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The purpose of this thesis is the presentation of the life of John Allen Gano, a man important in the history of both early Kentucky and the Restoration Movement. Research toward that end resulted in the recovery of many important documents concerning the period. Basic materials are his own writings, whether in his “Biographical Notebook,” his frequent letters to the Millennial Harbinger, or that found reported to or copied in other brotherhood papers. In addition, a wealth of secondary sources are utilized to complete the overall picture of his life and times.

Information gathered from primary and secondary sources is presented in a combination chronological-topical order. A presentation of John Allen Gano's early years of preparation is followed by an examination of each of the great events in his life as they chronologically occurred.

Preceding the two chapters on the life of John Allen Gano is an introductory chapter on his family background. This chapter traces the five generations of the Gano family that led to the generation of John Allen Gano, and it provides the historical setting at the time of his birth. Following the two chapters on the life of John Allen Gano is a concluding chapter on his descendants. This chapter centers around the life of his oldest son, General Richard M. Gano, a man important in the history of the Civil War and early Texas, as well as in the Restoration Movement.

The findings of this thesis show that both John Allen Gano and General Richard M. Gano were men of leadership in the brotherhood and were closely associated with the main problems and discussions of their contemporaries. The thesis demonstrates that both men played prominent roles in the progress of the Restoration Movement in their generations, and that their contributions to this movement have not been fully appreciated by recent historians.

The preaching career of John Allen Gano spanned six decades, and that of Richard Gano covered a period of forty-seven years. Together this father and son team accounted for 107 years of preaching in the Restoration Movement, and this record is unparalleled in the annals of Restoration History. In addition to the contributions of John Allen Gano and Richard Gano, this thesis also provides information on several members of the Gano family who were associated with the Restoration Movement.

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Abilene Christian College


Abilene, TX


Arts and Humanities | Christianity | Religion


M.A. Thesis in Religion, Abilene Christian College (Abilene Christian University)

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