CUMBERLAND COUNTY, ILLINOIS

HISTORY OF CHURCH
HARMONY FRIENDS MEETING
BY DATE McCOLLOUGH



    Date McCollough, the son of Christian parents who conducted family worship in home when as a small boy perhaps three years old, went to Sunday School on horseback, and through the country, which was all in woodland at the time, from near Timothy to Brushy Ridge school house.  This was a log building as were all the school buildings at that time.  He made several trips to this school house where they held Sunday School.  Hiram Fancher was the Supt. at that time.  He was to learn a Bible verse and quote  it the following Sunday.  Well did he remember the verse when an old man of 80. "Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it".  He said "Chain Up a etc." everyone laughed.
    After several trips over there some had the idea of starting a Sunday School, Hard Scrabble School House or Loss Creek (probably misspelled from Lost Creek) as we call it today. On the first Sunday the house was nearly full and the interest was good.  Julia Boots now 82 is the only known living person present at the meeting.  They organized a Sunday School. 
    Prayer Meetings were held regularly.
    In a few years a revival was held in the school building. Many were  converted and it was a mighty revival. It was the first revival date he ever saw and as good as he has ever seen. 
    There were many large families in the community at that time and a Tom Brewer and another minister from Toledo held the revival.  Some he could remember were Bub Boots, Will Boots, John Boots, Dave Williams, Bill Stewart, Marsh Stewart, all with large families. 
    Need of a church was recognized.  Joel Williams had moved over by Friends Grove and helped to raise funds.  Hiram Fancher owned land where the church stands and donated place for the building.  Did not have any trouble raising the funds.
    The building was completed in the fall of 1876, being the first church erected between Greenup and Charleston. 
    Joel Williams, then on his death bed, being very interested in the church and keeping in close touch with it' progress sent the name "Harmony"  because of the unity and harmonious way it had been erected.  Joel Williams died on November 29th,  and the church was not altogether completed.  But the house was set in order and his funeral was the first service in the building. 
    A Methodist class was organized and continued meetings for many years.  Then some Quakers from the East organized a class also, and the two worshipped together for several years.  They decided to separate and the Quakers helped the Methodists build the Asbury Church.
    The new building was completed in 1930 with the dedication service first Sunday in June.  George Jordan was pastor at the time of the building of the new church and used the text  "So built we the walls for the people had a mind to work" Nehemiah 4.
    In the year 1945, being the 69th anniversary of the church. 
    The cemetery had been there for years and was known as the Peach Orchard. (located 2 miles North of Greenup) 
For additional information visit Harmony Cemetery Photos

Contributed by James Winnett.


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