First Baptist Church (David City, Neb.) [RG4038.AM]


RG4038.AM:  First Baptist Church (David City, Neb.)

Records:  1895-1980

David City, Butler County, Neb.:  Baptist church

Size:  2 reels of microfilm containing 8 volumes


Beginning in the early 1870s, the Rev. Jacob Earnhart, a Baptist minister and farmer living near Octavia, held services in various farmhouses. The Baptist Church was officially organized in October of 1879. In the following year a small, unused church building was moved to David City from Schuyler. In 1899 the church moved to a building on the present site which was purchased from the Lutheran Synod.


This collection of the records of the First Baptist Church of David City, Nebraska, on two reels of microfilm, is arranged in 2 series: 1) Record Books, 1895-1980 and 2) Miscellany, 1950-1977. There are eight volumes of record books, all containing minutes of church meetings and lists of members. In addition, the later volumes contain frequent entries of events and activities concerning the church. The book for the years 1945-1950 includes a brief history of the church (pgs. 35-41) and a list of all members to 1962 (pgs. 279-300), complied from existing record books.


Series 1 – Record Books, 1895-1980

Reel 1


    1. 1895-1915

    1. 1915-1933

    1. 1934-1945

    1. 1945-1950 (includes history of the church, pgs. 35-41, and a list of members to 1962, pgs. 279-300)

    1. 1950-1957

    1. 1957-1962

Reel 2


    1. 1962-1970

    1. 1970-1980

Series 2 – Miscellany, 1950-1977


    1. Articles of Incorporation, By-Laws, Minutes of Organizational Meeting, 1977

    1. Church history published in 1950



Baptist Church in Nebraska

Churches — Nebraska — Butler County

David City (Neb.) — Churches

First Baptist Church (David City, Neb.)


Revised 08-09-2008   TMM

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