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From: James Shuman <>
Subject: Re: BRETHREN-D Digest V00 #306
Date: Sun, 2 Jul 2000 16:04:13 -0700
According to the Brethren Encyclopedia, vol 1, pp. 107-8, Peter Becker was
baptized in Düdelsheim 1714 by Johannes Naas. In 1715 he and his wife and
other Brethren converts fled to Krefeld where they found asylum. This was a
Mennonite center where they briefly found acceptance.
"Tradition has it that twenty Brethren families left Krefeld for America in
1719, although the Pennsylvania authorities did not keep accurate lists of
newcomers until 1727... The Beckers and others established themselves in
and near Germantown, while the rest settled farther inland."
In yesterday's message, I implied that Mack might have baptized Becker, but
that was obviously an errorneous assumption on my part. This passage
clearly says the administrator was Johannes Naas.
To answer your question, no one knows for certain who those "twenty
Brethren families" were who arrived in 1719. The group that came with Mack
in 1729, however, has been identifed. By now you've probably seen Robert
Pumfrey's message suggesting that you visit
Please note that your dates are a bit off for both immigrations. The
correct dates are 1719 and 1729.
At 11:35 am -0700 7/2/00, Mary A Largen wrote:
> To JS -
> Does your book, The Brethren Encyclopedia, Vol. 2, list the names of
>those who arrived in Pennsylvania with Peter Becker in 1711, and those
>who arrived with Alexander Mack's group in 1723? If so, would you mind
>sharing those names? Thanks.
James Shuman, art instructor
Modesto High School