They Left Their Mark In Oakford, 1872

New Hope Baptist Church
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In 1833 the Cumberland Presbyterians and Baptist of the Sandridge Precinct organized a single congregation. In 1852 the first building. Sandridge United Baptist Church of Jesus Christ, was erected on land donated by Noah King (half mile west of present church.) Some family names listed among the members were: Armstrong, Close, Hudspeth, Kincaid Allen, Short Henky, James, Thomas.

In 1883 the pastor, Thomas Potter officiated at the marriage of Henry Edwards and Mary Elmore. That same year, the first organ was purchased. Flora Kincaid was the first organist and Tade Todd led the singing.

The church was destroyed by fire March 13, 1898. The members decided to rebuild across the road from the Wesley Kincaid residence. Deacons at that time were Lincoln Short, Ed Cogdal, George Dawson, Charlie Nance and Jim Nance.

Frank Loften of Petersburg built the church for approximately $1,500. The Sandridge New Hope Baptist Church was completed that summer and dedicated September 18, 1898, with Rev.Porter, Jerseyville, Illinois, presenting the dedicatory sermon. Dinner was served in the Kincaid yard under the trees. Of the 35 members. Mrs. Nettie Tuttle of Petersburg is still living.

The first pastor was B.F.Drake of White Hall, Illinois. In 1908 the first furnace was installed, being replaced in 1946. The basement was completed in 1925. In 1939 the church was wired for electricity. Services are still being held.

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