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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 78

    The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography

    The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. XII, No. 1 (Jul., 1904), page 78 [Click for larger image]The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. XII, No. 1 (Jul., 1904), page 78

    mon has to be annouinced a few days beforehand from Catores [Codorus]. This can easily be done, because Br. Owen goes along. He can precede Bro. Joseph a few days. In Little Canawage, where Mr. Peizel resides, and to whom, accordinig to the resolution [of the Synod] §4, a visit has been promised; Mrs. Regnier has urgently requested Mr. Peizel that if the Brethren should come to him to let her know it, because she would like to speak with one of the Brethren. In Manakasy [Monocacy, Md.], are two places where we can preach. The usual place is at Mr. Weller's. Across the "Manakasy" a few German families live, about ten, who would perhaps like to hear a sermon. A man called Ellrod, whom I visited there, will be able to give more information. Captain Ogle and Jacob Weller are both very dear hosts of the Brethren. It would perhaps be a blessing to Mr. Weller's house if Bro. Joseph would lodge there occasionally. In Kanigetschik [Conococheague, Md.], which is situated 28 miles from Capt. Ogle's, across the Little Blue Mountains, to-wards the north west, Jonathan Haeger is our dear host. The house of his brother, who lives nearby, is our English and German pulpit. If Bro. Joseph could so arrange it as to be there on Thursday, the sermon could very well be appointed for the following Sunday. The last time I was there I preached two German sermons, one in the forenoon and the other in the afternoon, with an open and full heart, to a large crowd. One of the elders promised me that, if I should come back, I might preach in their church. Immediately beyond the blue mountains, before coming to Jonathan Haeger's, perhaps eight or ten miles before, a German man lives by the name of Gottfried Mang, the son-in-law of the old Mr. Geffer(s)on (?), at Lancaster. Not far from there lives the son-in-law of the dear, old father Lischer. If Bro. Joseph leaves Capt. Ogle's house early Wednesday morning and rests during tile hottest part of the day, be can be at Gottfried Mang's house in good time and stay there over night. This will be very acceptable to those people, because they asked me to rend the Brethren to them. On the following Thursday, he [Bro. Joseph] can be in good time in "Kanigotschik" at Jonathan Haeger's. If Bro. Joseph desires to have his passport signed, before

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  • The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. XII, No. 1 (Jul., 1904), page 62

    The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography

    The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. XII, No. 1 (Jul., 1904), page 62 [Click for larger image]The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. XII, No. 1 (Jul., 1904), page 62

    EXTRACTS FROM THE DIARY OF BRO. GOTTSCHALK'S17 JOURNEY THROUGH MARYLAND AND VIRGINIA, MARCH 5-APRIL 20, 1748.18 On March 11-22,19 I traveled to Jonathan Haeger's to preach there at 10 o'clock. On the way I heard that Capt. Charlestown had expressed a desire to see me. When I came to him he was very glad, and as I had little time, and he wished to have a long conversation with me, he saddled two horses and accompanied me to Jonathan Haeger's. On the way he told me all his sentiments. Then I preached in English at Jonathan Haeger's. Capt. Charlestown was very thankful and asked me to visit him again. Towards evening Captain and Justice Prathor20 visited me, who is at the same time surveyor in that district. He signed my passport.21 He brought me the greetings of Major Monday 17 The Special Report of Gottschalk on this journey has already been published in the January number, 1904, of this Mlagazine, Vol. XI., pp. 225-234. 18The editors are again under obligation to Mr. Robert Rau for placing the original at their disposal. It covers 72 closely written, small quarto pages. The beginning and the end of the diary were omitted, and the conversations were somewhat abbreviated. 19 The dates are given by the missionary both according to the old and new style. 20 Captain Thomas Prathor was born about the year 1705 in the western part of Prince George county, Md. When Frederick was organized he became a resident of that county. He served as a captain in the French and Indian wars, 21 The original passport is preserved in the MSS. collections of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. Through the kindness of the librarian, Mr. J. W. Jordan, the editors are enabled to publish it. It reads as follows: "County of Bucks, ss. [Summons.] To whom it may concern, The Bearer hereof Mathias Gottschalk of Bethlehem in the County of Bucks & Province of Pensylvania, Clerk, having signified to me his Intention of traveling thro' the said Province of Pensylvania, Maryland & Virginia on his lawfull Occasions; All Magistrates & Others, thro' whose Jurisdiction or Precincts the said Mlathias Gottschalk may have occasion to pass & repass, are hereby

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  • The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. XII, No. 1 (Jul., 1904), page 60

    The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography

    The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. XII, No. 1 (Jul., 1904), page 60 [Click for larger image]The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. XII, No. 1 (Jul., 1904), page 60

    compelled us to rest on the road for a while. We took our dinner with an Englishman. In the evening we came to a German. When he heard that we were from Bethlehem and I a preacher, he asked us for our own sakes to return to Pennsylvania at once, as a notice13 had been posted on the courthouse that all preachers should be arrested who traveled without a passport from England. July 23rd. We went to William Frey's brother, distant four miles, but we needed four hours, as we lost the way. When we came to Benjamin Frey, at the Cedar Creek, and they heard that we were from Bethlehem, they received us very gladly and nursed the sick Leonard very well. May the Lord reward then. July 24th. To-day I went to an elder14 living at the Schanathor [Shenandoah] River. I asked him if I could preach in his church. But he hesitated because I was a stranger, and an injunction had been issued agaiinst strange ministers. But he would allow me to preach in his house, which I accepted, and then he made it known. I went back to Cedar Creek to my dear Handrup. July 25th. The Lord blessed our medicine and Leonhard became well again. We passed the Sabbath quietly. July 26th. Sunday. I preached on the gospel,15 the Lord 13 This refers to the Governor's proclamation, given in connection with Gottschalk's report of 1748. See Virginia Magazine, Vol. XI, p. 228, note ‡. 14 This elder at the Shenandoah River must have been George Daehlinger. Gottschalk refers to this visit of Schnell in 1748. See Virginia Magazine, Vol. XI, p. 228, and his diary in the present number, under date April 3, 1748. Schnell himself refers to his former visit on Decenmber 7, 1749. See Virginia Mfagazine, Vol. XI, p. 128. A congregation, called Shenandoah, is mentioned in Schlatter's Journal, p. 204: "The charge in Virginia consists of Shenandoah, Missanotti, South Branch and New Germantown." The same name also occurs several times in the records of the Reformed Church. See Minutes and Letters of the Coetus of Pennsylvania, 1747-1792, pp. 37 and 250. George Daehlinger was probably related to John Dallinger, who lived within two miles of Strasburg and was killed by the Indians in 1764. Kercheval, History of the Valley, ed. 1833, p. 133. 15 In his Special Report, Schniell adds the following: "At the 'Chanetor' [Shenandoah] River I preached, but with great difficulty, as if all

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