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Big Shawnee Church was organized in July 1829. The presbytery was composed of Elder George Johnson and brethren Jess Osborn, Asa Smith, Roads Smith, James D. Drake, and John Orr, of Coal Creek church, and Elder James Buckles, of Sinking Creek church, in Ohio. Elder George Johnson was chosen moderator, and E. W. Jones clerk. The following members presented letters of dismission from other churches, and were organized into the Big Shawnee church: Isaiah Jones and Leah his wife, James Smith, David Stephens and Susan his wife, Hannah Buckles, Francis Wilkinson, and E. W. Jones. August 15, 1829, David Stephens was chosen deacon. Isaiah Jones was appointed clerk in 1836. November, 1838, Elder James Buckles was appointed moderator. February, 1849, Elder John Brady was called to the pastorate of the church. June, 1850, Elder Vaughn was called to preach for one year in connection with Elder Brady. February, 1852, Elder Vancleve was called to preach once in two months with Elder Brady. From January, 1859, to September, 1859, Elders J. J. Goben and S. C. Johnson preached for the church with Elder Brady. December, 1859, Isaiah Jones and Isaac Rice were elected deacons. The third Sunday in April, 1860, Elders Brady, Johnson, and Vancleve being present, the deacons elect were ordained by prayer and the laying on of hands. Elders Brady and Johnson preached for the church from July, 1860, until November 1869. April, 1864, John Crumley was appointed clerk. Elder Brady has continued to preach for the church most of the time, assisted by Elders J. Swearingen and S. Cox part of the time, and others, from 1869 to the present, preaching for the church in all about thirty-one years. A great many other ministers have visited and preached to the church from time to time. (Information taken from: --H.W. Beckwith, History of Fountain County (Chicago: H.H. Hill and N. Iddings, 1881), 227.)


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