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Mt. Pleasant Cemetery

Franklin County, Illinois


   

Mount Pleasant Church
The first Missionary
Baptist Church in Franklin
Co. Organized 1829, By
            John BROWNING and Wife
David FARRIS and Wife
James EUBANKS and Wife
John BRADLEY, Mumford WILLIAMS
W. R. BROWNING and Wife
John SANDUSKY, Jane BROWNING
Polly KING, Patsey BROWNING
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Founder's Histories

Church and Family History Research Assistance
for Primitive Baptist Churches in Franklin County, Illinois
CHURCHES:

MT. PLEASANT
Mt. Pleasant Church was organized on July 11, 1829, at the home of John Browning. Elders Isaac Herring and Robert Moore formed the presbytery. The fourteen charter members were David Farris, Louisa Farris, James Eubanks, Cynthia Eubanks, John Bradley, John Browning, John Sandusky, Mumford Williams, Nancy Browning, W. R. Browning, Elizabeth Ann Browning, Polly King, Patsy Browning, and Jane Browning.

On the fourth weekend in October 1829, Mt. Pleasant was one of ten churches which organized the Bethel Association. The church met, at first, in a log cabin, in Browning township, at the Spring Settlement.

Elder Achilles Coffey, in his "History of the Regular Baptists," p. 74, refers to Mt. Pleasant Church having declared non-fellowship with the Baptist Board of Foreign Missions and requesting the other churches of Bethel Association to do the same, which was done in 1832. But in 1838, when the question was submitted to the churches again, Mt. Pleasant, Unity, and Ten Mile Creek withdrew and formed an association of their own, called Bethel United Baptist Association. In 1840, Mt. Pleasant Church divided, and the part of the church which followed Elder Vance, joined with Ten Mile, and a faction of Bethlehem, and formed the Franklin Association at East Fork Church. The majority of Mt. Pleasant Church joined with Unity Church and attempted to organize a new association called Bethel United Baptist (the Bethel Association mentioned above having adopted the name Regular Baptist). This part of Mt. Pleasant Church included Elder Robert Moore and wife, John Overturf and wife, James Eubanks, John McCarver and wife, Wille Jones and wife, Levi McDaniel and wife, J. K. Browning and wife, Wilson Rea, Elizabeth Rea, Shadrach Mooneyham and wife, Shadrach Mooneyham Sr., William Mooneyham, David Boyd, Rhoda Long, Sister Billam, Matilda Jones, Isaiah Youngblood, Asa Ward and wife, and James Browning. The records indicate that Elder Robert Moore preached a limited atonement, and that a majority of the church upheld him in doing so. The "Bethel United Baptist Association" which they organized was short-lived, and the church itself went out of existence.

SURNAMES OF MEMBERS:
Billam, Boyd, Bradley, Browning, Eubanks, Farris, Jones, King, Long, McCarver, McDaniel, Mooneyham, Moore, Overturf, Rea, Sandusky, Ward, Williams, Youngblood (very incomplete list due to loss of records).

ADDITIONAL RESOURCE SOURCES FROM THE PRIMITIVE BAPTIST LIBRARY:
Minutes of the Little River, Muddy River and Bethel Associations. Minutes of Middle Fork of Muddy River Church. Manuscript records of Salem Church.
Copyright c. 2001-2009. All rights reserved. The Primitive Baptist Library.
www.carthage.lib.il.us/community/churches/primbap/FamHist-Franklin.html

This information furnshed with permission of Robert L. Webb / The Primitive Baptist Library.


Name Index

DENNIS, Florence S. 1870-1898
DENNIS, Robert M. 1866-1911
HATCHETT, Arthur 10May1908- 19Jul1964
HATCHETT, John 25Aug1902-16Aug1951
MOORE, Eva Lou 14May1878-9Jan1936

           

The Photographs on this page,
Unless otherwise noted;
were photographed & furnished :
Ron Cramer


  D E N N I S
Robert M.
1866 - 1911
      Florence S.
1870 - 1898
Notes :
Robert Minner DENNIS
Born : 1866 in Steeleville, Randolph Co., Illinois
Son of : Robert Franklin & Margaret Jane DENNIS
Married # 1 : Florence Susan DEES or DEESE on 30Oct1889 inFranklin Co., Illinois
Married # 2 : Lulu OVERTURF on 13Dec1899 inFranklin Co., Illinois
Died : 1911 in Franklin Co., Illinois
*
Florence Susan (nee DEES or DEESE) DENNIS
Born : 1870 in Franklin Co., Illinois
Daughter of : David & Nancy (nee Black) DEES or DEESE
Married : Robert Minner DENNIS 30Oct1889 in Franklin Co., Illinois
Died : 1898 in Franklin Co., Illinois



Photo By : Jesse Paul Jenkins - April 1998

FATHER
Arthur L. HATCHETT
May 10, 1908
July 19, 1964

Photograph & Data Furnished By : Becky Bachart



Photo By : Jesse Paul Jenkins - April 1998

John HATCHETT
ILLINOIS
PVT 133 FLD ARTY 36 DIV
WORLD WAR I

Aug. 25, 1902 - Aug. 16, 1951

Photograph & Data Furnished By : Becky Bachart



Photo By : Jesse Paul Jenkins - April 1998

MOTHER
Lou Eva MOORE
1878 - 1936

Notes :
Lou Eva HATCHETT
Born : May 14, 1878
Married : Charles Elmer MOORE
Died : January 9, 1936

Photograph & Data Furnished By : Becky Bachart


A Short History for some of the Church's Founders

John BROWNING
          10May1781 - 13Jun1857
          Founder and Preacher
          Burial : Browning Hill Cemetery
 
Nancy (nee KITCHING / KITCHEN) BROWNING
          12Oct1783 - 7Oct1855
          Wife of John BROWNING
          Burial : Browning Hill Cemetery
 
Polly (nee BROWNING) KING
          1806 - 1847
          Daughter of John & Nancy BROWNING
 
William Riley BROWNING
          24Dec1810 - 29Jun1866
          Twin son of John & Nancy BROWNING
          Burial : Browning Hill Cemetery
 
James B. BROWNING
          24Dec1810 - 27Aug1879
          Twin son of John & Nancy BROWNING
          Burial : Browning Hill Cemetery
 
Patsey BROWNING
Born : Martha BROWNING
          7Sep1811 - 5Apr1893
          Married # 1 : C. JONES
          Married # 2 : __?__ MOORE
          Burial : Browning Hill Cemetery
 
Browning Hill
The old settlement about 2 miles from the Church.
The cemetery is on a hill side, in a cow pasture, and in
very bad condition. You can walk through it though.
A modern stone has been erected for John & Nancy BROWNING.
There have been two inventories of the cemetery and there are
several differences in the two.
                                                                        Ron Cramer

 

 


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