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Subject: Re: [KIMMEL] Two Centuries of Brothersvalley
Date: Sun, 1 Oct 2000 16:17:40 EDT
Tim, I looked in Brethren Encyclopedia and didn't find any clarification
under STONY CREEK BRETHREN CHURCH, PA:
"Stony Creek brethren Church, PA, located in Somerset Co. It emerged
from a german Baptist brethren congregation organized on Nov 13 1880. J L
Kimmel and A J Miller were elected to the ministry at the meeting; they were
ordained elders in Sept 1881. H R Holsinger was chosen as presiding elder;
he was followed by Alvin Cober, J L Kimmel, A J Miller, S W Wilt, Silas
Hoover, J H Knepper, B C Moomaw, J D McFaden, M C Meyers, and J L Bowman.
In March, 1881, the congregation decided to mvoe its meetinghouse, the Kimmel
House, two miles away to a site on the Stoystown Pike; there they enlarged
it. The meetinghouse was then called the DOWNEY CHURCH or HOME CHURCH.
Mosts of the members and officials of the Stony Creek congregation joined the
Progressive Brethren movement in 1881. Those members wishing to stay with
the German Baptist Brethren were reincorporated into the parent (Brotherton)
Brothersvalley congregation. Stony Creek (Downey) was last listed on
brethren Church rosters in 1911."
Citations: H R Holsinger, Tunkers, (1901) 632-33; W. Pennsylvania )1016)
189-90, (1953) 180, 182-83; H. A. Cooper, Brothersvalley (1962) 300-307;
Annual (BC) (1890, 1905-11); H. F Welfley, History of Somerset Co. (1906)
Since this is a later time period, I'll have to check some of the earlier
names to see what they say. Of course, Austin Cooper is likely to be one of
the references given.