Jehovah's Witnesses

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Date: 1870
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Jehovah's Witnesses


The goal of this project is to gather information about Jehovah's Witnesses, with a focus on the leaders, "Bethel" volunteers and residences, and the history and genealogy of its members.


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Azure Robinson1950 Census
Summer (Seely) Cooper
Frances (Peasley) Robinson
Lisa Brians
Elizabeth Linderer
Daniela (Barrantes) Filmer
Ralph McGee
Brooke (Close) Meetze
Billie (Bright) Keaffaber

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Their present understanding of Bible truths and their activities can be traced back to the 1870s and the work of Charles Taze Russell and his associates, and from there to the Bible and early Christianity. On July 26, 1931, at a convention in Columbus, Ohio, Joseph Franklin Rutherford introduced the new name – Jehovah's witnesses – based on Isaiah 43:10: "'You are my witnesses,' declares Jehovah..."

Major publishers of the Bible and Bible education literature. Currently, the Bible is available for free online and in hardcopy (in whole or in part) in over 160 languages. Bible literature is available in over 975 languages online or in hardcopy.



The first headquarters were located at 101 Fifth Avenue. In 1884, they were moved first to 44 Federal Street and then to 40 Federal Street, where they stayed until expansion was necessary in the late 1880s.[1][2] The next location was a four-story building at 56-60 Arch Street completed in 1889, and was the headquarters until the move to Brooklyn in 1909.[1][3]

“Altogether we concluded, after seeking Divine guidance, that Brooklyn, N.Y., with a large population of the middle class, and known as ‘The City of Churches,’ would, for these reasons, be our most suitable center for the harvest work during the few remaining years.”[4]

The old “Plymouth Bethel,” located at 13-17 Hicks Street, Brooklyn was purchased. The mission structure of the Plymouth Congregational Church, which church was served by Henry Ward Beecher as pastor. Also purchased was Beecher’s former residence at 124 Columbia Heights.

Hicks Street was remodeled and became known as Brooklyn Tabernacle. Repairs were necessary at Beecher’s former residence at 124 Columbia Heights before it became the residenses of headquarters staff. “The new home we shall call ‘Bethel’ [meaning, “House of God”].”*

56-60 Arch Street, Allegheny
13-17 Hicks Street, Brooklyn
117 Adams St (1927 to present)
122 & 124 Columbia Heights, Brooklyn


  • Equitable Bldg., Collins St., Melbourne



  • 45 Mirker Str. Wuppertal, North Rhine-Westphalia Wikidata: Item Q63391744 help.gif

United States


  • 101 Fifth Avenue (1870-1884)
  • 44 Federal Street (1884-1884)
  • 40 Federal Street (1884-1889)
  • 56-60 Arch Street "Bible House" (1890-1909)

New York

  • Brooklyn Bethel at 122 & 124 Columbia Heights "Brooklyn Bethel Home" (1909-2016)[5]
    • 97 Columbia Heights
    • 107 Columbia Heights
    • 119 Columbia Heights
    • 108 Joralemon St
    • 34 Orange St
    • 67 Livingston St
    • 90 Sands St
    • Bossert Hotel
    • Standish Hotel
    • Towers Hotel
  • 13-17 Hicks Street, Brooklyn "Brooklyn Tabernacle" Office Complex (1909-2016)
    • 25 Columbia Heights
    • 30 Columbia Heights
  • Brooklyn Printery Buildings
    • 69 Adams St
    • 117 Adams St
    • 85 Jay St
    • 160 Jay St
    • 175 Pearl St
    • 18 Concord St
    • 35 Myrtle Ave
    • 360 Furman St


  1. 1.0 1.1 Jehovah's Witnesses-Proclaimers of God's Kingdom Watchtower Bible and Tract Society 1993, database w/images ( : accessed 22 Apr 2019) Chapter 5 Proclaiming the Lord’s Return (1870-1914) Watchtower Online Library
  2. Jehovah's Witnesses-Proclaimers of God's Kingdom. Watchtower Bible and Tract Society 1993, database w/images ( : accessed 13 Jul 2022) Chapter 15 Development of the Organization Structure Watchtower Online Library
  3. The Watchtower Announcing Jehovah’s Kingdom. Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, database w/images ( : accessed 13 Jul 2022) 1 May 2009: Brooklyn Bethel—100 Years of History pages 22-25 Watchtower Online Library
  4. Russell, Charles Taze. "Zion's Watch Tower" Watchtower Bible and Tract Society 15 Dec 1908 Page 3 (Page 373 in the volume of 1908 editions) Internet Archive
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Witnesses to Relocate World Headquarters", database ( : accessed 17 Apr 2022) About Us > Activities > Construction Projects
  • McCoy, Daniel J. "The Popular Handbook of World Religions." Harvest House Publishers.
  • Chryssides, George D. "Jehovah's Witnesses: Continuity and Change"

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