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Subject: Re: Brethren Thomas's
Date: Sun, 2 Jan 2005 19:09:40 EST
In a message dated 12/29/2004 7:01:17 PM Pacific Standard Time,
George W. Andrews has Samuel the son of a Johannes and Catharine
Thomas who owned property near John George Arnold, and a witness to
his sale of property in 1751 was a Daniel Arnold. Not sure if this
is Elder Daniel S. Arnold referred to by Austin Cooper in "Two
Centuries of Brothersvalley Church of the Brethren". The Daniel
Arnold married to Elizabeth Thomas wasn't born at this point.
Johannes & Catherine Thomas are not referred to as Brethren. Andrews
also notes that the name is spelled Toms or Tomms in the Maryland
The Daniel Arnold you mentioned in your email is the Daniel Arnold who
was the son of Johann Georg Arnold who was the immigrant in 1738. This Johann
Georg had three grandsons, Daniel, Samuel and Zachariah; sons of John Arnold,
were the sons of John Arnold and Anna Margaret Albaugh, who were three of the
founding members of the Beaver Run chhurch in Hampshire county, Virginia(now
Mineral Co., West Va.) in the late 18th Century. Daniel Arnold was married to
what I can only presume was another child of Samuel and Magdalena Thomas as I
show Daniel's wife as Elizabeth Thomas, d/o of Samuel and Magdalena.
I can place my ancestress, Catharine Arnold Whip(wife of Daniel Whip) in
Hampshire county, Virginia as her husband sold his land in Hagerstown, Md. in
April of 1794 and is shown on the tax lists of Hampshire county in 1800.
Ancilliary evidence suggests that they moved to Virginia in early 1797 but by at
least the winter of that year. I reckon I could call myself a lineal descendant
of a co-founder of the Beaver Run church.
I can state though that your Samuel Thomas was most probably ordained at
the Beaver Dam church in Maryland though we will most probably never be able
to document this aspect. And since you show him as having died in Hampshire
county, Virginia it may be that he was the actual founding Elder at Beaver Run.
An informative book on this region has been written by Emmert Bittinger
entitled Allegheny Passage that very well covers the aforementioned church but
please do not take what mention is made of the Whipp family verbatim. Mr.
Bittinger obtained the information second hand and court documentation has proven
a portion of it to be incorrect.
And a funny thing happened on the way to the Forum. I made mention that I
am a Whip descendant though it is now Whipp. Those in Frederick county,
Maryland, for the exception of Archibald Whipp who was of English extraction, there
are multiple imtermarriages with members of the Thomas family. They appear as
Dumas, Domas, etc., etc. in the early German Protestant church records. And
yes I have seen it spelled as Thomey as well. I had always wondered about the
connections with the Brethren Thomas family. There must be a connection, but
since I do not have all the pertinent records, and we never have enough, I will
probably always wonder but will never be able to prove any of it.
And do not forget that there are two Albaugh families in Frederick
county, Maryland with one being Brethren and one being German Protestant.
I had always wondered if anyone on this list had enough information to
formulate an informative article on the Anabaptist Thomas family as they are one
of those you seldom here mention of. For that matter not much has been
written in Brethren Roots on any of these families. I suppose I should work an
article up on my Whip family for that matter. I have all the applicable records,
and the info is in my computer genie program, but I have never written a
descriptive document in regards to Johan Martin Wipf the immigrant.
I had asked a fellow list member, Mr. Honeyman, about the possiblity of
an article about the Albaugh family as he and I are both descendants, but his
time is limited as is mine.
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