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Cabin Creek Presbyterian Church

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Date: 1795 [unknown]
Location: Mason County, Kentuckymap
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"Cabbin Creek Church is situate on the So Et side of the Ohio River a little below the three Islands in Mason County Kentucky. This place first began to be settled by Presbyterians Anno Domini 1795." [Source: Shane Manuscript: MS Sh 18 C111 14 (LDS film # 504268).]

Rev. Wilson W. Tait's 1884 "Historical Sermon . . . In Which Is Presented A Brief Sketch Of The History Of The Ebenezer Presbyterian Church On Cabin Creek in Lewis County, KY" includes a list of church members compiled in 1802. "TAIT, Wilson W., Cooksville, Ill.-Memb. Pby. of Bloomington; P. Cooksville, Ill., 1896." [Source: p. 502, The Presbyterian Ministerial Directory (Northern), 1898.]

Cabin Creek Church was initially part of the Washington Presbytery. See discussion in the 1872 discourse of Rev. J. G. Monfort.

Presbyterian Historical Society (Philadelphia) maintains a "Vertical File (RG 425) on the Ebenezer Church in Cabin Creek, but in January 2011 when I contacted the Society I was advised that the file only contains three church registers, which I believe must have been transcribed from the now missing original church record book.

In the spring of 2011 I was advised by the Kentucky Gateway Museum Center of 215 Sutton Street, Maysville, Kentucky 41056 that the Museum does not hold the original Cabin Creek Church record book, but only the following materials on "Ebenezer Church on Cabin Creek": Tait's 1884 sermon; information on the church written by the Limestone Chapter of the DAR and more information on the church written in 1944 on the "Ebenezer Congregation; a Register of Deaths; Marriages; Cemetery Records; another history of the church (but the Tait sermon was the earliest documentation of the church held by the Museum, and the other histories mentioned in this paragraph seem to me to be based on the Tait sermon. The Museum advised me that Ebenezer Church has closed and that the Museum could not locate anyone on the "closing committee". Is the original record book held by some member of the closed church?

The Lewis County Historical Society advised me in June 2011 that it does not hold the original church record book.

There is a microfilm on Cabin Creek Church at the Manuscripts Archive, University of Kentucky Libraries (Accession #82AM789), but only contains "records and minutes of the church which began when the Rev. William Williamson became pastor, May 16, 1805." There are also extensive Shane Manuscript records on Rev. Williamson on LDS films - see ## 482406, 482407 and 498630.

Controversial minister Richard McNemar served Cabin Creek Church from 1797 until 1802. Search for him on the internet, where there is extensive information, including his book "The Kentucky Revival", 1846. "A Sketch of the Life and Labors of Richard McNemar", by J. P. MacLean, 1905, is also online.