1832: Barnes, Rev. Romulus

“a man of talent & of indomitable energy”

1800 – born in Bristol, Connecticut
1828 – Yale graduate
1831 – Yale Theological Seminary graduate and member of the Yale Band who founded Illinois College at Jacksonville
1832 – 1833 – Canton, Fulton Co, IL (organizer Fulton County church)
1834 – organized Peoria’s First Presbyterian Church consisting of eight members, in Dec., 1834, along with Rev. Flavel Bascom (Barber, J. W. All the western…); in 1843 church organized an anti-slavery society, in 1847 church switched to Congregationalist (The History of Peoria County, Illinois: Containing a History of the…. http://books.google.com/books?id=j4w6AQAAIAAJ)
1835 – Presbyterian Church at Knoxville, Illinois was organized on the fourth of July, 1835, by a committee of Schuyler presbytery, consisting of Rev. Romulus Barnes and Rev. Robert Stewart;
1837 – 1842 – children born in Washington, Tazewell Co, IL
1837 – Oct 26-28 – attended Illinios Anti-slavery Convention at Alton from Washington, IL (Proceedings of the Anti-slavery society: http://books.google.com/books?id=Vu0xAQAAMAAJ) (Elijah Lovejoy was killed Nov 7 1837)
1843 – Downers Grove, Dupage Co IL
1844 – Met with DuPage Church, formed Presbytery of Chicago
1846 – died


  • worked at Washington, East Dupage and Newark, Illinois
  • also organized Presbyterian churches at Granville and Farmington, Illinois
  • prominent as an anti-slavery man and was honored with

His son C.M. Barnes became pastor.

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