Omega Presbyterian Church

   Omega, Omega Twp., Marion Co., Illinois

                                                                 

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Omega Presbyterian Church 


Omega Presbyterian Church - circa 1975

 


 

 

Omega Presbyterian Church building - August 2011

 


 

 

 

 


 

 

Omega Presbyterian Church

 

            One hundred and twenty-nine years ago (from Nov. 1973), the Omega Presbyterian Church was organized by the famous

Presbyterian Circuit Rider, William Finley.  This was the year of 1844.

            All this happened in the home of Jacob Earl who lived in Lovells Prairie.

            The first members of this original church were Jacob Earl, Thomas Hadden, Elizabeth A. and Sarah A. White, Alexander Millican,

Jane Howard, William Howard, Isaac Eagan, Martha Hadden, James C. Lackey, and Eliza L. Morris.  John Walls was the first minister of this congregation.

            Sept. 5, 1863 is the first record relative to building a church.  The church building was completed sometime in the sixties. From 1844 to 1884

Alexander Millican was clerk of the session.  The first babies baptized into the Omega Presbyterian Church, according to the existing records, were

Galvin E. Morris, son of Mrs. Eliza Hadden and Maria E. Millican, daughter of Alexander Millican.  These took place on March 7, 1845. 

The last recorded infant baptisms were those namely of Dorothy and Harold Fields and Willadean Kniseley on June 8, 1919. 

Rev. William Finley did the honors for the first two, and Rev. John Hamerson did the last three. 

           Upon perusing the records of the Omega Presbyterian Church, we find the names of many of our ancestors. 

Here are some that might be familiar to you: Millican, Hadden, Beard, Phillips, Kniseley, Smith, Baldwin, Gramley, Stockley, Southward,

Davis, Painter, See, Walkington, Schooley, Cheeley, Marlow, Ravens, Rose, Rolf, Kelchner, Bosley, Alderson, Baker, and Hensley. 

This is not all the members by any means, but the ones we all are probably most familiar with.

            As late as 1898 the church was dismissing people for dancing.  Sister A. Hudson was cited and read out of the church for dancing.

            The original church building burned in 1916.  The present church was built by Ed Bosley and was finished and dedicated in 1918. 

The Rev. John Hamerson preached the dedication sermon.  As was and still is the custom, a basket dinner was held after the morning service.

            In May 1961, the annex or addition to the present church was started.  On Nov. 22, 1961 the addition was completed at a

cost of $1,048.81, with all labor donated.

            The names of five generations of Millicans appear on the rolls of the Omega Presbyterian Church.  These are Alexander, Robert, Roy, See, and Richard.

 

                                                                                                                                                        (from the book "Omega (1823-1973)")

 


 

Cumberland Presbyterian Church

 

            Marion county belonged to the Illinois Presbytery and the first preaching was done by Jonathan Brittain.  It was preached in the house of Abner STEWART about 1830.  David CAMPBELL followed in 1833 and preached in the barroom of Ricker’s Hotel in Salem.  These two men preached for several years in the county, but the man who organized nearly all the Cumberland Presbyterian churches was Rev. William FINLEY.  The first church organized was at the house of James EAGAN, Sept. 7, 1840, by William FINLEY.  It was called Mt. Carmel, afterward Kinmundy.  In 1842 they established a camp meeting grounds near Kinmundy known as Mt. Carmel camp ground, and out of the meetings held there grew most of the congregations of the county.

            Good Hope church at Omega was organized by William FINLEY November 9, 1844, and the same year Bethel was organized and the Metcalf or Old Bethel camp ground was long a noted point in church history.

            The Salem church was also organized by William FINLEY in 1836.  This congregation, largely through the efforts of Mr. FINLEY, built the first house of worship of the church in the county.  This church grew rapidly and was the strongest congregation of Cumberland Presbyterians in the county, and in 1901 built a beautiful brick church, the first of the beautiful churches in Salem to be erected.  A congregation was organized at Patoka and one at Vernon.  Neither was ever strong.

            In 1905 the congregation at Salem, and as far as we know, all in the county, voted to united with the Presbyterian church and drop the name Cumberland.  The Old Bethel church built a beautiful new church two or three miles north of the old one and virtually now has two houses, although they are two congregations.

 

                                                                                            “Brinkerhoff’s History of Marion County, Illinois - 1909”; by Prof. J.H.G. Brinkerhoff - p. 151

 


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