Old Bangor Episcopal Church, Churchtown, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, November 1951- August 1958

Collection: The Scrapbook Collection

Call No.: MG-434, Box R007

Title:    Old Bangor” Episcopal Church, Churchtown, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, November 1951- August 1958

Dates: November 1951- August 1958.

Extent: 1 volume

Creator: Robert E. Simpson, compiler.

Repository:  Lancaster County Historical Society (Pa.)

Description:   The subject of this scrapbook is Bangor Episcopal Church located in Churchtown, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.  It contains information about the Bangor Church graveyard including some names, marker locations and epitaphs from the gravestones.  Composed mostly of newspaper clippings, the scrapbook incorporates some handwritten notes to compliment the newspaper articles.  Within the book, there are several people mentioned associated with the church such as Robert E. Simpson, William F. Worner, Cyrus Jacobs and Hanson B. Jacobs.

Conditions for Access:  Restricted access. Please make an appointment with the Director of Archival Services.

Conditions Governing Reproductions:  May not be photocopied. Please contact Research Staff or Archives Staff with questions.

Language:  English

Source of Acquisition: This volume was donated by Mr. Robert E. Simpson of Churchtown, Pennsylvania in August of 1958.

Related Materials:    At Lancaster County Historical Society:

Bangor Protestant Episcopal Church, Caernarvon Township: the Graves at Bangor Church,“ in Engle’s Notes and Queries(1898): 61- 65.

Simpson, Robert E. and William Frederic Worner. Old Bangor Episcopal Church, Churchtown, PA., 1734.

Worner, William Frederic. “Tombstone Transcriptions in Bangor Parish Churchyard, Churchtown, Caernarvon Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.“ in National Genealogical Society Quarterly (September 1942): 103- 109.

_____. Bangor Parish Churchyard, Caernarvon Township.

The Episcopal Church of Bangor in Caernarvon: Churchtown, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, founded in 1722… Women’s Guild of Bangor Church, 1953.

Subjects:       Bangor Episcopal Church (Lancaster County, Pa.)

Lancaster County (Pa.). — History, local.

Wheatland (Lancaster, Pa.)

Worner, William Frederic.

Lancaster (Pa.)


Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)

Marginalia (annotations).


Administrative/Biographical History:           Bangor Episcopal Church, Churchtown, Pennsylvania

Appropriately named “Old Bangor,” this church is the oldest non-coastal church in America of Episcopalian denomination. The founding date is a disputed one with oral history dating back to 1722 and written history starting in 1728. With a predominantly Welsh congregation, Bangor Episcopal Church was given a grant and charter in 1730 from William Penn.  The church’s official charter was created on 1 March 1786, and the church still operates under this charter.  The present stone building was completed in 1830.  Bishop Ondernack performed the consecration of the present building in 1832.  Bangor Churchyard contains 325 tombstones and many unmarked graves.  The oldest tombstone is dated 6 July  1741 and is in memory of a young girl, who died at the age of three.  There are tombstones in the graveyard from all the wars since the Revolutionary War until World War II.  Bangor Church still stands and operates in Churchtown, Caernarvon Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

Custodial History:           Previously housed in the Scrapbook Collection, Book 168.

Cataloged by: CRB, October 2007.

This project was funded by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, ME60112, 2007-2008.