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North Indiana Conference of the Methodist Church collection

 Collection — Folder: S2280
Identifier: S2280

Scope and Contents

This collection contains “A History of the North Indiana Conference, Formerly ‘The Wabash Conference’”, written and submitted by conference secretary Alex H. Widney of Rensselaer, Indiana in 1868. The handwritten history was compiled by Widney from “Authentic Papers” and includes a geographical sketch of the North Indiana Conference, historical sketches of the conference sessions from September 1846 to August 1867, a biography of Rev. Samuel W. Widney, a biography of Rev. Thomas Wheat, and an autobiography of Solomon Duling.

This collection also includes an October 24, 1857 note regarding the death of Sampson Solomon addressed from the Carpenter's Creek post office in Jasper County, Indiana; an autobiography written by John Alter dated May 1, 1867; a biography of Rev. Helen (Alter) Draper Davisson by Lewis S. Alter circa 1918; three newspaper clippings regarding the North Indiana Conference and the North Indiana Ministerial Association from 1868 to 1874; three certificates for ordination of elders to the annual conference, with 2 unused and one dated October 10, 1874; a December 8, 1917 letter written by Lewis S. Alter and sent to Rev. W. W. Lineberry; and a few miscellaneous papers with notations about the conference history.


  • 1857- circa 1918, undated

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

The Methodist Protestant Church has a common history with all other branches of Methodism and traces its origin back through the Methodist Episcopal Church. Disagreements regarding the governance of the church led to a Reform Movement within the church and later resulted in the organization of the Methodist Protestant Church in 1830. The General Conference of 1846 met in Cincinnati, Ohio and a request to divide the Indiana District into two conferences was acted upon. The dividing line was the old National Road running from the Ohio State line to the Illinois state line. The area north of this line became the Wabash Conference. When the Wabash Conference met in August 1867, it was unanimous among its members that it organize under the new name of North Indiana Conference of the Methodist Church.


Information found within collection.

Coons, John C. A Brief History of the Methodist Protestant Church in Indiana. N.p.: N.p., 1939.


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 John C. Coons in 1941/04.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2022/02/25 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2022/02/25 by Laura Eliason.
North Indiana Conference of the Methodist Church collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.