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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. XII, No. 1 (Jul., 1904), page 57

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    houses are all very small and poor. He was immediately willing and promised to assist us as much as he could. He also sent out a messenger that evening to announce the service. July 11th. We stayed in our church to-day, being very happy in the Lord. The Sabbath was a blessing to us. Our host spoke much with us on religious matters. He is a sincere man. July 12th, Sunday. High German, English and Low German people [Hollanders] assembled for the sermiion. They brought eight children whom they asked me to baptize. There was a suspicion among the people that I was a Moravian, but the Lamb came with his divine power upon the people. They waited till afternoon, wheni I preached another sermon, which the Lamb blessed. Many complained about their forsaken condition, that they had not been to the Lord's Supper for four years for want of a minister. The people asked us to come again if possible. We had much pity for them. July 13th. Our host asked us much to-day about Bethlehem and the Moravian religion. I answered as much as was necessary. Then a man from Canachogery [Canajoharie, N. Y.], asked me if I were a minister. I answered: "Yes." He said that five years ago one from Philadelphia had been up to see him. He had pretended to be a Lutheran minister, and that I looked exactly like him. He had been a deceiver. (He meant Burleus.9) Our host became very fond of us. July 14th. Our host traveled with us thirty miles to help us along. On the way he announced [to the people] our service. In the evening we passed the South Branch10 safely and came to 9 This is John Christopher Pyrlaeus, who was born in Saxony, Germany. He emigrated to Pennsylvania in 1741. Ordained a presbyter in 1742. Zinzendorf appointed him as his assistant in Philadelphia, where his presence caused considerable trouble. Returned to Europe in 1751. See Reichel, Early History of Moravians, pp. 89, 104; Reincke, Register of Moravians, p. 81. 11 Of the South Branch Schnell writes as follows in his Special Report. "Forty miles from there [Patterson's Creek] is the 'Soud Brentch' [South Branch], which flows between high mountains. It is settled for more than sixty miles. Many Germans live there, who have no minister. I had pity for these people, to whom I preached twice. The doctrine of free grace tasted well to them, and they learned to love me very much."

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  • History – Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico & Louisiana, page 7

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    they were removed. A woman in Washita County expected to heal her husband of typhoid by prayer, but the neighbors had a physician come to administer for him. When she refused to give the medicine; she was given her choice of giving the medicine or going with the authorities to the insane asylum. She chose to give medicine. Between these extremes of belief and practice, we find numbers of good, loyal, upright, sane Christian men and women. These suggest to us some of the things that naturally fall to a chronicler of events in any state. Besides these various classes of religious experiences, we find one other thing of equal importance, i. e., the constitutional and social difference between the typical northerner and the typical southerner. In these states they have met and battled over the differences getting nowhere or being able to adjust themselves and get along fine. Many church differences have arisen be cause the North and South do things differently and the church leaders did not recognize this and could not adjust themselves. There are whole settlements of the same class of people, perhaps most from the same state or even town. These people have the same customs, religion, etc. Some of the difficulties in church have arisen thru close relationships among the members. One of the sad pages in Oklahoma history is of a church difference that went to court and in testifying one family was divided and after it was over the child declared that the mother had sworn to the untruth. Others of similar nature but not so grievous could be recorded of church troubles that were simply family differences carried into the church.

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