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Information Card for Highland Brethren Church Cemetery

Washington County, Pennsylvania Cemetery Database  compiled by Gina Nestor, 2001.

Cemetery Name: Highland (Brethren Church) Cemetery 

Address: 456 Highland Ridge Road, Marianna, PA 15345

Phone: 412-267-3154

Location: Marianna, W. Bethlehem Twp., Washington Co., PA. Make rt. Off Lone Pine Road onto Little Creek Road. Highland Rd. is off Little Creek.  The church is on the right side of Highland Ridge Road.

Background: In about 1883, the denomination of "German Baptists" at the church now know as "Ten Mile Church of the Brethren" had a split in their congregation (as also happened in other German Baptist aka Dunkard churches in the early 1880s).  The original congregation followed strict rules about wearing certain attire, forbid dancing, and forbid other "worldly" activities that took a person away from their faith.  Some in the congregation wanted different rules, those which were viewed as more "Progressive".  So they formed the Highland Brethren Church and for many decades they were referred to as "Progressives" to distinguish them from the more strict "German Baptists" at Ten Mile.  (Note:  Nationwide, the German Baptists, also called Dunkards, officially changed their name to "Church of the Brethren."  Now, nationwide, there are still churches called Dunkard, who follow the strict rules, The Church of the Brethen, which follows less strict rules; and "Progressives" mostly fall under "Brethren Church" names.)

The "Progressives" at Highland Brethren Church were viewed, at the time, as being more worldly.  However, as decades have passed and more than a hundred years has now gone by, there is little differences now between the congregations at The Highland Brethren Church and at Ten Mile Church of the Brethren.  The two churches are less than 1 mile from each other, and have shared pastors for many years.

The Highland Brethren Church's congregation still meets and the cemetery is still used. 


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Washington County, Pennsylvania Cemetery Database  compiled by Gina Nestor, 2001.

Note: The numbering is not any reference to the cemetery records, if any exist at all.  Instead, the numbering is only a count on this alphabetical list.


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