The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography
who lives half a mile from the road, on the left side. A straight way has been cut from the road to his house. The brethren secured bread and hay and brought it to the "great road"18 where the other brethren waited with the wagon. Bro. Haberland accidentally met a man on the plantation who knew him. We traveled five miles farther and came to Baumann's19 mill. We bought several bushels of oats, but had to wait several hours till it had been threshed. Several Germans came to us, of whom we inquired about the way. They gave us bad news, that beyond "Augusti" Court House the way is so bad that we would hardlv be able to proceed. We still had five miles to Justice Funk's mill, but we had to drive for some time during the night and arrived there pretty late. At first there were poor prospects for our night quarters, because it was pitch dark and little wood in the neighborhood. But we pitched our tent beyond the Mill Creek, where we found a comfortable place under a large tree. Everybody was at once busy with carrying wood and in a few minutes we were well accommodated. Several people came to us, who were amazed at us. On the way we had lost a sack of oats, which several brethren went to seek with a lantern. They found it again. We had had a good road to-day. The Blue Mountains, which were to our right, could be seen very distinctly. We had several high mountains before us. Bro. Nathanael led the evening worship and then we went to sleep. On October 20, some of our brethren brought our horses early from the pasture. Bro. Grube woke up the rest of the brethren and after eating our soup we started at five o'clock. We at once had a considerable mountain before us. We had to etc. He removed quite early to the Shenandoah Valley from Pennsylvania, and purchased land from Jost Hite, in whose neighborhood he was residing at this time. 18 This was the great highway through the Valley of Virginia, used by the Scotch-Irish and Germans in their migrations from Pennsylvania to Virginia. It is believed that this road followed closely the line of the present Valley turnpike from Winchester to Staunton. 19 This was George Bowman, who married Marie, daughter of Jost Hite. For baptismal record of their children, see January number, 1904, West Virginia Historical Magazine, p. 64. He settled on Cedar creek about eight miles south of Stephensburg, VA.