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Julie Helen Otto

Julie Helen Otto
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PHILETUS (m) (Greek beloved, Latinized): An apostate Christian condemned by Paul (II Timothy 2:17, 18), Philetus nevertheless had some New England namesakes in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, including Andersonville casualty Philetus Barnum (about 1835-1864) of Middlebury, Conn.

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