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From: "Patricia Hickin" <>
Subject: Re: [BRE] Brethren churches in Pocahontas Co, WV
Date: Mon, 10 Dec 2007 21:14:35 -0500
I live in Winchester and know nothing at all about any of these people.
However, a gal who does some work for me is from Pocahontas Co. (her mother
still lives there so she visits frequently). If it's OK with you I could
give her a copy of your letter and she or her mother MIGHT know some people
in the county whom you could contact directly.
Let me know if it's ok to do that.
On Dec 9, 2007 8:47 PM, Courtney Shinaberry <> wrote:
> Apologies in advance for the length of this post!
> Does anyone have any information on Dunkard and Brethren families and
> churches in the region that is now Pocahontas County, WV? The population in
> this area was fed by people from Pendleton, Hardy and Berkeley counties (WV)
> as well as Rockingham, VA. These were generally very small community
> churches, and the information available on them is rather thin. I'm
> interested specifically in Union Chapel (later known as Beverage Church)
> near Clover Lick in Pocahontas County. From its construction in 1874 until
> 1890, it served both Methodists and Dunkards, after which it was deeded over
> to the Methodist Episcopal Church. At that time my family disappears from
> the records until the church was reconfigured yet again as the Poage Lane
> Church (in a different building), which was exclusively Brethren after 1930.
> J.W. Pugh was minister of the latter church in the 1930s and 1940s.
> Other names from the records of the Union Church were: Shinaberry,
> Beverage, Kreamer, Carr, Hannah,
> Friel, Allen, and Ware.
> The other church I am particularly interested in is New Hope Church of the
> Brethren, located near Dunmore, WV (also in Pocahontas County). The first
> church erected in 1878 was Methodist, but when the building was rebuilt in
> 1903, it was shared by the Methodists and the Brethren, each having prayer
> meetings on alternating Sundays. By the 1920s, the church was trending more
> Brethren. In 1924, my great-grandfather's brother Embry P. Shinaberry
> became a minister there. Early ministers to this church were Joe Miller and
> Joe Beverage from the Shenandoah Valley, later ones included J.W. Pugh,
> Isaac Garber, Allen Pugh and David Rittenhouse. My great aunt was still a
> member of this church until her death in 1992. Associated names include
> Buzzard, Arbogast, Dilley, and Grimes.
> Additionally, I am looking for more information about an old log church
> used by the Dunkards at Top Allegheny, established in 1858 by Jacob and
> Sarah Yeager; also John Yeager, Jonas Puffenbarger, Able Wilfong, Andrew
> Burner, Washington Arbogast and Frank Gumm. This is believed to have been
> the first Dunkard church eastablished in Pocahontas County, and for a while
> the only other regularly meeting Brethren congregation was at Union Chapel,
> mentioned above. Located a few miles east of Boyer, Top Allegheny Chapel
> was still in use in the 1940s as a union church for the German Baptist
> Brethren and the Methodists. Several miles east and two miles from a
> community called Hosterman, the Hevener Brethren Church was established.
> Located on Back Allegheny Mountain, the congregation first met in the home
> of Adam and Rebecca Hevener, originally from Rockingham Co, VA. These
> meetings began in the late 1800s and continued until Hevener Church was
> built in 1904. The land was deeded
> form Samuel Hevener to James K. Hoover, Robert J. Hevener, and John J.
> Hevener who were trustees of the German Baptist Brethren at Hosterman. The
> opening sermon was given by Hiram G. Miller of Bridgewater, VA. Early
> attendees were the Hevener family, James K. Hoover, and Benjamin Collins.
> Other ministers were Jacob Thomas, Martin Miller, John W. Hevener, E.F.
> Sherfy, Isaac J. Garber, and J.W. Pugh.
> Any information about these churches and congregations would be greatly
> Researching: Schönberger/Schoenberger/Shinaberry, Light/Lichty,
> Dilli/Dilley, Arbogast/Armencast, Buzzard/Bosshart, Eigener/Eigenter,
> Life/Leib, Lantz, Wymer/Wimer/Weimer, Peck/Beck/Meck, Grever/Groff/Grove,
> Alt, Schaub, Sicafoose/Zickefoose/Ziegenfuß, Hohl/Hull,
> Dieffenbaugh/Dieffenbach, Speiss, Siefert/Sifford, Schrader/Shroyer, Shook,
> Brenneman, Steiner/Stoner, Linn, Weber, Himp/Hemp
> From: Lancaster and York Counties, PA; Shenandoah, Pendleton, Highland,
> Bath and Pocahontas Counties, VA/WV; Rowan, Cabarrus, and Montgomery
> Counties, NC
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