We would advise the inhabitants of Pike, to beware; that in proportion as they value morality and religion, or revere the laws of civilization to be cautious how they admit an enemy into their houses, to steal away their brains. The writer, when a boy, with others, would often visit their camping ground, curiousity prompting the desire to see them go through their devotional exercises.
See the Zanesville Times Recorder of July 6, for information concerning the writer of the above article Elihah H.
From all we can gather from this slothful, dirty group, we are disposed to say that they practice indiscriminated cohabitatation, openly profess the power and gift of Prophecy, pretend to heal the sick by various incantations, and that they are fast progressing to such perfectability, through the instrumentability of fasting and prayer, as to be soon able to raise the dead, who to use their own expressions die in the Lord.
They attracted a large crowd of men and boys. Upon their arrival there the citizens would not allow them to stoop, and they continued to wander around, from one place to another for several weeks.
That scattered the members and broke up the clan. The boys, at that time, called it "Hog Latin.
It annoyed them considerably. Holmes, the only man of any considerable talents among them, who has been a Methodist preacher about twelve years in Vermont. In this sect we see a striking proof of the awful strides which mankind have made in every instance, who have left the church of Christ and its cannons, handed down by the Apostles and their immediate successors, and taught for doctrines, the command of men.
Some in rags and some in tags. And some in dirty gowns. The Prophet, Ballard, with his long beard, dirty gown, and bearskin girdle, looked like one of the Patriarchs of old.
Holmes preached as he called it without a text, and wandered without system, upon various subjects, yet he made use of many pithy, common place expressions, which would have been well received by the community at large, had they not visited the Prophet and his group, at home when it is presumed no person possessing a mediocrity of talent, could retain five minutes in suspense relative to the sincerity of Ballard, the Prophet, who wears every feature and gesture of a consummated scoundrel He has frequent paroxisms in which he utters the most unmeaning gibberish, which he calls an unknown tongue, in which he pretends to converse with the Diety, which is composed at most, if not more than four sounds, which he will successively repeat from two to five minutes, which length of time he has more than once been known to occupy in the reiteration of Bab-Wab alone.
I have thought proper to forward you the following, which is about all of the information in my possession respecting them.
The discerning mind may easily behold in this pretended Prophet the sum of his wishes to destroy all civil establishments, disannul marriage under the spurious pretence that Jesus Christ is the bridegroom, and all his followers are the bride, and consequently need no civil restrictions to govern their passions, but that those passions in them, and their gratifications are without sin, all being conducted with an eye "single to the glory of God" -- that they cannot sin as long as they are followers of the Prophet.
The Prophet and Pilgrims: Never did a young pedagogue command more obsequiousances from his pupils in a country school, than does this Prophet from his followers; they groan when he groans, shout when he shouts, and ape him in his every monkey trick; flying at his command with such servile agility, that a bystander might well conclude that they verily believed that the keys of heaven and hell were suspended upon his bear skin girdle.
Holmes, formerly a Methodist minister, delivered an exhortation. They were all Free Masons, and, at a Lodge meeting one evening Col. His two brother-in-laws followed, and persuaded him to return.
On their first arriving in town a meeting was notified at the Court House, at this place, where an exportation was given by on of their party, Mr. At these meetings the women would occasionally exhort.
Griffith, a resident of Underwood street, informed the writer that at this time he was living with his father on the Darby Plains, and had met the Pilgrims many times in traveling from place to place, the old Prophet always in the lead.
She answered that she was, and informed him that the Pilgrims, after being warned away from the Darby Plains they traveled from place to place, and finally started for the Promised land in the Arkansas canebrakes, to build up a settlement there by sending out missionaries.
They were a queer looking set, and as they went about the streets the boys would recite the following: He has found them generally aloof to conversation; and if at any time they attempted to answer his enquiries, it has been in an evasive way, introducing a different subject with the answer.
When any person joined their sect they termed it "a taking of the girdle. In traveling in a northwesterly direction from Dayton into Indiana, the smallpox broke out in their encampment, and the Prophet and several of the leading men died with the disease.
He thought he had seen her in Zanesville, and inquired if she was not one of the Pilgrims. History of the Early settlements of the Township of Hiram.When the Pilgrims arrived in Zanesville they stopped upon an open lot on the southwest corner of Locust alley and Fifth street, ground now occupied by the residence of Mrs.
J. V. Cushing.Download