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NATHANS, PHILIP

 

Born: 1-10-1891  PA                                                  married: Jessie Pearl Koontz

Died: 12-10-1968  MO                                               obit: [1893-1928]

Miller-Raker #: 614                                                     married2: _____ Morris

Fulton #: no                                                                 obit2:

Gibble list: no

 

1921    license, recommended by York Second

 

Interment:

Obit

 

1920-22           Fishing Creek Salem (attachment to York Haven charge)

1924                withdrew to join Presbyterian Church, page 41

 

Note: Mrs. Nathans is the daughter of Josiah C. Perry Koontz and the brother of Paul R. Koontz.

 



NAUGLE, IVAN GUY

 

Born: 4-1-1898  Adams County                                             married: Helen L. Geiselman

Died: 8-24-1989  Chambersburg PA                                      obit: 1992,479

Miller-Raker #: 663

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: no

 

1929    license

1935    ordained

 

Interment: Evergreen Cemetery, Gettysburg PA

Obit: 1990,462

 

1929-37           Manchester MD

1937-54           Thurmont

1954-68           Keedysville

1968                retired

    1970  Littlestown (May-Jun) & St. John’s (Aug-Dec)

    1974  Littlestown (Feb-Jun)

 


 

NEAFFER, HIRAM

 

Born: 1837                                                                  married: Sarah P. _____

Died: 2-?-1914                                                            obit: [1838 – 1910]

Miller-Raker #: no

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: yes [NEAFER]

 

1872    license, East Pennsylvania Conference

 

Interment: Rose Hill Cemetery, Altoona PA

Obit

 

1871-73           Harrisburg Calvary [Derry Street]

1874-76           Highspire circuit

1878                withdrew

 

Note: By 1880 Hiram Neaffer was living in Altoona.  The Central Pennsylvania Conference Methodist Episcopal journals of the early 1900's list him as a local preacher and a lay member of the Altoona Eighth Avenue Church.

 


 

NEEDY, ELLWOOD EDWARD

 

Born: 6-2-1912  Boonsboro MD                                 married: Rose Stuart Tschopp

Died: 2-15-1976                                                          obit:

Miller-Raker #: 682

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: no

 

1933    quarterly conference license, Mt. Nebo of Boonsboro MD charge

1935    license, recommended by Mt. Nebo

1940    ordained

 

Interment: Heiland View Cemetery at St. Paul’s Chapel Church, Red Lion PA

Obit: 1976,150

 

1933-37           student, Lebanon Valley College

                              1936-37  Clear Spring mission, East Pennsylvania Conference

1937-40           student, Bonebrake [United] Seminary in Dayton OH

                             1937-40  student assistant, Dayton Belmont

1940-43           Red Lion circuit

1943-62           Red Lion St. Paul’s Chapel

1962-70           Waynesboro First

1970-71           sabbatical

1971                retired

                            1974-76       Mt. Victory

 

Note: The conference records consistently use Ellwood, but the SS death Index gives his first name as Elwood.

 



NEEDY, GEORGE D.

 

Born:                                                                           married:

Died:                                                                           obit:

Miller-Raker #: 523

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: no

 

1903    license

 

Interment:

Obit:

 

1903-06           living in Hagerstown MD

1906-08           no address

1908-10           living in Spokane WA

1910                open transfer, page 48

 

Note: The UB yearbooks list him as George C. Needy, living in Spokane WA as a member of the Pennsylvania Conference, until 1911 – and then he no longer appears.  This may be the George Charles Needy living in Greencastle in the 1870’s and 80’s.

 


 

NEFF, GEORGE ORVIS

 

Born: 8-22-1892  LaJose PA                                      married: Mary Ethel Bowden

Died: 3-25-1962  Selinsgrove PA                               obit: Western Pennsylvania Conference 1990,314

Miller-Raker #: no

Fulton #: 488

Gibble list: no

 

1924    quarterly conference license

1925    license, Allegheny Conference

1929    ordained, Allegheny Conference

 

Interment: Evergreen Cemetery, Freeburg PA

Obit: Western Pennsylvania Conference 1962,37

 

1924-29           Houserville

1929-34           Richfield

1934-39           Coalport

1939-45           Bigler

1945-49           Shanksville

1949                retired for health reasons

                             1949-61  living with his son in Encorse MI

 

Note: George O. Neff is the great-grandson of Isaiah Barto (through Isaiah’s daughter Mary Ann Barto Neff and grandson Isaiah Barto Neff).



NEIDIG, JOHN

 

Born: 4-1-1765  Berks County PA                             married: Mary Bear

Died: 1-11-1844  Oberlin PA                                     obit:

Miller-Raker #: 16

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: yes

 

1791    license

1802    ordained

 

Interment: Highspire PA

Obit: 1844,55

 

1790-91           Mennonite preacher

1807-08           Pfoutz Valley

1812-13           Lancaster circuit

1820-21           presiding elder and Lancaster circuit

1826-27           presiding elder

1828-31           Baltimore Old Otterbein

 

Note: Holdcraft’s 1939 History of the Pennsylvania Conference, page 302, and Gibble’s 1951 History of the East Pennsylvania Conference, page 47, give brief biographies.  See also the 1995 volume of The Chronicle, pages 3-34.

 


 

NEIDIG, JOHN

 

Born: 1-21-1833                                                          married: Eliza _____

Died: 1/4/1904                                                            obit:

Miller-Raker #: 339

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: no

 

1865    license

1873    ordained

 

Interment: Shopps Cemetery, Shiremanstown PA

Obit:

 

1868-69           Shopp’s station [Shiremanstown]

1869-70           York Springs circuit

1871-72           York Springs circuit

1884                withdrew, page 5

 

Note: The Neidig family tree is confusing, and the above information represents current interpretation of the facts at hand – see the Neidig family articles in the 1995 volume of The Chronicle, pages 30-34.  It is believed that this John Neidig is the grandson of John Neidig (1764-1844), the son of Jacob and Catherine Shopp (daughter of John Shopp Sr and Anna Hershey) [and  to Gibble’s 1951 History of the East Pennsylvania Conference, page 49, errs in saying that particular John Neidig went to Iowa.]



 

NEIMAN, HARRY SR.

 

Born:                                                                           married:

Died:                                                                           obit:

Miller-Raker #: 728

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: no

 

1950    license

 

Interment:

Obit:

 

1950-59           living in Dover RD 3

1959                return to permanent quarterly conference license, page 89

 


 

NEIMAN, JAMES

 

Born: 1801                                                                  married: Catharine Shively

Died: 5-6-1880                                                            obit:

Miller-Raker #: 147

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: yes

 

1829    license

1831    ordained

 

Interment:

Obit: Central Ohio Conference 1880,16

 

1831-32           Baltimore circuit

1832-33           Halifax circuit

1833-34           presiding elder and Chambersburg circuit

1834-36           presiding elder, Huntingdon district

1837                transfer to Sandusky Conference

 

Note: Weaver’s 1908 Minutes of the 1819-24 Conferences, page 47, gives a brief biography.

 


 

NEISWANDER, ISAAC

 

Born:                                                                           married:

Died: 1821                                                                  obit:

Miller-Raker #: 37

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: yes

 

1800    license

1807    ordained

 

Interment:

Obit:

 

1810-11                     Virginia circuit

 

Note: This surname is also rendered Niswander.

 


 

NELSON, JAMES H.

 

Born: 4-10-1817                                                          married:

Died: 1-24-1880                                                          obit:

Miller-Raker #: no

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: yes

 

1869    license, East Pennsylvania Conference

1872    ordained, East Pennsylvania Conference

 

Interment: Leverington Cemetery, Roxborough PA

Obit: East Pennsylvania Conference 1880,19

 

1871-72           Northumberland circuit



 

NESS, JOHN HERBERT

 

Born: 9-29-1919  Hagerstown MD                             married: Lucille Hull

Died: 9-18-2000  Baltimore MD                                obit:

Miller-Raker #: 691                                                     married2: Mrs. Naomi Vera Kaiser Grieve [19733]

Fulton #: no                                                                 obit2: 2002,366

Gibble list: no

 

1936    quarterly conference license

1940    license, recommended by York First

1944    ordained

 

Interment:

Obit: 2001,374

 

1936-40           student, Lebanon Valley College

1940-42           student, University of Pennsylvania

    1941-42  Mt. Olivet

1942-45           student, Bonebrake [United] Seminary in Dayton OH

    1943-44  Dayton Otterbein, Miami Conference

                            1944-45  York Haven

1945-48           York Haven

1948-53           Frederick Centenary

1953-54           Mt. Alto-Quincy

1954-55           Mt. Alto

1955-58           Manchester PA

1958-68                      general secretary, General Historical Society EUB

                            1958-62  Dayton Belmont, part-time

                            1962-64  Dayton Good Shepherd, part-time

1968-81           general secretary, General Commission on Archives and History UM

1981                retired

 

Note: John Herbert Ness is the son of John Harrison Ness; they are sometimes noted as John H. Ness Jr and Sr.

 


 

NESS, JOHN HARRISON

 

Born: 10-23-1891  York PA                                       married: Myra Grace Kiracofe

Died: 2-15-1980  Lebanon OH                                   obit: 1966,142

Miller-Raker #: 571

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: no                                                 

 

1911    license, recommended by Yoe Salem

1919    ordained

 

Interment: Memorial Park Cemetery, Dayton OH

Obit: 1980,345

 

1911-15           student, Lebanon Valley College

                            1911-12  Jefferson

                            1914-15  Millers

1915-16           Manchester MD

1916-19           student, Princeton Seminary

1919-31           York First

1931-48           conference superintendent

1948-62           associate/general secretary, General Board of Pensions EUB

1962                retired

1963                United Church, Ponce PR (Jan-Jul)

1964-65           Ibor City Mission, Tampa FL

1967                superintendent, Otterbein Home Lebanon OH

 

Note: John Harrison Ness is the father of John Herbert Ness; they are sometimes noted as John H. Ness Sr and Jr.

 



NEWBECKER, HENRY

 

Born:                                                                           married:

Died:                                                                           obit:

Miller-Raker #: 187

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: yes

 

1834    license

 

Interment:

Obit:

 

1841                expelled

 



NEWCOMER, CHRISTIAN

 

Born: 2-1-1749  Lancaster County PA                       married: Elizabeth Baer

Died: 3-12-1830  Beaver Creek MD                          obit:

Miller-Raker #: 4

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: yes

 

Interment: Beaver Creek Church of the Brethren

Obit:

 

1802-03                     Cumberland circuit

1805-06           Maryland (and part of PA) circuit

1812-13           Ohio circuit

1813-30           bishop

 

Note: Holdcraft’s 1939 History of the Pennsylvania Conference, page 30, gives a brief biography.  Newcomer’s diary and various biographies are available in several forms.  Chapter 2 of the 1908 denomination study course Our Heroes discusses Christian Newcomer.

 


 

NEWELL, HARRY NELSON

 

Born: 2-8-1869                                                            married:

Died: 8-8-1918                                                            obit:

Miller-Raker #: no

Fulton #: 286

Gibble list: no

 

1899    license, Allegheny Conference

1902    ordained, Allegheny Conference

 

Interment:

Obit: Pittsburgh Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church  1918,371

 

1899-00           Port Matilda

1900-03           East Salem

1903-05           Herminie

1905-06           Johnstown Barron Avenue

1906-08           Fairmont

1908-09           Knoxdale

1909-10           DuBois

1910-11           (not listed)

1911                “transfer” to West Virginia Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church

1911-12           Ceredo

1912-13           Alma

1913                transfer to Pittsburgh Conference

1913-14           West Elizabeth

1914-15           Swartz

1915-17           Hopewell

1917-18           Chester WV

 

Note: H.N. Newell graduated from Slippery Rock College in 1896 and Western Theological Seminary (Pittsburgh) in 1915.


 

NEWMAN, DANIEL LESTER.

 

Born: 4-19-1911  Waynesboro PA                             married: Virginia _____

Died: 1-26-2001  Brighton CO                                   obit: [Oct 1990]

Miller-Raker #: 679

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: no

 

1935    license

1937    ordained

 

Interment:

Obit: Rocky Mountain Conference 2001

 

1937-39           Kingwood, West Virginia Conference

1939                transfer to Virginia Conference

1939-45           [VA churches]

1945-67           chaplain, USAF

1967                transfer to Rocky Mountain Conference

                        Seibert

                        Meeker

                        Woodrow

1973                retired



 

NICHOLAS, JACOB LEONARD

 

Born: 11-6-1843  southern York County PA married: Amelia Weitkamp

Died: 12-17-1919  Pottsville PA                                obit: [1/27/1846 – 11/2/1914]

Miller-Raker #: 395

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: no

 

1880    license

1883    ordained

 

Interment: Mechanicsburg Cemetery, Mechanicsburg PA

Obit: on file

 

1882-83                     Spring Garden [Florin] circuit

1883-86           Hanover circuit

1886-88           Path Valley circuit

1888-89           Dover circuit

1889-90           supernumerary

1890                withdrew, page 10

                        entered the Lutheran ministry

1890-96           West Fairview charge, Synod of West Pennsylvania: St. Mark’s & St. Paul’s

1904                Ickesburg charge

1910-13                     Elderton charge, Pittsburgh Synod: Gastown Christ, Plum Creek Township Mount

                        Union & South Bend St. Jacob’s

                        Mechanicsburg

 

Note: J.L. Nicholas is the father of Lutheran pastors William H. Nicholas (PA,IL), Jacob C. Nicholas (PA), and C.M. Nicholas (PA) – and of Ida Kate Virginia Nicholas Fahs, the wife of Lutheran pastor William H. Fahs (PA,FL).

 


 

NICHOLAS, THEODORE J.

 

Born: 1833                                                                  married: Mardie A. _____

Died: 11-?-1905                                                          obit: [1841-1927]

Miller-Raker #: no

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: yes

 

1872    license, East Pennsylvania Conference

 

Interment: Harrisburg Cemetery, Harrisburg PA

Obit

 

1876                withdrew


 

NICKEL, FRANK A. JR      

 

Born:                                                                           married:

Died:                                                                           obit:

Miller-Raker #: no

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: no

 

1950    license, East Pennsylvania Conference: recommended by Lancaster Covenant

1954    ordained, East Pennsylvania Conference

 

Interment:

Obit:

 

1951-56           Northampton circuit

1956-58           Elizabethville

1958-60           Harrisburg Skyline View [Mt. Calvary]

1960-65           Lititz

1965-76           Paradise St. John’s

1976-92           Elizabethtown St. Paul’s

1992                retired

 


 

NISSLEY, EDWARD SWARTZ

 

Born: 7-25-1876                                                          married: Bess Palm

Died:                                                                           obit: [b. 9/12/1877]

Miller-Raker #: no

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: yes

 

1898    license, East Pennsylvania Conference

 

Interment:

Obit

 

1901                referred

 

Note: An E.S. Nissley is mentioned in connection the Harrisburg Derry Street Sunday School in Gibble's 1951 History of the East Pennsylvania Conference, page 208.  He appears to have been from Middletown PA, attended Lebanon Valley College (class of 1902), and worked at the Dauphin Deposit Bank in Harrisburg.

 



NODEN, GEORGE

 

Born: 9-1-1857  Maccels Field, England                    married: Miriam Rossell

Died: 7-7-1942  Nova OH                                          obit: Allegheny Conference 1945,67

Miller-Raker #: no

Fulton #: 205

Gibble list: no

 

1882    quarterly conference license

1883    license, Allegheny Conference

1886    ordained, Allegheny Conference

 

Interment: Sullivan OH

Obit: Allegheny Conference 1942,63

 

1883-85           Pittsburgh mission

1885-87           Mahoning

1887-88           Newburg

1888-90           Bellefonte

1890-93           Port Matilda

1893-94           New Paris

1894-99           East Freedom

1899-02           Bigler

1902-04           Middletown

1904                retired for health reasons

 



NOLL, SIMON

 

Born: 11-2-1817  near Annville PA                            married: Isabella Weiser [2/14/1852]

Died: 11-8-1899  Annville PA                                    obit: [2/23/1833 – 3/3/1911]

Miller-Raker #: 263

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: yes

 

1840    quarterly conference license

1842    license

1845    ordained

 

Interment: UB Cemetery, Annville PA

Obit: East German Conference 1900,33

 

1842-44           Dauphin circuit

1844-45           Lebanon circuit

1845-46           Lancaster circuit

1846                charter member of East Pennsylvania Conference

1846-48           Berks County mission

1848-49           ?

1849-52           Reading Zion

1852-53           Highspire circuit

1853-55           ?

1855-57           Susquehanna circuit

1857-58           ?

1858-60           Dauphin circuit

1860-62           Sinking Spring circuit

1862-65           Jonestown circuit

1865-67           Pine Grove circuit

1867-69           Lykens Valley circuit

1869                charter member of East German Conference

1869-71           Union Deposit circuit

1871-73           Bellegrove circuit

1873-74           Lykens Valley circuit

1874-75           Myerstown circuit

1875-76           ?

1876-77           Germanville [Valley View] circuit

1877-80           Lebanon circuit

1880-81                     Avon circuit

1881-82           Jonestown circuit

1882-84           Union Deposit circuit

1884-85           Swatara circuit

1885                retired, living in Annville

 

Note: Gibble’s 1951 History of the East Pennsylvania Conference, page 457, gives a brief biography.  Simon Noll is the father of Minnie V. Noll Buddinger, wife of David D. Buddinger.

 


 

NOON, ADAM ABNER

 

Born: 1810  York County PA                                     married: Mary Lauer

Died: 2-26-1842  Cambria County PA                       obit: [1802 to 8/21/1878]

Fulton #: 50

Miller-Raker #: 214

Fulton #: 50

Gibble list: yes

 

1836    license

1839    ordained

 

Interment:

Obit: Allegheny Conference 1907,9

 

1839-40           York circuit

1840-41           Baltimore station

1841-42           Dauphin circuit

1842                transfer to Allegheny Conference

 

Note: Adam A. Noon is the brother of Benjamin F. Noon.  Their grandmother Mary Ann Otterbein [married to Conrad Noon, born 1750 in Dillenburg Germany], was the daughter of Philip William Otterbein’s brother George Gottfried Otterbein.

 


 

NOON, BENJAMIN F.

 

Born: 9-7-1826  near Johnstown PA                          married: Anna Mary Fender

Died: 8-1-1898  Johnstown PA                                  obit: [1825 to 4/5/1880]

Fulton #: 79                                                                 married2: Sarah Custer

Miller-Raker #: 214                                                     obit2: [1/14/1850 – 7/1/1890]

Fulton #: 79                                                                 married3: _____ Spangler

Gibble list: no                                                              obit3:

 

1848    quarterly conference license

1852    license, Allegheny Conference

1855    ordained, Allegheny Conference

 

Interment: Grandview Cemetery, Southmont PA

Obit: Allegheny Conference 1898,38

 

1852-53           Stone Valley circuit

1853-56           ?

1856-58           Ligonier circuit

1858-59           Schellsburg

1859-61           Jefferson

1861-62           Springfield

1863-65           superintendent, West District

1865-67           Jefferson

1867-69           ?

1869-70           Jefferson

1870-71           Somerset

1871-72           on leave

1872-78           ?         

1878-80           Cambria circuit

1880-81           Tyrone

1881-82           Casselman

1882-84           Rockwood

1884-88           Clearfield circuit

1888-89           Coalport circuit

1889-90           on leave

1890-92           Johnstown Second [Moxham]

1892-93           on leave

1893-94           Industry circuit

1894-96           Orbisonia

1896-97           on leave

1897                retired

 

Note: Benjamin F. Noon is the brother of Adam A. Noon.  Their grandmother Mary Ann Otterbein [married to Conrad Noon, born 1750 in Dillenburg Germany], was the daughter of Philip William Otterbein’s brother George Gottfried Otterbein.  There appears to be many “holes” in his record, and it is believed that he was an active supply preacher during those times.

 


 

NORCROSS, ISAAC

 

Born: 12-1-1801                                                          married: Rachel Van Court [6/26/1823]

Died: 8-29-1850                                                          obit: [11/22/1803 – 4/30/1892]

Miller-Raker #: no

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: yes

 

1850    license, East Pennsylvania Conference

 

Interment:

Obit: East Pennsylvania Conference (manuscript) 1851,28

 

1850-1850       Lancaster circuit

 


 

NORTON, JAMES L.

 

Born:                                                                           married:

Died:                                                                           obit: Allegheny Conference

Miller-Raker #: no

Fulton #: 93

Gibble list: no

 

1855    license, Allegheny Conference

 

Interment:

Obit: Allegheny Conference

 

1855-56           Schellsburg

1858                name erased

 


 

NOSS, W. RAY

 

Born:                                                                           married:

Died:                                                                           obit:

Miller-Raker #: 667

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: no

 

1931    license

1950    license

 

Interment:

Obit:

 

1931-35           living in Mechanicsburg RD

1935                return to quarterly conference license, page 39

1950-59           living in Mechanicsburg RD

1959                return to permanent quarterly conference license, page 89

 


 

NUNN, S.J.

 

Born:                                                                           married:

Died:                                                                           obit:

Miller-Raker #: no

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: no

 

Interment:

Obit:

 

1881-83           Paradise St. John’s

 

Note:  Nothing else is known about S.J. Nunn and his association with the East Pennsylvania Conference.

 


 

NYE, ALLEN G.

 

Born: 10-22-1865  Lebanon County PA                    married: Emma Elizabeth Hetrick

Died: 12-27-1948                                                        obit: East Pennsylvania Conference 1923,17

Miller-Raker #: no

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: yes

 

1893    quarterly conference license, Palmyra Second

1894    license, East German Conference

1897    ordained, East German Conference

 

Interment: Gravel Hill Cemetery, Palmyra PA

Obit: East Pennsylvania Conference 1949,21

 

1894-95           Middleburg circuit

1895-96           Cressona

1896-99           Lykens circuit

1899-01           Reading Zion

1901                transfer to East Pennsylvania Conference

1901-04           Reading Zion

1904-06           Allentown Sixth Street [Grace]

1906-11           Lancaster Otterbein

1911-14           Lebanon Memorial

1914-20           Paradise St. John’s

1920-23           Elizabethtown

1923-26           Hershey First

1926-28           Linglestown and Colonial Park

1928-42           Palmyra Second

1942                retired

                        1944  Hershey First