2009-11-19 / Church News

Mellott, Truax Family History Booklets On Sale

Friends of Tonoloway publications for ’94, ’98 programs


Two booklets of interest to local history buffs and genealogists that were published by the Friends of Tonoloway Primitive Baptist Church more than 10 years ago are available for purchase once again.

The “Mellotts of Fulton County” and “The Truax Impact on Fulton County” are both a collection of papers written by members of the Mellott and Truax families and presented as special programs at Tonoloway Primitive Baptist church in the 1990s.

The Mellotts and Truaxs played prominent roles in the history of the Primitive Baptist Church at Tonolway, which was established in 1745 and is the oldest of Fulton County’s many churches. Tonoloway is also the 10th oldest Baptist Church in America.

Published and presented in August 1994, the 48-page “Mellotts of Fulton County” includes a Mellott family history and information on Fulton County Mellotts as farmers, blacksmiths, teachers, merchants, military, preachers, stone masons, carpenters and elected officials. There are also chapters devoted to the Mellotts and forest operations, grist mills and quarry/ mining.

“The Truax Impact on Fulton County” was published and presented at Tonoloway four years later, in September 1998. The booklet’s 36-page contents are similar to the Mellott booklet, containing information on the Truax family in the military, in farming, the ministry, and as merchants, builders, craftsmen and teachers. The Truax geneaology is also included.

Both booklets feature numerous photographs.

Copies of each booklet sell for $5 plus $1 postage and can be purchased from Friends of Tonoloway board member Marlin Douglas at 215 Meadow Lane, Chambersburg, PA 17202. Checks should be made payable to Friends of Tonoloway.

Friends of Tonoloway is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the restoration and maintenance of Tonoloway Primitive Baptist Church as a historic place and house of worship. Proceeds of book sales support the Friends’ mission to preserve Tonoloway.

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