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Preserving and Celebrating Our United Methodist Heritage in Central and Northeast Pennsylvania

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BABCOCK, HARRY F.

 

Born: 3-27-1886  Blackwell PA                                 married: Jessie Reed

Died: 8-17-1971                                                          obit: [7/11/1888 – 11/16/1976]

 

1911    license, recommended by Osceola Mills

1912    admitted on trial

1914    ordained deacon

1916    ordained elder

 

Interment: [Riverview, Huntingdon PA]?

Obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1972, 386

 

1911-13           Center-Sandy Ridge

1913-17           Bakerton

1917-21           Half Moon     

1921-24           student, Penn State University in State College

1924-28           Lewisburg      

1928-35           Bloomsburg    

1935-42           State College St. Paul’s

1942-43           York First       

1943-46           superintendent, Altoona District

1946-49           Carlisle

1949-50           sabbatical leave

1950-53           Pleasant Gap  

1953                retired 

 

Note: Rev. Babcock is listed in the 1945 Prominent Personalities In American Methodism.

 



BAER, GUY RICHARD

 

Born: 7-17-1934  Warrensville PA                             married: Eleanor Grace Frey

Died:                                                                           obit:

 

1954    license, Pennsylvania Conference United Brethren (OC) denomination

1966    ordained deacon

1968    ordained elder

 

Interment:

Obit:

 

1954-55           Mt. Vernon

1955-58                      Etna Avenue, Huntington IN

1958-63           Pleasant Hill

1963-64           Cold Springs

1964-66           assistant, Chambersburg King Street

1966                transfer to Central Pennsylvania Conference of the Methodist Church

1966-70           assistant, Chambersburg St. Paul

1970-74           Altoona Greenwood

1974-81           associate director, Conference Council on Ministries

1981-92           Shiremanstown

1992-96           Bellefonte Faith

1996                retired

 

Note: Guy Baer is the father of Timothy R. Baer of the Susquehanna Conference.

 


 

BAGNELL, ROBERT

 

Born: 8-10-1865  Philadelphia PA                              married: Mary Elizabeth Wallace

Died: 4-24-1946  Philadelphia PA                              obit: [3/?/1867 – 11/24/1960]

 

1884    admitted on trial, Upper Iowa Conference

1888    ordained, Upper Iowa Conference

 

Interment: Harrisburg Cemetery, Harrisburg PA

Obit: West Virginia Conference 1946, 123

 

                        Iowa

1889                transfer to Northwest Iowa Conference

                        Iowa

1901                transfer to New York Conference

1901-07           NYC Metropolitan Temple

1907                transfer to New York East Conference

1907-14           Brooklyn Janes

1914                transfer to Philadelphia Conference

1914-17           Philadelphia Park Avenue

1917                transfer to Central Pennsylvania Conference

1917-33           Harrisburg Grace

1933                transfer to West Virginia Conference

1933-37           Charleston Christ

1937                retired

 

Note: Rev. Bagnell is the author of Economic and Moral Aspects of the Liquor Business, and is listed in the 1916 Who’s Who in American Methodism.



 

BAILOR, DONALD ELLIS SR

 

Born: 1-11-1928                                                          married: Bernice Jean Shaffner

Died: 12-2-2007                                                          obit: [1994, 472]

                                                                                    married2: Mary Lou Longenecker

1967    license, recommended by Newton Hamilton  obit:

1970    ordained deacon

1971    admitted as associate member

 

Interment: Old Church Hill Cemetery, Port Royal PA

Obit: 2008, ?

 

1967-75           Ramey

1975-83           Millerstown (ending 8/1/1983)

1983-89           Lewisberry (beginning 8/1/1983)

1989-93           Fayetteville Otterbein

1993                retired

 

Note: The first Mrs. Bailor is the daughter of L. Earl Shaffner and niece to Thomas M. Stone.


 

BAIR, ELWOOD LEROY

 

Born: 5-24-1914  Montgomery PA                             married: Audrey Mary Shilling

Died: 2-24-1976                                                          obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1986,425

 

1932    license, recommended by Williamsport Calvary

1943   admitted on trial

1943    ordained deacon

1945    ordained elder

 

Interment: Twin Hills Memorial Park, Lycoming County PA

Obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1976, 2:144

 

1936-38           Karthaus

1938-41           Lock Haven circuit

1941-43           Littlestown  

1943-47           Doylesburg     

1947-52           Lewistown Grove Memorial & Lake Park

1952-57           Warriors Mark

1957-62           Montoursville

1962-67           Hanover         

1967-71           Waynesboro   

1971-76           Chambersburg St. Paul’s

 

Note: Elwood L. Bair is listed in the 1966 Who’s Who in the Methodist Church.

 



BAKER, EDGAR RAYMOND

 

Born: 1-31-1909                                                          married: Helen _____

Died: 8-6-1999                                                            obit:

 

1963    license, recommended by Benton

1966    ordained deacon

1968    ordained elder

1969    admitted as associate member

 

Interment: Wesley Chapel, Berwick PA

Obit: [2000, 334]

 

1963-69           Muncy Valley

1969-70           Unityville

1970-75           Muncy Valley

1975                retired

                             1975-79  Muncy Valley

                             1981        Shickshinny (2/1/1981 – 7/1/1981)

 



BAKER, ELMER G.

 

Born: 4-23-1852  Alexandria PA                                married: Sarah E. Summerson

Died: 12-13-1910  Espy PA                                       obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1938,231

 

1885     admitted on trial, recommended by Lewisburg

 

Interment: Espy Cemetery [or Wildwood Cemetery, Williamsport PA?]

Obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1911, 126

 

1885-86           Hyner-North Bend

1886-89           Three Springs 

1889-92           Town Hill

1892-97           Airville

1897-99           Conyngham    

1899-03           Newport         

1903-05           York Epworth  

1905-07           Picture Rocks 

1907-08           Barnesboro     

1908                retired 



 

BAKER, GEORGE W.

 

Born: 8-29-1856                                                          married: Mary Anna Ebbs

Died: 4-4-1915                                                            obit: Southwest Kansas 1918, 98

 

1876    admitted on trial

 

Interment:

Obit: Southwest Kansas Conference 1916, 43

 

1876-77           West Creek    

1877-78           Cove

1878                transfer to Kansas Conference

1882-83           McConnellstown, Central Pennsylvania Conference

1883-85           Port Matilda, Central Pennsylvania Conference

1885-86           Coalport, Central Pennsylvania Conference

 



BAKER, HARRY W.

 

Born: 1863 PA                                                            married:

Died:                                                                           obit:

 

1895    admitted on trial, recommended by Huntingdon First

 

Interment:

Obit:

 

1895-96                      Hastings

1896                transfer to California Conference

1906                on leave

1911                retired

1913                located at own request

1919-20           Sacramento Oak Park

 

Note: A biographical sketch of Harry W. Baker appears in the 1913 History of Sacramento County CA, page 992. 



 

BAKER, TRUMAN LEROY

 

Born:                                                                           married:

Died:                                                                           obit:

 

Interment:      

Obit:

 

1956-62           Half Moon

1962-65           Doylesburg

1965-66           Wast Waterford

1966-68           Enola

                        became a pastor in the United Church of Christ       

 

Note:  Truman L. Baker served as a local pastor.



 

BAKER, W.J.

 

Born:                                                                           married:

Died:                                                                           obit:

 

Interment:      

Obit:

 

1921-22           Rouzerville

 

Note:  W.J. Baker served as a local pastor.  He is otherwise unknown.



 

BALDWIN, AMOS SMITH

 

Born: 9-21-1854  Shirleysburg PA                             married: Kate McCulloch

Died: 8-25-1905  Sunbury PA                                    obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1944, 234

 

?          quarterly conference license, Liverpool

1875    admitted on trial, recommended by Liverpool

 

Interment:  Newton Hamilton

Obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1906, 114

 

1874-75           Liverpool        

1875-76           Gettysburg

1876-77           Saxton            

1877-78           Port Royal

1878-80           McVeytown

1880-82           Rays Hill        

1882-85           Ennisville       

1885-88           Newton Hamilton      

1888-90           Waynesboro

1890-91           on leave          

1891-92           Fort Littleton 

1892-93           Newport         

1893-95           Muncy

1895-97           Milton            

1897-00           Clearfield       

1900-02           Lewistown Trinity

1902-04           superintendent, Juniata Distirct

1904-05           superintendent, Danville District

 

Note: An obituary notice for Amos S. Baldwin appears in the 8/31/1905 Christian Advocate.  A memoir appears in the 11/16/1905 Christian Advocate, page 1847.



 

BALL, RITCHIE FLEENOR.

 

Born:                                                                           married: Florence Ethel Jones

Died:                                                                           obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1984, 385

                                                                                    married2: Dorse _____

1957    license, recommended by Clearville               obit2:

1963    ordained deacon

1965     ordained elder

1971    admitted as associate member

 

Interment:

Obit:

 

1957-65           Clearville (beginning 7/15/1957, ending 2/4/1965)

1965-70           Delta (beginning 2/5/1965)

1970-74           Delta-Bryansville

1974                retired



 

BANER, ALBERT L.

 

Born: 11-7-1896                                                          married: Phoebe Sharpe

Died: 3-31-1984                                                          obit: Central New York Conference 1952,130

 

1924    admitted on trial, New Jersey Conference

1924    ordained deacon, New Jersey Conference

1926    ordained elder, New Jersey Conference

 

Interment:

Obit: Southern New Jersey Conference 1984,

 

1920-21           student, Dickinson College

                             1920-21  Newville

1921-24           student, Drew Seminary in Madison NJ

                              1921-24  Woodruff & Rosenhayn   

1924-27           Aura

1927-28           director of religious education, Camden Central-Tabernacle

1928-33           Trenton Hamilton Avenue

1933-36           Red Bank First

1936-40           Vineland First

1940-41           superintendent New Brunswick District

1941-45           superintendent, Camden District

1945                transfer to Central New York Conference

1945-58           Syracuse First

1958-61           Syracuse First (merged with Centenary)

1961-62           sabbatical

1962                transfer to New Jersey Conference

1962                retired

 


 

BANKS, WILLIAM WHITE

 

Born: 8-13-1879  Salisbury MD                                 married: Daisy Maud Elliott

Died: 10- 26-1964  Clearfield PA                              obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1959,258

 

1907    admitted on trial

 

Interment:  Mt. Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Enola PA

Obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1965, 351

 

1905-07           Rehoboth (starting fall 1905) 

1907-10           Enola-West Fairview 

1910-13           Enola  

1913-17           Hazleton Diamond Street 

1917-21           Emporium      

1921-25           Williamsport Mulberry Street

1925-31           Altoona Juniata First

1931-36           Shamokin Lincoln Street

1936-42           Roaring Spring

1942-49           Clearfield Trinity

1949-52           Jersey Shore First

1952                retired

                             1953-56  Shawville

                             1958-60  Wallaceton         



 

BARDINE, BRUCE ROBERT SR.

 

Born: 12-6-1920                                                          married: Darthea _____

Died: 6-9-2004                                                            obit:

 

1967    license, recommended by Mt. Union First

1970    ordained deacon

 

Interment:

Obit: (none)    

 

1966-67           Robertsdale

1967-71           Hustontown

1971-78           Altoona Wesley-Asbury

1978-80           Salladasburg

1980-83           Montoursville Bethel

1983                retired

                             1983-87  Shade Valley (beginning 8/1/1983)



 

BARNARD, CHARLES H.

 

Born:                                                                           married:

Died:                                                                           obit:

 

1865    license

1886    ordained elder, recommended by Ashland

 

Interment:

Obit: [1907, 64]

 

1887-90           Helfenstein

1891-05           Fountain Spring (near Ashland)

 

Note: Charles H. Barnard lived in Ashland and served as a local pastor.

 



BARNER, GLENN ALLISON

 

Born: 9-8-1918  Meiserville PA                                  married: Mary Edith Wigfield

Died: 6-24-1993                                                          obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1994, 473

 

1958    license, recommended by Altoona Simpson

1963    ordained deacon

1965    ordained elder

1969    admitted as associate member

 

Interment: Alto Rest Burial Park, Altoona PA

Obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1993, 454

 

1958-64           Newton Hamilton

1964-69           Williamsport Grace (beginning 11/1/1964, ending 3/1/1969)

1969-75           Warrior’s Mark (beginning 3/1/1969)

1975-85           Altoona Greenwood

1985                retired

                             1986-92  Manor Hill



 

BARNES, JAMES ELMER

 

Born: 10-15-1926  Lancaster PA                                married: Necia Jane Niswander

Died: 10-1-2003  Palmyra PA                                    obit:

 

1960    license, recommended by Saint Thomas        

1966    admitted on trial

1966    ordained deacon

1968    ordained elder

 

Interment: Rolling Green Memorial Gardens, Camp Hill PA

Obit: 2004, 358

 

1944-47           US Army

1947-60           E.C. Barnes & Son Oil Distributors

1960-64           Rouzerville     

1964-65           Fort Loudon

1965-70           Mount Nebo   

1970-76           Spry Otterbein

1976-83           New Kingstown

1983-87           Lemoyne Grace

1987                retired

                             1987-92  Mt. Rock



 

BARNES, SAMUEL

 

Born: 4-5-1827  Luzerne County PA                         married:

Died: 1-14-1912                                                          obit:

 

1853    admitted on trial, Baltimore Conference

 

Interment:

Obit: Philadelphia Conference 1912, 97

           

1853-54           Milton circuit

1854-55           Muncy

1855-56           Berwick

1856-58           Milton

1858                charter member of East Baltimore Conference

1858-59           Milton-Montoursville

1859-61           Bedford

1861-62           East Baltimore           

1862                transfer to West Virginia Conference

1862-64           Wheeling Fourth Street

1864-65           Lewistown

1865-68           North Baltimore         

1868                charter member of Central Pennsylvania Conference

1868-70           Chambersburg            

1870-74           superintendent, Danville District

1874                transfer to Philadelphia Conference

1874-77           Pottsville

1877-80           Philadelphia Twelfth Street

1880-81           Frankford Paul Street & Aramingo

                        Rehoboth

                        Philadelphia St. George’s

1886-89           Philadelphia Nineteenth Street

1889-93           associate, Philadelphia Park Avenue

1893                retired

 

Note: A biographical sketch of Samuel Barnes appears in Simpson’s 1876 Cyclopedia of Methodism.



 

BARNES, WILLIAM HENRY

 

Born: 7-18-1919  Gillette PA                                     married: Ruby Luella Hamilton

Died: 8-25-1985  Sayre PA                                        obit:

 

1964    license, recommended by Jackson Center

1967    ordained deacon

1970    admitted as associate member

 

Interment: Jackson Center Cemetery, Jackson Center PA

Obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1986, 426

 

1963                Millerton (Feb – Jun)

1963-69           Genesee (ending 8/24/1969)

1969-84           Burlington-East Smithfield (beginning 8/24/1969)

1984                retired

                             1984  Burlington-East Smithfield (until 7/18/1984)



 

BARNETT, FRED

 

Born:                                                                           married:

Died:                                                                           obit:

 

Interment:

Obit:

 

1927-28           Allegheny circuit

 

Note: served as a local pastor.  He is otherwise unknown.



 

BARNHART, THOMAS

 

Born: 5-22-1823                                                          married: Hannah Hall

Died: 5-8-1880                                                            obit: Des Moines Conference 1903,386

 

1845     admitted on trial, Baltimore Conference

 

Interment:

Obit: Des Moines Conference 1880, 47

 

1845-46           Clearfield

1846-47           Sunbury          

1847-48           Huntingdon

1848-49           Lycoming

1849-51           Jersey Shore   

1851-53           Bloomingdale             

1853-55           Northumberland         

1855-57           Berwick          

1857-58           Clearfield-Curwensville

1858                charter member of East Baltimore Conference

1858-59           Clearfield-Curwensville

1859-61           Williamsburg  

1861-63           Cumberland   

1863-65           Chambersburg

1865-68           superintendent, Juniata District

1868                charter member of Central Pennsylvania Conference

1868-69           superintendent, Juniata District

1869-72           Tyrone

1872-75           Phillipsburg    

1875                retired             

1876                transfer to Des Moines Conference

 

Note: A memoir for Thomas Barnhart also appears in The Conference News for June 1880, page 5.



 

BARNITZ, ALEXANDER McCLAIN [aka McCLEAN]

 

Born: 6-13-1824  York PA.                                        married: Sarah Elizabeth Gray

Died: 1-18-1903  York PA                                         obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1911, 133

 

?          quarterly conference license, York

1849   admitted on trial, Baltimore Conference, recommended by York

 

Interment:

Obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1903, 108

 

1849-50           Bellefonte circuit

1850-51           Williamsport   

1851-52           Bloomingdale 

1852-53           Carlisle circuit

1853-55           Newville         

1855-56           Clearfield-Curwensville       

1856-58           Penn’s Valley             

1858                charter member of East Baltimore Conference

1858-60           Huntingdon    

1860-62           Manor Hill      

1862-64           Berwick          

1864-66           Danville          

1866-68           Espy-Light Street

1868                charter member of Central Pennsylvania Conference

1868-71           Mifflin            

1871-74           Everett                       

1874-76           York First

1876-78           Ashland          

1878-81           Milton            

1881-84           Mifflinburg                

1884-86           Shickshinny    

1886-89           Catawissa                   

1889-94           York Duke Street

1894-98           New Cumberland       

1898-00           York West Street

1900                retired

 

Note:  Alexander M. Barnitz is the father of Charles M. Barnitz.  A biographical sketch appears in Armstrong’s The Old Baltimore Conference, page 328.  There is a memoir in the 5-14-1907 NY Christian Advocate, page 807.  He is a brother to Rev. Samuel B. Barnitz of the Lutheran Church.  Mrs. Barnitz was one of eight sisters, five of whom married Methodist ministers: Anna married Presley Smith, Margaret married Dennis Dorsey of the Missouri Conference, Frances married Samuel Regester, Elmira married Abram Creighton. 



 

BARNITZ, CHARLES McCLEAN

 

Born:                                                                           married: Mazie A. Frank

Died:                                                                           obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1921, 145

 

1892    admitted on trial

 

Interment:

Obit:

 

1892-94           Audenreid      

1894-97           Riverside        

1897-98           Centralia         

1898-00           Weatherly

1900-03           Harrisburg Curtin Heights

1903-06           Osceola          

1606-11           on leave          

1911-12           Riverside

1912-18           on leave          

1918-21           retired (?)

1921-24           on leave          

1924                retired 

1927                withdrew under complaint

 

Note: Charles M. Barnitz is the son of Alexander M. Barnitz.

 



BARR, WILLIAM HUBERT

 

Born: 10-25-1925  Altoona PA                                  married: Phyllis J. Hyatt

Died: 12-30-2002  Hollidaysburg PA                         obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1996,405

 

1949    license

1955    admitted on trial, recommended by Juniata Gethsemane

1955    ordained deacon

1957    ordained elder

 

Interment: Alto Reste Park, Altoona PA

Obit: 2003, 375

 

1950-52           Rehoboth 

1952-57           Cherry Tree 

1957-66           Altoona Jaggard

1966-71           Jersey Shore First

1971-83           Gettysburg

1983-91           Altoona First

1991                retired



 

BARRETT, ARTHUR G.

 

Born:                                                                           married:

Died:                                                                           obit:

 

Interment:      

Obit:

 

1965-66           Hunlock Creek

 

Note:  Arthur Barrett served as a local pastor.

 


 

BARRETT, OWEN C.

 

Born: 5-21-1890                                                          married: Flora Bessie Briggs

Died: 8-20-1976                                                          obit: Central New York Conference 1967, 186

 

1920    admitted on trial, Central New York Conference

 

Interment:

Obit: Central New York Conference 1977, ?

 

1914-16           New Albany

1918                Laquin 

1918-21           Enfield-Hennedys

1921-25           East Canton               

1925-26           East Canton-Beach Flats

1926-33           East Troy-Leona        

1933-37           Blossburg       

1937-47           East Smithfield-Big Pond-Wetona

1947-52           Daggett-Roseville-Webbs Mills

1952-58           East Canton-Windfall-West Franklin

1958                retired             

                             1960-62  associate, Troy

                             1962        [transfer to Central Pennsylvania Conference – see Note below]

                             1962-70  associate, Troy   

 

Note: Troy, and most of the present Wellsboro District, was moved from the Central New York Conference to the Central Pennsylvania Conference in 1962.  Even though the Central Pennsylvania Conference journal lists Owen Barrett as a member, and he was serving part-time as an associate at Troy until 1970, he officially remained a member of the Central New York Conference – i.e., he was never a member of the Central Pennsylvania Conference and the journal is in error on that point from 1962 to 1970.



 

BARTER, MERRILL EMERSON

 

Born: 7-11-1894  East Weymouth MA                      married: Martha Ricker

Died: 9-18-1973                                                          obit:

 

1917    ordained, Christian and Missionary Alliance Church

 

Interment: Fairmont Cemetery, East Weymouth MA

Obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1974, 417

 

1917-29           missionary, Belgian Congo

1929-31           ?

1931                enters Baptist ministry

1931-35           Wardsboro VT

1935-42           Wilmington VT

1942-48           Parkersburg PA

1948-54           Wildwood Crest NJ Community Church

1954-58           Patton PA

1958-59           ?

1959                local pastor, Central Pennsylvania Conference of the Methodist Church

1959-60           New Millport

1960-62           Three Springs

1962-68           Houtzdale

1968                retired

                        1968-73  Houtzdale

 



BARTH, FRANCIS LOUIS

 

Born: 10-18-1924  Florence SC                                  married: Joan _____

Died:                                                                           obit:

 

1944    license, recommended by Brightwood Park, Washington DC

1950    ordained deacon

1951   admitted on trial

1952    ordained elder

 

1945-47           Mill Spring NC (beginning 11/1/1945), North Carolina Conference    

1947-52           Three Springs

1952-58           Duncansville  

1958-62           Mill Hall (beginning 11/15/1968)

1962-67           Sunbury Catawissa Avenue (ending 12/1/1967)

1967-78           Everett            (beginning 12/1/1967)

1978-84           Red Lion St. Paul’s

1984-90           superintendent, New Cumberland District

1990-93           Lewistown Grace

1993                retired

 

Note: F. Louis Barth is listed in the 1966 Who’s Who in The Methodist Church, page 65.



 

BARTON, LAWRENCE BURGESS

 

Born: 4-11-1893  Unionville PA                                 married: Alma Amelia Corle

Died: 3-18-1972  Tyrone PA                                      obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1971,372

 

1918    license, recommended by Williamsport Calvary

1923    admitted on trial

1925    ordained elder

 

Interment: Wildwood Cemetery, Williamsport PA

Obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1972, 388

 

1921-26           Muncy Valley (beginning 6/21)

1926-29           Espy-Light Street       

1929-31           Claysburg       

1931-37           Hastings

1937-42           Sunbury Catawissa Avenue

1942-43           Williamsport High Street (ending12/1/43)

1943-50           Renovo (beginning 12/1/1943)

1950-55           Harrisburg Epworth

1955-59           Williamsport Faxon-Kenmar

1959                retired 



 

BASSLER, JAMES EARL

 

Born: 3-2-1893  Hyndman PA                                   married: Lillian Grace Bridenbaugh

Died: 6-23-1965  Williamsport PA                             obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1974, 435

 

1917    admitted on trial

 

Interment: Twin Hills Memorial Park, between Muncy and Montoursville PA

Obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1966, 332

 

1912-14           Washingtonville

1914-15           Jeddo-Lattimer

1916-18           associate, Williamsburg

1918-21           Birmingham   

1921-28           Alexandria     

1928-34           Enola  

1934-43           Williamsport Market Street

1943-48           Barnesboro-Bakerton 

1948-51           Nescopeck      

1951-55           Flemington     

1955-58           Ashland

1958                retired 

 

Note: J. Earl Bassler is the preferred rendering.

 



BASTIAN, CLYDE C.

 

Born: 3-13-1909                                                          married: Sylvia Erilla Bierly

Died: 3-5-2005                                                            obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1973, 382

 

1968     license, recommended by Williamsport Newberry

 

Interment: Linwood Cemetery, McElhattan PA

Obit: (none)

 

1968-70           assistant, Picture Rocks (ending 12/31/69)

1970-71           McElhattan (beginning 1/1/70)

1971                retired

 



BASTUSCHECK, BURTON CHARLES

 

Born: 8-15-1910  Drums PA                                       married: Ruth Peters

Died: 11-14-1995                                                        obit: Oregon Conference 1963,96

                                                                                    married2: Gladys Laura Shank

1936    admitted on trial                                             obit2: Oregon-Idaho Conference 1997, 210

1937    ordained deacon

1938    ordained elder

 

Interment:

Obit: Oregon-Idaho Conference 1996, 198

 

1931-32           Mahaffey       

1932-35           Half Moon     

1935-37           Picture Rocks 

1937-39           Harveyville     

1939-42           White Haven  

1942-44           Weatherly       

1944-47           Altoona Fairview

1947-49           McConnellsburg         

1949                transfer to Iowa Conference

1949-54           director, Van Buren Country Group Ministry in Keosauqua IA

1954-64           faculty, Willamette University in Salem OR

1964-68           Clackamus County Group Ministry in Mt. Angel OR

 

Note: Burton C. Bastuscheck is listed in the 1966 Who’s Who in the Methodist Church, page 68.



 

BATTENHOUSE, HENRY MARTIN

 

Born: 8-27-1885                                                          married: Sarah L. _____

Died: 3-23-1960                                                          obit: Detroit 1962,768

 

1911    admitted on trial, Colorado Conference

 

Interment:

Obit: Detroit Conference 1960,235

 

1909                graduate, Baldwin-Wallace College

1911-20           Colorado Conference

1919-20           faculty, Dickinson College

1920                transfer to Central Pennsylvania Conference

1920-29           faculty, Penn State University

1929                transfer to Detroit Conference

1929-?             faculty, Albion College

?                      retired

 

Note: English Professor Dr. Henry M. Battenhouse is the author of This Seed of Faith, English Romantic Writers (1958), Christ in the Gospels: An Introduction to His Life and Its Meaning (1952), and other books.  His collected papers are in the special collections of the Stockwell-Mudd Library at Albion College.

 


 

BAUGHMAN, GEORGE E.

 

Born: 2-8-1899  York PA                                           married:

Died: 11-9-1988  Cumberland MD                            obit:

 

1932    received by Maryland Conference of the Methodist Protestant Church

 

Interment:

Obit:

 

1926-29           Concord

1929                “transfer” to Maryland Conference of the Methodist Protestant Church

1929-31           Oak Grove and Prince George

1931-33           Bedford PA

1933-39           Cumberland First

1939                transfer by merger to Baltimore Conference of the Methodist Church

1939-46           Cumberland First

1946                voluntary location

 

Note: George E. Baughman served in the Methodist Episcopal Church as a local pastor.


 

BAUM, GORDON WINFIELD

 

Born:                                                                           married:

Died:                                                                           obit:

 

1952   admitted on trial

 

Interment:

Obit:

 

1952-53           at school

1953                transfer to Newark Conference

1953-57

1957-61           Staten Island Christ

 

Note: In 2003 Gordon W. Baum is listed as a retired member of the Greater New Jersey Conference.

 


 

BAUMAN, ERNEST

 

Born:                                                                           married:

Died:                                                                           obit:

 

Interment:

Obit:

 

1926-27           Trout Run

 

Note: Ernest Bauman served as a local pastor.  He is otherwise unknown.

 



BEAM, HERBERT PLANK

 

Born: 5-27-1896  Adams County PA                         married: Katharine Naomi Patterson

Died: 10-26-1978  Lancaster PA                                obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1984, 386

 

1920    license, recommended by Evanston IL First

1922    admitted on trial, Northwest Iowa Conference

 

Interment: Presbyterian Cemetery, Williamsburg PA

Obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1979, 328

 

1920-22           student, Garrett Theological Seminary in Evanston IL

                        1920-22  Thornton-Lansing IL, Rock River Conference (10/1/20 – 8/30/22)

1922-25           Oto (beginning 10/1/22)

1925                transfer to Central Pennsylvania Conference

1925-26           Claysburg       

1926-28           Bakerton        

1928-30           Orbisonia        

1930-33           Gettysburg     

1933-36           Harrisburg Trinity

1936-43           Williamsport Mulberry Street

1943-47           Tyrone First

1947-53           Altoona Eighth Avenue

1953-55           Shamokin Lincoln Street

1955-61           Lock Haven Trinity (beginning 10/1/1955)

1961-64           Enola  

1964                retired 

 


 

BEARD, CLYDE WILSON

 

Born: 2-26-1939                                                          married: Alma Jean Cole

Died:                                                                           obit:

 

1957    license, West Virginia Conference

1962    ordained deacon, West Virginia Conference

1964    admitted on trial, West Virginia Conference

1964    ordained elder, West Virginia Conference

 

Interment:

Obit:

 

1958-60           Albright

1960-64           Short Gap

1964-65           ?

1965                transfer to Central Pennsylvania Conference

1965-67           Mapleton-Mill Creek  1965-67

1967-68           Knoxville                    1967-68

1968                transfer to West Virginia Conference

1968-70           West Liberty-Short Creek

1970-73           Belle-Mt. Juliet

1973-81           Petersburg Main street

1981-83           Glen Dale

1983-90           Parkersburg Christ

1990-96           superintendent, Huntington District

1996-01           Elm Grove

2001                retired

 



BEARD, JOHN E.

 

Born: 4-27- 1878  Yorkana PA                                   married: Mary E. Birnstock

Died: 5-7-1949  York  PA                                          obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1948, 194

 

1905    admitted on trial, West Wisconsin Conference

 

Internment:  Canadochly Cemetery, York County PA

Obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1949, 193

 

1905-07           Muscoda

1907                transfer to Central Pennsylvania Conference

1907-12           Millerstown    

1912-15           Berwick Calvary

1915-18           Freeland

1918-22           Tyrone Columbia Avenue

1922-25           Carlisle

1925-30           Williamsport Newberry

1930-32           Altoona Eighth Avenue

1932                retired 

 


 

BEARD, RICHARD LEWIS

 

Born: 11-21-1932  Clearfield PA                               married: Carol Rowe Cook

Died:                                                                           obit:

 

1955    admitted on trial

 

Interment:

Obit:

 

1954-57           student, Boston University School of Theology in Boston MA

                        1956  Cuttyhank MA (summer)

                        1957  Popponessett MA (summer)    

1957-58           Wallaceton     

1958-59           at school         

1959-60           sabbatical leave

1960                transfer to New England Southern Conference

1960-64           Baltic and Versailles

1964                voluntary location



 

BEAVER, JACOB F.

 

Born:                                                                           married:

Died:                                                                           obit:

 

Interment:

Obit:

 

1922-26           assistant, Kulpmont

1926-29           ?

1929-34           Helfenstein

 

Note: Jacob F. Beaver served as a local pastor.  He is otherwise unknown.  His middle initial is sometimes given as S.



 

BECK, GEORGE PAUL SR

 

Born: 4-22-1880 Philadelphia PA                               married: Mary Orella Cramer

Died: 3-24-1961                                                          obit:

 

1909    admitted on trial, Philadelphia Conference

 

Interment:

Obit: Philadelphia Conference 1961, 562

 

1904-09           student, Dickinson College

                             1906-07  Boiling Springs & Pine Grove Furnace

                             1907-09  Green Village

1909                “transfer” to Philadelphia Conference

1909-13           Millersville

1913-18           Philadelphia Springfield Avenue

1918-22           Prospect Park

1922-27           Sharon Hill\

1927-29           Brookline

1929-34           Lansdale

1934-37           East Stroudsburg

1937-39           Wissinoming

1939-44           Philadelphia Simpson Memorial

1944-47           Norwood

1947-52           Philadelphia Lindley

1952                retired

                             1952-56  Ashland Avenue

 

 


 

BEDFORD, JOSEPH WILLIAM

 

Born: 12-5-1850  Fulton County PA                          married: Mary Catherine Furlow

Died:                                                                           obit: West Virginia Conference 1932, 112

 

1876     admitted on trial, West Virginia Conference

 

Interment:

Obit: West Virginia Conference 1947, 216

 

1873-74                      Schellsburg    

1874-76           Logan and Sandy circuit, West Virginia Conference

1876-78           Winfield WV

1878-81           Milton WV

1881-83           Barboursville WV

1883-85           Sinclair WV

1885-86           Deer Park MD

1886                transfer to Central Pennsylvania Conference

1886-88           Woodbury and Loysburg

1888-90           Snow Shoe

1890-92           Freeland

1892-94           White Haven  

1894                transfer to West Virginia Conference

Note: Joseph W. Bedford is a brother to Elias Cambridge Bedford (1855-1932) of the West Virginia Conference.  A brief biography appears on page 705 of Bradsby’s 1893 History of Luzerne County Part II: Biographical Sketches. Loysburg is listed as Pattonville in the conference journal; the village was called Morris Cove 1820-35, Loysburg 1835-44, Pattonville 1844-82, and Loysburg since 1882.



 

BEEMAN, VANDERBILT HAMILTON

 

Born: 11-25-1906  Frostburg MD                               married: Jennie Edna Hunt

Died: 3-27-1979                                                          obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1972, 401

                                                                                    married2: Patsy Ann Korman

1935    license, recommended by Frostburg MD        obit2:

1954    ordained deacon

1956    ordained elder

1970    admitted as associate member

 

Interment: Centre County Memorial Park, State College PA

Obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1979, 329

 

1945-50           Trout Run (beginning 6/1/45)

1950-53           Grampian (ending 10/1/53)

1953-59           Espy-Lightstreet  (beginning 10/1/53)

1959-60           Salona-Lamar

1960-63           Altoona Lakemont

1963-72           Port Matilda

1972                retired

                             1972-76  Fairbrook-Spruce Creek

 

Note: Rev. Beeman was still considered a layman, and there was no need for a transfer of conferences when he moved from Frostburg into Pennsylvania in 1943.

 



BEERS, ROBERT

 

Born: 2-13-1806  Concord PA                                   married:

Died: 2-15-1870  Cassville PA                                   obit:    

 

1835     admitted on trial, Baltimore Conference

 

Interment:  Jersey Shore PA

Obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1870, 63

 

1835-36           Northumberland

1836-37           Lewistown     

1837-38           Williamsburg  

1838-39           Deerfield

1839-41           Monroe

1841-43           Allegheny

1843-45           Clearfield

1845-47           Bloomingdale 

1847-49           Trough Creek 

1849-51           Shirleysburg   

1851-53           Concord         

1853-55           Stonerstown   

1855-56           on leave

1856-57           Bald Eagle     

1857                charter member of East Baltimore Conference

1857-58           Pine Creek      

1858-59           Jersey Shore               

1859-61           on leave

1861                retired

1868                charter member of Central Pennsylvania Conference

 

Note: A biographical sketch of Robert Beers appears in Armstrong’s The Old Baltimore Conference, page 332.



 

BEISHLINE, HERVIE G.

 

Born: c1893                                                                married:

Died:                                                                           obit:

 

1921     admitted on trial, recommended by Benton

 

Interment:

Obit:

 

1921-22           Jeddo-Milnesville

1922                discontinued



 

BEISHLINE, JOHN L.

 

Born: 6-9-1849  Columbia County PA                       married: Rachel R. Faus

Died: 10-8-1887  Buckhorn PA                                  obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1913, 142

 

1879    license, recommended by Wesley Chapel, Orangeville circuit

1884    ordained deacon, recommended by Muhlenburg circuit

1886    admitted on trial, recommended by Muhlenburg circuit

 

Interment:

Obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1888, 101

 

1883-86           Muhlenburg

1886-87           New Washington circuit

1887                Buckhorn                   

 

Note: Mrs. Beishline is a sister to Theodore S. Faus and an aunt to George W. Faus.



BELL, FRANK THOMPSON    

 

Born: 2-4-1869  Decatur IL                                        married: Marion Estelle Siebert

Died: 7-21-1924  Huntingdon PA                              obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1975, 166

 

1902    admitted on trial

 

Interment: Vira Cemetery

Obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1925, 157

 

1900                Manada Furnace-Paxton, Philadelphia Conference

1902-06           Gatchelville    

1906-11           Weatherly       

1911-18           Reedsville      

1918-21           Newport

1921-24           Bellwood

 

Note: Frank Thompson Bell is the nephew of J. Foster Bell.  He supplied in 1900 while a student at Dickinson.  He is the father of eminent historian Raymond M. Bell of the Western Pennsylvania Conference.  Some biographical information appears in the Ministerial Qualifications Book, page 34.



BELL, JAMES ELLIS

 

Born: 8-4-1846  Dry Valley, Mifflin County PA       married: Juniata Waters

Died: 3-21-1932  York PA                                         obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1930, 201

 

?          quarterly conference license, Logan

1878    admitted on trial, recommended by Williamsport

 

Interment: Prospect Cemetery, York PA

Obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1932, 169

 

1878-81           Williamsport Price Chapel [Grace]

1881-83           Duncannon

1883-86           Hollidaysburg

1886-89           Bedford

1889-93           Williamsport Grace

1893-98           Altoona Eighth Avenue

1898-00           Chambersburg

1900-06           superintendent, Altoona District

1906-11           York First, York

1911-16           Chambersburg

1916-17           Berwick First

1917-21           Mechanicsburg

1921                retired 

 

Note: James Ellis Bell is a brother of J. Foster Bell.  He is the uncle of John Thompson Bell (son of his brother J. Foster) and Frank Thompson Bell (son of his brother Samuel).  A memoir appears in the 4/14/1932 Christian Advocate, page 405.  His daughter Elsie is married to John W. Buckingham’s son Lewis.  Mrs. Bell is the daughter of Plummer E. Watters of the Baltimore Conference and step-daughter of James H. McGarrah.



 

BELL, JAMES W.

 

Born: 1845  Birmingham PA                                      married: Anna F. Levegood

Died: 1-9-1910                                                            obit: [4/15/1853 – 3/21/1950]

 

1872    admitted on trial, recommended by Williamsport circuit

1874    ordained deacon

1876    ordained elder

 

Interment: Wildwood Cemetery, Williamsport PA

Obit:

 

1870-71           Washington [Lamar] (beginning 2/1/1871)    

1871-72           Williamsport circuit

1872-73           Liberty Valley

1873-74           Leidy

1874-76           Pleasantville   

1876-78           McConnellstown

1878-80           Schellsburg     

1880-81           Milroy

1881-82           Three Springs 

1882                permitted to withdraw under charges (vote of 82 to 69)



 

BELL, JOHN FOSTER

 

Born: 10-17-1844  near Lewistown PA                      married: Maria Emery Naginey

Died: 3-5-1878  Lewistown PA                                 obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1933, 198

 

1869    admitted on trial

 

Internment: Brick Church, Reedsville PA

Obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1878, 70

 

1869-70           Warrior’s Mark

1870-73           Osceola

1873-75           Beech Creek

1875-76           Pine Grove

1876-78           Woodland

 

Note: J. Foster Bell is a brother of James Ellis Bell.  He is the father of John Thompson Bell and the uncle of Frank Thompson Bell.  A memoir also appears in The Conference News for April 1880, page 2.

 

 



BELL, JOHN THOMPSON   

 

Born: 7-10-1877  Woodland PA                                married: Claudia Kitchen

Died: 3-17-1922  Bedford PA                                                obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1933, 199

 

1900     admitted on trial

 

Interment: Easton PA

Obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1923, 130

 

1900-04           Blain   

1904-09           Yeagertown   

1909-12           Clearfield Eleventh Street

1912-17           Watsontown   

1917-21           Bedford

1921                retired 

 

Note: John Thompson Bell is the son of J. Foster Bell and a first cousin of Frank Thompson Bell.



 

BELL, SHERIDAN WATSON

 

Born: 12-21-1908  Cincinnati OH                              married: Elizabeth Rich

Died:  10-30-1982 Harrisburg PA                              obit: [d. 3-08-1999]

 

1936    license, recommended by Buckhanon WV First

1937    admitted on trial, Ohio Conference

1938    ordained elder, Ohio Conference

 

Interment: Woolrich PA

Obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1983, 397

 

1937-39           Columbus Indianola

1939-41           Columbus Shepherds-St. Paul’s

1941-43           Columbus Maple Grove

1943-45           chaplain, US Navy     

1945-46           Franklin

1946-50           Delaware William Street

1950                transfer to Central Pennsylvania Conference

1950-74           Harrisburg Grace

1974                retired

 

Note: Sheridan W. Bell Jr is the son of Sheridan W. Bell Sr (1864-1938) of the West Virginia Conference.


 

BELL, WILLIAM

 

Born:                                                                           married:

Died:                                                                           obit:

 

1886    ordained deacon, recommended by Philipsburg station

 

Interment:

Obit:

 

Note: William Bell served as a local pastor. 


 


 

BENDER, AMOS J.

 

Born: 7-31-1828  Bendersville PA                             married: Elizabeth Schleichter

Died: 6-30-1897  Dublin MD                                     obit:

 

1856    admitted on trial, Baltimore Conference

1859    ordained elder, East Baltimore Conference

 

Interment: Chambersburg PA

Obit: Baltimore Conference 1898, 61

 

1855-56           St. Mary’s circuit

1856-57           Frederick

1857                charter member of East Baltimore Conference

1857-58           Liberty

1858-59           Green Village

1859-60           Coalmont

1860-61           New Granada

1861-63           New Washington

1863-68           on leave for health reasons

1868                transfer to Baltimore Conference

1868-71           Allegany

1871-73           Harper’s Ferry

1873-76           Middletown

1876-78           Gorsuch

1878-79           Fletcher

1879-88           on leave for health reasons

                             1883-85  Loudon 

1888-92           St. Mary’s

1892-96           Severn

1896-98           North Harford

 

Note: Amos J. Bender is the father of Simpson A. Bender (1865-1940) of the East Main Conference and Elizabeth R. Bender, Methodist missionary to Japan.  This is believed to be the A.J. Bender who served Evangelical Association churches 1851-54 and is listed in the Evangelical pastor file.


 

BENDER, AQUILA REESE

 

Born: 12-17-1848  near York Springs PA                  married: (never married)

Died: 8-19-1881  New Market MD                            obit:

 

?          quarterly conference license, Carlisle

1875     admitted on trial, recommended by Carlisle

 

Interment:  Chambersburg

Obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1882, 75

 

1875-76           Shrewsbury    

1876-77           Mont Alto (resigning for health, August 1877)

1877-78           living in Greencastle

1878-81           vice principal, Wilmington Conference Academy at Dover DE

1881                 Dorchester circuit, Wilmington Conference

 


 

BENDER, HENRY RICHARD

 

Born: 3-18-1847  Bendersville PA                             married: Florence Salome VanFossen

Died: 10-26-1932  Northumberland PA                     obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1937, 272

 

?          quarterly conference license, Carlisle

1873    admitted on trial, recommended by Carlisle

1877    ordained elder

 

Interment: Chambersburg Cemetery

Obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1933, 182

 

1873-74           York Springs  

1874-75           Wellsville

1875-78           York Duke Street

1878-81           Stewartstown 

1881-83           Birmingham   

1883-86           Williamsport Mulberry Street

1886-90           Lock Haven Trinity

1890-92           Altoona Eighth Avenue

1892                transfer to Central New York Conference

1892-97           Auburn First

1897-01           Syracuse Centenary

1901-04           on leave          

1904                transfer to Central Pennsylvania Conference

1904-08           Lock Haven Trinity

1908-11           Chambersburg

1911-17           Clearfield Trinity

1917-20           Harrisburg Ridge Avenue

1920-26           Northumberland

1926                retired 

 

Note: Some sources list his birthplace as Petersburg [York Springs].  Henry R. Bender was present when President Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address.  He is the author of Twentieth Century Interpretation of Paul’s Epistle to the Ephesians (1905), The Problem of Consolation (1912), The Bible Devil (1917), Devils: Bible versus Pagan (1918), Walks with St. John (1929).  A memoir also appears in the 11/17/1932 Christian Advocate, page 1249.

 


 

BENDER, LaRUE GIRTON

 

Born: 5-31-1911  Muncy Valley PA                           married: Helen Shaw Metzger

Died: 5-29-1997  Lewisburg PA                                obit: 2000, 339

 

1944    license

1948    admitted on trial, recommended by Elysburg

1948    ordained deacon

 

Interment:

Obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1998, 428

 

1944-45           Catawissa circuit

1945-50           Elysburg

1950-54           McConnelsburg

1954-58           Altoona Grace

1958-63           South Williamsport    

1963-               Coudersport   

 

Note: LaRue Bender is the father of Richard W. Bender.  He has a nephew Donald Wayne Bender and a grandson Richard J. Bender in the Central Pennsylvania Conference United Methodist data base. He is listed in the 1966 Who’s Who in the Methodist Church, page 86.

 


 

BENDER, RICHARD WILLIAM

 

Born: 10-23-1935  Muncy PA                                    married: Janet Hunter

Died:                                                                           obit:

 

1964    license, recommended by South Williamsport

1966    admitted on trial

1966    ordained deacon

1969    ordained elder

 

Interment:

Obit:

 

1963-65           Oriole  (ending September 1965)

1965-69           student, Crozer Seminary in West Chaester PA

                             1965-68  Trenton NJ Hamilton Avenue (beginning October 1965)

                             1968        Millville NJ Fourth (Feb-Jun)

1969-77           McVeytown   

1977-79           Altoona Broad Avenue-Schumm Memorial

1979-               chaplain, Lewisburg United Methodist Home

 

Note: Richard W. Bender is the son of LaRue Bender.

 


 

BENFIELD, FRANK L.

 

Born:                                                                           married:

Died:                                                                           obit:

 

Interment:

Obit:

 

1918-19           Rehoboth

1923-24           Schuyler Lake Federated and Exeter Methodist, New York state

                        Episcopal priest, New York State

 

Note: Frank L. Benfield served as a local pastor.  He may have been a student at Dickinson College. 



 

BENFORD, JACOB POORMAN

 

Born: 3-5-1844  Mt. Pleasant PA                               married: Frances Emma Trescott

Died: 3-22-1913  Riverside PA                                  obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1920, 137

 

?          quarterly conference license, Uniontown in the Pittsburgh Conference

1874    admitted on trial, recommended by Philipsburg

 

Interment: Allentown PA.

Obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1914, 115

 

1873-74           Decatur

1874-75           Williamsburg  

1875-76           Bloomingdale 

1876-78           Beaver Meadow

1878-80           Hickory Run  

1880-81           Centralia

1881-83           Fairview-Marysville

1883-84           Lewisburg

1884-86           York Springs  

1886-89           Newville-Rehoboth

1889-92           Shrewsbury    

1892-94           Liverpool        

1894-97           York Ridge Avenue

1897-98           Jeanesville      

1898-00           Coalport-Irvonia

1900-03           Duncansville  

1903-11           Gordon

1911-13           Riverside        

 


 

BENFORD, WILLIAM H.

 

Born:                                                                           married: Rosalie A. Novallie

Died:                                                                           obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1902, 138

 

1892    admitted on trial, Wilmington Conference

 

Interment:

Obit:

 

1891-92           Centerville NJ, New Jersey Conference

1892-93           Vienna MD

1893-94           Woodside DE

1894-96           Royal Oak MD

1896-98           Bethel and Summit

1898-99           Mount Lebanon DE

1899                transfer to Central Pennsylvania Conference

1899-00           Shirleysburg   

1900-01           Ennisville       

1901-02           Clearville        

1902-04           Jamison City

1904-08           Benton           

1908                withdrew

1926-27           Elimsport & Maple Hill

 



BENNETT, ERWIN DAVID

 

Born: 9-13-1907  Syracuse NY                                  married: Doris Muriel Larkins

Died: 1-20-1983  Altoona PA                                                obit: 2004, 360

 

1927    license, recommended by Watertown NY Asbury

1932    admitted on trial, Northern New York Conference

 

Interment: Arlington National Cemetery

Obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1983, 399

 

1932-34           Hammond      

1934-35           Mount Pleasant

1935-38           Oswego Center

1938-39           at school         

1939-40           Constantia-West Monroe

1940-41           at school         

1941                transfer to Central New York Conference

1941-43           Benton-Voak 

1943-45           Red Creek

1945-46           chaplain, US Navy

1946-48           Weedsport Brick Church

1948-53           chaplain, US Navy

1953-57           Lansing Parish

1957                transfer to Genesee Conference

1957-62           Buffalo-Plymouth

1962                transfer to Central Pennsylvania Conference

1962-65           Wellsboro

1965-68           Hazleton St. Paul’s

1968 -73          Altoona Fifth Avenue

1973                retired

 


 

BENNETT, FENTON S.

 

Born:                                                                           married:

Died:                                                                           obit:

 

?          license, Central New York Conference

 

Interment:      

Obit:

 

1947-48           associate, Newtown Creek Larger Parish

1959-62           New Era

1962                “transferred” by change of boundaries to Central Pennsylvania Conference

1962-63           New Era

 

Note:  Fenton S. Bennett served as a local pastor.

 


 

BENNETT, GILBERT LLOYD

 

Born: 7-2-1902  Port Matilda PA                               married: Kathryn Fritz

Died: 12-20-1990                                                        obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1994, 473

 

1926    license

1928    admitted on trial

1933    ordained deacon

1934    ordained elder

 

Interment:  Rolling Green Memorial Park, Camp Hill PA

Obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1991, 477

           

1926-27           Jamison City (ending summer 1927)

1927-32           Orangeville (beginning summer 1927)           

1932-37           Picture Rocks Parish  

1937-43           Catawissa       

1943-48           Hanover

1948-55           Huntingdon First

1955-61           Harrisburg Stevens Memorial

1961-67           superintendent, Williamsport District

1967                retired 

1967-68  visitation, Harrisburg Calvary

1968-70  evangelism, New Cumberland Baughman Memorial

1970-80  visitation, Camp Hill

 

Note: Gilbert L. Bennett is listed in the 1966 Who’s Who in The Methodist Church, page 88.



 

BENNETT, THOMAS LEE

 

Born:                                                                           married:

Died:                                                                           obit:

 

1965     license

1971    admitted on trial

 

Interment:

Obit:

 

1965-72           Roulette

1972                no longer listed

 

Note: T. Lee Bennett may not have finished his final year at Roulette, as no report was submitted to Conference.

 



BENSCOTER, CRAWFORD L.

 

Born: 1-28-1845  Luzerne County PA                       married: Josephine Louisa Davidson

Died: 5-12-1905  Huntingdon PA                              obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1927, 529

 

?          quarterly conference license, Bloomingdale

1870     admitted on trial, recommended by Jeanesville

 

Interment:  Lock Haven

Obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1906, 105

 

1869-70           Jeanesville

1870-71           Berwick          

1871-72           Benton                       

1872-75           Hickory Run  

1875-77           Benton

1877-79           South Heberton

1879-82           Mifflinville     

1882-85           Newville-Rehoboth    

1885-88           Hopewell        

1888-93           Mount Union 

1893-97           North Altoona

1897-00           Lock Haven East Main Street

1900-03           Shamokin Second      

1903-05           Huntingdon Second

1905                retired

 

Note: A memoir for Crawford L. Benscoter also appears in the 8/31/1905 Christian Advocate, page 1407.

 


 

BENSON, LEVI

 

Born:                                                                           married:

Died:                                                                           obit:

 

Interment:

Obit:

 

1919-21           Alum Bank

1921-25           Benezette

1925-27           Cogan Valley

 

Note: Levi Benson served as a local pastor.  He is otherwise unknown.



 

BERGSTROM, FRANK WILLIAM

 

Born:  1-13-1930  Worcester MA                               married: Barbara Ann Schonberg

Died:                                                                           obit:

 

1960    license

1964    admitted on trial

1964    ordained deacon

1966    ordained elder

 

1951-56           Meridian CT

1956-58           Worcester MA Park Avenue

1958-59           ?

1959-63           student, Penn State University

                        1959-63  Penns Valley (ending 3/15/1963)

1963-68           Mt. Alto (beginning 3/15/1963)

1968-83           Dillsburg Calvary

1983-95           Lemoyne Calvary

1995                retired

                             2000-06  assistant, Lemoyne Grace

Note: Frank W. Bergstrom is a brother to John B. Bergstrom.

 



BERGSTROM, JOHN BOGARDUS

 

Born:                                                                           married: Averil L. Peterson

Died:                                                                           obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1999, 428

 

1958    license, recommended by Worcester MA Park Avenue

1963    ordained deacon

1965    ordained elder

1971    admitted as associate member

 

Interment:

Obit:

 

1945-57           Assembly of God churches

1957-59

1959-64           Grampian-Lumber City

1964-70           Benton

1970-73           Oriole

1973-78           Westfield

1978-83           Williamsport Trinity

1983-86           Berwick First

1986                retired

                             1986-93  associate, Picture Rocks Parish

                             1993-96  South Williamsport Larger Parish

 

Note: John B. Bergstrom is a brother to Frank W. Bergstrom.



 

BERKEBILE, CALVIN E.

 

Born:                                                                           married:

Died:                                                                           obit:

 

Interment:      

Obit:

 

1921-22           Sandy Ridge

 

Note:  C.E. Berkebile served as a local pastor.  He is otherwise unknown.

 


 

BERKHEIMER, CHARLES FRANKLIN

 

Born: 8-8-1896  Mechanicsburg PA                           married: Zerba Theresa Weber

Died: 12-17-1968  Williamsport PA                           obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1985, 401

 

1918    admitted on trial

 

Interment: Wildwood Cemetery, Williamsport PA

Obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1969, 306

 

1918-19           Riverside-West Fairview

1919-22           Millerstown    

1922-24           Dillsburg-Wellsville   

1924-26           Snow Shoe

1926-30           Williamsport Market Street

1930-36           Emporium

1936-43           Sunbury St. John’s

1943-51           Williamsport Pine Street

1951-57           superintendent, Sunbury District

1957-62           Milton

1962                retired 

 

Note: Charles F. Berkheimer is listed in the 1945 Prominent Personalities in American Methodism and the 1966 Who’s Who in The Methodist Church, page 92.  Mrs. Berkheimer’s sister Alma Weber Mower is the mother of A. Glenn Mower.



 

BERKSTRESSER, GEORGE

 

Born: 8-12-1807  PA                                                  married: Anna Catherine Horn

Died: 11-3-1896  Dadeville AL                                  obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1895,87

 

1836     admitted on trial, Baltimore Conference

 

Interment: Dadeville  AL.

Obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1897, 93

 

1836-37           New Bloomfield

1837-38           Mifflin

1838-39           Beaver Meadows

1839-40           Bellefonte

1840-42           Danville circuit

1842-43           Sunbury          

1843-45           Shrewsbury    

1845-46           Bedford

1846-48           Warrior’s Mark

1848-50           Newport         

1850-52           Clearfield       

1852-54           Penn’s Valley 

1854-55           Lewistown circuit

1855-57           Cassville

1857                charter member of East Baltimore Conference

1857-59           Woodbury      

1859-60           York Springs  

1860-62           Shrewsbury    

1862-64           Gettysburg     

1864-65           Rainsburg

1865                retired

1868                charter member of Central Pennsylvania Conference

1876-80           on leave

1880                retired

                        living in Alabama

 

Note: A biographical sketch of George Berkstresser appears in Armstrong’s The Old Baltimore Conference, page 333.



 

BERNINGER, WILLIAM

 

Born: 1-19-1918  Williamsport PA                             married: Kathryn Beaver

Died:  2-24-2011  Dunlap TN                                    obit: [6/5/1916 – 4/?/1976]

 

 

Interment:      

Obit:

 

1955-56           Williamsport Third Street (beginning 9/1/55)

1956-57           Forksville

1957-59           Lock Haven East Main Street

1959-62           New Bloomfield

 

Note:  William Berninger served as a local pastor.  He “transferred” from the East Tennessee Conference, where he apparently was also a local pastor.  He later served as a pastor and evangelist for the Church of the Nazarene in Pennsylvania and Tennessee.  Mrs. Berninger’s name is sometimes given, apparently erroneously, as Katherine.



 

BETHUNE, JAMES WILLIAM

 

Born:                                                                           married:

Died:                                                                           obit:

 

1880     admitted on trial, recommended by Lewisburg

 

Interment:

Obit:

 

1880-81           Wharton

1881-82           Cogan Valley 

1882-83           ?

1883                located at own request



 

BETTENS, JAMES HENRY

 

Born: 7-15-1869  Cornwall England                          married: Mary Fullmer

Died: 9-26-1954  Lock Haven PA                              obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1935, 241

 

1899    admitted on trial

 

Interment:  Millville PA Cemetery

Obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1955, 227

 

1899-01           Waller 

1901-02           Silver Brook   

1902-06           Irish Valley    

1906-08           Selinsgrove     

1908-10           Benezette       

1910-16           North Bend

1916-21           McVeytown

1921-25           Flemington

1925-30           Nescopeck

1930-36           Riverside

1936-38           Lock Haven East Main. Street

1938                retired 

 

Note: James H. Bettens is an uncle (through his sister Elizabeth Bettens Symons) to Edmund J. Symons.



 

BEYER, JAMES STEVENS

 

Born: 11-29-1837  Beyer’s Mill, Blair County PA     married: Susannah Wolverton

Died: 3-30-1899  Philadelphia PA                              obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1927,527

 

1857    license

1865    ordained deacon

1866    admitted on trial, Baltimore Conference

1869    ordained elder, Virginia Conference

 

Interment: Tyrone PA Cemetery

Obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1900, 108

 

1866-68           Lewisburg WV

1868                transfer to Virginia Conference

1868-69           Middlebrook WV

1869-71           Portsmouth

1871-73           Old Point Comfort

1873-76           Alexandria

1876-79           Falls Church

1879-81           superintendent, Alexandria District

1881                transfer to Central Pennsylvania Conference

1881-83           Half Moon     

1883-85           Sinnemahoning

1885-86           Espy-Light Street

1886-89           Weatherly       

1889-92           Salona

1892-96           Ralston

1896-99           Woodland



 

BICHELL, A.A.

 

Born:                                                                           married:

Died:                                                                           obit:

 

Interment:

Obit:     

 

1912-13           Orrtanna

1919-20           Cross Fork [Potter County]

 

Note: served as a local pastor.  He is otherwise unknown.



 

BICKEL, JOHN CRAWFORD

 

Born:                                                                           married: Idylla Robbins

Died: 11-29-1939  Fort Wayne IN                             obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1951, 1165 Ohio Conference

 

1894    admitted on trial, recommended by Harveyville

 

Interment:

Obit: Ohio Conference 1940, 182

 

1893-95           Harveyville     

1895-98           Milnesville-Jeddo       

1898-00           Without Appointment

1900-03           Jeanesville-Audenreid

1903-04           Salt Lake City UT First

1904-10           superintendent, Wyoming Mission    

1910                transfer to Indiana Conference

                        Irvington

                        transfer to Ohio Conference

 

Note: John C. Bickel was born in Indiana and raised in Missouri.  He is supposedly a graduate of DePauw and Boston University.

 



BICKELL, CHARLES ALBERT LEHMAN

 

Born: 8-8-1906  Williamsport PA                               married: Marion Theodora Danskin

Died: 6-26-1969  Sunbury PA                                    obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1992, 468

 

1929    admitted on trial, recommended by Newberry

1931    ordained deacon

1934    ordained elder

           

Interment: Wildwood Cemetery, Williamsport PA

Obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1970, 379

 

1928-30           Wallis Run     

1930-32           Montandon    

1932-34           at school

1934-36           Snydertown   

1936-40           Riverside        

1940-43           Shickshinny    

1943-46           Milton

1946-53           Philipsburg (ending 11/30/1953)

1953                transfer to Southern California-Arizona Conference

1953-56           [California]     

1956                transfer to Central Pennsylvania Conference

1956-59           Waynesboro

1959-63           York First

1963-69           superintendent, Sunbury District

 

Note: Rev. Bickell is listed in the 1966 Who’s Who in The Methodist Church, page 97.



 

BIDDLE, CHARLES ABRAHAM  

 

Born: 6-26-1853  Buffalo Run Valley PA                  married: Rosa Vene Lee

Died: 3-11-1922  New Millport PA                            obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1945, 225

 

1886    admitted on trial, recommended by Port Matilda circuit

 

Interment:  New Millport Cemetery

Obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1922, 124

 

1884-85           Osceola

1885-86           Port Matilda

1886-89           Coalport

1889-93           Lumber City   

1893-97           Ramey

1897-99           Altoona Epworth mission.

1899-04           Clearfield       

1904-07           Woodland-Bradford

1907-10           New Millport 

1910                retired 

 

Note: Charles A. Biddle is a brother to Fletcher W. Biddle and to Rev. John Edward Biddle (1855-) of the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church.  Mrs. Biddle is a granddaughter of Rev. Timothy Lee, supposedly “a member of the first American Methodist General Conference” (1792?), who was a first cousin of the eminent missionary Jason Lee (1803-1845).

 



BIDDLE, FLETCHER W.    

 

Born: 6-15-1858  near Bellefonte PA                         married: Josephine Little

Died: 6-8-1930  Bedford PA                                      obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1937, 273

 

1887    admitted on trial, recommended by Concord circuit

 

Interment: Bedford PA Cemetery

Obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1931, 176

 

1885-86           assistant, Concord

1887-88           Cassville         

1888-90           Clearville        

1890-93           Shirleysburg   

1893-96           Flemington     

1896-99           Petersburg      

1899-03           Osceola

1903-07           Harrisburg Curtin Heights

1907-10           Bedford

1910-12           Roaring Springs

1913-15           Williamsport Grace

1915-19           Altoona Fifth Avenue

1919-20           Curwensville  

1920-22           Renovo

1922-23           Mount Union 

1923-24           Stewartstown 

1924-26           Duncansville  

1926                retired 

 

Note: Note: Fltecher W. Biddle is a brother to Charles A. Biddle and to Rev. John Edward Biddle (1855-) of the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church.  A memoir also appears in the 6/19/1930 Christian Advocate, page 789.  Mrs. Biddle’s sister Melissa is the wife of David F. Kapp.



 

BIDLACK, STEPHEN BRUCE

 

Born: 4-8-1875  Southdale PA                                   married: Emma Eldora Fiester

Died: 4-5-1966                                                            obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1957, 247

 

1902     admitted on trial

 

Interment: Rosemont Cemetery, Bloomsburg PA

Obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1967, 311

 

1901-03           Laporte

1903-05           Clarkstown

1905-09           Muncy Valley

1909-11           Trevorton       

1911-14           Espy-Lime Ridge

1914-17           West Fairview

1917-19           Marysville      

1919-23           Lock Haven East Main Street

1923-26           Watsontown   

1926-27           Petersburg      

1927-31           Freeland

1931-37           Mifflinburg    

1937-38           Williamsport Third Street

1938-40           Duboistown-Nisbet    

1940-42           Lewisberry-Lisburn    

1942                retired 

                        1942-45  Laurelton 

 

Note: Some biographical information on Stephen B. Bidlack appears in the Ministerial Qualifications Book, page 31.   Some sources give his birth date as 4-1-1875.



 

 

BIEBER, GEORGE STERLING

 

Born: 12-12-1921  Williamsport PA                           married: Montene _____

Died: 4-25-2003                                                          obit:

 

1945    admitted on trial, New England Southern Conference

1947    ordained elder, New England Southern Conference

 

Interment:

Obit: New England Conference 2003,?

 

1941-43           Clearville (beginning 10/1/41)

1943-44           living in Williamsport

1944-45           Mapleville & Glendale, New England Southern Conference

1945                “transfer” to New England Southern Conference

1945-48           Mapleville & Glendale

1948-51           East Hartford Center

1951-61           chaplain, USAF

1961-66           Vineyard Haven

1966-74           Marshfield

1974-82           Glastonbury (ending 5/1/82)

1982-88           Spencer (beginning 5/1/82)

                             1985-88  West Warren (10/1/85 – 3/8/88)

1988                retired

 

Note:  The 2003 address for Mrs. Bieber is 9 Westview Street, Grafton MA  01519.



 

BIERI, JOHN CASPER

 

Born: 11-13-1873  Philadelphia PA                            married: Jeanette M. Betson

Died: 3-30-1951                                                          obit: Philadelphia Conference 1924, 880

                                                                                    married2: Alice Dalrymple

1902    admitted on trial, Philadelphia Conference    obit2: Philadelphia Conference 1937, 189

1902    ordained, Philadelphia Conference

 

Interment:

Obit: Philadelphia Conference 1951, 1034

 

1898-01           student, Dickinson College

                             1900-01  Millerstown (last part of year)

1901-02           student, Drew Theological Seminary

                             1901-02  Millerstown

1902                “transfer” to Philadelphia Conference

1902-07           Easton Memorial

1907-09           Philadelphia Hancock Street

1909-10           Philadelphia Scott

1910-13           Reading Windsor Street

1913-16           Columbia

1916-18           Mahanoy City

1918-20           Chester Providence Avenue

1920-24           Philadelphia Siloam

1924-25           Philadelphia Frankford Avenue

1925-27           Spring City

1927-28           Philadelphia Centenary

1928-29           conference evangelist

1929-30           Philadelphia Wissahickon (ending 10/30)

1930-34           Philadelphia Columbia Avenue (beginning 10/30)

1934-37           Philadelphia St. Luke’s

1937-40           Philadelphia Park Avenue

1940                retired

                            1942-44  Philadelphia Clearview (beginning 10/42)

 

Note: John C. Bieri is the author of over 60 published hymn and is also noted for gospel magic presentations.



 

BIERLY, EDWIN SYLVERIUS

 

Born: 6-20-1869  Rebersburg PA                               married: Sarah Catherine Erhard

Died:                                                                           obit: [1872-1938]

 

1899    license, recommended by Spring Mills

1908    admitted on trial, recommended by Port Matilda

 

Interment: St. Peter’s Lutheran & Reformed Cemetery, Rebersburg PA

Obit:

 

1901                East Falmouth MA (3 months)

1904                South Dakota

1905-06           York Springs

1906-07           Alum Bank

1907-09           Port Matilda   

1909-10           Pine Grove Mills

1910-11           Burnt Cabins  

1911                discontinued

 

Note: Some sources give the first name as EDWARD.  Edwin S. Bierley is an 1898 graduate of Williamsport Dickinson Seminary.  Some biographical information appears in the Ministerial Qualifications Book, page 59.



 

BINGAMAN, HARRY LUTHER

 

Born: 7-21-1908 Glen Iron PA                                   married: Dorothy Gwendolyn Aumiller

Died: 11-1-2001 Lewisburg PA                                 obit: [11/14/1908 – 4/2/1981]

 

 

Interment: Hartley township, Union County PA      

Obit:

 

1959-63           Montandon (ending 1/31/63)

 

Note:  Harry Bingaman was a schoolteacher and served as a local pastor.  He served as worship leader and “pastor emeritus” for many years at Laurelton Lincoln Chapel.



 

BIRD, FRANKLIN HORATIO JR.

 

Born: 9-2-1924  Brooklyn NY                                    married: Sara Marie Levance

Died:                                                                           obit:

 

1955    license

1961    admitted on trial

1961    ordained deacon

1964    ordained elder

 

Interment:

Obit:

 

1954-57           Lower Bank circuit, New Jersey Conference (10/1/54 – 5/26/57)

1957-59           student, Juniata College

                             1957-59  assistant, James Creek

1959-60           student, Lycoming College

                             S959-60  assistant, James Creek

1960-61           student, Crozer Seminary in Chester PA

                             1960-61  Freeland Parish

1961-63           student, Asbury Seminary in Wilmore KY

                             1961-63  Freeland Parish

1963-66           Shamokin Chestnut Street

1966                voluntary location

                        Alabama-West Florida Conference

 



BIRD, PEMBERTON

 

Born: 10-3-1817  Shamokin PA                                 married: Mary A. Arnold

Died: 9-2-1894  Shamokin PA                                   obit: [6/24/1817 – 6/26/1871]

                                                                                    married2: Sarah E. Deiterly

                                                                                    obit2: [2/18/1840 – ?]

 

?          quarterly conference license, Shamokin

1855    local deacon, East Baltimore Conference

1859    local elder, East Baltimore Conference: recommended by Sunbury circuit 

 

Interment:

Obit:

 

1868                charter “member” of Central Pennsylvania Conference

1868-69           Jeansville

1869-71           Williamsport circuit

1871-72           Cogan’s Valley

1872-73           Watsontown (first part of year)

1873-75           Wharton

1875-76           Pine Creek

1882-83           Hickory Run

 

Note: Pemberton Bird served as a local pastor.  He worked as a carpenter and was an 1838 charter member of the congregation at Shamokin.



 

BIRD, ROBERT WENNER

 

Born:                                                                           married:

Died:                                                                           obit:

 

1952     admitted on trial

 

Interment:

Obit:

 

1947-52           Catawissa circuit

1952-55           at school         

1954-55  Beaver Falls, Northern New York Conference

1955                Transfer to Northern New York Conference (1/15/1955)

1955-               Beaver Falls

                        North Central New York Conference

 

Note: Rev. Bird is listed as a retired member of the North Central New York Conference in 2003.



 

BIRDSALL, ARCHIBALD F.

 

Born:                                                                           married: Effie Jane VanLeuvender

Died:                                                                           obit:

 

1926    admitted, Eastern Conference of Methodist Protestant Church

1926    ordained, Eastern Conference of Methodist Protestant Church

 

Interment: Shickshinny PA

Obit:

 

1922-25           Cassville

1925-39           Shicksinny

1939                transferred to Central Pennsylvania Conference

1941                withdrawn by action of the Annual Conference

 

Note: Many records list the given name as ARCHIE.  At the 1939 denominational union, A.F. Birdsall and the Shickshinny MP congregation never actually came into the Methodist Church.  Fiercely autonomous, he and the congregation even declined to join the newly formed Bible Protestant Church and became independent.  The congregation eventually associated with the GARB (Baptist) denomination.  Beginning in 1956, his son Rev. Warren M. Birdsall (1923-1995) served the congregation for 30+ years.

 



 

BIRT, PAUL EUGENE

 

Born: 7-14-1936  Berwick PA                                    married: Mary Esther Gunder

Died:                                                                           obit:

 

1964    license, recommended by Mechanicsburg Salem

1965    admitted on trial

1965    ordained deacon

1967    ordained elder

 

Interment:

Obit:

 

1964-67           Barnitz           

1967-72           York Springs  

1972-76           Millheim

1976-77           sabbatical

1977-80           Millheim

1980                honorable location

 

Note: Paul E. Birt is founder of Victorious Living Ministries International, P.O. Box 103, Silver Lake, NY  14549, phone 716-237-3072.  Mrs. Birt is the daughter of Jesse K. Gunder.



 

BITTENBENDER, EDWIN LEE

 

Born: 2-25-1925  Berwick PA                                    married: Mona Monson

Died: 7-2-2011  Fergus Falls MN                               obit:

 

1954    admitted on trial

1955    ordained deacon

 

Interment:

Obit:

 

1949-52           instructor, Lucknow Chgristian College, Lucknow India

1952-54           M2 to India

1954-56           student, Garrett Theological Seminary, Evanston IL

1956                transfer to Lucknow Conference (11/1/1956)

1956-61           chaplain, Lucknow Christian College

1961-63           Herman First (Minnesota)

1963-70           Lucknow Lal Bagh

1970-72           Perham, Richvale & Dent (Minnesota)

1972-77           Minnetonka (Minnesota)

1978-80           Karachi (Pakistan) St. Andrews

1980-82           Norcross & Tenney (Minnesota)

1982-87           Bangkok (Thailand) International Congregation

1987                retired

                             1990-91  Nome (Alaska) Community UMC

 



BIXLER, ANDREW LOY

 

Born: 1-1-1880  Perry County PA                              married: Carolyn Mable Moore

Died: 2-9-1962  Harrisburg PA                                  spouse: 1973, 382

 

1906    admitted on trial, New England Conference

 

Interment: Ashland Cemetery, Carlisle PA

Obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1962, 319

 

1906-07           Leicester

1907-10           Upton

1910-15           Boston

1915-18           Beverly

1918-20           secretary, YMCA France

1920                transfer to Central Pennsylvania Conference

1920-21           director of religious work, Dickinson College

1921-25           Altoona Fairview

1925-28           Williamsport Mulberry Street

1928-29           Huntingdon First

1929-31           State College  

1931-36           Altoona Simpson

1936-42           Mount Carmel

1942-46           Hazleton St. Paul’s

1946-49           Lewisburg

1949-50           Harrisburg Ridge Avenue

1950                retired 



 

BLACK, JACOB H.

 

Born:                                                                           married:

Died:                                                                           obit:

 

1873    admitted on trial, recommended by Hazleton station

 

Interment:

Obit:

 

1873-74           Conyngham

1874                discontinued at own request

 

Note: This may be Jacob Hoffman Black (b. 12/7/1848 in Huntingdon, graduated from Millersville State College in 1869, lived and taught in the Sunbury area before returning to Huntingdon – where he was a druggist and died 3/3/1913), who was an active Methodist lay person.



 

BLACK, JAMES HARPER

 

Born: 12-29-1845  Chambersburg PA                        married: Mary Carter Barbour

Died: 10-12-1932  Chambersburg PA                                    obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1920, 142

 

1873    admitted on trial, recommended by Chambersburg station

 

Interment: Cedar Grove Cemetery, Chambersburg PA

Obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1933, 183

 

1873-75           Bendersville   

1875-77           Wellsville

1877-80           Shippensburg 

1880-83           Harrisburg Fifth Street  (ending 8/17/1882)

1882-83           superintendent, Methodist Book Room (beginning 8/17/1882)

1883-86           Bedford

1886-89           Clearfield       

1889-92           Everett           

1892-97           Lock Haven Trinity

1897-02           superintendent, Williamsport District

1902-03           superintendent, Book Room

1903-08           Huntingdon First

1908-11           Carlisle           

1911                retired 


 

BLACK, ROBERT WESLEY

 

Born: 9-6-1824  Huntingdon PA                                married: Belinda T. Gorsuch

Died: 8-13-1895                                                          obit:

 

1851    admitted on trial, Baltimore Conference

 

Interment: Louden Park Cemetery, Baltimore MD

Obit: Baltimore Conference 1896, 55

 

1851-52           Cassville

1852-53           Hereford

1853-54           Gettysburg

1854-55           Catawissa

1855-57           Mifflinburg

1857                charter member of East Baltimore Conference

1857-59           Birmingham

1859-60           Bedford

1860-62           Mechanicsburg station

1862-64           Carlisle

1864-66           Jersey Shore

1866-68           Baltimore Broadway

1868                transfer to Baltimore Conference

1868-69           Baltimore Broadway

1869-72           Union Square

1872-75           Washington DC Wesley Chapel

1875-78           Hamline

1878-81           Baltimore High Street

1881-82           South Baltimore station

1882-87           superintendent, East Baltimore District

1887                retired

 

Note: This name is sometimes given in the form R. Wesley Black.


 

BLADES, ANSLEY BAKER

 

Born: 6-25-1870  Canisteo NY                       married: Florence Leonard Bailey [8/10/1894]

Died: 1941  Seminole County FL                   obit: [1/21/1875 – 5/15/1946]

 

?          Newark Conference

 

Interment: Chestnut Hill Cemetery, Union Springs [Cayuga County] NY

Obit:

 

1907                transfer to Central Pennsylvania Conference

1907-08           Williamsport Market Street (ending 9/29/1908)

1908                withdrew to join the Presbyterian ministry; see 1909,82

 

Note: Ansley Baker Blades is the son of John Hogg Blades (1829-1891) of the Genesee Conference.  A notice of the withdrawal of A.B. Blades appears in the 13/3/1908 Christian Advocate, page 2026.  He also served ME churches in Cottonwood County MN, but it is unclear whether this was before or after his service in the Central Pennsylvania Conference.  He was residing in WA in 1930.



 

BLAIR, SAMUEL

 

Born:                                                                           married:

Died:                                                                           obit:

 

1891    admitted on trial

 

Interment:

Obit:

 

1889-90           Hazleton Mission [Diamond] & West Hazleton

1890-91           Hazleton Diamond

1891-93           Harveyville

1893-96           Altoona City Mission

1896-99           Morrisdale      

1899-00           Altoona Epworth Mission

1900                transfer to North Nebraska Conference

1900-02           [Nebraska]

1902                transfer to Central Pennsylvania Conference

1902-04           missionary, Wyoming

1904-07           missionary, Utah

1907-09           missionary, Texas

1909-11           missionary, New Mexico

1911                transfer to Kansas Conference



 

BLAKE, BURDINE

 

Born: 1-13-1800  Lancaster County PA                     married: Mazey Ann Simpkins [12/14/1818]

Died: 8-26-1874  Martinsburg PA                              obit: [2/?/1794 – 4/1/1867]

                                                                                    married2: Mrs. Barbara Stifler [11/?/1867]

Interment:                                                                   obit2:

Obit:

 

 

Note:  Burdine Blake was an ordained local elder.  There is no evidence that he every served a charge under appointment.

 



 

BLAZY, J.F.

 

Born:                                                                           married:

Died:                                                                           obit:

 

Interment:      

Obit:

 

1921-22           Westport & Cross Forks

 

Note:  J.F. Blazy served as a local pastor.  He is otherwise unknown.

 



 

BLOOM, ARTHUR WILLIAM

 

Born:                                                                           married:

Died:                                                                           obit:

 

1952    admitted on trial

 

Interment:

Obit:

 

1952-54           at school

1954-57           York Duke Street

1957                transfer to New York Conference

 

Note: Arthur W. Bloom is listed as retired member of New York Conference in 2003.



 

BOBB, DEAN MEREDITH SR

 

Born:                                                                           married:

Died:                                                                           obit:

 

1959    license, recommended by Lewistown Rhodes Memorial

1962    ordained deacon

1964    ordained elder

 

Interment:

Obit:

 

1951-62           Morris

1962-66           Elkland (ending 11/14/66)

1966-71           Williamsport High Street (beginning 11/15/66)

1971                no longer lister



 

BOBB, JOSHUA PIERCE

 

Born: 11-23-1846  near Mechanicsburg PA               married: Agnes M. Crumb

Died: 8-30-1895  Maywood NE                                 obit:

 

1870    admitted on trial

 

Interment: Maywood NE

Obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1896, 99

 

1870-71           Salladasburg   

1871-76           faculty, Pennington Seminary

1876-78           on leave          

1878                retired

 1878-90  faculty, High Forest MN Seminary

 

Note: Joshua P. Bobb graduated from Dickinson College in 1870 and later earned a PhD from Illinois Wesleyan University.  He suffered with health problems most of his life.

 



BODTORF, ROY OAKLEY

 

Born: 5-10-1909  Centre Hall PA                               married: Mabel Elizabeth Dougherty

Died: 9-13-1968   Harrisburg PA                               spouse: Central Pennsylvania Conference 2009, 414

 

1930    admitted on trial

1933    ordained deacon

1935    ordained elder

 

Interment:   Rose Hill Cemetery, Altoona PA

Obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1969, 307

 

1929-31           Vira    

1931-33           Oriole-Antes Fort       

1933-35           Duboistown-Nisbet    

1935-38           Pleasant Gap  

1938-43           Morrisdale-Munson    

1943-47           Mifflintown   

1947-53           Altoona Fairview

1953-57           Altoona Fifth Avenue

1957-62           Tyrone First

1962-66           Berwick First

1966-68           assistant administrator, Bethany Village

1968                retired 

 

Note: Mrs. Bodtorf is still living in 2005.



 

BOGGS, GEORGE FRANKLIN

 

Born: 11-3-1867  Path Valley, Franklin County PA  married: Isabelle Virginia Kapp

Died: 2-5-1947  Altoona PA                                      obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1944, 234

 

1894    admitted on trial, recommended by Shirleysburg circuit

 

Interment: Alto Rest Cemetery, Altoona PA

Obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1947, 197

 

1894-97           McKee’s Gap 

1897-01           Hastings

1901-04           Howard

1904-08           Hazleton Diamond

1908-11           Williamsport High Street

1911-14           Hollidaysburg

1914-17           Waynesboro   

1917-22           Altoona Eighth Avenue

1922-25           Milton

1925-28           Renovo

1928-32           Williamsport Mulberry Street

1932-36           Camp Hill       

1936-40           Huntingdon Fifteenth Street

1940                retired 

 1943-47  Altoona Mardorf

 

Note: Mrs. Boggs is a sister to David F. Kapp.

 



BOHNER, RUSSELL HENRY

 

Born: 10-9-1907  Shamokin PA                                 married: Martha Irene Leitzel

Died: 6-26-1989  Sunbury PA                                    obit:

 

1933    license, East Pennsylvania Conference of the Evangelical Church

            recommended by Elizabethville

1938    admitted on trial, Northeast Ohio Conference of the Methodist Church

 

Interment: Maple Grove Cemetery, Elizabethville PA

Obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1990, 447

 

1936-38           Chesterville

1938-41           Gambier

1941-43           Gnadenhutten

1943-46           chaplain, US Army

1946-48           West Lafayette

1948-50           Mt. Gilead

1950-67           chaplain, US Air Force

1967-69           sabbatical

1969                transfer to Central Pennsylvania Conference

1969-73           on leave

1973                retired

 

Note: Mrs. Bohner ceases to be listed as a surviving spouse beginning in 2000, but there is no record of her death. 



 

BOLLINGER, LLOYD

 

Born:                                                                           married:

Died:                                                                           obit:

 

 

Interment:      

Obit:

 

1952-54           Hustontown

 

Note:  Lloyd Bollinger served as a local pastor.



 

BONACCI, ANGELO W.

 

Born: 1878  Adams,Italy                                            married:

Died: 1946                                                                  obit:

 

1902    license

1906    admitted on trial, Austin Conference
1909    ordained, Genesee Conference

 

Interment: Yellow Creek Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Wellsville OH

Obit:

 

Italian Mission, Cleveland OH

1905-06           Hazleton & Mount Carmel missions

1906                transfer to Central Pennsylvania Conference

1906-09                      Altoona Italian Mission

1909                transfer to Genesee Conference

1909-13           missionary, Buffalo NY Italian Mission        

1913                transfer to Des Moines Conference

1913-16           Des Moines Italian Mission

1916                expelled

                        Presbyterian Church

1921-22           Chicago Melrose Park Italian Mission           



 

BONHAM, KENNETH ROBERT

 

Born: 2-24-1916  Hunlock PA                                    married: Esther _____

Died:                                                                           obit:

 

1950    license, recommended by Oakdale of the Hunlock Creek charge

1954    admitted on trial

1954    ordained deacon

1956    ordained elder

 

Interment:

Obit:

 

1950-52           Forksville, Central New York Conference (beginning 10/1/1956) 

1952-56           Mount Alto    

1956-59           Barnesboro     

1959-61           Gatchelville    

1961-62           Newport (beginning 9/15/1961)

1962-66           Mill Hall         

1966-77           Bendersville   

1977-81           Dallastown Trinity
1981-82           Adamsville-Dallastown parish (ending 12/31/1982)

1983                retired (beginning 1/1/1983)

 



BOONE, SAMUEL PERRY

 

Born: 9-18-1858  Black Creek, Luzerne County PA  married: Anna May Hess

Died: 7-26-1938  Hazleton PA                                   obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1958, 251

 

1886    admitted on trial, recommended by West Hazleton circuit

 

Interment: Methodist Church Cemetery, Black Creek PA

Obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1939, 205

 

1884-86           West Hazleton

1886-91           Benton                       

1891-92           Mifflinville     

1892-93           Buckhorn-Rupert

1893-01           on leave

1901                retired



 

BOOTH, JOHN WESLEY

 

Born:                                                                           married:

Died:                                                                           obit:

 

1938    admitted, Eastern Conference of the Methodist Protestant Church

1938    ordained, Eastern Conference of the Methodist Protestant Church

 

Interment:

Obit:

 

1923-29           New Brooklyn NJ

1929-33           Hollisterville PA circuit

1933-34           Hillburn NJ

1934-38           Point Erial NJ

1938-39           Reyburn circuit

1939                transfer to Central Pennsylvania Conference

1941                withdrawn to join ministry of another church

 

Note: At the 1939 denominational union, J.W. Booth and the Reyburn MP charge never actually came into the Methodist Church.  The Register Church closed.  Rev. Booth and the Bloomingdale, Koonsville and Reyburn congregations joined the newly formed Bible Protestant Church. 



 

BOUGHEY, PERCY S.

 

Born: 11-6-1890  Derby, England                              married: Lucy Belle Harries

Died: 8-19-1972  Matlock, England                           obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1953,227

 

?          license, British Methodist Church

1919    admitted on trial

1921    ordained deacon

1923    ordained elder

 

Interment: East Harrisburg PA Cemetery

Obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1973, 368

 

1913-15           Lancashire, England

1915                transfer to Philadelphia Conference

1915-16           Hummelstown

1916                transfer to Central Pennsylvania Conference

1916-18           Liverpool 

1918-22           Montandon    

1922-25           Kulpmont

1925-30           Audenreid      

1930-31           Williamsport Market Street

1931-38           Weatherly       

1938-47           Ashland          

1947-50           Shippensburg 

1950-61           Renovo

1961                retired 

 

Note: The father and grandfather of Percy S. Boughey were local preachers in England.  He is an uncle to Rev. Harry E. Boughey of the United Church of Christ.  Mrs. Boughey is the daughter of Alfred Harries (c1870-1916) of the Philadelphia Conference.



 

BOUSE, GEORGE W.

 

Born: 4-9-1823  Pendleton County WV                     married: Virginia Miles

Died: 7-21-1892  Woodland PA                                obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1899,99

 

1849    admitted on trial, Baltimore Conference

 

Interment: Tyrone PA Cemetery

Obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1893, 90

 

1848-50           Lewisburg VA           

1850-51           Woodstock VA

1851-52           Springfield VA

1852-54           Westernport MD

1854-55           Cumberland MD

1855-57           Bedford circuit

1857                charter member of East Baltimore Conference

1857-59           Cassville

1859-61           Shirleysburg   

1861-63           Newport

1863-66           Port Royal

1866-68           Gettysburg

1868                charter member of Central Pennsylvania Conference

1868-71           New Bloomfield

1871-74           Three Springs 

1874-75           West Clearfield

1875-78           Penn’s Valley 

1878-81           Half Moon

1881-84           Green Village 

1884-87           Warrior’s Mark

1887-92           Milesburg

1892                Woodland

 

Note: A biographical sketch of George W. Bouse appears in Armstrong’s The Old Baltimore Conference, page 335.  The 1899 conference obituary for Mrs. Bouse is in error.  It gives her maiden names as Mills and the marriage data as 8/7/1858; the maiden name is Miles and the marriage date is 8/7/1851.



 

BOUTON, ARTHUR A.

 

Born: 9-27-1890  Brooklyn NY                                  married: Helen F. Garber

Died: 7-8-1974                                                            obit:

 

1917    admitted on trial

1917    ordained deacon

1919    ordained elder, New York East Conference

 

Interment:

Obit: New York Conference 1975, ?

 

1911-15           student, Dickinson College

                             1914-15  Boiling Springs (summer 1914 – summer 1915)

1915-17           student, Drew Theological Seminary

                             1915-17  West Livingston NJ (beginning summer 1915)

1917-18           Riverside & West Fairview

1918                transfer to New York East Conference

1918-20           New Rochelle First

1920-23           Lynbrook St. James

1923-26           Hempstead

1926-33           Brooklyn Bay Ridge Grace

1933-40           Queens Astoria First

1940-46           Baldwin

1946-52           Queens Elmhurst

1952-59           Union

1959                retired



 

BOWDEN, WILLIAM H.

 

Born: 2-3-1850  Holmbush England                           married: Sarah Belle Cisney

Died: 12-27-1919  Windber PA                                 obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1944, 235

 

1867    license, Bible Christian Church in England

1874    admitted on trial, recommended by Concord circuit

 

Interment: Redland Cemetery, Windber PA

Obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1920, 134

 

1873-75           Concord circuit

1875-76           New Bloomfield

1876-77           Port Royal

1877-78           Ray’s Hill

1878-79           Shirleysburg   

1879-81           Burnt Cabins  

1881-83           Lycoming

1883-85           Liberty Valley

1885-87           Cogan Valley 

1887-90           Wolfsburg

1890-93           Schellsburg

1893-01           on leave

1901                retired 


 

BOWEN, JOHN

 

Born: 6-8-1793  Bedford County PA                         married: Martha Lewis Walton Grier

Died: 11-18-1864                                                        obit: [10/14/1800 – 8/28/1877]

 

1820    license

1823    admitted on trial, Baltimore Conference

1825    ordained deacon, Baltimore Conference

1827    ordained elder, Baltimore Conference

 

Interment: Baltimore Cemetery, Baltimore MD

Obit: East Baltimore Conference 1865, 42

 

1822-23           Bedford circuit

1823-24           Aughwick

1824-25           Bald Eagle

1825-26           Clearfield

1826-28           Lycoming

1828-30           Pendleton

1830-32           Carlisle

1832-33           Baltimore

1833-34           Calvert

1834-35           Lewistown

1835-37           Huntingdon

1837-39           Hollidaysburg

1839-41           Chambersburg

1841-43           Milton

1843-44           Lycoming

1844-45           Williamsport station

1845-47           Berwick

1847-49           Staunton station

1849-50           York

1850-51           Shepherdstown

1851-53           Baltimore Caroline Street station

1853-55           Patapsco

1855-57           Westminster

1857                charter member of East Baltimore Conference

1857-59           Gettysburg

1859-61           Baltimore Dallas Street

1861-65           retired

 

Note: Mrs. Bowen was the widow of a Dr. Matthew Blackburn Grier, M.D. (1887-1818).  This 4/5/1827 marriage may have been a second marriage for John Bowen.


 

BOWER, AARON VINCENT

 

Born: 10-15-1862  Berwick PA                                  married: Harriet V. Garney

Died:                                                                           obit:

 

1888    admitted on trial, recommended by Berwick station

 

Interment:

Obit:

 

1888                graduated from Drew Theological Seminary

1888-89           Beach Haven  

1889                discontinued at own request

1891                readmitted to New York East Conference

1891-92           East Chester NY

1892-95           New Canaan CT

1895                studying law at Scranton PA

 

Note: Aaron V. Bower became a lawyer and settled in Scranton PA.



 

BOWER, HARRY CLAYTON

 

Born: 5-31-1882  Elimsport PA                                  married: Mabel Lucy Crawford [6/2/1909]

Died: 8-?-1971  St. Petersburg FL                              obit:

 

1901    license, recommended by South Williamsport

1905    admitted on trial

 

Interment:

Obit:

 

1905-06           Cameron

1906-08           missionary, Pinang Malaysia

1908                transfer to Philippine Islands Mission Conference

1913                transfer to Malaysia Conference

1918                transfer to Netherlands Indies Mission Conference

1927                transfer to North Sumatra Conference

1935                withdraw (7/18/1935)

 

Note:  Some biographical information on Harry C. Bower appears in the Ministerial Qualifications Book, page 56.  Some sources give his birth year as 1883.  The biographical files at the conference archives contain limited information on his assignments. 



 

BOWER, LAHMAN FOREST

 

Born: 7-5-1858  Berwick PA                                      married:

Died: 3-14-1934  Reading PA                                                obit:

 

1895    ordained deacon, recommended by Carlisle

 

Interment:

Obit:

 

1884-87           principal, preparatory department at Dickinson College

1887-96           businessman, Carlisle

                        moved to Cincinnati OH

                        vice president of Allis-Chalmers in Milwaukee WI

 

Note: Lahman F. Bower served as a local pastor.  His name also appears as Lahman FORREST Bower.  A biographical sketch appears in the 1905 Dickinson College Alumni Record, page 37.  He is the author of the book The Economic Waste of Sin, published by Abingdon Press in 1924.  He appears to be living back in Carlisle 1930-34.



 

BOWER, ROY WILLARD  

 

Born: 9-7-1922  Akron OH                                        married: Mary _____

Died: 7-7-1983                                                            obit:

 

1946    local preacher’s license

1951    ordained deacon

1953    ordained elder

1969    admitted as associate member, East Ohio Conference

 

Interment: Greenlawn Memorial Park, Akron OH

Obit: East Ohio Conference 1984, I:111

 

1948-50           Mont Alto (ending 11/15/50)

1950-53           Port Matilda (beginning 11/15/50 & ending 9/15/53)

1953                “transfer” to East Ohio Conference

                        West Bedford

                        Trinway

                        Warsaw

                        Thompson

                        Andover

1978                retired to Akron OH

 

Note: The middle name for Roy W. Bower is sometimes given as WILLIAM.



 

BOWERS, DANIEL P. S.

 

Born: 3-2-1922  Waynesboro PA                               married:

Died: 10-23-2006  Westfield NJ                                obit:

 

1946    admitted on trial, north Carolina Conference

1946    ordained deacon

1948    ordained elder

 

Interment:

Obit:

 

1939-43           student, Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster PA

1944-46           student, Duke Divinity School in Durham NC

1946-47           assistant, Franklintown

1947-53           faculty, Louisburg College (ending 1/31/1953)

1953                transfer to Newark Conference (1/31/1953)

1953-56           assistant Westfield (beginning 1/31/1953)

1956-57           student

1957-61           on leave

1961                withdrew

 

Note: Dan S. Bowers has a file with the Conference Board of Ordained Ministry, but he never served in the Central Pennsylvania Conference. 



 

BOWMAN, ALFRED STECK

 

Born: 11-19-1847  near Mifflinville PA                     married: Mary Alice Rockefeller

Died: 11-27-1934   Scotia NY                                    obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1901, 111

 

1868    admitted on trial, East Baltimore Conference

1870    ordained deacon

1872    ordained elder

 

Interment: Odd Fellows Cemetery, Danville PA

Obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1935, 236

 

1868                charter member of Central Pennsylvania Conference

1868-69           Berwick circuit

1869-70           Elysburg

1870-71           Conyngham    

1871-72           Washingtonville

1872-73           Danville St. Paul’s

1873-75           Riverside

1875-78           Muncy

1878-80           Williamsport Third Street

1880-83           Mechanicsburg

1883-86           Waynesboro   

1886-88           Ashland          

1888-91           Harrisburg St. Paul

1891-93           Shickshinny    

1893-96           Newberry

1896-99           Austin

1899-04           Hollidaysbsurg

1904-10           endowment secretary, Williamsport Dickinson Seminary

1910-11           Reedsville-Milroy

1911-13           Weatherly

1913                retired 

 

Note: A.S. Bowman fought in the Battle of Gettysburg.  He is the author of The Jesse Bowman Sr. Lineage (1931).  Alrfed S. Bowman is a second cousin to Shadrach L. Bowman.  Relationships to other pastors are too numerous to mention, but are detailed in the Bowman Family files at the conference archives.  His sister Martha married Aaron M. Kester.   A.S. Bowman served as Conference Historian during his retirement and wrote the History of Methodism in the Central Pennsylvania Conference in the 1918 Conference Journal, pages 117-122.



 

BOWMAN, SHADRACH LAYCOCK

 

Born: 5-2-1829                                                            married: Mary Elizabeth Aber

Died: 9-1-1906  Newark NJ                                       obit:

 

1855    admitted on trial, Baltimore Conference

 

Interment: Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Newark NJ

Obit: Newark Conference 1907, 97

 

1855-56           Carlisle circuit

1856-57           East Loudon  

1857                transfer to Newark Conference

1857-58           Passiac

1858-50           located            [member of Union Chapel in Cincinnati OH]

1860                transfer to East Baltimore Conference

1860-62           Berwick

1862-64           Bellefonte Station

1864-66           Carlisle Emory

1866-68           faculty, Dickinson College

1868                charter member of Central Pennsylvania Conference

1868-72           faculty, Dickinson College

1872-73           on leave

1873-74           Bedford         

1874-76           Lock Haven   

1876-79           York First

1879                transfer to Philadelphia Conference

 

1883-89           dean of School of Theology, DePauw University

1898                transfer to Newark Conference

 

Note: S.L. Bowman is the author of numerous booklets and articles - including Silence of Women in the Churches (1878), Revised Version of the New Testament (1881).  His major book (732 pages) is Historical Evidence of the New Testament (1908).  After the deaths of professors Miley (1895) and Crooks (1897), Bowman responded to the call of Drew University to temporarily fill their positions.  S.L. Bowman is a second cousin to A.S. Bowman.  Relationships to other pastors are too numerous to mention, but are detailed in the Bowman file at the conference archives.  Most notably, S.L. Bowman is a grandson of Thomas Bowman (1760-1823, ordained by Asbury) and a first cousin to Bishop Thomas Bowman (1817-1914), both of the Baltimore Conference.



 

BOWSER, HARRY GRABILL

 

Born: 2-5-1872                                                            married: Esther Williams [c1889]

Died: 5-29-1935                                                          obit: [b. c1868, possibly Bedford County]

                                                                                    married2: Viola May Swisher

?          license                                                             obit2:

1924    recognized as elder from the Church of God married3: Mrs. Emma Cordelia [Della]

                                                                                                Stackhouse Shaw Secules

Interment:                                                                   obit3: 1942, 207         

Obit: [1936, 98]                                                                                             

 

1923-26           Penfield (beginning 9/1/1923: see 1924, 85)

1926-30           Muncy Valley

1930-35           Harveyville

1935                retired in mid-year: see 1935,93

 

Note: H.G. Bowser served as a local pastor.  The third Mrs. Bowser, the widow of Jack Shaw and Jefferson Secules, was a cook for four years at Williamsport Dickinson Seminary while her daughter Pearl Shaw attended there.

 



BOWSER, ROBERT NELSON

 

Born: 6-15-1937  Duncansville PA                             married:

Died:                                                                           obit:

 

1962    admitted on trial, recommended by Duncansville Hicks Memorial

1962    ordained deacon

1964    ordained elder

 

Interment:

Obit:

 

1962-64           student, Garrett Theological Seminary in Evanston IL         

1964-65           Gatchelville    

1965-69           Beach Haven  

1969                transfer to Philadelphia Conference

1969-70           Lansdowne

1970-73           Philadelphia Calvary

1973-74           on leave

1974                voluntary location

 

Note: Robert N. Bowser is listed 1963, 98 as transferring in as a probationer from the Northwest Indiana Conference.  That is confusing because (1) he is listed 1962, 88 as being admitted on trial to the Central Pennsylvania Conference and (2) the General Minutes list no connection to the Northwest Indiana Conference.



 

BRACHETTI, GIULIO C.

 

Born: 12-18-1872                                                        married:

Died: 6-18-1950                                                          obit:

 

1916    admitted on trial, Northern New York Conference

 

Interment:

Obit: Erie Conference 1950, 972

 

1913-14           Clearfield Italian Mission      

1916                “transfer” to Northern New York Conference

1916-20           Frankfort Italian Mission

 

Note: Guilio C. Brachetti served as a local pastor.



 

BRADFORD, HARRY A. JR.

 

Born:                                                                           married:

Died:                                                                           obit:

 

1962    admitted on trial, Central New York Conference

 

Interment:

Obit:

 

1951-53           Deerfield NJ

1953-57           Friendship NJ

1957-62           North Towanda

1962                transfer to Central Pennsylvania Conference by boundary change

1962-64           North Towanda

1964                transfer to New Jersey Conference

                        transfer to Peninsula Conference

1968-71           on leave

1971                voluntary location



 

BRADLEY, EDGAR HERMAN

 

Born: 1-4-1916  Dudley PA                                       married:

Died: 4-16-1988                                                          obit:

 

1943    admitted on trial

1943    ordained deacon

1945    ordained elder

 

Interment:

Obit: California-Nevada Conference 1988, ?

 

1937-39           Cogan Valley 

1939-41           Muncy Valley 

1941-46           Kulpmont       

1946                transfer to California-Nevada Conference



 

BRADLEY, GEORGE WELLS

 

Born: 9-1-1876  Altoona PA                                      married: Caroline Moon

Died: 8-28-1949                                                          obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1954, 230

 

Interment: Oak Ridge Cemetery, Altoona PA

Obit: [1950, 69]

 

1922-27           assistant, Williamsburg circuit

1927-29           Blandburg

1929-34           Allegheny circuit

1934-41           Hollidaysburg [Loop] St. Paul’s

1941-47           Allegheny circuit

1947                retired

 

Note: George W. Bradley served as a local pastor.


 

BRADS, JAMES

 

Born:                                                                           married: Eliza Ritchie

Died: 12-18-1887  Orange NJ                                                obit: Baltimore Conference 1897, 72

 

1836    admitted on trial, Baltimore Conference

 

Interment: Mount Olivet Cemetery, Baltimore MD

Obit: Baltimore Conference 1888,62

 

1836-37           Gettysburg

1837-38           Moorefield

1838-39           Wardensville

1839-40           on leave

1841-43           Concord

1843-44           Williamsburg

1844-46           Westmoreland

1846-47           Warrenton

1847-49           York Springs

1849-51           Boonsboro

1851-53           Frederick

1853-55           Danville station

1855-57           York

1857                charter member of East Baltimore Conference

1857-59           Baltimore Whatcoat

1859-61           Westminster

1861-62           Westernport

1862-64           Huntingdon

1864-66           Petersburg [Duncannon]

1866-68           Petersburg

1868                retired

 



BRADY, LYONS MUSSINA JR.

 

Born: 1-9-1873  Mackeyville PA                                married: Sarah Virginia Gwynn

Died: 12-6-1930  Harrisburg PA                                obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1927, 526

 

1885    admitted on trial, recommended by Loyalsock circuit

1887    ordained deacon

1889    ordained elder

 

Interment: Cedar Hill Cemetery, Lock Haven PA

Obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1931, 182

 

1884-86           Loyalsock

1886-91           Penfield          

1891-92           Williamsburg  

1892-93           Coalport         

1893-98           West Clearfield

1898-03           Mount Union 

1903-06           Hughesville    

1906-10           Shippensburg 

1910-14           Williamsport Fourth Street

1914-15           Emporium

1915-18           Montgomery  

1918-25           Huntingdon Fifteenth Street

1925                retired 

 

Note: Lyons Mussina Brady’s grandmother Rachel Mussina (1799-1849) is a sister to Malcolm Mussina’s great-grandfather Henry Brusbusky Mussina (1803-1869) and to J. Lyons Mussina’s father Jacob Lyons Mussina (1807-1888).  Mrs. Brady is the daughter of William Gwynn.



 

BRAGONIER, WILLIAM F.          

 

Born: c1872                                                                married: Maude Miller [5/8/1893]

Died:                                                                           obit:

 

Interment:      

Obit:

 

1909-10           Blandburg

 

Note:  William F. Bragonier served as a local pastor.  He is otherwise unknown, but appears to have been a tailor living in Altoona.



 

BRANNON, GEORGE O.

 

Born: 10-26-1923                                                        married: Ruth Martin

Died: 11-3-1998                                                          obit: [11/10/1926 – 7/20/2005]

 

 

Interment:      

Obit:

 

1948-50           East Waterford

 

Note:  George O. Brannon served as a local pastor.



 

BRECKBILL, WILLIAM WALLACE

 

Born: 2-4-1907  Danville PA                                      married: Violet Bertha Beard

Died: 9-?-1974                                                            obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1934, 222

                                                                                    married2: Anna M. Hixson

1933    admitted on trial                                             obit2: [11/18/1915 – 12/20/2007]

1934    ordained deacon

 

Interment:

Obit:

 

1932-35           Ray’s Hill       

1935-39           Three Springs 

1939-45           Altoona Broad Avenue

1945                withdrew

 

Note: In 1946 William Wallace Breckbill was one of the co-founders of the Evangelical Methodist Church, and he established the denomination’s first headquarters in Altoona PA.  When the EMC split over the issue of holiness/sanctification 1952-54, Breckbill led the non-holiness and pro-fundamental faction.  He is the namesake of Breckbill Bible College, which he founded in 1957 in Williamsburg PA.  The school relocated to Altoona, then to Hollidaysburg in 1966, and to its present location in Max Meadows VA in 1996.  Apparently there is a published biography, The Life and Ministry of William Wallace Breckbill by Max McCall, of which the conference archives does not have a copy.  W.W. Breckbill is the father of Rev. William W. Breckbill Jr. (1928-1998), affiliation unknown.



 

BREESE, WILLIAM H.

 

Born:                                                                           married:

Died:                                                                           obit:

 

1879    ordained deacon

 

Interment:

Obit:

 

Note: William H. Breese served as a local pastor. 



 

BREISCH, HOWARD REESE

 

Born: 12-29-1892  Hazelton PA                                 married: Rebecca [Reba] Morgart.

Died: 7-21-1974                                                          obit: Newark Conference 1958, 152

                                                                                    married2: Mrs. Marie D. McCloud. Nast

1921    admitted on trial, Newark Conference           obit2: Northern New Jersey Conference 1975, 229

1921    ordained deacon

1923    ordained elder

 

Interment: Evergreen Cemetery, Elizabeth NJ

Obit: Northern New Jersey Conference 1975, 228

 

1917-18           student, Dickinson College

                             1917-18  Greencastle

                             1918-18  Summerdale

1919                “transfer” to Newark Conference

1919-21           Broadway, Lows Hollow & New Village

1921-22           Denville

1922-25           Aloine & Demarest

1925-29           Hasbrouck Heights

1929-20           Cranford

1930-32           Woodbridge

1932-34           Hackettstown

1934-47           Bloomfield Watessing

1947-59           Elizabeth Epworth

1959                retired

 

Note: Howard R. Breisch served as a local pastor.  He is otherwise unknown.



 

BRENNAN, JAMES McCLELLAN

 

Born:  9-22-1871  Hazleton PA                                  married: Maud Reeder

Died:  2-15-1957  Tyrone PA                                     obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1932, 182

 

1893    license

1903    admitted on trial

 

Interment: Oak Hill Cemetery, Curwensville PA

Obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1957, 238

 

1903-05           Jamestown     

1905-11           Duboistown   

1911-15           Picture Rocks 

1915-19           Lock Haven East Main Street

1919-21           Freeland         

1921-27           Emporium      

1927-30           Curwensville  

1930-32           Danville St. Paul’s

1932-37           Bellwood       

1937-38           Yeagertown-Rhodes Memorial

1938-41           Duncansville  

1941                retired 

 

Note: Some biographical information on James M. Brennan appears in the Ministerial Qualifications Book, page 38.  His autobiography From Mine to Pulpit was published in 1954.



 

BRENNEMAN, JEREMIAH BENDER

 

Born:  4-21-1861  Dillsburg PA                                  married: Kate Spessard

Died:  3-18-1930  Harrisburg PA                               obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1941, 219

 

1887     admitted on trial, recommended by Dillsburg & Wellsville

1888    ordained deacon, recommended by Newton Hamilton circuit

 

Interment: Greencastle PA Cemetery

Obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1931, 172

 

1887-88           Newton Hamilton

1888-91           York Ridge Avenue

1891-93           Birmingham               

1893-96           Martinsburg-Woodbury

1896-99           Port Royal      

1899-00           Camp Hill-Salem

1900-02           York West Street

1902-05           McVeytown

1905-08           Shamokin Chestnut Street

1908-11           Lock Haven East Main Street

1911-14           Bellwood

1914-20           Lewisburg      

1920-22           Mt. Union

1922-25           Hanover

1925-29           Jersey Shore

1929                retired 

 

Note: Jeremiah B. Brenneman is a brother to Joseph E. Brenneman.  The Spessard family was prominent and numerous in the Chewsville United Brethren church.  Katie Spessard Brenneman is a niece of David Spessard (1817-1894) of the Virginia UB Conference and a first cousin to Arbelion Spessard, wife of Samuel H. Snell of the Pennsylvania Conference of the UB Church.  Longtime UB missionary Miss Lottie Mae Spessard (1891-1982) is the daughter a first cousin.

 



 

BRENNEMAN, JOSEPH ERWIN

 

Born:  4-26-1873  Dillsburg PA                                  married: Carrie Halfpenny Watson

Died: 7-27-1951  Mifflinburg PA                               obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1955, 237

 

1899     admitted on trial

 

Interment: Woodlawn Cemetery, Mifflinburg PA

Obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1952, 198

 

1897-99           Waterville 

1899-01           Liberty Valley

1901-03           Laurelton

1903-05           East Waterford

1905-08           Liverpool        

1908-12           Mill Hall

1912-15           South Williamsport

1915-17           Altoona Fairview

1917-19           Camp Hill

1919-23           Stewartstown 

1923-26           Duncannon     

1926-29           Northumberland

1929-31           Jersey Shore Epworth

1931-33           Mechanicsburg

1933-37           Sunbury Catawissa Avenue

1937-41           Mifflinburg    

1941-45           Williamsburg  

1945                retired 

 

Note: Joseph E. Brenneman is a brother to Jeremiah B. Brenneman.

 



BRENNEMAN, RICHARD FLOYD

 

Born: 4-4-1933                                                            married: Lynne _____

Died:                                                                           obit:

 

1954    license, recommended by Stewartstown

1956    admitted on trial

1956    ordained deacon

1959    ordained elder

 

Interment:

Obit:

 

1956-58           assistant, Brooklyn NY Hansen-Place-Central

1958-61           Wrightsville    

1961-62           Fayetteville    

1962-63           missionary to Austria

1963                transfer to Austrian Provisional Conference              

1963-70           Vienna-Sechshaus

1970                return to Central Pennsylvania Conference

1970-76           Mansfield

1976-82           Spry Otterbein

1982-90           Yorkshire

1990-98           Hershey (ending 11/1/1998)

1998                retired



 

BRETH, ROBERT ELWOOD

 

Born: 9-24-1912  Yarnell PA                                      married:

Died: 8-23-1989                                                          obit:

 

1941    ordained deacon

1943    admitted on trial

1943    ordained elder

 

Interment:

Obit: North Central New York Conference 1990, ?

 

1938-40           Benezette-Penfield

1940-42           Wallis Run     

1942-43           Half Moon     

1943-46           Austin            

1946-48           Fairview         

1948-50           Watsontown   

1905-55           Sunbury Catawissa Avenue

1955-58           associate general secretary, Pennsylvania Council of Christian Education

1958                transfer to Central New York Conference

 



 

BRETZ, JOSEPH A.

 

Born: 3-8-1876                                                            married:

Died: 3-21-1958                                                          obit:

 

?          admitted on trial, Kentucky Conference

 

Interment:

Obit: Ohio Conference 1958, 1084

 

1907-08           student

1908                transfer to Central Pennsylvania Conference

1908-09           Ennisville

1909-10           Millville

1910-11           on leave

1911                transfer to Gulf Conference



 

BREWER, CHARLES CURTIS

 

Born: 10-31-1900  Clark Township NJ           married: Jennie Gearhart

Died: 5-8-1977  Port Matilda PA                               obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1930, 202

                                                                                    married2: Inez Gray Sellers

1927    admitted on trial, recommended by Vira        obit: [1892-1963]

1930    ordained deacon                                             married3: Mrs. Sara A. Williams

1932    ordained elder                                                 obit: [7/16/1913 – 2/9/2001]

 

Interment:

Obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1977,264

 

1926-27           Vira

1927-28           Mount Holly Springs

1928-30           Munson          

1930-32           Half Moon     

1932-33           Claysburg

1933                withdrew

                             1934-42  automobile accessories business

                             1942-68  insurance representative

1972                reactivated, retired

                             1972-75  Shrader

 

Note: Charles C. Brewer also served as a local pastor when not under appointment.  The maiden name of the third Mrs. Brewer was Sara A. Kern.

 



BRILL, WILLIAM

 

Born: 2-23-1855  Pottsville PA                                  married: Lillie Gregg McMurray

Died: 6-8-1925  Bloomsburg PA                                obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1930, 200

 

1886    admitted on trial, recommended by New Britain CT

 

Interment: Bellefonte PA Cemetery

Obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1926, 339

 

1886-88           Port Matilda   

1888-89           Pine Grove

1889-91           Birmingham   

1891-93           Tyrone Second

1893-98           Mount Union 

1898-00           Burnham

1900-01           Altoona Walnut Avenue

1901-05           Newberry

1905-06           Shickshinny

1906-08           Sunbury St. John’s

1908-09           Danville St. Paul’s

1909-10           suspended for one year

1910-15           on leave

1915-16           faculty, Bloomsburg Normal School 

1916                retired 

 

Note: Mrs. Brill is the daughter of Jacob McMurray.  She is a direct descendant of Senator Andrew Gregg and a first cousin of Governor Andrew Gregg Curtin.



 

BRIM, WILLIAM WALLACE

 

Born: 5-18-1827  Henrietta NY                                  married: Julia Mabel Maria Douglas

Died: 10-7-1874  Lockport NY                                  obit: [1828-]

 

1859    admitted on trial, East Baltimore Conference

 

Interment: Glenwood Cemetery, Lockport NY

Obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1875, 70

 

1857                graduated from Dickinson College

1857-60           principal, Rainsburg Seminary

1859-60  Schellsburg

1860-61           Lewistown Circuit     

1861-62           principal, Rainsburg Seminary

1862-63           retired to California for health reasons          

1863-64           principal, Jonesville Seminary in Saratoga NY

1864-68           retired to Lockport NY

1868                charter member of Central Pennsylvania Conference

1868                retired

 

Note: William W. Brim did not marry until 1864.  Mrs. Brim’s first husband, a Mr. Augustus Dickerson, died in 1859.  Doug Brim at dprh@aol.com is a 2004 contact person

 



BRINKER, ALBERT JAN SR.

 

Born: 7-18-1912  Louisiana                                        married: Hazel Cooper

Died: 3-28-1990  North Carolina                                obit:

                                                                                    married2: Elizabeth Varga

1956     admitted on trial                                            obit2:

1956    ordained deacon

 

Interment:

Obit:

 

1954-57           Rehoboth       

1957-58           York Duke Street

1958                withdrew at own request, page 53

1958                entered the ministry in the United Church of Christ

1958-64           Penryn PA, Jerusalem UCC

1964-70           Mechanicsburg PA, St. Paul’s UCC

                        retired, living in Winston-Salem NC



 

BRINTON, HOWARD THOMAS

 

Born: 1-14-1916  Evanston IL                                    married: Elizabeth McAbee

Died: 5-4-1998  Mechanicsburg PA                           obit: 2004, 361

 

1935    license, recommended by Williamsport Mulberry Street

1939    admitted on trial, Southern Congo Provisional Conference

 

Interment: Homeville PA

Obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1998, 428

 

1939                graduated from Asbury College

1939-41           Sandoa, Belgian Congo

1941-43           student, Westminster Theological Seminary in Westminsiter MD

     1942-43  Fayetteville

1943                transfer to Central Pennsylvania Conference

1943-44           Fayetteville

1944-45           student, Hartford Seminary

1945-66           missionary, Republic of the Congo

1966-80           executive staff, Board of Global Ministries

1980                retired

 

Note: Howard T. Brinton is listed in the 1966 Who’s Who in The Methodist Church, page 147.

 



BRITTAIN, ALEM MARR

 

Born: 9-17-1809  near Light Street PA                      married: Jemima Porter Goodfellow

Died: 11-9-1889  Bloomsburg PA                              obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1906, 123

 

1830    admitted on trial, Baltimore Conference

 

Interment: Pine Grove Cemetery, Berwick PA

Obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1890, 79

 

1829-30           Philipsburg     

1830-31           Concord         

1831-32           Bellefonte      

1832-33           Philipsburg     

1833-34           Berwick          

1834-36           Hollidaysburg

1836-43           on leave

1843-45           Sunbury

1845-47           Milton circuit

1847-49           Berwick          

1849-51           Bellefonte circuit

1851-53           Warrior’s Mark

1853-54           Huntingdon

1854-56           Penn’s Valley 

1856-57           Lock Haven

1857                charter member of East Baltimore Conference

1857-59           Bellefonte circuit

1859-61           West Harford 

1861-62           East Harford  

1862-63           Chambersburg

1863-64           Carlisle circuit

1864-65           chaplain, US Army

1865-68           on leave

1868                charter member of Central Pennsylvania Conference

1868-70           on leave

1870-73           Berwick circuit

1873-75           Jeanesville

1875-76           Mount Carmel

1876-78           Espy-Light Street

1878-79           Beach Haven              

1879-80           Buckhorn       

1880                retired

 

Note: Alem M. Brittain is the father of Melville C. Brittain, the father of the wife of Ebenezer A. Smith (1827-1902) of the New England Conference and the grandfather of Katherine Brittain Leidy, wife of George Leidy.  A biographical sketch appears in Armstrong’s The Old Baltimore Conference, page 336. 

  Alem Brittain is supposedly a second cousin to Bishop Thomas Bowman, the bishop’s mother Sarah Brittain being a cousin to Alem’s father John Brittain.  He apparently is the namesake of Alem Brittain Mettler (1844-1917) of the Rock River Conference and Alem Brittain Shipman (1845-1906) of the Des Moines Conference.


 

BRITTAIN, MELVILLE C.

 

Born: c1844 PA                                                          married: Amelia J.B. Randolph

Died:                                                                           obit:

 

1865    admitted on trial, East Baltimore Conference: recommended by Carlisle circuit

1873    local pastor’s license, Central Pennsylvania Conference [1873,85; 1874,85]

 

Interment:

Obit:

 

1862-63           Pennsylvania 126th Regiment, Company D (8/13/62 – 5/20/63)

1865-66           Birmingham

1866-67           Half Moon

1867-68           Mt. Vernon

1868-69           East Baltimore station

1869                transfer by boundary change to Baltimore Conference

1869-70           East Baltimore station

1870-71           chaplain, US Navy

1871                transfer to New Hampshire Conference

1871-72           Dover (ending 12/1871)

1872                withdrew

1873-75           Bloomingdale, Central Pennsylvania Conference

1875-76           local pastor living in New Columbus, possibly serving as the principal of a school

1876                no longer listed

1880                living in Landis NJ

1881-82           Roadstown & Harmony, New Jersey Conference

1893                preached and officiated at funerals in Connecticut

1897                preached and officiated at funerals in Ohio

 

Note: Melville C. Brittain is the son of Alem M. Brittain.  He appears also to be known as Melton C. Brittain.  Local sources report that he served Dillsburg 1865-66 and State College 9/1891-3/1892. 

     The following is taken from the 1914 History of Strafford County, New Hampshire by John Scales: In 1871, Rev. M. C. Brittain, who had been transferred from the Baltimore Conference, was stationed at Dover.  Owing to habits of intemperance, which he said he had formed in the navy, in which he had served as a chaplain, he resigned the charge at the request of the official board and the presiding elder in December.  He removed from the city soon after his resignation.  The church was deeply affected with grief at this unfortunate event, but treated Mr. Brittain with the greatest kindness, and bore with him some time with charitable hopes of his reformation, which was of no avail, notwithstanding his strong promises and feeble efforts.


 

BRONSON, B.F.

 

Born:                                                                           married:

Died:                                                                           obit:

 

Interment:      

Obit:

 

1921-22           Muncy Valley

 

Note:  B.F. Bronson served as a local pastor.  He is otherwise unknown.

 



BRONSON, P.L.

 

Born:                                                                           married:

Died:                                                                           obit:

 

Interment:

Obit:

 

1889-90           Boyle’s Run

 

Note: P.L. Bronson served as a local pastor.  He is otherwise unknown.



 

BROOKS, LYNN CALVIN

 

Born: 9-8-1929  Center Hall PA                                 married: Delores Marion Knepp

Died:                                                                           obit:

 

1949    license, recommended by Pleasant Gap

1954    admitted on trial

1954    ordained deacon

1957    ordained elder

 

Interment:

Obit:

 

1948-52           student, Lycoming College

                             1950-52  Montandon

1952-55           student, Drew University in Madison NJ      

1955-57           Nescopeck (beginning 3/1/1955)       

1957                voluntary location

                        New Jersey Correctional Institution for Boys



BROOKS, RICHARD

 

Born: 8-11-1861  Cornwall England                          married: Alice Adeline Taylor

Died: 11-1-1934  Drexel Hill PA                                obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1957, 247

 

1889    admitted on trial, recommended by Clifton & Mt. Pleasant of the Philadelphia Conf

 

Interment:  Arlington Cemetery, Drexel Hill PA

Obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1935, 234

 

1889-90           York West Street

1890-92           Hoytville

1892-94           Montandon    

1894-95           Emporium circuit

1895-99           Snydertown   

1899-04           Conyngham    

1904-06           Altoona Walnut Avenue

1906-08           Houtzdale

1908-11           Shamokin Second

1911-15           York Epworth

1915-17           Muncy            

1917-19           Stewartstown 

1919-22           St. Mary’s      

1922-24           Enola

1924-27           Mercersburg   

1927                retired 



BROOKS, WILLIAM C.

 

Born:                                                                           married:

Died:                                                                           obit:

 

 

Interment:      

Obit:

 

1955-56           Burnt Cabins (beginning 3/1/1955)

1956-58           Shade Valley

 

Note:  William Brooks served as a local pastor.

 



 

BROUSE, DAVID YOUNG

 

Born: 8-10-1865  Boalsburg PA                     married: Margaret Ann Marks Murphy

Died: 8-8-1940  Williamsport PA                   obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1923,138

                                                                        married2: Leda Mandella Bahn

1897    admitted on trial                                 obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1967, 314

 

Interment:  East Wildwood Cemetery, Williamsport PA

Obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1941, 204

 

1889                Hancock school house, Manor Hill circuit (beginning 4/24/1889)

1891-94           Emporium circuit (beginning 12/12/1891)

1894-97           Muhlenburg [Bloomingdale]  

1897-02           Jerseytown     

1902-05           Port Royal      

1905-10           Newton Hamilton

1910-13           Warrior’s Mark

1913-17           Williamsport Market Street

1917-21           Houtzdale

1921-23           York Grace

1923-27           Mount Union 

1927-31           Harrisburg Epworth

1931-34           Altoona Grace

1934                retired 



 

BROWN, ELBERT V.

 

Born: 7-19-1873  Clearfield PA                                 married: Harriet Eleanor Bowers

Died: 2-18-1952  Carlisle PA                                     spouse: (d 1936)

 

1900    admitted on trial

 

Interment: Hillcrest Cemetery, Clearfield PA

Obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1952, 200

 

1900-01           Centre

1901-04           Altoona Fairview

1904-07           Camp Hill

1907-09           East Altoona  

1909-10           Bakerton

1910-15           on leave          

1915-16           assistant, Clearfield Trinity

1916-18           secretary, Conference Temperance Society

1918-49           located at own request

                        worked in Harrisburg in state offices

                        1938 moved to Carlisle and entered real estate business

1949                readmitted as elder

1949                retired 

 



BROWN, JAMES H.

 

Born: 8-20-1807  Lancaster County PA                     married:

Died: 3-15-1886                                                          obit: [d.11/7/1883]

 

1829    admitted on trial , Baltimore Conference

 

Interment:

Obit: Baltimore Conference 1887, 39

 

1829-30           Bellefonte

1830-31           Lycoming

1831-32           Sunbury

1832-               Liberty

1830-35           Baltimore City station

1835-36           Fredericksburg

1836-37           West Baltimore

1837-38           Shippensburg station

1839-41           Frederick station

1841-42           Montgomery

1842-44           Washington DC Ebenezer

1844-46           Chambersburg

1846-47           Staunton

1847-49           Baltimore City

1849-51           Carlisle

1851-53           Lewistown

1853-55           Washington Wesley chapel

1855-57           Martinsburg

1857                charter member of East Baltimore Conference

1857-59           East Baltimore station

1859-61           Baltimore Whatcoat

1861-63           assistant, Baltimore Strawbridge

1863                retired

1868                transfer by boundary change to Baltimore Conference

 



BROWN, JOHN C.

 

Born: 10-13-1848  Winchester VA                             married: Mary A. Lee

Died: 3-14-1899  Hagerstown MD                             obit: [d 11-23-1920]

 

1878    admitted on trial

 

Interment: Hagerstown MD

Obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1899, 97

 

1878-79           Cove   

1879-80           South Hebertown

1880-81           Benton           

1881-83           Muhlenberg    

1883-86           Littlestown     

1886-86           Greencastle    

1887-88           Hyner 

1888-90           Ray’s Hill

1890-95           Wolfsburg

1895-97           Manor Hill      

1897                on leave



 

BROWN, JOHN D.

 

Born: 11-8-1834  Kishacoquillas Valley PA               married: Susan M. _____

Died: 2-17-1878  Harrisburg PA                                obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1912, 130

 

1857    admitted on trial, East Baltimore Conference

 

Interment: Harrisburg PA

Obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1878, 68

 

1859-60           Birmingham circuit

1860-61           Philipsburg

1861                Warrior’s Mark (until 8/1861)

1861-70           India Mission 

1870-71           Carlisle First

1871-72           India Mission 

1872                transfer to India Conference

1872-76           India Mission

1876                transfer to Central Pennsylvania Conference

1876-77           ?

1877-78           Sunday School tract agent

 

Note: A memoir for John D. Brown also appears in The Conference News for March 1880, page 4.  His original 1876 letter from India regarding his transfer back to Central Pennsylvania is in the conference membership files.



 

BROWN, JOHN FEARON

 

Born: 7-19-1832  Clinton County PA                        married: Mel. L. _____

Died: 12-8-1880  Lock Haven PA                              obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1907, 120

 

1859    admitted on trial, East Baltimore Conference

 

Interment: Lock Haven PA Cemetery

Obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1881, 68

 

1858-59           Philipsburg

1859-60           Cassville

1860-61           Newberry

1861-62           Bellefonte circuit

1862-64           Karthaus

1864-66           Milroy

1866-68           Cassville

1868                charter member of Central Pennsylvania Conference

1868-71           Orangeville     

1871-73           Elysburg         

1873-75           Conyngham    

1875-76           Washingtonville

1876-78           Bloomingdale 

1878-80           Grahamton     

1880                Montgomery  

 

Note: A memoir for J. Fearon Brown also appears in The Conference News for 12/15/1880, page 5.



 

BROWN, JOHN WESLEY

 

Born:                                                                           married:

Died:                                                                           obit:

 

 

1859-60           Hampstead

1860-62           Hereford

1862-63           Gettysburg

1863-64           Baltimore Harford Avenue

1864-65           Baltimore Huntingdon Avenue

1865                withdrawn

 

Note: This is not the John Wesley Brown (1827-1919) of the Delaware Conference.  This John Wesley Brown is otherwise unknown.


 

BROWN, RUSSELL

 

Born:                                                                           married:

Died:                                                                           obit:

 

Interment:

Obit:

 

1927-28           Phelps Chapel & Charlton

 

Note: Russell Brown served as a local pastor.  He is otherwise unknown.



 

BROWN, WILLIAM MARTIN

 

Born: 2-12-1928  West Oneonta NY                          married: Lorraine _____

Died:                                                                           obit:

 

1944    license, recommended by Oneonta NY Elm Park

1954    admitted on trial

1954    ordained deacon

1956    ordained elder

 

Interment:

Obit:

 

1946-47           Avis (9/46 – 4/47)

1947-48           Clearfield circuit (4/47 – 8/48)

1948-50           student, West Virginia Wesleyan in Buckhannon WV

                             1948-50  group ministry, West Virginia Conference

1950-52           US Army (12/1950 – 12/1952)

1953-55           student, Boston University School of Theology in Boston MA

1954-55           student

1955-58           Fayetteville

1958-63           New Freedom

1963-68           Altoona Fifty-Eighth Street

1968-70           York Ridge Avenue-Bethlehem

1970-73           York Bethlehem

1973-80           Hummelstown Grace

1980-88           Huntingdon First

1988-93           Shippensburg Messiah

1993                retired

 

Note:  William M. Brown was conference secretary 1976-2000.  He is the father of Ann Brown Baer, wife of Timothy R. Baer in the United Methodist files.



 

BRUBAKER, DAVID OWEN

 

Born: 1-5-1915  Altoona PA                                      married: Ruth Naomi Drake

Died: 5-20-1987                                                          obit: 2001, 360

 

1933    license, recommended by Altoona Grace

1937    admitted on trial

1938    ordained deacon

1941    ordained elder

 

Interment: Williamsport PA

Obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1988, 406

 

1937-39           student, Boston University School of Theology in Boston MA

1939-41           Bakerton

1941-44           Newton Hamilton      

1944-48           Watsontown   

1948-50           Altoona Lakemont

1950-55           Mifflintown   

1955-59           Shamokin Lincoln Street

1959-62           Hazleton St. Paul’s

1962-67           Montoursville

1967-72           Tyrone First

1972-76           Williamsport Pine Street

1976-81           Towanda

1981                retired

                             1981-83  South Williamsport

                                             Trout Run

                                             Eagles Mere

 

Note: David O. Brubaker is listed in the 1966 Who’s Who in The Methodist Church, page 164.



 

BRUCE, AMOS MARTIN

 

Born: 1-10-1873  Mount Nebo PA                             married: Mary F. Faussett

Died: 10-12-1936                                                        obit: NE Southern 1951, 694

 

1900    admitted on trial

 

Interment:

Obit: New England Southern Conference 1937, 246

 

1895-99           student, Dickinson College

                             1897-99  Rehobeth

1899-00           York Springs

1900-01           Milnesvile-Lattimer    

1901-03           student, Boston University School of Theology in Boston MA

                             1901-02  assistant, Maplewood MA Congregational Church

1903-05           York Springs  

1905-07           York West Street

1907-09           North Bend-Hyner

1909                transfer to New England Southern Conference



 

BRUMBAUGH, HARRY FRANCIS

 

Born: 3-29-1895  Royer PA                                        married: Hazel Jamilla Bingaman

Died: 11-18-1941  Altoona PA                                  obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1967, 314

 

1921    admitted on trial, recommended by Laurelton

 

Interment: Alto-Reste Cemetery, Altoona PA

Obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1942, 198

 

1914-19           Vira  (beginning 9/14)

1919-22           Laurelton

1922-24           Selinsgrove

1924-27           Mill Hall

1927-31           Burnham

1931-36           Newport

1936-40           Hazleton Diamond

1940-41           Altoona Llyswen, Altoona

 

Note: Harry F. Brumbaugh was conference treasurer 1928-36.



 

BRUNER, CALDER DANIEL APPLEY

 

Born:                                                                           married: Martha A. _____

Died:  Collinsville NJ                                                  obit:

                                                                                    married2: Ella May _____

Interment: East Harrisburg Cemetery, Harrisburg      obit 2:

Obit:     

 

1910-17           New Benton [Bressler]

 

Note: Calder D.A. Bruner was a baker and served as a local pastor.  His father, a brakeman for the railroad, was killed on the Rockville Bridge in 1874, and Calder was raised at the Soldier’s Orphan School in Mount Joy PA.  Biographical material is on file at the archives.



 

BRUNSTETTER, BYRON CURTIS

 

Born: 12-8-1900  Delano PA                                      married: Alice Buscall

Died: 9-16-1953  near Albany NY                             obit: [7/3/1904 – 2/4/1996]

 

1921    admitted on trial, recommended by Harrisburg Camp Curtin

 

Interment:

Obit:

 

1920-22           student, Dickinson College

                             1921-22  Bainbridge, Philadelphia Conference

                             1922       Hummelstown, Philadelphia Conference

1922-23           student, Drew Theological School in Madison NJ

                             1922-23  Jeddo, Latimer & Milnesville

1923                discontinued

 

Note: Byron C. Brunstetter is the son of Frank H. Brunstetter.  He left seminary to study for a PhD in Biochemistry.



 

BRUNSTETTER, FRANK HOWARD

 

Born: 4-27-1871  Eyers Grove PA                             married: Lulu M. Appleman

Died: 4-20-1925  Everett PA                                      obit: [3/7/1877 – 7/4/1974]

 

1898    admitted on trial, recommended by Whippany NJ

 

Interment:  Laurel Hill Cemetery, Orangeville PA

Obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1926, 335

 

1898-01           Excelsior

1901-02           Park Place-Delano

1902-04           York West Street

1904-11           Conygham      

1911-14           Shamokin Chestnut Street

1914-18           Williamsport Fourth Street

1920-24           Camp Curtin  

1924-25           Everett           

 

Note: Frank H. Brunstetter is the father of Byron C. Brunstetter.  Following the death of Rev. Brunstetter, Lulu Brunstetter worked at Williamsport Dickinson Seminary (now Lycoming College) for 32 years as a teacher and librarian.  The conference archives include a copy of the 1995 book The Ministry of the Reverend Frank Howard Brunstetter, compiled by his grandson Richard W. Brunstetter MD.



 

BRUNYATE, EDWIN RICHARD

 

Born: 10-20-1852  Selby, Yorkshire England            married: Eliza Ann England

Died: 1-13-1930                                                          obit: New Jersey Conference 1941, 523

 

1873    admitted on trial, Nova Scotia Conference

 

Interment: Broad Street Presbyterian Cemetery, Bridgeton NJ

Obit: New Jersey Conference 1930, 307

 

1920-21           Greencastle (did not finish the year)

 

Note: Edwin R. Brunyate supplied as a retired pastor from New Jersey, but he had connections in the area.  Some sources give his christening date as 531/1846, which contradicts the birthdate in his obituary.  His daughter Josephine Brunyate Meredith (1870-1864) was Dean of Women at Dickinson College 1920-46, and that institution’s first female full professor and first professor emerita.



 

BRYNER, CHARLES WILBUR

 

Born: 11-8-1871  McCoysville PA                             married: Lo Demma Kirkpatrick

Died: 7-18-1939  Danville PA                                    obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1915, 120

                                                                                    married2: Ethel Rosalind Chilcote

1902    admitted on trial                                             obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1920, 138

                                                                                    married3: Carrie Catharine Waltman

Interment: Fairview Cemetery, Wrightsville PA        obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1970, 387

Obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1940, 174

 

1899-00           Cassville

1900-02           Shirleysburg

1902-03           Mapleton-Mill Creek

1903-05           Washingtonville

1905-07           Buckhorn

1907-11           McConnellsburg

1911-16           Centralia

1916-17           Houtzdale

1917-19           St. Mary’s      

1919-23           Wrightsville    

1923-25           Freeland         

1925-28           Danville Trinity

1928                retired             

 

Note: Some biographical information on Charles W. Bryner appears in the Ministerial Qualifications Book, page 29.  The first husband of the second Mrs. Bryner was a Charles Bard.  She is a niece to Mary Catherine Chilcote Norcross, the wife of William H. Norcross.



 

BUBB, MICHAEL B.

 

Born: c1872  Lycoming County PA                           married: Pearl Day Gogley [11/2/1904]

Died: 1923                                                                  obit: [2/22/1878 – 1964]

 

1901    admitted on trial, recommended by Waterville

 

Interment:

Obit:

 

1899-01           Waterville

1901-02           Nelson’s Run 

1902-04           Wharton

1904-07           James Creek   

1907-11           Salona-Lamar 

1911-13           Salladasburg   

1913-15           Wallaceton

1915                withdrew

 

Note: The obituary of Mrs. Bubb appeared in the Altoona Mirror.


 

BUCK, CHARLES J.

 

Born: 12-25-1852  Clarkstown PA                             married: Anna Rebecca Hass

Died: 8-14-1883  Clarkstown PA                               obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1917, 136

 

1874    admitted on trial, recommended by Hughesville circuit

 

Interment:  Emmanuel Lutheran Church Cemetery, Muncy Valley PA.

Obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1885, 77

 

 

1874-75           Muncy Creek

1875-76           South Heberton

1876-77           Elysburg         

1877-78           Benton           

1878-79           Beech Creek and Johnstown 

1879-81           Kedron           

1881-83           Fort Littleton 

1883                Shirleysburg   

 

Note: A memoir for Charles J. Buck also appears in The Conference News for 9/1/1883.

 


 

BUCKE, DAVID PERRY

 

Born: 4-24-1907  Sunbury PA                                    married: Amy McCallum

Died: 9-9-1993  Harrisburg PA                                  obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1976, 154

 

1927    license, recommended by Harrisburg Stevens Memorial

1930    admitted on trial

1932    ordained deacon

1934    ordained elder

 

Interment:

Obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1994, 474

 

1929-31           Jeddo-Milnesville

1931-33           student, Drew Theological Seminary in Madison NJ

                             1932-33      West Fairview-Summerdale

1933-37           Mercersburg

1937-42           Gettysburg

1942-47           York Grace

1947-53           Tyrone First    

1953-59           Phillipsburg    

1959-62           Berwick First 

1962-67           Waynesboro   

1967-71           York Asbury  

1971-74           Millersburg First

1974                retired

                             1977-79  assistant, Newport Parish

 

Note: D. Perry Bucke is the son of J.E.A. Bucke.  He is a brother to Emory Stevens Bucke and Dr. Elizabeth Bucke Miller (medical missionary to Nepal).



 

BUCKE, EMORY STEVENS

 

Born: 11-18-1913                                                        married: Barbara Burns

Died: 3-10-1987                                                          obit: [3/23/1903 – 10/?/1980]

 

?          license, recommended by Harrisburg Stevens Memorial

1939    admitted on trial, New England Conference

1941    ordained deacon, New England Conference

 

Interment:

Obit: Southern New England Conference 1987, ?

 

1936-38           Winchester NH Federated Church

1938-42           Oxford MA

1942-44           Hyde Park MA

1944-53           editor, Zion’s Herald

1953-               senior editor, Board of Publication

 

Note: A biographical sketch of Emory S. Bucke appears in the 1974 Encyclopedia of World Methodism.  Named for Emory Stevens, Emory Stevens Bucke is the son of J.E.A. Bucke.  He is a brother to D. Perry Bucke and Dr. Elizabeth Bucke Miller (medical missionary to Nepal).  Mrs. Bucke is the daughter of Bishop Charles W. Burns (1874-1938), originally of the Philadelphia Conference.



 

BUCKE, JACOB EDWARD AMBROSE

 

Born: 11-3-1875  Hunter’s Valley, Liverpool PA      married: Linnie Mae Coulter

Died: 3-8-1961  Harrisburg PA                                  obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1946, 231

 

1903    admitted on trial

 

Interment:  Calvary Cemetery, Duncannon PA

Obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1961, 261

 

1900-03           student, Drew Theological Seminary in Madison NJ

                             New Germantown NJ

1903-05           Buckhorn-Rupert

1905-12           Sunbury Catawissa Avenue

1912-20           Williamsport Newberry

1920-21           Hazleton St. Paul’s

1921-27           superintendent, Sunbury District

1927-34           Harrisburg Stevens Memorial

1934-38           Lock Haven Trinity

1938-45           Shamokin Lincoln Street

1945-48           Newport         

1948                retired 

                             1948-52  Patton

 

Note: J.E.A. Bucke is listed in the 1945 Prominent Personalities in American Methodism.  He is a brother to J.L.L. Bucke and W. Fowler Bucke and Irene Bucke Fray, wife of Charles Augustus Fray (1880-1953) of the Central Pennsylvania Conference of the Evangelical Church.  He is also the father of D. Perry Bucke, Emory Stevens Bucke and Dr. Alma Elizabeth Jane Bucke Miller (medical missionary to Nepal).  Some biographical information appears in the Ministerial Qualifications Book, page 39.  An account of the family appears in the 2010 volume of The Chronicle, pages 49-61.



 

BUCKE, JOHN LAWRENCE LEE

 

Born: 11-18-1858  Perry County PA                          married: Clara S. Crow [1881]

Died: 10-21-1933                                                        obit: [8/2/1860 – 3/11/1911]

                                                                                    married2: Minnie F. Moses

                                                                                    obit2:

 

Interment: Evergreen Methodist Cemetery, Duncannon PA

Obit:

 

1907-09           Duncannon circuit

 

Note: J. Lawrence L. Bucke served as a local pastor.  He was a teacher, and he served as treasurer of Perry County 1928-32.  He is a brother to J.E.A Bucke and W. Fowler Bucke.



 

BUCKE, WILLIAM FOWLER

 

Born: 9-29-1866  Hunter’s Valley, Liverpool PA      married: Anna C. Moore [6/17/1896]

Died: 9-14-1941  New Buffalo PA                            obit:

 

1922    ordained local deacon, Genesee Conference

1927    ordained local elder, Genesee Conference

 

Interment: Grove Cemetery, Whiteford PA

Obit:

 

1892-95           student, Dickinson College

1895-98           faculty, Centenary Collegiate Institute in Hackettstown NJ

1898-02           high school principal, New Castle PA

1902-04           student, Clark University in Wooster MA

1904-? principal, Manual Training School in Harrisburg PA

                        faculty and department head, State Normal School in Genesco NY

1926-28           Rouzerville (beginning 12/3/1926)

1928-29           West Fairview & Summerdale

1929-32           Gatchellville

 

Note: W. Fowler Bucke has a file with the Conference Board of Ordained Ministry, but he never matriculated through the system.  His ministerial service was as a local pastor.  He is a brother to J.A.E. Bucke and J.L.L. Bucke.  He the author of several early twentieth century publications including “Children’s Thoughts, Reactions, and Feelings Toward Pet Dogs,” “Examinations and Grading: an Historical Comparative, and Psychological Study,” and “Dynamics of History.”



 

BUCKINGHAM, JOHN WESLEY

 

Born: 1832                                                                  married: Rebecca McGinley

Died: 1904                                                                  obit:

                                                                                    married2: Mrs. Sallie A. VanKirk

?          license                                                             obit2:

 

Interment: Prospect Hill Cemetery, York PA

Obit: Pennsylvania Methodist 12/1/1904, 8

 

Note: John W. Buckingham served as a local preacher.  His local preacher’s license is on display at York Asbury UMC.  A biographical sketch appears in the 1996 volume of The Chronicle, page 128.  His son Lewis married Elsie Bell, the daughter of James Ellis Bell.



 

BUCKINGHAM, NATHAN S.

 

Born: 9-13-1821  Montgomery County VA               married: Margaret M _____

Died: 4-27-1884  Lewisburg PA                                obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1893, 96

 

1843    admitted on trial, Baltimore Conference

 

Interment:  Lewisburg Cemetery

Obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1885, 78

 

1843-44           Front Royal

1844-45           Bellefonte

1845-46           Northumberland

1846-47           Lexington

1847-48           Jersey Shore

1848-49           Berwick

1849-51           Havre de Grace

1851-52           Shippensburg 

1852-54           Mifflin

1854-56           Huntingdon

1856-57           Highland

1857                charter member of East Baltimore Conference

1857-59           Concord

1859-61           Mifflin

1861-63           Carlisle

1863-66           Frostburg

1866-68           York   

1868                charter member of Central Pennsylvania Conference

1868-69           York

1860-72           Shamokin       

1872-74           Bloomsburg    

1874-78           superintendent, Danville District

1878-81           Bedford

1881-82           Harrisburg St. Paul’s

1882-84           Lewisburg      

 

Note: Nathan S. Buckingham is the son of Rev. Richard Buckingham, a local preacher in the Baltimore Conference.  A memoir also appears in The Conference News for 9/15/1884.  Biographical sketches appear in Armstrong’s The Old Baltimore Conference, page 341, and in Simpson’s 1881 Cyclopedia of Methodism.  He is the namesake of Nathan Buckingham Smith.

 



 

BUCKLEY, JOHN W.

 

Born: 12-11-1832  near Mt. Union PA                       married: Mary J. Rishel

Died: 5-1-1918  Media PA.                                        obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1916, 130

 

1857    admitted on trial, Baltimore Conference

 

Interment:  Media PA Cemetery

Obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1919, 133

 

1857                charter member of East Baltimore Conference

1857-58           Coalmont

1858-59           Birmingham   

1859-60           Bedford circuit

1860-61           Woodbury

1861-62           Muncy

1862-63           Middleburg    

1863-65           Mercersburg   

1865-68           Antietam

1868                charter member of Central Pennsylvania Conference

1868-70           Glen Hope      

1870-73           Howard          

1873076          Rehoboth-Newville

1876-79           Newport

1879-82           Selinsgrove     

1882-85           Stockton and Beaver Meadow

1885-88           Centralia

1888-90           Watsontown   

1890-93           Mount Holly  

1893-98           Weatherly

1989-03           Centralia

1903-07           White Haven  

1907                retired

 

Note: A memoir for John W. Buckley also appears in the Christian Advocate for 6/13/1918, page 748.



 

BUEHLER, JOHN FRANCIS

 

Born: 12-7-1910  Hazleton PA                                   married: Alma Ruth Kellander

Died: 7-9-1996  Mechanicsburg PA                           obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1968, 328

 

1940    license, recommended by Snow Shoe

1949    admitted on trial

1951    ordained elder

 

Interment: Stewartstown

Obit: [1997,337]

 

1941-42           Karthaus

1942-45           Wallis Run

1945-47           Birmingham 

1947-50           Beaver Meadows

1950-54           Clearfield Emmanuel

1954-57           Watsontown   

1957-62           Stewartstown 

1962-64           Northumberland

1964-68           Altoona Llyswen

1968-70           Hazleton St. Paul’s

1970-75           Mechanicsburg Grace

1975                retired

 

Note: John F. Buehler is listed in the 1966 Who’s Who in The Methodist Church, page 172.



 

BUOY, CHARLES WESLEY

 

Born: 7-16-1841  Milton PA.                                      married: Ella Simpson

Died: 10-31-1897  Philadelphia PA                            obit:

 

1868  Philadelphia Conf. On Trial

.

Interment: West Laurel Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia PA

Obit: Philadelphia Conference 1898, 104

 

1868                charter member of Wilmington Conference

1868-71           Fairmount MD

1872                Salisbury MD (resigned due to ill health)

1872-73           on leave

1873                transfer to Philadelphia Conference

1873-76           assistant, Philadelphia Grace

1876-79           West Philadelphia Christ

1879                transfer to Central Pennsylvania Conference

1879-82           Harrisburg Grace

1882                transfer to Colorado Conference

1882-84           Denver Evans Chapel (resigned due to ill health)

1884                transfer to Philadelphia Conference

1884-86           Philadelphia Ebenezer

1886-91           Philadelphia Trinity

1891-96           West Philadelphia Church of the Covenant

1896-97           Philadelphia Trinity

 

Note: Charles W. Buoy is the author of the book Representative Women of Methodism.  Mrs. Buoy is the daughter of Bishop Matthew Simpson.  The burial plot of Rev. and Mrs. Buoy adjoins that of Bishop and Mrs. Simpson.



 

BUHRMAN, EMORY

 

Born: 4-11-1836  Washington County MD                married: Ada Eliza Chenoweth

Died: 2-3-1919  Relay MD                                        obit: [10/5/1838 - ?]

 

1858    license, Antietam circuit

1859    admitted on trial, East Baltimore Conference 

1861    ordained deacon, East Baltimore Conference

1863    ordained elder, East Baltimore Conference

 

Interment: Druid Ridge Cemetery, Baltimore MD

Obit: Baltimore Conference 1919, 98

 

1858-59           Hampstead circuit

1859-60           Coalmont

1860-61           Schellsburg

1861-62           Allegany

1862-63           Mifflin

1863-64           Shrewsbury

1864-66           Wrightsville

1866-68           Frostburg

1868                transfer by boundary change to Baltimore Conference

1868-69           Frostburg

1869-72           Hampstead

1872-75           Liberty

1875-77           Harford

1877-80           Montgomery

1880-83           Bentley Springs

1883-86           Hancock

1886-90           Patapsco

1890-93           New Windsor

1893-99           Hampstead

1899-02           Summerfield

1902-07           Severn

1907-09           Elkridge

1909                retired

 

Note: Emory Buhrman reportedly had a brother in the ministry, name and denomination unstated.


 

BURDON, RICHARD FLOYD

 

Born: Multnomah OR                                                 married: Isabel Felix de Lade

Died:                                                                           obit:

 

1959    license, Oregon Conference

1960    admitted on trial, recommended by Secretary MD

1960    ordained deacon

1962    ordained elder

 

Interment:

Obit:

 

1953-56           Westminster Theological Seminary in Westminster MD

1956-59           rural mission school, Brazil

1959                Secretary MD, Baltimore Conference (3 months)

1960-61           Dudley           

1961-62           Rehoboth

1962                transfer to Idaho Conference

1962-69           Idaho Conference

1969                charter member of Oregon-Idaho Conference

1969-70           North Bend First

1970                voluntary location

 

Note: Although not listed in the General Minutes, Richard F. Burdon operates as a retired member of the Oregon-Idaho Conference.  In 1998 he signed on as a United Methodist minister willing to officiate at same-sex unions, and in December 2005 he preached at University Park UMC in Portland OR.



 

BURKET, KENNETH ABRAHAM

 

Born: 1-6-1914  Everett PA                                        married: Marjorie Grace Batts

Died: 12-8-1975  Phillipsburg PA                              obit:

 

1934    license, recommended by Juniata Wesley

1955    ordained deacon

1957    ordained elder

1969    admitted as associate member

 

Interment: Wells Valley Cemetery, Wells Valley PA

Obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1976, 145

 

1935-36           Allegheny circuit (ending 10/31/1936)

1936-38           Picture Rocks (beginning 11/1/1936)

1938-41           (not assigned)

1941                Tipton (ending 11/14/1941)

1941-45           Birmingham (beginning 11/15/1941)

1945-50           Fort Loudon

1950-52           Newton Hamilton

1952-55           Three Springs

1955-59           Salona-Lamar

1959-64           Glen Campbell

1964-69           Duboistown

1969-72           Blossburg

1972-75           Osceola Mills

 

Note: Following the death of Kenneth A. Burket, Marjorie married Charles I. Walker.

 



BURKHOLDER, HARRY CLAY

 

Born: 6-9-1869  near Bellwood PA                            married: Anna Belle McIntyre

Died: 1-8-1940  Athens TN                                        obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1906, 122

                                                                                    married2: Sandra McLaughlin

1901    admitted on trial, recommended by                obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1965, 365

                        Williamsport Pine Street

 

Interment: Wildwood Cemetery, Williamsport PA

Obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1940, 175

 

1901-03           Jamestown     

1903-06           Blackwell       

1906-09           New Bloomfield

1909-12           McVeytown   

1912-15           Yeagertown   

1915-17           Shrewsbury

1917-19           Williamsport Market Street

1919-20           executive secretary, Centenary Fund of the Oregon Conference

1920                transfer to Oregon Conference

1920-29           executive secretary, Centenary Fund

1929                transfer to Central Pennsylvania Conference

1929-30           financial secretary, Conference

1930-36           on leave

1936                retired 

 

Note: Beginning in 1919 Harry C. Burkholder traveled extensively for Methodist educational institutions, working for brief periods in almost every state in the Union.



BURNLEY, CHARLES WESLEY

 

Born: 8-24-1841                                                          married: Sally Harris Updegraff

Died: 9-3-1917 Ocean City NJ                                   obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1931, 196

 

1871    admitted on trial

 

Interment: Wildwood Cemetery, Williamsport PA

Obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1918, 134

 

1871-72           Watsontown   

1872-75           Muncy Creek 

1875-77           on leave          

                             1875-77  assistant, Pine Street

1877-80           Hyner’s Run   

1880-81           Clearfield circuit

1881-90           on leave

                             1888-90  Williamsport Fourth Street        

1890                retired             

                             1915-17  Morris

                             1917        Snow Shoe

 

Note: A memoir for Charles W. Burnley also appears in the 11/15/1917 Christian Advocate, page 1216.  Rev. Burnley is credited with organizing and erecting the Williamsport Fourth Street church in 1888.  His daughter married Rev. James M. Stifler of the Baptist denomination.



 

BURTNER, ROGER QUENTIN

 

Born:  11-30-1918  Butler County PA                       married: Jane _____

Died:                                                                           obit:

 

1943    admitted on trial

1944    ordained deacon

1945    ordained elder

 

Interment:

Obit:

 

1943-45           Morris  (beginning 1/1/1943)

1945-49           North Bend-Farwell   

1949-53           Orangeville     

1953-58           chaplain, US Air Force

1958-59           at school         

1969-61           Bald Eagle Parish       

1961-65           Reedsville(beginning 7/15/1961)                   

1965-74           Millville (beginning 8/15/1965)

1974-76           Troy

1976    transfer to Southwest Texas Conference

1976-91           Texas

1991                transfer to Central Pennsylvania Conference

 

Note: Roger Q. Burtner is listed in the 1966 Who’s Who in The Methodist Church, page 184.



 

BUTERBAUGH, CARL LEROY

 

Born: 5-23-1931  McConnellsburg PA                       married: Nancy _____

Died:                                                                           obit:

 

1950    license, recommended by Cito

1954    admitted on trial

1954    ordained deacon

1956    ordained elder

 

Interment:

Obit:

 

1951-52           assistant, Millville

1952-57           Montandon    

1957-64           Yeagertown   

1964-71           Northumberland Christ

1971-88           Waynesboro Christ

1988-93           Duncansville Hick’s Memorial

1993                retired

                             1998  Barts-Centenary (Jan 1 – Jun 30)



BUTLER, DALLAS WILSON

 

Born:                                                                           6-13-1922married: Lucille Bolling Mears

Died:                                                                           6-22-2003obit: Peninsula Conference 1984, 433

 

1954    license

1956    admitted on trial, Pittsburgh Conference

 

Interment: Belle Haven VA

Obit: Peninsula-Delaware Conference 2004,?

 

1954-57           Newell WV

1957-58           Pittsburgh Morningside

1958-61           Pittsburgh Friendship Park

1961                transfer to Central Pennsylvania Conference

1961-64           Petersburg

1964                transfer to Western Pennsylvania Conference

1964-69           South Brownsville

1969-70           Mt. Pleasant-Alverton

1970                transfer to Peninsula Conference

1970-1979       Crisfield Immanuel

1979-81           Chestertown First

1981-82           Princess Anne Antioch

1982-86           Crisfield Immanuel

1986                 retired



BUTLER, ELISHA SMITH

 

Born: 6-8-1798  Connecticut                                      married: Sarah Cousert [c1824]

Died: 4-5-1883  Tyrone PA                                        obit: [d. c1835]

                                                                                    married2: Martha Green Ganoe [1841]

1838    admitted on trial, Baltimore Conference        obit2: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1913, 141

1840    ordained deacon

1842    ordained elder

 

Interment: Milton PA

Obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1884, 80

 

1837-38           Northumberland circuit

1838-39           Clearfield circuit

1839-41           Lewistown

1841-42           Williamsburg  

1842-43           Clearfield

1843-45           Concord

1845-46           Warrior’s Mark

1846-48           Bedford

1848-49           South Branch 

1849-50           McConnellsburg         

1850-51           Hancock

1851-53           Frostburg        

1853-54           on leave

1854-55           Manor Hill

1855-56           Birmingham   

1856-57           Schellsburg     

1857                charter member of East Baltimore Conference

1857-59           Bloomingdale 

1859-60           Luzerne          

1860-62           Sunbury          

1862-64           Castle Fin       

1864-66           agent, Sunday School & tracts

1866-68           Port Matilda   

1868                charter member of Central Pennsylvania Conference

1868-70           Milesburg

1870-73           Half Moon     

1873-74           Great Island   

1874-75           Hughesville    

1875-76           Elimsport        

1876-78           Beech Creek   

1878                retired

 

Note: Elisha Butler is the father of Electa M. Butler, missionary to China.  A memoir for Elisha Butler also appears in The Conference News for April 16, 1883, page 4.  A biographical sketch appears in Armstrong’s The Old Baltimore Conference, page 344.  The second Mrs. Butler is a sister to Martine L. Ganoe and William V. Ganoe.



 

BUTLER, HOWARD WELSH

 

Born: 2-14-1892Roaring Spring PA                           married: Rosanna Coney

Died: 11-?-1967                                                          obit:

 

Interment:

Obit:

 

1912-16           student, Williamsport Dickinson Seminary

                               1914-15  Waterville (beginning fall 1914)

 

Note: Howard W. Butler served as a local pastor.  He is known to have lived later in El Paso TX and Columbus GA.

 


 

BUTTORFF, LYNN WILLIAM

 

Born: 7-16-1928  Williamsport PA                             married: Helen June Keeler

Died: 4-9-1985                                                            obit:

 

1960    license, recommended by Montoursville Faith

1967    admitted on trial

1972    ordained elder

 

Interment: Center Cemetery, Clearfield County PA

Obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1985, 404

 

1961-62           Salladasburg

1962-66           Fayetteville Marvin Memorial, North Carolina Conference

1966-68           Summit Point WV, Baltimore Conference

1968-70           Altoona Broad Avenue

1970-63           Osceola Mills

1973-74           New Freedom

1974-75           Addiction Prevention Lab, Penn State University

1975-79           National Institute on Drug Abuse, Washington DC

1979-83           Snow Shoe

1983-85           Bellefonte Trinity



 

BUYERS, FRANK CLARENCE

 

Born: 2-13-1868  Sunbury PA                                    married: Minnie Kate Britcher

Died: 12-22-1923  Selinsgrove PA                             obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1958,252

 

1894    admitted on trial, recommended by Madison NJ

1896    ordained deacon

1898    ordained elder

 

Interment:  Pomfret Manor Cemetery, Sunbury PA

Obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1924, 143

 

1894-96           Irish Valley

1896-97           Park Place-Delano

1897-98           Jonestown

1898-00           York Epworth

1900-02           Liverpool        

1902-05           Rouzerville     

1905-09           Penfield

1909-10           Burnside-Glen Campbell

1910-14           Lock Haven circuit    

1914                retired 

 

Note: A memoir for Franck C. Buyers also appears in the 1/10/1924 Washington Christian Advocate, page 4.  Additional information appears in the 1925 Drew Theological Seminary Alumni Record, page 233.  Mrs. Buyers is the daughter of J. Edward Britcher of the Central Pennsylvania Conference of the Evangelical Church.



 

BYERS, WALTER REUVEN

 

Born: 11-5-1890  Rock Hill Furnace PA                    married: Georgia M. Dodd

Died: 6-7-1977  Mesa AZ                                           obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1981, 347

 

1912    license, recommended by Orbisonia

1917    admitted on trial

1926     discontinued

1931    re-admitted on trial

1931    ordained deacon

1934    ordained elder

 

Interment: Mountain View Memorial Gardens, Mesa AZ

Obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1977,255

 

1913-14           Washingtonville

1914-15           Eagles Mere 

1915-17           Burnt Cabins

1917-18           Keating Summit

1918-19           Waterville

1919-20           Concord

1920-22           Jonestown

1922-29           Wapwallopen 

1929-32           Penfield   

1932-33           Benezette-Penfield

1933-36           Wallaceton     

1936-38           Morris 

1938-40           Clearfield circuit

1940-44           East Waterford

1944-46           Cherry Tree    

1946-50           Beach Haven  

1950-53           Snydertown   

1953-55           Catawissa circuit

1955-57           Port Matilda   

1957                retired 

 

Note: Walter R. Byers was designated a supply pastor 1926-31, as he was not officially a ministerial member of the Conference during those years.