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Born: 7-31-1860  Lebanon PA                                   married: Christie S. Bowers

Died: 4-29-1914  Mount Joy PA                                obit: [5/25/1868 – 8/26/1892]

Miller-Raker #: no                                                      married2: Isabella “Belle” Barr [1893]

Fulton #: no                                                                 obit2: East Pennsylvania Conference 1933, 24

Gibble list: yes


1882    license, East German Conference

1885    ordained, East German Conference


Interment: Woodland Cemetery, Dayton OH

Obit: East Pennsylvania Conference 1914, 33


1881-84           Catawissa circuit

1884-85           Philadelphia Port Richmond St. Paul’s mission

1885-87           Pinegrove

1887-89           Lykens Valley circuit

1889-94           Lebanon Salem

1894-01           superintendent, Conference

1901                transfer to East Pennsylvania Conference

1901-05           superintendent, Eastern District

1905-13           general secretary, United Brethren Church Erection Society

1913-14           Mount Joy station


Note: Gibble’s 1951 History of the East Pennsylvania Conference, page 475, gives a brief biography.  He is the father of Sue Gael Martin, wife of Lloyd Martin.





Born: 1-8-1926  York PA                                           married: Audrey Kauffman

Died: 10-7-2015  Lewisburg PA                                obit: Susquehanna Conference 2014, 257

Miller-Raker #: 792

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: no


1961    license

1965    ordained


Interment: Stony Brook Mennonite Church Cemetery, York PA

Obit: Susquehanna Conference 2016, 261


1961-64           Rohrersville

1954-69           Yoe Salem

1969-81           Hughesville Bethany

1981-87           Lewisburg St. Paul’s

1987-90           Chambersburg Park Avenue

1990-92           Elizabethville

1992                retired

                            2001-10       Clarkstown


Note: Henry Gable is the son of Walter Harry Gable and brother of Gladys Gable Lauver, wife of Marlin H. Lauver.





Born: 4-25-1916  Lebanon PA                                   married: Mildred M. Hartman

Died: 10-7-1966  Reading PA                                                obit: [4/1/1915 – 5/4/2004]

Miller-Raker #: no

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: yes


1938    license, Illinois Conference

1939    ordained, Illinois Conference


Interment: Ebenezer [Covenant Greenwood] Cemetery, Lebanon PA

Obit: Eastern Conference 1967, 126


1937-40           Prairie Chapel, Farmer City IL

1940-44           student, Lebanon Valley College

     1940-44      Lebanon Ebenezer, East Pennsylvania Conference

1944                transfer to East Pennsylvania Conference

1944-45           Reading Zion

1945-47           chaplain, US Army

1947-55           Florin

1955-56           Columbia

1956-65           Iona

1965                retired


Note: John H. Gable is a nephew of Martin L. Gable.  Mrs. Gable is listed as a surviving spouse in the 1969 Eastern Conference, but not in the 1970 Eastern Pennsylvania Conference following the merger – and at some point she appears to have remarried to a Mr. Davis.





Born: 1890 Union Waterworks PA                            married: Helen _____

Died: 6-16-1969  Phoenix AZ                                                obit:

Miller-Raker #: no

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: no


1920    quarterly conference license, Lebanon Hebron


Interment: Greenwood Memory Lawn Cemetery, Phoenix AZ



1920-23           Intercourse

                        student, Wheaton College in Wheaton IL

                        joined the ministry of the Congregational Church

1927-29           Dwight IL

                        Mendota IL

1951-57           Phoenix AZ First

1957                retired


Note: Martin L. Gable is an uncle of John H. Gable.  He served in the East Pennsylvania Conference with a quarterly conference license under the category “others employed by the conference.”





Born: 5-29-1900  Manchester PA                              married: Mabel Ferrence Hursh

Died: 3-6-1974                                                            obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1996, 412

Miller-Raker #: 740

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: no


1929    ordained, Lancaster Conference of the Mennonite Church

1952    license

1954    ordained


Interment: Stony Brook Cemetery, York County PA

Obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1975, 159


1929-52           Stony Brook

1952                transferred to Pennsylvania Conference, EUB Church

1952-54           Shermans Dale

1954-57           Oakville

1957-62           Dover

1962-63           Hagerstown Emmanuel, assistant

1963-68           Middleburg-Shiloh

1968                retired

                             1969-72      Freysville


Note: Walter H. Gable is the father of Henry Eugene Gable and Gladys Gable Lauver, wife of Marlin H. Lauver.




Born: 10-27-1927  Martinsburg WV                          married: Barbara A. Hess

Died: 9-7-2018  York PA                                           obit: Susquehanna Conference 2019, ?

Miller-Raker #: 779

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: no


1949    license, Virginia Conference

1955    ordained, Virginia Conference


Interment: Yoe Union Cemetery, Yoe PA

Obit: Susquehanna Conference 2019, ?


1955-59           Broadway

1959                transfer to Pennsylvania Conference

1959-61           Greenmount MD

1961-64           Baltimore Otterbein

1964-68           Dillsburg

1968-71           Mont Alto

1971-74           Mapleton yoked parish

1974-88           Yoe Christ

1988-90           Greencastle

1990                retired

                             1993-95      Jacobus (ending 11/5/1995)

                             1995-96      Airville McKendree (11/5/1995 – 2/29/1996)

                             1996           New Freedom Trinity (beginning 5/1/1996)





Born:                                                                           married:

Died: 1843?                                                                obit:

Miller-Raker #: 226

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: yes [GALLAGHER]


1838    license

1839    ordained





1843                expelled


Note: James Gallagher was a trustee of the Methodist building at Second and South Streets in Harrisburg from its erection in 1820 until its sale in 1839 to the United Brethren – to which denomination he then switched.  See Gibble’s History of the East Pennsylvania Conference, page 194.





Born: 1850                                                                  married: Nancy Jane Stiffler [6/28/1881]

Died: 6-17-1927  Norristown PA                               obit: [10-1-1852 – 1929]

Miller-Raker #: no

Fulton #: 178

Gibble list: no


1876    license, Allegheny Conference


Interment: Riverside Cemetery, Norristown PA



1874-78           student, Western Pennsylvania Classical and Scientific Institute in Mt. Pleasant PA

     1874-77      Braddock Jones Avenue

     1877           Donegal Baptist (6 months)

1879                withdrew

1881                Donegal Baptist (Apr 1 – Sept 1)

1881-82           student, Bucknell University

1882-84           student Crozier Seminary

1884-89           Berwick PA

1889-92           Bloomsburg PA

                        Blakely PA

-1912               Center Square PA

1912-               Old Bridge NJ



Note: William T. Galloway received a license from the Allegheny Conference.  He apparently was committed to the Baptist denomination and functioned essentially as a supply pastor for the United Brethren while he attended school.  The Western Classical and Scientific Institute was a Baptist institution that took over the buildings of the United Brethren’s Mount Pleasant College (1850-58) in 1871.  Mrs. Galloway is reported to be a sister to four brothers who were pastors and two sisters who were missionaries – including  Baptist preachers James M. Stiffler and  William H. Stiffler.




Born: 1-3-1841  Berks County PA                             married: Susan E. Baum

Died: 1-11-1920  Lebanon PA                                   obit: [5/31/1847 – 2/3/1920]

Miller-Raker #: no

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: yes


1873    quarterly conference license, Allentown mission

1878    license, East Pennsylvania Conference

1881    ordained, East Pennsylvania Conference


Interment: Covenant Greenwood [Ebenezer] Cemetery, Lebanon PA

Obit: East Pennsylvania Conference 1920, 52


1878-79           Pine Grove circuit

1879-81           Middleburg circuit

1881-82           Susquehanna circuit

1882-85           Lebanon Salem

1885-88           Grantville

1888-89           Tamaqua

1889-90           Lykens Valley circuit

1890-91           Paxinos circuit

1891-93           Mount Carmel circuit

1893-94           Tower City

1894-95           Reading Zion

1895-97           West Lebanon

1897-10           unemployed for health reasons

1910-11           Lebanon Pleasant Hill

1911-12           Sinking Spring

1912                retired





Born: 6-24-1858  Dauphin County PA                       married: Sarah Katherine Bitting

Died: 5-4-1934  Mechanicsburg PA                           obit: Pennsylvania Conference 1942, 33

Miller-Raker #: 423

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: no


1885    quarterly conference license, Harrisburg Otterbein

1887    license

1891    ordained


Interment: Mechanicsburg Cemetery, Mechanicsburg PA

Obit: Pennsylvania Conference 1934, 21


1887-89           Eschol

1889-91           Winterstown

1891                Duncannon (until September)

1891-92           student, Bonebrake Seminary

1892-93           Dayton Brookville, Miami Conference

1893-94           Miamisburg, Miami Conference

1894-96           Baltimore

1896-98           Path Valley

1898-01           Newburg

1901-03           Shiremanstown

1903-05           Duncannon

1905-07           Shippensburg

1907-09           Enola

1909-10           Greencastle & Marion

1910-11           supply

1911-12           Shepherdstown

1012-14           Gettysburg

1914-18           Bendersville

1918-20           Rohrersville

1920-22           Williamsport MD

1922-25           York Haven

1925-27           Spry

1927                retired





Born: 9-23-1847  Llewellyn PA                                 married: Lucinda Robinson

Died: 3-16-1925                                                          obit: [East Pennsylvania Conference 1922, 66]

Miller-Raker #: no

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: yes


1871    license, East Pennsylvania Conference

1876    ordained, East Pennsylvania Conference


Interment: East Harrisburg Cemetery, Penbrook PA

Obit: East Pennsylvania Conference 1925, 13


1872-74           Northumberland circuit

1874-76           Catawissa circuit

1876-79           Highspire circuit

1879-81           Harrisburg circuit

1881-83           Hummelstown

1883-85           New Cumberland

1885-87           Mt. Wolf

1887-89           New Holland

1889-90           Middletown

1890-93           supernumerary, living in Powell’s Valley

1893-95           Halifax

1895-96           living in Powell’s Valley  (apparently dealing with death of son William)

1896-98           Pequea station

1898-00           Springfield station

1900-02           Penbrook

1902-04           Mt. Carmel

1904-05           Lykens

1905-07           Williamstown

1907-10           Refton

1910-12           Cressona

1912-13           Harrisburg State Street

1913-14           living in Penbrook

1914-16           Florin

1916                retired in Penbrook

                            1917-19       Pleasant Hill

                            1919-21       Cleona-Pleasant Hill


Note: Garland Thomas served Pennsylvania Conference churches during the 1882-86 quadrennium when the Pennsylvania and East Pennsylvania Conferences met jointly.





Born: 1-22-1818                                                          married: Louisa _____

Died: 10-4-1884                                                          obit: [1814 – 1891]

Miller-Raker #: no

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: yes [G.D.A GARMAN]


1869    license, East German Conference

1876    ordained, East German Conference


Interment: Kemmerling’s Church Cemetery, Lebanon County PA

Obit: East German Conference 1885, 12


1867-69           Bellegrove circuit

1868                charter member of East German Conference

1869                Schaefferstown circuit

1869-71           Neffsville Long Memorial

1871-75           ?

1875-77           Hopeland circuit

1877-78           Harrisburg circuit       




Born: 12-5-1825  Upper Strasburg PA           married: Margaret E. Ferguson

Died: 11-24-1901                                            obit: [3/6/1834 – 3/13/1913]

Miller-Raker #: 370

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: no


1870    quarterly conference license

1872    license

1876    ordained


Interment: Young’s Church, Perry County PA

Obit: Pennsylvania Conference 1902, 56


1872-75           Goldsboro mission

1875-77           Perry circuit

1877-78           Harrisburg circuit

1878-80           Carlisle Springs circuit

1880-84           ?

1884-87           Eschol mission

                        supernumerary, living in Shermans Dale


Note: John is the father of Sheridan G. Garman. A biographical sketch is given in the 1897 Biographical Encyclopedia of Juniata Valley, page 1103.





Born: 8-1-1866  Cumberland County PA                   married: Catherine L. _____

Died: 11-29-1912  Galesburg IL                                obit: Northern Illinois Conference 1916, 31

Miller-Raker #: 464

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: no


1896    license


Interment: Linwood Cemetery, Galesburg IL

Obit: Northern Illinois Conference 1913, 65


1896-99           York Fourth & York Fifth (resigned during final year to attend seminary)

1899-01           student, Bonebrake Seminary

1901-02           Salem circuit part year, New Bloomfield circuit part year  1902, 12

1902                transfer to Wisconsin Conference

1902-03           Richland Center

1903-05           Van Orin IL

1905-06           Freeport IL

1906                transfer to Northern Illinois Conference

1906-08           Polo

1908-09           Freeport

1909-11           Bayliss

1911-12           Galesburg


Note: Sheridan Garman is the son of John Garman.





Born: 1870                                                                  married: Mary E. Felts

Died: 1915                                                                  obit: [1860 – 1906]

Miller-Raker #: no

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: yes [GARRET]


1889    license, East Pennsylvania Conference


Interment: Hanoverdale Cemetery, Dauphin County PA



1889                Birdsboro Grace (Feb-Oct: short conference year)

1889-90           Pequea circuit

1890                expelled


Note: The Lebanon Daily News for May 20, 1890, states: ‘Rev. P. H. Garrett, the United Brethren preacher who is under indictment for forging the name of Adam E. Good, one of his parishioners, is out on bail. He returned to his circuit on the Welsh Mountain, and endeavored to secure a place to preach, but without success. He said he could convince his people that be is more of a saint than sinner. But the church doors were closed against him, and the Salisbury township school board refused him permission to vindicate himself in the Meadville school house.”  The Tyrone Daily Herald for October 7, 1891, states: “A Minister Sentenced. READING, Pa., Oct. 7.—Rev. Philip H. Garrett, an eloquent United Brethren minister was sentenced to serve one year in prison for swindling a friend out of $250. He trembled and wept as sentence was pronounced. Garrett pleaded that his salary was so small that he was unable to support his family on it.”





Born: 1-24-1902                                                          married: Mabel Snyder

Died: 1-4-1999                                                            obit: Baltimore Conference 1990, 415

Miller-Raker #: 650

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: no


1926    license

1932    ordained


Interment: Rose Hill Cemetery, Hagerstown MD

Obit: Baltimore Conference 1999, 603


1926-29           student, Westminster Theological Seminary

1929-32           faculty, Indiana Central College

                            1930-31       Harmony-Zion, White River Conference

                            1931-33       Needham IN, Methodist Protestant Church

1933-36           supply, living in Quincy (no apparent relationship with the Home)

1936-38           Middletown-Pleasant Valley

1938-62           Taneytown

1962-67           Rayville

1967                retired

1969                transferred to Baltimore Conference


Note: Arthur is the father of Roland E. Garvin.




Born: 7-1-1930                                                            married: Sue _____

Died:                                                                           obit:

Miller-Raker #: 724

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: no


1950    license, recommended by Taneytown Messiah

1954    ordained





1953-54           Good Shepherd, youth pastor, Miami Conference

1954-63           Newburg

1963-84           Manchester St. Paul’s

1984-90           district superintendent, Williamsport District

1990-93           Yorkshire

1993                retired


Note: Roland E. Garvin is the son of Arthur W. Garvin.





Born: 11-28-1845  Cambria County PA                     married: Dionysia [Nish] Smiley

Died: 6-17-1932  Ottawa KS                                      obit: [6/16/1848 – 4/16/1932]

Miller-Raker #: no

Fulton #: 197

Gibble list: no


license, Allegheny Conference

ordained, Allegheny Conference


Interment: Durant Cemetery, Durant IA



1869                moved to Iowa

1880                moved back to PA

1881                transfer to Allegheny Conference

1881-82           Three Springs

1882-83           Cooksburg

1884                name erased

                        moved to Kansas


Note: In 1878 L.M. Gates was a farmer and local United Brethren preacher living in Cedar County IA.  He is a brother to Elizabeth M. Gates, second wife of Daniel Strayer.  Warning:  Lafayette Martin Gates is a contemporary to a different Rev. L.M. Gates who was a Presbyterian pastor in Ottawa IL.




Born: 2-16-1907  Swayzee IN                                    married: Marian Esther Head

Died: 3-24-1977                                                          obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1983, 411

Miller-Raker #: no

Fulton #: 509

Gibble list: no


1924    quarterly conference license, Indiana Conference of the Methodist Protestant Church

1927    license, Allegheny Conference

1929    ordained, Allegheny Conference


Interment: Grandview Cemetery. Johnstown PA

Obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1977, 259


1926-27           Bryant IN, Indiana Conference of the MP Church

1927                transfer to Allegheny Conference of the UB Church

1927-29           St. Michael

1929-31           Wilmore

1931-40           Houserville

1940-57           Clearfield Emmanuel

                             1942-49      Mount Hope

1957-72           Altoona Garden Heights – Lakemont

1972                retired

                             1972-75      Mount Moriah


Note: Homer Gauntt was also an architect and “drew some 50 blueprints during his lifetime for churches, social halls, parsonages, etc.”




Born: 2-6-1741  Germany                                           married: Barbara Snavely Berghman [1765]

Died: 6-28-1812  Keedysville MD                             obit: [1748 – 1802]

Miller-Raker #: 3

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: yes


1783    ordained (by Otterbein & Hendel)

1788    ordination validated, German Reformed Church


Interment: Mt. Hebron Cemetery, near Keedysville MD



1772-1812       Keedysville

[1790-1807      Hagerstown St. Paul’s]

1812                bishop (informally elected, he had already presided at several conferences)


Note: This surname is also rendered GUETHING.  Holdcraft’s 1939 History of the Pennsylvania Conference, page 27, gives a brief biography.  George Sr. is the father of George Geeting Jr. and of Simon Geeting (of Ohio and Indiana, who also had a son Simon in the ministry) and of Barbara Ann Keedt Clopper, wife of John Clopper.  Some sources identify Mrs. Geeting as the former Elizabeth Detwiler.





Born: 2-27-1781                                                          married: Barbara Ann Bishop

Died: 2-5-1842                                                            obit: [9/28/1780 – 3/27/1847]

Miller-Raker #: 69

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: yes


1812    license

1816    ordained


Interment: Mt. Hebron Cemetery, near Keedysville MD



1819-20           presiding elder, Virginia circuit

1823-24           presiding elder

1827-28           presiding elder

1830                charter member of Hagerstown [Virginia] Conference

1831-32           Mechanicstown [Thurmont]


Note: This surname is also rendered GUETHING.  George Jr. is the son of George Adam Geeting Jr. and the brother of Simon Geeting (of Ohio and Indiana).  Barbara Ann Bishop Geeting is an aunt to James M. Bishop and Jeremiah P. Bishop – being the sister of their father, Littlestown layman Philip Bishop Jr.).





Born: 11-7-1850  Reading PA                                    married: Sarah E. Hildebrand

Died: 2-26-1916  Woodbury County IA                    obit: [1/?/1852 – c 1920]

Miller-Raker #: no

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: yes


1871    license, East Pennsylvania Conference

1875    ordained, East Pennsylvania Conference


Interment: Oak Hill Cemetery, Cedar Rapids IA



1870-73           Halifax circuit

1873-76           Columbia Salome

1876-78           Harrisburg First (did not finish second year, resigned 9/1/1877)

1878                transfer to Philadelphia Conference, Methodist Episcopal Church

1878-79           New Holland-Bareville

1879-81           Marietta

1881-82           Guthrieville

1882-84           Hopewell

1884                withdrew

1884                St. John’s Episcopal Church in Compass, Chester County PA (May-Nov)

1885-87           Des Moines IA, denomination unknown

1887-89           Harlan IA, Congregational Church


Note: The Clinton Mirror [Iowa] for Mar 29, 1897, states: “Rev. John Wesley Geiger, pastor of the Congregational Church at Marion, who was expelled from the Davenport Association of Congregational Churches, has retained counsel and will bring suit in the District Court of Lynn county for libel and slander against the Davenport Association and those who preferred the charges,”






Born: 8-2-1918  Chambersburg PA                            married: A. Lorraine Burkhart

Died: 3-15-2002                                                          obit: Susquehanna Conference 2014, 257

Miller-Raker #: 700

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: no


1941    quarterly conference license, Chambersburg Park Avenue

1944    license, recommended by Chambersburg Park Avenue

1949    ordained



Obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 2002, 359


1941-42           Middletown-Pleasant Valley

1942-44           Wolfsville-Big Pool

1944-46           Oakville

1946-48           student, Eastern Baptist Seminary

1948-52           Shermansdale

1952-82           York Fourth

1982                retired





Born:                                                                           married:

Died: 1807                                                                  obit:

Miller-Raker #: 26

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: yes


1800 license



Obit: Pennsylvania Conference 1807, 5


Note:  Jacob Geisinger was present at the Peter Kemp house at the 1800 formation of the United Brethren Church.




Born:                                                                           married:

Died:                                                                           obit:

Miller-Raker #: 73

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: yes


1813    license to exhort

1814    license





Note: John Geisinger attended annual conferences until 1818 but did not itinerate.  When he appealed for an appointment or financial support in 1825, conference ordered “the secretaries shall give notice to Bro. Geisinger that they can do nothing for him.”




Born: 2-13-1818  New Hanover PA                           married: Rachel Linderman

Died: 12-25-1883  Pillow PA                                     obit: [9/4/1818 – 1/14/1898]

Miller-Raker #: no

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: yes


1847    license, East Pennsylvania Conference

1853    ordained, East Pennsylvania Conference


Interment: Union Cemetery, near Pillow PA

Obit: East German Conference 1884, 18


1853-55           Berks County circuit

1855-56           Lancaster circuit

1856                ill health, assists other ministers


Note: Conrad G. Geist is the father of Henrietta Geist Runk, wife of Jacob Runk.





Born: 5-23-1825  Lancaster County PA                     married: Sarah _____

Died: 7-8-1886  Lebanon PA                                     obit: [11/11/1821 – 4/6/1887]

Miller-Raker #: no

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: yes


1842    quarterly conference license, Jonestown

1854    license, East Pennsylvania Conference

1869    ordained, East Pennsylvania Conference


Interment: Ebenezer Cemetery, Lebanon PA

Obit: East German Conference 1886, 12


1866-67           Bellegrove circuit

1869                charter member of East German Conference

1869-72           Lebanon Salem

1872-74           superintendent, Lebanon District

1874-76           Lebanon circuit

1877-78           Union Deposit circuit

1878-83           superintendent, Lebanon District

1883                Avon Zion (left in mid-year)

1883-84           superintendent, Lebanon District (started in mid-year)

1884                ceased active work due to ill health


Note: Gibble’s 1951 History of the East Pennsylvania Conference, page 454, gives a brief biography.





Born: 6-14-1777                                                          married:

Died: 8-5-1859                                                            obit:

Miller-Raker #: 180

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: yes


1833 license


Interment: Florin PA



1846                charter member of East Pennsylvania Conference


Note: Gibble’s 1951 History of the East Pennsylvania Conference, page 63, gives a brief biography.





Born: 9-2-1891  Florin PA                                         married: Naomi Longenecker

Died: 4-21-1962                                                          obit: Eastern Pennsylvania Conference 1976, 539

Miller-Raker #: no

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: yes


1915    quarterly conference license, Florin Glosbrenner

1917    license, East Pennsylvania Conference

1922    ordained, East Pennsylvania Conference


Interment: Spring Creek Cemetery, Hershey PA

Obit: East Pennsylvania Conference 1962, 66


1917-19           student, Lebanon Valley College

                            1917-19       Lebanon circuit

1919-22           student, Bonebrake [United] Theological Seminary in Dayton OH

                            1919-22       Miamisburg OH, Miami Conference

1922-23           Miamisburg OH, Miami Conference

1923                transfer to Miami Conference

1923-25           Miamisburg

1925                transfer to East Pennsylvania Conference

1925-51           Middletown

1951-59           Reading Salem

1959                retired

                           1959-62        Newtown


Note: Harvey K. Geyer is the father of missionary to Africa Janet Geyer Snavely [Mrs. John] and Rev. George Robert Geyer of the Presbyterian Church.




Born: 6-3-1888  Lancaster County PA                       married: Pearl Beatrice Sherk

Died: 4-7-1976  Palmyra PA                                      obit: Eastern Pennsylvania 1986,VII.21

Miller-Raker #: no

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: yes


1910    quarterly conference license, Mt Joy St. Mark’s

1911    license, East Pennsylvania Conference

1918    ordained, East Pennsylvania Conference


Interment: Gravel Hill Cemetery, Palmyra PA

Obit: Eastern Conference 1967, 132


1910-11           Green Point

1911-13           West Lebanon (started during 1910-11 year; see 1911, 6)

1913-15           Cleona-Pleasant Hill

1915-18           student, United Theological Seminary

                            1916             South Lebanon, Miami Conference

                            1916-18       Dayton Troy Street, Miami Conference

1918-23           Baltimore Old Otterbein

1923-46           Palmyra First

1946-53           Ephrata First

1953-57           Myerstown Zion

1957                retired





Born: 10-1-1797  Cherryhill PA                                 married: Mary Griffith [6/1/1818]

Died: 12-20-1844  Cherryhill PA                               obit: [4/26/1801 – 5/3/1881]

Miller-Raker #: no

Fulton #: 42

Gibble list: no


1841    license, Allegheny Conference


Interment: Harmony Cemetery, Penn Run PA

Obit: Allegheny Conference 1845, 4


 Note: James Gibson apparently functioned as a local pastor and never served under formal appointment.




Born: 9-24-1801  Chambersburg PA                          married:

Died: 1-23-1869                                                          obit:

Miller-Raker #: 133                                                    married2: Lena Werner

Fulton #: no                                                                 obit2: [1822 – 1902]

Gibble list: yes


1828    license

1831    ordained


Interment: Cedar Grove Cemetery, Chambersburg PA

Obit: Pennsylvania Conference 1870, 24


1828-29           Juniata circuit

1829-30           conference itinerant

1831-33           Chambersburg circuit

1833-34           Baltimore County

1835-36           Huntingdon circuit

1836-37           Chambersburg circuit

1837-39           Carlisle circuit

1839-40           Chambersburg circuit

1845-46           Dauphin circuit

1861-62                      Shippensburg circuit


Note: Frederick Gilbert is a brother to George Gilbert.





Born: 9-12-1805                                                          married: Mary _____

Died: 5-2-1870                                                            obit: [12/6/1806 – 2/14/1875]

Miller-Raker #: 142

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: yes


1828    license

1832    ordained


Interment: Shopp Cemetery, Shiremanstown PA



1832-33           Huntingdon circuit

1833-34           Juniata circuit

1839-40           Frederick, Virginia Conference

1849-41           Hagerstown, Virginia Conference

1844-45           Chambersburg circuit

1845-46           Carlisle circuit

1846                charter member of East Pennsylvania Conference

1846-48           Lancaster circuit

1848-50           New Holland

1850-51           Dauphin circuit

1851-54           ?

1854-56           Northumberland mission


1861-62           New Holland


1869-70           living in Shiremanstown


Note: George Gilbert is a brother to Frederick Gilbert.





Born:                                                                           married:

Died:                                                                           obit:

Miller-Raker #: no

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: no


1827    license to exhort








Born: 1863                                                                  married: Mary Alice _____

Died: 1925                                                                  obit: [1867 – 2/22/1941]

Miller-Raker #: no

Fulton #: 288

Gibble list: no


1899    license, Allegheny Conference

1902    ordained, Allegheny Conference


Interment: IOOF Cemetery, Mapleton PA



1896-97           Eschol, Pennsylvania Conference

1897-98           Mount Union

1898-99           Mattawana (Mifflin County)

1899-00           Glasgow (Cambria County)

1900-02           Cambria

1902-03           Path Valley

1903-05           Mapleton

1905-06           no assignment

1906                honorable discharge

1907                transfer to Central Pennsylvania Conference, Methodist Episcopal Church

1907-08           McKee’s Gap

1908-09           no assignment

1909-11           Centre-Sandy Ridge

1911-13           Port Matilda

1913-16           Glen Hope

1916-17           Glen Campbell

1917-19           on leave, living in Mapleton Depot

1919                withdrew to join the ministry of another denomination, page 38





Born: 3-11-1909                                                          married: Emily H. Mull

Died: 11-?-1967  Tampa FL                                       obit: Florida Conference 2005, 297

Miller-Raker #: no

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: no


1929    quarterly conference license

1932    license, Allegheny Conference: recommended by McKeesport First

1935    ordained, Allegheny Conference


Interment: Garden of Memories Cemetery, Tampa FL

Obit: Florida Conference 1968,?


1929                McKeesport First (part year)

1931-32           Industry (beginning 5/7/1931)

1932-40           Beaver Falls

1940                Shanksville – Central City (resigned 9/26/1940)

1940-42           Beaver Falls (beginning 10/1/1940)

1942-60           Youngwood (ending 1/1960)

1960-62           Tampa First, Florida Conference

1962                transfer to Florida Conference, page 95

1962-67           Tampa First [Otterbein]




Born: 1830                                                                  married: Arishia Donely

Died: 9-21-1899  Altoona PA                                    obit: [1841 – 9/24/1930]

Miller-Raker #: no

Fulton #: 137

Gibble list: no


1853    admitted on trial, Baltimore Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church

1855    ordained deacon

1866    license, Allegheny Conference


Interment: Oak Ridge Cemetery, Altoona PA

Obit: [Altoona Mirror, Friday, September 22, 1899, page 8]


1853-54           Bellefonte circuit

1854-56           New Washington [Glen Hope – Cherry Tree – Susquehanna]

1856-57           West Branch

1857-58           Alto Dale

1858-59           Loudon Reformed

1866                “transfer” to United Brethren Church

1867                withdrew


Note: Daniel M. Giles was removed from the roll of the Mercersburg Classis in 1864.  He served on the Rock Hill town council in 1861 and was performing weddings in the Orbisonia area as early as 1864 and as late as 1884 – denomination unknown.  Various Methodist records refer to him as Daniel M. Giles, David M. Giles and David W. Giles.  After leaving the ministry he reportedly devoted his life to “educational work.”




Born: 10-16-1819  Juniata County PA                       married: Elizabeth J. Wallis

Died: 11-17-1900  Pasadena CA                                obit: [1827 – 4/2/1905]

Miller-Raker #: no

Fulton #: 91

Gibble list: no


1855    license, Allegheny Conference

1857    ordained, Kansas Conference


Interment: Mountain View Cemetery, Pasadena/Altadena CA

Obit: Neosho Conference 1901, 16


1855                “transfer” to Missouri Conference

1855-57           missionary to Kansas

1857                charter member of Kansas Conference

1857-58           Prairie City

1858-59           Lawrence

1859-60           located


1861-63                      located

1863                chaplain, US Army (Mar-Sep)


1868-69           superintendent, South District

1869                charter member of Osage Conference

1881                charter member of Southwest Missouri Conference

1883                transfer to Osage Conference

1885                charter member of Neosho Conference

                        Los Angeles


Note: John S. Gingerich is a first cousin to Christian Gingrich (1810-1902) of the East Pennsylvania Conference of the Evangelical Association.  John’s father is a first cousin to Joseph Gingerich and to David Gingrich Jr.  His original license was actually issued by the Allegheny Conference in December 1854.  Fulton’s listing him with that Conference as “name erased” in 1860 is likely a confusion with Joseph Gingerich.  A biographical sketch of John S. Gingerich appears in the 2010 volume of The Chronicle, pages 16-30.  He is likely the J. Gingerich listed as an 1867 trustee of the United Brethren’s Lane University in Lecompton KS.

            John S. Gingerich’s brother George Washington Gingerich changed his last name to Kingery.  John S. Gingerich is an uncle to Lulu Martha Kingery Buell (1872-1952) [wife of Albert S. Buell (1875-1951) of the California-Nevada ME Conference] and Blanche Elsie Kingery Carroll (1873-1952) [wife of Charles E. Carroll (1877-1946) of the Wyoming ME Conference].





Born: 2-7-1802  Dauphin County PA                         married: Frances Stauffer

Died: 9-12-1872  Centre County PA                          obit: [1803 – 1873]

Miller-Raker #: no

Fulton #: 53

Gibble list: no


1843    license, Allegheny Conference


Interment: Gray’s Cemetery, Centre County PA



1860                name erased


Note: Joseph Gingerich is the brother of Magdelena Gingrich May, wife of Frederick May, and is a first cousin to David Gingrich Jr and to the father of John S. Gingerich.




Born: 11-22-1768 [or 12/13/1768?]                            married: Barbara _____

Died: 12-1-1849                                                          obit: [7/18/1773 – 5/?/1838]

Miller-Raker #: no

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: yes


1812    license [per Gibble]


Interment: Gingrich family cemetery, near Geyer’s Church in Dauphin County PA



Note: David Gingrich Sr is the father of David Gingrich Jr.  He ministered locally in upper Lancaster and lower Dauphin counties.  Gibble’s 1951 History of the East Pennsylvania Conference, page 63, gives a brief biography.





Born: 2-21-1802                                                          married: Mary Rider

Died: 9-4-1874  Mount Joy PA                                  obit: [7/14/1805 – 3/12/1891]

Miller-Raker #: 179

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: yes


1833    license

1835    ordained


Interment: Herr-Gingrich-Reider Cemetery, Elizabethtown PA



1846                charter member of East Pennsylvania Conference

1846-47           Lancaster circuit

1847-49           Dauphin circuit

1849-51           Lancaster circuit

1851-52           Berks County circuit


Note: David Gingrich Jr is the son of David Gingrich Sr and is a first cousin to Joseph Gingerich and to the father of John S. Gingerich.  He was prominent in the Elizabethtown congregation – see Gibble’s History of the East Pennsylvania Conference, pages 94 & 95.   Mrs. Gingrich is a sister to George Reider.  The cemetery on High Street, across from the East High Elementary School.





Born:                                                                           married:

Died:                                                                           obit:

Miller-Raker #: no

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: yes


1915    license, East Pennsylvania Conference





1924                referred





Born: 7-14-1909                                                          married: Velma Leota Aud

Died:  5-22-1996                                                         obit: [9/15/1911 – 8/12/2000]

Miller-Raker #: no

Fulton #: no    

Gibble list: yes


1934    license, East Pennsylvania Conference, recommended by Cleona


Interment: Bellefontaine Cemetery, Mount Vernon IN



1936                transfer to Indiana Conference, page 23

                        “transfer” to Baptist Church

                        Calvary Baptist Church mission, Evansville IN

                        Pilgrim Baptist Church, Evansville IN


Note: Raphael A. Gingrich is listed in the denominational yearbook as a licensed preacher of the Indiana Conference living (serving?) in Montgomery IN for several years and then drops from the list in 1942.  The 1944 Evansville IN city directory lists him as a Baptist pastor.




Born: 9-4-1844  Dauphin County PA                         married: [never married]

Died: 11-24-1892                                                        obit:

Miller-Raker #: no

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: yes


1871    license, East German Conference

1881    ordained, East Pennsylvania


Interment: Fairview Cemetery [Jackson township], Enders PA

Obit: East Pennsylvania Conference 1893, 32


1870-72           Susquehanna circuit

1872                transfer to East Pennsylvania Conference

1872-74           Mount Carmel mission

1874-76           Manheim station

1876-77           Linglestown circuit

1877-80           Catawissa circuit

1880-82           Paxinos circuit

1882-84           Eschol Mission, Pennsylvania Conference

1884-86           Dover, Pennsylvania Conference

1886-89           Florin circuit

1889                 Pequea circuit (Feb-Oct conference year)

1889-91           Jacksonville circuit

1891-92           Ruhl’s station





Born: 10-8-1939                                                          married: Jo Ann _____

Died:                                                                           obit:

Miller-Raker #: 776

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: no


1959     license, recommended by Greencastle First

1967    ordained





1959-63                student, Lebanon Valley College

                             1959-60  Mt. Olivet-Mt. Zion

1963-67           student, United Seminary

1967-79           missionary, McCurdy School NM

1979                transfer to Kansas West Conference

1979-85           Hutchinson Trinity

1985-92           Phillipsburg

1992-02           Haysville

2002                retired


Note: William K. Glaser retired to Parker CO.




Born: 9-25-1889  Baltimore MD                                married: Elizabeth Barget

Died: 5-3-1983  Chambersburg PA                            obit: Pennsylvania Conference 1962, 45

Miller-Raker #: 581

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: no


1913    license, recommended by Baltimore Salem

1916    ordained


Interment: Lincoln Cemetery, Chambersburg PA

Obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1983, 401


1913-16           Fayetteville

1916-22           Enola

1922-30           Shippensburg Messiah

1930-40           Chambersburg First

1940-49           Red Lion Bethany

1949-58           Baltimore Otterbein

1958                retired

                             1959-82      associate,Chambersburg First,


Note: John Stewart Glen is the brother of William Richert Glen.




Born: 12-31-1884  Baltimore MD                              married: Ethel W. Greasley

Died: 6-4-1942                                                            obit: Pennsylvania Conference 1922, 71

Miller-Raker #: 547                                                    married2: Mrs. Flora Schaeffer Schell

Fulton #: no                                                                 obit2:

Gibble list: no


1908    quarterly conference license, Baltimore Salem

1909    license

1912    ordained


Interment: Loudon Park, Baltimore MD

Obit: Pennsylvania Conference 1942, 29


1910-14           Rohrersville

1914-20           Gettysburg

1920-26           Frederick

1926-27           leave of absence

1927-33           Baltimore Trinity

1933-39           Emigsville

1939-42           Wormleysburg


Note William Richert Glen is the brother of John Stewart Glen.





Born: 2-10-1870  Grafton WV                                   married: Cora Alice Shaver [1890]

Died: 7-2-1937  Grafton WV                                     obit: [7/18/1871 – 10/15/1933]

Miller-Raker #: 502                                                    married2: Gertrude Countryman [1935]

Fulton #: no                                                                 obit2: [1/2/1888 – 7/16/1945]

Gibble list: no


?          license, West Virginia Conference


Interment: Bluemont Cemetery, Grafton WV



1897-98           Kerens

1898-00           Mountain Lake Park MD

1900-02           Myersville, Maryland Conference

1902                transfer to Pennsylvania Conference

1902-03           Myersville

1903                transfer to West Virginia Conference

1903-07           Belington

1907-16           Parsons

1916                apparently left the United Brethren ministry


Note: Apparently F.M. Glenn was serving Myersville as a member of the West Virginia Conference and got caught in the merger of the Maryland and Pennsylvania Conferences.





Born: 7-11-1880  Lancaster County PA                     married: Nellie Cora McCreery

Died: 8-16-1953  Indianapolis IN                              obit: [10/26/1890 – 6/3/1985]

Miller-Raker #: no

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: yes


1909    license, East Pennsylvania Conference

1913    ordained, East Pennsylvania Conference


Interment: Washington Park East Cemetery, Indianapolis IN

Obit: Indiana North Conference 1954, 100


1910-13           student, Bonebrake [United] Seminary

1913-14           living in Roanoke IN

1914                transfer to St. Joseph Conference





Born: 10-9-1918  Lancaster County PA                     married:

Died: 3-18-2001                                                          obit:

Miller-Raker #: no

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: yes


1938    quarterly conference license, Ephrata First

1942    license, East Pennsylvania Conference

1945    ordained, East Pennsylvania Conference


Interment: Colonial Cemetery, Westport CT

Obit: Eastern Pennsylvania Conference 2001,?


1945-48           director of public relations, Lebanon Valley College

1948-51           director of religious and social relations, Lebanon Valley College

1951-56           Philadelphia Second

1956-61           Philadelphia Council of Churches

1961-74           director of public relations, Religion in American Life

1974-78           executive vice president, Religion in American Life

1978-85           president, Religion in American Life (ending 1/3/85)

1985                National Education Network (beginning 1/3/85)

1985                retired             





Born: 6-8-1933  Broadway OH                                  married: Phyllis Jean Pardoe

Died: 5-2-2010                                                            obit: [4/14/1933 – 1/17/2015]

Miller-Raker #: no

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: no


1956    license, Ohio Sandusky Conference

1958    ordained, Western Pennsylvania Conference EUB


Interment: Broadway Cemetery, Broadway OH



1951-55           student, Otterbein College in Westerville OH

1955-58           student, Evangelical Theological Seminary at Naperville IL

1958-60           Orbisonia

1960-63           Johnstown Ferndale

1963-65           student

1965                transfer to Ohio Southeast Conference

1965-67           social worker  

1967-               chaplain, Ohio Penitentiary

                        chaplain, Marysville Women’s Reformatory

                        York OH

                        visitation pastor, Westerville OH Church of the Master UM


Note: William J. Goff appears in this list because he served Orbisonia, a former United Brethren Church within our present conference boundaries.  Mrs. Goff is the daughter of Gerald L. Pardoe (1913-1989) of the Western Pennsylvania Conference.





Born: 5-7-1879  Red Lion PA                                    married: Lucy Sherk

Died: 3-30-1938  Greensburg PA                               obit: [1881 – 1956]

Miller-Raker #: 504

Fulton #: 485

Gibble list: no


1901    quarterly conference license, York Haven

1902    license

1905    ordained


Interment: Shoop’s Cemetery, East Harrisburg PA

Obit: Allegheny Conference 1938, 63


                        student, Union Biblical Seminary

1903-04           Williamsport MD (starting 5/1/1903)  1903, 21

1904-08           Wormleysburg

1908-11           Baltimore Otterbein Memorial

1911-12           Akron, East Ohio Conference

1912                transfer to East Ohio Conference  1912, 56

1912-17           Akron

1917-18           Indianapolis First, White River Conference

1918                transfer to White River Conference

1918-23           Indianapolis First

1923-24           Johnstown First, Allegheny Conference

1924                transfer to Allegheny Conference

1924-31           Johnstown First

1931-38           Greensburg


Note: Clayton C. Gohn is the son of Jacob A. Gohn.  A copy of the 11/29/19 Telescope in the Dallastown church file includes brief biographical sketches of Rev. and Mrs. J.A. Gohn.  The widowed Mrs. Gohn later married a Mr. Fenical.





Born: 10-2-1853  East Prospect PA                           married: Anna Mary Blockinger

Died: 6-14-1928  West York PA                                obit: Pennsylvania Conference 1946, 31

Miller-Raker #: 448

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: no


1889    quarterly conference license, Dallastown

1891    license

1897    ordained


Interment: UB Cemetery, Spry PA

Obit: Pennsylvania Conference 1928, 71


1891-94           Duncannon

1894-97           student, Union Seminary [Dayton OH]

1897                Joslin, Northern Illinois Conference

1897-98           Polo, Northern Illinois Conference

1898-02           York Haven

1902-07           Baltimore Third

1907-11           York First

1911-13           Spry

1913-14           Baltimore Second

1914-18           York Haven

1918-19           Mechanicsburg

1919-25           Dillsburg

1925-26           Boiling Springs

1926                retired, membership at York Third


Note: Jacob A. Gohn is the father of Clay C. Gohn.  He is the son of Rev. George Gohn (1819-1899), a local preacher in the Evangelical Church.





Born: 5-12-1872  Dayton OH                                     married: Pearl Myers

Died: 11-30-1939  Klamath Falls OR                        obit: Allegheny Conference 1912, 91

Miller-Raker #: no                                                      married2: Rachel Emma Applegate

Fulton #: 348                                                               obit2: [11/?/1887 – 6/15/1955]

Gibble list: no


?          license

1914    ordained, White River Conference


Interment: IOOF Cemetery Klamath Falls OR



1898-00           staff, Otterbein College in Westerville OH

1906                "transfer" to Allegheny Conference

1906-08           Altoona Third

1908-09           Braddock Jones Avenue

1909-13           Braddock First

1913-14           Anderson IN, White River Conference

1914                transfer to White River Conferencea

1914-17           Indianapolis First

1917                transfer to Indiana Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church

1917-18           Indianapolis Fletcher Place and City Missions

1918-19           Hartford, Michigan Conference

1919                transfer to Michigan Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church

1919-20           Hartford

1920                (no appointment)b

1921                permitted to withdraw under charges or complaints              

1925                Dayton OH Patterson Memorial Presbyterian Church

                        school administrator, Klamath County OR

aIt is not clear whether this formal transfer of credentials was ever completed.

b"The case of D.J. Good was referred to the District Superintendent for investigation."


Note: David J. Good is believed to be the son of Rev. Solomon Good (1845-c1911) of the Brethren in Christ Church in Bachman OH.   It appears he preferred the form D. Jay Good while in the United Brethren Church, and David J. Good after 1917.





Born: 1-29-1885  Harrisonburg VA                           married: Rachel Virginia Seneff

Died: 9-17-1968  Quincy PA                                      obit: Western Pennsylvania Conference 1956, 28

Miller-Raker #: no                                                     

Fulton #: 415                                                              

Gibble list: no


1914    quarterly conference license

1915    license, Allegheny Conference

1918    ordained, Allegheny Conference



Obit: [Western Pennsylvania Conference 1969, 28]


1914-17           New Florence

1917-20           Hollsopple

1920-22           Johnstown Barron Avenue

1922-26           Mount Pleasant

1926-27           Scottdale

1927-31           Greensburg

1931-37           Altoona First

1937-40           McKeesport Shoemaker Memorial

1940-51           Johnstown First

1951-57           Pitcairn

1957                retired


Note: John D. Good is a brother to William D. Good and Charles Martin Good (1876-1973), once a member of the Virginia Conference.  He was the host pastor for the 1946 uniting conference that created the Evangelical United Brethren denomination.  Mrs. Good is the daughter of Michael B.L. Seneff.  One source identifies Mrs. Good as the former Mrs. Grace Wentz, which we believe to be incorrect.





Born:                                                                           married:

Died: 1856                                                                  obit:

Miller-Raker #: no

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: yes


1850    license, East Pennsylvania Conference



Obit: East Pennsylvania Conference (manuscript) 1856, 72


Note: This may be Michael Good (5/1/1812 – 4/6/1855) buried in the Bareville Union Cemetery, Lancaster County PA.  A Michael Good was one of the founding members of the nearby Paradise church.




Born: 6-23-1905  Middleburg PA                              married: Betty Romaine Smith

Died: 11-6-1982  Liverpool PA                                  obit: [7/27/1927 – 5/9/1999]

Miller-Raker #: no

Fulton #: 472

Gibble list: no


1922    quarterly conference license, Middleburg

1923    license, Allegheny Conference


Interment: Liverpool Union Cemetery, Liverpool PA



1922-23           Dunlevy (resigned 10/29/1922)

1923-25           without appointment

1925                dropped





Born: 10-10-1873  Dale Enterprise VA                     married: Mary Elizabeth Harrison

Died: 11-7-1952  Quincy PA                                      obit: [1/15/1890 – 9/30/1950]

Miller-Raker #: no

Fulton #: 447

Gibble list: no


1900    quarterly conference license

1902    license, Virginia Conference

1906    ordained, Virginia Conference


Interment: Shanghai Presbyterian Cemetery, Shanghai WV

Obit: Western Pennsylvania Conference 1953, 21


1901-02           Albemarle

1902-06           student, Otterbein University

1906-08           Shenandoah

1908-09           Berkeley Springs

1909-11           Westernport

1911-12           Jones Springs

1912-14           Swoope

1914-16           Pendleton

1916-19           Riverton

1919                transfer to Allegheny Conference

1919                Westmoreland

1919-21           Ligonier

1921-22           Casselman

1922-24           Knoxdale

1924-26           Hooversville

1926-28           Rochester Mills

1928-34           Wall

1934-35           Altoona Garden Heights

1935-36           Zion

1936-39           New Florence

1939-41           Industry

1941                retired


Note: This middle name is sometimes given as DANIEL.  William D. Good is a brother to John D. Good and to Charles Martin Good (1876-1973) of the Virginia Conference.





Born: 8-15-1842  PA                                                  married: Catherine Gelnett [1865]

Died: 1-6-1918  PA                                                    obit: [1/?/1845 – 5/25/1906]

Miller-Raker #: no

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: yes [J. GOODLING]


1882    license, East Pennsylvania Conference


Interment: Evergreen Cemetery, Freeburg PA



1882-83           Albany circuit [Berks/Schuylkill County] (first part of year)

1882-83           Freeburg circuit (last part of year)

1884                dropped


Note: Isaac Goodling was a farmer near Freeburg, Snyder County PA.




Born: 4-10-1855  Aristes PA                                      married: Mary Ann Harris

Died: 12-3-1932                                                          obit: [11/20-1860 – 8/27/1935]

Miller-Raker #: no

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: yes


1884    license, East Pennsylvania Conference

1891    ordained, East Pennsylvania Conference


Interment: Summit Hill Cemetery, Irish Valley PA

Obit: East Pennsylvania Conference 1933, 12


1889-92           Susquehanna circuit

1892-98           Catawissa

1898-07           Shamokin circuit

1907-10           Lykens circuit

1910-11           Berne circuit

1911-15           Catawissa circuit

1915-27           Tremont

1927-32           Shamokin circuit

1932                retired


Note: Benjamin F. Goodman is the grandfather (via son Burt Harris Goodman) of Chester O. Goodman.  Mrs. Goodman is the daughter of Mathias W. Harris (1837-1887) and brother of William S. Harris (1865-1956), both of the Evangelical Church.




Born: 11-28-1911  Sunbury PA                                  married: Martha Ruth Schaum

Died: 12-26-1957                                                        obit: [10/4/1912 – 6/6/1998]

Miller-Raker #: no                                                      married2: Edna Marie Mewhirter

Fulton #: no                                                                 obit2: [8/2/1927 – 1/30/1990]

Gibble list: yes


1929    quarterly conference license

1931    license, East Pennsylvania Conference

1938    ordained, East Pennsylvania Conference


Interment: Summit Hill Cemetery, Irish Valley PA

Obit: [see biographical files]


1935-37           missionary, Freetown West Africa

1937-38           student, Bonebrake Seminary

1938-41           Hummelstown circuit

1941-43           Salem Englewood, Oregon Conference

1943                transfer to Oregon Conference

1943                Salem Englewood (ending 10/1/43)

1946-48           Salem YMCA

1950                withdrew


Note: Chester O. Goodman is the grandson on Benjamin F. Goodman.  He left the ministry in Oregon to become a high school teacher and coach. The information regarding a second marriage does not appear in all sources, and it may not be correct.




Born:                                                                           married:

Died:                                                                           obit:

Miller-Raker #: no

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: yes


1891    license, Walla Walla Conference





1891-92           Pullman

1892                transfer to California Conference

1892-93           Brooks

1893-94           Springfield circuit, East Pennsylvania Conference (last part of year)

1894                transfer to East Pennsylvania Conference

1894-97           Springfield circuit

1897-99           living in Blue Rock, Chester County PA

1899                honorable dismissal


Note: William M. Goodwin is listed as the statistical secretary for the 1892 Walla Walla Conference.  In July 1895, while supposedly serving the Springfield UB circuit, he is referred to as pastor of the Rock Baptist Church in Springfield PA.  In the 1930’s he may be serving a Baptist church in Illinois.





Born: 6-26-1892  Sanborn PA                                    married: Minerva Ida Smeal

Died: 1-17-1974  Philipsburg PA                               obit: [2/15/1898 – 4/6/1948]

Miller-Raker #: no                                                      married2: Mrs. Melva I. Kline Goss

Fulton #: no                                                                 obit2: [9/23/1900 – 1975]

Gibble list: no


Interment: Sanborn Cemetery, Sanborn PA



1932-42           Mount Hope (beginning 3/5/1932)

1942-60           Oak Ridge Union Church (Madera PA)

1960-64           Winburne EUB, Western Pennsylvania Conference


Note: Howard Goss is listed in the United Brethren Church under "others employed" by the conference.  He worked as a shop foreman and was a member of the Sanborn church.  The second Mrs. Goss (nee Kline) was the widow of Mr. Raymond Roy Goss (1905-1929), a distant relative of Howard.





Born: 11-8-1913  West Decatur PA                           married: Ethel Frances Shreiner

Died: 5-29-1984                                                          obit: Central Pennsylvania (M) Conf  1946, 237

Miller-Raker #: no                                                      married2: Marjorie Jean Cook

Fulton #: no                                                                 obit2:

Gibble list: no


1935    quarterly conference license, Altoona Second

1936    license, Allegheny Conference: recommended by Altoona Second

1937    ordained

1941    ordained deacon, Central Pennsylvania Conference of the Methodist Church

1943    ordained elder, Central Pennsylvania Conference of the Methodist Church


Interment: Riverside Cemetery, Shelton CT

Obit: New York Conference 1984, 267


                        student, University of Dayton in Dayton OH

1936-40           student, Bonebrake [United] Theological Seminary in Dayton OH

                             1937    East Pittsburgh (ending 10/25/1937)

1940-41           Birmingham, Central Pennsylvania Conference of Methodist Church (ending 11/15/41)

1941                transfer to Central Pennsylvania Conf (Methodist) -see Allegheny Conference 1941, 91

1941-43           Bakerton (beginning 11/15/41)

1943-46           Howard

1946-47           Flemington

1947-51           Altoona Fifth Avenue

1951-54           Hollidaysburg First

1954-60           chaplain, Valley View Hospital and Home for the Aged in Altoona

                             1956-59      Bakerton

                             1959-60      Hopewell

1960                re-admitted to Central Pennsylvania Conference

1960-61           Petersburg

1961                Renovo

1961                transfer to New York East Conference East

1961-68           executive director, Methodist Home for the Aged in Danbury CT

1968-74           executive director, United Methodist Homes of CT, Inc.

1974-               president, UM Retirement Homes of CT, Inc.


Note: Roy A. Goss apparently never served under appointment in the United Brethren Church.  He is listed in the 1966 Who’s Who in The Methodist Church, page 490.





Born: 11-26-1868  near Greencastle PA                    married: Florence Elizabeth Huber

Died: 4-17-1932  Lebanon County PA                       obit: Pennsylvania Conference 1903, 18

Miller-Raker #: 465                                                    married2: Ella Augusta Plitt

Fulton #: no                                                                 obit2: 1/21/1871 – 8/5/1959]

Gibble list: no


1888    quarterly conference license, Middleburg [State Line] (Maryland Conference)

1897    license

1898    ordained


Interment: Louden Park Cemetery, Baltimore MD

Obit: Pennsylvania Conference 1932, 22


1897-99           Marion circuit

1899-02           Shippensburg

1902-12           Baltimore Third

1912-32           president, Lebanon Valley College


Note: Holdcraft’s 1939 History of the Pennsylvania Conference, page 319, gives a brief biography.  George Daniel Gossard’s grandfather was a first cousin to John Franklin Tallhelm, whose mother was a Gossard.





Born: 12-5-1807                                                                      married: Margaret Moyer

Died: 4-26-1882                                                                      obit: [12/17/1808 – 12/9/1891]

Miller-Raker #: no

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: no



Interment: Charles Evans Cemetery, Reading PA



Note: Jacob S. Gossler served in the Reading area as a local preacher for 35 years while employed by the Philadelphia/Reading RR for nearly 40 years.  A brief biography appears n Brane’s  1909 Historical Souvenir of the United Brethren Churches of Reading, page 33.  This surname is also rendered GOSLER.





Born: 8-3-1849  Shiremanstown PA                          married: Laura J. Fisher

Died: 2-22-1913  Manhattan NY                               obit: [1852 – 8/?/1937]

Miller-Raker #: no

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: yes


1873    license, East Pennsylvania Conference


Interment: Druid Ridge Cemetery, Pikesville MD



1871-72           Western Theological Seminary of the Presbyterian Church in Allegehny PA

1872-73           New Holland circuit

1873-74           Steelton Centenary

1874-75           Halifax Otterbein

1880                withdrew


Note: Dr. A.V.H. Gosweiler is an 1871 graduate of Otterbein University in Westerville OH and an 1877 graduate of Jefferson medical college in Philadelphia PA.   His 3/15/1913 obituary in the Journal of the American Medical Association, page 846, states “for 30 years a practitioner of Baltimore County MD, and for 10 years resident physician of the Eastern Dispensary, Baltimore; a druggist of New York City since 1905; died in Bellvue Hospital shortly after a surgical operation.”  Van Gosweiler is the nephew of Daniel Eberly, his mother being the daughter of Samuel Eberly – whose wife was the sister of (Bishop) Jacob Erb .




Born: 7-10-1894  Mount Carmel PA                          married: Mary Ann Parcels

Died: 1-25-1981  Oakland CA                                   obit: [2/13/1890 – 1929]

Miller-Raker #: no

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: yes


quarterly conference license, Lebanon Trinity

1915    license, East Pennsylvania Conference

1918    ordained, East Pennsylvania Conference


Interment: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington VA



1916-18           Allentown Grace

1918-20           Linglestown circuit

1920-22           chaplain, US Navy

1922                withdrew

                        settled in California




Born: 12-16-1793  Manchester, York County PA     married: Susan Mae Crouse

Died: 3-11-1843  Aaronsburg PA                              obit: [11/9/1801 – 7/17/1881]

Miller-Raker #: 121

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: yes


1825    license

1830    license, Western Pennsylvania Synod of the Lutheran denomination

1831    ordained, Western Pennsylvania Synod of the Lutheran denomination


Interment: Aaronsburg Salem Lutheran Cemetery, Aaronsburg PA



1828-30           student, Gettysburg Seminary

1830                transfer to Western Pennsylvania Synod of the Lutheran denomination

1830-38           Petersburg [York Springs]

1838-43           Aaronsburg


Note: Wentz’ 1926 History of the Gettysburg Theological Seminary, page 367, gives a brief biography.  Daniel Gottwald gave 3 sons, a grandson and a great-grandson to the Lutheran ministry – see Stump and Anstadt’s 1925 History of the West Pennsylvania Synod (Lutheran), pages 179 & 190.  Some sources give the name of Mrs. Gottwald as Susannah Crone.





Born: 2-8-1916  York PA                                           married: Beatrice R. Liek

Died: 2-17-2000  State College PA                            obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 2007, 408

Miller-Raker #: 725

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: no


1950    license, recommended by Druck Valley

1960    ordained


Interment: Mount Rose Cemetery, York PA

Obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 2000, 343


1949-50           Mt. Olivet

1950-56           Mt. Olivet-Mt. Zion

1956-58           living in Hellam

1958-71           Orrtanna (beginning 1/12/1958; 1958, 59)

1971-86                      Buffalo Run

1986                retired


Note: Alfred Gotwalt is an uncle to Tina Rockwell, wife of William Keith Rockwell.





Born: 1851                                                                  married: Eliza C. Sprecher

Died: 1933                                                                  obit: [1854 – 1/18/1930]

Miller-Raker #: no

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: no


Interment: Greenwood Cemetery, Lancaster PA



1877-78           Ephrata station, East Pennsylvania Conference


Note: S.R. Grabill was apparently a local preacher.  He was instrumental in starting the Lancaster Covenant congregation in 1884.  See Gibble’s 1951 History of the East Pennsylvania Conference, pages 117-120.




Born: 7-9-1870  East Springfield OH                        married: Jennie E. Miller

Died: 3-29-1927  Erie PA                                           obit: [1866 – 1936]

Miller-Raker #: no

Fulton #: 296 & 422

Gibble list: no


1894    license, East Ohio Conference

1902    ordained, Allegheny Conference


Interment: Toronto Union Cemetery, Toronto OH

Obit: East Ohio Conference 1927, 63


1901                transfer to Allegheny Conference

1901-04           Philipsburg

1904-07           Altoona First

1907-11           Mt. Pleasant

1911                transfer to Sandusky Conference

1915                transfer to Allegheny Conference

1915-16           Philipsburg

1916-19           Wilkinsburg

1919                transfer to East Ohio Conference


Note: G.L. Graham is a 1900 graduate of Otterbein University.  Some sources give a death date of 5/24/1927




Born: 8-12-1832  Margate, England                          married: Sarah Chapman

Died: 2-12-1895                                                          obit: [1826 – 7/25/1895]

Miller-Raker #: no

Fulton #: 113

Gibble list: no


1860    license, Allegheny Conference

1861    ordained, Allegheny Conference


Interment: St. Peters Cemetery, Pittsburgh PA

Obit: Pittsburgh Synod of the Reformed Church 1895, 65


1859-61           Allegheny

1861-62           Washington

1862-63           (not listed)

1863-64           Curwensville

1864-66           Ligonier

1866-67           Bellefonte

1867                “transfer” to Pittsburgh Conference of the “Methodist Church” [?]

1868-69           Hooversville Reformed

1870                “transfer” to Pittsburgh Synod of the Reformed Church

1870-71           Hooversville

1871-73           Zion’s Valley



Note: James Grant is reported to have credentials with the Pittsburgh Conference of “Methodist Church” dated 9/8/1868, but he joined the Reformed church in 1870 on his credentials from the United Brethren Church.  His obituary states “during the latter years of his life he was without a charge” and was “granted permission to engage in secular work.”




Born:                                                                           married:

Died:                                                                           obit:

Miller-Raker #: 257

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: yes


1841    license





1843                withdrew





Born: 10-3-1831  Reading PA                                    married: Serena [Ella] Kern

Died: 12-5-1902  Pinegrove PA                                 obit: [1834 – 8/20/1886]

Miller-Raker #: no                                                      married2: Mrs. Elmira Kern Miller

Fulton #: no                                                                 obit2: [3/18/1830 – 10/26/1907]

Gibble list: yes


1872    license, East German Conference

1875    ordained, East German Conference


Interment: Aulenbach Cemetery, Reading PA

Obit: East Pennsylvania Conference 1903, 21


1870-71           Sunday School Missionary

1871-72           Middleburg circuit

1872-73           Susquehanna circuit

1873-73           Freeburg circuit

1874-76           Williams Valley mission

1876-77           Tamaqua station

1877-79           Swatara circuit

1879-80           Conewago circuit

1880-82           Harrisburg Otterbein

1882-83           Schuylkill Haven station

1883-89           superintendent

1899-92           Lebanon Glossbrenner Memorial

1892-94           Schuylkill Haven

1894-95           Lykens

1895-96           Ebenezer

1896-98           Mount Carmel

1898-99           located

1899-01           Pinegrove

1901                transfer to East Pennsylvania Conference

1901-02           Pinegrove

1902                West Lebanon and Memorial


Note: Gibble’s 1951 History of the East Pennsylvania Conference, page 454, gives a brief biography.  The second Mrs. Graul (nee Kern) was a sister to the first Mrs. Graul and was the widow of a Mr. Jacob A. Miller (1830-1882).





Born: 8-6-1850  Annville PA                                     married: Mary Virginia Moore

Died: 12-28-1938  Harrisburg PA                              obit: [12/25/1852 – 4/20/1886]

Miller-Raker #: no

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: no


Interment: Woodland Cemetery and Adboretum, Dayton OH



1874-75           Steelton Centenary, East Pennsylvania Conference

                        “transferred” to the Presbyterian Church

                        Dayton OH Summit Street (12 years)

                        St. Mary’s PA Chiloh (25 years)

                        pastor emeritus, St. Mary’s PA Chiloh


Note: John H. Graybill is a graduate of Lebanon Valley College and Western Theological Seminary in Pittsburgh.  The surname on his gravestone is given as GRAYBEILL.




Born: 12-17-1884  Baltimore County MD                 married: Pauline Cassandra Fetrow

Died: 1-23-1960  York PA                                         obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1997, 383

Miller-Raker #: 546

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: no


1907    quarterly conference license, Baltimore Otterbein Memorial

1908    license

1911    ordained


Interment: Prospect Hill Cemetery, York PA

Obit: Pennsylvania Conference 1960, 43


1909-11           Sabillasville (did not finish 2nd year)

1911                Carlisle (May-Oct)

1911-13           Duncannon

1913-15           Lemoyne

1915-18           Baltimore Second

1918-20           Walkersville

1920-24           Thurmont

1924-38           York Third

1938-45           Mont Alto

1945-56           West Fairview

1956                retired





Born: 7-26-1827  York County PA                            married: Elizabeth Heindel

Died: 8-20-1883                                                          obit: [3/4/1829 – 1/4/1906]

Miller-Raker #: 369

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: no


1872    license


Interment: Home Cemetery, Dallastown PA

Obit: Pennsylvania Conference 1884, 21


1872-73           assistant, Littlestown circuit

1873-74           Path Valley (last part of the year)


Note: His obituary states he served primarily as a local pastor on York circuit.  A copy of the 11/29/19 Telescope in the Dallastown church file includes brief biographical sketches of Rev. and Mrs. John R. Green.




Born: 1804                                                                  married: Margaretta Bupp

Died: 7-26-1887                                                          obit: [6/23/1815 – 2/28/1893]

Miller-Raker #: 297

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: no


1851    license

1860    ordained


Interment: Columbus City Cemetery, Columbus City IA

Obit: East Des Moines Conference 1887, 14


1851-53           Dover circuit

1853-54           York circuit

1855                transfer


Note: The UB Yearbook places him in Columbus City IA in 1885 and Columbus Junction IA in 1887.





Born: 7-16-1889                                                          married: Margaret Lillian Broy

Died: 12-27-1956                                                        obit: Western Pennsylvania 1957, 27 & 31

Miller-Raker #: no

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: no


1915    license, Virginia Conference

1920    ordained, Virginia Conference


Interment: Rosedale Cemetery, Martinsburg WV

Obit: Virginia Conference 1957, 15 & 18


                        West Frederick, Jones Springs, Shenandoah

1915-17           student, Lebanon Valley College

                             1916-17      Lebanon Bethany, East Pennsylvania Conference

1917-20           student, Bonebrake [United] Theological Seminary

1920-21           associate editor, Religious Telescope

1921-22           director, United Enlistment Movement of the Board of Administration

1922-26           president, Shenandoah College

1926                transfer to Miami Conference

1926-36           Dayton Euclid Avenue

1936-37           superintendent, Miami Conference

1937-50           executive secretary, Board of Administration

1950                elected bishop


Note: Following the death of Samuel B. Wengert on 12/2/1916, David T. Gregory finished the conference year at Lebanon Bethany.  Mrs. Gregory is a niece to Martha Broy Snyder, wife of Josiah Snyder.





Born: 5-21-1871  Zorra, Ontario Canada                   married: Georgia Johanna Staebler

Died: 9-27-1931                                                          obit: New York Conference EUB 1955, 68

Miller-Raker #: no

Fulton #: 308

Gibble list: no


1900    license, Ontario Conference

ordained, Ontario Conference


Interment: Trinity UMC Cemetery, Grand Island [Erie County] NY

Obit: New York Conference of the Evangelical Church 1932, 49



1901-02           LaJose, Allegheny Conference

1902                transfer to Allegheny Conference

1902-04           LaJose

1904-06           Waukesha

1906-08           Dubois

1908                transfer to New York Conference of the Evangelical Association

1908-12           Grove

1912-17           Webster

1917-20           Amsterdam

1920-27           Syracuse

1927-28           Rochester Bethany

1928-31           Grand Island


Note: Jacob C. Grenzebach is the father of Rev. Eldon V. Grenzebach (1899-1938) of the Presbyterian Church.  An obituary also appears in the 10/31/1931 Evangelical-Messenger.




Born: 1853  Elverson PA                                            married: Emma C. _____

Died: 1935  Birdsboro PA                                          obit: [1855-1917]

Miller-Raker #: no

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: no


Interment: St. Mark’s Episcopal Cemetery, Honey Brook township, Chester County PA

Obit: Reading Times April 27, 1935, page 19


1894-97           Birdsboro Grace

1900-01           Elverson (beginning 7/1/01)


Note: Professor J.A. Grier was a local pastor within the Birdsboro congregation.  He taught school, for several years was associated with Stoner’s Business College in Reading, and served for 11 years as supervising principal of the Birdsboro schools.





Born: 1-6-1817  Hopewell twp, York County PA      married: Barbara Sechrist

Died: 2-11-1888                                                          obit:

Miller-Raker #: 259

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: yes


1842    license

1846    ordained


Interment: Mt. Zion Church, York County PA

Obit: Pennsylvania Conference 1888, 30


1848-50           Dover circuit

1850-52           York circuit

1852-53           considering transfer to East Pennsylvania Conference         

1853-56           Jefferson circuit

1856-58           York circuit

1858-59           York Springs circuit

1859-70           ?

1870-73           Jefferson circuit

1873-76           Dover circuit





Born: 11-27-1842  Rohrersville MD                          married: Mary Ellen Harp

Died: 8-22-1905                                                          obit: Pennsylvania Conference 1946, 33

Miller-Raker #: 406

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: no


1867    license, Virginia Conference

1869    ordained, Virginia Conference


Interment: Druid Ridge Cemetery, Baltimore MD

Obit: Pennsylvania Conference 1905, 73


1867-68           Boonsboro circuit

1868-69           ?

1869-71           Rockingham circuit

1871-73           ?

1873-75           Chewsville

1875-80           ?

1880-81           Boonsboro circuit

1881-83           Baltimore Salem, Pennsylvania Conference

1883                transfer to Pennsylvania Conference

1883-84           Baltimore Salem

1884-87           Baltimore Scott Street

1887-89           editor “The Weekly Itinerant” & manager Eastern UB Book/Publishing House

1889-98           Baltimore Otterbein Memorial

1898-02           presiding elder, Baltimore District

1902-04           New Cumberland


Note: Jacob Luther Grimm is the son of Joseph S. Grimm and a brother to William Otterbein Grimm and John Wesley Grimm.  Holdcraft’s 1939 History of the Pennsylvania Conference, page 294, gives a brief biography.





Born: 4-12-1869                                                          married: Lillie Mae Appenzellar

Died: 7-25-1933                                                          obit: Pennsylvania Conference 1933, 20

Miller-Raker #: 430

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: no


1886    quarterly conference license, New Cumberland

1888    license

1891    ordained


Interment: Prospect Hill Cemetery, York PA

Obit: Pennsylvania Conference 1933, 21


1888-89           Greencastle

1889-91           Newville

1891-93           St. Thomas circuit

1893-98           Red Lion circuit

1898-01           York circuit

1901-02           York Fourth & York Fifth

1902-09           York Fourth

1909-16           Waynesboro

1916-22           Shippensburg

1922-27           Mt. Wolf

1927-33           Spry


Note: J. Lower Grimm is the son of John Wesley Grimm. Holdcraft’s 1939 History of the Pennsylvania Conference, page 294, gives a brief biography.  Mrs. Grimm is the daughter of local preacher Henry Appenzellar.





Born: 6-24-1839                                                          married: Elizabeth Catherine Hoffman

Died: 2-15-1921                                                          obit: Pennsylvania Conference 1931, 41

Miller-Raker #: 380

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: no


1861    quarterly conference license, Rohrersville (Virginia Conference)

1863    license, Virginia Conference

1864    ordained, Virginia Conference


Interment: Prospect Hill Cemetery, York PA

Obit: Pennsylvania Conference 1921, 68


1862-66           Frederick circuit

1866-68           Churchville circuit

1868-69           Frederick circuit

1869-71           South Branch circuit

1871-73           Woodstock circuit

1873-75           Lacey Springs circuit

1875-76           Newburg circuit, Pennsylvania Conference

1876                transfer to Pennsylvania Conference, page 3

1876-78           Newburg circuit

1878-80           Alto Dale circuit [Mont Alto]

1880-82           Shopp’s station

1882-85           Highspire

1885-89           New Cumberland

                             1887-88  Yocumtown (part year  1888, 15)

1889-90           Rocky Springs circuit

1890-92           Boiling Springs circuit

1892-95           Big Spring circuit

1895-98           Winterstown

1898-01           West Fairview

1901-02           Springet

1902-05           Spring Grove

1905-09           Boonsboro

1909-21           Judge Fahs Union Mission, York PA


Note: J. Wesley Grimm is the son of Joseph S. Grimm and a brother to William Otterbein Grimm and Jacob Luther Grimm.  He is the father of J. Lower Grimm and Nellie Virginia Grimm Shue, wife of Allen Clayton Shue (1880-1962) of the Central Pennsylvania Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church.  Holdcraft’s 1939 History of the Pennsylvania Conference, page 294, gives a brief biography.  Mrs. Grimm’s sister is married to Rev. Abram S. Hammack of the Virginia Conference.





Born: 5-8-1812  Rohrersville MD                              married: Sarah Huffer

Died: 3-10-1892  Rohrersville MD                            obit: [5/4/1817 – 2/12/1904]

Miller-Raker #: no

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: no


1841    license, Virginia Conference

1847    ordained, Virginia Conference


Interment: Rohrersville Cemetery, Rohrersville MD

Obit: Maryland Conference 1892, 18


1887                charter member of Maryland Conference


Note: Joseph S. Grimm is the father of Jacob Luther Grimm, John Wesley Grimm and William Otterbein Grimm.  He never accepted an appointment and preferred to preach without compensation as the opportunity afforded.





Born: 7-14-1837  near Rohrersville MD                    married: Martha Ann Mullendore

Died: 8-24-1896                                                          obit: Pennsylvania Conference 1929, 21

Miller-Raker #: 411

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: no


1865    license, Virginia Conference

1865    ordained, Virginia Conference


Interment: Rohrersville Cemetery, Rohrersville MD

Obit: Pennsylvania Conference 1897, 36


1864-66           teacher of “freed men” at Vicksburg MS

1866-68           ?

1868-69           Boonsboro circuit

1869-70           ?

1870-71           Boonsboro circuit

1871-72           Potomac mission

1872-73           Boonsboro circuit

1873-75           Churchville circuit

1875-77           Rockingham circuit

1877-78           Edenburg circuit

1878-80           presiding elder, Potomac District

1880-81           Keedysville station

1881-82           Rohrersville

1882-84           agent, United Seminary

1884                transfer to Pennsylvania Conference

1884-85           Littlestown circuit

1885-87           St. Thomas

1887-89           Big Spring

1889-91           Bendersville

1891-95           Shopp’s station [Shiremanstown]

1895-96           Dover

1896                retired


Note: William Otterbein Grimm is the son of Joseph S. Grimm and a brother to John Wesley Grimm and Jacob Luther Grimm.  Holdcraft’s 1939 History of the Pennsylvania Conference, page 294, gives a brief biography.




Born: 5-18-1851  near Intercourse PA                       married: Mary C. Ranck

Died: 2-11-1940                                                          obit: [d. 11/28/1920]

Miller-Raker #: no

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: yes


1873    quarterly conference license, Ranck’s

1875    license, East Pennsylvania Conference

1897    ordained, East Pennsylvania Conference


Interment: Greenwood Cemetery, Lancaster PA

Obit: East Pennsylvania Conference1940, 12


1875-76           Florin

1876-77           Harrisburg Allison Hill [Derry Street]

1877-78           Ephrata station

1879-80           Paradise

                             1880  Intercourse (following the 7/16/1880 death of Jeremiah S. Riddle)

1894-95           Woodbridge CA





Born: 12-8-1843                                                          married: Elizabeth Kurtz

Died: 3-21-1910                                                          obit: [12/29/1841 – 11/29/1873]

Miller-Raker #: no                                                      married2: Sarah C. Eckert [11/15/1877]

Fulton #: no                                                                 obit2: [7/14/1846 – 6/13/1924]

Gibble list: yes


1874    license, East Pennsylvania Conference


Interment: Paxtang Cemetery, Harrisburg PA



1873-75           New Holland circuit

1881                referred


Note: John H. Groff is the grandson of Rev. Hans Howry (1769-1829) of the Mennonite Church.




Born: 10-23-1862                                                        married: Annie E. Kauffman

Died: 10-6-1954                                                          obit: [4/14/1863 – 6/25/1921]

Miller-Raker #: no

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: no


Interment: Green Hill United Methodist Cemetery, Conestoga PA



1900-01           Manor circuit (beginning 4/1/01)

1901-03           Marietta circuit

1904-05           Silver Spring

1910-20           Manor circuit


Note: Martin Groff was a local pastor in the East Pennsylvania Conference.





Born: 10-24-1864  New Providence PA                     married: Annie M. Martin

Died: 7-2-1939  Lancaster County PA                       obit: [7/20/1867 – 7/27/1940]

Miller-Raker #: no

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: yes


1907    quarterly conference license

1917    license, East Pennsylvania Conference


Interment: New Providence Mennonite Cemetery, New Providence PA

Obit: East Pennsylvania Conference 1939, 15


1916-22           Pequea circuit

1922-26           West Willow

1926-30           Manor circuit

1930-35           Hopeland

1935                retired





Born: 12-30-1855  Hespeler, Ontario Canada            married: Margaret Rosenberger

Died: 9-2-1947                                                            obit: Allegheny Conference 1935, 58

Miller-Raker #: no

Fulton #: 352 & 405

Gibble list: yes


1889    license, Ontario Conference

1993    ordained, Ontario Conference


Interment: IOOF Memorial Cemetery, Rockhill Furnace PA



1889-93           Niagara circuit

1893-99           conference superintendent

1906-07           LaJose, Allegheny Conference

1907                transfer to Allegheny Conference

1907-08           LaJose

1908                transfer to East Pennsylvania Conference

1912                transfer to Allegheny Conference

1912-15           Orbisonia

1915-18           Woodland (ending 3/31/1918)

1918-21           Altoona Third [East End] (beginning 4/1/1918)

1921-24           Shanksville

1924-26           Wilmore

1926                retired to Huntingdon


Note:  The 1908 transfer to the East Pennsylvania Conference notes that Isaac W. Groh “does not expect to enter the active ministry of our Conference” (page 8).  It is unclear what vocation he pursued 1899-1906 and 1908-12.  He retired to Huntingdon in 1926 and moved to live with his daughter in Michigan following the death of his wife.





Born: 1-12-1749                                                          married: Ann Maria Ranck

Died: 4-16-1829                                                          obit: [12/25/1750 – 1/4/1837]

Miller-Raker #: 13

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: yes


1789    license


Interment: Ranck’s Church, New Holland PA (originally buried on family farm across the road)



1812-13           north side of Susquehanna circuit


Note: One of the “founding fathers,” Grosh was Moravian and added that influence to the Reformed and Mennonite background of the others.  Gibble’s 1951 History of the East Pennsylvania Conference, page 31, gives an extended biographical sketch.  Among his descendants are the Weidman and Ranck pastors of the East Pennsylvania Conference.  Drury’s 1924 History of the United Brethren in Christ, page 157, gives a brief biography of Grosh and the others listed in connection with the historic conference of 1789.  His tombstone identifies his as CHRISTOFEL GROSCH.





Born: 10-4-1840  Gap PA                                          married: Ruth Elizabeth Marshall

Died: 1-29-1927  Johnstown PA                                obit: [6/1/1845 – 12/12/1928]

Miller-Raker #: no

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: yes


1876    license, East Pennsylvania Conference


Interment: Greenlawn Cemetery, Roaring Spring PA



1875-76           Linglestown circuit

1876-78           Monocacy circuit

1878                withdrew

                        entered the Lutheran ministry





Born: 3-4-1907  Philadelphia PA                               married: Margaret S. Clark

Died: 5-17-1971  Philadelphia PA                             obit: [7/17/1919 – 12/15/1999]

Miller-Raker #: no

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: yes


1929    quarterly conference license, Philadelphia Mt. Pisgah

1930    license, East Pennsylvania Conference

1935    ordained, East Pennsylvania Conference


Interment: Fishburn Cemetery, Hershey PA

Obit: Eastern Pennsylvania Conference 1971, 315


1929-31           Philadelphia Fourth [Burholme]

1931-35           associate, Philadelphia First [Mt. Pisgah]

1935-37           Brunnerville-Newton

1937-42           Williamstown

1942-48           Union circuit

1948-61           Lebanon Memorial

1961-71           Brunnerville




Born: 12-16-1860  Middletown IN                            married: Melvina Louisa Gaskill

Died: 10-7-1943  Westerville OH                              obit: St. Joseph Conference 1930, 75

Miller-Raker #: no

Fulton #: 325

Gibble list: no


1883    license, St. Joseph Conference

?          ordained, St. Joseph Conference


Interment: IOOF Cemetery, Bourbon IN

Obit: St. Joseph Conference 1944, ?


1889-92           student, Bonebrake Theological Seminary

     1890-91      Dayton Home Avenue

1903-04           Greensburg, Allegheny Conference

1904                transfer to Allegheny Conference

1904-05           Greensburg

1905                transfer to St. Joseph Conference


                        superintendent, West District

1930                retired





Born: 5-18-1797  Chester County PA                        married: Margaret Ewig

Died: 7-3-1863  Liverpool PA                                    obit: [died c1868]

Miller-Raker #: no

Fulton #: 52

Gibble list: yes


1843    license, Allegheny Conference

1846    ordained


Interment: Liverpool Union Cemetery, Liverpool PA

Obit: Allegheny Conference 1864, 9


Note: David Grubb lived in Liverpool and worked as an undertaker and cabinet maker.  He never served under appointment, but he preached and performed weddings as an active local pastor.





Born: 3-6-1860  Annville PA                                     married: Sarah C. “Sallie” Iceman

Died: 5-25-1940  Pennsboro WV                               obit: [5/19/1859 – 11/25/1952]

Miller-Raker #: 434

Fulton #: 199

Gibble list: no


1882    license, Allegheny Conference

1885    ordained, Allegheny Conference


Interment: Mount Harmony Masonic Cemetery, Pennsboro WV

Obit: West Virginia Conference 1940, 14


1883-84           Brookville [Knoxdale]

1884-87           Liverpool

1887-88           living in Annville PA

1888-89                      Baltimore Woodberry mission [Otterbein Memorial], Pennsylvania Conference

1889                transfer to Pennsylvania Conference

1890                name erased  1890, 11

1921                reappears in UB Yearbook as member of West Virginia Conference

living in Pennsboro WV but not engaged in active work


Note: His son born in Liverpool in 1884 was named William Otterbein Gruber.  The grave marker for Mrs. Gruber gives her dates as 1862-1952.




Born: 1-3-1796 York County                                     married: Catherine Heindell

Died: 9-5-1865                                                            obit: [d. 1834]

Miller-Raker #: 145 [CRUMBLING]                        maried2: Julia A. Myers

Fulton #: 27                                                                 obit2: [1/29/1800 – 3/25/1885]

Gibble list: yes [CRUMLING]


1829    license

1838    ordained


Interment: Fry Cemetery, Brush Valley [Indiana County] PA

Obit: Allegheny Conference 1866, 5 [GRUMLING]


1839                charter member of Allegheny Conference


Note: Christian Grumbling is the father of Emanuel Grumbling and an older brother to Jonathan Grumbling.  This surname is also rendered CRUMLING, CRUMBLING, GRAMLING and GRAMBLING.  Grumbling is the spelling that appears on the tombstone.  A brief family history is given on the Find-A-Grave webpage for Christian’s immigrant father George Grumbling (1757-1832).





Born: 10-17-1831  Indiana County PA                      married: Margaret Ellen Stewart

Died: 7-13-1912  Altoona PA                                    obit: [3/6/1833 – 4/9/1892]

Miller-Raker #: no                                                      married2: Susan Lytle [or Hough?]

Fulton #: no                                                                 obit2:

Gibble list: no


?          license

?          ordained


Interment: Greenwood Cemetery, Indiana PA

Obit: [Altoona Mirror 7/15/1912, page 12]


1895-96           Elk

1896-97           Millheim

1897-98           Shade Gap


Note:  Emanuel H. Grumbling is the son of Christian Grumbling.  Although his newspaper obituary states he was “a regularly ordained minister of the United Brethren Church,” E.H Grumbling served in the Allegheny Conference under “others employed in the conference.”  He operated a mercantile business in Indiana County for many years, apparently retiring from that occupation to serve the church following the death of his first wife.




Born: 4-6-1813  York County PA                              married: Mary Andrews

Died:                                                                           obit: [4/4/1810 – 11/25/1869]

Miller-Raker #: no

Fulton #: 44

Gibble list: no


1841    license, Allegheny Conference

1844    ordained, Allegheny Conference


Interment: Fry Cemetery, Brush Valley [Indiana County] PA



 1848-49          Mahoning mission


Note: Jonathan Grumbling is a younger brother to Christian Grumbling.




Born: 9-15-1917                                                          married: Irene Lenore Schwalm

Died: 6-8-2007  Harrisburg PA                                  obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1997, 383

Miller-Raker #: no

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: yes


1938    quarterly conference license, Harrisburg State Street

1939    license, East Pennsylvania Conference

1942    ordained, East Pennsylvania Conference


Interment: Hershey Cemetery, Hershey PA

Obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 2002, 405


1939-42           student, United Theological Seminary

1942-44           Hummelstown circuit

1944-47           chaplain, US Navy

1947-53           Rockville

1953-73           Hershey First

1973-78           superintendent, York District

1978-83           Harrisburg Colonial Park

1983                retired





Born: 3-18-1883  Green County PA                           married: Alice C. Lydick

Died: 8-13-1955  Johnstown PA                                obit: [1886 – 10/28/1867]

Miller-Raker #: no

Fulton #: 467

Gibble list: no


1911    quarterly conference license

1919    license, Colorado Conference

1920    ordained, Colorado Conference


Interment: Grandview Cemetery, Southmont PA



1918-19           Peublo

1919-20           Niwot

1920-22           [Baptist Church]

1922                “transfer” to Allegheny Conference

1922-23           Orbisonia

1923-25           Belsano

1925-27           Dunlo

1927-28           Industry-Sewickley

1928-30           Sewickley

1930-31           Windber

1931-32           Jeannette

1932-34           Everson

1934-36           Knoxdale

1936-37           Mahaffey (ending 10/25/1937)

1937-39           East Pittsburgh (beginning 10/25/1937)

1939-40           New Florence

1940                Runville (ending 10/25/1940)

1940-41           Hollsopple (beginning 10/25/1940)

1941-44           without appointment

1944                united with another denomination, page 96