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From: Edward Sinker <>
Subject: Re: Washington County location
Date: Wed, 30 Dec 1998 23:45:13 +0000
Dan Treadway wrote in reply to Ann McCormack:
>I expect the Washinton County referred to was in Pennsylvania.
This is what I thought when I read the query, in western
They traveled great distances to attend these yearly meetings.
My ggggg-grandfather, Isaac Coates was minuted in 1793 to attended
the Baltimore yearly meeting, he was from East Caln, Chester
Co., Pa. and then in 1798 he was minuted to attend the New
York yearly meeting. In 1799 he kept a diary in which he visited
Friends in western Pennsylvania as far as Pittsburg and then
up to Niagara Falls to Genesee Co., NY and then attended
the opening of the new Monthly Meeting at Muncy. The trip
took from the 23rd of the 8th mo. to the 27th of the 10th mo.
1799. - Ed
Edward Coates Sinker - email:
Herefordshire HR8 1PX
Westland MM, in
>Washington County near Brownsville, PA, was established in 1785. It was first
>part of Fairfax QM of Baltimore YM. In 1793, Redstone MM in Fayette
>(also near Brownsville) was established. In 1797, Redstone QM was
>it included these two MMs and, for all I know, others I have not been able to
>discover. Redstone QM remained part of Baltimore YM until 1813 when it became
>part of the new Ohio YM.
>It would not appear that there has ever been a Monthly Meeting in Washington
>County, Maryland, much less a Quarterly Meeting.
>To see if I could find out whether there was a Bethlehem Township in
>County, PA, I went to http://searches.rootsweb.com/ and clicked on "See
>Mailing Lists for a list". this took me to http://www.rootsweb.com/~maillist/
>where I clicked on "United States" and went to
>http://www.rootsweb.com/~maillist/us/index.html . There I clicked on
>"Pennsylvania" and found that there was a mailing list named PAWASHIN-L which
>covered Washington County. Then I went to
>http://searches.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/listsearch.pl and entered PAWASHIN-L in
>box marked "Name of List" and clicked on "Submit Query". I then entered
>"Bethlehem and Township" into the box marked "Query" and clicked on "Search".
>This brought up information on 33 messages. The first included the following,
>which shows that there was a township named Bethlehem, and that Quakers lived
>> Dear Harley,
>> At the time of your wills, East Bethlehem Township's boundaries were
>> different then they are now. East Bethlehem Township was one of the
>> original 13 townships in the county. It included the present townships
>> of West Bethlehem and part of East Pike Run and the boroughs of
>> Centerville and Deemston.
>> The only Presbyterian church at that time that I know of was the
>> Presbyterian Church of Millsborough - est. 1838. There were many other
>> churches but they were either Lutheran, Baptist, Quaker, Methodist
>> Episcopal, etc.
>> Some other churches were:
>> Bethlehem Lutheran - est. 1788
>> Ten Mile Dunkard - est. 1858
>> Highland United Brethren - est. 1888
>> Pigeon Creek Dunkard - est. 1800
>> Redstone Church - est. 1797
>> Bethesda Methodist Episcopal - est. 1828
>> Westland Meeting House (Quaker) - est. 1792
>> There are many cemeteries in this township. Some are:
>> Scenery Hill
>> Methodist Ten-Mile (near Zollarsville)
>> Hawkins Private
>> Ulery Private
>> Zollarsville Methodist
>> What are your grandfathers' names?
>> Gina Nestor
>A. McCormack wrote:
>> I am hoping that someone is knowledgable about which of the Quarterly
>> Meetings sent delegates to Baltimore in 1800 (were they only the meetings
>> in Maryland, or also from a wider area?), and then help me identify the
>> particular Quarterly Meeting referred to below. In this way I may be able
>> to eventually identify the writer of a family letter dated 10m 2nd 1800 by
>> searching out a list of the Delegates.
>> The writer states that his father has been appointed by the Quarterly Mtg
>> as one of the Delegates to the 1800 Yearly Mtg at Baltimore, and will
>> begin the journey that day after meeting. The letter seems to have come
>> from "Washingtin County, Bethlehem Township".
>> I can see a Washington County on my map of Maryland - is/was there a
>> Bethlehem Twp, and if so, which Monthly and Quarterly Mtgs would have served
>> that area?
>> The writer expresses concern for his father in journeying to Baltimore
>> where the yellow fever is "very mortal" and in Winchester "and many other
>> I would be grateful for any helpful information.
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