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The menu system utilized to access the books can be difficult to understand.  It could have been simpler in design, if only the various books themselves had fallen into one larger overriding category.  Such, however, is not the case.  This site will eventually house books covering those states for which there have been district histories and other more generalized books.

In the case of the various district histories there are many states that are split into three, or more, districts.  Pennsylvania has four districts: Eastern, Middle, Southern and Western.  And, each district may have more than one published history; such as the 1920 and 1955 histories for the Southern District of Ohio.  Thus there will be under the District menu link (when it is created) a link for Ohio > Southern District > 1920 as well as a 1955 menu item.  The menus will be logical in nature so that should be fairly easy to follow.

Such may not be the case for other Brethren historical works.  For instance, as of this writing there are two books online, The Minutes of the Annual Meetings of the Brethren — 1778 - 1917 and Some Who Led — Or — Fathers in the Church of the Brethren Who Have Passed Over.  One book is a biographical work while the other is non-biographical in nature.  Thus under the General menu link there will be a sub-menu item for each, Biographical and Non-biographical.

The only other envisioned menu item is one entitled "Congregational," or named something alike it, for the various and numerous congregations for which there are published histories.

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  • The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. XI, No. 3 (Jan., 1904), page 232

    The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography

    The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. XI, No. 3 (Jan., 1904), page 232 [Click for larger image]The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. XI, No. 3 (Jan., 1904), page 232

    The others are all Irish and English. Among them Mr. Thompson* lives. They have several churches. VIII. THE LITTLE FORK OF THE RIPPEHANNING [RAPPAHANNOCK.] It is situated about twenty-two miles from the Great Fork towards the "Potomik."† Twelve families of the Siegen district, being of the Reformed religion, live there close together. They are very fine, neighborly and friendly people, who love each other in their manner, and live together very peacefully. The brother of our Matthew Hoffman,‡ John Henry Hoffman, also lives there, and I lodged with him. They built a small, neat and suitable church, and engaged one of their number, John Jung, to be the "Reader" in the church, who conducts services for them every Sunday. They cannot daughter of Hermanus Otterbach and EIIsbeth Heimbach, his wife. The latter were married at Siegen on August 11, 1685. John Kemper, the immigrant, was the son of John George Kemper, an Elder of the German Reformed Church at Muesen, born January 4, 1663, died October 3, 1731, and Agnes Kleb, his wife, and grandson of Johann Kemper, born about 1635, and died December 6, 1670, and Anna Low, his wife. The names and dates of births, marriages and deaths, relating to John Kemper, were secured from the records of the German Reformed churches of Muesen and Siegen, by Mr. Willis M. Kemper, of Cincinnati, Ohio, whose researches in reference to Germanna have been exhaustive. * This is Rev. John Thompson, from 1740-1772 pastor of the Episcopal parish of St. Mark. On November 9, 1742, he married the widow of Governor Spotswood. See Bishop Meade's Old Churches, Ministers and Families of Virginia, Vol. II, p. 79. During his ministry the parish had three chapels—one at Germanna, the second in the Little Fork, and the third at the South West Mountain.† This was a branch of the Germantown settlement, which will be discussed in a succeeding note. By stating that these people came (rom the Siegen district (meaning Nassau-Siegen, Germany), the missionary removes all doubts as to the origin of the Germanna colonists, and disposes of many erroneous conjectures concerning them. John Henry Hoffman, here mentioned, was one of the original settlers of Germantown. ‡ See Reincke, Register of Moravians, p. 84.

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  • The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. XI, No. 2 (Oct., 1903), page 118

    The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography

    The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. XI, No. 2 (Oct., 1903), page 118 [Click for larger image]The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. XI, No. 2 (Oct., 1903), page 118

    we came to Colonel Crissop,* at night, pretty well tired out. He received us very courteously. He asked at once whether the Brethren had received his letter which he had sent to them through his son. He referred to several tracts of land which the Brethren might buy. Several other people were with him, a gentleman from Maryland and a servant from Virginia, to whom he gave all kind of good information about Bethlehem, and also about the conversion of the Indians. On November 1st, Colonel Crissop told us yet many things about the good sections of land that could be had. He also showed us on a map where the Six Nations live. We traveled from Mr. Crissop over the North Branch, and in the afternoon came to Urban Kraemer. As he was not at home, we crossed the South Branch and came to the place of a Hollander, Peter Peterson, where we stayed over night. On November 2nd, as on the "Elders' Festival" [an important Moravian festival] we intended to remain quietly at one place for the whole day, but as we found no good place to lodge, we traveled the whole day up along the South Branch, thinking meanwhile of our dear Bethlehem. Leaving the mountains on our right-hand, we passed the place where the Mohawk and Catawba Indians fought a battle.† * Colonel Thomas Cresap, who came to Maryland from England in 1686, then aged fifteen years, and died at the age of 106. He was active in the French and Indian wars, and was the father of Captain Michael Cresap, the alleged slayer of the Indian Logan and his family. This long accepted story is vigorously controverted by M. Louise Stevenson in the April number, 1903, of the West Virginia Historical Magazine, pp. 144-162. Cresap Town in Alleghany county, Maryland, represents no doubt the place of his settlement and is named after him. † Kercheval, in his History of the Valley, mentions two Indian battles as having been fought in this locality. One engagement occurred, according to this authority, at Slim Bottom, about one and one-half miles from the mouth of the South Branch of the Potomac; the other, at Hanging Rocks on the same stream where the river passes through the mountains. Both of these places are within the limits of the present county of Hampshire. The latter seems to be referred to in this diary. For the road passes from Cresap Town southeast over the Patterson Creek (which is mentioned in other diaries) to Springfield and from there it crosses the South Branch of the Potomack at Hanging Rocks.

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