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Early History of Darrtown Churches

Rootsweb provides record of early church activity in Darrtown


The following citation was excerpted from


"In the fall of 1804, a Baptist preacher, by the name of Patterson, from South Carolina, a traveling minister, preached, at the house of L. R. Cooch, the first sermon ever delivered in the Darrtown part of the township.


During the Summer of 1806, a traveling Baptist preacher visited and preached in the western half of the township five or six times.


The New School Presbyterians organized a Church in Darrtown about 1848. The first preachers came from Oxford. In its most prosperous days, this organization numbered thirty-five members, of whom Stephen KENDALL, Hiram DARR and wife, Susanna and Sarah COOK were the most prominent.


The Rev. B. W. Chidlaw organized the first Sabbath-school in Darrtown, about 1840. Joseph Curtis, of Hamilton, was the first superintendent, followed by Gardner Darr, who was also the chief officer of a similar organization, at the same time, at McGonigle's.


The Lutheran Church in Darrtown was organized at Jericho, four miles north on the Hamilton and Richmond pike. The original place of worship has since been destroyed by fire. This resulted in the erection of the church in Darrtown. George Kramer and wife Barbara, old Mr. Knapp and wife, Daniel Schollenberger and wife were among the first and leading persons who gave the Church its present healthy constitution. There are now over sixty members in good standing. A Union Sunday-school is carried on, with alternate meetings at the Methodist and the Lutheran Church."

1901 church pamphlet exhibits community spirit and cooperation


The following images show a pamphlet dated 1901 that bears the names of the Darrtown Lutheran and Methodist churches.


This pamphlet was donated by Darrtown native, Pamela (Menke) Jewell, during the 2014 Darrtown Bicentennial. Pamela reported that the pamphlet was found in an old book, by an acquaintance of her son-in-law, Tanner McFall. We are indebted to Pamela and Tanner for the donation and preservation of this important piece of Darrtown history.


The image at the right shows the cover of the 1901 church pamphlet, which measures two and a half inches wide by four and a half inches tall.


The pamphlet cover includes the following:


   A logo that appears to be the letters "C" and "E."

    The phrase "For Christ and the Church"

    The following text…






Meetings, Sunday 7:30 PM

Consecretion meeting, last Sunday of month


The image at the right shows the inside of the church pamphlet, which consists of three panels.

The text of the three inside panels is reproduced below.

The image at the right shows the outside of the church pamphlet, which consists of three panels.

The text of the three outside panels is reproduced below.



    This document offers the opportunity for more genealogy work. Were any of these individuals Darrtown "pioneers"? (Webmaster Note: The term "Darrtown pioneer" surfaced during the preparation of the Darrtown Family Tree exhibit at the Bicentennial. See Darrtown Family Tree.)


    Just as in the case of census records, questions arise with the spelling of names in church documents. For example, the Petri family name is common to the Darrtown/Oxford (Ohio) area in the 20th/21st centuries. So, is the current-day Petri family related to - or the same as - the "Petree" family that is listed in this pamphlet?


    The spirit of community cooperation seemingly was demonstrated by the pastors of the two churches. Note that both pastors (Halverstadt and Hoffman), from two different churches and church doctrines, participated in this group/association, as each was scheduled as a "leader."


    The temperance movement was an issue in Darrtown in 1901, as it was listed as a prayer-meeting topic for September and November and one of the standing committees was devoted to the subject of temperance.

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