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Clayton Presbyterian Church history

 Collection — Folder: S2483
Identifier: S2483

Scope and Contents

This collection includes two pages of text from Clayton Presbyterian Church in Clayton, Hendricks County, Indiana, in 1931, regarding the history and centennial celebration of the Clayton Presbyterian Church.


  • 1931

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.

Administrative History

The Cumberland Presbyterian Church of Liberty Township was organized in Belleville Hendricks County, Indiana in 1831 by Reverend Alexander C. Downey, a missionary from Kentucky. Downey died a few years later and was buried at a cemetery south of nearby Clayton. Two years after the church was organized, it was admitted into the Wabash Presbytery of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Having no regular place of worship at first, the congregation met in members' homes and local schoolhouses, first Bellville's, then the Mitchell schoolhouse on the Clayton-Hazelwood Road beginning in 1846. In 1851, the church erected a building of their own on a lot donated by Richard Worrel in the newly laid-out town of Clayton (first named Claysville). After the church moved to Clayton, it was renamed Clayton Presbyterian Church. The church grew quickly and relocated four times in the next 60 years to accommodate its increasing membership. The congregation celebrated the church's centennial in 1931. The building was destroyed by fire on December 23, 1944 and henceforth, the church's slogan became: "From the ashes we shall arise." The existing building took a decade to complete (1946-1956) due to funding issues and the rising costs of building materials after World War II. In 2023, the church remains in operation and is still located in its 1946 building at 4887 Pennsylvania Street in Clayton, Indiana. Sources: Item in the collection. Clayton Presbyterian Church. "About." Accessed August 29, 2023.


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This collection comprises one item.

Custodial History

This collection was recieved by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation by Ida Mae Miller on 1970/10/24.


No further additions to the collection are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed on 2023/07/25 by A.J. Chrapliwy. EAD finding aid created on 2023/08/28 by A.J. Chrapliwy. EAD finding aid revised 2023/08/29 by Brittany Kropf.
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Repository Details

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