Sarah Elizabeth BRUBAKER

Female 1835 - 1910

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  1. 1.  Sarah Elizabeth BRUBAKER was born 6 Mar 1835, Page County, Virginia (daughter of Abraham BRUBAKER and Elizabeth BUSWELL); died 7 Jun 1910, Page County, Virginia; was buried Private Buswell Cem. Near Leaksville, Page County, Virginia.

    Sarah married Reuben ALESHIRE 14 Aug 1850, Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. Reuben (son of Joseph A. ALESHIRE and Sarah KOONTZ) was born 4 Jan 1830, Page County, Virginia; died UNKNOWN, Page County, Virginia; was buried Private Aleshire Cem. Near Leaksville, Page County, Virginia. [Group Sheet]

Generation: 2

  1. 2.  Abraham BRUBAKER was born 6 Jun 1806, Near Luray, Page County, Virginia (son of John BRUBAKER and Barbara MAUCK); died 22 Apr 1835, Warrington, Virginia.

    Abraham — Elizabeth BUSWELL. Elizabeth (daughter of George BUSWELL and Sarah WHALEY) was born 6 Nov 1812; died 17 Mar 1835, Page County, Virginia; was buried Private Buswell Cem. Near Leaksville, Page County, Virginia. [Group Sheet]

  2. 3.  Elizabeth BUSWELL was born 6 Nov 1812 (daughter of George BUSWELL and Sarah WHALEY); died 17 Mar 1835, Page County, Virginia; was buried Private Buswell Cem. Near Leaksville, Page County, Virginia.
    1. George Thomas BRUBAKER was born 24 Dec 1832; died 10 Jun 1898.
    2. 1. Sarah Elizabeth BRUBAKER was born 6 Mar 1835, Page County, Virginia; died 7 Jun 1910, Page County, Virginia; was buried Private Buswell Cem. Near Leaksville, Page County, Virginia.

Generation: 3

  1. 4.  John BRUBAKER was born 22 Aug 1766, Near Luray, Page County, Virginia (son of Abraham BRUBAKER and Barbara (Muller) MILLER); died 17 Dec 1844, Near Luray, Page County, Virginia.



    John married Barbara MAUCK 15 May 1799, Shenandoah County, Virginia. Barbara (daughter of Daniel MAUCK and Barbara HARNSBERGER) was born 9 Sep 1774, Hamburg, Shenandoah County, Virginia; died 10 Nov 1841, Near Luray, Page County, Virginia; was buried Private Aleshire Cem. Near Leaksville, Page County, Virginia. [Group Sheet]

  2. 5.  Barbara MAUCK was born 9 Sep 1774, Hamburg, Shenandoah County, Virginia (daughter of Daniel MAUCK and Barbara HARNSBERGER); died 10 Nov 1841, Near Luray, Page County, Virginia; was buried Private Aleshire Cem. Near Leaksville, Page County, Virginia.
    1. 2. Abraham BRUBAKER was born 6 Jun 1806, Near Luray, Page County, Virginia; died 22 Apr 1835, Warrington, Virginia.

  3. 6.  George BUSWELL

    George — Sarah WHALEY. [Group Sheet]

  4. 7.  Sarah WHALEY
    1. 3. Elizabeth BUSWELL was born 6 Nov 1812; died 17 Mar 1835, Page County, Virginia; was buried Private Buswell Cem. Near Leaksville, Page County, Virginia.

Generation: 4

  1. 8.  Abraham BRUBAKER was born 1723, Hempfield, Lancaster County, PA (son of (Hans) John (Prupecke Brubacker} and Anna); died 1804, Near Luray, Page County, Virginia.


    One of the first settlers in Page County, obtained a a grant from Stover on the Massanutten Patent near the foothills of the Massanutten Mountain

    IJohn Brubaker (Prupecker), (Brubacber), who emigrated from Berne, Switzerland, in 1710, bought this land from Jacob Stover, but never came to Virginia. However, he sold it to his son, Abraham, who settled on it in 1747. Abraham married Barbara Miller (Muller), a daughter of Jacob Miller (Muller), founder of Woodstock (Mullerstadt).

    In 1766, Jacob Miller, Sr. died and in 1772, his son-in-law, Abraham Brubaker, succeeded him as proprietor of the town. In 1774, Brubaker and his wife, Barbara, donated two lots, Nos. 80 and 81, for the erection of county buildings, and on the same day they gave two other lots for a church and graveyard.

    Following is a bit of interesting history concerning this old home:

    "About dusk one evening in the year 1758, Mrs. Brubaker told her husband and family that the Indians would attack them the next morning, saying that she could see a party of them on the side of the Massatten Mountain, in the act of cooking their supper. She also declared that she saw their fire, and could count the number of Indians. She pointed to the spot; but no other member of the family saw it; and it was therefore thought that she must be mistaken. Persisting in her declaration, she begged her husband to remove her and the children to a place of safety; but she was laughed at, and told that she was in no danger. The next day she got information that the Indians were coming, and ran off with her children to where several men were at work, who conveyed her across the river to a neighbors house. They (the Indians) plundered the old Brubaker house, piled up the chairs and spinning wheels, and set them on fire. A young woman who lived with the Brubakers had concealed herself in the garret; and after the Indians left the house, she extinguished the fire and saved the house from burning."

    It was afterwards ascertained that the savages had encamped that night at the place on the mountain pointed out by Mrs. Brubaker. It was about two miles off. I am told a feather tick was put on top of the furniture, thinking it would make it burn faster, but instead it smothered the flames.

    Kercheval writes that the young woman hid in the attic, but there was no attic. She opened the door and stood back of it and the Indians, looking in the room, thought it was empty. Mr. John Brubaker says he has stood on the spot many times. The Brubakers had but one child at this time, a girl, and Mrs. Brubaker took her in her arms when she saw their dog running back and forth to the Stone house (where the Stone family were being massacred) only a short distance away; and she called to the girl that the Indians were coming and ran to the field where her husband and hired hands were working. They took her and forded the river on their horses to a friends home, the Longs, who had a fort cellar.

    It is believed that the first home Abraham Brubaker built was a log one, which was put up hurriedly, the chimney of which was made of lo I gs, lined with clay, to keep it from burning out.

    After the brick house was built, the old home was used as a private school for the children of Peter and Gideon Brubaker. A Mr. Singer was the tutor. The young children attended in the summer and the older ones in

    the winter. These were great-grandchildren of Abraham Brubaker.

    The child mentioned in the Indian episode later married Isaac Strickler, owner of Locust Grove, the most elegant home in this section at that time.

    The rock house was torn down about 1887 or 1888, and the cellar and passage way filled in. The rocks were used to construct a wash house, which now stands just back of the brick house.

    Abraham Brubaker died in 1814, and left a large family, which later proved to be substancial and dependable citizens. He is buried in the Brubaker family burial ground, which is located a short distance from the house.


    Informants: Mr. John Brubaker, a great-grandson of Abraham Brubaker. Mrs. Susan Long, a descendant of Abraham Brubaker, and owner. Miss Mary Brubaker.

    Page County Court Records

    "Forerunners", a book of genealogies of Massanutten families. Kerebevalls "History of the Valley", 1st edition. Wayland's "History of Shenandoah Valley".

    Abraham married Barbara (Muller) MILLER Page County, Virginia. Barbara (daughter of Jacob (Muller) MILLER) was born Abt 1733; was buried Page County, Virginia. [Group Sheet]

  2. 9.  Barbara (Muller) MILLER was born Abt 1733 (daughter of Jacob (Muller) MILLER); was buried Page County, Virginia.
    1. Peter BRUBAKER
    2. Ann Elizabeth BRUBAKER
    3. Susannah BRUBAKER
    4. Christina Brubaker
    5. 4. John BRUBAKER was born 22 Aug 1766, Near Luray, Page County, Virginia; died 17 Dec 1844, Near Luray, Page County, Virginia.
    6. Mary BRUBAKER was born 1776.

  3. 10.  Daniel MAUCK was born 1742, Germany Or Switzerland (son of Rudolph MAUCK and Mildrid UNKNOWN); died Jan 1803, Hamburg, Shenandoah County, (Now Page), Virginia; was buried Cemetery By "Mauck Meeting House" Hamburg, Va.


    Lived in Hamburg, Virginia, which has been in Frederick, Shenandoah and Page counties, Virginia. This was not the Daniel named in the state census of 1783-4 as of Rockingham County, Virginia. The latter was apparently a nephew and the son of Rudolph Mauck Jr.
    Tradition says that Daniel migrated about 1750 with a friend, Beaver, from the region of Lancaster, Pa., to a part of Frederick Co., now Page Co., Va. The Beavers came into Page Co. from Madison Co., Va. east of the Blue Ridge, where they had been connected with Maucks by intermarriage.

    Daniel Mauck obtained a large track of land (200 acres) from Loard Fairfax sometime in after 1750.

    Daniel Mauck served in the colonial militia in 1753. In 1761 Hs had 200 acres in Culpeper Co. By patent from Lord Fairfax in 1765, he received 283 acres at Hamburg and settled there with his wife and two children about 1767, He was a farmer and did custom milling. Altogether he owned nearly 1500 acres of land. He was connected at different times with the Reformed, Lutheran, Mennonite, and Dunkard sects. In or before 1801 he donated a tract on the principal highway, near the center of his Fairfax farm, for a church building which he, and others of varying faiths, erected with a stipulation that it should not be owned by any particular church organization, but belong to the community and be available for the serves of all faiths. His son Joseph carried out his father’s intent by executing a deed which described the property as commonly know as “Mauck’s Meeting House,” and recited that “all orders of Christians and all worshippers of God’s preaching a moral doctrine and behaving decently, should be allowed to preach.” The deed did not mention any individual or corporate grantee. The building originally of hewn logs and having simple furnishing and quaint galleries, one for the whites and one for blacks. has at different times been weatherborded. reroofed with metal, and otherwise conserved by caretakers who are annually chosen by the Primitive Baptist Church, which is now the only church organization that has a building of its own in Hamburg. The lot fronts the Dixie Highway, and the property is deeply interesting to visitors because of the rare historic value and its symbolism of the outstanding religious tolerance during an era of ardent sectarianism. It is still opened occasionally for those who "behave decent.” Originally the churches used it in agreed rotation. Daniel and both of his wives are buried in the cemetery adjoining the Meeting House..
    Some say that Daniel's second wife was British, the daughter of a London. merchant who came to Virginia shortly before 1700. Mr. Baker was twice married and by his first wife had three children: Rebecca, Elizabeth, and Jacob. Following his second marriage he left the three children with friends and went south.'' Nothing more is known about him. Elizabeth Baker married John Koontz and had Jacob, John, Isaac, and Elizabeth. Jacob Baker married first a Miss Sturdy, by whom he had nine children; and second Mary Ann Wade Alder of Maryland, by whom he had twelve children. The will of Rebecca (Baker) Mauck was dated Jan. 5, 1805, and proved Mar. 1, 1805.

    Daniel Mauck came to Virginia from Pennsyvania to Virginia some time in the 1750's. He was German and he signed his name in German (Maag?) to his will, which was made October 6, 1802.

    In 1765, he purchased a tract of land containing 283 acres from Lord Fairfax in what was at that time Frederick County, Virginia, afterwards Shenandoah County, and since 1831 Page County This land is at Hamburg 3 miles west of Luray Virginia, and is owned by Leo David Brubaker and where he and his family reside.

    The old original deed, written on parchment, is in the possession of Philip M. Kauffman, a great-great grandson of Daniel Mauck, and is dated March 1, 1765. .

    March 29, 1786, Daniel Mauck purchased 86 acres of land from John Foontz and wife, Elizabeth, which was the same land purchased by John Koontz in 1776, from David Kauffman, a part of a tract of 270 acres from Martin Kauffman, and adjoined his tract of 283 acres from Lord Fairfax March 1, 1765.

    At what is now Rileyville, Page Co, Virginia, Daniel Mauck purchased 756 acres of land and some years after his death, which occurred in Jan. 1803, his heirs sold this land to Joshua Wood and others. Daniel Mauck was of the Primitive Baptist persuasion and from the Mill Creek church minutes of Sept. 19, 1801, "church meeting held at Brother Daniel Mock's house."

    The old church at Hamburg was erected by the neighbors on the land of Daniel Mauck and which house was commonly known and called by the name Mauck's Meeting House. The church minute of Jan. 16, 1802 reads: "Church meeting held at Mill Creek meeting house." This is the first minute in which we find they held services in Mill Creek meeting house.

    The will of Daniel Mauck is in the Clerk's Office at Woodstock, Shenandoah County, Virginia:

    In the name of God, Amen: I, Daniel Mauck of the State of Virginia, Shenandoah County, Mill Run Settlement (farmer) by the act of the Almighty God, am sick in body yet in perfect mind and memory, thanks be to God, am making and constituting this my last will and testament concerning my worldly property in the following manner, town':

    1st. I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Rebecca the home place where I now live plantations stills and mills and all the profits arising there from for the use of herself and family of children which are under her as also half of the hay which is made on the plantations down the River which I bought from Banis and others during the full time and term of five years as also it is my will that the new house which at present is raised and in hands is to be finished and paid for by my estate or income within the five years for the use of my wife and children as aforesaid.

    2nd. And it is further my last will that after the expiration of the said five years I give and bequeath unto my son Joseph Mauck the said home place where I now live that is the lands I formerly held and that which I bought of John Koontz with all the mills and stills, house and buildings thereon and thereto belonging to have and to hold forever for the just sum of One Thousand pounds for which a part of it is to be paid to my daughters at the time which hereafter will more fully appear.

    3rd. And it is further my last will that all the plantations down the River which I bought from Joseph Banis, Ruth Whitsin, Williams and Clark and that which lies in the Blue Ridge is to be rented out upon the shares for the full time and term of five years for the purpose raising money together with all others income which is due me on Executions, Judgments, Bonds, Notes and any other income whatsoever for the use of paying of all my just debts, dues and demands and what money should be left after all my just debts is paid shall go to the other part of my estate and be ready for distribution.

    4th. And it is further my last will that after the expiration of said five years that all the above mentioned lands down the river is to be divided by three disinterested men of ability and judgment in that case into five plantations as may be most convenient and then separately valuation the oldest shall still have the privilege to the first choice and those that are most of the age of twenty one years shall choose their Guardian and he the said Guardian shall make choice for him and rent and conduct his business as a true and faithful Guardian until he comes of age provided always and with the exception that my son Abraham Mauck is to take his part of from the lower end of the said lands and that after an estimate being first made by said three men what the whole lands would be Virginia valued at and the price of Joseph's which is One Thousands pounds together with the whole amount of the personal estate and a division made which all shall be done at the same time then said three men shall lay off for son Abraham as much of said land as in value will amount to his portion in the division and no more, which said land shall be his to have and to hold forever and the other five by name David Mauck, Joseph Mauck, Robert Mauck, Daniel Mauck, and Jacob Mauck shall have reasonable time given them which time shall be appointed by said three men to pay up what their lands comes more in value than their portion and than they shall give bond each according to the amount of his land for the payment of his money to my daughters by name Catharine Mauck, Elizabeth Mauck, Maria Mauck, Barbara Mauck, and Anna Mauck by their maiden names and then the said land shall be theirs to have and to hold forever.

    5th. And it is further my will that my moveable estate shall be appraised and sold as is usually done and as the law directs and that all which any of my--- has had heretofore shall be counted in as a part of their portion.

    6th. Be it remembered that it is further my will that after the expiration of the above said 5 years there is no provision made for my wife Rebecca and that wherever she should make a demand of land or rent by way of dowry that one or more or if all whom ever it should fall on shall be favored in paying out money according to that encumbrance and so long until it be removed and no longer.

    7th. And it is further my will that my estate shall be divided equally between my above named eleven children.

    8th. And it is also my last will and I do hereby appoint my friend, John Roads and my son Joseph Mauck my sole executors in this my last will and testament revoking, disannulling and making void all former and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this sixth day of October in the year of our Lord Eighteen hundred and two, 1802.

    Daniel Mauck (Seal) (Signed in German)

    Signed, sealed, published, pronounced and declared by these presents, interlined the (word stills) before signed. Levi Keeran

    Joseph Strickler Abraham Spitler.

    In addition to this my last will and testament it is further my last will that my daughter Maria's portion to fall into her own hands or her heirs and not any part thereof into the hands of George Pence her present husband.

    As witness my hand and seal this second day of January in the year of our Lord Eighteen hundred and three, 1803.

    Daniel Mauck (Seal)

    (Signed in German)

    Signed, sealed and delivered in presence of us. Leri Keeran

    George Houseman John Bushnell.

    Will proved 10th day of January, 1803. Teste: P. Williams, C.S.C. Will is found in Will book No. F, folio 59,60, and 61, on records of Shenandoah County Court.

    Mauce-Brubaker Families of The Page Valley of -Virginia by Mary S. Brubaker, pp 1-4

    Mauck - Brubaker Genealogy by Miss Mary Brubaker. Page 6;
    Daniel Mauck married first Barbara Harnsberger circa 1762, Barbara died prior to 1777. by thls union the following five children were born;
    l Catherine first married Christian Beaver (No marriage found at this time) Second Isaac Strlckler, 11 Jul. 1897 Shenandoah Co., VA. Catherine Beaver, listed as widow.
    2. Abraham married Mary Beaver 29 Oct. 1789, by John Koonts Shenandoah Co., VA.
    3. Elizabeth married Abraham Pence 26 Jan 1791 daughter of Daniel (Abraham Bens to Elizabeth Moge - spellings on bond) Shenandoah Co., VA.
    4. Maria married George Pence 2 Nov 1790 daughter of Daniel.(George Bens to Mary Mooks - spelling on bond) Shenandoah County, VA.
    5. Barbara to John Brewbaker (Brubaker) 15 May 1799, bondsman Isaac Strickler.
    Daniel Mauck married second Rebecca Baker. (No marriage found at thls time). The Following six children were born to thls union;
    6. David Mauck - married Sarle Stroup 28 Dec 1800 Shenandoah Co., VA. (See Additional Information on History of John Koontz)
    7. Joseph Mauck to Elizabeth Whaley 23 Nov 1802 Shenandoah Co., VA.
    8. Robert Mauck married first Christina Ruffner, dau of Peter 29 Mar 1806 Shenandoah Co., VA. married second Esther Ruffner 7 Jan 1811, dau of Peter Shenandoah Co., Va.
    9. Anna Mauck married Jonas Ruffner 13 Jun 1803, Shenandoah Co., VA. his ward of Dan.
    10. Daniel Mauck married Mary Hite 8 Feb 1796, consent by Alex Hite. Shenandoah Co., VA.
    11 Jacob Mauck No data at this time)
    All marriage have been checked with information on Marriage Record from Shenandoah Co., VA.
    1783 Census showed Daniel Mauck in Shenandoah county, Virginia as head of house with ten (10) slaves.


    There is an old church house near Mill Creek, one mile west of Luray, Virginia, in the village of Hamburg. It was, as the deed saye, "Built by the neighbors for religious purposes, commonly called and known as Mauck's Meeting House". The "Neighbors" most of whom were Mennonites from Switzerland and Southern Germany, built it probably around 1770.
    It was constructed of large pine logs neatly dovetailed at the corners, whitewashed inside and out and roofed with chestnut shingles which was typical of most local construction at that time. The balconies were built inside, the outside covered with beaded weather boards, a central chimney built, and a tin roof put on at a later date. The pews are benches with pine board seats and back rests. The pulpit is a simple square box on a raised platform. The | building was heated in the winter by a large six plate stove made at the local iron furnace and inscribed "D 1 Pennabacker 1799".
    The early Mennonite ministers in the area were JOHN ROADS, MARTIN KAUFFMAN, DAVID KAUFFMAN, Michael Kauffman, Jacob Strickler, and Abraham Heiston.
    The first Baptist Church in Virginia was established in 1760 and because of their evangelical efforts Baptist: congregations soon appeared throughout western Virginia. The local Mennonites John Koontz, and MARTIN KAUFFMAN II became adherents of the Baptist Faith, although the change at that time was a change of name more than a change of principles or doctrine. So great was the effects of the Baptist preaching that the Mennonite Church in Pennsylvania became alarmed and sent an evangelical minister in the person of Peter Glossier to the South Shenandoah to counter the efforts of the Baptist. The turmoil in the church caused a number of the members to move to Licking and Fairfield County, Ohio between 1801 and 1809 and establish the Pleasant Run Church there.
    The existing minutes of the Baptist meetings held at the old church begin in 1798. There were several Baptist churches in the area at that time; the minutes show meetings held at Big Spring Meeting House, the Hawksbill Meeting House (located near Mundlesville) at the Mill Creek Meeting House and occasionally in the homes of the members.
    At a meeting held at Big Spring in 1809 this order was entered in the minutes - "By the request of the membere living about the Mill Creek Meeting House we agree to give them the full privilege to act in a church capacity as we have been at Big Spring."
    The first minutes at a church meeting held at Mill Creek Meeting House March 15, 1809, read - "After Divine service proceeded to business, Brother Isaac Strickler chosen clerk of the meeting house, Elder John Koontz chosen moderator, and after having obtained liberty to keep a book and do our own business in the future it is agreed that we shall be named a branch of Mill Creek Church."
    From 1809 to 1860 a number of Negro slaves were members of the congregation and also several designated in the minutes as a "free man of color". During this time, the minutes refer to the construction of a chimney, fencing the church lot, and repairing the windows and roof.
    In 1863 and 1864 during the war the minutes on several occasions read: "We were prevented from holding our regular meeting last month by reason of the Yankeys occupying the church house".
    The Baptist met at the old church usually only once a month until 1889, in later years holding services on both Saturday and Sunday.

    From: Page, The County Of Plenty by Page Co. Bicentennial Commission Copyright 1976, p 110.

    The Mill Creek Church (Mauck Meeting House)
    Hamburg, Page County, Virginia

    The following history of the Mill Creek Church, also known as the Mauck Meeting House, was compiled by Richard A. Pence, whose Pence ancestors were members of the Baptist Congregation of Elder John Koontz and had close ties with the Maucks, Elder Koontz and the Rev. Martin Coffman. Henry Pence, the patriarch of this family, had two sons who married daughters of Daniel Mauck, two who married daughters of Rev. Coffman, and his son Henry (Jr.) married as his first wife the daughter of Elder Koontz, who, church minutes show, after the death of his daughter, brought a complaint of "hanky-panky" against Hernry (Jr.) that resulted in the latter's excommunication in 1802. The extant minutes of Mill Creek Church, beginning in 1798, are being serialized in the Newsletter of the Genealogical Society of Page County, with the first installment in the Winter, 1998, issue. The following material will eventually be a part of a book being written on the "Hawskbill Pences," who lived about 1 mile east of Marksville in present-day Page County from about 1760 to 1820, by Mr. Pence. Posted with the permission of the author and Jake Mauck, whose history of the church is in Part I. Also included, in Part II, are excerpts from a letter receive by Mr. Pence from Harry A. Brunk, whose books are mentioned elsewhere in this compilation.
    If you have additional information on Mill Creek or new sources of information, please e-mail Richard Pence.
    Related Sites:
    Click here for a photo of the Old Mauck Meeting House.
    Click here for information on the Hawksbill Pence Families.
    Part I A History of the Mauck Meeting House
    Part II The Beginnings of Mill Creek
    Part III Elder John Koontz
    Part IV The Rev. Martin Kaufman (Coffman)
    Part V The Pleasant Run Congregation, Fairfield Co., Oh.
    Name List Alphabetical List of Names In This Article

    Mill Creek Church History

    Compiled by Richard A. Pence

    Mill Creek Church still stands at Hamburg, a few miles west of Luray, Va. It is now (and formerly) called the Mauck Meeting House and is maintained by the Page County Heritage Association. The author attended a service there on Sunday, Oct. 13, 1996, during a Mauck family reunion. A history of the church was presented by "Jake" Mauck, which is given below. This plaque is now at the church entrance:
    Mauck Meeting House

    Built for religious purposes by the "Neighbors," mainly Mennonites from Switzerland and southern Germany. The outside of the pine log walls were covered in 1851 with white weatherboards and the structure was roofed with chestnut shingles. A central heating chimney and tin roof were installed later. Heat was provided by a large six-plate stove made at the local iron furnace and inscribed "D. Pennebacker - 1799." Early Mennonite ministers were John Roads; Martin, David and Michael Kauffman; Jacob Strickler and Abraham Heiston. Early Baptist ministers were James Ireland and John Koontz. Mauck Meeting House was used by the Baptists from 1790 until 1899.

    Part I: A History of the Mauck Meeting House
    By J. Douglas (Jake) Mauck1
    The Pennsylvania Mennonites came to Virginia in 1726. The earliest date, and probably a reliable one, given for the first settlement of the Massanutten area of the Shenandoah Valley is 1726. Some of these early settlers may have been in the area shortly after Governor Spotswood's expedition in the area in 1716. One source of documentation for the 1726 date is Adam Miller's naturalization papers that show him to be a member of the settlement.
    The reasons for the Mennonites to move from Lancaster County, Pa., to Massanutten involved the availability and price of land. As to availability, the custom of dividing farmland among male descendants obviously could not be successfully pursued more than a generation or two before the land parcels were too small to support a family. In the 1730s, land in Lancaster County sold for 10 to 15 shillings per acre. Land was available in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia for 2 to 4 shillings per acre. It was also possible to purchase as much as 10,000 acres of land while most of the Lancaster County land was available only in much smaller and separated parcels. By the 1740s, Lancaster land was selling for 25 to 30 shillings per acre. Therefore, a successful Mennonite farmer could sell his holdings in Pennsylvania and purchase a very large acreage in the Shenandoah Valley, either on speculation, or to improve and pass on to his heirs. It was the custom of the Mennonites to purchase land in widely separated areas rather than to cluster tightly together as if they wanted to separate themselves from other faiths and peoples. Most of the sources state that the first Mennonites in the Massanutten area were Swiss, although some German Mennonites were found among them, sharing the faith as well as the language.
    The first land speculator in the Massanutten area was Jacob Stover who bought two 5,000-acre tracts from the Virginia Colonial Council and undertook an obligation to move settlers to the area as a condition of the sales. Jacob Stover was a native of Switzerland who came to Virginia by way of Pennsylvania. Stover brought his first settlers to the South Fork of the Shenandoah in 1727. Jacob Stover is reported by the Page News and Courier of Luray, Va. (Sept 24, 1959 issue), to be a great-great-great grandfather of the late President Dwight David Eisenhower.
    The Mennonite Faith
    Although in modern times, it is popular to deny the founding of our nation on religious principles, these early settlers were deeply religious. Their strong family ties were the foundation of the community. Considering the threat of hostile Native Americans, the dependence upon the fruitfulness of the land, and the rugged living conditions, it is no wonder that the settlers needed a strong God and a strong faith to support them on the frontier. The common saying that there are no atheists in a foxhole can be modified to state that there probably were no atheists on the frontier either. The Mennonites were often called "Quakers" in early writings, a misnomer owed in part to the fact that their religion was quite similar to that of the Quakers, and probably in part because the Mennonites were "not like us" to other settlers in the area. Quakers, Mennonites and Baptists were considered to be "dissidents" to the members of the State religion and all of the "dissident" activities were limited by law in colonial times.
    The Mennonites, did not believe in warfare, sometimes not even in self-defense as noted in the massacre of the Rev. John Roads family near Luray in 1764. Rev. Roads, his wife and three sons were killed by Indians while two daughters and a son were taken captive. One daughter managed to escape with an infant sibling. The family apparently made no attempt to return fire or resist the Indians. The son was released after three years as a prisoner of the Indians who had killed his family.
    Many Mennonites, however, held that fighting in self-defense was permissible. In 1758, the entire white population of the Shenandoah Valley was driven out of the Valley by hostile Indians and had to stay out of the Valley for several months before it was safe to return and rebuild. When we find Daniel, Rudolph, Richard and Henry Mauk serving under Lt. John Allen in the French-Indian War of 1758, we may speculate that they were serving in a defensive role, owing to their probable Mennonite background.
    A Church is Built in 1740
    The Mennonites, as probably did other faiths, commonly held religious services in private homes. The reason for this practice was because of the sparse population, widely distributed, making a large gathering difficult to assemble. The weather was sometimes a factor that made travel difficult; while a lack of easy communication also played a part in making small meetings of close neighbors a more-liked form of worship. The Mennonite homes were sometimes built with movable partitions so that a larger area could be opened inside the residence for worship services with neighbors.
    By 1740, however, the larger community desired to build a meeting house large enough to hold a formal worship service that all could attend. It is quite likely that during the planning of the meeting house, it was agreed that the Mennonites would hold a "house raisin'" for the community as was done for young couples establishing a household. The logs would be cut and shaped in advance as the building materials were gathered and then a date selected for the raising of the structure. With the entire community participating, a building could be erected and nearly completed in one day. The women would prepare large, rich meals while the men did the heavy work of erecting the building. There would be a festive air about the proceedings as the adults worked socially together while the children ran and played. The event would be fondly remembered for years.
    Rudolph Mauck apparently owned the land that the meeting house stands upon until he sold it to Christian Maggart in 1754. As the meeting house did not occupy enough land to detract from the parcel it was located upon, it likely was ignored in land transactions under the common understanding that the meeting house belonged to the community.
    Regarding the date of the building of the church, there are several conflicting witnesses. After hearing (or reading) them all, I am persuaded by the reasoning of Harry Anthony Brunk (3). Brunk reasons that had the meeting house been built ca. 1797, as some would have it, on Daniel Mauck's land, Daniel himself would have dealt with the church in his will, written only about five years later. There is also a probability that the building of the structure would have been noted in church records that began about that time. Brunk also points to the fact that writings of the first decade 1800s refer to the meeting house as an "old" one, indicating that the church was much more than ten years old. Brunk further reasons that unsettled times between the 1840s and the Revolution would not have allowed for the building of a new structure of this type, but that the "prosperous years of the early settlement" or 1730-1740 would have been a reasonable time for such an undertaking. Brunk believes that the building stands on land acquired by Daniel Mauck from Lord Fairfax in 1764, and that the meeting house was already existent when Daniel purchased the land.
    It is said in many references that Daniel Mauck built the Mill Creek or Mauck Meeting House, but records show that Daniel Mauck was born ca. 1740, about the same time the meeting house was erected. It is more likely that Daniel Mauck, after acquiring the 270 acres of land that included the church from John and Elizabeth Koontz in 1786, caused the church to be rebuilt and refurbished as a "union church" for the community in about 1797, and thereby had his name attached to the building.
    Mill Creek Church Rebuilt ca. 1797
    Harry Anthony Brunk, in his history, reports that a congregation that called itself The Mill Creek Baptist Church organized in 1797 and began by restoring the old building. The log walls were covered with weatherboard, a new ceiling was added, and a metal roof was installed. As Daniel Mauck owned the land that the church was standing upon, and as Daniel was at that time a "Primitive Baptist," it is probable that Daniel Mauck led the efforts to restore the building and thereby had his name associated with the Mauck Meeting House. There is some question whether the balconies were added at the time of the restoration. Some argue that as the Mennonites did not own slaves, and as none were in the neighborhood at the original construction, that the balconies were-not needed. The Baptists, on the other hand, may have recognized the presence of slaves in the neighborhood by 1797 and provided space for them by building the balconies. Church records show that slaves and free blacks were baptized into membership of the Baptist Church. Other sources hold that the balconies were a part of the original structure for added seating.
    Newspaper sources indicate that the Mauck Meeting House was renovated sometime after 1959 when the weatherboards were removed and the log walls were restored. In 1922, the Hamburg community began an annual event in the meeting house that they called "Old Folks Sings." The songbook used was "The New Harmonia Sacra," first published in 1832 as "Genuine Church Music" by Joseph Funk. The singing event name was changed to "The Harmonica Sacra Sing" in 1952 to attract young people to participate. The 1952 sing was the first of several "sings" held as fund-raisers to restore and maintain the historic building.
    Now, and probably for all time to come, with the help of the builder's descendants, and others in the community, the Mauck Meeting House, known in other times as "The Hamburg Church" and "The Mill Creek Church" will live on, to keep us mindful of those faithful and hardy pioneers who one day, long, long ago, had a really good time in the building of it.
    Daniel's son Joseph conveyed two tracts of land to John Brubaker in 1811 and excepted the "one acre and twelve square perches" of land that the church stood upon, saying that the church was "built by neighbors for religious purposes." Before that transaction, however, in 1807, Joseph actually deeded the "small lot of land that the house stands on" to the public, stating: "...the friends of religion and good order, did by Subscription build a house of worship on the land of Joseph Mauck of said County which house is commonly known and called by the name of Maucks Meeting House...." The deed was not recorded until 1818. The "Subscription" idea supports the "house-raisin'" hypothesis.
    The White House Church
    Another church was built, west of Luray, Va., on the Shenandoah River that has caused some confusion in that it was also known at times as The Mill Creek Church. It was built in 1760 by Martin Kauffman, Jr., as a Mennonite Church. The structure contained a fortified basement, probably because of the Indian attacks of 1758 which had driven the settlers out of the valley. The name White House Church came from the White House Bend of the Shenandoah River. The church was known as the Mill Creek Church at a time when it was associated with the Mill Creek Church at Hamburg. That associated naming has caused casual readers to confuse one church with the other.
    The Baptist Invasion
    In 1770, Elder John Koontz, a Baptist preacher from Front Royal, Va., came to Massanutten and began to preach the Baptist creed. Actually, there was Little difference btween the Mennonite religion and that practiced by the "Old School" or "Primitive" Baptist creed taught by John Koontz. The Mennonites baptized by sprinkling while the Baptists baptized by immersion. Both religions were very strict in moral conduct, so the conversion amounted to more one of name than anything else. One unusual aspect of John Koontz personality was that he considered himself to be a direct descendant of the original John the Baptist.
    One may only speculate about why the Mennonites converted to the Baptist creed, but by the end of the 18th century, there were very few, if any, Mennonites in the Massanutten community. John Koontz did receive some rough treatment at the beginning of his ministry at Massanutten, as he was severely beaten on more than one occasion by "roughnecks" in the neighborhood.
    When John Koontz came to Massanutten, Martin Kauffman, Jr., was one of his first converts, giving Rev. Koontz access to The White House Church. Members of that congregation who did not convert immediately went to the Mill Creek Church at Hamburg until members there also decided to convert to the Baptist creed.

    Part II: The Beginnings of Mill Creek
    Letter From Harry Anthony Brunk2
    We have written two books on The History of the Mennonites of Virginia, Vol. I, 1727-1900 and Vol. II, 1900-1960. There are references in these books to the Mill Creek Church. We think the meeting house was built under the auspices of the Mennonites in the early pro--- years of the Page settlement. The date that P. M. Kaufman gives for the building of the Church is 1780. The church was likely built on the lands of Lord Fairfax, who gave land for the building of churches. Then in 1764 Daniel Mauck bought the land on which the church stood. Mauck, as I recall, made his will in 1802 shortly before his death and in it he says nothing about the church. If the church had been built about 1800, as some think, he certainly would have mentioned it in his will. Another argument for the antiquity of the building is a statement by Semple in his underlying history of the Baptist Church, published in 1810. He spoke of Mill Creek as an old church. Dory Bouserman of Luray dates the building of the building in 1770--shortly before the outbreak of the Revolution. That was a time of Church trouble. The Baptists' leading elder Koontz had come into the area. They were more active than the Mennonites and a number of Mennonites joined the Baptist Church. One was Martin Kauffman, Jr. Soon after the Baptist revival in Page County, preparations were being made for war, should there be one[;] protective societies were formed. The Mennonites could not contribute to them. Martin Kauffman Jr. found himself in a church that favored war - he could not go along. The Baptists thought Kauffman should stay in the church if the Baptists accepted him, even if he was opposed to war. He (Kauffman) should be big enough to stay in the Baptist Church since they would tolerate him, etc., and he tolerate them. No - Martin could not do it. He withdrew from the Baptist Church, and began preaching in his own home--at the White House, still standing on the banks of the Shenandoah River. Martin had quite a following--say as many as 60 members at one time. The movement depended largely on Kauffman - many of his members moved to Fairfax [Fairfield] County, Ohio, after the war and I think Martin went in 1804 - not sure of the date.3 War or church division worked against the Mennonites in the area. Many of them left the community. Some joined the Baptist Church and Koontz and the Baptists took over at Mill Creek. You are likely right in thinking that Elder Koontz performed many of the marriages in the Pence family and some could have been performed in Mill Creek Meeting House. I failed to mention that Joseph Mauck gave a deed for the church in settling the estate of his father in 1811. Deed recorded in Shenandoah County. I think.... I have seen and read some of the minutes of the Mill Creek Church. As I recall, they began about 1798 - about the time that the Baptists had full possession of the church. The church was reconditioned about that time, we think. The logs were covered with weatherboards, new ceiling and gallerys for the slave members were built in and a new roof was put on the building. As I recall one minute of the book had to do with members of Martin Kauffman's church. It was decided that 'orderly members' of the Kauffman group might be accepted as members of the church. Where are these records? They must be in existence, but at this writing I can't say where they are.

    Part III: Elder John Koontz
    Excepts From Book by B. C. Hotlzclaw4
    The following account of John Koontz's long career as a Baptist minister is gathered from [Robert Baylor] Semple's History of the Rise and Progress of the Baptists in Virginia, published in 1810 (pp. 184-189), from [C. W.] Beale's revised account of Semple's history (pp. 242-247), from [Garnett] Ryland's The Baptists of Virginia (pp. 55, 56 and 58), from the minutes of the Mill Creek Church (preserved in the library of the Virginia Baptist Historical Society) and from other records.
    John Koontz [son of Johannes Kuntz and Anna Elizabeth Catherine Stoever; she was the daughter of John Casper Stoever, the noted Lutheran minister in both Pennsylvania and Virginia; p. 105], living in Frederick County near Front Royal, was touched by the message of the early Baptist preachers, and went over to Fauquier County, where he was baptized on a profession of his faith in December, 1768. He immediately began preaching, with considerable effect, near his home, but in November of 1770, he travelled up the Shenandoah to the neighborhood of Mill Creek, where his brother George lived, and began preaching there. The people in this section were of both English and German extraction, and Mr. Koontz preached eloquently in both languages. There were many converts from his preaching, but they were baptized by the Rev. Lewis Craig, as Koontz had not yet been ordained. Among the first converts was Martin Kaufman, who also preached in both German and English to good effect. For several years, Mr. Koontz continued to live near what is now Front Royal, but he made frequent visits to Mill Creek. During this time the church was organized there in 1772, Martin Kaufman and another minister, Anderson Moffett, doing much of the preaching when Koontz was not present. During this time, probably, Mr. Koontz was ordained a minister, or Elder, as the early Baptists called the office. In 1774 or 1775, he settled in the Mill Creek neighborhood and became the pastor of the church there, a position which he continued to hold for 50 years.
    Like practically all the early Baptist preachers, Elder Koontz traveled about a great deal, preaching, his companion frequently being Martin Kaufman, and he suffered considerable opposition as well as actual persecution in the early years. Many of the German converts to his preaching had been Mennonites, and the German Mennonites from Pennsylvania sent down several preachers of their faith to oppose Elder Koontz, but they had Little success. The more unruly elements of the population opposed him more brutally. On one occasion he was going to preach in a neighborhood, but before he got there, was seized on the road by a mob and was severely beaten. At another place, after preaching, he was forbidden to preach there again by ruffians, and his persisting in returning, was badly beaten again. On another occasion, Koontz and Kaufman were on a preaching tour and heard the mob approaching while they were guests in a house. Koontz managed to slip away, but poor Martin Kaufman was seized and brutally beaten in mistake for him. Again, later on he was seized by a mob and threatened with imprisonment for unauthorized preaching (a fate which befell many early Baptist preachers); but the Elder stoutly maintained that he was a man of God and that they were fighting against God with their threats, whereat they relented and released him. Mr. Semple says that this was the last violent attack made on him.
    We have mentioned that many of Mr. Koontz's converts had been reared as Mennonites. The Mennonite ministers from Pennsylvania contended that "Christians ought not to hold with going to war, with slavery, or with taking legal oaths; that these were fundamental points. Koontz replied that Baptists, upon these points, left every man at discretion, wishing each to follow the dictates of his conscience." Many of the members of his church at Mill Creek served in the Revolutionary War. However, a good many of them still held to these Mennonite principles, including Koontz's old companion, Martin Kaufman. These members withdrew and formed a new Baptist Church under Kaufman's leadership, opposed to war, slavery and oath, and finally moved to Ohio. However, this group was a minority, and Mill Creek Church continued to flourish under Elder Koontz's ministry. The minutes show that he was very active and always attended the associational meetings up to extreme old age. Finally, on March 13, 1824, "Elder John Koontz resigned the pastorate, due to extreme age and infirmity." He was 85 years of age at the time. The difficulty about securing a new pastor, however, and "Father Koontz" still acted as Moderator of many of the business sessions of the church up to nearly the time of his death.
    At the July Court, 1785, John Counce, a Baptist minister, was licensed to perform marriages.5 In 1783 he is shown in Shenandoah County with seven in his family. On 14 June 1806 John Koontz Sr. and Elizabeth, his wife, deeded 134 acres of land to his son, Isaac Koontz.6 The bulk of this, 127 acres, is described as being on the branches of the Hawksbill Creek and was bought from Lewis Bibler and Mary, his wife.7 The land adjoined that of Emanuel Ruffner, which once was part of several large grants made to John Lionberger. Holtzclaw says (p. 111) that this was the "home place" of Elder Koontz, "which his son Isaac occupied until his death, still owned by descendants, on which the family burying ground containing Elder Koontz's grave is located."8 The will of John Koontz of Shenandoah County, dated March 14, 1807, and probated in Page County, Va., May 28, 1832, mentions his wife, Elizabeth; three sons, Jacob, John and Isaac; and daughter Elizabeth, deceased.9
    The Shenandoah County deeds show him as follows: (1) Oct. 1776, David Coffman and Dorothy, his wife, of Dunmore County, to John Countz of same, 86 acres on the east side of the south fork of the Shenandoah River;10 (2) 24 Mar. 1784, Christian Bumgarner to John Countz 2 acres;11 (3) 29 Mar. 1786, John Koontz to Danial Mauck 86 acres sold him by Coffman; deed acknowledged by Elizabeth, wife of John Koontz;12 (4) 1 Aug. 1786, Lewis Bibler and Barbary his wife to John Koontz, 127 acres;13 (5) 13 Oct. 1800, Martin Coffman and Mary his wife to John Koontz, 7 acres.14

    Part IV: The Rev. Martin Kaufman (Coffman)
    Excerpt From a Book by Charles F. Kaufman15
    Martin Kaufman (-1805) [he was the son of Martin Kaufman of Lancaster County, Pa., and his wife, Barbara (?) Stauffer (Stover)] md. Mary Lionberger ( ) dau of John Lienberger; md. 2 to Mary Taylor, dau. of John Taylor, alias Snyder (his second wife died April 27, 1820). One Hans Schneider, alias Taylor, settled in Lancaster County, Pa., 1718. Died 1745, wife Feronica, who then married Peter Good. Issue: John; Barbara md. Joseph Brown; Feronica, Elizabeth and Mary. The three last, minors in 1745.
    May 6, 1760, Lord Fairfax granted 240 acres of land to Martin Coffman. This land was in Frederick County, Va., adjoining land Martin Coffman already had. It was on easterly side of South River of Shenandoah, adjoining lands of Jacob Burner, Christian Herzberger, and Christian Maggert. See Va. Patent Book O, p. 140. Fairfax required an annual payment of one shilling per 50 acres. This 240-acre tract adjoined the 300-acre tract gotten by his father in 1736 of Ludowick Stone and totaled 540 acres. Nov. 21, 1770, for the sum of 5 shillings he and his wife Mary deeded 270 acres or half to his brother David Kaufman.
    Sep. 13, 1771, Lewis Pence, executor of John Lienberger, deceased owner of 1100 acres on the Little Hawkbill River in Frederick County, Va., deeded to Mary Coffman, wife of Martin Coffman and one of the daughters of John Lienberger 192 acres.
    Martin Kaufman was commonly known as Whitehouse Martin Kaufman to distinguish him from Hawkbill Martin Kaufman. He was a preacher associated with Rev. John Kountz. When the Primitive Baptist Church was organized at "Whitehouse" in 1770, Martin Kaufman and many who were of Mennonite ancestry, and still maintained it was wrong to take up arms joined religious forces. However, when the Revolution came on, the church became divided. One faction followed Rev. John Kountz holding services at Kountz's home. The other meeting at the Whitehouse under Martin Kaufman as their pastor.
    An echo of this religious difference as well as a bit of local history of the section may be gleaned from the will of Philadelphia Woodman dated Dec. 31, 1787, Massanuttam, Shenandoah County, Va. To Martin Coffman, Sr., 5 pounds; my walnut chest to Martin Coffman, son of Martin; my cow to David Coffman, son of Martin; my sheep to Peter Coffman; my big Bible to Anna Bungerman; my other books to Martin Coffman; a fine apron and handkerchief to Martin Coffman's daughters, Mary and Magdalen; 50 lbs. of hemp to Mary Bence [probably the wife of Henry]; 100 lbs. of hemp to Mary Bellows [quite likely the mother of Elizabeth, who married Adam Pence, the son of Adam]; to Mary Coffman 20 yds. of linen and 10 yds. of lindsey; to Amelia Boon one white silk handkerchief; to Bartlet Bennette if he comes back from Caintuck [Kentucky] 5 pounds. The rest of her property to be sold and the proceeds divided: 1/2 of the money to Martin Coffman's church to relieve the poor. 1/2 to John Koonz's church to relieve the poor. Her executors were David and Martin Coffman. The witnesses were John Coffman and Ann Bongerman.16
    Martin Kaufman's will was witnessed by Abraham Strickler and David Beaver. His executor was John Roads. His will says that sons Martin and Peter had already gotten their legacies. That son John was to hold the home place until Joseph, Benjamin and Isaac were 21. Son David was to get the Hawkbill tract of 192 acres coming from the Lionbergers. Joseph was to get home place but pay his sisters Maria [married Jacob Pence, son of Henry (Sr.)], Magdalena [married Joseph Pence, son of Henry], Anna and Christina.

    Part V: The Pleasant Run Congregation
    Excert From a Book by Hervey Scott18
    Alfred Mesnard has kindly furnished me the original and continuous books of record of the Pleasant Run Regular Baptist Church, of which he is the present Secretary. It will be seen by the following extract from the first page, that the church was first constituted in the year 1806:

    April the 19th, 1806, then met according to appointment and opened our meeting with prayer and praise. Second - proceeded to business, with. choosing our Moderator, Martin Coffman.19 Third - we also chose Samuel Comer for our Clerk; so ending our meeting with praise and thanksgiving.
    Martin Coffman, Moderator.

    Samuel Comer, Clerk.

    Then follows the minutes of succeeding business meetings, occurring in May, June, July, August, September, October, and so on, at which Lewis Sites acted mostly as Moderator, and Samuel Comer as Clerk, with occasionally Martin Coffman as Moderator, on up to August, 1809, at which time the church had a membership of ninety, whose names here follow precisely in the order of the record. Rev. Lewis Sites [Sietz], Sr., was the first pastor of the Pleasant Run Church. The names of the members are copied literally as they stand on the twenty-first page of the first church book of records, which leaves it difficult to understand why the interruption occurs at the number 50:
    Names of the Members of Pleasant Run Church:
    1 Wm. Hopwood.22 Ann Hite.44 Emanuel Ruffner.
    2 Abraham Hite.23 Christian Hover.45 Ann Spitler.
    3 Magdalen Ruffner.24 Susan Musselman.46 Jacob Spitler.
    4 Elizabeth Warner.25 Barbary Hite.47 Timothy Collins.
    5 Adam Giger.26 Samuel Comer.48 Phoebe Collins.
    6 Mary Giger.27 Elizabeth Comer.49 Barbary Beaver.
    7 Magdalen Giger.28 Sister Hannah.50 Magdalen Taylor.
    8 Conrod Hite.29 Sister Bibler.Joseph Stider [Stouder).
    9 Aaron Powel.30 Christian Cagy.John Moorhead.
    10 Sister Powel.31 Mary Cagy.Christian Coffman.
    11 Martin Coffman.32 John Hite.James Owens.
    12 Ann Coffman.34 Sister Cussman.79 Mary Coffman.
    13 Magdalen Wise.35 Jacob Bibler.80 Smith Goodens.
    14 Ann Miller.36 Jacob Bibler, Jr.Aaron Ashbrook.
    15 Elizabeth Histand.37 Caty Bibler.Eli Ashbrook.
    16 Frank [Francis] Bibler.38 David Bibler.Caty Asbbrook.
    17 Mary Bibler.2039 John Bibler.81 Neely Bibler.
    18 Audrew Hite.40 Barbary Bibler.82 Magdalane Spitler.
    19 Ann Hite.41 Lewis Sites.83 Magdalane Hite.
    20 Samuel Hite.42 Ann Sites.
    21 John Hite.43 Christiana Woolf.
    Baptised since our last:
    51 George White.61 Abraham Bibler.71 Sister Brumlang.
    52 Jacob Spitler.62 Sister Keller.72 -
    53 Susan Spitler.63 Cissa Miller.73 Mary Bibler.
    54 Jacob Musselman.64 Joseph Hite.74 Jacob Bibler.
    55 Peter Spitler.65 James Davis.75 Barbary Bibler.
    56 John Hite.66 Thomas Warner.76 -
    57 Betsy Bibler.67 Susanna Spitler.-
    58 Mady Hoopwood.68 Ann Histand.
    59 Abraham Hite.69 Cissy Studer [Stouder].
    60 John Bibler.70 Jacob Studer [Stouder].
    The omission of number 33 in the list, reduces the number to 89, by supplying the numbers 72, 76, 77 and 78 with names, which we are allowed to think were not remembered. The record literally quoted, is a relic as well as history, and on that account valuable.
    So far as is known, not one of the above persons is living today. Pleasant Run Church is a living church at this time, with a few less than one hundred members. The congregation has continued its place of worship from the first, viz.: in April, 1806, up to the present spring of 1877, on the same spot where it began, which is a short distance north of Strickler's Crossroads, in the northeast corner of Pleasant Township. They have a commodious church edifice, sometimes spoken of as Strickler's Church, and sometimes as the Baptist Church, though the title they assume is that of the Pleasant Run Church.
    It is a melancholy thought, that the ninety persons once composing that body, so full of life, and love, and Christian zeal, and filling their places in all of life's affairs, are no more. Their voices are all silent, and their forms have disappeared. They have passed to their reward in the better land. The present pastors of the church are: Revs. Schofield and Barker.

    Notes and Sources
    1. Presented 13 Oct. 1996 at the Mauck/Mock Family Historian Worship Service at Hamburg, Va. Mr. Mauck is a descendant of Daniel Mauch, two of whose daughters married sons of Henry Pence (Sr.). Our thanks to Jake for permission to print this history. These sources were cited by Mr. Mauck for his presentation:

    1.Harry M. Strickler, Massanutten, Settled by the Pennsylvania Pilgrim, 1726 (The First White Settlement in the Shenandoah Valley) (Knightstown, Ind.: The Bookmark, reprinted 1979).
    2.Harry Anthony Brunk, History of the Mennonites in Virsginia, 1727-1900, Vol I (Saunton, Va.: McClure Printing Company, 1959).
    3.Page News and Courier, Luray, Va., Thursday, Sep. 24, 1959 and Aug. 8, 1957.
    4.Daily News-Record, Harrisonburg, Va., Saturday, Aug. 5, 1972: 8.
    5.Mennonite Year Book and Almanac For The Year Of Our Lord 1911 (Quakertown, Pa.: Published by the Eastern Mennonite Conference), 18.
    6.Richard K. MacMaster, Land, Piety, Peoplehood: The Establishment of Mennonite Communities in America, 1683-1790 (Kitchener, Ont.: Scottdale, Pa.: Herald Press, 1985).

    2. From a letter to the author from Mr. Brunk, Harrisonburg, Va., 15 July 1977. At that time, Mr. Brunk was one of the officials of the Mennonite congregation that maintained the Mill Church. He was also associate professor of history at Eastern Mennonite College at Harrisonburg.
    3. This Martin died about then in Shenandoah Co.; it was his son, also Martin, who went to Fairfield Co.
    4. B. C. Holtzclaw, Ancestry and Descendants of the Nassau-Siegen Immigrants to Virginia, 1714-1750, Chapter 6, "The Coons-Koontz Family," 109-11
    5. Shenandoah Co., Va., Order Book, 1784-1786, 233.
    6. Shen. Co. Deed Book P, 201.
    7. Shen. Co. DB F, 31 Aug. 1786, 239.
    8. Strickler, op. cit., 281 and 371-372.
    9. Page Co. WB A, p. 26-27.
    10. Shen. Co. DB B, 426.
    11. Shen. Co. DB E, 49.
    12. Shen. Co. DB F, 16.
    13. Shen. Co. DB F, 239.
    14. Shen Co. DB H, 271.
    15. Charles F. Kaufman, A Genealogy and History of the Kaufman-Coffman Families :York, Pa.: 1940), 516-517.
    16. Philadelphia Woodman's will was proved 31 Jan. 1788 (Shen. Co. WB B, 421); no reference to the name Woodman can be found in the Shenandoah County deed books from 1772-1820 or in the marriage records up to 1850, so the identify of this woman with close ties to the Mill Creek families cannot be determined.
    17. Shen. Co. WB F, 324, written 5 Feb. 1805, proved 9 Apr. 1805; the will also says his wife, Maria, is to get Taylor's place.
    18. Hervey Scott, Complete History of Fairfield County, Ohio, (Columbus: Siebert and Lilley, 1877), 129-131.
    19. This was apparently the son of Rev. Martin Coffman.
    20. She was the daughter of Adam Pence (Sr.) and the wife of Francis (Frank) Bibler.

    Alphabetical List of Names in This Article
    Allen, John (Lt.)Davis, JamesMiller, Cissa
    Ashbrook, AaronEisenhower, Dwight DavidMoffett, Anderson (Rev.)
    Asbrook, CatyGiger, AdamMusselman, Susan
    Ashbrook, EliFunk, JosephMoorhead, John
    Barker, _____ (Rev.)Giger, MagdalenMusselman, Jacob
    Beale, C. W.Giger, MaryOwens, James
    Beaver, BarbaryGood, Feronica (_____) (Schneider)Pence, Adam
    Beaver, DavidGood, PeterPence, Henry
    Bellows, MaryGoodens, SmithPence, Jacob
    Bence, MaryHannah, SisterPence, Joseph
    Bennette, BartletHeiston, AbrahamPence, Lewis
    Bibler, AbrahamHerzberger, ChristianPence, Magdalena (Coffman)
    Bibler, BarbaryHistand, ElizabethPence, Maria (Coffman)
    Bibler, Barbary (_____)Histand, MartinPennebacker, D.
    Bibler, BetsyHite, AbrahamPowel, Aaron
    Bibler, CathyHite, AnnPowel, Sister
    Bibler, DavidHite, AudrewRoads, John
    Bibler, FrancisHite, BarbaryRoads, John (Rev.)
    Bibler, FrankHite, ConrodRuffner, Emanuel
    Bibler, JacobHite, JohnRuffner, Magdalen
    Bibler, Jacob (Jr.)Hite, JosephRyland, Garnett
    Bibler, JohnHite, MagdalaneSchneider, Barbara
    Bibler, LewisHite, SamuelSchneider, Elizabeth
    Bibler, MaryHoltzclaw, B. C.Schneider, Feronica
    Bibler, Mary (_____)Hoopwood, MadySchneider, Hans
    Bibler, NeelyHopwood, WilliamSchneider, John
    Bibler, SisterHover, ChristianSchneider, Mary
    Bongerman, AnnaIreland, JamesSchofield, _____ (Rev.)
    Boon, AmeliaKauffman, DavidSemple, Robert Baylor
    Bouserman, DoryKauffman, MartinSites, Ann
    Brown, Barbara (Schneider)Kauffman, Martin (Jr.)Sites, Lewis
    Brown, JosephKauffman, Martin (Rev.)Snyder, John
    Brubaker, JohnKauffman, MichaelSpitler, Ann
    Brumlang, SisterKaufman, Barbara (Stauffer)Spitler, Jacob
    Brunk, Harry A.Kaufman, Barbara (Stover)Spitler, Magdalane
    Harry AnthonyKaufman, BenjaminSpitler, Peter
    Bumgarner, ChristianKaufman, DavidSpitler, Susan
    Bungerman, AnnaKaufman, IsaacSpitler, Susanna
    Cagy, ChristianKaufman, Martin (Jr.)Stauffer, Barbara
    Cagy, MaryKaufman, Martin (Rev.)Stider, Joseph
    Coffman, AnnKaufman, Mary (Lionberger)Stone, Ludowick
    Coffman, AnnaKaufman, Mary (Taylor)Stouder, Cissy
    Coffman, ChristianKaufman, P. M.Stouder, Jacob
    Coffman, ChristinaKeller, SisterStouder, Joseph
    Coffman, DavidKoontz, Elizabeth (Baker)Stover. Anna Elizabeth Cath.
    Coffman, Dorothy (_____)Koontz, GeorgeStover, Barbara
    Coffman, JohnKoontz, IsaacStover, Jacob
    Coffman, JosephKoonrz, John (Elder)Stover, John Casper
    Coffman, MagdalenKountz, John (Elder)Strickler, Abraham
    Coffman, MagdalenaKuntz, JohannesStrickler, Jacob
    Coffman, MariaLienberger, JohnStuder, Cissy
    Coffman, MartinLionberger, JohnStuder, Jacob
    Coffman, Martin (Rev.)Lionberger, MaryTaylor, Hans
    Coffman, MaryMaggart, ChristianTaylor, John
    Coffman, Mary (_____)Mauck, DanielTaylor, Magdalen
    Coffman, Mary (Lionberger)Mauck, HenryTaylor, Mary
    Coffman, PeterMauck, J. Douglas (Jake)Warner, Elizabeth
    Collins, PhoebeMauck, JosephWarner, Thomas
    Collins, TimothyMauck, RichardWhite, George
    Comer, ElizabethMauck, RudolphWise, Magdalen
    Comer, SamuelMesnard, AlfredWoodman, Philadelphia
    Craig, Lewis (Rev.)Miller, AaronWoolf, Christiana
    Cussman, SisterMiller, Ann

    This was written and is about by Daniel L. Mauck married to Mary Polly Rothgeb

    Golden Wedding about 1889

    On Thursday, August 29th, a large number of relatives and friends responded to the invitations extended by Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Mauck to attend the celebration of their fiftieth anniversary. Out of the two hundred invited one hundred and twenty-five were able to be with and heartily congratulate Uncle Daniel and Aunt Polly on this extraordinary occasion. Among the number present was Rev. W. J. Fulton, who sat at the head of the center table opposite the aged bride and groom, and returned thanks in a very expressive manner, and immediately the forty persons seated at the dining tables were promptly served to a delicious repast, such as is always expected at their hospitable home. By two o’clock all had dined sumptuously, and the entire company retired to the lawn facing the front entrance to the verandah, upon which Mr. Mauck stood and read a biographical sketch, followed by Mrs. Mauck reading a poem of her own composition, both of which were a complete surprise to their children and the number assembled.

    Rev. W. J. Fulton was called upon and made very appropriate remarks, eulogizing in an affecting manner the elderly couple and praising their children for following so closely the examples of their parents in becoming noble men and women.

    Judge Logue spoke feelingly of his long and happy acquaintance with the host and hostess, and of the useful and happy lives they had lived.

    Mrs. C. L. Guthrie then addressed Mrs. Mauck in a poem, which she had composed, for a presentation of a handsome present of a silver tea set, given by the Matron’s club, of which Mrs. M. is a prominent member.

    Wm. Symmes, Esq., then took the floor, and after speaking in his usual humorous way of his boyhood experiences and amusing events and customs in his early days, he was requested to don the wedding coat of the groom and in that way exhibit it to the company, who burst into laughter, as it was swallow-tail in style and made of handsome navy-blue broadcloth, trimmed in brass buttons.

    This closed the addresses and all joined in singing the Doxology, and again were busy conversing and enjoying themselves.

    Although the cards of invitation bore the words, "Presents not Desired", the nephews and nieces, known as the Mauck cousins, very happily surprised their Uncle and Aunt, giving them as twenty dollar gold piece to be expended for something to be kept as a token of their love and high esteem.

    Miss Bethesana Wood, of Rio Grande, gave to Uncle Daniel and elegant gold pencil, and Mrs. P. Hugg, of Middleport, presented Aunt Polly with a handsome black satin hand-painted fan. Mr. and Mrs. Ellsha Scott expressed their good wishes by giving them a very beautiful glass fruit dish. From their own children and grandchildren Mr. Mauck received an elegant gold-beaded cane, bearing the inscription, "Daniel Mauck 1839-1889," plain gold collar and sleeve buttons, and Mrs. Mauck a heavily gold mounted umbrella and solid English wedding ring, and to both they gave a group, consisting of nine spaces cabinet size containing portraits of the parents and grandparents. They also gave them a guest book, with gold binding and letters, in which each guest recorded his name, and the book will always be treasured as a souvenir of the joyous and successful celebration.

    At the request of many friends we append the following sketch and poem:

    Just fifty years ago,
    In eighteen hundred and thirty-nine,
    Many long, long years ago,
    The day was clear and fine.

    When we were married and started
    In our wedded life together,
    Traveled on and never halted,
    And now we are happy as ever.

    Sometimes sunshine, sometimes sorrow,
    We had to march through,
    Worded and toiled so many years,
    And God hath blessed us too.

    Enough to eat, enough to wear,
    Him we ever tried to serve,
    He gave to us ten children dear-
    Eight of them we reared.

    They to man and womanhood had grown,
    Then they loved and married too,
    Left our home and sought their own,
    And are traveling onward too.

    One dear one is with us yet,
    Of our ten in number,
    God hath blessed us, we’ll not forget-
    Him we’ll always remember.

    Three have gone to the spirit and,
    Resting in their silent slumber,
    They have joined the heavenly hand,
    That makes our ten in number.

    God hath blessed us many years,
    We thank Him for this wedding day,
    To have our friends and children dear
    To meet us in this way.

    If on earth we meet no more,
    May we meet in Heaven above,
    On that bright and happy abore,
    Where all is peace and love.

    A short biographical sketch of the lives of Daniel and Mary Mauck, their parents, brothers and sisters, and their own family:

    The grandparents of Daniel Mauck were Daniel and Rebeckah Mauck. My grandparents moved from Pennsylvania to Page county, VA., at an early age. He was a farmer and miller. At his mill he ground wheat, corn and rye for his neighbors. He also made merchantable flour for the Fredericksburg and Alexandria markets. My grandparents were Germans. My grandfather kept his accounts in the German language. My grandparents died at their home in Page county at a good old age in about the year 1800. My father was born Dec. 2, 1780. When he was fifteen years of age he went into his father’s mill to learn the art of milling. After grandfather’s death my father became the owner of the mill.
    Nov. 23, 1802, my father, Joseph Mauck, married Elizabeth Whaley. My mother was from Northumberland county, VA., near Norfolk. In 1809 my father made a trip on horseback to the interior of Ohio. In 1810 he sold his mill, and with his family moved to Ohio. They then had four children. They crossed the Ohio river at Wheeling, and stopped in Miami county, this State, within four miles of Urbana. He raised a crop of corn there in the summer of 1810. My father made two or three trips to Cincinnati during the season, and decided that he would settle permanently on the Miami river, within fifteen or twenty miles of Cincinnati. In the spring of 1811, the Indian war had commenced. The Indians came within twenty miles of my father’s home and murdered some white people. The neighbors became excited, called a meeting of the citizens and decided that it was not safe to live on their farms. They concluded to build a fort and move their families into it. My father concluded that he would rather not move his family into a fort. Having the team and wagon that he moved them with, he loaded his household goods and family in his wagon, and the next morning after the citizens’ meeting was on the road to the Ohio river. In this vicinity he found John Rothgeb, Samuel Rothgeb and Philip Trickler, old neighbors and acquaintances. There was a small cabin on the bank of the river on the old homestead and a few acres partly cleared. Father moved into this cabin; winter came on; the river commenced rising; the neighbors informed him that the river would come into his cabin. He threw his cabin down in the morning, hauled it on the rise near where he afterwards live, raised it and moved into it the evening of the same day. It was a more convenient house for such an emergency than the houses of to-day. The land that my father lived on was owned by some heirs in New York. After much effort he succeeded in purchasing. My parents lived on said farm until their death. They both lived to be over seventy years of age. My parents had four children when they left Virginia. My sister Anna was born in Miami county, Ohio, consequently they came to this section of the country with five children. There were born unto them on the old homes

    Daniel married Barbara HARNSBERGER 1762. Barbara (daughter of Stephen HARNSBERGER and Agnes UNKNOWN) was born 1744, Virginia; died Bef 1777, Hamburg, Shenandoah County, Virginia; was buried Cem. by "Mauck Meeting House" Hamburg, Shen. Co. (Page Co.). [Group Sheet]

  4. 11.  Barbara HARNSBERGER was born 1744, Virginia (daughter of Stephen HARNSBERGER and Agnes UNKNOWN); died Bef 1777, Hamburg, Shenandoah County, Virginia; was buried Cem. by "Mauck Meeting House" Hamburg, Shen. Co. (Page Co.).


    Burial Place Exceeded Limit: Cem. by "Mauck Meeting House" Hamburg, Shen. Co. (Page Co.) VA

    1. Maria MAUCK
    2. Susan MAUCK
    3. Molly (Mary) MAUCK
    4. Catherine MAUCK was born 29 Jan 1764, Shenandoah County, Virginia; died 29 May 1829.
    5. Abraham MAUCK was born 17 Mar 1767, Shenandoah County, Virginia; died 17 Feb 1835.
    6. Elizabeth MAUCK was born 1769, Frederick County, Virginia; died 1851, Mad River, Champaign County, Ohio.
    7. 5. Barbara MAUCK was born 9 Sep 1774, Hamburg, Shenandoah County, Virginia; died 10 Nov 1841, Near Luray, Page County, Virginia; was buried Private Aleshire Cem. Near Leaksville, Page County, Virginia.