First Christian Church of Washington
Page 2 of Record
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
One notebook is held by the church in Washington PA;
the second notebook is held by the Disciple of Christ Historical Society in
Submitted by Paula
Schlichter Aug. 2006
PAGE TWO of original:
The Church of Disciples or Christians that meets
in the Brick meeting house in Williamsburg, 2 miles east of Washington Penn, was
organized at the house of Brother Richard B. CHAPLIN, Washington, on Thursday
evening the 12th of May 1831. The persons present at the occasion were
Brothers Richard B. CHAPLIN, James MARSHELL, Henry LANGLY, Frederick HUFFMAN and
Franklin DUNHAM, sister Sophia CHAPLIN, Jane McDERMOT (sic=one t), Hannah
ACKERAM* and Hannah* MARSHELL who after mature deliberation agreed to form
themselves into a church, having Faith and Practice, the Holy Scripture and
submitting themselves to the teachings of the Jesus Christ and the Apostles;
they also appointed Brothers R. B. CHAPLIN and James MARSHELL
and Prophets was considered unanomously (sic=unanimously) agreed to preside at
their meetings for worship and to administer the ordinances.
On the Lord's day May 15th 1831 The Church met at
brother CHAPLINs for the first time and broke the loaf in commenoration
(sic=commemoration) of the sufferings and death of
Since which they continued to meet, at the houses
of R. B. CHAPLIN, James MARSHELL, and the school house on
Henry Vankirk's ______ farm, four miles south of Washington until some time in
the fall of 1836, when they removed to the brick meeting house which was built
by the church.
From the organization of the Church, until the
1st day of April 1841 there have been several large meetings; a considerable
number immersed, who principally in connection with several from other churches
were from time to time admitted into the church, during the same time a few were
excluded for misconduct, four or five died, several absenteed, & a
considerable number removed beyond the bounds: also during the same period,
Brothers Henry LANGLY, Robert TENOR, Daniel CARTER, Hamilton VANKIRK were
appointed to preside in the meetings, and Brother Richard
B. CHAPLIN who had removed to the State of Ohio and returned was reappointed
(sic), and Brother Hamilton VANKIRK by order of the church was granted a letter
of recommendation as an Evangelist.
(PAGE TWO CONTINUATION STARTED IN THE ABOVE
The above is a mere sketch of the History of the
Congregation of Disciples that meets in the Brick house in Willamsburgh from its
organization to the 1st day of April which day the following named persons were
|Richard B. CHAPLIN
Wm. Robert TENOR
Ruth VANKIRK ___
Maragaret BEEBOUT *
Wm. John BIRCH
Elija I. MARTIN
Suran STONE (Sarah???)
Joshua MARTIN Sen.
* The spellings were double-checked against the
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