARY ROBB By relation Feb 25, 1854

LUTHER GEER JUN. Mar 26, 1854

ABBY GEER Mar 26, 1854

GERTRUDE WAGGONER Bapt May 20, 1854

SARAH THOMAS By let Sep 10, 1854

HESTER TWISS By let Sep 10, 1854

ELIZABETH COLLINS By let Apr 22, 1855

MARIAH PATTERSON By let May 27, 1855

HARIET BLAIR By let Jun 2, 1855

MARY STOCKNER Bapt Sep 9, 1855

KATHARINE SWANK By let Dec 2, 1855

JACKSON PATTERSON Bapt Mar 16, 1856

EMILY C CULBERTSON Bapt Mar 16, 1856

SUSAN GODFREY Bapt Mar 16, 1856

JAMES CULBERTSON Bapt Apr 13, 1856

ARAM BOWERS by let May 1, 1858

CAROLINE BOWERS by let May 1, 1858

SARAH BERFIELD Bapt Aug 5, 1860

OLLIVER GARDNER Restored Sep 5, 1860 Died 1867

JULIA GARDNER Restored Sep 5, 1860 Dis by let Aug 8, 1867

MARTHA E BOWERS Bapt Sep 16, 1860

JOHN H STICKNEY Bapt Sep 23, 1860

ELIZA BOWERS Bapt Sep 23, 1860 Excluded

NELSON E GILL Bapt Sep 23, 1860

OTIS F DYER Bapt Sep 23, 1860

E CELESTINE DYER Bapt Sep 23, 1860

HANNAH R THOMAS now GILBREATH Bapt Sep 23, 1860

ANN ELIZA DYER Bapt Sep 23, 1860

CELESTINE J EASTMAN Bapt Sep 23, 1860

MARY WEED Bapt Sep 23, 1860 Letter 1866

HENRY S MERCHANT Bapt Sep 23, 1860

ANDREW F STICKNEY Bapt Sep 23, 1860

JOSEPH E WEED Bapt Sep 23, 1860

MARY M WILLETTE By rel Sep 23, 1860

HYRAM WILLETTE By let Sep 23, 1860

ABRAM R THOMAS Bapt Oct 2, 1860

HENRY W THOMAS Bapt Oct 2, 1860

LETTY ANN BOWERS Bapt Oct 2, 1860

WILLIAM H FRIES (HIER?) Bapt Oct 14, 1860 Excluded

JAMES M STICKNEY By let May 4, 1861 Dis let Jul 1867

DENIS CLARK By let Sep 21, 1861 Died

ELIZA DAVIDSON By let Feb 24, 1862

ANDREW BALDWIN by let Jun 1, 1863

CAROLINE WEST Bapt Jun 7, 1863

ANNE E GILL By let Jun 4, 1864

M LACY Bapt Jun 1863

NANCY LACY By let Jun 1863 Died

ELD E P BARKER By let Jun 5, 1864 Let

SAMUEL WALKER By let Sep 1864 Let

ELIZABETH WALKER By let Sep 1864 Let

SARAH WILSON Recd by let Dec 1864

ABBY GARDNER Recd by let Feb 1864 Dis by letter Dec 1866

MARGARET CONOVER By let Dec 6, 1864 Dis by letter Jul 1867

JULIA M BARKER By let Dec 6, 1864 Dis by letter Jul 1867

ELD ANSON J WRIGHT By let Jan 22, 1865 Dis by let 1866

MARY S WRIGHT By let Jan 22, 1865 Dis by let 1866

ELIZA EASTMAN Bapt Jan 29, 1865

MATTIE WILSON Bapt Jan 29, 1865 Letter 1867

MINEY GODFREY Bapt Jan 29, 1865

SUSAN A ROBB Bapt Jan 29, 1865 Letter May 1867

MARY PETERS Bapt Jan 29, 1865

ELLEN GILL Bapt Feb 5, 1865

ISSABELL GODFREY Bapt Feb 5, 1865

CAREY COWPERTHWAITE Bapt Feb 5, 1865 Excluded Nov 3, 1866

ELIZA MINER Bapt Feb 5, 1865

CAROLINE LYONS By let Feb 12, 1865

SISTER ELI WILSON Relation Feb 12, 1865

MINERVA LYONS Bapt Feb 12, 1865

NANCY HENDELL Bapt Mar 5, 1865

MARTHA BERFIELD Bapt Mar 12, 1865

JACOB WAGGONER Res Mar 10, 1865

ELIAS LYONS ? By relat May 6, 1865

WILLIAM MINER By let Feb 4, 1866

MARY MINER By let Feb 4, 1866

ALBERT BOWERS Rest Mar 10, 1866

SARAH E LASEUR Rest Mar 10, 1866

ANNA M PROUT By let Mar 10, 1866

ELI WILSON Rel Mar 17, 1866

HATTIE STOCKNER Rel Mar 17, 1866

BR C D WALLING by rel Mar 24, 1866 Dis letter Jul 1867

NANCY E WALLING by rel Mar 24, 1866 Dis letter July 1867

L AVERY GEER Rest Mar 31, 1866

NANCY HENRY By rel Mar 31, 1866

MARTHA A PIERCE Bapt Apr 1, 1866

STEPHEN MERRING Bapt Apr 1, 1866

SARAH MERRING Bapt Apr 1, 1866

KATE GEER Bapt Apr 1, 1866

CHRISTENIA PETERSON Bapt Apr 1, 1866

RUTH A WALLING Bapt Apr 1, 1866 Dis by letter Jul 1867

DON C LYON Bapt Apr 1, 1866

CALVIN ROCKWELL Bapt Apr 1, 1866 Dis by let Oct 6, 1866

FRANCIS STICKNEY Bapt Apr 1, 1866 Dis letter May 1867

OWEN THOMAS By rel Apr 5, 1866

ANNA BEERS Bapt Apr 8, 1866

MAGGIE GREER Bapt Apr 8, 1866

ANDREW GILBREATH Bapt Apr 8, 1866

HUGH STOCKNER Bapt Apr 8, 1866 Excluded 1867

JULIOUS IVES By let Apr 8, 1866

SARAH IVES By let Apr 8, 1866

ELIZA M ROCKWELL By let Jun 30, 1866

LOTTIE YOUNG By let Jun 30, 1866 Dismissed by let 1867



Aug 15, 1869

The Church met for consultation and business after Sunday School, when it was voted that the following statement be entered upon our record.

That Brother Estee left us about the middle of April, since which time prayer meeting and Sabbath school have been held in the Church every Sabbath, preaching one Sabbath by Brother Kent, and our Covenant meetings have not been neglected, but there being no business done, nothing has been entered upon our Record.

On the Second Sabbath in July Brother Brimhall made us a visit and since preached to us as his health would permit to our comfort and edification.

The following votes also were unanimously passed at this meting.

1st That we invite Brother Brimhall to take the pastoral charge of this church, pledging ourselves to do all we can for his support,

2nd That Brother Wagoner be appointed to write and forward this request to Brother Brimhall,

3d That we appoint Brother Brimhall, Brother Wm Miner, Brother J Wagner, and Brother Owen Thomas, to represent us in the Association.

Aug 22, 1869

After sermon the Church tarried to hear the Letter to the Association when Brother Brimhall signified his acceptance of our invitation to take the pastoral charge of this little flock.

Oct 2, 1869

Season of fervent prayer. Brother Brimhall requested to take charge of Church Record and act as Clerk, preaching on the Sabbath.

Nov 6, 1869

Church met in Regular covenant meeting, time was spent in prayer and speaking, a good spirit prevailed and all felt it was good to wait upon the Lord.

S Brimhall, acting clk

Dec 4, 1869 Saturday Regular Church Meeting

Time pleasant spent in reading the Word prayer and conference. Eight members present. Brother BRIMHALL and WIFE received by letter into the fellowship of the Church. Preaching and communion on the Sabbath, prayer meetings maintained during the month with unabating interest.

Owen Thomas, moderator

S Brimhall, clk

Jan 1, 1870 Church and Covenant meeting

Six members presdent. The same love and unity of spirit characterized the meetings and in view of the many tokens of the Divine favor during the past year, the little band resolved to be more consecrated to the Lord,

It was voted that Brother Brimhall be appointed a Trustee to fill vacancy caused by the decease of Brother CULBERTSON, and agreed that we observe the week of prayer.

S Brimhall, acting clk

Feb 12, 1870 Saturday

Church met in Covenant Meeting. 4 members present, cast down but not discouraged, experienced sweet comfort in leaning upon the Promises, appointed their pastor to represent the Church in the Ordination Council at Brimfield.

S Brimhall, acting clk

Apr 7. 1970 Saturday

Church met in Covenant Meeting, 6 members present, usual feeling and interest manifest, - Preaching and communion on Sabbath. Brother HOADLEY applied for membership and was received upon his experience.

S Brimhall, acting clk

May 7, 1870 Church Meeting

Usual number present, much good feeling and an earnest spirit manifest. Preaching on the Sabbath. Prayer meetings Thursday evenings.

S Brimhall, acting clk

June 12, 1870 Church Meeting

6 members present, all spoke and felt that it was good to meet and renew their covenant and speak words sympathy and encouragement.

S Brimhall, acting clk

Aug 13, 1870

Church met for regular Cov meeting. Br WW Smith of Chicago was providentially present and encouraged us by his strong faith & trust in God who putteth down one and setteth up another. All felt that it was good to be there and received new courage to go forward.

Aug 15, 1870 Special ch meeting

Meeting called for the purpose of appointing delegates to the Association. Elder S Brimhall was appointed to represent the church and to write the letter to the Association. Elder Smith of Chicago was with us again and spoke of the divided state of the Baptist cause in Toulon and recommended that a Com be appointed to confer with the 2nd church to see if the two small bands could not be brought into one, or more union of feeling and effort secured, that the stain of division might be blotted from the Baptist name in this place. After some consultation it was voted to appoint Elders Smith & Brimhall a Com to meet and confer with the 2d ch on the matter of union.

S Brimhall, ch clk

Sep 10, 1870 Church meeting

After speaking to one another and prayer in which all present participated, a report from Br Smith, chairman of the Com to confer with the 2nd Church was read. He had met with the 2nd Ch and laid the matter before them but failed to bring about the desired end, yet he hoped that good had been done & a better state of feeling between the two churches would be the result.

S Brimhall, acting clk

Oct 8, 1870 Regular Cov Meeting

But few present. Br Brimhall sick and not able to be with us. A season of conversation about the interests of Christs Kingdom and devotional exercises was participated in by all present. After which it was voted to withdraw the hand of fellowship from M A PIERCE and BROTHER HOADLY, they having informed us that they had already united with another Denomination (2nd Aadvents)

S Brimhall, ch clk

Nov 12, 1870 Regular Cov Meeting

Br Brimhall absent. After prayer and a season of speaking to one another of our hopes and fears it was moved & unanimously voted to invite Elder Stickney the first Pastor of this ch to preach for us as often as his other engagements would permit. Br Thomas was requested to present this invitation to Br Stickney.

S Brimhall, acting clk

Mar 11, 1871 Saturday Regular Ch Meeting

But three members present. Had a season of prayer and felt comforted in committing the care of this little flock to the great Shepherd. Minutes of the meetings since July 11th read and approved.

April 8, 1871 Regular Ch Meeting

But few present. Time spent in conversation and prayer. Voted to invite Br Stickney to take the pastoral charge of this little church.

May 13, 1871 Covenant meeting

More than usual of the members present. Time spent in devotional exercises. No answer from Brother Stickney.

June 10, 1871 Cov Meeting

After the usual exercises Elder Stickney being present stated that notwithstanding the weak and very low state of the Church he felt it his duty to accept the invitation of the church to become its pastor. Elder J M STICKNEY rec'd by letter.

July 8, 1871 Cov meeting

After the Cov meeting it was voted to request Elder Stickney to act as clerk of the church.

Aug 5, 1871 Cov meeting

After all had spoken it was resolved to have a communion season tomorrow. Elder J W Stickney, O Thomas & J Wagner were appointed delegates to the Association, and Elder Stickney was appointed to write the letter to the Association.

J M Stickney, clk

Aug 27, 1871

Church tarried after sermon. Elder STICKNEY was rec'd by letter from the Wyoming Church. Letter to the Association was read and approved.

J M Stickney, clk

Sep 9, 1871 Regular Cov meeting

Four members present. Meeting was opened by prayer and singing after which all spoke freely and each felt that it was a good meeting.

J M Stickney, clk

Oct 7, 1871 Cov Meeting

Only three present. After prayer and singing, adjourned.

J M Stickney, clk

Nov 4, 1871 Regular Cov Meeting

4 present. Meeting opened by prayer and singing, after which a little season was spent in speaking to each other of the Lord's dealing with us.

J M Stickney, clk

Nov 14, 1871 Sunday

After service the Ch was called to order and it was voted that Eld Stickney, O Thomas & J Wagner be our messengers to meet with a Council in Princeville (24 inst) to recognize 18 brethren and sisters there - Whites Grove - as a regular Baptist Church by their own request.

J M Stickney, clk

Dec 2, 1871 Saturday Covenant Meeting

Five present, all spoke and prayed. Resolved to have a Communion service tomorrow.

J M Stickney, clk

Jan 6, 1872 Saturday - Cov meeting

Five present. Meeting opened with singing and prayer. After all had spoken the Minutes of previous meetings from last March to the present time were read and approved.

Elder Stickney was appointed Trustee in the place of Elder Brimhall, he having moved away.

J M Stickney, clk

Feb 10, 1872 Saturday Cov meeting

Five present. Exercises as usual, after which it was voted to elect Trustees at our next Cov meeting. Adjourned.

J M Stickney, clk

Mar 9, 1872 Sat. Regular Cov Meeting

Seven present. After reading a portion of Scripture and singing Br Thomas & others led in prayer, after which all present freely related their present views and feeling. This exercise being over the church proceeded to elect by vote four Trustees viz.(notice of this was twice published) J M Stickney Jacob Wagner Owen Thomas & Elias Lyon. Adjourned.

J M Stickney, clk

Apr 13, 1872 Sat Regular Cov Meeting

Opened with singing and several prayers. Br & Sis Winans from N J were with us. Quite a good meeting. Adjourned.

J M Stickney, clk

May 18, 1872 Sat Covenant Meeting

Only 4 present. After prayer and speaking adjourned.

J M Stickney, clk

June 8, 1872 Sat Reg. Cov Meeting

4 present. All prayed and spoke

June 9, 1872 Sun.

Communion today. 6 members present and 4 present from a sister Ch in N J by invitation.

J M Stickney, clk

June 16, 1872

After morning service the church voted to give letters of Dismission to Elder S BRIMHALL & Sis PERMELIA BRIMHALL his wife.

J M Stickney, clk

Aug 10, 1872 Cov Meeting

Only 3 present. After the usual exercises the following business was transacted.

1st It was voted to send as messengers to the Association to be held in Peoria 28th inst. our pastor Elder J M Stickney Br & Sister Thomas and Sis Minerva Lyon.

2nd It was voted that Elder Stickney prepare the letter to the Association. Adjourned.

J M Stickney, clk

Sep 1, 1872 Lords day

After sermon the church tarried for business. The letter to the Association was read and approved.

J M Stickney, clk

Sep 7, 1872 Sat. Covenant meeting

Only 5 present. All prayed and spoke except one, quite a good meeting.

Elder Stickney having tendered his resignation as Pastor of the church several weeks ago, gave notice today that he should preach for the church no longer as Pastor after tomorrow.

J M Stickney, clk

Sep 8, 1872 Lords day

After sermon the Lords supper was commemorated, only 5 present. Br Thomas being away from home.

J M Stickney, clk

Nov 9, 1872 Sat.

No Cov meeting in Oct. Regular cov meeting today, 7 present including Elder Gowan. No business done. Adjourned.

JMS, clk

Dec 22, 1872 Sun.

Church tarried after sermon. Sister ABIGAIL GILL was received by letter. Elder L D Gowan has preached for the church every other Lords day since October 1st.

Jan 2d Sat. 1873

No Cov meeting

Feb 2d Sat 1873

Cov meeting, 3 present. After a season of prayer adjourned.

March 2d Sat. 1873

3 present, no service, adjourned to next Sat. 22d

Mar 22, 1873 Adjourned meeting

8 present. Eld Gowan Moderator

After prayer & singing, each & all took a part in speaking at the close of the Covenant exercise.

The following proposition prepared & presented by Elder Gowan was read and approved without a dissenting vote, & in the same resolution, Br Wagner was appointed to present this Proposition to the Deacons of the 2d Baptist church and the clerk was instructed to record the same in the church book.

Proposition

Whereas, there are, at this time Two Baptist churches in Toulon, while within the population of the town, nor the surrounding country, nor the united membership of both said Churches, justifies the existence of two such organizations, And whereas the first Baptist Church which is one of the said churches, cannot disband without loosing their Property, and above all other reasons, Whereas, we believe the Great Head of the Church is not pleased with the two separate bodies of the same faith & order, under the above named circumstances, Therefore be it resolved by the members of the first Baptist Church, at this their regular church, and covenant meeting, Saturday March 22, 1873 that we extend to the 2d Baptist Church of Toulon an invitation to unite with us in calling together from Sister churches, good and judicious brethren who shall examine the field, and advise with us as to the propriety of uniting together in one Church and Christian Body, and for this we most earnestly pray.

SISTER E GILL rec'd as member of this church by letter.

J H Stickney, clk

Sep 7, 1873

ELDER L D GOWAN & A M GOWAN his wife and JOHN E GOWAN his son, were by a unanimous vote recd as members of this church, Lords day after sermon.

J H Stickney, clk

These members were recently dismissed by letter from the Saxon Church nearby but the letters being lost they are recd without it. Clerk

May 20, 1875

The church called up the action of the church Feb 25th, 1854 in the case of MRS E SHALLENBERGER, and voted that the records of the church do not leave a correct impression as to her christian character, that having been from her connection with the Church up to the present time, unblemished and of the highest order.

L D Gowan, clk

Jun 18, 1876 Toulon

The Church met at the close of the P M service and received as members BRO JOHN O WEED and his wife SARAH M WEED.

L D Gowan, clk

Nov 4, 1876

Church met in regular session. Held a season of devotional exercises and conference with one another in which we felt the presence of the Master.

After which proceeded to business by appointing Eld J C Hart Mod & Bro J O Weed clerk pro tem.

The following order of business was passed: -

1st Resolved: - That we recognize in the Providence of God by which Eld Hart is detained in Toulon, & in his sympathy with us in maintaining the cause of Christ in our midst - the Hand of Providence in providing this little flock an Under Shepherd - and we hereby invite him to take the pastoral care of this Church so long as Providence shall seem to direct - pledging to do all we can to aid him in the support of his family.

2nd Resolved - that we apply to the Associational Committee for an appropriation of $100 from the Missionary Fund of our Association.

3d Resolved - That Eld Hart be appointed our Committee to meet with the Miss. Committee in Wyoming on the 8th inst. and to lay this our request before them, and give such information respecting the field as they may desire.

4th Resolved - That Sis Stickney be requested to write out said request, the same to be presented by Eld Hart as aforesaid.

On motion, Voted to adjourn until tomorrow a m at the close of public service.

J O Weed, clk pro tem

Nov 5, 1876

Church called to order at close of morning service, Eld L D Gowan in chair.

Eld J C HART & Sis M E HART presented Letters of Diss. & Recom. from the Toulon 2d Baptist Ch & by order were received into fellowship of this ch. Also Bro STEPHEN B BARTON presented Letter of Diss. & Rec . from Wabash, Ill Baptist Church and was recd into our fellowship. At close of the Evening service the Church proceeded to extend through Eld L C Gowan the right hand of Fellowship to Bro & Sis Hart and to Bro Barton after which a precious season was enjoyed in the observance of the Lord's Supper.

L D Gowen, clk

Dec 30, 1876

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END OF BOOK

The following was actually at the beginning of the book but was moved to the end for our website.

June 17th 1854

The following is a list of the names of Present, Dismissed, and Deceased members of the First Baptist Church at Toulon, Stark County Illinois. The eleven first names being those who first organized same church viz:

Elder Elisha GILL died June 1864

Elder J. M. STICKNEY Dis by let April 20, 1859

Oziah WINTER Dismissed by let, Aug 16, 1857

Henry T. IVES Dismissed by letter July 11, 1857

Abigail GILL Dismissed by letter April 1865

Cynthia STICKNEY Transcribed

Helen WINTER

Susanna PARISH Dis by let July 21, 1866

Susan M EASTMAN Died

Mary IVES Dis by letter July 11, 1857

Sarah CHAMBERLAIN withdrawn the hand of fellowship Sept 5, 1857

Catharine BUCHANAN Bapt. Aug 19, 1848 - Dis. by letter Dec 4 1852

George W BUCHANAN Bapt. May 26, 1849 - Dis by letter Dec. 4, 1852

Martha Merchant EASTMAN May 26, 1849 transcribed

Lucretia ROUSE Let. May 26, 1849. Died May 5, 1859

Thomas GODFREY Bapt. May 26, 1849. Died 1864

Mary GODFREY, wife Let May 26, 1849. Transcribed

Hugh Y. GODFREY Let May 26, 1849. Transcribed

Armina GODFREY Let May 26, 1849. Died

Elizabeth GODFREY Let May 26, 1849. Transcribed

Mary WINN Let Aug 18, 1849. Transcribed

Oliver GARDNER Let July 20, 1850 July 2, 1857

Julia G. GARDNER Let July 20, 1850 - Excluded July 2, 1855

Ephraim COLBURN Let Oct. 12, 1850. Dismissed by letter

Hannah COLBURN Let Oct. 12, 1850. Dis. by letter

Caroline F. GARDNER Let Feb 1, 1851. Dropped

James M. COLBURN Let Feb 2, 1851. Dis. by letter Apr 1, 1855

Charlotte COLBURN Let Feb 2, 1851. Dis. by letter Apr 1, 1855

Sarah WHIFFIN Let Feb 1, 1851. Died Jan. 1852

Nancy E. CULBERTSON Let Apr 26, 1851. Dis. by letter July 30, 1854

William MILLER Let Apr 27, 1851. Dis. by let. Sep. 10, 1853

Sarah MILLER " " " " " " " " "

Rebecca MILLER " " " " " " " " "

Permelia P. BARTON Let Aug 16, 1851. Dis. by let. Aug 27, 1854

John BELCHAR Let Nov 29, 1851

Mary Ann BELCHAR Let Nov 29, 1851

Enos BARTON Let Nov 29, 1851. Dis. by let. Aug 27,1854

Julia BALDWIN Let Nov 29, 1851.

Clorinda NELSON Let Nov 29, 1851. Dis by let Sep 9, 1854

John CULBERTSON Bap Nov 30, 1851

Plesant CULBERTSON, wife Bap Nov 30, 1851.

L. E. MINER Bapt Nov 30, 1851. Dis by let May 20, 1854

Louisa MINER, wife Bapt Nov 30, 1851. Died

W. B. SWEET Bapt Nov 30, 1851.

Elizabeth SWEET, wife Bapt Nov 30, 1851. Dis by let July 30, 1859

Hannah HAYES Bapt Nov 30, 1851. Dis by let July 11, 1857

Polly CRANDALL Bapt Nov 30, 1851.

S. W. EASTMAN Bapt Nov 30, 1851.

Henry JONES Bapt Nov 30, 1851. Excluded Feb 25, 1854

Cornelia GILL Died Dec 31st, 1862

Permelia DRAY Bapt Nov 30, 1851

Sally STIMSON Bapt Nov 30, 1851. Died

Jane STIMSON Bapt Nov 30, 1851. Dis by let June 18, 1858

Mary HALL Bapt Nov 30, 1851. Died May 5, 1854

Louisa SWEET Bapt Nov 30, 1851. Excluded June 26, 1855

Emeline L. BEERS Bapt Nov 30, 1851. Dis by let Feb 6, 1857

Urunia PARISH Bapt Nov 30, 1851. Dis by let July 21, 1866

Cyrus SWEET Bapt Nov 30, 1851. Dis by let July 22, 1862

Wm. CLARK Bapt Nov 30, 1851. Expelled Aug 4, 1858

Wm. MILLER Jr. Bapt Nov 30, 1851.

Elizabeth BEERS Bapt Nov 30, 1851. Died 1863

Arminda IVES Bapt Nov 30, 1851. Dis by let June 22, 1862

Margaret IVES Bapt Nov 30, 1851. Dis Aug 7, 1859

Abby E GARDNER Bapt Nov 30, 1851. Dis by let Sept 27, 1857

Sarah J BALDWIN Bapt Nov 30, 1851. Died

Malvina SHULL Bapt Nov 30, 1851. Excluded

Margaret ROSE Bap Nov 30, 1851. Excluded Feb 1856

Benjm PACKER Jr. Let Jan 3, 1852

Hannah PACKER, wife Let Jan 3, 1852

Catharine WHITAKER Bap Feb 28, 1852. Excluded July 2, 1859

E. R. BORDMAN Let Jan 29, 1853

Jane E. WOODWARD Let Jan 29, 1853.

A. GROSS Let Feb 26, 1853. Dis by let Apr 21, 1855

Henry G GODFREY Let Feb 26, 1853.

John D WEED Let June 18, 1853. Dis by letter 1864

Sarah WEED, wife Let June 18, 1853. Dis by letter 1864

Emily BERFIELD, wife Bap Oct 8, 1853.

Eliza SHALLENBERGER, wife Let Oct 9, 1853. Dropped Feb 25, 1854

Elizabeth S. FULLER, wife Let Oct 9, 1853. Ex July 1866

Peleg CHASE Let Dec 3, 1853

Fanny M. CHASE Let Dec 3, 1853.

Robert ROBB Let June 1, 1854

Mary Jane ROBB, wife Let June 1, 1854

Sarah HARRIS Let June 1, 1854. Dis by let Nov 20, 1858

Amelia HARRIS

Isaac HARRIS Bap Jan 28, 1854. Ex Mar 12, 1857

Mary Jane HARRIS Bap Jan 28, 1854. Dis by let Dec 12, 1858

Widow HARRIS Bap Jan 28, 1854

Julia BROWN Bap Jan 28, 1854. Dis by let Apr 24, 1859

Sarah IVES, wife Bap Jan 28, 1854. Dis by let Feb 24, 1855

Cynthia PACKER Bap Jan 28, 1854. Dis by let Apr 16, 1859

Mary BEERS Bap Jan 28, 1854

Eliza ARNOLD Bap Jan 28, 1854

John BERFIELD Bap Jan 28, 1854

Luther A. GEER Bap Jan 28, 1854 Excl Jan 1, 1859

Jane SHALLENBERGER Bap Jan 28, 1854. Dis by let Sep 4, 1865

Lucy OZIAH Bap Jan 28, 1854

Jane BEERS Bap Jan 28, 1854

Mary COOK Bap Jan 28, 1854. Dis by let Oct 7, 1854

Stephen H BROWN Let Jan 28, 1854. Dis by let Apr 24, 1859

Margaret BROWN, wife Let Jan 28, 1854. Dis by let Apr 24, 1859

William IVES Let Jan 28, 1854. Expeled Aug 4, 1858

Aluthia S.GROSS Let Jan 28, 1854. Dis by letter Apr 21, 1855

Eugene GROSS Let Jan 28, 1854. Dis by letter Apr 21, 1855

William GROSS Let Jan 28, 1854. Dis by let Apr 21, 1855

Achsw GROSS Let Jan 28, 1854. Dis by let April 21, 1855

Adelaide GROSS Let Jan 28, 1854. Dis by let April 21, 1855

Aurelia HARRIS (line drawn through name. Notation: Name on opposite page

Simon W DYER Let Jan 28, 1854. Died Sep 25, 1854

Philena DYER Let Jan 28, 1854.

Josephine DYER Let Jan 28, 1854

Mary ROBB Experience Feb 25, 1854

Stephen M FEZLER Experience Mar 1854. Dis by let Nov 20, 1858

Aurelia ? FEZLER Experience Mar 1854. Dis by let Nov 20, 1858 Luther GEER Jr. Let Mar 26, 1854

Abby GEER Let Mar 26, 1854

Jacob WAGNER Experience May 30, 1854. Excluded Mar 2, 1861

Gertrude WAGNER Bap May 30, 1854

Rev. David JAMES Let June 11, 1854. Dis by let Sep 1, 1855

Martha G JAMES, wife Let June 11, 1854. Dropped Sep 1, 1855

Cornelia STEPHENSON Bap Aug 27, 1854. Dis by let 1854

Sarah THOMAS Let Sep 10, 1854

Jonathan TWISS Let Sep 10, 1854. Died Aug 1865

Hester TWISS, wife Let Sep 10, 1854.

Elizabeth COLLINS Let Apr 22, 1855

Maria PATTERSON Let May 27, 1855

Harriet BLAIR Let Jun 3, 1855

Rev. Christian BRINKERHOFF Let Jul 15, 1855. Excluded June 29, 1859

Maria BRINKERHOFF Let Jul 15, 1855. Excluded Jul 2, 1859

A. J. BRINKERHOFF Let Jul 15, 1855. Excluded Jul 2, 1859

Elias STOCKNER Bap Sep 9, 1855. Excl Jan 1, 1859

Mary STOCKNER Bap Sep 9, 1855

Catherine KNOUP (line drawn through)

SCHMUCK (line drawn through) Let Dec 2, 1855

Katharine SWANK Let Dec 2, 1855

Jackson PATTERSON Bap Mar 16, 1856

Chilion B BRINKERHOFF Bap Mar 16, 1856. Excl Jan 1, 1859

Susan GODFREY, wife Bap Mar 16, 1856

Emily CULBERTSON, wife Bap Mar 16, 1856

S. Paulina PACKER Bap Mar 16, 1856. Dis by let May 20, 1866

James CULBERTSON Bap Apr 13, 1856

Anna PROUTT Bap Apr 13, 1856. Excluded Jul 2, 1859

Nancy WINN Bap Apr 13, 1856. Dis by let Feb 2, 1862

Nancy BRINKERHOFF Bap Apr 13, 1856

Mary Jane GEERHART Bap Apr 13, 1856. Ex Sep 3, 1859

Helen M RHODES Bap Apr 13, 1856. Dis by let Sep 3, 1865

Mary Louisa IVES Bap Apr 13, 1856. Dis by let Jul 11, 1857

Calista L DUGAN Let Dec 6, 1856. Excluded Jul 2, 1859

C F JACKSON Let Jan 31, 1857. Dis by let Nov 8, 1857

Lucius L DYER Rec'd May 2, 1857. Dis by let Nov 14, 1858

Ellen E DYER Let May 2, 1857. Dis by let Nov 14, 1858

Eliza Ann BIGELOW Bp Aug 30, 1857. Dis by let Mar 8, 1863

Abraham BOWERS Rec'd May 1, 1858 by letter

Caroline BOWERS Rec'd May 1, 1858 by letter

H Elizabeth BOWERS Rec'd May 1, 1858 by let. Dis by let Jun 2, 1861

Moses ROBB Rec'd by let May 1, 1858. Dis by let Sep 11, 1858

Deborah L HILL Rec'd by let Feb 5, 1859. Dis by let Mar 3, 1860

Christian BRINKERHOFF Restored Feb 6, 1859. Dis by let Feb 6, 1859

Hanah HAYES By return of letter Jan 1859. Dis by let Nov 27,1859

Wm LIGGETTE By let Aug 7, 1857. Dis by let Aug 11, 1861

Truelove LIGGETTE Let Aug 7, 1857. Dis by let Aug 11, 1861

Martha G JAMES Restored Mar 31, 1860. Dis Mar 31, 1860

Richard Franklin WILLIAMSON Bap Jul 9, 1860. Dis by let Jul 1866

Sarah BERFIELD Bap Aug 5, 1860

Mrs. Esther ROBSON Rec'd by let Sep 2, 1860. Dis by let Jul 1866

Oliver GARDNER Res Sep 5, 1860

Julia G GARDNER Res Sep 5, 1860

Mary B LARGE Bapt Sep 16, 1860. Dis by let Oct 21, 1861

Martha E BOWERS Bapt Sep 16, 1860

Calista L BRYAN Rest Sep 16, 1860. Dis by let Sep 16, 1860

Mary TWISS By let Sep 22, 1860. Dis by let Nov 26, 1865

Eliza Ann STICKNEY Bapt Sep 23, 1860. Dis by let Aug 2, 1862

John Higins STICKNEY Bapt Sep 23, 1860

Eliza BOWERS Bapt Sep 23, 1860

Nelson G GILL Bapt Sep 23, 1860

Otis Theron DYER Sep 23, 1860

Eufrasia Celestine DYER Bapt Sep 23, 1860

Hanah Rebeckah THOMAS Bapt Sep 23, 1860

Ame Elijah DYER Bapt Sep 23, 1860

Clou Roe PARISH Bapt Sep 23, 1860. Dis by let Jul 1866

Celestine Josephine EASTMAN Bapt Sep 23, 1860

Mary WEED Bap Sep 23, 1860

Henry Somers MERCHANT Bap Sep 23, 1860

Joseph Elisha WEED Bap Sep 23, 1860

Andrew Fuller STICKNEY Bap Sep 23, 1860

Misourie E GILL Bap Sep 23, 1860. Dis Sep 22, 1861

Mary Malinda WILLET by Elation (election?) Sep 27, 1860

Hiram WILLET by let Sep 27, 1860

Abram R THOMAS Bap Oct 2, 1860

Henry W THOMAS Bap Oct 2, 1860

Helen C HOAG Bap Oct 2, 1860. Died

E M GALLOP Bap Oct 2, 1860. Dis by let

Letty Ame BOWERS Bap Oct 2, 1860

Albert C BOWERS Bap Oct 2, 1860. Dropped Aug 2, 1862

Mary Elizabeth MERCHANT Bap Oct 2, 1860. Dis by let

Sabra L GALLOP Bap Oct 2, 1860. Dis by let Jan 5, 1863

Hattie Marie GALLOP (probably same person as next line)

Hariet Mariah GALLOP by relation Oct 1, 1860. Dis by let

William H HIES Bap Oct 14, 1860

A B HEADLEY Bap Oct 14, 1860. Dis by let Dec 23, 1860

Andrew McKEYES Bap Oct 14, 1860. Died in the army hospital

James Mury HODGEKISS Bap Oct 14, 1860. Died in the army hospital

Dec 28, 1861

James H STICKNEY By let May 4, 1861

Dennis CLARK Rec'd by let Sep 23, 1861

Eliza DAVIDSON By letter Feb 24, 1862

Elizabeth BRADSHAW By let Jan 31, 1863. Dis by let 1864

Andrew BALDWIN By letter Jun 1, 1863

Caroline WEST Bap June 7, 1864

Anne E GILL Rec'd by letter Jun 14, 1864

Eld E T BARKER by let June 5, 1864

Nancy LACY Bap June 7, 1864?. Died

Sarah E LASEURE By let Jul 1864. Exc Mar 3, 1866

Samuel WALKER Sep 1863 by letter

Elizabeth WALKER by letter Sep 1864

Broth James B WILSON By let Dec 1864. Died Aug 12, 1866

Sist Sarah WILSON By letter Dec 1864

Sister Abby GARDNER By let Feb 1864

Margaret CAMAREN ? By let

Julia M BARKER Dec 6, 1864

Brother Daniel S WRIGHT Rec'd Jan 21, 1865. Dis by let Jun 17, 1866

Sister Mary B WRIGHT Rec'd Jan 21, 1865. Dis by let Jun 17, 1866

Eld Ansel J WRIGHT By let Jan 27, 1865. Dis by let Aug 18, 1866

Sister Mary S WRIGHT By let Jan 27, 1865. Dis by let Aug 18, 1866

Eliza EASTMAN Bap Jan 29, 1865

Mattie WILSON Bap Jan 29, 1865

H--- GODFREY Bap Jan 29, 1865

Susan A ROBB Bap Jan 29, 1865

Mary BETUS Bap Jan 29, 1865

Ellen GILL Bap Feb 5, 1865

Isabell GODFREY Bap Feb 5, 1865

Harry COPPERTHWAITE Bap Feb 5, 1865

Eliza MINER Bap Feb 5, 1865

Caroline LYONS By let Feb 12, 1865

Sister Eli WILSON Relation Feb 12, 1865

Minerva LYONS Bap Feb 12, 1865

Nancy HENSTALL ? Bap Mar 5, 1865

Martha BERFIELD Bap Mar 12, 1865

Jacob WAGGONER Restored Mar 10, 1865

Elias LYON By relation May 6, 1865

William MINER by letter Feb 4, 1866

Mary MINER by letter Feb 4, 1866

M LACY Bap Jun 7, 1863. Died Jul 30, 1870

Albert BOWERS Res. Mar 10, 1866

Sarah E LASEURE Rest. Mar 10, 1866

Anne M PLOUT? By let Mar 10, 1866

Br Eli WILSON By Rela. Mar 17, 1866

Sis Hattie STOCKNER By Rela. Mar 17, 1866

Br C D. WALLING By Rela. Mar 24, 1866

Sis Nancy E WALLING By Rela Mar 24, 1866

Letuey GEER Rest Mar 31, 1866

Nancy HENRY By Relation Mar 31, 1866

Martha HENRY By let Mar 31, 1866

Martha A PIRCE Bapt Apr 1, 1866

Stephen MERRING Bapt Apr 1, 1866

Sarah MERRING Bapt Apr 1, 1866

Kate GEER Bapt Apr 1, 1866

Christena PETERSON Bapt Apr 1, 1866

Ruth A WALLING Bapt Apr 1, 1866

Ian C LYON Bapt Apr 1, 1866

Calvin ROCKWELL Bapt Apr 1, 1866

Francis STICKNEY Bapt Apr 1, 1866

Owen THOMAS Rel. Apr 5, 1866

Anna BEERS Bapt Apr 8, 1866

Maggie GREER Bapt Apr 8, 1866

Henry WOTTAN Bapt Apr 8, 1866. Dis by letter May 20, 1866

Andrew GILBREATH Bapt Apr 8, 1866

Hugh STOCKNER Bapt Apr 8, 1866

Julia IVES By let Apr 8, 1866

Sarah IVES By let Apr 8, 1866

Eliza M ROCKWELL By relation Jun 30, 1866

Lotie YOUNG By letter June 30, 1866



We are thankful to Joyce Mercer for her faithful transcription of these records for the church.

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