Philip Condit was born in Mercer County, Pa., in 1801. He
married, Feb. 2, 1826, Nancy Gordon, born
March 30, 1806, who died Jan. 3, 1861. In 1833 he entered his preparatory
course at Jefferson College, while his wife provided for the family. After
graduating, he was licensed to preach, and was an evangelist in
Northwestern Ohio. In 1840 he settled with his family in Hancock County,
Ohio, where he remained one year, preaching at points thirty miles distant
from each other. He then moved to Wood County, Ohio, and located near the
present site of Tontogany, where he soon after organized the churches of
Bethel (now Tontogany), Milton (now Milton Centre) and Gilead. He preached
for them until 1854, doing also mission work in Lucas and Williams
counties. In 1854 he removed to Oregon by wagon, and in December of that
year settled thirteen miles southeast of Salem, where he labored as a
missionary, dividing his time with other places not remote. In 1856,
assisted by Rev. J. A. Hanna, he organized
the church of Pleasant Grove, and with his sons was making preparations to
build a house of worship when he was suddenly removed by death, Nov. 20,
1856, aged 55 years. His wife survived him five years. Children: Cyrenus, b. Jan. 20, 1827;
Sylvanus, b. March 24, 1829;
Alva, b. June 3, 1831; Samuel J.
M, b. June 21, 1834;
m., Nov. 13, 1864, Virginia Campbell, of Marion County, Oregon. He d. Dec. 25, 1866.
Mary Ann R., b. June 21, 1838
David W. C., b. Oct. 15, 1842; d., single, Jan. 15, 1869.
Genealogy of the Condit Family 1678-1885, Descendants of John
Cunditt, A Native of Great Britain who settled in Newark, NJ by Jotham
H. Condit and Ebin Condit, 1916.