The few Amish families which continued to live in the Essingen neighborhood after the dissolution of the Amish congregation maintained connection with the Amish congregation across the Alsatian border near Wissembourg, called Lembach or Froensburg, later Fleckensteinerhof. After the meetings at the latter place ceased in 1929, the remaining Amish families in the neighborhood affiliated with the Deutschhof-Geisberg congregation, which held occasional meetings in Landau.
The Essingen congregation was called the “Pfälzer Obere Gemeinde” in the signatures to the 1759 Ordnungsbrief, when the following ministers signed: Jörg Holi, Christen Nafziger, Christen Imhof, Jakob Holli, Hans Nafziger. In the 1779 Ordnungsbrief the signature of the congregation appears as “Essingen,” with the following ministers signing: Hans Nafziger, Christen Nafziger, Christen Erismann, Jakob Ullmann. In the Lutheran church book for Essingen for the years 1730-61 deaths in the following Mennonite families are reported: Hans and Michel von Huben, Ulrich, Johannes, and Peter Nafziger, and Valentin Gingerich. From the evidence in the Karlsruhe Landesarchiv, the following families belonged to the Essingen congregation ca. 1780: Christian Bürky and Johannes and Christian Ehresmann (all three living on the Mechtersheimerhof), the Ullmann and Gingerich families on the Pfalzhof (Breitwieserhof), Christian Nafziger of Geilweilerhof, and certain unnamed families in Mühlhofen (Pfalz-Zweibrücken) and in Essingen (estate of Baron von Dalberg). Somewhat later the Schönbeck and Wagler families appear here.
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Correll, Ernst. “The Value of Family History for Mennonite History: With Illustrations from Nafziger Family Material.” Mennonite Quarterly Review II (1928): 66-79, 151-54, 198-204.
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Schowalter, P. “Die Essinger Konferenzen 1759 und 1779. Ein Beitrag zur Geschichte der amischen Mennoniten.” Mennonitische Geschichtsblätter III (1938): 49-55.
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