Well ... we've bogged down but in a nice way ... We plod along with marginal documentation, drawing from brief comments what there is and writing it up. And then we find riches. Yesterday we found riches. And while it will take some days to digest it all, I can tell you bits. One of the early-days places of interest was North Carolina. The work there seems to have started in 1882 at the hands of a missionary to the Jews. Another joined him in the work. We do not know if they came to it separately or one prompted the other. We only have their initials. (Russell avoided names in The Watch Tower to keep Paton and Barbour from sending material to correspondents.) But we have a fairly detailed history. Parts of it will appear in separate chapters. But such an interesting story to tell!
If you read volume 1 of Separate Identity you will be familiar with Age-to-Come belief. One of those prominently associated with The Restitution was medical doctor named Malone. He appears in ZWT in 1885, preaching at least parts of the Watch Tower message. He was the author of two books and many articles in the Age-to-Come press. Jan Stilson, Church of God General Conference (Atlanta) historian, sent me one of his books. So I'll be digesting this stuff in the next few days. Stellar stuff!