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Hallettsville in Lavaca County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

St. James Episcopal Church

 
 
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By James Hulse, February 8, 2021
1. St. James Episcopal Church Marker
Inscription.  

The community of Hallettsville began in 1836, when Margaret Hallett donated land for the townsite. By that time, there were several families living in the area, and settlement increased throughout the 19th century. In July 1875, Gen. Arthur Pendleton Bagby and his wife Frances (Taylor) asked the Rev. Thomas J. Morris, a missionary out of Columbus, to come to Hallettsville and baptize their six children. Later that year, the Rt. Rev. R.W.B. Elliott, Missionary Bishop of Western Texas, visited Hallettsville, and in 1876 the congregation known as St. James' was accepted into the Diocese of West Texas.

Church members initially met in the Odd Fellows Lodge Hall, which was also known as St. James' Missionary Hall. In 1880, the congregation purchased a lot on East Third Street, and through the efforts of Mary Kroschel, Jane Viser, and the Bagby family, the church constructed its first sanctuary the next year. Many of the active early congregation members were commemorated in stained glass windows, which were moved to a new church building constructed in 1962 at this site.

Throughout its history, the congregation has been a mission
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By James Hulse, February 8, 2021
2. The St. James Episcopal Church and Marker
church, sharing ministers with other Episcopal churches in the region. In 1995, St. James' joined with seven other congregations from nearby communities to form a partnership. Together, the churches are a network of support. Locally, St. James' members participate in community service activities, including food pantries and care for the infirm. Members also work together to help national and international causes. Through worship, study, ministry and outreach, the church continues to support its members and its community.
 
Erected 2006 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 13437.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Churches & Religion.
 
Location. 29° 26.726′ N, 96° 56.028′ W. Marker is in Hallettsville, Texas, in Lavaca County. Marker is at the intersection of East Fourth Street (Alternate U.S. 90) and South Tate Street, on the right when traveling west on East Fourth Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1103 East Fourth Street, Hallettsville TX 77964, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hallettsville Public Schools (approx. 0.2 miles away); St. Peter Lutheran Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hallettsville Public Library (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hallettsville (approx. 0.3 miles
The view of the St. James Episcopal Church and Marker from the road image. Click for full size.
By James Hulse, February 8, 2021
3. The view of the St. James Episcopal Church and Marker from the road
away); First Methodist Church of Hallettsville (approx. 0.3 miles away); Joseph Kent (approx. 0.3 miles away); Captain Leiper Willoughby (approx. 0.3 miles away); Paul Scarborough (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hallettsville.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 19, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 18, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 38 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 19, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.
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