The following collection of material reflects 250 churches of the Methodist faith which have closed their doors since 1824 in southern and central Illinois. This region makes up the Illinois Great Rivers United Methodist Conference. While the vast majority of the information relates to membership rolls and registers of officials, many of the churches also kept vital records of their members. Ancestry claims that “Baptism records are available until 1914, and Marriage records are available until 1970.” In fact I found baptism records which occurred after 1914, however, they’re not indexed. They appear in the records on the images only.
Timothy Lemke died in the best bloom of his age in his 24 year, Feb. 9, 1776, and was buried the next day. Funeral text: Is. 45 :15. Verily thou art a God that hidest thyself. Mrs. Catharine Lemke, widow of the former pastor, Rev. Herman Henry Lemke, entered into her rest by a blessed
The widow Reinier died Jan. 2, 1777, and received Christian burial the next day. John Klein, a husband of about 40 years, died March 29, 1777, and was buried the next day. The widow Glaner died after an illness of 8 days April 7, 1777, and received Christian burial the next day. Tobias Freyermuth, a
Hannah Elizabeth Bunz died in the 20th year of her age in childbed Feb. 3, 1779. Ps. 135:8. John Casper Werthsch died June 24, 1779, and received Christian burial the next day. Mrs. Anna Barbara Rabenhorst died July 1, 1779, and was buried the same day at Zion. Hannah, the 6 months old daughter of
Salome Haut died in her 32d year March 10, 1778, and was buried the next day. Ps. 25:17. Miss Catharine Bolzius died in the 36th year of her age March 9, 1778, and was buried on the same day. Funeral text: 2 Pet. 3:15. Christine Rieser died April 14, 1775 in the 8th year of
Ulrich Neidlinger died Nov. 27, 1780, and was buried on the 28th. Funeral text: Matt. 25. Those prepared entered in to the wedding with him. Joseph Schubtrein died Nov. 30, 1780, and was buried the same day. Funeral text: Is. 22. All flesh is as grass and all its goodliness. Dan’d Steiner died Dec. 1,
Anne Margaret died Feb. 12, 1781, and was buried the next day at Zion. Funeral text: 2 Cor. 5: God was in Christ, etc. Christman Zipperer in Goshen died Feb. 15, 1781, and was buried on the 18th. Funeral text : Heb. 9:23: It is appointed unto men once to die. Heb. 4:1, 2, 3.
Edward Haus, a man born in Pennsylvania, died Jan. 1, 1775, and was buried the same day. Nicholas Cronenberger died in the 59th year of his age Jan. 8, 1776, and was buried on the 9th in Ebenezer cemetery. Michael Rieser died Feb. 21, 1775, and was buried Feb. 22. Funeral text: Ps. 55:19. The
Anna Mary Floerl, 81 years old, died Jan. 18, 1774, and was buried the next day. Funeral text: Luke 12:32 and ch. 11:42. Daniel Reihlaender, 4 years and 3 months, died Feb. 2, 1774, and was buried on the third. Mr. Urban Bunz died Nov. 18, 1774, and was buried the next day with ‘a
Phoebe, a baptized Negro child belonging to Mrs. Lemking, died Feb. 18, 1771, and was buried the next day. John Michael Bohrman died Feb. 17, 1771, and was buried on the 19th here at Ebenezer. Matthias Schubdrein, 5 months old, died% 9 1771, and was buried in Zions Church. Anna Eva, daughter of John Scheeraus,