The History of Erie County, Pennsylvania

The History of Erie County, Pennsylvania

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1862 edition. Excerpt: ...were necessary to a faithful and profitable discharge of ministerial duties." With regard to the citizens, he says, "in their intercourse I have found them respectful, obliging, and friendly; and though the dispensation of the Gospel and its ordinances have not been attended by any remarkable success, yet we are not without some encouragement and dawnings of hope." Writing from Pittsburg, where he established himself in 1807, in reference to his successor in the county, Rev. J. Eaton, he says: "I would be rejoiced to be informed that the prospect of their religious horizon is becoming brighter than it has ever yet been, for to me it appears very nearly a land 'sitting in the region and shadow of death."' Rev. Mr. Patterson died in 1832, near Pittsburg, where he had resided many years. The Rev. Johnston Eaton preached a few Sabbaths at the mouth of Walnut Creek, (Manchester, ) in 1805. In 1807 he returned, and was ordained in 1808 as pastor of the churches of Fairview and Springfield. The services were held in the barn of William Sturgeon, in what is now the village of Fairview. The first preaching by Mr. Eaton was at Swan's tavern, east side of the mouth of Walnut Creek. This building was removed but a few years ago, when it was said to be the first house erected in the county. In a year or two the congregation erected a log meetinghouse opposite the dwelling of R. L. Perkins, where still are the remains of the burying-ground by which it was surrounded. Directly in front of the church was an Indian mound about six feet in height and fifteen in diameter, covered with grass, on which the hardy pioneers reclined at the noon recess. The house of worship soon became too strait, and it was more

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  • Paperback | 112 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 213g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236772288
  • 9781236772282