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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. 4 (Apr., 1904), page 377

    The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography

    The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. XI, No. 4 (Apr., 1904), page 377 [Click for larger image]The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. XI, No. 4 (Apr., 1904), page 377

    them and to administer the communion. But now he had gone to Germany, and thus they were entirely forsaken. They had, indeed, written to Germany several times for a minister, who would earnestly care for ihe salvation of their souls and not for money. However, none was willing to come. There are two other places in this neighborhood which would like to have a minister. On Sunday, the 24th, I preached to them in their church on Rom., 5: 1. About one hundred persons assembled, and if the weather had not been so unfavorable many more would have come. It is a very neat little church, kept in good order and clean. The people were very attentive and eager to hear. I felt God's grace, and was quite at home among them. The schoolmaster thought that I had a special gift for preaching, because he did not understand the power of the preaching of the blood of Christ. After the sermon I distributed some Reformed catechisnms* among them because they were all Reformed people. In the afternoon several men, together with the officers of the congregation, came to visit me. We spoke of various subjects. They said that they had a parsonage, together with one hundred acres of land and a garden, which a minister could occupy at once, if they had one, nor would they allow him to suffer want in other necessaries of life. They related to me that some time ago a number of people had lived in Georgia who had been very pious, and would not tolerate any one among them who cursed. The name of their minister had been Spangenberg. But they had not liked the place, and hence had removed to Pennsylvania to Zinzendorf.† I asked what the people of this February, 1743, and went to Europe to study medicine at Leyden, Holland, 1743-1745. Returned and settled at Lancaster, where he practiced medicine. Pastor of Schaefferstown, Lebanon county, and Seltenreich, Lancaster county, 1746-1762. Died March 11, 1769 at Lancaster. During his pastorate at Lancaster, 1739-1743, he visited Virginia. See History of the Reformed Church in the United States, by Rev. Dr. J. I. Good, Reading, 1899, pp. 166-170; 580-581. * The same as the Swedish and English catechisms mentioned above. † They were unconsciously telling the Moravian missionaries the story of the first Moravian settlement made in Georgia in 1735 and abandoned in 1740, which was, no doubt, well known to them. See Early History

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  • The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. XII, No. 2 (Oct., 1904), page 140

    The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography

    The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. XII, No. 2 (Oct., 1904), page 140 [Click for larger image]The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. XII, No. 2 (Oct., 1904), page 140

    On October 15, we started on our way at three o'clock. We had moonlight and a good road and about eighty miles to Frederickstown [Winchester]. But for twelve miles to "Shippestown", [Shippensburg]13 a little town, we had no water. Here we had our wagon fixed, because the tongue had been somewhat damaged. The blacksmith was very expensive, and the work was poorly done. We saw the Blue Mountains. about eight to ten miles to our right. We had exceptionally fine weather. Eight miles farther we came to the "Kanikatschik" [Conococheague], which is here about as large as the "Manakis" [Monocacy] at Bethlehem. Here we took our dinner. A few miles farther we stayed over night at Colonel Chimipersen's Mill,14 where we had good water. Bro. Nathanael conducted the evening worship. On October 16, Bro. Grube led the morning worship. At four o'clock we continued our journey. On the way we bought ten bushels of oats from an Irishman and after we had traveled five miles farther we breakfasted at a little creek, where Irish people have settled. Two miles farther we found good water. We traveled three miles to a house on the left, set back from the road a short distance. One mile farther we came to a tavern. We could see the Blue Mountains again very distinctly. After another mile we came to a German tavern. Here we bought some hay and took our dinner. Two miles this side of the tavern we passed the boundary of Pennsylvania and Maryland. We heard that Maryland is only six miles wide at this point. From the Susquehanna to this place mostly Irish people have settled. They have good land, but little or nothing can be bought of them. Two and a half miles farther on we came to an old Swiss settler from whom we bought some hay. He was very friendly and asked us to call again. One mile farther we came to a German, from whom we bought some cabbage, which came very handy to us. We continued for several miles and came to a place two miles this side bf the "Patomik," where we stayed 13 Shippensburg was laid out in 1749 by Edward Shippen. 14 The distance from Shippensburg proves this mill to have been Col. Chambers's mill at Chambersburg. See Scull's Map of Pennsylvania, 1759.

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  • The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. XI, No. 4 (Apr., 1904), page 380

    The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography

    The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. XI, No. 4 (Apr., 1904), page 380 [Click for larger image]The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. XI, No. 4 (Apr., 1904), page 380

    the way in order to hear us. He insisted that I should visit him on my return. I gave him a catechism and a "Fellow Traveller." At evening we passed "Cuschland" [Goochland] Court House, and, after half a mile, we came to the large James River. We were taken across and remained over night in the first house, with Jacob Mischer,* a Quaker, who expressed his surprise that, as a minister, I had undertaken such a long journey in such a poor style, without a horse. On the 29th, we passed the Etmerkt [Appomattox] River. A short time before a traveler had been killed on the road we were traveling on. After journeying twenty miles we found a house, where we intended to take breakfast and dinner, but the people had neither flour nor bread in the house. Hence they roasted us some potatoes. We then passed "Amili" [Amelia] Court House. When we asked for lodging in the evening, the people would not receive us, although it was dark and it rained. A Scotchman, who noticed that we were strangers, advised us to go to a house two miles out of our way, where we would be received. It was so. We were overcome with the thought of the faithfulness of the Saviour. On the 30th, we lost our way several times. We had to pass two rivers; the one was called "Notawe " [Nottoway], through which we had to swim. We lodged in an English inn. On Sunday, December 1st, we came to "Brownschweig" [Brunswick‡] Court House. We were shown a road, running northeast, but I did not have the courage to follow it. We went, therefore, in a straight southerly direction, as nobody was able to show us the right way. In the afternoon we crossed the river Mohaery [Meherrin], across which leads a large bridge. We * This was, perhaps, Jacob Michaux, of a well-known Huguenot family, who lived near the place the river was crossed. The Michauxs still live in sight of the river, opposite Goochland Courthouse. † The name of this river is very inaccurately reproduced by Schnell, but as the Appomattox is the only important river between Goochland Courthouse and Amelia Courthouse, the identification can harcdly be questioned. ‡ Brunswick Courthouse is marked on Fry and Jefferson's map at about the place where Lawrenceville, the present county seat, is niow located. This

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