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First Presbyterian Church of Rockport transcripts

 Collection — Folder: S2744
Identifier: S2744

Scope and Contents

This collection includes photostat transcriptions of meeting minutes from the first record book of the First Presbyterian Church of Rockport. Included are records of congregation (members, deacons, elders and ministers) for the years of 1850-1941.


  • circa 1850-1941

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 Presbyterian Church in Rockport, Indiana was created after Joseph A. Gray and John Atkinson discussed the need for a church during the county seminary at the Union Sabbath School. On November 16, 1850, eight charter members wrote a constitution and named their new church the First Presbyterian Church of Rockport.

The first services were held in the Rockport courthouse. By 1854, meetings were being held in the Lemmon schoolhouse near Pigeon Creek. In the same year, the Vincennes Presbytery held its spring meeting in Rockport. A church house was finally dedicated on August 15-16, 1856, by the Reverends H. Hopkins [or Hopkens] and A. Stirrit [or Sterret].

Thirteen years later, the congregation voted to dissolve its connection to the Vincennes Presbytery and request a new connection to the Louisville Presbytery—a request which was granted. Because of declining attendance, "the session" voted to close the First Presbyterian Church of Rockport for all services except the administration of communion.


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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Robert A. Wood on 1946.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2017/06/27 by Masada Sparrow. EAD finding aid created 2017/06/27 by Masada Sparrow.
First Presbyterian Church of Rockport transcripts
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.