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Crawford-Richland counties, Ohio U.S. Census TIGER/Line map
The Crawford-Richland Counties, Ohio, Mennonite community, is now extinct. In 1818 Samuel Pletcher, a Palatine emigrant who had stopped briefly in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, moved to Richland (then Ashland County), Ohio. The next year he moved across the line into Crawford County near Galion. His children married into the following families: Imhof, Kilmer, Hibschman, Nesselrodt, Seiler, and Null. The small congregation worshiped in their homes and in the union meetinghouse in Ontario, Richland County, with Joseph Freed as minister, and disintegrated after Freed's death in 1872. A number of the families moved to Elkhart County, Indiana. The few who remained were visited occasionally by Mennonite ministers. Their children united with other denominations.

Author(s) John S Umble
Date Published 1953

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Umble, John S. "Crawford-Richland Counties (Ohio, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1953. Web. 29 May 2016.,_USA)&oldid=113309.

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Umble, John S. (1953). Crawford-Richland Counties (Ohio, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 29 May 2016, from,_USA)&oldid=113309.

Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, p. 733. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.

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