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Rocky Spring/Galilean United Presbyterian Church - New Galilee PA

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In 1827 an Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church was established east of what later became New Galilee. Initial services were held in a “tent” and also in private homes during the winter months. A wooden frame church was built at some point, which adopted the name of “Rocky Spring” after a small natural spring that flowed nearby. In 1858 the congregation became known as the Rocky Spring United Presbyterian Church, and a decade later relocated and built a new church (shown above) in the newly named village of New Galilee. Many years later, in early 1959, Rocky Spring United Presbyterian Church merged with and took on the members of the First Presbyterian Church of New Galilee to form the new Galilean United Presbyterian Church. Many improvements have been made over the years, including a major renovation project completed in early 1964. The congregation is still active today. (c1975) Full Size

The congregation of the Galilean U. P. Church. (c1975) Full Size

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  1. My 2nd great grandfather, John Smith (1797-1863) and his wife, Sarah Ann Wright (1801-1885) raised their family in Enon Valley and are buried in the Rocky Spring Cemetery.

    I’m wondering if the church has any early baptismal, marriage or death records. Anything from the years between 1800-1900.

    Thank you so much, Patti Smith Hanks

  2. The records of the Rocky Spring Church only go back to 1876. However I can confirm that John Smith is buried at the Rocky Spring Cemetery. DOD 3/4/1863 86 years 9 months and 3 or 8 days.
    His wife Sarah B – 4/13/1801 D – 10/5/1885.
    There is also a William Smith Died 1862 GAR marker number 1198 and a John Smith Died 4/2/1898 25 years 5 mo and 19 days.

  3. Greetings,
    I am researching my 2nd great-grandfather, William Cochran Mitchell (1851-1922). I have a snap shot of the Galilean Church from the 1950s with the note that WC Mitchell helped build this church. Can you give me any other information to verify this or about his family? They moved to Kansas where he was a carpenter. It appears that his family lived in this area prior to the move to KS.
    Much appreciated,
    Lynn Wright


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