A List of Amish Taxpayers in Pennsylvania

Did you know that by action of the Pennsylvania Assembly in 1717, all German immigrants who landed in Philadelphia were required to swear or affirm allegiance to the British King? sixty years later, and one year after the Declaration of the Independence by the American Colonies, those same immigrants were required by law to renounce loyalty to the British King and, instead, swear or affirm allegiance to the Commonwealth to Pennsylvania? the conscience of the German Amish and Mennonite immigrants… Read More »

Question about Peter Leibundgutt and his marriages

On Sun, Mar 5, 2017 at 1:14 PM, Mark Cooper wrote: In the July 1991 issue of The Historian, Lois Ann Mast writes that “The following is a list of Peter Leibundgutt’s children.  Probably the first four children were from a first marriage…”  My question is what evidence is there that the first four children were from a first marriage.  A second marriage record?  A notation in Peter Leibundgutt’s journal?  Another source?  I frequently see references (all unsourced) to this… Read More »

Was Jacob Herzler the first Amish bishop in America?

The Amish history of Berks County, Pennsylvania, is important to the Somerset County, Pennsylvania, Amish history. The Somerset settlement, in the southwest of the state, emanated from the the Berks settlement in the east of the state. The January 2017 issue of The Historian carries an article on the Berks County history by an Amish historian of eastern Pennsylvania, Isaac L. Beiler. In “The Amish Church in Greater Berks County in the 1700s,” Beiler includes a section on who were… Read More »

Early Amish immigrants to Somerset County, Penn.

In the October 2016  issue of The Historian, Paul S. Kurtz gives an interesting perspective on the early Amish immigrants to Somerset County, Pennsylvania. He takes us back to Berks County, Pennsylvania, from where the first Somerset County Amish emigrated. Kurtz shows the development of the writing of the Berks County Amish history, indicates clusters of early Amish settlement in greater Berks County, and discusses their environment as shaped by William Penn and the later Penn generations and the Revolutionary… Read More »

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 »