Portrait and Biographical Record of Effingham, Jasper and Richland Counties Illinois,Containing Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens, Governors of the State, and the Presidents of the United States.
(Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887), p. 195.
Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards.

THE BAPTIST CHURCH of Effingham was organized in 1861 by Elder Uriah McKay and an ecclesiastical council composed of Rev. Mr. McKay , W. C. Mitchell, John W. Cleveland, J. W. Billingsley and John Verplank. The original members were L. R. McMurray, Elizabeth McMurray, D. W. Bouland, Catherine Bouland, W. P. Surrells, S. V. Surrells, P. P. McCain, Grace McCain, Giles Baldwin, Sarah Baldwin, Mrs. D. D. Bouland and H. N. Leland, together with Elder McKay. The pastors have been Elder Uriah McKay, E. S. Graham, I. S. McHan, A. Rhodes, Stephen Wilson, W. H. Wilson and I. H. Elkin.

The society was originally organized at the residence of W. P. Surrells, where services were held for one month. Later a house on the west side of the Illinois Railroad was used; then the court house was occupied until 1866, when a church edifice was erected. This was built of brick at a cost of $6,000, and stands on a lot donated for the purpose by Alexander Little. The first officers were: Rev. Mr. McKay, moderator; W. P. Surrells, clerk; Giles Baldwin, H. B. Wagner and Jesse Said, deacons; A. Wilson, L. R. McMurray and Joshua Bradley, trustees. The church has a membership of ninety, and an average attendance at Sunday-school of seventy-five.

Portrait and Biographical Record of Effingham, Jasper and Richland Counties Illinois, Containing Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens, Governors of the State, and the Presidents of the United States. (Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887), p. 588. Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards.

 

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