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Head of Christiana Presbyterian Church

 
 
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By William Pfingsten, August 3, 2008
1. Head of Christiana Presbyterian Church Marker
Inscription. The first Presbyterian services in this area were conducted by Rev. John Wilson in 1706. Then pastor of New Castle Presbyterian Church, Rev. Wilson came every other Sunday to minister to the many residents of this area who had immigrated from Scotland and Ireland. In 1708, a modest log structure was erected on land owned by John steel. The first installed pastor was Rev. George Gillespie, a native of Scotland, who arrived in 1713 and served until his death in 1760. During his tenure the log building was replaced by a brick structure which served the congregation until it was destroyed by fire in 1858. Within one year, the present church was built, and while alterations have been made, the basic structure remains intact.
A number of critical issues have impacted the church over the years. Many members were ardent patriots and active participants in the struggle for American Independence. In the 19th century the question of slavery proved divisive, with partisans within the church on both sides of the issue. During the 1930s a dispute concerning theological matters resulted in an attempt to separate from the established church. For a time the church was closed, but the efforts of a few trustees and elders resulted in a court action that barred the move, and the building was reopened. Since that time the congregation has grown and prospered,
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By William Pfingsten, August 3, 2008
2. Christiana Presbyterian Church
adding new members, and expanding its ministry. In 1983, Head of Christiana Presbyterian Church was listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
 
Erected 2001 by Delaware Public Archives. (Marker Number NC-115.)
 
Location. 39° 41.513′ N, 75° 47.193′ W. Marker is near Newark, Delaware, in New Castle County. Marker is on W. Church Road, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1100 W. Church Road, Newark DE 19711, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. New London Avenue School (approx. 1.4 miles away); St. John African Methodist Church (approx. 1.6 miles away); Pride of Delaware Lodge #349 IBPOEW (approx. 1.6 miles away); Vic Willis (approx. 1.6 miles away); R.T. Foard and Jones Funeral Home (approx. 1.7 miles away); Deer Park Hotel (approx. 1.7 miles away); The Wedge (approx. 1.8 miles away); Old College (approx. 1.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Newark.
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesChurches, Etc.Colonial EraLandmarksNotable BuildingsNotable EventsNotable PersonsPatriots & PatriotismWar, US Revolutionary
 
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By William Pfingsten, August 3, 2008
3. Revolutionary War Patriots in Head of Christiana Cemetery
Amos Alexander John Alexander Capt. Walter Alexander David Barr Richard Bennett Major James Black Thomas Bradley Jacob Casho Benjamin Cowen William Crawford Levi Davis Samuel Davis John Evans George Gillespie George Gillespie (son) John Gillespy James Hamilton Thomas Holland Jacob Houston William Howard James Jones John Jordan Andrew Kerr Thomas Kirkwood Rev. John McCreary Frederick Mingling John Mitchell John Murphy Lt. Thomas Rankin George Russel Alexander Steele Allen Steele Capt. Alexander Thompson John Waggoner Dr. George Wallace John Whann
Major Robert Kirkwood Chapter Sons of the American Revolution 4 July 2007
Head of Christiana Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, August 3, 2008
4. Head of Christiana Cemetery
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By William Pfingsten, August 3, 2008
5. Head of Christiana Cemetery
 
 
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