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From: "Merle Rummel" <>
Subject: Re: [BRE] Brethren questions
Date: Sun, 25 Sep 2011 14:51:30 -0400
I would very much like to have individual e-mail contact, if they are
willing, with Dr. Emmert Bittinger and John Hale Stutesman and any other
person who has in-depth interest and experience in Washington County,
Maryland, Brethren in the colonial and
> New Nation eras (pre-1820). So, if those men and any other men or women
would kindly e-mail me directly at , I would be most grateful
for their guidance on my further research and writing.
Hasn't John Stutsman died? -
Its been years since I've lived out there (Beaver Dam Church, Monocacy
Valley, east of the Blue Ridge) but with my brother marrying a girl from
Hagarstown MD, and my Rummels moving from Getysburg to Zullinger (just west
of Waynesboro PA), and with the Civil War Battles (Harpers Ferry, Antietam
and Gettysburg) I've visited much in the area..
Lit me help with migration:
The Great Wagon Road went west from Philadelphia to Lancaster and York PA,
then on to Gettysburg and on into the Antietam Valley to Waynesboro and
Hagarstown, certainly by 1760, possibly a decade earlier. (I've recorded
this route in my Migration Roads page at
cob-net.org/docs/brethrenlife.htm.) The Brethren were on the Antietam and
Conococheague (both sides of Hagarstown) by about 1750. Then the Road
crossed the Potomac and went down the Valley of Virginia as the "Valley
Road" At Roanoke (then "Big Lick") migration went through the Roanoke
River Gap and down the face of the Blue Ridge, to the Yadkin in the
Carolinas, about 1750.
The Conococheague valley was the route of the Great Warriors Path of the
Iroquois (New York) to Cherokee (Tennessee) - followed by the Valley Road
Migration down the Monocacy Road (to near Frederick MD) was before this,
and the Brethren crossed into the Middletown Valley, then crossed South
Mountain to the Antietam, as another path.
Too much of the early settlements were not solely in Maryland (Washington
Co) but have to include Franklin Co PA (and vvs). Migration from there
went west to Bedford Co PA and on to Brothers Valley (Somerset Co PA) -
often going west on the Braddocks Road (US40), or north to hit the Forbes
Road (US30) headed for Ft Pitt (Pittsburg)
I do not know what it is you are wanting to know.
Merle C Rummel