Minutes of the Sangamon
United (later Regular) Baptist Association

1823 - 1837

               HISTORY OF THE SANGAMON ASSOCIATION

     The  Association flourished from the beginning, in spite  of 
some conflict over the introduction of the modern mission system. 
The  number of churches increased from eight in 1823 to  nineteen 
in 1828. In the year 1829, a remarkable record of prosperity  was 
reported:   eleven  churches,  including  nine   churches   newly 
organized, were added to the Association, making the total number 
of  churches 30 (thirty) in number.  In the year 1830, nine  more 
churches were added, bringing the total to 39 churches, at  which 
time  it  was  decided  to  divide  the  Association  into   five 
Associations,  viz., Sangamon, Morgan, Apple Creek, Spoon  River, 
and Kaskaskia. After this had been done, the Sangamon Association 
still had sixteen churches, in May 1831.

     A  history of the "Springfield Baptist Association"  written 
by  Edwin S. Walker, A.M., published in the year 1881,  says  (in 
its preface) "The most scrupulous care has been taken to preserve 
historical  data, and to secure accuracy of statement upon  every 
point within the sphere of inquiry proposed."  However, in  spite 
of  this claim of meticulous accuracy, the "Introduction"  begins 
by  saying that the Springfield Church was organized on July  17, 
1830, with eight charter members, and that "during the first year 
of its history, the church united with the Sangamon  Association, 
which organization was made up of five or six small  Anti-Mission 
Churches in the vicinity. During the pastorate of Elder Vandeveer 
there  were ten additions to the church by baptism and eighty  by 
letter and experience.  In no essential particular did the church 
at  that  time  differ from other Anti-Mission  Churches  in  the 
Association."

      The  glaring  inaccuracy  of the above  statement  is  very 
apparent from a mere cursory glance at the actual records of  the 
Sangamon  Association  at  that  time.  In  1830,  the  year  the 
Springfield  church was organized, instead of having five or  six 
small  churches, as this missionary Baptist historian  says,  the 
Sangamon   Association  had  no  less  than  39   churches   with 
approximately 1,100 members.


              MINUTES OF THE CONVENTION TO ORGANIZE 
            THE SANGAMON UNITED BAPTIST ASSOCIATION, 
     Held With Lick Creek Church, Sangamon County, Illinois,
                  October 25, 26, and 27, 1823.

     The formation of the United Baptist Association, done at the 
house  of  Simon  Lindley,  in  Sangamon  County,  Illinois,   on 
Saturday, October 25th, 1823.

     The messengers from the different churches met and proceeded 
to  form  a summary of principles and rules of  decorum  for  the 
government of Sangamon United Baptist Association.  
 
     After  divine worship by Elder William Jones,  proceeded  to 
business.

1. Elder Jonathan Sweet chosen moderator and Simon Lindley clerk. 
2. The  letters  from the different churches called for and their 
names enrolled.

              TABLE OF THE CHURCHES AND MESSENGERS

 County       Church            Messengers                 No. in fellowship
Montgomery  Hurricane Fork, Henry Sears, Joseph Wright.              16
Greene      Providence,     John Drum, Lewis Crane, 
                                 Calvin Tunnell, Aaron Smith.        29
Greene      Apple Creek,    Richard Griffin, Charles Kitchens. 
Sangamon    Richland,       William Roberts, Strother Ball,  
                                 Claibourn Jones, John Ray. 
Sangamon    Lick Creek,     Simon Lindley, Adin E. Meacham, 
                                 John Briscoe.  
Morgan      Indian Creek,   Samuel Bristow, William Miller,  
                                 Joshua Crow.  
Morgan      Diamond Grove,  Jonathan Sweet.
Montgomery  Clear Spring,   John Jordan, Thomas Mathews, 
                                 James Street.

     The  messengers from the above named churches  proceeded  to 
adopt  the following rules of decorum (to wit) with the  articles 
of faith. 

SUMMARY OF PRINCIPLES

10.  It shall be the duty of the Association to debar from a seat 
any United Baptist, who is a member of any missionary society.


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       MINUTES OF THE SANGAMON UNITED BAPTIST AFSOCIATION, 
      Held at Union Meeting House, Morgan County, Illinois. 
                 September 13, 14, and 15, 1828.

1st.   Elder  John Morris preached the introductory  sermon  from 
Eph. 5th chap. 2 first verses.  
2nd. Samuel Bristow chosen moderator, and William Kendoll, clerk. 
3rd.   Letters  from  following  churches  were  read,  and   the 
messengers names enrolled.

Counties

Greene    
        Providence   
                     Calvin Tunnell, Elisha Stout, Thomas Carlin*        20
        Apple Creek
                     AARON SMITH, Charles Catching, David Hudson         52
Morgan
        Indian Creek
                     Peter Conover, John Biddlecom, John Wilson          26
Sangamon
        Spring Creek
                     Stephen Pool*, Thomas Burnett, George Davenport*    39
        Springfield
                     MICHAEL MANN, Samuel Howell                         34
Morgan
        Clear Creek                                                        
                     Thomas Mathews, Benjamin Mathews, John Ray          11
        Sandy Creek
                     Jesse Sitten, Jesse Ellege, David Casebier          60
        Union
                     Austin Sims, WILLIAM CROW, WILLIAM BRADLEY          54
Sangamon
        Liberty 
                     JOHN MORRIS, William D. Morris, Henry Kinney        18
        Sugar Creek
                     Samuel Hutton, Henry Levi, Abraham Kisler           17
Morgan
        South Fork of Mauvaisterre
                   WILLIAM GRIMSLEY, Joseph Buckhannon, Joseph Walters   24
        Mauvaisterre
                     SAMUEL BRISTOW, Frederick Bolinger, John Foster     80
Montgomery
        Clear Spring 
                     JAMES STREET, John Yokum, Gilford Parrish           18
Greene
        Head of Apple Creek
                     WILLIAM RODGERS, Isaac Conlee, John Lee             17
        Hopewell
                     Samuel Beeman, James Moore                          16
Sangamon
        Lake Fork
                     HIRAM BOWMAN, James Turley                          16
Greene
        Taylor's Creek
                     Thomas Lee, John Finley, James Miller               20
Schuyler
        Crane Creek
                     Richard Black, William Stephens                     21
Morgan
        Diamond Grove
                     Jonathan Sweet, Paris Holmes, James Smith           -- 

                                              Totals . . .              537

Island Grove Church desolved in fellowship.
Messengers names marked thus * were absent.


4th.   A  door  opened for the reception  of  churches  into  the 
Afsociation. 
5th.   The last six enrolled churches: The Head of  Apple  Creek, 
Hopewell,  Lake Fork of Salt Creek, Taylor's Creek, Crane  Creek, 
Diamond Grove, were received into union with this Afsociation  as 
part of the body.
6th.  Correspondent letters called for and received Elder  Thomas 
Ray,  Alexander Conlee, William Jones, and John Jones,  who  were 
invited to take seats with us.  Elder Aaron Smith to write to the 
Illinois  Afsociation, and Bro. Calvin Tunnell, to write  to  the 
Wabash Afsociation.
7th. Brethren John Morris, Aaron Smith, William Grimsley,  Austin 
Sims,  and  James  Street, with the  moderator  and  clerk,  were 
appointed a committee to arrange the business of the  Afsociation 
against Monday, 10 o'clock a.m.
8th.   The ministers to make their own arrangements to  fill  the 
stand on Sunday the 14th.
9th.  The Association adjourned until Monday 10 o'clock a.m.
10th.   Lord's  Day, the stand was occupied as  follows  -  Elder 
Michael  Mann, preached from Galatians 3rd chapter,  18th  verse. 
Elder  Thomas Ray, from the first epistle of Peter, 2nd  chapter, 
3rd verse.  Elder William Grimsley, from Acts 13th chapter,  38th 
and 39th verses.  

Monday, the 15th. 
The  Association met agreeably to adjournment, and  after  prayer 
proceeded to business.
1st.   The committee of arrangements made their report were  were 
discharged.
2nd.  The petition in the letter from Providence was taken up and 
read,  respecting of an omission in the Minute of 1826,  that  it 
was done by mistake of the clerk, and not intentionally.
3rd.   Has the Afsociation power to reconsider her  former  acts?  
Answer.  She has.
4th.  Did the Convention that met at Lick Creek act in conformity 
to the Constitution?  Answer.  They did.
5th.   The  former discussion, or answer on the petition  on  the 
letter from Providence, shall suffice as an answer to the  letter 
from Apple Creek.
6th.   The  Afsociation  to be held on  the  second  Saturday  in 
September 1829, at the South Fork of Mauvaisterre meeting house.
7th.   Correspondent letter to Illinois Afsociation received  and 
read. Brethren Thomas Lee, William Crow, John Finley, to bear the 
letter  to the Wabash.  Elder Aaron Smith, and James  Street,  to 
bear the letter of correspondence to the Illinois Afsociation.
8th.  We recommend the Afsociation insert the following words  in 
the  Rules of Decorum:  "We will have no correspondence with  the 
Board   of  Foreign  Missions,  or  its  branches,  directly   or 
indirectly."
9th.  For the future, the Afsociation, agrees to receive churches 
into  union with her, by a majority of two thirds of the  members 
then present.
10th.   Brother  Michael Mann to preach the  introductory  sermon 
next year. In case of failure, Brother William Crow.
11th.   The clerk to superintend the printing 200 copies  of  the 
Minutes of the Afsociation.
12th.    The   committee  appointed  to  labour   with   brethren 
dissatisfied with the Diamond Grove Church last year, made  their 
report and were discharged.
13th.   The  clerk to have the overplus of money  in  his  hands, 
after paying for printing of the Minutes, as a compensation.
14th.  The clerk received $7.47 cts of the Afsociation.
15th.   The  Afsociation  adjourns  until  the  2nd  Saturday  in 
September 1829.

Attest:
                    Samuel Bristow, Moderator
                          William Kendoll, Clerk




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              MINUTES OF THE SANGAMON AFSOCIATION,
        Held at Spring Creek, Sangamon County, Illinois, 
         commencing on the fourth Saturday in May 1831.

      Introductory sermon delivered by Elder John Morris from 1st 
Peter,  5th  chap., 2nd. verse.  Letters  from  sixteen  churches 
read, and their Mefsengers names enrolled.  

 N. B. Ordained ministers names in small capitals, licentiates in italics.

Churches                         Mefsengers Names

Richland,               E. Perkins, S. Scott, F. Stinker,               12 

Spring Creek,           J. Kendall, Stephen Pool, William Kendall       35

Liberty,                JOHN MORRIS, Henry Kinney, Robert Campbell      56

Bethel,                 MICHAEL MANN, C. HARPER, J. Dunlap              30

Sugar Creek,            S. Hutton, A. Kigler, E. Weaver                 22

Lake Fork,              William Copeland, Charles Barney                37

Salt Creek,             Philip Snider, S. Wood, S. Evans                31

Salem,                  THOMAS PLASTERS, William Watkins, H. Armstrong, 
                          John Watkins                                  51

Horeb,                  A. VANDEVEER, C. VANDEVEER                      50

Salem Sugar Creek,      Alex. Jones, S. Lolly, William Richardson       31

Springfield,            John Owens, Harmon Haggard, J. Crowder          36

North Fork Sangamon,    John Smith, Patterson Heaton                    27

Lick Creek,             E. Hinslow, Lewis Richardson                    20

Clary's Grove,          George Spears, Williamson Trent                 34

South Fork,             CHRISTOPHER STAFFORD, Jewel Stafford             7

Horse Creek,            Thomas Westbrook, Henry West                    16

                                              Totals . . .             499  


2nd.   Chose Elders John Morris, moderator and  Aaron  Vandeveer, 
clerk.
3rd. Horse Creek, Clary's Grove, and South Fork Churches received 
into union.
4th.   Corresponding letters from the Wabash District, by  Elders 
D.  Parker, R. M. Newport, and Shelton Alphin, who were   invited 
to  seats  with us;  Alexander Conlee and  William  Powell,  from 
Illinois Afsociation, who were invited to seats with us.
5th.  Received letters from Okaw and Morgan Afsociations, praying 
a  correspondence  with  us,  which was  complied  with,  by  the 
Mefsengers  Evan Douthard, and Benjamin Parker, being invited  to 
seats  with us.  Mefsengers, William Crow and James  Murphy  from 
Morgan invited to seats with us.
6th.   The Circular letter read and referred to the committee  of 
arrangements.
7th.   The  moderator  and clerk, with  William  Watkins,  Thomas 
Plasters, and Michael Mann, appointed a committee to arrange  the 
business for Monday.
8th.   Brethren to write corresponding letters, Michael Mann,  to 
Wabash  District, William Kendoll to Illinois, Charles Harper  to 
Morgan, A. Vandeveer to Okaw.
9th.   Daniel  Parker,  R. M. Newport,  A.  Vandeveer  to  preach 
tomorrow.
10th.    Next  Afsociation  to  be  holden  at  Salem,  west   of 
Springfield, Sangamon County, commencing the Saturday before  the 
second  Sunday  in September 1832, at 10 o'clock a.m.  and  Elder 
Charles  Vandeveer  to preach the introductory, and  in  case  of 
failure, Elder Mann.
11th.  Adjourned till Monday 9 o'clock a.m.
12th.  Lord's Day, Elders A. Vandeveer, D. Parker, R. M. Newport, 
preached to a large and well composed congregation.
13th.  Monday 9 o'clock a.m. met pursuant to adjournment, and the 
committee made their report, which was received.
14th.  Circular letter read and received.
15th.   Corresponding  letters read, and mefsengers to  bear  the 
same,  to  wit, A. Vandeveer, R. Campbell, C.  Stafford,  Charles 
Harper,  to Wabash District, A. Vandeveer, Williamson  Trent,  C. 
Vandeveer,  Charles  Harper,  to Okaw; John  Morris,  H.  Kinney, 
Robert  Campbell,  John Watkins, to Morgan;  William  Kendoll  to 
Illinois.
16th.  John Morris, to write the next Circular.
17th.  A request to print the Constitution and Articles of  Faith 
with  the Minutes, referred to the Churches, requesting  them  to 
authorize  their  mefsengers  to  amend  the  same,  if   thought 
necessary.
18th.   Remaining  in the hands of the former clerk  $11.12  1/2, 
$3.00  of which be allowed for the service of the  former  clerk. 
The  balance to be equally divided between Sangamon, Morgan,  and 
Apple  Creek  Afsociations.  William Kendoll to  superintend  the 
dividing of the same.
19th.   Money  collected for printing the  minutes,  and  William 
Kendoll to superintend the same, and appropriate all the money in 
his  hands  for  minutes, retaining 100 copies  for  the  use  of 
corresponding associations.

Adjourned.
              Attest:
                     John Morris, moderator
                          Aaron Vandeveer, clerk.


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       Minutes of the Sangamon United Baptist Afsociation, 
Begun and held at Salem Meeting House, Sangamon County, Illinois, 
               September 8th, 9th, and 10th, 1832.

      Saturday,  September  8th,  Elder  Charles  Vandeveer  preached   the 
introductory sermon from Luke 19th ch., 10th vs., For the Son of Man, &c.

CHURCHES               Mefsengers Names                    Tot. No.
RICHLAND               Shadrach Scott, Edw. Perkins                        15
SPRING CREEK           John Kendall, David Sims, Wm. Kendall               29
LIBERTY                JOHN MORRIS, William Gibson                         33
BETHEL                 Samuel Howell, Samuel Hendrick                      28 
LAKE FORK              James Turley, Robert Cass, Carter Scroggin          33
SALEM                  THOMAS PLAISTER, Hugh Armstrong,  
                        John Watkins, David Brunk                          51
SALEM SUGAR CREEK      Alex Garrison, Stephen Lolly, Alex Meridith         32
SPRINGFIELD            John Owens, James Ogden                             65
LICK CREEK             Lewis Richardson, Aza Boen                          22 
CLARY'S GROVE          Samuel Combs, George Spears, Williamson Trent       35
HORSE CREEK            Thomas Westbrook, Leonard Fry                       21
HOREB                  CHARLES VANDEVEER     No letter                     NS
SUGAR CREEK              Not represented                                   NS
SALT CREEK               Not represented                                   NS
NORTH FORK OF SANGAMON   Not represented                                   NS
SOUTH FORK OF SANGAMON   Not represented                                   NS
LITTLE FLOCK           James Watkins, William Armstrong                    NS
UNION                  WILLIS L. MITCHUM, Robert Campbell                  NS 
                                                                          364
N. B. - The two last churches received into union. 

2nd.   Elder  John Morris chosen Moderator and  William  Kendoll, 
Clerk.
3rd.   Opened  a  door for the reception  of  churches.  Received 
Little Flock and Union churches and their mefsengers invited to a 
seat.
4th.  Corresponding letters called for and received
  1st, From Wabash by Elder Richard M. Newport
  2nd, From Okaw, by Evan Douthit.
  3rd, From Illinois by Alexander Conlee.
  4th,  From  Morgan, Elders William Crow  and  Micajah  Rowland, 
Austin Sims and Thomas Watkins.
The mefsengers invited to seats and to act freely with us.
5th.   Circular  letter  called for, read, and  reported  to  the 
committee of arrangements.
6th.    Appointed   brethren  to  write  to   the   corresponding 
Afsociations.  1st., C. Vandeveer to Wabash. 2nd., W. L.  Mitchum 
to  Okaw. 3rd., John Owens to Illinois. 4th., Robert Campbell  to 
Morgan. 5th. Frederick Stinker to Apple Creek.
7th.   Received a friendly letter from Spoon  River  Afsociation, 
praying a correspondence by brethren Nathaniel Harris and Richard 
Black, and they were invited to seats with us.
8th.  Committee of arrangements, Elders Charles Vandeveer, Thomas 
Plasters, Willis L. Mitchum, with the moderator and clerk.
9th.   Brethren  Newport, Conlee, Morris, appointed to  fill  the 
stand  tomorrow.   On Lord's Day, September the 9th,  Elder  John 
Morris preached from 1st John verse 20th. Elder Alexander Conlee, 
from Isaiah 37th, v. 13th. Elder R. M. Newport, from John 3rd and 
36th. to a large and well composed congregation.

10th. Met Monday, Sept. 10th, pursuant to adjournment, and  after 
praise, proceeded to business.
1st.  The  committee of arrangements made their  report  and  was 
discharged.  
2nd.  The  letter to Morgan Afsociation was  read  and  received, 
Brethren Hugh Armstrong and Alex. Garrison appointed to bear  the 
same.
3rd. Letter to Wabash Afsociation. Elder John Morris to bear  the 
same.
4th. Letter to Okaw Afsociation read and received. James Ogden to 
bear the same.
5th.  Letter  to Illinois Afsociation read  and  received.  Alex. 
Garrison to bear the same.
6th.  Letter to Apple Creek Afsociaton read and  received.  Elder 
John Morris to bear the same.
7th.  Received a letter by brethren Nathaniel Harris and  Richard 
Black praying of a correspondence with us.  The subject was taken 
up,  but  as  it appeared the corrupting  errors  of  the  modern 
mission  system, and some of its kindred institutions are  making 
some   confusion   in  that  body,  we  decline  opening   of   a 
correspondence  with  them for the present;  yet  believing  that 
there are sound and precious brethren who stand united with us in 
opposing  the  above  errors, we agree to send  them  a  friendly 
letter,  and brethren, to inform them that, So soon as  they  can 
cleanse themselves of the above errors, we are willing to open  a 
friendly  correspondence  with them, and we are  willing  in  the 
meantime to afford all the assistance we can.  Appointed to  bear 
the letter to Spoon River Afsociation, brethren William  Kendoll, 
Charles  Vandeveer,  John  Watkins,  William  Armstrong,   Thomas 
Plasters.
8th.  The next Afsociation to be held in Springfield,  commencing 
the Saturday before the second Sunday in September 1833.
9th.   Who shall preach the next Introductory sermon. Elder  John 
Morris. In case of failure, Elder Aaron Vandeveer.
10th.  The clerk to superintend the printing of the Minutes,  and 
distribute the same in proportion to the amount of money received 
from  each  church, so that every member of the  Afsociation  may 
have a copy, and one hundred copies to be retained in the hand of 
the clerk to be sent to corresponding Afsociations.
11th. The Constitution and Rules of Decorum to be entered in  the 
Afsociation Book.
12th.  The Articles of Faith to be printed with the Minutes.
13th. The names of Elders to be in small capitals.
Adjourned till ten o'clock the Saturday before the second  Sunday 
in September 1833.

Attest:                  
                     John Morris, Moderator.
                            William Kendoll, Clerk.



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                             MINUTES  
                             of the 
            Sangamon Afsociation of United Baptists, 
                      Held at Springfield, 
      Commencing the Saturday before the Second Lord's Day 
                    in September, A. D. 1833.

     The  introductory sermon by Elder Aaron Vandeveer, from  2nd 
Timothy, 2nd chapter, and 15th verse.  
     N.  B.  Ordained Ministers names in Small  Capitals;  Licentiates,  in 
Roman; and Mefsengers in Italicks.

CHURCHES    MEFSENGERS                                    TOTAL NO.

SPRING CREEK      William Kendall, Tandy James, Allen Hamilton              31
LIBERTY           JOHN MORRIS, Henry Kinney, S. Chitten                     30
BETHEL            MICHAEL MANN, William King                                27
NEW SALEM         THOMAS PLAISTERS, Hugh Armstrong, J. Watkins              41
LAKE FORK         CHARLES HARPER, James Turley, Robert Cass                 34
SALEM SUGAR CREEK Reuben Short, P. Wright, William Richardson               36
HOREB             AARON VANDEVEER, Charles Mathews                          36
LICK CREEK        James Wood                                                18
SPRINGFIELD       John Owens, Harman Haggard, James Ogden                   50
LITTLE FLOCK      John Taylor    No letter.                                - -
CLARY'S GROVE     J. M. Bingley, Williamson Trent                          - -
NORTH FORK        Barton Robertson                                          40
PROVIDENCE        William Weaver, Achilles Deatherage                       18
BIG GROVE         I. Hoblit, Lewis Dickerson, HIRAM BOWMAN                  17
PLEASANT GROVE    J. Lucas, __ Fisher, Thomas Goforth                       38
SOUTH FORK        B. Fields                                                 17
SALT CREEK        A letter but no mefsenger                                 13
                                                                           446                               
1st.   Chose Elder John Morris, Moderator, and  Aaron  Vandeveer, 
Clerk.
2nd.   Providence, Big Grove, and Pleasant Grove churches,  being 
found orderly and orthodox in their faith were received into  the 
union, and their mefsengers took their seats.
3rd. Corresponding letters, from Spoon River, by Squire Wilcoxen.
From  Kaskaskia,   Elder Henry Sears, who presented us  with  the 
minutes of that Afsociation which informed us of an order of that 
Afsociation to open a correspondence with us. Wherefore agreed to 
correspond  with  them by letter and  mefsengers.  Received  Bro. 
Sears, took his seat with us. From Wabash District by Elder R. M. 
Newport,  and  Aaron  Vandeveer  to  prepare  a  letter  to  that 
Afsociation.  From  Okaw by the hand of Bro. Dawdy,  and  Charles 
Harper  to  prepare  a letter to them. Elder Mann  to  prepare  a 
letter to Spoon River.
4th.  Elder Aaron Vandeveer and C. Harper to prepare  a  Circular 
addrefs to the churches, and present it on Monday.
5th.  The moderator and clerk together with Elders Michael  Mann, 
Thomas  Plasters, Hiram Bowman, appointed a committee to  arrange 
the business for Monday.
6th.   Appointed Elders John Morris, R. M. Newport, Michael  Mann 
to  preach  tomorrow  and adjourned until Monday  morning  at  10 
o'clock.   Elders Mann and Newport preached on Lord's day in  the 
Methodist  Church  and  J.  Morris and  Aaron  Vandeveer  in  the 
courthouse,  to  a  large and well  ordered  congregation,  where 
solemnity and much interest seemed to prevail.
7th.   Met  according to adjournment and the committee  made  its 
report and was discharged.
8th.   Corresponding  letters read, and mefsengers  appointed  to 
bear the same (to wit) to the Wabash District, A. Vandeveer,  and 
Barton  Robertson.   To  Spoon River,  A.  Vandeveer,  R.  Short, 
William  Kendall.   To  Kaskaskia, J.  Morris,  James  Wood,  Eli 
Mathews.
9th.  The  Circular Addrefs read and approved and ordered  to  be 
printed with the minutes.
10th.  Elder Michael Mann to prepare the next Circular Letter.
11th.  Next Afsociation to be held at Liberty Church, Lick Creek, 
13  miles  south  of  Springfield.  Elder  Mann  to  preach   the 
Introductory sermon. And in case of failure Elder John Morris.
12th.   A  request from Salem church to change the title  of  the 
Afsociation  from  United, to Regular. The same referred  to  the 
churches  requesting of them to advise the Afsociation  in  their 
letters, of their wish in the matter.
13th.  Money collected to print the Minutes, and A. Vandeveer  to 
superintend the same.
14th. Adjourned till the second Saturday in September 1834.

Attest:
                     John Morris, Moderator
                          Aaron Vandeveer, Clerk.



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     MINUTES OF THE SANGAMON AFSOCIATION OF UNITED BAPTISTS,
               Held at Liberty Church, Lick Creek, 
                   Sangamon County, Illinois,
    on the second Saturday, and Sunday and Monday following, 
                       in September, 1834. 

     Where the introductory sermon was delivered by Elder Michael 
Mann, from Matthew xv., 17th and 18th verses.

CHURCHES    MEFSENGERS NAMES                             TOTAL NO.

SPRING CREEK   Wm.  Kendoll, Wm. Kendoll Junr., John Kendoll           31
LIBERTY        JOHN MORRIS, Henry Kinney, Robert Campbell              21
BETHEL         MICHAEL MANN, Wm. King, Samuel Howell                   21
NEW SALEM      John Watkins, Thomas Wynne                              37
LAKE FORK      CHARLES HARPER, Robert Cass, James Turley               38
SALEM SUGAR CREEK  
               Reuben Short, Paschal Wright, Wm.  Richardson           28
HOREB          AARON VANDEVEER, Martin Hanon                           32
LICK CREEK     James Wood                                              21
SPRINGFIELD    James Owens, Thomas Goforth, John Crowder               58
PROVIDENCE     David Simmons                                           19
BIG GROVE      HIRAM BOWMAN                                            18
SOUTH FORK     Letter, but no mefsenger                                11
RICHLAND       Shadrack Scott, Claibourn Jones                         12
HORSE CREEK    C. VANDEVEER, S. Hutton, Leonard Fry                    21
UNION          WILLIS L. MITCHUM, C. Osbourn, Abram Foutch             22
CLARY'S GROVE  Not represented
NORTH FORK     Not represented
PLEASANT GROVE Not represented
SALT CREEK     Not represented

N. B. Ordained ministers in Small Capitals. Licentiates in Italics.

1st.  Chose  Elder John Morris, Moderator, and  Aaron  Vandeveer, 
clerk.
2nd.  Corrsponding  letters from Spoon River neither  letter  nor 
mefsengers.  From Kaskaskia, James Street.  From Wabash District, 
No  intelligence.   From  Okaw,  No  intelligence.  From  Morgan, 
William  Crow,  Austin  Sims, Richard  Wood.  From  Apple  Creek, 
Alexander Conlee, William Rogers.
3rd.   Circular  Letter  read and received,  and  ordered  to  be 
printed wth the minutes.
4th.   The Moderator and clerk, appointed, together with  Michael 
Mann,  Charles Harper, Hiram Bowman, a committee to  arrange  the 
business of the Afsociation for Monday.
5th.    Appointed   brethren  to  write  to   the   corresponding 
Afsociations  (to  wit)  Samuel Hutton  Jun'r,  to  Spoon  River.  
Charles  Vandeveer  to  Kaskaskia.  To  Wabash  District,  Thomas 
Wynne.   To Okaw, Reuben Short.  To Apple Creek, Wm. Kendall.  To 
Morgan, Hiram Bowman.
6th.   Appointed James Street, William Crow, Aaron  Vandeveer  to 
preach tomorrow on the stand, and to commence at 10 o'clock a.m., 
and adjourned until Monday morning 7 o'clock a.m.
     N. B. -  Aaron Vandeveer, William Crow, and James Street, preached  on 
Sunday  to  a  large and well ordered  congregation,  where  much  interest 
prevailed.
7th.   Monday  morning,  7 o'clock.  Met  and  after  praise  and 
prayer,  proceeded  to  business, and the  committee  made  their 
report and was discharged.
8th.  Corresponding letters read and mefsengers appointed to bear 
the  same,  (to wit) To Spoon River, John Morris, S.  Hutton.  To 
Kaskaskia,  James Wood. To the Wabash District, Aaron  Vandeveer. 
To  Okaw,  Reuben  Short. To Apple  Creek,  John  Morris,  Robert 
Campbell.  Willis L. Mitchum, to Morgan.
9th.   Willis L. Mitchum, Henry Kinney, C. Vandeveer  to  prepare 
the next Circular Letter.
10th.  The next Afsociation to be held at Lake Fork, 20 miles  N. 
E.  of Springfield, commencing the second Saturday  in  September 
1835,  at 10 o'clock a.m., where the introductory sermon will  be 
delivered  by  John  Morris, and in case of  failure  by  Charles 
Vandeveer.
11th.  Money collected for printing the Minutes, and A. Vandeveer 
appointed to superintend the same and to have 413 copies printed.
12th.  Adjourned till the second Saturday in September 1835.

Attest:
                     John Morris, Moderator
                          Aaron Vandeveer, Clerk.



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                             MINUTES 
                             of the 
              Sangamon United Baptist Association,
           Begun and held at Lake Fork Meeting House, 
                   Sangamon County, Illinois,
                September 12th, 13th, 14th, 1835.

     Saturday,  September 12th.  Elder Michael Mann preached  the 
introductory sermon, from Hebrews 7th chapter and latter part  of 
the  25th verse "but now once, in the end of the world,  hath  he 
appeared, to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself."

CHURCHES         MEFSENGERS NAMES            TOTAL NO.

RICHLAND            Robert Welborn                                 10
SPRING CREEK        A letter but no messengers                     32
BETHEL              Michael Mann (O)                               31
LAKE FORK           R. Cass, C. Scroggins, and J. Turley           36
NEW SALEM           J. Watkins, R. Bagby (L), T. Wynne             32
SPRINGFIELD         I. Maxey, Jun'r., F. Vaughn                    61
CLARY'S GROVE       Samuel Combs                                   42
HORSE CREEK         Not represented
HOREB               Not represented
SUGAR CREEK         Not represented
SALEM SUGAR CREEK   Not represented
SALT CREEK          Not represented
NORTH FORK          Not represented
SOUTH FORK          Not represented
LITTLE FLOCK        John Taylor                                    23
UNION               Jeremiah Suiter                                21
PROVIDENCE          Achilles Deatherage                            17
BIG GROVE           John Hoblit                                    17
PLEASANT GROVE      A. Vanmeter, J. Mondon, and P. P. Lucas        54
                                                                  377

1st.  Elder  Michael Mann was chosen moderator, and  Elder  Hiram 
Bowman clerk.
2nd.  Opened a door for the reception of members.
3rd.  Corresponding letters called for, read and  received,  from 
Spoon River, by Samuel Clark, and the messenger invited to a seat 
with us.
4th.  From Wabash District, Okaw, Illinois, Morgan, Apple  Creek, 
and Kaskaskia, no intelligence.
5th.  Agree to send a letter to Spoon River Afsociation, also one 
to Morgan Afsociation, and Brother John Taylor to write the same.
6th.   Committee  of arrangements, James  Turley,  Jesse  Mondon, 
Achilles Deatherage, with the moderator and clerk.
  Adjourned until Monday, 10 o'clock a.m.

     Sunday,  September 13th.  Elder Hiram Bowman  preached  from 
Col.  3rd  chapter,  1st, 2nd, and 4th  verses.   Brother  Robert 
Bagby,  from  1st Peter, 1st chapter 3rd  verse.   Elder  Michael 
Mann, from Luke 15th chapter, 22nd and 23rd verses.


Monday,  September 14th.  Met pursuant to adjournment, and  after 
praise, proceeded to business.
1st.   The committee of arrangements made their report  and  were 
discharged.
2nd.   The  Circular Letter called for, read, and  received,  and 
ordered to be printed with the minutes.
34d.   The  letter  to  Spoon  River  Afsociation  was  read  and 
received.  Brethren Jeremiah Suiter, Jefse Mondon, Elder  Michael 
Mann, Elder Hiram Bowman, to bear the same.
4th.   The  letter  to Morgan Afsociation called  for,  read  and 
received, and Brother John Taylor to bear the same.
5th.  Appoint Brother Hiram Bowman to write the next Circular.
6th.   The next afsociation to be held at Pleasant Grove  church, 
Tazewell  County, on the second Saturday in September  1836,  and 
Elder Michael Mann to preach the introductory sermon, and in case 
of failure, Elder John Morris, and in case of failure of both  of 
the  above, Elder Charles Vandeveer, and in case of his  failure,  
Brother Robert Bagby.
7th.  Appoint Brother Thomas Wynne to superintend the printing of 
the minutes.
 
     N. B.  The Spoon River Association meets with the Henderson Church,  Knox 
County,  Ill., on the 1st Saturday in September 1836. The  Morgan  Association 
meets with Clear Creek Church, on the 3rd Saturday in September 1835.

    Adjourned until 10 o'clock a.m., Second Saturday in September 
A.  D. 1836.

Attest:
                     Michael Mann, Moderator
                             Hiram Bowman, Clerk.
 


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      MINUTES OF THE SANGAMON REGULAR BAPTIST AFSOCIATION,
                     Begun and held with the 
        Pleasant Grove Church, Tazewell County, Illinois, 
                 September 10, 11, and 12, 1836.

     Saturday,  September 10th.  Elder Robert Bagby preached  the 
introductory  sermon from Hebrews 4th chapter, 7th verse,  "There 
remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God."

CHURCHES       MEFSENGERS NAMES.                       TOTAL NO. 

RICHLAND           Letter but no messengers.                          11
SPRING CREEK       J. Kendall, George Davenport                       36
LAKE FORK          Joseph Lucas, John Turner                          31
NEW SALEM          Robert Bagby (O), John Watkins                     29
CLARY'S GROVE      George Spears, Sr.                                 38
HORSE CREEK        Leonard Fry, L. Westbrooks                         19
LITTLE FLOCK       Cyrus Wright (O)                                   25
PROVIDENCE         Peter Wilkers, David Simmons                       20
PLEASANT GROVE     Thomas Brown (O), William Bocock (O),  
                     A. N. Vanmeter, D. Roberts, P. P. Lucas          53
BETHEL             Not represented.
SPRINGFIELD        Not represented.
HOREB              Not represented.
SALT CREEK         Not represented.
NORTH FORK         Not represented.
SOUTH FORK         Not represented.
UNION              Not represented.
BIG GROVE          Not represented.
LIBERTY            Not represented.
SANDY CREEK        William E. Larkin, James Ash                        9
PEORIA LASALLE 
  PRECINCT         Jeriel Root (O)                                    13
BETHEL ON 
  MACKINAW         John Darnall, J. B. Thompson                       27
                                                                     311

Note.   The three last named churches being found orderly and  orthodox,  were 
admitted into our number on the petition as exhibited on the table.

1.    Elder  Cyrus Wright chosen Moderator, and Bro.  D.  Roberts 
Clerk.
2.   A  door opened for the reception of churches.  The  case  of 
the Crow Creek church referred to our next annual meeting.
34d.   Corresponding letters called for. Read and  received  from 
Spoon  River Afsociation by the hand of Elder H. Bowman, and  the 
mefsenger  invited  to  a seat with us. Read  and  received  from 
Morgan Afsociation by Elder J. Ray and the mefsenger invited to a 
seat with us.
4th.  From the Wabash District, Okaw, Illinois, Apple Creek,  and 
Kaskaskia, no intelligence.
5th.   Agree to send letters to the following  Afsociations,  (to 
wit) Spoon River, Morgan, Wabash District, Okaw, Illinois,  Apple 
Creek, and Kaskaskia.
6th.   Appointed  Brs. A. N. Vanmeter, D. Roberts, R.  Bagby,  J. 
Root,  J. B. Thompson, and Wm. Bocock, to write the  letters  for 
inspection on Monday.
7th.   Committee  of  arrangements.  R. Bagby,  J.  Root,  W.  E. 
Larkin,  with  Moderator and Clerk. Adjourned  until  Monday,  10 
o'clock a.m.

Sunday, September 11th.  Elder Cyrus Wright preached from Rev. 5th, 3rd verse, 
"Great and marvelous," &c., Elder J. Root, from Titus, 1st chapter, 2nd verse.  
Elder J. Ray, from Rev. 13th chap. 7th verse.

Monday,  September 12th. Met pursuant to adjournment,  and  after 
praise, proceeded to business.
1st.   The Committee of arrangements made their report,  and  was 
discharged.
2nd.   Corresponding letters called for, Spoon River  Afsociation 
read  and  received. Br. A. N. Vanmeter, Elder Wm.  Bocock,  Eder 
Cyrus  Wright,  to bear the same.  Morgan  Afsociation  read  and 
received. Elder R. Bagby, Elder Cyrus Wright, John Watkins,  John 
Kendall,  to bear the same.  Wabash District, read and  received, 
Samuel  Clark  to  bear  the same.   Okaw  Afsociation  read  and 
received,  Samuel Clark to bear the same.   Illinois  Afsociation 
read and received,  Elder R. Bagby to bear the same.  Apple Creek 
Afsociation read and received, Elder R. Bagby and John Kendoll to 
bear the same.
3rd.  Circular letter called for, read and received, and  ordered 
to be printed with the minutes.
4th.  Appointed Elder Jeriel Root to write the next Circular.
5th.   The  request of the New Salem, Richland and  Little  Flock 
Churches  considered.   Resolved, That our name be  changed  from 
United to Regular Baptist.
6th.   The request of Morgan Afsociation  considered.   Resolved, 
That we declare non-fellowship with the modern mifsionary  system 
and  all its kindred institutions. Resolved, That we  advise  the 
different  churches composing this Afsociation to rid  themselves 
of the modern mifsionary system and all its kindred institutions.
7th.  Appointed Elder William Bocock, Elder R. Bagby, Elder Cyrus 
Wright to visit Salt Creek Church.
8th. Resolved, that Sugar Creek and Salem Sugar Creek churches be 
left out of our minutes.
9th.  The next Afsociation to be held with Spring Creek Church on 
the  second  Saturday in September, A. D. 1837, and  Elder  Cyrus 
Wright  to  preach  the   introductory sermon,  and  in  case  of 
failure, Elder Jeriel Root.
10th.  Appointed Bro. D. Roberts to superintend the printing  and 
distributing of the minutes.
     Adjourned  until  10  o'clock a.m. the  second  Saturday  in 
September, A. D. 1837.

Attest:
                     Cyrus Wright, Moderator
                              David Roberts, Clerk.


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    MINUTES OF THE SANGAMON AFSOCIATION OF REGULAR BAPTISTS, 
            Begun and held with Spring Creek Church, 
                    Sangamon County, Illinois
         on the 9th, 10th, and 11th of September, 1837.

     Introductory sermon delivered by Elder Cyrus Wright from 1st 
Corinthians, 1st Chapter, and 23rd and 24th verses.

CHURCHES                  MEFSENGERS NAMES            TOTAL NO.

RICHLAND                Edward Perkins                                  9
SPRING CREEK            N. Butler, J. Kendoll, A. Burnett              19
LAKE FORK               MICHAEL MANN, Robert Cass                      37
NEW SALEM               ROBERT BAGBY, T. Wynne, J. Watkins             30
CLARY'S GROVE           Sam. Combs, A. Bell, Levi Summers              55
HORSE CREEK             T. Westbrook, B. L. Field, Leonard Fry         24
LITTLE FLOCK            CYRUS WRIGHT, Elijah Watkins                   23
PROVIDENCE              William R. Deatherage                          25
PLEASANT GROVE          WILLIAM BOCOCK                                 29
BETHEL                  Joshua Dillon, Reuben Merriman                 41
SPRINGFIELD             J. MERRIAM, C. B. Francis, F. Vaughn,   
                           J. Crowder                                  76
HOREB                   No letter or messenger
SALT CREEK              Not represented.
UNION                   WILLIS L. MITCHUM, C. Alsbury                  18
LIBERTY                 JOHN MORRIS, R. Campbell, B. Hinman            --
SANDY CREEK             B. CHENOWITH, Wm. E. Larkin                    18
PEORIA LASALLE
 PRECINCT               JERIEL ROOT                                    12
BETHEL ON MACKINAW      Hugh Steers                                    --
LICK CREEK              Levi Tucker, Thomas Hilyard                    23

1st.   Elder  John  Morris chosen Moderator,  and  Thomas  Wynne, 
clerk.
2nd.  A door opened for the reception of churches.
3rd.   Corresponding  letters called for, read and  received,  as 
follows (to wit), 
   1st. From Spoon River Afsociation, a letter by Elder Miner.
   2nd. From  Morgan Afsociation, letter by Elders William  Crow, 
John Ray, and Bro. A. Sims. J. Buck, and M. Koons.
   3rd. Illinois Association, correspondence dropped.
   4th. Apple Creek Afsociation, letter by Elder William  Rogers, 
John Record.
   5th.  Kaskaskia Afsociation, no letter nor mefsenger.
6th.  A letter of correspondence from Salem Afsociation by  Elder 
Elijah Bell.  The Afsociation received the letter and  mefsenger, 
and  opened a correspondence with said Afsociation.   The  Elders 
and  Mefsengers  from  the  several  corresponding  associations, 
invited to a seat with us.
7th.   Appoint   brethren  to  write  letters  to   the   several 
corresponding Afsociations, (to wit),
     1st.  Elder R. Bagby, to Spoon River. 
     2nd.  Elder J. Root, to Salem.
     3rd.  Bro. B. Hinman, to Apple Creek.  
     4th.  Bro. Nathan Butler, to Morgan.
5th.  Appoint Elder J. Root, and Bro. J. Watkins, Wm. E.  Larkin, 
together   with   the  Moderator  and  Clerk,  a   Committee   of 
arrangements for Monday next.
6th. Choose Elders William Crow, John Ray, John Record, to preach 
on tomorrow, commencing at 10 o'clock a.m.
7th.  Circular  letter  called for, read,  and  referred  to  the 
Committee of arrangements.
8th.  The Afsociation adjourned until Monday 9 o'clock a.m.

On  Sunday  the stand was occupied first by  Elder  John  Record, 
preached from Matt. 11th, 5th verse. Second, Elder William  Crow, 
from Romans, 5th chapter, 3rd verse. Third, Elder John Ray,  from 
Revelations,  17th chapter, 8th verse, to a large  and  attentive 
congregation.

Monday, 9 o'clck a.m. September 11th, 1837.
The Afsociation met pursuant to adjournment.
9th.  The Committee of arrangements made their report, which  was 
received and the committee discharged.
10th.  Letters to the several corresponding  Afsociations  called 
for, read, and received.
   1st. To Spoon River, Elders J. Root, Wm. Bocock, Cyrus Wright, 
to bear the same.
   2nd. To Morgan, Elders Cyrus Wright, R. Bagby, and Brethren R. 
Campbell, N. Butler, to bear the letter.
   3rd.  To Apple Creek, Elders John Morris, Willis  L.  Mitchum, 
and Bro. Wm. E. Larkin to bear the letter.
   4th.   To Salem, Elders R. Bagby, Cyrus Wright,  and  Brethren 
John Kendoll, N. Butler to bear the same.
11th.   Circular letter received, and ordered to be printed  with 
the minutes.
12th. The next Afsociation to be held with Horse Creek Church, in 
Sangamon  County, east of Springfield, on the second Saturday  in 
September, 1838.
13th.  Choose  Elder  R. Bagby to preach  the  next  introductory 
sermon, and in case of failure Elder Cyrus Wright to preach.
14th.   Agreed to attend to the request from Springfield  Church, 
which is, for this Afsociation to rescind some of her resolutions 
pafsed at her last Afsociation.
15th.   On motion, and second, we drop from the minutes  of  this 
Afsociation the Springfield Church, for having departed from  the 
faith and practice of this Afsociation.
16th. On motion, and second, Clary's Grove Church is dropped from 
the  minutes  of  this Afsociation for  favoring  the  mifsionary 
principles.
17th.  Appoint Elder R. Bagby, to write the next Circular letter.
18th.  Appoint  Bro. T. Wynne to superinted the printing  of  the 
minutes.
19th.   The  Afsociation adjourned until the second  Saturday  in 
September, 1838.

Attest:
                     John Morris, Moderator
                          Thomas Wynne, Clerk.
           

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