GLADEWATER HISTORICAL MUSEUM SITE FOR CRANFORD AND ROTH’S KINSHIP
Dr. Sharon Hill Cranford and Dwight Roth, coauthors of recently released book, “Kinship Concealed: Amish-Mennonite-African-American family Connections” will be in Gladewater, Texas on Dec. 21, 2013 at 3:00 pm, to discuss their discovered kinship and review the book that they coauthored. The public is invited to meet and greet the coauthors, hear about their discoveries while teaching at Hesston College (KS), and how it has evolved. Growing up in diverse yet similar family structures, Cranford and Roth drew from their extensive research and oral histories to flesh out and flush out the hidden skeletons for this historical memoir.
The book documents the historical lineage of Amish brothers Jacob and John Mast who immigrated from Switzerland to Philadelphia, Pa in 1750. It also delves into the split between the brothers, causing one (John) to leave his Mennonite faith and home for North Carolina, where he became involved in slavery. John’s grandsons later moved to Texas and continued the practice. Jacob went on to become the first Amish bishop to be ordained in the United States and has an expansive group of descendants in the Conestoga Valley of eastern Pennsylvania. His brother’s descendants include landowners and successful business people including slaveholders and slaves. Because some of the details are missing from both the oral and written records, the coauthors spin the tale into a tapestry sewn with real-life and fictionalized characters.
Held at the Gladewater Historical Museum, 116 W. Pacific, this free event will be “come-and-go” with the brief, formal presentation occurring at 3:30 pm, due to limited space. For additional information, contact Mrs. Elaine Roddy at the museum, 903-845-7608, or the numbers above and/or visit Kinship Concealed on Facebook and www.kinshipconcealed.com, Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.com.