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Lower Ten Mile Cemetery

644 Amity Ridge Rd

Amity, Amwell Township, Washington County, PA 15311

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Amity Methodist CHurch

Lower Ten Mile Presbyterian CHurch

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(contributed by Gary L. Caldwell)


Lat: 40 2'17.67"N, Lon: 8012'17.79"W
Amwell Township

     Directions: From Washington, PA at Murtland Ave and I-70/79, take I-70/79 north for 2.5 miles, take exit for I-79 South toward Morgantown for 4 miles, take exit to Lone Pine/Amity, follow US-19/Amity Ridge Road for 5.4 miles, cemetery is on the right.

    Near the entrance to the cemetery is a memorial stone to Reverend Thaddeus Dodd

1740            LOWER TIME MILE CEMETERY         1793

         The ReverendThaddeus Dodd
         Graduate of Princeton College 1773
         Pioneer Preacher and Educator
         Founder and First Pastor of the Upper and Lower Ten Mile Presbyterian
         Churches 1779-1793
         Established the first Classical School west of the Allegheny Mountains in 1782
         A Trustee and First Principal Of Washington Academy
         Chartered in 1787
         Which was a forerunner of Washington College and Washington and Jefferson College
         This memorial upon the site of the First Log Church and in the church yard (near) where he is buried, was erected in 1935.
         By His Descendents
         The Two Churches He Served and
         The Presbytery of Washington

    From 1773, the Upper and Lower Ten Mile congregations shared a pastor and but had the upper and lower houses for worship. In 1831, there was a split in the church and the Lower Ten Mile Church became affiliated with the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, which put greater emphasis on the revivalistic techniques championed by the Great Awakening. For the most part, the CPC's constituency and theology resembles that of the United Methodist Church, appealing mainly to long-established families with revivalistic religious tastes and generally conservative cultural dispositions, derived chiefly from the agricultural orientation of most of its historic territory, the Upper South.

    The denomination as a whole has a socially progressive tradition. Cumberland Presbyterians were among the first denominations to admit women to their educational institutions and to accept them in leadership roles including the ordained clergy. Cumberland Presbyterians were also early to ordain African-Americans to the ministry.

    The Lower Ten Mile Cemetery was shared between the Presbyterian and Methodist congregations in Amity.

    The DAR data said that the cemetery was in fine condition and located on the top of a hill on town but they noted a number of stones down or unreadable.

    This data was collected by the DAR and found in the genealogy section of the Washington PA library. The data is from 1936. The cemetery is still used so the burial records are not complete.

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