Ammann, Jacob

Born: 1644? AD
Died: 1730? AD.

Nationality: Swiss
Categories: Bishops, Religious Leaders


1644 - Born in Erlenbach im Simmental, Canton of Berne, Switzerland. Swiss Mennonite leader of the late 17th century who founded the Mennonite sect known as the Amish.

1693 - Broke away from the main body of Mennonites, feeling that they had strayed from the strict austerity of their forebears.

         - He founded the Amish branch of the Mennonites through a schism which he occasioned in the Emmental, canton of Bern.

1704 - Together with an associate, signed a list of 40 familiar Mennonite names, apparently all the heads of families resident in that location, and a similar list of some 60 names, both lists being required by the authorities.

1710 - Ammann's followers began emigrating to Pennsylvania from Switzerland and Germany.

1736 - The first Amish settled along the Northkill Creek in Berks County.
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