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Subject: Re: [BRE] BRETHREN Digest, Vol 4, Issue 388
Date: Wed, 2 Dec 2009 17:30:30 EST


Thanks for the information. That will change quite a number of peoples'
thinking about the religious heritage of the Daniel Barnhart line. I will be
making some corrections to some histories I have written. I appreciate the

Ed Barnhart

In a message dated 11/27/2009 3:09:20 P.M. Pacific Standard Time,

Date: Fri, 27 Nov 2009 09:00:46 -0500
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Subject: Re: [BRE] Swiss Mennonites?
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"Swiss Mennonite" is a term used by Richard Warren Davis in his three
work entitled "Emigrants, Refugees, and Prisoners," although the term is
certainly not unique to him. The Swiss Mennonites were Mennonites
persecuted in Switzerland in the 1600s for their Anabaptist practices.
fled to the Palatinate in what is now Germany (basically the area fanning
out from Heidelberg on both sides of the Rhine River) where they lived in
Mennonite colonies and farmed for a living. They were not a part of the
Brethren in Europe. There were not very many Brethren in Europe, but those
who were Brethren came over to Pennsylvania with Peter Becker in 1719 and
with Alexander Mack in 1729. Simultaneously the Swiss Mennonites were also
emigrating to Pennsylvania. The Brethren in the colonies were successful
attracting their German neighbors into the flock, including not only
Mennonites but farmers who were also Lutheran and Reformed, and this took
place not only in Pennsylvania but also in Maryland and Virginia. For
example, John Brubaker (born in Germany) and Anna [Meyer] Brubaker
(progenitors of almost all Brethren Brubakers) probably did not become
Brethren until after they moved from Bethel Township in Lancaster County to
Franklin County, Virginia, in the 1780s. On the other hand, Michael
elder of the Conestoga Brethren Congregation from 1735, was baptized by
Peter Becker about seven years after he arrived (1727). Jacob Crist
in 1732, but his son Andrew was Mennonite in Virginia, and it was Andrew's
son Jacob who became Brethren in Virginia. This Jacob Crist's children
married only into the Frants, Brubaker, and Glick families. The Denlingers
came over in 1717, and they stayed Mennonite for a very long time. They
have become Brethren in the 1800s in Ohio when they married into the Daniel
Miller family. The Flora/Flory family members were baptized by elder
Michael Frantz very soon after they arrived (I think 1733 without looking
up) and were early members at Conestoga.

Historically, the Brethren grew in America, not in Europe, and most of our
Brethren roots started in this country.

What I was trying to bring up in my original message was that my ancestors
during the 1700s and 1800s were not only Brethren who married Brethren, but
they were Brethren of Swiss Mennonite stock who married other Brethren of
Swiss Mennonite stock, so that culturally they not only continued through
the generations as Brethren in terms of religion, but also as "Swiss
Mennonites" in terms of their European roots.

Dwayne Wrightsman

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