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Klopfenstein was an Amish Mennonite family originally from Switzerland. In the 18th century some members of this family were found in the Normanvillars congregation in Alsace, where Peter Klopfenstein was a preacher in the early 18th century. In the 1830s, when most Mennonites left Normanvillars for the United States, most of the Klopfenstein family remained. They gradually left the Mennonite church. J. Klopfenstein was the editor of an almanac for Mennonite farmers, l'Anabaptiste ou le Cultivateur par experience, on the title page of which is found a curious picture of a Swiss Mennonite farmer in ancient costume with a plow, published at Belfort, France, 1812-1821.


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Catalogus der werken over de Doopsgezinden en hunne geschiedenis aanwezig in de bibliotheek der Vereenigde Doopsgezinde Gemeente to Amsterdam. Amsterdam: J.H. de Bussy, 1919: 23.

Yoder, John Howard. "Mennonites in a French Almanac." Mennonite Life 9 (1954): 154-156.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1957

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van der Zijpp, Nanne. "Klopfenstein family." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1957. Web. 31 May 2016.

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van der Zijpp, Nanne. (1957). Klopfenstein family. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 31 May 2016, from

Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 3, p. 206. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.

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