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From: Wayne Lucore <>
Subject: Re: [BRE] Muhlenberg co. Ky churches
Date: Wed, 23 Sep 2009 13:15:55 -0700 (PDT)
One of my ggrdmothers was Frances Ellender Gish so I have followed this family for years.
Josephine Costello Huffaker in her book "Christian Gish of Virginia" points out that Christian Gish (1756-1814) with his wife Elizabeth Stintz moved to Muhlenberg Co, Kentucky, taking his children with him, and that many of his descendants still live in the Central City area of Muhlenberg County..
The headline point shown by James R. Gish of Bremen, KY was a common point I see in my listings. I note the Brethren Encyclopedia indicates that the :"Dutch Settlement" was located in northern Muhlenberg Co, which is now McLean County, along Cypress Creek.
James Rufus Gish left Virginia about 1849 and led a group to emigrate to Woodford Co, Illinois where they established the town of Roanoke, same as his VA birthplace, but I am sure was well acquainted with relatives and other GBB members in Muhlenberg Co, KY.
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From: orwahist <>
Subject: [BRE] Muhlenberg co. Ky churches
Date: Wednesday, September 23, 2009, 12:39 PM
Below is part of a article sent in to the Primitive Christian in 1876 by James R Gish.
Does any on know which church in Muhlenberg Co., KY article refers to?
Primitive Christian March 28, 1876 page 205
A letter from Kentucky
Bremen, Kentucky March 4 1876
There was once a church here, but their candle is burned out. We can count fourteen of the old members yet living. Some have gone to one church, some to another, and some have become so cold and dead that they don’t care and have become a dead weigh on the wheels. So it became necessary to dismiss twelve from the obligations they ere under to the brotherhood. I believe that good can be don here and a church started; but we cannot build a substantial house out of decayed material, yet if the brethren could have minister here good could be done, judging from the interest that seems to be manifesting itself. Two were baptized on Sunday, the 20th of February. There may be more yet, but we expect leave soon and go further south.
It may be of some interest to the general brotherhood to know why the church ran down so. From what information I can gather there were several cause combined. First, in the first settling of this country they took but little interest in education; many did not even learn to read. In the next place, they allowed the young members to follow the fashions, so when the old members were gone the order was gone. Pride came in and the true spirit of the Lord went out.
James R Gish
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