People who were important to Charles Taze Russell

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Ernest Henninges (p. 133)

George Storrs (p. 102)

William Miller (p. 68)

Nelson H. Barbour (p. 20)

Charles Taze Russell (p. 55)

George Stetson (p. 129)

William H. Conley (p. 38)

John H. Paton (p. 28)

Maria Russell (p. 47)

Jonas Wendell (p. 1)

Rose Ball (Henninges ) (p. 133)

G. N. Peters (p. 95)

Jonas Wendell

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Nelson Horatio Barbour

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William Henry Conley

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William Henry Conley (11 June 1840 – 25 July 1897) was a Pittsburgh philanthropist and
businessman. He was the first president of Zion's Watch Tower Tract Society from 1881 to 1884, with Charles Taze Russell as secretary and treasurer. The Society later evolved into the chief administrative organization of Jehovah's Witnesses. W. H. Conley was a prominent, wealthy member of the Allegheny City community. He was a member of the boards of directors of the Third National Bank of Allegheny and the Home for Colored Children and St. John's General Hospital. He was married to Sarah Shaffer (1841-1908).

Business and charitable interests
William Conley worked as bookkeeper for the the owners of a metal fabrication company. In 1873, Thomas B. Riter, formed a partnership with Conley, which became Riter & Conley Company. The business gradually grew into a highly-respected worldwide supplier to the drilling, mining, manufacturing, and marine industries. Conley was also a stockholder in, and director of, the Third National Bank of Allegheny. Conley and his wife were active in several Pittsburgh charities, including an orphanage and school for children of African-American heritage, as well as a local hospital.

Watch Tower affiliation
William H. and Sarah Conley were two of the five original Allegheny Bible Students. Joseph Russell, his daughter Margaret, and his son Charles T., were the other three. The Conley and Russell families became acquainted about 1869 at Adventist meetings held by Jonas Wendell, George Stetson and George Storrs. When the Watch Tower Society was founded in February 1881, William Conley donated $3500 (70%) of the $5000 original capital. Joseph Russell donated $1000 (20%), and Charles Taze Russell donated $500 (10%). Arrangements were made with commercial firms to handle printing operations in various cities of Pennsylvania, New York, and Ohio, as well as in Britain. In 1884, Zion’s Watch Tower Tract Society was legally incorporated with Charles T. Russell as president. After 1882, Conley is not mentioned in Watch Tower literature in reference to his tenure as president. Russell refers to Conley in the June 1894 issue of The Watch Tower only as "one of the original Allegheny Bible Students". - From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, 11/21/2009

http://pastorrussell.blogspot.com/2009/11/william-h-conley-1840-1897.html

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Zion’s Watchtower, Vol 15. No 8, 25 April 1894

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Zion’s Watchtower, Vol 15. No 12, June 1894

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Maria Russell

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One example from numerous articles by Maria Russell.

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Charles and Maria Russell
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George Storrs

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Zion’s Watchtower, Vol 1. No 7, January 1880

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George Stetson

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George Stetson was a minister, school teacher and a physician, who followed the Christian pathway for over forty years. In his early years, Stetson was associated with Henry Grew and George Storrs, and in his later years with Jonas Wendell and Charles Taze Russell.

Stetson and Wendell wrote for George Storrs’ magazine The Herald of Life and the Coming Kingdom, and for other magazines such as The World’s Crisis.
In the early 1870s, they worked together in several Advent Christian churches throughout Pennsylvania and Ohio. While he was pastor in Pittsburgh in 1872, Stetson met Charles Taze Russell. Stetson led the Edinboro, Pennsylvania congregation for the following six years until his death. His dying request was that Pastor Russell give his funeral sermon, where over twelve hundred attended.

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Ernest and Rose Henninges

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Henninges married Rose Ball

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Burwood Cemetery, Melbourne, Australia

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