Date Original



This collection contains the Cedar Grove Methodist Church records from Yellville, Marion County, Arkansas, dated 1884-1979. This ledger lists the names of members and pastors, a register of baptisms, a register of deaths, and the number of individuals who became members of the church and the date on which they became members.

Biographical/Historical Note

The Cedar Grove Methodist Church, formerly Shiloh Methodist Church, was founded sometime during the 1840s in Marion County, Arkansas. The name of the church changed before 1900, but the reason for the change and the date of the change is not known. The community lacked a dedicated building to perform church services in during the early 1840s, so the members met inside different homes or brush arbors (a rough, open-sided shelter). A church building was constructed around 1850 and consisted of a two-story log cabin. William Marion Brown and Joe Burleson, Sr. were two of the leading members of the church who were instrumental in constructing the first church building. This building was burned down during the Civil War and rebuilt sometime between 1867-1868. Cedar Grove Methodist Church is still operating in the community, and descendants of many of the original families still attend this small rural church.

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"

Geographical Area

Yellville, Marion County (Ark.)





Resource Type



Cedar Grove Methodist Church records, MS.000862


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Cedar Grove Methodist Church records, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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