Blackhawk Presbytery
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Blackhawk Presbytery
1922 N. IL Rte. 2
P.O. Box 199
Oregon, IL 61061
815.732.6111
 

 

 

History

Blackhawk Presbytery was officially organized on January 11, 1972.  Ninety eight churches plus Stronghold Camp were included in this body and they originated from nine other Presbyteries, most of which ceased to exist.  These earlier Presbyteries were: Freeport, Ottawa, Peoria, Chicago, Bloomington, Galena, Rock Island, Rock River and Monmouth.  The majority of the churches belonged to the first 3 earlier organizations.  At its organization, Blackhawk was home to approximately 220 ministers, including retired clergy.  First Presbyterian Church in Galena, established in 1831, is the oldest, still existing congregation in Blackhawk Presbytery.
 
Records from these and other earlier churches in Northern Illinois (pre-1972) may be available from the Presbyterian Historical Society in Philadelphia.  Many churches retain their own historical data as well.  Please see congregation listing for current church addresses.  Blackhawk Presbytery does not house vital records (birth, death, etc.) for congregations.  
 
 
The following churches existed in 1972 at inception:

 

Date Org.

1972 -Church Name

Address

City

1

1865

First

Box 56

Apple River

2

1859

First

 

Arlington

3

1958

First

325 E. Downer Place

Aurora

4

1918

Second

1201 Superior

Aurora

5

1893

United

543 S. Lake Street

Aurora

6

1954

Westminster

Box 13

Aurora

7

1839

First

303 E. Lincoln

Belvidere

8

1872

First

620 Van Buren

Braidwood

9

1844

Willow Creek

Rt. #1

Caledonia

10

1832

Ridgefield-Crystal Lake

8505 Church St.

Crystal Lake

11

1956

Meadowdale

Rt. #1 Ball Ave.

Carpentersville

12

1885

New Hope United

80 Garfield

Coal City

13

1850

Community

 

Dakota

14

1964

Westminster

830 Annie Glidden Rd.

DeKalb

15

1853

First

110 E. 3rd St.

Dixon

16

1852

First

 

Earlville

17

1891

First United

240 Standish St.

Elgin

18

1844

First

113 S. Main St.

Elizabeth

19

1881

Elmira United

Rt. 2 Box 93

Toulon

20

1965

Community

Box 27

Elwood

21

1858

First United

3rd & Elm Sts.

Fairbury

22

1865

Forreston Grove

Rt. #1

Forreston

23

1861

First

South & Walnut Sts.

Franklin Grove

24

1842

First

302 W. Stephenson

Freeport

25

1847

Second

203 W. Pleasant

Freeport

26

1856

Fulton

701 11th Ave.

Fulton

27

1831

First

106 N. Bench St.

Galena

28

1846

Westminster

513 S. Bench

Galena

29

1850

Garden Plain

Rt. #1

Fulton

30

1969

Church of Hope

Jefferson & Monroe

Gardner

31

1951

Fox Valley

227 East Side Drive

Geneva

32

1871

First

120 E. 11th St.

Gibson City

33

1858

First

116 N. Main

Gilman

34

1905

Grand Ridge

200 Sylvan Ave.

Grand Ridge

35

1840

United

210 Monroe St.

Hanover

36

1868

First

309 N. Division St.

Harvard

37

1855

First United

511 Wirt

Henry

38

1910

First United

 

Holcomb

39

1866

First

805 Western Ave.

Joliet

40

1844

Central

215 First Ave.

Joliet

41

1953

Westminster

Clara & Larkin

Joliet

42

1894

Willow Ave. United

Willow & McDonough

Joliet

43

1854

First United

371 E. Court St.

Kankakee

44

1872

First

307 S. Tremont

Kewanee

45

1917

First

Box 218

Kings

46

1891

First

108 S. LaSalle

Ladd

47

1839

LaRose Crow Meadow

 

LaRose

48

1960

Hampton Park United

2 Belmont Dr.

Lockport

49

1917

Bethany

5403 N. 2nd St.

Loves Park

50

1853

First

64 S. Walnut

Manteno

51

1850

First

203 W. Washington

Marengo

52

1833

Marseilles-Brookfield

Rt. #1

Marseilles

53

1959

Faith

1511 N. Chapel Hill

McHenry

54

1855

First United

1003 5th St.

Mendota

55

1857

United

511 Mary’s St.

Minonk

56

1856

First United

200 E. Jackson

Morris

57

1855

First

100 E. Lincolnway

Morrison

58

1851

Spring Valley

Rt. #1

Morrison

59

1857

First

 

Onarga

60

1873

First

Faith & Jefferson

Oregon

61

1853

Oswego United

Box 826

Oswego

62

1868

First

114 E. Jefferson St.

Ottawa

63

1873

First

Box 386

Paw Paw

64

??

The Federated

221 W. Center St.

Paxton

65

1871

First United

First & Crawford

Peotone

66

1862

First United

224 S. Margaret Ave.

Piper City

67

1833

First of DuPage

Rt. #1 Box 200

Plainfield

68

1848

Wheatland

Rt. #1

Plainfield

69

1848

First United

Division & Dixon

Polo

70

1855

First United

209 W. Livingston

Pontiac

71

1837

First United

320 Park Ave. East

Princeton

72

1854

First United

100 Calvin Road

Rochelle

73

1854

First

406 N. Main St.

Rockford

74

1910

Third

1221 Custer Dr.

Rockford

75

1956

Charles Street

5304 Charles St.

Rockford

76

1856

Westminster

3000 Rural

Rockford

77

1888

First

340 S. St. Louis Ave.

St. Anne

78

1851

Sandwich Federated

403 N. Main St.

Sandwich

79

1894

First

502 3rd. St.

Savanna

80

1860

First

Box 56

Scales Mound

81

1854

Schapville Zion

Rt. #2

Elizabeth

82

1871

Prairie Dell

Rt. #1

Shannon

83

1846

Somonauk

Rt. #1 Box 50

Somonauk

84

1844

LaPrairie United

Rt. #1

Sparland

85

1844

First

410 2nd Ave.

Sterling

86

1844

Kishwaukee Comm.

Rt. #1

Stillman Valley

87

1858

Park United Church of Christ

201 N. Vermillion St.

Streator

88

1836

United

 

Troy Grove

89

1849

Waltham

Rt. #1

Utica

90

1854

United

Box 229

Washburn

91

1864

Waterman

240 N. Cedar St.

Waterman

92

1853

First

215 E. Cherry St.

Watseka

93

1857

United

102 Hickory

Wenona

94

1837

First

320 Van Buren

Wilmington

95

1868

First

208 W. Winnebago St.

Winnebago

96

1855

Middle Creek

Rt. #1

Winnebago

97

1846

First United

Calhoun & Tryon Sts.

Woodstock

98

1958

AuSable Grove

Rt. #2 Box 118

Yorkville