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Providence Baptist Church & Cemetery - North Sewickley Twnp PA

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In November 1801 a group of local residents in the rural area known as North Sewickley Township organized themselves as the Providence Baptist Church. They held services under an apple tree or in log cabin home of Ezekial Jones, an early settler to the area, and were led by the Reverend Henry Spear. The Jones homestead was located on the south bank of the Connoquenessing Creek, on what is now the Olde Stonewall Golf Course. A few years later a log cabin church was erected nearby (along modern-day Chapel Drive) and it was replaced with a wooden frame church in 1818. A church cemetery was established as well. (c1905)


The congregation grew slowly – but steadily – due to the remote location of the church. The building was lost to a storm in 1856 and was replaced with a larger structure the following year. The congregation was thriving by the 1890’s and the church was enlarged and rededicated in 1898. The church has been greatly improved over the years and is still in service today. In 2001 the congregation celebrated its 200th anniversary. Providence is the oldest Baptist Church in all of Beaver County, and over the years has helped establish numerous Baptist congregations throughout the region. (Oct 2014) Full Size


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The grave site of Andrew Nye (1760-1821), who came from Northampton County and settled the area as early at 1793. (Oct 2014)


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Comment

  1. Can you tell me where I could find records from the earliest days of the church? In particular, I’m trying to see if there is a record of the birth of my 3X-great-grandmother in about 1804.

    Thanks for your help, and a Happy New Year to you.

    Eileen Drust · 12/29/2016 02:39 PM · #