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The Washington Presbyterian Church of Guernsey County, Ohio began recording church meeting minutes in this journal on 10 Nov 1841 and the last entry was on 19 November 1860.

The book measures 6 1/4 inches by 8 inches and contains 78 pages of entries. It is in fairly good condition and the binding has mostly held.

Secretaries/Clerks during the journal

The journal entries were entered by hand over a period of nearly twenty years. Many entries close with the secretary or clerk and the chairman noted; presumably, the person who took the notes was the secretary or clerk.
Names include:

Samuel Craig
William Robertson, Sr
James McCreary
A. T. Robinson

Pastors in the journal

Rev. Samuel Hair
Rev. John E. Alexander
Rev. William M. Ferguson

Washington Presbyterian Church Minutes, minutes journal (Washington Township, Guernsey County, Ohio, 1841-1860), 10 Nov 1841, p. 1; privately held by the Faulkner-Hull Collection.
Washington Presbyterian Church Minutes, minutes journal (Washington Township, Guernsey County, Ohio, 1841-1860), 10 Nov 1841, p. 1; privately held by the Faulkner-Hull Collection.

Brief histories of the Washington Presbyterian Church were included in the Portrait and Biographical Record of Guernsey County, Ohio and Col. Cyrus P. B. Sarchet’s History of Guernsey County, Ohio, vol. 1 . Transcripts of both are found below.

The “Washington Presbyterian Church Minutes” have been scanned and transcribed and can be found on the following pages:

Journal pages and transcripts

Nov 1841-Apr 1842
pages 1 – 6

Jan 1845
pages 17-23

Jan 1848
pages 35-39

Jan 1851
pages 51-58

Jan 1854-Sept 1854
pages 69-72

June 1842-March 1843
pages 7-11

Jan 1846
pages 23-25

Jan 1849
pages 40-45

Jan 1852-Sept 1852
pages 59-63

Sep 1855-Nov 1860
pages 73-back cover

March 1843-Jan 1844
pages 12-16

Jan 1847
pages 26-35

Feb 1849-Jan 1850
pages 46-50

Feb 1853-Oct 1853
pages 64-68

The names found in the minutes have been indexed. Each entry includes the entry date, a brief summary of the entry, a link to the entry on the transcription page, and, in some instances, links to information concerning the person named.

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Washington Presbyterian Church,
History of Guernsey County, Ohio, vol. 1

Washington Presbyterian Church was formed by early settlers from out the sturdy Scotch-Irish people. They first met at the village hotel and they depended on traveling ministers. The first house of worship was erected in 1812, and was a small log house built by the people. It stood just outside the village, near the old graveyard. Ten years later an addition was made to this log church and in 1827 a new brick church was provided in the town. This was almost totally destroyed in 1834 by a wind storm, was rebuilt and enlarged, and served until i860, when, in a year later, the present church was erected.

This church was organized in 1811, under the name of Leatherwood, which was changed to Washington in 1822. Rev. John Boyd was instrumental in founding this congregation. The pastors serving for many years are found in the Lore City and Senecaville church histories of this denomination. This church has experienced many great revivals, the largest probably in its entire history being that of 1839, under Rev. Samuel Hair. Other revival seasons were in 1858 and 1885.

Col. Cyrus P. B. Sarchet, History of Guernsey County, Ohio, vol. 1 (Indianapolis, Indiana : B. F. Bowen and Co., 1911), p. 153.

Washington Presbyterian Church

The town of Washington was laid out in 1805. The early settlers were of Scotch-Irish descent, and not only a religious people, but of Presbyterian stock. At first the village hotel afforded a meeting-place where religious services could be held, and traveling ministers were secured as often as possible to officiate. The first house of worship was erected in 1812, and was a small log house built by the people. It stood outside of the village, near the old graveyard. To this small and inconvenient house an addition was built ten years afterward to accommodate the growing congregation. In 1827 a new house of brick was built in the town, which, being almost destroyed by a wind storm in 1834, was rebuilt and enlarged, and served the congregation until 1860. The present excellent house was finished and dedicated in 1861, and for some years was one of the best church edifices in this or the adjoining counties.

The church was organized in 1811, under the name of Leatherwood, which was changed to Washington in 1822. The organization was effected through the labors of the Rev. John Boyd, who preached to the people in this place about one year. Supplies were sent by the Presbytery for some time after this, and in 1815 Rev. James Smith was called to the joint pastorate of Leatherwood and Senecaville, and was ordained and installed in August of the same year. His ministry continued four years, when his death occurred, April 19, 1819. After his death the church was without the stated means of grace for eighteen months. Then Rev. Thomas B. Clark came, and after supplying the church six months was called and installed, in 1821, over the united charges of Leatherwood, Senecaville and Little Buffalo. During his ministry the name of the church was changed to Washington. His labors ceased here in April, 1831, and he removed to Logan County. After two years of occasional supply Rev. Joseph Reed became the stated supply, and remained four years. The next pastor was Rev. David Polk, who was installed in April, 1837, and remained only one year. Rev. Samuel Hair next became pastor, in 1838, and remained four years. His ministry was greatly blessed, and in one revival eighty persons pro- fessed religion.

Rev. John E. Alexander became pastor of Washington Church in 1842, and after a successful ministry of eleven years was dismissed, in 1853, on account of bronchial affection. He then took charge of the Miller Academy, a Presbyterian institution established in Washington in 1849, and held the position of Principal ten years, when, on account of the Civil War then raging, the students were scattered and the academy was finally closed. It was during his ministry, in 1850, that a Free Presbyterian Church was organized, which drew off many valuable members. After slavery was abolished, that church was disbanded and its members returned to the Presbyterian Church.

In 1854 Rev. William M. Ferguson became pastor of Washington and Senecaville. After serving the united churches about eight years, he gave his entire time to the church of Washington, His ministry closed here in June, 1874, that he might accept the position of Chaplain of the Ohio State Prison in Columbus. His was the longest pastorate the church ever enjoyed, and during that time its highest state of prosperity was reached. He was a bold and earnest preacher of the Gospel, and his ministry was greatly blessed in the salvation of men. During his ministry new churches were built both in Washington and Senecaville.

In December, 1874, Rev. A. G. Eagleson, pastor of the Third Presbyterian Church of Wheeling, came before the church on their invitation and held a communion. During the winter he preached again in a series of meetings, after which he received and accepted a call to become their pastor. His installation took place June 15, 1875, and the relation was dissolved November 12, 1879. A part of this time he supplied the church of Senecaville. After his resignation the church had only irregular supplies for a considerable length of time.

Rev. Newton Donaldson, then a student in the Western Theological Seminary, came as a candidate before the church in the fall of 1882. A call was soon made for his services, which was accepted, and at the close of the seminary year he entered regularly upon his labors. He was ordained and installed June 1, 1883. One year previous to this the church of Lore City was organized at Campbell’s Station, on the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, composed mainly of members from Washington and Senecaville. Rev. Mr. Donaldson took charge of the three churches of Washington, Lore City and Senecaville. He was greatly prospered in this field of labor, and spent nearly five years in very earnest work. His dismissal took place November 1, 1887, and he removed to Bellevue Church, in the Presbytery of Alleghany.

In 1888 Rev. C. R. McCracken was called to the service of this church, and faithfully discharged his duties until 1892, when he was succeeded by Rev. H. H. McMasters, whose term of service began in April of that year. Rev. Mr. McMasters has served the church efficiently and faithfully.

This church has experienced many great revivals of religion, the most notable of which were in 1839, under the ministry of Rev. Samuel Hair; in 1858, and again in 1868, under the ministry of Rev. William M. Ferguson; and in 1885, during the ministry of Rev. Newton Donaldson. At these times large accessions were made to the membership, and a great impetus given to the cause of religion.

Portrait and Biographical Record of Guernsey County, Ohio (Chicago : C. O. Owen and Co., 1895), p. 530-532.

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Names found in the Washington Presbyterian Church Minutes, Guernsey County, Ohio journal

The names found on the pages of the minutes journal are indexed below.

DatePageName / Notes
Alexander, Rev. John E.
1815-1902
Buried Union Cemetery, Steubenville, Jefferson County, Ohio
31
Oct 1842
8Committee to convince Mr. Alexander to become preacher
Mr. Alexander did not provide amount of salary required
7
Mar 1843
10
11
Meeting to decide on calling Rev. Alexander as pastor church
Reported the church was in proper order and could pay Rev. J. Alexander
21
Mar 1843
12
13
Meeting debating call as pastor
Chosen as pastor
5
Jan
1844
15Moved congregation appropriate thirty dollars to Senecaville church for Rev. Alexander’s salary
5-6
Jan 1845
18
19
21
22
Balance due Mr. Alexander
Senecaville church to received one fourth of Mr. Alexander’s time
Prayer by Mr Alexander T
Balance due Mr. Alexander
Congregation at Senecaville could pay $100 for Rev. Alexander
12
Jan 1846
25Moved that the front pew on the left hand of the pulpit be left for the use of Mr Alexander & his family
4
Jan 1847
28Senecaville could raise $83 for 1/4 of Mr Alexanders’ time
19
Jan 1847
32
33
34
Senecaville congregation stated that they would pay $100 for 1/4 of Mr. Alexander’s time
Mr Withrow moved that a committee be appointed to visit Mr Alexander
Mr Morrow moved for a committee of three persons to visit on Mr Alexander
Mr Laughlin moved for a committee of five persons to visit the congregation for the purpose of raising the balance of Mr Alexander’s salary
7
Jan 1848
36
37
38
39
Paid Rev John E Alexander $23.65
Paid Rev John E Alexander $19.62
Paid Rev John E. Alexander $4.50
Paid Rev John E. Alexander $8.00
Committee appointed to take up a subscription to meet the arrears due Mr Alexander 
Arrangement to be made with of Mr Alexander if possible
Deacons to report amount considered available to Mr Alexander
5
Feb 1849
46Chairman
7
Jan 1850
48
49
Paid Rev. Alexander $19.82
Paid Rev. Alexander $5.59
6
Jan 1851
51Paid Revs Alexander & Wilson $60.70
2
Feb 1852
61Chairman
11 Sept 185262
63
Mr Alexander asked for a leave of absence from his pastoral charge until the month of May next
Moved that each member be requested to pay his full subscription to Mr Alexander for the present year
Birch, Matilda
wife of William Birch
Apr 18425Absent from Rev. Hair removal vote
Blackburn, William
5
Feb 1849
46Nominated for elder
Brown, Hugh Franklin
Died 14 July 1884
Buried Senecaville Cemetery
28
Feb 1842
4Committee member
30 June 18427Appointed chairman.
Present; agree to pay to end of year
5
Jan
1844
14
15
Deacon candidate
Committee member
7
Jan 1848
39Committee member
5
Feb 1849
46
47
Nominated for elder
Elected elder
6
Jan 1851
53Mr Brown moved to amend motion and that any member refusing to pay the amount assessed be excommunicated
20 Jan 185158Mr McCreary & Brown were appointed a committee to form a class for church music
Brown, Rev. S.
6
Jan 1851
51Paid Rev. S, Brown $20.75
Bruner, John
of the Senecaville Church
(1814-1894). Buried Senecaville Cemetery
5-6
Jan 1845
17
22
Report of the Senecaville Deacons
Congregation at Senecaville could pay $100 for Rev. Alexander
4
Jan 1847
28Delegate from the Senecaville church
6
Jan 1851
52Mr Bruner of Senecaville church reported they raised $95.00 for the salary for next year
Caldwell, J. K.
10
Nov 1841
2Appointed treasurer
31
Oct 1842
9Committee member
7
Jan 1848
37McCurdy and Caldwell paid $2.21
Committee member
5
Feb 1849
46
47
Nominated for elder
Elected elder
6
Jan 1851
51Chairman
12 Jan 185259McCurdy and Caldwell were appointed a committee to take subscription for salary arrears
Mr Caldwell appointed a committee to take further subscription for salary arrears
Campbell, William
Apr 18425Absent from Rev. Hair removal vote
Clark, Samuel
30 June 18427Present; agree to pay to end of year
Cochran, Thomas P.
(1806-1853)
10
Nov 1841
1Committee member
28
Feb 1842
2Resolution to exonerate William Robe
21
Mar 1843
14Moved that committee be selected out of the session 
6
Jan 1845
18
19
Instructed to go forward and collect
Called upon for a report
Committee to collect the subscription
12
Jan 1846
24
25
Moved that Mr Cochran be discharged
Moved that Mr McCurdy collect the subscription in the hands of Mr Cochran
4
Jan 1847
29Committee to re-appraise the pews
Craig, Samuel
(1815-1894)
10
Nov 1841
1Appointed secretary
30 June 18427Present; agree to pay to end of year
31
Oct 1842
8
9
Appointed treasurer
Committee member
2
Jan 1843
10Clerk
5
Jan
1844
16Secretary
5-6
Jan
1845
18
23
Secretary
12
Jan 1846
25Secretary
Cunningham, John
Apr 18425Absent from Rev. Hair removal vote
Dilley, Abraham
(1785-1875)
31
Oct 1842
8Committee to convince Mr. Alexander to become preacher
Foy Daniel
(1787-1864)
Apr 18425Absent from Rev. Hair removal vote
Frame, David
7
Jan 1848
37$2.50 due for scrubbing
Frame, James
12
Jan 1846
23Opened meeting wiht prayer
8
Jan 1849
40Not considered personally bound by his act in signing the call
Frame, John
of James
Died 16 Feb 1905
5
Jan
1844
14Moved for an election of three deacons
Deacon candidate
12 Jan 185260Mr Robe, John Frame, Wm Thompson, J Sproat &Wm Sawhill appointed clerks for choir for year
Frame, Moses
(1798-1881)
10
Nov 1841
1Appointed chair
30 June 18427Committee member
Present; agree to pay to end of year
7
Mar 1843
10Called to chair meeting
21
Mar 1843
12Chosen as chairman
12
Jan 1846
24Motion to use the  Last Collection of Hymns issued by the Presbyterian Board of Publication
4
Jan 1847
29Moved that the Committee on pew appraisement start at $450
20 Jan 185157Moved to amend motion by striking out
Glass, John
Apr 18424Absent from Rev. Hair removal vote
Granger, O. L.
Apr 18425Absent from Rev. Hair removal vote
Hair, Rev. Samuel
10
Nov 1841
2Proposed Rev. Hair be paid so long as he continues the regular pastor
28
Feb 1842
3
4
Pastor of church, examination into his salary. Members urge to reconcile with Mr. Hair.
Apr
1842
5
6
Vote held to removal of Mr. Hair, 58 for removal, Proposed Rev. Hair be paid so long as he continues the regular pastor,
30 June 18427Permitted to leave church as pastor
Harvey, Thomas
Apr 18425Absent from Rev. Hair removal vote
Hastings, John
Apr 18425Absent from Rev. Hair removal vote
Henderson, John
(1809-1875)
Apr
1842
5Absent from Rev. Hair removal vote
Henry, Joseph
(Unk-1861)
Apr
1842
5Absent from Rev. Hair removal vote
Johnston, Elizabeth
(1791-1847)
Apr 18425Absent from Rev. Hair removal vote
Jones, Andrew
Apr 18425Absent from Rev. Hair removal vote
Jordan, Jane
Apr 18425Absent from Rev. Hair removal vote
Laughlin, Alexander
19
Jan
1847
31
32
Stated he was authorized by the Senecaville congregation that they would pay $100 for 1/4 of Mr. Alexander’s time
7
Jan 1848
35Reported the Senecaville congregation that they would pay $100 for 1/4 of Mr. Alexander’s time
Laughlin, James
12 Jan 185259Potts & James Laughlin were appointed a committee to take subscription for roof and fence
Laughlin, John
7
Jan 1850
50Reported Senecaville church would pay $100
Laughlin, John Jr
5
Jan
1844
14Deacon candidate
Laughlin, John B. Sr
Died 28 Feb 1891
Buried Senecaville Cemetery
28
Feb 1842
4Proposed a day of fasting and prayer be held
31
Oct
1842
8Committee to convince Mr. Alexander to become preacher
Laughlin, Thomas W.
(1816-1900) Buried in Old Washington Cemetery
10
Nov 1841
2Appointed to raise money
2
Jan 1843
10Chairman of meeting
5
Jan
1844
15Committee member
12
Jan 1846
23Motion regarding subscription taken at last meeting
4
Jan 1847
29Moved that the Committee on pew appraisement start at $500
19
Jan
1847
32
33
34
Moved to proceed immediately to the selection of pews
Moved that the committee on pew appraisement be required to number the pews with the rates affixed thereunto
Moved that the Members present be invited to come forward and subscribe
Moved that the Deacons be instructed to visit all the absent members
Moved for a committee of five persons to visit the congregation for the purpose of raising the balance of subscriptions
Appointed by the choir
7
Jan 1848
39Committee member
8
Jan 1849
40Chairman
12 Jan 185259Chairman
2
Feb 1852
61Moved that all member and pew holders be entitled to vote at this election
Lea, B
4
Jan 1847
27Paid to Treasurer B Lea 
Leeper, Robert Sr
(1784-1866)
30 June 18427Committee member
31
Oct 1842
8Appointed to chair
Lisle, John
Apr 18425Absent from Rev. Hair removal vote
Mahoney, William
Apr 18425Absent from Rev. Hair removal vote
McBurney, Benjamin
Apr 18425Absent from Rev. Hair removal vote
McClurg, William
30 June 18427Present; agree to pay to end of year
McConkey, John
Apr 18425Absent from Rev. Hair removal vote
McCrane, Ann
Apr 18425Absent from Rev. Hair removal vote
McCreary, James
(1814-1891)
10
Nov 1841
1Committee member
30 June 18427Committee member
Present; agree to pay to end of year
5
Jan
1844
14
15
Deacon candidate
Elected deacon
Committee member
12
Jan 1846
24Motion for the deacons to be required to present their books with the amount handed in
4
Jan 1847
27
28
31
Motion to have the minutes of the last meeting read
James McCreary collected $48
Secretary
19
Jan
1847
35Secretary
20 Jan 185156On motion Mr McCeary was appointed to take said subscription
Mr McCreary took the subscription of $12.00
20 Jan 185158Mr McCreary & Brown were appointed a committee to form a class for church music
McCullums, Isaac
30 June 18427Committee member
5
Jan
1844
14
15
Deacon candidate
Elected deacon
4
Jan 1847
28
29
Collected $2.00
Committee to re-appraise the pews
19
Jan
1847
34Appointed by the choir
McCurdy, John
28
Feb 1842
4Committee member
Apr
1842
6Proposed Rev. Hair be paid so long as he continues the regular pastor
30 June 18427Present; agree to pay to end of year
7
Mar 1843
11Suggested the Senecaville deacons be invited to the church and their subscription could pay Rev. Alexander
5
Jan
1844
15Offered resolution for committee
12
Jan 1846
24Moved that Mr McCurdy be a Committee to collect subscriptions
4
Jan 1847
27
28
29
30
Moved that the report of Deacons be accepted
Moved that the report of Deacons be laid on the table
Committee to re-appraise the pews
Moved that selection of pews preference goes to the person occupying the pew
19
Jan
1847
31
32
34
Presented a plot of all the pews in the church
Moved to accept Senecaville congregation’s offer to pay $100 for 1/4 of Mr. Alexander’s time
Appointed by the choir
7
Jan 1848
36
37
39
Paid John McCurdy $16.15
McCurdy and Caldwell paid $2.21
Committee member
22 Jan 184944Committee member
5
Feb 1849
46Nominated for elder
20 Jan 185155Moved for a subscription to pay the arrears in the salary for the last 2 years
20 Jan 185156Moved that there be subscription taken
On motion Mr McCurdy was appointed to take the subscription
20 Jan 185157Moved that the salary be paid on the pews
12 Jan 185259McCurdy and Caldwell were appointed a committee to take subscription for salary arrears
McDerwell, William
28
Feb 1842
2
4
Moderator, Prayer to close meeting
Miller, Mr.
11 Sept 185262
63
Moved that the session try to procure the services of Mr Miller as pastor
Moved that the session be instructed to allow Mr Miller at the rate of $ 400.00 per annum, amended to $6.00 per day
Moved that if the services of Mr Miller could not be obtained, another pastor would be procured
Miller, Hugh
Apr 18425Absent from Rev. Hair removal vote
Moodie, Mr.
5
Jan
1845
20Treasurer
Morrison, Joseph
Apr 18425Absent from Rev. Hair removal vote
Morrow, James
(1792-1873)
10
Nov 1841
1Committee member
Morrow, William
(1796-1860)
30 June 18427Committee member
Present; agree to pay to end of year
21
Mar 1843
12Reconsideration of the motion
21
Mar 1843
13Suggest to form a committee
4
Jan 1847
28William Morrow collected $40.50
19
Jan
1847
31
33
Called for a report from the Senecaville Congregation
Moved for a committee of three persons to visit on Mr Alexander
Patterson, Dr. Andrew
5-6
Jan
1845
17
19
23
Chairman
12
Jan 1846
23
25
Chairman
4
Jan 1847
29Committee to re-appraise the pews
7
Jan 1848
35Chairman
20 Jan 185155Proposed to amend an amendment by assessing 30 cts on each member 
20 Jan 185156On motion Dr Patterson was appointed to assist Mr McCurdy in taking the subscription
11 Sept 185262Chairman
Potts, Stephen
5
Feb 1849
46
47
Nominated for elder
Elected elder
7
Jan 1850
49S. Potts sent $15.56
12 Jan 185259Potts & James Laughlin were appointed a committee to take subscription for roof and fence
Rea, Francis
Apr 18425Absent from Rev. Hair removal vote
Robe, David F.
Apr 18425Absent from Rev. Hair removal vote
Robe, William
28
Feb 1842
2Resolution to exonerate Mr. Robe from obligation
5
Jan
1844
15
Committee member
Offered resolution
5
Jan
1845
23Moved that each member pay according to his ability to the support of the Pastor
12
Jan 1846
24Motion members to give the amount they may feel willing to support the gospel
4
Jan 1847
28Collected $0
8
Jan 1849
41Offered resolutions for the consideration of the meeting
22
Jan 1849
45Appointed to transact business
20 Jan 185155Moved that there be a collector appointed to collect the 30 cents member tax
20 Jan 185158Mr J. Sproat appointed one of the singers in place of Mr Robe
12 Jan 185260Mr Robe, John Frame, Wm Thompson, J Sproat &Wm Sawhill appointed clerks for choir for year
Robinson, A. T.
8
Jan 1849
40Secretary
22
Jan
1849
45Secretary
5
Feb 1849
47Secretary
7
Jan 1850
50Secretary
6
Jan 1851
54Secretary
12 Jan 185260Secretary
2
Feb 1852
61Secretary
11 Sept 185263Clerk
Robinson, Henry
30 June 18427Present; agreed to pay to end of year
7
Jan 1848
37Received $1.00 for coal
Robinson, J. P.
7
Jan 1848
39Committee member
Robinson, James, Esq.
Apr 18425Absent from Rev. Hair removal vote
Robinson, John
of Alexander
7
Jan 1848
39Committee member
Robinson, John
of William
5
Jan
1844
14Deacon candidate
5
Jan
1844
15Committee member
7
Jan 1848
37
39
Committee member
5
Feb 1849
46Nominated for elder
6
Jan 1851
53Moved for a committee of 2 be appointed to go to Cambridge and get a transcript
2
Feb 1852
61Wm Thompson Jr &  John Robinson of Wm elected deacons
Robinson, William Sr.
28
Feb 1842
3
4
Committee member
30 June 18427Present; agree to pay to end of year
31
Oct 1842
8Committee to convince Mr. Alexander to become preacher
2
Jan 1843
10Proposed book containing the subscription for the missionary purposes be handed over to the deacons
7
Mar 1843
10
11
Appointed clerk pro tem
Reported the church was in proper order and could pay Rev. J. Alexander
Moved for a congregational meeting to be held 21 Mar
21
Mar 1843
12
14
Moved for amendment regarding funding
Moved to amend the motion by inserting all the members of session
Secretary pro tem
5
Jan
1844
14Moved to nominate by a committee of deacon candidates
4
Jan 1847
29Moved that a committee of five be chosen to re-appraise the pews 
Committee to re-appraise the pews
7
Jan 1848
35Moved that the motion to reconsider be laid upon the table.
6
Jan 1851
53Moved that there be a subscriptions taken to raise the amount of arrears for all purposes
20 Jan 185155Moved to amend motion by allowing 10 percent
20 Jan 185157Moved that if there should be surplus derived from the 30 cents per member that it be appropriated to pay for roof and fence
Robinson, William Jr
30 June 18427Committee member
Present; agree to pay to end of year
5
Jan
1844
14
15
Deacon candidate
Elected deacon
5
Jan
1844
19
22
Report of the board of deacons
Need for funds to pay Rev. Alexander
4
Jan 1847
28
30
Collected $0
Moved that the Committee on pew appraisement make a plot of all the pews in this church with the rates affixed thereunto
19
Jan
1847
31Called for a report from the committee on pew appraisement
8
Jan 1849
43Moved church or individuals agree to pay the amount on the Deacons books
22 Jan 184944Committee member
7
Jan 1850
48Called for report of the deacons 
20 Jan 185155Amend motion by inserting for all purposes for subscription
Rowen, John
30 June 18427Present; agree to pay to end of year
Sawhill, James
4
Jan 1847
30Moved for meeting to adjourn and meet again in 2 weeks
Appointed to committee to visit Senecaville Congregation
Sawhill, William
12 Jan 185260Mr Robe, John Frame, Wm Thompson, J Sproat &Wm Sawhill appointed clerks for choir for year
Skinner, William
Apr 18425Absent from Rev. Hair removal vote
4
Jan 1847
27
31
Chairman
19
Jan 1847
31
35
Chairman
Slaughter, John
Apr 18425Absent from Rev. Hair removal vote
Slaughter, Philip
Apr 18425Absent from Rev. Hair removal vote
Smith, John B.
Apr 18425Absent from Rev. Hair removal vote
Sproat, Alexander
(1796-1870)
Apr 18425Absent from Rev. Hair removal vote
19
Jan
1847
34Appointed by the choir
Sproat, Joseph Newton
Died 27 Feb 1912
Buried McQuade Cemetery
20 Jan 185158Mr J. Sproat appointed one of the singers in place of Mr Robe
12 Jan 185260Mr Robe, John Frame, Wm Thompson, J Sproat &Wm Sawhill appointed clerks for choir for year
Thompson, John Sr.
Apr 18425Absent from Rev. Hair removal vote
Thompson, William Jr.
5
Feb 1849
46Nominated for elder
12 Jan 185260Mr Robe, John Frame, Wm Thompson, J Sproat &Wm Sawhill appointed clerks for choir for year
2
Feb 1852
61Wm Thompson Jr &  John Robinson of Wm elected deacons
Wallace, Rev. William
5
Jan
1844
14, 16Called to chair
6
Jan 1851
51Paid Rev. Wallace $19.00
Wiley, Rev
8
Jan 1849
40Paid Rev Wiley, Treasurer $26.00 
Williams, Mr.
10
Nov 1841
2Church report
28
Feb 1842
4Committee member
31
Oct 1842
9Asked for leave to report on moneys
Wilson, Rev. William
April
1842
5Meeting called order
7
Mar 1843
11Rev Wilson be invited to act as moderator at next meeting 
21
Mar 1843
12, 14Moderator
7
Jan 1848
36Paid Wm Wilson $12.17
6
Jan 1851
51Paid Revs Alexander & Wilson $60.70
Withrow, Oliver
5
Jan 1844
15
16
Moved congregation appropriate thirty dollars to Senecaville church for Rev. Alexander’s salary
Motion to meet with Senecaville deacons
4
Jan 1847
27
28
29
Called for a report from the board of Deacons
Moved that the Deacons hand in their Books
Called for a report from the Delegate from the Senecaville church
Moved to lay the salary on the pews by re-appraisement
Moved that the Senecaville church shall receive 1/4 of Mr. Alexander’s time for $83
Moved that any one person wishing to occupy a whole pew have preference
19
Jan
1847
34Moved to appoint a committee to visit those absent
Moved that a committee be appointed to visit Mr Alexander
Moved that committee report to the Deacons
5
Feb 1849
46Nominated for elder
7
Jan 1850
48Chairman
6
Jan 1851
53Moved that the Senacaville church have ¼ of minister’s time for $90.00
Moved for no more preaching after the 22nd of Jan until the congregation would meet and make arrangements for all arrears
20 Jan 185157Moved that $2.00 be assessed on each member 
12 Jan 185260Proposed the church abstain from all intoxicating liquors
2
Feb 1852
61Moved that all member, male & female and pew holder be entitled to vote at all elections except for members of session

Related documents

Presbyterian Historical Society, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Church Registers, Lore City Ohio First Presbyterian Church Session Register, 1882-1947, Register of Elders, p. 2.
Presbyterian Historical Society, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Church Registers, Lore City Ohio First Presbyterian Church Session Register, 1882-1947, Register of Elders, p. 2.

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Citing this page: Kimberli Faulkner Hull, transcriber and compiler, “1841-1860 Washington Presbyterian Church Minutes, Guernsey County, Ohio,” Chasing Light Media, Cool Adventures
( https://cooladventures.com/collection/1841-1860-washington-presbyterian-church-minutes-guernsey-county-ohio : published 2021); Washington Presbyterian Church Minutes, minutes journal (Washington Township, Guernsey County, Ohio, 1841-1860), 78 pages; privately held by the Faulkner-Hull Collection, Massachusetts.

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