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First Christian Church of Washington

Page 10, 11 and 12 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 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


June 20th 1844

Brother MILLIGAN informed the Church that Brother Henry MONIGER Sr. inashmush (sic=inasmuch) as he calculated to be (away) from home wished a letter of recommendation which was granted.

Aug 11th 1844 

Brother David LAMPLE  was excluded for absenting himself from the meeting.

Sep. 1st 1844

Brothers Hamilton VANKIRK and Henry LANGLY were appointed mefsengers (sic=messengers) to the Cooperation meeting which will meet at Holidays Cove Sep 13th 1844 and it was decided by a vote of the Church that they would not continue in the cooperation any longer.

Dec. 22nd 1844

Brother Robert ALJO who had been immersed by Brother Wesley LAMPLE was admitted into the Church.

Jany. 5th 1845 

Brother Wm. LACOCK was excluded for absenting himself from the meetings.

Jany 21st 1845

Sister Margaret HUGHES who had been immersed by Brother Richard WILLIAMS was admitted into the Church.

Feby. 2nd 1845 

Brother Wm. VANKIRK who had been immersed by Brother Richard WILLIAMS was admitted into the Church.

Feby. 16th 1845

Brother John L. DYE was excluded for absenting himself from the meetings of the Church and refusing to afsign (sic=assign) any reasons for said absence or make up any explanation at present requiring two or three weeks.

June 1st (1844)

A letter of recommendation was granted to Mary HENDRICK (formerly Mary WHITE).

June 3rd (1844)

Sister Sarah BEACH departed this life in her 27th year of sonsumption (sic=consumption).

June 15th (1844)

Sister Eloner HODGLIN was received by letter from the Portland Church leffers? on County Ohio (Webmaster's note: this line was double-checked against the pdf-original version)

July 14th (1844)

Brother Saml. ANDREW departed this life at 7 (and) 1/2 oclock (sic-o'clock) AM



Sep. 28th (1844) 

Brother Henry MONINGER requested a letter of dismifsal (sic=dismissal) and recommendation which was not granted on cause _____ of certain charges which the church at Pleasant Valley intended to prefer against him.

Oct. 19th (1844)

Brother Lyman P. STREATOR was was admitted into the Church by letter from Windham Portage County Ohio.  

(space added) The following communication was read

Pleasant Valley Oct. 12 1844
The Church of Jesus Christ at Pleasant Valley to the Church at Williamsburg (Webmaster's Note: a few miles from Washington PA) greeting (sic): Dear Brethren, Whereas Henry MONINGER Sen. being a member of your church has for a time been troublesome to us we do hereby enter our complaint to you and ask for an investigation of his case and first we charge him with being disordly (sic=disorderly) in our meetings, secondly with prevarication, thirdly with a violation of the Lords day, fourthly with slandering the church.
Done by order of the Church
Saturday the 1st day of November at 2 o'clock P.M. was fixed for the trial of Henry MONINGERS (sic=Moninger's) case.  Henry LANGLY was appointed Moderator, who, having called upon the parties in order to ascertain whether they were ready in reply to which he was informed by Brother STREATOR that the church at Pleasant Valley had rescinded their former proceedings and in cause ____ of which the charges were withdrawn. The Moderator decided inasmuch as the charges were withdrawn there was no case before the Church.  On motion of Brother Robert MILLIGAN, It was resolved that the church.




shall appoint a time for the investigation of Brother MONINGERS (sic=Moninger's) case.  It was further resolved that Brother MILLIGAN and Brother Franklin NICHOAL be a committee in order to ascertain the charges against Brother MONINGER and make report to the Church.

Lords (sic=Lord's) day Nov. 9th 1845

Brother Henry NEWCOMER was received by letter Lords day Nov. 11th 1845. Brothers Richard WILLIAMS and Hamilton VANKIRK were ordained as Evangelists by prayer and the imposition of hands of Brothers Robert MILLIGAN, Saml NICHOAL, Joshua MARTIN, Alex VANKIRD (sic=VANKIRK probably) and Jas. C. CHAMBERS.  A letter was directed to be given to Brother Richard WILLIAMS certifying the fact of his ordination.
The following report was read by Brother MILLIGAN.
The members of the Committee who were appointed on the 1First (sic) by the church at Williamsburg to inquire to effect the reputation and Christian character of Henry MONINGER Sen. having investigated the matter so far as they think they were required by the duties of their appointment would now report that they have ascertained that said Henry MONINGER is charged with the following crimes and improprieties, First
That he has on several occasions acted disordly (sic=disorderly) in the meetings of the church at Pleasant Valley.
Drvond - (sic=Second) - That on one occasion he violated the sacred obligations of the Lords (sic=Lord's) day, by paying to Robert DOAK a sum of money on the day of sacred rest.
Third - That he is guilty of falsehood having presented a letter to the Church at Pleasant Valley for membership which fact he afterwards denied. 
Fourth - That he has slandered the Pleasant Valley Church or at least some of its members by stating that they had entered into a combination against him to injure his reputation, peace and happinefs (sic=happiness).



The spellings were double-checked against the pdf file of the original typing. 



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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