The History of Deucher Church
On August 9. 1964, the Marietta Baptist Association Annual
Fellowship meeting was held in the Duecher Church. Mr. and Mrs. Sadhu Samuel of
South India were the Missionary speakers. A historical presentation of the
Church School was prepared and presented by Miss Isabelle Deucher and Mrs.
Joseph Graham. Many former members attended that meeting, including Mrs. Laura
Yonally Halliday, who, although confined to a wheelchair, made the trip from
Winter Haven, Flordia.
June 27, 1971
The Deucher Baptist Memorial Church had its beginning as
part of the Newport Independence Baptist Mission. Their Mission was organized
in 1864 in a log schoolhouse on the Alexander Farm, Davis Run. Miss Julia Wells
of the First Baptist Church, Marietta, Ohio came to teach there. She later
married William Todd and they had six children. She wanted a Baptist Sunday
School for their children, so she contacted neighbors, who had been attending
church on Archers Fork – Jonathan Sloan, Asa Yonally, David Deucher family, and
Isaac Adkins pf Newport Baptist Church. Their Sunday School was organized with
Mr. Atkins as first Sunday School Superintendent. They met every Sunday
afternoon in the log school house until the present church building was
constructed in 1870.
On June 18, 1870, the following brethren were appointed as a
committee to superintend the building of a chapel at the head of Davis Run: Asa
Yonally, David Deucher, William Todd, A. Dana and Isaac Adkins.
They first wanted it out near the Todd farm, but R. Adkins said,
“No, bring it out to Deucher and it will be kept up there.” The foundation
sandstones were not hauled across Hendrick’s Road, but they decided to change
the site again. They said that the ground across the road was more level; so
George Deucher, 13 years old, hauled the stone with a team of horses to their
third spot. There was a Mrs. Benver’s baby buried there, so this is the
building to the cemetery. [Sic] donations to build the church were give[n] by
Deacon Adkins, $150; Ben Ferguson, $25; Jim Ferguson $25; Fred Dana $25; David
Deucher, $200; and the ground where the church was built. Mr. Asa Yonnaly gave timber to build the
church and others contributed the labor. John Buck, the carpenter, planed the
weatherboard by hand. It took the remainder of the year to finish the church,
but it was ready to use in January 1871. From the books of the Newport Church,
we learned that on January 14, 1871, to following trustees were elected for the
Mission; Asa Yonally, 3 years; David Deucher, 2 years; William Todd, 1 Year.
March 15, 1879 the Independence Baptist Church was
organized. Margaret Slaon, Forest J. Yonally, Davis Deuche, Virginia Deucher,
Sarah M. Deucher, Mrs. Isabelle Bliss, Asa Yonally, _____________ Sloan,
William Todd, Julia Todd, Sarah Yonally, F. C. Richardson, and Mrs. S.T.
_________________ rejected to be dismissed from the Newport Independence
Baptist Mission order to organize a new church at Independence Chapel. New
Constitution on and By-laws were adopted on May 22, 1960. The Church name was
changed to Deucher Memorial Baptist Church.
Pastors who have served out church are the Rev. J. D. Riley,
Watson Dana, Silas Divornor, M. C. Rush, H. L. Gear, W. J. Dunn, [M]ongo
Taylor, Charles Hanlon, C. H. Gunter, D. G. Dailey, Edwin, C. Stanley, H. H. L.
F. Taylor, A. S. Coxen, S. A. Stulce, C, J, McGarry, G. Edwin McLead, Ernest
Evans, Clarence Brown, Sherman Snider, C. Sheets, I. C. Lucas, A. H. and Mrs.
Several ministers have come from Deucher Memorial Baptist
Church. Rev. Mongo Taylor, who married Nancy Sloan; Rev. Charles Hanlon, who
married Lydia Sloan, Rev. David Taylor, a brother to Mongo Taylor, and Swart R
Deucher, the son of George Deucher who was studying for the ministry when death
took him to this Heavenly Home on May 8, 1923 at Minneapolis, Minn.
Some other names that have held a prominent place in the
history of the church are Barkwell, Richardson, Yost, Rouse, Thomas, Stanley,
Jackson, Crago, Reynolds, Pryor, Harris, Malone, Hendricks, Miller, Ward, and
Joy. This brings us up to the more recent times when familiar names of people,
some of whom are still active in the church, include Hearn, Seevers, Zimmerman,
Murphy, Ward, Graham, Jordan, Farris, Myers, Carrothers, Berga, Martin, and
Riggs. Many, too numerous to mention, have served our church and their Lord,
unselfishly and devotedly, and none will go unrewarded.
Some of the ministers and laymen who have supplied out
church through the years include The Rev. Harvey Cofer, Rev. A. S. Coxed (for
summer, 1914, from Australia), Rev. Crawford, the Rev. Miss Virginia Fordham,
Walter McClure, Rev. White, Rev. F. A. Maier, (Missionary Pastor), Floyd
Webber, and Rev. G. Heddleston.
All of our Pastors have given us faithful, active service.
We can recall 14 fruitful years of Rev. O. R. Hoskinson. During his earnest and
faithful service, many were converted and added to the church. He was a friend
as well as out Pastor.
Rev. Fred Williams served us for almost two years. Under his
able leadership the young people became interested in Daily Vacation Bible
School and attended at the Dart School House. Several were converted.
Rev. Edwin McLeod resigned as pastor of our church, giving
his last sermon on June 21, 1969. Rev. McLeod served our church faithfully for
eleven years. He gave of himself over and above all expectations as pastor,
leader and as a dear friend. Twenty eight members were added to the church
during his ministry at Deucher. Rev. McLeod is now serving as pastor of Good
Hope Baptist Church, Lowell, Ohio.
September 21, 1969, Rev Clarence W. Brown, Vincent, Ohio
began serving as pastor of East Marietta Baptist Parish (Deucher, Lawrence,
Liberty, and Muskingum Valley Churches). Rev. Brown served as pastor only a
short time, Ill health forcing him to curtail some of his work. Rev. Sherman
Snider, Otsega, Ohio started February 22, 1970, as full time pastor of these
here churches. Rev. Snider and his family are residing in Newport parsonage. A
successful revival was held at Easter time. Rev. Snider’s dedicated service had
caused new interest in the church, and may we, as Christians, work with a
spirit of Christian Unity that will bring advancement of Christ’s work in our
Mrs. Joseph F. Graham