"It was post-bellum poverty that drove us here from the Scotch-Presbyterian settlements in the middle of the State," said Patton. "We're another element." "And is there really fusion going on as there is in other parts of the country?" asked Katrina. "My people have assimilated with the peasantry, as I suppose Mrs. Carroll calls them, ever since they came," said Bob.
The three Zane brothers, Ebenezer, Jonathan and Silas, typical, old-fashioned names these, bespeaking the God-fearing, Bible-loving, Scotch-Presbyterian stock from which sprang so large a proportion of trans-Alleghany pioneers, explored this region as early as 1769, built cabins, and made improvements Silas at the forks of the creek, and Ebenezer and Jonathan at the mouth.
His religious experience was out of the common order. Bred a Calvinist, of the good old Scotch-Presbyterian type, he had swung away from that faith, and was in danger of rushing into Universalism, or infidelity. That once famous and much-read little book, "John Nelson's Journal," fell into his hands, and changed his whole life. It led him to Christ, and to the Methodists.