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Benjamin and Sadie (Atkins) Crawford
Photo Courtesy of Carol Brotzman

THE FREEWILL BAPTIST CHURCH RECORDS

 

As copied from the original record book by Carol Brotzman in 1994

The data is copied as written, name spelling errors and all!

 

I would like to dedicate this book to Sadie Atkins Crawford, February 23, 1875 - March 22, 1959, wife of Benjamin Crawford April 18, 1864 - August 20, 1941.    The book was originally compiled by Sadie’s father, Joseph Herman Atkins (March 18, 1836 - May 17, 1878).  Sadie retrieved the book from the hall closet as the church was being torn down by the Lloyd Clapper family.  The Clapper family planned to use the wood as lumber in their barn at Retta, Auburn Township, Susquehanna County, PA.  Sadie gave the book to Alice Grow Sivers before she passed, knowing it would be in safekeeping.

Five marble tablets were in the church at that time, and were etched with the names of people from all over the area that must have donated money to keep the church going in lean years. Many of the names were not local, but appeared to have been associated with other branches of the Freewill Baptist churches throughout the area. Only one of the tablets is now known to be kept locally, and I do not have a photo of this tablet. Wish I did, it is beautiful.

 


Freewill Baptist Church
Silvara, PA
Looking North About 1900

Photo Courtesy of Carol Brotzman
Source: Photo Album owned by the late Martha Walker of California, a Marbaker family descendant

 

TUSCARORA CHURCH F.W.B. CHURCH BOOK APRIL 20th 1865

JOSEPH H. ATKINS CHURCH CLERK

 

MEMBERSHIP RECORDS:

 

DATES   MEMBERS AND NAMES BAPTIZED BY ELDER LETTER

 

Nov 24 1856 John Bishop

same  date      Matilda Bishop          by letter

same             Thomas Hughes     by letter

same                Sally A Hughes    Elder S L Dimmock

same                Miles Bennett       Elder S L Dimmock 

same                Lucy Bennett        by letter  died in the triumph of faith June 1858                           

same                Sally Bishop         S L Dimmock

same                Bela Cogswell      S L Dimmock            Nov 24, 1856

Jan 11, 1856   Eunice Cogswell   S L Dimmock letter

Dec 7, 1856   Abel B. Cogswell  (blank) died Jan 28, 1857 in full faith 

Feb 27, 1856  Eunice A. Price     Elder B Cogswell            June 18, 1858

same               Cecilia Jacoby        S L Dimmock

same               Sophronia Ruger    S L Dimmock

same               Charles Jacoby       S L Dimmock

Mar 28, 1857 Lydia Parker           S L Dimmock

May 17, 1857 Mary Hall               S L Dimmock            May 17, 1859

same               Cornelia J Bennett  by letter   dismissed for Greasese (?)

May 30, 1857 Walter Taylor         by letter

same                Sally C. Taylor      by letter

Jan 9, 1858      Philip R Hall         Elder B Cogswell   died July 10, 1865 in full faith 

May 28, 1858 Emma R Atkins      Elder B Cogswell August 15, 1858

Jan 15, 1859   Wm Price                Elder B Cogswell April 10, 1858

same               Zelolus Brown        Elder B Cogswell  Aug 18, 1858   died June 2, 1863 in faith

Mar 12, 1859 James Brown           Elder B Cogswell Sept 24, 1858   died April 27, 1860    

Jan 15, 1859  Adolphus Culver     Elder B Cogswell Oct 23, 1858 died Nov 26, 1864 in the Army

 

Historian's note: Adolphus Culver (May 1839 - November 26, 1864) died from injuries in service of his country during the Civil War and is buried along side his brother Timothy Culver in the Beaver Meadows Cemetery

Adolphus was married to Cynthia Hardy. Cynthia remarried October 27, 1868 to Reuben Madison/Mattison. She remained on the farm where she had live with Adolphus.  Timothy Culver (May 10, 1836 - June 07, 1865) was married to Catherine Potter. They were sons of James C and Margaret French Culver. 

James Jarvis Culver (May 17, 1840 - January 11, 1922), another brother who served in the Civil War was so grief stricken over the death of his brother Timothy, since he was the one that convinced him to enlist, he married his widow Catherine E Potter Culver. This is the same Pennsylvania Century farm in Tuscarora Township, Bradford County, PA now owned by Carol and Dale Brotzman. [http://www.joycetice.com/families/culver.htm]

 

 

 

Dec 11, 1859            Hosea Bishop                   Elder B Cogswell Dec 18, 1858 Died Dec 2, 1861 in full faith

Dec 30, 1859            Catherine Culver              by letter

Jan 18, 1860              James C. Culver                by letter

May 6, 1860              Edward Marbaker                by letter

same                          Thankful Marbaker              by letter

Apr 6, 1861               Ebenezer Cowls                by letter

same                          Ruth Cowls                     by letter

May 26, 1861            Polly Ann Harsh               Elder B Cogswell

Jan 13, 1858              Joseph Taylor                 by the same Feb 11, 1858 Suspended

May 26, 1861            Nancy J Taylor                by the same

Sept 14,1861            Mary E Bennett                by the same

Oct 13, 1861            Ardelia Franklin              by letter died Sept 28, 1865 in full faith       

Apr 11, 1863            Joseph G Atkins               by letter

Feb 1, 1861               Stillman Fuller               by letter Died Nov 19, 1864 in Bufort, S C in the full faith of the Savior

same                          Lydia Fuller                  by letter         

May 14, 1864            John L Shove               by letter   dismissed April 28, 1864

same                          Hannah M Shove             by letter   dismissed April 28, 1866

Nov 24, 1856                       Lorania Potter                Elder S L Dimmock

Apr 29, 1860            Harriet M Harsh               by letter     dismissed

May 6, 1860              Edward Marbaker Jr. May 6, 1860 Elder Bela Cogswell suspended June 3, 1868

Feb 13, 1856            Polly Ann Newman            by letter

same                          Calvin H Newman              by letter

May 23, 1862            Abis Bennett                 Elder S  Dimmock

Dec 19, 1856            Euphrama Fish                Elder B Cogswell died 1866 in full faith

Dec 8?,1865              Hosmer E Cogswell             Elder B Cogswell  Suspended June 3, 1868

Jan 6, 1866                John Frank Bishop            Elder B Cogswell May 13, 1866 Suspended Jan 3, 1868
Feb 3, 1866               Mary E Marbaker               Elder B Cogswell May 15, 1866

May 26, 1866            Elizabeth Cobb                Elder B Cogswell May 26, 1868

Sept 28, 1865            Wm H Holdren                  Elder B Cogswell Sept 27, 1868

Sept 27, 1868            Sarah A Holdren              by letter died September 5, 1888 

Sept 28, 1868            Ester A Wesley            Elder B Cogswell Sept 27, 1868

 

 Page 26 - 27 of the secretary’s book

 

MEMBERSHIP RECORDS: January 3, 1869

 

DATES   MEMBERS AND NAMES BAPTIZED BY ELDER LETTER

 

Nov 24 1856            John Bishop

same               Matilda Bishop               by letter

same         Thomas Hughes                by letter

same                          Sally Ann Hughes               Elder S L Dimmock

same                          Miles Bennett                Elder S L Dimmock 

same                          Lucy Bennett                 dead long ago 

same                          Sally Bishop                 died Sept 22, 1872

same                          Bela Cogswell                S L Dimmock Nov 24, 1856

Jan 11, 1856             Eunice A. Price            Elder B Cogswell June 18, 1858

                                  Wm Price

same                          Cecilia Jacoby               S L Dimmock

same                          Sophronia Ruger              S L Dimmock

same                          Charles Jacoby               died with the gospel in his hand Feb 20, 1871

Mar 28, 1857            Lydia Parker                 S L Dimmock

May 17, 1857            Mary Millard                 S L Dimmock May 17, 1859

May 30, 1857            Walter Taylor                died August 31, 1873 died with the gospel in harness

same                          Sally C. Taylor               by letter 

May 28, 1858            Emma R Atkins                 Elder B Cogswell August 15, 1858

                                  Joseph M Atkins

Jan 15, 1859              Wm Price                      Elder B Cogswell April 10, 1858

Dec 30, 1859            Catherine Culver               by letter

Jan 18, 1860              James C. Culver                by letter

May 6, 1860              Edward Marbaker                by letter

same                          Thankful Marbaker  

May 26, 1861            Polly Ann Harsh                Elder B Cogswell

Jan 13, 1858              Nancy J Taylor                by the same

Sept 14,1861            Mary E Bennett                by the same

Oct 13, 1861            Ardelia Franklin              by letter Died Sept 1865 in full faith

Apr 11, 1863            Joseph G Atkins               by letter

same                          Lydia Fuller                 by letter  now Cogswell         

Nov 24, 1856                       Lorania Potter                Elder S L Dimmock

Apr 29, 1860            Harriet M Harsh               by letter     dismissed

Feb 13, 1856            Polly Ann Newman            by letter

same                          Calvin H Newman              by letter

Feb 3, 1866               Mary E Marbaker               Elder B Cogswell May 15, 1866

May 26, 1866            Elizabeth Cobb                Elder B Cogswell May 26, 1868

Sept 28, 1865            Wm H Holdren                 Elder B Cogswell Sept 27, 1868 dismissed from church

Sept 27, 1868            Sarah A Holdren              by letter died September 5, 1888 

Sept 28, 1868            Ester A Wesley            Elder B Cogswell Sept 27, 1868 never was a member

Apr 27, 1869             Almon Wakeman                by letter

same                          Bitsey Wakeman               by letter   died with the Gospel

Harness on her last words was Glory d/ September 25, 1872

same                          John Frank Bishop            Elder Bela Cogswell May 13, 1866

same                          Stella Ann Cogswell             Elder Bela Cogswell May 22, 1869

May 27, 1869            John Harsh                   Elder Bela Cogswell May 20, 1871

May 9, 1869              Rev John Tillinghast   Died as Asst Pastor          Preacher April 21, 1872         

same                          Mary M. Tillinghast              by letter 

same                          A J Taylor                  Elder Bela Cogswell May 22, 1869

same                          Altheda Taylor               Elder Bela Cogswell May 22, 1869

May 22, 1869            Jacob Bennett                Elder Bela Cogswell May 22, 1869

same                          Emma E Bennett               Elder Bela Cogswell May 22, 1869

Aug 6, 1869               Martha A Chamberlain Elder Bela Cogswell Aug 6, 1869

same                          R M Hunsinger                Elder Bela Cogswell  Aug 6, 1869

June 6, 1869              Saphronia Wakeman   by letter from Vistle Church

same                          Phebie Chamberlain    Elder Bela Cogswell  

Oct 15, 1870            Hulda Bishop                 by letter

Nov 20, 1870                       Mary Wakeman                 Elder Bela Cogswell Nov 20, 1870

same                          George Wakeman               Elder Bela Cogswell Nov 20, 1870        

May 27, 1870            Joseph H Tillinghast            Rev B Cogswell May 21, 1871

Mar 2, 1872              G N Yarington                   Rev B Cogswell March 31, 1872

Revised page 64

 

page 64-66

 

DATES   MEMBERS AND NAMES BAPTIZED BY ELDER LETTER

 

John Bishop

Matilda Bishop 

Thomas Hughes   

Sally A Hughes  

Miles Bennett    

Mary Bennett      

Bela Cogswell
Lydia Cogswell  

Wm Price

Cecilia Jacoby   

Sophronia Ruger  

Lydia Parker

Mary Millard 

Susan Wakeman

Sally A Wakeman

Joseph H Atkins

Emma Atkins

Edward Marbaker   

Thankful Marbaker

John Harsh

Polly Ann Harsh    

Nancy J Taylor

C H Newman     died July 25, 1898

Eliza Ann Newman died Jan 17, 1899

Lorania Potter 

Mary E Marbaker

Sarah Ann Holdren   

Elizabeth Cobb  

John Frank Bishop 

Hulda Bishop withdrawn

Stella Ann Cogswell

H E Cogswell   died Nov 18, 1899 On the Earth he was a good-----? Was the last days with him

Joseph H Tillinghast          

Mary M. Tillinghast

A J Taylor    

Altheda Taylor 

Jacob Bennett    letter granted July 18, 1894

Emma E Bennett

Martha A Chamberlain 

Saphronia (Wakeman) Taylor

Phebe J Wood (Chamberlain) Jan 3, 1875 dismissed by letter

Mary Wakeman     

George Wakeman  

G N Yarington       

August 15, 1874 Jenny Lattimore under care by letter

Albert Mitchell by letter

May 22, 1895 Emily Mitchell by letter

 

Page    119 -120   about 1876 list

 

DATES   MEMBERS AND NAMES BAPTIZED BY ELDER LETTER

 

John Bishop

Matilda Bishop
J F Bishop

Hulda Bishop

Thomas Hughes   

Sally Hughes  

Miles Bennett    

Mary Bennett      

Bela Cogswell   

Lydia Cogswell

Stella Cogswell

Hosmer Cogswell  

Wm Price

Eunice Price

Cecilia Jacoby    

Sophronia Ruger  

Lydia Parker

Mary Millard

Walter Taylor

Salla Taylor

J H Atkins

E R Atkins 

Edward Marbaker   

Thankful Marbaker

Ebenezer Cowls

Ruth Cowls

John Harsh

Polly Ann Harsh

J H Taylor    

Nancy J Taylor

Lorania Potter

C H Newman

?ley or g Ann Newman

Mary E Marbaker

Elizabeth Cobb

Sarah Ann Holdren

A Wakeman

George Wakeman

Mary Wakeman    

Saphronia Wakeman (Taylor)

G N Yerington

 

Membership list as of October 14th, 1887 & 1888

 

Rev B Cogswell

       Lydia Cogswell

Rev John Swackhammer

        Rosa H Swackhammer

Deacon Almon Wakeman

       Phoebe Wakeman

Deacon C Newman
        Polly Ann Newman

Edward Marbaker

Thankful Marbaker

Chorister A J Taylor

        Altheda Taylor

E K Atkins

Lettie Sloat

Mary E Marbaker, now Mrs Mary E Warner

Joseph H Taylor

Nancy Taylor

Sophronia Ruger

John H Jennings   died Jan 8, 1888

 

The following are highlights from the record book directly pertaining to the Beaver Meadows Church.

 

October 22, 1867: J C Culver was deciding to leave the Freewill Baptist on his own account.  They were trying to convince him to stay.

* Historian's note:  I don't believe he stayed there.  He was listed on the Beaver Meadows register at the same time. This would be James C Culver who was married to Margaret French. They are buried at Beaver Meadows.

 

October 1, 1869 (Friday night.)   The regular meeting was not held on account of the dedication of the church at Beaver Meadow on the following Sabbath.

*  Historians note:  The following Sabbath would have been Octo­ber 3, 1869.

 

July 14, 1877: Miles Bennett was elected a trustee for the Free­will Baptist Church and was active at Beaver Meadows. However, Miles never appears on the official membership list at Beaver Meadows.

 

John Harsh and Thomas Hughes are trustees and officers for the Freewill Baptist Church but are also active at Beaver Meadows and buried there.

 

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