Excerpt from A History of the Mennonite Conference of Virginia and Its Work: With a Brief Biographical Sketch of Its Founders and Organizers The subjoined history of The Mennonite Conference of Virginia and its Work, and the Biographical Sketch of its Founders and Organizers is herewith given with the view of Committing to imperishable record the simple yet strenuous lives of the pioneer Mennonites who laid the foundation of the church in the state of Virginia and'm-ade it possible for establishing the con ference as we now have it - a precious heritage - handed down by them to us through the three or four generations that have succeeded them. To the present generation the circumstance seems remarkable that fully 100 years of pioneer work in the church had to be passed over before the minis terial forces in Virginia ripened into a conference. Yet when we realize that the trials, privations and hindrances to Christian progress in those early days were perhaps ten to one to what they are now, their situation may be all the more appreciated and understood. It is evident also that long before the con ference was organized in 1835, that ministers and deacons frequently met for consultation on vital subjects bearing on the common welfare of the church. Besides, they were in great part dependent through all these years Upon the fostering care of the Lancaster Conference in Pennsylvania. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.