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Church records transcribed by Mrs. Martha Lacock Nicholl, deceased, late of Washington, PA 
Mrs. Nicholl presented the church with two notebooks she had prepared on the church's history. 
One notebook is held by the church in Washington PA; 
the second notebook is held by the Disciple of Christ Historical Society in Nashville, TN.

Submitted by Paula Schlichter Aug. 2006



Washington, April 30th 1831

Baptist Church at this place met in church meeting, Elder WHEELER, presiding as moderator.  After the usual businefs (sic=business) had been disposed of Samuel Marshell arose and gave notice to the brethren that is (sic=it) was his intention to withdraw from the church and having briefly afsigned (sic=assigned) his reasons for the course he was about to pursue, requested that his name might be erased from the church book by the approbation of the church.  Brother R. B. CHAPLIN then arose and desired that his name might be joined with that of Brother MARSHELL in whatever the church might think proper to do in solution of his case. After some interchange of opinion and discufsion (sic=discussion) between Brother WHEELER and RUPLE, it was decided by a vote of the church, that the names of Brothers MARSHELL and CHAPLIN should be erased from the church book.


May 8th 1831

Lord's day a few brothers met at the house of Brother MARSHELL and after having engaged in reading the Scriptures, and in praise prayer and exhortation, it was proposed and agreed to that the brethren should meet at Brother CHAPLINs the Thursday evening following for the purpose of taking into consideration the propiety (sic=propriety?) of forming a church of Jesus Christ.


Thursday evening the 12th of May 1831

Met at brother CHAPLINs.  present brethren R. B. CHAPLIN, Henry LANGLY, Frederick HUFFMAN, Franklin DUNHAM and Samuel MARSHELL, sisters CHAPLIN, McDERMOT (sic=one t), H. ACKERAN* and Amanda MARSHELL.

The propiety of forming themselves into a church of Jesus Christ and taking for their only rule of Faith and Practice the Holy Scriptures and submitting themselves to teachings of the Holy Spostles(sic=Apostles) and Prophets was considered unanomously (sic=unanimously) agreed to.

The Brethren then viewing themselves in the character of a Church of Christ, appointed Brothers CHAPLIN and MARSHELL to preside at their meetings for worship and to administer the ordinances Lord's day following May 15th 1831.  Church met at brother CHAPLINs and for the first time in the new capacity, the brethren broke the Load (sic=Loaf **) in commenoration (sic=commemoration) 


of the sufferings and death of a crucified redeemer.

The above was taken from the handwriting of Samuel MARSHELL and here is recorded for the purpose of showing the origin of the church which meets at Williamsburg. - August 1, 1841.

(end of page two)

* Question - Is it possible the name was ACKERMAN, a well-known family in Washington?

** Page 3 clearly says "loaf" as it repeats the beginning history.


FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH OF WASHINGTON - FAMILIES OF MARTIN, CLARKE FAMILIES, with Markland, Michener, Baker, Loofman, Hamilton, Charlton, Valentine, Kline




Typed here exactly EXCEPT for the following additions:


(1) ***The word "sic=" was added by this Webmaster along with the word where an S was read as an F.
  Sometimes an A was read as an S.

(2) Surnames were put in CAPS to make it easier for internet users to spot names since this is a long document.

(3) Page numbers were added by this webmaster, to correspond to the numbering of the pdf submission.

(4) Asterisks added to include notes after each page, if needed

(5) The year was added in parenthesis on entries where the year was not written - I assume not written in the original.

(6) On lists of more than 6 names, this webmaster inserted the names onto a table, which should be read down the left column, down the middle column next, then down the right (on 3 cell tables) in order to read the entry exactly as it was transcribed.




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