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By James Hulse, September 26, 2022
The front of the First Baptist Church of Elkhart and Marker
1Texas, Anderson County, Elkhart — 17177 — First Baptist Church of Elkhart
After the Civil War, the Cromwell family moved to Elkhart in Anderson County. Finding no organized Baptist church in the community, J.W. Cromwell decided to organize a Baptist church. In April of 1886, Cromwell and six other charter members founded . . . Map (db m207084) HM
2Texas, Anderson County, Elkhart — 8749 — First United Methodist Church Of Elkhart
The first Methodist service held in this area was in 1840. When a group of citizens formed a small congregation that met in private homes. In 1878 a Methodist mission was established in Elkhart. The Rev. J.F. Henderson, a circuit riding minister, . . . Map (db m207066) HM
3Texas, Anderson County, Elkhart — 8799 — Pilgrim Predestinarian Regular Baptist Church
Organized in Illinois in 1833 by Daniel Parker Members moved to Texas First meeting in Stephen F. Austin's Colony January 20, 1834 Log church built December, 1839 Old graveyard adjoins. Present church fourth on the same site . . . Map (db m36924) HM
4Texas, Anderson County, Frankston — 8783 — Mount Vernon United Methodist Church
Early denominational records indicate that this congregation was in existence as a mission church as early as 1880. In 1896, A.L. and Susanna Herrington donated one acre to the county to be used for a free school. A one-room school building was . . . Map (db m161100) HM
5Texas, Andrews County, Andrews — 3311 — Means Methodist Church(First church in Andrews County)
Organized in 1907 by circuit preacher F.T . Pollard and seven charter members. The group held services in local school until 1912, when a one-room church was built, financed by donations of members, including a generous gift from rancher J.S. Means. . . . Map (db m61379) HM
6Texas, Angelina County, Burke — 6983 — Burke Methodist Church
Founded in 1889 by a small group of Methodists, this church has played an integral role in the history of the community. H. and Nannie Belote donated land to the congregation in 1894, and the first church building was completed in 1901. It was moved . . . Map (db m30331) HM
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7Texas, Angelina County, Diboll — 6998 — First Methodist Church of Diboll
This congregation was founded about 1897, soon after Diboll was established as a sawmill town. Early worship services were held in a local schoolhouse and in a two-story structure shared with the local Baptist congregation and fraternal . . . Map (db m38057) HM
8Texas, Angelina County, Diboll — 8718 — Prairie Grove
The community of Prairie Grove began in 1845 and became a place for early settlers to gather. A cemetery began in 1849 when the young daughter of John M. and Caroline Stovall died. In the 1880s a school/church building was erected near the cemetery, . . . Map (db m79123) HM
9Texas, Angelina County, Diboll — 8720 — Ryan Chapel
Founded 1866, after new settler, Rev. Issac Ryan, had Methodist revival in home before occupying it. His brother John was one of 19 charter members. L.H.D. and Sallie Guinn gave 7.5 acres for church and cemetery. First 16 by 20-ft. church had . . . Map (db m37821) HM
10Texas, Angelina County, Lufkin — Angelina
In 1690, when Spain's Franciscan Fathers founded Mission San Francisco de los Tejas in East Texas, they found a young Indian girl living with her people beside a stream. The priests found her a willing ally for carrying the Catholic Faith to the . . . Map (db m27249) HM
11Texas, Angelina County, Lufkin — 6996 — First Baptist Church of Lufkin
Chartered with nine members, the Lufkin Baptist Church began conducting worship services soon after rail lines reached the townsite in the early 1880s. The Houston, East & West Texas Railroad donated land at this site to Joseph Kerr, E.H.F. . . . Map (db m27247) HM
12Texas, Angelina County, Lufkin — 6997 — First Christian Church of Lufkin
A Christian church was organized in Angelina County about 1884 in Homer, the county seat. When the railroad line from Houston to Shreveport was built about 5 miles from Homer, the town of Lufkin was built around the depot. Many citizens of Homer . . . Map (db m57551) HM
13Texas, Angelina County, Lufkin — 11656 — First United Methodist Church of Lufkin
Margaret (Fullerton) Abney, born in Alabama in 1829, joined the Methodist church with her family at a camp meeting held at nearby McKendree campground in 1863. Because the nearest Methodist church was ten miles away, Mrs. Abney held bible study . . . Map (db m28482) HM
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14Texas, Angelina County, Lufkin — 8721 — Original site of St. Cyprian's Episcopal Church
The first Episcopal service in Lufkin was held in 1893 by the Rev. George L. Crocket for the W.G. Barron and R.B. Shearer families. St. Mary's Mission was established in 1895 by the Rev. C.M. Beckwith, but the congregation did not have a permanent . . . Map (db m26886) HM
15Texas, Angelina County, Lufkin — 8719 — Redland Baptist Church
Liberty Baptist Church, established in the Redland community in 1859, became Redland Baptist Church after reorganizing in 1895. Worship services were held in a local schoolhouse until 1924 when the congregation built its first sanctuary. A new . . . Map (db m28483) HM
16Texas, Angelina County, Pollok — 8717 — Pollok Baptist Church
Founded as Warren Chapel Baptist Church in 1891, this congregation became known as Pollok Baptist Church in 1896. The first meeting place was shared by the Methodist and Presbyterian churches. Land acquired in 1906 by the Baptists was the site of . . . Map (db m29228) HM
17Texas, Aransas County, Fulton — 16305 — Fulton Community Church
Before the growth of fishing and tourism industries, Fulton was a community of only about 200 settlers. Although Sunday schools met in town, residents had to travel to Rockport for worship services. In 1943, Frank Walker, visiting the area on a . . . Map (db m53695) HM
18Texas, Aransas County, Lamar — 5103 — Stella Maris Chapel
Irish immigrant James W. Byrne (1787 – 1865), a veteran of the Texas Revolution, was an early settler of this area. He established the town of Lamar and with his wife Harriet, sold land on Aransas Bay to the Catholic Church for a chapel site. . . . Map (db m53717) HM
19Texas, Aransas County, Rockport — 1669 — First Baptist Church of Rockport
Organized in 1873, the First Baptist Church of Rockport originally was located on S. Church Street. L.D. Young served as the first pastor. The hurricane of 1919 destroyed the first church building, but the members built a new structure at the corner . . . Map (db m53703) HM
20Texas, Aransas County, Rockport — 1767 — First Methodist Church of Rockport
The Methodist Church has been in existence in Rockport since about 1870. The Rev. H.G. Horton was assigned as pastor of the Rockport Church in 1872. The original Methodist Church building, erected at the corner of Live Oak and Bay Streets, was used . . . Map (db m53590) HM
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21Texas, Aransas County, Rockport — 1846 — First Presbyterian Church of Rockport
This congregation traces its history to 1869. Although deactivated in 1879, it was reorganized with twenty charter members in 1889. The members met in facilities provided by other churches until their first house of worship was completed at Market . . . Map (db m53580) HM
22Texas, Aransas County, Rockport — 18105 — Hynes-Balthrope House
This 1874 house of longleaf pine features full-length gallery porches and such classical revival elements as square columns, dentils and brackets. It was built on Austin Street for the John Hynes family and designed by San Antonio architect Viggo . . . Map (db m207827) HM
23Texas, Aransas County, Rockport — 4428 — Sacred Heart Catholic Church
Roman Catholic priests visited the Rockport area as early as 1838. The first mass in the town of Rockport was celebrated in the home of County Judge John Hynes in 1860, and services continued there for a number of years. Although property was deeded . . . Map (db m53585) HM
24Texas, Aransas County, Rockport — 5078 — St. Peter’s Episcopal Church
The Rt. Rev. Alexander Gregg, Bishop of the Diocese of Texas, officiated at the dedication of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Rockport on November 30, 1871. Led by lay ministers for much of its early history, St. Peter’s first was located at the . . . Map (db m53581) HM
25Texas, Archer County, Scotland — 2677 — J. H. Meurer Home
German native John H. Meurer (b. 1850) settled his family in this area about 1900 when he became a land agent for H. J. Scott of the Clark and Plumb Company. In selling over 60,000 acres of land, Meurer helped to establish the towns of Windthorst . . . Map (db m157893) HM
26Texas, Armstrong County, Claude — 1622 — First Baptist Church of Claude
Organized on May 18, 1890, by 19 charter members, with the Rev. B. E. Hure as moderator. The Rev. Count C. Storts was the first resident pastor. The congregation worshipped in the Presbyterian church building until 1899, when a frame sanctuary was . . . Map (db m100492) HM
27Texas, Armstrong County, Claude — 5524 — Town of Claude
Founded when Fort Worth & Denver Railroad built into area (1887). Claude Ayers, engineer on first passenger train through here, suggested town be named for him — and citizens agreed. Jerry Cavanaugh, first resident, gave land for town. . . . Map (db m96836) HM
28Texas, Atascosa County, Jourdanton — 16398 — First Baptist Church of Jourdanton
In October 1909, just one month after the founding of Jourdanton, seven residents gathered to organize a Baptist church under the direction of the Rev. W.G. Gilstrap. Members first met in the community schoolhouse for worship services and were led . . . Map (db m180811) HM
29Texas, Atascosa County, Jourdanton — 15704 — Jourdanton United Methodist Church
The Methodist church in Jourdanton formally organized in 1909, the same year that the City of Jourdanton was founded. The church began as the Jourdanton Methodist Episcopal Church, South, and was a member of the Uvalde District in the West Texas . . . Map (db m56666) HM
30Texas, Atascosa County, Jourdanton — 15888 — St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church
St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church has served this area of Atascosa County since 1918. Around that time, the now-dispersed farming settlement of Dobrowolski was growing, and the mostly Lutheran population needed a place of worship. At first, the . . . Map (db m56670) HM
31Texas, Atascosa County, Jourdanton — 16964 — St. Matthew Catholic Parish
Following the establishment of Jourdanton in 1909, many Catholic families of Hispanic, Irish, Polish, and German descent expressed interest in building a church. Bishop J.W. Shaw traveled from San Antonio to assist in preparing a new church . . . Map (db m130160) HM
32Texas, Atascosa County, Lytle — 1650 — First Baptist Church of Lytle
Dr. J.V.E. Covey and 16 charter members organized this church in April 1893 and held their first meeting under a stand of oak trees. A small frame building was later built, becoming their first permanent church building. Early baptisms were . . . Map (db m56593) HM
33Texas, Atascosa County, Lytle — 3158 — Lytle Methodist Church
According to oral history, the Lytle Methodist Episcopal Church, South, was founded in 1889. W.C. Newton, a local farmer and preacher, became known as "The Father of the Lytle Methodist Church" due to his efforts to establish a permanent place of . . . Map (db m56596) HM
34Texas, Atascosa County, Pleasanton — 1666 — First Baptist Church of Pleasanton
On December 16, 1866, seven charter members met together to organize the First Baptist Church of Pleasanton. They met for worship in a variety of places, including the county courthouse in 1867, a schoolhouse south of town in 1870, and the Rock . . . Map (db m56594) HM
35Texas, Atascosa County, Pleasanton — 3797 — Old Rock Schoolhouse
Constructed of locally quarried red sandstone, the Old Rock Schoolhouse was built in 1874 with funds pledged by citizens of Pleasanton. Once completed, the building was deeded to the county for free public school purposes. In addition to its . . . Map (db m56605) HM
36Texas, Atascosa County, Pleasanton — 4057 — Pleasanton First United Methodist Church
This congregation was organized in 1857, one year before the city of Pleasanton was founded. The church was established largely through the efforts of early Methodist circuit preachers such as John Wesley DeVilbliss and Augustus C. Fairman, who . . . Map (db m56601) HM
37Texas, Atascosa County, Pleasanton — 4882 — Site of San Augustine Church
Between 1850 and 1860, Manuel, Enrique, and Francisco Esparza brought their families to settle in what is now Atascosa County. The brothers, along with their sister and mother, were within the walls of the Alamo when it fell to the Mexicans in March . . . Map (db m56608) HM
38Texas, Atascosa County, Rossville — 4559 — Sand Branch Baptist Church
Organized under a tree near this site on August 27, 1882, the pioneer Sand Branch Baptist Church began with twelve members from the surrounding rural area. Elder C.B. Hukill served as the congregation's first pastor. Early worship services, . . . Map (db m56609) HM
39Texas, Atascosa County, Somerset — 3795 — Old Rock Baptist Church
Organized as Medina Baptist Church in April 1857 at Mann's Crossing, near Macdona. Until 1866, when members built an arbor here near Old Somerset, the services were held in homes or in a schoolhouse. Site for meetinghouse and cemetery (2.5 . . . Map (db m56604) HM
40Texas, Austin County, Bellville — 366 — Early History of Bellville Methodist Church
​ The heritage of Bellville Methodist Church dates to 1822, when Thomas B. Bell came to Texas from Florida with Stephen F. Austin's Old Three Hundred colonists. He settled in an area west of the Brazos River, and donated fifty acres of land . . . Map (db m157592) HM
41Texas, Austin County, Bellville — 12789 — Original Site of St. Mary's Episcopal Church
​ Anglicans in Bellville began gathering for informal worship services in the 1850s at the home of Bellville attorney Nehemiah Holland. In 1861, Bishop Alexander Gregg held the first official service in the Masonic Lodge building, under the . . . Map (db m157585) HM
42Texas, Austin County, Industry — 17080 — Industry Brethren Church Cemetery
The Industry Brethren Church is the third oldest congregation of the Unity of the Brethren located in the German settlement of Industry. Periodic worship services were conducted in Industry beginning in 1860. The Rev. Josef Opocensky was the first . . . Map (db m176210) HM
43Texas, Austin County, Industry — 14222 — Industry Methodist Church
Organized 1847 by the Rev. Henry Bauer, missionary to the German settlers. In 1867, this building was erected under the leadership of the pastor, the Rev. Karl Biel. This was an era of financial difficulty, and the funds were raised only by very . . . Map (db m176223) HM
44Texas, Austin County, Kenney — 2925 — John Wesley Kenney(1799-1865)
One of great pioneer Methodist ministers of Texas. Pennsylvania - born. He began preaching at age 19. In 1833 he came to Texas and soon settled in this county. Unkempt in appearance, Kenney redeemed his eccentricity with an eloquent style of . . . Map (db m202581) HM
45Texas, Austin County, Phillipsburg — 4477 — Saint Paul Lutheran Church
Lutheran clergy served people in this area as early as 1886, but this congregation did not officially begin until 1890. The first worship service was held in the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Stern, and Henry Stern deeded land for a church and cemetery. . . . Map (db m202574) HM
46Texas, Austin County, Phillipsburg — 16904 — St. Paul Lutheran Church Cemetery - Phillipsburg
In 1890, Phillipsburg residents formed the St. Paul Lutheran Church. Later that year, Henry Stern deeded eight acres of land for a church and school and one acre for a cemetery. The first burial is that of the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl . . . Map (db m202575) HM
47Texas, Austin County, San Felipe — 11706 — San Felipe United Methodist Church
In 1837, the town of San Felipe de Austin was incorporated and the town council built a multi-purpose building to be used as a town hall, school, and church on land known as “Constitution Square.” The one-story building was constructed . . . Map (db m116927) HM
48Texas, Austin County, Sealy — 4451 — Saint John's Episcopal Church
This congregation was organized in 1885, five years after the railroad town of Sealy was founded. Among the Church's early supporters was railroad official George Sealy, for whom the town was named and who served on the Missionary Board of the . . . Map (db m162562) WM
49Texas, Austin County, Sealy — 17605 — Trinity Lutheran Church
After preaching his first sermon in Sealy on February 11, 1883, Lutheran Missionary Reverend John Trinklein organized the Trinity Lutheran Church Congregation on October 31 of that same year. In the beginning, most of the congregation was of . . . Map (db m162561) HM
50Texas, Austin County, Shelby — 13192 — St. Paul Lutheran Church(Die Deutsche Evangelische Lutherische Saint Paul Gereinde)
On April 26, 1903, fifteen members of local church Die Friedens Gemeinde organized a new church called Die Deutsche Evangelische Lutherische Saint Paulus Gemeinde, or St. Paul German Evangelical Lutheran Congregation. The Rev. Albert . . . Map (db m176209) HM
51Texas, Austin County, Wallis — 2301 — Guardian Angel Catholic Church
This congregation was organized in 1892 by several Czech families who had relocated from Fayette County, Texas, to an area about 3 miles southeast of Wallis, Texas. The congregation held services in the Krasna School building which was located on . . . Map (db m168503) HM
52Texas, Austin County, Wallis — 18097 — St. Paul Lutheran Church
The Lutheran German-speaking community of Wallis founded St. Paul Lutheran Church at the turn of the 20th century. The congregation held its first service in July of 1900, and made plans to build the church that fall. Due to the unforeseen . . . Map (db m168485) HM
53Texas, Austin County, Wallis — 5709 — Wallis Methodist Church
Land was deeded in 1890 by M.L.H. Harry to church trustees F.D. Brandt, D.H. Harris, N.P. Ward, W.T. Brown, and M.L.H. Harry for the formation of a Methodist Church in Wallis. The church considers 1893, when a loan was taken out for a new . . . Map (db m168439) HM
54Texas, Austin County, Welcome — 5745 — Welcome Lutheran Church
Organized March 28, 1869, with 12 charter members. Two of these gave site for a house of worship. Erected in 1869, it was rebuilt here in 1898, 1900 (following destruction by hurricane), and 1954. Some of original fixtures and 1878 bell are still in . . . Map (db m202530) HM
55Texas, Austin County, Wesley — 8405 — Wesley Brethren Church
First congregation in Texas of the Czech-Moravian Brethren. Organized 1864 by Rev. Joseph Opocensky. Ministry had begun in homes, with settlers coming as far as 20 miles to worship. This first church built 1866, principally of hand-hewn logs. . . . Map (db m165387) HM
56Texas, Bandera County, Bandera — 292 — Bandera Methodist Church (County's First Protestant Church)
Built 1880 by members under leadership of B.F. Langford, Sr. Gothic architecture. Hand-cut limestone, with oak timbers. Though enlarged and remodeled, retains original charm. Rev. John Devilbiss (who helped found first Protestant church in San . . . Map (db m155445) HM
57Texas, Bandera County, Bandera — 4067 — Polly's Chapel
Named for Policarpo Rodriguez (1829-1914), Texas Ranger, Army Scout and Guide; 1858 Privilege Creek settler. Converted here to Methodist faith, built with his own hands, in 1882, chapel of native stone, where he and others have preached. . . . Map (db m155675) HM
58Texas, Bandera County, Bandera — Polly's Chapel 1882J.P. Rodriguez Settlement 1858-1935
An official Texas Historical Landmark In 1880, the Rev. Jose Policarpio "Polly" Rodriguez (1829-1914) completed this chapel on his ranch. Plans began when he selected this gentle rise west of nearby Privilege Creek. Then, he faced the building . . . Map (db m189489) HM
59Texas, Bandera County, Bandera — 5082 — St. Stanislaus Convent and First Catholic School
Polish settlers, who came to Bandera in 1855, built this convent and Catholic school in 1874. All classes, except religion and music, were moved in 1882 to a nearby frame school building. In 1922 a second story was added to the native limestone . . . Map (db m130357) HM
60Texas, Bandera County, Pipe Creek — Welcome to Polly, TxJ.P. Rodriguez Settlement 1858-1935
Polly, Texas was founded by Jose Policarpio "Polly" Rodriguez (1829-1914) in 1858. Polly was a noted frontieraman, surveyor and US Army scout with the 2nd Calvary who became one of the first settlers of Bandera County. His purchase of acreage and . . . Map (db m189485) HM
61Texas, Bastrop County, Bastrop — 9150 — Bastrop Christian Church
Founded before 1857. Members first met in courthouse, and then in rock church built on this site in 1867. This New England Victorian building, erected 1895, has the old rock church's bell, which earlier was used on a Colorado River . . . Map (db m196050) HM
62Texas, Bastrop County, Bastrop — 9155 — Bastrop Methodist Church
The nucleus of the present church was formed in 1835 by lay preacher James Gilleland at a time when very few Texans dared to defy Mexican laws outlawing protestant worship. First building for this church was erected 1851, one block north-west of . . . Map (db m196071) HM
63Texas, Bastrop County, Bastrop — 12528 — First Baptist Church of Bastrop
On August 3, 1850, Elder G.G. Baggerly, pastor at the First Baptist Church of Austin, organized the Missionary Baptist Church of Bastrop with eleven members. On September 5, 1850, the new church sent its first messengers to the Colorado Baptist . . . Map (db m65220) HM
64Texas, Bastrop County, Bastrop — 9149 — Old Bastrop Academy Bell
Cast 1850. Bastrop Ladies collected money, and bell was brought here in 1851 by steamer "Water Mockasin". In 1892, no longer used to summon school classes, it was placed in a cupola at the Methodist church; since 1928, in this campanile. . . . Map (db m196064) HM
65Texas, Bastrop County, Bastrop — 15947 — Primera Baptist Church
On March 1, 1903, Primera Iglesia Bautista organized as the culmination of mission work carried out by Primera Iglesia Bautista of Welder. By 1907, the congregation constructed their first church building. Led by the Rev. Paul C. Bell, the growing . . . Map (db m65155) HM
66Texas, Bastrop County, Bastrop — 9156 — Site of Bastrop Military Institute
A Methodist Institution · Chartered January 24, 1852 as Bastrop Academy · · Rechartered under the Auspices of the Methodist Episcopal Church South in 1853 · In 1856 became the Bastrop Military InstituteMap (db m65159) HM
67Texas, Bastrop County, Bastrop — 9235 — Union Hill Missionary Baptist Church
According to local tradition this site was used by area slaves for gathering purposes. Silvie Story, William Hill, Martha Young, Paulie Johnson, Grant McBride, and Martha J. Hill organized this church in 1864 with the help of the Rev. Joshua Brice. . . . Map (db m82620) HM
68Texas, Bastrop County, Elgin — 9180 — Elgin Christian Church
The Rev. B.B. Sanders assisted citizens of Elgin in organizing this congregation in 1888. Many early members came from surrounding communities. Worship services were held in the Presbyterian Church until the Christian Church sanctuary was built in . . . Map (db m205315) HM
69Texas, Bastrop County, Elgin — 9182 — Elgin Methodist Church
Organized in 1874 as the Elgin Methodist Episcopal Church, South, this was the first congregation started in the town of Elgin. A small frame sanctuary built here in 1882 was replaced by this Gothic revival structure. Built by local contractor J. C. . . . Map (db m119483) HM
70Texas, Bastrop County, Elgin — 9189 — First Presbyterian Church of Elgin
The town of Elgin was founded in 1872 along the route of the Houston & Texas Central Railroad. By 1881 a Cumberland Presbyterian Church was organized by the Rev. A.J. Adkisson and 10 charter members. The congregation met in local churches and the . . . Map (db m205309) HM
71Texas, Bastrop County, Elgin — 13463 — Pleasant Grove Cemetery
By 1860, a log structure near this site served as a school and church. In 1871, E.E. Smith sold land to trustees of the Pleasant Grove School. The farming and ranching settlement of Pleasant Grove grew, and by 1890, the school served 51 students; . . . Map (db m205316) HM
72Texas, Bastrop County, McDade — 12936 — McDade Baptist Church
This congregation was organized on July 18, 1880, under the leadership of the Rev. J. D. Wright, who also served as first pastor. Originally known as the McDade Baptist Church of Christ, the fellowship worshiped in a union church building shared . . . Map (db m187570) HM
73Texas, Bastrop County, Smithville — 9187 — First Methodist Church of Smithville
Organized in 1888 by the Rev. H. M. Haynie and eight charter members, the Methodist congregation in Smithville met in the local school until a frame sanctuary was completed in 1893. A new brick structure was built in 1912-13. Following damage in a . . . Map (db m160314) HM
74Texas, Bastrop County, Smithville — 9228 — Stephen Scallorn
Maryland native Stephen Scallorn (1787-1887) lived in Kentucky and Tennessee, where he practiced medicine and was active in the Primitive Baptist Church, before moving to Texas. He was attracted to the Republic by the favorable accounts of his . . . Map (db m160302) HM
75Texas, Bastrop County, Smithville — 9242 — Young School House and Cemetery
In 1872, area pioneer John P. Young (1829-1906) donated two acres of his land for a community school and cemetery. The earliest marked grave, that of W. T. Sanders, is dated 1874. Since then, the cemetery has been used primarily by area settlers and . . . Map (db m160307) HM
76Texas, Baylor County, Seymour — 1717 — First Christian Church of Seymour
Organized March 1880 with 12 members: Mr. and Mrs. N. M. Bandy, Mr. Banteau, Miss May Boone, Judge and Mrs. R. J. Browning, Mr. and Mrs. Buck McEwen, Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Ransom, Mr. and Mrs. Windy Turner. Early services were held in Baylor . . . Map (db m187154) HM
77Texas, Baylor County, Seymour — 5036 — St. John Catholic Church(of Bomarton)
Established in 1908, when services and masses were held in Mary's Creek schoolhouse or in home of Matt Marak. First church edifice was built 1909, with John Cocek, Marak, Leopold Skrehot, and Alois Sykora, trustees. Father Paul Mosler was installed . . . Map (db m200400) HM
78Texas, Bee County, Beeville — 14200 — Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church
In the years following the Civil War and the emancipation of slaves across the country, African Americans began organizing church congregations throughout Texas. Early pastors served as circuit riders traveling to preach for several congregations . . . Map (db m180892) HM
79Texas, Bee County, Beeville — 1615 — First Baptist Church of Beeville
This church was organized in 1869 as the Beeville Baptist Church. Its first sanctuary was built near Poesta Creek in 1871. The congregation grew quickly, emerging as the largest among the 39 members of the Regional Blanco Baptist Association by . . . Map (db m180920) HM
80Texas, Bee County, Beeville — 1747 — First Methodist Church of Beeville
In 1861, three years after Bee County was organized, the Rev. Berry Merchant of Corpus Christi assisted Beeville Methodists in establishing the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. Between 1862 and 1870, circuit riding preachers ministered to the . . . Map (db m180933) HM
81Texas, Bee County, Beeville — 7125 — First Presbyterian Church of Beeville
Presbyterians in Beeville began meeting together informally as early as 1885. In 1890-91 the Rev. Henry Ruffner Laird (1842-1925) was sent to officially organize a congregation in Beeville, and this church was begun with twenty-six charter . . . Map (db m207386) HM
82Texas, Bee County, Beeville — 13517 — Jones Chapel United Methodist Church
This church, organized in 1888, was originally known as Jones Chapel Methodist Episcopal Church. At first, it was part of a circuit, and ministers often traveled by stagecoach or horseback as they rotated Sunday services among churches. Jones Chapel . . . Map (db m180905) HM
83Texas, Bee County, Beeville — 4457 — Saint Joseph's Catholic Church
The emergence of this church is associated with Catholic Services held by itinerant missionaries in the homes of predominantly Irish settlers located along the Texas Gulf Coast in the late 1840s. The oldest written record of St. Joseph's Catholic . . . Map (db m180943) HM
84Texas, Bee County, Beeville — 14024 — St. Joseph Cemetery
This cemetery has served the Catholic population of Beeville since the late 19th century, when the town experienced impressive growth. Noted bishop Peter Verdaguer of the Brownsville Diocese purchased land here from T.H. Nott in 1891, and the . . . Map (db m211537) HM
85Texas, Bee County, Beeville — 4487 — St. Philip's Episcopal Church
First unit, transept, built 1893 on this site purchased in 1890 from heirs of G.W. McClanahan. In 1910, Nave added with funds from sale of block of land given to the missionary jurisdiction of western Texas by English born H.W. Wilson, 1888. Early . . . Map (db m180939) HM
86Texas, Bee County, Blanconia — 7123 — Blanconia (Old N2) Church
The First Baptist Church in Refugio County was organized on April 22, 1855 and met in the Doughty Schoolhouse near Refugio. In 1865, the first sanctuary was erected (5 Mi.W) and named for the cattle brand of member and benefactor N.R. McDaniel. The . . . Map (db m180952) HM
87Texas, Bee County, Blanconia — St. Catherine Catholic Church of Blanconia
The present St. Catherine Catholic Church of Blanconia was built and dedicated, on this site, on October 17, 1926. On the banks of the Blanco Creek, approximately one mile east, the first church named Our Lady of the Rosary, was erected in 1875 by . . . Map (db m180949) HM
88Texas, Bee County, Pettus — 1698 — First Christian Church
Built in 1905. First church to serve the needs of Protestants in Pettus. Called a Christian Church at request of land donor, Mrs. S.B. Hodges. Contributions came from all denominations. On August 29, 1906, the First Christian Church (Disciples of . . . Map (db m206927) HM
89Texas, Bell County, Bartlett — 1613 — First Baptist Church of Bartlett
Originally known as Pecan Grove Baptist Church, this fellowship was organized in 1873 by the Rev. M.V. Smith, the Rev. H.I. Kimball, and the Rev. G.W. Baines, great-grandfather of United States President Lyndon Baines Johnson. In 1884 the church was . . . Map (db m29036) HM
90Texas, Bell County, Bartlett — 5038 — St. John Lutheran Church
The first Lutheran worship services in this area were held at the home of early German settler J.E. Pietzsch, who had moved from Austin County. In 1880 a small school and church building was erected on land donated by John Bartlett, for whom the . . . Map (db m29038) HM
91Texas, Bell County, Belton — 4296 — Distinguished Texan Robert Emmet Bledsoe Baylor(1793-1873)
Noted lawmaker, judge, lay preacher, served in the legislatures of his native Kentucky and of Alabama. Represented Alabama in U.S. Congress, 1829-1831. Came to Texas 1839. Was Associate Justice Supreme Court, Republic of Texas, 1840-1846. Judge . . . Map (db m152063) HM
92Texas, Bell County, Belton — 1616 — First Baptist Churchof Belton
The First Baptist Church of Belton was organized in the summer of 1853 under the leadership of the Rev. Solomon G. O'Bryan and the Rev. David Fisher. There were eight charter members, and the congregation met in a small frame building on Pearl . . . Map (db m152233) HM
93Texas, Bell County, Holland — 12512 — Post Oak Cemetery
The only physical remnant of the Post Oak community, this cemetery began as the burial ground for the family of Isham McMillin, who acquired land in this part of Bell County in 1855. The oldest marked grave, that of McMillin’s daughter Elizabeth, . . . Map (db m89692) HM
94Texas, Bell County, Killeen — 391 — Bethel Primitive Baptist Church
Bethel Primitive Baptist Church originated in the Palo Alto Community, which was located about 3.5 miles northeast of present Killeen. Organized about 1864, the congregation met in a Union Church building shared with other denominations. When . . . Map (db m121301) HM
95Texas, Bell County, Killeen — 2622 — Immanuel Lutheran Church Cemetery
The first burial in this graveyard, that of Wilhelm Wolf, took place in 1891, two years after the German Evangelical Lutheran Emmanuel Congregation was formally organized. The Rev. H.F. Daude (1850-1924), who served as first pastor, deeded land here . . . Map (db m121279) HM
96Texas, Bell County, Nolanville — 12482 — Nolanville Encampment
In 1889 five families met under a brush arbor to form the Nolanville Church of Christ and within a month had purchased land at this site on which to build a permanent church. That first meeting led to 106 consecutive summer camp meetings dedicated . . . Map (db m175096) HM
97Texas, Bell County, Salado — Church Bell
Church Bell Purchased in 1879 1864 - Salado Baptist Church Organized. 1878 - Original Church Building Erected. 1879 - Bell Placed in Cupola of Original Building. 1962 - Original Building Torn Down. 1964 - Bell Tower . . . Map (db m203296) HM
98Texas, Bell County, Salado — 11723 — First Baptist Church of Salado
A Baptist revival was held on the banks of Salado Creek as early as 1854. By about 1860, members of area Baptist, Methodist, Presbyterian and Church of Christ denominations were meeting in an ecumenical house of worship. Each group held an all-day . . . Map (db m29083) HM
99Texas, Bell County, Salado — George Washington BainesDec 29, 1809 - Dec 28, 1882
Reverend George Washington Baines is buried at this site with his second wife, Cynthia Williams, and one of his sons, Taliaferro. Reverend Baines was born in North Carolina Dec 29, 1809. Educated in Alabama and ordained a minister in 1836. A . . . Map (db m203271) HM
100Texas, Bell County, Salado — 279 — George Washington Baines House
Built in the 1860s, this house was the residence of the Rev. George Washington Baines (1809-83) from 1870 to 1883. A pioneer Baptist preacher, missionary, editor, and educator, the Rev. Baines was the great-grandfather of United States President . . . Map (db m29313) HM

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