OAK HILL BAPTIST CHURCH
February 10, 1851 - January 4, 1863
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Some pages from the Minutes and Membership Rolls of the Church during this time
are in poor condition, especially the years 1857 (late) through 1863. They have been transcribed to the best of
our ability. If you question data, please refer to the original source microfilm above. For missing years in the
minutes, try searching the membership roll.
Excerpts from the minutes of the Oak Hill Baptist Church
Having been constituted on these (rules of faith), the Church chose Elder ? Keel as Pastor for one year, ? Ross
- Deacon, George W. Darrow - Deacon?
The Church is to meet on the second Saturday of every month for business, opened a door for the reception of members
joined by experience, Sister Mary A. Darrow and Mary J. Grigery.
Names of those who first went into constitution:
Wm. S. Ross
February 13th received by experience Andrew Melvin, Jackson Bragg, Elisabeth Peach, Jarrett Milam
February 16th received by experience Charles J. Bridges
These seven baptized Sabbath February, the 16th
Sabbath night, Feb. 16th, received by experience, Jane Tucter and also Nancy Curn by experience in the absence
of letter, received by experience Margrett Peck.
Monday February the 24th received by letter Margrett Engle and Lucinda Bridges.
Tuesday February the 26th received by letter sister Ann Engle
Saturday 8th March joined by letter:
Sister Sarah Peck and Sister Ann Fergison
Joined by experience Brother James A. Peck and Sister Lucy L. Darrow Dunnivant
Saturday night joined by letter Sister Sarah Milom
Baptized Sabbath 9th March James A. Peck, Mary Jane Tucter, Agness Obriant, Margrett Peck, Lucy L. Donnavant
Sabbath night joined by letter Sister Elizabeth Glover
Saturday April 12th, joined by experience, Sister Nancy (Nicy) Melvin
Sabbath April 12th received by experience Sister Sarah Rador. Baptized two, Eunice Melvin, Baptized at the same
Saturday November 8th 1851
Joined by experience Brother Harmon Tucter and sister Elizabeth Bralt
Sabbath the 9th, 1851 joined by experience Daniel Dunavant
Tuesday the 11th 1851 joined by experience Mary Rador
Thursday 13th 1851, joined by letter Catharine Peterson joined 10th 1851. Footnote, William Laramie was received
Sunday the 13th of June, joined by experience, Brother Brown
Saturday, the 12th Sept?, 1852 joined by letter, Jesse Padon
Sabbath October the 10th, 1852 Sister Rebecca Swift and Brother John W. Swift, Brother John Rador, Brother Andy
Elliot, Sister Caroline Pribble, Sister Caroline Calvert, Brother P. Alexander Imhoof, Brother James Brown, Brother
Henry M. Peck (res'd), sister Eliza Alexander, Brother Jer'y Parker
Saturday the 13th of November, 1852 Brother Joab Eliot joined by experience and Sister Elizabeth O'Brient and sister
Elisabeth Peach joined by experience
Sabbath March the 13th, 1852 Brother Harison Hall joined by experience and also Sister Cornwell by experience
April the 14th 1853 The case of Sister Tupler then taken up, moved and seconded that the church exclude her for
her very unchristian like conduct character which was carried. **Excluded for adultery & leaving her husband
September 10th 1853 Brother Brown joined by experience
Saturday October 12th 1853, the following joined by experience Brother George O'Briant, Hiram Eliot, Agustus Darrow,
Charles B. Darrow, Henry Car, James Cornwell, Betsy Ann Baker, Susan May, Rebecka Brown, Louis Jane Guy, Mary O'Briant
June 11th, 1854 John M. Peck joined by letter. Copy of letter:
First Baptist Church Covington, Kentucky. In Church meeting April 13th 1854. Elder John M. Peck a member of this
Church in full fellowship? affectionally recommended to like fellowship wherever his future lot may be cast he
will be considered as having been dis----- from this church upon ? he shall have united with another of the same
faith and order
By order of the church,
John Mcgill?, clerk
Saturday, Sept. 9th, 1854 Rumors regarding the Christian character of Caroline Calvert is to be investigated. She
moved to a church in St. Louis. No evidence found to support the rumors.
The case of Mary O'brient taken up. sister Mary O'brient never was a member of the Baptist Church at Belleville.
She was Baptized by Elder Corwin in the winter of 1848, but never presented herself to be received by the church.
She joined the Methodist for a season and was excluded. The committee recommends the propriety of withdrawing the
hand of fellowship for want of correct Christian deportment. Sister Mary O'Briant excluded
Brother Andrew Elliot and sister Elizabeth Elliott called for letter of dismission which was granted. Also, letter
of Dismission called for by Bros. Jacob and James Brown and granted.
Lord's Day Sept. 10th 1854 Sister Caroline Calvert called for a letter which was granted.
Lord's Day, October 15th, 1854 Brother John Grummond received by letter and Sister Catharine Grammond related her
experience and received as a candidate for baptism
Monday evening Nov. 13th 1854 Mrs. Elizabeth Toner/Taner and Margret Elliot were examined and received as candidates
for Baptism. **footnote - Mrs. Toner did not join this church. She was baptized but united with New Hope Baptist
Tuesday Nov. 14, 1854 Mary Moore presented a letter from Pleasant Ridge church was received.
Wednesday Nov. 15th, 1854 Sister Eliza Tanor, Margret Elliot and Catharine Grammond were baptized by Elder M. Ely
and received into fellowship by the church
Saturday Nov. 18th 1854 Reception of member George O'Briant was excluded last July - made satisfactory acknowledgments,
professed to be resolved to live a Christian life and was restored to fellowship. John J. A. Peck who had been
a member of Rock Spring Church (now dissolved) and afterwards excluded, professed repentance and his determination
to live the life of a Christian and was received into fellowship. Samuel Peach related his experience and was received
as a candidate for baptism
Saturday Dec. 9th, 1854 Report of the committee on delinquent members taken up. Elder Ross reported he had visited
Sister Sarah Milam that she professed attachment to the church desired to attend but her circumstances were very
unfavorable and she cold not get there conveniently, she determined to maintain her Christian profession in mother
she was excused
Henry Carr was reported as living in Washington County. Elder Ely was instructed to write to him of our rules,
and that the church expects to hear from him and know his religious condition.
Elder Ross reported that he had visited Sarah Peck whose circumstances prevented her regular attendance but she
desired to maintain her church profession. Excused.
Alexander Imhoff reported living in Jonesborrough, Union County and Elder Ely instructed to write to Elder D. L.
Phillips, make inquiries and converse with him and return an answer.
Nancy Carr (?) was reported having returned from whence she came. As she was received without any letter on motion
it was resolved she be drooped from membership.
James Cornwell was reported as living in the bounds of Pleasant Ridge church and Elder Ely was requested to visit
him and inform him of our rules and admonish him to his duty
Application being made from Sister Caroline Preble (now Bridges) for a letter to join the Baptist church in Jerseyville,
the clk was authorized to send her a letter to that church
Lord's Day Dec. 10th, 1854 Mary Jane Moore was examined and received as a candidate for baptism
Mrs. Lucinda Butler? A member of the church at Waterloo offered herself but not having a letter Elder Ross appointed
to write to that church on her behalf.
The church went to Silver Creek and Elder M. Ely baptized Samuel peach and Mary Jane Moore, who were received into
the fellowship of the church.
Saturday Jan. 23th, 1855 Case of James Cornwell taken up. Report of committee state that his reason for non attendance
was his distance from the church. He called for a letter. Granted.
Sister Elizabeth Cook called for a letter which was granted.
Saturday March 10th, 1855 The case of Brother George O'Briant taken up on motion he be excluded for fighting causes?
Sister Margret Peck requested a letter from the church which was granted.
Brother Jesse Padon and wife called for letters from the church which were granted
Saturday Sept 8th 1855 The return is for the year areas follow:
Received by experience on baptism - 5
Received by experience of letter - 2
Received by restoration - 2
Dismissed by letter - 9
Excluded - 3
Present Number - 53
Abraham Brown and wife applied for a letter of dismission on removal - granted
November 17th, 1855 Whereas Henry Carr has been absent a long time from our meetings and has made no communication
to the church and wholly neglected his covenant obligations, therefore, on motion, he be excluded from our fellowship
Saturday night, Dec. 15th 1855 Brother Abraham Brown and his wife returned their letter, granted last September
Thursday the 20th of December James Rador related his experience and was received as a candidate for Baptism.
Friday night, Dec. 21 Martha Adams, Sarah Ross and Virginia Ely related their experience and were received as candidates
for baptism. William Elliott and wife Jemima Elliott, who had been baptized on a profession of faith in Jesus Christ,
related their experience, and on an examination of their faith and religious experience were received into the
fellowship of the church
Saturday Dec. 22, 1855 James Rader, Virginia Ely, Sarah Ross and Martha Adams were baptized by Elder M. Ely
Thursday, January 10th, 1856
At Three o'clock in the morning and after a long and painful illness, Sister Sarah Rader, a member of this church,
died in the full assurance of faith and hope.
She was baptized and received into the church on a --- of faith in Christ April 13th, 1851 and has maintained a
pious walk, and Christian character and was respected and beloved by all who knew her. She was born in Monroe County,
Ill., on the 9th day of February 1809, and lived to the age of 46 years, 11 months. During her long illness she
maintained an unshaken confidence in God, and firm reliance on the --- of Christ. She has left a bereaved husband,
one of our deacons and seven children to mourn their loss.
Feb. 9, 1856 Brother John. A. Peck being about to remove to Marion county, asked for a letter of dismission for
himself and Agness his wife, which was granted
March 8th, 1856 H. M. Peck and his wife, to whom letters were voted the 13th of October, 1855, not having moved,
they returned their letter according to the rule
Total of membership for the year: 58 persons have been baptized, 11 received by letter and by restoration, making
81 members in all, 11 have been dismissed by letter; 10 have been excluded, 3 have died and 57 remain in membership
on the first of January
Lord's Day March 9th application for a letter of dismission and recommendation was made by James A. Peck, who is
about to remove to California which was granted
Saturday May 10th, 1856 William Simmons, Mary Simmons, his wife, and Malvina Simmons, his daughter presented a
letter from the Baptist church of Red-bud, Randolph county, Ill. and were received on this testimony as member
of this church
Levi Elliott, having been absent for many months and having returned and is now living in the settlement ? request
to be released from the office of Deacon. The church declined to excuse him
Lord's Day, June 8th, 1856 On application by Brother Abraham Brown and Rebecca his wife, who are about to remove
to Iowa, a letter of dismission was granted and delivered to him by the clerk the same day
Saturday, June 14th, 1856 Whereas Brother William Elliott has been publicly charged and he admits the facts, that
last February, he and others were at a grocery in Lebanon, drinking together, when one of the company insulted
and threatened him, and he pulled off his coat to fight him, but the man begged to be let alone, else he should
have struck him. He justifies the act and says he would have done it if he had not ? his insults. **Saturday July
12th, 1856, The pastor stated certain questions asked him by John Grammon and answers given Brother Elliot was
present, and after much conversation, and some explanations from him, the church voted by a majority to remove
Saturday, August 9, 1856 The subject of laying off a cemetery on our meeting house lot was considered and on motion,
the Deacons were constituted a committee, with instructions to employ a surveyor and lay off on the ? side, one
acre, and if necessary enough more to include the two graves already there, in suitable blocks, lots and alleys
for the convenience of each family who desire to bury there
Lord's Day, October 12th Evening, Brother Phineas Colver, who has been in the neighborhood for several months and
comported himself as a Baptist in good? standing, was received on the following recommendation as a member of our
body. He formerly belonged to the Baptist church in Cheming?, NY that for some time has not held regular church
meetings. A letter from a Baptist brother in that vicinity gave testimony to his orderly standing when he left
there. On motion he was received
October 24th, 1856
Died at her late residence , Rock Springs, in this vicinity, at 6 o'clock, Sister Sarah Peck, consort of Rev. J.
M. Peck, after a long illness, which she bore with Christian fortitude, patience and resignation. She was born
in Greene County, State of New York, January 31st, 1789, professed to be converted and became a believer in Christ
Jesus in the great revival, in Litchfield, Con. in 1807, was married to her late husband, J. M. Peck, May 8th,
1809, in the same town and state; was baptized in company of her husband by Elder Hermon Hervey, in a little mountain
stream in Windham township, Greene County, New York, Sept. 15th, 1811; moved with her husband and three children
to St. Louis, Mo. 1817, and into Illinois and settled at Rock Spring in 1821. She was the mother of ten children,
seven of whom lived to man's estate, and six survive her.
During the whole period of her husband's ministry, she was in the highest sense, a keep-mate in all his labors.
She performed in a most effective sense the duties of a wife and mother. For weeks and months in succession during
the absence of her husband, she was the head and governess of the household. To her skill, industry, patience,
self-denial and prudent economy was he indebted to her for her ability and the opportunity done entirely so he
could do the work where divine providence called him. Nor would it have been in his power to have done half the
deeds he has performed, had not that excellent woman aided him, in the quiet and ? of domestic duties.
Her last days gave most satisfactory evidence of calm self-possession, strong faith and admission into that state,
where sickness, sorrow, pain and death are felt and feared no more.
She joined this church by letter from the late Rock Spring church, on the 8th of March, 1851.
Her exact age was sixty-seven years, eight months, and twenty-four days.
Lord's Day, Nov. 9th, 1856 William Humphrey, and his daughter Louisa Greer, presented letters of recommendation
and dismission from New Hope United Baptist Church, Davidson County, Ten. dated in 1851 and offered themselves
for membership. Evidence was presented that they had lived orderly lives as Baptists, since that period. On motion
they were received unanimously to membership in the church and the hand of fellowship was given
Lord's Day (evening), Dec. 14, 1856 Sister Annis Campbell was received on recommendation, she having been a member
of Rock Spring church and the members of this church being acquainted with her
January 10th, 1857 A letter was granted to Sister Milam to join the Baptist church in Lebanon, also a letter to
Sister Margaret Elliot to join a Baptist church in that part of the state where she now resides
Lord's Day, January 11th, 1857 Horace Simmons presented a letter from Redbud Baptist church, Randolph county, Ill.
and was received
Feb. 14th, 1857 Brother William Humphrey and his daughter Louisa Greer (now Mrs. McDonald?) made application for
letters to join the Baptist Church in Lebanon. Granted
Lord's Day, March 8th, 1857 application was made for a letter to be granted Susan May (now Mrs. Grummon) to join
the Baptist near Athens in the South part of St. Clair county. Granted
Lord's Day, evening, March 15th, 1857 a letter of commendation granted to brother Jeremiah Parker and Margaret
his wife to joining any church of our faith and order according to our rules, where they are about to remove
Saturday, June 13th, 1857 Mrs. Drusilla A. Darrow came before the church; related her Christian experience, was
examined by the pastor and others, and was received as a candidate and to be in full fellowship when baptized The
Lord's Day, June 14, Mrs. Drusilla A. Darrow was baptized by the pastor and welcomed into full fellowship, as a
Saturday August 8th, 1857 A letter from Sister Elizabeth Bragg of Mound City, Ill. requesting a letter of dismission
Saturday Sept. 12th, 1857 Sister Rachel Rader presented a letter from the Baptist church in Belleville for admission
and was received by the hand of fellowship
Saturday, October 10th, 1857 On application of William Elliott and Martha his wife, formerly Martha Adams, for
letters of dismission and commendation to some other church of our faith and order, the same were granted
Lord's Day, October 11th on recording the roll of all the members of the church at this date I find forty-nine
The next section of records is too faded to be transcribed. Certain pages contained the following data:
Lord's Day May 9th, 1858? John Miller was baptized by the pastor
Date illegible - letter of dismission were asked for from Sister Mary Moore (formerly Smith?), Brother Christopher?
and something about Brother Peck
August 14th, 1858 Letters of dismission were asked for by Andrew Elliot and wife, and Wm. Larramie, granted
October 1858 Elder Ross has charges against him, Sister Eliza Durnavant has charges against her, Sister Rosella
Ely says she has no fellowship for the church but denies the charge against her, charges was voted sustained, therefore
resolved the hand of fellowship be and is hereby withdrawn from Rosella Ely
Elder Madison Ely on trial has been convicted of the following unchristian and censurable conduct, which was fully
sustained by evidence:
1. Insinuations implicating the character of Elder Storrs? as a minister
2. charging the Pastor of the church preaching false doctrine
3. Appointing and holding a separate meeting in a manner which produced disunion in the church
4. A general course tending to divide the church
5. Publicly avowing doctrines subversive of scripture truth
6. For general disorder in church meeting refusing to comply with church rules censuring the chairman and church
7. Therefore, resolved, that Elder Madison Ely has forfeited the fellowship of this church
8. Resolved that the church hereby withdraw the hand of fellowship from Elder M. Ely
The case of Brother Ross was called up when after due consideration the following was passed, unanimous, whereas
Elder Wm. D. Ross has on trial been convicted of the following charges:
1. Of repeatedly opposing in a public manner the proceedings of the Pastor and church in a manner which produced
discord and wounded the feelings of the Brethren generally
2. Of encouraging the holding of a separate meeting tending to produce disunion
3. Violating assurances to brethren that he would desist from such courses
4. circulating known false representations that the pastor of the church was guilty of false and contradictory
5. Public falsehoods
6. A general censure and contempt of the church, therefore resolved 1st that Elder Wm. D. Ross has forfeited the
fellowship of this church and 2. resolved that the church hereby withdraw the hand of fellowship from Wm. D. Ross
October 24th, 1858 Brother Andrew Elliot and his wife (Elizabeth) returned their letter and were received
Saturday Nov. 13th, 1858 On motion of Hiram Elliot, resolved, that the hand of fellowship be withdrawn from J.
December 6th, 1858, evening, Andrew Moore was received by letter into the fellowship of the church
Dec. 7th, 1858, Lois Ehly related her Christian experience and was received as a candidate for baptism
Dec. 12th, 1858 the following persons were baptized Elizabeth Darrow, Lois Ehly, Margaret Moore and Arena Simmons
Dec. 13th, 1858 John Moore presented a letter from the Pleasant Ridge church and was received into the fellowship
of the church
Dec. 26th, 1858 the following were received as candidates for baptism and were baptized by Elder Howel and in the
evening received the hand of fellowship: John Smith, Pamenas Bankson, Eliza Hathaway, Charles H. Darrow, George
Bridges and Layfayette Bridges
Saturday Jan. 8th, 1859 Report was accepted on Sister Eliza Dunnavant and the case was dropped
Saturday March 12th 1859
Brother Daniel Durnavant recognized the authority of the church and desired to drop his difficulties and follow
the church, the case against Brother Durnavant was dropped
Saturday April 9th, 1859
The committee to labor with J. Grummon was called when Brother Andrew Elliot stated from conversation he had with
Brother Grummon he thinks he (Grummon) does not mean to come near the church. After considering the case on motion,
the hand of fellowship was withdrawn to J. Grummon
Saturday May 14th, 1859 Whereas Sisters Virginia Ely, Catharine Grummon and Annis Campbell have denied the authority
of this church and also refuse to walk with and fellowship the church, therefore resolved that the hand of fellowship
be and is withdrawn from them
Sisters Emeline Ross and Eliza Dunnavant being present said they could not fellowship the church and requested
their names to be dropped
Saturday June 14th, 1859 The case of Brother Bridges was taken up and after due consideration the following was
offered and passed unanimously:
Whereas C. J. Bridges refused to walk with and fellowship this church therefore resolved that the hand of fellowship
be and is hereby withdrawn from him
On motion of H. Elliot it was resolved the hand of fellowship be withdrawn from the following person for refusing
to walk with the church: Lucinda Bridges, Daniel Dunivant, Lucy Dunavant, John Rader, Rachel Rader, James Peterson,
Mary Scott, Emeline Ross, Sarah Ross, Eliza and Mary Jane O'Briant
Saturday, July 9th, 1859 Brother J. W. Thwing presented a letter of recommendation from the Belleville church and
was received, Brother Thwing for the committee to visit J. Padon and others, said he had received a letter from
Brother Padon stating that he (Padon) did not recognize this as the Oak Hill church and had joined what was called
the Ross and Ely party. The hand of fellowship was withdrawn from Brother Padon for non-fellowship
Here again the pages are so faded they are nearly impossible to read. Information has been pulled that was even
Dec. 23, 1859 Thomas Curry related his experience and having been baptized was received into fellowship. ? Jones
offered himself to the church for membership, but ? having been __________ of the Mormons his case was deferred
Dec. 25, 1859 After the sermon Mary Hughs and Thomas Higgins were baptized
Date illegible and most data is illegible - Amanda Parker was received into fellowship by letter from _____
November 1862, the case of Brother Hughes was taken up. Moved by Brother Darrow that Brother Hughes be excluded
for his conduct relating to his enlistment in the army, carried, case was laid over until next meeting
On Wednesday night Dec. 10th, 1862 Sister ? Chandler united as a candidate for Baptism. On Friday night Dec. 12,
1862, the Church was called to gather by the pastor to take into consideration certain measure to restore excluded
members from this church. Also on the same night, A. Simmons joined by letter. On Sabbath night, the 14th ? Elliot
and George Ely united as candidates for Baptism. On Thursday night, Daniel Bennet united as a candidate for Baptism
Dec. 16, Jane Simmons and Eliza A. Peach united with the Church as candidates for Baptism, on Dec. 19th, 1862,
John Elliot united with the church as a candidate for Baptism. Brothers George Ely, Joseph Elliot, Daniel Bennet
and Sisters Jane Simmons, Eliza A. Peach, T. Chandler and on Sabbath night the hand of fellowship was extended
to them welcoming them in to all the ordinances and privileges of the church
Tuesday night Dec. 23, 1862, Margret Whitesides and Lucy? Harris united with the Church as candidates for Baptism.
On Wednesday night Dec. 24, 1862, Eli Elliot united as a candidate for Baptism. On Thursday night Dec. 25, 1862
Mary Read, Mary Jane Ely and John Cook united as candidates for Baptism. On Friday night Dec. the 26th, Henry Cook
united with the Church as a candidate for Baptism. On Saturday night Dec. 27th, 1862, John Parker, Jacob Schnider,
Sarah Dwire and Martha Elliot united as candidates for Baptism and on the same night James Peters was restored.
On Sabbath the 28th, 1862, the following persons were baptized: Brothers John Cook, Henry Cook, John Elliot, Jacob
Snider, Eli Elliot and John Parker, Sisters, Mary Read, Sarah Dwire, Margret Whitesides and on the same night the
hand of fellowship was extended to them
On Monday night, Dec. 29th, 1862, Lucretia? Fike united with the Church as a candidate for Baptism. On Wednesday
night ? and Eva Garret united with the Church as candidates for Baptism, on Thursday night, Jan. 1, 1863, Nancy
Whitesides , Jane Ross and Thomas Badgley united with the Church as candidates for Baptism and on Friday night,
Delia Fike united with the Church as a candidate for Baptism
On Sabbath January the 4th, 1863 the following persons were Baptized: Delia Fike, Mary Ely, Malissa Rader, Mary
Jane Ely, Lucretia or Leander Fike, Eve Garret, Nancy Whitesides, Emoline O'Brian, Jane Ross, Martha Elliot and
Thomas Badgley and on the same night the hand of fellowship was extended to all except Jane Ross who was not present
receiving them into full fellowship
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