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A society of this denomination was organized in Croton, about 1855. Among those prominently connected with it were Thomas Blake and family, the Carrs, James and Douglass Ray, David and Joshua Pierce, Almond, John and David Miller, and their families. The first preacher was Elder William Ray. Among those who afterwards officiated were Elders Manning, Bumpus, Ring, Morford, Harvey and Clary. John Kelty was also an ordained elder at one time, and preached occasionally. In the prosperous days of this society the congregation was quite large.

Note: in Croton, The village of Croton, formerly a suburb of New Castle, now forms a part of the city. It is situated on high ground and lies northeast from the Courthouse, and about a mile distant. There are many desirable residence localities in its vicinity, and manufacturing and other interests give employment to a large number of men.

Source: Twentieth Century History of New Castle and Lawrence County, 1908 - p. 109


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