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Scotland said ...
This is a terrific website, full of really interesting details about the assemblies and those who were associated with them in years gone by. Really great to be able to read and see these hard to find facts and articles.
Tuesday, Dec 12, 2017 : 12:36
Thanks Tony, the biographies are taken from a well known book, "Chief Men Among the Brethren" .. yeah I see a couple of sites have uploaded it already, I have my own ocred version but not had chance to add them all yet. best, Tom
Wednesday, Sep 20, 2017 : 10:02
Tony Tran from
Anaheim, CA, USA said ...
Nice site, I just read George F. Trench's biography and it's exactly the same as the one on the Gospel Hall website [http://gospelhall.org]. Are you aware of Gospel Hall? They also list biographies of Plymouth Brethren men:
In Christ, Tony
Friday, Sep 15, 2017 : 06:42
Sharon Jones from
Kells, Northern Ireland said ...
Hi, I'm currently researching any potential Brethren contacts of a quaker called Benjamin Barron Wiffen (1794-1867) of Woburn whose papers are in Wadham College Oxford. I'd really appreciate your help! Many thanks and best wishes, Sharon Jones
Friday, Sep 15, 2017 : 11:26
I have a couple of letters by R.J.L. on the site .. i'm not aware of having a pamphlet of his though, best, Tom
Thursday, Aug 31, 2017 : 01:12
John Conover from
La Mesa, CA said ...
I was with Kelly-Lowe brethren for many years, but no longer for about 25 years. I was born into the west Philadelphia meeting in 1930. I am the grandson of R W Knapp, who was a laboring brother with that group. The assembly moved to East Lansdowne. Later I helped start an assembly in Burlington, NJ. I moved to California in 1982. Since then we have had continuous Bible studies in our home. I am interested in finding a pamphlet by R J Little which was shown to me about 1954, in which he stated that it was unscriptural for an assembly to break off from another. Can you help me find this pamphlet? Thank you for any attention you can give. Your in Christ - John H Conover
Wednesday, Aug 30, 2017 : 06:19
Marseille France said ...
I'm very interested about your website. I would like to access to more items.
I'm a brother from Marseille and I come very often in England into the meetings in Woodingdean (Brighton) and Tunbridge Wells.
Jean Yves Abel
Wednesday, Aug 30, 2017 : 11:29
Kinross, Scotland said ...
Great site, Tom. Many of the articles I've read are very interesting. Thanks for all the hard work you've put into this. May the Lord give all of us the discernment to hold fast and profit from what is good and holy and true, and yet to discard that which is unhelpful and would hinder.
Wednesday, Aug 23, 2017 : 08:35
Thanks for your message .. a friend of mine grew up in the Guildford meeting where Mr Gladwell was .. I'll try to get more information.
Monday, Jul 10, 2017 : 01:43
Surrey said ...
We own the Old Meeting House which was used as a Plymouth Brethern Meeting place from 1949 through to 1956, Mr William Gladwell owned our house and he and his wife were both Plymouth Brethern. We never met them when we purchased the house in 1979 as Mrs Gladwell had passed and Mr Gladwell was in a nursing home. He was a printer who worked in Guildford. I am really interested on any information you give us on the Old Meeting House it was called The Mission Hall The Street West Clandon. It is in your meeting books from 1949 through to 1957. Mr Gladwell had this house built in 1953, the Mission Hall was a cottage on the 1841 census through to 1991 when it was listed as Church Hall. I do not know the history from the 1991 period through to 1949 but would be very pleased to know if you have any further information. For some reason it is not listed in the Guildford information on the area.
Saturday, Jul 8, 2017 : 10:37
Hi Lance .. where is this happening? obviously you could access this page, so I assume not everywhere?
Saturday, May 20, 2017 : 06:05
Banbury said ...
I have often accessed your very interesting site but it seems to be not responding today
It just says 'already logged in'
Am I doing something stupid?
Saturday, May 20, 2017 : 03:28
Myrna Hamilton from
Georgetown Guyana said ...
God bless.. I would like to learn the tunes of these precious hymns, especially the one I do not know in my hymn book.
Sunday, Apr 23, 2017 : 06:56
London said ...
Hi Kyle, emailed you, best, Tom
Sunday, Mar 19, 2017 : 01:44
Kyle yoakum from
Texas said ...
Greetings. I haven't visited in a while. You have added some great material. Can you add me again to gain access? Thanks
Saturday, Mar 18, 2017 : 06:08
Hi Nicola, not one I've heard of but if I can find anything I'll let you know, best, Tom
Monday, Feb 27, 2017 : 12:39
Nicola Jennings from
Dublin said ...
I am interested in any information about Plymouth Brethren Thomas Moyles [1835-1903] and his wife Charlotte Jane Moyles nee Edge [c.1843- ] who lived at Ballycoolan, Timogue, County Offaly.
Saturday, Feb 25, 2017 : 07:35
Yeah Lance, seems somehow that has been missed out .. I thought text was available on Stem, but I'll try to scan sometime too. Tom
Thursday, Feb 9, 2017 : 12:50
Lance Tunley from
Brackley said ...
Just looking for Trotter's work on Plymouth and Bethesda
Wednesday, Feb 8, 2017 : 06:20
Leicestershire said ...
Great site. Looking forward to reading many of the articles, especially of the faith.
Thursday, Dec 10, 2015 : 11:03
Hi David, Thanks for your message .. looks like you have outdone me on the grave-hunting then! Would be interested to hear more about your collection of photos, who is buried where, etc? Cronin I thought was relatively easy to find .. well I suppose it actually took me twenty minutes or so within the square when I first found it, even with the exact map, but when you do find it, it seems obvious! I haven't been to Bristol yet, but been on my to-do list for the last seven years lol! Don't know about Lang or Broadbent, but will look into it.
Thursday, Dec 3, 2015 : 05:10
David Earnshaw from
Preston, Lancashire said ...
stumbled across your web site. Very good. I used to be in contact with Edwin Cross until he died. I used to hunt out the graves of many Brethren. Once I found them I sent Edwin copies of my photographs. I have a collection of 5,500+ pictures of the graves of a whole variety of people. Spent many an hour in West Norwood finding many famous people .. could never find Cronin or Reader Harris even though I had their grave numbers. In Bristol I uncovered the graves of Henry Craik, Anthony Norris Groves and Mrs Peters the hymn writer.Of course G.Muller is there as well as James Wright (his son-in-law). Could keep you entertained for hours. .... and on and on it could go.
Would you know where G.H.Lang is buried and E.H.Broadbent ?
Monday, Nov 30, 2015 : 12:45
Hi Lance, Thanks for letting us know .. Yes it looks fairly broken at the moment; sadly my broadband is not working either right now, so I am unable to fix it, but will look at it as soon as possible.
Tuesday, Nov 10, 2015 : 09:32
Lance Tunley from
Brackley said ...
I was unable to log in today giving a error
I was just looking to research John Cox of Guernsey which I see WK sends postcards to.
Tuesday, Nov 10, 2015 : 08:14
Thnaks Lance! Not right now, I'll see what I can find from friends though, and if anything I will post it here. best, Tom
Friday, Sep 25, 2015 : 12:42
Lance Tunley from
Brackley said ...
This is really a prodigeous effort scanning all the documents you have on the website. Extremely helpful - I have begun and am only a part way through!
One question , do you have anything on JND's trip to Australia at all?
Tuesday, Sep 22, 2015 : 05:50
Hi Lance, Thanks for your message .. I have sent you an email about registering. Tom
Saturday, Sep 12, 2015 : 02:23
Lance Tunley from
Brackley NN13 said ...
Hullo, Just discovered your website and was unable to login as I do not have the usual accounts. I am very interested in the history and have been reseaching various conflicts and in particular Glanton.
Am I able to register some other way please?
Wednesday, Sep 9, 2015 : 08:08
Greg Morris from
Penymynydd, Flintshire said ...
Many thanks for the most informative and enjoyable articles
Tuesday, Sep 8, 2015 : 03:28
Thanks for your message and the interesting story. I'm about to send you an email about creating an account.
Tuesday, Sep 1, 2015 : 03:15
Brenda Turner from
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada said ...
I want to view some of your documents and have not been able to log in through Google. One option seems to be to email you and ask for a custom log in. So, please, may I have one?
I am a family history researcher, and it came to my attention that John Nelson Darby had been holding Brethren meetings in the lower Ottawa Valley in around 1868. A document I read said that Mr. Darby and a Captain James Dunlop organized these meetings, along with an otherwise unidentified Mr. Turner. My great grandfather Hugh Turner was a fervent Brethren member, lived in this area in 1868, and converted most of his family to the Brethren faith. I suspect he may have become involved in organizing these meetings. Hence my wish to look at some of your documents. Thank you if you allow me to view them. And cheers from Canada!
Tuesday, Aug 25, 2015 : 01:14
James C. Morris from
Farmington, MO said ...
I have known the Lord for almost seventy years now, And have been preaching His love for over fifty years.
I have a TW background and look forward to this site.
Wednesday, Aug 19, 2015 : 05:55
Hi Mike .. PDFs are only avilable to registered users .. see http://www.brethrenarchive.org/login.aspx
Tuesday, May 12, 2015 : 04:06
Mike Young from
UK said ...
cant down load pdf
Sunday, May 10, 2015 : 04:09
Dear Val, yes of course that is fine, thank-you for asking. Tom
Friday, May 1, 2015 : 02:39
Val Jenkin from
Argentina said ...
I am preparing a short article on Dr Christopher Davis, for private circulation only. For this I would like to copy the photograph of his grave which is on your site. Would this be a problem for you? I would, of course, acknowledge it in the article.
Wednesday, Apr 29, 2015 : 05:36
Wednesday, Apr 1, 2015 : 04:13
Oz said ...
No, I'm sorry I don't have a scan of the book. Too fragile to attempt it.
I also have a bit of material on FG Patterson that I'll send you once I've tidied it up.
Wednesday, Apr 1, 2015 : 02:37
Thanks for the info .. it's a good start! I have not got anything on JSO and never looked into him yet. Would be a nice idea though, so I'll look out for what I can find now ... let me know if you get anything more too. Do you have a scan of the book you mention?
Tuesday, Mar 31, 2015 : 07:05
Oz said ...
Do you have any biographical info on J S Oliphant?
I came across two snippets recently that may help a researcher.
A little anonymous book called "He Being Dead Yet Speaketh" (published by WH Broom) contains various diary entries and notes. By Googling some of the dates and locations I was able to identify his name as William Cooper. During this process it came to light that his widow, Jane Susanna (nee Coke), subsequently married JSO.
JSO was born in Hyderabad in 1837 and died in Southampton in 1924. He had at least 9 children by his first wife, Jean Emily (nee Bright). His second marriage was in about July 1885.
The second snippet comes from a letter from Egypt in the old German newsletter Mitteilungen for 1894. Brethren were expressing concern over the visit of JSO and his wife. It had been spread abroad that they were very wealthy.
That's all I have - but it's been my experience that a small piece of info can prove useful in the right hands when searching for historical material.
Thursday, Mar 26, 2015 : 10:10
Hi Peter, Thanks for your message; I have sent you the postcard via email.
Thursday, Mar 5, 2015 : 01:43
Lancaster, NW England said ...
Good Day! I am trying to find a card sent from William Kelly to John Cox in Guernsey, 29 July 1892
Can you help me how to search for this, please? I am unfamiliar with your very interesting site.
I have logged in this morning with my details, o I hope this is OK
Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me on [number removed, Tom]
many thanks for your help
Thursday, Mar 5, 2015 : 01:10
Thanks for your message Marcos. Would be glad to hear what material you have if you want to email me? (email@example.com)
Saturday, Feb 21, 2015 : 08:46
Marcos Gago from
Marín, Pontevedra, Spain said ...
Hello!!! This is a very interesting page. I am a Spanish and gather in an so called Open Brethren assembly in Spain. I also posses a lot of books and magazines, of the Brethren Movement, mostly Open section, in English and Spanish. I would like to get inn touch with you or with anyone interested in the missionary work of the Brethren. Some of the materials are very rare. May the Lord bless you
Friday, Feb 20, 2015 : 05:25
Thursday, Feb 12, 2015 : 03:06
Michael Westfall from
Fairfield, CA said ...
Brethren Archive is a splendid site. Thanks for setting it up!
Thursday, Feb 12, 2015 : 07:37
Belize said ...
Great site, with some great content :-)
Monday, Jan 12, 2015 : 05:08
I don't know anyone around Dublin to ask about Mr Senior but if I can find out I will let you know. Searching google though, one can see reports of the passing on of those who sat under his ministry so would seem likely that he too would have gone by now sadly.
Thursday, Oct 23, 2014 : 01:01
Ron smith from
bedfordshire said ...
a useful source of information
Saturday, Oct 18, 2014 : 04:33
Philip Noel Roe from
United Kingdom said ...
I live in London but attended Merrion Hall (Dublin) during the 1960's, as a student.
A Mr Harold Senior conducted the Bible Study class on Sunday afternoons. Do you know if Mr Senior is still living?
Kind Christian greetings,
Thursday, Oct 16, 2014 : 06:08
Dear Peter, I have not got that item up at the moment but i see it is freely available on google books so you could download it off there. best, Tom
Tuesday, Oct 14, 2014 : 04:44
PETER TREVVETT from
LANCASTER said ...
I am trying to find on your site:
'A statement of facts in reference to certain charges brought by a Mr D'
Can you help me please?
Tuesday, Oct 7, 2014 : 03:18
Thanks for your info Jeremy!
Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014 : 06:07
Jeremy Manners from
Lewisham said ...
Links to Plymouth Brethren in Burton, re: visits William Kelly made to my great great grandafthers home, WP Manners.
William Coltman VC, the most decorated non-ranking soldier in the British army.
Thanks for your message Craig, you should have full access now.
Tuesday, Sep 2, 2014 : 03:04
craig stewart from
Australia said ...
Thank you for access (if granted) to this excellent resource. Clearly is represents much effort & self discipline. Cheers, Craig.
Thursday, Aug 28, 2014 : 06:23
Max Weremchuk from
Germany said ...
My biography was a first effort and shows all the weaknesses that attend something like that. Actually it would require a major revision.
For any interested there is more up-to-date material at
Thanks for your time and patience.
Wednesday, Aug 27, 2014 : 10:56
Thank-you Jonathan; yep you are right it is not as evident as it could be, it is actually on the registration page but that might not be obvious here!
A general message; the website has not seen much updated this year but hopefully that will change at some point; I want to upgrade the back office CMS software it uses before adding anything else, and unfortunately that is taking longer and proving bit more tricky than I hoped it to be, but will get back to it one day!
Thursday, Aug 21, 2014 : 11:16
UK said ...
Duh. Just seen the email address in the messages below. Perhaps make it more prominent at the top or bottom of the page?
Tuesday, Aug 19, 2014 : 03:35
UK said ...
To be charitable to Alex (difficult I know, given his intemperate messages) this appears to be the only place to leave feedback. If you have published your email address for private communications, a luddite such as me cannot spot where it is.
PS you can delete this message once you've read it. :-)
Tuesday, Aug 19, 2014 : 03:34
Dear Rodger, sorry for late reply, I don't think I have that one, but I'll ask around some friends and see.
Dear Alex, I respect that other people might not think a website like this is the right thing to do, in fact I struggled with that question myself before doing it, though I have actually found it a big help to me. What I would suggest though is if you do have concerns, that you raise them in a private email rather than leaving a troll like comment on here, which I have removed. best, Tom
Saturday, Jul 26, 2014 : 12:32
Canada said ...
Do you happen to have the following, or any other works of Mr. Ord in your library?
Thanks for your time and help.
Yours, in Christ,
Tuesday, Jul 8, 2014 : 08:18
Thanks for your comments Clifford, yes will email you!
Gary, send me an email at the address on the reg page and ill try to sort it out for you.
Tuesday, Jun 3, 2014 : 02:44
gary mcfarlane from
west lothian said ...
how do i reset my password please?
Monday, May 26, 2014 : 07:05
CLIFFORD MCCULLOUGH from
Bangor Co Down NI said ...
I have enjoyed browsing your site and have left some comments as I passed through. Hope you don't mind the correction! I would love to pass on the information and photos of Leap Castle together with the family entry in "The Landed Gentry" of which JND was a part and would be happy if you wish to correspond through my e-mail address.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 : 09:10
gary mcfarlane from
scotland said ...
why can i no longer log in?
Thursday, May 15, 2014 : 04:37
Yeah that would be great, just email be at firstname.lastname@example.org for now, and we can go from there!
Friday, Feb 14, 2014 : 04:54
Douwe Scheepsma Szn from
Urk said ...
I should e-mail you an article I wrote, as discussed.
You would place it on your website.
Now I can't find/don't have your e-mail address anymore.
We (I & my wife Sjoukje) do have a gmail address, but I can't find things in that 'programm'.
So, could you give me your e-mail address, so I can send the article?
Your brother by grace,
Wednesday, Feb 12, 2014 : 06:01
Donald J. Raymond from
United States said ...
unable to download anything
Wednesday, Jan 15, 2014 : 09:19
Dear Alex .. I'm not aware any of the items are in breach of (UK) copyright laws .. if you believe they are then please give me the specific details and if so I would assume it wise to remove them.
Wednesday, Jan 8, 2014 : 02:36
North America said ...
P.S. People who post copyright protected material on the internet get lawsuits.
In Christian Love,
Sunday, Jan 5, 2014 : 08:44
North America said ...
I came across your website and have a few questions.
Why are you posting private information such as address lists of exclusive meetings (non-Taylorite) on the internet when you are violating copyright laws by doing so and when the address lists itself says about guarding it from outsiders? Copyright is illegal. You need to remove the address lists.
In Christian love,
Sunday, Jan 5, 2014 : 08:42
Xavier Casamada from
Barcelona said ...
Saturday, Nov 30, 2013 : 05:56
The emails for this website have not been working since the last couple of months. So if you sent me an email, or registered for the site, then I did not get it! New email address is Admin@BrethrenArchive.org
Wednesday, Oct 16, 2013 : 04:58
Hi Jonathan, it should work for you now. Tom
Friday, Jul 5, 2013 : 05:26
Jonathan Smith from
The Garden of England said ...
Just what Douwe Scheepsma from Urk, The Netherlands said ...
Tuesday, Jul 2, 2013 : 12:50
Douwe, it should work now ..
Saturday, Jun 8, 2013 : 02:39
Douwe Scheepsma from
Urk, The Netherlands said ...
When I'm right I did register with my Google account (because we have an e-mail address there we do have an account, when I'm right), but I still didn't get Log In info from you.
Saturday, Jun 8, 2013 : 04:09
david marsh from
scunthorpe,north lincs,united kingdom said ...
Always supporting all those who expose this massive problem of "Bullying" in all our communities, from all your friends at http://www.tomthumb.info/ Thank you.
Saturday, May 25, 2013 : 01:53
I am away for the rest of the week, so there are unlikely to be any more updates until Friday now. My intention for this project was also very much it to be a 'winter project' too, as its not so much fun sitting at home scanning things when the sun is shining as when it is too cold to do anything else, so updates might not be quite as frequent now for the rest of the year!
It is a good time to review things now too; my first intention in doing this was to process the manuscript material I obtained a few years back, as I knew otherwise it would remain in the same boxes forever. Most of this is still in the pile waiting to be scanned, but there is clearly light at the end of the tunnel. I think my second aim was to provide somewhere I could keep my own notes about historical matters, as so often you read or hear something and when you want to recall it, you just cannot quite place where it was you saw it! Now hopefully this system allows me (and anyone else) to attach notes and comments, ad hoc, to people and items, so the information gathering and collecting process can be made a lot easier.
Thank you to everyone else who has contributed or taken an interest in the site. I think there is still a long way to go, and much more material to be added, and as more people become aware of it, this will hopefully also bring to light further material. Please let me know any feedback or comments you might have, and especially if you notice something that is broken!
Monday, Mar 18, 2013 : 09:10
3 said ...
thank you for your considered response Tom.
I was in the KLC (not Taylor)because of someone whom I met shortly after I was saved. I purposely left my name out as I have no wish to start up a conversation with all the old contacts..and I married into the family of a key legalist responsible for recent divisions.
My spouse who grew up in the system but always was apart from it, wanted to leave the first week we were married, but unfortunately I thought we should stay because of precisely what you observe "i have found the majority of individuals to be godly, genuine, and sincere Christians"...so we stayed for 10 years before leaving..have had far more real spiritual growth and biblical practice, and biblical teaching amongst the "denominations" than we ever had in the brethren.
Are people truly Godly though if they put assembly decisions and false unity above the word of God and the work of the Holy Spirit? I would have to say that I was not as I have also observed in my brothers there.
I have spent the last 3 years praying about whether it would be worthwhile or fruitful to go back to try to help, but sadly to say the Spirit has made it clear that it would be a waste of time, as God has clearly removed the lampstand from the whole exclusive company, (if it ever was there?) I agree the "opens" do a great work, but still are hindered by some of the false practices and doctrine.
And I do forgive your comment...and wish you well...I only posted here out of interest..as it seems that you and some others see the truth of the problem.
Those who get completely free from the assembly system, often end up having a very fruitful ministry in the denominations, honoring God rather than man and submitting to the Holy Spirit rather than the assembly wisdom(sic)
May the Holy Spirit truly set you free to serve Him, rather than being tied up in useless focus on these problems which are made of man, and ultimately of satan.
blessings my brother....
Sunday, Feb 24, 2013 : 06:58
Thank you for your comment. I have personal experience of almost all 'types' of Brethren, apart from the Hales Exclusives. Now in all these groups i have found the majority of individuals to be godly, genuine, and sincere Christians, and particularly with 'open' companies, have a great deal of mutual love and desire to share the gospel with the unsaved. However, the unavoidable truth is that in the history of all branches of 'Exclusivism', time and time again, the same sins of bullying and dishonesty are found to recur over and over in respect of ecclesiastical matters. This I am sure is because the doctrinal foundation demands that maintaining 'unity' and the authority of 'assembly decisions' is placed above that of basic common righteousness and that the goal of continuing the 'system' is viewed as far more important than redressing wrongs done to individuals. That has had its most bitter and ugly fruit in the Taylor branch which perhaps is your background, but is even, alas, common (though not in any way to the same degree) among the much milder KLC company I am associated with.
You will forgive for me saying though that given you are not even prepared to attach your name to your comment (cp 1 Cor 1:11), I think perhaps you have not yet entirely 'escaped' these things as much as you maybe imagine to have done.
Sunday, Feb 24, 2013 : 04:24
3 said ...
The sooner you get out, the sooner you will meet and SUBMIT to the Holy Spirit, and start doing what he wants you to do in fellowship with God the Father and Jesus the Son
When you honestly look at the trail of destruction, and the pre-occupation of your legalistic ways of trying to be perfect, and realise the only worth you have is what Christ gives, you will then be found in God's will.
The reason for all the destruction among the Brethren is that it is a work of man, and not of God
You only have to answer one question honestly, and you will see that God is not pleased, but rather very sad at the destructive and counter productive practice of the Brethren, which is completely un-biblical.
The question is this...who brings one to faith in Christ...The Holy Spirit...so if the Holy Spirit knows what he is doing...why are the majority of new believers coming to faith outside of the Brethren...hmmmm interesting question
from one who escaped..and is serving the church in complete submission to God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit...and seeing God work in me and through me and through many others
Saturday, Feb 23, 2013 : 10:53
Stephen Hulshizer from
Dover, PA USA said ...
If you care to you could add www.STW1982.com (Spread The Word) to your links.
Thanks for your labors.
Tuesday, Feb 19, 2013 : 02:27
Would be grateful for regular users to use the 'Google +1' button on the main pages of the website as this increases the search prominence in Google. Thanks!
Saturday, Feb 16, 2013 : 07:41
Hi Richard, Thanks for letting me know; the PDF function was indeed broken but it should be working again now.
Monday, Feb 11, 2013 : 12:44
Richard Orellana from
Santiago-Chile said ...
Sorry, I do not bother, because I understand that you must be a very busy brother and I will not abuse your time, but I write again because I could not open pdf files, and I have much interest in the excellent material of your website.