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Elkhorn Church was organized in 1806, in Boston township, and was one of the original churches which organized the White Water Association. Elder Lazarus Whitehead was the first pastor.


Salem Church was organized in 1816, on the west bank of Martindale Creek on the northeastern edge of what is now known as Walnut Level, in Jefferson township. The abstract of principles was signed by William Young, William Oldham, Anna Oldham, Henry Garrett, Mary Garrett, John Martindale, Eleazer Smith, Ruth Smith, Jacob Virgil and wife, Jeremiah Swafford, Mathias Parson, Jane Parson, Joseph Hancock, and Ann Hancock.

A log building was erected, and a deed was received for an acre of land at the site, from John and Charlotte Doan, in March 1822. Another meeting house was built in 1838, and the present meeting house was erected in 1875, 40' long by 28' wide.

Pastors of the church in early days included Elders Wilson Thompson, George Harlan, R. W. Thompson, E. W. Harlan, and in more recent years Elders Ed Allen, Ralph Culy, and presently, Brian Ballenger. Several others also served as pastor.





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