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minutes of this church were recorded in German twelve hundred baptisms were performed."9
In the original church record book of what is known today as Saint Paul's Lutheran Church, Aurora, the Rev. John Stough administered communion there August 1st. 1795; May 20th. 1797; June 17th. 1798. This means that Rev. Stough, besides his duties as resident pastor in Fayette County, Pennsylvania served other congregations intermittently, including his first parish at the headwaters of the Youghiogheny. Daniel, son of Mardin and Margareta Stembel (Stemple) is the last recorded baptism at Salem Parish by Rev. John Stough. This was August 14th. 1795.
STOUGH IN OHIO
"In 1806 he resigned his charges in the mountains and moved to Ohio where he organized twelve congregations in one year. He was the Founder of the Ohio Synod and served as President of that body six terms. Catherine Trautman (his second wife) bore him ten children. He died July 25, 1845 and his wife December 25th, 1848. They were buried in Myer's Cemetery, a few miles west of Shelby, Ohio."10
Near the end of his strenuous, fruitful and lengthy ministry he wrote: "I have lived on God's beautiful earth eighty-one years. More than fifty years have been used preaching the Gospel. To do this I have travelled one hundred thousand miles, preached in five states, confirmed in all 1516 persons, baptized more than double that many, married 481 couples and attended nearly as many funerals. God causes all things to work together for my good. Not one day passed during seventy years without confessing my own sins, and the sins of others with a prayer for forgiveness. I have enjoyed a thousand pleasures for one pain. I raised a family of six sons and seven daughters. If I have enemies I implore their forgiveness and express my unfeigned thanks to many for their long and continual friendship. To God's Holy Name be all praise. May God forgive my sins and save my soul."
STOUGH AND HIS CONTEMPORARIES
"Although a desire for religious freedom led to the founding of more than half of the American colonies, it would be a great error to suppose the American people were generally religious at the time the settlement of Preston (County) began. At any rate religious baggage seems little in evidence in that which was taken across the mountains
The History of Fayette County, Pennsylvania, by F. Ellis, p. 597. Published in 1882. Copy can be seen in the Fort Necessity Museum, Farmington, Pennsylvania.
The Aurora Documents, p. 14,
Felix G. Robinson
Ruth Enlow Library, Oakland
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Western Maryland, 1750-1963