By 1834 the congregation had split into these two camps, but both continued to use the church. These events explain the language used by Samuel Butcher, Jr. in January 1834 when he deeded the Meeting House property to the Trustees of the Ebenezer Meeting House. The indenture includes the following guidance:
“inasmuch as difference of sentiment amongst the Baptists, have arisen, which ought not to be the cause of separation between Brethren, it is not intended that one party so differing in sentiment shall use and enjoy the property herein conveyed to the exclusion of the other party, but the said Trustees are hereby authorized to permit any party of Baptists whom they consider of good order and good Standing in the society, to use and enjoy the said property for the purpose of Worship, provided that no party shall have the exclusive privilege of the house more than two Lords days in the Month.”
Apparently, both Old School and New School Baptist congregations used the Ebenezer Meeting House until about 1855. Around 1855 a church for the New School Congregation was built immediately adjacent to the old church. The New Ebenezer Church was built on three-quarters of an acre of land deeded by William Galleher and his wife to trustees for the Ebenezer Church (New School Baptist) in September 1855. The exact date of construction is not known but the building’s Greek Revival style suggests a date not much later than 1855.
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