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From: Jane Davis <>
Subject: Re: [BRE] [BRE} Brethren, Gentry County, Missouri
Date: Sat, 26 Mar 2011 22:11:42 -0600
Among other things, I work with the history of the Brethren in Missouri from 1795 to present. I was glad to see some interest in the Brethren in Gentry County. Interest in the Brethren in northern Missouri dates to the 1920's when an early history was begun on the Missouri Brethren. Never finished, E. R. Vanderau of Plattsburg, MO (Clinton County) gathered all he could locate for a thesis in 1945 on the Brethren in the Northern District of Missouri. The Gentry congregation takes up very little space in this thesis.
Gentry Congregation: Much of the material on this group has been written by Elder W. B. Sell who kept a notebook of happenings within the churches over which he was elder; Gentry was one of these congregations. It was organized in late 1878 or 1879 with 8 charter members. Among those listed as members include W. B. Sell and wife, S. S. Garman and wife, Serenius Garman and wife, James Miller and wife, Epaphirus Garman and wife, and a Brother Whitestine and wife. Salathiel Garman was called to deaconship. Congregational name was Gentry after the county in which it was located. By 1881/2 the congregation had grown to 23 members with no church building. It is doubtful it ever had a building as it disappears from the records by late 1890's.
W. B. Sell moved to Ettieville, located 7 miles southwest of Albany in 1879 and held the Love Feast at his home Oct 4-5. 1879. He was also present when the congregation was organized along with Daniel Glick of the Whitesville congregation. A Green Ridge is also mentioned but I am not sure this was a known community. In caring for this congregation and the Long Branch congregation earlier, Sell moved from Martinsville, Harrison County to Ettieville, Gentry County. He also had oversight of the Honey Creek and White Cloud congregations (Nodaway County) and the Whitesville congregation (Andrew County). Earlier, he had been involved with the Hamilton congregation in Caldwell and Daviess Counties, MO. He eventually moved to southeastern Kansas. Jane Davis.
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