This morning I called Presbyterian Historical Society located 425 Lombard St., Philadelphia, PA 19147, Phone: (215) 627-1852 to located the archive church records for Sycamore United Presbyterian Church in Symmes Township, Hamilton County, Ohio. The reference lady gave this information to me:
Mill Creek Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church was formed in 1798 in Mason, Ohio. Then in 1805, the church changed it name and location to Sycamore United Presbyterian Church in Foster’s, Ohio (between Mason, Ohio and 16 Mile Stand, Symmes Township, Hamilton County, Ohio).
It is my though that maybe James Harper’s and James Irwin’s family may have attended this church and this is where William Cox Irwin met Sarah Harper and later married in 1850, after the death of his first wife, Eliza Jane Baxter Irwin. We have always wondered how they might have met and church is a good meeting place to seek a wonderful companion.
The website for searching Presbyterian Historical Society records is: www.history.pcusa.org. Go to website then to Resources then to Genealogy then to Online Records. You can also go to Collections then to CALVIN.
When the reference lady and I researched the Presbyterian Historical Society’s achieve we found the record of Mill Creek Associate Presbyterian Church in Mason, Ohio which was formed in 1798 and information stating the change in name and location of the church to Sycamore United Presbyterian Church in Foster’s, Ohio in 1805. I then researched Fosters, Ohio and realized that it was between Mason,Ohio and Six Mile Stand in Symmes Township, Hamilton County, Ohio.
The reference lady also suggested researching records at Ohio Historical Society at www.ohiohistory.org and Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints website at www.familysearch.org and Sycamore Presbyterian Church at www.sycamorechurch.org for genealogy.
I spoke to J Stevens this morning from the Sycamore United Presbyterian Church, 11800 Mason Road, Cincinnati, Ohio (the church now has a new name called Sycamore Presbyterian Church). She confirmed that their church was organized in 1805 and what the reference lady had stated - so we are confident that is the correct church. She stated that she would try to find someone to research their achieve records for James Harper’s family. J Stevens email address at the Sycamore Presbyterian Church is Jstevens@sycamorechurch.org. This church may also hold records for the James Irwin's family too.
Just got email from JStevens@sycamorechurch.org stating:
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1:05 PM (33 minutes ago)
I contacted someone who has dealt with our church archives and she said that we have no records dating before 1900.
Good luck with your search,
Jeanne P. Stevens
Sycamore Presbyterian Church