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Theodore G. McGill, "History of Salem M.E. Church" essay

 Collection — Folder: S2151
Identifier: S2151

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a copy of "History of Salem M.E. Church," an essay written by Theodore G. McGill and dated March 6, 1932 and later typed by Ranyta Sowers on August 30, 1935. The subtitle of his essay states that Salem was the first Methodist Episcopal Church established in the state north of Indianapolis when it was organized in 1832. His history covers important events of the church over its first 100 years and includes a list of the pastors from 1832 to 1932, a list of the 68 class members from 1869, and the class roll from the Homecoming in August 1915.


  • 1932-1935


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.

Biographical Note

Theodore G. McGill was born in a log cabin one mile west of Arcadia, Indiana on November 14, 1853, the son of John and Matilda (Slack) McGill. He married Ellen Malott on April 29, 1878 and they had two children. He was a successful farmer and was a member of the first County Council of Hamilton County in the 1890s. McGill was a longtime member of the Salem Methodist Episcopal Church located near Arcadia in Jackson Township. He contributed articles to various county and state newspapers, and he wrote histories of the McGill family and the Salem M.E. Church. He died at the age of 85 on May 20, 1939.


Langolf, Lavonne. "Who's Who." Noblesville Daily Ledger (Ind.), January 22, 1937.

"Thos. M'Gill's Funeral will be at Arcadia." Noblesville Daily Ledger (Ind.), May 22, 1939.


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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Theodore G. McGill and Chester C. Sowers on 1935/09/21.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2021/02/16 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2021/02/16 by Laura Eliason.
Theodore G. McGill, "History of Salem M.E. Church" essay
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