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Judson Hill Methodist Episcopal Church

at Judson Hill, Wells Township,Bradford County,Pennsylvania

In the History of Bradford County, Pennsylvania by H. C. Bradsby it states that the Judson Hill Methodist Episcopal Church was "an appointment on Daggett’s Mills charge. Rev. J. Merring, pastor. Old church burned, doubtless by an incendiary. Present house erected about 1865." If a church building existed in 1858 it does not appear on the 1858 map as do the two Presbyterian churches existing in the township at that time. The church is shown on the 1869 map. The church was located on the west side of Judson Hill Road in west central Wells across from the Judson Hill Cemetery. The small church long ago fell into a state of disrepair and neglect and no longer exists. The DeWitts and the wives (Elizabeth DeWitt and Azuba DeWitt, sisters) of James and John Joralemon were related to be instrumental in building the Methodist Church at Judson Hill. These families removed to Wells in the early 1840’s and were natives of Frankford, Sussex County, New Jersey. Several members of the DeWitt and Joralemon families entered the ministry and were Methodist ministers among them being John VanKirk, Peter M. Joralemon, John Joralemon, and Manning F. DeWitt. Members of the DeWitt and Joralemon families were some of the first to be buried in the cemetery.

The early records of this church have not been located. For records beginning in 1866 see the Methodist Church records for Wells and Jackson Townships.

J. Kelsey Jones

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