The info posted below about the church is on my website at http://www.geocities.com/hslawblm listed under Hillis.
I also think I have a picture (xerox copy) of how it looked from a Church of God book. I was told that the records may be with the Church of God but never looked into it. Will try to look in my unorganized box of genealogy for it this week. Maybe between us we can find where to write to see if they have records. You can contact me at my email address listed on my website.
BETHEL CHURCH OF GOD
In History of Huron and Erie Counties, Ohio, p.293, (year?)there is a brief description of this church. "The Church of God ( in Huron Co., Ohio ) was organized by Rev. William Shafer in about 1855. Constituent members members: Abram Pollinger and wife, James Shinaberger and wife, Leonard Allaman and wife, Christian Fetterhoof and wife, Sarah Pollinger, and Mrs. Elizabeth Brandt. Meetings were held in the school house in district number five until the erection of the Bethel in 1860. This building is located on lot number eighteen in the third section. It was built by subscription and is open to all religious denominations. The membership of the Church of God is thirty.
Officers: Abram Pollinger, elder; Joseph Wolf and Lewis Rapp, deacons. The ministers who have presided over that church, are R.H. Bolton, John Senseneg, John L. Jenner, Martin Mowen, D. S. Warner, Jacob Aukerman, J. S. McKee, George Wilson, W.H. Oliver and William Burchard."
The "Union Bethel church of God" was closed in 1972 and burned down about 1990 (?). The cemetary remains. Is there additional information in newspaper articles or postcards concerning this church? Was the church mentioned in any area newspapers when it burned down about 1990? Are there any existing records for the church at the Church of God District headquarters in Findlay, Ohio? The last pastor before the church was sold was Harold Ferguson.
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