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Re: Eakins of Vernago Co., PA
Posted by: Mary Pierotti (ID *****1962) Date: October 24, 2003 at 07:13:38
In Reply to: Re: Eakins of Vernago Co., PA by George Eakin of 832

More on the Rev. Johnston who covered large area around Huntingdon, PA.

Porter Township
Source: History of Huntingdon and Blair Counties Pennsylvania 1883
Hartís Log Church
Although in some contemporary records the name appears as the Rev. John Johnstonís meeting-house, he being the first settled minister of the congregation, the later was also variously designated as the congregation of Hartís Log and Shaverís Creek and very frequently as of the former place only. This condition prevailed until the Shaverís Creek members established a place of worship for themselves in 1790, when the congregation became known by the name of Hartís Log alone. The Rev. John Johnston was installed November 1787 and maintained that relation about thirty-six years. Rev. Johnston was a native of Ireland, and a thoroughly educated man and a substantial preacher. Under his ministry the congregation increased in wealth and membership and was one of the strongest societies of Presbyterian Church in the interior of the State. The positive opinions of Mr. Johnston on the War of 1812 dissatisfied a portion of his congregation.
Accordingly, in 1814, this dissatisfied element withdrew, and ultimately became the basis of the Alexandria Presbyterian Church.
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Samuel Eakin emigrated from Ireland to Juniata countv in 1797. In 1799 Samuel Eakin came from Juniata County, Pennsylvania, and located in what is now Clinton township, Venango county. I have seen a posting on the internet that states that Samuel's brother, William was supposed to have come to America about 10 years before Samuel.

William married Phebe Perry.


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