Mosherville Church at Mosherville, Wells Township, Bradford County, Pennsylvania
Church Organization and Membership
Wells, Pa., Nov. 5th, 1869
We the subscribers agree to pay the sums annext to our respective names to a building committee consisting of James I. Osgood, Simon Harr and Charles L. Shepard, for the purpose of moving and fitting up in good condition the Presbyterian Church at the State Line onto ground of James I. Osgood at French Mills (now Mosherville). It being understood that said Church hereafter shall befor the use of all evangelical religious worshipers of the living God; and be under the control of Trustees that shall represent the interests of the various Christian Societies worshiping there
|James I. Osgood||100||Orin Stone||20|
|Lyman Brewer||50||Silas Jones||10|
|Simon Harr||50||John S. Pedrick||10|
|John A. Roy||25||Wm Everson||1|
|S. Wright||10||Myron Capron||5|
|Albert Judson||50||S. G. French||10|
|C. L. Shepard||25||John McCarrick||1|
|S. S. French||25||James Wilson||25|
|S. T. Little||25||John Wright||2|
|A. J. Stafford||10||Foster Garrison||10|
|A. C. Brink||5||John W. Pellet||2|
|F. P. Bowman||5||A. C. Noble||10|
|H. G. Stafford||100||D. B. Harvey||5|
|Ann Strong||5||Michael Smith||10|
|Rachel Mitchell||25||John Moon||5|
|Lyman French||25||John Cunningham 5|
The cost of moving the church building from the state line to its present site was $500.00. The lot cost $50.00 and included the cemetery which was known as the "Side Hill Cemetery of Wells." Papering and painting cost $61.00, mason work $49.00, charter $8.50, paint $9.50, and chimney $1.60. There was a dedication June 30, 1870. An organ was purchased in 1871 at a cost of $150 plus interest of $4.87. The deed to the church was recorded November 12, 1872.
There is no record of the first pastors of the church. The first mention of a minister is made in the minutes of a meeting held February 4, 1876. The records of the meetings are very incomplete as to the details of business discussed and meetings seemed to be very sporadic. There is no record of any meetings from June 1895 until December 1915 and then again until January 18, 1925.
Union Church of Wells Feb. 4th 1876
Pursuant to a call of the Board of Trustees of the Union Church of Wells a meeting is held this evening for the purpose of electing a new board of Trustees and such other business as may come before the meeting. The meeting was organized by electing Rev. W. H. Rumsey chairman and S. B. Sergeant Sec. The charter was read by the Sec. The report of the old board of trustees was read by their Sec. The following persons were then nominated and duly elected as Trustees of the Union Church of Wells according to the charter.
Samuel H. Ingersoll
Stephen B. Sergeant
Charles L. Shepard
The meeting then adjourned. S. B. Sergeant, Sec.
July 8, 1877
It is this day resolved that there be some notices struck and posted in the cemetery prohibiting children from frequenting the cemetery unless accompanied by their parents or guardians. By order of the trustees. S. B. Sergeant, Sec.
Feb. 11, 1925
We the undersigned named persons hereby reaffirm our membership in the Wells Union Church of Mosherville and engage to do our best to advance the interest of the church.
How Rec'd Denom.
Died Edwin Smith Me
Deceased M. Elvira Smith Me
Edward M. Thomas Me
Dismissed by letter Mrs. O. J. Thomas Me
Mr. O. J. Thomas Me
Mr. Chas. Besley Me
Deceased Mrs. Chas. Besley Me
By letter to Elmira Mrs. Elizabeth Brewer
Died Nov. 19, '37 Mrs. G. W. Luckey Me
Died 1943 Mr. G. W. Luckey Me
Dead Elizabeth Hathaway Presb
Deceased Mrs. Alma E. Sterling Me
Deceased Mr. Carl J. Sterling Me
Mrs. Bertha Shepard Smith Presb
Died Apr. 7, '25 Mrs. Ethlin Shepard Presb
by letter to Mainesburg Miss Hazel M. Fish
Deceased Mrs. Joe Brewer M.E.
Died Mar. 25, '26 Mr. Joe Brewer
Died Feb. 19, '38 J. O. Sterling Methodist
Deceased A. L. Updike Methodist
Deceased Fred H. Brewer Meth
Deceased Mrs. Fred Brewer "
Florence Besley (Saunders added later) Methodist
By letter to Webb Mills Frances Besley (Balmer added later) "
Mr. Lynn Updike "
By letter to Webb Mills M. Church Apr 1951 Ray E. Brewer deceased "
Eileen Brewer (Sisson added later)
died Walter Brewer Bap Me
Merton Sheive Bap Bap
Cleo Sheive Bap Bap
Dead Mrs. Carrie Updike Methodist Baptism
name cut off on photocopy (line 38)
Deceased John Stevens Bap Baptist
Deceased Janette Stevens Bap Baptist
Margaret Stevens (Plant added later) Bap Baptist
Elba Stevens (Ritz added later) Bap Baptist
Zelma Stevens (McWhorter added later) Bap Baptist
Dead Jerome Brewer Bap Baptist
Mrs. Jerome Brewer Bapt Baptist
Helen Shepard (Sweet added later) Bapt No pref.
Deceased 10/17/56 Vernet McWhorter Bap Baptist
Deceased 5/3/63 Mrs. Vernet McWhorter Exp Baptist
Deceased 5/7/66 Harold McWhorter Bap Baptist
Sterling McWhorter Bap Baptist
By ltr Bap church 1944 Arthur Sterling Bap Baptist
ltr to Webb Mills M. Church Apr 1951 Helen L. Bristol (Brewer added later) Letter Methodist
died Oct '38 Mrs. Roxie Brewer Letter Baptist
John Jones Letter Baptist
Mrs. John Jones Letter Baptist
Miss Helen Terwilliger (Eighmey added later)
Miss Florence Terwilliger Baptism Methodist
Deceased Curtis Smith Baptism Baptist
Berdena Brewer (Strong added later) Bap Baptism
died Sarah E. Benson Letter M E
ltr Blossburg Nov 8 '43 Mrs. Flora Sheive Baptism Baptist
Anna Brewer (Queal added later) Bap M E
Joseph Brewer Ba Me
Clarence Manwaring Bap Bap
ltr to South Creek Glenn Updike Bap Me
Caton Ctr Bap Ch Grace Updike Bap Me
Leila Bristol Bap Baptist
Mrs. Elsie M. Shepard Bap Presb
Julia Shephard (Holton added later) Bap No pref
died Nov '41 Jerdan Sheive Bap Bapt
died Mrs. M. Louisa Harrison Bapt Baptist
Photocopies of first church record book. pp. 1, 20, 160, 161.
Criss, Jeannette and Sam. Our Heritage History Highlights Christmas
1966. One page.
Note - The first church record book is in the possession of the present pastor.
J. Kelsey Jones
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