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BELLE PORTER MEMORIAL PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

RECORD BOOK, 1892-1906

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The Belle Porter Memorial Presbyterian Church was organized Dec 6, 1890 at the Red Brush School House in Union Township, Sullivan County, MO.  It was named in memory of one of the community’s earliest settlers, Mrs Isabelle Porter, who had died the previous spring (Mar 11, 1890).  Her husband, Andrew, was one of the founding members of the church and Clerk of the Session for the period covered by this volume.

The Record Book contains: (1) Undated copy of the congregation’s petition for affiliation with the Palmyra Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church USA; (2) Session Minutes, Feb 8, 1892 – Dec 4, 1906; (3) Congregational Meeting Minutes, Oct 31, 1905; and (3) Membership Roll, 1892-1906.

The volume was a gift from Ralph O Porter to Violette-McClure Missouriana Collection, Pickler Memorial Library, ca 1950.

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1-2 Petition for Affiliation with Palmyra Presbytery
   
  Petitioners:
  Ellet M Harmon
Rebeca Jane Harmon
Ellet M Harmon
Margaret Emeline
Vachel B Hill
Bell Hill Sarah
Ida Zoe Hill
G Delarma Warren
John W Shinefelt
Elen Shinefelt Ames*
Charles S Robertson
Elen Shinefelt
Harmon Kate Robertson
Emma Jane Ostrom
Mildred Harmon Lefever*  
Lewis Taylor
Margaret Jane Porter
Andrew Porter
   
  [*the married surnames Ames & Lefever were added at a later date; the ink & handwriting are not the same as the original entry]
   
4-21 Minutes of the Session, Feb 8, 1892 – Apr 16, 1906
 
This very small congregation transacted and recorded very little Session business other than Baptisms and the admittance and dismissal of members.  The meetings were irregular and infrequent, sometimes one (or even none) a year.  The one business item of note was a Mar 11, 1894 vote against building their own church house.

The Minutes show that at the Mar 30, 1905 meeting, the Membership Roll was examined and corrected, some members being placed on the Reserved Roll.  (The date on the Minutes is actually Apr 30, but this places it out of order with the next entry.  The Roll changes supposedly made at that meeting are dated Mar 30.)  The Roll itself, as shown below, reflects the numerous notations made that date.

The last entry to the Minutes is a certification by the Presbytery Moderator on Apr 18, 1906 that the past year’s Minutes have been examined and approved.  It, however, appears immediately following the Dec 4, 1906 Session entry.

   
80  Minutes of the Congregational Meeting, Oct 31, 1905
 
Motion made and carried that the congregation endeavor to purchase the Mount Olive Church building and furniture for a sum not to exceed $150
   
89-91 Roll of Members [as corrected Mar 30, 1905]
   
 

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  Ellet M Harmon
Rebecca Jane Harmon
Margaret E Harmon
Vachel B Hill
Bell Hill
Ida Zoe Hill
G Delanna Warren
John W Shinnafelt
Ellen Shinnafelt
Charles S Robertson
Kate Robertson
Emma J Ostrom
Sarah M Harmon
Andrew Porter
Lewis Taylor
Margaret J Porter
Elizabeth Loop
Susan Payne
Earnest Hill
William Payne
Tenie Payne
Lewiston J Walker
Margaret Hopper
Henry Curtis
William J Porter
Melville A Porter
William Hill
Miles Pickens
Phebe Pickens
Catharine Heizer
Elizabeth Warren
David Warren
Olliver Hardinger
Logan Hardinger
Bettie Curtis
Margaret Loop
Eliza A Zeigler
Lillie Dever
Allie Smith
Jacob Wilkins
Kersey Wilkins
Effie Wilkins
Robert Frann
Theodore Frann
Charles Warren
Charles Harmon
Thomas Birdsell
Rachel Romine
Nora Romine
Kitty Campbell
Charles Hibbets
Elizabeth Hibbets
Margaret Litchfield
Amelia May Porter
Deborg Lane
Catharine Lane
Mattew McCracken
Mrs Mary McCracken
Miss Margaret McCracken
Robert Mc[Cracken]
William McCracken
Margaret B Beatty
Dora A Beatty
Samuel Zeigler
R Roll Mar 30 05
Married Jan 12th 1892
Married July 1st 96
R Roll Ma 30 05
R Roll Ma 30 05
R Roll Ma 30 05
Dropped March 30 05
Dropped March 30 05
Dropped Mar 30 05
Dead
Dead

Dropped

Dead
Removed by Req[uest]
R Roll Mar 30/05
R Roll Mar 30/05
R Roll Mar 30 05


Joined MEC
Died
Joined MEC
R Roll Ma 30 05

Joined MEC
Joined other church
Joined other church
Dismissed
Dropped Ma 30 05
Dropped Ma 30 05
Dropped Ma 30 05
Dropped Ma 30 05

R Roll Mar 30 05

Dropped
Married March 11th 96
Joined another church
Joined another church
Joined another church
Dropped Ma 30 05
Dropped Ma 30 05
Dropped Ma 30 05
R Roll Ma 30 05
R Roll Ma 30 05

Paxon
R Roll Ma 30 05
Died
Died
R Roll Ma 30 05

Died



Dismissed




Died Jan 17 05
   
  [Note: According to Dec 4, 1906 [or ‘05] Minutes, the McCracken family moved their membership to the First Presbyterian Church of Milan after the Roll was corrected.]
   
97 Untitled Roster
   
  List of 12 names which are possibly those members placed on the “Reserved Roll”, Mar 30, 1905.  With one or two exceptions, the names are the same.
     
  Ellet M Harmon
Vachel B Hill
Bell Hill
Ida Zoe Hill
Elizabeth Loop – Murphy
Earnest Hill
M J Porter
Margaret Loop
Charles Harmon
Thomas Birdsell
Kitty Campbell
Margaret Litchfield
     

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