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From: "Rebecca Young " <>
Subject: Re: [BRE] Amish Mennonite --> Brethren. How did it happen?
Date: Mon, 15 Aug 2011 20:37:12 +0000


Would be interested in reading more on this John Schmucker and Christian Schmucker. I have a John Schmucker (son of Christian) born 1740 to 1745 who married Barbara Stoltzfus. It appears they were married in Lancaster Co. but then went to Mifflin Co.
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From: William Thomas <>
Date: Mon, 15 Aug 2011 19:57:23
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Subject: Re: [BRE] Amish Mennonite --> Brethren. How did it happen?

Mifflin County Amish historian S. Duane Kaufman talks about the conversion
of Amish to the German Baptist faith in his book "Mifflin County Amish
Mennonite Story"

He quotes an Amos L. Fisher who stated the early relationship between the
Amish and German Baptists as "disastrous to the growth of the Amish Church".

He quotes Joseph Beiler who believes one of the motivations for conservative
Amish to move from Berks County to the West (Somerset County & Mifflin
County) was to escape the influence of the German Baptists.  Didn't work
very well, since both areas had strong German Baptist congregations at the
time.

The only significant difference between Amish and German Baptist religious
practices back then related to baptism and communion methods.  The pietism
of the German Baptist faith appears to have been a significant attraction.

An Amish history of Berks County by Grant M. Stoltzfus refers to Amish
minister Jacob Schmucker of the Maiden Creek settlement as well as John
Schmucker of the same location.  He also notes that Christian Schmucker also
of Maiden Creek spent time in the Reading jail with a death sentence over
his head for refusing military service.  A Reformed minister had him and a
number of others freed.

Bill Thomas

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Subject: [BRE] Amish Mennonite --> Brethren. How did it happen?

Jacob Schmucker went from being Amish Mennonite to being Brethren around
1774-1776 ish, and I
wondered if anyone can guess the logical progression on how this happened?
It seems as if Somerset
County is full of former Amish Mennonites who became Brethren, but I just
wondered how it happened
in other families?

We still don't know Jacob Schmucker's wife's surname, although there is a
great possibility her first
name was Mary. She maybe would have been born 1750-1755-ish, spoken German
(Pa Dutch), and been
from a Swiss Anabaptist family in the Lancaster/Franklin Co area.  They say
to follow the women, and I
have one little guess that Horners might be in there some where because
early on, Jacob & Mary Schmucker
were witnesses to a Lutheran Horner wedding, and I think this might have
come from Mary's family, not
the Schmuckers.

Please post any thoughts,

Regards,

Suzy

 
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