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The Free Church

Colerain township, Lancaster county Pa

"From History of Lancaster County" by Ellis and Evans printed 1883

The Free Church.In 1845 the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of the United States made a deliverance on the subject of slavery. Fifteen ministers of the churches located in Western Pennsylvanla and Ohio seceded from the church because of the pro-slavery sentiments of the Assembly's deliverance. Certain members of the Presbyterian Churches of Union, Oxford, Fagg's Manor, and Octorara sympathized with these ministers and erected a church building, and effected all organization called the Free Presbyterian Church of Colerain. This building is located in Colerain township, near Andrews' Bridge. It is still standing, and is used as a public hall. This Church was dissolved at the request of its members April 14, 1874, by the Presbytery of Westminster, and the members transferred to Union Church.
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