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From: James Shuman <>
Subject: RE: Prayer Coverings and "Old Order"
Date: Mon, 24 Jul 2000 11:44:26 -0700
At 5:15 am -0700 7/24/00, RHOADS, Roger wrote:
>I know this was discussed a month ago, but I just came back from a
>short vacation to Montgomery Co., OH. While there in my home town of
>Brookville, I was impressed that the Old Order ladies still wore the white
>gauze-like bonnets. I also note one lady wearing a black cloth bonnet. I'm
>guessing she belonged to a different church. There are still quite a number
>of Old Order German Baptist churches in the NW corner of Mont. Co. and also
>in Darke Co., just north of there.
There is a very small group called Old Order German Baptist Brethren, and
they are centered around covington, OH, I believe. They still use horse and
buggies, no electricity, etc.
The groups referred to above are properly called Old German Baptist
Brethren. All of the sisters in this denomination DO wear Prayer Coverings
made of a white material with a coarse weave. This is generally some type
of nylon, but needs to be able to hold a crease. It is generally
considerably thicker than net.
The woman with a black cloth bonnet was wearing the "weather covering",
which IS called a "bonnet" [the white ones are "prayer coverings" or
"caps"], and was probably from the same denomination. Most sisters wear
them when the weather is bad, or in the winter, but many do not wear them
in the summer.
Western central Ohio has the largest concentration of OGBB members of any
area in the US, so you are correct in identifying "quite a number" of
congregations in Montgomery Co and Darke Co.
Thank you for the comments.
James Shuman, Co-Moderator