17 responses to The Hicksville, Ohio Amish community

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    The Hicksville, Ohio Amish community (February 7th, 2012 at 11:56)

    Another good post Erik, and it kind of reminds me of the time i was in the south at a place called “Red-neck-ville”. It was kind of funny because whenever a hurricane would come across its state a band of moon shiners would load-up their shot guns and attempt to shoot at the hurricane, while the woman folk would all laugh and cook Vittles for all the men folk ! Richard

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      Any more funny names? (February 7th, 2012 at 13:55)

      Any more funny names?

      Richard you are a PA resident but I think you have special dispensation to pick on us Southern folk b/c you lived here once, right? :) If not, watch it buddy ;)

      And now I have to mention my friend’s name for PA. He is a native New Yorker and according to him you now live in “Pennsyltucky”. Now I think that is just a gratuitous shot at 2 states at one time (I am a fan of the Blugrass State as well so I have to stick up here). Also some of my PA Amish friends say I drive a “North Cackalacky” pickup truck. So it comes from all sides.

      I think Hicksville for that matter just got stuck with the name…I don’t think the natives have done anything to distinguish themselves in that department ;) I do enjoy funny place names though.

      Any more funny names?

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    Just having some fun....... (February 7th, 2012 at 15:02)

    Just having some fun.......

    Your right Erik i lived in Florida for 22 years, so I’m having a little fun with that whole southern stereotype thing. And i actually like North Carolina, and i know of some folks who left Florida for one reason or another and moved there. At one point a few years ago more people were leaving the sunshine state than actually moving in, but i believe that’s been reversed now. Compared to your home state Erik South Carolina is more affordable i think to live and to start-up a business, so those folks south of you are pretty competitive. But i myself still really like NC. Richard

    Just having some fun.......

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    Alice Aber
    The Hicksville, Ohio Amish community (February 7th, 2012 at 15:59)

    Very interesting Erik. You don’t hear of many single church districts like this. Are all of the Amish in this community related? Could it perhaps been settled by just one family originally?

    Richard, you are way too funny, LOL.

    Blessings, Alice

    • Alice good question, in this case I don’t think so, I think they’re from different places, though surely some folks there are related. When you have the newer settlements, you often get one or two families moving en masse, so it ends up that a lot of residents are close relations.

      Hicksville, just a nice little corner of Ohio. This was just a great day to do a little traveling. There was another business near BASIC that I forgot to mention, Kuntry Bake Shop. Not Amish, but very nice monster cookies. I think they had a couple of Amish employees.

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    Nancee
    Thank you! (February 7th, 2012 at 16:09)

    Thank you!

    Erik, I just wanted to thank you for your daily articles regarding the Amish world, their communities, beliefs, practices, etc. I so appreciate you sharing with us your information and beautiful pictures. It’s like a ray of sunshine every day to open up my email and read your posts. I don’t know if you realize what an impact you have on those of us who have such a love and respect for the Amish.Thank you!!!

    Thank you!

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    Jason
    The Hicksville, Ohio Amish community (February 7th, 2012 at 17:09)

    My wife grew up on Gingrich Rd. in Hicksville. We got married at her parents’ home there. Kind of weird to see this come across my news feed today.

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    Wm Justice
    The Hicksville, Ohio Amish community (February 7th, 2012 at 18:30)

    I agree with you Alice, Richard is too funny. And this from a real live redneck in Mississippi.
    BTW Richard, Florida is not a southern state to true southerners regardless of the hurricane shooting moonshiners. They were likely New Yorkers who just moved to Florida. A true southerner knows you can’t kill a hurricane with a shotgun, you can only scare them off with a broom.

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    Wanda
    The Hicksville, Ohio Amish community (February 7th, 2012 at 20:48)

    Erik… I was just wondering, if the church district is only one, then how do the young people meet their future intended? Wouldn’t they eventually all be related in some sort if they only marry within their district? Or are they (towns)close enough to another district up there. But either way, one of the 2 would have to move to another district, or am I missing something?

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      Do Amish marry relatives? (February 9th, 2012 at 18:21)

      Do Amish marry relatives?

      Wanda good question, with a lot of these smaller one-district Amish settlements the young people almost have to visit and learn to know young folks in other communities. First cousin marriages have happened but not encouraged. However it’s not unusual for a married couple to be more distantly related. And moving away when you get married is a reality.

      Even if you marry someone in the same community, if it’s a large settlement it can still mean not seeing your biological family so much anymore. For instance the wife of a friend in Lancaster is from about 15 miles away, which you can imagine cuts down on visits–it’s a long buggy ride or an expensive Amish taxi. It can theoretically be a lot further than that even within one community in places like Lancaster and Holmes County OH.

      Do Amish marry relatives?

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    Lee Ann
    The Hicksville, Ohio Amish community (February 7th, 2012 at 21:07)

    I really enjoy the post. I agree with Nance, that the post are something wonderful to look for in my email each day.

    I would assume the young people must travel far in order to find others to date and marry.

    Keep up the wonderful post Erik! What a joy to open my mail and learn more each day about the Amish. I do hope you one day visit the Amish in CO. I would love to hear about their community.

    The humor here is so fun to read as well. Your a good sport Erik to let others tease you on the southern redneck stuff.

    The Hicksville, Ohio Amish community

    • Thanks Lee Ann, the young folk have both Indiana and Ohio communities within range. I would love to go out to Colorado to see what’s happening out there. Kind of a long drive compared to my usual trips though :)

      On the southern stuff, I guess I’m a good sport because I can always fall back on “hey, my family’s Polish, I have nothing to do with chewing tobacco or NASCAR”. Kind of a cheap bail-out, I know ;)

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    Jason
    The Hicksville, Ohio Amish community (February 9th, 2012 at 12:28)

    I gets weirder. The woman you spoke with bought my in-laws home when they retired. The store is constructed in the field where we had our ceremony. Small, small world.

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    SharonR
    Hicksville (February 10th, 2012 at 19:29)

    Hicksville

    Another good write-up, Erik. Enjoyed it!!
    SharonR

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