First Presbyterian Church
Honey Grove, Texas
Rev. John S. Park 1961-1864
Rev. A. Shotwell 1966-1867
Rev. Robert McCoy 1867-1867
Rev. C. M. Shepperson 1872-1874
Rev. W. N. Dickey 1875-1878
Rev. Cornelius Miller 1882-1883
Rev. G. E. Eagleton 1884-1885
Rev. S. B. Campbell 1885-1887
Rev. J. H. Wiggins 1888-1892
Rev. A. W. Colver 1892-1893
Rev. J. E. Hobson 1893-1893
Rev. J. H. Wiggins 1894-1901
Rev. W. J. Caldwell 1901-1906
Rev. J. H. Bellot 1906-1911
Fathers and Brethren:
We the members of the Session of the First Presbyterian Church U.S., acting for ourselves and in behalf of the members of said church . . .we beg that you . . . take necessary steps to unite us with the Main Street Presbyterian Church of Honey Grove, Texas, that hence forth we shall be one church.
To the splendid work of the women of the First Presbyterian Church U.S. The record of the church contains the names of the men to a large degree. To the women also this page is dedicated.
Among the many who served the church well is one, Mrs. Ella Russell, who more than 30 years ago established the first Primary Department in a church in Honey Grove. So successful was she in that work that in the last few years of the life of the First Church an Annex across the front of the little church was built to give room to the expanding work of this fine teacher of children. In the united church one of the first actions of the united church Session was to elect teachers for the Sunday School. To Mrs. Ella Russell was entrusted the work of the Primary Department. Children who have been under her in this department have now grown up to be men and women serving in many places in the nation. All of them remember Mrs. Ella and recognize her influence as among the best influences of their lives. The First Church and now the Main Street Presbyterian Church in Honey Grove, are proud to own one Mrs. Ella Russell as their own.
December 23, 1911
The following resolution was adopted:
For the purpose of further perfecting the union of the First Presbyterian Church, Honey Grove Texas, with the Presbyterian Church U.S.A., known as the Main Street Presbyterian Church, Honey Grove, Texas, and to effect a proper transfer of all of the property both real and personal belonging to the First Church to the Main Street Church.
Be it resolved [a committee was appointed] to transfer said property.
Peter Gray Mrs. Peter Gray
P. F. Hays Miss Annie Hays
Cammilus Hays F. T. Hockaday
C. B. Hockaday Mrs. C. B. Hockaday
Mrs. Jennie Huffman Miss Paxton Huffman
Miss Annie Huffman Miss Kate Huffman
L. C. Hill Mrs. L. C. Hill
Tipton Hill Mrs. Eliz. Henderson
Miss Omogene Henderson
P. B. Johnson Ike Johnson
Carl C. Johnson Mrs. M. V. Johnson
C. F. Koehler Mrs. May Koehler
Mrs. Lucy Lynn Mrs. F. E. Meyer
J. Miller Meyer Mrs. J. J. Murray
L. C. Nunnalee P. M. Price
Mrs. P. M. Price Miss Hazel Price
Miss Mary Price Mrs. Kate Pierce
Mrs. J. M. Petty Miss Emma Ramsey
Miss Ella Ramsey J. H. Orddy
Mrs. Rebecca Roddy Corry Roddy
James L. Roddy Frank Roddy
Mrs. Ella Russell L. B. Ryan
Mrs. Ida A. Ryan Prof. J. A. Reynolds
Mrs. Lean F. Smith A. H. Smith
Mrs. A. H. Smith Meyer Smith
Mrs. W. N. Sadler Miss Margaret Sadler
B. O. Walcott Mrs. B. O. Walcott
A. M. Ware Mrs. A. M. Ware
Miss Katie May Ware Miss Ruth Ware
Miss Dubbie Ware J. M. Wright
Mrs. J. M. Wright Mrs. Emily Wortham
G. H. Yoe Mrs. G. H. Yoe
March 31, 1905
Pastor: W. J. Caldwell
Elders: J. E. Ford, J. L. Ballinger, Brown Hockaday, P. B. Johnson, A. H. Smith
Deacons: C. B. Bryan, L. C. Hill, P. M. Price, I. B. Erwin
Ladies Aid Society, Mrs. C. B. Bryan, Mrs. Hallie Trout
Missionary Society: Mrs. C. B. Bryan, Mrs. H. H. Blankmeyer
Sunday School: J. M. Wright, J. M. Ballinger
J. L. Ballinger Mrs. J. L. Ballinger
Richard Ballinger Frank Ballinger
Miss May Ballinger Mrs. Mable Black
Dr. H. H. Blankmeyer Mrs. H. H. Blankmeyer
Mrs. M. L. Bloys James E. Bloys
J. D. Bloys J. M. Baldwin
Mrs. J. M. Baldwin C. B. Bryan
Mrs. C. B. Bryan Mrs. Bess Ryan
Lane Corley Mrs. W. J. Caldwell
Mrs. Emma Cooper Miss Missouri Dockery
S. L. Erwin Mrs. Helen Erwin
Ivan B. Erwin Mrs. Bertha Erwin
J. E. Ford T. L. Ford
Mrs. Mary Frye Mrs. Lillie Fleming
Mr. C. B. Hockaday . . . was elected Elder.
A committee was appointed: C. B. Bryan, S. L. ERwin and C. B. Hockaday.
The following officers were elected: A. H. Smith and P. B. Johnson. . . P. M. Price, L. C. Hill and Ivan B. Erwin.
The following members were enrolled on their statement of membership in the Presbyterian Church:
John L. Ballinger Mrs. E. A. Ballinger
M. D. Bloys Mrs. A. P. Bloys
F. M. Lee Mrs. Helen Erwin
Gerard Fisher Mrs. M. L. Ford
J. E. Ford Mrs. Ellen T. Ford
Dr. Joseph Meyer Mrs. Lizzie Meyer
T. N. Ramsey Mrs. Judith Milan
J. H. Roddy Mrs. Drucilla Ramsey
Capt. J. O. Russell Mrs. R. F. Roddy
Mrs. Nannie M. Smith Miss Lena Ford
Miss Sophie Lee Miss Lucie Lee
Miss Emma Ramsey Miss Ella Ramsey
Miss Eula Rayan was received on confession of faith and was baptized.
[The following were elected to positions: J. L. Ballinger, F. M. Lee, J. C. Grow, J. H. Skinner, Capt. J. P Russell, A. H. Smith, B. O. Walcott, T. W. Perfect, C. B. Bryan, George G. Henderson]
The house of God has been open twice a month since June. Sabboth School is held each Sunday. Attendance is good. Prayer meeting is observed weekly but the attendance is small. . . Attendance is small at the regular services of the church, though most of our people are absent for good reasons. There has been no outpouring of the Holy Spirit and a revival of religion is sadly needed. None of our members are addicted to the use of intoxicating liquors nor do any, as far as we know, practice dancing or any of those fashionable forms of amusements which have been adjudges by the church so prejudicial to vital piety. . . . The Sabboth is not observed as strictly as it was in the earlier days of Presbyterianism, though most of our members observe it as well as common among Christians at the present day. Our people have contributed to the causes of benevolences recommended by the Assembly, though it is not believed that the amounts are equal to the ability of the church.
Dec. 19, 1880. A Congregational Meeting was held . . . for the purpose of planning a new building for the church. A motion was passed to build a new house of worship for the church. The vote was unanimous. J. Meyer, J. L. Ballinger and J.E. Ford were appointed to building committee, with power to procure a lot, secure subscriptions and have a church built. Mrs. J. M. Ballenger, Mrs. J. H. Lynn and Mrs. A. H. Smith were appointed a committee to organize the ladies and secure subscriptions for the purpose of furnishing the new house of worship.
The First Presbyterian Church was organized in Honey Grove, Texas, in the Union Church in November 1861, by Rev. A. Shotwell, who was at that time acting as Bible Agent and supplying vacant churches as the occasion offered.
Previous to his coming Rev. John S. Park had preached for some time to the congregations at Honey Grove and Allen's Chapel. At the organization there were 12 members: they were:
James Blane Mrs. Ellen T. Lee
Mrs. A. L. Bright E. B. Sims
Mrs. E. B. Sims Mrs. Mary Yoakum
Mary G. Blane Mrs. Newhouse
Carey Johnstone Mrs. Cary Johnstone
Mrs. Mary Ballinger
Mrs. M. A. LaMaster John L. Blaine
There are no records of the meetings . . . except the roll of members until . . . October 1874.
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The First Presbyterian
Honey Grove, Texas
Fannin County, Texas