First Christian Church of
Page One of Record
Church records transcribed by Mrs. Martha
Lacock Nicholl, deceased, late of Washington, PA
presented the church with two notebooks she had prepared on the church's
One notebook is held by the church in Washington
the second notebook is held by the Disciple of Christ
Historical Society in Nashville, TN.
Submitted by Paula Schlichter Aug.
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
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
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)
PAGE ONE (CONTINUED)
of the sufferings and death of a crucified
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
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