lawful money of the United States of America, to said first party well and truly paid by
T. B. Miner, John Molyneux, Lewis
Capehart, Thos. Molyneux, Edward Wain-
wright, and Issac Swain,
of said party of the second part, at and before the ensealing and delivering of these presents,
the receipt of which is hereby acknowledged, have granted, bargained, sold
and conveyed, and by these presents do grant, bargain, self and convey unto said
party of the second part, its successors and assigns, all that tract and parcel of land situate in
County of Poweshiek State of
Iowa described as follows to wit:
Lot Eighteen (18) Block
Three (3) in the town of Tilton.
Methodist Episcopal Church
Dec 16 1899
Alex Duffus, Audit
Poweshiek Co., Iowa
Filed for Record, this 16th day of
December, A.D. 1899
at 2:20 o'clock P.M.
Recorded in Book Q
On Page 608
The Tilton Church
A Methodist Church was first founded in the Tilton Area, with services first held in the Round Grove School House, one mile south of Tilton. The plot of ground to be used as a site for the church building in Tilton was donated by Lewis Capehart, (grandfather of Donald McCulley). In 1892 a building was built and dedicated as a Methodist Episcopal Church with Rev. Marsh as pastor. The church was on the Deep River Circuit until Sept. 1893, when it was changed to the Thornburg Circuit where it remained until 1945.
The church was closed during the fall of 1949. The Northside Friends began holding Sunday afternoon meetings and the County Holiness Association held meetings once a month. James Hornbeck of Tilton was ill with cancer and was visited often by the Christians and converted. His last wish was that the Tilton Church remain open for services. It was sold to the Tilton Community and has been known as the Tilton Community Church since that time. In 1950 it was wired for electricity, remodeled and redecorated.
Source: History of Poweshiek County, IA, p. 72, Montezuma, Iowa Public Library
NOTE: I was told that my Uncle Lewis Capehart operated a general store with a post office at Tilton, IA. We knew Lewis and his wife were buried in Sixteen Cemetery near Thornburg so knew Tilton had to be in the general area. After doing research on the internet and receiving a response to a query we had posted on a message board, we were able to pinpoint where the "lost" town of Tilton was located on the Keokuk/Poweshiek County line. We visited Tilton in May 2005 and took the pictures of the little church, it's mailbox and the church sign shown here. The other photos are copies of old photos and newspaper clippings we were given while we were there. We visited with some people who live in the area and were told the telephone office building is still standing but is in very bad shape. Worship services are still held in the Evangelical Methodist Church and the pastor lives in a mobile home behind the church. He graciously welcomed us and gave us a tour of the church. A fellowship hall and restrooms have been added and they were in the process of refurbishing the sanctuary and setting up new pews. What a privilege it was to stop and see the little church and learn that this was once a thriving little town -- a little town and church that had been a very important part of my Uncle Lewis Capehart's life.
Tilton, Iowa was a small town on the Keokuk/Poweshiek County line, named after J. H. Tilton, Postmaster of Montezuma, IA. The town was established at the southern border of Deep River Township in 1884 although it was largely in Keokuk County at that time. The 1895 U. S. Atlas lists Tilton as being in Poweshiek County and having a post office, railroad and express office. In the 1920 US Census we find my great uncle, Henry Lewis Capehart, a retail merchant in a general store in Deep River Twp., Poweshiek Co, Iowa. The post office was in this store, which was located near the SW corner of Deep River Twp., in section 29. The school which was called the Capehart School is no longer standing.
Martin & Zelda Capehart Genealogy Website
The Tilton Church Sign
Church name on mailbox -- EMC "Evangelical Methodist Church"
It's current lcoation address is 2211 540th Avenue, Deep River, IA
The Tilton EMC Church -- Photo taken May 2005
The church building about 1940 -- you can see a car in the lower right hand corner of the photo.
Pictures of Tilton Church congregation in the early 1940's.
Tilton Church Celebrated it's 100th Anniversary June 28, 1992.
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