Source History of Jefferson County 1888 page 270
Pastors of the Brookville and Luthersburg circuit established a preaching place
some time about the year 1835 in the Paradise settlement. The first members of
the society were Joseph Syphert, Mary Syphert, John Strouse, Jane Strouse, and
Jacob Shaffer. In after years it was attached to the Emerickville circuit. The
church at Paradise has been favored with gracious revivals during its history,
and perhaps the greatest was under the pastorate of Rev. R. M. Felt.
Mr. Joseph Syphert, one of the founders of the society, has, for over a
half-century, been the main pillar of the church; always true and faithful. He
has given two daughters to the ministry, wives of Revs. A. H. Bashline and J. P.
Hicks. His children, every one of them, are members of the church. Through his
enterprise and liberality the chapel was mainly erected. Mr. Syphert, now over
seventy years of age, is good and true, and has the esteem and love of all his
neighbors. The society sustains the Sabbath-school, and all the affairs of the
society are sustained by liberal hands. Paradise is one of the appointments of
the Emerickville circuit.
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