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FARLEY, BENJAMIN FRANKLIN

 

Born: 12-1-1878                                                          married: Ora May Thomas
Died:                                                                           obit:

 

1920    license

Interment:
Obit:

 

Note: B.F. Farley is a first cousin to Hiram C. Farley.  He is listed as living in Marysville when he was licensed in 1920.

 


 

FARLEY, HIRAM CONRAD

 

Born: 3-7-1874                                                            married: Emma M. Moffit
Died: 7-24-1950                                                          obit: Platte River Conference 1917,46

 

1899    license

Interment:
Obit: Illinois Conference EV 1951, 74

 

1903-04           York Jackson Street
1904                transfer to Platte River Conference

 

Note: Hiram (Harry) C. Farley is a brother to Anna Mary Farley Cox, wife of William B. Cox.  He is also a first cousin to Benjamin F. Farley.  He is listed as living in Lewisburg when he was licensed in 1899.


 

FARNSWORTH, JACOB C.

 

Born: 6-23-1807  Northumberland County PA          married: Catherine _____
Died: 12-24-1883                                                        obit: 1885,48

 

1843    license, East Pennsylvania Conference

 

Interment:
Obit: [1884,52]

 

1843-44           Lehigh circuit
1844-46           Milford circuit
1846-47           Germantown circuit
1847-48           Northampton
1848-49           Pine Grove
1849-51           Harrisburg mission
1851-52           Lykens circuit
1852-54           Reading Station
1854-55           Dauphin circuit
1855-56           Womelsdorf circuit
1856                located
1857                transfer to Central Pennsylvania Conference
1857-59           Buffalo
1859-60           Boalsburg
1860-61           Perry circuit
1861-63           Liverpool
1863-64           Perry
1864-65           Port Trevorton
1865-67           Middle Creek
1867-69           Conewago
1869-70           White Ground
1870-72           York Queen Street
1872-73           Loganville

1873                retired
                        transfer to Atlantic Conference

 

Note: Jacob C. Farnsworth was converted and baptized by John Seybert in Eyer’s barn in Winfield PA.  He is the father of John Seibert Farnsworth (1850-1933) of the East Pennsylvania Conference.

 


 

FAUS, WILLIAM ALFRED

 

Born: 5-7-1861  Unityville PA                                   married: Emily Ann Kerr

Died: 10-24-1942   Hughesville PA                           obit: Central PA Conf ME 1955, 237

 

1899    license

1901    ordained deacon

1903    ordained elder

 

Interment: Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Hughesville PA

Obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference ME 1943, 212

 

1899-01           West Clifford

1901-04           Waller

1904-06           Luzerne

1906-07           Dudley, Central Pennsylvania Conference ME

1907                transfer to Central Pennsylvania Conference ME

1907-09           Dudley

1909-11           Beach Haven

1911-12           Rohrsburg

1912-14           Orangeville-Light Street

1914-18           Millville

1918-21           White Haven

1921-23           Belleville

1923-27           Wilburton

1927                retired

 

Note: William A. Faus is related to several persons in the Methodist pastor file.  He is a nephew to Theodore S. Faus and Rachel R. Faus Beishline, and a cousin to George W. Faus. 

 


 

FENNER, JOHN [JOHANNES] H.

 

Born: 7-22-1845  Germany                                         married:
Died: 9-8-1911                                                            obit:

 

1871    license

1887    ordained elder, Atlantic Conference

Interment:
Obit: Atlantic Conference 1912,27

 

1876                charter member of Atlantic Conference

 


 

FETTERMAN, KARL SHELLEY

 

Born: 12-26-1928  Berwick PA                                  married: Phyllis Elaine Shaffer
Died: 11-24-2008                                                        obit: 1969,213

                                                                                    married2: Barbara Frey

                                                                                    obit2:

1948    license, recommended by Berwick First Baptist
1955    ordained elder

 

Interment: Red Lion PA
Obit: 2009,417

 

1955-57           First Baptist, Jamestown R.I.
1957-69           Warrensville, Central Pennsylvania Conference of the EUB Church

1959                transfer to Central Pennsylvania Conference of the EUB Church

1959-63           Warrensville
1963-65           Centre Hall-Spring Mills

1965-77           Glen Rock

1977-86           Williamsport Newberry

1986-91           Wormleysburg St. Paul’s

1991                retired

 


 

FINKBINDER, CHARLES WILLIAM

 

Born: 9-27-1857  Lycoming County PA                    married: Elizabeth Klingelhoffer
Died: 7-25-1927  York PA                                         obit: 1938,78

 

1879    license, recommended by Williamsport First
1881    ordained deacon
1883    ordained elder

 

Interment: Red Lion PA
Obit: 1928,90

 

1879-81           York circuit
1881-83           Dorsey
1883-85           Lewistown and Patterson
1885-87           Milton
1887-90           Columbia circuit
1890-91           Zion’s Grove
1891-94           Millheim
1894-97           Lewisburg
1897-99           Marysville
1899-01           Glen Rock
1901-03           Baltimore Olive Branch
1903-07           Red Lion
1907-10           Lock Haven
1910-13           Williamsport First
1913-17           Baltimore Grace
1917-20           Nescopeck
1920-23           York St. Paul
1923-27           Lemoyne
1927                retired

 


 

FISHER, F.E.

 

Born:                                                                           married:
Died: 6-26-1956                                                          obit:

 

1898    license

1903    ordained deacon, Oregon Conference of the Evangelical Association
1905    ordained elder, Oregon Conference of the Evangelical Association


Interment:
Obit: Pacific Northwest Conference 1956,75

 

1901                transfer to Oregon Conference of the Evangelical Association

1901-02           Newburg

1902-03           Sweet Home & Sodaville

1903-04           Portland St. John’s

1904-10           Brooks

1910-12           Mapleton

1912-15           Hillsboro

1915-20           Eugene

1920-21           Dayton & Lafay

1921-23           Dayton

1923-25           Dayton & Lafay

1925-29           St. Johns

1929-30           Chehalem & Laurel

1930-31           Rickreal

1931-39           Dayton & Lafay

1939-44           Canby

1944-46           Portland W

1946                retired

                             Middle Grove

 



FISHER, WILBUR RAYMOND

 

Born: 4-17-1906  Mapleton Depot PA                       married: Ruth Naomi Moses
Died: 9-28-1973  Hershey PA                                    obit: 1986,428

 

1936    license, recommended by Altoona Garden Heights
1940    ordained elder, Allegheny Conference of the United Brethren Church

 

Interment: IOOF Cemetery, Mapleton Depot PA
Obit: 1974,419

1936-40           Altoona Wehnwood
1940-45           Shanksville
1945-48           Beaver Falls First
1948-52           Bellefonte Grace

1952                transfer by boundary change to Central Pennsylvania Conference
1952-53           Bellefonte Grace
1953-58           Mechanicsburg Grace
1958-71           York Trinity

1971                retired



 

FLECKENSTINE, JAY HUDSON

 

Born: 1-7-1891  Milton PA                                         married: Hazel Beatrice Peck
Died: 1-29-1971  York PA                                         obit: 1984,387

 

1910    license, recommended by Milton First
1914    ordained deacon
1916    ordained elder

 

Interment: Mt. Rose Cemetery, York PA
Obit: 1971,370

 

1912-13           Bellefonte circuit
1913-17           Avis
1917-19           Lewistown Trinity
1919-23           Hummels Wharf
1923-27           Berwick North
1927-34           Williamsport
1934-39           Lewisburg
1939-58           York Trinity
1958                retired

     1958-59      York

     1960-62      Jacobus

 


 

FLICK, HERMAN L.

 

Born: 1-17-1892  near Sonestown PA                        married: Emma Lydia Honito
Died: 7-20-1945  near Forest Hill PA             obit: 1929,89

 

1915    license
1921    ordained deacon

Interment: Forest Hill PA
Obit: 1946,83


1920-22           Mount Rock
1922-26           located
1926-28           York Bethany
1928                located

 

Note: Herman L. Flick is also reported to have served in Scranton and at two locations in the state of New York.

 


 

FLOHR, LeROY W.

 

Born:                                                                           married: Joyce _____
Died:                                                                           obit:

 

1962    license, recommended by Leesburg

Interment:
Obit:

 

1960-62           Bryansville
1962-66           Lycoming circuit

1966-70           West Nanticoke & Ransom

1970                transfer by boundary change to Wyoming Conference

1970-73           West Nanticoke Calvary

1973-85           Union Center

1985-96           Nimminsburg

1996                retired



 

FOCHT, GEORGE

 

Born:                                                                           married: Catharine L.  _____
Died:                                                                           obit: Pittsburg Conference UE 1911,55

 

1860    license
1860    ordained deacon

Interment:
Obit: Pittsburgh Conference UE 1892,35

 

                        transfer to Pittsburgh Conference

                        (records incomplete)

1865-66           Zion

1886-87           Jefferson circuit

1889-91           Fairview circuit


 

FOSS, FRANK HERBERT

 

Born: 7-1-1873  Sweet Valley PA                              married: Cora May Carey
Died: 3-1-1942  Binghamton NY                               obit: 1938,79

 

1894    license
1896    ordained deacon
1898    ordained elder

 

Interment:
Obit: 1943,86

 

1894-95           Bernice and Lopez
1895-96           Milton circuit
1896-98           West Clifford
1898-01           Felton
1901-05           New Freedom
1905-09           Liverpool
1909-13           Columbia
1913-18           Centre Hall
1918-19           Loganton
1919-23           Howard
1923-27           Bellwood
1927-34           Leesburg
1934-39           Mt. Rock
1939                retired

 

Note: Frank H. Foss is a brother to James A. Foss.


 

FOSS, JAMES ARTHUR

 

Born: 2-26-1875                                                          married: Mathilda Lehr [5/12/1903]
Died: 5-30-1958                                                          obit:

                                                                                    married2: Emma Bauchle [6/3/1923]

1902    ordained deacon                                             obit
1904    ordained elder

 

Interment:
Obit:

 

1899-01           Susquehanna
1901-02           Nittany
1902-05           Milton circuit
1905-07           Milesburg circuit
1907-12           located
1912                withdrew

 

Note: James A. Foss is a brother to Frank H. Foss.


 

FOSSELMAN, MILLARD FILMORE

 

Born: 10-4-1856  Perry County PA                            married: Jennie Gardner
Died: 3-20-1921 Williamsport PA                              obit: 1918,77

                                                                                    married2: Mrs. Clara Rebecca Shuff Paul

1880    license                                                             obit2: 1934,76
1883    ordained deacon
1885    ordained elder

 

Interment:
Obit: 1932,76

 

1881-82           McClure
1882-85           Catawissa
1885-88           Luzerne
1888-91           Tunkhannock
1891-93           Nescopeck
1893-97           Milton
1897-00           Carlisle
1900-04           Williamsport First
1904-07           Lock Haven
1907-11           Williamsport St. John
1911-15           superintendent, York District
1915-19           superintendent, Lewisburg District
1919-22           Williamsport St. Paul
1922                retired

 


 

FOX, J.B.

 

Born:                                                                           married: Hannah Kratzer Hepler
Died: 1899                                                                  obit: [b. c1842]

 

1881    license, East Pennsylvania Conference
1885    ordained deacon
1887    ordained elder

 

Interment:
Obit: 1900,69

 

1883                transfer to Central Pennsylvania Conference

1883-84           Middleburg circuit
1884-85           Center circuit
1885-87           Catawissa
1887-89           Waller
1889-92           Hebbville
1892-94           East Liberty
1894-97           Lycoming
1897-99           Lock Haven circuit
1899                York Grace

 



 

FOY, GEORGE J.

 

Born:                                                                           married:
Died:                                                                           obit:

 

1847    ordained deacon
1850    ordained elder

 

Interment:
Obit:

 

1845-46           Indiana

1846-48           Venango
1848-50           Franklin
1850                Union and Centre
                        withdrew from the Church

 

Note: This name is sometimes read from the manuscripts as G.J. FREY.


 

FOY, JACOB

 

Born:                                                                           married:
Died:                                                                           obit:

 

1823    license

1825    ordained deacon

 

Interment:
Obit:

 

1823-24           Union and Centre

1824-25           Canton OH

1825-26           Centre

1826                located

 


 

FRAIN, ISAAC SHOEMAKER

 

Born: 2-3-1834  Berks County PA                             married: Mary Ann Zeigler
Died: 3-30-1919                                                          obit: [2/29/1836 – 5/?/1884]

                                                                                    married2: Mrs. Sarah E. Moore

1869    license                                                             obit2:
1875    ordained deacon

Interment:
Obit: 1920,73

 

 

Note: Isaac S. Frain was a farmer and local pastor who never served under appointment.  He was an active member of the Jacksonville appointment on the Howard charge.  The second Mrs. Frain is a sister is William N. Wallis; her first husband was a Mr. David Anton Moore.


 

FRAY, CHARLES AUGUSTUS

 

Born: 4-8-1880  Harrisburg PA                                  married: Irene C. Bucke
Died: 4-4-1953                                                            obit: [1879-1966]

 

Interment: Hunters Valley Cemetery, Perry County PA
Obit: East Pennsylvania Conference EV 1953,379

 

                        served as supply pastor in Harrisburg area

1910                moved to Iowa

                        Allendorf

                        Hinton

                        Costner

1915                moved to Pennsylvania

1915-17           Liverpool, Central Pennsylvania Conference (beginning 9/15)
1917-18           Port Trevorton, Central Pennsylvania Conference
1918-20           Grover, Central Pennsylvania Conference
1920                “transfer” to Central Pennsylvania Conference
1920-21           Bloserville
1921                located

     1925  transfer to East Pennsylvania Conference

 

Note: Charles Augustus Fray is described in 1916,49 as a member of the Northwestern Conference.  He is the father of Alfred C. Fray (1905-1978) of the Central Pennsylvania Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church.  Mrs. Fray is a sister to Jacob E.A. Bucke (1875-1961) of the Central Pennsylvania Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church.  J.E.A. Bucke is listed in the 1945 Prominent Personalities in American Methodism.  He is a brother to J.L.L. Bucke and W. Fowler Bucke, and he is the father of D. Perry Bucke, Emory Stevens Bucke and Dr. Alma Elizabeth Jane Bucke Miller (medical missionary to Nepal) – all of whom are given in the list of Methodist pastors.

 


 

FREAS, ROY LOUIS

 

Born: 11-22-1895                                                        married: Dorothy DeHaven
Died: 8-5-1960  Lewisburg PA                                  obit: [1996,403]

 

1924    license

Interment: Pine Grove Cemetery Annex, Berwick PA
Obit: 1961,87

 

1926-28           Williamsport circuit
1928-30           Warrensville
1930-34           Buffalo Valley
1934-36           West Nanticoke
1936-40           Sugar Valley

1940-42           Liberty

1942-48           Howard

1948-53           Mexico

1953-58           Lock Haven mission

1958-60           Buffalo Valley

 


 

FREED, HENRY WILLIAM

 

Born: 9-8-1828  near Hellam PA                                married: Marie D. Reily
Died: 8-4-1899  York PA                                           obit: [2/26/1828 – 5/16/1857]

                                                                                    married2: Mary Ann Schafer

1873    license                                                             obit2: [1/13/1835 – 12/18/1902]
1890    ordained deacon

Interment: Greenmount Cemetery, York PA
Obit: 1900,71

 

Note: H.W. Freed was a shoemaker and served as a local preacher.


 

FREY, FRANK EDWARD JR.

 

Born:                                                                           married:
Died:                                                                           obit:

 

1958    license, recommended by Williamsport St. John’s

Interment:
Obit:

 

1958-61           Williamsport circuit
1961-67           Lewisberry

1967-68           Montoursville

1968                dropped, page 237


 

FREY, GEORGE WASHINGTON SR.

 

Born: 10-31-1876  Long Level PA                             married: Mamie Estella Roser
Died: 7-9-1958  near Red Lion PA                            obit: 1968,126

 

1906    license, recommended by Ebenezer (Craley circuit)
1909    ordained deacon
1911    ordained elder

 

Interment: Mt. Rose Cemetery, York PA
Obit: 1959,105


1906-09           Bellefonte circuit
1909-10           West Nanticoke
1910-14           Penns Creek
1914-17           Bloserville
1917-22           Idaville
1922-25           Bryansville
1925-27           Hanover circuit
1927-31           Liverpool
1931-35           Espy
1935-37           Yoe
1937-38           Manchester
1938-41           Lewisberry

1941-44           Leesburg

1944                retired

 

Note: George W. Frey Sr. is the father of George W. Frey Jr.  The first name of Mrs. Feyt is also given as Mayme.



 

FREY, GEORGE WASHINGTON JR.

 

Born: 3-17-1913  Penns Creek PA                             married: Romaine Estella Rohrbaugh
Died: 7-10-1999                                                          obit:

 

1932    license, recommended by Espy
1939    ordained elder

 

Interment:
Obit: 2000,342

 

1935-37           Hanover mission
1937-39           Bryansville
1939-45           York Bethlehem
1945-54           faculty, Evangelical School of Theology
1954-78           faculty, United Theological Seminary

1978                retired

 

Note: George W. Frey Jr. is the son of George W. Frey Sr.


 

FRY, CHARLES F.

 

Born:1853                                                                   married:
Died: 5-5-1900  Nescopeck PA                                  obit:

 

1888    license
1896    ordained deacon

Interment:
Obit:

 

Note: Charles F. Fry served as a local pastor.  A death notice is given in Stapleton’s 1900 Annals of the Evangelical Association, page 639.


 

FUHRMAN, IRA CLADION

 

Born: 3-23-1887  Troxelville PA                                married: Mrs. Betsy Whipple Letts
Died: 8-13-1961  Grover PA                                      obit: 1964,84

 

1916    license, recommended by Troxelville

1918    ordained deacon
1920    ordained elder

 

Interment: Ellenton Cemetery, Ellenton PA
Obit: 1962,93

 

1916-17           Good Will
1917-18           Unityville
1918-23           Grover
1923-28           Millmont
1928-34           Craley
1934-36           Cearfoss
1936-40           Berkeley Springs

1940-47           Penns Creek

1947-52           Lewisberry

1952-53           Avis

1953                located for health reasons

 

Note:  Ira C. Fuhrman is reported to be a cousin to Lester A. Fuhrman.  The first husband of Mrs. Fuhrman was a Daniel A. Letts Sr. (1884-1917).

 


 

FUHRMAN, LESTER ALLEN

 

Born: 11-21-1881  Snyder County PA                       married: Florence A. Basom
Died: 4-23-1963  Lewisburg  PA                               obit: 1965,107

 

1908    license, recommended by Troxelville
1911    ordained deacon

1913    ordained elder

 

Interment:
Obit: 1963,103

 

1909-10           Wellsville
1910-11           Bryansville
1911-15           Mt. Rock
1915-18           Marysville
1918-23           Columbia circuit
1923-28           Ransom
1928-30           Scranton
1930-31           Hebbville
1931-36           Sugar Valley
1936-39           Middleburg
1939-47           Newport

1947-56           Dushore & Lopez

1956                retired

 

Note: Lester A. Fuhrman is reported to be a cousin to Ira C. Fuhrman.  Mrs. Basom is the daughter of Henry S. Basom and a sister of Emma Basom Jacobs, wife of Harry H. Jacobs. 


 

FULCOMER, EDWARD ADAM

 

Born: 1-27-1869  near Wrightsville PA                      married: Clara Ellen Snyder
Died: 7-9-1936  Bloomsburg PA                                obit: 1928,93

                                                                                    married2: Elizabeth Jane Brown Fisher

1893    license, recommended by Jacobus                  obit2: 1957,80
1895    ordained deacon
1897    ordained elder

 

Interment: Evangelical Cemetery, Jacobus PA
Obit: 1937,80

 

1893-96           Harford
1896-98           Craleyville
1898-01           Yorkana
1901-02           Felton
1902-04           Yoe and Freysville
1904-06           York Christ
1906-10           Berwick St. Paul
1910-14           Newport
1914-17           Bellefonte
1917-20           Bellwood
1920-21           Altoona
1921-25           Wayland
1925-32           Mifflin
1932-36           Baltimore Walbrook
1936                Bloomsburg

 

Note: Edward A. Fulcomer is a brother to Willis N. Fulcomer.  After the death of Edward, the second Mrs. Fulcomer married George L. Maice.

 


 

FULCOMER, WILLIS NATHANIEL.

 

Born: 10-25-1870  Wrightsville PA                            married: Ella Jane Keiser
Died: 8-17-1957  Pinellas Park FL                             obit: [9/25/1870 – 6/20/1922]

                                                                                    married2: Nell Duff Pollock

1895    license                                                             obit2: [12/6/1881 – 12/16/1973]
1897    ordained deacon
1899    ordained elder

 

Interment: Evangelical Cemetery, Jacobus PA
Obit:

1895-96           Bendersville
1896-97           Dillsburg circuit
1897-00           Fishing Creek Valley
1900-04           Warrensville
1904-07           Bellwood
1907-09           Yorkana
1909-10           Dallastown
1910                transfer to Oregon Conference
1911                transfer to Central Pennsylvania Conference
1911-12           Scranton
1912                “transfer” to Wyoming Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church

1912-13           Scranton Tripp Park

 

Note: Willis N. Fulcomer is a brother to Edward A. Fulcomer.  He later became a Presbyterian minister and served in Crawford County IA.


 

FULTON, J.C.

 

Born:                                                                           married:
Died:                                                                           obit:

 

Interment:
Obit:

 

1845-46           Westmoreland
1846                located

 

 

Note: J.C. Fulton appears to have been a Presbyterian minister.  He was serving in western Pennsylvania as early as 1836, and he served the Presbyterian Church in Blairsville, Westmoreland County, 1840-46.  His service for one year with the Evangelical Association is puzzling.  He is also listed as J.E. Fulton.


 

FURNER, JEROME HENRY

 

Born: 4-8-1866  Mexico PA                                       married: Katie Meals
Died: 10-21-1936                                                        obit: 1933,81

 

1891    license
1894    ordained deacon
1896    ordained elder

 

Interment: Mount Rock Cemetery, Lewistown PA
Obit: 1937,80

 

1892-94           Cumberland
1894-95           Bendersville
1895-97           Leesburg
1897-01           Lewisberry
1901-05           Hanover mission
1905-09           Hebbville
1909-13           Felton
1913-18           Brooklyn mission
1918-22           Northumberland
1922-27           Williamsport Grace
1927-30           Bellwood
1930-35           Burnham
1935-36           Hughesville