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 »

Herold der Warheit Obituaries 1941-1975 Now Available

Herold der Warheit Obituaries 1941-1975 are now available for reading and research, thanks to Jim Yoder. He had previously compiled Herold der Warheit obituaries from 1912 – 1940. This additional compilation gives us a total span of 63 years of these obituaries, such as the one below for Marvin Bender. Find the complete set here or by clicking on the “Books & Resources” tab in the navigation bar above. 2-1-1953 Bender. – Marvin Laray, [La Ray] son of Harvey and… 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 »