Luther

Martin Luther: A Review of a Reformer

A review of the book, “Martin Luther: Renegrade and Prophet,” by Lyndal Roper Background. Dr. Martin Luther was a great Reformer, but as Lyndal Roper pointed out in her book, ” Martin Luther: Renegade and Prophet,” he was very much a human being, with all the virtues and vices that go with that. Martin Luther […]

Martin Luther, Doctor of the Church and Reformer

    Martin Luther was born in the town of Eisleben, in the duchy of Saxony of the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation on November 10, 1483 to Hans and Margarethe Luther. Hans and Margarethe were of peasant stock, but Hans had amassed some income by investing in mining pursuits in the town […]

Two Completely Different Parts of Appalachia: North and South

A good part of my heritage can be traced back to some of the Scots- Irish, English and German settlers who first blazed a trail into what is now Southeastern Kentucky and East Tennessee. That part of the country was originally very fertile, with plenty of timber, game and good soil to plant and harvest […]

Thomas Paine

Thomas Paine, Man of Liberty and Deist Philosopher

Thomas Paine, ( 1737- 1809), was born in the town of Thetford, Norfolk, England, the son of a Quaker farmer, Joseph Pain and an Anglican housewife, Frances Cocke. He was something of a drifter in his youth, he joined the Methodist Church and was a preacher himself for awhile, he served as an exciseman, corset- […]

From Ulster Scots to Scots- Irish, the Odyssey of a People from the Old World to the New.

Ulster Scots, the Irish and English and Their beginnings in the New World. ” Go West and Prosper!” In the beginning..   Ah! The Ulster Scots. They came from the Borders and from the Lowlands of Scotland. They also came out of Northwestern England. Their land was a harsh one, not easily farmed.  Therefore, they […]

Faith and Work: Facing New Stress Everyday

By putting you through Hell! Faith versus the daily grind: It’s been ( oddly enough) a hellish couple of weeks at work for me. We are understaffed and therefore, the human resources have been taxed very nearly to their limit. I am called in to work on my day off and it’s excessively busy. It’ll […]

Settlers of Early America and Cultural Preservation

  Early Setters migrated from all over Europe. Diversity is on my mind. The descendants of European settlers in the United States comprise a wonderful diversity of cultures, Christian denominations and regional heritages that should not only be preserved, but celebrated. Of course, the main stock of early Colonial American settlers was from the United […]

Northern Virginia

Northern Virginia/ Clinton Territory for most..

Northern Virginia was a once- fertile area of farmland, where cattle were pastured and crops grew in abundance. Most of the early settlers to this area were from England, Wales and a substantial group were from Germany. A minority of French Huguenots also settled this area. Many families from Africa were also settled here, many […]