During the Revolutionary War, six Earl Township farmers convicted of "basely and treacherously" assisting English POWs escape by providing meat, drink, and lodging.
Henry Martin was one. Christian Martin another.
Fined heavily, 50 pounds.
Henry Martin petitioned Governor of Pennsylvania to reduce fine.
Peter Miller, head of Ephrata Cloisters, also appealed to Governor to reduce fine to avoid ruining them, arguing that their actions were based on their "Principles and Conscience."
Pennsylvania Supreme Executive Council reduced fine by 2/3.
Many Mennonites and Quakers leaned to loyalist (English) side, but did not actively help them.
It was common knowledge that they would help anybody in need.