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Born: 4-24-1884  Pottstown PA                                 married: Florence Mabel Hepner

Died: 11-18-1943                                                        obit: Western Pennsylvania Conference 1955,29

Miller-Raker #: no

Fulton #: 433

Gibble list: yes


1912    quarterly conference license

1913    license, East Pennsylvania Conference

1923    ordained, Allegheny Conference


Interment: Forest Lawn Cemetery, Johnstown PA

Obit: Allegheny Conference 1944,57


1914-15           Shaffertown

1915-16           Susquehanna

1916                transfer to Allegheny Conference

1916-17           Hollsopple

1917-19           New Florence

1919-22           West Decatur

1922-25           Rockwood

1925-27           Madison

1927-30           South Williamsport

1930-36           Milton

1936-40           Latrobe

1940                retired




Born: 11-21-1821  VA                                               married: Hannah Fohl

Died: 6-28-1887  Parsons KS                                     obit: [1/2/1826 – 6/28/1887]

Miller-Raker #: 279

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: yes


1842    quarterly conference license, Winchester circuit of Virginia Conference

1844    license, Virginia Conference

1847    ordained, East Pennsylvania Conference


Interment: Oakwood Cemetery, Parsons KS

Obit: Neosho Conference 1888,? [see O’Farrell biographical file]


1844-45           Chambersburg circuit

1845-46           living in Indiana

1846                charter member of East Pennsylvania Conference

1846-48           New Holland circuit

1848-50           Lancaster circuit

1850-53           Harrisburg circuit

1853-54           Rocky Spring circuit, Pennsylvania Conference

1854                transfer to White River Conference

1854-55           Dublin

1855-56           ?

1856-57           Marion

1857-58           Fall Creek

1858-60           presiding elder, East District

1860-61           presiding elder, Marion District

1861-62           Antioch

1862-63           presiding elder, Indianapolis District

1863-64           presiding elder, Marion District

1864-65           Antioch

1865-66           Salamony

1866-67           no assignment

1867-68           York Springs circuit, Pennsylvania Conference

1868-69           Mt. Joy, East Pennsylvania Conference

1869                transfer to East Pennsylvania Conference

1869-71           New Holland

1871-72           Hummelstown-Highspire

1872-73           Highspire

1873                transfer to White River Conference   

1873-74           Williamsburg

1874-75                     Dundee                                             

1875-76           presiding elder, Dublin District

1876-77           Lincolnville

1877-80           location

1880                transfer to Osage Conference                                                

1880-84           ?

1884-87                     Parsons


Note: Mrs. O’Farrel is a sister to John Fohl – see Loyer’s 2000 Autobiography of John Fohl for more information on David O'Farrel.





Born: 1873, California                                                married: Delores Eva Davis

Died: 10-13-1917  Chicago IL                                   obit:

Miller-Raker #: 530

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: no


1904    license, recommended by Washington DC

1905    ordained

1907    received on trial in Baltimore Conference of ME Church

1907    ordained deacon in Baltimore Conference of ME Church

1908    missionary to India

1908    continued on trial in South India Conference

1911    [actually 12/1910] ordained elder in South India Conference


Interment: Riverview Cemetery, Oregon IL

Obit: South India Conference 1918 [actually 12/1917]


1904-06           living in Washington DC

1906                withdrew irregularly, page 49

1907                "transferred" to the Baltimore Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church

1907-08           Gaithersburg MD

1908-09           Madras, Press Church

1909-11           Madras, Boys’ Orphanage & Press Church & publishing house agent

1911-14           agent for Madras Publishing House

1914-18           on leave


Note: 1904,61 reports “that in view of the work done by Brother Albert E. Ogg in the Howard Theological Seminary, Washington DC, the past two year, he be passed to the second year’s course of reading.”  1905,49 reports that Rev. Ogg was retained in third year’s course of reading.  His relationship to George Albertus Ogg (1867-1945) of the Baltimore Conference of the Methodist Church is not known, but they are not immediate family.  The South India Conference was supposed to meet about February each year, depending on the schedule of the overseeing bishop, but sometimes the annual conference for one year was actually held in December of the preceding year.




Born: 3-12-1842  Williamsburg NY                          married: Sarah Jane Waite

Died: 12-16-1920  Altoona PA                                  obit: [9/15/1851 – 8/8/1913]

Miller-Raker #: 349

Fulton #: 186 [HARE]

Gibble list: no


1869    license, Pennsylvania Conference

1878    ordained, Allegheny Conference


Interment: Fairview Cemetery, Altoona PA

Obit: Altoona Mirror, 16 December 1920, p. 20, col. 2


1869-70           Shopp’s station [Shiremanstown]

1876                transfer to Allegheny Conference

1880                name erased


Note: This name is also rendered as P.O. HARE.  He generally was present at annual conference, but not listed as an itinerant.  He was a very active member at Altoona First.





Born: 7-20-1867                                                                      married: Mary A. Heagy

Died: 19-12-1961                                                                    obit: [3/27/1879 – 8/30/1964]

Miller-Raker #: no

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: yes


1908    license, East Pennsylvania Conference


Interment: Covenant Greenwood Cemetery [Ebenezer], Lebanon County PA

Obit: [Lebanon Daily News, 10/13/1861, page 2]


1908-10           Manor circuit

1910-12           Catawissa circuit

1912                name erased


Note: John and Mary were married in 11/27/1912, a likely reason for him to leave the itinerancy and settle down.





Born: 4-3-1893  York County PA                              married: Ruth E. Quigley

Died: 4-30-1983  Bradenton FL                                 obit: [1894 – 1983]

Miller-Raker #: 573

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: no


1912    license, recommended by York Second

1917    ordained, Donegal Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church


Interment: Hollywood Memorial Gardens, Hollywood FL

Obit: [see biographical files]


1912-14           student, Lebanon Valley College

1914-16           student, Princeton Seminary

1916                withdrew to become Presbyterian, page 72

1916-17           student, Princeton Seminary

1917-19           Bellevue Presbyterian, Gap PA

1919-23           First Presbyterian, Wilkinsburg PA

1923-27           Forrest Hills Presbyterian, Pittsburgh PA

1927-54           First Presbyterian, Marion OH

1954                retired

                        interim OH pastorates at Sandusky, Norwalk, Fostoria, Olena

                        supply for St. Andrews’s Presbyterian, Hollywood FL

                        organizing pastor for First Presbyterian, Margate FL

                            1973-83       chaplain at Doctor’s Hospital, Hollywood FL





Born: 6-5-1893  Martinsburg WV                              married: Miriam Green

Died: 9-3-1979  Pen Argyl PA                                   obit: [7/30/1895 – 3/27/1974]

Miller-Raker #: no

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: no


1917    license, Virginia Conference

1922    ordained, Virginia Conference



Obit: Baltimore Conference 1980,360


1917-19           student, Lebanon Valley College

                             1917-10      Stoverdale circuit

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

1922-24           Shenandoah

1924-25           Broadway

1925-32           Cumberland MD

1932-35           Singers Glen

1935-38           Keyser WV

1938-43           Petersburg WV

1943-61           Winchester

1961                retired to Pen Argyl PA

1970                transfer to Baltimore Conference





Born: 1884                                                                  married: Hilda T. _____

Died: 1955                                                                  obit: [1894 – 1986]

Miller-Raker #: no

Fulton #: 382

Gibble list: no


1933   license, Allegheny Conference: recommended by Arona


Interment: Madison Union Cemetery, Madison PA



Note: W.G. Oplinger apparently never served under appointment. 





Born: 2-25-1891  Braddock PA                                 married: Carrie Almetta House

Died: 12-14-1957  McKeesport PA                            obit: Western Pennsylvania Conference 1988,391

Miller-Raker #: no

Fulton #: 437

Gibble list: yes


1913    quarterly conference license

1917    license, Allegheny Conference

1923    ordained, Allegheny Conference


Interment: Grandview Cemetery, Johnstown PA

Obit: Western Pennsylvania Conference 1958,35


1913-14           Clarion River

1914-15           Milton

1915-16           Jefferson

1916-18           Runville

1918-19           Bradenville

1919-22           New Florence

1922-25           Wall

1925-28           Altoona Grace

1928-30           Shanksville

1930-37           McKeesport First

1937-44           Johnstown Barron Avenue

1944-50           Jeannette Gethsemane

1950-57           McKeesport Shoemaker


Note: Mrs. Orlidge is a daughter of Edwin F. House and a sister to Clyde E. House.




Born: 1-6-1892                                                            married: Martha Esther Dainton

Died: 6-23-1961                                                          obit: Western Pennsylvania Conference 1974,320

Miller-Raker #: no

Fulton #: 436

Gibble list: yes


1915    quarterly conference license

1917    license, Allegheny Conference

1921    ordained, Allegheny Conference


Interment: Grandview Cemetery, Johnstown PA

Obit: Western Pennsylvania Conference 1962,37


1917-20           Knoxdale

1920-23           Fayette

1923-24           Industry & Sewickley

1924-28           Altoona Third

1928-31           [Florida Conference, under Board of Home Missions]

1931-34           Hollsopple (beginning 11/15/1931)

1934-44           Conemaugh

1944-48           Bellefonte

1948-58           Johnston Overbrook (ending 1/1958)

1958                retired for health reasons (beginning 1/58)





Born: 12-22-1839  Perry County PA                          married: Delilah P. Pines

Died: 10-19-1920                                                        obit: Allegheny Conference 1929,62

Miller-Raker #: no

Fulton #: 207

Gibble list: yes


1873    quarterly conference license

1875    license, East Pennsylvania Conference

1884    ordained, Allegheny Conference


Interment: Fairview Cemetery, Altoona PA

Obit: Allegheny Conference 1921,93


1878-79           Millersburg Hebron

1883                transfer to Allegheny Conference

1883-84           Juniata [Mapleton]

1884-84           Huntingdon and Juniata

1885-89           Altoona First

1889-91           Altoona Second

1891-93           superintendent, Altoona District

1893-97           superintendent, Greensburg District

1897-98           superintendent, Altoona District

1898-03           Pitcairn

1903-04           on leave

1904-06           Greenwood

1910-12           Tyrone

1912-14           Altoona Third

1915-20           emeritus, Altoona First

1920                retired





Born: 8-5-1863  Altoona PA                                      married: Sarah Margaret Yingling [3/22/1883]

Died: 3-22-1948  Arkansas                                         obit: [2/1/1856 – 12/5/1928]

Miller-Raker #: no                                                      married2: Ruth _____ [c1900]

Fulton #: 264                                                               obit2:

Gibble list: no


1894    license, Allegheny Conference

1898    ordained, Allegheny Conference


Interment: Ganderville (Summers) Cemetery, Washington County AR



1894-96           Stormstown

1896-97           Coalport

1897-98           Patchinville

1898-99           (no longer listed; living in Selinsgrove)


Note: Edwin F. Ott is a brother to Joseph E. Ott.  He apparently became a preacher in the Synod of Central Pennsylvania of the Lutheran Church.




Born: 2-12-1871                                                          married: Ida Myrtle Haight

Died: 3-31-1942  Kane PA                                         obit: [11/2/1880 – 3/22/1971]

Miller-Raker #: no

Fulton #: 318

Gibble list: no


1897    quarterly conference license, Central Pennsylvania Conference of the Methodist

1903    license, Allegheny Conference

1914    ordained, Allegheny Conference


Interment: Hillcrest Cemetery, Clearfield PA



1897-98           North Jefferson, Allegheny Conference of the United Brethren Church

1900-01           living in Selinsgrove

1901-02           Washingtonville

1902                Harrisonville (Mar-Aug)

1902                “transfer” to Allegheny Conference of the United Brethren Church

1902-03           Birmingham

1903-06           East Salem

1906-07           New Paris

1907-08           Lovett

1908-10           Liverpool

1910-12           Mahaffey

1912-13           Knoxdale

1913-15           Fayette

1915-17           West Decatur (ending 4/16/17)

1926                dropped


Note: Joseph E. Ott is a brother to Edwin F. Ott.  In 1897 he is listed under “others employed by the conference,” and he served in the Methodist Episcopal Church as a local pastor.  He reportedly served as a minister until two daughters aged 8 and 10 died within six months of each other, and then became a chiropractor in Kane PA.  He is not to be confused with Jacob Emil Ott (1867-1951) of the Oregon-Washington Conference of the EUB Church.





Born: 6-3-1726  Dillenburg, Germany                       married: Susan LeRoy

Died: 11-17-1813  Baltimore MD                              obit: [11/?/1735 – 4/27/1768]

Miller-Raker #: 1

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: yes


1749    ordained, German Reformed Church


Interment: Old Otterbein Church, Baltimore MD



1749-52           Ockersdorf, Germany

1752-58           Lancaster PA (and Pequea)

1758-60           Tuplehocken PA (and Mill Creek)

1760-65                      Frederick MD (and Middletown)

1765-74           York PA (and Kreutz’s, Quickel’s, Lower Windsor, Paradise, Union, Hopewell)

1774-00           Baltimore MD (and Antietam until 1784)

1800                charter member (and first bishop) of United Brethren denomination

1800-13           Baltimore Old Otterbein


Note: Several biographies exist





Born: 2-17-1778  Oberisen, Germany                        married: Catherine Gilbert

Died: 7-20-1861  Cherry Tree, Indiana County PA   obit:

Miller-Raker #: 58                                                      married2: Christina Elizabeth Faust

Fulton #: 1                                                                   obit2:

Gibble list: no                                                             married3: Rebeca Wilson


1810    license

1814    ordained


Interment: Stiffler Church Cemetery, Berringer PA

Obit: [Allegheny Conference 1907,9]


1836-37           presiding elder, Huntingdon District

1839                charter member of Allegheny Conference


Note: Harmonius Ow is the father of Eve Ow Stevens, wife of Benedict Stevens (1802-1883) of the Central Pennsylvania Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church.  The site gives a brief biography of Harmonius Ow.





Born: 8-22-1820  Orrstown PA                                  married: Rebecca _____

Died: 12-3-1861  Newville PA                                   obit:

Miller-Raker #: 261

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: yes


1842    license

1845    ordained


Interment: Oakville UB/UM Cemetery, Oakville PA

Obit: 1862,76&78


1842-43           Carlisle circuit

1843-45           Littletown mission

1845-46           Chambersburg circuit

1846-47           Carlisle circuit

1847-49           Chambersburg station

1849-52           Shopp’s station [Shiremanstown]

1852-54           presiding elder, York District

1854-56           Big Spring circuit

1856-57           Shopp’s station [Shiremanstown] (did not finish the year)

1856-57           president, Mt Pleasant College

1857-59           denominational editor, Unity Magazine and (English) Sabbath School Periodicals


Note: Five Owen brothers entered the ministry: Alexander, Wilson and William in the UB Church; Abraham K. (1825-1904) in the North Ohio Conference of the ME Church; Stephen W. in the Lutheran Church (at St. John’s in Hagerstown for more than 40 years).  Holdcraft’s 1939 History of the Pennsylvania Conference, page 303, gives brief biographical sketches of the various Owen pastors.





Born: 12-26-1830  Clearfield County PA                  married: Lavina C. Korb

Died: 6-13-1885  Kittanning PA                                obit: [7/8/1837 – 1/14/1904]

Miller-Raker #: no

Fulton #: 120

Gibble list: no


1859    admitted on trial, East Baltimore Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church

1862    ordained, Allegheny Conference of the United Brethren Church


Interment: Kittanning Cemetery, Kittanning PA



1859-60           Penns Valley

1860                “transfer” to Allegheny Conference of the United Brethren Church

1860-61           Wilmore

1861-62           Luthersburg

1862-63           Knoxdale

1863-65           Mahoning

1865-70           located for health reasons

1870                honorable discharge


Note: In 1866, John W. Owen moved to Kittanning where he practiced dentistry, operated a store, and engaged in other business pursuits.  He became an active layman in the local Methodist Protestant church.  There is a biographical sketch of John W. Owen in the biographical files.





Born: 9-3-1871  Littlestown PA                                 married: Minerva Wantz

Died: 1-27-1949  Dayton OH                                     obit: 1930,59

Miller-Raker #: 456

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: no


1895    license

1898    ordained


Interment: Memorial Park Cemetery, Dayton OH

Obit: 1949,31


1894-95           Frederick

1895-96           Walkersville

1896-99           Duncannon

1899-00           Chambersburg circuit

1900                 Gettysburg (Mar-Oct, resigned 11/1/1900)

1900-03           Union [Bonebrake] Theological Seminary

                             1902           Dayton High Street mission (Jun-Aug)

1903-06           Mechanicsburg

1906-10           Baltimore Franklin Street

1910-13           York Fifth

1913-25           denominational associate editor, Sunday School literature

1925-41           denominational editor, Sunday School literature

1941                retired


Note: John Wilson Own is the son of Wilson Owen.




Born: 5-26-1830                                                          married: Rebecca McFerren

Died: 4-19-1911                                                          obit: [4/21/1836 – 1/30/1914]

Miller-Raker #:

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: no


1857    license


Interment: Pughtown Baptist Church Cemetery, Pughtown PA



1857-58           Greencastle circuit

1858-60           Path Valley circuit

1860-61           Orrstown circuit

1861-62           Big Spring station

1862                withdrew to minister in the Church of God

1871                withdrew to minister in the Baptist church

1887-95           Pughtown


Note: Five Owen brothers entered the ministry: Alexander, Wilson and William in the UB Church; Abraham K. (1825-1904) in the North Ohio Conference of the ME Church; Stephen W. (1837-?) in the Lutheran Church.  Holdcraft’s 1939 History of the Pennsylvania Conference, page 303, gives brief biographical sketches of the various Owen pastors.




Born: 5-25-1827  Franklin County PA                       married: Catherine Benninger

Died: 4-2 1876  Chambersburg PA                            obit:

Miller-Raker #: 345

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: no


1867    license

1870    ordained



Obit: 1877,17


1867-69           Bendersville

1869-71           Shopp’s station [Shiremanstown]

1871-74           Littlestown

1874-76           Greencastle

1876                Orrstown (Mar-Apr)


Note: Wilson Owen is the father of John Wilson Owen.  Five Owen brothers entered the ministry: Alexander, Wilson and William in the UB Church; Abraham K. (1825-1904) in the North Ohio Conference of the ME Church; Stephen W, in the Lutheran Church.  Holdcraft’s 1939 History of the Pennsylvania Conference, page 303, gives brief biographical sketches of the various Owen pastors.




Born: 9-27-1868                                                          married: Irene Hoover

Died: 2-22-1917                                                          obit: 1946,32

Miller-Raker #: 482

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: no


1897    quarterly conference license, Upper Strasburg

1901    license

1905    ordained


Interment: Spring Hill Cemetery, Shippensburg PA

Obit: 1917,87


1897-01           student, Lebanon Valley College

1901-03           Mechanicsburg circuit

1903-07           Newburg

1907-09           Duncannon

1909-14           Boiling Springs

1914-16           Enola

1916-17           York Fourth


Note: David M. Oyer is the father of Russell C. Oyer and the grandfather of David N.R. Oyer.




Born: 2-18-1943                                                          married:

Died:                                                                           obit:

Miller-Raker #: 803

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: no


1963    license





1963-65           living in Lemoyne

1965-68           living in Pittsburgh, director of Youth Ministry for Pittsburgh Council of Churches

1968-69           living in Dayton OH

1969                no longer listed


Note: David N.R. Oyer is the son of Russell C. Oyer and the grandson of David M. Oyer.




Born: 9-12-1906                                                          married: Mary Elizabeth Jackson

Died: 3-19-1971                                                          obit: 2002,367

Miller-Raker #: 649

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: no


1925    quarterly conference license, Shippensburg Messiah

1926    license

1932    ordained


Interment: [cremated]

Obit: 1971,363


1925-29           student, Lebanon Valley College

1929-32           student, Bonebrake [United] Seminary

1932-33           living in Boiling Springs

1933-35           Myersville

1935-38           Mt. Alto-Quincy

1938-44           Baltimore Siemers Memorial

1944-49           Mt. Wolf

1949-52           Hagerstown Emmanuel

1952-60           Hanover

1960-63           conference director, Christian Education

1963-66           Lemoyne Calvary

1966-70           Lock Haven First

1970-71           Yorkanna


Note: Russell Oyer is the son of David M. Oyer and the father of David N.R. Oyer.  His daughter Mary Ann is the wife of John W. Schildt.  His daughter Patricia Sue is the wife of Rev. Aaron M. Sheaffer of the East Pennsylvania Conference.