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Farmersville Church Record Book

Identifier: SC MS 0186

Scope and Contents

This record book contains notes in several handwritings regarding information for weddings, baptisms, funerals in the Bethlehem Township communities served by the Farmersville Church founded in 1846 as St. John’s Farmersville Church. It was a Union church originally with Lutheran and German Reformed congregations. Some of the notes are in German as well as English. The pastor most frequently noted is I. W. Bieber (Irwin W. Bieber). He was installed as pastor at the Farmersville Church in 1871 and served for 35 years.

The Farmersville Church has the current name of St. John’s Lutheran Church (8065 William Penn Highway, Easton, PA 18045) but is a Union Church containing two congregations: Lutheran and United Church of Christ. The United Church of Christ congregation resulted when the German Reformed denomination merged in the 1960s and became the UCC. The booklet lists many names of people, who they were related to, when they were born and locations where they were living such as Hecktown, Macungie, Bethlehem Township, and Farmersville. The information could be of great interest to people interested in genealogy. The small envelope that accompanied the booklet is addressed to: Books Unlimited. % Book Barn, (Mr. Messinger.) Tatamy, Pa. with return address of: The Bethlehem Globe-Times, 202 West Fourth Street, Bethlehem, PA., 18016. In red ink across face of envelope in handwriting is written Farmersville Church. Two postmarks on envelope are June 2, 1967 with a third noting the 100th Anniversary of the Bethlehem-Globe Times.


  • Creation: 1877


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This collection is open for research.

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Biographical / Historical

The record book supposedly kept by Irwin W. Bieber who was the pastor of Farmersville Church during 1877. Bieber was born on November 23, 1847. He graduated from Franklin and Marshall College in 1865, and from the Philadelphia Seminary in 1871. He then served as a pastor at Farmersville-Hecktown Parish from 1871 to 1905. Bieber was retired in 1905, and died on October 16, 1909.


1 volume; 9 x 17 cm.

Language of Materials



Farmersville Church (currently known as St. John’s Farmersville Church, Easton, Pennsylvania) record book that contains information in several handwritings on weddings, baptisms, funerals for the year of 1877.


The events entered in the notebook in chronological order.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase from Books Unlimited, in circa 1990.


No additions anticipated.

Related Materials

Early maps of Lehigh Valley.

Physical Description

1 volume; 9 x 17 cm.

Finding Aid for the Farmersville Church Record Book, 1877
Ilhan Citak
December 6, 2010
Language of description
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Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
English, German

Repository Details

Part of the Lehigh University Special Collections Repository

Lehigh University
Linderman Library
30 Library Drive
Bethlehem PA 18045 USA
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