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Pilgrim Church, Elkhart

His son, Elder Ben, succeeded him, serving until his death in 1896. Its site was well chosen for picturesque beauty, and the sacred plot reserved for the dead is beautiful beyond description. Here, stately trees cast their grateful shade over the last resting places of Daniel Parker and his co-laborers of a hundred years ago—while their descendants, with love in their hearts for the old church and all it stands for, reserve space in its ample inclosure for their own family burial grounds. Within its bounds lie soldiers of several wars—the Texas Revolution, the Civil War, and the World War, while other "soldiers" who fought life's "battles" in paths of peace have found their last resting place 'neath the same stately trees. And the birds sing; the flowers bloom, and the gentle breezes play over all.

New Pilgrim Church

The original log church gave way to a frame structure which, in its turn, has been supplanted by the modern brick structure which today houses at their worship the ever faithful members of Pilgrim Church. The membership of the old church is not large, but it is fervent. Reverend Mr. Weisinger is the pastor, and Mr. Leslie Neel, church clerk. Services are held at regular intervals throughout the year and all ordinances, including foot-washing, are observed.

As this is written, word comes that an appropriation has been granted by the Centennial Commission for the purpose of erecting a commemorative tablet, or monument, at Pilgrim. This is well, yet the enduring monument to Pilgrim Church lives in the hearts of men and women.

Can one estimate the beneficent effect this humble church has had?

Not until the books Up Yonder are revealed will the whole tale of Pilgrim's contribution to Texas' civilization and culture be told.

A Centennial History of Anderson County, Texas, 1936 by Pauline Buck Hohes.

Pilgrim Predestinarian Regular Baptist Church.  Organized in Illinois in 1833 by Daniel Parker. Members moved to Texas. First meeting in Stephen F. Austin's Colony, January 20, 1834. Log church built December, 1839. Old graveyard adjoins. Present church fourth on same site. Continuous worship since 1834. Daniel Parker, Pastor 1833 - 1844. - Historical Marker Text.  Marker erected 1936.  Located 0.5 mi. west of Elkhart on SH 294.

Pilgrim Predestinarian Regular Baptist Church. Organized in Crawford County, Illinois by Elder Daniel Parker in 1833 with the following charter members: Daniel Parker, Pheby Parker, Patsey Parker, Julious Christy, John Parker, Rachel Christy, Salley Brown. The first Baptist church in Texas. First meeting held in Stephen F. Austin's Colony, January 20, 1834. First log church built in 1839. - Historical Marker Text.  Marker erected 1936.  Located about 3.5 mi. south of Elkhart on FM 861.

Old Pilgrim Church. Replica, oldest Protestant Church in Texas. As Pilgrim Primitive Baptist Church, constituted July 28, 1833, in Crawford County, Illinois. Under guidance of Elder Daniel Parker, a "moving arm" of established church, 11 members entered Texas, Jan., 1834. First building, 1848. RTHL 1965 [Note: RTHL designation removed 1989]. Marker located on FM 861 about 3.5 mi. south of Elkhart.


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