A long time historian of the German Baptist Brethren church, and its more modern derivative bodies, Mr. Webb has moved on to become a recognized authority in digitally archiving manuscripts, both published works as well as singular documents. He served as the Editor of Brethren Roots, 2002 to 2008, as published by The Fellowship of Brethren Genealogists. To that end he has created and maintains a series of Internet web sites devoted to his passion, German Baptist Brethren history.
Potsdam Church of the Brethren, Brother Lester Heisey, Pastor Alvin C. Cook, Pastor Robert W. Kurtz, Pastor Craig Brown
well in doing it. John Collins for himself and in the name of the rest thanked me very much and asked me to visit hinm again. On March 19-30, I preached, at "Bateson's Creek," German in the forenoon and English in the afternoon. Imnmediately after the sermon I started out to go to Matthaes Jochem's. But a man, named Oliver Craemer, followed me. He asked me not to start on my journey alone on foot at night, but go with him to his house, and he would accompany me to Matthaes Jochem's. As I recognized plainly that the Lord had sent this man, because it would have been difficult for me to pass through so much water in a dark night over an unfamiliar road of 45 miles, traveling until the next morning at ten o'clock, I accepted his offer with many thanks, and accompanied by this man I arrived at Jochem's on Sunday, March 20-31, about ten o'clock. Justice Solomon Hedge,26 who waited for nme at Matthaes Jochem's, tried to urge and persuade me with all kinds of arguments to marry the son of an Englishman. The people had a good character and they were both honest and decent. I told him that I was very sorry to refuse his first request, but I could not do it. "Oh," he said, "I can guess the reason. The Governor has published a proclamation against you, and for that reason you do not want to do it. But I assure you that I will assume all responsibility. If I wanted I could arrest you at once and send you to the nearest prison, but we do not pay any attention to the proclamation issued against you." But I answered him that I did not care for the proclamation of the Governor, that I had but one reason why I could not do it, it was because I did not know the people. At eleven o'clock more than one hundred people came to-gether, to whom I preached the gospel, and soon afterwards I preached to the English. After the sermon I spoke to some of the people, German as well as English, and found that the teaching of the Saviour is very dear to them. They asked me very urgently to remain with them for a while, or to visit them soon for a longer period. 26 Washington visited "Solomon Hedges" in the following week, on March 26, 1748. He was then a member of the County Court of Frederick county, Va. See Washington's Journal of 1747-8, p. 34.
April 1, 1806—March 31, 1906.
Born in a log cabin in Huntingdon County, Pa. Son of John Murray and wife, whose maiden name was Elizabeth Wellbaum. In his childhood the wolf, panther and bear menaced the family more or less. When six, the family traveling by wagon to Pittsburgh, and then down the Ohio in boat, made its way to a settlement about nine miles west of Dayton. Here forty acres of timber land were bought for $60, a log cabin erected, and the father went out to work at day’s labor to make a living. When Samuel was twelve the father died, leaving in great poverty the widowed mother with a large family of children. The older son leaving home to do for himself, the responsibility of helping mother care for the little ones fell upon Samuel. He remained faithful to his charge until twenty–one, when he started out for himself also. Taking up the trade of carpentry and mill-wright he hired the first year at $5 per month, the second at $10 and the third at $15, with the privilege of going to school three months of each year. Thus in six years he enjoyed eighteen months’ schooling.