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NAGAY, ADAM A.

 

Born:  2-2-1888  Czechoslovakia                                married: Mary Duchon

Died: 4-8-1969                                                            obit: Western Pennsylvania Conference 1987, 410

 

1914    admitted on trial

1915    ordained deacon

1916    ordained elder

 

Interment: Jefferson Memorial Park, Pittsburgh PA

Obit: Western Pennsylvania (M) Conference 1969, 328

 

1913-14           student, Dickinson College

                             1913-14  Rehoboth

1914-20           Hazleton Anthracite Mission

1920-23           student, Drew University

1923                transfer to Pittsburgh Conference

1923-32           Coke Mission

1932-35           Dravosburg

1935-39           Pittsburg Butler Street

1939-47           Pittsburgh Spencer

1947-53           Pittsburgh Brookline

1953                retired

 

Note: A biographical sketch of Adam A. Nagay is given in the 2007 volume of The Chronicle, page 96.

 


 

NAYLOR, RUSSELL M.

 

Born: 1902                                                                  married: Catherine C. Ganoe

Died: 1974                                                                  obit: [1900-1995]

 

1953    ordained deacon

 

Interment: Birch Hill Cemetery, Burnham PA

Obit:

 

1931-35           Cogan Valley

1935-38           Half Moon

1951-53           Salona & Lamar (ending 8/31/53)

1953-55           Orangeville (beginning 9/1/53)

 

Note: Russell Naylor served as a local pastor.  He appears to be living in Flemington 1938-51.

 


 

NEARHOOF, VICTOR THOMAS

 

Born: 1-11-1890                                                          married:

Died: 12-12-1955                                                        obit:

 

1921    admitted on trial

 

Interment:

Obit: Wisconsin Conference 1956, 992

 

1916-18           Pine Grove Mills

1918-19           Millerstown

1919-23           student, Dickinson College

                             1920-21  Rouzerville

                             1921-23  Newville

1923                Greencastle (ending 8/31/23)

1923-26           student, Garrett Biblical Institute in Evanston IL

1926                transfer to Wisconsin Conference

 


 

NEFF, JOSIAH LUTHER

 

Born: 8-8-1889  Gordon PA                                       married: Helen S. Frisch

Died: 3-25-1980  Seaford DE                                                obit:

 

1917    admitted on trial, North Montana Conference

 

Interment:

Obit: Baltimore Conference 1980, 359

 

1918                transfer to Central Pennsylvania Conference

1918-20           chaplain, US Navy

1920                transfer to Baltimore Conference

1920-24           Chevy Chase

1924-29           Winchester VA Market Street

1929-34           Frostburg

1934-41           Washington DC Wesley

1941-51           Annapolis Calvary

1951-57           superintendent, East Baltimore District

1957                retired

                             assistant to president, Wesley Seminary

                             minister of visitation, Towson

 


 

NELSON, ORVILLE N.

 

Born: 2-24-1911  Milan MN                                       married: Verona Rosella Alspaugh

Died: 5-18-2002  Blairsville GA                                 obit: Florida Conference 1990, 480

 

1936    admitted on trial, Central Northwest Conference

 

Interment: Coosa Cemetery, Blairsville GA

Obit: Florida Conference 2002, ?

 

1942                transfer to Illinois Conference

1944                transfer to Central Pennsylvania Conference

1944-45           director, Conference Youth Work

1945-46           Altoona Broad Avenue

1946-48           Osceola Mills

1948                transfer to Northwest Iowa Conference

 


 

NENNINGER, JAMES DAVID

 

Born:                                                                           married: Rae _____

Died:                                                                           obit:

 

1966    license, recommended by Rehobeth

1968    admitted on trial

1968    ordained deacon

1970    ordained elder

 

Interment:

Obit:

 

1966-70           student, Wesley Seminary in Washington DC

                             1966-69  Lewisberry

                             1969-70  Harrisonville (beginning 11/69)

1970-79           Grantville

1979-81           Susquehanna Valley (ending 10/19/81)

1981-91           chaplain, Geisinger Medical Center (beginning 10/19/81 and ending 8/26/91)

1991-95           director of pastoral care, Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington DC

1995                transfer to Baltimore Conference effective 10/14/95 – see 1996, 206

 


 

NESTOR, H.L.

 

Born:                                                                           married:

Died:                                                                           obit:

 

Interment:

Obit:

 

1915-16           Allegheny

 

Note: H.L. Nestor served as a local preacher.  He was from West Virginia, but he is otherwise unknown.  He may be the Henry Lee Nestor (1855-1917) buried in the Parsons Cemetery, Parsons WV and/or the Henry L. Nestor who was a member of the Holston Conference 1889-1895.

 


 

NEUFER, LESTER PAUL

 

Born: 7-1-1924  Lime Ridge PA                                married: Marna MacMahon

Died:                                                                           obit:

 

1952    admitted on trial

 

Interment:

Obit:

 

1952-54           at school

1954-60           Williamsport Market Street

1960-75           faculty, Lycoming College

1975-76           sabbatical

1976                located

 

Note: L. Paul Neufer is a brother to P. Dale Neufer.

 


 

NEUFER, PHILIP DALE

 

Born: 5-19-1928  Bloomsburg PA                              married: Judith Evelyn Howard

Died:                                                                           obit:

 

1945    license, recommended by Espy

1952    admitted on trial

 

Interment:

Obit:

 

1947-49           Rehoboth 

1949-50           Vira

1950-53           student, Drew University

                             1950-53  East Bangor

1953                transfer to Baltimore Conference

1953-54           student, Cambridge and London University, England

1954                transfer to Southern New England Conference

1954-56           Millerton NY

1956-58           Bradford MA

1959-62           Somerville MA

1962-66           student, Iliff School of Theology

                             1962-63  minister of education, Littleton CO

                             1963-66  Carbondale CO

1966-76           East Longmeadow MA

1976-82           Reading MA

1982-86           Hazardville CT

1987                transfer to Central Pennsylvania Conference effective 1/1/87

1987-90           Elizabethville-Loyalton (beginning 1/1/87)

1990-93           Walnut Bottom

1993                retired

                             1993-94  Nescopek Albright

                             1996-97  Hendrickson-Mooresburg

 

Note: P. Dale Neufer is a brother to L. Paul Neufer.

 


 

NEWMAN, HARRY WOODWARD

 

Born: 8-26-1868  Hustontown PA                             married: Frances Bell McElhaney

Died: 4-30-1933  Millville PA                                    obit: 1920, 140

 

1895    admitted on trial, recommended by Wharton circuit

 

Interment: Hustontown Cemetery, Hustontown PA

Obit: 1934, 215

 

1894-95           Wharton

1895-99           Laurelton

1899-01           South Williamsport

1901-03           Medix Run

1903-05           Costello

1905-10           Beaver Meadow

1910-18           Benton

1918-19           York Ridge Avenue

1919-22           Yeagertown

1922-26           Berwick Calvary

1922-28           Picture Rocks

1928-28           Bakerton (moved in mid-year to Penn’s Valley)

1928-30           Penn’s Valley

1930-33           Millville

 


 

NEWMAN. JOSEPH

 

Born:                                                                           married:

Died:                                                                           obit:

 

Interment:

Obit:

 

1956-58           Oriole

 

Note: Joseph Newman served as a local pastor.

 


 

NOBLE, EUGENE ALLEN

 

Born: 3-5-1865  Brooklyn NY                                    married: Lillian White Osborn

Died: 6-28-1948                                                          obit: Troy Conference 1930, 257

                                                                                    married2: Mrs. Therese K. Lownes

?          admitted on trial, New York East Conference           obit2: [1877-1970]

 

Interment:

Obit:

 

1896-02           superintendent, Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn NY

1902                transfer to Newark Conference

1902-08           principal, Centenary Collegiate Institute

1908-11           president Goucher College in Baltimore MD

1911-13           president, Dickinson College

1913                transfer to Central Pennsylvania Conference

1913-14           president, Dickinson College

1915                transfer to Troy Conference

1915                Schenectady

1920                executive secretary, Juilliard Musical Foundation

 

Note: Eugene A. Noble is listed in the 1916 Who’s Who in American Methodism.  A biographical sketch is on file at the conference archives. The second Mrs. Noble was previously married to a Mr. Edgar John Lownes (1870-1924).
 


 

NOBLE, WILLIAM F.D.

 

Born: 9-20-1855  Cassville PA                                   married: Laura Catherine Eckhart

Died: 4-1-1915  Hastings PA                                     obit: 1932, 184

 

1883    admitted on trial, recommended by Lumber City

1883    ordained deacon, recommended by Lumber City

 

Interment: Chambersburg Cemetery [cremated in Pittsburgh]

Obit: 1916, 127

 

1882-83           Lumber City

1883-85           Snow Show

1885-86           Osceola

1886-89           Half Moon

1889-90           Williamsburg

1890-93           Houtzdale

1893-95           Ashland

1895-98           Burnham

1898-99           West Clearfield

1899-02           State College

1902-04           Snydertown

1904-05           Mount Holly

1905-07           Sinnemahoning

1907-08           Newberry

1908-10           Patton

1910-11           Shippensburg

1911-12           York Duke Street

1912                no appointment

1912-15           Hastings

1915                Picture Rocks

 


 

NOLAN, JAMES EDWARD

 

Born: 8-9-1934  Philipsburg PA                                 married:

Died:                                                                           obit:

 

1953    quarterly conference license, North Chili NY

1954    license

1958    admitted on trial

1958    ordained deacon

 

Interment:

Obit:

 

1953-57           student, Lycoming College

1957-61           student, Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington DC

                             1957-61  Fort Loudon

1961                transfer to Montana Conference

1961-64           Lower Flathead parish

1964-66           Roundup

1966-67           counselor, Job Corps

1967                withdrew

 

Note: In 1996 James E. Nolan is listed as living in Boise Idaho as a retired member of the Central Pacific Conference of the United Church of Christ.
 


 

NOLDER, DONALD CLOYD

 

Born: 1-2-1944  Altoona PA              married: Deanna B. Miller

Died:                                                                           obit:

 

1967    admitted on trial, recommended by Altoona Wesley

1967    ordained deacon

1969    ordained elder

 

Interment:

Obit:

 

1962-66           student, Lycoming College

                             1962-65  assistant, Whitneyville larger parish (beginning 2/62, ending 9/65)

1966-69           student, Drew Theological Seminary

                             1967-69  assistant, Rahway NJ Trinity

1969-75           Montgomery

1975-82           associate, State College St. Paul’s

1982-92           York Zion

1992-02           Chambersburg First

2002                retired

 


 

NORCROSS, WILBUR HARRINGTON  

 

Born: 6-28-1882  Ralston PA                                     married: Agnes Evans Frysinger

Died: 6-11-1941  Williamsport PA                             obit: 1917, 138

                                                                                    married2: Helen Burns

1900    license, recommended by Concord     obit2: 1954, 233

1905    admitted on trial, recommended by Vira

 

Interment: Westminster Cemetery, Carlisle PA

Obit: 1942, 205

 

1904-08           Vira

1908-08           Eagles-Mere-Laporte

1908-14           faculty, Williamsport Dickinson Seminary

1914-16           student, Johns Hopkins University

1916-41           faculty, Dickinson College

 

Note: Wilbur H. Norcross is the son of William H. Norcross. Some biographical information appears in the Ministerial Qualifications Book, page 53.

 


 

NORCROSS, WILLIAM HARRINGTON, SR.

 

Born: 7-12-1840  near Binghamton NY         married: Martha J. Reese

Died: 4-27-1926  Mt. Union PA                                 obit: 1893, 97

                                                                                    married2: Anna Laura Conley

1865    admitted on trial, East Baltimore Conference      obit2: 1901, 109

                                                                                    married 3: Mary Catherine Chilcote

Interment: Odd Fellows Cemetery, Mt. Union PA    obit3: 1955, 239

Obit: 1927, 521

 

1865-66           Sunbury

1866-67           Berwick

1867-68           Muncy

1968                charter member of Central Pennsylvania Conference

1868-69           Trevorton

1869-70           York Duke Street

1870-71           Duncansville

1871-72           Grahamton

1872-73           on leave

1873-75           Pine Grove

1875-78           New Washington

1878-80           Benezette

1880-82           Salona

1882-83           Ralston

1883-84           on leave

1884-86           Benezette

1886-93           on leave

                             1892-93  Muhlenberg

1893-94           Muhlenburg

1894-95           White Haven

1896-97           Wolfsburg

1897-99           Clearville

1899-01           Concord

1901-02           Mapleton-Mill Creek

1902-04           Bloomingdale

1904-05           Ennisville

1905-07           Cassville

1907-08           Blain

1908-09           Thompsontown

1909                retired

 

Note: William H. Norcross is the father of Wilbur H. Norcross.  The third Mrs. Norcross is an aunt to Ethel Rosalind Chilcote Bryner, wife of Charles W. Bryner.

 


 

NORMAN, FRED WILLIAM

 

Born: 9-14-1926                                                          married: Pauline J. Jackson

Died: 9-27-2006                                                          obit: [8/7/1925 – 5/4/2009]

 

1954    admitted on trial, Illinois Conference

1954    ordained deacon, Illinois Conference

1957    ordained elder, Illinois Conference

 

Interment: Camp Butler National Cemetery, Springfield IL

Obit: Illinois Great Rivers Conference 2007, 233

 

1950-52           student, Lycoming College

                             1950-52  Waterville

1952-54           Waterville

1954-57           seminary student

                             1954-57  Industry IL

 


 

NORRIS, CHALMERS GAIL

 

Born: 8-22-1903  Huntingdon PA                              married: Margaret Shue

Died: 12-28-1991                                                        obit:

 

1925    admitted on trial

1927    ordained deacon

1929    ordained elder

 

Interment:

Obit: Florida Conference 1992, ?

 

1925-27           Wells Tannery-Zion

1927-28           assistant, Altoona Asbury

1928-30           Jeddo-Lattimer

1930-31           at school

1931-32           Picture Rocks

1932-36           Selinsgrove

1936-42           State College Wesley Foundation

1942-43           Altoona Llyswen

1943-46           Lewisburg

1946-53           Lock Haven Trinity

1953-57           Carlisle Allison

1957-59           Sunbury St. John’s

1959                transfer to Florida Conference

 

Note: C. Gail Norris is the father of C. Gail Morris Jr. and a brother to Fred B. Norris.  Mrs. Norris is the daughter of Allen C. Shue.

 


 

NORRIS, CHALMERS GAIL JR.

 

Born: 8-17-1931  Muncy PA                                      married:

Died:                                                                           obit:

 

Interment:

Obit:

 

Note: C. Gail Chalmers Jr. is the son of C. Gail Chalmers.  He has a file with the Conference Board of Ordained Ministry, but he never served in the Central Pennsylvania Conference.   He was preparing to serve as a local pastor.

 


 

NORRIS, DAVID YOST

 

Born: 5-15-1944  York PA                                         married: M. Jean Trout

Died:                                                                           obit:

 

1967    admitted on trial, recommended by Stewartstown

1967    ordained deacon

1969    ordained elder

 

Interment:

Obit:

 

1967-69           student, Drew University School of Theology

1969-71           Harrisburg Riverside

1971-80           Lake Park-Granville

1980-93           Selinsgrove Wesley-Shamokin Dam

1993-99           Clearfield West Side

1999-02           Red Lion St. Paul’s

2002-08           superintendent, Altoona District

 


 

NORRIS, FRED BAKER

 

Born: 6-30-1901  Huntingdon            PA                               married: Pearle States

Died: 3-8-1941  Harrisburg PA                                  obit: 1977, 270

 

1925    admitted on trial

1928    ordained deacon

 

Interment: Huntingdon PA

Obit: 1941, 212

 

1924-26           Pine Grove Mills

1926-28           Martinsburg

1928-32           Newton Hamilton

1932-33           at school

1933-35           Salladasburg

1935-38           Duncansville

1938-41           Shippensburg

 

Note: Fred B. Norris is a brother to C. Gail Norris. 

 


 

NORRIS, RICHARD

 

Born: 3-25-1835  Richmond VA                                married: Sarah Amanda Baker

Died: 4-13-1897  Baltimore MD                                obit:

 

1855    quarterly conference license, Baltimore Fayette Street

1855    admitted on trial, Baltimore Conference

 

Interment: Greenmount Cemetery, Baltimore MD

Obit: Baltimore Conference 1898, 54

 

1855-56           Berkley

1856-57           Bloomfield

1857                charter member of the East Baltimore Conference

1857-58           Carlisle

1858-60           Baltimore Caroline Street station

1860-61           Baltimore Emory

1861-62           Waynesboro

1862-64           Havre de Grace

1864-67           Baltimore Jefferson Street

1867-68           North Baltimore station

1868                transfer by boundary change to Baltimore Conference

1868-70           North Baltimore station

1870-73           Jackson Square

1873-76           Waugh

1876-79           Georgetown

1879-82           Madison Square

1882-84           Ryland

1884-87           Wesley Chapel

1887-92           Cumberland Center Street

1892-97           Harford Avenue

 


 

NORTH, WAYNE ELLSWORTH

 

Born: 3-29-1914  Burnham PA                                   married:

Died: 9-12-1989                                                          obit:

 

1941    ordained deacon

1942    admitted on trial

1943    ordained elder

 

Interment:

Obit: Detroit Conference 1990, ?

 

1933-36           student, Dickinson College

                             1933-36  Newville & Greencastle (beginning fall 1933)

1936-37           Lock Haven 

1937-42           Fairview 

1942-45           Avis

1945-50           Sunbury Catawissa Avenue

1950-53           Mount Carmel

1953-57           Department of Spiritual Life, General Board of Evangelism in Nashville TN

1957                transfer to Detroit Conference

1957-73           ?

1973-80           executive director, Midland Area Community Foundation
 


 

NOTTINGHAM, JAMES WORTH

 

Born: 7-14-1921  Raywood WV                                married: Dessie M. Moses

Died: 12-27-1980  Baltimore MD                              obit: [1915 – 1986]

 

1946    license, recommended by Beaver Creek, West Virginia Conference

1953    admitted on trial, West Virginia Conference

1953    ordained deacon, West Virginia Conference

1955    ordained elder

 

Interment: Mountain View Cemetery, Marlinton WV

Obit:

 

1946-47           Mt. Vernon

1947-51           Evansville

1951-55           student, Wesley Theological Seminary

                             1951-54  Burnt Cabins, Central Pennsylvania Conference (ending 1/15/1954)

                             1954        transfer to Central Pennsylvania Conference

                             1954-55  Marysville (beginning 1/15/1954)

1955-58           Howard

1958-59           Glen Campbell

1959-64           Duboistown

1964- 72          Riverside St. Peter’s

1972                withdrew, page 106

 

Note: James W. Nottingham is listed in the 1966 Who’s Who in The Methodist Church, page 969.

 


 

NUNEMAKER, ELMER R.

 

Born: 10-14-1910  Rockland PA                                married: Ruth C. _____

Died: 9-28-1999  Johnstown PA                                obit: [b. 8/27/1918]

 

1937    admitted on trial, Erie Conference

1949    ordained deacon, Erie Conference

1951    ordained elder, Erie Conference

 

Interment:

Obit:

 

1936-38           Ringold-Barton Chapel-Langville

1938-42           Riceville

1942-43           Emerickville-Meade Chapel-Port Barnett

1944-51           at school

                             1944-48  Penn’s Valley, Central Pennsylvania Conference

                             1948-51  York Springs, Central Pennsylvania Conference

1951-52           Rimersburg

1953-55           Erie Asbury

1955-56           Dubois Mt. Zion

1956                withdrew

 

Note: Elmer R. Nunemaker was listed in the Erie Conference as an “accepted supply pastor.”  He is an uncle to Harold E. Nunemaker (1926-) of the Erie and Peninsula Conferences.  He likely attended Penn State 1944-48 and Westminster Seminary 1948-51.  He also supposedly served Pulaski in the Erie Conference 1950-51.

 


 

NUTT, RICHARD WALLER

 

Born: 11-17-1918                                                        married: Dorothy Smailes

Died: 12-21-1997  Exeter NH                                    obit:

 

1945    admitted on trial, New York East Conference

 

Interment:

Obit: New York Conference 1998, ?

 

                        transfer to Nebraska Conference

1955                transfer to Central Pennsylvania Conference

1955-63           director, State College Wesley Foundation

1963                transfer to New York Conference

1981                retired