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From: Wayne Lucore <>
Subject: Re: [BRE] [BRE) Brethren churches names
Date: Wed, 28 Sep 2011 07:41:01 -0700 (PDT)
In my last email I meant to add this add'l info
The Dunkard Brethren Church isn't just located in Quinter, KS. I have been to another Dunkard Brethren Church in Modesto, Calif. Modesto also has a large Old German Baptist Brethren colony, (hosts some of their annual meetings), and a large Church of the Brethren.
From: Wayne Lucore
From: gale honeyman <>
Sent: Monday, September 26, 2011 1:41 AM
Subject: [BRE] Henry Colclesser
Early in his life, your Henry would have been a member of the Dunker church
as we were unofficially called by the outside world. In 1836 Annual Meeting
officially gave us our first name, Fraternity of German Baptists. This name
was in effect until 1871 when Annual Meeting renamed us German Baptist
Brethren. These were the names your grandfather would have been familiar
with. The Old Order Brethren as you mention were not organized until 1881
under the official name of Old German Baptist Brethren, often referring to
themselves as Old Orders. There has never been an official group named Old
Order Brethren within the 1708 Schwarzenau Brethren unbrella.
Just to elaborate a little and to ask about the Dunkard Brethren Church which wasn't mentioned.
When I first went to Quinter, Gove Co, KS it was interesting to learn that there were 3 different churches in Quinter - First: The Church of the Brethren first organized in 1885-1886 (presumably then called German Baptist Brethren), Second: The Big Creek German Baptist Church (Old Order Branch) founded officially in 1891, and the Dunkard Brethren Church which split off from the Church of the Brethren in 1928 mostly through the efforts of Rev. L. I. Moss who came to Quinter from Ohio where the Dunkard Brethren originated.
The above information comes from the book "History and Heritage of Gove County, KS - A Bicentennial Project of the Bicentennial Commission and the Gove County Historical Society.
My wife, Eula Wolf (1925-1997) and her parents belonged to the Church of the Brethren, who left the OGBB Church in 1928, while her grandparents were split - father's side still belonging to the OGBB and mother's side members of the Dunkard Brethren..