04 December 2014

Those Places Thursday: Pequea Baptist Church

The Pequea Baptist Church in Cains, Salisbury Township, Lancaster County was built in 1844. It is the first Baptist Church in the Township.

By the end of October 1843, over 100 people had come to follow Brother Ketchum and desired a place of their own. A meeting was held on 2 November 1843, according to the parish website, at which it was decided to erect a meetinghouse. Land was purchased from Mr. Christian Oberholser for $125 at that time and a building was erected. The building was a modest 43 X 55 ft and it had a basement and upper room. It was dedicated on 12 December 1844.

The congregation was chartered by the Lancaster County Courts in 1858, according to Churches and Cemeteries of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania A Complete Guide by A. Hunter Rineer, Jr. Rineer does however mention that the church was founded by a Rev. John Jenkins.

The church is located on the south side of Old Philadelphia Pike (Route 340), just west of Cains Road. The cemetery is on the adjoining property. In 1981 the present church was built, also on adjoining property.

First Baptist Church of Pequea
Timeline of Salisbury Township, Lancaster County, PA

Those Places Thursday is a genealogy prompt of GeneaBloggers.
Locations listed are located in Pennsylvania (USA), unless otherwise noted in post.