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Migrations of the Swiss Volhynian Mennonites
The Emmanthal Valley in Canton Bern is probably the ancestral home of most Swiss Mennonites. Because of persecution they migrated in 1650 with a large migration in 1670 and another migration in 1711.

Alsace 1525 and again in 1643 -- Goering Graber, Rothe, Kaufman Many fled Alsace during Louis XIV's persecution of Protestants including Mennonites.

The Palatinate (Pfalz) Arrived in the Palatinate in 1650 and remained to 1786.Areas of Germany on both sides of the Rhine River with Heidelberg as the political center.

The Mennonite families moved into the area west of Worms near Kircheim-Bolanden (present village of Weierhof is located near Manheim). Family names include:Krehbiel, Miller, Schrag, and Zerger.

Montbeliard (Florimont and Belfort) -- Mennonites came in 1670-1791. Included: Kaufman, Graber, Gerig, Kaufman, Lichti.

Early 1700's -- 1713 Mennonites came from Alsace and Switzerland including Stucki, Graber, Gering, Kaufman, Lichti, Flükiger, and others.

Moses Gerig passport of Feb. 8, 1791 included: Gerig, Graber, Kaufman, Lichiti, Rothe.

Galicia 1784-1746 -- Locate near Lemberg, Austria [territory was acquired in the Forst Partition of Poland. This area is under the sovereignty of Russia and was renamed L'vov.] There were three villages: Falkenstein 1784-86 amaily names included: Bachman, Krehbiel, Schrag, Mündlein, Ewy and Merk. Einseidel 1786-88-- Family names included:Albrecht, Mauer, Mueller, Schmidt, Sutter, Zercher, and Rupp. Rosenberg three families.

Eisnseidel Austria Stopped temporarily and possibly moved to Podolia at the invitation of Prince Czartoryskßi.

 

 

 

Michalin Settlement near Machnovka 1791? [Invited by Prince Potocki by Mennonites that came from Graudenz on the Vistula Delta. In 1797 Swiss families of Krehbiel , Mueller, Schrag and Zerger joined them.

Urszulin 1795 [invited by Prince Czartorski.] Some went to Michelsdorf. Mündlein joined the group by at least 1800? Names: Gering, Kaufman, Graber, Stucki, Flükiger; Names added: Voran [boy adopted by Mündlein] Wolbert by marriage, Senner and Schwartz, formerly German Lutherans.

Michelsdorf -- 1795? - 1837 Names added Mündlein, Schrag, Sutter, Mauer, Albright, Senner, Schwartz, and Voran

Beresina, Russia -- 1801 - 1802. [Invited by Prince Edward Lubanirsky.] The Swiss from Michalin moved to Beresina. Names added: Wedel.

Ostrog 1801 -1802. (Invited by Prince Edward Lubanirsky.) Dutch Mennonites from Michalin moved to Ostrog

Wignanska 1801? North of Dubno (Futtor and Hecker)

Edwardsdorf 1807 invited by Prince Edward Lubanirsky) Names included: Waldner, Archlus, Riesz, Strasuz, and Prehiem. Also were the names of Albrecht, Flickinger, Gering, Krehbiel, Miller, Schrag, Stucky, Sutter, Voran and Zerger.

Horodischtz 1837 - 1874 Settled by Mennonites from Michelsdorf. Land wooded, located near Rovno. Included Graber, Albrecht, Kaufman, Flickinger, Gering, Krehbiel, Prehiem, Riexz, Schwarz, Schrag, Senner, Strausz, Stucki, Voran. A congregation was organized here.

Waldheim 12 families moved to Waldheim 1837? - 1874 from Horodischtz. The congregation owned the land,

Sahorez Families living in Dubno area including villages of Futtor and Hecker. Sahorez became the congregational center after 1861 when the Edwardsdorf group moved to Kotosufka.

Kotosufka and Neumanufka 1861 - 1874. 25 miles northwest of Zhitomir. Post Office Horoschak. Names added: Dirks and Ortman. Congregation owned the land. Villages were separated by a forest.

Freeman - Marion SD 1874

City of Chester
         August 24, 1874

Leaders -- Elder Peter Kaufman, Christian Kaufman, and Christian Schrag

Albrecht  -- 2 families
Baer - 1
Block - 1
Ewert - 1
Gering - 1
Graber - 9
Goertz - 3
Kilme - 1
Kliever - 1
Krehbiel - 2
Kaufman - 3
Preheim - 1
Reis - 1
Schroeder - 1

Freeman - Marion SD 1874

City of Chester
         August 24, 1874

Leaders -- Elder Johann Schrag and Rev. Christian Graber.

Gering - 5 families
Graber - 7
Kaufman - 3
Ries - 1
Schrag - 2 

Freeman - Marion SD 1874

City of Richmond
         May 18, 1874
         
Leaders -- Andreas Schrag
         
Mueller -- 3 families
Schrag - 1
Schwartz - 2
Waldner - 4
         
         City of Richmond
         July 27, 1874
         
Leader --
Gering - 1 family
Graber - 2
Krehbiel - 1
Schrag - 1
Schwartz - 2
         

Freeman - Marion SD 1874

City of Richmond
         August 31, 1874

Leader -- Elders Joseph Stucky and Jacob Goering.

Albrecht -- 5 families
Dirks -- 1
Flickner -- 1
Gering -- 7 (Gehring, Goering)
Graber - 3
Kaufman - 7 
Krehbiel - 5
Kressel - 2
Lohrenz - 1
Nachtigal - 1
Penner - 1
Reis - 2
Voran - 2