Sunday, March 30, 2008
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
It turns out this is the Rock Springs Old School Baptist Church (also known as Primitive Baptist) built in 1808. He took pictures of some of the gravestones with names of Griest, Jenkins, and Lowe, which were prominent. We have no connection to these people, but give him a gold star for trying!
I had looked into the Primitive Baptist church when I thought my Powells might have been members of the church in the 1700s. I finally determined they were not, but what I learned about the church was interesting. They were influenced by the Mennonites and maintain some of the same practices such as believer's baptism, feet washing, and acapella singing. There are also some significant differences in theology, especially as it relates to predestination.
You can read the history of the Primitive Baptists here:
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
This is a Quaker marriage certificate from 1750, signed by American botanist John Bartram and many others, which sold for $400.
I have never in my life seen so many sheepskin deeds and Patents from the 1700s in one place. There were many signed by John, Thomas, and Richard Penn, who were the sons of William Penn. There were also some signed by Conrad Weiser, James Logan, James Hamilton, and Ben Franklin which brought big bucks. Others without the signatures of famous people were sold in box lots.
Many old and rare books were also sold. This is the family record of David and Mary (Overholser) Weaver on the back page of a 1776 Bible printed in Germantown by Christoph Sauer. Selling price--$2800.
Monday, March 10, 2008
Thursday, March 6, 2008
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
As usual, I had a long list of things I wanted to do this winter. I have gotten some of my goals accomplished but other things are still unfinished. If I don't get on the ball, I will have to paraphrase Jeremiah 8:20 to say, "The time has passed, the winter is ended, and my work is not done."
This month is a race with the calendar to get a little more done before the spring rush is upon us. To that end, I have invited a bunch of cousins to come for a quilting on March 19. That is the last "big" project I had on my list. I didn't expect to finish the other things I have been working on this winter. After all, if I got everything done, what would I do next winter? I have to (as Mom used to say) "save some for seed."