NORTH MILL CREEK LUTHERAN and REFORMED
1791 - 1889
This is an alphabetical abstract of names found in North Mill Creek Lutheran and Reformed
Church Records. The Church records were transcribed from the orginals by the WPA workers
during the Great Depression and retyped by the Fort Wayne and Allen County Library, 1966.
Organized prior to 1791 by German settlers in the valley, services were held in an old log church
at the junction of North and South Mill Creeks. This building was owned jointly by the German
Reformed and Lutheran Congregations. All services were held in German and it is probable that
the passing of this language from the descendants of the founders of the church was largely
responsible for the church becoming defunct. A Rev. Mr. Wille who is said to have served the
church in 1791 and again in 1795-1805 is traditionally known to have been the first resident
minister but it is not known whether he served the Lutheran or German Reformed congregation
The Fort Wayne transcribers note that "much of the material in the old record was not copied as
the pages were badly mutilated and the references were fragmentary and mostly about affairs
that the WPA workers thought had no Statistical value..."
Please use the following listing of individuals as a starting point and continue the search in the
microfilmed records or the originals if they are available. There are undoubtedly errors, though
careful transcription and proofreading have been done on the material.
I feel that what I have used could be an incomplete set of the records and would appreciate any
additional information that you could give me to add to it.
Special thanks to the following for sharing data they have collected:
Priscilla A. Boswell
Diana M. Nelson
Sources: North Mill Creek Lutheran and Reformed Chuch Records (1791 - 1889), Located near
Petersburg, Grant Co., West Virginia, Copied by WPA, Retyped by Fort Wayne and Allen
County Library, 1966, in English, "List of Deaths" p.1; "List of Births" p.2; "Church Membership
Roll" pp. 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 10; "First Intact Page: recto" in German, 15 records of births and
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