First Baptist Church – 1
Image by J. Stephen Conn
The First Baptist Church of Elizabethtown happens to also be the oldest continuing Baptist church in the state of Illinois. A historical marker on the front of the church states that the congregation was first constituted as the Big Creek Baptist Church by Elders Stephen Stilley and William Jones on July 19, 1806. Services have been held continuously since that date. The original location was two miles west of present day Elizabethtown.
Another plaque on the front of the church is in memory of now deceased members of the congregation. The first name of 40 listed is Eddie Conn. I wonder if he could have been a distant relative of mine.