Tazewell County (Illinois)
The first Amish Mennonites in Tazewell County settled at Wesley City a few miles southeast of Peoria in 1831. This group met with the Black Partridge congregation in Woodford County until 1837, when Michael Moseman was ordained to lead the Wesley City congregation. This settlement developed into a strong congregation. In 1868 the congregation became a part of the "Egly" movement and is today the Groveland congregation of the Evangelical Mennonite Conference. About 1840 other Amish Mennonite immigrants who had settled along Dillon Creek near Tremont were organized into a congregation under Bishop Andrew Ropp. This congregation was known as Pleasant Grove and today is a part of the Morton congregation.
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.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 689. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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