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Arnold Collection
United Brethren
City of Newport
Newport County, Rhode Island

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The deed of Church lot from Mary Mallens to Society of United Brethren, is recorded in Book 16, of Land Evidence, Page 53

A bequest of $200 by Mrs. Abigail Handy to the Society, is recorded in Book 4, Probate Record, page 643

The Society was established by Brother Spangenberry, roth of 11th month, November, 1758

Brother John Elwein laid foundation stone of Chapel, May 20, 1767. Chapel was consecrated December 7, 1768, by Brother Rosmeyer. Brother Harsfied came in March, 1760, married Sally Mumford, July 21, 1769. Consecrated hall and upper Chamber, December 31, 1772. Consecrated burial ground by Brother Rosmeyer.

From 1766 to 1783 ministers were Brother Jarrel and wife, Richard Tatley and wife, Frederick Smith and Rosmeyer.

Bethlehem gave 507; New York, 507; Lancaster, 147; Rosmeyer, 57; Besides finishing the house while they lived in it, 597. The rest was subscribed by the Congregation.

Richard writes: I was born in Winchten, Hampshire, Old England, near Christ's Church, in April, 1693. Some missionaries bound to Sariman, stopped at Newport, at the time Mr. Whitefield was there, and captivated the hearts of Mr. Haywood and his friends. This was the germ of the Moravian Church, at Newport. The names of the founders of this society are:


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