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Subject: Re: [BRE] STERLING HOGUE HONSAKER - RootsWeb: PAFAYETT-L [Pafayett-L]
Date: Mon, 11 Jul 2005 23:27:40 EDT
In a message dated 7/11/2005 10:48:05 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
> The Brethren Encyclopedia listsSamuel Wishert Bail as a minister in
> the COB and a Maggie Berkeley Bail as an ordained minister in Arcadia
> Florida in 1934. Gurney Simpson Bail is not listed
Thanks for the info about women's roles in the COB.
For clarity, I have a correction for the Brethren Encyclopedia (for those who
might want the info.) SW Bail was married twice. Maggie was his first
wife who died young. Maggie Berkley Bail was not the ordained minister; the
writer of the Brethren Encyclopedia was mistaken. Gurney Simpson Bail was his
second wife and was the ordained minister. Samuel Wishert Bail spent winters in
Arcadia Florida with Gurney, & they helped form the Arcadia church & churches
in the district for the lower southern states (forget which district
off-hand). Summers they spent on the Bail homestead farm inherited through his father
in Washington Co PA. They were within a few miles of the Ten Mile COB in
Marianna, PA where SW Bail started off his life. There is no record that Gurney
actively served at Ten Mile but she was active in Florida and VA where she
lived after S. W. Bail died. (She lived a very long life.) They are buried at
Arcadia FL; Maggie Berkey Bail is buried with their only son, Jeremiah Gayman
Bail, in Washington Co PA.
<<Andrew Jackson Sterling and Mary Malinda Sterling were both ordained in the
Brethren Church [the Progressive arm after 1881-2]. Mary was ordained in
1890. The Brethren Church granted women equal privileges with the men at
the Annual Conference in 1892.>>
There was an A. J. Sterling who served at Ten Mile COB (Marianna PA). I
wonder if it was before the split? The other possibility is that the Ten Mile COB
and the Highland Brethren (the "progressive" split made from Ten Mile COB
congregation) has throughout history and even now have "shared" services AND
pastors at times. Today they have 2 shared preachers for Ten Mile COB and
Highland Brethren; I believe they are rotating services between the churches too.
So either A. J. Sterling started off at Ten Mile COB, or was one preacher who
did the shared services for the 2 churches.
Again thanks for filling in info about women's roles. Hope my info about
Maggie being mistaken for Gurney is helpful to someone else.