Tri-Counties Genealogy & History by Joyce M. Tice
Gaines Township, Tioga County PA
Bradford County PA
Chemung County NY
Tioga County PA
Tri-Counties Genealogy & History Sites
How To Use This Site
Warning & Disclaimer
Gaines Township Page
Table of Contents to Elk Run Booklet
No Commercial Use
Say Hello to Joyce 
Typed for Tri-Counties by Patsy Pifer

Gaines Photo by Joyce M. Tice
Jan 01, 2000

The History of Elk Run
(Gaines Township) 1929  Tioga County, PA


The Methodist Episcopal Church was organized about 1850, and incorporated December 5, 1873. Among the early members were David and Amanda Smith, James H. and Betsey Watrous, and Ethan and Julina Strait. Rev. Samuel Nichols was the first pastor. He held meetings every two weeks. This church is in the Gaines charge. The building was erected in 1874.


The First Baptist Church was organized March 6, 1860 at the Red School House on Ilk Run. Among the early members were Joseph Sauter, John Waldon, Platt Crofut, Joshua Bernauer, Isaac Champney, U. R. Champney, Polly Crofut, Malinda Knowlton, C. M. Champney, Malinda Barnes, Mary E. Bernauer and Oelphina Carsan. The first pastor was Rev. D. Stiles. The church edifice was erected in 1870 and the society incorporated.


Quite an extraordinary number of dwellers on Elk Run achieved prominence in public positions. The following are places achieved by some of the sons and daughters of Elk Run:

The Attorneys were

H. M. Foote

F. E. Watrous

H. F. Marsh

Members of Legislature H. M. Foote

W. E. Champaign

P. H. Dewey

Judge H. F. Marsh Sheriff W. E. Champaign County Commissioners O. A. Smith

P. H. Dewey

F. E. Reinwald

County Auditors O. A. Smith

F. E. Reinwald

County Treasurers James S. Watrous

D. C. Smith

Ass’t. U. S. District Attorney H. M. Foote Ministers of the Gospel Andrew Hurd

Frank Bernauer

Loren Whetmore

Myra Smith

Donald Marsh

Missionary Myra Smith (Now in China) Physician

Dr. Hurd of Galeton