many thanks to Glenda Card and Dianne DeShong
Brooks and wife, Prudence A. Brooks
The Methodist Episcopal Society of McKendra Church
DEED made this twenty fourth day of March A. D. 1859. By and between
Washington Brooks (yeoman) of the Township of Gibson, County
of Elk and State of Pennsylvania and Prudence A., his wife,
of the one part, and the Methodist Episcopal Society of McKendra
Church of said County of the other part, charted by the Court
of Quarter Sessions in and for the County of Elk Jany. 2nd, 1857 and
recorded in the office for recording deeds in and for said County
of Elk in Miscellaneous Book A page 124 of the other part.
that the said parties of the first part for and in consideration of
the sum of one dollar specie in hand paid at and upon the sealing
and delivery of these presents, the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged,
have given, granted, bargained, sold, released, confirmed and conveyed
and by these presents do grant, bargain, sell, release, confirm and
convey unto the said Methodist Episcopal Society of McKendra Church
of the second part
that certain lot piece or parcel of land situate in the Township of
Gibson, County of Elk, Beginning at a post about six rods from a white
pine stump on the bank of the creek and corner of the [lage] tract
from which this lot was taken and running north eight degrees, east
(N.8°E.) nine perches (9) to a post, thence north sixty five degrees
east (N.35°E.) ten perches to a post, thence south eight degrees
west nine perches to a post thence south sixty five degrees, west
ten perches to a post, place of beginning, and containing about half
an acre more or less, and being a part of a large tract o fland, which
the present grantor stands seized by virtue of a deed duly executed
and recorded from James Shafer, administrator of the estate
of Benjamin Brooks Dec'd. (deed bearing date 27 July 1849)
and also the estate right title, interest property claim and demand
whatsoever either in law or equity of them the parties of the first
part their heirs and assigns.
with all and singular the houses, woods, waters, ways, privileges,
and appurtenances, thereunto belonging or in any wise appertaining.
To have and to hold all and singular the above mentioned and described
lot or piece of land, situate as aforesaid all and singlar its tenements,
privileges and appurtenances unto the said Methodist Episcopal
Society second part forever.
Washington Brooks [seal]
Prudence A. Brooks [seal]
and delivered in presence of
24th, 1859, before me, a Justice of the Peace in and for the said
County, personally came the above named grantors and acknowledged
the within deed of trust to be their act and deed for the purposes
therein declared; the said wife being separate and apart from her
husband examined declared that she acknowledged the same without compulsion
and of her own free consent.
my hand and seal day & year above written.
Jas. Mason J. Peace [seal]
County of Elk, SS:
I, M. O'Connor, Recorder of Deeds in and for said County doo
hereby certify that the above and foregoing pages contain a true and
correct copy of the deed from Washington Brooks and wife to
The Methodist Episcopal Society of McKendra Church, so full and entire
as the same appears of record in my office in Deed Book "H"
at page 160 Recorded July 4, 1859.
witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and official seal this
22nd day of September, A. D. 1931
Recorder of Deeds
County Miscellaneous Book A, page 124
25, 1856, a petition was filed in the office of the Recorder of Elk
County for the granting of a charter, and incorporation, for the The
Methodist Episcopal Society of McKendra, to be located in Gibson Township
of said County [at Huntley]. The petition was signed by:- Washington
Brooks, William E. Jordan, Francis Lorshbaugh, Nelson D. Jordan, William
R. Lodern, R. W. Collins, Henry Shaffer, Reuben Miller, James Wylie,
and Joseph Mason. James Wylie, R. W. Collins, Francis Lorshbaugh,
Washington Brooks, and Nelson D. Jordan were named to the
first board of trustees. They were to serve until the final quarterly
conference of 185657, at which time an election would be held.
petition was approved, and charter granted, January 2, 1857. Washington
Brooks and his wife Prudence A. [Chadwick] Brooks, sold
the church one-half (½) acre of land for the church for one
dollar ($1.00) March 24, 1859. The building was a combination school
and church, which burned down 19071908 and was not rebuilt.