Cheney-Faulkner [sic] Cooper Home / built 1840

Photographed December 11, 2014
Erected 1956 / c1978 / 2001 by Waukesha County Historical Society
New Berlin, Waukesha County, Wisconsin
42° 56.341′ N, 88° 9.508′ W

built 1840
In this house the First Free Will Baptist Church in Wis. was organized on July 11, 1840. Here also, prior to 1843, was opened the first school in this area. Rev. Rufus Cheney directed the founding of both church and school. Both met here until 1945 [sic]. Thomas Faulkner, his son-in-law, was elected county surveyor 1857. Milton Cooper was a noted orchardist.
The marker and home are located on northbound South Racine Avenue / County Highway Y, north of its intersection with Terrace Drive, at 5810 South Racine Avenue, New Berlin, Wisconsin 53146.

NOTE: You will see from the photos below (taken in December) that the marker is nearly hidden by overgrowth, and that the house is hidden completely. Look for the easy-to-find mailbox at the driveway entrance, then you will find the marker a little further up the driveway.

Wisconsin Freewill Baptist Historical Society

Waukesha County Online Genealogy and Family History Library: Covenant of Free Will Baptist Church (From Record Book No. 1: Dated July 11, 1840 - May 31, 1862)

Google e-Book: The History of the Freewill Baptists

New Berlin Historical Society: A Pioneer Church at Prospect, by Theodora Winton Youmans
From a paper read by her at Big Bend at a meeting of the Waukesha County Historical Society in September 1925

See also, Freewill Baptist Church, a related marker at a nearby location.

The marker is No. 21-02 in a series of historical markers erected by the Waukesha County Historical Society.

 The Freewill Baptist Church and marker (below) are less than
a half mile from the Cheney-Faulkner-Cooper Home.
The church is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Cheney-Faulkner-Cooper Home. marker is barely visible inside the overgrowth.

Look for the mailbox! The marker is to the far right in this photo.

The house is completely hidden by overgrowth.

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