States: Ohio: Wayne
I am researching for a book on the religious histories of the Warner, Edmonds, Smith and Hollopeter families, who over several generations lived near each other and intermarried. The Warners, Edmonds and Smiths at some time belonged to the Moravian church and were early settlers in Gnaddenhutten, Tuscarawas County, but then most moved on to Wayne County circa 1810. Many Warners continued living in the county well into the 20th (maybe 21st?) centuries. Edmonds tended to move on: a large group to Michigan and another large group to Allen Co., Indiana. The Smiths were specifically Azariah Smith (whose descendants flirted with the early Mormon church before changing their minds) and David Smith, who seemed to have moved back and forth between Wayne County and somewhere in New York State between 1800 and 1821. His son, Reason H. Smith, was born in Wooster Twp., Wayne Co., in 1821, but his son Andrew was born in NY in 1814, daughter Mary Ann in NY in 1812, and there was a daughter named Sophroner possibly born in Tuscarawas County very early in the century. The family eventually moved to Sandusky Co., Ohio. The Hollopeters were from Pennsylvania, were Lutheran early on (but three brothers married Quaker women), and later on appear as staunch Methodists, with several members of the family becoming Methodist ministers and circuit preachers.
I would love to correspond with anyone who can shed light on these families. I have a fairly extensive genealogy (and am happy to share whatever I know), but would dearly love to hear of anything like church membership, information from family bibles, items from local histories that might not be generally published, and so on.
Many thanks for any help!
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