PREFACE





MINUTES OF THE U. B. IN CHRIST



who being bound together in love to work out their soul’s salvation, to call sinners
to repentance, and to build up His saints in the most holy faith, in Christ Jesus,
their Redeemer.




P.S.  May the great God preserve the childlike spirit in the church of the United
Brethren in Christ, as he did among the old brethren.

 


 

TRANSCRIBER’S PREFACE.

 

      The task of transcribing the minutes of the Pennsylvania Annual Conference out
of the old and faded records, covering a period of sixty-eight years, was no easy
one. But we undertook to do it, and now it is done, making them readable and access-
able to all who may be interested in these valuable old records. We take great plea-
sure in presenting herewith to the conference the fruit of our labors.

      The minutes of the conference held from 1800 to 1837 inclusive, and those of
the year 1839, were written in the German language, and in the deciphering of the
scrip and in the translation of the same we were greatly assisted by brother J. C.
Beckert, of Dallastown, Pa. We are also indebted to Rev. G. W. M. Rigor, Bishop J.
Dickson, and the Pennsylvania Conference, through whom we obtained access to the
original records.

Our work may not be beyond criticism, and may not be altogether free from typo-
graphical errors, but we have done our best with the copy furnished us, much of
which was poorly written and some of which was considerably faded.



Yours Fraternally,



Shamokin, Pa., Feb. 16, 1901.



I. H. Albright



September 25, 1800

On the 25th of September, 1800, the following brethren came together at Peter
Kemp’s house, Frederick Co., Md.:

William Otterbein, John Hershey, Christian Crum, George Pfrimmer, Christian Newcomer,
Jacob Geisinger, Adam Lehman, Martin Boehm, Abraham Troxel, Henry Crum, Henry Boehm,

Dietrich Aurand, George A. Geeting, and Jacob Baulus.

Each one of the preachers told his experience, and declared anew that he was
willing to continue to preach with all earnestness, by the help of God, and to his
glory.

1. Resolved that two preachers go to Smoke’s (Shamokin) and see whether D.
Aurand is worthy to baptize and administer the Lord’s supper.

2. Resolved that the unprejudiced or unsectarian preachers shall meet sometimes

annually to take counsel together, and consider as to how they may best fill their
office, that the church of Christ may be built up, sinners converted, and God be
glorified.

3. To-day the conference was opened with prayer, and the reading of a chapter,
followed with a short address by Brother Otterbein. The exercises closed with prayer.

 

September 23, 1801

 

To-day we came together again at Peter Kemp’s house, Fred-
crick Co., Md., in order to counsel together and instruct one another as to how we
may best please God and be useful to our fellowmen in the future. The following
brethren were present: William Otterbein, Christian Newcomer, George A. Geeting,
Jacob Geisinger, John Neidig, Thomas Winters, Abraham Mayer, David Snyder, Matthias
Kessler, Abraham Hershey, Martin Boehm, Daniel Strickler. Peter Senseny, David Long,
Frederick Schaffer, John Hershey, Ludwig Duckwald, Peter Kemp, Christian Crum, and
Michael Thomas.

1. Otterbein delivered an address in which he showed that our salvation depends
alone on Christ and his mercy. He who is here delivered from sin and party spirit
ought to thank God. This was Otterbein’s opinion, and then each of the preachers
told his experience.

2. A letter was read from Rev. George Pfrimmer, and it was resolved not to send
a reply.

3. A letter was read from D. Aurand, of Smoke’s or Shamokin, and it was re-
solved that Christian Newcomer should go and see him and tell him that his wishes
were complied with.

 

4. To-day, the 24th, we came together again, first the fourteenth chapter of
Revelation was read and then the conference sang and prayed. Then the question was
asked whether each preacher was willing to preach the gospel, and whether he was anx-
ious to live as he taught others. The answer given was yes, they were all willing
to work according to their ability in the vineyard of the Lord by the grace of God.

5. The question was asked who is willing to take a circuit, and to serve the
preaching places given them. The following were willing: Christian Newcomer, Michael
Thomas, Daniel Strickler, Frederick Schaffer, John Neidig, David Snyder, Abraham
Hershey, Abraham Mayer, David Long, and Peter Kemp.

6. Resolved that each preacher shall give an exhortation after each sermon to
those who may wish to embrace religion whoever they may be, if they are determined
to consecrate themselves to God with all their hearts.

7. Resolved that the preachers be brief with their sermons, and avoid all repi-
tition of words in preaching in prayer, unless they are constrained by the Spirit
Of God, when it becomes their duty to do as God directs. O God, give us wisdom and
understanding to do everything according to thy will.

 

8. To-day, at 9 o’clock we convened again. We commenced the meeting with sing-
ing and earnest prayer that God might bless us with wisdom and understanding, and
with heartfelt love to god, and with love to one another. Amen.

 

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9. Resolved that our conference next year shall be held at David Snyders, October
5th, 1803, and any preacher who can not attend shall write a letter.

10. Resolved that a big meeting shall be held at Sleepy Creek on the last Sunday
of next August. Our present conference came to a close with earnest prayer, which
the Lord in his mercy may grant for Jesus’ sake. Amen.          Martin Boehm  

                                                            William Otterbein

                           George A. Geeting

 

 

October 6, 1802

 

In 1802, the conference convened in Frederick Co., Md., at Cronise’s. The fol-
lowing preachers were present: William Otterbein, Martin Boehm, Christian Newcomer,
John Hershey, Christopher Grosh, Abraham Troxel, Henry Crum, Michael Thomas, Dietrich
Aurand, David Snyder, Peter Kemp, Matthias Kessler, and George A. Geeting.

1. The conference opened with singing and heart felt prayer that the kingdom of
God might come and his will be done on earth as it is done in heaven. May God give
us preachers his love and grace so that we might live God and all mankind.

2. Each preacher told his experience as to how he is getting along in preaching
and his desire for the future in his office, and they resolved to obtain all necessary
help from God through prayer so that they might each on all humanity consider others
better than themselves. May God give us grace to become real humble to the glory of
God and the good of humanity.

3. Resolved that Valentine Flugel shall be permitted to exhort the people to re-
pentance. May the lord bless him in his work.

4. Resolved that a letter be written to George Pfrimmer that for the present we
will have nothing to do with him.

5. At the close of this session the following preachers arrived: Ludwig Duckwald
and William Ambrose, from Sleepy Creek, Virginia.

 

6. On the 7th of October Otterbein and Boehm preached from Hebrews 13:17 with
great power. To God be all the glory for it, and may the sermon never be forgotten
by us preachers and hearers.

7. The first thing that was done to-day was that John Miller be allowed to ex-
hort and lead the people to repentance through God’s grace as much as he can.

8 The matter of recording the names came up today. Twelve votes were taken and
nine were against it. They agreed to lay the matter aside for the present.

9. The preachers shall establish prayer meetings where they preach if it is pos-
sible

10. Ludwig Duckwald was permitted to baptize and to observe other outward means
of grace according to the word of God.

 

11 On the 8th of October Brother Otterbein preached from Jude beginning with
the 14th verse to the end of the epistle, with great blessing. In the afternoon the
proceedings of the conference were continued.

12. An effort was made to raise some money for preachers. It came to nothing.

13. Resolved that when a preacher does something that is wrong, or sins grievious-
ly, the preacher next to him shall go to see him and talk with him alone. If he will
not hear him shall take with him one or two others, and if he will not hear them
he shall be silenced until the next conference.

14. Resolved that George A. Geeting shall visit the congregations of Frederick
circuit during the spring and fall.

15. Resolved that Christian Newcomer shall visit Cumberland circuit each year two
times.

      16. Resolved that Martin Boehm shall visit the brethren beyond the Susquehanna
twice a year

 

*Note: The original transcription has September 26 instead of October 8.

 

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17. Resolved that Jacob Baulus and Valentine Baulus shall visit from house to
house in Middletown, Franklintown* and their vicinity.

18. It was further agreed that if one of our elders or superintendents should die,
for instance Otterbein or Boehm, who are serving now, that another shall be chosen in
his place. This is the wish of all preachers present, and desire that it shall be
done. Peter Senseny, Ludwig Duckwald, John Neidig were given the permission to baptize
and administer the Lord’s supper, with all that pertains thereto.

                      Martin Boehm

                          William Otterbein

*Note: Fredericktown is probably meant here.

 

 

October 5, 1803

 

To-day, the conference convened at David Snyder’s in Cumberland and Co. Pa. The
following preachers attended it: William Otterbein, Martin Boehm, Christian Newcomer,
David Snyder, John Hershey, Peter Kemp, Abraham Mayer, Christopher Grosh, Christian
Crum, Henry Crum, Valentine Flugel, John Winter, Frederick, Schaffer, George A. Geeting,
and George Benedum.

1. The conference opened with the reading of the second chapter of the first Timothy,
singing and prayer that the dear Savior might bless our gathering to the glory of his
name and our preacher to serve God, and to preach the gospel endued with divine power.

3. Resolved that Daniel Strickler, and Christian Crum shall call the preachers
of Virginia together and counsel them as to how to preach and rightly arrange their
work. May the Lord give them wisdom and power from above.

 

4. On the 6th of October we met again at 2 P.M. Otterbein and Boehm preached in
the forenoon.

5. The work of our church in Maryland was left in the hands of the preachers of
that state to arrange to suit themselves.

6. Resolved that Martin Boehm and Christopher Grosh arrange the work of the
preachers in Pennsylvania, so as best to glorify God, benefit their hearers, and the
building up of the church.

7. Resolved that David Snyder, Abraham Mayer, and George Benedum arrange their
work themselves, so that they may supply their preaching places according to their
best judgment. May the Lord stand by them.

8. It was ordered that Christian Newcomer and Henry Crum shall visit Christian
Berger and preach the gospel there and anywhere else in that neighborhood to the glory
of Christ.

9. They were also authorized to give Berger authority to baptize, but nothing
more for present.

 

10. The conference opened on the 7th with the reading of the fourteenth Psalm and
an earnest prayer.

11. It was ordered that Christian Hershey shall visit Valentine Flugel and hold a
communion service there.

12. Complaint was brought against D. Aurand. It was resolved that David Snyder
and John Neidig shall investigate the matter.

13. Resolved that, if the Lord so wills, our next conference be held at David
Snyder’s on the first Wednesday of October, 1804, and that a big meeting be held on
Saturday and Sunday following. May the Lord bless bother Snyder.

14. Finally, resolved that concerning the recording of the people’s names, each
one do as he thinks best, and that they love one another as brethren. Also the
preachers shall talk with the people after the sermon as it may seem best.

                                        William Otterbein,

                                          Martin Boehm,

                                            George A. Geeting

 

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October 3, 1804.

 

To-day the conference convened at David Snyder’s. Few preachers
were present an account of prevailing sickness and death. The following were in at-
tendance: Christian Newcomer, Martin Boehm, Frederick Schaffer, David Snyder, and
Matthias Bortsfield.

      They counseled together and resolved that the next conference shall be held in
Middletown, Md., on Wednesday before Whitsunday, 1805.

           

                 

May 29, 1805

 

      The following preachers met in Christian Newcomer’s house*: William Otterbein,
Martin Boehm, John Hershey, David Snyder, George Benedum, Christian Crum, Frederick
Mayer, and Christian Newcomer.

      2. The conference was opened with hearty prayer, and an exhortation by Otterbein.
May the Lord add his blessing.

      3. The preachers resolved to engage in the work of the Lord with more earnestness
than ever before, by the assisting grace of god. O Blessed Savior, help us thy poor
and unworthy servants, for the sake of thy suffering and death, that the grace of God

may indeed rest upon the preachers according to their testimony. May the Lord bless
them in their work; may the Lord keep them truly faithful.

      4. George Pfrimmer was again permitted to preach.

      5. At the close of this day following preachers arrived: Ludwig Duckwald,
Daniel Troyer, and Jacob Dehoff.

 

      6. Conference again assembled, May 30th, at 8 A.M. It was opened by the reading
of a portion of God’s word, followed by prayer to God in the name of Jesus.

      7. Brother Newcomer agreed to travel this year through Maryland and a part of
Pennsylvania; and Christian Crum agreed to travel this year through Virginia. Resolved that
each shall receive forty pounds per annum.

      8. Resolved that George A. Geeting shall be present at the appointed big meeting
in Maryland and on this side of the Susquehanna in Pennsylvania.

      9. It was decided that Brother Geeting should not live in Hagerstown, but that
Hagerstown should be regularly served by our preachers.

      10. Resolved that the preachers who preach only where they desire shall receive
no compensation for their services, and that it shall be their duty to pay over to
the conference the money that they may receive for the benefit of traveling
preachers.

      11. Permission was given to Frederick Duckwald, and Christian Berger to baptize,
to administer the Lord’s supper, and to solemnize marriage.

      12. Resolved that the next conference be held at the home of Lorenz Everhart, on
Tuesday before Whitsunday, 1806, and that a big meeting shall be held there on Whit-
sunday.
      13. The conference came to a close with the reading of a chapter and exhorta-
tion as to how we may live to the glory of God.

                                                  William Otterbein

                                                    Martin Boehm

*Note: According to Newcomer’s Journal this conference was held at Jacob Baulus’.

 

 

May 21, 1806

 

The conference met at Lorenz Everhart’s. The following preachers
were present: John Neidig, Joseph Hoffman, Christian Crum, John Hershey, Jacob Baulus,
George A. Geeting, Lorenz Everhart, Peter Kemp, Michael Thomas, Christian Newcomer,
and Henry Crum. O God, make thy servants truly faithful.

      2. Each preacher present told his experience as to how he stands with God, how
he is getting along in his work, and promised to be more faithful in the future
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

      3. To-day the 22d, the conference again convened, and inquiry was made as to

 

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whether the preachers exercise love toward one another. They all declared that they
not only loved one another, but that they sincerely loved all mankind, whoever they
may be.

      4. Joseph Hoffman and Christian Crum expressed their willingness to travel cir-
cuit for a year.

      5. Resolved that a letter be written to the Pennsylvania brethren.

      6. Resolved that our next annual conference shall be held in Pennsylvania, be-
ginning on Tuesday before Whitsunday, and that on Whitsunday a big meeting shall be
held.

      7. On Whitsunday a great meeting shall be held at Antietam in the school-house,
1806; another one at Lemaster’s, on the 15th of June; at Rocky Springs, on June 22d;
at Baulus’, on the 4th and 5th of October; at Homan’s, in Virginia, on the 24th and
25th of September. The good Lord bless his work.              George A. Geeting.

                                                              Christian Newcomer.

 

 

May 13, 1807

 

      The conference met at Christian Herr’s house in Pennsylvania. The following
preachers were present: Martin Boehm, Christian Newcomer, David Snyder, Isaac Niswand-
er, Christian Crum, Abraham Mayer, John Neidig, Frederick Schaffer, Christian Smith,
Joseph Hoffman, George A. Geeting, David Long, Christian Hershey, and Abraham Hershey.

      2. The conference was opened with prayer, after which Brother Boehm delivered a
short exhortation, and the brethren followed by telling their experience. The fourth
chapter of First John was read, after which prater to God was offered that he might
make us all useful instruments.

      3. Resolved that Abraham Mayer shall visit the congregations in Virginia on the
7th of August, and Christian Smith on the 9th of September, which he had reserved to
be at Crum’s.

      4. Huntington Circuit shall be served by David Snyder, Abraham Mayer, and John
Hershey; beginning on the 2d of June, David Snyder; beginning on the 2d of September,
John Hershey; beginning on the 2d of December, Abraham Mayer.

 

      5. The conference convened again on the 14th, with singing, prayer and the read-
ding of the 12th chapter of Romans. Then Boehm delivered a short address. Then we
commenced our deliberations in the Lord’s name. May God help us and give us wisdom
and love, faithfulness toward God and all men.

      6. Ordered that David Snyder, Abraham Mayer, Frederick Schaffer, and John Neidig
shall serve the congregations at Pfoutz’ Valley.

      7. Resolved again that a married preacher shall receive forty pounds, and a sin-
gle preacher twenty-four pounds, provided he travels regularly.

      8. Joseph Hoffman expressed himself as being willing to travel the circuit that
Newcomer had last year.

 

      9. The conference again met, and prayer to God was offered for his blessing and
help in our future work in preaching and counseling.

      10. Resolved that our conference of 1808 shall be held in Virginia, at Abraham
Niswander’s, on Wednesday before the third Sunday in May.

      11. Resolved that for the present we will have nothing to do with Dietrich Aurand.

      12. It was announced that Peter Senseny and Jacob Geisinger have died.

      13. Resolved that Abraham Mayer and Isaac Niswander shall have full authority to
baptize, to administer the Lord’s supper, and to solemnize marriage. Our conference has

so ordered it and we testify to this.

                                                  Martin Boehm.

                                                  George A. Geeting.

 

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May 25, 1808

 

The conference convened at Abraham Niswander’s in Virginia, in
the afternoon. The fifth chapter of First Peter was read. A few remarks were made on

this chapter, followed by an earnest prayer.

1. The following preachers were present: Christian Newcomer, David Snyder, Peter
Kemp, Ludwig Duckwald, Jacob Baulus, George A. Geeting, Joseph Hoffman, Isaac Niswand-
er, William Ambrose, Christian Crum, Abraham Mayer, John Hershey.

2. Each Preacher related his experience and told how he is getting along in preach-
ing, and expressed a desire to preach as God directs.

3. The following preachers were willing to travel a circuit: Abraham Mayer, John
Hershey, Jacob Baulus, George Hoffman, Christian Newcomer, David Snyder, and George
A. Geeting.

4. Adjourned with singing and prayer. The Lord be praised for his goodness and
faithfulness.

 

5. On the 26th the conference again convened with the reading of the First Psalm,
singing and prayer. The conference then proceeded with the business.

6. Resolved that Joseph Hoffman shall travel a year--in Virginia three months,
beginning in August; the remainder of the time where we need him.

 

7. On the 27th the conference again convened with the reading of the fifth chapt-
er of Matthew, singing and fervent prayer to God.

8. Resolved that when Hoffman’s three months are expired in Virginia, he shall

travel three months in Maryland and Pennsylvania, and then, if there is no other place
open he shall continue to preach on this circuit.

9. Resolved that the difficulties between Strickler and Niswander be held over
till the meeting of conference in Baltimore.

10. Brother David Snyder was appointed to preach in Hagerstown for two or three
prayer.

11. Conference convened this afternoon with the reading of Scripture and earnest
prayer.

12. Resolved that when any person desires to preach under our jurisdiction he
must submit to an examination at one of our great meetings, and must have a good test-
timonial. Then two elders have the right to give him license to preach until conference
time, when he must present himself to be examined. If he fails to appear he may have
his license renewed at a great meeting.

 

13. On the 28th the conference opened with reading from the Word of God, singing
and prayer.

14. Resolved that the conference of 1809 shall convene on Tuesday before Ascen-
sion Day, at Barnhardt Spangler’s in Paradise Township, Pennsylvania. The preachers
shall see to it that they reach the conference by Tuesday.

15. The trouble about Strickler was taken up. The witnesses present testified
that Strickler’s conduct was not right, and since the witnesses could find no fault
with Isaac Niswander and Christian Crum, they exonerated them, and it was resolved
that Strickler should be silent among us until the sitting of our next conference.
If he comes then and conference meets and confesses his fault to Isaac Niswander
and Christian Crum, he shall be forgiven.

16. Our conference closed for this year with earnest prayer to God, to whom be all
the praise for the brotherly love and unity that prevailed among us. To the Lamb that
was slain be all honor and praise. Amen.               George A. Geeting

                                                 Christian Newcomer.

 

May 10, 1809

 

To-day the conference convened at Christian Herr’s in Lancaster
County, Pa. The following preachers were present: Martin Boehm, Christian Newcomer,

 

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Abraham Mayer, Adam Riegel, Isaac Niswander, F. Schaffer, Christian Smith, John Hershey,

Matthias Bortsfield, Joseph Hoffman, Abraham Hershey, George Benedum, George A. Geet-
ing, David Long, Christopher Grosh, Christian Hershey, David Snyder, and John Snyder.

2. We commenced our meeting with hearty prayer and with the reading of the fifth
chapter of First Peter. Lord, give us thy blessing for Jesus’ sake. Amen.

3. All the preachers present told their experience. It was encouraging.

 

4. To-day, the 11th of May, we began with the reading of the Seventy-eighth Psalm,
singing and earnest prayer.

5. The desire of the Methodists was approved in so far that each preacher shall
have a license, according to our custom, and that each preacher shall be allowed, if
one of our members wishes to go to the Lord's supper with the Methodists, to give him
a ticket of good standing, and if the Methodists would come with us they also shall
have a testimonial. In regard to the other articles, we desire to have more time to
think. The Methodists shall have the liberty to preach at all our preaching places.

 

June 6, 1810 [Frederick County, Md.]

 

The conference convened at John Cronise's.* The following preachers were present:
George A. Geeting, Christian Newcomer, Christian Crum, Jacob Baulus, Isaac Niswander,
Peter Kemp , David Long, Christian Hershey, Abraham Mayer, David Snyder, Joseph Hoff-
man, Christian Smith, Jacob Dehoff, Lorenz Everhart, and Christian Berger.

2. The conference opened with the reading of the fifth chapter of Ephesians, sing-
ing and prayer. May the Lord continue his blessing upon us for Jesus' sake. Amen.

3. Each preacher told his experience in the fear of God.

4. Letters were read from the following persons: William Otterbein, Christopher
Grosh, William Ambrose, and Frederick Duckwald, and Frederick Schaffer, and also a
letter from several brethren of Baltimore, concerning a union of the Methodists and the
United Brethren.

5. Resolved that Christian Crum and Isaac Niswander shall take charge of Virginia
Circuit for one year.

6. Resolved that Harmonius Au shall have license to preach.

7. Resolved that George Hoffman shall serve the circuit in Pfoutz’ Valley for one
year.

8. Resolved that Joseph Hoffman shall serve Lancaster Circuit one year.

 

9. To-day, the 7th of June we began our session with the reading of the second
chapter of First Corinthians, singing and prayer. O Lord, give us thy blessing.

10. Resolved that George Hoffman shall go to the circuit in Virginia on the 16th
of December, and serve there for three months.

11. Resolved that all the preaching places in Maryland and in Pennsylvania on
this side of the Susquehanna shall be served by the preachers as well as they can, and
then the elder preachers shall visit these places twice during the year.

12. Resolved that the conference next year shall be held at Joseph Knegi’s, in
Cumberland County, on Wednesday before Ascension Day.

13. Resolved that an answer be sent to the Methodists at their request.

George A. Geeting.

*Note: Newcomer’s Journal, page 188, states the 1810 conference was held at Andrew
Kauffman's.

 

May 22, 1811 [Cumberland County, Pa]

 

The preachers assembled at the house of Joseph Knegi. The following preachers
were present: Christopher Grosh, Christian Smith, George A. Geeting, Christian New-

 

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comer, Abraham Troxel, Christian Crum, Jacob Baulus, David Snyder, Christian Hershey,
Matthias Kessler, Joseph Hoffman, Isaac Niswander, Jacob Winter, David Long, Joseph
Yordy, Henry Hiestand, and Michael Baer.

l. This session was opened with the reading of the second chapter of First Cor-
inthains, singing and earnest prayer. The Lord let his divine come upon us for Jesus’
sake. Amen.

2. Each preacher told his experience honestly before God as to how it is with
him. Two preachers arrived at this time – George Hoffman, and Peter Swartz.

3. Letters from the following persons were read: one from Henry Muhleisen, and
others from Virginia, one from Abraham Hiestand, of Ohio, one from Jacob Winter, of
Washington County, Pa., and one from George Martin, of Hagerstown.

4. Resolved that Jacob Hoffman and Henry Hiestand shall travel the circuit in
Pennsylvania and Maryland for one year.

 

5. To-day our conference was again opened with singing and prayer, and with the
reading of the twelfth chapter of Isaiah. May the dear Lord bless us.

6. Resolved that Jacob Winter be licensed to preach, and Joseph Yordy and
Michael Hershey be licensed to exhort. Lord, give them thy blessing.

7. Resolved that when a single preacher travels regularly he shall have $80.00.
Resolved that Peter Swartz be licensed to preach.

8. Our next conference shall be held at George A. Geeting’s. It shall commence
on Tuesday before Whitsunday. Our conference adjourned in blessing and brotherly
unity. The Lord be thanked for it.                       George A. Geeting.

 

 

May 13, 1812

 

We came together again to hold conference in our meeting-house.*
We opened with singing and the reading of the fifth chapter of the First Epistle of
Peter, and with earnest prayer. The following preachers were present: Christian New-
comer, George A. Geeting, Abraham Mayer, David Snyder, Christian Smith, Jacob Baulus,
Lorenz Everhart, Jacob Winter, Henry Hiestand, George Geeting, John Kreider, Christian
Crum, Abraham Troxel, Joseph Hoffman, Isaac Niswander, Valentine Bau1us, Abraham Hershey,
Jacob Dehoff, Michael Thomas, Christian Berger, Henry Spayth, Martin Kreider.

1. Each one told his Christian experience, and the Lord manifested himself among
us. Resolved that for to-day we adjourn with singing and prayer. The Lord be thanked
and praised forever. Amen.

 

2. To-day, the 14th, we again assembled. The Thirty-fourth Psalm was read fol-
lowed by singing and prayer. The first that was passed was that the 30th of July and
the 29th of October were fixed as days of fasting and prayer throughout the entire
United Brotherhood.

3. John Smith was licensed to preach the gospel.

4. Resolved that Abraham Mayer be appointed to investigate the case of Immanuel [sic]
Au, and if everything is all right, he shall be permitted to preach again, and if not
he sha11 leave him where he is. [This should likely read “Harmonius”.]

5. Resolved that only one yearly conference be held in the district of Pennsyl-
vania, Maryland, and Virginia.

6. Resolved that Brother Neidig and Brother Grosh shall have charge of the work
on the north side of the Susquehanna, and they shall hold small conferences when
necessary, and when difficulties occur which they can not settle, they shall be re-
ported to the annual conference.

7. Resolved that the circuit (plan) shall be maintained as long as possible.

 

*Note: Geeting’s Meeting-house at Hebron.

 

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It shall be traveled every four weeks by circuit preachers; who shall be supported. A
single preacher shall receive $80.00, and a married preacher $120.00, and his travel-
ing expenses. They shall keep a strict account of all the money they receive.

8. Resolved that Henry Hiestand and Henry Spayth shall travel our circuit this
year (in Maryland and Pennsylvania).

 

9. To-day, the 15th, the conference opened with singing and prayer, and the read-
ing of the first chapter of First John. Resolved that Abraham Mayer shall go to Vir-
ginia and hold two big meetings.

10. A communication from the sixth annual session of the Methodist Conference,
Baltimore, was read by John Swartzwelter and Brother Griffith and laid before the
conference.

11. Resolved that the communication be accepted, and it was unanimously resolved
that the unity existing between the United Brethren end the English Methodists be pre-
served according to the Word of God. May the Lord bless this action.

12. Resolved that we receive the communication of the Philadelphia Conference
(Methodist Episcopal), and that we send Christian Smith and David Snyder as delegates
to the next session of this conference.

13. Resolved that the next annual conference shall be held at Christian Herr's on
the first Wednesday of May, 1813.

14. Resolved that Christian Newcomer be given authority to hold a conference with
the preachers in the state of Ohio. May the Lord bless him.

15. It was ordered that Abraham Mayer and Jacob Baulus shall be placed as elders
to have oversight of the district between the Potomac and the Susquehanna rivers.

16. Resolved that Brother Spayth shall visit Virginia next November, and Brother
Everhart shall take charge of his circuit. The next time Abraham Mayer and Jacob
Baulus (shall make the visit).

17. A camp-meeting shall be held September 18th, if a suitable place to hold it
can be found.

O Lord, thou Almighty God, bless thy cause. Give all thy servants who preach
among us the Holy Spirit. Fill us with thy pure love, and with power and understand-
ing to preach thy word and to lead a most righteous life, and to honor thee from the
depths of our hearts. Grant these things to us out of thy grace, for Jesus' sake.

Peter Kemp and Jacob Hershey died during the year 1811, and Matthias Kessler and
Martin Boehm died in 1812.                              George A. Geeting.

                                                  Christian Newcomer.

 

The following preachers were authorized to do full service in the ministry:
William Otterbein, George A. Geeting, Christian Crum, Christopher Grosh, Ludwig Duck-
wald, David Long, Christian Hershey, William Ambrose, Daniel Troyer, Peter Kemp,
Frederick Schaffer, David Gingerich, David Snyder, Martin Boehm, Christian Newcomer,
John Hershey, Abraham Troxel, John Neidig, Abraham Hershey, Abraham Mayer, Isaac Nis-
wander, George Benedum, Adam Riegel, Joseph Hoffman, Christian Berger, and Christian
Smith.

The following are not thus authorized: Jacob Dehoff, George Hoffman, Christian
Berger, Jacob Baulus, and Harmonius Au.

 

May 5, 1813 [Lancaster County, Pa.]

 

The conference convened at Christian Herr's. The third chapter of First Corin-
thians was read, followed by singing and prayer. Christopher Grosh was then elected
chairman. The following preachers were present: Christopher Grosh, John Neidig, Adam
Riegel, Frederick Schaffer, David Long. Valentine Baulus, George Geeting, Henry Spayth,
Henry Hiestand, Christian Newcomer, Abraham Mayer, Christian Crum, Jacob Baulus,
Christian Hershey, Abraham Hershey, Michael Baer, Christian Smith, and Joseph Yordy.

2. Each preacher told his Christian experience.

3. The following brethren were examined by the conference and licensed as ex-

 

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horters: John Brown: Charles Hassel, John Geisinger, and Geo Kolb. Adjourned for to-
day.

 

4. May 6th, the conference was opened with singing and prayer.

5. Then a letter from the Baltimore Methodist Conference was read before the
conference through R. Birch and J. McCann, and received with great satisfaction.

6. Resolved that a reply be sent to the Baltimore Conference through Christian
Newcomer and Valentine Baulus, in order to preserve the bond of union between the
United Brethren in Christ and the Methodist Church.

 

7. May 7th, the conference was opened with the reading of the seventh chapter of
John. Resolved that Henry Hiestand be permitted to locate far one year.

8. Resolved that the Confession of Faith, Rules and Regulations of the United
Brethren in Christ shall be printed. Christian Newcomer was elected bishop for one
year.

9. The next annual conference shall be held in Hagerstown on Wednesday before
Whitsunday. Henry Spayth shall serve Hagerstown circuit.

10. Christian Newcomer, Christian Crum, Joseph Hoffman, and Jacob Baulus were
appointed to form a plan for a union between our church and the Albright people,
which shall be laid before the next conference, that if possible a union may be
formed with them. The conference adjourned with singing and prayer. The blessing of
the Lord was with us. His name be praised throughout eternity. George A. Geeting
died on the 28th of June, 1813. Aged 71 years, 4 months, and 22 days.

 

 

May 24, 1814

 

The annual conference met in Hagerstown, Maryland. It opened with
the reading of the sixteenth chapter of Mark, a short address, singing and prayer.
The following preachers were present: Christian Newcomer John Neidig, Jacob Dehoff,
John Baer, Jacob Baulus, George Hoffman, George Geeting, Christian Smith, Valentine
Baulus, Frederick Schaffer, Michael Thomas, Christian Crum, Abraham Mayer, John
Snyder, Henry Spayth, David Snyder, Isaac Niswander, Christopher Grosh, Thomas Win-
ters, Christian Berger, and Harmonius Au.

 

1. May 25th, the conference opened with the reading of the eleventh chapter of
Matthew, singing and prayer. Then several letters were read, one from the English
conference held in Baltimore (Methodist Episcopal) and one from Brother Troxel and
Brother Berger.

2. The preachers were examined as to how it is between themselves and God and
as to their progress in the good work.

3. A letter was read from Otterbein’s congregation expressing a wish to connect
themselves with the United Brethren, and that we always supply them with preachers.

4. Resolved that John Rathfang be licensed to preach.

5. Resolved that Joseph Fry shall have license to preach.

6. Resolved that the first Thursday in August shall be a day of prayer through-
out the denomination.

 

7. The 26th the conference opened with the reading of the third chapter of
Colossians and prayer.

8. Some preachers were then examined.

9. Resolved that George Kolb and John Geisinger shall be licensed to preach.

10. Resolved that Harmonius Au shall have the right to baptize, to solemnize mar-
riage, and to administer the Lord’s supper.

11. Resolved that Henry Kumler shall be licensed to preach.

12. Resolved that Jacob Wenger shall be licensed to preach.

13. Resolved that Christian Hershey be elected presiding elder for two years over
his part of the country.

14. A committee was appointed to take into consideration the desire of Otterbein’s

 

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congregation in Baltimore to connect themselves with us, to have their preachers sup-
plied by us, to come to an understanding and report to the conference. The following
were appointed: David Snyder, Abraham Mayer, J. Neidig, Jacob Baulus, and the bishop.

15. Resolved that Christian Newcomer again be elected bishop for three years.

16. Resolved that the next annual conference be held at Henry Kumler's on the
second Tuesday of May.

17. Resolved that John Snyder and Henry Spayth be permitted to baptize, to solemn-
ize marriage, and to administer the Lord’s supper.

18. Resolved that Joseph Hoffman shall preach one year in Baltimore, and if it is
satisfactory to the congregation he might remain longer, but not longer than three
years.

19. Resolved that John Snyder shall preach on Hagerstown circuit for one year.

20. Resolved that Henry Spayth shall travel Virginia Circuit for one year.

21. An answer was given to the Baltimore congregation in regard to their request.
Then adjourned with prayer. Lord, Jesus, do thou be with thy servants. Make them
like thee. Give them Godlike earnestness and faithfulness. Let they ways be before
their eyes and thy light shine through them to thy glory Amen.

                                                 Christian Newcomer

                                                 Jacob Baulus, Secretary.

 

May 9, 1815

 

To-day the following preachers assembled at Henry Kumler’s,
in Franklin County, Pa., to hold conference: Christian Newcomer, Abraham Mayer, John
Baer, Isaac Niswander, Henry Spayth, Henry Kumler, Henry Hiestand, Henry J. Fry,
Christian Berger, Jacob Winter, John Neidig, David Snyder, John Kreider, Jacob Dehoff,
Valentino Baulus, George Geeting, Michael Baer, Jacob Baulus, Jacob Wenger, Joseph
Hoffman, Jonas Witmer. May the Lord make us faithful laborers in his vineyard. Amen.

1. Conference was opened with the reading of the second chapter of Timothy,
followed with singing and prayer. This was repeated for several hours, which was
especially blessed of God.

2. Several letters were then read, one from the Baltimore congregation who desire
that Brother Hoffman shall continue to serve them.

3. Resolved that Valentine Hiskey and Peter Swartz shall have license to preach.

4. Resolved that Daniel Pfeifer shall be licensed to exhort.

5. Resolved that Jacob Flickinger be licensed to exhort.

6. Resolved that George Brown shall be licensed to exhort.

 

May the 10th the conference was opened with the reading of the third chapter of Philippians.

7. Resolved that Jacob Dehoff shall be permitted to baptize, to solemnize marriage,
and to administer the Lord's supper.

8. Resolved that Samuel Huber shall have license to exhort.

9. Resolved that Jonas Witmer shall have license to preach.

10. Resolved that Samuel Brandt shall be licensed to exhort.

11. The preachers were examined.

12. The question was asked as to who was willing to travel a charge. The follow-
ing were willing: John Snyder, Henry Kumler, Joseph Hoffman, Henry Spayth, Isaac Nis-
wander, and Jacob Dehoff.

13. Resolved that the 11th of August be observed as a day of fasting and prayer
throughout the denomination.

14. Resolved that the next conference be held at David Long’s, in Pfoutz’ Valley

on the second Tuesday of May, 1816.

15. Resolved that a camp-meeting shall be on the 17th of August, at Rocky Springs.
May the Lord give it his blessing. Adjourned with prayer. May the Lord Jesus let his
abiding blessing rest upon us. This was one of the most blessed conferences that we
have ever held. May the dear Savior ever give us an unerring token of his love that
we may love one another, and may all such who are not what they caught to be far
from us.                                          Christian Newcomer.

                                            Jacob Baulus, Secretary.

 

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June 6, 1815

 

The first General Conference was held [in Bonnet’s schoolhouse] near Mount Pleasant,
in Westmoreland County, Pa. the following delegates were present: Christian Newcomer,
Andrew Zeller, George Benedum, Isaac Niswander, John Snyder, Henry Kumler, Christian
Berger, Abraham Hiestand, Daniel Troyer, Henry Spayth, Christian Crum, Abraham Mayer,
Abraham Troxel, Jacob Baulus.

The conference was opened with the reading of the fifth chapter of First Peter,
singing, then prayer by nearly all the brethren. Then they proceeded to business.
There was some misunderstanding and complaints on the part of some, which were held
back until a letter was read from Christopher Grosh of the so-called conference, in
which it was discovered that they did not properly consider what they had written.

Brother Newcomer was accused by Bonnet of being untruthful. The matter was in-
vestigated by three presiding elders, and it was found that it was only a misunder-
standing. The accusation on could not be sustained.

The confession of Faith and the Discipline were considered. some additions were
made to it, and some things were stricken out, on the whole improved, and ordered to
be printed                                      Jacob Baulus, Secretary

 

 

May 7, 1816

 

The annual conference assembled in David Long’s house in Cumber-
land County, Pa.* The following preachers were present: Christian Newcomer, John
Snyder, Christian Smith, David Snyder, Michael Baer, Jacob Dehoff, Abraham Hershey,
George Hoffman, Jacob Baulus, Abraham Mayer, John Neidig, Joseph Hoffman, Henry Kum-
ler, George Geeting, David Long, Harmonius Au, and Peter Swartz.

The conference opened with the reading of the first chapter of Titus, followed
by the prayer from every member of the conference, and God in a special manner poured out
his blessing. In the afternoon the 15th chapter of John was read.

1. The preachers were examined as to how they stand before God and toward their
fellow-men.

 

2. May 8th the conference opened with the reading of the fifty eighth chapter of
Isaiah, and prayer. Henry Kumler, George Geeting, George Hoffman, and Peter Swartz were

Elected to elder's orders and were ordained by the laying on of hands. (see Laurence, U. B.
History, Vol. II, p.87)

3. Resolved that Jacob Flickinger and Samuel Huber shall have license to preach.

4. Resolved that William Brown shall have license to preach.

5. Resolved that a camp-meeting shall be held on the 8th of August at Leonhart
Middlekauff's, four miles from Hagerstown. Adjourned with prayer.

6. In the afternoon the fourth chapter of Ephesians was read, followed by prayer.

Then the bishop asked, who is willing to travel? Joseph Hoffman, Henry Kumler, Michael
Baer, John Snyder, Jacob Dehoff.

7. Resolved that Abraham Mayer, Joseph Hoffman, and Jacob Baulus be elected
Presiding elders for two years.

8. Resolved that the annual conference shall be held May 15th, 1817, at George
Geeting's meeting-house.

 

9. May 9th, the conference opened with the reading of the tenth chapter of
Corinthians, singing and prayer. Ordered that the 2d day of August be a day of
prayer. Adjourned with prayer. This was a blessed conference. May the Lord bestow his
blessing upon every one.                             Jacob Baulus, Secretary

 

*Now Perry County, Pa., Pfoutz Valley. 

 

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May 15, 1817

 

The conference met at Antietam, in the so-called schoolhouse,

Washington County, Md., and the following preachers were present: Christian Newcomer,

John Neidig, Jacob Baulus, John Snyder, Henry Spayth, Jacob Dehoff, Michael Thomas,

Isaac Niswander, Conrad Roth, John Baer, Jacob Flickinger, John Hildt, William Brown,

Abraham Mayer, Christian Hershey, Joseph Hoffman, Valentine Baulis, John Kreider,

Samuel Huber, George Geeting, Jacob Winter, Jacob Wenger, Henry Kumler, Christian

Berger, George Brown, David Fleck.

The conference opened with the reading of the twelfth chapter of Romans, singing

and prayer.

1. The letters that were sent to the conference were read; of these one was from
the Baltimore congregation, another from Christian Crum, and a third from Brother

Andrew Zeller.

2. Jacob Baulus and John Hildt were elected secretaries of the conference, and

Abraham Mayer was elected chairman to assist the bishop.

3. Resolved that Brothers John Hildt, Jacob Brazer, William Brown, and David

Flock shall have license to preach.

4. Resolved that John Snyder and Valentine Baulus be ordained as elders.

Adjourned with prayer.

 

5. May 16th the conference opened with the reading of the fifth chapter of Mat-

thew. After hearty singing and prayer the preachers, were examined as to how they stood

in relation to God and their fellow-men, and as to their general conduct. Warm tears,

thank God, flowed freely throughout these exercises,

6. In the afternoon the conference opened with the reading of the third chapter

of Colossians. After hearty singing and prayer the examination of preachers was con-

tinued.

7. Kreider and Baulus were then ordained, and God's blessing flowed abundantly.

 

8. May 17th, the conference opened with the reading of the first chapter of

Philippians, singing and prayer. Then it was resolved that a camp-meeting shall be

held at Middlekauff's on the 14th of August.

9. Resolved that the next annual conference be held at Christian Hershey's, in

Lancaster County, Pa., on the first Tuesday in May, 1818.

10. Resolved that an account of all money received by the traveling preachers,

and how it is paid out, shall be kept by the presiding elders, and that this account

shall be kept in the Secretary's book, to be submitted to the annual conference.

Also, this account shall begin with the year 1816.

11. Resolved that the brethren John Snyder and Henry Kumler be elected presiding

elders.

12. Resolved that Friday, the 1st of August, shall be kept as a day of general

humiliation and prayer throughout the United Brethren Church.

                                                John Hildt, Secretary.

 

 

May 5, 1818

 

To-day the United Brethren in Christ assembled at the

house of Christian Hershey, in Lancaster County, Pa. The following preachers were pre-

sent: Christian Newcomer, Christopher Grosh, Abraham Mayer, Valentine Baulus, Jacob

Wenger, Michael Baer, Jacob Lehman, David Gingerich, John Giesinger, John Snyder, Con-

rad Roth, George Kolb, Jacob Zentmeyer, Andrew Zeller, John Neidig, Henry Kumler,

William Brown, Samuel Huber, Henry Spayth, Christian Hershey, Joseph Yordy, Abraham

Hershey, George Brown, David Fleck, Christian Smith, and Daniel Pfeifer.

 

1.  The fifteenth chapter of John was read, singing and prayer.

 

 

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2. The preachers present were examined with reference to their spiritual condi-

tion and their office. May 6th, the fourth chapter of First Corinthians was read,

and prayer for the continued presence of God was offered.

      3. Resolved that Abraham Horner, of Law Creek Valley, John Russell, and Conrad

Wiest be given license to exhort.

      4. Resolved that Daniel Pfeifer be licensed to preach.

      5. The following preachers are willing to travel this year: John Snyder, David

Fleck, Jacob Wenger, for half a year, Henry Kumler, for half a year, William Brown,

Vale11tine Baulus, Michael Baer, for half a year, Conrad Roth.

      6. Resolved that the next annual conference shall be held at Valentine Doub's,

on the first Tuesday in May 1819. A camp--meeting shall be held August 20, 1818, at

Middlekauff's.

      7. Resolved that the last day of August and New Year's Day be appointed days of

prayer.

      8. Resolved that Conrad Roth be permitted to preach in and around Hagerstown this

year, with the understanding that after harvest he is to go to Virginia to help to

hold big meetings if his health permits.

 

      9. To-day, the 7th of May, at the late hour Brother John Snyder brought a letter

from Baltimore concerning the creation of a fund for the purpose of helping to sup-

port the poor preachers who preach in the out of the way places under the direction

of the conference, to make up for the small salaries. As already a beginning had

been made at a conference held June 11th, 1816, in the State of Ohio, we thought we

would make an effort, the Lord willing, to give the people a chance to make voluntary

contributions thereto.

      10. Then the conference adjourned in peace and with hearty prayer. The Lord be

praised for it.   Amen.

                                                Christian Newcomer, Sec.

 

 

May 4, 1819

 

To-day the conference assembled in the house of Valentine Doub's,

in Frederick County, Md. The following preachers were present: Christian Newcomers,

Adam Lehman, John Kreider, George Geeting, David Fleck, John Russell, Abraham Mayer,

John Hildt, Michael Thomas, J. Snyder, Conrad Wiest, Jacob Baer, John Klapper, Andrew

Zeller, Isaac Niswander, Jacob Wenger, Samuel Huber, William Brown, John Fetterhoff,

John Brown, and John Hoffer. The conference opened with the reading of the first

chapter of First Peter, singing and prayer.

      1. The letters that were sent to the conference were read.

      2. The examination of the preachers was commenced, and tears of thanksgiving and

joy flowed freely. The conference for this afternoon was closed with prayer. May 5th

the conference was opened with the reading of the 10th chapter of Jeremiah, singing

and prayer.

      3. Resolved that hereafter the conference shall commence on Tuesdays, and con-

tinue in session for four days. If a preacher is called to leave for good reasons he

shall ask for permission. After this the examination of the preachers was continued.

      4. A committee was appointed to examine those who desire to join the conference:

Newcomer, Neidig, Snyder, and Thomas were constituted the committee.

      5. John Brown and Conrad Wiest were received into the conference on probation,

Then we adjourned with prayer. In the afternoon the conference opened with the read-

ing of the second chapter of Second Timothy, singing and prayer. Then the examination

was continued.

      6. Resolved that John Fetterhoff, Jacob Baer, John Brown, John Klapper, and John

Hoffer be licensed to exhort.

 

May 6th, the conference was opened with the reading of the fifth chapter of

Ephesians, singing and prayer.

      7. A letter was read from William Lein, Registar of Cumberland County, Pa., in

which the information was given that David Snyder, deceased. bequeathed $1,000.00 to

 

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the conference of the United Brethren, due one year after the death of his widow. It

was resolved that this letter be recorded in the secretary book.

      8. $50.00 was received through Abraham Mayer, from Sister Snyder as a gift for

the worthy poor preachers in the State of Ohio, which was then placed into the hands

of Brother Zeller.

      9. The accounts were audited and found a balance of 66.24, which also was given

with the $50.00 to the brethren in Ohio.

      10. Resolved that the brethren William Brown, David Fleck, Samuel Huber, and

Jacob Wenger be ordained this afternoon. In the afternoon the services were opened

with a sermon. Brother Zeller preached from Second Peter, fifth chapter, 2 to 5.

Neidig exhorted, then the brethren above named were solemnly ordained. Adjourned with

prayer. May 7th, the conference opened with the reading of the fifteenth chapter of

Matthew, singing and prayer.

      11. Resolved that the next conference be held at Newcomer's, near Boonsboro, on

the first Tuesday of May, 1820.

      12. Resolved that there be three camp-meetings this year, the first in Pleasant

Valley, Md., August 5th, the second at Rocky Springs, August 26th, the third in Rock-

ingham County, Va., September 9th.

      13. The following preachers signified their willingness to travel: John Snyder,

David Fleck, Daniel Pfeiffer, John Fetterhoff, William Brown, John Russell, Conrad

Wiest. The following preachers were elected presiding elders: Hagerstown Circuit,

Samuel Huber, Juniata Circuit, Abraham Mayer, Virginia Circuit, John Snyder. The

appointments of the traveling preachers are as follows:

John Snyder, Baltimore;

Daniel Pfeiffer, Hagerstown Circuit;

David Fleck, Juniata Circuit;

William Brown and Conrad Wiest, Virginia Circuit;

John Russell and John Fetterhoff, State of Ohio.

Then the

conference adjourned with hearty singing and prayer. May the gracious and merciful

God and Father of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ add his blessing.

                                                      Jacob Baulus,

                                                      John Hildt, Secretaries.

      During the year the following preachers have died: David Snyder, aged 57 years,

and Valentine Baulus, aged 56 years, and 9 months.

 

May 2, 1820

 

      To-day the annual conference of the United Brethren in Christ met in Conrad

Nichodemus' house, in Washington County, Md. The following preachers were present:

Christian Newcomer, Isaac Niswander, Michael Thomas, David Fleck, John Brown, (Pa.)

Jacob Baulus, John Snyder, George Brown, James Banohow, Daniel Pfeiffer, Jacob Baer,

Henry Werte, Christian Hershey, Jacob Dehoff, Abraham Mayer, John Kreider, Samuel

Huber, William Brown, Conrad Wiest, John Hildt, John Brown, (Va.) Jacob Widder, George

Geeting, Jacob E. Lehman, David Baer, John Hoffer, and John Klapper.

      The conference was opened with the reading of the fifth chapter of First Peter,

singing and prayer. John Hildt was unanimously elected secretary, and Abraham Mayer

chairman with the bishop.

      1. Resolved that the conference shall open at 8 A.M., and 2 P.M.

      2. The letters that were sent to the conference were then read.

      3. The examination of the preachers was then commenced. May the Lord give us

tender hearts for the salvation of poor sinners. The session was closed for to-day

with prayer.

 

      4. May 3d, the conference opened with the reading of the sixth chapter of First

Timothy, singing and prayer.

      5. The following were appointed a committee to audit the treasurer's account:

Jacob Baulus, John Snyder, and George Geeting.

      6. The examination was continued. The Lord was especially with us this forenoon

 

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and poured out his blessing upon us. In the afternoon the twelfth chapter of Romans

was read, followed with singing and prayer. The examination was then continued, The

conference adjourned with prayer.

 

      7. May the 4th, the fifteenth chapter of Luke was read, followed with singing

and prayer.

      8. Abraham Mayer, Michael Thomas, and Jaccob Dehoff wore appointed a committee to

examine applicants for license.

      9. The following brethren were received on probation: John Brovm, David Baer,

James Danohow, and Jacob Baer. ·

      10. The following brethren expressed themselves as willing to trave1 wherever

the conference sees fit to send them: John Snyder, Daniel Pfeiffer, John Brown, Jacob

Baer, (6 months) William Brown: Conrcad Wiest, Jemes Danohow.

      l1. At 10 o'clock John Snyder preached from, First Peter 4:17, 18, in great power

and unction. In the afternoon the eleventh chapter of Luke was read, followed with

singing and prayer.

      12. Joseph Marsh was licensed to exhort.

      13. Widow Snyder sent $25.00 through Abraham Mayer for the traveling preachers.

      14. Resolved that the next conference shall be held in Hagerstown, on the second

Tuesday in April. Then adjourned for to-day with prayer.

      l5. The following brethren were solemnly ordained as elders: George Brown, John

Hildt, Daniel Pfeiffer, Henry Werte. Praise the Lord for his blessing that he so

richly poured out upon us.

      l6. Resolved that the three camp-meetings be held this year - the first in Virginia,

August 3d; the second in Pleasant Valley, August 17th; and the third at Rocky Springs,

August 24th.

      17. Resolved that Christian Traube shall be licensed to exhort. At eleven

o'clock John Snyder preached from the fourth chapter of Second Timothy, second verse.

The afternoon session opened with singing and prayer

      l8. The following brethren were elected presiding elders: George Geeting, Vir-

ginia Circuit, Samuel Huber, Hagerstown Circuit, Abraham Mayer, Juniata Circuit,

John Neidig, Lancaster Circuit.

      19. The appointments of the traveling preachers are as follows:

John Snyder, Baltimore;

William Brown and Conrad Wiest, Hagerstown Circuit;

John Brown, Juniata Circuit;

Daniel Pfeiffer and James Danohow, Virginia Circuit.

      20. Then the sessions of this conference were closed with earnest prayer. May

the great God grant his blessing on all that was done.

                                                      John Hildt, Secretary.

 

 

April 10, 1821

 

To-day the conference of the United Brethren in Christ convened

in Hagerstown, Md. The following preachers were present: Christian Newcomer, Abraham

Mayer, Samuel Huber, Henry Werte, John Hildt, John Hoffer, James Danohow Jacob Baulus,

John Kreider, John Snyder. William Brown, Joseph Hoffman, John Brown (Pa.), Daniel

Pfeiffer, Jacob Dehoff, Michael Baer, Jacob Flickinger, Christian Traube, and Samuel

Brant.

      The conference was opened with the reading of the fifth chapter of First Peter,

singing and prayer. Brother Hildt was unanimously elected secretary, and Abraham

Mayer was elected chairman to assist the bishop.

      1. The preachers were examined, upon whose hearts rests the salvation of poor

immortal souls.

      2. Resolved that the sessions shall commence at 8 A.M. and 2 P.M.

      3. The presiding elders were authorized to make settlement with the traveling

preachers.

 

      April 11th, the twelfth chapter of Romans was read, followed with singing and

prayer. The examination of the preachers was continued. After the examination was

 

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completed the letters were read, after which Brothers Jacob Baulus, John Snyder, and

John Kreider were appointed a committee to examine such as desire to be taken into

the conference as preachers.

      1. In the afternoon the sixth chapter of Second Corinthians was read singing

and prayer. Several preachers who arrived were now examined.

      2. The committee brought in their report granting Christian Traube, Henry Bort-

ner, John Klapper, and John Hoffer license to preach.

      3. Resolved that John Brown (Va.) and John Brown (Pa.) shall be ordained.

      4. The following was noted; that three preachers died this year - Christian Crum,

Isaac Niswander, and Frederick Herr.

      5. The following preachers gave themselves up to travel: John Snyder, Conrad

Wiest, Christian Traube, James Danohow, Henry Bortner, William Brown, Daniel Pfeiffer,

John Brown (Va.) and John Brown (Pa.).

      6. The committee to make settlement with the preachers brought in their report

that $439.67 were received, The traveling preachers received $73.27.

 

      April 12th the third chapter of Galatians was read, followed with singing and

prayer.

      l. A committee was appointed to devise a plan to raise a fund for the support of

the traveling preachers. The following were appointed: Jacob Baulus, John Snyder,

Joseph Hoffman; Abraham Mayer, George Geeting, Peter Traubel, and John Hershey.

      In the afternoon at two o'clock, Abraham Mayer preached from the sixth chapter

of second Corinthians, 1st and 2nd verses (poor). Then John Brown (Va.) and John

Brown (Pa.) were solemnly ordained by laying on of hands.

 

      April 13th, the conference opened with the reading of the fourth chapter of

Ephesians, singing and prayer.

      l. The conm1ittee on the fund reported: Resolved by the United Brethren in con-

ference assembled that it is necessary to organize a society in order to raise a fund

for the support of the traveling and aged preachers, and for those who are worn out

in the service.

      2. Resolved that on each circuit worthy persons be named who shall exert them-

selves to secure subscribers as members of this society.

      3. Resolved that a committee be: named at this conference who shall draw up a

constitution for this society, by which it shall be governed, and to report at the

next annual conference for adoption or improvement.

      4. Resolved that owing to the pressing needs a subscription shall be opened at

this conference for immediate relief.

      5. Resolved that three of the forgoing resolutions shall be laid before the Gen-

eral Conference of Pennsylvania and Ohio. These resolutions were accepted and adopt-

ed. Then Jacob Baulus and Brother Hildt were appointed a committee on constitution

to organize the above society, and report at the next conference for adoption. These

two resolutions were committed to the presiding elders to be carried into effect.

      In the afternoon the third chapter of Luke was read, followed with singing and

prayer.

      Then it was resolved that the conference recommend to the General Conference

that the second section of the Discipline be changed with reference to the election

of delegates to the General Conference.

      Then it was resolved that three camp-meetings be held - in Maryland on the 2d of

August, in Virginia the 16th, and in Pennsylvania the 30th.

      Then the session was closed in brotherly harmony, with earnest prayer. Lord

Jesus, add the blessing. Amen.

                                                John Hildt, Secretary.

 

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April 9, 1822 [Big Spring (Springfield), Pa.]

 

      To-day the conference of the United Brethren in Christ convened in the house of

Joseph Knegi, in Cumberland County, Pa. The following preachers were present Chris-

tian Newcomer, and Joseph Hoffman, bishops, Abraham Mayer, Abraham Hershey. John Brown

(Va.), Daniel Pfeiffer, Samuel Huber, Hanry Werte, James Danohow, Christian Smith,

Valentine Hiskey, Christian Traube, Henry Bortner, John Brown (Pa.), John Snyder,

Thomas Husten, John Neidig, Michael Baer, Jacob Wenger, Henry Spayth, William Brown,

Conrad Wiest, John Hildt, George Geeting, David Baer, John Hoffer, Harmonius Au, George

Benedum, Jacob Brazer, and John Reider.

      The conference opened with the reading of the twelfth chapter of Romans, follow-

ed with singing and prayer. Thon Hildt was unanimously elected secretary.

      1. The letters addressed to the conference were read.

      2. John Neidig, Joseph Hoffman, and Henry Spayth were appointed to answer the

letters.

      3. Resolved that the conference shall begin every morning at 8 o'clock and every

afternoon at 2 o'clock.

      4. The examination of the preachers was commenced, and thereafter under God's

blessing adjourned with singing and prayer.

 

      April 10th, the fourth chapter of Second Timothy was read, followed with singing

Prayer. The brethren, Abraham Mayer, George Geeting, and Samuel Huber were ap-

pointed a committee to make settlement with the traveling preachers. The examination

of the preachers was continued.

      In the afternoon the fourth chapter of First John was read, followed with sing-

ing and prayer. Praise the Lord that there were few complaints against the preachers.

The most of them labored successfully. Adjournment for to-day with singing and prayer.

 

      April 11th, the fourth chapter of _____ was read, followed with singing and

prayer. The following preachers gave themselves to the conference to travel: William

Brown; Conrad Wiest, Daniel Pfeiffer, John Brown (Pa.), John Snyder, John Brown (Va.),

Christian Traube, Henry Bortner, and Samuel Huber.

      The committee on settlement reported that during the past year $620.50 was col-

lected. Each of the single preachers received $62.05, and the married received $124.

10. Then it was resolved that the next annual conference shall be held at Brother

John Cronise's, in Frederick County, Md., on the first Tuesday in May, 1823.

      Resolved that Valentine Hiskey, Conrad Wiest, and David Baer shall be ordained.

      The committee brought a letter in reply to one written by the preachers, from

the Methodist Church in New York. Then we adjourned with singing and prayer.

      Brother John Hildt and Jacob Baulus, who were elected at the last annual confer-

ence to draw up a constitution for a society organized for the support of the travel-

ing, aged or worn out preachers, reported. After due consideration it was received

by the brethren of the conference, and the following brethren were elected as trustees

of this society: Jacob Brazer, of Chambersburg, Valentine Daub, of near Fredericktown,

Andrew Newcomer, of Washington County, Md., John Cronise, of near Fredericktown; Sam-

uel Huber and John Wenger, of Franklin County, Pa., and George Martin, of Hagerstown.

Resolved that our secretary shall notify the above brethren of their election.

      Then the presiding elders were asked about the subscriptions. They reported:

nearly four hundred dollars is subscribed. Resolved that as much as possible be gath-

ered until the (next) conference. Adjourned with prayer.

 

      April 12th, the eighth chapter of Romans was read, followed with singing and

prayer.

      Resolved that Thomas Husten and John Reider shall receive license to preach, and

John Ewig and Lawrence Esterline to exhort. Then Joseph Hoffman preached from the

fifth chapter of Matthew, 13th verse. (rough). The brethren, Conrad Wiest, David

Baer, and Valentine Hiskey were then ordained.

      Further, resolved that the trustees shall print the constitution, and incorporate

the society.

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      Resolved that the 1st of August shall be a general prayer day.

      The session of the conference was then adjourned with singing and prayer. May

God add his blessing. Amen.

                                                John Hildt, Secretary.

 

 

May 6, 1823

 

      To-day the conference of the United Brethren in Christ assembled in the house of

John Cronise, Frederick County, Md. The following preachers were present: Christian

Newcomer, Abraham Mayer, William Brown, Conrad Wiest, John Brown (Pa.), Daniel Pfeif-

fer, Henry Bortner, John Kreider, George Geeting, Jacob Dehoff, Abraham Hershey; Sam-

uel Huber, Abraham Huber, John Brown (Va.), James Danohow, Christian Traube: John

Hildt, Jacob Wenger and John Hoffer.

      The conference was opened with the reading of the 23d Psalm, followed with earn-

est singing and prayer.

      Then John Hildt was unanimously elected secretary, and George Geeting was elect-

ed chairman in the absence of Hoffman.

      l. The letters addressed to the conference were read, and Abraham Mayer, William

Brown, and John Brown were appointed a committee to answer the letters.

      2. Resolved that the conference shall begin at 8 A.M. and at 2 P.M.

      3. The brethren, Abraham Mayer, George Geeting, and Samuel Huber were appointed

a committee to settle with the itinerant preachers.

      4. The examination of the preachers was commenced. Then adjourned for to-day.

 

      May 7th, conference opened with the reading of the 23d chapter of Jeremiah,

followed with singing and payer. Then the examination of the preachers continued

with many blessings.

In the afternoon the 6th chapter of Timothy was read, singing and prayer. Then

Gideon Smith, Jacob Erb, John Hoffer, and Abraham Huber were licensed to preach on

two years' probation.

      Resolved that Christian Troub, Henry Bortner, and Philip Ziegler shall be or-

dained.

      The brethren, Henry Werde, Jacob Brazer, (?) died during the year.

      The following brethren were elected presiding elders: John Snyder, Abraham Her-

shey, John Hildt, John Kreider, William Brown, Abraham Mayer , and George Geeting.

      Resolved that the next conference shall be held in Pleasant Valley, on the 5th

of May, 1824.

 

      May 8th, the third chapter of Colossians was read, followed with singing and

prayer.

      The committee to settle with the preachers reported as follows; that during the

past year $727.00 were collected, and each single preacher received $64.27, and each

married ore received $l28.54.

      Brother John Hildt preached from First Thesalonians 5:14- 24, in power and with

great blessing. Then Philip Ziegler, Christian Troub, and Henry Bortner were solemn-

ly ordained. May God give his Holy Spirit in a double measure.

      In the afternoon the second chapter of Timothy was read, followed with singing

and prayer.

      The treasurer of the Benevolent Society brought in his report, and it was found

that the principal brought in $21.00 interest. The costs or expenses were $9.50,

leaving a balance of 11.50. Resolved that Brother Newcomer pay this amount over to

the brethren in the Ohio Conference .

      Resolved that Thursday, July 31st be set apart as a day for general fasting and

prayer in our denomination. The session of the conference was then adjourned with

singing and prayer. May God add his continued blessing. Amen.

                                                      John Hildt, secretary.

 

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May 4, 1824 [Rohrersville, Md.]

 

      To-day the conference of the United Brethren in Christ convened in the so-named

Showman's church, Pleasant Valley, Washington County, Md. The following preachers

were present: Christian Newcomer, Joseph Hoffman, bishops, Abraham Mayer, Samuel Hub-

er, Jacob Dehoff, Daniel Pfeiffer, Henry Bortner, John Hoffer, John Brown (Va.), John

Klapper, Jacob Wenger, Gideon Smith, William Abels, Michael Thomas, George Geeting,

John Kreider, William Brovm, Conrad Wiest, John Hildt, David Fleck, David Baer, George

Pfrimmer, John Wenger, Jacob Erb, John Axert, (?) and Lorenz Esterline.

      The session was opened with the reading of the second chapter of Titus, followed

with singing and prayer.

      The brethren, John Hildt and J. G. Pfrimmer were elected secretaries. Then the

examination of the preachers was commenced. The Lord be praised for the grace bestow-

ed upon them up to this time. Adjourned for to-day with singing and prayer.

 

      May 5th, the third chapter of Philippians was read, singing and prayer.

      1. The letters addressed to the conference were read, and the brethren, J. G.

Pfrimmer, William Brown, and Gideon Smith were appointed a committee to answer such

letters as need an answer.

      2. The brethren, George Geeting, Abraham Mayer, John Kreider, and J. Hildt were

appointed a committee to settle with the itinerant preachers. After this examination

of the preachers was continued. Adjourned with singing and prayer.

      In the after-noon the fifty-third chapter of Isaiah was read, followed with sing-

ing and prayer. The examination was continued and concluded.

      Resolved that Brother Wm. Abels be ordained tomorrow.

      Our beloved brother Adam Lehman died during this year. Aged 90 years, 8 months,

and 13 days.

 

      May 6th, the first chapter of Jeremiah was read, followed with singing and

prayer.

      The committee to examine preachers reported that Lorenz Esterline be licensed to

preach; Frey to exhort; Brubacher to continue to exhort; and Dubolt shall exercise

himself as opportunity affords. The report was adopted. Then a sermon was preached

by J . G. Pfrimmmer from Romans 12:12. After which William was solemnly ordained with

the laying on of hands. Adjourned with singing and prayer.

      In the afternoon the conference opened with the reading of the 30th Psalm, sing-

ing and prayer.

      On motion of Abraham Mayer, Jacob Ewig was licensed to preach.

      The following brethren gave themselves up to travel this year: William Brown,

Conrad Wiest, Daniel Pfeiffer, Gideon Smith , John Brown, Henry Bortner, William

Abels, and Jacob Daub.

      Resolved that the next conference shall be held in Littlestown, Adams County,

Pa., on the 10th of May, 1825.

      The committee on settlement brought in their report, that $618.60 were collected

during the past year. The treasurer of the Benevolent Society brought in his annual

report, and it was found that $28.61 interest was received from the principal. Re-

solved that the part that belongs to this conference , $9.50 shall be given to Brother

Christian Traub, who has been sick for so long a time and therefore is worthy. Then

the conference adjourned with singing and prayer.

 

      May 7th, the third chapter of First John was read, singing and prayer.

      Resolved that delegates to the General Conference shall be elected before Janu-

ary 1st, 1825, and that each delegate elected shall be notified of his election as

soon as possible.

      Resolved that Thursday, July 30th, shall be observed as a day of general fasting

and prayer in our denomination.

      Then the session of this conference was adjourned with singing and prayer in

earnest.

                                                      John Hildt, Secretary

 

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May 10, 1825

 

      To-day the conference of the United Brethren in Christ met in Petersburg (Littles-

town, Adams County, Pa. The following preachers were present: Christian Newcomer,

Abraham Myer, George Geeting, Conrad Wiest, Jacob Erb, Jacob Daub, William Brown,

David Fleck, Abraham Huber, John Snyder, Christian Smith, Valentine Hiskey, Lawrence

Esterline , John Klapper , William Abels, John Hildt, Abraham Hershey, John Brown (Va.),

Gideon Smith, Henry Bortner, John Hoffer, John Kreider, Samuel Huber, David Baer, John

Rider, Daniel Pfeiffer, John Fry, Jacob Wenger and Christian Troub.

      This session was opened with the reading of the fourth chapter of First Peter,

followed with singing and repeated prayer.

      l. The brethren William Brown and Gideon Smith were elected secretaries.

      2. John Hildt was unanimously elected chairman to assist the bishop.

      3. Resolved that the sessions shall open at 8 A.M. and 2 P.M.

      A committee was appointed to make settlement with the traveling preachers, as

follows, Abraham Mayer, George Geeting, John Kreider, Jacob Daub.

      5. A committee on grievances was appointed as follows, John Neidig, Abraham

Mayer, John Brown, William Brown, and Jacob Daub.

      6. The following committee to examine candidates was appointed: John Hildt,

George Geeting, and John Brown. Then adjourned with singing and prayer.

      7. In the afternoon the second chapter of Second Peter was read, followed with

singing and prayer. Then letters were read.

      8. The examination of the preachers was commenced. Late in the afternoon ad-

journed with singing and prayer.

 

      9. To-day, the 11th of May, the twelfth chapter of Romans was read, singing and

prayer. Then the examination was continued, followed with singing and prayer.

      In the afternoon the second chapter of First Timothy was read, followed with

singing and prayer. Then the examination was continued. The following brethren were

also examined: William Reinhart, John Zahn, John Hendrichs, Christian Shoop, John

Snyder, John Smith, Jacob Debold, Abraham Hershey, John Kroch. Then adjourned for

to-day with singing and prayer.

 

      To-day, the 12th of May, the 62d chapter of Isaiah was read, followed with sing-

ing and prayer.

      10. The committee on grievances brought in their report. 1st, concerning Samuel

Huber and Jacob Wenger; the conference unanimously accepted the report. Then the re-

port concerning the conduct of Brother Christian Troub was also approved.

      l1. The brethren whose time of probation was ended were asked if they desired to

be ordained. They replied that they were willing to submit themselves to the advice

of the conference, who resolved that they shall continue on probation. Then Neidig

preached, and Hildt and Daub exhorted. In the afternoon the 33rd chapter of Ezekiel

was read, followed with singing and prayer.

      12. The question was asked, who is willing to travel this year. The following

were willing: William Brown, John Brown, Conrad Wiest, Jacob Erb, Jacob Daub, Gideon

Smith.

      13. Resolved that in the future the word "Reverend" shall be omitted in address-

ing the preachers.

 

      On the 13th of May the 3d chapter of Ephesians was read, followed with singing

and prayer.

      The committee to examine the brethren brought in their report, that William

Reinhart, John Zahn, John Hendrichs, Christian Shoop, John Kroch, Jacob Snyder,

Abraham Hershey, and John Frey shall be licensed to preach, and that Jacob Debold,

John Smith, and Thomas Oberhols shall be licensed to exhort.

      Resolved that the secretary shall write an answer to Brother Geisinger, as to

its contents, that we can not do anything for him.

      After careful consideration the report of the committee concerning the conduct

 

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of brother John Snyder was unanimously approved.

      The committee on settlement reported that during the past year $741.46 were

collected.

      It was agreed that the next conference shall be held in Chambersburg on the 17th

of November, 1825. Adjourned with singing and prayer.

      In the afternoon the 1st chapter of Second Peter was read, followed with singing

and prayer. Then the traveling preachers received their appointments for this year:

Baltimore, William Brown;

Augusta Circuit, Jacob Daub;

Shenadoah, John Zahn;

Hagerstown, Gideon Smith;

York, John Brown;

Juniata, Conrad Wiest;

Huntingdon, John Hendrichs;

Lancaster, Jacob Erb.

      Resolved that Thursday, August 1st, be observed as a day of fasting and prayer.

Then the conference adjourned with earnest prayer. May the Lord add his blessing for

his name's sake.

                                                      William Brown,

                                                      Gideon Smith, Secretaries

                                         

                 

November 17, 1825

 

      The conference convened to-day in Chambersburg, Franklin County, Pa. The follow-

ing brethren were present : Christian Newcomer, Henry Kumler, bishops; John Hildt,

William Brown, George Geeting, Abraham Mayer, John Kreider, presiding elders; Samuel

Huber, Jacob Erb , Gideon Smith, John Brown, Henry Bortner, David Fleck, John Baer,

John Wenger, Jacob Debold, Jonas Hax, Simon Dreisbach, Henry Kimberlein, John Frey,

John Geisinger, Valentine Hiskey, Daniel Pfeiffer, John Hendrichs, Ja-

cob Daub, Conrad Wiest, John Reider, Abraham Huber , Jacob Wenger, Jonas Witmer, John

Hoffer, Christian Schopp, Lawrence Esterline, John Zahn and David Baer.

      The session was opened with the reading of the fourth chapter of Second Corin-

thians, followed with singing and prayer.

      1. The brethren, William Brown and Gideon Smith were elected secretaries by the

conference.

      2. Resolved that the conference shall begin every morning at 9 o'clock and end

in the afternoon at 3 o'clock.

      3. The following brethren were appointed as a committee to investigate grievances,

to examine the young preachers, and to make settlement: John Hildt, Abraham Mayer,

and George Geeting.

      4. Resolved that such preachers who are members of other churches, and who are

present, shall be admitted to advisory seats , but shall have no vote .

      5. The letters addressed to the conference were read, and it was resolved that

brother Hildt and the bishops shall reply to such as need reply.

      6. The examination of the preachers was commenced. Thon adjourned for to-day

with singing; and prayer.

 

      To-day, the 18th of November, the 3rd chapter of Ephesians was read, followed

with singing and prayer. The examination was then continued and concluded.

      7. The following brethren shall continue further on probation: John Hoffer,

Abraham Huber, and John Hax.

      8. The following shall be ordained: John Reider, Gideon Smith, and Jacob Erb.

      9. The following were willing to travel this year: William Brown, Gideon Smith,

Conrad Wiest, John Hendrichs, John Brown, Daniel Pfeffier, Simon Dreisbach, and

Jacob Debold.

      10. Resolved that the preaching brethren be advised not only to exert themselves

wherever members of our church are found to hold counsel with them, but also if pos-

sible reach others. Then adjourned with singing and prayer.

 

      On the 19th the third chapter of Colossians was read, followed with singing and

prayer.

      11. The appointed committee to examine candidates brought in their report. The

 

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following brethren shall obtain license to preach: Daniel Gottwaldt (New Lutheran),

Henry Dimerling, Peter Hawbecker, Thomas Mil1er, Jonas Hax, Ezekiel Boring. The fol-

lowing were licensed to exhort: Michael Coover, James Neuman, James Sutton. Then ad-

journed far Saturday with singing and prayer.

 

      Monday, the 21st, the 62d chapter of Isaiah was read, followed with singing and

prayer.

      1. The committee brought in a further report that brother Daniel Pfeifer of Am-

berson's Valley shall have license to exhort.

      Resolved that the next conference shall be held at Sheep's on the 3d of April,

1826.

      Then Kumler delivered an address based on Second Corinthians 4:6. J. Baer ex-

horted. Then John Reider, Jacob Erb, and Gideon Smith were solemnly ordained.

      Resolved that the 23d of December, of this year, shall be a day of general pray-

er in our denomination. Then conference adjourned for this time.

                                                      William Brown,

                                                      Gideon Smith, Secretaries.

 

 

April 3, 1826

 

      To-day the conference of the United Brethren in Christ convened in the house of

brother Shoop, Cumberland County, Pa. The following preachers were present: Christian

Newcomer, Abraham Mayer, George Geeting, John Brown, Samuel Huber, David Baer. Henry

Spayth, Abraham Hershey, John Geisinger, Valentine Hiskey, John Hendrichs, Christian

Shoop, Peter Swartz, Jacob Snyder, Daniel Pfeifer, Thomas Miller, Joseph May or Mash,

Michael Coover, Daniel Gottwalt, Abraham Hershey, Jacob Roop, Henry Kumler, John Krei-

der, William Brown, Christian Smith, John Witmer, John Hildt, Conrad Wiest, Jacob De-
bold, John Zahn, Jacob Erb, John Kroch, Christian Hershey, Simon Dreisbach, Gideon

Smith, Christian Ludwig, Ezekiel Boring, John Neidig, Jonas Rax, James Neuman, Chris-

tian Troub, and John Hoffman.

      The conference was opened with the reading of the 147th Psalm, followed with

singing and earnest prayer.

      1. The brethren, George Geeting, Abraham Mayer, and Samuel Huber were appointed

to investigate the grievances.

      2. The brethren, John Hildt, William Brown, and John Brown were appointed a com-

mittee to examine the brethren who desire to become members of the conference, and to

write replies to letters.

      3. The examination of the preachers was commenced and then adjourned with prayer.

 

      Tuesday, the fourth chapter of _____ was read, followed with singing and prayer.

Then the examination of the preachers was continued, and we closed without a single

complaint against any one of them. The name of the Lord be praised.

      The following brethren were willing to travel: William Brown, Gideon Smith,

Jaocb Debold, Simon Dreisbach, Thomas Miller, John Brown, Conrad Wiest, John Hendrich,

Jacob Erb. Then adjourned with prayer.

      In the afternoon the session was opened with reading, singing and prayer. The

following brethren were elected presiding elders: John Neidig, Samuel Huber and David

Baer.

      The next conference shall be held on the first Tuesday in April, 1827, at Joseph

Knegi's.

      Resolved that it shall be the duty of each preacher of this denomination, where

the circumstances permit, to be present at the conference, or at least write to the

conference explaining why he could not come.

      Further, resolved that a list of all our preachers who belong to this conference

be kept. Their names shall be called at each annual conference, and inquiry be made

as to their conduct.

      The presiding elders brought in the following report, after making settlement

 

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with the traveling preachers, $771.24 were collected during the past year. The married

preachers received $160.00, and the single received $80.00.

 

April 5th, Brother Kumler preached from Second Timothy 4:5. Hildt and Lichte

exhorted.

In the afternoon the 34th chapter of Ezekiel was read, followed with singing

and prayer.

Resolved and ordered that brother John Hildt, under the name and authority of

the members of conference, shall give Christian Newcomer, our oldest bishop, power

of attorney, and shall sign the same in our stead, which power of attorney shall

authorize brother Newcomer to receive from the executer $1000.00 bequeathed by Eliz-
abeth Snyder to the conference of the United Brethren in Christ, also that after the

money is received it shall be regularly recorded according to law.

Resolved that John Hoffman shall be licensed to preach.

Resolved that the 4th of August be appointed a day of prayer in our denomina-
tion. Then the conference adjourned with singing and prayer.

H. Spayth, Secretary

 

 

April 3, 1827

 

To-day the conference of the United Brethren in Christ convened at Joseph Knegi's,

Springfield, Cumberland County, Pa. The following preachers were present: Christian

Newcomer, John Hildt, John Kreider, Jacob Lehman, David Baer, Thomas Miller, John

Brown, David Fleck, Lawrence Esterline; James Sutton, John Henrichs, Daniel Pfeifer,

Christian Shoop, John Snyder, James Neuman, George Geeting, John Hax, Henry Kumler,

Christian Hershey, Jacob Erb, Samuel Huber, Simon Dreisbach, Valentine Hiskey, Henry

Bortner, John Kroch, John Frey, William Brown, John Neidig, Conrad Wiest, Jacob Debold,

Peter Swartz, Jacob Wenger, Jacob Snyder, and Michael Baer.

Brother Christian Newcomer opened the conference with the reading of the third

chapter of Jeremiah, singing and prayer. Brother Jacob Erb was elected secretary. The

brethren, John Hildt and David Baer were appointed a committee to answer the letters

that need answering. The brethren, Christian Hershey, John Hildt, and William Brown

were appointed a committee to examine the young preachers.

Resolved that the preachers pre sent and those who may yet come who do not belong

to this conference shall have advisory seats among us.

The following brethren were appointed as a committee to investigate such griev-

ances against the brethren as may be presented: Samuel Huber, John Neidig, and John

Snyder. Then the examination of the preachers was commenced. Adjourned with singing

and prayer.

In the afternoon the conference was opened with the reading of the fourth chap-
ter of Ephesians. Then the examination of the preachers was continued. Then adjourned

with singing and prayer.

 

Wednesday, the 4th, the first chapter of Titus was read, followed with singing

and prayer. Then the examination was continued and ended under the blessing of the

Lord.

The following brethren shall continue on probation: Christian Shoop, Jacob

Snyder, Jacob Debold, Jonas Hax and John Frey.

The following brethren shall be ordained as elders: John Hendrichs, Simon Dreis-
bach, Lawrence Esterline, Abraham Hershey, John Zahn, and John Kroch.

Brother Abraham Mayer died October 28, 1826. Aged 69 years.

The following brethren were willing to travel: John Snyder, William Brown, John

Hendrichs, John Kroch, Conrad Wiest, James Sutton, Gideon Smith, George Geeting,

Thomas Miller, John Zahn, David Fleck, Jacob Erb, Christian Troub.

Brother John Snyder and George Geeting were elected traveling presiding elders.

The settlement with the traveling preachers was made, and it was found that

$863.16 were collected on the various circuits. The preachers received their full

 

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salary.

      Resolved that the next conference shall be held in Middletown Valley, Frederick

County, Md., on the first Tuesday in April, 1828.

      Brother William Brown paid over to the conference $300.00 as a part payment of

the $l,000.00 bequeathed by David Snyder in his will to the conference to the United

Brethren. He received a. receipt from the conference.

      It was found that the interest of the fund, according to the report of the treas-

urer, amounted to $49.60. He solved that one fourth of it be paid to John Hildt to pay

off a debt which was made for one: of our preachers, rarely John Brown (Va.), and for

which three of our brethren stood bail. Then the conference adjourned with singing

and prayer.

 

      Thursday, the 5th, the ordination sermon was preached by brother Henry Kumler

from Romans 12:11,12. After Newcomer and Snyder spoke, the following brethren were
ordained: John Zahn, Abraham Hershey, John Hendrichs, John Kroch, Simon Dreisbach,

and Lawrence Esterline. The meeting was closed with a short address by brother Hildt

from Matthew 24:14. A collection was also lifted for the support of traveling preach-

ers in the western states.

      In the afternoon the fifteenth chapter of Romans was read, followed with singing

and prayer.

      The committee to examine the brethren brought in their report, that John Eckstein,

John Flugel, and George Hiskey receive license to preach, the following to exhort:

John Gilbert, Peter Steg, John Pfeifer, Samuel Steinmetz, Samuel Mellinger, and Abra-

ham Pfeifer.

      The traveling preachers were stationed as follows:

John Snyder, P.E.;

Juniata Circuit, David Fleck;

Lancaster Circuit, Gideon Smith;

York Circuit, John Kroch;

George Geeting, P.E.;

Hagerstown Circuit, John Zahn and John Eckstein;

Virginia Circuit, John Henrdichs and Thomas Miller;

David Baer, P.E.;

Huntington Circuit, Christian Troub;

Missionary to New York, Jacob Erb;

Baltimore, William Brown.

      Resolved that we the members of the annual conference wholly disapprove of any

of our members, preachers: or members, uniting with the so-called Free Masons, which

we believe to be very offensive to the members of our denomination. Further, resolved

that if in the future any of our preachers or members become members of the so-called

Free Mason Society, they thereby lock themselves out of the conference and church.

      Then the sessions of this conference adjourned.

                                                      Jacob Erb, Secretary.

 

 

April 1, 1828

 

To-day the conference of the United Brethren in Christ convened

in a church of the denomination in Middletown Valley, Frederick County, Md. The fol-

lowing preachers were present: Christian Newcomer, Henry Bortner, John Hendrichs,

John Snyder, David Fleck, John Kroch, John Zahn, John Hoffer, William Reinhart, John

Neuman, Frederick Gilbert, Ezekiel Boring, George Patterson, John Klapper, Henry Kum-

Ler, Jacob Erb, Wm. Brown, John Hildt, Samuel Huber, Daniel Pfeiffer, Simon Dreisbach,

John Neidig, Thomas Miller, James Sutton, John Eckstein, Jacob Debold, Jacob Snyder,

Abraham Huber, and Jacob Winter.

      The conference was opened by Christian Newcomer with the reading of the fifth

chapter of First Thessalonians, singing and prayer.

      1. Jacob Erb was elected secretary.

      2. The following were elected as a committee: George Geeting, John Hildt, and

William Brown, 1st, to examine the young brethren who desire license to preach; 2d,

to investigate all grievances; 3d, to answer such letters as are necessary. Then the

examination of the preachers was begun Adjourned with singing and prayer.

 

      Wednesday, the 2d, the fifty-fifth chapter of Isaiah was read, followed with

singing and prayer., Then the examination was continued and closed under God's bless-

ing with-out charges being brought against any of the brethren. The session was then

 

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closed.

 

      Thursday, the 3d, the forty-eighth Psalm was road, followed with singing and

prayer.

      The following brethren were taken- in and received license to preach: Moses Law-

son, Frederick Gilbert, William Kerner,(?) William Scholde, Joseph Berger, John Dehoff,

Henry Huber, Rifert Catlow, James Sutton, George Gilbert, and John Smith.

      The following received license to exhort: Poter Weizel, Charles Boehm, George Leberich,

Jacob Entig, and Samuel Aulenbach.

      The following shall remain yet on probation: John Hoffert, John Klapper, Abraham Huber.

      The following shall be ordained: Thomas Miller, William Reinhart, George Patter-

son, Ezekiel Boring, and Jacob Snyder.

      The brethren, Christian Ludwig and Philip Ziegler died this year.

      The following brethren gave themselves up to travel: John Snyder, Wm. Brown,

John Zahn, John Eckstein, John Kroch, John Hendrichs, Thomas Miller, Jacob Erb, Fred-

erick Gilbert, Ezekiel Boring, William Scholds, John Neidig, Simon Dreisbach.

      Resolved that the next conference shall b€ hold at Geeting’s school-house on the

first Tuesday of April, 1829.

This conference was then divided into the following Districts: Virginia District;

Carlisle District; Hagerstown District; Huntington District, and Lancaster District.     

Resolved that on each District two elders be elected as members of the General Conference.

Then adjourned with singing and prayer.

 

      Friday, the 4th, in the forenoon at 10 o'clock, brother Henry Kumler preached

From Hebrews 13-17, Hildt preached in the English language from Psalm 51:10-13. Then

the brethren before named wore ordained.

      During the past year $877.86 were collected. The married preachers received

$138.68, and the single $69.34.

      The itinerant preachers received their appointments as follows:

John Snyder and William Brown, P.E.;

Baltimore, John Neidig;

York District, John Kroch;

Carlisle Circuit, William Scholde;

Juniata Circuit, Ezekiel Boring and Frederick Gilbert;

Huntingdon Circuit, John Henrichs;

Hagerstown Circuit, John Zahn;

Virginia Circuit, John Miller and John Eckstein;

Susquehanna Circuit, Jacob Erb;

Lebanon Circuit, Simon Dreisbach.

      The conference then adjourned with singing and prayer in peace and love.

                                                      Jacob Erb, Secretary.

 

 

April 7, 1829

 

      To-day the conference of the United Brethren in Christ convened at Antietam, in

Geeting’s meeting house, Washington County, Md. The following preachers were present:

Christian Newcomer, John Snyder, George Geeting, Jacob Erb, John Neidig, Ezekiel Bor-

ing, Jacob Snyder, John Hendrichs, John Kreider, John Zahn, Frederick Gilbert, Chris-

tian Shoop, John Hoffer, James Neuman, John Hoffman, Henry Kumler, William Brown,

David Baer, Samuel Huber, Wm. Reinhart, John Krech, Henry Bortner, Thomas Miller,

Jacob Dehoff, Jacob Wenger, John Frey, John Klapper, John Eckstein, William Scholde,

Jacob Ewig.

      1. The beginning was made with the reading of the 9th chapter of Mark, followed

ed with singing and prayer.

      2. William Brown and Jacob Erb were unanimously elected secretaries.

      3. The brethren, George Geeting, John Hildt, and William Brown were elected a

committee to examine candidates, and to answer the letters that need to be answered.

      4. The examination of the preachers was commenced, then the forenoon adjourned

with singing and prayer.

      5. This afternoon the fourth chapter of Second Corinthians was read, followed

with singing and prayer. The examination of the preachers was continued.

 

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      6. The letters to the conference were then read.

 

      To-day, the 8th, the second chapter of Second Timothy was read, followed with

singing and prayer. Then the examination of the preachers was continued.

      7. The young preachers who wanted license were called up. Then adjourned with

singing and prayer.

      8. In the afternoon commenced with singing and prayer. Then the young preachers

were yet examined with great blessing.

      9. The preachers whose time of probation was ended were examined. The following

shall be ordained: Christian Shoop, John Klapper, John Hoffer, Wm. Scholde, John

Eckstein, John Frey, and John Hoffman.

 

      10. On the 9th, Henry Kumler preached to the conference from Matthew 22:14. Then

the above named brethren were ordained. In the afternoon commenced with singing and

prayer.

      11. The following brethren gave themselves up to travel: John Snyder, William

Reinhart, William Brown, John Neidig, John Eckstein, Frederick Gilbert, Thomas Miller,

John Kroch, John Durkes, William Scholde, John Henrichs, Noah Woodyard, William Knott,

John Weig, John Zahn, Ezekiel Boring, Jacob Snyder, and Daniel Dewinni.

      The following brethren shall receive license to preach: John Durkes, Christian

Crumbling, Jacob Ewig, James Neuman, Daniel Dewinni, Peter Herman, Henry Hikens, Noah

Woodyard, Samiel Allenbach, William Knott, and Daniel Winter. The following brethren

were licensed to exhort: John Duma, Jacob G. Erb, Martin Haman, George Geeting, Jacob

Perrey, and Jacob Haas.

 

      The 10th of April the fourteenth chapter of John was read, followed with singing

and prayer. Then it was resolved that Samuel Huber and David Baer, on account of a

letter received from Pfout’s Valley, go there and fix up some matters.

      12. The settlement with the traveling preachers was made as to how matters stand

on his charge. Then the traveling preachers were appointed to their circuits.

      13. John Snyder, C. H. Shoop, and William Brown were appointed a committee to

bring brother Dreisbach to an account according to the rules of the conference,

      14. Resolved that the next conference shall be held in Shoop’s church, Cumber-

land County, Pa., on the third Saturday and Sunday of March, 1830.

      This conference was especially blessed in the examination of the preachers,

scarcely without a complaint, but many indications of a good work of grace,

      Jacob Hass’ experience excelled all others. It was a heaven on earth, love and

peace and a new spirit from God enlivened everything. To the lamb be the glory for-

ever. Amen.

                                                William Brown

                                                Jacob Erb         Secretaries.

 

 

      In the year 1830, the conference was divided into two bodies, which was before

only Hagerstown conference, now it is Hagerstown and Harrisburg conferences. The

Harrisburg conference must secure a new minute book. It was resolved that William

Brown shall purchase the book and shall transcribe the proceedings of the conference

out of the old into the new.

 

 

March 22, 1830

 

      To-day the conference of the United Brethren in Christ

convened in Cumberland County, in Shoop’s meeting-house. The following preachers were

present: Henry Kumler, George Geeting, William Reinhart, Peter Swartz, Valentine His-

key, John Kroch, Daniel Pfeifer, Thomas Miller, John Zahn, Christian Shoop, John Eck-

Stein, John Durkes, John Frey, Daniel Winter, Noah Woodyard, Charles Boehm, John De—

hoff, George Leberich, John Flugel, David Long, George Hoffman, John Klapper, John

Snyder, John Hendrichs, James Neiman; Jacob Erb, Simon Dreisbach, George Hiskey, Wil-

liam Scholde, Jacob Ewig, William Knott, John Duemer(?), Moses Lawson, Christian

Smith, John Smith, William Kenier(?), Peter Weizel, John Hoffer, Abraham Hershey,

Jacob Roop, Peter Hawbecker, George Gilbert, John Haney, Frederick Gilbert and Henry

 

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Newbecker.

      The conference was opened with the reading of the sixth chapter of Second Corin-

thians, followed with singing and prayer.

1.  David Baer, John Kroch, and Ezekiel Boring were appointed a committee to in-

vestigate the young brethren.

      3. George Geeting was elected chairman to help the bishop preside.

      4. John Eckstein was elected German Secretary, and William Reinhart was elected

English Seceretary.

      5. The letters addressed to the conference were read, and then they were referred

to a committee.

      6. The examination of the preachers was commenced. Then the conference adjourned

with singing and

 

      To-day, the 23d, the conference opened with the reading of the first chapter of

First Corinthians, singing and prayer.

      A motion was made by John Zahn that John Winebrenner be given an advisory seat.

William Brown inquired whether John Winebrenner would accept an advisory seat, while

it seemed to him in harmony with his teaching he could not do so, Winebreaner signi-

fied his willingness to accept, and he was voted an advisory seat by the majority of

votes. Then the examination was continued.

      William Brown made a motion that John Rebo be admitted to an advisory seat. It

was unanimously adopted. The examination was then ended without any complaints ex-

cept against Joans Hax, who was referred to a committee.

      8. The following preachers who desired license to preach were examined and re-

ferred to a committee: Herman Haux, Jacob Haux, Henry Young, Andrew Binod, George

Hoffman, Lorenz Seibert, John Potts, Jacob Reinhart, John Hewn. Adjourned for to-day

with singing and prayer.

 

      9. To-day, the 24th, the conference opened at 8 A.M., with the reading of the

sixth chapter of First Timothy. Thon the names of the absent preachers were called

and inquiries were made concerning them. James Sutton, Samuel Huber, John Kreider,

Christian Troub, Abraham Thomas Kuster, Abraham Horner, Henry Bortner, Harmonius

Au, Abraham Hershey, Peter Herman, Jacob Dehoff, Jacob Debold, David Fleck,

William Abels, George Patterson, John Reider, and Conrad Wiest were absent.

      10. The following brethren served their probation and should be ordained: John
Smith, George Hiskey, Moses Lawson, Frederick Gilbert, John Flugel, and John Dehoff.

      11. The question was asked who of the members of this conference died during

the year. Answer: Christian Newcomer, and Christopher Grosh.

      12. The question was asked who is willing to travel. The following were willing:

John Zahn, Ezekiel Boring, John Kroch, Daniel Winter, James Neiman, John Smith, Moses

Lawson, John Darcas(?), William Kenier, John Haney, Charles Boehm, Jacob Snyder,

Thomas Hiller, John Henrichs, William Scholde, Andrew Buerd, Daniel Dentini. After a

short recess the conference again convened, and the committee to examine the appli-

cants reported. Then adjourned for to-day.

 

      The 25th, this morning the collectors reported what was collected during the

year. It was found that $1255.36 was collected, and it was divided as is shown in

the proper place.

      13. Brother Kumler preached to the conference. Boring spoke in the English lan-

guage. Then the brethren named before were solemnly ordained. Afterward those who

were licensed to preach, received their license.

      14. Kumler asked brother Erb and Dreisbach to report on grievances. None was

presented by them, 1¥ld it was not necessary to take my action.

      Brother Dreisbach gave the conference satisfaction in regard to the collection

of the previous year.

      Resolved that the Hagerstown conference shall have the old minute book, and the

Pennsylvania or Harrisburg conference procure a new one. Brother Kumler paid William

 

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Brown $2.00 toward purchasing it, and Brown shall buy the book and transcribe the

conference proceedings out of the old into the new.

      The next conference shall be held April 19th, 1831, at William Brown's in Cum-

berland County, Pa.

                                                      John Eckstien,

                                                      William Reinhart, Secretaries.

 

 

April 19, 1831

 

      To-day, the conference of the United Brethren in Christ

convened at William Brown’s meeting house, in Cumberland County, Pa. The following

preachers were present: Henry Kumler, William Scholde, William Brown, Jacob Erb, Wil-

liam Reinhart, John Smith, John Reider, Michael Baer, Jacob Wenger, Jacob Snyder,

John Frey, Frederick Gilbert, Samuel Allenbach, Ezekiel Boring, John Snyder, Chris-

tian Smith, Valentino Hiskey, George Hiskey, Christian Shoop, Peter Hawbecker, James

Sutton, John Hoffman, John Kreider, Valentine Flugel, Henry Newbecker, Daniel Dentini,

Charles Boehm, Christian Crumbling, and John Dimer.

      The opening services were conducted by the bishop with the reading of the fourth

chapter of Ephesians, singing and prayer.

      1. A motion was made that somebody be elected to assist the bishop to preside.

Ezekiel Boring was elected.

      2. William Scholde was elected Gorman, and William Reinhart was elected English

secretary.

      3. The bishop made a motion that the following brethren be a committee to settle

the difficulties and to examine the young preachers. Unanimously elected.

      4. The letters addressed to the conference were then read.

      5. The examination of the preachers was commenced, and continued until evening.

Then adjourned for to-day with singing and prayer.

 

      In the morning of the 20th, the conference opened with singing and prayer, and

the reading of the 12th chapter of Romans by Boring.

      1. The examination of the preachers was continued.

      2. The matter of the bequest of David Snyder was brought before the conference.

First the conference empowered bishop Henry Kumler and Ezekiel Boring to release in

behalf of the conference. On the 19th of April, 1831, Henry Kumler and Ezekiel Boring

did release to William Brown. William Brown paid in full $558.00.

      3. At the same time and place the conference empowered Henry Kumler to receipt

for widow Elizabeth Snyder to Isaac Schallenberger, Executor, the receipt being

dated April 20th, 1831.

      4. The names of the absent preachers were called and inquiry was made concerning

their deportment. There was no complaint against any except John Durkes.

      5. The following preachers shall be ordained: James Neuman, Peter Hawbecker,

Thomas Huston. Then adjourned for this forenoon with singing and prayer.

      6. In the afternoon the conference was opened with the reading of the sixth

chapter of Second Corinthians, singing, and prayer by C. Shoop.

      7. The following brethren shall appear before the committee: William Cramer,

David Runk, John Duma, John Thuma. 

      8. $9.00 was then made up for Newcommer's for a stove in the meeting house.

John Hershey received it for the purpose.

      9. Then the preachers were called who desired to travel: John Smith, William

Scholde, Ezekiel Boring, Frederick Gilbert, Daniel Dewini, Jacob Erb, Gideon Smith,

William Brown, James Neuman, John Remey, Charles Boehm, Jacob Snyder: David Runk,

John Kroch, and William Kenier.

      10. It was found that the income of the Benevolent Fund, and from Henry Heide

amounted to $34.61, out of this Henry Kumler received $10.00. Then adjourned with

singing and prayer.

 

      1. To-day, the 21st of April, 1831, Henry Kumler preached in the German language,

 

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and Ezekiel Boring preached in the English language. Then the following brethren were

ordained: Thomas Huston, Peter Hawbecker, and James Neuman.

      2. The committee reported that the following brethren shall be licensed to preach:

John Duma, David Runk, William Cramer, Matthew Klein, and John Thuma.

      3. Resolved that in the future the traveling preachers shall receive their support

from the charges which they travel, and whatever more they receive than what is allowed

them they shall bring with them to the conference. They shall keep a strict account of

all the moneys they receive. The presiding elder's salary shall be raised at the camp-

meetings and big meetings which they may hold.

      4. Resolved that the next annual conference shall be held April 17th, 1832, at

Henry Herr's, near Harrisburg, Pa.

      5. It was agreed that it was right to hold singing schools when conducted in a

Christian manner. Then adjourned with prayer.

      6. At candlelight the conference again convened. The circuits were supplied as

follows:

Ezekiel Boring, P.E. for Chambersburg, Juniata, and Huntington Circuits;

William, P.E. for Baltimore, Littlestown, Carlisle, Halifax, and Lancaster Circuits,

and Baltimore City.

Baltimore Circuit, James Neiman;

Carlisle Circuit, John Smith;

Juniata Circuit, Charles Boehm;

Halifax Circuit, William Scholde;

Littlestown Circuit, Jacob Erb;

Chambersburg Circuit, Frederick Gilbert;

Huntington Circuit, William Kenier and Daniel Dewini;

Lancaster Circuit, Gideon Smith;

Baltimore, John Kroch.

      7. Resolved that the manufacture and sale of strong drink by the members of this

annual conference is hereby prohibited. Passed by nearly a unanimous vote.

      8. Henry Kumler received $25.00 from Isaac Schallenberger, executor of Elizabeth

Snyder, and paid it to John Hershey, treasurer of the Benevolent Fund.

      9. Resolved that on the fourth of July sermons be preached to the people wherever

it can be made to suit.

      The name of the Lord be praised, we had no disturbance; everything was done in

love and harmony among the brethren. There were no complaints. The conference then

adjourned for this time.

                                          William Scholde,

                                          William Reinhart, Secretaries.

 

April 19th, 1831

      We the undersigned committee appointed by the now sitting conference of the United

Brethren in Christ for the purpose of settling any and every case brought before them

by said conference, having duly considered the case of William Brown and that of the

conference respecting the money which the late David Snyder intended in his last will

and testament to be appropriated to the conference of the United Brethren as above

named, having minutely investigated the same on both sides, have unanimously agreed to

deduct the interest from the time due, viz. $168.00 and in addition to that we deducted

from the principal $142.00, making in all $310.00. In addition to the above deduction

of the said interest and principal the said William Brown has paid $300.00 making in

all $610.00, leaving a balance of $558.00 yet due by said William Brown to the above

named conference, as decided by the undersigned subscribers.

                                                      Ezekiel Boring

                                                      John Snyder

                                                      John Hoffman

     

Received April 20, 1831, of the Pennsylvania Conference by the hands of William

Brown of Henry Kumler, Five Hundred and Fifty-Eight Dollars.

                                                      John Hershey,

Trustee of the Benevolent Society of the United Brethren in Christ.

 

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April 17, 1832

 

To-day, the conference of the United Brethren in Christ

convened at Henry Herr's in Dauphin County, Pa., near Harrisburg. It was opened with

the reading of the second chapter of First Peter, followed with singing and prayer by

Henry Kumler, bishop.

      1. Then Jacob Erb was elected German secretary, and William Reinhart English

secretary. ·

      2. The following members were present: Henry Kumler, bishop; William Brown, chair-

man; Jacob Erb, clerk; Ezekiel Boring, Frederick Gilbert, Jacob Snyder, John Kroch,

William Scholde, Valentine Hiskey, James Neiman, John Neidig, Jacob Roop, Jacob Yards,

Christian Shoop, Abraham Hershey, Peter Hawbecker, William Kenier, Gideon Smith, Daniel

Pfeifer, John Hoffnan, Peter Sv1artz, Felix Light, Christian Hershey; Moses Lawson,

Simon Dreisbach, and Valentine Flugel; not ordained, George Gilbert, Christian Crumb-

ling, Henry Young, John Durcas, Jonas Hax, David Runk, John Potts, Richard Catlow.

      3. While there was but one bishop present William Brown was elected chairman.

      4. The examination of the preachers was commenced.

      5. Adjourned for this forenoon. Brother Neidig led in singing and prayer.

      6. The conference was again opened with the reading of the fourth chapter of

First Corinthians, followed with singing, and prayer by E. Boring.

      7. The letters addressed to the conference were read. Then examination was

continued.

      8. The following committee was appointed to examine the young preachers, and to

settle grievances: John Kroch, Christian Shoop and E. Boring.

      9. Adjourned for the first day with singing, and prayer by brother Hiskey.

 

      10. The conference convened again on the second day at 8 A.M. It was opened with

the reading of the 6lst chapter of Isaiah, followed with singing, and prayer by

William Brown. The inquiry was made concerning the absent preachers, and their charac-

ters were examined. Then adjourned for this forenoon by Christian Hershey.

      11. The conference again convened at 1 PM. The 46th Psalm was read, followed with

singing, and prayer by John Hoffman. Then those who desired to have license from this

conference were called up: George St. Clair Hussey, Jacob Felmlee, Andrew Ringer,

John Light, John Sitman, Samuel Eberly, and Abraham Herner.

      12. The question was asked who shall be ordained? Henry Young, George Gilbert,

and Jacob G. Erb, from Canada. Then adjourned for the second day with singing, and

prayer by John Kroch.

 

      13. The conference assembled again for the third day at 8 AM. The third chapter

of Second Corinthians was read, song, and prayer was offered by Simon Dreisbach. Wil-

liam R. Reinhart made a motion that it shall be the custom of our denomination not to

make oath in court but to affirm only. The matters of Daniel Dewini wore examined,

and he was expelled from the denomination.

      14. The matters concerning Valentine Flugel and his son, John Flugel, were ex-

amined. Valentine was passed, but John Flugel was expelled from the denomination.

Then the following brethren were ordained: Henry Young, George Gilbert, Jacob G. Erb,

on which occasion Bishop Kumler preached from Gal. 6:9, with great blessing.

      15. After a, short time the conference again convened. Then the question was asked,

who is willing to travel in the conference? The following were willing: George St.

Clair Hussey, John Neiman, Moses Lawson, Andrew Ringer, Jacob Felmlee, George Gilbert,

John Kroch, Jacob Snyder, William Brown, Ezekiel Boring, Frederick Gilbert, William

Kenior, David Runk, Jacob G. Erb, Gideon Smith, Christian Crumbling.

      16. The matter concerning Valentine Hiskey was brought up, whether we will allow

him to have the money which he should have paid to the conference and bishop. Boring

and others made a notion that we allow him all the interest and $100.00. Kumler and

others made a motion that we allow him all the interest now due, and that we will

allow him the money two years longer without interest. Then the vote on Boring's

motion was taken, and it was adopted by a majority of ten votes. Then Kumler's motion

was put to a vote and only seven votes were cast for it.

 

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      17. The question was asked, who of the conference died during the year? John

Baer, John Duma.

      18. The next annual conference shall be held on the 9th day of April, 1833, in

Millerstown, (Annville) Lebanon County, Pa. The fourth of July was appointed as a day

of thanksgiving and prayer.

      19. Ezekiel Boring and William Brown were elected presiding elders for this year.

The preachers who are to travel under the conference were stationed as follows:

Baltimore City, John Kroch;

Carlisle District, William Brown, P.E.;

Carlisle Circuit, Andrew Ringer and Jacob Snyder;

Halifax Circuit, James Neiman;

Lancaster Circuit, David Runk;

Baltimore County Circuit, George St. Clair Hussey;

Huntington District, Ezekiel Boring, P.E.;

Chambersburg Circuit, Frederick Gilbert and Jacob Felmlee;

Juniata Circuit, William Kenier;

Huntington Circuit, George Gilbert;

Canada District, Gideon Smith, P.E.;

Canada Circuit, Jacob Erb.

      Further, it was resolved that William Brown and Jacob Erb have an English hymn

book printed. W. R. Reinhart, Richard Catlow, and John Zahn are a committee to whom it

is to be submitted.

                                                Jacob Erb

                                                W. R. Reinhart, Secretaries.

 

April 9, 1833

 

      To-day, the conference of the United Brethren in Christ

convened at the meeting house in Millerstown, Lebanon County, Pa., at 8 A.M. The fol-

lowing brethren were present: Henry Kumler, bishop; William Brown, chairman; John

Reider, secretary; John Neidig, Ezekiel Boring, Jacob Erb, Jacob Snyder, James Neiman,

John Light, John Hendrichs, George Hershey, Joseph Schenx(?), John Potts, John Snyder,

Abraham Hershey, Henry Young, George Gilbert, Frederick Gilbert, Joseph Yards, Chris-

tian Hershey, Jacob Roop, Christian Shoop, John Sitman, Christian Smith, Daniel Peif-

fer, Felix Light, John Hoffman, Jacob Felmlee, George Geyer.

      1. The conference was opened with the reading of the fifteenth chapter of John,

followed with singing, and prayer by bishop Henry Kumler.

      2. John Reider was then unanimously elected secretary.

      3. William was elected chairman to preside with the bishop.

      4. John Reider, Jacob Erb, and James Neiman were appointed a committee to hear

complaints, etc., and to settle them.

      5. John Neidig, John Snyder, and Ezekiel Boring were appointed a committee to

examine the young preachers who may apply for license in this conference.

      6. The examination of the preachers was commenced. Adjourned for this forenoon

with singing end prayer.

      7. In the afternoon at 1 o'clock, the conference again convened. The first Psalm

was read, followed with singing and prayer. Then the examination on of the preachers was

continued. At 5 P.M., adjourned with singing and prayer.

 

      8. Wednesday, the 10th, the conference again convened. The first part of the fif-

teenth chapter of St. John was read, followed with singing and prayer. Then the matter

of Andrew P. Ringer was brought up. William R. Reinhart, of Hagerstown Conference was

given an advisory seat.

      9. The votes were taken as to whether L. P. Ringer shall be retained as a regular

preacher, a private member, or expelled. After the votes were counted it was found

that 15 votes were cast that he shall stand as a private member for one year, 1 vote

was that he shall stand six months as such, and 2 votes that ho shall be expelled.

The majority was cast that he shall stand as a private member for one year. Then the

examination of the preachers was continued until noon. Then adjourned with singing

and prayer.

      10. On the 10th of April, the afternoon conference was opened with the reading of

the fourteenth chapter of Romans, followed with singing and prayer. Then the motion was made

that John Seibert, an Albright preacher, be admitted to an advisory seat.

 

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11. The young preachers who desired license were examined. The following were

Voted license: David Gingerich, John Smith, Martin Hauser, Michael Maulfehr, Casper

Light, F. C. Wilson, and Jacob Ritter, Adjourned for to-day with singing and prayer.

 

12. On Thursday, the 11th, the conference again convened at 8 A.M. It was opened

with reading of the sixtieth chapter of Isaiah, followed with singing and prayer. Then

some little business was transacted. At 10 A.M. there was preaching by Henry Kumler in

the German language from Psalm 68:13. William Brown preached in the English language

from Luke 14:17-22. Then Jacob Roop was ordained.

13. In the afternoon, at 2 o’1clock, the conference again convened. Then the bre-
thren were called who would give themselves to the conference to travel. The following

gave themselves: William Brown, Jacob Erb, James Neiman, Jacob Roop, John Hendrichs,

Christian Shoop, Jacob Snyder, John Smith, F. C. Wilson, John Potts, Ezekiel Boring,

George Gilbert, Frederick Gilbert, Jacob Felmlee, John Kroch.

14. The following brethren wore elected presiding elders for one year: Jacob Erb,

Ezekiel Boring, Jmcs Neiman. Then it was made known that the money that belonged to

the Benevolent Fund amounted to $25.11. Kumler was allowed $15.00 for traveling ex-
penses. The balance shall be given to Boring and Frederick Gilbert to pay their tra-
veling expenses to the General Conference.

15. William Kenier, with the consent of the conference, withdrew from the denom-

ination and he was given a withdrawal certificate. Then inquiry was made as to how much

money the traveling preachers had received, and settlement was made. While brother Nei-
man had a surplus, $25.00 of it was ordered to be paid to Gideon Smith, of Canada,

together with $18.00 more. In the evening the preachers ware sent to the following

charges: Huntington District, Ezekiel Boring, P.E.; Clearfield, John Potts; Huntington

Circuit, Hershey and Ritter; Juniata Circuit, George Gilbert; Chambersburg Circuit,

Neiman and Hendrichs; Carlisle District, Jacob Erb, P.E.; Carlisle Circuit, Jacob Sny-
der and Wilson; Dauphin Circuit, Jacob Roop, and John Snyder; York Circuit, Christian

Shoop; Baltimore County, F. Gilbert; Baltimore Station, John Kroch; Canada, Gideon

Smith, and Jacob Erb. William Brown pleaded for a transfer to the Hagerstown Conference.

Kumler took the vote for and against, but no one voted either way.

16. Resolved that what is left of Neiman's surplus shall be given to the brethren

of this district who go to the General Conference for traveling expenses--Namely, Ja-
cob Snyder, William Brown, Jacob Erb, end James Neiman. This was a pleasant and enjoy-

able conference, Jesus gave us many blessings and true brotherly love. The conference

for this session adjourned on Thursday evening with singing and prayer.

John Reider, Secretary

 

 

April 8, 1834

 

To-day, the conference of the United Brethren in Christ

convened in Greencastle, Franklin County, Pa. The following brethren were present: Wil-
liam Brown, Jacob Erb, Jacob Snyder, Jacob Roop, F. C. Wilson, Valentine Hiskey, John

Kroch, John Neidig, Daniel Pfeifer, Jacob Felmlee, Henry Newbecker, Ezekiel Boring,

James Neiman, John Hendrichs, George St. C. Hussey, Jacob Ritter, Jacob Wenger, William

J. Scholde, Peter Hawbecker, David Runk, John Sitman, George Gilbert.

The conference was opened with the reading of the 10th chapter of Matthew, follow-
ed with singing, and prayer by William Brown. Then a motion was made that a chairman

be elected from among the elders. Jacob Erb was elected. Then on motion Jacob Snyder

was elected German secretary. Then on motion the brethren from the Virginia Conference

wore given advisory seats. Then on motion William Reinhart was elected English secre-

tary. Then the letters addressed to the conference were read: the first from Gideon

Smith concerning _____. He confessed that he erred or failed; the second from

Mount Pleasant, Westmoreland County, praying for the return of William Scholde; the

fourth and sixth also. At this juncture Rev. Rothraf was voted an advisory seat. The

third from Andrew Ringer, asking the conference to pray for him. The fifth was from

John Dehoff, who desired to remain with the conference. The seventh was from Lancaster,

 

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praying that he might stay longer. The conference resolved that only the members of

the conference shall be present when the preachers are examined. The conference ad-

journed for to-day with singing, and prayer by brother Boring.

 

      On the 9th, the conference again convened at 9 A.M. It was opened with the reading

of the 21st chapter of John, followed with singing, and prayer by Jacob Erb. Then a

committee was appointed to examine the young brethren, and to settle difficulties,

should any appear. John Kroch, Valentine Hiskey, and Jacob Roop were the committee.

Then the examination of the preachers commenced. Jacob Entig desired his name to be

taken off of the conference roll because we have different modes of baptism and are

not strict enough for one mode. The votes wore taken and all were willing that he

should have his name taken off, Then he desired to have a recommendation, and he would

surrender his license. The conference gave a recommendation, certifying to his good

character, and his peaceful withdrawal, and he surrendered his license. Then the vote

was taken as to whether John Kroch should remain in Baltimore another year. Agreed.

Then a petition was presented to help to pay the meeting house in Mechanicstown. Some-

thing was done for it. Adjourned for to-day with singing, and prayer by J. Kroch.

 

      To-day, the 10th, the conference again convened. The fourth chapter of First Pet-

er was read, followed with singing, end prayer by William Reinhart. The matter of An-

drew Ringer was brought before the conference, and after exanimation the vote was tak-

en as to whether he shall retain his former relation, or be expelled from the church.

Only Boring, voted for him, the majority vote was for his expulsion, because he would

not heed the advise given him at the last conference, and would not keep his promise

to Joseph Hershey. He is therefore expelled from the United Brethren in Christ.

      The committee to examine young preachers for license then brought in their report.

The following brethren shall have license: Henry Newbecker, Martin Lohr, George Miller, Daniel

Funkhauser, John Rathfang, Henry Kephart, John Wallace. The vote was taken and license granted.

A motion was made as to whether David Runk shall be ordained. Passed.

The bishop a asked those who desires to travel to hand in their names. The following

came forward: Jacob Erb, F. C. Wilson, Jacob Ritter, David Runk, Daniel Funkhauser,

James Neiman, George St. Hussey, John Hendrichs, Ezekiel Boring, John Sitman, William

Scholde, John Rathfang, George Miller, Jacob Snyder, John Kroch, Henry Newbecker, Jacob

Felmlee, Peter Herman.

The following brethren were elected presiding elders: Jacob Erb, James Neiman,

David Runk. Then adjourned for to-day with singing and prayer.

 

      To-day, the 11th, at 10 A.M. there was preaching. William Brown, bishop, preach-

ed in the English language from Luke 14:23, and David Runk was ordained. The meeting

was then closed, and after some minutes the conference again commenced its business.

      William Kenier made application for a certificate of his character while among

us. Agreed.

      Then brother Au’s letter was taken up for consideration, and it was resolved that

when possible the presiding elder was to be consulted before a big meeting was appoint-

ed, and if it can't be held a letter to this effect shall be immediately written. Re-

solved that a letter to this effect be written to brother Au.

      The matter of Valentine Flugel was brought up, and after serious consideration,

he as a whoremonger was expelled as a member of the U. B. in Christ. Jacob Debold's

name was erased from the conference roll because he did not pay his debts before he

moved to Ohio.

      The traveling preachers were stationed as follows:

Carlisle District, Jacob Erb, P.E.;

Carlisle Circuit, Jacob Roop;

Lancaster Circuit, Daniel Funkhauser;

Dauphin Circuit, Jacob Snyder; Cumberland Circuit, Ezekiel Boring;

Peter Herman;

York Circuit, Jacob Felmlee, John Rathfang;

Huntington District, James Neiman, P.E.;

Huntington Circuit, John Hendrichs, F. C, Wilson;

Juniata a Circuit, Jacob Ritter;

Chambersburg Circuit, John Sitman, George St. Hussey;

Westmoreland District, David Runk, P.E.;

 

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Westmoreland Circuit, William Scholde;
Clearfield Circuit, George Miller;

Canada Circuit, Jacob G. Erb;

Baltimore Station, John Kroch;

Lancaster Station, William Brown.

      With permission, brother Zahn made a statement concerning his indigent condition,
and asked for help.

      The next annual conference of Pennsylvania shall be held at Shopp's church, in

Cumberland Co., on the second Tuesday of March, 1835, the Lord willing, and we live.

The conference then adjourned in love and peace. Throughout the entire time that we

were together we had love and harmony, so that we never had a more peaceful time. The

eternal God of love be thanked, and grant that in the name of Jesus much good may be

accomplished this year.

     

 

March 10, 1835

 

      To-day the conference of the U. B. in Christ convened at

Shopp's Meeting House, in Cumberland County. The following brethren were present: Wil-

liam Browm, bishop; John Schneider, Jacob Erb, Ezekiel Boring, James Neiman, Christian

Hershey, John Kreider, Jacob Roop, Simon Dreisbach, Frederick Gilbert, Jacob Schneider,

John Kroch, Abraham Hershey, Joseph Yordy, John Hoffman, George St. Hussey, Moses Law-

son, Peter Swartz, Jacob Ritter, Abraham Herner, Thomas Huston, Joseph Borger, David

Bena, Henry Young, Daniel Funkhauser, Samuel Eberly, Jacob G. Erb, William Sholde,

Valentine Hiskey, John Rathfang, John Thuma, George Miller, David Runk, John Wallace,

Peter Herman, Jacob Wingert, Daniel Pfeifer, John Light, Casper Light, John R. Sitman,

David Gingerich, Jr., Martin Lohr, Martin Hauser, and Michael Maulfer.

      1. The conference was opened by brother Christian Hershey, with the reading of

the 4th chapter of First Corinthians, followed with singing and prayer.

      2. Because brother Brown was sick John Schneider was elected to serve as bishop.

      3. Jacob Erb was elected chairman to assist the bishop.

      4. Jacob Schneider was elected German secretary, mid Frederick Gilbert was elect-

ed English secretary.

      5. Valentine Hiskey, John Reider, Ezekiel Boring, were elected a committee to hear

complaints and to settle them according to the best of their ability, should any such

complaints among the brethren be presented.

      6. John Neidig, John Neiman, and David Beno were elected as a committee to examine

the young preachers who may make application to be taken in as members of the confer-

ence.

      7. The examination of the preachers was commenced. The session of the first day's

conference came to a close at 5 P.M., with singing and prayer by brother Hisge. On

Wednesday at 8 A.M., the conference again convened. It was opened with reading of the

5th chapter of Second Corinthians, followed with singing, and prayer by brother Abra-

ham Hershey. The examination of the preachers was continued, and with great pleasure

we record the fact that most of the brethren lived up to their high calling, and were

at peace and harmony among themselves. Yet we had to see and hear to our sorrow that

Satan had stirred up disturbances among a few, and that several erred as we shall see

Later. Frank C. Wilson was expelled from the conference for unbecoming conduct. Jacob

G. Erb, living in Canada, was brought before the committee, and after a willing con-

fession of his error, the committee concluded that he shall be a private member in

our church, but he shall not be permitted to preach for one year, and he shall refrain

until the next conference. David Rauck, and William Sholde were displeased with each

other, and as they appeared before the committee and the matter was investigated, they

both saw that they ought to have acted more wisely, and they gave each the hand and

made peace. Complaints also were made against John Hendrichs, and John Potts, but they

were not present. The presiding Elder is to investigate the matter.

      8. The following persons presented themselves to be taken into the conference as

members: George Schneider, Frederick Hay, Benjamin Speck, Jacob Kessler, Henry Light,

Christian Crider, John Ditters, Joseph Young, and Frederick Flinchbaugh. The above

 

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named persons were examined and after their character was investigated, they were re-

ferred to the committee for further examination in regard to their talent and freedom

of speech in preaching, and after their examination the committee reported that the

following brethren be licensed to preach: George Schneider, Frederick May, Benjamin

Speck, Jacob Kessler, Henry Light, Christian Crider, John Ditters, and Joseph Young.

The following brethren were not present, but by request of brethren who know them the

conference is willing to grant them license to preach: Christian Peffley, Frederick

Flinchbaugh, and William (Brightel)*(?). Brother John Schneider closed in the evening

with singing and prayer.

 

      On Thursday, the 12th, brother William Brown opened the session with the reading

of the 49th chapter of Isaiah, followed with singing and prayer.

      1. It was ordered that the brethren from Lancaster shall have the same privileges

in our conference as those from Baltimore, and following this the brethren from Lan-

caster were voted advisory seats.

      2. The brethren who served their time of probation were examined, and after this

the conference agreed to ordain the following: John Sitman, Samuel Eberly, Martin Hau-

ser, Jacob Ritter, Joseph Berger, John Light, Abraham Herner, David Gingerih, Jr.,

Casper Light, John Thuma, and Martin Lohr. The following brethren shall remain on

further probation George St. Hussey, and Michael Maufler.

      3. At 2 PM. the above named brethren were ordained, on which occasion brother

John Reider preached in the German language, and brother Brown in the English language.

The God of peace made himself manifest in our midst, and fulfilled his promise. Praise

his name for it. Amen.

 

On Friday, the 13th the conference convened at 7 AM.

      1. The brethren who presented themselves for traveling were stationed as follows:

Carlisle District, Jacob Erb, P.E.;

Carlisle Circuit, Jacob Ritter;

York Circuit, George Miller;

Jacob Roop shall travel the above named circuits as German preacher.

Dauphin Circuit, Daniel Funkhauser;

Lancaster Circuit, Jacob Schneider;

Lancaster Station, Ezekiel Boring;

Baltimore Station, Peter Herman;

Huntingdon District, James Neiman and John Reider, Presiding Elders;

Huntingdon Circuit, Frederick Gilbert;

Juniata Circuit, Moses Lawson;

Chambersburg Circuit, Martin Lohr;

Clearfield Circuit, John Wallace;

Westmoreland Circuit, George St. Hussey.

William Sholde shall go around on this circuit three or four times as a German preacher,

and shall take pay for the time that he actually travels.

      2. Brother Brown received for traveling expenses the interest of the Benevolent

Fund, amounting to $13.03.

      3. The conference collection was given to brother Wallace and George Miller.

      4. Resolved that our next annual conference shall be held at Light’s Meeting

House, near Lebanon, and shall commence on the second Tuesday of March, 1836.

      5. At about 2 PM the conference adjourned. We commended one anther to God, and

hope we shall through him be able to do much good among the children of men.

 

     

March 8, 1836

 

To-day the conference of the U. B. in Christ convened

at Light’s Meeting House, near Lebanon, Pa. The following brethren were present: Sam-

uel Heistand, bishop, Jacob Erb, chairman, John Neidig, James Neiman, John Reider,

Christian Hershey, Abraham Hershey, (L) Jacob Roop, Valentine Hiskey, John Hoffman,

Ezekiel Boring, Frederick Gilbert, Samuel Huber, Felix Light, Simon Dreisbach, Jacob

Ritter, Daniel Funkhauser, George St. Hussey, Jacob Schneider, George Miller, John

Potts , (He shall be silent until the next conference.), Peter Herman, Frederick Flinch-

baugh, David Gingerich, Christian Peffley, John Light, Jacob Wengert, Jacob Kessler,

Casper Light. Henry Light, John Wallace, George Schneider, Moses Lawson, Frederick May,

Christian Schmidt, Daniel Pfeifer, Samuel Etter, George Geyer, Martin Lohr, and Michael

Maulfair. The following brethren were not present, but belong to the Pennsylvania Con-

ference: Joseph Young, David Gingerich, Samuel Eberly, Abraham Hershey, (C) Joseph

 

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Weitman, Joseph Yordy, Henry Young, David Long, (He shall give an account of himself

at the next conference as to his position on baptism and class.), John Schneider,

Peter Swartz, Abraham Herner, Gideon Schmidt (He is too much a Campbellite, but he

shall be born with until the next conference.), John Kreider, Abraham Huber, Jonas

Witmer, Jacob G. Erb, of Canada (He is expelled on account of bad conduct.), Peter

Hawbecker, John Wengert, David Runk (Complaint was made that he did not preach

enough), Joseph Sumbro, Andrew Rau, William Bolde (was silenced because re provoked

disturbance, and was not obedient to the conference), John Dehoff, Richard Catlow,

Harmonius Au, Jacob Felmlee, John Hendrichs, Christian Crider, Benjamin Speck, David

Baer, John Thuma, James Sutton (complaints were made, but born with for improvement),

John Schmidt, Matthew Clein, David Flux, William Kremer, John R. Sitman, Martin Hauser,

Joseph Berger, Henry Kephart, Christian Crumbling, John Ditters, William Lewis, Jacob

Winter, Daniel Warman, Henry Metzger, John Rathfang, Thomas Histon, George Gilbert.

The number of preachers that were present were 41, and the number absent were 49. The

total membership of this conference is 90.

      The session was opened with till reading of the 2d chapter of Second Timothy, fol-

lowed with hearty singing, and prayer by Bishop Samuel Hiestand. Then the business of

the conference was commenced.

      1. The Presiding Elders, namely John Reider, and James Neiman, and Jacob Erb

were proposed to the conference, one of whom was to be elected by the conference as

chairman to assist the bishop Jacob Erb was elected.

      2. Jacob Dinsman was elected as German secretary, and Frederick Gilbert as Eng-

lish secretary.

      3. It was resolved that when complaints against preachers are to be heard only

members of the conference shall be present.

      4. A committee was appointed to read and examine the letters addressed to the

conference, before they shall be read openly before the conference. The committee

shall note the contents of each letter, and then the members of the conference are

alone according to the above resolution, the committee shall make known the contents

of each letter to the conference for final disposal. Five brethren were elected to

this committee; namely, Jacob Erb, Valentine Hiskey, John Neidig, Christian Hershey,

and Simon Dreisbach.

      5. James Neiman, Abraham Hershey, and Ezekiel Boring were appointed a committee

to examine the persons who desire license to preach from the conference.

      6. Resolved that the conference during this session shall open at 8 AM, and

adjourn at 4 PM.

      7. The examination of the preachers was commenced. In the evening the conference

adjourned with singing and prayer.

 

      On Wednesday, the 9th, the conference was opened at the time agreed upon, with

the reading of the 5th chapter of Ephesians, followed with singing, and prayer by

brother Boring. Then the examination of the preachers was continued, and adjourned

at 12 N., without any serious complaints against anyone present, except Potts. Praise

the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, who is ever ready to help his servants, that they may

preach his Word aright and also so live. It was found in the examination of the preach-

ers not present that complaints were brought against a few. The conference agreed to

examine those complaints against the brethren this afternoon and this evening by

candlelight.

      1. The committee to examine the letters brought in the report of the contents of

the letters as follows:

No. 1. A letter from Pleasant Valley signed by five brethren, saying or charging that brother Holde

treated brother Hershey with scorn, and that brother Reider and Ringer did not treat Hershey right.

They praise Hershey and say that he did much good on their circuit.

No. 2. A letter from Mt. Pleasant signed by five brethren. They complain that brother Holde behaved himself

very unseemly toward brother Hershey, and that brother Holde did not heed the orders of last year's con-

 

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ference. Prayer also for a preacher.

No. 3. One from Andrew Traub, complaining that Holde and Hershey did not visit them as much as they

should have done. Holde did not want to travel as he was directed by the conference.

No. 4. One from Barren Run, signed by ten persons, complaining against brother Reider, and Ringer,

and praising Hershey that much good as done through him.

No. 5. One from Indian Creek, signed by two persons. They say that brother Hershey was faithful and

useful on the circuit, complaining that Hershey did not preach German for them. He says they do not

want a German preacher. They say it is not so.

No. 6. A letter from brother D. Waxman, complaining against Holde.

No. 7. A letter signed by eleven persons, praising Hershey, complaining against Reider and Ringer.

No. 8. A letter concerning George Miller, signed by two persons, saying that he was useful on his

circuit.

No. 9. A letter from brother Au. He complained about himself, and praises brother F. Gilbert. He would

like to have him back on this circuit, or Presiding Elder. Further ho believes that brother Reider did

right toward Hershey. Wishes also that the brethren might advance money to brother Kessler to relieve

him of his debts.

No. 10. A letter from John Rathfang. He would be glad to see his brethren in the conference, and

believes that we as preachers need much grace in our times, and desires to have York Circuit or nothing.

No. 11. A letter from Dauphin County, signed by eleven persons desiring brother

Funkhauser's return to the circuit.

No. 12. A letter from Dauphin Circuit, signed by twelve persons, praying the conference if it possibly can

or will do so to return Funkhauser to their circuit.

No. 13. A letter praying for brother Funkhauser’s return.

No. 14. A letter from the congregation in Baltimore, praising Herman and begging the conference to leave

him yet longer with them.

No. 15. A letter from the elders and deacons of Zion church, praying that Jacob Winter might remain as

their preacher, also recommend Jacob Winter, Jr., to the conference as an exhorter. After the committee

of the conference had made known the contents of the letters, the conference commenced to witnesses of

the letters, and the witnesses present.

They came to the following conclusion:

1. That William Holde shall be silenced until the next annual conference, when he shall be called to account

for his behavior toward the brethren and the conference.

2. Resolved that brother Hershey shall have his licensed returned to him, which ­­­_____ Reider took from him.

3. Resolved that brother Reider shall be esteemed in love by the conference as before, because he was led into

error by Ringer whom he did not know.

4. Resolved that brother John Potts shall be silenced until the next annual conference.

5. Resolved by this conference that the statement to the conference of 1835 by brother David Baer respecting

Jacob Ritter was correct. A copy of this resolution is to be sent to David Baer.

6. Jacob G. Erb is wholly expelled on account of unchristian conduct.

7. Gideon Schmidt shall be bourn with.

 

      On Tuesday, the 10th, the session was opened with the reading of the 3d chapter

of Colossians, followed by singing, and prayer by brother Jacob Roop. Then the Pre-

siding Elders settled with the traveling preachers, as may be seen in the statistical

report of 1836. At 10 o'clock brother Hiestand, bishop, delivered an address to the

conference. Brother John Reider, and brother Herman exhorted after him. Then the fol-

lowing brethren were ordained: George St. Hussey and Samuel Etter. The addresses of

the brethren together with the ordination services were heavenly and heart-uplifting.

Each member present seemed to feel something of the Spirit of God. Praises and thanks

be given to the King of glory for it, that he has again fulfilled his promise. He says

he wi11 be in our midst.

      After this service the business of the conference was resumed.

      1. The persons who desired license from the conference to preach were called up.

The follov1ing presented themselves: David Hoffman, John Fohl, Adam Noon, Abraham Wen-

gert, John Schwab, and David Herner. After the conference had heard them it was agreed

not to give license to John Schwab, and David Herner, but the rest of the brethren

presented were referred to a committee for further examination.

      2. Resolved that Hershey shall keep the $30.00 which he received as presents for

 

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the payment of his traveling expenses, and further that he shall have two-thirds of

the collections, Holde shall have only one-third, as this is according to the action

of the conference of 1835.

      3. Brother George (Ochs) complained that he suffered such great loss on Newcom-

er's Journal. The brethren pitied him and bought over a hundred dollar’s worth from

him. The conference adjourned in the evening with singing and prayer.

      On Friday, the 11th, the session opened with the reading of the first part of the

12th chapter of Romans, followed with singing and prayer by brother John Hoffman.

      1. The committee to examine the persons who desired to preach, brought in their

report as follows: that the following persons shall be licensed to preach: Daniel

Hoffman, John Fohl, Adam Noon, and Abraham Wengert.

      2. Enoch Hoffman, a member of the Sciota Conference, made application to be re-

ceived as a member of this conference. The conference received him.

      3. Nine brethren were nominated as candidate's, among whom two shall be elected

to go to the next General Conference. The following were willing to go: Jacob Erb, S.

Huber; G. Hershey, Ezekiel Boring, Jacob Wengert, Simon Dreisbach, Jacob Rupp, John

Hoffman, and J. Winter.

      4. David (Ochs?) and Frederick Glasser, of Chambersburg, wore elected to receive

the returns as our discipline requires.

      5. Resolved that Holde shall be held to the action of the last annual conference

in regard to his standing.

      6. The question now was asked, who gives himself up to travel? The following

brethren handed their names in, and they were stationed as follows:

Lebanon District, John Light, P.E.;

Lancaster Circuit, Christian Hershey;

Dauphin Circuit, Daniel Funkhauser;

Carlisle District, Valentine Hiskey, P.E.,

Carlisle Circuit, Jacob Ritter;

York Circuit, George Miller;

Chambersburg District, S. Huber, P.E.,

Chambersburg Circuit, Fred Gilbert;

Juniata Circuit, George Schneider;

Huntingdon District, Harmonius Au, P.E.,

Huntingdon Circuit, Enoch Hoffman and Jacob Kessler;

Clearfield Circuit, John Fohl;

Westmoreland District, John Winter, P.E.,

Westmoreland Circuit, Jacob Wenger;

Baltimore Station, Peter Herman;

Washington Mission, John Wallace;

Canada Mission, Jacob Erb.

      In the evening at 10 o’clock the session of conference adjourned. We can truly

say that the Lord was with us while we were together. Reso1ved that our next confer-

ence shall be held in Franklin County, Pa., at Fetterhoff's church, on the first

Monday of March, 1837.

                                                Jacob Erb

                                                Jacob Dinstman

                                                Fred Gilbert      Secretaries

 

 

March 6, 1837

 

      To-day the conference of the United Brethren in Christ

convened in Fetterhoff's church, in Franklin County, Pa. The following brethren were

present: Bishop Samuel Hiestand, Chairman Jacob Winter, Jacob Rupp, Ezekiel Boring,

James Neiman, John Rathfang, John Hoffman, Jacob Wengert, George Miller, John Light,

Jacob Erb, Jacob Ritter, Daniel Funkhauser, Enoch Hoffman, John Schneider, George St.

Hussey, Henry Young, Jacob Kessler, John Hendricks, George Schneider, Daniel Hoffman,

S. Huber, David Baer, Abraham Huber, Harmonius Au, John Wallace, John Fohl, Adam Noon,

Fred Gilbert, Simon Dreisbach, Henry Nubecker, Abraham Wengert, Henry Kephart, Benjamin

Speck, Christian Hershey, Valentine Hiskey, John Peters, Peter Herman, William Holde,

Peter Hawbecker, Christian Crider, Jacob Felmlee, John Kreider, John Haney, John

Eckstein and Mares Abbott.

      The following brethren were absent: John Dehoff, Martin Lohr, F. Flinchbaugh,

Jacob Schneider, Moses Lawson, John Reider, John Sitman, Martin Hauser, D. Runk, John

Berger, Christling Cromling, William B. Luis, Abraham Hershey, (C) John Young, John

Neidig, John Wengert, John Sumbro, John Duma, James Sutton, John Schmidt, Matthew

 

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Klein, David Fleck, William Cramer, Daniel Warman, Henry Metzger, Thomas Huston, George

Gilbert, John Light, James Witmer, Joseph Yordy, George Geyer, Joseph Weitman, Peter

Swartz, R. Catlow, Gasper Light, Felix Light, Christian Peffley, Christian Smith, Abra-

ham Hershey, (L) Daniel Priffer, David Gingerich, Sr., David Gingerich, Jr., Samuel

Etter, Samuel Eberly, Fred May, Henry Light, David Long, (expelled) Abraham Herner,

Gideon Smith, (expelled). Andrew Rau shall be silent for one year.

      The session was opened with the reading of the second chapter of Philippians,

singing and prayer by bishop Samuel Hiestand. Then the business of the conference was

commenced.

      1. Jacob Winter was elected as chairman to assist the bishop.

      2. Jacob Erb was elected German Secretary and George· Miller English Secretary.

      3. John Snyder, Samuel Huber, and Bzekiel Boring were appointed as a committee

to examine those who desire license of the conference to preach.

      4. John Neiman, Harmonius Au, and John Hoffman were appointed a committee to examine

into the grievances that brethren may have to present.

      5. The examination of the brethren was commenced and at the evening hour adjourn-

ed with singing and prayer.

 

      Tuesday, the 7th, the session was opened with the reading of the first part of

the seventh chapter of John, singing aid prayer by John Klapper. Then the examination

was continued. In the evening adjourned with prayer.

 

      On Wednesday, the 8th, the session was opened by Ezekiel Boring with the reading

of the ninth chapter of First Corinthians, singing and prayer. Then the examination

was continued, and at last it was found that complaints were made against the follow-

ing brethren: Gideon Smith and David Long (expelled), Andrew Rau shall be silent one

year.

      6. Resolved that William Holde shall preach again.

      7. Then John Neiman was given a transfer to the Sandusky Conference and John

Peters one to the Wabash Conference.

      8. The conference examined the brethren whose time of probation was expired, and

it was found that the following brethren were worthy to be ordained: Daniel Funkhauser,

John Wallace, Henry Kephart, George Miller, John Mahorter, Jacob Felmlee and John

Rathfang.

 

      On Thursday, the 9th, the conference was opened with singing and prayer.

      9. Then settlement with the traveling preachers was made, and they received as

follows:

    John Light, P.E. - - - - -  - $ 44.98     Enoch Hoffman, presents - - - -$ 16.34

    Daniel Funkhauser   - - - - - - 78.50                                  and 80.00

    Christian Hershey - - - - - -   76.15     John Kessler, presents - - - -   18.96

    Valentine Hiskey, P.E.- - - -   20.00                                  and 80.00

    George Miller - - - - - - - -   80.00     John Fohl, presents  - - - - -    6.00

    Frederick Gilbert, presents -   40.50                                  and 80.00

                               and 160.00     John Wallace - - - - - - - - -   80.00

    George Snyder - - - - - - - -    6.50     John Winter  - - - - - - - - -   32.00

                                and 95.88     John Wengert - - - - - - - - -   95.95

    Herman Au  - - - - - - - - -     5.64

      At 10 o’clock the ordination sermon was preached by brother Heistand from Second

Corinthians 5:5 and John Winter exhorted. Then the ordination took place. The sermon

was a blessed one, the presence of the Lord was consciously felt. The name of the Lord

be praised.

      10. The persons were examined who desired to preach and the following brethren

were found worthy: William Beighel, Jacob Cormany, Isaac Comas, Tobias Crider, Moses

Lawson, Henry Stauffer, and Adolphus Herindon.

 

      On Friday, the 1Oth, the conference was opened with singing and prayer.

      11. The traveling preachers received their appointments as follows:

 

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Lancaster District, John Light, P.E.;

Lancaster Circuit, John Eckstein;

Dauphin Circuit, Jacob Erb;

Carlisle District, John Snyder, P.E.;

Carlisle Circuit, Frederick Gilbert and Daniel Funkhauser;

York Circuit, John Haney;

Chambersburg District, Samuel Huber, P.E.;

Chambersburg Circuit, Jacob Ritter and Enoch Hoffman;

Juniata Circuit, Jacob Kessler;

Huntingdon District, John Sitman, P.E.;

Huntingdon Circuit, George Miller and George Snyder;

Clearfield Circuit, Daniel Hoffman, and Adolphus Herindon;

Westmoreland Circuit, John Wengert and John Rathfang;

Washington Circuit, John Wallace; Baltimore, Peter Herman;

New York, Marvig Abbott.

      12. Resolved that the next conference shall be held at Jacob Erb’s, commencing

March 5th, 1838. Then we commended ourselves to the Lord in prayer, and each one went

on his way with good cheer to work in the vineyard of the Lord.

                                                                J. C. Rewrder (?)

 

 

March 5, 1838

 

      The Annual Conference of the United Brethren in Christ for the Pennsylvania Dis-

trict convened at the house of Jacob Erb in Cumberland County, Pa.

The following brethren were present and the conference was opened by reading the

3d chapter of Colossians and with a suitable exhortation; then singing and prayer by

Samuel Hiestand. The following brethren were present: Samuel Hiestand; Jacob Erb, Bish-

ops: Daniel Pfeifer, J. G. Snyder, secretaries: John Snyder, F. Gilbert, Samuel Huber,

Benj. Speck, John Fohl, John Wallace, Jacob Roop, John Rathfang, David Bear, Valentine

Hiskey, Henry Young, John Neidig, John Smith, George Gilbert, George Miller, John Hoff-

man, Jacob Ritter, Daniel Hoffman, John Haney, Adolphus Herindon, Mar. Abbott, Moses
Lawson, Wm. Beighel, Joseph Yordy, Jacob Winger, John Sitman, Abraham Huber, Isaac

Homes, Ezekiel Boring; John Light, Christian Hershey, David Gingerich, Jr., F. May,

E. Hoffman, P. Hernan, D. Funkhauser, Simon Dreisbach, John Russell, Casper Light,

Henry Light, Jacob Kessler, George Geyer, Samuel Eberly, Abraham Wengert, Christian

Cromling.

      The following brethren were absent: John Wengert, John Crider, John Reider, Jonas

Witmore, John Eckstein, Harmonius Au, Rich. Catlow, Frederick Flinchbaugh, Moses Law-

son, Sen., Daniel Worman, Jacob Snyder, David Gingerich, Sr.; Christian Smith, Martin

Cline, William Cramer, David Flack, Jas. Sutton, Martin Lohr, Henry Stoufer, Christian

Crider, George St. Hussey, Peter Hawbecker, Martin Hauser, Jacob Cormany, John Hendricks,

Henry Kephart, Joseph Barger, Wm. Lewis, Abraham Hershey of C., Peter Swartz, Abraham

Herner, Thomas Huston, Joseph Young, Henry Nubecker, Michael Maulfair, Samuel Etter,

David Runk, Christian Peffley, Joseph Weitman, Andrew Rau, Tobias Crider, Abraham Her-

shey of Lan., John Mahorter, John Dehoff, Joseph Sumbro, Henry Metzger, Felix Light,

Joseph Shank: (died), Jacob Felmlee, Samuel Fackler.

      1. Conference preceded to elect two secretaries, one to keep the records of the

conference in the German; and the other in the English. Brother D. Pfeifer and J. G.

Snyder were unanimously elected.

      2. The following brethren were elected as a committee to examine applicants for

license, if there are any: John Snyder, Samuel Huber and Fred. Gilbert.

      3. A second committee was elected to settle difficulties (if any) between brethren.

The following were elected: David Boar, John Hoffman and John Haney.

      4. After these arrangements were made the conference proceeded in the examination

of the preachers, and concluded at 5 P.M. by singing and prayer.

 

      March 6th, conference met at 8 A.M. and was opened by John Snyder by reading part.

of the second chapter of Philippians, singing and prayer, after which conference again

proceeded with the examination of the preachers and at the conclusion of the examina-

tion it appeared that the department of the following brethren was not in accordance

with the Word of God, and the government of the Church, and the committee, with the

conference, proceeded in forming the following resolutions in their behalf:

 

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      1. Resolved that M. Abbott shall deliver up his license to this conference, which

he received last year, and be silent until he has settled the difficulties with the

Lopps and others in the state of Indiana.

      2. Resolved that a letter shall be written to George St. Hussey with this import,

viz., whereas there have been serious charges against you by a member of Annual Con-

ference heretofore, and again at this conference, we deem it best to silence you for

one year, and we advise you to go to the brethren who have charges against you. The

following are the persons, viz., Jacob Erb, Jacob Ritter, John Rathfang, Enoch Hoffman.

      3. Resolved that Jacob Snyder shall be silent for one year.

      4. Resolved that Martin Houser be referred to the Presiding Elder who is to ex-

amine into the cause why he don’t preach more.

      5. Resolved that the Presiding Elder shall charge brother John Hendrichs to be

more prudent in his conduct and expressions in his family and among his neighbors.

      6. Resolved that the Presiding Elder shall investigate the - - - and character

of Andrew Rau and silence or expel him if necessary.

      7. Resolved that brother John Thomma shall have a transfer to the Sandusky Con-

ference at his request.

      8. Resolved the brother John Russell, who has formerly been a member of the

Sciota Conference, shall be received as a member of this conference.

      9. Resolved that the following brethren have license to preach: John Handshue,

Martin Hartman, James Gallagher, Philip Fry, John Basehore, David Herner, Samuel

Siders. John Foutz, James Ehsay.(?)

      10. Resolved that the following brethren be ordained at this conference: J. G.

Snyder, Fred. May, Jacob Kessler, Henry Light, Benj. Speck, Enoch Hoffman, Christian

Cromling. Conference adjourned with singing and prayer.

 

      March 7, the conference met at 8 A.M. and was opened by John Russell with the

reading of the 12th chapter of Romans, singing and prayer.

      l. Resolved that the contending parties, biz., Valentine Hiskey and Samuel Bott

chose a committee according to Discipline for a second trial or arbitration.

      2. Resolved that $100.00 of the money bequeathed to this conference by the widow

Yost be put into the hands of Jacob Erb and he shall act as agent in putting it out

on interest for the use of the conference.

      3. The committee appointed to divide the Pennsylvania Conference reported as

follows: the dividing line to commence at the Maryland line on the Tuscarora mountain,

from thence along the mountain east to the Juniata river, from thence to the mouth of

said river, from thence north along the Susquehanna river to the North Branch, from

thence a straight line to Lake Erie. Resolved that the west part cut off by the committee

be called the Allegheny Conference. Conference adjourned with singing and prayer.

      March 8, conference was opened by reading, singing and prayer. At 10 o'clock the ordination service took place, on which occasion brother Samuel Hiestand and Samuel

Huber officiated, and after a suitable discourse for the occasion by them, they pro-

ceeded in ordaining the above-named brethren to the office Of elders in the Church.

Afer the ordination service, conference commenced business, and the question was

asked who is willing to travel? The following brethren gave themselves up, and are

stationed as follows:

Lancaster District, John Light, P.E.;

Lancaster Circuit, Daniel Funkhauser;

Dauphin Circuit, Enoch Hoffman;

Carlisle District, John Snyder, P.E.;

Carlisle Circuit, Frederick Gilbert, (in charge) J. G. Snyder;

York Circuit, John Haney, Baltimore Station, John Russell;

Chambersburg District, S. Huber, P.E.;

Chambersburg Circuit, Jacob Kessler, (in charge) John Fohl;

New York Mission, John Wallace;

Huntingdon District, John R. Sitman, P.E.;

Huntingdon Circuit, George Miller, (in charge) Adolphus Herindon;

Juniata Circuit, Isaac Homes;

Clearfield Circuit, Wm. Beghtel;

Westmoreland Circuit, John Rathfang, (in charge) Moses Lawson;

Washington Circuit, Jacob Ritter;

Wheeling Mission, Martin Hartman.

Conference closed with singing and prayer.

 

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      March 9, conference commenced with singing, reading and prayer.

      1. Resolved that the Pennsylvania and Allegheny Conferences take from J. Russell

700 copies of German Disciplins in sheets at five cents per copy and to pay him at

the next annual conference.

      2. Resolved that John Russell act as agent in searching for the money willed to

the Pennsylvania Conference by Eichelbargers in Baltimore for missionary purposes.

      3. Resolved that the columns of the religious Telescope be closed against the

subject of slavery and abolition until our next General Conference.

      4. Resolved that our next Annual Conference be held at Lebanon on the 11th of

March, 1839.

      5. Resolved that the Allegheny Conference be held at Mount Pleasant, Westmoreland

Co., Pa., on the 25th of March, 1839.

      We closed our session by commending each other to God, hoping that if we never

shall meet again in this world that we may meet where sorrows never come. May God

grant us this through Jesus our Lord. Amen.

 

 

March 11, 1839

 

      To-daythe conference of the United Brethren in Christ

convened in Light's meeting house, Lebanon County, Pa. The following preachers were

present: Jacob Erb, Bishop; John Snyder , P.E. , Casper Light, Jacob Kessler, Jacob

Roop, John G, Snyder, John Light, Henry Nubecker, Enoch Hoffman, Henry Young, Christian

Smith, John Russell, John Fohl, John Neidig, Frederick May, John Haney, Frederich Gil-

bert, Joseph Witnan, Felix Light, Samuel Huber, Jacob Wanger, J. St. C. Hussey,

Philip Frey, Henry Light; Christian Crider, Daniel Pfeifer, Christian Hershey, Chris-

tian Peffley, Samuel Etter, Abraham Wenger, Valentine Hiskey, Jacob Gallacher.

      The following brethren were absent: Abraham Huber, Peter Hawbecker, Jonas Witmer,

Tobias Crider, Henry Stoufer, David Bear, Samuel Siders, John Raiser, Samuel Eberly,

Abraham C. Hershey, John Smith, John Handshue, Joseph Yordy, George Geyer, Martin Lohr,

Frederick Flinchbaugh, John Eckstein, Joseph Young, Thomas Huston, Ezekiel Boring,

John Dehoff, Jacob Cormany, Jacob Felmlee, John Kreider, Benj. Speck, Jacob Sutton,

David Gingerich, Sr., Samuel Fackler, John Wenger, Simon Dreisbach, David Gingerich,

Jr. Abraham Hershey, Sr., Moses Lawson.

      The conference was opened with the reading of the 12th chapter of - - - singing,

and prayer by brother Jacob Erb.

      1. John Snyder was elected chairman.

      2. Casper Light was elected German Secretary, and Jacob Kessler English Secretary.

      3. The examination of the preachers was commenced. In the evening adjourned with

singing and prayer by brother Jacob Wenger.

 

      The 12th, at 9 A.M., the conference convened, opened by John Snyder with the

reading of the third chapter of Colossians, singing and prayer. Then the examination

of the preachers was resumed. In the evening adjourned with singing and prayer by

brother Jacob Erb.

 

      The 13th, at 8 A.M. the conference opened with the reading of the 116th Psalm,

singing and prayer by brother John Wallace.

      1. The brethren who stood three years on probation were examined whether they are

worthy to be ordained as elders. It was found that the following brethren were found

worthy to take this responsible office; Jacob Gallacher, Adam Noon, John Fohl, Chris-

tian Crider, Christian Peffley.

      2. At 10 o'clock the conference sermon was preached by brother John Russell and

others. After the sermon the above named brethren were ordained.

      3. The brethren who desired to be presented to preach were heard, end the follow-

ing brethren were considered worthy to have their desire fulfilled: John Hershey,

 

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Christain Strickler, John Hosler, Samuel Enterline, In the evening adjourned with

singing and prayer by brother Henry Hoffman.

      The 14th the session was opened with the reading of the second chapter of Second

Corinthians by Valentine Hiskey.

      1. The question was asked, who will give himself up to travel? The following

brethren offered themselves and were stationed as follows:

Lancaster District, Jacob Wenger, P.E.;

Lancaster Circuit, Daniel Funkhauser, Philip Frey;

Dauphin Circuit, Jacob Roop; 

Carlisle Circuit, Enoch Hoffman;

York Circuit, Adam Noon;

Chambersburg District, Samuel Huber, P.E.;

Chambersburg Circuit, Jacob Kessler and John Fohl;

Baltimore Station, John Russell and John Hersh.

      2. Resolved that the next Pennsylvania Conference shall be held in Baltimore,

February 10th, 1840.

 

 

February 10, 1840

 

      The Pennsylvania Annual Conference of the United Brethren in Christ convened

in Baltimore, Md. Bishop Erb opened conference by reading

the 15th chapter of our Lord's Gospel by St. John, singing, prayer and suitable address.

PREACHERS PRESENT

Jacob Erb, Bishop; John Russell, Chairman; Christian Peffley and Jacob Kessler, Secre-

taries; Jacob Wenger, John Light, Enoch Hoffman, Adam Noon, Philip Frey, John Fohl,

Jacob Roop, John Eckstein, David Gingerich, John Hersh, Henry Nubecker, John Snyder.

PREACHERS ABSENT

Samuel Huber, John Crider, Jacob Cormany, Jonas Witmer, Daniel Funkhauser, David Bear,

Tobias Crider, Henry Stoufer, John Dehoff, Abraham Huber, Frederick Gilbert, Benjamin

Speck, John Winger, Peter Hawbecker, James Sutton, Christian Crider, John Smith, George

St. Hussey (withdrawn under charges), Frederick May, James Gallacher, Ezekiel Boring,

Frederick Flinchbaugh, Henry Young, Thomas Huston, John Noidigs David Gingerich, Jr.,

 Casper Light, John Hosler; Daniel Pfeifer, Abraham Hershey; John Siders, John Handshue,

Henry Iight, John C. Smith, Martin Lohr, George S. Snyder, Joseph Young, Samuel Eberly,

John Haney, (transfered to Virginia Conference), Felix Light, Abraham Winger, Chris-

tian Strickler, Christian Hershey, Samuel Enterline, John Raisner, Samuel Etter,

      1. The conference proposed to elect two secretaries, one to the German record and

one to keep the English record. Brothers Jacob Kessler and Christian Peffley were

unanimous1y elected.

      2. Conference proceeded to the examination of the preachers to see whether their

walk and deportment was comfortable with the gospel, Adjournment at 12 o’clock with

prayer by Jacob Kessler, to meet at 2 P.M.

      At 2 o'clock conference was opened with the reading of the Second chapter of

Second Timothy, and prayer by Christian Peffley. The examination of the preachers was

continued. At 5 o'clock conference adjourned with prayer by J. J. Glossbrenner.

 

      February 11th conference met and was opened with the reading of the first chapter

of St. John and prayer by brother John Snyder. The examination of the preachers was

continued and after they wore examined it was found that Jacob Snyder was dissatisfied

with brother John Haney and that he threaten to send Haney the sheriff. Conference re-

solved that Jacob Snyder shall not be permitted to preach until the difficulty between

him and J. Haney is settled. There were also charges against D. Funkhauser, and the

following brethren were appointed as a committee to examine into the matter: Jacob

Winger, John Light, D. Gingerich, Christian Peffley, Philip Frey. Conference closed

at 12 o'clock with prayer.

      At 2 P.M. conference was convened by brother Eckstein with the reading of the

thirteenth chapter of Romans and prayer. Brother Abraham Hershey died on the 6th of

May, 1839, in the ___ year of age. Brother Hershey embraced religion while quite

 

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young and soon commenced to preach Christ and Him crucified, and he continued faithful

in the discharge of his duty until death, and we have every reason to believe and hope

that he is now enjoying the reward of the saints in glory.

     John Haney was transferred to the Virginia Conference at his request, and Bro.

Jacob Rinehart was transferred from the Virginia Conference to the Pennsylvania Confer-

ence. Brother John Hetzel was received as a preacher on trial. Brother E. Hoffman

closed conference by singing and prayer.

     At 7 o'clock in the evening the members of the conference, with a numerous congre-

gation met in the church at which time Bishop Erb addressed them with a suitable dis-

course from Acts 21:13.

     February 12th at 8 o'clock conference met and was opened with the reading of the

10th chapter of St. John and prayer by brother Jacob Roop.

     Resolved that John Russell shall have full power to license men to exert and to

preach in the Church of the United Brethren in Christ until the next annual conference

and hold such as are licensed accountable to the said conference. The Pennsylvania An-

nual Conference of the United Brethren in Christ assembled in Baltimore, feeling satis-

fied that an inference may be drawn from the resolution passed by the last annual con-

ference with regard to John Mewhorter which the conference did not intend should be

drawn, do therefore say that said Mewhorter withdrew from the Church because ho could

not agree with the brethren in regard to doctrine or Discipline. Brother John Light

sang and prayed at the adjournment at noon.

     At 2 o'clock brother Frey opened conference by singing and prayer after which

John Light and John Fohl were elected by the conference as Presiding Elders for the

ensuing year. The itinerary brethren were then stationed as follows:

Chambersburg District, John Fohl, P.E.;

Chambersburg Circuit, E. Hoffman, P.C., Philip Frey;

Carlisle Circuit, John Hersh, P.C., Jacob Scholler; York Circuit, John Hetzel;

Lebanon District, John Light, P.E.;

Dauphin Circuit, Jacob Kessler;

Lebanon Circuit, Jacob Roop;

Lancaster Circuit, Jacob Winger;

Chambersburg Station, Jacob Rhinehart;

Baltimore Station, John Russell, Adam Noon;

York Mission, John Snyder.

     Resolved that our next annual conference shall meet at Strickler's, Lancaster Coe,

Pa., on the 1st of March, 1841. Conference adjourned finally with singing and prayer

by brother Erb, and the brethren appeared to part with the best of Christian feeling

toward one another.

 

 

March 1, 1841

 

      Pennsylvania Conference session of the Church of the United Brethren in Christ

met in Lancaster County, State of Pennsylvania, Rapho School House, No. 3.

     The session was opened by Rev. Jacob Erb, (Bishop) with singing and prayer, read-

ing Corinthians, First Epistle, III chapter, accompanying the same with some very ap-

propriate remarks.

     The conference proceeded next and elected Rev. John Fohl assistant Chairman, Rev.

Casper Light, Secretary in the German language, and Martin Lohr, Secretary in the Eng-

lish language. The roll was then called, and resulted as follows; Preachers present;

Jacob Erb, John Fohl, Martin Lohr, George Geyer, Jacob Wingard, John Light, Adam Noon,

Philip Frey, David Gingerich, John Hersh, Tobias Crider, Benjamin Speck, Frederick May,

Frederick Flinchbaugh, Henry Young, John Neidig, Casper Light, Samuel Siders, John C.

Smith, Joseph Yordy, Christian Strickler, Christian Hershey, Samuel Enterline, Chris-

tian Peffley, Jacob Rhinehart, Enoch Hoffman, Jacob Kessler.

     Next in order, the preachers were examined in reference to their conduct in the

past year, individually, in order to ascertain the general condition of the Church, in

the conference: and also the present standing of each member of this body, personally.

Closed with singing and prayer.

 

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      The session was continued the second day with singing and prayer by Rev. Jacob

Roop, after reading a chapter from James, the second chapter.

      Next the roll was called and the following persons were present, additional to

those of yesterday: John Hossler, Ezekiel Boring, Daniel Pfeifer, Jacob Scholler, (has

no conference license), John Russell, Henry Light, Christian S. Crider, Abraham Wingard,

John Rathfang.

      The examination of the preachers was continued, both those present and the absen-

tees. The conference passed the following resolution in the case of John Eckstein:

1. Resolved that the Secretary of the conference shall give notice to John Eckstein

to attend the first Quarterly Conference that shall be held in the city of Baltimore

in the ensuing year by the Presiding Elder or other proper person, and substantiate the

charges he has made against John Russell and against the Pennsylvania Conference and if

he neglects or fails, he shall be silenced until the next annual conference, but if he

succeeds in establishing his allegations, his privilege of preaching is to be left un-

touched.

      2. Resolved that John Hersh must make acknowledgement to the conference for his

past misconduct and for neglect of his duty oi1 his circuit in the past year, and pro-

mise amendment for the time to come. Brother J. Hersh complied. The Rev. Enoch Hoffman

proposed giving up his license provided the conference would furnish him with the fol-

lowing certificate, to wit: This is to certify to all whom it may concern, that the

Rev. Enoch Hoffman has this day withdrawn himself from the Church of the United Breth-

ren in Christ, being free from any charges as to his moral character, having been a

member of this conference five years, the last three as an ordained minister of the

Gospel of Jesus Christ.

      3. Resolved that Moses Lawson, Jr., has withdrawn from the Church under charges.

      4. Resolved that Jacob Snyder has withdrawn from the Church under charges.

      5. Resolved that Daniel Funkhauser is transferred to the Virginia Conference.

      6. Reso1ved that John Handshue is to be considered as withdrawn.

      7. Resolved that Thomas Huston shall be required by the Presiding Elder to attend

the first Quarterly Conference on his Circuit to render an account of himself, in re-

ference to his having persecuted the Church of the Brethren and such other charges as

may be preferred against him at that time.

      8. Resolved that the Presiding Elder on the Circuit on which John Raisor resides

shall at the first Quarterly Conference (if practicable) ensuing this session take his

case into consideration, and whatever charges may be brought against him at that time.

J. Raisor appeared and the conference has attended to this matter.

 

                                     PREACHERS ABSENT

David Gingerich, Daniel Funkhauser, John Staman, John Snyder, Michael Maulfair, Joseph

Weidman, George Snyder, Samuel Etter, Joseph Young, James Gallagher, Simon Dreisbach,

Abraham Hershey, Thomas Huston, Samuel Eberly, Abraham Huber, Samuel Huber, Jonas Wit-

mer, John Dehoff, Henry Stoufer, John Smith, John Eckstein, Jacob Gormany, John Crider,

Jacob Snyder, David Bear, Jacob Felmlee, John Winger, James Sutton, Frederick Gilbert,

John Hetzel, Peter Hawbecker, Henry Nubecker, Moses Lawson, John Handshue.

 

      The third day was opened with the reading of I Corinthians, singing and prayer

by Christian Hershey. Felix Light died in the past year.

      The committee to examine the candidates for license is Christian Hershey, Jacob

 Rhinehart, Frederick Mayo The candidates are Daniel Engel, Jacob Scholler, Henry Wei-

chand, Henry Staub, Adam Sand, Christian Shiltz, John Esensy, Henry Stabley, Henry

Esensy, William Wagner, Frederick Grimm, Chas. Stabley, and Simon Noll.

      9. Resolved that the conference receive as many preachers as they may think pro-

per at this session, in their absence. The following persons wore proposed: George

Mark; Frederick Knappa, Peter Bitzel, Andrew Marker, Gottlieb Grantz. All were received.

 

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      10. Resolved that Henry Nubecker shall be expelled from the society for slandering

John Russell and the course ho has steadily pursued in persecuting the Church. The fol-

lowing parsons arc candidates for ordination: Philip Frey, Frederick Flinchbaugh, To-

bias Crider, Samuel Siders. All were received.

                                                     Monies Disbursed

 

Monies Received - - $1107.04           John Fohl, P.E. - - - - - - - - - -$ 160.00

Presents    - - - -    69.65           Enoch Hoffman   - - - - - - - - - -  160.00

Benovolent Fund - -    26.00           John Hersh  - - - - - - - - - - - -   80.00

W. Snyder’s Interest   24.50           Jacob Scholler- - - - - - - - - - -  160.00

A Friend    - - - -    20.00           Jacob Roop  - - - - - - - - - - - -  107.00

Widow Yost    - - -     3.00           Jacob Winder  - - - - - - - - - - -   80.00

Conference Collection  30.70           Adam Noon   - - - - - - - - - - - -  160.00

John Light    - - -    81.12           William Wagner- - - - - - - - - - -   18.00

                     1362.21           Jacob Kessler - - - - - - - - - - -   80.00

                                       Philip Frey - - - - - - - - - - - -   80.00

*The Bishop J. Erb derives his         John Light  - - - - - - - - - - - -   81.12

salary from other sources not-         Jacob Erb, Bishop - - - - - - - - -   11.50

withstanding this sum is so small.     John Hetzel - - - - - - - - - - - -   30.00

                                       Expenses and Bishop’s Col.- - - - -   83.93

                                       Presents  - - - - - - - - - - - - -   69.35

                                                                           1362.21

     

The fourth day opened with preaching by John Russell from - - - - 34:16.

      The following persons were received as licensiates- Daniel Engel, Jacob Scholler,

Henry Weichand, Henry Staub, Adam Sand, Christian Shultz, Henry Stabley, John Esensy,

Henry Esensy, Wm. Wagner, Charles Stabley.

      11. Resolved that William Beighel shall be received into this conference.

      12. Resolved that the conference commit to the appointing committee the power of

continuing John Russell in Baltimore, if they think proper.

13. Resolved that this conference form itself into a Home Missionary Society of

the United Brethren in Christ. The constitution of the Allegheny Missionary Society

shall be, adopted, so far as it may be adapted to our local peculiarities, and also that

officers be elected and subscribers be obtained. One or more persons are to be sent out

in the ensuing year. Their duty shall be to preach, form auxiliary societies and en-

large the work. One trustee is to be appointed for and from each circuit or station,

and the rule of the Allegheny Conference may be contrary notwithstanding. The following persons subscribed as follows:

John Light         $ 20.00  Henry Eberly       $ 10.00  Henry Sraub        $ 10.00

John Russel          10.00  Martin Lohr         10.00  Jacob Erb            10.00

C. S. Crider         10.00  Jacob Winger        10.00  John Fohl            10.00

Jacob Einehart       10.00  Daniel Engel          5.00  Wm. Wagner            5.00

Adam Noon             5.00  Christ. Peffley       5.00  Tobins Crider         5.00

Chris. Strickler     5.00  John Rathfang         5.00  Jacob Kessler         5.00

Jacob Scholler        5.00  David Gingerich       5.00  John Hersh            5.00

Henry Stabley         5.00  Chris. Hershey        5.00  Peter Yordy           1.00

     

Fifth day's session. A letter from John G. Snyder. Rev. and Dear Sir; inasmuch as

you and the conference are disposed to force the interest of the Benevolent Fund out

of its proper channel, you will please discontinue my name on that list. Yours in love,

John G. Snyder. N. B. I will pay arrearages at the next conference. J. G. S. To the

Rev. Bishop Jacob Erb. Attest in behalf of the conference. Martin Lohr.

      l4. Resolved that J. G. Snyder appear at the next conference to prove the above

charges, and that this conference consider them false, both in regard to the bishop

and itself.

      The following persons were elected officers of the Missionary Society: President,

Martin Lohr; Secretary and Treasurer, Henry Herr; Trustees, Jacob Hershey, of Cumber-

land Circuit; John Strickler, of Lancaster Circuit; Jacob Ehrhart, Of York Circuit;

 

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Abraham Sharich, of Lebanon Circuit; Samuel Neidig, of Dauphin Circuit; John R. Weaver,

of Chambersburg Station; Benj. Huber, of Chambersburg Circuit.

The committee for drawing up a Missionary constitution are as follows: John G.

Miller, David Oaks, John R. Weaver, in accordance with the Resolution.

Appointments (for 1841);

Chambersburg District, John Fohl, P.E.;

Chambersburg Station, Jacob Rinehart;

Chambersburg Circuit, John Esensy, P.C. and John Hersh;

Carlisle Circuit, Jacob Scholler, P.C. and Wm. Wagner;

York Circuit, Samuel Siders, P.C.;

York Station, Christian S. Crider, Missionary;

Dauphin Circuit, Adam Noon, P.C. and Henry Stabley;

Lebanon Circuit, Christian Peffley, P.C. and Philip Frey;

Lancaster Circuit, Adam Sand. P.C. and Henry Stabley;

Baltimore Station, Jacob Erb, (Bishop);

Lebanon District, John Light, P.E.;

 

Addressed to the Vestry of the “German Evangelical Reformed Church,” Baltimore, Md

Conference room, Lancaster County, Pa., March 5th, 184l.

Dear Brethren. This conference has received you friendly letter, and are much

pleased to learn that Bro. John Russell has been instrumental in doing much good among
you. The desire you manifest to have Bro. John Russell continued, is noticed. The con-
ference believes it would not be for your advantage. The appointment for this station

for the ensuing year is Jacob Erb, (Bishop). We do hope that he may prove acceptable.

This conference has done for you that which it has believed to be best under existing

circumstances.

Your Brethren in Christ,

      Martin Lohr, Secretary,

      Signed in behalf of the Pa. Conference.

P.S. It is understood that Jacob Erb enter on his labors shortly after he returns from

the General Conference, Jacob Rinehart to labor among you during J. Russell's journey

to and from the General Conference.

M. L., Sec’y. &c.

The foregoing record is approved by the conference and is to be published in the

Telescope.

The next Annual Conference shall be hold in Funk’s school house, in Dauphin

County, Paul’s Valley.

March 5th, 1841                           Martin Lohr, Secretary.

 

 

January 24, 1842

 

The Pennsylvania Annual Conference of the United Brethren in Christ met according

to appointment at Funk's Academy.  The conference was

opened in the absence of the bishop, by Bro. John Light, with the reading of the 12th

chapter of I Corinthians, singing and prayer, after which the conference was organized

by electing Simon Dresbach and John Fohl substitutes until the arrival of the bishop,

after which the bishop determines to decide by lot who or which shall act in conjunct-
tion with himself. Conference further proceeded to elect John G. Snyder and Philip

Fret as Secretaries.

Who are the members of this conference? Elders present.

Jacob Erb, Bishop; John Fohl, Chairman; John G. Snyder and Philip Frey, Secretaries;

Simon Dresbach, John Light, Jacob Roop, Frederick Flinchbaugh, Casper Light, Christian

Peffley, Samuel Siders, Adam Noon, (transferred) Benj. Speck, Jacob Winger, Jacob

Rhinehart, Ezekiel Boring, Christian S. Crider, David Gingerich, Jr., Licensiates

Present. Jacob Scholler, John Hersh, (transferred) Samuel Enterline, John Hossler,

 

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Henry Esensy, Henry Staub, William Wagner, Henry Stabley, (expelled) John Raiser,

Abraham Winger, Adam Sand, Joseph Young, (absent) Daniel Engel, (Transferred).

                                   Elders absent

Samuel Etter, Henry Light, Joseph Waidman, Christian Hershey, John C. Smith, Daniel

Piffer, George Geyer, Joseph Yorty, John Dehoff, John Rathfang, Martin Lohr, John Snyd-

er, Henry Young, Samuel Eberly, Thomas Huston, Abraham C. Hershey, Frederick May,

James Gallaher, (expelled 1843) John Neidig, David Gingerich, Sr., John Exkstein, Sam-

uel Huber, Tobias Crider, Peter Nawbecker, John.Crider, (deseased 1843) Jacob Kessler,

Jonathan Witioer, (?) David Bair, Jacob Felmlee, Frederick Gilbert, John Russell, John

Winger.

                                    Licensiates absent

Abraham Huber, Jacob Cormany, John Esensy, (withdrawn) Henry Stoufer, George Mark, Pe-

ter Bitzel, Andrew Marker, Charles Stabley, James Sutton, John Smith, Michael Maulfair,

Gottlieb Grantz, (withdrawn)

     After calling the above roll the conference proceeded in the examination of its

members, commencing with those present and ending with those absent. Adjourned to

meet on the 25th at 9 A.M.

 

     January 25th, the conference met according to appointment. It was opened by John

Fohl with the reading of the 12th chapter of Romans, singing and prayer. Bishop Erb,

who arrived this morning, took the chair, and elected Bro. John Fohl by lot to act in

conjunction with himself. Conference proceeded to appoint a committee to examine the

applicants for license to preach. The fallowing brethren were elected by the confer-

ence: Simon Dresbach, Ezekiel Boring, Jacob Roop. The following brethren received
license: John Denig, Frederick Grimm, William Rumberger, Alexander Owens, Joseph Ham-

maker, Simon Noll, George Eichelberger, John Staman, Peter Bonawitz.

 

     January 26th, the conference met according to appointment, and was opened by Jacob

Scholler with the reading of the 4th chapter of Thessalonians, singing and prayer.                  

     Conference proceeded to business and the following resolutions wore enacted:

     1. Resolved that Simon Dresbach admonish Abraham Hershey in his relation to his

opposition to supporting the itinerancy.

     2. Resolved that the Presiding Elder admonish Abraham Huber to meditate over the

three questions of the seventh section of 8ur Discipline. The above resolution was

passed in relation to brother Staufer also.

     3. Resolved that the secretary write Bro. George Geyer a letter that he pay his

agent and tenant the $22.50 forthwith according to the appraisement.

     4. Resolved that the Presiding Elder visit Thomas Huston and inquire into the

charges against him.

     5. Resolved that the secretary write John Russell and John Eckstein, each a letter

informing them that the conference resolved that they shall meet each other in the

time of three months and settle the difficulty existing between them according to Dis-

cipline, or if they do not thus proceed they shall be silenced and not preach until

the next annual conference.

 

     January 27th, the ordination sermon was preached by Bishop Erb from I Peter, first

chapter and the first verse, after which an English sermon was preached by Bro. George

Miller, P.E., of the Allegheny Conference, from Matthew 10:32.

     6. Resolved that in the opinion of the conference the General Conference did not

(. . . .) that the Annual Conference shall appoint a committee in absence of its ses-

sion to examine and license applicants for license to preach.

     7. Resolved that Henry Herr be general book agent of the English press for the

Pennsylvania Conference.

     8. Resolved that Bro. John Russell be accountable at the first Quarterly Confer-

ence hold on the Chambersburg Circuit for his conduct in relation to Frederick Gnabe

 

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and the Missionary Society in Baltimore.

9. Resolved that if John Russell be found guilty by the Quarterly Conference he

shall refund to the treasurer of the Missionary Society in Baltimore the $25.00 which

said Gnabe received from him.

10. Resolved that in the opinion of this conference John Russell did wrong in ask-
ing the Missionary Society of Baltimore to pay John Esensy $10.00 and he, John Russell,

shall refund said $l0.00 to the treasurer of said Society.

ll. Resolved that John Russell refund the $36.50 which he received from John Erb,

being the revenue of the Busy Martha.

12., Resolved that the secretary write John Russell a letter to comply with the

above resolutions.

13. Resolved that Jacob Erb have the loan of $23.00, being the interest of the

Benevolent Fund, until the ensuing Annual Conference at lawful interest.

14. Resolved that the monies yet subscribed on the various circuits of this confer-
ence district for the salaries of the traveling preachers for the past year be collect-
ed as far as possible, and accounted for at the next conference.

15. Resolved that Littlestowm, Spangler's, Ridinger's, Stockslager's, &c, be struck

off from York Circuit and be called Littlestown Mission.

16. Resolved that Lebanon and Millerstown be a station.

17. Resolved that Littlestown Mission receive $100.00 from the Missionary Society.

18. Resolved that the York Mission receive $50.00, also.

 

January 28, the conference was opened by Bro. Christian Peffley, with singing and

prayer.

Who are the candidates for ordination?

Answer, Samuel Enterline, Abraham Winger.

Have any of our preachers died during the last year? Answer, Christian Strickler.

What has been collected for contingent expenses and the salary of traveling

preachers? Answer $1361.13.

Has reckoning been made with the traveling preachers? Yes. Have they received

their dues? No.

                                               Distribution

Monies received   -   -   -  $1,361.13        John Fohl, P.E.  -     -    - $138.20

W. Snyder, interest  -   -       21.00        John Esensy   -    -    -    - 138.20

W. Ganst, interest   -     -    - 3.00        Jacob Scholler   -    -     -  138.20

B. Fund, per note   -    -    -  23.00        William Wagner   -   -    -     69.10

A Friend    -    -    -    -    - 20.00        Samuel Sider  -    -    -      138.20

Bishop Collection   -    -    - 10.00        Adam Noon    -    -    -    -  160.00

Conference Collection   -   -    19.00        Henry Esensy  -    -    -    -  80.00

                                               Christian Peffley  -    -    -  73.94

                                               Phillip Frey   -    -    -    - 70.54

Bro. Rain promised to pay the                 Adam Sand  -    -    -    -    100.19

Bishop $10.00                                  Henry Stabley   -    -    -     55.04

                                               John Light, P.E.   -    -    -  89.16

                                               Benjamin Speck   -     -    -  115.16

 

APPOINTMENTS

Chambersburg District, John Fohl, P.E.;

Chambersburg Station, George Miller;

Chambersburg Circuit, John Rathfang, William Wagner;

Carlisle Circuit, Jacob Scholler, Alexander Owens;

York Circuit, Jacob Winger;

York Mission, Christian S. Crider;

Littlestown Mission, Benjamin Speck;

Lebanon District, Casper Light, P.E.;

Lebanon and Millerstown Station John Light;

Lebanon Circuit, Samuel Enterline;

Lancaster Circuit, Christian Peffley, Henry Esensy;

Dauphin Circuit, Adam Sand, Simon Noll;

Harrisburg Station, John L. Baker;

Baltimore Station, Jacob Erb;

transferred to the Allegheny Conference

 

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Jacob Rhinehart, John Hersh, Adam Noon, Henry Staub.

I promise to pay the Pennsylvania Annual Conference of 1843 the lawful sum of
$23.00 with lawful interest for value received. Witness my hand and seal this 26th day
of January, 1842.                                           Jacob Erb.

                                                Attest, John G. Snyder.

Paid to the conference of 1843.

      We the undersigned committee appointed to decide the difficulty between John G.
Snyder and the Pennsylvania Conference think that Bro John G. Snyder had some ground
for his complaint, inasmuch as not only that but other conferences took the same
course, and therefore violated the spirit and intention of the Institution. Neverthe-
less we think Bro. John G. Snyder did write rather unkind and too personal in confin-
ing his charge alone to the bishop and that individual conference, inasmuch as former
bishops and conferences took the same course, and therefore were alike chargeable.

                                    George Miller, William Beighel, John L. Baker.

      Resolved that the latter clause of the fifth section of the constitution of the
Home Missionary Society be erased.

 

                              Officers of the Home Missionary Society.

President, Simon Dresbach; Vice President, Jacob Hershey; Secretary, John Denig; Treas-
urer, Henry Herr; Managers, Benjamin Erb, Levi Markle, John Shopp; Trustees, Johnathan
Neidig, of Carlisle Circuit; David Oaks, of Chambersburg Station; Peter Snyder, of
Chambersburg Circuit; Conrad Alleman, of Dauphin Circuit; John Strickler, of Lancaster
Circuit; Abraham Sherich, of Lebanon Circuit; Jacob Ehrhart, of York Circuit; Martin
Lohr, of Littlestown Mission; John Dronel of Lebanon and Millerstown Station.

      Where shall the next conference be held? Answers, at Fetterhoff’s, Franklin County,
Pa.                                                         J. G. Snyder.

 

                                Subscribers of the Home Missionary Society

Jacob Erb            $5.00      Simon Dresbach     $2.00         John Fohl      $10.00

Philip Frey           2.00      John Light          5.00         Casper Light    10.00

Christian Peffley     5.00      Jacob Winger        5.00         C. S. Crider    10.00

Jacob Scholler        5.00      Henry Esensy        5.00         William Wagner   5.00

Simon Noll            5.00

                                      John George Snyder, Secretary.

 

 

February 22, 1843

 

Pa. Conference met at Fetterhoff’s Church, Franklin County, Pa.

Names of preachers present at the first roll call: Bishop Jacob Erb, Samuel Huber,

Chairman, John Fohl, Philip Frey, Casper Light, Christian Peffley, Samuel Siders, Ben-
jamin Speck, Jacob Wingard, Jacob Rhinehart, Jacob Scholler, Samuel Enterline, Henry

Staub, Wm. Wagner, Jacob Cormany, John Raisor, John Rathfang, Martin Lohr, John Russell,

Abraham Huber, Andrew Marker, John Smith, George Miller, Alexander Owens, William

Humberger, Daniel Pfeifer, Tobias Crider.

The examination of the standing of the preachers has been done. M. Lohr and Philip

Frey, Secretaries. Business hours for the conference from 9 o'clock A.M. to 4 o'clock

P.M. The minutes of this conference, by resolution, to be read each morning.

Advisory members from the Maryland and Virginia Conferences, Messrs. Jacob Mark-
wood, John Reubush, and David Spessard, also Emanuel Witter, Adam Bovey. From the

Allegheny Conference, Martin Miller and David Harner.

1. Resolved that if any person has any charges of a serious or criminal nature

to bring, of a criminal nature in particular, the Secretary shall have due notice not

to call his name for examination of moral character. And in case any minister is im-
peached the trial is to be had with the conference doors closed.

 

Second day of the session. John Russell reports that he has settled the difficulty

existing between himself and John Eckstein and a full reconciliation has taken place.

Approved by the conference.

2. Resolved that John Russell be exonerated from the fine inflicted on him

 

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last year by this conference’s last year's resolutions No. 8, 9 and 10, in reference

to the difficulties of the Baltimore Missionary Society, and also that he has done no

wrong in the matter, and has been maliciously dealt with by his accusers.

3. Resolved that the resolution of last year's conference, No. 11 is hereby

rescinded, and that John Russell shall pay no money to the conference out of the proceeds

of the "Busy Martha" for the first year.

4. Resolved that the Secretary in the German language shall write to John

Russell a kind and admonitory letter, also the Presiding Elder shall visit him and deal

kindly with him in reference to his opposition to erecting or establishing classes.

Members arrived to-day, Jacob Kessler, Henry Stoufer, Christian s. Crider, Fred-
erick Grim, Abraham Wingard, Jacob Felmlee.

 

Third Day of the Session

5. Resolved that the German Secretary shall write to John Dehoff in answer to

his letter to conference. Bro. Wm. Byers is received as an advisory member of this

conference. (of the Dunkard Persuasion)

6. Resolved that it shall be the privilege of Bro. Michael Maulfair to give

up his Preaching license to the Presiding Elder.

7. This conference has received George Gilbert from the Virginia Conference.

8. This conference transfers to the Virginia Conference Daniel Engle. Who

died this year? Answer, John Crider, also John Hossler, of whose demise intelligence

was received this day at 11 A.M. Enoch Hoffman is received as an advisory member of

this conference. Candidates for conference license are James T. Harden, Jamb C. Smith,

Augustus Bickley. Harden, Smith and Bickley shall appear before the committee for exami-
nation, as to their qualification for the office of the sacred ministry.

John Rasor and Jacob Scholler are candidates for the office of elder a Jacob

Scholler is accepted. Jacob Erb has paid to the conference the interest on the bequest

of the widow Snyder, deceased, $20.00. Jacob Erb has paid $31.11, the interest on the

Benevolent Fund, and the note of last year, of this money with interest, total $55.79,

which whole sum has been voted in favor of and for the use of Adam Noon, who is wearing

down fast with consumption, or perhaps is dead by this time, or for the use of his

wife or children as the case may be. The conference employs Jacob Erb to carry the a-
bove named money to Adam Noon, also a voluntary contribution of $6.00 by several persons,

a total of $61.79. Jacob Cormany was also accepted far ordination.

John Russell, Casper Light, and Martin Lohr are a committee to examine the candi-
dates for license to preach.

Peter Hawbecker, and Henry Esensy arrived to-day, also Adam Sand.

 

Fourth Day of the Session

Brother Geyer has made satisfaction to resolution No. 3 of last year's conference.

The Presiding Elder shall take charge of Thomas Huston's case.

9. Resolved that James Galagher shall remain silent to next annual conference.

(person is dead.)

10. Resolved that Henry Stabley shall be expelled from the church. John Esensy

has withdrawn from the church, also Gottlieb Grantz.

 

Fifth Day of the Session: Sunday.

 

Sixth Day of the Session

The conference granted license to Jacob C. Smith and Augustus Bickley.

Resolved that Enoch Hoffman shall be received into full connection and have his

former license restored and be considered in the relation of a man of family. Casper

Light, and John Russell are elected Presiding Elders for the ensuing year. The next

Annual Conference shall be held at Shoop's Meeting House, on Wednesday, February 4th,

1844.

11. Resolved that single men shall have license three years from the Annual

Conference, before they can be entitled to the salary of the Discipline allotted to a

 

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man of family, unless the conference direct otherwise. The Littlestown Mission is to

receive $40.00 for a single man, or $80.00 for a married man. The York Mission is to

receive $100.00. Harrisburg Mission is to receive $160.00. Schuylkill Mission is to

have $50.00 from the Missionary Society, Christian Peffley is to travel the same.

 

Seventh Day of the Session.

Financial Condition of the Districts

Chambersburg District                           Lancaster District           

John Fohl                     $147.48           Christian Peffley             $106.79

John Rathfang                  147.48           H. Esensy                     100.00

Jacob Scholler                 147.48           A. Sand                       191.00

Wm. Wagner                      73.74           Simon Noll                      50.00

Alexander Owens                 73.74           Samuel Enterline              168.62

Jacob Wingard                   73.74           Casper Light                    90.17

George Hiller                  212.00           John Light                      70.00

Benjamin Speck                 160.84

C. S. Crider                   140.00

12. James Gallagher's case shall be reconsidered. Jams Gallagher is expelled.

The secretary shall write to the congregation at Harrisburg, missionary operations to

be promoted by the members of this conference and to preach to the auxiliaries quarterly.

13. Resolved that the trustees of the "Busy Martha" printing establishment

shall commence printing operation as soon as 300 subscribers are obtained, and the

several conference shall do all in their power for its furtherance, and inform the edit-
or of the Religious Telescope of the number obtained monthly. 2. That two Presiding

Elders and the bishop shall be consulted by the trustees where the office of publica-
tion shall be opened. All official members shall engage in obtaining subscribers. All

the Annual Conferences are requested to take a lively interest in this enterprise.

14. Stations and circuits shall account to this conference except the preacher

sent by us to Baltimore. Also that all monies subscribed to the Missionary Society

shall be paid forthwith. Jacob Hershey shall be book agent for the ensuing year.

Presiding Elder for the Chambersburg District, John Russell;

Baltimore Station, Jacob Erb;

York Station, Jacob Rhinehart;

Chambersburg Station, George Miller;

(Jacob Scholler, M.C.S. Crider, Civ.)

Harriaburg Mission, Enoch Hoffman;

Hershey’s Station, Jacob Kessler;

Littlestown Mission, Alexander Owens;

Carlisle Circuit, Wm. Wagner;

Chambersburg Circuit, J. Rathfang, J. C. Smith;

Shoop’s Station, J. Fohl;

Schuylkill Mission, Christian Peffley; 

Lebanon District, Casper Light;

Dauphin Circuit, Henry Staub, Simon Noll;

Lancaster Circuit, S. Siders, Jacob Wingard;

Halifax Circuit, Adam Sand;

Lebanon Circuit, S. Enterline, Henry Esensy;

Lebanon Station, John Light.

The conference have voted their thanks to the brethren of this neighborhood for

their hospitality and attention.

Secretaries M. Lohr

G. Crider.

A full list of the names of the members of this conference.

ELDERS.

Jacob Erb, John Fohl, John G. Snyder, Philip Frey, Simon Dresbach, John Light, Jacob

Roop, Frederick Flinchbaugh, Casper Light, Christian Peffley, Samuel Siders, Benjamin

Speck, Jacob Winger, Jacob Rhinehart, Ezekiel Boring, Christian S. Crider, DaVid Ging-
erich, Jr., Samuel Etter, Henry Light, Joseph Waidman, Christian Hershey, John C. Smith

Daniel Peffer, George Geyer, Jacob Kessler, Jacob Felmlee, Jacob Cormany, Joseph Yordy,

John Rathfang, Martin Lohr, Samuel Eberly, Abraham C. Hershey, John Neidig, John Eck-
stein, Tobias Crider, Joans Witmer, Frederick Gilbert, Enoch Hoffman, John Dehoff,

John Snyder, Henry Young, Thomas Huston, Frederick May, David Gingerich, Sr., Samuel

Huber, Peter Hawbecker, David Bair, John Russell, Jacob Scholler.

 

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LIST OF LICENTIATES

Samuel Enterline, Henry Esensy, Henry Staub, William Wagner, John Rasor, Abraham Wing-
er, Adam Sand, Joseph Young, Abraham Huber, Herry Stoufer, Peter Botsel, George Mark,

Andrew Marker, Charles Stabley, James Sutton, Michael Maulfair, John Smith, John Denig,

Frederick Grimm, Wm. Hamberger, Alexander Owens, Joseph Hammaker, Simon Noll, George

Eichelberger, John Staman, Peter Bonawitz, Augustus Bickley, Jacob C. Smith, George

Gilbert.

 

 

February 21, 1844

 

Pennsylvania Annual Conference of the United Brethren in Christ met

in Shopp's Meeting House, Cumberland County, Pa. Conference was opened by Bishop

Erb, reading the first chapter of First Epistle of John, with appropriate remarks. Con-
ference then proceeded to elect by ballot a chairman, whereupon John Russell was elect-
ed. Conference then proceeded to elect one German and one English Secretary by ballot,

whereupon Jacob Rhinehart was elected English and Philip Frey was elected German

Secretary.