Category Archives: United Brethren

UB Records: Rev. T. S. Bennett

I discovered another source of church information for one of my wife’s forbears, Rev. Truman S. Bennett. Almost two decades ago, our Conference of The United Methodist Church cleared out some of the extra copies of old reference books from the Archives and History collections. I bought this commemorative volume celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Erie Conference of the United Brethren In Christ Church in 1936 (which was when they merged with the Evangelical Association).

A couple months ago I discovered Truman was in the version of United Brethren church that formed part of the history of our present day United Methodist Church. As I began to search the Methodist history resources on my own shelves, I found this history complete with a picture of Truman AND his pastor/son Walter!!

These pictures are dated August 31, 1887.



Pastoral Bio: Rev. Truman S. Bennett

My mother-in-law, Sherry Housler, shared part of the family history of a distant grandfather, Rev. Truman S. Bennett, who was a pastor in the United Brethren in Christ Church (UB) and was serving in Eldred, PA, at one point. When she died I was given his copies of the UB Book of Discipline for 1872 and 1876.

Sherry was actively searching for more history of Grandpa Bennett and had even written to the present day United Brethren Church headquarters in the Midwest trying to find references. She never heard a thing.

A few weeks ago, I was showing a group of local United Methodist Church pastors in my area a copy of one of our historical resources that we call Pastoral Records, and how they could access information in this two volume information trove. As I randomly opened volume one, I landed in the “B” section and there was Sherry’s Grandpa Bennett! And one of his sons, Walter Ansel Bennett, Sherry’s distant uncle!

Here then is the Pastoral Record as published by the Western Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church, the modern incarnation of the former UB church which merged with the Evangelical Association in 1936, which then united with the Methodists in 1968.


Conference Relations: United Brethren in Christ Church Erie Conference 1872.

Appointments: Marshburg Mission 1872-1874; Orleans Mission 1874-1875; Eldred Mission 1875-1876; Unknown 1876-1877; Eldred Mission 1877-1878; Unknown 1878-1884; Port Allegany Mission 1884-1885.

Explanatory notes:

Conference Relations” means how was this person connected to the church.

United Brethren in Christ Church Erie Conference 1872” indicates that he was a part of the UB church’s Erie area conference and he was accepted as a member in 1872. Other ways of wording that would be to say he was ordained in 1872. Upon ordination, his status was an “elder.” (The Beers’ history highlighted in earlier posts referred to him as “Elder Bennett.” This is why.)

“Appointments” refers to communities where he was assigned as a pastor. The UB Church, like its descendant United Methodist Church of today, assigned pastors to specific churches and communities. Where it says “Mission” he was probably the pastor who set up the church or was one of the early pastors who were helping them get established.

In tomorrow’s post, I’ll share another resource where I found Truman and information about his ministry, including a picture!!


Pastoral Records: Western Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church 1784 – 2017. Compiled and edited by Rev. Norman Carlysle Young and Naomi Kathleen Ivey Horner. Commission on Archives and History. 7/1/2017.



WEDDING: Mix and Haynes 1937

Today’s featured wedding is John Dayton Mix and Ethel Pauline Haynes on June 16, 1937.

This is the text of the news article about their wedding.

SHINGLEHOUSE — A quiet wedding took place at the United Brethren parsonage in Millport, Wednesday evening when Miss Ethel Pauline Haynes, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Haynes of Shinglehouse, became the bride of John Dayton Mix, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dayton Mix of Millport. The Rev. C.B. Anderson performed the ceremony.
The attendants were Gordon Mix, brother of the groom, and Miss Viloa Morehouse of Shinglehouse.
The bride was attired in white lace and wore a corsage of yellow roses and gypsophilia. Miss Morehouse wore pink taffeta and a bouquet of pink roses and gypsophila.
Others present at the ceremony were Mr. and Mrs. Earl Haynes, Mrs. Dayton Mix and Miss Lou Mix.
Mrs. Mix was a graduate of the Shinglehouse High School, class of 1936. The couple will reside at the Eleven Mile, where the groom is employed.

I sat down with pad and paper back in 1992 with Grandpa and Grandma and asked about their wedding. This is the essence of that conversation that day. 

 (GPA=Grandpa; GMA=Grandma; D=Me; Neil=Ethel’s brother; Roena=Neil’s wife; Pete=John’s brother)

 D: (I asked why they got married so late in the evening. Almost 9:30 p.m.) 

GPA: “We worked at whatever we were supposed to be doing all day until 5:00.”

GMA: “I was in Myrtle in my white dress waiting for John to come, thinking about why he could possibly be late.”

GPA: “I was coming from Eleven Mile where I was working.”

GMA: “I was kind of mad at him, but my mother got him something to eat. It’s probably not the only time I’ve been mad at him in the last 55 years.”
GMA: “He had had three flat tires on his way down (from Millport to Myrtle, a distance of about 10 miles). It was during the depression, so he had no spares… he had to to patch the tires.”

GMA: (Ethel’s brother and his wife) “Neil and Roena were at Myrtle.”

GMA: Neil said “You take my car and go get married. I’ll fix the tires and you can change later.”

GMA: “Then they had a reception for us at their house. Just ice cream and cake.”

GPA: “Pete took us for a ride afterwards… Bells Run to Shaytown to Sunnyside.”


GMA: (regarding Grandpa’s reactions when he ended up with the flat tires.) “He probably got all the swearing out of his system then. He’s never sworn much since.”

GPA: “I didn’t blow up. I knew what I had to do.”

D: Grandpa and Grandma explained how they simply went back to Grandpa and Grandma Haynes’ home (Ethel’s parents: Earl and Vivien). The next day the newlyweds moved up to the Eleven Mile (heading north out of town out of Millport). They laughed as they remembered they had no electricity and no natural gas for their cookstove.

D: (After that, I asked them how they met. They shared how they had both ended up at a neighborhood square dance.)

GMA: “There used to be an old schoolhouse up Sunnyside that wasn’t being used. All the neighbors got music together and they square danced. There was this one time in June when my mother and I went to the dance. I danced with [John] two or three times.”

GMA: “Then there was the Fourth of July Carnival. I wanted to go on the Merry-Go-Round. He was there waiting for me. He asked if I wanted to walk around. Then he asked me for a date. Another dance I guess. The next year we married.”

D: (So I asked them about the day he asked her to marry him.)

GMA: “It was an afternoon in October. He took me to Rock City Park. We sat down on a great big stone and he asked me when I was going to marry him. At first, I didn’t answer. I told him to ask me next Spring. It was only October and I hadn’t been going with him long enough.”

(They talked about how they did go hand in hand to a jewelry store to look around at the kinds of rings they had.)

GMA: Then at Christmas, he did give me a diamond ring. But he hadn’t asked my dad and mother if he could give it to me.”

GPA: “I never did ask him if I could. I asked him if he wanted to see what I got her. He (Earl) said I always suited him.”

(D: I asked if Grandma ever did say ‘yes.’)

GMA: “I took his ring, so I suppose that was the answer.”

 John died in 1994 and Ethel died this summer, 2012.

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Posted by on September 15, 2012 in Haynes, Mix, United Brethren, Wedding, Willey


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