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

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Born: 12-31-1828  Pleasant Mill VA                          married: Alice Snook

Died: 1-20-1910                                                          obit: [9/15/1839 – 8/10/1894]

Miller-Raker #: 333

Fulton #: 147 & 260

Gibble list: no


1858    quarterly conference license, Winchester circuit

1860    license, Virginia Conference 

1863    ordained, Allegheny Conference


Interment: Bruceville [Keymar] MD  [or Mount Zion Lutheran Church, Ladiesburg MD?]

Obit: Allegheny Conference 1910,85

1859-60           Frederick circuit

1860-61           Hagerstown circuit

1861                Augusta circuit (did not finish the year)

1861-62           Shade Gap circuit, Allegheny Conference

1862-63           ?

1863                transfer to Pennsylvania Conference

1863-64           Shippensburg circuit

1864-65                      St. Thomas circuit

1865                transfer

1866                preaching in Illinois

1868                transfer to East Pennsylvania Conference

1869                transfer to Allegheny Conference

1869-71           New Paris

1871-72           ?

1872-73           presiding elder

1873-74           presiding elder, East District

1874-75           Westmoreland circuit

1875-77           served in Washington County PA

1877-78           ?

1878-79           Johnstown First

1879-80           ?

1880-82           New Paris

1882-83           ?

1883-85           presiding elder, Johnstown District

1885-86           Somerset

1886-88           Rockwood

1888-89           Port Matilda

1889-91           Stormstown (resigned 12/90)

1891-93           withdrew to serve another denomination

[Huntingdon Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church]  1891,13

1893-94           New Paris, Allegheny Conference of the United Brethren Church

1894                “transfer” to Allegheny Conference of the United Brethren Church

1894-95           New Paris

1895-96           Hustontown

1896-97           Middletown

1897-98           Barren Run

1898-01           Berlin

1901-02           Hustontown


1904-05           Hilliard

1905                retired


Note: William A. Jackson is the son of David Jackson of the Virginia Conference.





Born: 12-25-1817  PA                                                married: Mary Ann Sinclair

Died: 8-20-1903  Sunfield MI                                                obit: [1817-1890]

Miller-Raker #: no

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: yes


1853    license, East Pennsylvania Conference


Interment: Needmore Cemetery, Needmore MI



1854-55           Lebanon circuit

1856                transfer to





Born: 8-24-1847  Juniata County PA                         married: Catherine Lyter [aka Leiter]

Died: 1-16-1922  Liverpool PA                                  obit: Allegheny Conference 1936,60

Miller-Raker #: no

Fulton #: 216 & 406

Gibble list: no


1878    license, United Evangelical Church

1886    ordained, Allegheny Conference


Interment: United Brethren Cemetery, Pfoutz Valley PA

Obit: Allegheny Conference 1922,123


1878-79           Cumberland

1879-81           Middleburg

1881                located

1884-85           Calvin, Allegheny Conference of the United Brethren Church

1885                “transfer” to Allegheny Conference of the United Brethren Church

1885-88           Springfield

1888-89           Lycippus

1889-91           Washington

1891-92           Fairmount

1892-93           Springfield

1896-97           McKeesport First

1897-00           Jenners Cross Roads

1900-01           Hustontown

1901                on leave

1912                withdrew to join another denomination

1913                “transfer” to Allegheny Conference of the United Brethren Church





Born:                                                                           married: Frances Waite

Died: 9-15-1928                                                          obit: [Iowa Conference 1921,11&25&27]

Miller-Raker #: no

Fulton #: 298

Gibble list: no


?          license, Ontario Conference


Interment: Britannia Cemetery, Britannia Ontario Canada

Obit: [Iowa Conference 1928,19&35]

1900-01           Liverpool, Allegheny Conference

1901                transfer to Allegheny Conference

1901-02           Liverpool

1902-03           Mapleton Depot

1903-05           Woodland

1905-08           Pitcairn

1908-09           Monessen

1909                transfer to Iowa Conference

1909-10           Bristow

1910-11           Olin

[1910-13          Sumner – may be a different “R. Jamison”]


Note: The dates for Mrs. Jamieson are 5/3/1847 – 3/22/1921.





Born: 6-25-1911  Kennedyville MD                           married: Esther Romaine Daugherty

Died: 7-14-1955                                                          obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 2010,165

Miller-Raker #: 670

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: no


1932    license, recommended by Baltimore Salem

1937    ordained, Pennsylvania Conference


Interment: Rest Haven Cemetery, Hanover PA

Obit: Pennsylvania Conference 1955,38


1933-34           Mt. Horeb, Virginia Conference

1934-37           student, Bonebrake [United] Seminary

                             1935-36      assistant, Fort McKinley in the Miami Conference

1937-55           Spring Run

1955                executive secretary, York County Council of Churches


Note: Mrs. Jarrell is the daughter of George C. Daugherty.





Born: 6-6-1812  near Nossville PA                             married: Catharine Kidlinger

Died: 8-12-1877  Williamstown NJ                            obit:

Miller-Raker #: no                                                       married2: Margaret M. Clayton

Fulton #: 71                                                                 obit2: [1828-1907]

Gibble list: no


1850    license, Allegheny Conference


Interment: Odd Fellows Cemetery, Mount Union PA


1851-52           Clearfield

1852-53           New Castle

1853-54           ?

1854-55           Johnstown station

1855-56           superintendent, East District

1856                located

1866                irregularly withdrawn

                        identified with Spiritualism


Note: A biographical sketch of and further information on Cyrus Jeffries is on file at the conference archives.  He is the namesake of the famed Cyrus Jeffries Kephart of the United Brethren Church.  He apparently was very charismatic and a little eccentric.   Writing of the early 1870's, Methodist Emory M. Stevens says: "There was a man living a few miles from Burnt Cabins by the name of Cyrus Jeffries.  He had been a presiding elder in the United Brethren Church and had left them because they had not elected him bishop.  He had organized a cult of his own and had a considerable number of followers throughout the region."  He was first associated with the Methodist Protestant Church, and was a delegate from the Indiana Conference to their 1846 General Conference.  He was also involved in newspapers and other enterprises and is the author of the 1856 book Drama of the American Revolution.




Born: 4-25-1858  Marash, Armenia                            married: Helene Ruliffson

Died: 9-25-1907  Philadelphia PA                              obit: [1865 – 10/?/1917]

Miller-Raker #: no

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: yes


1887    ordained, Presbyterian Church


Interment: Arlington Cemetery, Drexel Hill PA

Obit: East Pennsylvania Conference 1907,36


1887                graduated Union Theological Seminary

1888-95           principal (and founder), St. Paul’s Institute in Tarsus,

1895-97           principal (and founder), The Apostolic Institute in Iconium

1897-00           living in Philadelphia (evangelist and missionary fundraiser)

1900                transfer to East German Conference of the United Brethren Church

1900-01           living in Philadelphia (evangelist and missionary fundraiser)

1901                transfer to East Pennsylvania Conference

1901-07           living in Philadelphia (evangelist and missionary fundraiser)


Note: Mrs. Jenanyan is the daughter of Rev. Albert G. Ruliffson, who founded the Bowery Mission in NYC in 1879.  Following the death of H.S. Jenanyan, she married a Mr. Nechan [Nishan] Handjian.  The following account appears in Ernest K. Emurian’s 1959 Forty Stories of Famous Gospel Songs, page 61.

In 1891, when my grandfather, Rev. Harutune S. Jenanyan, took his wife and little daughter on a perilous and dangerous missionary journey from Tarsus, Asia Minor, the city of St. Paul, to Sivas in Armenia, they travelled on horseback through robber-infested country for fourteen days. Two of the leading robber chiefs on that territory were Chollo, whose “name cast terror on every side” since he had successfully evaded pursuing Government forces for many months, and Kara Agha, a famous Koorish chief, whose name caused even the fear­some Chollo to tremble. Harutune took his small party directly into the heart of Kara Agha’s country, telling those he met en­route that he was go­ing to be Agha’s guest in his own village. When they reached the brigand’s headquarters, the missionary asked that they be received as guests for the night. The surprised robber chief gave them accommodations, entertaining Harutune in his own spacious tent while his wife, Helene, and their little daughter, Grace were cared for in another tent by the women of the village. The next morning, before taking their leave, the missionary asked for permission to read a portion of the Holy Scripture, and then offered a prayer. Seeing that the chief was somewhat affected, he then said, “Do you wish to have the little child sing for you?” The chief replied, “Oh yes; can she?” Then little Grace, only three-and-a-half years old, came forward and stood be­fore the tall old man and sang two songs she had recently learned in the Sunday School in Tarsus, singing them in the native tongue, “Jesus loves me, this I know” and “I want to be an angel”. The chief was so deeply touched, that he sent his own son, Bekkeer Agha, mounted on a handsome Arabian steed, to lead the small missionary party through the rest of his territory.





Born: 2-8-1854  Dayton OH                                       married: Lulu Maude Kephart

Died: 1-8-1938  Chicago IL                                       obit: St. Joseph Conference 1925,424

Miller-Raker #: no

Fulton #: 248 & 294

Gibble list: no


?          license

?          ordained


Interment: Mount Annville Cemetery, Annville PA

Obit: St. Joseph Conference 1938,60

                         Parkersburg Conference

1892                transfer to Allegheny Conference

1892-94           Johnstown Vine Street

1894-97           Johnstown First

1897-99           college pastor, Westerville OH

1899                open transfer

1899-08           faculty, Lebanon Valley College

1908                Shiremanstown  (April – Oct)

                        transfer to Nebraska Conference

1917-18           faculty, York College

                        transfer to St. Joseph Conference

1925                South Bend IN

                        retired, living in Chicago


Note: Lewis F. John is the author of the 1907 biography of his father-in-law Ezekiel Boring Kephart.  He is a brother-in-law of LVC President Hervin Ulysses Roop, who married the other daughter of E.B. Kephart.





Born: 11-20-1862  Montgomery County PA              married:

Died: 7-12-1898  Allentown PA                                obit:

Miller-Raker #: no

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: yes


1891    quarterly conference license, Lebanon Memorial

1892    license, East German Conference

1895    ordained, East German Conference


Interment: Keelys Church Cemetery, Schwenksville PA

Obit: East German Conference 1898,29


1892-98           Allentown Zion





Born:                                                                           married:

Died:                                                                           obit:

Miller-Raker #: no

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: no


1931    license, Allegheny Conference: recommended by Johnstown First





Note: Ray Johnson apparently never served under appointment and was never ordained.  He is otherwise unknown.





Born: 1872  Cambria County PA                               married: Viola K. Mauk

Died: 10-4-1961  Ebensburg PA                                obit: Western Pennsylvania Conference 1959,30

Miller-Raker #: no

Fulton #: 387

Gibble list: no


1909    quarterly conference license

1911    license, Allegheny Conference

1914    ordained, Allegheny Conference


Interment:  Belsano PA

Obit: [Western Pennsylvania Conference 1962,37]


1909-12           Dunlevy

1912-15           Houserville

1915-22           Belsano

1922-25           Madison

1925-28           Milton

1928-29           Altoona Grace

1929                retired





Born:                                                                           married:

Died:                                                                           obit:

Miller-Raker #: no

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: no





1894-95           Lancaster circuit





Born:                                                                           married:

Died:                                                                           obit:

Miller-Raker #: no

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: no




                        Westerville OH

1891-93                      Baltimore Fourth [Salem]

1893-96           Greencastle IN


Note: W.J. Johnson was a member of the Indiana Conference.





Born: 3-30-1873  Cambridge MD                              married: Emma Grace Lissel

Died: 8-28-1932                                                          obit:

Miller-Raker #: 532

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: no


1901    license, local pastor Baltimore Conference ME Church 1901,14

1902    deacon, local pastor Baltimore Conference ME Church 1902,58

1904    ordained, page 63



Obit: Wilmington Conference ME 1933,113


1892-97           student, Dickinson College

                             1897-98      Greencastle, Central Pennsylvania Conference ME (ending fall 1897)

1897-00           student, Drew Theological Seminary in Madison NJ

1903                “transfer” to North Indiana Conference ME Church

1903-04           Thurmont, Pennsylvania Conference UB Church

1904                transfer to Pennsylvania Conference UB Church, page 32

1904-05           Thurmont, resigned 5/1/05; withdrew 1907,46

1906                “transfer” to Wilmington Conference ME Church

1906-08           Chincoteague MD

1908-11           Greensboro MD

1911-13           Fruitland MD

1913-14           Trappe MD

1914-16           Crumpton MD

1916-17           Hillsboro MD

1917-20           Tilghman MD

1920-22           Port Deposit MD Hopewell

1922-24           Chesapeake City MD

1924-               St. Georges DE          


Note: The maiden name of Mrs. C. Turner Jones is also given as LITTLE.





Born: 11-8-1904  near Boonsboro MD                       married: Evelyn Marianna Hallin

Died: 10-17-1991                                                        obit: 2007,414

Miller-Raker #: no

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: no


1927    license, Assembly of God Church: recommended by Hagerstown MD Bethel

1929    ordained, Assembly of God Church


Interment: Laurel Hill Cemetery, Columbia PA

Obit: 1992,475


1927-30           Beaver Falls PA First

1930-31           Jamestown NY Calvary

1931-33           Erie PA First

1933-37           Corry PA First

1937-42           Syracuse NY Grace

1942-46           government service

1946-52           Columbia PA First

1952-58           Jackson MI First

1958-60           Lemasters, Pennsylvania Conference of the EUB Church

1960-64           Melcroft PA First

1964-65           Kreagert Memorial Federated Church, Stallstown PA

1965-66           Hellam-Druck Valley, Susquehanna Conference of EUB Church

1966                “transfer” to Susquehanna Conference of EUB Church

1966-69           Hellam-Druck Valley

1969                retired


Note: Glenn D. Jones is the father of Calvin David Jones of the Baltimore Conference and Everett W. Jones of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference.





Born: 4-3-1829  Carroll County MD                          married: Amanda Anstine

Died: 6-17-1905  Windsor PA                                    obit: 1921,71

Miller-Raker #: 309

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: no


1855    license

1859    ordained


Interment: Windsor Cemetery, Windsor PA

Obit: 1905,69


1856-57           Rocky Springs circuit

1857-58           York Springs circuit

1858-59           York circuit

1859-60           Paradise mission

1860-63           Liverpool circuit

1863-65           Bethany circuit

1865-67           Path Valley circuit

1867-68           ?

1868-70           Jefferson circuit

1870-72           Bendersville

1872-73           Harrisburg circuit, East Pennsylvania Conference

1873-74           Grantville circuit, East Pennsylvania Confereence

1874-77           Jefferson circuit

1877-79           Perry circuit

1879-80           living in Shermansdale

1880-81           Manchester circuit

1881-84           Dover circuit

1884-85           living in York

1885-86           living in Windsor

1886-87                      Jefferson circuit

1887-88           Yocumtown (part year 1888,15)

1888-89           Winterstown (part year 1889,19)





Born: 1-26-1891  Chapman’s Quarries PA                 married: Emma R. Stees

Died: 1-27-1945                                                          obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1988,415

Miller-Raker #: no

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: yes


1912    quarterly conference

1913    license, East Pennsylvania Conference

1918    ordained, East Pennsylvania Conference


Interment: East Harrisburg Cemetery, Harrisburg PA

Obit: East Pennsylvania Conference 1945,17


1911-15           student, Lebanon Valley College

                        1913-15  Mont Clare

1915-18           student, Crozier Baptist Seminary in Philadelphia

                        1913-18  Mont Clare

1918-26           Harrisburg Sixth Street

1926-34           Annville

1934-37           Harrisburg First

1937-38           Elizabethville

1938-39           on leave, health reasons

1939                retired


Note: John Owen Jones is the son of Moses H. Jones.




Born: 5-28-1848  Metal, Franklin County PA            married: Irene Davis Jones

Died: 1-14-1932                                                          obit: 1935,24

Miller-Raker #: 419

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: no


1883    quarterly conference license, Spring Run charge

1886    license

1889    ordained


Interment: Greenmount Cemetery, York PA

Obit: 1932,21


1886-89           Manchester circuit

1889-92           York circuit

1892-95           York Third

1895-98           Baltimore George Street

1898-02           Red Lion Bethany

1902-13           Baltimore Scott Street

1913-17           local, attending York First

1917                York Fourth (Feb-Oct)

1918-21           Hellam

1921                retired





Born: 1-24-1853                                                          married:

Died: 3-27-1924                                                          obit:

Miller-Raker #: no

Fulton #: 172

Gibble list: no


1875    license, Allegheny Conference

1878    ordained, Allegheny Conference


Interment: Homewood Cemetery, Pittsburgh PA

Obit: Pittsburgh Conference, Methodist Episcopal Church 1924,106


1875-76           State Line circuit

1876-78           Orbisonia

1878-80           Tyrone

1880-81           Wilmore and Conemaugh

1881-82           Greensburg

1882-86           Mount Pleasant

1886-88           superintendent, Greensburg District

1888                “transfer” to Pittsburgh Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church

1888-91           Mount Lebanon – Jacobs Creek


1894-97           Belle Vernon


1900-06           Carnegie

1906-09           Homestead Fourth Avenue




Born: 9-16-1864  Chapmansville PA                          married: Mary R. Hummel

Died: 4-20-1926  Reading PA                                                obit: [1866 – 1948]

Miller-Raker #: no

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: yes


1891    license, East German Conference

1894    ordained, East German Conference


Interment: Charles Evans Cemetery, Reading PA

Obit: East Pennsylvania Conference 1926,11


1891-93           Paxinos circuit

1893-94           Lykens

1894-97           Bellegrove

1897-98           Milton and Sunbury

1898-99           Sunbury

1899-02           Lykens Valley circuit

1902-07           Penbrook Grace

1907-11           Reading Memorial [Trinity]

1911-12           Shamokin First

1912-14           Paradise St. John’s

1914-19           Lebanon Memorial

1919-26           Reading Trinity


Note: Moses H. Jones is the father of John Owen Jones.





Born: 2-11-1920                                                          married: [single]

Died: 8-12-1956                                                          obit:

Miller-Raker #: no

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: no


1942    quarterly conference license

1945    license, Allegheny Conference

1947    ordained, Allegheny Conference


Interment: Little Hill UM Churcg Cemetery, Allegheny County PA

Obit: Western Pennsylvania Conference 1957,30


1947-52           Coalport

1952-55           Sidman

1955-56           without appointment at own request

1956                retired on disability: 1956, 100