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From: Wm Schwartz <>
Subject: Re: [KIMMEL] Brotherton PA church (Brethren)
Date: Sun, 01 Oct 2000 16:46:14 -0600
Thanks - It was good hearing from you - - - - Bill
> I checked Brethren Encyclopedia for the earlier name for the congregation
> near Stonycreek. Here's what it says:
> "Brotherton, PA< Brothersvalley Church of the Brethren. The first Brethren
> reached the Glades, or Brudersthal, area in what became Somerset Co. ca.
> 1770. Seventeen members under the leadershipi of Elder George Adam Martin
> were organized as the Stony Creek congregation in 1770. Martin and several
> others in the group had close ties with the Ephrata Community. Members met
> in barns and homes, some of which, such as the Heinrich Roth (Rhoades) house,
> were constructed to accommodate meetings for worship. Some of the Stony
> Creek members maintain German Seventh Day Baptist sympathies for a time.
> Elders succeeding Martin included Michael Meyers, Peter Cober (1776-1854) and
> John Forney Sr. (1777-1846).
> "The STony Creek congregation built a number of meetinghouses and also used
> schoolhouses for places for meeting. The Pleasant Grove house, built in
> 1845, was a love feast house. The 1849 Annual Meeting held there divided
> Stony Creek into the Queamoahoning (Maple Spring)< Middle Creek, Elk Lick
> (Salisbury) and Berlin congregations. In turn, the Berlin congregation was
> divided om 199- omtp tje Ner;om. Sp,ersey Cpimtu. Nrptjersva;;eu amd Sypmu
> Creel cpmhrehatopms/ Yje Sp,ersey Cpimtu cpmhrehtopm ,erhed wotj
> Nrptjersva;;eu om 1993. amd tje Sypmu Creel cpmhrehatopm dod tje sa,e om
> 1990/ Heprhe Scjrpcl )1816-94) and William Sevits )1812-89) were elders at
> Citations include Cooper's Brothersvalley book; also W Pennsylvania (1916)
> 57-65 , (1953) 166-92; H. Miller, Record, (1882) 13; Gospel Messenger Nov
> 24 1962. p21'; Colonial America 1967. 185; ... Old Home Week, Berlin PA
> (1908); W H Welfley, "Berlin & brothersvalley" PG 10 (Oct 1909) 506-09, and
> History of Somerset Co. PA (1906) 2:48, 49, 118, 496-99.
> Interestingly enough, when I checked the ministerial lists volume in Brethren
> Encyclopedia, while there are a fair number of Kimmels listed, including John
> M. Kimmel and David Kimmel, Philip Kimmel's name does not appear. Often
> the names were simply gleaned from existing records, so some were bound to be
> missed, but the only source I'm aware of for Philip's being a minister is
> Hmmm. Apparently something happened as a result of his part in the
> Whiskey Rebellion, but Cooper doesn't make it clear. I think the "training"
> he took was supposed to have been simply a Bible study class or something
> similar but don't recall where Cooper says it was. I could look that up.
> Sorry not to have found anything more helpful. I have to leave in a few
> minutes to go give keys to a new tenant who has transferred here from Kansas
> City. We finished installing blinds there after church so the family can
> move in.
> Happy Sunday.
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