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From: "Kim D. Garrison" <>
Subject: Re: [BRE] Brethren questions
Date: Mon, 26 Sep 2011 13:26:17 -0400
Dr. Bittinger and his wife, Esther, are good, personal friends of mine. I forwarded your email to him to give him the opportunity to contact you. He is recovering from health issues, so it might be a little while before you hear from him. Kim GarrisonWeyers Cave, VA > From:
> Date: Sun, 25 Sep 2011 14:51:30 -0400
> Subject: Re: [BRE] Brethren questions
> 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
> through Virginia.
> 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
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