The first Mennonite church, as distinguished from the Amish, in Illinois was the Union Church organized near Washington. The first settlers came into the area in 1833 but apparently the church was not organized until the early 1840's. A Sunday school was organized in the Union Church around 1865, one of the first in the state. The Union Church no longer exists, most of the members having gone to the Metamora Church with which there had been conjoint services for many years.
In 1958 there were Mennonite Churches (MC) congregations at Hopedale, Morton, Dillon, Highway Village, and Pleasant Hill; General Conference Mennonite congregations at Hopedale, Pekin, and Washington; and Evangelical Mennonite congregations at Groveland and Morton (organized in 1958). There were approximately 1,700 Mennonites in Tazewell County.
|Author(s)||Tilman R Smith|
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Smith, Tilman R. "Tazewell County (Illinois)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 30 Jan 2015. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Tazewell_County_(Illinois)&oldid=93689.
Smith, Tilman R. (1959). Tazewell County (Illinois). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 30 January 2015, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Tazewell_County_(Illinois)&oldid=93689.
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