Volume i


Volume i - (741 pages)

Contains Southern Commission Claims of 37 families of Brethren, Mennonite and other faiths in the Mt. Crawford and Cross Keys areas of southeast Rockingham County, Virginia

Listed below are the names of the 37 claimants in Volume I. In addition to each claim, the testimony of neighbors and family members opens windows of insight and understanding into each claim and the difficulties county residents experienced during this time.

Mt. Crawford Post Office
Frank. M. Chapman
Thomas Dovel
John Gangwer
Abraham Garber
David J. Garber
Joel Garber
Adam R. Gladden
Abraham D. Heatwole
John R. Keagy
Noah Landes
Methodist Episcopal Church
Lewis Pence
David E. Rhodes [Rodes]
Frederick S. Rhodes
Henry L. Rhodes
John Rhodes [Rodes]
Abraham Shank
Daniel Sluss
Samuel Whitmore

Cross Keys Post Office
Joseph Beery
Solomon Beery
Samuel Cline
Mathias Diehl
John Evers
Daniel Flory
Noah Flory
Jacob Harshbarger
Jacob Harshbarger and John Harshbarger
Elijah Huffman
Phillip Nichter
David Pence
Samuel Ruebush
William Rodehafer
Peter Showalter
Harrison C. Spangler
Samuel H. Wampler
Martin Whitmer


Rockingham County businessmen Norman R. Wenger and David S. Rodes have researched the archival records of the Southern Claims Commission and compiled the claims these families submitted to the U.S. Government for compensation after the war. The claimants' stories, written by Emmert F. Bittinger, reveal physical hardship, struggles of conscience and fear of losing one’s life.

Editor Emmert Bittinger, Professor Emeritus of Bridgewater College, has prepared the numerous documents for publication and written an insightful introduction to Volumes I-V. His comments and claim summaries set each in context and help the reader to understand the claim and how the Claims Commission responded to it.

This series is co-published by the Brethren & Mennonite Heritage Center,
(formerly Valley Brethren-Mennonite Heritage Center)
P.O. Box 1563, Harrisonburg, VA 22803