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From: Genie <>
Subject: Re: [PaOldC] Rev. James Power
Date: Wed, 1 Jan 2003 09:09:33 -0800 (PST)
Hope these references help, though they don't
seem to mention a specific church in Chester Co.
There were several more books hit on my search,
too many to pursue. Suggest you find a library
which offers the service Heritage Quest. It has
all of these and more, online and searchable. It
will keep you busy for quite a while <smile>.
Craig, Jane Maria, Samuel Craig, Senior, Pioneer
to Western Pennsylvania and his descendants
Greensburg, Pa.: unknown, 1915
Refers to a marriage performed by Rev. James
Powers in 1766, calls him the first Presbyterian
minister to remain permanently in Westmoreland
Armstrong, William Clinton, The Kerr Clan of New
Jersey : beginning with Walter Ker of Freehold
and including other related lines. Morrison,
Ill.: Shawver Pub. Co., 1931
Two Kerr brothers living in Wash. Co. PA in 1800,
md. daus of James Power, D.D. One of them, James
Kerr, of Pigeon Creek, lived on the Mingo side of
the congregation [whatever that means.] His son
Wm. became an elder in the Pigieon Creek Church.
James Kerr himself stands first on the roll of
the Presbytery of Redstone in 1808.
Stewart, D. Fuller, Johnston-Black Genealogy.
unknown: unknown, 1967
States that Nathan Johnston's wife, Elizabeth
Power, was an aunt of the Rev. James Power, the
first Presb. minister to settle west of the
Alleghenys. Nathan's son md. a Mary FUTHEY.
Boyd, Scott Lee, The Boyd Family including the
allied families of Bell, Bracken, Cullar,
Cunningham, Finley, Gaut, Hoover, Hough, Markle,
McGrew, Parrish, Perry, Pinkerton, Scholl, Speer,
Warfel, Welday, Williams with special reference
to Mercelia Louise Boyd (daughter of the
Santa Barbara, Calif.: S.L. Boyd, 1935
The Rev. James Power was b. Chester Co., PA,
educated at Princeton, licensed by the New Castle
Presbytery 1772. On his first missionary tour in
1774, he preached in the Sewickley Creek area of
Westmoreland Co. In Nov. 1776, Powers moved his
family on horseback from Chester Co. to the area.
For a few yrs. he presided at Dunlap's Creek.
He organized a no. of churches and in 1779, he
removed to Mt. Pleasant to become the regular
pastor there and at Sewickey. He was at Mt.
Pleasant for 38 yrs. In 1803, he performed a
marriage as Presby. minister of Mt. Pleasant Twp.
Sherrard, Robert Andrew, The Sherrard family of
Steubenville. Philadelphia: Jas. B. Rogers
Print. Co., 1890
States that the first Laurel Hill congregation
was gathered, preached to and organized by the
Rev. James Power in 1774.
--- "Stanley W. Cowan" <>
> Rev. James Power, son of Patrick Power of East
> Nottingham, was married to Mary Tanner,
> daughter of Philip Tanner, who an elder of what
> later became Rock Presbyterian Church. An old
> message in GenForum says that Tanner was an
> elder in Power's church, but a history of Rock
> church does not mention Power as a pastor, and
> does not mention him in a section headed "sons
> of the church," which lists several members of
> the church who became ministers.
> Does anyone know what church Rev. Power did
> belong to in Chester County? It might have been
> the Oxford Presbyterian Church, since his
> father's farm wasn't far from there.
> Does Futhey and Cope mention him?
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