I do not have any family history, but would like to add the Eddy family history the book I am putting together on the Free Will Baptist Church of Cherry Valley.This is the first page of the records. E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org This is Dated 10 Feb. 1855 The Cherry Valley Historical Society Museum is the home of an old record book, the beginning of the Cherry Valley Free Will Baptist Church.To preserve this priceless document, the following is a transcription of what is written on the pages of this historic document.
The date on the first page is difficult to read, it may be 1855 or 1856, it was written in pencil and has been smudged and the pages are yellow and very fragile.The transcription is being completed in October of 2007, just to touch this 152 year old document and wonder what life was like for these brave a courageous people who brought to the Illinois prairie a strong faith in God.
The first settler to Cherry Valley was Joseph Griggs and family in 1835.They settled on the north bank of the Kishwaukee River.It was then called Griggs ford, the name was changed to Butler and later changed to Cherry Valley.The date of 1835 was only the beginning of this country village.By 1855 it was a thriving community.On March 10, 1852 the railroad came through town and it was a wondrous day for the village.
The following is a transcription of the old hand written record of the meetings held for the Cherry Valley Free Will Baptist Church.
Page 1 10 February 1855[please note the year date may be wrong-age has faded the paper]
“The following persons met at the home of H.P. Compton for the purpose of organizing a Free Will Baptist Church in Cherry Valley, Illinois.” Henry Compton [Henry and Harriet Compton are buried in Cherry Valley Cemetery] Harriet Compton Truman Buck Eliza Buck Josiah Eddy [Josiah Eddy died in 1871 and is buried in Cherry Valley Cemetery] W.A. Brumbaugh Amanda Brumbaugh Lydia Brumbaugh S.A. Brumbaugh William Packard [William died in 1891 at age 81 and buried in Cherry Valley Cemetery]
“On motion of Josiah Eddy and unanimously carried, Truman Buck was appointed temporary Chairman”
“A motion was than made and carried that Josiah Eddy serve as Church Clerk until a regular church clerk was duly elected.”