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Welcome to the Church of the Brethren Network of Genealogy & History resources. Perhaps you are like many people, desiring to know more about themselves by getting to know their ancestors. We hope that our resources will offer you a place to start. Review our lists, individual contributions, or surf to other genealogical and historical web sites. You may just find that long lost ancestral link to your family tree. Our genealogy section is divided into five documents: Church Records, Miscellaneous Lists, other genealogical Web Sites, Libraries, and Photographs having genealogical archives. Each section offers a very different resource for locating your ancestors, heritage, ethnic culture, and historical traditions. You may also wish to review Brethren Groups in order to distinguish the many sub-groups using the word Brethren in their denominational title. Thanks for stopping by. We hope you enjoy our resources, and perhaps today you will find that elusive ancestral link!

Can You Identify Someone?

Our members have submitted the following photographs in the hope that you may be able to identify something or someone. Please use the mail-drop underneath the image to contact that person directly. Do you have a photograph that you would like to have identified by our visitors? Or, perhaps you have a photo that you would simply like to share with other genealogists. Submit your photos by attaching each image to an e-mail, and then send to the Web Administrator.

Ingrid Fabianson Collection

My ancestors are Thomas Huston m. Tabitha Wright in Rockymount, Franklin Co. VA. June 8, 1799 and then moved to Union County, Indiana. Their daughter Agness (Nancy) married Robert Carr in Liberty Indiana, later divorced in 1853, and then she married William Wimmer. Perhaps the single male photo is William Wimmer. I want to share these and possibly identify.

If you have information about these individuals, please contact

Libbie Rinehart Burger Collection

The attached photo belonged to Libbie Rinehart Burger. She identifies most of those in the photo (all cousins) in the hand-written note. All are Brethren, most lived in the northwest corner of Montgomery County. In her diary, Libbie documents that this photo was taken at a gathering of the cousins on a Sunday afternoon in Ludlow Falls, Ohio, August, 1894.

Elder Jacob Keller and First Wife Emma Miller

Elder Jacob Keller and Wife Sarah Martin Keller
Since I retired, I have been spending time doing family research and documentation of local history. I live in the Pennsylvania Southern District, and have ties to several churches in the area. I grew up in the Greencastle church and now am a member of the Chambersburg church. My greatgrandfather was a minister in the Welsh Run church. He and his two wives are buried in the Welsh Run church cemetery. If you need information regarding the Greencastle church, I might be able to help. Being a church organist from age 13-18 gave me a close look at many of the members. I went away to college (E-town) and nursing school. Then I met my husband in Philadelphia and after he finished college, we moved back to the area. Guess where he grew up? Welsh Run! So I have many strings pulling me to connect the dots with family and location.

Jacob was my maternal greatgrandfather. His first wife Emma Miller is pictured here with him. They had three daughters, Hattie Viola Keller Bitner, Minnie Keller Tenley and Ida Elizabeth Keller Heckman (my grandmother). Emma died and Jacob married his second wife, Sarah Martin. Her parents were Jacob Martin and Nancy Butterbaugh. Sarah and Jacob had two children, Jacob Roy Keller and Lanah Keller Heckman. They were all associated with the Welsh Run Church of the Brethren.

Sarah outlived Jacob and died in the home of her daughter near Lemasters, PA.--obit included. Two of the Keller daughters married Heckmans (cousins), and Roy Keller married Rosalie Heckman. Jacob, Emma and Sarah are buried in the Welsh Run Cemetery. Hattie V Keller Bitner ( also husband and in-laws) are buried in the Broadfording Church of the Brethren cemetery. Ida and Minnie are buried in the Cedar Hill cemetery in Greencastle, PA. Minnie K Tenley's in-laws are buried in the Stone Bridge Church of the Brethren cemetery.

Ida lived in Greencastle and became a member of the Greencastle Church of the Brethren. Her two children, J. Orville Heckman (my father) and Mildred Heckman Statler were also members of the Greencastle church. My aunt was baptized in the Chambersburg Church because Greencastle did not have an indoor baptism pool at the time.

Linda Gorman

Mary Ann Weybright

Mary Ann (ALWAYS KNOWN AS Maria) Weybright b: 1849 Syracuse, IN d:1890 Elkhart Co., IN
dau of: Martin Weybright III b: 1814 and Catharine Leah Linderman b:1812.
Martin was a Brethren Minister in Elkhart Co., IN

Linage as follows
(Martin Weybright II and Christina Raser,
Martin Weybright I and Catherina Jung,
Johann Martin and Elizabeth Mueller
Martin Weibrecht and Margaret Hoffman,
Johann George b:1654 and Sabina Fuchs)

Maria Weybright married John B. Bussard in Elkhart Co., IN 1869. They removed
to Friendship Township, Emmet Co., MI for abt 10 years.
Both families Brethren.

When, where was photo taken?

Suzannne (Bussard) Reaume

Simpson Family

Photo of my Simpson family. Rhoda Crosswhite was said to be Brethern.

Kelly Pritchard

Harriet Yeck Kline

Mrs. Harriet Kline of this village died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Arthur Paul, in Dowagiac, on Monday night. Harriet Yeck was born near Greencastle ,Pennsylvania, May 3, 1837. When she reached the age of 12, she moved with her parents to Logan County, Ohio, and was married March 13, 1859, to Samuel Kline at Bellefontaine, Ohio. To this union were born eleven children, the following of whom are still living: Mrs. Martin Gebhard, Mrs. C. E. Osborn, Mrs. E. H. Miller, Mrs. Arthur Paul and two sons, John and Fred. She was grandmother to sixteen children and great grandmother to eight. The deceased, with her husband, moved to Michigan in the early sixties and to Cassopolis in the year 1876, where she resided ever since, Mr. Kline having passed away Nov. 13, 1913. To know Mrs. Kline's sterling qualities and her calm, kindly and brave disposition, was to love her from whom they eminated. A Dunkard by faith, she was charitable and considerate of the thoughts of others. She was conscientious to a degree, full of gentle courage and great fortitude. She met the trials of her life as she met death- bravely and courageously, never fearing, never complaining. To her death was only a journey and she was glad to go. The world was better for her having passed through it. Funeral services will be held this afternoon at 3 o'clock at the home of Mrs. C. E. Osborn, conducted by Rev. J. W. Springsteen, and burial will be made in Prospect Hill cemetery.
[The Cassopolis Vigilant Thursday, August 25, 1921]
Benjamin Kinsey

Seifertin Kas

Anna Maria Seifertin

Lettering 1

Lettering 2

I have a kas I am trying to gather information on. It was made for Anna Maria Seifertin, 1820. I know that an Anna Seifertin appears in the Register of the Ephrata Community (1772) and wondered how I go further to establish (or not) lineage. The kas was purchased about 15 years ago in York, PA and I am enclosing pictures of the piece which has German text. Although the text is in two parts it should be read as if butting up first to second. Thanks for any and all direction you may be able to offer.

- Susan Golashovsky

Elk City Church

This is a photo of the Elk City Church of the Brethren building in Elk City, Oklahoma, probably from about 1911.

- Jerry


I have a Photograph that may connect to a Brethern group. I would appreciate help with identifying it. My reason for believing that these people may be Brethern is because my grandfather, Lonnie C. Malcolm, attended a Brethern church in Fairmont, Mn. in the early 1900's. His parents, Joseph P. and Laura (Flesher) Malcolm, were born in Highland Cty, Va. in an area called Doe Hill. They moved to Illinois in the 1880's and lived in the rural Bloomington area. They are buried in Whetstone Cemetery, Coles Cty, Ill. I believe that one of the Flesher family donated land near Bloomington to build a Brethern church around the turn of the century. The man holding the baby was identified as (probably) Lonnie Malcolm. The man standing directly behind him, as Joseph P. Malcolm. We don't know who the others might be. The Photo appears to be circa 1905-6. There is a notation on the edge that says: "Sutter 12 council". I believe that one of the Malcolm lines has a marriage to a Sutter who was a member of the Brethern. Also note: Flesher is often spelled Fleisher or Fleischer in old documents. By the time of my birth in 1942, our family was attending a Methodist Church, so any Brethern contact was lost.

Thank you, so much, for any suggestions.

Gratefully, Carly Malcolm Henderson -

Joseph Slutz Note

Hope you can help me-I came across a note my father had that belonged to his grandfather, Joseph Slutz (1822-1907). He moved evidently from Lima, Ohio to Anderson County, Kansas. I will attach this note.

Appreciate your time and any help or guidance you may give me.

Shirley McMillan -

Valentine Flohr House

I have a .jpg picture of the 1817 VALENTINE FLOHR house located in McKnightstown, Adams County, PA. Quite a few Flohr relatives were Pastors in the Church of the Brethren. If you would like a copy of this .JPG, Click on the picture to see an enlargement, and then right click to "Save As".

Jane Russ -

“Remove not the ancient landmark, which thy fathers have set.”
Proverbs 22:28

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