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Jacob's Creek Valley in [[Fayette County (Pennsylvania, USA)|Fayette]] and [[Westmoreland County (Pennsylvania, USA)|Westmoreland]]counties in Southwestern [[Pennsylvania (USA)|Pennsylvania]] was the site of what seems to have been the first Mennonite set­tlement west of the Allegheny Mountains and the second oldest in the [[Allegheny Mennonite Conference (Mennonite Church USA)|Allegheny Conference District]]. The pioneer settlers came to Jacob's Creek Valley in the period prior to 1789 on to 1800 from [[Lancaster County (Pennsylvania, USA)|Lancaster County]], Pennsylvania, and [[Washington County (Maryland, USA)|Washington County]], [[Maryland (USA)|Maryland]]. Early names were Strickler, [[Stauffer family|Stauffer]], Shallenberger, [[Sherk (Sherrick, Scherch, Shirk, Schoerg, Shurk, Sharig) family|Sherrick]], Shank, and Rist. The settlers south of Jacob's Creek built a meetinghouse near [[Pennsville and Stonerville Mennonite Church (Scottdale, Pennsylvania, USA)|Pennsville]] before 1800, and this group was sometimes called the congrega­tion of Jacob's Creek Valley. Those north of the creek built a place of worship at [[Pennsville and Stonerville Mennonite Church (Scottdale, Pennsylvania, USA)|Stonerville]] in about 1800. These two congregations were later merged into one with a meetinghouse in [[Scottdale (Pennsylvania, USA)|Scottdale]], Pennsylvania.
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Jacob's Creek Valley in [[Fayette County (Pennsylvania, USA)|Fayette]] and [[Westmoreland County (Pennsylvania, USA)|Westmoreland ]]counties in Southwestern [[Pennsylvania (USA)|Pennsylvania]] was the site of what seems to have been the first Mennonite set­tlement west of the Allegheny Mountains and the second oldest in the [[Allegheny Mennonite Conference (Mennonite Church USA)|Allegheny Conference District]]. The pioneer settlers came to Jacob's Creek Valley in the period prior to 1789 on to 1800 from [[Lancaster County (Pennsylvania, USA)|Lancaster County]], Pennsylvania, and [[Washington County (Maryland, USA)|Washington County]], [[Maryland (USA)|Maryland]]. Early names were Strickler, [[Stauffer family|Stauffer]], Shallenberger, [[Sherk (Sherrick, Scherch, Shirk, Schoerg, Shurk, Sharig) family|Sherrick]], Shank, and Rist. The settlers south of Jacob's Creek built a meetinghouse near [[Pennsville and Stonerville Mennonite Church (Scottdale, Pennsylvania, USA)|Pennsville]] before 1800, and this group was sometimes called the congrega­tion of Jacob's Creek Valley. Those north of the creek built a place of worship at [[Pennsville and Stonerville Mennonite Church (Scottdale, Pennsylvania, USA)|Stonerville]] in about 1800. These two congregations were later merged into one with a meetinghouse in [[Scottdale (Pennsylvania, USA)|Scottdale]], Pennsylvania.
 
= Bibliography =
 
= Bibliography =
 
Yoder, Edward. "The Mennonites of Westmoreland County, Pa." <em>Mennonite Quarterly Review</em> 15 (1941): 155-187.
 
Yoder, Edward. "The Mennonites of Westmoreland County, Pa." <em>Mennonite Quarterly Review</em> 15 (1941): 155-187.
 
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Jacob's Creek Valley in Fayette and Westmoreland counties in Southwestern Pennsylvania was the site of what seems to have been the first Mennonite set­tlement west of the Allegheny Mountains and the second oldest in the Allegheny Conference District. The pioneer settlers came to Jacob's Creek Valley in the period prior to 1789 on to 1800 from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and Washington County, Maryland. Early names were Strickler, Stauffer, Shallenberger, Sherrick, Shank, and Rist. The settlers south of Jacob's Creek built a meetinghouse near Pennsville before 1800, and this group was sometimes called the congrega­tion of Jacob's Creek Valley. Those north of the creek built a place of worship at Stonerville in about 1800. These two congregations were later merged into one with a meetinghouse in Scottdale, Pennsylvania.

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Yoder, Edward. "The Mennonites of Westmoreland County, Pa." Mennonite Quarterly Review 15 (1941): 155-187.


Author(s) John L Horst
Date Published 1957


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Horst, John L. "Jacob's Creek Valley (Pennsylvania, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1957. Web. 23 Nov 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Jacob%27s_Creek_Valley_(Pennsylvania,_USA)&oldid=95412.

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Horst, John L. (1957). Jacob's Creek Valley (Pennsylvania, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 23 November 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Jacob%27s_Creek_Valley_(Pennsylvania,_USA)&oldid=95412.




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