Unveiling of marker that stood at site of Long Creek Baptist Church

Chandler was among the charter members of the first Baptist church in the state of Iowa.

In the spring of 1834 Chandler was part of a group that left Green County Kentucky and traveled to  Long Creek six miles south of Danville, Iowa. Upon reaching their destination, they discovered there was no church in the area. Unaccustomed to being without a house of worship, they were anxious to organize one as soon as possible. They sent word to Elder John Logan, who lived in Illinois, asking him to come to Long Creek to help start a church. On October 19, 1834 Elder Logan and Gardiner Bartlett, representative of the House Mission Society arrived and  the Regular Baptist Church at Long Creek was established.

In 1838  Elihu Chandler, Jemima’s husband, joined the church. He was the third person baptized. Both he and Jemima were devoted members the rest of their lives.

From 1838 to 1849 the congregation met in homes. In 1849 a church was built but became too small for the growing congregation so in 1888 a new and larger church, Danville Baptist,  was erected . On the 100th anniversary, a celebration called Chandler Sunday was held to honor five generations of Chandler membership. They were; Elihu, James, Frank, Glen and Don. A picture of the Chandler men was given to the church.


Danville Baptist Church History obtained from Danville Church Secretary

Danville’s First Baptist Church Marks Sesquicentennial, Burlington Hawkeye Newspaper 1984



Filed under Chandler Ancestors

3 responses to “JEMIMA DOBSON CHANDLER by Barb Chandler

  1. Donna Danell

    I am related to Jemima Dobson. My father was the last male Chandler to belong to the Baptist church in Danville, Iowa. My grandparents were Glen and Mary Chandler and lived across from the church. Jemima was married to Elihu Chandler of whom I have a picture. Any info. about these Chandlers would be greatly appreciated.

    • barb95831

      I’m sorry it took me so long to reply to you, Donna. Sometimes I don’t get notices of comments in my inbox and forget to check the blog.

      We must be related distantly. My father was the son of Everett Chandler who was the son of your grandfather(?) James S. I have loads of information on our line I will be happy to share. Could you write me at;

      Where do you live?

      I look forward to hearing from you.

      Barb Chandler

  2. Kelly Wolkenhauer

    I am not a relation to this family, but live in the house that was the parsonage for Long Creek/Danville Baptist church from 1882-1917. I am trying to find out some history of my house as well as any photos. Do you have any suggestions?


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