BETHEL PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

BETHEL PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH - MALLORY, MINNESOTA, USA.

Bethel Presbyterian Church

Confirmation Class and Congregation 1929

Located in - Mallory, Nisbet Township, Polk County, Minnesota

          This photo, taken in the Fall of 1929, shows 67 members of the Bethel Presbyterian Church in Mallory, Minnesota. At least 57 of  these members were either born in Lanark or Frontenac Counties, Ontario, Canada, or are descendants of those born in Lanark and Frontenac Counties.

          The church was built 2 miles east of Mallory in Nisbet Township, Polk County, Minnesota in 1886 on land donated by James Lee and Christine Nisbet who came from Lanark County. The Bethel Presbyterian Church was destroyed by fire on Dec. 1, 1946. A decision  to disband instead of rebuilding was made by the members with much regret. The members then joined the Mendenhall Presbyterian Church in East Grand Forks, Minnesota. 

          Many families from Lanark and Frontenac settled here during the late 1870's and early 1880's. Some of the names are: Brownlee, Bryson, Geddes, Hannah, Lee, McDonald, Millar/Miller, Morrow and Nisbet.

          Many of these members are buried in the Nisbet Cemetery, which is a private cemetery in Huntsville Township, Polk County. The Nisbet Cemetery Association was formed on June 29, 1885. The land was donated by David Nisbet, 1846 - 1877, who was born in North Sherbrooke Twp., Lanark County, a son of William Nisbet and Christina Lindsay.

          I have more information on these families if anyone is interested.

Gary G. Darby - gdarby@cogeco.ca - Perth, Ontario, Canada

01 - Douglas Ray Hannah (son of #46 & #37, brother of #02, #04)                              

02 - Leslie Leroy Hannah (son of #46 & #37, brother of #01, #04)

03 - Donna Jean Cumming (daughter of #56 &  #54, sister of #17, #44, #57, #58)

04 - Doris Mae Hannah (daughter of #46 & #37, sister of #01, #02)

05 - Helen Nisbet (daughter of  #48 & #31, sister of # 24, #47, #59)

06 - Marion Lee (daughter of #45 & # 43, sister of #10, #18, #19, #60)

07 - Luverne Lee (daughter of #14 & # 32, sister of #09, #22, #33)

08 - Leo Zimmerman (son of George Zimmerman -not in photo- & Violet Janette Lee # 33)

09 - Elaine Lee (daughter of #14 & #32, sister of #07, #22, #33)

10 - Vivian Lee (daughter of  #45 & #43, sister of #06, #18, #19, #60)

11 - William Olson (William may be the son of Agnes Olson #63, brother of #12)

12 - Ronald Olson (Ronald may be the son of Agnes Olson #63, brother of #11)

13 - Daniel Herbert McDonald (husband of Annie R. ‘Belle’ McDougall #36 & brother of #28, #30)

14 - Tomas Duncan Lee (husband of Mary Rubena Hannah #32, father of #07, #09, #22, #33)

15 - Janet ‘Jeanette’ Brownlee (Mrs. John Alexander Hannah, who died 1926, mother of #32, #46, #54, #66)

16 - Katherine ‘Katie’ Ferguson (Mrs. James Cumming #29, mother of #35, #49, #56)

17 - Mildred Cumming (daughter of #56 & #54, sister of #03, #44, #57, #58)

18 - Evelyn Lee (daughter of  #45 & #43, sister of #06, #10, #19, #60)

19 - Dorothy Lee (daughter of  #45 & #43, sister of #06, #10, #18, #60)

20 - Rev. Fisher (husband of Mrs. Fisher # 40 & father of their son #21)

21 - Rev. Fisher’s son (son of Rev. Fisher #20 & Mrs. Fisher #40)

22 - Katherine Lee (daughter of #14 & #32, sister of #07, #09, #33)

23 - Mary Fulford (no information on Mary)

24 - Jean Nisbet (daughter of #48 & #31, sister of #05, #47, #59)

25 - Anna Glenn (Mrs. James Shanks, not in photo)

26 - Ella Fossbakken (Mrs. Darragh James Geddes - not in photo, mother of #27)

27 - William ‘Bill’ Darragh Geddes (son of Darragh James Geddes, not in photo & Ella Fossbakken #26)

28 - James McDonald (husband of Isabella Miller, who died 1902, father of #31, brother of #13 & #30)

29 - James Cumming (husband of Katherine ‘Katie’ Ferguson #16, father of #35, #49, #56)

30 - John ‘Jack’ Hannah McDonald (husband of Ellen McDougall, who died 1924, Ellen was sister of #36, Jack is a      brother of #13, #30)

31 - Eva Belle McDonald (Mrs. William James Nisbet #48, daughter of #28, mother of #05, #24, #47, #59)

32 - Mary Rubena Hannah (Mrs. Thomas Duncan Lee #14, daughter of #15, mother of #07, #09, #22, #33, sister of #46, #54, #66)

33 - Violet Janette Lee (Mrs. George Zimmerman, not in photo, daughter of #14 & #32, sister of #07, #09, #22)

34 - Ellen Alice Hannah (sister of John Alexander Hannah, who was married to Janet Brownlee #15)

35 - Mary Isabella Cumming (Mrs. Melvin Johnson, not in photo, daughter of #29 & #16, mother of #39, sister of #49, #56)

36 - Annie R. ‘Belle’ McDougall (2nd wife of Daniel Herbert McDonald #13, sister of #30's wife Ellen)

37 - Zella Belle White (Mrs. Alfred Earl Hannah #46, mother of #01, #02, #04)

38 - Ann Robertson (no information on her)

39 - Leland R. Johnson (son of Melvin Johnson, not in photo, & Mary Isabella Cumming #35)

40 - Rev. Fisher’s wife (wife of Rev. Fisher #20 & mother of their son #21)

41 - Jean McWalter (no information on her)

42 - Eugene Roberton (no information on him)

43 - Della A. Rutherford (Mrs. George A. Lee #45, mother of #06, #10, #18, #19, #60)

44 - James ‘Russell’ Cumming (son of  #56 & #54, brother of #03, #17, #57, #58)

45 - George A. Lee (husband of Della A. Rutherford #43, father of #06, #10, #18, #19, #60)

46 - Alfred Earl Hannah (husband of Zella Belle White #37, son of #15, father of #01, #02, #04, brother of  #32, #54, #66)

47 - Herbert J. Nisbet (son of #48 & #31, brother of #05, #24, #59)

48 - William James Nisbet (husband of Eva Belle McDonald #31, father of #05, #24, #47, #59)

49 - Leslie Ferguson Cumming (son of #29 & #16, brother of #35, #56)

50 - William Roberton (no information on him)

51 - Gordon Brown (no information on him)

52 - Hugh Nisbet (not sure who Hugh’s parents are)

53 - Bert McWalter (no information on him)

54 - Nettie Ellen Hannah (Mrs. William J. Cumming #56, daughter of #15, mother of #03, #17, #44, #57, #58, sister of #32, #46, #66)

55 - Vern McWalter (no information on him)

56 - William James Cumming (husband of Nettie Ellen Hannah #54, father of #03, #17, #44, #57, #58, brother of #35, #49)

57 - John Wesley Cumming (baby son of  #56 & #54, brother of #03, #17, #44, #58)

58 - Eleanor Cumming (daughter of  #56 & #54, sister of #03, #17, #44, #57)

59 - Myrtle Nisbet (daughter of #48 &  #31, sister of #05, #24, #47)

60 - Margaret Lee (daughter of #45 & # 43, sister of #06, #10, #18, #19)

61 - Christena ‘Tena’ Geddes (married Robert Nisbet, who died 1913), (married John ‘Scotty’ Nevills #65)

62 - Mrs. McWalter (no information on her)

63 - Mrs. Agnes Olson (she may be the mother of William Olson #11 & Ronald Olson #12)

64 - Lewis Henry McDonald (son of Jack McDonald #30 & Ellen McDougall, Lewis never married)

65 - John ‘Scotty’ Nevills (2nd husband of ‘Tena’ Geddes #61, his 1st wife was Mary Morrow who died 1918)

66 - Lottie Mable Hannah (Mrs. Ben Bitzer, not in photo, daughter of #15, sister of # 32, #46, #54)

67 - Robert McWalter (no information on him)


Posted: 03 August, 2005.