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From: Emmert Bittinger <>
Subject: Re: Family names Griffith,Masters, Bowman
Date: Wed, 30 Jul 1997 14:10:39 -0400
The Bell Family wrote:
> I am just beginning my research, but have found a lot of information from
> other cousins on the net. My mother told me my grandmother, Ida Mae Deyton
> Wilson's mother Jane Amanda Griffith was of the Brethren faith. The only
> information I have showing a family member is Henry Masters, Sr. indicating
> he was a German Baptist Brethren(Tunker, Dunker, Dunkard) clergyman. I
> have several questions.
> The first question is regarding the dress. I have a picture of my great
> grandmother Jane Amanda Griffith with a Dunkard hat on. Could anyone give
> me the history of this and the significance of it. Was there any other
> dress code?
> The second question I have is looking for further information on the family
> line. Names I have are Henry Masters, Sr. wife Catherine?, William
> Griffith, Sr. wife Sarah MacCubbin, George William Byrd wife Annie Hutson,
> Jacob Bowman, Sr. wife Katherine? I would appreciate further information
> on any of these families.
> My last question deals with my father's side of the family which I have run
> into road blocks. I am learning that names can be spelled differently
> coming from Germany/Europe. I am looking for information or different
> spellings of the names Firestein, Helfrich and Beitling. I am not sure if
> all of these are German or German Brethren.
> I sincerely appreciate any information I should receive.
> I am also enjoying the Brethren site. I decided I wanted to learn more
> about the Brethren religion since my lineage on my mother's side was of
> this faith.
> Mary Ellen Frost Bell
> Mary Ellen,
We are stymied in helping you because there are no date
"markers" nor geographic "markers." Some of us specialize in certain
geog. areas and certain date periods, and have extensive holdings of
resources in a number of geog areas. But time constraints dictate that
we cannot go through all these files and areas--hours and hours of work.
Also, numerous areas carry the same names you mention if some
delineation is not given. Can you "nail down" your request to a
certain time period and location? Emmert