BOSTWICK LAKE CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH

CANNON TOWNSHIP, KENT COUNTY, MICHIGAN

 

1) ORGANIZATION AND CHARTER MEMBERS PAGES I-IV

2) PASTORS PAGES 1-2

3) OFFICERS PAGES 3-6

4) BAPTISMS, 1888 - MARCH, 1953 PAGES 7-18

5) MEMBERS RECEIVED, 1850'S - 1926 PAGES 19-30

6) MEMBERS REMOVED, 1895 - 1955 PAGES 31-33

7) MEMBERS RETIRED LIST, 1926 PAGES 34-35

8) REVISED MEMBERS ROLL, 1926 - 1982 PAGES 36-54

9) 50TH AND 100TH ANNIVERSARIES PAGES 55-60

 

EARLY HISTORY

BOSTWICK LAKE CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH

I will attempt to tell you some of the things recorded concerning

the first fifty years of our church.

This church was organized June 6th, 1846, about 15 years before the

out-break of the Civil War.

Looking back, today we wonder what prompted those pioneers to

attempt such an undertaking. The difficulties must have been many and

more strenuous than we realize. The homes were scattered and there was

no means of travel except by oxen and wagons, over roads that we today

would consider practically impassable. Many of those early settlers

lived in log-houses which they themselves had built from the trees on

their own lands and we can scarcely imagine the hardships they must have

endured.

They were without nearly all the comforts and conveniences of life

that we now consider so essential. Yet they, in spite of these

difficulties were inspired to reach out and up and with divine aid

organize a church in the community that proved to be a blessing to their

generation and the generations that have followed.

Today we are honoring their memory and thereby express our

appreciation of their good works.

The original nine charter members were -

Smith Bailey Eunice Pitcher

Eunice Bailey Chloe Scott

Isaac Barker Samuel H. Steele

Theron Stone Mary Steele

Mary Stone


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BOOK OF RECORDS OF THE FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH OF CANNON

 

Under the missionary labours of the Rev. Isaac Barker who received a

commission from the A. H. M. S. bearing date June 6th, 1846 for

Courtland and vicinity Kent County, Michigan retyrable? to previous

"notice" at the House of Smith Baileys in Cannon June 18th, 1846 for the

prupose of organizing a Church. Present, Rev. James Ballard, pastor of

the church at Grand Rapids and Deacon Abel Page of the same church when

the following names were given in, duly recommended -

Smith Bailey
Samuel H. Steele
Eunice Bailey
Mary Steele
Eunice Pitcher
Theron H. Stone
Chloe Scott
Mary Stone
Isaac Barker

2ND - The inquiry was made whether we had fellowship for each other

sufficient to organize and commune together which was answered in the

affirmative.

3TH - Adopted the following articles of faith and Church covenant (Here

follow the Articles and covenant on the record).

ARTICLES OF FAITH

1ST - We believe that there is ONE GOD, who is FATHER, SON and HOLY

GHOST, self existent, eternal, perfectly holy, the creator, and rightful

disposer of all things.

2ND - We believe that the BIBLE is the revealed will of God to mankind

and the only unerring rule of faith and practice.

 

BOSTWICK LAKE CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH  #6
CHARTER MEMBERS

Those people belonging to the first Congregational Society of
Cannon, Registered October 26th, 1854.

Thomas S. Streeter
Silas Randel
Oliver Wilkinson
William C. Young
Harlow T. Judson
Asa P. Ferry
Samuel H. Steele
Calvin Fitch
Wm. Jopling
George E. Steele
A. Worden
Smith Bailey
Philip Thomas
Sam'l B. Kutz
Nathan Wiley
Joseph K. Streeter
William Bush
M. D. Hainz
Angus Mc Pherson
O. H. Russell
Wm. Brown
Peter Cowan
Isaac Bush
H. S. Weller
Henry H. Weller
William Howard
Theodore Weller
Benjamin Davies
T. Wiley
Sidney Weller
John Campbel
Joseph More
Alexander Cowan
Silas Steele
C. Z. Haines
S. B. Scranton
Lorenzo D. Hoag
James More
Virgil Hains
Nathaniel Steele
Willis Aylesworth
Philip Carlton

Registered March 18, 1858


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