Second Baptist Church of Macomb, Illinois

(1885). History of McDonough County, Illinois. Springfield, Illinois: Continental Historical Co.

This congregation was organized by Elder Doling, of Quincy, J. C. Graves, Galesburg, J. W. Harrington, Sciota, and A. Blackburn*, Macomb, May 9, 1875.

The following were the original members: Andrew Pleasant, Hattie Pleasant, David and Emma Hammond, Winnie Fields, Matilda Mayweather, Wisten (Winston, Winsted) Jackson and Maria Sanford. The church has had two revivals, at which 13 were added to the church, making a membership at present of 25. The church building is situated on North Lafayette street, and was formerly owned by the First Baptist Church, but purchased from them in 1876, $400 being the consideration. The annual contribution is about $240. The pastor’s salary for one-half his time is $120 per year. There are twenty scholars enrolled in the Sunday School.

Rev. William Webster, pastor. J. B. Fields, W. Jackson, and William H. Ball, Trustees. D. Hammond, M. Clay, and Wisten (Winston) Jackson, Deacons; J. B. Fields, Clerk; D. Hammond, Treasurer; and Henry Fields, Sexton.

Notes about people:

  • Elder Doling, Quincy
  • J. C. Graves, Galesburg
  • J. W. Harrington, Sciota
  • A. Blackburn, Macomb – is this Alexander Blackburn, who was an elder in Macomb’s First Presbyterian church? Alexander was born in Ohio in 1805, moved to LaPorte County, Indiana, and in 1853 to McDonough County where he was a farmer.  He died in 1902.
  • Andrew & Hattie Pleasant
  • David & Emma (Irwin) Hammond and Emma’s mother Matilda Irwin Mayweather
  • J. B. Fields and his parents Henry & Winnie Fields
  • William H. Ball & James B. Fields were partners in a barbershop and brother-in-laws; William married James’ sister Malvina Fields. William was a Civil War veteran, Company A of 29th USCT, buried in Oakwood Cemetery
  • Melvin Clay
  • Winsted Jackson (Civil War veteran, Company A of the 65th USCT, buried in Oakwood Cemetery)

Marriage license McDonough County, Illinois: Sylvester Burkhead, 23 Dc 1880; by J. H. Belle at 2nd Baptist Church

Author unknown. A History of the Illinois Baptists.

Meetings of the Wood River Association:
September 2, 1875, in Springfield …. the 2nd Church of Macomb….received.
Aug. 31, 1876 in Keokuk …. Ordained Ministers: …., J. C. Graves, Galesburg; R. M. Duling, Quincy; …. Wm. Webster, Macomb; …. Licentiates: …. J. H. Bell, Bunker Hill

 1892 – May 8, Wisconsin Afro-American newspaper. Rev. E. H. Beverley, formerly of Aurora, called to 2nd Baptist Church; Rev. Handcock, the former pastor returned to the Christian church; church was out of debt; Those hosting the pastors were Mr & Mrs George McWilliams, Mr & Mrs Allen Cooper, Mrs. M Bold, and Mr & Mrs. Sanford Daniels

1894 – Dec. Marriage of Ben Miles McGruder and Elmira Pitts. Performed by Rev. Washington.

Other Ref:

Rolling Prairie Cemetery, LaPorte County, Indiana –




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