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life. The chaplain (a very liberal-minded man in his
way), after the soldiers were formed into a hollow
square, would address them and say, "The govern-
ment does not expect the soldiers to pray much, and
has kindly and wisely provided a chaplain to pray for
them. All that is expected of you when called upon



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IIISTOUr OF FAYETTE COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA.



iibly bow yi
kind and s,



leads and



rous to tlie
Lioverned i)y a high sense
ive with equals. This is
ct that Isaac Meason, the
'.■ali'd tci the code, once so
ain.iis men .it llie country.
lit was al.out a lady. A
cket saved his life in the



to go into battle i.-
say, ' God be nierci

The Meason laini
poor, yet at tlie san
of honor in tlieir
shown by the addit
brother of G.'ori;.',
fasluonable atiKiiin-
The story runs tha
silver dollar in his
duel.

George J. Ashmun was the next justice. He was
a good magistrate, and his decisions were generally
acquiesced in. Formerly he was a merchant. Be-
coming disabled from rheumatism and unable to
walk, he was elerteil to this olBce, and served up to
the time of Ills iKath in 1872. During this period I
was elected justice, Init for private reasons declined
to serve. The next in order are the present incum-
bents, J. M. Lyle and Thomas R. Torrance, the
former a carpenter by occupation and son-indaw of
Thomas Gregg, the searcher alter inventions and me-
chanical discoveries; the latter was atone time in
nureautile pursuits, and a lieutenant of cavalry in
tlie war of the Rebellion.

In the sueee-sive ilistriliution of the village ermine
the hand of Fate might lie charged widi nepotism, as

a large pni|".rti. f tliose who filled llic ollir,. were

either cl^-ely a-x.ciated with or related to the Meason
family. Adam Wil.son was the intimate and trusted
friend of Isaac Meason. Being a bacheloi- he was re-
ceived and treated as a member of his family, and
closed his life under his roof, ministered to by temler
sympathy ami kind attentions. Amlrew DiMiip-ev
was a distant connection l.y marriage. George .Mea-
son was a brother of Isaac, George J. .\shinnn was a
nephew by liis mother's side, and Thomas R. Torrance
is a grandnephew of Jlr. Jleason's by his sister, Mrs.
Daniel Rogers. In giving this aeeount of the .litl'er-
entiiersnns who have aeled as magistnites, I think I

tenlionally, nor must any one suppose the sueeession
was continuous, as there were long inter\als of time
when no one filled this office. I will again say that
all these relations of persons are chiefly interesting as
local matters, and will ever be so to their descendants
for generations to come.

Having now gone thrfiugh the history of this office,
ami having a little spare time, I will relate a perilous
adventure and narrow escape of T. R. Torrance, one
(jf the persons named. While in the service of his
country during the war of the Rebellion, he was sent
out on a seon ting expedition with a small body of men
in th.' vieinity of I lager-town, Md. When near to
the town he suddenly found himself surrounded on
all sides by rebels. The finly alternative appeared to
be submission and capture or a bold and hazardous
attempt to ride through the enemy's lines. He ello^e
the latter. Single-handed, he made a furious dash



into the streets of Hagerstown, and was soon con-
fronted by a line of the enemy. Not to be deterred
from his purpose, he spurred his horse onward, and
seeing an officer, whom he supposed to be Gen. Mc-
Causland. he fired at him. His audacity brought a
return fire. His horse fell, and he was shot through
near his left shoulder, and slightly wounded in sev-
eral other jdaees. Instantly extricating himself from
his horse, witliout knowing the extent of his injuries,
and seeing a gate that led past a house into a garden,
he dashed himself against the gate, forced it open,
and ran past the Iiouse. Seeing some ladies on a back-
porch, who fortunately proved to be Unionists, he
entered the house and found concealment. The pur-
suers were not long in following. The ladies did their
best to mislead them in the search, and directed them
through the lot. In that direction they saw a lad,
wdio, on being questioned about the fugitive, replied,
boy-like, so .as to magnify his knowledge and import-
ance at the expense of truth. " I saw a Yank running
as if the very devil was after him." The search was
given up, ( Jen. :Me('ausland renuirking that " he was
too good a soMier to be killed." After night the family
smuggled a loyal doctor into the house and had his
wounds properly dressed, ami the enemy soon leaving
the town, he was sent Inune on lurlough for recovery.

EOROUr.II IXCOPa'ORATIOX AND LIST OF OFFI-
CERS.

At the :\Iarch session ul' the Court of Quarter Ses-
sions in ls:;!i a iietilioii w:is ] resented praying for
the ineur|ioi-ation of the Uorougli of New Haven, and
>igne<l l.y Thomas Foster, .lolin McClellan, Adam
I'.vtrly, .Inhn Newc em:in.ii\ ,lr., (ieorge W. Vance,
.lames Co-let, Daniel bezels, T. .M. Rogers, R. P.
Drown, Al.el Merrill, .lame- lIoNinsou, Thomas C.
Gregg, (ie.i-je Mea-..n, Matthew Seeton, Robert Nor-
ris,Kli-ha Castle. William .MeFarland, John William-
son, William Kinnear, Joseph Torrance, Thomas
];vans, (ieorge Dyson, Jacob Weaver, H. L. Page,
George .1, .Vshniun, John Bolton, D. Forrey, Isaac
f^nyder, .1, ( '. lleiliert, John Wilson, H.Montgomery,
.l.iliii (u.iham, .ro.-eph f<triekler, John D-'twiler,
Charles (J. liutton, Moses Fcu'ter, James L. Shaffer,
Joseph Dillon, Thomas Githens, Daniel Freeman,
William Cal.lwell, William Lord, Thomas Rhodes,
Leavans Shumway, ^'alelltim■ Conghanour.

Upon the petition the -laiid Juiy reported favor-
ably, and June 7, ISo'J, the report was confirmed by
the court. There was, however, considerable opposi-
tion at New Haven to the adoption of the charter,
and this- opposition, taking the form of legal action,
deferred the charter's operation until 1842. In that
year the lirst borough election was held in the village
school-house. Of the ollieials chosen, no names are
found recorded, ami none are now recollected except
William .M. .M( Farland as the burgess, and R. A.
Mellvaine as weighmaster. Councilmen were elected,
but their names are not now known. Directly upon



DUNBAR TOWNSHIP.



535



the election, and before tlie Council could meet for
organization, an anonymous letter found its way into
the hands of the newly-elected officials, threatening
that in case any attempt was made to organize under
the charter the town would be burned. Who wrote
the letter was not positively known, but it evidently
came from some person or persons who proposed to
resent the prob.able increase of taxes likely to be
brought about under the borough organization. At
all events its result was to so thoroughly frighten the
newly-elected officers that they made no effort what-
ever to effect an organization, and so by common
consent the borough organization was allowed to go
by default, and the people remained as before citi-
zens of the township. R. A. Mcllvaine, the weigh-
niaster, did make an attempt to e.xercise the functions
of his office, but he was alone in his official en-
deavors, and soon abandoned the task in disgust.
After a lapse of twenty-eight years the subject of bor-
ough organization was revived, and in response to a
petition the court issued a decree, March 14, 1807,
authorizing tlie organization of the borough under
the charter of 1839, and appointed W. H. Brown
judge, and J. V. Rhodes and S. G. Smutz inspectors,
to hold ah election for borough officers on Friday,
March 29, 1867.

At the March session of court in 1867 the following
order was made :

" .\ik1 now to wit, JIareh 1 1. 1SH7 : rctition of the citizens
of the Borough of New Ihiven fio- the appointment of officers
to hold an election, etc., as follows, settin- forth that the said
Borough w.is duly incorpor.itfd \,y tlie Court of Quarter Ses-
sions on the 10th d.iy of June, 1S39. The charter, plat, and
proceedings thereon having bctn duly recorded, as provided by
law. in the Recorder's office of I'ayette County, that no suf-

tlierc been .^ny organization or election for officers for many

and place for holding an electiou, to desiguate some person' to
give notice of said election, and to appoint a judge and inspec-
tors to hold said election, in order that said borough may be or-
ganizcil according to law, etc.

"And now to wit, March 14. 1S67, the Court appoint the.
20th day of .March inst. fur holding the election at the school-
house, between the hours of one o'clock and six o'clock r.M.,
and the Court appoint William Brown Judge. B. Rhoads
and Sanuiel Smutj as Inspectors of said election, and also ap-
point Hugh Cameron to give notice of said election according
to law.

"Same day order and decree of court, with certificate, issued
to J. M. Lytle.

" And now to wit, December 9. ISfir, petition of citizens of
said Borough setting forth that the great distance from the
place of election and the inconvenience of attending the same
on the part of petitioners woulil suggest the propriety of some
action of the court for their relief, and therefore praying the
Court to make such order in the premises as will erect and con-
stitute them aseparate election district. And now to wit, Dec.
9, 1S67, the Court designated the school-house as the place for
liolding the elections for all purposes, and appoint Josiah V.
Rhodes as Judge, and George Nickel and John M. Lytle as In-
spectors of Election."



From 1867 to 1881 the principal borou-li officials
chosen by elections and appointments will be foiind
named in the following list:

1807.— Burgess. S. G. Smutz: Counoilmcn, R. A. .'ilclhaino
and Geo. Nickel (two years), J. V. Rhodi s, J. M. Lytic
and Hugh Cameron (one year) ; Constable, \V'..H. Brown ;
Treasurer, George J. A.«hnnin.

1.S6S.— Burge-s, S. G. Smutz; Councilmen, J. V. Rho.Ie.-" and
J. M. Lytic (twoyears), David Carson (oneyear) ; Constable,
John Cunningham ; Treasurer, Hugh Cainenm.

1 SCO. —Burgess, S. G. Smutz; Assessor, J. M. Lytle ; Aui)itor.»,
Henry Blaokstono, Cliristian Smutz, and Michael Secrist ;
Councilmen, Henry Blackstone, George Nickel. S. S. Myers ;
Coiistab'e, II. L. Shoppard; Justice, Weaver Ileaton ;
School Directors, David Carson, Weaver Ilcaton ; Treasure:-,
George Nickel.

1870.— Burgess, S. G. Smutz; Justices of the I'eacc, Weaver
Ileaton, George J. A>hinun; Auditcn-, C. H. Wbitclyj
School Directors, Geo ge A. Torrcncc, Gcrge Nickel.

Audit.!,-, .1. T. H,-)l.crr . .< I Ihnrn -, ,-|,,-,-i,;in Smut?.,

J. M. l;vcr-. .1. M. L.vi:.-; r.nin.; 11,. I. S. i'.,llins, T. R.

Tiivreiiic, I. W. livers J. .M. Lytic, an. I .Michael Secrist ;
Con..^t,ible, Levi Sterner.

1S72.— Bur^'cs-, Weaver Ileaton; Assessor. C. H. Whitely;
Auditor, T. r. For.-ythe: School Director - , S. G. Smutz,
R. M. Smitli; Councilmen, George Nickel, S. G. Smutz,
I. W, Byers; Const^ible, Uiiah Springer.

1S7:'..— Burgess, A. E. Clarcy ; Assessor, James S, Collins;
Auditor, AVeaver Ileaton ; Justice of the Peace, S. G.
Smutz; Councilmen, John Johnston, John Coulson, George
Daw.son; Constable, Smith Dawson; Treasurer, George A.
Torrence.

1874.— Burgess, J. M. Lytle ; Assessor, R. A. Mcllvaine; Jus-
tices of the Pease, J. M. Lytle, T. R. Torr.ncc : School
Diiectois, D. Carson, C. Smutz; Auditor, A. E. Clarey;
Councilmen, L. L. Herbert, George Torrence, John McBeth,
J. E. Giles, S. S. Myers.

1875.— Burges.s,S.G. Smutz; Assessor, T. R. Torrence; School
Directors, J. S. Collins, Hugh Cameron, Robert M. Smith,
S. G. Smutz; Councilmen, S. S. Myers, L. L. Herbert, D.
Carson; Treasurer, G. A. Torrence.

1876.— Burgess, S. G. Smutz; Assessor, Thomas II. Boyd;
School Directors, S. G. Smutz, R. R. McQucstin ; Auditor,
James S. Collins.

1877. Burgess, S. G. Smutz; Asse.=sor, Robert A. Mcllvaine;

Auditor, L. L. Herbert ; School Director, Christian Smutz ;
Councilmen, R. M. Smith, J. R. Torrence, Hugh Cameron j
Constable, Smith Dawson.

1878.— Burgess, T. R. Torrence; Assessor, Chri>ti!in Smutz;
Auditor, William H. Cooper; School Directors, L. L. Her-
bert, J. S. Collins, S. S. Myers; Councilmen, Kell Long,
George H. Mathiott, R. F. Cooper; Treasurer, R. A. Mc-
Ilv.aine.

1870.— Burgess, T. R. Torrence; Justices, Thomas R. Torrence,
J. .M. Lytle; Assessor, R. A. .Mcllvaine ; School Director.s,
George H. Mathiott, L. L. Herbert; Councilmen, R. M.
Smith, Hugh Cameron, S. S. Myers.

IS80.— Burgess, T. R. Torrence; Assessor, R. A. Mcllv.aine;
Auditor, A. G. Vance ; School Directors, Kell Long, S. G.
Smutz, T. R. Torrence; Councilmen, Kell Long, George H.
Mathiott, Hugh Cameron.

1881,— Burgess, T. R. Torrence; Assessor, J. S. Collins; Audi-
tors, A. G. Vance, G. H. Mathiott ; School Dircclors, J. F.
Reed, A. B. Pool.



snc



HISTORY OF FAYETTE COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA.



SCHOOLS IN NEW HAVEN.

It is a strange fact that during all tlie time tlie
l>orough limits were connected with the township
public school district the sclmul diicitni- never built
a school-house in the town, ll i~ triu- tli.il about the
year 1848. they erected .-i liam.' -iilniuMioii-f just out-
side the town in a very nnlavorable lucatiiin, on
ground under a lease for twenty years, and wliieh was
sold by them just before the cxiiiiatinn ol' the lease.
For some reason the diieitnrs rilii^cd to puirliasr a
piece of ground in a ceiiti-al and all'i^otlna- rli-il.lr
])Osition for a school-hmis.' lot- the i'oi]>id(rati(.u of
one hundred dollars, but built on a ground-rent of
six dollars per year, with the result before stated.
The only building called a school-house was erected
by ]irivate contribution some time in the early part
of the decade between 1830 and 1840, and enlarged
by an addition for school purposes in the same way
by the eflbrts of the Eev. K. J. Stewart in 1847.
Since Mr. Stewart left, the addition has been used as
a ]irivatc dwelling.

The oldi.st autlieutieated reconl of a school relates
to that kept by ]Mrs. Sarah Jlcllvaine in the spring of
ISlo. There being no school-house, ]irivate a]>art-
nirnts had to serve instead. Accordingly sho t:iughl
in part of her residence, which was the last hou>e at

that date on Front Street 'th, on h.t Xo. 113. The

ne.xt school was t;iUL:ht l>v " < Hd ?irr. I'Jli-," as he was



desi!



lot No,
liouse.
Street



Lilt



him at



llrtaULil.t i

S.iM.nd S;r
.r -Ml-. M.dl



ousr be taught in was the last ,.u Second
The next school was taught by Stephen
Smith in 1S]8. He also lived in the country, and
was usually engaged by James Robinson about his
mill ai!d distillery on Opossum Run, about one-half
mile west of town. He taught in part of the Squibb
liou^e, where the drug-store now stands, on lot No.

The next teacher was Dr. Robert Wright, in 1819.
He also taught in the Squibb house just referred to.
In 1820, as well as in 1822, there was no school taught
ill New Haven. In 1821, Jarvis F. Hanks taught in
a house near the river mill. In 182.3, Oliver Sproul
taught ill a siuall building on Trader's Alley, between
Front and Srciuid Streets. He was an Irishman, and
a strict di-rioliuarian.

In is:^;i. Stewart H. Whitehill taught up-siaiis in
the dwelling-house of Stephen Kaiivhild, on ilir
corner of Second Street and Tradi r's All.y, l.oing lot
No. 92. He was connected (by inarria;:i' to a Miss
Boyd) with an old and resjiei-labl.' lamily >till nsi-
dents cf the neighborhood. The saiiu year ilsi".!; a
gentleman by the name of Pearsol taught in a build-
ing that was formerly used by Adam Wilson as a
warero(Uii. It stood on the bank of the river, on the
onlv lot then inclosed north of the bridire on the



river tier, being lot No. 15. This brings the schools
down to 1830. After this period the school privileges
were not so limited. About the year 1838, Flavius
Josephus Worrell taught. He came from and re-
turned to New Jersey. His high-sounding name
gave him some notoriety. In 1839-40, Marlin D.
Dimick taught. At the time of his teaching he was
reading medicine. In 184-5, Mrs. Robert Dougan
taught. In 1841), Daniel Forry was teaching. He
joiiuMi a company for the Mexican war, was elected
liciit.maut, and died at the city of Vera Cruz. In
1N47 the Ibv. Kenzie John Stewart, an Episcopal
minister IVom Virginia, built an addition totheschool-
house on Third Street, and made the first attempt to
raise the standard of schools by introducing advanced
studies, and by inducing scholars from a distance to
come here. In both respects, to some extent, he was
successful. He employed Mr. Nathan Merrill and
Miss Hoadly, a gentleman and lady from Connec-
ticut, for assistant teachers. Scholars were in attend-
ance from Brownsville, rTrcensburg, and Bedford.
About the year ls4;i a Mr. I'atrick gave more char-
acter to the school bv advaii'cil



ipass.



aii'cil studies and practice
For several terms, includ-
ing l>^ol , ! >avid Barnes, now ticket agent in Connells-
ville lor the Southwest Pennsylvania Railroad, was
the tea.-licr. In ls.-,2 and after :\Iiss Mary Bucking-
ham was traih. r. In is.,:;. Mi.s Aunie Hill taught
a small select ,-i lio.l. Slic was the daughter of Mr.
Anthony Hill, who had been at the head of the New
Haven woolen-mill enterprise. In 18.34, Mr. John
Bolton was teacher. He was in ability above the
average ol' teachers ot' that time. He went from here
to ()liio, where he has bci-n advanced to important
positions in dilferent schools, and is still successfully
engaged there.

In 18.'i7 the Rev. James Black, a Presbyterian min-
ister, in charge of the church in Connellsville, fitted
up the hall al.uvc the brick drug-sl.jre, and made an-
other atiempt to elevate the school standard. He was
assisted by Mr. C. ( '. r.auuli and :\liss Maggie Bell as



teachers. He wiiiked
was to a considerable i
Mr. Black is ]ir..fess.,r i
Ohio. In IS.'iS be was
Christopher O.hiiuliii^ I

BaUgh, b.douged t.. the



til eiieiL:y and ability, and
cut -uccessful. At present
111 institution of learning in
icceeded in New Haven by
igh. His male .assistant, Mr.
Ivaiieed line of teachers and
liberally patioiii/ed. About iMio, Mis. Margaret
alsoau assistant of .Mr. lllack, taught in the same
.She was assisted by a Mi.ss -Mills. She was a
High and successful teacher. Following her, in
, Jlr. Pollard Morgan opened a school in the hall.
I as a young man of sidiolarly attainments, having
idiieated and trained for the Presbyterian niin-
, and, -t range as it may appear, under the friend-
aiid iutlueiice, as was supposed, of a much-loved
an Catlndic friend and companion the disciple
ilvin became a Papist. Soiui after leaving here
ent to the city of Rome and entered the R._imish



DUxNBAR T0T\-NSH1P.



537



communion, and ultimately received priest's orders"
Mr. Morgan was from Pittsburgh, and a brother of
Sydney Morgan, an extensive coal and coke dealer.

In 1868, Miss Herring, from Dunbar, taught in the
hall. The Rev. Timothy O'Connell, of the Episcopal
Church, an Irishman, and relative of the great Irish
agitator of the same name, opened a school in the
hall in 1875. His assistant was a Miss Jones, from
New York, whom he afterwards married.

The names of teachers and the date of their teach-
ing from 1868 to 1881 are as follows: 1868, A. S.
Murphey; 1869-70, A. S. Murphey and C. B. Scott;
1870-71, C. B. Allen ; 1871-72, Miss Lizzie Miller
and Miss Mollis Ritenour; 1873-74, H. E. Faust;
1874-78, A. S.Cameron; 1879-80,' Rev. William H.
Cooper and Miss Mary Cooper; 1880-81, N. V. Kill
and Miss Susie T. Grifleth.

The New Haven school district was organized June
1 1868, the year following the reorganization of the
borough. The directors chosen in 1868 were S. S.
Myers, Hugh Cameron, Geo. Nickel, I. V. Rhodes,
S. G. Smutz, and J. M. Lytle. 8. G. Smutz was
chosen president, I. V. Rhodes secretary, and S. S.
Myers treasurer. For the year 1888 the appropria-
tion for teachers' wages was {f320. The annual report,
dated June, 1880, was as follows :

Number of schools 2

Average number of months tiiught 7

Teachers 2

Average s:ihiry per mi.nih S30.0U

Number of male scholars 7(1

femiile " 48

Avernge thiily aitemlanee 97

Amount levied for SL-hool purposes $588.27

Amount rec-eiveJ from the- St:ite 102.85

" tiix colloLtiims 4S6.7S

Kxpenditures 492.48

The directors for 1881 were C. Smutz, T. R. Tor-
rance, S. S. Myers, Kell Long, J. A. Mestrezat, and
G. A. Mathiott. C. Smutz is president, Kell Long
treasurer, and G. A. Mathiott secretary.

POST-OFFICE.
New Haven tried many times and for years to
obtain a post-office, but until late in 1878 fruitlessly.
The inconvenience of having to depend upon the
Connellsville post-office for mail was not only an
aggravating but a costly one, for every time a citizen
of New Haven desired to post a letter or get his mail,
he not only had to make a considerable journey,
but pay toll to cross the river. Many efforts were
made to remedy the evil, but as often, as New Haven
tried for a post-office, Connellsville influence was suc-
cessfully brought to bear to frustrate the project. The
purpose in such opposition lay, it is said, in the con-
clusion that as long as New Haven lacked a post-
office Connellsville would reap the benefit of addi-
tional trade by forcing people from the other side of
the river to come to " town" for their letters. The



New Haven effort of 1878, based upon former futile
experiences, was, however, so quietly conducted that
before Connellsville was aware of what was going on
the New Haven post-office was established, and George
A. Mathiott commissioned postmaster Jan. 1, 1879.

RELIGIOU.-?.
TRINITY CHUKCn (PllOTESTANT EPLSCOPAL).

It would appear from a fragmentary church record
that as early as 1780 Protestant Episcopal Church
services were held in Dunbar township and the
neighborhood by the Rev Mr. Mitchell, and, further,
that he preached in the vicinity from 1780 to 1790 as
an Episcopalian missionary. Who Mr. Mitchell was,
where he came from, or just where he preached are
matters upon which the record is silent. At some
time lucviiius to the Revolutionary war, Rev. Daniel •
^leKeiincin, an Englishman and an Episcopalian,
preached in the neighborhood of Connellsville. Upon
the outbreak of hostilities he sailed for England, and
was subsequently reported to have been lost at sea.
One of his daughters married Thomas Rogers, one of
Dunbar's early settlers. In 1780 the Episcopalians
living near what is now New Haven were Mr. and
Mrs. Thomas Rogers, Col. Isaac Meason and his wife,
Benjamin Wells and wife, Mrs. William Crawford
and her daughter Ophelia (or Effie).
I In 1S17 Trinity Church was organized, but beyond
the bare statement not much can be added touching
I the event, since there is now no record of the inci-
I dents attendant, or showing who became members of
1 the organization at the outset. Among the members,
however, it seems pretty certain were Mr. and Mrs.
I Thomas Gibbs, their daughter Anna, Mr. and Mrs.
Benjamin Moore, Abraham Baldwin and wife, Mrs.
Ann Norton (sister to Mr. Baldwin), and Elizabeth
Fell.
I The first meetings were held in a log building tliat
stood upon the site now occupied by the ('i.MiiiHsville
public school. Services were held on tliat si.le nltlie
river until 1832, when a house of worship was l.uilt
in New Haven. That house is still used. Mrs. Daniel
Rogers donated the ground, and, beyond that, liberal
aid toward the building enterprise was given by
Daniel Rogers. A handsome memorial window in
the church commemorates the grateful spirit with
which the kindly deeds of Mrs. Rogers are cherished.
To the gifts mentioned James Mcllvaine added later
those of a church-bell and a parsonage. The first
rector of Trinity was Rev. Jehu Clay, and the second
Rev. Samuel Johnson. Succeeding t.iem followed
Revs. Jackson Kemper, Dean Richmond, John P.
Bausman, Henry Pfiffer, Lyman N. Freeman, and
Silas Freeman. During Rev. Silas Freeman's term
of service, from 1833 to 1835, Trinity Sunday-school
was established.

After the Rev. Silas Freeman came Rev. J. J. Kerr
and J. J. McElhinney (now Professor of Theology in
the Seminary of Virginia). The latter left in 1840,



HISTORY OF FAYETTE COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA.



but returned in 1842. The interval was filled by the
Eev. William Arnott. Those who succeeded Mr. Mc-
Elhinney were Revs. Kinsey J. Stewart, Edward
Walker, William J. Hilton, N. M. Jones, Samuel
Cowell, J. G. Furey, H. T. Wilcoxon, George Hall,
C. N. Quick, Faber Byllesley, Richard S. Smith (now
of Brownsville Deanery), G. C. Rafter, J. H. Mc-



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