Dear Pastor Webb,
Thank you for your offer of assistance. I would be very appreciative to find
an obituary for my 5th great grandfather Leonard Lipe or any other
information you may find.
Here is what information I have about Leonard Lipe. He resided in the
community known as Nine Mile Prairie. Leonard became a charter member of the
Nine Mile Prairie Baptist Church, organized at a little log house that was
the home of Peter Hagler and wife on Saturday before the 3rd Sunday in June
1829.Leonard and his wife Barbara (Wentz) Lipe deeded land to the church for
a building and cemetery on 3 November 1836. The land given to the church was
28 poles long and 20 poles wide containing 3 acres. Leonard was buried in
the Nine Mile Baptist Church Cemetery after he died on 5 April 1848. Leonard
was born abt. 1765 in N.C. and was about 83 years old when he died. ( I
would like to give credit to the above information to my cousin George W.
Lipe of AR.)
Robert L Webb wrote:
If any of you who have ancestors who might have been members of the
Nine Mile Primitive Baptist Church, would send me the year of birth and
date of death (month, day and year if possible), it might help me locate
obituaries. I have almost a complete set of a periodical called the Signs
of the Times, from 1832 to present, which is where most of the Nine Mile
members' obituaries would have appeared which were published in church
periodicals at all. I also have in our collection other church papers
where such obituaries could appear. I can't promise to look up every
name you all might submit, but I will let you know of any obituaries I do
find from those which any of you wish to submit. The periodicals have
indexes for each year from 1832 until the 1920's, so dates after 1920 are
even more important as a tool in finding the obituaries.
Our website gives some history of Nine Mile Church, the best we can do
without having access to the actual records of this specific church. We
have a collection of minutes of the Bethel Association of which Nine Mile
church was a part. Also, many other church and association records for
Illinois, and other states.
Some had trouble accessing the page I gave earlier, so I will give our
homepage URL for the Primitive Baptist Library, here in Carthage,
Illinois, and you can go to the link for Illinois and click on it, and
then go to Perry county. Anyone who wishes may find a lot more
information on our site also, as there are over 2000 pages on it.
The website for our church in Carthage is also linked, and we have
just this week added a link for another Primitive Baptist Library in
North Carolina which has not been on-line and is just beginning to make
known their holdings.
Elder Robert Webb
Primitive Baptist minister
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