Source:Wust, Klaus. Saint-Adventurers of the Virginia Frontier : Southern Outposts of Ephrata

Source The saint-adventurers of the Virginia frontier : southern outposts of Ephrata
Author Wust, Klaus
Place Virginia, United States
West Virginia, United States
Surname Beeler
Subject Church records
Religion Baptist
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Type Book
Publisher Shenandoah History Publishers
Date issued c1977
Place issued Edinburg, Virginia
Wust, Klaus. The saint-adventurers of the Virginia frontier : southern outposts of Ephrata. (Edinburg, Virginia: Shenandoah History Publishers, c1977).
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Bibliographical notes: p. 104-120. Includes index. Includes a translation of Abgeforderte Relation der Erscheinung eines entleibten Geists (An exacted relation on the appearance of a disembodied spirit) and a brief biographical sketch of the Beeler family involved with this appearance. Maps on lining papers. The original German Baptists were referred to as Dunkers or Dunkards. They are now known as the Church of the Brethren. "After Conrad Beissel and the Eckerlin brothers broke with the mother church, the regular, oldline Dunkers were frequently called the First Day Dunkers while the Ephrata group became known as Seventh Day Dunkers, Seven Dayers (Siebentäger) or Sabbatarians. Many of the Ephrata members and others who joined the splinter groups in Virginia were not of old German Baptist background and had never been affiliated with the regular Dunkers." -- P. 102 Contains a history of the Dunkers from Germany to Ephrata, Pennsylvania, and to the break from that community by members led by the Eckerlin brothers. These brothers, Samuel, Israel and Gabriel, led many to settle in northern Virginia and West Virginia.

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