HISTORY OF DAVIESS COUNTY.
1846, by Revs. Downs, Allen and Howard, ministers o1 the
Missionary Baptist church, two or three miles southeast of the
present house, in a log house that had been built by the Presby-
terians. They occupied this church building several years. The
original members were James F. Bennett, Wilson Waltrip, Benja-
min Short, John Iglehart, Jonas Little, John HI. Vanover and
Elizabeth Short. Rev. Isum Allen was Moderator, and Wilson
Waltrip and Benjamin Short were elected and ordained Deacon-s.
James T. Bennett was the first Clerk. Rev. Isum Allen was the
Pastor until 1849, when W. J. Owen was called. The Pastors
who have served this church since are Revs. Benjamin Lafferty,
William R. Welch, K. G. Hay, J. S. Taylor, D. E. Yeiser, WilM-
iam Stevens and P. F. Swindler. Rev. William Stevens is the
v resent Pastor. During the winter of 1855-'56 Rev. W. R. Welch
held a series of revival meetings in the district schoolhouse, and
soon after moved to that locality, and built a log house within a
few yards of where the present commodious structure stands. Rev.
Allen, the first Pastor, resided a few years in Owensboro, where he
died about 1866. Rev. Rafferty died in this county in 1877 or '78
near Hayden's bridge, on Panther Creek.
There are now about 140 communicants; services once a month.
The Deacons are: W. T. Hemingway, Matthew Murphy, W. H.
Thomasson, J. H. Bandy and G. Ml. Hemingway; C. M. Cary,Clerk.
The present church was built in 1875, and is a two-story frame
building, 50 x 36 feet.
Little flock United Baptist Church, more commonly known
as Bristowites, is not recognized as a denomination by the regular
Baptist association. About forty years ago, when the Panther
Creek Baptist church adopted the work of missions as an especial
part of its work, one Jasper Bristow made several motions in the
church, which were voted down by the members. Finding all his
wishes entirely disregarded, he took his hat, arose and said, " All
who believe as I do, follow me." Several followed him, and they
left the house. They then assembled in another place, drew up
their letters, sent delegates to the Green River Association,
claiming to be the church. These remaining in the church trans-
acted the usual amount of business, drew up their letter for the
Association, sending delegates as usual. The Association decided
that those who remained in the house constituted the Panther
Creek church. Bristow and his followers continued their work,
calling themselves the Green River Association of the United