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Egli, a Mennonite family name which became prominent in North America, appears in the Martyrs Mir<em>ror</em>. Rudolf Egli of Switzerland was imprisoned for his faith in 1635. Jacob Egli died a martyr's death in a Zürich prison in 1639. In 1660 Rudolph Egli signed the Dordrecht Confession of Faith as a minister representing Kühnenheim in Alsace. The Palatine Mennonite census list of 1717 has an Abraham Egli in Branchweilerhof and the 1743 list records a Jakob Egly in the Duttweiler congregation.

Among the Amish members of the family immigrating to North America in the 19th century were Henry Egly, founder of the Defenseless Mennonite Church, and Christian R. Egle, leader in the Defenseless Mennonite Church. The Egli family has been prominent in Illinois Mennonite circles but has also been represented in Indiana, Iowa, and Ontario. In 1956, Merlyn Egle was living in Chicago and was a minister of the Evangelical Mennonite Church.


Braght, Thieleman J. van. The Bloody Theater or Martyrs Mirror of the Defenseless Christians who Baptized Only Upon the Confession of Faith, and Who Suffered and Died for the Testimony of Jesus, their Saviour, from the Time of Christ to the year A.D. 1660. Scottdale, Pa. : Herald Press, 1938

Author(s) Melvin Gingerich
Date Published 1956

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Gingerich, Melvin. "Egli (Egly, Egle) family." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1956. Web. 25 Apr 2017.,_Egle)_family&oldid=87259.

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Gingerich, Melvin. (1956). Egli (Egly, Egle) family. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 25 April 2017, from,_Egle)_family&oldid=87259.

Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Kitchener, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 2, p. 163. All rights reserved.

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