Lawrence County, Pa Churches


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History of Lawrence County Pennsylvania, 1770 - 1877

By S.W. and P.A. Durant

Page 143


According to a careful computation there are eighty-five religious congregations or church organizations in Lawrence county, of which sixteen are Presbyterian, twenty United Presbyterian, twenty-five Methodist Episcopal, two Primitive Methodist, three Catholic, five Baptist, six Christian, two German Lutheran, two Reformed Presbyterian, one Episcopal, two English Evangelical Lutheran, and one Amech or Mennonite. Of these fifteen are in the city of New Castle and its suburbs, two in Big Beaver, four in Little Beaver, four in North Beaver, three in Hickory, six in Mahoning, three in Neshannock, two in Perry, three in Plain Grove, seven in Pulaski, four in Scott, five in Shenango, eight in Slippery Rock, four in Taylor (none in Union and Washington), five in Wayne and five in Wilmington.

There are two in Wampum and three in New Wilmington boroughs.

The oldest organizations in the county belong to the two prominent branches of the Presbyterian, the Old School and the United Presbyterian, both of which were introduced about the year 1800, or nearly as early as the first settlements. Their earliest church organizations were, (Presbyterian) Hopewell and Neshannock in 1800, Slippery Rock in 1801-2, and New Castle (called Lower Neshannock), and Westfield in 1803.

The earliest United Presbyterian Churches (then known as Associate or "Seceder" and Associate Reformed), were the Deer Creek, about 1800, and the one known as Mahoning Church, about 1799 or 1800, and in New Castle about 1808. The first Methodist Church in the county was the well-known King's Chapel, organized about 1802-4. The first Methodist Society in New Castle was organized about 1810.

The Baptists are a more recent organization.

The Zoar Baptist Church was organized in 1842, and the one in New Castle in 1843.

The Catholics begun to hold services in the dwellings of the few communicants who were scattered over the county, about 1831-32. The first organization in New Castle was about 1850.

The first Christian Church (known as Desciples) was organized in New Castle in 1855. They have the most costly and imposing church edifice in the county.

The German Lutherans organized in New Castle in 1848, and the Reformed Presbyterians in 1871.

The Episcopal Church of New Castle was organized about 1843.

The largest number of communicants belongs to the Catholic Church of New Castle, who number about 1,200. The first Methodist Episcopal Church comes next, with over six hundred, which is the largest society in the Erie Conference. The only Religious Educational Institution in the county is the college at New Wilmington, under the control of the United Presbyterian Church.