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From: Cedar & Stone <>
Subject: Re: Brethren Coincidences
Date: Mon, 25 Sep 2000 02:35:56 -0400
I have maps in my head but am not so able to get to them anymore. Before I used
the references of all the Brethren and Mennonite books I have here in my Library
along with lots of maps of early settlements. Email me privately and will give
you lists and lists of maps and books to use.
A good reference is the "Trail of the Black Walnut" for those persecuted
folks who leave from NJ and go to Canada.Discusses areas of settlements and has
some maps. Great source is "Two Centuries of Brothers Valley" for the mass
migration to PA. How about Gleim's book on Conewago Brethren for York and Adams
Co PA--cannot remember title, or the one just came out on Codorus PA? Anyone out
there on the List know where and how to get this book? Has lots of names from
Conestoga and Codorus Brethren that "migrate" to Hanover and Gettysburg area--the
Marsh Creek Brethren to me, but not the Marsh Creek in Washington Co but in PA.
Get some good reference history books about Lancaster Co and Berks Co, then
follow the streams and run the ridges down from Germantown or from York to the
Frederick area. Our German and Swiss ancestors were smart--they went down the
valleys, not across them like othrs to take up more time. Learn as much as you
can about the topography of the land, the valleys, the streambeds, the old roads.
Use "Pioneers of Old Monocacy" by Tracey and Dern for areas of settlement in
Frederick Co MD. Then use some of the old military maps for Braddock to see how
the ancestors got to Pittsburgh and then to mid-Ohio. Then read about the trails
thru Ohio, but do not be led astray by the traces and trails. Many of our
ancestors were in Ohio before statehood and followed many old Indian trails, not
the National Road which came later. Also see the migration maps in the 3rd
volume of the Brethren Encyclopedia for settlements. How about that map of the
great Philadelphia Road--have you seen that?
go on your server and find the map collections of the Archives or for
the area you need. Try the maps from Library of VA and Michigan too. Nice
resources and then compare places and roads. Then begin your years of finding
the Brethren relatives that you never will end or be able to put down. See ya,
> Dear Karen,
> I agree that coincidences don't just happen. God is interested in what
> happens to us & the decisions we make because those happenings.
> I am still putting together my Bollinger materials. In your message you
> mention a book which mentions the Brethren in York Co PA. What is the title
> of that book?
> You also mention migration paths through Brother's Valley & then the
> upper route. Where are these located? Do you maps of these places or routes.
> Thanks in advance. Larry Bolinger
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