Warren County Iowa Genealogical Society




    Ackworth Goshen Friends Church

    Ackworth Goshen Friends Church “Goshen Meeting House,” was located in Lincoln Township, northwest of Ackworth in the late 1840s. 

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    “Goshen Meeting House,” history from The History of Warren County, Iowa, compiled by the Warren County Genealogical Society, Curtis Media Corp., Dallas, Texas, 1987

    Goshen Meeting House was located in Palmyra Township near the Linn Grove School. There was also a cemetery at this location. The Meeting House was organized in 1862 with the following members: Jacob MOON and family, William MORGAN and family, Mrs. BON and family and Mrs. ANDERSON and family. Mrs. BOND gave the land. The frame building was dedicated in 1862. The membership soon outgrew the small building, but there are no records of a new building. Burials in the cemetery were moved, some to Ackworth, and the land revered back to the original owners. It is presumed that members united with the Ackworth Friends.

    From the Cemetery and Death Records of Warren County, Iowa, by the Warren County Genealogical Society, 1980

    South River Meeting, the Society of Friends at Ackworth, was the parent-church for the Goshen Meeting House. The first minister at Goshen was Rodema, wife of Elias NEWLIN. Eventually, the Goshen Quakers joined the meetings at Ackworth and the Goshen Meeting ceased to exist. The cemetery was abandoned. The land was deeded to the parent-church, South River Monthly.

    Pleasant BOND and Sally BOND, for the consideration of Love and Esteem, conveyed to the Society of Friends, Samuel OWENS, Benjamin HINSHAW, and Elias NEWLIN as Trustees of the South River Monthly and to their successors, two acres of land for the purpose of a cemetery (recorded in Plat Book 1 page 84, dated May 11, 1860). Goshen Cemetery was located in Lincoln Township, northwest of Ackworth in the late 1840s. The early burials of the present-day Ackworth neighborhood were made at Goshen Cemetery.