Joseph Combe was a nephew of Michael Beus and Marianne Combe. His history includes an account of his 1920 funeral. This account tells of Waldensian people of Italy. These are a few excerpts.
Pierre Valdes began the movement in 1170 that led to the Waldensian religion. He felt the common people should have the Bible and translated it into French. When he distribtued it trouble began. For over 400 years the Waldensian people were persecuted, often driven from their homes and everything destroyed. Some were even burned at the stake.
"Heavy persecutions and burnings were increased in 1647 and again in 1655...hundreds were slaughtered...Oliver Crowmell intervened in their behalf...Arrangements were made for the immediate immigration of 2000 people from the Piedmont region and an adjoining area in France to England. Then again in 1689 when heavy persecutions commenced again, William III intervened and nine hundred were given refuge in England...From 1858 to 1861 twelve thousand five hundred Waldensians were allowed to leave Europe and immigrate to countries of South America. Other thousands came to the United States, mostly to California, North Carolina, Missouri, Texas, and Utah."
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