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FIRST - Church in Carmi, IL
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member YoSam.
N 38° 05.452 W 088° 09.734
16S E 398083 N 4216534
Quick Description: Jon Spillman's brother (Benjamin) founded first Presbyterian Church in the state of Illinois, just west of here.
Location: Missouri, United States
Date Posted: 3/20/2017 4:15:12 AM
Waymark Code: WMV9QH
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Zork V
Views: 1

Long Description:

County of Church: White County
Location of church: 1st St., between Walnut St & Stewart St., Carmi
Phone: (618) 382-7682

"First Church Founded In Carmi Was Presbyterian
By James A. Fry, Pastor

"The First Presbyterian Church of Carmi was founded on Nov. 25, 1827, making it the first Church in our city. The present brick structure was built in 1893 and the educational building was dedicated on June 9,1957.

"Charter members: Benjamin Spilman, Richard Graham, Josiah Stewart, Nancy Stewart, Nancy Blue, Sarah Graham, Robert H. Morris, Phoebe Morris, Elenor Pomeroy, Joseph Pomeroy, Mary Wilson, Margaret Wilson, Samuel T. Boyd and Eliza Ann Boyd. Church membership now: around 350.

"Until after 1850 meetings of this congregation were held at the Old Courthouse or in private homes. Then the Presbyterians and Methodists shared a church building until 1866 when a new house of worship was built on the present church site. So the present sanctuary is only the second building of Presbyterian worship.

"For over 135 years this congregation has witnessed to the Christian faith in the Reformed tradition. Our achievements bear witness to themselves, as well as our failures. Many prominent names in the annals of White County History are to be found on the records of the First Presbyterian Church of Carmi and of other Presbyterian churches in the county.

"We do not so much look to the past, as we stand in the present and look to the future that our congregation might "preach an ancient gospel to a modern world." ~ White County, Illinois: Genealogy and History


Marker Text:

"FLOW GENTLY,
SWEET AFTON
The music for the song was composed by Jonathan Edwards Spillman in 1836. He entered the ministry in 1858 and became pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in 1881. This church had been organized by his brother Benjamin F. Spillman on November 25, 1827, and was the first church in Carmi." ~ Illinois State Historical Society

FIRST - Classification Variable: Person or Group

Date of FIRST: 11/25/1827

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