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Hess, a Mennonite family descended from Hans Hess (d. 1733), a Swiss Mennonite immigrant, who is buried near Baumgardner, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and had a numerous progeny, including many preachers in the Lancaster (MC) district and elsewhere. The Kraybill district of the Lancaster (MC) Conference had Bishop Samuel Hess (d. 1819) ; Cumberland County had a preacher Samuel Hess, and Hammer Creek a preacher John Hess. In the 1950s the Lancaster Conference has preachers Amos L. Hess, Jacob G. Hess, James H. Hess, John S. Hess, John W. Hess, Maris W. Hess, and Richard B. Hess, with two deacons. John H. Hess, longtime minister of the Warden Woods Mennonite Church in Toronto, Ontario is a descendant. A. L. Hess, a layman, who left Lancaster County and settled in Harvey County, Kansas, in 1884, after whom the village of Hesston is named, was one of the founders of Hesston College.

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Hess, John H. A Family Record of the Hess Family. Lititz, PA 1880, 2nd enlarged ed., Lititz, 1896.

Author(s) Ira D Landis
Date Published 1955

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Landis, Ira D. "Hess family." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1955. Web. 29 May 2016.

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Landis, Ira D. (1955). Hess family. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 29 May 2016, from

Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 2, p. 718. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.

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