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The Konoloway Church, later called Tonoloway, was organized in 1752 by Elder Samuel Heaton, who had settled near there and baptized seven persons. The Indians drove many of the members from their homes and scattered them. Some went into the Mill Creek Church and later were organized into a church on August 25, 1765. Elder John Powell was called as pastor in 1767 and moved from New Jersey to Tonoloway in 1770. The church first meeting house was a log structure, 18 by 22 feet in dimensions, built in 1752, on a lot of 50 acres in what is now known as Thompson township, about 200 miles from Philadelphia. The Tonoloway Church first belonged to the Philadelphia Association, and according to the records the Association contributed 12 pounds and 6 pence toward the expense of the first building. In 1792 this church went into the organization of the Baltimore Association, and in 1821 it helped organize the Juniatta Association. During the Civil War the church building was used as a hospital, and many of the soldiers were buried in the cemetery near the church.



Sideling Hill Church, in Belfast township, was organized on September 12, 1790, with ten charter members, viz., Samuel Truax, Sarah Truax, John Truax, Jane Truax, Richard Pitman, Charity Pitman, Richard Truax, Ruth Truax, Sarah Mellott, and Cathrine Rush, all of whom had formerly been members of the Tonoloway Church.


Akers, Bailey, Barton, Cattlet, Clark, Correll, Dishong, Evans, Everts, Garland, Greenland, Hart, Hockensmith, Hollenshead, Horton, Kline, Lake, McCormel, Mellott, Morgret, Ockerman, Palmer, Peck, Pitman, Powell, Runyan, Rush, Singletaker, Sipe, Starr, Strait, Truax, Vancleave, Vanskyke, Varns, Whitefield, Wink, Wright (list not yet completed).


Fairview Church (later known more commonly as Needmore Church) was organized March 3, 1872, with four charter members, viz., D. Mellott, Sampson G. Mellott, Silas Starr, and Rebecca Mellott.


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