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From: Sharon and Joe Mills <>
Subject: two Peter Kearns in NC KY
Date: Tue, 15 Mar 2005 21:21:28 -0500
I have no idea whether Peter Kearns from Ireland was Brethren. I will
agree that immigrants tended to join with religious groups who were in
their vicinity, generally because there were few, or no, other options.
My concern was that, in identifying Peter Kearns as Irish, I had steered
Merle Rummel away from studying a second Peter Kearns who was travelling
with his German family, and who was living in the same general area.
At 07:39 AM 3/15/2005, you wrote:
>I found Mr. Rummels information to be very useful. I could find no reason
>that my ancestor, Jonathan Patterson, could be a member of the "Dunker's
>Church", as found in Perrin's History of Kentucky. We are leaning towards
>Ulster Scot, for Jonathan's ancestry. How could he be a member, of what I
>thought was an exclusive German group? Pietist traditions...
>In the frontier small groups gathered to study and worship. They welcomed
>all neighbors and if I am understanding what Mr. Rummel tried to explain
>to me, this decision got them into hot water with the mainstream Brethren
>culture. However, it probably brought the community closer together.
>Your ancestors could also be seen in this light. Brethren and Irish.
>Robert Patterson, Jr.
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