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Coburn Corners Church of Christ history

 Collection — Folder: S2072
Identifier: S2072

Scope and Contents

This collection includes photostats of a typewritten copy of "A History of the Church of Christ at Coburn's Corners." The 15-page history was written by Walter H. Coburn in 1937 presumably in honor of the church's centennial. The collection also includes a photostat copy of a May 6, 1970 typewritten note by Winifred Waters, the great-granddaughter of church founder Benjamin Alton, Sr. and donor of the collection.


  • 1937-1970


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Historical Note

Coburn Corners Church of Christ, located a few miles southeast of St. Joe in DeKalb County, Indiana, was organized on February 17, 1837 and was the first church of any denomination in the county. The founding members had moved to the county from Trumbull County, Ohio and included Benjamin and Fanny Alton, Sr., Benjamin Alton, Jr., Lorenzo Alton, Asher W. and Hannah Coburn, John F. and Minerva Coburn, Nancy Babcock, Samuel Headly, and James Hadsell. Benjamin Alton, Sr. served as the congregation's first minister. The chruch was orignially referred to as "Coburn's Corners," but later changed to "Coburn Corners." Walter H. Coburn (1895-1985) was the grandson of church founder John F. Coburn and presented the evening service sermon for the church's Centennial Celebration Day on June 13, 1937.


Information found within collection.

"Centennial Celebration of Coburn Corners Church." The Waterloo Press (Ind.), June 3, 1937.

Coburn Corners Church of Christ. "About: More Info." Accessed November 20, 2020. "Walter H. Coburn." Find a Grave Memorial no. 67655159. Accessed November 20, 2020.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Miss Winifred Waters on 1970/09/09.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2020/11/20 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2020/11/20 by Laura Eliason.
Coburn Corners Church of Christ history
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.