The July 2016 Issue of the Historian Includes Tables on Amish Demographics in the Casselman Valley in the Late 1700s

In the July 2016  issue of The Historian, I attempted to deal with the affect of other denominations on the Amish church in the Casselman River area in the late 1700s and the numerical viability of the congregation. The Amish church experienced an exodus of nearly one hundred persons, mostly to the German Baptists and the Mennonites from 1772 to 1800. The article concludes that there may have been, in the River Amish church in the year 1800, about thirty-two families consisting of… Read More »

Claude E. Yoder Collection: Meetinghouses and the Voice of the Church

Claude E. Yoder (1899-1996), an Amish farmer in the Casselman River Valley of Somerset County, Pennsylvania, preserved a small collection of historical and genealogical documents, photos and mementos.   Mixed among these assorted notes and records are two aging slips of paper that have been kept carefully folded and stored for many years. The first paper is a handwritten note without a title that provides details about the “advice” of the “Pa” and “Md” “meetings” in regard to the “meeting houses.”… Read More »

Read about 57 Amish Mennonite families who settled in the Casselman Valley from 1773 to 1800

The January 2016 issue of The Historian is packed with reference material on the Amish history of the Casselman River Valley of Somerset County, Pennsylvania. James L. Yoder traces the pattern of Amish immigration into the Casselman Valley from eastern Pennsylvania, beginning with the first purchase of land by an Amishman, Michael Beeghley. He lists 57 Amish Mennonite families who settled in the Casselman Valley from 1773 to 1800. An additional feature is “Names of Amish Mennonites Identified in the U.S.… Read More »

Claude E. Yoder Collection: An 1862 Civil War Draft Enrollment Notice

Take notice that you have been enrolled as a Citizen, within the Township of Elk Lick in the said county, liable to Military service. The document with these words have been preserved by a family for many generations, evidence of their significance and weight. Claude E. Yoder (1899-1996), an Amish farmer in the Casselman River Valley of Somerset County, Pennsylvania, kept a small collection of historical and genealogical documents, photos and mementos. Among the documents in this collection is an… Read More »

Claude E. Yoder Collection: Rufus M. Beachy, Amish Veterinarian

Claude E. Yoder (1899-1996) saved two of his daybooks (or ledgers) that he kept while managing his farm in the Casselman River Valley of southern Somerset County, Pennsylvania. They cover nearly ten years of his farming life from 1922 to 1932. For an Old Order Amish farmer during that time period horses were an essential part of operating a working farm – not to mention their use for transportation purposes. And on occasion expenses show up in his daybooks that… Read More »