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Fulton Township, Lancaster County, Pa

"Churches of Today and Yesterday in Southern Lancaster County" by Fellowship of Solanco Churches, Raymond Dunlap, George Herbert, & Richard Yates , Sr. printed 1968

Historical records show that in the year 1766, David Jenkins pur-chased and moved to a tract of land near a place called Rock Springs. He and his wife Martha were members of the church at Vincent, Chester County. They were visited by a number of ministering brethren previous to the American Revolution. Rock Springs Church was organized in 1806 with seven original members: Nathaniel Jenkins, Rebecca Jenkins, Sarah Jenkins, Robert Hannum, Martha Low, Martha Hannah, and Hannah Jenkins. The ministers who have served the Rock Springs Church are: Jethro Johnson-6 years, Charles Moor-3 years, Thomas Poteet-S years, Thomas Barton-44 years, William Grafton-39 years, John G. Eubanks-16 years, 'Douglas Topping-19 years, and John D. Wood since 1949.

There was a total of 11 years that the church did not have a regular pastor. Some of the old family names which appear in the records are not represented at the present time. Examples are: Lowe, Thomas, Free-stone, Whipple, Jenkins, Hanna, Reynolds, Gregg, Huff, Wicks, Scott, Weaver, Rowland, Jackson, King, Griest and others. The most predominate is Jenkins and Hanna. The summary of the present membership are: Osborne, Farmer, Conner, Anderson, Rakes, Stuart and Mackey. This is rather a unique congregation as half the present membership (1941) are natives of North Carolina and the other half from Vir-ginia. This came about by the exodus of the Southern Mountaineer to Maryland and Pennsylvania.

The church building was erected in the year 1808, and is located on route 222 near the Maryland and Pennsylvania line. Membership in 1956 was 10. The Meeting House is located near a geographical freak known as the Rock of Seven Springs. The waters are said to flow from seven different openings in a single rock. Legend has it that Indians believed that each of the seven openings cured a different ailment. Services are held the first Sunday of each month at 10:30, standard or daylight time, whatever is in effect. The Reverend John D. Wood is the pastor.

From "History Of Lancaster County" by Ellis and Evans 1883, page 859

Baptist Church.-Next to these comes the Baptist Church (Old School) called "Rock Springs" just above the Maryland line. It was organized in 1808, and has pursued the even tenor of its way since that time. The congregation is comparatively small, but earnest and devoted. In adherence to the principles they profess they exhibit as much firmness as those of the larger denominations, perhaps more.

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