Quite a few years ago, I had written a rather lengthy article about Theophilus R. Gates and the Battle-Axe sect he founded that made its home in North Coventry township, copies of which found their way onto a number of other folks' sites, often without proper credit being given. In the years since then, I have done a bit more research into this rather unusual group and, in the interest of setting some of the records straight, have created a section devoted to this rather bizarre sect. While there have been many articles written about the Battle-Axes over the year, quite a few of them are woefully short on documentation. Hopefully, this section will provide a bit more meat on the topic. My original article follows below.
In Futhey and Cope's History of Chester County, a short article appears that attracted my attention the first time I saw it. It reads as follows: