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Joanne Auth is the great granddaughter of Rev. Thomas
Joanne Auth is the
great-granddaughter of Rev. Thomas Scantlebury. His
photo is below. Joanne
Auth contacted us thru our Website in November 2010.
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The text below is quoted from Mrs. Auth's email:
"He was a part of your
congregation between 1886-1890. However, I am virtually
certain that he served as pastor during that time. In
the Memoir published in the 1891 "Minutes of the North
Ohio Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church," he
is said to have served four years in Apple Creek prior
to serving the last year of his life in a Loudonville
church following failing health. He died June 27, 1891
at the age of 38.
Rev. Scantlebury was serving
in Lockport/Blakes Mills when he met my
great-grandmother, Bertha Niederheiser, and he had
emigrated from England in July of 1880. The family story
is that he asked his wife-to-be, Bertha, who was a
school teacher, to assist him in correcting his
pronunciation of words in his sermons. It embarrassed
him to be teased by the congregation about his
English accented pronunciations of words! Bertha always
insisted she would not presume to correct the minister,
but apparently this worked to get them acquainted, so
perhaps his motivation was farther-reaching. After their
marriage in 1883, my grandfather, Ralph Thomas
Scantlebury, the first of their three children, was born
in Apple Creek.
Mrs. Joanne Buhl Auth, daughter of Betty Scantlebury
Buhl, great granddaughter of Thomas Scantlebury has
sent copies of Memoirs, the presentation given by J. N.
West at the 1891 North Ohio Conference of the Methodist
Episcopal Church in Mansfield Ohio. It described her
great grandfather’s short adult life of 38 years of age.
Also included a copy of the unique marriage certificate
showing photos of her great grandparents when they were
married in 1883 in new Philadelphia. There is also a
photocopy of the document declaring Thomas Scantlebury’s
ordination as Elder, which, was considered equivalent to
what we might call a minister today".
THANK YOU Mrs. Joanne Auth, for a wonderful addition to our