36 responses to 5 Surprising Places Amish Once Lived
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    Mark – Holmes Co.
    Comment on 5 Surprising Places Amish Once Lived (May 8th, 2015 at 08:06)

    Very interesting!

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    Janet
    Comment on Paradise Valley (May 8th, 2015 at 08:20)

    Paradise Valley

    W. Dale Kramer wrote a series on the Paradise Valley settlement called The Daughters of Caleb. He credits the book you mentioned. I highly recommend this series. It has enough grit for a man, but boy, does this guy know how to write a love story.

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      Comment on 5 Surprising Places Amish Once Lived (May 8th, 2015 at 09:10)

      This community seems like a great setting for a book. Must have taken some courage and adventurous spirit to go so far from home. I wonder if there wasn’t a little bit of that desire for adventure in the decision to go so far from home to ostensibly solve the schooling problem.

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    Amy
    Comment on Paradise Valley (May 8th, 2015 at 08:37)

    Paradise Valley

    I read that series, too. It was very interesting, though I like my stories a bit less stressful.

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    Linda
    Comment on Amish Settlement History (May 8th, 2015 at 08:40)

    Amish Settlement History

    Some good history, right there. I thought you didn’t care for history, Erik! Fascinating information!

    For some reason, I received notice by e-mail today about the post you wrote yesterday, a day late. Maybe tomorrow I will receive notice about this post!

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      Comment on 5 Surprising Places Amish Once Lived (May 8th, 2015 at 09:07)

      I don’t mind it, when it’s interesting 🙂 Actually, I do enjoy history quite a bit, it just takes more focus to stay on top of the details since it’s more abstract than say writing about communities I’ve actually visited.

      Interesting about the email coming late, I actually switched the delivery time to an hour later than normal (8 AM) and the system said it went out.

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        Linda
        Comment on Late notification (May 9th, 2015 at 08:53)

        Late notification

        Hello, Erik, I received email notification today, May 9, at 7:09 AM that you posted this yesterday!
        Sorry to accuse you of not liking history. I take that back. You did a swell job on this post.

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          Comment on 5 Surprising Places Amish Once Lived (May 11th, 2015 at 11:03)

          No worries at all, I probably said something along those lines once. And hopefully you got the email at around 6am today (usually they are sent at 6 or 7am).

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            Linda
            Comment on Notification same day (May 11th, 2015 at 11:15)

            Notification same day

            Yes, today I received the email notification right on time. Thank you.

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    Christy
    Comment on 5 Surprising Places Amish Once Lived (May 8th, 2015 at 09:24)

    Some years back I purchased the book The Amish In America: Settlements That Failed, 1840-1960 by David Luthy. It is most interesting; I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys reading about the history of Amish settlements. It’s a very large book; very informative. I did not know however about the addendum 1961-2007. Very interesting article today.

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      Comment on 5 Surprising Places Amish Once Lived (May 8th, 2015 at 10:56)

      Great book. The addendum is nothing like the original, it is pamphlet sized and has the stories of I believe only 9 settlements, along with a listing of the others, but worth having if you like the original book. You can probably order from Raber’s bookstore.

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    Leon Moyer
    Comment on great! (May 8th, 2015 at 11:25)

    great!

    Thanks, Erik for the update on these “lost” Amish communities. It is helpful to those of us today who are looking for another place to live, to learn from past experiences that failed, so we perhaps do not commit the same errors. Yet I believe a “Christian” community can exist by its lonesome self in a remote and undelveloped area of the world. Any bother can become a preacher, simply by standing up and preaching! The calling is from God by the power of the Holy Spirit, not of man, unless one is trying to propogate a sect of man’s creation.

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      Bill Rushby
      Comment on Bothers, Brothers and Preaching! (May 8th, 2015 at 16:23)

      Bothers, Brothers and Preaching!

      There is a new settlement of Horning Mennonites in southern Virginia. At last report, there were five families, all from Pennsylvania. Having no minister among them, they listen to sermons remotely (by phone) from Pennsylvania!!! I could editorialize about this, but choose to refrain!

      I am a Conservative Friend (traditionalist Quaker). In theory, among Conservative Friends whoever is called by the Holy Spirit is authorized to preach. I can testify that some who rise to the task (unbidden, I believe) are bothers, rather than brothers.

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        Forest Hazel
        Comment on 5 Surprising Places Amish Once Lived (May 8th, 2015 at 17:57)

        Whereabouts are they settled?

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          Bill Rushby
          Comment on Conservative Friends (May 9th, 2015 at 18:17)

          Conservative Friends

          If your question “where are they settled?” references Conservative Friends, try http://www.ohioyearlymeeting.org/

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        Harriet
        Comment on Bothers or brothers (May 8th, 2015 at 19:24)

        Bothers or brothers

        Hahahaha!!! I loved your last thought. I just left a store where a clerk thanked me for making him laugh and now I can say the same thing to you. Thanks for the chuckle.

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        Forest Hazel
        Comment on 5 Surprising Places Amish Once Lived (May 10th, 2015 at 16:37)

        Actually, I meant where have the Horning Mennonites settled in Southern Virginia? I wasn’t very clear on that….

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          Bill Rushby
          Comment on New Horning Mennnonite Settlement in VA (May 10th, 2015 at 20:38)

          New Horning Mennnonite Settlement in VA

          I believe that the new Horning Mennonite settlement in Virginia is in the vicinity of Charlotte Court House, Charlotte County, VA. My latest information about them is dated. I have Horning friends who visited there a couple of years ago. I’ll ask for more information when I get a chance.

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      Comment on 5 Surprising Places Amish Once Lived (May 11th, 2015 at 11:02)

      Glad you liked it Leon. There are some fascinating stories. The Luthy book I cited is rich with detail if you like these historical accounts.

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    Mark – Holmes Co.
    Comment on 5 Surprising Places Amish Once Lived (May 8th, 2015 at 12:32)

    Leon, I’m sorry for this, but I did laugh at the spelling mistake in your post. I’m sure you meant “any brother” instead of “any bother.” 🙂 I make mistakes, too, but that one caught my attention.

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    Juanita Cook
    Comment on 5 Surprising Places Amish Once Lived (May 9th, 2015 at 06:54)

    All very interesting.

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    Guy
    Comment on Very good Job (May 9th, 2015 at 07:11)

    Very good Job

    Yes that was good Info. We have many moved here in Columbiana Ohio from NY State.

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    Jamie
    Comment on 5 Surprising Places Amish Once Lived (May 9th, 2015 at 07:29)

    I’m not a real history buff either… maybe because it takes more focus…but I really enjoyed reading about these places. When you’re reading about something you have an interest in you’re able to absorb it. Thanks for the info…very interesting!

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    Al in Ky
    Comment on 5 Surprising Places Amish Once Lived (May 10th, 2015 at 13:15)

    Very interesting article. It also surprises me about a few of the places Amish continue to live — like Beeville, Texas, and Pinecraft, Florida.

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    Laura
    Comment on New Orleans? Wow, talk about unlikely! (May 10th, 2015 at 14:24)

    New Orleans? Wow, talk about unlikely!

    Having spent a few years in New Orleans, honestly, I have real trouble picturing Amish living there. Although I do recall seeing some plain folk at the zoo there. I loved the city dearly, in spite of the insane climate — it was the relaxed attitude of everyone that I found so appealing, since you could live in the way that was most comfortable for you. Which perhaps eased things for the Amish in their few years there. People in New Orleans just don’t seem too concerned about changing others’ way of life, and I suspect that’s been true for many, many years.

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      Comment on 5 Surprising Places Amish Once Lived (May 11th, 2015 at 11:15)

      I couldn’t decide if Paraguay or New Orleans was a more surprising location myself. Of course the mid-1800s New Orleans was a lot smaller than today’s version, but it was still over 100,000 people in 1850, making it the 5th-largest city in the country at the time.

      http://www.census.gov/population/www/documentation/twps0027/tab08.txt

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    Debra Balizan
    Comment on places amished once lived (May 11th, 2015 at 10:25)

    places amished once lived

    I find these articles very interesting. I have been researching my family history for about 14 years now, the internet has made it easier but still run into dead ends. In my research I found out my family were from a small town in Michigan that I never heard of. California Corner, California Township, Michigan. So in my research travels I GPS the town and it took me there. I was in shock because the women and children were in Amish clothing and wore white caps and I saw a man in overhauls and blue shirt hauling hay with his horse and wagon. I remembered my grandparents farming and with simple machinery but I never put the two together and realized that there parent/grand parent might have been Amish. Some of the customs have or still enforced even today though we do not live Amish. I admit I do not know much about Amish ways but These articles like this one helps. Thank you for posting.

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      Comment on 5 Surprising Places Amish Once Lived (May 11th, 2015 at 11:12)

      Gladly Debra, neat that you could track your history a little. I checked and there is a 6-district Amish settlement in California Township, founded back in 1960. I visited Branch County once a few years ago. In the county you’ll find all or parts of 5 Amish settlements (as of 2013).
      http://kb.osu.edu/dspace/bitstream/handle/1811/57700/JAPAS_Donnermeyer_Luthy_vol1-issue2_pp107-129.pdf?sequence=1

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        Debra Balizan
        Comment on 5 Surprising Places Amish Once Lived (May 11th, 2015 at 11:17)

        Thank you Erik, For the reference and I most defiantly will look it up. Do you Know if The Amish Church’s keep records of their members through out the history of the churches.

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          Leon Moyer
          Comment on unintended humor (May 12th, 2015 at 11:41)

          unintended humor

          Debra: I don’t know which is “definitely” better, “you may defiantly look it up” or my “any bother” to being “any brother”, above! Erik, what we may need is a way to go back and edit this posts after they are posted? Or not, the chuckles are friendly!

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            Debra
            Comment on 5 Surprising Places Amish Once Lived (May 12th, 2015 at 12:24)

            That’s ok I never claimed to be a great speller

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            Mark – Holmes Co.
            Comment on 5 Surprising Places Amish Once Lived (May 12th, 2015 at 12:25)

            Yes, Leon, it was meant in a friendly way but after writing it I worried it came across as nit-picking. I’ve made much worse typing mistakes already, so take it as just some good-natured humor. I missed the “defiantly,” but it does add an interesting note to it. 🙂

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    Barb Zimmerman
    Comment on New Orleans Amish (May 11th, 2015 at 13:08)

    New Orleans Amish

    Peter Nafziger, known as Peter the Apostle, was my great-great-great grandfather. I had assumed he was Mennonite, but maybe there were closer Amish ties than I thought between the groups.

    I was a teenager in the late 1960s when I remember some Amish talking about Paraguay, and a young adult when I heard Paraguay was not very promising any more. I don’t think any from northern Indiana went there.

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    Alice Mary
    Comment on 5 Surprising Places Amish Once Lived (May 12th, 2015 at 13:40)

    I came to this late (have some time off, and I tend not to check my email on days off).

    Pretty interesting, especially that Amish lived in the New Orleans area (just as I wouldn’t expect them to live in Las Vegas, today).

    Interesting, about the “history” comments. Like it or not, everyone living today (and anyone ever alive) has helped to contribute to history. It’s just that most of us don’t end up making the headlines (OR the history books).

    Alice Mary

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    Tammy Vaughn
    Comment on Paradise Valley (January 24th, 2016 at 16:37)

    Paradise Valley

    I believe this was a book that I have on my Kindle. I’ll have to look it up and read it again.

    I enjoy reading things about the Amish.

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    Lois Luckovich
    Comment on I wish they'd come back to Horsefly (January 24th, 2016 at 21:31)

    I wish they'd come back to Horsefly

    Because if they did, I’d join them. Also we need good steady farmers here as the economy is shifting away from mining and logging and relying on tourism to keep going. But people need to eat. I am farm raised. I’m adaptable and I already live in BC

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