Church and Family History Research Assistance
for Hardin County, Kentucky



Severns Valley Church, near Elizabethtown, was organized June 18, 1781, (under a green sugar tree), by Elders William Taylor and Joseph Barnett. It was one of the three churches which organized the Salem Association of Kentucky at Cox's Creek Church in October 1785. Severns Valley Church was probably the first Baptist church organized in what is now the State of Kentucky. Spencer's History of the Baptists in Kentucky, and other sources, indicate that there were eighteen charter members, viz., Jacob Vanmeter Sr., Letty Vanmeter, Jacob Vanmeter Jr., Bennam Shaw, Isaac Dye, Hannah Dye, and three colored servants of Jacob Vanmeter Sr. (Mark, Bambo, and Daniel), with others whose names are unknown. It is also thought that Elder John Gerrard (who became the first pastor) and Thomas Helm were probably charter members. Among the early members are the names of many prominent settlers, and distinguished citizens, including John LaRue, Robert Hodgen, and Gen. Duff Green. The church probably divided over missions in the 1830's, but the details are not presently available to us.


Abell, Allen, Buckner, Carman, Chenowith, Crutcher, Dodge, Dye, Gerrard, Green, Hackley, Haycraft, Helm, Hodgen, Kennedy, Kirkpatrick, LaRue, Lovelace, McDougal, Miller, Pearpoint, Phillips, Quinn, Riddle, Rogers, Scott, Shaw, Smoot, Vanmeter, Varnel, Vertrees, Watkins (very incomplete list of early members only).



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