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Holdeman is an old Swiss Mennonite family, now no longer found among the Mennonites of Switzerland or Germany, but widely represented in the United States. The names first appeared in Anabaptist records in Switzerland in 1538 at Eggiwil, canton of Bern, when Thuring Haldemann was ordered deported. In 1670 a Hans Haldemann was banished from Hotchikon, Bern, and in 1671 a Katharina Haldemann of Hochstetten, Bern, migrated to Holland. Nicholas Haldeman of the canton of Bern immigrated to Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, in 1727 locating in Salford Township. His brothers Hans and Michael, who came the same year, located in Coventry Township, Chester County, whither Nicholas later moved also. Nicholas was a trustee in the Salford Mennonite (MC) Church, and had many descendants in the Franconia Conference (MC) district, including Abraham Haldeman, bishop 1830-1865 first in Chester County, then in Juniata County, Christian Haldeman, preacher at Salford 1791-1833, John M. Haldeman, preacher at Line Lexington 1869-1876. Christian Haldeman (and other Holdemans) moved from Bucks County, Pennsylvania, to Wayne County, Ohio, near New Pittsburgh in 1827. His widow, with ten sons, moved to Elkhart County, Indiana, in 1849, at about the time when other Holdeman families came. The Holdeman (MC) meetinghouse near Wakarusa was built in 1857 on land given by one of these families. John Holdeman, founder of the Church of God in Christ Mennonite Church in 1859, was of the Wayne County branch; he began the new church at New Pittsburg. David S. Holdeman moved from Medina County, Ohio, to McPherson County, Kansas, in 1873, where many of his descendants are still living. He was treasurer of the Kansas Relief Committee and a vigorous supporter of the work for the incoming Russian Mennonites in 1874 and following. The only ministers bearing the name in 1956 were George W. Holderman of Eldorado Springs, Missouri, and Paul Holdeman of Denver, Colorado, both of the Mennonite Church (MC).


Johnson, Obed. A compilation of the genealogical and biographical record of the descendants of David S. Holdeman, 1825‑1905. North Newton, Kan.: Mennonite Press, 1951.

Weaver, Edwin Lemuel. Holdeman descendants: a compilation of the genealogical and biographical record of the descendants of Christian Holdeman, 1788‑1846. Nappanee, Ind.: E.V. Publishing House, 1937.

Author(s) Harold S Bender
Date Published 1956

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Bender, Harold S. "Holdeman (Haldeman, Holdiman, Holderman, Halteman, Halterman, Haldiman, Haldenmann) family." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1956. Web. 28 May 2017.,_Holdiman,_Holderman,_Halteman,_Halterman,_Haldiman,_Haldenmann)_family&oldid=82154.

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Bender, Harold S. (1956). Holdeman (Haldeman, Holdiman, Holderman, Halteman, Halterman, Haldiman, Haldenmann) family. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 28 May 2017, from,_Holdiman,_Holderman,_Halteman,_Halterman,_Haldiman,_Haldenmann)_family&oldid=82154.

Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 2, pp. 788-789. All rights reserved.

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