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Records and Histories of the Wisconsin Churches

Wisconsin's historic Freewill Baptist churches numbered more than 200 from 1840 to 1911, when the denomination merged with the greater Baptist Church. While congregations were most heavily distributed in the counties south and west of the Wisconsin River, there were churches in more than 40 of Wisconsin's 72 counties (see map). Records continue to be uncovered, and existing records continue to be confirmed and clarified. The table below represents the society's latest guide to Wisconsin's Freewill congregations. Question marks adjacent to county names in the table indicate a "best guess" but have not been confirmed.

CHURCH YEARS CONGREGANTS QM
Addison (Washington County) 1867-1868 6 Fond du Lac
Allenville (Winnebago County) 1899-1911 22-65 Waupun
Almond & Plainfield (Portage Co.) 1860-1862 10 Wolf River
Arena (Iowa County) 1855-1867 5-27 Sauk County
Ashippon (Dodge County) 1850-1854 10-41 Honey Creek
Auburn (Fond du Lac County) 1867-1868 29-32 Fond du Lac
Aurora (Florence County) 1863-1865 11-13 Wolf River
Avon (Rock County) 1853-1858 12-18 Rock County
Baraboo (Sauk County) 1857-1859 6 Sauk County
Bear Creek (Outagamie County) 1863-1870 5-11 Sauk County
Belleville (Dane County) 1852-1860 14-36 Rock and Dane
Belmont (Lafayette County) 1862 14 Wolf River
Berlin (Green Lake County) 1853-1872 21-47 Marquette, Wolf River, Waupun
Big Bend (Waukesha County) 1889-1911 11-100 Honey Creek
Big Foot 1855-1881 11-60 McHenry
Big Spring (Adams) 1882-1890 20-42 Sauk County
Big Spring & Dell Prairie (Adams Co.) 1890, 1893-1896 30-41 Sauk County
Big Spring & Kilbourn City (Adams Co.) 1874-1879 16-18 Sauk County
Black Creek (Outagamie) 1878-1880 16 Waupun
Boltonville (Washington County) 1873-1895 12-39 Fond du Lac
Boscobel (Grant County) 1875-1882 10-31 Lafayette
Boydstown (Crawford County?) 1861-1866 8 Crawford County
Bradford (Rock County?) 1858-1888 5-35 Rock & Dane
Brooklyn (Green County) 1854 13 Sauk County
Brothertown (Calumet County) 1865-1880 10-23 Fond du Lac
Buffalo (Buffalo County) 1862-1865 13-17 Sauk County
Burnett (Dodge County) 1887-1911 37-125 Waupun
Burr Oak Valley (Waushara Co.?) 1863-1868 11-34 Wolf River
Byron (Fond du Lac County) 1852-1856 9-11 Fond du Lac
Caldwell (Racine County) 1887-1911 5-100 Honey Creek
Caldwell's Prairie (Racine Co.) 1864-1886 15-25 Honey Creek
Caledonia (Racine County) 1852-1860 10-17 Boon County (IL)
Caledonia & Manchester (Racine Co.) 1852-1863 20-41 Boon County (IL)
Center 1851-1855 12-33 Rock County
Centerville (Grant) 1859-1862 14-27 Wolf River
Charlestown (Calumet County) 1875 25 Fond du Lac
Chester (Dodge County?) 1849-1852 18-24 Jefferson, Fond du Lac
Chilton (Calumet) 1875 67 Fond du Lac
Chilton & Charlestown (Calumet Co.) 1869-1874, 1876 5-65 Fond du Lac
Concord (Jefferson County) 1856-1874 5-57 Rock & Dane
Dale (Outagamie County) 1866-1911 12-48 Waupun
Dallas (Barron County) 1908-1911 23-40 Waupun
Darlington (Lafayette County) 1871-1874 30-39 Lafayette
Dell Creek (Sauk County?) 1859-1862 6-16 Sauk County
Dell Mound 1862 7 Adams County
Dell Prairie (Adams County) 1899-1902 3-25 Waupun
Dell Prairie & Bigspring (Adams Co.?) 1891-1892, 1897-1898 41-44 Sauk County
Dunkirk (Dane) 1859-1864 19-27 Rock and Dane
East Vinland (Winnebago County) 1888-1899 10-19 Waupun
East Wrightstown (Brown County) see also Wrightstown history 1870-1878 21-34 Waupun
Eldorado (Fond du Lac County) 1850-1864 9-45 Fond du Lac
Evansville (Rock County) 1869-1911 25-117 Rock & Dane
Fairfield (Walworth County) 1849-1854 12-20 Jefferson, Boon Co. (IL)
Fairwater (Fond du Lac County), see also Klossner sketch 1850-1911 21-84 Marquette, Waupun
Farmington (Fond du Lac County) 1852-1855 6 Fond du Lac
Fayette (Lafayette County) 1851-1883 13-104 Lafayette
Fennimore (Grant County) 1866-1874 11-34 Lafayette
First Lake (Dane County?) 1847 40 Rock County
Fond du Lac (Fond du Lac County) 1852-1857, 1871-1881 10-102 Fond du Lac
Forest (St. Croix County) 1878-1887 4-20 Sauk County
Fox Lake (Dodge County) 1868-1873 8-20 Waupun
Fulton (Rock County) 1861-1868 10-19 Rock & Dane
Georgetown (Grant County) 1861-1866 45 Crawford County
Grafton (Ozaukee County) 1852-1855 8 Rock County, Fond du Lac
Grand Prairie (Green Lake) 1857-1911 9-125 Waupun
Greenbush (Sheboygan County) 1849-1911 10-63 Fond du Lac, Waupun
Greenleaf (Brown County) see also Wrightstown history 1878-1911 21-52 Waupun
Green's Prairie (Green County?) 1865-1866 43-46 Lafayette
Greenvale 1869-1880 7-37 Apple River (IL)
Harmony (Marinette County) 1849-1865 12-34 Rock Co., Lafayette, Sauk Co.
Harrisville (Marquette County) 1859-1883 5-30 Wolf River, Waupun, Adams & Waushara
Heart Prairie (Walworth County) 1856-1857 17-19 Honey Creek
Hickory Grove (Grant County) 1860-1868 7-28 Crawford Co., Lafayette
Highland Prairie 1850-1865 15-25 Fond du Lac, McHenry (IL)
Hillsboro/Hillsborough (Vernon Co.) 1870-1892 10-86 Sauk County
Holland (Brown County) 1855-1868 10-44 Fond du Lac
Honey Creek (Walworth County) 1843-1911 10-140 Honey Creek
Hope of Sauk (Sauk County?) 1866-1868 10-14 Sauk County, Lafayette
Hortonville (Outagamie County) 1855-1911 21-100 Wolf River, Waupun
Hurricane/Hurricane Grove (Grant Co.) 1860-1882 10-86 Lafayette
Hustisford (Dodge County) 1858-1864 11-38 Marquette, Waupun
Ironton (Sauk County) 1867-1877 18-30 Sauk County
Ithaca (Richland County) 1878-1884, 1897 17-73 Sauk County
Ithaca & Richland (Richland Co.) 1885-1896 19-45 Sauk County
Jackson (Door County) 1861-1868 10-16 Adams County
Janesville (Rock County) 1847-1860 15-35 Rock County
Jefferson (Jefferson County) 1844-1858 8-19 Honey Creek, Rock Co., Jefferson
Johnstown (Rock County) 1844-1907 30-143 Rock & Dane
Jordan (Portage) 1856-1858 16-23 Lafayette
Kickapoo (Vernon) 1893-1896 14 Sauk County
Kickapoo Center (Vernon Co.) 1881-1891 20-29 Sauk County
Kilbourn City (Columbia County) 1869-1873 18-25 Sauk County
Lagrange & Palmyra (Walworth Co.) 1862-1866 12-14 Rock & Dane
Lamartine (Fond du Lac Coounty) 1852-1854 30-34 Fond du Lac
Lawrence (Marquette County) 1896-1911 25-101 Waupun
Leeds (Columbia County) 1855-1867 4-20 Sauk County
Lincoln (Kewaunee County) 1875-1883 6-16 Adams & Waushara
Lone Pine 1862 11 Adams County
Loyd (Richland County) 1881-1888 12-16 Sauk County
Lyndon (Sheboygan County?) 1863-1865 13-17 Fond du Lac
Magnolia (Rock County) 1854-1855 24 Rock County
Manchester (Green Lake County) 1847-1860 14-50 Rock Co., Jefferson, Fond du Lac
Manchester & Caledonia (Green Lake Co.) 1855-1867 18-30 Boon County (IL)
Manchester & South Creek (Green Lake Co.) 1847-1850 12-21 Rock County
Maple Grove (LaCrosse County) 1861-1866, 1908-1911 10-35 Crawford Co., Waupun
Marcellon (Columbia County) 1853-1858, 1883-1911 10-42 Marquette, Waupun
Marion (Waupaca County) 1859-1874 8-28 Wolf River, Lafayette
Mary Kimball Mission 1899, 1903-1909 15-52 Rock Dane & Lafayette
Menomonee & Washington (Waukesha Co.?) 1847-1848 9 Honey Creek
Merrimac (Sauk County) 1858-1869 17-35 Sauk County
Mill Creek (Portage County) 1856-1859 17-23 Lafayette
Monroe (Adams Co.?) 1861-1868 15-25 Adams County
Montello (Marquette County) 1853-1858 17-31 Marquette County
Monticello (Green County) 1857-1902 10-89 Lafayette
Mount Pleasant (Racine County) 1858-1911 35-96 Honey Creek
Mukwonago (Waukesha County) 1864-1869 13-20 Honey Creek
Narrow's Prairie (Sauk County?) 1857 6 Sauk County
Neenah (Winnebago County) 1854-1858 7-8 Marquette
Nekimi (Winnebago County) 1851-1891 8-45 Waupun
New Berlin (Waukesha County) 1843-1911 20-58 Honey Creek
Newark (Rock County) 1851-1852 15-21 Fond du Lac
Newark (Rock Co.) & Laona (Winnebago Co., IL) 1865 11 Boon Co. (IL)
Newark (Rock Co.) & Shirland (Winnebago Co., IL) 1866-1867 10-13 Boon Co. (IL)
Newport (Columbia County) 1859-1868 15-30 Sauk County
Newton (Manitowoc County) 1860-1862 31 Wolf River, McHenry (IL)
North Johnstown (Rock County?) 1908-1911 45-60 Rock Dane & Lafayette
Oak Center (Fond du Lac County) 1877-1911 15-50 Fond du Lac, Waupun
Oakfield (Fond du Lac County) 1847-1911 30-98 Jefferson, Fond du Lac, Waupun
Oakland (Jefferson County) 1856, 1859-1911 11-62 Fond du Lac, Rock & Dane
Oasis (Waushara) 1863-1897 9-16 Adams Co., Sauk Co.
Oconomowoc (Waukesha County) 1845-1850 8-18 Honey Creek
Oconto (Oconto County) 1858-1859 13 Wolf River
Ogdensburg (Waupaca County) 1860-1868 10-13 Wolf River
Okee (Columbia County) 1860-1874 9-29 Sauk County
Omro (Winnebago County) 1858-1873 25-63 Wolf River, Waupun
Oregon (Dane County) 1849-1888 7-24 Rock Co., Jefferson. Rock & Dane
Orford (Rock County) 1861-1868 10--21 Rock & Dane
Otter Creek (Iowa County?) 1847-1855 5-14 Rock County, Boon County (IL)
Oxford (Marquette County) 1863-1864 10-15 Rock & Dane
Packwaukee (Marquette County) 1863-1878 6-13 Adams Co., Adams & Waushara
Paris (Kenosha County) 1851-1877 7-18 Honey Creek
Pike Grove (Kenosha County?) 1844-1854 15-58 Honey Creek
Pine Grove (Chippewa County) 1863-1868 12-15 Adams County
Plainfield (Waushara County) 1858, 1863-1911 10-64 Adams Co., Adams & Waushara
Plainfield & Almond (Waushara Co.) 1862 NA Adams County
Portage (Columbia County) 1861-1862 7 Sauk County
Portage City (Columbia County) 1864-1866 8 Sauk County
Porter (Rock County?) 1848-1850 9-13 Rock County
Prairie du Sac (Sauk County) 1869-1896 13-62 Sauk County
Prairie Precinct (Lafayette Co.?) 1849-1850, 1852 18-23 Rock County
Quincy (Adams County) 1863-1868 15 Adams County
Racine (Racine County) 1855-1858 52-63 Honey Creek
Raymond (Racine County) 1852-1907 9-85 Honey Creek
Reedsburg (Sauk County) 1859-1870 7-18 Sauk County
Richfield (Washington County?) 1849-1855 8-20 Honey Creek
Richland Center (Richland Co.) 1867-1877 12-35 Sauk County
Ripon (Fond du Lac County 1870-1873 10 Waupun
Rochester (Racine County) 1870-1907 13-34 Honey Creek
Rolling Prairie (Dodge County) 1856-1886 9-78 Marquette, Waupun
Rome (Jefferson County) 1858-1887 11-27 Rock & Dane
Rosendale (Fond du Lac County) 1866-1892, 1909, 1911 12-36 Wolf River, Waupun
Rosendale Center (Fond du Lac Co.) 1888-1908 11-49 Waupun
Roxbury (Dane County) 1854-1857 7-14 Sauk County
Rubicon (Dodge County) 1851-1858 22-30 Honey Creek
Rush (Winnebago County) 1854 19 Lafayette
Rutland (Dane County) 1856-1911 12-112 Rock & Dane
Sacramento (Waushara County) 1859-1863 14-17 Wolf River
Salem (Kenosha County) 1868-1880 12-44 Apple River (IL)
Saratoga (Wood County) 1861-1868 31-54 Adams County
Sauk (Sauk County) 1875-1877 56-57 Sauk County
Sauk Prairie (Sauk County) 1854-1857 20-30 Sauk County
Scott (Sheboygan County) 1855-1906 9-55 Fond du Lac
Scott & Marcellon (Columbia Co.) 1860-1905 11-71 Sauk Co., Waupun
Sharon (Walworth County) 1845-1850 9-17 Honey Creek
Sheboygan Falls (Sheboygan Co.) 1855-1856 9 Fond du Lac
Shields (Marquette Co.?, Dodge Co.?) 1860-1862 46 Wolf River
Sniderville (Brown County) see Wrightstown history 1867-1868, 1870 19-33 Waupun
South Prairie 1866-1888 11-41 Fond du Lac
South Wayne (Lafayette County) 1898-1911 9-167 Lafayette, Rock Dane & Lafayette
Spencer (Marathon County) 1881-1887 12-16 Sauk County
Spring Prairie (Walworth County) 1867-1877 10-14 Honey Creek
Spring Valley (Rock County?) 1853-1858 17-33 Rock & Dane
Stockbridge (Calumet County) 1864-1876 15-67 Fond du Lac
Strong's Prairie (Adams County) 1871-1883 5-30 Sauk Co., Adams & Waushara
Sugar Creek Prairie (Walworth Co.?) 1858 17 Honey Creek
Sugar River (Green County?) 1845-1847 9-14 Honey Creek, Rock Co.
Sullivan (Jefferson County) 1860-1865 10-22 Rock & Dane
Sumner (Jefferson County?) 1900-1911 29-33 Rock & Dane, Rock Dane & Lafayette
Sumpter (Sauk County?) 1873-1896 10-31 Sauk County
Sun Prairie (Dane County) 1847-1854 8-22 Rock Co., Jefferson
Trenton (Dodge County?) 1854-1858 23-56 Marquette
Trenton (Washington County) 1853-1875 13-37 Fond du Lac
Troy (Walworth County?) 1868-1869 10 Rock & Dane
Troy (Walworth Co.?) & Palmyra (Jefferson Co.) 1867 17 Rock & Dane
Union (Rock County?) 1848-1860 10-55 Rock Co., Lafayette
Union & Magnolia (Rock County) 1856-1868 44-74 Rock & Dane
Vernon (Waukesha County?) 1863-1865 14-18 Honey Creek
Vinland (Winnebago County) 1866-1887 12-35 Waupun
Waldwick (Iowa County) 1856-1857 10 Lafayette
Washington Island (Door County) 1856-1857 12 Fond du Lac
Waukau (Winnebago County) 1855-1858 14-20 Marquette
Waupun (Fond du Lac/Dodge Counties) 1857-1899 21-81 Waupun
Wayne (Lafayette County?) 1856-1897 18-84 Lafayette
West Rosendale (Fond du Lac Co.) 1864-1865 21 Wolf River
Wheatland (Kenosha County) 1850-1893 10-104 Honey Creek
White Lake (Langlade County?) 1855-1858 8 Marquette
Willow Springs (Lafayette Co.?) 1847-1859 12-33 Lafayette
Winnebago (Winnebago County) 1849-1899 8-78 Waupun
Winneconne (Winnebago County) 1863-1911 35-100 Wolf River, Waupun
Wrightstown (Brown County) 1871-1911 3-77 Waupun
York Prairie 1856-1902 9-61 Lafayette