Old Covenanter 1965

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Old Covenanter 1965 - OLD COVENANTER CHURCH M it api^ears today. The...
OLD COVENANTER CHURCH M it api^ears today. The enrly pulpit and pews are still Inside. TALL PULPIT of tlic Old Ooveniinter Cliiircli wlilcli was I)rol)iibl,v first used in iho second cliurcli built In 1850. It is still In scivloo in tlii> third churdi wlilcli still stiinds, TIIB builder of the pulpit was David Stradlcy. (L. K. DoWitt Photo) On Labor Day Reunion At Pioneer Covenanter Church BY LLOYD V. DEWI'lT DGscenclants of the pioneers tvlio organized the Old Coven­ antor Church a hundred and Ihirty-rive years ago will hold their annual reunion on Labor Day. At the reunion there will a basl<ot dinner at the church noon and a program of music and other fealm-os in tlie afternoon. afternoon. • The churcli is located just riortli of the Jefferson-Marion County line about three miles west of Route .37. The fir.st members of the diurch were Thomas Kell, Isaac Smith, James Foster, Spruce Boggs, Jolin Foster, Mathew Cunningham, John Kell, William Gaston, William Cunningham, William Rainey, Robert Rainey, aVid Alexander Kell. The Rev. J'ohn McMttster was the first pastor, and Jolui Kell was the supply pastor. The organizers held fii'nily to the doctrine ' of old Scotch Convenanters otherwise known as Reformed Presbyterians. Organized In 1830 For a few years after its organization in. 1830 the church had no building, and meetings were said to have been held in the homes of members. Then a building, 23x40 feet, was ei-ected. Alva Summerville, 83, of the present trustees, says that he had. heard old timers of sitting in thi.>5 church and seeing Indians moving about outside. In 1850 a frame church, 40x60 leet, built by James Wilson of tentralia, replaced the log building. The high pulpit, a re- ipiarkable bit of workmanship, built by David Stradley and still in use in the third cliurch tlVhich has replaced the second. From funds fx'om an oil well that pumps away steadily at the edge of the cemetery, the church with its grounds and cemetery are neatly, kept. However, However, regular sei-vices at the Covenator have been discontinued discontinued for several years, and Presbyterians ol the vicinity how attend the Romine Prairie Churcli at the junction of Routes and 161. Second Oldest In County The Old Covenantor Church is second oldest church in iMaripn County. It was consid,- 16red to be in Jefferson County ifantil 1843 when a federal survey showed it to be In Marion County. In the cemetery across a little jvavine' west of the church are burled the pioneer settlers who established the old church. The cemetery is not laid out in lots but rather in avenues, and the !piarkers stand in sh'aight rows, ^any buried there ^i-e of Scotch Irish descent, and some followed the Irish custom of burying two or more persons in the same grave, the caskets resting top of each other. The well-known ancestor of jiiundreds of people in this j-ogion was William Gaston, a Revolutionary War patriot, who buried in the Old Covenantor Cemetery, His gravestone bears inscription: "A soldier under JiVashington and a follower of gesus Christ." priginaily French The lineage of William Gaston Bates back to the French Huge* hots, some of whom were among jjhe highest families of France fend were entitled Gascon ,de I'oix, General Gascon de Foix lyas a nephew of King Louis XH. led the French Army into Jtaly and was killed while in i^ash pursuit of the fleeing Ifenemy after the great balUe of JRavenna, After fhe revocation of the Edict of Nantes which guaran- Heod religious freedom for Protestants, Protestants, some of the Gastons jtled to Scotland to escape religious religious persecution. The Gastons of this locality descended from Jean Gaston, l^ho imigroted to Scotland In the 160O's and moved on to ^Ireland when tiic English began h-ylng to Impose Eplscopullan- ism upon the Scots. One, of his grandsons, William GaJlton of County Antrim, ScoUai)d, had ||lhe ciiildrcn, all of whom imi- fv&M to America before the Revolution,' One of thoser Rob- Qaaton uttlfd in Peniuy:!* Gravestone of WIlllHm Gaston, Gaston, Revolutionary War Soldier, Soldier, who is buried in the Old Convenantcr Cemetery. It bears, the inscription, "A soldier under WaslUngton and a lol lower of Jesus Christ." He died 1838 and his age is given as 82 years, 6 months, and 2 days. (L .Rj -DeWitt photo) vania and was the father ot William Gaston, veteran of the Revolution, who is buried in the Old Covenantor cemetery. However, Robert left Pennsylvania Pennsylvania and settled in South Carolina Carolina where, most of his relatives were living. His son William served more than three years during the Revolution and fought in the battles of Rocky Mount, King's Mountain, Houck's Defeat, Defeat, and Hanging Rock. Fought At Hangfaig Rock In the bloody battle of Hanging Hanging Rock, four of his cousins were killed and another badly wounded. These were sons of his imcle John Gaston, a fiery old patriot of 80 who had nine sons in the Revolution.' Wlien British soldiers came to compel the people to swear allegiance to the king, he raised a band of thirty, which included his nine sons, •; and put the British to rout .i. After the war William Gaston came north to Kentucky and in 1829. after his wife's death to MaCion County, Illinois. He was a Reformed Presbyterian and one,of the staunchest members of the Old Covenantor Church. His son, Samuel, had come to Marlon County in 1819, and his eldest daughter Margaret married married Thomas Kell in South Caror lina and they came to the Wal- Mt Hill area ui 1822. Thomas Kell, Sr., was the son of John Kell, who fought in the Revolution Revolution with William Gaston, The Kells were said to have left Soutit Carolina because they did not approve of slavery and feared feared the effects that it might have upon their children. Selected Church Site According to some family historians historians Margaret Gaston Kell selected the site for tlie Old Covenanter Church and was the first person to be burled in the cemetery. (Others say that she and a Mrs. Smith died on the same day, but that Mrs. Smith was burled first.) Thomas Kell, Jr., the son of Thomas and Margaret Kell, married Mary Little, and the Kells and Gastons have hundreds hundreds of descendants in this area. From the Kells, the village village of Kell got its name. In the Old Covenanter Cemetery the name Kell predominates, but many stones mark the graves of Parkinsons, Ralneys, Tol- fords, Boggs, Cunninghams, and other pioneer families of the Covenantor settlement. The old cemetery Is largely given ovei- to the pioneers; there have been few recent burials. Quiet and serenity reign except for the rhythmical swoosh and gurgle of the oil pump, and if this disturbs the dead, they may bo consoled to think that without without It, thoii' graves might bo ovei'giwn--ftnfl lost in a wlldei"- nes> oi weeds and bnuh. OLD FASHIONED PEWS—-This copy of a photojfrapli shows iiow the interior of the 1850 Old Covenanter church appeared. THIS PHOTOGRAPH of the 1850 Old Covenanter church hangs in the present structure. (Copied by L. R. DeWitt) A small section of the Old Covenanter Cemetery showing tlio graves of some of the pioneer settlers anil tlic ravine wliicli separates tiic c(?metcry Ironi tiio cliurcii grounds. Tiio third ]ar{ro monument from tliu right is tliut of Willlain Gaston, a soldier of the Revolution. To the right of this is the stone of tins school teacher Matliew Cuniiingluun, who married Sarah Gaston. He was considered the scholar of tiio community. Tlie tail monument monument at the riglit is tiiat of Tiiomus Kelt, Sr., aiui !\Iargai'(;t Gaston Kell, the eldest daughter daughter of William Gaston. Thomas Kell had a knowledge of lueilicino lUiil was a sort of neighborhood neighborhood doctor. (L. K. DoWitt Photo) 1965 Soybean Support Rote Set In County Prices for 1965-crop soybeans in Jefferson county will bo supported supported at $2.27 iwr bushel lor .soybeans grading No. 2 containing containing 13.8 to 14 percent moisture, Parltcr Pierce, chairman, Agricultural Agricultural Stabilization and Con- soi-vallon County Commitloc, announced today. This is the same as the county rate of $2.27 per buslicl for crop soybeans. Terminal rates arc not established foi' .soybeans. .soybeans. Premiums uiul discounts nvc. unchnnged from these prevailing prevailing for Ihc 19134 crop. Eligible producccs niuy receive receive , price support on Ihcir 19^-crop soybeans tlu'ougli warehouse and farnilslorod loans, and purclmses. Applications Applications for support may bo made at the ASCS county office. Loiuis will bo available through .luno 30, im. The loan malurity dale will be July 31, 19C6. "The Hawaiian Islands are tips of tremendous nilcl-ncrm mounifilns^ thrust up from vents beneath the water. Chicago's Adler Planetarium was the first planetarium constructed constructed in the United States. "Continontul" is the term used to specify the 49 states, including including Alaska. GIRLS!! JUST ARRIVED! What You've Been Asking For . . • BELL • BOTTOM STRETCH PANTS In Red, Blue, Green and Light Blue Denim $495 4tlt & MAIN OPEN EVERY NIGHT TIL 8 P.«

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  1. Mt. Vernon Register-News,
  2. 02 Sep 1965, Thu,
  3. Page 3

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