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Closed Church Records from Kilbourne UMC

Closed Church Records from Kilbourne UMC

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Central Illinois Conference Closed Church

Kilbourne UMC





Overview of the Collection

Repository:IGRC Archives and Special Collections, MacMurray College, Jacksonville, IL
Creator:Kilbourne UMC
Title:Closed Church Records from Kilbourne UMC
Dates:1914-1977
Quantity:.5 cubic feet
Abstract:The church closed in 1977. Transferred records include four membership registers, closing documents and conference reports.
Identification:2043
Language: The records are in English.

Scope and Contents

The collection has four membership registers that include baptisms and marriages in addition to membership data. There are several years of annual conference reports, the majority of the information can be found in the annual journals. There is one folder of documents related to the addition added to the church in 1973. The folder of closure documents have real property papers, the resolution for closing and the warranty deed.


Church History

In 1864, in Mason County, on the Bath Circuit, Rev. Mitchell organized a Methodist society in Kilbourne with James Hardin as class leader. Ten years later the group moved to worship in the school house. A building committee was then organized in 1886 to construct a permanent house of worship. A small church was dedicated in 1887.

The women organized a Ladies Aid Society and became crucial in financially supporting the church through quilting, church suppers, and cleaning the school house. In 1922 they formed the WSCS to aid foreign missions and more local missions in Illinois.

Through the bequest of a member in 1967, the congregation was able to enlarge the church with an addition of an annex for more Sunday school rooms. However, by 1973 it was evident the church was losing members and finally in 1977, the congregation had its last worship service on May 22, 1977.


Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

United Methodist Church (Kilbourne, Ill.)
Mason County, Ill.
Church registers and records

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

The collection is unrestricted.


Separated Material

Volumes: 240A Membership Record (1914-1917); 240B Membership Record (1946-1968); 240C Membership Record (1946-1966); Membership Record (1946-1977). There is one color photo of the church in the Photograph Collection.


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