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Frostburg United Methodist Church (150th anniversary, 1835-1985)

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and 1800 and were remembered as still living at the age of 92. In 1882 it was noted that they had been members for over 60 years, probably worshipping in the Wright Meeting House before our first building was constructed in 1832.       (Ruth Carpenter, Amy G. Meek)

JAMES JEFFRIES, brother-in-law of Owen Hitchins, was Superintendent of the Borden Mining Coal Company.

PHILIP MICHAEL was listed as a member in 1865. He belonged to Class No. 2 from 1870 to 1892. A blacksmith and wagonmaker, he lost a lot of his property on Mechanic Street in the fire of 1874. He was an ancestor of Charlotte Richardson Folk.       (Amy G. Meek)

JAMES GROSE AND JANE GROSE were grandparents of Nan Jeffries and Beulah Grose. Jane's parents were John and Elizabeth Rodda. (June Wilson)

WILLIAM AND MARY McLUCKIE lived in the red brick house at 51 South Water Street. They had three children, James, Anthony and Margaret, who probably gave the window in memory of their parents. (Ruth Carpenter)

CHRISTOPHER ROBERTS was born in Cornwall County, England, in 1847 and died in 1906. He was married to Jane Boyns (born in 1848 and died in 1934) in St. Just Parish, Cornwall, in 1870. They came to the United States and settled in Midlothian. They had eight children: Mary Jane (MacMannis), Elizabeth, Christopher, Annie, Grace (Peele), W. Richard, Garfield, and Edith (Miller). (June Wilson)

GEORGE JEFFRIES had a lumber mill. His grandfather had come from England. The Jeffries family was of old English and Welsh stock related to John Wesley, the founder of Methodism.

JAMES TAYLOR and MARY TAYLOR (separate windows) came to this country from England. Her maiden name was Willison. James enlisted as a guard at the Clarysville Hospital, but, due to the shortage of men, he had to go fight. After the War, the Taylors mortgaged their home to help build the present church. James died of tuberculosis at 47; Mary died in 1923 at the age of 83. They had eight children: William, John (Gordon Taylor's father), James (Margaret Taylor Race's father), Mary Jane (Margaret Crump Brode's mother), Esther, Rebecca, Elizabeth and Maude. (Margaret Brode)

OWEN HITCHINS was born in Wales and came to America in 1852. He was a
butcher, supplying meat to the hospital at Clarysville during the Civil War. He and his brother, Adam, purchased James Hoblitzell's dry goods store in 1863 and named their firm The Hitchins Brothers, a well-known


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Anniversary Committee, Frostburg United Methodist Church


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Frostburg (Md.); Frostburg (Md.), History; United Methodist Church (U.S.), History. .

Frostburg (Md.), 1835-1985

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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