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From: "Dwayne Wrightsman" <>
Subject: Re: [BRE] Mortenhouse, 1729
Date: Tue, 24 Oct 2006 18:11:49 -0400
It is no secret that the Mortenhouse, 1729, carried a fairly large number of
Mennonites to the new world. One recent list of the Mennonites on the
Mortenhouse can be found on Richard Warren Davis's MennoSearch website. I
am not currently a subscriber so I cannot provide that list, but perhaps
someone who is a subscriber could do a look-up for you regarding Kensinger.
I do know that Abraham Kensinger and his family are described as Mennonite
in Volume I (1995) of Davis's Three Volumes. Whether Davis still holds to
this position I do not know.
It is also no secret that there are many more Brethren who were Mennonites
who became Brethren after immigrating than those who immigrated as already
Brethren. Although the Brethren originated in Germany, it was a relatively
small group. The early growth of the Brethren membership was largely a
Pennsylvania phenomenon with members coming from Mennonite, Lutheran,
Reformed, and other backgrounds.
----- Original Message -----
From: "k. kensinger" <>
Sent: Tuesday, October 24, 2006 3:14 PM
Subject: [BRE] Mortenhouse, 1729
>I recently discovered that Christian Kinsinger, the father of Abraham
> Kensinger, was a Mennonite.
> I assumed that Abraham became German Baptist Brethren at some time between
> 1708 and immigrating on the ship Mortenhouse in August, 1729. My question
> is- did the Mortenhouse have mixed group of passengers? I'm fairly certain
> that Abraham's son Abraham was Brethren- he migrated to the Conococheague
> and Antrim Township with Brethren members. I had thought that the first
> Abraham was also Brethren, but if he was Mennonite it will change what I
> believe the family's migration route to be considerably. I have created a
> timeline that takes the family from Philadelphia to the Oley Valley, then
> the Conococheague. This theory would be invalidated if the first Abraham
> a Mennonite.
> I'd also like to thank everyone on the list for all of their patience and
> the information I've received.
> Ken Kensinger
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