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Bethlehem Church was organized at the Texas School house, in October 1865, by members dismissed for that purpose from Wolf Creek Church, in Saline County, Illinois. (The records of Wolf Creek Church of October 1865 show that the following members were dismissed by letter to constitute a church (called Bethlehem) at the Texas school house: James Odom, Joshua Reeder, R. Reeder, Thomas Cox, Sinclair Butler, J. L. Gwaltney, John R. Gwaltney, Eliza Defur, Mary Reeder, Nancy Gwaltney, Elizabeth Gwaltney, and Ruth Butler.) Bethlehem Church was a member of the Muddy River Association of Illinois before moving to Kansas as a collective body, in 1874. Later the church united with the Elk River Association of Kansas. Apparently the church met in various places, possibly in homes or schools, for the convenience of its few members, who were somewhat scattered. See also Chautauqua County and Montgomery County.


Brown, Hedges, Iverson, James, Michael, Moore, Pittman, Reeder, Winchell (very incomplete list due to loss of records).

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