Why is "Texas Christian Church" located in the middle of Illinois?

We get this question all the time, and the answer is fascinating!  Back in the 1800's, a Clinton resident named Daniel Newcomb packed all his belongings and told the townspeople that he was headed for Texas (then a territory, not a state).  Two or three miles down the road he stopped, said it was good enough for him, and they called it "Texas Township" ever since!