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Fayette County, Illinois U.S. Census TIGER/Line map
The Fayette County, Illinois, Old Order Amish community, now extinct, was located near Brownstown and Vandalia in 1894-1906. The community at its largest consisted of about 25 families. John A. Miller was the first minister, and he was joined by Mose Yoder of Howard County, Indiana. Sam Bender was ordained minister and bishop of the church. Joe Bontrager, who lived in the community for about two years, also assisted in preaching.

Probably because of internal difficulties the Amish began to scatter, and by 1906 the settlement was completely gone. Many returned to Iowa, others went to Douglas County, and to Oklahoma and Mississippi. A small cemetery of 14 graves remained five miles northwest of Brownstown.


Author(s) John A Hostetler
Date Published 1956


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Hostetler, John A. "Fayette County Old Order Amish Settlement (Fayette County, Illinois, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1956. Web. 29 Nov 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Fayette_County_Old_Order_Amish_Settlement_(Fayette_County,_Illinois,_USA)&oldid=94615.

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Hostetler, John A. (1956). Fayette County Old Order Amish Settlement (Fayette County, Illinois, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 29 November 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Fayette_County_Old_Order_Amish_Settlement_(Fayette_County,_Illinois,_USA)&oldid=94615.




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