Church and Family History Research Assistance for Johnson County, Nebraska

CHURCH:

NEMAHA

The following words describe the beginnings of the Primitive Baptists in Nebraska: "I wish to inform the brethren and sisters of Nebraska, that there is a Regular Predestinarian Baptist Church of Jesus Christ, called Nemaha, in Johnson County, holding regular meetings on the second Sunday in each month and Saturday preceding, in a schoolhouse near Strong's Mills, five miles south east of Tecumseh, under the care of Noah Showalter, who lives fifteen miles south west of Nebraska City, on Weeping Water. We invite all our brethren that can, to visit us; and if there is any other church in Nebraska, we would be glad to know it ...... JOSHUA DICKERSON, Tecumseh, Neb., May 16, 1868." - Signs of the Times, July 1868, p. 150.

Elder William Crow, who moved to Brownville, Neb., in 1863, to live near his son, had been an active minister for forty years in the immediate area of Little Flock Church, Cass County, Illinois, where Noah Showalter was ordained in 1862. Elder Crow might have been instrumental in the organization of this church (we have not been able to obtain proof of the date or details of the constitution of Nemaha Church). Elder Crow died in August 1865. Brother William Hall, who was also a member of Union Church, Morgan Co., Ill., moved to near Palmyra, Nebraska, in 1864, and remained there until his death in 1897.

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