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Nolynn Church was constituted April 26, 1803, with 105 charter members, most of whom moved their membership from Severns Valley Church, which had been organized in Hardin County in 1781.

Later in 1803, Nolynn's members chose Alexander McDougal their first pastor. A native of Dublin, Ireland, McDougal came to America in 1757, fought in the Revolutionary War and began preaching in 1781. He served as pastor until 1823, lived to be 103 and was buried in the church cemetery.

The area was a frontier, with homes around Hodgenville subject to Indian attacks. Elder John Gerrard from Severns Valley Church in Elizabethtown, reportedly was killed and scalped by Indians.

This church later went into the modern mission system.



This Hopeful Church became a member of the Otter Creek Association of Regular Baptists, which was organized in October 1839.


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