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From: winter dellenbach <>
Subject: Re: [BRE] The Irish and the Dunker...
Date: Thu, 17 Mar 2005 09:30:28 -0800
In-Reply-To: <001801c52b0e$e6dc2210$01fea8c0@windowsohulfbc>


I have read that German was nearly became the primary national
language. winter
On Thursday, March 17, 2005, at 08:32 AM, Bill & Lynn Sewell wrote:

> I have read somewhere and I don't remember where that there were more
> German speaking colonist than English speaking. The reason that
> English became the predominate language is that the landowners along
> the coast spoke English. Does anyone know for sure this is true. I
> know much of PA,NC and SC and much of DE spoke German dialects. Lynn
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Sandra Shelly" <>
> To: <>
> Sent: Thursday, March 17, 2005 6:01 AM
> Subject: Re: [BRE] The Irish and the Dunker...
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>
>> Listmembers,
>> If the people were Brethren Baptist German Dunkers maybe the Speakers
>> read the
>> Scriptures in German, even long after they had
>> many nonGerman members. Since I am not Catholic I did not realize
>> this
>> fact, but recently found out the reason the Mass was spoken Latin is
>> because it was to be a Universal language of the Church, so no matter
>> where people moved or what language they spoke the message would still
>> be the same. This might have been true as the German Dunkers first
>> settled in the the US and changed through the years. There were many
>> diverse settlements early on in the history of the US, but there were
>> also many regions that were primarily of one
>> Ethnic group. I would imagine with folks in
>> Pennsylvania being called Pa. Dutch,,
>> many did speak German and probably German
>> was spoken more than we realize in the
>> United States. There was a time when German
>> was a required class for premed students.
>>
>> With Regards
>> Sandra
>>
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